Saturday, August 29, 2009

Best of Robert Pollard (2006 - 2009)






















If it's Monday, that means there's probably some Robert Pollard news to share. Shoot, if it's any day of the week YOU KNOW there will be something Pollardian to share. 'Zero To 99', the new record from Boston Spaceships is set to drop on October 6th. It represents their second release this year and third in the last two years. This also represents the sixth record from Bob & Co. released in 2009 alone. WTF ? How does the inexhaustible deity of rock do it ?
I've heard from the 'Dayton Mafia' that this record will be quintessential Pollard, a record that holds its own alongside the widely acknowledged classics, Guided By Voices' Bee Thousand & Alien Lanes. As much as I'd like to believe it, this can't be true. No way. But we shall see.

If you're already a Pollard fan, you'll understand, and you'll enjoy this. If you already don't like him, then you'll continue in your misguided ways. There are many naysayers that simply don't get or understand him, and they're certainly entitled to their opinion. The typical response is they don't like his music for this or that, lack of gravity, nonsensical lyrics, incomplete songs, blah blah, blah blah blah. C'mon people, it's called Rock n Roll with great melodies. There are also some that feel Bob would benefit from an editor-in-chief. One to keep him in check and oversee that brain of his that contains 'The Book of Rock' Volumes 1-100. Truth be told, I'm somewhat ambivalent of this notion and find myself thinking about it probably more than I should. Buuuut after awhile I come to my senses, quickly jump down off the fence and proclaim f**k it, let him do what he wants. It's like 'learning how to hunt' (no pun intended), to pick and choose and find the treasures hiding deep within.

Which leads me to why I'm here -

The following will be the first-ever Robert Pollard compilation posted on Conqueror of The Moon.
I want to keep it current AND bring the rock.
The twenty tracks presented here were released after 'From A Compound Eye' & 'Normal Happiness'.

(2006-2009)

Things Have Changed (Down in Mexico City) **
Stiff Me **
Death of The Party $$
Symbols and Heads **
Miles Under The Skin ++
Heavy Crown ##
Gratification To Concrete ()
Canned Food Demons ##
Go For The Exit &
Johnny Optimist **
Queen Of Stormy Weather ##
Jimmy **
No Island *
The Original Heart ()
Beauty of the Draft $$
The Killers ^^
Tattered Lily **
The Naked Wall $$
(All You Need) To Know **
Wealth And Hell-Being ()


Robert Pollard - Elephant Jokes **
Boston Spaceships - Planets Are Blasted ##
Robert Pollard - The Crawling Distance *
Robert Pollard - Off To Business ()
Boston Spaceships - Brown Submarine &
The Keene Brothers - Blues and Boogie Shoes $$
Robert Pollard - Coast To Coast Carpet of Love ++
Robert Pollard - Standard Gargoyle Decisions ^^

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2 comments:

Eric said...

Here, here!! Let him do want he wants, man! For every just ok or even downright blah song that springs forth from Bob's insanely prolific noodle, there's a least 2 astonishing, perfectly crafted pop songs. NOBODY has been more consistent in their output over the course of their musical career. EVER! (We'll forgive him Robert Pollard Is Off To Business. Which, as bizarrely mediocre as it might be as a whole, still has a couple great good songs)

Good job on the compilation. The only thing I'd change is replace Beauty Of the Draft with You Must Engage, the most uncharacteristically optimistic song that I believe Bob's ever made. Could be wrong, but that song gets me every time. Tremendous humanity.

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