Catching up with Kelley Deal of the Breeders 

click to enlarge The Breeders, celebrating 20 years since the release of "Last Splash," are playing the album live in concert.
  • The Breeders, celebrating 20 years since the release of "Last Splash," are playing the album live in concert.

Sometimes the best ideas are sparked through casual conversation. Dayton, Ohio-based guitarist Kelley Deal was chatting with her twin sister, Kim, a few months ago when the subject arose of "Last Splash," their 1993 sophomore outing as the Breeders. This year marked the "Cannonball"-featuring album's 20th anniversary. Shouldn't they do something fun to celebrate? So they reissued a deluxe edition of the 4AD disc, "LSXX," and they'll be playing it note for note on a tour that hits the Fillmore. And as a bonus for San Francisco, where "Splash" was recorded, the Deals also will play "Pod," their 1990 debut, in its entirety.

How is your knitwear business going? I like doing that. And it's a good problem to have, where I'm actually too busy to do it now. I've got a ton of people asking, "When are you putting more scarves and hats and stuff up?" And I'm like, "Ummm, I don't know! I'm just out of product!"

What's the weirdest thing you knitted lately? I just knitted something very unusual. You know chain-link fences? Sometimes people take the chain link off, and you've got these ugly metal poles sticking up through the yard. But they're embedded in concrete, so you can't do anything with them. But I have knitted actual pole cozies, and they're as high as my shoulder and in all kinds of stripes and festive colors. And they slip right on, just like condoms!

Is it true you have a new spinoff combo called R. Ring? Yeah. I was at home and Kim was busy with The Pixies, and I was like, "I'm going to forget how to play guitar, I've got to do something!" So I met up with Mike Montgomery, a guy from Cincinnati who owns a studio, and we started writing together and releasing singles as a sonic duo.

It was a whole different musical era when "Last Splash" came out, right? It was that period of time when there weren't a lot of other people making guitar rock. Then this huge shift happened, where all the music that had been underground — or college music, exclusively — became what was on the charts. When I first started playing with the Breeders, all you heard was Paula Abdul. She was the Rihanna of the day.

It's a cool concept — playing decades-old alterna-classics live. I really like it when artists do records from beginning to end. There's such thought that goes into sequencing; on "Last Splash," the sequencing was agonized over, and I think we nailed it. So it's really fun to play that album from start to finish, because it was supposed to be heard like that.


The Breeders

Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday

Tickets: $30

Contact: (415) 346-6000,

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