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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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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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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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Tool Frontman Talks About Puscifer

In an interview with SuicideGirls.com Maynard James Keenan talks about his side project Puscifer:

SuicideGirls.com: Recently I've gotten to talk to Les Claypool and Mike Patton who have all these different bands that they do. They both pretty much told me that they're not even sure sometimes where the music they're creating will go. Are you the same way?

Keenan: I try to wear one hat at a time. I find that's the best way to do it. When I'm doing tours I'm doing tours. If I'm doing A PERFECT CIRCLE then I'm doing that. But PUSCIFER has been a little different because it is not just music. It's actually as much a clothing line as it is a band. I've been talking with different manufacturers so it's almost a brand at this point.

SuicideGirls.com: Was that always the intention?

Keenan: I think it's just the age that we're in. With the internet the way it is, music is now a soundtrack to some other activity. You can make a living selling songs but you make a better living playing them. If you're not going to play them you got to figure out what else to sell and I guess that comes down to t-shirts and key chains.

SuicideGirls.com: What was the inspiration for PUSCIFER?

Keenan: PUSCIFER has basically been my little baby and I just kept working on it. I was inspired by all these tunes on the radio like oldies, Motown stuff and hip-hop. Stuff that feels good. I approached PUSCIFER like that. I'm just trying to get stuff that I don't have to think too much about it. It's got a good groove. It makes you feel good and that's where I've been concentrating because I have all the introspective, torturous, painfully organized and arranged music that takes years to create and cuts really deep. But PUSCIFER does not do that. It's something that I want to have fun with and not worry about it being groundbreaking or changing the world.

SuicideGirls.com: Are you going to tour with PUSCIFER? More...

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Tool and NIN Project Tops Lost Collabs List

Launch Radio Networks reports: A collaboration between members of TOOL and NINE INCH NAILS, plus recordings by GREEN DAY, WEEZER, BECK and RADIOHEAD, lead a list of "lost" albums and songs published by RollingStone.com on Friday (February 9). Topping the list is TAPEWORM, a project started by TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan and NINE INCH NAILS main man Trent Reznor that was in the works for six years but ultimately laid to rest in 2004. Demos of the songs exist, and different versions of some of them showed up on the soundtrack of the movie "Underworld" under the name PUSCIFIER.

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Underworld:Evolution Tracklisting Available Now

The track listing has been announced for the upcoming soundtrack to the film "Underworld: Evolution", it is as follows:

01 - Puscifer - "The Undertaker" (Renholder Mix)
02 - Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) vs. Julien-K - "Morning After"
03 - Hawthorne Heights - "Where Do I Stab Myself In The Ears" (The Legion Of Doom Remix)
04 - My Chemical Romance - "To The End" (RnR Cheryl Mix)
05 - Slipknot - "Vermillion Pt. 2" (Bloodstone Mix)
06 - Alkaline Trio - "Burn" (Alleged Remix)
07 - Aiden - "The Last Sunrise" (Dusk Mix)
08 - Senses Fail - "Bite To Break Skin" (The Legion Of Doom Remix)
09 - Atreyu - "Her Portrait In Black"
10 - Trivium - "Washing Away Me In The Tides"
11 - Mendozza - "Eternal Battle"
12 - Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
13 - Gosling - "Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)"
14 - Bobby Gold - "Why Are You Up"
15 - Meat Beat Manifesto - "Suicide"
16 - Cradle Of Filth - "HW2"
The effort will see a January 10th release date through Lakeshore Records. It should also be noted that Puscifer is a side project of Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan.

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