Still the Champ: Uncle Bob!

If you’ve been paying attention this year, you probably know that in 2009 it’s not about quality it’s quantity.  Bands are no longer satisfied to put out an album and maybe a single or an ep and then call it a year.  This year it has been all about inundating you with as many releases as they could fit onto the calendar.  It seemed like every time I turned around Thee Oh Sees were putting out another 7 inch,  or Robert Pollard had a new record.  Pollard is the king of proliferation. The guy is not human.   I’m sure he must know he puts out more records than people can consume, his publishing company is called Need More Songs.  He’s like the Scott Skiles of indie rock.  He may not look like a player, but they guy can rack up the points.

Pollard has been going like this for years, but this year he had some competition.  John Dyer and Dan Melchior both gave a valiant effort to put out more songs and wrest the title from Bob, but in the end both of them didn’t even come close.  Only if they could have combined their efforts they could have won, but only by a little. Yes, Ty Segall, The Fresh and Onlys, Dan Melchior and Thee Oh Sees all had more physical releases than pollard, but none of them came close to him in song total.

This is, of course is very unscientific, and probably does not include all the stuff all these guys have put out, but it’s close.  I feel pretty safe writing this at this point in the year.  What I mean, is I don’t think any of them have anything else slated to come out before the end of the year.  Although, today I did find out that both the Fresh & Onlys and Ty Segall have records coming out before Christmas (both included in the tally). So who knows, tomorrow Dan Melchior could announce a triple album with 40 songs on it.  For the time being this is how it stands: with 23 days left in the match, Pollard is so far ahead nobody will ever catch him. I wish I had some kind of trophy to give the guy.

For those of you keeping score at home, live albums don’t count,  songs on compilations albums count as a half release, while a split EP or 7 inch counts as full release.  The detailed scoring follows.

Robert Pollard
The Crawling Distance (GBV Inc) – 10 tracks
Elephant Jokes (GBV Inc) – 22 tracks
Tug Of War At The Faithful Center (Happy Jack Rock) – 19 tracks
Circus Devils – Gringo (Happy Jack Rock) – 16 tracks
Boston Spaceships – The Planets Are Blasted (GBV Inc) – 14 tracks
Boston Spaceships – Zero to 99 (GBV Inc) – 16 tracks
Cosmos – Jar of Jam Ton of Bricks (Happy Jack Rock) – 14 tracks

Thee Oh Sees
Help (In The Red) – 12 tracks
Zork’s Tape Bruise (Kill Shaman Records) – 31 tracks
Dog Poison (Captured Tracks) – 10 tracks
Tidal Wave (Woodsist) – 2 tracks
Split w/ Jay Reatard (Shattered) – 2 tracks
Split w/ Ty Segall Split (Castle-Face) – 1 track
In the Shadow of the Giant (Sub Pop) – 3 tracks
Blood In Your Ear (Rock Is Hell) – 2 tracks
Split w/ Paul Cary (Stankhouse) – 2 tracks
The World’s Lousy With Ideas Volume 8 – 1 track

Dan Melchior
Thankyou Very Much 2LP (SS) – 16 tracks
Obscured by Fuzz (Topplers) – 14 tracks
Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue – o clouds unfold – 2LP (Hook or Crook) – 23 tracks
Mr Oblivion (Columbus Discount) – 2 tracks
The Post Office Line (Columbus Discount) 2 tracks
Split 45 w/ Fresh & Onlys (Volar) – 2 tracks
It’s a terrible shame (Dull Knife) – 2 tracks
Dim Are the Lights (Convulsive)  – 2 tracks
Skulls Without Borders (Siltbreez) -1 track

Ty Segall
Horn the Unicorn (HBSP-2X) – 19 tracks
Lemons (Goner) – 12 tracks
Reverse Shark Attack w/Mikal Cronin (Kill Shaman) – 10 tracks

Split w/ Black Time (Telephone Explosion) – 7 tracks

Cents (Goner) – 3 tracks
Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin – Pop Song (Goodbye Boozy Records) – 3 tracks
Split w Thee Oh Sees (Castle-Face) – 1 track
Universal Momma (True Panther) – 2 tracks
Ty Segall – My Sunshine (Trouble In Mind) – 3 tracks

The Fresh & Onlys
Grey-Eyed Girls (Woodsist)  – 12 tracks
The Fresh & Onlys (Castle Face) – 14 tracks

I’ll Tell You Everything & I Saw You Seeing Me (Dirty Knobby) – 3 tracks
The Fresh & Onlys (Chuffed) – 4 traks
Laughter is Contagious (Trouble In Mind) – 2 tracks
Split w/Dan Melchior (Volar) – 2 tracks
Second One to Know/Hated or Loved (Woodsist) – 2 tracks

Bomb Wombs (Fuck It Tapes) – 10 tracks

Kurt Vile
God Is Saying This To You (Mexican Summer) – 12 tracks
Childish Prodigy (Matador) – 9 tracks

The Hunchback EP (Richie) – 6 tracks

Fall Demons (Skulltones) – 5 tracks
He’s All Right (Matador) – 3 tracks

Meet the Philly Elite (K-RAA-K) – 1 track

The Intelligence
Fake Surfers (In the Red) – 12 tracks
Crepuscule with Pacman  (Born Bad) – 12 tracks

Reading and Writing About Partying (Raw Deluxe Records) – 2 tracks
Split w/ Crash Normal (Compost Modern Art) – 1 track
Split w/ Unnatural Helpers (Dirty Knobby) – 3 tracks

The World’s Lousy With Ideas Volume 8 – 1 track

Blank Dogs
Under the Under 2LP (In the Red) – 20 tracks

Seconds (Captured Tracks) – 4 tracks

In Here (Down In the Ground) – 2 tracks
Slow Room / Anywhere (Captured Tracks) – 2 tracks
Waiting (In the Red) – 2 tracks

The World’s Lousy With Ideas Volume 8 – 1 track

Ganglians (Woodsist) – 8 tracks
Monster Head Room (Weird Forest) – 11 tracks

Split w/ Eat Skull (Dulcitone) – 1 track
Blood On the Sand (Capured Tracks) – 2 tracks


  1. Rick · December 9, 2009

    You forgot to include that Ty Segall LP (a retrospective of cassette-only material) on HBSP-2X. Also, The Intelligence 7″ called “What Kind of Wine Goes With Eggs?” (or words to that effect).

    The best of these releases are actually all about quality, too!

    • Toby · December 9, 2009

      I’ll add that Ty Segall record in. That gives him 19 more songs, moving him into 4th place and overtaking the Fresh & Onlys. As for that Intelligence 7″, it came out at the end of last year. I remember buying it from them at a gig here in Seattle right after x-mas.
      And I agree with you about the quality (mostly), and I own way too many of them, but not that Ty Segall record obviously.

  2. jacob · December 9, 2009

    In Here (Down In the Ground) – 2 tracks
    Slow Room / Anywhere (Captured Tracks) – 2 tracks

    These are technically the same release. So lower that track count by 2.

    • Toby · December 9, 2009

      Has Down In the Ground ever actually released anything or is that label a total scam? Blank Dogs have been docked 2, putting them behind the Intelligence.

      • Rick · December 9, 2009

        That Down in the Ground 7″ does indeed exist.

  3. bill p · December 10, 2009

    You could also count Tim Cohen’s “solo” album… I have a feeling there’s more than a couple F&O’s tracks that are just him anyway.

    • Toby · December 13, 2009

      I guess I should asterisk the Fresh & Onlys. This is becoming like baseball statistics, though I’m guessing Cohen wasn’t on steroids when he made his solo record.

  4. jason · December 14, 2009

    Manual Zombie -5 albums, 66 songs. At least tied with Thee Oh Sees.

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