from "La La Love You"
My mother always told me not to accept gifts from strange men with unintentional-looking facial hair, but Interpol was all up in our inbox today, offering up a free Pixies live EP and video for free download. And all they want is an email address! There's no reason to resist!
Except one. Like any other Pixies-nerds worth the stamp, I already have it. You see, while the offer is new, the gift itself is not. The four tracks that make up the "Hola From Mexico City" bonus bundle -- "Dancing the Manta Ray," "Monkey Gone to Heaven," "Crackity Jones," and "Gouge Away" -- while perpetually invigorating in their genre-defining yadda yadda blah-blah, were actually first gifted to the masses last November through a relatively resounding blogsplosion. Kind of makes it less like a super-special gift and more like a Harry & David pear basket that sat around for a few months.
Still, that's just me wanting special gifts. The songs are still totally worth downloading -- and the bonus video of a live performance of "La La Love You" with the cloying dancing hearts in the background is pretty good too (minus the dancing hearts). At 17 minutes, the EP makes for a quick, refreshing dunk into what made the Pixies such a fabulous band to begin with -- unlike the prolonged backwashing of this interminable reunion era of theirs which just keeps going and going and gaaah write a new song already!!!!
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