Pixies

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, dug back ...
Frank Black

Frank Black: Frank Black

The first solo effort from former Pixies leadman, Black Francis, finds him trolling through similar neighborhoods and sounds as the band's swansong, Trompe Le M...
Steve Albini

I Love Steve Albini

I know it's super old school to care about producers in rock music, but I'm an old school kind of guy. It's not as if it's hip-hop or anything. It's producing g...
Svn Fingers

Black Francis: Svn Fngrs

Black Francis is such a freak! No but really, listen to the first song on this EP, "The Seus," with its bizarro sing/rap/talk thing and you just know you're in ...
Bluefinger

Black Francis: Bluefinger

It's impossible to divorce Black Francis (or Frank Black) from the Pixies and vice versa. There are a few tracks on this album that sound very Pixies-ish, but m...
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 to me. If you absol...
Come On Pilgrim

Pixies: Come on Pilgrim

I'm not sure what's up with all the foreign language stuff, but this debut by a weird college art rock band is stunning in its pure energy and innovative take o...
Doolittle

Pixies: Doolittle

"Debaser" is my second favorite Pixies song. I f'n love it. I will play it on any jukebox I find just to piss people off. It's a great, great song. And it start...
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 of Steve Al...
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 emergin...
Dog in the Sand

Frank Black: Dog in the Sand

Mr. Black has jumped in the way back one for this one, bypassing the Pixies and everything else related to it. He's gone back top the day of The Rolling Stones ...