Frank Black Forms Record Label, Talks Pixies

Pixies frontman Frank Black (Black Francis), in the midst of a tour with the revered four-piece, launched his own record label, The Bureau. Black plans to use the label to release his own material, in addition to anything he deems “the next big new sexy thing.” However, he clarified that any upcoming Pixies releases would NOT be released on The Bureau. “Pixies will either do something really traditional, with a big old record company, or something a lot more radical,” he said. “Hopefully the radical approach. But The Bureau has other things on its plate.”

The first sexy things to make an appearance on The Bureau are Jeremy Dubs and Eric Drew, the latter a former Captain Beefheart collaborator. When asked about the sudden timing of forming a label, Black replied: “Running a label today isn’t that different than at any other time. There’s less money floating around, but I think it’s a good thing. I think it’s more honest. It just puts the pressure on everybody to be good. Some of these record companies need to just stop fucking around and being such asses.”

Black’s latest solo album, Abbabubba, was released this past March. He also released a collaboration album with Reid Paley, titled Paley & Francis, in October.

Pixies – Hey

Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven

Pixies – Where Is My Mind?

Black Francis – Dead Man’s Curve

Black Francis – She Took All the Money

The Pixies / BUY

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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