Frank Black spoke to The Daily Beast’s James Joiner about the making of Pixies’ forthcoming record, and inadvertently, about how confusing iTunes is. I get it. Every time my computer asks me if I want to update iTunes I angrily close the window like, “Hell no!” Each new format is less convenient than the last,… More »
Believe it or not, Frank Black released more full albums with backing band the Catholics than he ever did with the Pixies as Black Francis (though some would argue that Come On Pilgrim should be bumped up from an EP to an LP because, like, c’mon). Cooking Vinyl has compiled all six of the Frank… More »
When Kim Deal left the Pixies earlier this year, the band had a hole at bass, and they recruited Muffs frontwoman Kim Shattuck as their new bassist. But after just a couple of months of touring, the band fired Shattuck — surprising and saddening her — and replaced her with Paz Lenchantin, formerly of A… More »
On Saturday night, Dinosaur Jr. played a big show at New York’s Terminal 5 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album You’re Living All Over Me. They started out the show by playing the album in full, and then they went on to play another set full of special guests. Johnny Marr sat i… More »
Name: Grand Duchy
Progress Report: Frank Black chats about the new Grand Duchy album, Let the People Speak.
Let the People Speak is the second full-length album from the husband/wife duo of Pixies frontman Frank Black and his wife, musician Violet Clark. The album is an electronica-tinged collection of pop songs i… More »
Well, this had to have been the the best thing to attend on so many levels. Background: Jennifer Bertrand, a friend of Frank Black’s wife Violet Clark, has a son named Winston, a ten-month old born with “two rare and complex malformations called lymphatic and venous malformations.” They threaten his life, and his health care… More »
When Kim Deal’s not singing through a distorted mic with sister Kelley in an elaborate Mayan World Series in Brooklyn, she’s back in the fold with the reunited Pixies. The group hit the Palladium in Los Angeles (for the first of three nights) to launch their nine-city 20th Anniversary Doolittle tour. Speaking of distortion, No… More »
Looking at the darker, gothier fare popping up via such current buzzed bands as Dum Dum Girls, Blank Dogs, and Crocodiles and groups like A Place To Bury Strangers, etc., it’s fitting the glammy, briefly reunited post-Bauhaus trio Love & Rockets are about to receive an official tribute album. The 18-track New Tales to Tell:… More »
The compilation has an impressive lineup, but the circumstances around it are heartbreaking: Almost a year after his wife Melissa died suddenly, 21 artists have contributed exclusive tracks to Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy to help the former Miracle Legion front man continue making music while he raises his three-year old… More »
Yesterday we posted a clip of Kim Deal doing the Amps’ “Bragging Party” with her sister and Deerhunter. Her fellow Pixie Frank Black’s collaborators on “Where Is My Mind” are much younger than Cox & Co., but the Portland School of Rock kids do a more than admirable job keeping up with the back catalog… More »
“Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI” Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, and David Lynch’s project is… More »
Yes, this is the year of Dark Nights (but not that kind, which is very last year). We’d told you about Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse’s ubiquitous Dark Night Of The Soul posters, and now we can point you toward a number of sounds to go with those images. (There are also additional images by Moby’s… More »
Energyface found a bunch of ersatz Frank Black videos on YouTube which combine public domain video (like One Got Fat) with songs from his new album (as Black Francis), Bluefinger. At first glance, it’s not entirely clear if they were created by fans who got their hands on the leaks or the man himself, but… More »
Did anyone catch Kathy Griffin’s Life On The D-List reality show? Ads were plasted all over Gawker earlier this week and I managed to Tivo. Verdict: it’s as much of a snore as her predictable iTunes Playlist (Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, et al).