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Broken Social Scene and classical Pixies

The soundtrack to the film It’s Kind of a Funny Story features a new song from the Canadian music collective Broken Social Scene. And it also includes classical pianist Maxence Cyrin’s brilliant cover of the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind”. Listen to the new Broken Social Scene “Not at My Best” below and view Cyrin’s video of “Where is My Mind”. This video is not from It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Rather it is from the 1928 film The Mysterious Lady starring Greta Garbo.

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“Not At My Best” by Broken Social Scene

Pete Yorn

Pete Yorn will be releasing his 5th solo album in September. Produced by Frank Black of the Pixies, it is simply entitled Pete Yorn. This self-title gives us pause to re-appreciate and to rediscover this unique artist. His career has taken some unusually interesting turns, from recording with actress Scarlett Johansson to his haunting version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas”. (I personally had the privilege of a live Pete Yorn performance in my home with other music aficionados a number of year back.) His generous spirit extends to us all with a free download of “Precious Stone” from his forthcoming album and is the Song of the Day.

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“Precious Stone” by Pete Yorn

Black Francis with Joey Santiago of the Pixies do Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein was a man of many colours: cartoonist, author of children’s books, musician, poet, and songwriter. He penned “A Boy Named Sue” forJohnny Cash as well as “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” the hit by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. In June the album Twistable Turntable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein will be released featuring such artists as Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams and a couple of the Pixies. Here is the Black Francis with Joey Santiago of the Pixies covering “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” as the Song of the Day.

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“The Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Black Francis with Joey Santiago

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