GBV Broke Up: Have A Beer
Guided By Voices fans bereft over its abrupt September breakup can soon drown their sorrows in a beer inspired by the Robert Pollard-led indie band and the 20th anniversary of its classic 1994 album Bee Thousand. On Nov. 17, Delaware microbrewer Dogfish Head will release Beer Thousand, a brew that founder Sam Calagione describes as “the most rustically elegant malt liquor you could ever imagine.”
The 45-year-old craft brewer says Bee Thousand was a “touchstone” for him when he was writing his business plan in 1994. “The way that album kind of moves from punk to pop to psychedelia was a real inspiration," he says. "It's the aural equivalent of the beers I wanted to make -- big, bombastic, rustic but memorable beers that would be all over the map stylistically.” Calagione says he symbolically chose 10 different types of hops and 10 different grains for the beer and gave it a 10 percent alcohol by volume, noting "Ten times ten times ten, gives you Beer Thousand." He also says “added the hops to the test vats."
When GBV was together, Pollard and company "drank a lot of beer while they played," Calagione says. "They usually drank very light lager --Budweiser, Miller Lite, Rolling Rock -- so they could drink a lot. I wanted to do a special, stronger beer that they could slowly sip on after the show.
Pollard declined to comment for the story, but avid GBV fans will have another good reason to buy up lots of the beer. One thousand cases of Beer Thousand in 750 ml bottles will contain a 10-inch, 10-song vinyl record of a never-bootlegged GBV show took place on June 25 at Thread Waxing Space in Manhattan. There will be no other way to get the recording, so drink up.--Frank DiGiacomo
Don't Kill Calvin!
Musical explorers of philosophy and technology, YACHT has been busy lately. From conceptualizing apps to designing sunglasses, YACHT’s Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans are constantly pushing the limits of creativity with everything they do. And their upcoming EP Where Does This Disco? is no exception.
Where Does This Disco? is meant to be a deep-dive into the relationship between humanity and technology. Claire L. Evans describes it as a “three-act science fiction play.” The first act is title-track “Where Does This Disco?” which Evans says is about “love and compact discs.” The second act is “Works Like Magic” which Evans says is about “sex and computers, experienced in the now." Finally, the third act is the mysterious unreleased track “Terminal Beach," which is “an extrapolation about what comes next, once the touch between people and technology is consummated.”
But this isn’t the only music that’s on the way from the dynamic duo. Evans let Billboard in on a little secret -- they’re planning on releasing their first full-length album since 2011’s Shangri-La next year.
On Friday, Oct. 24, Linkin Park brought diehard fans together for a monumental night of angst and nostalgia at Los Angeles’ Wiltern in celebration of Guitar Center's 50th Anniversary.
The entire show was taped for an upcoming Guitar Center Sessions, which will air on Dec. 5 on DIRECTV’s Audience Network. The Grammy Award-winning rock band led the audience through classic tunes like “Numb” and “In The End” from their 2003-second studio album Meteora, as well as more recent songs like “Guilty All the Same." Linkin Park’s energetic lead-singer Chester Bennington imparted a little tidbit of LP history upon his fans towards the middle of their set, stating that it happened to be the 14-year anniversary of the release of their debut album, Hybrid Theory.
Smashing Musical Mentor
It looks like the Smashing Pumpkins’ eccentric leader has started divulging some of his musical genius on up-and-coming bands.
Billy Corgan recently took time out of his busy schedule to executive produce indie-pop duo Ex Cops’s forthcoming album Daggers, set for release on Nov. 11. For two weeks straight in Chicago, Corgan worked with the Brooklyn-based band, made up of Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“Billy was working on the new SP album literally next door to us. So Amalie is playing piano while we can hear faint mixes of a new Pumpkins’ song six feet away from us,” Brian Harding of Ex Cops told Billboard. "He was, and is a mentor to us. He was fair and completely helpful to us in the whole process.”
Ariel Pink co-wrote two songs with the band on Daggers.
An edited version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of Billboard.