Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pollard's Still Rockin' It

  • Robert Pollard - Space City Kicks (Guided By Voices, Inc) []
  • Space City Kicks
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    • A father of noise pop/rock, who brought us Guided By Voices, now brings us his twentieth solo album, by my count, and it's a killer. Gnarly but artful noise punk from a master.
    • His fifth full album on his own GBV label, started in 2008. This one has eighteen tracks, but only one is more than three minutes long. Total length is only 36 minutes.
    • Looks like the physical release was put off a week, but you can download the MP3s now.
    • Has to be one of the most prolific recording artists of the last five years. He put out two full albums in 2006, three in '07, two in '08, two in '09 and two in 2010!
    • Still lives in Dayton, OH, and was inducted into his high school's hall of fame last year for excellence in football, baseball and basketball! He threw the first no-hitter in the history of Wright State University, where I worked a few years ago.
    • Probably won't make anyone's top-ten list for the year, but it's a good listen. I'm happy to have it in my rotation.
The opening track is what really grabbed me (and not just because it looks like a Fantastic Four reference), so here it is. Very strange video, but I can dig it. Unfortunately, the whole album is not this psychedelic and interesting, but it's good.

Robert Pollard - "Mr. Fantastic Must Die" (Space City Kicks; 1/18/2011)

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