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Below is our complete Puscifer news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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"N" Is For Nashville, A Puscifer Experience

Puscifer is one of the most difficult bands to describe, given the disconnect between their outward appearance and the substance of their songs. Yet, to anyone familiar with the work of A Perfect Circle and Tool, just the buzz-phrase of "It's a Maynard James Keenan band" does the trick. The band's approach is almost exclusionary in that their promo photos and stage presentation are mostly unrelated, which deters casual listeners but intrigues those who demand that music be a full-on experience. Finding out what that Puscifer experience was all about was my goal when they stopped in Nashville, TN on the night of February 28th. More...

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Puscifer Posts "Man Overboard" Music Video

Puscifer, a (non-metal) project of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, has posted their latest music video for the song "Man Overboard." The song is the first single from Puscifer's upcoming album "Conditions of My Parole," which is due out October 18th. The animation in the video is by Meats Meier. Check it out below:

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A Perfect Circle Returns From Hiatus

A Perfect Circle has returned from their self-imposed hiatus. The band, led by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) and Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), will embark on a five-city tour this fall (dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly).

Shows in Phoenix (Marquee Theatre), Los Angeles (Avalon), Seattle (Showbox at The Market) and San Francisco (The Fillmore) will be three-night stops with each night featuring one of A Perfect Circle’s three albums in its entirety (Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step and eMOTIVe). Las Vegas (The Pearl) will be a two-night outing (Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step).

The band will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 27.

A Perfect Circle has sold four million records in the U.S. After the band announced their hiatus in 2005, Keenan focused on Tool, launched the multimedia project Puscifer and worked on his burgeoning Arizona vineyards. Howerdel went on to form Ashes Divide who released their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, in 2008.

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Puscifer Announces New EP Details

Puscifer, the fusion side project from Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, have announced details regarding the band's upcoming EP titled "Sound Into Blood Into Wine." "Sound Into Blood Into Wine" is an EP featuring remixes of Puscifer tracks and is designed to accompany Keenan's documentary film "Blood Into Wine."

"Sound Into Blood Into Wine" is set for release on September 7th, 2010 which is the same day of release for the "Blood Into Wine" DVD.

"Sound Into Blood Into Wine" tracklisting:
1. Sour grapes (Where’s The Line? Mix)
2. Momma Sed (Vis4V mix)
3. Queen B (Vis4V mix)
4. The Undertaker (Vis4V mix)
5. Drunk with Power (Vis4V mix)
6. Rev 22:20 (Dry Martini mix)
7. Indigo Children (Vis4V mix)
8. The Mission (M is for Milla mix)
9. The Humbling River (Nagual del Judith mix)
10. World Up My Ass (7 inch mix)
11. Sour Grapes (Legend of the mix)
12. The Humbling River (Duet mix)

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Puscifer Readies New EP

Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer is set to release their first new music in two years with a six-song EP titled "C is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) E.P." on Nov. 10.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Polar Bear
2. The Mission (Renholder Mix) featuring Milla Jovovich
3. Momma Sed "Alive @ Club Nokia"
4. Vagina Mine "Alive @ Club Nokia"
5. Potions (Deliverance Mix)
6. The Humbling River

Puscifer kicks off their first tour with a swing through the Western U.S. on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas (a Midwest/East Coast run is in the works for 2010). Tour dates are (please note the addition of a second Portland date): More...

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Puscifer Announces North American Tour

Puscifer, featuring Tool frontman Maynard Jamed Keenan, has announced a series of shows in the United States, beginning next month. Keenan comments: "Efforts to confine our beloved enigma to the Southwestern United States have been thwarted. We are compelled beyond all reason to bring the noise and share our special sauce. Although authorities suggest you be prepared for any and all possibilities, we simply suggest you arrive happy and hungry."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Trailer For Keenan's "Blood Into Wine" Now Online

A trailer for “Blood Into Wine,” the widely anticipated documentary that shares the story of Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer front man Maynard James Keenan and his vineyard partner Eric Glomski and their quest to bring the wine industry to Arizona’s Verde Valley is now available as a high resolution download and streaming at www.twinklecashcompany.com.

Keenan’s various musical entities (Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle) have sold over 10 million records in the US alone while the man himself has revealed little of his personal life. “Blood Into Wine” gives unprecedented insight into Keenan’s world and his motivations for taking on the arduous task of bringing winemaking to the region’s unforgiving landscape and how winemaking fits into Keenan’s creative trajectory.

The film is being co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke (the filmmakers behind critically acclaimed documentaries "Moog" and "The Heart Is A Drum Machine") and is set to wrap production in September with a limited theatrical release in February and March 2010. With the striking setting playing such an integral role in the shaping of this story, Page and Pomerenke elected to use a Red One camera (one of the highest quality digital cinema cameras available). The film is being shot by Cary Truelick, edited by Rob Beadle, and produced by Ryan Page, Christopher Pomerenke, Chris McDaniel, and Jason Stall.

An accompanying soundtrack with original material from Keenan will accompany the release of the documentary with more details to be announced soon.

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Puscifer Announces Extra Live Show Date

Puscifer, one of the side projects of Tool front man Maynard James Keenan, has announced an extra live show date. The show will take place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on April 5th, 2009.

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Puscifer Announces Another Show

Puscifer, one of the side projects of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, has vaguely announced on their website that they are planning a stop at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on April 4th, 2009 as a follow-up to their debut shows.

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New Deftones and Puscifer Songs Streaming Online

A remixed version of the Deftone’s song “Hole in the Earth” is streaming at this location. New mixes of Puscifer’s “Lighten up Francis” and Alkaline Trio’s “Over and Out” are also available.

The songs are a part of the “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” soundtrack, which is due out today, January 13th.

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Puscifer Posts New Video "Momma Sed" Online

Puscifer has posted a brand new music video online for the song "Momma Sed." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands debut album, "V Is For Vagina" and rumours are circulating that the band will make their live debut in Las Vegas in February of 2009. More...

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Puscifer To Release DVD Single

The Pulse of Radio reports: TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan will release a DVD for the song and video "Queen B", from his side project PUSCIFER, on Tuesday (January 8). Keenan wrote in a post at the PUSCIFER MySpace page, "The 'Queen B' DVD is out on Tuesday. Limited edition, so get them while they last. Also working on a 7" release for 'Queen B'. Limited as well." Keenan also stated that he was working on additional videos, and added that a forthcoming 12" vinyl version of PUSCIFER's debut album, "V is for Vagina", will contain previously unreleased songs.

The "Queen B" video (see below) features some bizarre and funny animation in the style of some of TOOL's clips. Keenan told The Pulse of Radio that people often miss the sense of humor in TOOL and projects like PUSCIFER. "A lot of this project came from a comedy background, back in the mid-'90s when comedians used to gather together weekly at a club called Tantrum run by Laura Milligan and try out their new ideas," he said. "And PUSCIFER was there, you know, almost every week doing something. Yeah, so I think, you know, a lot of people miss some of the sense of humor that's presented in TOOL and PUSCIFER because it's just overshadowed by the intense subject matter. They think that's all that it's about."

Keenan did not reveal the contents of the "Queen B" DVD.

Keenan issued PUSCIFER's debut disc last October through his own label.

TOOL does not have any new tour dates announced for 2008. The band released a DVD for its track "Vicarious" last month. More...

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Tool Frontman Questions Radiohead Album Strategy

According to The Pulse of Radio, TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan admitted to Spinner.com on Friday (November 16) that he's skeptical about RADIOHEAD's recent digital release of its new album, "In Rainbows". Keenan said that it was easy for a band as popular as RADIOHEAD to let its fans pay what they want for the record, explaining, "I love RADIOHEAD. They're a great band, but I do think — and I'll go on record now as saying I'll probably be wrong and time will tell — what they did is a one-trick pony in a way, 'cause it might work for a publicity thing to allow people to download it, but it's very comfortable for them to be able to do that. They're going to make lots of money touring and they've already made lots of money selling records."

While Keenan believes that the distribution of music has entered a new era, he told The Pulse of Radio that it will still have its share of problems. "One thing that I see the musicians wanting is more independence and, you know, more control over their destiny," he said. "The one downside to it is that for the most part, the reason they make music is because they're damaged goods and they're generally not that bright when it comes to making business decisions. So eventually the vampires that survive the aftermath of the industry collapse will figure out a way to get their fingers back into these guys."

Keenan told Spinner.com that giving away music could hurt smaller acts, saying, "The people it will affect are those in-between bands that all of a sudden got a catchy song and people start passing it around for free. Well, if the people that got it would actually have paid for (it), these guys may have been able to afford another record 'cause guess what, there are no more labels."

Keenan issued the debut album from his project PUSCIFER, titled "V Is For Vagina", through his own label last month.

TOOL kicked off a new North American tour last week and plays Monday night (November 19) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Maynard James Keenan Talks Music and Wine

Suicide Girls has posted an exclusive video featuring Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan, shot on the grounds of his vineyard in Arizona, Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards. Maynard, who keeps a blog on SG.com, talks about making both wine and music and where the two merge in his world. More...

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Just For Fun

Puscifer Fan Gets "V Is For Vagina" Tattoo

A "huge" fan of TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan purchased a copy of the debut album by Maynard's new band PUSCIFER, "V is for Vagina", on the day of its release and had its title promptly tattooed "in the most appropriate place." A three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing all the action can be viewed on YouTube or below.

"V is for Vagina" sold 27,000 in the United States in the first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record, which was released through Maynard's own label, features contributions from a number of artists, including PRIMUS drummer Tim Alexander, ex-NINE INCH NAILS member Danny Lohner, producer Alan Moulder and actress Milla Jovovich.

Keenan also has a merchandise company under the Puscifer banner, and plans to make several short films as part of the project.

TOOL will begin a new North American tour on November 14 in Austin, Texas and issues a DVD called "Vicarious" on December 18. More...

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Tool Frontman 'Taking Over' XM Channel 48 Tomorrow

Maynard James Keenan (PUSCIFER, TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE) will seize control of XM 48 Squizz tomorrow (Tuesday, October 30) at 3:00 p.m. ET. He will play various tracks off the new PUSCIFER full-length CD, "V is for Vagina". "We're sure Maynard has something up his sleeve other than just introducing songs as well," says XM 48 Squizz's Program Director Bodhi.

PUSCIFER is streaming its debut album, "V is for Vagina", in its entirety at this location. Due on October 30, the record features contributions from a number of artists, including PRIMUS drummer Tim Alexander, ex-NINE INCH NAILS member Danny Lohner, producer Alan Moulder and actress Milla Jovovich. The first single is called "Queen B." (view video below).

Maynard James Keenan recently told The Pulse of Radio that PUSCIFER has been around in one form or another since the early '90s, when a version of the outfit would perform at a Los Angeles comedy club. But Keenan said that PUSCIFER is much more than just another band to him. "Absolutely," he said. "This is much more of just a collaborative, creative outlet on all levels with various people, and hopefully with this new digital age, it'll be something that starts to kind of set a precedent for how other people work with other people, free from label contracts and just kind of express to express, and not really worry about taking over the world with it."

Keenan also has a merchandise company under the PUSCIFER banner, and plans to make several short films as part of the project.

TOOL will begin what could be its final tour in support of 2006's "10,000 Days" on November 14 in Austin, Texas.

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Stream Puscifer's Entire New Album Online

You can stream PUSCIFER’s (featuring TOOL’s Maynard James Keenan) upcoming new album, V Is For Vagina, in its entirety online over at the project’s official MySpace page. The album is set to be released on October 30th.

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Tool Frontman Working With RATM Members

The Pulse of Radio reports: TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan says that he recently worked on a new song with drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford of AUDIOSLAVE and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Although Wilk and Commerford were rumored to have played on Keenan's upcoming PUSCIFER album, the singer told The Pulse of Radio that the collaboration took a somewhat different shape. "They found themselves not working with (singer Chris) Cornell after the last AUDIOSLAVE record and they wanted to know if I was interested in starting a band. And I said 'No, I've got this other thing going on and two other bands to boot.' But what I suggested to them was that they should start their own band and have me sing a song, and have some other singers sing a song. I think on some level they agreed, and so that's what we kind of did. I went in and we wrote a song together and right now they're currently trying to record that song, and I'll go sing on it."

A different version of the same song, which is called "Mono Stead", also appears on the debut PUSCIFER record, "V Is For Vagina", which comes out on October 30.

There's no further details on the album project that the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE musicians are working on or if guitarist Tom Morello is involved.

PUSCIFER is the umbrella for a loose collective of musicians, comedians and other artists that Keenan has been working with since the early '90s.

TOOL begins a new North American tour on November 14 in Austin, Texas.

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Tool To Tour West Coast In November, December

Although no dates are officially confirmed at this point, it appears that TOOL will be touring the West Coast of the USA from mid-November until Christmas. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

TOOL released its latest album, "10,000 Days", in the spring of 2006, five years after its previous effort, "Lateralus". The group intends to stay on tour until at least the end of 2007 before taking a break, but bassist Justin Chancellor told The Pulse of Radio that he doesn't think fans will have to wait another half decade for the next TOOL record. "Honestly, I don't know," he said. "We're in the second year of this tour already and it won't be long before people have said it's five years already. If we finish touring by, say, next January or February, once we've taken a little time off, it's almost unavoidable that it's gonna be a little while. I mean, honestly, I think everyone's getting a bit older, and I have a feeling we'll want to get on with it sooner than later this time."

Billboard reported several months ago that TOOL is mulling the idea of making a band movie. Guitarist Adam Jones said, "We all have ideas about it. If I had my way, it would be a narrative story in a surreal fashion with as much money and special effects as we could throw at it...It's just talk right now."

PUSCIFER, the side project of TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan, will release its debut album, "V Is for Vagina", on October 30 via Puscifer Entertainment.

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Puscifer Post Update

TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan has issued the following update on his PUSCIFER project:

"OK, music fans. Let the games begin. It's been a long time coming and we thank you for your patience. The 'Cuntry Boner' CD single is now available for pre-order exclusively at www.puscifer.com and will be shipped the first week of October. As promised there will be even more music to follow. We're just now finishing up the video for 'Queen B' and that should be up on iTunes in a few weeks. We're also putting together a pre-release EP for iTunes called 'Don't Shoot The Messenger'."

PUSCIFER's debut album, "V Is For Vagina", will be released an October 30 through Puscifer Entertainment.

Other songs set to appear on the CD include a cover of the CIRCLE JERKS' "World Up My Ass" and "Dojo".

"This is absolutely just put-it-on-and-move-your-butt -and-get-completely-out-of-your-head music," Keenan recently told MTV.com about the record. "This is purely body candy. It's meant to make you feel like I feel when I hear JAMES BROWN, when I hear some old JACKSON 5 or or ARETHA [FRANKLIN]. It's just that good feeling — music that makes you feel good. There's no math. Nothing wrong with math, but sometimes, it can be exhausting to be that forced, that focused. I'm a big KING CRIMSON fan, but only when I have the energy to be. Sometimes I just want to hear GNARLS BARKLEY."

PUSCIFER is comprised of a revolving door of contributors, including multi-instrumentalist Danny Lohner; songstress Lisa Germano; TELEFON TEL AVIV's Joshua Eustis; Jonny Polonsky; PRIMUS' Tim Alexander; model Milla Jovovich; TOOL guitar tech Matt Mitchell; and dark ambient artist Lustmord.

So why this new project? "I'm on a mission," Keenan said. "I've been assigned to be the guardian of a highly classified, highly effective Sonic Weapon of Mass Disruption. This sonic technology when 'unleashed,' if you will, causes parts of the anatomy to vibrate uncontrollably. Not unlike when someone yawns, everyone in the surrounding area will be affected. If executed properly, the subjects will be temporarily distracted from their duties. Their bodies will appear to be abducted by the Soul Train, as if J-Lo were auditioning for the 'Thriller' video. Awe-inspiring. Don't speak a word of it."

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