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Les Claypool Preparing To Kick Off Summer Escapade
April 21, 2009
Primus frontman and all around bassist extraordinaire, Les Claypool, will take over the northern hemisphere on his summer tour starting May 26th in Charlotte, NC. This is the 2nd leg of his year-long tour in support of his critically acclaimed latest masterpiece, 'Of Fungi and Foe', out now on Prawn Song Records.

'Of Fungi And Foe' is the expansion of material Claypool has recorded over the past few years for the video game “Mushroom Men” and the motion picture “Pig Hunt”. Being inspired by these 2 projects, Claypool decided to keep creating and turn it into an album. The song "Mushroom Men" on this release is a more in depth version of the theme song from the video game. Additionally a jam session with Gogol Bordello’s charismatic front-man Eugene Hutz turned into the track “Bite Out Of Life”. The band is comprised of Les Claypool on bass/vocals, Paulo Baldi on Drums (Cake), Mike Dillon on Percussion (Ani Difranco), and Sam Bass on Cello (Deadweight).

A Special collectors edition of 'Of Fungi and Foe' will come out on vinyl May 12th. This is a MUST HAVE for all Les Claypool fans. This is a limited run so go to www.clubbastardo.com and get your copy!

Les Claypool Summer Tour Dates:
5/23 - Chilicothe, IL - Summer Camp
5/24 - Thornville, OH - Hookahville
5/26 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
5/27 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
5/28 - Hilton Head, SC - Shoreline Ballroom
5/30 - Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheater (w/ Matisyahu)
5/31 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues (w/ Matisyahu)
6/01 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing (w/ Matisyahu)
6/02 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle (w/ Matisyahu)
6/04 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall (w/ Matisyahu)
6/05 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa
6/07 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium (w/ Matisyahu)
6/08 - Houston, TX - House of Blues (w/ Matisyahu)
6/09 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall (w/ Matisyahu)
6/11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
6/12 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
6/13 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
6/19 - Sacramento, CA - The Grove @ Radisson Hotel
6/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
6/21 - Medford, OR - Britt Pavilion
6/23 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
6/24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
6/25 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
6/27 - Edmonton, AB - Event Center
6/28 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
6/30 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings
7/01 - Fargo, ND - The Venue
7/04 - Rothbury, MI - Rothbury
7/05 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
7/06 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
7/07 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theater
7/09 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
7/10 - Masontown, WV - All Good Fest
7/11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
7/12 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
7/17 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues

For more information go to www.lesclaypool.com or www.myspace.com/thereallesclaypool.
 
 
 
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Venue Change For Les Claypool's Los Angeles Show
March 2, 2009
Legendary bassist (and quirky frontman) for Bay Area rockers Primus, Les Claypool is bringing The Oddity Faire: “A Mutated Mini Fest” Tour to the Wiltern Theatre on Saturday March 7th.

Originally scheduled for the Palladium, Claypool made the change due to the positive experience he had from a prior performance there. All advance ticket holders are good with the current tickets purchased. Come join Les Claypool in the craziest show on earth!!

A commercial for "The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini-Fest" can be viewed below. A list of confirmed dates is as follows:

"The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini-Fest" Confirmed Tour Dates:
3/4 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues (w/ Yard Dogs only)
3/6 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues (w/ Yard Dogs only)

w/ Yard Dogs, Saul Williams:
3/7 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium (also feat. Mutaytor)
3/8 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Montbleu Theatre
3/10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
3/11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
3/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot (w/ Secret Chief 3, No Yard Dogs)
3/14 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium (also feat. Secret Chief 3)

w/ Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3:
3/16 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
3/17 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
3/19 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
3/20 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
3/21 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
3/22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
3/24 - Toronto, ON - The Guvernment (No Devotchka)

w/ Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3, O'Death:
3/26 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
3/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
3/28 - New York City - Terminal 5

For more information go to www.lesclaypool.com or www.myspace.com/thereallesclaypool.
 
 
 
 
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A Note From Les Claypool
February 11, 2009
Primus mainman and bassist extraordinaire, Les Claypool, has issued the following statement regarding his upcoming mini-tour:

"Having trod the stages of such events as Lollapalooza, Woodstock 94, Redding, Bonnaroo, Ozzfest, etc. I’ve come to realize that there really hasn’t been an event that truly represents the type of idiosyncratic performers that I am kin to. In my youth I was always scouring the radio, clubs, record stores and concert halls for that group or individual that had new and unique perspectives to music. The freaks.

'The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini-Fest', is just the event where one will encounter such diverse and unique artists. The notion of the festival is to bring together folks that naturally dwell outside the box so that they may perform before a collective audience that is looking for something that hasn’t been cultivated by American Idol or crammed down their throats by the Disney Corporation.

'The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini-Fest' is a multi-medium event that will play in intimate environments around the country. The musicians and performers will rotate from region to region. Importantly, the ticket price for a 3-4 hour event will be well within reason given the current state of the economy.

'The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini-Fest', a “brain-candy bargain for a recessed age”, promises to be a smorgasbord of irregular and unconventional entertainment for all. Come on down."

"The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini-Fest" Confirmed Tour Dates:
3/4 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues (w/ Yard Dogs only)
3/6 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues (w/ Yard Dogs only)

w/ Yard Dogs, Saul Williams:
3/07 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium (also feat. Mutaytor)
3/08 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Montbleu Theatre
3/10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
3/11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
3/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot (w/ Secret Chief 3, No Yard Dogs)
3/14 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium (also feat. Secret Chief 3)

w/ Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3:
3/16 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
3/17 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
3/19 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
3/20 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
3/21 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
3/22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
3/24 - Toronto, ON - The Guvernment (No Devotchka)

w/ Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3, O'Death:
3/26 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
3/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
3/28 - New York City - Terminal 5

For more information go to www.lesclaypool.com or www.myspace.com/thereallesclaypool.
 
 
 
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Les Claypool To Embark On 'The Oddity Faire' Tour
January 24, 2009
Bay Area bassist extraordinaire, Les Claypool, will embark on the “The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini Fest” tour and will take over North America starting March 4, 2009. This tour is in support of yet another brilliant work of art, 'Of Fungi And Foe' releasing March 17, 2009 on Prawn Song Records.

'Of Fungi And Foe' is the expansion of material Claypool has recorded over the past few years for the video game “Mushroom Men” and the motion picture “Pig Hunt”. Being inspired by these 2 projects Claypool decided to keep creating and turn it into an album. The song Mushroom Men on this release is a more in depth version of the theme song from the video game. Additionally a jam session with Gogol Bordello’s charismatic front-man Eugene Hutz turned into the track “Bite Out Of Life”. The band is comprised of Les Claypool on bass/vocals, Paulo Baldi on Drums (Cake), Mike Dillon on Percussion (Ani Difranco), and Sam Bass on Cello (Deadweight).

"The Oddity Faire" Confirmed Tour Dates:
3/4 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues (w/ Yard Dogs only)
3/6 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues (w/ Yard Dogs only)

w/ Yard Dogs, Saul Williams:
3/7 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium (also feat. Mutaytor)
3/8 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Montbleu Theatre
3/10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
3/11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
3/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot (w/ Secret Chief 3, No Yard Dogs)
3/14 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium (also feat. Secret Chief 3)

w/ Devotchka, Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3:
3/16 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
3/17 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
3/19 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
3/20 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
3/21 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
3/22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
3/24 - Toronto, ON - The Guvernment (No Devotchka)

w/ Saul Williams, Secret Chief 3, O'Death:
3/26 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
3/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
3/28 - New York City - Terminal 5

For more information go to www.lesclaypool.com or www.myspace.com/thereallesclaypool.
 
 
 
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Les Claypool Set To Release New Album In March
January 15, 2009
Bay Area bassist extraordinaire, Les Claypool, best known as the quirky bassist/frontman of eclectic alt-rockers, Primus, will release yet another brilliant work of art entitled, 'Of Fungi And Foe', March 17, 2009 on Prawn Song Records.

'Of Fungi And Foe' is the expansion of material Claypool has recorded over the past few years for the video game “Mushroom Men” and the motion picture “Pig Hunt”. Being inspired by these 2 projects, Claypool decided to keep creating and turn it into an album. The song "Mushroom Men" on this release is a more in depth version of the theme song from the video game. Additionally a jam session with Gogol Bordello’s charismatic front-man, Eugene Hutz, turned into the track “Bite Out Of Life”.

Since his last album release, 2006’s 'Of Whales and Woe', Claypool has been busy with his films, scoring other’s films and video games while having fun out on tour. This album is a collection of songs inspired by the projects he has been working on over the past few year.

Long acknowledged as one of rock's leading bassists, Claypool began branching out from the alt-rock sound of Primus in 2000, starting Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, courting the jam band audience and beyond. Selling over 500,000 cd's since then under a few different band names (including Oysterhead with the Police's Stewart Copeland and Trey Anastasio of Phish), Claypool put out the career spanning DVD, '5 Gallons of Diesel', in 2005 and the live tour DVD, 'Fancy', in 2007.

'Of Fungi And Foe' Track Listing:
1. Mushroom Men
2. Amanitas
3. Red State Girl
4. Booneville Stomp
5. What Would Sir George Martin Do
6. You Can’t Tell Errol Anything
7. Bite Out Of Life * (Featuring Eugene Hutz)
8. Kazoo
9. Primed by 29
10. Pretty Little Song
11. Rosco

For more information on Les Claypool, go to www.lesclaypool.com or www.myspace.com/thereallesclaypool.
 
 
 
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The most original rock bassist to come along in the '90s was unquestionably Primus' Les Claypool. With his oddball sense of humor and funky playing, Claypool took his varied musical influences and created an invigorating and completely inventive style. The Les Claypool story begins on September 29, 1963, when he was born in Richmond, CA. As a teenager, Claypool met fellow student Kirk Hammett (yes, the Kirk Hammett of Metallica fame), who turned him on to such rock acts as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and Led Zeppelin. It was around this time that Claypool took up the bass, influenced by the likes of Rush's Geddy Lee, Yes' Chris Squire, and Paul McCartney. Although Hammett asked Claypool to join a band he was in, he opted for another group in his high school, progressive metallists Blind Illusion, while broadening his musical horizons by playing in jazz and swing bands. Upon discovering such fusion and funk bass greats as Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham around this time, Claypool began incorporating "slapping" into his playing technique.

After graduation, Claypool played in a local cover band, the Tommy Crank Band, which specialized in blues, R&B, funk, and mainstream rock hits. Playing several sets a night almost every night of the week, he sharpened up his improv skills, and after a short while, there wasn't a musical style that he couldn't pull off convincingly. It was while with Tommy Crank that Claypool bought his first Carl Thompson piccolo bass (after seeing Stanley Clarke play one), an instrument that would become his trademark. It was around this time (early to mid-'80s) that Claypool began demoing his own original compositions, which would become the impetus for Primus. Originally called Primate, Primus consisted of guitarist Todd Huth and drummer Jay Lane in addition to Claypool, who also contributed vocals (in a strange sing-speak style, almost akin to a narrator) in addition to bass. Although the trio instantly created an underground following in the San Francisco area, Primus was put on hold when Huth left and Claypool returned to Blind Illusion (whose sound now resembled a thrash metal band), and appeared on the group's lone album, The Sane Asylum, on Combat Records.

His return to Blind Illusion didn't last long, but he met a kindred musical spirit in BI's guitarist, Larry LaLonde. By 1989, a new Primus lineup was formed -- Claypool, LaLonde, and new drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander -- and not long afterward, their first album was issued, the live set Suck on This. The album caused such a buzz with college radio that the independent label Caroline signed the group, resulting in the reissue of their debut and their sophomore effort, 1990's Frizzle Fry, while the trio toured with such bands as Jane's Addiction and 24-7 Spyz. 1991 proved to be an even better year for the group, as their major-label debut (for Interscope), Sailing the Seas of Cheese, reached gold status a year after its release, as the trio opened for such varied artists as Public Enemy, Anthrax, U2, Fishbone, and Rush.

Primus scored a surprise Top Ten hit with 1993's Pork Soda (and subsequent headlining spot on that year's Lollapalooza festival tour), solidifying the band's status as quirk rock's undisputed kings, as more hit releases followed throughout the decade and new millennium: Tales from the Punchbowl, The Brown Album, Rhinoplasty, and Antipop, as well as the theme song to TV's South Park (Claypool also tried his hand at directing the band's videos). In addition to his Primus duties, Claypool has always had time for side projects -- Sausage (a reunion of the original Primus lineup), Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel (Highball with the Devil), the Frog Brigade (Live Frogs, Purple Onion), and Oysterhead -- as well as guesting on albums by other artists (Buckethead, Jerry Cantrell, Victor, Limp Bizkit, Tom Waits, Rob Wasserman). He released Of Whales and Woe in 2006, the first project solely credited to the man himself.

- Greg Prato, All Music Guide