the online magazine for bass players

Search Menu
  • Primus Announces Final “The Desaturating Seven” Tour Dates

    Primus Announces Final “The Desaturating Seven” Tour Dates

    Primus has been pounding the pavement in support of their latest rainbow goblin-themed album, The Desaturating Seven, for the better part of a year, but Les Claypool says a new batch of dates this fall will mark the end of the tour cycle. “This will be the last Primus run for a bit as we... »

  • Primus and Mastodon Team Up for Expansive Tour

    Primus and Mastodon Team Up for Expansive Tour

    The bass will be riding high this spring as Primus and Mastodon have announced a co-headlining tour. With Les Claypool and Troy Sanders at the helm of each band, the tour is not to be missed. The lengthy trek kicks off May 6th at Red Rocks in Colorado before heading South, up the Northeast, through... »

  • Primus Announces New Album, Tour Dates

    Primus Announces New Album, Tour Dates

    Primus fans rejoice! Les Claypool and the gang have announced a new album, entitled The Desaturating Seven, will be released on September 29th. It’s their first studio album of original material since 2011’s Green Naugahyde and will feature the band’s classic lineup of Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander. The bass... »

  • Primus and Clutch Team Up for Summer Tour

    Primus and Clutch Team Up for Summer Tour

    In what may be one of the best things to happen all year, Primus and Clutch are teaming up for a summer tour that will span the entire United States. The trek starts July 18th in Charlotte, North Carolina and will tackle the Northeast and Midwest before ending on the West Coast at the Greek... »

  • Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour

    Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour

    In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2016, Tool and Primus are teaming up for a set of tour dates in January. The 8-date trek is a rare outing for Tool, who have seldom played more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007. Kicking off on January 9th... »

  • Primus: Lee Van Cleef

    Primus: Lee Van Cleef

    Just about all of Les Claypool‘s bass lines are catchy and fun to play, but “Lee Van Cleef” is one of my favorites. The song, which pays homage to the actor with allusions to Claypool’s childhood, centers around a springy slap bass line on the D and G strings. Check out this clip of Primus... »

  • Primus Announces Summer Tour Dates

    Primus Announces Summer Tour Dates

    Primus will be hitting the road again this summer with a U.S. tour focusing on the East Coast and Midwest. Fronted by bassman Les Claypool, the trio will kick things off with an appearance at the All Good Festival before snaking their way to end up at the Sumtur Amphitheater in Papillion, Nebraska on August... »

  • Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album

    Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album

    For some reason, it just doesn’t feel surprising that Primus leader/bassist Les Claypool loves the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so much that he, the rest of the original Primus lineup (that hasn’t played together since 1995) and the 2-member Fungi Ensemble, would create a take on iconic film’s music. is as... »

  • Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989

    Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989

    Les Claypool has always marched to the beat of his own drum. That’s why we’re celebrating his birthday today with a clip of the trio playing “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” from their 1989 radio performance on Stanford’s KZSU. The video captures the band’s eclectic energy as they start with a spacey atmosphere before... »

  • Primus and Les Claypool Get the History Treatment in New Book

    Primus and Les Claypool Get the History Treatment in New Book

    With his band, Primus, bassist Les Claypool not only helped bring alt-rock to the world in the early 1990s, but also infused the music scene with tunes that were fun, funky, experimental, and one of a kind. The group’s influence is significant, making it the perfect subject for a book. And now one has arrived... »