If you're skeptical of yet another posthumous Hendrix release, you should be; the list of "archival" stuff that's been pinched off in the 43 years since Hendrix' death is littered with shoddy quality bootleg material and inessential, often redundant crap, the sheer quantity of which greatly outpaces the (occasionally transcendent) worthwhile stuff by a large margin. Sure, I'm definitely a sucker for unreleased / archival stuff, but this release works surprisingly well on its own as a cohesive album. Comprised mostly of material Hendrix was working on as a follow up to Electric Ladyland, People, Hell and Angels allows the listener a rare glimpse at what might have been had the allure of heroin and pills been less fiendish.
Dead Mellotron - (is it) EP
"The student has become... the teacher." Well, not exactly, but I definitely prefer this EP of hazy, Loveless-indebted shoegaze to this year's actual MBV album.
The Sunflower Logic - Clouds on the Polar Landscape EP
An off-the-cuff Robert Pollard side project featuring GbV bassist Greg Demos on drums and Bob's brother Jim on guitar, this sounds as though it was entirely improvised on the spot during a drunken jam session. Unfortunately, nary a moment of memorable music results. If you're familiar with Bob's 2005 Moping Swans project, this is somewhat similar, but way worse. Uncle Bob has often been paraphrased as boasting he "could write five songs while sitting on the toilet, and three of them will be good," although this is a project that should've been flushed in its entirety.
What is Sunflower Logic? And does that say Clouds on the Polar?? What the hell is going on here???
Apparently, it's a new Robert Pollard side project that will be coming out in '13 after GbV's upcoming English Little League album drops at the end of April, according to Rockathon Records' Facebook Page.
No word yet as to whether it's one of Bob's "thru the mail" collaborations, which involve another artist providing the musical bedding for / mailing the musical bedding to Bob, who then dubs his vocals over the top of said bedding.
A few of those:
Airport 5 - Bob and Tobin Sprout
Keene Brothers - Bob and Tommy Keene
Lifeguards - Bob and Doug Gillard (the Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department album was also completed this way)
Mars Classroom - Bob and Gary Waleik from Big Dipper
Cosmos - Bob and Richard Davies
Phantom Tollbooth / Beard of Lightning - I'm kinda cheating here - Bob recorded his vocals over a previously released Phantom Tollbooth album
probably some others I'm forgetting
So, new side project, and Bob's collaborating with someone... but who? Stay tuned....