Posts Tagged ‘Les Claypool’

Feeling guilty listening to top 40 hits on the radio? Wish there was a way to be hip and  listen to good music?

Well you’re in luck! Omaha Diner is for you!!

Omaha Diner takes these pop hits and transforms them into virtually indistinguishable new tunes with their incredibly unique skills and creativity. Below is the Bruno Mars’s cheese anthem but they also cover Mackelmore’s “Thrift Shop”, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.

The songs go through the Omaha Diner and come out better, stronger, faster.

Essentially if you turned Megan Fox into the 6 million dollar man (you heard me), using Ferarri parts.

Sexy on the outside. Scary on the inside.

Featuring the ear defying 7 string bassist/guitarist hybrid Charlie Hunter, the “saxophonic” pioneer Skerik, trumpet player Steven Bernstein, and jazz drummer vet Bobby Previte. These guys claim they’ve played on every continent sans Antarctica. Only Metallica gets to do that.

They’re truly an act that you have to see to believe. Skerik implements effects and loops into his performances creating an entire brass section consisting of one saxophone. Charlie Hunter is known for being able to lay down thick bass lines while tucking in slick guitar melodies and solos all at the same time. Even if they weren’t playing top 40’s hits they’re a group like no other.

Collectively they’ve played with major acts like Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Elton John, Roger Waters, Sting, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Les Claypool (Skerik in Fearless Flying Frog Brigade), Ween, My Morning Jacket, Digable Planets… The list continues.

Here’s a video of them playing “Locked out of Heaven” live at the Blockley in Philly. It’s a little wonkier than the tightly arranged album version but it is still preferable it to the original.

Be sure to check out the full album available on Spotify (right down there buddy), Last.fm, iTunes, Bandcamp, Discogs, or go to Pledgemusic.com to purchase their album, get signed goodies, even request their next song!!

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It’s puddin’ time children.

Primus is the avant-garde comedy prog band from California. Born of the psychotic ramblings of Les Claypool, the eccentric bassist who wrote the theme songs to popular late-night animated TV shows, South Park  and Robot Chicken. Although their sound is heavily influenced by Claypool’s unique playing style and cartoony voice; the band’s sound is held together by Larry LaLonde, former guitarist of the 80’s death metal band, Possessed.  Their drummer Jay Lane has an interesting style that fuses funk, hard-rock, and punk which ties the trio into a neat little pile of oddities.

Claypool, having grown up with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett had tried out for the band after the passing of bass virtuoso, Cliff Burton. They passed him up, James Hetfield explaining that Claypool was “too good” and should do his own thing instead. Claypool went on to form Primus and has played an understated role in music since the 90’s.

He did record with Metallica eventually, performing the banjo solo on Metallica’s cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Tuesday’s GoneHe’s also performed with Tom Waits, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Gov’t Mule, and Adrian Belew (Zappa and King Crimson).

This prolific musician who has performed with some of the biggest names in the industry loves to flaunt his “artist” side, which in his case, is stranger than fiction.