Guided By Voices - Live From Austin, TX [2LP]
Twenty-plus years...two dozen albums...
twice that many bandmates...the mad genius that is Robert Pollard finally decided it was time to bring down the curtain on one of indie rock's most innovative and, well, outrageous live bands. Certainly nobody could accuse Guided By Voices of being too tame, too mainstream, too predictable. Ever since Pollard created the ''gang'' in Ohio in the early 1980's with the help of his brother Jimmy and Pete Jamison (with the help of a loan to pay for the first few records), ''lo-fi'' may be the best descriptor for their brand of bursting, raw, no-holds-barred shout-out songs.
The end came in 2004, after the release of their final, critically acclaimed Half Smiles of the Decomposed, and this Austin City Limits recorded on November 9, 2004 was one of their last performances. ''I love the guys in the band, but I'm getting too old to be a gang leader,'' Pollard said, who's now focusing on his solo work.
And what a finale it was. Much of it couldn't, wouldn't ever be broadcast on television - public or otherwise - but it's all here for GBV fans to savor forever. Pollard was in rare form, with buckets of beer literally and liberally decorating the stage. He always said he wanted to end the band's decades of music on a high note. And this is it!
- Terry Lickona (producer Austin City Limits)
* Pressed on vinyl for the first time
* Packaged for the first time as a 2xCD/DVD combo
* 2-disc, 180g LP
1. Demons Are Real (1:39)
2. Pimple Zoo (1:33)
3. Everybody Thinks I'm A Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking) (3:27)
4. Exit Flagger (2:14)
5. Sleep Over Jack (3:00)
6. Girls Of Wild Strawberries (2:33)
7. Navigating Flood Regions (2:46)
8. Gold Star For Robot Boy (1:58)
9. Window Of My World (3:08)
10. Redmen And Their Wives (4:06)
11. Dayton, Ohio - 19 Something And 5 (2:11)
12. My Impression Now (2:23)
13. Do The Earth (3:22)
14. Game Of Pricks (2:23)
15. Secret Star (7:31)
16. My Kind Of Soldier (3:29)
17. Sad If I Lost It (3:33)
18. Cut Out Witch (3:33)
19. Gonna Never Have To Die (2:32)
20. Best Of Jill Hives (2:50)
21. Watch Me Jumpstart (2:51)
22. Tractor Rape Chain (2:56)
23. Buzzards And Dreadful Crows (1:57)
24. Pendulum (2:03)
25. Murder Charge (2:53)
26. Fair Touching (3:33)
27. Teenage FBI (2:57)
28. Glad Girls (3:59)
29. I Am A Scientist (2:48)
30. Echos Myron (2:44)
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ITEM:GBVi 100 LP