We’re coping with the loss of one of the best guitarists the Miami-area local scene has ever been blessed to have. Dan Hosker passed away on Saturday while in hospice care (Read my friend Tony Landa’s post on how he ended up there). He was 46. I wrote a little tribute to him on the “Broward/Palm Beach New Times” blog. Read that by jumping through the “County Grind” blog logo below:

I had written about his band, the Holy Terrors a couple years ago (Haunted by the Holy Terrors). For me, they stole the night from Interpol during an after-show gig that featured Interpol’s drummer Sam Fogarino returning to his South Florida roots in the Terrors.

Though he was barely known outside of South Florida, Hosker brought something special to the music world. He had a genuine love of playing and exploring the sonic possibilities of guitar. He was an important part of the touring version of the legendary experimental noise band Harry Pussy with Bill Orcutt and Adris Hoyos in the mid-nineties while maintaining his devotion to the Terrors, an alt-punk band he formed with former New Englander Rob Elba. His last project involved him playing banjo in the country roots outfit Boise Bob and His Backyard Band. In between there were experimental outfits, post-rock and garage bands.

The photo above comes from a still image of a cable access television show I used to host on local Miami music. He really humored me that night, but we were all nervous. Watch the whole awkward thing below, beginning with the Terrors performing “Turn” off their debut full-length album Lolitaville):

Dan Hosker, you and your guitar will be missed.

Hans Morgenstern

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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.

Interpol”

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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Over the weekend I saw Interpol live but was haunted by the Holy Terrors the next morning.

After a way too late night out and barely any video footage to show for it, it was the Holy Terror’s “Cigaretello” that was still stuck in my head when I awoke the following morning. Rob Elba’s screeching “higher, higher, higher and higher” repeated more and more harshly in my mind, like Black Francis in his prime with the Pixies. I wasn’t even hung over, just still high on the buzz of watching the Terrors live again after being long too absent from a local live show (that goes for both me and them).

Even though I missed their regular bass player Wil Trev (out of town on family business, according to his replacement for the night Humbert bassist Tony Landa), a key member had returned to the rhythm section: Interpol’s Sam Fogarino. His sticks slapping the skins like a Gatling Gun, unheard of in the dark droney gloom of the NYC-based Interpol, Fogarino certainly seemed glad to be back home with his old bandmates. Here’s “Turn” as preformed that night, a song that can be found on the band’s 1994 album Lolitaville. Just look at the smile on Sam’s face, and tell me he’s not happy with back on the Churchill’s stage):

The South Florida-based band, originally from Hollywood, rejoined in celebration of their “20th Anniversary” for Interpol’s officially sanctioned after party at Miami’s Churchill’s Hideaway, late Saturday night. I noticed some of Interpol’s key players in attendance (Paul Banks and Daniel Kessler were spotted), though I got too caught up catching up with old faces to even be bothered to chat them up, sorry. As a paid music journalist, my obligations might have felt different, but that night, as an unpaid blogger, I was enjoying drinking it up with old and new friends and doing a little pogoing and body slamming (sorry for kicking you while you were down, Xela Zaid). Besides, the Terrors have been a footnote to Interpol enough times. Let Interpol be the footnote in this post.

Unfortunately the batteries for my camera had died before the show began, another of the pitfalls of being a less self-conscious music blogger versus a prepared, paid music writer. So, no video footage of the Terrors recorded by me exits. However, a search of YouTube revealed several bits captured on video by others, as seen above. Here’s someone else’s video, not HD, but at least complete (though missing Rob’s hilarious intro putting down West Palm Beach). This is “Palm Beach”:

Everyone was in top form that night. Guitarist Dan Hosker is still as precise as ever for a punk rocker. Rob still screams with abandon, damn the health of his throat (good things these reunions are so sporadic). And for no rehearsal, Sam took to the songs like a fish to water. Tony did none too shabby keeping up on bass, too.

Of course, the evening began with Interpol’s last show of their make-up tour with U2, who cancelled their “360 Tour” after Bono needed back surgery, leaving Interpol with nothing else to do but replace tour dates with a club/theater tour (well, they didn’t have to, but thank God they did!). Their final show happened to be in South Florida, and the they took to the stage at the Fillmore in fine form. I was able to catch one complete song while being jostled by girls screaming like they were at a Jonas Brothers show. Here’s “Evil”:

Things were a bit calmer with the opening act, Twin Tigers. I captured them performing “Sexless Love” and another song, which I do not know the title of, but was probably their best song that night– damn catchy:

But the highlight of the night came at Churchill’s with the honest-to-goodness fun of the aged punk rockers in fine form. Still haunted by “Cigaretello,” so  here’s the video from back in the day:

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Everyone was in top form. Guitarist Dan Hosker is still as precise as ever for a punk rocker. Rob still screams with abandon, damn the health of his throat (good things these reunion are so sporadic). And for no rehearsal, Sam took to the songs like a fish to water.

Of course, the evening began with Interpol’s last show of their make-up tour with U2, who cancelled the “360 Tour” after Bono needed back surgery, leaving Interpol with nothing else to do but replace tour dates with a club/theater tour (well, they didn’t have to, but thank God that did!). Their final show happened to be in South Florida, and the they took to the stage at the Fillmore in fine form. I was able to catch one complete song while being jostled by girls screaming like they were at a Jonas Brothers show. Here’s “Evil”: