Easily the silliest thing on my Facebook news feed from yesterday.
I think I’m going to be a bit of a parasitic disease hipster and say “leishmaniasis”.
(Tags I never thought I’d have reason to use on the same post: “Colin Edwin” and “parasitic diseases”.)
Need yet another version of 2048? Now you can play Bass Communion edition 2048. (Don’t ask why the grid looks weird in the above screenie…it’s just fine when playing the actual game.)
Some purist might complain about the placement of bcvsmgcd or that it’s included at all (being a collaboration piece), but otherwise I think what I chose makes sense.
- 2: Bass Communion (I)
- 4: Bass Communion II
- 8: Bass Communion III
- 16: Ghosts on Magnetic Tape
- 32: Indicates Void
- 64: Loss
- 128: bcvsmgcd
- 256: Pacific Codex
- 512: Molotov and Haze
- 1024: Chiaroscuro
- 2048: Cenotaph
(Trivia: If you’re wondering which of the above I don’t own, then it’s BC I and III, and Cenotaph. I’ve got my fingers crossed the boxset isn’t sold out before I get my money from next week’s clerk gig.)
I think a no-man version would also be possible. I’m not really wanting to do a version for releases under SW’s own name, since there aren’t really enough studio albums. Okay, if you include live albums, EPs, and other miscellaneous releases that are under his name but not the same “continuity” as the current solo stuff (i.e Unreleased Electronic Music, Tape Experiments), it could work, but I still don’t want to do that one because it feels like clutching at straws.
It’s Easter, which means it’s time for me to partake of my tradition of watching Life of Brian. I mean, is there any better Easter movie for cynical, snarky people? Eating some Peeps while watching the movie is optional, but highly recommended.
Here’s the description of what’s on this boxset:
A deluxe 4 CD box set on ToneFloat collecting many Bass Communion rarities, most of which were previously only released on vinyl. Each disc comes in its own mini LP sleeve, collectively housed in a hardback slipcase box, with a 60 page booklet, all designed by Carl Glover, who has created all of the sleeve artwork for Bass Communion over the years. The set contains over 4 hours of music in total.
CD1 contains the Vajrayana 7 inch single from 2004, the Indicates Void vinyl LP from 2005, plus the bonus track from side 4 of the vinyl edition of Ghosts on Magnetic Tape. The 2 tracks from Vajrayana are full length versions that were previously edited down for the single.
CD2 is a reissue of the Pacific Codex album recorded in 2006. Originally also planned as a vinyl release, the extreme low frequencies and near silent passages in the piece proved problematic, so it was eventually released on CD by Equation Records in a very limited edition in 2008.
CD3 collects 5 remixes done for Darkroom, Use of Ashes, Theo Travis, Andrew Liles and Pyramids, most of which make their first appearance on CD. The Theo Travis remix is a previously unused version. Bass Communion remixes are usually complete reconstructions, taking a few sounds from the original piece and using them as the basis to create completely fresh works.
CD4 collects the Litany 12 inch single from 2009, a remix for Three Seconds of Air previously only released on vinyl, and an unreleased work called Temporal, recorded in 2012 using only the sounds of clocks and other time-keeping devices as a sound source (an homage to Harrison Birtwistle’s 1971 piece Chronometer, which used the same approach). An edited version of it was heard in quadrophonic sound as the introduction to The Watchmaker on the recent SW band tour.
I am now cursing because I don’t have enough money to get this (curse that seasonal job not rolling into a permanent one…I’ve been out of work since the start of February). Admittedly I do already a fair amount of the content on this release: Indicates Void (C Boxset), the vinyl version of GOMT, Pacific Codex, and the “Litany” single, but it’s still something I would like to have.
Why do cats do this???
The whale cat, though
God I love Tyatora (the cat in the whale). Shiro may be the most famous of that household’s cats, but Tyatora is so much more awesome.
Here’s video footage of Tyatora in the whale, which sadly doesn’t include him entering the whale.
Steven Wilson with his M4000 mellotron in his studio. I love that special look on his face he always seems to get when he’s playing a mellotron. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we someday learn that he married his mellotron.
(photo from Streetly Electronics’ Facebook page)
Why, whatever could this be? That’s right, it’s Porcupine Tree’s appearance on Help TV (28 March 1997) in all its insane glory. To put this video into its proper historical context, this TV appearance would have been the day after the run of concerts at the Frontiera, which of course were chronicled on the Coma Divine album. You’ve seen the screencaps, and now you can finally watch this gig. (My apologies to those of you in Germany…this video is blocked there because of one of the Japan videos. Hopefully you know how to get around your regional content barriers.)
Some random commentary about the show:
- Notice how the host turns towards the band in the beginning and pokes Steven.
- Yes, the Internet really looked that bad in 1997.
- Colin rolls his eyes during Steven’s speech explaining “Waiting”.
- I was wrong about Steven’s classic trollface being during the bit where he was making the quip about “Voyage 34” being an album by any other band’s standards. It actually occurs a bit later when Steven is asked a ridiculous question about influences.
- It amuses me when the host says to the rest of the band “There is water there”, just so he can get some alone time with Richard. (Did I mention the host is really, really, really fucking obsessed with Richard? Because he is.)
- "We only have one song left under ten minutes." Lies! Just on Coma Divine alone you have “The Sleep of No Dreaming”, “Always Never” (which is mentioned a bit later in the show when a fan asks why they didn’t play it at such-and-so gig), “Waiting phase 2”, “IS…NOT”, or even “Up the Downstair” or “Not Beautiful Anymore” if they could push pretty close to ten. And if you look at other early 1997 setlists, there’s stuff like “Every Home Is Wired” (Chris was miked for backing vocals, after all!) and the short version of “Cryogenics”. So they totally could have squeezed in another song after “The Moon Touches Your Shoulder”.
- The host needs to ask everyone who isn’t Richard for their names at the end, because he couldn’t be bothered to remember them.
- And there’s a lovely bit of foot porn involving Steven’s bare feet and the pedals. I’m convinced the cameraman was the first hardcore Steven Wilson foot fetishist.
- "Next time we’ll try and experiment, maybe to do a 20 minute song"…ha, like they’d ever agree to go on that show again.
- What the fuck is the deal with those crackers?