Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” video premiering on IFC.com this Thursday – here’s a look back at other milestones

Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” video premiering on IFC.com this Thursday – here’s a look back at other milestones (photo)

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For more than 20 years now, the almighty Primus have served as one of rock’s quirkiest bands — and frontman/bassist Les Claypool, one of music’s most imaginative storytellers.

The latest single from the group — rounded out by Larry “Ler” LaLonde on guitars and drummer Jay Lane — “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” also tells a story, as does its video…which features lobsters, astronauts, impromptu restaurant dancing, and Claypool in a lobster costume, rolling around on the beach. We’ll be premiering the video for “Tragedy’s A’Comin'” this Thursday at 8am ET right here on IFC.com, but today we’re taking a look back at our favorite releases from the band’s decades-long run.

Primus released their seventh studio set, “Green Naugahyde,” back in September.

Most fans and music historians would agree that Primus — who fall somewhere between prog rock and funk metal — never truly “got their due.” Perhaps not fully appreciated. They’ve never been traditional rockers, but have always been exceptional musicians.

In Primus’ skillful songs, no one instrument ever takes center stage, despite Claypool’s standing as one of the best to ever hoist a bass. All instruments are presented at equal volume on studio recordings, with Les’ unconventional vocals — if anything — being downplayed.

For those not in the Primus loop, we present a quick eduction in the form of five incredible songs you need to hear by this band…that aren’t “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” or “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver.”

“Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers,” from 1991’s “Sailing The Seas of Cheese”:
The song contains one of the most infectious lines ever (“Truckers on the interstate have been known to ride the rails” gets stuck in my head all the time), which is soon followed by the funkiest bass lick you’ve ever heard.

“Have a Cigar,” a cover of Pink Floyd’s classic song, from 1992’s “Miscellaneous Debris”:
This may be one of the greatest covers ever, if only for the simple fact that it isn’t a carbon copy, and still, finicky Pink Floyd fans absolutely adore it.

“The Toys Go Winding Down” off of 1990’s “Frizzle Fry”:
Just try to beat the bass sound on this track, and then, I defy you to find punchier drum work.

“Over The Falls” from 1997’s “Brown Album”:
A slow jam by Primus standards, noteworthy for Claypool’s upright bass, has become a fan favorite live.

“Eclectic Electric” off of 1999’s “Antipop”:
This is a song that will remind you of Pink Floyd on ayahuasca. Listen close for the finger plucking handiwork of Metallica’s James Hetfield on the track. In addition to Hetfield’s guest spot, the record features Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello on three cuts.

Be sure to check out the premiere of Primus’ “Tragedy’s A’Comin’ music video and an exclusive interview with Les Claypool this Thursday at 8am ET only on IFC.com.

Name your own favorite Primus tracks in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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