03. Clockwork Angels
04. The Anarchist
06. Halo Effect
07. Seven Cities Of Gold
08. The Wreckers
09. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden
Twenty albums in, you have to ask: what’s left for Rush to prove? A band that have already been through and gotten over their ‘questionable’ period, characterised by excessive synthesizers and the sudden mastery of levitation, in record time and returned to that driving proggy rock that defined classics like 2112 and Moving Pictures. Since the hiatus and return of legendary drummer Neil Peart after a huge personal tragedy, the band has cautiously returned to recording music, in the form of 2002′s Vapor Trails and Snakes And Arrows five years later. Both albums were distinctly Rush and both contained some great tracks, but they weren’t quite the return to form that fans had been waiting for.
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Primus are definitely one of those bands that doesn’t need an introduction. Like Tool, Primus helped keep the shape of 90′s rock weird and interesting when it was all about flannel and being angsty. Appreciate them!
You can show your appreciation by catching them live in a city near you! They’ve got a fairly decent run of summer dates lined up for North America, as outlined below.
05/03 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note (“9th Street Summerfest”)
05/05 New Orleans, LA – The Sugar Mill (“The Oddity Faire”) (feat. The Dead Kenny G’s)
05/06 Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
05/19 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/20 Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre
05/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (feat. Gogol Bordello)
05/23 Columbus, OH – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (feat. Gogol Bordello)
05/25 Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
05/26 Geneva, MN – Bella Music Festival
05/27 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
05/29 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05/30 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
06/01 Springfield, MO – Gilloiz Theatre
06/02 Ozark, AR – Wakarusa Music Festival
06/03 Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest
06/05 Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium At The Albuquerque Convention Center (feat. Jane’s Addiction)
06/06 Flagstaff, AZ – Pepsi Amphitheater
06/08 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre (feat. Fishbone)
06/11 Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion
06/12 Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
06/14 Redmond, WA – Concerts At Marymoor
06/15 Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
06/16 Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory
06/17 Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewing
06/22 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel (feat. Fishbone)
06/23 Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (feat. Fishbone)
It should be an interesting show, to say the least! Make it out if you can!
It took me a little while to crack the latest Primus album Green Naugahyde but, in the long run, I’m glad I did. While it’s not full of dark and groovy rock songs like its predecessor Antipop, instead it channels the southern fried Tales Of The Punchbowl through the quirkiness of Les Claypool’s solo work and comes up with some very interesting results. One of those being a little ditty about Lee Van Cleef, a spaghetti western villain who most famously faced off against Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. The band performed the track live on the Jimmy Fallon show (which I can only assume is kind of a big deal in America) to an audience who seem to have got that ‘awkward head bob’ down to a tee, they genuinely look like they have no idea what the hell is happening.
Regardless, it’s a pretty good performance and it’s always amazing to see Claypool does with his bass parts – now all I have to do is convince myself it’s worth paying extortionate travel fees and then settling for seated tickets (seriously, what’s the point?) and see them in London later this year.
Did you know that this week sees the first new Primus album in over a decade?! There’s some other stuff too, so soak it in:
Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce)
ÆGES – Roaches (Hawthorne Street)
Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events (Roadrunner)
Haste The Day – Haste The Day Vs. Haste The Day (DVD/CD) (Solid State)
Mogwai – Earth Division (Sub Pop)
Pathology – Awaken To The Suffering (Victory)
Primus – Green Naugahyde (Prawn Songs/ATO Records)
Staind – Staind (Atlantic)
The Devil Wears Prada – Dead Throne (Ferret Music)
Vader – Welcome To The Morbid Reich (Nuclear Blast)
We Came As Romans – Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be (Equal Vision)
Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord)
Wolves Like Us – Late Love (Prosthetic)
I sometimes wonder how Pathology feels being one of the only respectable bands still signed to Victory. I guess it’s sort of like that awkward situation where you’re talking with dudes who notice your obscure t-shirt and think they identify with you and insist on talking about how great Asking Alexandria are while you smile and nod.
That reminds me, I once had a guy ask me if I enjoyed Emmure after he found out I write about heavier music. The dude has a neck tattoo now. True story.
Have a good week!
Not so much a stream of streams, but there are a couple anyway. First up we have Primus‘s Green Naugahyde (which I still can’t spell properly) which, somewhat bizarrely, is coming at you through South Park‘s Facebook page. Yeah, the cartoon with the foul-mouthed children – that one.
I don’t get the connection, but I’m sure there’s one somewhere. You’ll need to ‘like’ South Park’s page (as if they need it), but that ain’t such a big deal. Half the world is on there anyway, and the other half don’t have opposable thumbs, no matter what certain adverts may say.
Or at least I hope not. Dear god. Anywho, Green Naugahyde is out September 12th in Europe and September 13th in America through ATO Records and Prawn Song. JR’s review here.
Which is a roundabout way of saying that Primus‘s new song “Hoinfodaman” is available for streaming, over at Rolling Stone of all places. It’s from their new album Green Naugahyde, which Jimmy reviewed yesterday. If you don’t get the joke in the title then don’t worry; it’s not funny.
01. Prelude to a Crawl
02. Hennepin Crawler
03. Last Salmon Man
04. Eternal Consumption Engine
05. Tragedy’s A’ Comin’
06. Eyes of the Squirrel
07. Jilly’s On Smack
08. Lee Van Cleef
09. Moron TV
10. Green Ranger
12. Extinction Burst
13. 13 Salmon Men
It’s about fucking time. It’s been, what, over a decade?! I gotta be honest, it’s good to have Primus back, but I’m not about to order lap dances for Claypool & Co. just yet. Obviously, people are going to praise Primus’ work no matter where it leads because of the prestige attached to the name. Primus were always an off-kilter group and that’s what we’ve all come to expect from the experimental rock three-piece, but there’s something missing in the new Primus record that I just can’t shake.
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This is some news that Grover over at The Number of the Blog will no doubt be bursting with excitement over. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got new Primus. Hold your applause until the bass solo like everyone else.
Oh how I missed you, Primus. You scared me in my childhood, but in my newfound adulthood (which I’m still coming to terms with), I’m nostalgic of those offbeat claymation videos. Finally though, we’ve got the first taste of a new Primus album in, like, a decade. Count me as excited.
“Tragedy’s A’Comin’” is a funky psychedellic song that is probably the tastiest Primus song in my recollection. This comeback is a STRONG one. Are you unfamiliar with Primus but somehow familiar with late-night British comedy? This sounds like some ridiculous song from The Mighty Boosh. This is a good thing.
Get your funk on over at Spin. Primus’ highly anticipated return Green Naugahyde will be out September 13th.
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The new Primus album, Green Naugahyde, will be available September 13th. I’m so ashamed I didn’t know sooner, and I am very sorry.
It’s just not my day.