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What are his best records outwith GBV?
Quite liked one of the Boston Spaceships ones.
is pretty much as good as any Guided by Voices album, as is 'Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department' the first one he did with Doug Gillard. Bit of a puzzler why neither of those were just done as GBV records really.
'Choreographed Man of War' similarly was made with members of GBV and is short but sweet at 10 tracks. Another great concise one is 'Motel of Fools'.
All the albums up to (and probably including) 'From a Compound Eye' are worth checking out. After that he seems to be treading water a little bit. Still lots of great songs but mostly let down by Todd Tobias's tepid production. I think that's one of the reasons the Boston Spaceships albums turned out so well, he only records the vocals for them.
Avoid at all costs 'Superman Was a Rocker', only one good song and you can download it for free from his website anyway.
Sound not bad form the snippets I've heard.
Find the stuff under his own name can get a bit one-paced, but the Eyesinweasel stuff is pretty good.
As for Bob, From A Compound Eye is great, as are the various Boston Spaceships albums. Got a lot of time for the records done under The Takeovers banner too. Circus Devils records can be hit or miss & I often forget which are the good ones, but _Gringo_ is one of the prettiest things Bob has been involved in (which is odd as Circus Devils is usually his experimental outlet).
Like the sound of that...
Not In My Airforce is a little patchy in my opinion but I love the tracks Flat Beauty and Get Under It.
Also worth a look is Waved Out which is worth getting hold of just for 'People are Leaving'.
My favourite solo album since GBV stopped is Off To Business: