For the week of 3/25/2013…

“Gouge Away” by the Pixies

It’s common knowledge that the Pixies provided Nirvana and other ’90s acts with many a model of quiet-loud-quiet-loud dynamics shifts.  As I listened to Doolittle over and over this week (you know, whenever I wasn’t listening to the new Strokes album), “Gouge Away” became one of my favorite such songs.  In this, the album’s final track, Black Francis deftly relates his story of a crumbling romance to the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah.  The loud verses are nothing short of powerful and thrilling, as lead guitarist Joey Santiago hammers at a chord when Francis screams each third line of five.