17 April, 2016 (09:30am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MJK

Birthday cheers today for MAYNARD! Having performed yesterday with Puscifer in Providence, RI., I wonder if he will take in some of the Lovecraftian sites on a day off?

BMB

15 April, 2016 (06:06pm)
MANDALAS

A screen shot of VINCE De FRANCO's MANDALA DRUMS during a recent DEFTONES performance on Kimmel.


BMB

15 April, 2016 (06:02pm)
CHAINFLOWER AT THE COMPLEX IN GLENDALE

CHAINFLOWER, featuring Kelly Wheeler (Danny's bandmate from "Karmageddon") will be performing at THE COMPLEX in Glendale, California on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20.


BMB

15 April, 2016 (10:29am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEBBIE!

Birthday cheers today to Tool Business manager DEBBIE ALAGAO. Hopefully there are some Krispe Kremes in the office this morning. Better yet, hopefully, Debbie isn't in he office today (leaving the ever capable Jess to process certain invoices), but is out somewhere celebrating her special day. Morton's? Pacific Dining Car? Mastro's. Oh, I know... the Urasawa truck!

BMB

14 April, 2016 (12:17pm)
STUMPFEST 2016 DATES AND REMAINING TICKETS

The 2016 STUMPFEST on APRIL 21, 22, & 23 in PORTLAND, OREGON is just around the corner. Although there are no 3 Day Passes left, there are still INDIVIDUAL NIGHT TICKETS available for sale.

TICKETS



BMB

13 April, 2016 (09:51am)
VOLTO! AT THE VIPER ROOM

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON & MATT ROHDE) will be performing ultra-fusion at the VIPER ROOM in L.A. on SATURDAY, APRIL 16.


BMB

13 April, 2016 (09:47am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRECK!

Birthday cheers today from the Tool Camp to the band's Video Director, Breckinridge 'Breck' Haggerty.

BMB

11 April, 2016 (11:10am)
TONIGHT'S SHINDIG AT THE 'TATOR"

While taking a quick break from working on the April newsletter, I though that I should remind people about the 11th anniversary of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ tonight (APRIL 11) at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Besides great live music, the grill master will be out back, spreading blazing coals and fighting flame-ups in what has been called, "The Art of Manliness." Although there are always plenty of burgers and barkers and other meaty things on hand, you can contribute if you want by bringing a side dish. Stuff popular at BBQs like ham and olive Jell-O, baked beans tartlets, broccoli & Cheetos (or Fruit Loops), or even a dessert - say - Spam cupcakes, blueberries and Fiddle Faddle, or my favorite: curried marshmallows sprinkled with pickle juice. Of course, the club does sell baked potatoes to go with whatever you pull from the hot briquettes.

BMB

09 April, 2016 (09:59am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be drumming with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27. The band also features DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar. $25.00

REMINDER: DANNY will also be performing with THE DOUG WEBB GROUP at the CALIFORNIA JAZZ and WINE FEST at the FOUR SEASONS HOTEL in WESTLAKE VILLAGE on SUNDAY, APRIL 17. For this event, use PROMO CODE: 16DWG.

BAKED_POTATO_ADVANCE_TICKETS


BMB

09 April, 2016 (09:40am)
STURGEON SHOW CHANGED TO SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Please note that the upcoming "STURGEON" show has been CHANGED to SATURDAY, APRIL 23.


BMB

07 April, 2016 (01:44pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ 11TH ANNIVERSARY SHINDIG

Wow! Does April 11, 2016 really mark of the 11THE ANNIVERSARY of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY? Man, that's a lot of jamming, not to mention a lot of writing about jamming at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on Monday nights! For the special occasion, grill-master MIKE is going to unleash a fury of Kingsford, sending great plumes of probable carnivorous deglutition into the Studio City night. Local talent are encouraged to bring their favorite instrument, but its also perfectly acceptable to just kick back while listening to great live music while appreciating the charred goodness of creatures hoping to assimilate themselves into the human life-wave. Add to this an ice cold treasure called Budweiser, and you'll be asking yourself why you ever sat at home on Monday nights. And guess what? ALL AGES are welcome to the SUPER SHINDIG & BBQ SUPREME 'TATOR' EXPERIENCE!


BMB

07 April, 2016 (09:41am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETE!

Birthday cheers today to TOOL manager Pete Riedling.

BMB

05 April, 2016 (09:50am)
"WONDERS IN THE SKY: A BREAKTHROUGH IN UFO RESEARCH" ALMOST FUNDED

With only 3 DAYS to go, JACQUES VALLEE'S special edition book of "WONDERS IN THE SKY" is now 97% FUNDED! Help support serious UFO research by one of the world's most respected investigators and RECEIVE A GREAT PERK.

VIEW/SUPPORT


BMB

03 April, 2016 (10:47am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the guest musicians for the APRIL 4 offering of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. ALL AGES WELCOME to the 'TATOR' EXPERIENCE.


BMB

02 April, 2016 (12:11pm)
"DRACOMANTES" - NEW DANNY CAREY TEE SHIRT

DRACOMANTES

Introducing "Dracomantes", the new DANNY CAREY tee shirt design inspired by an original talismanic illustration by Andrew D. Chumbley (former Magister of Cultus Sabbati). As an avid collector of esoteric books, one of Danny's most prized possessions is a copy of "QUTUB" (also called The Point) written and illustrated by the Brittish Magus and Artist, Andrew D. Chumbley (published by Fulgur for Xoanon in 1995) that contains the unique addition of hand drawn talismans, verses, and sigillised insciptions.

For the shirt concept, the Chumbley illustration has been carefully re-arranged so as to be be presented as a cryptogram within a cryptogram involving the REVERSE of "atavistic resurgence" or, even more to 'the point', the preparation of antinomy.

One of the key lines in the verse reads:

"Dracomantes hath left the Tomb of Aeons far beyond Death's Womb, And, I, the Shadow of that form, have crept to veil the Golden Dawn."

This passage (along with the appropriate sigils and other magical glyphs) concerns the powers of self-overcoming by knowledge involving universal (multiversal?) points of transmutation. Another line involving the Telesmata of the Way, "The World hath turned more bestial...", is also quite revealing in light of transcendental sorcery, in particular, Chumbley's focus of the arcana of the Sabbatic Mysteries.

Wear the shirt as an expression of your ultra-sane personality.

VIEW/ORDER


BMB

02 April, 2016 (12:02pm)
PENNY BLACK ON A POSTCARD FROM ELSEWHERE

STURGEON_MESSAGE


BMB

02 April, 2016 (11:51am)
DANNY TONIGHT AT SQUASHED GRAPES IN VENTURA

Here's your reminder that DANNY will be drumming with THE DOUG WEBB GROUP tonight (SATURDAY, APRIL 2) at "SQUASHED GRAPES" in VENTURA, CA. Get a margherita pie and bottle of Sangiovese and you're set. 7 PM PST. $20.00.

MORE



BMB

01 April, 2016 (12:08pm)
A MESSAGE FROM CoSM: "HAPPY APRIL TOOL'S DAY"

"To celebrate, all Alex Grey/Tool merch is 21% off now in the CoSM Shop through the end of the week. Use coupon code: AprilToolsDay16."

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

30 March, 2016 (02:51pm)
2016 TOUR TEES AVAILABLE IN TOOLBAND STORE

If you couldn't make any of the 2016 Tool Tour shows (bummer!), or if the quality fabric your favorite 2016 tour tee has been destroyed by mystery stains as a result of social events and/or your disturbing life style (underarm stains, blood, gravy, or machine grease oil), why worry about being devoid of borax or other oxidating agents when some of these tees are now available in the STORE on the TOOLBAND WEBSITE. Right now you can find ADAM JONES original artwork on tour tees from San Diego, Nashville, Houston, San Antonio and Duluth. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR NEW ADDITIONS. Yes, right now!

BMB

30 March, 2016 (02:34pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
MARCH, 2016 E.V.

I have some very sad news to report in this March newsletter - news that I was planning to include in next month's issue, but after careful consideration (and not wanting it to be dismissed as an April Fool's prank), I have decided to pass it on to fans of Tool at the present time. Okay - here goes: While visiting the band's loft a couple of weeks ago, when I went to get a bottle of water from the vintage Pepsi machine/cooler, I noticed that a brand new mini-fridge had been placed where the bottle chest cooler had sat for nearly 30 years. Somewhat shocked, when I turned towards Danny for an explanation, he solemnly informed me that the Pepsi machine/cooler had finally died.

Although there had been warning signs for several months - intermittent loud noises from the area around the fan motor and not so subtle vibrations from its stainless slider (without a service manual to consult, these were often fixed by applying pressure and/or stuffing a towel underneath the unit), I could tell from the grave expression on Danny's face that he was still in the grieving process. To those of us close to him, this was not hard to understand. After all, with its embossed logo and other nostalgic aesthetics, the rusted Pepsi-Cola chest had been a fixture at the loft several years before Tool as a band was formed in 1990. In those early days it had severed as Danny's sole source of refrigeration, chilling orange and cranberry juice mixers and gallons of milk for boxes of Quisp cereal, while also preserving for days leftover Thai food and a half-eaten foil containers of Dos Burritos # 5. (Hell, if I had a dollar for every beer that I fished out of the bottom layer of slime over the past 30 years, I would go to Vegas!)

From what I had been told, the Pepsi machine/cooler had died peacefully from natural causes during the night - probably the result of a burnt out compressor. When one of the band members went to get a Red Bull during a recent writing/arranging session, they noticed that it had stopped humming, and that all of the energy drinks (and tour rider leftover goodies) inside were warm. After checking to see if it was plugged in came the stark realization that the Pepsi cooler no longer worked. So, that was it. The machine that had bore witness to every single Tool composition while faithfully keeping their favorite beverages properly chilled when they paused to discuss a particular riff or chord progression was now lifeless.

After a short deliberation it was unanimously agreed by the band members - as a tribute to its many years of commendable service - to continue with the day's session. Afterwards, there was some discussion about getting it repaired, or perhaps even a full restoration. However, until any technicians are called or any refurbishing gets under way, it is uncertain how the machine's absence will affect any future Tool tunes? Personally, I don't believe that it will change much, especially at this stage of the writing/arranging process, in which, I believe, there are only a couple of 'shorter' songs left to complete(?), along with a segue or two or three. (Of course, we need to keep in mind any changes that might be needed to accommodate the vocals, etc., once all of the arrangements are finished.) Even so, I still don't think the departed Pepsi machine will change in any significant way any new material created by the band. But if it does, someone might want to start looking for cooling unit parts...

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

28 March, 2016 (07:32pm)
A WHOLE LOT OF DANNY

Besides performing with the DOUG WEBB GROUP at the CATALINA jazz club in Hollywood on TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (TICKETS) , DANNY will be drumming with the sax great and his band on SATURDAY, APRIL 2 at SQUASHED GRAPES in VENTURA, California. Next it's the CALIFORNIA JAZZ AND WINE FEST at the FOUR SEASONS HOTEL in WESTLAKE VILLAGE (USE PROMO CODE 16DWG) on SUNDAY, APRIL 17. If Westlake Village is too far (or you don't like a lot of bicycle traffic), DANNY will be with DOUG and the guys again at THE BAKED POTATO on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27. Like I said, a whole lot of Danny coming up.


BMB

25 March, 2016 (02:08pm)
STURGEON LIVE AT THE RESIDENT

Mark your calendar for a rare live performance by our friends in "STURGEON" at THE RESIDENT in LOS ANGELES on APRIL 24.

STURGEON

KENT BRISLEY
CHRIS WIEBER
PAUL VILAS JONES
GERRY PORTER
RANDY REEMAN



BMB

23 March, 2016 (08:04am)
DANNY AT THE F***ING CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!

A friendly reminder that DANNY will be performing with the DOUG WEBB GROUP at the CATALINA JAZZ CLUB in HOLLYWOOD on TUESDAY, MARCH 29. SHOW TIME is 8:30 PM PST at this special venue where so many jazz greats have performed over the years.

TICKETS


BMB

23 March, 2016 (07:55am)
CHET ZAR DY5TOPIA PROJECT UPDATE

With only 9 days to go, our friend CHET ZAR now has 351 backers for his DY5TOPIA project. However, he still needs some more pledges to fund the book, so check out the great rewards available for giving your support.

SUPPORT


BMB

19 March, 2016 (09:52am)
DANNY WITH VOLTO! AT THE VIPER ROOM

VOLTO! will be performing ultra-fusion at THE VIPER ROOM in west Hollywood on SATURDAY, APRIL 16.

TICKETS



BMB

14 March, 2016 (08:37am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the special guest musicians for the MARCH 14 offering of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA.. Bring a favorite instrument and register at the door to possibly join in on the action during the second set. Or just kick back with a drink and enormous stuffed spud while some of the city's best musicians do their thing. All ages welcome.


BMB

14 March, 2016 (08:32am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRAVIS SHINN

Birthday cheers today to our friend TRAVIS SHINN, who has taken some great photographs of TOOL over the years.

BMB

12 March, 2016 (12:56pm)
DANNY WITH DOUG WEBB AT CATALINA JAZZ CLUB

DANNY will be performing with the DOUG WEBB GROUP at the CATALINA JAZZ CLUB in HOLLYWOOD on TUESDAY, MARCH 29. Record release! SHOW AT 8:30 PM PST

TICKETS


BMB

11 March, 2016 (06:06pm)
RIP KEITH EMERSON

"Keith Emerson was a huge influence on me. Listening to ELP's first five albums literally changed my life and brought me to a new level of musical awareness, so much so that I pursued a career in music. His pioneering work in synthesis with Bob Moog impacted the face of music and changed it forever. We have lost one of the greatest keyboardist ever to exist on our planet." - DANNY CAREY

"Like many of you, we are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of keyboard legend Keith Emerson. Although I (BMB) am personally not comfortable using words like "hero" or "idol" to describe someone that I greatly admire, growing up listening to prog-rock music in the early 1970s, Keith Emerson came the closest to such lofty expressions of respect and admiration. As someone born with very limited musical talent (as opposed to Emerson's incredible gift), I have spent countless hours of my life attempting to learn how to play some of his complex and innovative musical compositions - pieces like "Tarkus", "The Endless Enigma", and "Trilogy." And no matter how much time that I spent working on these arrangements - the works of a true musical genius that are comparable, in my opinion, to those of any of history's greatest composers - any shortcomings on my part didn't really matter. There was still such a thrill that I felt just to come close to hearing myself piecing the chords and riffs together. When not struggling to play these iconic arrangements with the precision of the man, himself, I vividly remember those early (and later) ELP concerts, and how blown away I was by the sheer musicianship and performance theatrics of Keith Emerson. Once, back in the 1980s, when I had the good fortune to sit down and speak with him (albeit, briefly), I learned something else about Keith Emerson: How humble he was, a quality, perhaps, that deserves equal praise as to his famous keyboard skills. Yes, the man was truly a great inspiration (and always will be), who has provided me with immeasurable enjoyment over the past 40 years. Come to think about it, he really was my hero. " - BMB

Photo by Duncan Blake



BMB

10 March, 2016 (07:59am)
DANNY WITH VOLTO! REMINDER

Those of you living or visiting southern California might want to see VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON & MATT ROHDE) performing at THE VIPER ROOM this SATURDAY (MARCH 12.)

TICKETS



BMB

09 March, 2016 (12:15pm)
NEW DALEK VIDEO & UPCOMING ALBUM

Our friend WILL BROOKS of "DALEK" has just released the official video, "Guaranteed Struggle" from the upcoming album entitled, "ASPHALT FOR EDEN" (nice title!) which is scheduled to be out in APRIL, 2016 (and I'm not fooling here).

PRE-ORDER NOW

VIEW/INFO


BMB

09 March, 2016 (11:58am)
ADAM TALKS ABOUT A PASSION OF HIS WITH ROLLING STONE

For your reading enjoyment, ADAM talks WWE (and mentions new album) with none other than Rolling Stone.

READ


BMB

09 March, 2016 (09:53am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC CHENOWITH

Birthday cheers today to Danny's hoops buddy, Eric Chenowith!

BMB

09 March, 2016 (09:45am)
DON'T MESS WITH THE TOOL ARMY

A Tool fan and his guitar in the news.

READ



BMB

08 March, 2016 (11:32am)
SUPPORT CHET ZAR'S "DY5TOPIA" PROJECT

"What if you could help create a book that probes into this unknown realm, a book filled with both old and new Chet Zar monsters? This is your opportunity to enter the bizarre landscapes that Chet has channeled with his sketches, sculptures and paintings. You will be guided through the peculiar geography, culture, and creatures that inhabit a place not far removed from our own: DY5TOPIA . You will see close-up sketches of accoutrements, landscapes and dwellings, and read about how this Dark Universe works."

SUPPORT



BMB

07 March, 2016 (09:59am)
STUMPFEST 2016 LINEUP REMINDER

Here's the STUMPFEST lineup again.


BMB

06 March, 2016 (09:32am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAT

Birthday cheers today for KAT POPOVIC - a writer for Toolband back in the day when, coincidently, her pub attendance was in good standing. Perhaps a Stella or two are in order, though far be it from me that I should resort to any subliminal messages. Birthday love from Sash, daughters Mila and Billie, myself, and many more!

BLOG



BMB

05 March, 2016 (09:50am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Drummer JOE TRAVERS and keyboardist STEPHAN DeREINE join John Ziegler and the others for the MARCH 7 Monday Night Jammmz at the BAKED POTATO. Bring your favorite instrument and sign up to perform during the second set. ALL AGES WELCOME!


BMB

04 March, 2016 (08:59am)
EQUINOX AT COSM

VERNAL EQUINOX EVENT at THE CHAPEL of SACRED MIRRORS.


BMB

04 March, 2016 (08:47am)
PUSCIFER NORTH AMERICAN AND WORLD TOUR DATES

PUSCIFER 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Mar 17 Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center, CA
Mar 18: Phoenix Comerica Theatre, AZ
Mar 20: Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Center, CO
Mar 22: Omaha Orpheum Theatre, NE
Mar 23: Minneapolis Northrop Auditorium, MN
Mar 25: Milwaukee Riverside Theater, WI
Mar 26: Grand Rapids Devos Performance Hall, MI
Mar 28: Rockford Coronado Theatre, IL ,br> Mar 29: Indianapolis Old National Centre Murat Theatre, IN
Mar 30: Columbus The LC Indoor Pavilion, OH
Apr 01: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA
Apr 02: Detroit The Fillmore, MI
Apr 04: Akron Akron Civic Theatre, OH
Apr 05: Buffalo Center for the Arts, NY
Apr 06: Toronto Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, ON
Apr 08: Portland Merrill Auditorium, ME
Apr 09: Huntington The Paramount, NY
Apr 10: Reading Santander Performing Arts Center, PA
Apr 12: Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center, NJ
Apr 13: Red Bank Count Basie Theatre, NJ
Apr 16: Providence Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, RI

PUSCIFER

"THE MONEY SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD" TOUR 2016

Tickets for all dates, except Novarock (which is already on-sale),
are on-sale this Friday, Feb. 19.

May 30: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
May 31: London The Roundhouse, UK
Jun 02: Paris Le Grand Rex, France
Jun 06: Lausanne Les Docks, Switzerland
Jun 07: Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Italy
Jun 09: Nickelsdorf Novarock Festival, Austria
Jun 12: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Jun 13: Esch Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Jun 15: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Jun 16: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden


BMB

04 March, 2016 (08:45am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. on SATURDAY, MARCH 26. The band also features DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN 'VOLTO!' ZIEGLER on guitar. ALL AGES WELCOME. $25.00

TICKETS


BMB

04 March, 2016 (08:40am)
CHET ZAR DY5TOPIA PROJECT

DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar.

VIEW/SUPPORT


BMB

01 March, 2016 (09:57am)
VOLTO! AT THE VIPER ROOM

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON & MATT ROHDE) will be performing ultra-fusion at THE VIPER ROOM on SATURDAY, MARCH 12.

TICKETS



BMB

28 February, 2016 (12:52pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY, 2016 E.V.

Fans of the band have probably noticed Adam's recent interest with different varieties of imaginary bugs as depicted in his artwork on event posters, tee shirts etc., and some of you might be wondering what this new insect fixation is all about? Although I probably shouldn't leap to any conclusions (especially in a February newsletter during a leap year!), I will hazard a guess as to Adam's latest preoccupation with these freakish creepy crawlers that have even found their way onto Danny's kick drums.

While Adam's latest bleeding bugs didn't go unnoticed by me, a recent photo taken at the Tool loft that was accidently sent to me really got me to thinking. As seen below, the photo shows one of the band members wearing a fantastic bug headpiece that includes an appendage contrivance. (Note: Based on the shirt and other features, I believe this to be Danny, but all that really matters is that it is one of the band members.) Granted that the bug get-up could be merely an art project gift created by a fan and worn by a band member simply for the purpose of amusement, I have a different take on the matter, which I will now share with you, even though, with all the secrecy surrounding the new album, and that the loft photo was never intended to be seen by me, I would be better advised not to do so.

To get right to it, I'm guessing that all of the band members have one of these bug headpieces, and that they are all wearing them while working on a new song. The reason why, I believe, has to do with bug tymbals, or some kind of biomimetic infochemical communication - an idea most likely introduced to the guys by maverick entomologist Rance Q. Spartley (that's right, our bespectacled "bug man" friend!), who has a long interest in insect chemocommunication.

At this point you're probably asking yourself, why would the members of Tool put on bug costumes in order to work on new material? Again, the answer has to do with certain sensory modalities. For a particular song, the guys are bending tradition... overriding familiar writing/arranging parameters so as to establish an otherwise unexplored (ultrasonic?) information exchange. This acoustic signaling and auditory processing is not achieved by mimicking insect communication via the mechanical action of insect appendages or musculature (despite the contrivance attached to the headpiece as seen in the photo), but by using sympathetic or imitative magic - thus creating a symbolically associative link with a bug's species-specific 'song' pattern that involves highly tuned neural mechanisms. In pushing the envelope by exploring different 'vibrations' and filters, the result could lead to a unique tonal palette.

Although the idea of the bug headpiece being a present from a fan (or as a newly-created stage prop) seems like a way too simplistic interpretation of the loft photo, admittedly, it is not out of realm of possibilities. Still, bearing in mind "Occam's Razor", mimicking insect communication through advanced principles of sympathetic magic - a concept espoused by Rance Q. Spartley - in order for the band members to attune themselves to different sensory modalities seems far more likely! If I am correct, it should be quite a sonic experiment, and you read about it here first.

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

27 February, 2016 (05:32pm)
DANNY PERFORMING MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Being that it's a leap year, DANNY will be the drummer for the FEBRUARY 29 offering of THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, California. Also joining JOHN, CHRIS, and JAMIE (and DANNY) will be sax great DOUG WEBB. All ages are welcome to experience this great live music at the 'tator.'


BMB

25 February, 2016 (08:54am)
SPRING JUST AROUND THE CORNER

DANNY'S "ASMODEUS" and "THINK DIFFERENTLY" tee-shirts are back in stock in all sizes in time for spring (Vernal Equinox on March 20).

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

23 February, 2016 (12:16pm)
STUMPFEST 2016

The STUMPFEST 2016 lineup.


BMB

22 February, 2016 (06:39pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON WEDNESDAY

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in Studio City on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24. The band also includes DOUG WEBB, JOHN ZIEGLER, MITCH FORMAN and JIMMY EARL. $25.00

TICKETS


BMB

22 February, 2016 (10:23am)
NASHVILLE POSTER REMINDER

Reminder, with the signed Nashville TOOL TOUR posters having sold out in minutes, UNSIGNED versions featuring ARTWORK BY ADAM JONES will go ON SALE in the web store TODAY (MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22) at 10:00 AM PST.


BMB

21 February, 2016 (12:33pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the guest musicians for the FEBRUARY 22 gathering at the BAKED POTATO jazz club and eatery in Studio City. Bring an instrument of your own and enquire with some one who looks important about getting up on stage during the raucous second set. If you live out here and have something better to do on a Monday night, I'd like to hear about it. All ages welcome to the 'tator' experience.


BMB

20 February, 2016 (09:55am)
TOOL ARTICLE & PHOTOS IN "PROJECTION, LIGHTS AND STAGING NEWS"

"Projection, Lights and Staging News" has a nice article about the 2016 TOOL TOUR that features an interview with Lighting Director, "JUNIOR" and Video Director, "BRECK." There are also some GREAT stage shots by STEVE JENNINGS.

PLSN

MORE



BMB

20 February, 2016 (09:39am)
SUPPER'S READY... "THE MUSICAL BOX" TONIGHT IN PASADENA!

SoCal Fans of early 1970s progressive rock music - in particular Peter Gabriel-era "GENESIS" - won't want to miss a performance tonight (Saturday, February 20) by "THE MUSICAL BOX" , who will once again be re-creating "SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND" at THE ROSE in PASADENA. Having seen this flawlessly reproduced early 70s Genesis show the last time THE MUSICAL BOX toured, I am prepared to be amazed all over again. If you can't make tonight's show, the band will be re-creating the variant "BLACK SHOW" at the LA MIRADA THEATER FOR THE PERMING ARTS on FEBRUARY 22.

MORE


BMB

19 February, 2016 (12:57pm)
UNSIGNED NASHVILLE EVENT POSTERS ON SALE MONDAY

With the signed Nashville posters having sold out, UNSIGNED versions will go ON SALE on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 10:00 AM PST.

BMB

18 February, 2016 (02:36pm)
SIGNED EVENT POSTERS FROM NASHVILLE HEADS UP

A LIMITED NUMBER of SIGNED EVENT POSTERS from the TOOL NASHVILLE SHOW will go ON-SALE in the web store tomorrow (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19) at 12:00 PM PST.

BMB

16 February, 2016 (10:00am)
PUSCIFER NORTH AMERICAN AND WORLD TOUR DATES

PUSCIFER 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Mar 17 Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center, CA
Mar 18: Phoenix Comerica Theatre, AZ
Mar 20: Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Center, CO
Mar 22: Omaha Orpheum Theatre, NE
Mar 23: Minneapolis Northrop Auditorium, MN
Mar 25: Milwaukee Riverside Theater, WI
Mar 26: Grand Rapids Devos Performance Hall, MI
Mar 28: Rockford Coronado Theatre, IL ,br> Mar 29: Indianapolis Old National Centre Murat Theatre, IN
Mar 30: Columbus The LC Indoor Pavilion, OH
Apr 01: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA
Apr 02: Detroit The Fillmore, MI
Apr 04: Akron Akron Civic Theatre, OH
Apr 05: Buffalo Center for the Arts, NY
Apr 06: Toronto Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, ON
Apr 08: Portland Merrill Auditorium, ME
Apr 09: Huntington The Paramount, NY
Apr 10: Reading Santander Performing Arts Center, PA
Apr 12: Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center, NJ
Apr 13: Red Bank Count Basie Theatre, NJ
Apr 16: Providence Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, RI

PUSCIFER

"THE MONEY SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD" TOUR 2016

Tickets for all dates, except Novarock (which is already on-sale),
are on-sale this Friday, Feb. 19.

May 30: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
May 31: London The Roundhouse, UK
Jun 02: Paris Le Grand Rex, France
Jun 06: Lausanne Les Docks, Switzerland
Jun 07: Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Italy
Jun 09: Nickelsdorf Novarock Festival, Austria
Jun 12: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Jun 13: Esch Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Jun 15: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Jun 16: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden



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15 February, 2016 (06:05pm)


www.dannycarey.com


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15 February, 2016 (03:51pm)
PRESIDENTS DAY ANTI-SALE AT TREASURIA

NOT THE BEST SHOPPING DEALS!

In celebrating "Presidents Day" here in the U.S.A., we have increased the price of each book in the Treasuria Store by ONE DOLLAR!!!, and this includes a just ADDED MINT COPY of "THE WICKEDEST BOOKS" SIGNED by the author and DANNY CAREY. At this slightly increased price, the few remaining books are sure to go fast! After all, we're talking about highly sought after occult books, and not lousy mattresses.

VIEW/ORDER



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14 February, 2016 (12:46pm)
BACK AT IT SOON

However the members of the band are decompressing after the recent tour - whether it be fishing pristine streams from a helicopter, digging into a showcase chocolate mousse on a tropical island, shopping for (or creating) macabre art, or being on the lookout for any glassy-winged sharpshooters, the 'pieces' are expected to continue with the process of writing/arranging new material at their rehearsal space early this week. This according to reuters.

Photo by Aaron Harris



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14 February, 2016 (12:27pm)
PUSCIFER AT NOVA ROCK FESTIVAL

PUSCIFER will be performing at the NOVA ROCK FESTIVAL in AUSTRIA on JUNE 9th.

MORE



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13 February, 2016 (08:39pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the esteemed guest musicians for the February 15 offering of the Monday Night Jammmz at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in Studio City, California. All ages welcome!


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11 February, 2016 (12:58pm)
JOHN DEE ARTICLE AND VIDEO TOUR

There is an interesting post by GREG TAYLOR on the DAILYGRAIL website about the Elizabethan magus/scholar JOHN DEE that includes an embedded video at the bottom of the article.

READ/VIEW


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07 February, 2016 (09:32am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE BARRESI

Birthday cheers today for JOE BARRESI. Chilled Limoncello shots going down!

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07 February, 2016 (09:28am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the special guest musicians for the FEBRUARY 8 offering of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. ALL AGES WELCOME to the 'TATOR' EXPERIENCE.


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07 February, 2016 (09:25am)
VOLTO! AT COMPLEX LA IN GLENDALE, CA.

VOLTO! will be performing at COMPLEX LA in Glendale, California on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13. As Danny gets a little R&R, MATT GARSTKA (from "ANIMALS AS LEADERS") will be filling in on drums. Ultra-fusion! REAL TIME "Liquid-light" projections by ANDREW HARVEY ("QUA-TOO, THE BLACK UNICORN").

TICKETS



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05 February, 2016 (09:43am)
THE "PEELED PROTECTOR" SHOWS UP AT THE ATLANTA SHOW!

As seen in this photo taken by Rynne, BANANAMAN attended the Tool show in Atlanta. Although I am glad that "The Peeled Protector" is a fan of the band, I'm still having a hard time trying to figure out some of these modern superheroes? I know that part of Bananaman's powers include the radioactive isotope Potassium-40, and that his other mysterious abilities involve his seratonin producing nature - which cheers up many potential villains, making him the Prozac of superheroes! - but what else is in his crime-fighting arsenal? Okay, he can instantly peel himself - causing the bad guy to slip and break his neck, but is that enough to thwart a truly evil genius adversary? And as for his sidekick - well - I'm still trying to figure that out. Glad they're both Tool fans, though...


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03 February, 2016 (11:59am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

Listen to DANNY CAREY perform with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in Studio City on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24. The band also includes DOUG WEBB, JOHN ZIEGLER, MITCH FORMAN and JIMMY EARL. ALL AGES WELCOME. $25.00

TICKETS


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02 February, 2016 (03:32pm)
BOOKS FROM DAILYGRAIL PUBLISHING

For those of you who are interested in borderland phenomena, NOW might be a good time to purchase one or more books from DailyGrail Publishing... "Before prices go up" due to future increases in printing costs.

INFO



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01 February, 2016 (08:33am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

DOUG WEBB is among the special guest musicians performing the FEBRUARY 1 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. ALL AGES WELCOME!


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27 January, 2016 (05:21pm)
TOOL TOUR POSTER

Here's another look at that TOOL TOUR POSTER that is certainly suitable for framing.


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26 January, 2016 (03:04pm)
DANNY CAREY SIGNATURE CYMBAL

For drummers or people who like to have their dinner plate wobble: New DANNY CAREY signature "MONAD" PAISTE 22" Dry Heavy Ride CYMBAL.

MORE



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26 January, 2016 (09:10am)
PUSCIFER TOUR DATES AND TICKETS

SELECT

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25 January, 2016 (05:06pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JANUARY, 2016 E.V.

As I'm sure some of you are aware, it's now 2016 era vulgaris (or, if your pseudo-Latin is a bit rusty, 2016 in the common era), and as such, it's a fair bet that at least a few Tool enthusiasts are wondering what might be in store for the band in the new calendar year. Well, the Criswell in me predicts that 2016 e.v. will be an exciting year (of course, Criswell once predicted that a beam from outer space would turn all the metal in Denver into carbon nanotube rubber!). However, before anyone reads too much into this (again), I have no time tables for anything, and that's with a sequined tuxedo. As Tool finishes up the current mini-tour in those states where McDonalds first offered sweet tea, what I do have is e-mail traffic that suggests (nay, confirms) that the band is making preparations for things to come besides a new record. And with regards to a new album, whether your pateience is waning thin, or if you are content to let the writing process proceed accordingly, perhaps you should check out the following article, as it just might put a smile on your face.

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MYSTERY SCHOOL IN HYPERSPACE:
A Cultral History of DMT
By
GRAHAM ST. JOHN

(Review by Blair MacKenzie Blake)

Having just finished reading "Mystery School In Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT" by Graham St. John (with a foreword by Dennis McKenna), I feel that it is my psychonautical duty to state that the book is a must have for anyone interested in the discovery, history, influence, and potential of entheogenic tryptamines. Especially when the author describes TOOL as being "chief among the diverse vehicles of the DMT breakthrough experience", and "a carrierwave for entheogens." Meticulously researched and skillfully written, this recent work presents a fascinating account of the DMT phenomenon, from the underground research of the pioneers of the unnerving tryptamine dimensions to the current seekers of neoshamanic ayahuasca gnosis. Along the way are vivid accounts of those who first experienced the unparalled sheer intensity of vibrant geometric mindscapes populated by the bizarre otherness of hyper-intelligent constructs that seem, paradoxically enough, strangely familiar. Burroughs, Janiger, Leary, Sand, McKenna, Grey and others who have passed through the portals of the tryptamine-enriched realm are featured among the intrpid psychonauts (human interlopers?) zeroing in on this elusive territory, along with the profound experiences of more recent "Magellans" further mapping the DMT frontiers and recounting, the best that words allow, the fleeting glimpses of their psychotropic sojourn on internet message boards and in the unique lexicon of 'hyperspace' theater. Doctor Rick Strassmasn's ground-breaking research in "DMT: The Spirit Molecule" is also explored in depth, including the possible transcendent properties of endogenous pineal-secreted DMT ("The Grand Dreaming of a Treasured Eye"), and the more speculative (and esoteric!) connection involving its post-mortem residue (that which facilitates what I have refered to as the "Dream of the Dreamless.")

Along with the accounts of the ceremonial use of DMT as a teacher substance par excellence, is the seemingly undeniable impact that the partaking of exogenous DMT has had on certain visionary (and sonic) artists whose works are a fractal treasure box filled with a menagerie of jewelled insectoids, mechanical elves, and cosmic mantoids. Yet, the question remains: does the glitterring phantasmogoria of an effective DMT flash represent an initiation from a next-level intelligence, or something equally startling and profound? A person could spend years searching for this material and the questions that it proposes, or they could read Graham's remarkably informative book.

VIEW/PURCHASE

"ART IS MAGICK"

A VISIONARY ART IN PARADISE WORKSHOP
With
ADAM SCOTT MILLER

FEBRUARY 5-11, 2016
INFO

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ENTHEOGEN SHOW
"Talk about tools for generating the divine within"

JANUARY 25: "RESPONSE TO A NEW UNDERSTANDING:
THE SCIENCE OF PSILOCYBIN
INFO

DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY" TEE REPLENISHED

Attention all you psychonauts, technoids and deipnosophists: DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY" tee-shirt is back in stock and ready to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public.

THINK DIFFERENTLY - THE "PSILICON VALLEY" tee shirt illustrates the connection between the 1960s' counter-culture psychonauts and today's 'Psilicon' Valley technologists, some of who are allegedly still using the neurological amplification of psychoactive substances to improve creativity and inspire new I.T. developments. Hence, the iconic "Apple" motif is replaced by a psilocybin mushroom. THINK DIFFERENTLY contains a message for larval moralists about how the energy released (multi-level exposure) by the visionary experiences of the pioneers of cyberspace played a substantive role in the computer revolution.

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THE CURIOUS DIARY ENTRIES OF VERITY PENNINGTON
(Taken from the booklet included in the STURGEON "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 other works by Blair MacKenzie Blake) concerning the use of occult hyper-chemistry (i.e. 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 "Dream of the Dreamless" 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 with 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?) - those that are 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 even if you don't have any interest in the profound secrets of Egyptian Freemasonry, including the highly treasured "Jewel of Divine Anthropophagy", in a photograph of the actual diary itself, there is a recipe for what I would imagine to be pretty good crab bisque. Seriously...

READ

"CONDEWSYNC"
By
ADAM SCOTT MILLER
(As featured in "Mystery School In Hyperspace" by Graham St. John)

HAPPY TRAILS


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24 January, 2016 (09:05am)
MONDAY NIGHT NAMM JAMMMZ

Another stellar lineup of musicians for NAMM SHOW VISITORS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Presenting the JANUARY 25 offering by JOHN ZIEGLER and guests. Bring something to plug in during the last set, or just dig into that stuffed spud and enjoy the sounds. All ages welcome!


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23 January, 2016 (10:10am)
DANNY VIDEO CLIP ON THE TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE

I just posted al video clip of DANNY playing the end of "THE GRUDGE" at a recent show. The video was taken by AARON HARRIS, and processed using a "VHS" app. Check it out when you get a chance.

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23 January, 2016 (10:07am)
HE?

Yesterday morning I woke up to what I assumed would be just another typical day. I made coffee, fed the cat, pulled a syringe of insulin from the fridge (the cat is diabetic), and checked my text messages. But when I opened my e-mail, I found this: "The Tantric Vampire and the Cheerleader." What! For real? I had no idea that HE was Henry Marais des Cygnes. HE! Many thoughts ran through my mind. Does anyone in his family know? Have they read any of these e-books? Should I post anything about them? Although I have not seen this person in quite some time, I would never have guessed that HE was the author. HE! As requested, I will not reveal his true identity, but, instead, will share the contents of the e-mail that I received. HE! For real?

"I am writing under the pen name Henry Marais des Cygnes. I call my stories porno-occult pulp fiction. My two little books on Amazon are, "The Tantric Vampire and the Cheerleader" and "Retroxtc, A Division of Akashic Adventures Inc." For my pen name identity - Henry Marais des Cygnes lives in a scenic river valley in eastern Kansas. By day he is a mild mannered vintage record dealer. At night he can usually be found practicing Chod in remote cemeteries or teaching tantric lap dancing to promising young strippers. Henry decided to begin writing at this time because he thought that maybe some of the Harry Potter kids were now grown up enough to want a little sex with their magic, the Shades of Grey people might want a little magic with their sex, and the Twilight people are hopeless and shouldn't read his stories."

VIEW/PURCHASE



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18 January, 2016 (10:42am)
TOOL STAGE SHOT

Another great stage shot of TOOL taken by Rynne Stump.


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18 January, 2016 (10:39am)
TOOL LIVE

A great shot of DANNY's kicks taken by Rynne Stump.

I have posted several other photos taken by Rynne on Danny's website



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18 January, 2016 (10:26am)
DANNY CAREY "ASMODEUS" TEE BACK IN STOCK

DANNY's new RENNES-LE-CHATEAU "ASMODEUS" tee-shirt is now back in stock.

VIEW/PURCHASE

DESCRIPTION

Using a photograph taken by DANNY CAREY nearly 20 years ago - the design of his new tee shirt contains several elements associated with the enduring mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau in the south of France. It was in 1891 that the impoverished parish priest of a tiny Pyrenean village discovered something that enabled him to acquire great wealth. His initial find is believed to have been coded parchments that were sealed and hidden inside a column that supported the 11th-century church's ancient altar stone. Once deciphered, certain anomalies in the Latin Biblical text revealed pentagonal geometry that hinted to a vast pentagram of natural landscape features in the area that some consider to be the perfect location to conceal something of earth-shaking importance.

Although it is still not know exactly what it was that dramatically changed the priest's fortunes, he may have left behind clues in the bewildering mass of garish, near blasphemous religious imagery. Among the phantasmagoric Christian iconography designed by the priest while refurbishing the dilapidated church is a frightening plaster demon that still greets visitors in the doorway. He has been identified as ASMODEUS, the legendary guardian of hidden treasures and custodian of secrets. With its ingeniously embedded enigmatic clues, many believe that the church itself is a treasure map that the obstinate and mischievous priest devised to immortalize the secret of his sudden riches.

Yet, with the priest's many nocturnal excavations and other strange behavior, the bizarre decorations in the church might actually be a REVERSE treasure map. As strange as this concept might seem, in a place of mirror opposites, the persistent theme of treasure and death (death and treasure) offer oblique hints of a powerful secret shared throughout history by a privileged few.

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18 January, 2016 (10:15am)
TONIGHT'S MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are your special guest musicians for TONIGHT'S (JANUARY 18) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Bring your favorite instrument and ask John Ziegler if you can join in during the second set, or if you should just kick back with a cocktail and enjoy the show? Either way, great live music at the 'tator' experience. Best of all... ALL AGES WELCOME!


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18 January, 2016 (10:08am)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT IN L.A.

Attention NAMM SHOW visitors: VOLTO! will be performing ultra-fusion at THE MINT in Los Angeles on FRIDAY, JANUARY 22. With DANNY CAREY currently on tour with TOOL, the special guest drummer will be MATT GARSTKA from "ANIMALS AS LEADERS." 21+

TICKETS



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15 January, 2016 (09:30am)
SPECIAL 'LAST CHANCE’ DEAL IN SELECT MARKETS

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE: Starting this FRIDAY MORNING (January 15th) at 10:00 AM PST and ending at the latest on MONDAY (Jan 18th at 10:00 AM, PST), we will be offering a SPECIAL 'LAST CHANCE' DEAL for shows in SOUTHAVEN, KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS, ORLANDO, PENSACOLA, and NEW ORLEANS in which LIMITED QUANTITIES will be available.

So, here's the SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL and how it works: For the price of $299.98 per package, you will get a SHOW TICKET in THE FIRST FEW ROWS, along with a SPECIALTY MERCH PACK. These special 'LAST CHANCE' TICKETS will only be available for PICK UP AT WILL CALL on the DAY OF THE SHOW, with the MERCH PACKS to be MAILED to you either prior or shortly after the show date. Again, just to be clear - the 'TICKETS' are to be PICKED UP at WILL CALL on the day of the show, with the MERCH PACKS mailed to your home address.

To purchase these SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL TICKETS, go to

https://shop.toolarmy.com

(on FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15 starting at 10:00 AM PST) and CLICK ON the "TOUR" tab. Then click on "SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL" to SELECT tickets for the show(s) that you want to attend.

For those who are interested in the VIP experience, a remaining limited number of packages will only be available for sale now until THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 at 10:00 PM PST (or until they are sold out.) The VIP EXPERIENCE comes with a very exclusive opportunity that includes a show ticket, early entry into the venue, Q & A with ADAM JONES (or another band member), Tool tour merch available for early purchase at a discount, photo opportunity, light refreshments, etc.


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15 January, 2016 (09:27am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM!

Birthday cheers from the entire Tool family today for ADAM, who, coincidently, has the day off to celebrate before heading back to the grind in Tulsa, OK.

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14 January, 2016 (10:09am)
REMINDER: SPECIAL 'LAST CHANCE DEAL' IN SELECT MARKETS

REMINDER: Starting this FRIDAY MORNING (January 15th) at 10:00 AM PST and ending at the latest on MONDAY (Jan 18th at 10:00 AM, PST), we will be offering a SPECIAL 'LAST CHANCE' DEAL for shows in SOUTHAVEN, KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS, ORLANDO, PENSACOLA, and NEW ORLEANS in which LIMITED QUANTITIES will be available.

So, here's the SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL and how it works: For the price of $299.98 per package, you will get a SHOW TICKET in THE FIRST FEW ROWS, along with a SPECIALTY MERCH PACK. These special 'LAST CHANCE' TICKETS will only be available for PICK UP AT WILL CALL on the DAY OF THE SHOW, with the MERCH PACKS to be MAILED to you either prior or shortly after the show date. Again, just to be clear - the 'TICKETS' are to be PICKED UP at WILL CALL on the day of the show, with the MERCH PACKS mailed to your home address.

To purchase these SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL TICKETS, go to

https://shop.toolarmy.com

(on FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15 starting at 10:00 AM PST) and CLICK ON the "TOUR" tab. Then click on "SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL" to SELECT tickets for the show(s) that you want to attend.

For those who are interested in the VIP experience, a remaining limited number of packages will only be available for sale now until THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 at 10:00 PM PST (or until they are sold out.) The VIP EXPERIENCE comes with a very exclusive opportunity that includes a show ticket, early entry into the venue, Q & A with ADAM JONES (or another band member), Tool tour merch available for early purchase at a discount, photo opportunity, light refreshments, etc.


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14 January, 2016 (10:06am)
LOUDWIRE TOOL SHOW REVIEW

READ


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13 January, 2016 (09:30pm)
WARNING ABOUT FAKE TICKETS!

Your attention please: We have been told that there has been a considerable number of FAKE TICKETS (printed on TicketMaster stock paper) that were sold in San Diego and San Antonio. It appears that all of these have been sold on CRAIGSLIST. Therefore, you are advised NOT to purchase these potentially fraudulent tickets from Craigslist. Spread the word...

BMB

13 January, 2016 (04:30pm)
GREAT SEATS FOR TONIGHT'S SAN ANTONIO SHOW JUST OPENED UP

Besides great seats for tonight's SAN ANTONIO show, there are now also some great seats for tomorrow's show in HOUSTON. Tickets for these shows ONLY AVAILABLE at each VENUE's BOX OFFICE.

BMB

13 January, 2016 (10:00am)
SPECIAL 'LAST CHANCE’ DEAL IN SELECT MARKETS

Starting this FRIDAY MORNING (January 15th) at 10:00 AM PST and ending at the latest on MONDAY (Jan 18th at 10:00 AM, PST), we will be offering a SPECIAL 'LAST CHANCE' DEAL for shows in SOUTHAVEN, KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS, ORLANDO, PENSACOLA, and NEW ORLEANS in which LIMITED QUANTITIES will be available.

So, here's the SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL and how it works: For the price of $299.98 per package, you will get a SHOW TICKET in THE FIRST FEW ROWS, along with a SPECIALTY MERCH PACK. These special 'LAST CHANCE' TICKETS will only be available for PICK UP AT WILL CALL on the DAY OF THE SHOW, with the MERCH PACKS to be MAILED to you either prior or shortly after the show date. Again, just to be clear - the 'TICKETS' are to be PICKED UP at WILL CALL on the day of the show, with the MERCH PACKS mailed to your home address.

To purchase these SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL TICKETS, go to https://shop.toolarmy.com (on FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15 starting at 10:00 AM PST) and CLICK ON the "TOUR" tab. Then click on "SPECIAL LAST CHANCE DEAL" to SELECT tickets for the show(s) that you want to attend.

For those who are interested in the VIP experience, a remaining limited number of packages will only be available for sale now until THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 at 10:00 PM PST (or until they are sold out.) The VIP EXPERIENCE comes with a very exclusive opportunity that includes a show ticket, early entry into the venue, Q & A with ADAM JONES (or another band member), Tool tour merch available for early purchase at a discount, photo opportunity, light refreshments, etc.


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12 January, 2016 (04:48pm)
RIP DAVID BOWIE

As you might imagine, the members of Tool, their management, crew, and the entire Tool family are big DAVID BOWIE fans, and, as such, are deeply saddened by his recent passing. Although the man will be greatly missed on this pale blue dot, all of us will continue to be inspired by his music, art and legacy. The stars look very differently..., indeed.

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12 January, 2016 (03:28pm)
CLEVER, JUNIOR!

Did anyone at the Sunday night TOOL SHOW in San Diego notice how lighting director JUNIOR sneaked the Green Bay Packers win over Washington D.C. onto the stage for all to see? Well, I didn't either until it was pointed out to me.


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11 January, 2016 (05:25pm)
TOOL VIP EXPERIENCE HEADS UP FOR ATLANTA AND TULSA SHOWS

I just found out that there are currently only 4 TOOL VIP PACKAGES left for the ATLANTA SHOW, and only 3 VIP TICKETS remaining for the TULSA SHOW. For anyone who is interested in the VIP EXPERIENCE, the time to act would be now. VIP PACKAGES are available at the STORE on www.toolband.com. Once there, CLICK on "TOUR", and then the "VIP PACKAGES" TAB.

VIEW/PURCHASE


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10 January, 2016 (10:15am)
DANNY'S NEW SIGNATURE PAISTE CYMBAL

New cymbal features Elizabethan magus John Dee's mysterious hieroglyphic monad.

www.dannycarey.com

Photo courtesy of Sara Stump.



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08 January, 2016 (10:03am)
TOOL PERFORMING IN SAN FRANCISCO

Sara Stump takes a nice stage shot of the band performing in San Francisco.


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07 January, 2016 (03:45pm)
TOOL LIVE

Thus the tour kicks off in San Francisco with ADAM acknowledging an enthusiastic crowd.

Photo by AARON HARRIS



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07 January, 2016 (08:38am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUSTMORD!

Birthday cheers today to the legendary Brian LUSTMORD.

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06 January, 2016 (04:07pm)
ALGOL IN RECENT NEWS... AND "SILENCE" TEE

Recently in the main stream news are reports about the ancient Egyptians having tracked the variability of the "Demon Star" ALGOL far earlier than its discovery by astronomers in the 17th century. Who woiuld have guessed? Well, the designers of the "SILENCE" tee-shirt for one. What the latest news reports don't mention, however, is the strange "Algol Paradox" of the eclipsing binary (some 93 light-years from earth), in which its mass transfer is seen as being symbolic of a carefully gaurded secret of occult hyper-khemistry. The ancient skywatchers referred to Algol as "al-ghul", and as the ghoul that feeds on the dead, it is thus associatted with a mysterious post-mortem substance that was of great interest to a necrophagous cult older than the earliest dynasties of ancient Egypt (Khem). Remember this the next time someone asks you about the graphics on that weird tee-shirt that you are wearing.

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NEWS



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05 January, 2016 (12:52pm)
TOOL TOUR

After a couple of solid rehearsals, the band members left this morning for San Francisco and the beginning of a month long tour. In checking the STORE at www.toolband.com, it looks like there are still some VIP PACKAGES (that include great seats) left for Charlotte, Newhaven, Kansas City, St. Louis, New Orleans, Orlando, and Pensacola. To purchase these remaining VIP TICKETS, go to the STORE and click on the "TOUR" tab and then select "VIP PACKS."

VIEW/PURCHASE



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02 January, 2016 (04:16pm)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT FOR NAMM SHOW WEEKEND

VOLTO! will be performing ultra-fusion at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES (on the west side) on FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 (during the NAMM SHOW WEEKEND). With DANNY on tour with TOOL, the special guest drummer for this show will be the very capable MATT GARSTKA from "ANIMALS AS LEADERS." 21 AND OVER.


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02 January, 2016 (04:10pm)
CHEF BIG DAVE & STELLAR GUESTS

CHEF BIG DAVE and his blazing harmonica backed by a stellar lineup of musicians will be hammering out ROCK & BLUES southern style at THE BAKED POTATO on TUESDAY, JANUARY 5th. Don't miss this one - all ages welcome to the 'tator' experience!


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02 January, 2016 (04:03pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

The MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ return to the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on JANUARY 4th with some of L.A.'s finest musicians. ALL AGES WELCOME!


BMB

29 December, 2015 (12:07pm)
EXCLAMATION POINT TO THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Large festive Christmas Tree at the airport in Austin, Texas. Wait a minute...

Photo by LaraLee



BMB

28 December, 2015 (06:25pm)
RIP LEMMY KILMISTER

Sad news indeed with the passing of LEMMY KILMISTER of Motorhead.

BMB

28 December, 2015 (08:31am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLAIR!

It seems like just yesterday we were wishing Blair a happy 49th... again. And here we are, wishing him a happy - well, let's just say he's edging ever nearer to a very fine vintage, indeed. Raise your glasses today and join us in wishing the happiest of birthdays to our favorite writer/reader/drinker/mystic/cat-nurse, etc.
Cheers Blair!




26 December, 2015 (04:02pm)
"HATHOR" BY ADAM SCOTT MILLER

Nice work by artist ADAM SCOTT MILLER, who provided wonderful illustrations for my articles in SUB ROSA MAGAZINE and VOLUME 2 of the DARKLORE ANTHOLOGY.

MORE

WEBSITE



BMB

24 December, 2015 (09:18am)
ALEISTER CROWLEY/JIMMY PAGE MANSION BURNS

I'm not sure if it was due to Abramelin mischief or misguided arsonists, but Boleskine House, the mansion on Loch Ness that was once home to Aleister Crowley and Jimmy Page, recently caught on fire. Let the investigation begin, though it's going to be hard to put the blame on those pesky Abramelin demons...
For more info about the Crowley/Page connection, check out GREG TAYLOR's excellent ARTICLE
"OCCULT ROCK",
taken from DARKLORE, VOLUME 2.
Greg's piece also includes some of the esoteric concepts employed by
TOOL that might be of interest to some.

NEWS


BMB

23 December, 2015 (03:26pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER, 2015 E.V.

Even though the Coco-Cola Corporation began the countdown to Christmas back in October, I thought that I would wait until the Winter Solstice before treating you to another seasonal offering of Yuletide gaiety. Unlike last year's stocking stuffer, this holiday edition newsletter is absolutely brimming with joyous Kriss Kringle cheer. A few more raisins in the glogg, if you know what I mean! We're not talking just quilted stockings and glittering Hallmarks here, but an exuberantly shaken snow dome of festive Christmassy scenery. A tinsel-festooned promenade of painted nutcrackers, gleaming baubles, jeweled fruitcake, and fragrant bayberry votives. However, before continuing in this winter wonderland of holiday tidings cocktail napkins, stuffed giraffes, sriracha popcorn garlands, and gingerbread-scented Glade... before toasting foamy cinnamon ales under blinking icicle LEDS, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Having read my December 2000 Tool Newsletter (theory proposed copied by countless since it was first published), many of you already know that Rudolf's red nose comes from browsing on hallucinogenic Amanita muscaria mushrooms (the result of a 'virgin' birth under evergreen trees), the potent urine of which northern shamans drank in order to receive the underworld gifts (hence, the sooty 'chimney' X-mas motif) from mind-manifesting elves during séances, but what you might not be aware of is that the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Magi (initiates of the esoteric arts) was actually an 'invisible' cosmic pentacle traced in the heavens clockwork precise by the planet Venus every eight years (which is why the non-initiate King Herod couldn't see it). Duh!.. Oh, and that decorative winged angel with the top branch of the Christmas tree stuck up its ass didn't come from the Bible, but is a medieval concoction. And didn't medieval people perform boar bile enemas and place hot irons on hemorrhoids?

But, don't let occult astronomy as the symbol of the invisible college dampen your holiday spirit. What should really concern you is some of the new X-mas must-have kids' gifts. For instance, what's up with these Disney "Maleficent" dolls? Oh, how 'Santa' must be smiling! Still, I suppose that it beats the hell out of getting an "Anti-Bully" action figure. And then there's the new "Girl Scout Cookies Deluxe Oven." If people are going to make their own cookies with this thing, then what the hell are Girl Scouts going to sell? Molly? Crack? Most evil of all, though - why in the holy f**k isn't whipped cream included with "Pie Face?" I know that I'd be a tad pissed off if I had to scrape ice off the windshield before asking the new Garmin to find the closest 7-11 at six in the morning for a can of fat free Reddi-wip.

If an exploding hoverboard scooter is on your child's list, it would probably be best if the jolly f**k delivering it just leaves the damn thing in the fireplace after coming down the (sooty) chimney. I know what you're going to say. True, human feet can suddenly catch on fire, but spontaneous human combustion is rare as rocking horse shit, and do you really want that jolly f**k to bring an exploding hoverboard into the berber-carpeted living room just so he can grab some cookies and Lucozade? Chinese manufactured lithium-ion batteries that burst into flames - now there's a coincidence! Oh, and speaking of lists, please DON'T let your adorable youngsters make it an e-mail list, unless you want a bunch of lazy ass trees inheriting the earth. And once the kids have composed their Santa's list, you parents might want to think twice about sending it to the North Pole (Alaska?), where some of Santa's volunteers are registered sex offenders.

What else isn't so cedar woodsmoke fragrant about this holiday season? Lip-syncing Christmas carolers really depress me, and I'll bet you an inflatable fruitcake that the new "Peanuts" movie won't be funny (just like the comic strip). Might be better to just stay home and watch the dozens of continuity mistakes in "A Christmas Story", unless vanishing jars of pickles and yellow neckties are commonplace in your home? That, or bundle up on the couch and check out all the little dip-shits unwrapping (staged) presents on YouTube through virtual reality viewers. That's always better than a poke in the eye with a sharp candy cane.

How about some useful holiday tips: gilded pinecones are brown recluse spider hotels. Spiked eggnog is a gateway beverage that often leads to death from ingesting paint thinner in plastic jugs of illicit moonshine. The turkey stuffing is an apple-pecan flavored petri dish, and even worse than its multiplying bacteria is the fact that the basting holiday gobbler once enjoyed pecking worms out of its own slimy droppings. (Still, it might be better than mince mystery meat pies.) Peppermint comes back as burning acid reflux, and a symptom of mistletoe toxicity is the Hershey squirts. The holly wreath on the front door contains a hidden nanny cam to catch your neighbors stealing any packages that Amazon left on your porch, and one out of every thousand snowmen secretly want to become a snow woman, but are rarely able to make the radical transformation by cutting off their raw carrot schlong. If you're planning on visiting any Disney theme parks, remember that "Goofy" is most likely an FBI counter-terrorist agent. If you've got "visions of sugar-plums dancing in your head", I hope you're not in Florida (working at a theme park). If you're planning on stealing a plastic Jesus from a mall Nativity, don't expect to get too big of a ransom. Kids, don't give your father (or mother) a Fitbit Flex from Brookstone if their other gift happens to be a box of double chocolate fudge. (On second thought, that makes perfect sense.) And, enough already with all that goddamn bell ringing in your shabby ass Santa suit just to collect a few canned goods. It would be another thing if you donated the stuff to the needy instead of taking it back to the dorm to slurp up after playing multiple games of Edward 40 Hands.

And finally, it would be 'Three Wise Men' wise to keep in mind that - similar to that snow dome - everything in your winter wonderland... in fact, everything that you believe to be concrete reality is but a holographic projection occurring simultaneously as encoded in some omniverse museum (...or something like that). This includes the hoverboard scooter that will explode before it ever hovers, that Starbucks seasonal blend, the Helzberg diamond in a lump of coal gift box, and a partridge in a pear tree that your true lover will never give you... EVER! Which is why I don't put fuzzy deer antlers on my car, or shine laser pointers at sleigh drones moving against the stars. Fa la la la la.

Oh, I almost forgot the encrypted holiday message: aaAaavvllll(rrrrrgeeeeeeeeeennndddoooocctttwiihhh)uussd.dj5yybmb

And don't think it says: "All evergreen decorations (wreaths included) should be removed by January 5th."

SOME HOLIDAY-RELATED E-MAIL

Q: "I don't suppose there's another way for a guy to get the two Tool Christmas ornaments is there? With the extremely limited number of them, I didn't stand a chance. At least, I don't think I did; I checked the merch store, and there was nothing, so I'm assuming they sold out faster than you can say Fat Ass Dirty Dollar! And I've checked eBay. No go there, either. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated, but certainly not expected, because I know you all have more important things to do. Take care, best wishes, and happy holidays."

BMB: Having checked off everything on my list, I actually don't have more important things to do - other than continuing in my seemingly endless quest to obtain a certain book by Wilhelm Reich that I can afford. I've seen one for on line for $4.500.00, but ARE YOU SHITTING ME? That's someone's piss poor answer to providing an avid book collector with a rare book? I hope like hell that the $4.500.00 price sticker is their idea, and not coming straight from a price guide or some website like "Worthpoint!" But, as for the giftable ornaments, I would be more than happy during this season of generosity and kindness to check with Merch to see if there are any returns or samples to send you, my friend!

Q: "I just wanted to inform you that I had ordered 3 tool wrench lighters and everything went smoothly until i opened the package to see that it had already been cut open and my 3 lighters stolen. Now i have no sentimental Christmas presents for my brothers and i can never get those lighters for us because they were so limited. I'm so very freaking disappointed. After talking to my brothers about what happened I found out this has happened in the past ordering from you guys. I think it is just plain irresponsible to have this still happening. How can you guys not see which post office it is that all these packages are leaving empty. MY package only went to 4 post offices so how hard is it to look at those offices and see which people were working and have them inspected. My package was taped shut where the cut was and the receipt was cut clean in half. Someone used a box cutter and stole my 3 lighters. Im so pissed off, it was a special gift for me and my brothers to share. Tool army orders wont even respond to me and when i called the warehouse all they told me was people stole stuff, you gotta email tool orders. Really freaking helpful.... I don't want a freaking refund! I want the limited edition items i ordered! if they are gone then call the dang manufacturer and have them whip up 3 new ones! Call adam and have him send me 3 bic lighters personally signed! i dont care! I just want my special items on this special holiday.... SO VERY DISAPPOINTED! PLEASE SEND ME # NEW LIGHTERS BMB PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE for the love of the collective unconscious. Please help me fix this, get that usps employee fired, sent to jail whatever. Raid his house and recover my tool lighters along with other people limited edition items hat were most likely stolen by the same guy! DO something other than doing nothing PLEASE! Email me back and let me know if anything will happen, please?"

BMB: Jesus Christ in a mall Nativity! Recently, the same thing happened to me, except that it was a pack of Macanudo miniature cigars that was stolen. My package, too, was taped shut where the cut was. I wonder if the same postal worker was involved in both? First he steals my cigars, and then he needs a lighter, which he takes at the opportune time! I am truly sorry for your loss, and appreciate you bringing this to my attention. I realize that most members of the U.S. Postal Service with some degree of erectile dysfunction are rabid Tool fans, but I thought that they were paid well enough to be able to afford purchasing their own limited edition holiday merch. Hell, maybe they do have the money, but didn't want to place an order knowing about the risk of mail theft? Mail theft turns my gluhwein into vinegar! It's a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine - although I personally think that trees swarming with fire ants should be part of the sentence! In the spirit of the holiday season, let me check with merch to see if there might be any returns or samples available?

E-MAIL COMMENT REGARDING VIP TICKET CONSIDERATIONS:

"ARE YOU SHITTING ME? This is your piss poor sellout answer to Tools fans. I hope like Hell that this letter is your idea and not coming straight from the band! What ever you do, don't reply back!"

REPLY: Whoa. Do I detect a hint of anger here? My response wasn't meant to be insulting or cold-hearted, but was my way of being positive... of looking at the bright side of things. For less than the price of two To'ak candy bars, you could purchase a VIP TICKET for the ULTIMATE TOOL EXPERIENCE in places like Southaven. Geez, if I could buy a certain rare book by Wilhelm Reich that I need for my collection for $499.98 instead of $4.500.00 I would literally jump up and down shitting rubber nickels! But I can't. I don't have that kind of money for a book like that in acceptable condition. Still, you don't hear me complaining! HOWEVER, during this season of generosity and kindness, maybe you'll get a ticket - depending on where you live? After all, didn't Ralphie get his coveted Red Ryder BB gun? And what about Clark Griswold? He received his bonus check and then some! And then there's Ebenezer Scrooge and his wonderful transformation. Or, what about the Miracle on 34th Street, where Santa worked for Macy's, but directed a customer to Gimbels because they had a better price on a certain item that she wanted. BELIEVE and perhaps you shall RECEIVE in this illusory holographic projection of everything in your existence occurring simultaneously as encoded in some omniverse museum (... or something like that).

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

21 December, 2015 (07:16am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the special guest musicians for the Winter Solstice MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY.


BMB

19 December, 2015 (08:52am)
REMINDER: VOLTO! AT THE VIPER ROOM TONIGHT

DANNY and VOLTO! will be performing live ultra-fusion at THE VIPER ROOM on the SUNSET STRIP in WEST HOLLYWOOD tonight (SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19th).

VIEW


BMB

18 December, 2015 (09:56am)
RARE STUFF FROM "TREASURIA"

A representative from the "Imaginal Realm and Idea Emporium" store has just informed me that orders placed by 12:00 PM PST on MONDAY, DECEMBER 21 should arrive by X-MAS. This includes merch from Danny's "VOLTO!", "THE CROWLEY COLLECTION" tees and special bundle, and the "LUCIFUGE/GRIMOIRE" shirt. ALSO, I have just added to the TREASURIA section 3 highly collectible TIMOTHY LEARLY BOOKS from my (BMB) private collection, 2 of which are SIGNED BY LEARY. The "Chaos and Cyber Culture" is signed with Leary's 'Black Sun" signature, and the ultra-rare "Jail Notes" is inscribed with his 'futurist thought' SMI2LE flourish. Finally, there is a MINT CONDITION "WICKEDEST BOOK" SIGNED by both the author (BMB) and DANNY CAREY in the TREASURIA section of the store.

ENTER

TREASURIA

(Note: Your choice of tee-shirt is important and should not be based solely on advertisements.)



BMB

15 December, 2015 (05:06pm)
TOOL VIP EXPERIENCE CONSIDERATIONS

In reading some comments about fans being at the mercy of the ticket agencies, and now unable to get seats for the SOLD OUT SHOWS, something for the more than casual Tool fan to consider would be to purchase some of the remaining LIMITED VIP PACKAGES. By buying these VIPS, you get FRONT ROW SEATS and all the 'trimmings' WITHOUT having to deal with scalpers, ticket agencies, and - did I mention - scalpers. Needless to say, these would also make a great holiday gift for that special someone who wants to go to both the concert and the special pre-concert event with HOST JUSTIN ROBERTS in the building. Just saying...

If you are considering VIPS for those remaining shows (listed below), here's what you will get:

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
- Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
- Early entry into the venue
- Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
- One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
- Tool's tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
- Photo opportunity
- Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members./

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.

The shows we still have VIP tickets for are:

ONLY 2 VIPS remain for GRAND PRAIRIE

WITH LIMITED NUMBERS FOR...

- Kansas City
- Southaven
- St. Louis
- Orlando
- Pensacola
- New Orleans

HOW TO ORDER:
GO directly to shop.toolarmy.com/ (The STORE on www.toolband.com)
CLICK ON THE "TOUR" TAB
CLICK ON "VIP PACKAGES"
SELECT YOUR PACKAGE... and enjoy the VIP EXPERIENCE!

PURCHASE



BMB

13 December, 2015 (09:59am)
MY RARE TIMOTHY LEARY BOOKS FOR SALE AT "TREASURIA"

For your consideration - A psychedelic voyage. I (BMB) began collecting some of these Timothy Leary books back in the early 1980s, and after embarking on the neurological adventure contained within their pages, the re-wired terrestrial circuitry of the independent thinking result has finally decided to part with several titles. Hopefully the "High Priest's" counter-cultural perspectives, masterful wit, meticulous research, mystical insight (in particular, the eight-circuit model of consciousness) and often misunderstood message will be appreciated by others as much as it was by yours truly. Many of these books are now highly sought after in their early limited print runs. Some are signed/inscribed, and all are in collectible condition. Here's to activating one's higher than larval imprints. MORE to be ADDED very soon.

VIEW/PURCHASE


BMB

13 December, 2015 (09:50am)
VOLTO! ROBO TIKI MERCH AND VIPER ROOM SHOW

I am pleased to announce that VOLTO! MERCH is now available in the ever-expanding store of the IMAGINAL REALM and IDEA EMPORIUM.
"ROBO TIKI" TEES and HOODIES!

DANNY and VOLTO! will be performing live ultra-fusion at THE VIPER ROOM on the SUNSET STRIP in WEST HOLLYWOOD on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19th.

VIEW



BMB

13 December, 2015 (09:36am)
PRESENTING THE ENTHEOGEN SHOW

Some of you are ready for a podcast about the therapeutic use of psychedelics.

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BMB

13 December, 2015 (09:25am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN SHERAZI

My Fraternal Brother - "Rajas" guitarist/vocalist BEN SHERAZI celebrates his birthday today. Here's hoping that its a great one, Benny! CHEERS! from the visible Lodge boys.

BMB

13 December, 2015 (09:20am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KORIN!

Birthday greetings today from all of us to the lovely and very talented KORIN JONES.

BMB

13 December, 2015 (09:17am)
UNIQUE GIFTS AT THE "COLLIDE" STORE

Besides creating wonderful music, our friends kaRIN and STATIK from "COLLIDE" offer a selection of unique handmade GIFTS in their store. Check it out for yourself.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

11 December, 2015 (02:03pm)
ADDED 2ND SAN FRANCISCO SHOW

Due to popular demand, a second TOOL SHOW has been ADDED for THURSDAY, JANUARY 7th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. TICKETS will go ON-SALE TOMORROW (SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12) at 10:00 AM PST.

TICKETS



11 December, 2015 (11:33am)
REMINDER: TICKETS FOR SAN FRANCISCO SHOW ON-SALE TODAY

TOOL will be performing live at the BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM in SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6th. TICKETS for this CONCERT (with 3TEETH to open) go ON-SALE this FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 (TODAY) at 12:00 PM PST. Please note that there will be NO VIPS for this show.

TICKETS


BMB

11 December, 2015 (11:29am)


"LUCIFUGE ROFOCALE"
FROM "LE DRAGON ROUGE/GRAND GRIMOIRE"

Most practitioners of ceremonial magic are aware that the notorious grimoire entitled "Le Dragon Rouge/Grand Grimoire" offers instructions on how to properly summon "Lucifuge Rofocale", as well as how to construct the magical implements needed to control such demonic forces once conjured into full physical manifestation. And although many would-be karcists have sought to obtain a ritualistic pact with Lucifuge for the enforced surrender of hidden treasure, the book's true secret - perfectly disguised in the infernal text - continues to elude both gullible lay-people and seasoned occultists. Long considered to be one of the most fantastic and dangerous works of Black Magic, it is the grimoire's perceived atrocious nature that ensures its survival and preserves its one legitimate magical operation. To the discerning reader, the book's real worth concerns a formula called "The Composition of Death, or Philosopher's Stone." Contrary to what many believe, this is not intended to be a recipe to concoct a deadly poison (let alone an alchemical method for producing vulgar gold), but is actually a heavily encoded set of instructions that concerns a particular aspect of an ancient embalming process that is of great importance to certain esotericists. Those who consider this (and the grimoire itself) to be a joke aren't necessarily wrong - at least when taking into account etymological considerations, whereby the root of the word "joke" means "to speak", as in a confession that is of grave concern.

VIEW/PURCHASE

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TEE SHIRTS
FROM ALEISTER CROWLEY COLLECTION
SPECIAL OFFER

While the LIMITATION OF 666 each lasts, buy both "LUST" and "SILENCE" Crowley Collection Tees and receive a FREE parchment copy of an original esoteric prose poem entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP" written and individually SIGNED by the author "Blair MacKenzie Blake"

"SILENCE" TEE-SHIRT DESCRIPTION

Featuring a portrait of the hooded Crowley as "The Silent Watcher", the shirt's overall design is suggestive of a magical ritual(involving death simulation and the premature release of an endogenous substance) specifically timed to coincide with the plummeting brightness of the eclipsing 'binary' Algol star configuration. At a distance of 93 light years, Algol (Ra's al-Ghul) was known in ancient star lore as "the most evil, violent, and dangerous star in the heavens." Winking balefully in the heart of the deeps, the blinking "Demon's Head" holds yet another curiosity. To the "Silent Watchers", the famous "Algol Paradox" provides the perfect analogy with a closely guarded secret of our occult hyper-khemistry known as "The Jewel of Divine Anthropophagy."

"LUST" TEE SHIRT PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Tee features superb graphics to vivify a Crowley quote that exemplifies an adventurous soul eagerly anticipating the transition into the next realm of existence: "I can imagine myself on my deathbed spent utterly with lust to touch the next world."



BMB

11 December, 2015 (11:09am)
DANNY ADMIRING THE CARL PALMER KIT

DANNY is shown here checking out the legendary 1973 CARL PALMER custom made stainless steel drum set as featured on the ELP albums, "Brain Salad Surgery", "Welcome Back My Friends" and "Works." With its VERY heavy steel shells embellished with highly-detailed relief of personalized woodland scenes (inspired by those on hunting rifles), the two and a half ton kit recently sold at the Ringo Starr/Barbara Bach auction at Julien's in Beverly Hills for $75,000. (Symphonic gongs and church bell not included, although some of Palmer's ELP road cases were.) Although the ornate Palmer drum kit engravings and custom hardware was very cool to see up close, with the set lacking its original electronic features (the synthesizer percussion effects heard on "Toccata."), the hefty $75,000 price tag was slightly more than Danny wanted to spend... at the time! As I'm sure others will agree, the kit really belongs in a museum.

Photo by BMB



BMB

11 December, 2015 (10:23am)
ALOKE DUTTA END OF THE YEAR SALE

The tabla master has an end of the year SALE on his books, etc.

SHOP



BMB

08 December, 2015 (09:59am)
AN EVENING WITH TOOL IN SAN FRANCISCO (JANUARY 6TH)

TOOL will be performing live at the BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM in SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6th. TICKETS for this "EVENING WITH TOOL" (with 3TEETH to open) go ON-SALE this FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 at 12:00 PM PST. Please note that there will be NO VIPS for this show.

TICKETS


BMB

06 December, 2015 (11:03am)
"HAYLEY STUDY" BY KORIN FAUGHT - BENEFIT FOR P:EAR PROGRAMS

KORIN FAUGHT's "HAYLEY STUDY" will be featured as part of a BENEFIT exhibition with 20% of the proceeds donated to support P:EAR PROGRAMS, a non-profit organization that mentors homeless youth.
PURCHASE INQUIRIES: info@stephaniechefas.com

INFO



BMB

05 December, 2015 (08:57am)
VERY LIMITED EDITION TOOL HOLIDAY MERCH

When was the last time that a reindeer-drawn sleigh delivered entheogenic X-mas ornaments, stocking-stuffer Tool lighters, and global climate change headgear to you? Well, 'Tis the season - so, for your holiday shopping ease, we've added some festive TOOL MERCH to the WEBSTORE (and we really don't care if you've been naughty or nice). With the limited number of these products, they'll probably go faster than a snowman in a sauna... quicker than a foreclosed gingerbread house... faster than a...

You better start shopping...
XMAS_COLLECTIBLES

TOOL ORNAMENTS (Red Face and Spiral Eye)
LIMITED TO 250 UNITS EACH
Estimated delivery to you: Dec 11 - 18.

TOOL SHOT GLASS: LIMITED TO 144 UNITS.
The estimated delivery to you is Dec 10 - 14.

TOOL LIGHTER... LIMITED TO 200 LIGHTERS.
Estimated delivery to you: Dec 9 - 10.

TOOL FUR-LINED HAT:
LIMITED TO 36 sm/med & 60 med/large
Estimated delivery to you is Dec 7 - 9.



BMB

04 December, 2015 (10:58pm)
BRING BACK THE "PHANTOM HARBOR" WEB SERIES

A worthy cause for your consideration: the crowd funding project of SHANNON SHEA, whom ADAM worked with on film FX and commercials in the Second Millennium of the Common Era. Take a look...


BMB

04 December, 2015 (08:51am)
TOOL VIP PACKAGES ON-SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

A very LIMITED NUMBER of TOOL VIP PACKAGES are going ON-SALE to the GENERAL PUBLIC today (with ON-SALE TIMES MATCHING the REGULAR TICKETS ON-SALE TIME).
HOW TO PURCHASE: GO TO THE www.toolbasnd.com

STORE

Once in the store, CLICK ON the "TOUR" tab.
CLICK ON "VIP PACKAGES", and SELECT the PACKAGE that you want.
PLEASE NOTE: 2 PER CUSTOMER LIMIT. This rule will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
- Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
- Early entry into the venue
- Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
- One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
- Tool's tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
- Photo opportunity
- Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members./

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.


BMB

04 December, 2015 (08:29am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS TONIGHT

A reminder that DANNY will be playing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS (DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL & JOHN ZIEGLER) tonight (DECEMBER 4) at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. $25.00. ALL AGES WELCOME!

BMB

03 December, 2015 (01:38pm)
UPDATE: TOOLARMY VIP PACKAGES NEW ON-SALE TIME

VIP PACKAGES for TOOLARMY MEMBERS will be on-sale TODAY (THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3) at THE NEW TIME OF 2:00 PM PST.
REMEMBER the STRICTLY ENFORCED RULE - 2 TICKETS PER CUSTOMER.

BMB

03 December, 2015 (08:44am)
TOOLARMY VIP PACKAGES REMINDER

VIP PACKAGES for TOOLARMY MEMBERS will be on-sale TODAY (THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3) at 12:00 PM PST. REMEMBER the STRICTLY ENFORCED RULE - 2 PER CUSTOMER. Any one who doesn't follow this, will have their entire order cancelled.

HOW TO PURCHASE VIPS: TOOLARMY MEMBERS need to LOG IN to the TA WEBSITE on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST and proceed to the SHOPPING BAZAAR and CLICK ON "TOOL SPECIALTY" and then SELECT THE PACKAGE. Once again, keep in mind that the 2 PER CUSTOMER LIMIT RULE will be strictly enforced.

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
- Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
- Early entry into the venue
- Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
- One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
- Tool's tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
- Photo opportunity
- Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members./

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.


BMB

01 December, 2015 (02:52pm)
ADAM JONES AND KORIN FAUGHT ART IN GIANT ROBOT POST-IT-SHOW 11

Here's your chance to own some ADAM/KORIN art.

ADAM with 4 pieces - KORIN with 6 pieces...

GIANT ROBOT POST-IT-SHOW 11

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 (7:00 AM) - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 (8:00)

INFO

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KORIN_INSTAGRAM



BMB

01 December, 2015 (09:05am)
TWO MORE TOOL SHOWS - FLORIDA

TWO MORE TOOL SHOWS

TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

TOOLARMY VIP PACKAGES ON-SALE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 at 12:00 PM PST

Thu, Jan 28: Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena (ON-SALE TIME: 10:00 AM EST)
TICKETS

Sat, Jan 30: Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Bay Center (ON-SALE TIME: 10:00 AM CST)
TICKETS

Once again, as a salute to our distinguished COLLECTIVE, there will be a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of VIP EVENT TICKET SALES for the KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS and NEW ORLEANS shows EXCLUSIVELY available to TOOLARMY MEMBERS ON-SALE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST. So, be ready to reap the benefits of your MEMBERSHIP. However, please keep in mind that these VIP PACKS are LIMITED to 2 PER CUSTOMER, and that this will be STRICKLY ENFORCED! Anyone who doesn't follow this RULE will have his or her ENTIRE ORDER CANCELLED and REFUNDED!

HOW TO PURCHASE VIPS: TOOLARMY MEMBERS need to LOG IN to the TA WEBSITE on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST and proceed to the SHOPPING BAZAAR and CLICK ON "TOOL SPECIALTY" and then SELECT THE PACKAGE. Remember the 2 PER CUSTOMER LIMIT RULE (that will be strictly enforced).

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
- Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
- Early entry into the venue
- Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
- One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
- Tool's tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
- Photo opportunity
- Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members./

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.


BMB

30 November, 2015 (03:46pm)
NEW TICKETS ON-SALE DATE FOR THE HOUSTON SHOW

Please note that the on-sale date for the TOOL HOUSTON SHOW has been changed to SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 at 10:00 AM CST.

BMB

30 November, 2015 (09:02am)
MORE TOOL SHOWS HEADS UP

Here are some more TOOL SHOW dates, cities, and venues that will go ON-SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th. Please continue to check back for times and links and to see if any more shows are ADDED to this list.

- January 20: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center (On-SALE TIME: 10:00 AM CST)
TICKETS

- January 22: St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Center (ON-SALE TIME: 11:00 AM CST)
TICKETS
- January 31: New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
TICKETS
(ON-SALE TIME: 10:00 AM CST)

- January 14: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center (TICKETS ON-SALE for this show on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 at 10:00 AM CST)

TICKETS

Once again, as a salute to our distinguished COLLECTIVE, there will be a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of VIP EVENT TICKET SALES for the KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS and NEW ORLEANS shows EXCLUSIVELY available to TOOLARMY MEMBERS ON-SALE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST. So, be ready to reap the benefits of your MEMBERSHIP. However, please keep in mind that these VIP PACKS are LIMITED to 2 PER CUSTOMER, and that this will be STRICKLY ENFORCED! Anyone who doesn't follow this RULE will have his or her ENTIRE ORDER CANCELLED and REFUNDED!

HOW TO PURCHASE VIPS: TOOLARMY MEMBERS need to LOG IN to the TA WEBSITE on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd at 12:00 PM PST and proceed to the SHOPPING BAZAAR and CLICK ON "TOOL SPECIALTY" and then SELECT THE PACKAGE. Remember the 2 PER CUSTOMER LIMIT RULE (that will be strictly enforced).

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
- Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
- Early entry into the venue
- Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
- One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
- Tool's tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
- Photo opportunity
- Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members./

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.


BMB

30 November, 2015 (08:34am)
SALTINE ODDITY

As mentioned in the TOOL NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER, I have listed FOR SALE my saltine curiosity at the IMAGINAL REALM and IDEA EMPORIUM. It comes carefully packaged with a MYSTERY PRIZE that is sure to excite! (see PHOTO in NEWSLETTER posted below.)

VIEW/ORDER

SOLD


BMB

28 November, 2015 (09:54am)
ALEX GREY ART BLANKETS

'Tis the season for visionary art that suggests the transformative path.

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BMB

26 November, 2015 (08:38pm)
ADAM INTERVIEW IN ROLLING STONE

READ


BMB

26 November, 2015 (08:05pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4. Joining him will be DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL and JOHN ZIEGLER. ALL AGES WELCOME. $25.00.

TICKETS


BMB

26 November, 2015 (11:36am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER, 2015 E.V.

THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO, AREN'T THERE!
(AN INSPIRITING THANKSGIVING ANECDOTE)

It's funny how things can turn around so fast. A few days ago some personal issues had me feeling really down, but then something truly amazing happened - so amazing, in fact - that it has caused this pale blue dotter to question certain things about higher powers or greater forces in the multiverse. And while I won't bore you with any details about what had me feeling so low - okay, downright depressed - I would like to share with you an event that I found to be quite uplifting...and just when I needed it.

The other day, my partner, LaraLee, wanted to have lunch at what she considers to be the only decent Tex-Mex restaurant in Los Angeles (she is from Houston, where ground beef, chili gravy and melted cheeses are the norm, although for me the greasy super crunchy tacos at Bert's Chuck Wagon that I used to eat in St. Louis beat any of her Tex-Mex favorites). So, we drove to "Salsa and Beer" in North Hollywood, knowing fully well that there would be a long wait to get a parking space and an even longer wait for the first available table once inside (nearly authentic Tex-Mex in L.A. being to blame, I suppose).

When we were finally seated, and the first round of ice cold draft Modelos arrived, over the rather annoying pounding of drums at those tables with guests celebrating something, LaraLee ordered a spicy Coctel de Camerones for starters. The choice of this particular 'appetizer' turned out to be rather fateful, as when the waiter delivered it, he included several packages of saltine crackers (as is always the case). However, one of the packages didn't look quite right. Upon closer examination I realized why. There was only ONE cracker inside, instead of the usual two. What?! When the full realization of what I was holding finally hit me, I just stared at it in a state of silent wonderment. There it was - a genuine, factory-sealed package of Nabisco premium saltine crackers with only one cracker inside! After carefully wrapping the oddity inside napkins, I asked Laralee to place it in a safe compartment in her purse (where she kept the small bottle of Kansas City "Gate's" sauce that we snuck in to give the house salsa a much needed kick).

Even though Nabisco saltines aren't as good as they used to be, this curiosity would be a great addition to my collection of anomalous food products (although it probably should be displayed in a museum!), along with a shell that contains FIVE peanuts (and NOT Valencia peanuts!), an extremely rare package of plain M&M's with a VERY high percentage of red ones that I bought somewhere near the River Bend area in New Orleans, and an UNOPENED box of CrackerJack WITHOUT any prize inside (detected when X-rayed by an airport security person).

Knowing that a 103-year-old unmunched biscuit that survived the Titanic recently sold for $23,000, it would be very tempting to list the valuable saltine aberration on one of the on-line auction houses. Maybe I will early next week, but for now I'm just going to enjoy the mistake as an incredible find, and, again, just when I needed something like that to happen. It really makes you wonder, doesn't it... because when it comes to restaurant packages of saltine crackers, THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO, AREN'T THERE!

You know what - having given it some more thought, in the spirit of the holiday season - I think that I will put my special cracker package in the STORE at the IMAGINAL REALM and IDEA EMPORUM" for someone who might appreciate it even more than I do. Someone who wants to purchase it for their own collection, or as a unique gift. After all, it is a true abnormally, and not some contrived marketing ploy like Lucky Charms all marshmallow boxes, Celery Jell-o, or that ridiculous Heinz's Blue Ketchup concoction! And if it sells for the asking price, maybe I will consider selling some of the other stuff in my anomalous food collection.

Note: Sorry, but the saltine cracker/with mystery prize has been purchased.

Photo by BMB

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

23 November, 2015 (04:55pm)
DANNY CAREY “ASMODEUS” TEE SHIRT

Using a photograph taken by DANNY CAREY nearly 20 years ago - the design of his new tee shirt contains several elements associated with the enduring mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau in the south of France. It was in 1891 that the impoverished parish priest of a tiny Pyrenean village discovered something that enabled him to acquire great wealth. His initial find is believed to have been coded parchments that were sealed and hidden inside a column that supported the 11th-century church's ancient altar stone. Once deciphered, certain anomalies in the Latin Biblical text revealed pentagonal geometry that hinted to a vast pentagram of natural landscape features in the area that some consider to be the perfect location to conceal something of earth-shaking importance.

Although it is still not known exactly what it was that dramatically changed the priest's fortunes, he may have left behind clues in the bewildering mass of garish, near blasphemous religious imagery. Among the phantasmagoric Christian iconography designed by the priest while refurbishing the dilapidated church is a frightening plaster demon that still greets visitors in the doorway. He has been identified as ASMODEUS, the legendary guardian of hidden treasures and custodian of secrets. With its ingeniously embedded enigmatic clues, many believe that the church itself is a treasure map that the obstinate and mischievous priest devised to immortalize the secret of his sudden riches.

Yet, with the priest's many nocturnal excavations and other strange behavior, the bizarre decorations in the church might actually be a REVERSE treasure map. As strange as this concept might seem, in a place of mirror opposites, the persistent theme of treasure and death (death and treasure) offer oblique hints of a powerful secret shared throughout history by a privileged few.

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BMB

20 November, 2015 (02:00pm)
ADDED SAN DIEGO TOOL SHOW

Due to popular demand, I am pleased to announce that a 2nd SAN DIEGO TOOL SHOW has been added for SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2016... with TICKETS going ON-SALE TOMORROW (SATURDAY, NOV. 21) at 10 AM PST. TWO SAN DIEGO SHOWS. How great is that!

BMB

20 November, 2015 (06:15am)
TOOL VIP PACKS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

A VERY LIMITED NUMBER of TOOL VIP PACKS are about to be made AVAILABLE to the GENERAL PUBLIC at www.toolband.com. under the TOUR MENU. Here are the ON-SALE SHOWS, VIP TICKET LINKS and DESIGNATED PURCHASE TIMES (until they are sold out).
(NOTE: Purchase LIMIT of 2 TICKETS per person.)

-7:00am PST
Jan 26: Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum
TICKETS

Jan 25: Duluth (Atlanta), GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
TICKETS

-8:00am PST
Jan 19: Southaven, MS (Memphis) @ Lander Center
TICKETS

-9:00am PST
Jan 13: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
TICKETS

Jan 16: Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
TICKETS

-10:00am PST
Jan 23: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
TICKETS

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:

- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
- Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
- Early entry into the venue
- Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
- One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
- Tool's tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
- Photo opportunity
- Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members.

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.


BMB

19 November, 2015 (08:25am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN!

Birthday cheers today from Shelee and the entire Tool Family to Justin!

BMB

18 November, 2015 (03:37pm)
TOOL VIP PACKS ON-SALE NOW

TOOL VIP PACKS FOR TOOLARMY MEMBERS

As a salute to our distinguished Collective, there will be a VIP TICKET SALE available EXCLUSIVELY to TOOLARMY MEMBERS on this THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 at 2:00 PM PST. (NOW!) Please keep in mind that there are VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES of these much in demand VIP PACKS, so be ready to REAP THE BENEFITS of your MEMBERSHIP at 2:00 PM (PST) tomorrow (THURSDAY, NOV. 19).

HOW TO PURCHASE: TOOLARMY MEMBERS need to LOG IN to the TOOLARMY WEBSITE and go to the SHOPPING BAZAAR and CLICK on "TOOL SPECIALTY."
(NOTE: Purchase LIMIT of 2 TICKETS per person.)

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
- One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
- Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
- Early entry into the venue
- Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
- One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
- Tool's tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
- Photo opportunity
- Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members.

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.


BMB

17 November, 2015 (11:53am)
2 MORE TOOL SHOWS WITH TICKET LINKS: SOUTHAVEN AND NASHVILLE

PLEASE NOTE: I have ADDED 2 more SHOWS with TICKET LINKS to the list of TOOL SHOWS in the POST BELOW: Added are SOUTHAVEN, MS and NASHVILLE, TN. CHECK MY POST BELOW FOR VENUES AND LINKS.

BMB

17 November, 2015 (07:16am)
TOOL SHOWS!

Those faint glimpses of TOOL SHOWS that I recently perceived in the scrying mirror can now be considered official. Indeed, something wicked your way comes...THE UNPARALLELED SONIC AND VISUAL EXPERIENCE OF TOOL LIVE.

TICKETS FOR THE FOLLOWING SHOWS GO ON-SALE
THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th:

Saturday, January 9 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
TICKETS

Wednesday, January 13 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
TICKETS

Saturday, January 16 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
TICKETS

Sunday, January 17 - Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre
TICKETS

Tuesday, January 19 - Southaven, MS (Memphis) @ Landers Center
TICKETS

Saturday, January 23 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
TICKETS

Monday, January 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
TICKETS

Tuesday, January 26 - Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum
TICKETS

CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE INFO...


BMB

15 November, 2015 (11:34am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the guest musicians for the NOVEMBER 16 offering of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. ALL AGES WELCOME!


BMB

12 November, 2015 (06:45pm)
TOOL TOUR VISIONS

SOMETHING WICKED THIS... YOUR WAY COMES!

For those of you who only like NEWS about TOOL, here's something that should be of great interest. The impenetrable veil of my dark scrying mirror FINALLY CLEARED today - enough so, in fact - that I could perceive a large heptagram on a complexly lit stage where four performers were dwarfed by dramatic video projections. Evidently the sonic and visual extravaganza that I was receiving is a rare glimpse of future TOOL U.S.A. TOUR DATES in the month of JANUARY, 2016 e.v. However, with some of the images in the depths of the black glass not being clearly distinct... YET, fans will have to keep checking back (SOON) on the Tool websites and Tool facebook page for an official announcement containing a list of the SHOW DATES, CITIES and VENUES, as well as for info about a tour support act(s). Regarding an opening band(s), what I was able to discern through the ever-shifting veil will in all likeliness be exciting to many Tool enthusiasts. STAY TUNED, FOLKS... as my trusty SCRYING MIRROR CONTINUES TO CLEAR...


BMB

12 November, 2015 (04:07pm)
TOMORROW'S TECHNOLOGY TODAY - THE FUTURE OF DRUMMING

YEARS IN DESIGNING AND PERFECTING...

KEPT UNDER WRAPS UNTIL NOW...

INTRODUCING THE MANDALA DRUM V3 SYSTEM:

The crowdfunding campaign is for the "Mandala Drum V3 System" which is: new position and force sensing pads, new module, new software and our new MDA file format instrument library. One MDA file can hold 1000's of samples of a single drum...like Danny_Carey_Snare.MDA would load up and if you hit our pad right there with that much force it will play the same sound as if you hit Danny's snare right there with that much force. The pads are slimmer and quieter and all nine rim zones are now separate triggers. Also, the software can run as a plugin or a standalone now and we are offering anywhere from a single pad system up to a full kit with all hardware. We'll be capturing as many great drummers' drums and cymbals as MDA files as possible from here on out.

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BMB

11 November, 2015 (12:00pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON HARRIS!

Birthday cheers today to AARON HARRIS - a great drummer, a great drum-tech, a great recording engineer, but an even greater person! Sounds like the pub is in order, my friend.

BMB

10 November, 2015 (02:23pm)


DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY - PSILICON VALLEY" two shirt is still available, along with a BUNDLE option that includes the POSTER. (Poster also sold separately.)

THINK DIFFERENTLY - THE "PSILICON VALLEY" tee shirt illustrates the connection between the 1960s' counter-culture psychonauts and today's 'Psilicon' Valley technologists, some of who are allegedly still using the neurological amplification of psychoactive substances to improve creativity and inspire new I.T. developments. Hence, the iconic "Apple" motif is replaced by a psilocybin mushroom. THINK DIFFERENTLY contains a message for larval moralists about how the energy released (multi-level exposure) by the visionary experiences of the pioneers of cyberspace played a substantive role in the computer revolution.

SHIRT



BMB

08 November, 2015 (08:50am)
DANNY WITH DOUG WEBB AT SQUASHED GRAPES

DANNY will be performing with DOUG WEBB at SQUASHED GRAPES in VENTURA on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 starting at 7pm. The band also features MIKE GARSON (from DAVID BOWIE, SMASHING PUMPKINS, and 9 INCH NAILS). You can find SQUASHED GRAPES at 2351 East Main Street in Ventura, California.

BMB

08 November, 2015 (08:43am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARALEE

Birthday cheers today to my partner LaraLee, who is still younger than me.

BMB

07 November, 2015 (11:43am)
MONDAY NIGHT PRO JAMMMZ

Here are your very talented guest musicians for the NOVEMBER 9th offering of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. ALL AGES WELCOME to enjoy the 'tator' experience, and you might even be able to join in on the exciting action!


BMB

07 November, 2015 (11:30am)
VOLTO! AT COMPLEX TICKET LINK

Get your advance TICKETS to see VOLTO! on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 at COMPLEX in GLENDALE, CA.

BMB

06 November, 2015 (04:27pm)
TOOL DRESSED AS "LED ZEPPELIN" FOR MONSTER MASH

RYNNE STUMP captures the men of TOOL in their Halloween garb for the Monster Mash Festival in Tempe, Arizona.


BMB

03 November, 2015 (08:00pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

THE BAKED POTATO jazz club proudly presents THE WEBB ALLSTARS on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11. Band features DOUG WEBB, DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, MITCH FORMAN and JIMMY EARL. ALL AGES WELCOME if you've got $25.00 for the cover, or know people in high places. Easy two drink minimum considering the size of the stuffed spuds served.

TICKETS


BMB

02 November, 2015 (02:02pm)
VOLTO! AT COMPLEX IN GLENDALE

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON & MATT ROHDE) will be performing ultra-fusion at COMPLEX in GLENDALE, California on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21.


BMB

01 November, 2015 (09:19am)
ALEX AND ALLYSON GREY IN MEXICO CITY

Artists ALEX and ALLYSON GREY will be in MEXICO CITY on NOVEMBER 6th.

MORE



BMB

01 November, 2015 (09:14am)
MONDAY NIGHT PRO JAMMMZ

DOUG WEBB is included among JOHN ZIEGLER's special guest musicians for the NOVEMBER 2nd offering of the MONDAY NIGHT PRO JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. Bring an instrument and ask about joining in on the action during the raucous second set, or just sit back with a stuffed spud and frothy brew as some of the city's finest players do their thing. ALL AGES WELCOME TO THE 'TATOR' EXPERIENCE!

BMB

01 November, 2015 (09:07am)
JACQUES VALLEE DELUXE EDITION BOOK CAMPAIGN

With only 6 days left, and just over the halfway mark of their goal, there is still time to get a signed COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION of "WONDERS IN THE SKY" by the highly respected ufologist JACQUES VALLEE with Chris Aubeck). Support serious UFO research by contributing to his indiegogo campaign and receive a number of perks for your involvement with the publication of the deluxe edition of his book.

VIEW/SUPPORT



BMB

30 October, 2015 (03:46pm)
VERITY POSTED

At a time when many believe that the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnist, I have posted "The Curious Diary Entries of Verity Pennington" at the newly launched "IMAGINAL REALM and IDEA EMPORIUM" website.

Not only are some of the entries exceedingly strange, but, at times, they quite openly divulge a carefully guarded secret regarding human occult hyper-chemistry. Interested readers should pay carefull attention to the unfiltered 'soultion' of a certain mathematical puzzle found in the surviving journal of the colonial-era African-American farmer-astronomer Benjamin Banneker. Also, in discovering "the Residuum of Paradise" highly sought after by those 'cannibals of the mind', cryptic terms used by the diarist such as "cadaver caviar" and "dirty fingernails" serve as passwords similar to those used by intermost circle of the Middle Ages confraternity of "Black Penitents", whose convivial rituals - including the "Feast of Wagy" on January 17 - were transmitted to them by the shadowy nucleus of ancient Egyptian Freemasonry.

But there's even more. A carefull look at one of the entries shown in a photograph of the actual diary, itself, provides a recipe for crab bisque!, fitting, one supposes, for a woman who, at the time, was living in the state of Maryland...

Those who would like to check out these (warning: possibly disturbing) diary entries can do so by clicking on "COMMUNIQUE & DISCLOSURE" near the top of the "Imaginal Ream" front page.

VIEW



BMB

29 October, 2015 (03:09pm)
DOC & ROCK - CHET ZAR AND... (WITH OUR ARMS TO THE SUN)

Here's message from CHET ZAR about the screening of his documentary followed by a special performance by Arizona's own "WITH OUR ARMS TO THE SUN." NOTE: "WITH OUR ARMS TO THE SUN" will also be playing at the MONSTER MASH FESTIVAL on HALLOWEEN at 4:25.

"Join us for an intimate evening with progressive art Rock band With Our Arms to the Sun. If you missed them opening for Tool and Primus at Tempe Beach Park's Monster Mash (or you need more), catch them the following evening at a very unique venue!

We are excited to announce that we are showing the very first Arizona screening of the Chet Zar documentary I Like to Paint Monsters.

The Grid is Mesa's hot new bar and gamer lounge featuring indie and classic cabinets, console, and tabletop gaming. Enjoy music on the soundsage while playing your favorite games and enjoying a craft beer! This event is $7 and includes free play arcades (not all machines included) Doors at 7pm Movie at 8pm Live music at 10pm.

Check out the WOATTS FB page: https://www.facebook.com/WithOurArmsToTheSun

Check out the work of Chet Zar and ILTPM movie trailer: http://www.chetzar.com/ https://youtu.be/Uw7nLH73e5A

THE GRID
525 S Gilbert Rd Mesa AZ 85204"



BMB

25 October, 2015 (06:19pm)
TOOL ARTWORK FOR MONSTER MASH

Let's face it, folks - intuitively we've known all long that they're going to take over - that it's only a matter of time... and I, for one, welcome our bug invader overlords! When they do come, don't be caught without one of their representatives on your wall or person... like this borderland critter with vortex eyes to transfix prey and appendages that mean business - spawned from the mind of ADAM JONES, with HI-REZ VERSIONS featured on a NEW TOOL PRINT and SHIRT available at OFFICIAL TOOL MERCH BOOTHs at the Halloween MONSTER MASH FESTIVAL in Tempe, AZ.

HEADS UP... In case you didn't know it, from time to time ADAM posts his (and others) latest artwork on his instagram page: VIEW

Forget about our indigenous 'fossilized swarms.' As the maverick entomologist Rance Q. Spartley has been warning for years, despite earth's most coordinated efforts, the bizarre occupants of futurist landing modules will contain things far better suited to withstand the crushing force of both tremendous acceleration and seeming impossible maneuvers. They're masters of co-operation and social management, so get yourselves prepared...starting this October 31.



BMB

25 October, 2015 (04:06pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are JZ's guest musicians for tomorrow's MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. ALL AGES WELCOME to the 'tator' experience, but you already know that.


BMB

25 October, 2015 (10:07am)
MAYNARD

A few items concerning MJK and PUSCIFER in the NEWS: For your listening enjoyment, the band's new album entitled "MONEY SHOT" is now STREAMING (with great reviews, I might add!) on PANDORA. Also, there is an INTERVIEW with Maynard in the AZ CENTRAL (azcentral.com), where he talks about Puscifer song writing inspiration, wine, the state of Arizona, Monster Mash, and much more that you will want to read for yourself. But wait, there's more... From what I can gather, there's something going at the PUSCIFER STORE in JEROME, AZ. over the HALLOWEEN WEEKEND... something involving RARE (signed) MERCH from TOOL, APC, and PUSCIFER. So, check the internet (surf the web, I think they're now calling it) for more details about this special event in the vertical city.

BMB

24 October, 2015 (12:30pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER, 2015 E.V.

How about an ominous pipe organ swell to start another Halloween-themed Tool Newsletter? Okay, now that you're scared witless, the big news of the month, of course, are the Tool and Puscifer shows at the MonsterMash Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona (I predict both tricks and treats, and I'm not talking about Brach's mellocreme pumpkins). Yep, the sleek tour coaches have been fueled and are ready to be egged, with the decoy-doubles summoned from their day jobs as unhinged steeplejacks. Also, let us not forget the Tool VIP Event the night before in Mesa, AZ, especially now that we know the experience involves a rehearsal. Should there be any tickets remaining at the time of this writing, you can purchase them here:

TOOL_VIP_TICKETS

For those out-of-towners attending the festival who are visiting Arizona for the first time, although one of the most beautiful spots on the earth, its picturesque postcard is not without a few, shall we say, dreadful realities. Besides the terrifying San Carlos Hotel junk fee, the sunburned nakedness of a used bookshop proprietor with a dingy gym sock on his limp schmeckel, and the ubiquitous taqueria borborygmus, be on the lookout for ginormous Arizona crab spiders scurrying diagonally up the La Quinta walls, sickly sweet prickly pear cactus margaritas in certain saloons, Saquasohuh, the Blue Star Kachina dancing in a titty bar parking lot, dingleberry-flavored cheroots, iffy Circle K hotdogs right off the roller, cooked asphalt, drunk javelinas, snowbird roosts, the Sedona Cult of the Breatharians, Wile E. Coyote contraptions with self-aware circuitry (if your Halloween costume is that of a cartoon road runner!), and last, but not least... the macabre specter of trooper boys of a certain sheriff. Step out of line in Maricopa County, and you tatted up Toolies might just find yourselves wearing frilly pink hair ribbons in your mug shot. Oh, and for God's sake don't piss off kokopelli...

Okay, so remember to bring Benadryl for bites by the eight-legged freaks, and Pepto Bismal to prevent any trouser chili caused by taqueria hot sauces. No need to personally thank me for these warnings - just consider it to be part of the services that we at Toolband.com provide for FREE in order to make the band's fans get the most out of their festival experience. In fact, let me add a couple of more things to the list: combo laundromat and porno stores... Well, never mind, but what about the official Bob Crane reenactment tour? Avoid this! Instead, if you happen to be in town the night before the shows, might I suggest heading to CLUB RED in Mesa to check out our talented friends in RAJAS. If you haven't heard these guys perform live, you most definitely should. It's better than hurling stink bombs at colporteurs! To learn more about RAJAS and their latest album entitled "Infidelic" (featuring DANNY on one track), please go to...
www.rajasband.com

Knowing that the demographics of Phoenix used to make it a major market testing city - sunscreen products, Ice Cucumber Pepsi, etc., the art designers of the "IMAGINAL REALM and IDEA EMPORIUM" thought it might be a good idea to test their latest tee-shirt designs there. The setting was a little slice of heaven on earth - and, of course, I'm talking about a Marie Callender's restaurant.

Having earlier been to church on this warm (106 degrees) Sunday afternoon, where she heard a lovely sermon about the Torment of Job, the Massacre of the Innocents, the Locusts of the Abyss, the evils of round haircuts in "Leviticus", The Lake of Fire, the stoning to death of unruly children by their parents in "Deuteronomy", and a passage in "Exodus" about those who work on the Sabbath also being violently put to death (I guess that explains Chick-fil-A being closed on Sundays, but what about priests - isn't that their job?), Mrs. MacKeeby (teal-colored hair, cheerful floral print church dress) had just finished her Rosemary chicken with lots (the glutton!) of complimentary cornbread, and was just about to order a slice of banana cream pie (planning to take a piece home for her calico cat, "Patches"), when she let out a blood-curdling skirl upon seeing a person who was proudly wearing the new...

"LUCIFUGE ROFOCALE" HIGH QUALITY TEE SHIRT

Summoned from the moldering empurpled pages of the blackest of the black handbooks of magic - the notorious "Le Dragon Rouge/Grand Grimoire" - who else could it be but the Prime Minister of Hell, Lucifuge Rofocale!

"Here I am. Why do you disturb my repose?
Smite me no more with that terrible rod!
Lucifuge like complimentary cornbread... What, no f***in' free refills!"

But, who is this exceedingly curious fellow, really? Cosmic troublemaker? Scapegoat of Judeo- Christian propaganda? Powerful Goetic spirit (being an anagram of Focalor?), or just your average medieval oddball? Whichever the case may be - with his emblazoned RED SIGIL - Monsieur Rofocale makes for one hell of a heretical-hero tee shirt.

And as the treasurer of Hell, should any would-be Karcist (operator) make a ritualistic pact with him, fabulous treasures will certainly be revealed. Just be sure to keep a fulminating rod at the ready... If satisfied, give him the formal License to Depart... Be charitable towards the poor, and promise to repay him in 20 years as per your agreement written in blood. (Consult the looking glass Latin fine print in the Pacta Conventa Daemonum for more info regarding services rendered.)

TESTIMONIALS

"I'd wear that!" - DANNY CAREY

"Who am I to judge the Prime Minister of Hell?" - P. FRANCIS

"When I saw the devil on that boy's shirt while ordering my banana cream pie, it just blocked out all of the sunlight from my spirit..." - MRS. MacKEEBY

"Even if he really is the treasurer of hell, I don't need his money. I'm really rich! And just look at that face! Is that a toupee? This idiot would be a terrible Prime Minister of Hell. Give me the job and I'll make hell great again!" - D. TRUMP

"Mofo Rofocale! You got a light for this smelly cheroot?" - Tool fan already in Mesa

"I don't think rebellious children should be publically stoned to death by a mob like it says to do so in the Bible... and I wouldn't drown my own children for misbehaving either, God! Also, what's so f***ing wrong with selling waffle potato fries on Sundays!" - L.R.

"Hey, I've got a fulminating rod at the ready, so where can I get that "LUCIFUGE ROFOCALE tee shirt to scare the likes of Mrs. MacKeeby?" - (potential customer)

Welcome to the "IMAGINAL REALM and IDEA EMPORIUM" - a virtual annex of our 'brick and mortar' establishment located outside the nearest Apocatastasis -grid (don't pick up naked hitchhikers with forbidden fruit)

LOOK NO FURTHER for ontologically as real MERCH selected exclusively by our unrestrained material substance appreciator with minimum translations to Zothyrian caravanserais, anti-Appalachian trading posts, and Shangri-La mini malls.

VIEW/ORDER

CROWLEY COLLECTION TEE SHIRTS ALSO NOW AVAILABLE AT...
THE IMAGINAL REALM AND IDEA EMPORIUM!

(Please note that gold zillozopes mined from the Superstitions are no longer accepted for IRIE transactions. The shopkeeper apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.)

VISIT US NOW!.. before the clickjacking hour approaches, and after making your purchase, check back before the next quinquennium for open-fronted specialty merch from our never-ending treasuria... Noctambulists welcome!

CLICK!

Would you believe that after writing this last paragraph, the curser on my computer monitor just changed into a Brach's mellocreme pumpkin? After that it looked like the image of a famous Sunday school portrait on a dog's butt-hole... and then I didn't feel so good... like my stomach was full of greasy Circle K hotdogs right off the roller... and sweet prickly pear margaritas... with the god-awful taste of cooked asphalt in my mouth. And where did those cornbread crumbs on my desk come from? Damnit! That's the last time I find an exorcist on Craig's List!

DANNY'S THINK DIFFERENTLY TEE REPLENISHED

Attention all you psychonauts, technoids and deipnosophists: DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY" tee-shirt is back in stock and ready to be worn to movie theaters where "Steve Jobs" is playing... as a TRIBUTE, of course...

VIEW/ORDER

Okay, let's see if there are any relevant e-mail questions from Tool fans?

Here's some...

Q: "BMB, What's going on here? Tool is charging $500 for a meet and greet (with the option to pay even more money for merch)? Since when did the band cater specifically to upper class bourgeoisie Republicans? I hope they at least reward attendees with a free "Make America Great Again" baseball cap. Sincerely, An under-paid proletarian Tool fan."

BMB: Hello, it's $499. 98... Less than the price for two To'ak chocolate bars, so let's not exaggerate, my friend! And besides, do you have any idea how much it costs to buy a first edition copy of "Voyages en Kaleidoscope?" Or, what about renting a helicopter to go fishing for salmon in Alaska's pristine streams because the selection at the local Gelsons isn't up to par? Talk about a bruising financial experience! And what about all those decoy tour buses and band member dopplegangers that have to be paid in cash! Plus there is a band member's replica of the "Nautilus" submarine (complete with pipe organ) in his swimming pool...

Q: "Please tell me if there is any truth to the fact the boys of "][" {[]} {[]} "]_ are scheduled to play HELLFEST in France in June of 2016. I viewed an advertisement that has them on the line-up and would like to know before I purchase tickets to the event. Thank you, a long time fan."

BMB: The hell if I know - have NOT heard a word about it. Is this e-mail from Lucifuge? Goddamned Craig's List exorcists!

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

22 October, 2015 (04:45pm)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT

DANNY will be performing ultra-fusion jazz with VOLTO! at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, OCT 24. LATE SHOW at 10:15. 21+


BMB

22 October, 2015 (04:26pm)
RAJAS AT CLUB RED IN MESA, AZ.

Those of you who can't make the RAJAS show at COMPLEX in GLENDALE this SATURDAY (OCT. 24), might want to check them out at CLUB RED in MESA, AZ on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 (the weekend of the MonsterMash Festival in nearby Tempe).

CLUB RED
1306 W. University Dr.
MESA, ARIZONA



BMB

21 October, 2015 (08:11pm)
RAJAS AT COMPLEX (GLENDALE, CA.) ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Our heretical friends in RAJAS will be performing at COMPLEX in GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24. The band goes on razor sharp at 11:30, with doors at 8:00 for that early bird cocktail or two. $10.00 gets you inside if you are 21 and over. Great musicians in this band, with associated MERCH available in the best possible location.

RAJAS

COMPLEX
806 EAST COLORADO Street
GLENDALE, CA.



BMB

21 October, 2015 (01:44pm)
REPLENISHED

Attention all you psychonauts, technoids and deipnosophists: DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY" tee-shirt is back in stock and ready to go...

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

21 October, 2015 (09:15am)
PUSCIFER "MONEY SHOT" VIDEO RELEASED

ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 30.


BMB

21 October, 2015 (09:07am)
REMINDER: DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS (FRIDAY, OCT 23)

Hours after his Tool rehearsal on FRIDAY, OCT 23, DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. DOUG WEBB, DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, BRUCE LETT and MATT ROHDE. ALL AGES WELCOME to the 'tator.'

TICKETS


BMB

16 October, 2015 (08:17pm)
MORE TOOL VIP EXPERIENCE NEWS

While hanging out at the loft yesterday , I overheard (fly on the wall that I am) a band member talking about doing a REHEARSAL during the upcoming TOOL VIP EVENT. Wow, a REHEARSAL would certainly be a bonus attraction, especially for those who don't have a ticket for the festival (baring any proverbial train wrecks, of course.) Actually, a proverbial train wreck might REALLY make it an experience to witness!

TICKETS


BMB

13 October, 2015 (12:55pm)
TOOL VIP EVENT ITEM

Okay, if I can get some of you to gather around me for a minute... Closer... Okay. Realizing that those fans who are interested in the TOOL VIP EVENT are hoping that I might 'whisper' a few more of the "surprises" in store for those who attend, one thing that I did overhear a couple of days ago is that JUSTIN ROBERTS of WWE fame will be the event moderator. Hopefully I won't be guillotined, with my lopped off head plopping inside a bucket of Tabasco sauce for revealing this, but I thought some of you might like to know... Not sure if I'll be able to pry away anymore items of interest regarding the event, but you should check back just in case I'm feeling... daring.

TICKETS


BMB

13 October, 2015 (09:56am)
REACTIONS TO DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY" SHIRT IN MOVIE THEATERS

I am really enjoying reading the email from people sharing their stories about wearing DANNY's "THINK DIFFERENTLY" tee shirt to the "STEVE JOBS" movie. Some have described the people in the lobby of the theater rather humorously doing double-takes when they see the shirt's graphics... with many giving their approval once they realize that the iconic Mac Apple motif has been replaced by a magic mushroom along with the more grammatically correct "THINK DIFFERENTLY" emblazoned beneath it. Having worked on the concept and art design (yep!), I must say that this is very satisfying. Keep the email coming, folks.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

12 October, 2015 (10:43am)
CROWLEYMAS

On this Crowleymas, here's something from my personal collection - an extremely rare Aleister Crowley leaflet (circa 1914) targeting potential students for lectures and private instruction of occult studies while the Great Beast 666 was living in New York City. Needless to say, most were tossed into the nearest trash receptacle, hence the leaflet's rarity.


BMB

11 October, 2015 (10:48am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

DOUG WEBB is included among the guest musicians for the OCTOBER 12 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the 'tator' in STUDIO CITY. Bring an instrument (yes, a sax will do) and ask someone who looks important about joining in during the second set. Or just sit back and enjoy the band with a hefty stuffed spud and a couple of cold brews. ALL AGES WELCOME at THE BAKED POTATO.


BMB

09 October, 2015 (01:56pm)
GOOD TO GO - VIP EVENT TECHNICAL PROBLEM SOLVED

It appears that the problem we were having with the shopping cart has now been resolved. Those who experienced problems using their credit card should try again.

BMB

09 October, 2015 (01:24pm)
STAND BY

We are aware that there is a technical problem with our shopping cart for the VIP event. Please stand by and we will notify when the problem has been solved.

BMB

09 October, 2015 (10:10am)
TOOL VIP EVENT TICKETS ON SALE TODAY AT NOON (PDT)

In a couple of hours (12:00 PM, PDT) TICKETS for the TOOL VIP EVENT will go ON SALE via the LINK provided below. As a reminder, there are a LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE for this special event at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30.

Please see my EARLIER POST BELOW for more DETAILS and what kind of things you can expect at the event. Also, remember to CHECK BACK at this website for additional info.

ALL AGES ARE WELCOME to purchase a TICKET, and you do NOT... I repeat, do NOT need to have a Monster Mash Festival ticket to attend the event - only a ticket for the TOOL VIP EVENT... which, again, will be available FOR SALE at 12:00 PM PDT using the link below.

TICKETS


BMB

08 October, 2015 (09:17pm)
TOOL VIP EVENT INFO... UPDATE (TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW)

As I mentioned before, TICKETS for the TOOL VIP EVENT will go ON SALE TOMORROW - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 12:00 PM (PDT) at the LINK PROVIDED BELOW.

Now, here are a few things to keep mind... FIRST: There is a LIMITED NUMBER of TICKETS AVAILABLE for this VERY SPECIAL TOOL EVENT at the MARQUEE THEATER in TEMPE, AZ on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 (check in at 4:30) which, SECOND: will include Q & A... A RARE GALLERY of ARTWORK and MEMENTOS, PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES, and MONSTER MASH FESTIVAL MERCH available for sale. THIRD: STAY TUNED for further INFO on the Tool web sites, but, AGAIN, please note that there are LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE for this VIP EVENT... (Note: If you, don't have a festival ticket, here is your chance to be part of the Tool experience.) Also... TICKETS for this event are open to ALL AGES!

TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 12:00 PM (PDT)...

TICKETS


BMB

08 October, 2015 (10:53am)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON & MATT ROHDE) will be performing LIVE at THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24. LATE SHOW at 10:15. Must be 21 and over to enter and have a try at those big PBRs.

TICKETS



BMB

08 October, 2015 (08:06am)
PLUTO ALIVE?

Waiting for the NASA announcement that Pluto has better weather than Buffalo.

BMB

06 October, 2015 (02:04pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

Catch DANNY performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, California on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23. $25.00. All ages welcome.

DOUG WEBB
DANNY CAREY
MITCH FORMAN
JIMMY EARL
JOHN ZIEGLER

TICKETS


BMB

03 October, 2015 (09:44am)
REMINDER ABOUT VOLTO! TONIGHT

Here's your reminder that DANNY and VOLTO! will be performing TONIGHT (OCTOBER 3rd) at COMPLEX LA (in GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA). Doors are at 9:00, but with an opening band or two, VOLTO! won't take the stage until around 11:00 PM. New "ROBOTIKI" merch available at the gig, so you can hold off doing that laundry for yet another day.


BMB

03 October, 2015 (09:29am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the OCTOBER 5th MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include JOE TRAVERS on drums, STEPHAN DeREINE on keys, and LEE WERTMAN on guitar. Of course, JOHN ZIEGLER and H CHRIS ROY will also be performing. But, what about you? Bring your favorite instrument and ask one of the first setters about possibly joining in during the second set. Could that dude working on a stuffed spud in the front row be a record executive? Or, is he just some douche from the Food Network? Who knows?..


BMB

02 October, 2015 (10:58am)
JACQUES VALLEE DELUXE EDITION BOOK CAMPAIGN

One of the world's most respected researchers of UFO related phenomena, JACQUES VALLEE, has just launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a deluxe collector's edition of his critically acclaimed 2010 book, "WONDERS IN THE SKY", with any proceeds received also to be used to FURTHER RESEARCH on the subject of "Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times." With degrees in astrophysics and computer science, as well as being the author of many classics in the field, including "Passport to Magonia", "Anatomy of a Phenomenon", "Messengers of Deception" and "The Invisible College" (just to name a few of his pioneering works), Vallee is not only one of the more prominent figures in ufology, but his careful approach and unconventional speculations have for decades set him apart from most other investigators of an enduring mystery.

As a serious collector of UFO books and publications, I truly believe that contributing to Jacques' crowd-funding drive is both a worthy cause, and great investment, as the limited number of the deluxe edition of "Wonders in the Sky" is guaranteed to appreciate (considerably!) in value once all of the 500 copies are no longer available via the current financing campaign. Therefore, you might want to do yourself a favor and support quality UFO research, while also procuring a book that will be highly sought after in the years to come.

If you'd like a second opinion concerning Jacques Vallee's important contributions to the field of ufology, here's a write up by GREG TAYLOR of the DAILYGRAIL website:

READ

SUPPORT


BMB

02 October, 2015 (09:45am)
MAYNARD BIO IN 2016

According to a recent post on the PUSCIFER FACEBOOK page, MAYNARD's much anticipated BIOGRAPHY is scheduled to be published by Backbeat Books in the Fall of 2016. I'll have more details about this book as it progresses through the various stages, but, for now, add one more thing to the list of projects of the world class multi-tasker.


BMB

30 September, 2015 (10:01am)
TOOL VIP EVENT INFO

I have an update on the announcement from Tool management concerning an intimate VIP experience featuring members of the band:

DATE: Friday, October 30th
LOCATION: Marquee Theatre
730 N Hill Ave.
Tempe, AZ
TIME: 4:30pm

EVENT DETAILS:

- LIVE Q & A

- One time only specialty merchandise and a surprise.
(Please note Tool will not be performing.)

Tickets will be available at 12:00 pm (PDT) on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th only through Tool's WEBSITE store. A Monster Mash Festival ticket is NOT included as this is a separate event. Additional details will be included at the ticket on-sale, so please check back at that time. ALL AGES WELCOME!


BMB

28 September, 2015 (01:02pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here's JOHN's guests for tonight at the 'tator.'


BMB

28 September, 2015 (11:44am)
DANNY TEE BACK IN STOCK - PLUS TEE/POSTER BUNDLE

DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY - PSILICON VALLEY" tee is now back in stock, along with a BUNDLE option that includes the POSTER. (Poster also sold separately.)

THINK DIFFERENTLY - THE "PSILICON VALLEY" tee shirt illustrates the connection between the 1960s' counter-culture psychonauts and today's 'Psilicon' Valley technologists, some of who are allegedly still using the neurological amplification of psychoactive substances to improve creativity and inspire new I.T. developments. Hence, the iconic "Apple" motif is replaced by a psilocybin mushroom. THINK DIFFERENTLY contains a message for larval moralists about how the energy released (multi-level exposure) by the visionary experiences of the pioneers of cyberspace played a substantive role in the computer revolution.

SHIRT

BUNDLE

POSTER



BMB

27 September, 2015 (12:49pm)
NASA'S BIG MONDAY - "MARS MYSTERY SOLVED"

Be sure to set several alarms for 11:30 ET on MONDAY when NASA is scheduled to unveil "a major science finding" concerning Mars. Should you over sleep and miss the press conference, no worries as I have a fairly good idea of just what red planet's mystery might be: Liquid water! Just kidding... No, I'm guessing that it will most likely concern the fact that the famous "Face on Mars"(modeled in the likeness of Valentine Michael Smith) and other anomalous features in the Cydonia region are the artificial creations of alien intelligences who keenly and closely watched our world up until the year 1897, after which they had second thoughts about any invasion plans.

If the announcement doesn't concern the Cydonia artifacts - still insisting that they are nothing but a case of pareidolia (or some other Menzelian phenomena) - then it will probably be the discovery by the Mars Spirit rover of one of the following: a Martian "stonehenge" engineering work on a hill, fossilized microbial lifeforms mimicking the shape of a giant alien crab or spider that guards a cave entrance, a dark ghostly woman running away from a Martian sand-whale (or Crabzilla), evidence of a Martian "Iguana Cult", Barack Obama's likeness (complete with retractable antennae!) carved on a Martian rock, the wreckage of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Model 10 Electra airplane, or the fact that the recent image of a "camouflaged" squirrel captured by Nasa's rover is not, in fact, a case of pareidolia, but is actually either a camouflaged chipmunk (named "Alvin", due to its mischievous nature) or a human that uncle Martin turned into a camouflaged squirrel using the molecular separator hidden in his garage-apartment. If none of these are correct, then I'll go with a crashed weather balloon which, sure as the face of Jesus on a burnt grilled cheese sandwich, is just a case of pareidolia...

Should the mystery actually involve the finding of liquid water, I, for one (living in Los Angeles - not too far from uncle Martin's garage-apartment ), will welcome our new bottled water overlords. "Cydonia Springs" - has a nice ring to it, doesn't it...



BMB

24 September, 2015 (09:05am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA!

Birthday cheers today to JESSICA SABALO from Tool business management, who definitely has my approval for a b.d. lunch in the curtained room at Urasawa. (Make sure to try one of Hiroyuki's California rolls - easily worth $375.00 on its own!)

BMB

23 September, 2015 (04:22pm)
TOOL VIP EVENT

Thank you for your attention concerning an important announcement from TOOL. For those of you who are planning to go to the MONSTER MASH MUSIC FESTIVAL in Tempe on Halloween, there will be a TOOL VIP EVENT* that includes a Q&A session with some MEMBERS OF THE BAND that will be held in PHOENIX, ARIZONA on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th. The exact time and location for this special event is still to be determined, and those who are interested should check back with the TOOL WEBSITE and TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th for the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Tickets for the VIP EVENT go on sale on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th - AVAILABLE at the TOOLBAND.COM WEBSTORE. Again, please CHECK BACK with the band's website and Facebook page on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th for the official announcement.

UPDATE: Although there will be a limited amount of tickets available for the TOOL VIP EVENT, you don't have to have a ticket to the Monster Mash Festival in order to purchase one when they go on sale on Friday, October 9th.

*Please note that this special event involving TOOL is not a performance.



BMB

23 September, 2015 (10:29am)
JUSTIN MAKES THE GRADE

VIEW

BMB

22 September, 2015 (03:35pm)
BIRTHDAY CHEERS TO AL JONES!

Birthday greetings today to AL JONES... looking after the band's interests... even on his birthday.

BMB

22 September, 2015 (11:58am)
VOLTO! AT COMPLEX LA IN GLENDALE

For the first time in this dimension, DANNY and VOLTO! will be performing at COMPLEX LA in GLENDALE, California on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3.

FACEBOOK-EVENT INVITATION

TICKETS



BMB

19 September, 2015 (12:01pm)
DANNY TO PLAY THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ... AND WITH THE DOUG WEBB ALLSTARS

It looks like there will be a lot of double duty for DANNY coming up this week. After working on new Tool material during the day, he will be the performing the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO on SEPTEMBER 21. Joining him will be VOLTO! band mates JOHN ZIEGLER and keyboardist MATT ROHDE (with DOUG WEBB on sax to boot!). $10.00 gets you inside, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME to the 'tator' experience. And while you are there - halfway through the two drink minimum - why not ask Danny how things are going with his other project... Or, at least, hit him up for an autograph with that purple Sharpie that you remembered to bring... (but, maybe DON'T mention the last Chiefs game... the fumble...)

If for some reason you can't make the jams, DANNY will also be drumming the following night (TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22) at the same 'spud' with THE DOUG WEBB ALLSTARS.

ALLSTARS TICKETS



BMB

17 September, 2015 (08:35am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANN!

Birthday cheers today to ANN CHIEN from Tool Management.

BMB

15 September, 2015 (11:11am)
MAYNARD INTERVIEW IN ROLLING STONE

More to hear from MAYNARD and PUSCIFER at www.rollingstone.com.

INTERVIEW


BMB

14 September, 2015 (08:54am)
PUSCIFER "MONEY SHOT" SAMPLES AT AMAZON

MP3 and AUDIO CD samples of tracks from the forthcoming PUSCIFER album entitled "MONEY SHOT" are now available at www.amazon.com. The site is also taking pre-orders for the OCTOBER 30 RELEASE.

AMAZON


BMB

13 September, 2015 (09:52am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the guest musicians for the SEPTEMBER 14 jams at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Want to jam, yourself? Bring an instrument and ask about plugging it in during the second set.
ALL AGES WELCOME to the 'tator' experience.


BMB

10 September, 2015 (09:11am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON SEPT. 22

DANNY will be drumming with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. ALL AGES WELCOME!

THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DOUG WEBB
DANNY CAREY
MITCH FORMAN
JIMMY EARL
JOHN ZIEGLER

TICKETS


BMB

08 September, 2015 (09:36am)
ALOKE DUTTA DVD - SHIPPING COST ONLY

Aloke Dutta's tabla instructional DVD (camera by Danny Carey) is available for only U $12.00 USD, which is to cover the shipping and handling fee anywhere in the world.

ORDER

NOW ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS

He has taught some of the best drummers in the world, and now ALOKE is accepting a few new students. If you are interested in learning to play tabla from one of the best there is, please go to Aloke's website for more info about lessons.

LESSONS


BMB

07 September, 2015 (01:49pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER, 2015 E.V.

KICK-BACKED LABOR DAY EDITION

"Full transparency" may latest catchphrase on the evening news, but it's also a precept long strictly adhered to on the Tool websites, and with this in mind, I should tell you that some of the band members are taking a break from the writing/arranging sessions today in order to enjoy the Labor Day holiday. Obviously, not me though! So, in the breaking news department this month, although some of the guys won't be at the loft working on new material this afternoon, they have pinky-promised to make up for this by jamming - not only tomorrow, even though it is "INTERNATIONAL LITERACEE DAY" - but also on "GRANDPARENTS DAY", despite it being a Sunday, with a partial solar eclipse to boot! As for "MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY", which is on Wednesday the 16th, nothing has yet been decided (except that sopaipillas aren't just side orders if they're stuffed), although they will for sure be staying at home the following day (September 17), which happens to be the one "CONSTITUTION DAY" when Mercury goes Retrograde, and with it all of the technical problems that are likely to occur. There's no point going to the Tool Loft if wah wah pedals don't wah wah (the little Crybabies!), and a Virus oscillator 2 suddenly develops semitone issues during the diminutive planet's whoopty-freakin'-doo joyride. The Autumnal Equinox will definitely be a workday for all, and you might want to check the band's website for a special announcement. Well, kinda sorta special...Ah, come to think of it, don't bother checking on that day. I certainly wouldn't want anyone to be disappointed... In the event that the band members flake on "MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY", they will make up for it by getting together on Sunday, September 27, although it is the "ASIAN MOON FESTIVAL", with, coincidently, a total lunar eclipse at 10:48 PM EDT. I realize that I didn't mention "PATRIOT DAY" on Friday, September 11, but, honestly, only one member in the band is really a football fan, and he only likes the K.C. Quiffs... Oops, I just realized that it's "PATRIOT DAY", not "PATRIOTS DAY." Duh, of course they'll be taking the day off on Friday in order to observe the memory of the tragic events that unfolded (actually, they have Fridays off anyway). Which brings us to SukKot on Monday the 28th (damn, is it already Sukkot again, with all that loud clanking noise from my neighbor struggling to assemble a Lowe's sukkah by the swimming pool!). I'm going to take a wild guess and say that the guys will be jamming new material on Sukkot (and not in a temporary palm thatch-covered dwelling purchased at the Home Depot). So, there you have it - a genuine Tool newsletter posted on Labor Day. Well, somebody had to go to work...

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

07 September, 2015 (11:35am)
UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ORDERS FOR DANNY'S NEW TEE-SHIRT

For anyone who had trouble ordering DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY-PSILICON VALLEY" tee-shirt via INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, this was most likely due to new postal regulations involving merchandise dimensions. The site STORE has now been UPGRADED to factor in this requirement, and any FUTURE ORDERS should go smoothly! Again, this only involved some international orders that didn't go through, and the problem has been corrected, with the shirt still AVAILABLE for purchase.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

07 September, 2015 (09:17am)
TOOL "SKELETAL ARTHAME" BLANKET

One of the new very limited edition TOOL multi-purpose blankets.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

07 September, 2015 (09:09am)
LABOR DAY MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS

DOUG WEBB included among the special guest musicians for tonight's (SEPTEMBER 7) MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz joint in STUDIO CITY, California. Bring a guitar or something that sounds good and ask about performing during the second set. ALL AGES WELCOME to the 'tator' experience.


BMB

03 September, 2015 (10:52am)
VOLTO! REMINDER - SATURDAY, SEPT 5

Here's a friendly reminder that VOLTO! (featuring DANNY CAREY, who just ranked high on "Rolling Stone's" list of the top 100 drummers) will be performing the LATE SHOW (as in 11:59 PM) at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5. 21+. For more details about the show and large PBRs, kindly scroll down to my Volto! post below...

BMB

31 August, 2015 (01:01pm)
NEW LIMITED EDITION TOOL MULTI-PURPOSE BLANKETS

Can I have your full attention please - yes, YOU - checking to see if this is new album news? It's not, but I am certainly excited to announce that MORE TOOL MULTI-PURPOSE BLANKETS have been produced - 3 DIFFERENT ONES in fact - all in VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES!

SPECS: Blanket made from recycled Tool shirts. Hand-sewn to soft, comfortable fleece. Comfortable enough for home use, durable enough for festivals.

Very limited quantity and availability.

- Individually cut-n-sewn in the USA
- Dimensions 75" X 75"
- Topside 100% cotton shirts and contrast fabric
- Bottomside Fleece
- Polyester thread & polynylon corner folds
- Reinforced double stitching
VIEW/PURCHASE

TOUR_MISCELLANY

SKELETAL_ARTHAME

TUTELARY_WATCHERS

Remember, if you want one, don't procrastinate! Don't go to the nearest courtesy phone, or wait for a healing thighbone... Don't look for unreal blue butterfly eyes on a lark, or attempt to grasp the physics of an anti-quark. Don't go out to get a Thai noodle salad massage, or look for a doghouse with a two-car garage... TIME IS A WASTING... Why are you still reading this? I'm willing to bet you an undertaker's wart that these new TOOL collectible blankets... go fast!



BMB

31 August, 2015 (09:35am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
AUGUST, 2015 E.V.

Any person that has been to a Tool concert knows how important the stage lighting and video projections are to the overall live experience. To make all this 'magic' happen, the band employs two of the very best in the business - with Mark 'Junior' Jacobson as their long-time lighting director, and Breckinridge 'Breck' Haggerty as the video designer. Having done an interview with Junior back in 2012, I recently asked Breck if he would like to answer some questions. Fortunately for us, he agreed to do so, and I truly hope that you enjoy his revealing glimpses of the Tool concert video process as much as I did.

INTERVIEW WITH TOOL VIDEO DESIGNER, BRECK HAGGERTY

BMB: Let's start at the beginning. How did you originally get involved in video design?

BRECK: I was working as a lighting and set designer when I started experimenting with video. My motivation at the time was to realize video-as-lighting and video-as-scenery. Then in 1998 when I was working as Junior's lighting crew chief, I was also helping video director Camella Grace with some experimental video stuff. She was trying to re-direct projections with robotic mirrors (VL-Ms) and we gave it our best. The robotic part didn't really work out for that tour (we ended up hand-positioning 3 out of 4 mirrors) but that failure kick-started my quest to connect the worlds of lighting and video to do a better job in the future. 

BMB: Did you work for any bands in lighting or video projections prior to Tool?

BRECK: Yes, I'd been designing lighting and sets since 1987 when I started in the local theatre and club scene in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Since leaving New England, I've designed and programmed lights for theatre, musicals, dance, corporate events, television, music videos, and tours. When I received the call from Camella to do Tool's Lateralus tour, I was loading-in the 9:30 Club in DC, touring with the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age.

BMB: When did you first start working with Tool in video design, and how did that come about?

BRECK: When I came to, there was a bright flash, then a man in a white lab coat standing over me. He said: "dude, border crossing" and disappeared. At the next show, I was the video director.  My new experiments in video had eventually led me to a method of controlling video equipment with a DMX lighting desk. This became known as the "NEV". In 2000, I did a demo in a Hollywood hotel room for Junior, Camella, and video guru Steve Gilbard. It went well, and a few months later in DC, I got the call from Camella - Tool wanted to use the NEV for the Lateralus tour. From there I bought a case of chicken ramen, pulled the shades in my Topanga Canyon cabin, and NEV development went onto overtime. Tool's first show with the NEV system was May 15, 2001 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta.  It wasn't until after a year of successful touring with the NEV that Adam and Camella sat me down and promoted me to Video Director. My first show was in Bakersfield in 2002.

BMB: What band or theatrical stage show made a positive impression on you while growing up, and have you seen anything more recently that you were particularly impressed with?

BRECK: A great projection show that turned me on was "1000 Airplanes On The Roof" by Phillip Glass. It was an odd production, just a monologue about life after an alien abduction or two, but with a full orchestra conducted by Mr. Glass, full-stage projections designed by Jerome Sirlin, and lighting by Robert Wierzel. The projection surface was a steeply raked white floor with a series of white portals. The lighting was hidden behind the hard portals and came in from the sides only, shuttered off the floor and portals so the character "M" could wander around the image and remain illuminated without fouling the projection. It's one of the coolest shows I've seen and it was done '80s-style low-tech with just slide projectors and lekos. 

BMB: What is the usual process of putting together the video clips and such for a Tool show or tour? The starting point and finishing touches? How much of the material used in the projections do you create, and do you get input from the band members? I'm guessing that Adam Jones is involved?

BRECK: Adam has always been very involved in the design, and all of the other band members contribute in different ways. Generally, Adam will give us the big picture, and Junior and I put the show together from there. The visuals are made up of small looped segments that I weave and layer through the show. There must be 2000 clips in the collection at this point, so there's a lot to work with. The iconic images you remember from the shows are the works of far greater talent than my own. By name: Camella Grace is responsible for the psychedelic nudes and swimmers, Chet Czar creates the fish-skinned creatures of your nightmares, Meats Meier crafts the intricate mechanical/spiritual beings that populate the show, Matt Santoro, Kevin Willis, Robyn Breen Shinn, I could go on and on...  My role is in the arrangement and mortar, and I build the abstract visuals that bind all these great artworks together as a whole.

BMB: What are the usual preparations for putting together and syncing up the video design for a Tool show or tour? How long does it normally take before you are good to go?

BRECK: The prep time depends on how much the show needs to change. When we made big leaps in design like with a new album, it can take months. If we're just on to another leg with the same design, it may only take a day. This time around, we're starting with a new overall concept from Adam, and we're going to re-work the entire thing, so we're starting to build the Halloween show now.

BMB: With Tool live shows, there is a delicate balance between the stage lighting and video projections. How do you and Junior coordinate this - what's the process and are there ever compromises that have to be made?

BRECK: Junior, Scotty and I all work in the same visual space, so we're always working together to balance the color palette, the brightness, the texture, the movement - everything you see. For example, when we were doing a lot of video projection, Junior would have to hold back his overall brightness to not foul the projection. Now with these huge bright LED walls, I have to hold back the video to not overpower the lighting.

BMB: What kind of equipment (video processing units, media servers, etc.) do you use these days, and how do they differ from the equipment that you used on earlier tours?

BRECK: For the Lateralus tour starting 2001, the video screens were fed by the NEV system directly. For 10K Days in 2006, we added Pandora's Box media servers between the NEV and projectors so we could start doing multi-screen projections. In 2011, we upgraded the NEV to HD and moved to the MA VPU media server. 15 years later, the NEV system continues to evolve. More weird stuff to come!

BMB: How does the video design differ from outdoor shows as opposed to indoor shows, and which do you prefer?

BRECK: It's a much more pleasant experience to watch a show protected from the elements in a real seat with a real bathroom nearby. When the weather turns, everything is at risk. Production equipment and the structures themselves are vulnerable to extreme weather, and as we've seen too many times in the last few years, audience members and stage crew have lost their lives. So we prefer indoor shows. It's an easy solution, and a better safer experience for all.

BMB: Over all the years, what's the worse thing that has happened as far as things going wrong with the stage projections?I'm talking about equipment failure or other unforeseen problems with weather, venues, etc.

BRECK: Adam got doused by about 50 gallons of rainwater that had pooled in a pocket overhead at an outdoor show in Hawaii in 2001. He was not happy, but ok. Earlier that year at Red Rocks, our projection screen caught the wind and started stretching and swaying until the stage crew wrestled it to the ground. Nothing but the screen itself was wrecked, but I nearly had a heart attack when it hit Danny's gong. Tool's crew is the best in the business so we don't have problems very often, and if we do, it's usually sorted out well before the audience arrives. 

BMB: Do you have a favorite Tool show or tour that you can share with us?

BRECK: At a show in Hamburg, Germany, Danny decided to re-appear in the middle of load-out to play more. He only told Junior about it, so we thought Junior was trying to play a joke on us. Nobby and I had almost shut off the audio and video systems when Danny got up there and started playing again. I don't think he'd ever played that solo live before, it was very cool. The German cleaning crew were just standing there slack-jawed. So just in case he plays it again sometime, check with Junior on your way out. He's the only one that knows for sure.

(NOTE: I could be wrong but I think that Hanburg was the 666 show - June 6, 2006 - which I was at, but left for a beer garden immediately after the final song. If Danny returned to play a drum solo, I wonder if it was another live 'hidden track' like he did once in the states with his Art Bell/Area 51 segue entitled FAAIP de OIAD. - BMB)

BMB: Is there a particular city in any given country that you really look forward to visiting during a tour? Why?

BRECK: I look forward to the days off in cities I've never been to before. I like to get up early, make a plan, grab the video camera, and go explore a new place. Even though I've been to a lot of places, show-days don't count any more than layovers at airports, you only get to see the inside of the venue. It's all about those days off.

  BMB: What kind of beer do you keep in the cooler during a show?

You're more likely to find a bottle of formula in there these days, but we'll always keep a Stella for you Blair!

(NOTE: Much appreciated, but I'm more of a Bud drinker these days, having returned to the "king" of mid-western roots. - BMB)

BMB: Have you received any honors or awards for video design that you are particularly proud of?

BRECK: Yes, I've received two awards that mean a lot to me, but there were so many people involved in the work I did, these awards are for them too. In 2002 I received a LDI "Special Award for Product Innovation" for my NEV video control (thank you Steve Gilbard and Bob Gordon) and in 2006 I won the very first Parnelli Award for "Video Director of the Year" for my creative work with Tool (Thank you Adam, Camella, Meats, Chet, Junior...)

BMB: Let's talk about upcoming Tool shows and tours? Without going into specific details, what might fans expect as far as the stage lighting and video projections during the next round of touring? Also, will there be a separate lighting/projections scheme for indoor shows and outdoor festivals?

BRECK: We are planning to split the show for indoor and outdoor. No longer will outdoor shows be watered-down versions of the arena show. The outdoor Halloween show will be the first of our dedicated festival show. 

BMB: Are the visuals for Tool shows for the most part programmed in advance, or do you improvise parts, and if so, can you explain how this is done?

 BRECK: First of all, there is no timecode anywhere on stage or at front-of-house to rely on, so the show must be operated manually. Everything you see on stage is made by hand every night - both the music and the visuals.  I usually have two types of controls programmed for a song: a main stack of sequential cues to cover the basics - a setup cue, the first cue, and the last cue. Sometimes it's only those 3 cues, other times its over 100. Then I'll build a collection of handles to accent and play in the middle. Longer more complicated songs, like Rosetta Stoned, i'll build many more specific sequential cues and less accents because it helps me keep up with all the crazy time signatures and false endings in the song. Other songs like 3rd Eye are completely improvised - I'll have a general idea of where I'm going, but I try new things, or lose my place and go freestyle. It's never the same twice either way. 

BMB: Are there video ideas that you have that you would like to see incorporated in the live show that can't be done for whatever reason, and if so, what might these be? 

BRECK: Yes, but we're still trying, so I can't say much. The project has new hope after we were contacted by the group that produced the rainbow over Levi's Stadium for the Grateful Dead show this year. There's a high demand for fake rainbows these days, so they don't have a lot of time, but with any luck we'll have a prototype working for the big Halloween show. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it!

BMB: What do you envision in the future as far as stage projections go - not the immediate future, but, let's say, ten years from now?

BRECK: I think the convergence of lighting and video will gradually continue, and then lasers will take over both to some degree. It's all about new technologies that come down the pike and how we can use them to move artistic boundaries forward. Our industry is too small to drive major innovations, so we're always looking to adjacent fields to learn and steal from, like the NEV did by borrowing from '80s video editing technology. Sometimes you have to make a leap of faith. Don't be afraid of the border crossings!

HAPPY BORDER TRAILS


BMB

30 August, 2015 (05:03pm)
WOVENHAND TOUR DATES

Here are the tour dates for our friends in WOVENHAND, who are currently out supporting Chelsea Wolfe.

8/29 - bluebird theater - denver colorado
8/31 - triple rock - minneapolis minnesota
9/01 - thalia hall - chicago illinois
9/02 - grog shop - cleveland ohio
9/03 - herr st stage - harrisburgh pennsylvania
9/04 - columbus theater - providence rhode island
9/05 - the sinclair - cambridge massachusetts
9/06 - 3s artspace - portsmouth new hampshire
9/09 - music hall of williamsburg new york new york
9/10 - underground arts - philadelphia pennsylvania
9/11 - u street music hall - washington dc
9/12 - hopscotch music festival - raleigh north carolina
9/14 - aisle 5 - atlanta georgia
9/15 - mercy lounge - nashville tennesse
9/17 - one eyed jacks - new orleans louisiana
9/18 - rudyards british pub - houston texas
9/19 - mowhawk - austin texas
9/20 - kessler theater - dallas texas
9/22 - tricky falls - el paso texas
9/23 - launchpad - albuquerque new mexico
9/24 - valley bar - phoenix arizona
9/25 - regent theater - los angeles california
9/26 - regency ballroom - san francisco california
9/28 - hawthorne theater - portland oregon
9/29 - neumos - seattle washington


BMB

28 August, 2015 (04:59pm)
DANNY'S "THINK DIFFERENTLY" TEE-SHIRT

THINK DIFFERENTLY - THE "PSILICON VALLEY" tee shirt illustrates the connection between the 1960s' counter-culture psychonauts and today's 'Psilicon' Valley technologists, some of who are allegedly still using the neurological amplification of psychoactive substances to improve creativity and inspire new I.T. developments. Hence, the iconic "Apple" motif is replaced by a psilocybin mushroom. THINK DIFFERENTLY contains a message for larval moralists about how the energy released (multi-level exposure) by the visionary experiences of the pioneers of cyberspace played a substantive role in the computer revolution.

VIEW/ORDER

As with similar themes explored on Danny's website involving elevating states of consciousness while questioning mainstream paradigms, the "Psilicon Valley" tee shirt (available exclusively at www.dannycarey.org) suggests that certain entheogens can be used as a tool to greatly enhance creativity and that, in the 1960s, the psychedelic uprising inspired the computer and I.T. revolution. The graphics are meant to be thought provoking in light of the old materialist perspective and follow in the footsteps of other psychonauts such as Huxley, Leary, and McKenna, who believed that these "plants of the gods" were in part responsible for a quantum leap in human mental development.



BMB

28 August, 2015 (12:35pm)
PUSCIFER ADDED SHOW IN PRESCOTT - GENERAL TICKETS NOW ON-SALE

Tickets to see PUSCIFER live at THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER at YAVAPAI COLLEGE in PRESCOTT ARIZONA on MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 are now available.

TICKETS



BMB

27 August, 2015 (09:21am)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5. LATE SHOW at 11:59 pm.


BMB

26 August, 2015 (03:47pm)
CHECK OUT THAT KOMARA TEE!

We're pretty sure this is fake, but wouldn't it be great if it wasn't...


BMB

25 August, 2015 (01:11pm)
ALEX AND ALLYSON GREY IN MEXICO

ALEX GREY Y ALLYSON GREY EN MEXICO!

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BMB

23 August, 2015 (06:05pm)
FREE "RAJAS" SHOW AT THE GRIFFIN

Our talented friends in "RAJAS" will be playing a FREE SHOW at the GRIFFIN here in L.A. on MONDAY, AUGUST 24.
The band starts at 10:00, and not one yoctosecond later.


BMB

22 August, 2015 (05:59pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the special guest musicians for the AUGUST 24 jams at the 'tator.'


BMB

20 August, 2015 (10:48pm)
3 TEETH AT THE VIPER ROOM ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

Thank you for your attention. 3 TEETH at THE VIPER ROOM on FRIDAY, AUGUST 21. 9:00... If you should happen to see a member of TOOL there.. any member... tell them that I said "hi."

TICKETS



BMB

19 August, 2015 (09:26pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be drumming with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, AUGUST 29. The other musicians are DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL and JOHN ZIEGLER. All ages welcome. $25.00.

TICKETS


BMB

18 August, 2015 (09:54am)
PUSCIFER NEW ALBUM AND FALL TOUR INFORMATION

NEWS FLASH: Jerome, Ariz., Aug. 17, 2015 - Puscifer, who recently announced a new album, Money Shot, and the release of the "Grand Canyon" video https://youtu.be/qtZJiQSmJ9g will be returning to the road, kicking off a six-week outing on Nov. 1 at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix.

"As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. We've been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail," said Keenan. "As usual, we prefer to Show rather than Tell. Odds are if you've been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you'll want to go ahead and place those bets." It's no surprise that Maynard James Keenan choose to debut the electro rock band-meets-comedy troupe on a Las Vegas stage (Puscifer's first shows were at The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort). In the intervening years, we've met a cadre of characters including Billy D and Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Peter Merkin and spent time around a campfire, with an Airstream in the background, as audiences enjoyed a Sonoran sunset. Puscifer, who thrive on the element of surprise, have revamped their stage show, with no spoilers to share, we can only say it exceeds the production seen in recent outings."

The live line-up for the Money Shot tour includes Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Mahsa Zargaran and the newest addition, Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead Into Gold).

Money Shot physical pre-order packages are available now via
www.puscifer.com
The various offerings include both signed and unsigned copies of the new album as well as an instant download of "Grand Canyon."

Money Shot track list:

1. Galileo
2. Agostina
3. Grand Canyon
4. Simultaneous
5. Money Shot
6. The Arsonist
7. The Remedy
8. Smoke and Mirrors
9. Life of Brian (Apparently You Haven't Seen)
10. Autumn

Tour dates:

November 1 Phoenix, AZ Monster Mash Festival
November 3 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
November 4 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
November 5 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center
November 7 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
November 8 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
November 10 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
November 11 Bethesda, MD Strathmore Theatre
November 12 Boston, MA The Orpheum Theatre
November 14 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre
November 15 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
November 17 New York, NY Terminal 5
November 18 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
November 20 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
November 21 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
November 22 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre
November 24 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
November 25 Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall
November 28 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
November 29 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center
November 30 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 2 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 3 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
December 6 Fresno, CA Warnors Theatre
December 8 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
December 10 Los Angeles, CA Ace Theatre
December 11 Los Angeles, CA Ace Theatre
December 12 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater

Tickets will be on-sale on FRIDAY, AUG 21 with VIP packages available simultaneously via
PUSCIFERVIP

www.puscifer.com
facebook.com/puscifermusic
instagram/puscifer
twitter.com/puscifer



BMB

17 August, 2015 (11:07am)
"THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION" BY iTOM LAB

New tunes are out from Itom Lab "The Journey Is the Destination" 9 tracks of "diverse sonic soundscapes fresh from the lab." For the initial release this album is a free download. You can get it on Bandcamp now
click here Also you can visit his website for more music and upcoming shows www.ItomLab.com d(~*~)b

ItomLab-Journey


BMB

16 August, 2015 (11:48am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Almost everything you need to know about the AUGUST 17 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. ALL AGES WELCOME to the 'tator' experience. Bring a guitar and become a star, or just watch from the bar, if that's who you are...


BMB

12 August, 2015 (11:38am)
THINK DIFFERENTLY - "PSILICON VALLEY" TEE

As with similar themes explored on Danny's website involving elevating states of consciousness while questioning mainstream paradigms, the "Psilicon Valley" tee shirt (available exclusively at www.dannycarey.org) suggests that certain entheogens can be used as a tool to greatly enhance creativity and that, in the 1960s, the psychedelic uprising inspired the computer and I.T. revolution. The graphics are meant to be thought provoking in light of the old materialist perspective and follow in the footsteps of other psychonauts such as Huxley, Leary, and McKenna, who believed that these "plants of the gods" were in part responsible for a quantum leap in human mental development.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

11 August, 2015 (03:32pm)
"RAJAS" AT THE THREE CLUBS - FREE SHOW!

Our good friends in RAJAS will be playing a FREE SHOW at "THE THREE CLUBS" on FRIDAY, AUGUST 14. Doors at 9:00 with the band taking the stage at 9:30.


BMB

11 August, 2015 (03:27pm)
"SENSORY STATION" AT THE VIPER ROOM

"SENSORY STATION", featuring Athan Anas of "Hector's Revenge" will be performing at THE VIPER ROOM in Hollywood on TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 at 8:00 PM.

MORE


BMB

10 August, 2015 (09:21am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

More great guest musicians from the L.A. talent pool for tonight's (AUGUST 10) Monday Night Jammmz at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY.


BMB

07 August, 2015 (08:27pm)
ELLIOT AND AENIMA

I saw on ADAM's FaceBook Page that he is honored that TOOL's "Aenima" made it into Elliot's "hack book" on the Mr. Robot television series.


BMB

07 August, 2015 (08:22pm)
ALEX AND ALLYSON GREY IN CANADA

Some info about ALEX AND ALLYSON GREY'S CANADA tour.


BMB

03 August, 2015 (12:17pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Here are the special guest musicians for the AUGUST 3 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. ALL AGES SHOW!


BMB

01 August, 2015 (10:20am)
DANNY WITH VOLTO! AT THE MINT TONIGHT

A very friendly reminder to you that VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing the LATE SHOW (11:59) at THE MINT in L.A. tonight (SATURDAY, AUGUST 1). Need I remind anyone about those large PBRs? 21+


BMB

01 August, 2015 (10:16am)
TOOL VS X JAPAN IN THE SEMIFINALS FOR BEST LIVE BAND

It's TOOL vs X JAPAN in the SEMIFINALS of LOUDWIRE'S BEST LIVE BAND showdown. As I compose this post, X JAPAN has a considerable lead... (how?). POLLS CLOSE on TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 at 10:00 AM, ET. Fans can vote once every hour, so what are you waiting for?..

VOTE



BMB

01 August, 2015 (09:58am)
"BROTHERS COLLATERAL" DEBUT ALBUM WITH SOME VERY FAMILIAR NAMES

Here's some news about ERIK TRAMMELL's "BROTHERS COLLATERAL" debut album entitled CVIII. (Recorded and produced in North Hollywood, California by Toshi Kasai.)

The album features guest vocals by KING BUZZO (Melvins, Fantomas) and JARED WARREN (Melvins, KARP, Big Business)...

With additional synth by DANNY CAREY and VINCE DE FRANCO (Rajas), and piano by TOSHI KASAI (Altamont, Big Business).

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

"This full length album is thick with triumphant guitar harmonies by Erik Trammell (Black Elk) and Kevin Stack (Gorch Fock) and a powerful rhythm section with Win Wallace (Gorch Fock) and Ferdie Cudia (400 Blows).

Side one of the mostly instrumental album features anthemic stadium rock (C-141 Starlifter), groove-heavy metal with the legendary vocals of King Buzzo (J.R. Richard), a proggy mash-up of sorts with part of the UFO song Love To Love highlighted by an emotional vocal performance by Jared Warren and additional piano by Toshi Kasai (The One That Feeds), and more heavy groove metal (The Hand That Bites).

Side two starts off with a nod to classic rock and a title for Butthole Surfer fans to appreciate (King Coffey For Head Of State), an instrumental Scorpions medley of Life's A River, Living And Dying and Crying Days (Manche Leute Sagen Wir Tun Es Besser) an epic song serving as a tribute to victims of the horrible events in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina (Danziger Bridge Shootings) and finally, a drone piece ala SunnO))) (Green Is The New Red).

FACEBOOK

Australian Cattle God (label) page

HERE

VINYL

Digital downloads are also available which have extended versions of The Hand That Bites and Green Is The New Red. CVIII is available digitally HERE


BMB

01 August, 2015 (09:36am)
PUSCIFER ADDED TO MONSTER MASH FEST LINEUP

For those who didn't read this on the TOOL FACEBOOK page, PUSCIFER has been added to the MONSTER MASH FEST LINEUP in TEMPE, AZ., and are set to perform on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (Dia de los Muertos) on the WEST STAGE. Tickers still available at - www.monstermashaz.com

BMB

30 July, 2015 (09:51am)
"MUSTARD GAS & ROSES" FEATURING DRUMMER SASH POPOVIC

Our good friend SASH POPOVIC (drummer for MOTHER TONGUE, BLACK MATH HORSEMAN & BUTCHER) will be performing with "MUSTARD GAS AND ROSES" this SATURDAY (AUGUST 1st) at THE ROXY in LOS ANGELES. MGR is Mike Gallagher from ISIS, Bryan Tulao (BLACK MATH HORSEMAN), J. Bennett (IDES OF GEMINI) and the talented percussionist, SASH.

Doors at 8:00 PM, with MGR on FIRST at 9:00 PM

Tickets are $12, and ALL AGES are welcome to the MGR experience.

www.theroxy.com

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BMB

29 July, 2015 (04:43pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
JULY, 2015 E.V.

"The Gates of Pluto must not be unlocked; within are a people of dreams."

- Orpheus

(Predictably) I have received lots of email this month from people wanting me to know that the "New Horizons" space probe traveled 3 billion miles to Pluto before TOOL finished their next record. While some of these folks received the oblique reply: "Did you know that the TI-83 graphing calculator has more processing power than there was in the guidance computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon?" - others were responded to with the equally elliptical: "Were you aware that France was still executing criminals using the guillotine when the first "Star Wars" film premiered in theaters in 1977?"

However, what I didn't tell any of these e-mailers is that when the band members - many years ago - told me that they wanted to wait until the data collecting probe reached the dwarf planet and transmitted back photographs of its (possibly) geologically active surface details before releasing their next record, my initial thoughts were that they might want to reconsider this - maybe focusing instead on the (then) controversial Martian surface anomalies. The "New Horizons" thingy isn't exactly manipulating space-time by radiating an energy beam through a hull of artificial metallized dielectric composition, I reminded them. It's put-putting along to a speck in the solar system! Even die-hard Tool fans would most certainly grow impatient by the time any images of wispy hydrocarbons and exotic ice deposits might be available for use in the new album's art design! But that's when I was told about how Pluto was part of the overall plan - the all-encompassing concept involving Tool's complete recording output:

A (Aenima)
S (Salival)

P (New album title?)
L (Lateralus)
U (Undertow)
T (Ten Thousand Days)
O (Opiate)

Okay, enough said about the Lord of the Underworld, but with the "New Horizons" probe having finally reached Pluto, let's watch and see how things move along now, folks...

In other news, I see that Tool aficionado, "HELLBOY", has given www.fourtheye.net a 10th-anniversay makeover. Congrats, Matt! As many Too enthusiasts already know, Hellboy's minions actively scour the internet for any breaking Tool and Tool-related news, and this is usually presented in a timely fashion (though a few members appear to have all but given up on any new Tool record, switching their musical allegiance instead to bands like "Walk The Moon" and "Drown By Mom.")

Too bad, as those of us who have heard - and without a continua widget -several nearly complete, lengthy arrangements (sans MJK), know that the new stuff will be well worth the wait to any fan of the band... Still, in the words of Mark or Matthew or Luke - one of those fellows attributed to the synoptic gospels - "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angeles of heaven, nor the Son, nor even Google, but only the Father." (New King James Version)

In the meantime, those impatient souls could always consider my suggestion in earlier Tool newsletters (for example, January, 2008) involving the concept of Pantheistic Multi-person Solipsism. Why not sidestep the matrix of consensual reality by making a minimal translation to a self-created onotologically no less real Tool record release party in one of the base-six spaces? And while we're on the subject of transuniversal travel to a variety of possible timelines, maybe even think about establishing contact (or, at least, achieving a resonance) with your (BEST) future self during a future Tool concert, and then integrating part of it into your present self? It's just that simple! (Note: By "BEST", I mean, of course, no flash photography or 'mundane' recording devices!)

Okay, by now some of you might be thinking, "fuck this expansive mind-stuff! I'm going to go to the fourtheye site to see if there's any real news?" Fine, but if you leave now, you won't hear about my plan to personally interview one of the new parking bollards at the Tool loft/rehearsal space. That's right! In keeping with my 'leave no stone unturned, fine-tooth comb' reporting style, I wasn't going to let any identity-separation illusion get in my way of finding out what one of the highly-visible barriers thinks about Maynard's new vocals, which I believe that the band members have heard in some stage of development on a particular track or two? No, sharing my mind with a non-conscious thing seemed like a no brainer...

And although communicating with inanimate objects isn't as easy as one might think, being somewhat familiar with the idea of dynamism, I thought that an exclusive interview with a new bollard might be the best way to obtain information about any possible upcoming shows, etc. Even so, this would present some problems. First of all, as many of you already know, parking bollards are notorious tricksters! Actually, they can be outright liars - they kind of have to be given their close proximity to places where security issues are of paramount importance. Second of all... well, being tight-lipped is really the only problem that I could think of. So, I headed over to the Loft with a list of questions - the first being: "In which parking space does Danny park his Lambo?" This was a trick question devised to test the veracity of the bollard, as I know that Danny always rides a Vespa to the place! Well, not always, but mainly (Excuse me, Am I interrupting something!..) The second question concerned intros and outros - confusing, perhaps, to an orange pole -but not a trick question. Anyway, so when I arrived a couple of days ago, guess what? There wasn't any place for me to park, with the highly visible tight-lipped little fuckers controlling access to all of the 'available' spots! Hell, I wasn't about to park on the street, and with gas at nearly $5.00 a gallon...

Alright, go to the fourtheye site where you'll notice that its administrator includes as newsworthy a show featuring Danny's side-project, VOLTO!, though he fails to tantalize fans with the diverse range of stuffed spuds offered by the BAKED POTATO's harmonica-wielding cook, and that there's free shadowy parking somewhere in the rear. Oh, wait... VOLTO! are performing at THE MINT for their next show (August 1). Sorry.

That will about do it for the month of July. I trust you already know about Volto! at THE MINT (see www.fourtheye.net for more news about this show), and that PUSCIFER have premiered a new video entitled "Grand Canyon", also announcing a release date for the band's next album, "Money Shot", and that Cleopatra lived closer to the building of the first Pizza Hut (1958) than to the time of the great pyramids of Egypt, although she never (to my knowledge) was able to carry out a thin and crispy topped with scarabs. On second, given the concept of Pantheistic Multiple-ego Solipsism... and a continua chariot, she probably did...

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

29 July, 2015 (09:40am)
PUSCIFER "GRAND CANYON"


BMB

29 July, 2015 (09:36am)
SCOTT KINSEY GROUP TONIGHT!

If you're in the vicinity of Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and check out THE SCOTT KINSEY GROUP tonight (WEDNESDAY, JULY 29) at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Musicians' musicians... featuring SCOTT KINSEY on keys and vocals, JIMMY EARL on bass, BOB REYNOLDS on sax, and KIRK COVINGTON on percussion. $15.00

BMB

28 July, 2015 (12:41pm)
R.I.P. VIC FIRTH

"The world has lost one of its greatest percussionist. Vic Firth, who was the principal timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 45 years, died on Sunday at the age of 85. Vic was a gentleman, scholar, and a father figure to me and everyone I knew that associated with him in the percussion world. His love and knowledge of drumming, stick and mallet making, and... cooking will be an inspiration for generations to come. Vic's kindness and generosity always shined through. I knew I could call him at any hour and he would call back sharing his wealth of information and help me solve any problem I had come to him with. He will be dearly missed."

Danny Carey



BMB

27 July, 2015 (07:30pm)
TOOL VS KISS UPDATE

Okay troops, Tool is now leading Kiss in the Loudwire best live band contest. However, intel chatter suggests that the Kiss Army might be launching an overnight offensive. Therefore, we need to get additional troops in place in order to get MORE VOTES! I realize that many of you might be fatigued, but, with the polls closing soon, let's get those fingers moving in order to achieve a decisive victory!

VOTE

that is all.


BMB

27 July, 2015 (12:51pm)
TOOL VS KISS - POLLS CLOSING SOON

In the quarterfinals of loudwire's best live band showdown, KISS is currently leading TOOL by a small margin, with the polls closing TOMORROW (TUESDAY, JULY 28 at 10:00 AM ET). Knowing this, I know what I'm going to do... right now!

VOTE



BMB

26 July, 2015 (12:05pm)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be at THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, AUGUST 1. LATE SHOW. 21 AND OVER.

TICKETS



BMB

26 July, 2015 (11:58am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

Here's a reminder that DANNY will be performing with the WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on THURSDAY, JULY 30. ALL STAR JAZZ with DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL, JOHN ZIEGLER and the drummer from Tool!

TICKETS


BMB

26 July, 2015 (11:52am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

John made it easier for me to let you know who the special guest musicians will be for the JULY 27 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO, although his flyer doesn't mention anything about the diverse selection of stuffed spuds and the harmonica wielding cook.


BMB

23 July, 2015 (11:13am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHELEE!

Birthday cheers today to SHELEE from Justin and a whole bunch of people!

BMB

19 July, 2015 (10:32am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

If you've got a hankering for a chilled bottle of Budweiser to go with a hotdog & sauerkraut stuffed spud, then you might want to find your way to tomorrow night's jams at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, where the special guest musicians include MAKOTO IZUMITANI on drums, ANDRAE ALEXANDER on keys, and LEE WERTMAN on guitar. ALL AGES WELCOME!

BMB

17 July, 2015 (03:12pm)
REMINDER: DANNY WITH JEFF KOLLMAN GROUP... AND THE WEBB ALLSTARS... AT THE 'TATOR'

Just a reminder that DANNY will be performing with the JEFF KOLLMAN GROUP at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, JULY 18... and then again with THE WEBB ALLSTARS on THURSDAY, JULY 30.

MORE



BMB

16 July, 2015 (01:24pm)
HERE WE GO AGAIN - TOOL VS CRUE

In case you missed Monica's excellent reporting on the Tool Facebook page, Tool face off against the Crue (yes, the Motley ones) in Round 2 of Loudwire's "Best Live Band" contest. Yikes... My biggest concern is that the guys don't lose to the O'Keefe Music Foundation Kids in the next round. Actually, I'm guessing that "Rammstein" will be in Round 3, but we'll just have to wait and see...

VOTE



BMB

16 July, 2015 (01:06pm)
BUZZ KNOWS

Had one of the dreaded beach balls bounced our way, rest assured that one of us would have deflated it and, despite the crowd booing, handed the multicolored plastic wad to one of the stadium ushers. And that's not just the $16.00 (each) Modelo's talking...


BMB

14 July, 2015 (09:37am)
KIDS COVER TOOL


BMB

13 July, 2015 (01:39pm)
DANNY WITH THE JEFF KOLLMAN BAND

DANNY will be drumming with THE JEFF KOLLMAN BAND at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, JULY 18.

TICKETS



BMB

13 July, 2015 (10:22am)
ADAM JONES ARTWORK ON TOOL CONCERT POSTER (MELBOURNE)

Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne, Australia
4/27/13
Artwork by ADAM JONES
Price $14.99

A limited number now AVAILABLE in the U.S.A. at the Tool on-line store.



BMB

13 July, 2015 (10:17am)
LIMITED NUMBER OF THIS TOOL CONCERT POSTER FROM AUSTIN (2007)

Frank Erwin Center
Austin, TX
11/14/07
Print by Print Mafia
Price $9.99

A LIMITED NUMBER OF THESE AVAILABLE IN THE STORE.
Don't walk... run!..



BMB

13 July, 2015 (10:08am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Very talented special guests for the JULY 13 jams at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include JOE TRAVERS on drums, and BILLY STEINWAY on keys (and red wine). JOHN "VOLTO!" ZIEGLER usually gets the show started around 9:00, so bring your favorite musical instrument (no, not the damn sousaphone) and ask if you can join in during the second set. And in case you were wondering, all ages are welcome to enjoy the 'tator' experience.

BMB

10 July, 2015 (10:14am)
ADAM JONES ART PIECE FOR "DRAWN-IN 2" - OPENING AT Q ART SALON (JULY 11)

As I mentioned in my post below, ADAM has 2 art pieces in the "DRAWN-IN 2" group exhibition at the Q ART SALON (in SANTA ANA), with the OPENING being SATURDAY, JULY 11 (7-11 PM). Here's your chance to own something very Toolish.

MORE INFO IN MY EARLIER POST and on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE.



BMB

09 July, 2015 (10:58pm)
ADAM JONES ART PIECE FOR "DRAWN-IN 2" - OPENING AT Q ART SALON (JULY 11)

Korin isn't the only JONES with art for sale at the group exhibition entitled "DRAWN-IN 2." ADAM will also have a couple of pieces, which you can check out (or PURCHASE) at the OPENING on SATURDAY, JULY 11 at Q ART SALON (205 N. Sycamore Street, Santa Ana, CA. 92701.)

MORE INFO



BMB

08 July, 2015 (11:30am)
KORIN JONES ART IN GROUP EXHIBITION (JULY 11)

Q ART SALON PRESENTS "DRAWN-IN 2"

KORIN JONES will be among those talented artists whose work will be featured in a group exhibition at Q ART SALON on SATURDAY, JULY 11 (7-11 PM).

Q ART SALON
205 N. Sycamore Street
Santa Ana, CA. 92701

MORE

The show also features another artist whose work I greatly admire, although I'm having trouble remembering who this is at the moment. Let me get back to you once it hits me...



BMB

07 July, 2015 (09:55am)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT ON AUGUST 1

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, AUGUST 1. This is the LATE SHOW (11:59 PM starting time), with DOORS AT 11:30. 21 + to guzzle those large PBRs while listening to ultra-fusion jazz by some of the best in the business.

TICKETS

"Electro Satanico" artwork by Martin Ontiveros.



BMB

05 July, 2015 (09:46am)
KOMARA TOUR POSTER WITH ADAM ARTWORK (W/LINK TO MERCH)

KOMARA (featuring PAT MASTELOTTO of KING CRIMSON) tour poster with artwork created by ADAM JONES.

Check out Komara's MERCH (with AJ art) at music.komaraband.com



BMB

05 July, 2015 (09:34am)
TOOL SYDNEY 2013 POSTER WITH ARTWORK BY ADAM

ANOTHER TOOL CONCERT POSTER (with ARTWORK by ADAM JONES) AVAILABLE at the STORE on TOOLBAND. LIMITED NUMBER for sale.

Allphones Arena Tour Poster
Sydney, Australia
May 4th 2013
Artwork by ADAM JONES
Price: $14.99
Qty: 48



BMB

04 July, 2015 (12:06pm)
SOME TOOL NEWS

In case you didn't read about it on all the metal magazine websites, the band had to cancel that fan's backyard barbecue/live performance YESTERDAY (JULY 3) because the kid had to seek emergency medical treatment the day before after blowing off part of his thumbs (yes, plural) while holding a lit firecracker (squib?) too damn long. Maybe the backyard gig will happen next year... if he learns his lesson and keeps his pyrotechnic endeavors limited to bang snaps! In the meantime, I hope all of you have a great and safe 4TH OF JULY with or without poppy seeds on your burger bun.

"GrillDemon" poster artwork and forged signatures by BMB



BMB

04 July, 2015 (11:30am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the JULY 6 Monday Night Jammmz at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include JAVO BARRERA on drums and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. The band usually gets started around 9:00, but you might want to arrive a bit early so as to get potatofied from the large selection of stuffed spuds on the menu. ALL AGES WELCOME!

BMB

02 July, 2015 (09:21am)
TOOL POSTER FROM CASPER EVENTS CENTER, WY, 2007

A LIMITED NUMBER OF THIS POSTER AVAILABLE FROM THE TOOLBAND STORE.

Casper Events Center
Casper, WY
11/23/07
Print by Print Mafia
Dimensions: 23"x 10"
Price: $9.99

SEE MORE TOOL 2007 CONCERT POSTERS BELOW



BMB

02 July, 2015 (09:15am)
TOOL CONCERT POSTER FROM TULSA, 2007

LIMITED NUMBER OF THIS POSTER AVAILABLE IN THE TOOLBAND STORE.

Tulsa Convention Center
Tulsa, OK
11/19/07
Print by Print Mafia
Dimensions 23" x 10"
Price: $9.99



BMB

02 July, 2015 (09:11am)
TOOL POSTER FROM HOUSTON SHOW IN 2007

PURCHASE THIS FROM THE STORE ON TOOLBAND

Toyota Center
Houston,TX
11/16/07 Print by Print Mafia
Dimensions 23" x 10"
Price: $9.99

LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE



BMB

02 July, 2015 (09:05am)
2007 TOOL POSTER FOR SALE

TOOL POSTER AVAILABLE IN THE TOOLBAND STORE

Save On Foods Center
Victoria, Canada
12/01/07
Print by Print Mafia Dimensions
23" x 10"
Price: $9.99



BMB

02 July, 2015 (08:56am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

Looks like more double duty for DANNY as he performs with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on THURSDAY, JULY 30. The band also features DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL and JOHN ZIEGLER. $25.00

TICKETS


BMB

02 July, 2015 (08:49am)
"BLOSSOMS"

Our friends from the band "COLLIDE" have some new merch in their on-line store, and if you use the code word "Toolfriend" when checking out, you will receive a %25 DISCOUNT on anything on the site until the end of July, 2015.

VIEW/PURCHASE


BMB

29 June, 2015 (12:27pm)
KOMARA RELEASED... FEATURING ARTWORK BY ADAM JONES

King Crimson drummer PAT MASTELOTTO's new project, KOMARA (with David Kollar and Paolo Raineri) has just been RELEASED, and it features stunning ARTWORK by ADAM JONES.

VIEW/PURCHASE

www.komaraband.com



BMB

29 June, 2015 (09:54am)
IN MEMORIAM CHRIS SQUIRE

The music world lost one of its most innovative players yesterday with the passing of "Yes" bassist CHRIS SQUIRE. I can still hear those signature Rickenbacker riffs and feel the Moog Taurus pedals of so many great concerts.

"The fish out of water has returned to the cosmic sea." - DANNY CAREY

Photo of Chris Squire in 1978 by Duncan Blake.



BMB

26 June, 2015 (10:10am)
TICKETS FOR TOOL AT MONSTER MASH FESTIVAL ON SALE... NOW!

www.monstermashaz.com

MORE INFO IN MY POST BELOW...


BMB

25 June, 2015 (08:10pm)
REMINDER!!! TOOL TICKETS FOR MONSTER MASH FEST GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 26 AT 10:00 AM

TOOL TO HEADLINE MONSTER MASH MUSIC FESTIVAL IN ARIZONA ON HALLOWEEN, 2015

(UPDATE... you CANNOT get tickets to see Tool at Zia records. Please purchase your tickets at one of the other sites listed below).

TOOL will be performing at the 2015 MONSTER MASH MUSIC FEST at TEMPE BEACH PARK in TEMPE, ARIZONA on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 (HALLOWEEN NIGHT). Gates at 3:00 PM. The first thing that you will need to know is that you CANNOT get tickets for this show via Ticketmaster! Let me repeat this: You CANNOT buy tickets for this Tool performance at Ticketmaster. In order to PURCHASE TICKETS - which go ON SALE on FRIDAY, JUNE 26 (TOMORROW!) at 10:00 AM PST - please click on www.monstermashaz.com

(... and can ALSO be purchased at The Marquee Theatre Box Office, Bookman's locations, and Asylum Records in Mesa, Arizona)

Other confirmed bands for the Monster Mash Music Fest Halloween show include PRIMUS, COHEED & CAMBRIA, with other bands TBA. So keep CHECKING BACK to the Tool websites and Tool Facebook page for UPDATES.



BMB

22 June, 2015 (01:23pm)
TOOL TO HEADLINE MONSTER MASH MUSIC FESTIVAL IN ARIZONA ON HALLOWEEN, 2015

We have an important announcement about the upcoming TOOL SHOW that will require your full attention. Please read the following message VERY CAREFULLY so as to avoid any confusion and/or problems purchasing tickets for this special event.

TOOL will be performing at the 2015 MONSTER MASH MUSIC FEST at TEMPE BEACH PARK in TEMPE, ARIZONA on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 (HALLOWEEN NIGHT). Gates at 3:00 PM.

The first thing that you will need to know is that you CANNOT get tickets for this show via Ticketmaster! Let me repeat this: You CANNOT buy tickets for this Tool performance at Ticketmaster. In order to PURCHASE TICKETS - which go ON SALE on FRIDAY, JUNE 26 at 10:00 AM PST - please click on www.monstermashaz.com

Again, tickets are AVAILABLE (on FRIDAY, JUNE 26 at 10:00 AM) at www.monstermashaz.com
(... and can ALSO be purchased at The Marquee Theatre Box Office, Bookman's locations, Asylum Records in Mesa, Arizona)

Now that you know where to purchase tickets, the second thing that you will want to know is that there are NO 3-DAY INCLUSIVE TICKETS - meaning that if you want to see TOOL on Halloween night, you will NEED to purchase a ticket for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 (at www.monstermashaz.com)

Other confirmed bands for the Monster Mash Music Fest Halloween show include PRIMUS, COHEED & CAMBRIA, with other bands TBA. So keep CHECKING BACK to the Tool websites and Tool Facebook page for UPDATES.



BMB

21 June, 2015 (11:20am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Joining JOHN ZIEGLER and JAMIE KIME as special guest musicians for the JUNE 22 jams at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY will be MICHAEL LEASURE on drums, MATT ROHDE on keys, and PETE GRIFFIN on bass. Another great line up of some of L.A.'s finest players, so come experience all that the 'tator' has to offer.

BMB

21 June, 2015 (08:42am)
Wait for it...

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BMB

19 June, 2015 (09:19am)
REMINDER ABOUT VOLTO! TONIGHT

DANNY will be performing with VOLTO! tonight (FRIDAY, ) at THE MINT in Los Angeles.
LATE SHOW at 11:30
21 +

TICKETS



BMB

14 June, 2015 (07:10am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

For those of you thinking about hitting the 'tator' tomorrow night, special guest musicians include ANDY SANESI on drums, JON GREATHOUSE on keys, PETE GRIFFIN on bass, and BEN THOMAS providing vocals. All happening at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on MONDAY, JUNE 15. ALL AGES WELCOME, including the recently born Z-MAN, if he wanted to go.

BMB

13 June, 2015 (01:16pm)
WELCOME ZOLA CAREY!

Now that he has had a few days to get the feel of things in his new environment, I would like to introduce Tool fans to the DANNY and RYNNE creation known as ZOLA CAREY. Now, I'm not sure if the little fellow's first word will be in the Enochian language, or if he soon insists on Gates sauce in his supper, or if he will know the drum solo to "in a gadda da vida" before the New Year, but I do know that he will be a K.C. Chiefs fan despite any attempts on my part to sway him to the dark side that is the Raider Nation.

In talking to Danny yesterday, all are doing great, especially the Z-MAN, who is almost ready to go home.



BMB

13 June, 2015 (03:57am)
TOOL TOUR POSTER ON SALE (TUCSON)

Convention Center Arena in Tucson, AZ 1/17/12
Artwork by Korin Faught
Dimensions: 22" x 9 3/4"

**LIMIT ONE PER PERSON**

Qty Available: 9
Price: $19.99



BMB

13 June, 2015 (03:54am)
TOOL TOUR POSTER ON SALE (LONDON)

Brixton Academy in London, UK
8/21/07- 8/22/07
Apollo Theatre in Manchester, UK 8/23/07
Print by Print Mafia. Dimensions: 23"x 10"
Price: $14.99


BMB

11 June, 2015 (09:15am)


Birthday greetings where ever you are, my friend!


BMB

10 June, 2015 (05:50am)
TOOL TOUR POSTER ON SALE (LOS ANGELES)

Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California
12/10/07
Print by Print Mafia
Dimensions: 23"x 10"
Qty Available: 13
Price: $19.99


BMB

10 June, 2015 (05:47am)
TOOL TOUR POSTER ON SALE (CANADA)

Credit Union Center
Saskatoon, Canada 11/27/07
Print by Print Mafia
Dimensions: 23"x 10"
Qty Available: 28
Price: $9.99


BMB

10 June, 2015 (04:50am)
TOOL TOUR POSTER ON SALE

Everett Event Center
Everett, Washington 12/04/07
Print by Print Mafia
Dimensions: 23"x 10"
Qty Available: 40
Price: $9.99


BMB

08 June, 2015 (08:28am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

As he often does, DANNY will be drumming with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, JUNE 27th. The band also features DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar.

COVER: $25.00

TICKETS


BMB

07 June, 2015 (05:07pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL VILAS JONES

Birthday greetings to PAUL VILAS JONES - member of "Sturgeon", "Rajas", and... hey, aren't you Danny's cousin? Cheers! (but no Jumbo's for me tonight)

BMB

07 June, 2015 (12:37pm)
DANNY TO PLAY THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the JUNE 8 Monday Night Jammmz at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include DANNY CAREY on drums, ED ROTH on keys, and PETE GRIFFIN on bass. Add JON ZIEGLER and JAMIE KIME to the mix, and you've got one hell of an all-star band! Show starts around 9:30, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO THE 'TATOR' EXPERIENCE. If you dare, bring an instrument and ask one of the guys mentioned above about joining in during the raucous second set.

BMB

04 June, 2015 (09:37am)
CHET ZAR DOCUMENTARY AND ART EXHIBIT IN NEW MEXICO

Here's a message from artist CHET ZAR about his documentary screening and an art exhibit in Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO beginning on SATURDAY, JUNE 6th.

"Hello folks- "I Like to Paint Monsters" (ILTPM) the documentary about my life and work is showing this Saturday, June 6th @ 4:00pm, at the Historic KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! The screening is part of the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (AFME), which happens to be our first film festival for 2015!

This is also the first time that ILTPM will be screening on BluRay, in full High Definition. In addition, AFME has sponsored an exhibit of my artwork at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque for the entire week!

I will be arriving in New Mexico on Friday, and will be meeting up with ILTPM director Mike Correll for the screening at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 6th, with a Q&A and book signing to follow! Please help me spread the word - we would like a solid representation of the Zarmy as a show of support."

"I Like to Paint Monsters"
Screening and Q&A
June 6th, 4pm @ the KiMo Theatre
421 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505.768.3522

MORE

Chet Zar Art Exhibit
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
June 1st - June 6th
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505.842.1234



BMB

04 June, 2015 (09:06am)
MJK

I am certain that TOOL fans will be far more interested in this NEWS than my own recent bout with humdudgeon.

BMB

04 June, 2015 (08:55am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENT BRISLEY!

Birthday cheers today to our good friend KENT BRISLEY. Kent is a former band mate of DANNY's, and one of the guitarists on one of the better albums done in recent times (definitely a record with the most esoteric theme that I've come across).

EMERGE



BMB

03 June, 2015 (10:46am)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT IN JUNE

On FRIDAY, JUNE 19, long after the June Gloom as dissapated, VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing the LATE SHOW (11:55) at THE MINT in Los Angeles. 21 and over to get inside and order one of those big ass PBRs.

TICKETS



BMB

03 June, 2015 (10:35am)
PARKING BOLLARDS PAYING DIVIDENDS

For those of you wanting to know more about the new parking bollards at the Tool Loft, in speaking to DANNY on Monday, without going into specific details, he told me that the band had a very productive writing session that day, and were experimenting with some cool new riffs. See, I told you that secure parking spaces are important.


BMB

01 June, 2015 (02:55pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
MAY, 2015 E.V.

(MAKING BETTER SCRABBLE PLAYERS FOR 15 YEARS)

This May 2015 newsletter represents another milestone - being the 15th anniversary of yours truly keeping Toolies fully informed with all things related to the band. (Actually, there were a couple of Tool newsletters that were posted prior to the year 2000, but, to my knowledge, neither were archived and are now lost to future generations). 15 years! Think about it. If back when I first started doing this you were soiling your Huggies while crawling on the floor, by now you could be preparing to get your driver's license. Had you been 15 years old at the time, you might have graduated from college, landed a well paying job, and started a family of your own. Come to think of it, you might be raising a young Tool fan that is eagerly waiting for the band's next album and venting his or her frustration with diarrheaic diatribes on the Tool Facebook page.

Mercifully, Facebook didn't exist when I first took the reigns of this website back in the new millennium (waiting, of course, to make sure Y2K didn't crash it). Neither did iPhones, Lays Cappuccino potato chips, and Twitter... well, Twitter was strictly for the birds. In those days we knew of ISIS as the benevolent supreme heavenly goddess, the hole in the Antarctic O-zone layer measured 28.4 million square kilometers (alarmingly, today it's much smaller!), and Bruce Jenner had a dick. (ba-dum tsshhh.)

Needless to say, the past 15 years have kept me busier than a pair of jumper-cables at an Alabama church picnic - what with in-depth reporting on who's playing at the 'tator' and other pressing stories that made me more popular than a broccoli-flavored Popsicle (Sad trombone sound). Okay, so I wasn't exactly Brian Williams with a jetpack rescuing FEMA rescue dogs trapped in the Katrina flooding, but I did write an accurate account of what it was like to guzzle ice-cold Bucaneros with members of the Unitarian Church whist in Post-Revolutionary Cuba.

But seriously folks, who among you would have pretended to be a vineyard scarecrow during a monkey's wedding just to follow up on a hot tip? Who else posed as an Indian petroglyph specialist or tree surgeon with a rented excavator mulcher to get a ToolArmy exclusive? Who repeatedly donned the garb of a power company meter reader in order to gain access to the Loft so as to hear what the band was working on? Hopefully, no one, as that would be exceedingly lame (rimshot sound). And while I don't condone crony journalism, sometimes it's pretty nice to have an all-access lamie when one requires a dressing room beer. But the real question is - who, for fifteen years, no less, gave you unfettered access to their solipsistic multiverse? The answer: BMB. (exsibilation.) Everyone knows that. Even dead elephants know that. (Because they are now in a gloriously-colored higher vibrational state... correct?).

So, for this very special edition of the Tool newsletter (call it, "snoozeletter if you want - but who's got the all-access lamie!), I took a couple of minutes to think about what I should write? Perhaps the new folding, yellow parking bollards at the Loft? Trivialize this recent development if you want, but by restricting unauthorized access to the band members' parking spaces, just think about all of the days of writing/arranging that now won't be lost because other cars are parked where they shouldn't be (thus forcing the guys to return to their homes). No... parking bollards with integral pushlocks isn't quite the banner headline story that I had in mind for the 15th anniversary...

How about the rumors of the band playing some festival date, where they can finally unveil Junior's drone-suspended lightning configuration? No... what if the show never happens, or happens so far in the future that many Tool fans - believing this to be the most important event to ever occur on our aqueous gem in the cosmos - will incessantly question whether or not it is really going to take place, with some even driven to a premature madness by the very thought of it... But what about my commenting on the reaction of those fortunate souls that heard a (very loud) sampling of some new Tool material during the after party of Rynne and Danny's baby shower the other night? Certainly not, much better to wait until the vocals are added. Maybe... just maybe, I could update people on the so-called "curve ball" now that it has finally left the pitcher's grasp, and is - as seen by our slow-mo camera - heading towards the awaiting batter. No way, Jose, that's old news!

And just when I was running out of good ideas, an e-mail arrived... (Cue the Keith Morrison "Dateline" Voice Over) that would change everything. Now, I really had a story befitting of the 15th anniversary issue. However, before commenting on this, I ask you to first read it with innocence...

E-MAIL:

"Hayadooin! Not for nuttin' I come to tell you dat dese no good soifin' bums is bums. They was bothering some shlub who looked like a bug doin' the Watusi. Not a potato bug - but just a bug. Him I like, and when Eric Von Zipper likes something, it stays liked. Big Lunk, Candy and DOROTHY was there (and him who always says "moosh.") But I axeya, do yooze remember (006) GOGO? That odd fellow dat was also at da party? What bikini? Well, there's sauerkraut, but no Frank on da ROLL. Now, dat's real moosh! So, da Ratz and Mice and me was about to get revenge for dem no good soifin' bums leavin' their footprints in the sand, when I froze showin' dem the Himalayan Suspension Technique. Why me all the time? But Eric Von Zipper will return to the party. Maybe in pajamas, and not leather."
EVZ, APRIL 24, 1964

So, who is this Eric Von Zipper fellow, and what in the world is he trying to convey with his heavy Brooklyn accent? Anyone familiar with the series of "Beach Party" movies from the 1960s - those low-budget, teen exploitation films with bikini-thin storylines (when not merely advertisements for Dr. Pepper) involving the shenanigans of the Southern California surf culture - will know Eric Von Zipper as the leather-clad leader of an outlaw motorcycle gang called the "Rat Pack."

Being a parody of Marlin Brando's biker character in "The Wild Ones", the bumbling Von Zipper and his gang members, called the "Ratz and Mice", usually have at least one (harmless) confrontation with the local surfer types before their leader accidentally puts himself in a state of suspended animation while threatening the kids with a special disabling technique. Once 'frozen', he has to be carried off like a cardboard display by his fellow bikers, who announce that Eric Von Zipper will return.

Although Von Zipper and the Beach Party references were quite obvious to me, it was equally obvious that the e-mailer was trying to draw my attention to a particular film in the series. This, too, couldn't have been more obvious. It was, of course, "Pajama Party" (released in 1964) which, like the others in the cycle - with its focus on teen fun and FREEDOM from parental control - prompted one New York "Times" critic to call it, "The answer to a moron's prayer." Be that as it may, as we shall soon see, there is a slight twist in the formula that makes "Pajama Party" relevant to the e-mailer's REAL message (or... agenda?). But, more about this later.

In one of the silly subplots of "Pajama Party", the "no good soifin' bums" piss off the Ratz and Mice by leaving their footprints on the beach after playing a game of volleyball. And though this confrontation is treated light-heartedly in the movie, I couldn't help but wonder if the idea of leaving behind one's footprints was the e-mailer's cryptic way of letting me know that he was leaving me a trail to follow? And just as easy as it was for me to figure out the "Beach Party" clues (being an aficionado of that filmmaking genre), it wasn't at all hard to figure out the identity of the e-mailer, himself. With his mentioning of the word, "bug", why it had to be none other than maverick entomologist, Rance Q. Spartley! (Note: Another indication that the movie in question is "Pajama Party" is that a character called "Potato Bug" [a slight at John Lennon and the Beatles] appears in a different film in the Beach Party series.)

Okay, at this point I should tell you that my friend affectionately known as "the bug man" has been MIA ever since April, when a mutual friend of ours was supposed to meet him at a "Beefy's Meat Pie" joint in southeast Queensland (Australia) to have lunch and present him with an Easter gift of "Lime Delight" Peeps (Yep, the marshmallow chicks). However, not only was Spartley a no show, he hasn't been heard from since. Adding to the mystery, during my last conversation with him - knowing full well about my arachnophobia - Spartley said that he would soon find an eight-legged critter that would cause zero fear to one who suffered with the severest condition of that phobia. They would let the thing crawl all over them, he added. Interestingly enough, it wasn't long after that call when what should appear in the wilderness of southeast Queensland but a newly-identified species of Peacock spider that was said to be as cute as a button, and thus named, "Sparklemuffin." Was this adorable little arachnid the direct result of Spartley's tampering with Mother Nature (i.e. genetic engineering), something that he has been accused of by others in the field? Had he once discovered a new species of "Orchard Mantis", or had he created it? And if so, what, if anything, did this have to do with his sudden disappearance? Perhaps the answer lies in his "Beach Party" breadcrumbs?..

What follows might be taking a big leap, but the more I thought about the bizarre e-mail, the more I began to think about some other odd things that Spartley had mentioned over the years, things which at the time I didn't take seriously, believing it to be just the humorous ramblings of an eccentric character. But now I started to wonder if I should be looking at my friend in an entirely new light? Forget about the "Hoola Effect", cursed drumheads, and the Aussie "Dream-Leaper." When I wrote that Spartley was an "international expert on some of the world's spookiest creatures", perhaps I wasn't aware of just how spooky? And when I joked about him investigating reports of mantis-like entities and associated MIB phenomena (as he once mentioned), I now couldn't help but wonder if he really had seen these "lithely-built, hyper-jittery insectoids and their luminous orb transports?" Why would I even consider such a wild idea, you ask? Well, for one thing, let's examine further the e-mail with its obvious (to me, at least) allusions to the 1964 comedy/science fiction "Pajama Party" movie.

For those of you who haven't seen the film, the plot concerns an extraterrestrial teenager code-named 006-GOGO, who arrives on the earth (Malibu, no less) as the advanced scout of an impending invasion by the aliens due to their concerns that the earth youth "WILL CAUSE INTERGALACTIC TROUBLE WHEN THEY GROW UP." Although actors Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello usually stared in the "Beach Party" variations, for "Pajama Party" an actor whose last name is KIRK (as in the Captain of a soon to be popular television show called "Star Trek") TAKES OVER for Frankie (This might explain the "no Frank" in the e-mail, or it might also be a reference indicating a missing ROLL of classified film?). Unable to comprehend the simpleminded surfer types, GOGO soon falls for one of the frolicking beach babes.

Should we entertain any ideas that (for whatever reason) the film contains an insider's knowledge of the UFO phenomenon, some might find it very interesting indeed that the darling of conspiracy theorists - investigative journalist, DOROTHY KILGALLEN - had a brief cameo in the film, where she says, "My name is Dorothy. What's yours?" UFO buffs will know Kilgallen not only for her controversial reporting on the J.F.K. assassination, but for her newspaper articles about the supposed cover up of the wreckage of a crashed spaceship in the New Mexico area in the 1940s, along with the recovered dead alien bodies. It is for this reason that many investigators today are suspicious of the cause of her death shortly after (1965) from an apparent fatal mixture of alcohol and barbiturates. Sound familiar? Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the film's story was based on a play from 1952 about an extraterrestrial named Captain DERRO!

Now, please don't get me wrong. In no way do I believe that the filmmakers or anyone associated with the movie (except, perhaps, Dorothy Kilgallen) were privy to any secret information concerning an alien presence. What I am suggesting, though, is that Spartley rather ingeniously found a movie released in 1964 that, unlikely as it may seem, coincidently, contained certain elements having to do with possible clandestine events that he was/is involved in. One of the weirdest things that I've noticed about the "bug man" over the years is his excessive (and I mean excessive) use of salt and pepper on nearly all foodstuffs. When I asked him about this, he replied that for years he had been FORCED to eat "mush" without any of those common table condiments. Asking if this was in a prison in Arizona (kidding), he looked up at me and calmly said, "No, on Serpo." (Note: In "Pajama Party", Dorothy Kilgallen's son, Kerry Kollman, has a bit part playing a little kid that says, "mush' every time there is a romantic encounter among the hormone-raging teens.) Serpo? Of course he had to be joking...

From extensive diary entries and debriefing memos sent anonymously in batches of e-mail to a major Internet thread, and subsequently published in a book entitled "Secret Journey to Planet Serpo: A True Story of Interplanetary Travel", the Serpo affair is generally dismissed as a hoax by most ufologists. However, because Spartley mentioned it, we might as well take a quick look just to see there's any possible connection...

Following a highly-classified plan 'initiated' by President Kennedy in 1962 (being fully aware of the details of the Roswell UFO crash/retrieval in 1947), project "Crystal Knight" involved a carefully planned interstellar exchange program between 12 select military personnel (secret astronauts known only by three-digit numbers... like 006 was!) and a race of diminutive extraterrestrial entities (called Ebens) from planet Serpo in the Zeta Reticuli star system. The superluminal voyage of some 39 light years on the Eben starship took 10 months (utilizing exotic wormhole physics) and the entire covert mission included 13 years spent on the Ebens' home planet (all of which was recorded on cassette tapes!!!)

From the commander's diary entries, the time spent on the 'unfamiliar' world of Serpo sounds a lot like one's worst summer camp experience. A stark, hot dystopia with unsalted mush for dinner, cockroaches, and crude toilet facilities, whose robotic, strictly controlled masses are totally devoid of individual liberties. When not going about their mundane routine, as commanded by an elite central authority (someone's propaganda agenda concerning social manipulation?), the perfectly content Ebens sometimes enjoy simple ball games which are incomprehensible to the 12 member team... whoops!, make that 11 members, as one died during the lengthy journey. As a diversion from killing sand snakes and munching on sub-par fruit, members of the team were taken to an bio-genetic lab, where they were witness to the monstrosities being grown there inside glass bathtubs. (The commander's reaction to this inhumane activity kind of reminded me of my reaction during a field trip that I took in grade school to an institution for those with severe intellectual disabilities, only afterwards we got to eat lunch at Pizza Hut!)

All in all, the epic adventure to planet Serpo sounds like sheer lunacy, except for the part about a lawn mower being included among the 45 tons of cargo loaded onto the mother ship for the 13 year visit on the planet. Now, that made sense! One thing's for sure, though, the mission specialist (all of the crew being "sheep-dipped" as part of the selection process) must have really struggled with 6th-grade English, judging by all of the typos. Oh, wait, the typos were most likely intentional so as to lend an air of realism to the book.

And while not exactly the space-circus that I was hoping for, for what reason did the author fill the introduction with so many ufological clichés? These include Nazi anti-gravitic weapons platforms, Waffen-SS breeding programs under the Antarctic ice mantle, Draco reptilians, Tibetan occult masters, and even a gooey splash of H.P. Lovecraft for good measure! If there are any nuggets of reality to the Serpo story, could these Nazi flying saucers and green dragon society monks be a built in poison pill?

An example of one possible grain of truth might involve a glitch in the coordinated efforts between the American team (MJ-12?) and the aliens to meet up on earth for the exchange program. It seems, despite what I would assume to be fairly advanced telemetry on the part of the space-faring little guys (though, maybe not as good as today's iPhone GPS features), one of the two landing craft missed the rendezvous point, and instead of landing at the Nevada Test Site, wound up touching down near Socorro, New Mexico. According to the Serpo dossier, this occurred on April 24, 1964. This date will be instantly recognizable to many as the time of the famous UFO landing witnessed by New Mexico police officer Lonnie Zamora in desert outskirts of Socorro. This was a well-documented incident with a reliable witness of a strange craft that left behind physical traces. (April 24, 1964 is the date of Spartley's e-mail.) Having adjusted their instruments and landed at the designated location, for some reason the normally non-spontaneous Ebens changed their mind, and rescheduled the exchange for July16, 1965.

Time after time in the book about the Serpo event, its author suggests that the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" was actually based on the Serpo exchange program, with writer/director Spielberg in the know. Even if I hadn't read the meticulously researched book by Ray Morton about the making of the Spielberg classic, this idea would have seemed utterly preposterous were it not for the fact that one of the film's stars, Teri Garr, has a role in 1964's "Pajama Party" where, appropriately enough to CE4s plot, she is later BURIED up to her head in the SAND...

When broken down, Spartley's message seems to concern several things. These include alien visitations (with a possible E.T. invasion), bugs, journalist Dorothy Kilgallen (who died under mysterious circumstances after reporting on a crashed spaceship in New Mexico), a trail of something (footprints in the sand), and a return (the Socorro UFO landing on April 24, 1964?). Is it possible that the "bug man" may have in some way been involved in a Serpo-like incident (even if not himself a candidate for a mission specialist)? He once told me that he had a military intelligence background with the U.S. Army in the 1960s. And although I don't think he is an orphan, which, according to the revelations of the Serpo whistle-blower, was preferred by the selection team for security reasons (no traceable identity), I often wondered if Rance Q. Spartley is his real name, or that of an intel ghost?

If Spartley was... or still is involved in insect cross-species engineering (as I believe), could it be for the purpose of overcoming a particular communication barrier? Extraterrestrial visitors have long been described and portrayed as being insect-like.

Besides all the bug-eyed invaders on the garish covers of the early pulp magazines, in one of the very first serious books to be published on the flying saucer mystery ("Is Another World Watching: The Riddle of the Flying Saucers", 1950), author Gerald Heard suggests that the futuristic craft's occupants might be a species of alien insects. With their insect-like bodies, he speculates, they would be far better suited to withstand the crushing force of both tremendous acceleration and their seemingly impossible maneuvers (something that bio-machines could also do, especially combined with a gravity canceling technology).

These alien insects would be far older and far more advanced than earth's "fossilized swarms" that, although they go about with their perfectly fixed business, have stopped thinking and, instead, rely solely on instinct. With their hive-intelligence hierarchal society, insects are "masters of co-operation and social management, being efficient, industrial creatures (though not inventive)." However, they also make war - "they campaign and capture, and enslave their captors."(Heard)

Insects also have a complex (sign) language. Any entomologist able to truly understand this form of communication might serve as an invaluable translator and interpreter - with the earth insect acting as a go-between between humans and alien creatures. What say you, Spartley?

One of the insect-appearing creatures that has been often encountered by both experiencers and abductees of the UFO phenomenon (what ever it turns out to be) is described as being a praying mantis type of being - that is - similar to how a praying mantis looks, but with a more humanoid form. They move with a "fluid dance of colors", but at other times their jittery motions are said to be unnervingly lightening-fast (consider Spartley's "watusi' reference). Although they are described as having a commanding presence, they are said to be positive, non-threatening beings. However, with that said, because they appear to perform a supervisory role during human abductions, many observers consider the mantids to be "at the highest end of the alien hierarchy." In fact, they are thought to be overseeing the Zeta Reticuli hybrid program! (Note: On at least one occasion a mantid was spotted gliding by the Ebens on the planet, Serpo.) Mantises, some claim, telepathically absorb human thoughts, and communicate with a variety of other E.T. insectoids with a high-pitched buzzing or clicking sound.

As I continued to dissect Spartley's e-mail, I received another e-mail from someone asking a question about the bug man. Although I don't think this was sent by my missing friend, due to its high strangeness - and a reference about praying mantises - still I have to wonder?

E-MAIL:

"Read your article about that Spartley guy and his glow bugs and it reminded me of a trip I was on last year in Brazil. I'm an engineer and had been working with the Jirau and Santo Antonio dam project in Brazil and had been tasked to try and make contact with some of the previously unknown Indian tribes in the indigenous territory to warn them about the rise in water upon completion of the dam. About two weeks into our trip we came across a previously unknown Jururei tribe in the Urueu Wau Wau territory. There is no record that this tribe had ever been contacted by outsiders. After what seemed to be hours of discussion with our interpreters, we were finally invited into their village where it was pretty clear that they like to eat monkeys as there were mounts of monkey skulls all over the village. However, what caught my eye was in the center of the village was a carved wooden statue of what appeared to be a small white man carrying a net and jars. I asked our interpreter to ask the village elder who this was and the elder replied to the interpreter, "Bug God." Is it possible that Spartley and this "Bug God" are one in the same? If so, I would like to know when did he discover this village and how did he become a God to them? These people actually offer bugs to this statue every night and do this weird insect dance where some of them were acting like praying mantises. What's up with that?"

HAPPY... TRAILS


BMB

31 May, 2015 (08:37pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the JUNE 1 shindig include TODD WOLF on drums, BILLY STEINWAY on keys, PETE GRIFFIN on bass, and JAMIE KINE is back from a recent tour. With JZ also on guitar, it promises to be another great musical adventure! All goes down at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. Don't let any June gloom keep you away. All ages welcome to the 'tator.'

BMB

29 May, 2015 (09:14am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN ZIEGLER!

Birthday cheers with a toast of an icy Shiner today for John 'Volto!' Ziegler.


BMB

26 May, 2015 (09:49am)
"INFIDELIC" RELEASED BY RAJAS & ALBUM LISTENING PARTY

Our friends in RAJAS (featuring BEN SHERAZI) have released their NEW ALBUM, "INFIDELIC" today, and it can be streamed or purchased at their...

WEBSITE

OR directly from the
RAJAS BANDCAMP SITE

"INFIDELIC"
features musical guest appearances by
DANNY CAREY
ALOKE DUTTA
KENT BRISLEY
JIMMY EARL
ERIK TRAMMELL

RAJAS "INFIDELIC" ALBUM LISTENING PARTY TONIGHT (MAY 26)

The band would like to invite you to their album listening party TONIGHT at the SILVERLAKE CHA CHA LOUNGE (9:00 PM - 11:00 PM).



BMB

25 May, 2015 (05:04pm)
IJYNX REDUX

Rather than answer multiple e-mail questions, the answer concerning the IJYNX book is that both the 1st and 2nd softcover editions sold out many years ago, but the enlarged HARD COVER edition is still AVAILABLE at www.amazon.com.

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

24 May, 2015 (11:43pm)
MNJ

And now here are your guest musicians for the MAY 25 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY... On drums... ERIC VALENTINE. On keys... HANS ZERMUEHLEN... On guitar (along with JOHN ZIEGLER)... JOHN DePATIE. All ages invited to the 'tator' experience. Bring an instrument and let someone know that you are ready to perform.

BMB

24 May, 2015 (12:59pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS REMINDER

DANNY will be pounding the skins with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on TUESDAY, MAY 26. ALL AGES WELCOME! $25.00
DOUG WEBB
DANNY CAREY
JIMMY EARL
MITCH FORMAN
JOHN ZIEGLER

TICKETS


BMB

22 May, 2015 (10:32am)
THE DEMON SHOW WITH CHET ZAR

"The Demon Show"
Opening Reception
May 23rd, 7-11pm
(On display May 23rd-July 3rd 2015)
Last Rites Gallery
325 W 38th St. #1 NYC
212.560.0666
GALLERY


BMB

21 May, 2015 (08:45am)
TOOL POSTER WITH ADAM JONES ARTWORK ON SALE

This LIMITED EDITION TOOL TOUR POSTER from the Reno Events Center (RENO, NV) on 3/09/2014, featuring artwork by ADAM JONES is now on SALE for $25.00 in the band's webstore.

ONLY 19 AVAILABLE.



BMB

21 May, 2015 (08:41am)
TOOL TOUR POSTER ON SALE

The Merch folks have added another limited edition tour poster to the Tool store.

New Orleans Arena on 11/17/2007
New Orleans, LA
Sale price $9.99
Print by Print mafia



BMB

18 May, 2015 (07:43pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON MAY 26

DANNY will be drumming with THE WEBB ALLSTARS (DOUG WEBB, JIMMY EARL, MITCH FORMAN & JOHN ZIEGLER) at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on TUESDAY, MAY 26. SHOW TIME: 9:30. ALL AGES WELCOME.

TICKETS


BMB

18 May, 2015 (06:53pm)
DANNY SITTING IN DURING BABY SHOWER

Danny sits in on a piece by THE SCOTT KINSEY GROUP during the baby shower. If he needed a break, there were plenty of others in attendance to take over. Let's see... TERRY BOZZIO, JOSH FREESE, JON THEODORE, SASHA POPOVIC, KIRK COVINGTON, AARON HARRIS and DAVE ELITCH come to mind... (of course, the drummer with Scott Kinsey, LOUIS COLE, was no slouch, himself!)... Yep, that's STEVE TAVAGLIONE with the EWI.


BMB

18 May, 2015 (02:07pm)
RYNNE AND DANNY AT BABY SHOWER

For those of you who have never seen DANNY wearing a suit, here he is dudded up at the baby shower at Yamashiro yesterday.


BMB

17 May, 2015 (11:42am)
NEW APC BLANKET

Summer's coming just as fast as the solar system can move... meaning don't be caught on the beach with a dingy bath towel.

Solution: The NEW APC Blanket available in the STORE by clicking on "unisexuals."

Hint: The store can be found inside the perfect circle guarded by the octopus.



BMB

15 May, 2015 (02:36pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the MAY 18 jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include RONALD BRUNER Sr. on drums, HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys, and LEE WERTMAN on guitar (along with JOHN "VOLTO!" ZIEGLER). The joint starts jumping around 9:30, but you'll want to get there earlier to get a start on the two drink minimum. ALL AGES WELCOME TO THE 'TATOR" EXPERIENCE.

BMB

14 May, 2015 (06:05pm)
LATERALUS DISSECTED ON ARTIST DIRECT

Maybe you missed this post on the Tool Facebook page - the www.artistdirect.com website talking "LATERALUS."

READ



BMB

14 May, 2015 (05:54pm)
REMINDER: DANNY AT SQUASHED GRAPES IN VENTURA

DANNY will be drumming with THE DOUG WEBB GROUP at the SQUASHED GRAPES winery and jazz house in VENTURA, CALIFORNIA on SATURDAY, MAY 30.


BMB

14 May, 2015 (05:49pm)
LOCAL SHOWS OF INTEREST - SENSORY STATION and CHAINFLOWER

"SENSORY STATION", featuring ATHAN ANAS of "HECTOR'S REVENGE" will be performing at MOLLY MALONE's in LOS ANGELES on WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 (9:30 PM), and then on FRIDAY, MAY 22 "CHAINFLOWER"(featuring KELLY WHEELER - DANNY'S band mate from "KARMAGEDDON") rock THE VIPER ROOM in West Hollywood. Doors at 8:00. $10.00


BMB

11 May, 2015 (12:15pm)
LUSTMORD SHOWS

Lustmord will perform at Click Festival in Helsingør, Denmark on May 16.

FESTIVAL SITE

Tickets available
HERE

ALSO ... in San Francisco at the Gray Area Art & Technology Theater on May 22.

MORE
TICKETS

Facebook Event Page for the San Francisco show:
HERE



BMB

10 May, 2015 (03:44pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the MAY 11 show at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include MATT HANKLE on drums and JONATHAN SINDELMAN on keys. Bring that guitar that you love and ask JOHN "Volto! ZIEGLER about plugging it in during the raucous second set. All ages welcome!

BMB

10 May, 2015 (03:38pm)
DANNY'S DAVOLI

The Italian made Davolisint "Davoli" synthesizer. Its sound and features are not very impressive as far as vintage synths go, but it is quite rare these days, and highly sought after by collectors (like Danny).

Photo by BMB



BMB

10 May, 2015 (11:00am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANNY!

Birthday greetings today to DANNY from all of us.

I wonder what it could be?

Here are a few hints...

I found it on eBay, and told Danny about it.

It came from Rome, Italy, where it was made (or close by).

I owned one just like it in the early 1970s.

After a few hours, you'll learn to hate the damn thing!

Start guessing, and I will reveal the answer soon...

Photo by BMB



BMB

07 May, 2015 (06:54pm)
LIMITED EDITION TOOL TOUR POSTER WITH JUSTIN ARTWORK

The MERCH DEPARTMENT found 20 of these old tour posters and made them available in the Tool STORE. Also, SEE my post below for a poster with artwork by ADAM.

MTS Center
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Sunday July 4th 2010
Artwork: Justin Chancellor
24in. x 12in. (count : 20)



BMB

07 May, 2015 (06:50pm)
LIMITED EDITION TOOL TOUR POSTER WITH ADAM ARTWORK

What are you going to do about that nasty stain on the wall? Well, here's an idea: The MERCH folks found a box of these, and put them in the on-line STORE.

Verizon Wireless Arena
Manchester, New Hampshire
Sunday August 2nd 2009
Artwork: Adam Jones
Price: $25.00
26in. x 12in.



BMB

05 May, 2015 (01:19pm)
CRAIG ELKINS VIDEO

RYNNE (STUMP) sent me this to share with you.


BMB

04 May, 2015 (01:37pm)
DANNY WITH THE DOUG WEBB GROUP

DANNY will be performing live with the DOUG WEBB GROUP at the SQUASHED GRAPES jazz club in VENTURA, CALIFORNIA on SATURDAY, MAY 30. 21 AND OVER.

MORE



BMB

03 May, 2015 (09:45am)
DRINKING WITH MAYNARD

MJK interview with PUNCH:

READ



BMB

03 May, 2015 (09:28am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Should be another great MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ on the 4TH with lightening fast drummer CHRIS COLEMAN as a special guest along with JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vocals. All happens tomorrow night at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. Bring your own instrument and ask emcee JOHN 'VOLTO!' ZIEGLER about participating in the 2nd set. All ages welcome to the 'tator' experience.

BMB

01 May, 2015 (09:09am)
KAMARA ALBUM RELEASE WITH COVER ART BY ADAM

"DIRTY SMELLY", a new release by KOMARA, featuring KING CRIMSON drummer PAT MASTELOTTO. Record includes LIMITED EDITION VINYL with COVER ART by ADAM JONES.

MORE

https://www.facebook.com/komaraband



BMB

01 May, 2015 (08:55am)
GOLDEN EARS

DANNY visits BOB LUDWIG during a recent trip to Maine. You're right, the lobster is particularly good in the spring.


BMB

28 April, 2015 (02:33pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
APRIL, 2015 E.V.

Phew! I've been working around the clock to keep up with all the news in April - what with a page out of Chaucer MJK shenanigans, numerous birthdays in the Tool Family, a new version of the Tool multi-purpose blanket, the 10th anniversary "Fandango Supreme" Monday Night Jammmz at the 'spud', recording studio adventures with 'Evil' Joe and his bowl of retro candy, Opiate EPs found inside U2's new record release, MO-FI headphones plugged into a customized Kohler NUMI at the Loft, "Stumpfest 2015", and Danny's new tee-shirt featuring Dr. John Dee's "Monas Heiroglyphica. With all these things going on (did I mention Junior's birthday?), I think we'll just reply to some email sent by fans in this month's newsletter...

EMAIL:

Q: "When is the Tool App supposed to hit the Playstore? I read online that it was supposed to be out before the January Newsletter, but I did not see any mention of it in the newsletter. I am very excited about the Tool Loft live webcam on my stupid smartphone! I'm not sure if you can help me. I have a friend in custody at a Federal prison in Kentucky. He said they have a music service that they can purchase songs from artists. He said that A Perfect Circle songs are available but he can't find any TOOL songs. He asked me to request that TOOL make their music available to prison inmates for purchase from a music service. Is this possible?Please reply."

THE REPLY:

First of all, I'm having a hard time trying to imagine why anyone in Kentucky would be put in prison now that moonshine is legal and can be purchased at the local Bev-Mo! Let's see... maybe for scalping basketball tickets while barefoot?.. Dashing on your Hot Brown bill?.. Stealing a banjo from your neighbor's porch?.. Loitering where the Montgomery Ward used to be?.. Hard to fathom with all that gorgeous blue grass! Even so, we're looking into this discrimination, and I will post any new developments. If I can help make Tool tunes available in prisons, will you send me some original recipe Colonel Cluck, as I'm sure that it is far superior in Kentucky!

Q: "I think it was a few months ago that you and Danny Carey were on Rynne's radio show, Children of Saturn. Danny mentioned that there was a music ***** in the works for their song ***** and that that was the so called "*********". Was that really it? Also, is that even true? If so, could you give some more information on it?"

THE REPLY:

Having been a guest on the same show, and having shared a bottle of Remy Martin with Danny, I can tell you that - - YOU ARE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THINGS. YOU ARE PRIMATIVE. YOU WILL CEASE FROM LISTENING TO THE CHILDREN OF SATURN. YOU ARE NOT CLOSE. DO NOT GO TO THE AUTHORITIES... OR TO THE FOURTHEYE WEBSITE... THINGS CAN HAPPEN. WE KNOW ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS. THIS IS A WARNING. WE HAVE STOPPED OTHERS. CAN I HAVE A STRAW FOR MY JELLO? - - I don't recall him having said that...

EMAIL: "I just got the Tool wall art in the mail, and I was the lucky guy from Norway. I could not have been more happy. When I went to see TOOL in Japan at the Ozzfest there was no signed or unsigned posters for sale. So thank you a lot!!!!

THE REPLY:

Congrats again, my friend! As for the lack of posters, signed ones were given away to the first 10,000 people, so they must have run out by the time you got there. Maybe next time leave the snowshoes back in Oslo...

Q: "I recently read an article showing what some bands charge to play special events. How much would it cost for the band to play my BBQ this summer?"

THE REPLY:

Yes, some bands do play 'special events', including summer backyard barbecues. Bands like Heart, R.E.O., Styx and Cap'n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters. But if you think a band like Tool will perform there, you're going to need to come up with $1,000.00 for each member, and another $500.00 for the crew. But that's just for starters. Ever heard of a "Rider?" Well, this would include (besides being able to eat anything they want at the barbecue), a case of imported beer, and a case of domestic beer (for the crew), Also, a case of assorted soft drinks and bottled glacier drinking water. I doubt that you've ever heard of a charcuterie board, but the name Oscar Mayer ought to be familiar within your refrigerated realm. Add to this 4 bags of premium tortilla chips, 2 containers of salsa, a fruit platter with crackers and humus dip... and bag (large bag) of Chips Ahoy or Sandies cookies. But, I'm not done, f**ker! After the show, the band and crew must be provided with no less than 5 (yep, 5) local pizza joint pizzas and free passes for a shallow water dolphin interaction. And this show doesn't include lasers, decoy tour coaches and glittering red squares (although the concert poster is already finished). If you can't do this, I suggest you call the management for "The Love Muffins" (with Foreigner as support). Hell, LM's keyboard player could even help you Liptonize those flippin' burgers...

Q: "Heya Blair, This is a simple request. If the kickstarter for The Colossus of Destiny- A Melvins Tale can't quite achieve the funds necessary to finish the movie, can you ask the Tool fellows to possibly donate some of the money? I would very much love to see a movie about one of the most important bands ever made! Also, will any of the members of Tool make an appearance? How cool would that be eh?"

THE REPLY:

Let me see if I understand this: Every time the Melvins want to make a movie in this fair city, the members of Tool are supposed to help pay for it?.. What about a helpful Honda person? Well, let's just see if they get the summer barbecue gig first...

Q: "Hi Blair, I hope reading this doesn't interfere with the assembly of the latest riddle filled newsletter, but I have an inquiry, that only someone in your fabled position has even the slightest chances of achieving. With the addition of sealed Salival boxsets re appearing I happily purchased one (being in middle school during the time of the initial release, im enthralled to be able to get one sealed). But with the release of yet another wave of Salivals, it begs the question. What ever happened to the infamous Dickbutt Salival? The rumors go, as im sure you know, after each band member signed his take on the holy phallic relic onto the copy, a great light blinded all that were present...and then was gone. I'm sure you remember, it was the weekend they canceled Futuruma, a national tragedy never to be forgotten (whether or not they are related, you can be the judge). I know it is bold of me to ask, but if you could hunt around deep in the archives, past the statues, past the alter (*but not past the holy grail, if you've hit that you've gone too far) and send me THIS copy of Salival, it would be a great honor. Or at the very least, have the band members draw some dongs all over it. You already have my money, right?"

THE REPLY:

I think I might have just been introduced to my replacement!

Q: "I'm going to cut right to the chase. I was listening to the song "Ticks and Leeches" this evening and I noticed something at the end of the song that I had never noticed before. Right before the end of the song, as the music fades, at the 8:03-8:07 mark of the song, the listener can hear Danny Carey say: "Aw, you fucking bastard!" It's basically the last piece of audible noise on the track. I have two questions about this: 1) What or who was Danny Carey responding to? and 2) Why did the band choose to leave it in at the end of the track? It's extremely difficult to imagine this was left there by mistake, so it would be interesting to know why they left it in the track. Thanks for your time and I hope you can respond to this email."

THE REPLY:

You are right - it wasn't left there by mistake. Here's what happened: Even though the song is one of the most difficult for Danny to play, prior to tracking it, he bet one of the band members that he would knock it out in a single take. Being a scratch track to the others, once the recording button was pressed, the band member that Danny had the bet with did everything that he could to distract him, even going as far as shoving a shaving cream pie into the face of another band member. Despite these comedic antics, Danny made it through the tune in one (flawless) take... with his comment at the end.

Q: "Hi Blair: Is the hidden track in the form of a Phonautograph recording? I do not plan to post or share the answer on any form of social media."

THE REPLY:

Haha, I get it. Because you've been waiting so long for a new record. Haha!

Q: "Is there a reason why the 9 year old previous album 10,000 Days is still not listed on this website?"

THE REPLY:

For all those Tool fans who visit the Tool website, but DON'T know that the band has an album entitled "10,000 DAYS', here are multiple choices for you to pick the correct answer:

A) We knew there would still be time to include it before the next album was released.
B) I thoroughly enjoy receiving email from people asking why it's still not listed on the website after nine years, and am not going to list it until I get the millionth email in my inbox.
C) No one has yet said the magic word, which is... PLEASE.
D) The band is hoping to trick the IRS.

Q: "So, I was cruising PCH last night, smoke the finest weed out of the finest blunt wrap, when the smell of King Louie and Grapes ran up my nose and brought me back to a time I had listened to Aenima for the first time and I remember thinking... Why are Danny's drums panned right to left rather than left to right...? The album has always sounded out of balance, to me (which, I'm more than aware I'm only one fan of millions and my opinion doesn't hold any weight haha **typical 21st century millennial project of oneself far more reaching than actual worth) because every other album is Danny is mixed left to right. So, like someone who has more time than worth, I put the tracks into my audio interface (logic 9 in fact, cause logic 10 is just garage band on steroids) and flipped the tracks so Danny's drums would be matching in balance to all the other albums. Anyways, I was wondering if there ever is talk about remixing the album, cause it is one of my favorite. It's great to hear how Danny began using different time signatures. It's a nice precursor to all the music since-- which is ever evolving. Anyways, thanks Blair! Have a good day! If you haven't flipped the channels on that album, try it! Pull out the bean bag and light up something of divine origins-- itll shock you that it sounds like an entirely new album!"

THE REPLY

Or, you could affect an arcane transference - a perichoresis experience of sorts with a parallel dimension of existence in which the drums are panned the way you like them.

Q: "I'm a longtime (American) Tool fan currently living in Italy. I just got Sky TV installed (Sky Italia), and heard the song Right in Two being used in a promotional commercial for the American TV show Bones. I was curious if this was sanctioned by the band/management, given past opinions on promotional use (I was mildly shocked when I heard it, and had to have my wife assure me that I wasn't experiencing auditory hallucinations). I thought this should be brought to the attention of the person who deals with this type of thing in the event that the use was unauthorized."

THE REPLY:

"Mildly shocked!" I am shocked to the core of my bones, and I am sure that the "Tool Music Used For A Promotional Commercial Department" is reading this right now, and will soon be hard on the case, Sky Italia!

Q: "It seems the Java program for interaction and the toolchat has been expired for Windows XP. Would it be possible to find a new way of running it? (Without it?) I know you think most tool chatters are lunatics but they are also lost friends of mine in more ways than one - and toolchat is important for stopping the reptilian agenda. As you well know. I know there is a website update possibly in the future."

THE REPLY:

There is? Wow, that's terrific new!. Hopefully those responsible will also add the 10,000 Days album to the site, because I think I just got the 1 millionth email asking about it. Oh, and I'm pretty sure that the Indonesians have nothing to do with any Tool chatroom problems.

Q: "Please can the miracle happen and Tool play Glastonbury 2015? I know the skies are Grey here, we're weird and quirky, speak with strange accents, and many of us have sets of teeth like a burned down fences - but that's why we need Tool to play at Glastonbury! We NEEED this!! The whole country needs this!"

THE REPLY:

Okay, but the last time the band performed in Scotland, the bathroom sink in my hotel came up to my knees, the Freemasonic taxi driver had never heard of Rosslyn Chapel, and the girl at the Burger King in Edinburgh didn't put enough ice in me Kook!.. (And don't email me telling me where Glastonbury is located!)

Signed TOOL FAN'S SUMMER BACKYARD BBQ concert poster by BMB

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

26 April, 2015 (12:54pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON APRIL 30

THE WEBB ALLSTARS (DANNY CAREY, DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARl and JOHN ZIEGLER) will be performing at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on THURSDAY, APRIL 30. $25.00. ALL AGES WELCOME TO SEE THIS SHOW.

TICKETS


BMB

25 April, 2015 (03:05pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

The MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ continue this APRIL 27 with special guest musicians GLEN SOBEL on drums and STEPHAN DeREINE on keys. Experience some of L.A.'s finest players at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. 9:00. ALL AGES WELCOME AT THE 'TATOR."


BMB

23 April, 2015 (04:48pm)
BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUNIOR!

Belated 4.20 birthday cheers to Tool lighting director MARK 'JUNIOR' JACOBSON. Now, where did I put my damn extra strength Prevagen?..

BMB

22 April, 2015 (08:37am)
"PHILOSOPHIC FIRE" - NEW DANNY CAREY TEE

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

THE LATEST TEE-SHIRT FROM DANNY CAREY, "PHILOSOPHIC FIRE", FEATURES ELIZABETHIAN MAGUS, JOHN DEE'S SYMBOL OF THE HIEROGLYPHIC MONAD" - AN ARCANE CONFIGURATION THAT SUGGESTS THE KEY TO A PARTICULAR MYSTERIUM THAT WHEN PROPERLY UNDERSTOOD IS CAPABLE OF ACTIVATING MAGICKAL RADIATIONS OTHERWISE OBSCURED 'BEHIND' NATURE'S VEILS. WITH THE LINEAR CONSTRUCTION OF ASSOCIATED SIGILS, THE HERMETIC MONAS HIEROGLYPHICA ALSO HINTS AT A 'DEATH-RESURRECTION' FORMULA THAT FACILITATES ESOTERIC GNOSIS.

ORDER



BMB

21 April, 2015 (01:59pm)
NEW TOOL... "MO-FI" PHONES

The members of the band are getting good use out of their new BLUE MICROPHONE "MO-FI" high-fidelity HEADPHONES when listening to jams at the loft, and would like to thank artist relations manager KEVIN WALT for turning them on to their audiophile performance features during a recent gathering in the studio.

www.bluemic.com

Photo by AJ


BMB

21 April, 2015 (10:21am)
NICE TRY - U2 RELEASES TOOL VINYL

Some very lucky people who purchased U2's "Songs Of Innocence" during a recent record store release found instead a copy of TOOL's 1992 "OPIATE" EP inside. Kind of makes you believe in mysterious higher powers doesn't it.

READ

MORE


BMB

21 April, 2015 (09:20am)
ALOKE DUTTA ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT TABLA COMPOSITIONS

ALOKE DUTTA will be posting previously un-published compositions on his website, and will be describing rare tabla arrangements technically and mathematically in terms that can be understood by musicians of any discipline.

For further information, please visit www.alokedutta.com


BMB

20 April, 2015 (09:57am)
UPCOMING VOLTO! AND RAJAS SHOWS REMINDER

Here's a friendly reminder that "RAJAS" will be performing at THE COMPLEX in OAKLAND on THURSDAY, APRIL 23 (and then at "STUMPFEST" in PORTLAND, OREGON on SATURDAY, APRIL 25).

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be playing a FREE SHOW at THE SLIDEBAR in FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA on FRIDAY, APRIL 24. 21 AND OVER.



BMB

19 April, 2015 (06:28pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

The amps have barely cooled from the 10th Anniversary jams and its already time to plug in again. Special guests for the APRIL 20 show at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include AARON HAGGERTY on drums and ED ROTH on keys. All ages welcome!

BMB

17 April, 2015 (10:10am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAYNARD!

Birthday cheers from all of us today to that master multitasker, MJK. As a further example of the man's talent, I offer this drawing by Maynard entitled "SIEBEN" - a limited number of prints of which were once available to ToolArmy members (and proud we are of all of them), but now a rare collectible. Before putting this one on eBay, with a glass raised high (actually a mug of spiked coffee at this hour), here's to number 51, my friend!

Note: Don't spend too much time looking for this one on eBay.



BMB

16 April, 2015 (09:51am)
REMINDER: RAJAS TONIGHT IN GLENDALE, CA.

Our friends in RAJAS will be performing TONIGHT (THURSDAY, APRIL 16) at THE COMPLEX in GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA. The band takes the stage at 11:00 PM.


BMB

15 April, 2015 (04:40pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEBBIE ALAGAO!

Birthday greetings today to Tool business manager, DEBBIE ALAGAO. Cheers from your co-workers at Slant, and everyone else in the Tool family! Now, if I could only find a candle...


BMB

13 April, 2015 (11:06am)


The closer is brought in to get the job done... using everything in his arsenal.

BMB

13 April, 2015 (11:05am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRECK

Birthday cheers today to Tool's live show projections director, BRECKINRIDGE 'BRECK' HAGGERTY.

BMB

11 April, 2015 (09:18am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ 10TH ANNIVERSARY GUESTS (INCLUDING DANNY)

Here's the list of the special guests for the 10th anniversary (APRIL 13) of THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. LIVE MUSIC inside starting at 9:30, with LIVE GRILLING over flaming Kingsford charcoal out back. All that and more!..


BMB

08 April, 2015 (07:58pm)
RAJAS SHOWS AND NEW ALBUM NEWS

Here are a few upcoming RAJAS shows, featuring our good friend and guitarist extraordinaire BEN SHERAZI.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 at THE COMPLEX in GLENDALE, CA. (11:00 PM)
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 at THE METRO in OAKLAND, CA.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 at STUMPFEST in PORTLAND, OREGON

NEW RAJAS ALBUM to be RELEASED in MAY, 2015.

www.rajasband.com



BMB

07 April, 2015 (01:49pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETE!

Birthday cheers to Tool manager, Pete Reidling.

BMB

07 April, 2015 (10:12am)
SEE VOLTO! AT THE SLIDEBAR FOR FREE

DANNY will be drumming with VOLTO! at THE SLIDEBAR in FULLERTON on FRIDAY, APRIL 24. FREE SHOW for those 21 AND OLDER.

INFO



BMB

07 April, 2015 (10:03am)
INTERVIEW IN LOUDWIRE ABOUT TOOL'S UNDERTOW

There is an article/interview on Loudwire with the band members reflecting on their album "UNDERTOW" on its 22 anniversary.

READ



BMB

05 April, 2015 (02:25pm)
"I MISSED THE NOISE" - NEW "DALEK" (WILL BROOKS) NEWS

Remember when DALEK opened for TOOL? Well, here's an interview that contains some news about a new song, video... and tour dates.

ABSORB


BMB

03 April, 2015 (12:06pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for the APRIL 6 jams at THE BAKED POTATO include JOE TRAVERS on drums and VOLTO! keyboardist MATT ROHDE. Bring an instrument and ask someone who looks important if you can join in during the second set. All ages welcome to the 'tator' experience, though you might have to drink two ginger ales until you turn 21.

BMB

02 April, 2015 (08:59am)
REMINDER: VOLTO! AT THE MINT ON SATURDAY, APRIL 4

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing the LATE SHOW at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, APRIL 4. 21 AND OVER.

TICKETS



BMB

01 April, 2015 (02:27pm)
NEW VERSION OF TOOL BLANKET IN STORE

Available now in the TOOL STORE is a VERY LIMITED QUANTITY of the new TOOL MULTI-PURPOSE BLANKET. (Please note that blankets may vary slightly in design from the photo due to the TOOL shirts and artwork used.) Those interested in purchasing one should keep in mind how fast the first version sold out...

VIEW/ORDER



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28 March, 2015 (08:49am)
SPUD

The amps from the JOHN ZIEGLER QUARTET haven't even cooled down yet, and JZ is back at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY for THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ. Special guests for the MARCH 30 performance include MATT GARSTKA on drums, and HANS ZERMUELEN on keys. The show starts at around 9:00ish and all ages are welcome. If you're not a fan of great live music, then come for the two drink minimum.

BMB

26 March, 2015 (08:52pm)
TEES & TEASE

Each time one of the previous limited edition "Crowley Collection" tee shirts has sold out, shortly after we receive e-mail from people who wanted one, but who either didn't see the promotion, or who procrastinated too long, and thus missed out. With that in mind, I am giving those of you who might be interested in purchasing the latest shirt (entitled "SILENCE") that, as of today, there are only about 30 left. As with the two tees before it, the key here is "limited edition", meaning that there aren't that many produced to begin with. So, again, if you think you want one, now's your chance before they are all gone... For those of you who already placed an order, the shirt(s) are currently being shipped.

VIEW/ORDER

Having been given a heads up, for those of you with limited funds to spend on another tee-shirt, I should tell you that DANNY will soon be selling a NEW shirt (which I am proud to say that I helped him with the design) in his on-line store. At the time of my writing this, it's not yet available, but keep checking back.
STORE


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24 March, 2015 (09:39pm)
MORE DANNY NEWS...

DANNY will be drumming with THE DOUG WEBB GROUP at... SQUASHED GRAPES winery/jazz house in VENTURA on FRIDAY, MARCH 27. The other members include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and STEVE FISTER on guitar. SHOW TIME: 7:00 - 10:00 PM. TICKETS: $20.00.
PRE-ORDER: 805-643-7300

SQUASHED GRAPES

2351 E. MAIN STREET
VENTURA, CALIFORNIA



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22 March, 2015 (03:39pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the MARCH 23 jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include ERIC VALENTINE on drums and RICO BELLED on keys and vocals. Bring your favorite guitar to possibly join in during the second set . Many already have...

BMB

20 March, 2015 (07:32pm)
“SILENCE”

On this Vernal Equinox of 2015 e.v., I am 'delighted' to announce "SILENCE" - the third limited edition tee-shirt of "The Crowley Collection" - available exclusively from "The Merch Collective."

Featuring a portrait of the hooded Crowley as "The Silent Watcher", the shirt's overall design is suggestive of a magical operation (involving death simulation and the premature release of an endogenous substance) specifically timed to coincide with the plummeting brightness of the eclipsing 'binary' Algol star configuration. At a distance of 93 light years, Algol (Ra's al-Ghul) was known in ancient star lore as "the most evil, violent, and dangerous star in the heavens." Winking balefully in the heart of the deeps, the blinking "Demon's Head" holds yet another curiosity. To the "Silent Watchers", the famous "Algol Paradox" provides the perfect analogy with a closely guarded secret of our occult hyper-khemistry known as "The Jewel of Sacred Anthropophagy."

VIEW/ORDER

While you are on The Merch Collective website, be sure to check out the products available in DANNY's STORE . A new shirt is currently being designed.



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19 March, 2015 (10:14am)
CHET ZAR PRINTS IN THE "STORE OF DOOM"

Our friend CHET ZAR has added some more (very) affordable prints in his "STORE OF DOOM."

VIEW/PURCHASE



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19 March, 2015 (10:01am)
THE LOTUS CHAIN (CHAPTER TWO)

Fans of the artwork of ADAM SCOTT MILLER are invited to check out his recently completed visionary journey entitled TELESMA: "WHITE LOTUS", being part two of the projected "LOTUS CHAIN TRILOGY"


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17 March, 2015 (09:39am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON MARCH 28

DANNY will be drumming with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY on SATURDAY, MARCH 28. The other musicians include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar. Tickets: $25.00.

ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO THE 'TATOR" EXPERIENCE.

TICKETS


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17 March, 2015 (09:15am)
St. PATRICK'S DAY

So go ahead and pour a pint of Guinness over your Lucky Charms if you want.

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15 March, 2015 (09:36am)
ADAM JONES INTERVIEW ABOUT... PROGRESS

As I mentioned a while back, some dark clouds have a silver(burst) lining...

READ



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14 March, 2015 (10:23am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRAVIS SHINN!

Birthday cheers today to TOOL "10,000 DAYS" photographer TRAVIS SHINN.

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14 March, 2015 (10:21am)
DANNY AT THE MUSICAL BOX

DANNY shown here with photo journalist ARMANDO GALLO after purchasing his book about the early GENESIS years entitled, "I KNOW WHAT I LIKE." Later Armando introduced the Canadian band "THE MUSICAL BOX", who were in Torrance, California for two nights, giving a spectacularly faithful recreation of the early 1970s GENESIS tours for "SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND" and "FOXTROT." If you're a fan of the Peter Gabriel-era Genesis and haven't seen "THE MUSICAL BOX" 'time capsule', then you're really missing something wonderful.

Photo by... Sara Stump



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14 March, 2015 (10:00am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ... INTO ST. PATRICK'S DAY

It's almost time again for the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, and for the MARCH 16 offering, the band's special guests include TODD WOLF on drums, with JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vox. If you hang long enough so that the clock ticks into the 17th, SLAINTE!, it's St. Patrick's Day, and you can ask John "Volto! Ziegler if he knows any jigs capable of driving the snakes over to Carl's Jr.

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14 March, 2015 (09:47am)
LUSTMORD LIVE IN A CEMETERY

Time for a reminder that LUSTMORD will be giving his FIRST performance in LOS ANGELES at THE MASONIC LODGE at HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY on SATURDAY, MARCH 21.

TICKETS



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11 March, 2015 (09:55am)
RETURN OF THE JOHN ZIEGLER QUARTET

JZQ will be performing at the BAKED POTATO on THURSDAY, MARCH 26. Joining guitarist John Ziegler ("Volto!") will be JIMMY EARL, MATT ROHDE (also of "Volto!") and the great JOEL TAYLOR on drums. ALL AGES WELCOME.

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10 March, 2015 (11:20am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!

Birthday cheers today to our good friend - the talented and lovely HEATHER McMILLEN.

FINE ART


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09 March, 2015 (01:17pm)
THE COLOSSUS OF DESTINY: A MELVINS TALE (PROJECT)

In case you missed Monica's post on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE, here is "THE COLOSSUS OF DESTINY: A MELVINS TALE (PROJECT).


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09 March, 2015 (01:09pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC CHENOWITH!

Birthday cheers to our friend and former K.U. Jayhawks star ERIC CHENOWITH.

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07 March, 2015 (01:53pm)
VOLTO! AT THE MINT IN APRIL

Get your tickets in advance for VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) at THE MINT in Los Angeles on SATURDAY, APRIL 4. LATE SHOW at 11:59 PM, with doors opening at 11:00. 21 and older to experience VOLTO! on the west side.

GET 'EM



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07 March, 2015 (01:48pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ GUESTS AND 10TH ANNIVERSARY HEADS UP

Special guests for the MARCH 9th MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include GLEN SOBEL on drums and BILLY STEINWAY of keys. Having sprung forward, bring your favorite guitar and ask JOHN ZIEGLER about joining in during the raucous second set. Or... just sit back with a drink and watch the others perform great jazz...

And for those of you who don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia, APRIL 13 marks the 10TH ANNIVERSARY of the MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the 'tator', so get ready for the shindig of a geologic age. Hell, I might have to load up the silver Coleman for the occasion...


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06 March, 2015 (03:18pm)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAT!

Big time birthday greetings today to my former colleague on the Tool websites, KAT POPOVIC. Back in those days, not only did Kat and I sling a lot of 'ink', we also xertzed a tad bit more than our fair share sudsy pub gold. As an example of the collaboration, check out the May 2003 e.v. Newsletter entitled "Coyotes Can't Eat My Silver Coleman." Of course there were MANY others, but that one always comes to mind. CHEERS!

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04 March, 2015 (04:15pm)
CHET ZAR ART SEMINAR IN OREGON

Our good friend CHET ZAR will have a booth at the EVERGREEN TATTOO INVITATIONAL this weekend (MARCH 6-8) in SPRINGFIELD, OREGON. Chet will be giving a painting seminar and also have some of his darkly fantastic artwork for sale.

MORE INFO



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03 March, 2015 (12:08pm)
ALEX GREY PRINT ON EBAY

A good friend of mine is auctioning off on eBay a LIMITED EDITION giclee fine art print of ALEX GREY's "Kissing" that she purchased from COSM back in 2006. The print is SIGNED, NUMBERED 82/100, and is in MINT CONDITION.

VIEW



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02 March, 2015 (04:50pm)
MAYNARD MESSAGE AND ARTICLE LINK ON TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE

I trust that most Tool netizens saw MAYNARD's recent post on the band's FACEBOOK PAGE (www.facebook.com/ToolMusic) about him making regular trips to Los Angeles to participate in the writing process (as I mentioned in the latest TOOL NEWSLETTER), but what you might not have seen yet... is the link to a LOUDWIRE feature of "THE 10 WEIRDEST MJK ONSTAGE OUTFITS. Make sure to check it out on the TOOL FACEBOOK PAGE.

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01 March, 2015 (11:26am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for the MARCH 2 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include the father and son team of RON BRUNER on drums and JAMEEL BRUNER on keys. As the name implies, local talent are invited to bring an instrument and ask about joining in during the second set. JZ and the boys usually get started around 9:30, and all ages are welcome to listen to great live music.

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25 February, 2015 (02:46pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2015 E.V.

This month we learned that the members of Tool crossed paths with the members of Motorhead in a recording studio in L.A., and that Danny (along with Brent Hinds) is part of a new band called "Legend of the Seagullmen." With splash headlines like "Members Of Tool And Mastodon Join Forces To Create "Supergroup"... and "Motorhead's Mikkey Dee Confirms Tool Are In The Studio" appearing on many of the on-line metal magazine sites, it's perhaps understandable as to why many anxious fans jumped to certain conclusions. In the event that I failed to clear things up in a recent news post, for those who might still be excited or confused (or angry), let me try again to set things straight (without the multiple choices)...

As for the nautical-themed "Seagullmen", this Danny SIDE project has been in the works for quite some time (well over a year), and takes approximately ZERO time and energy from his focus on the next Tool record. With regards to the chance meeting between members of Tool and their friends in Motorhead in the same recording facility - this had absolutely nothing to do with the preparation, recording, mixing or mastering! of a new Tool album. Instead, it concerned another Tool project that has been in the works for a while. In fact, when I first heard about this project (way back when), I mentioned it in a news post as being a "curve ball" - meaning that it would be something unexpected by most Tool fans (as it was to me). Since then, some fans have guessed what this is, while others remain clueless, with many others believing that there really never was any such idiom to begin with. Well, with the chance meeting of Tool and Motorhead in the studio, along with Adam's reply to Mikkey Dee's question as to what Tool was doing there, we now have confirmation of this (figuratively speaking) "curve ball." (In keeping with the baseball vernacular, as I suggested before, "Change of Pace" might also work).

Which takes us to the big question: What's going on with the new Tool record? As I have said repeatedly, the band is currently in the writing/arranging process. Based on things that I've heard, I would hazard a guess that SEVERAL songs are now developed enough to have vocals added. At least one of these songs is quite lengthy, and took a very long time to finish. In theory, the others should go faster, but who knows what obstacles might await? Obviously there is still a lot of work to be done. Accordingly, you will be updated on any major progress and NOT hear about the band tracking the next record by some chance meeting in a recording studio.

Now that these other things have (hopefully) been put to rest, let's see about any current news. The first item would be that the members of the band will be taking a break from their writing/arranging sessions next week WHILE Aaron Harris ("ISIS", PALMS") sets up an area in the Loft for Maynard to be able to work on vocal melodies as the others play (loudly) their completed tunes. In that there is a lot of equipment to be moved and reorganized, it will take at least a few days to set up Maynard's 'station' in the adjoining room. Admittedly, this is exciting news, but let's not jump to any hasty conclusions...

Finally, before leaving the "City of Angeles" for a few days, Danny will be getting together (again) with Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland and others TONIGHT - so be on the lookout for another youtube clip of these friends jamming and having a downright good time! Hopefully, Danny saved some energy after last night's Kings/Redwings hockey game, not to mention the recent Lakers/Celtics match up at Staples...

Oh, I almost forgot. For those non-Thelemites out there who asked why the recent limited edition TOOL BLANKET (SOLD OUT) was priced at $156.00, the answer is that 156 = BABALON, the Sacred Whore and companion of the Great Beast 666 (To Mega Therion). So, there you go...

HAPPY TRAILS


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25 February, 2015 (02:33pm)
"LUST" ALMOST GONE

A special thanks from the artists and designers to those who purchased the first 3 "Crowley Collection" items, which I am happy to report are now all sold out (save for ONE last "Thirst" tee-shirt in the store). As for the Crowley "LUST" tee, I'm told that there are about 20 shirts left in stock (price: $25.00 USD). Although I'm not sure if or when anymore will be produced once they're gone, a third "Crowley Collection" tee in the series is currently in the works, and hopefully will be available by the Vernal Equinox.

LUST TEE-SHIRT



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22 February, 2015 (10:09am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ & VOLTO! REMINDER

Special guests for the FEBRUARY 23 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. include JAVO BARRERA on skins and STEPHANE DeREINE on keys. ALL AGES WELCOME to enjoy great live music at the legendary 'tator.'

Also, the friendliest of reminders that VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing the LATE SHOW at THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28. TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE. DOORS AT 11:00. 21 & OLDER TO GUZZLE BIG PBRs at THE MINT.

TICKETS



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21 February, 2015 (10:45am)
JACQUES VALLEE ON COAST TO COAST AM

While perusing the DailyGrail website this morning, I noticed a tweet by Greg Taylor that world renowned ufologist JACQUES VALLEE will be George Knapp's guest on Coast To Coast AM (www.coasttocoastam.com) SUNDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 22. With the theme of the show being "Folklore & UFOS", I'm sure that Vallee will be discussing subject matter related to the re-issue (by Dailygrail Publishing) of his seminal work, "PASSPORT TO MAGONIA." With Knapp conducting the interview, this should be a very interesting an informative show, featuring one of the most knowledgeable and respected investigators in the field.

PASSPORT TO MAGONIA

www.dailygrail.com



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20 February, 2015 (05:18pm)
AND SOME WERE DOUBTFUL...

I told you that some day Merch would have a TOOL multi-purpose BLANKET for sale in the shop!

Sexy model not included.

VIEW/ORDER

SOLD OUT



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20 February, 2015 (03:52pm)
LIMITED NUMBER OF "SALIVAL" DVD BOX SETS AVAILABLE

"MERCH" has put a limited number of UNSIGNED, FACTORY-SEALED SALIVAL DVD box sets in the "MUSEUM" section of the Tool Shop.

VIEW/ORDER

SOLD OUT



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19 February, 2015 (07:16pm)
CHET ZAR NEWS

Our friend CHET ZAR has a piece entitled "FIRE" in an upcoming group art show at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery.

MORE



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19 February, 2015 (10:13am)
DENNIS McKENNA AT COSM

VISIONARY SALON with DENNIS McKENNA at COSM (hosted by ALEX GREY) on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21.

www.cosm.org



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19 February, 2015 (10:07am)
CHAINFLOWER AT THE MINT ON FEBRUARY 20

"CHAINFLOWER" features Danny's old band mate in "Karmageddon", KELLY WHEELER. (Kelley was also the founder of Tone Riot Records artists, "SEXTAPES", a band that included CHRIS PITMAN and MARKO FOX). "CHAINFLOWER" will be at THE MINT in L.A. on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20. 21 AND OVER SHOW.

TICKETS



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18 February, 2015 (08:39am)
"A LITTLE MORE NOISE..."

... from CAREY, PEART, COPELAND and FRIENDS.


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16 February, 2015 (12:41pm)
TOOL UPDATE (EVEN THOUGH TODAY IS A HOLIDAY)

Wouldn't you know it. Here I am hoping to observe President's Day by taking care of something at home that I have been putting off for way too long, when I am bombarded with email from Tool fans wanting to know what's going on concerning a recent Facebook post (now making the rounds on all of the on-line music sites) about the members of the band tracking in the same recording facility where the band "Motorhead" are working on something. Well, realizing that millions of you need to get back to shoveling the snow off of your houses instead of anxiously waiting for further information to appear on a computer screen, here are four possibilities that I can think of, with one of them probably being the most likely answer to the chance meeting between the two bands in the same recording studio:

A) The members of Tool that the guys in Motorhead saw and interacted with in the studio were actually the DECOY members of the band , who have started tracking tunes for the new DECOY Tool album.

B) Rather than tracking tunes for the next Tool record, the (real) members of the band have begun tracking (real) tunes for the Tool album that is to be released AFTER the next Tool album is released.

c) Rather than tracking anything, the members of the band were in the studio mixing music that was recorded sometime ago, which might not have anything to do with the next Tool album (which is still in the writing/arranging process), but might be used for another Tool project that has been in the works for a while, of which I am currently not at liberty to add any further details.

D) All of the above.

Okay, like I mentioned earlier, one of these is most likely correct. Now, you have lots of snow to shovel, and I have more socks to fold...



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13 February, 2015 (05:32pm)
DANNY PERFORMING AT 'SQUASHED GRAPES' TONIGHT

A friendly reminder that THE DOUG WEBB GROUP (featuring DANNY CAREY of TOOL ) will be playing at the "SQUASHED GRAPES" WINERY/JAZZ HOUSE tonight (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13) in VENTURA, CALIFORNIA. 7-10 PM.

2351 E. MAIN STREET
VENTURA, CA.


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13 February, 2015 (05:24pm)
'TATOR" JAMMMZ

Drummer ANDY SANESI and keyboardist ED ROTH join JOHN, JAMIE, and CHRIS for the FEBRUARY 16 "might as well" MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO jazz scene in STUDIO CITY, CA. The band usually starts tuning up around 9:30, by which time you should already be half finished with the first of your two drink minimum, and sticking a fork in the perfect stuffed spud. ALL AGES WELCOME!

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12 February, 2015 (11:12am)


Faint impressions perceived while scrying on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 e.v. that involved the members of Tool, although unable to provide detailed information due to soporific side-effects... or maybe my "Almuchefi" wasn't adequately blank?..

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11 February, 2015 (02:02pm)
LUSTMORD LIVE IN LOS ANGELES!

So, the rumors are true - a rare chance to see LUSTMORD live in the U.S., and the first appearance of the legendary one in The City of Angeles.

Saturday, March 21st at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Tickets can be obtained online via Ticketfly:

TICKETS/ON-LINE

Tickets can be bought in person (with no added fees, etc) at the
MOUNT ANALOG STORE

Event Facebook Page
FACEBOOK



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11 February, 2015 (09:17am)
D.C. 93

Being that we are smack dab in the middle of "Random Acts of Kindness" week, I thought that I would let you know that there are only six CAREY RHYTHM 93 JERSEYs left in stock, and once they are gone, I don't think that any more will be made. Although it is possible that the MERCH folks will change their minds and make more at some point in time, you might not want to take a chance.

ORDER



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11 February, 2015 (09:02am)
"LEGEND OF THE SEAGULLMEN" IN ROLLING STONE

There's an article about "THE LEGEND OF THE SEAGULLMEN" (DANNY CAREY related) at the Rolling Stone website.

READ


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10 February, 2015 (10:17am)
"EARTH FREQUENCY FESTIVAL" IN AUSTRALIA (FEB 13-16)

"The Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environment festival in S.E. QLD, Australia, with a strong focus on performance, visionary art, transformation, healing, and community spirit."
The festival features the art of Adam Scott Miller, and many other entheogenic visionaries.

FEBRUARY 13-16, 2015
MORE



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08 February, 2015 (10:25am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the FEBRUARY 9th offering of THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include MATT HANKLE on drums and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. Bring a guitar or something that makes noise and ask JOHN ZIEGLER if you can join in during the 2nd set. ALL AGES WELCOME!

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08 February, 2015 (10:18am)
VOLTO! TO PERFORM MIDNIGHT SHOW AT THE MINT

DANNY will be performing THE LATE SHOW with VOLTO! at THE MINT in LOS ANGELES on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28.
BIG PBR's
21 AND OVER FOR THIS SHOW.

TICKETS


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07 February, 2015 (09:37am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'EVIL' JOE BARRESI

Big time birthday cheers from the Tool Family to 'Evil' JOE BARRESI - producer, recording engineer extraordinaire, connoisseur of classic confections and an all around great guy. Is it too early for a shot of limoncello? I think not. SALUTE!

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06 February, 2015 (07:47pm)
DANNY CAREY DRUM TOWEL IN STORE

Knowing their importance, the DANNY CAREY DRUM TOWELS are back in stock.

ORDER



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06 February, 2015 (12:44pm)
ALEX & ALLYSON GREY IN TUCSON

"GEMS OF AWARENESS" workshop featuring ALEX & ALLYSON GREY in TUCSON, ARIZONA on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (1:00 - 4:00 PM).


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06 February, 2015 (12:38pm)


DANNY meets one of his heroes - session drummer STEVE GADD, who recently performed at the Catalina... CLUB... here in sunny southern California.

Photo by Rynne Stump, I presume.



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05 February, 2015 (10:16am)
CLEARANCE SALE ON CROWLEY COLLECTION MERCH

With a only small number of the CROWLEY COLLECTION original "THIRST" tee-shirts and GLASS-SETS left in stock, THE MERCH COLLECTIVE is having a CLEARANCE SALE until all are sold.

"THIRST" tee-shirt was $34.99/ NOW ON SALE for $23.00
ONLY 11 LARGE and 8 X-LARGE AVAILABLE.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
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).

CROWLEY GLASS SET WITH 'BEASTLY' DRINK RECIPES

WAS $53.00/ NOW ON SALE for $25.00
ONLY 5 SETS AVAILABLE

SET includes "CHORONZON 333", "BABALON RISING", "CROWLEY COCKTAIL NO. 69" & "HEMLOCK CLUB GREEN FLAME."

VIEW/ORDER



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02 February, 2015 (03:48pm)
DANNY WITH DOUG WEBB GROUP IN VENTURA

DANNY will be performing with THE DOUG WEBB GROUP at "SQUASHED GRAPES" in VENTURA, CALIFORNIA on FRIDAY 13. 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. $20.00 COVER.

SQUASHED GRAPES
2351 E. MAIN ST.
VENTURA, CA., 93003



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02 February, 2015 (03:39pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the FEBRUARY 2 Monday Night Jammmz at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include MAKOTO IZUMITANI on drums, RICO BELLED on keys, and BEN THOMAS (of "Zappa Plays Zappa") on vocals. Together with JOHN ZIEGLER ("VOLTO!"), JAMIE KIME, and CHRIS ROY, they will be performing the first set. Local talent are encouraged to ask one of the regulars about playing during the second set, so don't forget to bring your favorite instrument. Music starts around 9:30 and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

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02 February, 2015 (09:12am)
SO YOU THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO...

... SET UP EQUIPMENT FOR THE SHOW...

The latest TOOL NEWSLETTER is in the TOOL NEWSLETTER section.


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27 January, 2015 (02:41pm)
CHARETTE... WEBB... CAREY... TONIGHT AT THE 'TATOR'

A friendly reminder that DANNY will be performing with CHARETTE... WEBB... CAREY... TONIGHT (TUESDAY, JANUARY 27) at THE BAKED POTATO club in STUDIO CITY, Calif. Amazing Hammond B-3 playing by Brian Charette, with D.C. on drums, DOUG WEBB on sax, and WILL BERNARD on guitar. $20.00 at the door, with all ages welcome.

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24 January, 2015 (10:32am)
FREE VOLTO! SHOW TONIGHT

NAMM goers are reminded that VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON & MATT ROHDE) will be playing a FREE SHOW tonight (SATURDAY, JANUARY 24) at THE SLIDEBAR in FULLERTON, CA. (close to the convention).

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21 January, 2015 (04:05pm)
TOOL LOFT

Mercury going retrograde doesn't mean that any electronic harassment from ball lightning, etc. at the Tool Loft will prevent the guys in the band from writing and arranging new music. Besides, the phenomena observed near one of the amps today was most likely flammable methane escaping from an opening in the vintage Pepsi cooler.

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19 January, 2015 (11:56am)
DANNY CLUB NEWS FOR NAMM VISITORS (INCLUDING FREE "VOLTO!" SHOW)

Here's some news for those visitors who plan on attending the 2015 NAMM SHOW. On THURSDAY, JANNUARY 22, DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY. The band also features DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL and JOHN ZIEGLER. THe 'tator' is located at 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City, CA. 91604. $30.00

TICKETS

On SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, DANNY will be performing a FREE "VOLTO!" SHOW at THE SLIDEBAR in FULLERTON (located just a few miles from the NAMM convention), with "AEGES" opening.

Finally, on JANUARY 26, DANNY and MATT ROHDE will be the special guests for a "VOLTO-IZED" MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY, CA. ALL AGES WELCOME FOR THIS SHOW.


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18 January, 2015 (11:39am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guest musicians for the JANUARY 19 jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include MATT GARSTKA (from "Animals as Leaders") on drums, and JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vocals. The first set usually starts around 9:00, with a second set to follow, whereupon local talent get a chance to demonstrate their musical abilities. ALL AGES WELCOME!

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17 January, 2015 (08:47am)
JANUARY 17 SPECIAL

Since today is the mysterious JANUARY 17, the first 17 ORDERS of "The Crowley Collection" "LUST" tee-shirt will come with a FREE parchment copy of my occult prose-poem entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP" individually SIGNED by the author (Blair MacKenzie Blake). This offer is good until 17 shirts are sold. PRICE: $20.00

VIEW/ORDER



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16 January, 2015 (12:03pm)
PRESENT FOR ADAM FOR HIS BIRTHDAY

ADAM's talented wife KORIN gave him this beautiful print by visual artist JAMES JEAN (one of Adam's [many] favorite artists) as a birthday gift.


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16 January, 2015 (09:28am)
REMINDER: ALEX AND ALLYSON GREY IN L.A. TONIGHT

ALEX and ALLYSON GREY will be live painting at the FONDA THEATRE in LOS ANGELES TONIGHT (FRIDAY, JANUARY 16).


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16 January, 2015 (09:24am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SASHA!

Birthday greetings today to drummer SASHA POPOVIC ("Mother Tongue", "Black Math Horseman", "Butcher", "Love Muffins", etc) from KAT, daughters Mila and Billie, and all your family and friends. CHEERS. MATE!

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15 January, 2015 (09:23am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM!

Birthday greetings today to ADAM from your family, friends and fans!

Now please stand by for a toast of the finest iced plobium, along with birthday cheers written in the dancing colors of Temkla's pencil - from those of us currently safe from the Alzbrums in an extra gamma traversing spheroid...


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14 January, 2015 (12:47pm)
DANNY CAREY DRUM TOWEL IN STORE

Drum towel features DANNY's modified version of Elizabethan polymath JOHN DEE'S magical diagram "SIGILLUM DEI AEMAETH." Black towel also includes DANNY's name in gold lettering. Dimensions: : 16" X 25" PRICE $14.99

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BMB

14 January, 2015 (12:36pm)


TOWELS ARE IMPORTANT!

Photo by BMB



BMB

12 January, 2015 (09:26am)
AT THE LAKERS GAME LAST NIGHT...

Yes, I know that the puck that DANNY caught happened during a recent L.A. Kings hockey game, but at the Lakers game last night, when I asked him about how things were going with the band, he told me that a couple of days ago ADAM had come into the loft with an ending for a particular song that everyone really liked. So, perhaps the musical arrangement for another TOOL song is finished... unless they sometimes write the end of the song first?

Photo by Rynne Stump



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12 January, 2015 (09:05am)
CHARETTE... WEBB... CAREY...

DANNY is very excited to be performing with the amazing HAMMOND B-3 organist BRIAN CHARETTE at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on TUESDAY, JANUARY 27 . Also performing will be DOUG WEBB on sax and WILL BERNARD on guitar. This should be something really special, so get your advanced tickets now!

TICKETS


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12 January, 2015 (08:52am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Joining JOHN, CHRIS and JAMIE for the JANUARY 12th jams at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY will be TODD WOLF on drums, and ED ROTH on keys. ALL AGES!

BMB

08 January, 2015 (09:57am)
REMINDER: JOHN ZIEGLER QUARTET TONIGHT

The debut of the JOHN ZIEGLER QUARTET tonight (THURSDAY, JANUARY 8) right where it should be - at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA.


BMB

06 January, 2015 (12:35pm)
WHO NEEDS STICKS?

DANNY bringing in the New Year with PRIMUS.

Photo by Josh Keppel



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04 January, 2015 (11:03am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYNNE!

Birthday cheers today to RYNNE STUMP. Love from Danny and your family and friends!


BMB

04 January, 2015 (10:04am)
ALEX & ALLYSON GREY LIVE PAINING IN L.A.

L.A Gem and Jam Pre-Party with Live Painting by Alex Grey and Allyson Grey on Friday, January 16, 2015. 7:00 PM. Event is at The Fonda Theater ( 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028).

Euphonic Conceptions , In The Loop Productions and The Do LaB present:
Re:Creation - the Official LA Gem and Jam Festival pre-party
with
Alex Grey & Allyson Grey

Random Rab
Thriftworks
Russ Liquid
Desert Dwellers
Soulular

Music from 9pm - 4am // This Event is 21+
Limited amount of $35 tix now on sale!
Visuals by Johnathan Singer
Custom ENTHEON stage
Funktion 1 Sound
Live painting by Sam Flores of Upper Playground

Early VIP Meet & Greet and Book Signing with Alex Grey

Art Gallery, local vendors, performances and MORE !

LINK
www.cosm.org



BMB

02 January, 2015 (08:20am)
NEW YEAR NEWS

Here we are ostensibly in a new year, and with it comes a clean slate to fill with not previously known noteworthy accounts and reports related to the band, TOOL. Having just returned from their individual holiday obligations, the band members will soon be entrenched at the Loft, diligently (as opposed to shoddily) writing and arranging new music for a much anticipated forthcoming recording.

So, with lots of promising things to come, let's get right to it, with the first post on our tabula rasa concerning... The Monday Night Jammmz at the Baked Potato, a jazz club of considerable renown located in Studio City, California. The 'Tator', as some locals call the club, offers an enticing selection of oversized stuffed potatoes along with an intoxicant aficionado's fully stocked bar. However, best of all, the club's intimate setting is home to some of the best live music in Southern California. Not to be out done by last year's shows, special guest musicians for the January 5, 2015 jams include Eric Valentine on drums, and Billy Steinway on keys. The guys usually start around 9:30, so arrive before then to order one of your two drink minimum. Local talent are encouraged to bring their favorite instrument, and ask one of the regulars about joining in during the second set. As always, all ages are welcome to come and enjoy the Baked Potato experience.


BMB

29 December, 2014 (07:20pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on NAMM THURSDAY, JANUARY 22. The other performers include DOUG WEBB, MITCH FORMAN, JIMMY EARL, and JOHN ZIEGLER. Great jazz by some of the city's best players! $30.00.

BMB

29 December, 2014 (01:46pm)
Happy Birthday Blair!

Day lay and a dollar short, as they say, but hey who's counting? (Pretty Sure BMB stopped counting a few years ago...) A very happy if somewhat belated birthday to everyone's favorite near-vegan heathen, polydeity-offending, Sea-Plasma spritzing, cigar smoking, drinker that writes, or writer that drinks. (Probably the former.) With lots of love from the whole Tool family. Cheers!


26 December, 2014 (08:05am)
DANNY WITH PRIMUS ON NEW YEARS EVE

In what's being called the "PRIMUS UBER DRUM SPECTACULAR", DANNY will join the members of PRIMUS on NEW YEARS EVE (DECEMBER 31) at the FOX THEATER in OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA.

TICKETS



BMB

26 December, 2014 (07:57am)
THE JOHN ZIEGLER QUARTET

Check out the debut of "THE JOHN ZIEGLER QUARTET" at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on THURSDAY, JANUARY 8th. Joining JZ for a night of experimental jazz and a few revamped "Volto!" originals will be JIMMY EARL, MATT ROHDE, and JOEL TAYOR on drums.

BMB

24 December, 2014 (03:32pm)
HOLIDAY CHEERS FROM OUR SMOKY PUB

Vince DeFranco, LaraLee, Barbara (LaraLee's mom), Joe Barresi, BMB, Aaron Harris, Michelle Glavan and last... but certainly not least... Joe Nagy.


BMB

23 December, 2014 (09:39am)
3 AGAINST 7

Someone who recently purchased a signed DANNY CAREY drumhead got themselves a free drum lesson with it. Actually, the "lesson" was placed there by Danny while trying to figure out a drum part for one of the new Tool songs. So, that makes it even cooler.


BMB

23 December, 2014 (09:28am)
"LUST" RE-STOCKED

Merch has re-stocked the new "Crowley Collection" LUST tee-shirts in ALL SIZES, and they are currently available for only $20.00.

VIEW/ORDER


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21 December, 2014 (03:16pm)


Seasons greetings from DANNY and RYNNE & TO BE NAMED LATER...


BMB

20 December, 2014 (02:55pm)
YES VIRGINIA, THERE WILL BE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ...

at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on DECEMBER 22. As a matter of fact, special guest musicians include GLEN SOBEL and JON GREATHOUSE. Enormous stuffed spuds! Festive drinks! Large petal boards! Bring your own guitar and ask JOHN ZIEGLER (or JAMIE or CHRIS... or the DUDE in the kitchen) about plugging in during the second set. LAST MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ OF THE YEAR, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! Plenty of parking for amanita muscaria-browsing reindeer on the roof.

BMB

20 December, 2014 (02:39pm)
SO MANY CHOICES...

JUSTIN and JUNIOR discuss the menu during the annual holiday lunch... as the LADIES from business management ponder their own selection from the entrees at Musso and Franks in Hollywood. When all the orders were taken and the various dishes served, I only know that AARON HARRIS enjoyed his chopped beef steak, while the one that I ordered medium well arrived medium rare... twice! (where's a microwave when you need one?) Nothing wrong with the crab cakes and Bombay tonics, though... As for the paper crowns... they were on the table... so we wore them proudly...

Photo by BMB



BMB

20 December, 2014 (02:14pm)


A look at a another TOOL ART FRAME shipped to someone.


BMB

20 December, 2014 (09:23am)
CHET ZAR SALE OF STUDIES

Fans of CHET ZAR'S art should check out a SALE of STUDIES now available in the Store of Doom.

VIEW



BMB

17 December, 2014 (11:15am)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2014 E.V. HOLIDAY EDITION

Like your tinsel-festooned tree, this holiday edition of the TOOL NEWSLETTER is a work in progress, so check back from time to time or you just might miss something of minor importance.

As most of you already know, the TOOL Family lost one of their cherished members this month with the passing of guitar tech CHRIS "FRANK" LEAHEY. Frank will be sadly missed by all who knew him... but life goes on... and on a more positive note, the Tool Family (in particular, the Carey family) might be adding a future band tech for some tour down the road... We'll have to wait and see.

UPDATE: CONFIRMATION... It's a drum-tech. Well, closer maybe, as the child is a male. Not to say that a female can't be a drum-tech...

In other news, those of you who have purchased the limited edition FRAMED TOOL WALL ART PIECE should be receiving your order soon, including some lucky person in Norway (One of Santa's old stomping grounds), who I RANDOMLY CHOSE to get Matte copy # 23 - shown below with a little EXTRA TOUCH drawn on the spot by ADAM as he signed the piece. In watching Adam put his autograph on others, a FEW of you might notice similar additional flourishes when you receive your order.

I will have to pause at this point to get ready for the holiday lunch. However, before I leave, I thought I should remind you that all decorated evergreens (including wreaths) should be removed by JANUARY 5, 2015 e.v. (Once again, you have been warned!)

Holiday lunch at Musso an Franks in Hollywood. Justin was the only band member in attendance this time, so a pretty good foundation...

UPDATE: DANNY to perform the PRIMUS UBER DRUM SPECTACULAR at the FOX THEATER in OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA on NEW YEARS EVE.

HAPPY TRAILS



BMB

14 December, 2014 (07:54pm)
CAREY RHYTHM 93 JERSEY

Available

HERE.



BMB

14 December, 2014 (07:40pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Esteemed guest musicians for the DECEMBER 15 offering include RONALD BRUNER Sr. on drums and ED ROTH on keys. You know the drill - bring a guitar and ask about joining in during the 2nd set. Two drink minimum. All ages get inside. Anything else?.. Oh, yeah, this all happens at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, Ca.

BMB

14 December, 2014 (10:31am)
GRAILY HOLIDAY READING

Here's a list of books by DAILY GRAIL PUBLISHING that make for good holiday reading. Included is the HARDCOVER of my book, "IJYNX." Scroll down to check out all 8 VOLUMES of the anthology series, "DARKLORE." Lots to choose from, and all sales help support the DAILY GRAIL website - the best of its kind on the internet.

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BMB

13 December, 2014 (09:36am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KORIN!

BIRTHDAY CHEERS today to the lovely and very talented KORIN JONES (FAUGHT).

BMB

13 December, 2014 (09:33am)
SAY, ISN'T IT SATURDAY?..

Birthday greetings today to our friend (and one hell of a musician) BEN SHERAZI.

CHEERS, BENNY!

Remember, it's your birthday WEEK, so try to save a little something for "Sudsy Sunday", "Might as well Monday", "Two for Tuesday", "Why not Wednesday", "Thirsty Thursday", "Frothy Friday", and... "Say, isn't it Saturday."


BMB

12 December, 2014 (01:03pm)
CROWLEY BUNDLE EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY

Having received about twenty emails from people asking if we were ever again going to include the esoteric verses "Ideality with a Beast's Teacup" for FREE with the purchase of the new Crowley Collection Tee "Lust", I thought to myself, why not? So... starting RIGHT NOW (Friday Dec. 12th 2014) until midnight Monday (Dec 15th 2014), every order of "Lust" will come with a free individually SIGNED copy of the prose-poem. All orders placed by Monday, will ship no later than Tuesday.

ORDER



BMB

10 December, 2014 (10:14am)
JUSTIN TRIBUTE TO CHRIS "FRANK" LEAHEY

From Justin to Frank with Love

Goodbye , so on you've gone,
To be quite Frank.
Conversely booted
And strung up by Alice,
You tuned us all to your own chord
And rode away as my tummy tickled.

JUSTIN CHANCELLOR


BMB

09 December, 2014 (09:01am)
OFF! VIDEO FILMED ON JUSTIN'S LAND

The new OFF! video "OVER OUR HEADS" starring JACK BLACK (filmed on JUSTIN'S property) has now been released.



BMB

08 December, 2014 (08:52am)
RIP CHRIS "FRANK" LEAHEY

Sad news for the Tool Family today with the passing of guitar-tech Chris "FRANK" Leahey. ADAM and the rest of the band would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, and will always remember Frank for his technical skills, friendship, and great sense of humor over many lengthy tours.

BMB

07 December, 2014 (10:22am)
PASSPORT TO MAGONIA

Sought after by Fortean enthusiasts, ufo buffs, and serious-minded researchers, for many years it has only been available as a rare collectible displayed in the glass bookcases of those with deep pockets. With that in mind, I am excited to announce that DailyGrail Publishing has just reissued "PASSPORT TO MAGONIA: FROM FOLKLORE TO FLYING SAUCERS" - the highly influential work by computer scientist, former astronomer and world-renowned ufologist, Jacques Vallee.

Long considered to be a classic in the field, when originally published in 1969, the ideas presented in Vallee's pioneering work startled much of the UFO community by suggesting a multidimensional component to the high strangeness, thereby offering a radical shift in the way one might interpret the mystery, especially to those exploring a purely technological, interstellar visitor explanation. In examining and analyzing the eye-witness reports of otherworldly encounters by widely-diverse cultures throughout history - those interpreted in different ways according to the prevailing beliefs of the time - Vallee's comparative approach revealed a consistent pattern with regards to the behavior of these non-human beings. With each turn of the page, the myths and legends of angels, demons, incubi and fairies were shown to contain many similarities with contemporary accounts involving UFO occupants. As Vallee masterfully demonstrates, examples of these commonalities include comparisons with the dazzlingly luminous carriages descending from cloudland with modern sightings of plasma-wrapped antigravitic aeroforms. What centuries ago were thought to be fairy-rings might in the 1950s be identified as saucer landing traces. Even more disconcerting, the carrying off of humans by diminutive creatures, with time distortion effects and lurid sexual episodes with the incubi-apparitions that share many of the bizarre features now reported globally by alleged abductees of extraterrestrial entities. The list goes on and on, and truly gives one pause to wonder from where exactly do the enigmatic constructs orchestrating the phenomena originate?

However, even with the undeniable similarities between ancient and modern encounters with the unknown, what readers of PASSPORT TO MAGONIA might find to be the most fascinating aspect of the book is the possible significance of the experience itself - in particular the serious implications involving the manipulation of human thought over centuries. To quote from the 1993 re-issue of the book, "Beneath the superficial differences there is a fundamental similarity of experience that can only lead us to breathtaking concerns."

In the decades since PASSPORT TO MAGONIA was first published there have been many imitations, but none with the critical thinking and provocative nature of Vallee's exhaustive study. The reprint by DailyGrail Publishing also contains the appendix of the original - being a compilation of a century of well-documented accounts of apparent human and non-human interaction.

PAPERBACK

HARDCOVER

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BMB

06 December, 2014 (07:27pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Guitarist Jamie (Kime) is back from tour and will be doing the DECEMBER 8 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the 'tator' in STUDIO CITY - along with JOHN "VOLTO!" ZIEGLER, CHRIS ROY, and special guest musicians JOE TRAVERS on drums and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. Be there by 9:30 to hear the first set, and stay through the 2ND SET, which showcases local talent. ALL AGES WELCOME at THE BAKED POTATO!

BMB

05 December, 2014 (02:14pm)
OUR THOUGHTS FOR CHRIS LEAHEY

Currently, our thoughts are with Adam's long time guitar tech and good friend Chris Leahey. "Frank", as everyone on tour called him, is at this moment in the hospital and could certainly use all the positive energy we can send his way.


BMB

04 December, 2014 (08:03pm)
"SKULLVISION" -CUSTOM FRAMED TOOL WALL ART PIECE

LIMITED EDITION custom FRAMED TOOL WALL ART PIECE. HAND NUMBERED and SIGNED by ALL FOUR MEMBERS of the band, these pine WOOD frames (measuring 18" X 24") come in your choice of a MATTE BLACK FINISH or GLOSS BLACK FINISH. Strictly LIMITED TO ONLY 50 PIECES, the frames come READY TO HANG, thereby replacing more traditional forms of wall art. $250.00

To purchase one or more, go to the Tool STORE and CLICK on "Collectibles."

Or Click HERE



BMB

03 December, 2014 (09:39am)
ALOKE DUTTA END OF YEAR SALE

ALOKE DUTTA is having a sale on his tabla-related material until December 31, 2014.

www.alokedutta.com



BMB

02 December, 2014 (09:08am)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9

After putting in several hours working on new TOOL material, DANNY will be taking his sticks to THE BAKED POTATO jazz club to perform that night (TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9) with THE WEBB ALLSTARS (DOUG WEBB on sax, JIMMY EARL on bass, MITCH FORMAN on keys, and JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar). $20.00 COVER. TWO DRINK MINIMUM (so no worries there), and ALL AGES WELCOME. Great live jazz with DANNY on drums in an intimate club setting.

TICKETS


BMB

01 December, 2014 (06:08pm)
"ALTER" EXTENDS DISCOUNT FOR TOOL FANS

Our friends from "COLLIDE" are EXTENDING the DISCOUNT on unique gifts purchased from their on-line boutique "ALTER" to all TOOL FANS for a while longer. When ordering from their store, simply use the code: "Tool" to receive a 30% discount.

SHOP


BMB

01 December, 2014 (08:32am)
DANNY WITH VOLTO! AT THE MINT

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON & MATT ROHDE) will be performing music from their album "INCITARE" at THE MINT in Los Angeles on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 at 11:30 PM. Doors at 11:00. 21 AND OLDER.

TICKETS



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01 December, 2014 (08:12am)
REMINDER: DANNY TO PLAY MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ TONIGHT

DANNY will be the special guest drummer for THE MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ TONIGHT (DECEMBER 1) at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in a currently overcast STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA. ALL AGES WELCOME... and don't forget to bring a purple Sharpie.

BMB

01 December, 2014 (08:05am)
iTOMLAB "DRAGON SCALES"

From Itom Lab comes a sonic journey of dreamscapes and elemental ambience with the Hang drum from the new release "Dragon Scales". All tracks are live from Mt.Shasta in Panther Meadow, Sedona at Cathedral Rock & Hermosa Beach, CA translating the energy of these sacred locations. Get all 11 tracks for $1.99 d(~*~)b


BMB

30 November, 2014 (01:49pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2014 E.V.

Seeing how there's not much going on with the band this month - other than a continuation of the writing/arranging sessions at the Loft (with things progressing nicely, I should add) - I've decided to respond to some recent email. The most asked about question came from those who listened to Danny and I recently having some fun on the "Children Of Saturn" radio program, with e-mailers wanting to know how the new Tool record was coming along? In responding to one listener, Danny said that the band was nearly finished in arranging a rather lengthy song. Now, I could be wrong, but I think that he was referring to a second long piece of music, and not the other "epic" song, which I believe has already been arranged. I also know that they have several other songs in various states of near completion (the instrumental parts, at least), but there is still quite a way to go before the actual studio recording process begins. I will try to get a better update next week, and, if so, will post it in the news section.

E-MAIL:

"This is Chris F, the person who bought the "Cursed" Drumhead from the Halloween Newsletter. I just saw the shout out you gave me on the site a few weeks ago, thanks for that. To be honest I was half surprised when the drumhead actually showed up in the mail. Considering it was only 99 cents with no shipping costs, part of me was expecting to get an email of a picture of the drumhead or some other "trick" since its was Halloween. Anyway, while the drumhead may very well had been "cursed" when it left the Tool 'Museum', the USPS must have done something to it (other than badly damaging the box it came in), because shortly after it arrived at my house, my wife and I found out she was pregnant with our first child. So the "cursed" drumhead has quickly become my good luck charm. Thought you might get a kick out of this, if all goes well maybe I'll send you a picture of the baby with the drumhead a little less then 9 months from now."

REPLY:

Great to hear this, other than the USPS part. Actually, we never believed for a second that the drumhead was cursed. Even Spartley, himself, didn't really believe it. In fact I recently spoke with the "Bug Man" and he told me that things were great in his world, and that - as it turned out - there were very simple explanations for what first appeared to be a series of misfortunes. First of all, it turned out that his 1964 Oldsmobile Jetfire car wasn't stolen. It was simply moved down the street by these Irish "Traveler" fellows who, while making repairs to his neighbor's roof, noticed that Spartley's driveway needed to be re-surfaced.

This they are currently in the process of fixing, along with Spartley's own roof, which upon close inspection it was determined by the contractors that it immediately needed to have the shingles sealed. The best part about the traveling handymen - being from North Carolina, though they spoke a strange language when showing Spartley photos of their pretty young wives - is that they were going to do all the work for a rock-bottom price. This included pruning the tress, painting the garage, and even offering him a fantastic deal on some automotive parts that they just happened to have in their flashy work vans. So, some very good luck there, wouldn't you say!

As for accidentally biting the head off his freakish sugar "Jesus-Peep", from the photo that I was shown, the bunny Peep's head actually looked more like "John The Baptist", so no harm there. Even the apparent loss of Spartley's prized collection of Lord Howe Island stick-insect "Tree-Lobsters" turned out to have positive consequences! Evidently, the nocturnal critters had merely awaked from some 80 years of natural hibernation and managed to break open the wooden and glass display case that they were displayed in, later crawling outside the house where they mated with fireflies, thus creating a hybrid species of large bioluminescent flightless sticks that have practical applications, such as being used as flashing beacons for airports and emergency warning lights in construction zones. Just to name a few of their commercially viable uses. If I understood Spartley correctly, a breeding program to create more of the energy free bio-luminous things has now been started, with the world-renowned entomologist set to make a lot of money. Now, if only the axed reality show "All My Mamas' Babies" would be renewed for cable television!

E-MAIL:

"Mr. Blair, Hey, from Australia! I'm writing because I believe I may have solved the mystery as to the whereabouts of TOOL's ultimate hidden track, Problem 8 (if it does indeed exist). First of all, I'm no author, so please excuse my grammar. I'm quite excited to hear this song whenever that may be. If ever at all!

I've been enjoying following your posts for a couple years now and have just recently begun attempting to pick up and piece together the Problem 8 clues and hints you drop so regularly. I'm sure you've received emails from other Tool listeners/readers of your newsletters whom have thrown wild guesses around before they've connected the clues as I have. But, the reason I'm confident in my findings is that since scrounging the web for information regarding the hidden track I have not come across one comment that suggests the theory I'm about to put forward. Too many People seem to be looking for mathematical equations... haha. This must be quite amusing from an insider's perspective such as your own.

You obviously have been linking many subtle and some not-so-subtle clues to certain signed drumheads for some time now. The reasons for why I believe it's now solved are as follows:

A couple of days ago when I re-read the Halloween newsletter, I noticed in particular the part speaking of this Rance Q Spartley's traumatic experiences after receiving the 'cursed drumhead' and how he blamed all his "PROBLEMs on the cursed drumhead". The entire paragraph to follow contains the hints - 'errant sigil constructed without linear exactitude', in regards to the hand drawn sigil on the signed drumhead. 'Something being disturbed from its frozen slumber', refers to the long forgotten and un-played song. You mention "removing the drumhead from the 'museum's' dusty, cobweb-festooned upper floor", and suggest that this "really was the case" (that contains the drumhead).

Other major clues are connected to the signed drumheads via the man himself, Mr Danny Carey. The relation between Bethlehem Abortion Clinic's catalog number and Danny's old home phone number seemed to be where most people are stuck on this. lot of people are aware of this connection but as far as I can tell, they seem to be searching for a real mathematical formula among the catalog numbers, Which brings me to my personal favorite - the so called mathematical formula encoded in the Aenima spoof import catalog which I believe refers to the album cover 'Nurse Ketimella's Kit* Chen' as we know there is certainly a mathematical formula used in manufacturing the drug Ketamine. This brings our attention to the subtitle 'Kit*' taken from drum kit which also clearly makes a connection to the drumhead.

Then there's the picture uploaded of the man, standing in the 'museum' with Problem 8 on the shelf behind. I read somewhere that it's Danny's cat photo-shopped in there. On the man's head he wears the same occult symbol found on Danny's website and on your IJYNX book cover.

Note that I have not heard the song so I cannot be entirely certain the I am correct but my research tells me that if I was to purchase a certain signed drumhead from "Merch" next time they are available (as you've said to keep a look out for them), I would be able to find the track physically hidden behind it, in the drumhead's case, either on cd, vinyl or cassette. Or the drumhead itself doubles as a record... Now that's a bit imaginative I think. Of course if there are no more to go on sale at any time then there's the matter of tracking one down which will certainly be no simple task.

Ultimately the purpose of spending hours reading into these clues is to hopefully obtain a copy of Problem 8 'The Riemann Hypothesis'. Like a lot of other people out there, I just want to hear the damned song!

Sure I can still happily listen to Tool songs from any old album any time of day, but the thought of hearing this hidden track for the first time is rather inconceivable, if it really is a full-blown 6 minute-ish Tool song like you've suggested in the past. You've said it yourself, it's the Holy Grail of Tool merch. Some don't believe it's even exists. However, I, do. If you would please post a response on whether or not my theory is accurate, I would greatly appreciate it."

REPLY:

Although I appreciate the mental gymnastics, there's really NO need for any "ROOM 237" Stanley Kubrick-The Shining quest for hidden clues and perceived meanings. I have already suggested the location of a hidden track as perhaps the ultimate item of Tool memorabilia, and will stand by this despite any attempts to demonstrate otherwise.

For the time being, perhaps its best to think of "PROBLEM 8: THE RIEMANN HYPOTHESIS" (being the 'most important unresolved problem in pure mathematics, and being concerned with locations of certain non-trivial zeros) as being a TERMA of sorts - a hidden treasure waiting for a future discovery... at the approved time... when the conditions are right... in the TERTON'S mindstream.

E-MAIL:

Hey Blair, Just wondering, if Problem 8 is released on the next TooL album, which I suspect is not an unreal suspicion, will you ever reveal the original location?

REPLY:

The ORIGINAL location?.. as in a recording device?..

E-MAIL:

"I was wondering if the rumor of you (and Dan perhaps) were to be guests on Coast to Coast ever were true and if so, why not be guests now? The show has seemed to taken a step backward since Art and now George Noory for the most part are not hosting it. I would love to hear you and Dan share your stories of trips to Dreamland. I also recently read an older post of the newsletter that you had a negative comment about Sean David Morton..I was curious as to why?"

REPLY:

It is true that Art Bell sent me an invitation to come on his show with "perhaps another" to talk about our adventures at Area 51 in the min-1990s. Shortly after, before setting anything up, Art had some serious family issues to deal with, and we never got back in touch.

As for your other question, you might want to check the NOVEMBER 2001 E.A. TOOL NEWSLETTER, in which I wrote about Sean's wrong prediction concerning some kind of terrorist attack during Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. This was to occur during a full moon on Halloween, with a plane or helicopter spraying the crowd with bio-chemical agents. Well, as it turned out, Game 3 wasn't even played on Halloween - but, instead, on the day before - which one could have predicted by merely consulting nothing more mysterious than the T.V. Guide! Whether you call them psychics, or intuitives or remote viewers, it seems to that they are almost always wrong with their predictions, especially when its comes to the really big news happenings! Not that I question the possible ability for one to be psychic - I just don't see a lot of evidence for it happening... yet. As Sean replied to me - "It's not yet an exact science!" I would have to agree with this assessment, or his team of intuitive consultants might have scored the (then) $25 million dollar bounty on Bin Laden, or at least cashed in on the World Series in Vegas. As I wrote in the newsletter all those years ago, it seems like you have better odds of getting your order correct at the Jack-In-The-Box drive thru, than predicting the swarming flies of misfortune!

E-MAIL:

"I am writing this with the intent to find out who you are. I have been a TooL fan for quite some time and like to check the website often. Recently I have been curious as too who keeps up the website and writes these news updates. I would also like to know the average view count of the toolband website, I'm interested to know how many people visit it. Thank you!"

REPLY:

I think what this person really wants to know is how it came to be that I was asked to write for the Tool websites. As I have explained several times before, I was just minding my own business as one of thousands (millions?) of wanna-be screenwriters in Los Angeles - about to finish my perfect Hollywood script - one that I could write the synopsis of on the back of a pack of matches, and then toss out of my car onto any busy freeway at night, whereupon it would be found by a producer and quickly made into a top grossing film - when Adam asked me if I would be interested in writing for the band's website? Although it was kind of him to ask, for many months I declined the offer, telling him that I didn't think that I was the right person for the job. To this he responded that I should just do it, adding that I could write about anything that I wanted... that, in fact, THE BAND DIDN'T WANT the newsletters and posts to be about them, but to be different from what other bands were doing. To this I reluctantly agreed, saying that I would try it for a few months, and buy him (ADAM) dinner at the pub if worked out. Well, here I am 15 years later, still wondering if I should have finished that screenplay? Probably not...

E-MAIL:

"You've really outdone yourself in your most recent installment (ah hem... joke of a newsletter) of self indulgent drivel that truly no one other than the great ass clown that is yourself could ever give a shit about. Please stop. The people who come to this site are nothing more than impatient fans looking for news about the ongoing process that is the making of the new Tool album. You are not helping. You're simply making it more annoying. Such an easy concept to grasp... write about Tool, not your insanely egotistical ramblings. Why is that so difficult to do? Here's some advice... go start a fucking blog. This is a band's website for God's sake."

REPLY:

But then again...

Seeing how there's not much going on with the band this month - other than a continuation of the writing/arranging sessions at the Loft (with things progressing nicely, I should add) - I've decided to respond to some recent email. The most asked about question came from those who listened to Danny and I recently having some fun on the "Children Of Saturn" radio program, with e-mailers wanting to know how the new Tool record was coming along? In responding to one listener, Danny said that the band was nearly finished in arranging a rather lengthy song. Now, I could be wrong, but I think that he was referring to a second long piece of music, and not the other "epic" song, which I believe has already been arranged.

I also know that they have several other songs in various states of near completion (the instrumental parts, at least), but there is still quite a way to go before the actual studio recording process begins. From what I've heard, Maynard has been both listening to the new music at the Loft and receiving tracks to work on at his home. As to how much of this he has added vocals and lyrics to, I honestlydon't know... I will, however, try to get a better update next week, and, if so, will post it on my blog... er... I mean in the news section.

E-MAIL:

"Dear Blair, I am one of those happily waiting for the next fruit to fall from the Tool loom. In he mean time, could you please relay the following question to Rance Q. Spartley: Dear RQS, I have recently thought of expanding my Saturday grill sides of traditionally-prepared Nomadacris Septemfasciata, wrapped in pages from the Zohar printed on, for the lack of something better, rice paper. What are your thoughts on the consumption of Schistocerca Gregaria as a more readily available addition/alternative? And, if your advice doesn't lean towards discouragement, would the same preparation technique apply?"

REPLY:

Ah, criquet nomade. Knowing Spartley, I'm sure he would recommend placing the red locusts on skewers to be grilled with a Moroccan spiced tomato sauce.

E-MAIL:

"I'm sorry, if I fucked up the toolarmy site back in November of 2009, I wasn't trying to cause damage I genuinely was just playing with some setting that let me change my name and was having fun, don't even know exactly what code I posted that made the message board freeze up like it did. I love Tool, Blair they're my favorite band and I've really missed the site. I've been banned for 5 years now. But I still follow the news posts and you said that you never deleted any of the trouble makers accounts, I can only guess I was grouped in that category if so could I please be a member again? Can I get at least get one word response from you or Merch? Yes or No? Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving to you and the band. If I don't hear from you, I'll have my answer. Take care."

REPLY:

Though it is certainly true that I have never banned or deleted anyone's account, I will have to check to see about these problems that you speak of concerning a message board "freezing up" back in 2009, and then get back to you. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to you as well!

E-MAIL:

"Is it true that if I purchase the new "Crowley Collection" high-quality tee-shirt "LUST" ($20.00) from now through DECEMBER 1, 2014, I will receive for FREE a copy of the esoteric verses-homage to Crowley entitled "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP" individually SIGNED by the author?"

REPLY:

YES

But, hurry, the clock is ticking...

And while you're at The Merch Collective store, check out the new CAREY "RHYTHM" 93 JERSEY!

HAPPY TRAILS!



BMB

28 November, 2014 (02:52pm)
CROWLEY BUNDLE (THROUGH DEC. 1, 2014)

From now THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2014, all orders of the new "CROWLEY COLLECTION" tee shirt entitled "LUST" ($20.00) come with a COPY of the prose-poem "IDEALITY WITH A BEAST'S TEACUP" individually SIGNED by the author (BMB).

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

28 November, 2014 (08:52am)
DANNY TO PLAY MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

I'm not sure if there will be potatoes stuffed with shredded brussel sprouts and maple hickory nuts, but I do know that DANNY is scheduled to play the DECEMBER 1 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY. Other special guest musicians include RICO BELLED on keys and JEREMY KRULL on guitar. ALL AGES!
BMB

26 November, 2014 (02:55pm)
"FREE BIRDS"

President Obama took time from his busy schedule in dealing with global crises today in order to pardon a turkey (or two), which reminds me to tell you that while you're last minute shopping for a canned cranberry sauce to go with that deconstructed holiday gobbler , you might want to think about picking up a copy of "FREE BIRDS", the computer animated comedy about turkeys, time machines, and the menu of the first Thanksgiving. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, the film also stars DANNY CAREY as the Voice Over of one of the birds. Better yet, in these days of quasicrystal skillets, egg minders, and touchscreen interactive cook tops (to display recipes), if you've access to a space-time continua device, go see it in the theater. Even better still, if your continua device is capable of traveling to instantly available six-axes fictional universes, become part of the "Free Birds" plot, and then go purchase a DVD or Blu-ray copy.

BMB

26 November, 2014 (02:17pm)
PROBABLY NOT AN ALIEN INVASION, BUT...

Some of you might be interested in this 1803 newspaper report about "shooting stars."

READ



BMB

24 November, 2014 (09:01am)
CAREY RHYTHM 93 JERSEY

Available for purchase

HERE



BMB

24 November, 2014 (08:54am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ... LIVE THE EXPERIENCE!

Special guest musicians for the NOVEMBER 24 jams at the world famous BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include ANDY SANESI on drums, JON GREATHOUSE on keys, and LEE WERTMAN filling in for Jamie Kime on guitar. JOHN (VOLTO!) ZIEGLER usually has things dialed in by 9:30, so make sure that you're there with drink in hand, and one of club's enormous stuffed spuds on the way. Bring your own instrument and ask about joining in during the 2nd set, though you better be fairly good, or JZ might give you the gong! ALL AGES WELCOME!

BMB

22 November, 2014 (09:32am)
REMINDER: VOLTO! AND BIG PBRs AT "THE MINT" TONIGHT

Here's the friendly reminder that VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER, LANCE MORRISON & JON GREATHOUSE) will be performing THE MIDNIGHT SHOW at THE MINT (in L.A.) TONIGHT (SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22). Doors at 11:30. BIG PBRs! 21 AND OVER to drink 'em.

TICKETS



BMB

20 November, 2014 (08:51am)
CHET ZAR PAINTING SEMINAR



BMB

20 November, 2014 (08:45am)
DISCOUNT CODE FOR "ALTER" FOR TOOL FANS

Our friends from "COLLIDE" have recently launched a retail site featuring many unique items that would make great holiday gifts. Even better, for TOOL FANS, if you use the CODE: "Tool" when purchasing, it will give you 30% off - good until DECEMBER 12th, 2014.

SHOP


BMB

19 November, 2014 (09:35am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN!

Birthday cheers today for JUSTIN... from SHELEE, the BAND MEMBERS, FAMILY and FRIENDS (and, of course, FANS!) First come pints, presents and cake, but then there are some bass guitars waiting at the loft for today's writing/arranging session. On second thought... what's one more day! Maybe stick with the pints, presents and... pints.

FINEST


BMB

16 November, 2014 (08:46pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for the NOVEMBER 17 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY include MATT HANKLE on drums, STEPHANE DEREINE on keys, and JEREMY KRULL sitting in on guitar for JAMIE KIME, who is currently on tour with "Banned From Utopia." And speaking of Jamie, his new album has been released, and you can check it out...

HERE


BMB

15 November, 2014 (11:05am)
UNVEILING "LUST" - NEW ALEISTER CROWLEY TEE - AT THE MERCH COLLECTIVE

I am delighted to announce the newest addition to the [ALEISTER] CROWLEY COLLECTION - a high-quality tee-shirt entitled "LUST", which features superb graphics to vivify a QUOTE from the GREAT BEAST 666 - an adventurous soul eagerly anticipating the transition into the next realm of existence.

"LUST" is now available for purchase for $20.00
EXCLUSIVELY
AT
www.themerchcollective.com (See "Crowley Collection")

VIEW/ORDER



BMB

15 November, 2014 (10:43am)
DANNY TO BE A GUEST ON THE "CHILDREN OF SATURN" RADIO PROGRAM ON MONDAY NIGHT

DANNY and I will be Rynne's guests on her "CHILDREN OF SATURN" internet RADIO program on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (6 PM - 8 PM PST). Among other topics involving the strange and unusual, we will be reminiscing about our adventures at Rennes-le-Chateau in the south of France that we somehow managed to survive back in the mid 1990s. We will also play some select tunes, and YES!, I will ask Danny (or ask Rynne to ask Danny) how things are proceeding with the writing of the next TOOL album.

TUNE IN TO "THE CHILDREN OF SATURN"
AT
http://www.radio23.org/ccr

MORE


BMB

14 November, 2014 (10:38am)
ALTER

Just in time for you holiday shopping pleasure...

ALTER


BMB

13 November, 2014 (02:37pm)
ALOKE DUTTA ON YOUTUBE

Tabla master ALOKE DUTTA talks about the complex rhythms, philosophy and performance techniques of his latest recording entitled "NUDITYSUTRA."


BMB

13 November, 2014 (09:34am)
DANNY WITH WEBB ALLSTARS TONIGHT

Here's a reminder that DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS tonight (THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13) at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CA. Other members of the band include DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys!, JIMMY EARL on bass and JOHN (VOLTO!) ZIEGLER on guitars. $20.00. ALL AGES.

TICKETS


BMB

11 November, 2014 (09:50am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON HARRIS!

Birthday cheers today to AARON HARRIS - a great drummer and great guy!

BMB

09 November, 2014 (10:46am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Musical guests for the NOVEMBER 10 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO in STUDIO CITY are GENE COYE on skins and HANS ZERMUEHLEN on keys. JOHN, CHRIS, and JAMIE will provide the rest during the 1st set, with local talent joining in during the 2nd. The live music starts around 9:30 and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME at the 'tator.'

BMB

08 November, 2014 (10:25am)


To all four members of TOOL: Correct me if I'm wrong, but it would appear that someone employed by the band is leading a secret double life. Any suggestions? Treatment resources? Recording contract?...


BMB

08 November, 2014 (10:17am)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARALEE

To celebrate the special occasion I'm taking the birthday girl to Fleming's steakhouse in 90210, which in my opinion is better than Sizzler or one of those trendy restaurants where the chef spends the morning foraging for your dinner. With an on-line coupon and validated parking it should be good! Plus there's the walnut turtle pie on the dessert menu! No harm in looking...

BMB

06 November, 2014 (11:41am)
GREY MATTER

In case you missed this elsewhere (?), a really great photo that I assume had something to do with a Halloween (or Day of the Dead) celebration.


BMB

05 November, 2014 (07:21pm)
VOLTO! TO PERFORM MIDNIGHT SHOW AT THE MINT

VOLTO! (DANNY CAREY, JOHN ZIEGLER & LANCE MORRISON) will be performing the LATE SHOW at THE MINT in L.A. on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22. Doors open at 11:30 for the show beginning at 11:59. 21 AND OVER.

TICKETS



BMB

05 November, 2014 (07:10pm)
'CURSED' DRUMHEAD WINNER

It would be remiss of me not to congratulate Christopher F. in the state of Massachusetts for scoring the 'cursed' drumhead signed by all four band members (shown below) for just 99 cents! All Christopher did was to read the October (Halloween) Newsletter (no easy feat), which provided a link to purchase the specialty item. Others might want to check the store from time to time in case MERCH finds something else in the Tool 'Museum' that he dusts off and sells for a rediculously low price. Should I hear about anything, I'll try to give a big heads up in a news post.


BMB

02 November, 2014 (09:43am)
LOOKS LIKE DOUBLE DUTY FOR DANNY

After more writing/arranging sessions with TOOL during the day, DANNY will be performing at night with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, California. The show is on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 and feature DOUG WEBB on sax, MITCH FORMAN on keys, JIMMY EARL on bass, and JOHN ZIEGLER on guitar. Tickets to see these great musicians are $20.00, and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME at the 'tator.'

TICKETS


BMB

01 November, 2014 (07:26pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

If you're going to the NOVEMBER 3 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, the special guest musicians that you'll hear include TODD WOLF on drums and ED ROTH on keys. JOHN ZIEGLER of "Volto!" presides over things and usually has the band up and running around 9:30ish. Bring the musical instrument that you're always playing and ask about joining in during the lively second set.

BMB

31 October, 2014 (03:43pm)


TOOL NEWSLETTER,
OCTOBER 31, 2014 E.V.

SPECIAL HALLOWEEN/SAMHAIN ISSUE

It saddens me to report on the untimely passing of one of the band's decoy-doubles, who was recently killed while employed as a steeplejack in Lawrence, Kansas. ****** had worked part time as one of Tool's "Doppelgangers" (as the decoys humorously referred to themselves) for over ten years before the tragedy involving a bolt of lightning caused him to fall to his death while polishing a church steeple. He is survived by no one (that I can mention for security reasons), and will be buried with honors for duty served at an undisclosed cemetery in Stull, Kansas. Those wishing to send their condolences can do so via the messageboards on the ToolArmy website.

In keeping with the old saying, "The show must go on", after receiving and reviewing numerous job applications, a new Tool decoy-double was hired, and quickly introduced to his fellow three "Doppelgangers" somewhere in Hollywood last week. Having measured up to the required standards (and swearing several blood oaths - meaning, among other things, that if he was required to drink orange Gatorade, he would do so, even if he was craving a different flavor!), I'm told that the newest decoy-double (whose job it is to keep overly zealous Tool fans from bothering the real band members whilst on tour) is ready to SPRING into action at a moment's notice. In the meantime - like the other decoys, the newest member will continue to work at his regular job - this being as an electrical power line installer in rural Oklahoma.

CURSED TOOL SIGNED DRUMHEAD?

It began harmlessly enough. As a token of their appreciation for his services in identifying potential insect threats while touring in foreign lands (as well as Oregon), the members of Tool recently presented the world-renown entomologist, Rance Q. Spartley, with a tour drumhead signed by all four band members (While doing so, try to imagine a barely audible dark-sounding minor chord). This the bug man graciously accepted, afterwards offering each of the guys a bar of color-coded (white and brown) Face/Butt soap that he purchased from Amazon. (Surely you don't wash your face and butt using the same bar!)

Days later, after the maverick entomologist had framed and hung the drumhead on the wall in his modest home on the east coast, it wasn't long before strange things began to happen. At first these were minor things - albeit puzzling - such as jars of green olives in his kitchen pantry becoming cans of black olives, and a pizza delivery with mushroom toppings where Spartley had most certainly ordered his usual Italian sausage only.

The first sign of something really not being right occurred one Sunday morning when he awoke early and walked into the kitchen to make breakfast of fried Taylor's ham, coffee and maple-frosted doughnuts. While slicing the Taylor pork roll, to his great astonishment, he noticed that all of his refrigerator magnets had been re-arranged! (At the sight of this, imagine a spooky, rapid-fire Ligeti piano fortissimo). Now, here we're talking about many dozens of refrigerator magnets collected from Spartley's world travels in search of undiscovered insect species. What in the hell was going on, he wondered, almost too frightened to approach the colorful mass of confusion that his gaze was transfixed on. Thoughts raced through his brain. Had been sleepwalking? Was he a refrigerator magnet re-arranging somnambulist? A late night supermarket exchanger of green for black olives? Those which he absolutely loathed. But what about the wrong pizza toppings?.. Come to think of it, the package of canned unicorn meat that he ordered for holiday gag gifts from Amazon had never arrived, and he had placed the order three days ago... And then there was the bad luck of having his favorite television reality show abruptly canceled. This was "All My Babies' Mamas" - the ups and downs of a famous rapper who is the father of 11 children by 10 different mothers.

After painstakingly returning all of the magnets to their rightful places on the refrigerator, the next day passed without anything out of the ordinary. However, the following day something occurred that really messed with his mind. For some reason that Spartley couldn't quite fathom, he had 'accidentally' eaten the sugar bunny Peep that, unlike any others that he'd ever seen - and he'd seen plenty - bore the uncanny likeness of the face of Jesus; being very similar to the Sunday school popular image of the 'Savior' that all too often appeared on tortillas and fish sticks and even in the burnt on grease of frying pans. Because it was a genuine Peep (manufactured by "Just Born, Inc in Bethlehem, PA.), it was going to be part of the entomologist's retirement fund - a freakish religious apparition that would surely command thousands of dollars when auctioned on eBay.

But even worse than biting off the head of his curious Jesus-Peep, moments later he had a severe allergic reaction to it. Along with an ugly rash on most of his body, he was experiencing shortness of breath. In a frantic phone call to me, I suggested that he might be having a bad reaction to one of the ingredients in Peeps - this being carnauba wax, the main ingredient in car wax. As I was telling him this, I heard his phone suddenly drop, followed by him yelling about something. (Imagine an organ crescendo with dissonance, followed by a rapid-fire series of diatonic scales.) As I found out moments later, while talking to me he happened to glance out of the kitchen window only to see that his car was missing from the driveway. This was not just any car - it was Spartley's 1964 Oldsmobile JetFire, which he was in the process of waxing when evidently someone had stolen it.

Spartley needed to calm down. There had to be a rational explanation for this sudden string of bad luck. He was a scientist, after all! A world-renowned bug expert who had figured out that parasitism was the answer to last years frightening Dream-Leaper spider phenomenon. Plus, he wasn't seeing wispy apparitions of malevolent entities. His house wasn't permeated by the sulfurous odor of brimstone. Nor was he experiencing terrible nightmares. Too bad he sought comfort in the "Giant Boo Popcorn Tin" that he had bought for Halloween. This was supposed to be filled to the brim with Jack-O-Lantern popcorn balls, pixies, black cat gummi, and mellocreme pumpkins. However, rather than the promised assortment, the damn thing came filled with only the mellocreme goodies. Even the bonus plush ghost had escaped its captivity inside the decorative container. First Spartley ate one mellocreme pumpkin, Then another. Then several more, for he had dozens of them.

Within minutes he realized that it was probably marshmallow that he was now allergic to, and not carnauba wax. And you guessed right. The resulting painful red splotches on his face bore an uncanny likeness to the face of Jesus. Just like the ones seen on grilled cheese sandwiches, dog butt-holes, and rusted Black & Decker irons.

While recovering at his home, the next day I received another call from Spartley. This time he sounded even more frazzled than he was when his JetFire was stolen. Minutes ago he had noticed that his prized collection of Lord Howe Island stick-insects were missing. Also known as "tree-lobsters", these are considered to be the rarest insects in the world, virtually extinct by 1930, and his private collection, containing 24 in all, included an ultra-rare male specimen with polka dots. "Could the odd fuckers have somehow come back to life?" his fevered mind imagined. "And are now planning an all out assault!" This most recent incident might have well been the chrysanthemum on Spartley's tomb. Distraught as he was, he blamed all of his recent problems on the signed Tool drumhead, uttering repeatedly that it was the only thing different in his world.

I thought about this for a while - wondering if perhaps the negative vibes were the result of an errant sigil - one that had been constructed without linear exactitude? But Spartley thought otherwise, believing that something had been disturbed from its frozen slumber - a video prop creature perhaps - while removing the drumhead from the 'museum's' dusty, cobweb-festooned upper floor. Although I didn't think this made any sense, I nevertheless told him that if that really was the case, I suggested that he use jinx-removing incense, or a (placebo-like) banishing formula that I would provide him with.

Spartley wasn't having any of this. All he wanted to do is return the "cursed drumhead." Then he would check Craigslist for anyone selling a 1964 Oldsmobile JetFire. And finally, he would take a trip to Australia, where the Lord Howe Island stick-insects were back in business due to something known as "The Lazarus Effect." As for Tool, Spartley said that they should just focus on recording a new album, and not worry about any hazardous creatures while touring - except, of course, for certain types of arachnids such as the Australian "Dream-Leaper", and disease carrying mosquitoes. Also, bullet ants, tse tse flies, deer ticks, puss caterpillars, parasitic worms, assassin bugs and your garden-variety black spitting thick tail scorpion. When we hung up, I wondered if I'd ever see the bug man again?

Once again, although I don't believe Spartley's recent misfortunes were in any way connected with a "cursed drumhead", for those who choose to think such things are possible - because it is Halloween - the first lucky person to read this has a chance to order from the on-line store the "cursed Tool drumhead" (SIGNED by all four band members) for the insane price of just 99 cents! Honestly, that's right, 99 cents! However, if you want one that isn't cursed, another (signed by all four band members) drumhead will be available for a much higher price. (Pipe organ crescendo.)

HAPPY TRAILS


BMB

31 October, 2014 (11:03am)
DIFFERENT OCTOBER NEWSLETTER NEEDS TO BE WRITTEN (QUICKLY)

The planned OCTOBER (HALLOWEEN) NEWSLETTER was deemed too frightening by the few who read it in advance of being posted, so I have decided to write a different one. I have an idea, but it will take me a couple of hours to make it happen. In the meantime, check out the seasonal table decorations that I recently took a photo of at one band member's' house. And they thought the newsletter was scary...


BMB

28 October, 2014 (04:07pm)
PRE-SALES FOR DANNY'S NEW "CAREY RHYTHM 93" JERSEY (SEE FREE SHIPPING INFO BELOW)

Coming up with the design for DANNY'S latest shirt was somewhat of a no-brainer. What does the Tool drummer feel most comfortable wearing while performing shows? The answer, of course, being sports jerseys from his favorite teams (such as his beloved KU Jayhawks), with at other times tee shirts replete with esoteric symbolism. So, we combined these at times disparate elements to create a unique hybrid - a purple sports jersey with a few magickal touches. Thus, MERCH unveils the CAREY RHYTHM 93, a HIGH QUALITY CUSTOM MEN'S JERSEY to be worn or displayed in a frame.

SPECS:
CUSTOM MEN'S JERSEY, MADE IN GERMANY
POLYESTER ENGINEERED CLIMACOOL MESH
ORIGINAL DESIGN, T-NECK, AND K-TEX PATTERN
4 THREAD-OVERLOCK STITCH PATTERN TO ENSURE SUPERIOR STRENGTH AND DURABILITY
THERMAL SUBLIMATION - PRINT WON'T FADE OR DETERIORATE,
WHILE FABRIC REMAINS BREATHABLE

PRE-SALE PRICE FREE SHIPPING IN THE U.S.A. with coupon code: RHYTHM
(ONLY during the PRE-SALE FROM OCTOBER 27, 2014 - NOVEMBER 3, 2014.)

VIEW/PURCHASE



BMB

28 October, 2014 (03:15pm)
SENSORY STATION PRODUCED BY AARON HARRIS... RELEASED

Those who appreciate AARON HARRIS' studio work should check out a new CD that he produced, recorded, mixed and had a few pints of ale while doing so. The band is "SENSORY STATION", and the record is entitled "OPEN YOUR EYES." , which was released TODAY (TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28), and is available on itunes, spotify, amazon and elsewhere. The band also has a SHOW/CD RELEASE PARTY tonight (OCT 28) at THE MERROW in SAN DIEGO (1271 University Ave., SAN DIEGO, CA. 92103). 9:00 PM, 21 and older.

MORE


BMB

27 October, 2014 (10:01am)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for the OCTOBER 27 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ at the BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY include JAVO BARRERA on drums and BILLY STEINWAY on keys. The band starts around 9:30, and the 'tator' welcomes all ages.

BMB

25 October, 2014 (05:14pm)
CHANCE TO OBTAIN SIGNED TOOL POSTERS & UNIQUE ADAM DRAWINGS

Pledges to the KICKSTARTER campaign for "IMAGINER: THE ART OF CLIVE BARKER, VOLUME TWO" could get you (among other things) a TOOL CONCERT POSTER SIGNED BY ALL FOUR BAND MEMBERS... PLUS a UNIQUE DRAWING BY ADAM (with a personalized note concerning the artwork). FOR MORE INFO about these great rewards, please SCROLL DOWN to the HIGHER AMOUNT PLEDGES near the bottom of the "IMAGINER" Kickstarter page.
PLEDGE-INFO


BMB

24 October, 2014 (12:35pm)
MAYNARD CONTRIBUTION TO FLAMING LIPS SGT. PEPPERS TRIBUTE

"Monday/Tuesday is the official release of the Flaming Lips Sgt Peppers tribute album. A portion of the proceeds from "With a Little Help From My Fwends" will go to Bella Foundation, which helps low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners in the Lips' hometown of Oklahoma City pay for veterinary care."

Maynard sang on Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite. Other contributing artists on the album include but are not limited to:

Phantogram
My Morning Jacket
J Mascis
Foxygen
Tegan and Sara
Stardeath and White Dwarfs
Sunbears
Miley Cyrus
Moby
Electric Würms

Puscifer contribution...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEETdkuewdQ&feature=youtu.be


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23 October, 2014 (10:57pm)
DANNY AT SQUASHED GRAPES ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24

DANNY will be performing with THE DOUG WEBB QUINTET at SQUASHED GRAPES in VENTURA, CALIFORNIA on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24. 7:00.

SQUASHED GRAPES
2351 E. MAIN STREET
VENTURA, CA. 93003

MORE


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19 October, 2014 (12:09pm)
MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ

Special guests for the OCTOBER 20 MONDAY NIGHT JAMMMZ include the great JOEL TAYLOR on drums along with the great JON GREATHOUSE on keys and vocals. If you're pretty great yourself, bring an instrument and ask one of the other great musicians about joining in during the second set. Where does all this greatness happen, you ask? The answer is (everyone)... THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA, home of great drinks, great big stuffed spuds, and great live music. And the other great thing about the 'tator', is that all ages are welcome. How great is that!

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16 October, 2014 (05:54pm)
DANNY WITH THE WEBB ALLSTARS ON FRIDAY, OCT 17

DANNY will be performing with THE WEBB ALLSTARS at THE BAKED POTATO jazz club in STUDIO CITY on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17. The other players include DOUG WEBB on sax, Scott Kinsey on keys and effects, Jimmy Earl on bass, and John (Volto1) Ziegler on guitar. Tickets: $20.00. ALL AGES WELCOME AT THE 'TATOR."

TICKETS


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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!

Step right up, folks! Try to guess when the new record will be released? It's not that hard once you embrace multiversal quantum level mechanisms. Anyone can do it! Men. Women. Children of all ages! WIN A PLUSH RABBIT! Anyone can do it! Gas huffers in their soiled Fruit of the Looms! Sashaying spangled elephants! Even lobotomized department store manikins! CLUES and HINTS inside the Tent of Vertiginous Wonders... Leave your skepticism and dogmatic ignorance at the door, and dare to experience the absolute present! Don't worry about tracking in sawdust. ZUM ZUM the human (cordless) vacuum hasn't had his breakfast yet. The absolute present - it's not a corndog... it's perceptual maturity on a stick!

ODDMENTS!
CURIOSITIES!
ON DISPLAY!

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Can you smell the salted caramel cotton candy? ORGANIC COTTON CANDY IN MARTINI GLASSES! GUAVA! MANGO CHILI! & LYCHEE! FUNNEL CAKES! CANDY BUTCHERS! ENDANGERED ANIMAL CRACKERS! TRY THEM ALL!

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!
AMAZING CLIPS OF THE KALI-ARMED DRUMMER FOR TOOL!
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.

BMB

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.

BMB

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...

BMB

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



BMB

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.


BMB

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.

BMB

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



BMB

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



BMB

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


BMB

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



BMB

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.

BMB

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."

BMB

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


BMB

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



BMB

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



BMB

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.


BMB

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...

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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


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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


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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.

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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!

BMB

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.


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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



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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/



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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



BMB

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.



BMB

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



BMB

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


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05 May, 2013 (11:24am)
DANNY

DANNY in Australia as captured by Rynne Stump.


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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.



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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.


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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.


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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



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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


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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.

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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


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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



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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.


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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


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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.


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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



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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



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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!..

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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.



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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



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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.


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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



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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.


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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!



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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.

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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



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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.

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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)


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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.)


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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


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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



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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!


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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


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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.


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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



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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



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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



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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.


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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


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05 March, 2013 (09:47am)
ART CHURCH WITH ALEX & ALLYSON GREY

MORE


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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!)



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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.

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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



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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"


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19 February, 2013 (01:22pm)
OR... IF YOU'D PREFER "THE ONION"

PUSCIFER/BO-RAP

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19 February, 2013 (01:18pm)
iTUNES PREVIEW OF PUSCIFER's "DONKEY PUNCH THE NIGHT"

ENJOY!


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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


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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


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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



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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



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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.

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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


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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

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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.

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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!."


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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.


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09 February, 2013 (10:14am)
NEW COSM JOURNAL

featuring art by ADAM SCOTT MILLER.

VIEW



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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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



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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



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28 January, 2013 (10:27am)
CONGRATS TO ADAM AND KORIN!

ADAM proposes to KORIN at WWE wrestling extravaganza.

WATCH



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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


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24 January, 2013 (10:17am)
MAYNARD INTERVIEW IN PHOENIX NEW TIMES

Maynard talks about the music biz, Puscifer, and...

READ


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23 January, 2013 (10:31am)
DANNY INTERVIEW IN RHYTHM MAGAZINE

DANNY is featured in the FEBRUARY 2013 ISSUE of RHYTHM MAGAZINE (on sale now).


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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



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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.

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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.

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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


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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


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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


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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



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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!

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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



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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!"


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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).

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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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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."


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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.

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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.


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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.

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26 December, 2012 (10:04am)




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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!


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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


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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.


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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



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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



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13 December, 2012 (10:38am)
TELESMA



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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"

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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.



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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


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05 December, 2012 (05:30pm)
SYNAPSE

PROBLEM SOLVED

Inspired by virtuosity and astronautical engineering

SYNAPSE

leads musicians into new space...

SYNAPSE



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04 December, 2012 (12:13pm)
TOOL PERFORMING AT OZZFEST IN JAPAN

Here's the OZZFEST poster.

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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