Guided By Voices : Back To The Lake

Guided By Voices : Back To The Lake

Robert Pollard is the Terry Pratchett of indie, whacking out an amusing yet ridiculous album a fortnight for faintly retarded students in knitted scarves, but of recent years even Bonko Bob has given in to the demands of the Hit Parade. Songs over...

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Guided By Voices : Toronto Horseshoe Tavern

Guided By Voices : Toronto Horseshoe Tavern

GBV frontman Robert Pollard is America's answer to Shane MacGowan, minus the romanticism but with a better dental plan. As the brains and lager-induced brawn behind these lo-fi rock gods, Pollard and his revolving door supporting cast are here...

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Guided By Voices : Universal Truths And Cycles

Guided By Voices : Universal Truths And Cycles

Ohio's Guided By Voices had been quietly carving out a niche for themselves as a sort of college rock Grateful Dead long before The Strokes started namechecking them. Together for 20 years, this is their umpteenth longplayer and is much,...

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Guided By Voices : Everywhere With Helicopter

Guided By Voices : Everywhere With Helicopter

Taken from Guided By Voices ' 978th album, this single is another amazing testament to Bob Pollard's enduring songwriting gifts. Admittedly, it's difficult not to think of GBV's hyper-prolific mainman as a rock "character", like some old man...

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Guided By Voices : Chasing Heather Crazy

Guided By Voices : Chasing Heather Crazy

Skulking in the import seven-inch section, pressed on proud blue vinyl, the latest nugget of garage-pop perfection from lo-fi genius, Robert Pollard. Trailing GBV's heartbroken new LP, 'Isolation Drills', this track is a stack-heeled glam-rock...

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Guided By Voices: Washington 9:30 Club

Guided By Voices: Washington 9:30 Club

"Are there any secret service men out there tonight?" Guided By Voices captain Robert Pollard poses this question toward the beginning of a gruelling three hour set. Surveying the audience, there appear to be no mysterious high ranking body guards...

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Bristol Fleece & Firkin

Bristol Fleece & Firkin

You know the drill by now: 30-something schoolteacher, obsessed equally with The Beatles , The Who , and Budweiser, bashes out neo-psych nuggets with similarly wasted wastrels every weekend. The Outside World chances upon their fragmented...

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Do The Collapse

Do The Collapse

Teetering, again, on the precipice of a pan-global "chart-bound sound!", US college rock's beloved R.E.M understudies venture out from their 15-year lo-fi bunker of melodic indie-prang verbosity, into a brave new dawn of... recording in a big...

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Guided By Voices : Teenage FBI

Guided By Voices : Teenage FBI

Widely regarded as geniuses by people who only like music that other people don't like, this lot have been going for about 46 years and still I'm too criminally pointless to ever have bothered listening to them. Here goes then... Hmmm, yeah. It's...

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