The Pixies are about to begin the second leg of their massive, three-part North American tour, but they’re already looking ahead to 2024.
Pixies will release two new vinyl titles on Record Store Day this year, a live album recorded on the band’s 2009 Doolittle tour and a 10-inch of early demos.
In conjunction with the release this month of the 25th anniversary reissue of the Pixies’ classic second album Doolittle, the 4AD label has produced a 30-minute promotional film in which guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lowering reflect back on the making of the record.
The Pixies will mark the 25th anniversary of their classic sophomore album Doolittle with an expanded 3CD, 50-track reissue this December that will feature, as bonus material, the record’s B-sides, two of the band’s Peel sessions in their entireties, and a full disc’s worth of demos.
The Pixies’ current U.S. tour took the band through Washington, D.C., recently, which afforded the group a chance to stop by NPR’s offices to perform a stripped-down “Tiny Desk Concert” — footage of which has just been posted by the public-radio giant.
Anyone who’s listened to the Pixies’ “Debaser” knows Black Francis sounds fairly deranged on that classic opener to 1989’s Doolittle. But give the isolated vocal track a listen, and, well, as Fluxblog’s Matthew Perpetua notes, the Pixies’ frontman “just sounds like a maniac screaming on the street.”
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the Pixies’ landmark Surfer Rosa, which, if we’re to count Come On Pilgrim as an EP or “mini-LP,” was the band’s true debut album, featuring the instant classics “Bone Machine,” “Gigantic” and “Where Is My Mind?”
Joey Santiago tells Slicing Up Eyeballs that the Pixies have discussed making a new record, but that notion remains in the ‘chit-chat phase.’ The guitarist, however, is all for it: ‘I’d like to give it a shot, just to see what we’d come out with. Certainly, we don’t have to put it out if it sucks.’
The Pixies will bring their seemingly never-ending tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Doolittle’ — a record that’s now actually 22 years old — back to the U.S. for another round of 19 dates in October and November, this time ‘playing cities we’ve never visited across the U.S. of A.’
The Pixies’ classic album ‘Doolittle’ was released exactly 22 years ago today, and to commemorate that college-rock milestone, check out this full concert filmed just a month later in Athens, Greece, and broadcast on Greek TV.
To celebrate the birthday today of Black Francis, the songwriter whose lyrics gave name to this site, check out full video of the Pixies’ classic 15-song set opening for the Throwing Muses at London’s Town & Country Club on May 1, 1988
The Pixies are keeping the ‘Doolittle’ train rolling, announcing this morning a new round of 16 North American dates this April and May that mostly will hit Canadian cities — but with stops in Detroit, Milwaukee and St. Paul, Minn. thrown in as well.
Record producer and engineer Stephen Street — who worked on three albums by The Smiths before producing and co-writing Morrissey’s solo debut ‘Viva Hate’ — will be the guest on this week’s episode of the ‘Sound Opinions’ radio program, billed as ‘the world’s only rock ‘n’ roll talk show.’