Posted in To Do | music on November 23, 2009

Pixies @ Aragon Ballroom - Nov 20, 2009 (jjohnson1120)

When a group of revered and influential rockers come back together after a decade of acrimonious separation and/or inactivity, all but the most hard-hearted punks can grant them one lap around the reunion circuit playing the old should-have-been-hits, if only to collect the accolades and the cash that probably eluded them the first time.

Boston's proto-alternative quartet the Pixies took that victory lap in 2004. Now, while they remain popular enough to play three nights at the Aragon Ballroom [in Chicago]--Friday and Saturday sold out, though Thursday only was about half full--it's hard to consider them anything but a cynical corporation cashing in on blatant nostalgia--a hipper version of Creedence Clearwater Revisited or Journey and whoever is singing with that group these days.

Bandleader Black Francis, bassist Kim Deal, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering have had nearly five years during their second act to prove that they are once again a vital, vibrant and forward-moving creative unit. Instead, absent even the whiff of a new album, the twist they've put on their latest tour is that it's the 20th anniversary celebration of "Doolittle," their second and best studio album, and an epic of free-associated weirdness, twisted sexual imagery and religious symbolism.
[Jim DeRogatis @ Chicago Sun Times] (via)

The Pixies are popular enough to play FOUR shows in NYC (actual capacity comparisons aside), though like in Chicago one show (the LATE one) is not sold out (yet?). That run begins tonight (Monday, 11/23). Black Gold opens the show (instead of Bad Lieutenant).

In related news, Jim DeRogatis just released a book on the Velvet Underground.



Comments (25)

Fuck Jim Derogatis. He pretends to be the know-it-all when it comes to Chicago music, but he has actually barely even chipped the tip of the iceberg. All the reviews he does are for the same regurgitated crap that Spin and Rolling Stone arleady did like U2 and Wilco.

In my opinion, Miles Raymed and Monica Kendrick of the Chicago Reader do a better job of actually highlighting music that Chicag opeople would have otherwise wouldn't have heard of. Would you ever read Derogatis review Sunn O))) or fucking Mayhem? I don't think so.

Posted by Chicago Carm | November 23, 2009 1:02 PM

Fuck that guy. It's like they say in the Simpsons, Chicago is the Miami of Canada.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:07 PM

Miami of Canada?

You lost me on that one.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:11 PM

Anyone know set times?

Posted by Bob_Roberts | November 23, 2009 1:12 PM

"Would you ever read Derogatis review Sunn O))) or fucking Mayhem?"

no...and that's because those bands are on completely different plains than the pixies, u2 or wilco.

i get it, you're from chicago, and want to say something for the sake of saying something.

but i think derogatis has earned his keep.

Posted by vtweet | November 23, 2009 1:13 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:13 PM

Doors: 6:30
Show at 8
I'm guessing Pixies are on at 9:15-9:30

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:14 PM

If these shows are anything like the 2004 reunion, expect a run-through-the-motions show. Love their music, but these shows blow.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:23 PM

Wish I knew how long the 1am show will run, I gotta buy a bus ticket home right after.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:26 PM

Who is Jim DiRogatas and why would I care?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:31 PM

late show goes to 2:30

Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:33 PM

pixies 2004 tour was great. didn't this this one was worth it to justify the expense. damn this economy.

Posted by | November 23, 2009 1:36 PM

$62/$75 a ticket. Fuck.......even if the economy was good, thats too expensive.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 1:49 PM

if people would stop buying tickets, maybe they would go away.

Posted by debbie downer | November 23, 2009 2:13 PM

Jim DeRogatis + The Pixies = 1,200 pounds of WGAF

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 2:16 PM

Chicago Carm=epic idiot

Anon 1:31=pathetic loser

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 2:32 PM

OPENING ACT: 8:00PM - Black Gold

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 2:35 PM

Jim Derogatis is definitely a douche, but c'mon, you know he's right....

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 2:37 PM

do little - good name for this tour.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 6:11 PM

"Miami of Canada"..hilarious. What's not to get about that joke?

Posted by j | November 23, 2009 7:38 PM

Paid buck30 fer after market ticket next day late show was anounced. FML!

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 9:34 PM

I realize Chicago can be slow to get news but have they not heard of the "famous artist plays a full album" concept? it's been around a few years, actually. that must be quite a happening newspaper.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 11:33 PM

it wasn't even a review to the concerts....
hes just mad they sold out.

what a hater.

these guys deserve a lot more money for the influece they had in rock music!

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 12:56 AM

Both Black and Deal are song writing machines, so I'm suprised we aren't getting new songs on this tour.

While I love the Pixies, I miss the "Frank Black & the Catholics" days. That was a stellar band and they played more personable venues.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 1:52 PM

The NYC shows were some of the best Pixies shows ever....epic and out of control. Anyone who gripes about ticket prices for this band can go out and see the myriad of packaged poop known as rock music today. This band is one of the greatest ever, and these shows are as good as they get.

Posted by pixiesfan | November 27, 2009 4:10 PM

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