An interesting item popped up on Ebay recently – an original oil painted of a recent Puscifer tour:
According to the description:
This is a rare opportunity to own an original painting of one of the most Ionic figures in music today. …. for auction….The Original 36″x24″ oil on canvas painting created in 2012 by Leslie Ditto for Puscifer’s 2012 Conditions of My Parole Summer Tour Poster. Also included …one 2012 Summer Tour Poster signed by the band and the artist , Provenance Certificate ( a certificate of authenticity ), and a sheet on future care instructions
A little about the painting and poster ……
My wife is Leslie Ditto. We are both great admires of Maynard James Keenan and is drive to create. One of his most recent endeavors is the music group Puscifer that he created in 2003. Leslie was given created freedom to create an image that reflects the spirit and mood of Puscifer’s Music . Keeping with Leslie’s stylized imagery that she is recognized for , she composed this piece to playfully symbolize Maynard’s personality and his alter ego in conjunction with Puscifer’s well recognized feminine devilish figure sitting upon the wing of the “Verde ” toy rocket driven by MJK.
To create this oil painting Leslie used a techniques from the Dutch Flemish Old Maters . First she painted an under painting in grays using oil paints. Then using oil paints and a personal mixture of medium and linseed oil she applies ,with artistic precision , many layers of transparent color glazes to create this effect. After the painting is complete and dry a Damar varnish was applied.
Bidding is currently at US$1025, so clear some room in your wallets!
Maynard and Mat Mitchell had a chat to The Doctor on Triple J today. The 10 minute interview covers a range of A Perfect Circle and Puscifer issues, Maynard’s autobiography and even has a sneaky Tool question thrown in (hat’s off the The Doc for that one). Reveals nothing new, however it is quite funny in parts and Matt and Maynard are both in fine spirits.
Update: While re-listening to the interview on the way home I realised it was actually Mat Mitchell, not Matt McJunkins! I like the photo of the double-t’d Matt, so that will stay for now!
Australian music site Tonedeaf recently had the opportunity to chat with Maynard about the upcoming Puscifer tour. It’s not a bad interview, though doesn’t reveal too much we didn’t already know either:
Between writing, recording, and moonlighting as an actor (he’s had bit parts in cult film and television), it’s a wonder Keenan finds the time to upkeep an award-winning winery.
“I’m not going to be able to dedicate twelve months out of the year toward the project (Puscifer)” he concedes, but as “anyone who works in the wine industry [knows], there’s a window of time where you have to be in there doing that, and so as long as my bandmates understand that, we can completely work around that schedule. There’s plenty of time in the year.”
Still, that’s the beauty of Puscifer’s flexibility and independence, beholden to no contracts or restrictions but their own – and as Keenan notes, he’s no tyrant.
The “rotating door works”, because of its dynamic agreement. A member departing for other commitments is fine; “as long as you’re not gonna get mad when I hire this other guy,” he confers.
The usual topics were not entertained, though considering A Perfect Circle are also touring I found it a little odd that they were off the agenda…
In news just at hand, Puscifer have been confirmed as the surprise act for the Sydney and Adelaide Soundwaves. Excellent news for people like me who aren’t planning to travel interstate to see them!
Here’s the press release:
Soundwave Fans in Sydney and Adelaide are in for an extra special treat as PUSCIFER join the already massive lineup!
A PUSCIFER live show leads their audience through laughter, tears and reflective enlightenment throughout one night’s performance. It’s a musically driven evening that merges technology, quirky characters and comedy in what can best be described as an anarchist dinner theatre. Continuing to spiral out in a genuinely innovative and masterful coil Maynard makes an audience tap into themselves and discover masses of introspective depth and as The Owl Mag so aptly put it “Sonically, visually, it was a visceral mind-fuck”.
A video appeared overnight for the first track off the Donkey Punch The Night EP by Puscifer; their cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. For you viewing pleasure:
From the video’s description:
Directed by Mike King, Flea Circus Films & Puscifer. Starring Dina Martina, Laura Milligan, Carina Round, Dan Burns, MJ Keenan. Keep your therapists number handy. Cameo appearances by Carl Caliente, Sandee Worhol, Elton Joan Fennelly (No relation), and The Reverend Soquet.
The latest Puscifer EP Donkey Punch the Night is now streaming in full on the Spin website, and also features an accompanying interview with Maynard:
The song “Dear Brother” is dedicated to several people who passed away, including the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch. Is that who you were thinking of?
Well, you know the Beastie Boys gentleman, that was a sad day when I got that news. It also pays tribute to our friend Edward Willie, Jr. from Uncle Scratch’s Gospel Revival — they’re a band who opened up for us, out of Ohio in the area where I was born. And Ray Beckwith was an Australian winemaker, who, in a way, reinvented the wheel in winemaking. He discovered the relationship between pH and acid balance in wines. They really didn’t take Australian wine too seriously before him.
What are your fondest memories of MCA?
I actually never met him. I just really enjoyed the music. When their first record came out, I was definitely a fan. To watch them progress and evolve in the way that they did from their first album until their last, it was quite inspirational to watch their personal transformation. It’s very unfortunate he didn’t make it to the next level.
A relatively short but interesting interview, however don’t expect much to be said about Tool or APC.
Also, for those of you considering seeing Puscifer in Australia, note that the Brisbane show has sold out, and the Melbourne and Sydney shows are expected to shortly.
Maynard has been interviewed recently on Chilean radio station Futuro 88.9FM in the leadup to coming Puscifer and A Perfect Circle shows, and despite being told not to, it appears they asked some questions about Tool. According to Google Translate*:
Maynard, do you have plans to come to Chile with Tool?
No. At this time, no.
I also read that there is a possibility of having a new Tool album soon.
No new disk. Not this year.
Is there plans?
I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing.
There you go. I guess rumours of an impending South American Tool tour are bogus, nor does it reveal anything we don’t really already know on the new album.
The interview also suggests that the upcoming Puscifer shows in South American (and by extension I’m including Australia) will be more about the music than the theatrics, mainly due to the logistics of moving gear around.
Thanks to Domingo for the link!
*If anyone fancies writing a more accurate translation, then feel free!
Just saw the lineup for Coachella 2013, and noticed in the fine print that Puscifer were on the lineup. Other highlights include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, How To Destroy Angels, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Lee Scratch Perry, Descendants and Trash Talk.
Gene sent me a link to a new interview with Maynard this morning, where he talks about mainly Puscifer, as well as the state of the recording industry:
“The illusion is gone,” Keenan says. “There’s no longer blank checkbooks. I remember playing a show ages ago, where Helmet got offered a [record deal worth a] million dollars. Oh, my God! A million dollars. Of course, all that did was make every other band with ego throw its dicks on the table and say, ‘Well, I want a million five.’ ‘Well, I want two million; I’m more popular.’ There was never any rhyme or reason to what those numbers ended up translating to at the end of the day. If you go back and track what somebody actually paid for something, it’s not nearly as dialed-in as, say, a video-game corporation saying, ‘No, we’re going to sell exactly this many units of this game.’ It was never that calculated. The people running [the business] weren’t qualified to run it.”
It’s an interesting article and well worth reading. As the title suggests though, there is no Tool update, though I’m sure none of you expect one from Maynard at this stage…
There’s also a short teaser video courtesy of Livewire of Puscifer rehearsing for upcoming tours:
If you’re one of the many readers looking forward to the new Puscifer EP Donkey Punch The Night, you may be happy to hear that samples of the release can now be listened to on Amazon (where you may also purchase said EP).