A.A. Bondy takes new skin on tour

Let me pull back the curtain for a second. A musician’s press release is usually composed of a brief, romanticized history of the artist, followed by an exaggerated description of the new album and/or tour. They make every artist seem like the singular most-important musician in history. But, they are useful. Within the often ridiculous hyperbole lies actual facts. When the album will be released. What guest musicians appear on it. And on and on…

A.A. Bondy, the folky singer-songwriter and former Verbena frontman, doesn’t seem to believe in this. Here, in full, is the press release for his upcoming fall tour. Poetic line breaks maintained.

“In bed and on drugs
that’s where i’d been for a week.  the result of a memorial day motorcycle
wreck.  On my feet now. playing now. eyes open. where did i go?
speeding down back roads. here. there. slat ribbed curs in the shoulder weeds.
Dreams of some actress. A hole in her chin.

New skin now. mostly whole again but with new marks there in silvery pink or purple grey.
that thing was too shiny and new anyhow.
i need to pay down this ER bill.
Load the boat and push off
see it all again
let’s see it all again”

Mr. Bondy, thank you for waking me up. Everyone go see him. His songs are pretty damn good, too.

A.A. Bondy 2010 Tour Dates:
07/31 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
08/10 – Columbia, MO @ Mojos
08/11 – Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingers
08/12 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft
08/13 – Austin, TX @ The Independent
08/14 – Houston, TX @ Mangos
08/16 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
08/17 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
08/18 – Aaheville, NC @ Grey Eagle *
08/19 - Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel
08/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Philadelphia Folk Festival
09/01 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
09/02 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho
09/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
09/07 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
09/09 – Portland, OR @ NXNW (Mississippi Studios)
09/10 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
09/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
09/16 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
10/06 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/07 – Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub ^
10/09 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^
10/10 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick ^
10/11 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
10/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue ^

* = w/ That Cockrell
^ = w/ The Walkmen


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