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April 14, 2004 4:27 PM   Subscribe

The Return of the Pixies.
posted by sgt.serenity (45 comments total)
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:30 PM on April 14, 2004

there were rumors he was into field hockey players.
posted by luriete at 4:32 PM on April 14, 2004

They gonna let Kim do more this time?
posted by inksyndicate at 4:33 PM on April 14, 2004

amazingly, I was able to find the whole show already in mp3 format on the "internet." I guess some stayed up late ripping and uploading a copy they bought from disclive.

at any rate, it's completely awesome. I almost teared up while listening to "Debaser." I have tickets for a show in Atlanta in October and it's hellish having to wait. but I guess the fact that this is their first tour in 12 years puts a few months wait into perspective!
posted by mcsweetie at 4:34 PM on April 14, 2004

Quite a schedule. I hope/wonder if they'll squeeze a Seattle show in on 4/26
posted by roboto at 4:39 PM on April 14, 2004

i got put off that team.
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:39 PM on April 14, 2004

there's a berkeley show too in september
posted by luriete at 4:49 PM on April 14, 2004

What's it being listed as on the P2P networks?
posted by inksyndicate at 4:52 PM on April 14, 2004

Comebacks usually do not work (remember the VU). On the other hand, don't know about you, but I am un chien andalusian, so I'm pretty happy about this. Of course, nothing could ever be compared to the fact that, next May 17th, the greatest artist of all time, Steven Patrick Morrissey, will release a new CD after seven excruciatingly long years. And to make 2004 an even greater year, in three days Moz will be on the road.
posted by 111 at 4:59 PM on April 14, 2004

This boomerang, it's elasticated?
posted by dash_slot- at 5:14 PM on April 14, 2004

yep , i know someone thats going to the manchester gig , i really hope they dont get ill and have to give me their ticket or anything.
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:14 PM on April 14, 2004

wait a minute ...the vu ?

I saw the vu comeback gig in Edinburgh and it was tremendous 111.
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:16 PM on April 14, 2004

I want to know why they aren't coming to DC at all. Or Richmond. Or anywhere I could actually drive to.

And, sadly, I found out too late that I would be in Dublin for their show their on 12 June. If anyone has tickets they want to sell me at ridiculously high scalper rates, let me know.
posted by thecaddy at 5:21 PM on April 14, 2004

from the morrissey interview :
"I have a Gregory Isaacs seven inch on my refrigerator."

oooh matron !
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:22 PM on April 14, 2004

sgt, I remember before the official comeback tour they did a one-shot gig in Britain (circa "Songs for Drella" or something) and I read reviews saying that several people, including journalists, were literally moved to tears because they seeing The Velvet Underground play live. I thought, man, this must have been great. Then again, upon watching the tour video and the live album, I must tell you I was disappointed. Perhaps stratospheric greatness cannot be duplicated, perhaps age and petty rivalries soured things, but overall I don't think it worked.
Now with The Pixies is a different matter, since it's basically a 90s band, so perhaps things will work. BTW the setlist from the 2nd link is good, but I cannot believe they didn't play Velouria.
Call me naive, but what does the Gregory Isaacs thing mean? Is it what I think it is?
posted by 111 at 5:33 PM on April 14, 2004

Morrissey shmorrissey.

He never ran off with the team, the next day.
posted by Blue Stone at 5:33 PM on April 14, 2004

thecaddy: Supposedly, they'll be announcing more North American dates.
posted by hootch at 5:39 PM on April 14, 2004

I guess you had to have been there , john cales singing of "all tommorrows parties" was excellent.
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:44 PM on April 14, 2004

lets talk about morrisey and velvet underground instead
posted by Satapher at 6:04 PM on April 14, 2004

i love that mtv is reporting the news --- where were you 6 years ago assholes?
posted by Satapher at 6:08 PM on April 14, 2004

well , it fits in with the comeback theme.
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:14 PM on April 14, 2004

not 6! 16 years!
posted by Satapher at 6:15 PM on April 14, 2004

the mtv news piece says that they will be coming to the east coast after everything else is done, thecaddy. Hopefully they'll still be together by then.
posted by grimley at 6:19 PM on April 14, 2004

Oh, I hope they add more North American dates Right now, the furthest east they're going in Canada is Winnipeg. Winnipeg is bloody well far away. We really wanted to go to Coachella to see them there, but just couldn't afford the trip right now. They are, as noted, going to be in Atlanta, but of course in October, when I am making a trip there in June. Sigh.
posted by livii at 6:20 PM on April 14, 2004

chicago and toronto in november apparently.
posted by grimley at 6:22 PM on April 14, 2004

They keep adding Chicago dates, too- 4 now. Glad I got the Saturday ones, woo hoo. On checking, looks like they are sold out on (stupid ripoff monopoly). $300.00 tickets here we come.
posted by jjray at 6:37 PM on April 14, 2004

Morrisey with Marr though. And for that matter Marr without Morrisey, if you know what I mean.

I have enjoyed a few selections of Black without Deal, and Deal without Black, and Black without Santiago, and Santiago without Black, and...
posted by juiceCake at 6:58 PM on April 14, 2004

two memories of being a college journalist from 1989-1991

kim deal giving the sweetest, funniest, best interview ever

black francis giving the worst
posted by tsarfan at 7:22 PM on April 14, 2004

Thanks for reminding me that I missed the boat by like 10 minutes to go see them in Calgary next week. Now I am super depressed again and I owe it all to you "sgt.serenity" if that is your real name...

All kidding aside, I am still in a deep depression on how close I was to seeing them live. I got into them in 1993, and fell in LOVE, instantly.

My first listen was friends copy of 1989's Doolittle. Right from the top, with "Debaser," I had this funny little feeling in the pit of my stomach; I remember thinking "Did I just hear that!!?!"

I didn't listen to the whole album for a couple days, I was STUCK, stuck on that one song. Gradually, I started to explore the rest of the album; "Tame", "Wave of "Mutilation"; I got to "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and my love for this record somehow increased...

anyway. I just wanted to say that I love "The Pixies", and I, uh, think they are great.
posted by Quartermass at 7:45 PM on April 14, 2004

Am I blind, or are there no Boston tour dates? How is that possible?
posted by sarcasticah at 8:02 PM on April 14, 2004

It's not a big college town
posted by crunchburger at 8:18 PM on April 14, 2004

being in boston and wanting to see them very much I can only hope that they are going to be here in the fall... the only question is where?
posted by grimley at 8:41 PM on April 14, 2004

ah, can't wait for coachella -- except for the crowds.. though it's been 12 years since I've seen these cats. last show in LA was possibly the best concert I've ever been to -- 3 hours, including the vast majority of their B-sides (they did Manta Ray into Dancing the Manta Ray -- that was somethin else)

just as long as i'm not stuck here out of gas, out on the gaza strip..
posted by badzen at 9:05 PM on April 14, 2004

Inksyndicate, download soulseek and search for pixies 2004.
posted by ejoey at 9:15 PM on April 14, 2004

Where y'all been?
posted by shoepal at 9:24 PM on April 14, 2004

Just got back from the Winnipeg show -- I've nothing to add that wasn't already said other than scalping prices would be worth it to see this.

Also, Kim, the irrepressible hellcat, SMOKED in a SMOKELESS venue. The nerve.
posted by sleslie at 10:28 PM on April 14, 2004

is it still ok to smoke marijuana in smokeless venues?
posted by sleslie at 10:32 PM on April 14, 2004

he tried to molest me in the parking lot.
posted by bonaldi at 3:00 AM on April 15, 2004

I've got tickets to see them in Dublin in June - Yay - Surfer Rosa is one of my fave albums of all time.
posted by hippyboy at 6:16 AM on April 15, 2004

being in boston and wanting to see them very much I can only hope that they are going to be here in the fall... the only question is where?

My money's on Avalon.
posted by jpoulos at 6:36 AM on April 15, 2004

So, um, not to brag, but I was there for the Mpls show AND IT FUCKING ROCKED. I was worried that it would be an awkward, phoned-in sellout, but they really delivered the goods.

Heck, I had the flu when I went in, and it was gone by the end of the show. The Pixies are miracle healers.

And Kim sang 3 songs, so I guess they're sort of letting her do more.
posted by COBRA! at 7:04 AM on April 15, 2004

So, I found the show on usenet, no problem and was listening to it 20 minutes later.

The sound is really nice and crisp and it was recorded well -- it doesn't sound like a normal soundboard recording so my guess is that there was someone mixing the recording sperately from doing the house mix. That said I ran it through a light master

They start off with Bone Machine and it is an eensy bit tentative to my ears, but then they get going and they do not stop. I have a dozen or so Pixies boots and this is one of the best performances. Instrumentally (aside from Kim hitting the wrong note a few times) this is the best performance I've hear on a live recording.

Mr. Francis does a really good job and I love the way he sings the song. It is apparent, though, and this might be a good or a bad thing, that he is not as *troubled* as he once was. I suppose that it is a good thing that he didn't fake the edge of sanity madness that feuled his performances back when he was Black Francis officially. That might have sounded very bad. But he sounds like a saner, more controlled, more moody singer here. That's not to say that he doesn't get the scream on. He does.

I loved the long set. 24 songs with a surprise as 'Into the White' as the final encore. No lady in the radiator here, but I love Into the White. Kim sounds.... um. a bit wasted on this version, but I have no complaints.

All in all a good show. Surprisingly good. My vote is firmly for this reunion being A Good Thing.
posted by n9 at 7:48 AM on April 15, 2004

Just because the mention of P2P/mp3/Usenet makes me think some people may have missed it, let me point out that the second link in the FPP takes you to Sharing the Groove, where you can download the whole show in FLAC format (lossless; better than mp3) using BitTorrent.

And thank you, sgt.serenity, for that link. Best thing I've found on Metafilter in a while.
posted by mcguirk at 12:10 PM on April 15, 2004

in case its been pulled .
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:33 PM on April 15, 2004

Downloaded the Winnipeg show from Usenet today, very different set list. They play:

01 - Winterlong (Live).mp3
02 - Nimrod's Son (Live).mp3
03 - Holiday Song (Live).mp3
04 - Here Comes Your Man (Live).mp3
05 - Vamos (Live).mp3
06 - Blown Away (Live).mp3
07 - In Heaven , Wave of Mutilation (Live).mp3
08 - Bone Machine (Live).mp3
09 - Subbacultcha (Live).mp3
10 - Cactus (Live).mp3
11 - Monkey Gone to Heaven (Live).mp3
12 - Is She Weird (Live).mp3
13 - Debaser (Live).mp3
14 - Gouge Away (Live).mp3
15 - Crackity Jones (Live).mp3
16 - Something Against You (Live).mp3
17 - Isla de Encanta (Live).mp3
18 - Broken Face (Live).mp3
19 - Head On (Live).mp3
20 - Tame (Live).mp3
21 - Gigantic (Live).mp3
22 - Into the White (Live).mp3
23 - Where is my Mind (Live).mp3
24 - La La Love You (Live).mp3

They are really rocking. Sounds like they are back!
posted by n9 at 5:37 AM on April 18, 2004

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