Yesterday, March 21st, was the 25th anniversary of the Pixies' highly influential album, Surfer Rosa. I made sure to devote some time today listening to it. Surfer Rosa was the basis for Nirvana's Nevermind, having provided Kurt Cobain with the essentials to make noise rock and pop music coexist. Its very significant contribution to rock's evolution notwithstanding, though, Surfer Rosa, in predicting how the tides would turn, managed to utilize the best of what rock music continues to offer, not shying away from hooks or melody, nor fully investing itself in being accessible. It's always a great listen and even better when you have a good excuse to do so.