Primus brings their brand of musical mayhem live to the piers of NYC for this sure to be funtastic show.
Artist: Les Claypool
Title: “Fancy” – Summer 2006 – A Fan’s Perspective
Label: Prawn Song Records
Release Date: 5/29/2007
Genre: Progressive Avant-garde Rock
There is no question about Les Claypool being one of the more prolific bass players and song writers that the world of modern Progressive Rock music has known in recent memory. His experiments with Prog-Metal brainchild Primus only gave us a clue as to the unlimited levels of creativity the musician actually possessed. When Primus was on hiatus he gave us Oysterhead (with Stewart Copeland and Trey Anastasio) and Frog Brigade; these projects would enable him to secure a die hard allegiance and following from the fans of the “Jam Band” genre. When it comes down to it the idea makes perfect sense since the performer often is unpredictable and during songs they extend the piece into longer more intriguing musical adventures. “Fancy” is an interesting release in that the film was not professionally shot with several cameras positioned strategically across the venue but instead shot by a choice few fans. Yes, I said fans and that makes it all the more interesting because they know the music by heart and follow it along as opposed to some crew following what they are told is important during the set. The footage was then blended together to give you the full show and the music placed where it belonged from soundboard and audience tapes. While it seems like a lot of work and unnecessary time at that the end result is rather interesting and fun to watch. Having never seen Les perform live I was able to follow along with it and remain interested without any difficulty or distraction. The tour came from the shows that were supporting his last solo album “Of Whales And Woe” and as you might expect the larger part of the material would come from this release. It’s interesting when an artist pushes a new release that hard because some can get away with it while others scream for older material. Given the fact that Claypool makes so many of his shows available he seems to be able to deliver a full concert of almost entirely new music to the fans without any visible problem. When the film pans to the crowd you see them going crazy so in my view this means that they did not mind the new stuff at all.
Continue reading “Fancy” by Les Claypool
Title: “They Can’t All Be Zingers”
Label: Interscope Records
Release Date: 10/17/2006
Genre: Progressive Funk Rock
I never claimed to be someone who “got” or even understood what Primus was all about, but despite this the level of technical prowess and musical drive was all too apparent to me even as a quasi-fan. This strange little combo of musicians formed by Les Claypool were a band that was given a chance by Interscope Records’ Tom Whalley and his creative vision allowed the band to create their style as they were pretty much let loose to do as they would on an unsuspecting music buying public. It was a group that was up against the likes of Guns ‘N Roses and all the Seattle stuff that was a brewing at the time and with releases like “Sailing The Seas Of Cheese” and “Pork Soda” you could tell that Claypool was doing it with tongue firmly in cheek. Lyrically, they were quite absurd but musically it was sheer brilliance as Claypool laid down riffs on the bass that the most seasoned of Progressive and Experimental players would only hope to do night after night. “They Cant All Be Zingers” is a perfect way to enjoy some of their best material if you were an existing fan and it is also a great manner to find yourself educated on this very unique brand of music if you are among the unaware. The CD features music from across all the bands releases and features the talented technical wizardry of Claypool, Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums).
Continue reading “They Can’t All Be Zingers” by Primus