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In the frost bitten run-up to Christmas 2018, Pixies set about recording a new album at Dreamland Studios, near Woodstock, NY. In an unprecedented move, they recorded every waking moment in the studio and provided all areas access to local music biographer Tony Fletcher to create a ground breaking document: It’s a Pixies Podcast. Over its 12 engrossing weekly episodes, It’s a Pixies Podcast reveals why the new album sounds like a dusty book of eerie folklore tales, full of black arts, Byronesque imagery, death, and its aftermath. Beneath the Eyrie is released on September 13. 

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In the frost bitten run-up to Christmas 2018, Pixies set about recording a new album at Dreamland Studios, near Woodstock, NY. In an unprecedented move, they recorded every waking moment in the studio and provided all areas access to local music biographer Tony Fletcher to create a ground breaking document: It’s a Pixies Podcast. Over its 12 engrossing weekly episodes, It’s a Pixies Podcast reveals why the new album sounds like a dusty book of eerie folklore tales, full of black arts, Byronesque imagery, death, and its aftermath. Beneath the Eyrie is released on September 13. 

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

chowderhead1962 ,

A fantastic peek at the Pixies and the art of album creation

I loved this podcast and was pretty sad when it completed. I felt like I was there with old friends enjoying the process of creating this LP. Now listening to the finished work (it’s brilliant), I feel like I’m right back there in upstate New York listening to Charles, Joey, Paz, and Dave working through the songs with Tom. Brilliant!!!

mollyBANGtheband ,

Great, But For Superfans Only

I just completed It’s a Pixies Podcast (2019).

This is a 12 episode podcast that covers the production of the Pixies’ 2019 album “Beneath the Eyrie.” This is most likely for the super fans, like myself, that still follow the band’s new work, sans former bassist/vocalist Kim Deal.

Even then, not all super fans may be into it. I personally enjoyed it for the most part. Although I would have (of course) rather heard audio of the making of any other Pixies / Black Francis album, I still felt it was good.

I think Francis (AKA Charles, founder/leader of the band) is very intriguing in general, and this is the most we’ve heard the other band members speak, the latter of which, for the most part I could leave or take.

I love them and would want to hang out with them but wouldn’t say their parts intrigued me too much.

Positive things: The idea and the production (for the most part, some areas the volume was too low) are a-ok. Hearing Charles bullsh-t or having fun or simply being (almost) vulnerable (maybe) was intriguing to me.

Getting to know Paz (the new bassist) was enjoyable. There’s one episode (I think around six or seven) where she is kind of the spotlight and she’s rather charming which I hadn’t witnessed before (even seeing her live twice).

In fact her spunky sense of humor and raspy voice reminded me a lot of Kim Deal (which I was not expecting at all). We also get to see that she is actually (sometimes) not that great of a singer, which I’m totally ok with.

Also, in regards to Paz, we get to see Charles collaborating with her, which is, for the most part, kind of rare for the prolific songwriter. Which is nice, because I think she’s a good songwriter.

And my last note on Paz, and I’ll try to keep this as far from “tabloidy” as possible, but she seems to me to be Charles’ current muse. There’s a connection there that you can hear in the podcast that you don’t see live on stage, at least in my experience.

She’s very charming and it’s not surprising to me that he could find her as an inspiration.

Now. The Album (BTE) Itself: I need to listen to the album more as I’ve only heard it a few times, but so far, I’m not the biggest fan of the production/producer, but I also feel it’s too early to fully judge that.

One thing in regards to the music that I found a little sad is both Joey and David admitting (Joey with more subtlety) that their parts are now formulaic and less thought out. Don’t get me wrong, even my least favorite work of theirs is still good, but it nonetheless a little sad to witness.

All that being said, though it may not be for most, I personally liked it. I’m biased here though as this is my favorite band and Francis my favorite songwriter. So I’m rating this mainly based on two things:

1. Originality - although I’m sure newer bands have done this, I haven’t heard any of the countless bands I listen to have a podcast quite like this. And 2. I’m rating it based on the assumption that super fans will be the only ones pursuing this as a future podcast.

I really hope the Pixies continue to make music and to make podcasts about it. So with all of that in mind, I give it 7.5 stars out of 10.

brndnnn ,

Very engaging.

A great listen if you’re interested in the song writing and recording process. I found myself developing relationships with the songs well before hearing the finished product. I was even lucky enough to hear some of these songs live months before the album release and I’d get formally introduced to them here. A great podcast!

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