Mike Patton

Weekly Update 12-April-2018

Time for another not so weekly update!  In this issue:

  • Mike Patton talks Tool
  • Legend of the Seagullmen gig
  • Tom Morello comments on Tool album again (in Italian)
  • Off the Grid!
  • Albums worth listening too!

Mike Patton talks Tool

Faith No More singer Mike Patton is a well respected member of the music industry, and seems to be somewhat of a Tool fan according to a recent chat with Revolver:

Honestly, it has been great! Tool always pays us fairly and treats us very well. I admire that they do whatever they want. They don’t take orders from record labels or “industry types.” My hat is off to them.

Weeeeeeell. During the Fantômas run, I collected a lot of spare change from the stage after each show. I can’t complain though — if I paid $60 to see my favorite band and a bunch of noisy weirdos took the stage, I’d be violent, too!

They give me hope that not all huge bands are pompous, clueless, drug-addled morons. That, and I steal lots of fashion ideas from Maynard’s stage wear.

Legend of the Seagullmen gig

There’s a gig happening for Legend of the Seagullmen this weekend at the Roxy Theater in LA.  Brett Hinds seems to be on board this time, so if you’re in town it’ll be a good chance to check out this bands first headline set, as well as with Brett on board.  Tickets here!

Tom Morello comments on Tool album again (in Italian)

Rolling Stone Italy have an interview with Tom Morello, who talks about the new Tool music that he heard a while back.  My Italian is pretty rough, but I believe he says something along the lines of hearing all long and distinctly Tool.  Here’s a sample:

Un’ultima domanda: so che hai ascoltato il disco dei Tool. Ci fai uno spoiler? Non lo diciamo a nessuno. 
Ho sentito la versione strumentale del disco, non facciamo confusione. Maynard non aveva ancora registrato nulla. Suona alla grande, posso dire che vale la pena aspettare così tanto. I Tool sono una band che presta grandissima attenzione alla composizione, curano tutto nei minimi dettagli. Ho ascoltato 7 o 8 canzoni: sono lunghe, eleganti, brutali… sono i Tool.

Off the Grid

This one is more of a housekeeping item – I’ll be off to the Nullarbor Plains here in Australia over the next two weeks, and will be mostly off the grid.  Kittaan will be holding down the fort over that time, posting any interesting Tool news that might come up, as well as the best of recent A Perfect Circle promo work as Eat The Elephant gets released while I’m away.

Albums worth listening too!

Plenty of great new albums at the moment – here’s a few suggestions:

  • Cosmic Psycho’s – Loudmouth Soup Classic Aussie Punk rock band release one of their best albums in some time. Some of you Aussie Tool fans may remember that these guys supported Tool back on the first Lateralus tour in 2001.
  • Front End Loader – Neutral Evil Another one of my favorite Aussie rock bands, not content with aging gracefully have elected to put out another album, with a release schedule that somewhat resembles Tool.  They don’t sound like Tool though.
  • Dr Octagon – Moosebumps: an exploration into modern day horripilation Kool Keith is back with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala with what I think is a pretty cool hip hop album.
  • Earthless – Black Heaven I always thought this band was an instrumental one, but turns out they sing sometimes too, like on this album.  It’s pretty good!
  • Conjurer – Mire These guys are a great hardcore doomy style metal band from the UK.  Check it out on Bandcamp.

Melvins Sydney Gig

According to the Melvins gig in Sydney will be held at the Annandale on the 22nd of January:

Almost 25 years, over 25 albums and still counting, the Melvins are considered one of the godfathers of sludge metal whom heavily influenced the Seattle grunge scene back in the 90’s. With a cult following across the globe, and including original members King Buzzo (Guitar/vocals) and Dale Crover (Drums/vocals), the band has recently released ANOTHER studio album, ‘Nude With Boots’.

And in the news that their Australian fans have been waiting for, this new release has inspired the boys to hit the road again! So on Thursday 22nd January, in a VERY special, VERY intimate show at Sydney’s Annandale Hotel – get ready to experience the Melvins performing their classic album ‘HOUDINI’ – in its entirety!! This will be their ONLY Sydney show, and with a line-up of the one ‘n only Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover & Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle) on bass…Oh my goddddd!!

Word is that Mike Patton will be a special guest at the shows too.  Thanks to Adrian for the tip!

December Tool Newsletter

Blair released the December Newsletter on Toolband today, and surprisingly it’s somewhat on topic.  For those who can’t be bothered reading it:

  • Nothing happening on the Tool front at the moment, but song writing will probably commence once the holiday season is over (with presumably Maynard joining them after the Puscifer shows).  Also, no decision has been made as to whether or not they might tour in 2009.  Personally, I couldn’t see a tour happening until after an album release.
  • The Tool websites (including Danny‘s) will most likely get an overhaul in 09.  Personally, I’ve speculated that a Toolarmy overhaul could be the “big thing” mentioned.
  • At least one member of Tool will be on the new Isis record, which is being recorded by Joe Baressi.

Also up on Toolband is a pic of Adam and Danny hanging with Mike Patton at a basketball game.  More photo’s can be found on Toolarmy for members.

Fantomas Melvins Big Band One Week Only!

The Fantomas Melvins Big Band DVD recently released is streaming in it’s entirety on PitchforkTV all this week. If you’d like to check out this great recording then make sure you check this out.

More details on the Nightmare Before Christmas

Usquan from Toolarmy has posted these further details on the upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas festival, curated by Mike Patton & The Melvins. As expected, Ipecac bands feature quite heavily:

All Tomorrow’s Parties takes great pleasure in announcing that the next
curators for the Nightmare Before Christmas this December 2008 will be
Mike Patton and Melvins. Both are hugely influential, innovative and
vital productive forces, and we’re very very pleased to be able to
present performances from both as well as a fantastic bill of artists
picked by them. The event will take place December 5, 6 and 7 at
Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead.

The line up so far looks like this:

Curated by Melvins

Neil Hamburger
Big Business

Curated by Mike Patton

Fantômas perform The Director’s Cut
The Locust

Pretty awesome lineup I reckon. The Fantômas set should be pretty cool.

Mike Patton & The Melvins curate Nightmare Before Xmas

According to a recent post on Rock-a-Rolla, Mike Patton and The Melvins will be curating the Nightmare Before Christmas festival in Minehead, UK.

Mike Patton and Melvins are set to curate this year’s Nightmare Before
Christmas, ATP’s annual festival held in Minehead, UK in December.
Previous years have seen the likes of Thurston Moore and Portishead
invite their personal favourites to perform over three days. Sources
close to Ipecac, the record label co-owned by Mike Patton and Greg
Werckman, have confirmed that this is going ahead as planned. The
details are still sketchy, however the line-up will no doubt lean
heavily towards Ipecac’s roster and Patton’s numerous projects.

No news on who will be playing, but it’s sure to be a great show…

Jello’s 50th

A recent update from Ipecac reveals some interesting Melvins, Jello Biafra and Mike Patton news:

Don’t be late for tonights world debut of Crudo (Patton/Automator/Butterscotch ). They open with a bang!
In other SanFrancisco news, you are invited to Jello Biafra’s 50th
birthday celebration!!! On June 16 & 17 join the Melvins in
celebrating the big 5-0 for the punk rabble rousing former Dead Kennedy
legend at the Great American Music Hall. Each night the Melvins will be
playing a set from the “Mangled Demos” earliest Melvins era ever, as
well as playing a set with Jello. These shows are stocked with cool
bands including the world debut on the 16th of Jello’s new band that
includes Billy Gould (x Faith No More)on bass, guitar legend Ralph
Spight and drummer Jon Weiss!!

Australian Bands You Should Listen To…

A fiar percentage of our readers are from the US and other countries around the world, and since things are relatively quiet on the Tool front (at least until the next issue of Revolver comes out), I though it might be a good idea to try and introduce some of our overseas guests to some of our best Australian bands.  I’m not talking about AC/DC, Silverchair or Wolfmother, I mean genuinely good Aussie bands.  I’m going to talk about three of my favorites, so sit back and enjoy!

The first band I want to mention are a local Adelaide band that I’m sure man of our Australian readers are quite familiar with.  The Mark of Cain have been around for over 20 years, and in my opinion are the best live band in Australia.  Their sound is described as a mix between Big Black, Joy Division and Helmet.  The Mark of Cain were at their height of popularity in the late 90s and it may surprise some readers to hear that they are still going strong, though live shows and tours are few and far between these days.  This is largely due to the fact that their drummer is ex-Helmet/Tomahawk/Battles skinsman John Stanier.

TMOC have just recently been in the recording studio working on their next album, which is expected to be released independantly later this year.  Long time fan Henry Rollins is also expected to make an appearance on this album.

For those of you who want to check them out, visit their website or Myspace page.  My favorite albums are This is This and Ill At Ease.

Cog are a band that many Fourtheye and Tool fans are familiar with, and there are probably many that consider them to be Australia’s answer to Tool.  There are undeniable similarities between the music of the two bands, though many differences as well.  I consider Cog to be much mellower than Tool, and I find the vocals a little grating at times. Having said that, i still enjoy their work, and their latest album Sharing Space (produced by Undertow producer Sylvia Massey) is probably their best to date.

Cog are currently touring around Australia, and I’m planning to see them when they hit Adelaide.  You can hear some of their music at their Myspace page.

Front End Loader are another Aussie band that have been around for a while.  This quirky hard rock outfit have been taking it easy for a while now, but have just released a live CD Laughing With Knives, and are playing live shows once more.  Their last tour missed Adelaide, which was a bit disappointing, but hopefully next time they’ll pay us a visit.  The guys are one of the best live bands around, and their drummer Pete is in my opinion Australia’s best drummer.  His talents are well and truly wasted playing in Regurgitator, and FEL’s use of rhythm is the perfect showboat for his skills.

Once again, these guys have a Myspace page with some tracks you can listen to.

There are many other Aussie bands out there worth checking out, these are just the ones I enjoy the most.  Off the top of my head other bands worth checking out are Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and Bloodduster.  I also have a soft spot for a couple of bands that are no longer with us – Christbait and Magnacite.

There are plenty more good bands out there, if you know of any more good Australian bands our readers should know about, then let us know why in the comments below.

Tool – Special Guests Compilation

Scarletletterman from Toolarmy has put together a compilation ove live bootlegs with many of the guest musicians that have played with Tool over the years.  It seems pretty comprehensive to me, so grab a copy from Megaupload.  Big thumbs up!

Here’s a list of the tracks:

  1. Holiday in Cambodia – with Jello Biafra ex-The Dead Kennedys- 12.11.07
  2. Sober with Serj Tankian of System of A Down- 01.19.07
  3. Lateralus with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine- Bonnaroo 2007
  4. Stranglehold with King Buzzo of the Melvins
  5. Sober with Kirk Hammett of Metallica- 08.18.06
  6. You Lied with King Buzzo
  7. Stinkfist with King Buzzo 08.26.98
  8. Demon Cleaner with Scott Reeder of Kyuss
  9. Third Eye with Vince DeFranco – 8.13.02
  10. 46 & 2 with Masa – 02.10.07
  11. Pushit with Aloke Dutta
  12. Spasm with King Buzzo 10-10-1999
  13. Opiate with Al-Sayed – 06.28.06
  14. Opiate with Layne Staley – Bremerton – 05.28.94
  15. Opiate with Layne Staley – Hawaii – 08.15.93
  16. Opiate with Tricky
  17. Opiate with Human Beat Box performers – 02.10.07
  18. Lateralus with Trey & Pat of King Crimson – 12.04.07
  19. Lateralus with Sebastian Thomson of Trans Am – 11.29.07
  20. Lateralus with Brann Dailor of Mastodon – 06.04.07
  21. Lateralus with Kinski – 05.26.07
  22. Lateralus with Melt Banana – 06.09.07
  23. Lateralus with Herman Lee of Dragonforce – 08.22.07
  24. Lateralus with Trey and Pat of King Crimson – 05.21.07
  25. Lateralus with Coady Willis of Big Business – 07.16.07
  26. Lateralus with Sebastian from Trans Am and Tim Alexander of Primus- 12.11.07
  27. Triad with John Stanier of Tomahawk/Battles/The Mark Of Cain 07.19.02
  28. Triad with Dave Lombardo of Fantômas/Slayer
  29. Triad with Tomas Haake of Meshuggah 11.16.02
  30. Triad with Mike Bordin of Faith No More- 05.25.02
  31. Bottom with Al-Sayed 07.21.94
  32. Bottom with Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine- 08.07.93

Ipecac Figurines

Sick of buying Tool T-Shirts? Then check out these cool figurines, available from Ipecac in January next year. Models include Tool favorites The Melvins, Tomahawk, Fantomas and Isis:

Ipecac Toys

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