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Old 08-18-2010, 09:07 PM   #196
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Getting really antsy for the NYC show!

Pure Narcotic has been revived.
Well actually, it was revived one set before that in Poland last month, but yes ... I am BEYOND THRILLED to see that! Of course, the rest of that setlist is absolutely killer. What I would've given to be there. Now I'm really wondering how awesome New York is gonna be.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:34 AM   #197
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Oh my god. So. New York.

We got into the city relatively early, wandered a bit, and saw Colin walk by us! He was occupied so we didn't bother him. I didn't feel right to try to wave him down and I met with some other fans during this time. A little while later, Wes walked by! He stopped to greet us and shake hands, etc. I asked if he remembered me, and then after saying Mickey ears, he knew immediately who I was. I didn't get a picture as he was in a hurry, but he was very nice as per usual and I was grateful for him stopping to say hi! He's great.

We stopped by the Heartland brewery after that, for beer and food of course, and the sheer amount of fans who'd converged from all over the country - even from overseas - was overwhelming to say the least. The place was bursting at the seams. One fan had created some little "pass" looking type things and sold them to other fans. They were a neat little thing and cheap too so I got one.

Next stop: venue!

The line was long. Like, ridiculously fucking long. Oh. God. What the hell was that about? There was a couple of fans behind us and they were talking about how they couldn't believe how many people really showed up, etc. It sometimes makes me laugh how there's these fans out there who just have no idea because they don't really look. Anyway, we got into the venue and the merch stand was a total clusterfuck. Ade wasn't running it. We had Radio City peeps running it. Three of them. And they looked very, very stressed. The cashier I eventually landed in front of ignored me. Even though I was right in front of the register, she refused to serve me because she had people coming up to her side to try to buy things, served one or two, and told us to merge. I was waiting and waiting, and she would not get to me at all. Other fans started to get mad at her even though I didn't know them and kept saying, "She's been waiting a really long time now!" pointing me out. Eventually, the gal I was traveling with got to get merch so she picked up what I wanted for me, and when she was asking my sizes, the cashier assumed I was her daughter and THEN finally started talking to me. I was very annoyed to say the least, but I bought a Recordings shirt, a Radio City exclusive Incident shirt, and an Anesthetize pen!


Oh come on. That is awesome.

Showtime!

They did an acoustic, stripped down miniature setlist which they said they were self-supporting themselves, and hoped we enjoyed the headliner, etc.

Set:
Stranger by The Minute
Small Fish
Pure Narcotic
Black Dahlia
Futile (wtf acoustic?!?!?!?!?!)

Pure Narcotic had me in tears. I was so thrilled to have gotten to see it. The whole set though, wow. That was really neat. Black Dahlia sounded beautiful live. It was an honour to be there for the first play. I now have a whole new respect for it. Not that I didn't like it before. And just before Futile, Steven mused a little about how they were picking songs for the set but weren't sure, and they wanted, "the most inappropriate for this set up, we think this is it." and started playing Futile on acoustic. Richard went , I laughed, and then started to headbang. I think I got weird looks and was probably the only one doing it besides Richard but ... oh well.

They left the stage after that, and the crew worked on dismantling that set to set up the real one. Which was awesome. They were really far back from the edge. The stage was MASSIVE! And while they set everything up, the background to Even Less was playing. When they got it sorted, the band came back and ripped into Even Less. I thought the music was just a teaser but no, they played it. And it gets better. After the number chanting, at which point I thought the song was over, they continued and Steven was suddenly shouting, "FUCK YOU! And your ... book too! You can ... have it baaaaaaack." I crapped myself to say the least.

Open Car wasn't really a shocker, and neither was Lazarus. But boy oh boy, The Sky Moves Sideways ...

Steven got out the acoustic guitar again and then talked about the curfew imposed on them by Radio City, so he explained the lack of the entirety of The Incident for the evening but they would play most of it. He said they wanted to play as many oldies as possible. So they proceeded with I Drive The Hearse, and then Bonnie The Cat. My neck was toast by Bonnie The Cat.

They did their usual ten minute intermission and came back with the first five parts of The Incident. I was dismayed at not getting the title track but it was replaced with Dislocated Day (!!!) and wow. The reaction to that was amazing. Many of us kept wondering how they could keep surprising us thus far and thus far and they just kept doing it.

I expected Time Flies, and it appeared. I did not however, expect Anesthetize but they sure did the second section. I have heard it every time I've gone but it is never a bother to me. Always such a pleasure to get that one for me.

I really got thrown for a loop at the end of that set, and then the encore ...

Steven came back out and said, "We only have time for one more song, but it's a fuckin' long one." I looked at my phone's clock, gauged the time left (roughly 13 minutes) and immediately screeeeeamed at the top of my lungs, "ARRIVING SOMEWHERE!!!". Wouldn't you know, the little intro bit started playing. I started to headbang even though my neck hurt so bad from all the other thrashing.

It was epic. Totally epic. I came out of that venue feeling like I was stoned.

I was in awe. Amazing show. So glad that I went. So so very glad. I have a lack of interesting pictures this time, but I do have some of the venue itself and the line and fans and the clock during the intermission. But I have to wait until I get home.

Setlist:
Even Less (full version)
Open Car
Lazarus
Tinto Brass
The Sky Moves Sideways (phase one)
I Drive The Hearse
Bonnie The Cat

Occam's Razor
The Blind House
Great Expectations
Kneel and Disconnect
Drawing The Line
Dislocated Day
Time Flies
The Pills I'm Taking
Up The Downstair
Sleep Together

Arriving Somewhere But Not Here
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:48 AM   #198
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This thread is getting intense. I want to post about Porcupine Tree, but that would be like posting "Radiohead is cool" in the midst of this:

"RA D IOHE_AD IN/RAINBOWS" continuing discussion thread part iv
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Wow, the full version of Even Less, one of my all-time favorites. Very nice.

Speaking of which, the reissue of Recordings came out the other week - 'twas nice to finally get that on CD.
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Just a few pics at the venue. I didn't take any during the show. Too into it.

Oh, it is quite lovely to have Recordings finally. The shirt's print is awful though.
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Amazing setlist for that NYC show. Makes me even more sad that I won't make it to the European shows in following days...
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Thought I'd bump this as the new Blackfield album (SW's band with Aviv Geffen), Welcome To My DNA, is out there. Anybody else listened?

Warning: It's unexpectedly emo.
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I haven't had a chance yet, but your warning scares me.
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Never liked Blackfield that much, so this new album isn't an exception. Can't wait to hear Steven's Wilson new double album coming in September!
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Blackfield II is one of my favourite albums, so I honestly had pretty decent expectations for this album. Think this is the first time I've been let down by an SW release. The melancholy of the previous two Blackfield albums has turned into ... well, I think I described it elsewhere as "Aviv found some poetry from when he was 15 and got SW drunk enough to agree to record it".
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There's parts of the Blackfield album I really like. And parts I really dislike about it. I think I likened it to HTDAAB somewhere or another in that it has some really good ones to my ears, yet some of the worst!

I find the more I listen to it, the more I like it. It's a bit too short. And I like the first two better. Moseying up north to see them next month. I mean, come on, Anathema is supporting.
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Finally listened to it, and it wasn't that bad. Certainly not as good as the first two; there are some real stinkers on here. I mean, that song Go To Hell is one of the worst I've heard in a while. But overall, not too bad.
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Honestly, even the tracks on Blackfield III (WTMDNA whatever) that I think are decent by no means stand up to the great tracks on the first two albums. There isn't exactly anything to rival Cloudy Now or Epidemic, or Pain or Once.

I still want to know what possessed them firstly to include Go To Hell on the album at all and secondly to whack it so close to the start to sour your impression almost immediately.
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Go To Hell is absolutely awful. I still don't like it. I think the only use it has is when I'm angry and even then, it has to come up on it's own. I really like Far Away, Dissolving With The Night and Oxygen though.

Definitely no Pain or Epidemic but they can't all be winners I guess.
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Grace For Drowning, Steven Wilson's double album, has leaked.

Download away, fellow fans! It shouldn't be that difficult to find it now.
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