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March 31, 2014

Loreena McKennitt- The Journey So Far

Loreena McKennitt- The Journey So FarWith 14 million albums sold, a pair of Juno Awards and two GRAMMY® nominations, Loreena McKennitt has established a singular career with her groundbreaking blend of Celtic sounds and World Beat. This career is now documented on The Journey So Far—The Best of Loreena McKennitt

“The Journey So Far” features a selection of 12 GREATEST HITS curated by McKennitt herself, including “The Mummers’ Dance” and “Bonny Portmore,” a traditional Irish folk song included on the soundtrack to Highlander III—The Sorcerer, as well as “Dante’s Prayer,” which led to her citation in Dan Brown’s best-selling Inferno. The set also includes “The Mystic’s Dream,” which was used extensively in The Mists of Avalon, a critically acclaimed mini-series starring Anjelica Huston. She garnered double-platinum honors for 1997’s The Book of Secrets and its Top 20 crossover radio hit, “The Mummers’ Dance”.

When I look back, I marvel at how rich my journey has been,” said McKennitt.One of the motivating factors in putting out a best-so-far album was to introduce the music to parts of the world that, for one reason or another, have not had ready access to my catalogue over the years.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. The Mystic’s Dream
  2. Bonny Portmore
  3. The Bonny Swans
  4. The Mummer’s Dance
  5. Down By The Sally Gardens
  6. Stolen Child
  7. The Lady Of Shalott
  8. Maco Polo
  9. Penelope’s Song
  10. Huron “Beltane”Fire Dance
  11. The Old Ways
  12. Dante’s Prayer

March 25, 2014

Pixies to release first full studio album in more than two decades!

Special Vinyl Release Confirmed for Record Store Day

 “…their songwriting chops have hardly wavered and the best may be yet to come.- Village Voice

PixiesFans have dreamed about it for years, and now Pixies are delivering.  Indie Cindy, the band’s first full studio album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, will be released in late April (April 23/Japan, April 28/UK/Europe/International, April 29/North America) on the band’s own independent label, Pixiesmusic (marketed and distributed worldwide by [PIAS] Recordings).  Pre-orders for most configurations can be placed beginning today at iTunes, Amazon, and other online retail outlets.

“We started seriously talking about recording new music about four years ago,” said Pixies drummer David Lovering.  “New music seemed like something we just had to do, we just couldn’t continue to go out and tour without anything new.  So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we’re all very happy with the way everything worked out.”

The 12 cuts on Indie Cindy were produced by Gil Norton, producer of the band’s classic Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe le Monde albums, and recorded during October 2012 at Rockfield Studios in Wales, UK.  The various packages feature a collection of brand new artwork by the legendary graphic artist Vaughan Oliver who created the artwork for all of Pixies’ previous releases.  The album is comprised of “Bagboy,” the band’s first new song in more than a decade, the eight tracks from the band’s EP-1 and EP-2, released September 3, 2013 and January 3, 2014 respectively, plus the three new tunes from the just-released EP-3 – all written by the Pixies – Black Francis/vocals, guitar; Joey Santiago/guitars; David Lovering/drums, backing vocals.  With EP-1, EP-2and now EP-3 having been available only in digital and limited-edition vinyl formats, Indie Cindy will mark the first time fans can have all of the new Pixies music in one collection.

Pixies are making Indie Cindy available in a selection of formats:

* as a standard 12-track single-CD digipak with booklet

* as a two-disc, deluxe gatefold album, pressed on 180-gram vinyl

* as a standard 12-track digital download via iTunes, Amazon, and other online retail sellers

* as an expanded digital download exclusively through iTunes that includes a bonus live-in-concert 13-track set recorded during the band’s recently-completed North American tour

* available at pixiesmusic.com, a special deluxe, limited edition (5,000) two-disc set (available as a CD and as a deluxe gatefold album pressed on 180-gram vinyl) that includes the 13-track live disc.  This deluxe package also includes a 40-page, hard-back book that features the new artwork produced exclusively for Indie Cindy.  The CD limited edition is packaged in a special gold-foil hard slipcase.

But wait, there’s more.  On April 19, a week before the official release date and exclusively for Record Store Day, Pixies will make Indie Cindy available as a special RSD limited edition, two-disc, deluxe gatefold, 180-gram vinyl set, only from independent record stores participating in RSD around the world.  When these are gone, they’re gone.

While Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement, having blazed the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Pearl Jam, today, a whole new generation of music fans are discovering their iconic “loudquietloud” signature sound.  After five genre-defining studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993, and then launched their reunion tour in April 2004, playing to sell-out crowds all over the globe for seven years, a longer period of time than they were a band originally.  But writing, recording and releasing new music was something that the band had been wanting to do for a long time, so they secretly booked studio time in Wales for the fall of 2012.  Six days into the recording, founding bassist Kim Deal decided to leave the band; Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering made the decision to carry on, working with a variety of touring bassists, something they’d never done.  As the UK’s DIY wrote about the new music, “They’re back.  They’re still brilliant.  God save the Pixies.”

*****

Indie Cindy

Produced by Gil Norton

Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales

Record label:  pixiesmusic

Black Francis – vocals, guitars

Joey Santiago – guitars

David Lovering – drums, backing vocals

Ding – bass

Jeremy Dubs – backing vocals

Track listing:

1. What Goes Boom
2. Greens and Blues
3. Indie Cindy
4. Bagboy
5. Magdalena 318
6. Silver Snail
7. Blue Eyed Hexe
8. Ring the Bell
9. Another Toe in the Ocean
10. Andro Queen
11. Snakes
12. Jaime Bravo

Track listing for Live In The USA*:

1. Bone Machine
2. Hey
3. Ana
4. Magdalena 318
5. Snakes
6. Indie Cindy
7. I’ve Been Tired
8. Head On
9. The Sad Punk
10. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
11. Something Against You
12. Isla de Encanta
13. Planet of Sound

* (with touring bassist Paz Lenchantin)

Pre-order:  Pixiesmusic

iTunes Deluxe  /  iTunes Standard  /  LP  /  CD  /  Deluxe CD