|28 July, 2014 (08:17am) |
Gigantic animated collective vision at the Rose Planetarium in NYC.
|27 July, 2014 (03:03pm) |
A few days ago DANNY had some guests visit his house in order to check out his large collection of first edition Aleister Crowley books. Among those who examined some of the ultra rare titles was the underground filmmaker, author, and occultist KENNETH ANGER. Having introduced many people to the life of the Great Beast 666 and his Thelemic creed with his experimental shorts films in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s ("Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome", "Hollywood Babylon", and "Lucifer Rising", to name a few), Anger was certainly familiar (and knowledgeable) of much of the collection, although it appeared that Danny (and I) had a couple of scarce variations that even he hadn't seen before. Before being (carefully) returned to their various safe deposit boxes, most of the books were given a good going through, with the stories behind their individual publications further fueling their mystique. From what I understand, Anger's associates (musician/artist BRIAN BUTLER and mineral specialist/antiquarian book collector, JAMES ZIGRAS) had come to examine the Crowley rarities as part of their research for a possible future book project with the legendary author and filmmaker. (When I get further details about this, I will share on the website). In a nice touch at the end of the evening, Danny asked if Anger would sign his (Danny's) rare film poster for "Lucifer Rising." This he did... in purple ink.
Shown: Danny, Brian Butler, Kenneth Anger, BMB, and James Zigras
Photo by Rynne Stump
|27 July, 2014 (10:21am) |
Double duty for DANNY this MONDAY (JULY 28) as he will be the special guest drummer for the jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Joining Danny and the regulars (including VOLTO!'s JOHN ZIEGLER) will be keyboardist ED ROTH. The instrument tuning and drink orders usually start around 9:30, and locals who play a pretty mean guitar, themselves, are invited to ask about plugging in during the second set . ALL AGES ARE WELCOME to the 'spud', and don't forget your purple Sharpie. Great live music, food, and drinks on a summer night!
|26 July, 2014 (08:13am) |
ADAM gives an update on the progress of the next TOOL ALBUM in an interview with MetalHammer.
|24 July, 2014 (08:53am) |
Celebrating tabla master ALOKE DUTTA'S birthday at Danny's with homemade vindaloo, daal, and C333s.
ALSO... BIRTHDAY LOVE TO SHELEE from JUSTIN and THE ENTIRE TOOL FAMILY!
Photo by BMB
|23 July, 2014 (09:57am) |
With the "DOG DAYS" of summer (associated with the helical rising of Sirius) now upon us, doesn't a refreshing "BABALON RISING" sound good! That or a "CHORONZON 333" (in moderation). I'll be serving one of these beastly concoctions tonight during our traditional "Vindaloo" feast at the Carey manse (after the writing session, of course), with whichever one agreed upon constructed in the appropriate glass. Which 'REMINDS' me - a few of these sets (with drink recipes) were recently discovered in the storage labyrinth, and are currently available in the Merch Collective store. Here's the description again:
Set includes FOUR PINT GLASSES with BAKED ON CROWLEY ARTWORK by HEATHER McMILLEN and ORIGINAL DRINK RECIPES by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE.
GLASS ONE: "CHORONZON 333" features the magician Crowley in ceremonial garb with a recipe for a very potent, though quite palatable, cocktail created by using multiple types of liquor sequentially layered.
GLASS TWO: "BABALON RISING" contains the artist's depiction of Crowley's one time magical assistant, Leila (Laylah) Waddell, complete with the "Mark of the Beast" symbol between her breasts. Comes with recipe for a refreshing British Navy Rum-based drink (with a liberal splash of... No, it's not what you're thinking!)
GLASS THREE: " CROWLEY COCKTAIL #69" features a portrait of the aging Great Beast 666 with shaven pate and hypnotic gaze. Includes the recipe for a pleasant concoction of effervescent champagne, Aphrodope Elixir and more. (A truly lovely coming together.)
GLASS FOUR: "HEMLOCK CLUB GREEN FLAME" contains the unicursal hexagram symbol of Crowley's "Thelema", along with a recipe for a flaming absinthe-based libation (being the modified version of an old classic - only now potentially more damning to one's soul!).
|22 July, 2014 (09:43pm) |
With regards to Tim Alexander's open heart surgery today, from what I've been told, so far so good! Obviously with an operation of this nature, the recovery process will take some time... so be sure to keep the healing vibes directed his way. Your positive thoughts and well wishes for Tim are greatly appreciated!
|21 July, 2014 (09:26am) |
A couple of great guest musicians for TONIGHT's (JULY 21) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. JOEL TAYLOR will be playing drums, with MATT ROHDE (who performs live with VOLTO!) on keys. Arrive by 9:00 and you should get a seat, and if you are a good musician yourself, bring an instrument and ask John Ziegler about possibly joining in with other jammers during the 2nd set.
|18 July, 2014 (06:01pm) |
"Calling All Cars! Rough news. @timalexander suffered a heart attack. Open Heart Surgery on Mon/Tues. Global Positive Thoughts, Por favor. @Puscifer We need our Herb the Ginseng Drummer aka Peter Merkin alive and thieving."
|18 July, 2014 (09:31am) |
For those who enjoy great keyboard playing, MITCH FORMAN KEYBOARD MADNESS (featuring JEFF BABKO of VOLTO!'s "INCITATE") at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, JULY 25. Tickets are $25.00 and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.
|16 July, 2014 (08:56am) |
The JULY 15 on-line issue of ROLLINGSTONE.COM features an interview with ADAM and DANNY talking about legal issues and the status of writing material for their next album.
|15 July, 2014 (10:02am) |
In earlier posts containing tips for barbecuing, we saw that DANNY likes to rub onion halves on the pre-heating metal grates for both flavor and lubrication, whereas STATIK (of "Collide") prefers to use the aerosol oil PAM. Well, at a recent party hosted by the Popovic's for the World Cup final game, I was rather astonished to see that SASH (who, being from Australia, always has plenty of Foster's oil cans in the esky!) was prepping his grates with a can of Raid! That's right - the insect killer! CRIKEY! Even though I saw a can of garlic-flavored vegetable oil near the grill, before throwing on the marinaded carne asada (no Messi puns here), he gave the grates a liberal spray of the insecticide. Evidently, in Australia, this not only is the preferred method for lubrication, but it also takes care of any problems with mossies and blowies. Be that as it may, I would certainly NOT recommend anyone doing this! Therefore, my tip here is to use either an onion or aerosol oil (such as PAM), or paper towel soaked in olive oil, or even a chunk of beef fat to keep the food from sticking to the grate. Anything but a can of Raid insect killer!
One further note: in our commitment to constantly make improvements here at Toolband, rather than use my early generation iPhone to take a photo of Sash at the grill, I enlisted the help of TRAVIS SHINN, who many of you will know for his photos on TOOL's "10,000 DAYS" and elsewhere. For this, I'd like to thank him.
Photo by Travis Shinn
|15 July, 2014 (09:32am) |
While creeping around in the TOOL MUSEUM the other day, MERCH stumbled upon a small carton containing "THE POWER OF BEEF" cds by the PIGMY LOVE CIRCUS (featuring DANNY on drums). Lo and behold, these are now available in the 'media' section in DANNY's on-line store.