A few days ago, Interpol, of all people/sources, shared a link to the new Pixies website, promoting a free 5-song EP of live Pixies tracks recorded on the night both groups played the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City at a music fest, very recently. Here’s the text of the email I received:

“Excited doesn’t even begin to describe our feelings about sharing the stage with PIXIES at Foro Sol in Mexico City. There’s fond memories that accompany any song from any album of theirs…

PIXIES are kindly marking this occasion by giving some love back to Interpol fans.

You can download an EP of live tracks and a video here:  http://pixiesmusic.com/interpol.html

If you don’t own this already, don’t miss out. Seriously.


If you click through the link above you will arrive at a teaser for the official site for the Pixies. Once there you are asked to give up your email address. You’ll then get a zip file of the tracks (all Doolittle related) plus a video of that night’s performance of “La La Love You.”

But wait, there’s more! At the end of the video is a URL to even more free live Pixies mp3s at the portal to the new official Pixies webpage, which they plan to up-date with more live tracks once-a-week. So, Pixies freaks, take note, an entire free live concert to be had, depending on the week you visit! I got the May 1, 2005 Coachella show (20 tracks). It remains unclear whether repeat visits to this particular page will yield a free show once a week, as once a show debuts it then seems to be shelved on a page in the Pixies site where you have to buy the mp3 sets for $3.99 each. You can also get the shows on CDs for a shipping and handling charge.

As far as my view on the new live tracks from Mexico, the sound quality is professional. Though Black Francis’ voice isn’t what it used to be (besides age, that screaming he was so famous for had to have taken a toll), the band is tight and sounding as good as they always have.*

Now, my little brother-in-law saw this Mexico City show first-hand. He lurks this blog, I am often told. It’s time he commented to report back on this show… David?

Way back when the Pixies first re-united sometime in 2004 to tour the old music, my press contact for the band had told me there was talk about an all-new album. That never materialized. Now that the Pixies have re-united once again and are putting this effort into this new site, maybe some new material will come forth. Not that their current back catalog needs any enhancing,  but it would be interesting if they could pull off some new material with all the original members together.

*I have seen the Pixies live in South Florida a couple of times: once during their 2004 tour and many years prior during their Trompe Le Monde tour (1993?), where even then they only played a large theater (the Cameo on Miami Beach). Their legend has since put them into grander venues.

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Way back in the day of the burgeoning independent American film world, there was this funny/intense scene that struck a friend and I, as we watched Boogie Nights in the theater. Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) and Reed Rothchild (John C. Riely) join a friend in an attempt to sell some drugs to this mad dealer high on his own stuff, as a skinny oriental kid blasts firecrackers inside the house and an armed mysterious black man checks out their goods nearby.

During the scene the dealer talks about his intense love for Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl” as he slaps on a cassette he has entitled “My Bad Awesome Mix Tape #6.” As the deal steadily goes sour, for dramatic reasons not worth spoiling, it remains one of the most intense scenes of 90s filmmaking (watch the 10-minute scene above while it lasts on YouTube).

Anyway, that scene has informed many a mix tape title since. I’ve upgraded to CDs at this point, but I still throw together mixes of favorite tunes. So here is the first in what will hopefully be a series of music mixes shared via this blog.

Volume I in the series mostly features catchy songs by different artists ranging from very independent and obscure (here you can get the long out of print hollAnd “Coughing Up Stars” single in its 2-track entirety) to popular and even legendary. I put it together a few months ago, before Vampire Weekend’s Contra came out. Some are easy to find for free on-line and even officially so, but some are not, so if there are any complaints, I will make the tracks unavailable, but I’ll make them all available for download through the link in the title until any band/manager/label protests. For now, this is free exposure to some killer catchy cuts, so check them out. Here is the ideal track listing (flow is always important in a compilation, I could not even separate the brilliant contrast between “Jed the Humanoid” and “The Crystal Lake” from Grandaddy’s the Sophtware Slump).

Vol. I

The Vaselines – Son of a Gun
Grandaddy – Jed the Humanoid
Grandaddy – The Crystal Lake
Belle and Sebastian – Electronic Renaissance
Atlas Sound – Shelia
Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
Broadcast – Corporeal
Guided by Voices – Cheyenne
hollAnd – Beep, Kiss
hollAnd – Coughing Up Stars
Broken Social Scene – Major Label Debut (Fast)
Vampire Weekend – Horchata
Hot Chip & Peter Gabriel – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Lali Puna – Grin and Bear
Of Montreal – I Was Never Young
The Big Pink – Dominos
The Sounds – Hurt You
Modest Mouse – Heart Cooks Brain

(Copyright 2010 by Hans Morgenstern. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)