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Pixie Scores Weeds


07/18/05
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(Press Release) In addition to being the guitarist for one of the most influential and beloved bands of all-time, PIXIES' guitarist Joey Santiago is forging a career in television. Over the past few months in-between Pixies' reunion dates, Santiago has been holed up in the studio scoring the original music for "Weeds," the new Showtime original comedy series that debuts August 10. "Weeds" stars Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon, and looks at "typical" family life in the suburban neighborhood of Agrestic, CA where recently-widowed Nancy Botwin (Parker) makes ends meet by becoming the neighborhood pot dealer.

"This is a lot of fun and something I can continue to do when I'll embarrass my kids by being on stage," joked Santiago. "Scoring a TV series is a lot different than playing in a band, the pace and deadlines are completely different, but once you get into the groove, it's really great."

Hailed as "the most talked-about comedy in ages" by Newsweek, "Weeds" will air on Showtime Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00PM.

Prior to his work on "Weeds," Santiago composed original music for the Fox-TV series "Undeclared," and co-scored the feature film "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia." He recently wrote a theme for the Cartoon Network's show "Sunday Pants" which will premiere on September 25 at 9:30PM.

As a member of Pixies, Santiago and his band mates recently received their second Gold record for their 1988 album, "Surfer Rosa." The band will headline this year's Lollapalooza festival to be held this Saturday, July 23 in Chicago, and perform an atypical acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival on August 6.

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FRANK BLACK'S 'HONEYCOMB'

Frank Black's "Honeycomb" album is in-stores tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19. Early press reviews have been just fantastic:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - "'Honeycomb' is Black's take on Southern soul: spare, graceful, in the pocket, with Black himself sounding reborn and relaxed. If his old band's re-formation doesn't last, Black could have another, equally rewarding future ahead of him. A."

THE [LONDON] TIMES - "Four Stars...his finest solo album...an album to discover and cherish."

Third week at radio and "Honeycomb" and the radio track "I Burn Today," continue to climb the charts at CMJ:

#12 from #22 on the Top 200
#13 from #24 on the Core
#8 from #16 on the AAA


PIXIES ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Pixies have just a handful of U.S. tour dates left before they head to Europe for two weeks worth of concerts. Before they cross the pond, Pixies will headline the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this Saturday, July 23, and then headline the San Diego Street Scene on Saturday, July 30. On August 6, the band will play its first-ever all-acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. As Pixies' front man Frank Black said, "I hope that Pete Seeger doesn't go after the power supply with an axe, for us going acoustic."

Remaining U.S. Dates, and the confirmed European Pixies tour follows:

JULY
23 Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
30 Street Scene, San Diego, CA

AUGUST
6 Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
17 Paredes De Coura Festival, Paredes De Coura, Portugal
19 Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium
20 Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, Holland
21 Highfield Stadium, Erfurt, Germany
23 Lansdowne Road Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
25 Rock En Seine, Paris, France
26 Carling Weekender, Reading, England
27 Carling Weekender, Leeds, England
28 T on the Fringe, Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
30 Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England
31 Alexandra Palace, London, England

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