Sailing the Seas of Cheese 5.1 Party with Primus

Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde show off new mix of Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

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Larry LaLonde (left) and Les Claypool sat down with Mike Etchart for a live webcast discussion about the newly remixed Sailing the Seas of Cheese offering.
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Primus singer/bassist Les Claypool (left) and guitarist Larry LaLonde, standing in front of the Carson Mansion in Eureka, CA at the beginning of their current 3D tour, have finished remixing a new stereo mix and 5.1 surround sound version of 1991's Sailing the Seas of Cheese, complete with video accompaniment.
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Primus is currently touring with their 3D stage show, an awesome live music experience.
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Larry LaLonde (left) and Les Claypool sat down with Mike Etchart for a live webcast discussion about the newly remixed Sailing the Seas of Cheese offering.
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A newly remastered stereo mix on vinyl, CD and download is now available, as well as a new Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound mix, complete with Blu-ray or DVD visual accompaniment that changes with repeated viewings.
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At a special listening party and moderated discussion between Claypool, LaLonde and Mike Etchart, Claypool explained how the original floppy discs that carried the mixing information from 1991 had gone missing, which resulted in the pair having to basically start from scratch on the remix.
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Musically they enhanced what was there, but tried to keep the sound relatively the same, with a few tweaks, “You have to stay true, as close as possible, to the real thing,” said Claypool. “We did back off some of [that] cheesy reverb of the day.”
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“You won’t miss the reverb, I promise” added LaLonde.
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The original album was mixed at Different Fur Studios on 19th Street in the Mission District, still an operating studio that has been around since 1968.
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Claypool explained the concept for the title for the album: “We were this under the radar, underground band and here we were, about to be the second release of Interscope Records with Gerardo’s ‘Rico Suave’ as their first release. The whole notion of ‘Sailing the Seas of Cheese’ was that we were either going to sink or swim.”
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The duo took some spirited questions from the audience during the webcast.
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Shane Fowler from Virginia Beach, VA won a trip to the listening party via the Primus facebook page. He got to "shake the hand that slaps the bass" during the webcast.
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Speaking about the thinking of the early 1990s, Ler said, "Everyone else wanted to be Guns and Roses, we wanted to be Lounge Lizards." LaLonde also noted that in listening to his guitar parts from the original recording, he noticed that he needed to play some songs a little faster during live shows than he had been playing them for the last few years.
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The 30 or so in attendance all seemed pleased with the results and after the webcast a cheese and wine party, complete with Claypool Cellars’ Fancy Pachyderm, gave people a chance to chat up Claypool and pose for photos.
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Chaney Claypool was pouring Claypool Cellars' Fancy Pachyderm for the afternoon party at TRI Studios in Marin.
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The fancy juice!
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Of course there was a scrumptious cheese plate to go along with the tunes.
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Les Claypool with a few of the Dolby employees who helped with the filming of the webcast.
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Universal Music, TRI Studios and Dolby helped put the event together.
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Les Claypool with lucky winner Shane Fowler from Virginia Beach, VA who won a spot at the listening party from a facebook contest.
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Larry LaLonde onstage at the Muni in Eureka, CA at the start of a four-week tour around the US and Canada.
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The show, with drummer Jay Lane, consisted of two sets of music that lasted about two-and-a-half hours.
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Speaking about the title of the 1991 album, Claypool said, “We were this under the radar, underground band and here we were, about to be the second release of Interscope Records with Gerardo’s ‘Rico Suave’ as their first release. The whole notion of ‘Sailing the Seas of Cheese’ was that we were either going to sink or swim.”
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Primus last played Eureka, CA in 2003.
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"We're still going at it and people still come," said Claypool about the bands longevity. "We were never really part of any trend. The peaks weren't as high, nor the valleys as low."
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If you haven't seen the 3D show, it really is something to behold. No still camera can do it justice.
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Happy 22nd birthday, Sailing the Seas of Cheese!
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