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Lord Of The Birdcage

Robert Pollard

Released: 06/07/2011
Format: LP
Label: Guided By Voices Inc.
Catalog #: GBVI-14
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 12
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Release Info: 2011 is turning out to be quite a year for Robert Pollard. The hugely successful Guided By Voices reunion tour is doing victory laps at Pitchfork and Sasquatch festivals, a tribute album is coming out for Record Store Day (including Pollard covers by Flaming Lips, Lou Barlow, David Kilgour, James Husband, Blitzen Trapper, Thurston Moore), and, believe it or not, new White House Spokesman Jay Carney declared in a press conference that he’s obsessed with Guided By Voices. January, February and March saw three remarkable albums by Pollard projects (as well as a live Guided By Voices triple-LP) and watch out, here comes another one, with a new twist.

On Lord of the Birdcage, Pollard reverses his songwriting process, transforming a dozen previously written poems into songs. He’s never written in this fashion before, and his whimsical, surrealist lyrics take center stage.

Lord of the Birdcage is a subtle record comprised of mostly steady, relaxed tempos—power pop, glam chugs, gorgeous ballads and a notable number of 3/4 waltz-time meters, including the haunting acoustic “In a Circle,” the frenetic rocker “You Sold Me Quickly” and the lush, string-driven “Silence Before Violence.” It’s a cohesive, flowing work, and Pollard’s sublime songs reveal their treasures through repeat listenings.
Lord Of The Birdcage
Side A
1.   Smashed Middle Finger 3:13
2.   Aspersion 2:59
3.   Dunce Codex 2:31
4.   Garden Smarm 3:43
5.   You Can't Challenge Forward Progress 1:46
6.   In A Circle 4:31
Side B
1.   You Sold Me Quickly 1:42
2.   The Focus (Burning) 2:13
3.   Ribbon Of Fat 2:09
4.   Silence Before Violence 3:20
5.   Holy Fire 1:57
6.   Ash Ript Telecopter 4:15
Total Length: 34:19
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-14 [CD] (U.S.A.) 12

Album Credits
Role Name
All Collages Robert Pollard
Layout Joe Patterson
Layout Rich Turiel
Layout Robert Pollard
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Bass Guitar Todd Tobias
Drums Todd Tobias
Guitar Robert Pollard
Guitar Todd Tobias
Keyboards Todd Tobias
Vocals Robert Pollard
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Engineer Todd Tobias
Mastering Chris Keffer
Mixing Todd Tobias
Producer Todd Tobias
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Mastering Location Magnetic North - Cleveland, OH
Recording Location Waterloo Sound - Brecksville, OH
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Copyright 2011
Publisher Needmore Songs
Songwriter Robert Pollard
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Behind The Scenes David Newgarden
Behind The Scenes Matt Davis
Business Management Eric Weiss
Legal Richard Grabel
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Additional Album Text A Factory Of Raw Essentials Product
Additional Album Text Everything It's The Boy!
Thanks Kevin Poindexter
Thanks Mike Lipps
Thanks Steve MacDougall
Thanks Tim Tobias