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Tea and Sympathy
February 28, 2014 2:10 PM   Subscribe

If you dare, here is a live feed of William Corgan's 8 hour long synthesizer improvisation about Herman Hesse's Siddhartha.

He already threw out a reporter trying to cover it.
posted by timsteil (298 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
What Would Siddhartha Do?

(Yes, I know that Siddhartha isn't about that Siddhartha)
posted by b1tr0t at 2:14 PM on February 28


He started going by William just to piss me off, right?
posted by Navelgazer at 2:16 PM on February 28 [26 favorites]


I'm pretty sure there is nothing that nearly 20 year old me would have been more interested in that nearly 40 year old me has absolutely no interested in at all than an 8 hour Billy Corgan performance based on Siddhartha.

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Speaking of social media, since I am unable to stream this, following this even only on Twitter has been a JOY today.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:18 PM on February 28 [6 favorites]


Billy's Folly and its Infinite Badness?
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:19 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


The webcam appears to date from around the same time as Melon Collie
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 2:20 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


Wait, is William Corgan also Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins but now he's William because of what Navelgazer said?
posted by kbanas at 2:21 PM on February 28


Too many notes.
posted by Meatbomb at 2:21 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


Wait. William Corgan? When I hear "Tea and Sympathy" I immediately went to Sexx Laws by Beck.
posted by Talez at 2:22 PM on February 28


I just achieved enlightenment by closing the browser tab
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 2:23 PM on February 28 [18 favorites]


Okay, I just checked the feed, and it's just Billy Corgan listening to an audiobook while he fiddles with cables. I'm not bored enough to watch this. I will never be that bored.
posted by dortmunder at 2:23 PM on February 28 [6 favorites]


That is really awful.

I made it just over a minute before I hated everyone and everything, and all the enlightenment I had attained in my time on Earth was sucked away.
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:23 PM on February 28 [7 favorites]


Anyone want to lay odds the reel to reel in the back is just a prop, and the reading is coming off an iPod?
posted by timsteil at 2:24 PM on February 28


> "When I hear 'Tea and Sympathy' I immediately went to Sexx Laws by Beck."

Does no one else immediately think of Robert Anderson any more?
posted by kyrademon at 2:26 PM on February 28


I'm concerned what all that fiddling is doing for his posture.
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 2:26 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


You're not doing yourself any favours, Billy, you twat.
posted by Jimbob at 2:28 PM on February 28


oneohtrixpointnever is livetweeting
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 2:28 PM on February 28 [6 favorites]


That guy is just the worst.
posted by infinitywaltz at 2:29 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Is it broken? They seem just to be talking and spodging cables on a big computer.
posted by Thing at 2:29 PM on February 28


Despite all my rage, it continues.
posted by davebush at 2:34 PM on February 28 [5 favorites]


I feel like I'm watching a time travel alternative universe webcam on an incompetent Bletchley Park. There's a woman talking about tunny, but she's got the wrong end of the stick and thinks it's a pickled fish that comes in a jar.
posted by Thing at 2:35 PM on February 28


Now it's just like a Webex when three people think they are on mute but are not.
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:36 PM on February 28 [5 favorites]


Does no one else immediately think of Robert Anderson any more?

Because he doesn't use phony words like Odelay?
posted by Talez at 2:37 PM on February 28


The Oneohtrix Point Never livetweet is by far the greatest thing about this day. Best of twitter 2014.
posted by naju at 2:39 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


Early indications are that Corgan has achieved singularity and seems to have transferred his consciousness into some sort of large piece of electronics. His improvisations remain inaudible to human ears despite an army of worshippers repeatedly jamming cables into tiny orifices they have found on his knob-and-dial-covered earthly form.
posted by Copronymus at 2:41 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


"Knob and dial" is the name of my next outcall service.
posted by Thing at 2:43 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


oh god please let someone's phone start ringing during this
posted by Copronymus at 2:45 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


All I can see is the top of Corgan's head like he is some kind of synth shark.

Annnd now they're taking a break. it doesn't count as an eight hour performance if you start twiddling with cables and take a break at five hours in, guy.
posted by winna at 2:46 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Despite all his rage, he is still just a poor man's John Cage.
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:47 PM on February 28 [24 favorites]


It'll be great if he swings back the other way, namewise, and becomes Billy Corgi.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:48 PM on February 28 [6 favorites]


Billy Corgi and the Conceptual Overreach
posted by griphus at 2:50 PM on February 28 [12 favorites]


we have beep boop!

repeat, we have beep boop!
posted by winna at 2:53 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


it doesn't count as an eight hour performance if you start twiddling with cables and take a break at five hours in, guy.

Union of Pumpkin Smashers already fought this battle. William is entitled to 2 bathroom breaks and a 15-minute lunch for any shift 7.5 hours or longer.
posted by Hoopo at 2:53 PM on February 28 [7 favorites]


Oh god if it turns out that it's actually just all twiddling with cables for eight hours and that is the whole performance I will be so delighted.
posted by winna at 2:55 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


Can't tell if performance or equipment check.
posted by griphus at 2:56 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


I'm putting this on the television so I can watch it without switching tabs.

ENGROSSING
posted by winna at 2:57 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I never pass up an opportunity to ignore Billy Corgan.
posted by univac at 2:58 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


I will say that just a day or two ago I listened to Cherub Rock after not hearing it for a long time, and that's still one of my favorite guitar solos. Very tone. Wow.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:00 PM on February 28


I've been watching for some 3 hours now, and I can assure you the "performance" is indistinguishable from a particularly obnoxious technical snafu. It's like a long, drawn-out trainwreck. Just like Corgan's music career for the past decade. Hey-o.
posted by naju at 3:00 PM on February 28


AH, Billy Corgan, the schadenfreude just keeps on giving with this guy. I've been unable to stand that pumpkin-headed motherfucker since about 1993. Man, what was it with pretentious alt-rock dudes being all Charlie Brown faced jack-o-lantern looking DICKS back then? Fuckin' Black Francis, this guy, Bob Mould, could you have possibly gotten over yourselves any less? But I digress.

So Gish was a pretty decent album but I always had this nagging sense about the guy that he knew how things were supposed to sound, but he had no idea why. Like it was somehow 100% form and no content, like a half-dozen monkeys with $10,000 in vintage pedals, locked in a room, would have done better. In retrospect, it was probably just that the guy was an idiot. But at the time it seemed somehow more sinister.

Even so, I saw them twice. Once at the I-Beam, which was a hard-rock-type of venue on Haight Street that might have gotten its name because acoustically, it sounded like it was made of them. So that did the band, and the audience, no favors. So eh, you know?

But then I saw them at the Warfield, which whatever else you could say about it tended to sound pretty fucking good. So they sounded OK, I dunno, about what you'd expect. And that was all fine until the end of the show, when they got done wanking around with whatever song they were wanking around with, and Corgan got into some fake rock-star frenzy thing, I don't know how else to describe it.

He was flailing around with his guitar, the rest of the band left the stage probably because they were sick of his shit, and he was, you know, just acting like a real rock guitarist would if they didn't actually know how to play guitar very well, and he ended up flat on his back like the Muppet-baby version of Angus Young or something, and he ran all the way out of guitar-wanking ideas, you could hear it. And then... he started playing the riff of Living After Midnight. Like it was some kinda joke or something, hahaha ain't I clever, ooh how ironically metal or something...

And I just thought, oh my god. Living After Midnight isn't even Judas Priest's best song, but it's BETTER THAN ANYTHING YOU'VE EVER WRITTEN YOU FUCKING WANKER HOW DARE YOU.

And that was that, there was nothing left to it, to me, but to be gratified over the years as the rest of the world gradually, and inevitably, completely agrees with me about how amazingly goddamned annoying Mr William Corgan has always been.
posted by hap_hazard at 3:02 PM on February 28 [8 favorites]


It's also possible that it's a deliberate trolling of modular synth geeks. Pretty sure this is a $50,000+ system, yet so far it's been used for little more than basic sinewaves running through a sample and hold module.
posted by naju at 3:02 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


I feel like this event might mark the Official End of Generation X.

So long, kids, and good luck!
I hope you take care of the planet better than we did.
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:05 PM on February 28 [13 favorites]


I think William needs a belt.
posted by jpziller at 3:05 PM on February 28 [5 favorites]


billy korg-in'
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:05 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


Hey, I say Billy Corgan's buttcrack on the internet live! There was a lot of boring sounds and stuff though, so all in all I give it a mixed review. The characters and storyline weren't much, but there was celebrity butt.
posted by freebird at 3:06 PM on February 28


Yeah, he keeps hitching up his pants in a comical way.

hitch
three seconds pass
hitch
three more seconds
hitch

It is a pleasing counterpoint to the red shirt guy popping in and out of frame, half-picking his nose.
posted by winna at 3:06 PM on February 28


He is scratching his nose. Scratching.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:08 PM on February 28


r there guitar centers in chicago? must be

HA

Seriously, put up the twitter feed in one window and the video in the next. It is droll.

For some reason youtube on my television will not go to the live feed. I could pull it up on the ipad and airplay it to the television, but I vaguely feel that going to such extremes gets me far more invested in this than I should be.
posted by winna at 3:09 PM on February 28


Was there wrestling? Is there wrestling? Will there be wrestling?
posted by lagomorphius at 3:09 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


He looks like the monk who dies near the end of "The Name Of The Rose"
posted by thelonius at 3:10 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


I hope that the dude on guitar stops at some point and tells Corgan "I'll take it, but can you knock a little off the price and throw in some picks?"
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:10 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


He has a guitarist with him playing The Star-Spangled Banner right now. Why does he have a guitarist playing The Star-Spangled Banner?
posted by sourwookie at 3:10 PM on February 28


That's actually a reincarnated avatar of Hendrix
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:11 PM on February 28


He has a guitarist with him playing The Star-Spangled Banner right now. Why does he have a guitarist playing The Star-Spangled Banner?

If you had a guitarist with you, wouldn't you want them to tentatively pick out the star-spangled banner for you?

I know I would.
posted by winna at 3:12 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Brave move to back this with the music from Donkey Kong
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:13 PM on February 28 [5 favorites]


Also this has inspired me to make Will.I.Am. Corgi
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:14 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


He should do Curious George next.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:15 PM on February 28


I have several stories about Billy Corgan being an insufferable prick, but the fact I want to mention right now is that, being a teenager in the nineties who was really into Smashing Pumpkins, I know that Corgan's well-known shaved head look was a decision made in oder to shock a Saturday Night Live audience, a decision he has, I guess, committed to for about 20 years now.

But seriously. SNL.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:15 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Even the audiobook narrator sucks. We have achieved global suck.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:16 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Randy Greif did something like this with Alice in Wonderland.

But it was good.
posted by winna at 3:16 PM on February 28


> He started going by William just to piss me off, right?

When you mature as an artist and want to be taken seriously, you are willing to sacrifice the marketability of the name that you gained fame with. Just ask William Joel.
posted by ardgedee at 3:16 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I can't wait for his 2 day improvisational synth tribute to the Macho Man Randy Savage and his brotherly bond with Leaping Lanny Poffo.
posted by inturnaround at 3:17 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I have several stories about Billy Corgan being an insufferable prick, but the fact I want to mention right now is that, being a teenager in the nineties who was really into Smashing Pumpkins, I know that Corgan's well-known shaved head look was a decision made in oder to shock a Saturday Night Live audience, a decision he has, I guess, committed to for about 20 years now.

But seriously. SNL.


Really?! I always assumed it was the standard Hobson's choice of going bald - look old or look like an egg.

Or a synth shark.
posted by winna at 3:18 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Lex Luthor and the Infinite Lite-Brite
posted by hal9k at 3:18 PM on February 28 [10 favorites]


I can't wait for his 2 day improvisational synth tribute to the Macho Man Randy Savage and his brotherly bond with Leaping Lanny Poffo.

Honest to god I would buy tickets to see this.

If there were someone doing the rhythm on a manual typewriter I'd be in heaven.
posted by winna at 3:19 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Please tune in next week when I debut my interpretation of Herman Hesse's Magister Ludi by spending all of Saturday afternoon building a Magic: The Gathering deck on my coffee table.

Reporters welcome.
posted by griphus at 3:20 PM on February 28 [10 favorites]


When are you going to do Steppenwolf, griphus? And will there be vacuuming of small washers and screws from a tiled floor?

Also, honestly something about this video feed is endearing to me. It's so artlessly inept. I kind of want to hug everyone involved, except they'd probably get restraining orders.
posted by winna at 3:22 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


It's kind of like Tangerine Dream, only it's American and synthetic and dry and overly compressed.

Tang Dream.
posted by ardgedee at 3:23 PM on February 28 [7 favorites]


Did the narration just finish. Oh no. There's still hours to go.
posted by naju at 3:23 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Did the narration just finish. Oh no. There's still hours to go.

How is that possible unless they're using an abridged recording? Siddhartha grinds on and on forever if I remember the one time I read it.

Although using an abridged recording would be GENIUS if this is truly just a weird prank taken too far as I postulated heretofore. That would make this the best thing ever.
posted by winna at 3:25 PM on February 28


They should bring in John Oliver to read the twitter feed out loud for the rest of the event.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 3:26 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Oh, I think there's still about 4 chapters to go. Phew.
posted by naju at 3:27 PM on February 28


guitarbro is now doing a very restrained version of the bassist shuffle thing when they're really into it, complete with the pick hand gestures.
posted by winna at 3:27 PM on February 28


The reunion was doomed from the start. No one has the heart to tell Peter Buck that isn't Michael Stipe.
posted by hal9k at 3:28 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Does anyone know what kind of pants those are the esteemed Mr Corgan is modelling for us?

Oh and now we are getting something sort of like the Inception noise if it were a lady noise and on ketamine.
posted by winna at 3:30 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


What is the red shirted guy's job? I thought he was the one responsible for staring at things, but that might be the bald dude's job? Maybe there's so much going on that they need two guys to ensure proper coverage?
posted by ardgedee at 3:31 PM on February 28


Billy C is futzing around with something under the table when red guy taps him on the shoulder and makes "it's good, you can stop" motions.

Nothing changes.
posted by griphus at 3:32 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Part of me wonders why you would do something like this live at all. Surely if you wanted to put a novel to music you could do it in the studio where no one would be asked to watch you fiddle with cables for 8 hours.

Another part of me wonders if there's a German word for something that manages to be boring and entertaining at once
posted by Hoopo at 3:32 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Going full whalesong now.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:32 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Free Billy
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:33 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


"We hope you enjoy our new direction!!"
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 3:33 PM on February 28 [9 favorites]


Another part of me wonders if there's a German word for something that manages to be boring and entertaining at once

I wish there were because there are so many things in life that would deserve the label of such a fine concept.
posted by winna at 3:33 PM on February 28


I assume when the guy with the legal pad finishes writing he'll hold it up to the camera and it will say

HELD HOSTAGE
SEND HELP
posted by griphus at 3:34 PM on February 28 [7 favorites]


It's like he's throwing a tantrum but won't tell us why.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:35 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


I don't think that's a synthesizer. It's a phone switchbank. That's why you're only getting intermittent dial tones.
posted by ardgedee at 3:36 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Oh now B C is putting a blue cable in! It makes an interesting pattern of light and shade across the board.

I also love how the audiobook volume varies, so sometimes it sounds like the audiobook guy is being passive aggressively irritable about all the noise going on while he is trying to read.
posted by winna at 3:36 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


This is like that time I saw Einsturzende Neubauten live and before their set there was an turned-on air compressor on stage and no one could tell if they were just warming it up or if that was the opening act.
posted by griphus at 3:36 PM on February 28 [31 favorites]


"We hope you enjoy our new direction!!"

In front of a festival crowd?
posted by cell divide at 3:36 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Corgan seems to have taken all the cautionary tales of the excesses of 70's prog and put them into a Trapper Keeper labeled "Life Lessons"
If his commercial successes had continued past the late 90s I can assure you we would have seen him do an Arthurian ice capades thing by now.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:37 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


Does anyone know what kind of pants those are the esteemed Mr Corgan is modelling for us?

When you're pulling a stunt like this, the answer is "fancy". They are fancy pants
posted by Hoopo at 3:37 PM on February 28 [11 favorites]


Great vomiting is right, I tell you what.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:37 PM on February 28


To be fair, I am now thoroughly convinced that life is suffering
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:37 PM on February 28 [21 favorites]


They are totally fancy pants, which is why I am wondering. They are probably magical four hundred dollar pants. Which cannot stay up, because when you spend that kind of money on pants having them fit correctly would be too middle class.
posted by winna at 3:38 PM on February 28


BLOOP
posted by griphus at 3:39 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


More blue cables! Blue cables for the bloop god!
posted by winna at 3:39 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Someone is playing Ultra Pong just off screen.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:39 PM on February 28


Maybe Air-Sea Battle.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:40 PM on February 28


And you know for a fucking fact Red Shirt, Whale Bass and Legal Pad are all going to tell everyone they know about how they jammed with Billy Corgan.
posted by griphus at 3:40 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Ah, I see you have the machine that goes ping!
posted by hal9k at 3:40 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


Aw, I liked the guitar guy. He was working harder than anybody else. Probably feeling all worn out now.
posted by ardgedee at 3:40 PM on February 28


He was definitely doing some hard rocking there. I hope there's someone with a towel and one of those squirt bottles the sport people use at games to squish water into their mouth off-camera.
posted by winna at 3:41 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Apron Lady is telling Billy that they either have to buy another round of coffee or leave.
posted by griphus at 3:43 PM on February 28 [10 favorites]


Whoa there's a lady with an apron!

I hope they cleared this with the coffee shop in advance. I know people camp out in coffee shops like a bunch of jerks by ancient tradition, but this would be a bridge too far.
posted by winna at 3:43 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Morphing into one of those grade school hearing-truck tests.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:44 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Oh man these synth farts are making me giggle.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:45 PM on February 28


Red shirt intensely stares out the window.
posted by winna at 3:46 PM on February 28


one of those grade school hearing-truck tests.

Is that the thing where you put the grade school kids in the street blindfolded and see if they hear the truck or something else
posted by Hoopo at 3:46 PM on February 28


It must be cold a bunch of folk in giant rodeo gloves just rolled by.
posted by winna at 3:48 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Red shirt intensely stares out the window.

"What am I doing with my life. I have an engineering degree. What is even happening right now? Remember to pick up milk after this."
posted by tracert at 3:48 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


Okay I'm going to go now and relive my much more pleasant sense-memories of sitting on an uncomfortable hardwood floor in a converted storefront with zero air circulation watching glitched VHS tape projected onto a wall while Jandek banged away at a keyboard and the band tried to follow.
posted by griphus at 3:49 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Is that the thing where you put the grade school kids in the street blindfolded and see if they hear the truck or something else

That's it exactly.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:49 PM on February 28


Hey! I always play this one bit when I'm in the keyboards section at Guitar Center, too!
posted by ardgedee at 3:50 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


B C just did something on the Roland and started back from it in surprise.

I have yet to determine any relationship between the accompaniment and the narrative.
posted by winna at 3:50 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


This dude needs some honest friends. Even just for that shirt alone.
posted by SharkParty at 3:52 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Has he been taking lessons from this guy?
posted by Metroid Baby at 3:52 PM on February 28


I swear red shirt just looked over, opened his mouth as if to say something and thought better of it, then shrugged and started scribbling on his legal pad.
posted by winna at 3:53 PM on February 28


He has his trig homework to finish.
posted by winna at 3:53 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Oh shit. The Atman triggered the car alarm.
posted by ardgedee at 3:55 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I feel like i've moved completely past the boredom phase and am now just processing everything flatly, without judgment, in this life.
posted by naju at 3:55 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


I think William needs a belt.

I think he needs a bra. Manzierre, bro, whichever. He needs one.
posted by mudpuppie at 3:55 PM on February 28


Holy crap, the british say sin-sloth in the same adorable way they say bear-sloth??
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 3:57 PM on February 28


red shirt looked longingly over at apron lady. Is it her charming scarfed coiffure, or does he just want a caramel latte? nopony knows
posted by winna at 3:59 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Holy crap, the british say sin-sloth in the same adorable way they say bear-sloth??

And he was enlightened.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:59 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


ah well, love or coffee has to wait. He has to finish problem seventeen!

But poor red shirt, the apron lady regards him not. She is busy looking at something off camera.
posted by winna at 4:01 PM on February 28


Whoa red shirt just looked intently at BC while fondling a length of cable and for a second when red shirt launched up out of his chair I thought we were going to see a live garrotting.
posted by winna at 4:02 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


This would be really great if Billy, Orangebro, et al, were in some sort of mobile environment, like the whole setup was built on top of a Toyota Cressida or something, and they could chase people down the street, haranguing them with this cheesed-off narrator and bloopy bloops. People would run screaming.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:02 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


HE PULLED ALL THE PATCH CORDS OUT! Oh wait. Never mind. There were more patch cords hiding behind him.
posted by ardgedee at 4:02 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Now we have the sound of a vacuum being run on another floor while red shirt, BC and the grey stripe shirt guy all confer.
posted by winna at 4:04 PM on February 28


i mean, i like improv electronic stuff just fine and all, but this . . . is LITRALLY GARBAGE
posted by gorbichov at 4:06 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Lady just announced that this is a show, and they have at least two more shirts left.
posted by timsteil at 4:06 PM on February 28


I'm impressed that for all the technical acumen and hardware at their disposal, they hadn't even prepared to the extent of dubbing all those reel-to-reel spoken words to the computer so they wouldn't have to have long minutes of dead air while the reel spools out and the next reel gets manually cued.
posted by ardgedee at 4:07 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


But if they'd done that, how could we enjoy these sweet U-BOAT JAMS?
posted by winna at 4:08 PM on February 28


I like it when we liveblog things that aren't terrorist attacks.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:09 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


I like it when we liveblog things that aren't terrorist attacks.

There is still time.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:09 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


Oh is there another liveblog thread?
posted by griphus at 4:10 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Awww, we don't want anything bad to happen, do we? At the end everyone should hug and high five and play the A-Team theme while they break down the equipment.

That will be a fine ending.
posted by winna at 4:11 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Who's beatboxing?
posted by ardgedee at 4:11 PM on February 28


Now there is the sound of a mixer being stuck in dough too thick for it or someone beat-boxing.
posted by winna at 4:12 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Have they given up entirely on the spoken word part, or did they just not get the last five reels in that Ebay auction?
posted by ardgedee at 4:12 PM on February 28


Oh! I get it! The guy's not reading Siddhartha any more! He's doing the beatboxing!
posted by ardgedee at 4:13 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


What will be awesome is if the beatboxing is a street musician trying to horn in on the act.

Red shirt is back to his homework.
posted by winna at 4:13 PM on February 28


If he'd just drop a four-on-the-floor 808 kick over this joint, the whole place would blow UP.
posted by naju at 4:14 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


This sounds like a single channel from Dig Your Own Hole.
posted by winna at 4:15 PM on February 28


Red shirted guy was discreetly nodding his head to the beat for a couple bars.

In all non-cynical honesty, it's not a bad jumble of noises going on right now. He's just not really doing anything with them is the problem.
posted by ardgedee at 4:16 PM on February 28


What the hell this has to do with Siddhartha is the other problem, but I think that one's unresolvable.
posted by ardgedee at 4:17 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Yeah, this is the best part so far. I fear a return to boopery though.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:17 PM on February 28


Now it's a sad panda dance song!
posted by winna at 4:20 PM on February 28


And we have narration!
posted by winna at 4:20 PM on February 28


Schtoompah the Silly Austrian.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:20 PM on February 28


Beatboxing over. Back to story time. Corgan sips on a mochaccino as the arpeggiator module slowly grinds from a halt due to lack of lube.
posted by ardgedee at 4:21 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Why does BC get some sort of drink in a cup but poor red shirt was sitting there all sad and bereft of liquid refreshment.

That is what grey stripe shirt guy is saying to himself as he sits there with a slightly grim expression.
posted by winna at 4:21 PM on February 28


Live Youtubes are archived, aren't they? So I can laugh at this again later?
posted by Jimbob at 4:22 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


We're back to synth shark as BC fiddles with something on the floor. Red shirt is trying to get grey stripe shirt to do his trig homework for him. NOT COOL, RED SHIRT GUY.

Sad panda jam continues.
posted by winna at 4:23 PM on February 28


He has his trig homework to finish.

As do I. This is perfect music to listen to while I beat the Unit Circle into submission, and completely kill its spirit.
posted by spinifex23 at 4:24 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Is this or is this not making you picture Siddhartha as a middle-aged Austrian in poorly-fitting lederhosen, waddling down a wooded lane contemplating transcendence?
posted by ardgedee at 4:24 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Also - you know who could improve this artistic endeavor?

Geddy Lee.

(But then again, I think that Geddy Lee could improve most anything in life. I...may be a bit biased.)
posted by spinifex23 at 4:25 PM on February 28


Somebody just moved the camera to make Roland the most important thing on the stage. Is this foreshadowing?
posted by ardgedee at 4:25 PM on February 28


Wait - DID IT STOP? Or did my coffeehouse connection freak out?

I NEED MY WHALE DRONES.
posted by spinifex23 at 4:26 PM on February 28


I think foreshadowing would imply there was any kind of plan to this thing.
posted by winna at 4:26 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I can't help but think forcing someone to watch this, eyes pulled open a la A Clockwork Orange, would probably violate several international treaties.
posted by Jimbob at 4:27 PM on February 28


Well, you know, it's not necessarily known to the players in the play. It's Chekhov's Roland.
posted by ardgedee at 4:27 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


If it were Chekhov, that would explain the intensely brooding expression on grey stripe guy. He is thinking of poor Uncle Vanya, devoured by pandas in lederhosen.
posted by winna at 4:29 PM on February 28


"Ratings have been disabled for this video."

I can't imagine why.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:30 PM on February 28


I have realized who grey stripe guy reminds me of. He has an uncanny resemblance to John Wilkes Booth.
posted by winna at 4:32 PM on February 28


I'm currently doing the same exact thing. However, I'm doing with Infinite Jest. See you in 36 hours.
posted by NoMich at 4:33 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Something struck BC and John Wilkes Booth as humorous, but they were just looking at the mass of cables so I don't get the joke.
posted by winna at 4:34 PM on February 28


The camera moved again! We're now back to the original view.

No one has fired the Roland at this time, so we must not be in the third act.
posted by winna at 4:36 PM on February 28


The cameraperson said, "I want more tin roof and less Roland," but the tripod's mount has other ideas.

There is a bald orange head bobbing about behind the black Roland brick like a happy little brown egg floating in a cast iron pot full of water.
posted by ardgedee at 4:37 PM on February 28


Whoa now we're on the floor! Camera is wildly swinging!
posted by winna at 4:39 PM on February 28


Now we have an under-Roland view with a rare glimpse of the bald guy's buttcrack.

I must note purely for the sake of inflaming the conspiracy theorists in the audience that we have not yet seen Billy Corgan's head and his buttcrack at the same time.
posted by ardgedee at 4:40 PM on February 28 [7 favorites]


This is starting to feel like that iPet thing where you could play with cats through the internet, except we don't have the motorized swishy tail to entice Billy into batting it about for us.
posted by winna at 4:40 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I keep expecting the big wall of modular to open up, revealing it's completely hollow inside - the secret compartment contains Jimmy Chamberlin, a full set of drums, and a Marshall half-stack, and everyone proceeds to ROCK THE FUCK OUT.
posted by naju at 4:40 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


think how smug we will be when that happens, naju. Our perseverance will pay off!
posted by winna at 4:41 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


oh now we're messing with the narrator's voice.
posted by winna at 4:45 PM on February 28


Does William have any fucking clue what any of the cables he's dicking around with actually do? What the hell is this? And that reporter should thank him for kicking him out anyway. I don't need to be there in person to write an article that violently condemns this crap.
posted by ReeMonster at 4:48 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Someone is torturing a 56K modem.
posted by winna at 4:49 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


oh man that Mattson modular synth droooool
posted by infinitewindow at 4:50 PM on February 28


This is kind of reminding me that I might have been an aimlessly wandering early-twentysomething when I last read Siddhartha, but the lasting impression the book had on me was mostly that Siddhartha was a self-centered jerk.
posted by ardgedee at 4:51 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


That was my takeaway, too, ardgedee.

A train whistle pipes a jaunty atonal melody!
posted by winna at 4:52 PM on February 28


Corgan's moving the Roland! Perhaps we are entering the third act!
posted by winna at 4:53 PM on February 28


He's aimed it right at the camera!
posted by ardgedee at 4:54 PM on February 28


Even Superchunk has an opinion. Hi, Mac!
posted by ardgedee at 4:55 PM on February 28


This is kind of reminding me that I might have been an aimlessly wandering early-twentysomething when I last read Siddhartha, but the only lasting impression was mostly that Siddhartha was a self-centered jerk.

I last read (only read) Siddhartha in 10th grade English, and my takeaway is that I don't remember it at all, but we also read it right after Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, so maybe I was inoculated against self-centered jerks.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:56 PM on February 28


Some interesting sounds again. Or maybe it's just the streaming audio's hardware clipping and gating badly.
posted by ardgedee at 4:56 PM on February 28


Some from Column A, some from Column B.
posted by spinifex23 at 4:57 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


The cafe turned out the lights. I think they're not really being subtle about how long he's been at this.
posted by ardgedee at 4:58 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


My favorite part in the book was when Siddhartha opens fire with his bass cannon.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:58 PM on February 28


I loved Hesse when I first discovered Siddhartha, but that was over twenty years ago, when I was barely of legal age but not quite old enough to drink. That's probably the best time to read his books, though I should reread someday. I also love synths and experimental music. Plus, I liked Corgan when he was with Smashing Pumpkins, less than Soundgarden, but they were interesting for the distinctive guitar fuzz sound, and some of it was really good. Despite all that in its favor, I have no interest in this project, especially since I have limited bandwidth these days. Not enough going on to make it worth the cost of my bits. Otherwise, from the comments here seems like it might be kind of unintentionally amusing. I guess this might be a cautionary tale about the effects of fame and the negative effects of cultural isolation on creative work.
posted by krinklyfig at 4:58 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Thank you. And now, Siddhartha 2: Sidd Harder
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:00 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


The train whistle has now gotten grimdark. Any moment evil clowns will appear.
posted by winna at 5:00 PM on February 28


Bob the Builder and his Descent into Madness
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:01 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


Yes, for krinklyfig and anyone else with limited bandwidth, this is not delightful enough to spend limited pipe volume.

I mean, it is delightful, but you have to be practical about how much demented train whistle you really need in your life.
posted by winna at 5:03 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Man entering with hat looks surprised to see this sort of thing going on at all.
posted by howfar at 5:03 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Holy cow an evil clown just ghosted by the corner of the screen! an evil MIME!
posted by winna at 5:04 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


After being vastly entertained by the thread, I decided to actually watch a bit of it. When I clicked on, I couldn't see red shirt or clip board or apron lady. All I saw was this old guy at the equipment. And then it hit me. That's Corrigan.

Aaaaaand now I need to go lie down.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:04 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Ah! Red shirt is back! He has not abandoned us!
posted by winna at 5:04 PM on February 28


The Roland just went off!
posted by ardgedee at 5:06 PM on February 28


If nothing else we can agree that Corgan is looking pretty fuckable these days, right?
posted by Navelgazer at 5:07 PM on February 28


"Hrm - what does this knob do?"

BWAABWAABWAHBWAHBWAHBWAAAAaaaaaaa

"Turn it down TURN IT DOWN!"
posted by spinifex23 at 5:08 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


"Hrm - what does this knob do?"

Well he used to be in Smashing Pumpkins.
posted by howfar at 5:09 PM on February 28 [27 favorites]


The interesting thing about this is how the narration becomes just a noise without meaning as it continues. I'm losing my ability to understand English.
posted by winna at 5:09 PM on February 28


Can someone more familiar with Chicago media tell me if Rex Huppke's concurrent twitter meltdown has been a clever satire of Corgan's petulance, or are they just kindred souls?
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 5:10 PM on February 28


Ironically, this ends with all of them beating the hell out of each other.
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:12 PM on February 28


It just makes us pragmatists, people who've reached a stage in life where intellectual pretense is no longer necessary and a rerun of "Law & Order: SVU" can be artistically preferable to eight hours of interpretive synthesizer gurgling.

This is from Rex Huppke's column that made Corgan mad. I honestly think that if I preferred reruns of Law and Order to anything I'd off myself.
posted by winna at 5:17 PM on February 28


Siamese Dream is still the best album of the 90s
posted by fraxil at 5:17 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


It sure is a minimal sound considering all the cables and machines and whatnot.

This reminds me of watching my uncle and his friend mess around with their model train set whan I was a kid.
posted by freakazoid at 5:18 PM on February 28


Dancing about architecture, am I right?
posted by Navelgazer at 5:18 PM on February 28


It is a form of dance he's doing, yes.
posted by ardgedee at 5:19 PM on February 28


Like glacial zumba.
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:20 PM on February 28


I suddenly note that all the red cables are gone except from the far left wall, having been replaced with a mass of blue cables. It happened so slowly I did not perceive it.

He still has pretty ears.
posted by winna at 5:21 PM on February 28


christ, i've gotten more interesting sounds out of a korg monotron duo and an ehx ring thing - but i wasn't so pretentious to hook it up to herman hesse or exhibitionist enough to do it live for 8 hours on the web

this sucks like a black hole
posted by pyramid termite at 5:21 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


This reminds me of watching my uncle and his friend mess around with their model train set whan I was a kid.

It reminds me of my grandmother trying to use a mouse.
posted by popcassady at 5:22 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


pyramid termite, hang in there! He's putting on headphones! perhaps something big is about to happen after all this noodling about with cables!
posted by winna at 5:22 PM on February 28


my bad acid trip with william
posted by pyramid termite at 5:24 PM on February 28


Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins? I'm Yoink, smiling politely.
posted by yoink at 5:24 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


we're getting a whole rainbow of cables now and someone is wiggling the camera about. I sense a big finish coming up.
posted by winna at 5:25 PM on February 28


The fact that the cheap bastard is apparently using some well meaning amateur's LibriVox recording without even giving a credit really adds that touch of class the whole thing was lacking.
posted by howfar at 5:25 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


There's so little music going on that I'm not even sure this qualifies as a performance.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:26 PM on February 28


Can someone please just hit the DEMO button?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:27 PM on February 28 [6 favorites]


now red shirt is getting involved in the cable arrangement. he's got a whole wad of them and they're plugging things in and out at a high tempo.

Dee-dee-dee-doot doot-DOOT-doot on a Casio keyboard over and over again.
posted by winna at 5:28 PM on February 28


Can someone please just hit the DEMO button?

Or at the very least, BOSSA NOVA.
posted by popcassady at 5:29 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


i hope it warms up around here - clearly, the weather is driving some people crazy
posted by pyramid termite at 5:29 PM on February 28


Isn't this the bit of music they play when the sitcom's bumbling but earnest dad is heading up the stairs and just about to get his wacky comeuppance for foiling the birthday party the rest of the family had planned for him?
posted by ardgedee at 5:29 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


return of apron lady!

She confers with Corgan, possibly about needing to know when they are winding this up because she has to get home before her curfew.
posted by winna at 5:30 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
posted by pyramid termite at 5:31 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


The mothership is like YES I CAN HEAR YOU OK.
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:32 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


bum bum, doo doo, do do do woo

It's "do do do woo, bum bum, doo doo". All else is madness.
posted by howfar at 5:32 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


now there are elderly crickets cheeping along.
posted by winna at 5:32 PM on February 28


the crickets are now a genuine counterpointy kind of deal.
posted by winna at 5:34 PM on February 28


They seem overwhelmed by all those patchcords. It's literally more important to reorganize those patchcords than to answer the cellphone.
posted by ardgedee at 5:34 PM on February 28


Excuse me, could you ask that Grammy award-winning musician to turn it down please? I'm trying to enjoy my yerba mate
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:34 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


The do do do woo has stopped and nothing has replaced it. Currently it's just a book on tape. Wow.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:34 PM on February 28


I don't think those cables are actually connected to anything.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:35 PM on February 28


I love Books on Tape! He's great!
posted by winna at 5:36 PM on February 28


I'm sitting here realizing that I've been meaning to get a drink of water for about an hour. So he's succeeding at providing entertainment. I'm not going to give him grief over that.
posted by ardgedee at 5:36 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


look, when i was at college, in 1976, these two dudes had these huge ass modular synths and sequencers and delays and whatever and they gave concerts in the coffeehouse

that was infinitely cooler than this shit
posted by pyramid termite at 5:38 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I don't know if it's cool, but it's hypnotic.

Someone is slowly panning the camera up and down and the light has gotten brighter.
posted by winna at 5:40 PM on February 28


The evil mime is back! Oh noes!
posted by winna at 5:41 PM on February 28


Someone is slowly panning the camera up and down and the light has gotten brighter.

your brain is dying, winna - turn it off before you blink out forever
posted by pyramid termite at 5:42 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


Corgan is mulling over which of the million holes he's going to put the cable in that he's been chewing. A decision has been made! Two at the tippy top of the board!

Nothing changes.
posted by winna at 5:43 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


your brain is dying, winna - turn it off before you blink out forever

Good lord this... this is The King in Yellow! I am living More Light!
posted by winna at 5:44 PM on February 28


For me this is so bad it's become good again. And not in a like crappy movie way. It's more subtle than that.
posted by neuromodulator at 5:45 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


Can you imagine being there? I'd be losing my shit. I would start eating people.
posted by neuromodulator at 5:45 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


For me this is so bad it's become good again. And not in a like crappy movie way. It's more subtle than that.

This is how I've felt the whole time. It's a performance, even if it's not music.
posted by winna at 5:46 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I want him to give birth to something.
posted by neuromodulator at 5:47 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


I would start eating people.

i can has baldyburger?
posted by pyramid termite at 5:47 PM on February 28


I wonder who the man in the starched shirt is right at the front.
posted by winna at 5:48 PM on February 28


He's got a 2/2 oontz oontz thing going under that four-bar piano-ish loop. It's like he's halfway to deriving dubstep from first principles totally on his own.
posted by ardgedee at 5:48 PM on February 28 [13 favorites]


A baby version of himself. A shiny new Corgan.
posted by neuromodulator at 5:48 PM on February 28


Radiohead ---> Kid A
Pumpkins ---> this horseshit
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:48 PM on February 28


If I were in Chicago I'd go drive a car through the front of that place. How great would that look on the stream?
posted by neuromodulator at 5:51 PM on February 28


Ohh starched shirt man has a tiny camcorder.

red shirt guy looks like he has just had An Idea and darted off to implement it. Or get a chai.
posted by winna at 5:52 PM on February 28


i think that's a roland shit-7, i mean sh-7 in the front
posted by pyramid termite at 5:53 PM on February 28


If one is on a live streaming feed it behooves one not to adjust one's package unless it is a Special Kind of show.
posted by winna at 5:55 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


this has been one long package adjustment
posted by pyramid termite at 5:56 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


you definitely have a point there.
posted by winna at 5:56 PM on February 28


We're now on an ominous notes roll. I think this may be the home stretch.
posted by winna at 5:57 PM on February 28


It's like that bit where Parky gets possessed at the end of Ghostwatch.
posted by howfar at 5:58 PM on February 28


Corgan now has a flashlight shining on the bank of wires. Why would a flashlight help? It's normal interior lights in there, it's not dark.
posted by winna at 5:58 PM on February 28


Flashlights out. Things are grim.
posted by ardgedee at 5:58 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


i think he picked the wrong piece of literature - clearly, the music is a dead ringer for the tattoo machine in franz kafka's "in the penal colony"

only it's 4 hours too short
posted by pyramid termite at 5:59 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


FREEBIRD!
posted by isopraxis at 5:59 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


THE ARISTOCRATS!
posted by ardgedee at 6:00 PM on February 28 [5 favorites]


Ohhh it's over.

There was no closure! Bah! It was still playing when it went off!
posted by winna at 6:00 PM on February 28


WHIPPING POST!
posted by pyramid termite at 6:00 PM on February 28


It appears to be restarting for those who are burning to see it.
posted by winna at 6:01 PM on February 28


i think i'd rather stay burning, thank you
posted by pyramid termite at 6:03 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


I have it still playing, 7:20 timestamp, live.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 6:10 PM on February 28


Another part of me wonders if there's a German word for something that manages to be boring and entertaining at once

Ein Fassbinder
posted by zippy at 6:21 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


It's continuing now here? Somehow?
posted by winna at 6:25 PM on February 28


Corgan has a new drink!
posted by winna at 6:28 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


today is the greatest day i've ever known
posted by pyramid termite at 6:30 PM on February 28 [19 favorites]


We've now moved into the teal cable mood.
posted by winna at 6:31 PM on February 28


this here is a stone - but it will someday turn into soil, but william will still be screwing around with his synths
posted by pyramid termite at 6:32 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


This is art as a Rube Goldberg device.
posted by winna at 6:37 PM on February 28


You don't even understand cables. Me? I understand cables.
posted by thelonius at 6:40 PM on February 28


What is the thing red shirt dude is touching right now? It looks like a tiny old style jukebox?
posted by winna at 6:44 PM on February 28


Eh, it's no Zwan.
posted by murphy slaw at 6:44 PM on February 28


For the first time in five hours, they're changing the reels.

I call shenanigans.
posted by winna at 6:49 PM on February 28


There are 161 people left watching this thing. I'm still strong. I've sat through Don Carlo - twice!
posted by winna at 6:52 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


for those who are tired of the visuals, i found this 10 hour clip of paint drying
posted by pyramid termite at 6:55 PM on February 28 [4 favorites]


Apparently my video is out of sync, because I've forced my best friend to start watching and he's reporting hugs.

Of course he could be lying to me like a jerk.
posted by winna at 6:57 PM on February 28


Now we have Corgan doing animated gestures at people but no sound.
posted by winna at 6:59 PM on February 28


The apron lady is having to fight with Corgan over the tip jar!
posted by winna at 6:59 PM on February 28


Oh wait it's a raffle not the tip jar.
posted by winna at 7:00 PM on February 28


There was a moment around the 2nd hour when the reels were not moving but the narration was still going. So yeah.
posted by naju at 7:01 PM on February 28


Now they're doing a sort of actor's studio thing about the boards!
posted by winna at 7:02 PM on February 28


'I used a lot of this on my solo album, TheFutureEmbrace, which no one bought.'
posted by winna at 7:04 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


what's next? - billy plays a kazoo while a tape recorder plays a poem by john ashberry and bingo cards are distributed with different words from the poem and the winner gets the kazoo with billy's spit included?
posted by pyramid termite at 7:04 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


I am pleased that my prediction of hugs at the end was fulfilled, except that there should have been some A-Team theme to make me completely happy.

We have been advised to go home by Corgan, but the joke is on him - I am already there!
posted by winna at 7:05 PM on February 28 [1 favorite]


see he gives birth to a new billy corgan in a zero shirt who goes on to write amazing pop songs that everyone (everyone) loves, while he leaves aged corgan as a dead husk on a stream that runs forever, and we all get to relive our youth through the eternal cycle of billy corgan rebirth.

that's what's next. it's gonna be great.
posted by neuromodulator at 7:06 PM on February 28 [3 favorites]


I used to love SP. They were probably my favorite band during the '90s but they lost me after Machina. Yes, Zwan was quite good but obviously just made one album before falling apart. And I never warmed to Corgan as a human being, a sentiment which has since turned into actual dislike, given his constant, bitchy tirades and mudslinging against his (completely silent) former bandmates for the past several years.

But yeah, I miss the Gish/Siamese era Pumpkins (Adore was a great album too whose sales probably suffered because of Billy's contrived goth look which he adopted at the time). The other day I came across this rough demo of Soma, the gorgeous Siamese Dream song penned by James Iha (and Billy), and listened to it dozens of times over the next few days. More of that, and less of the 8 hour experimental synth pieces please, Billy.
posted by Devils Slide at 7:07 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


neuromodulator: "see he gives birth to a new billy corgan in a zero shirt who goes on to write amazing pop songs that everyone (everyone) loves, while he leaves aged corgan as a dead husk on a stream that runs forever, and we all get to relive our youth through the eternal cycle of billy corgan rebirth."

Obviously, the new Corgan incarnation would wear a "One" t-shirt.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:36 PM on February 28


Eight hours of Billiam Corgan not wearing a belt.
posted by cellphone at 8:37 PM on February 28 [2 favorites]


I just want to thank everyone who participated in this thread, especially those who watched and described the video. This is exactly the type of thing we should be documenting for the future.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:26 AM on March 1 [7 favorites]


Indeed, when the historians of the twenty-third century are recounting our time they can make up all kinds of exciting social history about this thread.

It will undoubtedly be wrong and tell them more about their own time than our own, but it will still be exciting!
posted by winna at 2:51 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


This thread is great. It's also what goes through my head whenever I see ambient music live. :( Sorry ambient musicians. :(
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:14 PM on March 1


I can't believe I watched read the whole thing!

I now have no interest in watching it, but am tempted to set up the assistive thing on the laptop to read through this thread while I accompany it on electric piano, french horn and korg thing on my phone, my daughter on half-size acoustic guitar/paper jams guitar, and my wife on polite resignation.
posted by fizban at 1:06 AM on March 2 [2 favorites]


Noisey has a harrowing write-up from someone who attended the entire thing, if you're so inclined.
posted by naju at 11:00 AM on March 3 [1 favorite]


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