Posted in music | pictures on August 25, 2014

photos by Greg Cristman

Guided by Voices @ The Paramount 8/22/2014
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Guided by Voices' tour, which has already hit NYC proper a couple times this year, swung through the NY area again this past weekend, playing Huntington, NY's The Paramount on Friday (8/22) and Asbury Park's The Stone Pony on Saturday (8/23), both of which were with Brazil's Boogarins. We caught the Paramount show where GBV played upwards of 50 songs including three encores, and most of the big favorites. Setlist, video, and more pictures from the show below...

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The Head / Vote For Me Dummy @ The Paramount 8/22/2014

These Dooms / Table at Fool's Tooth, @ The Paramount 8/22/2014

SETLIST: Guided By Voices @ The Paramount 8/22/2014
Zero Elasticity
Cool Planet
Echos Myron
Until Next Time
Shocker in Gloomtown
Authoritarian Zoo
Expecting Brainchild
Males of Wormwood Mars
Psychotic Crush
My Valuable Hunting Knife
Planet Score
Fast Crawl
Vote for Me Dummy
Buzzards and Dreadful Crows
Alex and the Omegas
No Transmission
Record Level Love
Wished I Was a Giant
Littlest League Possible
Pan Swimmer
The Head
Hat of Flames
These Dooms
Table at Fool's Tooth
Tractor Rape Chain
14 Cheerleader Coldfront
How I Met My Mother
A Bird with No Name
The Challenge Is Much More
Spiderfighter
Gold Star for Robot Boy
Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory
Fair Touching
I Am A Scientist
Game Of Pricks

Encore:
Xeno Pariah
Motor Away
Teenage F.B.I.

Encore 2:
A Good Flying Bird
He Rises! Our Union Bellboy
Cut Out Witch

Encore 3:
Pimple Zoo
Peep-Hole
A Salty Salute

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Comments (98)

They should have played more songs

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:35 PM

I heard from a few sources that there were only about 100-200 people at the LI show. I went to the Asbury show and about halfway through Bob started drinking tequila and the show became an absolute trainwreck from there on out.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:54 PM

@5:54: it was more like 350 but that's still absolutely awful obviously for a 1,500 capacity venue. It's a real shame because it's a nice venue in a cool area (for long Island at least) and turnouts like this will only discourage the venue from booking similar bands. Drive By Truckers had a similar fate a few months ago. all the hold steady bros left after their opening set and the place was a quarter full during DBT encore. There's just no reason for quality bands that will draw in NYC to add a show in an area where people will only show up for Billy Joel tribute acts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 6:53 PM

The show was dead kind of like the band! The shows are endless noodling jerry would be proud

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:01 PM

They couldn't give tickets away. This band ran it's course and they over saturated the ny market

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:03 PM

Endless noodling? Their songs are all two minutes long.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:26 PM

The Asbury show was horrible. Yahoo was there filming/streaming the show for a live feed.

Pollard was babbling the whole night - they ended up playing one song twice - I am a scientist, as he tumbled down off stage!

I love hippies!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:31 PM

I've been off public transportation for over a year. What a feeling! I was Mr. Big City at one point but never picked up one city gal on the subway, so what's the point?

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | August 25, 2014 7:34 PM

Man, what a bad turnout. Those sell outs in Manhattan don't matter in the burbs. Stick to NYC guys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 7:57 PM

25 songs on the setlist that nobody gives a shit about?!? Phish doesn't screw their fans like that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 8:39 PM

Pollard stuck it in my cat's wife between the 2nd and 3rd encores! Woof!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 10:55 PM

I watched the Yahoo TV thing Sat. night and yeah Pollard got noticeably trashed for the last few songs to where you thought he was going to fall down at any moment(and eventually did). And he also rambled a bit too long at times. But regardless of all that, in a fucked up way it made the show better. The whole thing was completely unpredictable.

But yeah, I'd also just gone to the Irving Plaza show. No way I was going to travel out to the sticks a month later.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:41 AM

This band is so unprofessional. Most high school bands are more professional than this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:59 AM

That unrefined, unprofessional spirit is a big part of what made this band so appealing.

Boozy schoolteachers, factory workers, etc., making private masterpieces in their basement and drinking copious amounts on stage, and not giving a shit about the music industry? We could use more of that right now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:08 PM

12:08 Exactly

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:13 PM

^12:08 and 12:13 go to any bar and see the house band..

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:18 PM

Jesus troll, this is the last time: name one house bar band that wrote anything as indelible as any of GBV's albums in the '90s. It's like a mid-western bar band grew a super-brain and made incredible, original music.

I honestly find most of the reunion albums to be very spotty, but to compare them and their fans to white-collar Dead types or the house band at the Ramada shows that you just don't fucking get them or their appeal.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: music's not for everybody.

Now, go back to annoying people on metal pages and spewing your reactionary, bigoted nonsense. I'm going to have a beer with Bob.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:25 PM

LOL hippies

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:29 PM

^ I suffered through GBV twice albeit both in festival settings. But this band ain't that good. Lyrics are bloody awful too.

I dare you to give me one decent example of noteworth GBV lyrics.

I think I heard a better band playing in the port authority at 1 am then GBV

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:31 PM

GBV album American Beauty is great. They keep on Truckin. I can't wait to see Uncle Bob's band again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:32 PM

A band so great they have to give away 350 tickets on Goldstar in one of the most populist places in America.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:33 PM

Bar band better than GBV..easy here is an easy example

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR549

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:34 PM

^That's the crazy dichotomy at work with GBV: they are mid-western populist types who don't have any crossover, mainstream populist appeal, although they'd love it.

It's music for weirdos, which is fine. Remember that's what this whole "music underground" used to be about. Music for weirdos, not music for the mainstream. A lot of people wish that was still the case.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:36 PM

If you don't get it, you don't get it. That's fine. Stick with HAIM and Beiber; it's more your speed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:38 PM

12:31 - considering you are barely capable of putting together a cogent sentence, I think Bob's "noteworth" lyrics would be lost on you.

lol "bloody"

Posted by 12:31 sings in a British accent | August 26, 2014 12:40 PM

^ah so you have none..just as I though

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:42 PM

He means that you're not worth the effort, dipshit. Reading comprehension skills are required for this game.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:43 PM

Oh 12:38 fun I love the if you don't like my precious little band where fan's can't take criticism you must listen to beiber. Yep you got me I listen to beiber that is why I am on bv on a thread about GBV.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:44 PM

12:43 can't provide any examples and resorts to insults..typical..

Hey why don't you throw in lyrics to I am Tree or Maybe I am a Scientist. Hey wait Tractor Rape Chain it is the Imagine of our generation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:45 PM

Here is some brilliant lyrics.

Chicken blows
I suppose we could have a girl or a boy
And I see what you mean
I'm not here to drink all the beer
In the fridge (oh, la la la)
In the room (oh)
In the house
In the place (oh, la la la)
That we both (oh)
So love

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:48 PM

My biggest problem with GBV is they only care about quantity not quality. They can take their two thousand songs and narrow it down to one good album I would actually maybe like them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:52 PM

Well I must say Beiber does have better lyrics than GBV.

Baby, baby baby ooh!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:53 PM

So BV, does Josh work for you, or are you just unable to get rid of him?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 12:54 PM

12:52..I agree. I had a few of their albums but two or three good songs sub 2 min a track are not enough for me to keep buying their albums.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 1:00 PM

12:52

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Best_of_Guided_by_Voices:_Human_Amusements_at_Hourly_Rates

I dare a "bar band" to come up with a record this good from start to finish. Even if it's a compilation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 1:27 PM

Here is a bar band better than GBV, by a mile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Rats

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 1:32 PM

Wow, Josh wrote a rambling Amazon review about GBV. Thanks Josh, you're a comedy genius on par with Larry the Cable Guy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 1:38 PM

Wow, Josh wrote a rambling review about GBV. Thanks Josh, you're a comedy genius on par with Larry the Cable Guy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 1:38 PM

^good pick. See the GBV fan's are so close minded they think no other bands can write a good album.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 1:38 PM

Josh who?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 1:42 PM

1:32 Whoever wrote that is an unfunny, cynical, bitter bitter man. To spend that much time on something so meaningless. Psoriasis of the liver? If you're going to try and be funny, at least do a little research.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 2:03 PM

GBV and their burnout fan base are the worst. Nothing more brutal than Boomer 'hippies'.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 2:10 PM

lol josh loves robin williams lol so gross lol

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 2:10 PM

203: The guy who wrote that (our favorite BV commenter spent his sad weekend doing this), pasted it in to a lot of GBV album reviews.

But get this: he gave "Mrs. Doubtfire" and Corey Feldman's autobiography 5 stars.

Now that's comedy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 2:15 PM

I haven't played a GBV record in about 12 years and I am glad I went to this show because it was probably the best 2 hours of comedy I heard in a long time. They also have more energy and then any other band with 20 year old's.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 2:27 PM

227: Is that a real picture of the famous Josh?

Please tell me it is, and I'll try to track him down when he's at Corey Feldman's "I Can Still Dance Like a White Michael Jackson, Motherfuckers" vanity tour.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 2:30 PM

Here's the best of all 6 reunion albums compiled into one spotify playlist

http://open.spotify.com/user/allthispaperwork/playlist/20L09sKRM7aGeR7ID9ppMN

Posted by Carl Imp Factor 12 | August 26, 2014 2:48 PM

^Thanks man. I'll listen to that. Some of those new ones are on the spotty side for me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 2:57 PM

Hippie alkies
Is there anything worse?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 3:29 PM

Great show. I can only guess that the turnout was depressed by locals who'd actually been to this shitty venue before. Horrible sound and insane beer prices.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 3:37 PM

I'm really glad I got to see GBV play a pretty sober, completely kick-ass set in San Diego this summer. It really was great. Perhaps the most "pro" set I have seen by the band ever. Pollard was still funny, but he didn't ramble and was far from a mess. I caught the last nine minutes or so of the Stone Pony show from a video someone posted on YouTube and it was just pretty depressing. It was like they pulled a homeless drunk off the street to finish the show. And I have seen plenty of GBV shows and that might just be the drunkest I have ever seen Pollard. He was still swigging from that tequila bottle while he was obviously completely blacked-out. Maybe he gets shit-faced to calm his nerves during tapings...this would explain the Austin City Limits show as well. Regardless, it was just pretty sad. People can say the drinking adds to the charm of the band or whatever, but in the end it's all about the songs and the songs get shit on when Pollard is shit-faced.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 3:50 PM

"... And I have seen plenty of GBV shows ..."

Son, there's your problem right there

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 3:54 PM

Josh, shouldn't you be masturbating to "The Lost Boys" instead of bothering GBV fans?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 3:58 PM

Pretty sure they didn't play Peep-Hole.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 4:02 PM

Wow!
> 50 comments and no one mentioned Bob's 5+ minute tirade about Billy Joel (& how much he blows).

Posted by Echos Myron | August 26, 2014 4:52 PM

Ha pollard ripping on billy joel pollards best song writing moment would even be better than the shit billy joel put on the bridge album. What a bitter prick

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 5:24 PM

Wow so gbv they have to give away tickets to an empty show meanwhile billy joel sold out dozens of shows at msg. Someone's bitter. Here's the thing billy joel has several legendary albums gbv does not

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 5:33 PM

Gbv are like a bar band covering the dead

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 5:37 PM

Billy Joel and Long Island - worse than Eva Braun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:09 PM

According to Bob that night, Billy Joel doesn't merely blow, "he chews!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:18 PM

Wow so not only is gbv music bad his jokes are even worse!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:27 PM

^ Dumb as fuck right there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 6:48 PM

Billy Joel trolls < rape gifs

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 7:02 PM

Part of the problem is Long Island. It's not a GBV demographic. I'd be surprised if Cheap Trick draws 500 at the same venue tonight.

All you clowns yapping on about the Dead and bar bands are dumb as fuck. If that's what GBV was, the Paramount would've been packed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 7:57 PM

Wow 6:48 you thought that was a funny joke!? That explains why you're a gbv fan.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 8:04 PM

That joke was beyond lame just like this clown shit band

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 8:10 PM

You losers can't complain about a band you didn't even see because you were to lame to get on a train for an hour. Any one of those five, 55-60 year old guys could kick your ass and you know it, that's why you spew such pussy-ass venom. Write ONE song that is half as good as ANY of Bob Pollard's. Go ahead, try it. Then write 2000 more. Fact is, Bob doesn't give a shit about you or anything you have to offer. He's just doing what he loves to do and he doesn't have to do anything else; hasn't had to hold down a shitty job for more than 20 years. Can you say that? Didn't think so. So go make me another coffee you bunch of talentless stupid pricks.

Posted by T Rex | August 26, 2014 9:11 PM

Josh is more of a Corey Feldman man, so it's not surprising that he doesn't GBV.

Different, ahem, strokes for different folks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 9:14 PM

Even the worst GBV show is 100 times more fun and memorable than the pussy metal you mongoloids go see.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 10:16 PM

LOL sing along now ...
"Sometimes it's like GBV against the world"

Well, at least the ENTIRE audience got their picture in the post

Lame ass hippie alkie fucks

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:14 PM

Lots of uptight, dumb and judgmental losers posting here that wouldn't know what a hippie was even if your mother is one.

Some of you need a drink or something to take the straight edge off.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 10:06 AM

^It's actually one guy who posted all of the vehement anti-GBV stuff here. It's the same guy who posts most of the hateful, bigoted stuff on BV posts.

He's either a teenager with a sub-human IQ or he's on BV's staff to drive traffic, or both.

His name's Josh and he's a Corey Feldmansuperfan, we've just discovered in this very chain.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:15 AM

^by your logic everyone must like GBV or else? No one can dislike them because if they do they must be really young and stupid. Great logic. If you want a band that's popular go listen to Coldplay.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:21 AM

These old men need to stop dicking around with their 'space' jams, and get to rehab already.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:30 AM

Hello Long Island!!!

Crickets

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:34 AM

I was at the show..350 people or so there..he then insulted Billy Joel and it dropper down to about 250. Way to isolate your local fans Bobby..good job.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:36 AM

11:15 may be the most misinformed, paranoid, senile and crotchety old man, yelling at clouds, on all of BV

Congrats, dude ... you make D look reasonable

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:41 AM

^Says the guy who posts 5 times in a row. It's obvious, Josh.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:05 PM

This band tries too hard to look unprofessional

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:13 PM

^ha ha

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:28 PM

I am 11:41, and my name is not Josh, nor did I post 5 times in a row.

I think 12:05 needs to put another layer of tin foil around his football helmet, because the spy frequency is obviously getting through now

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:12 PM

"The only thing progressive about the show was everyone’s level of drunkenness."

damn

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:12 PM

"What does a Brooklyn Vegan commenter do when they go to a show and enjoy it? Or is that not even a possibility anymore with those creeps?" -Tom Scharpling

Posted by BestShow | August 27, 2014 3:25 PM

I'm so pissed at Pollard in a lot of ways, and his dumbass "hardcore" fans that enable him. I'm not even talking about the drinking, but rather the fact that he hung it up with GBV in a pretty classy way 10 years ago, put out a few good solo records with good musicians and looked like he was going to retire gracefully. I was into the reunion tour, because I finally got to see the "Greatest Hits" set I had been denied. It was a great time, even though it was at Terminal 5 which sucks the sweat of a dead man's balls (HT, Robin Williams).

Posted by gLAZYeyes | August 27, 2014 3:27 PM

But anyone who claims that the shit he's been putting out with the overrated, non-musician "Classic" line-up is any good is part of the problem. They are the same assholes who shit all over Do The Collapse and Isolation Drills, even though the latter may be their best album. He did not betray anyone by getting real players like Doug Gillard to fully realize his songwriting. That's a stupid fetishization of mediocrity.

Posted by gLAZYeyes | August 27, 2014 3:28 PM

Yes, Propeller/Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes are all amazing records with timeless songs on them and I will love them forever. But they are amazing IN SPITE of the fact that they are recorded in a basement on a four-track, and they are charming only because he had the will to finish them that way when he didn't have the option of recording them properly. As soon as he could, he used a real producer (Steve Albini) for Under The Bushes, Under The Stars.

Posted by gLAZYeyes | August 27, 2014 3:28 PM

Now he's back to using sub-par musicians (old as fuck, btw), simply for the nostalgia factor, because he knows (cynically) that the slackeratti dipshits who took all the wrong lessons from his early material will show up and take no notice of their emperor's nudity.

Posted by gLAZYeyes | August 27, 2014 3:29 PM

Who the fuck wants to see that? No wonder only 350 people were there.

Posted by gLAZYeyes | August 27, 2014 3:30 PM

^ LOL cool story bro, but I'm not sure I follow you, could you post a few more times?

And since when has ANYONE given a half a shit what Tom Scharpling thinks about ANYTHING? Oh, wait, I think I just found out what the GBV demo is

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:42 PM

Considering that he had a huge audience for over a decade, I'd say quite a few.

Posted by BestShow | August 27, 2014 3:50 PM

Can't do much for you reading comprehension issues.

Posted by gLAZYeyes | August 27, 2014 4:13 PM

Why are all their T-shirts athletic themed? Are these guys somehow unaware that they are sloppy, beat to shit, drunks? Someone needs to tell them (and their fans), that making a schtick out of being a drunk is for teenagers. At their age is just sad. And their trite garage rock certainly doesn't justify the alcoholism.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 4:19 PM

Uncle Bob and Billy Joel ought to go catch some DWI's together.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 4:38 PM

LOL 3:50/4:13 Scharpling fan boy is a big Bieber and Rebecca Black fan as well, since they have a huge audience too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 4:47 PM

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