December 2020

Bassists

ARTICLES

Djunah RR homepage

Rig Rundown: Djunah

November 4, 2020
Tap-dancing, noise-rocking Donna Diane conjures lightning and thunder by layering her Kurt Ballou-designed Craftsman guitar over a Moog Minitaur bass synth.
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Ron Carter

Ron Carter Needs You to Focus

November 4, 2020
If you're on a gig or session with a legend don't even think about checking your cell.
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Steve Swallow in Flight

November 3, 2020
At 79, the father of electric jazz bass is busy inventing and innovating as a composer, player, and instrument designer—and continuing his 40-year collaboration with John Scofield via the new Swallow Tales.
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State of the Stomp Hondo Felder homepage

For the Love of Demos, Pt. 1

November 2, 2020
Bassist Hondo Felder looks for the versatility factor.
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Boris Wields the Hammer of Doom

October 22, 2020
Wata and Takeshi take a Jackson Pollock approach to jamming—via a legion of amps and effects—to create the new soundtrack for the apocalypse, NO.
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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Announces McCartney III

October 22, 2020
Recorded in "rockdown," the album was mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing and drumming atop that foundation.
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Listen to the November 2020 PG Spotify Playlist

October 14, 2020
This month's jams include Boris, John Scofield, Julian Bream, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nick Perri, Noveller, and more.
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Album Spotlight: Thundercat’s Cosmic Tilt-A-Whirl

August 10, 2020
On It Is What It Is, the bassist examines the loss of his best friend, Mac Miller, through a deep-dive, jazz-fusion opus.
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Sean Hurley

Wong Notes Episode 7: Sean Hurley

July 15, 2020
The first-call session bassist (John Mayer, Morissey, Lana Del Rey) discusses gig prep, gear essentials, and how confidence improves tone.
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Bass

Practice Makes Music: Creative Ways to Learn from Your Favorite Artists

June 27, 2020
A guide on how modern R&B and pop could unlock your inner practice addict.
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Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Most Iconic Basses

June 26, 2020
Verdine, Flea, Sheehan, Josephine and six other legends show us their favorite earth-rumblers!
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Live at Grimey's: The Wood Brothers

March 19, 2020
In support of their just-released eighth studio album, Kingdom in My Mind, Chris, Oliver, and percussionist Jano Rix strip down some of their newest songs.
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Listen to the April 2020 PG Spotify Playlist

March 18, 2020
This month's playlist includes new tunes from Nili Brosh, Drive-By Tuckers, Sons of Apollo, Alcest, and more.
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Judas Priest

Judas Priest Announces 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour

February 24, 2020
The tour will feature Sabaton as an opener.
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Scott McMicken

Rig Rundown: Dr. Dog

February 12, 2020
Solid-state bizarros, custom instruments, and shape-shifting digital dynamos power these lo-fi rockers' aural adventures.
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Sons of Apollo homepage

"It’s Not Just a Gimmick.” Bumblefoot Defends Fretless Guitar—and Billy Sheehan Backs Him Up

February 11, 2020
With twin doublenecks and zero amps, the shred legends bring the heavy to their second album with prog supergroup Sons of Apollo.
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Which Pro Bassist Has the Wildest Pedalboard?

February 6, 2020
Poliça’s Chris Bierden, PG editors, and our Reader of the Month discuss low-enders with staggering stomp stations.
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Song Premiere: King Buffalo’s “Eta Carinae”

January 28, 2020
The psych-rock power trio unleashes an eight-minute opus blending elements of drone, stoner rock, and “War Pigs" from their forthcoming Dead Star EP.
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The Wood Brothers’ Sonic Voodoo

January 23, 2020
Chris and Oliver Wood conjure a raunchy, old-time Americana sound for their new album, Kingdom in My Mind.
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17 Guitar & Bass Heroes Hail Their Heroes

January 14, 2020
Joe Satriani, Thurston Moore, Molly Tuttle, Tommy Emmanuel, John Doe, Lzzy Hale, Kurt Vile, Wayne Kramer, Chris McQueen, and eight more of today’s greats discuss the contemporary players who give them the shivers.
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