|NEW: AAD-15: Earthquake Glue (Doppelganger)
(21 Jul 2003 at 20:06)
| I made a new album, my 15th solo one.
This one's a little different; it's a "doppelganger" for Guided By Voices' upcoming "Earthquake Glue." Basically I took the tracklist and "covered" the album without having heard it yet.
Bob Pollard still has more albums than me, but I'm catching up...
|Great idea again, how do you keep coming up with them?
I think Mix up the satellites is great.
I'm planning to make one too... now to find some time.
|I don't know where ideas come from. Kurt Vonnegut's alter-ego "Kilgore Trout" says he has a small radio in his brain through which ideas are beamed.
|I know where Tom's ideas come from: He rips them off from Liz Phair. ;-)
|It's possible that this idea did come from Liz Phair, cos I remember recently talking about how "Exile in Guyville" is supposed to be a response to "Exile on Main St." with someone (Marc?). But I'll bet she listened to EOMS and her songs don't have the same names.
Speaking of LIZ PHAIR SUCKS, this is a really funny review of her new album:
|Yeah, it was me you talked to (you told me about your doppelganger idea when I was visiting you in PB0RG). But yeah, Exile On Main Street is not exactly the same sort of doppelganger as yours. As you say, the songs don't have the same titles, and they are each an informed (i.e. she knew the original songs) response to the Rolling Stones' songs, in some sort of conceptual or thematic way.
Ewww, that review makes me want to hear her new album (once, and then probably never again).
|I listened to a "full album teaser" somewhere, I think at lizphair.com. That's good enough, you probably don't want to listen to the entirety of every song, but it is strangely worthwhile to listen to the short clips.
|long time listener, first time caller here.
Harlan Ellison says he buys ideas in six-packs.
|I've listened to this many times now. So, it's supposed to be totally without filler... I dunno, maybe it's doesn't have filler, but it doesn't any winners, either. In fact, there's something sort of remarkable about this album (in an unremarkable way), which is that I've managed to listen to it 15 times now, yet every single time I play it, next thing I notice is that it has finished. Somehow the whole thing goes by and I don't even really notice it. I can't think of any other album that I've heard that's like that. Although I have found myself singing The Best Of Jill Hives occasionally, so I think that that one has stuck to me a little. And this last time listening, I did notice that, yes, A Trophy Mule In Particular does really suck. But other than that, it's pretty much like listening to moths sleep...
|Actually, sorry, I just remembered one other thing that I notice: My Son, My Secretary, My Country. Although the funny thing is that I always thought it was the second half of the first song. I used to always think, "gosh, the second half of this song is much better than the first half." It turns out that I accidentally had 4-second cross-fade enabled on my MP3 player (well, not so much "accidentally" as the latest version of iTunes appears to have a bug where enabling cross-fade but setting the time to 0 seconds will actually result in 4 seconds of cross-fade). Now that I listened to it this last time without cross-fade, I actually don't like the second song much anymore. It's funny, it sounded better when it sounded like the second half of the first song (which is a crummy song, so maybe it was just the contrast that was good).
|For my part, I like Jill Hives, Replace You With Machines, and Mix Up The Satellites. I know what you're talking about with regard to not realizing the album was over. This is probably because I accidentally sequenced it "Crooked Rain" style, and I couldn't change that because it had to have the same track order as the GBV one.
|"Crooked Rain" style?
|You know, with the stronger songs towards the beginning and then just dying at the end.
|Oh, I see. Well, I was more saying that there are no strong songs (except for Jill Hives being pretty decent). But it's not really bad, either. It's the most "neutral" thing I've ever listened to. So the whole thing just passes in one ear and out there other.
|Sweet, like Muzak.
You will never outshine the original!
Love what you're doing, man.
Long live Rockathon!
|I'm not really Robert Pollard, by the way, all you GBV fans
|I thought this was a pretty cute story of doppelgangering: