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The Bass Zone / 2014 Jack Bruce Interviews
« on: November 14, 2017, 01:18:28 AM »
Two interviews with some similarities, but also some differences.  In one, for instance, he is asked which guitarist he liked playing with the most.  Jack dodges the question.  In the other, he seems to indicate he leaned toward Gary Moore (because of their Scottish-Irish bond.)

The Bass Zone / Bass Player's Rant About the RRHOF
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:02:07 PM »
This probably could have been said more concisely, but here is an article that may be of interest to some.

Rickenbacker Basses / Ric Article
« on: August 17, 2017, 11:45:32 PM »
Although this is more about guitars than bass, I thought this might be of some interest to people who haven't seen it.  i didn't see it posted anywhere.

The Outpost Cafe / Downplaying the 1960s British Invasion
« on: May 06, 2015, 09:10:26 PM »
I've discussed this already to an extent in other topics.  The main idea is that there are people out there (like a close relative I have) who dislike the music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and think "real" music only began with rap/hip-hop in the early 90s.  Having been around someone who feels this way in real life, the chasm between someone like myself who likes rock and someone who doesn't is almost impossible to completely put into words.  Suffice it to say that there is no room for any compromise or negotiation at all.  It's just people having extremely radically different tastes in music.  But now we have attempts to quantitatively "prove" that current music is really great and music from the past isn't so great.  Certainly, my relative feels that way. 

It appears that these so-called "scientists" feel the same way.  It isn't enough that they dislike rock music.  They also want to prove that it was never even as important as a lot of people seem to think.  I doubt if I would have even bothered posting this if I hadn't had to live with it on a personal level for so long.  I suspect a lot of it is just a generational thing.  It's pretty common for one generation to not like the generation's music that came before it.  There are quite a number of articles about this today.  This one just happens to be the first one I ran across this morning when I was reading through NME as I often do.

The Outpost Cafe / Jack Bruce's Final Song
« on: April 27, 2015, 02:50:28 PM »
From an acoustic tribute to the Beatles just coming out now. 

The Bass Zone / When is a bass not bass?
« on: December 31, 2014, 09:15:31 PM »
I'm going to have to agree with one of the comments below the article which says, in effect, if a bass isn't holding the bottom, if it's losing the groove, it isn't bass.  It's just telling people you can play lead guitar on big strings. 

With a few exceptions (such as Hendrix,) lead guitar solos bore me out of my mind.  Why should I want to listen to someone trying to do the same thing for bass?  Something which a bass really isn't designed for, I might add.

The Outpost Cafe / 34th Anniversary of John Lennon's Death
« on: December 08, 2014, 09:27:08 PM »

Lyrics NSFW

The Outpost Cafe / Daylight Saving--Movie Trailer
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:39:39 PM »
I accidentally discovered this and was pleasantly surprised. 

The Outpost Cafe / Gene Simmons: Rock Is Finally Dead
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:45:36 AM »
When a subject like this comes up, somebody usually says that if you think good music is hard to find, then you're not looking hard enough, etc.  To some extent that may be true.  But there is a difference between following the music of an established band and following the music of a band faced with an uncertain future--a band that may not even be able to make enough from music to fully focus on it.  Like Gene Simmons says in this article, don't quit your day job is good advice.

The Outpost Cafe / DMB
« on: August 01, 2014, 01:18:52 PM »
Recently, I got into a discussion with two people who like the Dave Matthews Band a lot.  One of them is a good friend.  So our discussion was polite, interesting and civil.  We had already established that our tastes in music were very different.  So, it was no surprise when I asked her about Dave Matthews and she said she liked him.  The other person isn't a friend, and in fact, got really offended, lashed out at me, said he hated bands that I liked, etc. 

I realize that people do have different tastes.  Nothing could be more obvious.  Yet, I am baffled that the DMB is so incredibly successful.  I've tried listening to the music several times and it's always the same result.  With the possible exception of Modest Mouse, this may be the worst music I've ever heard.  It sounds like a drunk person mumbling.  Earlier today, mostly out of curiosity, I made one last attempt to listen to Dave Matthew songs on YouTube.  The result is that it actually physically drained me.  It was kind of like recovering from the flu.  You're trying to be okay, but feel so weak and drained anyway.  Yet according to Wikipedia, the DMB made more money and sold more tickets from 2000 to 2010 than anybody else.  I guess I must be living in the wrong country.  I honestly don't understand what's going on.  Also, what kind of music is this anyway?  One person described it as "mood music."  I have no idea what that is even supposed to mean.   Dave Matthews has been around for quite a while.  I had assumed that sooner or later I would figure out what the appeal is supposed to be with this music, but that simply has never happened. 

The Outpost Cafe / A Musician's Take On a Tough Economy
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:46:33 PM »
Although this is a drummer, it could apply to a bassist, a guitarist, anybody.  Pretty good article.

The Outpost Cafe / Claude Hay
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:42:24 AM »
A friend asked me if I had heard of this guy.  I hadn't.  I looked him up and he is Australian.  It looks like most of the time he has a solo act, literally doing everything himself.  But here is a video of him performing with a bassist and drummer.  It's too bad they don't get together as a real band.  They're better than a lot of people who are supposedly real bands, IMO.  Evidently, this is from a private party.  As for the artist Claude Hay himself, all I know is what I just looked up on Wikipedia.

Edit:  Based on the caption on this video, maybe this is already a real band.  Looking at all the other videos on this on YouTube, it doesn't look like it.  But I just don't know for sure.  Regardless, it's good music to wake up to on a Sunday morning. 

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