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OK, as a supplement to the Tool stuff, here we have what I can offer up of Puscifer......as you can
probably tell I am a huge fan of most of Tool's work, Puscifer, which is a side project of Maynard James Keenan, not quite as much, and if you are expecting "Tool, Jr.", be prepared to be quite wrong....Puscifer is Maynard and probably 50 differentbacking musicians at different times, and specialize in synth-heavy, beat driven wierdness, about 180 degrees from Tools thunderous gloom rock......I don't think I have everything as there are tons of remixes and the like, but I have what I have and have recieved quite a few emails requesting this.......so here we go with wht I do have, if you have anything to add, please do so.

Earliest release I find is the goofball, countryish "Cuntry Boner" b/w "World Up My Ass", titles pretty much tell the tale here....a few months later came the first EP came out later the same year (2007) with the title "Don't Shoot the Messenger", highlighted by the "Renholder" remix of "The Undertaker", heavy bass/synth and pretty cool if you favor this sort of thing.

Finally MJK released a full length, "V Is For Vagina", this is a really decent album of soulful electronica, highlighted again by the full-out assault of "The Undertaker", also the dark "Momma Sed" and the quite bizarre "Dozo".......lots of guest musicians stand out here, very much worthwhile if you are up for something "different" (can't wait for someone to blindly dive into these looking for a Tool-like bludgeoning).

"D Is For Dubby" is also a strong effort, taking some of the "V" material, stripping the vocals and
intensifying the music with lots of dub techniques......dub fans will maybe like it, again, some may find it too strange for their tastes.

You won't beleive this, but next up is "V Is For Viagra the Remix Album", once again taking earlier numbers and remixing them into sometimes almost unrecognizeable versions. One thing about MJK he gets plenty of mileage out of his material.......me, I hapen to like this one as well, considering the three albums as companion pieces and excellent party/background music for the discerning oddball.

Next up, the EP "C Is For (Please Insert Sophomoric Genetilia Reference Here)" contains what I think maybe the best Puscifer track, "The Mission (M Is For Milla Mix)", really works well.....one thing that IMO DOESN'T work especially well is the odd "The Humbling River", not a BAD track by any means but actually might have been more at home on one of A Perfect Circle's albums......not to nitpick or anything, obviously this guy plays by his own rules.

2010's "Sound Into Blood Into Wine" is a soundtrack album to a Puscifer documentary, containing material mostly previously available , however, I think if you simply wish to dabble, it actually might be the way to go as it contains some of the best stuff ("The Mission", "the Undertaker", even "World Up My Ass".

I know a couple of "true believers", much more knowledgeable about Puscifer than myself,  who
REALLY rally behind "Conditions of My Parole" (2011), as the best release the "band" has put out, I'd find it hard to argue the point......some fine vocal work from guest Carina Round interplay well with MJK, some really fine, haunting, and intense tracks ("The Rapture", "Toma", "Man Overboard"), I'd really have to agree that it is probably the best Puscifer release.

"Donkey Punch the Night" came out just last year, I am not crazy about it, covers of (I am not making this up) "Balls to the Wall" and (cough) "Bohemian Rhapsody" (I'll let THAT one sink in for a moment), and if THAT isn't enough, both of them appear as well in remixed versions.......well, odd to be certain at least.

When my Mother was living, we used to visit her in Arizona each year, and often my wife and I would leave our son with Grandma for a few days and go spend some couple time up in Prescott.....near Prescott is the town of Jerome, which is an amazing place to visit, an old mining town that is up in the mountains, lots of tourists visit there, but it is quite cool.....evidently, MJK lives there as well, and (at least last time we were there, probably 5 years ago or so), there was a store dedicated to all things Puscifer (not just CD's and the like but clothing, etc)......the register was manned by one of the freakiest looking females I have yet to see, and coming from me, that is saying something, I bet this babe had 50 piercings and 20 tattoos on her face alone, had the Mrs not been along I might have asked to check out the rest, but God knows, this babe might have PREFERRED the Mrs......anyway, I digress.......the store was very cool, and, if you've ever been there, Jerome simply seems like a place where Maynard James Keenan OUGHT to live, for some reason. I think I bought "V is for Vagina" there, and maybe some earrings or something.......anyway, it IS a cool store (if it's still there), and if you are ever in central Arizona, I recommend checking out Jerome, and the Puscifer store for a day.

Obviously not the type of stuff I generally post, but a companion piece to the Tool stuff, and I've been keeping things a little on the heavy side of late anyway (not that there's anythign wrong with THAT), but maybe I've been wavering from the "variety" of which I tout so much, this should at least put us back on the right track there.

Love to hear from Tool fans who were unfamiliar with this, how surprised were you? would an
accurate comparison be Tool/Sex Pistols=Pusicfer/PIL? I don't know, maybe I could come up with  a better one, but this is interesting stuff, MJK is obviously quite creative, and let me know what you think of these, please! I would about guarentee there are a bunch more remixes and etc of this stuff out there, but this is all I've got.

CUNTRY BONER SINGLE-01 Cuntry Boner/02 World Up My Ass

DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER EP-01 Trekka (Sean Beaven Mix)/02 REV 22:20/03 The Undertaker (Renholder Mix)/04 REV (22:20) (4:20 Mix)

V IS FOR VAGINA-01 Queen B/02 Dozo/03 Vagina Mine/04 Momma Sed/05 Drunk With Power/06 The Undertaker/07 Trekka/08 Indigo Children/09 Sour Grapes/10 REV (22:20) (Dry Martini Mix)

D IS FOR DUBBY-01 Bone Dub/02 Children of the Dub/03 Dozo Dub/04 Dub v2.02/05 Dub With Power/06 Momma Dubbed Part 1 & 2/07 Sour Dub/08 Trekka Dub/09 Vagina (Version)/10 Queen D/11 Under Dub

V IS FOR VIAGRA THE REMIX ALBUM-01 Indigo Children (JLE Dub Mix)/02 Trekka (Desert Porn Mix)/03 Momma Sed (Tandimonium Mix)/04 Sour Grapes (Late for Dinner Mix)/05 Cuntry Boner (Dirty Robot Mix)/06 Drunk With Power (Hungover and Hostile in Hanover Mix)/07 Vagina Mine (Deflowering Mix)/08 Trekka (The Great Unwashed Mix)/09 Queen B (Glitched and Bent Mix)/10 DoZo (Guns For Hire Mix)/11 Queen B (Narcovice Radio Edit Mix)/12 Psa, Lol!/13 Cuntry Boner (Disco Viagra Mix)

C IS FOR (PLEASE INSERT SOPHOMORIC GENITILIA REFERENCE HERE)-01 Polar Bear/02 The Mission (M Is For Milla Mix)/03 Momma Sed (Alive at Club Nokia)/04 Vagina Mine (Live at Club Nokia)/05 Portions (Deliverance Mix)/06 The Humbling River/07 Trekka (Spaghetti Trekka Mix Live)

SOUND INTO BLOOD INTO WINE-01 Sour Grapes (Where's the Line Mix)/02 Momma Sed
(Vis4V Mix)/03 Queen B (Vis4V Mix)/04 The Undertaker (Vis4V Mix)/05 Drunk With Power (Vis4V Mix)/06 REV 22:20 (Dry Martini Mix)/07 Indigo Children (Vis4V Mix)/08 The Mission (M Is For Milla Mix)/09 The Humbling River (Nagual de Judith Mix)/10 World Up My Ass (7 Inch Mix)/11 Sour Grapes (Legend of the Mix)12 The Humbling River (Duet Mix)

CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE-01 Tiny Monsters/02 Green Valley/03 Monsoons/04 Telling Ghosts/05 Horizons/06 Man Overboard/07 Toma/08 The Rapture (Fear Is a Mind Kila Mix)/09 Conditions of My Parole/10 The Weaver/11 Oceans/12 Tumbleweed

DONKEY PUNCH THE NIGHT-01 Bohemian Rhapsody (OG Mix)/02 Breathe/03 Dear Brother/04 Balls to the Wall (Pillow Fight Mix)/05 Breathe (Drumcell Rework)/06 Dear Brother (Denton Rework)/07 Balls to the Wall (Silent Servant Mix)/08 Bohemian Rhapsody (Sonoio Rework)


















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