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Friday August 10, 2018. 03:30 PM
3Leaf Audio has announced the custom color for the August run of their Proton envelope filter. Limited to 100 units, the pedal will come in a striking Gulf livery. 3Leaf calls the Proton a “modern homage to the classic sounds of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Bootsy Collins...
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Warwick’s RockBoard has introduced the Patchworks Solderless Patch Cable System. The two-directional, two-piece solderless plug was designed in Germany to “always offer the plug orientation you need,” as they can be switched from straight to angled and back. The plugs have a...
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Thursday August 9, 2018. 09:30 PM
I’m always interested in unique characters that play the bass, so when I read that Lucas Warford was described as “the acid baby of Tom Waits and Les Claypool,” I was sold. One listen to his band Three for Silver backs up that portrayal. Warford’s unique style isn’t just an...
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Here’s another excellent clip from YYNOT’s Melbourne, Florida concert back in June, with one of my all-time favorite Rush tunes. “100% live, no overdubs… first time playing it after one quick run through,” the band shared. Once again, Tim Starace nails that tone (and handles...
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George Speed has been performing Vivaldi sonatas for several years, and now he’s released an album of them. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic principal bassist performs all six of the Italian baroque composer’s works for cello in arrangements for double bass and piano. Speed...
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Parquet Courts has announced a new batch of tour dates for the winter in support of their new album, Wide Awake. After wrapping up the festival circuit, the band will head to Europe in November. The new dates range begin November 30th at Spirit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
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Wednesday August 8, 2018. 09:30 PM
Q: Do you ever get scared? How do you deal with performance anxiety? A: I’ve written a fair amount about various types of musical situations I’ve found myself in, related anxiety, and how I’ve navigated it but this may be the first time I’ve written purely on fear....
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This is one awesome cover. Bassist May Patcharapong took the stage at the Saxophone Pub and Restaurant with his band and performed Marcus Miller’s “Run For Cover.” So groovy.
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Rare Earth Music has unveiled the Earthboard, a magnetically-powered and designed pedalboard that they say decreases the hassles and limitations of conventional designs. “The patented Earthboard next-gen design incorporates rare earth magnets (the strongest magnets...
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Meet Steve Burke, who grew up around lots of musical instruments, taking him on the path from drums to guitar to bass. It was in high school when he started focusing more on bass, which eventually took him to Berklee. Steve is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight....
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Tuesday August 7, 2018. 09:30 PM
In 2005 I traveled to Zurich for my first gig with an iconic jazz pianist (out of respect for his privacy, he’ll remain nameless). We haven’t rehearsed. We haven’t spoken about what we’re going to play. I’m told we’ll go over everything at the sound check but said p...
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On July 18th, The Midnight Hour recorded this episode of NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert.” The band features A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and his awesome purple P-Bass. NPR shares the background: “After years of produced releases and jam sessions, A Tribe...
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Grateful Dead fans will want to check out the new tour from Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, a new trio featuring the Dead guitarist alongside former Primus drummer Jay Lane and bassist Don Was of Was (Not Was). Was, who is also a prolific music producer and the current president of...
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We’ve featured a couple of instruments by AJR Guitarmods over the past couple years, and now we’re checking out their lightest bass yet: the Swift Lite 34-inch four-string bass. The inspiration came to luthier Andy Rogers while thinking of the first time he picked up a bass....
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Monday August 6, 2018. 09:30 PM
In what promises to be one of the best books of the year, Harper Collins has announced they will be publishing Geddy Lee’s Big Book of Beautiful Bass this December. The Rush bassist will chronicle his personal collection of basses that range from the 1950s to the 1980s with c...
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No Treble reader Kevin Floyd sent us this video, and we were impressed not only with the performance but also the story behind it. “My drummer friend, Jon, suggested I try this song. I’m always up for a challenge. In between my day job and gigs with my main band, Sexy Monster...
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All-star prog rock group Sons of Apollo has canceled the remainder of its summer festival appearances. The band, anchored by Billy Sheehan on a doubleneck bass, made the announcement on Facebook. “Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, Sons Of Apollo regretfully...
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Sunday August 5, 2018. 09:30 PM
TC Electronic has expanded their bass amp line with the BQ250 and the BQ500. Rated at 250 and 500 watts, respectively, the head units are described as “bare-bones bass power.” Each features a MOSFET preamp with a custom 4-band EQ as well as a built-in Thrust compressor...
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Double bassist Joe Policastro has just released a new video for his song, “No Idea,” featuring his awesome trio with Dave Miller on guitar and Mikel Avery on drums. The bass player sets things up with cool, uptempo melody in the upper register with an open string drone undern...
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Alabama’s Yellowcake Pedals has combined two of their pedals to create the Furry and Fried. The left side of the pedal is their Furry Burrito fuzz/overdrive while the right contains their Fried Gold light/medium overdrive. “[The Furry Burrito is] a versatile overdrive/fuzz...
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