Mar 072011

Few artists can claim to be as prolific as Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard. Ignore the GBV catalogue and look at his solo output over the last five years alone – 12 full-length albums people! He built his status as a lo-fi icon with that seminal band, however, and must find living that legacy down as difficult as the solo Beatles did.

Now three songs have popped up to remind us of GBV’s achievements, all from upcoming tribute album Sing For Your Meat (due April 16th). Thurston Moore, of the equally legendary Sonic Youth, takes on “Stabbing a Star” (via SPIN). He preserves the raucous arrangement of the original, although with considerably improved fidelity – you can actually understand the lyrics! Cymbals Eat Guitars remind us that Pollard was not the only songwriter in the band, covering Tobin Sprout’s “Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim).” They slow the track down initially, then slowly pick up the pace and add instruments, building to an energetic, Wall-of-Sound conclusion. Also, off the bonus EP, check out Mass Solo Revolt’s “Gold Star for Robot Boy.”

Stream Thurston Moore’s “Stabbing a Star” at

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim) (Guided By Voices cover)

Mass Solo Revolt – Gold Star for Robot Boy (Guided By Voices cover)

Sing for Your Meat Tracklist:
The Flaming Lips – Smothered in Hugs
Western Civ – Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory/My Valuable Hunting Knife
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim)
Sorry About Dresden – Echos Myron
Jason Isbell and the 400 unit – Everywhere with Helicopter
Crooked Fingers – Tractor Rape Chain
Elf Power – Man Called Aerodynamics
I Was Totally Destroying It – I Am produced
La Sera (Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls ) – Watch Me Jumpstart
The Pneurotics – I Am a Tree
Kelley Deal and Buffalo Killers – Scalding Creek
Blitzen Trapper – Hot Freaks
Superdrag – A Salty Salute
David Kilgour (of The Clean) – How Loft Am I
Thurston Moore – Stabbing a Star
James Husband (Of Montreal) – Buzzards and Dreadful Crows
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) – Game of Pricks
Bonus Digital EP:
Mass Solo Revolt – Gold Star for Robot Boy
Marie Stella – Little Lines
Free Electric State – Weedking
Gregg Yeti – Quality of Armor
North Elementary – Ex-Supermodel/They’re Not Witches

Find more Thurston Moore on his MySpace.
Find more Cymbals Eat Guitars on their website or MySpace.

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