I Read the News Today, Oh Boy! (Yet Another Beatles Blurb)


With the 50th anniversary of its release just passed and a deluxe reissue already having hit the market, the highly-regarded Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has once more become a hot topic amongst music lovers. From coffee shop conversations to the nightly news to most every music publication, the album that some consider to be the band’s best has been discussed, dissected and doted upon, ad nauseum. Aside from the many positive reviews Giles Martin (son of “fifth Beatle” George Martin) has received for his remastering efforts, few new remarks or revelations have been revealed with these revisitations.

A common criticism that has caught my eye, however, is contempt for “Lovely Rita,” much to my surprise. While it has never garnered the attention “A Day in the Life,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and other Pepper tunes have, I think the catchy bass line alone is enough to brand it as ear candy as opposed to ear worm.

Though Revolver will forever be my answer when “forced” to choose my favorite Beatles record, I think “Rita” (coupled here with another less-heralded track) was an important inclusion on what was the Beatles’ most diverse collection of songs to date. And whether they’re being criticized or praised (each for the umpteenth time), Fab Four features will forever be newsworthy.

(Since much of the Beatles’ catalog has been removed from YouTube, I have chosen to use this live McCartney clip instead. I will gladly accept any and all donated tickets to Sir Paul’s current tour, as I have yet to see him live! #bucketlistgroveling)


Anna B Savage – EP




Anna B Savage is a London-based singer-songwriter whose songs are filled with intimate confessions that are more likely to make the listener cringe than to sway. The painful honesty of Anna’s lyrics weigh heavily on the somber tones that she chooses to carry her words. Often, the songs’ melodies buckle under the shear heaviness of Anna’s intimate thoughts she conveys, forcing the listener to construct a mental bridge that ultimately links Anna’s lyrical content to the music. This is a good thing. It’s songs like Anna’s that make a music lover an active listener. She deliberately asks us to appreciate the nuisances of her rather husky voice and the space she gives each song to reside in.

In her debut EP simply titled EP, Anna has given us four solid songs that showcase her inherent talent to make us wince and sigh, groove and contemplate.

The opening track “I”…

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Ryley Walker: More Chicagoan Than Deep Dish Pizza


In the 2+ years since I first posted this entry, Ryley has released an EP, two LPs and greatly increased his internet presence. (For maximum audio enjoyment, check out his KEXP performances!) Dusting off this post (and the blog in general) on the heels of Walker’s critically acclaimed new album, Primrose Green. When I first wrote about Ryley, I also had hopes of conducting an interview with him sometime. Now that he is more easily accessible, perhaps I can ask him what it was like to receive his first big break from yours truly? I kid, I kid!

Not Bound To Follow Suit

Rylie Walker

Like John Fahey before him, fingerstyle guitarist Ryley Walker’s music is steeped in the traditions of, but not limited to, folk music and blues. Perhaps Walker also prefers a grassroots approach when it comes to reaching the masses, as there are only scant details to be found on the information superhighway. No website, no Facebook page; just a smattering of YouTube videos and blurbs on websites such as Chicago Reader-appropriately enough, since the Windy City is where Walker calls home.

My first introduction to Walker’s tunes was Laurie’s Planet of Sound, a record store based in (yes) Chicago that carries an ample supply of vinyl to meet your needle’s needs. After releasing a few tapes on (drum roll please) Chicago label Plustapes, he made his vinyl debut  last week for (Los Angeles? Detroit? New York City? NOPE) Chicago record label Addenda Records. Available on their website…

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One Minute Critic: Americanarama Festival 7/12/13



Even though I had a blast at the Americanarama Festival last night, it just reinforced why I much prefer club shows to stadium concerts (for a variety of reasons). Unsurprisingly, Wilco‘s  hometown set was easily the evening’s highlight, though Richard Thompson and My Morning Jacket were stellar too. As expected, the sound quality was less than exceptional at Toyota Park (home of the Chicago Fire soccer team), but the three supporting acts managed to rise above the issue for the most part- especially Jeff Tweedy and company. I had spied set lists for the previous tour stops and was really hoping the Chicago crowd would be treated to “California Stars” and Wilco/MMJ’s rendition of “Cinnamon Girl.” I received both of my wishes; thankfully the sun had set, making it easier to conceal my emotional responses to the two tunes.

The greatest disappointment of the night was the headlining Dylan. Even though he sounds like three-parts Tom Waits and one-part Bob nowadays, his voice isn’t what let me down. It was the altered arrangements to much-loved songs like “Tangled up in Blue” and “Simple Twist of Fate,” which rendered those and other standards nearly unrecognizable. I didn’t expect the performances to sound exactly like the album versions or resemble Dylan’s classic live shows. However straying too far away from the songs’ original visions created a palpable discontentment that seemed to envelope the entire stadium. Please save the rearranging for bonus tracks or other artists covering the songs. Despite my criticisms I am still glad I got to see Dylan again, though I will embrace my memories of his 1994 show tighter than last night’s.

Record REcollection 7/7/13


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As mentioned previously, one of my resources for obtaining music has been friends. A couple in particular have been especially generous when they have run across CDs or LPs they know I want and pick them up for me. I return the favor when I see albums they are seeking, which makes for a pleasant back and forth exchange.

I have also been contacted by friends who have uploaded collections to their computers and they no longer want the physical copies. I am always more than happy to take the music off of their hands. Whatever I can’t add to my collection I pass on to someone who wants it for theirs.

Additionally, I have been on the receiving end of a stranger’s kindness. One example occurred during my first visit to Village Records in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago last winter. A small, but quaint record shop with an eclectic mix of  new and used music, books and DVDs, the store’s greatest asset is its owner Will. Will greets everyone when they walk through the door, but gives patrons space to navigate his wares without hovering over them. If someone has a question, however, he is quick to provide assistance. But the most engaging aspect of visiting the store is talking over one’s purchases with Will. As one customer remarked on yelp.com, “The owner knew all of the albums I picked out well despite the fact they were all over the genre map.” That was my experience too. The love for music he exuded as he rang up my CDs and records spoke to my inner music nerd and was a pleasant addition to an already grand record store experience. As Will was bagging up my goodies I noticed Stereolab‘s “Jenny Ondioline Part 1” seven inch clear vinyl promo on the shelf behind him. I asked to see the record and we talked about our love for the band. I decided to add it to my order and instead of charging me ten dollars as marked, he knocked the price down to seven- a very fair price for the rare 45. A friend that accompanied me inquired if he sold 45 adapter domes. Will said no, but without thinking twice gave him the one from the store’s turntable.  We haven’t had an opportunity to visit his shop again, but I look forward to the next chance we get.

Finally, I have found a lot of hospitable folks at yard sales. Many people are selling their unwanted music for cheap via their front lawn stores, with some offering boxes of compact discs or records for a flat rate. There was one sale I was perusing LPs and the seller said, “Ten bucks and they’re all yours!” I was delighted to accept those terms, as the collection contained a couple hundred records.

Saturday I encountered another benevolent yard sale merchant. I was drawn to the sale due to their classified ad stating, “Lots of music CDs.” After finding twenty-seven discs suitable for my collection, the homeowner complimented me on grabbing all of the Alan Parsons Project albums. I made mention that the only projects by Mr. Parsons I already owned were on LP, so these CDs were a nice addition. He told me he had some records inside the house but didn’t own a turntable. He added that he was just going to throw them away but asked if I had any interest in them for free. I couldn’t answer in the affirmative quickly enough and thanked him a few times over. His wife went into the house and came out with a huge stack of happiness. For the small sum of nine dollars (the CDs were three for a buck), I went home with twenty-seven CDs and forty-seven LPs!

Saturday’s haul:


The Alan Parsons Project Tales of Mystery and Imagination

The Alan Parsons Project I Robot

The Alan Parsons Project Pyramid

The Alan Parsons Project Eve

The Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card

The Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky

The Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue

The Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy

Alan Parsons  On Air

The Cure Disintegration– This was a long time, overdue repurchase after lending it out in high school only for it to never be returned.

Ray Charles The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years- As a general rule I don’t purchase greatest hits compilations of artists I enjoy enough to collect their entire works, but for the price, I made an exception.

Cheap Trick Dream Police

Jethro Tull Aqualung– I already owned it on LP and am glad to add it on this format.

Jethro Tull Warchild

ELO Out of the Blue

The Moody Blues Greatest Hits– See Ray Charles

Talking Heads Fear of Music

Van Halen Van Halen– All VH purchases are albums I used to own on cassette.

Van Halen Women and Children First

Van Halen Diver Down

XTC Nonesuch– My first album on any format by the band. I have been familiar with them for many years but have only started appreciating their work the last several. My introduction to their music was “Dear God” and I allowed my  previous religious-inspired bias to cloud my judgement. While that tune is still not one of my favorites , I have taken the opportunity to explore their back catalog and like what I’ve heard.

Yes Going For The One

Yes 90125

The following CDs were bought for my wife. We maintain separate CD collections, though our LPs are a combined accumulation.

Fleetwood Mac Rumours

Styx Kilroy Was Here

Styx Pieces of Eight

Styx Paradise Theater


Count Basie 20 Greatest Hits

The Beatles Rarities

Irvin Berlin Dance to the Music of Irvin Berlin

Chuck Berry Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade

Boogie Woogie Trio Vol. 3

Ray Charles The Ray Charles Story

Bobby Darin 18 Roses & 11 Other Hits

ELO Out of the Blue

Marvin Gaye Let’s Get it On

Marvin Gaye Midnight Love

Marvin Gaye Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye

George Harrison Somewhere In England

Billy Joel 52nd Street*

Elton John Blue Moves

Elton John Greatest Hits Volume II

Elton John A Single Man

Elton John Victim of Love

Elton John The Fox

Elton John Jump Up!

Elton John Too Low for Zero

Elton John Breaking Hearts

John Lennon/Yoko Ono Double Fantasy

Jerry Lee Lewis Original Golden Hits Volume II

London Philharmonic Orchestra Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

Lynyrd Skynyrd Gold & Platinum*

Barry Manilow Greatest Hits Vol. II*

The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed

The Moody Blues The Present

The Moody Blues The Other Side of Life

Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra The Nutcracker Suite

Elvis Presley Elvis’ Christmas Album (1959 reissue)

Elvis Presley Elvis’ Christmas Album (1985 reissue)

Elvis Presley Loving You

Elvis Presley Elvis Is Back!

Elvis Presley G.I. Blues

Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii

Elvis Presley Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas

Elvis Presley Memories of Christmas

Prince 1999– We own this already so it will be given away or traded.

Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain– See 1999.

The Al Sack Concert Orchestra Music for Listening– Isn’t that the point of all music?

Bobby Vinton Roses are Red

Collector’s Records of the 50’s an 60’s Vol. 13

Grease soundtrack*- The Mrs. already owns this one so it will be given away or traded.

Jazz Heritage Series Vol. 33 Piano In Style: 1926-1930– This album features Jelly Roll Morton, Pinetop Smith and James P. Johnson

Saturday Night Fever soundtrack*- See Grease.

* denotes records that are more geared toward my wife’s tastes.

Record REcollection 7/4/13


Record REcollection is an ongoing series sharing recent record and CD acquisitions and some of the stories behind the music. For a detailed account of my musical journey, please follow the recurring series, You Say You Want An Evolution. I hope to update that feature soon.

While not telling the entire story, knowing what music is in one’s collection can convey a lot about that person. If you have read most of the NBTFS entries up until this point, you have likely determined I listen to a wide variety of music, enjoy going to concerts and am insanely sentimental, with a dash of goofy humor thrown in for good measure. Unless you are close to me and/or share a profound interest in music, however, you don’t know much about my collection or buying habits. That’s why I have added this feature, along with the upcoming Dusting Off the Discography entries.

There was a time when my disposable income allowed me to purchase a great deal more music than I am able to do today. In fact, a sizable portion of my collection was built when I still lived with my parents, had few expenses and would stockpile my favorite artist’s albums nearly every payday. It was also a nurturing era of discovering new music via word of mouth, radio airplay, magazines and taking calculated risks. After all, it was the early 90’s and the information superhighway wasn’t right at one’s fingertips.

Nowadays I have greater financial responsibilities and a more insatiable interest than ever in music, including my ever-growing CD and vinyl collection. Thankfully my options for obtaining albums are plentiful and sometimes inexpensive. They include the internet, new and used record stores, pawn shops, yard sales, department stores, friends and concerts. I love the opportunities to get albums on the cheap, but I try to regularly make purchases directly through the artists and independent record companies to show my support as well.

Through this regular feature you will be introduced to terms such as “round-outers” and “junk vinyl.” You will also find out how many “must-have” albums have taken an embarrassingly long time to become a part of my collection. But most of all, I hope you are moved to recall your own special memories when you see albums you love or perhaps you will discover something new. As always, feel free to share your personal experiences, as I would love to hear about them. I will start with my most recent arrivals, via Joyful Noise Recordings and eBay.

After embarking on a couple of reunion tours and re-releasing some of their classic albums in recent times, Sebadoh reconvened in the studio last year and created Secret. Originally only available on CD at live shows and via Bandcamp, Joyful Noise Recordings released the album on 10″ vinyl last month and announced the band’s plans to deliver a full-length effort, Defend Yourself, in September. In addition to a standard black vinyl edition, the record company produced three hundred hand-numbered copies on green-marbled vinyl. I was fortunate to catch the news early enough and placed an order for the latter variation before they sold out in about an hour! I also decided to tack on math rock merchants Don Cabellero‘s Gang Banged With A Headache And Live. It was available as a bone-colored 12″ vinyl limited to five hundred, so I opted for that edition.

On Tuesday my Joyful Noise order arrived, safe and sound. The record company did an excellent job securing the items and included two namesake stickers and a Sebadoh sticker that depicted art from the forthcoming album. Like Polyvinyl Records regularly does, they included a couple pieces of candy as well. Who knew Now and Laters still existed? I was very pleased with Joyful Noise’s customer service and recommend pineapple as my new Now and Later flavor of choice.

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I also received an eBay purchase that day: the ¡Alarma! LP by Daniel Amos. The first in the band’s four part “Alarma Chronicles” series,  the 1981 album arrived as advertised in near mint shape and was a long overdue addition to my  record collection (I had purchased the CD version in the early 90’s).

Originally known for a country rock meets gospel sound, the group had already evolved into something closer to new wave by this album’s release, and exhibited considerable lyrical growth as well. The tour for ¡Alarma! and the subsequent albums in the Alarma Chronicles series featured a multimedia presentation which included video screens synchronized to the music, an unusual practice for any band at the time.
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Land of Linking: Sufjan Stevens’ Michigan Turns 10


While our friends up north are celebrating Canada Day, July 1 also marks the tenth anniversary of one of the most ambitious concept albums in the history of music. Originally marketed as the first release of a planned “Fifty States” series, Sufjan StevensMichigan is a gushing love letter that explores themes of hope, family, faith and love, but not without acknowledging personal struggles as well as the hardships the state itself has experienced.

To say that Stevens pulled out all the bells and whistles on the multi-layered album would be putting it mildly, as the talented musician played no less than twenty-three instruments (twenty-four if you count his voice), in addition to handling the art direction, arrangement, mixing and production duties. That doesn’t account for the other eight musicians who contributed to the project.

While in some cases less is more, Michigan doesn’t suffer from overproduction, nor do the instruments or vocals overshadow one another. What you find instead are lush canvas for the soft-singing, yet passionate Stevens to paint his pictures upon, as he takes the listener on a journey throughout the Great Lakes State.

Consequence of Sound does a nice job explaining why Michigan is much more than a tribute from one of its native sons in their feature, Five Reasons Sufjan Stevens’ Michigan Gave Us Hope.

This might be the first mention of Sufjan Stevens on this blog, but it most certainly won’t be the last.  Until next time, I will leave you with the sprawling, eight+ minute call to action, “Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head!”

The Pixies: No Longer Kim-less But Still Without a Deal


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The Pixies announced via their website this morning that Kim will in fact be playing bass and providing background vocals on their upcoming tour- just not the one we have grown accustomed to hearing and seeing. Kim Shattuck, lead guitarist and vocalist from The Muffs, will be stepping into the role recently vacated by Kim Deal, at least on the road. It had been speculated that Jeremy Dubs would be filling that spot after appearing on the new Pixies single “Bagboy,” which has been receiving mixed reviews since its release last Friday. The band has scheduled a European tour this fall and has already sold out four of the nineteen shows.  According to their website, this is the first leg of an “extensive, worldwide tour.” No word yet on when they will be hitting the States.

“Bagboy” is still available to download for free via the band’s website.  The video is also available to watch on Youtube.

2013 European tour dates
9/29 Paris, France
10/2 Brussels, Begium (Sold Out)
10/3 Brussels, Belgium (Sold Out)
10/5 Amsterdam, Holland
10/8 Berlin, Germany
10/10 Prague, Czech Republic
11/1 Vienna, Austria
11/2 Geneva, Switzerland
11/4 Milan, Italy
11/7 Madrid, Spain
11/9 Lisbon, Portugal
11/13 Copenhagen, Denmark
11/14 Oslo, Norway
11/15 Stockholm, Sweden
11/18 Dublin, Ireland (Sold Out)
11/19 Dublin, Ireland
11/21 Manchester, England
11/22 Glasgow, Scotland (Sold Out)
11/24 London, England

(Not Quite a) Concert Review: Birds of Chicago 6/27/13



The following post was originally a status update on my personal Facebook page concerning my excitement about the Birds of Chicago concert I attended the night before. The more detailed the update became, the more it sounded like a concert review. What’s missing, of course, is specifics about the band’s song choices that evening, among other things. As stated in the entry, however, the gig was recorded for a live album that will tentatively be released in August or September. Besides a few minor changes, I decided to leave the rambling mostly intact. Hopefully there is enough meat on the bone to whet your appetite and pique your interest in some incredibly talented artists. Without further adieu…..

Still flying high from the Birds of Chicago show we attended last night! I would say it was the perfect evening, but it didn’t quite start out that way.

Our journey started in a van that lost its AC a few days prior. We thought, “no big deal, windows down, we’ve got this!” That was until we had been on the road for an hour and it began to rain.  Experiencing precipitation sixty minutes into a seventy-four mile trip would normally not be an issue either except our excursion took three hours due to heavy traffic. With little ventilation and a lot of humidity, we had to leave the windows at least partially down. That might explain why you received a damp hug, Mahra. 🙂 Again, getting a little rain-soaked wasn’t anything to fret about. We would dry off eventually and it actually felt kind of nice when a strong gust of wind made its way through the vehicle.

The greatest difficulty we endured was my rising anxiety as the hours continued to pass and I thought for sure we would get lousy seats due to arriving well after the doors opened. I kept telling myself that Evanston SPACE is one of the best venues to attend a concert and even the worst seat is not too far away from the stage. While this is one hundred percent true, I REALLY wanted to be as close to the action as possible. It should be noted that SPACE offers reserved tables in addition to the general admission seats we had purchased, so there are guaranteed seating options.

We finally arrived around thirty minutes before the show started. I dropped my wife off in front of the venue while I parked the van a few blocks away (YAY, FREE PARKING!). Since we got there fairly close to starting time, I had to park a little farther away than my previous trips to SPACE. So I called the Mrs. to let her know why I was delayed, as I briskly made my way to the concert hall. When she answered I could tell by the giddiness in her voice that she had something exciting to share. I thought maybe she ran into my friend Mahra, talked to the band or something to that effect. Nope! Despite our tardiness she was able to secure two front row seats with a perfect view of the entire stage!

The same building that houses SPACE also has an excellent Italian joint named Union Pizzeria. From our previous outings we started the tradition of ordering a pizza and dining before the show. SPACE allows you to bring the pie over to their half of the building and partake in it, which makes for a spectacular opening act before the headliners grace the stage. After we gobbled down some sausage and pepperoni goodness that was out of this world (Get it? We were at SPACE? *THUD!*), we had a brief encounter with Mahra, whom I hadn’t seen for almost a year. In fact, that fateful evening in 2012 was not only our initial introduction to one another but also marked the first time either one of us had seen Birds of Chicago, at that very same location.

At last, it was time for the band to take the stage. Although they have played gigs as a duo,  multi-instrumentalists JT Nero and Ali Russell chose to include a flock of seven other gifted musicians, as this was a very special occasion: their first live recording for an album to be released later this summer or early fall. Adding to the festivities was the couple’s recent announcement that they are tying the knot on July 6 and expecting a baby bird in December!

As was the case the previous time I saw them, BoC reached into my soul and caressed it with songs about love, hope and strong affections for their adopted Windy City. Their sound is not easily labeled but the following excerpt from the band biography is a nice starting point: “Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s chilling. Fired by a full band, it’s a full tilt revival.”

What’s not included in that description is the chemistry and playful banter that I had previously only witnessed between other musician-couples such as Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine. There’s a lot to be said for the unique bond that a husband and wife act have, not only with each other, but the way that union enhances their relationship with the audience. No longer does it feel like there’s the band on one side of the room and the fans on the other, divided by an invisible, albeit see-through wall. Instead it feels like a gathering of like-minded friends who love spending the evening together. Of course an intimate venue like SPACE lends itself to such dynamics, though it also takes a willingness on the band’s behalf to bridge the gap that would ordinarily exist.

After treating the crowd to two long sets and a two-song encore, the Birds had meaningful conversations with all of the people who hung around afterward. Just like the care in which they approach their craft, JT and Ali (and really the entire backing band, which includes Nero’s brother Drew) took time to genuinely connect with anyone who approached them. Again, it was not an “OMG, I met the band” groupie situation, but instead an interaction between individuals who share a common, passionate interest.

While waiting to talk to Ali and JT we had another opportunity to speak with Mahra, at which time she graciously offered to take our picture with BoC. To say the couple are tremendously humble and kind is an understatement. They were as happy to see us as we were them and expressed their appreciation many times over. I asked them to sign the setlist I snagged from the piano, which they were glad to do. I also had JT sign a couple of CDs we purchased too. I know those actions scream “GROUPIE!” but trust me, it just isn’t like that.

Thankfully our drive home was much shorter than our earlier travels and contained a limited amount of rain. All we could talk about the whole time was how extraordinary the evening turned out to be and our love for Birds of Chicago.

In closing, I would be remiss if I didn’t explain that my worries about getting to the concert on time had started to melt away the moment we arrived. As I sat down next to the love of my life, much of the burden was lifted. It was completely gone by the time the band took the stage.

I also realized that although I mostly kept my composure in check, I was making a big deal over nothing. Whether we were ten feet from the stage or one hundred, I was very fortunate to be amongst friends (ones I was acquainted with and many I wasn’t), with a woman I adore, at a venue I love, witnessing a magical event only a select few were able to attend. That was something that traffic, rain, lack of air conditioning and anxiety couldn’t take from me. A perfect evening indeed!


Are Kim-less Pixies a Big Deal?



Much like the announcement Kim Deal was leaving the Pixies came out of left field, the news of a new single and video this morning came with little advanced fanfare as well. “Bagboy” is the first single released by the band since their 2004 reunion produced the download-only song “Bam Thwok-” ironically one of the few Pixies songs written and sung by Deal.

Given the infamous infighting between Deal and Pixies leader Black Francis throughout the band’s first incarnation, it came as no surprise that the bassist formally left the group two weeks ago. However, the cynics amongst the music world might point to the lusterless “Bagboy” as reason enough for her exit, though the background vocals sound an awful lot like Ms. Deal. Hours after the single was released, however, it was revealed that Francis’ friend Jeremy Dubs channeled his inner-Kim and sang the ditty’s chorus.

Whether Deal’s reasons for departing were due to more disputes with Francis or something else, the outpouring of support she’s received in the aftermath has been plentiful. That, along with the very mixed reviews this current release is garnering, makes one wonder how much support a Kimless Pixies will get. Meanwhile Deal has the Breeders to fall back on, along with many side projects to keep her busy.

Today’s developments have reaped quite a bit of attention, as witnessed by the buzz spreading across various music outlets and social media sites. But as the cliche goes, “everyone loves a good train wreck.” Only time will tell whether this new direction turns out to be a “Gigantic” success or “Death to the Pixies.”

UPDATE: The Pixies are no longer Kim-less, but a Kim by any other name than Deal might not prove so sweet.  http://www.pixiesmusic.com/2013/07/introducing/