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    Lady Gaga Chromatica Side B

    Lady Gaga Chromatica Side B

    Lady Gaga’s newest album, Chromatica, is her sixth studio album. It is also her sixth studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200. Song for song, it is one of the strongest albums we have reviewed yet!

    Lady Gaga
    Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been performing and recording professionally for nearly two decades. Her albums regularly top the charts. She is known for singles such as Bad Romance. Over the years she has reinvented herself many times, recording edm and pop albums, as well as country and jazz records. Her newest album returns to her roots in edm and electropop.

    Chromatica
    Chromatica was released on May 29, 2020. Remarkably, it was released 7 weeks later than originally intended due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Despite the late release, it has been received to great acclaim and it hit number 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

    It is a deeply personal album for Lady Gaga. Its roots are in her previous album, Joanne, which was recorded for her father. After realizing that she couldn’t fix her father, she fell into a deep depression. Chromatica is the result.

    Her goal of Chromatica was to record an album that would be inclusive and healing.

    Next week we will talk in-depth about the songs that make up the album. Listen with us and see if you agree with what we think!

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Lady Gaga Chromatica Side A

    Lady Gaga Chromatica Side A

    Lady Gaga’s newest album, Chromatica, is her sixth studio album. It is also her sixth studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200. The record is very personal for her and has a backstory that you have to hear.

    Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been performing and recording professionally for nearly two decades. Her albums regularly top the charts. She is known for singles such as Bad Romance. Over the years she has reinvented herself many times, recording edm and pop albums, as well as country and jazz records. Her newest album returns to her roots in edm and electropop.

    Chromatica was released on May 29, 2020. Remarkably, it was released 7 weeks later than originally intended due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Despite the late release, it has been received to great acclaim and it hit number 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

    It is a deeply personal album for Lady Gaga. Its roots are in her previous album, Joanne, which was recorded for her father. After realizing that she couldn’t fix her father, she fell into a deep depression. Chromatica is the result.

    Her goal of Chromatica was to record an album that would be inclusive and healing.

    Next week we will talk in-depth about the songs that make up the album. Listen with us and see if you agree with what we think!

    Did you love this episode?? Let us know by hitting subscribe and sharing this episode!

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    Ricardo and Arlene Escobar

    Ricardo and Arlene Escobar

    Ricardo and Arlene Escobar are good friends of ours that we met at Liberty University. The couple has been writing and recording together and is getting ready to drop their very first EP. In this interview, they discuss everything from the songwriting process to working with a spouse.

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    Childish Gambino 3.15.20 Side B

    Childish Gambino 3.15.20 Side B

    3.15.20. Childish Gambino’s newest album is woke and full of incredible musical concepts. Side B of The Flipside breaks it down song by song and tells you why you should listen to this album.

    3.15.20 is a complete album akin to the long play albums of Marvin Gaye. It is incredibly well done. From start to finish it is coherent both in message and in style. It starts strong, is strong in the middle, and ends strong. This is an album that should have much higher acclaim and recognition.

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    Childish Gambino Side A

    Childish Gambino Side A

    Donald Glover is an American Actor, Musician, Comedian, and all around entertainer. He recently released the album 3.15.20. This episode dives into the story behind the album, how it came to be and the story of the release.

    Childish Gambino

    Childish Gambino, A.K.A. Donald Glover, has accomplished a massive amount in his 36 years. He wrote for Tina Fey when he was just 23 years old on the sitcom 30 rock. He starred in Community, and he is currently starring in Atlanta. He won two primetime Emmy’s and two Golden Globe Awards for Atlanta. He was in SOLO: A Starwars Story, Spiderman: Far From Home, Magic Mike XXL, The Martian, and voiced Simba in The Lion King remake of 2019. His first Album, Camp, came out in 2011. Then, his second album Because the Internet was released in 2013. Then in 2016 he released his third album, Awake My Love. The song This is America won four Grammys in 2019. His most recent album, 3.15.20, was released in March of 2020.

    3.15.20

    First, the name. 3.15.20 comes from the soft release date of the album. However, this album does have a real name (sorta). He released the album on his website DonaldGloverPresents.com but it was taken down just 12 hours later. As a result, the album is affectionately known as Donald Glover Presents. However, the record wasn’t officially released until a week later, 3/22/2020.

    This album got great reviews from critics, scoring an 83/10 composite metacritic score. All of the other reviews were very high as well, with many reviewers drawing parallels between the themes of the album and the way he uses harmony and unexpected sounds. The unexpected sounds and harmonies fit perfectly together, which is perfect for the lyrical content, pointing out that we shouldn’t fear the unknown, but embrace it because it can make some incredible things.

    This record featured 9 different producers, Glover being the main one on nearly every song. The result was a really unified and well done album. 3.15.20 peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Top 200.

    Next week we will talk in-depth about the songs that make up the album. Listen with us and see if you agree with what we think!

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    Jazz Bass Vs P Bass

    Jazz Bass Vs P Bass

    Show Notes 
    Jazz Bass Vs P Bass. We have all heard them, but do we know the difference? 
    This week is a deep dive into the differences between the two iconic instruments. Where do they come from? Who plays them? What do they sound like? Which one should I play? 
    All that and more this week on Just the Bassics. 
    P Bass 
    P Bass was the de facto, go to instrument for bassists in nearly every style of music. It is making it’s comeback now because of its full, fat sound without piercing highs. The bread and butter of the P Bass is it’s ability to “sit in the mix” and serve the music. It is popular with round wound or flat wound strings, though a good sets of flats is particularly desirable on a vintage P Bass. Typically, they have slightly wider necks and lighter bodies, giving them that full sound. This is partially due to the fact that the players using P Basses were switching from Upright Bass. 
    The Precision Bass gets its name from the pickup, a precision pickup. 1951 single coil The design of the pickup was created to get rid of the signature hum that was heard from a J Bass. Visually the difference is very obvious. The P Bass is centered in the body of the bass and has two offset coils 1957. They slightly overlap in the middle. They are the original “humbucker” pickup and they work by having one of the two coils magnetized north and the other magnetized south. Then, they were wound in opposite directions (clockwise v counter clockwise) and run in series (they work together, but not at the same time. Power goes from one to the next). The offset overlap actually helps to widen the tonal range of the pickup (more bass but also more treble). 
    It is perfect for Rock and R&B, but can be used in nearly any style of music. Some Artists that are known for using a P Bass are James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Duck Dunn, Sting, and Duff McKagan. 
    Jazz Bass 
    The Jazz Bass is the tool of legends like, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Geddy Lee, and fFea . It is known for a scooped sound that has a big bottom end and clear highs. It doesn’t not sit in the mix like a P bass does, rather it cuts through more aggressively. This makes it the perfect tool for a bassist that wants to be heard or play intricate lines that can become muddy if the tone is too warm. J Basses are known for having thinner necks and slightly heavier weight bodies, making them more accessible for guitarists to switch over to or for players with smaller hands. 
    Jazz Basses do not use a single offset pickup like the precision bass does, but instead it uses two separate pickups, one on the neck and the other on the bridge. The have a brighter sound due to 1) being single coil pickups tuned to pick up higher frequencies and 2) the bridge pickup being located, well, close to the bridge. The strings are tighter there and therefore have a brighter sound than at the neck. 
    Which One Should You Play? 
    If only the answer were that easy. It boils down to two major things:
    What sound do you need? What is your preference? 
    I personally prefer the sound and feel of a J Bass. Something about it makes me feel different that a P Bass does. The crispness and sharpness of the sound speaks to me and the way I want my music to sound. However, I generally find myself playing a P Bass lately. 
    The P Bass has the sound that checks all of the boxes for my current projects. The Jazz Bass didn’t fit into the music the way that P Bass does. The warmth and fullness is what I need for the right sound. In my case, my needs trump my preference.  
    Are There Other Options? 
    Of course! The most common alternative is the Musicman style pickup. This has a more growly sound and is used by Joe Dart.  
    There are also new pickups out that use infrared lasers instead of magnets to read the string’s vibration. The advantage is near infinite sustain because the magnetic field doesn

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