It’s been a good couple of days for Tool updates, and now Maynard swoops in and gives us another:
I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon’. I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.
Much better than a #gullible! With the accompanying photo (possibly taken by Aaron Harris):
Maynard thinks that The PRP are gullible for posting about Tool being in the studio. Are they? Are we? Is believing a video posted by Adam suggesting that they’re in the studio enough to make us gullible? Or is Maynard taking the piss?
Adam has posted another photo with the tag #SmokeOnTheHorizon this time a shot of all four members of Tool in the newly refurbished Loft. Presumably they’re listing to some material for the new album, and Maynard is either starting his lyrical process, or is listening to the progress so far.
It’s hard to get too excited considering all the delays we’ve had, but it finally looks as though we have some solid progress in the songwriting department. Who knows, maybe they’ll even hit the studio before the year is out?
As we all know, Maynard has contributed to The Flaming Lips next album With A Little Help From My Fwends. It’s an album of Beatles covers and features Maynard on the track Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite. You can stream it on NPR.
There’s also an interesting interview with Maynard and the members of the Flaming Lips where they talk about the track. It’s worth a watch:
Maynard hinted a couple of weeks ago that a new Puscifer website was on the way, and today that ambition has been realised. To celebrate it appears they have released a new video for the track Toma, directed by Tim Cadiente and featuring the Flying Caliente Brothers. For your viewing pleasure:
For the Tool/Maynard fan who has everything and still has deep pockets, there’s a print now available from Tim Cadiente’s website called Hawk’in Time:
This studio image of Maynard James Keenan is being offered for a very limited time in a very limited quantity.
A 19 x 13 Archival pigmented ink print, signed, embossed and numbered by Maynard James Keenan and Tim Cadiente.
Each image will come with a certificate of authenticity and a bonus 13 x 19 image.
This set of 2 archival pigmented ink images for $285.
Free shipping in the U.S / International shipping : $25
$285 sounds like a lot to me, but I’m sure there’s people out there interested in this stuff. Happy shopping!
According to Consequence of Sound, Maynard will be appearing on the forthcoming Flaming Lips cover album based on the Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He will be on the track Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!:
With a Little Help From My Fwends Tracklist:
01. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (feat. My Morning Jacket, Fever the Ghost, and J Mascis)
02. With a Little Help from My Friends (feat. The Flaming Lips, Black Pus, and The Autumn Defense)
03. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (feat. Miley Cyrus, Moby, and The Flaming Lips)
04. Getting Better (feat. Dr. Dog and Chuck Inglish)
05. Fixing a Hole (feat. Electric Wurms)
06. She’s Leaving Home (feat. Phantogram and Juliana Barwick)
07. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (feat. The Flaming Lips, Maynard James Keenan, and Sunbears)
08. Within You Without You (feat. Birdflower and Morgan Delt)
09. When I’m Sixty-Four (feat. The Flaming Lips and more)
10. Lovely Rita (feat. Tegan & Sara and Stardeath and White Dwarves)
11. Good Morning Good Morning (feat. Zorch, Grace Potter, and more)
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (feat. Foxygen and MGMT)
13. A Day in the Life (feat. The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus)
Maynard has collaborated with Flaming Lips members in the past, including this Elton John cover:
Matt from Sip Wine emailed me this evening letting me know that bottles of Caduceus and Merkin Vineyards wine are now available to Australian customers. From the press release:
Only 300 bottles of Caduceus Cellars and 300 bottles of Merkin Vineyards 2012’s have ever left North America, and Australia has them.
Delivery Australia Wide, Free shipping for orders over $350
VISA, Mastercard and Amercan Express Accepted
Only Available at www.sipwine.com.au
These are the same guys who made some Merkin and Arizona Stronghold Wine available to Australians in the last couple of years. The wine is expensive, and I’m sure there will be some debate as to their value for money, but for those that want o support Maynard in his wine-making this is a good chance. Make sure you let them know Fourtheye sent you!
Maynard has posted a photo of what appears to be his new daughter on Instagram:
Lei Li Agostina Maria 7lbs, 19″, 19:19 aka 7:19pm. 7/25/2014 (= 7-7-7)
Maynard celebrated his 50th birthday over the weekend with a couple of concerts featuring his bands Puscifer and A Perfect Circle, support act Failure and a number of other surprises. The way the set was structured was the first surprise – rather than each band having their own set, it was one large show split into two acts where each band got play a short 3-4 song set before moving onto the next act. Guest performances happened seemlessly throughout the set.
For the encore we were treated to a few unique performances, including Cuntry Boner, Green Jello, Devo on cello and 3/4 of Tool performing an interesting version of Sober. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive both from Fourtheye readers and the media. The LA Weekly also has a gallery of photo’s for you to check out.