Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pixies news and gratuitous cat shot!

Just read this and wowee, Doolittle! Exciting! And Mnemonic mentioned that I should post a pic or two of Dani, our insane, characterful rescue cat, so here she is, napping in the poppies.

PIXIES ANNOUNCE "DOOLITTLE TOUR"

MONDAY, June 29, 2009 -- To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their 1989 album Doolittle, the Pixies - Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering - will embark on a very special tour this fall - the Doolittle Tour - which will kick off with two nights at the Olympia in Dublin, Ireland on October 1 and 2. Tickets for all dates (listed below) go on sale this Friday, July 3 at 9AM.

For the Doolittle Tour, the Pixies will perform all of the songs from Doolittle and its related B-sides. Pixies' classics such as "Debaser," "Wave of Mutilation," "Here Comes Your Man," "Hey," and "Gouge Away" are all on Doolittle's track listing.

"We wanted to do something special for Doolittle's 20th anniversary," said Black Francis, "and we thought his was a good opportunity to play all of the songs from that album, something we don't normally do at a regular gig."

With the first date still three months away, the band is brainstorming on Doolittle-related surprises that will also comprise the nights' entertainment.



Dates for the Pixies' Doolittle Tour, and appropriate links to purchase tickets are as follows:

OCTOBER
1 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland www.ticketmaster.ie
2 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland www.ticketmaster.ie
4 SECC - Hall 4, Glasgow, Scotland www.gigsinscotland.com
6 Brixton Academy, London, England www.gigsandtours.com
7 Brixton Academy, London, England www.gigsandtours.com
8 Brixton Academy, London, England www.gigsandtours.com
9 Brixton Academy, London, England www.gigsandtours.com
11 Jahrhunderhalle, Frankfurt, Germany www.fkpscorpio.com
13 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland www.livenation.nl
14 Forest National, Brussels, Belgium www.proximusgoformusic.be
15 Zenith, Paris, France www.avosbillets.com

27 comments:

saneshane said...

Was it really 20 years ago..
thankfully I have no idea about 15 of those...

as I saw Pixies 3 times in 89 I might have to re-arrange work on Friday to see if I can get some tickets!
How little chance? ummm
(I've seen them live more than I've seen some of my relatives so I shan't be too disappointed if I fail)

but it would be a corker!

TracyK said...

I never thought they would reform, so when Frank Black played Reading in 2000 (I think: I was quite drunk) and he did Monkey...I was wailing along all tearful (I was quite drunk), thinking I'd never, ever get to see them, as I only just got into them a month or so before they split, which was exactly what I did with The Smiths too. I am gathering a 90s indie-kid army for Brixton.

AliMunday said...

Dunno about the Pixies, but it's a lovely cat!

saneshane said...

I did get to see them again at a festie in Germany when they reformed, dragging a whole host of people with me who had no idea that Bob the Builder, school mam, Mr magican and shy guitar bloke would blow everybody away... I went right down the front, just like old times too.. it was GREAT.
and my friends just couldn't believe it.

I'll have a go for Brixton too.. I know a few who'll make the effort!

Shoey said...

Didn't think they would get back together after the last reunion, documented on "Loud, Quiet, Loud", 4 people unable to communicate with each other offstage - very sad.

treefrogdemon said...

Are the Pixies the band we all like?

Mnemonic said...

Dani is just gorgeous!

TFD, you might be onto something there. I'm a Pixies fan too.

Japanther said...

I'll throw my hat in the ring as a Pixies fan as well. I only got into them after (or around the time) they spilt. When the compilation Death to the Pixies came out they re-released some singles too. I was in my favourite Brighton record shop, Edge World Records on a Saturday and they were blasting out Debaser. I thought it was incredible and bought the single then and there, one of the very few times i've done that!

ejaydee said...

I don't mind the Pixies, I like at least 3 songs by them.

DarceysDad said...

Sorry, people.

Possibly surprisingly, I'll stick my hand up as the dissenter for The Pixies: just never got it.

snadfrod said...

Not wanting to over-egg the nay-saying but I've just never quite got it either, which is not to say that I never will, nor that I don't one day intend to, but thus far, it leaves me a bit cold.

I have a brother-in-law, however, who will absolutely FREAK about this. Plus his birthday is just around that time... Cheers for the tip, tracy.

steenbeck said...

LOVE the Pixies. David has seen them but I have not. Sadly.

New rule--if you're going to say nay, it's your turn to suggest a band you think everyone might like. So that's you, Snad and Ddad.

snadfrod said...

To quote Senator Clay Davis: SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIT. That's a tough new rule, steen.

Ok. *thinks*

Attempt number one:

The Flaming Lips.

Surely everyone loves The Flaming Lips?

mnemonic said...

I do love the Flaming Lips but I think they might be getting a little too comfortable these days. Earlier stuff was more adventurous.

DsD said...

Ooooff! That's a blow that's got me reeling, steenbeck.

I'm going to use the time-out of doing the girls' and then my own bath to have a think about it.

Fast-retreating upstairs DsD said...

Bob Marley ... ?

steenbeck said...

Well-played, DsD. I think it's hard to say nay to Bob. Anyone? I don't really know enough about the Flaming Lips to judge--only one or two songs. Which brings up the question--are we trying to find an artist that nobody hates? Or one that everybody actually likes?

TracyK said...

I like the FL: if we'd actually managed to get tout tickets for their gig at the Forum, instead of getting tiddly in the Bull and Gate and Jon blurting out that he *liked* me, we might have spent a lot longer than the eight months it took to get together!

Quite like his Bobness, but only in a Greatest Hits kinda way. I know, shame! more of a Trojan girl, meself.

TracyK said...

And Dani is just gorgeous, I've never known such a funny cat. She came and speculatively tried to bite my calk this morning when I was sitting on the bed: no malice, just seemingly curious to see how much she could bite off, should she choose to do so. I think about Zissou a lot Mnemonic, and always send a little hope out into the universe that she finds her way home to you again.

Shoey said...

You can't really dislike Mr. Marley, but apart from the raw early stuff with Perry, he became the rather bland and sanitized, public face of reggae for me. Not really a naysay but only lukewarm support at best.

Shoey said...

Lee "Scratch" Perry, however.........

goneforeign said...

Shoey: wash your mouth out!
"the rather bland and sanitized, public face of reggae"
Lee Perry would still be an unknown demented crazy person dabbling in the black shed behind his house had he never met Bob.

Shoey said...

Respectfully disagree GF.

steenbeck said...

I agree completely with goneforeign on this one. There's so much Bob Marley that is not on Legend, so people might not know it, but that is phenomenal--soulfully beautiful, or angrily political. It's not his fault that people only know Legend, that people misinterpret his songs as sunny good-times music, or that the king of bland Eric Clapton covered one of his tracks. He had a lot going on between his early ska and the songs everyone knows from Legend, and some of it is, in my opinion, the most wonderful music ever created. I like almost everything on Legend as well, mind you, besides the one that CLapton ruined for me forever. And I like Lee Perry--he's got some wonderful songs--but I have an album or two by him that's almost unlistenable, musically and lyrically .And I've seen him live--remarkable experience, but not about the music, really. More about his personality.

Shoey said...

Depends on how you like your reggae. I prefer dub, & as that is more about the production Perry, Tubby & Sherwood do it for me. For roots I would go with the Congo's or Prince Far I or early ska or dancehall. Marley's stuff, especilly later, seems more like reggae pop to me & I just don't like it as much.

No disputing, that Bob & the Wailers were a fantastic live band, saw them twice & great both times.

Shoey said...

Oh, & to support the claim that Bob practiced reggae pop, as exhibit A, the defence would like to play Bobby McF's "Don't Worry" for the jury to compare with "3 Little Birds".

Catcher said...

I managed to see the Pixies a few years ago on their reunion tour, but sarcasti-cheers to my cousin for getting married the far side of Ireland on October 2.