December 2, 2010

December 2nd, 2010 : Cause & Effect : Guided By Voices

There are a few bands I have dreaded doing a show on and GBV is at the top of the list. It isn't because I don't care for them, it's quite the contrary however working on a two hour show for them is a bit like wrestling an 8 armed beast only there aren't 8 arms, they have hundreds. By arms I mean number of releases and ex members and side project bands and a seriously ravenous fan base who is capable of eating me alive for not doing the band justice. I mean at latest count Bob Pollard alone has over 1300 registered to his name alone. THIRTEEN HUNDRED ! ! !

A friend is putting on a show below the radio station at the Camel next monday featuring bands paying tribute to GBV and he had asked me to consider doing a show to go along with theirs. Against my better judgment I said yes but then I had a stroke of good luck. I found a website that carried a list of bands Bob / GBV like to listen to on the road when they tour and that list reads like the ultimate list of Pysch-Rock and Pop from the '60s put together by the fading captain himself. Needless to say I have cherry picked some of the best tracks from that list (mind you I could have done a straight month of shows based on this list alone) for tonight's show and then next week I will finish out the list along with more of the side projects and off shoot bands.

The tough part about doing a show on a band as prolific as this one is there are really about a billion different ways to approach the show but I took the route showcasing the music I know best since so much of it is material I like to DJ outside of the station. I also want to offer a huge thank you to all my friend and listeners who voted and picked the 4 GBV tracks per show I will playing.

Its been an interesting academic journey working on this show for many reason but I realized yesterday that among all these hours of material there are very few women in the mix. It isn't that I think GBV doesn't like women but for whatever reason , the band and their following is very much a boys club and the only women who has managed to enter their arena is Kim Deal. As a female DJ I am not thrilled to create a show where there is not one woman among the set (although there are two in part two of the set) but hopefully since I am a woman creating this parade of dude rock it will help balance out the lack of ladies otherwise.

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