Entries tagged with: Black Francis
Created in the explosive space between the surreal and the concrete, The Good Inn follows Solder Boy--the lone survivor of the explosion of the battleship Iéna--as he wanders aimlessly after the accident, falls deeply for an innkeeper's daughter, and even more deeply into a bizarre, alternate universe he discovers through a hole in his bedroom wall.The above description is of Pixies frontman Black Francis' debut novel, The Good Inn (written with co-author Josh Frank), which is being celebrated with a book launch in Brooklyn on April 25 at The Powerhouse Arena (37 Main St). The event runs from 6-8 PM, and will feature Black Francis, Josh Frank and the book's illustrator Steven Appleby. TIckets are on sale now, can be applied as credit towards the purchase of The Good Inn.
The world he finds exists at the intersection of art and violence, and introduces readers to the very real (and surreal) characters who created the first narrative pornographic film. The Good Inn weaves together real characters from the history of French cinema with darkly whimsical illustrations by Steven Appleby and recreates the lost story of La Bonne Auberge, as seen through the eyes of a shell-shocked soldier.
Through Soldier Boy's journey as the subject and star of the world's first stag film, we explore the power of memory, the simultaneously destructive and healing power of light and how the early pioneers of these stag films helped shape their industry for generations to come.
Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, film and prose, reality and surreality, The Good Inn bends readers' minds and holds its own against the best surrealists--from Lynch to Dali to Serling. It is sure to challenge our conceptions of history, highbrow and lowbrow and how we consume art in all its forms.
Pixie David Lovering @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Having released their second EP in under a year (the unceremoniously titled EP-2 just last week), the Pixies have wasted no time in calling up their creative forces. It's likely a welcome relief for the band to have some news that doesn't include the words "bassist," "revolving," or some permutation of "Kim" in the headline. While rock fandom often (read: justifiably) associates comebacks or band reunions with the tinny sounds of a cash register, this interview with drummer and founding member David Lovering suggests a band that, without regard for their incomparable influence and popularity, simply wanted to get back together and play.
What was the thought process behind you guys getting back together, making new music, and going back out on the road?
David Lovering: I think it all began basically as a little rumor or something like that. Because when the Pixies broke up years ago I would have never thought we'd get back together. If you'd told me we'd get back together I would just laugh at you, you know [laughs]? It was just impossible. Then I think Charles [aka Black Francis] said something on radio, some interview, this was years ago in the UK, and that kind of got thrown out and all of a sudden it just made him maybe think twice about it. So Charles had called Joe, and Joe had said "Hey, what do you think? Let's get back together," and then I got the call and then Kim got board, and we all got back together. I don't know if it was a financial impetus or whatever, but it just seemed time was right, and we had been gone a long time. It just seemed like the fun thing and the right thing to do.
Since you guys first formed in the mid 80s the music industry has gone through what's arguably its biggest change. How have you as an artist seen that change since you initially helped form The Pixies?
David Lovering: Well, it's interesting. It's a completely different ballgame with new material now. It is the digital age, and everything is just song-by-song rather than an album. You also know that when an album is released it only has a seven - or I think it's like a three or so week shelf life on it, so that's just the way everything is going. To us it's all brand new. I gotta say we're lucky that we have management that's much smarter than us and can really handle these things. They've got it going where we have everything like a big email list, a database, we're able to put things out on EPs now with the way we're doing it. It's working fine, and I'm a bit surprised at how it's working for us. Again, it's none of my efforts. It's all management and everyone who had the greater powers to do all this, so I'm quite amazed at it.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Kim Deal-less Pixies began their four-night run in NYC on Tuesday (9/17) at Bowery Ballroom, and they continued at the same venue Wednesday night (9/18). Wednesday's show was heavier on the Surfer Rosa and Doolittle material than the first night, and it included three songs from Bossanova, unlike night one which included none. Like the first night, Reignwolf opened. Pictures of that show, plus videos of the Pixies playing "Velouria" and "Here Comes Your Man," and their setlist, are in this post.
The run continued at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/19) with Meg Myers opening. You can check out a video, a picture of the setlist, and the flyer for that show below.
The final of the four shows is tonight (9/20) at Bowery Ballroom with Parquet Courts (who headline MHOW soon after). The poster for tonight's show is also below. Sold out.
More pictures, videos, setlists and posters below...
Pixies at The Echo - 9/6/13 (via Lisa Worden)
The reunited Pixies had been pretty quiet since the end of their 2011 tour, but a lot's been happening over in their world lately. First they lost bassist/backing vocalist Kim Deal only to soon release their first new song in almost a decade. It was then announced that Kim Shattuck of The Muffs would take Deal's place in the band and that they'd be touring (including Riot Fest Chicago and four sold-out NYC shows). Then out of nowhere, they dropped a surprise four-song EP (which Pitchfork just gave a 1.0, what did you think of it?).
The new lineup has been rehearsing for their tour in LA, and as Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, they played a surprise show there at The Echo on Friday (9/6). The band played a 26-song set which included tons of old favorites from all four full lengths (and Come On Pilgrim), with the most coming from Surfer Rosa. They also played "Bagboy," three of the four songs on EP-1, two unreleased new ones ("Blue Eyed Hexe" and "Greens and Blues"), and their covers of The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" and Neil Young's "Winterlong."
Check out the full setlist and videos from the show below...
Pixies at Wellmont Theatre in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Kim Deal-less Pixies announced the European leg of a world tour earlier this month, so it was only a matter of time before North American dates were announced. First, they were announced for Chicago's totally killer Riot Fest (with Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., Rancid, Blondie, Violent Femmes, Bad Religion, Rocket From the Crypt, etc), and now four small NYC shows have been announced!
The NYC shows happen on September 17, 18, and 20 at Bowery Ballroom and September 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Brooklyn's great indie rockers Parquet Courts open the 9/20 show, Reignwolf (who recently opened for Dinosaur Jr.) open the 9/17 and 9/18 shows, and Meg Myers opens the 9/19 show. Tickets for night 1, night 2, night 3, and night 4 are on Band Presale now (password: "bagboy") and they go on sale to the general public on Saturday (7/27) at 10 AM.
Taking Kim Deal's place on this tour is another indie rock Kim, Kim Shattuck of The Muffs, who play their first of two NYC-area shows tonight (7/25).
Pixies also just released a second music video for their new song, "Bagboy," because "who says you can't have two videos for a song?" Check out the new video (via Rolling Stone), along with the list of all tour dates, below.
Black Francis at LPR in 2011 (more by Adam Siegel)
We recently mentioned that Black Francis (aka Pixies frontman Frank Black) has an upcoming NYC show which happens on May 17 at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway) with collaborator Reid Paley (tickets). It's since been revealed that that show is part of a larger tour Black Francis and Reid Paley are going on, which also includes a show in Asbury Park on May 14 at Wonder Bar. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
Black Francis at LPR in 2011 (more by Adam Siegel)
Onetime Pixies frontman Black Francis recently went on a tour with collaborator Reid Paley that hit the NYC area back in February for a Maxwell's show. Now Black Francis has more dates scheduled, including one happening in NYC on May 17 at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway) in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, and Reid Paley is opening that one too. He'll be playing "an evening of solo acoustic songs spanning his career." Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
Frank Black w/ Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Black Francis (aka Frank Black of Pixies) and frequent collaborator Reid Paley, who released an album together last year, will be going on a tour together this February for which both artists will be playing solo sets. The tour doesn't hit NYC but there's an area show happening on February 21 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The tour also includes two upstate NY shows and another NJ date in Bordentown the night after the Maxwell's show. All dates are listed below.
Best Coast at LPR (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Best Coast have announced a big tour in support of their new LP The Only Place, due on 5/15 via Mexican Summer. Check out the tracklisting/art for The Only Place below.
The tour, part of which is with Jeff The Brotherhood (who recently played Terminal 5), and part of which is with Those Darlins (who recently lost a member), kicks off in LA in May and hits NYC at Terminal 5 on July 17th (with Those Darlins who they also played that Planned Parenthood event with at Le Poisson Rouge). Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale Wednesday (3/7) at noon, and regular sale on Friday.
The NYC stop falls toward the end of fashion mogul Beth Consentino's trek, and is also one of TWO stops they'll make to the NYC area this summer, the first being... supporting Metallica in Atlantic City. All dates are listed below.
If you have ever seen Nikki or Linwood's VHS collections, you know that their copies of Repo Man are well worn. Hell, we are pretty sure that Nikki's not driving might have something to do with Miller's philosophizing.Look for covers by Mike Watt, Matthew Sweet, Black Francis, Weekend and more to round out the rest of the LP, and look for it on 9/8 via American Laundromat.
So, it is very cool that we can now announce that Those Darlins have recorded a cover of the Iggy Pop title track for an upcoming tribute album on American Laundromat Records.
All tour dates, SXSW included, and the new BC album cover, below...
photos by Adam Siegel
Black Francis @ Le Poisson Rouge
Black Francis played Le Poisson Rouge last night (7/24). Eric Drew Feldman accompanied him like he's done in the past. Reid Paley, who Frank is releasing an album with, opened the show. Pictures are in this post.
Five days earlier, Frank's tour brought him to St Louis where kdhx had this to say:
"Once he was tuned up and ready to go, Frank howled out a fantastic cover of Tom Waits' "The Black Rider" and his own tune "Six-Sixty-Six" over Eric's gorgeous organ accompaniment. The rest of the set found Frank playing whatever came to mind, picking out some fantastic guitar lines and delivering his lyrics in a wailing tenor while Eric switched between electric piano, organ and bass depending on the song. The set mostly consisted of songs from Frank's solo albums, but did include a handful of Pixies tunes, covers of the aforementioned Tom Waits tune and the Gary Green penned "That Burnt Out Rock and Roll" along with the fan suggested "Song of the Shrimp" from his 2005 album Honeycomb."The full 7/19 setlist is below.
Frank's got a couple more dates left before the Pixies go on a tour that hits Wellmont Theatre on October 27 (sold out), Asbury Park Convention Hall on October 28 (tickets) and The Paramount in Huntington on November 5th (tickets).
More pictures and videos of Black Francis from the 7/24 LPR show, and the 7/19 setlist below...
Black Francis at Joe's Pub in September (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Black Francis and frequent collaborator Reid Paley recently recorded some material together in Nashville which they'll release as Paley & Francis on September 13 via Sonic Unyonl. Frank Black will head out on a tour this summer, with Reid Paley opening some of the shows. Only nine July dates have been announced at this point, but according to Frank Black's website more dates are coming soon. They'll bring their tour to NYC on July 24 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, the Pixies recently spoke to Spinner about a possible new album:
You released a single a while back, but there's been no follow-up album. Kim made another Breeders album. Is there a reason Pixies haven't put out fresh stuff?Black Francis tour dates and tracklist below...
David: We were happy to just tour, and it's been non-stop because people want to see us. We've talked about it for years, but nothing's come to fruition.
Joey: I'm gonna answer this honestly, for once. In the back of our minds I think we're afraid that it might cause friction. Right? Don't you think? It might, and that "might" is gonna be an "Uh oh, what the f--- are we doing now?"
David: The thing is, we want to protect the legacy. If we do something, it better be good. And as we go along -- it's been seven years now -- it gets more difficult to make that decision.
Ray Davies has a new LP on the way entitled See My Friends due on November 1st. The release will see The Kinks frontman pairing with multiple bands to re-record, and sometimes re-imagine, Kinks songs. And these bands have names like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Spoon, Black Francis, Metallica, Mumford & Sons... and the legendary Alex Chilton (RIP).
"This project came about almost by accident," says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of 'Till The End Of The Day' in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.The full list of collaborators is below.
Davies is getting back on the road as well, though so far he just has scattered dates in Europe, and a newly-announced show in the United States. He'll be performing his 2009 LP The Kinks Choral Collection with the Dessoff Chamber Choir at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 26th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (10/8). NYC got that show in 2009.
All dates, the See My Friends tracklisting, and some video are below...
"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...
Frank Black is going solo acoustic at Joe's Pub in NYC on September 3rd and 4th. Tickets just went on sale. All dates below.
You can also catch Frank at some upcoming Pixies shows.
And stop by Joe's Pub tonight (6/23) to catch Villagers.
The Breeders are playing two shows around their appearance at ATP NY this year. Those dates are below too...
DOWNLOAD: Black Francis - All in My Mind (Love & Rockets) (MP3)
I would like to apologize to the Breeders for saying they would not sell out. I was a jerk about it and am truly sorry. I also apologize to their fans I may have offended with my stupid insensitive comments. Hope you liked the show.-Anonymous
The Breeders @ The Paradise in Boston 8/17 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
"Come one come all-I'm work shopping new introductions bare with me-Welcome to the 18th installment of the Jay Porks Never Ending concert series. Tonight brings us to the 'Sold Out' Bowery Ballroom at 6 Delancey St. in New York City. The Bowery is a venue that's been on my radar for a while, considering that the Bowery owns(or at least sponsors) most of the venues I attend for concerts in the city. Tonight the headliner, the band I'm here to see is the one, the only, THE BREEDERS." [The Jay Porks Blog]The Breeders completed their two-night run at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (8/19). More on that soon.
On the horizon, Kim & Kelley Deal will be singing as part of The Long Count at BAM this fall, and Kim will be playing with her other band the Pixies, when they play NYC on their Doolittle tour this November.
Co-Pixie Frank Black recently contributed a track to New Tales To Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets, which came out Tuesday (Aug 18th) on Justice Records. Frank's track from that, "All in My Mind", off L&R's 1986 album Express, is posted above for your downloading pleasure.
He didn't appear at the release party/show on August 18th at the Ben Sherman store in Soho, but he will be at the show for, another tribute comp, Ciao My Shining Star - The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, which happens Sunday, September 20th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also appearing at the concert will be Joseph Arthur, David Berkeley and more. Non-musical guests (of sorts) include the premiere of the Thom Yorke video "All For The Best" and a reading by graphic novelist Ben Katchor. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st at noon.
Joseph Arthur also has a series of shows coming up at City Winery.
That Mulcahy comp also has a slightly more personal story, via FrankBlack.net...
We have some sad news from a friend of our website and of FBF, Mark Mulcahy. Some of you might recognize the name as the singer/songwriter behind Miracle Legion and Polaris [of the soundtrack to Pete & Pete among other things], both of which featured Catholics David McCafferey and Scott Boutier, or perhaps you recognize the name from the liner notes of Christmass, as Mark provided backing vocals for both "Radio Lizards" and "Don't Get Me Wrong." Or maybe, like me, you saw Mark open for the Pixies in Atlantic City in 2005. Regardless, Mark's wife recently passed away, leaving him as a single dad to two small children. Some friends and admirers, including our Frank Black Francis, have recorded some of Mark's songs for a tribute record called Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy.That record comes out September 29th on Shout! Factory records, and includes contributions from The National, Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe, Dinosaur Jr., Vic Chesnutt and Elvis Perkins. In addition to the names on the tracklist, below, 20 additional cuts will be released digitally. Look for a London concert to be announced as well.
The tracklist and art work for both tribute albums are posted below...
Black Francis (Grand Duchy) @ Siren (more by Tim Griffin)
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of their classic 1989 album Doolittle, the band - Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering - will kick off the very special US "Doolittle Tour" at the Palladium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 4. The U.S. tour will hit a total of nine cities, including three dates in New York City. Ticket prices and on-sale dates will vary city to city, but some tickets go on sale as early as this Saturday, August 1 and can be purchased at the venues' box offices or online at Ticketmaster See below for full itinerary and on-sale information.The European dates were announced about a month ago. In 2004 the Pixies played eight shows at Hammerstein Ballroom. This time they've announced three 2009 shows at the same venue. Those and all North American dates below...
On this tour, the Pixies will perform all of the songs from Doolittle and its related B-sides, "Weird at My School," "Dancing the Manta Ray," and "Bailey's Walk" among them. Doolittle, the band's third album and the first to chart on Billboard's album charts, includes classics such as "Debaser," "Wave of Mutilation," "Here Comes Your Man," "Hey," and "Gouge Away."
"We wanted to do something special for Doolittle's 20th anniversary," said Black Francis, "and we thought his was a good opportunity to play all of the songs from that album, something we don't normally do at a regular gig."
photos by Tim Griffin
Village Voice: When's the last time you were at Coney Island?That interview took place before Saturday when Frank Black and his wife Violet Clark introduced their new band Grand Duchy to NYC. The show was part of the Village Voice Siren Festival, in Coney Island 7/18). One night earlier they played a late show at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Fellow Siren-players Frightened Rabbit had played the early show. More dates HERE (and Pixies dates HERE, and Breeders dates HERE).
Frank Black: The only time I was at Coney Island, I was filming an Electronic Press Kit. Remember those?
FB: The record companies used to spend a few bucks on those. They hired a film director and everything. They had already begun to buy into the myth-well, it's not really a myth- it's the truth of my driving around in large automobiles. They rented us a van to drive around Coney Island. And that was my introduction. I don't think I've been back since.
VV: When was this?
FB: That would've been around 1993 or 1994.
The Grand Duchy setlists have included the Black Francis song "Threshold Apprehension". The full Maxwell's setlist and more pics, below...
The Breeders @ McCarren Park Pool, July 13 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Pixies played their first high-profile UK gig in nearly four years tonight (June 14), performing before Neil Young at the Isle Of Wight Festival.The Pixies followed that show with an invite-only release party for their Minotaur boxset the next night in London. (That boxset includes each of the five Pixies studio albums cut onto LP/gold-plated CD/Blu-ray audio/DVD/etc.) Drowned in Sound was there and wrote...
Opening their Main Stage set with 'U-Mass', the band treated fans to an 80-minute greatest hits set.
Early on in the set, bassist Kim Deal remarked that she found the island "very pretty", before giggling into the microphone. [NME]
Doubtless you know/saw enough of the last reunion tour to be well aware the Pixies are still very, very good at playing Pixies songs, and a full review would be kind of gratuitous: they were frickin' awesome.Set lists for both shows are below.
There's no word on any additional Pixies dates yet, though Frank Black has announced some solo Black Francis shows, and is touring with his Grand Duchy project this summer. That group plays NYC's Siren Fest on July 18th, with a show the night before in Hoboken. Updated tour dates (FB and GD) are below.
The Pixies' Kim Deal has shows this summer too, with The Breeders. They'll be at Sled Island Fest in Calgary this weekend (June 26th). The band's also announced several August tour dates. Those include NYC shows on August 18th and 19th at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both nights go on presale Wednesday, June 24th at noon. General sale starts Friday at 11am.
Kim and Kelley Deal of the Breeders will lso be performing as part of The Long Count, a BAM commissioned project by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner. That premieres in Brooklyn in October.
Pixies set lists, with all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Pixies are back again - so far with just one UK date: June 14th at the Isle of Wight Festival (featuring Neil Young and more - tickets on sale here). "More [shows] to come", as promised by the band's Myspace.
Meanwhile, Frank Black and Violet Clark (husband+wife) have recorded a full-length as Grand Duchy. The record, Petits Fours, will be out April 14th in the US on Cooking Vinyl (out now in Europe). Track list below. The group's Myspace also asks for "submissions of an artistic nature for the creation of a compendium of Grand Duchy-themed art."
Frank Black's BlackFrancis.net cryptically speculates: "The negotiators continue the discussion about BLACK FRANCIS concerts for this year of the Ox 2009. Acoustic? 3 piece? GRAND DUCHY? PIXIES? Duets with movie stars? Poetry slam? Art exhibition? WHO SHALL KNOW THESE THINGS? Checking the site of blackfrancis.net can be a habit to have!!" Part of that picture is put together above, with certainly more to be announced.
Black also recently produced Art Brut's third LP Art Brut vs. Satan out April 20th (Europe on Cooking Vinyl) and May 12th (US on Downtown Records). The first officially released track "Alcoholics Unanimous" has a video which was posted here on Sunday and can also be watched below.
A book on the Pixies, Pixies: In Print, recently came out on Rock Reader Books. The 1,000-copy first printing "collects all of the revered and influential band's essential press interactions. Focusing on the group's 1987 - 1992 heyday and its subsequent 2004 - 2007 reunion, PIXIES: IN PRINT chronicles the history of the Boston-bred musical icons through essential interviews, essays and articles."