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Cool Planet

Guided By Voices

Released: 05/19/2014
Format: LP
Label: Fire Records
Catalog #: FIRELP355
Country: United Kingdom
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 18
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Original Release Notes: Conceived during the sub-freezing Polar Vortex of 2014, the next Guided By Voices record is Cool Planet.

It’s another wineskin full of great songs, recorded in a single proper studio for the first time since their inexhaustible reformation. There’s some unusually consistent and consistently awesome production on display, thanks to the array of vintage equipment on offer at Cyberteknics Creative Studios in Dayton, Ohio. Cool Planet also offers a weighty crunch that will lay you flat, perhaps due in part to the (re-)addition of late-version Guided By Voices tub-thumper Kevin March on drums.

Robert Pollard has talked in recent months about having refined his approach to songwriting (as if that was a thing that needed to happen) and the tunes he’s written for Cool Planet stack up against the best he’s ever done, including the hard-hitting title track, which just begs to be played live. Guitarist Tobin Sprout steps up with (among others) a Bowie-esque song (“Psychotic Crush”) and a Beatle-esque number (“All American Boy”).

Look what Guided By Voices have done for the world since reforming in 2010. Six high-quality full-length albums in less than four years. And that’s not counting EPs, singles, tours, or solo records. If the sorry state of the present day indie-, alt- or just plain rock landscape is the disease, Guided By Voices is the cure! Do not take in moderation.

Additional Fire Records release note: PRE-ORDERS for Cool Planet will ship for 12th May 2014. General release will be 19th May, after we celebrate with a special 'Cool Planet' album release show at The Lexington, London on Sunday 18th.
Cool Planet
Side A
1.   Authoritarian Zoo 2:22
2.   Fast Crawl 1:42
3.   Psychotic Crush 1:23
4.   Costume Makes The Man 2:04
5.   Hat Of Flames 1:32
6.   These Dooms 2:00
7.   Table At Fool's Tooth 1:21
8.   All American Boy 3:45
9.   You Get Every Game 2:08
Side B
1.   Pan Swimmer 1:02
2.   The Bone Church 2:15
3.   Bad Love Is Easy To Do 2:05
4.   The No Doubters 2:37
5.   Narrated By Paul 1:06
6.   Cream Of Lung 1:14
7.   Males Of Wormwood Mars 2:53
8.   Ticket To Hide 3:04
9.   Cool Planet 1:55
Total Length: 36:28
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Burger Records - BRGR754 [Cassette] (U.S.A.) 18
Fire Records - FIRECD355 [CD] (United Kingdom) 18
Fire Records/Bad Paintings - FBP006 [Cassette] (United Kingdom) 18
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-50 [CD] (U.S.A.) 18
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-50 [LP] (U.S.A.) 18

Album Credits
Role Name
"Huge Sale" Photograph Robert Pollard
Collages Robert Pollard
Layout Joe Patterson
Layout Robert Pollard
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Mastering Phil Mahaffey
Role Name
Mastering Location Cyberteknics - Dayton, OH
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Business Management Eric Weiss
Legal Richard Grabel
Management David Newgarden
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Additional Album Text A Factory Of Raw Essentials Product
Additional Album Text Keep It In Motion
Additional Album Text Recorded At Cyberteknics
Guided By Voices Greg Demos
Guided By Voices Kevin March
Guided By Voices Mitch Mitchell
Guided By Voices Robert Pollard
Guided By Voices Tobin Sprout
Rockathon Records Kevin Poindexter
Rockathon Records Matt Davis
Rockathon Records Mike Lipps
Thanks: Bowling Ball & Perishable Acoustic Guitar Vince Williams