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, […]

Gear Review #3: Gibson Thunderbird

For this review, I decided to take the modern, high-tech approach, and mumble my way through a video, so you can see and hear the thing as well: …which conveniently reduces the amount of waffling I have to do here. I’m aware that Gibson (and Gibson-style) basses have long been an acquired taste, perhaps because […]

The Co-op’s Unsigned Playlist, RIP?

I was a little surprised to see this headline earlier today. Apparently the Co-op switched to exclusively playing music by unsigned artists in their supermarkets, but after widespread complaint by the staff working in them, they have reverted to playing chart music. To be honest, I was mainly surprised because I hadn’t heard that the […]

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 […]

The Birth of Aradia (part VII – finale and demo)

This video is long overdue – I realise I promised it shortly after part VI. But you know, in the meantime, I’ve been busy, or half-cut, or possibly both. I apologise, in any case. You can now hear how the fruit of this project sounds: Basslines quoted: Chicago – Listen The Who – Pinball Wizard […]

The Schecter Model T and Me

Gear Review #2: Schecter Model T

It seems the best way to cause a shitstorm on the average internet bass guitarists’ forum is to start a thread in which you declare your love or hatred for Fender Precision basses. Not that I’m guilty of this myself, of course. But the Fender Precision itself, generally agreed to be the first widely-produced electric […]