Twenty years ago, one of the most common arguments between bong hits was who was the better bassist Primus's Les Claypool or the Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea. Like many other such debates (such as whether peanut butter tastes better scooped directly out of the jar), this age old question was never fully resolved. But the Claypool supporters could always point out that Primus' entire sound was centered completely around his unmistakable bass playing -- and that's without mentioning Claypool's one-of-a-kind clown prince of funk vocals. Claypool, though has never been satisfied merely being one of the world's most distinctive bassists. Over the years, he directed the faux music documentary Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo, written and published a novel -- South of the Pumphouse --- bottled wine -- Claypool Cellars -- and fiddled around with a myriad of side musical projects from Sausage to Oysterhead all done with a healthy dose of humor. The latest of this renaissance man's non-Primus related endeavors is dubbed Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, a two man project with Les on bass and Bryan Kehoe on guitar. Les Claypool's Duo de Twang's first album Four Foot Shack, due out February 4, not only gives a rustic view to Primus classics like "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver" and "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver," but also twangifies unlikely versions of both disco and grunge era hits.
Thu., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2014