"When Tim “Herb the Ginseng Drummer” Alexander had a minor heart attack a few weeks back we were all startled. When he went in for an angioplasty the next morning and they said he needed a triple bypass we were all shocked. Tim is the Ginseng drummer for a reason; he was always the non-meat eating, tea-totaling, mastodon of a man who could throw a football over a mountain, chuck a curveball at 89 miles per hour and could play his drums for hours on end without breaking a sweat, but unfortunately genetics and a taste for desert have a way of catching up and kicking one’s balls. The great Herbinator has undergone his surgery and has come out with flying colors, but alas, it will be weeks before he can man the Primus percussion helm so we cancelled our September shows. When the notion came up that perhaps we should try to pull off at least the two big Riot Festival shows in Denver and Chicago so that perhaps Tim could have some financial relief, we thought of one person (well two, but we figured it would be hard to get Stewart “Stew-daddy” Copeland out of his ivory tower). The mighty Tim “Herb” Alexander is a poly rhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey. Where as Herb is the stocky, Easter Island faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to 7’, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden haired noble sequoia. I can’t wait to see that menacing grin of Danny’s shine out as we pound our way through HERE COME THE BASTARDS and THOSE DAMNED BLUE COLLAR TWEEKERS. He’s a dear old friend and we are extremely excited to have him aboard and I would wager we are equally if not more intrigued than most by what kind of sounds are going to come out of the three of us once we actually get in a room together and do more than just consume fancy booze." --Les Claypool
Primus and the Chocolate Factory will hit the road this Fall with a 2 set "evening with" show in support of their new record. The tour will start at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia on Oct 22nd, then makes its way through the Northeast with stops in Boston, Burlington and Waterbury, CT and on Halloween Primus will make it's first appearance at New York City's infamous Beacon Theatre. The Chocolate Factory tour will swing though the midwest, returning to such favorite venues as the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis and the Fillmore in Detroit before heading down south to play Atlanta, Orlando, Miami and Clearwater After a run through Texas including a stop in San Antonio the tour will end on November 21st in Los Angeles, CA. Pre-sale starts on Tuesday July 29th.
Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool
Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool is a fascinating and beautifully curated oral history that tells the tale of this truly one-of-a-kind seminal band. Compiled from nearly fifty all new interviews conducted by journalist/author Greg Prato, this collection—which also features a 16-page full-color photo insert with rare and never-before-seen images—is sure to appeal to longtime fans of the band. Featuring a star-studded cast of interviewees, including: Tim Alexander, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Matthew Bellamy (Muse), Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mickey Melchiondo (Ween), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Matt Stone (South Park), Tom Waits, and many more.
Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool published by Akashic Books will be available on September 16th, 2014.
This particular bass #122312003 was delivered to me on December 29th, 2012. I’ve always found that maple instruments have a very forward attack and this bass is one punchy bastard. The bottom end is solid yet has a knocking hollowness to it when the low E is struck with the thumb. The upper pluck is bright and when playing pizzicato the notes leap off the fretboard. This bass is a fog cutter of an instrument with it’s forward punch and growly finish. I used this bass on specific songs that needed a bit more edge during the Primus tour’s in March in Mexico, May - June in the US and June in Alaska of 2013. With it’s gorgeous birds eye patterned maple and dark chocolate marbled cocobolo wood pick guard, this is our first blonde bass to be offered to the public.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these basses will go to Jacob's Heart. Jacobs Heart exists to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face. Jacob's Heart helped Baby Matthew and his family and continues to provide support to parents and families in Northern California. More info soon.
TIM ALEXANDER HOME RESTING
On July 15th, Tim suffered a heart attack. It was discovered that there were three blockages near his heart. On July 21, triple bypass surgery was performed to remove the blockages. The Mighty "Herb" has pulled through surgery, the blockage from his heart has been removed with no complications. He is now home resting and beginning his recovery process. Tim will be back in good health and ready to go in October.
Due to Tim's health we have decided to cancel the shows in Maplewood, Fargo and Clive. Tim is recuperating fast and furious and making progress every day, but its not realistic to think he can be ready to play 2 sets in September. We'll have a special announcement about Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver in the next few weeks. Refunds will be available for the three shows at point of purchase.
Message From Les
As some of you may already know, our friend and über drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander is having a bypass procedure to remove blockage from arteries near his heart. He is a strong Herculean fellow and we all expect him to be up and around in no time but with all surgical endeavors we want to make sure he has the best energy working for him so let’s all throw our coins in the nearest fountain, wish on the first star of the night, blow out the birthday cake candles with him in mind, pray to whichever deity seems appropriate and generally send good thoughts his way so we can soon, once again, experience the glory that is the magnificent percussive rhythm of the mighty Tim Alexander.
Duo de Twang Heads to Europe
The Duo de Twang will make their first trip to Europe with four shows in July. Starting off in London on July 2nd at the Islington Academy, then heading to the Netherlands for a show in Nijmegen on July 3rd. On July 4th the Duo de Twang will be a part of the Roskilde Festival in Denmark before heading back to the Netherlands to finish the tour at the legendary Paradiso. Tickets for the European shows are on sale May 2nd. Tour Dates »»
Electric Apricot Re-release
In the Spring of 2005 a graduate filmmaker from UCLA set forth to make a documentary reflecting an element of contemporary music culture that had yet to be fully examined. The notion was to capture something raw and original. He searched for something unpretentious and genuine, yearning to make a film that would stand out from other music documentaries and potentially redefine the genre. Who he found was the band Electric Apricot, what he achieved is enlightenment. Unexpectedly while searching for enlightenment the duality of existence was unveiled. Directed by Les Claypool.
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
Duo de Twang - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
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.