Pixies/No Age @ Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles 11/4/09

When Kim Deal’s not singing through a distorted mic with sister Kelley in an elaborate Mayan World Series in Brooklyn, she’s back in the fold with the reunited Pixies. The group hit the Palladium in Los Angeles (for the first of three nights) to launch their nine-city 20th Anniversary Doolittle tour. Speaking of distortion, No Age got things started. Our trusty photographer Andrew Youssef tells us there were microphone problems for the first couple of songs, but that Dean and Randy, who should be getting used to performing with punk legends, hit their stride toward the end of the set with “Eraser” and “Miner,” etc. Throwing a bit of a curve ball, the Pixies opened with B-Sides before jumping into “Debaser” and the promised complete run through of Doolittle, which was followed by two encores. (Besides saying “Gracias” between a few songs, Deal jokingly asked if anyone was coming the following night because they were playing the same thing.) The set was up and down as might be expected on a first night, but the group received a huge ovation that brought them out to center stage for a deserved — if not for last night, for all time, or whatever — group bow. We have the setlist and tons of great photos from Andrew.

01 “Dancing the Manta Ray”
02 “Weird at My School”
03 “Bailey’s Walk”
04 “Manta Ray”
05 “Debaser”
06 “Tame”
07 “Wave of Mutilation”
08 “I Bleed”
09 “Here Comes Your Man”
10 “Dead”
11 “Monkey Gone to Heaven”
12 “Mr. Grieves”
13 “Crackity Jones”
14 “La La Love You”
15 “No. 13 Baby”
16 “There Goes My Gun”
17 “Hey”
18 “Silver”
19 “Gouge Away”

20 “Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)”
21 “Into the White”

22 “Isla de Encanta”
23 “Gigantic”
24 “Where Is My Mind?”