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Just a few months after releasing their first album in 22 years, The Pixies, once again, are missing a very important piece. 

Kim Shattuck, The Pixies' bass player, who joined the band this year, broke the news in a Facebook post Friday evening. From the sounds of things, she was fired: 

Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today. Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.

With Shattuck in the line-up, the band finally released new music, EP-1, nine years after they reunited, and 22 years after their last album — 1991's Trompe le Monde. 

Shattuck joined The Pixies this summer, taking over the vacant bass duties for the seminal Boston band, but NME reports early signs pointed to friction within the group.  Kim Deal, a beloved-by-fans founding member, quit in June "It's currently unclear who will be playing bass," Pitchfork notes. "It's not currently clear who will be playing bass now in the absence of both Kims," remarks Rolling Stone. Deal allegedly quit over recording, touring, and the responsibilities that come with being a full time musician. Maybe she's had a change of heart — the band has a North American tour starting in January — however unlikely that may seem. 

Someone needs to put a Kim Deal return to the Pixies on their Christmas list and hope Santa's watching.

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