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James McNew/Yo La Tengo

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Malcom, Nov 24, 2003.


  1. Malcom

    Malcom

    Oct 21, 2002
    The Midwest
    What do ya'll think of his playing, I know it's simple most of the time, but he plays some interesting stuff, I particularly like the chordal bits he runs at the end of "Sugarcube."
     
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  2. atf487

    atf487

    Nov 25, 2003
    Millis, MA
    I like him alot, actually. Even though the line to "Moby Octopad" isn't very challenging, I think it's pretty cool nonetheless.
     
  3. heavyfunkmachin

    heavyfunkmachin

    Jan 21, 2005
    in fact, that line is john cale's line for european son.
     
  4. drbenway

    drbenway

    Jun 1, 2011
    Really old thread, I know.

    I really like his playing as well. But I think the bass on "Sugarcube" is actually done with an organ. (Check this vid for example: YouTube - ‪yo la tengo - sugarcube (fib 98)‬‏)

    Does anyone know if he uses any stompboxes for distortion/overdrive? I particuallary like the way his bass sounds on "Painful".
     
  5. let's keep this alive!

    great great player. incredible distortion/fuzz tones.
     
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  6. 10cc

    10cc

    Oct 28, 2013
    Learned of these guys back in the day while they were touring with my friends band "The Glands" (RIP Ross Shapiro) anyhow I'm a big fan of these Indie Rock Trailblazers. They are still out there doing it!
     
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