Black Francis set to release album with Reid Paley; Pixies ‘Doolittle’ tour continues 

Fact: Black Francis is simply unstoppable.

First, he’s launching a Midwest acoustic solo tour this summer. Then, he and New Yorker Reid Paley will be issuing “Paley & Francis,” an album of originals they co-penned over three days at Paley’s apartment, then recorded in a rapid-fire two-day session in Nashville. It hits shelves Sept. 13 on Sonic Unyon Records, and was backed by legendary Muscle Shoals stalwarts David Hood on bass and Spooner Oldham on keyboards.

But wait! There’s more!

What started as a 20th-Anniversary celebration of the “Doolittle” album from his old outfit The Pixies in 2009, The Doolittle World Tour exhibits no signs of slowing down, two years on.

Opening with the surrealist, Dali/Bunuel film masterpiece from 1929 “Un Chien Andalou,” the visually stimulating show will be going off the beaten path this fall. And so far, it’s been a stellar sold-out success, playing to 20,000-plus fans over four nights in London and — most recently — an 18-date run through Canada.

Naturally, The Pixies plow through “Doolittle” in its entirety, plus relevant B-sides like “Bailey’s Walk,” “Weird At My School” and “Dancing The Manta Ray.” But it won’t be hitting the Fox or any other in-town venues this time. On Nov. 20, The Pixies play the Uptown in Napa, and then Santa Cruz’s Civic Auditorium on Nov. 21.

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