MUSIC BOX: Welcomed Delerium

By on July 20, 2016

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon at the Garter, Laney Jones and the Spirits has trio of shows, TAUK and New Madrid take the Village.

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, get weird at the Pink Garter on Monday.

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, get weird at the Pink Garter on Monday.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – For the psychedelic-minded sector of the population, the rollercoaster experiments of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd may be the closest mind-expanding preparation for engaging the debut album Monolith of Phobos by The Claypool Lennon Delirium—the project of singular bassist/vocalist Les Claypool of Primus and guitarist/drummer/vocalist Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko.

While the album, at times, feels much like any other Claypool project—bass dominating the mix, voice effected to sound like an astronaut, off-the-wall lyrics—the Lennon imprint is a significant one and his vocal-led tunes are memorable. The duo overdubbed all of the instrumentation, including Lennon on drums and synth sounds, and apparently inspired themselves via the help of ‘shrooms and other edibles. There are definitely some Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Pepper’s-esque textures that crop up in the mix, such as in “Cricket and the Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket).” As peculiar as the songs are, lyrically, Lennon brings a melodic touch and adventurous guitar work that shows his true talent.

“No matter what I do, people see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko,” Lennon told The Guardian last year. “I’ve made a decent living doing commercial work. I’ve done film scores, jingles for companies … it’s hard for me to sort of define myself. I just do my thing. I run a label, make music, I’m directing this documentary. I try to let my work speak for itself.”

Claypool, however, sees Lennon’s lineage as a critical component to his career. “Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart,” Claypool said in a release. “He definitely reflects his genetics—not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother. It makes for a glorious freak stew.”

Abstract art-rock duo JJUUJJUU opens the show.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium with JJUUJJUU, 9 p.m. Monday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $45-$50. PinkGarterTheatre.com, 733-1500.

Laney Jones and her spirits pull the trifecta this week with a trio of shows.

Laney Jones and her spirits pull the trifecta this week with a trio of shows.

Keeping up with the Joneses

From her first note sung, a listener’s initial impression of Laney Jones is typically one of refreshment. A sultry voice and engaging lyrics, the young Floridian writes interesting folk-pop songs. While her band is not reminiscent of Wilco or Deer Tick, per se, the nuances in her songs point to the same niche talent for composing hooky tracks and delivering them with unique texture.

Her new self-titled album, produced by Grammy-nominee David Plakon, is recommended. For what it’s worth, she was also named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know. You’ll have three chances to catch Jones and The Spirits this week.

Laney Jones and the Spirits, 10 p.m. Thursday at the Knotty Pine in Victor ($5), 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Mangy Moose ($7), and with singer-songwriter Jason Tyler Burton at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Park in Pinedale for SoundCheck Music Series (free, all-ages). Laney-Jones.com.

TAUK trips out Teton Village with New Madrid on Sunday during Concert on the Commons.

TAUK trips out Teton Village with New Madrid on Sunday during Concert on the Commons.

Get psychedelic, with and without words

Futuristic and psychedelic, prog-fusion instrumental band TAUK comes to us from Long Island, New York. The vocal-free quartet has been paired with Perpetual Groove, moe., and supported Umphree’s McGee at Red Rocks with a buffet of funk, jazz and ambient rock. Southern psychedelic rockers New Madrid open the show, making this a spicy Sunday afternoon.

TAUK with New Madrid, 5 p.m. Sunday at the Village Commons in Teton Village. Free, all-ages. ConcertOnTheCommons.com. PJH

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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160720Music_PlanetPicks-2WEDnesday

Grand Teton Music Festival presents Time for Three (Pink Garter Theatre), Songwriter’s Alley Open Mic (Silver Dollar)

THURsday

Shook Twins with Talia Keys Gemini Mind (Victor City Park), Laney Jones & The Spirits (Knotty Pine), Dragondeer (Town Square Tavern)

FRIday

Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (Walk Festival Hall), Whiskey Dick and Gallows Bond (Town Square Tavern)

SATurday

Laney Jones & The Spirits (American Legion Park in Pinedale), Cary Morin (Silver Dollar)

SUNday

TAUK with New Madrid (Village Commons), Stagecoach Band (Stagecoach)

Monday

JH Hootenanny (Dornan’s)

TUESday

Canyon Kids (Hatch), One Ton Pig (Silver Dollar), Intrepid Travelers (Town Square Tavern)

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About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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