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David Grubbs


A Guess At The Riddle


Electronic / Rock

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1861 mb

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4.6 ✱


Post Rock



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David Grubbs - A Guess At The Riddle album download

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Knight Errant 4:14
2 A Cold Apple 4:41
3 Wave Generators
Words By – Rick Moody
4 Magnificence As Such
Words By, Music By – Mayo Thompson
5 The Neophyte 4:34
6 Rosie Ruiz 1:15
7 You'll Never Tame Me 2:01
8 Your Neck In The Woods 3:18
9 One Way Out Of The Maze 3:15
10 Pangolin 1:53
11 Hurricane Season 8:43
12 Coda (Breathing) 5:19

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Small Music Theatre
  • Recorded At – Studio G, Brooklyn, NY
  • Recorded At – Cocoon Studio
  • Recorded At – Wombat Recording Co.
  • Recorded At – The Bubble House
  • Recorded At – Studio 423, Brooklyn
  • Mastered At – Micro-Moose
  • Manufactured By – Sonopress – 51075948


  • Cello – Nikos Veliotis (tracks: 3 to 5, 11)
  • Composed By, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Bass, Computer, Piano, Harmonium, Recorded By [Additional] – David Grubbs
  • Drums – Thomas Belhom (tracks: 8, 11)
  • Drums, Percussion – Adam Pierce (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10)
  • Electronics, Guitar, Whistle [Slide] – Matmos (tracks: 7, 11)
  • Mastered By – Doug Henderson
  • Other [Processing] – Steve Roden (tracks: 12)
  • Recorded By – Joel Hamilton
  • Recorded By [Additional] – Bruno Green, Ross Bonadonna, Steve Roden
  • Sleeve – Kim Hiorthøy
  • Vocals – Hannah Marcus (tracks: 1, 2, 11)


Recorded late 2003 at Studio G, Brooklyn. Additional recording at Cocoon Studio, Rennes, France; Wombat Recording Co., Brooklyn; The Bubble House, Pasadena; and at Studio 423, Brooklyn, and Small Music Theatre, Athens. Mastered at micro-moose.
All compositions by David Grubbs except as noted.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (printed on rear spine of inlay): 600116993328
  • Matrix / Runout: [Sonopress logo] 51075948/FATCD33 23
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LB 45
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0725

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
PCD-23503 David Grubbs A Guess At The Riddle ‎(CD, Album) P-Vine Records PCD-23503 Japan 2004
FATLP33 David Grubbs A Guess At The Riddle ‎(LP, Album) FatCat Records FATLP33 UK 2004
FATCD33P David Grubbs A Guess At The Riddle ‎(CD, Album, Promo) FatCat Records FATCD33P UK 2004
DC266CD David Grubbs A Guess At The Riddle ‎(CD, Album) Drag City DC266CD US 2004

David Grubbs (born September 21, 1967), composer, guitarist, pianist, and vocalist, was a founding member of Squirrel Bait, Bastro, and Gastr del Sol. He has also played in Codeine, The Red Krayola, Bitch Magnet and The Wingdale Community Singers. Grubbs' first band was a brief-lived punk/new wave group called The Happy Cadavers that released the four-song 7" record With Illustrations in 1982.

On A Guess at the Riddle, Grubbs eases further into the deep-end of his pristine poppiness- which is not to say that our master of ceremonies has left behind off-color time signatures, spacy repetitions, or heady lyrical introversion. Even with his tempered outbursts restrained, and despite the lyrical hail storms, this is Grubbs' most straightforward and upbeat album.

David Grubbs has a chequered two decades behind him. He debuted in the teenage Kentucky punk band Squirrel Bait, consolidated the post-rock sound with Bastro, carved out an avant-folk niche with Jim O'Rourke in Gastr del Sol, and has collaborated with left-field legends such as the Red Krayola. His ninth solo album brims with apparent contradictions.

Perhaps best known for being a frequent Jim O'Rourke collaborator, I shouldn't be as surprised as I am that David Grubbs' new album reminds me more of an O'Rourke, and occasionally recent Sonic Youth, album than anything else. Does that make any sense? Not necessarily, but its hard for anyone to look at a one time peer, who's now being showered with acclaim that far outstrips what they themselves receive, and not say "What are they doing that I'm not?!" Hell, it could be said that Grubbs was O'Rourke's clear superior in the Gastr del Sol days.

Grubbs has become something of a legend in cognoscenti music circles - and yet somehow awareness of how actually pop this music is has remained consigned t. Hearing this is something akin to checking the Go Betweens for the first time, or perhaps the more personal Elliot Smith pieces, shown of the mccartney fixation. Sure his voice isn't a crystalline faultless thing, but thats predominantly what makes this album so approachable and downright enjoyable.

Creep Mission by David Grubbs, released 22 September 2017 1. Slylight 2. Creep Mission 3. The Bonapartes of Baltimore 4. Jeremiadaic 5. Jack Dracula in a Bar 6. Return of the Creep 7. The C In Certain Your Creep Mission, should you choose to accept it: ed guitar instrumentals featuring Grubbs and "Prismrose" collaborator Eli Kenzler, with Nate Wooley and Jan St. Werner. File under: melancholy raga, sludge-rock, pointalistic electroacoustics and nylon string minatures. Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Purchasable with gift card. Record/Vinyl + Digital Album. Includes unlimited streaming of Creep Mission via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. ships out within 7 days.

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