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Robert "Bob" Nastanovich (born August 27, 1967 in Rochester, New York) is a member of the indie rock band, Pavement, as well as former member of 1990s bands Silver Jews, Ectoslavia, and Pale Horse Riders.
Meeting Pavement's leading man Stephen Malkmus and future Silver Jews leader David Berman at the University of Virginia, the three subsequently moved to Jersey City, NJ, living and working together at various jobs in art galleries (as security guards) and Nastanovich was a bus driver/bus terminal manager in New York City and Hoboken. It was during this period that Malkmus reunited with long time friend Scott Kannberg to create the first (then unofficial) Pavement album Slanted and Enchanted in drummer Gary Young's makeshift home studio. It is during this time also that the seeds for the future Silver Jews (Nastanovich, Malkmus and Berman) were planted.
Nastanovich, upon his introduction to the band in 1990, performed many functions in the band, namely adding backing vocals, percussion, harmonica, and effects based keyboard. Initially, his key role was that of assistant time keeper, effectively focusing the efforts of the distracted and eccentric Young. Nastanovich remained a member of the band after Young left, although Steve West became the new drummer.
Nastanovich sang lead vocals on live performances of the songs 'Debris Slide','Conduit for Sale' and 'Unfair'. He was known for his stage presence and his trademark scream.
Nastanovich is an avid fan of thoroughbred horse racing, both owning, breeding and managing many horses in his current home of Des Moines, Iowa. After Pavement's split, he served as jockey agent for Greta Kuntzweiler and Joe Johnson.
Nastanovich married artist Whitney Grey Courtney on February 21, 2009.
Bob also played drums, etc. on several Silver Jews records. He has tour managed Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Frogs, Huggy Bear, Fila Brazillia (road crew) and Silver Jews. In addition, he has played on recordings by Palace Brothers, Tall Dwarfs and Pale Horse Riders. He is currently employed as a chart caller for Equibase, America's official Horse Racing database, and works at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa in a number of capacities. In addition, he reports on various racetracks for Daily Racing Form as a writer and correspondent.
Bob rejoined Pavement for their worldwide 'Reunion' tour in 2010.
By visiting Epsom Race Course on August 27 of 2012, Nastanovich, celebrating his 45th birthday, became the first known American citizen to attend horse racing fixtures at all sixty British race courses.
- 1991 - Early Times (Silver Jews)
- 1992 - Arizona Record (Silver Jews)
- 1993 - Watery, Domestic EP (Pavement)
- 1994 - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Pavement)
- 1994 - Starlite Walker (Silver Jews)
- 1995 - Vituperate (Pale Horse Riders)
- 1995 - Wowee Zowee (Pavement)
- 1997 - Brighten the Corners (Pavement)
- 1999 - Terror Twilight (Pavement)
- 2005 - Tanglewood Numbers (Silver Jews)