Pray For Triangle Zero as a creative entity has been one of the only constants in my life. Since the Summer of 2009, there have been over 90 P4T0 releases, with now only one release floating out there which is unaccounted for (New Trax City, CLLCT, 2009). During a good majority of this time, tracks that didn't fit into any specific collection have been set aside for inclusion in an eventual B-Side & Rarities Collection, inspired by releases like R.E.M's Dead Letter Office, and other similar compilations. I tried to keep these tracks as chronological as possible, with the latest track coming from a release from earlier this year, in 2016. After some editing, light remastering on select tracks- namely the live takes, and finally being able to see some the progression myself, and find some appreciation and justification for a retrospective of this work- the result is ウルトラ R A R E : B-Sides and Rarities, a collection eight years in the making.
Many of these tracks feel like pieces or fragments, which now makes sense looking at the in the context of the whole. Some were scavenged from unreleased or unofficially released like the album Pray (the first 6), which saw an original release of under 5 copies, and was never digitally released, reproduced here nearly in its entirety; another such example is tracks taken from "Pain Train Oblivion: Interstellar Star Destroyer Zero," released in an edition of 5 handmade copies given to friends, with only one I know of still in existence. The remaining tracks from PTO:ISDZ not found on this collection were used as part of the album Cloud Mountain).
Five songs come from the soundtrack to "Triangle City Pt. II: The Empire of Fear," several bonus tracks from other albums now given more space to breathe here, and some live tracks recorded on the Columbia Beet five years apart, in 2011, (or 2010?) and in 2015, and collaboarations with friends Ahomari Turner and Gardner Beson.
There are also several covers, listed as follows:
*Cover of "Sleeping with the Television On," by Billy Joel. Originally slated to be released on "Ghosts in the Attic," a conceptualized all-Billy Joel Cover Album, unreleased.
**Cover of "We Got the Crush All Wrong," a live track (itself unreleased, I believe), from Metric's Emily Haines, previously unreleased.
**Cover of Toro y Moi's "Low Shoulder," previously unreleased.
✝ Cover of Grimes' "Oblivion," previously released as a bonus track on "Transmission Lost," feat. MIDI data recorded by George Gleixner.
released September 19, 2016
Live tracks personel-
2011, Alan Woodall- bass
2015, Alice Rodriguez, vocals, bass; Alan Woodall, vocals, bass, guitar; O'Neal Peterson, synths; Drew Baron, vocals, auxillary percussion, synths
Special thanks to the Michael and Josh at the Columbia Beet, WUSC.FM
(WE LOVE YOU)