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    Trompe Le Monde


    The Pixies Trompe Le Monde On Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Pixies Swan Song Sparks With Electrically Charged Hooks, Outer-Space Atmospherics, And Eminent Tunefulness



    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes: Restoration Turns 1991 Album Into A Sonic Blockbuster


    Frank Black-led Set Includes Contagious Cover Of The Jesus And Mary Chain's "Head On"


    The Pixies verged on commercial breakthrough when the now-iconic band released Trompe le Monde in September 1991. A sea change in popular music tastes that the band helped initiate began to sweep the world. And the Boston quartet seemed prepared to lead the way, with this, its eminently tuneful fourth record, jam-packed with crafty hooks, prickly tones, catchy elements, outer-space atmospherics, electrically charged energy, and delightfully quirky lyrics.


    As it stands, Trompe le Monde takes its place as one of the finest swan songs ever recorded. If the Pixies wouldn't have broken up right after its release, there's no telling what would've happened. All that you need to know is that the 15-track effort is as hard rocking and brilliantly innovative as any of the group's creations. That's no small feat.


    Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 180g LP presents the ensemble's abrasively melodic landmark in a fidelity it's never enjoyed in any prior version. Featuring lusher keyboards and moodier soundscapes than its predecessors, but also reclaiming the nasty guitar edginess and swooning distortion of the group's earliest efforts, Trompe de la Monde finally comes across as the Pixies intended: A sonic bridge between college-rock's influential cruder-textured albums and the polished professionalism that distinguished alt-rock classics.


    In other words, Mobile Fidelity's version presents it as the perfect-sounding album: Replete with grit, rawness, and character, but mixed in with radio-friendly smoothness and virtuosic professionalism. Awash with incredible timbres and tonalities, myriad new details rise to the surface. Listen to the counterpoint melodies and layered vocals on "Letter to Memphis"; the trash-compactor feedback and thumping bass during the whipsawing "Planet of Sound"; the "Spyhunter"-like pace and limitless depth now present on "Subbacultcha." Dynamics, contrasts, low-end frequencies, and imaging are all significantly enhanced. Compared to the original CD, Trompe le Monde emerges as a new album-a sonic wonderland that's not far removed from that of Nirvana's celebrated blockbuster Nevermind.


    Musically, the Pixies were never better. On par with the groundbreaking Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Trompe le Monde explodes with hyper riffs, jerks to stop-start progressions, elates with cheerful emotions, and bangs on to giddy surf-fused arrangements. With Kim Deal absent from the songwriting process, vocalist/guitarist Frank Black takes the reigns and doesn't disappoint. Tales about sea monkeys ("Palace of the Brine"), aliens ("Planet of Sound"), and love ("The Sad Punk") bop alongside memorable jabs at hipster pretensions ("Subbacultcha") and inflated egos ("U-Mass"). A contagious cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" will have you hitting "repeat." Power pop, wanderlust punk, theatrical glam rock, reconfigured reverb-laden country-all here, all encouraging repeat listens.


    Nearly lost due amidst the alternative trend that it played such a key role in spawning, Trompe le Monde gets new life courtesy of this extremely punchy, greatly balanced Mobile Fidelity issue. If you missed it the first time, don't make that mistake again. Essential with a capital "E," and the perfect way to close Mobile Fidelity's Pixies catalog restoration series.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Trompe le Monde
    2. Planet of Sound
    3. Alec Eiffel
    4. The Sad Punk
    5. Head On
    6. U-Mass
    7. Palace of the Brine
    8. Letter to Memphis
    9. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons
    10. Space (I Believe In)
    11. Subbacultcha
    12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
    13. Lovely Day
    14. Motorway to Roswell
    15. The Navajo Know
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Trompe Le Monde Trompe Le Monde Quick View

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    Trompe Le Monde

    Available On Vinyl for the First Time In Years!


    Even though Trompe le Monde (French for 'fool the world') doesn't sound quite like the Pixies' other work, Come on Pilgrim's spooky beginnings, Surfer Rosa's abrasive assault, Doolittle's deceptively accessible punk-pop and Bossanova's spacy sonics helped make Trompe le Monde a rousing swan song for the influential legends and it was a precursor to alternative rock's imminent success. Pressed on Audiophile Quality 180g Vinyl!

    1. Trompe Le Monde
    2. Planet Of Sound
    3. Alec Eiffel
    4. The Sad Punk
    5. Head On
    6. U-Mass
    7. Palace Of The Brine
    8. Letter To Memphis
    9. Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons
    10. Space (I Believe In)
    11. Subbacultcha
    12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
    13. Lovely Day
    14. Motorway To Roswell
    15. The Navajo Know
    Pixies
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Hollywood Holidays: The Classic 1991 Radio Broadcast Hollywood Holidays: The Classic 1991 Radio Broadcast Quick View

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    Hollywood Holidays: The Classic 1991 Radio Broadcast

    1000 Only Limited Edition


    This remarkable release captures The Pixies at their finest, immediately before Christmas 1991, playing a show - broadcast by public radio network KCRW FM - at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.


    From the outset, this legendary New England four piece are at the very top of their game - opening with the savage rip-snorting blast of Rock Music, before powering into the gloriously riff-driven surf instrumental Cecilia Ann.


    Even when pausing for breath, the slower numbers like Gouge Away and Subbacultcha are tough-as-nails and seethe with a barely contained fury. In addition to the usual Francis-Santiago-Deal-Lovering quartet, this performance benefits from the added keyboard wizardry of the mighty Ubus Eric Drew Feldman, who beefs up The Pixies live sound still further.


    Eventually, Kim Deals dissatisfaction with Black Francis autocratic leadership style and almost complete domination of the songwriting credits, led to the band splitting apart in early 1993. They took an eleven year career-break - while Francis forged a solo career and Deal went on to achieve further success with The Breeders - and then reconvened in 2004 with the same line-up, albeit - save for a brace of digital singles and a contribution to the Warren Zevon tribute album - only in a live capacity. That much anticipated fifth studio album has yet to materialise.


    This December 1991 set is naturally heavily weighted towards the bands then current record, Trompe Le Monde, which had been released just three months earlier in September. All but two of its fifteen songs are represented here - Space (I Believe In) and the title track being the only omissions.


    Head On, originally by the Jesus and Mary Chain, is a rare cover version amongst the Black Francis compositions. The only other non-original here is Cecilia Ann, a number cut in the early 1960s by The Surftones. The latter was included on The Pixies 1990 album, Bossanova which also contributes Rock Music and Velouria.


    Delving a little further back in time, Gouge Away, Crackity Jones, Wave of Mutilation and Monkey Gone to Heaven are all drawn from Doolittle (1989). Thematically linked - and played back-to-back here - are Manta Ray and Dancing the Mantra Ray, both originally only released as single b-sides. Finally, there is Ed Is Dead, the lone representative from The Pixies debut EP, Come on Pilgrim, released in October 1987.

    LP 1
    1. Rock Music

    2. Cecilia Ann
    3. Gouge Away
    4. Motorway To Roswell
    5. Alec Eiffel
    6. Velouria
    7. Crackity Jones
    8. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
    9. Manta Ray
    10. Dancing The Manta Ray
    11. Lovely Day
    12. Subbacultcha


    LP 2
    1. Letter To Memphis
    2. Palace Of The Brine
    3. Ed Is Dead
    4. Wave Of Mutilation
    5. Monkey Gone To Heaven
    6. Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons
    7. The Sad Punk
    8. The Navajo Know
    9. Planet Of Sound
    10. Head On
    11. U-Mass

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  • Indie Cindy Indie Cindy Quick View

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    Indie Cindy


    "From the rst few seconds of 'Bagboy' it's clear that the band's
    vitality is fully intact" -NPR


    2014 will be the year that PIXIES indelibly stamp their musical footprint
    on rock history. The Alternative Rock legends are releasing their
    first studio album since 1991's 'Trompe Le Monde'. Needless to say, with
    two million catalogue album sales to their credit, and the recent press
    announcement for the new record creating huge waves of anticipation, a
    lot of people are very, very excited.


    Since the band reformed to play live shows in 2004, their legacy has
    grown stronger and deeper with each passing year. They've sold out
    shows and festivals around the globe, attracted a whole new generation
    of young converts, energized their supporters at press and radio, and
    delighted a ravenous fan-base drunk on their classic catalogue but
    hungry for new music.


    'Indie Cindy' arrives in the wake of three highly acclaimed EPs, a massively successful US tour, multiple
    radio sessions and an avalanche of press acclaim. It's the sound of a
    band firing on all cylinders, eager to pick up where they left off and they
    do not disappoint. Featuring the classic Pixies recipe of softer/louder
    dynamics, surf twang and rock crunch, Black Francis' darkly comical
    lyrics, and an array of instant classics like the singles 'Bagboy', 'Blue
    Eyed Hexe' and 'Greens and Blues', these 12 tracks are destined to win
    over die-hard fans and newcomers alike.


    The band will continue to tour throughout the year, playing festival dates
    and major market arenas, gaining even more new fans along the way,
    and setting the scene for one of their best-selling and most revered
    albums to date.


    1. What Goes Boom
    2. Greens And Blues
    3. Indie Cindy
    4. Bagboy
    5. Magdalena 318
    6. Silver Snail
    7. Blue Eyed Hexe
    8. Ring The Bell
    9. Another Toe In The Ocean
    10. Andro Queen
    11. Snakes
    12. Jaime Bravo
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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