Earlier this week I jokingly said that the only thing that could keep me from seeing Pearl Jam would be if Maynard James Keenan (MJK) were to be performing that same evening nearby. Well, this morning I awoke to a message from another friend informing me that Puscifier, a MJK project/band, will also be performing in Virginia on a Monday evening in April!
Holy fuckcakes, Batman! Yes, I danced a jig in my kitchen in the darkness of “before God” early morning (I cannot seem to stay asleep anymore past 5:30 am, the jury is still hung as to whether this is a blessing or a curse…).
Fear then seized my heart for a moment, wondering if I was going to have to choose one 5’7″ man over the other (why do you both have to be so short?!). Luckily, MJK and PJ chose different Monday nights to perform, so there will be ZERO internal conflict over which show to attend: I can have both at the same time (or in the month of April at least).
So here I sit, almost completely stunned, while my coffee is still titrating. Maybe I need to tell jokes more often about things I want… hmmmm…
Back to the music: If Eddie Vedder is a musical poet who sings and plays the guitar and Ukulele, then Maynard James Keenan (MJK) is a fucking musical architect who creates and expresses his talent on all levels.
MJK has 3 active musical projects (ie bands) with 3 different sounds, feels and leaves different effects on the listener. MJK is the lead singer in all 3 projects, each have strong drum and bass lines (“it’s all about that bass…”). I find that with each band, MJK sings more and more openly, expanding into the ranges of his voice. And this is a broad generalization, for each song is a different journey on its own.
Tool was MJK’s first well known project. Some of you may remember the song “Sober.” While a worthwhile song, my favorite song by Tool is Lateralus, which outlines the process of spiritual awakening, encouraging the listener to spiral out. A close second favorite is 46&2, which is also worthwhile to check out as it describes the spiritual ascension through shadow work.
In the Fibonacci of Lateralus, you will see why I call MJK a fucking musical architect (maybe even city planner, we can debate the nuances). If someone is good at counting musical beats, listen closely about 5:35 to a single drum voice that begins to separate from the beat, taking its own rhythm (marching to the beat of his own drum, anyone?). The woody drum voice builds a slow crescendo as it spirals outwards from the rest. I believe that this drum has a meter that matches the numerical progression of the Golden Spiral.
“Spiral out, keep going…push the envelope, watch it bend” Thank you, MJK, I am on it! Will you be my passenger? I’ll drive you back home and back again. Call it a birthday present, one day late? Oh, wait, back to reality…
A Perfect Circle(APC) was MJK’s next musical project. I find, in general, that APC has more sultry tones and is more sensuous versus Tool. Or maybe I’m just talking shit because it’s too early.
My vote (today) is Gravity. In the last 2 years, when I most wanted to give up and throw in the towel, I would use any of the following lyrics as a mantra, “I am surrendering to gravity and the unknown.” Also “Heal me, lift me back up to the sun, I choose to live” or “help me to survive the bottom.” In fact, I quote “I choose to live” because of this song, at the end of this post about the graphic death of a friend. [pausing, breathing, reflecting….sighing]
Puscifier is MJK’s project that will be touring in April. In this project, MJK dives head long into naughty sexuality with album titles such as “Money Shot,” “V is for Vagina,” “C is for (please insert sophmoric genatalia reference here)” and unforgettable, “Donkey Punch the Night.” Puscifier has more electronica elements that I do not recall in any music for the previous two bands. Honestly, I’ll need to study up on Puscifer more before April (it sounds so terrible, I know), as I am least familiar with the songs from this project.
“As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany theMoney Shot release. We’ve been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail,” said Keenan. “As usual, we prefer to Show rather than Tell. Odds are if you’ve been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you’ll want to go ahead and place those bets.”
So now my week is made! I’ll be taking 2 Tuesday’s off in April. The only thing that could be better would be to leave work early today, a Friday. Oh, it turns out that’s going to happen, too. With the threat of heavy snowfall, schools are closing early and guess who has two thumbs and has to pick up her kids early from school? Yep, you guessed it: this woman.
I leave you today with this song by another band I fucking love, Deftones (oh, I wonder where they will be touring?). It was not until today that I discovered that MJK is featured in this, my favorite song by the Deftones. Synergy, anyone? This is Passenger and you’ll just need to listen in, it’s fucking hot. I’ve included the lyric version for your pleasure. won’t you please drive faster? =)
Image Credit. This image is noteworthy as the spiral starts just off of the coast of Virginia (the first image appearing after doing a search for the Golden Spiral in Nature, sweet serendipity)