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The New Theory Of Everything

Mars Classroom

Released: 03/29/2011
Format: CD
Label: Happy Jack Rock Records
Catalog #: HJRR-26
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 11
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Release Info: Robert Pollard is no stranger to Mars. As a precocious earthling, he wrote one of his first songs about the red planet, and even though Bob’s a peaceful man, the God of War’s favorite celestial body keeps orbiting through his deep-space consciousness (see Pinball Mars, “Queen of Mars”). Is the constellation Ursa Major even in the same quadrant of the sky as Mars? Ask an amateur astronomer like Gary Waleik, stellar singer / guitarist of Boston’s inimitable purveyors of experimental pop, Big Dipper. How these two astral music-makers wound up together in a classroom on the fabled planet of little green men and came up with The New Theory of Everything is anyone’s guess. Oxygen tanks? Solaris-era spacesuits? Floating in a tin can far above the earth? However their minds melded, one wonders what they left on the blackboard as they worked out their hypothesis. Given the scope and beauty of the resulting music, it’s surely a formula for perfect song-craft.

The eleven tracks Pollard and Waleik beamed down to our humble blue planet for Mars Classroom’s debut LP range from the irrepressibly hooky, guitar-driven “New Theory” to the trippy moodiness of “Paint the Rocks” and the Brit-chime riffing and dirty-sweet harmonies of “It Had to Come From Somewhere.” The last track, an achingly languorous and slow-burning masterpiece called “Wish You Were Young,” features Pollard’s uncanny ability to put words together that can break your heart without plying a single sentimental cliché. The Hindi name for Mars comes from the Sanskrit word mangalam, meaning auspicious. It’s clear that this music from a distant planet came together under a very good sign.

From Blurt Online: Robert Pollard is no stranger to Mars. As a precocious earthling, he wrote one of his first songs about the red planet and even though Bob's a peaceful man, the God of War's favorite celestial body keeps orbiting through his deep-space consciousness (see Pinball Mars, "Queen of Mars"). Is the constellation Ursa Major even in the same quadrant of the sky as Mars? Ask an amateur astronomer like Gary Waleik, stellar singer-guitarist of Boston's inimitable purveyors of experimental pop, Big Dipper (a band that, according to hearsay, comes in at number 20 on Mr. Pollard's list of favorite groups. Number 19? T. Rex). How these two astral music-makers wound up together in a classroom on the fabled planet of little green men and came up with "The New Theory of Everything" is anyone's guess. Oxygen tanks? Solaris-era spacesuits? Floating in a tin can far above the earth? However their minds melded, I'd like to see what they left on the blackboard as they worked out their hypothesis. Given the scope and beauty of the resulting music, it's surely a formula for perfect song-craft. The eleven tracks Pollard and Waleik beamed down to our humble blue planet for Mars Classroom's debut LP range from the irrepressibly hooky, guitar-driven "New Theory" to the trippy moodiness of "Paint the Rocks" and the Brit-chime riffing and dirty-sweet harmonies of "It Had To Come From Somewhere." The last track, an achingly languorous and slow-burning masterpiece called "Wish You Were Young," features Robert Pollard's uncanny ability to put words together that can break your heart without plying a single sentimental cliche. The Hindi name for Mars comes from the Sanskrit word "mangalam" meaning auspicious. It's clear that this music from a distant planet came together under a very good sign.
The New Theory Of Everything
1.   New Theory 3:26
2.   Man.Wine.Power! 2:47
3.   There Never Was A Sea Of Love 3:40
4.   Pre-Med's A Trip 3:06
5.   I Am An All-Star 3:22
6.   Dr. Newpile (Can You Guess Him) 3:24
7.   Paint The Rocks 2:54
8.   (It's Good To Be) Bug Boy 3:12
9.   Lumps 3:56
10.  It Had To Come From Somewhere 2:51
11.  Wish You Were Young 3:38
Total Length: 36:16
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Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Happy Jack Rock Records - HJRR-26 [LP] (U.S.A.) 11

Album Credits
Artwork/Design
Role Name
Art Robert Pollard
Design Robert Beerman
Musician
Role Name
Bass Guitar Gary Waleik
Drums Robert Beerman
Guitar Gary Waleik
Keyboards Gary Waleik
Lyrics Robert Pollard
Melodies Robert Pollard
Music Gary Waleik
Vocals Robert Pollard
Production
Role Name
Engineer (Music) Gary Waleik
Engineer (Vocals) Todd Tobias
Mastering Chris Keffer
Mixing (Music) Gary Waleik
Mixing (Vocals) Todd Tobias
Studio
Role Name
Mastering Location Magnetic North - Cleveland, OH
Mixing Location (Music) The Command Module - Natick, MA
Mixing Location (Vocals) Waterloo Sound - Brecksville, OH
Recording Location (Music) The Command Module - Natick, MA
Recording Location (Vocals) Waterloo Sound - Brecksville, OH
Publishing
Role Name
Publisher Command Module Music
Publisher Needmore Songs
Songwriter Gary Waleik
Songwriter Robert Pollard
Other
Role Name
Additional Album Text "A Factory Of Raw Essentials Product"