15 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Most tracks here are politely reverent, reflecting what the Pixies intended in each song, but each artist leaves you — in a good way — with their own unmistakable impression. From Ok Go’s spare, piano-driven “Gigantic,” to the fuzz-fest that is Mogwai’s “Gouge Away,” all the way through to the sprawling six-minutes-plus gloom of British Sea Power’s instrumental “Caribou,” the tribute does what it’s intended to: it leaves you with a fresh appreciation of the band at hand. “Where Is My Mind” by John Strohm (formerly of the Blake Babies) is spot on, and serves up a hint of American Gothic, while They Might Be Giants have fun, in their own playful TMBG way, with “Havalina.” A few standouts among the lesser-known names here are worth noting: the Bunnies’ version of  “Alec Eiffel” takes the guitar gymnastics of the Pixies to new heights; the guitar buzz, vocal chorus and toy piano twinkling of  “Stormy Weather” by Bedroom Walls completely charms; the eerie “Down to the Well” by Dylan in the Movies sounds like Nick Cave on happy pills; and Joy Zipper’s take on “Wave of Mutilation” gives us breathy vocals and steely guitars dressed in a gauzy sheen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Most tracks here are politely reverent, reflecting what the Pixies intended in each song, but each artist leaves you — in a good way — with their own unmistakable impression. From Ok Go’s spare, piano-driven “Gigantic,” to the fuzz-fest that is Mogwai’s “Gouge Away,” all the way through to the sprawling six-minutes-plus gloom of British Sea Power’s instrumental “Caribou,” the tribute does what it’s intended to: it leaves you with a fresh appreciation of the band at hand. “Where Is My Mind” by John Strohm (formerly of the Blake Babies) is spot on, and serves up a hint of American Gothic, while They Might Be Giants have fun, in their own playful TMBG way, with “Havalina.” A few standouts among the lesser-known names here are worth noting: the Bunnies’ version of  “Alec Eiffel” takes the guitar gymnastics of the Pixies to new heights; the guitar buzz, vocal chorus and toy piano twinkling of  “Stormy Weather” by Bedroom Walls completely charms; the eerie “Down to the Well” by Dylan in the Movies sounds like Nick Cave on happy pills; and Joy Zipper’s take on “Wave of Mutilation” gives us breathy vocals and steely guitars dressed in a gauzy sheen.

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Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

puxes ,

Sounds Great!

Awesome collection of covers! Alec Eiffel and Havalina are definite highlights!

Parker Klumas ,

Outstanding Tribute!!!

Now this is how tributes should be done! They Might Be Giants 'Havalina' is an instant favorite followed closely by The Rosebuds 'Break My Body'. John Strohm does a really cool version of 'Where Is My Mind' and Joy Zipper's 'Wave' if fantastic - it builds really nicely at the end and I love the girls voice that sings it. I bought the bonus EP too which I highly recommend also.

williamreally ,

Perfect!

The best thng about this tribute is the artists involved deliver left of center versions of these great songs. British Sea Power's version of Caribou takes my breath away. I've discovered the Rosebuds from this compilation. My fave is Dylan in the Movies version of "Down to the Well." Very, dare I say, sexy. Great Job everyone.

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