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Puscifer “Donkey Punch The Night” EP in Feb 2013

19th Nov 12 (Mon) Leave a comment

Just posted on Puscifer’s facebook page

Puscifer’s Donkey Punch The Night coming Feb 19, 2013. The 8-song release track listing:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody “O.G. Mix”
2. Breathe
3. Dear Brother
4. Balls To The Wall “Pillow Fight Mix”
5. Breathe “Drumcell rework”
6. Dear Brother “Denton rework” (Big Black Delta)
7. Balls To The Wall “Silent Servant El Guapo Mix”
8. Bohemian Rhapsody “Sonoio rework”

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) about the collection:
While continuing our tradition of releasing a few new songs at a time. I also had an itch that needed scratching, and that itch was ‘Balls To The Wall.’ Which was followed by an even harder to reach itch known as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ And scratch them we did.

~Dan – np: Paul Motian Trio + TwoLive at the Village Vanguard

REVIEW: Puscifer @ the Schnitzer (Portland, OR – 3/14/12)

15th Mar 12 (Thu) 16 comments

Fourth time seeing Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer.  Always a treat!  I opted out of the hassle of doing the photo pass on this 2nd leg, as I wanted to catch Carina Round’s set and not miss the intro video or any of the Puscifer set like I had to back at the 1st leg kick-off in Seattle in Nov 2011.  Thus… ALL PHOTOS posted on this review are from the official Puscifer photographer and/or Meats Meier (see FB photo album).

I did the VIP soundcheck & wine tasting again (I’m a sucker for that)… Soundcheck performance was again stripped down acoustic on both songs – “The Chain” [Fleetwood Mac] and the personal favorite “The Humbling River” (with Carina Round on banjo).

For the wine, this time we tried the Arizona Stronghold’s Mandala (2010) & Mangus (2010) and the Caduceus Cellars’ Nagual de la Naga (2010).  The Mandala was nice, had a very sweet and somewhat tart nose, but definitely a dry/balanced finish.  It’s still young, but was an interesting viognier white wine blend.  The next two were reds, and I liked them more.  The Mangus was very drinkable.  It was a “super Tuscan” primarily sangiovese blend – sweet, fruity, a little buttery in the mouth-feel.  My favorite of the night was the Nagual de la Naga.  It would have been perfect with a rich meal… this cabernet savignon, merlot, and sangiovese blend was only bottled a week before the tour started; so it was definitely a young wine.  Despite its age, it was full bodied and beautiful to drink now.

Carina Round opened the show.  She’s a great rocker singer-songwriter who also backs Maynard on vocals during the Puscifer set… she seemed more comfortable than the last tour go around.  Her band was made up of a majority of the Puscifer live band.  She had a lot of energy, and a high kick near the end of the set gave those of us in the front rows a special treat.  She left the stage, and shortly thereafter the video intro started with Billy D (played by Maynard), Hildy, Cherry Piles, Peter Merkin, and other odd characters.

The show started out the same as Seattle… with Maynard wheeling out a small airstream camper.  He set up some tables and chairs and talked about sustainability and what they’re trying to do with Puscifer (listen to the Fall 2011 monologue from NC).

The show overall was very similar to last year’s leg, which is fine with me… it’s a great set of songs, a fantastic light show, and a paradox of high technology with a stripped down feel.  The song selection was also quite similar, except for the middle of the set we got “Potions” and “Mama Sed” instead of “Polar Bear” and “Indigo Children”…

Setlist: about 90 minutes

  • Maynard Monologue while setting up camper/stage
  • The Green Valley
  • Tiny Monsters
  • Vagina Mine
  • Dozo
  • Toma
  • The Rapture (Fear is a Mind Killa Mix)
  • The Weaver
  • Rev 22:20 [Carina Round on lead vocals]
  • Potions
  • Momma Sed
  • Oceans
  • Monsoons
  • Horizons
  • Conditions of My Parole
  • Man Overboard
  • Telling Ghosts
  • The Undertaker
  • Tumbleweed
    No Encore

This is a brilliant tour for a brilliant album.  The western feel also fits extremely well with the newer mellower songs… tumbleweeds blowing by, fake campfire, and a dazzling electrical storm…

Don’t have Conditions of My Parole yet?  I think you should go buy it if you haven’t yet.  It’s at the top of my pile for 2011 releases (by far).

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below… the dates are winding down; so if you missed it, you’ll have to try next time!

Next shows for me… Seun Kuti @ WOW Hall (3/18) and Skerik’s Bandalabra @ Cozmic (3/20).

~Dan – np: John ZornIAO: Music in Sacred Light

Puscifer Winter Tour 2012

February
23  Austin, TX – Long Center for the Performing Arts
25 Baton Rouge, LARiver Center Theatre
26 Memphis, TNOrpheum Theatre
28 Nashville, TNAndrew Jackson Hall
29 Louisville, KYBrown Theatre

March
1 Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theatre
3 Cincinnati, OHTaft Theatre

4 Indianapolis, INMurat Theatre
6 Kansas City, KSKansas City Music Hall
7 Omaha, NEOmaha Civic Auditorium
10 Edmonton, ABNorth Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11 Calgary, ABSouthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
13 Vancouver, BCThe Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
14 Portland, ORArlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
16 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts
17 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
18 Escondido, CACalifornia Center for the Arts

Puscifer “Telling Ghosts” (official video)

2nd Feb 12 (Thu) Leave a comment

The official David Lynch-ian video for PusciferTelling Ghosts” is now posted on their official YouTube account…

It was shot by Tim Cadiente (Barton Perreira) and Meats Meier (3D Art Space) and edited by Mat Mitchell (Puscifer).  The video brings me right back to seeing them in Seattle in November 2011 (review with photos here).

Get the amazing album, Puscifer’s Conditions Of My Parole, over HERE.

~Dan – np: Frank ZappaThem Or Us

Puscifer announce Winter 2012 tour dates

7th Dec 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

updated Dec 13, 2011 & Jan 9, 2012 with a few new dates


PUSCIFER’S CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE TOUR 2012
All shows on sale Friday, Dec. 16.  VIP ticket packages available simultaneously at http://puscifer.frontgatetickets.com

The new Puscifer album, Conditions of My Parole, is available now at Puscifer.com, Amazon.com, iTunes and at independent record stores.  Conditions of My Parole is a brilliant record; so I think you should go buy it if you haven’t yet.  It’s at the top of my pile for 2011 releases (by far).

Check out my review (with photos) from the 1st date of the 1st leg of the tour in Seattle (11/7/11) over HERE.  They’re heading out in late winter 2012 on a 2nd leg…

February 2012
23  Austin, TX – Long Center for the Performing Arts
25 Baton Rouge, LARiver Center Theatre
26 Memphis, TNOrpheum Theatre
28 Nashville, TNAndrew Jackson Hall
29 Louisville, KYBrown Theatre

March 2012
1 Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theatre (new date)
3 Cincinnati, OHTaft Theatre

4 Indianapolis, INMurat Theatre
6 Kansas City, KSKansas City Music Hall
7 Omaha, NEOmaha Civic Auditorium
10 Edmonton, ABNorth Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11 Calgary, ABSouthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
13 Vancouver, BCThe Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
14 Portland, ORArlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
16 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts (new date)
17 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center (new date)
18 Escondido, CACalifornia Center for the Arts

I’ll be at the Portland gig!  More dates may still be announced.

~Dan – np: Mike PattonThe Solitude of Prime Numbers

REVIEW: Puscifer @ Paramount Theatre (Seattle, WA – 11/7/11)

8th Nov 11 (Tue) 15 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW are at the BOTTOM

A 6 week tour from Puscifer with no Oregon date?  Well, pack up and drive to Seattle is what I’ll do!  Seeing as Conditions of My Parole is vying quite strongly for one of my favorite albums of 2011 (and a marked improvement on Puscifer’s already strong work previously), I wasn’t going to miss this one.

This was only my second time to the Paramount Theatre (first time was for Spinal Tap Unwigged in 2009).  It’s a really gorgeous venue.

I opted for the “VIP” plan; so 99 other rabids & I got to see a special “VIP Soundcheck” performance… stripped down acoustic on both songs – “The Chain” [Fleetwood Mac] and the personal favorite “The Humbling River” (with Carina Round on banjo).  Maynard flubbed the lyrics slightly to the Fleetwood Mac song and joked about needing to google the lyrics later.  After their short warm-up, Maynard talked about what they were trying to do with Puscifer – small, indie, sustainable.  He joked about that with their small distributor that “even Hot Topics won’t take their call.”  He thanked us for our support and then they left…

Also, being a sucker for Maynard, I also opted for the wine tasting session… For those not in the know, Maynard is an artist.  He started with Tool.  Branched out with Billy Howerdel on A Perfect Circle.  But then he found his creative juices flowing with his boutique Caduceus Cellars / Merkin Vineyards in Jerome, Arizona.  He makes fantastic wine with Eric Glomski and much help from his local friends… I’ve nabbed a few bottles in Ohio when I lived there, had some tastings at the 1st night Nov 2009 Puscifer show in Portland, and finally was able to direct order some at a local bottle shop in Eugene, Oregon (thanks, 16 Tons!).

Last night, we had the Merkin Vineyards’ The Diddler (2010) & Chupacabra (2010) and the Caduceus Cellars’ Sancha (2009).  The Diddler was a nice white, primarily California Viognier, Arizona Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay/Malvasia Blanca blend.  It was floral aromatic and a sweet in the nose, dry with a little sweet on the tongue.  I’ve had the Chupacabra before (2005 & 2006).  As a shape-shifter, it changes with each vintage.  The 2010 had caramel and toffee on the nose.  It was a deep, rich Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Syrah blend with all California grapes.  The final wine was special, the 2009 Sancha was a gorgeous all Arizona grape Tempranillo blend (with Garnacha).  Dark, deep fruity nose, slightly chalky tannins (thanks to the host for pointing out chalkiness in some tannins).  I love Tempranillo!  Maynard came up to the room we were in near the end of the tasting and flashed us the peace sign and said “thanks.”  Much less interaction than two years ago, but he’s a busy guy.

“Drink responsibly… even at a rock show!”
-Puscifer road manager

I missed the front end of Carina Round’s opening set due to wine tasting and needing to run to my car to get my camera.  Her short (30 minute?) set struck me as a singer-songwriter turned rocker.  I like her sound, and I have enjoyed some of her singles in the past.  Her latest is the 2009 EP – Things You Should Know.  She also has a new exclusive video for “The Last Time” on AOL Music.  Despite her shortish set, I knew we’d see her shortly, as she’s in the band…

The Puscifer show started shortly after Carina left the stage with the VH1 Behind the Music-esque videos chronicling the honky-tonk performers struggles in life and love and incarceration.  The odd things about the stage set-up was that… there was no stage set-up.  The stage was completely empty when the show-proper started.  At around 9pm, out came a small silver-bullet camper that housed some campfire chairs, tables, and some band members.  Maynard moved the camper into place while talking to us about sustainability and the tour.

Puscifer shows in the past had some complex set design & changes, but the set for this tour was fairly steadily a campfire scene – with of course, an audacious light and video show at times.  The juxtaposition of simple and complex, like Maynard’s nature, was also similar to the juxtaposition of melodic and heavy.  The set was pretty much the entire Conditions album, with some V is for… and C is for… songs thrown in, too.  No skits, some videos (Meats Meier’s and others), no over the top costuming, just a focus on the great music!

Setlist: about 90 minutes

  • Maynard Monologue while setting up camper/stage
  • The Green Valley
  • Tiny Monsters
  • Vagina Mine
  • Dozo
  • Toma
  • The Rapture (Fear is a Mind Killa Mix)
  • The Weaver
  • Rev 22:20 [Carina Round on lead vocals]
  • Polar Bear
  • Indigo Children [2011 Mix]
  • Oceans
  • Monsoons
  • Horizons
  • Conditions of My Parole
  • Man Overboard
  • Telling Ghosts
  • The Undertaker
  • Tumbleweed
  • No Encore

Conditions of My Parole is a brilliant record; so I think you should go buy it if you haven’t yet.  It’s at the top of my pile for 2011 releases (by far).

The 1st night of tour had very minimal hiccups (if any).  Check it out, if you happen to be in the markets they’re hitting on this leg (see dates below).  I was able to shoot the 3rd & 4th songs; so check back for my photos once I have time to get home and edit them.

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below the photos.

Next shows for me… a three-day run by Peter Mulvey (11/10 @ Sam Bonds in Eugene, 11/11 @ private house concert in Creswell, 11/12 @ Majestic in Corvallis).

~Dan – np: dredgChuckles and Mr Squeezy

PUSCIFER PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2011 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

Puscifer Fall 2011 Tour Dates

  • 11/7 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
  • 11/9 Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre
  • 11/10 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
  • 11/12 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
  • 11/14 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
  • 11/15 Chicago, IL Cadillac Palace Theatre
  • 11/17 Cleveland, OH Lakewood Civic Auditorium
  • 11/18 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 11/19 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 11/22 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
  • 11/23 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
  • 11/25 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • 11/26 Washington, DC Lisner Auditorium
  • 11/27 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
  • 11/29 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
  • 11/30 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
  • 12/2 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre
  • 12/3 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
  • 12/6 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
  • 12/7 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts
  • 12/9 Mesa, AZ Ikeda Theater (previously listed as Phoenix)
  • 12/10 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl

Maynard on the future of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer Tour

27th Oct 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

As reported in Antiquiet (the recap quoted below) & Loudwire (the longer interview)…

A couple of weeks ago, Maynard James Keenan released Conditions of My Parole, the sophomore effort from his “solo” project Puscifer. In a recent interview with Loudwire, he touched on the subject of new albums from the other acts he fronts – Tool and A Perfect Circle, as the former hasn’t released any new material since 2006, and the latter since 2003.

When asked about Tool, and the band’s modus operandi of having guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey of writing the music before Maynard gives his input, he stated: “I’m allowing them their space to do what they do, so we’re still in that mode. Even if they told me how close they are to being done, I couldn’t tell you because if I say 60 percent people will start counting down. When it’s done everyone will know. But I haven’t done anything yet. They write forever and then we go in and knock it all out. We’re writing. We’re writing vocals.”

He added that “nothing’s solid” yet, and compared Tool’s writing process to Puscifer’s: “With Puscifer, there’s ideas and then we’ll record stuff. Then we’ll go back and change stuff and fix stuff and record new stuff before we finally put it all together. But with Tool, we practice jams, but there’s no actual recording going on until it’s time to record.”

On whether or not any touring will happen when Tool’s fifth album finally drops, Maynard said that fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for an extensive amount of dates: “Physically, I can’t do it, so that’s not gonna happen. We will tour, but it won’t be the old school dog and pony show of eight months of beating yourself to death.” Regarding the necessity that artists have of making money from touring, he said: “How much do you need, really? If we can make a living going out for a few weeks a year and keep people satisfied by making sure we play the locations we need to hit […] Who gives a s–t how much money you have if your back hurts so much you can’t stand up. Money’s not the goal. Having fun making the art, that’s the goal.”

As for the possibility of a new A Perfect Circle album, he was decidedly less enthusiastic, mentioning that he and guitarist Billy Howerdel don’t have much ready at the moment: “We’ve been kicking around some stuff. Nothing’s ready. Until it’s really solid it doesn’t make any sense to present it, and right now he’s busy with Ashes Divide and I’m doing Puscifer.”

Puscifer will be featured on a special Halloween appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. After that, the band kicks off their North American tour, of which I’ll be at the Seattle gig (look for a review shortly thereafter):

  • 11/7 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
  • 11/9 Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre
  • 11/10 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
  • 11/12 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
  • 11/14 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
  • 11/15 Chicago, IL Cadillac Palace Theatre
  • 11/17 Cleveland, OH Lakewood Civic Auditorium
  • 11/18 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 11/19 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 11/22 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
  • 11/23 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
  • 11/25 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • 11/26 Washington, DC Lisner Auditorium
  • 11/27 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
  • 11/29 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
  • 11/30 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
  • 12/2 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre
  • 12/6 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
  • 12/9 Phoenix, AZ Ikeda Theater
  • 12/10 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl

~Dan – np: Puscifer Conditions of My Parole

Puscifer tour dates – Nov & Dec 2011

2nd Oct 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

Update 10/3, 10/6 & 10/15 with updated venues and ticket information.

Puscifer tour dates leaked early at the end of this promo video (were supposed to be out tomorrow)…

Puscifer is Maynard James Keenan (Tool/A Perfect Circle), Mat Mitchell, Josh Eustis, Carina Round, Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl.  Carina Round is the opener.  More dates to be announced soon as well.  I hope Portland is on there, otherwise I may make the trekka up to Seattle.  Venues to be announced tomorrow…

  • 10/31 – David Letterman
  • 11/7 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
  • 11/9 Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre
  • 11/10 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
  • 11/12 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
  • 11/14 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
  • 11/15 Chicago, IL Cadillac Palace Theatre
  • 11/17 Cleveland, OH Lakewood Civic Auditorium
  • 11/18 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 11/19 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 11/22 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
  • 11/23 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
  • 11/25 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • 11/26 Washington, DC Lisner Auditorium
  • 11/27 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
  • 11/29 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
  • 11/30 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
  • 12/2 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre
  • 12/6 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
  • 12/9 Phoenix, AZ Ikeda Theater
  • 12/10 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
    Additional dates to be announced shortly.

Tickets for all shows go on-sale Friday, Oct. 7 at 12 noon local time via venue box offices, as well as Ticketmaster and Live Nation websites.  A limited number of VIP packages, featuring wine tastings and a more mysterious Puscifer encounter, will be available simultaneously via http://puscifer.frontgatetickets.com.

The album, Conditions of My Parole, comes out October 18th.  You can add the mp3 download and CD version to your wishlist and pre-order the vinyl version now on Amazon.

~Dan – np: Toad the Wet SprocketBread and Circus

Puscifer “Man Overboard” [video]

8th Sep 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

The first single from Puscifer’s second album Conditions of My Parole now has a video.  Get your Maynard James Keenan fix with the”Man Overboard” is directed by Meats Meier

I dig the song more than the video… while I dig Meats’ style, all the Puscifer videos are a bit “samey.”  I’d hope for something more unique rather than doing the same thing over and over again.  Great song from Maynard & Co and great talent in Meats, though… in spades, for sure.

The CD is up for pre-order here, and the vinyl is available for pre-order (and comes out October 18th).  The digital download single is available now.  A US Tour is expected for November 2011.

~Dan – np: Pretty LightsFilling Up the City Skies

‘Queens of Country’ movie trailer (with Maynard)

4th Aug 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

New trailer for the movie Queens of Country featuring Lizzy Caplan, Ron Livingston, a mysterious iPod and Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan

~Dan – np: Sufjan Stevens invites you to Come On Feel the Illinoise!

REVIEW: A Perfect Circle @ the Schnitzer (Portland, OR – 6/29/11)

1st Jul 11 (Fri) 19 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

A Perfect Circle [APC] is a beautiful collaboration between music-writer Billy Howerdel (Tool guitar tech, Ashes Divide frontman) and lyricist Maynard James Keenan (Tool & Puscifer frontman, winemaker).  Their first album, Mer de Noms, took the artistic approach that is also in Tool’s world into a more mainstream hardrock setting.  They dug deep into addiction-themed lyrics on their follow-up, The Thirteenth Step, and then got really politically bent on eMOTIVe (which was released on the day we failed as Americans by electing George W Bush for a 2nd term).  WTF!?  Anyway, sorry for my personal injection… here is their oeuvre to peruse if you are unfamiliar:

Their last full-length studio album (the aforementioned eMOTIVe) also showed less songwriting and way more covers… Lennon, Costello, Marvin Gaye, Zeppelin, Devo, Black Flag, Joni Mitchell, Depeche Mode, and more.  Its political nature was maybe a last “rock the vote” push in the 2004 Presidential election?  Well, the peace and war and political conflict from 2004 is still here in 2011.  It’s different, but alas it’s still here.  I think that album is still very relevant… while APC plans on releasing some new material in the near future (digital format initially), the first thing I noticed when I showed up at the Schnitzer on Wednesday night was their stage setup: camouflage curtains, ammo boxes, and military-like gear littered the stage.

This was their first show of the six-week tour… Was the show going to be a musical battle-zone?  Maynard has been quite theatrical with his live shows lately (see my Puscifer Nov ’09 review links below), but APC tends to be a different beast… Maynard in Puscifer is the outgoing one, in APC is a bit reserved, and in Tool is many times cloaked and hidden for 75% of the show.

Before digging into APC’s set, the opener…

The opener was a Japanese noise-pop hardrock trio Red Bacteria Vacuum.  The reviews I’ve read have really dissed them.  I’m a fan of this type of thing (poppy Tsu Shi Ma Me Re & noisy Melt Banana); so I dug them plenty.  Plus they were cute a button when exchanging words with the crowd… “please… to… eat you.”  Nice 30-minute sugar punk from Japan.  I didn’t have my photo pass issue sorted out for their set.  Photo above courtesy of Meats Meier.

Well, the 90 minute set from A Perfect Circle seemed less like a battle zone than the stage lead us to believe.  Not as much energy as the props suggested (a generally more subdued Maynard sticking to his perch, etc).  As far as song selection, they played a decent mix of their originals material, but the night was really heavy on the covers.  While I like their “making the song theirs” in the approach, I was hoping for more of the rawness and angst from their original tunes…

Setlist: 90 minutes

  • Annihilation [Crucifix] (false start)
  • Imagine [John Lennon]
  • Weak and Powerless
  • The Hollow
  • What’s Going On [Marvin Gaye]
  • People Are People [Depeche Mode]
  • The Outsider (lyric flub)
  • (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? [Nick Lowe/Elvis Costello]
  • When The Levee Breaks [Led Zeppelin]
  • The Noose
  • 3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix)
  • Gravity
  • Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie [Black Flag]
  • Orestes
  • Passive
  • Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
  • The Fiddle and the Drum [Joni Mitchell]
  • By and Down [new song]
    No encore

I was hoping for “Judith” and perhaps the Failure cover “The Nurse Who Loved Me,” but it was still a highly enjoyable night.  While there were a few flubs, it was their first tour date in a while, and they pulled off quite an entertaining show.  Maynard explained, “I’m closer to 50 than 40” in an attempt to get some forgiveness.  The band didn’t talk much, outside of a few brief apologies from Maynard and the band introductions.  The band was Maynard on vocals, guitarist/co-founder Billy Howerdel, guitarist/keyboardist James Iha, bassist Matt McJunkins, and drummer Jeff Friedl (filling in for Josh Freese who is currently out with Weezer).

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of Maynard’s bands.  This year promises some new music & tour from Puscifer, some new music from A Perfect Circle, and potentially some Tool (they’ve been in a writing phase, but they take longer).  If APC is hitting your next of the woods, do your damndest to make it out to the show…

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

Next show for me… Portland Cello Project at Alton Baker Park / Art & the Vineyard on 7/4.

~Dan – np: Klezmerson – Siete

A PERFECT CIRCLE PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2011 Daniel Temmesfeld / Pacificlectic,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

APC 2011 Tour Dates

  • May 22 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
  • June 29 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • June 30 – Kent, WA @ Showare Center
  • July 2 – Gibbons, AL @ Boonstock Festival
  • July 4 – Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall
  • July 6 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • July 8 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
  • July 9 – Toronto, ON @ Edgefest
  • July 12 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
  • July 13 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
  • July 15 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
  • July 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
  • July 17 – Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
  • July 19 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
  • July 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
  • July 22 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
  • July 23 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
  • July 25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
  • July 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
  • July 29 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
  • July 30 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
  • August 1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
  • August 2 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • August 8 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbent
  • August 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
  • August 10 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre

APC setlist (6/29/11)

29th Jun 11 (Wed) 5 comments

Brief post with A Perfect Circle’s setlist from tonight (Portland, OR, 6/29/2011 @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall).  Any help on the two missing songs, let me know… my photos and longform review to be posted by the weekend

UPDATE 7/1: review & photos posted HERE.

Setlist: 90 minutes

  • Annihilation [Crucifix] (false start)
  • Imagine [John Lennon]
  • Weak and Powerless
  • The Hollow
  • What’s Going On [Marvin Gaye]
  • People Are People [Depeche Mode]
  • The Outsider (lyric flub)
  • (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? [Elvis Costello]
  • When The Levee Breaks [Led Zeppelin]
  • The Noose
  • 3 Libras (Remix)
  • Gravity
  • Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie [Black Flag]
  • Orestes
  • Passive
  • Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
  • The Fiddle and the Drum [Joni Mitchell]
  • By and Down [new song]
    No encore

A Perfect Circle in Portland!

29th Jun 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel bring A Perfect Circle to Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall tonight!  I’ll be there with camera in tow.

UPDATE 7/1: review & photos posted HERE.

Check back by the weekend (at the latest) for my photos, setlist and review… my goal for posting it is Friday/Saturday.  In the meantime groove on some music from their albums and a Q&A with Billy Howerdel from Chris Young at Oregon Music News

Also, check out the Maynard Cam™ YouTube of their rehearsal in Portland:

~Dan

Puscifer ‘Conditions of My Parole’ & Tour {new A Perfect Circle & Tool music, too}

22nd Jun 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

As posted in SPIN this morning, Puscifer is releasing their second full-length studio album this fall.  Album name – Conditions of My Parole.  Street date – October 18, 2011.  Puscifer is the brainchild of Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman and Caduceus winemaker Maynard James Keenan.

Man Overboard,” the first single from the album, will be available via iTunes and other digital service providers on July 19.   Conditions of My Parole was recorded in Jerome, Ariz. this spring with tracking done amidst the wine barrels from Keenan’s Caduceus Cellars. The album was produced by Keenan, Mat Mitchell, and Josh Eustis. Contributing musicians for the new album include the aforementioned Keenan, Mitchell, and Eustis as well as Carina Round, Juliette Commagere, Matt McJunkins, Jeff Freidl, Gil and Rani Sharone, Jonny Polonsky, Tim Alexander, Devo Keenan, Alessandro Cortini, Sarah Jones, and Jon Theodore.

From SPIN

After the album drops in October, Puscifer will hit the road for a two-month tour. Maynard says he’s still working out the details, but fans can expect variety show-style gigs like the band’s last jaunt in 2009, but with “a lot of changes and new approaches. We’ll be doing a lot of filming and posting more videos online, too.”

Also news about APC and Tool…

But even when he’s deep into Puscifer mode, Maynard’s other projects are never far from his mind. After their summer tour, A Perfect Circle “might put out a track or two,” he says. “The energy is good, so there’s always the potential for a future.” And Tool? “We’re writing,” he says.

Read the SPIN article/interview HERE.

Carina Round & Maynard

~Dan – np: Jamie SaftBlack Shabbis

Ken Andrews is a crazy old man

9th May 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

Ken Andrews is a songwriting, producing, mixing genius.  He is a now a blogger… ya know… now that blogging has been out for 10+ years.  The “crazy old man” quote is from him…

http://web.me.com/kenandrews/Artist_Producer_Mixer/News/

I hope this new burst of info means something is coming soon from him.  Perhaps the Digital Noise Academy release that was rumored of 4-5 years ago?  Perhaps more from ON?  Perhaps another Year of the Rabbit?  Perhaps another Ken solo album?

What?  You don’t know who Ken Andrews is?  He’s the front-man for 90s rock group Failure, he’s done other side-projects (noted above), he produces & mixes (NIN, Beck, Tenacious D, Charlotte Martin, etc).  He’s friends with the Tool gents (has done videos and toured with them).  He’s married to the aforementioned singer-songwriter Charlotte Martin.  His music is rad.  Failure’s Fantastic Planet is one of the few perfect modern rock concept albums.

~Dan – np: Chris Potter’s UndergroundUltrahang

A Perfect Circle’s Tour 2011

22nd Mar 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Yesterday, A Perfect Circle announced their tour dates for summer 2011:

  • May 22 – Columbus, OH (Rock On The Range)
  • June 29 – Portland, OR  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • June 30 – Kent, WA Showare Center
  • July 2 – Gibbons, AL  Boonstock Festival
  • July 4 – Winnipeg, MB  Centennial Concert Hall
  • July 6 – St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • July 8 – Detroit, MI  Fox Theatre
  • July 9 – Toronto, ON Edgefest
  • July 12 – Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
  • July 13 – New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
  • July 15 – New York, NY  Beacon Theatre
  • July 16 – Philadelphia, PA Penn’s Landing (Festival Pier)
  • July 17 – Washington, DC Constitution Hall
  • July 19 – Charlotte, NC  Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
  • July 20 – Atlanta, GA  The Tabernacle
  • July 22 – San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
  • July 23 – Grand Prairie, TX  Verizon Theatre
  • July 25 – Phoenix, AZ  Comerica Theatre
  • July 28 – Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater
  • July 29 – Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium
  • July 30 – Berkeley, CA  The Greek Theatre
  • August 2 – Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • August 9 – Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

On-sale information coming soon.  http://www.aperfectcircle.com/

I plan on catching Maynard, Billy & Co at the Portland gig.  They’ve got a new website designed, with a blue, underwater/octopus theme.  Here’s hoping some new music is around the corner, too.  Also, in the email announcement, they hinted at some Puscifer news coming soon, too.

Puscifer Update 3/23: Per Carina Round’s email: “After that I will be heading into the studio with Maynard James Keenan’s ‘Puscifer’ to work on songs for the next release and rehearse up some goodies for a tour in the Fall.”

~Dan – np: Eyal Maoz & Asaf SirkisElementary Dialogues

A Perfect Circle tour

20th Sep 10 (Mon) 3 comments

A handful of multi-date city appearances… A Perfect Circle (led by Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan) are bringing out their old albums and playing them in their entirety:

A Perfect Circle tour dates:

  • 11/4, Tempe, AZ (Marquee Theatre) *
  • 11/5, Tempe, AZ (Marquee Theatre) $
  • 11/6, Tempe, AZ (Marquee Theatre) #
  • 11/8, Los Angeles, CA (Avalon) *
  • 11/9, Los Angeles, CA (Avalon) $
  • 11/10, Los Angeles, CA (Avalon) #
  • 11/12, Seattle, WA (Showbox at the Market) *
  • 11/13, Seattle, WA (Showbox at the Market) $
  • 11/14, Seattle, WA (Showbox at the Market) #
  • 11/16, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore) *
  • 11/17, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore) $
  • 11/18, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore) #
  • 11/20, Las Vegas, NV (The Pearl) *
  • 11/21, Las Vegas, NV (The Pearl) $

Playing…

* = Mer de Noms
$ = Thirteenth Step
# = eMOTIVe

Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, James Iha, Matt McJunkins are the line-up.  Tickets on-sale… soon… keep your eyes peeled to http://aperfectcircle.com/ for more info.

  

I hope to make the string of Seattle dates, if I can work it out with… er… work.  *crossing fingers*

~Dan – np: Nellie McKayObligatory Villagers

Puscifer covers “Rocket Man” (plus A Perfect Circle news)

7th Jul 10 (Wed) 2 comments

Reblogged from Antiquiet

It’s always a good day when a new song from Maynard James Keenan arrives, whether through Tool, A Perfect Circle or his most shits-and-giggles collaborative project, Puscifer.

This time around it’s the latter headlining a song that should be familiar to us all – Elton John’s ode to orbital loneliness, “Rocket Man”…

Officially credited to Puscifer & Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips’ lead guitarist) and dubbed Rocket Mantastic, the cover is a beautiful rendition of the 1972 classic. While the song appeared on Puscifer setlists last year – including the Los Angeles Nokia show we attended – the recording is attached to Christopher Pomerenke’s cheap music documentary The Heart Is A Drum Machine, in which Keenan appears for roughly 15 seconds – staring at the camera and not saying a word. You’re certainly not missing out if you haven’t seen the film; it’s poorly made and difficult to sit through. What’s more – the song’s not even in the damn thing.  But now you have it, here and autoplaying on Puscifer.com.

In more Maynard news, not only is Tool working on a new album, but [Antiquiet] recently got the scoop on new activity with A Perfect Circle as well. Songwriter Billy Howerdel and vocalist Maynard James Keenan are once again working together as A Perfect Circle, and new music from the beloved group is on the way.

The possibilities of a full album and tour are both still very much in the air. However, Howerdel told [Antiquiet] on the record that [A Perfect Circle are] working on “something” that should be out this year.

~Dan – np: George HrabTrebuchet

Blood Into Wine (poster)

19th Jan 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

Artists of the Decade – 2000s (#1 to 10)

5th Jan 10 (Tue) 5 comments

Artists of the Decade – Honorable Mentions (1/1/2010 blog link)

  • Dweezil Zappa
  • Tori Amos
  • Celldweller
  • Iron & Wine
  • King’s X
  • Derek Webb

Artists of the Decade (#21 to 25) (1/1/2010 blog link)

25 ~ Ben Folds (solo)
24 ~ Peter Mulvey

23 ~ Opeth

22 ~ dredg

21 ~ Holy Fuck

Artists of the Decade (#11 to 20) (1/4/2010 blog link)

20 ~ Pedro the Lion (and David Bazan solo)
19 ~ Jurassic 5

18 ~ My Brightest Diamond

17 ~ Nellie McKay

16 ~ Secret Chiefs 3
15 ~ Over the Rhine

14 ~ Mike Patton

13 ~ Ani DiFranco
12 ~ Johnny Cash
11 ~ Dave Douglas

And now on to the final ten

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10 ~ Glen Phillips

At the turn of the decade / century / millenium, Glen’s band Toad the Wet Sprocket were breaking up. He went on to make several solo albums (Winter Pays For Summer being my fave thus far), several mostly brilliant side ventures (Plover, RemoteTreeChildren, WPA, Mutual Admiration Society), and even reunite with Toad for some tours. He’s as active as ever and also quite the tweeter (oft humorous / oft political).

~*~*~

9 ~ Porcupine Tree (and Steven Wilson projects)

Near the beginning of the decade, I was giving up on “prog rock.” Then a buddy told me about Porcupine Tree (thanks, SteveC). 2002’s In Absentia is amazing, and I quickly bought PT’s catalogue. The entire decade was full of Steven Wilson projects – whether Porcupine Tree or his many (and I mean many) side projects.  Speaking of… Steven’s 6th and final Cover Versions CD and 7″ vinyl will be out sometime soon in the coming months.

~*~*~

8 ~ Sufjan Stevens

Illinoise was Paste’s #1 album of the decade. I think it’s in my Top 10 (as mentioned earlier, I honestly can’t bring myself to widdle down my album list to 20 or even 50 for the decade). Illinoise was my first foray into Sufjan’s world. The infatuation was near immediate. He ranges from poppy, to eclectic folk, to avant-electronic, to chamber music… and I think his song titles, while sometimes considered pretentious, put him in my hero list. :) The later part of the decade showed a more secluded Sufjan and a recant on the 50 States “promise.” However, I’m still very excited about what’s up his sleeves for the next decade.

~*~*~

7 ~ John Zorn (Masada and otherwise)

I knew of Zorn in the 1990s (via the connection to Mike Patton and specifically Mr. Bungle), but didn’t get into him until 2003 or so. Even still, I didn’t know about Masada (his klezmer-jazz quartet) until mid-decade. Their recorded studio work was all in the 1990s, but they stayed active touring throughout the 2000s… and John Zorn kept actively writing Masada Book Two – which is a book of music covered by other bands and has seen a dozen fantastic releases on his label, Tzadik. I just counted, and I have 82 John Zorn related disks from the decade (CDs, DVDs, vinyl). So, um, yeah, he’s prolific. The Masada / Bar Kokhba / Electric Masada is my favorite category of Zorn releases; but his Filmworks series, Moonchild Trio (Mike Patton, Joey Baron & Trevor Dunn), and The Gift / Dreamers band are also key releases. 2010 has 12 new Zorn releases on the docket. *drool*

~*~*~

6 ~ Maynard James Keenan (Tool / A Perfect Circle / Puscifer)

One of the best singers in the world of rock, Maynard has kept busy… this decade: three bands and eight or so albums, several DVD releases, remix albums & singles, vinyl singles, and a new winery. While he doesn’t always nail it every time, his and his bands’ hit rates far exceed most. His solid work ethic points to more releases next decade. A recent interview leads me to believe that the touring side of things may slow down some, but I’m hoping that just means “less touring” and not “no touring.” There have been hints of Tool and A Perfect Circle studio stuff in the near future… and Puscifer seems alive and kicking (and keen on the internet EP thing). Puscifer is hitting the Midwest and East Coast in early 2010.

~*~*~

5 ~ Daniel Johns (Silverchair & The Dissociatives)

2002’s Diorama (by Silverchair) is a contender for best album of the decade for me. Daniel Johns followed that up with a side project with Paul Mac called The Dissociatives. Their self-titled debut (2004) is also a contender for best album of the decade… then Silverchair came roaring back in 2007 with Young Modern – another strong contender. Daniel Johns and his couple of bands has large gaps between studio releases, but they all score high every time for me. They’ve moved well beyond their debut (which they released in the 90s at age 15). 2010 promises the follow-up to Young Modern… so, look out, Best of 2010 lists…

~*~*~

4 ~ Elliott Smith

I found out about Elliott in early 2000, a little bit after Figure 8 came out. I had the opportunity to see him live at Southgate House (Newport, KY) on the Figure 8 Tour. He quickly became an important part of my musical diet. His albums hit me emotionally, but he left us too early (he died of apparent self-induced stab wounds to the heart on October 21, 2003). I still get goosebumps with his music and quite frankly have never been affected by a celebrity’s death like I am by Elliott’s. An album and more of his unreleased material has made its way out since his death. I don’t believe in an afterlife, but if there were one, I’d hope to get to meet Elliott and have a beer with him.

~*~*~

3 ~ Sigur Rós

Ágætis byrjun and ( ) may be the most beautiful things that I don’t understand due to language barriers – two perfect albums, if you ask me. This past decade Sigur Rós went on to make four full length albums, a handful of EPs and soundtracks, several world tours, an utterly gorgeous tour documentary called Heima (that rivals Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii in stunning beauty),  and still find time to take time off (well, time off except for Jónsi – who released a duo album with his partner Alex Sommers and is set to release a solo album in early 2010).

~*~*~

2 ~ Radiohead (and Thom & Jonny solo)

One of the most unarguably overrated bands of all-time… yet, one of my favorites. The decade started with Kid A and ended with some Thom Yorke solo activity… it was a full decade of albums, tours, solo work (the aforementioned Thom solo stuff plus two soundtracks from Jonny). They branch out and sometimes get more praise and credit than is merited (I know skads of indie artists doing the “pay what you want” method years before In Rainbows), but I suppose Radiohead were the first formerly major-label / international band to do so.  Anyway, Radiohead, despite public pressure, continue to evolve as a band. That scores major points with me. They’re hitting the studio in January 2010… yippie.

~*~*~

1 ~ Kevin Moore (Chroma Key & OSI)

Yeah, the #1 of the decade who few know about… Kevin Moore left the progressive rock band Dream Theater in 1994, shedding the seemingly antithetic “progressive” constraints of the progressive scene to make his own music.  Chroma Key’s debut Dead Air For Radios (1999) is my #1 album of all-time… but it came out in the late 90s. The 2000 album You Go Now is probably in my Top 10 of all-time as well. The branching out into scoring with Kevin’s solo soundtrack Ghost Book (for the Turkish horror movie OKUL), political/religious-imagery radio/mix-taping with Memory Hole 1, and the new band project with Jim Matheos called the Office of Strategic Influence (aka O.S.I.) solidified Kevin in my favorite artists list. I’m looking forward to more Chroma Key, O.S.I., Memory Hole, or solo work that Kevin puts out… hopefully soon.

~*~*~*~*~

As pointed out the other day, the 2010s are shaping up to be a great decade… see you on the other side!

My Other Favorites of 2009 Recaps:

~Dan – np: Charlie Hunter Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid

Oh, and for those who say that the decade ends at the end of 2010… meh. I’m starting with 0 and ending with 9 (like a LOT of people). Rationale: the 80s, the 90s… you don’t say the 80s went from 1/1/1981 to 12/31/1990 or the 90s from 1/1/1991 to 12/31/2000.

Puscifer – Spring 2010

16th Dec 09 (Wed) 1 comment

Maynard James Keenan is taking Puscifer to the midwest and east coast in Spring 2010… I’d highly recommend the VIP wine tasting tickets, if you can.  It was only an extra $20-25 or so, and you get some Caduceus/Merkin wine and meet Maynard.  This tour is also right on the heels of the release of the Arizona wine documentary Blood Into Wine (click link for trailers).

Mar. 02 – Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
Mar. 03 – Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
Mar. 05 – Washington DC – Lincoln Theater
Mar. 06 – Washington DC – Lincoln Theater
Mar. 08 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts
Mar. 09 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts
Mar. 11 – New York, NY – Grand Ballroom
Mar. 13 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater
Mar. 15 – Boston, MA – Berklee Academy of Music
Mar. 16 – Boston, MA – Berklee Academy of Music
Mar. 19 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater
Mar. 20 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater
Mar. 21 – Lorain, OH (Cleveland) – Lorain Theater
Mar. 23 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theater
Mar. 24 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theater
Mar. 26 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theater

Mar. 27 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
Mar. 28 – Columbus, OH – Lifestyles Community Pavilion (added 1/12)
Mar. 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater (date changed)
Mar. 30 – St Louis, MO – Roberts Orpheum Theater (canceled)
Mar. 31 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
Apr. 02 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theater
Apr. 03 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theater

Have fun, folks!  Puscifer in Portland last month was a blast or two. :)

~Dan – np: My Brightest DiamondShark Remixes, Vol 4: DM Stith

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