words and words.

The city is everything. Except quiet. Please let me know what you know regarding habitable hermitages. In the endless effort to connect words to music and back to words. 

Thank you. m. 

Skeletons and Friends.

imagehttp://www.noisetrade.com/mattpond/skeletons-and-friends

This album is a thank you. 

Feel free to take it for free. Or if you’re so inclined, donate what you will. 

—-

It’s an album of brightened corners and beautifully incomplete sentences. It’s the structure and skeleton of what’s to come. With help from the always-amazing Chris Hansen, the singing of Lauren Miller and Alanna Trees, and the speaking voicesof Maggie Wray Crowell, April Votolato and Danielle Eaton. 

Perhaps strangely, it’s mostly about hope. Sometimes the forces surrounding will set you adrift, amiss in the sea of music. This year, we’ve taken control of our navigation. 

We were able to pull of a successful Pledge campaign because we’re lucky enough to have people who support us, freeing us from having to rely on anyone other than our audience. That’s huge. (thank you)

We’re lucky enough to be playing shows across the country, supporting one of our previous albums, Emblems. And the feedback we’ve been getting is inspiring. I’m honestly thrilled to be back on stage. (thank you) 

I know, from the larger kingdoms across the ocean to the minor kingdoms inside my mind, nothing is perfect. That right there is crux, the engine, the heart and the blood behind every word I write and sing. Because in the right light, a broken gear can be slightly stunning.

Our ability to navigate this imperfect world is bestowed upon us by you, the listener. You’re basically riding shotgun, guiding us to wherever we’re going next. 

Thank you. A million times. Thank you. 

Yes. m. 

* A couple other shout outs, if I may. To Tierney Tough, Shawn Alpay, Dave Montague, Mark Porostosky, Sean Hansen, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Matt Watts, Brody McGee and Sally Grossman.

 

Overlook.

(the photo is from yesterday, inside an abandoned hotel on Overlook Mountain)

At this moment, I’m staring out the window of my Kingston, NY abode. Small, green buds on the tips of trees are spastically waving in the bursts of wind.

I’ve been a champion stare-er for most of my adult life. With honorable mentions in eye-rolls and sighs.

We have a few days left to write and poke and prod our new album. I should try to focus. After this, we practice. After that, we tour. Followed by a week of recording and a couple of weeks of mixing. Into mastering, artwork, setup, album and tour, once again. The volume and velocity can make life a blur.


But this is the blur I was always looking for. (From all the way back in high school, when I first ruled the world of daydreams. To be unthroned by the eternally familiar words, “Pay attention, Mr. Pond.”)

To be able to make music and have this existence is only possible through listening. Your listening.

Today’s task is to finish a quieter collection of songs. We aim to give these songs away through Noise Trade on April 29th. And now, it appears as though it’s my turn to contribute by strumming/flailing upon an acoustic guitar.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. That’s eternal.

(Also. Constant thanks to Chris Hansen, Matt Watts and Brody McGee. Yes)

In anticipation of our Emblems 10 Year Anniversary Tour, here’s an acoustic version of ‘KC’. Hope you dig. Don’t forget to pick up tickets for the tour, they’re going fast in most markets! Dates/tix: http://www.mattpondpa.com/tourdates/

5/1/14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
5/2/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
5/3/14 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/4/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
5/5/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/6/14 Cambridge, MA @ the Sinclair
5/8/14 Toronto, ON @ the Mod Club
5/9/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/10/14 St. Louis, MO @ the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
5/12/14 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
5/13/14 Kansas City, MO @ the Record Bar
5/14/14 Omaha, NE @ the Waiting Room
5/16/14 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
5/17/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
5/19/14 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
5/20/14 Seattle, WA @ the Tractor Tavern
5/22/14 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
5/23/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
5/24/14 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
5/25/14 Phoenix, AZ @ the Crescent Ballroom
5/27/14 Austin, TX @ Red 7

I’m typing to you from a modest, multicolored, clapboard house in Kingston, NY. We’ve switched locations to accommodate the increasing and alternating frequencies of our humble quest(s).

Up here, we time our vocal takes between the revs of pickup trucks. The beauty is that if they can be loud, then we can be loud.

It truly seems like the whole world is hollering. The bird choirs, the swollen creek out back. Chris and I are compelled by the spring to shout across the smallest spaces to make even smaller suggestions on the most diminutive jams.

Here’s another skeleton of a song we howled through. A glimpse of what’s supposed to come to life in the upcoming months.

As always, we really appreciate that you are out there listening. We’re grateful for the continuing support of our Pledge Campaign and all the rallying behind the upcoming Emblems tour. 

It’s honestly inspiring.

Thanks so much. Yes. m.

'The State of Gold' via Pledge: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mattpond
Emblems 10 Year Anniversary Tickets: http://smarturl.it/MPTourDates

(If this wood stove worked, I would be king of the world)I try to make sure to stand outside the cabin in just a tshirt and jeans every night. Yes, it’s been an electrically cold winter. And yes, wiser activities are abundant in the wild. The thing is, I want to feel the depth of the darkness, the fullness of the bite. The brutal wind pushing the tops of the white pines with it’s sweeping white noise.This is the pinnacle of my humble existence. Despite the bite, it’s good to be alive.While I’m prone to slip and slide through opinion, I understand and relate to small, simple parts of life. I love and understand fire, cold, whiskey, music and someday hopefully, women. That’s why I’m positively stunned by this PledgeMusic project. It’s beyond my comprehension. It’s a language I don’t have to understand in order to speak. But it works better than any fire, better than the best snow I’ve ever known. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mattpondThank you. Yes. Thank you. m.

(If this wood stove worked, I would be king of the world)

I try to make sure to stand outside the cabin in just a tshirt and jeans every night.

Yes, it’s been an electrically cold winter. And yes, wiser activities are abundant in the wild.

The thing is, I want to feel the depth of the darkness, the fullness of the bite. The brutal wind pushing the tops of the white pines with it’s sweeping white noise.

This is the pinnacle of my humble existence. Despite the bite, it’s good to be alive.

While I’m prone to slip and slide through opinion, I understand and relate to small, simple parts of life. I love and understand fire, cold, whiskey, music and someday hopefully, women.

That’s why I’m positively stunned by this PledgeMusic project. It’s beyond my comprehension. It’s a language I don’t have to understand in order to speak. But it works better than any fire, better than the best snow I’ve ever known.
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mattpond

Thank you. Yes. Thank you. m.

Tickets are on sale for our Emblems 10 Year Anniversary Tour w/ the Lighthouse and the Whaler!Dates/Tickets: http://smarturl.it/MPTourDates

Tickets are on sale for our Emblems 10 Year Anniversary Tour w/ the Lighthouse and the Whaler!

Dates/Tickets: http://smarturl.it/MPTourDates

I’m excited to announce that we’ll be doing an ‘Emblems’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour in May.
We’ve never played all the songs on Emblems in front of a live human audience, so this is definitely exciting. I wrote the album when I first started drifting between New York and Philly. Since I haven’t stopped drifting, it feels as relevant as it did ten years ago.
Tickets go on sale Friday 2/21: http://smarturl.it/MPTourDates
YES.
5/1/14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop5/2/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts5/3/14 Washington, DC @ Black Cat5/4/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade5/5/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom5/6/14 Cambridge, MA @ the Sinclair5/8/14 Toronto, ON @ the Mod Club5/9/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall5/10/14 St. Louis, MO @ the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill5/12/14 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club5/13/14 Kansas City, MO @ the Record Bar5/14/14 Omaha, NE @ the Waiting Room5/16/14 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre 5/17/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge5/19/14 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios 5/20/14 Seattle, WA @ the Tractor Tavern 5/22/14 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill5/23/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre5/24/14 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar 5/25/14 Phoenix, AZ @ the Crescent Ballroom5/27/14 Austin, TX @ Red 7

I’m excited to announce that we’ll be doing an ‘Emblems’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour in May.


We’ve never played all the songs on Emblems in front of a live human audience, so this is definitely exciting. I wrote the album when I first started drifting between New York and Philly. Since I haven’t stopped drifting, it feels as relevant as it did ten years ago.


Tickets go on sale Friday 2/21: http://smarturl.it/MPTourDates


YES.


5/1/14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
5/2/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
5/3/14 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/4/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
5/5/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/6/14 Cambridge, MA @ the Sinclair
5/8/14 Toronto, ON @ the Mod Club
5/9/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/10/14 St. Louis, MO @ the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
5/12/14 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
5/13/14 Kansas City, MO @ the Record Bar
5/14/14 Omaha, NE @ the Waiting Room
5/16/14 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
5/17/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
5/19/14 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
5/20/14 Seattle, WA @ the Tractor Tavern
5/22/14 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
5/23/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
5/24/14 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
5/25/14 Phoenix, AZ @ the Crescent Ballroom
5/27/14 Austin, TX @ Red 7

Happy Valentine’s. This is a Pink Floyd cover that Mr. Kenny, Chris and I put together for you. Also, love is not terrible.

Happy Halloween. Here’s an acoustic version of ‘Halloween’.