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Hundred-word Reviews: Reissues, Archival Releases, Compilations

My shelf full of albums to be reviewed has run out of space. So once again it’s time for a raft of hundred-word reviews. All sixteen titles in this roundup are reissues, compilations and/or archival releases. 6-String Drag – High Hat (Schoolkids Records) Before Americana was coined as a genre, there was alt-country. Combining rock

Guided by Voices: A Study in Well-prepared Spontaneity

“When we go to sound check, he goes to record stores.” That’s how guitarist Bobby Bare Jr. begins his description of the preparations Guided by Voices leader Bob Pollard makes ahead of each show. Since their 1983 start in Dayton, Ohio, through myriad lineup changes, across more than 20 albums and countless live shows, Guided

Album Mini-review: Guided by Voices — Please Be Honest

File next to: The Who, Hüsker Dü, Sebadoh Robert Pollard‘s various Guided by Voices iterations have released some two dozen albums since their 1987 debut, a prodigious output that can affect quality control. “My Zodiac Companion,” the opening track on Please Be Honest, is a case in point: Pollard’s wobbly vocal sounds like a one-take

Circus Devils: The Devil’s in the Details

“Circus Devils is fun.” That’s how Bob Pollard, former leader of indie-underground heroes Guided by Voices sums up (one of) his (many) current project(s). An exercise in what he calls “punk prog,” on the fifth full length Sgt. Disco, Circus Devils displays the twisted musical worldview of Pollard plus Todd Tobias. Todd adds that “there