Tony Levin : Soup 1

Tony Levin : Soup
Tony Levin has released a CD “Soup”. Show your support for artists by purchasing direct whenever possible. Just who is Tony Levin you ask? Let me tell you. Actually, let’s start with a few quotes from other musicians… “Tony Levin is one of the best bass players in the world, if not THE best” – ...

Bauhaus Reissues : A Glut Of Goth

Bauhaus Reissues : A Glut Of Goth
Bauhaus remains one of my favorite bands of all time. As a young guitarist in the 70s I was a fan of Led Zeppelin and KISS. I liked dark, big music (and I still do). In the early 80s I also became enamored of new wave and the “new romantic” music that was coming out ...

Friday Punk

Friday Punk
Back in high school (1977) I was enamored of anything that was loud and scary. Bonus points if it freaked out my parents (sorry mom…). I had already discovered KISS, Stravinsky, and Led Zeppelin. Then one night I was at a party and someone put on Never Mind The Bollocks by the Sex Pistols, and ...

Stick Man

I have always gravitated toward interesting musicians who deliver a compelling, well-crafted groove. One of my favorite musicians is Tony Levin, and he always seems to be at the center of music I’m listening to. It’s largely due to Tony’s playing that I bought a Chapman Stick. My first attempts at transcribing bass parts were a ...

Tool "10,000 Days" 1

Tool "10,000 Days"
I sometimes lament the sorry state of rock. It seems to me that I grew up surrounded by great rock from bands like KISS, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Scorpions, Mötley Crüe, Rush, and so on. What I love about rock is the energy and the role of thunderous guitar and aggressive bass. At some ...

The Essential Jaco Pastorius

The Essential Jaco Pastorius
Last week during a team lunch expedition I lobbied my co-workers to make a quick side trip to a CD store in West Seattle. They were kind enough to agree, and I picked up two discs that I had been wanting. One was the latest Tool release (review forthcoming), and the other was a double CD titled

Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
During my junior year of high school (1980), I heard the Dead Kennedys debut album “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables” at a rocking party. I had heard other punk bands and was a fan of Black Flag, the Clash, the Misfits, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, but something about the DKs particularly resonated with me. The music was energetic and ...

Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart : Take Me To God

Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart : Take Me To God
Jah Wobble (real name John Wardle) is a bassist whose music origins are intertwined with longtime friend Jonny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. In 1980, Sid Vicious lent him a bass, and two months later Jah Wobble landed a gig with his pal Johnny Rotten (now John Lydon) in the newly formed band Public Image ...

Material: Hallucination Engine

Material: Hallucination Engine
Bill Laswell is a prolific, multi-talented musician and producer. I always find his projects fascinating, and many of his CDs are brilliant multi-ethnic style collisions. One of his recurring projects is called Material. This particular recording features Laswell along with musical luminaries Nicky Skopelitis, Wayne Shorter, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Shankar, Sly Dunbar, Jonas Hellborg, ...

Dalis Car 1

Dalis Car
One of my favorite bassists is Mick Karn, formerly of the band Japan. He is a complete musical stylist, and his playing is unmistakably unique. This musical project is a collaboration with vocalist Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) and Paul Vincent Lawford (credited with “rhythm construction”). The music on this CD has a spellbinding atmosphere. It’s nonspecific ...