Stealing an idea that has already been appropriated by a few and will likely be swiped by many more, I am starting this blog with the goal of writing about every Guided by Voices and/or Robert Pollard song that has been released. I’m not sure if he was the first, but my direct inspiration comes from Matthew Perpetua’s new blog Pop Songs 07, appropriately subtitled, “I’ll write about every R.E.M. song, eventually.”
Wanting to do something similar, I thought about what artist would be worthy of such scrutiny. As a huge fan who owns nearly everything Pollard has released under dozens of names, I quickly hit up on the idea for My Impression Now. As with Matthew’s blog, I’ll write about what I want when I want. That means I’ll hop around from release to release and song to song, with no regular publication schedule. This will take a while: the extremely helpful Guided by Voices Database lists 1163 songs, 13 of them being covers. Pollard plans to release another six on the Fading Captain Series best-of Crickets later this month, and future releases are always just weeks away.
I wholeheartedly encourage comments; the best thing about the web when it comes to music is engaging in a dialogue that helps to enhance understanding and enjoyment.