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TUE, SEP 1, 2009 at 4:29 AM

For the Record #6 Pond - S/T


Obits are a 4-piece rock band from Brooklyn, NY who released their debut full-length album earlier this year. It’s called I Blame You and if it doesn’t wind up on your personal list of this year’s best albums, well, your list could use some fixin’. Scott Gursky is the band’s drummer and he’s also an amazing visual artist. He’s the one responsible for this and also this. Mr. Gursky is herewith also our second guest editor for an installment of our increasingly less unknown feature: “For the Record”! “For the Record,” of course, is our semi-regular web feature wherein we (or people who we convince to do so) rhapsodize on something from the (let’s be honest) checkered Sub Pop catalog and then, in a not even thinly veiled attempt to persuade you to take a chance and purchase the thing in question, deeply discount that album for a brief period of time.

And with that, we proudly present, Obits’ Scott Gursky on Pond…

Band: Pond
Record: Pond
When we told you the first time: February 1st, 1993

I first heard Pond around 1993 on MTV’s 120 minutes, a show I regularly relied on as a teenager to pick up hints of any “cool music” that would otherwise never find its way to my suburb. The video was for the song “Agatha”, and although the video wasn’t particularly interesting, the song definitely scared me. Guitarist Charlie Cambell drones on and on with one eerie chord, everything sparse and stripped down, with mantra-like vocal harmonies. To this day, I don’t have any idea what they are singing about, but I like to imagine this song is about a haunted house.

I bought their album Pond on cassette and wore it thin. I came to really appreciate (and even tried to emulate) Dave Triebwasser’s strong and steady drumming, and I was fascinated by bassist Chris Brady ‘s pop sensibilities butting up against the darker moods that Cambell and his guitar seemed to contribute. When at their best, during songs like “Gone” and “Spots”, they came across really murky and drone-y, a bit unhinged and heavy, but never without a strong hook to keep the foot tapping. It was distorted, heavy pop-rock music, lots of bands were doing it. But this trio had a certain way mixing the minor key with just enough melody and energy to keep it fun, and this separated them from the pack. When I was lucky enough to catch them live in Philadelphia, they had small amps, and Dave pounded a frankenstein of old drum kit orphans, very cool. There was something scrappy about this band, something that told you they didn’t have lots of money, they practiced in a damp basement, that they made weird, spooky power-pop because they really loved doing it and that was enough. The cynics will say Pond never made exceptional music, left no superstar legacy and that this record is (mostly) forgotten on the shelf, just another product of its time. Yet for me this time is a nostalgic one, one of cassettes and self-discovery, when against the odds you found special records, and special records found you.

You get Pond’s S/T release at our FTR sale price of $6 CD/$4 Mp3 here for the next 48 hours!

Posted by Scott Gursky

WED, MAY 2, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Magnet Magazine’s “75 Lost Classics”: We Found Eight of Them


In the new, Spring 2007 issue of Magnet Magazine, there is, fittingly enough (it’s their 75th issue), an article entitled “75 Lost Classics.” The fine folks at Magnet describe it like so!

They’re nobody’s buzz bands anymore. But since 1993, MAGNET has discovered and documented more great music than memory will allow. The groups may be broken up or the albums out of print, but this time, history is written by the losers. Here are 75 of the finest albums that time forgot.

Good news, gang! We found eight of them! (Nine, if you count the indie-pop/twee sidebar that featured a picture of Trembling Blue Stars and talked about their Broken by Whispers album from 2000, but actually picked The Lucksmiths’ album The Green Bicycle Case…)

And, in even better news, we would like to sell these Lost Classics to you!

Still in print:

Pond Pond (1993) – on CD for $9 and LP for $7.
Velocity Girl Copacetic (1993) on CD for $9 and LP for $7.
godheadSilo Skyward in Triumph (1995) – on CD for $9 and LP for $7.
The Spinanes Strand (1996) – on CD for $9 and LP for $7
The Go Whatcha Doin’ (1999) on CD for $10.
Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees (2001) on CD for $10 and double-LP for $11.

Out of print, but you can still buy ’em on the iTunes:

Seaweed Four (1993)
Zumpano Look What the Rookie Did

Posted by Chris Jacobs