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Last October, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Maynard James Keenan, accomplished winemaker and frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, let on that he was working with writer/editor and longtime friend Sarah Jensen on an authorized biography.
Until now, Keenan’s fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. That all will change with the release of "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" (Nov. 8, 2016, Backbeat Books, $29.99).
As Keenan explained to Rolling Stone, “There's always that perception that whatever you've done that's the largest media-friendly thing in your life, where the world came to know of you, there's a perception that there was no life before, and that you were nothing before. There's a lot of stuff that went on in my life that nobody really knows about. So I feel like this is the chance to show the patterns, tell a story.”
Jensen, who has known Keenan for three decades, rolls out that untold story chronicling his journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on the disparate fields of contemporary music and regional winemaking.
"A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. The book also features a foreword by Alex Grey, an American artist and longtime friend of Keenan. More...
The organisers of Hellfest in France have announced that Down, the band led by former Pantera frontman, Phil Anselmo, have pulled out of this year's edition of the festival and that Puscifer will take their place. They also claim that the band has scrapped plans to tour Europe altogether, following the well publicised drunken remarks from Anselmo at Dimebash this year. A letter sent to the organisers from the vocalist, which was published by the festival's admins earlier, reads as follows:
"My awful mistake has taken a toll on my reputation, and justly so. However, I must point out, you damned-well know me better than this drunken incident could ever describe. Hellfest is my heart.
"And my embarrassment is tremendous, because I only have love for people all over this skirmishing earth. So my brother, it fucking rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don't think I should do any Euro festivals this year.
"So please I beg you, give me this time to get my brain clear, and to come back (if you will have me back) next year my brother, I implore you."
Puscifer recently announced new album "Money Shot" will drop October 30 via Puscifer Entertainment, and now the will also be returning to the road, kicking off a six-week outing on November 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 Maynard James 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 Keenan choose to debut the electro rock band-meets-comedy troupe on a Las Vegas stage (Puscifer’s first shows were at The Pearl Theatre in the Palms Casino). 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). More...
Puscifer, the Arizona-based outfit helmed by Maynard James Keenan, returns with the electro-rock band’s third full-length album, "Money Shot," due out on October 30 via Puscifer Entertainment. Check out a video for new track “Grand Canyon” below.
“It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes. And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes,” said band ringleader, Maynard James Keenan. Puscifer celebrates the concept of creativity, invoking the audience “to create something with every breath drawn.” That sentiment takes center stage as "Money Shot" unfolds over its 10 songs.
"Money Shot" was produced by Mat Mitchell and Keenan with some additional awesome sauce coming from the one of a kind, bad ass Carina Round. “It’s such a pleasure to work on music with so many creative individuals. The intermix of influences and ideas made for an album I’m really proud of,” added Mitchell. Additional participants include Carina Round, Juliette Commagere, Devo Keenan, Tim Alexander, Jon Theodore, Jeff Friedl and Matt McJunkins, with Adam Rothlein directing the “Grand Canyon” video. More...
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...
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:
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.
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)
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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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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...
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.