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There’s Beer In The Jar: 8 Boundary-Pushing Brewer-Musician Collaborations

If you’ve spent any time watching television in the last several years, you’ve probably had the dubious pleasure of watching Pitbull try to sell you Bud Light. These ads tend to feature the hip hop star in a white suit and dark shades, holding a condensation-dripping bottle of Anheuser-Busch’s biggest seller, surrounded by women wearing… More »

By: Brad Sanders / April 23, 2015 - 10:36 am

Alien Lanes Turns 20

“The club is open!” No other phrase out of Robert Pollard’s mouth ever rang quite so true. The once-again-former Guided By Voices frontman deals almost exclusively in the surreal, but the climactic lyric from Alien Lanes opener “A Salty Salute” is ridiculously literal coming from a band known for marathon three-hour sets anywhere American lager… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 3, 2015 - 10:37 am

Watch Ben Gibbard Cover Guided By Voices’ “Tractor Rape Chain”

“Tractor Rape Chain” is one of the most classic songs on Bee Thousand, one of Guided By Voices’ most classic albums. And even though the aesthetic difference between modern-day GBV and modern-day Death Cab For Cutie seems vast, the bands exploded into the national underground within a few years of each other and probably came… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 27, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Robert Pollard – “Up And Up And Up”

Former Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard has been unleashing material on his own ever since the band officially called it quits in September of last year. Just a few weeks ago, Pollard released an album titled I Sell The Circus under the moniker Ricked Wicky, and we heard the first single, “Nobility,” about a… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 16, 2015 - 3:19 pm

In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

Since 2008 I’ve put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year’s band breakups. It’s a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side. Sometimes it takes a decade or more of inactivity for a band to really maximize its fanbase. Ask American Football, Slint, Neutral Milk Hotel, OutKast, the Replacements, or any of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Ricked Wicky (Robert Pollard) – “Mobility”

Less than a month ago, Guided By Voices announced their for-real-this-time breakup, and it probably shouldn’t suprise anyone that frontman Robert Pollard already has a new thing up and going. Pollard’s new project is called Ricked Wicky, and in a piss-take press release, he calls it a “sophisticated arena rock band.” (He also says it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Guided By Voices Break Up (Again)

Guided By Voices already broke up once, and very ceremoniously so, with a lengthy 2004 farewell tour culminating in a New Year’s Eve blowout in Chicago. The Ohio indie-rock legends reunited their classic mid-’90s lineup in 2010 for a run of shows that turned out to be semi-endless, and in January 2012 they released the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 18, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Dogfish Head Debuts Guided By Voices Beer Called BEER Thousand

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Guided By Voices’ landmark Bee Thousand, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is releasing a GBV tribute beer called BEER Thousand. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement on Dogfish Head’s site:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 20, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Bee Thousand Turns 20

Like Mormonism, Guided By Voices worship is practiced worldwide, but the literal and spiritual homeland is especially dense with the faithful. Whereas all things LDS originate from Utah, the heart of GBV nation is Ohio. We Ohio indie-rock fans are extremely proud of our favorite sons, so much so that our state produces an innumerable… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 20, 2014 - 11:35 am

Guided By Voices – “Bad Love Is Easy To Do” Video (Feat. Katy Goodman)

Bad Love Is Easy To Do,” the lead single from Guided By Voices’ Cool Planet, now has a video featuring comedians Rob Corddry, Brian Huskey, and Rich Fulcher plus La Sera’s Katy Goodman among others. Produced by Funny Or Die and shot around the site’s Hollywood office, it’s a tribute to/parody of Simon & Garfunkel. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 4, 2014 - 11:37 am

Watch The White House’s GBV Stan Jay Carney Introduce Them In D.C.

On Friday night, Guided By Voices stan and White House press secretary Jay Carney introduced the band at a sold-out show in Washington, D.C. Carney has gone on record about his love for the band in the past, most notably in a Washington Post story where he gushes non-stop: “I just think Pollard is brilliant… More »

By: James Rettig / May 26, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Guided By Voices – “Table At Fool’s Tooth”

You didn’t really think we’d make it to summer without a second Guided By Voices album this year, did you? The lo-fi legends are back to a level of productivity that would shame even their younger selves, and they’ll give us their new Cool Planet later this month. We’ve already posted the early track “BadMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2014 - 11:02 am

Guided By Voices – “Bad Love Is Easy To Do”

Guided By Voices are not going to slow down for you or anyone. The Ohio indie rock OGs just released their last album Motivational Jumpsuit last month, and they’ve already made plans to give us another one, the 18-song Cool Planet, this spring. The band recorded this one, they assure us, in a proper video,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2014 - 11:51 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

For whatever reason, this is the week that many of the old music-video-director gods awakened to walk the earth again. Their names, chanted aloud, inspire nothing but fear in the hearts of the music-video directors of today: Gondry! Romanek! Pellington! Those younger directors, the ones used to working on YouTube budgets, hoped and prayed that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Guided By Voices – “Planet Score” Video (Feat. Rob Corddry, Breaking Bad’s Badger)

Now that their hiatus is long over, Guided By Voices absolutely will not stop releasing new albums, so it should be no surprise that their new one Motivational Jumpsuit drops next week. “Planet Score” is a characteristically short and sharp shock of power-pop guitar-surges, and now it has something few GBV songs have: A video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2014 - 10:40 am

Robert Pollard Discusses His Historic No-Hitter

As a songwriter, Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard is not known for his batting average; when he hits, he hits big, but you have to sift through a lot of strikeouts and sacrifice bunts to find the classics. Maybe that’s because in his day Pollard was more focused on E.R.A. In May 1978, he… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Guided By Voices – “Littlest League Possible”

Is it time for a new Guided By Voices album? Well, is it time for a new tank of gas, a fresh coat of nail polish, or breakfast? Then sure, it’s time for a new Guided By Voices album. So we’re getting Motivational Jumpsuit, one of many recent Robert Pollard endeavors, in February. Lead single… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 27, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Guided By Voices’ Feud With eBaying Ex-Drummer Gets Ugly

We reported last week that longtime Guided By Voices drummer Kevin Fennell had put his drum kit up on eBay for the easy one time payment of fifty-five thousand dollars. Yesterday the band released a statement via their management, distancing themselves from Fennell:… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 24, 2013 - 11:19 am

Guided By Voices Drummer Puts Kit On eBay For $55k

It’s hard to imagine a hardcore Guided By Voices fan with an extra $55,000 lying around, if only because purchasing every GBV-related release is a good way to keep your wallet drained. But for any independently wealthy memorabilia collectors or Ohio basement rock superfans looking to trade one kind of rack for another, here’s a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 18, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Robert Pollard – “Tonight’s The Rodeo”

Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard has another new album on the way (following Honey Locust Honky Tonk and Mouseman Cloud earlier this year) titled Blazing Gentlemen, and with it he claims to have “finally figured out how to write a song after 55 years.” That’s quite a statement from the dude who made BeeMore »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013 - 10:38 am
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