#3651: The Pixies : New Sounds-Style

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For this New Sounds, hear songs of the Pixies as arranged “New Sounds-Style” by everyone from the Asphalt Orchestra (the punkass marching band from Bang on a Can) to the Polaris Prize winner, Tanya Tagaq, along with the not-gonna-be-pigeonholed-into-just-jazz trio The Bad Plus, and the multi-instrumentalist “indie” eclectics TV on the Radio.

Listen to three tunes from the most excellent “Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies- Surfer Rosa,” album from Cantaloupe Music. Hear un-slavish, biting and ferocious arrangements for marching band from this unexpected collection which definitely captures the rawness and power of, -and quite possibly improves upon- the originals. (There, the NSAPA has officially blasphemed. Read more about the Asphalt Orchestra record here.)

Then, hear Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq and her ecstatic, yet frightening version of the Pixies’ “Caribou,” which incorporates her unstoppable vocal acrobatic talents, not limited to Inuit throat singing. Also, the Norwegian singer Hanne Hukkelberg deconstructs “Break My Body,” (Frank Black Francis) complete with accordion, woodwinds and brushed drums, taking the song to a previously unanticipated level of masochism. Listen to the Bad Plus doing the Pixies' “Velouria,” which rises to a fever pitch of insanity with its Liszt-like piano pyrotechnics and an inspired avalanche of drums. Plus, from TV on the Radio’s first EP, listen to their doo-woppy “Mr. Grieves.” All that and so much more.

PROGRAM #3651 The Pixies, New-Sounds Style (First aired on 10/21/2014)  

ARTIST: The Pixies
WORK: Gigantic, excerpt [1:40]
RECORDING: Surfer Rosa
SOURCE: 4AD - #78030 (Reissued in 2003)
INFO: Available at Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Asphalt Orchestra
WORK: Gigantic (arr. Nathan Koci) [4:41]
RECORDING: Asphalt Orchestra Plays the Pixies Surfer Rosa
SOURCE: Cantaloupe 21103
INFO: cantaloupemusic.com

ARTIST: Curtis Hasselbring
WORK: Ana [2:25]
RECORDING: The New Mellow Edwards
SOURCE: Skirl 003
INFO: skirlrecords.com

ARTIST: Vitamin String Quartet
WORK: Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons [2:41]
RECORDING: String Quartet Tribute To The Pixies
SOURCE: Vitamin Records - #8874 
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Asphalt Orchestra
WORK: Bone Machine (arr. Peter Hess) [2:56]
RECORDING: Asphalt Orchestra Plays the Pixies Surfer Rosa
SOURCE: Cantaloupe 21103
INFO: cantaloupemusic.com

ARTIST: Hanne Hukkelberg
WORK: Break My Body (live in Oslo 2005) [4:17]
RECORDING: Do Not As I Do single
INFO: Now out of print. Another version appears on her record Rykestrasse 68 on Nettwerk hannehukkelberg.com

ARTIST: Rockabye Baby Music (Mike Baiardi)
WORK: Ana (arr. Mike Baiardi) [2:06]
RECORDING: Lullabye Renditions of the Pixies
SOURCE: Rockabye Baby! - #9811
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: The Bad Plus
WORK: Velouria [5:36]
SOURCE: Columbia #58331
INFO: thebadplus.com

ARTIST: Asphalt Orchestra
WORK: Where Is My Mind? (arr. Ken Thomson) [3:55]
RECORDING: Asphalt Orchestra Plays the Pixies Surfer Rosa
SOURCE: Cantaloupe 21103
INFO: cantaloupemusic.com

ARTIST: Miranda Sex Garden
WORK: In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song) [4:06]
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: TV on the Radio
WORK: Mr. Grieves [4:11]
RECORDING: Young Liars
SOURCE: Touch & Go TG 252CD
INFO: Available at Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Tanya Tagaq
WORK: Caribou (Arr. Jesse Zubot) [4:53]
SOURCE: Six Shooter Records
INFO: store.sixshooterrecords.com

ARTIST: British Sea Power
WORK: Caribou, excerpt [4:33]
RECORDING: Dig For Fire: a tribute to Pixies
SOURCE: American Laundromat Records ALR-0011
INFO: alr-music.com , iTunes or Amazon.com