Pixies – Indie Cindy

The Pixies latest album Indie Cindy is released 28 April 2014. The Pixies were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group consists of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, vocals), and David Lovering (drums). The Pixies formed after Joey Santiago and Black Francis (born Charles Thompson IV) first met when they lived next to each other in a suite while attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Alhough Santiago was worried about distractions, he noticed Francis played music and the pair began to jam together.Francis then embarked on a student exchange trip to Puerto Rico to study Spanish.After six months, he returned to Amherst and dropped out of the university. Francis and Santiago spent 1984 working in a warehouse, with Francis composing songs on his acoustic guitar and writing lyrics on the subway train.

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In January 1986.Bass player Kim Deal joined Santiago and Francis after responding to a classified advertisement seeking a female bass player who liked both folk music icons Peter, Paul and Mary and the band Hüsker Dü. the trio started rehearsing in Deal’s apartment. After recruiting Deal, the band tried unsuccessfully to get her sister, Kelley Deal, to join as its drummer.Kim’s husband suggested they hire drummer David Lovering, whom Kim had met at her wedding reception.The group arrived at a name after Santiago selected the word “pixies” meaning mischievous little elvesOnce the band had settled on a name and stable line-up, They began to play shows at bars in and around the Boston area. While the Pixies were playing a concert with Throwing Muses, they were noticed by someone in the music business and.The band produced a 17-track demo at Fort Apache soon afterwards, known to fans as “The Purple Tape” funded by Francis’ father at the cost of $1000, the recording session was completed in three days.Local promoter Ken Goes became the band’s manager, and he passed the demo to Ivo Watts-Russell of the independent record label 4AD.Watts-Russell signed them at the persuasion of his girlfriend. eight tracks from the Purple Tape were selected for the Come On Pilgrim mini-LP, the band’s first release which also contained the songs “Vamos” and “Isla de Encanta “I’ve Been Tired”,”Nimrod’s Son” and “The Holiday Song”.Come On Pilgrim was followed by, Surfer Rosa. The album was recorded by Steve Albini ,completed in two weeks, and released in early 1988.Surfer Rosa gained the Pixies acclaim in Europe; both Melody Maker and Sounds gave Surfer Rosa their “Album of the Year” award. American critical response was also positive yet more muted. They also support Throwing Muses on the European “Sex and Death” tour. British producer Gil Norton produced the Pixies second full album, Doolittle, which was recorded in the last six weeks of 1988 and seen as a departure from the raw sound of Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa. Doolittle had a much cleaner sound, And featured the songs “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven” .

After Doolittle tensions between Deal and Francis came to a head and Deal was almost fired from the band when she refused to play at a concert in Frankfurt. The band became increasingly tired during the post-Doolittle “Fuck or Fight” tour of the United States and fighting among members continued.After the tour’s final date in New York, the band was too exhausted to attend the end-of-tour party the following night and soon announced a hiatus. During this time, Santiago and Lovering went on vacation, while Francis performed a short solo tour, made up of a number of concerts to generate gas money as he traveled across the country.Deal formed a new band, The Breeders, with Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses and bass player Josephine Wiggs of Perfect Disaster. Their debut album, Pod, was released in 1990. Black Francis wrote much of the Pixies next album Bossanova which was released 1990 and featured the singles “Velouria” and “Dig for Fire”, the Pixies also released a cover of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s “Born in Chicago” on the compilation album Rubáiyát: Elektra’s 40th Anniversary.VThe band continued to tour and released Trompe le Monde in 1991, their final album before their break-up. The album included “U-Mass” and also featured a cover of “Head On” by The Jesus and Mary Chain.Also that year, the band contributed a cover of “I Can’t Forget” to the Leonard Cohen tribute album I’m Your Fan,and began an international tour on which they played stadiums in Europe and smaller venues in the United States. They then embarked on an uncomfortable tour supporting U2 on their Zoo TV Tour in 1992.Tensions rose between band members, and, at the end of the year, the Pixies went on sabbatical and focused on separate projects.

In early 1993,the Pixies broke up, and the four members embarked on separate projects. Black Francis renamed himself Frank Black, and released several solo albums, including a string of releases with Frank Black and the Catholics.Deal returned to The Breeders, who scored a hit with “Cannonball” from that group’s platinum-selling Last Splash in 1993, and released two more albums several years lateralso formed and released one album with The Amps. Santiago played lead guitar on multiple Frank Black albums. He wrote theme music for the show Undeclared on Fox television and for Crime and Punishment in Suburbia.He formed a band called The Martinis with his wife, Linda Mallari, who released an album in 2004. In2004, he also played lead guitar on the album “Statecraft” by the novelist and musician Charles Douglas.Lovering went on to become a magician and made occasional appearances as “The Scientific Phenomenalist”, performing experiments on stage and occasionally opening for Frank Black and The Breeders.Lovering continued to do some drumming, playing with the band Cracker,[51] as well as on one of Tanya Donelly’s solo albums,and on the Martinis’ song “Free”, which appeared on the Empire Records soundtrack.v4AD and Elektra Records continued to release Pixies material in the band’s absence. They released the best-of album Death to the Pixies (1997),the Peel-session compilation Pixies at the BBC (1998),and the Complete ‘B’ Sides compilation (2001).Meanwhile, in 2002 material from the band’s original 17-track demo tape was released as an EP, Pixies, on Cooking Vinyl in the U.K.and SpinArt Records in the U.S.; Black has also used these labels to release solo work and albums with The Catholics. In the 11 years following the break-up, Frank Black also began to incorporate an increasing number of Pixies songs in his sets with The Catholics, and occasionally included Santiago in his solo work and Lovering’s magic show as an opening act to concerts.

In February 2004, the Pixies reunited and toured and tickets for nearly all the initial tour dates sold out within minutes.t band’s four-night run at London’s Brixton Academy was the fastest selling in the venue’s 20-year history. The Pixies played their first reunion concert on April 13, 2004, at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A tour through the U.S. and Canada was followed by an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band also toured Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the U.S won the Act-of-the-Year award in the 2004 Boston Music Awards. In June 2004, the band released a new song, “Bam Thwok” and 4AD released Wave of Mutilation: The Best of Pixies, along with a companion DVD, entitled Pixies. The band also contributed a rendition of “Ain’t That Pretty At All” to the Warren Zevon tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich. In 2005, the band made appearances at festivals including Lollapalooza,”T on the Fringe”,and the Newport Folk Festival.They continued to make appearances through 2006 and2007. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Doolittle, the Pixies launched a tour in October 2009 where they performed the album track-for-track, including the associated B-sides. Touring Europe, United States, South America, Australia, New Zealand, with more European dates in spring 2010. and back to North America in fall 2010 and into spring 2011.In the autumn of 2011 the “Imaginary Cities” tour continued the “Doolittle Tour” as they played many venues for the first time.

On June 14, 2013, it was announced that Kim Deal had left the band. Two weeks later, the band released a new song, “Bagboy”, as a free download which features Jeremy Dubs on vocals in place of Deal. The Muffs and The Pandoras guitarist and vocalist Kim Shattuck, replaced Deal for the band’s 2013 European tour. On September 3, 2013 Pixies released a new EP simply titled EP1. In November, 2013, Shattuck announced that she had been dismissed from the band and replaced by Paz Lenchantin for the 2014 tour. The Pixies released their second EP, titled EP2, on January 3, 2014. The single released to radio was “Blue Eyed Hexe.” InMarch 2014, the band announced that the 3 prior EPs will be collected and released in LP format as Indie Cindy on April 28, 2014. Indie Cindy will be available to buy in independent record shops 10 days before its general release date, in celebration of Record Store Day 2014. Here is the track listing for Indie Cindy

What Goes Boom
Greens & Blues
Indie Cindy
bag boy
Magdalena 318
Silver Snail
Blue Eyed Hexe
Ring the Bell
Another Toe in the Ocean
Andro Queen
Snakes
Jaime Brav

Embrace – Embrace

I am a big fan of the band Embrace who, After having released five studio albums, one singles album and one B-sides compilation – The Good Will Out (1998), Drawn from Memory (2000), If You’ve Never Been (2001), Out of Nothing (2004) and This New Day (2006), Are releasing a new album entitled Embrace on April 28 2014, after an eight-year absence.

Embrace hail from Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, West Yorkshire and consists of brothers singer Danny McNamara and guitarist Richard McNamara, bassist Steve Firth, keyboardist Mickey Dale, and drummer Mike Heaton.The band was begun in a small outbuilding at the bottom of a garden in Bailiff Bridge in 1990. A bass player joined the McNamara brothers, Richard playing guitar and Danny singing. The three of them started creating songs, with the aid of a cassette recorder, and soon a drum machine was added. In 1992 The band recorded a three track demo in a 16 track recording studio in Huddersfield which was sold at concerts.A single, “All You Good Good People” was released in February 1997. their debut album The Good Will Out was released on 8 June 1998 and went to number 1 in the UK Albums Chart.In 27 March 2000 the band released Drawn from Memory. the album was supported by an acclaimed tour, during which they were supported by then-fledgling Coldplay.

Their third studio album If You’ve Never Been, was released on 3 September 2001 and In 2004 they released the album Out of Nothing, which reached number one in the UK in 2004. The single that preceded this album was “Gravity”, which had been written by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Danny McNamara and Martin having become friends after Coldplay had supported Embrace in 2000.In October 2005, the band released their first b-side compilation, called Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997–2005, featuring b-sides from their previous album and including many fan-favourites such as “Blind” and a live rendition of D12′s “How Come”. The band’s fifth studio album, This New Day was released on 27 March 2006, with the single “Nature’s Law”. Following this success, the Yorkshire five-piece band decided they needed a break and headed back home to West Yorkshire.

Lead singer Danny McNamara and his brother Richard produced more than 100 songs during the song writing process for the new album  – 10 of which make up the eponymous album, which has been described by Danny as better than the first album, it is also currently being streamed by the Telegraph newspaper, so you can judge for yourself. Here is the track listening for the new album.

  • Protection
  • in the End
  • Refugees
  • I Run
  • Follow you Home
  • Quarters
  • At Once
  • Self Attack Mechanism
  • The Devil Looks After His Own
  • Thief on my Island

The Hubble Telescope

i am very interested in the Solar System, Stars, Planets, Galaxies and Cosmos and am fascinated by any new discoveries made and recently learnt that On this day 24th April in 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was carried into orbit by the Space Shuttle Discovery It remains in operation to this day and consists of A 2.4-metre (7.9 ft) aperture telescope in low Earth orbit, Hubble’s four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared. The telescope is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble. Hubble’s orbit outside the distortion of Earth’s atmosphere allows it to take extremely sharp images with almost no background light. Hubble’s Ultra-Deep Field image, for instance, is the most detailed visible-light image ever made of the universe’s most distant objects.

Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST was built by the United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European Space Agency, and is operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute. The HST is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Space telescopes were proposed as early as 1923. Hubble was funded in the 1970s, with a proposed launch in 1983, but the project was beset by technical delays, budget problems, and the Challenger disaster. When finally launched in 1990, scientists found that the main mirror had been ground incorrectly, compromising the telescope’s capabilities. The telescope was restored to its intended quality by a servicing mission in 1993.

Hubble is the only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts. Between 1993 and 2002, four missions repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope; a fifth mission was canceled on safety grounds following the Columbia disaster. However, after spirited public discussion, NASA administrator Mike Griffin approved one final servicing mission, completed in 2009. The telescope is now expected to function until at least 2014. Its scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is to be launched in 2018 or possibly later.

Zippedy-do-dah

Most commonly associated with his work in the development of the zipper, Gideon Sundback was born April 24 in 1880. He was a Swedish-American electrical engineer who was born on Sonarp farm in Ödestugu Parish, in Jönköping County, Småland, Sweden.After his studies in Sweden, Sundback moved to Germany, where he studied at the polytechnic school in Bingen am Rhein. In 1903, Sundback took his engineer exam. In 1905, he emigrated to the United States. In 1905, Gideon Sundback started to work at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1906, Sundback was hired to work for the Universal Fastener Company in Hoboken, New Jersey. Subsequently, Sundback was promoted to the position of head designer at Universal Fastener

Sundback made several advances in the development of the zipper between 1906 and 1914, while working for companies that later evolved into Talon, Inc. He built upon the previous work of other engineers such as Elias Howe, Max Wolff, and Whitcomb Judson. He was responsible for improving the “Judson C-curity Fastener”. At that time the company’s product was still based on hooks and eyes. Sundback developed an improved version of the C-curity, called the “Plako”, but it too had a strong tendency to pull apart, and wasn’t any more successful than the previous versions. Sundback finally solved the pulling-apart problem in 1913, with his invention of the first version not based on the hook-and-eye principle, the “Hookless Fastener No. 1″. He increased the number of fastening elements from four per inch to ten or eleven. His invention had two facing rows of teeth that pulled into a single piece by the slider, and increased the opening for the teeth guided by the slide.

In 1914, Sundback developed a version based on interlocking teeth, the “Hookless No. 2″, which was the modern metal zipper in all its essentials. In this fastener each tooth is punched to have a dimple on its bottom and a nib or conical projection on its top. The nib atop one tooth engages in the matching dimple in the bottom of the tooth that follows it on the other side as the two strips of teeth are brought together through the two Y channels of the slider. The teeth are crimped tightly to a strong fabric cord that is the selvage edge of the cloth tape that attaches the zipper to the garment, with the teeth on one side offset by half a tooth’s height from those on the other side’s tape. They are held so tightly to the cord and tape that once meshed there is not enough play to let them pull apart. A tooth cannot rise up off the nib below it enough to break free, and its nib on top cannot drop out of the dimple in the tooth above it. U.S. Patent 1,219,881 for the “Separable Fastener” was issued in 1917.

The name zipper was created in 1923 by B.F. Goodrich, who used the device on their new boots. Initially, boots and tobacco pouches were the primary use for zippers; it took another twenty years before they caught on in the fashion industry. About the time of World War II the zipper achieved wide acceptance for the flies of trousers and the plackets of skirts and dresses.

Whitcomb L. Judson was a lover of gadgets and machines and the idea for his “clasp locker” came from when a friend had a stiff back from trying to fasten his shoes. Judson’s clasp locker was used mostly on mailbags, tobacco pouches and shoes. However, his design, like most first inventions needed to be fine-tuned. A more practical version came on the scene in 1913 when a Swedish-born engineer, Gideon Sundback revised Judson’s idea and made his with metal teeth instead of a hook and eye design. In 1917, Sundback patented his “separable fastener.” The name changed again when the B. F. Goodrich Co. used it in rubber boots, galoshes, and called it the “zipper” because the boots could be fastened with one hand. The 1940s brought about research in Europe of the coil zipper design. The first design was of interlocking brass coils. However, since they could be permanently bent out of shape, making the zipper stop functioning, it was rather bad for business and wasn’t too practical. The new design was improved after the discovery of stronger, more flexible synthetics.