Category Archives: Rock

Cool planet score

The set list from Guided by Voices’ terrific show in Denver last night. Forty-eight songs. No filler.


The run from from “He Rises! Our Union Bellboy” to “Cut-Out Witch” was particularly good.

Cover art

Some fine record covers forthcoming from Robert Pollard:




The top one’s for a 45, the other two for LPs. My Mind Has Seen the White Trick is a particularly good album title.

Vicious implements

For Father’s Day, my daughter sent me an official set of Sid Vicious pencils. They were created for the current Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


For the record, I saw Sid perform, backed up by ex-New York Dolls Jerry Nolan and Killer Kane, at Max’s Kansas City in September of 1978. A couple of weeks later he went to jail after stabbing and killing (allegedly) his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon. A few months after that, while out on parole, he died of misadventure. I’m not sure he ever made it to the Met.

It is divine

If you’re unfamiliar with the Robert Pollard catalogue, I have composed this Spotify mixtape for your benefit (and my own amusement). It skews heavily toward the Pop in Pollard’s “Four Ps” (the other three Ps being Punk, Prog, and Psychedelic), but it is spring, after all. Play it loud.