In 2012, Dayton's finest, Guided by Voices, released three full-length albums, an impressive feat even for the megaprolific indie-rock pioneers. Last year was slightly less productive for Mr. Robert Pollard and the gang, with only one album out and a mere two live appearances (the Denver and Chicago Riot Fest dates
). Over the course of 2013, it seemed like the band might once again come to an end: drummer Kevin Fennell was booted from the group
, and Pollard stated in an interview that he was considering pulling the GBV plug
. But 2014 is looking to play out differently, with two GBV records already on deck, the first of which, Motivational Jumpsuit
, is slated to come out on 2/18. Today's 12 O'Clock Track
is "Littlest League Possible," Jumpsuit
's first single, and a very welcome return for what is quite possibly my favorite band ever. In classic Guided by Voices form, "Littlest League Possible" starts with a perfect and catchy melody, then piles on more hooks throughout its brief duration. In fact, the only bad thing to say about this gem—probably the most "classic"-sounding GBV track in years—is that it's too damn short.