But first, bloggage:
Our God Is Speed's adieu to the topic - part 2 of his regional bass music survey plus interlude plus coda
CardrossManiac2 on the might of Deb Googe
... and what will be left of them?'s Bobby on "stoopid bass"
faces on posters too many choices posts on "crank" bass, Miles bass, and the rubbery eroto-bass of Imagination
Action Time Vision with a bunch of stuff
CJ points to Hiperasia by Él Guincho as an example of a contemporary album that "has some nice sounding low end.... A lazy comparison to make would be if Panda Bear had grown up on the Canary Islands, he'd be El Guincho"
Further to my "who in 21st Century rock does anything interesting with bass?" query, Andrew Parker notes that Muse are lauded for their basslines.
This (played by Chris Wolstenholme presumably) is apparently regarded as "the greatest bassline of all time" - at least by the readers of Musicradar
Doesn't strike me as anything much to write home about - just sort of burrows along busily like a overcaffeinated mole...
Andrew also observes that Duff McKagan of Guns 'n' Roses was a bloody good bassist
Which I would agree with purely on the bass of the Pell Mell Rubberband-Boingy Bit in "Welcome To the Jungle" - takes off at 3.27
But Andrew also points to:
And he digs up a bit of Duff chat from somewhere, revealing his influences and style (something known as "chorus" - what is that then, musicians out there? Ah, seems it's an effects pedal that creates a shimmery sound, on guitars as much as on basses)
Barry Adamson, take a bow then...
Jake Smith expresses his "surprise to see no love for Geddy Lee – bass virtuoso and multi-tasker par excellence. Off the top of my head 'YYZ' springs to mind as fab bass work but on pretty much every Rush song the bass is doing interesting stuff – going above and beyond as well as doing what the bass should do"
He points to "You're Lost Little Girl" and reckons it's Doug Lubahn who's responsible
Legend has it that Morrison recorded his vocals and acoustic guitar separately and then the musical setting was laid down by the players without his involvement. That is a legend in fact, although the singer was notoriously incommunicative. Davis himself in fact has mordantly observed that there was "no prep, no meeting. He was remote from us, 'cause he came in and went into a booth... And that's where he stayed, isolated in a booth. I don't think he ever introduced himself to us, nor we to him.'
So good let's listen to it again, without the vocal distracting us.
Kevin Quinn pops by again with an unusual Byrds suggestion, saying "written by Crosby, Hillman's bass thrums as the guitar articulates Heinlein's tale of the 'other' Maybe! Ha. I can also hear Johnny Marr's guitar picking here".
Andrew Parker (that man again!!) with an extensive big up for Jason Chancellor of Tool
"for those who want to luxuriate in beautiful bass tone and tasteful harmonics"
Late offerings from Fernando Ramírez:
Jenny Lindbergh from Warpaint
Another vote for Geddy Lee
and some love for Nick Beggs of Kajagoogoo - the playing in the intro (as Fernardo notes a misleadingly promising intro - although the whole song is actually fairly fab apart from the flabby chorus. The bridge section from 2.02 is scrumptious)