Digital single: "Starlight" digital single * 2008
A late night mood tsunami.
Digital single: "Jeremy
Brett" digital single * 2008
An ode to the late actor Jeremy Brett who is best know for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the British BBC /
Length Album: * 2008
tour de force filled with love, swagger, raw honesty and moxie. After a 10 year exploration of expansive orchestration and
electronica, PDP trimmed it all down and turned up the amplifiers. "7" somehow sounds like a brother / sister record
to PDP's '95 release "Pomegranate". This is a rock record, Filled with sex, romance, mischievousness, glitter & psychedelic soul. Arguably their best record to date.
An instant classic in the poi catalogue.
1- PERFECT MUSIC
3- LEMMON DROP MAN
4- HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS
5- BABY TOGETHER
7- FROM THIS MOMENT ON
8- PALM LEAF EFFIGY
9- RUSTED WEATHER
10- IN COMES
11- OUTTA YER HEAD
12- ROCK CANDY
13 -SUPER TARANA
14- SPACE DUST
THE BEST OF THE AUSTIN YEARS Full Length Album: * 2005
A Sony music compilation of the first 3 PDP albums, spanning 1988 to 1992.
everybody's trying (single edit)
i've got my
get me on
be the one
Living with the dreaming body
I Had To Tell You
bury me deep
AUDIO VISIVO DVD /CD: * 2004
and 3 song e.p. packaged together)
videos of "Simple Song" & "Natural thing" + Marco Ferrari's documentary on the making of "In seed comes fruit". Package
also includes a c.d. of the up-dated 'soul kitchen' mix of "Simple Song", a cover
of New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle" and
a juicy re-mix of "Natural thing"
"Simple Song" Video
and the making of
"In seed comes fruit"
"Bizarre love triangle
IN SEED COMES FRUIT Full
Length Album: * 2003
One of the most elegant albums of the poi catalogue, and some would argue, one of their most un-characteristic.
This is the most collaborative of all the PDP records with many members sharing in the writing of lyrics as well as the music.
Chief song writer Frank Orrall seems more interested in sound than lyrics during this period and so cozies up to co-producer
Martin Stebbing's chair and enjoys the ride in more of a sonic conductors role. Susan Voelz and
Paul Mertens stretch their orchestral wings on this record and give this record a unique intimate - yet expansive sound. Singers Charlette Wortham, Carla Prather, Kornell Hargrove and Susan Voelz take the lyrical reigns and the result
is broad in palate, but richly cohesive.
This is a record for musicians, painters, long distance
drives and lovers.
1. Had I Known
2. You Move Me
3. A Love Rains
7. Keep The Faith
9. So Real
10. Hotel Seze
11. Simple Song
12. In Seeds Come Fruit
SWEEPING UP THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR Full
Length Album: *2001
A collection of studio
out takes from 1987 to 94 (rarities & b-sides). In cludes the beautifully haunting "cotton
and wood pulp paste" featuring Abra Moore on vocals and piano.
1. Over the Top
2. Money Is Tight
3. Think N Thin
4. Cotton and Wood Pulp Paste
5. Absolute Perfection
6. To Be in Love
8. Can I Change My Mind
9. Fiddle and A Bow
10. Black Hole
11. Been Down
12. Willem Dafoe
13. Better Than This
14. Wine Song
SOUL SONIC ORCHESTRA
Full Length Album: * 2000
The neo Disco soul of poi dog pondering shines here live at the turning of the millennium.
This record captures PDP in the midst of exploring how to combine the 70's Philly soul disco
with House and rock.
With a controversial new line up and focus on soul, disco jazz and house music, PDP set out to
explore that field planted in the 70's by The Sound of Philadelphia (or TSOP), Big band live disco with strings and horns,
Jazz keys, bass, congas and drums. Striving to become the organic link between that and the electronic present.
live on NYE at the dawn of 2000, This record captures the band feeling flush with creative energy and determined to follow
it's heart in-spite of a vocal portion of it's fan-base resistant to let the band morph as it always seems to need
Rise Up and Walk
That's the Way Love Is
Ta Bouche Est Tabou
Spend My Life
Ain't No Stopping Us Now
Baby I'm Scared of You
Got Real Love 4 Me)
THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS Re-Mix e.p.:
Re-Mixes of the Ten City classic "That's the way
love is" as well as 2 tuff re-mixes of Poi
dog pondering's "Complicated". (check out Lego's "side tracked dub").
Featuring remixes by Maurice Josusah, Mike Dunn,
Lego, Jesse De La Pena and Bunky.
That's the Way Love Is:
- single edit mix
Ruckus Vocal Mix
- Maurice Joshua
Deep Soul Vocal Mix
- Mike Dunn
Blue Groove House Mix
-Jesse De LaPeña
Bunky's Way Mix
- Tim “Bunky” Titsworth
- Maurice Joshua
Deep Soul Dubb
- Mike Dunn
Sound Clash Mix
- Jesse De
Boom Boom Room Vocal Mix
Full Length Album:
"Natural Thing" is the sound of PDP in the summer light fire
of re-invention. Again.
The lyrics get thrown in the fire,
and the music rises higher.
"At this time in my life I felt like music was so much more expressive than words..."
said Frank Orrall, "And I just wanted to let the music speak." "Rather than traditional song writing structures
like; "verse / chorus / bridge " etc., We just let the musicians be musicians and play. Martin and I followed where
they went and made the song fit their intuitive structure.... The instrumentalist was the conductor, and the songs just wrapped
around that cosmic shape."
"Also at this time in my life lyrics were not coming to me and so I just
felt like lyrics should be short and to the point. Set the stage and let the music talk to the listener in the sound of the
soul. The arc of emotion in "Octavio / Beautiful to meet you", Spend my life", "Diva" and "Tracery
/ Tana dery Na" literally pull at my heart" say's Frank Orrall.
1. Octavio/Beautiful to Meet You
2. Ta Bouche Est Tabou
3. Natural Thing
4. Come Together
5. Diva (Live at House of sound)
7. That's the Way Love Is
8. Spend My Life (Moorea mix)
9. Hard Sometimes
11. Tracery/Tana Dery Na (waterlily mix)
LIQUID WHITE LIGHT
Full Length Double Album:
The quintessential live PDP record
This captures the early Chicago line up in it's prime. Knowing it was the band's first live record,
and at the decade mark of the band's existence - they chose to lay the concert out like a sonic retrospective; Starting
with "Angelika Suspended" 's early poi acoustic sound and ending the night with the bands emerging interest
in electronic textures and dance / rock music.
Recorded over 4 nights at the Vic
Expertly mixed by PDP's #1 trusted 'man at the controls' Martin Stebbing and assisted by Max Crawford's
dedicated attention to detail and choice of passion over performance...
captures the late '90's poi to perfection.
Postcard from a Dream
Living with the Dreaming Body
Lay My Love
Searching for the Fertile Fields
Sandra at the
Diamonds and Buttermilk
I've Got My Body
Shu Zulu Za
Re-Mix Album: * 1996
the mid 90's PDP were enjoying fresh inspiration from the vibrant Chicago underground electronic dance movement, and so
Fresh off of releasing "Pomegranate", PDP went back into the studio with producers Frank Orrall and Martin Stebbing
and engineer Scott Ramsayer to make this RE-MIX album. They locked themselves into the studio and experimented with vintage
synthesizers and drum machines to make club ready versions of 4 previously released PDP songs. This session yielded 3 new
cuts; "Zap Disco" (inspired by Chicago's south side 'Juke' and ' booty house' sound), "Platetectonic"
a quasi rock / electronic house Frankenstein, and the hidden JEM of the whole record; "Diva (bliss mix)" closes
out the record.
This record freaked out some fans of the band who thought the band "went disco" - but it
also made new fans, and is a testimony to PDPs musical elasticity.
"Diva" is singularly
beautiful in it's organic electronic-ness - fully electronic - but somehow it sounds like it could fit right along side
PDP's most acoustic tender songs. Frank Orrall counts "Diva" and "Falling" as two of his favorite
PDP recordings - they are like the north and south pole of the poi catalogue - a world apart from each-other, but very much
in the same glove of poi's tender melancholic joy.
2. God's Gallipoli
3. Zap Disco
5. Hard Sometimes
6. Diamonds and Buttermilk
(Matt Warren Remix)
7. Diva (Bliss Mix)
POMEGRANATE Full Length Album: * 1995
Made under the pressure
of tending to a lover ( and band member ) struggling with cancer, this record emerged a diamond. It's a determined deep
breath, and acceptance of life and it's ways and choosing to live and love it.
It's sex and dreams and dirt
and earth. A masterpiece.
5. Big Constellation
6. Sandra at the Beach
7. Diamonds and Buttermilk
8. Shu Zulu Za
9. God's Gallipoli
10. Shake of Big Hands
11. Al le Luia
PALM FABRIC ORCHESTRA
Full Length Album:
A sublime all instrumental record. Pure natural music. Featuring Frank Orrall,
Ellen fullman, Kit Ebersbach, Mark Willams, Susan Voelz, Max Crawford,
Paul Mertens and other Members of PDP.
1. Time And Gravity
2. Thawing Spring
4. Window Down, Still Far From The State Line
5. Wood Box And Block Of Ice
7. Rounding The Trees By The Forest Edge
8. Coda: Lover's Reprise
Full Length Album:
This began as an instrumental record, When our label contact heard
what we were making he flew right down to Austin and said, point blank:
"Columbia wants a lyric record
or else they're gonna drop the band."
In-sensed by this form of control PDP
decided rather than to quit or quibble, to take their cue from Madona; "Gain power, then do what you want with it",
so they wrote a stone solid pop lyric record, put boxing gloves on for the cover photo and let Columbia know they were in
the ring. "In retrospect, I'm glad Columbia pushed us - cause it ended up producing 2 good records - the one we meant
to make (Palm Fabric Orchestra) and Volo Volo.... "
That's a good story - and true... but an equally
important truth is; when the band was on tour in England in 89 and they heard the Happy Mondays, that kinda started a revolution
in the poi sound. And with Palm Fabric in the bag - they were happy to move on and explore again. You can start to hear it
The band got hate mail from fans who feared they sold out when volo volo hit.
3. Get Me O
4. The Hardest Thing
5. Ta Bouche Est Tabou
6. I've Got My Body
7. Jack Ass
8. Be The One
11. Te Manu Pukarua
Blood And Thunder
FRUITLESS EP: *
1990 An eclectic mix of covers and live tracks, wrapped around a 'slightly' remixed version of "Fruitless".
the stand out track here is "I had to tell you" (a Rocky Erikson cover) sung by bassist Bruce Hughes. You can hear
the last shades of the street busking days here, before the shift that Volo Volo would bring to the band.
I Had To Tell You
Going Up The
Wood Guitar/Falling (live)
WISHING LIKE A MOUNTAIN, THINKING LIKE THE SEA
Length Album: * 1990
The whimsical apex of early PDP.
Before the Sony / Columbia machine and cynical press cavity toothed mutterings scared them into self awareness... (which is
not as bad as it seems... they survived just fine.) This is the sound of PDP just happy to be there in the world playing music
and unaware that it might matter to anyone - and bliss-full to the fact that the lions in wait of "thou shall not from
'indie to major label' trade" were ready to pounce.
Little had anyone known that they had (in their brashness),
beaten the best contract out of Columbia, better than any indy contract - filled with creative control.... (including
clauses for a kid's record, and an instrumental record... ) and kept their own publishing - all because they could
care less and fought them for it. But none of this has anything to do with the sound and the songs here.
This is pre-indy
back lash poi being it's natural heart on the sleeve self.
Angered letters from fundamentalist religious zealots came in addressing the songs:
"Bury me deep" and "Praise the lord". PDP took it as a good sign.
1. Bury Me Deep
2. Watermelon Song
4. Everybody's Trying
5. Big Beautiful Spoon
6. The Ancient Egyptians
The Day In The Shirt You Wore
9. Praise The Lord
10. The Me That Wa Your
12. Big Walk
13. Sugarbush Cushman
POI DOG PONDERING Full Length Album:
Poi dog Pondering's debut CD. Originally released as 2 e.p.s on Texas Hotel records.
This record captures the whimsical elegance of the the bands early acoustic rock sound, fresh off the street from their
beginnings as a street playing "busking" band. This album sounds as fresh today as the day it was recorded thanks
to Mike Stewart's warm analogue recording. It's time-less and heart-felt. Earnest and honest.
mandolins, mando cellos, bass, oboe, drums, electric guitars, penny whistles, harps and trumpets are a few of the instruments
that give this recording it's unique texture. Threaded together with prose that knows that life is short, and sometimes
painful, and should be lived with both hands and a healthy thirst. Zorba the Greek would like this record.
1. Living With The Dreaming Body
2. Fall Upon Me
3. Postcard From A Dream (Toast And Jelly)
4. Pulling Touch
5. Sound Of Water
Fact Of Life
7. Circle Around The Sun
8. Aloha Honolulu
9. Wood Guitar
Jean François Berneron (camera, cooking, recorder, vocal)
Sean Coffey (snare, stapler)
(guitar, accordian, vocals)
Kalea Chapman (guitar, vocals)
Tom Parrott (slide guitar)
Patrice Sullivan (vocals)
Cati Barba (violin)
Ted Cho (mandolin)
Odds 'n' ends, lots from
radio broadcasts. CT: 1987 US Poi ? You Think Too Much Shirt That You Wore
Caffeen Complacent Cattle Pulling Touch Africa
Big Walk Sound Of Water Metaphisical Section Fall Upon Me
Wood Guitar Tabouche est Tabou Vincent VanGough It's You
Esrealites Bye Bye
|Poi Dog Pondering|
(8 Songs by Poi Dog Pondering)
Frank Orrall with help from
members of Hat Makes The Man CT: 1986 US PDP PDPX3 Living With The Dreaming Body
Barefeet On Wet Earth And I Went Off Everybodys Tryin' Wood Guitar
The Strength That I Need You Think Too Much The Big Walk
with help from members of Hat Makes The Man CT: 1985 US PDP PDPX2 Soliloqui
Praise The Lord 1000 Tears Fall Upon Me The Gold In My Teeth
Amazing Grace Knuckles Empty Mind
|Poi Dog Pondering|
Frank Orrall CT: 1984 US PDP PDPX1 The Fact Of Life (a happy song) Searching
For The Fertile Field The Shake Of Big Hands Say You Will Bed Of Lights