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Friday August 25, 2017. 11:00 PM
Funkateers rejoice! Bootsy Collins has announced he will be releasing a new album this October entitled World Wide Funk. The star-studded record will be his first release in six years. “The whole concept was not only about playing music or being current on this album, but...
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Mu-FX has expanded their pedal line with a new compact pedal. The Micro-Tron III is described as “a compact, convenient, and affordable” version of the classic Musitronics Corp. Mu-Tron III envelope filter, which was originally introduced in the 1972. “The Micro-Tron III...
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Jason Raso shared this video of his second track from his “Session One” series. As a bonus, Michael Manring appears on the track. Jason lays down a sweet groove behind the band, which offers some beautiful, lyrical playing by Manring over top.
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Thursday August 24, 2017. 08:30 PM
A Minneapolis native, BrownMark has always known what it means to be funky. The bassist cut his teeth in the musically rich city before being picked up by the one and only Prince in 1981 for his 1981 Controversy tour. The bassist held his own and was featured on the albums...
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It’s been a while since we’ve posted a new Johan Hansén-Larson video, so I was pumped to see him post a new bass version of the jazz standard “Solar.” The bassist, who now rocks an incredible beard, puts his own spin on the song with an incredible fluidity and musicality...
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Wednesday August 23, 2017. 11:00 PM
Pigtronix has expanded their other-worldly effects lineup with the Mothership 2 Analog Synthesizer. Building on the original Mothership, the new pedal packs tons of features into a smaller footprint. It has five dual-concentric potentiometers and two toggle switches. The...
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Q: I work a “real job” – as in four 10-hour days a week. I get up at 3:15 am Tuesday through Friday, commute to work, put in my 10 hour day, plus a half-hour for lunch, and by the time I get home from my afternoon commute, it can be as late as 6...
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Bassist Shob sent us a video of his new tune, “The Right Move,” and we’re digging the funky sound. The tune appears on Shob’s new album, Karma Obscur. We’re going to keep our eye on this bassist and band.
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Meet Jesse Baumgartner, a bassist who can thank two people for his love for bass and music. One was his own father, and another was the father of a friend, who gave him some music that started him on his path. Jesse is this week’s reader in the spotlight (you can be next!)...
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Tuesday August 22, 2017. 09:30 PM
The popular Marcus Miller line of basses by Sire Guitars is growing this year with two new models: the P7 and the V9. The P7 is the company’s first P-style bass, while the V9 adds a solid maple top and quilted veneer to the V7 model. Available in four and five-string...
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Miki Santamaria always amazes us with his stellar technique and musicianship. This video is no different. In this clip, Miki shows off some sweet slap bass, with plenty of groove. If you dig this, Miki has made the tab and backing tracks available, here.
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The New Mastersounds have announced that groove guru Pete Shand needs your help. The bassist, who is also working on Bernard Purdie’s new album, is in need of an emergency surgery to correct his spine. The band made the announcement on their Facebook page. “Pete needs your...
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Monday August 21, 2017. 11:30 PM
Our friend Sébastien Thorel sent us pictures a couple of gorgeous basses to check out, including this six-string Lyra by CG Lutherie. “I first met CG at a bass day in Annecy (a French town in Rhône Alpes) where he came with some of his handmade basses,” he wrote. “I was...
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Here is the second Parker line as promised – you can put it together with the C-7 F7 line from Part 1 and you get a cool turnaround lick: D-7 to G7 leading to C-7 to F7! So that gives you a nice two bar iii vi ii v line in B♭. (And be sure...
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Zander Zon has released a collaboration video with Tommy Lee Depp, and it offers up a terrific arrangement of Alan Walker’s tune, “Sing Me To Sleep.” “It was great to do these arrangements with Tommy,” Zander shared. “He’s become a leading solo bass player on YouTube due...
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Sunday August 20, 2017. 11:00 PM
The UK’s Rainger FX has expanded their Dwarf Bass mini-pedal lineup with the Dwarf Bleep Bass. The pedal takes their Dr. Freakenstein Fuzz circuit and enhances it for bass while also adding an 8-bit sound glitching effect from their Dwarf Bleep pedal. It comes with the compan...
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The other day I was watching Michael Brecker’s version of ¨Nothing Personal” in 9/8 meter. I really liked this version and the group that played it. After some research, I found a Norwegian band called Farmers Market. I then contacted bassist Finn Guttormsen, who during the...
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Karl Clews wanted to pay tribute to Glen Campbell, who passed away on August 8th. He sent us this video of his solo bass arrangement of the 1968 country classic, “Wichita Lineman,” as performed by Campbell. Beautiful song.
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Saturday August 19, 2017. 09:15 PM
Höfner has introduced the Club Bass 500/2 Double Cut, a model inspired by the original 1965 model. The short-scale, hollow body bass dishes out old school tone with a double cutaway design for easy access to the upper register. It’s built with a select spruce top and flame...
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This is a longer video than we normally share, but hey, it’s Saturday… and it’s Vulfpeck and Joe Dart. Vulfpeck joined Trey Anastasio Band at Red Rocks back in May. Thankfully, they filmed it. Here’s the set list: Fugue State Cory Wong El Chepe Outro Rango with Trey...
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