By Daniel Bordage
Beer: Lug•Tread by Beau’s
Style: Lagered Ale
Pairing: Bass line beauties
About the Beer: Lug•Tread is the first Ottawa region craft beer I tried. It was at the beginning of my beer obsession and I was instantly enamoured with everything Beau’s made. I still am, of course. How could you not be? I see this beer as going back to basics. When it comes to basics musically, I hear and feel bass. It all started when a friend of mine called me up and said that he’d snuck around and found his Christmas gift… A bass! This was Grade 8 or so. To this day, he is on of my musical heroes. I fell in love with the bass after hearing him figure out Red Hot Chili Peppers songs, to jazz, and to funk. Cheers to Beau’s and my friend Denis “Turtle” Arsenault, I thank you for the influences!
Also, the last Lug•Tread I had was at Bass Line Station–perfect timing? It’s a great spot to hear local bands, which I discovered when I first moved to Ottawa. Lots of great memories there too!
The commercial description goes as follows:
Available year-round, LUG•TREAD LAGERED ALE is our award-winning, flagship beer. In developing it, we charged Matt (Matthew O’Hara, our brewmaster) with hand-crafting a beer with a unique style and history, that could be made naturally with certified organic malts & hops and that would be incredibly tasty and very drinkable. We brew this tasty golden ale and then lager it to create a beer like nothing else in Ontario.
The Flaming Lips – “In the Morning of the Magicians“
I think it’s the bass tone I love the most.
Constantines – “Insectivora“
Undeniably, when the bass hits at the 0:45 mark of “Insectivora,” it’s front and center. But my favourite part is when the bass and horns sync up to finish the song in a sound orgy.
Primus – “American Life“
Not sure I would omit Les Claypool from any bass line playlist. This line must be so hard to do over and over again while signing. A true master…
“Mellowship Slinky in B Major” is funky gold. “Higher Ground” is a Stevie Wonder song that is better covered by RHCP. Don’t get me wrong, Steve is good… but Flea takes it to another level. Have a listen to “Around the World” too.
James Jamerson & The Funk Brothers – “FEVER IN THE FUNKHOUSE“
Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back“
James Jamerson was a session player for Jackson 5 but in this song it’s Wilton Felder playing so effortlessly, floating in the background.
Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean“
Might as well have MJ twice – One of the most recognizable bass lines ever…
Bloodhound Gang – “The Bad Touch“
Very disco-like bass. This is a line I wish I had written. Check out the amount of views on YouTube too.
Fujiya & Miyagi – “Collarbone“
Keep dancing with the funked out bass line from Fujiya & Miyagi.
A Tribe Called Quest – “Verses From The Abstract“
Jazz legend Ron Carter was hired to play a nice walking bass line over this basic beat.
Snoop Doggy Dogg – “Gz and Hustlas“
The entire music is ripped from Bernard Wright’s “Haboglabotribin.” The world renowned bass player/multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller does the honours of funking it up. Also give “Tha Shiznit” a listen.
Roni Size / Reprazent – “Brown Paper Bag“
Sometimes bass players are hired to play on heavy electronic music. It’s not always machines. Si John lays one down for this drum and bass track.
Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.“
Simple bass line that makes people feel good. What more can you ask for?
For The Mathematics – “Delay the Fiasco“
#OttBand For The Mathematics. So tight…
Tool – “Schism“
Can’t keep them off this playlist… I can’t!! Get used to it. You will see why…
Lou Reed – “Walk On The Wild Side“
Queen & David Bowie – “Under Pressure“
The Cure – “Lovesong“