InterMagsView – with Sal Maida!

InterMagsView – with Sal Maida!

Heylo Bassers!  Here is another installment of my InterMagsView where I sit down and bribe really cool bass players with food and wine to talk to me about really cool stuff! My interview below is with Sal Maida.  We had a very nice chat about his new book, playing bass in the 70s and just shot the breeze over dinner this spring at Kefi on the Upper West Side – Mags: When you sat down to write Four Strings, Phony Proof, and 300 45s what was your intention? Sal: The book started with me just mulling over the idea for a while, but I was always on the road. I played in a band called Cracker for 8 years. I’d been thinking about it and thinking about it, but I never had the time. I really couldn’t start scribbling in hotel rooms because there was always something going on. When I wasn’t touring anymore I went to see Chazz Palminteri do A Bronx Tale, but not the Broadway show. He did a one-man show and I went to see it in Huntington, Long Island. I thought to myself, “Hmmm…I have some stories like that that I could weave into the music stuff.” Then I read Questlove’s book, which weaved records into the timeline of his stories. That gave me the loose idea of what I eventually did and the Chazz Palminteri show gave me the inspiration to write down all these stories about growing up. I also read Neil Young’s book that was out of sequence. I thought, “Okay, it’s going to be out of sequence, it’s going to include my...
*PHOTOS! Liverpool and the Cavern Club with Slyboots

*PHOTOS! Liverpool and the Cavern Club with Slyboots

It’s been a year since Slyboots had their Cavern Club, Liverpool debut at the International Pop Overthrow Festival.  We flew in on Saturday, played Sunday evening at the Cavern Pub, Monday night on the Traditional Stage, Tuesday night on the Main Stage (to a packed house!), and we flew home on Wednesday. Massive love to the original Slyboots members (Beth and Shu) who will always hold a special place in my heart and in the band’s heart. I’ve spent this past year reflecting on the different changes and progress of Slyboots and I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures of our first adventure. See you on the low end! Love,...
InterMagsView – with Zev Katz!

InterMagsView – with Zev Katz!

Heylo Bassers!  Here is another installment of my InterMagsView where I sit down and bribe really cool bass players with food and wine to talk to me about really cool stuff! My interview below is with Zev Katz.  We had a very nice chat over brunch this spring at Serafina’s on the Upper West Side – Native New Yorker, Zev Katz has played with Roxy Music, Hall & Oates, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, and the list goes on-and-on. Currently, he holds the bass chair on the Broadway show “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”. Mags: I’ve been spending this whole week in the “Zev Katz World” and it’s so deep. I was thinking that I would listen to as much as I can and I don’t even think that I scratched the surface of all the different types of recordings that you have played on. It’s pretty awesome. There is no difference between your upright playing and your electric playing. You’ve achieved – I know that you would disagree – in my mind, maximum proficiency and mastery in both instruments. Zev: I totally disagree! You’re very kind. Mags: Thanks. So even now when you sit down to play something what are you grabbing? Are you grabbing your upright or are you grabbing your electric? Zev: Um…well, it depends on the situation. Let’s say that I’m lucky enough to be working on somebody’s record. I just listen to a song and try to go with my instinctual feeling. I try to really hear something. Usually, I feel like I do. Sometimes my instinct doesn’t work out for the artist, but a lot of the time...
Bass Moms Who Rock

Bass Moms Who Rock

Hello Internet Folks! I’ve been busy this past year.  You know, doing really important things like making life.  Anyway, Ted and I welcomed our baby daughter on February 2nd, Charlie-Catherine. Some people have told me that being a mom will be the most difficult thing that I’ll do in life.  Yes, being a mom is difficult, but you want to know what the most difficult thing that I have ever done in life? Being in a band. Here is a list of some badass bass playing moms that make doing it all look easy.  (Yes, I’m typing and pumping at the same time)… Melissa Auf der Maur: I went to see her show by myself at the Mercury Lounge when she released her solo cd and I made out with a guy in the corner of the club.  I saw that guy two days later while I was eating my sandwich in Madison Square Park.  I said to myself “Oh gawd…” and then I ignored him. Kim Clarke: It’s a bit over my head and that’s why I like it. Sheryl Crow: Yes!  She rocks on bass.  She’s great – see for yourself! (with Clapton for you guitar nerds or for my second cousins). Kim Gordon: I read Kim Gordon’s book “A Girl in a Band” and that’s why I’m choosing a video from her own project.  Yes, there are three sides to every story; her side, his side, and the truth, but #imwithher Carol Kaye: The Godmother… Pia Maiocco: Don’t you just want to be in this band!?!!  And she gives that hack Steve Vai some credibility! Zia McCabe: She’s playing...
InterMagsView – with Mike Visceglia!

InterMagsView – with Mike Visceglia!

Heylo Bassers!  This is my first installment of my InterMagsView where I sit down and bribe really cool bass players with food and wine to talk to me about really cool stuff! My first interview is with Mike Visceglia – Native New Yorker, Mike Visceglia got his professional start touring with Welsh rocker John Cale (Velvet Underground). Mike has been the primary bassist for Suzanne Vega since 1985, and/or has performed with Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Avril Lavigne, Jonatha Brooke, Jorma Kaukonen, Phoebe Snow, Dar Williams, Bette Midler, among many others.  He continues to be an active member of the New York music scene,  current bass player for the Broadway hit show “Kinky Boots”, and a published author of  “A View From the Side.”  Mike is having a reading, performance event for “A View From the Side” this Sunday, April 26th at Cafe Vivaldi from Noon-2pm. Mags:  Alright –  I’ve never interviewed anyone before so… Viscegs:  …and we’re in an Italian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen… Mags:  I figured that we’d just hang out and do what we usually do, which is me just asking you a bunch of questions. Viscegs:  Cool! Mags:  So…do you remember the first time that we met? Viscegs:  Um…you say that we met actually before I thought we met.  I remember meeting you in the park.  Is that right? Mags:  Yes! Viscegs:  In Madison Square Park. Mags:  Yeah.  I knew what you looked like because John Carey told me that I should I take a lesson, and go to your clinic, and that I should try to see you play.  And then I looked you up on the...
Magsofy – The Internet

Magsofy – The Internet

“Wow!  Mags is doing a review of the internet?!  That sounds pretentious,” you say…. So, what.  I am doing a review of the internet and my review is two thumbs up.  The internet is like, totally tubular. Two nights ago I was at my girl friend Babs’s house getting a good old fashioned waxing and facial.  After we ate her homemade minestrone and watched these little gems:   Glove and Boots, Mr Big: Puddles: Glove and Boots, I Hate Coldplay: It’s OK to not like things: See you on the low...