March 28, 2009

buried in the ground long before me


A.A. Bondy is fast becoming my new favorite artist, and unreleased songs like these from his Daytrotter session last summer scrape at my insides. As I listen to them today in a quiet house, snow sparkling clean in the bright sunlight, something inside of me immediately identifies with the high lonesome harmonica and the roughed-up weariness in the vocals.

Bondy writes, “This song feels like it was buried in the ground long before me and my shovel just happened to strike it one day.” Yeah, and it’s oddly a story of a vampire and an alienation from the world — the sleeping during the day and the going out at night looking for a quenching to the thirst. Never thought I would identify but somehow I do… and there is the mark of a great, great song.

Oh The Vampyre (unreleased, live on Daytrotter) – A.A. Bondy

And one more, about black haired girls and layin’ among the pines as the night comes rolling in.

Among The Pines (unreleased, live on Daytrotter) – A.A. Bondy

Go and get the rest of the set for free on Daytrotter.

A.A. Bondy is playing Sasquatch Festival on Memorial Day weekend. Anyone up for another roadtrip?

[image credit Jonathan Purvis]

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  • This guy sure know how to turn a lyric, thanks.

    kired — March 29, 2009 @ 5:39 am

  • Delighted to hear you say this. I discovered him in last year’s SXSW feed and am now addicted. Gorgeous, gorgeous songwriting.

    Rob Hyndman — March 29, 2009 @ 11:02 am

  • Good call. He is awesome.

    James in SC — March 29, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

  • Heather, any plans to come back to Texas for the ACL fest?

    J — March 29, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  • I looooove that version of “Among the Pines.” Prolly my most-listened to track on the Itunes.

    zh — March 29, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  • Another great recommendation. I love his voice.

    Mark — March 29, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

  • [...] Johnny D on Mar.30, 2009, under music All thanks to Heather from the site I AM FUEL, YOU ARE FRIENDS for tipping me off to singer/songwriter A.A. Bondy’s set over on DAYTROTTER SESSIONS.  If [...]

    A.A. Bondy mp3’s! - The Mediaphiles — March 30, 2009 @ 11:22 am

  • if you are feeling his solo stuff you have GOT to go back and get the Verbena album Souls For Sale. A classic…

    Jenni Sperandeo — March 30, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  • can u publish the lyrics of Oh the Vampyre please

    kim — May 26, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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