It's worth remembering just how astonishing it was to hear a Pixies record for the very first time. Come On Pilgrim contained pop songs, although the sublime melodies were concealed in gleefully visceral noise. It was beautiful and violent; there were songs sung in Spanish and others about whores, Lou Reed and levitation. One track spoke menacingly about the "son of incestuous union". The guitar playing was extraordinary and the lead singer possessed a guttural scream that seemed to be the actual sound of a man venting his spleen. With its eight songs covering barely 20 minutes, that first listen of Come On Pilgrim was utterly thrilling and encapsulated everything I wanted from music.
- from this post by John Freeman in the Quietus on the 25th anniversary of the release of Come On Pilgrim
[...] To put it in slightly simplistic and emotive terms, it is surely barking mad that Chinese workers toil every hour of the day to make stuff for us, which we buy with credit that to an extent China has provided to us.
[...] [T]he flaws in globalisation cannot and will not be tackled effectively unless and until there are much better mechanisms for politicians and people to hold in check global capital and global businesses. But if even a region with a large degree of shared history, such as the eurozone, is struggling to centralise political decision-making, it may be naive to hope that the US and Chinese presidents will one day come to think of themselves as playing for the same team, in collective efforts to limit the tendency of globalisation to lurch from crisis to crisis.
- from this article by the splendid Robert Peston in the Guardian.
The BBC are in talks to develop its own music streaming service in order to make its archive more digitally accessible.
[...] The corporation’s director of Audio & Music, Tim Davie, is aiming to make the company’s large back-catalogue of sessions and recordings widely available online without any additional charge or fee needed.
[...] With the development of this new service, hopefully the BBC will open access to large parts of late radio DJ John Peel’s vast back catalogue, which is currently being archived online.
- from this post at The Line Of Best Fit.
Wrapping two stories together, here's a Pixies Peel Session.