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Wednesday May 31, 2017. 06:36 PM
Discover Double Bass’s Geoff Chalmers shared this video, and it blew me away. Adam Chaffins delivers a solo performance of Wilco’s “Hate It Here” with intensity, intimacy, and great bass playing.
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Tuesday May 30, 2017. 08:00 PM
After announcing the amp at NAMM this year, Trickfish Amplification is now shipping the Bullhead.5K bass amp. The straight-ahead unit features a Mike Pope low noise preamp matched to a Class D power amplifier that dishes out 500 watts at 8 ohms or 700 watts at 4 ohms. Its EQ ...
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Richard Bona is a captivating musician on his own. Add the Metropole Orkest and you’ve got some glorious music for your ears. Here’s Bona and the orchestra performing last year honoring Quincy Jones for the BBC Proms. Bona fronts the massive group with his bass and a...
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Monday May 29, 2017. 11:00 PM
Clip-on tuners are notorious for being iffy on the bass, but now Korg has released one specifically for us. The AW-LT100B is a clip-on tuner dedicated to bass instruments with enhanced sensitivity for detecting the low-frequency range. “It uses a chromatic mode with...
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This week we’re checking out a submission from Frederiek de Vette, who just finished making her first bass. For a first shot, it looks like an incredible instrument. “Building a musical instrument is something I dreamed of doing one day. After having to quit playing because...
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Jason Everett, aka Mister E, sent in this awesome cover of Suzanne Vega’s “Caramel” on his fretless seven string bass. Covering the bass line and chords, the bassist mixes in Vega’s vocals for an awesome and intimate cover.
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Sunday May 28, 2017. 11:00 PM
2017 marks the ten years since Between the Buried and Me released their seminal album Colors. To celebrate, the band is embarking on an extensive North American tour in which they will play the album in its entirety. “Colors was our statement of rebellion,” the band states....
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Switzerland’s Greuter Audio has expanded their line of effects with the Fuller Drive. Described as a “very expressive low-to-mid-gain overdrive,” the pedal features a discrete JFET circuit design that they say makes it act like a good tube amp. “The basic idea was to build...
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Wayne Jones may be known for his innovative bass amp designs, but he’s also a great bassist himself. Here’s a cool clip of his band playing a benefit concert on December 4th, 2016 at Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. Jones leads the band on his bass with...
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Saturday May 27, 2017. 08:00 PM
Japan’s Providence Effects has released a new comprehensive effects switching unit for the bass called the Bass FX Console BFX-1. The new bass switcher is fitted with an on-board preamp, the company’s Vitalizer B buffer, and an XLR direct output. “The Bass FX Console BFX-1...
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I really enjoyed Kevin’s recent interview with Mai Agan. Among the topics they discussed was her work with the legendary David Crosby. “Croz is on fire! I mean, he is singing really really good. He is a happy man, and you can hear it in his music,” she said. “On Sky Trails...
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Friday May 26, 2017. 11:00 PM
Rockabilly supergroup Headcat has been on hiatus since bassist Lemmy Kilmister’s passing in December 2015. Kilmister formed the band with Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B. Harvey back in 1999 and gigged throughout their 15 years. Now Phantom and Harvey have announced the band...
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Maine’s Arkham Sound has expanded their line of tube preamps with the Abyss. Described as a mid-priced addition to their lineup, the preamp features the same core circuit as their Bullet and Zephyr models and can be used standalone or mounted in a rack. The Abyss centers...
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Tetrafusion has just released their latest album, Dreaming of Sleep, on Bandcamp. The prog-metal outfit is anchored by bassist Mark Michell, who released this playthrough video for the song “10,001” to show you how it’s done. Michell rips through the track with killer...
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Thursday May 25, 2017. 11:00 PM
Billy Sheehan and Mr. Big are gearing up for their ninth album, due to be released on July 7th. Defying Gravity will feature the original lineup of Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Sheehan, and Pat Torpey, although Torpey shares duties with drummer Matt Starr after being diagnosed ...
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At the beginning of the year, new CITES regulations went into effect for all species of rosewood. The wood is very common in basses and other stringed instruments as a fretboard material. To address the issue, Fender released a statement on how they are changing their...
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Ever since the Ring Spiel Tour ’95 album came out last year, I’ve been hooked on this song. “Walking The Cow” is an odd little tune written by Daniel Johnston and reimagined here by Mike Watt along with Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Pat Smear, and William Goldsmith. Watt lays dow...
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Wednesday May 24, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: I really dug the last column about albums to check out, if you want to get into jazz. I found a ton of great stuff that I actually liked in there! Do you have any more suggestions that extend beyond the jazz genre? A: Thanks! I’m glad that you discovered some new music. ...
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It seems like you just can’t get away from fidget spinners right now. Luckily, YouTube bassist Davie504 decided to put one to good use. Here’s a cool clip of him using a fidget spinner to play the main theme to “Misirlou”. The fad toy makes for good tremolo pick.
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Growing up in what he describes as “the wildest and weirdest parts of West Wales,” Liam “Leroy” Owen lived in a home without a TV signal. “So music was what we did,” he shares. His dad – a guitarist – had plenty of instruments around, and when it came time for Liam to choose...
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