Massive Attack hit the Olympia last night to promote their new EP ‘Splitting The Atom’. They were absolutely brilliant – a stunning light show, top-notch musicianship and a host of guest collaboraters including, Horace Andy, Shara Nelson and Martina Topley-Bird.
They have been writing and rehearsing since the end of 2008 in the hopes of finishing what was dubbed ‘LP 5’ but the album has not yet surfaced. Recently, the date February 8, 2010 was confirmed as the release date of the now-named ‘Heligoland’.
Rumor has it that Horace and Martina will be guest vocalists on some of the tracks and that Damon Albarn, Guy Garvey (Elbow) and Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) will also appear on the album. If it is anywhere near as good as some of the tracks sounded live then it will be one of the biggest releases of next year.
The setlist (to the best of my recollection) was:
01. Flat Of The Blade
02. Hartcliffe Star
04. Girl I Love You
05. Future Proof
08. Inertia Creeps
11. Safe From Harm
12. Unfinished Sympathy
13. Splitting The Atom
14. Atlas Air
The Pixies hit the Olympia last night as part of the Doolittle 20th Anniversary tour. I didn’t get a ticket but a few of my mates did. The reviews were rather mixed. On the one hand, tickets were going for 200 EUR plus at the door and Frank Black didn’t say a word during the entire show. On the other hand, they played a classic album in it’s entirety and, by all accounts, sounded absolutely amazing.
In a slightly related topic, some news has emerged about the Pixies’ new box set ‘Minotaur’. When it comes to this, Frank Black had something to say; “I like that the sheer size of Minotaur moves it into the category of being an art object as opposed to being just a CD box set. It’s not necessarily something you’d put next to your stereo, but on your marble coffee table with your other art books.”
True. But I’m not sure I am willing to pay the price that is being asked for each of the editions.
Limited Edition / Signed (by all the band members) – 350.00 STG, which includes:
* All five albums in both 24K gold plated CD, Blu-ray audio, DVD surround sound and vinyl formats
* A 1991 Brixton gig in Blu-ray and DVD formats
* Two fine art books – one 96-page and one 54-page
* Two double-sided fold-out posters
Limited Edition – 299.99 STG (same as above without the signatures)
Deluxe Edition – 109.99 STG (everything but the 96-page book and vinyl albums)
200 EUR tickets? 350 STG box sets? It sounds like they are only in it for the money to me.
The setlist was:
01. Dancing The Manta Ray
02. Bailey’s Walk
03. Weird At My School
04. Manta Ray
07. Wave Of Mutilation
08. I Bleed
09. Here Comes Your Man
11. Monkey Gone To Heaven
12. Mr. Grieves
13. Crackity Jones
14. La La Love You
15. No. 13 Baby
16. There Goes My Gun
19. Gouge Away
20. Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
21. Into The White
22. Where Is My Mind?