Frank Black, who you'd think would be far too busy with all things Pixies to be putting out solo records any time soon, has announced that he is, in fact, not too busy with all things Pixies and will indeed be putting out another solo record, and soon.
Black recently told Billboard.com that he anticipates an early 2006 release for the follow-up to this year's Honeycomb, with a provisional working title of La Sicilian. "It will either be a lean and mean record with 11 songs on it, or a self-indulgent opus with everything," said Black, referring to the approximately 25 songs he is considering for the final track listing (including a song named "I'm Not Dead, I'm In Pittsburgh" which has already won my pre-emptive Best Song Title of 2006 award whether it makes the album or not).
Like Honeycomb, the new record is being recorded in Nashville and, as such, will lean more towards the country-rockin' end of the spectrum. Black has been recording with the cream of the session musician crop, including such legends as Levon Helm, Steve Cropper, Al Kooper and Spooner Oldham. Also, with the possible intent of horrifying his fans, Black has referred to a couple of songs on the album, including a duet with Marty Brown, as "James Taylor-ish".
On the Pixies front, the reunion tour will wrap up this December with some shows in Japan after which Black says the band will start demoing new material, though a new Pixies record is not being guaranteed by anyone involved. For now, fans can content themselves with the recently released The Pixies Sell Out DVD, in stores now.
Writer: Neil McDonald