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Sharkmuffin Releases Foul Play, with Bassist Natalie Kirch

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Sharkmuffin Premieres the video “Foul Play on SheShreds, with Bassist Natalie Kirch.

Sharkmuffin Releases Foul Play, with Bassist Natalie Kirch

Taken from their latest EP 1097, “’Foul Play’ is a rockabilly punk track that is the female version of London indie rock band The Horrors” (On Radar).  The video takes onlookers into the eerie depths of Sharkmuffin‘s world, and shows that, “Sharkmuffin is simply put, a kick-ass rock band” (Boxx Magazine).

Bringing the three ladies together who call themselves Sharkmuffin was no piece of cake. With 11 years of guitar playing under her belt, Tarra Thiessen (vocals/guitar/theremin/pocket piano) discovered bassist/vocalist Natalie Kirch at the Jersey Shore and joined forces on July 4, 2012 only months before the very beach house in which they met was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. After a run with a few various drummers,  Janet LaBelle stepped up to complete the sonically-crushing  trifecta.  Sharkmuffin has cooked up  their newest release 1097,  providing  four quick but intense slaps in the face, as each biting  track clocks in at less than two minutes.

With  a recipe of influences, from The Breeders, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hole, Ty Segall, The Ventures, to early Black Sabbath, Brooklyn-based Sharkmuffin  has evolved  their super-heavy, noise-punk-meets-psychedelic power pop.   A busy year and a half spent tackling SXSW, a self-titled 7”, their first EP She-Gods of Champagne Valley released in April 2013, seven showcases at CMJ 2013, and the release of their EP 1097.

Sharkmuffin has been making waves with their “badass riot grrl” sound, and are true rockstars in-the-making.

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

Bassist Derek Frank…

Many of you will remember the last time I chatted with Derek Frank was back in 2017. The main thing that impressed me was how busy Derek was and how he juggled playing with many huge acts.

Now, I am happy to hear that Derek launched a new album last March titled “Origin Story” where he digs deep into his roots and pays homage to Pittsburg.

Join me as we get caught up after all these years and hear the details about the new album, how Derek gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

Photo, Stephen Bradley

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www.instagram.com/derekfrankbass
www.youtube.com/derekfrankbass
www.facebook.com/derekfrankbass

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String Instrument Humidifiers

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String Instrument Humidifiers

String Instrument Humidifiers

After living in some very humid parts of the country for decades, we moved to a dryer, much sunnier location. As a result, I started noticing some fret sprout on my string instruments and recently did a video on fret sprout correction.

It occurred to me that I should take a more preventative approach to string instrument humidification. Of course, I turned to my instrument maintenance experts, Music Nomad Equipment Care, for a solution and they suggested their Humitar series. (Note: They sent two press samples and I purchased the remainder online.)

Join me as I look at these useful tools for keeping my string instruments in tip-top condition.

The Humitar series is available online at Music Nomad Equipment Care, as well as Amazon.com

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Interview With Bassist Graham Stanush

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Interview With Bassist Graham Stanush

Bassist Graham Stanush…

Return to Dust is keeping Grunge alive and well! They have a new self-titled album that went out on May 3rd, 2024 and will be super busy promoting this project in the near future.

Graham Stanush is the bass powerhouse driving their sound and adding vocals to the mix. Join me as we hear all about Graham’s musical journey, details about the new album, how he gets his sound and their plans for the future.

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instagram.com/returntodustband/
twitter.com/Returntodustbnd
youtube.com/@returntodustband
tiktok.com/@returntodustband

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Review: CrystalBright Rombo Picks

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Review: CrystalBright Rombo Picks

CrystalBright Rombo Picks

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Playing bass with a pick is still a touchy subject in our community. I believe you should be able to use whatever you need to get your sound. Even though I mostly play with my fingers, I like to check out innovative new picks that might have something new to offer, sonically speaking.

Judith and Carlos from Rombo recently contacted me about a new material called CrystalBright that they have been researching for the last 12 months and offered to send some prototype picks. After trying them out, I put together this video with my findings.

For more info check out @rombopicks

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Preparing for Performance with Dr. Randy Kertz

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Dr Randal Kertz - Bass Player Health - Oct 2022

Preparing for Performance…

This month we discuss how to prepare for a performance and easy strategies that go a long way.

Dr. Randall Kertz is the author of The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health. Click here to get your copy today!

The Bassist’s Complete Guide to Injury Management, Prevention & Better Health

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