Episode 22: Guided By Voices Pt. 2 (The Hi-Fi Era)

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The chaotic weather patterns of Julyded by Voices month have shipwrecked another guest on the island—fortunately, that guest is poet, actor, and Guided by Voices superfan Andrew McAlpine! That’s right, we have double the bearded Andrews on board to guide us through GBV’s wild and wooly hi-fi era. Spanning multiple lineups and a bevy of labels, this era is commonly seen as the moment when Bob Pollard lost his way, ditching the lo-fi charm of their classic albums for a more commercial sheen. Yet it also sees the band experimenting with their sound like never before, and the end result is an eccentric collection of highs and lows that produced some of the most interesting (and highest charting) albums of their career. With the help of Andy’s jovial, moderating presence, we take on a divisive set of albums, and find far more jewels than we expected. Also: Controversial Opinions, Doug Gillard’s Extraneous Solos, and plenty of new stickers to help those albums fly off the shelves!

For more Andrew McAlpine, check out http://www.andrew-mcalpine.com/!

Music:

Game of Pricks (7″ Version)
The Official Ironmen Rally Song
Don’t Stop Now
Atom Eyes
Jellyfish Reflector
Key Losers
I Am a Tree
Learning to Hunt
Hold on Hope
Teenage FBI
Glad Girls
How’s My Drinking?
Chasing Heather Crazy
Back to the Lake
Christian Animation Torch Carriers
Useless Inventions
The Best of Jill Hives
Mix Up the Satellite
Huffman Prairie Flying Field
Sleep Over Jack
Cut-Out Witch
My Kind of Soldier
The Universe of Crayon Man (GBV Parody) – Cal McNamara

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