Elephant 6 founding band The Apples in Stereo gathered sixteen tracks from their six albums of psychedelic indie pop for the best-of collection #1 Hits Explosion, and they didn’t do it just by getting rid of the non-Pythagorean bits from New Magnetic Wonder. With no track list yet made public, fans can play the fun parlor game of guessing what bandleader and songwriter Robert Schneider chose for his own all-Apples mixtape. Fans also know he had plenty to choose from, but if “I Can’t Believe” isn’t on there I will rend my garments.
Greatest hits albums are often dismissed as the music equivalent of bologna–processed, generic, devoid of taste–but Guided by Voices did one, and both they and the Apples in Stereo made it their job to craft short bursts of pop perfection. The best-of collection precedes a new album that Schneider and The Apples plan to release in 2010. “We are currently working on an album of soul music,” says Schneider, “filtered through a UFO.”
The album #1 Hits Explosion comes out September 1 on Yep Roc.