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Wu Tang's 'Shaolin,' and five other all-time crazy box sets

Sure, the forthcoming Wu-Tang Clan album The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin… will only be available to one person and is “presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahy,” but how does this one of a kind musical artifact stack up against some of the other, crazier box sets in music history? (Or even the Wu-Tang bike?)

Check out some of the most extreme (and extremely expensive) box sets in history:

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The Pixies sweeten your Friday with new song 'Bagboy': Hear it here

Sometimes, when you don’t expect it, good things just happen without warning. One of those things happened this morning when indie-rock heroes the Pixies debuted a new song on their Facebook page.

Titled “Bagboy” and produced by Gil Norton, the band’s first new track in nine years is very much in line with the Pixies we’ve come to know and love (even if it was recorded without longtime bassist Kim Deal). If you had to place it on one of their albums, it’d probably be Doolittle or Trompe Le Monde.

Take a listen (and a look) at the song and its accompanying visual here:

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Kim Deal is leaving the Pixies

Kim Deal is leaving the Pixies, the band announced on their Facebook page today.

“We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best. -Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering”

Deal has been the band’s bassist since 1986; she also founded the Breeders in the early ’90s. Despite splitting in 1993, the Pixies reformed in 2004 and toured their 1989 album Doolittle between 2009 and 2011. Deal, who is currently touring with the 20th anniversary re-release of the Breeders’ album Last Splash, has yet to comment on her departure.

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Gorillaz and the Pixies latest to cancel concert appearances in Israel

pixies-gorillazImage Credit: Jamie Hewlett; Chapman BaehlerTel Aviv’s Pic.Nic festival will have to do without several bands this week, including second-night headliners the Pixies, Billboard reports. A rep for the iconic alt-rock foursome provide EW with the following statement:

It is with great regret that we announce today of the Pixies’ decision to cancel their appearance on June 5 in Israel at this time.

The decision was not reached easily, and we all know well the Israeli fans have been waiting for this visit for far too long.

We’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel.

The band did not specifically acknowledge last Monday’s Israeli commando naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, which resulted in nine deaths and sparked a significant global outcry, though Billboard says the festival’s organizers have acknowledged that the band’s decision is related to those events.

Damon Albarn’s virtual band of cartoon misfits Gorillaz also pulled out of the event, as did UK nu-rave outfit Klaxons. Upcoming concert appearances in Tel Aviv from the likes of Elton John, Jethro Tull, DJ Shadow and Mike Patton are still scheduled to go on as planned.

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Pixies plan 'Doolittle' tour

Pixies-doolittle_l So many artists of a certain age have taken to performing classic albums start-to-finish in concert lately that it's starting to feel almost more impressive when someone just books a regular old non-gimmick tour instead. Even I'm not cynical enough to ignore today's exciting news from the Pixies camp, though. This October, the brilliant weirdos will hit Europe to play 1989's Doolittle in its entirety at a series of shows, just in time for the album's 20th anniversary. Any show with either "Here Comes Your Man" or "Monkey Gone to Heaven" alone in the set list is going to be pretty sweet, but one with both of those plus "Debaser," "Gouge Away," and every other song from the awesome Doolittle? Too cool. I sure hope the Doolittle tour does well enough to justify some U.S. dates along similar lines. Anyone else eager to see this?

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Kim Deal discusses the 'downright scary' Pixies reissue project, her 'weird' former label, those furry Polish hats, and other things of (possible) interest

Breeders_lIt’s been five years since the Pixies got back together, and despite various rumors and false starts, there’s still not a whole lot of hope they’ll put out their long-awaited fifth album anytime soon.

But fans still have a reason to be happy: they’ll soon be treated to a swagged-out box set (appropriately given the larger-than-life moniker Minotaur) that will contain the Pixies’ entire catalog (four albums and one EP), a book, a concert DVD that includes every music video, and more. But Pixies bassist (and frontwoman for the Breeders, whose Fate to Fatal EP dropped this week) Kim Deal tells the Music Mix that she doesn’t see Minotaur as a celebration of their music, necessarily. In fact, she says it’s not about the band at all. Minotaur is about one man, and one man only: Vaughan Oliver, the graphic designer behind the iconic album artwork for the Pixies and nearly every ’80’s release from the famed British indie label 4AD. Find out why — among many other things — in a somewhat wacky Q&A after the jump.

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The Pixies' 'Minotaur' box sets: Will you buy 'em?

Unless and until the Pixies’ on-again/off-again reunion leads to any more new recordings, fans will have to content themselves with listening to the four awesome albums (and one awesome EP) that the alt-rock pioneers released between 1987 and 1991. At least we’ll have a new way to enjoy that catalog this June 15, when the Pixies release a comprehensive box set titled Minotaur. For $175, they’ll give you the Come On Pilgrim EP, Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe le Monde, all with newly expanded artwork, plus a book and a DVD with a 1991 concert and all of the band’s videos. For $450, serious collectors can purchase a limited edition that includes all that as well as the five releases on audiophile-quality vinyl, a bigger book, more artwork, a Giclee print, and so on.

Both options sound very nice — though I’ll admit the prices feel a little steep for something that doesn’t involve any remastering or (so far) any confirmed bonus tracks. Still, visuals were such a critical part of those Pixies albums that it would be a mistake to underestimate how cool the new art could be. What do you say? Will you consider shelling out for either edition of Minotaur, or are you happy with that scratched-up CD you bought in 1990?

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