Feb 23, 2012:
@ChieftanMews: Bestow blindfolds and gAg mouths to avoid pre-tense and maKe whoopie to the sounds around you. BeAt your drumKit @philipselway @clivedeamer
Feb 23, 2012:
@ChieftanMews: many citizenS have theIr patria in war/gameS/takeovers and are fIghting from afar in their settee/chair/sofa. are you /they/we winning?
Two of 5 Tweets sent on February 23rd that where deleted within 24 hours. The first tweet is addressed to Phillip Selway and Clive Dreamer who is currently working with Radiohead as a additional drummer for The King of Limbs.
As reported on The King of Limbs Part 2 there is a hidden message in the selection of capital letters.
It is as follows:
B A K B A K
S I S I
It relates to a recent SISI BAKBAK remix of Hold On by SBTRKT
This remix has recently causing some confusion in the press for Sisi BakBak being a possible alias for Thom Yorke.
Consequence Of Sound gives the following info:
SBTRKT will release his new single “Hold On” digitally on February 21st, and as a limited edition 12” in a deluxe lenticular sleeve on May 8th. It comes backed by the instrumental ”Rise to Freedom”, along with a remix of “Hold On” attributed to Sisi BakBak, who (through powers of Sherlock-like deduction) is probably Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
According to KEXP’s Cheryl Waters, who premiered the track, the remixer is soon playing Seattle’s Key Arena (that’s where Radiohead is playing in April.) Also, as Pitchfork points out, BBC’s Rob da Bank tweeted (via P4k): “listening to the thom yorke mix of @SBTRKT for the 18th time…unbeatable!”” So there you go.
( Source : Check Out SBTRKT Hold On SISI BAKBAK Remix )
As yet there has been no official word to deny or confirm that Thom is Sisi Bakbak
Chieftan Mews has a long history of tweeting messages directly related to the band (even if in a round about fashion). From this we can take the message as confirmation that Sisi Bakbak is indeed Thom Yorke who has a long history of involvement with DJs including work with Modeselektor, UNKLE, DJ Shadow, Flying Lotus, Burial, Four-Tet and MF Doom.
Thom also organised the TKOL RMX 1234567 remix collection of The King of Limbs.
In somewhat-related news Modeselektor will be releasing a special Deluxe Tour edition of Monkeytown on the 16 March 2012 which features a additional bonus track co-written by Thom Yorke. It may be Dull Hull from the B-Side of the limited edition Shipwreck single (which you can listen to here) or it could be something new.
** UPDATE 20-March 2012 : it is Dull Hull, you can read the full tracklisting here **
While the first edition of Modeselektor’s third studio album “Monkeytown” was already far from standard, this new and updated deluxe package offers an even more extensive collectors item.
Released in the middle of the second leg of the album tour, this Deluxe Tour Edition of the album features an entire bonus cd filled with all instrumentals from the album and an additional bonus track co-written by Thom Yorke (Radiohead). The bonus DVD comes with all 3 official videos for the songs “Shipwreck” with Thom Yorke, “Evil Twin” and “Berlin” feat. Miss Platnum as well as extensive live footage. Filmed at the Warehouse Project in Manchester you will find 7 songs from the live show as well as a 20min interview added as additional video bonus material.
Alltogether about 3 hours of Modeselektor entertainement.
( Source: Monkeytown Records )
According to their website the Deluxe Tour Edition is limited to only 3000 copies, you can order it here.
Now for the rest of the tweets!
Pre-tense could be read as a reference to ‘The Present Tense’ a currently unreleased song that made it’s debut at the 2009 Latitude Festival being played solo by Thom Yorke. A fan favourite you can listen to it here.
Whoopie has two meanings, one is to celebrate in a (usually) drunken fashion, the second is to have sex. Considering Thom Yorke’s reaction to people ahem.. ‘making woopie’ to Radiohead it’s more likely to be the former then the latter.
blindfold is a reference to Running Blind the title of Phillip Selway’s recent E.P.
Mew’s had previously retweeted a message from SandbagUK informing of a limited edition release of the E.P. signed by the man himself, It is now sold out but you can still buy Phil’s debut album Familial here.
The second of the two tweets appears to be about computer games.
‘patria’ is a Latin word for ‘Homeland’ or ‘Fatherland’.
February 23rd was the release date for ‘Wargame: European Escalation’ described as ‘a real-time strategy video game developed by Eugen Systems set in the years 1975-1985.’
Wiki gives the following:
It features large maps up to 150 square kilometres in size. It can have up to 100 million scenery objects. Players can command 361 unique units. . Playable factions include the Warsaw Pact which is subdivided into the Soviet Union, Communist Poland, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia. On the other side is NATO, which is subivided into the United States of America, United Kingdom, France and West Germany. Each country has its own arsenal of units, and players can choose various units from the four subfactions of the side they are playing on, unlocking better units through game progression.
Gamespot has a good range of coverage of it Here
While Mew’s seems to be referencing that game in particular it doesn’t actually mean he’s played it. Many websites and gaming platforms such as Steam present advertisements for upcoming games that appear when logging in.
For example is a screenshot of the game advertised in Steam’s main page on the 5th of March.
Previously on the 3rd of June 2010 Jonny Greenwood posted a Office Chart to Dead Air Space unique in listing a selection of Games instead of music which he addressed to “all the nerds who are marveling, like me, at Red Dead Redemption”
Red Dead Redemption is the title of a game by Rockstar San Diego released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the 21st of May 2010 in the UK. Awarded numerous Game of the Year titles it’s considered to be a modern classic and raised the bar for open world games.
(Source: Wikipedia )
Wiki describes it as:
Set in 1911, during the decline of the American Old West. The game follows John Marston, a former outlaw, while he sets out to hunt down his former gang members. Marston’s wife and son are taken hostage by the government in ransom for his services as a bounty hunter. Having no other choice, he sets out to bring his three former gang members to justice.
You can read (or watch) a review of it here.
For the curious the rest of Jonny’s list was:
Elite (BBC Micro)
Cave Story (various)
Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Zelda Ocarina of Time (N64)
Zelda Twighlight Princess (Wii)
Half Life 1 and 2 (Mac, PS3)
(Source Office Chard for a Week Off )