|25 February, 2015 (02:46pm) |
FEBRUARY 2015 E.V.
This month we learned that the members of Tool crossed paths with the members of Motorhead in a recording studio in L.A., and that Danny (along with Brent Hinds) is part of a new band called "Legend of the Seagullmen." With splash headlines like "Members Of Tool And Mastodon Join Forces To Create "Supergroup"... and "Motorhead's Mikkey Dee Confirms Tool Are In The Studio" appearing on many of the on-line metal magazine sites, it's perhaps understandable as to why many anxious fans jumped to certain conclusions. In the event that I failed to clear things up in a recent news post, for those who might still be excited or confused (or angry), let me try again to set things straight (without the multiple choices)...
As for the nautical-themed "Seagullmen", this Danny SIDE project has been in the works for quite some time (well over a year), and takes approximately ZERO time and energy from his focus on the next Tool record. With regards to the chance meeting between members of Tool and their friends in Motorhead in the same recording facility - this had absolutely nothing to do with the preparation, recording, mixing or mastering! of a new Tool album. Instead, it concerned another Tool project that has been in the works for a while. In fact, when I first heard about this project (way back when), I mentioned it in a news post as being a "curve ball" - meaning that it would be something unexpected by most Tool fans (as it was to me). Since then, some fans have guessed what this is, while others remain clueless, with many others believing that there really never was any such idiom to begin with. Well, with the chance meeting of Tool and Motorhead in the studio, along with Adam's reply to Mikkey Dee's question as to what Tool was doing there, we now have confirmation of this (figuratively speaking) "curve ball." (In keeping with the baseball vernacular, as I suggested before, "Change of Pace" might also work).
Which takes us to the big question: What's going on with the new Tool record? As I have said repeatedly, the band is currently in the writing/arranging process. Based on things that I've heard, I would hazard a guess that SEVERAL songs are now developed enough to have vocals added. At least one of these songs is quite lengthy, and took a very long time to finish. In theory, the others should go faster, but who knows what obstacles might await? Obviously there is still a lot of work to be done. Accordingly, you will be updated on any major progress and NOT hear about the band tracking the next record by some chance meeting in a recording studio.
Now that these other things have (hopefully) been put to rest, let's see about any current news. The first item would be that the members of the band will be taking a break from their writing/arranging sessions next week WHILE Aaron Harris ("ISIS", PALMS") sets up an area in the Loft for Maynard to be able to work on vocal melodies as the others play (loudly) their completed tunes. In that there is a lot of equipment to be moved and reorganized, it will take at least a few days to set up Maynard's 'station' in the adjoining room. Admittedly, this is exciting news, but let's not jump to any hasty conclusions...
Finally, before leaving the "City of Angeles" for a few days, Danny will be getting together (again) with Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland and others TONIGHT - so be on the lookout for another youtube clip of these friends jamming and having a downright good time! Hopefully, Danny saved some energy after last night's Kings/Redwings hockey game, not to mention the recent Lakers/Celtics match up at Staples...
Oh, I almost forgot. For those non-Thelemites out there who asked why the recent limited edition TOOL BLANKET (SOLD OUT) was priced at $156.00, the answer is that 156 = BABALON, the Sacred Whore and companion of the Great Beast 666 (To Mega Therion). So, there you go...
|25 February, 2015 (02:33pm) |
A special thanks from the artists and designers to those who purchased the first 3 "Crowley Collection" items, which I am happy to report are now all sold out (save for ONE last "Thirst" tee-shirt in the store). As for the Crowley "LUST" tee, I'm told that there are about 20 shirts left in stock (price: $25.00 USD). Although I'm not sure if or when anymore will be produced once they're gone, a third "Crowley Collection" tee in the series is currently in the works, and hopefully will be available by the Vernal Equinox.
|22 February, 2015 (10:09am) |
Special guests for the FEBRUARY 23 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. include JAVO BARRERA on skins and STEPHANE DeREINE on keys. ALL AGES WELCOME to enjoy great live music at the legendary 'tator.'
Also, the friendliest of reminders that VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing the LATE SHOW at THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28. TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE. DOORS AT 11:00. 21 & OLDER TO GUZZLE BIG PBRs at THE MINT.
|21 February, 2015 (10:45am) |
While perusing the DailyGrail website this morning, I noticed a tweet by Greg Taylor that world renowned ufologist JACQUES VALLEE will be George Knapp's guest on Coast To Coast AM (www.coasttocoastam.com) SUNDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 22. With the theme of the show being "Folklore & UFOS", I'm sure that Vallee will be discussing subject matter related to the re-issue (by Dailygrail Publishing) of his seminal work, "PASSPORT TO MAGONIA." With Knapp conducting the interview, this should be a very interesting an informative show, featuring one of the most knowledgeable and respected investigators in the field.
|20 February, 2015 (05:18pm) |
I told you that some day Merch would have a TOOL multi-purpose BLANKET for sale in the shop!
Sexy model not included.
|20 February, 2015 (03:52pm) |
"MERCH" has put a limited number of UNSIGNED, FACTORY-SEALED SALIVAL DVD box sets in the "MUSEUM" section of the Tool Shop.
|19 February, 2015 (07:16pm) |
Our friend CHET ZAR has a piece entitled "FIRE" in an upcoming group art show at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery.
|19 February, 2015 (10:13am) |
VISIONARY SALON with DENNIS McKENNA at COSM (hosted by ALEX GREY) on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21.
|19 February, 2015 (10:07am) |
"CHAINFLOWER" features Danny's old band mate in "Karmageddon", KELLY WHEELER. (Kelley was also the founder of Tone Riot Records artists, "SEXTAPES", a band that included CHRIS PITMAN and MARKO FOX). "CHAINFLOWER" will be at THE MINT in L.A. on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20. 21 AND OVER SHOW.
|18 February, 2015 (08:39am) |
... from CAREY, PEART, COPELAND and FRIENDS.
|16 February, 2015 (12:41pm) |
Wouldn't you know it. Here I am hoping to observe President's Day by taking care of something at home that I have been putting off for way too long, when I am bombarded with email from Tool fans wanting to know what's going on concerning a recent Facebook post (now making the rounds on all of the on-line music sites) about the members of the band tracking in the same recording facility where the band "Motorhead" are working on something. Well, realizing that millions of you need to get back to shoveling the snow off of your houses instead of anxiously waiting for further information to appear on a computer screen, here are four possibilities that I can think of, with one of them probably being the most likely answer to the chance meeting between the two bands in the same recording studio:
A) The members of Tool that the guys in Motorhead saw and interacted with in the studio were actually the DECOY members of the band , who have started tracking tunes for the new DECOY Tool album.
B) Rather than tracking tunes for the next Tool record, the (real) members of the band have begun tracking (real) tunes for the Tool album that is to be released AFTER the next Tool album is released.
c) Rather than tracking anything, the members of the band were in the studio mixing music that was recorded sometime ago, which might not have anything to do with the next Tool album (which is still in the writing/arranging process), but might be used for another Tool project that has been in the works for a while, of which I am currently not at liberty to add any further details.
D) All of the above.
Okay, like I mentioned earlier, one of these is most likely correct. Now, you have lots of snow to shovel, and I have more socks to fold...
|13 February, 2015 (05:32pm) |
A friendly reminder that THE DOUG WEBB GROUP (featuring DANNY CAREY of TOOL ) will be playing at the "SQUASHED GRAPES" WINERY/JAZZ HOUSE tonight (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13) in VENTURA, CALIFORNIA. 7-10 PM.
2351 E. MAIN STREET
|13 February, 2015 (05:24pm) |
Drummer ANDY SANESI and keyboardist ED ROTH join JOHN, JAMIE, and CHRIS for the FEBRUARY 16 "might as well" MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO jazz scene in STUDIO CITY, CA. The band usually starts tuning up around 9:30, by which time you should already be half finished with the first of your two drink minimum, and sticking a fork in the perfect stuffed spud. ALL AGES WELCOME!
|12 February, 2015 (11:12am) |
Faint impressions perceived while scrying on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 e.v. that involved the members of Tool, although unable to provide detailed information due to soporific side-effects... or maybe my "Almuchefi" wasn't adequately blank?..