Entries tagged with: Guided by Voices
Canadian music festival Sled Island has announced the initial lineup for its 2016 edition. With it comes some wider-reaching news: Robert Pollard is reactivating Guided By Voices and they'll headline the festival. There's also going to be a new GBV record, according to the band's Facebook, where Pollard plays all the instruments. The live shows will be with a new lineup of Guided by Voices as well featuring Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar), Kevin March (drums), Nick Mitchell (guitar), Mark Shue (bass). Pollard last brought the GBV name out of the attic in 2014. (He's got a new solo album too.) Stay tuned.
As for the rest of the initial Sled Island lineup (which is being guest-curated by Peaches), it includes Built to Spill, Deafheaven, Protomartyr, Julia Holter, Psychic TV, The Sonics, Duchess Says (who just played Megaphono in Ottawa) and more. Sled Island happens June 22 - 26 in Calgary, AB and tickets/passes are on sale now.
by Bill Pearis
For those trying to keep count (it's difficult), Of Course You Are will be Robert Pollard's 24th solo album and will be out March 4 via Fire Records. Ricked Wicky's Nick Mitchell produced the album and, apparently, played all the instruments on the record. If lead single "My Daughter Yes She Knows" is any proof, this setup worked out great -- it's a taught rocker with terrific glammy flourishes that work so well with Pollard's delivery. (It also reminds me of a variety of late '80s "college rock" which I'm a sucker for.) Stream it below.
Check out Of Course You Are artwork and tracklist below...
The 6th annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery will happen December 12 at Knitting Factory. The premise, as always, is this:
The Rock Lottery premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.While the whole lineup of musicians involved hasn't been revealed, it will feature:
Arthur Ashin (Autre Ne Veut)Last year's event was a lot of fun. Tickets are on sale and proceeds this year will go to to Daniel's Music Foundation, a non profit organization that provides recreational music programs to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, ages three to adult in the NYC area.
Caitlin Elisabeth Gray (Hurray for the Riff Raff)
Cameron Wisch (Porches)
David Monks (Tokyo Police Club)
Doug Gillard (Nada Surf / Guided By Voices)
Holly MacGibbon (Weeknight)
Louis Schwadron (Sky White Tiger)
Luke Jenner (The Rapture)
Malcolm Brickhouse (Unlocking The Truth)
Marty Beller (They Might Be Giants)
Mike Wilber (Moon Hooch)
Norman Westberg (Swans)
Richard Thomas (Heliotropes)
Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady)
photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.
In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.
Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.
Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.
Details on the songs being auctioned below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by John Clark
Portland's Eyelids is the project of The Decemberists' John Moen, and Chris Slusarenko who was a Guided by Voices member in the 2000s (both also played together in the Robert Pollard-fronted Boston Spaceships). Their upcoming self-titled EP was produced by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck (who's also contributed to The Decemberists), and his band's jangly alt-rock isn't too far removed from the EP's new single, "Bound To Let You Down." That premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
The EP comes out June 23 via Jealous Butcher and the band's own Schizophonic Records, and features one other original song, as well as covers of John Cale's "Only Time Will Tell" and The Dream Syndicate's "Halloween." A limited edition colored vinyl version is also being released, which includes a download card with three exclusive live videos, one of which has Stephen Malkmus performing "Hey Joe" with the band.
Last year, Eyelids released a split with Woolen Men. Listen to the new song below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
Guided by Voices @ Bowery Ballroom 5/23/14
Longtime contributing BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette shot a bunch of shows for us in 2014, and to wrap up another great year, she's made a list of her favorite photos that she took since January. That's one of GBV above, and you can check out the rest of her favorite pics of 2014 below...
GBV at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Guided by Voices were on a short break from their tour, having recently played a few NY area shows with dates still to come. Those have been canceled, as apparently GBV have abruptly broken up! From their Facebook:
Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.Upcoming dates were to have included a run with Bobby Bare, Jr and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Remaining, now-canceled dates are below.
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Guided by Voices @ The Paramount 8/22/2014
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...
GBV at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The current Guided by Voices tour already landed in NYC a couple times, and this weekend it comes back to the area for two shows in nearby cities. TONIGHT (8/22), they're on Long Island for a show at Huntington's Paramount, and Saturday (8/23) they'll hit The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Both are with Brazilian psych rockers Boogarins (who also recently played NYC), and tickets for both are still available. If you're unable to make the NJ show, you can still watch it from the comfort of your own home when it streams live at 9:30 PM EST via Yahoo.
GBV have other dates too, including Fun Fun Fun Fest. All are listed below...
ARMS at MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn band ARMS (the current project of former Harlem Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein) will be paying tribute to some of their influences -- specifically Broadcast, Elliott Smith, Guided by Voices, They Might Be Giants, Matthew Dear, Thunder & Lightning, The Faces and Rufus Wainwright -- on a new covers album, Backwards Record, due out September 2 via Paper Garden Records. We've got the premiere of the video for their cover of GBV's lo-fi classic, "Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory." ARMS' take on the song is -- wait for it -- guided by voices. As in they've recorded the cover a capella. You can watch the video below.
ARMS also have two local shows coming up this weekend. First they play Mercury Lounge on Friday (8/15) with Conveyor (tickets), and then they play the Rooftop Films closing party on Saturday (8/16). Doors open at 8 for that, music at 8:30, and by 9 PM they'll be screening multiple short films. More details here.
GBV cover video, with LP artwork and tracklist, below...
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.
Full lineup below...
by Klaus Kinski
Guided by Voices @ Iriving Plaza (photo via @klaus_kinski)
On Friday (7/11), less than two months after playing Bowery Ballroom, Dayton OH senior rockers Guided By Voices roared into NYC once again, this time to lay a drunken lustre upon Irving Plaza. And, brother... it was a whopper.
This GBV experience ticked so many boxes on the Klaus Kinski Checklist of High-Maintenance Concert-Going Standards. I was pretty pooped from seeing Gorilla Biscuits the night before this show, so the first attribute of this phenomenal show had to be the timing; doors at 7pm, Crystal Stilts at 8, GBV from 9 - 11. Done. Anywho, I had seen opener Crystal Stilts somewhere before and I remember my previous feelings about them was that they were complete and total garbage. However, this time around they really really appealed to me. I am not sure what changed or what would cause my appraisal of them to do a complete 180, but I found their opening set on Friday night to be an incredible combination of filthy, reverberating guitars, driving beats and really tight, almost lethargic vocals. There was a certain level of gloom to their set, but it didn't reek of the melodramatic. Singer Brad Hargett's the epitome of anti-stage presence, but it doesn't come off as smug; it comes of more as "my voice in my instrument, so I am here to sing, not act like a numbskull for your entertainment." I thought from start to finish their set was a great representation of what works in their catalogue which has been growing in their 10+ years of existence.
After a brief intermission, GBV took the stage a hair after 9 PM to a not-sold-out crowd of about 1000 fans of all stripes. Remarkably, this was GBV's 18th Irving Plaza gig. Throughout their 2+ hour set, the entire band was in absolute top form. Even Greg Demos, who I admonished in my last post for being distractingly sloppy at their most recent Bowery gig, was in really great form. Drummer Kevin March, as usual, was the metronomic glue holding everything tightly together. And there were some moments when Pollard and guitarist Tobin Sprout unleashed some of the most wonderful two-part harmonies I've heard the band pull off in years.
GBV has put out 6 records since they reunited as the classic line-up and the setlist borrowed quite a bit from these newer releases. But with a catalogue as wide and as deep as the one Pollard has manufactured, there was no shortage of older classics and deep cuts. I mean, you really can't go wrong with a setlist featuring classics like "Cut Out Witch," "Motor Away," "Teenage FBI," "I Am A Scientist," "Game of Pricks," and "Tractor Rape Chain." And of course, peppered among their 50+ song setlist, was Bob's classic drunken stage banter. One moment he was telling the crowd that writing a catchy tune is the easiest thing in the world to do; "Verse, chorus, verse, chorus, coda. 50 seconds. Tops." At another point he said he had big news, stating, "We're going on a world tour opening for Weezer. After that, who cares... 2-3-4" to which the entire room whipped out their cellphones to immediately suss out if he was full of it or not (he was). Their song choices, the quality of their performance, and the high-energy crowd-atmosphere made this one of the most solid GBV shows I have seen in ages. Definitely looking forward to Irving Plaza show #19.
A few videos from the show are below...
Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Speedy Ortiz, who have an Adult Swim Single coming in July, announced a tour surrounding their many festival appearances this summer. One of those festivals is NYC's free 4Knots Festival happening on July 12 at South Street Seaport from 1-8 PM with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. Those in the NYC-area wanting a fix of Speedy in a club setting, who don't feel like staying in town the weekend of 4Knots, or who would like to see Speedy play with Guided by Voices, should head up to Toad's Place in CT where they and GBV play two days earlier. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed below.
That show is also part of GBV's tour which recently hit NYC's Bowery Ballroom and returns to NYC the day after the Toad's Place show for an Irving Plaza show (7/11) with Crystal Stilts. It also hits Huntington, NY's Paramount on 8/22 and Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony on 8/23, both with Boogarins. Tickets for those shows are still available.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, with a video, below...
Guided by Voices @ Bowery Ballroom 5/23/2014
On Friday (5/23), garage rock legends and future liver transplant recipients Guided By Voices waltzed into the Bowery Ballroom for a sloppy and extremely sold out show with support from Doug Gillard and Atomic Forces. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.
I missed Atomic Forces but according to friends who were there since doors opened at 8 PM, AF's 9 PM set lasted about as long as an average bathroom break, if said bathroom break was spent making a brisk #2. Apparently their set barely clocked in at 20 minutes, but the consensus was that they were actually pretty good. Sad I missed them.
Doug Gillard and full band were scheduled to hit the stage at 10, but I think the awkwardly long intermission Atomic Force's mini-set created compelled them to hit the stage a little before . Which was fine with me because seeing Doug was just as important to me than seeing GBV. For the uninitiated, Doug Gillard is a guitar God and possesses the finest rock chops in the business. As a guitar player myself, Doug is a personal hero of mine. He's not the type of player who can whip out a shredding Nuno Bettencourt-esque rendition of Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee or anything. Rather, he is the master of the fundamentals who can navigate a fret-board better than anyone in the biz. His CV as a guitar player is staggering, having played in Death Of Samantha (who just reformed and are playing shows), Gem, Cobra Verde, Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, Bambi Kino, Richard Buckner's band, Children's Crusade, Starvation Army, Yuji Oniki, My Dad is Dead, The Mice, Bill Fox, Fence Lions, Zest Of Yore, Stewart Pack, The Oranges Band, and more. Doug's set consisted of a very thoughtful array of tunes old and new, all of which the crowd was going bonkers over. Doug ended his set with probably his most famous anthem, "I Am a Tree," which appeared on GBV's 1997 release Mag Earwhig! but is 100% the brainchild of Gillard and served as the perfect segue into the short intermission that would lead to GBV's set. Video of Gillard's "I Am a Tree" Bowery performance -- plus pics from his is below.
I've been seeing GBV live for over 15 years now and I can tell you that a GBV show is one of the most consistently satisfying show-going experiences out there. The crowd at Bowery was what a GBV crowd has always been because, well, over the years, the crowd make-up of a GBV show has remained largely unchanged. You've got your older indie dudes, tons of drunk bros, tons of older couples from out of town making a night of it, newbies who discovered GBV late in their career looking to enjoy the shows while GBV is still able to put them on for us... most everyone's drunk. Most everyone's singing along at the top of their lungs. Friday's GBV show was as boilerplate as it gets, and, goddamn, was it ever fun.
I am not going to lie; I did a great job of drinking my memories into oblivion Friday night. But several things stand out in what's left of my mind. First off, GBV front man Robert Pollard polished off his bottle of tequila before hitting the stage. Normally, he's got that bad boy with him for about the first half the set (or for as long as it lasts). I've seen Bob take the stage in various stages of inebriation over the years, but Friday he was well in the bag before they played a single note of their massive set list. Which brings me to memory number two of the evening; the setlist was massive. I mean, a GBV setlist is always a sight to behold, but Friday they played nearly 50 songs and the evening concluded with a whopping three encores. I guess a 50-song, three-encore set is sort of par for the course with GBV, but it blew my mind regardless. Let's face it; they ain't no spring chickens.
GBV w/ Doug Gillard
As kick-ass as GBV was on Friday, one of the more bummer memories that has been plaguing me is that the "original line-up" thing is really losing it's luster for me. I find myself pining for the days of guys like Nate Farley, Chris Slusarenko, Doug Gillard (who joined them for "Fair Touching" & "Teenage FBI" at Bowery) and Tim Tobias. After firing "original" drummer Kevin Fennell in 2013 GBV re-hired powerhouse drummer Kevin March which was a genius move because these days they really need someone as solid as him in their back-line. Tobin Sprout is a genius guitar player whose skills are irreproachable. Mitch Mitchell can hang still as well. But Greg Demos seems to get sloppier as the years go on. He spends so much time playing the roll of rock star, looking a lot like a cross between Davey Jones and Top Gear's Richard Hammond, that he was clamming left and right. Missing notes, playing the wrong notes, completely missing plucking an intended string. I became fixated on it. Distracted. If he would only stop swirling around, licking his lips, and falling on his knees and pay a little more attention to the 4-stringed apparatus in his hands everything would feel so much more cohesive. But what do I know.
Technical gaffes aside, it was as classic a GBV experience as it gets and I had a flipping' ball. Sure, my liver fell out somewhere on the J train at around 3am following the show, but it was so worth it. And if anyone has a recording of Bob's stage banter that night, press it and release it. It was pure comedic gold.
In other GBV related news, don't forget that they have an upcoming summer tour that lands at Toad's Place in CT on July 10, Irving Plaza on July 11, then The Paramount in Long Island on August 22 and finally Asbury Park, NJ's The Stone Pony on August 23. Tickets to Irving, The Paramount and Stone Pony are still available, as well as Toad's Place, are still available.
In other Doug Gillard News, his old band, Death of Samantha, will be playing their first NYC show in over 23 years THIS THURSDAY (MAY 29, 2014) at Baby's All Right. Tickets are still available and cost a measly 10 bucks. Also head over to Doug Gillard's website for details on his upcoming West Coast Tour.
Oh yeah, also, White House press secretary and confirmed Guided by Voices fan Jay Carney surprised attendees at a sold-out GBV show at Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat on Saturday May 24 when he appeared on stage to introduce the band. Gawker's got all the deets on that craziness.
Setlist and more pictures of GBV's Bowery Ballroom set, plus pics Atomic Forces and Doug Gillard's opening sets, below...
Ex Cult @ DbA, 2013 (more by Devan Council)
Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and as usual there's no shortage of things to do. On the music front, if you'd like to get away (but not too far away) for the long weekend, there's a few good festivals. Headbangers may want to head to Maryland Deathfest for Agalloch, Crowbar, Gorguts, Ulcerate, and more. Or you can get your indie rock on at Boston Calling with The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and more. Or maybe you're more the punk type and will head to Michigan for Bled Fest with Title Fight, The Menzingers, Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Little Big League and more.
If you're staying in NYC this weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. Head below to check our top 10 list of events going on this weekend...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
Guided By Voices, who we found out are also playing Toad's Place in CT on July 10, will return to NYC to play Irving Plaza on July 11, then The Paramount in Long Island on August 22 and finally Asbury Park, NJ's The Stone Pony on August 23. A BrooklynVegan Presale for the last three is happening NOW (5/15). PASSWORD = coolplanet
(note: The Stone Pony presale didn't start on time, but is live now)
All tour dates HERE.
Read our new interview with Bob Pollard HERE.
UPDATE: BrooklynVegan Presale Password HERE.
Guided By Voices in Austin, 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Guided by Voices start their tour this weekend and will hit NYC for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on May 23. That tour wraps up in June but, as Robert Pollard inferred in our interview with him, GBV will be back in the NY area for
three four shows after that: NYC's Irving Plaza on July 11, then Huntington, NY's The Paramount on August 22 and Asbury Park, NJ's The Stone Pony on August 23.
UPDATE: they're also playing Toad's Place in CT on 7/10.
Your first chance to get tickets to those three shows (not CT) will be with an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale beginning Thursday morning (5/15) at 9 AM. Check back first thing Thursday morning for the presale password.
UPDATE: BrooklynVegan Presale Password HERE.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/16) at noon.
Guided by Voices new album, Cool Planet, came out this week. Updated tour dates are listed below...
"I've got better moves than Mick Jagger, or at least I used to," - Robert Pollard
jump shot @ Riot Fest Chicago (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Robert Pollard is a rock star. Instead of having his autobiography written by TMZ or wielding some messianic delusion over his fans however, the frontman for the indelibly influential Guided By Voices has simply continued to make the music he wants in the way he wants as much as he wants. With this month's Cool Planet, Pollard has released twenty-two full-lengths with Guided By Voices since 1987. Add in the multiple EPs, collaborations, solo records, and other projects, and it's immediately apparent that creative inspiration is not in short supply for the singer. Adding to the prolific nature of that creativity is Pollard's unadorned perspective on the fame and respect he's garnered over the years from fans, critics, and fellow musicians alike. There's nothing overly simplistic about it being "just about the music" for Pollard, and that's precisely what continues to compel the singer who, upon approaching sixty, is as creatively vibrant and productive as he ever was with no end in sight. Guided By Voices will be touring throughout May and June, with a sold out Bowery Ballroom show on 5/23 and more dates to be announced soon too.
UPDATE: Three more NY-Area shows in July and August.
Going back to the Forever Since Breakfast EP and fast forwarding to now with the myriad of releases, both solo and with Guided By Voices, that have come since then, what's your perspective on that journey so far, and how have you seen yourself evolve both personally and musically in that time?
Robert: Hopefully I continue to improve as a songwriter, a person and a musician or artist. If there's no improvement, and I guess that's a subjective thing, I don't see any reason to continue. Obviously, by the sheer output of releases, I'm still having a good time. That's also very important.
Just as well known as your music itself has been the sheer amount you've produced over the last three decades. What was the initial creative catalyst for you in the beginning, and do you see yourself still engaging that source of inspiration even now with every new song you write?
I'm always pushing myself to come up with new techniques for creating art and writing songs. In the last couple of years I've actually developed a formula for writing songs, that's a little too involved for me to elaborate on right now. The initial catalyst for me to write songs, I think, was to be an active participant instead of just a passive listener. To hear more of what I really like by writing them myself.
by Bill Pearis
cold work making a new LP
The indefatigable Guided by Voices will drop their second album of 2014, Cool Planet, next week (5/13) via their own Guided By Voices Inc. Made in a proper studio (something most of the post-2010-reformation GBV LPs weren't) during a very cold winter, Robert Pollard, Toubin Sprout and the rest of the gang sound in fine form. How does Pollard keep doing it? You can stream " "Table At Fool's Tooth" plus previously shared "Bad Love is Easy to Do" below.
Guided by Voices' upcoming, sold-out NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on May 23 with former bandmate Doug Gillard was, when we originally posted about it, one of only a couple of dates. There is now a full tour hitting both coasts and a few points in between. A couple of those shows are with GBV's Ohio pals, the reunited Death of Samantha (most of whom, as Cobra Verde, would end up in the band in the late '90s). All dates are listed, along with the track streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Doug Gillard's CV is impeccable, having logged time in Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, My Dad is Dead, just to name three. With those groups he was more of a background player, but he's a more than capable frontman and songwriter on his own. His new solo album, Parade On, is a real class act -- sparkling, muscular powerpop, touched by a style and grace that never falls out of fashion. The album's out next week (4/8) but you can get a taste on the album's first single, the lightly Harrison-esque "Ready for Death." You can stream it below.
Gillard's got a couple shows this weekend to celebrate the new album. He plays Cake Shop on Saturday (4/5) with Georgia power pop band Casper & the Cookies and Lame Drivers. The official record release show happens on Tuesday (4/8) at Glasslands with White Lighters, Workout, and Dear Comrade. Tickets for Glasslands are on sale now.
Doug also opens for his old bandmates Guided by Voices at Bowery Ballroom on May 23 which is sold out.
Guided By Voices (more by Tim Griffin)
The legendarily prolific Guided By Voices have announced another album coming out this year, not to be confused with the 20 track Motivational Jumpsuit that was released on 2/18. "Recorded during the sub-freezing Polar Vortex of 2014, the next GbV record is titled Cool Planet" and it's out May 18/19 via Fire Records. Listen to the track "Bad Love Is Easy To Do" below where you'll also find the full 18 song tracklist.
To celebrate, the band (Robert Pollard - vocals, guitar; Tobin Sprout - guitar, vocals; Mitch Mitchell - guitar; Greg Demos - bass; Kevin March - drums) will head out on the road to play some intimate shows including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 5/23. Tickets for that show which Doug Gillard (ex-GBV) and Atomic Forces are opening, go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon.
All known dates (three of them), the new song, and a 'Funny Or Die' video for "Planet Score" from their less new album, below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Kevin Drew's "Good Sex" video
It's been a while since we've done one of our video roundups, but there were just too many good videos this week to pass up the opportunity. (Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, there's some v-day-themed ones worked in here.) We already posted a bunch this week, like Little Dragon, Thurston Moore, Metronomy, The Notwist, Thundercat, OFF!, Marissa Nadler, Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Mission of Burma covering The Beatles, Polica, DTCV, La Femme, The Marked Men's return to NYC, and more, yet there were still plenty of cool ones we didn't get to. Check out recent videos from Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, Phantogram, La Dispute, The Front Bottoms, Guided by Voices, Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe, S. Carey, Death Grips, Quilt, Shellshag and Twin Shadow & Samantha Urbani covering The Smiths, below.