Category Archives: Frank Black/Black Francis

Sparrowhawk, Shabba Doo, and Shang-Chi

Tales from Earthsea – The directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, it’s a loose adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea series, mostly The Farthest Shore and Tehanu. From what I’ve read, LeGuin didn’t really care for the finished product. … Continue reading

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A Washed-Up Atlantis

I’ve started listening to the Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby podcast, which I found on Twitter. I have a lot to catch up on, but I did listen to some of the most recent installments about Atlantis. As the host … Continue reading

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Illuminating the Issues

WARNING! SPOILERS for all three films! The Secret of Kells – I knew pretty much nothing about this 2009 French animated film. It takes place at a monastery in ninth century Ireland, where a curious boy named Brendan lives with … Continue reading

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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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