The Pixies are coming! Tickets go on sale Spetember the 18th; grab yourself a ticket quick as the vector arena - yeah it's a shame it's not somewhere decent - is going to sell out fast. So, mark down the 18th of September in your diary, grab yourself a ticket, then chill out... and then gradually get more and more excited at the prospect of one of the greatest bands of all time gracing lowly New Zealand with their presence. According to The Herald the show is going to consist of the entire Doolittle album plus selections from there other albums. It's going to be good and probably the concert of the year.
In other news Pere Ubu have a new album coming out in the next couple of weeks called Long Live Pere Ubu! It sounds interesting but of course one comes to expect this sort of thing from Mr David Thomas and so to quote from the press release, "Long Live Pere Ubu!" is the album of songs that was the genesis of the entire mess. It is a great leap forward in our pursuit of hyper-naturalistic recording techniques by which we replace microphones in the studio with wooden boxes, junked radio speakers, metal horns, and electrically charged window panes. Sound itself becomes the narrative. Everyone is going to hate it. We know that. The story, though satiric and comedic, is utterly bleak, lacking charm (the usual counter-weight to the band's noire tendencies) and devoid of redemption. Few people have ever read Ubu Roi, fewer heard of it. Wonderful. Altogether two years of work. Pere Ubu, the character, ruined Jarry's life. And now he's ruined our career. This thing is our Waterloo, our Bridge Too Far, our Pickett's Charge. Well, somebody had to do it." As another interesting aside the album will contain the singer Sarah Jane Morris, who has quite a large following in Italy and Greece as shown below.
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And we get... this.
Other releases this month are Neil Young's Dreaming Man, one wonders if he ever just spends a day on the couch watching TV? My bet would be no, he'll write a song about spending the day on the couch watching TV.
Jay Z has an album coming out called Blueprint 3 - does he think he's Led Zeppelin or something?
Nick Cave has another album with Warren Ellis coming out, it should be good, as long as it's not all Nick Cave piano ballads. But overall, one must admit it's shaping up to be a good month for music.