13. This number, above most others, has a superstitious history — buildings built without 13th floors, Friday the 13th, and historic associations with bad luck. But in 2013, heavy-metal forefather Black Sabbath is taking that number back with the release of its new album, 13, to be released in June.
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Primus: “Tragedy’s a’Comin'”[audio:http://alarm-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Primus_Tragedys_AComin.mp3|titles=Primus: “Tragedy’s a’Comin”]
“It’s kind of like trying to describe a wine,” chuckles Primus bandleader/bassist Les Claypool. “Everybody has their different adjectives that they use.”
Responding to the suggestion that the oddball Bay Area trio’s new album, Green Naugahyde, was recorded and mixed with a more transparent “sound” than previous work, Claypool doesn’t necessarily agree or disagree. The album is the band’s first full-length in 12 years, and listeners, of course, are bound to draw their own conclusions.
“Whatever ‘transparent’ means to you,” he continues, “might be different than what it means to me. From a production standpoint, the approach to this thing was very similar to what we’ve always done, which is record ourselves at my house. Over the years, I’ve collected a bunch of old vintage gear — we recorded to tape through an old API console, so it’s a very clean, very crisp, very clear recording. And for the most part, we weren’t coloring things after the fact. It was going to tape as raw as we could possibly put it to tape. But there’s also a lot of contrast between the individual songs.”