The return of The Breeders

It’s a double cause for celebration as The Breeders return, not only with new music – but with the line-up that recorded 1993’s seminal Last Splash. Twin front-women Kim and Kelley Deal (vocals, guitar) are joined by Josephine Wiggs (bass) and Jim MacPherson (drums).

The first track to be released is ‘Wait In The Car’ which from the very first listen is prime Breeders. It’s available to download now (yup, I already have) and stream, and it’s part of three singles due to be released on 7″ vinyl: Single One will be available at the band’s upcoming tour dates, starting October 15 (pressed on orange vinyl, featuring a cover of Amon Düül II’s 1970 track ‘Archangel’s Thunderbird’, recorded with Steve Albini in Chicago).  Single Two will be available exclusively at select independent record stores from October 27 (pressed on red vinyl, featuring Kim’s dreamy reimagining of Mike Nesmith’s ‘Joanne’).  Details of Single Three (featuring a cover of Devo’s ‘Gates of Steel’ and pressed on yellow vinyl) are to announced later in the year.  Each version is limited to 1,500 copies worldwide.

The video for ‘Wait In The Car’ can be seen below. ‘Wait in the Car’ was directed by Chris Bigg (formerly of the v23 team who worked on the band’s previous 4AD releases) and Martin Andersen, with the video piecing together 800 still images.

“It all started with a brick,” the pair say.  “We both liked the idea of using something iconic yet quite banal. An old brick has a story and it’s a beautiful raw object.  We started collecting more and more (some intact, some broken) and realised how different they all appear, each one having its own identity.”

The band are on tour this month and next:


OCTOBER
10 – NEWPORT, KY, The Southgate House Revival
15 – GLASGOW, ABC
16 – DUBLIN, Vicar Street
17 – MANCHESTER, Academy 2 **SOLD OUT**
18 – LONDON, Electric Ballroom **SOLD OUT**
22 – AMSTERDAM, Melkweg Max
23 – ANTWERP, Trix
24 – BERLIN, Heimathafen
25 – COPENHAGEN, Vega
27 – PARIS, Le Gaite Lyrique **SOLD OUT**
29 – ST. PAUL, MN, XCEL Energy Centre (w/ Arcade Fire)
30 – CHICAGO, IL, United Center (w/ Arcade Fire)

NOVEMBER
1 – DETROIT, MI, Magic Stick
3 – BOSTON, MA, The Sinclair **SOLD OUT**
4 – WASHINGTON, DC, Lincoln Theatre
5 – NEW YORK, NY, Bowery Ballroom **SOLD OUT**
6 – PHILADELPHIA, PA, Union Transfer
8 – PORTLAND, OR, Wonder Ballroom **SOLD OUT**
9 – SEATTLE, WA, Showbox at Market **SOLD OUT**
11 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, The Rickshaw Stop **SOLD OUT**
12 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, The Rickshaw Stop **SOLD OUT**
13 – LOS ANGELES, CA, El Rey Theatre **SOLD OUT**

Cool as Kim Deal

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It’s been announced today that Kim Deal has left The Pixies.

“We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.

Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering” from their facebook page).

There’s already a rather one-sided band over on the NME site saying that the band definitely shouldn’t continue without her. It’s a decision only they can make. Sometimes it’s like an egg without omelettes (people conveniently forgetting that sometimes people may need to eat and pay bills), sometimes the results can be surprising. Maybe some people thought Joy Division’s remaining members should never have recorded together again after Ian Curti’ suicide in 1980; they did regroup under a different name, though…She’s touring with her ‘other’ band The Breeders, and still wowing people.

One of the coolest people ever to rock a bass guitar, here’s some of the songs Kim Dealhas been involved with other the years, as a Pixie, a Breeder and an Amp…

The Pixies -‘Gigantic’

The Breeders -‘No Aloha.’

The Amps -‘Tipp City.’

The return of the Breeders

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I get numerous requests to run news stories, and I rarely do.

However, the news that The Breeders are to re-issue Last Splash on vinyl and CD with numerous goodies, like the Safari and Head To Toe EPs is worth celebrating and making a fuss about.

So here’s what you need to know:

LSXX, the 20th anniversary reissue of the Breeders’ Platinum album, Last Splash, will be released on April 22nd on 4AD.

LSXX will be available as a limited-edition, seven-disc vinyl box set, and a three-CD package. Many of the recordings included in the set have never been released before, and for other tracks, it will be the first time they receive a worldwide release. Cover and individual sleeve artwork has been created by renowned British graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, who described it as “an irreverent conceptual and visual re-imagining,” of his original Last Splash artwork.

The vinyl box set includes:

a 12-inch vinyl pressing of Last Splash
four 10-inch EPs – ‘Safari’, ‘Cannonball’, ‘Divine Hammer’ and ‘Head To Toe’
a 12-inch vinyl live concert album, Stockholm Syndrome, recorded in Sweden in 1994, during the band’s last European tour. Seven tracks from this recording originally appeared on a fan-club-only CD; nine additional unreleased tracks from the concert are included here.
a 12-inch vinyl record comprised of a BBC radio session recorded July 24, 1993 and available here for the first time, and the original Last Splash demo recordings, made in November 1992.
a 24-page booklet featuring previously unpublished photographs taken during the recording of Last Splash, personal photos taken during two years of touring, and reminiscences written by band members and others, including Kim Gordon and J Mascis.

The CD release is comprised of the same material in a three-disc set.

LSXX will be available at retail stores as well as online. The release coincides with the Breeders’ “LSXX World Tour,” which marks the first time Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson have performed together since 1994. With more dates to be announced, the confirmed European itinerary is as follows:

May
24 – BARCELONA, Primavera
27 – TOULOUSE, Le Bikini
28 – BORDEAUX, Le Rocher De Palmer
30 – PORTO, Primavera

June
01 – PARIS, Trianon
02 – BRUSSELS, Ancienne Belgique
03 – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
14 – DUBLIN, Vicar Street [TICKETS]
17 – GLASGOW, ABC [TICKETS]
18 – MANCHESTER, Ritz [TICKETS]
19 – LONDON, Forum [TICKETS]
21 – CAMBER SANDS, All Tomorrow’s Parties curated by Deerhunter

** LSXX full tracklisting:
Disc 1 – Last Splash – 12-inch vinyl
New Year
Cannonball
Invisible Man
No Aloha
Roi
Do You Love Me Now?
Flipside
I Just Wanna Get Along
Mad Lucas
Divine Hammer
S.O.S.
Hag
Saints
Drivin’ On 9
Roi (Reprise)

Disc 2 – The Stockholm Syndrome (Live In Stockholm) – 12-inch vinyl
Shocker In Gloomtown
New Year
Hellbound
Saints
Hag
I Just Wanna Get Along
S.O.S.
Roi
Head To Toe
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Cannonball
Invisible Man
Doe
Drivin’ On 9
Don’t Call Home
Limehouse
(seven of these tracks were previously released as a limited-edition, fan club only release via the Breeders’ Digest; the other nine are previously unreleased)

Disc 3 – Demos, rare tracks and session versions – 12-inch vinyl
No Aloha (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
Flipside (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
Divine Hammer (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
Hag (BBC Session, previously unreleased)
New Year (November 1992 demo, previously released as a bonus 7-inch with original vinyl pressing of Last Splash)
Grunggae (November 1992 demo, previously released as a bonus 7-inch with original vinyl pressing of Last Splash)
Invisible Man (previously released on 4AD label compilation, 13 Year Itch)
No Aloha (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
I Just Wanna Get Along (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
Mad Lucas (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
S.O.S. (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
Saints (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
900 (November 1992 demo, previously unreleased)
Iris (previously released on the No Alternative compilation album)

‘Safari’ EP – 10-inch vinyl
Do You Love Me Now?
Don’t Call Home
Safari
So Sad About Us

‘Cannonball’ EP – 10-inch vinyl
Cannonball
Cro-Aloha
Lord Of The Thighs
900

‘Divine Hammer’ EP – 10-inch vinyl
Divine Hammer (single version)
Hoverin’
I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)
Do You Love Me Now?

‘Head To Toe’ EP – 10-inch vinyl
Head To Toe
Shocker In Gloomtown
Freed Pig
Saints

Which gives me the perfect reason to post the following!

Some covers for Saturday

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Last Friday’s covers seeemd to go down well, so I thought I’d post some more.

First up, two from The Breeders. ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’ is taken from their debut album Pod, and originally appeared on The Beatles’ The Beatles (AKA The White Album). The second was by the Who, and appeared on the Breeders’ Safari EP. Some people have wondered if this was in reference to the fact that Kim Deal’s then other band The Pixies were about to call it a day.

The Breeders -‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Beatles cover).’ mp3

The Breeders -‘So Sad About Us (The Who cover).’ mp3

Sticking with a 4AD related act, Belly’s cover of ‘Trust In Me’ appeared on the single of ‘Feed The Tree.’ The song originally appeared in The Jungle Book, and Siouxsie and the Banshees also did a version on their cover versions album Through The Looking Glass.

Belly -‘Trust In Me.’ mp3

A final 4AD track for today; both the Jesus and Mary Chain’s Automatic and the Pixies’ Trompe Le Monde are underrated albums in those bands’ respective and highly respectable back catalogues. ‘Head On’ by the Mary Chain was covered by the Pixies on their final (so far) studio album in 1991:

Pixies -‘Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain cover).’ mp3

Speaking of underrated albums…I still have a soft spot for Neil Young’s underrated 1982 synthesizer opus Trans. So do Sonic Youth, it would appear…

Sonic Youth -‘Computer Age (Neil Young cover).’ mp3

The Cardigans covered a number of Black Sabbath songs in their own style. Here they take on an Ozzy Osbourne solo track:

Cardigans -‘Mr. Crowley (live).’ mp3

Speaking of bands covering bands that seem to be polar opposites…

Shop Assistants -‘Ace Of Spades (Motorhead cover, John Peel session).’ mp3

Dinosaur Jr’s take on the Cure’s ‘Just Like Heaven’ has a very sudden ending; to the extent that for years I was convinced I had only ever heard incomplete versions…Duh!!

Dinosaur Jr -‘Just Like Heaven (The Cure cover).’ mp3

I’ve not posted a lot of Elton John or the Beastie Boys in five years of doing this blog, so why not kill two birds with one stone?

Beastie Boys -‘Benny and the jets (Elton John cover).’ mp3

…and finally, just for good measure:

X-Lion Tamer -‘Starsign (teenage fanclub cover).’ mp3

Keepingitpeel day, part 2

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I know I’ve posted this before, but I thought I’d post this again in honour of Mr. Peel

Breeders -‘Hellbound (Peel session).’ mp3

Breeders -‘When I Was A Painter (Peel session).’ mp3

Breeders -‘Iris (Peel session).’ mp3

Breeders -‘Fortunately Gone (Peel session).’ mp3

For more info on the session, please see here. And if anyone knows who played bass or drums, I’d still like to know.

BONUS:

Two cover versions from The Breeders.

First up, this was taken from the Breeders first album Pod, which was recorded in Edinburgh (and is actually my favourite of their four albums):

Breeders -‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Breeders).’ mp3

…and this is from their Safari EP, which came out in 1992:

Breeders -‘So Sad About Us (Who cover).’ mp3

The Breeders – Kim Deal is still as cool as…

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…Kim Deal.

And, like Susan Boyle, she sticks to her guns. This is the woman who credited herself as Mrs. John Murphy on the sleeve of Surfer Rosa, who used to dress as a secretary in sensible shoes at early Pixies gigs because it annoyed the punks, and who every so often gets The Breeders out for us.

Thier New EP, ‘Fate To Fatal’ is a four track release. there are limited versions around on vinyl to tie in with record Store day, but even my local indie store in Edinburgh couldn’t track it down. Whilst most of their stuff has come out on 4AD, this appears to be self-released, and they even appear to have changed their logo.

The Breeders -‘Fate To Fatal.’ mp3

and here’s the video…

The breeders -‘fate to fatal’

The Breeders website/The Breeders Myspace

The Breeders’ one and only Peel session

This is actually my 600th post, and I thought I would post this, the one and only Peel session by The Breeders.

The Breeders have been described as one of the most promising and frustrating bands to emerge in the last twenty years. They have prodcued some excellent stuff, but for what started as a ‘Supergroup’ (in the seventies sense of the word, where a band was formed out of a lot of people who were already in bands as a side project, see Crosby Stiils Nash & Young etc..) they soon started to become the main concern. However, in the time they have been around, they have produced four LPs.

When Kim Deal, then the bassist in the Pixies, got together with Tanya Donnelly, then in Throwing Muses, both must have been feeling that they were playing second fiddle in their own bands and that they also had a lot to offer the world.They did. The first album, Pod, was made in Edinburgh at Palladium Studios, and engineered by Steve Albini. This may be heresy in the blogger world (but I’ve already faced excommunication by some for not putting the Arcade Fire as my favourite band of all time, so what the hell), but Pod is actually my favourite of the four albums. This is the time that produced the only session they would record for John Peel, though the only song that made the Festive fifty, perhaps predictably, was ‘Cannonball.’

They recorded one Peel session for John Peel, in January 1990, which was broadcast the following month. All four tracks were written by Kim Deal

Breeders -‘Fortunately Gone (Peel session).’ mp3

Breeders -‘Hellbound (Peel session).’ mp3

Breeders -‘Iris (Peel session).’ mp3

Breeders -‘When I Was A Painter (Peel session).’ mp3

This lineup would change over time, Tanya Donnelly would leave both Throwing Muses and The Breeders, first two produce two albums as frontwoman of Belly, and then go solo; Kim Deal was joined by her sister Kelley later on, though they had other projects as well, including The Amps, The Kelley Deal 6000…a whole heap of other stories.

Maybe you should try here…
The Breeders’ website/The Breeders’ MySpace/An unofficial but utterly brilliant Breeders’ page

A few covers for you

Next week, 17 Seconds will celebrate its’ second birthday, which is something I will be celebrating. However, it is also mine and Mrs. 17 Seconds’ first wedding anniversary -and no, marrying was not something we did to mark the first anniversary.

As well as pushing much new stuff at readers, I’ve also enjoyed posting cover versions on here. These have varied from the painfully obvious to the almost violently obscure. So, proud of the fact that this blog has managed to last this far, I will repost a few here:

First up, the 1984 4AD album It’ll End In Tears, put out by label founder Ivo Watts-Russell as This Mortal Coil, had some classic cover versions that became known as songs in their own right.

This Mortal Coil – ‘Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley cover).’ mp3

This Mortal Coil – ‘Another Day (Roy Harper cover).’ mp3

This Mortal Coil – ‘Kangaroo (Big Star cover).’ mp3

The Sisters of Mercy have done two different versions of Hot Chocolate’s song ‘Emma.’ The first was a Peel session from 1984, the second appeared on rei-issued versions of their second album from 1987, Floodland, which was one of my introdutions to Goth, not that I knew that word as a ten year old, mind…

Sisters of Mercy -‘Emma (Peel session version).’ mp3

Sisters of Mercy -‘Emma.’ mp3

The Wedding Present have done some good cover versions over the years, including Orange Juice’s ‘Felicity,’ Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel’s ‘Come Up snd See Me (Make Me Smile), and a dozen that were the b-sides to their a single a month run back in 1992. This was recorded for 6Music, I believe, the only Take That song I’d want to let near my blog:

Wedding Present – ‘Back For Good (Take That cover).’ mp3

The Breeders rock utterly, and apparntly their debut Pod contained this excellent cover of a Beatles’ number:

The Breeders -‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Beatles cover).’ mp3

There may well be more to follow, so keep your eyes peeled…

Edx

Some Covers For Saturday Part VI

Just as it says on the tin…

Was never into boy bands of the nineties, just represented everything I couldn’t stand then or now…so what was it about this tune?

Wedding Present – Back For Good.’ mp3 (Take That cover, obviously)

The Breeders cover of The Who’s So Sad About Us may well have been a dig at the fact that the Pixies (this was 1992) were about to call it a day for a decade, as it were.

The Breeders -‘So Sad About Us.’ mp3 (The Who cover)

I’m not sure where I picked up this mp3, but it’s a Pavement song done by Cat Power. Hooray!

Cat Power -‘We Dance.’ mp3(Pavement cover)

The Pet Shop Boys are geniuses. Carter USM knew this too:

Carter USM -‘Rent.’ mp3 (Pet Shop Boys cover)

Is the original artist or the cover the guiltier pleasure here? Discuss…Oh, and if anyone can send me the cover of Hot Chocolate’s Emma done by The Sisters Of Mercy (yes, you DID read that correctly), the address is on the top right hand side of this blog).

Cud -‘You Sexy Thing.’ mp3 (Hot Chocolate cover)

And finally, something completely different…

Grace Jones -‘La Vie En Rose.’ mp3 (Edith Piaf cover) (and yes, that’s Grace Jones at the top)

See you tomorrow…

UPDATE: thanks to all the readers who sent me the Sisters of Mercy’s cover of Emma, especially Craig who sent it to be three times. Here it is:

Sisters Of Mercy -‘Emma.’ mp3(Hot Chocolate cover)

…and in the unlikely event that anyone can help with sourcing a copy of the Sisters of Mercy playing ‘He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands’ (someone I knew had this years ago on a cassette, supposedly from the 1987 Glastonbury festival but I could have misunderstood that) please let me know.

Some Covers For Sunday I

Well, yesterday’s covers post seemed to have been a hit and I thought I’d repost some tracks I’d been asked to, as well as a few I haven’t posted here before.

Belle and Sebastian -‘Final Day (Young Marble Giants).’ mp3

Jeff Buckley -‘Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover).’ mp3

Breeders -‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Beatles cover).’ mp3

CSS – ‘One Way Or Another (Blondie cover).’ mp3

Pop Will Eat Itself -‘Games Without Frontiers (Peter Gabriel cover).’ mp3

Sia -‘I Go To Sleep (The Kinks cover).’ mp3

Raincoats -‘Lola (The Kinks cover).’ mp3

Slits -‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye cover).’

Schneider TM -‘The Light 3000 (cover of The Smiths There Is A Light That Never Goes Out).’ mp3

This Mortal Coil -‘Song To the Siren (Tim Buckley cover).’ mp3

For what it’s worth, I genuinely hold The Slits, Schneider TM, The Raincoats, This Mortal Coil and Jeff Buckley to be amongst the finest cover versions ever done. In the unlikely event of any list of best ever cover versions NOT including these, I think I would have to have a word. They reinvent the songs concerned, and that’s what a cover version should do.