Aug 31, 2010

Guided By Voices - Hold On Hope

This little man is pretty overlooked. No one thinks of "Do The Collapse" B-sides as anything worth listening to, but I have always thought of these oddball songs as true GBV and the Ocasek approved collection on the album as an imitation. "Underground Initiations" would have made an excellent fit on "Isolation Drills" and "Fly Into Ashes" is a solid song too.  Don't overlook this EP like so many have. It's good.


Aug 26, 2010

Guided By Voices - Static Airplane Jive

Another GBV EP. Another from the golden era. This one has the brilliant short jam "Hey Aardvark," and the slow burn of "Damn Good Mr. Jam." The latter's finale of "everything for free" might be recognizable from the clip in "Back to Saturn X Radio Report" off of "Propellor."

A good, short EP. It doesn't hold together as well as "Fast Japanese Spin Cycle," but it still has a bunch of solid tracks. Totally worth getting.


Aug 23, 2010

Guided By Voices - Fast Japanese Spin Cycle

I'm seeing Guided by Voices on October 30th when they come to Detroit. I am so completely excited I'll be posting a bunch of odd loose ends (that are still brilliant) in preparation.

"Fast Japanese Spin Cycle" is an 8 song EP that has alternate versions of Marchers in Orange from "Vampire on Titus" and Over the Neptune from "Propellor" (here called Kissing to the Crying Cooks), as well as a solid classic in My Impression Now and a short gem in Indian Fables. Listen to this boy all the way through. Like a mini-"Alien Lanes."


Aug 16, 2010

Guided By Voices - Sunfish Holy Breakfast

There's some food upon the table boys. 

This is an EP from the Under the Bushes sessions. In typical form for golden period GBV releases the variety is great, and while the standout classics are minimal, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. "Stabbing a Star" is an old outtake and probably the weakest member here. "If We Wait," is a stunner, and "Cocksoldiers and their Postwar Stubble" (how did he name a song this good a name that terrible?) is uhh...better than it's name.