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TEXT NATASHA STAGG



The Pixies have introduced us to some charming characters over the years. I say characters because I mean fictional representations: people in their musical narratives who have become like fairytale princes and princesses in our indie upbringings, shifting roles and relationships as we all get older. Remember Ana, who undressed in the sun, and Allison, whose face we saw when the planet hit the sun (were they one and the same?)? And later, when we were jaded, Indie Cindy, whose sails were black when it was windy, or Andro Queen, who lost her ring? Welcome to the group Magdalena, who isn't romanticized the way Crackity Jones or any of his friends once were. She's "the meanest," and has no redeeming qualities other than her strength, as far as we know. Why go to her, then? Well, maybe it's the eye of the beholder that's changed, not the beholden. If she was undressing in the sun in the nineties, would the Pixies call her the meanest then? A new video released today for the single, "Magdalena," off the new album, EP-2, might help clue us in. It stars performance artist Nando Messias as an aggressive drag queen trying his best keep up appearances in a dark, empty hallway—an egg race with only one participant feels heavy on the symbolism. The honeymoon might be over for Black Francis and his mystical mistresses, but the story goes on, and that's all we can ask of him—or anyone—isn't it?

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