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EP2 is out now - and there's a track on Youtube, and it's actually pretty damn good:
Imagine how good music would be if it wasn't for Pitchfork
It sounds Trompe Le Monde-y. Big TLM fan.
Because I couldn't imagine the Pixies without Kim Deal. However Another Toe is a brilliant single...
But she's gone now :(
Kim Deal spent the entire set smiling. I love that woman.
Blue Eyed Hexe is definitely a better opener than Andro Queen, and there's no Indie Cindy to get a wavy-mouth frown over. Pretty ballsy of Black Francis to admit that Greens And Blues is his attempt to write a better set-closer than Gigantic, too. It's not THAT good, but it'll sound great at Field Day and whatever other festivals they do.
So, that's six great songs out of nine on the comeback (What Goes Boom, Blue Eyed Hexe, Another Toe, Bagboy, Snakes, Greens And Blues), one OK one (Magdalena) and only two where Pitchfork's swivel-eyed incompetence is even one-tenth incomprehensible. Put it together and you'd already have a decent album.
...Magdalena is a stand out favourite for me.
It's great live.
if Pixies spend the rest of their career releasing a single or two every 6 months or so before compiling an album out of then then I'd be quite happy.
taking the significantly less risky approach of releasing ep's where they can kind of just throw out whatever without too much consequence just to see how it's received. Enjoying the new music but an album would be a braver move. Since most knee jerk reactions to them releasing new music will be to pan it and call it disappointment this may be a smarter approach so people can warm up to the idea. Shame people are so obsessed with bands "legacy's" that we handicap any ability for an artist to continue making music.
would surely Pixies "legacy"?
I feel they are making strides again - EP 1 was decent, Bagboy is excellent and the new EP is terrific.
I am a little confused why they would release 5000 of EP 1 and 4000 of EP2...not surprisingly this has sold out. I guess Pixies know their market?
"Frank Black has been making more traditional, MOR rock recordings under his own name since the Pixies disbanded, but even his most meat-and-potatoes solo offerings had something". Wonder if they've actually listened to Frank's back catalogue recently? There's some seriously dull records in there.
And as he says, there's always *something* interesting in there somewhere...
EP 2 - 2.0
So if they can make it to EP 7, they might start to get a decent score.
...but to use 'the Pixies' throughout - shoddy journalism.
Same at a lot of places. Don't cap the 'The' because it's not part of the band name, but include a lower-case 'the' cos pluralised names sound weird without a determiner or whatever it's called. Yup
Against the Pixies or something?
Another absolutely dreadful release from probably my favourite band of all time. Sad times.
At least Joey's guitars are sounding a bit more Joeyish, rather than the fucking alt-rock power chords of the last one, but it still all just sounds so generic. Shame, cos I loved Bagboy, thought that was a fabulous update of the Pixies sound. Great dynamics, tension, unpredictability, brilliant stuff. This recent stuff isn't a patch on that one...
and exciting then most guitar music today. There is a strange close mindedness to certain bands who meant a lot to people in their youth coming back together and releasing music. I'll bet you Frank Black is dying to flood the world with new Pixies music but is afraid people just won't judge it without unfair presentism playing a part. I'd love to hear an album. Even if it's half as good as early stuff I'll be thrilled. I"ve never understood how releasing an album that someone doesn't love as much as Doolittle somehow diminished that album.
Pitchfork are painting it as middle-of-the-road bilge stripped of what made Pixies so striking in the first place, but as long as you've got Joey's spiky latino riffs and Frank Black's stream of consciousness yabbering over it, it'll never be that (I do think Kim is sorely missed though - she's sound great doing backing vox for Blue Eyed Hexe or singing the chorus for Indie Cindy). I think if these songs were written by a new band it'd get them at least noticed, for sure. Even some of the tracks on EP1 I initially weren't sure about have grown on me massively, just like their classic albums did - they're still great musicians together and long time fans should give them a little more faith.
Arcade Fire or Parquet Courts released these EP's they'd slap BNM all over them until their hands were raw...
I kind of see both sides, I always thought I was in the 'I would always prefer more material rather than an untarnished legacy' camp, but in recent years reformations by godspeed, MBV that were once legendary to me just seem really ordinary now. Their old material is still just has good but something has changed in the context around them that does make it slightly less enjoyable as irrational as that is
but Pitchfork is second only to Vice in terms of wilful fuckwittery.
They're a little like Pitchfork, in that they have some truly great articles about music, but their reviews are despicable. I really don't believe in the concept of "hipsters", but I feel like Vice does, and tries to market their shit to that demographic as hard as they possibly can. Pitchfork writes shitty reviews, but they could do a lot worse. At least they, I dunno, review the music?
Their "Worst of 2013" list was possibly the worst list I've ever seen. All it was was their writers trashing on every record that was well-received in 2013, seemingly for the sake of trashing on them. Half the blurbs that accompanied them were completely unrelated to the music they were supposed to be writing about.
Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob
"Look. I’m a girl who likes to put her face on other girls’ faces and crotches. Does it even matter what I think about this album or if I actually listened to it? Sorry, Quin twins—I can’t hear you over my girlfriend’s inner thighs pressed against my ears."
Guided By Voices - English Little Leaghe
"I love the part in A Charlie Brown Christmas when Schroeder is trying to play “Jingle Bells” on his piano for Lucy, and she’s like, “Nein, nein. Ich meine, ‘Jingle Bells.’ Sie wissen, ‘Deck the Halls,’ und so weiter. Sie verstehen gar nicht.” It’s so damn funny because they are all the same (obviously), but she prefers the stripped-down, no-frills version, which, yeah, is the best. And it’s somewhat ironic because Lucy, like most of the other Peanuts characters, is informed by the status quo: the more money you have, and things you can buy at Christmas, the better. Her love for the atonal, minimal version of “Jingle Bells,” however, casts her in a Marxist light and, I think, reinforces how much of a pussy Charlie Brown is. Anyway, that’s what this album made me think of."
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
"When is Father’s Day? Shit. I always forget. I don’t want to tell my daughter what to get me, but that new compact disc by the National would be perfect to pop into the Highlander (limited-edition midnight slate, and had to drive all the way to Philly to get it with heated seats). I’ve got a handful of Match.com dates lined up all the way to Sin City, and if she buys me it, I’ll be able to drive around these fine, unassuming 36–48-year-old women I meet each and every week and play this “CD my daughter just got me” to “see what it sounds like.” Then, all casual, I’ll drop in, “Did I mention that my daughter works at a hip youth-media company in Brooklyn with a show on HBO?” Then I’m going to get fucking laid."
Lorde - Pure Heroine (which they named #1 worst album of 2013)
"Have you ever pissed on your belt? I do it at least two times a year and it doesn’t exactly make me proud of myself. There are a lot of dumb things girls don’t know about male sex parts, and I say that because my policy, whether you realize it or not, is to only write reviews for women. Another one is this thing that happens after you have sex. Sometimes dried jizz collects on your dickhole, and when you try to pee the next morning, your urine stream hits the cum barrier and splits in half, spraying wee-wee all over the wallpaper in your girlfriend’s mom’s bathroom. Then you realize you also pissed all over the fresh towels, and that’s a major pain in the ass. Now that that's out of the way, time for some real talk: Fuck you for making this weird little shrew the must-hear breakout dark horse hit of the year."
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME.
that other similar magazines run, doesn't make vice anymore of a 'hipster' paradise trying to out hip the hip e-zines out there but mocking them and people flock to them like flies completely unaware that they are being made fun of.
Vice is a primary case of a site that builds its foundations around mocking it's readerbase whilst occasionally writing a bit of (excellent) social commentary on the side.