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stuczuba
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Posted - 11/29/2016 :  12:26:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...and theres a special place in hell reserved for people wearing rucksacks at the front of a gig..
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Sprite
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Posted - 11/29/2016 :  14:05:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just back sitting at home with a beer and buzzing. From the top of my head

Cecilia Ann
Levitate Me
Holiday Song
River Euphrates
Might as well be Gone
Broken Face
Crackity Jones
Talent
There Goes my Gun
Bone Machine
Plaster of Paris
Oona
Something against You (after Indie Cindy abort)
Bel Esprit
Cactus
Tenement Song
No. 13 Baby
Um Chagga Lagga
Silver Snail
Dead
Green and Blues
Baals Back
All I think about now
Wave of Mutilation
Subbacultcha
Head Carrier
Monkey Gone to Heaven
Classic Masher
All the Saints
Ed is Dead
Vamos

Encore
Into the White

Now here's thing thing. I was off work today due to a bad cold and living a fair distance from Brixton I seriously considered not bothering going as I have seen them so many times before. Jesus, was that nearly a big mistake...A couple of tins at home and a spin of Head Carrier on my phone and I was ready to made the trek.

The concert was fantastic. They played all of Head Carrier and it fitted in seamlessly. I went mental during Plaster of Paris* and Oona in particular and looking around you could see several people just *getting* it in a way I didn't for the new tunes during the IC tour. The band sounded tight (IC abort aside, which was fine by me, FB actually said to the crowd, 'my bad').

I thought the set list was perfectly judged. Throwing some old bones in between the new tracks. It was manic during Baals and UCL, just like a Debaser or Crackity. So many people bopping to Wave and Monkey towards the end. I could not have been happier.

I think Frank is challenging the audience big time. That must the first Pixies gig I have been to where they have not played 4 of at least WIMM, Hey, Debaser, Gouge, HCYM or Velouria. None of them tonight. I see some moaning on Twitter about that now. But there was hardly any limp moments. The message coming from the band was, we got new tunes, they're good and we are going to play them all. Huge appreciation from the audience to the band at the end.

I noticed there were a lot of touts trying to offload tickets. I'm now going to head down to the next show to see if I can pick one up. I want to see this band AGAIN.

*They did some kind of extended intro before the first vocal line. More feedbacky than the record. Just great.


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yarbles
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Posted - 11/29/2016 :  15:45:01  Show Profile  Visit yarbles's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow, awesome review! So pumped to hear they played the entire new album! Hoping video of at least Talent and Plaster of Paris surface soon!

As a hardcore fan, i kind of love it that they didn't play WIMM, Hey, Gouge, Debaser, HCYM, or Velouria. Don't get me wrong, I love those songs, but I don't like how it's expected that they play them every show. Awesome.
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Sprite
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Posted - 11/29/2016 :  23:09:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cheers yarbles. Fully agree. I'm mainly there for the new songs. But then it's great when they mix them in with the old favourites.

This nice clip sums up what it was like near the front

https://twitter.com/tommykilcoyne?lang=en
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stuczuba
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Posted - 11/29/2016 :  23:11:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They do look so revitalised after the tail end of the Indie Cindy gigs when they fell back into the Doolittle/Surfer heavy sets. Some other details are coming back to me this morning; Charles has noticeable effects on his voice for some songs, Paz plays synth bass on Silver Snail. Joey came really close to blowing it a couple of songs after the aborted IC but managed to turn it round with a big smile. Ed Is Dead had a really long extended intro and outro. Wish I could have gone to the first night too - a lot of the rarer Bossa stuff in that setlist..
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presley1
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United Kingdom
44 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2016 :  00:41:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Leeds tonight! Cant wait!!

Oh my golly!
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Bedbug
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Posted - 11/30/2016 :  01:16:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the report Sprite. Looks like a great show. There Goes My Gun doesn't get a lot of play. And I always like getting to see Charles when he aborts one. Sometimes that's the only interaction you get from him at a Pixies show.
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* Dog in the Sand *

Belgium
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Posted - 11/30/2016 :  03:14:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also noticed lots of FX on his voice on some songs since the IC tour (Rock Music, Tame, etc...). More comfortable for him I suppose.

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Sprite
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Posted - 11/30/2016 :  04:41:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/pixies-brixton-academy-gig-review-idiosyncratic-alt-rockers-astound-on-the-opening-night-of-their-uk-a7446251.html
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stuczuba
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Posted - 11/30/2016 :  06:20:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sprite

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/pixies-brixton-academy-gig-review-idiosyncratic-alt-rockers-astound-on-the-opening-night-of-their-uk-a7446251.html




"They’re reputation as a hit and miss live act is well-known"

WTF? Grammar and content!
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The Maharal
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577 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2016 :  07:50:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Don't see too much wrong with hit and miss. Mostly hit but they are sloppy now and again. Especially when I first started seeing them almost ten years ago when BF was totally disinterested in playing the same stuff over and over again. At least now he's a bit of the old passion back.
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presley1
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/01/2016 :  11:12:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great gig in Leeds last night, a couple of shoving dickheads stage right didn't spoil it.

Oh my golly!
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pot
* Dog in the Sand *

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/01/2016 :  12:24:48  Show Profile  Visit pot's Homepage  Reply with Quote
So the Pixies played Brixton again. Apparently the crowd were treated to Blown Away and Havalina, which makes me feel slightly jealous.

So that's about 12.5 years since they played in 2004 when I saw them at Brixton, nearly the same length of time between then and the infamous SECC mini-gig of 1991 and them splittig up and ruining my life.

Another 13 years and I'll be practically an old man!

Imagine if the Pixies are still around in 2029 and they play a series of gigs at Brixton again and I'm there? It would feel like my whole life has revolved around getting to see the Pixies live, which ain't a bad thing really.

Maybe see some of you at the Doolittle 40th anniversary tour then?

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billgoodman
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Netherlands
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Posted - 12/02/2016 :  00:29:04  Show Profile  Click to see billgoodman's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Just give us Bossanove 40th a year later.

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pot
* Dog in the Sand *

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/02/2016 :  01:24:18  Show Profile  Visit pot's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I might not live that long
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Sprite
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Posted - 12/02/2016 :  03:20:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by stuczuba

quote:
Originally posted by Sprite

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/pixies-brixton-academy-gig-review-idiosyncratic-alt-rockers-astound-on-the-opening-night-of-their-uk-a7446251.html




"They’re reputation as a hit and miss live act is well-known"

WTF? Grammar and content!



Yes shocking. But at least he remarked that Head Carrier is their best album since Doolittle which in itself makes me thing he's actually listened to it and formed an opinion rather than the usual herding you get in the papers (Nirvana, no Kim, older and balder, 2004, dialled in, poorly received new album, rinse, repeat....)
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pot
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/02/2016 :  03:40:21  Show Profile  Visit pot's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The Independent is a rag these days. Not even a rag, it's a cyber rag. The Guardian too. I only ever used to buy them for the cryptic crosswords.
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Discoking
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Belgium
679 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2016 :  03:48:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by picpic

I also noticed lots of FX on his voice on some songs since the IC tour (Rock Music, Tame, etc...).


the amount of echo on rock music made the song unlistenable in antwerp, i found. the sound in the venue wasn't great to begin with. the echo on rock music resulted in a proper sound soup.


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Stevio10
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/03/2016 :  01:38:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw them last night in Glasgow, they were really good.

Everyone was in good form except a couple of hiccups (um chagga Lagga aborted and at another stage Joey started All I Think About Now instead of another)

But they were very minor nitpicks. BF and Paz vocals were great. Has been 11 years since I last saw Pixies live but BF's vocals were exceptionally performed where most songs were delivered as good or better than the album recordings.

Can't recall the full setlist (over 30 songs) but was great they started with Cecilia Ann then into Head Carrier, it's so punchy live.

All the hits from Doolittle, Surfer Rosa were played, WIMM, Debaser, HCYM, Nimrods Son, Mr Grieves, Cactus, Isla De Encanta, Ive Been Tired, Broken Face, Wave - crowd loved these most, a lot of crowdsurfing going on.

Vamos - Joey must have done his thing for 5 mins, was really fun to watch, Paz and BF grinning as he would pretend to finish then use some other inoperable part of his guitar or equipment to keep going.

From Head Carrier they played HC the song, Bel Esprit, Talent, All The Saints, Oona, Baals Back, All I Think About Now and Classic Masher. Oona and Talent were great. My mate thought Talent was a cover of Stranglers song. Baals Back live is a monstrous performance from BF - they must have a huge supply of honey and lemon on the tour bus!

Not much of Trompe, only Head On from what I recall. From Bossanova they played Cecilia Ann, Velouria, Havalina, Rock Music and Blown Away. I was amazed they played Blown Away and didn't notice any effects with Rock Music.

From IC it was Magdalena and Snakes. These 2 were really different to the rest of the show - a real spacey psychedelic vibe - even with Snakes. Joey made some sounds to mimic the rattlesnakes and Dave's pounding made it hugely enjoyable - this was the song that is much better live than on album. Paz helps it too with her vocals.

Also Winterlong with Joey playing an extended outro and they finished with big grins and a bow then Into The White.

Paz lead vocals were great, looks like she is a real pro, their vocals together were a real highlight.

Left the gig very impressed, performances were spot on where they could at ease tear the place down, serenade with their harmonies, take you on a spacey trip all on BF's whim.

No videos I'm afraid but will check youtube see if anything posted.

Highlight for me were seeing them all - particularly Joey - happy. All songs were great, it is one mightily impressive body of work. Like the Hitchcock of Indie Rock.

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Ten Percenter
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/03/2016 :  01:43:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A great night in Glasgow Barrowlands, as always. One of my favourite memories of the night was selling a spare ticket at face value to a genuine fan outside - he could not afford the prices the touts were quoting - I thought he was going to cry! (He never did buy me that promised beer though...) There was a bit of a lull earlier on when the energy levels seemed to dip, but the Barrowlands is a bit of a bear pit and arguably is not as suited to more subtle moments. The momentum that built from then to the end of the set was awe inspiring. They started with Cecilia Ann and ended with Into the White - the played, not in this order:

Isla de encanta
Nimrod's son
I've been tired
Something against you
Broken Face
River Euphrates
Where is my mind
Cactus
Vamos
Debaser
Tame
Wave of mutilation
Here comes your man
Monkey gone to heaven
Mr grieves
Hey
Gouge Away
Cecilia Ann
Rock Music
Velouria
Ana
Blown Away
Havalina
Head On
Snakes
Magdalena
Head Carrier
Classic Masher
Baal's back
Oona
Talent
Bel esprit
All I think about now
All the Saints
Winterlong
Into the White

They also started Um Chagga Lagga, but aborted it and went into ?Something Against you, I think.


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* Dog in the Sand *

Belgium
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Posted - 12/03/2016 :  11:15:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ten Percenter
They also started Um Chagga Lagga, but aborted it and went into ?Something Against you, I think.


Looks like they always go for Something Against You when they abort some other song !


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Panamanian Schooner
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Posted - 12/03/2016 :  21:08:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last night in Newcastle was fantastic. A great mix of songs (Motorway to Roswell! ) and awesome performance. My 3rd Pixies gig, with a 3rd different bass player (Kim - Glasgow 2009, Kim 2 - London 2013). The set list was:

Gouge Away
Um Chagga Lagga
Monkey Gone To Heaven
Classic Masher
Bone Machine
Oona
I've Been Tired
Isla de Encanta
Talent
Rock Music
Baal's Back
Hey
All I Think About Now
Mr Greaves
Nimrod's Son
Where Is My Mind
All The Saints
Wave of Mutilation
Here Comes Your Man
La La Love You
Motorway To Roswell
Magdalena
Caribou
Bel Espirit
Cactus
Tenement Song
Dead
Debaser
Into the White (Complete with shed-loads of dry ice that completely obscured the band for basically the entire song)


Edited by - Panamanian Schooner on 12/03/2016 21:20:06
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Bedbug
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Posted - 12/04/2016 :  00:16:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Panamanian Schooner

Last night in Newcastle was fantastic. A great mix of songs (Motorway to Roswell! ) and awesome performance. My 3rd Pixies gig, with a 3rd different bass player (Kim - Glasgow 2009, Kim 2 - London 2013). The set list was:

Gouge Away
Um Chagga Lagga
Monkey Gone To Heaven
Classic Masher
Bone Machine
Oona
I've Been Tired
Isla de Encanta
Talent
Rock Music
Baal's Back
Hey
All I Think About Now
Mr Greaves
Nimrod's Son
Where Is My Mind
All The Saints
Wave of Mutilation
Here Comes Your Man
La La Love You
Motorway To Roswell
Magdalena
Caribou
Bel Espirit
Cactus
Tenement Song
Dead
Debaser
Into the White (Complete with shed-loads of dry ice that completely obscured the band for basically the entire song)





Thanks for the setlist Panamanian Schooner. Sounds like a fun show.

If they're doing that much of a visual to close out with Into The White I wonder if that will be their go to closer often times.
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yarbles
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Posted - 12/04/2016 :  17:37:57  Show Profile  Visit yarbles's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Isla De Encanta/Talent/Rock Music/Baal's Back sound like a ferocious set of songs!
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* Dog in the Sand *

Belgium
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Posted - 12/04/2016 :  22:55:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Too bad for you they didn't play Subbacultcha ;-)

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pixiestu
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Posted - 12/05/2016 :  11:08:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Manchester last night was brilliant. I haven't been to many gigs but that was definitely the best I've been to, way better than when I saw them on the Doolittle anniversary tour. For the most part the Head Carrier songs were all really well received. The only lulls in my opinion where during All The Saints and Magdalena. For Magdalena I'd say the long distorted feedback/Joey-ness at the start stopped a lot of people from realising what the song was...so when it started it was a little bit anticlimactic. It was also the only Indie Cindy song.

FB's shouty voice for U-Mass/Rock Music/Baal's Back was on point.

Cecilia Ann
Levitate Me
Bel Esprit
Monkey Gone to Heaven
U-Mass
Rock Music
Baal's Back
Gouge Away
Tenement Song
I've Been Tired
Oona
Wave of Mutilation
All I Think About Now
Velouria
Classic Masher
Brick Is Red
Havalina
All the Saints
Cactus
Here Comes Your Man
La La Love You
Nimrod's Son
Mr. Grieves
Blown Away
Where Is My Mind?
Vamos
Winterlong
Caribou
Magdalena 318
There Goes My Gun
Crackity Jones
Talent
Tame
Debaser
Encore:
Into the White (Again...sooo much dry ice! But it does look pretty cool when the lights hit them and you just see silhouettes)

Setlist is from setlist.fm. To my memory it seems correct.


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pot
* Dog in the Sand *

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/05/2016 :  12:39:25  Show Profile  Visit pot's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Last time I was in the Apollo was nearly 20 years ago for Underworld. Good venue.

That's I think the only time I was ever in there, despite the fact I live in Manc for 3 years. I'm sure I missed loads of epic gigs there.
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Discoking
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Belgium
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Posted - 12/06/2016 :  01:18:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i'm getting a bit jealous of all the great reviews of the other shows.
it feels like we missed out.


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Sprite
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654 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2016 :  06:24:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did you attend a European show Discoking? I think one things that enhances show intensity is the fact they are actually touring the country. It's a long time since they did a whole week of shows in the UK. I was all set to head down to Brixton again tonight and try and get a ticket from someone until my wife told me she has a school meeting and I had to stay at home with the kids. I am feeling fricking old right now...
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Ziggy
* Dog in the Sand *

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/06/2016 :  06:39:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If anyone's looking for a ticket to the Cardiff show, I've got one spare.
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Discoking
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Belgium
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Posted - 12/07/2016 :  02:45:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sprite

Did you attend a European show Discoking?


antwerp, belgium.

if there was another show nearby, i'd also consider going a second time. and hopefully enjoy it more, and catch a setlist that has more songs off head carrier.
dunno. maybe it wasn't even them. maybe it was just me. i definitely wasn't really "in it" for most of the time.

oh well, i'll see them next time. whenever.


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The Maharal
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Posted - 12/07/2016 :  09:45:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On way to the Cardiff gig!
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The Maharal
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Posted - 12/07/2016 :  12:37:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good show. Wonderful to hear Motorway (and enraging to notice how many people didn't know or like it...). Great to hear the likes of Gun, Dead and Blown Away. Dead may have been a highlight -haven't heard that one in yonks and BF went for it.

Masher and UCL got the best reception of the newer stuff (not too fond of the song itself, it's decent, but live it takes a whole new level; in fact, I got goosebumps toward the end of it). Baals Back was ace, though no one seemed to know it. Oona another good 'un. The extended Winterlong is amazing. What a song. Overall, a fine gig. I probably should take a break from seeing them for a couple of years though... I won't dare to think of the amount I've spent on them over theto last few years! Oh yeah, and a Head Carrier tea towel! Don't regret that one bit!

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Ziggy
* Dog in the Sand *

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/07/2016 :  13:27:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's the full setlist - 38 songs in all!

Bone Machine
Monkey
Bel Esprit
Caribou
Subbacultcha
Oona
Wave
Um Chagga Lagga
Mr Grieves
You Might As Well Be Gone
I've Been Tired
Magdalena
Cactus
There Goes My Gun
Dead
Talent
Crackity Jones
Isla
Rock Music
Baal's Back
U Mass
Velouria
Havalina
Snakes
Where Is My Mind
Blown Away (brilliant)
Winterlong
All The Saints
Here Comes Your Man
La La Love You
Motorway to Roswell (Joey playing his new Les Paul and even doing the keyboard outro on it)
Tenement Song
Classic Masher
All I Think About Now
Hey
Debaser
Vamos (BF with electric)
Into The White

It was my 11th Pixies show and without a doubt one of the best.

Had the good fortune to interview Charles before the show. Very generous with his time and his answers. Should be online tomorrow.

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The Maharal
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Posted - 12/08/2016 :  00:58:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh yeah Snakes sounded so much better than before. They've made it more obviously loud/quiet/loud and the crowd actually seemed to like it. Really enjoying some of these changes in the songs: winterlong, Into the White and Havalina were a few others with slight but enjoyable alterations.

Also yeah Blown Away was class. I sometimes think that's the kind of song current Pixies aim to replicate but just fall short. Thinking Magdalena especially and one or two of the HC songs.
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