Precision Bass Refurb

As I mentioned in “Why Do You Need This Many Guitars?”, “Brenda,” my oldest and longest-suffering bass guitar, has finally undergone a substantial refurbishment. Brenda is a Precision Bass copy that my father and I bolted together from a kit about 12 years ago. Said kit was bought from Brandoni Guitars, who I gather are […]

Gear Review #4: Hagström HB-8

One of the main challenges of playing with a typical rock or blues trio setup is filling the sonic space left when the guitarist takes a solo. Usually this calls upon the bassist and drummer to get a lot busier, and cram in more sound to fill the void. Another option is to do what […]

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Glastonbury: Kanye’s Only Crime Is Being A Bit Of A Prat

I’ve never been to the Glastonbury Festival. I’ve never really had much desire to, truth be told. As a music enthusiast, I would be going for the music, rather than “the experience,” and in my own lifetime I’ve never seen a lineup that’s made me think, actually, I’d want to see that. As such, when […]

The Grinning, Leering Face of Corporatised Dystopia Swallows Denmark Street in its Inexorable Ingestion of London

Or, “Goodbye to Denmark Street; I hope you’re fucking happy, Mr Johnson.” As usual, I’m a few weeks behind the curve on this one: the articles have been written, the petition has been signed, and the developers are riding roughshod over public interest. London has lost the 12-Bar Club and Enterprise Studios. As many other […]

The Introverted Musician

Content note: some mention of depression. I’d be very interested to find a reliable statistic for the proportion of musicians who are introverted. It seems it’s hard enough to get a reliable figure for the population in general without carrying out a census-style enforced personality test. The scientist in me thinks this is a pity, […]