A. A. Bondy

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I actually really enjoyed this show – I got to play Barenaked Ladies, pretend to decode digital messages and discovered Momus & John Henriksson – but all that’s mattered since is that I set up a competition to win Josh T. Pearson’s Last of the Country Gentlemen. The problem is, I paid for the prize, so if I really wanted people to actually enter it, and so I’ve ended up spamming my way across Twitter like a gigantic, self-obsessed Josh T. Pearson fan.


You can enter the competition until about 7pm GMT tomorrow (the 21st) by emailing the name of his old band to thefolkbloke[at]gmail.com, by the way.

Josh T. Pearson – O Holy Night

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This is a week late, but technically it doesn’t matter because my computer exploded violently this week and so I didn’t do a show. There are a fair few new bands’ tracks on last week’s show and, whilst I urge you to listen to me talk about them, I thought I’d give them some extra airing as the appendix to this post. As such, I will only be offering blanket criticism to all of them, and in order to learn more about my thoughts, you have to listen to this week’s show. Clever, eh?

All of these tracks are “well good”.

Howth – Deep In Your Heart (YSI) [Bandcamp]
The Skeleton Dead – Drifting Into the Unreal (YSI) [Bandcamp]

Bird – Phantoms [Website]

Sound and the Urgency – Harrowdown Hill [Bandcamp]

Netherlands – Something or Nothing [Website]

Today, whilst simultaneously walking the dog and ploughing through the ever-increasing number of mp3s I needlessly download daily, I came across a song that was perfectly apposite for the view I was experiencing, and vice versa. A.A. Bondy’s ‘There’s A Reason’ came to me through the medium of the powerfully tasteful James, writer of Pop Headwound, and immediately struck me as the kind of song I had to explain through the use of a visual metaphor.

That hastily taken cameraphone shot above is the best I could do on short notice.

You see, ‘There’s A Reason’ is as functional a track as the weather, a gently plodding Americana-inflected folk track – unembellished, almost invisible. That is, unless you listen closely. Those shards of wonderful sunlight against dark clouds and green fields are as thrilling to me as hearing lines like ‘the bar room is filled with the joy of making old friends‘, perfect moments of clarity set against what could otherwise be barely noticeable. Mini-moments of transcendence like that are what make some music better than the rest, and sometimes it takes something other than your ears to work that out.

A.A. Bondy – There’s A Reason (YSI)