Hey Dustin, I've been a big fan of your Bob Pollard series. I've only listened to the GBV records and was wondering if you could recommend just a few of his non GBV records for me to start with?
I honestly think you could start with Bob’s first solo album, Not In My Airforce, and just work through the solo albums chronologically. They are all good.
Some specific targets— I’d still say that Not In My Airforce is a great start. After that maybe From A Compound Eye. I also really like the Robert Pollard With Doug Gillard album Speak Kindly Of Your Volunteer Fire Department. At the moment my favorite Circus Devils album is Ataxia. You should Check that out. Boston Spaceships is a great band. Try their albums Zero to 99 and Let it Beard.
If you’ve checked out all, or a lot, of GBV, you are probably familiar with this common Pollard phenomenon where on the first listen the album doesn’t really seem that impressive. Then after a few listens and some time you come back to that album and it hits you— “how could I have ever been so blase about this? These songs are all stone cold classics!”
I honestly have had a moment with every Pollard album where I suddenly realize that it’s brilliant…
Being a fan of Bob is a good thing to be. He consistently delivers the goods.
And thanks for liking all my Pollard posts! I’ve been worried that I’m annoying my followers by being an obsessive fan. It’s good to get a positive reaction.