John Ferrara, bassist for globetrotting psych-fusion stalwarts Consider the Source, brings his powerful solo compositions to life with the aid of virtuoso percussionist Seth Moutal in their debut album “Frail Things in Sharp Places” to be released on June 13, 2018.
“We wanted our debut to be an honest representation of ourselves,” John says. “While there’s a lot of shredding, Indian rhythms, looping and tapping, each song has immense emotional significance. We took our time to make sure nothing was gratuitous. This album is who we are. I play a 5-string bass and loop chords and melodies while playing basslines on my homemade Taurus pedals. Seth plays drum set, tablas, and a variety of hand percussion instruments. We play everything you hear on the album, and we try not to record it if we can’t do it live.” Moutal's plethora of percussive timbres blends with Ferrara's trademark cascading loops and growling hand-built synths to create an immersive tapestry of sound and groove....
Again, this year there are spectacular Warwick Limited Models in both the Custom Shop Masterbuilt and as Pro Series Teambuilt versions. All these beautiful LTD 2018 models can be ordered as four- or five-string basses, fretted or fretless.
Warwick Custom Shop Masterbuilt Streamer Stage I LTD 2018
This year the Streamer Stage I will be spotlighted at the Custom Shop Masterbuilt Limited Editions. The Curved Swamp Ash Body wears a 1” top from Selected European Ash Burl. The neck is made of Wenge with maple stripes; the fingerboard of the fretted version is also made of Wenge, and the fingerboard of the fretless LTD 2018 model is made of Tigerstripe Ebony.
Further equipment details include: matching headstock, matched wooden electronics compartment, Warwick tuners with wooden knobs, Warwick Just a Nut III brass nut, illuminated fretboard side dots, 24 extra hard jumbo bronze frets, IFT Invisible Fret-System, passive Aguilar DC-D2 pickups with active Aguilar OBP 3-way...
Bassist Jeff Berlin has released a 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch vinyl of his signature song “Joe Frazier.” The EP “Joe Frazier – Round 3” will include a newly remastered version of the original song from his critically acclaimed 1987 album “Pump It!” and a completely re-imagined version, composed and performed by Jeff, Steve Vai (lead guitar), David Sancious (keys), Keith Carlock (drums) and Tom Hemby (rhythm guitar). This limited-edition EP will be available as signed audiophile vinyl, signed CD, or digital release, with collector’s editions including an autographed chart of the new arrangement. Digital “mix minus” tracks of the single will also be offered so you can play...
May 5, 2018 – New York City
Happy the Man is pleased to announce that they are re-releasing The Muse Awakens on their own label, ending a period of the record being out of print. Referred to as the “Grandfathers of American Progressive Rock,” and once highly sought after by Peter Gabriel directly after he left Genesis, Happy the Man released two albums in the 1970s that are considered classics of the art-rock/progressive rock genre: 1977’s Happy the Man (named by Rolling Stone as one of the “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time”) and 1978’s Crafty Hands. After several years of touring and “unofficial” releases, the group disbanded. Years later, fueled by a fan-demanded reunion concert, the band went back into the studio with original members Frank Wyatt, Stan Whitaker, and Rick Kennell, along with new keyboardist David Rosenthal (Billy Joel, Rainbow, Steve Vai) and drummer Joe Bergamini to release 2004’s The Muse Awakens, the third official studio album of the band’s career....
Jeff Genzler, founder and CEO of Genzler Amplification, has signed an EU-wide distribution agreement with Audiosupport in Denmark, who will be warehousing and servicing Genzler Amplification products throughout the EU.
“We have been looking for a solution in Europe for some time and Audiosupport came up with a solution that fits right into our plans for Genzler Amplification in the EU,” says Jeff Genzler. "We will be able to have all of our products on the ground, giving dealers across Europe a chance to "buy-in" easily, restock smaller quantities at a reasonable price, receive full service quickly, and have our products delivered anywhere in Europe within 48 hours.
This is a very flexible and agile solution, as well as a great opportunity for us to grow the brand and service all dealers.”
Morten Larsen, CEO of Audiosupport, adds: “We are pleased to welcome Jeff Genzler on board. Not only is Genzler Amplification a new brand for us, but also the first to fit into...