Monday, December 13, 2004

The Miller echo effect

Well, the Pixies are playing about 73 shows in New York this week. Here's what I said a week ago about their startling performance in Camden:
Catching the band live reinforces something that gets lost on record and with the passage of time: This is one very, very strange group. The songs stop and start and stop and then veer into the abyss. Frank Black squeals and screams and Kim breathily moans, and it often sounds like two mental patients in the middle of a knife-fight. Frightening and exhilirating.

Here's what the NYT's rock critic , Kelefa Sanneh, reported today:
...Saturday's Pixies concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom was a rude, often exhilarating shock. It had been all too easy to forget about the Pixies' ugliness: how fast they played, how loud they were, how nasty they sounded.
Well said.

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