Kim Deal
Alternative rock musician
Kim Deal
Kimberley Ann Deal is an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the bassist and backup vocalist of the alternative rock band the Pixies, and the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for The Breeders. Deal first joined the Pixies in January 1986 as the band's bassist, adopting the stage name Mrs. John Murphy for the band's releases Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa.
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What More Can You Say Besides 'Leave Him'?
NPR - 4 months
Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts talk about how to help a friend you think is in an abusive relationship.
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Prince’s Doctor Arrived With Test Results Only to Find Him Dead
NYTimes - 10 months
Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg had seen Prince the previous day, according to a police affidavit filed in connection with a search warrant for his medical records.
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Bobby Jindal Quits Republican Presidential Race
NYTimes - over 1 year
“This is not my time,” said the governor of Louisiana, who had never risen high enough in the polls to appear in the prime-time debates.
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Penn Holderness in agony using a labor simulator as his wife watches
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Penn Holderness, 40, and his wife Kim Dean, 39, from North Carolina, shared a video of Penn 'in labor' on their YouTube channel, after the father-of-two willingly agreed to undergo the experiment.
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Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler, 'Range On Castle'
NPR - over 2 years
Bad acting meets good music in this collaboration between former Pixies bassist Kim Deal and Morgan Nagler, aka Whispertown. » E-Mail This
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ArtsBeat: Pixies Bassist to Depart After a Short Tenure
NYTimes - about 3 years
Kim Shattuck, who replaced the Pixies’ longtime bassist, Kim Deal, in July, is leaving weeks before the band begins a North American tour.     
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Pixies Blow Up Their Guitarist In 'What Goes Boom' Music Video
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In the Pixies' new music video for "What Goes Boom," the camera shifts between shots of rock formations, barren gorges and guitarist Joey Santiago listlessly stumbling through the desert for about 98 percent of the song. The other two percent are explosively fantastic, as Santiago spontaneously vaporizes after a quick glance at the camera. Pulled from their latest release, 2013's "EP1," "What Goes Boom" calls back to the Pixies' harder roots, featuring riffs that teeters towards the chugs of stoner metal. Explaining in an interview with NPR how he went "shithouse on the guitar," Santiago said the song is about a "girl who plays the bass guitar," most likely alluding to ex-bassist Kim Deal. Music video directors Jonathan Furmanski and Matthew Galkin told NPR that having Santiago explode was not their original plan. "Our original vision for the 'What Goes Boom' video was to create an homage to a central, dramatic scene in 'Star Wars,'" they said. "But, after that idea proved a bit t ...
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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Pixies Song?
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
It may have taken 22 years but the Pixies are finally releasing new material Sadly Kim Deal quit the band early in the process but she's been replaced by former Muffs bassist Kim Shattuck and the band is on the road right now They started with clubs in America before...
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The Pixies on Tough Critics, New Music, and Kim Deal’s Exit
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
This month, alternative rock pioneers the Pixies released their first collection of new music in more than twenty years. Watch an interview with the band.
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Pixies Motor On, With New Bassist
NYTimes - over 3 years
The Pixies are releasing a new EP and going on tour, without the beloved Kim Deal, who announced a few weeks ago that she was leaving the band.     
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My, What a Busy Week!
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Doin' it for yourself. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 MUSIC—When's the last time you had a foot-stompin' good time for FREE? Then don't miss one of Portland's finest hootin' 'n' hollerin' musical shit kickers, the Caleb Klauder Country Band, as part of the FREE Music on Main Street series. Plus this all-ages event also provides beer and cocktails (not free)! Yee to the haw! WSH Music on Main, 1111 SW Broadway, 5 pm, FREE, all ages STORYTELLING—Tonight's installment of Entertainment for People is quite the blockbuster: It's hosted by The Moth's Dan Kennedy with stories and performances from Arthur Bradford, Kevin Sampsell, and Mercury Editor Wm. Steven Humphrey as well as contributor Barbara Holm. We're all up in this. MS Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 8 pm, $12-15 THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 CLASSIC ROCK—A supergroup of local musicians calling themselves Brothers and Sister—Lewi Longmire, Anita Lee Elliott, and more—have taken it upon thems ...
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Breeders dive into 'Last Splash' reissue
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Breeders dive into 'Last Splash' reissue The Breeders are on the road to promote a deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of "Last Splash," the breakthrough second album that launched the irrepressible hit single "Cannonball." Just like the first time around, the group's leader, Kim Deal, left her position as bass player with the Pixies for the occasion, hooking up with twin sister Kelley, as well as the original personnel from the record - bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson. What were your first impressions of "Last Splash" going back to listen to it 20 years later? Were you pleased that "Last Splash" outsold all of the Pixies albums and especially Frank Black's? Comparing it to somebody else - you couldn't just Google sales figures. Why did Kim leave the Pixies for the Breeders this time? Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop music critic.
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"Bagboy"
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
One of the wisest moves the Pixies ever made was not clogging up their reunion tours with new songs But after almost 10 years you can't blame Black Francis if he wants to call this Bossanova-style kiddie goof a Pixies song The imitation-Kim Deal backing vocals are a cute touch...
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Beloved Band Adds New Member After Bassist Quits
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone. By Eric R Danton From one Kim to another: Kim Shattuck will join the Pixies on bass and backing vocals on an upcoming European tour, the band announced online this morning. She replaces original bassist Kim Deal, who left the group last month. LINK: Rolling Stone’s List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Pixies, ‘Doolittle’ Shattuck fronts Los Angeles rockers the Muffs, who have released five studio albums, including 2004's Really Really Happy. Before forming the Muffs in 1991, she played with the Pandoras, an all-female band that was part of L.A.'s so-called Paisley Underground indie scene in the Eighties. LINK: 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: Pixies, "Monkey Gone to Heaven" The group will kick off a European tour on September 29th in Paris and wrap up November 24th in London. A statement from the band promised new songs, and some surprises onstage. "Along with everyone's favorites, we'll be playing so ...
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Pixies Release 'Bagboy,' First New Song in Nine Years
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Long-simmering rumors of a new Pixies album got a boost today when the band posted "Bagboy" its first new song since 2004 just two weeks after announcing the departure of bassist Kim Deal  Rather than dribbling out the new track with a teaser clip then a lyric video and then a...
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Singer Kim Deal leaves the Pixies - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years
Newsday Singer Kim Deal leaves the Pixies USA TODAY The alt-rock band last played together in 2011. kim deal. NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Singer/musician Kim Deal of The Breeders performs at The Bell House on March 29, 2013 in the Brooklyln borough of New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty ... Bassist Kim Deal leaves the PixiesCBS News Bassist Kim Deal leaves alt-rock band the PixiesReuters Kim Deal exits the PixiesHitFix Los Angeles Times -Cinema Blend all 94 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Deal
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 51
    At the same time, she released her first solo single, "Walking with a Killer," and has announced her intention to issue further solo material in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2013, 4AD released LSXX, a 20th anniversary edition of The Breeders album Last Splash. Deal reunited with Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson for a Last Splash anniversary tour of North America, Europe, and Australia. In August 2014, it was reported that the same line up were working on new material Kim Deal generally plays four-string solid-body bass guitars and always uses a pick, particularly the "green Dunlops with the little turtle on them", although since The Pixies' reunion she has also been using custom green Dunlops with "KIM" written on them. She prefers having old strings on a bass. When playing acoustic guitars for rhythm, Kim Deal prefers distorting their sound through Marshall amps, particularly liking the resulting low end. She also pointed out that it almost doesn't depend on the acoustic guitar used.
    On June 14, 2013, it was announced that Deal had left The Pixies.
    More Details Hide Details She has since posted new solo music on her website.
    She left The Pixies in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Deal was born in Dayton, Ohio. Her father was a laser physicist who worked at the nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Kim and her identical twin sister Kelley were introduced to music at a young age; the two sang to a "two-track, quarter-inch, tape" when they were "four or five" years old, and grew up listening to hard rock bands such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. When Deal was 11, she learned Roger Miller's "King of the Road" on the acoustic guitar. In high school, at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, she was a cheerleader and often got into conflicts with authority. "We were popular girls," Kelley explained. "We got good grades and played sports." Confronted by religious choice, however, Deal found herself an atheist: "I'm an atheist. I go with whoever brings the minimal amount of religion into government." As a teenager, she formed a folk rock band named The Breeders with her sister. She then became a prolific songwriter, as she found it easier to write songs than cover them. Deal later commented on her songwriting output: "I got like a hundred songs when I was like 16, 17... The music is pretty good, but the lyrics are just like, OH MY GOD. We were just trying to figure out how blue rhymes with you. When I was writing them, they didn't have anything to do with who I was."
  • 2012
    Age 50
    In December 2012, Kim Deal played a solo set at the All Tomorrow's Parties "Nightmare Before Christmas" festival in the UK, debuting several new songs.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 41
    In 2003, Deal moved back to her hometown of Dayton to care for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
    More Details Hide Details In early April 2008, the Breeders released their fourth full-length studio album, Mountain Battles. In April 2009, The Breeders released their third EP, Fate to Fatal.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 32
    Although the band went into stasis in 1994 when Kelley Deal entered rehab for a heroin addiction, they never officially split up, and in 2002 released Title TK (TK is a copy-editing expression standing for "to come" and is often used when editing drafts to indicate missing information).
    More Details Hide Details During this eight-year hiatus, Kim Deal kept busy by forming, recording, and touring with The Amps. After a few gigs where Deal went by the moniker Tammy Ampersand, The Amps released their single LP, Pacer. The record had an enthusiastic reception from reviewers, but was commercially unsuccessful. She also produced music for other groups, most notably fellow Dayton band Guided by Voices (one of the songs on Pacer, "I am Decided," was written by the band's lead singer, Robert Pollard).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 29
    Deal has contributed her voice to numerous projects, including This Mortal Coil's 1991 version of Chris Bell's "You and Your Sister" (a duet with Tanya Donnelly); the 1995 Sonic Youth single "Little Trouble Girl"; and The For Carnation's "Tales (Live from the Crypt)" in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Deal returned to a newly reunited The Pixies and toured North America with them. The song "Bam Thwok" was also released this year. One notable performance included a live taping for the public television program Austin City Limits in October 2004. The Pixies also played the Coachella Festival in 2004 and headlined Lollapalooza in 2005 at Chicago's Grant Park. The Pixies also toured the UK to critical acclaim including a headline appearance at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
  • 1988
    Age 26
    During a 1988 post-Surfer Rosa tour of Europe with Throwing Muses as part of The Pixies, Deal began to write new material.
    More Details Hide Details As both bands did not have plans for the short term, Deal discussed possible side-projects with Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donnelly. After rejecting the idea of creating a dance album together, the pair decided to form a new band. Deal named the band The Breeders, after the folk band she formed with Kelley as a teenager, and they recruited Carrie Bradley, violinist and vocalist in Ed's Redeeming Qualities, to record a short demo tape. The Breeders' demo was sent to 4AD head Ivo Watts-Russell, who immediately signed them to the label. The Breeders allowed Deal to become more active in songwriting, and their debut album, Pod (1990), containing mostly Deal-written songs, was recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland by Steve Albini. Pod, and especially Deal's contribution, was praised by contemporaries; Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain later named the album one of his favorites and remarked: "I wish Kim was allowed to write more songs for The Pixies."
  • 1986
    Age 24
    Deal became the bassist and backing vocalist for The Pixies in January 1986, after answering an advertisement in the Boston Phoenix for a bassist who was into hardcore punk band Hüsker Dü and folk music icons Peter, Paul and Mary.
    More Details Hide Details Deal was the only person to respond, even though her main instrument was guitar. She borrowed her sister Kelley's bass guitar to use in the band. To complete the lineup, she suggested they hire David Lovering as drummer, a friend of her husband, whom she met at her wedding reception. For the release of the band's first recording Come on Pilgrim (1987), Deal used the nom de disque "Mrs. John Murphy" in the liner notes. She chose the name as an ironic feminist joke, after conversing with a lady who wished to be called only by her husband's name as a form of respect. For Surfer Rosa (1988), Deal sang lead vocals on the album's only single, "Gigantic", which she co-wrote with Black Francis. Doolittle followed a year later, with Deal contributing the song "Silver" and appearing on slide guitar. By this time, however, tensions began to develop between her and Francis, with bickering and standoffs between the two marring the album's recording sessions. This led to increased stress between the band members. Murphy commented that during the sessions, it "went from just all fun to work". Exhaustion, from releasing three records in two years and constant touring, contributed to the friction, particularly between Francis and Deal.
    Deal joined The Pixies in January 1986 as the band's bassist, adopting the stage name Mrs. John Murphy for the albums Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa. Following Doolittle and The Pixies' hiatus, she formed The Breeders with Tanya Donelly, Josephine Wiggs and later introduced her identical twin sister Kelley Deal. The Pixies broke up in early 1993.
    More Details Hide Details After The Pixies, Deal returned her focus to The Breeders, who released the platinum-selling album Last Splash in 1993. In 1994 The Breeders went into hiatus after Kelley entered drug rehabilitation. During their eight-year break, Deal adopted the stage name Tammy Ampersand and formed The Amps, recording a single album, Pacer in 1995. She resumed her role as The Breeders' guitarist for their third album Title TK in 2002, and returned to The Pixies when they reunited in 2004.
  • 1985
    Age 23
    The couple married on Memorial Day, 1985, and moved to Boston, Murphy's hometown, in January 1986. The couple divorced in 1988.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on June 10, 1961.
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