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.
Its a Pixies Podcast Episode 12
Looking back at the days at Dreamland, looking forward to September 13 and the launch of Beneath the Eyrie, and looking ahead to a global tour and playing these songs to fans all around the world.
Its a Pixies Podcast Episode 11
It began with Charles swerving to avoid a large deer, it gained Joey’s instant approval, involved a series of complex chord changes, needed a magic middle eight, required Dave to tune the Timpani and ended as the only ballad on Beneath the Erie. The story of ‘Daniel Boone’. A forensic exploration of how a very special song came to life.
Its a Pixies Podcast Episode 10
Tom is digging into his toolbox of tricks, Charles brings out his Broadway voice, Dave’s doing bells and whistles, Paz is on the Mellotron and there’s an actual kitchen sink being thrown in.
Its a Pixies Podcast Episode 9
It’s time for overdubs so Joey is really busy sprinkling arsenic icicles, the best Pixies cover band ever, the Joey Santiago technique for buying a guitar, the beauty of a Gilligan, the original intension for fuzz pedals - oh, and ....the notebook.
Its a Pixies Podcast Episode 8
Charles reveals his creative outlet between Pixies albums, a couple of problem lyrics are resolved, the Eagles Greatest Hits make their influence felt, Captain Beefheart, David Vanian and Elvis all get a name check and Charles is instantly sold on Tom’s kooky shit.
Its a Pixies Podcast Episode 7
Paz flies through her bass parts, adds some peculiar piano, sings, reflects on her childhood in Argentina and California and the influence of her parents, describes her classical training and her musical journey, expounds on her love of surfing and it’s impact on two songs on Beneath the Eyrie, and when it comes to taking a five minute break, Paz is calling it because… Paz is always right.
Wow, so yeah a bit late to the game but what a wonderful gift. I’ve loved the pixies for more years than I can count…this gives a refresher course and into the beyond. Love “Long Rider”, thank you Paz and Charles. Wonderful work as always.
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!!!
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!