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57 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Electric Uncle Sam w/ Louis Ortega
We begin our Antipop excursion with the lead single that received a bit of radio play, but had no video or much of a promotional push behind it. Further, it's co-written and produced by Tom Morello, so is it truly a Primus tune? We discuss, debate, deride, deny, and finally, desist. Thanks to Louis Ortega of Rapscallion (@laprimustribute) for helping us with this track!
59 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Making of Antipop
Josh and Frankie go it alone to tackle the making of Antipop, perhaps the most divisive Primus record, for multiple reasons. This was a tumultuous time for the band on many fronts, and we try to piece the picture together. Fred Durst: Why Les, Why? Plus, we evaluate whether the record holds up today. @primustracks on IG and Twitterprimustrackspod@gmail.com
70 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Inter-Album Interview: DJ Disk
Perfect timing! As we are in the Brown and Rhino eras, turntable legend DJ Disk joins the pod to discuss his numerous guest appearances onstage and on record/video with Primus.
85 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Making of Rhinoplasty with Toby Wright
After the Brown Album cycle wrapped, Primus was asked to work with a producer on their next effort, which was a covers EP to bridge albums. The band descended upon Prairie Sun studios, and with the help of the legendary Toby Wright, created the band's second EP. Toby Wright kindly joined us to mine the depths of memory for the experience of making Rhinoplasty; another heavy brough to you by the one and only Tim Soya. Find Toby's show, My Wright Stuff, on Youtube!
107 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Inter-Album Interview: Derek Greenberg of Beanpole
The madman behind Primus-adjacent musical adventurists Beanpole joins the podcast to reveal long-mysterious details on how Beanpole came to be, and the involvement of one Larry LaLonde, among many other luminaries. Derek also shares a never-before-heard Beanpole track, so call it a Primus Tracks exclusive! If you haven't heard Beanpole yet, drop everything and find the music on Bandcamp or Soundcloud RIGHT NOW to get more context to this conversation.
106 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Inter-Album Interview: David Lefkowitz (Master Class, part 1)
Former Primus/Les manager David Lefkowitz will tell us, over the course of multiple talks, his recollections and perspectives on Primus during his tenure as manager from the late 80s to the mid 00s. Get your notebooks ready, because he's about to drop all kinds of names and stories on us.
90 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Inter-Album Interview: Todd Huth
Original Primus guitarist Todd Huth joins Primus Tracks to dig into those still-mysterious early days of Primate/Primus; working with Jay Lane and Les and making a name for themselves in the SF Bay. By the time you read this, Frankie has broken into Todd's attic to find some old tapes. Plus. we discuss his angular approach to guitar, his band Porch, Sausage, and what's in store for the future. Find Todd Huth on Spotify for his latest music!
98 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Inter-Album Interview: Matt Winegar
Grammy-winner Matt Winegar produced the legendary Sausage demo, Suck On This, and Frizzle Fry with Primus. Soya and Matt tread down memory lane with stories about the Bay Area scene and how those three important Primus recordings came to me. Great talk with two Bay Area champs!
42 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Soya rejoins the fray (from the road with Primus!!) to help us close the Brown Album with Arnie - throwaway closer or deep philosophical mind-bender? Mostly the former, but Frankie and Josh do their damnedest to turn hearts to the latter. Final thoughts on the record as a whole, Youtube provides a cover, our last 1897 connections, and a cryptic preview of what's to come between albums. Arnie!
56 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
The Chastising Of Renegade w/ Matt Hunter
The penultimate Brown Album track mystifies and delights with its tantalizing guitar, bouncy bass, grooving drums. Easily greater than the sum of the parts, Renegade stands as a favorite for many from this record. Matt Hunter helps us understand the foundation of the tune and what makes it special. Plus, Frankie uses the word "thicc" again and makes us listen to his favorite part of the song 78 times.
69 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Kalamazoo w/ David Lefkowitz
Soya brings another heavy into the fold; this time, former Primus/Les manager David Lefkowitz drops in to talk Kalamazoo, a stylistic departure of sorts, until we find the pieces that constitute source material. Prima, Goodman, Miller....it all coalesces and becomes a Primus treat. We have an extended chat with David to drop after we finish the Brown Album, so be ready for that! @primustracks
56 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Coddingtown w/ Anthony Garcia
Les Claypool: Old Person Mall Aficionado. Anthony Garcia and Soya provide local color to Coddingtown Mall of the 1990s as we examine this unusual Primus offering. What treasures of Santa Rosa can they unearth? Does a cover of this track exist? How in the world can there be an 1897 connection?! Put on your white New Balance shoes and let's go mall-walkin' to find out.
42 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Restin' Bones was roundly cited as one of the weakest Brown Album tracks upon release, and we reassess this claim. What do Josh, Frankie and Soya think of it 24 years later? Dig in your shoes and you just might find out!
64 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread w/ Rory Dolan
Hello, what's this? We're back to the Brown Album norm of "A-B and out," or are we? Featuring a blast of drums from Brain, some mathematical manipulation by Ler, and an elastic bass lick from Les, Duchess has more to it than meets the eye, and it certainly opens doors to jamming live, which makes it a latter-day staple. Lespecial's Rory Dolan explains and models the drum parts (including the solo!!!!) and provides clarity on Duchess, just like LSD? Find Rory @rorydolandrums and @lespecialmusic@email@example.com
63 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Bob's Party Time Lounge w/ Jonny G
Bob's Party Time Lounge is "overworked," for various reasons, according to Brain and Soya, who lived the making of the track. We discuss how a track moves into that territory, and Jonny G of lespecial returns to deconstruct and demonstrate one of Ler's most rippin' Primus guitar solos. This track is definitely a hidden gem; glad you came to find out why. Find Jonny @lespecialmusic on the socials@firstname.lastname@example.org
104 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Intermission w/ Larry LaLonde
While Soya changes out Brown Album records, Larry "Ler" LaLonde takes the Primus Tracks crew into Ler Land for a career-spanning trip through influences, guitars, touring, music, and, most importantly, Ler's hair. Enjoy our talk with Larry Legend!
62 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Puddin' Taine w/ Louis Ortega
Louis Ortega and his fretted six drop in to discuss this crusher of a track, aptly named Puddin' Taine, the greatest hype man this side of PT Barnum. Is that what Les Claypool was going for in the lyrics? We break it all down, Josh finds a cover version, and Frankie asks the deep questions about the darker side of the track. Plus, Soya drops some nuggets from the Brown Album tour. @primustracks on Instagram and Twitterprimustrackspod@gmail.com
67 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Hats Off w/ Chris "Cheez" Chaussee
We doff our caps to the road crews that bring live music to us, through endless obstacles, lack of sleep, and a generally hostile work environment. Cheez and Soya drop some truly great Primus road stories throughout this episode as we discuss Hats Off, the most autobiographical Les Claypool track at the time. See the visuals we discuss @primustracks on Instagram and TwitterEmail: email@example.com
51 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The much-maligned Camelback Cinema is obnoxious, numbing, and strange for Primus standards, which makes it a memorable and appreciable track for the Primus Tracks hosts! Soya gets into what makes this drum groove so difficult. Frankie unearths a set list and review of the now-legendary (to us) Bottom Of The Hill show from 97 at which this track was performed. He also brings camel facts(!). Hang on for a wild ride, Primates.@primustracks on Instagram and Twitterprimustrackspod@gmail.com
66 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Shake Hands With Beef w/ Turk Black & Landon
The lead single from Brown Album deserves the heavy treatment, and Soya brings us face-to-virtual-face with the mysterious legend, Turk Black. Josh gets into why it's such a big deal to meet Turk, and Turk & Soya's special connection to the track. Frankie and Landon get behind the bass groove, and we all figure out just what it means to "shake hands with beef," which is /not/ what you're thinking. @primustracks on IG and Twitterprimustrackspod@gmail.com
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