Posted in MP3 | To Do | music on December 12, 2007

DOWNLOAD: AA Bondy - There's a Reason (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: AA Bondy - Vice Rag (MP3)

AA Bondy

Summer's going to fade soon, the leaves will change and Michigan will be at its absolute most beautiful before we get buried in winter. Bondy's sparse folk rock will make a nice soundtrack for that transition, like Springsteen's Nebraska or Will Oldham's Days in the Wake. The other artist that comes to mind here is Steve Earle.... [3Hive]
American Hearts is the name of the album, and though I'm not as obsessed as a few people I know (one who ranks "American Hearts" the 2nd best album of 2007 - he has Radiohead at #1), AA Bondy's new album has quickly made its way into my regular listening this week. At the moment I keep going back and forth between that, and Deer Tick's War Elephant. AA takes a little precedence though because I'm still trying to decide if I should go see him at Mercury Lounge tonight (12/12) - it helps that Jaymay is opening, not to mention Wakey!Wakey & Jukebox the Ghost both also playing the show.

AA BondyA couple more key points...

  • I haven't figured out what AA's opinion of Jesus is yet, but he does mention him a lot
    On the spiritual "Rapture," Bondy sings "I don't want to talk about Jesus, just want to see his face/ The trees are swinging like hanging men, and I just want to see his face/ And rapture, sweet rapture, won't you lay your hands on me/ For I am blind." [Captain Obvious]
    Not that I care, but you might.
  • AA Bondy was in the band Verbena, which I didn't know at first. You probably wouldn't have known by just listening either...
    Listen to American Hearts without any prior knowledge of its creator, and you'd never guess that A.A. Bondy is the former singer of rock band, Verbena. Then known as Scott Bondy, it is said that the A.A. stands for August Arthur. It's this odd elusiveness that adds to the mystique of his solo debut. After detaching from his grunge-rock roots, Bondy has reinvented his identity, morphing into a Bible belt preacher man with songs drenched in religious imagery...." [Junk Media]
    Not that I care about that either, but it's kind of interesting.
Live videos below....

Killed Myself When I Was Young

Vice Rag

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Comments (12)

yay i love him

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2007 2:35 PM

from what I gathered from the interview he did with me, he's not particularly religious, but more interested in religious symbolism. really nice guy, by the way.

Posted by captain obvious | December 12, 2007 3:26 PM

"I don't want to talk about Jesus, I just want to see his face" is a citation from the Stones.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2007 4:05 PM

He's a brother-in-law of The Felice Brothers. Also, Ian Felice did the artwork for his cover...

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2007 5:48 PM

3HIVE is great. Never bratty comments. Just an informative and spot-on site.

I saw AA play with Felice Brothers at the Southpaw during the cmj music festival. It was breathtaking. Felice Brothers were just as good.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2007 6:11 PM

I'm not sure who gets credit for the "second best release of 2007" comment, but it could have been me. We may be the online promo company for this album, and so I'm expected to say this, but this record hits me in a way that few records do and it truly is in my top five releases for this year from anyone. Auguste's stage presentation is captivating, and he's a nice guy to be around. What more can you ask for? I was/am a Verbena fan, but this is...better.

Posted by dhuman | December 13, 2007 6:13 AM

This guy is fucking great.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2007 10:48 AM

This is a great album. He's playing a sold out show on Feb 1 at mercury lounge, i could only hope to go...

Posted by Ampersanderson | January 14, 2008 12:25 AM

American Hearts -album of the year in my opinion.

Posted by wojt | February 8, 2008 3:00 AM

lot of recent comments here...

Scott's a good dude. I love the production on this album but not all the songs really hit me until he played in Birmingham (his hometown) a few months back with the Felice Brothers. It was a breathtaking performance.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 5:20 PM

Saw him Sunday night with the Weakerthans up in Buffalo. Just a breathtaking performance. As soon as he started playing you knew you were seeing something special. The record doesn't do him justice.

Posted by Josh | April 15, 2008 8:07 AM

I'm hearing you all the way down here in New Zealand as well mate! Good sounds, looking forward to hear more.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2009 6:09 AM

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