On August 27th, Puscifer (the side project from Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan) will be releasing All Re-Mixed Up, a remix album of tracks from the Conditions Of My Parole album (review), which came out in 2011. Now fans can get the opportunity to listen to samples of the entire album via Amazon. Simply click on the “Play All Samples” button above the track list and enjoy!
All Re-Mixed Up features remixes from Aaron Harris, John Fryer, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and many more. READ MORE
It has been announced on Tool‘s official website that the band is once again entering the studio to continue writing and arranging their follow up album to 2006′s 10,000 Days (jeez, has it really been over seven years?!).
The full news post reads, “For those who like to keep tabs on every specific aspect involving Tool, yesterday, around 2:00 PM (PST), a truck containing the band’s equipment (which had earlier arrived from Australia and Japan via a transpacific freighter) pulled up to their primary storage space where it was unloaded by several able bodies. Afterwards, the truck proceeded to the band’s rehearsal space (“the loft”), where what gear remained was dropped off. Therefore, according to the plan, the guys are scheduled to resume with the writing/arranging process of material for their next record sometime later this afternoon – once everything is put back into place, and they have had their lunch (which I’m guessing will be sandwiches of some kind from a nearby delicatessen). At least that’s the plan. Stay tuned for further updates.”
Hopefully this time they’ll manage to stay in place long enough to knock out all the music for the album. Then we’ll just have to wonder when singer Maynard James Keenan will put Puscifer on hold long enough to finish his parts. Fingers crossed! READ MORE
Puscifer, the side project from Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, has announced that they will be releasing All Re-Mixed Up on August 27th. The album will feature remixes of several Puscifer songs from the Conditions Of My Parole (review) by several artists, including Sir Mix-A-Lot, Aaron Harris (ex-ISIS) of Palms, John Fryer of This Mortal Coil, Rani Sharone of Stolen Babies, and more as well as a remix by band member Carina Round.
Keenan states, “All Re-Mixed Up is the continuation of the Puscifer tradition to release alternate versions, reworks, and remixes of what we consider initial thoughts. For instance, Carina Round was nervous about how to approach her version of ‘Telling Ghosts.’ Mat Mitchell put her at ease by asking her to think of it as a song half written, advising her to ‘now write the other half.’ It’s extremely liberating in the digital age to approach composing and creating in this manner. Infinite paths to explore, reinterpret, and re-present.”
Head on below to see the slightly disturbing cover art and track listing. READ MORE
Talk about a tease. Tool has announced that there will be five certificates placed randomly within the 5,000 21st anniversary reissues of Opiate, which comes out March 26th via ToolBand. What do these certificates grant? No one knows. It’s not being revealed. In fact, you have to be one of the lucky few who finds one to figure out what the prize is. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones to find the proverbial “golden ticket”, be a pal and let me know what you got?
For more information on the reissue, head on over here. READ MORE
A truly odd and somewhat demented video for Puscifer‘s take on the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” can be seen below. The video was directed by Mike King, Flea Circus Films & Puscifer and stars Dina Martina, Laura Milligan, Carina Round, Dan Burns, and Maynard James Keenan. The video is being likened to something out of a Tim And Eric sketch, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Poorly imposed heads, strange expressions, odd make up, and purposefully misplayed instruments are all a part of this strange video.
The song comes from the band’s latest EP Donkey Punch The Night (review). The EP was released today and can be purchased on iTunes. READ MORE
Singer Maynard James Keenan seems to have found a very happy, comforting second home in the form of Puscifer. A project that is challenging and inventive, Puscifer satisfies needs, emotions, and sounds that Tool is unable to provide. And while we all wait for a fifth Tool album, there is something to be said about the investment and energy that Keenan invests into Puscifer.
I’ve made it quite clear that I was never a fan of the first Puscifer release, V Is For Vagina but also how I was completely won over by Conditions Of My Parole. Now I’ve been presented with a new EP entitled Donkey Punch The Night Away. With two new tracks, two covers and three remixes, it’s an interesting beast, one that took more than a few spins to really understand and appreciate. Join me below for my full thoughts. READ MORE
New Zealand’s TheRock recently spoke with Tool drummer Danny Carey about the current state of the band, including the status of a new album. Carey maintains that a new album will be released by the end of 2013, contradicting a recent statement from singer Maynard James Keenan, who claimed that there would be no new Tool record this year. Carey also comments that, “Justin [Chancellor] has been really prolific on this record…” and that 6-7 songs are being recorded by the various members.
A new album will be the followup to 2006′s 10,000 Days. READ MORE
In what may be one of the most depressing things I’ve read today, Blabbermouth is saying that Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan spoke to The Pulse Of Radio’s Chilean Radio Futuro that there will be, “…No new disc. Not this year… I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing.” According to Tool’s website, the other members (Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Danny Carey) have been hard at work writing the music and are approximately halfway through.
Meanwhile, Keenan will be releasing a new Puscifer EP entitled Donkey Punch The Night on Feb. 19th. The EP will feature some new music as well as a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. READ MORE
Puscifer, the project led by Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, is streaming a new song entitled “Breath”. The track comes off the upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night, which comes out Feb. 19th and features a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. You can listen to the song here.
The EP also features singer/songwriter Carina Round whose album Tigermending landed on my Top Albums of 2012 list, which you can see here. READ MORE
Puscifer, the project from Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, has opened up pre-orders for their upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night, which will be released Feb. 19th. The EP features a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, five remix tracks, as well as two originals. Singer Carina Round is also on the EP.
Cerebral electronic artist Lustmord has completed the recording of his latest album The Word As Power, which is expected to be released later this year. A sample of the track “Abaddon”, which features Tool singer Maynard James Keenan, can be heard below. READ MORE
In a recent interview with Las Vegas Weekly, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel spilled the beans on the status of a future APC album, stating, “…I’d love to – when the time is right. It would be awesome. I’m trying to write songs with that in mind.” However, Howerdel has his focus elsewhere right now: “…right now, I’m focusing most of my energy on a new Ashes Divide record, which is under way with 11 songs.” Howerdel hopes to enter the mixing phase of the new Ashes Divide album in January or February.
APC’s last album was 2004′s eMOTIVe, which was a collection of cover songs from such artists as Devo, Depeche Mode, John Lennon, and more. There were also two original tracks on that record.
Meanwhile, APC will be performing their sole 2012 show tomorrow night in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. READ MORE
Alright, I can’t guarantee 100% that this is the album artwork for Puscifer‘s upcoming EP Donkey Punch The Night. Yes, the Pusicfer official Facebook page posted it. However, it’s so…cheap, ugly, amateurish, and terrible that I can’t bring myself to believe that it’s the final artwork. I’m guessing it’s gotta be some kind of joke. It looks like someone put it together in MS Paint (the Windows 95 version). Check it out below if you dare.
The EP will be released Feb. 19th, 2013 and will include a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The band will be performing Apr. 6th, 2013 at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile. READ MORE
Tool is by no means meant for the casual listener. Their music defies traditional songwriting, dynamically surges from crushing distortion to soft beauty, plays with time signatures, bears some of the most interesting lyrics available, and doesn’t give a damn about song length to ensure radio play. Add to this list the band’s love of the occult and teasing fans with the possibilities that their lyrics and music hide a deeper meaning. Everything combined makes Tool one of the most challenging, well-respected and fascinating bands releasing music these days.
And so I decided that my love of the band should be used to rank their discography. Having listened to each album more times than I can count, I feel very comfortable in my decisions. Note that I am only doing the four full-length albums and I’m not including the Opiate EP nor the Salival release.
This is by no means an easy task. Having been a fan of Tool for more years than I can easily count, I realize that these albums each represent a different period of my life and I have certain memories associated with each one. Still, I’ll do my best to remain objective. So, join me below to find out my “From Worst To Best” with Tool. READ MORE
Puscifer have released what might be the trailer park-iest video of the year with Conditions Of My Parole, which you can check after the jump. I really think that this video, combined with the video for Man Overboard, give a great example of what you can expect from the latest record (review here). There is a lighthearted cynicism in Conditions of My Parole while an artistic darkness pervades over Man Overboard.
After hearing the first Puscifer single, Man Overboard, from the new album album, Conditions Of My Parole, I became pretty much convinced that I had to hear the full deal. Well, Spin.com is now streaming the full album and you can check it out after the jump to let me know your thoughts!
HA, gotcha! Except not really, because the video below actually HAS Maynard in jail. Only it’s for promo reasons as his latest Puscifer album, Conditions Of My Parole, is set for release on Oct. 18th. The band will also be performing on Late Night With David Letterman on Halloween (Oct. 31st for those of you who don’t know….noobs….) and will be hitting the road on a tour with support coming from Carina Round.
Check after the jump for tour dates and the official video for Man Overboard.
The more I hear about the upcoming Puscifer album, Conditions For My Parole, the more I get really excited thinking about it. As I’ve said before, I wasn’t a fan of the first album but the new single, Man Overboard, really has my hopes up. And to get things even more interesting, a video for that song has just been released on RollingStone.com. Check it out after the jump and enjoy!
So, remember a few weeks ago I wrote that Puscifer released a new song, Man Overboard, and that it was the first time I really loved their sound? Well, rejoice Maynard fans as a full album will be released October 18th. Conditions For My Parole is “…equal parts Twilight Zone, Mayberry and Road Warrior. The ghosts & aliens, Republicans & liberals, cowboys & artists living side by side with hostile creatures such as scorpions, spiders, rattlesnakes, javelinas & hippies are just a few of the spicy ingredients that give Conditions of My Parole its unique flavor.” states frontman Maynard James Keenan (of Tool fame).
A North American tour will kick off in early November with more information is on the way. You can pre-order the album on the official website.
Maynard James Keenan, the reclusive frontman of Tool, has released a new song from his side project Puscifer. The track, Man Overboard, is described by Keenan as “…Twin Peaks in the desert.” I’ll be 100% honest and say that I hated the first Puscifer album. However, I’m loving the sound of this song and if it is any indication of what to expect from the upcoming album, Conditions Of My Parole, I’m all in. Anybody with me on that?
A Perfect Circle, the band led by Tool‘s Maynard James Keenan, has announced a full N. American tour, starting with them headlining the 2011 Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. This news came direct from their freshly updated website, which features one badass looking octopus (I’ve got a thing for octopods. TMI? Don’t really care.). Now, the only other bit of news I’d like to hear is that a new album is in the works, although Tool‘s should come first. Ah well, check out the tour dates after the jump. I’ll be at the Fox Theater show in Detroit.
Join me Bloody-Disgusting reader as we travel back to the year 1969. I am willing to guarantee that this was before the majority of you were born (it was WELL before I was even a thought), so let’s take a look at some of the major events of that year: Ohio State won the Rose Bowl. Nixon succeeded as President of the United States of America. The Beatles performed their last public concert. The Boeing 747 makes its first flight. Monty Python’s Flying Circus airs its first episode on BBC. And King Crimson releases their first album, ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’, beginning a musical career that is still going on today.
A little over a year from when Puscifer played its first live shows ever, they have plans to embark on a 13 city, East Coast/Mid-West Tour in further support of their latest release “C is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here)”, the follow-up to 2007’s “V is for Vagina”. Puscifer was created to serve as a catch-all for any of Maynard James Keenan’s creativity which did not have a place in Tool or his super group A Perfect Circle. Puscifer is a departure from the sound and vision of Tool,in addition to being more of the groove-oriented variety as opposed to the harder sound of Tool. While Tool is still obligated to complete one more album under their record contract, they have been more than happy to work around Keenan’s side projects for the better part of 11 years.
As for the tour, Keenan has said that in cities where there are two dates, patrons shouldn’t be expecting the same show twice. The band is still in an experimental stage with members coming and going, but Keenan promises that it will continue to evolve and morph into a stable, core band.