Catch me up on post-reunion GbV & related projects
March 8, 2014 9:57 AM   Subscribe

If I'm putting together a playlist to catch up on the best songs that Guided By Voices, Bob Pollard, and their various side projects have put out since their reunion, what songs need to go on it?

I <3 me some Guided By Voices. And once upon a time, putting in the time to sift through Bob Pollard's prolific output was a gas. Whether it was oddball GbV EPs and singles, side bands like Acid Ranch or Airport 5, Pollard solo stuff... I had it all, and I knew where the nuggets of gold were hidden. I don't have the same kind of free time I did the first go around, though, and I've barely dipped my toe into the mainline GbV releases since they got back together, much less the side projects. What are the gems? Which are the songs I really need to hear? I've got a blank Spotify playlist standing by awaiting input.
posted by DirtyOldTown to Media & Arts (2 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Three favorites and no answers yet. I'm also a GBV fan. Have you tried asking this question on any of the GBV-related Facebook groups? They seem to be fairly active.
posted by spacewaitress at 7:38 PM on March 8, 2014

I can’t help making suggestions for an abridged “Best Of” culled from the post-reunion stuff, as idiosyncratic (and impossible to finalize) such a list will be. I’ve just stuck to the GBV albums proper here, as well as Pollard’s two most recent solo records, which I think are among the best he’s ever done. These are all pretty heavily weighted towards the “pop and punk” side of Pollard’s “four P’s,” as well, which means Tobin Sprout’s lovely contributions show up a lot. (These are all Youtube links, but Spotify should have you covered.)

Post-Reunion GBV

Let’s Go Eat The Factory (2011)

The Unsinkable Fats Domino
Doughnut for a Snowman
Chocolate Boy

Class Clown Spots a UFO (2012)

Class Clown Spots a UFO
Chain to the Moon
Keep It In Motion
Billy Wire
All of This Will Go

The Bears For Lunch (2012)

The Challenge is Much More
White Flag
Waving At Airplanes
She Lives in an Airport
Waking Up The Stars
Dome Rust
You Can Fly Anything Right
Everywhere is Miles From Everywhere

English Little League (2013)

Xeno Pariah
Islands (She Talks to Rainbows)
Send to Celeste (And The Cosmic Athletes)
Flunky Minnows
Trashcan Full of Nails
W/Glass in Foot

Motivational Jumpsuit (2014)

Littlest League Possible
Planet Score
Save The Company
Record Level Love
Difficult Outburst and Breakthrough
Vote For Me Dummy
Alex and The Omegas

Robert Pollard solo albums

Honey Locust Honkey Tonk (2013)

I Killed a Man Who Looks Like You
Her Eyes Play Tricks on the Camera
She Hides in Black
Who Buries the Undertaker?

Blazing Gentlemen (2014)

Blazing Gentlemen
Tea People
Faking The Boy Scouts
Triple Sec Venus
This Place Has Everything
posted by mancalledaerodynamics at 12:25 PM on March 9, 2014 [2 favorites]

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