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A couple of weeks ago the Pixies brought “Here Comes Your Man” to Conan. Last night Doolittle’s seminal opening track, was of the band’s own choosing. Then, for a web-only exclusive, Jimmy “Fresh Prince Neil Young” Fallon’s viewers Tweeted their votes for a second Doolittle tune. There are obviously so many gems to choose from, and it went to “Hey.” As you’ll note in the above thumb, yesterday the band also finally unboxed the massive $500 Minotaur Deluxe Box Set. (You can watch a video of it complete with a loving slow-mo focus on the previously mentioned penis graffiti.)

The Twitter winner:

Reviews of the band’s Doolittle Tour haven’t been so hot. “Monday’s show was sturdy, dutiful and not particularly thrilling,” says NY Times. “It’s hard to consider them anything but a cynical corporation cashing in on blatant nostalgia,” quips Jim DeRogatis. I was as cynical as anyone when I heard about the reunion. Who really ever thought they got back together for the love of each other/the band or anything more than easy-to-sell nostalgia? At least to these ears, though, sometimes intentions don’t matter all that much. I thought those Fallon performances were enjoyable. (Kim’s having a good time, clearly.) Were they mindblowing? No. That’s how reunions go. It’s hard for a band to slay you when they’ve been removed from the timeline of their original context. Jesus Lizard 2009 is great, but they definitely pale in comparison to the more focused, dangerous, etc., Jesus Lizard of 1991, or whatever. So I guess if you go into it with zero expectations you can come back out with a little bit of fun?

Comments (34)
  1. I get the sense that the disappointment some people are feeling might be coming from the fact that the bulk of the show is Doolittle, front to back. It’s definitely cool, cool enough that I saw it three times. But you lose the unpredictability that makes live music really exciting when you play an album in sequence like that. “Oh man, Monkey Goes to Heaven is two songs away” isn’t as thrilling as being surprised by it somewhere in the set. That caveat aside, I had a great time at the shows I went to. Pretty fucking good for four people in their mid-40s.

    • Chris  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

      Sounds pretty mother f’ing tight to me. Drummer is solid as a rock. And Francis always brings the energy.

    • As an 18-year-old college student who learned about the Pixies two years ago and fell in love with them completely, I obviously missed their tours. So when I heard about the Doolittle tour, I nearly shat my pants in joy. Here’s this band that broke up 15 years ago, reunited once in ’04, that I thought I’d never get to see, and not only are they playing where I can see them, but they’re playing my favorite album front-to-back (and with some surprises, like Into The White, Caribou and Gigantic).

      It almost feels like these tours are just as much for “new” fans as the “old.”

      Oh, and the show blew my fucking mind.

  2. Josh  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Jim DeRogatis is such a douche. Always has been as a critic.

  3. Alan Knut  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    I was a big fan of the show I went to as well.

  4. Mehdi also in SF  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Absolute nonsense. I saw them at the Hammerstein last time around and thought they sounded great but the crowd (as packed as it was) was fucking lame. Just stood there nodding their heads. Nothing like when I used to go see them at the Old Ritz. I just saw them in LA a couple of weeks ago and they were amazing. Sounded as good as they did 20 years ago and the crowd were up for it.

  5. Melissa  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    I didn’t get into Pixies until my senior year of high school in ’06. Now I know how you guys felt back in ’04 when they reunited the first time. This is fucking awesome.

  6. I never really felt the Pixies were a spontaneous band. back in the day (89), their sets were in alphabetical order. you knew they were opening with “bone machine” and closing with “where is my mind?” or “winterlong”
    saw the show last night, and i thought they killed it. the crowd around me was definitely into it.
    and as much as the “perform a whole album” has bceome cliche, Doolittle was the one album I wanted to hear in its entirety. In order? Sure, I’ll take it. It was a treat to hear songs I never heard performed live, like Baileys Walk and Silver. If they wanna do a Bossanova run in 2010, sign me up from now.

  7. Bill V  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Would have been ballsy to do Hey live (or did I mis-read this?). Twenty years later I still catch myself randomly singing choice lines from that song

  8. We would all be lucky to see the Pixies perform Doolittle, Jim DeRogatis. Spoiled children don
    t appreciate their presents.

  9. Polaco_  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Holy Shit! Is that Kim? WTF? She looks like 20 kilos lighter than last year! Oh boy, the Pixies are so good to her… Keep on rockin`!

  10. jjazznola  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    People claim this tour is a money grab. Most tours by established acts are money grabs! If they played new songs, everyone would complain they’re not as good as the old ones. Great band, great songs, great fun. What’s not to like? I can’t wait to see them tonight.

    • Money grab? Could be. Their 2004 tour was called “Pixies Sell Out” after all. The show they put on was still one of the most amazing things you could possibly see live.

  11. “Vamos a jugar con la playa!”

  12. Chris  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    I’m glad their on tour and playing Doolittle, its my favorite Pixies album by a long shot.

    But at the same time, I can definitely see what the Times review was talking about.The drummer has good energy, but everyone else has pretty horrible stage presence. Like, look at Santiago when he’s playing the chorus riff during “Hey”, he just looks so lethargic.

    • Alan Knut  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

      I think that is the beauty of the Pixies. Joey as always kind of stood there. Frank has great stage presence just because he can yell his ass off. Kim is a ton of fun to watch, because she is having fun. But they are really dorky up there on stage. No pretension. And the music is so great it doesn’t matter.

  13. Gia   |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    That’s just Joey being Joey…wouldn’t want anything else.

  14. I saw them in Chicago on Saturday. It was a super great show…much better than the Conan and Fallon clips.

  15. john  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    The Pixies were never known as a dynamic live band .I saw them back in the day at The Roxy and The Ritz and the early 90s as well.Ttheir sound is what they’re about and Tuesday’s show at The Hammerstein was a good one indeed.

  16. Cory  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    They were much better at the opening night at the Aragon, but I’m sure the Aragon Ballroom has MUCH better acoustics than Jimmy Fallon’s set

  17. “It’s hard to call them anything but a cynical corporation cashing in on nostalgia…” What the fuck does this guy think they’re doing? Performing the Super Bowl Half Time Show with Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith, or on a giant set of lips? The Stones and McCartney do it, and you shit a fucking brick. A band that surprisingly a lot of people even now aren’t that aware of beyond fight club, surprise, needs money, goes on tour, and plays about as well as ever, and suddenly the sell out police come in? But who reads the NYT for their music reviews?

    And why is someone so painfully unfunny and awkward as Jimmy Fallon so interested in getting actual good bands on his show? I wish he put that effort into his comedy.

  18. Kat  |   Posted on Nov 26th, 2009 0

    Although Jimmy Fallon is quirky he usually doesn’t amuse me, however he has featured Pixies and the Mighty Boosh on his program this year so he is okay in my book! I saw the show last night at hammerstein and it was fabulous, they were on point, and it looked like beatle mania when they played their last encore. I was thoroughly impressed, if their motive was to promote nostalgia for cash so be it!

  19. Hieronymus  |   Posted on Nov 26th, 2009 0

    OH NOES CAPITALISM

    I WISH IT WAS THE EARLY 90s

    SO THAT THE PIXIES COULD BE “SPONTANEOUS” WHEN I SEE THEMS

    (Also, look up reviews from the European leg of the tour — 5 stars are pretty abundant.)

  20. Chris  |   Posted on Nov 26th, 2009 0

    I’ve come to realize that there is an inverse relation between the funnyness of a host, and how good the bands on their show are. Case and point: Carson Daly.

  21. I was a big fan of the show. I would go to see in real.

  22. Nobody you know  |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    Does anyone know if there is a way to have all new Stereogum videos show up in a feed that would be playable through iTunes podcasts or through Mediafly?

  23. bb  |   Posted on Nov 27th, 2009 0

    Saw them in Chicago and they were amazing, maybe even better than the 2004 shows that i saw. Jim Derogatis is a fat idiot. He complains about everything. I can’t believe the Sun Times still pays him to write nonsense.

  24. Dis Dude  |   Posted on Nov 29th, 2009 0

    I saw them play in front of 150 people at a small club, and it was really loud!! But, yeah.

  25. Fallon always seems to be really pumped to get these reunions on his show, like when Sunny Day Real Estate played.
    Also, can’t the Pixies just get back together because they like playing the music of the pixies?

  26. Destin  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2009 0

    I saw They Might Be Giants do a “special Flood show” a couple of weeks ago, and they solved the stagnancy problem with album shows by playing the whole album in its entirety, as advertised, but out of order and mixed with other new and old songs. It gave the show its sense of tension and spontaneity back, but I still knew I’d get to hear “Whistling In The Dark” and “Women & Men” at some point in the evening. Perfect solution, I think.

  27. Sanford  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2009 0

    Good to see that after all these years Joey Santiago is still as lousy a guitar player as he ever was…

  28. grace b  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

    I saw the Pixies play the last concert of their tour last night and I enjoyed it! Kim was obviously having a lot of fun as was Jimmy and David. Black Francis/Charles? Who knows. They did two encores and they were great. It was my first Pixies concert and I was surprised how much they sounded like their studio recordings when playing live. The crowd was AWESOME. People were bouncing around (I don’t think I was still the whole time!), dancing and generally enjoying it–ages 15 to 50! The bow they took was nice and you could tell that they were glad they had toured. I enjoy their music and have great respect for them as musicians. Plus I’m too young to remember them in their heyday.

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