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More Puscifer dates announced

There are a few more dates added to the coming Puscifer tour, with the promise of more to come. They are:

April 15 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 18 – Richmond, VA – The National Richmond
April 19 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
April 24 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater

Tickets go on sale later this week.

Puscifer Money Shot Tour Dates 2016

  • Thursday 17th March 2016 Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
  • Friday 18th March 2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
  • Sunday March 20th 2016 Pikes Peak Center – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Tuesday March 22nd 2016 Orpheum Theatre – Omaha, NE
  • Wednesday March 23rd 2016 Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN
  • Friday March 25th 2016 Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
  • Saturday March 26th 2016 Devos Performance Hall – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Monday March 28th 2016 Coronado Theatre – Rockford, IL
  • Tuesday March 29th 2016 Old National Centre – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
  • Wednesday 30th March 2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
  • Friday April 1st 2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Saturday 2nd April 2016 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
  • Monday 4th April 2016 Akron Civic Theatre – Akron, OH
  • Tuesday 5th April 2016 University At Buffalo Center for the Arts – Buffalo, NY
  • Wednesday 6th April 2016 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto, ON
  • Friday April 8th 2016 Merrill Auditorium – Portland, ME
  • Saturday April 9th 2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
  • Sunday 10th April 2016 The Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading, PA
  • Tuesday 12th April 2016 Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ
  • Wednesday April 13th 2016 Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
  • Fridya April 15th 2016 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Atlantic City, NJ
  • Saturday April 16th Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium – Providence, RI
  • Monday April 18th The National Richmond – Richmond, VA
  • Tuesday April 19th Raleigh Memorial Auditorium – Raleigh, NC
  • Sunday April 24th Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK

Puscifer live in Chicago.  Photo by James Currie

Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 results

The results are in for the Fourtheye Readers Best Albums of 2015 poll! This year it is a genuine Top 10 as there were no ties to deal with. The winner probably won’t surprise anyone, but there are a few surprises further down in the list.

Thanks to all of those who contributed – I counted 644 unique votes this time around, and a list of all albums with two or more votes can be found in the forum. For those interested in my top 10 – stay tuned, as I’ll probably get around to posting it tomorrow!

Let’s get into it, starting with the most popular album for 2015…

1. Puscifer – Money $hot

Well, I doubt this will come as a real shock to many, as Puscifer, like them or not are fronted by the singer of the band we’re all here to talk about. Money $hot had double the number of votes than the album in the number 2 position. I considered making it ineligible for the poll, but decided against it, since in my opinion at least it is a decent album, though one I don’t think will make my top 10. Those who would rather see this rule out, could perhaps take some solace in the fact that Steven Wilson’s album would have finished tenth had I done so.

Puscifer - Money Shot

2. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Comeback albums have been popular of late, and this year we heard a couple of rippers. The best of which would appear to be Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus. Released independently on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings, the band seem to be a model of how bands should go about reforming after a lengthy break. And they still kick arse live as well!

Faith No More - Sol Invictus

3. Failure – The Heart is a Monster

Also on the comeback trail are California Alt-Rock band Failure. Seemingly more popular now than they were back in the 90s, they released the album The Heart is a Monster which sits right up with the best in their back catalog.

Failure - The Heart is a Monster

4. Ghost – Meliora

Ghost have dropped the BC from their name, and changed their singer, but their scary rock styling still remain a hit with Fourtheye readers. Personally I can’t say I’m a fan at all, but it least they aren’t Slipknot!

Ghost - Meliora

5. Elder – Lore

Elder are a band that have come out of no where for many, and have released on of the best prog/stoner/doom metal albums in years. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, then make sure you do!

6. Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Deafheaven seem to be a divisive band these days – some people love them. Others blame them for all the misdeeds hipsters have bestowed upon the world. Personally, I think they’re pretty good, and New Bermuda is almost certainly better than Sunbather.

7. Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things

Intronaut are a favorite of Tool fans, especially since Justin has appeared with them on several occasions. The Direction of Last Things is one of their best and heaviest works yet, and well worth a spot on any top 10.

Intronaut - The Direction of Last Things

8. Baroness – Purple

After a horrific bus accident, it’s inspiring to see a band rebuild themselves, crowd fund their own album, and then blow away their fans with some great music.

Baroness - Purple

9. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe‘s haunting voice, combined with a doomy brand of acoustic rock have made this a favorite on the Fourtheye forums for a while now. It’s great to see it earn a spot on our top 10 list!

10. Bjork – Vulnicura

An elder stateswoman of the alternative scene released another standout album in 2015. Bjork’s albums are never boring and almost always worth a listen, as you’re likely to hear something you’ve never heard before…

Bjork - Vulnicura

Puscifer Money Shot Tour Dates 2016 announced

Puscifer were expected to add more dates to their Money Shot tour in 2016, and the first batch seem to have appeared in Ticketmaster recently. From all accounts, the shows this year have been great, so if Puscifer are heading your way then I recommend getting along to Maynard and co at one of the shows.

Update: several more dates have been added. More dates to be announced in 2016.

Date announced so far:

Puscifer Money Shot Tour Dates 2016

  • Thursday 17th March 2016 Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
  • Friday 18th March 2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
  • Sunday March 20th 2016 Pikes Peak Center – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Tuesday March 22nd 2016 Orpheum Theatre – Omaha, NE
  • Wednesday March 23rd 2016 Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN
  • Friday March 25th 2016 Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
  • Saturday March 26th 2016 Devos Performance Hall – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Monday March 28th 2016 Coronado Theatre – Rockford, IL
  • Tuesday March 29th 2016 Old National Centre – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
  • Wednesday 30th March 2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
  • Friday April 1st 2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Saturday 2nd April 2016 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
  • Monday 4th April 2016 Akron Civic Theatre – Akron, OH
  • Tuesday 5th April 2016 University At Buffalo Center for the Arts – Buffalo, NY
  • Wednesday 6th April 2016 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto, ON
  • Friday April 8th 2016 Merrill Auditorium – Portland, ME
  • Saturday April 9th 2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
  • Sunday 10th April 2016 The Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading, PA
  • Tuesday 12th April 2016 Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ
  • Wednesday April 13th 2016 Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
  • Saturday April 16th Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium – Providence, RI

No doubt there will be more dates added in the not too distant future! Tickets for the shows announced so far seem to go on sale in the next couple of days, so be prepared!

Puscifer at the Monster Mash Festival in 2015.  Photo by Jim Louvau https://www.facebook.com/LouvauPhotography/

Puscifer have The Remedy

With all the current Tool tour hype happening at the moment, it’s easy to miss that Puscifer have released a video for Money Shot track The Remedy. Blow it up to full screen, crank up the speakers and take a look:

Amnplify interview with Maynard about Puscifer and Money Shot

A nice interview with Maynard James Keenan popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. It’s an interview by Australian site Amnplify (that’s not a typo!), and as a more Aussie twist on the usual Puscifer and Money Shot questions. An good interview and interesting read. An excerpt is below!

Are you planning on bringing Puscifer to Australia in 2016?

Well it all depends on financing. It’s a full on project, it’s a theatrical presentation so we have a lot of moving parts, a lot of props. It would be more about somehow getting it paid for, because it would be very expensive to bring it in its full incarnation down to Australia and we’re not just a band. We have bands, I have other bands that are just bands, but this is a far larger project to present. And with the music industry these days, people not actually paying for music, it puts a dent in our budget for travelling outside of the country.

Anyone looking to buy a copy of Money Shot (or any other Puscifer release) from within Australia would do well to take a look at the range at Nerve Gas. I’ve used them in the past and they been quite reliable and well priced.

Amnplify interview with Maynard

Maynard upsets humourless Tool fans

There’s a new interview with Maynard on the Phoenix New Times this morning, mostly related to Puscifer, Money Shot and Winemaking, but as is usually the case, offers a few thoughts from Maynard on Tool. Before I give you my opinion on what I think it’s all about, here’s the text from the article related to Tool:

You’d think Keenan hates Tool. In fact, his reputation as a recluse comes largely from his stubborn refusal to answer questions about Tool, including the undying question: “When’s the next Tool album coming out?” New Times pointed out to him that he seems freer to express his less serious side in Puscifer, as critics and fans tend to view his other projects more seriously.

“It’s weird. It shouldn’t be,” Keenan says. “I mean, this one’s named dick, this one’s named vagina. That’s the start there, okay?”

He acknowledges that there was indeed humor in the Tool albums. But as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.

“Yeah, it’s there,” he says. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”

He shakes his head.

“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”

Did he have to corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?

“No, they had to con me into it.”

Deftones is also playing the festival. Are we going to hear “Passenger,” the Deftones song featuring Keenan guesting on vocals? Keenan hasn’t performed it live in more than a decade.

He shakes his head vigorously.

Then the million-dollar question: When’s the next Tool album coming out?

“There’s nothing to say,” he says. “I can’t.”

For insufferable, humourless Tool fans, this seems like it’s a simple kick in the nuts. I think it’s not quite what it seems. The problem with interviews published on websites is that some much of the nuances of communication are lost as they are transcribed from sound to text. Maynard tells fans to “lighten up” and then in the next sentence says he was conned into playing with Tool. Everyone seems to immediately assume he’s being serious – personally, I’m not so sure. Maybe I’m just naive.

Reading reactions from Tool fans here on Fourtheye, Facebook, Reddit and all over the net, it’s almost like a self fulfilling prophecy. Maynard says Tool fans are insufferable, overly serious people, and the next minute the internet is full of them complaining about Maynard’s attitude to Tool. Maynard has a history of being dismissive of Tool fans, so today’s revelations should really be no surprise to any of us.

The full interview can be found on the Phoenix New Times website. It’s a shame that what is a good interview is going to only be discussed because of the small section dedicated to Tool.

Is Maynard in Tool jail?

Maynard speaks with AZ Central

In the leadup to the release of Money Shot (now streaming on Pandora in case you missed it) Maynard James Keenan has had an interview with AZ Central about Puscifer and the the making of the new album. Nothing especially revealing in the interview, but is a good read regardless (the website is a bit shit though). Here’s a cut:

Question: How do you know when it’s time to start putting an album together?

Answer: (Lead guitarist) Mat (Mitchell) and I are always kind of throwing around ideas. We always have stuff up our sleeves. A lot of it comes down to scheduling. What’s going on with other projects? What’s going on with harvest? When we hit critical mass with ideas, we just want to pull the trigger and get ‘em done.

Q: Do you and Mat get together sometimes and play music just to mess around and songs come out of that?

A: Not really jamming so much as reading articles online, watching films, “Adult Swim,” listening to music, playing a song you really like, and trying to put together juxtaposed things. I might say, “I really like this show ‘The Newsroom’ and some of the speeches on that. And I also really like this Helmet song. Or this Joni Mitchell song.” So we’ll start sticking that in our brain and letting it rattle around until something comes out. Or a book. Or an article. Or a view. Just elements.

Q: Did “The Newsroom” actually inspire a song?

A: Oh yeah, that crazy speech in the first season is pretty much the song “Money Shot.” Loosely related. But similar energy as far as we can do better.

Speaking of Puscifer related stuff, I read the other day on Instagram that there will be a sale happening at the Puscifer store in Jerome over the Halloween weekend. Sale items include a range of rare and signed posters from various MJK related acts, including Tool and A Perfect Circle.

New Puscifer Album Money Shot now streaming on Pandora

For those keen to have a listen to the new Puscifer album Money Shot, it’s now streaming in full on music website Pandora. I don’t have access to it here at work, so might be a while before I get to have a listen, but I welcome your thoughts and reviews in the comment section below!

Update: Direct link to album added.

New Puscifer Album Money Shot is now streaming on Pandora

Puscifer release Money Shot video

Puscifer have released an official video for the title track of their next album Money Shot. I haven’t seen it yet, but it supposedly features a near naked Maynard, and presumably some Mexican wrestling as well. I take it “near naked” means he’s not wearing a shirt or something, so don’t go in expecting to see Maynard’s Dick.

Witness the majesty below:

So what’s the verdict on the Money Shot video? Good? Bad?

In case you’ve forgotten, Money Shot will be released on October 30th, and can be ordered from places like Amazon or the Puscifer Store. If you have any money left after forking out for $500 VIP sessions (now including rehearsals) then go and buy this album!

Maynard cooks up some new tunes

Maynard speaks about Puscifer with Metal Hammer

In an interview with British metal magazine Metal Hammer, Maynard James Keenan speaks mostly about his distinctly unmetal project: Puscifer and the coming album Money Shot. It’s an interesting read, though doesn’t really cover any ground that wasn’t done so in the recent Rolling Stone interview. It features an almost identical response to the inevitable Tool question as well.

What it does have going for it are some cool new photo’s with Travis Shinn, and a list of his favorite wins for all you wine buffs out there, and a relatively unknown winery Ochota Barrels from out my way in the Adelaide Hills seems to have come out on top!

WINE OF THE TIMES
Maynard James Keenan’s favourite wine Dons.

1. Ochota Barrels

(Adelaide Hills, Australia)

“Taras Ochota is doing things differently and, oddly enough, it’s what I’ve been doing here in Arizona – picking earlier, and putting less fruit on the vine to begin with, so that everything ripens evenly and all the acid is in balance so you can have Italian-style wines. Ochota Barrels wines are fantastic.”

2. Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie

(Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)

“Riccardo Campinoti is doing fantastic work with high-elevation wines.”

3. Azienda Agricola Edoardo Sobrino

(Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy)

“Edoardo Sobrino [makes] a pretty badass Barolo [a type of red wine made in northwest Italy].”

4. Azienda Agricola San Polino

(Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)

“Luigi and his wife, if you go to their home, you see that it’s all built from the ground up. All this ‘local movement’ stuff, its funny – you have to put a name on it, you have to put out a pamphlet. I get that we have to do that to retune people to what’s happening. But you go to places in Europe, and it just kind of is and has been, for generations.”

5. Dos Cabezas Wineworks

(Sonoita, Arizona, USA)

“It’s family-run and operated, again, from the ground up, with kids running around. It’s fantastic wine.”

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

Maynard James Keenan by Travis Shinn

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