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Waving At The Astronauts


Released: 02/15/2011
Format: LP
Label: Serious Business Records/Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Catalog #: SBR46-EJRC078
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 10
Front Cover
Release notes: Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard of Guided By Voices are LIFEGUARDS. The two first worked together outside of the GBV realm on the 1999 fan-classic Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Dept, which included "Do Something Real," the anthemic theme to Steven Soderbergh's film Full Frontal. Their debut release as Lifeguards, Mist King Urth emerged in 2002 on Pollard's own Fading Captain Series to fervent fan approval. In 2010 Pollard and Gillard reconvened for the first time since the end of GBV to create the astounding follow up: Waving at the Astronauts. Gillard wrote and recorded 10 complex and beautiful instrumentals at home then sent the finished compositions off to Pollard who graced the tracks with some of the most unforgettable melodies and strangely poetic lyrics of his career. In May 2010, Pollard came to New York to record his vocals with Gillard and Travis Harrison at Serious Business Music where drums and overdubs were added and the record was mixed. From the ragged and triumphant rock masterpiece "Paradise Is Not So Bad", to the chugging "Sexless Auto" and the off-kilter ramble of "What Am I", this is the latest gem from a songwriting team whose limits are larger than any arena you might try and squeeze them into.

Mention in Pitchfork article: And then in February comes a record from his Lifeguards project with ex-GBV guitarist Doug Gillard called Waving at the Astronauts on Serious Business and Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Waving At The Astronauts
Side A
1.   Paradise Is Not So Bad 4:46
2.   Nobody's Milk 3:35
3.   (Doing The) Math 4:40
4.   Product Head 3:53
5.   You're Gonna Need A Mountain 5:47
Side B
1.   Sexless Auto 3:13
2.   Trip The Web 4:01
3.   They Called Him So Much 3:05
4.   Keep In Orbit 4:01
5.   What Am I? 4:12
Total Length: 41:13
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Serious Business Records/Ernest Jenning Record Co. - SBR46-EJRC078 [CD] (U.S.A.) 10

Album Credits
Role Name
Art Robert Pollard
Artwork Robert Pollard
Layout Ben Heller
Role Name
Instruments Doug Gillard
Keyboards Doug Gillard
Lyrics Robert Pollard
Music Doug Gillard
Titles Robert Pollard
Vocals Robert Pollard
Vocals - Backing Doug Gillard
Role Name
Co-Producer Travis Harrison
Engineer Doug Gillard
Engineer Travis Harrison
Mastering Alan Douches
Producer Doug Gillard
Role Name
Mastering Location West West Side Music - New Windsor, NY
Recording Location Serious Business Music - New York, NY
Role Name
Publisher Flippant Music
Publisher Needmore Songs
Songwriter Doug Gillard
Songwriter Robert Pollard