Here is the last Guided By Voices album. Not in the
sense of "Here is the previous Guided By Voices
album," but in the sense of "final."
If it’s true in movies where the voice-over says
"You never really appreciate something until it’s
gone," and the credits roll, and you leave the
theater with little bits of popcorn stuck to your shoes,
then you will soon appreciate Guided By Voices. Because
following this album and its ensuing tour, the band
will be gone. After twenty-odd years, twenty-odd lineups,
and twenty-odd albums, EPs, singles, triples, stolen
bases, misdemeanor convictions, and broken hearts, Dayton,
OH’s fortunate sons are taking leave of your senses.
Report on the final
Travelers from all over the globe (and Illinois) rang
in 2005 and rang out the career of Guided
By Voices, this past New Year's Eve at Chicago's
Metro. For those of us who weren't there, the tears
flowed fast and furious, though perhaps that had something
to do with being maced by one of the neighbors.
Life goes on, however, and GBV's recent appearance on
PBS's "Austin City Limits" (which aired last weekend)
was even more documentary evidence that the rock universe
is a poorer place without this great band.
GBV guitarist extraordinaire Doug Gillard has a solo
appearance planned for SXSW on March 19 at the lovely
Friends nightclub, playing alongside Chris Brokaw, fellow
Ohioans Moviola and Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves.
new GBV Days proclaimed across America
campaign is now at 3000 signatures and has successfully
persuaded many of America's mayors to honor the band
on their final tour across the country with a GBV Day
in each of their towns.
The complete list is as follows (note that there were
changes in Texas due to the rescheduled tour dates):
October 1 - Houston, TX GBV DAY
October 22 - Newport, KY GBV DAY
October 23 - Cleveland, OH GBV DAY
October 25 - Bloomington, IN GBV DAY
November 5 - Austin, TX GBV DAY
November 6 - Dallas, TX GBV DAY
November 11 - San Diego, CA GBV DAY
November 12 - Los Angeles, CA GBV DAY
December 30 - Chicago, IL GBV DAY
Scans of many of the official proclamations may be found
More will be posted as they come in.
DAY declared in Houston, Austin and Dallas!
The petition is working — the mayors of Houston,
Austin and Dallas have each proclaimed GBV DAY in their
cities, as follows:
October 1 - Austin, TX GBV DAY
October 2 - Houston, TX GBV DAY
November 6 - Dallas, TX GBV DAY
Keep those signatures flowing so we can get more cities
on board. Stay tuned for pictures of the proclamations,
and other cities as they get announced.
In other news, the four canceled shows have been rescheduled
for November. All tickets will be honored at the new
shows, or refunded at point of purchase. See the tours
page for details.
album out — GBV karaoke pics — and sign
GBV's triumphant CD/LP, 'Half Smiles Of The Decomposed'
was released the monday before last, and we hope it
is currently decomposing in your CD player at this very
moment (courtesy of DisintegratingDisc technology).
We're currently spearheading an effort to have an official
GBV Day declared in each city the band are hitting on
their farewell tour and you can take part in this noble
endeavor at joingbv.com.
Our man on the scene Euvin Weeber reports on the
post-show insanity following GBV's recent free concert
at New York's Chelsea Piers:
"The 'Half Smiles' karaoke release party at Tonic was
a resounding success, sold out within the first hour.
In addition to traditional GBV fans, and die hard postal
blowfish members being able to croon their favorite
GBV tunes with a live band, other appearances included:
Mark Ohe doing "Over The Neptune/Mesh
Yuka Honda doing "Watch Me Jumpstart"
Elizabeth Sharp (Ill Ease) doing
Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) doing
Chris Lombardi doing "A Salty
Chris Lombardi and Bob Pollard
doing "The Official Ironmen Rally Song"
The following sequence shows the audience's excited
reaction to Chris's assistance in this interpretation
Miwa Okumura doing "Surgical
Jenn Lanchart, Sonya Kolowrat,
and Lucy Hurst doing "Glad Girls"
Sujan Hong doing "Echos Myron"
Sweeney came out, but I didn't see him do a song, James
Iha came out too. Chan didn't show up unfortunately.
"MC Rick Shapiro was highly successful in pissing the
whole crowd off, with people yelling 'go back to drugs!'"
Sign the petition
for GBV Day in your city
Go to joingbv.com
to sign the petition to get your city to declare a GBV
Day in evvery city on the Electrifying Conclusion tour.
Better yet, spread the word and win a trip to see GBV
play their final show on New Year's Eve in Chicago.
Electrifying Conclusion Tour
As we count down the hours and minutes prior to the
August 24 release of the final-ever Guided By Voices
album, 'Half Smiles Of The Decomposed', we're happy
to be the 7th or 8th media outlet to announce the dates
for The Electrifying Conclusion - Guided By Voices'
Aug. 19 - Hudson River Rocks, New York (free admission)
Sept. 9 - Paradise, Boston
Sept. 10 - Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia
Sept. 11 - 9:30 Club, Washington D.C.
Sept. 28 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, N.C.
Sept. 29 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, Ga.
Oct. 1 - Engine Room, Houston
Oct. 2 - Stubb's BBQ, Austin
Oct. 3 - Gypsy Ballroom, Dallas
Oct. 21 - Al Rosa, Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 22 - Southgate House, Newport, Ky.
Oct. 23 - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
Oct. 25 - Bluebird, Bloomington, Ind.
Oct. 26 - Majestic Theatre, Detroit
Nov. 11 - Canes, San Diego
Nov. 12 - Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles
Nov. 13 - The Fillmore, San Francisco
Nov. 15, 16 - Berbati's Pan, Portland
Nov. 17 - Neumos, Seattle
Dec. 3, 4 - Irving Plaza, New York
Dec. 12 - Beacham Theatre, Orlando, Fla.
Dec. 30, 31 - Metro, Chicago
We've posted the new bio,
which also starts directly above this paragraph and
continues when you click the ellipse. In addition, both
we and gbv.com have posted MP3s from the new album,
which you can reach from the music
As we continue to gear up for the release of the last-ever
Guided By Voices album, 'Half Smiles Of The Decomposed'
(August 23 in Europe, August 24 in North America), the
band prepare to hit the road for the following summer
Thu, June 17 - Champaign, IL - The High Dive with The
Fri, June 18 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis with The
Sat, June 19 - Lawrence, KS - Wakarusa
Festival with The Donnas & others
GBV will also be playing a free outdoor concert just
days prior to the release of 'Half Smiles', Thursday
August 19 at Hudson River Rocks (Pier 54, Hudson River
Park, Public Pier 54, 13th St. & West Side Highway).
All ages are admitted, so whether you're foetal or close
to decomposing, you won't be thrown into the Hudson
by overzealous security. We hope.
call it quits
After almost 20 years, assorted lineups, and countless
albums, EPs, singles, triples, stolen bases, misdemeanor
convictions, and broken hearts, Dayton, OH's fortunate
sons are taking leave of your senses. 'Half Smiles Of
The Decomposed,' to be released August 24 on Matador
Records, will be the final album from Guided By Voices,
one of the most acclaimed independent rock bands of
"This feels like the last album for Guided By Voices,"
explains Robert Pollard, GBV's lone constant member,
lead singer, and famously prolific songwriter. "I've
always said that when I make a record that I'm totally
satisfied with as befitting a final album, then that
will be it. And this is it."
'Half Smiles Of The Decomposed' is the band's 15th full-length
studio release, following 2003's 'Earthquake Glue' and
retrospective box set, greatest-hits, and DVD releases.
Although its tour later this year will be the band's
last, Robert Pollard will continue writing, recording,
and (possibly) touring as a solo artist. "I love
the guys in the band, but I'm getting too old to be
a gang leader," he explains. "There's a sense
of maturity, and even integrity, I think, in continuing
as one's own self."
New Robert Pollard
We'll have some news shortly regarding the new GBV full-length,
but until next time, you'll be more than stoked (stoked,
psyched, it's all the same thing) to learn that Robert
Pollard has a new solo album landing on Fading Captain
this May 3. 'Fiction Man' was recorded in Kent, OH with
compatriot Todd Tobias. You can check out an MP3 from
the solo project here.
Apparently, GBV are in heavy rotation on Mars:
That's the good news. The bad news is that NASA's faves
also include the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Now might
be a good time to petition your legislators to cut the
space program's funding.
Back in the studio
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 15 songs with Todd Tobias
once again in the producer's chair. The album should
be out on Matador in the second half of 2004.
Never 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 in March. In the same vein as Speak Kindly
of Your Volunteer Fire Department, Bob wrote all the
songs, while Todd Tobias plays all the instruments.
Several of the January dates had to be cancelled due
to injury: these have now been rescheduled for March,
Dallas, TX Trees
Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
Columbia, MO Blue Note
St Louis, MO Mississippi Nights
Thu-Mar11 Columbus, OH Little Brother's
Fri-Mar-12 Louisville, KY Headliners
Sat-Mar-13 Bloomington, IN Bluebird
their van could talk...
...it would say, "I prefer Shell Optimax, thanks." As
the world gets hip to the splendor of GBV recordings
old and new, the band hit the road this January for
the following dates:
Thu-Jan-08 Nashville, TN Exit In
Fri-Jan-09 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
Sat-Jan-10 Gainesville, FL Market Street Pub
Mon-Jan-12 Orlando, FL The Social
Tue-Jan-13 Jacksonville, FL Jackrabbits
Wed-Jan-14 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
Fri-Jan-16 Houston, TX Engine Room
Sat-Jan-17 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
Sun-Jan-18 Dallas, TX Trees
Tue-Jan-20 Columbia, MO Blue Note
Wed-Jan-21 St. Louis, MO Mississippi Nights
Fri-Jan-23 Louisville, KY Headliners
Sat-Jan-24 Columbus, OH Little Bros
12/15/03 Two new MP3s
Mosey on over to the music page
to check out two new MP3s: "The Best Of Jill Hives",
included on both the current 'Earthquake Glue' album
and the new "Best of Guided By Voices" album;
and an alternate version of "Of Mites and Men"
recorded this past July; the original song is also on
find "My Kind of Soldier" on the DVD?
Struggling to find the "My Kind of Soldier"
video on the 'Watch Me Jumpstart' DVD? Due to a manufacturing
error, "My Kind of Soldier" is not listed
in the menu in the "Music Videos" section,
but it actually is there as an "easter egg".
In order to play it, follow these instructions:
1) Go the "Music Videos" section of the DVD
2) Scroll down to the "Bulldog Skin Video"
and then hit the "left" cursor on your remote
3) You should see a small red dog highlighted in the
left-hand corner of your TV screen
4) Click "Enter" on your remote and the "My
Kind of Solider" video will start playing.
11/05/03 First MP3
from box set
If Ted Turner were still in charge, this wouldn't have
happened: CNN recently made history by putting GBV and
Obie Trice in the same sentence. See for yourself:
After watching Willy Wonka on cable while recovering
from a cold, the idea resurfaced and there we have it.
Now, we may not be giving away a fly-in to Detroit or
a diamond chain necklace but what we do offer is something
that will expand your mind - the Hardcore UFO's box
As comprehensive as Bobbito's recent book, Where'd You
Get Those?: New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987,
the GBV box set is thoroughly fascinating, factual,
and worth every hard earned penny. Why expect anything
less from a band who The Wire's John Mulvey wrote: "The
recorded work of Dayton, Ohio's Guided By Voices ranks
as one of the most daunting in contemporary rock; seemingly
infinite library of semi fi anthems, one minute epics
and rockist pranks, where every fleeting idea is memorialized
as a song." He said some less than complementary things,
too, but that's why we're not giving him a free box.
How's that for a rockist prank? But seriously, not only
is this box a wonderful testament to Bob Pollard's past,
present and future status as one of modern rock's most
powerful minds, the packaging (an 84 page book with
tons of great photos, super liner notes from Matt Sweeney,
TJ Lax and Byron Coley) is the kind of thing you just
can't get from Kazaa. (and if turns out you can, please
think about what you're doing to our Christmas).
And because we value our customers, we're offering an
15 month Guided By Voices calendar free with purchase
at the Matador
Store. Bob's so prolific, he needs another 3 months
in the year to cram everything in.
09/26/03 First MP3
from box set
From the unreleased studio songs disc in the box set,
'Delicious Pie and Thank You For Calling', check out
the first MP3 to be posted
from the set. Posted simultaneously with gbv.com.
UFOs' Box Set, Best of GBV, DVD
On November 4th, Matador will be releasing "Hardcore
UFOs", the definitive Guided By Voices box set
of 5 CDs plus 1 DVD in deluxe slipcase with 48-page
perfect-bound booklet. Over 142 songs.
Hardcore UFOs: Revelations, Epiphanies
and Fast Food in the Western Hemisphere 5 CD + DVD BOX
The Best of Guided By Voices:
Human Amusements At Hourly Rates, a CD consisting
of the band's greatest songs from 1987 through 2003,
selected and sequenced by GBV's Robert Pollard
Watch Me Jumpstart, a DVD
including an expanded version of the 1996 documentary
of the same name directed by Banks Tarver, now also
containing extra footage, plus multi-angle live material
and all of the band's promotional video clips
Live at the Wheelchair Races,
a CD of unreleased live material from throughout the
GBV career, selected by Rich Turiel and Robert Pollard
from hundreds of tapes of unreleased live material
Delicious Pie and Thank You
For Calling, a CD of unreleased studio material
selected by Robert Pollard
Demons and Painkillers,
a CD compiling all the band's Matador Records out-of-print
singles, b-sides and compilation tracks
Forever Since Breakfast,
the first ever CD release of GBV's incredibly rare debut
EP, originally released in 1986
In addition, 'The Best of Guided By Voices' CD and the
'Watch Me Jumpstart' DVD will be available separately.
The 'Best of Guided By Voices CD" will be at a
special low price, with a different sequence from the
version contained in the box set.
08/22/03 Winner of "Family Feud"
We are pleased to announce that of everyone who preordered
the record, Michael Garvis is the lucky winner of the
GBV "Family Feud" sign.
album stream available now!
Stream the entire 'Earthquake Glue' album courtesy of
our friends at Apple
Kind Of Soldier" video posted
Check out the "My Kind Of Soldier" video posted
today on the GBV music page.
Directed by Adam Levite and featuring legendary St.
Louis personality "Beatle Bob".
07/30/03 GBV gives you
TWO chances to win
As most of you know already, 25 lucky purchasers of
the first edition of 'Earthquake Glue' will find a "golden
ticket" inside entitling them to a free copy of
the upcoming GBV Box Set. NOW we've added a second prize.
Everyone who preorders 'Earthquake Glue' from the Matador
Store or Insound
will automatically be entered into a competition
on GBV.com to win the GBV sign from the Strokes video
'Someday', filmed on the set of 'Family Feud'. This
applies to those of you who have already preordered.
And please note, there's a nice preorder discount off
our already-low prices.
golden ticket, available to 25 lucky purchasers
of the first edition of 'Earthquake Glue', entitles
the bearer to a free copy of the 'Hardcore UFOs'
box set when it comes out.
||This handsome piece of
furniture from the 'Family Feud' set was featured
in the Strokes' "Someday" video and will
go to a lucky random person who preorders 'Earthquake
Glue' from Matador
GBV to headline Magnet 10th
MAGNET's 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW:
Guided By Voices/Shins/My Morning Jacket
Friday, September 5
Ages 18 and over
Tickets available via www.musictoday.com,
Trocadero box office
new MP3s with gbv.com
Two brand-new songs from the upcoming 'Earthquake Glue'
album, available today from Matador and gbv.com. Download
Kind of Soldier" from us, and then go to gbv.com
to get "I'll Replace You With Machines".
virtual plethora of Bob Pollard projex
A virtual plethora of Bob Pollard projex this time around.
Let's recap everything we should've told you about at
Xmas time :
1) Circus Devils - The Harold Pig Memorial (Fading Captain
#25). Robert Pollard + Todd & Tim Tobias. A concept
album (surprise!) about a late, lamented biker.
2) Robert Pollard - Motel Of Fools (Fading Captain #26).
Another mind-blowing solo effort from Pollard + past/present
3) Phantom Tollbooth - Beard Of Lightning (Off Records).
Phantom Tollbooth's finest album, 1988's 'Power Toy',
by the original PT trio of Dave Rick, Gerard Smith and
Jon Cotes is reimagined by Robert Pollard adding new
vocals and lyrics. Who amongst us has not wondered what
that album would've sounded like if Bob had travelled
back in time and forced his way into the studio?
Phew. Exhausted yet? We hope not, because later this
year we'll be unveiling a brand new Guided By Voices
studio album, 'Live Like Kings Forever'. When we inevitably
call it the best GBV album since whichever GBV album-is-your-favorite,
we'll mean it more than ever.
10/11/02 Contest winners,
pictures and memoir
Check out the pictures and read a brief memoir of the
"Guided By Bob" Contest from the lucky five
winners. Click here.
tour rescheduled ... ...to august 9.
Shout Magazine's "Guided By Bob" tour of the Brooklyn
Brewery, that is. A UK single of "Back To The Lake"
is out later this month to coincide with GBV's UK tour
which also features dates at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
The new Strokes video for "Someday" (note to those with
good taste: this is a Strokes song, apparently) prominently
features the members of GBV in some sort of "Family
Feud" type face-off with the members of the Strokes.
At least that's what it says here. None of this ever
would've happened if Richard Dawson was still alive.
Listen to the upcoming GBV album, Universal Truths and
Cycles, in its entirety
and then send the link on to your friend. Theyll
love you for it. All you need is Flash.
05/03/02 GBV Limited Edition
In celebration of Guided By Voices upcoming release,
Universal Truths and Cycles, on Matador Records, the
Fading Captain Series announces a very special set of
The Universal Truths and Cycles Singles Set: 4 limited
edition 7" singles from Guided By Voices (2,500 copies
of each). Each single will feature a different A-side
from the album and a different B-side otherwise unreleased.
Starting May 21, one single will be released every week
to retail outlets leading up to the release of Universal
Truths and Cycles on June 18.
And the fine folks at gbv.com are offering a special
deal. If you mail
order a set of all four singles, they'll ship all
four to you at once on May 21. Theyll fill
you in on the details.
and Co. will be making the scene with former SportsCenter
anchor Craig Kilborns late nite program on June
17 (CBS). We tried to get them booked on Keith Olbermanns
show, but apparently it was taken off the air a long
time ago and no one bothered to tell us about it (thanks).
The following day, June 18, Guided By Voices will be
performing at the Los Angeles branch of the sprawling
Amoeba Records superstore. A similar appearance at the
SST superstore was cancelled on account of my busting
out of a weird 1980s time warp. Boy were the haircuts
severe in those days. Look out for an import CD5 of
Everywhere With Helicopter and way too many
live dates all throughout the summer.
03/26/02 Guided By Voices
signs to Matador
Didnt we already run this story in 1995?
Guided By Voices have announced that the groups
next album Universal Truths And Cycles will
be released on Matador Records, worldwide, on June 18.
The album, recorded November through January at Cro-Magnon
Studio (Dayton,OH) and Waterloo Studio (Kent, OH), features
19 songs (clocking in at 46 minutes).
preview track, Everywhere With Helicopter
is currently available on the Noisepop Festival benefit
compilation Ten Years of Noise Pop on Amazing
Guided By Voices rang in New Years 2002 at the Apollo
Theater in Harlem, co-headlining with the Strokes in
a event that couldve been billed Soul Returns
To Harlem, had the posters shown up in time. The
bands 2001 album Isolation Drills
made the year end top 10 list of numerous journalists,
respected and otherwise. and was picked by CDNOW as
#1 best record you didnt hear in 2001.
Which doesnt really make sense as we heard it,
you heard it, and CDNow heard it (this category should
be resevered for very very quiet recordings).
Earlier in 2001, GBV singer/leader/songwriter Robert
Pollard (a former Ohio school teacher who began his
rock career in his late 30s) turned down a lifetime
achievement award from the Dayton Music Hall of Fame,
stating that the award was premature as he hasnt
peaked yet and his best work was yet to come.
Pollard released three GBV albums and two solo albums
on Matador between 1995-98, before parting in 1999 for
States Pollard: TVT gave us great enthusiasm and
support, and the opportunity to make albums with producers
Rob Schnapf and Ric Ocasek, and it was an immeasurable
experience. TVT was also kind enough to keep the door
open for us this past month when we spoke with other
Its great to be reunited with our good friends
at Matador, fellow rock geeks with the same basic philosophy
on record artistry. We are very happy getting back to
autonomously making records ourselves and have the ball
back in our court, says Pollard.
Were looking forward to getting the record
out worldwide on June 18. The band hasnt
had a simultaneous worldwide release in all the territories
since GBVs UK label Creation shut down in 2000,
shortly following the bands Do The Collapse
Said a Matador spokesperson our excitement about
this new deal is only slightly dampened by Bob calling
The big story with Universal Truths And Cycles
is that it melds old and new GBV approaches to spectacular
effect. The album combines the spontaneous feel of early
GBV classics with lessons learned in the big studios
with Ocasek and Schnapf. The album includes both lo-fi
and mid-fi tracks recorded by the band and
by Pollard with an acoustic guitar, as well as full-blown
big rock recorded in a 24-track studio,
including complex and creative arrangements with the
string quartet Invert. Most importantly, Universal
Truths And Cycles, the groups 13th record,
is GBVs catchiest album yet.