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DOWNLOAD: A.A. Bondy - I Can See the Pines Are Dancing (MP3)

AA Bondy

In the mid- to late 1990s, Birmingham was a hot spot for music, thanks to the band Verbena - a three-piece band featuring Scott Bondy, Anne Marie Griffin and Les Nuby. There were other members throughout the band's existence, but those three took Verbena to the edge of - dare I say it - stardom. Featured on magazine covers as the savior of rock 'n' roll and the next Nirvana, Verbena released one EP and four full-length albums, including the mind-blowing "Souls for Sale."

The best show I ever saw was not much of a show, thanks to the PA blowing up mid-set. Still, the four or five songs the band played at Birmingham's City Stages that night rocked and sort of changed my life.

Not long after the magazine covers and hype, the band drifted apart, however. Bondy is back - now going by AA Bondy - with the raucous rock behind him; redeemed (if you will), but with the storytelling still in his soul. [Gadsden Times]

The connection between AA Bondy and his old Verbena bandmate Les, now in Vulture Whale, has was recently discussed here. Vulture Whale will actually be back in NYC to play a CMJ show at Trash Bar on October 24th.

AA Bondy's European tour kicks off October 12th and runs through the month. In November, he'll return to the US for shows, many of which are in the South, that lead up to a December 9th headlining gig at Bowery Ballroom with Willy Mason. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, October 9th at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.

AA Bondy's last NYC show was on September 9th at Mercury Lounge. Clips from that gig and all tour dates are below...

A.A. Bondy - Black Rain (clip)

A.A. Bondy - Rapture (clip)

A.A. Bondy - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct. 12 Berlin, GERmany-Lido
Oct. 13 Hamburg, Germany-Ubel
Oct. 14 Cologne(Koln), Germany-Kulturkirche
Oct. 15 Munich, Germany-Atomic
Oct. 17 Leeds, UK, Brudenell
Oct. 18 Dublin, Ireland-Whelans
Oct. 19 Birmingham, UK-Glee Club
Oct. 20 Manchester, UK-Academy 3
Oct. 21 London, UK-The Social
Oct. 22 London, UK-Shepherds Bush Empire
Oct. 24 Amsterdam, Netherlands-Paradiso (upstairs)
Oct. 26 Utrecht, Netherlands-Tivoli
Oct. 27 Frankfurt, Germany-Batschkapp
Nov. 01 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage
Nov. 03 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
Nov. 04 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
Nov. 05 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Nov. 06 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe 11
Nov. 07 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Nov. 09 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
Nov. 10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
Nov. 11 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish
Nov. 12 - Houston, Tx - Walters on Washington
Nov. 13 - Austin, Tx - The Parish
Nov. 14 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Room
Nov. 16 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz
Nov. 17 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
Nov. 18 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Nov. 19 - Bloomington, IN - Video Saloon
Nov. 20 - St. Louis, MO - Gargoyle Club
Nov. 21 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Dec. 09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

Vulture Whale - 2009 Tour Dates
10/10/09 Nashville, TN The Basement
10/23/09 Macon, GA The Hummingbird w/ The Dexateens
10/24/09 Brooklyn, NY The Trash Bar
12/04/09 Birmingham, AL The Nick
12/26/09 Birmingham, AL Bottletree

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Comments (4)

Awesome. So glad to see he's doing well. I hope for his continues success, though please don't play anything bigger than Bowery.

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Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 11:06 AM

Thanks for sharing. His music will continue to rock!

Posted by lv sale | October 18, 2009 8:59 AM

I’ve been a huge fan of Verbena since before they were Verbena–previously known as both Shallow and Volume. Effing great. Always were. However, the band was comprised of four people up until 1998: Bondy, Griffin, Nuby, and bassist Daniel Johnston, who cowrote and recorded the legendary Pilot Park EP and Souls For Sale. It was after he left the band that the rotating door bit started.

Anyway, he, too, has done quite a bit since leaving the band. I think he’s playing now as Duquette Johnston. I got his first record, Etowah, a couple years ago. Totally fell in love with it. It’s one of those records I would take with me if I was stranded on a desert island. And I’m pretty sure that Anne-Marie Griffin’s sister sang on it. Pretty cool.

Anyway, just wanted to set the record straight.

Posted by Kasey McLain | October 22, 2009 3:54 PM

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