The Claypool Lennon Delirium play songs, chat with Mary Lucia in The Current studio

The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform 'Blood and Rockets' from their 2019 album, 'South of Reality' (ATO Records) live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Little Fishes (Live at The Current) 05:44
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Blood and Rockets (Live at The Current) 05:53
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Easily Charmed By Fools (Live at The Current) 04:47

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, as the name suggests, has as its nucleus Les Claypool and Sean Lennon. Their latest album, South of Reality, was recorded at Rancho Relaxo — the name Claypool has given his home studio in Sonoma County, California. "I don't bring in producers or engineers because I'm the only one who knows where to kick it when one of the relays sticks," Claypool says.

In town for a show at the Varsity Theater, the Claypool Lennon Delirium — accompanied by keyboardist João Nogueira and drummer Paulo Baldi — visited The Current for a full studio session hosted by Mary Lucia.

"With Sean and I, we tend to push and pull each other," Claypool says of the band's creative process. "I think that's what's good about our relationship is we push each other into directions we wouldn't normally go."

"I think the thing about Les is that he doesn't overthink things when it comes to recording because he has a sort of belief in capturing spontaneity," Lennon adds. "He's really into capturing the moment like a documentary filmmaker."

Beyond talking about the latest record, Lucia asks about which instrument, during the learning phase, is probably least forgiving to neighbors. "I know the answer to that one, because I was that neighbor to someone beneath me. I was learning drums," Lennon says. "I think like a lot of kids, I didn't really have a sensitivity towards what it's like to not want to hear the noise. So yeah, I used to actually practice [drums] really loud with the window open and the whole building would complain."

One of Lennon's neighbors didn't complain, however. That neighbor? Roberta Flack.

Listen to the complete session with the Claypool Lennon Delirium using the audio player above.

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Songs Performed


"Little Fishes"
"Blood and Rockets"
"Easily Charmed By Fools"
All songs from the Claypool Lennon Delirium's 2019 album, South of Reality, available on ATO Records.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark and Adam Biel
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

External Link

The Claypool Lennon Delirium - official site

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    The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sean Lennon's guitar in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    Les Claypool and Sean Lennon of The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    Sean Lennon of The Claypool Lennon Delirium performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    Les Claypool of The Claypool Lennon Delirium performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Keyboardist Joao Nogueira of The Claypool Lennon Delirium performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sean Lennon's pedal board in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Les Claypool (foreground), Joao Nogueira (keys) and Paulo Baldi (drums) of The Claypool Lennon Delirium warm up in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Paulo Baldi of The Claypool Lennon Delirium in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Drummer Paulo Baldi of The Claypool Lennon Delirium performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Artwork on gear belonging to The Claypool Lennon Delirium (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    Sean Lennon of The Claypool Lennon Delirium performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Paulo Baldi of The Claypool Lennon Delirium performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    Les Claypool of The Claypool Lennon Delirium performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Drum kit beloning to Paulo Baldi of The Claypool Lennon Delirium set up in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    Sean Lennon of The Claypool Lennon Delirium performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    Sean Lennon and Joao Nogueira of The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio
    Sean Lennon and Joao Nogueira of The Claypool Lennon Delirium perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sean Lennon of The Claypool Lennon Delirium, portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sean Lennon of The Claypool Lennon Delirium portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Les Claypool of The Claypool Lennon Delirium portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Les Claypool of The Claypool Lennon Delirium portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sean Lennon of The Claypool Lennon Delirium portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sean Lennon and Les Claypool of The Claypool Lennon Delirium portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Mary Lucia (center) with Sean Lennon and Les Claypool of The Claypool Lennon Delirium, portrait at The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium portrait at The Current
    Mary Lucia (center) with Sean Lennon and Les Claypool of The Claypool Lennon Delirium, portrait at The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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