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Guided By Voices Announce Spring Tour

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By Hollister Dixon

Guided By Voices are an amazing band, but their catalogue is an extremely dense collection to get into. Where do you start? Is it Bee Thousand? Is it Alien Lanes? How do the post-breakup albums stack up next to the rest? And what of Robert Pollard’s other projects, like Boston Spaceships (featuring Eyelids members/Faces on the Radio veterans Chris Slusarenko and John Moen) or Circus Devils (who released their final album, Laughs Last, on February 24th)? What about all of Pollard’s solo material, or the three (!) Ricked Wicky albums that came out in 2015? And what about the Suitcases?

One of the best ways to take in everything, though, is to just see Guided By Voices play live. I went into my first GBV show as a mild fan, and walked away a rabid obsessive, and part of this is Pollard’s willingness to play as many songs as can be fit into their time onstage. You want to watch a band play 40 songs with the gusto of a band a third their age? You got it.

On April 7th, Guided By Voices will release the double (!!) album August By Cake, the band’s 23rd album to date. That seems like a lot, sure! But it’s even more notable that this is the one hundredth (!!!) album with Uncle Bob’s name on it. That’s a hell of a lot to process! The band’s last, Please Be Honest, was mostly recorded by Pollard on his own, but this album finds him reunited with former member Doug Gillard, and backed by new members Bobby Bare Jr. and Mark Shue. This spring, the band will support the album with a lovely tour which includes a few nice and small rooms, including the ridiculously small Doug Fir Lounge here in Portland and Seattle’s Neumos – with a neat little stopover in Indio, CA for Coachella.. They’ll have a hell of a lot of great support on the tour, everyone from Rogue Wave to DTCV (fronted by James Greer, former GBV member and the man who literally wrote the book on the band).

After the jump, check out the band’s dates and support, as well as new tracks “Dr. Feelgood Falls Off the Ocean” and “Hiking Skin”.

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LIVE REVIEW: Guided By Voices, Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR

This review is part of a series on MusicFest Northwest Presents: Project Pabst. This includes Digable Planets and both Day One and Day Two of the main festival.

Guided By Voices // Photo Credit: Hollister Dixon

Guided By Voices // Photo Credit: Hollister Dixon

By Hollister Dixon

I started 2014 as a passive fan of Guided By Voices. I’d heard Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes just like the next guy, but they never connected with me in the way they did with some people. I was never into lo-fi recordings, finding them hard to really connect with when you have to wade through muddy production just to hear the good stuff. Then, in June, I discovered the secret: I actually saw Guided By Voices. This show was – and there’s no way around the word – transformative. I walked away from that performance ravenous for everything Robert Pollard had ever done. I obsessed over their music. I alienated people around me with this obsession. In August, just two weeks before getting to end my Summer Of Pollard with another Guided By Voices show, I branded myself with the GBV rune and the word “Incurable”, from the song “I Am A Scientist” (“I am a journalist, I write to you to show you: I am an incurable, and nothing else behaves like me.”)

One week after I got that tattoo, Guided By Voices announced that they were not only cancelling their entire tour, but breaking up entirely. “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.” Even as a new acolyte, it felt less like the band had broken up, and more like Bob Pollard had personally broken up with me. This was short-lived, though: in February, another reunion was announced – though it deviated entirely from the classic lineup entirely. Pollard recruited Bobby Bare Jr. (who opened for GBV at that first show, funnily enough), Kevin March, Nick Mitchell, and Mark Shue. In mid-July, the reunion added former guitarist Doug Gillard to flesh everything out. Sure, it was less a Guided By Voices reunion and more of a “Bob Pollard + Doug Gillard + a few hired guns” tour… but, any chance to hear GBV songs is worth it. Right?

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Episode 137: Eyelids With Chris and John!

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Welcome back, everybody! BIG thanks to Chris Slusarenko and John Moen for joining us this week! You can listen to this episode above, or download it right here!

Topic:

  • This week, we chat with Chris and John about their backgrounds in music, how Eyelids came to be (and the band’s future), and what makes the creative processes of Eyelids different from the other bands they’ve been in over the years.

Songs:

  • of Montreal – “The March Of The Gay Parade”
  • Eyelids – “Bound to Let You Down”
  • Death Cab For Cutie – “No Room In Frame”
  • James Horner – “Humanoids from the Deep Main Theme”

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Episode 126: Soul’d Out!

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Thanks to Haytham and Nick for joining us! You can listen to this episode above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • Portland’s Soul’d Out Festival
  • How did the festival start?
  • What have been some of the challenges of organizing the festival?
  • What have been some of the best moments so far?
  • Who are some dream acts for the festival?

Songs:

  • Guided By Voices – “A Salty Salute”
  • Robert Glasper Experiment – “Black Radio (Ft. Mos Def)”
  • Belle & Sebastian – “Seeing Other People”
  • The Replacements – “I Will Dare”

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Episode 113: The End of 2014!

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Thanks to Bob Ham and Colin McLaughlin for joining us this week! You can listen to our special end-of-the-year episode above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • 2014: The best-of!
  • We talk about our favorite albums and shows of 2014, the things we loved and hated, and touch briefly on what we’re looking forward to in 2015.

Songs:

  • Joe Cocker – “With a Little Help From My Friends”
  • Aphex Twin – “180db”
  • Guided by Voices – “Echos Myron”
  • Thug Entrancer – “Death After Life 1”
  • Total Control – “Glass”

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Episode 99: Project Pabst

Many thanks to Max Bauske for joining us this week! You can listen to this episode above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • Project Pabst!
  • Where did this festival come from? What is its purpose?
  • When did this festival enter the planning stage?
  • What bands are we most excited to see?
  • Does Portland “need” another festival?

Songs:

  • Guided By Voices – “I Am a Scientist”
  • GZA – “Liquid Swords”
  • Built to Spill – “Big Dipper”
  • Aphex Twin – “180db_”

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Episode 89: The Year So Far

Thanks to Bob Ham for joining us this week! You can listen above, or download the episode here.

Topic:

  • 2014: The year so far!
  • Favorite albums of the year?
  • Favorite shows of the year?
  • Things we’re looking forward to in the second half of the year?

Song:

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Episode 85: Gold Star for Robot Music

Many thanks to Coco Madrid for joining us this week on the program! You can listen above, and download the episode here.

Topic:

  • Ambient and Electronic music
  • What got us into this style of music?
  • What is it about ambient music that speaks to us?
  • What are some of the subgenres of electronic music?
  • What does Portland’s ambient/electronic scene look like?

Songs:

  • Guided By Voices – “Gold Star for Robot Boy”
  • Boards of Canada – “ROYGBIV”
  • Mountain Goats – “Cotton”
  • Autechre – “Basscadet”

Bands:

  • COMING SOON!
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Episode 84: Music on the Television

Big thanks to Bob Ham for joining us this week! You can listen above, or download the episode here.

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Songs:

  • Maya Angelou – “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”
  • Black Flag – “TV Party”
  • Eagulls – “Molting”
  • Guided by Voices – “Game of Pricks”

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