In the alternative rock family tree, a big fat line runs from the Pixies directly to the chart-smashing noise pop and grunge that Nirvana broke with in 1991. Surfer Rosa, the Pixies' 1988 full-length debut of skronked-out, surf-damaged punk-pop, was a revelation to just about everyone who heard it. At first listen the remedial chord progressions, utterly nonsensical lyrics, and bizarre delivery sounded like the flailings of inept college rockers with a psychotropic casualty for a lead singer, but once the hooks were in, there was no escape. The Bostonians reminded everyone how to write a perfect, repetitive song that you knew by heart two seconds in. With wonder-twin powers Black Francis and Kim Deal writing paeans to sexually charged dementia, an idiosyncratic guitar sound, and what sounded like the Jolly Green Giant playing drums, the Pixies took the alt-rock world by storm, releasing four near-perfect records before self-destructing under the weight of their own talent, in 1993, after opening U2's Zoo TV tour. In their wake, Deal went full-time with her side-project the Breeders and began working on Last Splash, which would eventually go gold in the U.S., and Black -- as Frank B... See More
The Pixies Concert Films
Acoustic - Live in Newport
Runtime: 56 minThe Pixies are one of the most influential American acts of all time. Initially spanning the late eighties and early nineties they created the blueprint for alternative rock that would be followed and embellished upon by everyone from grunge to Britpop. After 10 years apart the Pixies reformed in 2004. This film features their first ever all acoustic performance filmed at the famous Newport Folk Festival and is a companion to the simultaneously released Club Date: Live At The Paradise Club, Boston.
Live At The Paradise in Boston
Runtime: 56 minThe Pixies are one of the most influential American acts of all time. Initially spanning the late eighties and early nineties they created the blueprint for alternative rock that would be followed and embellished upon by everyone from grunge to Britpop. After 10 years apart the Pixies reformed in 2004. This program is the second release in our Club Date series and features the Pixies in the intimate Paradise Club in Boston.
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Live at Earl’s Court: The Reflektor Tapes
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minArcade Fire released their live film recording "Live at Earls Court," in 2015. It was recorded during the band’s shows at Earls Court in London, during the Reflektor Tour in 2014 and it features some of the most fan-appreciated tracks.
Live at The Enmore Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minInterpol is an American indie rock band formed in 1997 in New York City. Here they perform at The Enmore Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on January 4, 2011.
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minFilmed live on Halloween night 2009 at Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, Live Voodoo sees the reunion of the classic Jane's Addiction line-up of Perry Farrell (vocals), Stephen Perkins (drums), Eric Avery (bass) and Dave Navarro (guitar). This spectacular show captures the band on top form with Perry Farrell at his most mesmerizing and the rest of the band clearly enjoying the occasion. The tracklisting is predominantly drawn from their first two albums, which both featured this line-up, and the band are joined on stage by twin girl dancers, whilst the show climaxes with a joyous all singing and dancing stage invasion.
Runtime: 1 hrThree years of candid camera on the road with Blur, from Reading 1991 through the dark ages of the EEC in 1992 and then on to Modern Life. This 126 minute tour film features live footage including scenes from Glastonbury ’92, the Heineken Music Festival ’94 in Nottingham, and festivals in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. It is a fascinating rockumentary about the early days of one of the most influential bands of the 1990s.
Live at Montreux 2008
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minThe Raconteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence) came to Montreux in 2008 as part of the tour in support of their second album “Consolers Of The Lonely”. They delivered a great performance of their distinctive brand of rough, tough rock ‘n’ roll with great tunes and even better guitar licks featuring many of their best known tracks including “Steady, As She Goes”, “Many Shades Of Black”, “Broken Boy Soldiers”, “Salute Your Solution” and more.
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minPrimal Scream's seminal album "Screamadelica" defined a generation. It's mix of rock, dance, dub, gospel and more caught the zeitgeist of the early nineties to perfection and it went on to win the inaugural Mercury Music Prize in 1992 and consistently be named as "Best Album Of The Nineties" and appear in numerous "All Time Best Albums" lists. This show, filmed on November 26th 2010 at London's Olympia, was the first time that Primal Scream had performed the whole album live and it became one of the "must see" gigs of the year. The band was accompanied by a brass section and a gospel choir with back projections specially created for the event. The result was a stunning musical and visual triumph and proved, if it needed to be, that Screamadelica is one of the finest albums ever made and that Primal Scream are one of the truly great live bands.
R.E.M. By MTV
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minOn April 5, 1980 four college pals-Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe-took the stage together for the first time to play at a friend's birthday party. The band they started that night stayed together for thirty years and changed the shape of rock music. R.E.M. By MTV tells R.E.M.'s story in their own words, through three decades of performances and interviews R.E.M gave to MTV channels in the USA and around the world. Featuring revealing, never-before-seen footage, R.E.M. By MTV tells the amazing story of a band that did it their own way, and changed how a generation of musicians after them did it, too.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 40 minQuintessential alternative rockers, Sonic Youth, celebrate free-form experimentalism while reinforcing their performance-art driven tradition in this Soundstage performance. The band, which settles just outside the realm of definition, delivers a part rock, part free-form noise, part avant-garde punk performance which features a new song "Sympathy for the Strawberry."
Color me Obsessed
Runtime: 2 hr 3 minFor some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between. Bechard bravely eschews including the band's music, photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome's wildly varied discography and infamous antics. Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls; writers such as Jack Rabid, Legs McNeil, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRogatis, and Greg Kot; and actors such as George Wendt, Tom Arnold, and Dave Foley. Sprinkled in among that esteemed group are the more mainstream fans, who often give the most insightful and heartfelt perspectives of all. Follower or not, after taking in COLOR ME OBSESSED, you'll be ready to run home, gather some 'Mats albums, and design a perfect soundtrack of your own.
Meeting People is Easy: A Film by Grant Lee about Radiohead
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minMEETING PEOPLE IS EASY presents a visual diary of Radiohead's 1997-98 world tour in support of their acclaimed album OK COMPUTER. The film includes behind-the-scenes and concert footage of the innovative band in Barcelona, Paris, New York, and Tokyo. Interviews with band members Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway, along with director Grant Gee's artfully probing camera, provide candid, revealing insights into the difficulties of dealing with the unwelcome label of "rock star." This often melancholy documentary features clips of songs such as "Lucky," "Airbag," "A Reminder," "Paranoid Android," "Street Spirit," and "Electioneering."
Live At The Paramount
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minFive weeks after releasing what was to become the seminal album of a generation, Nirvana was on a nationwide club and small theatre tour that brought them to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for a very special Halloween 1991 homecoming show. Launching the nineteen song set with a brilliant cover of the Vaselines’ “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam,” the band tears through Nevermind hits like “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Lithium” and “Breed,” plus earlier favorites like “School,” “Love Buzz” and “About A Girl” and a very early version of “Rape Me.”