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The Poi Dog Pondering Sound  /   all the main releases from recent to past

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Digital single: "Starlight" digital single   * 2008
A late night mood tsunami.

 
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Starlight

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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 / Granada series.

 
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Jeremy Brett

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"7"   Full Length Album: * 2008
A 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.

 
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 1- PERFECT MUSIC
 2- STICKY
 3- LEMMON DROP MAN
 4- HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS
 5-  BABY TOGETHER
 6- BUTTERFLIES
 7- FROM THIS MOMENT ON
 8- PALM LEAF EFFIGY
 9- RUSTED WEATHER
10- IN COMES THE NIGHT
11- OUTTA YER HEAD
12- ROCK CANDY
13 -SUPER TARANA
14- SPACE DUST

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THE BEST OF THE AUSTIN YEARS   Full Length Album:    * 2005
A Sony music compilation of the first 3 PDP albums, spanning 1988 to 1992.

 
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pulling touch
everybody's trying (single edit)
i've got my body
hardest thing
collarbone
watermelon song
Love Vigilantes
thanksgiving
get me on
jack ass ginger
be the one
Living with the dreaming body
I Had To Tell You
bury me deep

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AUDIO VISIVO   DVD /CD:     * 2004
(dvd and 3 song e.p. packaged together)
Features 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"

 
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DVD:

"Simple Song" Video
"Natural Thing" Video
Concert footage,
Interviews,
and the making of
"In seed comes fruit"

Compaion CD:

"Simple Song"
"Bizarre love triangle
"Natural Thing"

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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.

 
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 1. Had I Known
 2. You Move Me
 3. A Love Rains down
 4. 10-28
 5. Daytrippin
 6. Hangover
 7. Keep The Faith
 8. True
 9. So Real
 10. Hotel Seze
 11. Simple Song
 12. In Seeds Come Fruit

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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.

 
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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
 7. Original Chain
 8. Can I Change My Mind
 9. Fiddle and A Bow
 10. Black Hole
 11. Been Down So Long
 12. Willem Dafoe
 13. Better Than This
 14. Wine Song

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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.
Recorded 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 to do.

 
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Rise Up and Walk
That's the Way Love Is
Ta Bouche Est Tabou
Spend My Life
Natural Thing
Ain't No Stopping Us Now
Diva
Baby I'm Scared of You
(If U Got Real Love 4 Me)
JAG
Plate.tec.tonic

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THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS    Re-Mix e.p.:   * 1999
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. 

 
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That's the Way Love Is:

Poi dog Pondering
- 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
Ruckus Instrumental
- Maurice Joshua
Deep Soul Dubb
- Mike Dunn
Sound Clash Mix
 - Jesse De LaPeña

Complicated:

Boom Boom Room Vocal Mix
- Légo
Side tracked Dub
- Légo

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NATURAL THING    Full Length Album:   * 1999
"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.

 
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 1. Octavio/Beautiful to Meet You
 2. Ta Bouche Est Tabou (french mix)
 3. Natural Thing
 4. Come Together
 5. Diva (Live at House of sound)
 6. Berry
 7. That's the Way Love Is
 8. Spend My Life (Moorea mix)
 9. Hard Sometimes
 10. Jealous
 11. Tracery/Tana Dery Na (waterlily mix)

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LIQUID WHITE LIGHT    Full Length Double Album:   * 1997
The quintessential live PDP record to date.
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 Theater,
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...
This record captures the late '90's poi to perfection.

 
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disc one:
Angelika Suspended
Postcard from a Dream
Living with the Dreaming Body
Catacombs
Sugarbush Cushman
Lay My Love
Everybody's Trying
Tall
Searching for the Fertile Fields
Pulling Touch
Sandra at the Beach

disc two:
Diamonds and Buttermilk
Ecstasy
I've Got My Body
Shu Zulu Za
God's Gallipoli
Ta Bouche est Tabou
Collarbone
Big Constellation
The Chain
Jackass Ginger
Platetectonic
Complicated

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ELECTRIQUE PLUMMAGRAM    Re-Mix Album:   * 1996
In 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.

 
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1. Platetectonic

2. God's Gallipoli
(Arqueen Remix)

3. Zap Disco
(House-O-Matic Mix)

4. Complicated
(Berlin Remix)

5. Hard Sometimes
(M-Theory Remix)

6. Diamonds and Buttermilk
(Matt Warren Remix)

7. Diva (Bliss Mix)

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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.

 
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 1. Pomegranate
 2. Catacombs
 3. Complicated
 4. Chain
 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

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PALM FABRIC ORCHESTRA    Full Length Album:   * 1994
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.

 
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 1. Time And Gravity
 2. Thawing Spring
 3. Angelika Suspended
 4. Window Down, Still Far From The State Line
 5. Wood Box And Block Of Ice
 6. The Garden
 7. Rounding The Trees By The Forest Edge
 8. Coda: Lover's Reprise

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VOLO VOLO    Full Length Album:    * 1992
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 here.
The band got hate mail from fans who feared they sold out when volo volo hit.

 
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 1. Lackluster
 2. Collarbone
 3. Get Me O
 4. The Hardest Thing
 5. Ta Bouche Est Tabou
 6. I've Got My Body
 7. Jack Ass Ginger
 8. Be The One
 9. Tall
 10. Building
 11. Te Manu Pukarua
 12. Blood And Thunder
 13. Entrance
 14. Endtrance

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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. 

 
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Fruitless (remix)
I Had To Tell You
Love Vigilantes
Going Up The Country
Wood Guitar/Falling (live)
Thanksgiving (live)

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WISHING LIKE A MOUNTAIN, THINKING LIKE THE SEA   

Full 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.

 
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 1. Bury Me Deep
 2. Watermelon Song
 3. U-Li-La-Lu
 4. Everybody's Trying
 5. Big Beautiful Spoon
 6. The Ancient Egyptians
 7. Spending The Day In The Shirt You Wore
 8. Thankgiving
 9. Praise The Lord
 10. The Me That Wa Your Son
 11. Fruitless
 12. Big Walk
 13. Sugarbush Cushman

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POI DOG PONDERING    Full Length Album:   * 1988
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.
Violins, accordions, 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.

 
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 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
 6. Fact Of Life
 7. Circle Around The Sun
 8. Aloha Honolulu
 9. Wood Guitar
 10. Falling

Original poi dog pondering Cassette Albums

Poi Dog Pondering
From Hawaii To Texas
album
1987
Frank Q. Orrall Jr (marimba, tin whistle, guitar, vocals)
Jean François Berneron (camera, cooking, recorder, vocal)
Sean Coffey (snare, stapler)         
Abra Moore
                     (guitar, accordian, vocals)         
Kalea Chapman (guitar, vocals)                  
with         
Tom Parrott (slide guitar)         
Mark Williams
                     (bass)         
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
PDPX3
(8 Songs by Poi Dog Pondering)
album
1986
        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  

Poi Dog Pondering
PDPX2
album
1985
        Frank Orrall  
                           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
PDPX1
album
1984
      
                      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 

You can Download or mail order any of these c.d.s directly from the band following the links above,
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