Monday, January 05, 2009

Checking In With Bob Pollard

It's been a few months since we heard anything from Bob Pollard (to wit, the strong Boston Spaceships LP), and it occurred to me that we should probably be expecting something new from him before too long. So imagine my surprise when I went over to Bob's website and discovered that he has three brand new releases.

The first is a Boston Spaceships 7" called Headache Revolution with 3 brand new tracks which came out last week.

The second is a brand new Bob solo disc called The Crawling Distance which comes out on Tuesday, January 20th (Inauguration Day!). Here's how Rockathon describes the new album:
From the stately Kraut-rock chug of the album opener, "Faking My Harlequin", to the schizo-frenetic closing track "Too Much Fun," with structural u-turns piled on top of tempo shifts, The Crawling Distance is unlike any Pollard album you've heard before. With 10 tracks, most clocking in at 3 and 4+ minutes, highlights include the gorgeous "It's Easy", a rare Pollard ballad (albeit a ballad with creepy oddball imagery) and "The Butler Stands For All Of Us", a subtle, melancholy song that ranks among Pollard's best ever.
And here's the first track from the album, called "Imaginary Queen Anne".

Both releases can be purchased, as always, via Rockathon Records.

Oh, and if that weren't enough, Boston Spaceships (which features Bob, Chris Slusarenko and John Moen) is releasing its second LP, The Planets Are Blasted, on February 17th. The album features guest spots by Greg Demos of Guided by Voices (!!!), Gary Jarman of the Cribs, and Chris Funk of the Decemberists. Can't wait.

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