Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Perfect Circle



I was once asked who I would choose to include in a band, if availability, money and ego were no objects. My answer is a simple one. I would take Maynard James Keenan and Serj Tankian (System of a Down; solo work) and lock them in a studio with enough food, water, and drugs to last a month, and see what is produced. They can both sing, play a vast array of instruments, and do everything required to mix and produce an album.

As I posted Tool yesterday, I though I would go ahead and take care of MJK's other bands. One of which, is A Perfect Circle. APC is a rock supergroup formed in 1999 by MJK and Billy Howerdel. They have since produced three albums, and are currently working on a fourth.

Their first album, Mer De Noms is French for Sea of Names. Most of the tracks are dedicated to people that Maynard knew. One of my favorite APC tracks, 3 Libras, is about "parasitic-like people seeing something different or special about a person [...] and feed off of the energy in a bad way instead of using it for good."

:( I was going to post a live version of this song, but I forgot that the song's intro (Which is the reason I love it so much.) is on the end of the track before it. The intro says, "This song...This song...is called 3 Libras. And at least two --maybe three-- of those Libras are here tonight...If this song sounds bitter, it's because it is, and I am."

Anywho, here's the song


Next is the song The Nurse Who Loved Me, from their second album, Thirteenth Step. Little known fact: This is actually a cover. The original was by a band named Failure.


APC's third album, eMotive, [sic] is actually a cover album. The only original song on it is Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums, which is a redone version of their previous song, Pet.

11 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of Serj as well. I haven't checked out APC that much but they seem like my style! thanks for the recommendations

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  2. Just showing my support by stopping by, wow that's a great band!

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  3. Nice band, I've never heard of them before, they sound good.

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  4. APC is amazing. Much better than Tool for me.

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  5. love apc and pretty much all of maynards projects

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  6. wow they are nice!

    http://all-around-toto.blogspot.com/

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  7. fan of perfect circle here, spread the tunes!

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  8. APC is cool, I still prefer Tool though

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  9. preeminently a case in point

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  10. APC is pretty awesome; I really like your blog! I can't wait to see more!

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