Alternative Rock

Head Carrier

Pixies: Head Carrier

Pixies are a pretty large touchstone for me in my musical evolution. It honestly started back in 1989 with Doolittle, and I subsequently, and quickly,…

Ten

Pearl Jam: Ten

Easily one of the top five influential and memorable albums of my college years. For those who thought Nirvana was too discordant and suicidal, Pearl…

Trompe Le Monde

Pixies: Trompe le Monde

They’ve obviously turned the page here. Where as Bossanova sounded tired, Trompe le Monde sounded refreshed. Refreshed—but different. It’s Black Francis emerging from his cocoon as…

Surfer Rosa

Pixies: Surfer Rosa

From the opening downbeat of “Bone Machine,” Surfer Rosa’s first track, you know this album is gonna kick some ass. Driven by the radical production…

Bassanova

Pixies: Bossanova

It’s not a good sign that they open the album with an instrumental. I don’t really like instrumentals. In fact, they always feel like filler…