15 October, 2014 (03:02pm)
ROLLING METALLIC PUMPKIN

One of the cars in this video looks really familiar to me, although it can't be parked at the Staples Center Valet lot AND cruising around in the Hollywood Hills at the same time. Can it?

Video!


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12 October, 2014 (09:02am)
CROWLEYMAS

If you're planning on celebrating CROWLEYMAS today with a few CHORONZON 333s and HEMLOCK CLUB GREEN FLAMES, be sure to have a designated invoker/evoker!

THESE



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12 October, 2014 (08:46am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

JOHN'S special guests for the OCTOBER 13 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ include JOE TRAVERS on drums and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys (including a mini-moog). The place to hear this is, of course, THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. The band starts playing around 9:30, but you should probably arrive at 8:00 to make progress on that enormous stuffed spud that you're having for dinner. ALL AGES!

John will also be at the 'tator' with THE WEBB ALLSTARS on Friday, Oct 17, along with DANNY on drums. Tickets: $20.00.


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12 October, 2014 (08:40am)
COSM EVENT



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08 October, 2014 (06:28pm)
"STUDY OF ADAM JONES" BY KORIN FAUGHT

12 X 12 oil on panel entitled "STUDY OF ADAM JONES" by artist KORIN FAUGHT.

To check out an upcoming art show that includes KORIN'S work... SCROLL DOWN... QUICKLY!



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08 October, 2014 (06:21pm)
SOUND AND VISION ART SHOW, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 (6-9 PM)

Group art show includes work by the very talented KORIN FAUGHT.

INFO



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06 October, 2014 (09:43am)
ALEX GREY COSM ART FAIR

MORE


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05 October, 2014 (05:22pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

He is featured in the current edition of "Modern Drummer" magazine, and you can hear him perform live during the OCTOBER 6th MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. He is GLEN SOBEL, and along with JON GREATHOUSE on keys, and the regular players (JOHN ZIEGLER, JAMIE KIME and CHRIS ROY), it promises to be another great night of live entertainment at the 'tator.' The band starts turning on things around 9:30, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME to have a listen. If you're feeling up to it, bring your guitar and ask one of the important looking dudes about possibly joining in during the almost anything goes second set.

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04 October, 2014 (11:12am)
'TIS THE SEASON

Having recently taken inventory of items in the "CROWLEY COLLECTION", here's what's still available at THE MERCH COLLECTIVE for your 'Crowleymas' and/or Halloween party needs:
10 GLASS SETS (ON SALE)
Each glass set contains 4 PINT GLASSES with IMAGES associated with Aleister Crowley, as well as 4 original Crowley-inspired cocktail recipes: "CHORONZON 333", "BABALON RISING", "CROWLEY CUP #69", and the absinthe-based "HEMLOCK CLUB GREEN FLAME."

16 LARGE-SIZE "THIRST" T-SHIRTS (ON SALE)
11 X-LARGE-SIZE "THIRST" T-SHIIRTS (ON SALE)
Sorry, NO medium shirts left. Once these items are gone, no more will be produced.

VIEW/ORDER



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02 October, 2014 (06:02pm)


Good friend and King Crimson percussionist PAT MASTELOTTO stopped by the TOOL LOFT the other day to listen to the guys working on new material. Since the recent sound-proofing renovation, I'm told that the writing/arranging sessions have been progressing rather nicely (welcome news for those waiting for a new record.) As for PAT and the new King Crimson configuration (with 3 amazing and inspiring drummers!), the L.A. shows were nothing less than a mind-boggling sonic experience (as prog rock as prog rock can be!). Those of you fortunate enough to get tickets for the three remaining shows (Friday and Saturday at the WARFIELD in SAN FRANCISCO, and Monday, October 6 at the MOORE THEATRE in SEATTLE) are in for a real treat!

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02 October, 2014 (10:46am)
VOLTO! REMINDER - OCTOBER 4

Keep in mind that VOLTO! will be performing at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4th.

MORE



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27 September, 2014 (07:31pm)
JAMMMZ AT THE 'TATOR" WITH AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE

It's no longer a mystery! Special guest musicians for the SEPTEMBER 29 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ include MEL GAYNOR ("Simple Minds") on drums and STEPHAN DeREINE on keys. All happening at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. Stephan DeReine - that reminds me - with regards to the "almost anything goes" second set, local musicians should bring a rain stick and utter rain-making chants, or many of you might be eating your BLTs WITHOUT the L and T.

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26 September, 2014 (02:41pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

There's one person's belated birthday that I better not forget. And that would be...JESSICA! Happy Happy Belated (should've been on Facebook!) Birthday to JESSICA! And that's from the ENTIRE (ever expanding) Tool Family. And Jess, were we to go to Fleming's for our holiday lunch, you would be able to experience the world's most dangerous piece of cake. In the meantime, just imagine it.


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26 September, 2014 (09:58am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2014 E.V.

STEP RIGHT UP!
TOOL-RELATED NEWS HERE!
FREE!
FROM THE CORNERS OF THE EARTH!
GET YOURS NOW!
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

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ODDMENTS!
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STEP INSIDE! GUESS WHEN THE NEXT TOUR WILL HAPPEN? ASK THE SEQUINED GILA MONSTER FORTUNE TELLER WITH NO DIRE PREDICTIONS! Who needs a polished almuchefi! Uglier than an inflatable fruitcake, but uncannily accurate! Embrace new paradigms! CLUES and HINTS inside the Tent of Vertiginous Wonders! LOTS OF PRIZES! WIN YOUR GAL THIS FUZZY PANDA! FRESHLY SPUN FALVORED FLOSS! TULPA COINS! THESE WON'T LAST! MOVADO WRISTWATCHES IN SOME BAGS OF BOILED PEANUTS! THIS PERSON HERE JUST FOUND ONE!..

TAKE A CHANCE!
SELL YOUR TEXT BOOKS! EVEN A RUBBER CHICKEN IS WORTH MORE THAN A COLLEGE DEGREE! FUNNEL CAKES AND BAZOOKA BABES! BETTER THAN LOBSTER BOY WITH JOCK ITCH!
PINWHEEL LOLLYPOPS!

TOOL CONCERT POSTERS ON SALE!
HAPPENING NOW!

Posters on sale for $9.99 while they last. SAVE $10.00. SAVE $20.00!
DO YOU SEE? GENUINE TOOL MERCH! LOOK AT THEM!
Do not be misled by imitators! You've got change in your pockets. Nickels. Dimes. Quarters. That old bottle cap painted silver. Change jingling in your pockets...
ORDER NOW!
MERCH RARER THAN ROCKING HORSE SHIT!
DON'T DELAY!
ORDER

With these deals, "Merch" is going to be busier than a tabby burying crap on a marble floor. Busier than a Tijuana hooker on Nickel Night. Busier than the Frog Boy in Bangla- - You, get the idea, folks. Don't let your dreams be interrupted by the trials and tribulations of daily life! Don't leave without seeing these TOOL CONCERT POSTERS at shop.toolarmy.com. You'll be glad you did!

ALL RIGHT, HERE WE GO!

Check out the NEW PUSCIFER SITE. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO DO SO IMMEDIATELY! For the momentous occasion watch "LUCHA LIBRE THROWDOWN TOMA" in full color at www.rollingstone.com. WATCH IT NOW! Better than a camel spitting or python shitting! Not for the weak minded. When you're done, check out the FURRY FRIENDS in the PUSCIFER STORE: PUSCIFER-BUZZSAW LA TEES, DOGGY GRENADE & PUPPY PISTOL. YOUR DOGGY NEEDS THIS STUFF, FOLKS... IT TRULY DOES, or I wouldn't bark it... No, I wouldn't!

VIEW

LOOKAHERE!

"HAWKIN'TIME": A LIMITED QUANITY OF MJK-TIM CADIENTE SIGNED PRINTS. 19 X 13 archival pigmented ink prints of Maynard. SIGNED! EMBOSSED! NUMBERED! Comes with a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY! These prints are the real deal, ladies and gentlemen. THESE WON'T LAST!
UNLESS YOU'VE GOT A COSMIC WORMHOLE, GET YOURS BEFORE THEY'RE GONE! WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY? CAN'T MANIPULATE SPACETIME? DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO AN EINSTEIN-ROSEN BRIDGE? TOLLS IN YOUR BLACKHOLE? NO WORRIES! IT'S NOT TOO LATE if you PROCEED RIGHT NOW TO THE WEBSITE! THERE IS TIME! TIME IS DISCONTINUOUS! BUT WHY TAKE A CHANCE?

VIEW/ORDER

The NEW PUSCIFER WEBSITE says NO SHOWS BOOKED AT THE MOMENT, but check back, folks. They don't call MJK a world-class multitasker for sitting around in pensive solitude!

DANNY LAUNCHES HIS NEW WEBSITE!

SEE FOR YOURSELF!
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Unless you're dumber than a box of doorknobs, it's easy to navigate.
SIGNED DRUMSTICKS! PURPLE INK, PEOPLE!
SIGNED DRUM HEADS WHILE THEY LAST!
BUY ONE FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND!
BUY A PAIR OF STICKS AND GET A HOT GIRLFRIEND!
MORE STUFF ARRIVING SOON! KEEP CHECKING BACK!
Shop

MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AT THE BAKED POTATO

Ripping fusion jazz, Titanic tators! Bring your own instrument to experience the thrill of a lifetime. The thrill of a thousand life times! And that's just the stuffed potato!
RIPPING FUSION JAZZ! CAN YOU BEAT THAT, FOLKS!
MYSTERY GUESTS! WHO ARE THEY? MYSTERY GUESTS!

VOLTO! AT THE MINT ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4!
(For those who don't take advantage of discontinuous time)
DANNY CAREY on skins! DANNY CAREY on stage!
KAMIKAZES AND A VINTAGE MINI-MOOG!
THAT'S A GENUINE MINI-MOOG, FRIENDS!

Listen to the sonic onslaught while quenching your thirst with a TALL Pabst Blue Ribbon! Drink one before the Russians change the formula! TALL Pabst Blue Ribbons!

DARKLORE VOLUME 8 NOW AVAILABLE!
INCLUDES "THE SHAVER MYSTERY" CRAZE! WHAT IS IT? THE SHAVER MYSTERY CRAZE IN DARKLORE VOLUME 8. ORDER ONE NOW!

It's been nearly a year in the making, but I am quite pleased to announce the much-anticipated release of the eighth installment of the anthology series entitled "DARKLORE." As with the previous seven issues by Dailygrail Publishing, DARKLORE VOLUME 8 is a treasury of hidden history, fringe science, esoterica, ufology, and general Forteana. With articles running the gamut from post-death consciousness to pre-deluge extraterrestrial colonists, there is something in the latest journal for all those who are interested in the "strange dimensions veiled by consensus reality." And as with the other seven volumes, DARKLORE 8 is available in both an affordable soft cover and limited edition hardcover version.

Honored to once again be a contributing author, this time around I (Blair MacKenzie Blake) wrote about "The Shaver Mystery" craze of the mid-1940s. First appearing in the pulp sci-fi magazine "Amazing Stories" (March, 1945), the Shaver Mystery quickly became a publishing sensation that many researchers today recognize to be the forerunner of more modern accounts involving "X-File" type phenomena. This includes an otherworldly intelligence that both created and controls humankind from their subterranean realm, as recounted by an ex-factory worker-turned Depression-era drifter named Richard Shaver. In a series of bizarre ramblings often involving seemingly techo-erotic obsessions, Shaver claimed to have witnessed first hand alien machinery of unfathomable complexity hidden deep inside a system of caverns where they continue to be focused on an unsuspecting surface world by a race of malevolent entities. Was Shaver truly the victim of degenerate beings operating alien technology abandoned millennia ago by the Elder gods, or was he in reality a paranoid schizophrenic confined to a mental hospital where he was subjected to crude electroshock therapy? Or, will time reveal him to be a futant with extraordinary powers of imagination, who left behind a dire warning to future man about the potential danger of certain advanced technological achievements?

Both versions of DARKLORE VOLUME 8 are now available at www.amazon.com
(type "Darklore Volume 8" in books)

Amazon US:

Ltd Hardcover
Paperback

Amazon UK:

Ltd Hardcover
Paperback

http://darklore.dailygrail.com

COMING IN OCTOBER!
MORE ABOUT "THE CURIOUS DIARY ENTRIES OF VERITY PENNINGTON"
COMING IN OCTOBER!

HAPPY TRAILS


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24 September, 2014 (03:01pm)
TERRY BOZZIO AT EXPLORER'S DRUMS

With 53 Cymbals, 22 pedals, 8 bass drums and over 25 toms, it's the largest tuned drum set in the world! Better still, TERRY BOZZIO will be performing on it at EXPLORER'S PERCUSSION in KANSAS CITY on OCTOBER 2 at 7:00 PM. Wes's shop of all things drums is located at 8050 WORNALL ROAD, KANSAS CITY, MO. 64114.

EXPLORE



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23 September, 2014 (09:56am)
DANNY"S NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED ON THE FALL EQUINOX

Justin said that he would stand on his head until it happened, so last night during the Autumnal Equinox we launched DANNY'S NEW WEBSITE.

http://dannycarey.org

Photo of Danny and Justin in Denver by Rynne Stump



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21 September, 2014 (10:17am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ ON THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX (CLOSE ENOUGH)

Special guest musicians for the SEPTEMBER 22 AUTUMNAL EQUINOX MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ include RONALD BRUNER Sr. on drums, and JON GREATHOUSE on keys (with his Moog). If you're a practicing DRUID, after concluding your druidic ritual, put down those ritual implements and bring your jimbe, shakers, rattles and flutes down to the 'tator' and ask JOHN (VOLTO!) ZIEGLER about possibly joining in during the ALMOST anything goes 2nd set (NO HUMAN SACRIFICES INVOLVING AUTUMNAL CANNIBALISM PLEASE!). When not performing on stage, JZ can usually be found near the hearhstone, sipping a Shiner. ALL AGES WELCOME.

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21 September, 2014 (10:00am)
MULTIPLE HAPPY BIRTHDAYS IN THE TOOL FAMILY

Lots of BIRTHDAY GREETINGS in the Tool Family this month, beginning with ANN CHIEN (Sept 17)), PLC's SHEP STEVENSON (Sept. 18), MATT SANTORO (Sept 22), ALAN JONES (Sept 22), PLC's MIKE SAVAGE (Sept 26), and iTOM (Sept 30). CHEERS!

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21 September, 2014 (09:52am)
"BRUJA" BY ARTIST HEATHER McMILLEN

Opening reception at FOLKLORE SALON on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

6:00 - 9:00 PM

https://www.facebook.com/SalonFolklore


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19 September, 2014 (04:45pm)
PUSCIFER'S LUCHA LIBRE THROWDOWN

In case you missed the post on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE, here's the www.rollingstone.com

LINK


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19 September, 2014 (04:33pm)
LIMITED QUANTITY OF SIGNED MAYNARD PRINTS

A LIMITED QUANTITY of TIM CADIENTE SIGNED MAYNARD PRINTS are now available at "HAWKIN'TIME." 19 X 13 archival pigmented ink print, SIGNED, EMBOSSED and NUMBERED. Comes with a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.

VIEW/ORDER



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15 September, 2014 (03:19pm)
ARTIST KORIN FAUGHT & "GIANTS AMONG US" GROUP SHOW

New work by artist KORIN FAUGHT will be exhibited in the "GIANTS AMONG US" group show at the COREY HELFORD GALLERY on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th. (see Korin's work in the evite). We hope to see you there!

COREY HELFORD GALLERY-CIRCA
8530-A WASHINGTON BLVD.
CULVER CITY, CA. 90232

MORE

"Giants Among Us" opens this Saturday night at CHG Circa (8530A Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA). You'll see today's Giant depicted as fantasy, as emotion, even as edible. Our artists' personal interpretations of this theme range everywhere from Eric Joyner's fun, epic battle between donut and robot helicopters in "Colossus", to realist painter Sarah Folkman's serene "Fundament". See attached evite for more info and Korin Faught's new work for the exhibit. Previews can be requested at jch@coreyhelfordgallery.com."



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14 September, 2014 (04:51pm)
"DANNY SUCKS!" WITH PRIMUS ON TOUR IN CHICAGO

DANNY was initiated into the PRIMUS 'sucks' tradition by the crowd while performing at THE CONCORD MUSIC HALL in Chicago. A nice tribute indeed by Primus (and D.C.) fans!

Photo by Rynne Stump



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13 September, 2014 (10:41am)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT ON OCTOBER 4

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) will be performing at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4. SHOW TIME: 11:15 (doors at 10:45 PM).

Volto! Facebook Page

THE MINT
6010 PICO BLVD.
L.A. CA. 90035


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13 September, 2014 (10:27am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for the SEPTEMBER 15 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ include MATT HANKLE on drums and ED ROTH on keys. Where, you ask, can I hear these jams? The answer is, of course... (all together) THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. Local talent and others passing through are invited to bring an instrument and ask about joining in during the 2nd set. Great live music on a Monday night.

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13 September, 2014 (10:21am)
DANNY WITH PRIMUS AT RIOT FEST IN CHICAGO

A reminder that DANNY will be performing with PRIMUS in Chicago at the Concord Music Hall and RIOT FEST. I must say that I rather enjoyed hearing him go through some of the set-list at the newly sound-proofed loft the other night. Cramming just a bit before catching his flight.

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09 September, 2014 (10:47am)
ALEX GREY GREAT NORTH

MORE

www.cosm.org



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06 September, 2014 (04:32pm)
DARKLORE VOLUME 8 NOW AVAILABLE

It's been nearly a year in the making, but I am quite pleased to announce the much-anticipated release of the eighth installment of the anthology series entitled "DARKLORE." As with the previous seven issues by Dailygrail Publishing, DARKLORE VOLUME 8 is a treasury of hidden history, fringe science, esoterica, ufology, and general Forteana. With articles running the gamut from post-death consciousness to pre-deluge extraterrestrial colonists, there is something in the latest journal for all those who are interested in the "strange dimensions veiled by consensus reality." And as with the other seven volumes, DARKLORE 8 is available in both an affordable soft cover and limited edition hardcover version.

Honored to once again be a contributing author, this time around I (Blair MacKenzie Blake) wrote about "The Shaver Mystery" craze of the mid-1940s. First appearing in the pulp sci-fi magazine "Amazing Stories" (March, 1945), the Shaver Mystery quickly became a publishing sensation that many researchers today recognize to be the forerunner of more modern accounts involving "X-File" type phenomena. This includes an otherworldly intelligence that both created and controls humankind from their subterranean realm, as recounted by an ex-factory worker-turned Depression-era drifter named Richard Shaver. In a series of bizarre ramblings often involving seemingly techo-erotic obsessions, Shaver claimed to have witnessed first hand alien machinery of unfathomable complexity hidden deep inside a system of caverns where they continue to be focused on an unsuspecting surface world by a race of malevolent entities. Was Shaver truly the victim of degenerate beings operating alien technology abandoned millennia ago by the Elder gods, or was he in reality a paranoid schizophrenic confined to a mental hospital where he was subjected to crude electroshock therapy? Or, will time reveal him to be a futant with extraordinary powers of imagination, who left behind a dire warning to future man about the potential danger of certain advanced technological achievements?

Both versions of DARKLORE VOLUME 8 are now available at www.amazon.com
(type "Darklore Volume 8" in books)

Amazon US:

Ltd Hardcover
Paperback

Amazon UK:

Ltd Hardcover
Paperback

http://darklore.dailygrail.com



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06 September, 2014 (04:23pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AND THE WEBB ALLSTARS

Special guest musicians for the SEPTEMBER 8 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include GLEN SOBEL on drums, HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys, and JEFF SITES on vocals. Music starts around 9:30 and all ages are welcome.

In other 'tator' news, sitting in for DANNY on drums for THE DOUG WEBB ALLSTARS on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th will be ALPHONSE MOUZON. The other performers include DOUG WEBB on sax, JIMMY EARL on bass, MITCH FORMAN on keys, and JOHN (Volto!) ZIEGLER on guitar and effects.


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06 September, 2014 (10:34am)
CHET ZAR "ALL HALLOW'S EVE" ART SHOW

Check out Monica's recent post on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE about CHET ZAR's upcoming "ALL HALLOW'S EVE" art show at COPRO GALLERY (running OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 8).

https://www.facebook.com/ToolMusic


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05 September, 2014 (04:15pm)
TAILGATING TIP #1

Just kidding!.. Even so, the Raiders fan in me thought it best to show you a photo that I took at Danny's house last January. Shown are D.C. and his K.C. buddies (prematurely) celebrating what appeared to be a Chiefs victory against the Colts in the AFC Wildcard game. However, as 'Luck' would have it - with Indy down by 28 points! - the Colts defeated the Chiefs 45-44 in a stunning comeback, thus ending any hopes of K.C. moving on (choke) in the post season. I didn't want to rub this in right before the new season starts, but felt I owed it to them.


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03 September, 2014 (10:12am)
DANNY TO REHEARSE WITH PRIMUS FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS

As finishing touches are put to the Tool loft, DANNY gets 2 days to learn the PRIMUS tour set list. Piece of cake. I'm guessing that it might take some drummers 3 days to get everything just right, but who has that kind of time? See Danny with PRIMUS in CHICAGO and DENVER at the RIOT FEST.

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01 September, 2014 (10:59am)
SUMMER GRILLING TIP #7

If you decide to go out for Korean barbecue, as Danny and a few of us did the other night, make sure that you don't forget your wallet, or you'll have to wash LOTS of dishes.

Photo by Laralee



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29 August, 2014 (04:40pm)
DANNY TO PLAY MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

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



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29 August, 2014 (03:52pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
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!

HAPPY TRAILS


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26 August, 2014 (08:47am)
PALMS TOUR UPDATE

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:

https://www.facebook.com/palmsband/events



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23 August, 2014 (08:47am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

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.

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23 August, 2014 (08:39am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

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.

TICKETS


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22 August, 2014 (04:41pm)
STURGEON T-SHIRT NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MERCH COLLECTIVE

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.

ORDER



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22 August, 2014 (02:25pm)
SUMMER GRILLING TIP #6 (COOLER THAN A COMPRESSED CUCUMBER)

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.



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20 August, 2014 (05:45pm)
SALIVAL DVD BOX SETS

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.

MUSEUM


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17 August, 2014 (07:00pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

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.

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16 August, 2014 (01:42pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE NAGY!

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



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14 August, 2014 (11:56am)
DANNY TO PERFORM SHOWS WITH PRIMUS ON UPCOMING TOUR

DANNY will be filling in for Tim Alexander as he continues to recover from his recent surgery, playing 3 SHOWS with PRIMUS during their upcoming tour. TWO of the shows will be in CHICAGO, one a warm up gig at a small venue, with the other being a festival. The third show will be another festival - this one in DENVER.

MORE



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14 August, 2014 (11:29am)
STURGEON "EMERGE" RELEASE PARTY

The release party for the new album by STURGEON entitled "EMERGE" will be on TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 at the SILVERLAKE CHA CHA LOUNGE. Come join the band members and their friends celebrate the release of "EMERGE" at one of L.A.'s best nightclubs. In addition to a listening of "EMERGE", the band's first record, "THE DARKER SEQUENCE" will also be played in its entirety. SIGNINGS, MERCH, and SPECIAL GUESTS at the CHA CHA LOUNGE.

LISTEN TO SAMPLES OF "EMERGE" and ORDER THE CD & BOOKLET at www.themerchcollective.com.

LISTEN/ORDER



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13 August, 2014 (09:52am)
MAYNARD FOR THE BENEFIT OF...

My attention was recently directed to an article on the consequenceofsound.net website about MAYNARD being featured on a track of the FLAMING LIPS' Sgt. Pepper's covers record.

READ


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10 August, 2014 (12:44pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

The 'tator' will be serving up some more great live music this MONDAY (AUGUST 11) with JAMMMMZ special guests GENE COYE on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys. JOHN Z, CHRIS, and JAMIE usually start plugging in their instruments around 9:30, but you might want to arrive earlier for a gourmet stuffed potato and cocktail of your choosing. All happens this Monday night at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO THIS SHOW. And if you play an instrument yourself, bring it along and ask one of first set players about joining in during the second set. You never know who might be listening in the audience...

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10 August, 2014 (12:35pm)
RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ WORKSHOP

Join our friend artist RAMIRO RODRIGUEZ for TRANSLATIONS: PRINTS by the CONSEJO GRAFICO on MONDAY, AUGUST 11. Address is 1002 South Esher, South Bend, INDIANA.

MORE


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08 August, 2014 (11:18am)
“EMERGE” BY STURGEON

I am honored to announce the release of "EMERGE", a new album by the L.A. based band, STURGEON. As with the band's previous record, "The Darker Sequence", "EMERGE" is a sonically powerful offering of aggressive guitars with progressive tendencies (featuring non-traditional tunings, odd time signatures, and ambient segues), all of which is guided by vocals that push the envelope of a six-octave range, delivering (at times) sublimely dark lyrics that evoke the transformative quality of the afflicted mirror concept. Although not strictly a concept album, there is (coincidently?) a discernible connection between the music, lyrics, and contents of a mysterious (not to mention, deeply esoteric) diary that was recently discovered hidden inside an antique piece of furniture - certain entries of which having been faithfully reproduced in a glossy BOOKLET inserted into the CD packaging. Adding to the high strangeness, one should keep in mind that both the lyrics (and music) for "Emerge" were written prior to the discovery of the secreted away personal journal.

THE CURIOUS DIARY ENTRIES OF VERITY PENNINGTON
(Taken from the booklet included in the "Emerge" album)

"The diary entries are reproduced from a personal journal recently discovered inside the hidden compartment of a vintage secretary desk that was purchased at an antique and collectibles show in Gaithersburg, MD. Numerous attempts were made to locate the diarist, including phone directories, public record search engines, property databases, etc., all of which failed to find any trace of a Ms. Verity Pennington (believed to be the name of the diarist), other than a fictional character listed on an internet role-playing forum. An exhaustive search for the woman's uncle (including obituaries) also proved to be fruitless, leading one to believe that the record of experiences in the diary is most likely fictional, although it is possible that this is not the case. The "Masonic cemetery" with its peculiar funerary 'graffiti' also could not be located despite several searches in the area mentioned. After a final unsuccessful effort to track down any of those concerned, owing to the bizarre nature of certain entries written over a six-month period, the diary was placed on an online auction for someone with an interest in these matters."

NON OMNIS MORIAR
(A Brief Description of the Diary Entries)
By
Blair MacKenzie Blake

As for the diary entities themselves, they contain esoteric themes similar to those found in my book, IJYNX, (as well as in my other works) concerning the use of occult hyper-chemistry (Khemistery) as a portal to an intersecting parallel reality. However, rather than focusing on the stimulation and release of certain endogenously produced substances, the entries in the journal concern a post-mortem residue, with "The Grand Dreaming" being facilitated by a mysterious phenomenon known as "The Vapor of the Bones."

Together, the diary entries comprise a process of initiation in which "Verity" (the diarist) is encouraged by her enigmatic uncle to discover the principle of proportionality in a particular mathematical puzzle contained in the surviving 1792 almanac/journal of the African-American colonial farmer/astronomer, Benjamin Banneker. This riddle, itself, is based on the "Rhind Mathematical Papyrus" that was discovered in Thebes (Egypt) in 1858, which was copied from an ancient secret treatise dating back to the time of the physician Imhotep in 2650 B.C.

After passing the test of some non sequiturs or red herrings concerning astronomical peculiarities associated with the African Dogon tribe (one royal member possibly having been an ancestor of Banneker?) that were intended to mislead anyone else attempting to use this secret physiological knowledge to access the complex interface of this hidden luminosity without any escorting constructs (i.e. those that inhabit this hyper-space) - Verity correctly determines for herself that the correct answer to the mathematical riddle is NOT the solution needed to obtain the treasured "Cadaver Caviar", although the same can not be said for another seeking this trick (albeit, amazing trick) of human neuro-chemistry. But if you haven't any interest in the profound secrets of Egyptian Freemasonry, including the jewel of divine antropophagy, in a photograph of the actual diary itself, there is a recipe for what I would imagine to be pretty good crab bisque. Seriously...

VIEW/ORDER

LINKS TO STURGEON'S ONLINE PRESENCE

http://sturgeonmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/sturgeonband
https://soundcloud.com/sturgeonmusic ,br> https://www.youtube.com/user/sturgeonband

LYRICS TO TRACK 8 OF "EMERGE" BY STURGEON

"CANNIBALS OF THEW MIND"

They're everywhere
Horns and spells, melting skies
Churning in a lie
Many claim the dream of divine
But not yet satisfied
Blood for more and whores of war
Dark pride far and wide
Fractured mirrors have to lie
Who is galvanized

Drink from shifting tides
Cannibals of the mind
Take the moon from light
Cannibals delight
Idolize that Christ
Cannibals of the mind
Impose more death, justified
Cannibals of life

Thorns of hell, they torture well
Sequins of dazzling shells
Human rights unqualified
To face the gods of genocide
Lord is coming with a sword
Peace is not as fun as war
Death is paradise
Embrace your afterlife
Drink from shifting tides
Cannibals of the mind
They're everywhere
It's part of the plan



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06 August, 2014 (08:59am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

As mentioned elsewhere, DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27. The other 'stars' include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and VOLTO!'s JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar. Tickets for this show are $20.00, and the Baked Potato welcomes ALL AGES.

TICKETS

For more great live jazz at the 'tator', check out SCOTT KINSEY'S HARD ENSEMBLE, featuring SCOTT KINSEY on keyboards and all kinds of electronic mayhem. The show date is... TOMORROW (THURSDAY, AUGUST 7). Admission: $15.00 at the door.


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02 August, 2014 (06:11pm)
OKAY, YOU CAN STOP PACING ABOUT...

Special guest musicians for the AUGUST 4TH MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include JOE TRAVERS on drums, and STEPHANE DeREINE on keys. It was really nice to see so many first time visitors to the 'tator' last Monday, with those from elsewhere invited to come hear more great live music in an intimate setting this Monday. Bring an appetite, thirst (for at least two drinks) and maybe even a favorite guitar.

BMB

02 August, 2014 (02:30pm)
SUMMER GRILLING TIP #5 (WITH 5 WEEKENDS IN AUGUST)

Although there are 5 weekends to fire up the Kingsford in August, what with the hassle of yellow-jackets, surveillance drones, and probably charring everything beyond recognition (because you didn't lube the grates!), perhaps you'd like to put the tongs down and make a reservation at Fleming's Steakhouse, where you can have one of their chefs prepare petite filet mignon with its companion of truffled poached lobster with bearnaise sauce and caviar. Just a thought. Besides, there will be five weekends again in May, 2015 (rather than having to wait 823 years, all you purveyors of urban myths who really still think that Mars will look as large as the full moon).

Photo by LaraLee



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31 July, 2014 (12:36pm)


Of course there's a July newsletter.

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30 July, 2014 (09:57am)
TROY ZEIGLER WITH "FIELD" AT PAPPY & HARRIETS

Our good friend and one of my favorite drummers, TROY ZEIGLER, will be performing with his band, "FIELD" at one of my favorite Yucca Valley hangs - "PAPPY & HARRIETS." The show is on THURSDAY, JULY 31, and if you've never been to the Pioneertown 'palace', you're missing some great desert vibes (not to mention wonderful steak tacos and margaritas served in mason jars). For those planning on going to the show (starts at 8:00 PM), who have never been to the Joshua Tree area, something else to check out is 1950s contactee and saucer-ride boy, George Van Tassel's legendary "Integratron."

Come to think of it, had I known earlier that Troy was playing at Pappy & Harriets, I might have tried to put the old band back together as an opening act. Some of you might recall that many years ago yours truly performed at that venue for TRAVIS SHINN and ROBYN BREEN's wedding reception - with band mates Camella Grace, Vince De Franco, Joe Nagy, and Sash Popovic. Only NEVER ask us what we called ourselves for that gig!


BMB

28 July, 2014 (08:17am)
ALEX GREY

Gigantic animated collective vision at the Rose Planetarium in NYC.

@alexgreycosm



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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 short 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



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27 July, 2014 (10:21am)
DANNY TO PERFORM AT THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

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!

BMB

26 July, 2014 (08:13am)
INTERVIEW WITH ADAM IN METALHAMMER

ADAM gives an update on the progress of the next TOOL ALBUM in an interview with MetalHammer.

READ


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24 July, 2014 (08:53am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALOKE!

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



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23 July, 2014 (09:57am)
DOG DAYS

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!).

ORDER



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22 July, 2014 (09:43pm)
TIM ALEXANDER SURGERY UPDATE

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!

BMB

21 July, 2014 (09:26am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

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.

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18 July, 2014 (06:01pm)
MESSAGE FROM MJK CONCERNING TIM ALEXANDER

"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."

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18 July, 2014 (09:31am)
MITCH FORMAN KEYBOARD MADNESS

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.

BMB

16 July, 2014 (08:56am)
NEW INTERVIEW WITH ADAM AND DANNY IN WWW.ROLLINGSTONE.COM

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.

READ


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15 July, 2014 (10:02am)
SUMMER GRILLING 'TIP' #4

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



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15 July, 2014 (09:32am)
MORE POWER OF BEEF

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.

VIEW



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13 July, 2014 (08:38pm)
JAMMMZ

Hard to believe but it's almost time for more MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Guest musicians for the JULY 14 offering include MATT GARSTKA (from "Animals As Leaders") on drums, and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. No applications to fill out; just come on down and enjoy the show with a couple of sparkling cocktails and/or that cornucopia they call stuffed baked potatoes. ALL AGES may enter this spud! And if you're so inclined, bring a guitar... string it up... and ask JZ about plugging in during the highly anticipated second set. You might not regret it...

BMB

11 July, 2014 (09:45am)
D.O.T.P.O.T.A.

It's good to know that there was at least one perceptive reader of Danny's recent quote on the Tool Facebook Page...

BMB

09 July, 2014 (08:58pm)
DANNY SIGNED "WICKEDEST" BOOKS/W HOLOGRAPHIC VERSES

#2 OF 2.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALEISTER-CROWLEY-RELATED-WICKEDEST-BOOKS-SIGNED-WITH-HOLOGRAPHIC-VERSES-/221489100602?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item3391c7773a



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06 July, 2014 (10:16am)
JAMS, FOSSILS & SPUDS

If you're visiting southern California as part of your summer vacation, after checking the Tar Pits, In-N-Out, and Getty off your list of things to see, don't think twice about heading to THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the landmark BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Special guests for the JULY 7 SHOW include JACO BARERA on skins, with JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vocals. JOHN Z and the regulars normally start plugging things in around 9:30, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME to this tator. Which reminds me - be sure to save some room for those enormous stuffed spuds, meaning maybe don't order a second Double-Double. Oh what the hell, you're on vacation, right!..

BMB

04 July, 2014 (04:18pm)
SUMMER GRILLING TIP #3 ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

Unlike Danny, STATIK of "COLLIDE" doesn't rub onions over the metal grates prior to grilling. Even so, he achieved similar results in that the burgers and chicken weren't overly charred. Closer inspection reveals his secret - a Product of Arthur Meyerhoff.

Photo by BMB



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03 July, 2014 (10:20am)
DANNY WITH WEBB ALLSTARS TONIGHT

Here's a friendly reminder that DANNY will be performing TONIGHT (JULY 3) at the BAKED POTATO (STUDIO CITY) with the WEBB ALLSTARS. ALL AGES WELCOME!

BMB

02 July, 2014 (10:34am)
ALOKE DUTTA ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS

Danny's tabla teacher, ALOKE DUTTA, has some openings for new students. Aloke teaches tabla and rhythm concept course on a one-on-one basis in-person in Los Angeles, and via Skype worldwide. If you are serious about taking lessons with him then please visit www.alokedutta.com/tabla-lessons for more info, and contact him at aloke@alokedutta.com.


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30 June, 2014 (06:10pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Guests tonight include RON BRUNER Sr on drums and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. Where? At the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. The place usually starts getting noisy around 9:30, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME to enjoy the shows.

BMB

27 June, 2014 (11:53am)
PALMS 2014 TOUR TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

Step right up and get your PALMS (members of ISIS and DEFTONES) 2014 TOUR TICKETS... NOW!

https://www.facebook.com/palmsband/events



BMB

25 June, 2014 (12:04pm)
ADAM'S BLUE BAND AID


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22 June, 2014 (08:12pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

As he does almost every month, DANNY will be performing with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on THURSDAY, JULY 3rd. The other "stars" include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN 'VOLTO!' ZIEGLER on guitar. SHOW TIMES are 9:30 and 11:30, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME. $20.00

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West,
Studio City, Ca. 91604


BMB

22 June, 2014 (09:43am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the MONDAY NIGHGT JAMMMZ (JUNE 23) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include TONY MOORE on drums and RICO BELLED on keys. The band usually starts around 9:30 and all ages are welcome at the spud.

And don't forget that VOLTO! (with DANNY on drums) will be at THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, JUNE 28. See my earlier post for more info about this show.

UPDATE: JOE TRAVERS will be on DRUMS TONIGHT.


BMB

21 June, 2014 (12:30pm)
SUMMER (SOLSTICE) GRILLING TIP #2 BY A HEATHEN NEAR-VEGAN

If its a good burger that you're craving, rather than igniting a mound of Kingsford, sometimes it's easier to order the classic burger presentation from the BOA STEAKHOUSE on Sunset Boulevard. That is - unless it happens to be the SUMMER SOLSTICE - in which case you are obliged to fire up the grill and throw on anything the Zeti Ridiculins left in the pasture...

Photo by BMB



BMB

20 June, 2014 (09:26am)
CROWLEY "THIRST" TEE-SHIRT STILL ON SALE

There are still some ALEISTER CROWLEY "THIRST" TEE_SHIRTS (designed by BMB and HEATHER McMILLEN) ON SALE for $26.00 at THE MERCH COLLECTIVE store. (Note: all medium sizes sold out.)

STORE



BMB

20 June, 2014 (09:14am)
COSMIC TRIGGER PLAY FUNDING UPDATE

Crowd funding for the play and festival based on ROBERT ANTON WILSON'S "COSMIC TRIGGER" is now at 60% with 15 DAYS LEFT (Ending on July 4th), so you still have time left if you'd like to contribute.



BMB

17 June, 2014 (09:47am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCE DE FRANCO!

Special birthday shout out today to our good friend VINCE DE FRANCO, inventor of the MANDALA DRUM and lots of other things that the world will someday be ready for. In the meantime, pub cheers to Vince from the entire Tool family!


BMB

15 June, 2014 (11:35am)
SUMMER GRILLING TIP #1 BY DANNY CAREY

Some drummers wouldn't have rubbed onions over the grates prior to putting on the chicken. Enough said.

Photo by BMB



BMB

15 June, 2014 (11:32am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Joining JOHN ZIEGLER and the others for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (JUNE 16) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY will be LOUIE PALMER on drums, STEPHANE DeREINE on keys, and PETE GRIFFIN on bass! Bring an instrument and ask Pete about joining in on the fun during the almost anything goes second set. ALL AGES WELCOME.

BMB

11 June, 2014 (04:15pm)
SCOTT KINSEY'S HARD ENSEMBLE AT THE BAKED POTATO

The jazz will be extremely eclectic at the 'tator' on THURSDAY, JUNE 12 as keyboardist SCOTT KINSEY performs with his HARD ENSEMBLE. If you'd like to experience it, the BAKED POTATO is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., W., STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604. Admission is $15.00 and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

BMB

11 June, 2014 (12:42pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RANCE Q. SPARTLEY!

Birthday greetings today to maverick entomologist RANCE Q. SPARTLEY, who - believe it or not - is currently investigating reports of mantis-like entities and associated MIB phenomena. I seriously doubt that any of his findings will be published in the ESA bimonthly peer-review journal, but I am personally looking forward to talking to the "bug man" about these mysterious encounters with lithely-built, hyper-jittery insectoids and their luminous orb transports. In the meantime, CHEERS my friend, and watch out for any black-coated boojums who attempt to drink green jello with a straw!


BMB

09 June, 2014 (02:20pm)
VOTO! AT THE MINT ON JUNE 28

If you can't make it to the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ tonight (JUNE 9) to see DANNY, MATT ROHDE, and JOHN ZIEGLER of VOLTO!, then you might want to catch VOLTO! in full force when they play the LATE SHOW (11:15 PM) at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, JUNE 28. The address is 6010 W. PICO AVE., L.A. CA. , 90036.

TICKETS



BMB

07 June, 2014 (11:18am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JUNE 2014 E.V.

MERCURY RETROGRADE

Be prepared for lots of problems as MERCURY GOES RETROGRADE UNTIL... JULY 1. So, if your cell phone call drops out in the canyon... If your order from the shopping bazaar is the wrong shirt size... If your Bic won't spark that blunt after only 2,999 flicks... If your VHS tape of "The Eighteen Year Old SchoolGirls" suddenly has a faulty end-of-tape detection mechanism... If the Cheetos nubs in the bag are smaller than usual... If your car battery goes dead (and there's no alien spaceship that sounds like a broken lawnmower nearby)... If they get your order wrong at the Jack-In-The-Box drive-thru... If your cochlear neural interface implant goes on the fritz... If the commercials are louder than the television show that your watching... If you get bitten by a black widow spider after falling onto the floor after being hit between the eyes by popped champagne cork... YOU NOW KNOW WHAT TO BLAME.

Also, if you are currently working on ANY creative project, you should probably stop until after July 1... Unless, of course, you are in a band called TOOL, and busy working on material for a new record. If this is the case, back up your hard drive... and go with the flow!

SLIART YPPAH


BMB

07 June, 2014 (10:03am)


Birthday cheers today to another Sturgeonite... this being PAUL VILAS JONES, who just so happens to be Danny's cousin.

BMB

06 June, 2014 (08:37am)
DANNY TO PERFORM AT MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the JUNE 9th MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include DANNY CAREY and MATT ROHDE, which (with JOHN ZIEGLER) is pretty damn close to being VOLTO! In fact, you could think of it as a warm up of sorts as VOLTO! is scheduled to play THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, JUNE 28. More about the show later.

BMB

05 June, 2014 (08:50am)
DID NOT FAIL

Well, someone knows where to score a great bowl of chili during a rain delay at a Nat's game while on a day off from working lights for "FAILURE", who will be performing at the Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD. TONIGHT (JUNE 5). More at www.facebook.com/failureband


BMB

04 June, 2014 (01:54pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENT!

Birthday cheers today for Danny's former band mate and a great friend to many in the Tool family, KENT BRISLEY, shown here preparing to take a drop of the creature at his favorite bar. And while we're sending Birthday greetings to Kent, wait until you hear the new STURGEON album (Kent being one of the founding members). More about this soon...

Photo by BMB



BMB

03 June, 2014 (09:49am)
COSMIC TRIGGER CROWD FUND CAMPAIGN UPDATE

The good folks in England who are trying to raise funds for the play and festival based on Robert Anton Wilson's "COSMIC TRIGGER" thus far have reached 38% of their goal. There is still time to contribute...

HERE



BMB

31 May, 2014 (09:18am)
DANNY PERFORMING WITH THE ALL STARS ON SUNDAY NIGHT

A friendly reminder that DANNY will be performing with the DOUG WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, JUNE 2. Joining Danny will be DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL and JOHN (VOLTO!) ZIEGLER. $20.00

BMB

31 May, 2014 (09:15am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

If you're visiting overcast southern California and plan on going to the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the spud, JOHN's special guests for JUNE 2 include MATT HANKLE on drums and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keyboards (with a Mini Moog in the arsenal!). Lots of great entertainment by some of L. A.'s best players at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Best of all, ALL AGES ARE WELCOME to hear these artists.

BMB

29 May, 2014 (01:31pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN ZIEGLER

Birthday Greetings today to Volto! himself, JOHN ZIEGLER. CHEERS, JZ!

BMB

26 May, 2014 (09:43am)
YOUR PART IN PULLING A COSMIC TRIGGER

Whether you've seen the fnords or not, I Siriusly encourage members of the Tool Family to support a new crowd fund campaign for a stage play (and related three-day festival) based on ROBERT ANTON WILSON'S "COSMIC TRIGGER." Celebrate the life, work, and influence of a counterculture icon by contributing HERE .

For additional information about the RAW EVENT, please visit www.dailygrail.com


BMB

25 May, 2014 (10:22am)
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the MAY 26 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the world famous BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include TODD WOLF on skins and ED ROTH on keys (both black and white ones). Now that you've mastered that new riff on the guitar, bring it down to the 'tator' and ask JOHN ZIEGLER or another band member about performing during the second set. Hell, you get a record deal! ALL AGES WELCOME.

BMB

22 May, 2014 (10:12am)
TOOL WRITING UPDATE

The other day an insider (and by "insider" I mean truly an insider!) told me that since getting back to working on material for the next record, things have been going VERY well. Now, don't read more into this than it suggests - which is that there have been some good writing/arranging sessions as of late. Progress!.. We'll take that any day!


BMB

22 May, 2014 (09:52am)


IJYNX hardcover edition in stock at www.amazon.com.


BMB

21 May, 2014 (04:01pm)
DANNY WITH WEBB ALLSTARS ON SUNDAY, JUNE 1

I'm posting this a bit early because the last show was packed. DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, JUNE 1. The other stars are DOUG WEBB (of course!) on sax and flute, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN (VOLTO!) ZIEGLER on guitar. $20.00. ALL AGES WELCOME!

BMB

19 May, 2014 (02:38pm)
IRON MAN FINISH!

Danny and Rynne want to send along congratulations to Chris Schleyer's wife KAT, who "accomplished what most can not: an iron man finish this weekend in TEXAS!"


BMB

19 May, 2014 (09:38am)
FAILURE TOUR POSTER

See show dates for the FAILURE "TREE OF STARS" NORTH AMERICA TOUR in my earlier post.


BMB

17 May, 2014 (04:04pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Looks like another great line-up for the MAY 19th MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY - with special guest musicians ANDY SANESI on drums and BILLY STEINWAY on keys. If you're planning on going, and you play a pretty mean guitar, think about bringing it along and ask JZ or one of the other band members about performing during the second set. The 'tator' welcomes ALL AGES and offers a dinner menu featuring (coincidentally) an assortment of loaded baked potatoes. Not sure what more you could hope for on a warm spring's Monday night.

BMB

15 May, 2014 (08:54am)
REMINDER: VOLTO! AT "THE MINT" ON SATURDAY

DANNY and VOLTO! return to THE MINT in Los Angeles on SATURDAY, MAY 17.

TICKETS



BMB

13 May, 2014 (07:47pm)
“TREE OF STARS” 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR – THE RETURN OF “FAILURE”

It had been sixteen years since the innovative alternative trio last performed together, but having got back together for their recent sold out L.A. REUNION SHOWS at the El Rey Theater, and then supporting TOOL to great reviews on their last tour, and performing two CINQUANTA shows with Maynard at the Greek, the RETURN OF "FAILURE" CONTINUES with the "TREE OF STARS" 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR.

TREE OF STARS 2014 NORTHY AMERICAN TOUR DATES

May 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
May 15 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
May 17 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
May 18 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
May 21 - Minneapolis, MN @The Varsity
May 22 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro
May 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
May 25 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
May 26 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
May 27 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
May 29 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
May 31 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
Jun 1 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Jun 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 5 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Jun 6 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Jun 7 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Jun 8 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In
Jun 10 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Jun 11 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Jun 13 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
Jun 14 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
Jun 15 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Jun 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre

TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS ARE STILL AVAILABLE.

www.facebook.com/failureband
www.twitter.com/failure

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: "When news of the eagerly-hoped for reunion was confirmed, Ken Andrews spoke with Spin about his, Greg Edwards and Kelli Scott's decision to reunite, explaining that it came as the result of rekindled friendships (http://www.spin.com/articles/failure-reunion-show-fantastic-planet/) and the public's deepening appreciation for the music the band created, particularly Fantastic Planet. Decibel Magazine's current issue features a 7-page feature on the recording and reaction to the 17-track album saying "this is one of those albums that's so perfect, the band almost had to implode after its release."


BMB

13 May, 2014 (01:44pm)


ADAM shared this photo of visionary artists H.R. GIGER and ALEX GREY.


BMB

13 May, 2014 (08:58am)
R.I.P. H.R. GIGER

Swiss surrealist artist H.R. GIGER has died at the age of 74. Adam is a great admirer of his work, as are many of us.

The cover art of ELP's "Brain Salad Surgery" by H.R. Giger



BMB

12 May, 2014 (05:49pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
MAY 2014 E.V.

DANNY'S "VOYAGES EN KALEIDOSCOPE"

Hunting for hard to find books is something that I truly enjoy. For over a quarter of a century I have spent countless hours scouring the dusty shelves in second-hand shops, and enduring the noisy crowds at stalls of huge antiquarian expos. Whether sifting through old cardboard boxes for obscure ephemera under the watchful gaze of irritable vendors, or straining my eyesight while searching the massive databases of the premier on-line booksellers on my home computer, the challenge to find an elusive title can be extremely time consuming. And though at times it is frustrating, I constantly remind myself that if it were that easy, it wouldn't be worth it. Yes, patience is certainly required, as is perseverance; especially if one's particular niche interest happens to rare books of a decidedly esoteric nature.

Due to their arcane subject matter, books dealing with the occult were usually printed in small runs to begin with. Add to this that many were either jealously locked way in private collections, or deliberately destroyed by those biased against their generally perceived 'dark' content, the chance of finding a first edition copy becomes increasingly more difficult over the years. Now, it is one thing to try and locate a book that is considered to be scarce. Even more challenging is if the book is thought to be virtually unobtainable. But what about a book that is believed by many bibliophiles to be "non-existent." Such was the case with a certain title that I had become obsessed with tracking down... until I recently saw one listed in the on-line catalog of a Parisian bookseller.

The book is entitled Voyages en Kaleidoscope, published by Georges Cres of Paris in 1919. To give you some idea about how rare this book actually is, when I first read about it in a book called The Fulcanelli Phenomenon (1980) by Kenneth Rayner Johnson, when referring to the book's "anonymous author", he repeatedly uses the word "he" when, in fact, the name written on the cover of Voyages en Kaleidoscope is that of a woman named Irene Hillel-Erlanger. In Johnson's excellent investigation of the mysterious French alchemist Fulcanelli, according to one insider of the Parisian esoteric subculture, only two copies of 'Voyages' are known to exist - both in the private collections of contemporary occultists. As to why only such a small number of copies have survived, in this case, narrow-minded churchly types might not be to blame, but, rather, a dynastic cartel of international gold dealers or, more likely, someone with similar esoteric preoccupations to the book's celebrated author.

As I wrote in the anthology series Darklore (see Darklore, Volume 6 - "Elusive Fulcanelli and the Hermetic Magistery"), Voyages en Kaleidoscope first appears to be a flashy romance novel of sorts, written in the style of the avant-garde Dadaist movement by a wealthy socialite. However, it's vibrant, surreal prose is believed by "those with eyes to see" to actually be a cleverly disguised alchemical tract.

Along with certain thinly veiled passages in ten precious pages that supposedly constitute evidence of a genuine alchemical transmutation, also considered to be far too revealing is the book's only illustration - a curious thermometer designed by the master painter Van Dongen - that quite openly displays the all important temperature scale necessary to confect the Philosopher's Stone.

Be that is it may, in truth, while all eyes are on the book's brilliant inventor, monsieur Joel Joze, and his two love interests (representing the dual exoteric-esoteric aspect of alchemy?), one should really pay close attention to the master's faithful assistant, Gilly, who is described by the author as being "The salt of the earth." This phrase holds the key to that which contains the pure potential of the alchemical quest of manipulating the universal prime matter - an indestructible, non-local medium from which all things are 'descended' - the mastery of which puts one in a privileged position with regards to the very fabric of space-time. Like the vibrant hodge-podge of the little book itself, the idea is to make the non-observable OBSERVABLE (or to bring about existence from 'nothing.')'This transcendental physical 'khemistry' is achieved in the reality of 'Voyages'by a marvelous kaleidoscope that offers others a unique perception of the unusual properties of matter that are normally hidden from mankind. These exotic states of matter bring to mind the alchemical axiom, "As Above, So Below."

While some have claimed that the enigmatic alchemist Fulcanelli (author of the remarkable Hermetic treatice, Le Mystere des Cathedrals,1926) ascribed great importance to Voyages en Kaleidoscope,others maintain that it rather cryptically divulges the adept's true identity, as well as the methods that he employed in attaining the treasured Stone of the Philosophers. As I pointed out in my Darklore essay, the vowels in the pseudonym "Fulcanelli" indicate the correct color sequence of the Great Work, though I did not elaborate further about any spectrographical properties encoded in the stained glass of medieval cathedrals. Likewise, I left it up to readers to consider if the nom de plume, Fulcanelli, also offers telling hints about a coded analogue with an intra-Mercurial planet known as Vulcan? If such is the case, and the Vulcan of mythology corresponds to an Egyptian glyph for a secret 'element' (possibly related to 'philosophic' black sulphate of mercury), we might be closer to an understanding of alchemical operations performed on what is known as the "primary scission", or at least on certain derivations from the initial substrate, which is the veiled theme of Irene Hillel-Erlanger's suppressed 'novel.'

In attempting to unmask Fulcanelli in the author's Darklore piece, my best guess was the bohemian artist Jean-Julien Champagne (1877-1932) - an aficionado of alchemical literature and member of the secret society known as "The Brothers of Heliopolis" - who plagiarized the work on the cathedral symbolism involving an antropocosmic reality from the Hermeticist and godfather of "New Egyptology", R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961). Champagne, who spent much of his life perpetrating the Fulcanelli legend, was known to travel in the same Parisian esoteric circles as the author of 'Voyages' until she contracted food poisoning (ostensibly) from tainted oysters that she ate during a celebratory soiree for the book's publication. Days later she died. Before the book was released to the public, nearly all copies were confiscated by persons unknown and quickly destroyed. Fortunately, a few did survive, being advance copies that were given to a handful of booksellers on the banks of the river Seine.

Adding to suspicions of foul play by secret hands that deemed the work to be too revealing was that the young female chemist (alchemist?) to whom it was dedicated to, Louise Barbe, died in 1920 after supposedly ingesting a lethal dose of potable gold. Interestingly enough, Barbe was the voluptuous model used by Champagne in his most famous painting, "Le Vaisseau du Grand Oeuvre" (Vessel of the Great Work), which is both evocative and loaded with alchemical symbolism. Perhaps the initials of the 'fictitious' inventor of the "travel kaleidoscope", Joel Joze, offer an additional clue?

The attempted suppression of Voyages en Kaleidoscope by those with their own hidden agenda was certainly not the first time that almost the entire edition of a work containing the mysteries of antiquity was destroyed before being made readily available to the public. One such example is A Suggestive Inquiry Into Hermetic Mystery(1850), written by a young woman named Mary Anne Atwood (1817-1910). Although her scholarly father originally supported the book, for reasons unknown, he abruptly had a change of heart, burning almost every copy in a lawn bonfire. Copies that had been sent to libraries were later removed by the book's authoress, with those that found their way to the stalls of local booksellers purchased for large sums, only to later be set to flames. Precious few survived. (Note: those who would like to read the 1918 facsimile reissue of this book should give particular notice to its appendix entitled, "Table Talk and Memorabilia."

Now that I have provided you with some background on the book, after finding it in the catalogue of the Parisian book dealer, I (rather enthusiastically) phoned Danny (Carey) and informed him that I had managed to locate one of the few first edition copies. Although the asking price was much less than I thought it might be should one ever turn up - considering it as priceless and a museum piece - it was still well out of my price range. Not so for Danny, who jumped on the opportunity to own it. With the spiritual imprint of its jazzy exterior now locked away in his vault, it would appear to be safe from any desirous or grudging alchemists out there. I don't eat oysters and rarely imbibe of potable gold, so any would-be assassin will have to come up with something else to silence me from any future commentary of the adventure written by those who prize nonsense.

Besides, those who are interested in reading Voyages en Kaleidoscope for themselves should be able to obtain one of the soft cover facsimile reissues, such as the one issued by Editions de la table d'Emeraude (1984), and more recently by editions Allia (both of which contain the illustration of the Van Dongen thermometer with its puzzling scrawls). If, however, you are hoping to travel in some inter-dimensional mode, you will have to brush up on your French, as none of the reprints have yet been translated into English. And if you plan on using an on-line language translator, hopefully you can find one that also translates Argot (langue verte, or green tongue) into English! To read more about the intriguing Fulcanelli connection with Voyages, you can purchase a copy of Darklore, Volume 6 (DailyGrail Publishing, 2011) rather easily from Amazon on the e-landscape.

Photo by BMB

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

11 May, 2014 (09:21am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for the MAY 12th MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include GLEN SOBEL on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys. ALL AGES!

BMB

10 May, 2014 (08:39am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANNY!

It's pretty damn hard to beat a cold can of Pabst's Blue Ribbon with a slice of Jack 'N Coke cake, but maybe Danny will be treated to something even more decadent at tonight's MJK CINQUANTA BASH . Either way, heartfelt love and raucous cheers to DANNY from his family, friends and many admirers. (drum roll) Let the party begin...

Photo by BMB during a recent visit to Boneyard Bistro



BMB

09 May, 2014 (08:46am)
BUBINGA!

DANNY's "BUBINGA" designer drum kit will be on display at Explorers Percussion (8050 Wornall Rd. Kansas City MO.) on SATURDAY, MAY 10. Coincidentally, this happens to be Danny's birthday... and Paiste Day at Explorers... featuring a special visit with Gregory Hutchinson. So, a lot going on for our good friend Wes at his store on Saturday!


BMB

06 May, 2014 (07:51pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON THURSDAY

DANNY will be drumming with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club on THURSDAY, MAY 8. The other stars include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar and effects. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Caguenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604. $20.00. ALL AGES.

TICKETS


BMB

02 May, 2014 (11:57am)
CINCO DE MAYO MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians joining JOHN ZIEGLER's "HUBCAP CORRAL" at THE BAKED POTATO on MAY 5 include JAVO BARRERA on drums and STEPHANE DeREINE on keys. I don't think anyone will mind if you put some pico de gallo on that stuffed spud.

BMB

01 May, 2014 (10:42am)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT ON MAY 17

VOLTO! returns to THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, MAY 17.

TICKETS



BMB

01 May, 2014 (10:36am)
DANNY SIGNED INFINITY NUMBERED "WICKEDEST BOOK"

One of 3 copies of the "infinity" numbered "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" SIGNED by the AUTHOR and DANNY CAREY. MINT CONDITION FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER long out of print. FOR SALE ON EBAY. 2D 03H.

VIEW



BMB

01 May, 2014 (10:27am)
NEW DOWNLOADABLE ALBUM BY ALOKE DUTTA

While tabla master ALOKE DUTTA recovers from his recent surgery, you can enjoy his NEW album entitled NUDITYSUTRA at www.alokedutta.com . This is a download only CD, so please visit his website for instructions.

https://alokedutta.bandcamp.com/



BMB

30 April, 2014 (07:44pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2014 E.V.

Recently, while attempting to locate a piece of original Tool-related artwork that I hadn't seen in nearly 20 years, I met with the head of the band's merch department, hoping that he had some idea where it had been filed away. After searching through a few metal cabinets and some overstuffed cardboard boxes, unable to find it, "Merch" wondered if it might be somewhere in the Tool Museum? Knowing that what he referred to as a "museum" was actually a large storage area filled with all kinds of Tool property, I agreed that we should take a look. So, we jumped into his car and drove to a nondescript brick warehouse adjacent to the merch offices.

With security cameras following our every move, after pushing back a realistic false wall, I followed Merch as he entered a dimly lit spacious room with narrow walkways between jam-packed trunks and cobweb-festooned shelves containing grotesque latex heads, foam prosthetics and colorful silicon dissected physiques. Some looked like Tricky, others like old Scratch himself, and one like... Paula Deen? Perhaps some day the video artifacts in the cluttered storehouse might be displayed in a Tool museum of sorts, but for now most were covered with dusty plastic tarps or placed haphazardly on makeshift shelves. Seeing the blue apples with the geometric figure used in the Parabol/Parabola video, I uncovered one of the heads of the "evil record company mutants" from the same video, wondering if it was the one that I wore during the shoot?

Like some phantom of the opera wearing Nikes, Merch continued deeper into the repository, now resembling gloomy catacombs with the hideous grimaces of sculpted claymation mutations, stop-motion animation cryptids, translucent painted maquettes, and bizarre flocked humanoids. With still no sign of the artwork among the itemized assortment of fabricated monstrosities, we sorted through matt painted backdrops, video storyboards and props that were surrounded by cases of brass tubing, casting plaster, acrylic resin, gelatine, plastelina, chavant clay, epoxies, putty, solvents, adhesives and a variety of tools used to create special effects. But still no sign of what I was looking for.

Another area seemed more promising. Here there were cartons of discontinued tee shirts, damaged vinyl, CDs, DVDs and other long-forgotten items of merchandise. Along with other Tool produced odds and ends, there were several gold and platinum record award plaques (still in the boxes) that, for whatever reason, the recipients had never received. Most desirable of all, however, was a certain item that contained the ultimate Tool hidden track - the song entitled, "Problem 8: The Riemann Hypothesis."

And although we never did find the ellusive artwork, walking through the "museum" gave me an idea for a Tool Newsletter: Why not post an interview with "Merch?"

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TOOL'S "MERCH"

BMB: How did you get the Tool merch gig, and how long have you been doing it?

MERCH: I am an avid collector of lenticular artwork and when I saw my nephew with a Tool lenticular key chain, I snatched it from his hand for a closer look. It fell to the ground and when I picked it up, I saw that it had a small crack in it. The next day he emailed the band's merch department to see if he could get a replacement. After no response, I gave him $5.00 for the broken piece and took a photo of it, which I then sent to the band's merch office. The next day I was contacted by someone there and told to personally BRING the keychain to them in order to get a replacement. So, I made the trip from Wyoming to L.A., and took the keychain to the person in the office. When I handed it to this person, he looked at the crack with bewilderment. He then offered me a drink that tasted like a cross between apple juice and Pine-Sol. After taking a few sips, I began to feel kind of strange. My eyesight glazed over, and the sounds in the room were oddly muffled. Then everything blurred. I was paralyzed. The next thing I remember was being taken from a van while blindfolded. When this was finally removed, I found myself in some bizarre octagonal room that was illuminated by lots of blazing green candles. Several people draped in black robes and wearing masks that looked like the "Opiate Priest" were standing around me. One of them was holding the lenticular keychain, and pointing to the crack in it. He told me that it was a definite sign, and that they (Tool) had been waiting for it to appear for quite a long time. It turned out that the crack was in the form of what is now known as the "ToolArmy Star." Evidently, of all "shoddy humanity", I was the "Chosen One." The person holding the broken lenticular keychain proclaimed that it was my destiny to be "Merch." He then handed me a goblet that contained a liquid that tasted like purple Gatorade and Pine-Sol. After taking a drink, this masked person told me that I would have no memory of the secret ceremony that followed as I swore the Tool Merch Oath... JUST KIDDING. Actually, I saw a want ad either listed in the back of an L.A. Weekly, or pinned to the cork bulletin board in the laundry room of my apartment. It was for the Tool merch position. So, I called the phone number and was told to come in for an interview. When I arrived, they asked my to fold a tee shirt, reload a tape gun, and place a sticker into an envelope. After doing so without any problem, the person said, "You are so f**king hired!" He then added, "Wait until you hear about the holiday lunch."

BMB: Since you've been working for Tool, what has been the best selling store item? What was the fastest item to sell out? Also, do you happen to know what is the all-time best selling item of Tool merch?

MERCH: Technically, I think the all time best selling items are the Tool Army memberships, but the best selling item in the shortest amount of time is the Opiate 21st Anniversary Edition re-release.

BMB: Do you have your own personal favorite Tool tee shirt design?

MERCH: There have been so many good ones over the years, but I think my favorite one is my favorite out of nostalgia. My very first Tool shirt was given to me by Adam in 1997 on the Lollapalooza tour. It was the "contortionist" design, and I wore it almost everyday that following year.

BMB: I know that there is a Tool 'repository' that contains all kinds of stuff, including video props, discarded gold and platinum record awards, merch proto-types, etc. If an avid collector of Tool memorabilia were to have his or her choice of one particular item there, what do you think it would be?

MERCH: There are lots of really cool things there, but with the "Opiate Priest" statue now elsewhere, I would have to go with the thing that has the hidden track called "Problem 8."

BMB: I understand that you are currently working with some high-tech company to create what you call a "video tee shirt." As I understand it, this contains integrated sensors, computer circuitry, and something akin to piezoplastic that when activated (by touch?) enables the shirt to play a video. How is this coming along, and once perfected and produced, will the video be something completely new, or a previously existing Tool video, or both?

MERCH: Well, as of right now, I have to keep the details of such developments close to my chest. I will say that we are working on things never before seen, and concepts that take the live show experience to another level.

BMB: What is the lamest prototype of a Tool merch item that WASN'T green lighted by the band that you've ever seen?

MERCH: Maybe, the holiday chocolate TOOL WRENCH candy bar. No, it was those cans of alphabet soup that only had three letters: a "T", an "O", and "L." That was pretty damn lame, I thought.

BMB: If you had the go-ahead to re-produce any vintage Tool tee shirt, which one would it be?

MERCH: 'Novus Opiate Seclorum.'

BMB: I know that many years ago both Maynard and Justin created a limited edition art print that was for sale in the ToolArmy Shopping Bazaar. Are there still any plans for Adam and Danny to individually come up with something, thus completing the set?

MERCH: I text from time to time about them doing this, but I still haven't gotten a response.

BMB: Did you ever consider driving them both out into the desert some really hot afternoon, forcing them to strip naked at with a poison blowgun, and then tying them up with rope spread eagle next to a large fire-ant hill?

MERCH: Well, of course, and drenching their bodies with maple syrup and rainbow colored sprinkles, but I'd still rather keep trying with texts first.

BMB: When it comes to Tool merch orders, what country or countries have the most credit card fraud, and what have you done to combat this problem?

MERCH: Unfortunately, fraud comes from many places, but the most probably comes from either the micro nation of Sealand or Vatican City. Actually, I think it is Djibouti. "Djibouti likes the booty", I always say.

BMB: Is Adam or any of the other band members still as hands on when it comes to the merch art designs, or after all these years, are they not as closely involved with the artwork, letting others such as management, the merch company, or yourself sometimes decide what gets produced?

MERCH: Still very much involved. I think one of the reasons the cycles of new designs takes a long time, is that they are so hands on. There have been variations of current art created by the merchandiser, but that is really just taking art and manipulating it so it works for merch.

BMB: I know that the band still gets lots of snail mail sent to the business management address, and that part of your job is to screen some of this mail. What is the strangest thing that someone has sent a band member? Also, what is the angriest email that you've personally received from a disgruntled customer?

MERCH: I have come across a wide variety of strange things sent to the band from fans. Ranging from sweet and heartfelt words to bizarre collectibles to death threats. One time I came into my office with three different animals preserved in jars of formaldehyde sitting on my desk, and the weirdest part about that is to this day, I don't have any idea how they got there. The box of toenails and pubes was a fun package. I have started a collage of interesting mail surrounding a painting of Jesus with an aura of gold and glitter that was also sent in through the mail.

BMB: Has anyone ever sent a robot's pizza?

MERCH: Do you mean a 16" circle of sheet metal that is covered with an iridescent film of oil that has assorted nuts and bolts spread out on top? If so, yes, we have gotten a few of those over the years. I thought it was an abstract art project, but a robot's pizza now makes a lot more sense.

BMB: I've seen the test pressing for the vinyl for 10,000 Days. Are there still plans to manufacture and sell these, or is that something else that is on the back burner?

MERCH: Oh, that's out already. There was just a mistake with the order. As always, the band wanted to make it a limited run. What happened is when the order was placed, instead of doing 100,000 copies, they only did 1,000 copies. Most of them were soaked up by the extreme collectors and it has generally come and gone under the radar.

BMB: What changes would you like to see with regards to the Tool merch department if you didn't have to answer to anyone, and, more realistically, perhaps, what kind of things do you envision in the near future with regards to Tool merch?

MERCH: A new website would be nice. Or, a teleportation device. Quantum teleportation. Either that or a new website. Which ever comes first?

BMB: If it were totally up to you, what unique Tool gift item would you give to the crewmembers after the band's next tour?

MERCH: I think the pleasure of working for Tool is enough of a gift. You mean they also get to be lavished with barbecue accessories, pajamas, snuggles, and specialty shirts that say "CREW" on them? I mean, come on, it's not like they're curing alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

BMB: Have you ever found a box of old Tool merch that had been misplaced that contained desirable products that haven't been in the store for many years?

MERCH: I have several of these boxes in the museum. I have kept at least one of every piece of merch since I started. There are many. Even so, I am not the Phantom of the Tool Museum. I don't know who roams around there at night, making noises while hunting through stuff. Rats or demons, maybe?

BMB: I know that the Merch Department and the band's Business Managers get together during the x-mas holidays for lunch at a high-end restaurant. So far, what was your favorite place, and how much damage was done with regards to the bill?

MERCH: We usually go pretty damn big for these lunches. They let us order whatever we want at the restaurant. It's pretty nice. I think my favorite was this past one. Mostly because I set a new personal best of two whole "Shakey's" pepperoni pizzas. Large ones and not the "Bunch of Lunch", I might add. Washed it down with root beer-flavored fizzies they gave us that tasted pretty similar to A&W. In the wise words of my father, "If that ain't livin', kick me the f*#k out." I'm really hoping that we can finally go to the Sizzler this year, but if it turns out to be "Little Caesars" then watch out! I might just go for three larges!

BMB: Why hasn't anyone discovered the Tool hidden track entitled "Problem 8", and posted it all over the internet? Similarly, do you think anyone will ever figure out the secret placed in the insert containing the spoof catalog in Tool's import of "Aenima?"

MERCH: I don't think we're supposed to talk about that. Would you care for a cool glass of purple Gatorade?

BMB: What was the largest order of Tool merch that you've ever received from an individual?

MERCH: It was recently, for the Opiate 21st anniversary release. Some Ladonian bought five copies of each version.

BMB: What does your Friday lunch ritual at "Islands" consist of?

MERCH: Shorebird on white, no tomatoes, side of avocado, with cheddar fries and ranch dressing. All washed down with a surprisingly good Mai-Tai or two.

BMB: What is the biggest mistake that people make when ordering Tool merch?

MERCH: Not ordering enough shirts with the fish design. Also, an emoticon with a smiley face in the order column goes a long way.

BMB: Is some of your merch friendly to the environment?

MERCH: Well, we have shirts and hoodies that don't threaten the endangered Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and Chinese Giant Salamander. And I doubt that anyone will ever find a Samoan little dodo bird choking on one of our stickers in some Pacific garbage patch...

BMB: Thank you, and that purple Gatorade is pretty good... even though it has slight taste of Pine-Sol...

Before closing, there is one other thing that I recall, which relates to the merch department. Many years ago, while attending dozens of meetings about the band creating a new website, a couple of us came up with this idea for dealing with those Toolarmy members who repeatedly abused the system. The idea went something like this: Rather than deleting the accounts those with really negative karma from the site, instead, they would be dealt with by other Toolarmy members who had especially positive karma. By a majority vote, the constant offenders would be sent to the lowest level on the site - a kind of hellish cyber region subject to all kinds of computer glitches, with endless loops of Bieber singing Robin Thicke songs, dissertations of lima bean harvesting in the Finnish language, and perhaps (cruelest of all), pop-up of images of Xians stuffing their pious faces with Sunday pies at Marie Callenders. Or maybe... just maybe... the lower level would simply be normal working pages from the old (i.e. current) Tool website. Anyway, you get the idea.

While confined to this lowest of levels - complete with a new avatar that reflected one's fall from grace - the person would have (very) limited access to the site's normal features, as well as limited communication with other members via messages boards, etc. This isolation would last until the offender was deemed worthy of being released as voted by other high-standing members. But the really funny thing was that while stuck in the lower level, the person could still make purchases from the web store. However, they would have to pay a little extra for any items. We called this an "asshole tax." Now, obviously, none of this ever came to realization...but who knows what the future holds as "Merch" contemplates things while enjoying a "Shorebird" on white, with no tomatoes, some avocado, cheddar fries with ranch dressing and two (count 'em) Mai-Tais.

SELECT MERCH FROM THE TOOL MUSEUM

To go along with his interview in the newsletter, "Merch" will be adding a very limited number of some rare, discontinued items in the Tool stores. This will include vintage shirts such as "Pillhead" and "Holy Reality" to name a couple. Also there will be a few Salival box sets, signed Lateralus vinyl, old tour posters, autographed drumheads, and anything else that he might dig up in the storehouse. So be sure to check back from time to time to see what he has added. And don't forget to include an emoticon of a smiley face...

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

29 April, 2014 (09:16am)
CROWLEY GLASS SETS WITH BEASTLY DRINK RECIPES

ONLY 3 GLASS SETS LEFT... and NO MORE WILL BE MADE.

VIEW



BMB

27 April, 2014 (09:37am)
SOME SKETCHY DUDES AT THE GOLDEN GODS AWARDS

I couldn't find any video clips or photos, so here's an artist rendering of JUSTIN and DANNY at Club Nokia for the Revolver Golden Gods. Although they are usually the ones receiving awards, it would appear that they also enjoy presenting them to others.


BMB

26 April, 2014 (03:27pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Drummer JOEL TAYLOR and keyboardist HANS ZERMUEHLEN join JZ and boys for this week's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (APRIL 28) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604, which happens to be near the IN-OUT-BURGER, although you might prefer a marinated steak with pizzola potato to go with those drinks. Another Monday night with great local musicians. ALL AGES WELCOME!

BMB

23 April, 2014 (09:37am)
SHENANIGANS?

I'm fairly certain that I know who one of the unannounced award presenters will be for the Revolver Golden Gods hard-rock and heavy-metal awards show tonight at Club Nokia. At least he didn't have to pay $666.00 for a ticket.

BMB

22 April, 2014 (10:14am)
TRIBUTE TO MJK VOCAL PERFORMANCES ON WWW.LOUDWIRE.COM

In case you missed Monica's post on the Tool FaceBook page, here's the link to the www.loudwire.com tribute to their favorite MAYNARD performances:

VIEW



BMB

22 April, 2014 (09:59am)
STUMPFEST 2014 IN PORTLAND, OREGON



BMB

20 April, 2014 (11:29am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUNIOR!

Birthday greetings today to Tool's esteemed lightning director, MARK 'JUNIOR' JACOBSON. Next time I see you, I'll buy you a beer and give you a pomegranate Tootsie Pop that a giant bunny rabbit left in my apartment last night.

JUNIOR on a glorious afternoon at the pub with BMB, DANNY, and Misery's own, RICH. Photo by LaraLee.



BMB

20 April, 2014 (11:13am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

If you missed Volto! last night at the Mint, John's still got some screamin' riffs in him for THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (APRIL 21) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Special guest musicians include STEVE STEPHENS on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vocals. Easy two drink minimum, and ALL AGES are welcome to the 'tator.' Bring your own guitar and park in back if you want.

BMB

20 April, 2014 (10:52am)
ONCE AGAIN, HAPPY EA's STAR!

Well, no goldfish crawling across the carpet left any Lincoln Logs in my sock drawer, but I DID find this in my office this morning. Proof enough for me! Pomegranate Tootsie Pops, though! I wish some of these companies would quit having meetings.

Photo by LaraLee



BMB

18 April, 2014 (05:43pm)
ADAM SCOTT MILLER SALE ON ART UNTIL 4/20

Visionary artist ADAM SCOTT MILLER "OSTARA" (4/20) SALE.

LINK: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203829061425965&set=a.1380926162186. 2055789.1202908703&type=1&theater

One day left to purchase the most extensive collection of ADAM SCOTT MILLER'S artwork at such a low cost. Message him TODAY with your budget, and he will put together a great package for you with the current stock of stretched canvases.


BMB

17 April, 2014 (09:59am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAYNARD!

Birthday greetings today to MAYNARD, and being that it's a milestone, I'm sure many celebrations have been planned, including the CINQUANTA shows at the Greek in MAY with A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER and FAILURE. In the meantime, CHEERS! from all of us on your special 50th.

BMB

16 April, 2014 (12:20pm)
STILL CAN'T REMEMBER WHOSE SPECIAL BIRTHDAY I NEED TO POST...

After being up all night racking my brain trying to remember whose special birthday is coming up, here it is April 16th and I still can't recall the anniversary of the nativity of whoever it is... In doing some checking, I did come across MATT SMITH (Hellboy from the Fourtheye site), whose birthday is rapidly approaching, but I can't help but think that the person I'm missing is someone closer to home. For a minute there, it dawned on me that the Pope's birthday is April 16, but that was ex-Pope Benedict XVI who, having resigned, is now just another catholic man who was once a conscripted member of the Hitler Youth (Happy Birthday anyway, JOE!). Well, shit, let me down a few Razadynes and/or some Rozerem before there's nothing left of the ganache and 50-year-old tawny port...

BMB

15 April, 2014 (11:15am)
LOTS OF TOOL FAMILY BIRTHDAYS IN APRIL, BUT I'M HAVING TROUBLE REMEMBERING ONE...

There are lots of birthdays to celebrate with members of Tool family in April, but there's one of particular significance that I can't remember... We've already blown out the candles for Tool manager PETE, and CAMELLA, and 'BRECK' HAGGERTY (stage projections), and the band's business manager, DEBBIE ALAGAO, celebrates hers today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEBBIE!), with MACKIE OSBORNE, MARK "JUNIOR" JACOBSON (lighting director) and RAMIRO RODRIQUEZ still to come... but I know I'm missing someone, and I'm thinking that it's a big one this year... Can someone please help me out with my memory lapse (with an email) so that I don't miss it. Like I said, I'm fairly certain that it is a birthday of particular significance when it comes to the Tool family. Let me think... No... Damn, I almost had it... Who is it!.. Now this is really bothering me...

BMB

14 April, 2014 (12:25pm)
"STUMPFEST 2014" IN PORTLAND, OREGON

It's almost time for "STUMPFEST 2014", so here's some information:

First off, we've a link to an interview that RYNNE did with THE SLUDGELORD.

READ

AND... stumpfest link on FB ::

https://www.facebook.com/STUMPFEST777?fref=photo&ref=hl

ticket link for STUMPFEST::

TICKETS

ART DESIGN by GABRIEL SHAFFER/ANDREW BRANDOU.



BMB

12 April, 2014 (04:27pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ 9TH ANNIVERSARY

Come celebrate the 9th ANNIVERSARY of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MONDAY, APRIL 14) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. For this prodigious occasion, JOHN, CHRIS and JAMIE's special guest musicians include JOE TRAVERS on drums, RICO BELLED on keys, and BEN THOMAS from "Zappa Plays Zappa." And if that wasn't enough, GRILLMASTER MIKE will be blazing some Kingsford out back, with plenty of burgers on hand (as well as dogs for your nitrate fix). Bring an appropriate side dish and/or musical instrument to participate in the festivities. Suds, spuds, and hugs! Mark your calendar. It's the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ 9th ANNIVERSARY at the 'tator."

Photo and German potato salad by LaraLee; Chilidogs by BMB (with a little help from "Chili John's").



BMB

10 April, 2014 (03:08pm)
TOOL TOUR POSTERS FOR SALE

MERCH has put up some TOOL TOUR POSTERS in the store.

LINK



BMB

10 April, 2014 (10:03am)
SCOTT KINSEY'S HARD ENSEMBLE TONIGHT

Some of the world's best fusion jazz musicians take the stage TONIGHT (THURSDAY, APRIL 10) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. I'm talking about SCOTT KINSEY'S HARD ENSEMBLE, with STEVE TAVAGLIONE, JIMMY EARL and CYRIL ATEF. $15.00

BMB

09 April, 2014 (02:34pm)
AND THE WINNER IS...

In the unlikely event that you missed it on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE, the winner of the www.loudwire.com 2014 March Metal Madness tournament goes to Uconn. Correction, make that "LATERALUS", which voters selected as "the greatest metal album thus far released in the 21st century." As you can see, the band members celebrated their victory with a raucous barbecue back in 2006 e.v., thanks to the purchase of "Almuchefi" at a North Hollywood yard sale.

MORE



BMB

06 April, 2014 (01:29pm)
A WHOLE LOTTA DANNY

Fans of DANNY and great fusion jazz will be happy to know that Tool's drummer will be performing TONIGHT (APRIL 6) with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. The band also features DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL and VOLTO!'s JOHN ZIEGLER.

DANNY will also be the special guest drummer for tomorrow's (APRIL 7) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the same 'tator.' Joining Danny, John, Jamie and Chris will be VOLTO! keyboardist MATT ROHDE. Local musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and ask about joining in during... yes.... the almost anything goes 2nd set.

And if you can't make either of these shows, VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON and MATT ROHDE on keys) return to THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, APRIL 19. Get there early for the opening band, including "GRYPHON LABS."

www.themintla.com


BMB

04 April, 2014 (10:18am)
CROWLEY COLLECTION AT THE MERCH COLLECTIVE

While paying MERCH a visit yesterday, I noticed that there are still a FEW sets left.

VIEW



BMB

04 April, 2014 (10:12am)
"LATERALUS" IN MARCH METAL MADNESS FINALS

A reminder that the POLLS CLOSE on SUNDAY, APRIL 6 at 11:59 PM ET. VOTE ONCE PER HOUR for your favorite.

VOTE



BMB

01 April, 2014 (11:12am)
VOLTO! ONE DAY SALE ON ALL MERCH

TODAY ONLY get 20% off on all VOLTO! MERCH by using the SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE: APRILFOOL. NO JOKE!

USE THIS LINK: http://smarturl.it/voltoaprilfools


BMB

31 March, 2014 (10:13pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2014 E.V.

With the latest mini-tour now a thing of the past, members of the band will continue working on material for their next record after taking a short break in order to unpack and sort through their mail. I say "continue" because - contrary to those who thought that the tour would only further delay the writing process -with all four band members together during sound checks, catering, etc., I'm fairly certain that they spent a considerable portion of that time experimenting with new tunes. In which case, the tour might have actually sped things up a bit. But then again, this snifter of cognac is half full...

Besides writing and arranging new songs, there is one other Tool project that was in the works prior to the tour that I will update you on should I hear anything (Yep, the so-called "curve ball.") Likewise with another item of interest to both Tool fans and drummers in general that I will post in the news section once I receive more details.

As far as I know, there is nothing else to report at this time except that DANNY will be performing with VOLTO! at THE MINT here in L.A. on SATURDAY, APRIL 19th. Prior to that he will be playing his gig with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, APRIL 6.

Now that you are all 'caught up' and your head is spinning from certain revelations, here are some of my notes from the tour, including a number of shows that I didn't go to:

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

Didn't go to Spokane, mainly due to the menacing presence of Hobo spiders in the Pacific Northwest. As I've mentioned on numerous occasions, these aggressive things with their ever so tiny harmonicas have been riding the rails south (and east) since at least the 1980s, though there have still not yet been any verified sightings of them in northern California, where we have plenty of sticky traps placed along the border.

PORTLAND, OREGON

Although I've got nothing against schpaghetti and meatballs on my Schmizza, or Fruit Loops on a doughnut, or doughnuts on my Schmeezy bread for that matter, this arachnophobe knows all too well that Tegenaria agrestis (not a local metal band) is firmly entrenched in Portlandia. So, no Tool show there either.

EUGENE, OREGON

Nope. I don't mind drum-tumblers on electric Kool-Aid, but I sure as heck wouldn't want to blunder into the web of any of the weaving monstrosities there, despite any hippy-types with Captain Crunch on their stale doughnuts downplaying their venomous bites.

RENO, NEVADA

Without any personal security guard to keep away any dudes with plastic army soldiers stuffed in their pockets, I sent my BMB decoy-double to check out the show in Reno. This seemed apropos as I believe it was way back when at a Tool show in the Biggest Little City in the World that the band's shiny brand new decoy buses and carefully selected look-alikes were first discovered by a fan who managed to elude security and make it to the backstage area, asking Danny and Justin if they'd seen any band members while warning about decoys. However, as of writing this, I haven't heard from him (my decoy-double, that is), and I am beginning to suspect the worse. Then again, the cognac snifter remains half empty...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

It should go without saying that I attended the San Francisco show. Here are some notes: Best hotel with psychedelic furnishings (Alice in Wonderland meets the Jetsons cartoon décor)? The Best Western Plus Americana on Mission and 7th. Best place to get a burrito? La Taqueria on Mission and 25th. Best place to see a homeless person lying in a puddle of urine with a laptop computer on their sleeping bag? On Mission Street walking to get a burrito. Best place to view a termite's anatomy whist on 'shrooms? The Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception at Pier 15/17. Best place to watch the five-alarm Mission Bay fire while sipping a $7.00 Budweiser? The View Lounge atop the Marriott Marquis. Best place to meet up with Danny and Adam to have some cocktails on the night before the first Tool show in S.F.? The Lounge in the Ritz Carlton on Nob Hill. Best place to puff on a thin cigar? Maybe at the charred remains of the apartment building under construction in Mission Bay, but probably NOWHERE in S.F., where even the homeless lying in their puddles of urine complained about the smoke. Best place to watch the Tool show? Standing by Junior at the Front of House... until some members of Metallica (?) came and stood right in front of me. Best place to get some sleep right after the first Tool show in S.F after having earlier walked from Mission and 7th to Mission and 25th to eat a burrito at 57 years of age? The comfortable bed at the Best Western Plus Americana (though there is a separate tax for comfort in S.F. and the nearby street people make noises like beshroomed mating hyenas until the wee hours).

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (?)

For the Fresno show I went in disguise without telling ANYONE that I would be there. While watching the band amongst the crowd in a vintage "RaisinEaters" jersey, many Tool fans asked me why I had a picture of the "Bob's Big Boy" guy catching raisins with a baseball glove on my tee-shirt? Enough said...

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Went to a paperback book fair in Glendale instead. Good choice, too (even though I didn't find anything), because I probably would have got caught by security trying to record the elite meet and greet (and then tweet) after some other guy days before posted his recording on-line that resulted in beefed up security and spoilers for others!

LAS VEGAS, THE CENTER OF CIVILIZATION

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas... other than STDs that itch of course. (Ba-da-Bing on a Mandala pad!)

SOMEWHERE IN MEXICO

Didn't renew my passport, so no Mexico festival.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Nope. Though I'm sure I would have loved having Stubb's barbeque rub on my cronuts, not to mention a motorized armadillo taking me right to the venue! But what about all the bats!

HOUSTON, TEXAS

LaraLee moved here five years ago... so no more Houston shows or half-price books (unless the ground keeps shaking).

PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Great show with but a few clams and no giant Arizona crab spiders biting my feet. Also nice to see some old friends afterwards, and drink a few free beers from the rider. Thanks!

Well, the cognac snifter is now empty, and there hasn't been an aftershock in the past few minutes...

HAPPY TRAILS

Photo by BMB



BMB

31 March, 2014 (12:39pm)
TOOL'S LATERALUS VS SLIPKNOT'S IOWA

It's come down to TOOL's "LATERALUS" vs SLIPKNOT'S "IOWA" in the FINAL ROUND of the www.loudwire.com MARCH METAL MADNESS contest. The polls CLOSE on SUNDAY, APRIL 6 at 11:59 PM ET, and fans can VOTE ONCE PER HOUR. So...

VOTE



BMB

31 March, 2014 (11:11am)
WOLF PACK

JUNIOR with the WOLF BROTHERS at the Tool Phoenix show. Honored guests Major League umpire JIM WOLF and Major League pitcher RANDY WOLF. Now, I know what you're thinking... Although it probably shouldn't happen, JIM did umpire (at third base) in at least one MLB game that his brother pitched in. And of course he was fair.


BMB

30 March, 2014 (10:42am)
DANNY IN THE CADUCEUS CELLARS TASTING ROOM

DANNY AND RYNNE and FAMILY give thanks to MAYNARD, JEN and TONY for unparalleled hospitality at the CADUCEUS CELLARS and MERKIN VINEYARDS TASTING ROOM in JEROME, AZ. No doubt a nice way to end a tour, especially if the last show happens to be in Phoenix.


BMB

30 March, 2014 (10:29am)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT (WITH GRYPHON LABS)

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, LANCE MORRISON and JOHN ZIEGLER) return to THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, APRIL 19 (coincidentally,International Record Store Day). Opening up things (not coincidentally) will be GRYPHON LABS.

CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE VOLTO! NEWS...



BMB

30 March, 2014 (10:22am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests musicians for the MARCH 31 jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include TODD WOLF on drums and BILLY STEINWAY on keys. Bring an instrument and maybe even an umbrella and ask JOHN Z about putting it in a corner during the 2nd set. More Monday Night Jammmz news coming soon, so check back when you get a chance.

BMB

24 March, 2014 (01:04pm)
LOUDWIRE'S MARCH METAL MADNESS SEMIFINALS

It's TOOL'S "LATERALUS" VS SYSTEM'S "TOXICITY" in the SEMIFINALS. VOTE for your favorite ONCE PER HOUR with the POLLS CLOSING on SUNDAY, MARCH 30 at 11:59 PM ET.

VOTE



BMB

22 March, 2014 (06:46pm)
COCKTAILS, SPUDS* AND MORE COCKTAILS

Lest not we forget the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the galactic famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Special guests for the MARCH 24 festivities include TONY MOORE on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vocals. Having practiced your scales and chops and whatnot, ask JOHN "VOLTO" ZIEGLER about stepping into the limelight during the almost anything goes second set.

*Please eat enormous stuffed potatoes responsibly!


BMB

21 March, 2014 (10:32am)
CHET ZAR & 2ND "I LIKE TO PAINT MONSTERS" KICKSTARTER PROJECT

DONATE

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2072179983/i-like-to-paint-monsters-post-production-and-film


BMB

20 March, 2014 (11:04am)
TOOL PERFORMING IN LAS VEGAS

Photo by Rynne Stump


BMB

20 March, 2014 (11:00am)
TOOL LIVE

Photo by Rynne Stump


BMB

20 March, 2014 (10:59am)
JUSTIN WITH TOOL IN RENO

Photo by Rynne Stump


BMB

20 March, 2014 (10:55am)
RYNNE PHOTO OF TOOL SHOW

Photo by Rynne Stump


BMB

20 March, 2014 (10:53am)
TOOL LIVE

Photo by Rynne Stump


BMB

20 March, 2014 (10:41am)
SCOTT KINSEY'S HARD ENSEMBLE TONIGHT AT THE 'TATOR'

Jazz keyboardist SCOTT KINSEY will be performing tonight (THURSDAY, MARCH 20th) at the world famous BAKED POTATO club in STUDIO CITY. Joining Scott will be STEVE TAVAGLIONE, JIMMY EARL, GARY NOVAK, and special guest ARTO TUNCBOYACIAN. A nice way to spend the Spring Equinox.

BMB

18 March, 2014 (04:13pm)
DANNY IN CONFETTI

Confetti falls on Danny as captured by Aaron Harris.


BMB

18 March, 2014 (03:38pm)
LOUDWIRE'S MARCH METAL MADNESS QUARTERFINALS

Polls for the quarterfinals close on SUNDAY, MARCH 23 at 11:59 PM ET.

VOTE



BMB

15 March, 2014 (10:16pm)
RUSCH WATCHING THIS ONE FROM THE BULLPEN

Former lefty hurler and good friend GLENDON RUSCH gets a different perspective on Danny's drumming at tonight's sound check. If memory serves me correctly, Glendon once had a perfecto through 6 against the damn birds.

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

14 March, 2014 (06:19pm)
ARTIST KORIN FAUGHT IN POP-EYECONIC GROUP SHOW

ADAM's talented wife, KORIN FAUGHT, will be among those very gifted artists displaying their work in the POP-EYECONIC GROUP SHOW at the COREY HELFORD GALLERY in CULVER CITY. The OPENING RECEPTION is SATURDAY, MARCH 15, and the address is 8522 W. WASHINGTON BLVD., CULVER CITY, CA. 90232. Be sure to check it out!

DETAILS



BMB

14 March, 2014 (10:55am)
LOUDWIRE MARCH METAL MADNESS ROUND TWO

Polls for this round close on SUNDAY, MARCH 16 at 11:59 pm et.

VOTE



BMB

10 March, 2014 (09:33am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER

Birthday cheers today to artist and friend Heather McMillen.

www.heathermcmillen.com


BMB

09 March, 2014 (03:30pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include LOUIE PALMER on drums, PETE GRIFFIN on bass, LEE WERTMAN on guitar, DOUG WEBB on sax, and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. Sounds like a great line up for the first set! If you're planning on being there, and you play an instrument, don't hesitate about asking JOHN ZIEGLER about joining in during the 2nd one. ALL AGES SHOW.

BMB

09 March, 2014 (12:43pm)
SPECIAL THANKS TO YOB...

and their crew for three great nights of support.

Photo by Rynne Stump


BMB

09 March, 2014 (12:18pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC CHENOWITH

Birthday cheers today to our friend Eric Chenowith!

BMB

07 March, 2014 (11:03pm)
TOOL SHOWS UPDATE ABOUT... TIME

Alright everyone, listen up. I always knew that this would happen some day. Beginning with the Reno show, and until further notice, FAILURE will be on 7:45 - 8:30pm... and TOOL on from 9 - 11pm. Check back should this change again...

And now that you've read this, check out my post below concerning the APC and PUSCIFER CONCERT FILMS on AXS TV SATURDAY NIGHT.



BMB

07 March, 2014 (03:51pm)
APC AND PUSCIFER CONCERT FILMS AIRING ON SATURDAY, MARCH 8

A PERFECT CIRCLE's "STONE and ECHO" will be airing on Axs TV SATURDAY NIGHT (MARCH 8) at 11:30 PM eastern time...

followed by PUSCIFER'S "WHAT IS..." at 1:25 AM eastern time.

MORE


BMB

07 March, 2014 (03:38pm)
MATJAMES METSON SOLO ART SHOW

From the press release:

"ACCLAIMED ASSEMBLAGE ARTIST MATJAMES METSON READIES SECOND SOLO SHOW OF NEW WORK AT COAGULA CURATORIAL GALLERY, LOS ANGELES

Coagula Curatorial presents A Better Home for a Quiet Wolf , an exhibition of new work by acclaimed assemblage artist Matjames Metson. The gallery will hold an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, March 15 from 7-11pm at their location at 974 Chung King Road, in the historic Chinatown district of Downtown Los Angeles.

Matjames Metson, A Better Home For A Quiet Wolf, Mixed Media, 2014 After a successful solo show at Coagula Curatorial in August 2012, Metson delves deeper into his affinity for discarded mementos/bric-a-bracs and on a larger collective scale than ever before. His intricate, labor-intensive application of layers and textures masterfully breathes life back into once forgotten objects. Despite being dislocated from their original context, photographs, matches, love letters, newspaper clippings, and other forms of utilitarian and personal effects are seemingly fated tomeet/come together, like a beautiful family tree of strangers. Their architectural presence, inspired inpart by sacred geometry and barn hexes, provides a literal and emblematic framework for these time capsules of frozen Americana. The LA Times calls his work "intricate and ornate, filled with niches and doors and odd details, every surface worked over with care. It flirts with many of the traditional tropes of assemblage...it is the care that most distinguishes the work today: the sincerity, even tenderness, with which he treats hismaterials...(they) come with stories of their own, which he weaves into eloquent, finely wrought, 3-D compositions, no inch of which has gone bare or unconsidered."

His aesthetic inclinations for assemblage began during his youth in the half-desolate town of Charlottesville in Upstate New York, and later found his way into the lively city of New Orleans, and then migrated out west to Los Angeles after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which was a cornerstone event in Metson's life. With loss, Metson rebuilt. "While staying in the tradition of great assemblage artists like George Herms and Robert Rauschenberg, Metson has created something fresh, with survival as the key concept." (Joseph Lapin, LA WEEKLY)

A Better Home For A Quiet Wolf is the latest chapter of Metson's studio practice. Metson currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited extensively which include shows at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Coagula Curatorial, and the Miami Project Art Fair, and will be a part of a four-person group show at the UCLA's Fowler Museum later this year. A Better Home for a Quiet Wolf is Metson's second solo show at Coagula Curatorial and runs from March 15 thru April 12.

About Coagula Curatorial: Coagula Curatorial was launched in 2012 by Mat Gleason, founder/editor-in-chief of Coagula Art Journal, a publication which gained notoriety for its no-holds-barred critique of contemporary art andthe art world. To celebrate 20 years of publishing Coagula Art Journal, Gleason opened CoagulaCuratorial as a premier exhibition space of contemporary art. Located in the historic Chinatown districtof Downtown Los Angeles, Coagula Curatorial is the commercial gallery component of the Coagula empire, hosting a diverse group of exhibitions with an emphasis on emerging Los Angeles artists, as well as a regular program of established veterans. In a short two year tenure, the gallery has risen to prominence with solo shows by Karen Finley, Llyn Foulkes, Kim Dingle, Mark Dutcher, Tim Youd ,Gronk, Sheree Rose & Bob Flanagan, among others."

WHAT: Matjames Metson - A Better Home For A Quiet Wolf
WHERE: Coagula Curatorial ,br> 974 Chung King Road ,br. Los Angeles, CA 90012 ,br> WHEN: Opening Reception - Saturday March 15, 2014 from 7pm-11pm.
Show runs thru April 12 ,br> Regular Gallery Hours are WED - SAT, 12pm - 5pm & by appointment For more info, visit: www.coagulacuratorial.com



BMB

06 March, 2014 (11:02am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAT!

Birthday greetings today to former ToolBand writer/business manager KAT POPOVIC. Cheers, love, and... Cheers again from all your family and friends all over the globe! (Some who can be found on any given Tuesday evening at the pub).

KATBLOG


BMB

04 March, 2014 (08:33pm)
DANNY BACK STAGE WITH HIS SYNTH

Danny dialing in his custom built uber synth for tonight's show in Spokane. He will also be playing some drums.

No spoilers, but I had the privilege of seeing the first part of the show (instrumentals only) at the loft a couple of days ago, and I can say for certain that those in attendance are in for a real treat!

Check back for more photos as the tour evolves (and evolves is the key word).

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

03 March, 2014 (08:15pm)
MORE TICKETS FOR THE SPOKANE SHOW

I have just been informed that WITHIN THE HOUR a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of tickets for the SPOKANE TOOL SHOW will be made available.


BMB

03 March, 2014 (11:42am)
ELI MORGAN OF COSM PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK PROJECT

Visionary artist and friend ELI MORGAN of "THE CHAPEL OF SACRED MIRRORS" (COSM) has a new photography book project that he is involved with and which, though kickstarter, you can also help make it happen. Check out what you receive for your support.

LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1118548804/sequoia-emmanuelle-photography-book



BMB

03 March, 2014 (11:25am)
HEATHER McMILLEN FINE ART GICLEE PRINT

For all you Fleetwood Mac fans out there, artist HEATHER McMILLEN has a new FINE ART PRINT entitled "YOUNG STEVIE." This limited edition giclée print of 100 is SIGNED and NUMBERED by the artist, and is printed on archival watercolor paper. The viewable image is 6" x 8" and has a surrounding border of 1" to allow for easy framing in any 8" x 10" frame. Final paper size is 8" x 10". $35.00

LINK: https://www.etsy.com/listing/178523517/fine-art-giclee-limited-edition-print-on?ref=shop_home_active_1


BMB

02 March, 2014 (01:23pm)
YOB TO OPEN 3 TOOL SHOWS

The pride of Eugene, YOB, will be opening for Tool in Spokane, Portland and Eugene.

BMB

01 March, 2014 (11:24am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Joining John, Chris, Jamie and Doug for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MARCH 3) at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY will be JAVA BARRERA on skins, ED ROTH on keys, and MARCO RENTARIA on bass. Don't bring skins, but a guitar and umbrella perhaps and ask one of the guys about plugging in during the 2nd set. Or just have a couple of beers and listen and learn.

And don't forget that JOHN ZIEGLER will be performing with the WEBB ALLSTARS on SUNDAY, MARCH 2 at the 'tator.'


BMB

01 March, 2014 (09:54am)
FAILURE TO OPEN TOOL SHOWS

In case you missed it on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE, friends "FAILURE" will be opening up for the band from RENO through to PHOENIX.


BMB

01 March, 2014 (09:44am)
CHET ZAR DOCUMENTARY "I LIKE TO PAINT MONSTERS"

Donate to our friend CHET ZAR's "I LIKE TO PAINT MONSTERS" documentary KICKSTARTER PROJECT PART 2.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2072179983/i-like-to-paint-monsters-post-production-and-film



BMB

27 February, 2014 (10:46am)
ADAM SCOTT MILLER'S SHAMANIC JOURNEY

ADAM SCOTT MILLER VISUALS FOR "TELESMA" LOTUS CHAIN (PART 1 of 3)

https://www.facebook.com/visionASM


BMB

26 February, 2014 (10:32am)
BILL HICKS

It was 20 years ago that the greatest stand-up comedian left this earthly plane.


BMB

25 February, 2014 (10:36am)
"ROAD OF EXCESS" BY INTERSTATE 3

Check out the debut EP from INTERSTATE 3, featuring Angelo Palazzo, who many of you will remember as a member of "RAJAS" when they opened for Tool a while back.

www.interstatethree.com



BMB

24 February, 2014 (11:07am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AND WEBB ALLSTARS

Special guest musicians for TONIGHT'S MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (FEBRUARY 24) include the great JOEL TAYLOR on drums, BILLY STEINWAY on keys, and DOUG WEBB on sax. Bring an instrument... take on a stuffed spud... down a beer or two.... and ask about joining in during the second set.

But there's more!

On SUNDAY, MARCH 2, it's THE WEBB ALLSTARS, featuring DOUG WEBB, JOHN ZIEGLER (from Volto!), MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL, and ANDY SANESI filling in for Danny (who has other stuff to do that night).

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST
STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604


BMB

22 February, 2014 (06:54pm)
DANNY WITH VOLTO! TONIGHT AT THE MINT

It's been a while, but VOLTO! returns to the stage TONIGHT for the LATE SHOW (11:30) at THE MINT in L.A.


BMB

20 February, 2014 (09:47am)
ARTIST CHET ZAR IN SPRINGFIELD OREGON (FEB. 21-23)

Before Tool comes up to play Portland and Eugene, our friend and fantastic artist CHET ZAR will be at the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational in SPRINGFIELD, OREGON this FRIDAY though SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 21-23). Chet will be teaching a painting seminar on SATURDAY and will have a merch booth for all 3 days.

MORE


BMB

19 February, 2014 (10:02am)
DANNY SIGNED "WICKEDEST" BOOK AND SPECIAL TRUE FIRST OF "IJYNX" ON EBAY

For those who might be interested, there's a copy of my "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" on eBay. This is the VERY LIMITED EDITION large format softcover that has been out of print for quite a while - which is SIGNED BY DANNY (who wrote the book's foreword), and myself. For more details, check out the eBay listing:

WICKEDEST_BOOK

Also listed is a very special copy of "IJYNX." This copy is the TRUE FIRST EDITION that was strictly LIMITED to only 200 numbered and SIGNED copies (out of print now for OVER 10 YEARS). The book on eBay is number 3, and also contains TWO ADDITIONAL HAND-WRITTEN OCCULT PROSE-POEMS that were not included in the original issue. Both of these have been written on the blank end pages - one entitled "LACHRYMATORY", with the other being "SPECTROPHILA." More details with the listing.

IJYNX_BOOK



BMB

18 February, 2014 (12:27pm)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT

Another friendly reminder that DANNY and VOLTO! will be performing at THE MINT on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22. The band goes on at 11:30 PM, and tickets are $20.00.

THE MINT
6010 W. PICO BLVD.
LA, CA

www.themintla.com



BMB

17 February, 2014 (11:03am)
VIP PACKS WITH GREAT SEATS

VIP PACKS with GREAT SEATS are still available for many of the upcoming Tool shows.


BMB

16 February, 2014 (04:29pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AT THE 'TATOR'

Special guests for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (FEBRUARY 17) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY (current temp 78 in the shade) include JAKE HAYDEN on drums and STEPHANE DeREINE on keys. Think about bringing your own musical instrument so as to possibly join in on the fun during the 2nd set. You didn't take all those lessons for nothing! If JOHN forgets to mention the upcoming VOLTO! show at THE MINT (here, in Los Angeles), I will post a reminder in a day or so.

BMB

15 February, 2014 (11:57am)
ULTRAJECT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES TONIGHT



BMB

14 February, 2014 (02:02pm)
HAPPY FALCONRY VALENTINE'S DAY FROM JUSTIN & SHELEE

Check out that bird Justin's got, but pay no attention to that sunny blue sky... After all, it is the middle of February here in Southern California...

www.skyfalconry.com



BMB

14 February, 2014 (08:42am)
TICKETS FOR ADDED TOOL SHOWS ON-SALE TODAY

Tickets for the following TOOL shows will go on sale today (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14) at 10am LOCAL TIME, EXCEPT for HOUSTON, which will go on sale at 12 NOON LOCAL TIME.

- Friday, March 14: Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
- Saturday, March 15: Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
- Sunday, March 16: San Diego, CA @ Valley View Arena
- Monday, March 24: Austin, TX @ Cedar Park Center
- Tuesday, March 25: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
- Thursday, March 27: Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center


BMB

13 February, 2014 (09:35am)
TOOLBAND VIP PACKS ON SALE TODAY AT 3:00 PM PST

VIP PRE-SALE PACKS for the recently added TOOL SHOWS go on sale TODAY AT 3:00 PM PST (with the pre-sales for TOOLARMY MEMBERS going on-sale at 10:00 am).

CONTENTS:
- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show
- Entry for one (1) to the VIP area in the venue
- Access for one (1) to sound check with members of Tool
- Q+A session with Adam Jones

- Exclusive merchandise pack including:
1. An exclusive Tool tour t-shirt
2. Poster
3. VIP laminate
4. Bag of goodies

PURCHASE


BMB

11 February, 2014 (12:02pm)
CHANGE OF DATE FOR MEXICO CITY SHOW

Due to unexpected circumstances, Tool's show on March 18th at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City has been moved to the following day, March 19th. Tickets already purchased for the March 18th show will be valid for the new date on the 19th. Also, tickets for the new date are STILL AVAILABLE at www.ticketmaster.com/mx.


BMB

11 February, 2014 (03:55am)
ADDED TOOL SHOWS - TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY

The following list of TOOL SHOWS are now official:

- Friday, March 14: Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena

- Saturday, March 15: Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood

- Sunday, March 16: San Diego, CA @ Valley View Arena

- Monday, March 24: Austin, TX @ Cedar Park Center

- Tuesday, March 25: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

- Thursday, March 27: Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center

Tickets for the above shows will go on sale FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at 10am LOCAL TIME, EXCEPT for HOUSTON, which will go up at 12 NOON LOCAL TIME.

VIP PRE-SALES for the above shows will be available on
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
On TOOLARMY at 10am PST.

ON TOOLBAND at 3PM PST.

VIP PACK CONTENTS:

- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show
- Entry for one (1) to the VIP area in the venue
- Access for one (1) to sound check with members of Tool
- Q+A session with Adam Jones
- Exclusive merchandise pack including:

1. An exclusive Tool tour t-shirt
2. Poster
3. VIP laminate
4. Bag of goodies

Check back for MORE INFO tomorrow.



BMB

10 February, 2014 (11:41am)
A FEW TOOL VIP PACKS STILL AVAILABLE - THESE INCLUDE AMAZING SEATS

There are still a FEW VIP PACKS AVAILABLE for the Tool shows in RENO, EUGENE, SPOKANE and SAN FRANCISCO. These VIP PACKS all come with GREAT SEATS, meaning IN THE FIRST FEW ROWS.

VIP PACKS can be PURCHASED in the TOOLARMY SHOPPING BAZAAR (CLICK on "TA SPECIALTY") and in the TOOLBAND STORE by CLICKING on "VIP PACKAGES."

CONTENTS:
- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show
- Entry for one (1) to the VIP area in the venue
- Access for one (1) to sound check with members of Tool
- Q+A session with Adam Jones

- Exclusive merchandise pack including:
1. An exclusive Tool tour t-shirt
2. Poster
3. VIP laminate
4. Bag of goodies

DETAILS/PURCHASE



BMB

09 February, 2014 (11:58am)
VOLTO! LIVE AT THE MINT

They'rrrre back... VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing the LATE SHOW (11:30 PM) at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22. More info at www.themintla.com

TICKETS



BMB

09 February, 2014 (11:51am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AT THE 'TATOR'

Special guest musicians for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (FEBRUARY 10) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include ANDY SANESI on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys. Bring a guitar and ask JOHH, CHRIS or JAMIE about performing during the almost anything goes second set. Or just kick back and enjoy some of L.A.'s finest players. ALL AGES!

BMB

06 February, 2014 (02:24pm)
TOOL DONATE SIGNED POSTERS FOR CLIVE BARKER KICKSTARTER PROJECT

TOOL have donated some CUSTOM TOUR POSTERS (SIGNED BY ALL OF THE BAND MEMBERS) to help out with the KICKSTARTER PROJECT for CLIVE BARKER'S "IMAGINER" DELUXE HARDCOVER art book. ADAM is of course a big fan of Clive's work, and has added some nice flourishes and ORIGINAL DRAWINGS to the posters. The kickstarter campaign is now IN THE FINAL STRETCH, so here's your chance to contribute!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/337503446/clive-barker-imaginer-deluxe-hardcover-art-book/posts



BMB

06 February, 2014 (02:09pm)
AARON HARRIS VIDEO

Check out this VIDEO in which AARON HARRIS talks about mixing one of the tracks for his band "PALMS."

WATCH


BMB

06 February, 2014 (09:39am)
MERCURY RETROGRADE WARNING

Beginning today, Mercury goes retrograde for the rest of the month (Did you feel it a couple of days ago?). No major cause for alarm though, and besides there's not a whole lot we can do about it. However, one effect that it might have - is to spark all kinds of crazy rumors about a few additional Tool shows. Folks, don't believe ANYTHING until you hear it directly from the horse's mouth (I mean that figuratively, of course... well... kind of sort of... in this case), especially with Mercury going the wrong away in the planetary cosmos and whatnot. Also, don't try to have your car repaired! It's probably just the battery...

BMB

05 February, 2014 (09:44am)
ADAM SCOTT MILLER: TELESMA 'CHAIN' VIDEO

Chapter One of ADAM SCOTT MILLER's 'Lotus Chain' project: Chapter One "Chain", in Full-HD Blu-Ray quality:

https://vimeo.com/84632832

Screening on FEBRUARY 14 after his presentation "The Ecology of Energy" at Earth Frequency Festival:

www.earthfrequency.com.au


BMB

03 February, 2014 (08:17am)
CLIVE BARKER KICKSTARTER PROJECT

As one of ADAM'S favorite horror writers (he even owns a couple of paintings by the artist), TOOL will be donating a couple of SIGNED ITEMS to help out with CLIVE BARKER's KICKSTARTER PROJECT. Check back with us for more details. Your donation is appreciated!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/337503446/clive-barker-imaginer-deluxe-hardcover-art-book


BMB

03 February, 2014 (08:01am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ with special guest musicians TONIGHT (FEBRUARY 3) at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. JOHN and the others usually start around 9:30, and this is an ALL AGES SHOW. Bring your guitar and ask about joining in during the second set. Okay... bring the harmonica.

BMB

01 February, 2014 (09:20am)
DANNY WITH WEBB ALLSTARS ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

DANNY will be performing with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2. The 'stars' also include DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL, and JOHN ZIEGLER. Tickets are $20.00 and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604.

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30 January, 2014 (09:36am)
10 METAL VOCALISTS WHO CAN...

If you missed this on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE, here are 10 METAL VOCALISTS WHO
CAN...

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30 January, 2014 (09:20am)
AND THE WINNER IS...

DANNY CAREY! Who needs another Grammy award when he wins the first place trophy for his TROY KING T's KUSTOM 1968 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH at the Grand National Roadster Show!

Photo by Rynne Stump



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28 January, 2014 (02:28pm)
MORE INFO ABOUT VIP PACKS

Those of you who purchased VIP PACKAGES will be RECEIVING an EMAIL informing you of the time and place (at the venue) to pick them up.


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27 January, 2014 (09:33am)
DOWNLOADS FOR ALOKE DUTTA'S TABLA CDS

Downloadable versions of tabla master Aloke Dutta's two sold out CDs, "The Window" and "Scriptless Verse" are now available at www.alokedutta.com.


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24 January, 2014 (11:20am)
MORE VIP PACKAGES JUST ADDED TO THE TA WEBSITE

MERCH has just ADDED some more VIP PACKAGES for RENO, SPOKANE, and A SECOND SAN FRANCISCO SHOW (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12) to the TOOL ARMY SHOPPING BAZAAR. Next, at 3:00 PM a limited number will be made available for these same shows in the store of the TOOLBAND WEBSITE.

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23 January, 2014 (09:32pm)
DANNY TO PERFORM AT POST NAMM JAMMMZ

Word has it that DANNY will join keyboardist MATT ROHDE as the special guests for the post Winter NAMM MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (JANUARY 27) at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. With Danny, Matt, and JOHN ZIEGLER (along with JAMIE KIME, CHRIS ROY and DOUG WEBB) together on the same stage, convention visitors in attendance should expect to hear some VOLTO! tunes in the mix!

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23 January, 2014 (06:46pm)
PRE-SALES FOR VIP PACKAGES

See the Tool Newsletter below for information about tomorrow's PRE-SALES FOR VIP PACKAGES.

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23 January, 2014 (01:00pm)
MORE VIP PACKAGES JUST ADDED TO THE TOOLARMY STORE

Due to the high demand and quick sell out of VIP PACKAGES that were on sale in the TA shopping bazzar, we've added A FEW MORE for those who didn't get them earlier.

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23 January, 2014 (08:58am)
DANNY AT THE 2014 WINTER NAMM SHOW

DANNY will be at the 2014 WINTER NAMM SHOW in ANAHEIM, CA., representing both SONOR and PAISTE. He will be signing at the SONOR booth on SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 at 3:00 PM, and then at the PAISTE BOOTH (3270, Hall D) at 4:00 PM.

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21 January, 2014 (10:02am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2014 E.V.

This month's newsletter is a work in progress... so please keep checking back. As it concerns TOOL SHOWS and related info - such as VIP PACKAGES that will be offered with tickets - it will be UPDATED accordingly. Also please keep in mind that tour dates are always subject to change.

THE FOLLOWING TOOL SHOWS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED, WITH TICKETS GOING ON SALE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 (for Portland, Eugene and San Francisco) and on SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 for Spokane and Reno.

- Tuesday, March 4: Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
- Thursday, March 6: Portland, OR @ MODA CENTER
- Friday, March 7: Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
- Sunday, March 9: Reno, NV @ Reno Event Center
- Tuesday, March 11: San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic

Wednesday, March 12: San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic

UPDATE FOR JANUARY 21

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME ON-SALE DATES HAVE ALREADY CHANGED. As of now, Portland, Eugene and San Francisco will go on-sale on FRIDAY (24th).

Spokane and Reno on-sales will REMAIN on Saturday (25th).

We will do a very limited number of the VIP pack pre-sale for Portland, Eugene and San Francisco on Thursday (23rd). This will be on Toolarmy.com at 10:00am PST
and then on Toolband.com at 3:00pm PST.

Then we will do another small number of VIP pack pre-sales for Spokane and Reno on Friday (24th) at 10am PST on Toolarmy.com and 3pm PST on Toolband.com.

UPDATE #2 FOR JANUARY 21

WHAT THE VIP PACKAGES INCLUDE:

- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show
- Entry for one (1) to the VIP area in the venue
- Access for one (1) to sound check with members of Tool
- Q+A session with Adam Jones
- Exclusive merchandise pack including:

1. An exclusive Tool tour t-shirt
2. Poster
3. VIP laminate
4. Bag of goodies

NO PURCHASE LIMIT ON VIP PACKAGES

Disclaimer/restriction terms will be posted in the web stores along with purchase details.

UPDATE FOR JANUARY 22

VIP PRE-SALES: Thursday, January 23rd
10:00am PST - VIP packs with ticket on Toolarmy.com PER SHOW
3:00pm PST - VIP packs with ticket on Toolband.com PER SHOW

- Portland, OR @ Moda Center on Thursday, March 6th
- Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, March 7th
- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic on Tuesday, March 11th

Friday, January 24th

10:00am PST - VIP packs with ticket on Toolarmy.com PER SHOW
3:00pm PST - VIP packs with ticket on Toolband.com PER SHOW

- Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena on Tuesday, March 4th
- Reno, NV @ Reno Event Center on Sunday, March 9th

CONTENTS:

- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show
- Entry for one (1) to the VIP area in the venue
- Access for one (1) to sound check with members of Tool
- Q+A session with Adam Jones
- Exclusive merchandise pack including:
1. An exclusive Tool tour t-shirt
2. Poster
3. VIP laminate
4. Bag of goodies

NO PURCHASE LIMIT ON VIP PACKAGES

UPDATE FOR JANUARY 24

PLEASE NOTE THAT A SECOND SAN FRANCISCO SHOW HAS BEEN ADDED ON MARCH 12. VIP packages for this show, along with RENO and SPOKANE are NOW AVAILABLE (while they last in the TA SHOPPING BAZAAR. VIP PACKS for the same shows will be available in the TOOLARMY STORE beginning at 3:00 PM TODAY.

HAPPY TRAILS


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19 January, 2014 (11:50am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the JANUARY 20 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include JOE TRAVERS on drums and RICO BELLED on keys. Bring your guitar and ask JOHN about performing during the second set.

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17 January, 2014 (12:52pm)
SHAKE & BAKE DEJA VU

I was abruptly reminded of the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake (January 17, 1994) at 5:26 this morning when a minor quake centered about two miles west of Studio City once again rattled my bookcases. At the time of the Northridge 'shaker', I was VERY close to the epicenter and (hopefully) will never forget the destruction that it caused. I had planned on registering with the Writer's Guild a screenplay that I wrote about the mystery of Berenger Sauniere and Rennes-le-Chateau that very day (because of the January 17th date), but as the fates would have it, that didn't happen. With this morning's little wake up call, I need to keep reminding myself that it's currently sunny and 86 degrees here in the Valley. (Oh, in case you're wondering, the world famous Baked Potato wasn't damaged.) And being that it is January 17, there's something other than southern California earthquakes that I wanted to share with you...

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16 January, 2014 (09:06am)
ARTIST CHET ZAR AND CONJOINED IV THIS SATURDAY

Conjoined IV OPENS this SATURDAY (JANUARY 18) at COPRO GALLERY.

INFO

Andy Warhol sculpture by Kazu Tsuji



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16 January, 2014 (08:53am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SASHA!

Birthday greetings to SASHA POPOVIC from his family and friends.

CHEERS, MATE!


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15 January, 2014 (03:13pm)
TOP 10 ADAM JONES TOOL RIFFS

In case you missed this on the band's FACEBOOK PAGE, in honor of ADAM's birthday today, ARTIST DIRECT.COM is featuring the TOP 10 ADAM JONES TOOL RIFFS.

HEAR


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15 January, 2014 (08:25am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM!

Birthday greetings to ADAM, who probably has his hands full, but hopefully can find a moment to join us in raising a glass of the great green elixir. CHEERS!

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12 January, 2014 (10:28am)
EVENTS AT THE CHAPEL OF SACRED MIRRORS

More events with ALEX GREY and artist friends at www.cosm.org.


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12 January, 2014 (10:22am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians include STEVE STEPHENS on drums and BILLY STEINWAY on keys. All happens tomorrow (MONDAY, JANUARY 13) at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in sunny always-the-chance-of-a-quake-but-no-polar-vortex STUDIO CITY, California. JOHN, CHRIS, and JAMIE usually plug in around 9:30. Musicians are invited to bring an instrument and possibly join in during the 2nd set.

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12 January, 2014 (10:14am)
"THIRST"

Still a few available HERE.


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07 January, 2014 (09:10am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUSTMORD!

Birthday greetings to the legendary (Brian) LUSTMORD, who will no doubt be celebrating in grand style at some chthonic paradise. While raising a glass to my friend, I would like to also mention that you can get DOWNLOADABLE VERSIONS OF LUSTMORD ALBUMS, including the latest featuring MAYNARD, at http://lustmord.bandcamp.com

Photo by Tas Limur



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07 January, 2014 (08:40am)
"SENSORY STATION" PROJECT

Some of you might want to get involved with a new band featuring ATHAN ANAS (formerly of the San Diego based "HECTORS REVENGE") who recently recorded a track with AARON HARRIS at the helm. The band, "SENSORY STATION" is hoping to complete enough tracks for an EP (again, with Aaron at the controls), and if you would like to support the project, please visit the following link.
SUPPORT

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/790033289/sensory-stations-first-ep


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05 January, 2014 (05:43pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

As we like to report for all those talented musicians out there, special guests for the JANUARY 6 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include RON BRUNER Sr. on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vocals. You already know about John, Chris, and Jamie, so this promises to be yet another great show at the 'tator.' Need I remind local players to bring a guitar, or something that makes musical tones, and ask one of the band members about joining in during the 2nd set.

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05 January, 2014 (08:59am)
ALOKE DUTTA ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS

ALOKE DUTTA is currently accepting new students to study tabla and/or rhythm with a concept course that he teaches on a one-on-one basis in PERSON in Los Angeles, and via Skype worldwide. If you are serious about taking tabla lessons with one of the true masters, then please visit his WEBSITE for more info, and/or contact him at aloke@alokedutta.com.
www.alokedutta.com/tabla-lessons/

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05 January, 2014 (08:48am)
MAYNARD ON FILMS AND ACTING

In case you missed the post on the band's FaceBook page, MAYNARD shares some thoughts about movies and acting HERE.

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05 January, 2014 (08:41am)
DANNY TONIGHT WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

Here's a reminder that DANNY will be playing tonight (SUNDAY, JANUARY 5) with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Joining Dan will be DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL and JOHN ZIEGLER. Admission at the door is $20.00, and this is an ALL AGES SHOW. Great jazz with a few twists!

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04 January, 2014 (10:04am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYNNE!

Birthday greetings to RYNNE from Danny, friends, and the entire Stump clan. I'll bet her only wish is for a K.C. Chiefs victory today.

CHEERS!


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30 December, 2013 (08:36am)
PORTLAND GREYS



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27 December, 2013 (04:40pm)


Birthday greetings to my friend GREG TAYLOR of the wonderful Dailygrail website. Oddly enough, it's already December 28 in Australia. Check out that psychedelic cake!

CHEERS!

www.dailygrail.com


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26 December, 2013 (10:49am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, JANUARY 5. The other players include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass and VOLTO's JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar and effects. $20.00

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24 December, 2013 (11:22am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER, 2013 E.V.

First off in the festive holiday edition of the news, TOOL will not be canceling a concert at SeaWorld (wait for it...) because they never scheduled or considered performing there in first place. (Not so with R.E.O., though, who, due to the 'Blackfish' backlash, have canceled their gig. If you want to go see Kevin Croonan and company, they'll be at the "Soaring Eagle Casino Resort" in Michigan on January 17, 2014.) Though not yet confirmed (and thus not official), there is a good chance that Tool will be adding shows which include Harare, Zimbabwe, Mogadishu, Somalia, Camp 14, North Korea, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (formerly known as the Pacific Trash Vortex), Trona, California (or is it in Sac Town?), Oymyakon, Russia, Elizabeth Gilbert's birthday party, and a possible very 'secret' show at 702 SW 8th ST, Bentonville, Arkansas. No word yet about Dhaka, Bangladesh or Thule, Greenland, but keep your ugly toes crossed.

In other festive holiday news, with the recently added show in Mexico City, for this year's Tool business management X-Mass party, we decided not to go to Morton's or Delmonicos or even the TMZ-infested Golden Corral Buffet (as we've done in years past), but rather to the more modestly priced and less trendy "Boa" on the Sunset Strip. Eating lunch there, we were able to save the band money that will be used to purchase extra extension cords for the upcoming tour. We hope that our sacrifice for the cause will be appreciated come MARCH, but in the meantime no need to say "thanks" as my jumbo lump crab cake appetizer with Chimay, spaghetti and kobe meatballs with red wine, and dessert of oven-warm cookies and Remy Martin cognac severed in the vibrant decor wasn't too bad.

STOP THE PRESSES!

Holy jellied consommé, I just learned that the Satellite Management workers (Tool's managers and assistants) had their holiday party at THE MUSSO and FRANK GRILL in Hollywood. Knowing those people, they were probably having more of Musso's than Frank's if you know what I mean. And with those baby iceberg wedges and smoky porterhouses, so much for any extra money to purchase more extension cords. But how would you like to have been a fly on the wall... well, make that: how would you like to have had a listening device hidden inside a martini olive (it is Musso and Frank's, not the Perkins Pancake House in Branson, Misery) to find out if they were discussing any unconfirmed Tool shows in the far off future... Trust me, you would!

Moving right along, once again it's time to put the Christ back in Christmas, and I think I speak for Jesus when I say that there's no body better to do this than that fat jolly fellow on (recyclable) cans of Coca-Cola. So what's up with that Doctor Seuss-esque Biznatch on the television news? Listen up funny lady, or I'll have someone spread smegma butter on your Jacob's biscuits (that or get you free tickets to the rumored Tool Mogadishu show).

Kids, sure as SANTA is a perfect anagram for SATAN (Ho! Ho! Ho!), I thought by now that everyone (including rotting elephants) knew that the motif of the red-clad Santa Claus (and most Christmas symbolism) was based on the fly-agaric mushroom, genus Amanita muscaria, with its potent hallucinogenic properties.

WHY? Well, to paraphrase my DECEMBER 2000 e.v. TOOL NEWSLETTER, the Amanita muscaria mushroom, with its very distinctive RED CANOPY with WHITE FLECKS, was used by shamans in the forest belts of the northern latitudes (near the NORTH POLE), with the favorite method of ingesting the mushroom to be drinking the milk (or urine) of REINDEER that have browsed on the fungi. (As a side-effect of fly-agaric intoxication, the NOSE of the shaman would often turn CHERRY RED, which just might explain why Santa's favorite reindeer, RUDOLF's NOSE (KNOWS) was so BRIGHT (You could even say it glows).

But let's not stop there, kids. Amanita muscaria is a denizen of the conifer forest, and can usually be found both literally and in pagan brush strokes UNDER CONE-BEARING TREES (which it has a symbiotic relationship with). Yes, EVERGREEN TREES as are commonly used as CHRISTMAS TREES. And because the ancients were puzzled by how the fungus sprung from the earth without an apparent seed (virgin birth), its unique conception was believed to be the result of the dew or the spermal emission of God. (Holy Shit!, I think I speak for Jesus and Santa and his dark sidekick Krampus when I say that the former might have been the shimmering figurehead for an ancient mushroom cult). And this spermal emission, itself, was represented by the bright Morning and Evening 'star' - the planet Venus - which was passed down in tradition until eventually becoming the STAR or ANGEL that crowns one's CHRISTMAS TREE (with the SILVER TINSEL draped in festoons on the tree being symbolic of God's spermatozoa that falls from above).

Now, as we all know, Santa's favorite mode of entering is via the chimney, with its SOOTY FIREPLACE representing the underworld, or netherworld (i.e. collective unconscious) where the shaman who partook of the sacred mushroom RECEIVES THE GIFT of knowledge. No need here to consider Santa - whose element is fire - to have anything to do with the devil (Ho! Ho! Ho!). Let's leave that to the more fanatical Xians, who believe that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and that cartoon Smurfs are most certainly godless sinners that the pumpkin ale-drinking devil relishes.

Santa also has his little helpers, which are the ELVES (of drug-induced visions) often pictured and mentioned in literature sitting atop the flesh of the gods Amanita muscaria mushroom. So there you have it. Need I mention Satan's - I mean, Santa's jovial, cheerful nature? But as for the Gingerbread man (er, Gingerbread people), who are usually brown, I'm not sure what that has to do with hallucinogenic reindeer urine and the beshroomed shaman. Perhaps a certain lady news anchor has the answer, for certainly these Gingerbread people are living breathing creatures on this aqueous gem in the cosmos.

Now maybe this whole 'mushroom/origins of Santa' thing is all wrong. But it's the story that I was told as a child, along with millions of other children who grew up in the 60s.

DISCLAIMER:

Do NOT... I repeat... do NOT ingest the 'poisonous' Amanita muscaria mushroom unless you are a card-carrying shaman with a severely wizened face and a decorated ceremonial drum living with Rudolf in the wilderness solitude of the far northern reaches. Otherwise, you just might be issued a Toll (troll?) road violation ticket.

NOT A SNOWDEN'S CHANCE IN HELL

In other 'breaking news', the more conservative news station CNN recently reported about a "new" super secret U.S. stealth drone that is hidden away at Area 51. New? The damn thing is probably not much newer than Santa's chariot pulled by the white goats Cracker and Gnasher, and not the leap in technology that someone wants you think it is. But if it is, never mind that Captain NOLO (No Live Operator) doesn't like strawberry ice cream, let's hope that as a surveillance package this time it has Trojan Horse capability, and one hell of a self-destruct mechanism. As for the REAL leap in military spy technology that has been secretly developed at America's most famous secret base, my inside sources (not Snowman) have informed me that it is something called...

Remote Operational Data-mining Multilevel Artificial Network,
or R.O.D.M.A.N. for short.

STOCKING STUFFER EMAIL... SOME WITH LUMPS OF COAL

Q: "Not really expecting any, but any info on whether the Tool catalog will be released in high bit rate format (24/96) or something other than standard CD. Lateralus was released in HDCD -- not really high definition but a step in the right direction."

A: Whoa!, Easy there, Buck Rogers. Unplug that flying skateboard of yours and come down to earth for a minute. I don't know what technoid-thronged galaxy far, far away that you reside in, but "24/96 high bit rate format!" Just because the Toolband/ToolArmy WEBSITES contain many advanced features - such as discriminating chat rooms and message boards that automatically shutdown if the content or conversation is lame, and that the tour section intuitively knows when a particular concert is going to quickly sell out, therefore not bothering to even list the shows in the first place, and utilizes a special feature that instantly detects any and all aliases that might be used by troublemakers trying to join Toolarmy, doesn't mean that the band can conjure up some super amazing 25th-century audio scientist/mastering engineer for that kind of freakin' digital transfer chain! However, with that said, the records might be re-released on what are known as "compact discs", and I must say that the sound quality is rather impressive.

Q: "I saw Volto! in Buffalo a couple of months ago. Outside, I spoke with the sound guy for a bit about how I was a drummer and [about] different clubs and the]sound [quality] in smaller rooms... I believe his name was Rich. We started talking about the Baked Potato and he told me to stop in if I'm ever in LA. As it turns out I'm going to Cinquanta on May 10th. I'll be in town for a few days [and] I wanted to stop in and maybe jam a song on Friday, May 9th if possible. Who can i contact to maybe make that a reality? Any help you can give is appreciated."

A: RICH THE SOUND GUY, JOHN ZIEGLER, JAMIE KIME, CHRIS ROY, DANNY CAREY, BILLY STIENWAY, DOUG WEBB, ED ROTH, GLEN SOBEL, THE 'TATOR' COOK WHO PLAYS HARMONICA, THE BAKED POTATO MAYOR, (JUNIOR), THE PHANTOM OF THE 'TATOR', JOEL TAYLOR, HANS ZERMUEHLEN... or just about anyone who looks important. Don't ask me, though, as I am old and tired and confused.

Q: "I'm a 19 year old aspiring journalist attending Cape Breton University on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. I was wondering if Tool would be willing to do an interview with me. I would like to interview them for an article in the University student newspaper (The Caper Times)?"

A: New Scotland, eh... Well, as much as I'd like to help you, the thing is... all of the band members are kind of pissed off about anything having to do with Nova Scotia right now. That's because not long ago they purchased something called "The Money Pit" on Oak Island (in Mahone Bay), expecting it (naturally) to be a pit full of money. However, so far they haven't found ANY money in it, and if that wasn't bad enough, they have collectively spent most of their savings to purchase bigger and more expensive drilling equipment, still hoping to eventually find all the money. So far this hasn't happened, and now they are forced to play shows all over the place with really long extension cords and stuff.

Q: "Has there been any more word on when/if "10,000 Days" will be released on vinyl LP? There hasn't been any word on toolband.com about it since this little exchange back in November of 2010: Q: Will the band be releasing and official vinyl version of "10,000 Days" at all? And would they consider doing a re-issue of "Aenima" on vinyl for those of us who can't afford an original?" A: (2010) I don't know about Aenima, but I'm fairly certain that the10,000 Days vinyl will be released soon - this because I've recently seen some test-pressings at Danny's manse. "Any updates on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!"

A: In a 24/96 high bit rate format, I suppose! I could be wrong, but since writing that back in 2010, the band members probably figured they could make more money (to help purchase more drilling equipment, etc.) by listing a few test pressings on e-Bay, as opposed to manufacturing numerous copies for public consumption. Again, I could be wrong.

Q: "There are some big rumors around about more tour dates in Mexico, besides the Cumbre Tajin event. Do you have any information on this?"

A: Manuel, my friend, if only you could see the size of some of these new extension cords. Let's just leave it at that for now.

And then there was this observation:

"Hear me out... So, I imagine you've heard/seen a million different combinations or alterations of the Lateralus track record in regards to rearranging the songs to fit the Fibonacci sequence and what not; but I myself have never felt right about them... They always seemed to presuppose a few things that I don't think the average person could pull from the record without additional software and just outright tinkering to fit whatever scheme they sought... For one, I don't agree that Disposition, Reflection, and Triad are supposed to be split, and I don't agree with those that say you have to trim blank sections off of some of the songs to make things fit... Seems too forceful for me...

I've had an alternate arrangement that I've listened to for years and while I'll admit, it's not perfect, but in my opinion it does flow/sound/fit much better.... My opinion though... I think the logic I took to piece them together is easier to follow as well and doesn't require remastering the CD to achieve it. Again, I figured that if something was to be found or conveyed through this method, anyone with a basic CD player capable of creating a playlist should be able to listen to the album this way... Hell, my Discman from the 90's can do playlists...

Here's my track listing followed by an explanation of the math used:

1,2,3,5,8,6,7,10,11,12,9,13

First, you may notice that track 4 'Mantra' is missing... That song has puzzled me the most about this whole arrangement, but historically, I've placed it either before track 6 ('Parabol') or after track 12 ('Triad'). To me, Mantra fits better between tracks 8, and 6, however, I've also found it fills the empty space at the end of track 12 rather well... Triad ends with 2:12 seconds of silence before the next track begins; Mantra takes up all but exactly one minute of this dead air....

Obviously, the first half of the sequence above is rather easy to follow alongside the Fibonacci sequence; 1,2,3,5,8... The next number obviously is 13, which together, using the sum of the tracks 6 and 7 we get 13... Those two songs should not be split up and they also just happen to fit this position rather well mathematically.

Next, we have the number 21, which if you take tracks 10 and 11 using the sum again, we arrive at 21; another case where these songs should not be split... And keeping the three songs in that piece together, we can then use track 12, 9, and 13 to reach the next number in the Fibonacci sequence, 34; 12+9+13 = 34... Also, placing track one at the beginning of the arrangement and track 13 at the end creates a nice loop when this is put on repeat with the trailing sounds on Faaip De Oaid leading right back into the faint introduction sounds on The Grudge...

So without splitting any of the tracks that were originally written as one piece we can arrive at an arrangement that in my mind, follows the Fibonacci sequence better and doesn't require re-mastering the record to remove dead space... Again, my only snag is track 4 and where to put it...

I'm not aware of any significance to the number 4 in all of this, but given the nature of the song, I've found it goes equally well at almost any point. I've used it at the beginning of the whole record as a track to clear my thoughts before embarking on whatever meditations used while listening to this arrangement. I've also found it to be a nice filler between both halves of the arrangement. Another key thing to notice is that as some of the other arrangements have suggested placing track 13 at the center, Parabol and Parabola achieve this just the same, again with their track numbers adding up to 13... Also, of the 5 times I saw the boys perform Disposition, Reflection, and Triad, they have never been split but were always played as one solid piece... And almost always with Lateralis following afterwords....

Looking at it from the spiritual side or however you want to classify it, this order is on a whole, more balanced and true to the idea of the golden spiral. We start at the beginning; human, hateful, vengeful and holding to our egos and grudges, and slowly, through patience and love we reach the middle of the arrangement as we transcend our ego's and our minds... This leads us to the number 13 being in the middle of our arrangement as others have suggested, with the last half of the 'spiral' riding up towards our divinity. I almost chuckle when I think of track 9 ('Lateralis') being placed right before Faaip De Oaid... The number 9 has a huge significance in nature, the universe, mathematics and geometry that for it to then lead to the 'Voice of God' seems too fitting... The 9 Code... But that's just fanciful over thinking on my part...

There's a whole slew of other thoughts I've had with regards to this whole puzzle... I do seem to get a better vibe from the record this way, not that the original is in any way a bad album; on the contrary its survived the ages as not only my favorite Tool album, but also the best album I have ever heard... Nothing has ever caused this level of obsession in me and nothing has given me the same emotions, inspiration, or rewards as this album.

I'm sure this may be another puzzle that everyone is 'over thinking and over analyzing', but there's something about this album... Something deep and far-reaching that begs to be explored.... Anywho... Since I've finally mustered the courage to throw this message together please let me know what you think..."

A: Maybe I'm playing jax with a square ball, but it's definitely not fanciful over thinking on your part. Thanks for sharing.

In closing, expect some really exciting news in the New Year. Happy Holidays to all of you, and be sure to take any evergreen decorations down by January 5, 2014 e.v. You've been warned...

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

23 December, 2013 (11:46am)
DARKLORE GALORE & EVEN MORE

In doing some calculations, if ALL of you bought ALL of these books, some of us might be able to quit our day jobs... for a while... and you will be up to speed on (almost) ALL things strange and mysterious in my solipsistic multiverse.

CONTEMPLATE



BMB

23 December, 2013 (11:08am)
MONDAY NIGHT FESTIVUS JAMMMZ AT THE 'TATOR'

Special guests musicians for tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (December 23) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in sunny STUDIO CITY include ED ROTH of keys and birthday boy GLEN SOBEL on drums. Locals are invited to bring a harp, sleigh-bells or a horn and ask about joining in during the second set. If you don't have a harp to strum, maybe just sit back with a drink and enjoy those who do. In fact, how does an enormous spud stuffed with pheasant, cranberry sauce, chestnuts, persimmon pudding, bits of fruitcake and candy cane shavings sound? Pour a little eggnog and apple cider on that fucker and you will definitely be in the holiday spirit. John, Chris, Jamie and the others usually start tuning up around 9:00 (Maybe a little later if there's a harp involved).

BMB

22 December, 2013 (09:58am)
R.I.P. "BIG" BOB CAREY

Last night I received the sad news that Danny's father had passed away. Big Bob, as we called him, died peacefully from an illness in his house in Kansas, and Danny was able to visit with him in his last moments.
Before suffering a stroke, Bob would attend quite a few Tool concerts - obviously being very proud of what his son had achieved in the music industry - and I know from reading email and comments on the various message forums that many fans of the band had talked to him at these shows and always had very positive things to say about his enthusiasm for what Tool represented.
Personally, I had many chances to 'hang out' with Big Bob over the years, but what I will always remember (and cherish) the most was a trip that several of us took to Rennes-le-Chateau in the South of France back in the 1990s. Bob was so fascinated by the place and its environs that he returned a couple of years later, probably once again shouting in his mid-western accent to some french chef that his steak needed "More fire!"
While staying at his house (with Danny) one weekend in the winter, Bob showed me the attic room where Danny learned to play the drums. When I asked him if he ever thought that Danny would enjoy the success that he has, he replied by saying that when he heard him playing perfectly along with an ELP album, he knew that drums and music were his calling.
As I'm sure Danny and his brothers Dale and David would agree, Bob can now select his shiny clubs and finally play all those higher-dimensional links in the great beyond.

Bob Carey (in blue jacket) inspecting our rental Euro-Van after one of us made a wrong turn near Rennes-le-Chateau. Photo by Danny Carey.



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17 December, 2013 (03:30pm)
CHET ZAR 2 DAY SPECIAL OFFER

For those of you who don't get Chet's newsletter, here's something that might be of interest:

"Hello I have some things to tell you. Starting today, December 17th through tomorrow, December 18th, I will be including a FREE Ego Death 12x18" 2 sided poster with any order over $100.
Same day Priority Mail Express shipping on all orders of paper prints and original artwork. All paper print and original art orders placed to ship within the United States by December 18th will ship in time for Christmas (USPS says if you ship Priority Mail Express by the 20th, it will get there by Christmas).
I also have some new studies and a blue pencil sketch and they are all on sale for the next 2 days! In fact, all ORIGINAL Chet Zar artwork will be on sale through December 18th!"
Here you go: http://chetzar.bigcartel.com



BMB

16 December, 2013 (10:32am)
NEW TOOL TEES IN THE SHOP

MERCH has added a few new tees to the store, including a 21st Anniversary OPIATE design and a fish logo shirt, which I believe he meant to call "ABYSS OF NZ'r IN." There are also a couple of tees for WOMEN with both the OPIATE and NZ'r IN design.

OPIATE

FISH

W/OPIATE

W/FISH

And remember that DANNY also has TWO NEW TEES in his store - "HIEROPHANTIC" and "TALIS-MAGICAL ENGINE."



BMB

16 December, 2013 (09:49am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ TONIGHT

Special guests for tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (DECEMBER 16) at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include GENE COYE on skins, RICO BELLED on keys and vox, and DOUG WEBB on sax. Together on stage with JAMIE, CHRIS, and Volto's JOHN Z, it should be quite a first set. As for the second set, talented musicians from near and far are encouraged to bring their favorite instrument and ask one of the regulars about joining in. Things usually get noisy around 9:00, but the 'tator' opens even earlier for your dining and drinking pleasure.

BMB

14 December, 2013 (10:01am)
VISUAL ZONE SURFACE ON MANDALA DRUM

The Mandala Drum folks have created a new 'Visual Zone' surface for the Mandala Drum mk2.9 and they're having a year end blowout sale on everything right now.
Check it out HERE.


BMB

13 December, 2013 (07:07pm)


HEATHER McMILLEN painting in ART SHOW TONIGHT.


BMB

13 December, 2013 (06:00pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN SHERAZI

Birthday greetings from Melanie and friends to Ben (and Gino) on this 13th of December. A soiree is certainly in order! Hang on a minute and I will post directions.

BMB

13 December, 2013 (09:22am)
COSM SHOP

"Unique visionary gifts for the holidays at the Cosm Shop."

shop.cosm.org


BMB

11 December, 2013 (03:04pm)
TOOL IN MEXICO CITY ON MARCH 18TH

March 18th - Palacio de los Deportes - Mexico City

BANAMEX PRESALE DECEMBER 13TH AND 14TH TICKETMASTER

"Tool announces their first engagement ever in Mexico, this upcoming spring, taking place at Mexico City.

Having toured all around the world and headlined most major international festivals such as Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Big Day Out, Ozzfest, etc., the band from Los Angeles California will finally make their long awaited Mexico debut in March.

The 3-time Grammy Award winners, Tool, are one of the most groundbreaking and influential progressive acts in the last 13 years with 4 critically acclaimed albums: Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006). Tickets will be available for Banamex cardholders on December 13th and 14th from 11:00am to 8:00pm through Ticketmaster. The general sale starts on December 15th at 11:00am through www.ticketmaster.com.mx, TM outlets, at 53259000 and venue's box office."

Ticket Prices:
GA $1080, D $780, E $380
Official site: www.toolband.com
For local information, please visit: www.ocesa.com

I thought that I saw them in TJ back in 92, but I guess that was just a weird dream.



BMB

10 December, 2013 (10:24am)
"I LIKE TO PAINT MONSTERS" - TRAILER FOR DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ARTIST CHET ZAR

"I LIKE TO PAINT MONSTERS" - THE CHET ZAR STORY directed by MIKE CORRELL.


BMB

08 December, 2013 (11:11am)
IMPOSTER AND NOT AN IMPOSTER

ALEX GREY captures himself by one of KORIN'S paintings at the recent Scope Art Show in Miami. Check out the full oil on wood panel entitled "IMPOSTER" (69" X 48") at the Corey Helford Gallery website (see Korin Faught).

www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

Photo by Alex Grey



BMB

07 December, 2013 (11:58am)
CINQUANTA!

Last night after returning from the local Ralph's I ran into Junior in our leaky parking garage (He was on his way to Ralph's), and he told me that a 2nd "CINQUANTA" show with PUSCIFER, APC and FAILURE had been added at the Greek Theater on Sunday, May 11. Well, before I could get my groceries into the apartment (Dove soap, Cat litter, and a cinnamon danish), the added show had SOLD OUT. Both shows, in fact, had sold out in about an hour's time. So... I unloaded my stuff and finished reading "Dr. Ragab's Universal Language." Anyway, in checking, it also looks like both PUSCIFER and APC are doing quite well on the iTunes charts for concert films. Therefore, IF... IF... a third "Cinquanta" show gets added, I'll let you know... if someone lets me know... in time... Now, time to microwave that danish.

BMB

05 December, 2013 (10:53am)
"CINQUANTA" REMINDER: TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Celebrate MAYNARD'S 50TH at the GREEK THEATER on MAY 10 with PUSCIFER, APC and FAILURE. TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 at 10AM.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Puscifer-tickets/artist/1278783

SEE MY EARLIER POST BELOW FOR MORE INFO.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Puscifer-tickets/artist/1278783


BMB

05 December, 2013 (10:39am)
VOLTO! SWEEPSTAKES

Sign up for a chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE. FREE DOWNLOAD of the track BHP for those who enter. Details at the band's website.

www.voltoband.com



BMB

05 December, 2013 (10:33am)
ULTRAJECT AT THE VIPER ROOM TONIGHT

ULTRAJECT (featuring Danny's old bandmate, Kelly Wheeler) will be performing at THE VIPER ROOM tonight (THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5). Debauchery included!

DETAILS


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03 December, 2013 (07:02am)
"CINQUANTA" WITH PUSCIFER, A PERFECT CIRCLE AND FAILURE

"PUSCIFER, A PERFECT CIRCLE and FAILURE celebrate MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN's 50th Birthday on May 10 at The Greek Theatre. Tickets for the special evening, known as Cinquanta, are on-sale this Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 am pacific." VIP packages with preferred seating and commemorative items are on-sale Dec. 5 at 10 am via cinquanta.frontgatetickets.com

http://cinquanta.frontgatetickets.com/

TICKETS

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Puscifer-tickets/artist/1278783


BMB

02 December, 2013 (07:37pm)
TWO NEW SHIRTS IN DANNY'S STORE

We've put 2 NEW SHIRTS in DANNY'S WEB STORE:

HIEROPHANTIC

"Highly-personalized component of a hierophantic mandala used to connect with magickal radiations and forces."

TALIS-MAGICAL ENGINE

"Aspects of Elizabethan Magus John Dee's Sigillum Dei Aemeth." Front features Danny's name spelled with a composite of the English-Enochian alphabet.

Also look for a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of SIGNED drumheads and sticks.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

30 November, 2013 (12:59pm)
MAYNARD NEWS - PUSCIFER AND APC

And now... a message from MJK:

"Happy Holidays, Humans.

Lot of activity with Puscifer this week. Along with physical copies being released, several releases are up on iTunes. (If you're anywhere near one of the last remaining Indie music stores, please pop your head in or give them a call on our behalf to check if they have any of these. And of course please thank them for their support.) As an Independent project, we of course can use all the help we can get. Indie is hip and all, but it's a constant fight for survival. So we thank you for your support."

PUSCIFER:
"What is..."

"Film/DVD as well as the audio version/cd is released today. This is in the iTunes MOVIES section under Music.
Film: itunes

For the skeptics, we've the Trailer...

AUDIO

This FRIDAY (Yesterday) for Record Store day, the indie music scene is releasing "Puscifer - 8-Ball Bail Bonds: The Berger Barns Live Phoenix" on limited edition vinyl. Only 3500 units were produced. GO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE!!

A PERFECT CIRCLE also has a butt ton going on:

"Stone & Echo. Live at Red Rocks" VIDEO as well as the audio version.

And Full album live recordings, Mer de Noms, 13th Step, eMOTIVe.

These are live recordings of the albums start to finish.

Video:
LINK

Audio:

STONE-ECHO-LIVE

MER-DE-NOMS-LIVE

THIRTEENTH-STEP-LIVE

EMOTIVE-LIVE

Friend of mine in Vegas wrote this for his FB page...

"What is Puscifer? Puscifer is many things..."
Much more than a concert film, this is multi-layered entertainment, character, extent, extrinsic, and existential exploration. With a hefty mash of bullshit.
"Life is too short not to create something with every breath that we draw."
You could describe "What Is..." as part sketch comedy (featuring Maynard JK as Billy D Burger, Carina Round as Hildy Burger, among many others) and part concert movie (professionally shot multi-cam), although neither of those classifications capture what this film truly represents.

If you've seen Puscifer live, this film is an extension of that experience. If you missed the live show, this film is second only to a front row seat. And if you have no idea what the hell Puscifer even is, this is your introduction.

"...All around a central fire."

The concert footage is excellent. Longer than average takes, good camera work, clean editing, just enough emphasis on background visuals, and supremely mastered audio.

The sketches are sometimes disproportionate to the concert footage, but it's the fruit juice chasers of Major Douche, Peter Merkin, and the Burgers that make the indispensable wisdom of Maynard JK and the stunning beauty of Carina's voice and movement so incredibly easy to imbibe.

A nascent cocktail that proves there is much more alive and to life, beyond and before TOOL.

Some people will probably prefer to watch this clean and without the chaser, but for the rest of us that understand Puscifer is the manifestation of many different parts, you're going to appreciate the catharsis. Few have tried to wrangle this menagerie before and few if any, until now, have succeeded in fashioning together something this superbly entertaining.

Turn on, turn it up, and enjoy. No real hippies allowed."

www.puscifer.com


BMB

29 November, 2013 (09:19am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX GREY

Birthday greetings to our friend ALEX GREY from the entire Tool family.


BMB

28 November, 2013 (08:38am)
DESSERT



BMB

25 November, 2013 (04:47pm)
BLACKER THAN BLACK FRIDAY - THE CROWLEY COLLECTION

Several unique gifts available from THE MERCH COLLECTIVE's "CROWLEY COLLECTION." Please NOTE that all items are very limited, and that once they are gone, NO MORE WILL BE PRODUCED.

ALEISTER CROWLEY "DARK HALO" PRINT
WITH ORIGINAL (HAND-WRITTEN) PROSE-POEM

12" x 16" UV ink print from an original charcoal drawing entitled "DARK HALO" by L.A.-based artist HEATHER McMILLEN. Strictly LIMITED TO ONLY 93 HAND NUMBERED and SIGNED COPIES printed on arches rives fine art paper. Artist depiction of the aged Great Beast 666 deep in contemplation with pipe full of perique. (Based on an old photograph of Crowley). Print also includes an ORIGINAL, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED 24-LINE PROSE POEM entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP"- INDIVIDUALLY HAND-WRITTEN, NUMBERED and SIGNED by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE on parchment paper. The same 'homage to Aleister Crowley' prose-poem also comes with a PRINTED VERSION on quality paper. Highly collectible fine art piece and holographic mystical verses for all Crowley enthusiasts. PRICE: $93.00 (USD)

ONLY 2 LEFT

ALEISTER CROWLEY COCKTAIL GLASS SET
WITH ORIGINAL 'BEASTLY' DRINK RECIPES

Set includes FOUR PINT GLASSES with 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 and Aphrodope Elixir. (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.

ONLY 10 SETS LEFT

ALEISTER CROWLEY "THIRST" PREMIUM QUALITY TEE SHIRT

Tri-blend premium quality tee shirt featuring artwork by HEATHER McMILLEN (based on concepts by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE). Front of shirt shows the famous hypnotic gaze of British occultist Aleister Crowley, beneath which are a crossed 'SWAN' FOUNTAIN PEN and CIRCA 1920's HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. Back of shirt contains an in quotes verse from Crowley's "The Diary of a Drug Fiend", encircled by an ancient esoteric OUROBOROS symbol (designed by Heather McMillen).

ONLY 15 LEFT (L, XL, XXL)

ORDER



BMB

24 November, 2013 (10:03am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

If for some reason you can't make it to the Monday Night Jammmz tomorrow night, DANNY will also be performing at the BAKED POTATO with THE WEBB ALLSTARS on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1. Other star musicians include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and Volto! himself, JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar. Impressive stuffed spuds, spirits, and great live performances. ALL AGES.

BMB

23 November, 2013 (01:24pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER, 2013 E.V.

CUMBRE TAJIN FESTIVAL QUESTIONS

With the recent announcement that both TOOL and PUSCIFER (along with PRIMUS) will be performing live at the CUMBRE TAJIN FESTIVAL in Papantla, VERACRUZ, MEXICO on MARCH 21, 2014, a lot of people have sent email wanting to know if there will be any other shows either in Mexico or elsewhere. Though additional shows would seem to make sense (with the band's crew and equipment already assembled), as of the writing of this newsletter I have NOT received ANY information about ANY other dates that are official, nor, to my knowledge, have any other venues been confirmed. Therefore, we'll all just have to wait until any decisions are made and/or finalized.

Other e-mailers have asked if the show in Mexico might be the so-called "curveball" that has been a topic of much discussion in the fan forums for some time now. Using the more fitting baseball pitching analogy of a "changeup", I can tell you that the El Tajin show has nothing to do with this much rumored Tool project that I believe is still in the works.

UPDATE ON TOOL WRITING SESSIONS

Last month I posted an update about how things were progressing with regards to the band's writing/arranging sessions at their rehearsal space, reporting in a timely and concise fashion that they were indeed making headway in adding the finishing touches to one of the more lengthy, complex pieces of new material. Now that the page of the calendar has been flipped to the month of November, as to whether or not they finally completed the 'musical' part of the arrangement in question, though I'm really not sure, one could hazard a guess that something rather positive must have occurred to warrant last week's leisurely break by at least three band members.

But then while checking out last year's newsletter for November, I was immediately struck with a sense of déjà vu! It suddenly seemed that even if the song still remained near completion, several of the guys were going to step away from it for a while.

First of all Justin's birthday was November 19, and for the occasion he had passes to the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. As with many others, I'm sure that he was looking forward to see if Ferrari paid off Nico Hulkenbery NOT to drive for Lotus in a racing simulator. Also, what food trucks at the Austin "Fanfest" would develop mechanical problems (or crash in the food truck court)? And how about the question of - is Terri Nunn of "Berlin" still 'happening' in her fifties? Most important of all, though - is a Wal-Mart exorcism kit effective against members of the Texas Juggling Society while using devil-sticks? On a side note, I did receive a rather cryptic text message from Justin that mentioned something about audio samples from the race possibly winding up on Danny's Mandala Drums...

In the same newsletter I also read that Adam was off pheasant hunting in Merry Ole. When not slogging through bogs and fens with flushing dogs in pursuit of commonly hunted galliformes, he was tipping pints of Fiddler's Elbow by the flickering glow off ensorcelled peat-fires and searching for taxidermy Morlocks and Eloi. Now he had returned to the mist-enshrouded pine-dales of the English countryside, but was he really there just to hunt his quarry and afterwards gather in pubs with fustilugs and their tepid ales? Or was he perhaps working on some mysterioso project that has little to do with Hob Nobs and Tim Tams and puncturing balloons clutched by the Mansfield clown? Really couldn't tell you...

Just as he did last November, Danny once again flew to Maui with its Mai-Tais, ukuleles, opakapaka sashimi and purple spuds. Was he looking for curly koa wood for a new snare drum or for new salad bowls? Beats me. It could be for high-density batteries for all I know.

Which brings us to Maynard. No armadillo eggs, yorkshire pudding or crimson jobfish. Zymurgical pursuits aside, the self-admitted world-class multi-tasker probably has all kinds of things going on with his various musical projects, including, perhaps, working on some lengthy, complex new Tool song...

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

23 November, 2013 (10:04am)
DANNY TO PERFORM AT MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ ON NOVEMBER 25

Having returned from some challenging golf courses in Maui, DANNY will be the special guest drummer for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MONDAY, NOV 25) at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. With JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar, one might expect a VOLTO! tune in the mix, but whatever is on the set list, a great night of live music awaits those who come down to the 'tator.' The guys normally start around 9:00ish, with a cover of $10.00 and a two drink minimum. Bring your own instrument and ask about joining in during the almost anything goes second set. Or just sit back and enjoy the show.

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

21 November, 2013 (10:55am)
TOOL AND PUSCIFER TO PERFORM IN MEXICO IN MARCH

TOOL and PUSCIFER will be performing at the EL TAJIN FESTIVAL in PAPANTLA, VERACRUZ, MEXICO in MARCH (on the 21st).

CUMBRE_TAJIN_VIDEO


BMB

20 November, 2013 (09:57am)
BLOODY DISGUSTING TOOL MUSIC VIDEOS

In case you missed it on Tool's FaceBook page, "Bloody Disgusting" has rated the band's music videos.

READ



BMB

20 November, 2013 (09:43am)
PUSCIFER "WHAT IS..." DVD TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 26

Some good news about the upcoming PUSCIFER DVD release HERE

APC news as well...


BMB

19 November, 2013 (05:29pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN!

Birthday greetings to JUSTIN from SHELEE and the entire Tool Family! CHEERS!

Photo of Justin in Austin by Shelee.


BMB

16 November, 2013 (12:02pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS AT THE 'TATOR'

Special musical guests for the NOVEMBER 18 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO jazz venue in STUDIO CITY include TONY MOORE on drums and ANTON PUKSHANSKY on keys. But what about YOU? Bring an instrument and check with the band about joining in during the 2ND SET. Or, just sit back with a cocktail and your dinner while listening to some of the city's best musicians.

BMB

15 November, 2013 (01:04pm)
GREG TAYLOR'S LATEST BOOK AVAILABLE IN SOFTCOVER AT AMAZON

For those of you who prefer a softcover over an e-book, GREG TAYOR's latest work, "STOP WORRYING! THERE PROBABLY IS AN AFTERLIFE" (see my NOV 1 post below) is now AVAILABLE in that good old fashioned format on AMAZON US and UK. While checking it out, be sure to read the great reviews.

www.dailygrail.com


BMB

12 November, 2013 (01:54pm)
KOLM & OTHERS FREE SHOW

On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 "KOLM", "MAL", "WITH OUR ARMS TO THE SUN" and "DIVINE ELEMENTS" will be doing a FREE SHOW at "ON THE ROX" in WEST HOLLYWOOD. 8:00 PM.

The show is free, but those wanting to attend must RSVP to be placed on the guest list.

KOLM FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Kolmband



BMB

12 November, 2013 (08:23am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON HARRIS!

Birthday greetings to our good friend AARON HARRIS!

McDSP profiles Aaron:


BMB

11 November, 2013 (09:20am)
MJK INTERVIEW WITH JOE ROGAN

MJK_INTERVIEW

BMB

09 November, 2013 (10:18am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS

Special guest musicians for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (NOVEMBER 11) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include ANDY SANESI on drums, ED ROTH on keys, and JEFF SITES doing some vocals. Things get started around 9:00 and there's plenty of parking. Bring an instrument and ask VOLTO!'s JOHN Z about performing during the 2ND SET.

BMB

09 November, 2013 (10:09am)


"FREE BIRDS" NOW SHOWING.


BMB

09 November, 2013 (08:44am)
MAYNARD AND LEMMY IN ROUND 2

We've got a tight race between MAYNARD and LEMMY in ROUND 2 of the loudwire showdown. VOTE for your favorite "Greatest Metal Frontman" ONCE PER HOUR until the POLLS CLOSE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 at 11:59 PM ET.

VOTE


BMB

08 November, 2013 (10:02am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARALEE

What sounds better - dinner at Sizzler, or lunch at Bouchon? Must choose correctly...


BMB

05 November, 2013 (06:00pm)


ALEX GREY in Israel with a fan in the "NET OF BEING" mode.


BMB

04 November, 2013 (01:52pm)
ROUND 2: MAYNARD VS. LEMMY

MAYNARD has advanced into ROUND 2 of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL FRONTMAN" contest and now goes up against Motorhead's LEMMY KILMISTER. VOTE for your favorite once per hour until the polls close on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 at 11:59 PM ET.

VOTE



BMB

04 November, 2013 (10:02am)
HEATHER McMILLEN FINE ART PRINTS & ORIGINALS HOLIDAY SALE

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, artist and friend HEATHER McMILLEN is offering a 10% DISCOUNT on all purchases of FINE ART PRINTS and ORIGINALS through NOVEMBER 15. Also, if you would like to sign up for Heather's MAILING LIST (to receive fine art postcards in the mail from time to time) please email your postal address and email address to hello@heathermcmillen.com. This initial set of postcards will have one special card with a purple star on it. Whoever gets that card should post a photo of it to my facebook page, or tag me with a photo of the card on Instagram to receive an original 6" x 6" ink and watercolor drawing (FREE!) just to say thank you.

HEATHER'S CONTACT INFO
Heather McMillen ART FACEBOOK PAGE:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-McMillen/245734325503369

Instagram: http://instagram.com/heathermcmillen

Twitter: @HDMcMillen

Tumblr: http://heather-mcmillen.tumblr.com/



BMB

03 November, 2013 (10:44am)
MAYNARD VS. PETER STEELE: POLLS CLOSE TONIGHT

MAYNARD vs. PETER STEELE in ROUND ONE of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL FRONTMAN" showdown. VOTE for your favorite ONCE PER HOUR until the POLLS CLOSE TONIGHT (SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3) at 11:59 PM ET.

VOTE



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02 November, 2013 (09:23am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS

Drummer JOE TRAVERS and keyboardist JON GREATHOUSE join JZ and the others for the NOVEMBER 4 jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. 9:00 makes for a good arrival time, but skip the Carl's Jr. across the street to save room for a big stuffed spud. Local musicians might want to bring an instrument with which to possibly join in during the almost anything goes second set.

BMB

01 November, 2013 (10:26am)
"STOP WORRYING! THERE PROBABLY IS AN AFTERLIFE" - A NEW BOOK BY GREG TAYLOR

The new book by GREG TAYLOR (creator of www.dailygrail.com) entitled "STOP WORRYING! THERE PROBABLY IS AN AFTERLIFE" is now AVAILABLE in an eBook version on AMAZON'S KINDLE STORE, with softcover copies to be made available soon. Having read a preview copy of the book, I give it four thumbs up - two on the earthly plane, and two more in the hereafter!

"... From Victorian seance rooms through to modern scientific laboratories, Taylor surveys the fascinating history of research into the survival of human consciousness..." (From Amazon)

ORDER



BMB

01 November, 2013 (09:45am)
DANNY ON THE DRUMS WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3. The other "ALL STARS" are DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar. $20.00 gets you inside to hear these very accomplished musicians do their thing.

BMB

31 October, 2013 (02:33pm)
SAMHAIN/HALLOWEEN GREETINGS!

Photo by BMB


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31 October, 2013 (02:27pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER 31, 2013 E.V.
(SPECIAL SAMHAIN/HALLOWEEN ISSUE)

"THE DREAM-LEAPER"
By
BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE

With my face shielded from the tropical shimmer by a battered akubra, I could almost hear the infernal drone of a didgeridoo echoing off the forbidding rocky outcrops as we slowly approached a shadowy crevice. If the oppressive heat wasn't bad enough, unseen swarms of non-biting midges and zigzagging colorful damselflies made their own dissonant harmonics, giving us pause to wonder if the chaotic shrill might be the atonal speech of the mischievous Mimi spirits - those thin, wispy, elongated beings from a parallel dimension as crudely depicted in ocher galleries millennia ago on this rugged escarpment in Australia's Northern Territory.

My partner on this strenuous excursion several hours from the inviting beaches of Darwin - the one of us who knew without googling that caddisflies are of the order trichoptera - was world renowned entomologist Rance Q. Spartley: bug authority, spider specialist and, as I was about to learn, translator of extinct languages.

Once inside the crevice with its graffitied rock overhangs, beams from our battery-powered torches illuminated the walls of ancient petroglyphs - some of which bore testament to long extinct animal species in the region, while others conveyed complex creation myths concerning "The Dreaming", a spiritual belief system that explained - in the framework of animistic principles - how all things in the natural world were initially formed and existed in the "Dreamtime" before becoming physical. For us, though - as unlikely as it seemed - we wondered if these ancient traditions of the aborigines could possibly shed any light on recent reports Down Under of a frightening creature (mass hallucination?) known as the "dream-leaper" that was quickly spreading via the modern bush telegraph, and the cause of much alarm to the local population.

"Whadaya think, Chalkie?" I asked Spartley as he closely examined what appeared to be a painted aboriginal figure (or an ancestral totem spirit-being, perhaps) who was squatting down near the ground with three squiggly lines (indicating the wind or a mystical energy transfer of sorts?) separating what certainly looked to be a type of large arachnid scuttling up the rock face. Reaching into his tucker-bag, the bespectacled maverick entomologist offered me my choice of polly waffles or violet crumbles before removing a small brush, which he then used to carefully dust off the rock, thus revealing a series of strange markings. "Well blow me down... It's a language, possibly a sub-dialect of the indigenous people." "Can you read it?" I asked. "Can you say Bininj Mungguy three times real fast?" he calmly replied. After brushing away more rock dust, the bug man removed his glasses and attempted a translation: "Here... I... squat... broken-hearted. Came... to... shit... but... only... farted..." After a brief moment of stunned silence, he looked me squarely in the eye: "Fuck me and the baby eaten by a dingo is yours. A damned aborigine comedian gone whacka here in Never Never! I'll be gobsmacked. Let's hike back to that urban escape thingamebob and return to Bloomin' Onion civilization! A monsoonal downpour of deadly box jellyfish in Humpty fuckin' Doo beats trying to interpret this stenciled foolishness!"

Moments later we were clambering down the escarpment, I trying my best not to sprain an ankle in the treacherous terrain as Spartley tossed violet crumbles at the swarms of tree rats scurrying about. "These non-biting midges are eating me alive," I shouted. "Not punkies - basic mozzies," the expert duly corrected me.

"Spartley, do you think that graffiti was the work of vandals?" I asked.

"Hell no, bloke. Not your average vandals, at least. That rude defacement and added chicanery was recently made by someone within the Aussie government... Ordered by their Prime Minister, Dundee or something another... I reckon to prevent people from panicking any further."

Thinking about this, I paused for a moment. "So... you believe that it's real... this dream-leaper spider?"

The entomologist stopped in his tracks and wiped the perspiration from his eyeglasses. "New species of arachnids are being discovered every hour. Albino trapdoors, purple-haired vegetarians, chubby Chinese mini orb-weavers, and even a Middle Eastern dune spider that looks just like Moses for Christ's sake. Look around you, mate. You've got termite cathedrals, electric tadpoles, kookaburras on your socks, and taxi cabs required by LAW to keep a bale of hay in the trunk. We're just a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic boomerang's toss from primeval here. Add to that parallel streams of activity - more real than reality itself! - all courtesy of the aboriginal Dreamtime sorcerer... Your Bunyip, Dirawong and Yowie... now those are possibly mythical creatures... but not our robust little dream-hopper friend, with its ginormous fangs and freak eye-cluster that has already got citizens in a frenzy. And then there are those toxicologist reports: an aggressive spider that attacks a person in their dreams, and whose flesh-eating venom... upon awaking... eventually leaves behind little more than a tuft of hair and the soles of their shoes... This sleeper-creeper thing makes a toowoomba funnel web look like a roly poly on ambien... That rental Tomcar of yours better start. My intestines are starting to rumble a bit from that mystery bag of Macky's back in Woop Woop..."

As things would have it, the rental Tomcar ATV - vivid "Blue-ringed Octopus Blue" when we left the lot in Darwin, but now blanketed with ocher-colored dust - didn't start, a matter made even worse as Spartley had earlier told me to choose the Aussie-made "Heebie-Jeebie", which he (correctly) considered to a much more reliable all terrain vehicle.

"Well, I suppose we better start walking. I don't think those wavering specters of Jabbura clapstick players are going to be of much help, and it's probably easier to find a 1930 copper penny in granny's old button jar than it is to hail a taxi with a bale of hay in its trunk way the fuck out here."

Of course Spartley was right, and after a few hours in the unforgiving heat, he began mumbling. "I wish there was a rainbow bombpop in that dilly-bag. Or a snow-cone would suffice." "You mean a frozen lolly water on a stick, don't you Spartley? Better yet, how about a Zooper Dooper in cosmic flavors!"

"Cosmic flavors - what's that?" the bug man asked, sounding a bit annoyed. "I'd settle for raspberry and lychee."

"Lychee blows!" I protested. "Maybe a Sunny Boy Orange Frozen Explosion. Or hell, even a frozen glass of lemonade squash sounds pretty damn good right now."

"A thimble full of tepid Billabong scum sounds pretty damn good right now,"Spartley muttered while rummaging once more through his empty tucker-bag. Before I could top that, we heard the sound of a vehicle approaching, which turned out to be a rusted old Heebie-Jeebie that was heading right towards us. Realizing this, Spartley wasted little time in reminding me: "I told you they were more reliable!"

While enjoying some pub grub and beers served in quirky fish bowls at a tavern in Humpty Doo, Spartley explained to me his latest hypothesis about the dream-leaper phenomenon (hysteria might be a better way of putting it). Parasitism was the most likely explanation, he thought.

"It really doesn't take a bright spark to figure it all out. Suppose that you have some new undiscovered species of arachnid... on the physical plane, of course... perhaps even an unassuming little thing whose bite is painless, and causes minimal if any surface necrosis... No tell tale signs... so that the person doesn't even realize that they've been bitten. However, what the bite does do is introduce a parasite of some kind, and it's this microscopic unknown organism that plays tricks on the brain... inducing the dream in humans of the more terrifying spider that others have described. We have seen evidence of rather clever spiders that fashion decoy much larger spiders out of leaves and debris in their web in order to scare away would be predators... so why not a spider that re-creates via a parasite another far more shuddersome version of itself that appears in the dreams of its sleeping victims? At first it appears passive... almost cuddly... even with its barbed hairs and menacing fangs... hypnotizing its prey with a multitude of bulbous black eyes with a lightning-fast color shifting. Next, there is this sibilant hissing sound that it emits before - mad as a meat axe - it attacks, sinking those fangs into the dreamer's screaming face. Having done so, before the person awakens from this seeming nightmare, the agro spider-parasite has released from WITHIN a god-awful venom. One that really packs a wallop, as the evidence - or, in this case - lack of evidence shows. Blokes turned into yackandanah jam that smells worse than a large bag of rotting Cheezels. Which reminds me, my throat's dryer than a dead dingo's donger. Your shout, mate... and how about some more burnt dippy dogs and cheesymite while we're at it. That dolphin spread's good, too."

As Spartley raised his empty fishbowl glass, hoping to get the bartender's attention, it suddenly occurred to me:

"If you're not pissing on my Cheerios professor, then where does one possibly find the spider that's responsible for creating the dream-leaper?"

"How the hell would I know," Spartley replied. "Maybe on some shrub that grows only during a full moon. It might be easier to find a red diamond in a bag of witchety grubs. All I know is that my theory fits like a honeymoon cock. Got another cold Fosters in that silver esky, mate?"

Which reminded me: "Not a 1930 penny in a malted biscuit tin? Check it out - in my change from the carmello koalas that I bought you last night - I found this 1930 Australian penny."

Spartley jumped up from his barstool as I showed him the tarnished coin. "Red snakes alive!" It's definitely your shout, now. Fosters all around on this bloke!"

"G'day, mate! Are you talking about this dream hopper sleep-creeper thing? Little children afraid to go to bed at night, and the local officials claiming that they don't know what's going on. A bunch of cod's wallop if you ask me. They need to pull their socks up and figure it out before the mortality rate goes fruit loops. Most of them couldn't pull a greasy stick out of a dead dingo's arse-hole if you want my opinion. No better than their relatives...'orrible fellows such as the dreaded black vegemite pudding hurler and Darby "Put another cute puppy on the barbie" Narby. They're bloody legend around here."

Spartley stared for a minute at the middle-aged fellow seated at the end of the bar who had obviously been listening to our conversation. "So what do you know about this dream-leaper and human flesh afflicted by severe envenomation? Necrotic arachnidism on an unprecedented scale my stickybeak friend?"

"Just what I've heard on the news. I'm actually from Ponca City, Oklahoma - visiting for a week... Cracking coldies and admiring the lunch counter Shelias... but I don't want to look like a tourist gone all troppo. So, if that means beetroot on my burger, Kyle Minogue on the juke, and crocodile meat jerky then tie me kangaroo down, sport. Sorry to eavesdrop, mate, it wasn't intentional. Let me buy you and your mate a Fosters."

"No wucking furries - that's some pretty good strine, I have to admit. I'm an entomologist by profession... from the states as well, though far enough away from Oklahoma... and perhaps - over some more aussie-tizers, as they call them here - you'll allow me to yabber some more about this thing of interest to every bastard and his dog around these parts."

"Absolutely," the man replied.

"Now surely you've heard about the exploding potted cactus that scattered hundreds of baby tarantulas in the old lady's apartment, and of those giant camel spiders in Afghanistan whose bite anaesthetizes American soldiers, allowing the spiders to then eat their penis and testicles. Well, those are urban legends - pure rubbish - and, as such, are of no clinical concern. But - judging by the pizza with the works loss of tissue from victims of the dream-leaper - that's something to be greatly concerned about. Unless, of course, the critter responsible contributes to the ecosystem."

Although the fellow from Oklahoma agreed with this, Spartley thought it might ne best to add: "That's a joke, my friend."

Just then another patron of the tavern returned to his seat at the bar, and must have realized that the three of us were discussing the dream-leaper situation.

"G'day, mates. Any more news about the sleep-reaper dream-creeper thing? Sounds dinki di to me, but I'm from Kalamazoo in Mishigamaa... Michigan... America!.. Over here on holiday. Staying at the Mirambeena Travelodge. Holy dooley, have you checked out the lavvy in this place? It's designed to resemble an old fashioned outhouse. Only in Humpty Doo, eh. I went in there to siphon me python and bang goes another kanga on the bonnet of the van! Had to give birth to a politician, I did. I probably shouldn't 'ave eaten those damned canned bandicoots. Talk about your chocolate thunder from Down Under! No wucking furries, though. I left plenty of dunny paper back there..."

As the man further introduced himself to the others, I noticed something that struck me as being a bit odd. This was the tip jar sitting on the countertop of the bar. Rather than containing money, the jar was filled to the brim with a colorful assortment of buttons. These were clothing buttons, and there must have been hundreds of them. As I leaned over to examine them more closely, I could see pearl and tortoise buttons. Also there were decorative metal, enamel champleve, swirlback-glass and a variety of basic plastic buttons. As the voices of the others in the tavern faded until barely audible, I found that for some reason I couldn't take my eyes off the buttons. There was something about them that seemed absolutely incredible to me. Then, with my gaze fixed on the shiny jumble, I thought I detected some movement in the jar, as if the buttons themselves had started to vibrate ever so slightly. Was I imagining things? Were they actually not buttons at all, but, rather, glass orbs? Colorful marbles, perhaps? Suddenly I realized that what I was focused on was a terribly beautiful arrangement of multi-faceted arachnid eyes... The eyes of some horrific spider! Unable to lift my gaze from its haunting pigments, the thing in the jar began to emit a faint hissing sound... getting louder as I just kept staring... entranced by those strangely fascinating eyes. Then I saw its menacing fangs quiver as the creature reared back. Before I could react, in a blurred instant, it sprang towards my face...

With a loud scream I woke up and quickly rolled to the other side of the bed, frantically throwing off the covers and swatting at my face until I realized that there was nothing there. The whole thing had been nothing more than a bad dream I quickly realized. I was by myself, in my own bed, in Los Angeles...

Later that morning I called my friend, the renowned entomologist, Rance Q. Spartley to tell him about the weird dream that I had, and that he was in it. When I mentioned the part about the dream-leaper, there was a brief pause of silence on the other end. Spartley then asked me if I was fucking around with him. "Why would I do that?" I asked. After asking me some more questions about the spider in the dream, to which I told him that I couldn't remember certain details, he told me in strict confidence that he was currently involved with a select team of toxicologists and other experts who were investigating cases of necrosis due to SEVERE envenomation that sounded very similar to certain things in my dream. This, he said, was being kept quiet until they had a better understanding of what was going on. Before hanging up, he also informed me that the problem wasn't restricted to Australia, but that there were a few cases reported outside that continent, including America, and that authorities were looking into a possible Qantas Airlines employee connection.

Shortly after the phone call, I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth. Seeing my reflection in the mirror, I noticed a small reddish patch on my cheek. As I checked it more closely, the rash, or bite, or whatever it was seemed to be getting worse by the second. Suddenly, I recalled another detail from the bizarre dream. Leaving the bathroom, I ran into my office and grabbed a clean sheet of paper. On it I wrote the following: "Spartley, you don't like violet crumbles, and parasitism is the most likely explanation..."

IF ALL ELSE FAILS



BMB

30 October, 2013 (12:17pm)
MAYNARD VS. PETER STEELE IN ROUND ONE

MAYNARD faces off with PETER STEELE in ROUND 1 of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL FRONTMAN" tournament. The polls for the first round close on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, and fans can VOTE for their favorite ONCE PER HOUR. So, let's get at it...

VOTE



BMB

29 October, 2013 (09:30am)
PUSCIFER "WHAT IS" TRAILER


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28 October, 2013 (09:34am)
ADAM'S HANDIWORK FOR KORIN'S BABY SHOWER

In case you didn't see it, here's the pumpkin carved by ADAM for the KORIN JONES "1960s HAPPY HALLOWEEN HOUSEWIFE BABY SHOWER."

Photo by Adam Jones



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27 October, 2013 (03:28pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS

Some great guest musicians this MONDAY NIGHT (OCTOBER 28) at the BAKED POTATO, including AARON HAGGERTY on skins, BILLY STEINWAY on keys, and TRAVIS CARLTON on bass. Bring an instrument if you want, abide by the two drink minimum, and marvel at that enormous stuffed spud that you ordered. The 'tator' is located in STUDIO CITY, CA., and the live music gets cranked up around 9:00.

BMB

26 October, 2013 (11:11am)
ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

If you're going to the Chiefs-Browns game in K.C. this Sunday and you happen to see some tall dude with long lair who has just finished gnawing on some Gates burnt ends - should you decide to say hello, please don't ask him how much he fears a certain afternoon game to be played on December 15, 2013. No, just let him enjoy himself for the time being with the Browns on the field at noisy ArrowHead, rather than have to think about a certain Silver and Black 'FORCE' seeking revenge. Because when the spirit of the Raider Nation rises from the very bowels of Xibalba on that sunny afternoon, if some fourth-string center doesn't have a large Flavor Flav-type 24-second clock attached to his ass or if it only seems like Pryor is throwing Finleyesque orange footballs at the Chiefs' defenders, it might just happen that the specter of Daryle and Freddie return, with double zero hiking the pigskin! And if the mad bomber should run into trouble, how about the ghost of the "Grand Old Man"... Blanda... ready on the bench! Scary thought, isn't it. Well, don't worry about that yet, noisy K.C. fans. Not yet...

Vintage Raiders trading cards from the BMB collection



BMB

25 October, 2013 (09:40am)
REMINDER: ALOKE DUTTA ON THE EAST COAST

ALOKE DUTTA "MEET N GREET" ON THE EAST COAST

Tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will be performing in Worcester, MA on November 1 at 9 PM, with a "Meet and Greet" session that starts at 8 PM.

Then, on November 2, Aloke will be performing at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City at 7 PM. The "Meet N Greet" starts at 6:15 PM.

For tickets to the shows and the "Meet and Greet" with Aloke, please contact Keith at Keith.Schism@gmail.com.

In case you missed it on CNN, Aloke also has a new t-shirt for sale.

PURCHASE



BMB

23 October, 2013 (12:28pm)
TOOL MAKING HEADWAY WITH NEW MATERIAL

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Tool loft to try and get some kind of idea as to how things were progressing with the writing sessions now that the band was back hard at it. Well, I am happy to report that there has indeed been a lot of progress as far as new material goes, especially with the lengthy so-called "epic' piece that the guys have been arranging for quite some time now.

Shortly after I arrived, before taking to their respective instruments, Adam suggested that everyone should first have a listen to what they had recorded during the previous session in order to make sure that all were in agreement with certain recently added sections. And listen they did. In fact, to give you some idea - my parking meter expired twice before they were done. And judging from the smiles on their faces, it seemed that, for the most part, Danny, Adam and Justin liked very much what they were hearing and that after some finishing touches, the 'epic' tune would be ready for Maynard to do his thing. (During some of the more melodic passages, I was trying to envision the vocals which, to me, brings it all together.)

After a bit of discussion about some rapid-fire triplets in one section, I asked Danny if he was going to be able to knock out the piece in one take when it came time to track it? His response was to smile and bury his head in his hands, which I will let the readers interpret for themselves. As for the song itself, without giving too much away, it features complex time signatures, interesting harmonic structure and expanding effects processing - similar to what fans of Tool have come to expect - only now, perhaps not surprisingly, the band has taken it to the next level.

Okay, having given you this bit of an update, please note that I am NOT suggesting in any way that the band is ready to go into the studio any time soon. I honestly have no idea as far as any recording timetables go. I am also not sure how many other songs are near completion at this point. Nor do I know at what stage the vocals might be at for ANY of the new material. All I am saying is that as far as this one particular song goes (albeit, a very lengthy one), it was a LOT closer to being finished (instrumentally, speaking) than the last time that I heard it, and that fans of Tool's music will certainly not be disappointed.



BMB

23 October, 2013 (10:48am)
APC "JUDITH" LIVE

HEAR


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23 October, 2013 (10:39am)


A certain guitar player that I know already bought this one.

See my post below about artist CHET ZAR's new show at COPRO GALLERY.



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23 October, 2013 (10:31am)
CHET ZAR THEMED ART SHOW AT THE COPRO GALLERY

IN THE ARTIST'S OWN WORDS: "Well, it looks like the time is almost near- Ego Death is upon us! We are currently prepping for and setting up what will be my biggest and best show ever- "Ego Death"! Come to Copro gallery this Saturday, Oct 26th and take part in a funeral for the collective ego of humanity.

There will be a hearse, a funeral procession, a eulogy read by a creepy undertaker, a graveyard out in front of the gallery...plus lots of other fun events at this epic funeral/art show. Since the show will be presented as a funeral, black attire is encouraged! Also, folks who come in costume (preferably BLACK, or at least mostly black) or victorian/gothic funeral garb will get a free Ego Death poster!"

Also in gallery 2 will be master tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado's first ever solo show of oil paintings, "Renati"! You can also see the online preview for Ego Death here:

PREVIEW

Pieces are still available!

October 26, 8:00 - 11:30 PM
Chet Zar "EGO DEATH" solo art exhibition Funeral & Wake Closing Event
Nikko Hurtado solo exhibit @ Copro Gallery
Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
www.coprogallery.com
www.egodeathshow.com



BMB

23 October, 2013 (10:23am)


DANNY'S STORE AND MORE...

VISIT



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21 October, 2013 (12:00pm)
ALOKE DUTTA AT THE MINT ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Don't forget that tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will be doing his thing at THE MINT here in Los Angeles on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24. Also don't forget that the show STARTS AT 7:00 PM (doors at 6:30). ALL AGES can witness those magic fingers at work.

MORE



BMB

21 October, 2013 (08:41am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS

Drummer JOEL TAYLOR and keyboardist HANS ZERMUEHLIN join VOLTO's JOHN Z. and the others at tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Things usually get started around 9:00 and musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument to possibly join in during the second set. Great live music on a monday night... as Mercury goes retrograde.

BMB

18 October, 2013 (10:43am)
DANNY IN "FREE BIRDS" IN 2 WEEKS

Hear DANNY like you've never heard him before - "FREE BIRDS" coming to a theater near you in TWO WEEKS (NOVEMBER 1, 2013).


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16 October, 2013 (09:41am)
JUSTIN IN SEMIFINALS WITH POLLS CLOSING ON THURSDAY

For those participating in the www.loudwire.com "Greatest Metal Bassist" contest, Justin is currently slightly behind Dream Theater's John Myung with the polls set to CLOSE on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 at 10:00 AM ET. Fans can VOTE ONCE PER HOUR until then.

VOTE


BMB

15 October, 2013 (10:09am)
IT ISN'T WALDO THAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

It seems like the cameras always find him in the crowd. Photo of our television screen during last night's Dodgers game. Good eye, LaraLee. Adam was there as well, but I'm not sure where he was seated (surely, he didn't leave early).


BMB

14 October, 2013 (09:55am)
A PERFECT CIRCLE's "BY AND DOWN" NOW STREAMING ON SPIN

"BY AND DOWN" from A PERFECT CIRCLE streaming HERE

BMB

14 October, 2013 (09:50am)
JUSTIN VS JOHN MYUNG IN THE SEMIFINALS

JUSTIN squares up against "Dream Theater's" JOHN MYUNG in the SEMIFINALS of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL BASSIST" showdown.

VOTE



BMB

14 October, 2013 (09:41am)
SIGNED WICKEDEST BOOK

An out of print mint condition FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER copy of "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" SIGNED by DANNY on eBay.

VIEW



BMB

13 October, 2013 (10:11pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS

Guest musicians for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (OCT 14) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include MATT HANKLE on drums, TY BAILIE on keys and DOUG WEBB on sax. Bring a guitar or other musical device and check in with JOHN Z about performing during the 2nd set.

BMB

13 October, 2013 (04:51pm)
DANNY AT PREMIERE FOR "FREE BIRDS" TODAY

DANNY with actor/writer GEORGE TAKEI at the film premiere for "FREE BIRDS" today at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood. The movie opens everywhere on 11-1-13.

Photo by Rynne (or Sarah?) Stump



BMB

13 October, 2013 (09:23am)
JUSTIN IN THE QUARTERFINALS WITH POLLS CLOSING TONIGHT

A friendly reminder that the polls for the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL BASSIST" tournament will be closing TONIGHT (SUNDAY, OCT 13) at 11:59 PM EST. JUSTIN is currently in the lead over Rex Brown in the quarterfinals, but fans can still VOTE ONCE PER HOUR until the polls for this round shut down. Your vote is much appreciated.

VOTE


BMB

12 October, 2013 (10:11am)
CROWLEYMAS

Maybe you are planning on using ordinary plastic cups for your Halloween drinks, but might I suggest something unique while it's still available: AN ALEISTER CROWLEY COCKTAIL GLASS SET WITH ORIGINAL GREAT BEAST 666-INSPIRED DRINK RECIPES created by BMB. Each set includes FOUR PINT GLASSES with baked on 'CROWLEY' ARTWORK by HEATHER McMILLEN and recipes for "Crowley Cup" style libations including "CHORONZON 333" (multiple types of liquor sequentially layered), "BABALON RISING" (A British Navy Rum based drink with a liberal splash of...), "CROWLEY COCKTAIL # 69" (A truly lovely coming together of champagne and Aphrodope Elixir!) and finally the flaming absinthe (along with other liqueurs) drink called "HEMLOCK CLUB GREEN FLAME."

Being part of "THE CROWLEY COLLECTION", these sets are still ON SALE EXCLUSIVELY at www.themerchcollective.com WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

Also available is a premium quality Crowley Tee called "THIRST" (illustrated with the famous hypnotic gaze of the British occultist, along with a crossed swan fountain pen and circa 1920s hypodermic syringe (with a verse from "The Diary of a Drug Fiend" and ancient esoteric OUROBOROS symbol on the back).

And for collectors of limited edition ARTWORK, check out the HEATHER MCMILLEN "12 X 17" UV ink "DARK HALO" print (from an original charcoal drawing) that comes with an ORIGINAL, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED, HAND-WRITTEN 24-LINE PROSE POEM entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP" by Blair MacKenzie Blake. Only a few copies left.



BMB

11 October, 2013 (04:52pm)
DANNY IN "FREE BIRDS" MOVIE

DANNY's alter ego from the film "FREE BIRDS" (REEL FX CREATIVE STUDIOS), coming to a theater near you on NOVEMBER 1, 2013. Directed by JIMMY HAYWARD and starring OWEN WILSON, WOODY HARRELSON and AMY POEHLER. Let's give SARAH STUMP a little credit, too!


BMB

10 October, 2013 (03:51pm)
A PERFECT CIRCLE - "THREE SIXTY" COVER ART


BMB

10 October, 2013 (09:25am)
A PERFECT CIRCLE "THREE SIXTY" ARTWORK PREVIEW


BMB

10 October, 2013 (09:21am)
"GEARBOX" UPDATE

Here's a "GEARBOX" UPDATE from MARK STEGER.


BMB

07 October, 2013 (12:58pm)
JUSTIN VS REX BROWN IN THE QUARTERFINALS

JUSTIN has advanced into the quarterfinals of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL BASSIST" contest, and now takes on REX BROWN (Pantera). The polls for this round close on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 at 11:59 PM ET, and fans are encouraged to VOTE ONCE EVERY HOUR. There will be plenty of time to sleep later.

VOTE



BMB

06 October, 2013 (03:03pm)
JUSTIN CHANCELLOR VS ALEX WEBSTER UPDATE

JUSTIN is currently in the lead with the polls set to close later tonight, but it's always good to have a comfort zone. Remember that you can VOTE ONCE PER HOUR for your favorite.

VOTE


BMB

06 October, 2013 (02:57pm)
WEBB ALLSTARS & MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS

THE WEBB ALLSTARS will be performing tonight (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, with JOEL TAYLOR sitting in for Danny on drums. Band includes DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL and VOLTO!'s JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar and effects.

JOHN's special guests for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MONDAY, OCTOBER 7) at the 'tator' include TODD WOLF on drums and CHRISTIAN ALMIRON on keys. Local musicians should think about bringing an instrument to possibly join in during the lively second set. Things start happening around 9:00ish, which gives you plenty of time for the two drink minimum.


BMB

05 October, 2013 (09:21am)
WISHING FOR A DAVOLI?

STATIK of the band "COLLIDE" blows a mouthful of fire to light his birthday candles as a particularly annoying member of the paparazzi attempts to capture the moment. With CEvin Key ("Skinny Puppy"), Danny Carey ("Volto!"), Chris P ("Crowley Chowder") and Marko Fox ("Zaum") taking part in the festivities, you can well imagine that there was lots of talk about musical gear - in particular, vintage analog synthesizers. Between the four of them, they've played and owned nearly every model made... except for one. And that would be the ultra-rare Italian made Davoli Davolisint (1972) - the little analog monosynth that most vintage keyboard aficionados and collectors don't have a clue about. In fact, when I mentioned that I once owned one, and tossed it into the crowd during a live performance, CEvin and a couple of others asked me what I was talking about. I guess they (with their modular behemoths) didn't read the FEBRUARY 2012 TOOL NEWSLETTER. By the way, there were some pretty damn good margaritas, tacos, and margaritas at the party.

Photo by LaraLee



BMB

02 October, 2013 (04:07pm)
JUSTIN CHANCELLOR VS ALEX WEBSTER IN ROUND TWO VOTING

Voting is well underway between JUSTIN and ALEX WEBSTER in ROUND TWO of the www.loudwire.com "Greatest Metal Bassist" contest, with the polls set to CLOSE on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 at 11:59 PM ET. Fans can VOTE ONCE PER HOUR, so keep checking back for the latest results.

VOTE



BMB

01 October, 2013 (10:06am)
FREE BIRDS COMING NOVEMBER 1, 2013

Guess which turkey is DANNY?



BMB

01 October, 2013 (09:46am)
ALOKE DUTTA LIVE IN THREE CITIES

ALOKE DUTTA PERFORMING TABLA MUSIC
IN LOS ANGELES, WORCESTER, NEW YORK CITY.

Aloke will be performing in Los Angeles on October 24, 2013 at 7 PM at The Mint. For detail information click HERE

The tabla wizard will be performing along with TOOL TRIBUTE BAND, "Schism" and other groups in Worcester, MA on November 1, 2013 at 9 PM at The Lucky Dog Music Hall.

THE LUCKY DOG

And then on November 2, 2013 Aloke will be sharing an evening with Schism and a few other bands at the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan, New York City at 7 PM. VIPs will have the opportunity to "Meet & Greet with Aloke Dutta" as well.

Tickets and other information HERE



BMB

01 October, 2013 (09:40am)
SCOTT KINSEY HARD ENSEMBLE

Fantastic jazz TONIGHT (TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1) at where else but the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. $15.00. ALL AGES.

SCOTT KINSEY
STEVE TAVAGLIONE
JIMMY EARL
GARY NOVAK


BMB

30 September, 2013 (01:41pm)
JUSTIN CHANCELLOR VS ALEX WEBSTER IN ROUND TWO

JUSTIN has moved into ROUND TWO of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL BASSIST" showdown, and now goes up against ALEX WEBSTER. As with round one, people can vote ONCE PER HOUR... so what are you waiting for!

VOTE



BMB

30 September, 2013 (12:09pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER, 2013 E.V.

When I received the photograph (shown below), I thought for sure that it was taken at some new trendy Michelin-starred restaurant here in Los Angeles that Danny and Justin went to a couple of weeks ago. When I say, "taken at", I mean that I naturally assumed that it was an upscale eatery with a six month-long waiting list, valet parking, strict dress code, etc., and that once you've been seated and ordered a seafood entrée, the establishment provides you with a private helicopter and experienced pilot who flies you to the state of Alaska, where you are given angling gear (rods, reels, lines) and introduced to a different pilot-guide who takes you via a floatplane to some pristine stream teeming with sockeye salmon in order to catch your own main course. With your prize catch vacuum packed and placed on ice, you are then quickly flown back to the restaurant, whereupon it is prepared to your exact specifications and served in a timely manner.

In case you missed it on Danny's website, my initial thought was that these new fine fining places in Hollywood with their pricy gourmet cuisine are getting just plain ridiculous, and that I would just as soon get a "heart attack on a hook" from the nearby Long John Silver's (which, itself, is close to the "Lick-A-Chick", should I have a change of heart and go for a tasty chicken sandwich). Sure, Long John Silver's isn't a Michelin-awarded restaurant, and it doesn't give you a helicopter's exclusive access to the raw majesty of tributaries brimming with gleaming salmon. No, they catch the damn things for you with their own fishing nets, which is why I am going out to eat in the first place.

But guess what? I was wrong. It wasn't a trendy new spot in L.A. The two had actually taken a commercial flight to Alaska for a weeklong fishing trip. Can you imagine that -and with a perfectly good Gelson's within walking distance. Well, all I can think to say is - isn't that just dandy. "Hey, these squid lips would be even better with 'Crabby Dick's' seaman sauce, but rather than getting it at Whole Foods, let's take a jumbo jet to Delaware."

Now don't get me wrong. I like fishing, too. I would love to just put everything aside and go to Alaska with its volcano sunsets, gorgeous rivers, clouds of blood-hungry mosquitoes, cranky grisly bears, and endangered methlabs. Even if I don't hook any sockeye salmon, there's always the "Katch A Mac" next to the Igloo Depot next to a smoldering meth lab. But, you know what? I've got a Tool newsletter to post. Well, the more that I think about it, the more I think I should shove it aside for a while and go to Alaska anyway. A nice faux log cabin lodge with moose, eagles, wolfs and Charlie Sheen getting scratched by a hairy green Qalupalik sounds pretty damn good right now. Hell, maybe we should all ignore our commitments and obligations and go fishing. Fuck yeah!

In fact, I'm going to call the other guys and suggest that they pick their own stream. Junior is probably in his apartment below me working feverishly on future lighting configurations, with MERCH analyzing various quality textile fabrics as well as scrutinizing artwork. Let's get them both a pole and plane ticket to Anchorage. Anyone else? How about you, Hellboy?

What if Hellboy decided to shut down his website before mentioning his all time top 3 favorite Tool songs... just to go fishing in the last frontier? I'm sure that Hellboy doesn't mind hordes of snow skeeters and Yukon-hatted vampires? Hey, fleet of B-1 bombers - forget about hunting Somali pirates in wooden rafts and change your course "North to the Future" to drop those 2000 pound bombs on an unpolluted stream chock full of sockeye salmon! Toyota executives - please ignore the recall of those defective minivans. Instead, grab a pole and cast a line. Hey - you! Yes, you - lizard eating cat!, spit that damn thing out of your mouth and go try your luck in Alaska! Detroit wants $300 million? Forget it! What with all the ginormous salmon to feed everyone just a plane trip away! Maybe someone should call President Obama, and tell him to pay no heed to Syria while the fishing is good in the Kenai Peninsula! Actually, why not just shut down the entire fucking government so that everyone involved can check into a faux log cabin fishing lodge with the dangling of big moose testicles and fucking bald eagles drifting on boreal updrafts over glinting pebbled streams! And I know damn well what Jesus would do!..

Well, before I found out about all this fishing business, I wanted to share with you some recent updates, such as the much rumored "changeup", the time-consuming intricacies of recording nano-guitar riffs, some freaky stuff that I've seen on the Dry-erase board at the loft, and how two band members had traveled all the way to the "Toolik Field Station and Arctic Biology Research Center" in order to get audio samples of the Siberian Chiffchaff to be used on the next album. Wait... The Toolik Station... Okay, disregard what I said before... Damn, why not audio samples of Blue-Footed Boobies near the Salton Sea? It's a lot closer!

Photo by a hairy green Qalupalik that just happened to be passing by (while looking for a meth hookup).

HAPPY UNSULLIED TRAILS


BMB

29 September, 2013 (08:29pm)
DANNY TO PERFORM AT MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

With dog Levi safe and sound, DANNY will be the special guest drummer for the jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30. Joining DANNY, JOHN, JAMIE and CHRIS will be keyboardist STEPHANE DeRAINE. Keep in mind also that local musicians are invited to bring a guitar or other sound making device in order to join in during the raucous 2ND SET. The guys usually get started around 9:30, and the club is ALL AGES. 2 drink minimum, but that's the easiest part.

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West
Studio City, CA. 91604


BMB

28 September, 2013 (04:42pm)
LEVI FOUND AND BACK AT HOME

Levi has been found and is back at Castle Carey. Thanks to everyone who expressed concern and helped with the search.


BMB

26 September, 2013 (04:15pm)
JUSTIN VERSUS COLIN MARSTON IN ROUND ONE

Here we go again. This time it's JUSTIN vs COLIN MARSTON in ROUND ONE of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL BASSIST" battle. Polls for the first round close on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 at 11:59 PM ET, and people can VOTE ONCE EVERY HOUR.

VOTE



BMB

26 September, 2013 (03:58pm)
JOHN ZIEGLER OF VOLTO! ON THE AIRWAVES

Learn more about the world of VOLTO! guitarist JOHN ZIEGLER by tuning into www.oscarsguitarshop.com this FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th at 2PM PDT... and it will be live on LA Talk Radio.

www.LAtalkradio.com

Up for discussion will be Volto's debut album "Incitare", John's residency at the famed Baked Potato jazz club in Studio City, and other items of interest. If you find yourself occupied with other things that night, the show can be downloaded the next day for FREE on iTunes.

iTunes
Under the podcast section look for "Oscar's Guitar Shop."

The show can also be downloaded from http://www.stitcher.com, and is available for Apple, iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle devices.


BMB

26 September, 2013 (08:44am)
ADAM SCOTT MILLER "LOTUS CHAIN" PROJECT

ONLY 5 HOURS TO GO.

DETAILS


BMB

23 September, 2013 (11:49am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS

As is always the case, there will be some fantastic guest musicians for TONIGHT'S (SEPTEMBER 23) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. Joining John and Jamie will be JOE TRAVERS on drums, PETE GRIFFIN on bass, RICO BELLED on keys and... DOUG WEBB on sax, playing some John Coltrane in honor of the anniversary of his 90th birthday (no, not Doug's). The guys normally take the stage around 9:00 PM, but there's nothing wrong with arriving a little early for a cold beverage.

BMB

23 September, 2013 (11:30am)
ULTRAJECT ON TALK RADIO AND AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES IN L.A.

A quick message from Kelly Wheeler (former band mate of Danny's) that his new band ULTRAJECT will be on national talk radio live at 8pm on TradioV in Hollywood TONIGHT (Monday Sept 23rd), and that listeners can talk with the band members live on the Baptized By Fire show at 8:00pm, by calling 1-855-TRV-INLA, or on Twitter @Baptizedbyfirex. (Those interested can also hear the show at TradioV.com or Ustream.com/TradioV.). ULTRAJECT will be performing at the HOUSE OF BLUES in HOLLYWOOD on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28.

BMB

22 September, 2013 (03:46pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALAN!

Birthday greetings to AL JONES, shown here waiting to takhomasak of Steak N Shake's finest. Like me, Al knows that "In Sight, It Must Be Right." Cheers!


BMB

21 September, 2013 (02:02pm)


Try to guess which one of these guys is NOT a K.C. Chiefs fan?

Photo by BMB


BMB

18 September, 2013 (09:39am)
Q & A WITH MJK

Including UPDATES for PUSCIFER and A PERFECT CIRCLE.

READ



BMB

16 September, 2013 (01:37pm)
NEW VOLTO! MERCH & LIVE VIDEO CLIP

There are some NEW EXCLUSIVE VOLTO! MERCH OFFERINGS at the band's on-line

STORE.

Also, there is a 9 minute LIVE VIDEO on the VOLTOBAND YOUTUBE PAGE.
http://www.youtube.com/user/VOLTOband



BMB

16 September, 2013 (11:33am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

It just wouldn't be Monday without some MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ news. John's special guest musicians for TONIGHT'S SHOW (SEPTEMBER 16) AT THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include RON BRUNER Sr. on drums, and STEPHANE DeRAINE on keyboards. Local musicians shouldn't be afraid to bring an instrument and ask a band member about joining in during the always entertaining 2ND SET.

BMB

15 September, 2013 (05:06pm)
ALOKE DUTTA NEW WEBSITE & FREE CDs UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30

After a long period of inactivity, tabla master ALOKE DUTTA's new website has been launched. In honor of the occasion, until SEPTEMBER 30, 2013, the site is offering his performance CDs for... FREE!

www.alokedutta.com



BMB

14 September, 2013 (12:01pm)
MJK IN SF GATE

"I realized this is 'dive in the deep end'" - MAYNARD talks about Arizona wine

HERE.


BMB

12 September, 2013 (11:12am)
A HIGHLY LIMITED EDITION OFFERING BY "A PERFECT CIRCLE"

In case you missed it in the news below, here again is the link for PRE-ORDERS of the new "A PERFECT CIRCLE" LIVE - FEATURING "STONE AND ECHO" BOX SET.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

12 September, 2013 (10:57am)
OUROBOROS POWER AS THE "THIRST" TEE IS FINALLY UNVEILED

DANNY with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club. Okay... perhaps you've noticed that Tri-blend premium tee-shirt that he's sporting. A little hard to tell (with the slight modification involving D.C. cutting off the sleeves), but I do believe that it's my (and Heather's) "THIRST" design as part of the limited edition "Crowley Collection" exclusively available at THE MERCH COLLECTIVE And as good fortune would have it, those remaining are CURRENTLY ON SALE. Any idea how long I've been waiting for this?..

Photo by Kent Brisley



BMB

12 September, 2013 (10:36am)
A FATHER AND HIS DAUGHTER ENJOYING SOME QUALITY TIME

Forget about Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth and Nyarlathtep! Tool lighting director 'JUNIOR' is enthralled as his daughter reads to him from the "Good Necronomicon." Never heard of this dusty tome? Well, check the Yale University Library's card catalog... and (if you dare) learn all about the starry mubbles, Noo-Ba-Ba-Noo and princess Derzahla.


BMB

12 September, 2013 (10:14am)
"LOTUS CHAIN" KICKSTARTER BY ADAM SCOTT MILLER

LOTUS CHAIN


BMB

10 September, 2013 (09:54am)
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE FOR APC BOX SET

Some good news from the A PERFECT CIRCLE website:

"A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone And Echo available for pre-orders. LIMITED EDITION BOX SET INCLUDES A FULL-LENGTH DVD OF BAND'S 2011 RED ROCKS' PERFORMANCE AND FOUR AUDIO CDS The highly limited edition offering includes: * Stone And Echo, a full-length DVD (with accompanying audio CD) featuring the band's stirring Aug. 11, 2011 performance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater * Trifecta, a multi-disc collection featuring the band's complete discography, Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step and eMOTIVe, recorded live during A Perfect Circle's handful of three-night, full-album performances. The 2010 performances, the first outings from the band since their self-imposed 2005 hiatus, were limited to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco. * Bonus tracks include live performances of "By and Down," "Ashes to Ashes" and "Diary of a Love Song" * Five hand selected lithographs featuring the personal signatures of both Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel on one of the selected prints * Custom sculpted resin frame designed by the band * A custom made guitar pick designed by Billy Howerdel and exclusive to this offering * The collection is bound in a custom-made media book containing artwork and credits."

The collection is available excusively via the band's own STOREFRONT with pre-orders available now.

www.facebook.com/aperfectcircle

www.aperfectcircle.com



BMB

09 September, 2013 (08:41am)
TONIGHT'S JAMMMZ

Another Monday means more MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Special guest musicians (besides yourself?) include MATT HANKLE on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vocals. If you're in the area, bring an instrument and ask about joining in during the almost anything goes 2nd set.

BMB

07 September, 2013 (04:25pm)
ANOTHER VERY CLOSE RACE IN THE LOUDWIRE.COM GREATEST METAL DRUMMER CONTEST

It would appear that it's going to be another very tight race - this time between DANNY and JOEY JORDISON in the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL DRUMMER" contest. The two are currently neck and neck with the polls set to CLOSE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 at 11:59 PM EST. Those wanting to do so can VOTE ONCE PER HOUR.

VOTE


BMB

04 September, 2013 (09:19am)
DANNY VS JOEY JORDISON IN THE QUARTERFINALS

Having won Round 2 by a slim margin, DANNY now faces off against JOEY JORDISON in the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL DRUMMER" contest. The polls for the quarterfinals close on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 at 11:59 PM ET, and fans can vote ONCE PER HOUR.

VOTE



BMB

04 September, 2013 (09:07am)
"WADSWORTH"

Our friend ERIK TRAMMEL has a new band...

www.facebook.com/Wadsworthrockband


BMB

02 September, 2013 (12:02pm)
DANNY VS MIKE MANGINI IN ROUND 2 - LESS THAN 10 HOURS LEFT TO VOTE

We've still got a very tight race between DANNY and MIKE MANGINI in the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL DRUMMER" showdown. With LESS THAN 10 HOURS before the polls close for ROUND 2, people can still VOTE ONCE PER HOUR.

VOTE



BMB

02 September, 2013 (11:53am)
MONDAY NIGHT LABOR DAY JAMMMZ

Special guests for TONIGHT'S (SEPT 2) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include drummer GLEN SOBEL and VOTO! keyboardist MATT ROHDE. In speaking with JOHN last night at the "Webb Allstars" show, it appears that someone has absconded with the Char-broiler grill in tow, which means no grilling of burgers or dogs with those big licking Kingsford flames out back. I don't know about you, but that sure puts my weenie at half mast. Even so, there will be cocktails on demand, stupendous stuffed spuds and great live music at the 'tator' tonight.

BMB

31 August, 2013 (01:39pm)
DANNY VS MIKE MANGINI IN ROUND 2 - A TIGHT RACE SO FAR...

We've got a tight race between DANNY and MIKE MANGINI in ROUND 2 of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL DRUMMER" contest. The polls for this round close on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 at 11:59 PM ET, with people able to vote ONCE PER HOUR. Florida, where are those hanging chads?

VOTE


BMB

31 August, 2013 (01:30pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
AUGUST, 2013 E.V.

Without much other news this month, I was hoping to be able to more accurately report on certain rumors involving this so-called "curveball" from the band that has been recently tossed around on certain fansites. Being unable to drive my car while on medication after having a 'wisdom' tooth extracted, I figured that I could astral project myself to the (Tool) loft to look for further evidence. So, after passing one of my variations on "The Popcicles are in Bloom" tests, I received clearance to engage in a certain Projection-by-Symbol technique (symbol doorway) and soon found myself dissociated from any physical bounds and ready for a hopefully successful journey.

Once in my non-physical vehicle (a consecrated blacked-out bubble), although I could have arrived at the Tool loft almost instantaneously, because I hadn't been out and about in my subtle body for a while (if you don't count the recent oral surgery), I decided to first check out the plasticity of the co-existing planes, only to find myself stuck in the mass transit debacle of one of the interpenetrating slow going boulevards.

Looking around from the safely of my murdered out bubble, all around me I could see the usual astral creations and visitants - a multi-colored ballet of perichorertic impressions and radiations gathered at crowded neon-splashed dimensional transfer-points and way stations beneath billboards advertising "Dripping Feet (sic) Elixirs" and the new season for the "Real Housewives of Atlantis" (Damn these too similar special co-ordinates!). Yep, there they were everywhere within the mindscape - elementals, phantasms and contaminated astral bastards with shiny golden tokens to Pacoima astral hells. (A pox on all those O.T.O. Minervals and the wandering nature of the mind!).

Looking closer, I was beginning to wonder if I was really in my aftermarket wheels? What with the contaminated silicone monstrosities with their clip-in crayola extensions and designer Eco Totes sipping peach cobbler frappuccinos juxtaposed with the tattooed street urchins wearing Pimpstar hoodies and snapbacks while eating phantom(?) shriveled intesti-tubes right off the greasy 7-11 rollers, could these really be light-energy mechanisms? Whatever the case, having enough of these braided Yesodic nymph-orbs and spherical weirdoes with their edgy boutique barber cuts and laser ironed ball sacs, I softly tumbled in the darkness and without any restrictions whatsoever entered the heavily bolted doors of the loft whereupon, as one might imagine, I began exploring the front room.

The first thing that I noticed was that some of the band's equipment had been moved back to their usual places, meaning that the guys had probably delivered the goods to MJK, and were now back in their 'normal' writing session mode. Then I saw further evidence on a new Dry-Erase board that was filled with indecipherable scrawls written with a red marker. Studying this the best I could, I realized that this indeed was a curveball of the likes of Feller or Blylevin. But then again, a better baseball pitch analogy might be that of a changeup such as thrown by Martinez, Verlander or Glavine.

Not completely convinced by the mnemonic devices and such on the board, as a test of sorts, I moved in the darkness to the antique Pepsi cooler in the adjoining room and opened it to find hyper-mineralized oxygenated alkaline water and several bottles of St. Pauli Girl. The latter I attempted to change into Budweiser in order to make sure that I was really at the loft as opposed to some imaginal landscape. Unable to do so, I knew that I was definitely in the right place. Perhaps the satay skewers of Thai leftovers on the bar should have been enough proof!

Continuing, I saw some sheets of a crudely printed calendar, which I soon realized was a schedule for future Tool writing sessions. Turning it to the month of September, I had to shake my head in disbelief. Not again!!! And with a perfectly good Gelson's close by. Oh, well, at least I now knew what my next (September) newsletter was going to be about. Before doing so, however, to answer those email questions about any contention between the supposed hidden track, "Problem 8: The Riemann Hypothesis" and the "Bethlehem Abortion Clinic" record in the spoof catalog in the import release of the "Aenima" CD, I can tell you unequivocally that there is NOT (other than the obvious). And as for the name "Volto" being an anagram for "Tool V", although technically it is, this is merely a coincidence...

Photo by BMB

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

29 August, 2013 (09:57am)
DANNY WITH WEBB ALLSTARS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1. The other players include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and Volto!, himself, JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar. The 'tator' is l.ocated at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604. $25.00

BMB

27 August, 2013 (09:59am)
DANNY CAREY VS MIKE MANGINI

It's DANNY vs MIKE MANGINI ("DREAM THEATER") in ROUND 2 of the www.loudwire.com GREATEST METAL DRUMMER showdown. The polls close on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 at 11:59 PM ET, and people can VOTE ONCE PER HOUR.

VOTE



BMB

26 August, 2013 (10:54am)
RIP DR. JESSE MARCEL JR.

The CIA will probably come clean in 30 years or so, or at least re-invent the weather balloon cover up... again.

Photo of M. Pizzuti sculptures by BMB



BMB

26 August, 2013 (09:54am)
DANNY TO PLAY AT TONIGHT'S MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

With DANNY being the special guest drummer for TONIGHT'S MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (AUGUST 26) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA., I'm guessing that JOHN and the band will play a VOLTO! tune or two. Also performing in the special guest role will be HANS ZERMUEHLIN on keyboards. Things usually get started around 9:00, (or 9:15 with DANNY on drums) and local musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument so as to possibly join in during the almost anything goes 2nd Set.

BMB

26 August, 2013 (09:41am)
"LOTUS CHAIN" PROJECT BY ADAM SCOTT MILLER

Here's the LINK for Adam Scott Miller's Kickstarter Project 'LOTUS CHAIN' - a short entheogenic movie.


BMB

23 August, 2013 (09:40am)
FUNDRAISER LINKS FOR MIKEYWHEELS

Here are some FUNDRAISER LINKS to help Mike with his medical needs.

MIKE
gofundme.com


BMB

22 August, 2013 (05:55pm)
ULTRAJECT AT AMPLYFI TONIGHT

ULTRAJECT, featuring Danny's old band mate KELLY WHEELER, will be performing TONIGHT (THURSDAY, AUGUST 22) at AMPLYFi in HOLLYWOOD. Tickets: $8.00.

WEBSITE

www.SexTapesband.com


BMB

21 August, 2013 (04:01pm)
DANNY VS BRANN DAILOR IN ROUND ONE FOR GREATEST METAL DRUMMER

DANNY faces off against Mastodon's BRANN DAILOR in the FIRST ROUND of the www.loudwire.com "GREATEST METAL DRUMMER" showdown. The polls for the first round close on SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 at 11:59 PM ET, and people can VOTE ONCE PER HOUR.

VOTE


BMB

20 August, 2013 (10:52am)
MAYNARD INTERVIEW

An interview with MAYNARD about the new PUSCIFER DVD RELEASE is now streaming at

SPIN


BMB

17 August, 2013 (07:25pm)
WTF WITH MJK

MAYNARD talks wine with Marc Maron...

HERE.


BMB

17 August, 2013 (10:08am)
WELL, I'LL BE DAMNED... SO IT'S REAL AFTER ALL...

Okay, so the CIA finally officially admits that the 'secret' military base known all over the world as AREA 51 really exists. Well, after over 51 trips to the place -beginning back in 1989 (when you could look right down at the large installation) I'm glad to know that it wasn't just a mirage! But the truly amazing thing about the CIA's admission is that most news agencies act as if this is breaking news! Really?..

If you'd like to read about some of my strange experiences at the perimeter of AREA 51 (knowing now that it really exists!) - including the night that DANNY CAREY and I became the first civilians to be detained and heavily fined for trespassing in the (expanded) "Restricted Zone" of a place that didn't exist, check out my contribution to DARKLORE, VOLUME 7 entitled "DIRT ROADS TO DREAMLAND: 51-TRIPS TO AREA 51" I'm sure the good folks at the CIA enjoyed the piece, and with the type of evidence (including photos) that I presented, what choice did they have but to finally come clean. (Damn, having one's tongue firmly in their cheek really hurts after just getting a wisdom tooth extracted.) Now, what about the underground complex at Archuleta Mesa in Dulce? When will IT (and its terrifying experiments) officially exist?

DARKLORE

Photo by BMB of non-existent silver globe sensor and non-existent pavehawk helicopter equipped with non-existent "puff the magic dragon" weaponry patrolling a non-existent military facility back in 1992.



BMB

16 August, 2013 (10:10pm)
PUSCIFER "ALL RE-MIXED UP" ON PUREVOLUME.COM

In some top-notch reporting on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE comes the following: "One last sneak peak of music from Puscifer's "All Re-Mixed Up" (Aug. 27 release) as PureVolume.com streams Five Knives' remix of "Toma"; SPIN will be streaming "All Re-Mixed Up" in its entirety alongside an interview with Maynard on Aug, 20."

ENJOY


BMB

16 August, 2013 (09:59pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

With VOLTO! back in town, it's business as usual for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. Special guest musicians for the AUGUST 19 SHOW include LOUIE PALMER on drums, ED ROTH on keys, and DOUG WEBB on sax. Bring your favorite instrument and ask about performing during the second set. JOHN and the guys usually get started around 9:00 PM.

BMB

16 August, 2013 (09:49pm)
VOLTO! LIMITED EDITION RICK GRIFFIN ALBUM COVER ARTWORK

In JOHN'S own words:

"...Whoa, now this thing turned out pretty damn bad ass! It's VOLTO!'s limited edition, hand-made screen print of the Rick Griffin album cover artwork, done on HOLOGRAPHIC paper - each print is hand pulled on cover-weight stock and crafted by Triple Stamp Press. (the 18"x18" print is currently only available with The Incitare‬ Deluxe Bundle, limited to ONLY 1000 copies worldwide!) Score yours now..."

ORDER



BMB

16 August, 2013 (01:01pm)
NEWLY DESIGNED "MERCH COLLECTIVE" STORE NOW OPEN (WITH PAYPAL)

Check out the brand new www.themerchcollective.com website (merch from Danny Carey, Rajas, Mandala Drum, and much more). And while you're there, under the "ARTISTS" section, you will notice that there is still a BIG SALE on items from "THE CROWLEY COLLECTION", including the beastly cocktail glass set and premium quality "THIRST" tee-shirt. There are even a couple of "DARK HALO" PRINTS/VERSES left, signed by the artists.

TWITTER - @MerchCollective

NOW ACCEPTING PAYPAL



BMB

16 August, 2013 (12:45pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!

Birthday greetings today to JOE NAGY, one of my favorite humans in any six-axis plenum of universes (including the one without the letter "J" in the phonebooks). I was there to celebrate your 21st, and for number 29 I still have a thirst... so, despite having had oral surgery yesterday, I will hopefully meet you at that place on Sunset with the flaming mariachis and sombrero wearing margaritas. CHEERS, my friend!

BMB

13 August, 2013 (02:00pm)
"INCITARE" REVIEW

Another "INCITARE" REVIEW.

BMB

13 August, 2013 (01:56pm)
DANNY AT SCHOOL

In case you missed it on his website, DANNY recently met with some aspiring young musicians at The Cleveland School of Rock.


BMB

09 August, 2013 (08:51pm)
ADAM VS "DIMEBAG" DARRELL IN THE FINAL ROUND

As one might expect, we've got a tight race going between ADAM and DARRELL ABBOTT in the FINAL ROUND of LOUDWIRE'S GREATEST METAL GUITARIST showdown. With several days left in the contest, fans can vote once per hour until the polls close.

VOTE



BMB

09 August, 2013 (10:55am)
VOLTO! TONIGHT IN INDIANAPOLIS, TOMORROW IN CHICAGO

Check out DANNY up close TONIGHT (AUGUST 9) performing with VOLTO! at DELUXE @ OLD NATIONAL CENTER. TICKETS still available. Tomorrow night (AUGUST 10) the band plays LINCOLN HALL in CHICAGO. And that's it for a while, as they return to L.A.


BMB

09 August, 2013 (10:28am)
CHET ZAR KICKSTARTER PROJECT - GREAT REWARDS STILL AVAILABLE

Although there are only a few days left to donate, there are still a lot of great rewards available for artist CHET ZAR'S KICKSTARTER PROJECT.

PARTICIPATE

MORE



BMB

08 August, 2013 (08:51am)
ADAM JONES vs "DIMEBAG" DARRELL ABBOTT IN THE FINAL ROUND

It was a tight race, but ADAM has defeated Jeff Hanneman and now advances to THE FINAL ROUND in the www.loudwire.com GREATEST METAL GUITARIST poll, going up against DARRELL ABBOTT. Remember - you can vote once every hour.

ADAM JONES vs "DIMEBAG" DARRELL ABBOTT

VOTE



BMB

07 August, 2013 (03:18pm)
ADAM JONES vs JEFF HANNEMAN IN THE SEMIFINALS

It's ADAM VS JEFF HANNEMAN in the SEMIFINALS of the www.loudwire.com GREATEST METAL GUITARIST showdown!

VOTE



BMB

07 August, 2013 (12:02pm)
REMIX OF PUSCIFER'S "THE WEAVER" BY AARON HARRIS

Check out AARON HARRIS' ("ISIS", "PALMS") REMIX of "THE WEAVER" (originally on PUSCIFER'S "CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE") from "ALL RE-MIXED UP", which is scheduled to be RELEASED on AUGUST 27. MORE DETAILS TO COME.

LISTEN


BMB

07 August, 2013 (11:29am)
VOLTO! EAST COAST & OTHER SHOWS

In a text message that I received from DANNY yesterday, he mentioned how well the VOLTO! east coast shows were going - and how playing together every night makes a big difference with how the band sounds. As of today, there are still 4 SHOWS LEFT:

TONIGHT (AUGUST 7) - MAGIC BAG - DETROIT, MI

AUGUST 8 - GROG SHOP - CLEVELAND, OH

AUGUST 9 - DELUXE @ OLD NATIONAL CENTER - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

AUGUST 10 - LINCOLN HALL - CHICAGO, IL

Best of all, there are still TICKETS AVAILABLE for these shows.

MORE


BMB

06 August, 2013 (02:45pm)


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BMB

05 August, 2013 (12:01pm)
PUSCIFER "ALL RE-MIXED UP"

PUSCIFER's "ALL RE-MIXED UP" to be released in SEVERAL FORMATS on AUGUST 27. Keep checking the Puscifer website (www.puscifer.com) for pre-order info.

BMB

04 August, 2013 (12:48pm)
VOLTO! TONIGHT IN NEW YORK

There are still tickets available to see DANNY performing with ultra fusion band VOLTO! TONIGHT (AUGUST 4) at the HIGHLINE BALLROOM in NEW YORK, NY.

Tickets are also available for tomorrow night's show (AUGUST 5) at SINCLAIR in BOSTON. MA., and at WAITING ROOM (AUGUST 6) in BUFFALO, NY.


BMB

04 August, 2013 (12:26pm)
GREATEST METAL GUITARIST QUARTERFINALS VOTING ENDS TONIGHT

ADAM JONES vs RANDY RHOADS

Voting in the quarterfinals of the www.loudwire.com Greatest Metal Guitarist ENDS TONIGHT (AUGUST 4) at 11:59 PM ET.

VOTE



BMB

03 August, 2013 (05:17pm)
YESTIVAL

We've posted a couple of new photos of DANNY with VOLTO! at "YESTIVAL" (and the Cha Cha listening party) in the news at www.dannycarey.com. MORE TO COME.

VIEW


BMB

03 August, 2013 (10:57am)
COSM JOURNAL

www.AdamScottMiller.com

www.alexgrey.com



BMB

31 July, 2013 (02:58pm)


Other than maybe as an April Fool's joke, here is something that I never thought that I would post. Not with this band... Well, at least, not this soon. And although I was first informed about this news over a week ago, I thought it best that I made sure that all the details were correct before posting in a newsletter. Some of you have probably already heard certain rumors or the mentioning of this on other web forums. But for many it will come as a complete surprise - as it was to me! However, as the saying goes: "shit happens", sometimes when you least expect it to. So, with that said, here's all that I have been told so far... (FROM THE JULY, 2013 TOOL NEWSLETTER)

BMB

31 July, 2013 (11:05am)
DANNY & JOHN ON MUSIC RADAR

DANNY and JOHN ZIEGLER talk about VOLTO!, TOOL, and MORE on MusicRadar.

READ



BMB

29 July, 2013 (11:22pm)
ADAM VS RANDY RHOADS IN THE QUARTERFINALS

ADAM JONES VS RANDY RHOADS in the quarterfinals of the LOUDWIRE.COM GREATEST METAL GUITARIST contest.

VOTE



BMB

29 July, 2013 (02:34pm)
DANNY TALKS ABOUT "VOLTO!" ON COS RADIO TONIGHT

DANNY will be talking to Rynne about the new VOLTO! album and upcoming tour on the "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet RADIO program tonight from 6-7 PST.

www.radio23.org


BMB

29 July, 2013 (10:36am)


A quick message from the REAL BMB to let some of you know that the special guest musicians for tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include JOE TRAVERS on drums and RICO BELLED on keys. Put some new strings on that guitar of yours and ask about joining in during the second set. Call your friends and text your enemies - it's time for the jams at the 'tator.'

BMB

28 July, 2013 (01:00pm)
BAND IMPOSTORS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

It has come to my attention that there are people on social media sites who are pretending to be Tool band members - including, more recently, JUSTIN. Having ruled out his tour double, doppelganger, and any tulpa-type thought forms (all of which have been accounted for in their favorite probable pubs*), if these impostors (WITH THEIR TELL-TALE XXXs) continue in their asinine doings, I will start peering into my garage sale-purchased (though sufficiently charged!) almuchefi in order to personally track down the major offenders... whereupon they will soon find themselves at the mercy of the Lord of the Discordian Cockroaches. Therefore, if any Tool fans read something on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or the Australian based Txuringa by someone claiming to be a band member - and it seems suspicious in any way - please tell the phony-baloney impersonator that they are lower than snake piss (or something like this), and that a lawyer (nay, a pettifogger) has been alerted! Seriously.

"The Cat and Custard Pot", and "Swan With Two Heads."


BMB

27 July, 2013 (10:11am)
ADAM VS SLASH IN ROUND 2

As for LOUDWIRE'S GREATEST METAL GUITARIST contest, voting for ROUND 2 (ADAM JONES VS SLASH) ends on SUNDAY, JULY 28 at 11:59 PM ET... so chick that button.

VOTE


BMB

27 July, 2013 (09:57am)
"CHORONZON 333" AND OTHER UNIQUE LIBATIONS

There was a great turnout for the Volto! listening party/video screening at the Silverlake Cha Cha lounge last Tuesday, and it also seemed that people really liked the Crowley Collection glasses that some drinks were being served in. In fact, some folks even took several home with them (for the beastly recipes, no doubt). For those disconsolate souls that didn't get one, and asked where else they could be obtained - fear not - they've been here all along (at www.themerchcollective.com), and are still on SALE despite Mercury no longer being retrograde. As I understand it, there are also a few "DARK HALO" prints left, as well as "THIRST" tee-shirts. But, once they're gone... well, there's always eBay I suppose.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

25 July, 2013 (04:05pm)
LOUDWIRE GREATEST METAL GUITARIST - ROUND 2 VOTING

ADAM JONES VS SLASH in ROUND 2 VOTING of the www.loudwire.com GREATEST METAL GUITARIST.

VOTE



BMB

25 July, 2013 (09:32am)
VOLTO! AT THE BAKED POTATO

Before heading east to perform at YESTIVAL and other shows, VOLTO! will be playing at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, JULY 27. TWO SHOWS.

Get your advanced TICKETS HERE. $25.00


BMB

24 July, 2013 (01:14pm)
VOLTO! "INCITARE" FROM iTUNES & EXCLUSIVE DELUXE VINYL BUNDLE

Download the debut VOLTO! album "INCITARE" from iTUNES and/or purchase the EXCLUSIVE DELUXE VINYL BUNDLE at www.voltoband.com

VINYL BUNDLE LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES

MORE ORDERING DETAILS

HERE



BMB

23 July, 2013 (09:52am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHELEE!

Birthday greetings today from Justin and all of the Tool Family to SHELEE. If it wasn't forbidden to do so, I would give her the quantum teleportation code to a great, ever-seeing gourmet corn-dog cart that I know of in some oddly sun-dappled Zothyria (actually just a little trick of Eschatological Pantheistic Multiple-Ego Solipsism that I learned from a local chapter of the Interuniversal Nociety). Think superhypertesseract! But, of course, there's always "Uncle Bill's" in El Verano! CHEERS!

(Justin and Danny celebrating Shelee's birthday. Photo by Rynne Stump, I presume)



BMB

23 July, 2013 (09:30am)
"BLOODY DISGUSTING" TOCINO REVIEW AND QUOTES

READ


BMB

22 July, 2013 (02:13pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

I haven't a ghost of a notion as to who are going to be the special guest musicians for TONIGHT'S MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the 'tator', but whoever they are, they've got to be pretty damn good players to be on stage with the members of HUBCAP CORRAL. If I receive a text from JZ in the next hour or so, I'll add the names to this post. In the meantime, talented musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and ask about joining in during the second set (hell, maybe even the first set?). The world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club is located in STUIDO CITY, and things normally start happening around 9:00 pm. Stuffed spuds, cocktails, and inspiring live music!

Joining JOHN, JAMIE and CHRIS are STEVE STEPHENS on drums/vocals, STEPHANE DERIAU-REINE on keys, and DOUG WEBB on sax. So, there you go!


BMB

22 July, 2013 (07:35am)
VOLTO! ARTICLE/INFO ON ROLLING STONE.COM

More news about the new VOLTO! release from the folks at Rolling Stone.

READ


BMB

21 July, 2013 (04:59pm)
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BMB

21 July, 2013 (10:17am)
VOLTO! "INCITARE" LISTENING PARTY

Members of VOLTO! will be celebrating the release of their debut album "INCITARE" at the fabulous SilverLake CHA CHA LOUNGE on TUESDAY, JULY 23 (Yep, to coincide with the helical rising of Sirius and the beginning of the "Dog Days" of summer). The festivities begin around 9:00, and at some point after spinning the disk, there might be a screening of the band's new video, "TOCINO." I am also guessing that DANNY and another might take turns as guest bartenders, serving up unique non-Tiki cocktails in equally unique non-Tiki drink glasses. We'll see. Either way, come help the guys celebrate their achievement at the Cha Cha Lounge (2375 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90030).


BMB

21 July, 2013 (10:01am)
"YOU'RE ASLEEP ON THE JOB... AGAIN"

DANNY taking direction on the set for VOLTO!'s new video, "TOCINO."

Photo by BMB (with a little touching up by JZ)



BMB

19 July, 2013 (10:47am)
LOUDWIRE INTERVIEW WITH DANNY

DANNY answers some questions from the folks at loudwire.com.

READ



BMB

19 July, 2013 (10:33am)
PUSCIFER (F.U.B.A.R. RE-MIX)

VIBE has the PUSCIFER "Conditions of My Parole" (F.U.B.A.R. Re-MIX) by the one and only SIR MIX-A-LOT.

LISTEN



BMB

18 July, 2013 (04:34pm)
NEW VOLTO! VIDEO "TOCINO" - WITH DANNY CAREY

VIEW


BMB

18 July, 2013 (01:32pm)
REVOLVER ARTICLE

READ.

BMB

18 July, 2013 (01:11pm)
"GEARBOX" MERCH AVAILABLE

Purchase original Gearbox drawings, posters and t-shirts HERE.

All proceeds will go towards the continued creation of the Gearbox website.



BMB

15 July, 2013 (01:38pm)
CHET ZAR "EGO DEATH" KICKSTARTER PROJECT

Artist CHET ZAR just launched his first Kickstarter project for his next solo show, "EGO DEATH", with lots of exclusive rewards for those who donate.

VIEW


BMB

14 July, 2013 (08:24pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Joining JOHN, JAMMIE and CHRIS at the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (JULY15) will TODD WOLF on drums, HANS ZERMUEHLIN on keys and PAULIE CERRA on sax and vocals. Location is THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY (3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West), and the music usually starts around 9:00 PM. Bring your favorite instrument and ask about performing during the 2ND SET, or just order a beer with a maple ham, corn and pineapple potato and listen to some of L.A.'s best players.

BMB

12 July, 2013 (07:20pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RICH

Just because you're down in San Diego tonight, don't think that you've escaped a huge one. The loft is a steel trap... and it's only a matter of time before you step into it.

BMB

11 July, 2013 (10:29am)
LISTEN TO NEW VOLTO TRACK, "TOCINO"

TOCINO

BMB

09 July, 2013 (10:16am)
MTVOID CDS IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE ON iTUNES

Get your copy of JUSTIN'S MTVOID side project HERE

For futants able to make use of such things, MTvoid is also available on iTUNES.



BMB

08 July, 2013 (12:40pm)
JUNE NEWSLETTER TEST

Many thanks to those who have taken the TOOL TEST contained in the June Newsletter. I will post what is true and what is false (with comments and explanations) in the JULY issue.

BMB

08 July, 2013 (12:35pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Joining JOHN ZIEGLER's "HUBCAP CORRAL" (featuring JAMIE KIME and CHRIS ROY) at the BAKED POTATO tonight (JULY 8) will be MARCUS 'SPEEDY" BASS on drums and ED ROTH on keys. The guys usually get started around 9:00ish, and local musicians are encouraged to bring a musical instrument so as to possibly join in during the 2nd set. Loaded baked potatoes, beers, cocktails, and great live music under one roof in Studio City. Call your friends!

BMB

06 July, 2013 (10:49am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be playing drums for the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, JULY 7. The other players are DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keyboards, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar. COVER: $15.00

BMB

04 July, 2013 (10:58am)


Don't even think about putting ketchup on those little fuckers!

Photo by BMB



BMB

04 July, 2013 (10:50am)
SOME CONFIRMED VOLTO! SHOWS

Here are some confirmed VOLTO! show dates.

Aug 3 Yesfest Camden NJ
Aug 4 Highline Ballroom NYC
Aug 5 The Synclair Boston
Aug 6 Waiting Room Buffalo
Aug 7 Magic Bag Detroit
Aug 8 The Grog Shop Cleveland
Aug 9 The Deluxe Indianapolis
Aug 10 Lincoln Hall Chicago

MORE INFO
at
www.voltoband.com


BMB

04 July, 2013 (09:07am)
"FROM ASSAULT TO INCITARE"

Read about DANNY's very first synth and its connection to the debut album by VOLTO! HERE.

BMB

30 June, 2013 (04:50pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JUNE, 2013 E.V.

Beginning tomorrow, members of the band will be taking a weeklong break from their writing sessions so that Justin has a chance to recover from a minor arthroscopic procedure involving his knee. (TRUE OR FALSE?) Okay, now that you are up to date with what Tool is doing so far this summer - other than that the next pitch is going to be one hell of a curve ball (TRUE OR FALSE?), I thought it might be fun if the June newsletter contained of a test of sorts - a challenge for all the Tool aficionados out there to demonstrate their knowledge about the band. The test consists of 23 'assertions' that are either true or false. And since some of these pertain to the band's next record (when ever that might be), those taking the text will have to use their powers of deductive reasoning (logic!) to try to answer correctly. Those interested in taking the test are (obviously) on the honor system, but if you really think that you know Tool, perhaps try to refrain as much as you can from using Google or Bing or any other resources on the Internet (such as archived Tool newsletters and discussions on Tool fansite forums). Finally, a few suggestions that might help with the test: Relax and remain confident, analyze; eliminate the obvious (?). But most of all, be careful not to misread the 'questions.' (Note: When finished taking the test, people are encouraged to send their answers via email to me and/or post them on the various Tool fansites). So, if you are ready, the test begins... now.

1) Of the dozen or so spoof Tool CDs included in the spurious catalog in the insert contained in the import (i.e. European) version of Aenima, one of them is actually real (meaning that it at least includes jam sessions by the band and various other recorded material). Though having never been released to the general public, about 30 copies were surreptitiously placed in various record stores in European cities (most of them in Poland) by members of the band and their crew during a tour over there. TRUE OR FALSE?

2) Coincidently, the first winner of the golden ticket "Seal of Xatanitos" contained in the 21st anniversary edition of "OPIATE" was a woman named "Goldie." TRUE OR FALSE?

3) Danny used the alias of "Barry McCockener" when registering at hotels during tours, while Justin opted for, "Will McFinngerdo." TRUE OR FALSE?

4) One of the songs planned for the band's next album (when ever that might be) is a sequel to a song on a previous Tool album. (Hint, this song involves the concept of a transhuman.) TRUE OR FALSE?

5) In the Tool song entitled "Mantra", Maynard gently coaxed sounds out of one of his pet cats, which were recorded, and then electronically processed to create an eerie droning effect. TRUE OR FALSE?

6) A song on the next Tool record will be called "Toynbee Tyler." The "y" in the word "Tyler" not being a typo, as the song hints at the guardian of speculative Freemasonry, and the "resurrection of the living" as opposed to the dead, which are mentioned on the original "Toynbee Tiles." TRUE OR FALSE?

7) Regarding Danny's other band, "VOLTO!", the cover art for their debut album, "Incitare" (by psychedelic artist Rick Griffin) was originally intended to be used on an album cover by the band "Steppenwolf." TRUE OR FALSE?

8) The main riff in Tool's ultimate hidden track entitled "PROBLEM 8: THE RIEMANN HYPOTHESIS" was played repeatedly (and rather mischievously) by Adam during the sound checks attended by unsuspecting 'meet and greet' guests during the recent Australian and New Zealand tour. TRUE OR FALSE?

9) One of Danny's favorite singer-songwriters is Joni Mitchell. TRUE OR FALSE?

10) For the "LATERALUS" tour, two band members wanted to have an orchestra perform with them on the songs, "LATERALUS", "DISPOSITION", "REFLECTION", "TRIAD", and "PUSHIT." TRUE OR FALSE?

11) Justin first heard a recording of Jimi Hendrix - now one of his favorite musicians - while in BMB's hotel room at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. TRUE OR FALSE?

12) Maynard once subdued an overly enthusiastic fan on stage by placing the person in a martial arts type chokehold - all the while continuing to sing the song until members of security handled the situation. TRUE OR FALSE?

13) Adam doesn't move around much on stage because he has an artificial hip. TRUE OR FALSE?

14) Danny is currently a member of a modern day "HellFire Club" that at times play midnight rounds of golf with flaming balls and the using of high tech night vision goggles instead of seeing with the older secret magical formula known as 'drops of cat's eyes.' TRUE OR FALSE?

15) Tool both signed with their first manager and inked their first record deal (at different times) while performing at the "Coconut Teaszer" club in Los Angeles. TRUE OR FALSE?

16) Donning a mullet wig and the appropriate attire, Maynard once pretended to be a stage technician frantically trying to fix a problem with some equipment seconds before Tool took the stage. As the band began playing "Hooker With A Penis", Maynard quickly stripped from his convincing disguise while doing the vocals. TRUE OR FALSE?

17) The Knights Templar artifact that Danny had melted down as part of his bronze Paiste/Jeff Ocheltree Custom Craft drum kit was found at Montsegur in the South of France on March 16 in 1998. TRUE OR FALSE?

18) With regards to one of Maynard's other bands, the term "A PERFECT CIRCLE" comes from a book written by John Michell. TRUE OR FALSE?

19) On their next record, the band will include a cover called "From A Dry Camel" by prog-metal pioneers "DUST" from their eponymously titled debut album in 1971. The Tool version will retain the same heavy echo-plex vocals, powerful bass lines, wah-wah pedal guitar lead, and a (very) loud gong intro! TRUE OR FALSE?

20) Upon recently learning that "Chili John's" in Burbank was closed for the summer, Danny had a gallon of chili overnight FED-XED from "Ben's Chili Bowl" in Washington D.C. so that his mates could have it for lunch during the next day's writing session. TRUE OR FALSE?

21) During one of Tool's tours in America, after the performance had ended and the house lights were turned on - they were then turned off again, with the colorful stage lightning turned on. Moments later, after almost - but not all - of the concert goers had left the venue, Danny played "Faaip de Oiad" as a LIVE hidden track that was filmed to be released on a possible future DVD release. TRUE OR FALSE?

22) On the recent Australian tour, Tool lighting director Mark 'Junior' Jacobson wrote with a Sharpie the name of one of the new Tool songs (mentioned already in this test?) on some of the golden (not red) squares of confetti that was shot from canons into the audience. TRUE OR FALSE?

23) Danny chose the original release date of JULY 23 for Volto's "INCITARE" to coincide with the helical rising of the star Sirius (also the beginning of the "Dog Days" of summer). TRUE OR FALSE?

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

27 June, 2013 (10:05am)
INAUSPICIOUS, MY ASS!

As Mercury goes retrograde until July 20, 2013 the cyber-emporium known as The Merch Collective has select items from "The Crowley Collection" on sale. This includes the tri-blend premium quality tee-shirt "Thirst" (WAS $34.00... NOW $26.00), as well as the 4-piece Aleister Crowley Cocktail Glass Set - with ORIGINAL 666-inspired libation recipes that are suitable for many of your summer's entertainment needs (WAS $53.00... NOW $40.00!). And although not part of the sale, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that there aren't very many "DARK HALO" prints left (strictly limited to 93 copies), so you might also want to check out the product description for this item.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

26 June, 2013 (10:18am)
"PALMS" DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED

Yesterday, the much anticipated debut record from "PALMS" was released. The band features members of "ISIS" and "DEFTONES." Listen... ORDER... Listen...

iTunes

WEBSTORE

Also, the entire album is streaming at SPIN.COM



BMB

25 June, 2013 (10:30am)
VOLTO! SHOW REMINDER & ALBUM PRE-SALES

There might still be some seats available for VOLTO! at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, JUNE 28. To reserve yours, go HERE.

Also, PRE-SALES for the band's debut record, "INCITARE", are being taken at www.amazon.com (and other on-line outlets), this for both the CD and vinyl.

www.voltoband.com



BMB

24 June, 2013 (02:05pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMS AT THE BAKED POTATO

Joining JOHN ZIEGLER'S "HUBCAP CORRAL" tonight (MONDAY, JUNE 24) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY (CA.) will be MARGIS MILES on drums, BILLY STEINWAY on keys, and BEN THOMAS on vocals. Now that you know that, what are you going to bring for the 2nd set?

BMB

19 June, 2013 (01:06pm)
TRAILER FOR "FREEBIRDS" - ALSO "STARRING" DANNY (V.O.)

VIEW

www.freebirdsmovie.com

https://www.facebbook/FreeBirdsMovie



BMB

19 June, 2013 (12:47pm)
ULTRAJECT

Band features guitarist Kelly Wheeler - a former band mate of Danny's in "Karmageddon."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoqy-gU4KX8

www.ultrajectband.com


BMB

16 June, 2013 (03:10pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ REPORT

Special guest musicians for JUNE 17 at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include MATT HANKLE on drums, STEPHANE DeREINE on keys, PAULIE CERRA on sax, and TRAVIS CARLTON on bass. Bring your instrument and ask John or one of the others about participating during the 2nd set.

BMB

16 June, 2013 (11:58am)


PUSCIFER "ALL RE-MIXED UP" SAMPLES ON AMAZON

BMB

16 June, 2013 (11:31am)
NOW WHERE WERE WE?.. AN UPDATE

As promised here's an update to my earlier post (see below) about the band members resuming writing/arranging sessions of material for their next record. As it turned out, they didn't order sandwiches from a nearby deli, but, instead, decided to grab some burgers and avocado and buffalo chicken milkshakes (with a couple of Shandys off the secret menu for Justin) from the Shake Shack in Hollywood. Now, I know what a lot of hardcore Tool fans are thinking - especially those who were really looking forward to any updates. You want to send me an email saying: WTF, Blair, there aren't any Shake Shacks in Hollywood!

Well, yes, that might seem to be true, but hold on a minute before typing any nasty letters. To all outside appearances the Hollywood Shake Shack that I speak of resembles your typical Armenian grocery - in fact - it IS a typical Armenian hodgepodge market unless one DELIBERATELY squeezes between the PILLARS of the small wastebasket and newspaper dispenser in front, whereupon, via a unique perichoresis ('travel' from one dimension to another), one OFTEN finds one's self standing before a PROBABLE brand spanking new Shake Shake that is open seven days a week from 10:34 am to 12:34 am. (This being a rather clever way of keeping with the "anti-chain's" goal not to franchise domestically.)

One thing to keep in mind, however (and this is something that I've long suspected), with regards to the Shake Shack's signature concretes, it is only in 'our' parallel world plane that pancake & maple bacon milkshakes are on the menu.

Okay, once the lunch situation was resolved, the next thing for the band members to address was getting their instruments properly tuned and dialing in the sound at the loft. From what I was told, this only took about an hour (even with the Shandys off the secret menu), and soon thereafter the guys were back working on the "epic" song that they were hoping to finish (but didn't) before embarking on the short tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. I was also informed that they have only canceled one session in a the last week and a half. Good news, indeed, and, of course, I will keep you up to date with any further progress on this front.

Photo by BMB of a Shake Shake in our nation's capital, which, coincidentally, I visited a week or so prior to the discovery of the one in Hollywood, though not on the day they featured banana bread milkshakes.



BMB

15 June, 2013 (07:35pm)
GEARBOX UPDATE (MATURE AUDIENCE)

VIEW

BMB

12 June, 2013 (10:36am)
VOLTO! AT THE BAKED POTATO & FARTHER AWAY FROM HOME

We're going to have plenty of news updates about VOLTO! in the days to come (gigs in other parts of the country, specialty merch and album release events), but in the meantime the band will be performing live at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. on FRIDAY, JUNE 28. TWO SHOWS. $25.00

RESERVED SEATS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,
which you can easily do HERE

PRE-SALES of VOLTO!'s debut album, INCITARE, are now being taken at www.amazon.com., as well as other internet outlets. This includes both CDs and vinyl.

Again, we'll have a lot more Volto! news in the coming days and weeks.

www.voltoband.com


BMB

11 June, 2013 (03:05pm)
PEEPS FOR PREPPERS IN THE TRUE END TIMES?

The other day while watching a 'reality' television program in which a master doomsday prepper blew his thumb off while teaching his children how to shoot a gun, I received a frantic call from a friend who had just read a news report about giant neon pink slugs that had been recently discovered on a remote mountaintop in Australia. Seeing this story, he recalled a prediction involving similarly bizarre colored gastropods made many years ago by maverick entomologist Rance Q. Spartley in his controversial book entitled "The Unfolding Horror of Gigantic Flying Bug-Slugs in the True Coming Epochalypse." (Now an extremely rare book - just try to find a copy on the Internet!) Having read Spartley's fascinating tome when it was first published, the recent sightings of a new species of large bright pink slugs crawling on tree trunks and in red euCALYPtus leaves in a lush, mist-enshrouded modern day 'land of the lost' caused me pause for thought. For it was precisely in Australia's isolated Mount Kuputar National Park that the bespectacled bug man had set as the scene for the initial invasion of his creepy End of Days foe.

While scores of survivalists took to living in hidden shipping container 'bug-out' bunkers, their pantries filled with dehydrated squirrel jerky, assorted roots, and rainbow chard preserves as their family members prepared to stave off or wait out various doomsday scenarios such as a nuclear holocaust, bio-terrorism, super volcanoes, massive coronal ejections, runaway greenhouse effect, asteroid strikes, gamma ray zombies, hyperinflation and grain shortages, Spartley's book centered around an entirely different and almost inconceivable threat to humankind. This was not one of the more quixotic end time possibilities - things most preppers couldn't even image as they studied their seed catalogs - things like mini-black holes, particle accelerators gone wild (Hadron Collider!), leading to quantum vacuum collapse inevitability, Little Caesar's Pizza Proliferation, self-replicating nanobots on the blink, or something accidentally (or, more likely, intentionally) flipping the switch to our solar system's Universal Fine Tuning Factor... those fundamental constants that include everything from the mass of the electron neutrino to the original color of Oprah's eyebrows. What good are AR-15s and canned cheddar cheese when everything suddenly goes blank (or the even lesser scenario of the entire earth being turned into a grey slurpee or molecular nano-goo from ecophagy)? No, Spartley's worst nightmare involved slugs. Not flesh-eating ghost slugs, but brilliant pink ones...

The devil in question Spartley named TRIBONIOPHORUS GRAEFFEI VESPA MANDARINIA JAPONICA - a hybrid monstrosity formed by a giant Asian hornet and a large pink slug. Consider for a minute, Spartley wrote - the horror that is the giant Japanese hornet, a creature that sprays flesh-melting poison into its victim's eyes. Further consider, that this poison contains a certain nasty pheromone that causes hundreds of other like-minded giant hornets to attack, and whose sting causes one to experience pain that is off of the chart on the Schmidt Sting Index. And finally, realize that these hornets can fly over 50 miles in a single day.

So, as local malacologists (slug experts) currently remain all warm and fuzzy about the 'new' species of gastropod harmlessly going about its business of eating algae and moss on its magical Eden-like mountain, I wonder if any of them have read (or taken seriously) the warning in Spartley's book about non-semi permanent natural hybridization? For those who have read it, it is rather grim picture indeed that the world-renowned entomologist paints. Can you imagine, the author asks (on page 199) - what would happen if this freak of nature and the giant Asian Hornet were to become one via hybrid biology ... and keep feeding? Try to envision hordes - a living storm of fusion "bug-slugs" the size of modern aircraft carriers. In fact, try to envision -if you can - the ghastly spectacle of tens of thousands of flying enormous fluorescent pink creatures shooting flesh-dissolving substances before the blood-sucking slug aspect of it feasts on hundreds of thousands of writhing skinless bodies! All the while reproducing over the entire planet.

In a later chapter dealing with this possible threat to humankind, Spartley suggests a 'nip it in the bud' solution before any natural hybridization occurs. Forget about any copper deterrents, salt or Sluggo, though, the bug man makes clear in the book. What is needed is something on the level of Justin Bieber driving an old Ford Pinto backwards! (Obviously not in Spartley's book, as prophetic as it might be). This would appear to involve coaxing the now only 8-inch-long slugs to dine on something that contains high dozes of methaldyhyde poison. Rather than using spiked citrus rinds or Yoder's bacon, etc., the bait ought to be bright pink. To which the entomologist considered a variety of things, more recently claiming that the marshmallow candies called "Peeps" - those beady-eyed sugary chicks often placed in Easter baskets - ought to do the trick. Most remarkable of all is that with the relatively indestructible pink-colored Peeps confections; no poisons are required to eradicate the potentially dangerous slugs! In a final note, Spartley found it rather ironic that the possible savior of humankind involved something associated with Easter - a holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus...



BMB

10 June, 2013 (12:03pm)
ALOKE DUTTA TO PERFORM IN KAUAI, HAWAII

"World-class tabla maestro" (damn!, I guess I shouldn't call them Bengali bongos anymore), ALOKE DUTTA, will be performing masterfully on JULY 19 on the island of KAUAI, HAWAII. Aloke will also be conducting Rhythm Concept workshop on the 20th at 3 PM. Please contact the telephone number on the poster or email aloke@alokedutta.com.

But that's not all, folks. The "world-class tabla maestro" will also be celebrating a BIG birthday while on said island... which might never be the same..., so there's yet another reason to go check out those magic fingers (while he's still young).



BMB

07 June, 2013 (08:23am)
VOLTO! ADDED TO YESTIVAL & DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE (JULY 23, 2013)

VOLTO! as been added to the list of performers for the prog-fest YEStival in Camden, NEW JERSEY on SATURDAY, AUGUST 3. Other bands include "YES", "THE MUSICAL BOX", "RENAISSANCE" (featuring ANNIE HASLAM), and "CARL PALMER'S ELP LEGACY." Now if only "FIREBALLET" would join in...

And a reminder that VOLTO!'s debut album INCITARE is scheduled to be released on JULY 23, 2013 by the FANTASY/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP.

www.voltoband.com

MORE



BMB

07 June, 2013 (08:09am)
MEN OF STEEL

Yesterday, I added this "Superman" photo to Danny's WEBSITE , along with a link for his upcoming 'TURKEY MOVIE', and a couple of photos at a recent birthday bash.


BMB

05 June, 2013 (01:34pm)
NOW, WHERE WERE WE?

For those who like to keep tabs on every specific aspect involving TOOL, yesterday, around 2:00 PM (PST), a truck containing the band's equipment (which had earlier arrived from Australia and Japan via a transpacific freighter) pulled up to their primary storage space where it was unloaded by several able bodies. Afterwards, the truck proceeded to the band's rehearsal space ("the loft"), where what gear remained was dropped off. Therefore, according to the plan, the guys are scheduled to resume with the writing/arranging process of material for their next record sometime later this afternoon - once everything is put back into place, and they have had their lunch (which I'm guessing will be sandwiches of some kind from a nearby delicatessen). At least that's the plan. Stay tuned for further updates.

BMB

05 June, 2013 (09:59am)
JUNIOR MOONLIGHTING WITH QOTSA

Tool's very own lighting director, JUNIOR, will be at the switch for the "QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE" LIVE ON LETTERMAN WEBCAST TONIGHT (Wednesday, June 5) available at CBS.COM and on VEVO (9:00 PM, ET - 6:00 PM, PT).

BMB

04 June, 2013 (11:18am)
ALL REMIXED UP

Along with finishing up blending trials for the 2012 Reds, attending several winemaker dinners, launching a new Co-Operative blend with three other vintners, WORLD CLASS MULTI TASKER MJK is currently mastering the PUSCIFER CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE REMIX ALBUM entitled "ALL REMIXED UP." Did I mention dvds, a prestigious James Beard Foundation event, and the bottling of 2500 cases of Merkin Vineyards Reds?

MORE INFO SOON


BMB

04 June, 2013 (10:53am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENT!

Birthday greetings to our friend (and former band mate of Danny's) KENT BRISLEY, who is shown here demonstrating the proper way to drink a 1997 Heitz Martha's Vineyard when one is approaching the half century mark. Next year we hope to get Kent a 1951 Penfold's Grange, although at this time we only know of one person who possesses one, and you'd probably have a hard time prying it away with a crowbar.

Photo by BMB



BMB

31 May, 2013 (01:57pm)
AARON HARRIS "PALMS" ALBUM TRAILER & PRE-ORDER INFO

ALBUM RELEASE DATE, JUNE 25, 2013

PRE-ORDER


BMB

31 May, 2013 (01:38pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
MAY, 2013

INCITARE

THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM VOLTO!
SET FOR RELEASE
JULY 23, 2013 ON FANTASY/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP

Volto!: Danny Carey (Tool), John Ziegler (Pigmy Love Circus), Lance Morrison (Don Henley), and Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Live).

Track Listing for Incitare

1) Grip It
2) Gillz
3) Whopner
4) Drumbeaux
5) Quirk
6) BHP
7) Meltdown
8) Tocino
9) I'm Calm Now

VOLTO!

THE BAND'S OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY

RESEARCHED, VERIFIED & ASSEMBLED
By
BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE

JOHN ZIEGLER (GUITAR)

NAME AT BIRTH: JOHANN ZIEGLER
ALTER EGO/ALIAS: PEPE SPACKLE
PLACE OF BIRTH: KREAMER, PA.
MUSICAL EDUCATION: SHANKSVILLE REFORMATORY & MUSICAL ACADAMY

NOTES: Resigned (defected) from high-level position at the 'dark side' of NASA (HOUSTON, TX) upon learning that his supervisor was actually a shape-shifting reptoid that was stranded on the earth after the 1948 UFO crash at Aztec, New Mexico. According to JZ (who at the time specialized in theoretical considerations of geo-magnetic power propulsion and anti-gravity drives) Mr. Zemkla (the reptoid) was secretly planning on using the government agency funds to return back to "The Realm of Alzdom." However, the reason for John's leaving the organization was that in its human guise, Zemkla was "a real prick!"

Having moved from Houston to Los Angeles, John would often hide inside a utility closet at "Black Market Music," only to emerge in the darkness after the store had closed, whereupon he would spend most of night trying out the various guitars, amps, mixers, and vintage guitar effects pedals. Afterwards, he lowered the marked prices on those that he liked. To purchase other gear, he supplemented his income by composing porn soundtracks.

OTHER INTERESTS: John is believed to be in possession of a very valuable Hummel (figurine) collection that he inherited from a wealthy Philadelphia socialite while being employed as the rose gardener of her sprawling estate. It was his innovative use of Starbuck's coffee grounds as his secret mulch that provided him with enough money to eventually purchase his first electric guitar - an imitation Magnatone "Zephyr" bought at Walgreens. Word on the street is that he keeps the Hummels locked safe in the bomb shelter in his backyard.

FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Klinton Flink.

LOWEST PAYING MUSICAL GIG: Composing melodic chimes (utilizing chromatic scale figures) for an ice cream van in Lofoten, Norway.

FAVORITE MOVIE: The Hungarian language version of "Billy the Kid Versus Dracula," which he watches religiously after every Volto! show.

FAVORITE DRINK: Zima and iced Plobium. (Allegedly, he purchased numerous cases of the citrusy drink after a fortune-teller warned that its domestic production would soon cease - something that John at first refused to believe).

FAVORITE SPORT: Full contact mahjong.

LANCE MORRISON (BASS)

NAME AT BIRTH: MORRISON LANCE
PLACE OF BIRTH: SOMEWHERE JUST OUTSIDE OF PIE TOWN, NEW MEXICO
MUSICAL EDUCATION: Paid for guitar lessons by working as a rodeo clown and a Steeple Jack.

NOTES: Reputed to be a member of the L.A. chapter of "The HellFire Club." Based on the quasi-Masonic secret society founded in 1750 by Sir Francis Dashwood (Motto: "Stiff clubs and Hard balls"), the club is known for illegally playing midnight rounds of golf on local country clubs with flaming gutta-percha balls hit by blackthorn shillelaghs with shafts made of a mysterious substance known as "Roswellium."

Other non-musical interests include sipping de-café while conducting surveillance with an elite narco squad in Singapore (or Rhode Island).

It's not generally known that Lance secretly aspires to be the lead guitarist in Volto! (and that he once admitted [though now denies] to haven taking a golden shower from a full-blown and quite unexpected apparition of the ancient Sumerian goddess, Inanna.)

FAVORITE MEAL: Flaming periwinkles and chocolate covered fire ants.

WORST DESSERT: Stale ladyfingers with an entremet of wild cherry Sucrets.

FAVORITE SONG: "The Ballad of the Hungry Hamburgers from Mars."

FAVORITE BOOK: "How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths & Civil Servants" by David Rees.

DANNY CAREY (DRUMS)

NAME AT BIRTH: DILBERT CAREY
PLACE OF BIRTH: IN THE SHADOWS OF THE NETHERWORLD AT THE CEMETERY OF STULL, KANSAS
MUSICAL EDUCATION: Dilbert (Danny) only began playing drums as a way of punishing (nay, torturing) his parents after being grounded for two weeks for attempting to derail a freight train by placing his father's rare three-legged Buffalo nickel (1937-D) on the tracks. He mastered the drum solo of "In-a-gadda-da-vida" by the Iron Butterfly on the third night, and then moved on to "Symphony NO. 3 by Penderecki. He claims that he hasn't practiced since.

NOTES: It is believed by some that Danny has an identical twin brother who is the actual drummer in the Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum record selling prog-metal band "TOOL" and that Dilbert changed his name to Danny for this reason. To my knowledge, no one has yet been able to confirm this strange rumor.

Danny (or Dilbert) is also a reputed member of the L.A. chapter of "The Hellfire Club," being the black-masked driver of one of their stealthy Garia LSV golf carts (expired registration). He, too, secretly aspires to be the lead guitarist in Volto!

Danny is a licensed to kill Fugu chef, season ticket holder of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, and is currently in the process of restoring a civil war era submarine to use as a party retreat in his pentagonal-shaped swimming pool.

FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Damien Storm (for LINN DRUM MACHINE programming).

FAVORITE MEAL: Patiopoulo-Perdikaki road kill.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Gummo II, which he often watches while eating peacock tongues grilled on the manifold of his favorite pickup truck.

OTHER INTERESTS: Staying between the lines with the "Gangsta Rap Coloring Book", contemplating "The Reimann Hypothesis" (i.e. Problem 8), and searching for treasures in boxes of 1965 Quisp cereal (hoping to find a Quazy Flux Cubitator, "where all secrets of the planet Flumbot are stored.")

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

30 May, 2013 (10:05am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be drumming for the WEB ALLSTARS (yes, at the BAKED POTATO) on SUNDAY, JUNE 2. The band also features DOUG WEBB on sax, JIMMY EARL on bass, JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar and keyboardist MITCH FORMAN. Admission: $15.00. Nice jazz tunes!

BMB

30 May, 2013 (10:00am)
REMINDER: "JZ & THE FACILI-TATORS"

JOHN ZIEGLER has rounded up some great musicians to perform at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, MAY 31. More info in my news post below.

BMB

29 May, 2013 (08:39am)
MEMORIAL DAY GRILL AT DANNY'S HOUSE

With the carne asada done, cEvin takes over the grill for a while.

Photo by BMB


BMB

29 May, 2013 (08:34am)
JUNIOR IN BLUE HEAVEN ON EARTH

Having returned from the band's recent tour, Tool lighting director MARK "JUNIOR" JACOBSON... or perhaps his DOUBLE takes in a Dodger's game over the Memorial Day weekend. After eight and a half innings, he Blue Crew defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, though with our choice of refreshments, we both might be helping the birds get some high-caliber player next year.

Photo by BMB


BMB

26 May, 2013 (05:39pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/BIRTHDAY/MEMORIAL DAY GRILLING ACTION

Join special guest musicians ERIC VALENTINE on drums, RICO BELLED on keys and the rest of JZ's bad ass band for another MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/MEMORIAL DAY GRILL at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. The chairman of char, MIKE FOX, will be up to his elbows in flaming Kingsford - looking for a cold Pepsi - while seasoning those burgers to Michelin Guide perfection! And might I suggest bringing some green limb roasting sticks (a yard in length) for the franks - putting those lightly scorched beauties on Pepperidge Farm top-splits, with plain yellow French's (dash of horseradish? NO!). It will also be someone's birthday celebration, though I'm not sure there's enough time to get the Holmes pecan-smoked things that he likes. Cheers!, none the less, and we hope that you can make it to where else but the 'tator.'

BMB

24 May, 2013 (09:05pm)
ORIGINAL "DARK HALO" DRAWING SPECIAL SALE PRICE

During the Memorial Day weekend, the ORIGINAL CHARCOAL AND PASTEL DRAWING entitled "DARK HALO" by artist HEATHER McMILLEN has been reduced in price to $666.00 (Original price being $2,000.00). SIGNED by the ARTIST with FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. A great opportunity for someone to own the original.

VIEW/ORDER

There are also some (about 8) SIGNED PRINTS of "DARK HALO" (LIMITED TO 93 COPIES) available at www.themerchcollective.com for $93.00. Comes with a holographic prose-poem by BMB and parchment copy of verses. See details at the store and check out the rest of the "CROWLEY COLLECTION."


BMB

23 May, 2013 (01:01pm)
"IJYNX" AT AMAZON

For those who have emailed about this - and for those who haven't - my book entitled "IJYNX" (by Blair MacKenzie Blake) is NOT available in the Tool website store (those copies sold out many years ago), but is currently AVAILABLE at WWW.AMAZON.COM in an expanded HARD COVER version issued by "Dailygrail Publishing." (Search for "IJYNX" in books.)


BMB

20 May, 2013 (02:20pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ... AND SOMETHING NEW!

Tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MAY 20) at the world famous BAKED POTATO JAZZ CLUB in STUDIO CITY include TONY MOORE on drums and BILLY STEINWAY on keyboards. Bring your favorite instrument and join in on the action during the 2nd set.

And then on FRIDAY, MAY 31 - something NEW under the L.A. sun... (drum roll)

It's a privilege to announce the debut performance of "JZ & THE FACILI-TATORS" - modern ultra fusion featuring JOHN ZIEGLER and JAMIE KIME on guitar, JOE TRAVERS on drums, MITCH MANKER on trumpet and EVI, and RUFUS PHILPOT on bass - where else but at the Baked Potato!


BMB

19 May, 2013 (07:33am)
MTvoid CDs IN STOCK

"NOTHING'S MATTER" by MTvoid (JUSTIN'S LATEST PROJECT) in stock.

ORDER



BMB

16 May, 2013 (08:01am)
TONIGHT IN L.A. - ALEX GREY'S ENTHEON (KICKSTARTER) EVENT

TONIGHT IN LOS ANGELES - ALEX GREY'S ENTHEON KICKSTARTER

"Don't miss the LA ENTHEON Kickstarter event Tonight, THURSDAY, MAY 16th at Lot 613 (613 Imperial St., downtown) where special guests will include electronic musical genius, OTT. VJ extraordinaire, Jonathan Singer will present mind bending visuals including the Entheon Altar DJ booth with angel endowed stage set. Groove to the stylings Michel Menert of Pretty Lights, Thriftworks, Desert Dwellers, Treavor Moon Tribe and Lynx. We welcome Ryan Tottle, digital sculptor, who brought Alex's design for ENTHEON to a fully rendered architectural model. Special surprises will include Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method. Live broadcast transmedia producer, Lisa Clapier will provide up-to-the-minute campaign details. A special gift poster is offered to those who come having already pledged $50 or more to CoSM's Entheon Kickstarter.

Gratitude to everyone who has already made a pledge!! Visionaries of the future will thank you!

Come prepared to bid on an exquisite work of historic visionary art. If we win the Entheon Kickstarter campaign, the work will be shipped to you on June 1st. Email bids will be accepted. Write to allyson@cosm.org before midnight Thursday.

15 more days to win our campaign which ends after May 31st."

Join ALEX in L.A. for a great event. You can watch the live stream of the event at this

LINK



BMB

15 May, 2013 (02:31pm)
VOLTO! AT THE 'TATOR' - SATURDAY, MAY 25

VOLTO!, featuring DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON (with special guest keyboardist MATT ROHDE from Jane's Addiction) will be performing ultra fusion at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. on SATURDAY, MAY 25.

TWO SHOWS

Reserve your seats

HERE

... or take a chance of getting tickets at the door the night of the show. ($25.00)



BMB

12 May, 2013 (09:23pm)


I warned everyone not to eat the red mushrooms with the white spots. Some listened, others didn't! Just KIDDING... Here's Danny on his birthday, smoking a dwarf's pipe in front of Bilbo Baggins hobbit hole in Hobbiton. I think...

"Big thanks to Kirsten, Matt and the rest of the crew at http://www.hobbitontours.com/ for taking us on an after hours private tour of Hobbiton. We finished up with pints of ale at the GREEN DRAGON!"

~ Danny & Rynne



BMB

11 May, 2013 (10:37am)
ART SHOW TONIGHT WITH HEATHER McMILLEN AND OTHERS

INFO

www.heathermcmillen.com



BMB

09 May, 2013 (08:53am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANNY... DOWN UNDER

Boisterous birthday CHEERS to DANNY, who just finished a great show in New Zealand.

(Whipped up a little dessert for you that I'm having fedexed overnight.)



BMB

08 May, 2013 (05:29pm)
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

There you go, Mr. Chenowith. Enjoy!


BMB

08 May, 2013 (10:42am)
UNNATURAL ALLIANCE ART & MUSIC EXHIBIT (SATURDAY, JUNE 1)

"Unnatural Alliance is presenting another one night art and music exhibit (SATURDAY, JUNE 1) with all your friends ... Chet Zar, Meats Meier, Tas Limur, Grant Standard, Jacob Roanhaus, Michael O'Brien, Tracy Roberts, Tyler Jones, iTom..."

MORE EVENT INFO
https://www.facebook.com/events/448176501923483/?ref=22



BMB

08 May, 2013 (10:33am)
MARK STEGER "GEARBOX" RELAUNCH

Check out the relaunch of www.gearboxcomic.com

BMB

07 May, 2013 (10:59am)
ALOKE DUTTA ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS

He's taught Danny Carey, Terry Bozzio, Pat Mastelotto, Simon Philips, Joe Porcaro, Aaron Harris, and several other great drummers, and now he could teach you. Tabla master ALOKE DUTTA (you can hear his playing on "PUSHIT" from Tool's SALIVAL) has some openings for new students - in person (in Los Angeles) and via Skype. Students of all levels are welcome to study tabla and/or rhythm concept with him. Those who are interested are encouraged to contact Aloke directly at his email: aloke@alokedutta.com.

BMB

05 May, 2013 (11:45am)
HAPPENINGS AT THE BAKED POTATO THIS MONTH

TONIGHT (SUNDAY, MAY 5) the DOUG WEBB ALLSTARS will be performing at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. The band features DOUG WEBB on sax, JIMMY EARL on bass, MITCH FORMAN on keys, VOLTO!, himself, JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar, and... with Danny currently on tour with Tool, a special guest drummer. Tickets: $15.00

TOMORROW (MONDAY, MAY 6), it's the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ. Special guests include STEVE STEPHEN on drums and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. Bring an instrument and ask about joining in with other great musicians during the almost anything goes 2ND SET. $10.00 at the door.

TUESDAY, MAY 7 - The 'tator' plays host to the always amazing SCOTT KINSEY GROUP (with STEVE TAVIGLEONE on sax, flute, and EWI). This show is being billed as an "eclectic jazz party", with the emphasis on "eclectic." TICKETS: $15.00

VOLTO! will also be performing at the BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, MAY 25 (more info about this to be posted soon).

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST,
STUDIO CITY, CA> 91604


BMB

05 May, 2013 (11:24am)
DANNY

DANNY in Australia as captured by Rynne Stump.


BMB

04 May, 2013 (02:26pm)
OPIATE "SEAL OF XATANITOS" RECEIVED BY FIVE PEOPLE

The five winners whose OPIATE packages contained the golden "SEAL OF XATANITOS" are being contacted by MERCH. Locations of those who won and are to receive a prize are South Carolina, Germany, Texas, Australia, and San Francisco. Shown here is a certificate with the "Seal of Xatanitos", the variation sticker (#6) and a unique USB card (also #6). Congrats to the 5 winners! Hopefully we'll get some photos of them with their prize.

Photo by BMB



BMB

03 May, 2013 (09:51am)
GOLDEN CONFETTI

Has anyone at the Tool shows found a piece of GOLD CONFETTI amongst the rest?

Photo and 'prize' by Tool lighting director Mark (Junior) Jacobson.



BMB

03 May, 2013 (09:38am)
DANNY AND THE BEAST

Here's a photo taken by RYNNE of DANNY dialing in sounds on his new synth. I was told (by Danny) that there was some trouble with fuses during the first couple of shows, but that this has now been fixed, and with the gremlins at bay, the beast is performing as expected. I will be posting more photos on Danny's website (www.dannycarey.com) and on the Tool sites once Rynne gets the band's approval.


BMB

03 May, 2013 (09:24am)
ADI GRANOV AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON IN JULY

I received a note from artist ADI GRANOV letting me know that he's been getting lots of requests to SIGN the 21st anniversary OPIATE PACKAGES. Well, Adi would like you to know that he will be at the SAN DIEGO COMIC CON in JULY (18-21), and will be happy to sign what ever you bring. So mark that on your calendar, and I'll post a reminder prior to the start of the convention.


BMB

03 May, 2013 (08:48am)
ALEX & ALLYSON GREY ENTHEON KICKSTARTER

PRESS RELEASE:

Entheon Kickstarter

"We have been inspired by the recent success of Kickstarter for funding projects large and small. Just this month, two movie projects have generated millions of dollars by rallying their dedicated fans. If artists projects can be financed by friends, there is no limit to creative freedom. In that spirit we announce the launch of the Entheon Kickstarter today! Check it out, make a pledge, and build Entheon with us.

Many of you know that, for five years, CoSM was a vital center for visionary art and culture in Manhattan that closed in 2009. CoSM left a 12,000 square foot rental on 27th Street after finding the perfect site to build the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, an historic 40 acre retreat center in the Hudson Valley of New York. CoSM's heroic team beautifully restored three buildings on the property, the office, the studio, and the guest house, to hold ceremonies, events and workshops. But sadly, the attraction that drew tens of thousands of visitors in Manhattan, the inspiring installation of art, is still wrapped in storage.

The time has come to bring the paintings back. Our plan is to build a permanent exhibition space for these iconic artworks along with paintings and sculpture by some of the most accomplished mystic creators of our time. This home for visionary painting and sculpture, performance and dance, will be a destination you can visit anytime of year to commune with and contemplate the art, now and for generations to come. That transformative environment will be called ENTHEON, a place to discover the creator within.

After two years of working with the Wappinger Town Planners and the Rhinebeck Bank, construction of Entheon, the visionary art experience, has begun at CoSM. New technologies in 3D scanning, modeling and printing are being utilized to bring this unique architectural design to life.

We need your help to create CoSM's most ambitious project to date. Estimated cost of construction, complete with all the required amenities of a two-story building (including elevator, bathrooms, parking and paved road with lighting) will be over $1.5 Million Dollars. The bank is offering a loan hundreds of thousands dollars short of what is needed to completely finance this extraordinary sculpture that is a building.

Build Entheon with us by going to the Kickstarter website and checking out the really awesome and original premiums you can receive for helping us reach our goals and super goals. Share this message and kickstarter link with friends and post it on your facebook. Then plan to come and see the temple of art that you helped to build."
Love,
Alex and Allyson



BMB

01 May, 2013 (08:47pm)
OPIATE UPDATE

With the last of the 21st anniversary OPIATE packages being shipped out tomorrow and friday, we came across this oddity which some lucky person will soon find in their mailbox.

Photo by BMB


BMB

01 May, 2013 (08:34pm)
CHET ZAR ART SHOW AND LECTURE IN NEW MEXICO (STARTS FRIDAY)

Artist CHET ZAR will be part of a 2 man show as well as giving a lecture this weekend in New Mexico. If you're not on his mailing list, here's the online INFO

BMB

01 May, 2013 (08:29pm)
AARON HARRIS "PALMS" UPDATE

"Pitchfork.com is streaming a PALMS track from our forthcoming debut out JUNE 25 on Ipecac Recordings. The song is called Patagonia." Here's the
LINK.

BMB

28 April, 2013 (01:42pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Tomorrow's special guests for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (APRIL 29) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include TODD WOLF on drums, JON GREATHOUSE on keyboards, and TRAVIS CARLTON on bass. After that third lesson, bring your guitar down and ask about joining in during the 2nd set. Have you heard about the huge spuds?

BMB

28 April, 2013 (09:23am)
CHILI JOHN'S ON THE FOOD NETWORK

It looks like Food Network personality Guy Fieri has finally discovered what DANNY and I have known for well over 20 years: CHILI JOHN'S! Being the oldest restaurant in Burbank, and serving up the best (and potentially hottest) bowls of chili in the city, the place that I've been writing about on Toolband for all these years will be featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" on MONDAY, APRIL 28 (Season 17, Episode 2 - check local listings for times). And if you're a chilihead reading this in Texas... it's okay pardner... the original recipe goes back to range chili prepared in the Lone Star State. So, now that you want to try some (beef, hot, beans - but maybe not a "super bowl" that Danny orders), you best hurry, as they usually close down for the summer. And, yes, you might want to keep some bathroom stationary in the freezer just in case...

Photo by LaraLee


BMB

27 April, 2013 (02:54pm)
ONLY 10 "DARK HALO" PRINTS LEFT

A big head's up that there are now ONLY 10 "DARK HALO" PRINTS left out of the 93 copies for sale. Each NUMBERED AND SIGNED "12 x 17" print by artist HEATHER McMILLEN (strictly limited to 93 copies) also INCLUDES an ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED 24-LINE PROSE-POEM entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP" that is INDIVIDUALLY HAND-WRITTEN and SIGNED by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE on parchment paper.

A four-piece PINT GLASS SET with original BEASTLY COCKTAIL RECIPES and art by Heather McMillen, and PREMIUM QUALITY TEE-SHIRT featuring more work by the artist (as designed by BMB) are also available as part of "THE CROWLEY COLLECTION" at www.themerchcollective.com.

ORDER



BMB

27 April, 2013 (01:32pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER,
APRIL, 2013 E.V.

One day after their decoy-doubles landed, members of the band and their tour crew arrived safely in Australia to prepare for their upcoming wing-dings and bush-bashes. So far, I'm happy to report, there have been no serious incidents involving rabid dingoes, stuka-mozzies, paralysis ticks or killer kookaburras. Nor has anyone yet become a stingray's shish kabob. No doubt this is in part due to the innovative, life-sustaining, vegemite stain-proof, water-cooled suits called AEMU (Australian Extravehicular Mobility Unit ) that were manufactured by the engineers of ILC DOVER. As the saying goes: "If the design is good enough for NASA and Zero-G, it ought to be fairly effective Down Under."

As I write this (rouge commas and all), the guys have probably checked into their posh hotel (with Huntsman free blinds!) and are most certainly looking forward to going out and ordering some aussie-tizers from the nearest Outback Steakhouse (which can't be too far away, seeing how there's one in every shopping center here in the USA). Or, perhaps, just grabbing a refreshing Zooper Dooper ( in cosmic flavors) from the friendly bloke with the kanga stuck on the bonnet of his van. (Note: I totally enjoyed these icy confections while on a recent trip to Kakadu National Park - just a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic boomarang toss from Darwin in the Northern Territory.)

As I mentioned in a recent news post, the tour is being billed as "AN EVENING WITH TOOL" - meaning that there aren't any opening acts to speak of (unless one has been added without my knowledge... and approval). And being that there might be extra time to perform, I would expect some musically interesting segues. And the 'star' of these mind-bogglingly trippy developments might just be Danny's shiny new synthesizer (Plan B "Toolbox" Synth), which was custom built to the drummer's specs one mail-ordered component at a time by Peter Grenader. You can take a peek at this doozy of a noise maker for yourself in a couple of new youtube videos.

As the tour progresses, I hope to have updates on MERCH, as well as some great photos courtesy of Rynne (Nice, one just arrived in my in box)... Before proceeding with some e-mail, I want to know exactly what is it that you're using to season tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto? Because that shit sounds crazy in this part of the world!

E-MAIL ABOUT TOOL TOUR, THE SEAL OF XANTANITOS, OPIATE SIGNATURES, VIP PACKAGES, AND APRIL FOOLS.

Q: "Hi! Don't know who to contact really, maybe you could help me in the right direction? Just checking will TOOL release new material soon? Hopefully they will tour a lot then? I play in a band called Truckfighters, we've done over 500 liveshows in Europe, USA, South America and soon also Australia/New Zealand. We will release our fourth record in JAN 2014 on SONY music in Scandinavium and Fuzzorama in the rest of the world. Would love to discuss and opening slot for TOOL, we can do anything to make it happen. We're professional musicians and know how things work."

A: How long would it take you and the fellows to get to Australia - once you've acquired the necessary AEMU suits, that is? On second though, that new beast of Danny's sounds pretty damn cool! (Hey, a nice little plug for the band anyway.)

Q: "...Finally, the reason I initiated this correspondence in the first place was about this mysterious "Seal of Xatanitos". I purchased 5 copies, 1 of each variety, of the Opiate reissue. One of the copies has a round sigil like shape pressed into the paper and the others do not. I was wondering if this is the Seal? Much like when i read your writings, I do not know what to look for but am curious why it is only on 1 of 5 copies of the certificate of authenticity."

A: I believe that you are describing the embossed seal, which was to be included on all of the certificates. This is NOT the "Seal of Xantanitos", and as far as I know, so far, only two or three winners have been randomly selected. One of these lucky folks resides in one of the Carolinas (I don't remember if North or South), and another in San Francisco. I think the third winner is somewhere in Europe. At any rate, those who win will know by a second, different certificate of authenticity that clearly indicates that the recipient possesses the "Seal of Xantanitos." The winners will probably also get a phone call from MERCH asking if they'd like to take a photo of themselves with the golden seal in case we want to post it on the website.

Incidentally, the photo that I took of Buzz of the Melvins holding the fake golden seal - I hastily made that by wrapping the golden foil of a Rollo candy bar (purchased at a nearby gas station) over a ToolArmy card, and gluing some colorful symbol onto it. I only had a few minutes to do all this - and it was Buzz's idea to name the winner Deke Rivers, which was the name of a character that Elvis Presley played in his second film. Buzz also insisted that the 'winner' be an "unemployed" truck driver. If you look close at the photo, you can see the remainder of the Rollo candy wrapper in Buzz's front pocket.

E-MAIL: "I am upset to here about what has happen to the loft. I cannot imagine how much work could have been put into that one song. I do know that when it comes to writing and different forms of artistic work redoing something can spark great new ideas. Good luck and best wishes."

RESPONSE: Now that's the way to be positive, and you know what - the song is already better than it was! Thanks for your well wishes and I expect there to be some squeaky clean plates at Carrow's tonight!

Q: "I received my copy of the opiate re issue. It is not signed by Adam nor was the USB card included. I'm not sure if anything can be done about this but I'd like to be sure. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks."

A: As I understand it, a few people (2 or 3) sent the Merch department photos of their 21st anniversary Opiate covers that appear to be missing Adam's signature. All these people have to do is send it back to receive one with Adam's autograph. I only hope that these aren't the few copies that Adam signed in invisible ink, which require the proper mordant to render it visible (not ferrous sulfate, goose). I say this, because these will definitely be the most rare of all - even more so than the two that he doodled on. As for the two with extra little drawings - I noticed Adam do this to what he thought was the last copy that he needed to sign. When I pointed to another table that had a few hundred more covers that needed his signature, he autographed them, adding: "This is the last copy" next to his name. As for the USB card - that thing in your photos IS the USB card...

Q: "Is there any chance you could elaborate further on the VIP packages being offered down under? Just in terms of how long the Q & A will be with Adam and how long the Sound check part would run for. $500 is a lot of money so before I buy I just want a bit more of an idea of what to expect."

A: What if they threw in a citrusy Zima and a poster signed by some of the tour bus drivers? Actually, sound checks can last quite a while, though I have no way of knowing how long in this particular case. Also, seeing how I don't want to be a spoiler, I will reply to this e-mail in more detail once the tour gets underway. (Yep, I just expurgated my own response!)

YOUTUBE

Photo by Rynne Stump

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

22 April, 2013 (07:18pm)
JAMMMZ GUESTS

Guest musicians for TONIGHT'S MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include GLEN SOBEL on drums, ED ROTH on keys, and MARCO RENTERIA on bass.

BMB

22 April, 2013 (09:37am)
AN EVENING WITH TOOL

Members* of the band will be departing today from Los Angeles on a long flight to Australia where they will kick off a number of concerts beginning at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Saturday, April 27. From what I've been told, this will be "AN EVENING WITH TOOL", meaning that there will be no opening band (although it is possible that a DJ could be added at the last minute).

*Maynard has already arrived down under, having traveled with Tool's manager.


BMB

18 April, 2013 (07:28pm)
COPIES OF OPIATE STILL BEING SHIPPED

Hundreds of copies of the Opiate 21st anniversary CD are being shipped every day, so if you haven't received your copy yet, please be patient as it shouldn't be too much longer before it arrives in the mail.

BMB

17 April, 2013 (11:39am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAYNARD

Birthday cheers today to that great multi-tasker MJK!

BMB

16 April, 2013 (12:13pm)
NOTHING'S MATTER STILL AVAILABLE

JUSTIN'S musical project "NOTHING'S MATTER" by MTvoid can be purchased HERE.


BMB

15 April, 2013 (09:31am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AT THE 'TATOR'

You've been waiting patiently for me to announce tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ guest musicians. They are JOE TRAVERS on drums, and ANDRAE ALEXANDER on keys. The venue is the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, and things start happening around 9:00ish. Bring your favorite guitar and talk to one of the band members about performing during the almost anything goes 2nd set. Or just sit back and enjoy the show while tackling an enormous stuffed potato. What else are you going to do?

BMB

14 April, 2013 (05:02pm)
STUMPFEST II IN PORTLAND, OREGON - APRIL 19, 20

TICKETS


BMB

13 April, 2013 (11:27am)
OPIATE 21ST ANNIVERSARY SIGNATURE VARIATIONS

Although Maynard and Justin's signatures are fairly consistent on all 5000 copies, there are some minor differences with Adam's and Danny's: Adam used two colors, namely silver and metallic blue, with Danny signing in purple and metallic violet (which looks more like silver until closely examined). Here are a couple of examples.

Photo by BMB


BMB

09 April, 2013 (11:49am)
OPIATE 21st ANNIVERSARY PACKAGES IN THE MAIL

Thousands of OPIATE 21st ANNIVERSARY packages have been... and currently are being shipped, including a couple that contain the prize winning golden seal. More on the way today.


BMB

08 April, 2013 (10:00am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ 8TH ANNIVERSARY GRILL

Celebrate the 8th anniversary of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY tonight (APRIL 8). Besides the usual line up of great musicians performing inside (with special guest drummer JOEL TAYLOR), out back a Michelin Guide award winning chef (?) will be grilling culinary delicacies ranging from burgers to cheeseburgers, with an infrequent indulgence know around these parts as hot dogs (sometimes weenies) also put to the big licking Kingsford flames. Things usually get started around 9:30 PM, and local musicians are invited to bring their favorite instrument and/or home-made side dish for the almost anything goes 2nd set. Plain yellow French's on mine, please... and none of that neon green stuff! (i.e. relish)

BMB

07 April, 2013 (02:22pm)
PALMS/AARON HARRIS UPDATE

Here's a LINK to an update on AARON HARRIS's website about finishing the PALMS record (which Aaron recorded and mixed in addition to playing on it). Having already given it a listen, it sounds like the former ISIS drummer might have borrowed one of Adam's Aurora Audio GTQ2s...

(Note: musicians should keep in mind that Aaron is currently looking for bands to record or mix.)

Palms | ISIS
aaronharris-audio.com
@AaronHarris23



BMB

07 April, 2013 (02:05pm)
VOLTO! REMINDER

Here's your reminder that DANNY and VOLTO! will be performing at THE MINT in Los Angeles on SATURDAY, APRIL 13. "NOTHIN' PERSONAL" will open at 10:30, with Volto! taking the stage at 11:30. $20.00. A rare chance to see the band on the westside.

BMB

07 April, 2013 (01:58pm)
ADAM'S ARTWORK FOR RED HARE

Here's some info about ADAM's artwork for "NITES OF MIDNITE", the debut record from RED HARE.

LINK



BMB

03 April, 2013 (01:32pm)
DANNY AND THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be performing with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, APRIL 7. The ALLSTARS include DOUG WEBB on sax/flute, JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar/ effects, JIMMY EARL on bass, and MITCH FORMAN on keyboards. Great jazz in an intimate setting, as many of you already know.

BMB

02 April, 2013 (09:49am)
SCOTT KINSEY GROUP WITH KIRK COVINGTON

THE SCOTT KINSEY GROUP will be performing... where else but the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY (CA) on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3. Joining the extraordinary keyboardist Scott Kinsey will be the also extraordinary STEVE TAVIGLEONE on sax and EWI (electronic wind instrument), JIMMY EARL on bass and KIRK COVINGTON on drums. What more needs to be said!..

BMB

02 April, 2013 (09:29am)
SERV-PRO MOTTO: "LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED"

This morning the team at Serv-Pro (fire damage restoration) were called to the loft, and now at 8:57 am (PST), it's like it never happened. Best of all, members of the expert clean up team were able to retrieve the musical sections from the damaged hard drive. Amazingly, they didn't accomplish this by fixing the charred machine... NO, instead, two of the Serv-Pro crew asked Adam and Justin to play the music leading up to the 'lost' section. After the band members did so, the Serv-Pro guys asked if they could borrow their guitars for a minute. Seconds later - still wearing their hard hats - the Serv-Pro experts played the exact same a bridge and middle sections that the band members had recorded (and thought might be lost forever). This was then recorded on another hard drive (and backed up elsewhere!) Truly amazing! And true to their motto:"Like it never happened."

BMB

01 April, 2013 (08:30am)
WE HAVE OUR FIRST WINNER!

Deke Rivers, an unemployed truck driver from Tennessee, proudly shows the prize winning 'golden ticket' ("Seal of Xatanitos") that he found inside his copy of the 21st anniversary release of Opiate. Congrats!


BMB

31 March, 2013 (04:48pm)


I'm beginning to seriously doubt that a goldfish once crossed a carpet to leave Lincoln Logs in someone's sock drawer! How about you?

BMB

31 March, 2013 (10:10am)
FIRST "OPIATE" PRIZE WINNER?

It would appear that some lucky individual has won the first 'golden ticket' ("SEAL OF XATANITOS"), that was included in one of the first hundred or so 21st anniversary OPIATE CD packages that have been shipped out. From what I've been told, the winning 'seal' was inserted into the variation colored grayish-silver. Once I get all the details from Merch, I will post the name of the winner along with his or her photo.

BMB

29 March, 2013 (08:35am)
ALOKE DUTTA IN NYC AND BOSTON

In case you forgot (I certainly didn't), ALOKE DUTTA will be performing in NEW YORK CITY and BOSTON in the month of APRIL. In addition to amazing you with his finger work, the tabla master will also conduct rhythm concept workshops in Brooklyn, New York (April 13) and in Boston, MA (April 14). Tickets are on sale now, and there are still some vacancies for the rhythm workshops in both of these cities.

Please click HERE for show tickets, workshop registration, and any other information.



BMB

27 March, 2013 (03:55pm)
COSM EVENT

Artists ADAM SCOTT MILLER and BURGANDY VISCOSI at CoSM.

INFO


BMB

26 March, 2013 (08:21am)
OPIATE 21st ANNIVERSARY CD PACKAGE IN TOOLBAND SHOP

All 5 variations of the SIGNED OPIATE CD PACKAGE are available in the Toolband shop. LIMITED EDITION!

VIEW



BMB

24 March, 2013 (09:23pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ & VOLTO! AT THE MINT

John's special guest musicians for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MARCH 25) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include LOUIS PALMER on drums and TY BAILIE on keys. What ever instrument you play (other than the Great Stalacpipe organ or that Midmer Losh monstrosity), bring it down and ask someone who looks important about joining in during the raucous second set. You owe it to yourself...

Also... mark your digital calendar that APRIL 8 marks the 8th anniversary of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ - meaning that there's going to be a whole lot of grilling going on out back. More about this as the date gets closer, although it's not too soon to think about your side dishes.

But that's not all. A big heads up that VOLTO! will be returning to the west side - performing their unique brand of ultra fusion at THE MINT on SATURDAY, APRIL 13. Tickets for this 11:30 show are available now HERE. It's been a while, but I'm fairly certain that the club is located at 6010 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca., 90035. $20.00 no matter when or where you buy your tickets.


BMB

22 March, 2013 (06:33pm)
KORIN FAUGHT ART - GROUP SHOW OPENING SATURDAY, MARCH 23

"CONJOINED" - 12" X 12" featured in a new art show opening SATURDAY, MARCH 23.

INFO



BMB

21 March, 2013 (07:19pm)
OPIATE CD PACKAGE PRE-SALES FOR TOOLARMY MEMBERS (FRIDAY, MARCH 22)

Pre-sales for the 21st anniversary release of the OPIATE CD PACKAGE will begin on FRIDAY, MARCH 22 (with general sales on TUESDAY, MARCH 26). There are a LIMITED NUMBER of pre-sale copies, so, for now, let's keep it to a maximum of 3 copies of each of the 5 variations per member. As mentioned previously, there are a total of 5 variations of 1000 , making 5000 copies in all (Again, with a LIMITED number available for the Toolarmy pre-sale). ALL of the packages are SIGNED by all four band members, and come with a number of extra items pertaining to the new art design (see the on-line store description for more about this), including a certificate of authenticity.

Now, at this point I don't know the exact time the packages will go on sale, so Toolarmy members will have to check with the on-line STORE on FRIDAY (unless I get this info, and have a chance to post). That should about cover it, except to mention again that EACH variation of 1000 contains a special (randomly chosen) "SEAL OF XATANITOS" which entitles the bearer of to a certain prize. This "seal" will be included on the 5 UNIQUE certificates of authenticity contained in the prize winning package.


BMB

20 March, 2013 (03:50pm)
VERNAL EQUINOX GREETINGS*

On this Vernal Equinox it would be remiss of me not to mention THE CROWLEY COLLECTION at THEMERCHCOLLECTIVE.COM . This collection of unique gifts features artwork by HEATHER McMILLEN, whose work can be followed on INSTAGRAM @heathermcmillen

(www.instagram.com/heathermcmillen)

All of the items for sale are strictly limited in the number produced, and include a "Beastly" glass set with original art and drink recipes (CHORONZON 333, BABALON RISING, HEMLOCK CLUB GREEN FLAME, etc.), a premium quality TEE-SHIRT, and PRINT entitled "DARK HALO" (12" X 16" UV ink print from an original charcoal drawing limited to 93 numbered and signed copies - each one of which comes with a 24-line HAND-WRITTEN prose-poem numbered and signed by BMB). More info available at the Merch Collective store.

* ... A crummy commercial... sonofabitch!



BMB

20 March, 2013 (10:04am)
ADAM INTERVIEW WITH SPIN

ADAM talks about the 21st anniversary release of "OPIATE" and working on the band's next record in an interview with SPIN.

INTERVIEW

Photo by BMB



BMB

19 March, 2013 (08:51am)
BAND'S NEW LOFT!

Well. not exactly... but Tool's rehearsal area has undergone a much needed renovation that includes new acoustical wall panels in the front room where the guys write, arrange, and rehearse, new wiring in certain areas, and... if that were not enough... new black wall-to-wall carpet. But that's not all. Two (count them) state-of-the-art trash receptacles from BB&B (also black in color) have replaced the old ones - one by the bar in the back room, and one in the bathroom. Now, if they'd only get some trash liners, they'd really be in good shape.

BMB

19 March, 2013 (08:14am)
JUSTIN IS CURRENTLY THE SIGNING LEADER...

JUSTIN signing copies for the 21st anniversary release of "OPIATE." When the packages are fully assembled - 1 of EACH of the 5 variations of 1000 will contain the prized "SEAL OF X********. Keep checking the band's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/toolmusic) for more details.

Photo by BMB



BMB

18 March, 2013 (11:42am)
VOLTO! REMINDER - FRIDAY, MARCH 22

There might still be reserved TICKETS available for VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON and MATT ROHDE) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY (FRIDAY, MARCH 22). The band will be performing ultra fusion from their forthcoming album. TWO SHOWS: 9:30 (if the Lakers don't go into overtime) - 11:30.

BMB

18 March, 2013 (11:36am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

JOHN's special guests tonight (MONDAY, MARCH 18) include MATT GARSTKA on drums and STEPHANE DeRIENE on keys. Bring that instrument of yours and ask about joining in during the almost anything goes 2ND SET. In case you didn't know it, these jams all happen at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA (by the In N Out).

BMB

15 March, 2013 (09:12am)
ENTHEOGENIC EXTRAVAGANZA

Happening in INDIANA, PA., FRIDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00 PM)


BMB

14 March, 2013 (11:29am)
ADAM JONES INTERVIEW WITH REVOLVER

Check out ADAM's interview with REVOLVER for more info about the 21st Anniversary release of OPIATE.

READ

(Note: I also interviewed Adam the same day, and hopefully this will get posted at some point.)


BMB

13 March, 2013 (02:31pm)
MTvoid CD WITH... FREE SHIPPING

JUSTIN's MTvoid CD ("NOTHING'S MATTER") is now available with FREE SHIPPING. And that includes free shipping to Europe, Australia... even Ponca City, Oklahoma!

ORDER


BMB

13 March, 2013 (09:45am)
CHET ZAR's "BLACK MAGICK"

I just received a copy of "BLACK MAGICK: THE ART OF CHET ZAR" and was blown away by both the art and info within, but also by the magnificent production value of this tome (with Mackie Osborne lending her talent in art direction and design). If you'd like to own a copy, the book is available at LAST GASP , and at CHET's web "STORE OF DOOM."

ORDER

"Chet's art is beautiful and scary. His style has a modern twist crashing into a classical approach. I think Chet is a master painter on his way to making a great mark in our little world..."
ADAM JONES



BMB

12 March, 2013 (11:05am)
TWEET, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE!

I don't know about you, but I'm not going to watch that chimney all day long. Why don't they just tweet the news. They are cardinals after all...

Oh... Okay (an "ALARM")... progress!


BMB

11 March, 2013 (04:37pm)
NEW OPIATE RELEASE UPDATE... UPDATE (I.E. CORRECTED)

Check out the Heidelburg Cylinder Press being used for the 21st anniversary release of OPIATE at the band's FACEBOOK page: www.facebook.com/toolmusic


BMB

11 March, 2013 (12:15pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include MARGIS MILES on drums and keyboardist JON GREATHOUSE. Bring your guitar (or other instrument) and possibly join in during set number two.

And don't forget that JZ's "BUBBATRON" (featuring lightning-fast drummer CHRIS COLEMAN) will be performing at the jazz club on THURSDAY, MARCH 14. Secure your ADVANCED TICKETS HERE.


BMB

11 March, 2013 (11:04am)
MTvoid

Copies of "NOTHING'S MATTER" by MTvoid (JUSTIN'S musical project with PETER MOHAMED) are still available in the store on Toolband.com.

FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

ORDER



BMB

10 March, 2013 (12:20pm)
DANNY AT THE LOFT AFTER ANOTHER TOOL WRITING SESSION

Here's a photo of Danny at the loft after finishing another Tool writing session. It is a bit strange though - I don't remember ever seeing tiki torches at the loft... or sand... and exotic ferns... for that matter. I guess that they added these things to the rehearsal space for some reason. Perhaps to create a different vibe while working on a particular song? Sand is readily available here... and you can purchase cheap tiki torches and potted exotic ferns at the Home Depot or Lowes. Now that I think about it... in a photo that Danny sent me prior to this one that showed a plate of stuffed mahi-mahi, there were purple potatoes. I can't recall any local carry-out lunch places in the area that offer purple potatoes as a side. Hell, they probably have them at Gelsons, though... or even Ralphs. Okay, but what about that (chocolate) black pearl dessert and triple rainbow shown in another photo? That's a bit of a puzzler... If I didn't know better... know how writing and arranging the new material was such a priority these days, I'd swear that Danny was kicking it back somewhere in Hawaii (probably Maui). But would he and the others really just stop in the middle of working on that epic tune that I heard last week to go on a vacation? No... not while magic marker-colored mnemonic triggers were still wet on the Dry-Erase board... Huh... So, there's now sand and tiki torches at the loft. Cool! I need to check that shit out...

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

07 March, 2013 (12:49pm)
CHET ZAR AT PARADISE ARTIST RETREAT (MARCH 25-28)

Our friend CHET ZAR joins ALEX AND ALLYSON GREY and OTHERS for PARADISE ARTIST RETREAT 2013 in NEW MEXICO on MARCH 25-28.

MORE



BMB

07 March, 2013 (12:41pm)
VOLTO! ON FRIDAY, MARCH 22

VOLTO! return to the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY for 2 SHOWS on FRIDAY, MARCH 22. The band features DANNY CAREY on drums, JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar, LANCE MORRISON on bass, and MATT ROHDE doing keyboard duties for this one. ADVANCED TICKETS/SEATS highly suggested, and can be PURCHASED HERE. Procure your seats and come listen to music from the band's forthcoming album. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West. Studio City, CA. 91604. Admission: $25.00.


BMB

05 March, 2013 (10:06am)
INSIDE DAN BROWN'S INFERNO - THE LATEST BOOK FROM GREG TAYLOR

For those who like complex puzzles involving our hidden history, etc. - our friend GREG TAYLOR of the DAILYGRAIL website (www.dailygrail.com) has released a "primer" for author DAN BROWN'S forthcoming book, "INFERNO." To stay ahead of the 'game' you can purchase a KINDLE EDITION COPY of Greg's revelations for $2.99 at AMAZON. Another good thing is that money from sales helps maintain the Dailygrail site!

http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BIFZK9C


BMB

05 March, 2013 (09:47am)
ART CHURCH WITH ALEX & ALLYSON GREY

MORE


BMB

03 March, 2013 (01:28pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MARCH 4) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keyboards and TONY MOORE on drums. Bring your own instrument and ask about performing during the 2nd set.

BMB

03 March, 2013 (12:56pm)
BUBBATRON, MARCH 14

JOHN ZIEGLER'S "BUBBATRON" perform at THE BAKED POTATO on THURSDAY, MARCH 14. The line up also includes CHRIS COLEMAN on drums, TRAVIS CARLTON on bass, HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys, and DOUG WEBB on sax. The 'tator' is located at 3787 CAHUENGA, WEST., STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604, and ADVANCED TICKETS/SEATING can be purchased HERE.

BMB

28 February, 2013 (03:45pm)
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER POSTED

Although I have posted the February newsletter (being that it is the 28th), I am still awaiting approval for several interviews that I recently conducted with the artists and designers involved in the 21ST ANNIVERSARY RELEASE OF "OPIATE" (as well as the band members, themselves). Once I get the go-ahead, I will append these to the February issue, and post a message in the NEWS SECTION (yep, here). In the meantime, check out my Q & A with the very talented graphic artist/illustrator ADI GRANOV.

For those who haven't heard them, I've also included some links to press interviews with the band members for the upcoming tour in Australia and New Zealand.


BMB

28 February, 2013 (11:35am)
NEW iTOMLAB CD WITH ARTWORK BY MEATS MEIER

New release from Itom Lab "Brahmin" from Invibe Music featuring artwork by Meats Meier. Catch more info on SolPurpose.


BMB

24 February, 2013 (02:30pm)
DANNY CAREY PERFORMING AT THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ!

Danny will be the special guest DRUMMER for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY tomorrow (FEBRUARY 25). Other guests include RICO BELLED on keys and vocals. Bring your favorite axe and possibly join in during the almost anything goes 2ND SET. Danny and the others usually take the stage around 9:00. Great live music on a Monday night in the valley!

BMB

24 February, 2013 (02:22pm)
"DARK HALO" LIMITED EDITION PRINTS STILL AVAILABLE

Although the store said that these were currently unavailable, this was just a temporary glitch. Strictly limited to ONLY 93 COPIES, there are still some prints available as part of the "CROWLEY COLLECTION" (containing the unpublished HAND-WRITTEN mystical verses on parchment).

ORDER

Unique PINT GLASS SETS as well as the CROWLEY TEE-SHIRT are also AVAILABLE in the MERCH COLLECTIVE STORE (www.themerchcollective.com). Get yours before they are all gone (except perhaps on eBay!)



BMB

24 February, 2013 (02:10pm)
UNIQUE "IJYNX" COPY ON EBAY (9 HOURS LEFT) AND HARDCOVERS ON AMAZON

Not a lot of time left in the auction (9 hours), but someone in Australia is selling on EBAY a really unique 2ND EDITION copy of my book "IJYNX" - this particular copy containing 2 HAND-WRITTEN PROSE-POEMS that were later published in the hardcover version, which, by the way, is still available for $34.99 on WWW.AMAZON.COM (type in "IJYNX" in the "books" category). However, if you want the special copy, click HERE.

BMB

22 February, 2013 (02:09pm)
MTvoid CD UPDATE

Please note that when we first posted the release of MTvoid's "NOTHING'S MATTER" CD (JUSTIN'S musical project) back on February 14, there was a problem with the active link to order it directly from the Tool store. That error was fixed several days ago, so for anyone who had problems back then, it's still AVAILABLE and the link below is good to go now.

ORDER



BMB

19 February, 2013 (01:26pm)
PUSCIFER VIDEO FOR "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY"

Here's the youtube video for "PUSCIFER'S TIM AND ERIC-LIKE take on QUEEN'S "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY"


BMB

19 February, 2013 (01:22pm)
OR... IF YOU'D PREFER "THE ONION"

PUSCIFER/BO-RAP

BMB

19 February, 2013 (01:18pm)
iTUNES PREVIEW OF PUSCIFER's "DONKEY PUNCH THE NIGHT"

ENJOY!


BMB

18 February, 2013 (11:11pm)
2ND SHOW ADDED FOR MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, AND AUCKLAND

Due to popular demand, a 2ND SHOW has been added for MELBOURNE, SYDNEY & AUCKLAND. TICKETS ON-SALE NOW.

MELBOURNE - ROD LAVER ARENA - APRIL 28
SYDNEY - ALL PHONES ARENA - MAY 4
AUCKLAND - VECTOR ARENA - MAY 9

INFO


BMB

18 February, 2013 (10:41am)
REMINDER: GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS FOR TOOL CONCERTS ON SALE TODAY

If you didn't get tickets via the pre-sale, general public tickets go on sale from 9am local time, Tuesday 19 February.

Sat 27 Apr - Melbourne | Rod Laver Arena (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au/ Ph: 132 849

Tue 30 Apr - Adelaide/ AEC Arena (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Fri 3 May - Sydney/Allphones Arena (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au/Ph: 132 849

Mon 6 May - Brisbane/ Entertainment Centre (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au/ Ph: 132 849

Wed 8 May - Auckland/Vector Arena (All Ages)
Ticketmaster.co.nz | Ph: 0800 111 999

www.toolband.com | www.facebook.com/toolmusic

Twitter @tool

www.frontiertouring.com/tool | www.facebook.com/frontiertouring

Twitter @frontiertouring


BMB

17 February, 2013 (04:10pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include the incredible CHRIS COLEMAN on drums, and keyboardist ED ROTH. Bring you guit-fiddle and ask JZ about joining in during the second set. The band usually starts playing around 9:30. and I have no reason to think that tomorrow night will be an exception.

BMB

17 February, 2013 (12:06pm)
STUMPFEST II IN PORTLAND, OREGON - APRIL 19, 20

Rynne is throwing another music festival in Portland on APRIL 19, 20.

INFO



BMB

14 February, 2013 (10:15am)
JUSTIN'S MTvoid "NOTHING'S MATTER" NOW AVAILABLE IN TOOL STORE

"NOTHING'S MATTER" by MTvoid (JUSTIN's new side project with PETER MOHAMED) is NOW AVAILABLE in the Tool STORE.

ORDER



BMB

13 February, 2013 (06:08pm)
MTvoid's "NOTHING'S MATTER" AVAILABLE TOMORROW (FEB 14)

HEADS UP! JUSTIN's musical project (with PETER MOHAMED), "NOTHING'S MATTER" by MTvoid will be AVAILABLE FOR SALE in the STORE on TOOLBAND tomorrow (FEBRUARY 14). More details and a direct link once listed.

BMB

12 February, 2013 (12:11pm)
MARDI GRAS WITH "CPT KIRK" TONIGHT AT THE BAKED POTATO

For your Mardi Gras festivities here in southern California, CPT KIRK (featuring KIRK COVINGTON on drums) will be performing live at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY TONIGHT (FEB 12). Other band members include DOUG WEBB, KEIN AXT, and SCOTT TIBBS. Great jazz in an intimate setting... titanic stuffed tators... and adult beverages!

COVER: $15.00


BMB

12 February, 2013 (10:16am)
PUSCIFER TO RELEASE "DONKEY PUNCH THE NIGHT"

Despite this being RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS week, for the time being, PUSCIFER will NOT be producing any 8-TRACK or CASSETTE TAPE FORMATS of their new E.P. "DONKEY PUNCH THE NIGHT", which instead will be released DIGITALLY, on CD and in VINYL FORMATS on FEBRUARY 19. DANG! More info at www.puscifer.com

BMB

12 February, 2013 (09:53am)
CRAIG ELKINS GROUP AT TAIX

The CRAIG ELKINS GROUP (featuring RYNNE STUMP on vocals and guitar) will be performing at TAIX in ECHO PARK on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (10:00 PM). Opening for the band will be MORRIS TEPPER (of CAPTAIN BEEFHEART'S MAGIC BAND). TAIX is located at 1911 W. SUNSET BLVD., L.A., CA. 90026. While you're there, try the burger with brandy and black pepper aioli served on a Brioche bun, S'il vous plait.

BMB

11 February, 2013 (01:18pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ & VOLTO! MERCH AVAILABLE ONLINE

John's special guests for tonight's (FEBRUARY 11) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY (currently 73 degrees in the shade) include drummer GENE COYE and keyboardist JON GREATHOUSE. If you're feeling up to it, bring your favorite guitar and possibly join in during the 2nd set.

In related news, NEW VOLTO! TEE-SHIRTS and HOODIES are now available online (almost) worldwide at...

www.themerchcollective.com
FROM THE MENU, CHOOSE "VOLTO!."


BMB

09 February, 2013 (10:24am)
ALOKE DUTTA IN NYC AND BOSTON

Tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will perform and conduct rhythm concept workshops in Brooklyn New York and Boston, MA. (APRIL 13 & 14). Tickets are available now, with early registration recommended as openings are limited.

"It (Aloke Dutta's teaching) had a big impact on me. It gave me a better grasp of how to feel in strange time signature. ...and learning how to play over the bar lines."

- Danny Carey in Rhythm Magazine, February, 2013.

For tickets and other information, please click HERE.


BMB

09 February, 2013 (10:14am)
NEW COSM JOURNAL

featuring art by ADAM SCOTT MILLER.

VIEW



BMB

06 February, 2013 (09:21am)
TOOL PERFORMING IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

TOOL TO TOUR AUSTRALIA + NEW ZEALAND THIS APRIL & MAY

"The Frontier Touring Company announce the return of triple Grammy® award winning Californian prog-rockers Tool to Australia and New Zealand in 2013. Taking time from recording their highly anticipated fifth studio album, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor will be performing a series of headline shows across Australia and New Zealand this May.

Since the release of their debut LP Undertow almost 20 years ago, Tool have achieved remarkable critical acclaim and commercial success for both their studio releases and phenomenal live performances:

'A symphony of distorted bliss and polyrhythmic elegance that's as complex as it is catchy.' - ArtistDirect

'To know and love Tool is to know and love an intense multi-dimensional sound that reaches beyond a simple audio experience.' - Examiner

Tool have perfected a genre-transcending sound that can be likened to fine art, interlaced with atypical time signatures, intricate drumming patterns and a resonance with a force that awakens the senses. Beyond their groundbreaking sonic work, Tool have also come to prominence for their efforts in unifying the arts. Some of their countless contributions to the arts include the Grammy® award winning 3D album packaging for 10,000 Days, music videos that stand alone as pieces of cinematic brilliance and live shows that include elaborate lighting installations, spectacular laser displays and video displays as brilliant as the performances themselves.
The last time that Tool toured Australian shores, audiences were left entranced and enthralled by the awesome power and impact of a performance from the faultless quartet:
'Just before they reach the song's emotional height they take a left-turn into the extended instrumental version. It makes for one final surprise before Tool clock off for the night, no doubt having blown thousands of tiny minds in the process. I know the feeling.' - The Vine

'It's these moments that separate Tool from the chasing pack, something quite intensely breathtaking to draw the crowd out of melody induced catatonia, this ability that suddenly makes hypnotic punters stand up and pay attention.' - FasterLouder

Don't miss the multi-sensory experience that is a performance by groundbreaking musicians Tool. With anticipation high and the promise of one of the first tastes of their much-awaited upcoming album, tickets will not last long!"

TOOL
APRIL & MAY 2013
Frontier Members pre-sale via www.frontiertouring.com/tool
12noon AEDT, Thursday 14 February to 12noon AEDT, Friday 15 February
General public on sale from 9am local time, Tuesday 19 February

SATURDAY 27 April - Melbourne/ Rod Laver Arena (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

TUESDAY 30 April - Adelaide/ AEC Arena (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

FRIDAY 3 May - Sydney/ Allphones Arena (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

MONDAY 6 May - Brisbane/ Entertainment Centre (All Ages)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

WEDNESDAY 8 May - Auckland/ Vector Arena (All Ages)

Ticketmaster.co.nz / Ph: 0800 111 999

www.toolband.com/ www.facebook.com/toolmusic

Twitter @tool

www.frontiertouring.com/tool/ www.facebook.com/frontiertouring

Twitter @frontiertouring

PRE-SALE & ON-SALE TIMES (again)

FTC Presale: Thursday 14 (12noon AEDT) - Friday 15 (12noon AEDT) February

GP Onsale: Tuesday 19 February (9am local times)


BMB

05 February, 2013 (09:29am)
ARE YOU READY NEW ZEALAND...

for WAITANGI DAY! Keep it chill with the reggae...

BMB

04 February, 2013 (10:38am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Guests for tonight's (FEB 4) jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include RON BRUNER on drums and TY BAILIE on keys (possibly bringing a Hammond organ). Musicians looking to join in during the 2ND SET are invited to bring their favorite instrument - though hopefully not another Hammond, as the stage isn't that large.

BMB

01 February, 2013 (09:08am)
ALOKE DUTTA GLOBAL WEBCAST

ALOKE DUTTA'S show at THE MINT on FEBRUARY 7th will be globally webcast live. So, if you're into hearing some great solo tabla music, and maybe even a little sankhya philosophy (ah, the liberation of purusha!), here's the LINK for the performance starting at 8:00 PM PST (the time here in Los Angeles). For those who want to see the tabla master in several dimensions, THE MINT is located at 6010 PICO BLVD., L.A., CA. Doors open at 7:00.

BMB

01 February, 2013 (08:47am)
DANNY WITH WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be performing with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3. The band also features DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keyboards, and JIMMY EARL on bass. TWO SHOWS - 9:30 and 11:30. COVER: $15.00.

BMB

30 January, 2013 (09:09am)
FORTHCOMING LUSTMORD RECORD (WITH MJK VOCAL TRACK) & AUSTRALIA SHOW INFO

"The latest Lustmord album The Word As Power has completed, and will be available later this year.It includes a track with vocals by a certain M J Keenan of this parish. You can here an extract of the track on Soundcloud HERE.
http://soundcloud.com/lustmord/abaddon-extract

LUSTMORD will be performing at Adelaide Arts Festival on MARCH 16th."

INFO

Lustmord on Twitter (LINK: http://twitter.com/BLustmord)

Lustmord Facebook (LINK: http://www.facebook.com/Lustmord.Page)

http://www.lustmord.com/

http://b-lustmord.blogspot.com/

Photo by Tas Limur



BMB

30 January, 2013 (08:56am)
ALEX & ALLYSON GREY AT TUSCON GEM SHOW

"Join Alex Grey and Allyson Grey for a drawing meditation that will include:

• A slide talk on the portrayal of the subtle energetic body throughout art history,
•Instruction on proportions, features and expressions of the head and body,
•Instruction on painting and drawing techniques and elements of design,
•Vision practices that allow us to glimpse the interplay of body and soul,
•Seven drawings of the subtle chakra centers posed by a yogic model,
• Observing and visually capturing the subtle body interaction of yogi and yogini.

Participants will take home drawings that may be touchstones of the harmonic integration of psyche and soma. All levels of ability are welcome."

EVENT/TICKETS

facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/483224021719152/

CoSM Media Lab
The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
jon@cosm.org
www.cosm.org



BMB

28 January, 2013 (10:27am)
CONGRATS TO ADAM AND KORIN!

ADAM proposes to KORIN at WWE wrestling extravaganza.

WATCH



BMB

26 January, 2013 (02:23pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JANUARY, 2013 E.V.

The New Year started off on a bad note as far as writing and arranging sessions for Tool's next record. For the most part this was due to a 'minor' accident on a Vespa scooter (slick road conditions being the cause) by a certain band member that resulted in several broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. Because of the physical nature of the musical instrument involved, 9 DAYS of jamming were lost, although I'm happy to report that the person involved is recovering nicely, so much so, in fact, that writing sessions resumed last Monday (January 21), despite it being a holiday for many.

Coincidentally (?), a few days prior to the mishap on the scooter, another person involved with Tool also wound up in the hospital after crashing his Vespa in Hollywood. Although he suffered a head injury (as well as multiple cuts and bruises to his body), I'm quite certain that if you were to order an "Entaphiosis" Hoddie, you would receive an "Entaphiosis" Hoodie.

Several days ago members of the press (from different magazines) conducted interviews with band members about upcoming events, and I would imagine that these writers, etc. also inquired as to how things were progressing with regards to the band's next record. So, there's something to look forward to reading, and I will certainly try to give updates as to when these publications hit the newsstands.

I was hoping to be able to throw some of you a bone the first week of the New Year, but for certain reasons this announcement has been pushed back a month. Therefore, look for a news post that will be exciting to some towards the end of the first week in February. Most likely this will leak out on the Net before then, but either way I knew that my introducing the renowned maverick entomologist Rance Q. Spartley to the members of Tool was a damn good idea!

Also, check back from time to time for another newsworthy tidbit sometime in March (Don't even try to guess, because this one's really coming from left field!) And, after this, there should be at least one more item of interest to Tool enthusiasts before further speculation is discussed involving the band's next album (let alone any actual time-tables for recording, etc.).

Finally, there's a certain member of "Hellboy's" fan website (www.fourtheye.net) whose dick is on fire...

In TOOL-RELATED NEWS, JUSTIN'S side project MTVOID (with PETER MOHAMED and other contributions) should be releasing their musical debut "NOTHING'S MATTER" very soon. I received a copy from Justin yesterday, and after giving it a quick listen, have no doubt that many Toolies will really enjoy this sonic offering. I will be sure to post in the NEWS SECTION once it becomes available for sale in TOOL'S ON-LINE STORE, as well as in brick &mortar retailers.

And speaking of side projects, in case you haven't seen it - here's video for fans of APC, PUSCIFER, VOLTO!, MTVOID, and ONE WHITE ONION.

http://youtu.be/2nFILtIAlvk

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

24 January, 2013 (10:17am)
MAYNARD INTERVIEW IN PHOENIX NEW TIMES

Maynard talks about the music biz, Puscifer, and...

READ


BMB

23 January, 2013 (10:31am)
DANNY INTERVIEW IN RHYTHM MAGAZINE

DANNY is featured in the FEBRUARY 2013 ISSUE of RHYTHM MAGAZINE (on sale now).


BMB

22 January, 2013 (12:51pm)
"WICKEDEST" BOOK SIGNED BY DANNY ON EBAY

If you're interested in acquiring a copy of THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD, there's one on eBAY, with less than 2 DAYS LEFT in the on-line auction. This is a MINT COPY of the OUT OF PRINT 2ND EDITION - a glossy large format SOFTCOVER that has been SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR and DANNY CAREY (who wrote the book's foreword, and whose rare 1st edition Aleister Crowley book collection is featured throughout). There is NO RESERVE and the SHIPPING IS FREE (only in the U.S.)

VIEW



BMB

22 January, 2013 (10:41am)
FORMER TOOL CATERING CHEF ON THE COOKING CHANNEL

He's cooked for President Obama and for the members of TOOL. In fact, fans of the band might remember that I once (or twice) posted the recipes for some of the dishes that the guys enjoyed the most while on tour. Lately our good friend CHEF RYAN SOLIEN has been serving up great fare at the MONTAUK YACHT CLUB RESORT & MARINA in the Hamptons, New York. You probably can't get inside this prestigious place to ask him what Maynard liked to eat with a certain wine (although you could try since it is the middle of the winter!)) but on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 Chef Ryan will appear on an episode of the COOKING CHANNEL'S "EXTRA VIRGIN." (Airing, I believe, at 9:30 PM, but CHECK your local listings) "NO RESERVATIONS" star ANTHONY BOURDAIN is also involved in the show, but how many drinks he will have I really don't know.

BMB

21 January, 2013 (11:01am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ & POST NAMM SHOW

Drummer ERIC VALENTINE and keyboardist RICO BELLED will be among JOHN's guests at TONIGHT'S MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO located at 3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST, STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604. And next MONDAY (JANUARY 28), the POST NAMM JAMS will feature lightning-fast drummer CHRIS COLEMAN (one one Danny's favorites!). Bring your favorite instrument and give it a go during the 2ND SET.

BMB

21 January, 2013 (10:55am)
VOLTO! REMINDER FOR NAMM ATTENDEES

There are still some reserved seats available for VOLTO! at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, JANUARY 25. NAMM ATTENDEES and all others, to hear the unique brand of ultra fusion from the band's soon to be released album, use this LINK and reserve a table for either show.

VOLTO!

DANNY CAREY
SCOTT KINSEY
LANCE MORRISON
JOHN ZIEGLER


BMB

21 January, 2013 (10:36am)
ALOKE DUTTA TWITTER ACCOUNT

Millennia ago in his native India, the Sanskrit epics (Vedas) spoke of mercury-vortex propelled vimanas, effulgent thundering garuda weapons platforms, and all sorts of celestial chariots and aerial wonders, and now, finally, ALOKE DUTTA has got himself a TWITTER ACCOUNT. It's about time! So now you can follow the tabla master at... @Aloke_Tabla, and get the info about his upcoming show at THE MINT in Los Angeles on FEBRUARY 7, as well as anything you want to know about the Ramayana, Mahabharata and covert Dingo warfare!

@Aloke_Tabla


BMB

17 January, 2013 (09:30am)
JANUARY 17 MERCH COLLECTIVE SALE ON "THE CROWLEY COLLECTION"

Because today is JANUARY 17, THE MERCH COLLECTIVE is having a WEEK LONG SALE on items from the CROWLEY COLLECTION. Those who are interested can save $24.00 on the signed limited edition 12"X16" print "DARK HALO" (which comes with an original 24 LINE HAND-WRITTEN PROSE-POEM entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP" by BMB). The CROWLEY cocktail GLASS SET with original "Beastly" recipes is on sale for $39.00 (REG. $53.00), with the premium quality Crowley tee "THIRST" marked down to $26.00 (again, for ONE WEEK ONLY). For photos and more detailed descriptions about these items, please visit www.themerchcollective.com


BMB

16 January, 2013 (11:24am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SASH!

Birthday greetings today to our friend SASH POPOVIC from wife KAT and daughters Mila Rose and Billie. Kat informs me that Sash is currently working on a new BLACK MATH HORSEMAN record, as well as another musical project called "THE VEIL." Great news! Cheers, mate... from all of us!

KAT'S BLOG



BMB

15 January, 2013 (10:21am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM!

On behalf of all your loved ones, band mates, earthly friends, and the multitudinous denizens of the darkly perceived multiverse, birthday greetings with a fanfare from a nano-kazookeylele and a toast of Koldasian-23 flaming absinthe! CHEERS!

BMB

14 January, 2013 (01:56pm)
DAILYGRAIL WEBSITE FORTEAN BOOKS COMPILATION

My friend GREG TAYLOR at www.dailygrail.com is putting together "THE ESSENTIAL FORTEAN BOOK LIST - ALIENS, UFOS AND ETS" COMPILATION, being a list of books that any Fortean should definitely have in their bookcase. Sounds like a great idea - might I suggest "THE CASE FOR THE UFO" (VARO EDITION) by M.K. JESSUP. Anyway, if you should 'Go Blank and Get Stuck', the photo below might be of some help...

MORE

I've posted my choices in the Fortean "alien' category in the news section on Danny's website



BMB

14 January, 2013 (12:37pm)
"CONJOINED 3" EXHIBITION WITH ARTIST/CURATOR CHET ZAR

Here's some information about COPRO's annual group sculpture show that our friend CHET ZAR curates every year. AlEX GREY has one of his CoSM Grails in it, and CHET will also be doing a BOOK SIGNING...

CONJOINED 3: THE FINAL CHAPTER - Sculpture & Dimensional group art exhibition.
CHET ZAR BOOK SIGNING & MINI EXHIBIT; BLACK MAGICK: THE ART OF CHET ZAR

Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station Arts Complex

2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
Ph: 310/829-2156
E-Mail: CoproGallery@Live.com
Web: www.CoproGallery.com

CONJOINED 3: THE FINAL CHAPTER - Sculpture & Dimensional group art exhibition.

Exhibit runs; January 19- February 09, 2013
Opening Reception: SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013 - 8:00 - 11:30 p.m.

Press release:

WEBSITE

"Participating Artist list: Alex Grey, Akhito Ikeda, Bill Basso, Bruce Mitchell, Bill Sturgeon, Black Mass, Brian Poor, Brian Smith, Cass Mclure, Chantal Menard, Chet Zar, Charles Krafft, Chris Haas, Colin Christian, Craig LaRotunda, Daniel Saks, Dave Grasso, Dave Pressler, David Meng, David Richardson, Doktor A, Douglas Thielscher, Eddie Sparr, Eli Livingston, Glenn Hetrick, Grant Fuhst, Grant Standard, Jack Howe, Jason Hite, John Cebollero, Jake Roanhaus, James Zar, Jared Gunther, Jaremy Aiello, Jason Hite, John Haley III, Johny Chow, Jessie Fohrman, Jesse Gee, Jeffrey Kibbe, Kazu Tsuji, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Kevin Mack, Krys Sapp, Larkin, Laurie Hassold, Mark Setrakian, Matt Ullman, Matthew Levin, Mark Walker, Meats Meier, Meesha Goldberg, Michael McCracken, Mike Hill, Mike Regan, Nathan Cartwright, Neil Winn, Neal Kennemore, Paul Komoda, R.H. McClurg, Richard Landon, Rick Zar, Russ Lukich, Ryan Petereson, Sarina Brewer, Scott Stoddard, Scott Ligon, Scott Radke, Simon Lee, Shifflet Bros, Thomas Harris Tracey Roberts, Taslimur, Thomas Kuebler, Travis Louie, Ver Mar, Vincent VanDyke, Yvette Endrijautzki, Zoetica Ebb,, Zombienose & more!"


BMB

14 January, 2013 (12:28pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Monday Night Jammmz at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, but you already know that... (Some of L.A.'s best musicians in an intimate setting).

BMB

13 January, 2013 (11:10am)
HEADS UP FOR NAMM SHOW GUESTS - VOLTO! LIVE ON JANUARY 25

For those of you who are in the LOS ANGELES area during the NAMM convention(Jan 23-27), VOLTO! will be performing their unique style of ultra fusion at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th.

Danny Carey - drums
Scott Kinsey - keys
Lance Morrison - bass
John Ziegler Music - guitar
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Rich Renken - mixing

A few advance reserved seat tickets are still available online HERE.

Official facebook invitation:
https://www.facebook.com/events/104542733055449/


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13 January, 2013 (10:58am)




BMB

10 January, 2013 (03:27pm)
SZUKALSKI EXHIBITION

As many of you already know, both ADAM and DANNY are really big fans (and collectors) of the artist SZUKALSKI. If you live in southern California, or are planning to visit the area soon, here's a rare chance to check out some of his work, including many drawings that have NEVER been seen publicly.

California State University Fullerton
BEGOVICH GALLERY
800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834-6850

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TITLE: Szukalski: Drawings
CURATOR: Mike McGee
DATES: February 2 - March 7, 2013

PROGRAMMING: Opening reception | Saturday, February 2nd, 5-8 p.m.
FOR UPDATES: http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/art/visual_events.html#Szukalski
GALLERY CONTACT: Jacqueline Bunge Barger
Art Gallery Office: Tel. | 657.278.7750; Fax | 657.278.2390
E-mail: jbunge@fullerton.edu
Web site: www.fullerton.edu/arts/art/visual_events.html

GENERAL INFO: Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday, 12-4 p.m.;
Saturday, 12-2 p.m. | FREE ADMISSION

"FULLERTON - Szukalski: Drawings opens February 2, 2013 at Cal State Fullerton's Begovich Gallery. A reception will be held at the gallery from 5-8 p.m. Although Stanislav Szukalski was born in Poland in the 19th century he was influential in Southern California where he lived for a few decades until his death in 1987. A very short list offriends and admirers include Robert and Suzanne Williams, Rick Griffin, Jim Woodring, George DiCaprio and DiCaprio's son Leonardo. Robert Williams once wrote, "Szukalski fits the definition of genius, his observations, though in question, were brilliant." His ability to sculpt and draw is legendary. He has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine several times and even graced the cover in 2005. The exhibition at the Cal State Fullerton, Begovich Gallery is the first exhibition to focus on his more than 14,000 surviving drawings. MANY OF THE DRAWINGS IN THE EXHIBITION HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN PUBLICLY."


BMB

07 January, 2013 (04:21pm)
MANDALA DRUM IN "DRUMMIES AWARDS"

If you'd like to support VINCE and his 'Mandala Drum' in the ELECTRONIC PERCUSSION category of the 2013 Drummies awards, VOTE HERE. ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO VOTE.


BMB

07 January, 2013 (04:12pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUEST MUSICIANS

Tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO include CHAUN HORTON on drums and ANDRAE ALEXANDER on keyboards. Musicians are invited to bring an instrument and possibly join in during the 2ND SET. Show starts around 9:00 PM.

BMB

04 January, 2013 (01:13pm)
SYNAPSE "BLACK BOX" UPDATE

Our friends at Mandala Drum are still pushing toward their Kickstarter project pledge goal. Over the holidays VINCE told me that he has been getting some great feedback about the Synapse "black box" and, as it turns out, the damn thing works for MORE than just drummers. It makes for some exciting combinations of equipment for GUITAR and BASS players as well...

PROJECT



BMB

04 January, 2013 (11:37am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYNNE!

Birthday greetings from Danny, the Stump family, and friends. Cheers!

BMB

03 January, 2013 (11:28am)
COLLIDE NEWS AND LINKS

It was great to see our friends kaRIN and ERIC of "COLLIDE" at my little pub birthday gathering last week. The band has a lot going on these days, and here's an update from Eric:

"To celebrate 2013, Collide is giving away their song "Lucky 13" (Damaged Mix) from their new remix album entitled BENT AND BROKEN.
The download is available right here. Just log into their store with your account (or create one if you don't have one), and add the song to your cart, and checkout. You can check paypal for payment method, but you don't need a paypal account, and the download is free. If you have any questions with the download, just let them know, and they'll help you out.

Here's the LINK for the FREE download.

Also, Collide have been working on something rather exciting lately. They've been going back through all of their computer back-ups, tape back-ups, DATs, old files, and old computers, and compiled instrumental versions of their entire album collection. On most of the albums, they have also included an unreleased song, or remix.
The best part? Each download is only $4.99. These will only be available on their own store, Noiseplus Music."

Here's the LINK for the instrumentals.



BMB

03 January, 2013 (10:56am)
ALOKE DUTTA LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

ALOKE DUTTA will be performing his tabla music on FEBRUARY 7, 2013 at THE MINT (6010 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 323-954-9400). Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. Doors open at 7 pm and the show goes from 8 - 10 PM.


BMB

02 January, 2013 (01:09pm)
PUSCIFER DOWN UNDER

FRIDAY, FEB 22 - THE TIVOLI/BRISBANE (18+)
TICKETS

TUESDAY, FEB 26 - ENMORE THEATRE/SYDNEY (all ages)

THURSDAY, FEB 28 - PALAIS THEATRE/MELBOURNE (all ages)

TICKETS



BMB

02 January, 2013 (08:40am)
"BEING WRONG SUCKS"

Check out MAYNARD's latest column for the Phoenix New Times HERE.


BMB

28 December, 2012 (09:59am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLAIR!

Another year, another failed apocalypse. Guess you'll just have to write on and drink on (or was it drink on and write on?) for another year of near-vegan heathanism (or was it hedonism?) with the rest of us. Happiest of birthdays, BMB, with love from your sweet armadillo and the whole TOOL family...


27 December, 2012 (11:36am)
APC IN VEGAS - SATURDAY, DEC 29

While Danny is getting ready to take the the stage at the "tator', MJK and APC will be performing at PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT AND CASINO in LAS VEGAS, NEVADA.

MORE



BMB

27 December, 2012 (11:18am)
VOLTO! REMINDER

An ever so friendly reminder that VOLTO! (featuring SCOTT KINSEY on keys and things) will be performing hyper fusion at the BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29. TWO SHOWS. Reserve your seats HERE. $25.00.

BMB

26 December, 2012 (10:04am)




BMB

24 December, 2012 (03:18pm)
DANNY ON "CHILDREN OF SATURN" RADIO PROGRAM TONIGHT

DANNY will be Rynne's special guest on the CHILDREN OF SATURN internet radio program TONIGHT (DECEMBER 24) from 6:00 - 8:00 PM PST. TUNE IN TO radio23.org/ccr to listen to the show.

BMB

22 December, 2012 (11:18am)
DECEMBER 22, 2012 E.V.

Wow! Can't you feel the change out there? A higher vibrational level of consciousness... Just to be sure though, I'm going to drive to a random fast food joint and order a burger WITHOUT pickles. Then I'm going to lift up the bun and check to see if they gave me extra pickles. If there are no pickles at all, I will consider that - if not evidence of crystalline consciousness - at least a transmutational ascension of sorts! Good riddance to that 13th Baktun. Time to finally break on through, senior Pakal!

So, for all you doomsday preppers who are still firmly entrenched in your apocalypse-proof underground bunkers - subsisting on strips of boloney floating in gallon containers of green Kool-aid - I definitely WOULDN'T come out yet. Even at the risk of missing the premiere of "Killer Karaoke." Again, stay right where you are, and we'll let you know when it's safe to return to the surface. In the meantime we'll toss a few more virgins in the cenote. Here's hoping you've got plenty of flatulence deodorizer pads for all those tasty squash preserves. Enjoy!


BMB

21 December, 2012 (01:40pm)
NO SILENT NIGHT... AT THE 'TATOR'

Barring any last minute cosmic calamity, it looks like business as usual at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY with the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/ X-MAS EVE SHINDIG on... Monday Night, December 24. For the festivities, John has some excellent guest musicians lined up and, as always, local players are invited to bring their axe and possibly join in during the 2ND SET. Diverse cocktails, stuffed spuds, and great live music on the night before X-MAS. Enjoy the holiday cheer but watch out for any tinsel-laden L.A.P.D. sobriety checkpoints, for 'tis the season.

BMB

20 December, 2012 (09:08am)
GREATEST DRUMMERS

Check out where DANNY ranks on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time" (excluding the future, I presume).

LIST


BMB

19 December, 2012 (09:39am)
"BIODYNAMICS FOR DUMMIES" - MAYNARD'S LATEST COLUMN

Check out MAYNARD's latest thoughts published in the PHOENIX NEW TIMES HERE.


BMB

19 December, 2012 (09:24am)
VOLTO! AT THE BAKED POTATO (SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29)

Tribal Tech's SCOTT KINSEY will be performing with VOLTO! at the BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29. Get your advanced tickets and/or reserved seats for either show HERE

Also, the JEFF BABKO GROUP will be having their release for the "CRUX" record TONIGHT (DECEMBER 19) at the 'tator.'


BMB

18 December, 2012 (11:24am)
CROWLEY THEMED GIFTS AT THE MERCH COLLECTIVE

You can still get a unique gift by Xmas if you order TODAY (TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012) from THE MERCH COLLECTIVE (www.themerchcollective.com). Available are ALEISTER CROWLEY cocktail glasses with ORIGINAL BEASTLY DRINK RECIPES (SET OF FOUR), a HIGH QUALITY CROWLEY TEE-SHIRT, and a LIMITED EDITION CROWLEY PRINT by artist HEATHER MCMILLEN (only 93) with a HOLOGRAPHIC (hand-written) PROSE-POEM by BMB (entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP').

ORDER



BMB

13 December, 2012 (08:58pm)
4 MORE DAYS TO PURCHASE "THE GRAPES OF BATH"

The LIMITED EDITION of 500 48 x 22 Giclee prints numbered and SIGNED by MAYNARD and TIM CADIENTE will be available to order up until DECEMBER 17th.

ORDER



BMB

13 December, 2012 (10:49am)
OUT OF PRINT MINT "WICKEDEST BOOK" ON EBAY (SIGNED BY DANNY)

There are currently 2 DAYS LEFT to bid on a MINT COPY of my OUT OF PRINT "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" on eBay. Book is SIGNED by the AUTHOR and DANNY (who added an extra flourish). This copy has been re-listed from the last auction, which the winning bidder failed to pay.

VIEW



BMB

13 December, 2012 (10:38am)
TELESMA



BMB

12 December, 2012 (10:18am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER, 2012

(INCLUDING A MINI CATALOG OF UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFTS & A MESSAGE FROM ALEX GREY)

Wanting to open some presents are you? Well, as I've already announced on this very website, TOOL will be performing at OZZFEST in JAPAN in MAY of 2013. If you can't make that show, there MIGHT be another gift or two under the tree - things unnoticed amongst the torn wrapping paper, ribbons and empty boxes. My best guess is that these 'presents' won't be opened until after the holidays - knowing just how important it is to take your evergreen decorations down by January 5th. Though not on the 2012 reindeer-propelled sleigh, there are a couple of other Tool projects on the horizon that I am privy to, but, unfortunately, can't comment on any further at this time... as was requested by the band's management (Bah humbug with a British accent!).

Something that might be encouraging to some Tool enthusiasts is that while riding with Danny to Chili John's yesterday, I heard a lot of new Tool music (sans Maynard). This was the most new material that I've heard so far, although a few of the riffs and arrangements were familiar. So, what did I think? Dare I say that it sounded like... Tool (some of it reminiscent to earlier Tool stuff, with other parts pushing the envelope), and I assume that it will sound even more like Tool once the vocal melodies, etc. have been added. To answer your next question, I cannot say how far along in the writing process the band is. If I had to GUESS, I would say more than half way (and keep in mind that in the past, at least, the writing went faster once the first few [more complex] songs were finished).

Now, for those still looking for some unique holiday gifts, here are a few suggestions that won't break the bank - the first one being a FREE banishing formula just in case any of you happen to materialize in Marie Callender's on some Sunday morning. "PHEUGE PAS KAKOS DAIMON!" - which some MIGHT recognize as "Away Every Evil Spirit" (Hey, what do you expect for free? You can always try what's written in Crowley's "The Star Ruby", but with all those seeking pies, I'm not sure I'd take the chance).

HOLIDAY CATALOG

TOOL PILLOWS/HOODIE IN THE ON-LINE STORE

High quality decorative pillows made from recycled Tool shirts. Artwork includes "NET OF BEING" and "DA'ATH INTERBEING"

NEW TOOL HOODIE - "ENTAPHIOSIS"

DANNY

NEW: Check Danny's web store (under "SPECIALTY" items) for a limited number of signature Vic Firth sticks that were used by the Tool drummer during a show, and which have now been SIGNED by DANNY in purple ink. There is also a VERY LIMITED QUANTITY of USED DRUM HEADS on which DANNY has drawn an ESOTERTIC SYMBOL. For $50.00 MORE, these can be PERSONALIZED. (NOTE: DRUM HEADS ARE LIMITED TO ONE PER CUSTOMER). Watch the site for USED KICK DRUM PEDALS, etc. Also for sale in Danny's store is a SACRED GEOMETRY PILLOW/DRUMSEAT CUSHION.

www.dannycarey.com

MAYNARD

TIM CADIENTE, long time supporter and photographer for TOOL, has released a LIMITED EDITION GICLEE. 500 48 x 22 Giclee prints numbered and SIGNED by MAYNARD and TIM. These will be available to order up until DECEMBER 17th.

ORDER

ALEISTER CROWLEY "DARK HALO" PRINT
WITH ORIGINAL (HAND-WRITTEN) PROSE-POEM

(Available exclusively through The Merch Collective)
www.themerchcollective.com

12" x 16" UV ink print from an original charcoal drawing entitled "DARK HALO" by L.A.-based artist HEATHER McMILLEN. Strictly LIMITED TO ONLY 93 HAND NUMBERED and SIGNED COPIES printed on arches rives fine art paper. Artist depiction of the aged Great Beast 666 deep in contemplation with pipe full of perique. (Based on an old photograph of Crowley).

Print also includes an ORIGINAL, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED 24-LINE PROSE POEM entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP"- INDIVIDUALLY HAND-WRITTEN, NUMBERED and SIGNED by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE on parchment paper. The same 'homage to Aleister Crowley' prose-poem also comes with a PRINTED VERSION on quality paper. Highly collectible fine art piece and holographic mystical verses for all Crowley enthusiasts.

ALEISTER CROWLEY "THIRST" PREMIUM QUALITY TEE SHIRT

Tri-blend premium quality tee shirt featuring artwork by HEATHER McMILLEN (based on concepts by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE). Front of shirt shows the famous hypnotic gaze of British occultist Aleister Crowley, beneath which are a crossed 'SWAN' FOUNTAIN PEN and CIRCA 1920's HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. Back of shirt contains an in quotes verse from Crowley's "The Diary of a Drug Fiend", encircled by an ancient esoteric OUROBOROS symbol (designed by Heather McMillen).

ALEISTER CROWLEY COCKTAIL GLASS SET
WITH ORIGINAL 'BEASTLY' DRINK RECIPES

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!).

ORDER

www.facebook.com/TheCrowleyCollection

www.twitter.com/Baphometstuff

ANTHOLOGY SERIES DARKLORE VOLUME 7

All sevenvolumes available at www.amazon.com
(Select "books", and type "Darklore") VOLUME 7

www.dailygrail.com

VINCE DE FRANCO'S SYNAPSE PROJECT "Whatever is brewing, it's brewing everywhere. In addition to progress at the loft, it has come to light that Danny has been collaborating with engineer and inventor Vince De Franco again. I recently posted the launch of the Synapse. It's Vince's new product at Synesthesia, a cool hub to join all your electronic drum pedals and MIDI gear, and he is funding its development in a novel way; through crowd funding. Whether you need one for yourself or you just want to see what crowd funding is all about, go check it out at"

VIEW

CHET ZAR'S "BLACK MAGICK" BOOK

CHET'S new book (designed by Mackie Osborne!) is now available, and the author will be doing a signing this Monday, Dec 10th 7-9 pm at La Lus de Jesus gallery/Wacko:

INFO

The book is now available from LAST GASP...
ORDER
and Chet's web store (http://chetzar.bigcartel.com/)

ENTHEON INFO FROM ALEX GREY:

"Entheon" refers to a place to discover the God within. Alex first offered this name to the renowned Burning Man Camp, birthed in 2006, where many of the best and brightest visionary painters exhibited banners and live paintings in Entheon Village's various domes and sculptural tents.

At CoSM, Entheon, now under construction, will be the sanctuary of visionary art. The first exhibition at Entheon will be the art of Alex Grey including all twenty-one Sacred Mirrors plus over twenty-five of the best loved originals such as Theologue. Cosmic Christ and Net of Being.

The sculptural elements of this unique architectural design point to the transcendent unity of the world's wisdom traditions. New technologies in 3D scanning, modeling and printing will be utilized to bring this vision to manifestation.

This enduring legacy is being manifested through the donations of many visionaries from all over the world.

Imagine the day you will visit Entheon. Come build with us.

Ways To Be Involved:

Become a Member of CoSM. It takes a lot of angels to build a Chapel of sacred art and CoSM members are those angels. Art can be a spiritual path with Chapel building as the ultimate expression of mystic communion. Become a member of CoSM and come build with us. Membership is $100 for a calendar year.
[http://www.cosm.org/community/members/]

Make a Donation:
Donors who make a monthly contribution sustain the vision of CoSM.
[https://secure.cosm.org/np/clients/cosm/donation.jsp?campaign=9]

DONATE

Offer goods and services.

CoSM has many needs. Think of what you can offer. Our plumber is also a great chef and contributes his talent at Full Moon dinners. Professional gardeners and permaculture experts just helped save our fruit trees. Beautiful furniture has been donated and more is needed. CoSM needs a truck and another good working vehicle. Many have volunteered to cook, clean, garden and serve in so many ways. Be a part."

ENTHEON

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

11 December, 2012 (09:00pm)
TIM CADIENTE GICLEE "THE GRAPES OF BATH" FEATURING MJK

Tim Cadiente, long time supporter and photographer for TOOL, has released a LIMITED EDITION GICLEE.

500 48 x 22 Giclee prints numbered and autographed by MAYNARD and TIM. These will be available to order up until DECEMBER 17th.

ORDER



BMB

10 December, 2012 (11:17am)
SCIENCE, MAGICK, MYTH AND HISTORY - DARKLORE VOLUMES AVAILABLE AT AMAZON

Put a little 'darkness' in your holidays by picking up one or more volumes of the anthology series "DARKLORE" (Volumes 1-7 by DailyGrail Publishing). Each issue contains a treasure trove of high strangeness written by some of the leading investigators in the field. Presented in an even, non-sensationalistic manner, DARKLORE is an invaluable source for all things Fortean, occult and paranormal. If your interests include ufology, entheogens, discordism, hidden history, cryptozoology, borderland phenomena, conspiracy theory, fringe science and the western esoteric tradition, the Darklore series has what you're looking for.

AVAILABLE in an affordable softcover and limited edition hardcover at www.amazon.com (Search "books" and type "Darklore") to find the volume that most interests you, or to ORDER the latest issue (Volume 7), go HERE.

Also visit www.dailygrail.com for the latest on what's happening in areas that challenge consensus reality.



BMB

10 December, 2012 (09:05am)
VOLTO! AT THE BAKED POTATO (SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29)

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JEFF BABKO, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) return to the BAKED POTATO jazz club on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 for TWO SHOWS. Reserve your table and/or get advanced tickets HERE. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, Ca. 91604.

... And don't forget about tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the club. Special guest musicians, and a chance for YOU to perform during the almost anything goes 2ND set.


BMB

09 December, 2012 (03:58pm)
"STOP EFFIN' AROUND"

Here's the latest from MAYNARD in the Phoenix New Times...

READ


BMB

08 December, 2012 (12:58pm)
GALACTRONIC

CD release from Galactronic "Silvatica"
Flowing odd-meter, nested rhythmic figures, and breathing electronics. Available now on Bandcamp, free track download.



BMB

06 December, 2012 (08:28pm)
"BLACK MAGICK" BOOK/SIGNING BY CHET ZAR

Artist CHET ZAR's new book, BLACK MAGICK, has been released (designed by Mackie Osborne!) and the author will be doing a signing this MONDAY, DECEMBER 10th (7-9 pm) at LA LUS de JESUS GALLERY/WACKO in Los Angeles.

INFO

If you can't make the signing, the book is now AVAILABLE from LAST GASP and Chet's WEB STORE . Congrats!



BMB

06 December, 2012 (08:16pm)
MARK STEGER ARTWORK

Cool MARK STEGER poster for "CHROME" project.

VIEW


BMB

05 December, 2012 (05:30pm)
SYNAPSE

PROBLEM SOLVED

Inspired by virtuosity and astronautical engineering

SYNAPSE

leads musicians into new space...

SYNAPSE



BMB

04 December, 2012 (12:13pm)
TOOL PERFORMING AT OZZFEST IN JAPAN

Here's the OZZFEST poster.

BMB

03 December, 2012 (04:18pm)
CADUCEUS CELLARS & MERKIN VINEYARDS KUDOS

It wasn't that long ago that I remember reading the "Baseline Soil Analysis For Vineyard Development" that was prepared for MAYNARD in order to determine the suitability of land for winegrape production. Well, backhoe pits were evaluated, required equipment installed, skeletonizer eradication contemplated... Maynard donned a cowboy hat, and after a lot of hard work between tours, lookie here!

Recent Awards & High Fives...

Festival at the Farm/Arizona Wine Growers Association Competition:
2010 Caduceus Cellars Nagual de la NAGA SILVER medal
2010 Caduceus Cellars Anubis BRONZE medal
2011 Caduceus Cellars Lei Li Nebbiolo Rose' SILVER medal
2011 Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra Blanca BRONZE medal

Judges Favorites:
2011 Merkin Vineyards The Diddler
2011 Caduceus Cellars Velvet Slippers Club Chenin Blanc
2011 Merkin Vineyards Shinola

Wines of Distinction:

2011 Caduceus Cellars Dos ladrones
2010 Caduceus Cellars Primer Paso
2011 Merkin Vineyards Shinola
2011 Merkin Vineyards The Diddler

The San Francisco International Wine Competition:

2011 Caduceus Cellars Dos ladrones GOLD Medal
2010 Caduceus Cellars Anubis SILVER medal

Jefferson Cup 2012:

2010 Caduceus Cellars Nagual del MARZO GOLD Medal (Medal of Excellence)
2010 Caduceus Cellars Kitsune SILVER Medal (Medal of Merit)
2010 Caduceus Cellars Anubis SILVER Medal (Medal of Merit)
2010 Caduceus Cellars Le Cortigiane ONESTE SILVER Medal (Medal of Merit)
2010 Caduceus Cellars Primer Paso SILVER Medal (Medal of Merit)



BMB

03 December, 2012 (03:27pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ TONIGHT

If you're in sunny Southern California, TONIGHT's (DEC 4) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY features musical guests MARGIS MILES on drums, TY BAILIE on keys, and PETE GRIFFIN on bass - along with regulars JOHN ZIEGLER and JAMMIE KIME. Local musicians are invited to bring an instrument and check in with John or Jamie about performing during the almost anything goes 2nd set. If you're not inclined to join in, enjoy the stupendous spuds, drinks and great live music. The band usually gets going around 9:30, and it's NOT hard to find a parking space.

BMB

30 November, 2012 (07:26pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER, 2012 e.v.

Oddly enough, I'm sorry to report, not a lot of progress was made this month with regards to any Tool writing sessions at the loft. In fact, for all but the first week in November (when some progress was made), all of the band members have been elsewhere - though they are expected to be back hard at work come December 3rd (2012). Although I'm not sure what multi-tasker MAYNARD has been up to as of late (other than running a winery, organizing things for his other bands, and envisaging future endeavors, I'm guessing), I can tell you that ADAM is still off pheasant hunting in England's green and pleasant lands (or is he studying oil painting amongst those dark Satanic mills?). I can also tell you that both JUSTIN and DANNY are currently enjoying the scenery in Hawaii, hopefully discussing riffs, arrangements and album titles at the same time they are served opakapaka with purple potatoes. Anyone else experiencing déjà vu?

As far as any other Tool news goes, some of you have probably seen the on-line flyer that has the band performing at Ozzfest in Japan in May of 2013. As of my writing this, I have NOT been told that this is confirmed, so you'll just have to rely on your own good judgment for the time being. Something to consider, though: Has anyone actually physically held this new Ozzfest poster? It could be Photoshopped, couldn't it? Plus, when I last saw the world-renowned entomologist Rance Q. Spartley (whose existence, whether real or fictional or an in-between tulpa, is an important part of my on-going therapy as a bonafide arachnophobe), while seeking his expertise on behalf of the band (?), I had a different, more critter infested place in mind (Japan lacking in such venomous threats - unless, that is, you count Mothra). But before you start spreading Pepsodent behind your ears as a possible deterrent, again, I have NOT received anything that could be considered official about any shows on this aqueous gem in the cosmos. Should any news about this become available, I will certainly be sure that it is trumpeted post haste. So keep checking back.

Yet another reason to watch the site is that while at a Lakers' game a couple of weeks ago, an oracle told me to expect lots of news in the coming weeks. So far, nothing much has come my way, but when it does... I don't think it will have anything to do with TOOL's NEXT RECORD (gotcha!), as they are still involved in the writing process (which I already said). Nor will it be about any stocking stuffer TOOL LIVE DVD (gotcha again!), which I haven't heard anything about for eons. What this news will be about, however, should be exciting to many Tool enthusiasts. In the meantime, MERCH has put a few new items in the store - one being a HOODIE (called "ENTAPHIOSIS"), with the others being two decorative PILLOWS containing Tool-themed artwork. Unique gifts just in time for the holiday season! (Even if you don't believe in a dancing groundhog throwing confetti.) And speaking of holiday cheer, I hope to have the DECEMBER NEWSLETTER posted sometime early next week (after all, with the Mayan doomsday looming, a New York City cop showing random kindness, and that sitcom doofus going squirrelly, who has the time to wait?).

UPDATE: I have a meeting with Tool management tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec 4th), so perhaps there will be some kind of announcement soon?

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

25 November, 2012 (09:37am)
VOTE FOR CADUCEUS CELLARS AS ARIZONA'S BEST WINERY

MAYNARD'S "CADUCEUS CELLARS" would still very much like your VOTE for Arizona's BEST WINERY. The contest ENDS ON NOVEMBER 30, and people (meaning YOU!) can vote once a day until then. It only takes seconds to register, so let's make this happen!

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BMB

23 November, 2012 (11:02am)
WICKEDEST BOOKS SIGNED BY DANNY RE-LISTED ON EBAY

Due to lack of payment by the winning bidder of the last "Wickedest Books", I've re-listed it on eBAY. This is a NEW/MINT COPY of the OUT OF PRINT, (VERY) LIMITED EDITION 2ND IMPRESSION SIGNED by both yours truly and DANNY (with an added flourish!). NO RESERVE and FREE SHIPPING. ABOUT 3 DAYS LEFT IN THE AUCTION.

VIEW



BMB

23 November, 2012 (10:48am)
ALEX GREY RELEASES "NET OF BEING" BOOK - LAUNCH ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

ALEX GREY's new book, "NET OF BEING" - being the third volume in Alex's trilogy of monographs, and filled with many images of his paintings and life's work - is being released on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24th. ("Net of Being" is also the image used on the cover and interior album art of Tool's 10,00 days album.) For the occasion, there will be a BOOK LAUNCH in NEW YORK VITY on SATURDAY (see the flyer). Also, here is the link to the COSM STORE where people can purchase the book.


BMB

21 November, 2012 (09:38am)
BLOG BY MAYNARD IN THE PHOENIX NEW TIMES

READ


BMB

21 November, 2012 (09:07am)
APOPHIS BY HECTOR'S REVENGE

I still get email about HECTOR'S REVENGE after opening for the PIGMY LOVE CIRCUS way back when. Here's the latest: The band's album "APOPHIS" is available for FREE on SPOTIFY and can also be heard on iTunes.

LINK
https://www.facebook.com/hectorsrevenge
@hectorsrevenge https://twitter.com/hectorsrevenge


BMB

21 November, 2012 (08:55am)
VOLTO'S JEFF BABKO RELEASES "CRUX"

Congrats to VOLTO! keyboardist JEFF BABKO on the release of his new record entitled "CRUX." (Tonequake Records.) More info HERE . There's also a video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfBXtk9H4lY

BMB

20 November, 2012 (10:13am)
WOVENHAND RELEASE "THE LAUGHING STALK"

LISTEN

TOUR DATES

TUESDAY 11/27 - SOL, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
WEDNESDAY 11/28 - HOTEL CONGRESS, TUCSON, ARIZONA
THURSDAY 11/29 - SODA BAR, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
FRIDAY 11/30 - THE SATELLITE. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
SATURDAY 12/1 - BOTTOM OF THE HILL, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
MONDAY 12/3 - JAMBALAYA, ARCATA, CALIFORNIA
TUESDAY 12/4 - COZMIC PIZZA, EUGENE, OREGON
WEDNESDAY 12/5 - DOUG FIR LOUNGE, PORTLAND, OREGON
THURSDAY 12/6 - CHOP SUEY, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
FRIDAY 12/7 - THE SHAKEDOWN, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
SUNDAY 12/9 - THE URBAN LOUNGE, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH



BMB

19 November, 2012 (12:16pm)
WONDER WHO JUSTIN'S PULLING FOR?

Here's another shot of the birthday boy.


BMB

19 November, 2012 (10:45am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN!

Birthday cheers and love to JUSTIN from Shelee, your band mates, family, friends, and perhaps even the legendary Snorkwhomper. Here's wishing you a great one!

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

19 November, 2012 (10:30am)
PRANAH BY MARK BIEHL

In case you missed the post on DANNY'S website, check out "PRANAH", a CD featuring the harmonic and dissonant sublimity of genuine TIBETAN BELLS, by MARK BIEHL, a former band mate in my mid-western prog-rock days.

"PRANAH is an intimately captured recording of Tibetan singing bowls designed to give the listener a personal transcendent experience."

www.acuitysoundworks.com

REVIEW

by Bill Binkelman, a long-time icon in the industry.



BMB

19 November, 2012 (10:10am)
CHET ZAR OIL PAINTING COURSE

You, too, can paint monsters with artist CHET ZAR's step by step 10 WEEK OIL PAINTING COURSE at Visualarium.com.

BMB

16 November, 2012 (09:24am)
CONSULTANT FOR TOOL'S "10,000 DAYS" CD PACKAGING DEAD AT 65. - R.I.P. RAY ZONE

RAY ZONE, a 3-D expert who assisted in the process of the Grammy award winning CD Packaging for TOOL's "10,000 DAYS", has died at 65.

"I'm crushed. I'll miss my friend."

Adam Jones


BMB

13 November, 2012 (04:50pm)
THE CROWLEY COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MERCH COLLECTIVE STORE

There's no need to wait for the "Black Friday" madness to start your holiday shopping - especially if you want (or want to give) something really dark. That's right, for something truly unique; I'm pleased to introduce (or, perhaps, unveil) the "Crowley Collection", another collaboration between BMB and L.A.-based artist Heather McMillen.

ALEISTER CROWLEY "DARK HALO" PRINT WITH
ORIGINAL (HAND-WRITTEN) PROSE-POEM

12" x 16" UV ink print from an original charcoal drawing entitled "DARK HALO" by L.A.-based artist HEATHER McMILLEN. Strictly LIMITED TO ONLY 93 HAND NUMBERED and SIGNED COPIES printed on arches rives fine art paper. Artist depiction of the aged Great Beast 666 deep in contemplation with pipe full of perique. (Based on an old photograph of Crowley).

Print also includes an ORIGINAL, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED 24-LINE PROSE POEM entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP"- INDIVIDUALLY HAND-WRITTEN, NUMBERED and SIGNED by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE on parchment paper. The same 'homage to Aleister Crowley' prose-poem also comes with a PRINTED VERSION on quality paper. Highly collectible fine art piece and holographic mystical verses for all Crowley enthusiasts.

ALEISTER CROWLEY "THIRST" PREMIUM QUALITY TEE SHIRT

Tri-blend premium quality tee shirt featuring artwork by HEATHER McMILLEN (based on concepts by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE). Front of shirt shows the famous hypnotic gaze of British occultist Aleister Crowley, beneath which are a crossed 'SWAN' FOUNTAIN PEN and CIRCA 1920's HYPODERMIC SYRINGE. Back of shirt contains an in quotes verse from Crowley's "The Diary of a Drug Fiend", encircled by an ancient esoteric OUROBOROS symbol (designed by Heather McMillen).

ALEISTER CROWLEY COCKTAIL GLASS SET WITH ORIGINAL 'BEASTLY' DRINK RECIPES (Drink recipes not shown on store samples)

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!).

STORE



BMB

12 November, 2012 (10:38am)
SOME PUSCIFER SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA

Tickets for the following PUSCIFER shows in AUSTRALIA go on sale on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16.

FRIDAY, FEB 22 - THE TIVOLI - BRISBANE
TUESDAY, FEB 26 - ENMORE THEATRE - SYDNEY
THURSDAY, FEB 28 - PALAIS THEATRE - MELBOURNE


BMB

12 November, 2012 (10:28am)
"DIVINE ALIGN"

Grand Opening for "DIVINE ALIGN" at ADAM SCOTT MILLER'S infinitUS Gallery.


BMB

10 November, 2012 (11:21am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARALEE

Birthday love to LaraLee on this fine "LaraLee Birthday Weekend." All she wants for her special weekend is a Houston Texans win tomorrow night, some crank tacos, and an ice cold Corona... with a shot of Hacienda La Capilla "Diamond Sterling" tequila." No problem!

CHEERS!



BMB

10 November, 2012 (10:21am)
DANNY PERFORMING WITH THE WEBB ALL-STARS

DANNY will be playing with the DOUG WEBB ALL-STARS at the BAKED POTATO on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11. The stellar jazz line up also includes DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, and JIMMY EARL on bass. Shows usually start around 9:30.

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST
STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604


BMB

06 November, 2012 (09:32am)
YOUR VOTE DOES MATTER

VOTE for MAYNARD'S "CADUCEUS CELLARS" as the best Arizona winery. Takes just seconds to register.

VOTE CADUCEUS



BMB

05 November, 2012 (02:17pm)
COLLIDE RELEASE "BENT AND BROKEN"

Another great release by our friends COLLIDE. Check out "BENT AND BROKEN" HERE and/or get more info at the band's WEBSITE

"Once again, COLLIDE manage to create their own audio universe. Now on their tenth release (The ethereal elec- tro-tech duo COLLIDE, led by vocalist kaRIN and electronic guru Statik, are back with a re-mixed vengeance. The band's imminent release, BENT and BROKEN, a double CD of stellar remixes (compiled mainly from songs off their two most recent full-length albums, COUNTING TO ZERO and TWO-HEADED MONSTER) is sure to stimulate your sonic sensibilities. Bent and Broken is comprised of songs from a remix contest held during the beginning of 2012, as well as remixes from top notch remixers like cEvin Key/Ken Marshall (Skinny Puppy), Android Lust, and Chris Vrenna (Tweaker). It also includes two new cover songs and one new original song."



BMB

05 November, 2012 (12:06pm)
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ TONIGHT

It's currently sunny and in the mid 90s (with more than a chance for a quake) here in Los Angeles - a perfect day for tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. And for the NOVEMBER 5 offering, JOHN ZIEGLER and the boys have TODD WOLF on drums, and CHRISTIAN ALMIRON on keys. Bring that vintage guitar of yours and ask about joining in during the second set. Who said that the weekend's over!

BMB

02 November, 2012 (12:58pm)
MAYNARD'S PHOENIX NEW TIMES COLUMNS

Some past and present musings from MAYNARD as written in the Phoenix New Times.

ENJOY



BMB

02 November, 2012 (12:39pm)
ONE COPY OF THE "WICKEDEST BOOKS" RE-LISTED ON EBAY

I've re-listed a NEW/MINT copy of "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" (out of print, with NO more copies planned to be printed) on EBAY (FEW HOURS LEFT) . The book is SIGNED by the author and DANNY CAREY, who wrote the foreword, and who is featured throughout as an avid collector of Crowleyana. NO RESERVE. FREE SHIPPING.

VIEW


BMB

01 November, 2012 (08:02pm)
SCOTT KINSEY TONIGHT, BUBBATRON TOMORROW

Here's your reminder for THE SCOTT KINSEY ALL-STARS TONIGHT (THURSDAY, NOV.1) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, and BUBBATRON (DANNY CAREY, SCOTT KINSEY, HADRIEN FERAUD, DOUG WEBB & JOHN ZIEGLER) on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2.

RESERVED SEATING


BMB

31 October, 2012 (05:58pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER,
OCTOBER, 2012 E.V. / HALLOWEEN ISSUE

FUMBLING IN THE DARK WITH THE LEGENDARY TEXAS SNORKWHOMPER

You might say that it's the 'house specialty' of Texas monster folklore. The spooky story that never dims in its re-telling - itself being the terrifying saga of the legendary Texas "Snorkwhomper" - an elusive creature that allegedly haunts the thickly-forested Southern and Eastern regions of the Lone Star State. And after a few years of relatively few sightings, the famed cryptid nicknamed by locals as "Muddy Buddy" and "Grubby Bubby" would appear to be once again roaming the wooden trails and stagnant marshes of "Baghdad on the Bayou."

For decades the spine-chilling tale has been recounted among dyed-in-the-wool Texans (those with peanuts in their Dr. Pepper and jalapeño peppers on the side), with those unfortunate witnesses of this particular devil describing a scaly, grayish-skinned monstrosity with intensely glowing red eyes as brilliant as "the taillights on a 57 Ford Thunderbird." When the nocturnal insect shrill suddenly ceases to an oppressive silence, the creature often emits an unmistakable, blood-curdling high-pitched screech sounding like "JEET!!!" While to some the persistent tales of the Snorkwhomper are appreciated as a tourist boon, to other Texans the thing is about as welcome as a layered lettuce salad or doing the dreaded double nickel! However, one thing that all those with jeweled cowboy boots can agree on is that this hideous creature ("uglier than a bucket full of armpits" according to one Houstonian) is NO "Bigfoot"-like hairy costume legerdemain. "Like a huge booger that you can't thump off your finger is this damn thing."

Imagine you are at a sleepover with some of you junior-high friends on a humid autumn night - seated in a typical den in Houston, Texas - with a pine couch draped with a "Lone Star" granny quilt, polished indoor gun-rack, stuffed ibex, framed cow-patty, oil painting of blue bonnets, Indian pottery with a trail of ants, and a hat stand laden with colorful Stetsons. By the faint glow of a wagon wheel chandelier, while having a midnight snack of leftover Frito Pie and cold Orange Crush, one of the older teens repeats the oft-told yarn of the devilish creature with eyes like the fiery coals of hell, that terrorizes those in the mist-enshrouded swamps and shadowy deep pines, but also sometimes intrudes upon the city, even having been sighted in well-lit suburban neighborhoods (just like the one you're currently living in).

Continuing with the frightening story, the boy tells how, in fact, a few years ago during the holiday season the dead body of a big toot-the-horn Texas lawyer named Gaspur McNeer was found sprawled amongst the azalea bushes in his front yard on River Oaks Boulevard. Although his face had been slashed to pieces, with it later determined that his brain had been somehow sucked through his nostrils as if by some hellish ant-eater, the man's wallet and calfskin briefcase were both untouched. On the front door of the house, a barbed wire Christmas wreath still hung straight, while inside, stuffed cowboy boot stockings were undisturbed, with no valuables also missing from an antique pie-safe.

Stranger still, later that evening, a man fitting Gaspur's description was seen running naked - though covered almost completely in a sheen of glistening mud in the neon glare of the plethora of fast food chuckwagons along Westheimer. Those who saw him swore to any God in a ten-gallon hat that it was the lawyer Gaspur McNeer, himself. With Houston police units now searching him, he finally disappeared near a Valero gas station, only to be seen the following morning around noon at both his office and at the "Heroic Butchery Sandwich Emporium." Only now, he was cleaned up and well shaven, wearing the same two-piece pinstripe suit and black wing-tips that he had on when found dead, and holding the same calfskin briefcase. But here's the kicker. There were muddy footprints on the Spic 'N Span scrubbed floors! Shortly after, he was never seen again (other than his embalmed corpse). To some this seemed funnier than socks on a rooster, but to others it was further evidence of a shape-shifting demonic creature - the famed Snorkwhomper. Now, if this story wasn't enough to scare the pants off one, then other stories involving chance encounters with the thing often amounted to trouser-chili in one's Wranglers (though in these parts without beans of course!)

The following tale gained a greater notoriety after being published in the October 1992 issue of "Texas Highways" magazine. In the article, the Pulitzer-prize winning reporter recalled the testimony of several other seemingly credible eyewitnesses who had brushes with death when they chanced upon the creature. These included wildcatters, roughnecks, barrel racers, beauty queens and an astronaut. Even a black indoor rodeo star. Deaths possibly attributed to the Snorkwhomper also run the gambit - from a wealthy socialite (foundations, art patroness, indoor tennis courts and mink tortilla warmer) to a sunburned janitor who was found with blood gushing out of him like "a tumped over longneck on a glowing jukebox." By the time the authorities arrived on the scene there was little left of him other than a blood-stained Mexican wedding shirt, bolo and onyx slider, and soiled gimme cap with a popular feed store logo. It appeared as if he had attempted to fight off something with only cellophane-wrapped stick of beef jerky. Like the others, no cash was taken from his palomino-colored imitation steerhide wallet.

Although the magazine feature sanitized it, the latest victim was a daddy's little princess-type-turned-high school cheerleader STD/hub-turned-tequila-soaked honky-tonk angel - turned Meth-head stripper/cum-dumpster, whose partially-clad dead body was found near a spring-fed creek just a short yonder from "The Church of the Extreme ATV Park." Evidently she was in the middle of giving a "Texas Breathalyzer" when her and her 'friend' were interrupted by something "god-awful." (Note: the 'breathalyzer' part, whatever it might refer to, was glossed over in the magazine article, although at the funeral the girl's father gloated that his precious little girl was once "hotter than a jalapeno lollipop and two-dollar pistol").

And then there were the turned over Winnebagos and mysterious abandoned campsites found near recreational places like Splendora (home of the world's largest bowl of salsa), Wicked Oaks, Hidden Falls, and Texas Hogwallow.

All this was enough to rouse the suspicions of some of the strongest arms of the law. As one Texas Ranger put it, "Well butter my ears with Smuckers and lay me next to an anthill. This Snorker hoopla is nothing to guffaw at." When asked to give people advice, from behind his mirror Ray-Bans he replied, "When you're in the woods, don't squat with your spurs on, and if you gotta visit the peesplasher, take more than a damn fly-swatter with you."

The article in the October issue of "Texas Highways" magazine assured its readers that the stories involving the Snorkwhomper weren't just further examples of a whopper of a Texas tall tale, but, rather than slinging the bull, they were based on the "dead-right facts." Granted, my blue jeans might be more than a few rivets short from being essential, but I personally thought the whole thing was bullshit piled on top of bullshit. The Snorkwhomper was just a more modern addition to the fantastic menagerie of "fearsome critters" or imaginary backwoods creatures spoken about around campfires in the boonies and in smelly poduck taverns. A scarier version of the Jackalope, was all this seemed to be. Case closed...

That was until I heard about what happened to Tool bassist Justin Chancellor and his wife Shelee during a recent trip to Houston, Texas. Having attended the wedding of good friends on October 7th, the following morning they were invited by some other good friends (all being members of Texas law enforcement) for a day of Texas-style recreational activities, and not just lawnmower racing and paintball fields! After a late breakfast of saddle-sized chicken-fried steak, and then some fancy shootin' of snakes with AR-15s, they headed out of H-Town for a "mudding" trail adventure at an ATV park (which I will not disclose at this time). Though I initially had a hard time stringing together the sequence of events, I was able to gather that shortly after the evening rainfall, while riding their quads on the primitive dirt roads winding through dense woods, strange things began to happen.

With his Polaris stuck in a mud bog on one of the forest's surrounding trails, Justin got a whiff of a terrible odor before catching sight of a pair of eyes that were glowing a fierce reddish color. So bright were they, in fact, that at first he thought they were an ATV's brake lights, or possibly a bicycle reflector. But then he saw what appeared to be a strangely shaped animal of sorts - a hideously adorned, grey-skinned form watching him from behind some rustling foliage. When the thing crept a little closer with its menacing red eyes now clearly visible, for whatever reason - not knowing what else to do - Justin tossed an un-eaten, still paper-wrapped hamburger at it, which the misshapen creature quickly grasped from the damp ground before disappearing back into the trees. (Note: Having moments before stopped at a "Whataburger" drive-thru on one of the dirt trails, Justin purchased one of the Texas chain's smaller "Justaburger" in order to get some small condiment tubs as new additions for his prized ketchup collection.)

When Shelee and the others arrived at that particular spot on the trail, they found Justin completely covered with mud and talking excitedly about something that he'd just seen amongst the trees. After having a can of beer to help calm him down, the group drove their ATVs to the park's spray-wash area where Justin also hosed the mud off his clothes. It was there that Shelee noticed that his recently acquired Jimi Hendrix necklace was missing (described to me as a unique pendant with Jimi's famous image laser cut out of black acrylic on a black finished delicate cable chain). Although Justin claimed that he'd left it back at the hotel, Shelee felt certain (she later told me) that he'd been wearing it while at breakfast, and even at the beginning of the mudding trail adventure...

Intrigued by Justin's story, and thinking that it might make for a good newsletter , I flew to Houston to do some first-hand investigating (besides, I could use a tax write off, and a Whataburger didn't sound too bad). It wasn't long after arriving that I found myself in a dive called "Tell Her I Ain't Here, Boys", where I had arranged a meeting with a local cryptid hunter named Culp Castlebury. A native Texan, Castlebury was an experienced cryptozoologist, who in the past had chased after the skunk-ape, giant catfish, and even leathery-winged pterodactyls. More recently, he was on the trail of capturing one of those peculiar mangy blue dogs that many believe to be goat-sucking chupacabras. Before answering any of my questions, the beer-bellied right friendly fellow suggested that we first rustled up some huevos and Carta Blanca, with an amuse-bouche of stale saltines drenched with Tabasco. Accompanying us was a Hollywood producer from the Nat Geo channel, who, dressed in floral calico, preferred that we meet at the Hafbrau House, but who was all white creamy gravy about turning the Snorkwhomper legend into a new cable television series.

With cracker crumbs flecking his beard, Culp finally started laying out some details about the Snorker. Seems that the creature's diet consists mainly of cow patties ("Eats those there meadow muffins like they're pecan pancakes!), beetles, and buffalo clover. However, what really excites its culinary palette is Lance (not Nabisco!) Toasty peanut butter-and-cheese crackers purchased at a Valero gas station. These salted orange squares have been used with much success to bait the creature. Which is why in close proximity, its breath is said to be able knock a buzzard off a shit wagon! As the lady producer began taking notes, the cryptid hunter continued with a few other little known oddities about the elusive critter. Turns out that it acts rather oddly when someone litters. Whether a praline wax paper or Styrofoam cup from James Coney Island, when it sees anyone messing with Texas it becomes either extremely agitated or distracted, as if compelled to quickly pick up the discarded material (this brought to mind Justin's Justaburger wrapper). It also doesn't like - nay - is repelled by those armadillo-shaped car air-fresheners which could explain why there are so many dangling from mirror brackets in pickup trucks around these parts.

Far from being a modern phenomenon, according to Castlebury, sightings of the Snorker were reported as far back as the days of cattle rustlers and the Chisholm Trail. He then got a little paranormal, much to the lady producer's delight. The Snorkwhomper, it turned out, was a shape-shifter, with the ability to assume the form of its victims, right down to skoal-scented breath, and the pearl snap closings on a red cotton chambray shirt. In fact, if we were sitting in a Taco Cabana right now, gnawing on a brisket and egg breakfast burrito, you'd be hard pressed to tell that those exotic-skinned boots tapping the floor were being worn by a shape-shifted Snorker. Your only clue might be muddy footprints on the floor - the telltale signs of Grubby-Bubby before the transformation is completed.

Though I was growing weary of listening to old hits by the "Light Crust Doughboys" on the barkeep's I-Pod, as well as hearing comparisons between the Snorker and other Texas swamp beasts (including the Fouke Monster of Southern Arkansas) when the crytozoologist started telling me about certain theories of his pertaining to the creature, I was ready to order another round of beers. It wasn't the possible throwback to a Glyptodon or Panocthus (prehistoric armadillos) that caused me to raise a brow - it was his mentioning of the famous Cash-Landrum UFO encounter.

The story goes like this: Back on a December night in 1980, while driving home to Dayton Texas (or looking for a bingo game in the woods!), two women and one's grandson were startled by a large radiantly glowing diamond-shaped object that was hovering at treetop level above the road. As the ponderous metallic-silver thing emitted brilliant flares that caused a tremendous heating of the asphalt below, one of the women interpreted the object to be none other than Jesus during the Second Coming. Soon, however, besides the anomalous craft, he sky was filled with what appeared to be CH-47 Chinook helicopters. But while the women were transfixed on the aerial spectacle (grandson Colby, too), their skin began to get hot and blister, and they later felt quite nauseous. Not long after the event they would suffer symptoms similar to radiation poisoning, and hence sued the country for damages. Could it be, wondered the cryptozoologist, that a certain level of residual gamma radiation from the object - itself possibly a military experiment involving a dirty nuclear powered propulsion system, was responsible for the latest incarnation of the Snorker? Was the creature some kind of horribly mutated armadillo? And then there was the 1948 Laredo Texas crash whose dead alien pilot was dubbed "Tomato Man." But, seeing how the photos of the incinerated E.T. also show a pair of decidedly terrestrial wire frame glasses, we should probably rule that one out as having anything to do with any of Texas's legendary monsters.

Having listened to Culp's theories, and having viewed old newspaper clippings and Xeroxed copies of police reports in his possession, I decided to have him take me to the exact location at the ATV park where Justin might have encountered something just a trifle unusual.

That night out at the ATV park, in the dense woods where the silvery gleams of the Autumn moon were reflected in the eyes of wolf spiders and other nocturnal hunters, there was plenty of strange activity to be sure. First, we heard what sounded like something knocking repeatedly on wood. "Wood knocking communication", Castlebury whispered enthusiastically.

Suddenly we both saw some weird lights darting about through a thicket of trees.

Ghostlights?

Through my borrowed night-vision scope I could make out a portly, spectral green figure who was attempting to attach what appeared to be a candy bar on a string to a tree limb. As he struggled to do so, a woman repelled down from the same tree, wearing all kinds of technological gear, including a face-mounted FLIR camera. This seemingly caused the large man to have an intestinal transfer in his khaki shorts.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

IT'S A FUCKING SQUATCH!!!

"He's got a pretty big hole in his screen door, don't he?", Castlebury uttered to me.

Soon a group of Bigfoot field researchers had gathered around the two, with the woman, as it turned out, being part of a crack team of UFO Chasers who had picked up a heat blip of the rotund squatch hunter acting rather strangely through her thermal imaging camera.

"These squatch hunters and UFO chasers frightened away the damn snorker! I'll bet none of them could find their own asshole with a search warrant and a flashlight", the cryptid hunter said. "Might as well go rustle up some doughnuts from the closet Shippley's."

While leaving the park, taking a final scan with the night-vision scope, I couldn't believe what I saw. It was definitely him. The Bug Man. Rance Q. Spartley, the maverick entomologist. He was only yards away, kneeling down while examining something on the forest loam. "Professor", I shouted. "It's Blair. What are you doing here?" After staring at me for a few seconds, the bespeckeled fellow replied, "Looking for a rare type of longhorn beetle whose pinchers aren't just for show. But it's not easy with all this commotion" he added while standing up and offering me a retro Necco candy wafer by lifting one of the pastel confections with his dirt-encrusted thumb. "Who's that wild thing with the gizmo on her face? Take a thermal image of this." he said, pointing to his groin area. "Tell her that I can drive friendly. By the way, whatever happened to your friends playing those big shows in South America in the Fall?"

"I guess it fell through, but they might need your expertise again for something also a bit exotic."

"Well, give a holler if so, as they say in Delaware."

As the entomologist stepped back, I saw something sticking out of the mud.

It was kind of shiny.

"DAMN."

(NO CLIFF-HANGERS HERE!)

It was a Jimi Hendrix necklace with the guitarist's famous image laser cut out of what appeared to be black acrylic... on a black finished delicate cable chain.

HAPPY MUDDING ADVENTURE TRAILS


BMB

31 October, 2012 (02:43pm)
'JUSTIN' BEING DRIVEN FROM THE SPOT OF THE ENCOUNTER

With a beer to calm his nerves, JUSTIN gets a ride from a friend back to the ATV park's spray washer. But, is this really Justin?.. Or...


BMB

30 October, 2012 (11:12pm)
NAVIGATING THE MUDDY ATV TRAIL NEAR HOUSTON, TEXAS

SHELEE and friend on the ATV trail close to where the incident involving JUSTIN happened.


BMB

28 October, 2012 (07:49pm)
PRIMUS POSTER WITH ADAM JONES ARTWORK ON SALE AT TONIGHT'S SHOW

PRIMUS POSTER featuring artwork by ADAM JONES on sale at tonight's show.

PRIMUS POSTER SERIES

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=491945747507053&set=a.108963555805276.9110.105657322802566&type=1&theater



BMB

28 October, 2012 (09:56am)
"BUBBATRON" ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

BUBBATRON returns to the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY for TWO SETS on FRIDAY,NOVEMBER 2. TWO SETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE TICKET.

Danny Carey - drums
Scott Kinsey - keys
Hadrien Feraud - bass
Doug Webb - woodwinds
John Ziegler - guitar

RESERVED SEAT TICKETS online HERE

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/events/118248228332535/


BMB

27 October, 2012 (10:12am)
SCOTT KINSEY AT THE BAKED POTATO

Keyboardist extraordinaire SCOTT KINSEY will be performing at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1. Joining Scott will be jazz luminaries ABRAHAM LABORIEL Jr., TIM LEFEVRE, and ALEX MACHACEK (guitarist for Terry Bozzio). You don't want to miss this...

ADVANCED TICKETS


BMB

25 October, 2012 (10:42am)
2 COPIES OF THE WICKEDEST BOOKS ON EBAY

For those who are interested, there are currently 2 COPIES of my "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" on eBAY. One is a MINT COPY of the long out of print FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER - this being a special copy numbered 0 that includes a page removed from the 1922 1st British Edition of Crowley's "The Diary of a Drug Fiend." However, rather than being a numbered page, this is the ultra-rare book's preface. The "Wickedest" book is also SIGNED by both the AUTHOR and DANNY CAREY. NO RESERVE and FREE SHIPPING in the U.S.

VIEW HARDCOVER

The other copy is also in NEW/MINT CONDITION, being the REVISED, EXPANDED 2ND EDITION GLOSSY SOFTCOVER (ALSO OUT OF PRINT). It, too, is SIGNED by both the AUTHOR, and DANNY CAREY (who added an additional "Star of Babalon" flourish).

VIEW SOFTCOVER



BMB

23 October, 2012 (10:21am)
ALOKE DUTTA ARTICLE

Check out this nice ARTICLE about tabla master ALOKE DUTTA in an Indian newspaper.

BMB

20 October, 2012 (10:00am)
VOTE FOR CADUCEUS CELLARS AS ARIZONA'S BEST WINERY!

Remember to VOTE FOR CADUCEUS CELLARS as Arizona's best winery!

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BMB

20 October, 2012 (09:56am)
REMINDER: VOLTO! TONIGHT - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JEFF BABKO, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing 2 SHOWS TONIGHT at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. ULTRA-FUSION from the band's forthcoming album. Scroll down to my news post BELOW for more information.

BMB

19 October, 2012 (11:42am)
ISIS DRUMMER AARON HARRIS FORMS NEW BAND

Drummer (and tech for Danny) AARON HARRIS has teamed up with former ISIS mates Jeff and Cliff to form a new band called "PALMS." With CHINO MORENO (DEFTONES) on vocals, the band's debut record will be released in 2013 on Mike Patton's IPECAC label. For more information, and to stay tuned to the latest news from "PALMS", check out their FACEBOOK PAGE at http://www.facebook.com/palmssongs


BMB

17 October, 2012 (06:56pm)
DARKLORE VOLUME 7 AVAILABLE AT WWW.AMAZON.COM

As one of the contributing authors, I am excited to announce the release of the 7TH installment of the anthology series DARKLORE by DailyGrail Publishing. Just like the previous issues of Darklore, DARKLORE VOLUME 7 is a treasure trove of high strangeness, presented in an even, non-sensationalistic manner by some of the leading investigators in the field. The subject matter for the current issue includes the clandestine goings-on of a (once) OFFICIALLY NON-EXISTENT MILITARY INSTALLATION in the Nevada desert, the enigmatic Elizabethan Mage and dedicated experimenter of the Enochia, DR. JOHN DEE, PSYCHONAUTS and ENTHEOGENS (Mushrooms in Wonderland), CRYPTOZOOLOGY, DISCORDIANISM, ANCIENT ALIEN MYTHOS, OCCULT SECRET SOCIETIES OF THE NAZIS, the 'OUTER GATEWAYS' of iconoclastic western esotericist KENNETH GRANT, puzzling MEDIUMISTIC PHENOMENA IN ICELAND, and other unexplained and mysterious happenings that are bound to challenge consensus reality. Kudos again to editor Greg Taylor of www.dailygrail.com.

For DARKLORE VOLUME 7, I decided to write about my numerous trips to the perimeter (and beyond!) of the top-secret military facility known as AREA 51 (see: "DIRT ROADS TO DREAMLAND: FIFTY-ONE TRIPS TO AREA 51" by Blair MacKenzie Blake).

Along with a brief overview of the base's redacted history, and the wild claims by whistle-blowers of the military's testing of captured/reverse-engineered extraterrestrial spacecraft, I give the reader a first-hand account of what I've personally seen and experienced during 51 trips to the environs of Area 51 - going back to 1989 and continuing into the present day. This includes a night in the mid-1990s when "Tool" drummer DANNY CAREY and I became the first civilians to be detained at gunpoint in the "Restricted Zone" only days after the latest government land grab to secure the closest public vantage points and thus keep the base's activities concealed from prying eyes. And then there is the account of how I and another friend of mine were rendered unconscious by the oppressive security forces by either being gassed or drugged in some strange manner near the boundary - this possibly to keep us from witnessing the testing of something 'black.' I also give detailed descriptions of what I've seen (and, more importantly, what I DIDN'T see!) during several "space picnics" while camping in the harsh desert environment by the famous 'secret' base. Finally, I attempt to separate fact from fantasy, and, again, based on what I've seen for myself, offer an alternative explanation for many of the sightings of anomalous lights and objects seen by others who have visited the mysterious place. (Note: the article also includes photos that I've taken showing the formidable security measures in what is now strictly off limits to the public.)

DARKLORE VOLUME 7 is available at www.amazon.com (CLICK ON DARKLORE VOLUME 7 in BOOKS) in BOTH an INEXPENSIVE SOFT COVER and LIMITED EDITION HARD COVER.

INFO



BMB

17 October, 2012 (08:49am)
NEW MERCH ITEM IN DANNY'S STORE

BLACK PILLOW CONTAINING SACRED GEOMETRY - BEING A COLORFUL REPRODUCTION of DANNY'S TALISMANIC (PANTACLE) BOARD.

Can be used as an ornamental object in the house, or as a drummer's stool cushion.

COMES IN TWO SIZES and MAKES A UNIQUE GIFT.

ORDER



BMB

15 October, 2012 (08:44pm)
ADAM JONES IN SEARCH OF A BLUE FACE DIEZEL VH4 AMP (1996)

ADAM is looking for a 1996 Blue Face Diezel VH4 amplifier. Perhaps you can help him? Anyone who knows of an available one (exact year, color & model please!) should email: contact@satellitemgmt.com with info. Thanks.

BMB

15 October, 2012 (08:37pm)
ENTHEONGAIA - NOVEMBER 2-5, 2012

"ENTHEONGAIA, featuring ADAM SCOTT MILLER, DENNIS McKENNA and MORE...

INFO


BMB

15 October, 2012 (08:20pm)
MARK STEGER'S "GEARBOX" GALLERY

Original art and reproductions by MARK STEGER and "GEARBOX."

VIEW

http://gearboxcomic.com/shop.html



BMB

15 October, 2012 (06:29pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AND VOLTO ON SATURDAY!

Special guests for the jams TONIGHT (MONDAY, OCTOBER 15) include ERIC VALENTINE on drums, ANDRAE ALEXANDER on keys, and DOUG WEBB on sax. All happening at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. Musicians bring an instrument and possibly join in during the almost anything goes 2ND SET.

JOHN also has informed me that there are still some advanced tickets/reserved seating available for both VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, JEFF BABKO & LANCE MORRISON) shows at the 'tator' on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20. To get yours, click HERE.


BMB

14 October, 2012 (06:48pm)
SCOTT KINSEY ON KEYS, DANNY ON DRUMS... TONIGHT!

Word on the street is that SCOTT KINSEY will be playing keyboards tonight (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14) for the DOUG WEBB ALL-STARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. JIMMY EARL on bass, and DANNY CAREY on drums.

BMB

12 October, 2012 (08:54pm)
JUSTIN PLAYING IN CHARITY SOCCER GAME ON SATURDAY, OCT 13

"JUSTIN will be playing with good friend and former U.S.goalkeeper Kasey Keller in a charity soccer game for project pink which benefits breast cancer awareness. There will be some actors, some U.S ladies team members and other random peeps ... It is at TITAN STADIUM in CAL STATE , FULLERTON and kicks off at 2PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13) . Please come support for a good laugh and a good cause."

TITAN STADIUM
800 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA. 92834

MORE INFO

http://puma.com/projectpink


BMB

12 October, 2012 (05:45pm)
JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER 101/EXHIBIT - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

Large-scale works by artist JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER will be on display at the 101 EXIBIT CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY on MELROSE AVE (8920) in LOS ANGELES beginning SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 (6:30 - 10:00 PM) running through NOVEMBER 26.

MORE INFO



BMB

10 October, 2012 (10:53am)
VOTE FOR CADUCEUS CELLARS AS ARIZONA'S BEST WINERY

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BMB

10 October, 2012 (10:45am)
JUSTIN AND SHELEE DURING SWAT TRAINING

All fun and games at first, but later when things (very strange things!) went down on a "mudding" trail at a local ATV park, there would be an actual confrontation of which the photo below eerily foreshadowed... (Again, more about this when I get the whole story from investigators in Houston.)


BMB

10 October, 2012 (10:27am)
SHELEE BEING TRAINED BY TEXAS SWAT TEAM MEMBERS

Although this started out as being just for fun, it later turned out to be most fortuitous as the strange events unfolded down in Texas.


BMB

10 October, 2012 (10:23am)
JUSTIN WITH TEXAS LAWMEN

JUSTIN posing with some Texas lawmen (including friend, Justin) in Houston. None could be prepared for what later transpired - the events of which I'm still trying to piece together with the help of police and local reporters.


BMB

10 October, 2012 (10:06am)
STEPHANIE AND KYLE GET HITCHED IN TEXAS

Congratulations from JUSTIN and SHELEE to STEPHANIE (Tool tour "angels hands") and KYLE (Canada laser team) who met on tour five years ago, and were married on October 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas. A lovely... perfectly normal wedding, but not long after, strange things began to happen to JUSTIN and SHELEE in the Lone Star state...

BMB

10 October, 2012 (09:57am)
CHET ZAR KICKSTARTER PROJECT REMINDER

A quick reminder about our friend CHET ZAR'S "I LIKE TO PAINT MONSTERS" kickstarter project. Cool rewards for donations, including AN ORIGINAL PAINTING by CHET! Here's the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2072179983/i-like-to-paint-monsters/posts/324668

BMB

09 October, 2012 (10:57am)
VOTE FOR CADUCEUS CELLARS AS ARIZONA'S BEST WINERY

Register to VOTE for CADUCEUS CELLARS as the BEST Arizona winery! (NOTE: Registering just takes seconds.)

BMB

08 October, 2012 (09:28am)
"WHAT IS PUSCIFER?" - MAYNARD'S LATEST COLUMN

Another "UP ON THE SUN" column from world class multi-tasker MJK in the PHOENIX NEW TIMES can be enjoyed HERE. This one's entitled, "WHAT IS PUSCIFER?" Read it, and find out.

BMB

08 October, 2012 (09:16am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALL-STARS

In case you didn't see it on his website, DANNY will be performing with the WEBB ALL-STARS (Doug Webb, Mitch Forman & Jimmy Earl) on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 in the intimate setting of the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club. Stellar musicians, stuffed potatoes and properly chilled beers. The 'tator' is situated at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604. $15.00 cover.

BMB

05 October, 2012 (03:47pm)
BETTER IF FILLED WITH CORONA

No, Tool's lighting director hasn't joined the L.A. Kings... He's waiting to see if there will even be hockey this year. In the meantime, for JUNIOR, it was a thrill to finally touch Lord Stanley's Mug.

Photo by Jonathan Quick... or so I'm guessing



BMB

04 October, 2012 (12:02pm)
SCOTT KINSEY GROUP AT THE BAKED POTATO TONIGHT

Fantastic (albeit strange) jazz TONIGHT (THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY with THE SCOTT KINSEY GROUP (also featuring STEVE TAVIGLEONE, GARY NOVAK, and JIMMY EARL).

BMB

04 October, 2012 (10:31am)
ONLY 1 PRINT AVAILABLE AT ETSY

There is ONLY 1 Heather McMillen "BMB/CHRYSOPOEIA" print available for sale at www.etsy.com. Once there, in the box, type: BMB.

Fine art print entitled "BMB" Printed on Archival Somerset Heavyweight Rag Paper with torn edge. Signed and numbered by Heather McMillen.
The reverse of each print will contain a PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED 16-LINE ESOTERIC PROSE-POEM entitled "CHRYSOPOEIA", HAND-WRITTEN and SIGNED by the author (BMB).

One LIMITED EDITION pressing of 49. SOLD OUT

(Package will also include the original occult prose-poem "Chrysopoeia" printed on a sheet of 8.5" x 11" Parchment.)



BMB

02 October, 2012 (09:56am)
CHET ZAR "ANOMALIES" ART SHOW

Our good friend CHET ZAR is part of a new art show called "Anomalies", which is put on by COPRO GALLERY and curated by the Beinart International Surreal Collective.

MORE INFO .



BMB

01 October, 2012 (03:36pm)
JAMMMZ THIS MONDAY NIGHT

Time once again for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Joining JZ and the guys tonight will be GLEN SOBEL on drums, ED ROTH on keyboards, and DOUG WEBB on sax. If you're planning on attending tonight's show and are, yourself, a good player, bring your instrument of choice and see about participating during the second set.

BMB

01 October, 2012 (10:43am)
SOLO TABLA MASTER ALOKE DUTTA IN L.A. WEEKLY

Read ALOKE DUTTA's article in L.A. WEEKLY . The hard copy will be available on Wednesday, October 3rd.

BMB

28 September, 2012 (02:18pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER, 2012 e.v.

Ask anyone who has attended a Tool concert in recent years and they will tell you that the music is greatly enhanced by the stage lighting, lasers and video projections. (Indeed, the elaborate production has often been compared to Pink Floyd's live show.) For this month's newsletter, I had the great privilege of conducting a rare interview with Tool's long time Lighting Director, Mark 'Junior' Jacobson. The interview with Junior is, in my opinion, long over due (we've been toying with the idea for years). But now that Junior has moved closer to the city, and, hence, I've had more opportunities to 'nudge' him about doing it - it only took a pint or two or three at the local pub for the new proud Papa to finally agree to answer some of my questions. The result, I think you will find, is a revealing glimpse into what it's like to do professional stage lighting, especially for a band of Tool's caliber.

BMB: Let's start at the beginning: Was there a particular band's live show, live video, or other theatrical event that first got you interested in stage lighting?

JUNIOR: I did a little bit of lighting in high school for plays and dances, but the first bands that got me interested in lighting were Pink Floyd and Rush.

BMB:Who were some of the bands whose lighting and stage shows you most admired prior to getting involved in lighting yourself. And what bands' stage lighting and/or stage show impresses you today?

JUNIOR: Some of the shows that made me take notice of lighting and production were Iron Maiden (Dave 'Lights' Beasley/Derek Riggs), Talking Heads (Beverly Emmons/David Byrne), Don Henley (Steve Cohen), Sting (Nick Sholem), Prince (Roy Bennett), and the aforementioned Rush (Howard Ungerleider) and Pink Floyd (Marc Brickman).
I don't go to a lot of large shows anymore, but I still enjoy seeing what Rush does. Roger Waters "The Wall" tour was a production marvel, although it wasn't about the lighting as much as it was about the actual Wall and the video on it. The lighting itself was actually quite minimal for a show of that scale, but it was fitting.
In some ways it's difficult for me to go see a show without having an opinion of the production/lighting. It's good to see what is going on out there in terms of innovation, and whatnot, but I feel it can also stifle ones own ideas as much as it can inspire. You can get caught up trying to keep up with everyone else to where it just looks like you took their ideas, or the "one-upsmanship" path that just keeps piling on to where it just becomes a giant mess. Of course, you can also try to further what you've seen.
Very little hasn't "been done" already. The key is to find new ways to incorporate and present it all.

BMB: Do you remember your first time doing lights for a band or other event, and what was the first band to actually pay you for doing their lights?

JUNIOR: In the spring of 1988, when I was 18, I got a job helping a local band in Madison, Wisconsin called "The Cheeters". They had won 2 rounds of "Star Search" and were building a regional following. They had 2 crew: a sound guy (Steve) and a lighting guy (John), both known to the band as "Bob". They had to set up everything themselves and drive the equipment truck from city to city. I was eager to learn the business, so "the Bobs" hired me out of their own pockets to go with them and help. Initially it was $10-$20 a day, and I was setting up drums, keyboards and guitars as well as helping to put up lights and sound and take my turns driving the truck. Eventually the band figured out who I was and put me on salary ($35 a day). They also nicknamed me "Junior Bob", as I was still 18. The Bobs would show me how sound and lights worked. Occasionally one of them would need to go to the stage to fix something, so I would run lights or sound as needed.
John took a job with another band, which left The Cheeters without a lighting guy just before they were about to play a big Thanksgiving show at Madison's premiere club, Headliners. They were perplexed, but John insisted I could do it. He had known about his new job for a while and had been showing me how it all works. From that day forward lighting has been my main focus.

BMB: What bands prior to Tool did you do lighting for, and what bands, events, etc. have you worked on while Tool is not touring?

JUNIOR: I spent about 7 years doing lighting for club bands in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and the first half of the 90's working for a regional sound and lighting company in Minneapolis called Southern Thunder. From Southern Thunder I got a job touring with the band Filter in 1995. In 1996 I did a tour with Rage Against the Machine, and then started with Tool.
When Tool is not touring I've worked for a number of other bands over the years. Love Spit Love, Limp Bizkit, Stabbing Westward, The Melvins, Linkin Park, Staind, Siouxsie Sioux, Clay Aiken, "The Good, The Band and the Queen", Korn, Duran Duran, Devo.
Recently System of a Down, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle have been keeping me busy. I've done a little bit of television work, including some time at Mun2/Telemundo, and splitting duty on the first season of "America's Best Dance Crew" with Breck Haggerty (Tool's Video Director). While at Southern Thunder, and more recently with Delicate Productions (Tool's lighting and video equipment vendor) I've done a number of large and small-scale corporate events ranging from product launches to lighting President Clinton (that was a while ago) to sales meetings. Some require glitz, while others just need to be right.

BMB: How did you get the Tool lighting director gig?

JUNIOR: The Tour Manager for Filter (Pete Riedling) was also the Tour Manager for Tool and Rage Against the Machine. He introduced me to Adam at a Filter show in Ventura, and then later to Danny (at the Opium Den) after a RATM show at the Palladium. Those intros got the ball rolling on me joining the Tool organization.

BMB: Over the years, is there a particular Tool song that you are especially proud of with regards to the stage lighting? Also, any particular show that really stands out?

JUNIOR: It's not easy to single any of them out, but I've always liked what we do with 46&2, Lateralus, and Ænema. Those songs have so many parts to them. Recently 46&2 has been the song where the show opens up a bit. When Wings/10,000 Days was in the set I felt it was a real showpiece. We did some really cool things in that song that we had never done before. It was also the introduction of the lasers each night, and just had a very epic feel to it.
There have been a lot of great shows. I wish I could remember them all. I used to be able to, but some of it is turning vague. The first 10,000 Days tour arena show (2006, Vancouver) stands out, since there were a lot of firsts for us, and a lot of "I hope this works" going on. The first time the band went to New Zealand (1997) was intense. The fans were very excited to have Tool there.

BMB: What was your favorite Tool tour up to now?

JUNIOR: Difficult (again) to choose.
1996-1998 (Ænima) was my first with them, so there is an attachment to that era, I suppose. The 2nd round of Lateralus (2002) was a favorite of many. I'm happy with the end result of 10,000 Days (2006-2011). It took a lot of work to get there, but I think we accomplished a lot, artistically.

BMB: Knowing that Tool uses lots of projections, lasers, etc., how do you coordinate with the others to keep things balanced?

JUNIOR: Video (Breck Haggerty), Lasers (Scott Wilson) and I will often work on ideas independently, but ultimately there has to be an overall plan. When it was just lights and video the show was a bit more organic, in that Breck (or his predecessors) and I would operate mostly independently, but off of each other, almost in the way that jam bands play. Sometimes it was magic and sometimes it was a mess. When a good moment occurred it would usually make its way in to the show permanently. The show was constantly evolving, and sometimes devolving. It became clear that we should coordinate to a certain point, at least. Over time we made a more concerted effort to make sure lighting and video colours didn't clash, or at least progressed together.
On the "10,000 Days" tour we introduced some new elements. Video made its way on to more surfaces instead of just a screen or 2, we added the ability to move lighting trusses around and re-shape the look of the airspace during the show, and it was also the first time we used lasers.
With Adam's idea of the completely white stage and a minimalistic look, we decided to make sure the show progressed from small to big in the right way. Ideally the audience would either consciously, or subconsciously, initially think the show would be similar to shows in the past based on what they saw when they walked in and during the first few songs. All of the lighting rig was at the same height and flat, which doesn't catch the eye. The whole stage was white, so the video screen just blended in. We wanted to keep the lasers as secret as possible, so we covered the word "lasers" on all of Scott's cases (even his chair) that were visible to the crowd. Granted, in this day and age it is impossible to keep secrets beyond the first show as too many of the audience have seen set lists, video clips, and descriptions on the Internet.
Starting with just lights, then adding some video gave the appearance of "nothing new", so that when the stage floor video appears later, then the moving trusses, and then lasers each new element got a proper introductory moment and made the show grow.
All of this required the various departments to be more in touch with one another than in the past, and a number of different scenarios ready to go on moments notice.

BMB: How long does it usually take to prepare the lighting for the average Tool tour, and is it, in part, a work in progress that changes with each show?

JUNIOR: In 1996 the lighting was largely improvised and required very little pre-production time. The venues were also smaller as was the lighting system. It was mostly set up by me and one other person, with some help from local stagehands. As the shows got bigger the size of the lighting rig got bigger, to where improvising can start to look sloppy. There also needed to be more definite ideas and the systems themselves became more complex. Recently we have taken as much as a week on a soundstage to build the system and pre-program as much as makes sense without handcuffing the ability to improvise. We currently carry a lighting crew of 4, plus me. The lighting crew also get help every day from the local stagehands at the venue. The ideas for the show can start to formulate months ahead of time. There has never been a Tool tour that is not constantly evolving. Some days there is not time to add to the show, but there have always been changes throughout the tour. Nothing is set in stone.

BMB: Somewhat related to the last question, how much of the lighting for a Tool show is programmed as opposed to being improvised?

JUNIOR: Certain parts have to be programmed. Sequences and effects will look a lot better if you use the technology at hand. On the other side of that, there are certain aspects that will be emotionless if a human is not directly executing them. With Tool there has to be a human operating all of the key moments. Nothing is run from time code, and the band don't play to a click track, so the production has to follow their lead. Everything the band is doing is susceptible to improv (and mistakes) so the production has to be, as well.

BMB: Over the years, have there been certain ideas about the lighting that you have presented to the band members, but that were rejected for cert6ain reasons, If so, care to elaborate? Also, have the band members ever had ideas that you have rejected for whatever reasons?

JUNIOR: None that I can remember. They've always been very receptive to trying new things, both in their music and in the live show. There have been ideas that the band and I decided weren't right for the show, but those are going to remain as buried memories for now. There are also some that will probably work some day, but the logistics or technology doesn't exist quite yet. For the most part, any ideas the band have introduced have worked out. There have been some that made me wonder "How are we going to do that?", but we get the necessary brains together and make it happen.

BMB: How does working festivals compare with individual shows, and for a lighting director for a band like Tool what are the particular difficulties and advantages (if any) with each?

JUNIOR: I can understand the appeal of festivals to fans, but I can't stand doing them. There's always compromise of the intended vision. Festivals are great for bands that play during the day and/or don't have a "production". The video and the mood are a big part of the Tool live show, so it's not an easy task. On an arena tour, the dimensions are nearly the same every day, which is a lot less hassle. Set it up, make sure or all works, focus (aim) the lights, and maybe there'll be some extra time to grow the show, or fix cues that don't quite look right. There is the added bonus of being indoors, so the venue lights can be turned off for a while in the afternoon to make the adjustments a lot easier.
At a festival, you are outdoors in the sun. Not exactly conducive to working on lighting and video. In the best case scenario, the scheduling will allow for setting up the night before the show and getting it all done then. Unfortunately, that's not always possible.
Also, at a festival, your band usually isn't the only concern of the promoter. There are a number of other bands that need their space, or their backdrops, or a video screen, or whatever. This usually means something of yours might need to move, or (worse) get removed. Some festival situations (usually Europe) have a set of lights that everyone uses instead of using the ones you are touring with, so that can make for a long day of trying to make it look "right", and often times on those shows you are driving in from a show in another country and don't get there until mid-day, which makes it even more difficult.
Outdoor shows, in general, can be detrimental to shows with production. Backdrops, smoke, video screens and other elements don't have much tolerance for wind, and electronics really don't like rain.

BMB: What fan disruptions are worse: flash cameras or laser pointers? Any stories about unruly fans that you'd care to share? I don't want to give someone any ideas, but you must have seen a lot of people doing thinks that there not supposed to.

JUNIOR: I think both are pretty disruptive. They both have the compounded disruption of triggering the local security to wave their bright flashlights all over the place, and these days they all have super-bright LED flashlights.
Laser pointers probably have the edge, in that they can be harder to locate, and they will make a squiggly distracting mess all over the backdrop, as well has hitting the band in the eyes.

BMB: Anything new and exciting in the works for the next Tool tour that you can reveal (or, at least, hint at) at this time? Or is it still too early to know what changes and additions might be included for the tour(s)?

JUNIOR: I have some ideas, and I'm sure Adam has some, too. We haven't formally talked about any of them. It's never too early to start getting ideas together, but the actual plan would have to happen closer to a tour start date to be able to utilize the latest gadgets and technology.

BMB: What's the most difficult thing about being on the road for large stretches of time, and, conversely, other that getting paid for doing what you enjoy, what are some of your favorite things about touring? You've certainly seen your share of the world. Any favorite cities that you'd like to return to?

JUNIOR: The most difficult thing is that it makes it hard to have much of a home life. You can't make plans very far in advance. I've never made it to any high school reunions, for example (some would argue I'm not missing anything, there). You have to learn to be spontaneous and adaptable with your schedule. The people around you have to try to understand this, too. I don't get to see my daughter and her mom as much as we'd like.
I enjoy exploring other cities and countries, although sometimes you just don't feel like leaving the hotel. I'm trying to get to as many baseball parks as I can, so if there's a game on a day off, I'm there.
There are a lot of great cities.
London, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Adelaide (good wine, there), Santiago (more good wine), Vancouver (good sushi), Toronto, Paris, Moscow, Berlin, New York, Chicago, San Antonio (go Spurs), ... it goes on. Too many to mention all of them, really, and I can't narrow it down to one.

BMB: If you had it your way (meaning no budget concerns), what, if any, changes or additions would you like to see as far as Tool's live show?

JUNIOR: I don't really feel that it's lacking. There's always the desire to go bigger and better. We'll see what we can do next time.

BMB: Is there are favorite story that happened on a Tool tour that you'd care to share?

JUNIOR: There have been a lot of great times. Some of them can't be printed here, for various reasons. One of my favorites was in 2001 when Tool played the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Howard Ungerleider (lighting designer for Rush since 1974) was at the show. He told me that Alex Lifeson was there, but was up in his box seats, and wanted to know if it was ok for him to watch from FOH (front of house: our lighting and sound control area in the middle of the crowd).
Of course, I said yes. Howard brought him in and introduced him to us. At the time, the security team were using airport codes on the guest passes in order to signify the city. So there is Alex Lifeson with a pass on his jacket that said "YYZ". After the show we escorted him backstage. The band members did not know him yet, and did not know he was there, so they had quite a surprised look when they saw him in the hallway.
There have been a number of VIPs in our FOH area over the years. At Wembley arena I turned around during the show and saw Brian May standing there. That made me do a double take.

BMB: I know that you're a sports fan - particularly when it comes to the L.A. Lakers, Kings, and Dodgers. What have been some of your best experiences watching these teams play live?

JUNIOR: The Lakers have to share time with the Spurs, for me. I know some people (especially Mike Patton) who would have me up in front of a firing squad for that, and although I cheer for the Lakers, the Spurs were my introduction to the NBA, and they'll always have me as a fan, too. I've been followings the Kings for a few years, and am partnered in season tickets for them with one of the owners (Gus) of Delicate (the lighting and video company Tool has been using for many years). We got to see a great season last year, and I'm hoping this season happens so we can watch them defend the Stanley Cup.
I had been a big baseball fan in the 70s and 80s until the strikes in the 80s turned me off. Back then the Brewers were my team. The Dodgers became my team after I moved to LA, and Buzz (from the Melvins) invited me to a game. I was hooked again, and being 20 years removed from the Brewers I suddenly had a new team. I've seen some great moments at Dodger Stadium, I just hope I can remember them all years from now.

BMB: What football team would you like to see come to L.A. ?

JUNIOR: I'm not sure about that one. I was born a Packers fan, and remain one to this day. I guess a team is destined to come here, but I can't say that I favor one choice over another.

BMB: What do you think about your good friend Buzz and the Melvins doing 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days? Would you like to be on that tour? And while on the subject of Buzz, have you ever been to a live sporting even with him that they DIDN'T put him up on the large screen?

JUNIOR: I wish them luck, and if any band can do it, they will. They have a different approach to touring than most, anyway. I think they are almost half-way through it. The journal entries have been a fun read. It would be interesting, and it would be quite different from what I'm used to. I think with the right attitude it could be a lot of fun. Buzz does seem to attract attention. He doesn't "blend" well. So it goes.

BMB: When I saw ELP do the "Brain Salad Surgery" tour back in the early 1970s, they were using unusual color gels (for the time), including 'street light' greens (gaslight green?), rose, violet to name a few. Are there any colors or shades that you haven't seen used by a band, that you might like to experiment with for Tool or one of the other bands that you work with?

JUNIOR: There are so many colour possibilities. I do what I can to incorporate oddball shades. I like off-whites, and tints as much as solid colours. Another band that I have been working with has as many as 27 songs each night (their songs are a lot shorter than Tool's), so I need to have a lot of variety. There are some colours, and combinations, that I use with Tool exclusively. We created a bluish shade of white for the "Ænema" video, and another for "Schism" that are unique to those songs. The Melvins have always wanted to find a way to have all red light and black smoke, but we decided that outside of burning a tire on stage that it might be hard to pull off.

BMB: All right, let's get technical for a minute. Can your describe your arsenal on the last tour? How many lights were used and the various types? Also, what's the operating system that you use?

JUNIOR: We went through a few different fixture types throughout the different legs of the 10,000 Days shows. The most recent touring package had:
22 Mac700 profiles
19 Mac2000 wash
16 VL3000 spots
12 Atomic Strobes with colour changers
12 Pixeline110ec LED strips 10 Mac301 LED wash
6 Showguns
5 Mac2000 profiles (these had the custom-made Alex Grey gobos for the backdrop)

All the lights and touring personnel were from Delicate Productions. Delicate have been supplying the lights for Tool since the mid-90s. They've also supplied the video equipment since 1998.
Jerry Kaiser was the crew chief from 2007 onward. Prior to that it was Leigh Fordham.
The 2010 touring crew were Bart Buckalew, Mary Wistrom, and Spencer Smyth, and at other times included Paul Eaves, Adam Walden, Richie Steffa, and "Pippi". I've probably forgotten someone, but we did a lot of shows.
The lighting rig also included 8 Show Distribution computer controlled variable speed chain hoists, operated by Fred Jacques. These were used to make the curved trusses move up and down during the show.
The lighting is controlled with the MA Lighting "GrandMA" console. Breck also uses one to control the video. We've both been using them for Tool since 2002.

Photo by Junior

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

27 September, 2012 (11:01am)
NEW "GEARBOX" THREAD

Check out the latest "GEARBOX" THREAD from MARK STEGER.

BMB

25 September, 2012 (09:45am)
ANOTHER ARTICLE WRITTEN BY MAYNARD

Here's another ARTICLE written by MAYNARD for the Phoenix New Times.

BMB

24 September, 2012 (12:40pm)
"NET OF BEING" - ALEX GREY'S NEXT BOOK

While checking out the dailygrail SITE this morning, I noticed that the COSM SHOP is now taking orders for SIGNED COPIES of "NET OF BEING", a lavishly illustrated (forthcoming) hardcover by ALEX GREY. Get yours HERE.


BMB

24 September, 2012 (12:22pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AND "BUBBATRON" REMINDER

Drummer RONALD BRUNER Sr. and keyboardist HANS ZERMUEHLEN will be joining the members of HUBCAP CORRAL (John Ziegler, Chris Roy and Jamie Kime) for tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. Bring your own instrument and ask JZ about playing during the second set.

ALSO... a friendly reminder that "BUBBATRON" (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, SCOTT KINSEY, JIMMY EARL & DOUG WEBB) will be performing at the 'tator' on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28. The location is 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, Ca. 91604, and ADVANCED TICKETS for the 2 FOR 1 SHOW can be purchased HERE. Two great nights of music with some of L.A.'s best players.


BMB

20 September, 2012 (04:47pm)
"I LIKE TO PAINT MONSTERS" - CHET ZAR KICKSTARTER PROJECT

Here's the link to artist CHET ZAR's kickstarter project on the website that he created for it: www.iliketopaintmonsters.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2072179983/i-like-to-paint-monsters


BMB

20 September, 2012 (12:41pm)
ONLY 2 PRINTS LEFT - EACH ONE UNIQUE

A heads up that there are ONLY 2 HEATHER McMILLEN/BMB/CHRYSOPOEIA PRINTS LEFT. To purchase one, go to www.etsy.com and type in BMB. Edition strictly limited to 49 signed copies. For more info (and a photo of the alchemical verse and symbols on reverse of the print), scroll down to my earlier news post.

BMB

20 September, 2012 (12:29pm)
"BUBBATRON" ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

BUBBATRON will be playing TWO SETS FOR ONE on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Get your ADVANCED SEATS HERE.

Danny Carey - drums
Scott Kinsey - keys
Jimmy Earl - bass
Doug Webb - woodwinds
John Ziegler - guitar

facebook Bubbatron invitation:
http://www.facebook.com/events/278179805626775/


BMB

19 September, 2012 (08:38am)
MELVINS 51 SHOWS IN 51 STATES IN 51 DAYS UPDATE

Here's a better MELVINS tour diary LINK

BMB

17 September, 2012 (11:37am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (Sept. 17) features guest drummer MATT GARSTKA, with JON GREATHOUSE on keyboards, and DOUG WEBB on sax. Bring your guitar or any instrument and check with JOHN about joining in during the "anything goes" second set. If you're new to this website, the jams take place at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. Great live music by some of L.A.'s finest musicians. And wait until you see the size of the tators.

BMB

16 September, 2012 (07:00pm)


Photo of MORGAN AGREN playing with Volto! at the BAKED POTATO.

VIEW


BMB

16 September, 2012 (01:42pm)
CRAIG ELKINS GROUP AT LOS GLOBOS

CRAIG ELKINS will be performing at LOS GLOBOS on SUNSET BLVD. MONDAY NIGHT (SEPTEMBER 17) at 8PM. Along with JULIAN DAVID on drums and ERIK KRISTIANSEN on pedal steel, the band features a couple of musicians whose names will be familiar to most Tool fans: RYNNE STUMP (guitar/vocals) and MARKO FOX (bass).

Photo by DANNY CAREY



BMB

15 September, 2012 (10:28am)
MELVINS 51 SHOWS IN 51 STATES... IN 51 DAYS!

Buzz talks about the MELVINS "51 SHOWS IN 51 STATES in 51 DAYS" in his TOUR DIARY . Thanks for the link, Junior.

BMB

14 September, 2012 (09:03pm)
VOLTO! AT THE BAKED POTATO

Here's a reminder that VOLTO! will be performing material from their new CD tomorrow night (SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15) at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. Joining DANNY, JOHN, LANCE and JEFF will be prog-rock drummer MORGAN AGREN on the GIGPIG. TWO SHOWS.

SEATS


BMB

11 September, 2012 (10:50am)
MAYNARD'S "PHOENIX NEW TIMES" COLUMN

VIEW


BMB

11 September, 2012 (10:30am)
HEATHER McMILLEN FINE ART PRINT with HAND-WRITTEN PROSE-POEM BY BMB RE-LISTED ON ETSY

Heather's fine art print entitled "BMB" has been re-listed at www.etsy.com. LIMITED to only 49 PRESSINGS (with 2 available for sale), each print contains on the REVERSE a previously unpublished 16-line HAND-WRITTEN prose-poem entitled "CHRYSOPOEIA" SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR (Blair MacKenzie Blake). PRICE: $69.00

ORDER .

Again, there are only 2 prints available

NOTE: if there is a problem with the LINK, go to www.etsy.com and type in BMB.



BMB

10 September, 2012 (06:41pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (Sept 10) at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include MORGAN AGREN and MATT GARSTKA (Animals as Leaders) on drums, ANDRAE ALEXANDER on keyboards, and DOUG WEBB on sax. Another great line up joining JOHN, JAMIE and CHRIS. Bring an instrument and see about joining in during the 2nd set.

BMB

09 September, 2012 (11:27am)
"CHARTING THE SEE" ART WORKSHOP BY ADAM SCOTT MILLER

"Charting the See" art workshop lead by ADAM SCOTT MILLER in October (for Oz tool fans and the travelers coming for the eclipse). ADAM also recently opened Australia's 1st visionary/entheogenic art gallery InfinitUs.

www.AdamScottMiller.com



BMB

09 September, 2012 (11:19am)
YOB SHOWS

YOB SHOWS


BMB

07 September, 2012 (10:49am)
JUNIOR WITH TIME OFF

Tool Lighting Director Mark "Junior" Jacobson at a recent Dodgers game. Let it be known that Junior hates beach balls at baseball games as much as he despises laser pointers during Tool shows.

Photo by BMB



BMB

05 September, 2012 (10:20am)
NEW SUMMER/FALL RELEASES FROM CADUCEUS

If you are of legal drinking age, check out the latest front page news on the CADUCEUS WEBSITE about the NEW SUMMER/FALL RELEASES, including the 2010 Caduceus Nagual del Judith, of which ONLY 45 CASES were produced. While visiting the site, be sure to also read the journal entry about awards presented to Arizona Winemakers.

BMB

02 September, 2012 (10:00am)
VOLTO! (WITH SPECIAL GUEST MORGAN AGREN)

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JEFF BABKO, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) return to their favorite haunt (yep, the BAKED POTATO) on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. Joining the band will be Swedish prog drummer MORGAN AGREN (Kaipa) on the GIGPIG. To reserve your seats for either show, use this LINK. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, Ca. 91604.


BMB

02 September, 2012 (09:49am)
DANNY TO BE GUEST DRUMMER AT MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Looks like DANNY will be the guest drummer for the LABOR DAY JAMMMZ/BARBEQUE.

BMB

01 September, 2012 (10:17am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/LABOR DAY BARBECUE

SEPTEMBER 3 marks the seventh annual MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/LABOR DAY BARBECUE at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Besides some of L.A.'s finest musicians performing live, grill-master Mike will be cooking over genuine Kingsford charcoal, putting both Umami and Stout burger to shame. The food is free, so feel free to bring your favorite side dish: coffee baked beans, grandma's potato salad, peach cobbler, or how about a watermelon cake! The coals usually get fired up around 9:00 or so, with John, Jamie, Chris and their special guest drummer taking the stage shortly after. Local talent are invited to bring a favorite instrument and possibly join in during the anything goes second set. The address where all this is happening is 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West. Studio City, Ca. 91604. Come down with that guitar and cobbler.

Don't forget that DANNY will be playing with the WEBB ALL STARS (Doug Webb, Mitch Forman, and Jimmy Earl) at the 'tator' on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2.


BMB

31 August, 2012 (12:24pm)
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON

Because we here at Toolband.com like to keep in touch with the band's fans, wedding congrats to Craig Balkin & Jessica D. Hedgepeth Balkin.

Jessica D. Hedgepeth Balkin posted:

"And my favorite part: we had a Tool song (LATERALUS) playing at our entrance. Hence the rocker horns! I couldn't help myself..."



BMB

27 August, 2012 (01:31pm)
DANNY PLAYING WITH THE WEBB ALL STARS

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALL STARS at the BAKED POTATO on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. The 'stars' are DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keyboards, and JIMMY EARL on bass. The address is 3787 Cahuena Blvd., West. Studio City, CA. 91604. More jazz luminaries and Danny Carey at the 'tator.' $15.00

BMB

26 August, 2012 (06:34pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Great musicians JOEL TAYLOR (drums) and BILLY STEINWAY (keys) will join JZ and the boys of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on MONDAY, AUGUST 27. Bring your guitar and join in during the second set!

BMB

22 August, 2012 (03:06pm)
CHET ZAR SEMINAR & TATTOO GATHERING

Our good friend CHET ZAR will be giving a painting seminar on SATURDAY, SEPT 1ST, (Labor Day weekend) at Sikink Studios in LAS VEGAS. This will be a 4 HOUR seminar starting at 3pm for $150.

MORE INFO

Chet will also be at the PARADISE TATTOO GATHERING SEPTEMBER 13-16 at Keystone Resort in Keystone, COLORADO, where he will be teaching 3 classes- Sculpting, Photoshop and Oil Painting.

MORE



BMB

22 August, 2012 (12:00pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RANDY WOLF

Birthday wishes today to RANDY WOLF. I'd sure like to see Danny's friend come back to the Dodgers. Cheers, Randy!

BMB

21 August, 2012 (09:35am)
ALOKE DUTTA REMINDER

Tabla Master Aloke Dutta (as heard on "Salival") will be performing at THE MINT in L.A. on THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012. Show starts at 9:00. TICKETS

BMB

19 August, 2012 (03:16pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/JOE TRAVERS BIRTHDAY PARTY

JOE TRAVERS will be the guest drummer for this week's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz hot spot in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. Other guests musicians include RICO BELLED on keys, DOUG WEBB on sax, and BEN THOMAS providing vocals. Being that it is Joe Travers birthday, expect other guest musicians to attend the bash as well (a few names come to mind). As always, people are invited to bring an instrument and possibly join in during the "anything goes" second set. It's also not too early to start thinking about a nice side dish for the MONDAY NIGHT/LABOR DAY GRILL (coming soon!). Stupendous spuds, beer, cocktails, and great live music where Ventura boulevard turns into Cahuenga.

BMB

17 August, 2012 (03:51pm)
"WICKEDEST BOOKS" FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER ON EBAY

For anyone who might be interested, there's a MINT COPY of my "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER on eBay. This is one of the individually numbered LIMITED EDITION 2009 e.v. hardcovers that went out of print years ago, SIGNED by both the AUTHOR and DANNY CAREY. $156.00. NO RESERVE.

VIEW ON EBAY

SOLD



BMB

16 August, 2012 (11:47am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!

Birthday wishes to JOE NAGY (shown here with Vince De Franco) who was hoping to discover something truly wonderful in the world's most eclectic vending machine. For those who might have doubts about this, as I mentioned in my "Wickedest Books", the Silverlake Cha Cha vending machine once contained a 1938 first UK edition of Aleister Crowley's "Liber Al vel Legis" which I purchased for $1.50. Not sure what Joe was looking for, though - perhaps some grilled lamb caramels to go with his cocktail.

Photo by BMB



BMB

14 August, 2012 (08:01am)
DANNY CAREY IN TIMES SQUARE

"Danny's recent MANDALA DRUM VIDEO SHORT announcement was streamed in Times Square in front of the PR Newswire building earlier this month. The video is part of the "Mandala Presents" series that taps industry icons for discussions on musicianship and the future of electronic music."

MORE



BMB

11 August, 2012 (09:43pm)
TOOL AND TACOS

I went over to the loft a couple of days ago to find Danny in great spirits about the week's writing sessions. Things went so well, in fact, that Tool's drummer funded a 12-pack of crunchy tacos from Taco Bell for Thursday's band lunch. Evidently all were reinvigorated after taking a small break the previous week (Danny going to Hawaii while Justin's relatives were visiting from England), and indeed, upon close inspection, the second Dry-Erase board reflected this progress. (Sorry, no photos.)

BMB

11 August, 2012 (09:25pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Drummer MARGIS MILES joins keyboardist ED ROTH along with the regulars for this week's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (AUGUST 13) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. Grab an instrument and join in during the second set, or just come by and enjoy the live music of some great players.

BMB

09 August, 2012 (09:29am)
BUBBATRON REMINDER - DANNY PLAYING DRUMS

BUBBATRON (featuring DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, SCOTT KINSEY & RUFUS PHILPOT) will be performing TWO SHOWS FOR ONE at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 (That's tomorrow). Reserve your seats HERE.

BMB

08 August, 2012 (10:49am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
AUGUST, 2012 E.V.

BUG MAN

"If you're really thinking about doing this - whether in the fall, this year, next year, or whenever - there's someone you should talk to first." This was my unsolicited advice to the band's management, as well as to certain band members after hearing about something in the works that was, for TOOL, uncharted territory. His name is Rance Q. Spartley - an entomology professor and, more importantly, not just your garden-variety qualified arachnologist, but an international expert on some of the world's spookiest critters. In fact, he was the keynote speaker at a recent seminar entitled "Zombie Caterpillars Controlled By Voodoo Wasps." Believe me, this guy definitely knows his stuff: Bombardier Beetles, Cave Glowworms, and every Leaf-Hopper in between....

But if you need more credentials, check this out: the good professor had published a solution to a threat to Louisiana's honeybee industry involving varroa mites years before other entomologists began experimenting with natural selection involving Siberian colonies. He discovered a new species of Orchard Mantis that isn't a carnivore and, on the lighter side; he was the first to realize that mosquitoes prefer blondes! With that said, he's no stranger to controversy, especially with his latest prediction that by the year 2016 all June Bugs in the U.S. would be conceived in JULY, thus making the common name for this genus in the scarab family a misnomer. Other things that have irked his colleagues in the past was his claim that he had once seen two identical spider webs (believed to be an impossibility) and that Indian Moths like to inhale cigarette smoke after mating. "Let me know if you'd like me to set up a meeting with him at the loft, and then you guys can decide if you want to take your chances with this thing?"

When the day of the meeting finally arrived, before the band's manager inquired about certain things of importance, I asked the bespectacled entomologist if it was really true that there were more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are of human beings on the entire planet? After unwrapping a Charleston Chew, he replied that he really couldn't say for sure because every time he started counting - something came along, such as a phone call or whatnot that caused him to lose his place. "The damn things don't sit still, do they?" I added. "No, they don't, and I have to have my supper at some point." I also wanted to know how far south the Hobo spider was at this time? Nodding his head as if this was a good question, he informed me that although the venomous spiders were definitely riding the rails from the Pacific northwest, there still weren't any significant populations anywhere near southern California. "T. agrestis, that is, not T. domestica", making an important distinction. To this I joked, "I'm always trying to imagine the eight-legged things in box cars, playing tiny harmonicas" - "They don't play the harmonica", he abruptly cut me off, evidently quite serious, and then was quick to point out, "Nor do they eat cold beans from tin cans. That's just another fallacy about Tegenaria agrestis." "Okay, it's just good to know that I don't have to build a moat or light a ring of fire around my bed... yet."

Although I can't divulge what the meeting with the band was going to be about, other than to say that a mosquito is more likely to bite you if you eat bananas, afterwards the bug man did something that was pretty damn funny (and then something that was quite impressive). While looking at Danny's large drum kit, the professor suddenly flinched, claiming that one of the drumsticks had just moved by itself! When Danny leaned down to see what he was talking about, he, too, jumped back. Whoa! Indeed the stick had moved! Upon closer inspection, what was supposed to be a signature Vic firth drumstick turned out to be a giant Borneo Walking Stick - an insect from Indonesia that Spartley had evidently placed there using some sleight-of-hand method when no one was looking. So, the maverick entomologist was also a bit of a showman! I wondered how many horseflies in plastic ice cubes he'd placed in faculty punch bowls? After much laughter all around, he warned us that the "stick's" bite was "medically significant - wait, that too would be fallacious" he corrected himself as he carefully coaxed the bizarre looking creature back into his briefcase.

It was finally time to get down to business. After answering a few of the concerns that the band had about this (tight-lipped) possible undertaking, the bug man did something that amazed everyone in the room. Noticing that a couple of band members were constantly scratching themselves, and seeing some inflammation of the skin, he asked them how long they'd had the rash on their arms? Both replied that it had been about a week now, and that sometimes it got so bad that they couldn't rehearse. Taking a closer look at the skin irritation, it didn't take the renowned entomologist too long to figure out the probable cause. The bites, he said, were from "what you call arthropods, and I call mites. They're not local either, from the looks of things", he further added. "You think that's bad, have either of you ever been stung on the tongue by a Tanzanian wasp while eating an egg salad and deviled ham sandwich? "Oh, man, that sounds horrible", a band member responded. "Yeah, the wasp's sting was pretty horrible, too!, the entomologist joked while picking up one of Danny's drumsticks (a real one) and crashing a cymbal.

After walking around a bit and examining the room, Spartley was soon able to identify where the mites had come from. "I'll bet you a clutch of 50 European ear-wig eggs that's the source of the problem" he said while pointing to a reddish dust-like substance beneath the rattan and cane frame of a gamelan percussion instrument (metallophone) that Danny had purchased in Bali, Indonesia. He then informed the guys that the 'dust', itself, was actually mites. After stomping on the pile with his small penny loafers, he recommended that they get some anti-histamine and/or cortisone to treat the intense itching. "The best would be Telfast tablets taken with a Yahoo chocolate soda." (Was he kidding?). The bug man then suggested that they fumigate the loft with a good miticide, adding that they shouldn't have to tent it. As sure as grasshoppers have ears on their legs, the good professor was already paying dividends! Before leaving, he told the band's management that if they came to terms and decided to go forward with this latest endeavor, and should further require his services, not to hesitate to "vibrate your antennal hairs." (i.e. call him).

Offering us a stick of Fruit Stripe gum, he said that they shouldn't wait too long, however, since he was about to go visit an albino tarantula the size of your average Chihuahua that guarded green diamonds in a particular cave in southern Mexico, and, therefore, might not be coming back... Needless to say, if this thing goes down, I'll let you know (including, of course, any further advice from bug authority, Rance Q. Spartley).

Rance Q. Spartley at a recent seminar in Bethesda, MD - focusing on the potential crisis of evil weevils infesting the south.

Photo courtesy of Gaffny Kirkaldy

HAPPY TRAILS



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06 August, 2012 (12:29pm)
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO ALOKE DUTTA FROM INDIA (AND ELSEWHERE)

"Namaste Aloke sir,
First and the foremost, greetings from India and "apko janamdin ki shubh kamnaein"! We all love and respect the work you've been doing for music. Its people like you who are the driving force behind the passion and inspiration which enables us to make music. It shall be a mighty statement but true at the same time that after Pt. Ravi Shankar, its you who has crossed the threshold and taken the adroit, subtle and intricate Indian Classical music to colossal heights.

Here, in the Indian independent music scene, Tool is considered as one of the very few bands who have pushed through the ambit of genres and created a genre of their own that's undefinable in most aspects. Personally, the most chimerical moment for me and my band mates in our entire life span would be to play with the members of Tool and you have lived that moment. It is hard to tell that how much we respect you for that!

We as humans make music just to connect with each other, it is one of the most evolved way of communications for the human race. Because music had always been in existence in the universe, its us who just transform it from one form to another. And I hope that one day we will be connecting through our music and not just the tool of language!"

Warm Regards,

Ankit Mishra


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05 August, 2012 (02:44pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

JOHN Z's special guests for this week's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (AUGUST 6) at the BAKED POTATO include drummer TODD WOLF, JON GREATHOUSE on keyboards, DOUG WEBB on sax, and MARCO RENTERIA on bass. Musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and take to the stage during the anything goes second set.

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03 August, 2012 (12:12pm)
PIGMY LOVE CIRCUS REMINDER: TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE DRAGONFLY

A reminder that the PIGMY LOVE CIRCUS (Danny on drums) will be performing on SATURDAY AUGUST 4 at THE DRAGONFLY in LOS ANGELES. 8:00 PM. TICKETS $10.00

MORE INFO HERE


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02 August, 2012 (08:51am)
ALOKE DUTTA AT "THE MINT" IN LOS ANGELES

Our friend ALOKE DUTTA will be performing solo tabla music at THE MINT in L.A. on THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012. Show starts at 9:00 PM.

TICKETS



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01 August, 2012 (08:25am)
DANNY TO PLAY WITH BUBBATRON

BUBBATRON (JOHN ZIEGLER, SCOTT KINSEY, RUFUS PHILPOT & DANNY CAREY) will be performing at the BAKED POTATO jazz club on FRIDAY, AUGUST 10. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604, and ADVANCED TICKETS can be purchased HERE. ONE cover for TWO shows.

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31 July, 2012 (01:23pm)
JULY NEWSLETTER POSTED

The July newsletter containing Part Four of my "Tales From the Loft" series has been posted in the NEWSLETTER section on the site.

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29 July, 2012 (05:30pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

JOHN's special guests for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (JULY 30) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY will be ANDY SANESI on drums, HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keyboards, and DOUG WEBB on sax. The first set starts around 9:30, with musicians invited to perform during the second set. Super-sized spuds, cocktails and great live music!

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27 July, 2012 (09:02am)
LUSTMORD HERESY: THE SIXTYSTONE EDITION

Check out the latest LIMITED EDITION RELEASE from Lustmord.

LUSTMORD
HERESY: The SIXTYSTONE Edition

A limited edition of 333 copies to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the original release.

333 - SIXTYSTONE - 22

Release Date: August 27 2012

A carved soapstone box containing:

A newly remastered copy of "Heresy".
A second disc "Heretic", of early versions and alternate mixes of "Heresy".
Seven printed inserts.
A small embroidered bag with three enamel pins: "Lustmord", "Heretic" and the Lustmord logo.
Sew-on cloth "Heretic" patch.
A silicone "Heretic" wristband.
All enclosed in a large embroidered cloth bag.

Each copy is hand numbered and signed by B. Lustmord.

"It's not often that an album comes along that both initiates and defines a genre. When it was first released in 1990, "Heresy" caused an instant sensation, and it gave birth to-and defined the Dark Ambient genre. The album has been hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the most important works of its time. Now, 22 years since its original release, a remastered edition, complete with a second disc, is released in a limited edition of 333 signed and numbered copies."

Additional information and a LINK to preorder at the Lustmord Blog.

http://b-lustmord.blogspot.com/2012/07/heresy-sixtystone-edition.html

www.lustmord.com



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24 July, 2012 (10:49am)
MANDALA DRUMS NEW VIDEO WITH DANNY

NEW VIDEO:

Danny Carey Talks Electronic Drums, Performing, and Leading People Into "A New Space."

"Mandala Drums has just published a new, 3-part interview series featuring Danny Carey and exploring the connection between technology and modern musicianship. In the video, Danny shares his thoughts on what makes real music and what a true musician is tasked with when creating and performing.

For Danny, it's about how a sense of familiarity and expectation needs to be played out (and manipulated) when creating music. "Anticipate the chord changes, anticipate the arrangements and set things up. Set up the nuances and changes as the music progresses and lead people into the new space."

WATCH

Danny's complete interview.



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24 July, 2012 (09:49am)
GEARBOX INTERVIEW

MARK STEGER "GEARBOX" INTERVIEW

READ


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23 July, 2012 (04:03pm)
SIRIUS RISES - DOG DAYS BEGIN

Read about the "ABCs of the Sirius Mystery" in DARKLORE VOL V (available at www.amazon.com).


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20 July, 2012 (12:27pm)
VOLTO! ON SATURDAY NIGHT (FEATURING PETE GRIFEN)

PETE GRIFEN ("Zappa Plays Zappa") will be playing bass for the VOLTO! show at the BAKED POTATO jazz club on SATURDAY, JULY 21. Get your advanced seating HERE. The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604. TWO SHOWS.


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20 July, 2012 (12:17pm)
LINK TO COS PODCASTS

Here's the LINK to the podcasting site for archives of the "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet radio show, including the recent program that featured DANNY playing records and talking about upcoming shows. More shows to be made available soon.

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18 July, 2012 (02:18pm)
ONLY 10 COPIES LEFT

For those who are interested, there are now ONLY 10 COPIES of "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" available for sale in the store on DANNY's website. If you are one of the 40 or more people who have a copy in your shopping cart, I wouldn't hesitate too long, or you might not get one. All copies SIGNED.

ORDER

SOLD OUT


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16 July, 2012 (06:33pm)
NEWSFLASH: DANNY ON "CHILDREN OF SATURN" RADIO TONIGHT

Just got a call informing me that DANNY will be dropping by RYNNE'S "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet radio program tonight (NOW) to spin some disks and talk about the PIGMY LOVE CIRCUS show at the DRAGONFLY in Los Angeles on AUGUST 4th. TUNE in to RADIO 23 to hear Rynne and Danny.

http://www.radio23.org/ccr/


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16 July, 2012 (08:51am)
23

How is this for another '23' coincidence? King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto noticed the song title on his iTunes in Shuffle Mode and sent it to Adam.


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14 July, 2012 (09:30am)
WICKEDEST BOOKS UPDATE - LAST BOX AVAILABLE

In case you missed it on Danny's website, there is only 1 BOX of the "Wickedest Books" left, and once it is gone, there will be NO more copies available via the store (meaning, you'll have to find one on eBay, etc.). All of the remaining copies are SIGNED by both the AUTHOR and DANNY CAREY (who wrote the foreword).

THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD:
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALEISTER CROWLEY BIBLIOPHILE

By
BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE
PHOTOGRAPHY: DUNCAN BLAKE
FOREWORD: DANNY CAREY

REVISED and EXPANDED LIMITED 2ND EDITION

GLOSSY LARGE-FORMAT SOFTCOVER containing over 60 full color photos of rare Crowleyana in the collection of the author and Danny Carey. PRICE $39.00

Again, once this last box is gone, there will be no more copies available.

ORDER



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14 July, 2012 (09:11am)
TELESMA "RESURRECTION"



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14 July, 2012 (09:09am)
VOLTO! REMINDER - SATURDAY, JULY 21

DANNY and VOLTO! return to the BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, JULY 21.

RESERVED SEATS


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12 July, 2012 (09:06am)
ALOKE DUTTA

Tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will be performing at THE MINT here in L.A. on THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 (9:00 - 11:00 PM). More details when available.

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11 July, 2012 (06:16pm)
CHET ZAR TATTOO ARTIST EXHIBITION OPENING SATURDAY, JULY 14

Our friend CHET ZAR will be curating an art show of paintings by some of the worlds best tattoo artists, with the opening reception being SATURDAY, JULY 14th (8:00 - 11:30 PM).

Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
Ph: 310/829-2156

E-Mail: CoproGallery@live.com
Web-site www.CoproGallery.com

Second Skin / Tattoo Artist Exhibition

Opening Reception, Saturday, July 14, 8:00 - 11:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs; July 14 - August 4, 2012

"Copro Gallery presents "Second Skin" Tattoo Artist Exhibition curated by Chet Zar. This show features some of the worlds greatest artists in the field of tattooing creating fine art on paper, wood and canvas."

Tattoo Artists include: Alan Padilla, Alex Garcia, Adrian Dominic, Big Gus, Black Mass, Carlos Torres, Chris Dingwell, Christian Perez, Chuy Ortega, Cory Norris, Damon Conklin, Dan Plumley, Gunnar Gaylord, Guy Aitchison, Jaime Lee Parker, Jeff Johnson, Jesse Smith, Joey Remmers, Jon Clue, Joshua Carlton, Juan Salgado, Kim Saigh, Kirk Alley, Michele Wortman, Mike DeVries, Misha, Nick Baxter, Nikko Hurtado, Paul Booth, Paolo Acuna, Pepper, Pooch, Rob McClurg, Shawn Barber , Teresa Sharpe, Tim Plumley... And more...



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10 July, 2012 (10:50am)
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Please note that I have added an asterisk to a certain passage in the current (June) newsletter. Although all of the 'tales from the loft' are based on my personal recollection of the events described, when ever in doubt about certain specifics, I have consulted those who were also there to ensure accuracy. For example, in the first installment, I couldn't remember exactly how many gang members were approaching each other while Danny and I were stuck in the middle on his stalled out motorcycle. After asking Danny, it turned out that I was correct. However, as to Danny's brother Dale setting the pull up (chin up?) record at the loft, Danny recently informed me that - while it is true that on one particular night his brother had managed to do more pull ups than he, that he (Danny) still held the over all record for the MOST EVER pull ups at the loft. I'll be damned if I forgot the actual number, though.

BMB

10 July, 2012 (09:39am)
"GEARBOX" UPDATE

A GEARBOX update is now online - "with a few hidden rollovers and haunting new music by Jamie Jackson."

LINK



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06 July, 2012 (09:44am)
BUBBATRON REMINDER/JAMMMZ/VOLTO ADVANCED SEATS

A reminder that BUBBATRON (DANNY CAREY, SCOTT KINSEY, JIMMY EARL & JOHN ZIEGLER) will be playing TONIGHT (FRIDAY, JULY 6) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Also, don't forget the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the 'tator' on the 9th. And then Danny and VOLTO! return to where else but the BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, JULY 21. Advanced seats for both shows HERE.

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06 July, 2012 (09:33am)


There's a nice photo of DANNY playing with CRIMSON PROJEKCT on his website .

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01 July, 2012 (10:57am)
DANNY PLAYING JULY 1 AND JULY 6 IN LOS ANGELES

In case you didn't see it on his website (www.dannycarey.com), DANNY will be playing two shows this week, starting TONIGHT (JULY 1) with the DOUG WEBB ALL-STARS (featuring Doug Webb, Mitch Forman & Jimmy Earl) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA.

On FRIDAY, JULY 6, DANNY will perform with BUBBATRON (JOHN ZIEGLER, SCOTT KINSEY & JIMMY EARL) also at the BAKED POTATO (3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, Ca. 91604). Here are some links for additional info on Facebook and RESERVED SEATS.

http://www.facebook.com/events/438362582850650/

RESERVED SEATS


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30 June, 2012 (05:02pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JUNE, 2012 E.V.

TALES FROM THE LOFT
(PART THREE)

With deafeningly loud music peeling the Lissitsky murals right of the brick walls, Danny and I and another bored soul were searching for anything of interest in the large cardboard boxes of Tool's fan mail that had been sitting at the loft for several months now. Although the various-sized envelopes had all been previously opened (screened) by the band's management, they nevertheless might have missed something of value, such as collectble peyote buttons, "Wise" brand potato chips, or even a petrified "16th Digit of the Moon" kala. We weren't having much luck until Danny read a letter from a kid in the Pacific Northwest who included a photo of himself together with a prized pig named "Dirty Mary" that he had raised from a... piglet (I guess they're called*) and had recently sold for $1.29 a pound. At first Danny thought this was a joke, and even thought that he knew whom the perpetrator might be. Still, he decided to call the phone number that had been provided, even though, as I reminded him, it was about 3:30 in the morning. After a few rings, the kid's mom picked up. "Hi, is Ryan there?" Danny asked. "Just a minute" was her friendly reply. Seconds later the guy was on the phone. "Hey man, this is Danny Carey. Was that really your pig?" "Yeah" was the nonplussed response. Well, after talking for about 45 minutes about raising pigs and other matters of mutual interest, Danny began to experience problems with the phone (before hanging up, however, he gave Ryan his home phone number and invited him to the next Tool show). Concerned now more about his broken phone/answering machine, as he removed the screws and opened the plastic casing, dozens upon dozens of roaches poured out and scattered across the counter.

* I don't partake of the pig, and you'll soon know why.

As the fates would have it, Frater Xaphan (as I now refer to Ryan), soon became really close friends with Danny, Adam, and Maynard, spending a lot of time (even living) at all of their houses, and traveling with them. Besides being highly intelligent and very athletic (he possibly could have pitched in the majors), Frater Xaphan also turned out to be a natural occultist, able to grasp the meanings of esoteric symbols and concepts, and quickly assimilate the abstruse literature (rest assured that all the roaches was merely a coincidence). Therefore, he was very involved in the design and painting of several of Danny's ensigiled talismanic boards. And although I'm sure that the members of Tool read all of their fan mail, Ryan's was one of the few (other than e-mail) that a band member has personally responded to. Well, besides the photo sent from the girl that claimed to have worked for Hooters in Atlantis. What was her name again?.. Lemuria?

Up until this point, I hadn't really listened to that much Tool, and was only familiar with the song "Opiate" and Undertow's "Sober" - a song that Maynard was instrumental (no pun intended) in writing, picking up Paul's bass at a jam session at the loft one day and playing the now famous riff for the other band members. However, while driving through the Southwestern desert by myself, I put in the "Aenima" CD and found myself really liking it. I was particularly digging "Third Eye" in the barren surroundings until I got stuck behind a truck that was hauling hogs. Now, this was a bright, terribly hot afternoon, and saliva from the living cargo was splattering on my windshield. I then made the mistake of turning on my wipers, which only smeared the viscid, ropy, mucilaginous stuff into a foul, stomach-churning, slick white layer. And I used to enjoy BLTs. How about you?.. Anyway, with my new Tool break though, others were no longer disgustipated because I didn't know a certain tune. Before this, rather than pushit, sometimes part of me just wanted to crawl away. (Ah, so that's why Ryan sent the photo of his award winning pig!)

Besides Danny's close friends, another fixture at the loft in the "Aenima" days was his younger brother Dale Carey. Not only a good musician in his own right, Dale was also a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. He also held the distinction of being the only person who could do more pull-ups at the loft than Danny, whose record he broke one memorable night.* Because of his wide-ranging knowledge, I would often try to trip him up by saying things like, "I didn't know that Louis Pasteur also invented chocolate milk", or "Did you know that Marie Curie came up with the original idea for the Slinky?" Or even, "Besides the cotton gin, did you know that Eli Whitney also invented a stationary bicycle-powered shower?" Most of the time Dale wouldn't bite. He'd just glare at me and take another drink of Budweiser. When the band was on the road, Dale became the loft's sentinel, although I seem to remember a prized guitar or something having gone missing after one tour. Not to worry, though, Danny had found - literally stumbled over - a better one that had been left in an alleyway by someone on that same tour.

* In talking to Danny about this, he recently informed me that Dale only did more pull ups on one particular night, and that he (Danny) still held the over all record.

One night Danny introduced me to some bokachoda named Aloke Dutta who had recently moved from Austin, Texas. Supposedly, Aloke could do things with his fingers that seemed inconceivable. He could also play the tabla (i.e. Bengali bongos) pretty well, or so I was told. Great, with Aloke hanging out perhaps he'd give me some tips on how to improve my chicken vindaloo. "Add some salt, fucker" he suggested in his Bengali accent, before lighting up another Marlboro. With the vindaloo thus perfected, it was now fit to be served to a king. Well, how about a member of Queen. Yep, at the risk of name-dropping, Brian May once broke bread with us during a vindaloo feast, although this was at Danny's... house. Yes, you read that correctly. With the success of "Aenima", and a lot of touring, Danny was finally going to move out of the loft and into an... apartment. (Of course a chick was involved.) But not just any apartment - Danny was going to be living in the historic Ravenswood - the prestigious former home of Mae West. He wasn't there long, though (and not because the building is haunted), only for several months while his newly purchased house was being given a thorough face-lift. (Of course a chick was involved.)

Meanwhile back at the loft: With Damien Storm's "Zekey Zombie" blasting on the stereo, I thought that I heard someone knocking at the door. Opening it, I saw a young dude standing there with a big grin on the face. "Do you want to look at some tits?" I asked him. "Sure" he said. "Good, because we're going to hit Jumbo's in about 9 minutes." The guy introduced himself as Danny's cousin, Paul Vilas Jones, a story that he's stuck with ever since (though I'm still trying to corroborate it). "Great, but that doesn't give you much time to clean the slime out of the Pepsi cooler", I told him. "Ha Ha... Really?" "Well, how many singles do you think you'll need while looking at these tits?"

I'm not sure why I stopped at the loft on that day, but as I approached the closed door I could hear Tool playing inside. Though the sound was a bit muffled, I was immediately taken by a particular bassline that Justin was playing over and over. Not wanting to interrupt them, I waited until they took a break. Once inside, after checking the Dry-Erase board, I saw that the song was tentatively called "Red" (Later this was changed to "The Patient.") Watching Justin's skillful use of the bass's tone control to create a wah effect, I was reminded of a night in Las Vegas not that long ago. My brother and I were staying in a luxury suite at the HardRock hotel and casino, and Justin and some friends visiting from England were partying with us. We had the spacious room's entertainment center turned up to the maximum 'HardRock' volume while listening to a rather psychedelic rendition of "All Along the Watchtower." When the song ended, Justin asked, "Who is this that you're playing?" Seriously? I was a bit dumbfounded. Was he only kidding, or could it be possible that Justin didn't know who Jimi Hendrix was? "Jimi Hendrix", my bother replied. "I really like it!" said the new Tool bassist. Whatever the case, Justin soon became an avid (to put it mildly) Hendrix fan, as anyone on the band's tour bus can attest to. Some nights a Hendrix recording would play for hours on a loop until someone - usually Danny - would insist on playing something else.

Although I immediately took a liking to "The Patient", the same couldn't be said for the other jam tracks that Tool was working on for the band's next record. I recall on numerous occasions Danny playing these lengthy, partially written songs on his house and car stereo, not necessarily to get feedback, but most likely for the purpose of tweaking his drum parts. And although they were complex musical journeys performed by excellent players, there was nevertheless something missing. Frankly, I didn't think the material was nearly as good as the tracks on their previous album "Aenima." Again, something was missing. Well, DUH! What was missing was Maynard. With the addition of his vocal melodies and lyrics, the arrangements had become transformed into something truly wonderful. Now, it sounded like Tool. However, with that said, it is my personal opinion that in order to do his vocal magic, it certainly doesn't hurt to have the right music in the first place in which to create and lay down the melodies over. (Duh, again.) In other words, if ever there were a band in which all of the contributors were equal in importance, it would be Tool. As it turned out, "Lateralus" quickly became my favorite Tool recording (With "10,000 Days" running a very close second).

As for track #13, "Faaip De Oiad", which in the Enochian language translates as "Voice(s) of God", there's an interesting story behind it that I'd like to share with you (though not in its entirety). Originally, Danny's segue on Lateralus was going to be a much more elaborate production, complete with Enochian verses, Calls, etc. (These were later published in my book "IJYNX" as" Da'ath of Babalon"). While working on the ever so important correct pronunciation of these Enochian verses (again, for Danny's segue) at my parents' house in Southern Illinois over the X-mas holidays, at some point I fell asleep, only to be awakened by an incredibly intense 'dream' around 4:00 am (or thereabout). This 'dream' was of something that I can't really describe, other than to say that it appeared as if some kind of strangely complex bio-machine was juggling lightning-fast colorful orbs of energy. The next day (while back in Los Angeles and listening to Art Bell) I learned that in the early hours of January 5th, 2000 multiple police officers witnessed a huge, silent black triangular craft floating over a number of small Illinois towns - including (it would later be revealed) my parents' neighborhood in O'Fallon, Illinois. This was the now famous "Illinois Triangle."

But, getting back to Danny's segue for Laturalus. Due to time constraints and other factors, the original idea was eventually scratched. In the meantime, Danny had this great sample of some defective reverb unit in the loft that he had saved, knowing that someday he would use it on a recording. One night while I was at home listening to Art Bell's "Coast To Coast AM" radio program, for some reason I switched on the radio's cassette recorder. And that's when it happened - the frantic call from this paranoid fellow who claimed to be a ex-employee at Area 51 and was now divulging what was really going on at the secret military installation until a major satellite outage knocked him (and the show) off the air. Taking the tape to the loft the next night so that Danny could hear it, he was not only blown away, but also decided to use the Art Bell excerpt in the dramatic "Faaip De Oiad." But that's not the end of the story. After the piece had been recorded, a few of us were listening to it at the loft when someone smelled something burning. Walking into the back room, we could see that the Testor's model kit of the S-4 "Sport Model" alien spacecraft that was suspended from the ceiling by wires had caught on fire. Somebody had moved a lit candleholder to close to it, which melted the plastic in a certain area before catching on fire. With the flames extinguished, where the plastic had melted, one could now see the anti-matter reactor and gravity amplifiers inside. (You could also see the small alien figures inside that I had painted in cheesy 1950s sci-fi style sparkling space uniforms). The fire was just another coincidence, I'm sure, but if left unattended, the damn thing could have burned down the loft. I'm glad that we didn't decide to go to Jumbo's that night...

Ah, Jumbo's. After a Lakers basketball game, Danny, Adam, Justin and I were returning to the loft in a hired limo when someone thought that it would be a good idea to stop at Jumbo's Clown Room first. While having a few beers and enjoying the burlesque (yes, the girl was... dancing to "Sober"), Justin set a wad of money including a $20.00 dollar bill onto the stage while searching for some singles. Before Adam (or was it Danny?) could pick it up, the... dancer quickly (nay, instantly) snatched it along with her other tips (all of which were singles). When someone said that Justin had just set the money there while looking for singles, the... dancer replied by informing us "Any fucking thing on the fucking stage is fucking mine to fucking take!" To which I calmly responded: "Miss, we totally understand that it's your money. But is it really necessary to use that kind of language?" For a second everything went silent. She then replied with an emphatic "FUCK YOU!" Time to head back to the loft...

TO BE CONTINUED...

Photo by BMB

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

27 June, 2012 (12:39pm)
ADAM AT THE RIVER'S EDGE FESTIVAL

A fantastic shot of ADAM taken by his brother ALAN JONES.


BMB

27 June, 2012 (12:38pm)
ADAM AT THE RIVER'S EDGE FESTIVAL

Photo by ALAN JONES


BMB

27 June, 2012 (12:35pm)
MJK AND DANNY

Performing at the River's Edge Festival.

Photo by ALAN JONES



BMB

27 June, 2012 (12:32pm)
JUSTIN AT THE RIVER'S EDGE FESTIVAL

Photo by ALAN JONES


BMB

27 June, 2012 (12:31pm)
THEATRICS

Theatrics during Tool's performance at the River's Edge Festival.

Photo by ALAN JONES



BMB

27 June, 2012 (12:28pm)
UNTIL NEXT TIME...

Photo by ALAN JONES


BMB

24 June, 2012 (12:39pm)
REVIEW OF LAST NIGHT'S TOOL SHOW

Here's a REVIEW and the set list of last night's Tool show from StarTribune.com.

BMB

22 June, 2012 (05:40pm)
RIVER'S EDGE TOOL POSTER

Here's the poster containing original artwork by ADAM JONES for the River's Edge Music Festival on Saturday, June 23.


BMB

22 June, 2012 (09:21am)
ANOTHER COINCIDENCE?

Tool lighting director MARK 'JUNIOR' JACOBSON sent me this text while en route (also doing the lights for Puscifer) to the River's Edge Festival. Look closely.


BMB

19 June, 2012 (12:41pm)
BLACK ELK REMINDER

A reminder that BLACK ELK will be playing at CLUB LOS GLOBOS in Los Angeles on THURSDAY, JUNE 21. FREE SHOW! Check my earlier post below for additional info.

BMB

16 June, 2012 (03:56pm)
PATUXENT MONSTER

Here's yet another strange coincidence that recently happened to yours truly. Last week while in southern Maryland attending my nephew's wedding (Congrats Chris and Lindsay), the following afternoon a group of my family members went to a crab house called the DRIFT INN. Although there are two crab houses called the DRIFT INN in the area, the one we went to was decidedly more off the beaten track, situated right on the Patuxent River in Mechanicsville, MD.

As we ordered steamed crabs and pitchers of beer from the less than friendly staff, I was discussing military UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) - more commonly known as drones - with my favorite alphabet-soup government agency spook. My questions mainly concerned any advances in this technology that might still be tested at Area 51, which was research for a new book project of mine (none of my probing bore fruit). Anyway, while cracking open crabs and dipping the claw-meat into Old Bay seasoning, someone drew my attention to an alien-looking creature that was attached to a wall, along with an odd collection of large crustaceans and other marine-life specimens. Whatever the thing was - it looked quite bizarre, so I snapped a couple of photos of it with my iPhone.

And though I still don't know what the hell the thing is - a dead extraterrestrial or aquatic monstrosity that 'drifted in' on the Patuxent River, not long after leaving the place, a military RQ-4A (UAV) GLOBAL HAWK DRONE crashed into a nearby swamp, shortly after taking off from the Naval Air Station at... Patuxent River! Although the Navy says that the crash occurred on Monday afternoon, the spook informed me that it actually happened on Sunday. What ever day it was, Navy officials told the media that the drone - the military's largest and most advanced, costing about $176 million each, was on a routine training flight (or maintenance flight) when the ground pilot lost control of it near Mechanicsville.

Yet to be answered is why the military's most sophisticated SURVEILLANCE drone was operating in civilian airspace? If it was eavesdropping on a conversation about UAVs being tested at AREA 51 or looking for a missing dead extraterrestrial (that drifted into the DRIFT INN), then they're too late. I've already got the photo. Seriously though, what was this drone doing flying over Maryland's eastern shore? A preview of things to come, perhaps?

Photo by BMB



BMB

16 June, 2012 (01:58pm)
SHATTER PROOF?

Aaron Harris shows me Danny's new prototype GLASS SNARE while dismantling the drum kit that will be used during TOOL'S performance at the RIVER'S EDGE FESTIVAL on St. Paul's Harriet Island SATURDAY, JUNE 23. Aaron will be Danny's drum tech for the gig, so let's hope the damn thing is shatter proof.

Photo by BMB



BMB

11 June, 2012 (04:57pm)
BROTHERS COLLATERAL

Here's a link to "BROTHERS COLLATERAL", featuring ERIK TRAMMELL, a BUNCH of DANNY's monstrous SYNTHS, and VOCALS on "THE ONE THAT FEEDS" by JARED WARREN (Melvins, Big Business).

https://www.facebook.com/brotherscollateral


BMB

11 June, 2012 (04:50pm)
PETE GRIFFIN AT THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

If you're thinking about going to tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO (in STUDIO CITY), the special guests include ANDY SANESI on drums, JON GREATHOUSE on keyboards, and PETE GRIFFIN on bass. The first set usually starts around 9:30, with musicians invited to bring an instrument and join during the second set.

BMB

07 June, 2012 (07:19am)
SOME BLACK ELK SHOWS

www.facebook.com/blackelkband

Wednesday, June 20 FREE SHOW @ Slidebar in Fullerton, CA
LINK

Thursday, June 21 FREE SHOW @ Club Los Globos in Los Angeles, CA
LINK

Friday, June 22 @ Yayo's Tacos in Las Vegas, NV
LINK

Saturday, June 23 @ Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, NV
LINK


BMB

03 June, 2012 (01:09pm)
WHICH WINE GOES BEST WITH HUMAN FACE? MAYNARD HAS THE ANSWER...

READ

BMB

03 June, 2012 (01:07pm)
DANNY PERFORMING TONIGHT WITH THE DOUG WEBB ALL-STARS

Danny will be performing again tonight (SUNDAY, JUNE 3) at THE BAKED POTATO, this time with the DOUG WEBB ALL-STARS (Doug Webb, Mitch Forman, Jimmy Earl & Danny Carey). Tickets are $15.00

BMB

02 June, 2012 (11:38am)
REMINDER: VOLTO! TONIGHT

A reminder that VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JEFF BABKO, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) will be performing ultra fusion at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY tonight (SATURDAY, JUNE 2). Get your advanced tickets for BOTH the 9:30 and/or 11:30 show HERE.

BMB

31 May, 2012 (05:45pm)
TOOL PRODUCTION STILL

In case you missed Adam's recent twitter post, here's a production still from a new TOOL PROJECT that should be out in the Fall.


BMB

31 May, 2012 (05:40pm)
PUSCIFER 2012 TOUR DATES

Puscifer 2012 Tour Dates:
06/09 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06/11 - Tampa, FL @ Ferguson Hall @ Tampa Performing Arts Center
06/12 - Miami, FL @ Olympia Theatre @ Gusman Performing Arts Center
06/13 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
06/15 - Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House
06/16 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
06/17 - Reading, PA @ Soverign Performing Arts Center
06/18 - Richmond, VA @ The National
06/20 - Buffalo, NY @ Riviera Theatre
06/21 - Columbus, OH @ LC Indoor Pavilion
06/24 - St. Paul, MN @ River's Edge Festival
06/27 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
06/28 - San Antonio, TX @ Lila Cockrell Theatre
06/30 - Prescott, AZ @ Yavapai College Performance Arts Center


BMB

29 May, 2012 (09:27pm)
DAILYGRAIL WEBSITE CREATOR'S NEW BOOK PROJECT

With time running out (51 hours left), check out how you can support author and dailygrail creator Greg Taylor's new book project, "STOP WORRYING... THERE PROBABLY IS AN AFTERLIFE", including the special perks for your contribution.

DIRECT LINK

www.dailygrail.com


BMB

28 May, 2012 (12:22pm)
MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL

Photo by BMB


BMB

27 May, 2012 (01:30pm)
LESS THAN 85 COPIES AVAILABLE

For those who might be interested, DANNY and I just SIGNED another box of "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD", and these are now available in the STORE (click on MEDIA) at www.dannycarey.com . With the REVISED and EXPANDED 2ND EDITION far more LIMITED in the number of books printed than the out of print hardcover, there are now less than 85 COPIES left. I mention this for anyone of who is thinking about purchasing a copy, and who would rather pay $39.00 for a new one as opposed to later trying to get a used one for a much higher price on eBay, etc. ALSO, there are no plans to print anymore copies once these books are sold out.

THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD

CONFESSIONS OF AN ALEISTER CROWLEY BIBLIOPHILE

BY
BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE
PHOTOGRAPHY: DUNCAN BLAKE

FOREWORD: DANNY CAREY

REVISED AND EXPANDED LIMITED 2ND EDITION

GLOSSY LARGE FORMAT SOFT COVER - SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR (and DANNY CAREY)
With over 60 full color photos of rare Crowleyana in the collections of the author and author of the book's foreword, Danny Carey.

ORDER DIRECTLY HERE



BMB

25 May, 2012 (01:50pm)
HERE'S MY 12 YEAR ANNIVERSARY NEWSLETTER

TOOL NEWSLETTER
MAY, 2012 E.V.

TALES FROM THE LOFT
(PART II)

I had left my leather jacket at the loft the night before and thought I should grab it before going to the Tool show that was set to start in less than an hour at the Olympic Auditorium (which I believe was the L.A. venue back in 1995). Strangely enough, when I pulled into the empty parking lot, I noticed that the loft's heavy door was pushed open. Although I had my own set of keys, it was obvious that someone was inside. Pulling the screeching door further open, I proceeded into the darkness, glancing up a television flickering in the actual loft area. "Hello?" I called, noticing the silhouette of a figure that appeared to be transfixed by the opera that he was watching (this was either Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" or Philip Glass's "Akhnaten" - I can't remember which.) "Hello!" I shouted again over the dramatic music, until the figure turned to his left and peered down at me. "GodDAMNya, Blair!" rang Danny's familiar voice. Needless to say, I was a bit surprised by this video detention. "Don't you have a big show tonight", I asked? "Yeah!" was his enthusiastic reply before turning back to the operatic pageantry that had so entranced him. After glancing at a digital clock, he then added, "I should probably get going before too long." "But isn't your car in the shop?" I reminded him. "Yeah" he shrugged... "Want me to give you a ride?" After a moment's hesitation: "Yeah, that would be cool." While waiting for my laundry to dry or getting my oil changed, I sometimes still wonder how he was planning to get to the venue had I not decided at the last minute to retrieve my jacket. One thing's for sure, though. He would have figured out a way. For all the close calls over all the years - and there have been... dozens, torturing many a tour manager (not to mention band mates) - Danny has NEVER been 'late' for a show (often sitting down behind the kit with seconds to spare).

It was around this same time that I became friends with the members of Pigmy Love Circus. I met Shephard "Shep" Stevenson first (even though we were in the same 2nd grade class in France - more about this later). Danny and I had been up most of the night debating what might have happened if there hadn't been a lack of jet fuel for all the Messerschmitt Me 262s in production during WWII. It wasn't until the sun was about to come up that I plopped down on a worn couch and he climbed up to his cold waterbed. Seconds later in stormed Shep, totting a 12 pack of Budweiser. He shouted up at Danny, who squinted over the railing to see who was there. As Shep offered him a can of Bud, I watched in horror to see what he would do? The one thing about Danny is that he hates beer in cans. The other thing is that he dislikes all domestic beer, always preferring imports. But it seemed that he had no choice. Reluctantly, he accepted it, at which time Shep handed him another one, so that Danny (at 5:55 in the morning, and still unsure exactly how many Me 262s had been put into production) was now holding two miserable cans of warm Budweiser, one in each hand. Shep then tossed a couple at me as I feigned sleep on the couch. And so that's how I met Shep (again).

The next time I saw Shep wasn't at the loft, but it was the one time that Danny and I almost didn't make it back to the place. While visiting the Pigmy bassist at the Hollywood apartment that he shared with his girlfriend, I was admiring some of the paintings that she had done. I was particularly impressed with her use of interference acrylics, and asked Shep about it. Even though it was very late at night, and his girlfriend was asleep upstairs, he advocated that I go ask her about it. Accordingly, I headed up the stairs and walked into the bedroom where she was lying completely naked on top of the covers. Awkward situation? Evidently not. When I complimented her on her artistic output and enquired about the pearlescent effects, without the slightest hesitation or least trace of bashfulness, she began to explain about applying the transparent glaze, viewing angles, and optical characteristics. Wow, Shep had a cool girlfriend! (Or... was she merely his roommate?)

At any rate, it was while returning to the loft in the wee hours on Danny's decrepit motorcycle that we encountered one of the most surreal (and terrifying) scenes that we could ever imagine. Somewhere between the "El Compadre" Mexican restaurant and the loft, Danny's bike (with me seated on the back) stalled out. Looking around in the darkness, through a slight layer of early morning fog, we could see two Hispanic street gangs slowly approaching each other, with us stuck right dab in the middle. As I remember, there were about six to eight dudes on each side - all of them brandishing crude weapons, including chains, clubs studded with nails, pipes, tire-irons, cudgels, and I swear what looked like a medieval mace. (Only razor-brimmed sombreros and flaming margaritas would have made the scene more Tarantino-esque!). Forming a straight line, they continued towards each other, silent and expressionless, seemingly oblivious to our presence as Danny frantically attempted to start the motorcycle. When they were only several feet away, and I thought for certain that we were going to be stabbed or bludgeoned to death, with Hollywood screenplay timing, the damn bike started, and we squealed away in a cloud of smoke, never looking back. For a couple of products of mid-western suburbia, needless to say, the entire episode was quite bizarre.

Gang types sometimes also hung out in the loft's parking lot. These were mostly young Armenians, and they usually didn't bother any of us. However, one night as Danny was returning home, he was approached by several figures who, intoxicated and antagonistic, were attempting to initiate some kind of violent confrontation. Before things got ugly, Danny managed to stick his key into the heavy padlock, and quickly slipped inside the now impenetrable fortress. A day or so later, Danny recognized the main instigator at a nearby gas station. Still irate about having his life threatened by a group of street thugs, it was now Danny's turn to confront the guy. Without all his buddies, the dude backed off, repeating over and over that he didn't want any trouble. Fortunately for all, Danny maintained his composure and restrained from pulling out the sawed-off shotgun that was in his trunk. Back then Danny was still more Kansas than Hollywood, and with or without any Hershey squirts, the guy was lucky to get out of Dodge...

After this troubling incident, there were a few more showdowns of sorts with the Armenians, but these were mostly harmless pranks involving stink bombs (albeit, industrial strength stink bombs!). As we entertained ourselves inside the loft, our mischievous friends would strategically place a small vial containing ammonium sulfide in the door hinge so that once opened the glass would break, thus releasing the unpleasant aroma. This worked once or twice, but soon we recovered an intact vial. Not to be outwitted, or perhaps just to break the July lethargy, latter that night, Marko ("Die Eier Von Satan") crept over to one of the perpetrators' brand new Jeep Wrangler and finding the canvas door unzipped, doused the fresh interior with the abominable funk.

When the Pigmy Love Circus was in town, as I recall, the loft became quite boisterous. When not guzzling brew and working on new riffs, they kept Danny's little slice of Arcadia in check - helping to police the area from any crack addicts that might be breaking into cars, or harassing shady characters loitering near the entrance, and scaring off transients crapping behind the dumpster. The mere thought of big Mike Savage using a chain link fence as a human cheese grater should have kept most troublemakers away. Of course, most often, the Pigmies preferred to fight one another - that is until a new rule was instituted that stated before any roughhousing commenced, those involved first had to remove all of their clothing. This was a rule that was not to be breached.

As Tool became bigger and bigger, there were lots of parties at the loft, but as to exactly who was racking up points on the Tempest machine or losing badly to Danny at foosball, I wasn't sure. At the time, I didn't know Lollapalooza from a sousaphone, and I certainly wasn't acquainted with who was and who wasn't an alternative metal luminary. All I knew was that if one of them happened to crash at the loft, and they were a sleepwalker, it wasn't okay for that person to pull out his dick and take a piss in the noisy Pepsi cooler. I do, however, remember one night seeing Jaz Coleman of "Killing Joke" playing a terribly out of tune piano in a dark corner, and his band mate Geordie Walker holding court at the smoky makeshift bar. Tom Morello, Mike Patton, and Danny Lohner also frequented these gatherings, but, again, most of those who dropped by were unknown to me at the time. (Note: After Danny's treasured PLC leather jacket was stolen by someone during one of these blowouts, those who gravitated to the loft were more carefully screened.)

While on the subject of parties at the loft, my absolute favorite story happened on a night that I may or may not have even been there. Such was the number of revelers spilling drinks that I'm not really sure. Yet, I've heard the story so many times that I don't believe it to be apocryphal. During said party, when it came time to make a beer run, Marko pointed to a certain person that he vaguely knew from some job, and whom he believed to be a bit of a slacker. "It's about time for YOU to BUY some beer!" Marko commanded. Without making any fuss, the person obliged, leaving the loft and returning about a half hour later with a more that adequate supply of the sudsy stuff (imports, even!). When Marko saw him return in a shiny new Range Rover, he was surprised to say the least. "How in the FUCK did YOU get a Range Rover?" he demanded to know. Well, as it turned out, the guy who Marko believed to be such a Ne'er-do-well wasn't really that at all. In fact it wasn't even the same guy - this person merely bearing a slight resemblance to the slacker. The guy was actually David Gahan, singer for Depeche Mode, who, for whatever reason, good-naturedly went on the beer run without saying a word.

Some nights were quieter and honestly I preferred it that way. During these hangs we would listen to Terence McKenna, Bill Hicks, and all the kooks that called in to Art Bell's "Coast to Coast AM" while discussing our latest occult book acquisitions. If things got too quiet, we'd talk Danny into playing the drum solo from ELP's "Tank", which he usually did to perfection. There were also pull-ups contests, shotgun antics, and feeding the feral cats with leftover Thai. And, of course, Jumbo's...

Again, I don't remember seeing much of Maynard when not creating music or rehearsing for shows, although he would occasionally drop by to talk about various topics of interest (I don't believe wine was one of them - floods, earthquakes and asteroids, perhaps). Sometimes we'd go over to his house and watch the mixed martial arts of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (Gracie, Shamrock, Taktarov, Abbott, etc.), or to nightclubs where he performed in comedy skits. On the other hand, often times Adam wasn't that far way - laboring through the night on the band's videos in the adjacent building. Knowing that all of those involved in the claymation process were doomed to a hellish eternity, it only seemed humane to give them a break every now and then. So, that's when we brought out the potato bazooka. Aerosol powered by either Lysol disinfectant or AquaNet hairspray, a well placed shot would shatter an upper story window and generally disrupt any stop motion animation. After a brief period of inactivity, those at the loft who were foolish enough to approach the other building would invariably be drenched by the 7-11 Big Gulp cups of piss that rained down from above - the video crew's most effective form of retaliation.

And then one day I learned that Paul (D'Amour) was thinking about leaving the band. Wow! I didn't know what to think about this, but I sure hoped that things turned out better than the time that he (or a friend of his?), while employed at Arby's during his formative years, made the decision to feed a stray dog an entire roll the fast food chain's salty mystery meat (roast beef, that is). With Paul's departure, several excellent bass guitarists auditioned for the band, with, as everyone now knows, Justin ultimately being chosen. This, I thought, could change things considerably. Paul could hang with the best of them. Did this Justin guy even party?

"Aenima" was the first Tool project that I was asked to contribute something to, although this was merely a small part of the art design for the import, which I collaborated on with Shep's talented girlfriend. (Or... was she merely his roommate?) Another thing about the "Aenima" recording that I remember, was a plan devised at the loft to create the ultimate hidden track. This was inspired by the whole Klaatu/Beatles thing, but the problem of actually pulling it off would take a lot more thought.

"Aenima" was also around the time that I was introduced to the good folks at "Retinalogic." Besides all the gatherings up at Dr. Timothy Leary's house, under careful supervision, several experiments involving dissociative anesthetics were conducted by certain Lodge members at the loft. However, for me personally, rather than encountering any sagacious glowing ketamentals in the Bardo, black squatamaudars waltzed between the walls of my seemingly detached skull. At other times I felt as if I'd simply been given the "Himalayan Suspender" by Von Zipper, himself (as taught by Professor Sutwell). Even worse, once, while immobilized on a threadbare saggy couch that had become my velvet-lined coffin, I could make out Adam standing over me with his Silverburst, weaving a droning, nightmarish soundscape. The best way for me to describe these dissociates, was that they turned my Curly into a Shemp.

Without any air-conditioning, on particularly hot nights, Danny would often leave the loft door cracked. On one such evening, over pints of Theakston's Old Peculiar, "Aenima" engineer and co-producer David Bottrill, Justin (so, Justin did occasionally partake of a drop of the creature), Danny and I were having a friendly debate about guns in America. The Brits considered the cons, while Danny and I (Midwestern transplants that hadn't kicked all the sod off our boots) focused on the pros. Midway during the calm discussion, I happened to notice that one of L.A.'s finest had entered the building, and was quietly approaching us with his gun drawn. Realizing that I saw him, he put his index finger to his lips, indicating that I remain silent. Both Bottrill and Justin had their backs to the police officer as he suddenly grabbed David by the shoulder. Now, I'm not going to say that one of L.A.'s finest (a good friend of ours) pressed his Beretta (or was it a Glock?) against Bottrill's head and shouted, "Get me a beer from that cooler before I blow off your motherfucking bald head!", but I will say that the officer's actions (whatever they might have been) didn't exactly help our pro-gun argument...

TO BE CONTINUED...

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

25 May, 2012 (01:42pm)
AS MENTIONED IN THE "TALES FROM THE LOFT" NEWSLETTERS

Still working after almost a half of a century of being in the loft, countless numbers of beers still depend on this vintage Pepsi cooler to preserve their excellent character.

Photo by BMB



BMB

24 May, 2012 (06:10pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/MEMORIAL DAY BBQ

Don't forget about the annual MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/MEMORIAL DAY BBQ (including JZ's BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. Guest musicians for the MAY 28 shindig include GLEN SOBEL and ED ROTH. Grill-master Mike usually has flames by 9:30, so if you're hungry, thirsty, and want to hear (or participate) in some great music, come on by and enjoy the holiday festivities.

BMB

24 May, 2012 (05:58pm)
ALOKE DUTTA

In case you missed it on Danny's site, here's some fancy finger work by Aloke.


BMB

20 May, 2012 (04:13pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

This week's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MAY 21) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY features a couple of great guests: BILLY STEINWAY on keyboards, and JOE TRAVERS on drums. The band (featuring JOHN ZIEGLER, JAMIE KIME and CHRIS ROY) usually starts around 9:30ish, with talented local musicians invited to join in during the 2nd set.

BMB

17 May, 2012 (12:56pm)
VOLTO!

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 marks the return of VOLTO! at the world famous BAKED POTATO JAZZ CLUB in STUDIO CITY, CA. Advanced tickets for both shows can be purchased HERE The 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, Ca. 91604.

VOLTO!

DANNY CAREY
JEFF BABKO
LANCE MORRISON
JOHN ZIEGLER



BMB

13 May, 2012 (11:00am)
PUSCIFER 2012 SUMMER TOUR DATES

PUSCIFER 2012 TOUR DATES:

06/09 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

06/11 - Tampa, FL @ Ferguson Hall @ Tampa Performing Arts Center

06/12 - Miami, FL @ Olympia Theatre @ Gusman Performing Arts Center

06/13 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live

06/15 - Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House

06/16 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre

06/17 - Reading, PA @ Soverign Performing Arts Center

06/18 - Richmond, VA @ The National

06/20 - Buffalo, NY @ Riviera Theatre

06/21 - Columbus, OH @ LC Indoor Pavilion

06/24 - St. Paul, MN @ River's Edge Festival

06/27 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center

06/28 - San Antonio, TX @ Lila Cockrell Theatre

06/30 - Prescott, AZ @ Yavapai College Performance Arts Center

BONNAROO

RIVER'S EDGE

PUSCIFER-CBS-NEWS

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BMB

12 May, 2012 (12:09pm)
ADAM AT THE LOFT

Another shot of ADAM at the loft during Tool song writing sessions.


BMB

11 May, 2012 (11:37am)
IJYNX (BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE)

For those who have e-mailed me about this book, here's some info:

"IJYNX" HARDCOVER AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM

"Incorporating a magical vocabulary and nightside symbolism, IJYNX is a unique collection of occult prose-poems by an author who has been studying, experimenting, and writing about the western esoteric tradition for over twenty years. While some of the mystical verses attempt to convey ritually-machined hyperdimensions of consciousness (including encounters with the transmundane entities that inhabit these parallel continua), others contain, rather inexplicably, detailed knowledge of a higher Arcanum involving the alchemical entelechy of the dead. And still others challenge even the author's initiated interpretation of things perceived in the ontological spectrum of a 'Magizoth', other than to suggest, upon a closer examination of the cryptic word play, that they are anti-apotropaic in nature, and offer, at the very least, rare fleeting glimpses of the Grand Dreaming of a Treasured Eye."

ORDER



BMB

11 May, 2012 (11:00am)
"GEARBOX"

A new "GEARBOX" update from Mark Steger.

VIEW


BMB

10 May, 2012 (02:40pm)
BLACK ELK TOUR DATES - TONIGHT IN PORTLAND

Some tour dates and links from our friends BLACK ELK.

https://www.facebook.com/blackelkband

reverbnation

May 10 2012 @ Dante's in Portland, OR
May 11 2012 @ The Comet in Seattle, WA
May 12 2012 @ The Shakedown in Bellingham, WA
May 13 2012 @ The Cobalt in Vancouver, BC
May 17 2012 @ Thee Parkside in San Francisco, CA
May 19 2012 @ Bar Eleven in San Diego, CA (Matinee Show)


BMB

10 May, 2012 (09:25am)


Happy Birthday Danny! (Keeping it low-key this year, but would still like to say, CHEERS!)

BMB

08 May, 2012 (04:55pm)
NEW VIDEO: DANNY CAREY & THE MANDALA DRUM

"GOOD DRUMMERS PLAY MUSIC, NOT BEATS"

Danny talks about drums and the musical experience in a NEW VIDEO by the folks over at Mandala. "I think a lot of drummers get caught up playing beats, and I think any good drummer plays music."

Danny worked with VINCE De FRANCO to create the original Mandala Drum, and consulted on the design and functionality of the NEWLY RELEASED VERSION mk2.9.

"The beauty of the Mandala is it knows, from the center to edge, where you're hitting it. It doesn't create the exact same sample every time you hit it..."

http://mandaladrum.com



BMB

07 May, 2012 (08:21am)
MJK - CBS (CADUCEUS NEWS)

WATCH

BMB

06 May, 2012 (01:18pm)
JUSTIN AT THE LOFT

Another shot of JUSTIN during song writing sessions at the loft. This one is for those with an effects pedal fetish.

Photo by Adam Jones



BMB

06 May, 2012 (01:10pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

The amazing CHRIS COLEMAN will be playing drums for the jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on MONDAY, MAY 7. Joining him will be keyboardist HANS ZERMUELEN. Sounds like another great line-up. If you haven't seen Chris play the drums, you'll really missing something.

BMB

05 May, 2012 (11:11am)
HAPPY CINCO de MAYO

I took this photo while backstage at a recent Opeth/Mastodon show at the Universal Amphitheater. As for my review... I actually didn't sample the chips nor the salsa, though I suspect that both came from the nearby Ralph's. BTW: Justin, Adam, and Danny were all in attendance, though I don't think any of them tried the salsa either.


BMB

03 May, 2012 (03:52pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
APRIL, 2012 E.V.

TALES FROM THE LOFT
(PART ONE)

The loft in which the members of Tool create all of their music - spanning over two decades now - was known as "the loft" even before it became the starting point for the band's artistic complexity. Back then it was Danny's new digs - a grim brick structure in a seedy part of Hollywood where the Midwest transplant could play drums and prog-rock music as loud as he wanted. (Well, almost. The L.A.P.D. paid him numerous late night visits, and on some occasions Danny even opened the heavy bolted door to see who was ready to party.) When not pounding on the drums, there was a microwave oven to re-heat spicy Thai curries, and a vintage Pepsi cooler (with a self-contained refrigeration system) to keep plenty of beers chilled. Above a rickety makeshift bar, accessible by an even ricketier ladder, was a tiny loft where the future Tool drummer would crash out on a waterbed in the flicker of a television as mice (rats?) nibbled on his exposed bony toes. Having lots of time to kill on hot summer nights without any air-conditioning, the whitewashed interior walls were soon adorned with large reproductions from the Russian Suprematism art movement that were painted with staggering exactitude by Danny himself. Together with the geometric forms of Malevich and Lissitsky, strange aluminum foil creations hung from the ceiling, reflecting the glow of dozens of candles. Someday Danny planned to lay down a discarded carpet (along with other lofty ambitions), but for the time being the cement floor remained perpetually sticky from spilled Nukey Browns. This was "the loft" as I first knew the place. However, things would quickly change.

Given the amount of unused space, and knowing that there was earth right beneath the hard surface, it wasn't long before a certain small group of practicing ceremonial magicians moved their Lodge headquarters from another loft (this one above Frederick's of Hollywood) to Danny's new place. On certain nights, while seated within the Circle of Protection and Obedience, the practitioners carefully followed the strange requirements of various medieval grimoires. Anticipating changes in the neural-matrix during the Praxis, some were still a bit apprehensive of astral turbulence and unwanted tangential phenomena. If followed to the letter (meaning no haphazard substitutions or other liberties taken), the Barbarous Words of Evocation might result in a bountiful harvest provided by certain spirits brought to physical manifestation from the relativistic space-time continuum. To produce the desired result while manipulating hidden forces (i.e. intelligences) listed in the old grammars of magic, once rare ingredients were procured from a nearby occult marketplace, one merely had to understand exactly what are (and more importantly) what AREN'T traps for fools. "Coincidently', abandoned in the 'Frederick's' loft was a large circular wooden board that had been painted with sigils from the "Heptameron" (as appended to Agrippa's "Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy") which the current occupier had found amongst some junk left by the previous tenants. It seemed that someone (or something) was looking out for us! (Note: This still exists on the reverse side of Danny's Enochian "Sigillum Die Ameth" board - a talismanic stage backdrop that should be familiar to most Tool enthusiasts.)

When not meddling with the Goetia or other 'black books', entheogens were employed as visionary tools (often combined with ceremonial mechanics) to facilitate daring sojourns to the outposts of 'reality' and, hopefully, vivid encounters with the denizens that populated this hyper-spatial topography. These entities might include the various tryptoids, tikes, and mantids described by the psychedelic theorist Terence McKenna and other intrepid (or foolish) neuronants. And, indeed, at times, there were fleeting glimpses of those that exist behind the scenery: haunting tryptamine jesters with outrageously complex appliances, electric flesh guides, silver fire babies and vortices of jeweled phantoms. Did I mention the cartoonish squatamauders? Eventually, attempts were made to shatter certain biological safeguards via simulated death techniques in order to access the endogenous tryptamine dimensions, with the operations carefully timed to coincide with the plummeting brightness of the eclipsing trinary star Algol (Beta Persei). (Disclaimer: Don't try this at home, kids. Professional psychonants. Mindscapes closed. Otherwise, you just might end up as a Christian fundamentalist or, even worse, composing esoteric verses that billions of apathetic souls will never recite.)

Of course it is merely a coincidence that the exact spot were the magical rituals were once performed would be the future launching pad/rehearsal space for a group of musicians that would eventually incorporate occult principles and magical imagery in their artistic endeavors. Anything that may have materialized in the corresponding perfume of the Art was dutifully given the License to Depart (appropriate banishing procedures) in order to eliminate any potential mischievous, nay, dangerous residue. And this included shadowy apparitions from half-assed summons, aborted astral constructs, and any other aerial spirits that escaped the curse of chains due to ineptitude on the part of the Operators.

Other than a few monstrous sentinels to watch over things, and wall paintings of vibrant DMT entities, today there is little evidence of the "Lodge" days. Should a visitor to the building happen to glance up at the ceiling, he or she might notice the complex pulley system that was once used to hoist and lower wrought-iron chandeliers in which a multitude of green candles glowed in the hope of bestowing prosperity to all those involved in the Workings. I'll leave it to the reader to decide if the esoteric arcana worked? Or, if a crack appeared, and the Devil slipped through it?

Most Tool fans already know how the band that wasn't sure that it really wanted to be a band was created in the early 90s, and how the "loft" played a crucial role in its unlikely formation and enduring success. Although Danny was playing gigs with L.A. club rowdies, " Pigmy Love Circus", doing studio session work with Carole King, drumming with various sitcom in-house bands, and had adopted the persona of "Danny Longlegs" with the punk cabaret "Green Jello", there was still time to jam with a few others, though how serious these new guys were about playing music for a living was definitely up to question. In one way or another, all were involved in the film industry (or aspired to be), and it wasn't certain (even to themselves) exactly where their hearts truly lied.

Danny introduced me to Maynard while using his new space (located right next to Danny's) to gain access to the large brick building's roof. It was a warm spring night, and after a few leisurely cocktails some of my fellow Lodge Brothers thought it might be amusing to throw an arsenal of water balloons down on the dressed-up prom couples standing up through the sun-roofs of limousines moving slowly up and down the crowded boulevard. (Note: I had meant to add earlier that only very well-balanced individuals should ever attempt the ritual mechanics necessary for releasing post-mortem tryptamines during the minima of the Algol ternary.) Now, where were we? Oh yeah, tossing water balloons down on unsuspecting high-school couples. Direct hits there were, with expensive hairdos soaked, teaching these foolish youngsters that it's not safe to hang out of limos. Anyway, I vaguely remember that Maynard's new place looked like a habitat for exotic lizards. At the time, the budding world class multi-tasker was working as a pet-store chain's interior designer, but he had recently added falsetto background vocals to Green Jello's indie smash, "Three Little Pigs," According to Danny, his new buddy was "a DAMN good singer!"

As Adam, Maynard, and Paul D'Amour jammed in the loft, whenever a auditioning or potential drummer flaked, Danny would sympathetically fill in, charging each of the guys $6.00 an hour to help pay the rent and utilities. During this time, these jam sessions were usually described to me in less than flattering terms, although this was probably because Danny knew that I was a prog-snob, and his latest band was alternative metal. Despite whatever he had to say though, I actually had the feeling that he felt that there was a good chemistry with the new quartet, and that this just might be the group that he was diligently searching for. But could it really be that easy? Musicians who just showed up on his doorstep because he had available space? The exact right pieces needed to fulfill the drummer's dreams? Well, this was L.A., and those candles were green...

It wasn't until they (I still didn't know if they had a name yet) had finished with afternoon rehearsals that my friends and I would show up at the loft with grocery bags full of cheap alcohol. Sometimes it seemed that we were losing more and more valuable partying space as the place was becoming cluttered not only with the equipment of Danny's new metal band, but with that of Pigmy Love Circus and Rage Against The Machine as well. On those long nights of reveling, sustenance usually consisted either of greasy Tommy's chili burgers, Thai food, or, my favorite, the chicken burrito combo (#5) from the open late "Shig-Shack." The "Shig-Shack" was actually a hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint called "Dos Burritos" that we called "Shig" as a shortened form of the medical condition shigellosis due to the place's perceived unsanitary conditions. To be fair, however, the little diner has always received the high letter grade of "A" by inspectors of the L.A. Public Health Department. Even so, after consuming a burrito with a liberal dousing of the painfully hot (yet, shigalicious) hot sauce, one tended to pray to any god that would listen that Danny had an extra roll of toilet paper stashed away in that rumbling Pepsi cooler of his. Some nights we attempted to fire up the tiny Weber grill outside, but it wouldn't be long before everyone's eyes were stinging from the gassy, chemical fumes of glowing Kingsford, and the even more toxic bum piss that permeated the parking lot and dirty alleyway.

When the loft got too stuffy, there were drunken excursions to Jumbo's Clown Room, a Hollywood landmark of sorts where wannabe starlets and over-the-hill strippers pole danced as patrons stuffed dollar bills into their g-strings, and the more sensible merely applauded the burlesque. That's right, we were broke. No, actually, sometimes in the Jumbo's of old, one even felt fortunate that the previous night's brugmansia tea recipe (Tree Datura) had partially blinded some of those who partook of the bitter concoction. I knew that great jazz bands often played at a club called "The Baked Potato" over the hill in Studio City, but who in the fuck could afford to go there! What with the high cover charge and two drink minimum. At least there was no cover at Jumbo's.

Other field trips were taken to Mount Pinos in the Los Padres National Forest. From the high elevation with its glittering infinity of stars, we had fun with the dozens of geeky amateur astronomers with their powerful optics trained on distant celestial objects. I remember one illustrious and quite beshroomed Lodge Brother would politely ask to take a peek through a person's telescope, at which time he would shout at the top of his lungs, "FUCK!!! LOOK AT THAT SHIT!" He would then move over to the next guy's telescope and quietly ask if he could take quick look into the viewfinder? No matter what astronomical feature the telescope was positioned on and tracking, our smirking friend would once again (jokingly) shout, "GODDAMN!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT SHIT!" Soon, all of the geeks were inviting him over to show him the nebula in their own viewfinders, evidently oblivious of his mocking antics. SHIT!!! THAT CAN'T BE REAL! THAT AIN'T FUCKING REAL!!!

Often times though, we couldn't make it out of the loft's clusterfuck of a parking lot. Before the sun came up, we would actually spend hours moving and repositioning cars just so that one person could leave. And if some unfortunate soul parked their luxury car in the restricted loft parking lot because they couldn't find a space (or were too cheap to valet) on the boulevard, Danny's doorstep QUICKLY became a driving range with teed-up golf balls. I recall a loud, sickening thud as a Lodge Brother once sliced his shot directly into the door of a new BMW, much to the horror and utter disbelief of its owner and his fashionably dressed, attractive dinner date. Too bad he (or she) didn't read the signs posted?

Meanwhile, Tool (so that's what they were called!) began to play the L.A. club circuit, attracting an ever-increasing audience and thus gaining more exposure with each show. Though I personally only attended a few of these shows at clubs called "The Gaslight", "Raji's" , "Club Lingerie", and "The Opium Den (?)" , I was there when the band signed Ted Gardner to be their manager. I also happened to be at "Coconut Teasers" on Sunset when they got their first record deal with Zoo Entertainment. (Ah, the good old 72826-SATAN demo cassette!)

I still remember when, after the show, as the band members loaded their equipment into a rental van, Ted flaunted a twenty-dollar bill, handing it to one of the guys for all of them to go "get a cup of coffee." One of guys wanted to go to a nearby Denny's. "No one plans or thinks about going to Denny's", I chided him. "You just materialize inside Denny's. Hey, did you know that some Denny's used to be "Sambo's - before the chain was forced to close due to non-Qabalistically-based pressure and lawsuits from certain activists in the black community. How long do you think it took to make the changeover to become a Denny's? Maybe six hours? Five? Today, only one Sambo's is left, and not in a parallel continua, but in Santa Barbara." It was probably right then and there that at least one of the guys thought that I should probably someday write the band's newsletter.

Touring and record sales from 1992's "Opiate", and 1993's "Undertow" enabled Tool's skinman to add a few nice touches to the loft. First came a foosball table, and then a video arcade game. I think it was called "Tempest", but it might have been "Polybius." New carpet was laid down, with exactly who we thought it would be spilling the first beer (much to Maynard's chagrin). Out in the parking lot gleamed an emerald green beamer from the 1970's that actually started... most of the time. There still wasn't any air-conditioning in the loft - even performing on the main stage at Lollapalooza couldn't make that happen. However, the inside of the rusting Pepsi cooler had finally been emptied out so that the layers of viscous greenish slime that had accumulated over the years could be scrubbed clean prior to being filled with twelve-packs of imported beer left over from the rider. While drinking these delightful things we listened to cassettes of Buddy Rich threatening his band members with blows to the head if he heard anymore clams. There were also the taped prank phone calls of old friends from Kansas (similar to the Jerky Boys), the KKK rants of singer Johnny Rebel, and the schizophrenic paranoia of Francis E. Deck. If we ever got bored, sometimes Danny would turn out the lights and wail on a golf ball inside the loft's back room. Whenever this happened, I would immediately dive on the closest couch and cover my head with a cushion as the ball ricocheted for what seemed an eternity off the brick walls with their murals of non-Euclidian geometry.

Tool bassist Paul D'Amour often attended these gatherings, Danny having bonded with him during the tours. I didn't see much of Maynard at night, though any sarcastic wit was certainly appreciated (and I'm not being sarcastic). Adam also didn't hang out at the loft after band rehearsals, though he did occasional throw parties at his rented house in Burbank - a place where daily realities were veiled by layers of blue crushed velvet hanging over the windows.

One day I was invited by Danny to attend a party thrown by the president of Zoo Records. There would be plenty of booze and great food he assured me. Shortly after arriving at this mansion in Beverly Hills (or was it Benedict Canyon?), while taking Danny up on the free drinks and catered grub, the label honcho tapped a glass with his fork and began to tell everyone just how proud he was of Tool for achieving gold record status. What? I had no idea. Danny was so modest that he never mentioned this. "You have a gold record", I asked? "Yeah" he replied with a look of disgust while sneaking some food stuffed in a napkin inside his pocket. "No good bands have gold records", he added. So, that's why he didn't say anything. Suddenly, though, it seemed a bit strange that he was loading his pockets with left over food. Even so, I quickly followed his lead...

And then one early morning (4:31 PST to be precise) on January 17, 1994 (January 17 having long been a date of great importance to the Lodge), the dusty, piss-bespattered gold record award for "Undertow" that was hanging crooked in the loft's tiny bathroom was violently shaken from the wall and clattered onto the floor amid a deafening roar.

The Northridge earthquake had just occurred, and the old brick structure rocked and swayed in pitch-blackness for at least 15 terrifying seconds after the initial jolt. In the building next to the loft, Adam and his crew were shooting Tool's next video. When everyone finally made it out safely and gathered in the parking lot with frayed nerves, Danny couldn't help but wonder if this was the end of the loft? Was it up to code, or would it be red-tagged? Indeed, would another crack appear for the Devil to slip through?..

TO BE CONTINUED...

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

03 May, 2012 (03:30pm)


Late 1980's painting hanging in the loft depicting a tryptamine imp (?), as mentioned in the April, 2012 Newsletter.

Artist: G. Edward Giunca



BMB

02 May, 2012 (10:37am)
FEMALE ARTISTS AT SOHO HOUSE (MAY 4TH)

LABORATORY SALON at SOHO HOUSE (LOS ANGELES), FRIDAY, MAY 4TH (7:00 PM)

With our friends HEATHER McMILLEN, KORIN FAUGHT, and ROBYN BREEN SHINN.

"We are delighted to announce the first in our season of salons. We celebrate Five female artists, Korin Faught, Zeal Harris, Yassi Mazandi, Heather Mc Millen and Robyn Breen Shinn, who in turn will spotlight a single piece of their work and open their diaries to those with a curious mind."

Come and join us at Soho House,
9200 W Sunset Blvd, # 817, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
This is a "Members only event", so please RSVP to Soho House directly.

MORE



BMB

29 April, 2012 (03:32pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

JOEL TAYLOR will be the guest drummer for the APRIL 30 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. From what I understand, SCOTT KINSEY might play keyboards, although this has not yet been confirmed. Local musicians are invited to bring a favorite instrument and possibly join in during the 2nd set. The band usually gets started around 9:30, so if you're looking for something to do, come on down for cocktails, (enormous) stuffed tators and great live entertainment.

UPDATE: PETE GRIFFIN on bass and MENNO de BOER on keys.


BMB

24 April, 2012 (10:47am)
PUSCIFER 2012 SUMMER TOUR DATES


BMB

23 April, 2012 (04:05pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Monday Night jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY tonight (APRIL 23) with special guests CARLOS McSWAIN on drums, RICO BELLED on keyboards, and DOUG WEBB on sax. Bring an instrument and join in on the action during the 2nd set.

BMB

20 April, 2012 (10:52am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUNIOR!

Birthday greetings today to Tool's lighting wizard MARK "JUNIOR" JACOBSON. Cheers from all us, Junior (and congrats, as well!).

BMB

18 April, 2012 (06:28pm)
TELESMA & ADAM SCOTT MILLER CONCERT

"April 20. Baltimore, MD. Ram's Head Live: A co-creative Visionary Concert to catalyze a mystical experience in all those who attend! The visual aspect includes 36+ paintings on canvas (many: very LARGE), a huge projection screening of entheo-animations, live-painting (by Adam Scott Miller and others), a merchandise area of many special items (holograms!), several incredible talismanic masks by visionary sculptor Sean E. Conroy, and more! All to the tune of the rapturous TELESMA, The Flying Eyes, and Neil Kurland! Be there, and be joyfully aware."

MORE



BMB

18 April, 2012 (02:19pm)
JUSTIN HARD AT WORK

Justin during the Tool song writing sessions at the loft.

Photo by Adam Jones



BMB

18 April, 2012 (02:16pm)
BUBBATRON AT THE BAKED POTATO THIS SATURDAY

"BUBBATRON" (featuring JOHN ZIEGLER, HADRIEN FERAUD, JAMIE KIME and SCOTT KINSEY) will be performing classic jazz rock fusion at THE BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, APRIL 21. The club is located at 3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST, STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604.

BMB

17 April, 2012 (08:21am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAYNARD!

Birthday greetings today to that world class multi-tasker MJK.

CHEERS! from your band mates and countless others.


BMB

16 April, 2012 (08:52am)


No activity at the loft today as Justin attends an important sports event.


BMB

13 April, 2012 (03:08pm)
SIGNED "WICKEDEST BOOKS" STILL AVAILABLE

As I mentioned on Danny's website, I figured there would be copies of the 2ND EDITION of "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" on eBaygoing for high prices, but I certainly DIDN'T think any would be listed until the book was sold out. Well, I was wrong, as there are currently copies (yes, of the 2ND EDITION) being auctioned off (and selling!) for as much as $99.00 even though there are still A NUMBER OF BRAND NEW COPIES AVAILABLE for the LIST PRICE of $39.00 USD in DANNY'S store. These are MINT (unread) COPIES of the revised and expanded 2nd edition SIGNED by both the book's AUTHOR and DANNY CAREY (who wrote the foreword, and who is featured throughout as an avid collector of Crowleyana) that are ready for immediate shipping. (NOTE: Keep in mind that there were far less copies of the 2nd edition printed than there were of the 1st (of which there were a 1000). Still, why pay a lot more for a (used) copy of the 2nd while it is still readily available in the store?

ORDER



BMB

13 April, 2012 (02:41pm)
DANNY AT THE LOFT

With his part down.


BMB

13 April, 2012 (02:31pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BBQ

Damn, has it really been 7 years! According to JZ, this MONDAY (APRIL 16, 2012) marks the 7th anniversary of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. In honor of the occasion, grill-master Mike Fox will be firing up the creaky old Santa Fe - and I'm talking about stoking real charcoal briquettes! Never mind that at the same time the Travel Channel will be airing an episode showing Bourdain pigging out at the Woodyard BBQ in K.C. (DVR it, if you must). Who needs applewood, cherry, or hickory when Mike's got burgers and dogs on glowing Kingsford! Bring a dessert or side dish if you wish (say, brandied coffee baked beans), but keep in mind that the place is called "the Baked Potato." Besides the regular players, JOE TRAVERS ("Zappa Plays Zappa") will be the special guest drummer, with the amazing BILLY STEINWAY tickling the ivories. As always, local musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and possibly join in during the second set. Things usually get started around 9:30, including the old Santa Fe Char-broil.

BMB

12 April, 2012 (10:41am)
SOME EVENT T-SHIRTS IN THE STORE

MERCH has put a couple of 2012 TOUR T-SHIRTS in the STORE on Toolband.com. One is from the BOSTON show (featuring artwork by ADAM JONES), with the other shirt being from the CONNECTICUT venue (featuring artwork by KORIN FAUGHT). Check back for more specialty items.

BMB

12 April, 2012 (09:53am)
ADAM AT THE LOFT

working on new material.


BMB

12 April, 2012 (09:47am)
TICKETS FOR TOOL (and PUSCIFER) ON SALE TOMORROW

A reminder that tickets for the RIVER'S EDGE FESTIVAL featuring TOOL on JUNE 23, 2012 go on SALE tomorrow (FRIDAY, APRIL 13).

Photo by Al Jones



BMB

12 April, 2012 (09:42am)
"NEYEN" FROM iTOMLAB

The new CD release from ITOM LAB "NEYEN" A journey of galactic sounds and mind mazes. Available now on Bandcamp. With cover art by Geo Glyphiks and CD design by Adam Scott Miller and other great artists.


NEYEN

BMB

11 April, 2012 (06:42pm)
DANNY AT THE LOFT



BMB

10 April, 2012 (12:44pm)
ADAM AT THE LOFT

working on new material.

(With mnemonic triggers on the legendary Dry-Erase board.)



BMB

10 April, 2012 (12:22pm)
TOOL'S REHEARSAL SPACE

A rare glimpse inside Tool's storied loft - one of a dozen or so photos recently taken by Adam, Danny, and Justin while writing and arranging their contributions to the next Tool record. (Note: When Adam sent me these photos last night, I was both amazed and a bit confused because certain areas of the rehearsal space were in the past always deemed off-limits to photography. What caused this sudden change of heart to a long-standing policy I do not know, but I am certainly excited to share with fans of the band a place of such historic significance - the small room where every Tool song [from "Opiate" to the present works] was written. Think about that for a minute. Every Tool song was written in the same place. I can't imagine this ever happening with any other major band in history of rock music - they having written all of the music on all of their records over the decades in the same small room. But, that's exactly what Tool has done at the loft. Receiving the photos has inspired me to dedicate the next Tool newsletter to certain "Tales from the Loft", which I hope to post soon... along with further rare glimpses.)


BMB

09 April, 2012 (03:45pm)
TOOL (AND PUSCIFER) AT RIVER'S EDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

TOOL will be headlining the RIVER'S EDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL on HARRIET ISLAND, MINNESOTA on SATURDAY, JUNE 23 2012. PUSCIFER is also on the bill, so checkout http://riversedgemusicfestival for more info. TICKETS go on sale FRIDAY, APRIL 13, and can be purchased at RiversEdgeMusicFestival.com, Ticketmaster.com or LiveNation.com.

BMB

08 April, 2012 (07:21pm)
EA's STAR

Part of the brunch at Danny's.

Photo by LaraLee

Chick-O-Stick provided by BMB



BMB

07 April, 2012 (09:48am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOL MANAGER PETE!

Birthday greetings today to TOOL manager PETE RIEDLING. Pints and curry. Curry and pints. CHEERS from the entire Tool family!

BMB

07 April, 2012 (09:42am)
BUBBATRON TONIGHT AT THE BAKED POTATO

BUBBATRON will be performing at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. tonight (APRIL 7). Besides Volto's JZ on guitar, the band features some truly great players, including RONALD BRUNER Jr. on drums, SCOTT KINSEY on keys!!!, HADRIEN FERAUD on bass... and DOUG WEBB on sax! Musicians' musicians to be sure.

BMB

05 April, 2012 (02:10pm)
NEWS FROM THE DAILY GRAIL

The creator of the DailyGrail website, GREG TAYLOR, has a new book in the works entitled "STOP WORRYING... THERE PROBABLY IS AN AFTERLIFE", which, as the title suggests, concerns the possible (probable?) continuation of consciousness after death, as well as what many believe to be its vital function in the cosmos. With nearly 15 years of experience researching this controversial subject matter, and as the owner, writer, and editor of the highly acclaimed Dailygrail website (www.dailygrail.com), I anticipate the book to be a thought-provoking and well-balanced investigation into that which may exist on the other side of the veil - based not only on the firsthand testimony of those who have had near death experiences, but also on continuing scientific research into what might the greatest of all mysteries. To learn more about this new project - how you can support the book and the special perks for your contribution, please visit www.dailygrail.com . You can also support the project (indirectly) by purchasing a copy (or more) of Greg's anthology series "DARKLORE", an exploration of all things Fortean, including hidden history, ufology, the western esoteric tradition, borderland phenomena, entheogenic journeys, cryptozoology, conspiracy theories, fringe science and a whole lot more. There are currently 6 volumes of DARKLORE, all well researched and written by some of the most qualified authors of this high strangeness. For more information about this journey into the extraordinary, please visit http://darklore.dailygrail.com/ or order directly from www.amazon.com (type "Darklore" into the books category.)

For those who might be interested, my own contributions to the DARKLORE series thus far include: VOL 1: "INCREDIBLE AS IT MIGHT SEEM" ( A different take on the alleged Roswell crash/retrieval based on a rare book written in 1948 by a British Intelligence Agent), VOL 2: "DMT & MAGICK" (The Neurochemical Basis of Magick and the Paranormal), VOL 3: "ABOVE KOOK STATUS" (The Strange Case of Morris K. Jessup and the Varo Edition), VOL 4: "DISCOVERED A TOMB, RAIN IN THE EVENING" (Observations Regarding the Mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau), VOL 5: "DARK SEED: THE ABC's OF THE SIRIUS MYSTERY", and VOL 6: "ELUSIVE FULCANELLI and the HERMETIC MAGISTERY" (Unmasking the enigmatic 20th century alchemist).



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04 April, 2012 (05:53pm)
DANNY INTERVIEW IN PAISTE MAGAZINE

In case you missed it on www.dannycarey.com , here's the LINK to that interview with DANNY in Paiste magazine.

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02 April, 2012 (11:20am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

In case it slipped your memory, MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA tonight (APRIL 2). Bring that vintage Strat and possibly join in during the 2ND SET. John and the others usually take the stage around 9:30.

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01 April, 2012 (10:05am)
ANOTHER PROBLEM?

As I mentioned in the latest (expanded) newsletter (click on "newsletter"), while visiting the Tool loft the other day, I saw this on a smaller second Dry-Erase board (containing what appear to be a few mnemonics). I'm not sure what it means, but thought that it was interesting to see THAT title again after all these years. (Also see my post below.)


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31 March, 2012 (04:19pm)
TAKEN FROM THE MARCH 2011 NEWSLETTER

"... Which brings us to the "holy grail" that I mentioned earlier. No, it's not a cheap guitar signed hastily backstage by all four band members as part of some radio promo. It also doesn't concern bizarre video props or some Xeroxed set-list that includes "The Grudge", and which is also signed by Maynard (most likely fabricated). It's not even the lyrics to a popular Tool song hand written on a Ralph's grocery bag. No, this is something REALLY special. Are you ready? Suppose I was to tell you that there is a Tool song - recorded in a studio - that hasn't been heard except for by a handful of people, and that virtually no one outside of the band (and a few others) is aware of its very existence? Keep in mind, this is not a cover (not the rumored "Crazy Train"), nor is it a glorified segue that never made it onto a record. This is an original full-blown Tool song complete with vocals and lyrics. The title of this tune is "Problem 8 (The Riemann Hypothesis)", and it was recorded many years ago - so long ago, in fact, that I don't remember who played bass, although I want to say it was Justin. The length is somewhere in the six-minute range (if my memory serves me correctly), but whatever it is, the exact time had something to do with the unsolved and mysterious nature of the title. Now, not only was the song professionally recorded; it was actually 'issued' in a manufactured medium (though I'm not going to say whether this was vinyl, a CD, or cassette tape). Because of the ingenious way it was made available to the public, "Problem 8" , in my opinion, constitutes the ultimate hidden track. Only, don't go looking for it among your collection (most of you, that is!), as there are no more than 30 copies on the planet. As for those who have one, most, I'm sure, aren't aware of it, even though it might be staring them right in the eye on a near daily basis. The reason they aren't aware of it, is because they'd never think to play it. Okay, enough said..."


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30 March, 2012 (01:25pm)
MARCH NEWSLETTER ADDED

I've posted the March Newsletter in the Newsletter Section.

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29 March, 2012 (03:44pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
MARCH, 2012 E.V.

Keeping in mind a certain metaphoric phrase that begins with "Don't" - to those Diabolicals camped out at the base of Bugarach (so much for spam filters!) while awaiting "alien salvation" from the Mayan doomsday - as far as I know, there is no new Tool album title or track listings to be divulged (officially or unofficially) at this point in time. However, what I can tell you (and your cousin) before the black triangle appears near the pentacle of mountains, is that the band's Dry-Erase board is getting crazier and crazier looking with what I presume to be notes and cues of their latest musical arrangement. Either that or some metagifted (indigo?) larvae have sneaked into the loft and gone to town with colored markers. Sometimes it's really hard to tell...

Okay, again, bearing in mind that metaphoric phrase used by 'Shakespeare' and others, although there isn't much Tool news this month (unlike the healthy dose fans are used to getting in these newsletters), as I write, MERCH has been busy listing some left over 2012 TOUR POSTERS in the SHOP on www.toolband.com. So far, I've seen posters from Florida, New Mexico, Charlotte and... Uncasville, Ct. But nothing from L.A. as of yet... (That's right, there were tour posters for sale at the rehearsal sound stage).

What else? Oh, as I posted on Danny's website (www.dannycarey.com), here's the LINK to some interviews and video clips of the Tool drummer on the Vic Firth site (which Danny neglected to mention to me, but Matt from www.fourtheye.net didn't). After enjoying these clips, keep an eye out for a forthcoming interview with Danny for Paiste. Wait, you're not done! Seeing how you're already visiting his site (and didn't buy a 2012 tour poster), might I suggest going directly to Danny's STORE to purchase a SIGNED (in glorious purple ink, no less) VERY LIMITED REVISED and EXPANDED 2ND EDITION of "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD." Copies of the sold out 1st edition are now going for in excess of $350.00 on eBay, and once the 2nd is sold out, to obtain the book, you will be at the mercy of others (think about that - others!).

Attention all Tool crew members from the last tour: To show their appreciation for your hard work, a special gift from the band has been shipped and should be arriving on your doorstep shortly. In the past you've received a Tool barbecue set (with the lyrics to "Die Eier von Satan" printed on the chef's apron), which found its way to eBay, a Tool snuggie, which found its way to eBay, and something else that slips my mind due to the ravages of age and insobriety ... which found its way to eBay. Are you now ready for some amazing red things that resemble loungewear, but are usually called by a more familiar name, which I'm not going to mention in case you don't want to know what they are until you open the box... Which will no doubt find their way to eBay.

In Tool-related news (see the difference?), mark your calendar that VOLTO! will be performing ultra-fusion at THE MINT here in Los Angeles on SATURDAY, MARCH 31. Hopefully, Danny will be in good spirits for this one after a K.U. victory in the afternoon. If not, hopefully there will be some good spirits behind the bar to ease his pain. As for the progress of the new Volto record, "Evil" JOE BARRESI has finished working his magic, and the mix should soon be on its way to be mastered by Bob Ludwig up there in Maine with all the lobsters. For those of you who have e-mailed about ADAM JONES doing the album's artwork, as I understand it, although Adam may be contributing some original artwork to the project, the majority will come from an original piece that Danny currently owns. And although there is a great story associated with this artwork (with regards to a famous 1960s rock group), let's see if it indeed is used for the cover, etc. before sharing it with the rest of the world (via Danny's or the Volto! website).

Also don't forget that tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will be performing and giving a lecture (maybe even telling dirty jokes!) at ALEX GREY's COSM in New York on APRIL 1, 2012. A rare chance to hear Aloke on the east coast.

Finally, CHEERS to those attending the launch for the publication of Kenneth Grant's (early) novel "Grist to Whose Mill" at Treadwell's (more info at www.lashtal.com). Please let me know if any calling cards with telltale iridescent interstellar goo turn up. I'll continue to trudge through "Etidorpha" for the umteeth time until a copy makes its way across the pond.

HAPPY TRAILS



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24 March, 2012 (02:07pm)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT - SATURDAY, MARCH 31

In case you need a reminder, VOLTO! will be performing at THE MINT on SATURDAY. MARCH 31. Come hear music from their soon to be released CD, and, while you're at it, ask DANNY how the new Tool writing/arranging is progressing. "NOTHIN' PERSONAL" will open the show, so plan on arriving early. Here's the address: 6010 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca. 90035. And don't forget about this week's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. As always, great guest musicians on stage and seated around the bar.

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20 March, 2012 (11:06am)
GOT MISS MARCH 'COVERED' (IF THAT'S A GOOD THING?)

A little something for you on the Vernal Equinox: Seeing how Playboy playmate Miss March, LISA SEIFFERT, lists as her favorite book Aleister Crowley's "MOONCHILD", I just thought that I would let the Aussie model know that I've got her covered in the event that she misplaces her copy. But what about you? If you had a copy of my new revised and expanded "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD: CONFESSIONS OF AN ALEISTER CROWLEY BIBLIOPHILE", and you ran into Lisa on the beach, you could tell her that her favorite book, although not published until 1929, was actually written by Crowley in New Orleans in 1917 and originally entitled "The Butterfly Net." You could then further impress her by explaining to her that in the battle of rival lodges, many of the novel's 'fictional' characters are thinly disguised former acquaintances of the Great Beast 666, with the majority portrayed in a less than flattering light. Next thing you know you're sipping luminous, opalescent absinthe together in the moonlight, and contemplating a magickal incarnation of your own.

A limited number of copies of the revised and expanded "Wickedest Books" SIGNED by the AUTHOR and DANNY CAREY are available HERE

Photo by BMB



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19 March, 2012 (05:48pm)
CHRIS COLEMAN ON DRUMS AT THE BAKED POTATO

One of Danny's favorite drummers, CHRIS COLEMAN, will be the special guest at TONIGHT's (MARCH 19) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIF. The band usually takes the stage around 9:30, fiddles around for 5 minutes, and then launches into great music supplied by John, Jamie, Chris and their special guests. If you weren't there last Monday, you missed Danny and the others perform a lengthy instrumental version of Pink Floyd's "US AND THEM" from "The Dark Side of the Moon." Local musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and join in during the second set.

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19 March, 2012 (11:26am)
JIMMY PAGE'S "LUCIFER RISING" RELEASE

JIMMY PAGE will be releasing the LUCIFER RISING soundtrack on the SPRING EQUINOX (MARCH 20, 2012 e.v.). With a run of 418 numbered copies, the first 93 will be SIGNED by the composer and former 'ZEP' guitarist. More info HERE


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17 March, 2012 (12:23pm)
REMINDER: ALOKE DUTTA AT COSM ON SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

As previously mentioned in the news, tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will be performing and giving a lecture at THE CHAPEL OF SACRED MIRRORS in NEW YORK on APRIL 1. The event will also feature live painting by ALEX GREY and Tool cover band "SCHISM." Advance tickets are now available HERE.

DISCOUNTED TICKETS $25, DAY OF THE EVENT $40
Contact Keith.Schism@gmail.com for more info

Aloke Dutta on a recent visit to India



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14 March, 2012 (12:31pm)
TOOL WRITING UPDATE

Last Sunday afternoon DANNY grilled up these burgers from some of the salmon that was left over from his fishing trip to Alaska a while back. So, with plenty of salmon in the freezer (hopefully), there was NO need for he and Justin to return to those pristine streams. Hence, the guys were able to get more writing done on Monday! One thing to keep in mind, though... Although Danny did grill the salmon burgers, he didn't make the remoulade.

Photo by BMB



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14 March, 2012 (11:53am)
MARK STEGER'S "GEARBOX"

New scenes HERE.

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12 March, 2012 (01:00pm)
CHILDREN OF SATURN FEATURING PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC

I will be dropping in tonight (MONDAY, MARCH 12) on RYNNE'S "CHILDREN OF SARURN" internet radio program. The theme will be psychedelic music, so tune in at www.radio23.org/ccr between 6:00 - 8:00 PM (PST). Then it's off to hear DANNY at the MONDAY NIGGHT JAMMMZ.

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10 March, 2012 (02:09pm)
DANNY TO BE GUEST DRUMMER AT MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

DANNY will be the special guest drummer for the MARCH 12th MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. As I mentioned on Danny's site, come down and hear Dan play... UP CLOSE. Afterwards, ask him how the new VOLTO record is coming along?.. OR, if you're so inclined, how the TOOL writing and arranging sessions are going? And if you're also a musician (what's the chances of that!), bring along an instrument and possibly join in during 2nd set. With Danny on drums, and all the other high-caliber players (not to mention Mercury going retrograde), it promises to be a very memorable night.

BMB

10 March, 2012 (01:59pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!

Birthday greetings today to one of my dearest friends - the talented and lovely HEATHER McMILLEN. Check out Heather's art HERE. Cheers from the entire Tool family!


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09 March, 2012 (09:38am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC!

Birthday greetings today to our friend and former K.U. Jayhawks star ERIC CHENOWITH. Cheers, big fellow! (but, I don't recommend 33 shots of anything unless it has to do with a basketball).

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08 March, 2012 (11:00am)
LESSONS WITH ALOKE DUTTA IN PHILADELPHIA

Tabla master ALOKE DUTTA (hear him perform on "SALIVAL") will be giving private lessons on tabla and/or rhythm concept in Philadelphia, PA on APRIL 3, 4, and 5. Those who are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity should contact him at aloke@alokedutta.com.

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07 March, 2012 (08:37am)
VOLTO! AT... THE MINT

VOLTO (DANNY CAREY, LANCE MORRISON, JEFF BABKO, AND JOHN ZIEGLER) will be performing their ultra-fusion at THE MINT on SATURDAY, MARCH 31. Opening for the band will be NOTHIN' PERSONAL. THE MINT is located at 6010 W. PICO BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA. 90035.

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06 March, 2012 (09:52am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAT!

Birthday greetings to KAT POPOVIC from Sash, Mila Rose and the entire Tool family. This photo pulled from my personal archives shows Kat in more carefree days, when a person could still enjoy a couple of cups of Heineken in the park at 10:30 in the morning without being bothered by hairy squatches mooching Zagnut bars... when 81 year old ladies didn't have to keep their winning $336.4 million dollar lottery ticket in their Bible... when meth labs didn't explode inside nursing homes... when Rush Limbaugh didn't mouth off about... when only Zetetics envisioned extrasolar planets... when... Oh, well, enough of my early morning rambling... Big cheers! to KAT, whose wonderful musings can be read on her blog: http://flappingbrickwings.tumblr.com

Photo by Heather McMillen, I presume.



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04 March, 2012 (10:09pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

CHAUN HORTON will be the guest drummer for the MARCH 5th jams at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, Calif. Joining Chaun and the regular players will be BILLY STEINWAY on keyboards. The 1st set usually starts around 9:30, with local musicians invited to join in during the 2nd set.

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03 March, 2012 (01:52pm)
SUPER TUESDAY

A fan sent this photo to a band member who in turn sent it to me. Although I guess that Tool as a band doesn't engage in politics (kind of like Ted Nugent), in looking at the photo, it would appear to me that a possible presidential candidate is attempting to win over all fans of Tool and, with Super Tuesday fast approaching, get the coveted ToolArmy vote.


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01 March, 2012 (05:52pm)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

MJK on 120 minutes with Matt Pinfield... HERE.

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28 February, 2012 (10:52am)
REVISED, EXPANDED 2ND EDITION OF "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS"

THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD:
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALEISTER CROWLEY BIBLIOPHILE

REVISED, EXPANDED LIMITED 2ND EDITION

Glossy large-format softcover with over 60 full color photos of rare Crowleyana from the collection of BMB and DANNY CAREY (with additional material not included in the 1st edition).

ALL COPIES SIGNED by the AUTHOR and DANNY CAREY (who wrote the book's foreword)

A VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF COPIES AVAILABLE OF THIS NEW BOOK

FOR SALE in the STORE at www.dannycarey.com. (click MEDIA).
PRICE: $39.00



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26 February, 2012 (02:40pm)
FROM THE LAST TOUR

Photo by Rynne Stump


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26 February, 2012 (02:38pm)
TOOL STAGE SHOT

3D FISH...

Photo by Rynne Stump



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26 February, 2012 (02:35pm)
UPCOMING 'TATOR' SHOWS

The MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (FEBRUARY 27) features guests STEVE STEPHENS on drums and RICO BELLED on keyboards. Bring your favorite instrument and join in on the anything goes 2nd set. JOHN and the boys usually get started around 9:30ish.

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST
STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604

CPT KIRK ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29

CPT KIRK (KIRK COVINGTON, SCOTT TIBBS, RUFUS PHILPOT and SHANE THERIOT) will be performing at the jazz club on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29. The show will also be a CD release party, and admission is $10.00. More great L.A. players.


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23 February, 2012 (05:53pm)
VOLTO! REMINDER - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

A friendly reminder to you that VOLTO! will be playing their ultra fusion for 2 SHOWS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012. Joining DANNY, LANCE, and JOHN will be BILLY STIENWAY on keyboards. Get your adanced tickets HERE.

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST
STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604


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21 February, 2012 (12:41pm)
RYNNE WITHOUT HER CAMERA

You've seen RYNNE's photos of Tool on this site, now see her perform with the CRAIG ELKINS GROUP tonight (TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21) at the LOT 1 CAFE on Sunset Blvd in L.A. (8:00 PM). The band also features MARKO FOX on bass (some might know that Marko was the voice on "Die Eier Von Satan" on Tool's Aenima record).

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19 February, 2012 (07:57pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Whether you're celebrating President's Day or Maha Shivaratri (or both), the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY includes WALLY VALDEZ on drums and JON GREATHOUSE on keys. Musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and possibly participate during the second set. If you're in the neighborhood, come on in. Hell, after midnight it's Mardi Gras!

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19 February, 2012 (03:41pm)
ANOTHER NICE STAGE SHOT

Photo by Al Jones


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19 February, 2012 (03:37pm)
UNDER THE LIGHTS

Photo by Rynne Stump

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16 February, 2012 (01:49pm)
FRIENDLY REMINDER: PUSCIFER ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE TONIGHT (FEB. 16th)

turn on your t.v.

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16 February, 2012 (01:45pm)
DANNY

Photo by Rynne Stump


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16 February, 2012 (01:42pm)
JUSTIN

Photo by Rynne Stump


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15 February, 2012 (06:55pm)
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO TRAVIS FOSTER OF... YOB

Slightly belated Happy Birthday to TRAVIS FOSTER of YOB from the entire Tool family. And, drummers, check out that nice birthday gift from Danny!

Photo by Dustin Rieseberg



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14 February, 2012 (11:00am)
PUSCIFER ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

PUSCIFER make an appearance on JIMMY KIMMEL on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th.

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14 February, 2012 (10:17am)
TOOL LIVE 2012

Photo by Al Jones


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14 February, 2012 (09:52am)
JUSTIN PROVIDING BASS

Photo by Al Jones


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14 February, 2012 (09:48am)
TOOL LIVE 2012

Photo by Al Jones


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13 February, 2012 (03:59pm)
YOB ON TONIGHT'S COS?

There's a good chance that members of YOB (who opened for TOOL during the second half of the recent tour) might drop by to chat with Rynne during tonight's (MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13) "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet radio program. Listen at www.radio23.org/ccr.m3u between 6-8 PM PST.

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13 February, 2012 (09:36am)
TOOL LIVE 2012

Photo by AL JONES


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13 February, 2012 (09:30am)
STAGE PHOTO FROM THE WINTER 2012 TOUR

Photo by AL JONES

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13 February, 2012 (09:21am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

ANDY SANESI will be the special guest drummer for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ tonight (FEBRUARY 13), with HANS ZERMUEHLENON playing keyboards. Music at the BAKED POTATO club in STUDIO CITY usually starts around 9:00ish, with musicians in attendance invited to join in during the 2nd set. If you're in the L.A. area, stop by to hear some truly great players (some have even won grammys - although we won't hold that against them).

VOLTO! UPDATE: There are samples from the forthcoming VOLTO! record on the band's FACEBOOK PAGE.


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12 February, 2012 (01:00pm)
VOLTO! AT THE BAKED POTATO ON FEBRUARY 24

VOLTO! will be performing TWO SHOWS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th. For these shows, joining DANNY CAREY, LANCE MORRISON, and JOHN ZIEGLER will be keyboardist BILLY STIENWAY. Many of you know that Volto! recently recorded their first studio CD, so here's your chance to listen to some of these original compositions LIVE. Advanced seats highly recommended, and can be purchased with little difficulty right HERE . $25.00

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD, WEST
STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604


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12 February, 2012 (12:44pm)
UPDATE FROM MARK STEGER

New "Gearbox" fragments .

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08 February, 2012 (09:52am)
HEAVY DAWG AND VARSITY ORANGE... WITH STRINGS, OF COURSE

The Tool winter 2012 tour ends tonight in Atlanta, so if you're stopping at the Varsity on the way, make sure to have your order ready so they can get you to the show in time. The last show of the tour also means that in 16 days MAYNARD will be in AUSTIN, TEXAS to begin the PUSCIFER SPRING TOUR. The dates have been posted in the news section below (play the video), but I'll post them again in a few days. In the meantime, be sure to add some strings to your order, and enjoy the show tonight at the Gwinnett Center Arena.

BMB

07 February, 2012 (01:36pm)
"WINEMAKER MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN SETS AZ ROOTS"

ARTICLE

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06 February, 2012 (05:51pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (UPDATED)

If you're in Studio City tonight anywhere near the Carl's Jr., you might want to go home and get your favorite musical instrument and then drive back to the BAKED POTATO... make that - the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club - and possibly join in during the 2nd set. JOE TRAVERS (from "Zappa Plays Zappa") on drums tonight, with BILLY STEINWAY on keys. Another great line up for a Monday night at the 'tator.'

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06 February, 2012 (03:40pm)
THE FEBRUARY OFFERING

TOOL NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY, 2012 E.V.

Wow, that Waitangi Day sure sneaks up on you! But, while many are celebrating in New Zealand, here I am stuck at my desk working on the February newsletter. Have an Aubby Gobby Nana muffin for me, though, will you mate! Anyway, closer to home, let's see what's going on in the world of Tool since we last checked on them... Hmmm... that much, eh! Actually, before sharing what I believe many of you will find to be a very interesting e-mail (seriously, as it was written by a neuroscientist and involves "10,000 Days"), I'd like to respond to some of the e-mail and comments on fansites about January's offering (see "Newsletters" - January 2012 e.v.).

Why do you suppose it is that some Tool fans are so negative? Bleak winter surroundings? Medications? Bee in the bonnet? When the small winter tour was first announced, some were bummed out about the news, thinking that a new tour was merely another distraction that would keep the band members from working on the new record. When I countered that the tour would be the perfect opportunity for all four band members to work together on new material (which they have been, with very positive results, thank you), these same people then started complaining about the set-list most likely being the same as the previous tour. Once they found out that the band was, in fact, playing several songs that they haven't performed live in many years, these same people (for some reason) decided in their minds that Tool were only doing this as a token offering before calling it quits for good. That's right, a mini tour in the secondary markets with a few older tunes and they might as well break up. JEEZ!!! Nothing could be farther from the truth. They all realize that December 21, 2012 is fast upon us (NOT to be taken as a release date or promo for dependable Chevy trucks... out of gas).

As another example of some of the negativity out there (and, again, I'm only speaking about a very small percentage of fans), when I decided to pepper the last newsletter with some common "roadie slang", (because the focus of much of it pertained to the backstage area), when I mentioned the term "feeding the fish", some took this as being of a derogatory nature - meaning that the band members no longer carried about their fans. They even tried to connect this with some recent tour posters that contained drawings of fish. Whatever the actual meaning of these drawings is (if anything?!), I can tell you that they have absolutely nothing to do with any negative feelings towards the band's fans or audience. Let me repeat this for those sitting way at the back of the class huffing dog jenkem and/or melted magenta crayons. The posters featuring the fish have nothing to do with any negative feelings towards the band's fans or audience. The term "feeding the fish" is nearly as old as rock music itself and is what roadies call it when the band tosses out souvenirs to their audience at the end of the show in appreciation for being a great crowd. As examples of other roadie slang that I used in the newsletter, there's "bog" (referring to the toilet on a tour bus, though, in the case of Tool, at least, not to jenkem!), "bar carp" ("Goldfish"-like snack crackers), "clag" (tools or small items without cases), and bunk sock (which hopefully needs no translation). For those who haven't figured it out, the DayQuil-induced January newsletter is essentially about how so many people will go to such great lengths to try and acquire a backstage pass, not realizing that even if they SOMEHOW managed to get one, a Tool after show is not the Shangri-la many think it to be. Far from it. In fact, you'd have a better chance of meeting Maynard at a Buford, Wyoming Laundromat than backstage at a Tool show. The newsletter was also about the powerful attraction of a particular casino slot machine, which via continuous subliminal messages beckoned me away from my friends at the Mandalay Bay concert. (It wasn't a pill given to me by security, after all - it was that oil tycoon, Ted, and the promise of striking it rich with nickels!)

But, getting back to the roadie lingo, let me share with you a story of what I once "fed to the fish" back in my prog-rock days. This wasn't a guitar pick, plastic bottle of water, or even a ripe orange autographed in purple ink. No, this was an actual 'fully functioning' analog synthesizer... and one that is now considered to be extremely rare and highly sought after by vintage synth aficionados. Many of you know that Danny has an amazing collection of rare synthesizers. These include Moog modular behemoths, Buchla oddities, EMS systems the size of a VW microbus, Serge, Roland, Emu, all housed in massive cabinets, as well as seemingly dozens of older-generation Oberheims and those science project ARP 2600s in all three colors. But what you might not know is that this synth museum of his lacks the early 1970s Italian made Davoli Davolisint analog monosyth. Although this little shiny black 2-oscillator wonder is now generally considered to be a good candidate for the worst monophonic synthesizer ever made - lacking as it does any filters, mixer, envelope generators, etc, it is nevertheless highly sought after by zealots of anything with a pitch lever (which, in the case of the Davolisint, comes in the form of a funky metal stick called "extend" - never mind that when you pull down on it, the pitch sweeps up!). Why, then, is the Davolisint so collectible? Surely not because of its pitiful single waveform, predetermined amount of portamento, or Farfisa organ-like vibrato. Nor that its oscillators could be detuned for a moog-like portliness (using a little imagination, that is). No, it's because so few were produced.

But guess who once owned one? Yep, I most certainly did - having purchased it brand new when they first came out. It didn't take long, however, for me to realize the Davolisint's many limitations (did I mention a single waveform and fixed portamento?) So, I soon set my sights on a Mini-moog. When the joyful day finally arrived, I drove to "Ye Olde Music Shop" in Marissa, Illinois, a store once owned by Bob Heil (inventor of the Heil "Talkbox" that Adam uses on "Jambi."). There, I traded owner "Fast" Ed Bigger my Davolisint and $1,100.00 in cash for a brand new Mini-Moog Model D (which was priced at $1,495.00 at the time, meaning he had given me a trade in value of $350.00 for the meager Davoli!). Happy I was with the Mini, and when I returned to the store about a year later to purchase a Moog Sample & Hold unit (instead of a ribbon controller - damn it!), the owner (Ed Bigger) walked over and picked up the Davolisint and handed it to me in its small travel case. "Blair, take this piece of shit with you, okay. I don't want the fucking thing in the shop anymore!" So, once again, for better or for worse, the Davolisint was mine...

But what about "feeding the fish", you ask? (Well. hopefully at least one of you asks...) A few months later the band that I was playing keyboards in was performing at Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks.

Although the army installation that served as basic training for infantry troops was nicknamed "Fort Lost in the Woods of Misery", our booking agent was correct when he told us that playing there was like dying and going to heaven. This was mainly due to its large stage, lots of free beer, and the fact these men were starving for entertainment (but mostly because of the free beer). Long story made shorter: during some prog-rhapsody (our last song of the night), after a quick solo on the decidedly inept Davolisint, I unplugged the synth with its black tin casing and crude metal pitch lever and tossed the miserable thing into the raucous crowd, never to be seen or heard again (by me). This (or one just like it), as things would have it, is the ultra-rare vintage analog monosynth that Danny and other collectors today so arduously seek...

E-MAIL SUBJECT: "10,000 DAYS PUZZLE..."

"Dear Blair, you might recall that we met a couple of times at Volto! Baked Potato shows 1.5 years ago. I am a neuroscientist that chatted with you about vision science, tryptamine elves, and more. After one of the shows, Danny recommended, based on my interests, that I read "An Homage to Pythagoras". Since then I have been doing some work with contemplative geometry using Robert Lawlor's book "Sacred Geometry" as a workbook. After some time, the pieces began to fall together, my contemplative eye has widened, and the story continues.

For the purposes of this email: I believe that I have solved the 10,000 Days puzzle, to whatever extent the word 'solve' can mean here, since the puzzle this album alludes to has been the eternal quest of mankind.

10,000 Days as an album maps on the Kabbalah Tree of Life (TOL). There are several layers:

A) The album has 11 tracks, each of which corresponds to a specific Sefira on the TOL. Although the TOL is read from the top down, I list it here in the order of the album tracks, with the corresponding English translation and meaning. (A) presents the basic structure that holds true across further interpretation, while (B) and (C) iare more of my own perspective on the songs and album and how it all ties in with mystical traditions.
1. Vicarious - Malkut, "kingdom" - (1st chakra); tribal energy; 12 tribes of israel; 12 zodiac signs; 12 apostles; connection to nature, environment, rhythm of physical life; baptism
2. Jambi - Yesod, "foundation" - (2nd chakra); communion with others; vitality; creative force of life;
3. Wings for Marie, Pt. 1 - Hod, "majesty" - (3rd chakra); integrity; majesty of God; confirmation; honor code with oneself
4. 10,000 Days (Wings, Pt. 2) - Netzah, "victory", "eternity", "endurance" (3rd chakra); endurance; commitment
5. The Pot - Tif'eret, "adornment", "balance" - (4th chakra); heart; compassion, love; harmony
6. Lipan Conjuring - Da'at, "knowledge"
7. Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman) - Gevurah, "judgement", "concealment" - (5th chakra); power of judgement; the right use of one's will
8. Rosetta Stoned - Hesed, "kindness" - (5th chakra); will power, voicing a confession
9. Intension - Binah, "understanding" - (6th chakra); the divine understanding and intelligence of God; intention is developed here in the mind
10. Right in Two - Hokhmah, "wisdom" - (6th chakra, third eye); the energy of wisdom; contact point between mind of the divine and the personal mind; takes wisdom to contact God
11. Viginti Tres - Keter, "crown" - (7th chakra); Divine consciousness

B) The overarching theme that first came to me in the album was that the album begins in a state of division (Vicarious - "carnivore and voyeur"; Malkut; first chakra; survival) and ascends up the spiritual ladder to a state of Unity in Cosmic consciousness (Viginti Tres; Keter; the crown chakra). Then there are 3 pairs of tracks: Wings 1+2, Lost Keys + Rosetta, Intension + Right in Two, which match up perfectly.

When the pairs are taken as one on the same level, the sefirot correspond to the seven chakras and seven sacraments in the Vedic and Christian traditions, respectively (reference: "Energy Anatomy" by Caroline Myss). The meaning of each sefira also matches up with the rough energy of each song, as noted above. In more detail, Vicarious is the energy and rhythm of the tribe and connection to nature; here the lyrics present the schizoid nature of man in a world that feeds on tragedy. Jambi is the foundation and center of vitality gained by communion with others, here referring to both the sun (Son in Christianity) and perhaps Maynard's own son on the personal side of the coin. Both Wings pieces are majestic odes to the endurance and divine "victory" of Judith Marie as well as Maynard's personal sense of integrity bestowed to him by Marie as well as his own endurance through her ordeal of 10,000 days. The Pot was for a long time for me a stand-alone track in the album, a kind of adornment; it seemed to bring harmony to the rest of the album in some uncanny way. Funny enough, the translation of Tif'eret is "adornment" and implies balance, which in retrospect match my feelings exactly. This track establishes harmony, albeit in a kind of helium-belting rant in an androgynous voice that seems, perhaps, to blend the polarized feminine and masculine sides of the TOL. It's reference to getting high integrates Lost Keys and Rosetta Stoned, as well as provides the cauldron that acts as an alchemical conversion point between the higher and lower sefirot. Lost Keys translates to "concealment", and along with Rosetta Stoned represent the throat chakra, which parallels with the song's protagonist voicing a confession. The "kindness" translation attributed to Hesed (corresponding to Rosetta Stoned) is actually referring to the right use of one's will; how one will use the power of judgement, hopefully for expanding compassion and kindness, according to the mystical traditions. Intension conveys a sense of understanding (Binah) of how the manifest world works, as conveyed by the lyrics that run forward and backwards; intention is developed in the mind in conjunction with understanding and the intelligence. Right in Two is a track that conveys wisdom (Hokhmah), and together with Intension represent the 6th chakra, or third eye. Through wisdom and understanding, God or Divine Consciousness can be contacted from the manifest realm. The Divine Consciousness is represented by Viginti Tres (Keter), which translates to "crown" and correlates to the 7th chakra, from which the TOL begins its downward descent.

(C) Track 6, Lipan Conjuring, is at the center of the album, and its track number ties into its position on the TOL, surrounded by a hexagon. Tef'eret (The Pot) is also at the center of a hexagon and functions as an exchange/balance point. Incidentally, The Pot's alchemical implication corresponds with the sacred geometrical significance of the hexagon as the defining crystal structure of organic compounds (the benzene ring). In Da'at, all the other sefirot in the TOL are united as one. Accordingly, this track is in a sense the central ceremonial fire from which the other tracks on the album reveal themselves; it is the conjuring up of duality so that the Divine Light (emanating from pulses in Viginti Tres, Keter at the crown) can descend and be seen through the crystallizations of the individual tracks. Indeed, a wave-like pulsation is found throughout the album, which to my mind is the cosmic pulsation from Keter. Da'at is not commonly conveyed in depictions of the sefirot and it is not a proper sefira; it is all of them as one. Da'at serves as the connecting point between the sefirot closer to the Source (later tracks) and the sefirot further down in manifestation that deal with emotions (earlier tracks). Furthermore, Da'at is situated in the so-called "Abyss" of the TOL, a kind of no-man's-land between the archetypal and manifest (Real and Unreal, respectively, in Aleister Crowley's words) that acts as a mirror or reflection point for higher and lower halves of the TOL. Hence, the placement of Lipan Conjuring at the center of the album is appropriate: it is from here that a recognition of the higher level patterning of the album begins to be apprehended.

The track ordering of the album is one sense indicative of the songs' spots on the TOL, but in another sense, the ordering is nonlinear and hyperdimensional; it must be contemplated from a standpoint of sacred geometry, mysticism, and repeated listening so that musical patterns and motifs can elucidate the mystery of the Tree of Life.

If my interpretations are not the purported "solution" the 10,000 Days puzzle, I hope that they offered you an entertaining and thoughtful read. If nothing else, 10,000 Days-apart from being an incredible album that has brought me much bliss and divine communion in listening-has been a wonderful link between my own musicianship, yoga, and studies of consciousness. I would love to hear your feedback regardless of whether or I've lost the keys to unlocking this puzzle." Best regards, Gabriel

MY REPLY:

Great job, and it only took a neuroscientist to figure this out. Thanks, my friend!

E-MAIL SUBJECT: "WINE INQUIRY"

"Hey Blair, I have a bottle of 2006 Chupacabra Red and a bottle of 2008 Nagual de la NAGA that I would love to have signed by Maynard while he is in town for the Atlanta show on Feb. 8th. How in the world can I make that happen?"

MY REPLY:

It's a long shot... a real long shot, but you might try finding a security guard (hours prior to the show starting) that works with TOOL (not the venue!) and ask him/her if they would please take the bottles to Maynard to have him sign them and then return them at a pre-arranged time. Again, it's a long shot, and you'd probably be better off just enjoying the show without having to worry about getting the wine bottles signed... but you never know unless you try. The one thing is not to be upset if it doesn't happen. The band members are quite busy, even before the show starts,,, (working on new material!).

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

06 February, 2012 (09:38am)
AS I HAVE BEEN SAYING...

As I have been saying, during any downtime on the winter tour, all four band members will be busy working on writing and arranging material for the next record. However, when one is in Florida, I suppose one finds in necessary to relax a bit from the rigors of the road.

I'm guessing that Rynne took this photo.



BMB

04 February, 2012 (05:28pm)
CHET ZAR AT PARADISE ARTIST RETREAT

This Feb 20-23, our friend CHET ZAR will be participating in the Paradise Artist Retreat - a 4 day event at the Tamiya Resort in New Mexico. CHET will be "teaching 3 seminars- Painting, Sculpting and Photoshop- along with many other great artists such as Shawn Barber, Nick Baxter, Cory Norris, Damon Conklin, Chris Dingwell, Paul Abbott, Tom Strom, Chris Lowe, Teresa Sharpe, Adrian Dominic, Dan and Tim Plumley, and Ian McKown, who will also be teaching seminars and workshops on a variety of art techniques."

INFO


BMB

02 February, 2012 (09:19am)
PUSCIFER "TELLING GHOSTS" VIDEO


BMB

01 February, 2012 (06:03pm)
YOB

TOOL opening act (and friends) YOB from Eugene, Oregon.

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

01 February, 2012 (06:00pm)
"GEARBOX"

Here's a quick note from MARK STEGER (OSSEUS LABYRINT): "I'm excited to announce the launch of Gearbox - an online mash-up of comic book, live action video, music and illustration. Gearbox is a dark, interactive choose-your-own-adventure that follows a novice warrior into parallel realities."

www.gearboxcomic.com


BMB

01 February, 2012 (03:59pm)
DANNY

Rynne captured DANNY performing "Hooker With A Penis" in Tucson, Arizona.


BMB

30 January, 2012 (09:20am)
JUSTIN SADDLED UP IN KENTUCKY

Justin going horseback riding at (real)Tool bus driver DOM's house in Kentucky. Prior to saddling up, according to Shelee, they were treated to a pot of buffalo stew, jammed with Dom's son in the barn, and dodged a tornado that touched down. Did I forget about looking for choice Blu-Ray discs in the Mennonite shops? Just another day off from the rigors of the tour...

I'll be adding more photos to the ToolArmy galleries.

Photo by SHELEE CHANCELLOR


BMB

30 January, 2012 (09:08am)
ADAM'S BELATED BIRTHDAY DINNER

Having already ate his 'monster' cake, ADAM's belated birthday dinner was at Nobu in Dallas, Texas. (Notice Danny's transformation the closer he gets to Kansas.)

Photo by SHELEE CHANCELLOR


BMB

30 January, 2012 (09:03am)
TOOL MANAGER PETE

In this photo taken by Rynne, is Tool manager Pete... A) Pondering the future release date for the band's live DVD?.. B) Waiting for Arsenal to play?.. C) Trying to contact UFO occupants near the White Mountains?..


BMB

28 January, 2012 (09:22am)
"BUBBATRON" AT THE BAKED POTATO TONIGHT

JZ's latest project, "BUBBATRON" will be performing at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. tonight (SATURDAY, JANUARY 28th). The ALL-STAR LINE UP features HADRIEN FERAUD on bass, HANS ZERMUEHLEN on vintage keys, JAMIE KIME on guitar, and JOEL TAYLOR on drums. If you're in the area, check out these great players in action.

BMB

25 January, 2012 (09:25am)
PUSCIFER SPRING TOUR DATES

Video by Tim Cadiente and Barton Perreira


BMB

24 January, 2012 (12:37pm)
ALOKE DUTTA PERFORMING IN NEW YORK

In case you missed it in the news on Danny's site, tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will be featured along with ALEX GREY, ALLYSON GREY and SCHISM* in a special event on 1 April, 2012 at CoSM (CoSM.org). PRE SALE tickets are only $20 (day of $40). Supply is limited. Please contact: keith.schism@gmail.com if interested.

Disclaimer: Tool is not affiliated in any way with the tribute band, "SCHISM."



BMB

22 January, 2012 (11:20am)
TORONTO POSTER FEATURING ADAM JONES ARTWORK

Here's a look at the tour poster for TOOL's Toronto, Canada show on JANUARY 25, 2012. The poster features ORIGINAL ARTWORK by ADAM JONES and will be AVAILABLE at the MERCH BOOTH on the date of the show.


BMB

22 January, 2012 (11:17am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/NAMM BBQ PARTY

Grill Master Mike will once again be doing his thing for the annual MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/NAMM BBQ PARTY at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on MONDAY, JANUARY 23. Players include Todd Wolf on drums and Ed Roth on keyboards. Come on down and start the Chinese New Year right. Local musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and possibly join in during the second set. JZ and the boys usually get started around 9:00. If you've a favorite side dish, bring it to share with others.

BMB

19 January, 2012 (09:05am)
TOUR POSTER FOR DALLAS JANUARY 21 SHOW (FEATURING ARTWORK BY ADAM JONES)

A look at the tour poster for the SECOND (JANUARY 21) DALLAS SHOW. This MATCHES the poster for the FIRST DALLAS SHOW (shown below) which, when placed together, creates a larger image. BOTH tour posters contain artwork by ADAM JONES.

BMB

19 January, 2012 (08:54am)
DALLAS JANUARY 20 TOUR POSTER FEATURING ADAM JONES ARTWORK

Here's a look at the tour poster for the FIRST Dallas show (featuring original artwork by ADAM JONES). The tour poster for the SECOND night (shown above) as been designed to MATCH the first one - so that one larger image is created when both are placed together. Therefore, if you are able to, you might want to get both of them.


BMB

19 January, 2012 (08:35am)
THIS WAY TO GREEN CHILI CHEESEBURGERS AT TOOL CATERING...

Because they couldn't stop at the Owl Bar in San Antonio, NM, catering for yesterday's Tool show at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque included Hatch green chili cheeseburgers. And in case people couldn't follow the aroma, no worries... the good folks at production made catering easy for EVERYONE to find. I also have been told that if there were any left over chilis (Hatch, of course), the chef had planed to put them to use with something (Chupacabra?) that one of the buses ran over somewhere in the Land of Enchantment (seriously). But whatever this roadkill crock-pot dish was... I sure hope they didn't forget the pinto beans!

Photo by Adam Jones



BMB

19 January, 2012 (08:28am)
RYNNEMITE PHOTOGRAPH

Rynne's got her good camera, so check back for more tour photos.

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

18 January, 2012 (09:17am)
CHET ZAR GROUP SCULPTURE SHOW

Our good friend CHET ZAR is curating a group sculpture show, "Conjoined II- The Sequel - in 3D", which is the follow up to last year's 'Conjoined' show. It opens this SATURDAY (JANUARY 21 8:00-11:30 PM) at COPRO GALLERY and runs until FEBRUARY 11th.

A NOTE FROM CHET: "This is the sequel to last year's highly acclaimed and attended (the most attended opening night in Copro gallery's history) sculpture group show, "Conjoined- in 3D". I have curated this show and asked my favorite sculptors and dimensional artists to participate. You can see the online preview here and all the info is below. Hope you can make it out!"

PREVIEW

(with still more to come!)



BMB

16 January, 2012 (10:37pm)


Another look at Adam's birthday cake masterpiece... with Adam.


BMB

16 January, 2012 (02:51pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SASH!

More birthday cheers - this time for SASH POPOVIC, with love from Kat, Mila, and the entire Tool family. Check out Sash's cake HERE. Have a great one, Sash!

BMB

15 January, 2012 (06:39pm)
ADAM'S BIRTHDAY CAKE

I thought you might enjoy checking out Adam's birthday cake.

(Cake built by ARIA RESORT)



BMB

15 January, 2012 (06:33pm)
1-15



BMB

15 January, 2012 (07:52am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM!

Birthday greetings to ADAM from all of us. Too bad he has to work on his b.d., but life's like that. Anyway my friend, I'm still searching for that stuffed puffin. [Raises a glass filled with an opalescent green liquid] Here's hoping it's a great one! (Damn... it's getting harder to swallow absinthe in the morning.) CHEERS!

BMB

14 January, 2012 (05:28pm)
TOOL TOUR POSTERS

Bringing Tool tour posters to Mandalay Bay in a rented black Impala. So, if you're heading east on the I-15 tomorrow morning and you see a car of that description, you might want to move into the slow lane. And you thought that all I did was write...

BMB

13 January, 2012 (09:38am)
IDLING SHINY TOUR COACHES

TOOL's decoy tour buses will be leaving for Reno this morning, with the real ones departing a bit later. Real members of the band have each been supplied with a soft-cover copy of DARKLORE, VOL 6, both to help pass the time away and keep them current on all things Fortean. Let's hope the drivers go easy on the brakes (so to avoid any further Wendy's mishaps) and that ALL of the digi-players are accounted for upon arrival. Let's also hope that Texas Ted is giving some hefty dividends for lots of drilled black gloop. Will there be new tour posters? Will they play any covers? Is the brown acid really that bad? I don't know, but it should be a good tour in places that the band hasn't performed in quite a while. Keep checking the site for updates, photos, etc., and enjoy the shows!

BMB

11 January, 2012 (11:40am)
NEW SEXTAPES MERCH

Some of you might remember the underground L.A. band "KARMAGEDDON", which Danny played in with KELLY WHEELER (former guitarist for "PSI-COM", with PERRY FERELL). Well, Kelly's latest brainchild, "SEXTAPES", featuring Zaumites CHRIS PITMAN (who laid down the synth textures on Tool's "Aenima"), and MARKO FOX (the Gotterdammerung-cresendoing voice of "Die Eier Von Satan", also on "Aenima") now have some new merch available in their STORE .

And while you're there, check out the SexTapes' album, as well as the band members' shared musical history in their bios (one of which, I believe, I wrote).


BMB

09 January, 2012 (05:13pm)
"CHILDREN OF SATURN" TONIGHT

Looks like "RAJAS" guitarist/vocalist BEN SHERAZI will be a guest TONIGHT (JANUARY 9th) on Rynne's "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet radio extravaganza sometime between 6:00 - 8:00 PM (PST). You can listen to Rynne and Benny at HERE. And if you want to talk to Ben in person, come down to the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in Studio City, CA. As I mentioned earlier, DANNY will be the guest drummer tonight.

BMB

08 January, 2012 (08:31pm)
DOUBLE DUTY DANNY

Although he will be rehearsing for Tool's upcoming winter tour on a sound stage during the day, on MONDAY NIGHT (JANUARY 9th), DANNY will be the special guest drummer for the jams at the BAKED POTATO in nearby Studio City. As always, local musicians are invited to bring an instrument and join in during the 2nd set. The world famous jazz club is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, CA. 91604, and the 1st set (featuring DANNY) usually gets started around 9:30 PM. We hope to see you there.

BMB

05 January, 2012 (10:53am)
HARD TO SIGN STICKS

Before heading to the Moonlight Rollerway to celebrate Rynne's birthday, the two had some sushi at a favorite L.A. location. From the photo, you might notice that Danny is also lightning-fast with chopsticks! I told you these guys were serious - getting in rehearsals where and whenever they can... although I have to question going roller skating (or surfing with buddy Shaun White - see www.dannycarey.com news) prior to starting a winter tour (at least it wasn't ice-badminton, eh). From the look of things, I'd venture to guess that Danny was working on either "Triad", "Ticks and Leeches" or, possibly, "Jerk-Off." Of course it might have been part of a tune for the next album.


BMB

04 January, 2012 (01:13pm)
TICKET ON-SALE DATES THIS WEEKEND

A reminder that the ticket on-sale date for the remaining Tool shows (Florida, Charlotte) is Saturday, January 7th.

BMB

04 January, 2012 (11:03am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYNNE!

Birthday wishes of fragrant floral, big morels, and other good things to Rynne Stump from the entire Tool family.

BMB

29 December, 2011 (04:54pm)
911 I-BEAM AT MARINE CORPS MUSEUM

Number on the back of the i-beam from the World Trade Center that was donated by the New York Fire Department after 911 that is currently on display at the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico Va. No comment - just thought it was interesting.

Photo by BMB



BMB

28 December, 2011 (01:49pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLAIR!

Charge your glasses and be upstanding, everyone's favorite baby boomer is turning - wha?? Wow, dunno if I'd be broadcasting that on the interwebs if I were you, BMB... Let's just say, if you want to know where to get the best damn early bird special in town (sin queso! sin crema!), he's your man.
Happy Birthday Blair!
Hope you are staying warm over there... And make sure you save some of that xanax to give the dogs on the long flight back.
Lots of Love, from the whole TOOL family.



26 December, 2011 (09:30am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ AND VOLTO UPDATES

Tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY features birthday boy GLEN SOBEL on drums. With Jon Greathouse on keyboards, it should be a great night of music. As always, bring your favorite instrument and join in during the second set. John Z's other project, BUBBATRON, will be performing on SATURDAY, JANUARY 28th at the 'tator', with lightning fast Chris Coleman on drums (and perhaps VOLTO's Jeff Babko on keys). And speaking of Volto!, the band will start mixing their new album at Joe Barresi's studio in Pasadena when Danny gets back from his (short) holiday vacation.

BMB

22 December, 2011 (05:26pm)
HAMPTON AND CHARLOTTE SHOWS

I don't have the exact date yet, but it looks like tickets for the FEBRUARY 3rd HAMPTON, VA show, and the FEBRUARY 4th CHARLOTTE, NC show both go on sale the first weekend in January. When I get more specifics, I will post.

UPDATE

On-sale: Saturday, January 7th.


BMB

19 December, 2011 (05:13pm)
REMINDER: DANNY ON "CHILDREN OF SATURN" TONIGHT

A little reminder that DANNY will be the guest on the "Children of Saturn" internet radio program TONIGHT (DECEMBER 19) between 6:00 - 8:00 PM PST.

LISTEN


BMB

17 December, 2011 (10:17am)
DARKLORE VOLUME 6 NOW AVAILABLE

I'm pleased to announce that VOLUME #6 of the anthology series DARKLORE is now available. Like the previous five issues, volume 6 is filled with articles on the mysterious, the unexplained, and the downright STRANGE, researched and written by some of the most respected investigators in the field. Congratulations again to editor Greg Taylor (of www.dailygrail.com) for doing an excellent job in putting the book together.

My own contribution to Volume 6 attempts to unmask the elusive 20th century alchemist FULCANELLI, and includes information that has recently come to light concerning his true identity, as well as offering generous hints as to the occult reality encoded in Europe's Gothic cathedrals.

DARKLORE

SOFT COVER:

AMAZON US

AMAZON UK

LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER:

AMAZON US

AMAZON UK

IN VOLUME 6:

* Cat Vincent examines the birth of a modern monster meme: The Slenderman.

* Mark Foster unlocks the mystery of the 'Trial Passages' beside the Giza pyramids.

* Robert Schoch evaluates the chances of our Sun wiping out modern civilisation.

* Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince lift the veil on the esoteric foundations of The Royal Society.

* Neil Arnold goes in search of sewer monsters.

* Mitch Horowitz points out America's mystical history.

* Nigel Watson shares a case of 'alien contact' that he investigated.

* John Reppion sheds some light on Liverpool's forgotten megalithic history.

* Martin Shough looks into the strange case of 'double suns'.

* Blair MacKenzie Blake discusses the mystery man of 20th century alchemy, Fulcanelli.

* Greg Taylor points out the astronomical archetype behind depictions of gods and kings in ancient cultures.

* Jack Hunter heads to the dark side of anthropology and finds the weirdness that doesn't often get talked about in academic circles.

As with the other 5 issues, Volume 6 makes for an excellent (and affordable) holiday gift, albeit a slightly 'dark' one...



BMB

16 December, 2011 (02:26pm)
TOOL WINTER TOUR DATES

Now that they are official, here are some TOOL WINTER TOUR DATES:

Jan 14 - Reno, NV @ Reno Event Center - ON SALE NOW (DEC 16)
Jan 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Center
Jan 17 - Tucson, AZ @ Convention Center Arena - ON SALE NOW
Jan 18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum - ON SALE NOW
Jan 20 - Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre - ON SALE NOW
Jan 21 - DALLAS, TX - ON SALE NOW
Jan 24 - Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center - ON SALE NOW
Jan 25 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre - ON SALE NOW
Jan 26 - London, ON @ John LaBatt Centre - ON SALE NOW
Jan 28 - Boston, MA @ TD Bank North Center - ON SALE NOW
Jan 29 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Jan 31 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
Feb 1 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
Feb 3 - TBA
Feb 4 - Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum
Feb 6 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center
Feb 7 - Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
Feb 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Gwinnett Center Arena - ON SALE NOW


BMB

15 December, 2011 (02:51pm)
PUSCIFER SPRING TOUR ON-SALE DATES, LINKS & SPECIFICS

ON-SALE times and links for the SPRING PUSCIFER Dates HERE.

PUSCIFER tickets ON SALE tomorrow, DECEMBER 16th


BMB

13 December, 2011 (03:18pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KORIN

Birthday cheers and love to artist Korin Faught (with 'mustache'), who today turns__!

Photo by Matt Groller



BMB

12 December, 2011 (05:11pm)
DANNY CAREY SIGNED "WICKEDEST BOOKS" ON EBAY

For those of you who are interested, there is a NEW, MINT CONDITION copy of my "The Wickedest Books in the World: Confessions of an Aleister Crowley Bibliophile" on eBay. Limited to only 1000 NUMBERED COPIES (of which this one is # 335), the book has been out of print for a while, and, hence, is somewhat difficult to find for sale. The copy on eBay has been SIGNED by both the author and Danny, who wrote the foreword, and who is featured throughout as an avid collector of Crowleyana. Over 3 days left in the auction, with a $49.00 starting price and NO reserve. Here's the LINK

BMB

12 December, 2011 (02:27pm)
DANNY ON COS DECEMBER 19TH

DANNY will be Rynne's very special guest on her "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet radio program on MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th (6:00 - 8:00 PM PST). Danny should have lots to talk about when not playing some of his favorite music. LISTEN at www.radio23.org/ccr .


BMB

11 December, 2011 (12:14pm)
FREE ALOKE DUTTA CONCERT IN CHICAGO, IL.

Aloke Dutta will perform his tabla music on APRIL 11, 2012 (8:30 PM) at the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall (4544 N. Lincoln Ave), an event organized by Old Town School of Folk Music. Admission is free but an early reservation is highly advised (happening now), as the seating is limited. The box office phone number is 773-728-6000.

MORE INFO HERE . And as a friendly reminder, Aloke is now accepting new students (teaching in person in Los Angeles, and via Skype worldwide).


BMB

07 December, 2011 (11:03pm)
DANNY CAREY SIGNED DRUM HEADS AND DRUMSTICKS

We've added a couple of specialty items to the STORE on DANNY'S WEBSITE , the first of which is a very LIMITED NUMBER of previously played on drum heads that Danny has both SIGNED and HAND DRAWN an esoteric symbol. The cost for the drum head is $100.00 OR, if you want it personalized by Danny, $150.00. (LIMIT OF ONE PER CUSTOMER). Available also is a signature Danny Carey Vic Firth drumstick that was used during a show, and that now has been SIGNED in purple ink. These are $30.00 each OR $50.00 for a pair (BOTH SIGNED). Once in the STORE, select "Specialty" items.

For those who can't find the store, here's a direct LINK to order a drumstick or two.

SOLD OUT



BMB

07 December, 2011 (10:23am)
PUSCIFER SPRING TOUR DATES

MORE


BMB

04 December, 2011 (11:48am)
CHILDREN OF SATURN RADIO PROGRAM

Sturgeon guitarist/vocalist KENT BRISLEY will be Rynne's special guest this MONDAY (DECEMBER 5th - 6:00 - 8:00 PM PST) on her COS internet radio show. As a former band mate of Danny's during their Kansas City club playing days, Kent will reminisce about those good times, and perhaps talk about a new project in the works with his old drummer. He will also be playing music from the bands and guitarists that have inspired him over the years. Rynne might even talk him into playing some live guitar. Listen at www.radio23.org/ccr

BMB

02 December, 2011 (01:21pm)
NEWSLETTER ADDENDUM - ONE PARAGRAPH

For those of you who didn't read the second paragraph in the current newsletter, please note that I've ADDED the words, "for these VOLTO! sessions..." to the first paragraph. Hopefully this will put a stop to all the phone calls, email, and tweets from those Sentinelese Tool fans (or were they Jarawa?) who claim to have read something on other websites about "Tool starting the recording of their new album." According to the tweet, one website (whose writer apparently skipped the second paragraph?) supposedly actually stated that "we've been assured that the information is indeed accurate." WHAT? WHAT? As I replied to the Jarawa fellow (or was he a Jangil? - I can't keep up with all these people), I find it VERY HARD TO BELIEVE that anyone would write that when it should have been quite obvious that the band doing the recording at the loft was Volto!, and NOT Tool (Read the 2nd paragraph, Sentinelese Tool fans ). If I say that song after song were being knocked out - and that the songs were nearly finished, save for a few overdubs... and then in the next sentence comment about how Tool are still writing and arranging their new songs, why would anyone think that it was Tool that was recording (let alone, cranking out all the tunes) that night? So I'm not accused of being a marketing master, once again - it was VOLTO! doing the recording. By now, even dead elephants should know that. Even the girls missing in Auruba should know that. Even that dude from Oroville knows that!

BMB

01 December, 2011 (03:14pm)
YOU BETTER WATCH OUT...

PUSCIFER IS COMING TO TOWN - DECEMBER 6, 2011 - ORPHEUM THEATRE

BMB

01 December, 2011 (09:13am)
BUBBATRON TONIGHT & VOLTO! REMINDER

A reminder that JOHN ZIEGLER's new project, BUBBATRON, will be performing tonight (THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. The band features the amazing CHRIS COLEMAN on drums.

On SATURDAY (DECEMBER 3rd), VOLTO! returns to the 'tator' for TWO SHOWS. Come down and listen to the songs recently recorded at the loft - featuring the very talented Jeff Babko on keyboards (More info about this in the November newsletter.) Here's a direct LINK to a VOLTO! reserve ticket page on the Baked Potato website.

OTHER LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/events/220385028032064/ also, VOLTO! is playing on saturday dec 3rd at the potato.... https://www.facebook.com/events/265647083485434/


BMB

01 December, 2011 (08:53am)
CHET ZAR GICLEES FOR SALE

Our friend CHET ZAR just came out with some new canvas giclees and now has them on sale for the holidays at his web store. Additionally, Chet has some new sculptures that can be purchased as gifts. Here's a LINK


BMB

30 November, 2011 (09:59pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER, 2011 E.V.

At a time when the headlines are dominated by frenzied Amish beard clippers, whooping cough and Occupy Wall Street (Forget that - how about Occupy the Playboy Mansion, all you 69 per centers!), rather than discuss the thawing permafrost, Sandusky, or baffling Gamma ray bursts, how about some exciting TOOL-RELATED NEWS... That's right - while most of you were still digesting your Thanksgiving bird, highly acclaimed recording engineer and producer (not to mention vintage candy aficionado!) 'Evil' Joe Barresi was seated at the mixing console in the band's home studio - the only evidence of the holiday being a bowl of pumpkin-pie cheesecake Kit Kats that was placed there by one of the girls from Tool's business management. Believe it! Hours after your cranberry sauce was still jiggling, members of the band had gathered at the loft to begin tracking. For these VOLTO! sessions, the place looked like a gear-junkie's wet-dream, and with the 'evil' one deftly punching in bars on the remote control, as the night wore on, song after song -in all their musical complexity - were being captured on tape (Yes, tape! For this record, a Studer A827 "Gold Edition" analog tape recorder had been trucked in.) By the time of my much-anticipated arrival on Tuesday, almost all of the tracks were finished, as were the holiday confections. With the loft now littered with empty Tommy's burger wrappers and spent cans of Red Bull, as guitar riffs processed through an antique Echoplex wailed over the KRKs, stories were being told about Danny recently making a daring escape in his orange Lambo from Mastros steakhouse in Beverly Hills (where a side of lobster mashed potatoes goes for $30.00) - the entire thing caught by TMZ's cameras... although the crowd cheers are probably still lying on the proverbial cutting room floor. And now, with you being down to your last leftover turkey sandwich, with but a few overdubs to add, you can bet that the boys will be back at it tonight...

But what about TOOL's new album, you ask? Are they still making progress with the writing and arranging sessions? Will they be working during the holidays as a Gamma ray-mutated pterosaur tramples on foreclosed gingerbread houses? Absolutely! (for the quintillionth time), only with a festive pear-cinnamon cider replacing the Volto! Red Bulls. Actually, I've even seen part of a video from the band's next record - albeit this occurred during a strange time-slip that I recently experienced while pushing a shopping cart down one of the aisles at my local Ralphs (a place where cracks in paratime somehow seem to happen regularly). While looking for *********, I saw some guy wearing a programmable display (UV) TOOL 'video' tee-shirt. Glancing at it, I could hear the haunting sonic structure of one of the new songs accompanied by the bizarre, vibrant, Adam Jones imagery (yes, on the soft, flexible 'screen' material - which, of course, was made from the best quality cloth-plants). Wait a quark-flipping minute! Had I pushed the screeching cart many years into the future? Entranced by the dude's shirt, I watched as purplish amoeba-like things with a tangle of feelers morphed into intensely-colorful creatures. These were frightening, writhing chimeras and other mind-boggling bio-oddities of a demented (er... creative) mind. Were these some kind of "Saucer Wisdom" inspired piezoplastic receivers transmitted from Adam's thought-forms, or had he simply recorded one of his favorite nightmares?

(Had one of the band members themselves appeared in the video, I would have checked to see if any hair was blowing in the wind - just one of several tell-tale signs of a recorded dream.) Either way, how amazing were the images! (Cooler than watching a night janitor at McDonalds on fully charged quantum dot batteries in the flicker of strobe lights).

As I continued to observe the bedizening mental cartoons - snippets of some intricately detailed hyper-animation - I noticed that the guy wearing the Tool shirt was NOW accompanied by band-member semblances (decoy band-member semblances, I wondered?) Recognizing me, the Danny 'semblance' raised a half-full polyglass of some glittering black eagletail. As I was about to acknowledge this wonderful example of encrypted electromagnetic vibrations, I quickly found myself back at the Ralphs of November, 2011 e.v. And guess what happened next? You guessed it. I've heard of MIB types attempting to eat their green Jell-o with a straw, or even sticking a fork into a glass of Dr. Pepper. Hell, I've even seen one of the black hat boojums pay for a Whopper at Burger King with a handful of gleaming silver dollars - not to mention the dude who ordered a "Coke and Olives" at my neighborhood pub. But what this MIB-type did was really a dead giveaway. How so? Well, while at the checkout counter, along with his groceries, 'he' PURCHASED (there on the spot) Ralphs gift cards for $20.00 each (PLUS activation fees), which he wanted to use to pay for everything. Noticing the puzzled look on the cashier's face, I quickly left my stuff on the counter and hurried out of the place... wanting desperately to get back to my enchanted green ball... I mean, to my apartment...

Finally, to address all those Tool tour rumors. A few days ago, I met with the band's management in order to discuss this very thing. Although I wasn't sure if there was any validity to the rumors, I nevertheless told their manager that a small winter tour might not be such a bad thing. However, given my age, I didn't think that I'd be able to attend too many shows as a guest (at least, I wouldn't be able to attend them with the same vigor that I used to). I certainly didn't want to travel on the tour bus, as the bunks hurt my back. Also, my excessive snoring might keep some of the early riser band members awake at night (particularly Danny and Justin). And then there's the issue of the bad weather - both here and in Europe. Some dates in Australia would be okay, but with the recent discovery of an albino trapdoor spider in the land DownUnder, I'd have to rule that out, too. Perhaps some shows in the southern states might be best. Maybe even Texas? How about just a show or two right here in Los Angeles? That would certainly make things easier for me. I might even be able to party like I used to in the good old touring days. Better yet, still, what about an electromagnetic radiation transmitted (as theorized by Rudy Rucker, among others) - reconstituted/manifested Tool concert (including personality wave guests with all-access laminates) anywhere on the entire planet? Now, that would be great!.. Especially with those programmable display tee-shirts available at the Merch booth...

Check out another photo at www.dannycarey.com

HAPPY TRAILS

Photo by BMB


BMB

26 November, 2011 (10:04pm)
CPT KIRK AT THE 'TATOR' - FEATURING KIRK COVINGTON ON DRUMS

CPT KIRK will be performing at the THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH. Complex fusion jazz, with lots of synthesizer coloring. And, of course, KIRK COVINGTON doing his thing on the drums! Definitely worth checking out.

SCOTT TIBBS- keyboards
MIKE HIGGINS- guitar
JIMMY EARL- bass
KIRK COVINGTON- remo prod/ mustafa stik


BMB

24 November, 2011 (10:33pm)
THANKSGIVING 2011 AT DANNY'S

Lots of preparation by Rynne and Sara!

Photo by Eric Trammel



BMB

24 November, 2011 (10:30pm)
DESSERT AT ADAM'S

Absinthe!

photo by ADAM JONES



BMB

24 November, 2011 (10:27pm)
MINE

A couple of black olives on a Roswell plate.

Photo by BMB (probably blurred due to Roswell plate 'frequencies')



BMB

22 November, 2011 (08:16am)
VOLTO! AND... BUBBATRON AT THE 'TATOR'

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, KIRK COVINGTON, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) will be performing TWO SHOWS at THE BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd. Here's a facebbook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/265647083485434/ Also for your convenience, here's a direct link to a VOLTO! RESERVE TICKETS PAGE on the 'tator' site: TICKETS . More exciting VOLTO! news coming soon...

"BUBBATRON" ALSO PLAYING AT THE BAKED POTATO

JOHN'S latest musical project, BUBBATRON, will be performing again at the BAKED POTATO on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st. A great line-up featuring CHRIS COLEMAN on drums, TRAVIS CARLTON on bass, and KIRK COVINGTON on keys & drums and jokes. PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS... Here's their facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/220385028032064/


BMB

20 November, 2011 (09:01pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

The great JOEL TAYLOR will be the special guest drummer for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (NOVEMBER 21) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Joining Joel and the regulars will be RICO BELLED on keys, and LEE WERTMAN on guitar. Also, please be advised that the jams now start a bit earlier - around 9:00 PM. Local musicians might want to bring an instrument and possibly join in during the "anything goes" second set.

BMB

19 November, 2011 (09:31am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN!

Birthday cheers and love from SHELEE, your family, friends, and the entire Tool community! Most fortuitous that Justin's b.d. comes this year on a weekend. Had it been a weekday, he'd be 'celebrating' at the loft - after a lengthy writing/arranging session.

I've posted (or will in a minute) a couple more photos of Justin in the TOOLARMY PHOTO ALBUMS. Thanks, Shelee!



BMB

17 November, 2011 (08:45am)
HEATHER MCMILLEN ART SHOW REMINDER

The OPENING RECEPTION for the art show featuring works by HEATHER MCMILLEN, CODY COMRIE, and KEVIN WILLIS is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 at 8:00 PM (ongoing from Nov. 15 - 26). The address for the R & R GALLERY is: 929 East 2ND Street. SUITE 106, LOS ANGELES, CA. 90012. I also heard something about tequila...

BMB

15 November, 2011 (09:54am)
PUSCIFER ON LETTERMAN REDUX

Here's the legit LINK for PUSCIFER's performance on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, including a ripping synth solo by PAUL SCHAFFER.

BMB

11 November, 2011 (01:13pm)
ADAM SCOTT MILLER ENTHEOGEN-THEMED ART - A TRAILER FROM HIS NEW VIDEO PROJECT


BMB

11 November, 2011 (01:08pm)
MARK STEGER OF "OSSEUS LABYRINT" NEW PROJECT LINKS

Mark Steger of "OSSEUS LABYRINT" is currently working on a new project with the electronic band "HOT AS SUN." Below are some youtube links (including an interview).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P5JGKP6EBM

Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=424W7DlmYbI


BMB

11 November, 2011 (12:54pm)
COLLIDE 11-11-11 SALE

Check out the 11/11/11 deals on COLLIDE merch at their NoisePlus Music/Saints & Sinners on-line STORE.


BMB

08 November, 2011 (09:48am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARALEE

LaraLee having a pre-birthday (double) margarita with Danny at the El Coyote. Cheers!

(Note: For those who might recognize the painting in the background, believe me when I tell you that that particular table was NOT... I repeat, NOT requested.)

Photo by BMB



BMB

07 November, 2011 (08:52am)
DANNY CAREY TO BE GUEST DRUMMER

Looks like Danny will be the guest drummer for the JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO tonight (MONDAY, NOV. 7). And everyone should know where the 'tator' is located by now...

BMB

06 November, 2011 (12:11pm)
"COMMUNING WITH THE GODS"

"COMMUNING WITH THE GODS"

by

CHARLES D. LAUGHLIN PH.D.

A NEW BOOK BY DAILYGRAIL PUBISHING

"Communing with the Gods presents the most comprehensive account of culture and dreaming available in the anthropology of dreaming, and is written by an anthropologist who is also trained in neuroscience, and who is himself a lucid dreamer and Tibetan Tantric dream yoga practitioner. The book examines the place of dreaming in the experience of peoples from diverse cultures and historical backgrounds. 'Communing with the Gods' touches on shamanism and anthropological theories of dreaming, 'paranormal dreams', lucid dreaming, and what we know about how the brain produces dreams and why.

A comprehensive theory of brain, culture and dreaming is presented that explains the neurobiological functions of sleep and dreaming, the evolution of dreaming, the universality of, and cultural variation in dream elements, and the role of dreaming as a system of intra-psychic communication. This theory is then applied to an examination of dreaming in modern society. The book concludes by discussing how modern dream-work may ameliorate wide-spread alienation, spiritual exhaustion and despair in modern society."

Amazon US:

ORDER

Amazon UK:

ORDER

Cover art by ADAM SCOTT MILLER



BMB

06 November, 2011 (11:59am)
ALOKE DUTTA TO PERFORM IN VENICE, CALIFORNIA

Tabla master ALOKE DUTTA has just returned from India and although jet-lagged at the moment, will be ready to PERFORM in VENICE, CA on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th.

BACCHANAL SUNDAYS

11. 20. 2011

9:00 PM $7.00 21+

Del Monte Speakeasy
(underneath Townhouse Bar)
52 Windward Ave.
Venice, CA 90291


BMB

04 November, 2011 (10:37am)
TERRY BOZZIO TONIGHT

If you missed him last night, TERRY BOZZIO will be performing again at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th. Joining Terry (and barely fitting on the stage next to that enormous drumkit!) will be ALEX MACHACEK on guitar, and the great JIMMY JOHNSON on bass.

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West
Studio City, CA. 91604


BMB

02 November, 2011 (07:44pm)
ART SHOW WITH HEATHER MCMILLEN, CODY COMRIE AND KEVIN WILLIS

McMillen, Comrie & Willis: Opening reception on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18th (8:00 PM).


BMB

01 November, 2011 (09:59am)
"WICKEDEST BOOKS" SIGNED BY DANNY CAREY ON EBAY

To anyone who might be interested, there's a NEW/MINT copy of my (out of print) "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD: CONFESSIONS OF AN ALEISTER CROWLEY BIBLIOPHILE" signed by the author and DANNY on eBay. Here's the LINK. Still two days left in the auction and there's no reserve.

BMB

31 October, 2011 (12:53pm)
LEVI

Birthday barks to Rynne's dog LEVI on this Halloween in Los Angeles.

BMB

31 October, 2011 (09:34am)
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER POSTED

The OCTOBER TOOL NEWSLETTER (SAMHAIN/HALLOWEEN EDITION) has been posted in the Newsletter section.

BMB

31 October, 2011 (08:44am)
"CHILDREN OF SATURN" HALLOWEEN RADIO PROGRAM

I will be Rynne's guest on the "Children of Saturn" internet radio show tonight from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST. Because it's Halloween, I'll be bringing some of my favorite 'spooky' music, including Wendy Carlos' CLOCKWORK BLACK (from "Tales of Heaven and Hell"), Fireballet's stirring rendition of Mussorgsky's NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN, early Genesis SUPPER'S READY, Tomita, Lisa Gerrard, Collide, and a few others. LISTEN at www.radio23.org/ccr

BMB

29 October, 2011 (10:03am)
STILL TICKETS FOR TONIGHT'S VOLTO SHOW

I'm told that there are still some reserved seats available for the 2ND SET of TONIGHT'S (OCTOBER 29) VOLTO! show at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. There are also a few walk-up tickets at the door for both shows. RESERVE your seat HERE.

Also keep in mind the MONDAY NIGHT HALLOWEEN JAMMMZ at the 'tator.'


BMB

27 October, 2011 (09:49am)
CAMPING

Certain indications lead me to believe that preacher/xian radio host Harold Camping was wrong yet again with his prediction that the end of the world was to occur on October 21, 2011. It seems like, at 90, Harold's a bit confused and probably doesn't really care about his prophetic track record. He probably hasn't taken a healthy crap in 39 years and just wants to go to heaven. Perfectly understandable. I only hope this doomsday lunacy doesn't panic his young listeners again (or even Tim Tebow for that matter). And yet, Harold, although the Judgement Day didn't go down on the 21st, I'll grant you that things are getting a little weird. (As evidence, check out the photo.)


BMB

26 October, 2011 (01:22pm)
DANNY PERFORMING WITH ADRIAN BELEW TRIO

I've posted a couple of more photos at www.dannycarey.com

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

26 October, 2011 (01:06pm)
REMINDER: PUSCIFER ON LETTERMAN HALLOWEEN NIGHT

A friendly reminder that PUSCIFER will be performing on THE LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN on HALLOWEEN/SAMHAIN (OCTOBER 31). "Conditions of my Parole" video on RollingStone.com, and additional tour info at www.puscifer.com

BMB

24 October, 2011 (03:02pm)
PUSCIFER'S "CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE" VIDEO ON WWW.ROLLINGSTONE.COM

Rolling Stone on-line's video premiere of PUSCIFER'S "CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE" HERE

BMB

21 October, 2011 (10:09am)
VOLTO! UPDATE

PETE GRIFFIN from "Zappa Plays Zappa" will be on bass for the VOLTO! gig coming up next SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. Here's the facebook LINK with additional info.

BMB

19 October, 2011 (08:31pm)
SCOTT KINSEY GROUP AT THE BAKED POTATO TONIGHT

The amazing SCOTT KINSEY GROUP will be performing at the 'tator' in STUDIO CITY TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19).

BMB

18 October, 2011 (09:09am)
PUSCIFER "CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE" RELEASED TODAY (OCT. 18)

Get yours at iTunes, Amazon.com... or if you're truly adventurous, purchase the CD/VINYL at your favorite indie store. Also, check the PUSCIFER WEBSITE for ADDED SHOWS and ON-SALE DATES.

www.puscifer.com


BMB

17 October, 2011 (03:18pm)
DANNY TO PERFORM 3 SHOWS WITH ADRIAN BELEW

In case you missed it on www.dannycarey.com , DANNY will be performing 3 SHOWS with ADRIAN BELEW, TONY LEVIN, and PAT MASTELLOTTO beginning on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 at the GALAXY THEATRE in SANTA ANA, CA. The following night (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23), they will be in PHOENIX, ARIZONA at THE FOUNDRY, with the final show (featuring Danny) at the SANTA FE BREWING COMPANY in SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO on MONDAY, OCTOBER 24.

ADRIAN BELEW POWER TRIO, TONY LEVIN's STICKMEN & KING CRIMSON FINALE


BMB

17 October, 2011 (03:09pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

As they've been doing for many years now, JZ and Company will be playing the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ tonight (OCTOBER 17) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. Musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument to possibly join in during the second set. Things normally get started around 9:30, but you can come earlier for stuffed potatoes and cocktails.

BMB

17 October, 2011 (11:50am)
BEN SHERAZI ON COS TONIGHT

BEN SHERAZI of "RAJAS" will be Rynne's special guest on her "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet radio show TONIGHT (OCTOBER 17) LIVE FROM MEXICO CITY. I'm also told that Camella may be joining her as well. 6 PM - 8 PM PST (or check schedule).

MORE


BMB

14 October, 2011 (10:31am)
CHET ZAR ART SHOW OPENING IN SANTA MONICA (SATURDAY, OCT. 15)

Here's some info about CHET ZAR's upcoming art show on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 at COPRO GALLERY in SANTA MONICA.

CHET ZAR- "The Left Hand Path"

Also showing: DAN QUINTANA- "Tinsel" and MARK GARRO- "Apocalypservice"

Copro Gallery

Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
Ph: 310/829-2156

www.coprogallery.com



BMB

12 October, 2011 (05:03pm)
CROWLEYMAS

Happy Crowleymas to those Thelemites out there. Easy on the eagletails, though...

BMB

11 October, 2011 (05:08pm)
SPIN STREAMING NEW PUSCIFER

SPIN is now streaming Puscifer's "CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE.

Here's the LINK

And don't forget that the band will be making their television debut on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN on SAMHAIN/HALLOWEEN (MONDAY, OCTOBER 31).


BMB

09 October, 2011 (02:32pm)
"CHILDREN OF SATURN" UPDATE

Please note that Rynne has POSTPONED her Mexico City radio program until next MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th. Music tomorrow night.


BMB

07 October, 2011 (11:08am)
EAT IT BEFORE IT EATS YOU

Extraordinary drummer CHRIS COLEMAN will be John's special guest for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO on OCTOBER 10th. Musicians are encouraged to join in during the 2nd set. If it's anything like last week, you won't want to miss it.

Photo of spud by Danny's bud, Eric Trammel



BMB

07 October, 2011 (11:01am)
VOLTO! AT THE BAKED POTATO ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29

VOLTO (DANNY CAREY, KIRK COVINGTON, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) return to the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY for TWO SHOWS of ultra fustion on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29. The world famous jazz club is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West., Studio City, CA. 91604. Get your RESERVED SEATING HERE

BMB

05 October, 2011 (08:22pm)
NEWS POST ON DANNY'S SITE

Check out the latest news post on www.dannycarey.com

BMB

03 October, 2011 (09:52am)
DANNY PERFORMING AT THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ TONIGHT

In case you missed it on www.dannycarey.com, DANNY will be the special guest drummer for tonight's (OCTOBER 3rd) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Along with Tool's drummer, the amazing BILLY STEINWAY will be on keys. Local musicians are invited to bring an instrument and possibly join in during the 2nd set.

BMB

02 October, 2011 (09:52am)
PUSCIFER "CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE" PROMO


BMB

01 October, 2011 (12:13pm)


No removal of an ornate mask from a mortuary post that's the embodiment of powerful spiritual forces. No deciphering of mysterious symbols that appeared as glacier depressions. Just two good buddies catching some fish in Alaska's pristine waters.


BMB

27 September, 2011 (10:19am)
COLLIDE RELEASE "COUNTING TO ZERO"

Today is the official release of COLLIDE's new CD entitled "COUNTING TO ZERO."

Also check out their new VIDEO for "MIND GAMES."

noiseplusmusic.com

www.collide.net


BMB

23 September, 2011 (11:49am)
COLLIDE VIDEO TEASER

A video teaser for the new COLLIDE CD on youtube.

http://youtu.be/FMjsbzdv5sQ


BMB

21 September, 2011 (08:58am)
THE HOLY BOOK OF DOUCHE BAG. VOLUME 4.

PUSCIFER


BMB

19 September, 2011 (02:13pm)
FINE ART PRINT & CHRYSOPOEIA

ONLY 10 LEFT... Fine art print by HEATHER McMILLEN entitled "BMB" (used as the portrait for "The Wickedest Books In The World"), NUMBERED and SIGNED by the artist. On the reverse a PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED, HAND-WRITTEN, 16-LINE PROSE POEM entitled "CHRYSOPOEIA" by BLAIR MacKENZIE BLAKE (INK & METALLIC PASTELS, SIGNED). Printed on Archival Somerset Heavyweight Rag Paper with Torn Edge. LIMITED to ONE PRESSING OF 49 COPIES (with 10 available). Also comes with a parchment copy of "Chrysopoeia." $69.00 USD.

ORDER

www.heathermcmillen.com



BMB

19 September, 2011 (11:25am)
CRAIG THORNTON OF WOLVESMOUTH.COM ON COS TONIGHT

CRAIG THORNTON of www.wolvesmouth.com (underground supper club called Wolvesden) will be RYNNE's guest TONIGHT (SEPTEMBER 19) on her "CHILDREN OF SATURN" INTERNET RADIO SHOW. Tune in at 6:00 PM (PST) on www.radio23.org/ccr.

There are also COS tees now available at ETSY

LISTEN



BMB

18 September, 2011 (10:15pm)
KIRK COVINGTON GUEST DRUMMER AT MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

VOLTO's KIRK COVINGTON will be the special guest drummer for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (SEPTEMBER 19) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Other guests include guitarist ERIC MADDSEN and keyboardist HANS ZERMUEHLEN. Bring a special instrument and ask to participate. Mutant 'tators', cocktails, and great live music. Lots going on... for a Monday.

BMB

15 September, 2011 (01:57pm)
COLLIDE PRE-SALES FOR "COUNTING TO ZERO"

COLLIDE's much anticipated new CD, "COUNTING TO ZERO", is now available for PRE-SALES, and will ship on or before the OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE of SEPTEMBER 27, 2011.

ORDER



BMB

15 September, 2011 (01:38pm)
VOLTO AND "RAGGEDLY ANDY" AT THE MINT

VOLTO! with special guest "RAGGEDLY ANDY" will be performing at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16. The opening act goes on around 9:30.

FACEBOOK

"RAGGEDLY ANDY" is:
Charles Altura - guitar (from Stanley Clarke's band)
Hans Zermuehlen - keyboard (studio/touring kingpin)
Matt Rubano - bass (from Taking Back Sunday)
Andy Sanesi - drums (from Black Baptista)

THE MINT
6010 WEST PICO BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA. 90036


BMB

12 September, 2011 (11:21am)
"CHILDREN OF SATURN" INTERNET RADIO TONIGHT

RYNNE's guest TONIGHT (MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12) on her "Children of Saturn" internet radio program will be CRAIG ELKINS. PLEASE NOTE that she is now back on RADIO23. 6:00 PM (PST) - 8:00 PM.

www.radio23.org/ccr/



BMB

10 September, 2011 (02:17pm)
HIGH!

Check out this video of our friend MIKEY OLIVERI skydiving from... 30,370 FEET (a world record for a handi-capable HALO skydive!) And Christiane didn't even have to push him. Damn... that's almost crazier than riding on the 101 at 2:01 am in his famous space van! CONGRATS, MIKEY... What's next? (as if I didn't know.)

www.mikeywheels.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqyOdFaiWl0=youtube_gdata_player


BMB

08 September, 2011 (01:30pm)
PUSCIFER "MAN OVERBOARD" AT ROLLING STONE VIDEOS

PUSCIFER'S "MAN OVERBOARD" video with digital animation by MEATS MEIER.

ROLLINGSTONE.COM


BMB

07 September, 2011 (09:18pm)
NOW FOR SOMETHING TRULY DIFFERENT...

VOLTO! will be performing for the first time at THE MINT in Los Angeles on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16. The band will be playing one long set of their best stuff, with an opening act to be announced. Doors open at 9:00 PM, and the cover is $20.00.

THE MINT
6010 WEST PICO BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA. 90036

www.themintla.com


BMB

02 September, 2011 (08:08pm)
KORIN FAUGHT NEW WORKS - SATURDAY, SEPT 3RD - COREY HELFORD GALLERY

An invitation to check out new works by artist KORIN FAUGHT - featured at the COREY HELFORD GALLERY in CULVER CITY, CA tomorrow night (SATURDAY, SEPT 3rd) from 7-10 PM.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
8522 WASHINGTON BLVD.
CULVER CITY, CA. 90232

GALLERY

INFO

MORE

http://korinfaught.com



BMB

02 September, 2011 (07:50pm)
DANNY CAREY TO BE GUEST DRUMMER FOR MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/BARBECUE (SEPT 5)

Just received confirmation that DANNY will be the special guest drummer for the LABOR DAY MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ and BARBECUE at the world famous BAKED POTATO JAZZ CLUB in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. RICO BELLED will be the guest keyboardist, and JAMIE KIME will return from "Zappa Plays Zappa" , joining regulars CHRIS ROY and JOHN ZIEGLER. Grill master MIKE will be performing out back, and people are encouraged to bring a favorite side-dish or dessert (pink frogmouth sounds good!). Local musicians are also invited to bring a guitar to possibly join in during the 2nd set. Keep the summer alive at the 'tator.'

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West
Studio City, CA. 91604

The grill gets fired up around 9:00 (big licking flames at 9:30), with the band going on at 10:00.


BMB

01 September, 2011 (08:25pm)
INTRODUCING THE MANDALA MK2.9

Check out the NEW MANDALA mk2.9
By
VINCE DE FRANCO
at http://mandaladrum.com

INCLUDES MAJOR HARDWARE and SOFTWARE UPGRADES

MEMBRANE SWITCH tECHNOLOGY
(that now picks up even the slightest ghost hits, as well as rim shots)

Software that includes a RETOOLED USER INTERFACE
with EXPANDED SOUND DESIGN CONTROL

... and OVER 500 NEW INSTRUMENTS

SHIPS NOW DIRECT FROM http://mandaladrum.com



BMB

01 September, 2011 (10:16am)
NEWS FLASH - ALOKE DUTTA NOLA DATE CHANGED

Due to the Packers-Saints game, tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will now be performing at the BLUE NILE CLUB in NEW ORLEANS on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH at 7:30 PM. Didn't know there were that many football/tabla fans out there, but I certainly enjoy both...


BMB

31 August, 2011 (02:30pm)
HOLY BOOK OF DOUCHE BAG. VOLUME 3


BMB

28 August, 2011 (02:14pm)
DAVE ELITCH ON COS RADIO SHOW

DAVE ELITCH of THE MARS VOLTA will be Rynne's guest MONDAY NIGHT (AUGUST 29) on the "THE CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet radio program. www.wkradio.tumblr.com (6:00 - 8:00 PM PST).

BMB

27 August, 2011 (10:54am)
THE BOOK OF DOUCHE BAG. VOLUME 2


BMB

22 August, 2011 (10:36pm)
HELL CITY TATTOO CONVENTION WITH CHET ZAR - AUGUST 26-28

Beginning this Friday (AUGUST 26), CHET ZAR will be at the Hell City tattoo convention in PHOENIX, ARIZONA. While there, he will be "painting live all weekend, chatting with fans, selling my art at my merch booth and teaching a couple of seminars: one for Photoshop and one for painting in oils."

INFO


BMB

22 August, 2011 (11:25am)
"CHILDREN OF SATURN" - PROG-ROCK THEME TONIGHT

I will be joining Rynne TONIGHT (AUGUST 22) on her "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet radio program. The subject will be prog-rock, which means I'd better pull out my "Triumvirate - Illusions on a Double Dimple" CD. Tune in at www.wkradio.tumblr.com between 6:00 - 8:00 PM (PST). Hopefully DANNY will also join in after writing and arranging more Tool music.

BMB

20 August, 2011 (02:43pm)
SOME SEATS STILL AVAILABLE FOR TONIGHT'S SHOW

VOLTO tells me that there are still some seats available for tonight's 2ND SHOW (11:30) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. NEW ORIGINAL SONGS and tee-shirts. Also, the special guest drummer for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (AUGUST 22) at the 'tator' will be JOEL TAYLOR, with the amazing KIRK COVINGTON on keys!

BMB

18 August, 2011 (11:11am)
TIME FOR YOUR FRIENDLY VOLTO! REMINDER

DANNY, KIRK, LANCE & JOHN will be performing their brand of ultra-fusion at the BAKED POTATO jazz club on SATURDAY, AUGUST 20. TWO SHOWS: 9:30 and 11:30. NEW ORIGINAL SONGS, UNWORN TEE-SHIRTS and LOTS OF DRUMMING!. For all you map-questers, the 'spud' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West. Studio City, CA. 91604. Smoking out back... with Mikey and friends. Somebody get me a regular Bud!

BMB

17 August, 2011 (01:09pm)
ALOKE DUTTA PERFORMING IN NEW ORLEANS, AUSTIN and DENVER

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 8 PM
At: BLUE NILE Club, 532 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116-2024
Telephone: (504) 948-2583
Website: www.bluenilelive.com
Admission: $10
LINK

Monday, September 12, 2011, at 8 PM

At MOMO's, 618 West 6th Street #200, AUSTIN, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 479-8848
Website: www.momosclub.com
Admission: $10
INFO

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 7 PM
At The DAZZLE CLUB, 930 Lincoln Street, DENVER, CO 80203
Telephone: (303) 839-5100
Website: www.dazzlejazz.com
Admission: $15
LINK


BMB

17 August, 2011 (12:58pm)
THE BOOK OF DOUCHE BAG, VOLUME I


BMB

17 August, 2011 (12:55pm)
"CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE" RELEASE DATE & PRE-SALES

PUSCIFER SET OCT. 18 RELEASE DATE FOR CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE

A New Collection of Court Ordered Salty Dance Hits

"JEROME, ARIZ., June 24 -- Puscifer, the project ringleader Maynard James Keenan describes as "Twin Peaks in the desert," will release Conditions of My Parole on Oct. 18 via Puscifer Entertainment. The first single from the release, Man Overboard, is now available via iTunes and other digital service providers."

"The Verde Valley is an intrinsic part of what Puscifer is," explains Keenan. "It's equal parts Twilight Zone, Mayberry and Road Warrior. The ghosts & aliens, Republicans & liberals, cowboys & artists living side by side with hostile creatures such as scorpions, spiders, rattlesnakes, javelinas & hippies are just a few of the spicy ingredients that give Conditions of My Parole its unique flavor." Conditions of My Parole was recorded in Jerome, Ariz. this spring with tracking done amidst the wine barrels from Keenan's Caduceus Cellars. The album was produced by Keenan, Mat Mitchell, and Josh Eustis. Contributing musicians for the new album include the aforementioned Keenan, Mitchell, and Eustis as well as Carina Round, Juliette Commagere, Matt McJunkins, Jeff Freidl, Gil and Rani Sharone, Jonny Polonsky, Sarah Jones, and Jon Theodore. Puscifer's debut album, the infamously censored V is for Vagina (2007), charted on both the rock and dance singles charts simultaneously (the full album at #9 on the Billboard Rock Album and "Cuntry Boner" at #1 on the Dance Singles Chart). V is for Vagina entered the Billboard Top 200 at #25. The band turned multimedia troupe carried out Keenan's vision of an evening that seamlessly combined music, recorded skits and live character sketches over two U.S. tours which were described as an "X-rated episode of Hee-Haw" (Spin) and "a performance art spectacle equal parts comedy cabaret show and guerilla theater" (Las Vegas Review Journal). Keenan has often stated in interviews that his vision for Puscifer required nearly two decades to pass before the technology was available to produce the live performance."

A North American tour kicks off in early November with more information to come.

PRE-SALES ARE NOW BEING TAKEN AT www.puscifer.com IN THE "COMING SOON" CART

www.puscifer.com

facebook.com/puscifermusic

twitter.com/puscifer



BMB

16 August, 2011 (10:43am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!

How does a cucumber-mint-jalapeno margarita sound?

photo by BMB



BMB

15 August, 2011 (02:11pm)
ADAM PERFORMING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE WWE "SUMMER SLAM"

MORE


BMB

14 August, 2011 (03:55pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ REPORT

John just sent a text letting me know that TONY MOORE will be the guest drummer for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO tomorrow night (AUGUST 15). Additionally, the amazing BILLY STEINWAY will be on keyboards. Bring what ever you play the best, and possibly join in during the much anticipated 2nd set. We hope to see you there.

BMB

14 August, 2011 (12:12pm)
ALOKE DUTTA ON COS INTERNET RADIO

Tabla master and teacher to many great drummers, ALOKE DUTTA will be Rynne's special guest on the "Children of Saturn" internet radio show on MONDAY, AUGUST 15. Although I'm sure he will mention it, Aloke has some shows coming up in LOS ANGELES (AUG 17), PORTLAND (AUG 26), and VANCOUVER B.C. CANADA (AUG 24). I believe he will also be performing in Austin and New Orleans soon. For more info, tune into www.wkradio.tumblr.com

Aloke with Ben Sherazi and Chris Pitman at a recent barbecue. Photo by BMB



BMB

08 August, 2011 (08:51am)
GOOD DEALS ON "X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT" GRAPHIC NOVEL

Some good deals on the X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT GRAPHIC NOVEL by STEVE NILES and ADAM JONES can be found in the Graphic Novels Department at www.amazon.com. Here's a LINK


BMB

08 August, 2011 (08:44am)
VOLTO! AT THE BAKED POTATO ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, KIRK COVINGTON, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) will be performing their ultra fusion at the BAKED POTATO jazz club on SATURDAY, AUGUST 20th. 2 SHOWS - 9:30 and 11:30. Get your advanced tickets HERE . The 'tator' is located at 3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST., STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604

And don't forget about the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the club. LEE WERTMAN joins John tonight on guitar. As always, musicians are encouraged to bring an instrument and join in during the second set.


BMB

05 August, 2011 (12:07pm)
NEED MORE PROOF?

Having received several emails from someone asking for more proof of my squatch sighting in Arizona, I've decided to post this unambiguous, un-doctored photo of one of the creatures harassing a tourist in Sedona. Although the e-mailer didn't say so, I've a sneaking suspicion that the person is either one of the producers of the Animal Planet "Finding Bigfoot" series, or a card-carrying member of the Bigfoot Research Organization. As I replied to the emailer, it's my opinion that the squatch was either attracted to the veggie burgers at the "Blue Moon Cafe", or was taking advantage of the free bowls of water "for your pet." Judge for yourself, but, again, I promise that NO camera tricks or Photoshop manipulations were used in getting the photo.


BMB

02 August, 2011 (09:42am)
"COUNTING TO ZERO" - COLLIDE SET RELEASE DATE

In their recent newsletter, COLLIDE have announced that their next CD, "COUNTING TO ZERO", will be released on Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011. Something to look forward to!

www.collide.net


BMB

01 August, 2011 (10:41am)
ALOKE DUTTA TOUR DATES

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 8 PM (doors open at 7:30 PM).
At: Wheel of Wellbeing, 1575 Westwood Blvd. #303. Te: 310-477-8833.
Tickets: $20 in advance. Available only at www.alokedutta.com.
$25 at the door (CASH ONLY).
ALL AGES SHOW

VANCOUVER B.C., CANADA.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 8 PM (doors open at 7:30 PM).

At: Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnston Road, White Rock, BC V4B 3Z2. Tel: 604-537-6376.
email: kstmana@gmail.com
Tickets: US $27 in advance. Available only at www.alokedutta.com. or CAD $25
CAD $30 at the door (CASH ONLY).
ALL AGES SHOW

PORTLAND, OREGON

Friday, August 26, 2011, at 9 PM (doors open at 8:15 PM).

At: DATURA, 1847 E Burnside, Portland, OR 97232

Tickets: $15 at the door (CASH ONLY).

RHYTHM CONCEPT WORKSHOP IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Friday, August 26, 2011, at 4 - 6 PM.
At: Beacock Music and Education Center, 1420 SE 163rd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98683
www.beacockmusic.com

Cost: $40 (includes Rhythm of Tabla booklet).

ALOKE is also scheduled to be the special guest on Rynne's internet radio show ("CHILDREN OF SATURN") on AUGUST 15th. I'll post a reminder as the show gets closer.



BMB

31 July, 2011 (09:12pm)
JUSTIN TO BE THE GUEST ON COS MONDAY NIGHT (AUGUST 1ST)

JUSTIN CHANCELLOR will be Rynne's special guest on her internet radio show "Children of Saturn" on MONDAY NIGHT (AUGUST 1ST) at 6:00 PM. Sounds like a good opportunity to see how the writing/arranging for the new record is progressing.

www.wkradio.tumblr.com


BMB

30 July, 2011 (12:42pm)
NEW "MAN OVERBOARD" CD SINGLE AT WWW.PUSCIFER.COM

New at www.puscifer.com : MAN OVERBOARD CD single in the NEW!!! cart.

Featuring: Mat Mitchell and MJ Keenan, Telefone Tel Aviv's Joshua Eustis, Bat For Lashes drummer Samantha Jones, vocalist Carina Round, Ashes Divide percussionist Jeff Friedl, singer song writer Jonny Polonsky.

From the upcoming release:
"Conditions of My Parole"
A new collection of court ordered salty dance hits.
Scheduled to be released on Oct 18th, 2011.
Just in time for the Rapture V2.0
(3-D artist Meats Meier is in the process of doing a video for this track. More info about this soon)



BMB

28 July, 2011 (12:06pm)
THE ART OF ADAM SCOTT MILLER

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 - IN AUSTRALIA.


BMB

25 July, 2011 (03:21pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JULY, 2011 e.v.

Our first item of news, morbid as it might be, concerns pieces of Danny's flesh that were carefully scraped off the muffler of one of his prized motorcycles during a recent mishap in his driveway. I'm very excited to announce that these 100% authentic pieces of scorched flesh from one of the world's greatest drummers will be available for sale in the ToolArmy SHOPPING BAZAAR (or should I say BIZARRE?) sometime later TONIGHT. As this is a LIMITED EDITION of only 150 individual samples (each packaged in a clear envelope for easy display), those who are interested are advised to check the store regularly. Orders are strictly limited to ONE PER TOOLARMY MEMBER, and each package also comes with a certificate of authenticity. Once these are sold out, there will be no more produced (unless, of course, he has a similar mishap). BTW, Danny's leg is healing nicely, and he's already back to pounding away on the drums. In other news, prior to the nasty muffler burn, D.C. was bitten on the finger by a (very) venomous spider at the rehearsal space (I've seen black widows there, but Danny isn't sure what type of horror got him), which, I'm happy to report, has also since healed nicely. And NO, we're not selling the scab... (Yep, thought about it too late.)

Assuming that you know all about the A PERFECT CIRCLE tour and new PUSCIFER TRACK ("MAN OVERBOARD"), other than another TOOL WEBSITE MEETING on Friday, DANNY being the guest drummer for the Monday Night Jammmz (JULY 25), and on-going TOOL WRITING SESSIONS at the loft, there's not much news this month. Therefore, let's answer some of the more relevant e-mail, shall we...

(Opening a bottle of Red Stripe)...

SUBJECT: "TOOL AND WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?"

"Hello Sir, I do not know why I thought to write this to you now, but I will be brief. A few years ago a couple of my pals and I dropped some acid. We next played Aenima, then turned on the tube to watch some cable. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" was on, but we could not hear the audio because we were listening to Aenima. The two synced together perfectly, like the old Pink Floyd and "Wizard of Oz" trick. It was amazing. I was curious if this was intentional or some miraculous quinky dink. Thank you for your time, and no I am not crazy. I just have not heard of anyone ever discovering this and was hoping, by some fat chance, that I was the first."

REPLY:

P-p-p-please!.. Alright... finally (Ding. Ding. Ding.) I was beginning to wonder if the puzzle contained in the "10,000 Days" packaging would ever be solved. Congrats! Now, if you and your wastoid buddies would have had the audio turned up, you might have heard what Donald called Daffy during their piano duel... Anyway, congrats again! But don't go jumping out of any two-story windows... unless, that is, you get the go-ahead from a jeweled seahorse with a monocle and tiny pith helmet floating around in the garden.

SUBJECT: "NEW ALBUM"

"Hello, how much longer will we wait to have Tool's new album?"

REPLY:

I'm guessing until it's released.

SUBJECT: "ADAM JONES (WWE) 7/4/11"

"I was at home, and decided to turn on the TV. The World Wrestling Entertainment has been doing pretty well, post WrestleMania. So, I wanted to check-in. I'm watching for about 30 minutes, and they were entering into there second to the last segment. They position the cameras to the announcement table. Just as I'm about to change the channel... I notice this guy, who has long salt & pepper hair. I'm pretty sure, that man was Adam Jones. If it was indeed him... It makes me happy that know one knew who he was. There was no CG banner, with his name underneath him. I'm pretty sure there was no BIG announcement! They can still pretty much walk around freely. I dig it!"

REPLY:

And exactly how much acid did you drop? Just kidding, bro. It definitely WAS Adam walking around freely. He's a big fan of that... sport. (Honestly)

SUBJECT:"LOSE YOUR DELUSIONAL OSMOSIS"

"I have been using a "carbon copy" analog delay pedalto generate vibrational frequencies in the chicago sector. I hypothesize the message originating out my window from my violin amber sunburst PRS Hollowbody/100 W Mesa Nomad Head can take shape in various forms. Entering the ear canal of the receiving subject, one may carry the message to certain locations - and transmit message to other recipients eventually reaching intended target. Perhaps the light frequencies observed are the result of sonic science. Whatever frequency your niche is."

REPLY:

Why are so many acid freaks sending email this month? This isn't the "Sugarland" website. Yes, perhaps the light frequencies observed are... but DON'T go jumping out of that window... unless, of course the sparkling elf on a cardboard box of ice-cream cones gives you a nod whilst crapping tiny sepia-colored herds of cows in an uproarious meadow with dancing squid eyes and singing rubber nickels...

SUBJECT:

"I really want to try Maynard's wine, but my Whole Foods does not carry it. I've expressed my overwhelming desire to work at the whole foods in Arizona just for the chance to thank Maynard personally, but unfortunately, I cannot afford the trip. But my dream will never die. Hope this message reaches you, and wish with all my heart to one day meet the band. Until then, I will continue to spiral out and reach for whatever will bewilder me."

REPLY:

You might attempt to summon Zagan from a directory of spirits such as the "Goetia." According the popular grimoire, being the 61st spirit, Zagan can turn blood into wine, or even water into wine. But even if you're not successful, what ever you do - don't do anything stupid like smoking pot or, trendy Grocery gods forbid, stealing anything from the shelves. You don't want to wind up slinging yogurt, do you?

SUBJECT: "NUMEROLOGY"

"Hey Blair, I was wondering if you knew anything about numerology, and what your opinions on it and numbers such as the life path and expression numbers were. I barely know anything about it, but just looked it up and found the both of these numbers were 11 for me. What are your thoughts, if any, on this number 11 in particular? I appreciate your time in reading this, and don't really expect a response, just felt like asking for your thoughts. Thanks."

REPLY:

Numerology! I'd rather watch back-to-back episodes of Animal Planet's "Hunting Bigfoot..." in a room full of Squatchers enveloped with gloom-farts from pepperoni sticks, stale Cheez-its, and Chocolate Yoo-hoos than engage in any form of numerology... I'd rather go bowling with a broken leg and frozen butternut squash than get caught up in that stuff... Hell, I'd rather eat a slice of dingleberry pie with a bevy of Miami blue hairs at Perkins Pancake House after Sunday church service in Ponca City, Oklahoma than engage in any form of numerology... Numerology! You mean like 5222012?..

SUBJECT: "CAPTAIN AMERICA"

"So I saw the Captain America trailer and was blown away that my favorite band was in the trailer of one of my favorite Marvel characters. I was wondering if they are featured in the movie is well, and if anyone in the band is a comic fan. I know that people probably say this all the time, but I honestly am one of Tools biggest fans. Not to say I worship them per say but there is just something about their music that connects with me no matter what mood I am in. Thank you for reading this and for the reply, if you choose to do so."

REPLY:

Sir, do you really think Paramount has that kind of money? And I've never heard anyone ever suggest that they're one of Tool's biggest fans.

SUBJECT: "ADAM ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW?"

"Was watching wrestling (WWE) Monday June 27th and I'm almost positive I spotted Adam behind the announcers at the taping. Can u confirm?"

REPLY:

I seriously doubt it was Adam Jones from Tool. Monday is one of the Tool writing/arranging days...

(Opens another bottle of Red Stripe after pausing to watch "At Home With Venetia." Never miss that show!)

SUBJECT: "CHORONZON'S VOICE/DARKLORE"

"eHey I'm totally addicted to Darklore, the writing in it is superb. After reading your article in one of them referring to Choronzon's voice emanating out of the "cosmic hiss" it occurred to me that that may have been what inspired Viginti Tres. I was also wondering if anyone of the Darklore writers including you would write an article on Drunvalo Melchizideck. Maybe not much to prove there, but from a phenomenological standpoint the fact that so many people are doing the Merkaba and he is one of the few spiritualist today who seems to have been influenced by Hermes/Thoth. Anyway love your writing and wit, thanks."

REPLY:

Now that you mention it, I'll bet a canned cheeseburger that it was the inspiration for Viginti Tres! But even if not, it's still a good plug for Darklore. Sort of... (A little wit there for you, my friend.)

SUBJECT: "THE LATERALUS TOUR INDRODUCTION"

"Greetings, Blair. I was curious to know what the name of the song and/or artist was that Tool used to open with during their Lateralus tour back in the early 2000's. I believe it was Tuvan throat-singing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!"

REPLY:

I don't know. Can you tell me what those "Heaven's Gate" people were going to use their $5.75 for - on an alien spaceship? Get the idea? I'm very busy here...

SUBJECT: "THE MAGICAL 13TH STEP..."

"I believe my final test of patience is at hand; Whole Foods fired me on the 8th for "theft" and smoking pot on company property, which I admitted to without hesitation. Now, if my skills in civil disobedience, philosophy, grammar, and synesthesia serve me well enough, the formal dispute I am writing will go pretty far. Wish me luck. I know you're all right by my side on this one, grinning, with your third eyes open wide. :-)"

REPLY:

Oh, damn... Maybe saying that you stole the pot from ANOTHER Whole Foods employee might be your best defense... and that you only flamed up the dobbie because of having to deal with all the anxiety from... people honking in the crowded parking lot, trying to squeeze their Prius between the spaces so they can get their reindeer pate... Yeah, the parking lot... I'll give it some more thought, but I think the parking lot is the key thing here...

SUBJECT: "TOOL PRE-SHOW MUSIC"

"I've heard some tuva music before tool shows. Can you tell me what specific musician plays this music. Thanks."

REPLY:

Great question. I'm fairly certain that it was a sample of a tuvan-throat singer from southern Siberia recorded on a Nagra ARES-PII+ in a stinky tunnel in Amsterdam. I believe the fellow's name was Bob-o, but NOT the world famous "Squatch" hunter. Thanks for asking, and don't forget to take your sheets out of the freezer tonight.

SUBJECT: "WEBSITE"

"1990 called and they want their website back."

REPLY:

I have absolutely no clue what this person is talking about, but he should be expecting a text message from a mediocre comedian saying that he wants his 90s catchphrase insult back. BAM!

SUBJECT: "TOOL'S COPING WITH"

"I'm not here to ask questions that cannot be answered nor am I asking questions I have no business knowing. I just was wanting to know a little bit about how tool is spending the summer finishing up their album with maynard on tour with a perfect circle? How dows that work? I saw apc on the thirtieth of june in kent and it was awesome just as the first night in seattle last fall. But I couldnt help but wonder what is the rest of tool doing while maynard is working with puscifer and apc. How are they recording?"

REPLY:

Well... Actually, to be quite honest, it's a pretty sad situation. Pathetic, actually, with the three of them just sitting around at the rehearsal space with guitars detuned and amps buzzing as two of them attempt to pick up dropped guitar picks with their dirty toes, and one repeatedly loosens and tightens a wing-nut as if frozen in a perpetual loop. When they're not moping about, sucking on Pixy Stix and looking for Black Widows, to pass the time, they play Tiddlywinks and Chinese Checkers on Robitussin. That or get into heated arguments about recent episodes of "Real House Wives of Orange County." It's a damn shame too, because all the while the Dry-Erase board remains full of meaningless squiggly colors and bloodied bashed flies. Occasionally, in a desperate attempt to draw inspiration, they will closely watch the Arrowhead water guy as he picks up empty bottles, or listen intently to the sound made by crumpled cellophane bags of potato chips. Sometimes they listen to "Undertow." Recently, one of the band members grabbed a shotgun and blew a considerable sized hole in the wall out of sheer frustration. Finally, having run out of Red Bulls and horse radish, Danny decided to go fishing (more info on www.dannycarey.com), with Adam following suit by hanging out at WWE wrestling events. Justin flew to England. And now that they're back, it's the same old story. You'd think they would continue jamming, writing, and arranging new material, knowing fully well that Maynard would add vocals, lyrics, keys, etc., as well as contributing to the entire process with outstanding results. But NO... intense arguments about the "House Wives of Orange County" continue as they sit on their stools with earplugs, wondering if "The Green Lantern" sequel needs any music for its trailer...

... But then something truly amazing happened. While arguing over who gets what Tiddlywinks squidger (each anticipating a good squop, and Justin even thinking about a possible PENHALIGON!), suddenly the jagged cracks in the plaster from the recent shotgun blast inexplicably (nay, miraculously) formed the magical seal of Paimon (yes, the Goetic sigil that resembles 4 human figures standing next to one another). Seconds later, amid a flourish of trumpets and the mighty crashing of cymbals, Paimon emerged through the, now, spectral hole in the wall, seated upon a glittering dromedary and wearing a magnificent divers-colored robe redolent with arcane perfumes. As trumpets played a crazy, jazzy anti-dirge, the bloodied, swatted flies on the Dry-Erase board quickly underwent a remarkable transformation. With the dried blood vividly reddening before being absorbed back into the repulsive things, the flies became re-animated, taking on a healthy iridescence before darting away in the crescendoing agitato. In the same restorative instant, the colored squiggles changed into meaningful chord progressions, time signatures, and recognizable musical cues (such as "glue 8", and "straight 4"). Soon, ideas began to flow, and it wasn't long before the rehearsal space was filled with heavy guitar riffs and drums, an arrangement with sublime resolution and transitions. In short, the sound of Tool... But, to answer the question: they haven't started recording yet...

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

24 July, 2011 (02:56pm)
DANNY TO BE GUEST DRUMMER AT MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

As we enter the "dog days" of summer, Danny will be the guest drummer for the jams tomorrow night (JULY 25) at the Baked Potato in Studio City.

BMB

22 July, 2011 (03:57pm)
CAREY, CLAYPOOL,COPELAND & PEART

At Danny's 50th birthday party back in May we were treated to the CAREY, CLAYPOOL, COPELAND & PEART jam. Now you can check it out by following the link provided in the news section at www.dannycarey.com

BMB

22 July, 2011 (11:16am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALOKE

Birthday cheers to ALOKE DUTTA - tabla teacher to many great drummers (including Danny). Last Friday Aloke performed as part of a NPR story, and once a broadcast date is confirmed, we'll post it along with all the details. In the meantime, please note that Aloke is still offering a 30 - 50% off SALE on all the BOOKS, CDs, etc. on his website (Effective until JULY 31, 2011). Aloke will also be happy to sign these items!

www.alokedutta.com


BMB

21 July, 2011 (01:27pm)
VOLTO TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR 11:30 SHOW

I just received a text that there are still tickets available for the 11:30 VOLTO SHOW at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, JULY 23. Reserve your seat HERE. As for the 9:30 show, there are only a few bar seats available at the door.

BMB

19 July, 2011 (04:03pm)
"MAN OVERBOARD" BY PUSCIFER

LINK

BMB

19 July, 2011 (01:29pm)
CASEY ANTHONY? NOPE, IT'S A SQUATCH!

For a change of pace, here's some non Tool-related news: Take notice, all those involved with Animal Planet's show "FINDING BIGFOOT: CAUGHT ON TAPE", here's a genuine photograph of a "Squatch" that I recently took in Arizona. And guess what, Moneymaker, I captured the hairy unknown creature WITHOUT FLIR thermal imaging equipment nor some ridiculous face-mounted camera (I simply used my iPhone). I also didn't drive to the site in a humongous SUV, didn't have on a flannel shirt, and wasn't eating any granola & nutrition bars from Fred Mayer. Furthermore Big Foot hunters (particularly the woman who looks confused [VERY confused] and the fellow who looks like the type that takes the escalator to the gym), there were no acorns, deer carcass or production crew members creeping around to be captured by the FLIR. Nor did I bait the "Squatch" with mating calls and Abba Zaba bars! It just appeared, wearing a pair of Converse... Really big Converse!

iPhone photo by BMB



BMB

18 July, 2011 (12:00pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ & VOLTO REMINDER

ERIC VALENTINE will be the guest drummer for tonight's jams at the BAKED POTATO, with ED ROTH on keyboards. Bring your guitar and ask to join in during the 2nd set. Also, if you're visiting Southern California on vacation, a friendly reminder that VOLTO! will be performing at the 'tator' for 2 SHOWS on SATURDAY, JULY 23. Get your advanced tickets HERE , or take a chance at the door. (SHOWS at 9:30 and 11:30).

VOLTO!

DANNY CAREY
KIRK COVINGTON
LANCE MORRISON
JOHN ZIEGLER

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West
Studio City, Ca. 91604


BMB

14 July, 2011 (11:17am)
CHAT ZAR "FACES OF DEATH" ART SHOW

Chet Zar: Faces of Death

 &
Craig LaRotonda: Eternal Consequences

July 22nd - August 19th
Opening Reception: July 22nd , 7pm-11pm

"Last Rites Gallery unveils it's newly renovated space with opening receptions for two highly acclaimed artists, Chet Zar and Craig LaRotonda. This will be both artists' second solo shows at the gallery."

MORE INFO



BMB

11 July, 2011 (04:03pm)
ADAM JONES ARTWORK ON MELVINS CUSTOM VINYL - LIMITED EDITION ON SALE LATER TONIGHT

This just in... According to Tom Hezelmeyer (and BUZZ!), THE MELVINS LIMITED EDITION CUSTOM VINYL ("THE BRIDE SCREAMS MURDER") featuring artwork by ADAM JONES goes ON SALE... LATER TONIGHT. This is sure to be a huge collector's item, as there will ONLY be 100 COPIES of the vinyl containing original artwork by ADAM. Better put a pot of coffee on...

www.amphetaminereptile.com



BMB

11 July, 2011 (03:51pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

TONY MOORE will be the special guest drummer for tonight's jams at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. Bring an instrument and join in...

BMB

10 July, 2011 (02:43pm)
ALOKE DUTTA MERCH SALE IN JULY

Tabla great ALOKE DUTTA is having 30-50% off SALE from now through July 31, 2011. The marked down prices include ALL books and ALL performance CDs. Additionally, during this SALE period, ALOKE will autograph ALL individual items. For more information, or to place an order, please visit the STORE at www.alokedutta.com.

BMB

10 July, 2011 (02:35pm)
VOLTO!

VOLTO returns to the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY for two shows (9:30 - !!:30) on SATURDAY, JULY 23. Get your advanced tickets HERE.

VOLTO!

DANNY CAREY
KIRK COVINGTON
LANCE MORRISON
JOHN ZIEGLER


BMB

07 July, 2011 (09:35am)
X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT GRAPHIC NOVEL RELEASED

The GRAPHIC NOVEL (containing ALL 6 ISSUES) of the X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT by STEVE NILES and ADAM JONES is available in stores.

LINK


BMB

07 July, 2011 (09:23am)
"ZERO TO SIXTY" KUDOS

Adam, Korin and all of the other artists involved with the "Zero to Sixty" 5-year anniversary show at the Corey Helford Gallery would like to thank those who attended and made the event such a success. Below are a couple of links with reviews and photos.

LA WEEKLY

MORE

Photo of Adam and Korin Faught by Colin Young-Wolff (Courtesy of the Corey Helford Gallery)



BMB

06 July, 2011 (06:22pm)


As I mentioned on Danny's site a while back, there's still some nice artwork by KYLE FITE for sale at Starfire Publishing. Here's the LINK.


BMB

04 July, 2011 (12:08pm)
JAMMMZ/BARBECUE

CHRIS COLEMAN (no relation to "Silver") will be the special guest drummer at tonight's JULY 4TH JAMMMZ/BARBECUE at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Billy STEINWAY will also join in on keyboards. If you've fireflies, bring 'em. That or your favorite guitar. Texas Twisters - leave 'em at home. We don't want to attract any L.A.P.D. stealthy drones. Charcoal lighter fluid and big licking flames around 8:30ish, with the band soon to follow. We hope to see you there.

BMB

03 July, 2011 (02:59pm)
BOYNTON CANYON VORTEX?

Here's an undoctored photo taken by Rich Estrada at the Boynton Canyon "vortex" during a recent trip to Sedona, Arizona (involving ZEMKLA JR.). Again, NO Photoshop, etc.


BMB

03 July, 2011 (02:55pm)
MONDAY NIGHT INTERNET RADIO HAS A NEW ADDRESS

Rynne's MONDAY NIGHT internet RADIO SHOW has a new address: LINK . The show still starts a 6:00 PM., and tomorrow's guests (JULY 4TH) will include those guests attending an early barbecue at CASA CAREY.

BMB

30 June, 2011 (09:13pm)
"ZERO TO SIXTY" ART SHOW FEATURING KORIN FAUGHT

KORIN FAUGHT will be among the other highly talented artists whose work is featured at the 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW at the COREY HELFORD GALLERY in CULVER CITY (LOS ANGELES) on FRIDAY, JULY 1ST. ADAM's a big fan of KORIN's work, so you might want to come down and check it out!..

Corey Helford Gallery

8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 287-2340

WEBSITE

MORE INFO



BMB

28 June, 2011 (03:34pm)
CHET ZAR ART SHOW IN NEW JERSEY

Our friend CHET ZAR will be at The Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival taking place at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NEW JERSEY on JULY 29 - JULY 31. There, he will be hosting Visionary Primitive, "a Live Painting event featuring renowned Tattoo Artists and Visionary Artists." Chet will also be teaching a painting seminar as well as selling art and merchandise at his booth. additional info HERE .


BMB

27 June, 2011 (11:44am)
RAJAS TONIGHT IN PORTLAND, OREGON

A friendly reminder that RAJAS will be performing at EAST END in PORTLAND, OREGON tonight (MONDAY, JUNE 27), Check them out if you can.

BMB

27 June, 2011 (11:33am)
CAPTAIN AMERICA TRAILER

Better than enchanted popcorn... Better than a shard of the Cosmic Cube... that CAPTAIN AMERICA trailer featuring TOOL's 46 & 2 that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago is now playing. Here's a LINK . Red Skull scientists beware!...

BMB

25 June, 2011 (12:36pm)


JULY 4TH JAMMMZ/ BARBECUE

Calling all patriotic multilayered concoctions to the JULY 4TH MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ/BARBECUE at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. That's right, in addition to live music by some of L.A.'s best players, grill-master Mike will be working wonders under the stars on the back patio (we're talking real charcoal here). So bring an Independence Day inspired side dish (baked beans?) and/or musical instrument of your choosing and join in on the festivities. If anyone can find some Heinz blue ketchup (eBay?), bring it for the dogs. We're also going to need an American flag cake, watermelon, and firecrackers for Mikey (the other Mike). For my part, I'll try to talk John and the boys into playing a ballistic Hendrix-esque rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. "Volto" certainly has enough vintage guitar effects to create 'rockets' and 'bombs' - all of things that make this country great! (Add to that the baked beans that someone will bring and you've got the makings for a version of the anthem better than Roseanne Barr and Jose FeliCIAno put together!) Possible (rare) special appearance by the Silver Coleman. We hope to see you there!


BMB

24 June, 2011 (10:45am)
WILLIE & SNOOP ART SHOW OPENS TONIGHT (FRIDAY, JUNE 24)

The show features among others HEATHER McMILLEN, TRAVIS SHINN (10,000 DAYS PHOTOGRAPHER) and KAT POPOVIC (NOVELIST AND FORMER TOOLBAND WRITER).

INFO



BMB

23 June, 2011 (10:58am)
CHET ZAR PAINTING SEMINAR IN MIAMI (JUNE 24)

Artist CHET ZAR will be teaching his techniques at a painting seminar in MIAMI on FRIDAY, JUNE 24 (12:00 - 3:00 PM). Additional info HERE.


BMB

21 June, 2011 (08:10am)
RAJAS SUMMER TOUR DATES

RAJAS SUMMER TOUR CONTINUES...


BMB

19 June, 2011 (12:05pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ CORRECTION

JOE TRAVERS from "Zappa Plays Zappa" will be the special guest drummer for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the 'tator' in STUDIO CITY on JUNE 20 (TONIGHT). Bring your guitar and perform during the second set.

BMB

16 June, 2011 (01:15pm)
REMINDER: VOLTO AT THE 'TATOR'

Leisurely cocktails, enormous hotdog & sauerkraut baked potatoes, and ultra-fusion peppered by drum solos: VOLTO! for two shows at the world famous BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, JUNE 18 (9:30 and 11:30). Also, I'm told by John Ziegler, himself, that there will NEW VOLTO! SHIRTS for sale at the venue.

www.thebakedpotato.com


BMB

14 June, 2011 (01:18pm)
CAPTAIN AMERICA TRAILER

Fans of the band will notice some TOOL music in the soon to be released trailer for "Captain America."

BMB

13 June, 2011 (08:47am)
JAMMMZ

JOEL TAYLOR will be the special guest drummer for tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in Studio City. Local musicians are invited to bring an instrument and join in during the second set.

BMB

08 June, 2011 (05:55pm)
ALEX & ALLYSON GREY

IN VIENNA AND MUNICH.


BMB

08 June, 2011 (05:49pm)
VOLTO AT THE BAKED POTATO ON SATURDAY, JUNE 18

In checking with their calendar, I see that VOLTO! will be doing two shows at THE BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, JUNE 18 (the first at 9:30 and second at 11:30). The band members are DANNY CAREY, KIRK COVINGTON, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER, and the location of the club is 3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST, STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604. Advanced tickets for both shows can be purchased HERE.

BMB

06 June, 2011 (01:43pm)
RAJAS TOUR DATES AND NEW VIDEO

RAJAS SUMMER TOUR DATES:

June 15th - Portland @ Rotture
June 16th - Seattle @ The Comet
June 18th - Vancouver B.C. @ Funky Winkerbeans
June 23rd - Calgary, Sled Island Fest @ Royal Canadian Legion #1
June 24th - Edmonton @ The Starlite Room
June 25th - Vancouver B.C. @ The Railway Club
June 27th - Portland @ East End

And a nicely done video:

WEBSITE



BMB

04 June, 2011 (10:31am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENT

Birthday cheers to Sturgeon guitarist and great friend KENT BRISLEY, shown here in a still from a video skit made for Danny's 50th birthday celebration. From left to right: Frank, Aloke, Kent, BMB, Chris (Pitman), Ben (Sherazi), and Rich.


BMB

01 June, 2011 (07:43pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JUNE, 2011 E.V.

MAY 22, 2012 REVISITED

As promised in the May (2011) Newsletter, on Friday, May 27th, I braved Maricopa Sheriff Joe Araio (not to mention black-hatted Alzur agents) and drove to Sedona Arizona with hopes of meeting first-hand interplanetary avatar ZEMKLA JR (from the planet Selo in the "Bernard's" star system). The purpose of this meeting, as I mentioned in the last newsletter, was to double-check the calculations used by the cosmic intelligence as instrumented by the primary terrestrial mental channel in determining the release date for the next TOOL recording. Using an antique battery charged in the 1950s by members of the Aetherius Society (that I recently purchased on eBay), once I had ascertained the correct coordinates and other pertinent information, I encountered ZEMKLA JR. in his Reticulan "jumpcraft' near the vortex at Bell Rock. (Skeptics might want to check the position of Ophiuchus [The Serpent-Bearer] at the time of this contact!)

Prepared to be chastened for using the three "confusers" - alcohol, tobacco and coffee, upon seeing ZEMKLA JR., the first thing that I noticed was that he indeed did resemble a "Missouri Mexican" wearing an astral tennis outfit. And as it turned out, there was a good reason for this. As was almost immediately evident (there's quite a difference between a tall boy Tecate and a crystal glass of Plobium!) the person 'impersonating' the Glorious One was, in fact, a Mexican-American from the "Show Me State." Although I don't feel it is necessary to reveal the exact reason for the deception, I will tell you that the imposter was more interested in another form of currency than green trading disks. With this in mind, any predictions about a release date should be regarded as highly dubious at best (if only the old radio evangelist would have double-checked his "Judgement Day" calculations, perhaps no one would have committed suicide because of his [erroneous] prediction). As is the case with the so-called Biblical Rapture, it would appear that when it comes to the release date of the next TOOL album, NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR. Therefore it could be later than May 22, 2012, or sooner. Or it could be that (somehow) I was right on the money. We'll just have to wait and see...

The one thing that I did find particularly interesting about the May 22 (or May 15) release date in my (obvious) parody of Harold Camping and his doomsday prediction is that so many people actually took it seriously, even though I clearly stated that the info was obtained via trance-contact from an interplanetary avatar from the city of Farlon on the planet Selo in the Bernard's star system! After posting the newsletter, I thought that a handful of ToolArmy folk might believe it (the same trusting, shall we say, highly enthusiastic types that believed that Maynard quit the band after finding God, which was posted on the site as an April Fool's joke many years ago), but to see it given credence on so many other websites, it's not too hard to see why Mr. Camping had so many believers. And even if some people thought that the whole ZEMKLA JR. thing was just a "clever" or "cryptic" way of announcing the release date, what should have been a tip-off right away was my stating at the beginning that "no matter how many new TOOL tunes are complete, I will personally guarantee that the new CD will be released on May 22..." How could anyone (other than that pleasant deliverer, Obelisong)) possibly know the release date at this stage of the writing process!

Finally, there was the Taco Bell mention, which prompted some people to take out their Tool decoder rings in order to tease out some relevant meaning. Well, the truth of the matter is that this is exactly what happened once I had finished writing the newsletter, and decided to make a run for the 'border.' At the time I thought it was both amusing and a bit bizarre. Yet, for whatever reason, synchronicities like this happen to me all the time. So put your Tool decoder rings away... (for now).

E-MAIL

SUBJECT: TA SITE

Q: "Hey Blair, how are you? As you mentioned you keep getting mostly 'when the f**k is the new album going to be done?!' kinda' questions, I thought i'd ask what we might expect from the 'updating' of the site? Will we see more Occult & Esoteric themes in the artwork & layout? All in all how's it coming along? Waiting,.. patiently..."

A: Although I am very reluctant to comment on any progress being made on upgrading or, better yet, developing a brand new website, I am FINALLY fairly confident that the band has found the right person (and artists) for the job. I can't say exactly when my - I mean the new TOOL site will be launched, but hopefully it will be in the next few months. Again, hopefully...

SUBJECT: MUSIC ARRANGEMENTS AND MAYNARD

Q: "Every now and again, I run into a tool fan who only focuses on Maynard. That's all they talk about, don't get my wrong I think he's the shit too, but some don't even mention the other three members and what they contribute, this is only a minor group of people that seem to do it. It irks me a bit. I was wondering if you could tell me how much of a part does Maynard play in the music composition or arrangements?"

A: First off, he writes ALL of the vocal melodies and ALL of the lyrics. If that weren't enough, I would imagine that he also contributes to the music composition (again, aside from the vocal melodies) and arrangements, as do ALL of the band members.

SUBJECT: NEW ALBUM

Q: "Will there be any dubstep featured in TOOL's new album?"

A: Maybe in the cover of "Meat Hook Sodomy" by Cannibal Corpse, or "Bring your Daughter to the Slaughter" by Iron Maiden. I'm only kidding, Guitar World, etc.

SUBJECT: OPIATE EP

Q: "Blair, I recently bought a vinyl Opiate album, I know there are several in circulation and I'm wondering why mine has Cold and Ugly double cut with the Gaping Lotus Experience, first, on side-B. The weird thing is that it is immediately followed by Cold and Ugly double cut with nothing. It's probably just a reissue I haven't read about but I want to know if I have something special."

A: http://toolvinyl.com/tool-vinyl-buyers-guide/ Perhaps this will help you. Not to be insensitive or a show-off, in case you didn't know, "Opiate" is also available in a more modern CD (compact disc) format, and with these you don't have to worry about double-cut groves, etc. I'm just putting it out there...

SUBJECT: VISUAL TRAINING

Q: "Hello Blair, I hope that you may find time to answer this question. You were talking about a Reptilian Royal family, setting out to Rule the world. I find this concept fascinating, but of course I am highly dubious. Not of the power struggles, or of the presence of ET/ED's on this planet, but of the 'reptilian' race or shape shifters. The question is, where would be the first place to look to find actual evidence, or even a series of compelling 'coincidences' that may lead to a logical conclusion that the presence of this species is a living reality? Also, Is there any sort of visual training that I could undertake in order to perceive more clearly who is and who isnt? Perhaps what to look or, something for the schema."

A: Although I very much appreciate the question, metaphors aside, I haven't a good answer. You could try the Reptoid Research Center (www.reptoids.com), or seek advice from that egg-hatched Lady GaGa thing (presumably while wearing a Positive Orgone Energy Pendant), but I seriously doubt neither of them have any real idea. However, once again, it's reassuring to know that there is someone capable to take over as content manager of the Tool websites in the event that something happens to me. As a matter of fact, while in Sedona over the Memorial Day weekend, I was bitten several times by a poisonous spider (what type, I'm not sure, but I discovered an extremely large Hobo spider [my arch-nemesis from rainy Portland, Oregon days] near the bed in the loft of my chalet the next day), and was advised by a local pharmacist to go to the emergency room. Rather than do that, I am taking Benadryl, and noticed some improvement yesterday. Yet, as I write this, some of the swelling appears to be coming back, along with patches of redness surrounding the blackish bite marks. Damn, I certainly hope I don't become a victim of my own doing - in an attempt to photograph 'ZEMKLA JR.' at the Bell Rock Portal (all part of the parody!). That is to say, I hope the joke's not on me... And yet, any damage to my body (and soul) from that brown monster under my bed would seem to legitimize having to endure decades of arachnophobia... Well, I better quit now before this starts to sound like my personal blog...

Photo by BMB

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

30 May, 2011 (09:21am)
DANNY WILL BE GUEST DRUMMER FOR THE JAMMMZ TONIGHT

DANNY will be the special guest drummer at the MEMORIAL DAY/GEMINI BARBECUE at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY tonight (MAY 30). Grill-master MIKE will be operating the Santa Fe Char-broiler, so feel free to bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Musicians are invited to bring an instrument and join in during the 2nd set. We hope to you there.

BMB

30 May, 2011 (09:16am)
"EVIL" JOE BARRESI TO BE GUEST ON CHILDREN OF SATURN TONIGHT

Tool record engineer "EVIL" JOE BARRESI will be Rynne's guest on the CHILDREN OF SATURN internet radio show tonight (MONDAY, MAY 30. www.radio23.org/ccr 6-8 PM (PST).

BMB

26 May, 2011 (02:52pm)
HIGH STRANGENESS IN THE "DARKLORE" SERIES OF BOOKS

Discover centuries-old riddles and modern-day enigmas through the series of anthologies entitled DARKLORE, a treasury of all things Fortean, ufological, paranormal, occult, and just plain weird - that will "challenge your preconceptions by revealing the strange dimensions veiled by consensus reality." (from the editor).

Darklore volumes 1-5 available at www.amazon.com

LINKS:

DARKLORE VOLUME 1

DARKLORE VOLUME 2

DARKLORE VOLUME 3

DARKLORE VOLUME 4

DARKLORE VOLUME 5

For additional info and samples from "Darklore", please visit www.dailygrail.com and click on Darklore.



BMB

26 May, 2011 (11:31am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
MAY, 2011 E.A. (OOPS!, MAKE THAT E.V.)

Undaunted by the recent prediction of the apocalypse on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 by 'fringe' radio evangelist Harold Camping, members of TOOL (again, despite the impending doom!) continued to write new material for their next recording. Before continuing with a progress report (and special announcement), I would first like to personally give kudos to the guys for (unanimously!) not succumbing to all the media-driven fear surrounding Christ's return during Oprah's last days. But as for Mr. Camping and his crestfallen flock of gas-wasting puppet underlings, shame on all of you for frightening 'the people down the street', especially for scaring little girls and Scott Stapp half to death with your "end of the world" baloney! What the hell were you thinking! - you lethargic liver spot hoping to smuggle scrotal pearls into the promised land!.. Just like all those prophets of doom with their mothballed Raptures, we 'the beer drinking public' have a good mind to deal with Mr. Camping hickory stick fashion! If not taking turns kicking him with galoshes in his bony shin, then at least let's give the gibbering skid-mark a black dunce cap and put him on the ducking stool! Jesus Christ on a unicycle, somebody slip some geriatric pharmaton in this chap's Jell-O cake before terrified believers start committing suicide! What's that you are saying: The old codger isn't to blame. He's just another poor misguided soul... Well, suppose the reports are true that he renewed his radio contract just days prior to his Judgement Day prediction (date)? Then would it be okay to dip his rectal suppositories in Tabasco sauce... as well as to verbally crucify all the idiots that he took (extorted?) money from?

And now what's this latest prediction for world annihilation in October by this dawdling teratoid? Can't you just see this flabbergasted fossil (still taking donations!) with a Bible and bottle of strawberry Ensure, re-calculating on his Panasonic 850 with quivering brittle brown-flecked fingers looking like some disgusting appetizer from the Claim-Jumper! False! Inaccurate! False! (At least those guys from "Jars of Clay" are still here. It would have sucked to climb out of the rubble and see just their cloths lying there). As most of us know, the actual date for the apocalypse is December 21, 2012. That's December 21, scrotum-face! Even dead elephants know that! Haven't you read Daniel Pinchbeck? Even a box of doorknobs knows that! The return of Quetzalcoatl, not a catastrophe you shale in your shoes shit for brains! (Note: Readers of this website will recall a trip to the Yucatan where Adam, after buying his guide a Coke, was personally shown the tell-tale Maya calendar stele at Coba.)

All right, moving forward. No matter how many new TOOL tunes are currently complete, I will personally guarantee that the new CD will be released on MAY 22, 2012 (or MAY 15, 2012). And unlike that old f**k rattling the shingles with his cauliflower and mini-Cheddars flatulence, my calculation is not based on some preposterous coded Biblical numerology. Instead, it comes from a credible source who, himself, obtained the information via trance-contact (which was written down on a scratch pad) from an interplanetary avatar (and sector commander) named ZEMKLA JR. from the city of Farlon on the planet Selo (in the Bernard's Star System).

Thus having been contacted, SEMKLA JR. traveled to the earth in a vortex device (equipped with "anti-God controls") that he called "an extra Gamma-traversing spheroid" (whose sighting was officially listed by a general at Luke Air Force Base as "a supersonic flight of Canadian geese.") After first warning of the dangers of indole poisons (pork, spinach, bleached flour, etc.), and demonstrating the amazing power of a Temkla pencil, Zemkla (who resembled a "Missouri Mexican wearing what looked like an astral tennis outfit, and was accompanied by beautiful women who appeared like they just stepped out of a Greek painting"), revealed the all-important date, afterwards asking when the ToolArmy message boards would be back up? Go ahead and listen to the alzur agents if you want (wearing their black dunce caps), but I'll bet anyone a crystal glass of Plobium and 100 green trading disks that the date is correct. Feel free to spread the word anyway you want: Billboards, posters, digital bus displays, or smoke signal apps on your iPhone...

In fact, braving Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who I'm sure would love to put any interplanetary avatar resembling a Missouri Mexican into a pink jumpsuit!), tomorrow I'm going to drive to the "BELL" portal in Sedona, Arizona with hopes of meeting ZEMKLA JR. for myself. I'm going to this extra trouble in order to double-check the calculation of the TOOL CD release date (but don't ask me what color his socks were, if a Javelina Decimator leaves a mess behind, or how many bolts are in the vortex device!). If, like Mr. Camping, I'm "just a little off", come MAY 23rd, I don't want to have to hole up in some Motel 6 with mobs of angry ToolArmy members banging on the door.

POST SCRIPT: In a possible tangential and/or MIB encounter, shortly after finishing the newsletter, while eating at a local TACO BELL, I noticed an elderly fellow with a strange flashlight stuffed into his back pocket STANDING IN LINE. When it was HIS TURN TO ORDER, he told the woman at the counter that he was going to go outside a smoke a cigarette. He then asked what would be the latest time that he could return and order a "delicious bean burrito?" After leaving to smoke the cigarette (I assume), he returned and ordered FOR HIMSELF two bean burritos - one with NO ONIONS, the other with EXTRA ONIONS. He then turned to the person standing behind him and asked if he was a Mexican American? The reason he wanted to know (so he said) was that he wanted to learn the correct way to say "Hola"... Honestly. For a minute I thought he was going to say, "I BE ZEMKLA JR..."

INO PAZIS GNURUM


BMB

23 May, 2011 (12:32pm)
MORE APC DATES

Announced on their website:

AUGUST 1, SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ KINGSBURY HALL

AUGUST 8, CINCINNATI, OH @ PNC PAVILION

AUGUST 10, WALLINGFORD, CT @ OAKDALE THEATRE

TICKETS GO ON SALE JUNE 3

More info at www.aperfectcircle.com


BMB

23 May, 2011 (12:27pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

For the jams at the BAKED POTATO (STUDIO CITY) tonight, BRIAN MENDES will be the special guest drummer with BILLY STEINWAY on keyboards. Next MONDAY at the 'tator', JZ and Company will be hosting the 5th annual MEMORIAL DAY BARBECUE (with John's birthday also adding to the festivities). Bring side dishes and guitars if you want to join in on the action.

BMB

20 May, 2011 (04:10pm)
JAPANESE NUCLEAR RELIEF SHOW: FRIDAY, JUNE 3 IN LOS ANGLES

CHET ZAR, MEATS MEIER, JAKE ROANHAUS, iTOM LAB and MORE.


BMB

19 May, 2011 (09:11am)
CHET ZAR "CIRQUE DU SOLEIL" PRINT RELEASED

As part of the "Safewalls" project, Artist CHET ZAR's Cirque Du Soleil print is now available HERE.


BMB

16 May, 2011 (03:07pm)
IJYNX HARDCOVER BOOK ON AMAZON.COM

For those asking if my book "IJYNX" will ever be reprinted, the answer is that it is actually STILL IN PRINT. Although the first two soft-cover editions have long been out of print, the EXPANDED HARD COVER printed by DailyGrail Publishing is AVAILABLE at www.amazon.com for $33.39. (Note: although it says that there are only 3 left, they can quickly order more.) The hard cover version contains additional material (such as commentaries, etc.) that wasn't included in the earlier soft-cover editions.

ORDER


BMB

16 May, 2011 (02:33pm)
FRIENDLY REMINDER: VOLTO! ON THE WEST SIDE

SATURDAY, MAY 28 IN SANTA MONICA. JZ's BIRTHDAY AT MIDNIGHT.


BMB

16 May, 2011 (12:37pm)
THE BIG 5-O PARTY!

Okay, the celebration for Danny's 50th Birthday is finally over... I think? First of all, thanks to Rynne and all those involved in making it such a memorable night. Also thanks to those close friends and family members who traveled so many miles to be there for the "big one." And though they didn't have to travel that far, it was especially nice to see Mike and Lara Savage at the party. I'm happy to report that the big guy is still doing well! For those whose invitation got lost in the mail (or, rather, wound up in a spam box), here's a brief report of the festivities which took place at the "Smog Shoppe" in Culver City on Friday the 13th: The live performance by the SCOTT KINSEY GROUP (Jimmy Earl, Kirk Covington and Alex Machacek on guitar) was as good - if not better - than I've ever heard from the band (Alex playing with Kinsey for the first time, if I'm not mistaken). Sadly, no one hit the record button. The food provided by Chef Chris Mitchell and his "LATITUDE 45" Catering was equally up to par (coffee baked beans, who would have thunk it!), as was the selection of spirits at the open bars (Man, did I choose the wrong night for my first time ever designated driver). However, best of all were all the homemade video birthday wishes that were sent in. Although I didn't get a chance to see them all, among those that stood out were Josh Freese's "Family Greetings", Ben Sherazi's "Urban Golf", Neil Peart's "Made it to 50", Justin's "Massive bong hit toast" (no doubt Danny's mom's favorite), and the absolutely priceless footage of Danny jamming with Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland and Les Claypool at Stewart's house (I didn't know Danny played the flute). There were also lots of early videos of Danny during his Kansas City rock drummer days, footage of Green Jell-O on tour, and 90's behind-the-scenes Tool shenanigans. And then there was this Bill Brasky-esqe skit at the Cha Cha Lounge with Frank, Aloke Dutta, Kent Brisley, BMB, Chris Pitman, Ben Sherazi and (from Glendale) Rich Estrada. Hopefully some of these videos will make it to "Youtube" or, better yet, onto Danny's website. Thanks to Breck Haggerty for his editing skills, and to Jimmy Hayward for directing, shooting and editing the "Cha Cha" toast and other clips. Thanks also to Collide's kaRIN and her "Saints and Sinners" on-line store for the unique gifts many of us received to commemorate the occasion (I don't know about the others, but I won't be putting mine on eBay anytime soon). All and all it was a great party for a great friend, and nice to see so many people that we haven't seen for a while. I can't wait for 51, so save that Armani tux, D.C. I hope to post some photos as soon as I receive them, but in the meantime here's one of Danny's actual birthday cake.

Photo by BMB



BMB

13 May, 2011 (10:18am)
ALOKE WANTS TO KNOW...

This just in my in-box: tabla master ALOKE DUTTA wants to know "what kind of food there will be at Danny's party tonight?" Well, Aloke, I'll believe there will be lots of GATES BARBECUE lovingly prepared by Tool's catering chef Kiwi Chris Mitchell (www.latitude45catering.com). For all of our sake, though, I just hope everything goes alright with that Bugatti (Veyron) birthday cake Danny wanted...

BMB

13 May, 2011 (09:56am)
SCOTT KINSEY GROUP TONIGHT

Keyboardist extraordinaire SCOTT KINSEY will be performing tonight at DANNY's 50th BIRTHDAY PARTY... but you can't go! (sorry, to pull a Cartman, but we'll get lots of photos). You can, however, see the SCOTT KINSEY GROUP at the 'tator' in Studio City on THURSDAY, MAY 19th. More info in the calendar on the BAKED POTATO WEBSITE.

BMB

13 May, 2011 (09:48am)
KIRK COVINGTON WITH DRUMS

VOLTO's KIRK COVINGTON with keyboardist SCOTT TIBBS and bassist HADRIAN FERAUD will be at the BAKED POTATO on TUESDAY, MAY 17th. The world famous jazz club is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West, Studio City, Ca. 91604.

BMB

11 May, 2011 (06:22pm)
FINE ART PRINT WITH "CHRYSOPOEIA" ON THE REVERSE

For those of you who have asked about my mentioning of "CHRYSOPOEIA" * in a recent post, I was referring to the alchemical aphorisms serving as technical prescriptions that I've hand-written on the reverse of the fine art print entitled "BMB" by Heather McMillen. As I posted earlier, ONLY 49 will be produced, with 19 or more still available FOR SALE at www.etsy.com . The photo below shows an example of the reverse of the print (which also includes a TYPED COPY of "Chrysopoeia" on a single sheet of parchment). Once the remaining copies are gone, there will be no more produced.

* copyright 2011 by the author (Blair MacKenzie Blake)


BMB

11 May, 2011 (12:52pm)
"THERE IS NO GOD!"

Taking a day off from working on new material with TOOL, Danny spent part of his 50th birthday out on the links with Aaron, Buzz and Rynne. At dinner last night, if I heard Rynne correctly, Aaron Harris had the best score (you owe me one) . And where did Danny choose to eat on his big 50th? Rosa Mexicano downtown by the Staples Center (after a couple of glasses of Macallan at the pub). And what did he order, enquiring minds want to know? Arrachera con Camarones/Steak & Shrimp stew, which he enjoyed immensely! (Worth holding off on that hotdog at the golf course shack). Anyway, Friday night will be the big bash, and we'll be sure to have a full report with photos.

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

10 May, 2011 (12:02am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANNY!

Birthday greetings to Danny who today turns 50, but who by all appearances looks nearly a quarter of a century younger (Damn, that fine art print hanging in the lodge - with its 'lapidary' prose entitled "Chrysopoeia" on the reverse - has really worked wonders!). Thus having attained the stainless Magistery of a buried philosophy (ah, the Dew of May), a toast with a glass of Tritan crystal filled with the violet wine of Artephius. And may it ring through the 'tiers' of eternity! CHEERS to a truly great person and friend (and not a bad drummer either) who many of us have had the absolute pleasure and good fortune to share so many adventures and good times. It has been almost 25 years now since I first met Dan (imagine how many superbowls his beloved K.C. Chiefs have won in all that time!), and even with his multi-platinum record awards, Grammys, orange Murcielago, custom drum kits, ultra-rare guitars, analog monstrosities, and mansions filled with macabre curios, he's essentially (if not exactly) the same guy kicking the sod off his ratty Converse that I met all those years ago. In fact, he still drives that rusty pickup truck to the YMCA to shoot hoops (only now he also valet parks it at Mortons from time to time). As if it was only yesterday, I vividly remember him leaving his Ametron delivery van idling on Hollywood Boulevard while taking a two and a half hour "lunch break" in a spacious loft above Frederick's, where a few of us attempted to negotiate a bizarre miniature golf course as Ligeti, Scrajbin, Wagner and Joni Mitchell blasted on the stereo. It was over a year of such ambitious endeavors with Danny before I knew that he played the drums, let alone how incredibly talented he was on them! * This, I think, is a great testament to his character and humble nature, and just one of the reasons why so many people cherish his friendship. It is also why so many people will be raising a glass (Riedel?) with him in celebrating his 50th!

* It's a good thing, too, because after a van loaded with electronics in his charge got stolen during an extended "lunch break", his boss at Ametron relegated Danny to sales - that is before XAPHAN became involved (and the rest is history).

Birthday wishes from your family, friends, and band mates (righteous dudes themselves).

Photo by BMB taken recently at "Sprinkles."

With love and respect,



BMB

07 May, 2011 (11:57am)
A PERFECT CIRCLE SAN ANTONIO TICKETS

ADDITIONAL TICKETS for the JULY 22 APC SAN ANTONIO SHOW at FREEMAN COLISEUM will be released on TUESDAY, MAY 10TH at 8:00 AM CENTRAL TIME.

More tour info available at www.aperfectcircle.com


BMB

06 May, 2011 (10:03am)
CHRIS COLEMAN CLINIC AT EXPLORERS PERCUSSION

Drummer CHRIS COLEMAN will be doing a clinic at EXPLORERS PERCUSSION in KANSAS CITY on MAY 11. More info HERE. People in Los Angeles can check out Mr. Coleman TONIGHT (FRIDAY, MAY 6TH) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club with JOHN Z's new project "BUBBA LUGATZ."

BMB

05 May, 2011 (12:03pm)
"THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE SCREAMING ABYSS" PROJECT

DENNIS McKENNA is looking for funding to self-publish a BOOK about the life and adventures of he and his late older brother TERENCE McKENNA. Here's how you can CONTRIBUTE and become part of the project.

BMB

02 May, 2011 (10:21am)
ROYAL HONEYMOON ON LIZARD ISLAND

It appears that Prince William and Kate Middleton will soon be spending their honeymoon on... LIZARD ISLAND (Australia). For more details GOOGLE keywords: "Prince William Kate Middleton Lizard Island." Also read the April 2011 newsletter.

BMB

28 April, 2011 (08:54pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
APRIL 29TH, 2011 e.v.

ROYAL WEDDING/DAVID ICKE SPECIAL EDITION

"Hey, what's going on with the new Tool record?" "How's the new Tool record going, BMB?" Seems that's all people who read this site want to know. I'm not kidding. 99% of the queries in my inbox this week concerned the band's next album, with, amazingly enough, not one question or comment about the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and any dystopian potentials with regards to the ongoing deception to humankind by shape-shifting reptoids, Kris Kristofferson, and the Babylonian Brotherhood. Holy freakin' Queen Mother-Chief Toad in fancy footwear!..

Well, okay you persistent sheeple-bastards: Converting the waveforms of electromagnetic emanations from the constellation Draco into the equivalent audio waves obviously takes time (especially those only detectable to those with the rarest forms of extreme reverse-slope hearing loss). So does tuning the silicon strings of a nano-guitar that happens to be the size of a red blood cell. And have you ever tried recording samples of a particular species of Thai cicada in a rainy moonless jungle. What about processing a dry leaf skittering along the sidewalk through an Eventide harmonizer so that it's in tune with a Tibetan thighbone trumpet? And then there's the lovesick bobcat and tickled camel... Yes, all of these things are quite time consuming. Even so, the guys (Tool) are making a lot of headway in the arduous process of jamming, writing, and arranging new material. Of course, like everyone else who knows an organic portal when they 'see' one, they're going to take Friday, April 29th off in order to watch the royal wedding (unable to attend in person, most regrettably). Therefore, perhaps you, too, should WATCH the Drac's party, asking yourself, "What's coming next as far as Red Dress Programs go?" That is, exactly what is the hidden agenda of these creatures masquerading as the British Royal Family?

What to look for, you ask? Little things. Don't be fooled or blinded by stuff like designer ensembles or heavily embroidered flats. Duchesse satin with seed-pearl looks good on a child's blood and crumpet type lizard as well. But in looking for evidence of reptoid activity, don't expect to see almond-shaped eyes, vertical pupils and green leathery skin. Instead, look for traces of partially scaled faces while morphing back during vibrational wavelength disruptions. Look THROUGH these holographic veils with their livers and greens and monoatomic gold. See these crockery-collecting Dracs with their biscuits, Cadbury, and clotted cream for what they truly are: hostile lizardfolk disguised as humans. If you happen to be in the area and spot an ice cream van, try ordering a "99" and watch what happens. Especially look for those wearing blue lipstick in Westminster Abbey! And if you've a telescope, look for signs of lunar bases. They'll certainly be watching too, knowing damn well that the date of the royal wedding (April 29th) also happens to be David Icke's birthday! And why do you suppose that the occasion should enable the highly influential (with their STICKY PUDDING) to be so close to the Buckingham Palace bunkers!

After all, who would deliberately choose the date of April 29th for the royal wedding - the same date (APRIL 29th) that ADOLF HITLER married his long-time mistress EVA BRAUN in a Berlin bunker - only to "commit suicide" shortly after, thus bringing a new meaning to the term, "The honeymoon is over." (Note: Keep in mind that all the pain and suffering of Lizard-Hitler's WWII was used to energize and 'refuel', if you will, the reptoid Dracs. Evidently, simply tossing a hamster into a KitchenAid KSB560 isn't nearly enough 'misery-energy' for these glorified skinks who are bent on world domination.) If all of this isn't further evidence of Nazi-Reptilian collaboration, then how does one explain another important occurrence on April 29 (1992)? The British have their Queen, but here in America, we have our KING. And here, of course, I'm referring to RODNEY KING and the L.A. riots, an important TEST as part of the Reptilian/Babylon Brotherhood conspiracy.

In the meantime, A PERFECT CIRCLE have announced via their website that RED BACTERA VACUUM will be opening for them during their summer 2011 tour. Maynard and company will also be performing at the Ottawa BLUESFEST on JULY 10th, and Kanrocksas in August. Also look for APC LOLLAPALOOZA DATES. For additional information, including videos of their rehearsals, please visit www.aperfectcircle.com (Only wait until after Friday's royal wedding!). Also newsworthy is that M.T. vOID, JUSTIN'S project with Peter MOHAMED, have released a track from "NOTHING'S MATTER." Not sure what Adam's up too (besides working on new Tool songs), but recently DANNY got together for a drumming/recording session with NEIL PEART (RUSH) and STEWART COPELAND (THE POLICE). LES CLAYPOOL was also involved, but I'm not sure as to what capacity. Whether or not these guys will get together again, or anything will come from the initial 'session', I really don't know. Danny has also been working in his spare time with cEVIN of SKINNY PUPPY (programming Danny's large collection of analogue synthesizers), and there are plans for my neighbor Evil Joe Barresi to possibly record a VOLTO! CD.

Now, let's see what's in my inbox?

Q: "Hey, Can you tell me what the new Tool album sounds like?"

A: Well, so far, it sounds like Stockhausen meets Jimmy Durante. No, actually I haven't heard any of it yet. I did, however, see the dry erase board the other night, and even took a photo of the incomplete (Tool) arrangement on it, only to be later told by a band member not to post it. I don't know why, though. It was ambiguous as ever. In fact, any musician would have an easier time deciphering the Voynich manuscript. Even so, I'll go way out on a limb and predict that the new stuff sounds like... Tool. Or at least it WILL once Maynard adds everything that he does to the equation. For truly, that's when all the colored scrawls of chord progressions, time signatures, and other abstruse musical notations on the board become the kind of Tool composition you've become familiar with.

But, getting back to Friday's royal wedding involving Icke's reptilian Overlords, let's review the facts: April 29th, the date of the royal wedding by shape-shifting reptoids, is also leading researcher/conspiracy theorist David Icke's birthday (Coincidence? I think... NOT.). As we've seen, it also happens to be the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's marriage to Eva Braun. Plus the wedding enables any de-cloaking ELITE (with their sticky pudding!) to be near the Buckingham Palace bunkers. And, lest we not forget, the date also marks the anniversary of the riots in Los Angeles, which, as we have seen, was a staged event, as part of Draco Reptilian/Babylonian Brotherhood's hidden agenda. All the while, the little steam train goes "toot toot toot", doesn't it Mr. Icke...

And how exactly did I become aware of these connections? Not because I am currently in a relationship with a relative of Eva Braun. That I can assure you (even though I truly am.). No, it began last winter while I was spending the holidays with my family on the east coast. While on the way to visit my father's grave memorial we stopped first at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia. There I wanted to checkout the gravesite of Werner von Braun (1912-1977), the former WWII Peenemunde Nazi rocket development program leader - later turned American rocket scientist (via Operation Paperclip) who was instrumental in putting a man on the moon, and who may have been privy (nay, involved) in the famous Roswell crash/retrieval. What I was mainly interested in was the inclusion of the Biblical Psalm 19:1 on the rocket scientist's modest grave marker. Translated as "The heavens declare God's glory and the skies reveal His handiwork", I wondered if this might be a cryptic reference to UFOs (again, as in the Roswell case?). But what happened next was strange to say the least. As we approached the site, a black sedan with darkened windows pulled up in the dappled sunlight. Seconds later we were astonished to see a figure climb out wearing a large black overcoat and WWII Nazi helmet (complete with a bright SS decal). This man, who appeared to be quite old, walked over to von Braun's grave, bent down and removed the American flag planted there, replacing it with a tiny Nazi flag. Without saying a word, and as if totally oblivious to our presence - even as I took a photo of him!, he then walked back and got into the idling sedan. Seconds later it was gone. The whole thing happened in a matter of minutes, or even seconds actually. Once the car was out of sight, we decided to replace the American flag that originally had been placed there, completely baffled by the strange episode. After this event, for whatever reason, I decided to do more research on the von Braun, and that's when I learned about an interview that he did with Carol Rosin prior to his death in 1977. In this interview, the scientist revealed an elaborate plan by the powers that be involving false threats by terrorists, killer asteroids, and finally a false alien threat to humankind. Deceptions apparently designed to control certain events on earth!

Okay, what other email might there be?

Q: "I was wondering if it would be possible to get all the tool songs as instrumentals. I recently found Sober on youtube with no lyrics and was thinking it'd be badass to hear them all like this. Is there a secret Maynardless album hiding somewhere? Maybe one he used as he made the lyrics I assume. Looking forward to your response."

A: None, other than the Zamfir panpipe CD that was released about five years ago.

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

25 April, 2011 (05:46pm)
ALOKE DUTTA NOW ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS

Tabla master Aloke Dutta (HEAR HIM ON "SALIVAL") has some openings for new students in both methods, in person and via Skype for tabla lessons and rhythm concept course. Please contact him at aloke@alokedutta.com if you are seriously interested to study with him. Also, be looking for a possible tabla performance by Aloke on a future recording...

BMB

25 April, 2011 (05:37pm)
"ALCHEMEYEZ" VISIONARY ART CONGRESS UPDATE

"Alchemeyez Visionary Art Congress"

Special discounted package DEAL

email artist Adam Scott Miller @ VisionASM@gmail.com for codes for discounted tickets.



BMB

23 April, 2011 (11:09am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ WITH DANNY ON THE DRUMS

It will be a mini Volto set this MONDAY NIGHT (APRIL 25) at the 'tator' with DANNY CAREY as the special guest drummer, and KIRK COVINGTON on the keyboards. Double duty for Danny, as he will be working on new material with TOOL that afternoon. Same for Kirk, who will most likely be playing the piano on a yacht 'till sunset.

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West
Studio City, Ca. 91604

And while I'm on the subject of VOLTO!, the band will be performing again at THE CENTRAL in SANTA MONICA on SATURDAY, MAY 28TH. "GRYPHON LABS (including members of "Zappa Plays Zappa") will open the show, and we'll also be celebrating JOHN ZIEGLER'S birthday (at midnight). If you want to bring him a gift, John gladly excepts Shiner Bock marinaded "drunksticks" (don't forget the sriracha!) and/or his favorite "Holmes" Texas pecan sausage links. If not, just buy him a kamikaze.

THE CENTRAL
1348 14TH STREET
SANTA MONICA, CA. 90404

And while we're on the subject of JOHN Z (aka VOLTO), his other band, "BUBBA LUGATZ" will doing their thing at the BAKED POTATO on FRIDAY, MAY 6TH. Check them out if you haven't already. Great vintage keyboards and a fantastic drummer.


BMB

21 April, 2011 (01:38pm)
BLACK MATH HORSEMAN REMINDER

Sash Popovic and BMH will be performing live at THREE CLUBS in Hollywood (1123 Vine Street #1) on SATURDAY, APRIL 23. Admission is... FREE. Show is at 9:00 PM.

WEBSITE



BMB

20 April, 2011 (11:18am)
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO JUNIOR

Happy Birthday to Tool's lighting director, JUNIOR. Cheers from the entire Tool family!

BMB

17 April, 2011 (12:29pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAYNARD!

Birthday greetings throughout the multiverse to MJK. CHEERS!

twitter - @tool



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14 April, 2011 (11:12am)
"ALCHEMEYEZ" VISIONARY ART CONGRESS IN HAWAII

Romio Shrestha, Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, Dennis McKenna, Mark Henson, Bluetech, Luke Brown, Android Jones, Adam Scott Miller, Carey Thompson, Amanda Sage, Heyoka, Vibesquad, and many others...

MORE



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12 April, 2011 (01:27pm)
BLACK MATH HORSEMAN TO PERFORM IN LOS ANGELES

After they finish their current European tour, BLACK MATH HORSEMAN will be doing a gig here in L.A. at THREE CLUBS on APRIL 23, 2011. For all you non-swingers out there, 3 CLUBS is located at 1123 VINE STREET #1, LOS ANGELES, CA. 90038. 9PM SHOW.

BMB

11 April, 2011 (10:53am)
BILL HICKS "AMERICAN" SCREENING IN SYDNEY

I have been informed that Australian viewers in Sydney will be able to see the film "American: The Bill Hicks Story" for 1 night only with accompanying Q&A after the screening courtesy of "Popcorn Taxi." The event will be held on WEDNESDAY, MAY 4TH at EVENTS CINEMAS, BONDI JUNCTION.

Tickets available HERE


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11 April, 2011 (10:39am)
CHET ZAR SEMINAR

On May 22nd, artist CHET ZAR will be holding his first painting seminar at Off The Map Tattoo in Easthampton, Massachusetts. It will be a day long event in which he will be covering the techniques used to create his oil paintings. Class size is limited to only 15 people and the cost is $200. You can get all the info HERE

BMB

10 April, 2011 (07:21pm)
6TH ANNIVERSARY MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ BARBECUE

Calling all carnivores. Substitute Grill Master "Kevin MagicMan" will be firing up every square inch of the Santa Fe Char-Broiler for the 6TH anniversary of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at that jazz mecca - THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on APRIL 11. John Ziegler, Jamie Kime, Chris Roy, Billy Steinway, and special guest drummer JOE TRAVERS. Bring your favorite instrument (although please be aware that one of the 'tator' waitresses suffers from aulophobia)... Bring a side dish and/or choice dessert... Saturnalia on the smoking patio usually gets started with the first squirt of lighter fluid around 9:00. We certainly hope to see you there. As Danny likes to say - what else are you going to do?

BMB

07 April, 2011 (03:45pm)
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

Birthday greetings to both the doctor and nurse Voice Overs on "Blame Hofmann." Cheers to Tool manager PETE RIEDLING, who's going to celebrate with the hottest curry in the city, and to CAMELLA, who is with Rynne at cenote Azul in Mexico.

BMB

06 April, 2011 (10:08pm)
MORE COLLECTIBLE TOOL MERCH IN THE STORE IN LESS THAN AN HOUR

So here I am sitting with LaraLee at Shakey's pizza in North Hollywood, watching the Lakers losing to Golden State, when who should disturb my repose but "MERCH." Evidently he's burning the candle at both ends, and wanted me to give you a big heads up that at 11:00 PM PST tonight (April 6th), he's going to put some more stuff in the "COLLECTIBLES" section on the store. This will include un-signed "SALIVAL" box-sets, SIGNED LATERALUS VINYL and some different VINTAGE TEE-SHIRTS. Great, only don't try to play the vinyl looking for "PROBLEM 8." As I said in the newsletter, "don't go looking for it among your collection (most of you, that is!)." Translation: Originally, it was never made available for sale, but had to be obtained in another way. If you miss out on tonight's collectibles, keep checking because there's more on the way.


BMB

06 April, 2011 (02:27pm)
HEATHER McMILLEN FINE ART PRINT with HAND-WRITTEN PROSE-POEM BY BMB

AVAILABLE IN ONE LIMITED EDITION PRESSING of 49 - "BMB" - A FINE ART PRINT by HEATHER McMILLEN printed on Archival Somerset Heavyweight Rag Paper with Torn Edge. SIGNED and NUMBERED by artist HEATHER McMILLEN. The REVERSE of each print will contain a HAND-WRITTEN, ORIGINAL, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED, 16-LINE PROSE-POEM entitled "CHRYSOPOEIA", that will serve as the 'Proem' of the author's forthcoming book. In ADDITION to the SIGNED HOLOGRAPHIC PROEM, the package will INCLUDE "CHRYSOPOEIA" PRINTED on a sheet of 8.5" X 11" VELLUM. ONE LIMITED EDITION PRESSING OF 49. PRICE: $69.00 USD (Available at www.etsy.com)

ORDER



BMB

05 April, 2011 (06:17pm)
TWEET! TWEET!

Please be advised that the OFFICIAL Twitter account for Tool is: @tool, run capably by world class multi-tasker MJK. Spread the word.

BMB

05 April, 2011 (12:34pm)
VOLTO! ON SATURDAY NIGHT, APRIL 9TH

There are still seats available for the 11:30 VOLTO show at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. on SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH. Purchase them HERE

VOLTO!

DANNY CAREY
KIRK COVINGTON
LANCE MORRISON
JOHN ZIEGLER



BMB

05 April, 2011 (07:42am)


Sampled some of this the other night. Good stuff! Check out the whiskey maker's comment on the label.

Photo by BMB



BMB

04 April, 2011 (11:18am)
NEW LUSTMORD CD - "SONGS OF GODS AND DEMONS"

The new Lustmord release, "Songs of Gods and Demons" is a collection of material recorded between 1994 and 2007 and now available for the first time. The CD includes "The Blasted Plain", the companion piece to the music Lustmord did for the VICARIOUS DVD menu.

Available direct from Lustmord

HERE

In other Lustmord news, a second show has been added to the New York performance on April 10, and Lustmord will perform at Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany on June 13 2011.

UPDATE: THE 2ND NEW YORK SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT

While in New York for his Unsound performances, Lustmord will also be giving a talk at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building in Manhattan on Saturday, APRIL 9TH at 1:30 pm. Admission is free.

Further information on all of the above at the Lustmord Blog.

www.lustmord.com

http://b-lustmord.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Lustmord.Page
http://twitter.com/BLustmord



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02 April, 2011 (03:05pm)
REMINDER: JUSTIN MORTIMER SOLO ART SHOW TONIGHT (APRIL 2nd)

An artist that ADAM has great admiration for, JUSTIN MORTIMER, has a solo show entitled "HAFTLING" tonight (APRIL 2nd) at MIHAI NICODIM GALLERY in LOS ANGELES. The address is 3143 S. LA CIENEGA BLVD., UNIT B, L.A., CA. 90016 (with the ENTRANCE on "BLACKWELDER"). The phone number is 310-838-8884, and more info can be obtained HERE . This is the artist's first solo show in L.A., and will absolutely be well worth checking out!


BMB

01 April, 2011 (04:02pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
MARCH, 2011 e.v.

So you went ahead and did it. Bought yourself a limited edition Tool tour poster as a keepsake of the night you saw the band perform live. Maybe you even shelled out some extra money for one signed by all four band members. Hell, you might have even hit the conveniently located ATM so that you could purchase a poster that contained original hand-drawn art by guitarist Adam Jones. Then after the show - if the thing survived intact - you had it framed and hung it on a wall, making sure that it was perfectly centered. Okay, great. But was that the end of the story, or did you find yourself wanting more cool Tool stuff? Here, I'm talking about collectible things - perhaps even highly sought after Tool memorabilia such as, say, a signed limited edition Lateralus vinyl with bonus doodles by Adam, or an Evans drum head signed by Danny with a purple Sharpie, it also containing a slightly off-kilter "Star of Babalon", or what about the even harder to obtain "Cesaro Summability" 12" promo picture disc? Wouldn't that baby look good on the wall next to your prized tour poster! If such is the case, you might just be more than your average Tool enthusiast. Standing there in your "All Indians, No Chiefs" vintage tee-shirt, you might be a... collector (and if so, carefully take off that shirt, and put it on a tattooed manikin!)

Although I'm far from an expert on the various collectible (official) Tool merchandise out there, as a friend of the band members, and as the content manager for their websites, over the years I've come across quite a few things that I would deem to be very valuable. But which is the rarest item of all - the so-called "holy grail" of Tool memorabilia? I've got my own idea, but first let's look at some other pieces that are sure to fetch a high price on eBay, in second-hand record shops, at collector's expos, or on other online auction houses. As I'm sure most Tool devotees are aware of, collecting and selling these items can be highly profitable. But beginners (and even seasoned veterans!) will need to be careful to avoid paying an arm and a leg for fakes. And there are a lot of fakes out there, some even having a genuine look about them. So that you don't blow your hard earned money on a "Stinkfist Eastern European promo album", or a "rare blue vinyl of Lateralus", or even a super scarce Australian release of a "colour double Salival LP" (all of which are most likely CD transfer bootlegs), check with some of the excellent on-line buyer's guides, especially if you're not absolutely certain of the authenticity of the item.

(Note: Before we examine some of the more uncommon pieces, be advised that I am not going to include things that were once considered for official merch (prototypes and such), but which, for whatever reason, never made it into production. Things such as Tool bottle openers, skateboards, clothing, jewelry, lighters, or license plate frames. Nor am I going to include promotional record store displays, although I'm sure they are quite collectible. The same goes for personal items like business documents, letters, holiday or birthday cards, etc. In the past I've received X-mas gifts from Adam that were wrapped in generic paper containing hand-drawn decorative flourishes [although not necessarily keeping with the spirit of the occasion!], but I can't imagine there being too many items like this out there, especially for sale! Not yet, that is... And finally, I'm not going to include Tool tour books, no matter how old, due to the private information they might still contain.)

When thinking of rare Tool collectibles, and especially one that commands a high price on eBay, the first thing that comes to mind would be a factory-sealed mint copy of the band's 1991 original demo cassette, titled (or dubbed) 72826. (In case you didn't know, the number is "SATAN" spelled out on a phone keypad.) With a simple illustration of the familiar phallic Tool wrench on the cover, the demo contains 6 tracks from Tool's first two records, including studio versions of "Cold & Ugly" and "Jerk-off." As for the exact number of copies made, I'm going to guess around 500, although this could be higher, keeping in mind that many were given away by the band during early club performances. Whatever the number (Danny thinks possibly 1,000), a genuine UNOPENED copy of this cassette makes for a nice centerpiece to any tool memorabilia collection.

Besides the demo cassette, something else that Tool enthusiasts and collectors drool over are picture discs. There were several species of these produced, mainly for promotional use, and if you can get your hands one of the more scarce (official) ones, you've got yourself quite a treasure. Some of these limited editions include the "Sober" 12" picture disc UK promo, the aforementioned "Cesaro Summability" picture disc, a 10" "Stinkfist" picture disc, and a beautifully-illustrated "Lateralus" sampler version. Variants of Tool vinyl are also popular with collectors, with the authentic ones becoming harder and harder to find. These include Undertow in a grey promo, and a clear green version. And although neither of these promos includes "Disgustipated", they are much sought after. (Note: Years ago I remember people on the message boards talking about a double LP [one disc black, with the other being orange] that supposedly included the lengthy "Disgustipated" as well as a side chockfull of re-mixes from "Undertow." However, I can tell you with absolute certainty that this is a pure fabrication. But if you can't get your hands on a picture disc, how about an "Opiate" mis-press, with both sides being double-cut and containing the hidden track "The Gaping Lotus Experience." There's also the "Prison Sex" white vinyl with (hopefully) an included art sheet that contains the "big fat lady." And I don't have to tell Tool aficionados (those who know exactly where the Parental Advisory stickers should be located on the shrink wrap) that the original "Aenima" gatefold album (with its "Useful Idiot Joke") is extremely pricey, only don't drain your savings on one with colored vinyl, unless, of course, that color is black.

As for CDs, I'm not sure how many of these were produced, but I have in my possession a promotional issue of "Prison Sex" (Zoo - ZP17148-2) that contains both the radio edit and album version of that tune with the CD artwork being the same as the "Prison Sex" UK grey vinyl version. And though it's not that rare, the European version of the Aenima CD SHOULD BE of interest to collectors. Not because the disc contains the Goetic sigil of Furfur, or that it includes an insert catalog of spurious "other albums available by Tool", but because the spoof catalog contains in itself true information that might be of great interest to certain fans of the band.

And then there's the "Salival" box-set, some of which were autographed, and even came embellished with original Adam artwork of varying degrees of complexity.

Another big-ticket item would be a GENUINE certified RIAA record award that contains the name of the person that it was presented to, but since these are only usually given to friends, family, and those intimately involved in the record's production, they don't often come up for sale. In fact, you might have to wait until someone dies... Also, the band stopped giving these out after "Aenima", so, again, there can't be too many floating around.

What about those limited edition tour posters? Well, they're certainly collectible; in particular those with original drawings by Adam (or Justin), but what would be even better would be a signed "double-set" (with Adam art), such as those for the 'recent' Nokia shows here in L.A. Another good one would be from Tool's performance in Hamburg Germany on June 6, 2006 (666). And then there's the large "ET IN ARCADIO EGO" European tour poster from some by-gone era. So why settle for an unused wrench sticker (these might have been ancient back stage passes).

And while talking about the old stickers, satin V.I.P. and after show passes are also deemed collectible, the older the better. But of course, those that went unused are the most valuable. Even better (hmmm) would be a so-called unused "pussy pass" - truly a thing of the far distant past, with their pornographic imagery and accompanying text: "Don't be offended - it's perfectly natural." You know that you've got a real one if stamped on the back are directions informing the 'lucky' recipient which section (say, 101) to report to after the show. With regards to all-access laminates (highly collectible), these should contain a photo, a tiny yellow smiley face sticker (damn, I've given it away), and a mini "Feed Me" satellite laminate. Among the VIP laminates, my personal favorite would have to be the one with the words Very Impudent Parasite written on the front with the following printed on the reverse: "I. The Person Whining Before You, Had Absolutely Nothing To Do With ANY Of The Creative Processes Which Lead Up To This Event And I Have Perverse Overestimation Of My Importance Here. Ignore Me." Okay, Maynard, but can you feed me, nevertheless...

Also desirable are glossy promo photos of the band that have been individually signed. Many years ago, a number of these were given away to ToolArmy members who purchased merch from the Shopping Bazaar. Although most of these were included randomly or with every 50th order placed, I have to admit that on a few occasions, when I happened to be in the office, I would place one in an order where the person only purchased a $2.00 sticker, as opposed to a $100.00 + order of multiple shirts, etc. Because they didn't have computer access (?), these kids would send a couple of bucks (even loose coins) in an envelope, hand writting their meager order. By sending these guys a signed photo, I guess I was just hoping to make someone's day. Hell, I probably pay my rent to that kid today!

Other collectible items that were available exclusively through the store on the fan site were the limited edition art prints by Maynard ("Sieben") and Justin ("Unbridle"). The original idea was for each member to do one, but so far neither Adam nor Danny has complied. We'll stay on them, though, and print a few up, complete with embossed seal.

Recently, a Tool barbecue utensil set was designed and given as gifts to band and crewmembers. As the red apron contains the recipe-lyrics to "Die Eier Von Satan" these may one day command a high premium. Be warned, however - all you concocters out there, that I have left out an important element that can be used to distinguish the genuine ones from any counterfeits.

Which brings us to the "holy grail" that I mentioned earlier. No, it's not a cheap guitar signed hastily backstage by all four band members as part of some radio promo. It also doesn't concern bizarre video props or some Xeroxed set-list that includes "The Grudge", and which is also signed by Maynard (most likely fabricated). It's not even the lyrics to a popular Tool song hand written on a Ralph's grocery bag. No, this is something REALLY special. Are you ready? Suppose I was to tell you that there is a Tool song - recorded in a studio - that hasn't been heard except for by a handful of people, and that virtually no one outside of the band (and a few others) is aware of its very existence? Keep in mind, this is not a cover (not the rumored "Crazy Train"), nor is it a glorified segue that never made it onto a record. This is an original full-blown Tool song complete with vocals and lyrics. The title of this tune is "Problem 8 (The Riemann Hypothesis)", and it was recorded many years ago - so long ago, in fact, that I don't remember who played bass, although I want to say it was Justin. The length is somewhere in the six-minute range (if my memory serves me correctly), but whatever it is, the exact time had something to do with the unsolved and mysterious nature of the title. Now, not only was the song professionally recorded; it was actually 'issued' in a manufactured medium (though I'm not going to say whether this was vinyl, a CD, or cassette tape). Because of the ingenious way it was made available to the public, "Problem 8" , in my opinion, constitutes the ultimate hidden track. Only, don't go looking for it among your collection (most of you, that is!), as there are no more than 30 copies on the planet. As for those who have one, most, I'm sure, aren't aware of it, even though it might be staring them right in the eye on a near daily basis. The reason they aren't aware of it, is because they'd never think to play it. Okay, enough said...

In the spirit of this newsletter about Tool memorabilia, "Merch" is going to be putting some nice stuff in the store tomorrow (consider this a head's up). These items will include vintage tee-shirts (those now out of circulation), tour posters (maybe even a couple of signed ones), and at least one real gem that will have some fans salivating. In the meantime, keep hunting for those Tool rarities. They would sure look good next to that souvenir tour poster that you purchased at the last show.

HAPPY TRAILS

Photo by BMB



BMB

28 March, 2011 (12:36pm)
HORROR/ COMIC AUTHOR STEVE NILES ON COS TONIGHT

In case you didn't notice from the MARCH "CHILDREN OF SATURN" calendar posted below, Adam's partner of the X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT comic series, STEVE NILES, will be Rynne's special guest on the internet radio show tonight (MARCH 28) from 6-8 PST.

LISTEN


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27 March, 2011 (02:40pm)
MELVINS COVER OF "GIMME PIZZA"

If you think your ears can take it, listen to the MELVINS covering the OLSEN TWINS "Gimme Pizza" in the "SLICE" section on the SERIOUS EATS WEBSITE. And while you're there, check out LaraLee's REVIEW of PRIZZI'S PIAZZA in L.A.'s Franklin Village - home of Danny's favorite lasagna. He also really digs their pies (even when the Chiefs are losing).

Photo by LaraLee



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26 March, 2011 (04:35pm)
VOLTO!.. AND DANNY AS GUEST DRUMMER FOR JAMMMZ

If I heard it correctly at last night's Terry Bozzio show, Danny will be the special guest drummer for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ (MARCH 28) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CALIF. As always, local musicians are invited to bring an instrument (guitar, please!) and join in during the 2nd set. Stupendous spuds, great live music, and killer kamikazes on a Monday night. What else are you going to do? Sit at home and watch Anthony Bourdain chewing on the smoked rectum of some mythical fearsome critter in the Ozarks?.. TiVo that shit... like I'm going to, and come down for the JAMMMZ at the 'tator.'

Tool's drummer will also be performing at the world famous jazz club during the return of VOLTO! (KIRK COVINGTON of "TRIBAL TECH", LANCE MORRISON of "DON HENELY", and JOHN ZIEGLER of "PLC" and... "BUBBA LUGATZ") on SATURDAY, APRIL 9th, 2011. Advanced tickets highly recommended, but easily purchased HERE . We hope to see you there!

MORE


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24 March, 2011 (03:48pm)
ARTIST JUSTIN MORTIMER'S FIRST L.A. SHOW

Solo Show:
'Häftling'

APRIL 2nd - MAY 7th

Mihai Nicodim Gallery
Los Angeles

nicodimgallery.com
info@nicodimgallery.com

WEBSITE

Check it out and see why Adam's a big fan of Justin's work.



BMB

24 March, 2011 (10:53am)
APRIL TOOL'S DAY AT COSM REMINDER

APRIL TOOL'S DAY
04/01/2011 07:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET
Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
46 Deer Hill Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
United States
Admission: $15.00


BMB

21 March, 2011 (03:27pm)
APC NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

THIS SPRING & SUMMER

DETAILS


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21 March, 2011 (03:14pm)
CEvin KEY AND DANNY CAREY ON COS TONIGHT

I just received word that Rynne's guests tonight on the CHILDREN OF SATURN internet radio show (6PM - 8PM) will be CEvin KEY (of SKINNY PUPPY) and DANNY CAREY (who will be playing some of his favorite Japanese rock).

www.radio23.org/ccr



BMB

19 March, 2011 (03:04pm)
"WICKEDEST BOOKS" POSTER/DJ ADDED TO DANNY'S STORE

We've recently added a "WICKEDEST BOOKS" POSTER/DJ to the store on DANNY's WEBSITE (www.dannycarey.com - once in the store, click on MEDIA, or simply use the LINK provided below). There are a limited number of these glossy print run-offs, which are suitable for framing or make for a pristine (MINT) dust-jacket for any copy of the "Wickedest Books In The World." PRICE $9.99

As for the book itself, there are now fewer than 40 COPIES LEFT of the original 1000 print. Therefore, if you are interested in acquiring a copy before you're at the mercy of eBay and the expensive second-hand market, I would definitely act soon. Now here's the good news: Because there aren't that many books left, ALL OF THE REMAINING COPIES will be SIGNED by both the author and DANNY CAREY (who wrote the book's foreword, and who is featured throughout as an avid collector of Crowleyana).

ORDERS

UPDATE: ALL COPIES OF THE BOOK ARE NOW SOLD OUT - ONLY POSTERS ARE STILL AVAILABLE



BMB

19 March, 2011 (03:02pm)
CHET ZAR ART SHOW OPENING TONIGHT

Chet will be in two shows this weekend, both opening SATURDAY, MARCH 19th, "Dystopia" curated by Jon Beinart at Copro Gallery and "Lyric" curated by Glenn Barr at 323 East Gallery.

beinArt Collective Group Exhibition, 'Dystopia'

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19th - 8:00 - 11:30 pm.
March 19th - April 9th 2011 at Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, C.A.)
Curated by Jon Beinart

"THE MISSION" by CHET ZAR


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18 March, 2011 (10:41am)
ART SHOW REMINDER - TONIGHT IN L.A.

Check out my post from MARCH 2 about artist HEATHER McMILLEN participating in a group art show at the R&R GALLERY in LOS ANGELES TONIGHT (MARCH 18 8PM - 12AM).

BMB

17 March, 2011 (09:54am)
BLACK MATH HORSEMAN APRIL 2011 EUROPEAN TOUR



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16 March, 2011 (11:26am)
"AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY"

I just received the following e-mail from Devin in Atlanta and thought I'd share it. Having, myself, attended a private screening of "American" here in L.A. early last September (thanks to Junior and Mary Taylor), I can tell you that the film makers did a wonderful job in paying homage to the comedian.

E-MAIL

"I thought I might suggest adding a post to the websites, in order to inform American audiences of the *long-overdue* theatrical release of "American: The Bill Hicks Story". As you probably already know, this brilliant film was produced by an independent English company in 2009. There was a limited theatrical release in the UK in May 2010. Some of us in the US will FINALLY get to see this film in theaters, beginning April 8 in New York. See below for the first limited release dates:

New York, NY - Cinema Village - April 08, 2011
Los Angeles, CA - Laemmle Sunset 5 - April 15, 2011
Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse Lamar - April 22, 2011
Portland, ME - Space Gallery - April 27, 2011
Phoenix, AZ - Madcap Theater - April 30, 2011

Looks like it will see a full DVD and Blu-Ray release shortly thereafter, as it is already available in both formats in "Region B"."


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16 March, 2011 (10:48am)
REMINDER: VOLTO! ON THE WEST SIDE SATURDAY NIGHT

VOLTO! with special guests GRYPHON LABS will be at THE CENTRAL in SANTA MONICA, CA. on SATURDAY, MARCH 19. For tickets call 310-451-5040 or visit their WEBSITE.

BMB

13 March, 2011 (11:54am)
TOOL VS RAMMSTEIN ON DANNY'S SITE

TOOL VS. RAMMSTEIN on www.dannycarey.com . Footage by 'Breck' Haggerty (Tool's projection director).

BMB

13 March, 2011 (11:51am)
BUBBA LUGATZ & MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

VOLTO!'s JOHN ZIEGLER has a new jazz fusion band called "BUBBA LUGATZ", and they'll be playing at THE BAKED POTATO on FRIDAY, MARCH 18th. Besides John, the line up includes CHRIS COLEMAN on drums (!), HADRIAN FERAUD on bass, and ARLAN SCHIERBAUM on vintage keys (Hammond, Moog, etc.). More info at the 'tator's" website . Also, John and company will be doing the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ on the 14th. The guest drummer will be GLEN SOBEL with RICO BELLED on keys. Bring an instrument and join in during the 2nd set.

BMB

10 March, 2011 (08:31am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!

Birthday cheers to artist and friend HEATHER McMILLEN! Check her work out HERE

BMB

10 March, 2011 (08:25am)
ALOKE DUTTA PERFORMING IN AUSTIN & NEW ORLEANS

Solo tabla master ALOKE DUTTA will be performing in AUSTIN (TX) at MOMO'S on FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM.

Admission: $10
Address: 618 West 6th Street #200, Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 479-8848
www.momosclub.com

In NEW ORLEANS, ALOKE will be at BLUE NILE Club on SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011 at 8 P.M.

Admission: $10
532 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116-2024
Telephone: (504) 948-2583
www.bluenilelive.com


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06 March, 2011 (03:08pm)
AARON HARRIS TO BE GUEST ON "CHILDREN OF SATURN"

Drummer AARON HARRIS will be Rynne's guest on the CHILDREN OF SATURN internet radio show on MONDAY, MARCH 7th from 6PM - 9PM.

www.radio23.org/ccr



BMB

06 March, 2011 (11:08am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAT!

Birthday greetings to our good friend (and former Tool writer) KAT POPOVIC. Love from Sash, Mila Rose, your family, friends and the entire Tool family! Read Kat's BLOG HERE KAM-PAI!!!

BMB

04 March, 2011 (10:42am)
"DYSTOPIA" WITH CHET AND JAMES ZAR (AND MANY OTHER ARTISTS)

Our friend CHET ZAR and his father JAMES (along with many other 'heavies') will be in a group show called "Dystopia."

ARTISTS

"DYSTOPIA"

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19th - 8:00 - 11:30 PM
Exhibit runs from March 19th - April 9th 2011.
COPRO GALLERY, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Unit T5,
Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA.

METAMORPHOSIS (DEMON) by PETER GRIC



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02 March, 2011 (09:54pm)
VOLTO! IN SANTA MONICA

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, KIRK COVINGTON, LANCE MORRISON & JOHN ZIEGLER) will be performing with special guests "GRYPHON LABS" at THE CENTRAL in SANTA MONICA on SATURDAY, MARCH 19. Advanced tickets highly advised for this event.


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02 March, 2011 (09:49pm)
GROUP ART SHOW AT R&R GALLERY

Artist HEATHER McMILLEN will be among those participating in a group show entitled "COWBOYS & INDIANS" at the R&R GALLERY in LOS ANGELES on FRIDAY, MARCH 18th. 8PM - 12AM.


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28 February, 2011 (10:59am)
DANNY TO BE GUEST DRUMMER AT TONIGHT'S MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

DANNY will be performing double duty on this last day in February, first working on new musical arrangements with TOOL and then being the guest drummer at tonight's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. ARLAN SCHIERBAUM will also join JZ and the others, ripping on an old Wurlitzer and Mini-Moog.

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West
Studio City, Ca. 91604

SHOW TIMES: 9:30 - 11:30 PM

Bring an instrument and join in during the second set.

UPDATE: I JUST RECEIVED WORD FROM JOHN THAT BILLY STEINWAY WILL BE ON KEYS TONIGHT.


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22 February, 2011 (02:17pm)
MELVINS AND NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE

For all of you who have sent e-mail asking if THE MELVINS made it through the recent earthquake in New Zealand, I just received a message from Adam that they are all "okay." Thanks for your concern. Having been through a couple of major quakes ourselves (here in L.A.), we can certainly sympathize with ALL those affected by this latest natural disaster. Our thoughts are with you.

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22 February, 2011 (01:57pm)
CPT. KIRK LIVE & CD RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT

CPT. KIRK (Scott Tibbs, Kirk Covington & Rufus Philpot) will be performing TONIGHT (FEBRUARY 22) at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Great musicians!

BMB

22 February, 2011 (08:39am)
ALOKE DUTTA

A reminder to those in the Pacific Northwest that solo tabla artist ALOKE DUTTA will be performing at the MOUNT TABOR THEATER in PORTLAND, OREGON on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23. For additional info see my post below or check out www.alokedutta.com.

BMB

21 February, 2011 (12:36pm)
COSM EVENT

DETAILS


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16 February, 2011 (12:21pm)
DANNY, ALEX AND... JUSTINE

A photo of Danny, Alex Grey and Justine, whose paths crossed at some point during the recent tour. I've also put up the rest of the photos taken by Rynne in the PHOTO ALBUM SECTION of the TOOLARMY website in both the "Lightside" and "Nightside" galleries. There are a few good shots as well on Danny's site (www.dannycarey.com). And speaking of the last tour, stage manager Eric has recently posted some good behind the scenes tales in the "NOTES FROM THE CREW" area of the TA site.


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15 February, 2011 (08:26pm)
SCOTT KINSEY GROUP WHERE ELSE BUT...

I'm excited to announce the return of THE SCOTT KINSEY GROUP to THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on WEDNESDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 16th. Joining the amazing keyboardist (of "Tribal Tech") will be STEVE TAVIGLEONE on sax/EVI, KIRK COVINGTON (!) on drums, and JIMMY EARL on bass. As far as musicianship goes, it doesn't get much better, and as far as a marinated steak with pizzola potato goes... So, if you're in that neck of the woods, forget all the sushi bars and, instead, come listen to some incredible eclectic jazz. We hope to see you there!

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., West
Studio City, CA. 91604

$15.00 COVER


BMB

14 February, 2011 (10:53am)
ADAM JONES ARTWORK FOR METALLICA POSTER

The Metallica poster that GUITAR WORLD asked ADAM to create for their MARCH ISSUE is NOW on the stands.

MORE



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11 February, 2011 (01:18pm)
A PERFECT CIRCLE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

APC will be performing in COLUMBUS, OH on MAY 22 for ROCK ON THE RANGE. TICKETS on sale SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12. For PRE-SALE INFO, please visit their FACEBOOK PAGE at facebook.com/rockontherange. More info at www.aperfectcircle.com

BMB

10 February, 2011 (11:18am)
LUSTMORD TO PERFORM AT UNSOUND FESTIVAL

According to a press release for the legendary one, "After a successful appearance in Stockholm last month Lustmord will perform for the fifth time in 30 years on April 10 2011. This time in New York as part of the Unsound Festival NY 2011."

Tickets are now on sale via TICKETWEB

BLOG

http://www.lustmord.com/

http://b-lustmord.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/BLustmord

http://www.facebook.com/Lustmord.Page


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09 February, 2011 (03:10pm)
VOLTO! ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12th AT THE 'TATOR'

VOLTO! returns to the world famous jazz club known as THE BAKED POTATO on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12th. Mammoth spuds and killer Kamikazes! Danny's warmed up from the gigs Down Under, so get your ADVANCED TICKETS for either the 9:30 SHOW and/or the 11:30 SHOW HERE . No better way to celebrate Lincoln's birthday...

VOLTO!
DANNY CAREY
KIRK COVINGTON
LANCE MORRISON
JOHN ZIEGLER

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST
STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604


BMB

09 February, 2011 (12:03pm)


Another stage shot of TOOL performing Down Under.

Photo by Rynne Stump


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08 February, 2011 (08:11am)
ALOKE DUTTA TO PERFORM IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Tabla master Aloke Dutta will be performing live at the MOUNT TABOR THEATER LOUNGE on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011.

Admission: $7
Address: 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215-3251
Telephone: (503) 360-1450
WEBSITE

JUST A REMINDER: ALOKE DUTTA is giving online lessons via Skype. Write to him at aloke @alokedutta.com if you are interested.


BMB

07 February, 2011 (10:09am)
INEVITABLE

MORE Tool stage antics with CHRISTOPH and TILL of RAMMSTEIN in the NEWS section at www.dannycarey.com

Photo by Rynne Stump



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05 February, 2011 (11:29am)
MJK VIDEO


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04 February, 2011 (09:05pm)


Tour drum tech AARON HARRIS with Danny's kit in Melbourne.

Photo by Rynne Stump



BMB

03 February, 2011 (02:01pm)
TOOL PERFORMING LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

Photo by Rynne Stump


BMB

02 February, 2011 (05:27pm)
WICKEDEST BOOKS SIGNED BY DANNY CAREY (20 ONLY)

I was recently informed by 'MERCH' that during our last book promo a couple of months ago, DANNY had SIGNED a couple of dozen more copies than requested of our coffee table-style book about collecting the ultra-rare first editions of British occultist Aleister Crowley ("THE WICKEDEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD: CONFESSIONS OF AN ALEISTER CROWLEY BIBLIOPHILE"), and that once the promo had ended, these EXTRA 20 BOOKS were set aside. Good news if you missed out back then, as I seriously doubt that he will be signing any more of the 80 or so copies that now remain of the original limited edition of 1000 (all of which are individually NUMBERED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR). For those who are interested in obtaining a copy of what the late Kenneth Grant described as a "beautifully produced volume devoted to Crowleyana" - be among the FIRST 20 to place an order, and your copy will also be SIGNED BY DANNY (yes, in purple ink), who wrote the book's foreword, and who is featured throughout as an AVID collector of the works of the Great Beast 666.

PLACE ORDER

Or visit the store at www.dannycarey.com for more information.
(Once in the store, click on "MEDIA").

UPDATE: Those copies (also) signed by DANNY went fast, and are NO longer available. Copies hand NUMBERED and SIGNED by the author (Blair MacKenzie Blake) can still be purchased, and will be shipped at once.



BMB

02 February, 2011 (12:07pm)


R.I.P.

KENNETH GRANT

1924 - 2011 e.v.

STARFIRE



BMB

02 February, 2011 (11:56am)
DENNIS CHAMBERS CLINIC AT EXPLORERS PERCUSSION IN K.C.

LINK

BMB

01 February, 2011 (02:21pm)
NEW PRINT BY CHET ZAR

"PIPE DREAM"

Signed and numbered
Printed on Velvet Fine Art paper
Limited Edition of 100
17" x 22"
$135.00

PURCHASE



BMB

01 February, 2011 (02:11pm)
THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED - ALOKE DUTTA ON-LINE LESSONS!

Tabla master ALOKE DUTTA is now offering online LIVE instruction through SKYPE. "He will be teaching a tabla and/or rhythm concept course, and will accept students of all levels and from all countries. If you are interested in any one or both of these courses, please write to Aloke directly at aloke@alokedutta.com for further information." Too bad this wasn't available when Danny, Terry, Pat and a lot of other great percussionists needed lessons - it would have saved them big bucks on petrol.

BMB

01 February, 2011 (11:46am)
WHOA!, IT'S ALREADY FEBRUARY IN AUSTRALIA. NO WUCKIN' FURRIES MATE!

TOOL NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2011 e.v.

With the lack of updates from my supposedly crack crew of embedded reporters (Aaron!), it now appears - I mean, I reckon - that I should have gone to at least some of the BDO dates and Tool sideshows so that I could give readers a taste of the experience. Unfortunately, with the team of engineers at ILC DOVER getting off like a heard of old turtles, my specially designed Aussie Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AEMU) was "still in the works." And without any protective clobber, there's no way that I was going to subject myself to the elements beyond the black stump, and of course I'm talking about paralysis ticks, dingos and funnel-webs, not to mention mozzies, bitzers, and blowies. Therefore, with the absence of actual accounts from those with the proper credentials, a little astral projection on my part will have to suffice for those interested in hearing about the wingding in the lucky country...

Here we go, just a peep through the fly-wire...

CRIKEY, MIKEY!!!

Drug-sniffing dogs, ear-bashing crowds of twanged-out sandgropers chugging beer... aroma from stalls of burger-rings, satay-sticks, mystery bags and chicken rolls... Teens rolling on tablets of MDMA smuggled in tucker-bags full of Cheezels and Pollywaffles... Disorderly behavior ... glistening white pointers... tattooed Banana Benders... Gobsmacked Yobbos doing the Aussie salute as Rammstein takes the stage ... Starbucks... Jambucks... muckamucks... worshipping dazzling opto-kinetic sculptures... Chocolate Crackles, Freddo Frogs and Violet Crumble... Sheilas in their frilly grundies taken away in ambos whilst trippin' on acid-laced Tropical-Sno... A bushman's hanky... More drug-sniffing dogs... Canadian tourists (G'day) dipping Mackey's fries into tomato sauce!.. That can't be right, mate... Who opened their lunch!..

So it looks like the closest I'm going to get to the rip snorter of a festival in all its ridgy-didge vividity is Tool's final rehearsal on a sound stage in... Burbank... California, with only myself, LaraLee, and some bloke named Joe as the band's enthusiastic crowd. That's right - no mosh pits, crowd surfing or circle dancing. No revelers in day-glow paint smoking mull and licking icy poles. Not even a silver esky filled with Fosters. (Oddly enough, however, there was a drug-sniffing dog.) To get acclimated for the tour Down Under, someone had brought in curb-side takeaway from the nearest OutBack Steakhouse. Yep, there were containers of "Aussie-Tizers", including "Kookaburra wings", the ubiquitous "Bloomin' Onions", and even some Mac 'A' Roo 'N' Cheese from the "Joey" menu. Hell, with all their brass razoo, the tall poppies had even ordered the babyback ribs and Gold Coast grilled coconut shrimp on the Barbie. All that was missing for this 'dress rehearsal' was a half dozen or so Huntsmen on the walls. Will someone please pass me a Mr. Pibb...

That's when Maynard entered the room, wasting little time before shooting his audience of three a look of mock-disgust. He then slowly walked over to the table in front of us and, with one continuous sweep of his arm, took great delight in knocking over the dozen plastic bottles of water that had been placed there. He then picked up one, turned his back and stepped up onto the stage. Undaunted, Joe picked up the remaining 11 bottles and arranged them on the table like bowling pins. I suppose the carny in him came out, because he then shouted to the Tool singer that he bet he couldn't knock them all over with his one bottle. With a deadpan expression, Maynard returned to the table and quickly knocked them all over with the bottle HELD in his hand. Glad I didn't lay down any alfalfa on that one!

Finally, all of the band members were on the stage. As the "Walkabout Soup of the Day" started to get cold, lit by only a few bog-standard colored lights, they opened with "Aenema" (Surely they wouldn't play that - what with the recent floods in Australia). Next was "Flood" (okay...) After what seemed liked ten minutes of fuses being changed, knobs turned, and pedalboards inspected (and me dryer than a dead dingo'sa donger), they gave "Jambi" a go. Wow! Applause from six hands after that one. And then it got quieter than a Bachelor's and Spinster's Ball in Betoota. Obviously the Bloomin' Onions got colder, and I reckoned the dedicated bloomologist at OutBack would be madder than a cut snake.

Making some adjustments to his Mandala pads, as well as fiddling with the dials of an EMS Synthi AKS, Danny nodded that he was ready. Were they going to play a cover of Pink Floyd's "On The Run?" No, they launched into "Stinkfist." As the guys went through the motions on this one, drum-tech Harris seemed equally bored shitless (he's only been working on Danny's kit for three months now). Serving as the only special effect of the show, he deftly flew TWO remote control toy helicopters, at one point buzzing Danny who smiled his approval while crashing myriad cymbals...

After this tune was over, I watched Maynard put on a clean white paper Krispy Kreme donut hat. Were they going to play "Rosetta Stoned", I wondered? No, I was wrong again. It turned out to be "Schism", with the now familiar much speeded up middle section. Good!, because the Tassles Buffalo strips were getting hard, and if there was any "Spotted Dog Sundae" in that sack, well, you can just imagine...

At the start of "Intension", a runner 'walked' up and handed Maynard a FED-X package. Carefully opening it, the singer pulled out a spiffy new backpack. Make that two spiffy new backpacks, each which could be cleverly folded and crumpled into a small ball, something he proudly demonstrated to his captivated audience... With my disgustipated eyes glued to the Bloomin' Onions, "Intension" ended. After stopping for a while to adjust some delay settings, as I looked around for any glistening white pointers, Adam and Justin began the synched intro to "Lateralus." Of course there weren't any complex grids of lasers in this place, and there's definitely no "Cubatron" on the grounds to be hypnotized by, but, nevertheless, it sounded great, especially the always dramatic conclusion.

After the Peach cover "You Lied", the band finally took a break. Although believing that the guys would probably finish up with "Third Eye", I had to leave for a radio show in which I was to be the guest that evening. So I really don't know what they played. Possibly it was "Ticks and Leeches", dedicated by Maynard in our honor? Hooroo! Sadly, that's my report of the BDO. What's the telly for Qantas?..

Danny with a member of my "Notes from the Crew" embedded reporters for Australia's BDO. photo by Rynne Stump

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

31 January, 2011 (03:55pm)
JOE TRAVERS GUEST DRUMMER AT BAKED POTATO TONIGHT

For those of you who are heading to the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the 'tator' tonight (JANUARY 31), JOE TRAVERS (Zappa Playa Zappa and Gryphon Labs) will be the special guest drummer. Also joining John, Chris, and Jamie will be L.A. vintage keyboards kingpin ARLAN SCHIERBAUM on the Wurlitzer and Moog. As always, local musicians are invited to bring an instrument and join in during the second set. A Moog Sonic 6 would seem apropos!

THE BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD., WEST
STUDIO CITY, CA. 91604

And speaking of the 'tator', there are still on-line tickets available for VOLTO! on FEBRUARY 12th. Get them at www.thebakedpotato.com


BMB

31 January, 2011 (02:23pm)
"JESUS IS COMING" ART SHOW

The talented HEATHER McMILLEN will be among those displaying art at the R & R GALLERY in LOS ANGELES from JANUARY 31 through FEBRUARY 11th. More details in the flyer below.


BMB

29 January, 2011 (10:28am)
ADAM

photo by Rynne Stump


BMB

28 January, 2011 (12:27pm)
CRIKEY!

Try that with a RedBack...

or a paralysis tick, even.

(NOTE: I'll post more shots taken by RYNNE on THE BIG DAY OFF at the LONE PINES KOALA SANCTUARY in BRISBANE in the PHOTO ALBUM section on the ToolArmy site, and on www.dannycarey.com. In the meantime, enjoy those posted below.)

www.koala.net



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28 January, 2011 (12:13pm)
DOES IT SMELL LIKE COUGH DROPS?

Obligatory shot of JUSTIN with an adorable, cuddly marsupial. BTW: It's a misconception, Justin... so don't even ask. Still wondering, though, if the LONE PINES KOALA SANCTUARY has any of those huge grasshoppers? You'd think there would be a photo of at least one of them in the batch...


BMB

28 January, 2011 (12:07pm)


The band's tour manager handling a snake of sorts... although being that it is Australia, I suppose it could be some species of a worm that I'm not familiar with?


BMB

28 January, 2011 (12:01pm)
BIG DAY OFF

DANNY befriending a feathery creature with large talons at the LONE PINES KOALA SANCTUARY in BRISBANE. Looks like quite an amazing place. Wonder if they have any of those really big grasshoppers that I've seen in other parts of Australia?

www.koala.net/index.php



BMB

27 January, 2011 (11:08am)
JUSTIN SINGING

photo courtesy of Rynne Stump


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27 January, 2011 (11:04am)
DANNY

photo by Rynne Stump


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27 January, 2011 (11:00am)
ADAM AT THE BIG DAY OUT FESTIVAL

photo courtesy of Rynne Stump


BMB

26 January, 2011 (06:15pm)
MELBOURNE BDO TOUR POSTER WITH ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ADAM JONES

Sure to be a collector's item, here's an image of the LIMITED EDITION TOOL TOUR POSTER for the MELBOURNE BIG DAY OUT FESTIVAL on JANUARY 30th at FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE. As usual, the poster features ORIGINAL ARTWORK by guitarist ADAM JONES. Look for this and other tour stuff at the VENUE MERCH BOOTH.