Friday, October 15, 2010

Guided By Voices - Beyond the Bars and Churches (1990s)

I guess you don't need me to inform you that this autumn has been a banner season for Guided By Voices fans, with the "classic" halcyon, mid-90s lineup of Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos, and Kevin Fennell reuniting for roughly twenty gigs across the country.  Doug Gillard be damned.  In fact, half of the heavily touted Hallway of Shatter-Proof Glass Tour has come and gone, and yours truly will be attending the Columbus, OH show at Outland Live tomorrow.  It's going to be a capacity crowd, as are many of the remaining dates, but the band has recently launched Guided By Voices Digital, an online repository for the bulk of the GBV catalog, including concert recordings from the tour in progress, available for a nominal fee of course, so even if you can't see them live in the flesh you can at the very least live vicariously.  Didn't have that option back in '95, did ya?

In 2007 and 2008 I shared two fan-curated bootleg compilations of GBV outtakes, miscellanea, and the like, To Trigger a Synapse, and The Carefree Kitchens Are a Blast, respectively.  Many of you did in fact find these to be a blast, and in conjunction with the tour in progress, I'm unleashing yet a third, like-minded compendium dubbed Beyond the Bars and Churches (it's title swiped from a lyric in "Taco, Buffalo, Bird Dog, and Jesus" if I recall).  This time around there's not a great deal of quality studio material, and in fact Beyond... yields little that's revelatory in that regard, yet it's a downright fun listen, chockablock with anecdotal interview segments, tv performances, concert banter, numerous random live cuts, and even a Guess Who cover - almost all of which is culled from the band's heyday, which I'm more than happy to revisit as I'm sure you are.  Also be advised of the two GBV tribute albums I've been hosting, Scalping the Guru and Blatant Doom Trip, and be on the lookout for at least one more tribute collection on here before years end.  Dig in!

01. NPR interview 1  
02. Motor Away (demo)
03. NPR interview 2
04. Mannequin's Complaint (alt vers)
05. NPR interview 3
06. Gold Star For Robot Boy (live with intro count)
07. NPR interview 4
08. Gee, What a Bitch
09. NPR interview 5
10. Shakin' All Over (live Guess Who cover)
11. NPR interview 6
12. The Opposing Engineer (Sleeps Alone) (unmixed)
13. NPR interview 7
14. Burning Flag Birthday Suit (live Much Music)
15. chatter
16. My Impression Now (quite mix)
17. talk about recording (Tobin Sprout)
18. My Son Cool (live Jon Stewart)
19. chatter
20. Piano Piece X3 (Tobin)
21. Ambergris (live)
22. chatter
23. Gleemer (tribute by Dr. Atom & The Orbitals)
24. Eat my ass
25. Glad Girls (rehearsal)
26. Bob talks to the kids
27. chatter
28. 14 Cheerleader Coldfront (live)
29. untitled
30. Wished I Was A Giant (live)
31. talk about working with Steve Albini
32. Non-Absorbing (live)
33. talk about Cobra Verde lineup
34. Jar Of Cardinals (live)
35. talk about songwriting (int by Pat DiNizio)
36. Marchers In Orange (live)
37. Wondering Boy Poet (live)
38. Taco, Buffalo, Etc (partial)
39. Matter Eater Lad (live)


godihateyourband said...

dig yr site, but wanted to offer that given pollard's undying allegiance to the who, you might want to refer to "shakin all over" as a who cover (it's on "live at leeds"), however, it's actually by johnny kidd and the pirates. a killer early-60s brit band whose guitarist mick green just passed.

thanks for posting

bglobe313 said...

1. Once this cheapskate free-user downloads something else from Rapidshare, I will check this out.

2. Of the other two comps, Synapse was much better quality than what I had on cassette and the other was, uh, revelatory.

3. Somehow I had missed that this reunion really was the classic band -- that is, with the great Tobin Sprout.

4. Thanks for the tip on the new GBVdigital website. The immense output of Pollard material forced me off the bandwagon, so it's good to see there might be an easy way for me to fill in those holes that I want to fill (sounds disturbingly sexual).

5. Enjoy the show.

6. As always, great blog.

Ace K.

spavid said...

Thanks for your comments, and by all means plug the holes.

As for the origins of "Shakin' All Over," shows you how much of an oldies/classic rock background I come from.

June salutes us!

bglobe313 said...

Just to make clear that I was not being ironic, that "Carefree Kitchens" comp is one amazing thing. Stuff I had never even heard a hint of.

Guess I'll keep filling the holes.

Thanks, again,

Ace K.

j metaphor said...

Hey--84 Nash, GBV...why not make it a 90s Ohio trifecta and post a 20th Century singles comp--or at least something wonderful--by the late, lamented Brainiac?

if you needed a reminder as to their awesomeness...!

The Captain said...

When I download these comps, they are set up to open in Internet Explorer. When I try to open, nothing happens. I tried opening them with iTunes and Windows Media and nothing happened then either. Any ideas?

spavid said...

Hey Captain. When you unzip the folder everything should be in MP3 format, so if you can normally play MP3s in the applications you mentioned these should function normally. Maybe your download was corrupt, which means you may want to try grabbing it again.

Sorry, but believe it or not I have no Brainiac, metaphor.

Marcus said...

Great compilation. FYI - The tracks you have listed as 'Piano Piece X3 - Tobin' is actually fragments of 'Boeing Spacearium' by The Minus 5. Bob sings backing vox on this song (as you can tell) on their album 'The Lonesome Death Of Buck McCoy'. The Minus 5 is Scott McCaughey (of Young Fresh Fellows fame) band.

mordantfilms said...

Would you happen to have the "Carry On: Leftovers and Side Dishes" compilation or something that has the "Powerblessings" demo?

mordantfilms said...

It's me again... Still wondering if you have GBV's Carry On: Side Dishes & Leftovers compilation or the Do the Collapse demos. If feverishly hunting down the demo for "Powerblessings"... Let me know if you get a sec. Thanks!

mordantfilms said...

*I'm feverishly hunting it down, not If... you get the idea. THanks again.

Casey said...

For fans of, i dunno....the 90s hahaha