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Posted by Staff on December 11, 2014

The Frank Black & The Catholics – The Complete Recordings – 7CD Limited Edition Box Set is now available from PledgeMusic.
In addition to the boxset, those who pre-order via PledgeMusic can also get exclusive merchandise and a limited number of signed artwork prints. To find out more follow this link:



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An Update From Black Francis

Posted by Staff on November 20, 2014

Hi, all. I usually have my colleague Donny write these updates, but I thought I’d do this one all by myself. I’m sure glad I took typing in high school, because it does help to get this down at a very high speed (I believe I received an “A” grade in the class; I wasn’t Teenager Of The Year for no reason).

As some of you have received a complementary download with 3 demos and a live studio pic of Jeremy Dubs on the kit you will know that I have been doing some recording. My apologies for those who were not able to download the songs; we didn’t send out with a lot of concern for various file size limitations for people’s email servers. The next one we send out will be technologically slicker.

I’ve been doing some painting in the space, and while I’m waiting for paint to dry I’ve been tightening up the archive, moving items from cardboard boxes into storage material that should last several thousand years. Modern guilt compels me to re-purpose the cardboard scrap for pigment, which is mostly traditional 20th century acrylic, but I suppose one day I’ll learn to mix from raspberries, although I have been making good use of a hunk of red brick; a brick is red; ha ha. I have potentially found some interesting items, and perhaps we will put together a release of some archival material once we review them.

Grand Duchy has also officially begun to record again. We have been making audio files, but the boheme in us feels that the process ultimately will lead us into video art, just like marijuana leads to heroin, as Tom Waits once sang.

We have finally finished putting together the art and text and tracks for the Frank Black And The Cathoics complete recordings box set. Everything has been re-mastered from the original live to 2-track and 1-track recordings. The release contains well over a hundred songs. There will also be a bonus disc of “technical demos” that Ben Mumphrey (who engineered ALL of the mobile recordings) has found recently in his New Orleans recording archive. Look for release information from these people: http://www.pledgemusic.com/, http://cookingvinyl.com/.

-Black Francis

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Black Francis News

Posted by Staff on September 15, 2014

Black Francis and Pixies will embark upon the last leg of their North American tour starting in San Diego, California on September 27th. In his time off from tour, Frank Black has been hanging out in Easthampton, Massachusetts recording studios Autumn Den and Sonelab, working on brand new material with local musician Jeremy Dubs (of Pixies’ “Bagboy”). You can catch the Pixies at the following dates/venues:

9.27 San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
9.28 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
9.30 San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
10.2 Boise, ID @ Revolution Center
10.3 Spokane, WA @ INB Performing Arts Center
10.5 Calgary, AB, Canada @ Macewan Hall
10.6 Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Shaw Conference Center
10.7 Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place
10.9 Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ Burton Cummings Theatre
10.11 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
10.12 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre

For tickets, go to http://www.pixiesmusic.com/new/.

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Posted by Staff on June 6, 2014

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A Night At The Good Inn

Posted by Staff on May 24, 2014

JUNE 7th at the Historic British Library in London, tickets can be purchased HERE.

Pixies frontman Black Francis joins co-author Josh Frank and British artist Steven Appleby for an evening of film and literature. This unique event celebrates the publication of their new book The Good Inn [SelfMadeHero], a bold and visually arresting novel about art, conflict and the pioneers of early cinema.

The evening includes the screening of two of the early classic French surrealist shorts that inspired the book: Buñuel’s masterpiece, Un Chien Andalou (1929), and Méliès’s ground-breaking A Trip to the Moon (1902) featuring a new score by French musical duo Air. This is followed by an on-stage discussion with Black Francis, Josh Frank and Steven Appleby, chaired by David Quantick.

After the event there will be a book signing by all three and some classic Parisian libations at the bar, with a free drink for all ticket-holders.

Based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist, The Good Inn weaves together two historical events: the explosion on the battleship Iéna at the French port of Toulon and the making of La Bonne Auberge, the earliest known pornographic film from France produced by the pioneering Bernard Natan. He is featured in the book alongside Pierre Batcheff, the actor who starred in Un Chien Andalou. Illustrated throughout by Steven Appleby, the novel combines fact and fiction to recreate this piece of lost history.

Appleby’s artwork will be on display in the Conference Centre foyer on the night.

The Good Inn coincides with the release of the Pixies’ first new album in 23 years, Indie Cindy. Pixies play Field Day festival the following day, Sun 8 June, in the middle of an extensive world tour.

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