Spin: On the 20th anniversary of their iconic 1993 breakthrough, now reissued as an expanded package titled ‘LSXX,’ the Breeders’ definitive lineup reunites and AMANDA PETRUSICH dives in, talking with all the key players and supporters who helped make ‘Last Splash’ one of the most exhilarating albums of the decade. [Link]
The Breeders - Cannonball (Live, May 7, 2013)
Later on, they played another song just for the studio audience.
Pixies | Hang On To Your Ego
A Beach Boys song that Frank Black would go on to record a cover of in his solo work “Frank Black” ( in 1993), this early Pixies version being forgotten and shelved, never to be released.
Kim Deal (The Pixies / The Breeders) has started releasing what she calls her Solo Series: signed, limited (1000 copies) 7” vinyl singles of new material. The first record, Walking With A Killer (b/w Dirty Hessians), has sold out but you can order it digitally, as well as sign up for updates on new releases, at her website.
(Tip of the hat to stereogum.)
After I posted that video of the reunited Last Splash–era Breeders last night, I was reminded of this great 2002 New York Times Magazine story documenting the making of their much-delayed third album, Title TK. The piece is kind of a ’90s alt-rock Hearts of Darkness. I highly recommend reading the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt:
The session started at the Magic Shop, in SoHo; Kim couldn’t find a drum sound she liked there, so the band decamped to Midtown. They moved into a venerable studio, reputed to have the most extensive collection of vintage recording equipment on the East Coast. One night while Deal was holed up at the mixing board, her bandmates began making trouble in the waiting room. ”Everybody was smoking crack in the lobby,” Kim says. ”I will never be allowed there again.”
The operation moved to Avatar Studio, the former Power Station, where, in an episode now legendary among New York’s assistant engineers, Deal spent an entire day fussing over a “click track”—basically a recording of a metronome that plays in the musicians’ headphones but is removed from the final mix. ”All these technical hoodoo things,” says one engineer, still irked by the memory, ”that no one would ever hear or know—but that she heard in her head.”
The reunited Last Splash–era Breeders perform “New Year XX” in Kim Deal’s basement. (Teaser for a 2013 Last Splash deluxe reissue and tour.)