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10 years of 10,000 Days

Ten years has passed since the release of Tool’s last album 10,000 Days, and a couple of websites have celebrated the anniversary with some retrospectives.

First up is Team Rock who feature an interview with Engineer Joe Barresi.  His discusses his first impressions of Tool, as well as some of the techniques used to record 10,000 Days.

The second comes from Loudwire, who have compiled a series of quotes from Tool members outlining the writing and recording of the album.  Both articles are interesting reads, though not really revealing much we didn’t already now.

Toolshed have celebrated the anniversary in a quite different way, by announcing Today is the official end for this site.  Sad news, as Toolshed is an important source of information for many of us over the journey.  It’s wealth of Tool information is unmatched, and thankfully, while the site will no longer be updated, this archive will remain.

Right In Two Lyrics

The lyrics for the 10,000 Days track Right In Two are now available on Toolarmy as a TA Exclusive, which means I won’t be posting them here.

Updates

I’ve been back up in Queensland this week, so things have been a little slow on updates for Fourtheye. Things should return to normal next week. Here’s a couple of items that have come across my desk:

For those that have missed the various comments, there is an interview of Maynard done by Patton Oswalt. Check it out here.

Ryan tells me that he’s selling his Signed Lateralus Vinyl on eBay. Bids started at $0 so it’s quite cheap at the moment. Don’t expect it to remain that way though!!  EDIT: Link has been changed to a relisted auction!

Finally, Blair has posted on Toolband/Army about the recently discovered Salival Vinyl. He assures us it is a bootleg and in now way officially sanctioned by the band. Buyers beware! He also mentions that there are no plans for 10,000 Days vinyl, but if and when he hears there there are, he will post it.

Travis Shinn Photography

Random Girl emailed me today to tell me that Travis Shinn’s website seems to have a few stereoscopic pictures of Tool members that didn’t make the 10,000 Days album cover. It also contains his photos from the Revolver article, as well as shots of other good (and not so good) bands.

For the stereoscopic ones, make sure you visit the Single section.

Danny In Stereo

Adam in Guitar World

I had a chance to read the recent Guitar World article with Adam Jones, and it’s one of the best Tool articles I’ve read for a while.  It reveals plenty of new info and some insight into Adam’s guitar playing.  Here are some points I know most of you are interested in:

  • The first video for 10,000 Days (presumably Vicarious) will be entirely in CGI has run into some “vicious production problems”.  Basically they got screwed by the production company, and now a friend of Adam’s company is helping them complete it.  The problem is that since they’re only helping, work only happens when their schedule is clear.  Adam says all his spare time goes into it, but I wouldn’t expect to see anything until after this round of touring stops.
  • The second video (presumably The Pot) will be all stop-motion, and pre-production has started.
  • They have filmed stuff for a Live DVD, and were going to put it out but it “(didn’t) sit very well with our band”.  I guess this means they want more than just the standard live show to be released.
  • Adam is keen to do a Tool movie, but it sounds as though he’s waiting for someone to show him the money before he does.  And there’s a lot of red tape involved in movie making.
  • When Tool were approached to contribute to the Escape from LA soundtrack, they suggested rather than just giving them a song, actually do one with John Carpenter (who apparently is also a musician).  For various record label related reasons, this didn’t go ahead.  So they just gave them Sweat in the end.
  • They’ve had several stalkers, include one that Camella and Chris Graves set up and had arrested.  A Toolarmy member perhaps?
  • The project with Robert Fripp has been recorded, but there’s still the drums and arrangements to go.  Adam’s hoping to put it out as soon as possible, but like the videos I wouldn’t expect much until Tool finish touring.

Go and buy the magazine when it comes out in your part of the world!  I know I will.

Poll Results: What is your favorite 10,000 Days secret?

10,000 Days would appear to be full of secrets (apparently) and last week I asked what your favorite was.  It comes as no surprise to me that most of you think there isn’t a secret.  And I am a little surprised at how many of you are waiting for the “real” album to be released, or maybe lots of you think it’s funny that there was ever talk of a decoy album at all….

  1. The secret is there is no secret…. 207 Votes
  2. It’s a decoy – still waiting for the real album 77 Votes
  3. 10,000 Days/Wings For Marie/Vignati Tres Overlaps 64 Votes
  4. Secret stuff in the photos 54 Votes
  5. Wizard of Oz Synchronisation 17 Votes

New poll on it’s way!

New Poll: What is your favorite 10,000 Days secret?

This week I ask what is your favorite 10,000 Days secret?  Do you dig the various synchronisations?  Did you find the clues in the pictures?  Anything else I may have missed?

Adam on Baltimore Sun

There’s a brief interview with Adam on the Baltimore Sun website today.  He talks about 10,000 Days but doesn’t reveal anything particularly new:

[discussing the 10,000 Days packaging] “That was my idea,” says Jones, who last week was playing a date with the band in Tampa, Fla. “All the ideas start with writing the music, and it flows with the art. … I saw a kid’s book that was similar [to the CD packaging design] and thought it would be a cool idea for the album.”

Poll Results: 10,000 Days 12 months later…

Last week I asked you tell me your thoughts on 10,000 Days now that it has been out for over 12 months.  Personally I find that my perception of records changes over time, and that once past the initial excitment/dissappointment of hearing a new album you can get a feel for what you really think of the album.  Personally for me I still think it’s a great album, and while I don’t think it tops Lateralus, I think it comes pretty close.

According to the poll though, most of you say it’s better than Undertow, yet worse than Lateralus and Aenima.  This didn’t really surprise me at all.  What did surprise me a little is that the second most popular option put 10,000 Days as their best album.  The vote for their worst album also polled pretty strongly, which didn’t really surprise me either.  I do get the impression though that these 10,000 Days haters are a much more vocal group than the general population.

  1. Better than Undertow, worse than Aenima & Lateralus 279 Votes
  2. Best Tool Album 112 Votes
  3. Better than Aenima & Undertow, worse than Lateralus 107 Votes
  4. Worst Tool Album 93 Votes
  5. Better than Lateralus & Undertow, worse than Aenima 49 Votes
  6. Better than Lateralus, worse than Aenima & Undertow 24 Votes
  7. Worse than eMotive 13 Votes
  8. I haven’t bothered to listen to it 7 Votes
  9. Better than Lateralus & Aenima, worse than Undertow 5 Votes
  10. Better than Aenima, worse than Undertow & Lateralus 5 Votes

New poll coming soon!

Pre-sales Spoiled? Wings For Marie Lyrics

According to Blair, it seems that there were pre-sales for the recently announced US Dates, and that some members of Toolarmy decided it would be a good idea to release this password.  Rather than sharing the love, it seems that this has resulted in scalpers purchasing these pre-sale tickets instead.  I’m sure these members were trying to do the right thing, but it looks like it’s backfired on them.  Allegedly the bands management know who these people are as well.  I’m guessing in the future they may not be offered pre-sales.  Hopefully this has closed the possibility of further pre-sales down the track (not that I’m expecting us Aussies will ever get one).
In other news, it looks like the lyrics for Wings For Marie have been made available as a Toolarmy exclusive.  I’m guessing it’ll be just a matter of time before these find their way into the real world.

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