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Friday January 13, 2017. 03:30 PM
After releasing an EP last summer, Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders and his project Gone is Gone have released their debut full-length album, entitled Echolocation. The band also includes Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen, At the Drive-In drummer Tony...
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La Bella Strings has added to their Deep Talkin’ Bass series with the Gold Flats. Available in four, five, and six-string sets, the flat wound strings use a golden alloy ribbon wire for the exterior wrap that the company says adds a unique tonal mid-range. The Gold Flats...
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Thursday January 12, 2017. 09:30 PM
Typically we think of a power trio as guitar, bass, and drums, but House of Waters isn’t your typical power trio. The trio mixes things up with Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Ignacio Rivas Bixio on percussion, and Moto Fukushima on bass. Fukushima was born and raised in Japan,...
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No Treble reader favorite Rebecca Johnson and her band were digging into the Meters classic “Just Kissed My Baby” when the trio decided to give the drummer some. Johnson keeps a steady, supportive groove for Con Settineri before launching into her own impromptu bass solo....
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Muscle Shoals, Alabama has been a mecca for music lovers ever since it became a hub for the music industry in the ’60s. Now it will have a greater draw as the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios has re-opened as a museum. The studio has been restored to its former glory...
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GoGo Tuners is releasing a limited edition version of their Horizon pedal. Limited to 250 units, the new pedal carries the features of the original with a special GoGo Orange colored housing. The tuner is centered around a large horizontal screen with a color display that...
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Wednesday January 11, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: What is the difference between “relative” and “parallel” when talking about jazz theory? I hear “relative minor” a lot, but I recently heard someone at school talk about “parallel minor.” A: Good question! First, I’ll take a look at this column I wrote in 2014 concerning...
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Today we’re featuring the debut video from Woolly Mammals, a Brooklyn-based alternative group that brings the heat. The band, which is fronted by bassist Will Sacks, is described as “the lovechild of Frank Ocean and an N64, infusing electronic soul with strong acid-jazz...
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The Dropkick Murphys are back with their ninth studio album, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, their first since 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood. Anchored by bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, the album was influenced by the band’s work with their charity The Claddagh Fund, whose...
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Meet Jesse Brotter, a bassist living in Queens who stays busy performing around Boston and New York with a number of bands. Jesse describes his playing as versatile, with a frenzied style. He’s this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight, and here’s his story… Bio: Jesse...
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Tuesday January 10, 2017. 09:30 PM
We closed out 2016 with a month’s worth of great bass videos. Here are the top 10 most watched by No Treble readers in December, 2016. Thanks for watching, commenting and sharing! 1. Julie Slick: Adrian Belew Power Trio “E” Bass Playthrough Back in October, Julie...
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Seattle’s KEXP is a great source of music, and when I discovered a recent session by The Lemon Twigs, I was knocked out. The band was started by brothers (and multi-instrumentalists) Brian and Michael D’Addario, with Megan Zeankowski on bass. Here’s their tune, “These...
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Doug Evans, who laid down the low end for punk trio the Didjits, passed away December 28th. He was 53 years old. Evans founded the seminal punk band with brothers Rick and Brad Sims in 1983. They spent much of their career on Touch and Go Records, releasing five studio...
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As a double bass player, I love seeing old basses and wondering what stories they could tell. But I also love seeing the creation of new masterpieces, including this Kanzian & Traunsteiner five-string bass. Alex Kanzian and Fabian Traunsteiner are luthiers based in Vienna,...
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Monday January 9, 2017. 09:30 PM
So, you recently acquired a double bass. This is great news! Welcome! Or perhaps you simply resolved that this was the year you got serious about playing and you increased your time at the instrument. Fantastic! Or maybe you picked up some regular gigs! Even better! Either...
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Karl Clews sent us this tribute video and solo bass arrangement he made following the passing of George Michael. Karl takes on Michael’s 80’s pop classic, “Careless Whisper,” performed on his 2003 Status Graphite Kingbass Artist.
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One year after his passing, a new David Bowie album has been released. No Plan is a four-song EP featuring the previously released track “Lazarus” plus three songs from the Lazarus musical. The tracks are the pop legend’s final recordings. As with his final full-length Blacks...
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It’s the end of the first week of the new year, and we have you covered with the weekly top 10 here on No Treble. Thanks for being here! 1. 2016 Reader Favorite Bassists At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up...
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Sunday January 8, 2017. 09:30 PM
Fodera is gearing up for NAMM by introducing two new Standard models with the Fodera Emperor-J Classic and Monarch-P Classic. The retro-styled basses are built in Fodera’s Brooklyn shop alongside their custom instruments but are built in batch with limited options to keep...
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Jesús Rico Pérez is back with another stunning Michael Manring cover. This time around he performs “Red Right Returning,” which appeared on Michael’s 1991 album, Drastic Measures. No easy feat!
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