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  • Primus: “Tommy the Cat” with Upright Bass

    Primus: “Tommy the Cat” with Upright Bass

    Wayne Brannon shared this video on the No Treble Facebook group, and it got my attention. “A little fun! From 1992, Primus appears as Bob Cock and His Yellow Socks for a jazzed up version of ‘Tommy The Cat’!” he wrote. Les Claypool’s bass line on the song is so iconic that hearing him take... »

  • Primus Adds to Final 2018 Tour Dates

    Primus Adds to Final 2018 Tour Dates

    After announcing the final batch of tour dates in support of their latest album, The Desaturating Seven, Primus has listened to the fans and added a handful more dates for the rest of the year. The band has been performing the album, which is based on a trippy goblin-themed children’s book, in full during their... »

  • 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... »

  • Making Music: Pro Bassist Insights on Composing

    Making Music: Pro Bassist Insights on Composing

    Gigs tend to dry up for bassists during the winter months (besides holiday work), making it the perfect time to start composing new music for the spring. Whether you’re a seasoned composer or just starting out on the bass, writing music will help you grow as a player and musician. We compiled some advice from... »

  • Bass of the Week: Pachyderm Basses Blonde Bass

    Bass of the Week: Pachyderm Basses Blonde Bass

    Les Claypool has always played distinct basses, and this week we’re checking out one of those basses he helped design: The Pachyderm Basses Blonde Bass. Claypool worked with luthier and longtime friend Dan Maloney to form the company and create his idea of the ultimate bass. “My idea was to incorporate the traits of the... »

  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Breath of a Salesman

    The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Breath of a Salesman

    Les Claypool’s latest project with Sean Lennon, aptly named The Claypool Lennon Delirium, is everything you’d imagine it would be. Built upon the bassist’s unmistakeable style, the band has a mind-altering style of rock and psychedelia. Check out this clip of “Breath of a Salesman” taken from The Late Late Show with James Corden. The... »

  • Les Claypool & Sean Lennon Collaborate on “Monolith of Phobos”

    Les Claypool & Sean Lennon Collaborate on “Monolith of Phobos”

    Primus bassist Les Claypool and Sean Lennon began to jam together in 2015 when Lennon’s band, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, opened for Primus, and that musical connection spawned an album: The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s Monolith of Phobos. “I use the metaphor that a musical interaction or jam is a conversation, and the best... »