PIXIES Find Their Mind Back With New Polished Rocker ‘HUMAN CRIME’

New striking strokes

3 March 2022

Artwork single

Boston’s beloved PIXIES just released new single
HUMAN RIME with maestro Black Francis looking
back at an old relationship..

Don’t you be unkind
That’s a human crime
Don’t you be so bright
It’ll come back to you sometime
Don’t you be unkind
That’s a human crime
Don’t you be so bright
It’ll come back to you sometime

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

The accompanying video clip for the polished, yet infectious rocker
was directed by the band’s bassist Paz Lenchantin, which was filmed
at the San Pedro abandoned bunkers and Santa Monica’s Gold Diggers
in Los Angeles.

Here we go…

The new single comes ahead of a deluxe edition of Live In Brixton arriving next month. It’s an 8-disc box set that brings together the complete recordings of all four shows from Pixies’ legendary run at the iconic London venue in 2004.

More info here

2021 Was A Year Full Of Covers – TURN UP THE VOLUME Picked 10

1. ‘Where Is My Mind’ by NANDI BUSHELL

Original by Pixies.
From their 1988 debut LP Surfer Rosa.

This 11-year-old British-Zulu musician of South African
descent and media star is just brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.


2. ‘The Ship Song’ by NELL SMITH and THE FLAMING LIPS (USA)

Original by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The cover is part of a full Nick Cave tribute LP called
Where The Viaduct Looms by The Flaming Lips and
the wondrous voice of 13-year-old songstress Nell Smith.


3. ‘You Are A Runner And I Am Your Father’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

Original by Canadian indie rockers Wolf Parade.

Porridge Radio vox Dana Margolin sends shivers
down your spine. Goosebumps all the way.


4. ‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO, THE BOSS and EDDIE VEDDER

Original by AC/DC.

Part of Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello‘s
2021 album The Atlas Underground Fire.


5. ‘Stayin’ Alive’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

Original by Bee Gees.
This warm Americana voice out of Northern Ireland slows
the classic down, drenches it in a nostalgic sepia bath, and
gives it a haunting and soul-stirring twist corresponding with
the somber lyrics. Compelling version!


6. ‘Run Run Run’ by KURT VILE

Original by The Velvet Underground.

From I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground and Nico,
celebrating the iconic NYC mavericks, and more specifically their debut
masterpiece LP of 1967.

Kurt Vile‘s pumped-up version of ‘Run Run Run’ is a striking steamroller…


7. ‘Finest Worksong’ by DESPERATE JOURNALIST (UK)

Original by R.E.M.

This North London band nailed it, spot-on!

From A Carnival of Sorts: R​.​E​.​M. Covers Compilation,
released last August.


8. ‘Paperback Writer’ by SAXON

Original by The Beatles

Britsih veteran metalheads seem to have big fun with this cover, so am I.


9. Sad But True’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)

Original by Metallica.

From the massive covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist
featuring no less than 53 artists interpreting a Black Album song, the
breakthrough LP that was released 30 years ago.

Wham royal bloody wham bam…


10. ‘Silver Machine’ by TOYAH and ROBERT FRIPP

Original by Hawkind (with Lemmy)

Every Sunday for about two years now, the famous British songstress and
her King Crimson husband Robert Fripp entertained us (and still do it) via
YouTube with covers of big crackers. Their performances were/are ridiculously
hilarious. Definitely the stand-up rock comedians of 2021.

Let’s roll…

PIXIES – 30 Candles For Their Fourth Longplayer ‘TROMPE LE MONDE’

Back in time

23 September 2021

Who: Boston’s noise rock legends led by Black Francis
Active: 1986–1993, 2004–present / 7 studio albums (so far)

Anniversary album: TROMPE LE MONDE
Released: 30 years ago – in the UK on 23 September 1991
and in the US the day after

AllMusic / Heather Phares: “The title might be French for “fool the world,” but with
‘Trompe le Monde’, the Pixies weren’t fooling anyone: this was essentially Black Francis’
solo debut. It focuses on Francis’ sci-fi fascination and lacks any Kim Deal songs, even
her backing vocals are far and few between. Yet the band sounds revitalized on ‘Trompe
le Monde’, as if it were planned as their last hurrah.
” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: It’s hard to top your first 3 albums as they all three were
brilliant, but Trompe Le Monde had some jawdropping moments – Planet Of Sound
(one of their best hammers ever) / Head On (JAMC cover) / U-Mass / Subbacultcha
but their overall hard-hitting, melodic noise resonance became too familiar by
that time.

Anecdote: As mentioned above, ‘Trompe Le Monde‘ came out in the US
on 24 September 1991, the exact same date as the release of Nirvana‘s
masterpiece ‘Nevermind‘. I guess many of us know that Pixies were one
of Kurt Cobain‘s favorite bands

Singles: Planet Of Sound / Alec Eiffel / Letter To Memphis




Full album…

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Happy 60 KIM DEAL!

10 June 2021

Kimberley Ann Deal was born in
Dayton, Ohio on 40 June 1961.

Happy 60!

Original member and stellar Pixies bassist.
Made classic LP Last Splash with The Breeders
(with her twin sister Kelley) and a top one
with The Amps (‘Pacer’ – 1995).

Left Pixies in 2013 to reunite The Breeders
Simply one of the most genuine, most
outspoken, and coolest ladies ever in rock.


Three knockouts to start
Kim‘s birthday party…

(With Pixies)

(With The Breeders)


(With The Amps)

Kim about the Internet (actually about women vs dudes)…