Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fall Wrap-Up: Pixies, the Fray

Pixies Denver Fillmore

Holy s&*t it's been a month since I've posted (damn snow, job, illnesses, ennui). In the interest of keeping the record complete, the following post will be a short re-hash of what happened but did not get posted here in November.

Firstly, and most importantly, I saw the Pixies play all of Doolittle at the Fillmore. While it may be true, as some young bloggers pointed out, that the Pixies are a bit long in the tooth, as are their fans, let us not understate the magnificence of Doolittle as an album top to bottom. How rare for every track to resonate, for even the short romps like Crackity Jones to stick in your brain for all time. I shan't list here the many "firsts" of my life that occurred while listening to Doolittle, but imagine for yourselves how much happened since I first heard it in 1990.

Pixies Denver Fillmore

So hearing it now, live, along with choice tracks from Surfer Rosa and my beloved Come on Pilgrim in the encore, made me remember how great rock and roll can be. If I heard Doolittle for the first time today, I would fall in love with each and every minute all over again.

Pixies Denver Fillmore

Secondly, the Fray came to Laramie. Which is kind of awesome as Laramie rarely hosts big name shows. Less awesome: me stranded at home under H1N1 quarantine. I think the folks who used my ticket and snapped these photos enjoyed the show more than I would have.

The Fray, Laramie

The Fray, Laramie

And so ends 2009. With any luck the roads will stay open for some great shows coming up this spring down Denver-way...