POLLSTAL BLOWFISH - ILM Artist Poll #8 - Guided By Voices - ReSuLtS!!!

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52 ballots received (and, it appears, at least three ballots not received...a deadline's a deadline). Today we'll begin with the top ten albums list and pick up the tracks rollout Tuesday morning.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 13:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fuck yeah!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 26 September 2011 13:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

For the albums, I just assigned 5 points to your first choice, 4 points to your second, and so on. A total of 23 different releases received at least one vote, many of them by just a single voter. Here are the top ten.

10. FAST JAPANESE SPIN CYCLE EP / 1994 (4 points)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 13:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

I remember buying that one. I think I got it at Best Buy?!?

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 13:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Seriously? I don't think I've ever seen GbV at a Best Buy, except the TVT stuff right when it came out.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 26 September 2011 13:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

My Best Buy was pretty cool! I had a friend who worked there. I got Boss Hogg and Sebadoh cds there too iirc.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 13:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol 90s

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 13:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's pretty awesome. I honestly wonder if there are ways in which Best Buy employees were (they clearly don't anymore) able to have in stocking certain music, because I remember certain stores being much more well-stocked in certain genres than others. For example, there used to be a Best Buy out near Wheeling by an old office of mine that was really, really well stocked on metal stuff, even semi-obscure stuff.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 26 September 2011 13:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I had a pretty cool Best Buy too. Lots of indie cds bought in the 1993-97 range before I started getting online and ordering from labela/distros.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 13:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

9. TONICS AND TWISTED CHASERS / 1996 (5 points)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 13:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

^^ sign of quality voters imo

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

When it got issued on cd in 1997, I think it was one of the first things I ordered/bought online...direct from Rockathon.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man, still going to have so much listening to do! Didn't vote for favorite albums, cause my votes would have been fairly worthless. More interested to see what others have to say about most things GBV.

grandavis, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

damn, forgot to include an album ballot ;_; I think I'm gonna regret it if Same Place won't place

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Also forgot the album vote. No prob though.

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

too busy to vote but can't wait for the spotify playlist.

skip, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

V79 i can assure you that at least one person voted for it

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

8. SAME PLACE THE FLY GOT SMASHED / 1990 (7 points)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

(this always happens in polls! people start talking about something and it's the very next thing to come up.)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

hard to pick my favorite song from this album, but hard way -- drinker's peace -- mammoth cave -- when she turns 50 is a great string of songs. excellent album to sing the hell out of on a road trip.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

The 5 albums list was tough because I could pretty much argue for any of them on any given day, depending on what type of Pollard mood I'm in that week - pop Pollard? proggy Pollard? etc etc etc

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

what's that you're eating?
could be midleading.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

oof

MISLEADING

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

you don't wanna know

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

:))) thanks LL! (and everyone else who voted for this one)

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

and you're OTM about that great string of songs. and then there are, of course, Local Mix-up and the closer!

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

i've always thought of it as a hit parade
also i would like to reiterate that mammoth cave is an excellent tourist destination and everyone should visit it. hiking, history, nature, mammoth underground caves.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

I meant to go there several times when I lived in Nashville (where it was reasonably nearby), but never did. :(

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh, so it's a tourist destination? so nice to know

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

2004, second trip to mammoth cave, something fucking stinks in here

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

it's a national park!

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

7. ISOLATION DRILLS / 2001 (10 points)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ok, too low. I think Isolation Drills is a very underrated album.

righteousmaelstrom, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Same Place the Fly Got Smashed is really good. Really glad to get turned on to it.

grandavis, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

Really like some of the unhinged Pollard moments. He really sings the hell out of some of these songs.

grandavis, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

they've got at least 10 albums better than ID. it's good, but misses greatness to my ears. most boring show i saw by them was on that tour.

tylerw, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Disappointed that "Mammoth Cave" the song isn't included in this list of music composed in the honor of Mammoth Cave (the place)
http://www.nps.gov/maca/photosmultimedia/sounscapes.htm

Still, one of the oldest tourist attractions in the US -- began tours in 1816!

I also agree that Isolation Drills shows were dull. I felt like they had drank a bit too much Kool Aid at that point.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 14:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah. gillard was always good, but the rest of the band, it sort of felt like they had picked a few fans out of the crowd.

tylerw, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp hey thanks, the more you know!

re ID, I just hope for a good placing of "Chasing Heather Crazy". like, top 10 would be nice enough

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

ID was my #3. Love it.

Jeff, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

The show I saw for that tour was pretty good. Pretty debauched. I think that was Pollard's tequila stage. I will agree that the lows on that album are pretty low but 'Glad Girls'? 'Run Wild'? 'Chasing Heather Crazy'? 'The Brides Have Hit Glass'?

righteousmaelstrom, Monday, 26 September 2011 14:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

well, yeah, those songs are great!

tylerw, Monday, 26 September 2011 15:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't really like any of them tbh -- esp Glad Girls. I don't have a lot of negativity about GBV to offer, but that song always felt really lame to me, kinda lowest common denominator "give them what they want" boring rock song. Maybe it sounds half-hearted/uninspired? I dunno.

If there is anything I've learned about GBV fans over the years it's that there are as many different types as there are types of GBV songs.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 15:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, I voted for "Glad Girls", it possesses a certain steam-rollering quality imho, the song "drives" to my ears.

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 26 September 2011 15:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

6. VAMPIRE ON TITUS / 1993 (12 points)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 15:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

i dunno, i was all for GBV making a polished, radio-friendly rock album and ID comes closest to that. but there's just too much boring stuff on there -- i mean, if pollard had taken the hits from speak kindly of your volunteer etc. and put them on there, he'd have a classic, maybe?

tylerw, Monday, 26 September 2011 15:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Don't rate ID among their best at all though.

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 26 September 2011 15:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not much to say about VoT really. I could spend twice as much time with it as I have and still not know it that well, though when I hear individual songs from it I think "hey, that's a really good one!"

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 15:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

5. MAG EARWHIG! / 1997 (13 points)

(perhaps not my favorite GBV album, but definitely my favorite GBV album cover.)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 15:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's a nice one

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 15:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

listened to that few days before, unfortunately I'm not very impressed by this song :(

V79, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 16:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well, it's a minor song in the classic-era catalogue sure, but it still makes me optimistic for the record(s).

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 16:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm still very curious to the record too, wonder what Tobin brought to the table

V79, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 16:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

http://gbvsongs.tumblr.com/

^quality tumblr

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha, that's awesome. is he doing the whole catalogue? :)

tylerw, Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

man, i missed this poll. :/ cones.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

those are so great! i wonder how he chooses. does he take requests?

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, "raincloud", "a salty salute" and "tractor rape chain" are especially great

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

The "it's" in Hunting Knife is driving me crazy.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes that is a little painful. photoshop anyone?

tylerw, Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that one's really bad overall, though, so no big loss

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

i've never been a big GBV guy but i have to say i've been listening to the best tracks spotify playlist today and it's sounding really good

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 21:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

!!!!!!!!!
see??

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 22:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

new pollard album, mouseman cloud dropping soon -- sounds ... kind of great?
as for the latest GBV, i actually like it more and more.

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard anything off it yet, but I love the cover. I know Pollard loves his collages, but its just such a cool photo for him to use.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if he is in pinterest.

Jeff, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

On

Jeff, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

agree, i like that pic of him

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

new pollard album, mouseman cloud dropping soon -- sounds ... kind of great?
as for the latest GBV, i actually like it more and more.

― tylerw, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 4:05 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Can't say I'm surprised it sounds kind of great, especially considering how strong Bob's 2011 output was. Waving At The Astronauts, Space City Kicks, New Theory Of Everything, Lord Of The Birdcage, Let It Beard, Capsized!, and Let's Go Eat The Factory were all excellent albums. I can't wait for Mouseman!

ColinO, Thursday, 8 March 2012 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really wanted the classic line up to deliver again.

They didn't

Perhaps I should give it a fifth listen? That's a lot in these hectic times

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think you should give it another listen! it's a grower.

tylerw, Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ok , I will tylerw.

I'm trusting you

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

The only one that grabbed me was Waves by Sprout.

but i only do tunes. Having said that. Pollard's lyrics. FFS.

ignore me, i'm a weirdo

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

New GBV single "Keep It In Motion" up at Quietus. Bob and Toby on vocals!

ColinO, Friday, 9 March 2012 13:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://soundcloud.com/firerecords/guided-by-voices-keep-it-in

Like this at least twice as much as any song on Factory. Hoping Class Clown is their "no fuckin' around" reunion album.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 12 March 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

GBV gets the White House seal of approval, sort of:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/jay-carney-guided-by-voices-press-conference_n_1345403.html

righteousmaelstrom, Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jay Carney's GBV crush has been documented in the past as well.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just learned something unbelievable about a GBV song I thought I knew!
According to the gbvdb official lyrics for the original version of "If We Wait", the last line is

We'll all be there

not, as I have thought for literally umpteen years

We'll all be dead

My mind: it is blown.

Paul Smon (La Lechera), Friday, 23 March 2012 04:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually, even worse, now that I look, it's (acc to gbvdb) "Then we'll be there"

Paul Smon (La Lechera), Friday, 23 March 2012 04:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

are we sure it's not we'll all be dead? that's what i thought it was too! gah!

tylerw, Friday, 23 March 2012 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean, it's definitely "we'll all be ..." maybe it's a mistake? please let it be a mistake!

tylerw, Friday, 23 March 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

i know! it HAS to be "dead"!! but i checked and listened to it a few times and it could either pollard using his fake english accent OR a poorly articulated "dead."

i just know that i have been singing "dead" at the top of my lungs for a long time and don't believe i will stop now.

Paul Smon (La Lechera), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

listening to a stream of Class Clown -- title track is some kind of instant classic.

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is this a stream you can share with the class?

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry, did not mean to be a tease, it's some kinda password protected thing. i'm sure it'll be available shortly. really sounding good though!

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Class Clown Spots A UFO is an old GBV song, known as Crocker's Favorite Song on King Shit and the Golden Boys. There's also a version on Suitcase 3. The clip I heard from this newest version sounds fantastic...

ColinO, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 04:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

ah ok, knew the title had been around for a while, didn't know it was that song. actually not the *worst* idea pollard's had -- to go back and rework some of those older tunes?

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

he's been doing that for ages -- tractor rape chain was one of those!

Paul Smon (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

right, yeah! see, he should write songs, let them sit around for a decade or so, and then re-write them. instant classics!

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

another great one on the new gbv - Roll Of The Dice, Kick In The Head, 46 seconds of perfection.

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Hoping Class Clown is their "no fuckin' around" reunion album.

Just now getting around to listening to it. Less fuckin' around than Let's Go Eat the Factory, but still not a terrible lot of umph to it. So this is the sound of old dudes making choons, I guess.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 05:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like it a lot more than factory so far in general, but sprout's tunes are worse than ever

sissy space echo (electricsound), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 05:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/guided-by-voices-ready-third-album-of-2012-20120727

With a pair of albums already out this year, Guided By Voices releases another new effort this fall — and plans to put out a new album every six months after that, guitarist Tobin Sprout says.

The Bears for Lunch is due in November, and the band is set to begin work on the next LP, English Little League, in August.

The Bears for Lunch track listing:

"King Arthur the Red"
"The Corners are Glowing"
"Have a Jug"
"Hangover Child"
"Dome Rust"
"Finger Gang"
"The Challenge Is Much More"
"Waving at Airplanes"
"The Military School Dance Dismissal"
"White Flag"
"Skin to Skin Combat"
"She Lives in an Airport"
"Tree Fly Jet"
"Waking Up the Stars"
"Up Instead of Running"
"Smoggy Boy"
"Amorphous Surprise"
"You Can Fly Anything Right"
"Everywhere Is Miles From Everywhere"

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 July 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm glad pollard is adhering to the one-album-about-airplanes-every-four-albums rule.

all the worlds a stage and kitty's just stepped into the spotlight (cajunsunday), Monday, 30 July 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

good tracklist

ciderpress, Monday, 30 July 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I saw them in Philly on their latest tour, and they played "Hangover Child". It was nothing special, but who knows, could be another grower. In general they were very good live, though, way tighter than on the reunion tour (until the 2nd encore or so, but it usually gets ropey way earlier).

So far Class Clown > Factory for me; but both are victims of Pollard's refusal to self-edit, unfortunately.

cwkiii, Monday, 30 July 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

I don't think the leak of English Little League I just acquired is complete (it's missing some tracks and includes some b-sides, so whatever), but "Islands (She Talks in Rainbows)" is Tobin's best song in a dog's age.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 14 April 2013 07:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

i'm glad pollard is adhering to the one-album-about-airplanes-every-four-albums rule.

Lol at this

What About The Half That's Never Been POLLed (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

i had no idea gbv albums COULD leak. i thought they released them 35 seconds after recording them.

fact checking cuz, Sunday, 14 April 2013 15:29 (1 year ago) Permalink


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