Friday, April 21, 2006

Smothered in Hugs

My friend Dan has been getting way too much exposure on this blog lately. However, here's one more. I'm giving him another big up because I think it's pretty cool. He's doing an audio-visual presentation this Sunday evening at his church in Shoreditch, on Guided By Voices, a band he has a minor obsession with. Now, I know next to nothing about GBV, so am looking forward to finding out a bit more. Here's a couple of his recommended tracks from the band's Bee Thousand and Propeller albums:

Download: Guided By Voices - Unleashed! The Large-Hearted Boy (Propeller)
Download: Guided By Voices - Queen of Cans and Jars (Bee Thousand)

The presentation is called Smothered in Hugs: the legacy of Guided By Voices, and is on at about 7:30pm, following the evening service. If you're in East London, pop in (info on the flyer below). How often do you get to go to church to hear about a legendary indie band? Take the chance!

Here's one more - the title track of the presentation (also from Bee Thousand).

Download: Guided By Voices - Smothered in Hugs


stevedomino said...

GBV are a band i "got" (despite long-term exposure from various friends) at precisely the point after which they'd split up! classic timing. and my, is that back catalogue intimidating! this talk sounds really cool - i hope it goes well for your friend!

The Daily Growl said...

Yeah - it's the back catalogue that I find daunting! Maybe there's a way in. Maybe I'll get them too

Anonymous said...

Just randomly surfing by, here's my two cents:

Ignore the back catalogue (yeah, it's huge) and listen to Bee Thousand all the way through at least twice. If you dig it, you'll most likely become a fan of the rest of GBV's stuff. (but keep in mind that anything they released much past 1997 lost the lo-fi element.)