Dateline, 1993: Everything’s awesome. Great Simpsons episodes. Cool U.S. president. Nirvana freakin’ rules and The Breeders are respectably and effectively scratching your Pixies itch.
Dateline, 2013: Everything sucks ass. TV has Honey Boo Boo on it, all politicians are universally lame, and when Kim Deal isn’t busy plucking endless 8th notes and being miserable in the zombie-Pixies, she’s busy just generally avoiding doing stuff with The Breeders.
But then, to the joy of us all, the crackshot accountants who work for all the major music festivals did some brilliant math and realized that 2013 would be the 20th anniversary of The Breeders’ landmark Last Splash, Deal (along with her on-again-off-again sister Kelley and the rest of the line-up from that album’s era, including Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson) was practically forced to hit the stage for the greater good of transporting thousands of festival goers (such as Deerhunter’s ATP and Primavera) back to that simpler time of of shrieking dial-up internet and terrible-looking bikinis.
Now, as Pitchfork points out, the idea has ballooned into a full-blown (by Breeders standards) tour in support of Last Splash, including several more European dates and a dry run in New York that’ll presumably be awful-but-cool-to-have-been-at. Like that one other band’s reunion show I saw. You know the one I’m talking about, right?
Oh! And TOTALLY coincidentally, 4AD is reissuing Last Splash in April. Which I know you’ll be needing to pick up, because when I was looking through the 700 used copies of the thing in the dollar bin at Reckless Records, I totally saw your motherfucking copy in there.
03.29.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05.27.13 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
05.28.13 - Bordeaux, France - Le Rocher De Palmer
06.01.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
06.02.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
06.03.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
06.21.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties