How "deconstructed" can a group get? How about just one vocal, one bass, one guitar, and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourine-doohickey? That's exactly what everyone's favorite storyteller/narrator, Les Claypool, is incorporating in his new band, Duo de Twang. While Les is still pulling double duty with the Primus lads, he has also found the time to unite with his old buddy, Bryan Kehoe, who fans will recognize from several past Claypool projects, and also as one of the main actors from Les' hilarious jam band mockumentary, 'Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo.' But unlike Primus, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things - as heard throughout the band's debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th.
Preview the album by listening to the duo’s cover of Primus’s “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” below and read what Les' had to say via Rolling Stone
Primus added to Big Day Out Festival
Primus will join Pearl jam, Arcade Fire and Tame Impala on 2014's Big Day Out Festival in New Zealand in Australia. This will be the second time Primus will be a part of Big Day Out as their appearance at the 3rd ever Big Day Out still makes highlight lists of the festival's best ever performances. Primus will also be playing an intimate 2 set sideshow at Sydney's Metro on Jan 27th.
Big Day Out Fan Pre-sale starts Tuesday Nov. 26th 10AM AEDT
General On-Sale is Friday, November 29th 9AM AEDT
Les has added three dates in Florida after the Duo de Twang gets off the Jam Cruise. Les will play Orlando on January 7th, St Petersburg on January 8th and the post Jam Cruise party at Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale on January 9th Presale starts this morning at 10am EST.
Check out the Duo de Twang's version of Wynona's Big Brown Beaver from the upcoming album Four Foot Shack which will be released in early 2014.
Catch Duo de Twang on the road as they start a 10 day tour on Oct 10th. Tour Dates »»
Primus and the Chocolate Factory
This special show will feature the return of Tim "Herb" Alexander playing with Les and Larry for the first time since 2008's Outside Lands Music Festival. In addition to a full night's worth of Les, Larry, and Tim, Primus will be joined by the Frog Brigade Ensemble for a psychedelic and whimsical journey through the music of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This promises to be a Primus show like you've never seen before.
Pre-sale starts on Thursday morning at 10am and everyone who orders tickets through the Primus pre-sale will be eligible to win one of 5 Golden Tickets which would allow the winner a signed poster, event T-shirt, a bucketful of candy and a tour of Primus's backstage (with a guest) on New Years Eve.
This October, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang will head out on tour for 9 shows starting off on Oct 10th with three days in Colorado. They'll then head to the midwest with stops in Minneapolis and Madison while making their way to Harvest fest in Ozark, AK on Thursday October 17th. The tour then heads to Lawrence, KS and Covington, KY before finishing at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL. With each trek out on the open road Les and his trusty pal Bryan Kehoe have been honing their chops and this is a show not to be missed.
The Duo will be hitting the road this August as well up and down the west coast with stops in Southern California, including Solana Beach (Sold out) and Malibu. From there, we'll head up north through Santa Cruz and Tahoe before hitting the Northwest with stops in both Oregon and Washington. Get your tickets now before these shows sell out.
Tour Dates/Tickets »»
Jam Cruise 12 - January 4-9, 2014
Claypool's Duo de Twang has been added to the line up for Jam Cruise 12. Jam Cruise will depart from Port of Miami and make stops in Falmouth, Jamaica, Half Moon Cay and The Bahamas. Tickets go on sale May 30, 2013.
Primus Summer Tour Dates
Primus set to play High Sierra and All Good this summer. Primus will also play Harvest Fest in Australia this November. Tour Dates/Tickets »»
I am sad to report that my little nephew Matthew Pierce who has come to be known as Baby Matthew has passed on from complications related to his more than two year struggle with Infant's leukemia. He passed this evening (Friday, February 8) just after 7pm pacific time at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis Tennessee.
My heart aches for my Brother Ron, his wife Aimee and his kids Isaiah, Noah and Lilly. It has been an extraordinarily tough road for my Bro and his family and I want to thank everyone who has reached out to help them over the past couple years. The amount of support they have received has been phenomenal and very touching.
Matthew was a tough little guy who beat the odds for much longer than anyone ever thought. Because of him and his tenacious struggle, there has been more knowledge accumulated in the procedures of how to treat Infant's Leukemia and the potential for survival is that much greater. Even though he was just a tot, he has done a great service to those future children who may be misfortunate enough to contract this mysterious and deadly disease.
Thank you all once again for your kind thoughts and generosity.
LEE VAN CLEEF - Primus Music Video on teamcoco.com
Check out Primus' new video for Lee Van Cleef at teamcoco.com.
This (re-) animated video was created by the award winning Mixtape Club.
THE PRIMUS POSTER SERIES - Round 2
To commemorate the last tour, each performance (excluding the festivals) had a small number of beautifully crafted, limited edition, hand printed silkscreen posters available for purchase from the merch booth at each venue. Each poster was designed by a different artist and available only once, individually numbered and extremely limited in capacity. Like last year, the posters sold out quickly. First come, first served! The individual posters were unveiled the night of each show, at the gig and on the Primus Facebook page.
For a look at all of the posters (and for all of the posters from the last tour), check out zoltron.com.
NEW PRIMUS 10" VINYL SINGLE - Limited Edition with 2 Live Songs
ATO Records will be releasing a limited edition 10" single wrapped in a Green Naugahyde sleeve with 2 live songs - Jilly's On Smack and Eyes Of The Squirrel.
More details on when and where you can get them soon...
A LETTER FROM LES...
Ahoy there all,
I just wanted to thank everyone for the support my nephew Matthew has received over the last year. It has been amazing how many folks have put forth the effort to help my brother and his family. Unfortunately, just at a time when he's learning to walk, little Matthew has had a major relapse and is back at Stanford Medical Center for treatment. To see what this little guy has gone through these last twelve months has been heart wrenching and to think he has to go through it again is just beyond comprehension.
Matthew will undergo an intense round of chemotherapy this month in the hope of getting his blood levels back to a status where he can receive a bone marrow transplant. As far as a donor, we have decent options within the family but there could potentially be a better match out there somewhere. If anyone is inclined, check out: marrow.org for information on how to see if they are good match for Little Matthew or others in the same terrible situation. It is a simple procedure to test and the program has saved a lot of lives.
Thanks again for the support, Les Claypool
If you would like to support Baby Matthew and his family please visit www.babymatthew.org to make a donation.
TRAGEDY'S A'COMIN' - Primus Music Video on IFC.com
The first video from the Green Naugahyde album was directed by our longtime friend Mark Kohr.
A BENEFIT FOR BABY MATTHEW - Signed Posters Raised Over $10,000
In addition to the artist signed copies, a small number of posters were signed by the band and sold at each show. Over $10,000 was raised to help with hospital expenses for Les' nephew Baby Matthew, who at only 2 months old was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and is now fighting for his life. A big thank you to everyone who helped support this important cause.
THE PRIMUS POSTER SERIES - Summer 2011 Tour
We wanted to take a moment and thank all of the awesome Poster Artists from the summer tour, each who designed a unique poster for every date and venue that we played. Once drawn and designed, the posters were hand silkscreened (and linocut) by various master printers from Oakland to Chicago, and Tennessee to Paris. Each poster was very limited (100-150 per show) and every last poster sold out.
Each artist received some personal copies to sell (many of which have also sold out) but you might check on their sites (listed below) to see if any remain. Here is a link to more information about the series with direct links to each artist's poster and website. Thanks to everyone who helped make this series so successful.
Excellent stock and selection of quality products. Great selection of Hydrofarm lighting. Just off of Hwy. 1 in Sand City. Stop by and take a look at the excellent Hydroponic displays and Rock & Roll & Jazz memorabilia. Customer service is their number 1!
Also available are Green Gopher shirts and stickers designed by Les himself!
CLAYPOOL CELLARS - Purple Pachyderm 2008 on Sale
Purple Pachyderm 2008 Russian River Pinot Noir is now on sale for $35/bottle.
Stop by the Fancy Booze Caboose to taste our wine and say hi. It is located in Gravnstein Station at 6761 Sebastopol Ave in Sebastopol CA.
Keep an eye on the Claypool Cellars Facebook page for all the latest updates.
TO DEFY THE LAWS OF TRADITION - A Photographic Archive Of Primus & Les Claypool
This 184-page hard covered book features over 750 images from San Francisco photographer Jay Blakesberg's archive of Primus, Holy Mackerel, Sausage, Oysterhead, and Frog Brigade photos. The book is a limited-edition, signed & numbered collector's item limited to one printing.
Available for $90 plus shipping (and tax in CA) only through the Primus and Les Claypool websites (no bookstores), your copy of "To Defy The Laws of Tradition" - will be signed by Les Claypool and Jay Blakesberg and will come in a special handmade box.