Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” by Guided By Voices from the 2012 album Let’s Go Eat The Factory on GBV Inc..
In 2010, Guided By Voices re-united to play an anniversary concert for Matador Records, who released some of the band’s best material, including 1995′s Alien Lanes. The event was significant not only because it marked GbV’s first appearance since they officially called it quits following 2004′s Half Smiles Of The Decomposed, but because it was a reunion of the “classic” lineup that was responsible for the band’s most revered work from 1993-1996. The end to GbV’s golden era was marked by the departure of Tobin Sprout in 1996, who left due to differences with front man Robert Pollard. Following Sprout’s exit, the band continued to record and tour, and Pollard released an incredible amount of solo material, but it just wasn’t the same.
As you probably know, the classic lineup’s reunion didn’t end with Matador anniversary party. GbV continued to tour, playing their classic material to sold-out crowds of delighted fans (including an unforgettable performance at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle). Still together, the classic lineup now has a new album of material, set to be released on January 1, 2012, entitled Let’s Go Eat The Factory. As one might expect, Pollard and company aren’t breaking any new ground with the new release, which, true to GbV form, crams 22 songs into a total running time of 42 minutes. The lyrics are familiarly quirky and oblique, and the songs are smothered in early 90s, lo-fi indie goodness. Today’s featured song, “The Unsinkable Fats Domino,” is the album’s first single.
Though initially scheduled to tour in support of Let’s Go Eat The Factory after it’s release, Pollard announced that the band will instead be releasing another album of new material in May. You can, however, catch them on the Late Show with David Letterman on January 3. Not only that, but Let’s Go Eat The Factory has been made available to stream in it’s entirety via NPR.
This is an awful lot of talk about new material. Here’s the video for “I Am A Scientist” from 1994′s Bee Thousand. Apparently a modern-day, 54-year-old Pollard still can pull off all the same moves: