The Pixies performed on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic yesterday, playing selections from their recent EPs — or their compilation, Indie Cindy, which would be first new album in 23 years depending on how you wish to look at it — as well as a new version of one of their earliest covers, Peter Scott Evers’ “In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song)” from David Lynch’s debut feature Eraserhead. Charles (Black Francis, Frank Black) Thompson IV, Joey Santiago and David Lovering also performed the classic “Monkey Gone To Heaven” from their 1989 album Doolittle, and “Bag Boy,” last year’s release that marked their first new song in 9 years, and their first without co-founder Kim Deal. “Bag Boy” was sung by new-ish bassist Paz Lenchantin (Brightback Morning Light, Silver Jews, Zwan among many bands), who replaced the original singer Kim Shattuck (The Muffs, The Pandoras), who was rather unceremoniously dumped last December after she herself had swiftly replaced (and some said mimicked on “Bag Boy”) Deal.

In the brief accompanying interview with Eclectic interviewer Anne Litt, “Black”, Santiago and Lovering (Lenchantin disappeared) discussed their reunion with Welsh Doolittle producer Gil Norton, their world-wide tour schedule and got into a bit of Anthony Bourdain territory when asked by Litt what countries featured their favorite food, but no further dirt or details were revealed about Deal. The choice of “In Heaven” was extra intriguing, however, as its previous release was on the b-side of the Pixies’ first single “Gigantic,” Black Francis’ co-composition with Deal, which now underpins Apple’s recently released high-profile “Powerful” iPhone tutorial/ad campaign.

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