Category Archives: Frank Black/Black Francis

In the Witching Hour

Pixies, Beneath the Eyrie – The band’s newest release was recorded at a recording studio in Ulster County, New York, that used to be a church. It had a Gothic feel that inspired the general vibe of the album, and … Continue reading

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Turtlenecking with the Best

Before he and John Linnell started They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh was in a band called the Turtlenecks (even though it seems to be Linnell who actually WORE turtlenecks more often), which he’s mentioned before as sort of a … Continue reading

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Killing John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” is a British folk song with written versions dating back to the sixteenth century, personifying the barley crop as a dying and reborn figure. It can get pretty graphic about the torments heaped upon poor John, who is … Continue reading

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Dinah, Won’t You Blow Your Horn?

I remember thinking when I was a kid that, in the song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” Dinah was actually the train. I’m don’t know that I was entirely sure about it even then, as how could a train … Continue reading

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My Murdered Remains Are Incapable of Learning Anything

They Might Be Giants, I Like Fun – There was a time when I would have been a lot more preoccupied by the release of a new TMBG album. I mean, it’s still exciting, but not the event it was … Continue reading

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The Way You Swing Your Head While Strolling Fancy Free

Pixies, Head Carrier – It seems that this album was released with little fanfare, but then, I don’t keep up with Frank Black news like I used to. He actually hasn’t put out a solo album in some time, which … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Be Frank

Frank Black, Christmass – I talked a bit about this record when it first came out, but I thought it might be worth revisiting since I’ve been looking back at Frank’s work and it’s near Christmas. Not that the album … Continue reading

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The Method of Stop-Tap-Spin

Pixies, Complete B-Sides – Released in 2001, this is just what it says on the package, a collection of songs previously only released as B-sides. What more is there to say, really? As is typical with such things, it’s a … Continue reading

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This Song Is Twice Occurred

Pixies, Trompe le Monde – For years, this was the Pixies’ last official studio album. That changed in 2014, but it still marks the end of an era. It largely returns to the louder, noisier sound of the band’s earlier … Continue reading

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I’ll Bossanova with Ya

Pixies, Bossanova – This is my favorite Pixies album, which I know isn’t a very common opinion. Well, at least it isn’t from the music critics, who prefer the more raw, proto-grunge sound of the earlier records. While there’s some … Continue reading

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