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    Bardo Pond – Set And Setting

    May 24th, 2023

    Bardo Pond - Set And Setting

    This group of Philly cheese steaks first mitted my attention back in ’95 (19, that is) with their coming out party platter of yore, Bufo Alvarius. Seems that most every member of the band had bought out the complete remaining stock of effects pedals from every guitar store east of the Mississippi and proceeded to slather layers of distortion all over the slow, plodding rhythms ebbing out most nicely throughout my bedroom. In fact, the aural cloud they’ve created is way thicker than the coat of Ben Gay your grandma is applying to her joints at this very moment. That’s pretty much been the story for each following album over the years ever since, including this new one, Set And Setting.

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    Bardo Pond at The Casbah

    September 2nd, 2008

    Bardo Pond, All Tomorrow's Parties, 2003.
    Bardo Pond, All Tomorrow’s Parties, 2003.

    San Diego, California
    Thursday, September 19, 1996

    The effects pedal industry won’t slump as long as Bardo Pond is around. Each member laid out at least eight or nine of the things, which, at the command of their feet, transformed the room into a languid aquarium of electric guitar, bass, drums and flute delirium. For visuals, there was vocalist Isobel, who, even in long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, was more than pleasant to gaze upon as her hair hung in her face, swaying in the heavenly maelstrom.

    Note: This article originally appeared in Lou Zine (Lou’s Records newsletter) in September 1996.