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- The GBV Story on WSYC-FM
- On Sunday December 12th, WSYC-FM will be broadcasting a 3 hour tribute to Guided By Voices
from 10 PM to 1 AM. The GBV story will include commentary from host Rusty Roberts
on the brilliant career of Guided by Voices as well as feature GBV music from Forever Since Breakfast through Half Smiles of the Decomposed. You
can hear the show on line at
WSYC's website. Any
one who wants to contribute and information or call in to parcipate contact
Rusty at email@example.com.
- A Return to Conan
- GBV will be making their second appearance on the Conan O'Brien show. GBV will be appearing on the December 2nd
episode on NBC.
- Austin City Limits Date Set
- The satellite air date for GBV's Austin City Limits
appearance is January 22nd. Local PBS stations may show the episode on a
different date. More details to come.
- Austin City Limits
- On their recent Texas swing the band was invited to tape an episode of Austin City Limits in Austin Texas. The band played a 90 minute live set
which will be edited down to an ACL's 30 minute show. Expect the show to air in early 2005. More details as they come.
- Top Fifty Frontman
- In the August issue of SPIN magazine Bob is named as one of the Top 50 Frontmen in Rock and Roll History. Bob comes in at #45 in their poll.
- Half Smile Full Tracks
- Here is the final track listing for GBV's next and last release Half Smiles of the Decomposed. The album is due out August 24th on Matador.
Everybody Thinks I'm a Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking)
Girls of Wild Strawberries
Gonna Never Have To
Window of My World
The Closets of Henry
Tour Guide at the Winston Churchill Memorial
Sons of Apollo
Sing for Your
A Second Spurt of Growth
(S)mothering and Coaching
Huffman Prairie Flying Field
- GBV on Wright State University Radio
- This Monday, May 3rd from 2-5:00pm EST WWSU-Dayton (Wright
State University) will be having a little GBV tribute radio show. No interviews
or sneak previews of anything but you can catch it on the Internet at
- GBV Do The Who
- GBV make an appearance on a Who tribute record called Who's Not Forgotten. The CD put out by Face Down Records includes GBV's live cover of Baba O'Riley.
Proceeds from the album go to HEAR (a hearing loss awareness charity started by Pete Townshend).
The album also includes tracks from the Dipsomaniacs, Pat Dinizio amongst
others. For more details on this album head to the
Face Down Records website.
- Bee Thousand: Director's Cut
- The Scat Records re-release of Bee Thousand on vinyl has expanded to a 3 LP set that will attempt to recreate
one of the original ideas Bob had put together for Bee Thousand before it got pared down to its single vinyl state. The track listing is
available on Scat's website.
- GBV and The Rovers of Mars
- As part of NASA's history, each morning's mission begins with a wake up song that gets beamed up to the apporpriate unit. On March 6th,
Mars rover Spirit had the pleasure of having
GBV's Motor Away beamed up to start the day.
- Scat Re-releases
- From the folks at Scat Records:
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, there will be a new vinyl pressing of Guided By Voices "Bee Thousand" album. This will be "Bee Thousand: The Director's Cut"
(scat65), a gatefold double album. The cover will feature Bob's original art for the record rather than the one everyone is familiar with. Record one will
contain the existing album, unchanged. Record two will contain outtakes (previously released in Box) and the 10 songs from the two Scat eps, long unavailable
on vinyl. There will be one unreleased track, a version of "My Valuable Hunting Knife" recorded by Andy Shernoff at the Scientist EP sessions.
The cd version of Bee Thousand will remain as is, unchanged. At the same time, there will also be a vinyl pressing of the Propeller album, in an extra thick old school jacket.
- More Bob in 2004
- Guided By Voices recently returned to Waterloo Studios
(parts of Universal Truths and Cycles was recorded
there) in Kent, Ohio to record songs for their next
full length release. The band recorded 14 songs with
Todd Tobias once again in the producers chair. The
album should be out on Matador sometime during the
Never the one to wait until the next GBV release, Bob was in Kent this past
weekend working on his next solo album, Fiction Man. The album is due out on
Fading Captain on May 3rd. In the same vein as Speak Kindly of
Your Volunteer Fire Department, Bob wrote all the
songs, while Todd Tobias plays all the instruments.
Stay tuned for more details on both these albums.
- 2003 End of Year Lists
- It's time once again to start assembling all of GBV's
appearances on year end lists:
Human Amusements at Hourly Rates (Best of GBV) voted #9 compilation by MOJO
readers for 2003.
Earthquake Glue finished #265 in the 2003 Village Voice Pazz and Jop Poll.
Critics voting EQG in their top 10 were; Josh Davidson, Michael Goldberg, Matt
Hickey, Katherine Spielmann and Jim Tremayne. The Best of Jill Hives finished
#101 in the singles category with Dennis Cooper, Matt Hickey, J. Edward Keyes,
Kevin Moreau, Jonathan Perry and Laurence Station voting it in their Top 10.
NPR's Christian Bordal of Day to Day lists Earthquake Glue in his top 50 of
Left of the Dial lists Hardcore UFOs as the top reissue of 2003.
Power of Pop lists Earthquake Glue at #4 in their Top 20 for 2003.
Toronto Star's Vit Wagner names Earthquake Glue #10 in his Top 10 albums of
Sponic Zine has GBV all over their year end lists; John lists Earthquake Glue as
his number 5 album of the year.
Also in Sponic - John lists GBV's Denver show #5 best concert of the year; Eric
Pepple - Earthquake Glue #3; Chad Dezern - EG #6
Herald's Brett Milano names Earthquake Glue #4 in his Top 10 of 2003
Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot puts Hardcore UFOs in his top box sets of 2003
MOJO names The Best of Jill Hives in their Top 5 songs of 2003
Georgia Straight - GBV show in Vancouver Top Concerts of the Year
votes Earthquake Glue #1 album of 2003
UK Times' Stewart Lee puts Best of GBV in his Records of the Year list
Measure Magazine's John Wenzel Top 5 of 2003 - Earthquake Glue/Hardcore UFOs
Dennis Cooper lists Earthquake Glue in his Top 10 of the year
- Napster's Back and GBV is There
- The new
Napster has been launched and
not only can you buy any GBV song for .99 cents (all GBV releases from Alien
Lanes on are in their library), but GBV has done a special in studio session (4
songs) that you can download right now for .99 each.
- GBV For 99 Cents
- Matador Records has recently signed a deal with iTunes to make some of their catalog
available for purchasable downloads. Tracks from Mag Earwhig!, Universal Truths and Cycles and Earthquake Glue are now
available for .99 a piece at the
- Another Logjam
- GBV is back for another appearance in Phil Szostak's Logjam comic book. After
being immortalized in issue #4 of Logjam the band returns for issue #5. As of right now, it is only available as a limited edition 3 dollar mini-comic, but
a fully printed issue should be forthcoming. A preview from the issue is viewable
here. As always, Logjam is
available through the contact page of the website,
through comic retailers served by Cold Cut Distribution, or Indianapolis' own home of great music- Luna Music.
- Mascara Video
- Chris Slusarenko and Off Records has put together an AMAZING video for the Phantom Tollbooth
song Mascara Snakes. Besides checking out Chris' musical abilities playing bass
on tour with GBV also check out Chris directing talents at
- A New Fifth
- Guided by Voices would like to announce that
Chris Slusarenko (Sprinkler, Svelt, Off Records) will be playing bass for the band on all the upcoming US
tour dates and Sam Powers (Superdrag) will be handling bass duties for the upcoming European tour.
- Do You Have A Golden Ticket?
- The first 20,000+ copies of Earthquake Glue on CD will be numbered and contain a limited edition
sticker. But that's not all folks, in the tradition of Willie Wonka 25 copies of the CD will contain a Golden Ticket, which
will entitle the winner to a free copy of the GBV Box Set - Hardcore UFOs - to be released in the fall.
2002 Best of Lists
- GBV and other Robert Pollard projects will surely make many lists for the best of 2002.
One of Mean Street Magazine's Top 20 Albums of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
in Sound and Vision's Top 10 of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
- #4 on Jessica Gluckman
of St Louis Playback's
Top 5 Albums of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
Power of Pop's Top Albums of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
#3 on Karen Graves of Swizzle Stick's Top 10 of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
- One of Magnet Magazine's Top 20 Albums of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
Rolling Stone.com's Gil Kaufman Top 10 of 2002- Circus Devils - The Harold
Rolling Stone.com's Gail Worley Top 10 of 2002- Universal Truths and Cycles
Sponic's Top 10 of 2002- Universal Truths and Cycles
in the Winnipeg Sun's Top 75 of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
#15 in MOJO magazine's Best of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
in neumu's Michael Goldberg's Top 10 of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
Shane's Top 7 of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
in neumu's Neal Block's Top 10 of 2002 - Universal Truths and Cycles
Slate's Top 5
Indie Rock Records of the Year for 2002
- Universal Truths and Cycles
#6 in Dennis Cooper from Art Forum's Top 10 of 2002
- Universal Truths and Cycles
#30 in Amazon.com Top 100 of 2002
- Universal Truths and Cycles
#3 in Cheap Trick's Bun E Carlos Top 10 of 2002
- Universal Truths and Cycles
- PAZZ & JOP
- Isolation Drills shows up at #30 in The Village Voice's 2001 PAZZ and JOP Poll.
The following critics from the poll listed GBV in their Top 10 of 2001:
Andrew Bartlett, Kenny Berkowitz, Eric Broome, Dave Bry, Kevin Cole, Jim
Connelly, Dennis Cooper, Stephen Deusner, Daniel Durchholz, Michael Goldberg,
Rob Harvilla, Matt Hendrickson, Matt Hickey, Matt Houser, Dave Lindquist,
Malcolm Mayhew, Eric T. Miller, Jonathan Perry, Bo Pogue, Parke Puterbaugh,
Jack Rabid, Ken Richardson, Lee Scurry, Allison Stewart, Richard C. Walls,
Gail Worley & Howard Wuelfing
- Best of 2001
- GBV.com expects Isolation Drills to wind up on quite a few best of 2001 lists. We will archive them all right here.
Gail Worley of StarPolish picks
Isolation Drills as #1
Two writers from Cheap Muffin
name ID in their Top 5 of 2001
3WK names Isolation Drills at #8 in his Top 20 of 2001
Jim Connelly of www.neumu.com names Isolation Drills at #4 in his Top 10 of 2001
Michael Corrigan of The Inlander names Isolation Drills in his Top 10 albums of 2001
Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Chris Riemenschneider names GBV's Stubbs show as his top live show of 2001
Austin American Statesman writer Josh Eells names GBV's Stubbs show as his top live show of 2001
critic Christopher Gray names Isolation Drills #4 in his Top 10 of 2001
Greg Kot if the Chicago Tribune names GBV's Empty Bottle show in February in his Top 10 live show of 2001
Daily Oklahoman names Isolation Drills #5 in its Top 10 of 2001
Dallas Observer has
Isolation Drills in its Top 10 of 2001
Sound & Vision has Isolation Drills at #3 in their Top 10 of 2001
Georgia Straight (from Vancouver BC) writer Shawn Conner has Isolation Drills in his Top 10 of 2001
Winnipeg Sun names Isolation Drills in their
Top 10 of 2001
Toronto Sun names GBV show as one of the
ten best of 2001
Perfect Sound Forever's Jeff Arndt has Isolation
Drills in his Top 10 of 2001
Michael Goldberg of neumu.com has Isolation Drills AND Airport 5 in his
Top 10 of 2001
Rolling Stone critics
top albums of 2001 - Isolation Drills #1 from two critics
Punmaster.com calls Isolation Drills simply the best rock
record of 2001
Daily Iowan's Richard Shirk lists ID #7 in his top 10 albums of 2001 - Isolation Drills
Fast n Bulbous Best of 2001 - Isolation Drills
lists ID #18 in their top 20 - Isolation Drills
WOXY top 97 of 2001 - Isolation Drills #4
Many staff members of Swizzle-Stick.com have GBV in their top picks of 2001
GadflyOnline names Choreographed Man of War #7 for 2001
Magnet Magazine Top 20 of 2001 - Isolation Drills
Amazon.com Top 20 of
2001 - Number 12 - Isolation Drills
Ink19 names Circus Devils #6 for 2001
- Bob on Nevermind
- In the September 21st issue of Entertainment Weekly there is an article on looking back at Nirvana's Nevermind
album ten years after. Bob is
quoted twice in the article.
"I remember hearing it in a record store when it came out. It
kind of kicked my ass" says Robert Pollard, leader of the still
thriving indie stalwarts Guided By Voices. "Every song was really
powerful - bam, bam, bam! I thought, This is going to be huge". Huge it
was, and on its own terms. etc etc
Later in the article;
The Nevermind phenomenon, says Pollard, "didn't create something new
and interesting. It started something that's kind of snowballed and
escalated into what we have now, with fucking Matchbox Twenty and Creed and
all those bands. It's become something really watered-down and tame".
- In a recent interview with JAM!, The Edge from U2 mentioned GBV. In talking about the Internet and music
he said - "I think the Internet could be an outlet for a lot of music that the major labels
would just pass over. I think that is really positive. That stuff is what is
going to be turning me on and a lot of other people. For every Britney
Spears there's a Guided By Voices out there somewhere."
- Picture Them Big Time
- Isolation Drills became the first GBV album to crack the Billboard Top 200. It debuted at #168 with a bullet
in its first week of sales.
- Jim Sheppard Tribute
- Bob has recorded the song Bristol Girl for the Jim Shepard tribute album called Matter Dominates Spirit. The album
is a double LP put out by Meta Records. For more information
on the album and how to order it....check out this
- End of Year Lists
- GBV is showing up on several end of year lists even though Suitcase was the only official GBV release of the year.
On Spin.com - John Doe named Suitcase in his Top 5 releases of 2000
The Ottawa Sun had GBV as #5 in their top shows of 2000
Sutcase made PopMatters
Top 10 releases of 2000
Artist of the Decade
- Shredding Paper magazine has named GBV as Artist of the Decade and
released a special issue commemorating the event. Their January 2000 issue is
filled with all sorts of great GBV articles.
- Do The Collapse End of Year Polls
- Do The Collapse is making it's way onto many end of year polls finishing at #5 in CMJ
Radio's Top 200, #13 in MOJO's best albums of 1999, in the Top 10 in Canada's Top
100 College Records of 1999, in several Spin.com editors Top 10 list (Kid Marine was in
Spin Magazine's Publicity Director's Top 20), at #4 in Michael Goldberg from
SonicNet/Addicted To Noise's Top 10, at #10 in Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover's Top 40, at
#3 in the Indianapolis Star's Top 10, at #5 in the Salt Lake City Tribune's Top 10 of
1999, #10 in Gail Worley of Pandomag.com's Top 20, Columbus Dispatch's Rob Messinger's Top
5 of 1999, #6 in Stereo Review/Sound & Vision, in New Zealand's The Listener's Best
Music of 1999 list, #4 on the Canadian Music Critics Poll and on PJ Harvey's
Top 10 list for the year.
Robert Pollard listed at #4 in Magnet Magazine's Artists of the Year for 1999
Bob's solo projects that wound up on year end lists:
Kid Marine was on Spin Magazine's Publicity Director Jason Roth's Top 20
Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department was #8 in two of Addicted To Noise's
editorial boards (staff editor Matty Karas & site contributor Steve Kandall) Top 10 of
- 6 GBV songs made Cincinnati's 97X's Y2K Top 2000 definitive modern rock songs of all
time. The entire list was alphabetical with no numerical standing given to any song. The
GBV songs on the list were: Bulldog Skin, I Am A Tree, Jane of the Waking Universe, My
Valuable Hunting Knife, Sheetkickers & Teenage FBI .
- Bob as Food Critic
- From Time Out New York, 12/30/99, pg. 38 - "Taster's Choice" - Like a lot of
out-of-towners, Guided by Voices singer Robert Pollard enjoys eating in Little Italy when
in New York---specifically at La Mela (167 Mulberry St between Broome and Grand Sts,
431-9493), "You always get lots of food and lots of wine," says Pollard.
"It's three hours of gluttonous bliss." .
- Rocketing Good Year
- In The Rocket's Year End Poll, GBV placed high in two major categories. In top Northwest
shows of the year GBV's July 30th show at Berbati's Pan in Portland was #7 and GBV
finished #5 in the Top 10 national artists for 1999.
- Pollard on the Beatles
- In Entertainment Weekly's 100 Greatest Entertainers (Issue 510) article they name the
Beatles as the number one entertainers. Bob shows up in the article with two quotes about
the Beatles. "The obtuse, stream-of-consciousness lyrics that I write
definitely come from the John Lennon stuff, especially around the White Album," says
Robert Pollard, leader of the Fab Four-drenched indie band Guided by Voices. "Stuff
that doesn't make any sense--just complete gibberish--is always more interesting." and
later... "Every band, even when they don't want to admit it, has to be somewhat
influenced by the Beatles," says Pollard. "There are some people who have a kind
of anti-Beatles stance, but I just can't imagine that. Most people acknowledge that the
Beatles were the greatest band of all time."
Bob's All Time Top Ten
From an upcoming issue of JANE
1. Beatles - White Album
2. Wire - 154
3. The Who - Who's Next
4. Alice Cooper - Killer
5. Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
6. Big Star - Radio City
7. Devo _ Are We Not Men, We Are Devo
8. Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
9. REM - Murmur
10.Beatles - Abby Road
- Bob's Top Ten of 1997
- Here's a look at Bob's faves of the year:
1. Upper Crust
2. All the Ghost reissues
3. Mirrors/Electric Eels/Styrenes, Those Were Different Times
4. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Straight to Video
5. Candy Machine, Tune International
6. Jim O'Rourke, Bad Timing
7. Tar'd & Further'd, Siltbreeze compilation
8. Jamboree tape (demo - no label)
9. Polvo, Shapes
10. (tie) Sleater-Kinney and Lynnfield Pioneers, Emerge