Power Hour creates one tight 60-minute set from a musician’s discography or a genre, picking both big hits and deeper cuts. Guided By Voices packs more musical ideas into a single album than most bands do into their entire careers, and it does it the old-fashioned way: by keeping them short. Led by the compulsively prolific Robert Pollard, the Dayton, Ohio-bred group rarely breaks the two-minute mark—three minutes would be edging toward proggy self-indulgence—in its sharp, jagged nuggets of British Invasion-indebted power pop and shambolic garage rock. Most of these feel like the bursts of late-night inspiration that they are. Kicking off with the clunk of a four-track hitting record, buried under tape hiss and lo-fi reverb effects, Pollard’s tunes stride in, bang out their bright and shiny hooks, then get out while the gettin’ is good, leaving room for two dozen tracks on a single record and a catalog of songs that numbers in the thousands. To honor the release of the new Space Gun, Guided By Voices’ 26th album, in true GBV fashion, we crammed as many of its songs as we could possibly fit into 60 minutes. As Pollard would tell you, it’s actually pretty easy if you don’t make a big fuss about it. (And because we’re not internet sadists, we’re going to eschew our usual practice of loading you up with YouTube embeds. Check out the full playlist on Spotify instead.) 1. “A Visit To The Creep Doctor,” Sandbox (1987) Guided By Voices’ signature sound… [Read full story]
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