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I just had to do my fave band since my bro had a go.
GBV: why do NME etc ignore them? They didnt even review 'Isolation Drills'.
Although I think DO The Collapse was in their albums of the year in 1999
My fave album is 'Mag Earwhig'.
GBV Classic Or Dud?

Peter M's Brother, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 05:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Guided By Voices: Classic or Dud?

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 05:56 (seventeen years ago) link

'isolation drills' was never released in the uk, so NME never reviewed it. they did a (pretty dreadful) feature on the band in 1999 to tie in with 'do the collapse', and had features back in the 1990s pretty regularly (though everett's pieces on em for melody maker circa vampire on titus/propellor were my favourites).

absolute classic as far as i'm concerned. buy 'alien lanes', then 'under the bushes under the stars', then 'vampire on titus/propellor', then let yourself loose on the various and multitudinous offshoots and eps.

sxxx

stevie (stevie), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 12:59 (seventeen years ago) link

can someone please convince of the classic status of isolation drills. i really want to like this album. but could not.

doom-e, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 13:14 (seventeen years ago) link

has that got anything to do with your ultimate gayness?

chk chk chk, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:00 (seventeen years ago) link

yer not a very good troll.

doom-e, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:03 (seventeen years ago) link

i would expect you to rage at my gayness, psychotically, but as it stands, it's not very good. c- (just for showing up and typing).

c'ya.

doom-e, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:06 (seventeen years ago) link

isolation drills is the only GbV album that doesn't seem to have lost something by being 'properly produced'. IMO it features some of Pollard's best songs since B1000.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 22:35 (seventeen years ago) link

All I have is Be THousand, and I like it tons.
SHould I get others? I am interested in Suitcase, should I get it?

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 23:49 (seventeen years ago) link

i think it was douglas on some other thread that advocated making yr own gbv greatest hits cd. that would be the only way to end up with a classic. they're good though, most of the time

ron (ron), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 01:44 (seventeen years ago) link

"isolation drills is the only GbV album that doesn't seem to have lost something by being 'properly produced'."

agreed. also, bob drops the mystic/fairy tale goobledegook lyrics for once, in favour of some pretty fucken open and brutal lyrics about his marriage breakup. 'glad to see you' is *painfully* honest and to the point.

i love ID.

sxxx

stevie (stevie), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:29 (seventeen years ago) link

"My fave album is 'Mag Earwhig'."

It's the only GBV album I have, but it's great fun. I think maybe a couple of songs could have been left on the cutting-room floor, but largely it's quirky garage-pop excellence all the way. "I Am A Tree" is so instantly catchy, it actually could have broken them to a bigger audience, with a little good fortune. I may invest in some more GBV soon...

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:44 (seventeen years ago) link

thanks stevie and jim....going to repurchase this, when i get back to canada.....it's on the list.

doom-e, Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:53 (seventeen years ago) link

A Nairn -- Yes, more. I skipped Suitcase (got the comp Breifcase instead), but i'm sure it has lots of gems.

Others: Alien Lanes, Propeller, Vampire on Titus, Same Place the Fly Got Smashed, King Shit and the Golden Boys (those last two both appear in Box). Also, several in the Fading Captain Series are noteworthy; Speak Kindly of your Volunteer Firemen, Kid Marine, and also the Lexo & the Leapers' EP, Ask Them. ¥

christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:58 (seventeen years ago) link

two months pass...
Classic. One of my favorites. Such childlike enthusiasm for the transforming powers of music, such a tribute to spontaneous creation. Great song titles too. "Kicker of Elves" made me laugh out loud in the rekkid store.

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Sunday, 9 March 2003 02:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes, GBV is definitely classic. Not every song Bob Pollard has written/released is equal, but he's written enough brilliant music that the duds in his catalog really don't matter that much.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Sunday, 9 March 2003 03:08 (seventeen years ago) link

seven years pass...

the brides have hit glass

kamerad, Sunday, 18 April 2010 00:16 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

"Guided By Voices are back together and have recorded a new album, Let's Go Eat the Factory, that will be released on January 1st. It will be the band's first studio output since 2004, and their first to feature the lineup of Bob Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Tobin Sprout, Kevin Fennell, and Greg Demos in over 15 years. Mojo broke the news."

nostormo, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 23:50 (eight years ago) link

but did they record it on cassette?

calstars, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 01:53 (eight years ago) link

as much as certain GBV songs are well-worn constant favorites....uh...

Sophomore subs are the new Smith lesbians. (the table is the table), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 05:11 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

I was in the right place for the initial run of GbV, but stopped caring long ago, though I've kept up in a half-assed way with like 80% of the new releases. Got "Factory" via Spotify out of curiosity. It's really pretty good. Kind of weird to listen to...sort of like hooking up with your ex-girlfriend from college, except you're both in your 40's now. Makes me think, more than ever, that GbV was not in fact Pollard + Granny on Bongos. I'm surprised to find myself playing this often.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:40 (eight years ago) link

it's not a bad record but it feels very anonymous to me, particularly tobin's contributions. i'd put it slightly ahead of half smiles.. the last boston spaceships record had some much stronger tracks

really dislike 'how i met my mother' and 'fats domino' is their most hookless single

fitzroy institution (electricsound), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:44 (eight years ago) link

Ahead of Half Smiles? no no no!

Granted, I've only played it through twice, and that was the NPR stream that went up pre-release, but it left me hollow and almost offended at how disjointed and, frankly, bad it was. Maybe I'll try it again some day, but I just don't want to now.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:47 (eight years ago) link

Never trust NPR streams. I've learned that the hard way...

dlp9001, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:56 (eight years ago) link

I'm almost afraid to buy the new one, for fear of disappointment. "Fats" was okay. Have like 20 Pollard side project promos from the last couple years that I still haven't found time to play.

Raymond Cummings, Thursday, 2 February 2012 11:56 (eight years ago) link

The new GBV album is surprisingly good, one of the best things Pollard's done in years and more interesting than the last few GBV albums were. If you're looking for an album of big hooky singles you're not going to find it. They're messing around in basements and bedrooms again like they did back in the early days, not trying to be the big rock band. I understand why people are disappointed, especially if what they're looking for is more 'hits', but it's really exceeding my expectations.

erasingclouds, Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:02 (eight years ago) link

I've listened to it three times and I'm not feeling it at all beyond the odd track. It's among their bottom three albums for me.

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:03 (eight years ago) link

Love it. Garnered way more plays from me than anything Bob's put out in years (not that I didn't like that stuff either).

Wandering Boy Poet, Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:04 (eight years ago) link

have really come to love this, the more i play it.

dave cool it (stevie), Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:31 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I really like this one and I kind of feel like a lot of the people that hate this had unreasonable expectations in the first place. No, it isn't Alien Lanes or Bee Thousand, hell even Mag Earwhig, but I do think its interesting and I like it the more I hear it.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 February 2012 15:24 (eight years ago) link

unreasonable expectations

What's unreasonable about expecting something more than aimlessness for the most part? Bob still writes a handful of big, anthemic songs every year that he then distributes among his hundred different projects. Unfortunately, he used his most recent batch all up before getting around to making this latest GBV record. I don't mind a little aimless in my GBV, but it's got to be broken up by the BIG songs I can use as trailmarkers.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 2 February 2012 15:27 (eight years ago) link

That wasn't aimed at you, btw, I was just referring to a lot of dismissiveness I've seen online that boils down to, "this sucks, Alien Lanes was so much better". Well, duh.

In terms of your complaints, I think there are a handful of those BIG songs. And I really like the aimlessness, particularly with Toby back in the mix.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 February 2012 15:28 (eight years ago) link

Where I'm coming from is this - the first GBV music I heard was the 7"s from the time (Get Out of My Stations, Grand Hour, Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer) and then Vampire on Titus and then Bee Thousand, which had just come out. In that batch of music there are rock/pop anthems, sure, but overall there's more weird stuff that would probably fit your definition of "aimlessness". What I love about the new album is in spirit it goes back to that era. Plus, it surprises me, like their music originally surprised me - some of those Tobin songs in particular sound nothing like what he usually does, or like anything that's been on a GBV album before.

But I do imagine that if my first encounters with GBV were with the later lineup, more 'arena rock' stuff (which I also love, don't get me wrong), and I was looking for them to go that route (to pick up where GBV left off), I'd be disappointed.

erasingclouds, Thursday, 2 February 2012 16:10 (eight years ago) link

Where I'm coming from is this - the first GBV music I heard was the 7"s from the time (Get Out of My Stations, Grand Hour, Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer) and then Vampire on Titus and then Bee Thousand, which had just come out. In that batch of music there are rock/pop anthems, sure, but overall there's more weird stuff that would probably fit your definition of "aimlessness". What I love about the new album is in spirit it goes back to that era. Plus, it surprises me, like their music originally surprised me - some of those Tobin songs in particular sound nothing like what he usually does, or like anything that's been on a GBV album before.

^^^ absolutely

dave cool it (stevie), Thursday, 2 February 2012 16:15 (eight years ago) link

yeah i think i agree. haven't spent *too* much time with the new one, but i like the fact that it isn't just jampacked w/ anthems. gbv, at their core, are a WEIRD band! and this is a weird album that I'm interested in exploring more. not sure if i'd be saying the same if Factory was just a bunch of Baba O'Riley soundalikes or w/e.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 February 2012 16:22 (eight years ago) link

"Fats Domino" gets stuck in my head all the time. awesome song.

billstevejim, Thursday, 2 February 2012 19:33 (eight years ago) link

I dig the new album and agree it hearkens back to the sound of those '93-'94 eps but I would like to hear some more anthems on Class Clown.

Let It Beard and Mars Classroom and even the Lifeguards album from last year all had much stronger songwriting. In fact, I'm astonished Let It Beard in particular wasn't cited more (or at all) as one of the best rock albums of 2011...

ColinO, Thursday, 2 February 2012 23:14 (eight years ago) link

I still recall playing Bee Thousand for a friend (with very well-informed and eclectic taste) when it came out. His comment was that inevitably the band was going to try to tighten up the songwriting and improve the production, and that they'd never live up to what he was hearing. He was mostly right...

Gotta say that "big anthemic songs" is about the *last* thing that impressed me about GbV the first time around. Personally "Hot Freaks" was the one I loved back in the day. It's really pretty amazing that they/he can still manage to 97% approximate the original sound at this point. It's almost like there'd been a Syd/Floyd reunion in the 80's that wasn't bad.

dlp9001, Friday, 3 February 2012 00:26 (eight years ago) link

the sound of 'factory' + the songwriting of 'let it beard' would have been a total winner

flagsteban postez (electricsound), Friday, 3 February 2012 00:27 (eight years ago) link

I dig the new album and agree it hearkens back to the sound of those '93-'94 eps but I would like to hear some more anthems on Class Clown

i think that'll be the case. when i interviewed the band before xmas, kevin said he was surprised how much leeway to experiment bob had given tobin on factory, and that clown was a much more 'rock' record by comparison.

dave cool it (stevie), Friday, 3 February 2012 07:49 (eight years ago) link

Where I'm coming from is this - the first GBV music I heard was the 7"s from the time (Get Out of My Stations, Grand Hour, Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer) and then Vampire on Titus and then Bee Thousand, which had just come out. In that batch of music there are rock/pop anthems, sure, but overall there's more weird stuff that would probably fit your definition of "aimlessness". What I love about the new album is in spirit it goes back to that era. Plus, it surprises me, like their music originally surprised me - some of those Tobin songs in particular sound nothing like what he usually does, or like anything that's been on a GBV album before.

this is exactly where i came in, except that i started w/ propeller followed by the singles and then the scat albums. if the new one (which i haven't heard) is anywhere near that good, i'll be in heaven. but those albums and singles were packed with anthems, right? "weed king", "mesh gear fox", "my impression now", "shocker in gloomtown", "wished i was a giant", i mean cmon...

his hands are a dirty fountain through which lives spurt (contenderizer), Friday, 3 February 2012 08:04 (eight years ago) link

nine months pass...

"bears for lunch" thoughts? at the moment i'm liking it as much as class clown (and both way way more than factory)

bill cosby synclavier samples (electricsound), Wednesday, 14 November 2012 21:46 (seven years ago) link

bob's songwriting is holding up really well though i'm not loving tobin's stuff on the reunion records

bill cosby synclavier samples (electricsound), Wednesday, 14 November 2012 21:46 (seven years ago) link

obviously: I want to believe

That said I have enjoyed the first 8 tracks so far. First Tobin joint a joy.

calstars, Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:15 (seven years ago) link

I like Bears a lot and I think the three reunion records are equally good but not great. All 5 Boston Spaceships records are superior.

ColinO, Thursday, 15 November 2012 18:39 (seven years ago) link

I've only heard White Flag from the latest batch of material, but it's one of the best things to come out of these new(ish) sessions imo.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 15 November 2012 18:46 (seven years ago) link

Listening to The Bears for Lunch right now and it is hands down the best of the three reunion albums so far. Maybe the guys just had to fall back into a comfortable groove or something, but this is what I was hoping for initially.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 16 November 2012 16:25 (seven years ago) link

Number of GBV songs about aircraft has to be way greater than 30 at this point.

calstars, Friday, 16 November 2012 16:35 (seven years ago) link

I'm gonna have to listen to the new one a few more times, but so far I'm not really feeling it. Loved Class Clown Spots a UFO, though; so far I'd say the new one is more consistently good than Let's Go Eat the Factory but the highs on Factory are better than anything on here. Just my initial impression, though.

Also, really really disappointed with pretty much all of the Tobin songs on all three of these.

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Friday, 16 November 2012 16:55 (seven years ago) link

Yeah I think Tobin is being spread too thin. His songs on Bears sound like they belong on another record, they just don't sound like GBV songs. Also, his Forever Until It Breaks really dragged down the first side of Class Clown...

ColinO, Friday, 16 November 2012 17:27 (seven years ago) link

I'm toying with the idea of trying to put together a Human Amusements II from the reunion records but it's like 9 hours of music already to whittle down, which is exhausting.

I started doing this and made some progress, but now I already have a whole other album to add and I'm not sure if my listening can possibly keep up with his songwriting.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 21 February 2020 15:12 (three months ago) link

Another new album today. I’m about halfway though but so far it might be his most consistent, at least compared to the albums he released last year. This might be my favorite of his latest run of albums.

People say this (more or less) every time he releases an album. It's like, "Remember when I said his last album was a return to form? Well, it wasn't after all, but this one is. Honest".

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Friday, 21 February 2020 15:16 (three months ago) link

Ha I don’t think it’s a return to form, I just like it more. Generally speaking I’m not a fan of the pace of his output. Hard to keep up and if I’m being honest, it causes me to devalue the albums, like the songs are tissues pulled from a box and cast aside.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 21 February 2020 16:39 (three months ago) link

the new one is really great, and I haven't felt like saying that about any of the post-reunion albums. his focus is tight, his hit-rate is high.

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Friday, 21 February 2020 16:48 (three months ago) link

maybe it's just cause he's putting out more "proper" LPs under the same name, but it feels like his output is even more accelerated than in the old days

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 21 February 2020 16:54 (three months ago) link

I'm toying with the idea of trying to put together a Human Amusements II from the reunion records but it's like 9 hours of music already to whittle down, which is exhausting.

I started doing this and made some progress, but now I already have a whole other album to add and I'm not sure if my listening can possibly keep up with his songwriting.

― bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, February 21, 2020 10:12 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

lol I am pertually in this place

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 21 February 2020 17:13 (three months ago) link

"steely dodger" rules

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 21 February 2020 17:46 (three months ago) link

Just out of curiosity: has his post-breakup output exceeded his pre-breakup output yet?

Hot, Now, and Oh-So-Very Wow! (Old Lunch), Friday, 21 February 2020 17:52 (three months ago) link

like the songs are tissues pulled from a box and cast aside

gbv in a nutshell

fact checking cuz, Friday, 21 February 2020 18:14 (three months ago) link

the new one is really great, and I haven't felt like saying that about any of the post-reunion albums. his focus is tight, his hit-rate is high.

Yup -- there are some fantastic songs scattered throughout the previous albums by this iteration of the band, and Space Gun was a high-water mark in particular, but even that was fairly spotty compared to Surrender Your Poppy Field. This probably won't sound like high praise to everybody, but I think this is the most I've enjoyed a GBV album since Earthquake Glue. Tons of cool little touches on this one, and there's kind of a theatricality that I feel like sets it apart from maybe any other GBV album.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Sunday, 1 March 2020 18:52 (three months ago) link

This probably won't sound like high praise to everybody, but I think this is the most I've enjoyed a GBV album since Earthquake Glue.
This probably won't sound like high praise to everybody, but I think this is the most I've enjoyed a GBV album since Earthquake Glue.
This probably won't sound like high praise to everybody, but I think this is the most I've enjoyed a GBV album since Earthquake Glue.

ncxkd, Sunday, 1 March 2020 19:54 (three months ago) link

Just out of curiosity: has his post-breakup output exceeded his pre-breakup output yet?

― Hot, Now, and Oh-So-Very Wow! (Old Lunch), Friday, February 21, 2020 12:52 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

i think we still need 2 more LPs to match it on album count. if we're talking pollard and not gbv then it exceeded it ages ago via side projects and solo records

ciderpress, Sunday, 1 March 2020 20:42 (three months ago) link

Started giving it a listen but right away don’t like the production that much. It’s like those Black Sabbath records when you can’t hear Geezer’s finger noises anymore.

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 March 2020 21:23 (three months ago) link

Is the Acid Ranch stuff worth listening to?

brimstead, Sunday, 1 March 2020 21:31 (three months ago) link

Even for a catalog of his size I feel like there are a disproportionate number of songs with the word "Arthur" in the title.

cwkiii, Sunday, 1 March 2020 21:31 (three months ago) link

xp I bought Some of the Magic Syrup Was Preserved because it happened to be released at the peak of my "buy everything with Bob's name on it" phase and I would generously describe it as inessential.

cwkiii, Sunday, 1 March 2020 21:33 (three months ago) link

like the coolest thing about it is it has the song he lifted the spoken part from the end of "Alright" from.

cwkiii, Sunday, 1 March 2020 21:33 (three months ago) link

agreed inessential but it when it comes up on shuffle I always dig it

Webcam Du Bois (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 1 March 2020 22:21 (three months ago) link

The Who vs Porky the Pig
If we’re talking essential inessential

ncxkd, Sunday, 1 March 2020 22:35 (three months ago) link

this one feels like a 00s pollard solo album to me in style and quality, still not as good as the 00s gbv records but fine

ciderpress, Monday, 2 March 2020 14:16 (three months ago) link

I'm toying with the idea of trying to put together a Human Amusements II from the reunion records but it's like 9 hours of music already to whittle down, which is exhausting.

Decided to give this a shot. I realized Half Smiles of the Decomposed actually came out after the Human Amusements comp, and with that album as fair game for a best-of volume 2, there's actually a nice bit of symmetry right now, because each volume would cover a 16-year span during which 15 GBV albums were released, by my count. So figured I'd try to do this before the next one comes out.

I never really got into the classic lineup reunion albums, other than maybe Motivational Jumpsuit, but I've got at least one track from each of them on here. Though you might be disappointed if you prefer that era to the current one.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1idxGsnYtzSHZY2ipxQSdP

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 21:42 (three months ago) link

cool thanks!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 21:58 (three months ago) link

Oh wow, that's impressive. I'd have made room for "Sport Component National" but I can't complain as I've only made like 10% progress towards eliminating material in general.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 14:10 (three months ago) link

vampire on titus getting a reissue for RSD

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 17:05 (three months ago) link

"Imperial Racehorsing" is my #1 essential track from the classic lineup reunion era.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 17:29 (three months ago) link

pretty sure "overloaded" is my OPO from '10s gbv. dunno what my pick would be when restricted to pollard songs

ciderpress, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 18:59 (three months ago) link

I'd have made room for "Sport Component National" but I can't complain as I've only made like 10% progress towards eliminating material in general.

Love that song! Ended up cutting it in favor of more of what I thought of as crowd-pleasers. (I wanted to keep the running time more or less the same as Human Amusements.)

"See My Field" is my OPO from the last decade.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 19:26 (three months ago) link

I've been working from home all week so I've listened to the new one a bunch. It's pretty good! I haven't heard anything since Space Gun, considering doing some back tracking now.

Still think August by Cake is the best I've heard from this lineup, but mainly because he let the other guys contribute (which unfortunately gave us "High Five Hall of Famers", but "Overloaded" and "Sudden Fiction" are so good it doesn't matter).

cwkiii, Friday, 6 March 2020 14:40 (two months ago) link

"Volcano", "Arthur Has Business Elsewhere" and "Steely Dodger" are the big keepers from this one for me. Also "Whoa Nelly" is pretty cool.

cwkiii, Friday, 6 March 2020 14:44 (two months ago) link

OK, time to go back and listen to these three fucking records from 2019 that I skipped.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:17 (two months ago) link

Do you think Bob re-programs that same beat on his drum machine every time or does he have it saved

cwkiii, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:18 (two months ago) link

I want to train a neural network on Bob song titles but exclude "Your Cricket Is Rather Unique" and take bets on how long it takes the neural network to come up with "Your Cricket Is Rather Unique".

cwkiii, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:29 (two months ago) link

"Tiger on Top" is pretty fun! Otherwise Sweating the Plague feels like he's on autopilot so far.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:38 (two months ago) link

Guitar player in my old band used to lighten the mood by launching into fake Pollard songs: “This one’s called Canadian Toothbrush Girls!” “This one’s called Umbrellas Go Viral!”

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:51 (two months ago) link

There are a lot of fake Pollard songs on this one.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 15:00 (two months ago) link

His songwriting would be a lot more interesting to me at this point if he veered off of the rock music highway even periodically. I feel like he is very conservative in this way -- esp w choice of collaborators etc. Someone with as much energy as he has could be writing more ambitious music.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 15:11 (two months ago) link

But isn’t the lack of ambition sort of his thing?

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:02 (two months ago) link

Not that I was aware of? Back in the 80s he probably dreamed of this day if I’m to believe the stuff I’ve read. Now we are here.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:09 (two months ago) link

I think his major ambition was to make a rock record that sounded like FM stuff he listened to growing up.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:10 (two months ago) link

he did try that once or twice

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:12 (two months ago) link

pretty sure "overloaded" is my OPO from '10s gbv. dunno what my pick would be when restricted to pollard songs
― ciderpress, Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1:59 PM (one week ago)

Same, I'd say this is the best GBV song 2010-2019.

My 2nd favorite is "Hang Up and Try Again." Class Clown Spots a UFO is probably the least-spotty LP from start to finish.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 16:16 (two months ago) link

I don't know, I don't really want him to show more ambition. Restraint, on the other hand...

cwkiii, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 17:17 (two months ago) link

But obviously from his standpoint it's more a question of reputation vs. steady income so ::shrug::

cwkiii, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 17:18 (two months ago) link

So now that I've backtracked to Sweating the Plague and Warp and Woof and found them both rather meh, I'm that much more impressed with Surrender Your Poppy Field. Looking at the tracklisting of Zeppelin Over China and thinking maybe I'll hold off before diving into that thing.

I might need to give Space Gun a few more spins since everyone seemed to like it way more than I did, new one has definitely passed August by Cake in my personal rankings though. Will also add "Physician" to the list of essential tracks, that was a big grower for me.

cwkiii, Monday, 16 March 2020 15:22 (two months ago) link

I shudder to think how many new songs there will be in the next six months

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 29 March 2020 14:55 (two months ago) link

Alien Lanes getting vinyl reissue in the summer. It's 25 years old. I am so so old now.

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:09 (two months ago) link

we are sweating the plague while doing isolation drills

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:11 (two months ago) link

half smiles of the decomposed under the bushes, under the stars

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:15 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

There's a terrible action movie playing on the background on television at the moment and, every so often, I glance over at it to see Robert Pollard in it - except it's Tom Berenger and, if anything, Pollard looks even more like him now they're both ruddy faced, bloated and silver haired.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 11:42 (one month ago) link

Pollard looks much less bloated for 62 than I ever would have thought, actually.

Chris L, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 12:20 (one month ago) link


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