Posted in music | pictures on September 8, 2010

photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Patricia Scull

Frank Black

"For the first time in my life, I just don't care," Frank Black sang Friday night (9/3), opening his solo acoustic show at Joe's Pub (his first of three sold out Labor Day Weekend shows at the intimate venue). While the song containing these lyrics ("Horrible Day") was released in 2003, it seems that Black has taken them and run. From his wearing sunglasses through the entire performance in the dimly lit Joe's Pub, to a mocking reference to his guitar skills ("And on guitar, we have Jack Shit,") Frank Black, a.k.a. Black Francis, a.k.a. the frontman of influential 90's alt-rock band the Pixies, seems numb to the hoopla. Black's billing at the club is promoted as a "solo acoustic show," however it should be noted that the stage setup contained a Baldwin grand piano, a pump organ, a bass guitar, drum set, and yes, featured Black on electric guitar.

Starting the show with some warm-ups and donning a variation of an outfit some might refer to as the "Canadian tuxedo" (loose fitting blue jean button up shirt, untucked, and blue jean pants), Black immediately mezmerizes as soon as he opens his mouth to sing. Black's powerful timbre consistently leads the crescendo, with electric instruments following behind, sometimes singing melodically, sometimes screeching madly.

Despite promoting his latest solo release Non Stop Erotik, Black pulls some of his Pixies repertoire off the shelf, performing "Nimrod's Son," Cactus," and "Planet of Sound." His solo material is more solemn and less experimental than his work with the Pixies, often using the catharsis of the pump organ as a backdrop for his grainy vocals. His solo material (including that billed as Frank Black and the Catholics) seems as if age and experience has cast a new light over his work, with introspection and flashes of wisdom. "If your heart is sad," Black laments, "this is your new home." At times, Black reverts back to his signature Pixies vocal style, proving that he's no "Burnt Out Rock And Roll" star, a song he included in the set, along with "Manitoba," Ten Percenter," "Los Angeles," and "I Heard Ramona Sing." Black closed the show with a brief and somber encore, reminding the audience to "Sing for joy/Sing for laughs/ If nothing else/Sing for joy."

More pictures from Friday's show, below...

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Comments (19)

Real nice!! He's looking pretty good tbh. I'd like to be there :)

Posted by Web Tasarım | September 8, 2010 5:49 PM

how were these?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 6:15 PM

fat

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 6:34 PM

Comment above me, you are really funny :#

I was at the saturday nite show, it was a little short at only an hour but really good nonetheless. The songs sounded really good and black was fun to watch/listen to.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 7:04 PM

gordo

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 7:14 PM

love the shot of the parking garage

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 7:38 PM

First show ever was when I saw Frank Black/Catholics at Maxwell's in 1999 - Also, saw him during his Honeycomb tour at the Saint in Asbury. Every time I saw him he ended up tossing someone out because they were freaking out when he played a Pixies song...

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 8:23 PM

stay skinny and don't enjoy your life or do anything of value 6:34 and 7:14

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 10:00 PM

frank black is 20 million times cooler than you, STFU

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 10:14 PM

frank black can afford to be a fatass, you know with scamming his fans for all these years

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 6:22 AM

Frank's an intelligent guy that knows what's going on in the world.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 6:24 AM

oh man, wish i could have come...you can say whatever you want, i still think the guy is a genius!!

oh and we interviewed NYC ban Railbird in our blog....you guys might like it and if you do you should go check em out: http://www.cluecult.com/?p=465

happy hippy thursday everyone!


Posted by miss scarlet | September 9, 2010 8:19 AM

6:22 - Doolittle is a bigger accomplishment than you or your failure of parents will EVER achieve!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 8:51 AM

Frank blacks the shit. Prob my favorite musician .

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 9:26 AM

Bono.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 10:00 AM

The drummer looks pretty psyched to be there

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 10:09 AM

In a season that welcomes Frank Black, Nick Cave, Michael Gira, Pavement, GBV and so much more....who could possibly have a single negative thing to say??! Stop the hate and listen to the F--KING MUSIC!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 11:00 AM

First time I ever saw Frank Black was a solo show he did at Mercury Lounge circa late 90's. Moldy Peaches were the opener. I thought to myself this band is so horrible and i know they will never be popular so I won't ever have to hear them or anything about them again. Man... I really don't know shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 12:59 PM

Moldy peaches Popularity was pretty strange.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 3:15 PM

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