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Pixies Surfer Rosa

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Pixies‘ second album, “Surfer Rosa,” a seminal LP that has gone down in Rolling Stone history as one of the 500 greatest records of all time. Read more here: http://huff.to/14d0oi8

Every indie rock band of the past two and half decades owes a great deal to the Pixies, the Boston-bred quartet that seamlessly merged psychedelia, noise rock and alternative grunge to create one of the 1980’s most memorable music projects. Formed in the collegiate environment of University of Massachusetts, the band — comprised of Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering — predates Nirvana as a catalyst for the immeasurable rock boom of the 1990s.

Like most indie rock bands, the Pixies were not a chart topping force, but their second album, the lyrically named “Surfer Rosa,” earned accolades on its own after its 1988 release. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice dubbed the Steven Albini-produced record “the Amerindie find of the year,” while Kurt Cobain proclaimed it the inspiration for his band’s masterpiece, “Nevermind.”In celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Surfer Rosa,” we’ve put together a slideshow of 10 things you might not have known about the Pixies. Scroll through the slides below and let us know how you are celebrating this holy indie holiday in the comments.

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Imagine you’re at a car dealership and you ask the salesman to show you the best new models. You’re checking them out, giddy to see this year’s cream of the crop, and — surprise! — you realize he’s trying to sell you on a pre-owned car from 2008.

“What gives? That’s not new,” you say. “Buddy,” he says, putting a reassuring hand on your back, “you might know that, but lots of other people haven’t even heard of that model before. That’s new enough for us.” As reported by Dan Reilly for spinner.com

That, in essence, is the Grammys‘ stance on the Best New Artist award, an honor designed to catapult the winner to new heights of stardom.

There’s been some scrutiny over previous years’ selections — Evanescence over 50 CentMilli Vanilli over real singers, Starland Vocal Band over anything that makes sounds — but our biggest issue is how talented nominees like Bon IverEsperanza SpaldingShelby Lynne and Lauryn Hill can be called “new” when they’re precisely the opposite, a betrayal of the award’s reason for existing.

To clarify, here’s how the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences describes the category: “A new artist is defined as any performing artist who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist as a performer.”

This is where things get murky. Bon Iver, the indie-rock band nominated this year, independently put out their debut, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago,’ in 2007. Though it wasn’t a runaway commercial success, it received great reviews from outlets like Pitchfork and the New York Times, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, had several of its songs placed in television shows and ended up on a slew of critic lists of best albums of the year and, later, the decade. That acclaim led to frontman Justin Vernon collaborating with Kanye West on ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ which in turn played some immeasurable part in Bon Iver’s self-titled second album debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts.

Previous year’s nominees and winners have been worse than that not-quite-sensation.Esperanza Spalding, the 2011 victor who surprisingly beat out Florence and the MachineMumford and SonsDrake and Justin Bieber, was five years removed from her debut album — and was personally selected by President Obama to perform at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. But hey, nobody pays attention to that little event, especially not the Bieber fans who threatened to kill her.

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But here we are again, with Bon Iver taking the spot of a deserving new artist who could really benefit from all the buzz a nomination brings. Until then, all we can do is hope they finally get it right (and that the ceremony doesn’t top the four-hour mark).

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Bloc Party are a British indie rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocalsglockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music is said to have been drawn from such bands asThe CureMogwaiSiouxsie and the Banshees and in their more recent work Radiohead.

Bloc Party started writing material for a fourth album in 2011, but decided not to play live. In the meantime Okereke finished an EP titled The Hunter. The group stated they intend to release a new album in 2012. In May 2012, Bloc Party announced Four, which was released on 20 August 2012. The album was recorded with Alex Newport, who had previously worked with At The Drive In and The Mars Volta, at Stratosphere Studios in New York City during the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. Bloc Party released “Octopus“, a single from Four, that July and later released another single entitled “Day Four”.

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