The irony about this set is that it sounds so much better when there is no visual. After a few minutes of viewing there is not much left to see throughout the rest of the set, but having copied the soundtrack to my MP3 player there is no distraction away from the songs or the quality of the performance. Far from detracting in any way from The Pixies overall sound, the acoustic guitars are clear and crisp as Joey Santiago demonstrates his craft to full effect and Kim's simple baselines are almost menacing as she drives the songs on. Love her voice, pity she doesn't do more leads (Where's my Breeders/Amps CDs!). So overall it looks a bit bland, but sounds great!
I'm a huge pixies fan, have been for years. I've seen them live and love the 'electric set'. I've particularly enjoyed tracks with acoustic rhythm guitar combined with joeys electric magic.
Lately I've found myself being drawn to recent you tube clips of frank/Charles/black (whichever you choose) playing acoustically for small sets, charity appearances etc. A really nice relaxed nature to pixies tracks. Combined with a mellowing of the the singer I believe, (he can still pull off pixies hardcore magic just look at the recent eden sessions footage, I was there). This led me to this live at Newport DVD.
It's great. Lovely setting if a little underwhelming. Although this arguably adds to the relaxed nature. An afternoon setting so also different. The whole gig feels chilled out, even relaxed fans.
The band have a nice approach, professional and rehearsed as ever but with an added laid back element. Even verbal interaction from Charles to the audience which is rare! The set translates really well and highlights what a fantastic band pixies are.
I'm a keen guitarist and particularly enjoyed watching joeys translation into acoustic. Also nice to see joeys mint gibson whilst Charles' guitar has a hole in it!
I'd love to see a current pixies acoustic set, unfortunately no kim :( as I think a lot of the indie cindy content translates really well acoustically. Greens and blues, andro queen are favourites of mine to play acoustically.
My wife is not a big fan but watched the complete DVD and extras.
I am going to take the advice of another reviewer and put the tracks onto my MP3 player.
A must watch and listen for any pixies fan or musically minded individual who can appreciate the electric/acoustic set translation.
Two and a half years into their reformation, and the Pixies - now fifteen years since their last record - are still mining the gold of the past for slender treasure. This DVD offers a frankly underwhelming representations of the Pixies live experience.Recording one night (or afternoon) in the life of the band in their entireity, in a distinctly no-frills approach.
"Acoustic : Live In Newport" is, overall, a better bet. Over 80 minutes, the band perform a playful acoustic set encompassing a large portion of their work. A distinctly chummy, intimate feel enscapulates the show on a beachfront. Perhaps surprisingly, the show sees the band bathed in bright daylight, trimmed of frills such as lighing, drama, and the usual gamut of enthusiastic screaming and serrated guitars : armed with only acoustic instruments, the DVD sees a musically exceptional performance, as the band perform relatively straight, minimalist interpretations of the past. Camerawork is unexceptional and unobtrusive (only really being noticable during "Where Is My Mind?" homage to FightClub with blurred vision, or the occasional cutaway to an offstage burger flipper or boat watching the performance from the sea) : the focus clearly on the band and carefully framed to reduce visibility of the otherwise obtrusive Dunkin' Donuts logo that dominates the stage to the point where it's almost invisible. The sound is clear and precise, and the package is technically more than adequate.
"Live In Newport" sees the band at their most human, joking, bantering, and relaxed with their status. A `new' song - "All Around The World" - is the big selling point here, being a more than adequate cover of an old chaingang favourite - whilst the rest of the set features well, most of the Pixies best known songs in a style not dissimiliar to 2003's "Frank Black Francis" set of acoustic numbers. Extras include a functional, but minimal set of rehearsal footage and fractions of a warmup show. Overall, whilst it adds nothing much to the Pixies legacy, it certainly plugs the gap between then and the still-non-existent new album quite satisfactorily.