You ever get the feeling that everyone’s at a party somewhere and they didn’t invite you? And you’re kicking your heels at home while they’re all out enjoying themselves? Well, I spent the whole of year 2007 reading blogs obsessively, and not once did AA Bondy fly by my radar (I won’t admit that I never read about him, because I probably did. But no one shoved it in my face like they should’ve!). I come to find out that even Daytrotter was in on the secret, and he recorded a great session there.
Bondy falls into the genre of alt-country — or, if you think that genre is played out, which I don’t, you might call it folk or blues — but it’s totally six of one unless you’re a snob. Heavy on the harmonicas and call & response; bluesy, sweet and bitter by turns, the 2007 release was called “American Hearts,” and I can’t believe I missed it because it would have made my top 10. Man, I love that stuff, I can’t get enough of it, and “American Hearts” is a classic example of genre, though it gets political in places (“American Hearts” is, if I hear it right, a gentler companion to “American Idiot.”). If you’re going out to see Bon Iver this fall, you’ll get an extra treat: Bon Iver and AA Bondy, folk country overload. What a party.
[ed note — tracks removed. contact me for a copy.]
AA Bondy — Killed Myself When I Was Young AA Bondy — American Hearts
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