Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cage The Elephant, Live at KCRW, "Morning Becomes Eclectic", April 18, 2011, 36 min., interview & performance....

Download Cage at KCRW free here

This "Morning Becomes Eclectic" live in-studio session, gives you a good chance to hear what Cage The Elephant is all about... they are a pretty cool new-ish indie rock band from Kentucky, known for their raucous (rock us? raw kiss?) live shows, fresh off their lauded Coachella 2011 appearance... they rock but aren't afraid to do poppy singles (which still have an edge)...

They're known for their loud funny defiant rowdy anthems like "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked", "Back Against The Wall", and "In One Ear".... but check out the mellow song "Right Before My Eyes"... it's like, the perfect pop song...

Cage is comprised of two brothers (singer Matthew Shultz and rhythm guitarist Brad) plus three old friends from Bowling Green. They recently released their second album "Thank You, Happy Birthday" (Jive/SONY) featuring several killer songs (i really like "2024").

Cage on tour (busy boys...):

APRIL 29, 2011 Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Festival
APRIL 30, 2011 Birmingham, AL 2011 Crawfish Boil
MAY 05, 2011 Louisville, KY Derby Festival
MAY 07, 2011 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
MAY 08, 2011 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
MAY 10, 2011 Boston, MA House of Blues
MAY 11, 2011 New York, NY Terminal 5
MAY 14, 2011 Carlisle BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend
MAY 17, 2011 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
MAY 18, 2011 Columbus, OH LC Pavillion
MAY 20, 2011 Columbia, SC Jillian’s
MAY 21, 2011 Jacksonville, FL Maverick’s
MAY 23, 2011 Orlando, FL House of Blues
MAY 24, 2011 Tampa, FL Ritz Ybor
MAY 25, 2011 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
MAY 27, 2011 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
MAY 28, 2011 Austin, TX Stubb’s
MAY 29, 2011 Dallas, TX Palladium
MAY 31, 2011 Tempe, AZ Marquee
JUNE 01, 2011 San Diego, CA SOMA
JUNE 03, 2011 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
JUNE 05, 2011 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
JUNE 07, 2011 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
JUNE 08, 2011 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
JUNE 09, 2011 Seattle, WA Showbox
JUNE 12, 2011 Landgraaf Megaland/Pinkpop
JUNE 15, 2011 Brussels, Belgium AB
JUNE 16, 2011 Paris, France Nouveau Casino
JUNE 18, 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark KB18
JUNE 20, 2011 Berlin, Germany Magnet
JUNE 21, 2011 Cologne, Germany Luxor
JUNE 22, 2011 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
JUNE 24, 2011 Glastonbury Glastonbury Festival 2011
JUNE 27, 2011 Vancouver, BC Deer Lake Park
JUNE 28, 2011 Calgary, AB Stampede Corral
JUNE 29, 2011 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
JUNE 30, 2011 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place
JULY 02, 2011 Winnipeg, MB MTS Center
JULY 03, 2011 Minneapolis, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium
JULY 05, 2011 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cove Ampitheater
JULY 06, 2011 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
JULY 07, 2011 Toronto, ON Molson Ampitheater
JULY 10, 2011 Quebec City, QC Festival D’Ete
JULY 11, 2011 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
JULY 12, 2011 London, ON John Labatt Centre
JULY 13, 2011 Buffalo, NY Artpark
AUGUST 13, 2011 Tokyo, Japan Summer Sonic 2011
AUGUST 14, 2011 Osaka, Japan Summer Sonic 2011
AUGUST 26, 2011 Leeds Festival 2011
AUGUST 28, 2011 Reading Festival 2011
SEPTEMBER 03, 2011 Trinity Royal Jersey Showground

By the way, Cage The Elephant are the second cool band this week who gave major props to The Pixies in 
interviews... the other being The Arctic Monkeys, talking up their forthcoming 4th album "Suck It And See" to British music bible NME:
Watch Part I of Arctic Monkeys' NME video interview here
Watch Part II of Arctic Monkeys' NME video interview here

Arctic Monkeys in Chicago, Dec 6, 2009. Photo by thissmallplanet

The Pixies are currently touring the US and Canada:

Apr 24, 2011 St. Paul, MN.
Apr 26-27, 2011 Winnipeg, MB
Apr 29, 2011 Saskatoon, SK (surely that is a made-up town name...)
Apr 30, 2011 Calgary, AB
May 1, 2011 Edmonton, AB
May 3-4, 2011 Vancouver, BC
May 5, 2011 Victoria, BC

The Pixies at the Fox Theater, Oakland, California, Nov 8-9-10, 2009
Photos by thissmallplanet

Since reuniting in 2004, The Pixies have been playing arenas, theaters, and festivals all over North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The shows have been either "Greatest Hits"or the classic album "Doolittle" in its entirety (with its B-sides and a few songs from other albums thrown in during the encores). 

The Pixies broke up in 1993, just as it seemed they were about to achieve the level of critical and commercial success that they deserved. Forming in Boston in the late 80s, they were signed to England's ultra-cool indie label 4AD, and championed by the late BBC DJ and timeless music guru, the unfortunately departed John Peel, who also promoted T Rex, The White Stripes, and The Libertines, among countless other cutting-edge bands...

Singer Black Francis' brilliant writing, pain-filled howl, and perfect harmonies with bass player Kim Deal (later of The Breeders) made The Pixies a unique voice on the alternative music scene. After the split, both singer Black Francis (later playing as Frank Black, Frank Black & The Catholics, and, with his wife Violet Clark, as Grand Duchy) and bass player/singer Kim Deal (with her twin Kelley in The Breeders) released a lot of incredible music.

Of course everyone was overjoyed when The Pixies reunited in 2004. Reportedly, Black Francis and Kim Deal hadn't spoken since the break-up until rehearsals for the reunion tour began. Yet all seemed to go well, and thousands of fans all over the world got the chance to see The Pixies, many of whom didn't get a chance to see them the first time around (1986-1993) - some of whom weren't even born or were infants at the time of the break-up.

After the reunion, we heard there might be some new music from The Pixies. We got a few new songs. In 2004, they released (without notice) "Bam Thwok" on iTunes, and recorded Warren Zevon's "Ain't That Pretty At All" for the tribute to the late wildman/genius poet Zevon ("Enjoy Every Sandwich", 2004). In 2006, they played an acoustic version of a Frank Black & The Catholics song at the Newport Folk Festival ("All Around The World").

But other that that, nothing.

Now I think The Pixies sealed their entry into The Hall of Fame with their 1987 debut EP "Come On Pilgrim", their debut LP "Surfer Rosa" (1988)(feat. "Where is My Mind?", unforgettably used at the end of the film "Fight Club"), and the classic "Doolittle" (1989), featuring the iconic single "Monkey Gone to Heaven". After that, most would agree, it was hit or miss, although the other two albums (and various B-sides, covers, etc.) definitely have their moments of brilliance.

Pixes playing "Gigantic" and "Where is My Mind?" at the Fox in Oakland, Nov 2009

I would go see The Pixies anytime, anywhere, and listen to songs from "Come On Pilgrim", "Surfer Rosa" and "Doolittle" until the end of time. 


I would really love it

(and I'm sure millions of other people would too....)

if we would get some NEW MUSIC from The Pixies...

We LOVE Black Francis and Kim Deal singing together. We love Kim's bass. We love Black Francis' scream. We love Joey's guitar (he's one of the best). And we love David's drumming (and vocal stylings on "La La Love You"... and his magic show...)

How could they NOT make great music together, especially since they are now on speaking terms and none of them are dead.

Please, Pixies, just a couple of new songs. 

We promise that we'll like them... and we know they will be great...

Pixes playing "Vamos" at the Fox in Oakland, Nov 2009

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