By the magic of Digital Video Disc technology, one much beloved band will say goodbye and another hello (again) with a couple of upcoming DVD releases.
Guided by Voices are the boys saying farewell on film, announcing today that the band will release an as-yet untitled live concert recording of their final show. Held on New Year's Eve 2004 at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago, the heavy drinkin' Dayton, Ohio, rockers went out with a bang, performing a massive and career-spanning 60-song set. The concert included appearances by ex-GBV members Tobin Sprout, James Greer, Don Thrasher, Jim MacPherson, and Greg Demos, as well as turns by GBV associates Jon Wurster (Superchunk) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez).
Luckily, 'twas all captured on film and you will be able to own this sure-to-be riotous show forever when it is released by Plexifilm on November 15th.
Meanwhile, on the comin' back tip, the Pixies have announced that they, too, will soon release a live DVD. Entitled The Pixies Sell Out, the DVD will feature a 28-song performance recorded in July 2004 at a gig in Belfort, France, including two versions each of "Bone Machine" and "Wave of Mutilation" among all the other Pixies classics that you crave.
A full 16 bonus performances will also be included as extras, most culled from festival appearances at Coachella, T in the Park, and the Fuji Rock Festival last year. The seemingly never-ending Pixies reunion continues in the UK, with new Pixies material a tantalizing possibility for the near future.
Writer: Neil McDonald