Missed and Found; Maynard James Keenan, Star Wars: Machete Order

Welcome to our new series ‘Missed and Found’ where we reveal music and other media that we just totally missed or ignored but have now (re)discovered for your listening pleasure. My first admission is a big one, Maynard James Keenan, originally with Tool, then A Perfect Circle, and currently, Puscifer (not to mention his various roles as music producer and yes, wine maker).

Close friends of mine have been trying to get me to listen to Keenan’s music since Tool but he only came on my radar when I picked the Puscifer album “C” is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here).  The best way I can describe Puscifer is ‘progressive trip-hop alternative rock’. Anyway, I love most all the Puscifer library but have honestly been getting a little burnt out on the songs.  Keenan has a great sounding voice so I thought I’d (finally) see what I’ve been missing all this time and picked up Thirteenth Step by A Perfect Circle, and well, it’s now on my everyday rotation and I owe everyone who suggested Keenan a beer…here’s the seventh track, The Outsider:

Warning: non-Star Wars fan geeks may want to skip this…. but another bit of media goodness I’ve missed recently is this blogpost about what order to watch the much hated/beloved Star Wars movie Episodes.  I was staunchly in the Release Order camp but I’m convinced with this Machete Order argument is the way forward. I definitely plan to introduce my kids to the remainder of the movies they haven’t watched in the Machete Order (they’ve seen Episode IV & V so far), though they have also watched the first season of The Clone Wars and have somehow gained the knowledge that Annakin is Luke’s father from friends at school.

I was ruing the day when I would have to sit through Return of the Jedi and Phantom Menace with them, but now I feel like I finally have the solution I’ve been looking for…

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Toma! Puscifer Update

Get your copy of Conditions of My Parole, Puscifer’s new album released today. The guys at Consequence of Sound have the dates for the new tour to support the album.  Among the early dates they will roll through St. Louis on November 12th at the Peabody Opera House (adjacent to Savvis) and Chicago November 15th at the Cadillac Palace Theater. Tickets are available at Rip-offMaster.

I’ve been listening to Conditions of My Parole for a little over a week now and can’t recommend it enough.  Buy it immediately and turn it up as loud as your neighbors can stand it. ‘Man Overboard,’ seen below, will be there first single release. ‘Toma’ is my personal favorite right now but that could easily change as this album is packed with great songs like the albums title song, the enigmatic and haunting ‘Green Valley’,  or the beautiful ballad ‘Tumbleweed’ that ends the album.

New Puscifer Album Conditions of My Parole

I just ran across a Soundcloud post where you can check out the whole album: Conditions of My Parole. I’m listening to it as I post this. Sounds fairly mellow so far.  Downloading from Amazon in 3..2…  Update: Curses! Amazon is selling the MP3 download on October 18th.