Spin Doc­tor and al­bum re­views

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den spin­doc@theaus­tralian.com.au

IT has been a bit of a Pix­ies pe­riod, what with the an­nounce­ment that the Bos­ton band is do­ing four shows at this year’s Vivid Live fes­ti­val in Syd­ney in May. Now comes news of a new al­bum, the first since the much-revered out­fit re­leased Trompe le Monde in 1991. The 12 tracks won’t come as too much of a sur­prise to sea­soned Pix­ies afi­ciona­dos, how­ever, since they fea­tured on the three EPs — EP1, EP2 and EP3 — re­leased dur­ing the past six months. In­die Cindy, as it is called, was recorded in Wales in 2012 with pro­ducer Gil Nor­ton, who worked with the band on pre­vi­ous al­bums Trompe le Monde, Doolit­tle and Bossanova. Keep­ing with tra­di­tion, the art­work for the al­bum was cre­ated by graphic artist Vaughan Oliver, who de­signed all of their pre­vi­ous cov­ers. The 2014 line-up con­sists of singer-gui­tarist Black Fran­cis, drum­mer David Lover­ing, gui­tarist Joey San­ti­ago and new tour­ing bass player Paz Len­chantin. Orig­i­nal Pix­ies bassist Kim Deal left the band last year, just six days into the new record­ing project. Lover­ing said this week the de­ci­sion to make more mu­sic af­ter a long lay-off came four years ago, the last time the Pix­ies ap­peared in Aus­tralia. “New mu­sic seemed like some­thing we just had to do,” said Lover­ing. “We just couldn’t con­tinue to go out and tour with­out any­thing new. So the talk evolved into writ­ing and record­ing, and we’re all very happy with the way ev­ery­thing worked out.” The al­bum is re­leased on April 25, with a two-disc vinyl edi­tion avail­able as a limited edi­tion to co­in­cide with In­ter­na­tional Record Store Day on April 19. WHILE we’re on a Vivid Live tan­gent, also added to the Syd­ney fes­ti­val bill this week was Amer­i­can singer and for­mer Fugee Lau­ryn Hill. It’s the Grammy award-win­ning per­former’s first ap­pear­ance in Aus­tralia. Hill, whose land­mark 1998 al­bum The Mise­d­u­ca­tion of Lau­ryn Hill has sold more than eight mil­lion copies, spent three months in a US prison last year for tax eva­sion. There were re­ports this week of a fur­ther rum­ble with the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, but this was quickly shot down by her pub­li­cist. The singer will also per­form in Mel­bourne and Fre­man­tle in May. MOV­ING to Vic­to­ria, SD has been thumb­ing through the new doc­u­ment Mu­sic Vic­to­ria: Po­si­tion and Pri­or­i­ties, a 19-point rec­om­men­da­tion to the Vic­to­rian govern­ment on how it might im­prove the state’s mu­sic scene. Among the ideas set forth by Mu­sic Vic­to­ria chief ex­ec­u­tive and for­mer mu­sic scribe Patrick Dono­van for the next four years is to re­name streets af­ter fa­mous per­form­ers, as has al­ready been put in place in Mel­bourne’s AC/DC Lane. Minogue Av­enue per­haps? Tina Arena Al­ley? Ross Wil­son Boule­vard? Any­thing is pos­si­ble. The re­port fol­lows Syd­ney’s sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive last year, the 74-page Live Mu­sic Mat­ters, Plan­ning for Live Mu­sic and Per­for­mance in Syd­ney, which sug­gested, among other things, that noise com­plaints be as­sessed by people trained to as­sess and de­ter­mine of­fen­sive noise. One won­ders how that pro­gram is com­ing along. HAPPY birth­day to­mor­row to Eric Clap­ton (69), Tracy Chap­man (50), Ce­line Dion (46) and No­rah Jones (35).

The Pix­ies’ Black Fran­cis, left, David Lover­ing and Joey San­ti­ago

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