Space Gun

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Guided by Voices #ad - Once you hear it, you will know why. With a renowned work ethic and a daily pot of coffee, Robert Pollard continues to outclass younger generations of come-and-go rock bands. This is a band that turns on a dime, rips it up, psychs it out and can radically shape-shift to realize a three-act rock opera in 2 minutes and 48 seconds.

Robert pollard is a lyrical master; not a word out of place, every line bristling with surprise, telling a story that's both irresistible and impossible. Invention and imagination remain the undiminished life-forces of a Guided by Voices record and this one absolutely crackles with this energy: this band is on fire.

After 20+ years, 2000+ songs, 100+ albums, pollard still can't really explain or doesn't want to explain his secret: "The songs just come to me. In 2017, the new gbv line-up veterans doug gillard and kevin march and newcomers Mark Shue and Bobby Bare Jr blew audiences away and toured behind the ambitious and sprawling multi-vocalist double album August By Cake, followed just months later by the concise punchy and catchy How Do You Spell Heaven.

Space Gun #ad - . Pollard has acknowledged that this line-up's adroit talents pushes him to more daring and dizzying heights. In 2018, guided by voices release precisely one new album, Space Gun. There's humor and whimsical childlike musings, heavy duty propulsion, cinematic grace and elegance, dark futuristic undercurrents, twists and turns and kinetic magic.

And now, the fullest realization yet of Pollard's song talents, here it comes: Space Gun, with the band firing on all cylinders.

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How Do You Spell Heaven

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Guided by Voices #ad - Recorded by the band in new york, and by pollard in ohio, how do you spell heaven capitalizes on the current incarnation's tour-buffed shine without sacrificing eternal verities such as but not limited to: off-kilter rhythmic jolts; krazy chords; purposefully imperfect harmonies; and fragmented structures that start and stop on a coin of small denomination and go somewhere else, and quickly.

One could argue that gbv is never not on a roll, that robert pollard's output plows past the word "prolific" like prolific is standing still in a snowbank; and that's true, Bobby Bare Jr, but this new version of the band Doug Gillard, Mark Shue, Kevin March has given Pollard new tools to complement his song-hammer.

How Do You Spell Heaven #ad - 2017 release from the uber-prolific Robert Pollard and his main day job, Guided By Voices. Hot on the heels of the smothered-in-plaudits double album August By Cake comes this hot and heavy fifteen-tune long player, a melody-dense thwack to the earholes that will both energize and deplete your body of it's remaining music-appreciation enzymes.

There's more, much more-the easiest, laziest way to sum up this latest album is the most obvious: How do you spell heaven? Shout it from the rafters: G-B-V! Thus, ergo, quod erat demonstrandum: roll. Guided by Voices is on a roll.

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Sparkle Hard

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Matador Records #ad - Stephen malkmus & the jicks stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard. Glittery 2018 album from the sometimes-Pavement frontman, with his backing band! Produced by Chris Funk from The Decemberists. Cameo by kim Gordon ex-Sonic Youth. Includes "Middle America".

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Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices

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Da Capo Press #ad - Stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard. A prolific artist, pollard continues to churn out album after album, much to the acclaim of critics and his obsessive and devoted fans. Closer you are is the first book to take an in-depth look at the man behind it all, family, and bandmates, with interviews conducted by the author with Pollard's friends, along with unfettered access to Pollard himself and his extensive archives.

Robert pollard has had an amazing and seemingly endless career in rock music, but he's also established himself as a consummate artist who works on his own terms. Until now. Author matthew cutter is a longtime friend of Pollard and, he's set out to tell the whole, with Pollard's blessing, true story of Guided By Voices.

Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices #ad - Now fans can at long last learn the full story behind one of America's greatest living songwriters. Pollard was a longtime grade school teacher who toiled endlessly on his music, finding success only after adopting a do-it-yourself approach, relying on lo-fi home recordings for much of his and his band's career.

But his story has never been faithfully told in its entirety. The authorized biography of robert pollard, indie rock icon and founder of the music group Guided By VoicesRobert Pollard has been a staple of the indie rock scene since the early '80s, along with his band Guided By Voices.

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There's A Riot Going On

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Matador Records #ad - Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. And sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck. And even if your mind is not unclouded--shaken, out of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, misdirected, above the sound and above the Sound.

They did not rehearse together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. You don’t need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. You’d never guess this, since the layers are joined with such a liquid brush. You’d imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way.

There's A Riot Going On #ad - Stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard. Ira kaplan, in their rehearsal studio, and James McNew did it all themselves, Georgia Hubley, with no engineer and no complicated equipment John McEntire later assisted in mixing. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking.

There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. It’s easy to lose contact with the ground.

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All Nerve

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4AD #ad - A blurt of jolting joy” - npr “a classic breeders bruiser, sugar-rush power chords and lead riffs” - ROLLING STONE “Wait in the Car” runs through all the hallmarks of a classic Breeders song: layered harmonies that manage to sound both euphoric and weary, vacillating between power chords, packed with punchy drums, and a sneering Kim mandate.

. Shrink-wrapped. The breeders announce their return to 4aD with the infectious new album All Nerve, the first music to be released by the classic lineup behind the iconic album, Last Splash. Shrink-wrapped. Though it has been 24 years since these last four recorded together, “Wait in the Car” effortlessly brushes away time” - PITCHFORK Stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard.

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Zeppelin Over China

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Gbv Inc #ad - Pollard has assembled his greatest supporting cast ever-Doug Gillard guitar, Kevin March drums, Mark Shue bass, Bobby Bare Jr. Guitar and travis harrison engineer-and this line-up's virtuosic talents spur him to his most ambitious work yet, a grand album of emotional resonance and narrative drama. Shrink-wrapped.

Zeppelin Over China #ad - Not resting on his laurels, Pollard's tireless tenacity pays off with spectacular results. After well-deserved acclaim for the mind-boggling milestone of Pollard's 100 career albums, Zeppelin Over China is a wonderful entry point for new listeners to experience Guided by Voices for the first time. Zeppelin over china is a major and majestic work in the GBV canon, spotlighting the scope and genius of Robert Pollard's songwriting.

With thirty-two songs in 75 minutes, the massive double-album Zeppelin reaches lofty heights on it's musical journey. Stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard. Pollard continues to deliver endless invention and emotional wallop in two and three-minute guitar rock gems. 2019 release. Shrink-wrapped.

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Tell Me How You Really Feel

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Mom+Pop #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard. One of the most distinctive voices in music, courtney is known for mixing witty observations with unflinching self-assessment - fast forward to now and although all of the cleaver turns of phrase and an eye for story telling are still there; this new collection of songs see a more serious and outwardly tone capturing the current social landscape yet still retaining moments of intimacy and warmth.

. It follows her critically acclaimed 2015 debut album sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, 'Lotta Sea Lice', and a recent top 10 collaborative record, with Kurt Vile. Shrink-wrapped. As the world becomes more familiar with Courtney Barnett these songs feel comforting and emphatic yet that raw energy and the ability to make the listener think still remain.

Tell Me How You Really Feel #ad - Shrink-wrapped. The grammy and brit nominated Courtney Barnett returns with her second album - Tell Me How You Really Feel.

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Ogre's Trumpet

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GUIDED BY VOICES #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Excellent sound recording and the band's performance smokes all the GBV bootlegs. Stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard. Shrink-wrapped. Plays songs from the 2017 albums how do you spell Heaven and August By Cake, along with a healthy dose of GBV classics and a cover of The Monkees to boot.

Ogre's Trumpet #ad - The incendiary new gbv line-up of robert Pollard, Kevin March, Doug Gillard, Mark Shue and Bobby Bare Jr. Limited live release from the indie alt-rock icons recorded during a magical night in Asbury Park, New Jersey in August 2017. Guided by voices formed in 1983 in Dayton, Ohio. Shrink-wrapped. It has made frequent personnel changes but always maintained the presence of principal songwriter Robert Pollard.

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Bottle It In

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Matador Records #ad - Bottle It In #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Vast 2018 album from philadelphia's shredding slacktivist! Cameos by Cass McCombs, Stella Mozgawa Warpaint, Kim Gordon Sonic Youth, Farmer Dave Scher Beechwood Sparks and others. Stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard. Incudes "one trick Ponies" and "Loading Zones". Kurt vile- Bottle It In.

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12

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Yep Roc Records #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Says murphy, "i guess with the album title, we are showing off the fact the we have 12 records. Stephen malkmus & The Jicks- Sparkle Hard. Shrink-wrapped. On 12, chris murphy with the playful, participatory sing-alongs, each of the four principals contribute three stellar songs that play to their core strengths: Patrick Pentland with the soaring rock anthems, Jay Ferguson with the jaunty prog-pop gems, and Andrew Scott with the whimsical innerspace explorations.

. That title isn't just some random number. 4, and chicago 4 all put together. Shrink-wrapped. Kurt vile- Bottle It In. 12 is indeed the 12th album from canadian power-pop perennials Sloan, which means it's as good as Led Zeppelin IV, Black Sabbath's Vol. Shrink-wrapped. But seriously: not only are sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record, they're arguably the only band to make it to their 12th album with four original members who are both equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the top of their respective games, and not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record with all four original members, and not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th album with four original members who are equally prolific songwriters, sounding utterly ageless in the process.

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