They levitated you, baby. A big black mass. A hunk of love. They let the kids connect the dots. There are excellent reasons for the Pixies to choose Minneapolis as the site of their first show since they split up (reportedly via fax) 12 years ago. Back in the mid-'80s, Charles Thompson IV--a.k.a. Black Francis, a.k.a. Frank Black, a.k.a. the Genius in the Castle of Broken Bones--and his roommate Joey Santiago lured Kim Deal into joining their band by placing an ad for a bassist who liked "Hüsker Dü and Peter Paul and Mary." And it just so happens that today the hottest piece of Pixies-related cultural arcana just happens to be from Twin Cities-cum-New York jazz crew the Bad Plus. It's a version of 1990's astral-planeing snugglet "Velouria," flipped by the Bad Plus into a heavier-than-heaven, Cecil Taylor-at-the-Planetarium fantasia--an elegiac territorial pissing into the sea of possibility. Here at last the cats with the horns and the khaki pants retroactively join the punks and goths and zine-istas and greenhairs at the glorious barricades of Maoist insurrection that was Alternative Rock. A moment that would have been impossible if not for a little... More >>>