For starters, I have to completely apologize about how poorly out of date this thing has been over time. While I’ve tried to be consistent about my updating and operation regarding all other phases of the page, it has been all too easy to forget that I should keep this document up to date. Well, it’s current now, and, hopefully, useful. If there are questions you would like to see answered on here, please email them to the page at bardo@threelobed.com and it’ll get up here if it’s relevant. Enjoy!

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  1. Band Information

    • Who is Bardo Pond?

      Bardo Pond is currently Michael Gibbons, John Gibbons, Isobel Sollenberger, Clint Takeda, and Ed Farnsworth. The band’s original drummer was Joe Culver, who officially left the band in 2001 to pursue other personal and professional interests.

    • What kind of gear does the band use?

      We’ll let you know soon enough, once we finish compiling all the data.

    • What does the name “Bardo Pond” mean?

      “Bardo” comes from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and “pond” just sounded cool in conjunction with the other word. Bardo is the point where a soul arrives upon its corporal body as it is dying. During the course of the Bardo there is a determination as to where the soul will then proceed to, based upon the soul’s prior life experiences. This moment and place was determined to be a good place for fishing, hence “pond” was added to the name. For more on this and an illustrative history of the early days and formation of the band, Hummingbird Mountain suggests that you read the educational and informative article written on the band that was featured in issues 30 and 31 of the Ptolemaic Terrascope.

    • Who came up with the name “Bardo Pond“?

      Clint Takeda. For more information on how the band got its name, I suggest reading the highly informative article on the band from Terrascope written by Tony Dale.


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  2. Labels & Old Releases

    • Does Bardo Pond run Three Lobed Recordings?

      While Bardo Pond is closely affiliated with Three Lobed Recordings, they are not one and the same. The label is run by the band’s webmaster.

    • How do I get a copy of _____ [fill in one of the self-released cassette titles here]?

      The few self-released tapes that you speak of from the discography are effectively the same sort of thing that you would see come from any other band very early in their career. These are essentially 4-track demo tapes that were given titles and handed out in Bardo’s early days. They were sent to labels, given to friends, and circulated through the band. The band has not circulated any copies of these recordings in a while and do not presently have any for sale. Tape/CDR trading and/or eBay would be the best way for you to track these elusive tunes down. Caveat—the material from these early documents frequently doesn’t bear a lot of sonic relevance to the band’s present sound. Some tracks remain the same and sound quite similar, but others simply do not.

    • How do I get a copy of _____ [fill in title of some other out-of-print release here]?

      The band’s output is pretty voluminous with many of those items having only seen very limited releases. The band does not currently have copies of most of these releases for sale beyond what is presently listed on the Merchandise section of this website. If there is a particular release you are looking for, your best bet is to scour online record stores and/or eBay.

    • Since some of the band’s material is out of print, is there any hope that the band might compile some of this material in one spot?

      The band has considered compiling some of the their tracks from compilations, 7″s and other sources into cohesive units. Despite this consideration, there is no immediate plan to release this sort of collection at the present. Perhaps in the future.

    • What is the band’s self-released Volume CDR series all about?

      Started in the fall of 2000, the Volume series has allowed the band to tap into their vast archives of recorded rehearsal takes, studio jams, and other ephemeral material. The non-commercial format gives them the freedom to release some material that simply would not properly fit on an officially released item (too long, too loose, too bizarre, etc.). Each CDR is made by the band and sold exclusively at shows and through this webpage. The band’s current aim is to keep two discs from the Volume series in print at any one time. Once the band has “retired” a release, they also have no intent to re-release that disc later. Expect each disc in the series to be available for close to a year.


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  3. Booking and Shows

    • I’m interested in booking Bardo Pond (or any of the side projects) to play at X location. How do I go about making this happen?

      Bardo Pond currently works with Tim Edwards at Flower Booking in Chicago for scheduling all of their non-local appearances. Contacting Tim with your needs is the best way to figure out if the band is available and all of the other relevant details. Check out www.flowerbooking.com or e-mail Tim at tim@flowerbooking.com for more information.

    • I live in _____ city/country. Why hasn’t Bardo Pond played here recently?

      The band does the best it can to get to all of the places it should. Promise. That said, it is not easy for a band with day jobs to embark on wide, sprawling tours. Likewise, Europe is also hard to frequently tour due to time and financial constraints. The band consciously tries to get to as many places in the US and Canada as frequently as their schedule allows. They also try to hit Europe as often as is feasible. If they haven’t been near you soon, wait a little longer. You are not forgotten.

    • Is the band OK with fans making live recordings of their shows?

      Bardo Pond is very receptive to tapers and is flattered by your desire to do so. Audience, soundboard, video – whatever, it’s all good. Their only request is that you send a copy of your recording to the band for their own personal archives that are run through this page. If you have taped the band, please contact bardo@threelobed.com for more information regarding submissions. In step with their encouragement of taping, the band strives to let local venues known of their feelings towards tapers. If you are at a show and are encountering difficulty with the club staff regarding taping, kindly asking the band should be able to clear everything up.


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  4. Contact Information

    • How do I contact the band?

      The band is at your disposal in a number of different ways. For those of you who frequent Bardo’s live performances, step right up and introduce yourself. They love to meet the people who get into their music and come to their shows. They’re all friendly sorts who are looking forward to meeting you. If you desire to send them anything by mail, the following address will get your letter/package straight in touch.

      Bardo Pond
      1801 N. Howard
      Philadelphia, PA 19122

      If you want to get in touch by email, feel free to send a message along to bardo@threelobed.com and it will end up in the inbox of the proper recipient.

    • Who do I contact to book Bardo Pond to play a show?

      Bardo Pond currently works with Tim Edwards at Flower Booking in Chicago for scheduling all of their non-local appearances. Contacting Tim with your needs is the best way to figure out if the band is available and all of the other relevant details. Check out www.flowerbooking.com or e-mail Tim at tim@flowerbooking.com for more information.

    • Who do I contact for press/publicity?

      In the US, the press contact is Perry Serpa at Good Cop PR. Call (212) 229-1862, write perry@goodcoppr.com, or visit www.goodcoppr.com.

      The UK press contact is Ken Lower at Hermana PR. Call +44 (0)207-733-8009, or write ken@hermana.co.uk.

    • How do I contact the webmaster?

      For those of you not paying attention, you may write the webmaster at bardo@threelobed.com.


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  5. Side Projects

    • Who is Prairie Dog Flesh?

      Prairie Dog Flesh is an alter ego formation of Bardo Pond featuring mostly Pond members (on a typical night) when it happens. The difference is that Clint sings and the product is more improvisational. They crank out glossolalia songs that they don’t even remember singing. Simply put — it is the lemur brain of Bardo.

    • Who is Hash Jar Tempo?

      This is the title that has been given to two monumental albums that came out of marathon jam/recording sessions between Bardo and Roy Montgomery. Both were recorded during some of Roy’s infrequent trips to the U.S. and the product is quite impressive. Two albums represent these sessions — Well Oiled chronicles the March 1995 recording session and Under Glass represents what happened on one fateful night in April of 1998. Drunken Fish has released both of these excellent CDs. While there are no current plans for an additional recording session, if and when Roy returns to the states, don’t be surprised to see a third album result.

    • Who is Third Troll?

      This is the music you’re looking for when you want to seriously space out. Michael and John Gibbons assault your ears with gutars and feedback. Kevin Moist gives you a workout with the saxophone. Isobel Sollenberger slaps you around with the flute. Aaron Igler jams on the keys. This beast has been known to sell their wares through the Merchandise section of this site. They rarely play live, but have been known to in the past.

    • Who is Wicked Finger?

      This is an older collaboration featuring Bardo’s original drummer, Joe Culver. There have been few releases from this entity.

    • Who is Ghost Room?

      Ghost Room is an occasional beast that pops up around Philadelphia to do largely improvised soundscapes. The players include the Gibbons brothers, Aaron Igler, and Mat Pruden. These shows are relatively infrequent, but do happen.


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  6. Title Explanations

    • Help me out here. I’ve looked over the song and album names on many of the band’s recordings and I have come up with a theory. Are many of the band’s album titles overt references to anything in particular?

      Without just coming out and saying anything, a little thought and investigation on your own should help you come to a quick conclusion. Not to be hazy, but the dots shouldn’t be that hard to connect.

    • Who, or what, is a Bufo alvarius?

      Bufo alvarius is the scientific name for a toad native to the southwestern US. This is the toad whose skin secretions contain DMT.

    • What is an amanita?

      Amanita is the name of an obscure Indian hallucinogenic, said to instill the user with telepathy. Really. More accurately, it is the name for an entire genus of white, spore-producing fungi, most of them poisonous.

    • Why is Amanita sometimes referred to as The High Frequency in print discographies and articles?

      This was Amanita’s original working title. It was also affixed to some advance cassette copies of the album, making the name stick in some people’s minds to this day. The material on this cassette is all available as Amanita.

    • What is anandamide?

      It is a receptor in the human brain that receives the cannabinoid compound as well as particles found in both chocolate and hops. The word itself is derived from the Sanskrit.

    • Should we know anything about a set, and, furthermore, a setting?

      Only that the two are inseparable and should be well considered before any adventure.

    • Is there an actual Hummingbird Mountain?

      Hummingbird Mountain is not a mountain as you know it, but it is instead a place of the imagination. According to Clint Takeda, the inspiration for “Hummingbird Mountain” came from the Rockies, but was developed in Philadelphia. Hummingbird Mountain is not a geologically formed mountain, but rather a mountain made of millions of hummingbirds. It is not a mountain that you climb, but rather one that you listen to. There is not a specific place assigned to this mountain, nor could there be... this mountain moves and buzzes and is alive.


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