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It's been 25 years since the last great Pixies album, the sole record since their hiatus ended - 2014's Indie Cindy - had brief flashes of inspiration but suffered by compiling previously released material. It seems the element of surprise of hearing new Pixies material may be a key factor in that equation, because I'm pleased to report that album number six - Head Carrier - is the full-blooded return to form that many people hoped it's predecessor would be. Personally that 25-year wait for another great Pixies album is now firmly at an end.
Head Carrier seems to have solved two of the biggest issues facing it before a single note was even recorded. Replacing legendary bassist Kim Deal was always going to be a challenge and that showed in the Indie Cindy material. Touring member Paz Lenchantin has now been promoted to a full member of the group, and she rightfully takes a prominent position on Head Carrier, fulfilling all of the duties such as vocals that Deal would have undertaken in the first incarnation of the band. Secondly every one of the 33 minutes of material on Head Carrier was recorded in the same studio, RAK in London, in a single album session. It's that consistency that eluded the material on Indie Cindy, which really does shine through here.
From the opening bars of the title track Head Carrier is gloriously loud, but never at the expense of melody and Black Francis's good old fashioned pop sensibility. Joey Santiago's guitar lines shift effortlessly between the loud/quiet sections that Pixies trademarked in the late eighties, and his playing is wonderfully catchy and off-kilter. In particular 'Classic Masher', 'Talent', and 'Bel Esprit', feature some of Santiago's most memorable performances in the whole Pixies back catalogue. The icing on the cake though is Lenchantin's contribution. Her backing vocals are the perfect foil for Francis' manic stream of consciousness lyrics. At times the songs sound like classic sixties pop compositions re-purposed through a meat grinder, with Lenchantin's echoing call and response backing acting as the only reminder of their origins. She really is far more than a substitute for Kim Deal; she's an accomplished replacement who seems to have reinvigorated the band.
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Listen to first single 'Um Chagga Lagga'.
Boston rock band The Pixies are back again with some brand new material in the form of sixth studio album 'Head Carrier', set to be released in the Fall. It follows their 2014 comeback 'Indie Cindy' and features a spectacular first single entitled 'Um Chagga Lagga'.
Pixies bring new album 'Head Carrier' this Fall
'Head Carrier' is the Pixies' first album since their reunion release in 2014, but while 'Indie Cindy' featured only songs previously released over the years on EPs, this one is completely fresh and new having spent six weeks in pre-production being written and arranged. The band entered the London's Rak Studios back in February where they produced the record with Tom Dalgety (Simple Minds, Royal Blood, Killing Joke).
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Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
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"No Kim, no Deal" was my initial assessment of the new Pixies material that started to emerge in 2013. Indeed, Kim Deal was such an integral part of the outfit that had been on a recording hiatus since 1991's 'Trompe Le Monde', it was hard to imagine any new Pixies music not veering into a continuation of Black Francis' solo material under a more familiar moniker. However, despite my reservations, their new album 'Indie Cindy', which compiles the band's recent EPs, goes some way towards allaying those fears.
Bar Deal's bass - which is more than adequately covered by Simon Archer - and her distinctive harmony vocals, all the essential Pixies elements are present and correct here. Lovering's drums are like a kick to the gut, Santiago's guitars are like a slap around the face and Francis' punk preacher persona spitting street poetry is in full effect. Opening cut 'What Goes Boom' is a full-on aural assault with some of the grungiest material on the record; it's a statement of intent and announces that this isn't a trip down memory lane, rather picking up the baton wherever it was dropped. That's the surprising thing about Indie Cindy as a record; while the three preceding EPs felt like The Pixies slowly finding their feet, by compiling the material and changing the running order, it all starts to make more sense.
That doesn't necessarily mean that the weaker of the new songs are any better here. The title track 'Indie Cindy' settles into some kind of alt-rock autopilot, and 'Blue Eyed Hexe' is like a less inspired retread of 'U-Mass'. However, when nestled amongst the rest of the tracks, they become somehow less frustrating. Overall though, there's a feeling that despite Francis' at times incoherent ramblings (he seems especially fascinated by snakes, colours and tails here), the Pixies really have made a wise move to release a full-length album over more EPs.
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Festival fun in London! Highlights include Jabberwocky, Camden Crawl and Wireless...
If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.
The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.
Jabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.
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What, someone made The Smiths and The Beatles as Lego?
Is there no end to what can be achieved with Lego? It doesn't seem so, as the latest ingenious Lego creation is, well all of our favorite bands!
Foo Fighters as Lego!
Adly Syairi Ramly loves Lego and he also has pretty good taste in music too. After collecting Lego since 2011 he came up with the fantastic idea of combining his two major passions as the results are pretty epic. Nothing else was used to create the models, it’s just simple Lego figures given a rock and roll makeover. The pictures were taken on an iPhone 5 with no desktop editing. Pretty impressive indeed.
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Pixies - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014
2013 was a busy year for the Pixies, with the rather unexpected exit of founding member and bassist Kim Deal, followed soon after by a new single and then, before the year was over, a new EP too (not to mention a few re-castings for the bassist role). A few months later and only just missing out on 2013 by a few days, the imaginatively titled 'EP 2' was released, which will soon be followed by 'EP 3 - 5'.
These new releases mark a progression for the band from their late '80s/ early '90s heyday, with the most obvious progression being the exit of Deal, herself a traditionalist in the sense that she wished for The Pixies' near-immaculate legacy to be left alone, bar a few cash-in world tours. Her exit has finally allowed Black Francis, Joey Santiago and Dave Lovering to try out some of Black's new material and hopefully improve upon their enduring legacy.
With 'EP 1', the band brought us fluorescent pop combined with Black's usual surrealist lyrics, with the end result sadly being a wimpy example of a band out of good ideas, sounding more like Parasites than Pixies. For their second EP, the band have grown a pair and the end product is much more aggressive and more fitting to the visceral blueprint of the band. As good a sign this is, it is one that regrettably adds very little to what we heard last year.
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Punk enthusiasts gear up for another slamming year at Chicago's raucous Riot Fest!
Taking place in Chicago on September 13th - 15th 2013 at Humboldt Park, Riot Fest is set to be possibly THE hottest punk festival of the year having been staging some of the biggest rock legends since its inception in 2005. It's bigger and better than ever before and there isn't just live music to enjoy either; there's an array of carnival rides and Lucha Libre plus a massive range of meal choices suitable for everyone.
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Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering released a statement on the band's Facebook page saying that the bassist had left the group.
The bassist and co-founder of the popular alt-rock group The Pixies, Kim Deal, has left the group today (June 14), with her decision to walk out on the influential band being announced in a statement posted on the Pixies' official Facebook page. The statement read; "We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best."
Deal has most recently been busy touring with her group the Breeders, which she formed during the break up of The Pixies in 1993, with the group touring on the 20th anniversary of their 1993 album Last Splash. Throughout the band's 25 years of existence, Kim has been an integral part to the band and it had seemed that the group were beginning to act more and more like a band following their hiatus during the 90's and earlier 00's, with rumblings of a new album surfacing on and off for the last two years or so after the band's drummer, David Lovering, hinted at it during a Rolling Stone interview in 2011.
Deal became involved in the band when she answered an ad in the Boston Phoenix in 1986, posted by frontman Frank Black/Black Francis. The tensions between the pair ultimately led to their downfall and the band split after four albums in 1993, although the band did reunite in 2004 to tour again and have performed sporadically since, including a long-tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1989 album Doolittle.
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RT @clash_music: In Conversation: @PIXIES on their new album + evading expectations... https://t.co/y8504wqyrT https://t.co/iZ51L9eja0
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