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Pixies are looking for another bass player

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It’s unclear who will be playing bass when Pixies return to Boston next month. The band, which got its start at UMass — or, as frontman Black Francis has sung, “the sleepy west of the woody east” — needs a bassist after Kim Shattuck was relieved of her duties. “Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today,” Shattuck wrote on Facebook last Friday. “Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.” Shattuck had been in Pixies for just a few months, replacing the band’s founding bassist Kim Deal, who left abruptly last fall. There is some urgency in finding a new bassist since the band is about to embark on a 33-city North American tour that includes a concert at the Orpheum Jan. 18. Meanwhile, Pixies provide the soundtrack to director Errol Morris’s new four-minute ad for Unilever’s global sustainability initiative. As expectant parents talk about their hopes and fears, pianist Danny Schogger’s moody cover of the band’s classic song “Where Is My Mind” plays in the background. Pixies music was also featured in “Fight Club” and “This Is 40.”

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