Bright lights flashing and bouncing around a dark room. Crowds of people singing and swaying to the sounds of what The Guardian calls “an unorthodox marriage of surf music and punk rock.” I found myself jamming out to a live performance of The Pixies at the first location on their 2017 North American tour at The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA.
I never caught the reunion tour of the band that went on hiatus in 1993 and who returned 11 years later to the spotlight, but I jumped at the chance this year to finally hear “Debaser,” “Wave of Mutilation,” “I Bleed,” “Here Comes Your Man,” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven” from their second album (and my favorite), Doolittle.
I had read from the same Guardian article that “Kurt Cobain once said that ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was his own attempt to write a Pixies song, while David Bowie [believed] that Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering “wrote some of the most ‘compelling’ music of the 1980s.” I felt all the more privileged to have heard such an influential band in person.
That same weekend I ended up traveling to the ever-sunny Palm Springs for a gallery exhibit opening called “Naked And Lush.” Ted Casablanca Gallery artists, Johnny Nicoloro and Eric Schwabel held their exhibition opening on Earth Day and displayed a springtime celebration of nature along with Ted Casablanca gallery owner, Bruce Bibby.
For the past several months I worked as a marketing and graphic design consultant and redesigned the Ted Casablanca Gallery website and have attended exhibition show openings to grab photos to share on their social media pages.
I ended up filming a little video throughout the weekend, caught up with some great artists at the gallery, and listened to some amazing music. You check out the video that I put together below.