Quick Spins: Gary Numan and Trent Reznor, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma

 

Gary Numan’s appearances at Nine Inch Nails’ final live gigs could lead to a studio collaboration with Trent Reznor, the synthpop pioneer told The Quietus: “I know he wants to carry on doing music things. We went out a few days after (the LA gigs) with a few other people and the way he puts it is when the dust settles — I think he means his marriage — but I think he’s going to be pretty busy for a while, so it’ll either be later this year or early next.”

Numan also said he was quite humbled to be asked by Reznor to participate in NIN’s final live appearances: “At one point I had Jane’s Addiction, (David Bowie sideman) Mike Garson and Nine Inch Nails playing my stuff and Trent Reznor doing backing vocals, it was amazing. It was quite a historic thing, these were their final shows.”

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The Pixies’ have squeezed in a fourth show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on their Doolittle 20th anniversary tour — at 1 a.m. Nov. 26, just hours after their third gig there ends. Tickets go on sale Friday; no word yet as to whether Bernard Sumner’s new band Bad Lieutenant will open that show, too.

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Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has been tapped to write the text for former Sub Pop Records photographer Michael Lavine’s upcoming photo book, “Grunge.” The tome is due out Oct. 15, and includes pictures of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Dwarves and more, plus Moore’s musings on the Seattle scene and his relationship with Kurt Cobain.

Speaking of Sonic Youth, the band has booked a trio of new East Coast shows dates fall with Dinosaur Jr (Nov. 21 at New York’s Terminal 5), The Feelies (Nov. 22 at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre) and Cold Cave (Nov. 23, also at the Wilbur).

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Mission of Burma gears up for the Oct. 6 release of its third post-comeback album, The Sound The Speed The Light, with a free, all-ages outdoor concert at 2 p.m. Sunday on the East Campus Courtyard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

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