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Welcome to the Jungle

Guns n' Roses, Welcome to the Jungle: guitars and bass only (impeccably clear tracks); lead guitar and bass removed (highlighting the vocal and drum tracks).
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 15, 2014 - 30 comments

I Don't Want To Hide My Love

N.A.S.A. - Hide (feat. Aynzli Jones) [Tropkillaz Remix] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 1, 2014 - 6 comments

Workalcoholics

"We pressed up Infinite. We might have pressed up maybe five hundred, a thousand records tops. We couldn’t give them away. Nobody was feeling it. We don't know why. Then Marshall, I think he was sitting on the toilet making a poop, and he came up with the alter ego. He came into the studio, talking about this alter ego that he has now."
An interview with Jeff Bass
, who, along with his brother Mark, produced and co-wrote Eminem's first two albums (plus Lose Yourself from the 8 Mile soundtrack).
[more inside]
posted by mannequito on Nov 6, 2013 - 25 comments

On Charles Mingus

An Argument With Instruments: On Charles Mingus. How a jazz artist’s relationship to black identity gave his music its stormy weather. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Sep 21, 2013 - 9 comments

Low-end melodicism at its most sublime

You're perhaps familiar with the Stevie Wonder classic, For Once in My Life. It's a great little tune, catchy, pleasing, just makes you feel good. What you may never have really thought about, though, is how much James Jamerson's bass line has to do with the tune's infectious brilliance. So, check out James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized. I mean, just... damn! Right?
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 30, 2013 - 73 comments

Bass Dogs.

Bass Dogs, Because people who play bass with their fingers look like they're tickling hairy dogs.
posted by bondcliff on Aug 7, 2013 - 27 comments

Ah.... the name is Bootsy, Baby!

From the Summit in the Houston Astrodome, October 31, 1976:
Bootsy Collins - Ah... The name is Bootsy baby/Disco to go
Bootsy Collins - Psychoticbumpschool
Bootsy Collins - Another Point of View
Back in the day: James Brown & Bobby Byrd (on bass, Bootsy Collins) - Sex Machine & Soul Power
See also: Booty's Basic Funk Formula
Bootsy Lecture on the One: James Brown vs. Parliament [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Dec 19, 2012 - 27 comments

My name is GRiZ

GRiZ - Mad Liberation. Take a 21 year old bedroom producer from Michigan, raise them on the the internet with a near complete access to the history of modern music with a focus on electronic/dance and apparently you get this incredibly humanistic and cross-cultural album that's both homage, monument and appropriation of hundreds of influences in modern music in an incredibly dubby dubstep framework. (Free album download here.)
posted by loquacious on Sep 5, 2012 - 67 comments

How Low Can You Go

Decca's international search for the lowest singing voice out there - specifically, a voice that can sing Low E, three octaves below middle C - has been won by Tim Storms (warning, auto starts some sound). Storms is Guinness record holder of Lowest human voice and widest vocal range for male. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Aug 20, 2012 - 50 comments

Extended Range Guitars

There comes a time in the musical lives of some guitar players when six strings just won't get the job done. They need seven. Or eight. Or nine. Or ten. Or eleven. Or twelve. Or eighteen. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Jul 25, 2012 - 27 comments

Bob Babbitt 1937-2012

Bob Babbitt, longtime session musician and member of Motown's house band The Funk Brothers, has died at 74. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jul 20, 2012 - 21 comments

Because it was square.

Nice looking and sounding diy bass made with a C64. (SLYT). At first I thought she was just using the body of the thing, but there is some C64 goodness in the sound as well.
posted by not_that_epiphanius on Jul 11, 2012 - 30 comments

Building the Hofner Violin Beatles Bass

Building the Hofner Violin Beatles Bass
posted by Confess, Fletch on Jun 9, 2012 - 59 comments

RIP mister bassman, Donald "Duck" Dunn

Millions may know him best from one of the only lines he delivered in the Blues Brothers movie: "We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline". Others who notice these things will remember him as the guy who also played the bass in the Blues Brothers band. And those for whom Stax records and the Memphis sound are important will know him as the four-string foundation of the great Booker T and the MGs, and the man who lent his solid, no-frills bass lines to many a tune by soul luminaries Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and lots of other greats. Memphis-born bassman Donald "Duck" Dunn has died while on tour (along with fellow legend and bandmate Steve Cropper) in Tokyo. RIP, Duck Dunn, and if there's any goat piss in heaven, I know you're gonna turn it into gasoline up there, too.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 13, 2012 - 112 comments

Fingathing: glitchy astral-funk crafted from a turntable and a double bass

"I suppose quite a few of you are gonna be sorta wondering what the hells going on and who the hell we are, em, but um, we're called Fingathing and we're from Manchester. My name's Peter Parker and I play, like, one turntable, and this dude over here is Sneaky, and he plays the double bass. And basically that's it. That's how we make our music." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 27, 2012 - 15 comments

Doug Wimbish! Doug Wimbish!

Doug Wimbish plays bass.
posted by Trurl on Jan 9, 2012 - 22 comments

Larry Graham plays funk bass

Larry Graham plays funk bass. And part 2.
posted by joost de vries on Dec 30, 2011 - 27 comments

Trust Me Joe, I'll Clear my Schedule

Zooey Deschanel and Joesph Gordon-Levitt sing " What Are You Doing On New Years Eve"
posted by The Whelk on Dec 29, 2011 - 127 comments

"Ask for forgiveness, not permission."

Tricks for getting your violin on a plane, by Lara St. John.
How about an upright bass? A cello? A guitar? (previously) A trombone? A tuba (and other horns)? What about lutes, a djembe, a hurdy-gurdy, or bagpipes?
(Some general tips. More general tips - part 1, part 2.)
posted by flex on Dec 27, 2011 - 36 comments

Ridiculous musicianship.

"So at first, I thought it was a joke. NOPE... The singer sounds like freggin Stevie first of all, the bassist just SLAYS it, and the drummer is solid as a rock". So says a bass players' forum commenter about Sweden's DirtyLoops who's ferociously tight Baby has been spreading fast online in the last 24 hours. Bonus links: their Just Dance cover, and Youtube channel. [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots on Dec 22, 2011 - 55 comments

Kim Jong Illin'

Kim Jong-il Dropping The Bass
posted by The Discredited Ape on Dec 20, 2011 - 26 comments

Something Is Happening That Is Not Happening At All.

Observe a classy penguin. It's worth it. Take time. If you don't expect something big huge and exciting, usually, um... [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Sep 8, 2011 - 30 comments

Steinberger instruments

The most famous Steinberger design is the L-series instrument... made entirely of the Steinberger Blend, a proprietary graphite and carbon fiber mix in two pieces: the main body and a faceplate. It had no headstock for tuning, tuning instead at a redesigned tailpiece using micrometer-style tuners and special strings with a ball at both ends.
posted by Trurl on May 13, 2011 - 43 comments

Bass Jumping

Shot with a Canon 5D MarkII at high shutter speeds, this video of a bassist's hand movements show a frequency that results in amazing string wobble (Vimeo; 1.11).
posted by bwg on Feb 13, 2011 - 70 comments

Ghosts

Mick Karn, bass player for Japan, Dali's Car and Gary Numan is dead at 52.
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar on Jan 4, 2011 - 34 comments

Know Pleasures

Joy Division bassist Peter Hook talks about performing tracks from Unknown Pleasures.
posted by Artw on Dec 3, 2010 - 17 comments

Taking local politics global

Cross-dressing bass-playing Korean otaku endorses Meg Whitman for governor of California! [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Oct 24, 2010 - 22 comments

Music for everyone

We've had a post on bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding previously, but perhaps we could do with an update. Last year she played at the White House for Stevie Wonder's Gershwin Prize concert and again for the Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word (previously). In December she performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and, according to wikipedia, her February 6 performance on Austin Cty Limits (PBS [US only?], with Madeleine Peyroux) made her the most-searched person, and the second-most-searched item on Google the next day. [more inside]
posted by Someday Bum on Apr 16, 2010 - 7 comments

Born from jungle techno, the amen break, hip-hop and dub: a history of Drum'n'Bass

Perhaps you were there in 1991 when someone spun We Are i.e. for the first time. Maybe you were a suburban rebel in the mid 1990s, listening to British pirate radio and taping the broadcasts. Or you kept it legit and heard Fabio and Grooverider on Kiss FM or BBC Radio 1. Perhaps you only caught wind of it when Goldie was on BBC's Maestro (prev). You might spend your time figuring out which breaks were used, from the well-known Amen, Brother sample (prev), to Both Eyes Open by Lucille Brown & Billy Clark. Or maybe you don't know the difference between clownstep and liquid funk, but it sounds like something you want to know more about. Step inside, junglist, and embrace the bass. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 9, 2010 - 70 comments

TED? Head(hunters)

Herbie Hancock delivers a TED Talk. Not much talking, plenty of jamming. Marcus Miller and Harvey Mason accompany Hancock. Check out the monster Watermelon Man that starts around fourteen minutes in.
posted by fixedgear on Jan 12, 2010 - 11 comments

From Bass to Brother

A poster on Talk Bass wanted to get a cool, old, down-on-his luck bassist a bass to play again. And in the course of doing so, reunited him with his long lost brother. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Jan 6, 2010 - 21 comments

Santa's Death Panel

Abandoned in a hat in the middle of a snowdrift as a newborn, rescued by a woodsman and guarded by a lioness, stolen and raised by a wood nymph, instructed in the ways of all the languages of the animals as a child, on the threshold of manhood he visited medieval Europe, feudal Japan, and Arabian markets to learn the inherent evil of humanity. For his insistence on toymaking, he was terrorized and repeatedly captured by a race determined to corrupt young minds, until his immortal protector came out to defend him with a laser-shooting axe which eradicated the malevolent culture. But can that same protector defend his ward's life to the likes of the Commander of the Wind Demons? The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause, a Rankin/Bass production, Part [1] [2] [3] [4] [5].
posted by Navelgazer on Dec 7, 2009 - 45 comments

Extended Range Instruments

Sure, every band geek has heard of the mythic contrabass sax. But I bet you didn't know there were contrabass clarinets and french horns or subcontrabass recorders, flutes, and... uh... this thing. On the other end of the spectrum you've got the sopranino recorder, saxaphone, clarinet, and ukulele.
posted by phrontist on Aug 22, 2009 - 40 comments

RIP Hugh Hopper

RIP Hugh Hopper. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jun 11, 2009 - 18 comments

Wayman Tisdale 1964-2009

Wayman Tisdale is dead at age 44. The 2nd pick in the 1985 NBA draft, he played for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and the Phoenix Suns. His first love was always music, retiring in 1997 to focus on a successful career as a jazz bassist. He released eight albums and was well sought out as a studio musician. [more inside]
posted by uaudio on May 15, 2009 - 16 comments

That old homemade sound.

How to Build: A simple washtub bass. Some variations (on a crazily made webpage). A cookie tin banjo. (Previously) A cigar box guitar, and a cigar box ukulele. A fancy cigar box uke. (Kathy Marsushita's whole amateur luthier projects page is worth checking out, as is this gallery of cool cigar box ukes.)
posted by OmieWise on Apr 22, 2009 - 22 comments

Dreaming of...

People with closed eyes [more inside]
posted by Glow Bucket on Nov 21, 2008 - 18 comments

James Jamerson: Motown's Secret Weapon

"[James] Jamerson terrified bassists all over the world. Still does." [more inside]
posted by edverb on Oct 18, 2008 - 32 comments

The low-down

Two 20th century additions to the comparatively small body of concertos for double bass and orchestra: Einojuhani Rautavaara's Angel Of Dusk (II, III), from 1980, and the 1948 concerto of Eduard Tubin (II, III). Those are courtesy of YouTube, but if you're not sated you can hear still more from bassist Phillip Serna, and a great deal more, from the fine Contrabass Conversations podcast.
posted by Wolfdog on Aug 24, 2008 - 4 comments

Dub(step)

Dubstep is from the UK. It's typified by skittering, shuffled, syncopated rhythms with lots of triplets, dissonant and minor tonality, and most strikingly... (sub)bass. It uses a lot of effects people associate with dub. Crank your woofer and listen to the likes of Skream (who has done a pretty good introductory mix), Plastician, Digital Mystikz, and El-B. [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jul 11, 2008 - 68 comments

Israel 'Cachao' Lopez, R.I.P.

Bassist, bandleader and mambo pioneer Israel 'Cachao' Lopez has died.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 23, 2008 - 11 comments

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding first picked up the bass at fifteen. In the few years since, she has proven herself a master. She is now the youngest faculty member ever at Berklee and a rising star in the jazz scene. She is currently touring with another young and talented jazz gem, Gretchen Parlato.
posted by honeyx on Jan 10, 2008 - 33 comments

Armless Hunters

Armless Hunters [more inside]
posted by dios on Sep 12, 2007 - 47 comments

Rock Songs on Alternate Instruments

Van Halen's Eruption on Violin | Elton John's Rocket Man on Banjo | Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody for solo classical guitar | Foggy Mountain Breakdown arranged for electric slap bass | Toto's Africa for Acoustic Guitar | The Postal Service's Such Great Heights for Voice
posted by jonson on May 21, 2007 - 51 comments

Yes, he does have a midi port for synchronization on the back of his neck.

Man has become machine.
posted by bigmusic on Jan 17, 2007 - 64 comments

This really hertz

20Hz not low enough for you? Aching for 5Hz notes? You need the rotary woofer.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Sep 28, 2006 - 38 comments

bye bye bye to the closet

"I'm Gay"
posted by tsarfan on Jul 26, 2006 - 151 comments

You're with the band

DIY Instruments: Guitar, Bass, A Drum, Yokobue, Pipes, analog synth sound effects. And for those of you who don't want to build anything - you can play the spoons.
posted by bigmusic on May 16, 2006 - 8 comments

Black Monk Time

The Monks
Formed in the early '60s by American G.I.s stationed in Germany. After their discharge, the group settled in Germany to concentrate on finding a unique sound, and soon began to shave their hair into Monk's tonsures and appear in cassocks. One of the truely original bands of the 60's, The Monks are now often refered to as 'proto-punk'. The Monks experimented fervently, developing a unqiue sound, with heavy bass, repetitive but amelodic rhythms, nursery rhyme style, yet powerful vocals and a good helping of feedback. They recorded only one albumn, Black Monk Time, until their 1999 reunion.
Hear some tracks from the albumn (in realmedia), See and hear The Monks Live in Germany, Also, check out Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback, a documentary (with trailer, though there seems to be something wrong with it). [Trivia: the song I Hate You can be heard in the background in one scene in the bowling alley in The Big Lebowski]
posted by MetaMonkey on Apr 21, 2006 - 24 comments

Wow

Meet Bill Clements, bass player. Mr. Clements lost his right hand in an industrial accident in 1989 and had to find a new way to make his music. (embedded video)
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies on Jan 27, 2006 - 22 comments

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