Yesterday, in a nice little tribute to Record Store Day, legendary alt-rock band Pixies released a special edition of their first album in 23 years, Indie Cindy. The record itself is no revelation—it's mostly a compilation of cuts from the band's most recent EPs—but the Record Store Day edition came with a previously-unheard vinyl single, "Women of War."
The song, like most of the band's recent output, doesn't come near the classic material of Surfer Rosa or Doolittle, but fans should be more than satisfied. We get all the staples of a Pixies song: Black Francis's plaintive and off-kilter vocals, Joey Santiago's wailing punk-rock guitar work, and the band's soft-loud dynamic shifts, all wrapped around a head-bopping refrain: "be my soldier lover/and I'll be your peaceful dove." If you dig it, be sure to grab the album, which will get a full release April 28.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Self-Made Man
The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
The GOP Senate Candidate in Iowa Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Just How Conservative She Really Is
Does Your Child Have “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo”? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?
Naomi Klein Is Wrong
Multinational corporations are doing more than governments to halt climate change.
The Strange History of Wives Gazing at Their Husbands in Political Ads
Transparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Lena Dunham, the Book
More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.