Quck Spins — December 12, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Quick Spins: The Chills, Peter Gabriel, Pixies, The Primitives, The Cure

The Chills

This Thursday, Radio New Zealand will broadcast part of a concert staged last June by reformed indie heroes The Chills to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough single “Pink Frost.” The show, airing at 11:06 p.m. New Zealand time (you can find out what time that’ll be in your neck of the woods here), was recorded in the Monte Cristo Room in Auckland, and features Martin Phillipps and Co. running through “Night of Chill Blue,” “Effloresce & Deliquesce” and more. The band also is considering releasing the set on limited-edition vinyl. Listen here.


Attention audiophiles: Peter Gabriel’s second, third and fourth self-titled albums, as well as 1986’s smash So, each are being reissued by Classic Records as four-disc, single-sided 45 rpm records on 200-gram vinyl. The $50 sets don’t feature bonus tracks, although the So reissue restores “This is the Picture (Excellent Birds),” which was left off the original U.S. vinyl pressing. Release dates: Peter Gabriel 2 (aka “Scratch”), Dec. 22; Peter Gabriel 3 (aka “Melt”), Dec. 28; Peter Gabriel 4 (aka “Security”), Jan. 4; and So, Jan. 8.


The Pixies have begun plotting dates next summer following the Australia/New Zealand leg of their Doolittle 20th anniversary tour. So far, the band is slated to play the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain, with the reunited Pavement, Wire and Wilco on May 27, and also will perform at Le Zenith in Nantes, France, on June 2, and Piazza Castello in Ferrara, Italy, on June 6.


The newly reunited Primitives will perform at least one U.S. concert next year following their just-announced 10-date tour of the U.K. in April. The band is slated to play The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 8; tickets already are on sale via TicketWeb. It’s unclear if a full U.S. tour is in the works or whether this is a one-off gig.


For the next few days, the BBC is streaming an 11-track excerpt from two concerts The Cure played at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in December 1997. The set features cuts such as “Shake Dog Shake,” “Torture,” “Push,” “A Forest” and, thankfully, nothing from the then-current Wild Mood Swings. Listen here. (Via Chain of Flowers)


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  1. Wild Mood Swings is a good album jerk.

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