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Thirtyesque Pisces-Aries cusp, walking contradiction, Guided By Voices fanatic, living in the Twin Cities. Holds a useless college degree from a land-grant university, has generally unpopular leftist political views, isn't a particularly religious lad, completely uninterested in all sports, somewhat asthmatic, geeky demeanor.

This blog started out as "Acetylenic" (hence the URL) and was taken from my misunderstanding of a GBV lyric that sounded like "your acetylene pride." I was thrilled to discover that there is an adjectival form of acetylene: acetylenic. It seemed to fit me pretty well (highly flammable; explosive; having a peculiar, unpleasant odor).

I changed the name to "Society Dome," to fit my GBV obsession (it's the name of a song from GBV frontman Robert Pollard's side project Lifeguards) and better match the tone and content of the blog. It started out a little more personal and ranty, but it's ended up being pretty much my clearinghouse for pop culture junk....frequently of an indie rock or sci-fi/fantasy nature ('cause there just isn't enough of that on the internet already!).

I also contribute infrequently to Jazz Police and New Patriot.


While I like to think of myself as a multi-dimensional fellow, this is a list of my Guided By Voices (and extended family) CD and record collection. They're a bit of an obsession. I keep it updated for my own smug satisfaction:

2008
Robert Pollard - HJRR-7 Dumb Lady b/w Street Velocity
Robert Pollard - HJRR-8 Youth Leagues b/w Spirit Of The Fly

2007
Robert Pollard - Coast To Coast Carpet Of Love
Robert Pollard - Standard Gargoyle Decisions
Robert Pollard - Silverfish Trivia
Robert Pollard - Meet The King: Asshole 2 (LP)
Circus Devils - Sgt. Disco (LP)
Acid Ranch - The Great Houdini Wasn't So Great (LP)
HJRR-1 Rud Fins b/w Piss Along You Bird
HJRR-2 Spider Eyes b/w Battle For Mankind
HJRR-3 Current Desperation (Angels Speak Of Nothing) b/w Met Her At A Seance
HJRR-4 Pill Gone Girl b/w Coast To Coast Carpet Of Love
HJRR-5 Shadow Port b/w Be In The Wild Place
HJRR-6 Count Us In b/w Sixland (John Shough Verison)


2006

Robert Pollard - From a Compound Eye
Robert Pollard - Normal Happiness
Robert Pollard - Moon (Live)
Robert Pollard - I'm A Strong Lion (UK single)
Keene Brothers - Blues And Boogie Shoes
The Takeovers - Turn To Red

2005

Robert Pollard - Relaxation of the Asshole (LP)
Robert Pollard - Zoom (EP) (with Doug, Chris, Kevin)
Robert Pollard - Music for 'Bubble' (EP)
Guided By Voices - Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow (signed!)
Guided By Voices - Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow: In Capsule Form (promo CD)
Guided By Voices - Briefcase 2 (Suitcase 2 Abridged - The Return Of Milko Waif) (LP)
Hazzard Hotrods - Bigger Trouble
The Moping Swans - Lightninghead To Coffeepot
Circus Devils - Five
Acid Ranch - As Forever (LP)


2004

Half Smiles of the Decomposed
Robert Pollard - Edison's Demos (LP)
Robert Pollard - Fiction Man
Circus Devils - Pinball Mars
Tobin Sprout - Live at the Horseshoe Tavern 2004
Doug Gillard - Salamander*
Who's Not Forgotten (tribute to The Who featuring GBV's take on "Baba O'Riley")
 

2003

Earthquake Glue
The Best of Jill Hives (CD single)
My Kind of Soldier (7")
Hardcore UFOs: Revelations, Epiphanies and Fast Food in the Western Hemisphere
Robert Pollard - Motel Of Fools
Lifeguards (Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard) - Mist King Urth
Phantom Tollbooth - Beard of Lightning
Tobin Sprout - Lost Planets & Phantom Voices
 

2002

Universal Truths & Cycles
The Pipe Dreams of Instant Prince Whippet (EP)
Airport 5 (Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout) - Life Starts Here
Go Back Snowball (Robert Pollard and Mac McCaughan) - Calling Zero
Circus Devils - The Harold Pig Memorial
Acid Ranch - Some of the Magic Syrup was Preserved*
Robert Pollard, Richard Meltzer, Antler, Smegma & Vom - The Completed Soundtrack for The Tropic of Nipples
Tobin Sprout - Sentimental Stations (EP)
Single Wish (Robert Pollard/Tobin Sprout compilation appearances)
 

2001

Isolation Drills
Isolation Drills demos (11 tracks)*
Glad Girls (CD single)*
The Who Went Home And Cried (DVD)
Robert Pollard and his Soft Rock Renegades - Choreographed Man of War
Circus Devils (Pollard/Tobias/Tobias) - Ringworm Interiors
Guided By Voices + Airport 5 - Selective Service
Airport 5 - Tower In The Fountain Of Sparks
Tobin Sprout - Let Go of My Beautiful Balloon (7")
Gem (Gillard/Tobias/Tobias) - Sunglare Serenades
Colonel Jeffrey Pumpernickel (GBV compilation appearance)
Hangin' From The Devil's Tree (Eyesinweasel compilation appearance)
Bristol Girl (Jim Shepard Cover from Matter Dominates Spirit tribute LP)*
Hold On Hope demo (Daredevil Stamp Collector)*
My Big Day (Tractor Tunes Vol. 1 comp.)*
Invisible Train To Earth (TVT "bootleg" website/Isolation Drills outtake MP3)
Headache Revolution (")*
 

2000

Suitcase: Failed Experiments and Trashed Aircraft
Hold On Hope (EP)
Dayton, Ohio-19 Something and 5 (7")
Howling Wolf Orchestra - Speedtraps For The Bee Kingdom*
Sensational Gravity Boy (Refraze) (from Briefcase, Suticase Abridged LP)*
Eyesinweasel (Sprout) - Wrinkled Thoughts
Hydroponic Mascara Volume II (Sprout/Gillard compilation appearances)
Yuji Oniki - Orange (featuring Doug Gillard)

 
1999

Do The Collapse
Do The Collapse demos (13 tracks, disc is cracked so I'm missing Teenage FBI)*
Surgical Focus (7" with awesome "dial-an-eye" feature)
Plugs For The Program (EP)*
Robert Pollard - Kid Marine
Lexo and the Leapers - Ask Them
Robert Pollard with Doug Gillard - Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department
Nightwalker - In Shop We Build Electric Chairs: Professional Music By Nightwalker 1984-93
Tobin Sprout - Let's Welcome The Circus People
Teenage FBI released demo (UK HoH EP/Daredevil Stamp Collector)*
Perfect This Time (")*
 

1998

Robert Pollard - Waved Out
Long as the Block is Black alternate mix (from I Stayed Up All Night Listening To Records comp.)*
Tobin Sprout - Wax Nails (EP)
Doug Gillard - Malamute Jute (EP)
Sponic Magazine #3 (+ 7" with Nightwalker song)
 

1997

Mag Earwhig!
Tonics And Twisted Chasers*
Wish In One Hand (7")*
GBV/Cobra Verde (split 7")
Nightwalker - Firehouse Mountain (7")
Tobin Sprout - Moonflower Plastic (welcome to my wigwam)
What's Up Matador? (GBV/Tobin Sprout compilation appearances)
Scorpion Lounge Shutdown (Ptolemic Terascope mag. 7")*
Draw(in)g to a (W)hole (God Save The Clean tribute)*
 

1996

Under The Bushes Under The Stars
Plantations of Pale Pink (7")
Sunfish Holy Breakfast (EP)
The Official Ironmen Rally Song (CD single)
Jellyfish Reflector (Live)
Pantherz (Jellyfish Reflector vinyl bonus track)*
Robert Pollard - Not In My Airforce
Tobin Sprout - Carnival Boy
The Lounge Ax Defense and Relocation Compact Disc (GBV comp. app.)
Tractor Rape Chain (Clean It Up) (from Darla Records/Magnet Magazine 7")*


1995

Alien Lanes
King Shit and the Golden Boys (Box)
Tigerbomb (7")
The Opposing Engineer (Sleeps Alone) (from GBV/New Radiant Storm King split 7")*
Gem - Hexed (Doug Gillard & Tim Tobias)
Freedom Cruise - Sensational Gravity Boy (from Red, Hot, and Bothered comp.)*


1994

Bee Thousand
Crying Your Knife Away (Live)
I Am A Scientist (EP)*
Get Out Of My Stations (EP - 2003 reissue with bonus tracks)
GBV/Grifters (split 7")*
Love & A .45 soundtrack (Bob Pollard & Kim Deal duet "Love Hurts")
Freedom Cruise - Cruise (from Nightwalker/Freedom Cruise split 7")*
Gleemer (from Bevil Web/3 Dream Bag split 7")*

 
1993

Vampire on Titus/Propeller twofer
Fast Japanese Spin Cycle (EP)
The Grand Hour (EP)*
Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer (EP)
Static Airplane Jive (EP)


1992

Propeller (2005 CD repressing)
Propeller (2005 LP reissue, cover #1)
Propeller (2005 LP reissue, cover #14)


1990

Same Place The Fly Got Smashed (Box)


1989

Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia (Box)
 

1987

Devil Between My Toes (Box)
Sandbox (Box)
Tobin Sprout - Fig. 4 (CD reissue with bonus tracks)

1986

Forever Since Breakfast (EP)

Misc./Unknown

Sot #1 demo (from Tobin's Demos & Outtakes)*
To Remake The Young Flyer demo (from Tobin's Demos & Outtakes)*
Everlasting Big Kick (two discs of unreleased tracks)
Various MP3s from gbv.com and robertpollard.net

*(I just have a copy, don't own the real thing).

Shows Attended
June 14, 1997 (First Avenue, Minneapolis MN)
May 1, 1999 (Carleton College, Northfield MN)
August 4, 1999 (First Avenue, Minneapolis MN)
March 24, 2001 (400 Bar, Minneapolis MN)
March 9, 2002 (First Avenue, Minneapolis MN)
April 8, 2003 (State Theatre, Minneapolis MN - opening for Cheap Trick)
November 18, 2003 (First Avenue, Minneapolis MN)
April 24, 2004 (Bowery Ballroom, New York NY)
June 6, 2004 (Dixie's on Grand, Saint Paul MN)
December 30, 2004 (Metro, Chicago IL)
December 31, 2004 (Metro, Chicago IL)
March 30, 2006 (First Avenue, Mpls, MN) - RP

Show Recordings
01/15/94 Memphis, TN
05/07/94 Dayton, OH
08/07/94 Philadelphia, PA
10/01/94 Chicago, IL
10/07/94 Cleveland, OH
11/02/94 New York, NY
04/05/95 Chicago, IL
04/06/95 Chicago, IL
04/10/95 Boulder, CO
08/28/95 (Reading Festival)
10/12/95 Dayton, OH
10/26/95 London, UK
02/26/96 Minneapolis, MN
06/07/96 Philadelphia, PA
06/14/96 New York, NY
06/15/96 New York, NY
07/28/96 (Peel Session)
05/04/97 Princeton, NJ
06/27/97 Austin, TX
09/07/97 London, UK
03/28/98 Columbus, OH
08/08/98 Philadelphia, PA
10/16/98 Cleveland, OH
03/20/99 Austin, TX
07/04/99 Irvine, CA
10/27/99 Liverpool, UK
12/11/99 Chicago, IL
01/22/00 Athens, GA
01/28/00 Birmingham, AL
04/07/00 Iowa City, IA
04/08/00 Omaha, NE
04/28/00 Asheville, NC (King's Ransom - Happy Motherfuckers & Sad Clowns)
05/09/00 New York, NY
12/31/00 Carrboro, NC
02/12/01 Chicago, IL
03/09/01 Asheville, NC
08/23/01 London, UK
08/25/01 Reading, UK
07/10/02 Atlanta, GA
10/26/02 Carrboro, NC
09/18/03 Hamburg, Ger
09/25/03 Cardiff, UK
11/06/03 Atlanta, GA
11/18/03 Minneapolis, MN
01/01/04 Houston, TX
04/24/04 New York, NY
06/17/04 Champaign, IL
06/18/04 Iowa City, IA
09/11/04 Washington, DC
09/28/04 Carrboro, NC
10/25/04 Bloomington, IN
11/03/04 Athens, GA
11/05/04 Houston, TX (Tobin Sprout)
11/07/04 Houston, TX
11/11/04 San Diego, CA
11/16/04 Portland, OR
12/03/05 New York, NY
12/04/05 New York, NY
12/05/05 New York, NY
01/28/06 Washington, DC - RP
02/25/06 San Francisco, CA - RP

DVDs
01/15/94 Memphis TN
05/01/99 Northfield MN
The Who Went Home And Cried
11/22/03 Chicago, IL
Watch Me Jumpstart: Expanded Version
11/09/04 Austin City Limits
The Electrifying Conclusion (Guided By Voices The Final Concert)
Live From Austin, TX

Ephemera
"Do The Collapse" bumper sticker
TVT promotional photo
Poster from November 2003 Mpls show
EAT "literary magazine"
GBV keychain bottle opener
2004 GBV Calendar
Final Show Poster
Electrifying Conclusion t-shirt
GBV "Major League Drinking" t-shirt
Guided By Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years Of Hunting Accidents In The Forests Of Rock And Roll (book by James Greer)
GBV shot glass (Plexifilm promo)
From A Compound Eye Keychain (Merge promo)
From A Compound Eye poster (")
From A Compound Eye Button
"U.S. Mustard Co. - Dayton, OH" t-shirt
some magnets

Interests

Alberto Giacommetti, Egon Schiele, Vincent Van Gogh, Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Hieronymus Bosch, Jonathan Borofsky, Alexander Calder, Adrian Tomine, Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware (when they aren't getting all misogynist), Terry Moore, Barry Windsor-Smith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Alan Davis, Paul Smith, Art Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, The Lord of the Rings (in both film and book form), Terry Gilliam, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Guest, Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen (up until about 1996), Martin Scorsese (up to 1993), Patricia Rozema, David Cronenberg, The Onion, Homestar Runner, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Mr. Show, Strangers With Candy, The Prisoner, Twin Peaks, Futurama, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the first five seasons, anyway), Angel, Arrested Development, Mozart, Haydn, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Couperin, Schubert, Chopin, Steve Reich, Vince Guaraldi, Cal Tjader, Bobby Hutcherson, Charles Mingus, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Charlie Christian, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Johnny Griffin, Lester Young, Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott-Heron, Blackalicious, The Coup, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tom Ze, Raymond Scott, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Small Faces, Curt Boettcher, The Left Banke, The Zombies, The Move, The Pretty Things, Love, Donovan, Chad & Jeremy, The Hollies, Brian Wilson, The Clash, The Velvet Underground, John Cale, XTC, Super Furry Animals, Junior Senior, The Flaming Lips, Superchunk, Yo La Tengo, Built To Spill, Stereolab, The Minders, Beulah, Sloan, Spoon, The Shins, The Pixies, Mission of Burma, The Clash, The Go-Betweens, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Dio, Judas Priest, The Hold Steady, Lifter Puller, The Hawaii Show, The Hang Ups, Low, His Name Is Alive, Ida, Rachel's, The Clientele, Damien Jurado, Crooked Fingers, Lisa Germano, Jane Siberry, Mark Kozelek/Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon, Prince, The Replacements, Big Star, Tobin Sprout, and of course Guided By Voices. P.S. also small furry things and flightless waterfowl.