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Guided By Voices announce first-ever double album, share new song “Hiking Skin” — listen

Robert Pollard and co. announce tour dates surrounding Coachella

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    The ever-prolific Robert Pollard has released 99 albums since Guided By Voices’ 1986 debut Forever Since Breakfast. Not one of them is a double album, which is why for numero one hundo, he’s doing exactly that.

    He’s calling it August By Cake, and for the first time in the band’s long storied history, it features contributions from all five members, specifically veterans Doug Gillard and Kevin March in addition to virgins Bobby Bare Jr. and Mark Shue.

    So, why the long wait? According to Pollard, he believes double albums — for example, The Who’s Quadrophenia or Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation — are “defining records” and wants August By Cake to be just as vital and important to GBV.

    That’s a tall order, especially given his breadth of work, but we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. So far, all we have is “Hiking Skin”, which oddly enough actually sounds like an early Who song. Take a listen below.

    August By Cake Tracklisting:
    00. Bob Intro
    01. 5° On The inside.
    02. Generox – Gray
    03. When We All Hold Hands
    04. Goodbye Note
    05. We Liken The Sun.
    06. Fever Pitch
    07. Absent The Man
    08. Packing The Dead Zone
    09. What Begins On New Years Day
    10. Overloaded
    11. Keep Me Down
    12. West Coast Company Man
    13. Warm Up To Religion
    14. High 5 Hall Of Famers
    15. Hiking Skin
    16. Sudden Fiction
    17. Its Food
    18. Cheap Buttons
    19. Substitute 11
    20. Chew the Sand
    21. Dr. Feelgood Falls Off the Ocean
    22. The Laughing Closet
    23. Deflect Project
    24. Upon The Circus Bus
    25. Try It Out Its Nothing
    26. Sentimental Wars
    27. Circus Day Holdout
    28. Whole Tomatoes
    29. Amusement Park Is Over
    30. Golden Doors
    31. The Possible Edge
    32. Escape To Phoenix

    Since GBV will be performing at Coachella, and likely to a crowd jonesing for Radiohead, they’ve announced a supporting Spring tour to keep them busy between weekends.

    Guided By Voices 2017 Tour Dates:
    04/07 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
    04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
    04/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
    04/17 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    04/18 – Seattle, WA @ Nuemos
    04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
    04/28 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
    04/29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
    05/05 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
    05/06 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

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