Entries tagged with: Pixies
by Andrew Sacher
It's no secret that the '90s are all the rage right now. The internet (and maybe even your real life) is filled with nostalgia for everything from Pogs to Nickelodeon cartoons to Tamagotchis and this reality check from The Onion that the '90s weren't only Pogs, Nickelodeon cartoons and Tamagotchis. Indie rock is no exception. The sounds of the Alternative Nation era can be heard in many of today's indie bands, and countless '90s OGs have reformed to excellent results, playing not just to the people who saw them the first time around but to many new, younger fans. When it comes to discussing '90s rock, we usually turn the conversation towards critically acclaimed bands like Pavement, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Neutral Milk Hotel, and My Bloody Valentine or huge bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Radiohead. You don't need another list telling you those bands are great. (But if you do, those lists are easily Googleable and recommended!) Instead, here's an alternative (pun intended) way of looking at the decade. Here's a list that highlights nine great bands who seem like they're starting to get re-evaluated a bit and starting to get the credit they deserve (some more than others).
I'm not trying to take the obscurer-than-thou route either. In fact, there's a good chance you've heard of all of these bands. All of them were on major labels. Some didn't have enough hits to get legitimately popular or remembered for more than one or two songs, but because of their MTV/KROQ associations they weren't very indie-cool either. Some achieved more mainstream success (often by changing their sound), an even bigger indie cred killer. But all of them are doing cool stuff right now, whether it's new albums, vinyl reissues, tours of the classic material, or new related bands. Almost all of them also have a clear influence on younger, modern bands. Whatever it is, it's reminding us why they were such great artists to begin with.
Of course this list could've had way more than nine bands. So feel free to comment telling us which ones you would've included and which ones you think we should've left off. Check out the list (in no particular order), with commentary and song streams, below.
UPDATE: Here's why we didn't include Nada Surf.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.
...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]
Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.
One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.
Created in the explosive space between the surreal and the concrete, The Good Inn follows Solder Boy--the lone survivor of the explosion of the battleship Iéna--as he wanders aimlessly after the accident, falls deeply for an innkeeper's daughter, and even more deeply into a bizarre, alternate universe he discovers through a hole in his bedroom wall.The above description is of Pixies frontman Black Francis' debut novel, The Good Inn (written with co-author Josh Frank), which is being celebrated with a book launch in Brooklyn on April 25 at The Powerhouse Arena (37 Main St). The event runs from 6-8 PM, and will feature Black Francis, Josh Frank and the book's illustrator Steven Appleby. TIckets are on sale now, can be applied as credit towards the purchase of The Good Inn.
The world he finds exists at the intersection of art and violence, and introduces readers to the very real (and surreal) characters who created the first narrative pornographic film. The Good Inn weaves together real characters from the history of French cinema with darkly whimsical illustrations by Steven Appleby and recreates the lost story of La Bonne Auberge, as seen through the eyes of a shell-shocked soldier.
Through Soldier Boy's journey as the subject and star of the world's first stag film, we explore the power of memory, the simultaneously destructive and healing power of light and how the early pioneers of these stag films helped shape their industry for generations to come.
Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, film and prose, reality and surreality, The Good Inn bends readers' minds and holds its own against the best surrealists--from Lynch to Dali to Serling. It is sure to challenge our conceptions of history, highbrow and lowbrow and how we consume art in all its forms.
The Coachella 2014 Set Times are now HERE. Notice new surprise additions of Pixies and Julian Casablancas.
Make your schedule while listening to a Coachella 2014 Spotify playlist we put together.
If you run into any celebrities, keep in mind they might be on the clock.
Not going, stream it from home.
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Kim Deal w/ The Breeders in December (more by PSquared)
Ex-Pixie and current Breeder Kim Deal has been releasing a series of solo 7"s and the fourth installment, "The Root" b/w "Range on Castle" comes out today (4/1). You can pick it up the 7" at Kim's website, or download the tracks at iTunes. There's two versions of the vinyl release, the official release with artwork by famed 4AD designer Vaughan Oliver, and a limited edition (1000 copies) white label edition.
"The Root," which features Morgan Nagler of Whispertown, already had a music video, but it now gets a lyric video (directed by Morgan's Brother) too, which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below...
Pixes in Northhampton, MA in January (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
After touring their college radio hits for a decade and teasing with a few new singles, Pixies have announced their first "new" album since 1991's Trompe Le Monde. The album is titled Indie Cindy (which is also the name of a song) and will be out April 29 via their own Pixiesmusic label. The record was produced by longtime associate Gil Norton, who worked on everything from Doolittle on, and features cover art by legendary designer Vaughn Oliver who did all their classic sleeves.
Before you get too excited, you may have heard all the songs already. The album is comprised of "Bagboy," which was the band's first new song in more than a decade, plus the eight tracks from the band's EP-1 and EP-2, as well as the songs from the just-released EP-3 which also has "Bagboy" on it. (Bassist listed on the liner notes is "Ding.") But for those who wanted all those in one place, your wish is granted.
The new album comes in a variety of formats, including a Special Edition in a gatefold double-vinyl, and a CD/40-page book with a bonus live disc recorded during their just-finished tour (with Paz Lenchantin on bass). Pre-order those here. There's an iTunes version with the live show as well. Plus, Indie City is coming out as a Record Store Day, limited edition, two-disc, deluxe gatefold, 180-gram vinyl set -- whether that's the same as the Special Edition minus the book/live disc is unclear.
Artwork and tracklist for Indie Cindy below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Pixies in Northampton earlier this week (more by Dana (distrotion) Yavin)
You may know that Bang On A Can's marching band Asphalt Orchestra often covers the Pixies and just celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1988 album Surfer Rosa by performing it in full at Le Poisson Rouge last Sunday (1/12), and they're now taking the Pixies love one step further. Asphalt Orchestra will actually open for the Pixies on the Capitol Theatre (1/19) and NJPAC (1/21) stops on their ongoing tour. That means you'll hear marching band versions of the Pixies songs before hearing the actual Pixies songs. The Cap show appear sold out, but tickets for the NJ show (which also has FIDLAR on the bill) are still available.
Watch a video of Asphalt Orchestra playing "Where is My Mind" at Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2013 below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pixies / Paz @ Calvin Theatre, 1/13/2014
Lenchantin, who has played with A Perfect Circle and Billy Corgan's Zwan, occasionally looked like she couldn't believe her luck. She grinned as she swung the neck of her bass on the sardonic "U-Mass," added sweet, high vocals to "Bone Machine" and threw down an overpowering bassline that rattled the entire building on "Bagboy," a song the Pixies released last summer shortly after Deal left.Pixies got a jumpstart on their 2014 tour near their old Boston stomping grounds with a show at Northampton's Calvin Theatre, marking the first show with new bassist Paz Lenchantin. As Rolling Stone points out above, she fits in well, though as drummer David Lovering points out, nobody can truly replace Kim Deal. Meanwhile, another famed indie rock bassist (and occasional actor) who calls Northampton home was there watching (as was another local indie rocker, J Mascis). You can check out the setlist below and pictures from the show are also in this post.
Black Francis was in fine, energetic form, too. He switched between acoustic and electric guitar throughout the show, singing in an unnervingly pleasant tone over chugging guitar on "Cactus," shrieking on new song "Blue Eyed Hexe," and locking into unison vocals with Lenchantin on "Subbacultcha." - [Rolling Stone]
The Northhampton show was opened by another Boston indie legend, onetime Miracle Legion (and Polaris) frontman Mark Mulcahy who put out a very good solo record last year. Mark plays NYC in March as part of Lincoln Center's American Songwriters Series.
Pixies will hit the NYC-area next later this week, playing Sunday (1/19) at Capitol Theatre tickets) and Tuesday, 1/21 at NJPAC with FIDLAR (tickets). More pics from last night's show in Northampton and the setlist below...
Pixie David Lovering @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Having released their second EP in under a year (the unceremoniously titled EP-2 just last week), the Pixies have wasted no time in calling up their creative forces. It's likely a welcome relief for the band to have some news that doesn't include the words "bassist," "revolving," or some permutation of "Kim" in the headline. While rock fandom often (read: justifiably) associates comebacks or band reunions with the tinny sounds of a cash register, this interview with drummer and founding member David Lovering suggests a band that, without regard for their incomparable influence and popularity, simply wanted to get back together and play.
What was the thought process behind you guys getting back together, making new music, and going back out on the road?
David Lovering: I think it all began basically as a little rumor or something like that. Because when the Pixies broke up years ago I would have never thought we'd get back together. If you'd told me we'd get back together I would just laugh at you, you know [laughs]? It was just impossible. Then I think Charles [aka Black Francis] said something on radio, some interview, this was years ago in the UK, and that kind of got thrown out and all of a sudden it just made him maybe think twice about it. So Charles had called Joe, and Joe had said "Hey, what do you think? Let's get back together," and then I got the call and then Kim got board, and we all got back together. I don't know if it was a financial impetus or whatever, but it just seemed time was right, and we had been gone a long time. It just seemed like the fun thing and the right thing to do.
Since you guys first formed in the mid 80s the music industry has gone through what's arguably its biggest change. How have you as an artist seen that change since you initially helped form The Pixies?
David Lovering: Well, it's interesting. It's a completely different ballgame with new material now. It is the digital age, and everything is just song-by-song rather than an album. You also know that when an album is released it only has a seven - or I think it's like a three or so week shelf life on it, so that's just the way everything is going. To us it's all brand new. I gotta say we're lucky that we have management that's much smarter than us and can really handle these things. They've got it going where we have everything like a big email list, a database, we're able to put things out on EPs now with the way we're doing it. It's working fine, and I'm a bit surprised at how it's working for us. Again, it's none of my efforts. It's all management and everyone who had the greater powers to do all this, so I'm quite amazed at it.
Pixies at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies (with Paz Lenchantin on bass) are about to kick off their 2014 tour this month, and they've just added a warm up show happening in their home state on January 13 at Calvin Theatre in J Mascis, Thurston Moore, and Kim Gordon's Northampton, MA stomping grounds. Tickets are currently on fan presale (password: "bagboy"). The tour doesn't hit NYC, but comes close for shows on 1/19 at Capitol Theatre (tickets) and 1/21 at NJPAC (tickets). Updated dates are listed below.
Pixies also just released another new EP, EP-2. You can watch the video for that EP's track, "Blue Eyed Hexe," along with the list of dates, below...
Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bang On A Can's David Lang is the 2013-2014 season's holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall, and for the season, he'll be presenting his collected stories series. On the series, David says:
My series--collected stories--divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Music from different cultures, times, environments, and sound worlds, plus some really exciting commissions, are placed next to each other, highlighting their narrative similarities and telling a larger kind of story about how we listen, experience sound and time, and use music to make sense of the world around us.The series includes a number of shows throughout the year, notably 'collected stories: love/loss' on April 24 with The Uncluded (aka Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota and others (tickets); 'collected stories: (post)folk' on April 27 with guitar great Kaki King, the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, and others (tickets); and 'collected stories: spirit' on April 23 with Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu and others (tickets). Full collected stories schedule below.
Speaking of Kaki King, she also plays the New York Guitar Festival this month.
And speaking of Bang On A Can, BOAC's marching band Asphalt Orchestra is performing the Pixies' Surfer Rosa in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (1/12). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
collected stories schedule below...
The Pixies unexpectedly returned in 2013 with EP-1, and now for the new year they've released another, this time titled EP-2. It's on sale in multiple formats and bundles at their website, and you can watch the video for one of its tracks, "Blue Eyed Hexe," along with the tracklist, below.
Kim Shattuck w/ Pixies at Bowery Ballroom in Sept (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies recently lost bassist Kim Shattuck (of The Muffs) after she joined as Kim Deal's replacement earlier this year, and now Shattuck has offered some insight as to how she was kicked out of the band. In an interview with NME, she says:
I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, 'We love you, New Kim!' We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: 'The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.' I was shocked...The Pixies replaced her with Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan, The Entrance Band), and their tour with Paz will hit the NYC-area on 1/19 at Capitol Theatre tickets) and 1/21 at NJPAC with FIDLAR (tickets).
I get the feeling they're more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud. There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren't thrilled about that. When I got offstage the manager told me not to do that again. I said, 'Really, for my own safety?' And he said, 'No, because the Pixies don't do that.'
Meanwhile, Paz will be in NYC this week as a member of The Entrance Band who open for Mikal Cronin at Webster Hall tonight (12/11). Nude Beach and special guests are on the bill too, and tickets are still available. (The Entrance Band were also just in NYC opening for Mazzy Star.)
And lastly, former Pixies bassist Kim Deal is kicking off a tour with her band The Breeders this week. That tour hits NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall and will see the band playing their classic first two albums, Pod and Last Splash. Speedy Ortiz, who just released a new single from their upcoming EP, open both NYC shows and most other dates. Tickets for both Webster Hall shows are still available.
Pixies at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
After the Pixies lost original bassist Kim Deal and then lost her replacement Kim Shattuck (of The Muffs), they've now announced the addition of another new bassist, Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan, The Entrance Band). As discussed, their tour comes to the NYC-area on 1/19 at Capitol Theatre (tickets) and 1/21 at NJPAC (tickets) with FIDLAR. Since we last spoke, more dates have been added to that tour and all of them are listed below.
The PIxies also just made a new video for "Another Toe In The Ocean" form their recent EP-1. You can watch that, along with the list of dates, below...
Pixies at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Indie legends the Pixies continued on this year after the departure of original bassist Kim Deal with Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place, but now the news comes that the band have lost yet another bassist. Shattuck wrote on Facebook:
Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today. Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.On the bright side, a new Muffs album would be their first since 2004.
Pixies, without Kim Shattuck, will go on to tour in 2014. As discussed, that tour hits the NYC-area on 1/19 at Capitol Theatre and 1/21 at NJPAC. with Fidlar. Tickets for the Cap and NJPAC shows are still available.
Meanwhile, Kim Deal is also still touring with The Breeders and will bring that tour to NYC on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall with Speedy Ortiz, where they'll perform their first two albums, Pod, and Last Splash, in full. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night.
Updated Pixies dates are listed below...
Lollapalooza (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The press release below sums it all up:
by Bill Pearis
Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:
1. The Smiths - The Queen Is DeadJust keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....
And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).
Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.
Best Coast @ Pier 26 in September (more by Luis Ruiz)
Best Coast, who were in NYC last month opening for Passion Pit, will release a new mini-LP, Fade Away, next week (10/22). It's maybe a little less slick than last year's The Only Place, and you can stream the whole thing below.
The band will be on tour with Pixies next year, though none of their shows together hit NYC. (Pixies will be in the NY-area in January with FIDLAR opening.) All Best Coast dates are listed, along with the mini-LP stream, below.
Pixies at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Pixies recently wrapped up a 4-night run of small NYC shows, and now the reinvigorated band, with a new lineup and new music in tow, have announced the full North American leg of their world tour for 2014. The tour doesn't come back to NYC, but it does include area shows happening at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on January 19 and Newark's NJ Performing Arts Center on January 21. Tickets for all shows on the tour go on sale Friday (10/11) at 10 AM. You can get Cap tickets via Ticketfly and NJPAC tickets via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: The shows are on fan presale NOW (password: "ANDRO").
Pixies also just made a video for "Andro Queen" off their newest EP. You can check that out, along with the list of tour dates, tour flyer, and a recent live video, below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Pixies / Parquet Courts @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/20/2013
Much like the summer, Pixies' run of small NYC shows seems like a distant memory, but it was just a couple weeks ago. The last of them happened at Bowery Ballroom on September 20 where they blessed the crowd with "Broken Face," "Motorway to Roswell," and both versions of "Wave of Mutilation" that bookended their show. Plus, that cover of The Fall's "Big New Prinz" and "In Heaven" from Eraserhead and a bunch more. Setlist and a belated set of pictures from the show are in this post.
Opening were locals Parquet Courts who may just owe a thing or two to the Pixies. (And I bet they both like The Fall.) Parquet Courts play tonight (10/2), headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available. It'll work as a record release party for the band's new Tally All the Things That You Broke EP which comes out next week (10/8) on What's Your Rupture. You can stream it full right now in this post.
Tonight's MHOW show is pretty all-in-the-family. Pals The Beets are the undercard. Omaha, NE's Yuppies have a very good new album out on Dull Tools, the label that's co-run by Parquet Courts singer, Andrew Savage. You can stream that in full below as well. And opening tonight are Future Punx, which is the new band from Jason Kelly of Fergus & Geronimo which Andrew Savage used to be in as well. The Future Punx live band is basically the last touring line-up of F&G minus Savage. The band's first 7" will be out on Dull Tools soon and you can stream it now below.
More Pixies and Parquet Courts pics from Bowery, plus those streams, below....
by Andrew Sacher
the real Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Last year around the holidays, Adam Horne of Brooklyn's Bear Ceuse (who released an album this year) and Animal New York uploaded an album to Soundcloud called Merry Indie X-Mas, which featured hilarious parodies of what it would sound like if famous indie bands did Christmas covers in their own styles. Now he's back with a new one called Indie Kidz Songs! which does the same thing, but for children's songs. Especially funny ones include Chief Keef's "Old MacDonald," Vampire Weekend's "I'm A Little Teapot," Alt-J's "Row Row Row Your Boat" and Pixies' "B-I-N-G-O." But they're all really funny and if you need to kill 6-ish minutes of your time with some hipster-baiting style laughs, stream the album and watch its commercial below.