Claypool Readies Live Album From Side Project4
Les Claypool's Frog Brigade will in April release "Live Frogs - Set 1," the first of two planned live albums. Due out on the artist's own Prawn Song label, the first release from the Primus-Les Claypool's Frog Brigade will in April release "Live Frogs - Set 1," the first of two planned live albums. Due out on the artist's own Prawn Song label, the first release from the Primus-leader-on-hiatus' latest side project will be exclusively available online for one month prior to its release to traditional retailers. The online sale date is March 5; pre-orders for the album will be taken beginning Feb. 5 via ARTISTdirect's Primus/Les Claypool store.
Recorded over two nights last October at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, "Live Frogs - Set 1" includes covers of King Crimson ("Thela Hun Ginjeet") and Pink Floyd ("Shine On You Crazy Diamond"), as well as selections from two of Claypool's many side projects, Sausage and Holy Mackerel. The release was produced and mixed by Claypool.
Although the band had only been together a few months at the time of the recording, Claypool says "the innate chemistry and the natural flow of spontaneous material prompted the making of 'Live Frogs - Set 1.'" The Frog Brigade features original Primus/Sausage guitarist Todd Huth, Skerik (Critters Buggin', Tuatara) on saxophone, Jay Lane (Ratdog, Sausage) on drums, Jeff Chimenti (Ratdog) on keyboards, and Eenor (Channel 23) on guitar.
The band has been out with Galactic and Lake Trout on the ARTISTdirect-sponsored SnoCore Icicle Ball tour. Here are the remaining dates of that tour:
Jan. 30: St. Louis (The Pageant)
Feb. 1: Minneapolis (Quest Club)
Feb. 2: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
Feb. 3: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
Feb. 4: Detroit (State Theatre)
Feb. 6: Cleveland (Agora Theatre)
Feb. 7: Pittsburgh (Metropol)
Feb. 9: Rochester, N.Y. (Harro East)
Feb. 10: Syracuse, N.Y. (Landmark Theatre)
Feb. 11: Portland, Maine. (State Theatre)
Feb. 12: Burlington, Vt. (Burlington Memorial Auditorium)
Feb. 14: Boston (Avalon)
Feb. 15: Washington, D.C. (Nation)
Feb. 16: New York (Roseland Ballroom)
Feb. 17: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Feb. 19: Norfolk, Va. (The Boathouse)
Feb. 21: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House Of Blues)
Feb. 22: Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House Of Blues)
Feb. 23: Atlanta (Tabernacle)