Puscifer release video for The Arsonist

Yesterdays Instagram post was a hint towards a new Puscifer video it seems, this time an animated feature with Joe Rogan, Ronda Rousey and Trumpzilla accompanying The Arsonist – in my opinion one of the better tracks from Money Shot.  It’s pretty good!  Watch it below:

More info on the video at AV Club

Puscifer on The Onion?

I came across an interesting Instagram post today from Puscifer:

See you all tomorrow! @theonion #comedyfirstalways #thearsonist

A video posted by Puscifer & Caduceus (@puscifer) on

Perhaps we’re going to see Maynard and/or Puscifer on The Onion tomorrow?

In other Maynard related news, there is a reasonably new interview with him on Aussie digital radio station Double J.  It’s not an especially insightful interview, however does give us a tiny clue as to the Puscifer Tour in Australia next year:

“It’s gonna be a different show to what we brought last time,” Keenan told Double J’s Myf Warhurst. “A couple of curveballs. It should be fun.”

Moderators announced for Maynard James Keenan Book Tour

Moderators for the upcoming Maynard James Keenan book tour have been announced today, and there are some interesting names including Billy Howerdel, Kim Thayil and Alex Grey.  It sounds like these will be pretty interesting events, so get along to one if you get the chance!

Moderators for Maynard’s A Perfect Union of Contrary Things book tour have been announced:

November 9 Nashville, TN City Winery Nashville SOLD OUT
Moderators: Dino Paredes (Suretone Management) & Mark Brooks (Metalocalypse director)

November 10 Wappinger Falls, NY COSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Moderator: Alex Grey (Renowned artist/Chapel of Sacred Mirrors founder)

November 11 New York, NY New York Society for Ethical Culture SOLD OUT 
Moderator: Roxy Myzal (HardDrive Radio Producer/beloved radio personality)

November 12 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Moderator (both 7:30, SOLD OUT, and 10 pm readings): Roxy Myzal (HardDrive Radio Producer/beloved radio personality)

November 14 Toronto, ON Convocation Hall (University of Toronto) 
Moderator: Alan Cross Official (102.1 the Edge Music Director)

November 16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall (7 pm reading) SOLD OUT
Moderator: Amanda Danielson (Owner, Trattoria Stella and The Franklin/Master Sommelier)

November 16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall (10:30 pm reading)
Moderator: Dirk Flanigan (Executive Chef, Ocean Cut Chicago and Il Coniglio/Former Pigface vocalist)

November 18 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Moderator (both 7:30, SOLD OUT, and 10 pm readings): Paul Barker (Ministry/Lead Into Gold / Bells Into Machines/Puscifer)

November 19 Seattle, WA Kane Auditorium
Moderator: Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

November 21 San Francisco, CA Herbst Theatre
Moderator: Laura Milligan (aka Hildy Berger/Mr. Show)

November 22 Los Angeles, CA The Montalban
Moderator: Billy Howerdel (A Perfect Circle / ASHES dIVIDE)

November 25 Phoenix, AZ Mesa Arts Center SOLD OUT
Moderator: Kimber Lanning (Local First Arizona / Stinkweeds)

November 26 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
Moderator: Matt Mather (Sommelier at Frasca Food & Wine)

November 27 Dallas, TX Texas Theatre
Moderator: Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips)

Tickets for all dates are on-sale now, with the exception of the Nov. 14 event at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, which are available to the general public on Oct. 14.

Maynard Biography Interviews

Interviews are starting to appear online in support of the new Maynard James Keenan  authorised biography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.  For your consideration today are an interesting interview with Rolling Stone magazine, and a Podcast.

In Rolling Stone, Maynard answers a range of questions which I suspect broadly preview the content of the book.  The key point I take from this is that we shouldn’t be expecting it to be a Tool biography:

This book you just put out is very adamantly not a Tool book. Tool is a part of it, but in some ways, there’s probably more Puscifer or the winemaking or even the sort of pre-musical life. Was that a calculated thing?
There’s so much stuff out there about Tool, and there’s so many things about me with Tool out there right now it would just be redundant. And some of the more behind-the-scenes things that go on with the band, it should be a volume that’s done by all four of those people, not just me. So, a lot of the things are saved for that next incarnation. Even though this is a biography, I feel like it’s more of, like we talked about, a map – just a map of certain decisions and how they were arrived at, if nothing else for an inspiration for me, to chronicle where I’ve been, to know where I’m going, and also for an observer to look at it and see how it applies to their life.

Will be interesting to see if a Tool biography ever eventuates.

The second interview is a podcast with Kevin Eikenberry from The Remarkable Leaders series.  It’s an interesting and thoughtful interview where Maynard talks about the creative process, and how he has refound his love for music.

Tool September 2016 Newsletter

The Tool newsletter for September 2016 is out now (sorry for the delay getting it up here but I’ve been out of town) and it doesn’t really contain any actual Tool news, just some reflection on the energy radiated by some Tool fans.

For those who are desperate for anything to cling their hopes on, here’s Danny on the Seth Meyers show confirming “it’s real”:

Here’s my message for the many Tool fans who read this site:

Danny Carey on Seth Meyers

Word is that Danny Carey will be appearing on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show next week:

I must be living under a rock because it was just brought to my attention that DANNY will be the guest drummer on the LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS SHOW starting on the WEEK of Monday, SEPTEMBER 26. Now that I mention it, does anyone have a house truck for sale?

Hopefully someone will record it so we can all enjoy it later on!

Puscifer announce Australian tour in January 2017

Puscifer will be bringing their Money $hot tour Down Under in January, with dates all over Australia and New Zealand, including a headline slot on the Mofo Festival in Tasmania.  Here’s the press release:

Returning to Australia in January 2017, the genre-defying Puscifer will unleash their legendary Money $hot – Round Under Tour on audiences around the country across four huge all-ages shows. The Money $hot tour will take in Melbourne’s Plenary MCEC on Sunday 22nd January, Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on Monday 23rd January, Sydney’s Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC on Wednesday 25th January and will wrap up with the ultimate Australia Day party at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Thursday 26th January.

Puscifer will descend on Australia straight off the back of a mammoth world tour that marries the concept of concert and theatre, and has been chalking up epic reviews from around the globe:

“Welcome to one of the most intoxicating, semi-befuddling and downright incredible live shows, well, ever… Puscifer’s whole philosophy is about making their live show a unique experience… Nothing is more impressive than the performance, though… one of the best live bands on the planet.” – Kerrang!

“Mindbending, brain-frying, totally unique and definitely worth the wait. Gig of the year. Done.” – Metal Hammer

“Maynard James Keenan’s vocals were in beautiful harmony with Carina Round’s… (this together with) the stunning visuals that accompanied Puscifer’s show throughout the night, made for an incredible gig that won’t be easily forgotten.” – Loudwire

The brainchild of one of music’s most enigmatic personalities, Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer is an accomplished collective of musicians. Puscifer’s touring line-up is Keenan, guitar player Mat Mitchell, singer Carina Round, drummer Jeff Friedl, keyboard player/vocalist Mahsa Zargaran and the newest addition, bass player Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead Into Gold).

‘Money Shot’, Puscifer’s third studio album released in October 2015, is the most confident release to date and easily the most openly “Maynard James Keenan” of the bunch.

“I don’t really know how else to talk about it other than it’s more,” says Keenan. “It really is kind of a culmination of all the things I’ve been exposed to and inspired by over the years. That combination of the digital programming combined with that acoustic element of the harmonies…. Trying to find that actual pulse, that breath of life within the digital landscape — and then just going ahead and bringing it in for real.”

“Money Shot takes a more refined approach to all the things that make Puscifer Puscifer”, wrote Rolling Stone. “The raunchy sense of humor is still there, but the overall mood of melodically pulsing songs like “Grand Canyon,” “Galileo” and “The Remedy” is darker, more sombre and more reflective… Money Shot feels like the most focused work the band has created to date, and maybe also the most personal.”

Do yourself a favour, and don’t miss this one-off live experience  when it rolls into town in January.



With Special Guests Luchafer

Presented by Destroy All Lines & Chugg Entertainment


Friday 20th January – MONA FOMA


Sunday 22nd January – Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (All Ages) or 132 849


Monday 23rd January – Thebarton Theatre (All Ages) or 136 100


Wednesday 25th January – Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney (All Ages) or 132 849


Thursday 26th January – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (All Ages) or 132 849


Sunday 29th January – Vector Arena (All Ages) or 0800 111 999

For more information go to:

Sounds like fun times ahead.  The Mofo lineup also features a Mike Patton project called tētēma.

Justin Chancellor talks about basses and cooking

Justin Chancellor was at the Warwick Bass Camp recently, and took some time to speak with Jakub Milszewski from Top Guitar about Basses, M.T.void, football as well as a sneaky Tool update:

For those not interested in watching the video, and just want the Tool “news”:

just trust me that it’s gonna be awesome…’s gonna happen – it’s in the oven, it’s in the oven…’s cooking, it’s cooking

Hopefully some kind of solid update from the band isn’t far around the corner.

Tool August 2016 Newsletter

Hidden in the depths of Toolband is the Tool August 2016 Newsletter, and it covers since suggestion of a Tool course and a McDonalds Tray Liner featuring a Tool fan:

I had planned for this month’s newsletter to be about a new course offered by select colleges and universities that will certainly be of interest to many Tool enthusiasts. The class is entitled, “Introduction, Production & Interpretation of Music Videos By Tool”, and is described in the curriculum guide as being an accelerated course about the band’s critically acclaimed video concepts. Now, I’m not trying to be anyone’s academic adviser – no, not this underachiever, who barely graduated from Miskatonic U. (go Black Goats!) – but just wanted to mention the prescribed requirements, credit hours, and enrollment details. I was also going to include a short interview with Adam Jones about his feelings on the new course, and whether or not he was going to participate in any way, such as classroom lectures or demonstrations of the video process via Google Hangouts tutorials, etc.? However, just as I was about to start typing, my attention was directed to some unread Tool email that urgently needed to be addressed.

One of the messages had the subject heading of “Free Advertising”, while another read, “Tool and Mickey D’s.” All were from Tool fans letting me know about something that they noticed while eating at McDonald’s. This was an advertising photo on their tray liner that depicted a happy “I’m Lovin It” family of four with the father wearing a classic TOOL tee shirt. (Note: The shirt is called, “Phurba” and depicts a stylized Buddhist ritual implement, although, in the spirit of McZen – what with golden arches, Happy Meals and such – I don’t think any Buddhist monks will get too upset in being associated with what’s on the McDonald’s menu.) The link below will take you to a photo of the tray liner that was posted on the reddit website.


As to my reply: I honestly didn’t know anything about the ‘Tool’ tray liner (After all, there’s an Inn ‘N Out close to where I live), and don’t know if anyone associated with the band is aware of it, or, for that matter, if they even give a McShit?

No, I didn’t know about the Mickey D’s thing, but, unless someone close to the band is pulling my leg, I did hear that another fast food chain – whatchamacallit – has purposed selling a special Danny Carey drumstick. Let me think… It isn’t Chick-Fil-A (of course!), and not Churchs Chicken either. Nor is it Popeyes, Roscoes, Pudgies, Chesters, Jollibee or Henny Penny. Oh, yeah – it’s Kentucky Fried Chicken (better known today as KFC, so as to keep your mind off of things like frying oil and trans fat). Again, if someone’s not yanking my chain, the D.C. signature drumsticks are going to be died purple (!), and imprinted with a fake grill mark in the form of a ‘charred’ unicursal hexagram. Evidently, KFC’s “World’s Largest Logo” advertising stunt – the gigantic visage of Colonel Cluck, himself, laid out in colorful tiles on the desert floor near Area 51, where it can be seen from outer space in satellite imagery – didn’t quite live up to the company’s expectations, and now they are looking for something even cooler.

(I know what you’re thinking: Too bad it wasn’t “Subway” that did this, with that Fogle guy’s face being seen from outer space, so that maybe the nasty greys would have come down and snatched him up – thinking that he was our leader.)

Cheese and crackers! Look at the clock. In keeping with my new policy of spending no more than 30 minutes on each newsletter (as long as I’m being paid in mcnuggets), my time is up.



I don’t imagine there really is a Tool course happening, but Blair could be hinting at either the contents of a new video (perhaps featuring Opiate) or maybe the content of the VIP sessions on the upcoming tour.

Or it could be he’s referring to a few discoveries that Adam has posted on Instagram in the last week, below being an example:

~ uh…whoa. Found this in storage* In 1997 I sculpted this quick little maquette for our Ænema video during the pre-production’s conception stage. Original idea was to have a small female protagonist puppet that could have parts of her anatomy change or ‘open up’ to help represent a welcomed adaptation to (waist deep) catastrophe. Hidden bisecting arms that would fan out like two puzzle pieces from the normal anatomy. With a huge influence from Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński (and MANY other talented mofo *chet *greg figel *etc..) she evolved into an semi-transparent androgynous creature with her genetic makeup harmonic with H2o. (*Sounded good at the time…😄🔫) • Into the production & after many weeks of constant stop motion back and forth movements the two fatigued identical puppets were beyond wear. The ball socket armature had broken in different places and were very difficult to use. Hence the few shots at the end of the actual vid where the bisected arms barely move. ~ Heard a rumor that there was a bit of a tool influence on General Grievous from Star Wars ep lll. If true I would die a happy man. ❤️~ad

A photo posted by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

New Caduceus Reds available to Aussie Wine Drinkers

Our buddies at Sip Wines hav announced that they have some of Maynard’s latest Caduceus Red wines now in stock, and to celebrate are having a sale:

The New 2013 Caduceus Reds have landed in Australia! To celebrate, we’ve taken $20 off the Merkin & Caduceus Pack. This pack includes the delicious 2013 Caduceus Nagual de la NAGA & the brand new 2015 Merkin Chupacabra GSM Red from all Arizona grapes.

Sadly there is no goon sack option, however you do get $20 off the bottled variety.  They’re expensive wines, so probably for enthusiasts or special occasions only.  Though I haven’t tried any of the newer wines, the ones I have tried in the past have been pretty good, so worth an order if you’ve got the money lying around.

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