I appreciate Pollard more and more as the years go by. There was a 10 year span where every song he put out was just gold. The guy was tapped into some kind of muse...
And there is so much of it out there. It would be a gross understatement to say that it varies widely in quality. The guy clearly spent a lot of time drinking and recording everything that popped into his head. But I'm listening to a lot of their albums that I didn't listen to much when they first came out and finding that they compare pretty favorably to the ones I did. Under the Bushes Under the Stars, Mag Earwhig, Isolation Drills and even Earthquake Glue are all full of killer songs.
Their show in 2000 was one of the best shows I ever saw. It was like Live at Leeds but in a mid sized club. I never saw the "classic" line up and I doubt they were as impressive.