Bob Nastanovich

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Bob Nastanovich
Birth nameRobert Nastanovich
Born (1967-08-27) August 27, 1967 (age 54)
Rochester, New York, United States
GenresRock, indie rock
InstrumentsVocals, percussion, harmonica, keyboard
Years activeroughly 1989–present
LabelsDrag City, Domino

Robert Nastanovich (born August 27, 1967) is an American musician and member of the indie rock band Pavement, as well as a former member of Silver Jews, Ectoslavia, Pale Horse Riders, and Misshapen Lodge.


Bob Nastanovich was born in Rochester, New York. When he was in middle school, his family moved to the town of Richmond, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia, where he met Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and future Silver Jews leader David Berman. The three moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, living and working together at various jobs in art galleries (as security guards) and Nastanovich as a bus driver/bus terminal manager in New York City and Hoboken. It was during this period that Malkmus reunited with longtime friend Scott Kannberg to create the first (then unofficial) Pavement album Slanted and Enchanted in drummer Gary Young's makeshift home studio. It is also during this time 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 – namely 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.[1] 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's known for his stage presence and his trademark scream.[1]

Nastanovich also played 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. Nastanovich is also a sometime member of the improvising post-rock-ish band Misshapen Lodge, formed in Hull on one of his visits to the city.

He rejoined Pavement for their worldwide "Reunion" tour in 2010.[2]

He currently cohosts The 3 Songs Podcast with Mike Hogan [3] and runs Broker's Tip Records [4] who release 7-inch singles.

Horse racing[edit]

Nastanovich is a fan of thoroughbred horse racing, and owns, breeds and manages 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Nastanovich married artist Whitney Grey Courtney on February 21, 2009.[6]

He is currently employed as a chart caller for Equibase,[7] and works at Prairie Meadows[8] in Altoona, Iowa. He also reports on various racetracks for the Daily Racing Form as a writer and correspondent.[9]

By visiting Epsom Race Course on August 27, 2012, Nastanovich, celebrating his 45th birthday, became the first known American citizen to attend horse racing fixtures at all 60 British race courses.[citation needed]

As of 2020, Nastanovich resides in Louisville, KY.[10]


With Pavement[edit]



With Silver Jews[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Arizona Record (1992)


  • Early Times (2011)



  • 2018 – Vocals on the song Send In The Drums (Turnstyle)


  1. ^ a b "'It Hasn't Been a Disaster'". January 10, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Pavement Reunion Tour Confirmed For 2010". MTV. September 17, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
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  4. ^ name="Broker's Tip Website"> Retrieved February 28, 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Greta Kuntzweiler's second chance | Daily Racing Form". Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Strange Beauty ShowThanks everyone for coming out to Strange Beauty Show's gallery/holiday event last night!..." Strange Beauty Show. Archived from the original on February 23, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Horse Racing | Horse Racing Entries | Horse Racing Results | Past Performances &#124". Archived from the original on August 31, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Ez Dreamer, Prairie Meadows, Iowa Sprint Handicap, Euphony, Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup, horse racing, horse – ESPN". June 28, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Bob Nastanovich | Daily Racing Form". Retrieved August 18, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Testing Grounds for indie greatness". UVA Magazine. Retrieved June 3, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)