|20 December, 2014 (02:55pm) |
at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on DECEMBER 22. As a matter of fact, special guest musicians include GLEN SOBEL and JON GREATHOUSE. Enormous stuffed spuds! Festive drinks! Large petal boards! Bring your own guitar and ask JOHN ZIEGLER (or JAMIE or CHRIS... or the DUDE in the kitchen) about plugging in during the second set. LAST MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ OF THE YEAR, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! Plenty of parking for amanita muscaria-browsing reindeer on the roof.
|20 December, 2014 (02:39pm) |
JUSTIN and JUNIOR discuss the menu during the annual holiday lunch... as the LADIES from business management ponder their own selection from the entress at Musso and Franks in Hollywood. When all the orders were taken and the various dishes served, I only know that AARON HARRIS enjoyed his chopped beef steak, while the one that I ordered medium well arrived medium rare... twice! (where's a microwave when you need one?) Nothing wrong with the crab cakes and Bombay tonics, though... As for the paper crowns... they were on the table... so we wore them proudly...
Photo by BMB
|20 December, 2014 (02:14pm) |
A look at a another TOOL ART FRAME shipped to someone.
|20 December, 2014 (09:23am) |
Fans of CHET ZAR'S art should check out a SALE of STUDIES now available in the Store of Doom.
|17 December, 2014 (11:15am) |
DECEMBER 2014 E.V. HOLIDAY EDITION
Like your tinsel-festooned tree, this holiday edition of the TOOL NEWSLETTER is a work in progress, so check back from time to time or you just might miss something of minor importance.
As most of you already know, the TOOL Family lost one of their cherished members this month with the passing of guitar tech CHRIS "FRANK" LEAHEY. Frank will be sadly missed by all who knew him... but life goes on... and on a more positive note, the Tool Family (in particular, the Carey family) might be adding a future band tech for some tour down the road... We'll have to wait and see.
UPDATE: CONFIRMATION... It's a drum-tech. Well, closer maybe, as the child is a male. Not to say that a female can't be a drum-tech...
In other news, those of you who have purchased the limited edition FRAMED TOOL WALL ART PIECE should be receiving your order soon, including some lucky person in Norway (One of Santa's old stomping grounds), who I RANDOMLY CHOSE to get Matte copy # 23 - shown below with a little EXTRA TOUCH drawn on the spot by ADAM as he signed the piece. In watching Adam put his autograph on others, a FEW of you might notice similar additional flourishes when you receive your order.
I will have to pause at this point to get ready for the holiday lunch. However, before I leave, I thought I should remind you that all decorated evergreens (including wreaths) should be removed by JANUARY 5, 2015 e.v. (Once again, you have been warned!)
Holiday lunch at Musso an Franks in Hollywood. Justin was the only band member in attendance this time, so a pretty good foundation...
|14 December, 2014 (07:54pm) |
|14 December, 2014 (07:40pm) |
Esteemed guest musicians for the DECEMBER 15 offering include RONALD BRUNER Sr. on drums and ED ROTH on keys. You know the drill - bring a guitar and ask about joining in during the 2nd set. Two drink minimum. All ages get inside. Anything else?.. Oh, yeah, this all happens at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, Ca.
|14 December, 2014 (10:31am) |
Here's a list of books by DAILY GRAIL PUBLISHING that make for good holiday reading. Included is the HARDCOVER of my book, "IJYNX." Scroll down to check out all 8 VOLUMES of the anthology series, "DARKLORE." Lots to choose from, and all sales help support the DAILY GRAIL website - the best of its kind on the internet.
|13 December, 2014 (09:36am) |
BIRTHDAY CHEERS today to the lovely and very talented KORIN JONES (FAUGHT).
|13 December, 2014 (09:33am) |
Birthday greetings today to our friend (and one hell of a musician) BEN SHERAZI.
Remember, it's your birthday WEEK, so try to save a little something for "Sudsy Sunday", "Might as well Monday", "Two for Tuesday", "Why not Wednesday", "Thirsty Thursday", "Frothy Friday", and... "Say, isn't it Saturday."
|12 December, 2014 (01:03pm) |
Having received about twenty emails from people asking if we were ever again going to include the esoteric verses "Ideality with a Beast's Teacup" for FREE with the purchase of the new Crowley Collection Tee "Lust", I thought to myself, why not? So... starting RIGHT NOW (Friday Dec. 12th 2014) until midnight Monday (Dec 15th 2014), every order of "Lust" will come with a free individually SIGNED copy of the prose-poem. All orders placed by Monday, will ship no later than Tuesday.
|10 December, 2014 (10:14am) |
From Justin to Frank with Love
Goodbye , so on you've gone,
|09 December, 2014 (09:01am) |
The new OFF! video "OVER OUR HEADS" starring JACK BLACK (filmed on JUSTIN'S property) has now been released.
|08 December, 2014 (08:52am) |
Sad news for the Tool Family today with the passing of guitar-tech Chris "FRANK" Leahey. ADAM and the rest of the band would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, and will always remember Frank for his technical skills, friendship, and great sense of humor over many lengthy tours.
|07 December, 2014 (10:22am) |
Sought after by Fortean enthusiasts, ufo buffs, and serious-minded researchers, for many years it has only been available as a rare collectible displayed in the glass bookcases of those with deep pockets. With that in mind, I am excited to announce that DailyGrail Publishing has just reissued "PASSPORT TO MAGONIA: FROM FOLKLORE TO FLYING SAUCERS" - the highly influential work by computer scientist, former astronomer and world-renowned ufologist, Jacques Vallee.
Long considered to be a classic in the field, when originally published in 1969, the ideas presented in Vallee's pioneering work startled much of the UFO community by suggesting a multidimensional component to the high strangeness, thereby offering a radical shift in the way one might interpret the mystery, especially to those exploring a purely technological, interstellar visitor explanation. In examining and analyzing the eye-witness reports of otherworldly encounters by widely-diverse cultures throughout history - those interpreted in different ways according to the prevailing beliefs of the time - Vallee's comparative approach revealed a consistent pattern with regards to the behavior of these non-human beings. With each turn of the page, the myths and legends of angels, demons, incubi and fairies were shown to contain many similarities with contemporary accounts involving UFO occupants. As Vallee masterfully demonstrates, examples of these commonalities include comparisons with the dazzlingly luminous carriages descending from cloudland with modern sightings of plasma-wrapped antigravitic aeroforms. What centuries ago were thought to be fairy-rings might in the 1950s be identified as saucer landing traces. Even more disconcerting, the carrying off of humans by diminutive creatures, with time distortion effects and lurid sexual episodes with the incubi-apparitions that share many of the bizarre features now reported globally by alleged abductees of extraterrestrial entities. The list goes on and on, and truly gives one pause to wonder from where exactly do the enigmatic constructs orchestrating the phenomena originate?
However, even with the undeniable similarities between ancient and modern encounters with the unknown, what readers of PASSPORT TO MAGONIA might find to be the most fascinating aspect of the book is the possible significance of the experience itself - in particular the serious implications involving the manipulation of human thought over centuries. To quote from the 1993 re-issue of the book, "Beneath the superficial differences there is a fundamental similarity of experience that can only lead us to breathtaking concerns."
In the decades since PASSPORT TO MAGONIA was first published there have been many imitations, but none with the critical thinking and provocative nature of Vallee's exhaustive study. The reprint by DailyGrail Publishing also contains the appendix of the original - being a compilation of a century of well-documented accounts of apparent human and non-human interaction.
|06 December, 2014 (07:27pm) |
Guitarist Jamie (Kime) is back from tour and will be doing the DECEMBER 8 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the 'tator' in STUDIO CITY - along with JOHN "VOLTO!" ZIEGLER, CHRIS ROY, and special guest musicians JOE TRAVERS on drums and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. Be there by 9:30 to hear the first set, and stay through the 2ND SET, which showcases local talent. ALL AGES WELCOME at THE BAKED POTATO!