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Primus and Les Claypool Get the History Treatment in New Book
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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 — . The book is...

Les Claypool Auctions Pachyderm Bass For Charity
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Les Claypool Auctions Pachyderm Bass For Charity

Les Claypool is once again auctioning off his personal bass to benefit Jacob’s Heart, an organization that offers children’s cancer support services. Similar to the instrument he auctioned in 2012, the bass is his own Pachyderm design. “This particular bass #122312003 was delivered to me on December 29th, 2012,” Claypool states. “I’ve always found that maple instruments have a very...

Primus Announces New Album and Tour Dates
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Primus Announces New Album and Tour Dates

Primus reunited their classic lineup of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander back in September, with a tease that they were heading into the studio. Now Claypool has announced that the group will be releasing a new album on October 21st with a tour to boot. The record, which will be the lineup’s first album...

Primus Announces May/June Tour Dates
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Primus Announces May/June Tour Dates

Les Claypool has been focusing on his Duo de Twang lately, but he’s getting geared up to return to Primus with a string of dates announced for May and June. The jaunt will kick off with a three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 1st to May 3rd, after which they’ll join Queens of the...

Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang Releases “Four Foot Shack”
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Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang Releases “Four Foot Shack”

So what do you call a group with one bass, one guitar, and a beat provided by a tambourine-type thing? You’d call it Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, composed of Primus leader/bass monster Claypool and guitarist Bryan Kehoe. It’s a departure from Primus’ freewheeling, iconoclastic funk — kind of. Duo de Twang’s first album , is, as you would imagine...

2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #8: Les Claypool
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2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #8: Les Claypool

Les Claypool was busy in 2013, as he always seems to be. His new project – Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang – released their debut album and toured. The versatile bassist was also keeping things moving with Primus, including a line-up change, a tour, and the reissue of Sailing the Seas of Cheese. It all added up to a lot...

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announces Debut Album
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Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announces Debut Album

Les Claypool is never one to stand still, a fact that is evidenced by his many musical groups. Now his latest project, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, has announced that their debut album Four Foot Shack will be released on February 4th via ATO Records. Claypool is joined by longtime friend and guitarist Bryan Kehoe for the group. Together the...

Les Claypool on Primus Lineup Change, Duo de Twang Album and More
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Les Claypool on Primus Lineup Change, Duo de Twang Album and More

Les Claypool is one busy man. For starters, he’s announced that Primus will be switching drummers as Jay Lane takes off to perform with Bob Weir’s RatDog. The iconic trio will once again be rounded out by Tim “Herb” Alexander, who was with the band from 1989 to 1996 and played on everything from their debut Suck on This up...

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announces Summer/Fall 2013 Tour Dates
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Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announces Summer/Fall 2013 Tour Dates

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang will be covering the West Coast and Midwest with newly announced tour dates throughout August and October. The acoustic group, consisting of Claypool and guitarist Marc “Mirv” Haggard, will kick things off August 16th at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California and wrap up the first leg of the tour August 26th in...

Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang: Jerry Was a Racecar Driver
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Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang: Jerry Was a Racecar Driver

This is “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver” like you’ve never heard it. Filmed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October 2012, Les Claypool and guitarist Marc “Mirv” Haggard tackle the Primus song in a bluegrass fashion, but that doesn’t stop the bassist from unleashing his signature style. Claypool shouts, “Look at me, Mirv, I’m jamming it up!” before breaking...

Primus Reissues “Sailing the Seas of Cheese”
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Primus Reissues “Sailing the Seas of Cheese”

Nearly 22 years to the day, Primus’ second studio album, Sailing the Seas of Cheese is being reissued. Bassist Les Claypool oversaw the restoration project, which has been remixed for the new release. “Musically, it holds up incredibly well. Sonically, it holds up fairly well,” Claypool said about the original album. “There’s some old-style reverbs that are a little bit...

Primus Gears Up For Spring 2013 3D Tour
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Primus Gears Up For Spring 2013 3D Tour

A week after announcing a tour with his Duo De Twang, Les Claypool and Primus are gearing up for a new leg of their 3D Tour. The concert experience has audience members wear 3D glasses to enjoy a “one-of-a-kind psychedelic experience.” Performances also feature Quad Surround Sound, as well. The trek kicks off in Eureka, California on MAy 10th with...