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Various: Guided By Voices Tribute [7-inch]Guided By Voices Tribute [7-inch] (2013)
Salinas Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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Given that Robert Pollard has written approximately one million songs with Guided By Voices, it's almost comedic how briefly Salinas Records' GBV tribute 7-inch runs. Then again, for a band with as many quality control issues as GBV, this four-song compilation makes a case for brevity. Plus it featu.
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Given that Robert Pollard has written approximately one million songs with Guided By Voices, it's almost comedic how briefly Salinas Records' GBV tribute 7-inch runs. Then again, for a band with as many quality control issues as GBV, this four-song compilation makes a case for brevity. Plus it features some stellar bands.

Screaming Females were supposed to slow down after Marissa Paternoster's health issues, but in 2013 the band managed to drop an EP, a split with Garbage and now their cover of GBV's "A Good Flying Bird." It's a super short song, but the Females come out winning. Boasting their typical garage rock flair, Screaming Females kick off the comp right. Swearin' go for a hazier turn on "The Official Ironmen Rally Song." Their new album Surfing Strange found frontwoman Allison Crutchfield sharing the mic with guitarist Kyle Gilbride, and that continues here as they trade lines. The song is almost too mellow coming after Screaming Females, but it works.

Side B begins with "Chasing Heather Crazy" as interpreted by Upset. The newest of the assembled groups, this Vivian Girls offshoot comes off sounding like early Discount slowed down a smidge. Maybe Upset picked the GBV song with the best lyrics. Maybe it's the Discount comparison. Or maybe Upset just plain old win, because their poppy punky take feels like the most fully formed cover here. Waxahatchee (a.k.a Allison Crutchfield's sister Katie) closes out the set with a twangy, acoustic take on "Liar's Tale." Her cover almost veers off tempo, but that just makes the passion come through more. It's the barest of the songs, but it's also beautifully raw.

Tribute albums rarely succeed this well, but Salinas managed to assembled four artists capable of putting their own spins on an indie rock institution. Medals and commendations all around.

 

 
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EchosMyron (November 26, 2013)

One of the mods deleted my other 3 posts. Anyhow, if you google "ultimate Guided by Voices playlist," my posting at Absolutepunk.net turns up as the second result: http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2625452

I really should expand it to 350-400 songs to accommodate all the new recordings Pollard has put out, but I'll wait a bit longer. It will take time since I'll have to resequence a bunch of tracks.

Yeah, "Real Fun" is my favorite song off the latest Pollard solo album too.

Russe11 (November 26, 2013)

Everyone hates on Echos but his Robert pollard playlist helped me get into guided by voices. Now they're one of my favorite bands.

Echos, is that a condensed version of your playlist? I recall you originally had around three hundred songs on it. Also, what do you think of the latest GBV record and the latest Pollard solo album? "Real fun is no one's monopoly" is my jam.

eatbicycles (November 26, 2013)

I appreciate that, EchosMyron. No "on the tundra?" "Dayton OH 19-something-5"

I like the 7". I need to listen more. Wish it had digital component, too.

EchosMyron (November 26, 2013)

1. A Salty Salute
2. Over the Neptune/Mesh Gear Fox
3. The Official Ironman Rally Song
4. Tractor Rape Chain
5. Subspace Biographies
6. Fair Touching
7. Let It Rest for a Little While
8. Game of Pricks (EP Version)
9. The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory
10. Quality of Armor
11. Girls of Wild Strawberries
12. Evil Speakers
13. I'm a Strong Lion
14. Now to War (Electric Version)
15. Teenage FBI
16. Waves
17. Chevy Marigold
18. Girl Named Captain
19. Navigating Flood Regions
20. Underwater Explosions
21. I Am a Tree
22. She Wants to Know
23. Yellow Wife No. 5
24. Awful Bliss
25. Shocker in Gloomtown
26. Interest Position
27. A Visit to the Creep Doctor
28. Ate It Twice
29. Cyclopean Runway
30. Cheyenne
[Disc 1 - 74 minutes, 30 tracks]

31. Pop Zeus
32. (I'll Name You) The Flame That Cries
33. The Town That's After Me
34. 14 Cheerleader Coldfront
35. Cut-Out Witch
36. Circle of Trim
37. Postal Blowfish
38. Big School
39. Wormhole
40. Tomorrow Will Not Be Another Day
41. Closer You Are
42. My Kind of Soldier
43. Color of My Blade
44. Hey Hey Spaceman
45. Marchers in Orange (Electric Version)
46. Non-Absorbing
47. Tattoo Mission
48. Smothered in Hugs
49. Yours to Keep
50. Echos Myron
51. Drag Days
52. Avalanche Aminos
53. Twilight Campfighter
54. Make Use
55. Running Off with the Fun City Girls
56. Time Machines
57. Everybody Think I'm a Raincloud
58. The Hard Way
59. 1 Years Old
60. Dust Devil
61. Melted Pat
[Disc 2 - 74 minutes, 31 tracks]

62. Jane of the Waking Universe
63. Stiff Me
64. Come On Baby Grace
65. Striped White Jets
66. Skin Parade
67. Bull Spears
68. The Numbered Head
69. Do the Earth
70. Johnny Optimist
71. Sometimes I Cry
72. Mincer Ray
73. Rhoda Rhoda
74. Weedking
75. To Remake the Young Flyer
76. Dayton, Ohio (19 Something and 5)
77. Catherine from Mid-October
78. Ha Ha Man (Long Version)
79. Delayed Reaction Brats
80. Black Ghost Pie
81. I.B.C.
82. Gold Kick
83. Tropical Robots
84. Top Chick Silver Chord
85. The Girls Will Make It Happen
86. Perfect This Time
87. Trader Vic
88. Slick as Snails
89. Liquid Indian
90. Wrinkled Ghost
91. Real
92. Christian Animation Torch Carriers
93. Island of Lost Lucys
94. Tour Guide at the Winston Churchill Memorial
[Disc 3 - 75 minutes, 33 tracks]

VinceMcMahon (November 26, 2013)

Good stuff

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