29 August, 2014 (04:40pm)

In case you missed it in the current NEWSLETTER, both DANNY and MATT ROHDE will be JZ's special guest musicians for the LABOR DAY MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Anyone think that with JOHN, DANNY and MATT on stage together that there might be a few VOLTO! tunes in the mix? Yeah, me neither. Not sure if grillmaster Mike will be on hand for some Kingsfordized burgers and de-constructed wieners, but if I hear anything, I will append it to this post.

Photo by LaraLee


29 August, 2014 (03:52pm)

AUGUST 2014 E.V.

Under the bold heading of C'mon people!, in a recent Tool Facebook post about a CD release party for the band "Sturgeon", I was astonished by the number of comments from readers who claimed to be initially excited in thinking that it was a listening gathering for the new Tool record, only to have the proverbial air let out of the balloon upon realizing that this wasn't the case. Really! C'mon people! Is it really too much to ask to read an entire sentence? Besides that, does anyone really think that the news of the new Tool album would jump from sporadic updates stating that they are still in the writing/arranging process to suddenly announcing a let's pat ourselves on the back CD release party at the Cha Cha Lounge? This gala event with zero news about preparations to go into the studio, recording session updates, hard to tune nano-guitars, or, at least, a spurious album title and bogus track listings? Really! Come to think of it, have Tool ever even had a public CD release party? I certainly don't remember there ever having been one, but maybe I just wasn't invited...

In another Tool Facebook post that I wrote - this one about Danny filling in for Tim Alexander during the upcoming PRIMUS tour - those who were too lazy to read that Danny would be doing so for only a few shows reacted as if this couple of days away from Los Angeles would delay the new Tool record by several years! "Oh no, if Danny sits in for a few Primus shows, does that mean that he will miss this week's Tool CD listening party at the Cha Cha Lounge!"

Besides those agitated souls on the Tool Facebook page, here's an example of some of the e-mail that I receive: Under the subject of "NONSENSE", one person writes: " So why doesn't Tool just hang it up? Babies, vineyards, following dead entomologists?.. Any music happening?" Obviously this guy doesn't read the Tool Facebook page, or he'd know about the Tool CD release party... Well, my impatient friend, here's your reply: The band members are currently writing and editing new material that will hopefully eventually become tracks on a new album once it has been recorded, mixed, mastered, manufactured, leaked out on the InterNet, illegally downloaded and released. The title of this new record will be "PHARAWA." Everyone knows that this is the case - including holders of the Opiate re-release golden tickets, dead elephants, and those girls who went missing in Aruba... And besides that, the entomologist that I'm sure you're referring to - Rance Q. Spartley - rather than counting worms, is far from the frigid clutches of the grimmest of Grey Walkers and probably at this very minute enjoying a strawberry daiquiri at his island retreat.

Interestingly enough, the band members recently sought out the bug man's expertise to help them with a threat involving the controversial "Hoola Effect." For those who are not yet familiar with this supposed phenomenon, claims that a new insect/reptile cross-species recently discovered by an entomologist (Dr. Javier Hoolavez) in the Amazon were also being spotted outside of the South American rainforest, turning up in several different countries, including United States. This new genus is described as being extremely strange in appearance (as one might imagine), leaving behind an infinity-shaped (figure eight) marking on the flesh of those who are bitten by it.

Stranger still, the venom "accelerates competitive behavior in its animal and human victims." Worried that someone might release a few of these creatures near the loft in some misguided attempt hoping to increase the pace of their writing process should one or more members be bitten by the Hoola, Spartley was asked if such a thing was even possible? Responding to the whole Hoola Madness, the maverick entomologist said that he considered the entire thing nothing more than an obvious hoax, and rather than waste his time further investigating any further claims made by its alleged discoverer, he'd rather stick with studying his Borneo sticks and ghost slugs (not to mention new snow scorpionflies in Alaska). As for those who thought that by releasing these things near the loft, rather than compelling the band members to pick up the pace with regards to writing new material (again, if bitten by the Hoola), what if, instead, it accelerated their other non-musical interests? I guess they never considered that...

Moving along, I have been getting flooded with email about reports in a local newspaper about certain strange things seen in the skies near Danny's property in rural Kansas. Along with a spectacular nighttime display of curious multicolored geometric patterns appearing over an open field near the wooded area (with no apparent source), there have been observations by locals of bizarre "nearly blimp-sized characters" floating in the air, with one such figure having "run amok" above the forest. In as much as I would like to explain these sightings as projections from small aerial drones - such as modified "Phantom" quadcopters - that might be incorporated in future live shows, I cannot say this is being tested there. And as for the large characters seen being certain Tool video 'entities' attached to a synchronized fleet of similar drones with advanced sensors that could move high over a concert audience, I also very seriously doubt that puppet drones are the correct explanation for the sightings. Rather, I would say that it is probably either swamp gas or weather balloons that these people are seeing. Mystery solved.

Oh, lest I forget, for those of you who are wondering why Justin was recently visiting Italy and Danny spending time in Michigan, the answer is that for the past two weeks the loft has been undergoing a renovation to better soundproof certain rooms, and therefore no writing sessions were scheduled during the construction. I think that the renovation MIGHT also include the addition of a subterranean vault, which MIGHT explain my recent adventure of moving various boxes containing recording tape, masters, and other Tool related items taken from their previous 'safe place.' Now, I know what you're thinking, and the answer is "no", the vintage Pepsi cooler is still right where it has always been (black widow spiders included), most likely needing some of the greenish sludge inside to be scrapped from its chilled bottom.

Finally, in BREAKING NEWS, DANNY will be the guest drummer for the LABOR DAY MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Oh no! Babies, vineyards and Monday night jams at the 'tator.' Will the new record ever get made?.. Someone better get a Hoola insect!



26 August, 2014 (08:47am)

PALMS have added a show to their September tour in Santa Ana at "The Observatory" on SEPTEMBER 21st. Also The BETA MACHINE (featuring Jeff Friedl and Matt McJunkins of PUSCIFER and APC) will be supporting PALMS in Los Angeles and Santa Ana.
Here's a link to purchase tickets and get additional info:



23 August, 2014 (08:47am)

JOHN Z has some classics for the upcoming MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMMZ (AUGUST 25) at the BAKED POTATO, including ANDY SANESI on drums, BILLY STEINWAY on keyboards, and BEN THOMAS on vocals. Musicians are encouraged to string an instrument and ask one of the regulars about joining in during the second set. Booze, stuffed spuds and great live music in Studio City with another Monday Night Jammmz.


23 August, 2014 (08:39am)

Here's a friendly reminder that DANNY will be performing with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27. The other musicians include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN (Volto!) ZIEGLER on guitar. $20.00 gets you in and all ages are welcome.



22 August, 2014 (04:41pm)

The "STURGEON" T-SHIRT and/or "EMERGE" CD & T-SHIRT BUNDLE is now available at www.themerchcollective.com. And don't forget that there will be a STURGEON "EMERGE" CD RELEASE PARTY at the SILVERLAKE CHA-CHA LOUNGE (LOS ANGELES) on TUESDAY, AUGUST 26. The festivities start around 9:00, but people are invited to arrive earlier to get a good booth to listen to the band's CD(s) and watch their video.



22 August, 2014 (02:25pm)

In these modern times of foodies and plated Picasso's - such as this abstract offering of Hamachi crudo, grapefruit vinaigrette and compressed cucumber*, whether you lube the grates with onion compote or not - you might want to go Flintstones with a big ass porterhouse, hobo potatoes and no frills corn on the cob (okay, add some grilled watermelon salad if you must!). However, if you're using propane instead of briquettes (yabba dabba doo), be sure to replace any rusted heat deflectors (flame tamers), lest you have to douse everything in sight with that open can of Pabst's. Of course, if you don't feel like a backyard charred steak, you can always go to a restaurant for some foraged stuff...

* As determined in a laboratory test.


20 August, 2014 (05:45pm)

Some (unsigned) SALIVAL DVD BOX SETS that were recently discovered by Merch in the dark recesses of the Tool 'Museum' are now for sale in the Toolband store. Being FACTORY SEALED, the very limited number of this collectible Tool release are priced at $100.00 each.



17 August, 2014 (07:00pm)

Special guest musicians for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (AUGUST 18) at the THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include TODD WOLF on drums and RICO BELLED on keys. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604. Feel free to bring a musical instrument and ask about jamming during the second set. All ages welcome.


16 August, 2014 (01:42pm)

The birthday boy photographed at a Wolvesden dinner party less than a nanosecond before 'de-materializing' - only to 'reappear' in a parallel multiverse "Denny's." Sometimes transacting quantum waves (not to mention relatively independent sub-totalities) can be cruel. Something Joe found out all to well. Fortunately (though, rather inexplicably) he did have a printed coupon that survived the intraholographic leap. Unfortunately, the alternate Denny's didn't serve a Bacon Slamburger. But, today's a new day... Wait?.. Is it? Or is that just another illusion? Oh, whatever. Cheers from all of us on your 'birthday' my relatively independent sub-totality friend!

Photo by LaraLee