Dig for Fire: A Tribute to Pixies (Bonus EP)
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||Manta Ray||David Miller||2:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Number 13 Baby||Elk City||4:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bone Machine (Alternate Mix)||Charles Douglas||2:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Happening||Julie Peel||3:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Bleed||PC Munoz||3:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hey (Blue Version)||Fashion Victims||3:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In Heaven (Everything Is Fine)||Joe Harvard Band||3:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Most tracks here are politely reverent, reflecting what the Pixies intended in each song, but each artist leaves you — in a good way — with their own unmistakable impression. From Ok Go’s spare, piano-driven “Gigantic,” to the fuzz-fest that is Mogwai’s “Gouge Away,” all the way through to the sprawling six-minutes-plus gloom of British Sea Power’s instrumental “Caribou,” the tribute does what it’s intended to: it leaves you with a fresh appreciation of the band at hand. “Where Is My Mind” by John Strohm (formerly of the Blake Babies) is spot on, and serves up a hint of American Gothic, while They Might Be Giants have fun, in their own playful TMBG way, with “Havalina.” A few standouts among the lesser-known names here are worth noting: the Bunnies’ version of “Alec Eiffel” takes the guitar gymnastics of the Pixies to new heights; the guitar buzz, vocal chorus and toy piano twinkling of “Stormy Weather” by Bedroom Walls completely charms; the eerie “Down to the Well” by Dylan in the Movies sounds like Nick Cave on happy pills; and Joy Zipper’s take on “Wave of Mutilation” gives us breathy vocals and steely guitars dressed in a gauzy sheen.
Even the bonus disc is awesome!
I know the artists themselves aren't supposed to write reviews...but I love this. The LP is wicked cool, and the bonus EP is rocking my face off! Covering Hey was a really good time, and both versions are distinctly different. So anyone checking this out, yes this is more Pixies inspired madness!
Yes! This is a stellar bonus EP and nice companion piece to the original tribute release. "Bone Machine" is a fav as is "I Bleed" and "Number 13 Baby."
Number 13 Baby!
I love Elk City's "This Monkey's Gone To Heaven" cover from the full compilation and recently learned about the bonus EP. Once again, I'm blown away by Elk City. This time they cover Number 13 Baby. There's something immediate about the production - like they're on a tightrope. The singer has a very beautiful and emotional voice. I really like her. Well done!