@AndyShore The first time I ever saw Les Claypool live, he was sauntering across a dark stage wearing a helmet that had two little lights, as if they were eyes, on the front. It was during “Shadow of a Man” at an Oysterhead concert when I was in high school. That image cemented the character and awesomeness that is Les Claypool in my brain forever, and created a lasting appreciation for him as a musician. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity when friend of the Festival Crashers and WZRD radio DJ Ed Klotz invited me to hang out in the studio for his Les Claypool interview and in studio performance.
I sat in there and watched in awe of Claypool noodling on his 4-string acoustic-electric bass with a resonator, as Ed nervously scrambled around the studio getting everything ready for his interview. Ed settled in, and got some good sound bites out of Claypool. Topics ranged from the new album, Of Fungi and Foe, and the Oddity Fair Tour to some of Claypool’s influences and creative itches. He also performed two songs. I pulled out two of the best clips for your listening enjoyment.