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The Ponys - New US Dates

(photo taken from Static Silence's Flickr feed)

If you're amongst those who missed the very-much-BACK-IN-ACTION PONYS on their recent run of dates with Disappears and Woven Bones, there's a few more opportunities hear material old and new, just confirmed below.

Fri 8/20 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI (Fucking Awesome Fest)
Thu 9.30 - Exit Inn, Nashville, TN (Next Big Nashville)
Fri 10/1 - Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Fri 11/5 - Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL (with The Hollows)

"Check The Door" (160k mp3)

"Deathbed + 4" 12" and digital EP available from The Matador Store

Coming (Really) Soon : The Ponys' "Deathbed + 4" EP

Maybe you just thought The Ponys were returning to the club circuit to rehash old glories and use some old drink tickets. If so, you were WRONG WRONG WRONG. Coming on April 20 (digital) and May 25 (12" vinyl) is the first new Ponys' release since 2007's 'Turn The Lights Out', the menacingly awesome 'Deathbed + 4' EP. Here's a sneak preview in the form of "Check The Door" .

"Check The Door" (160k mp3)

upcoming dates :

Saturday 27 Seattle, WA The Tractor Tavern w/Disappears
Wednesday 28 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge w/Disappears, Meth Teeth
Friday 30San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill w/Disappears, Spencey Dude and the Doodles

Saturday 01 Silver Lake, CA Spaceland w/Disappears, Static Static
Sunday 02 San Diego, CA Casbah w/Disappears, Christmas Island
Friday 28 Austin, TX Mohawk (Chaos In Tejas fest, with A-Frames, Jeff The Brotherhood, Woven Bones)

Friday 18 New York, NY Mercury Lounge w/ Disappears, Woven Bones
Saturday 19 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool w/ Disappears, Woven Bones

The Ponys hit NYC

New Yorkers, your chance to to catch The Ponys comes in June. In addition to the previously announced dates, the band will perform at the Mercury Lounge on Friday June 18  and Union Pool on Saturday June 19 with Disappears and Woven Bones. All dates below:

Saturday 27        Seattle, WA       The Tractor Tavern w/Disappears
Wednesday 28    Portland, OR   Doug Fir Lounge w/Disappears, Meth Teeth
Friday 30San     Francisco, CA    Bottom of the Hill w/Disappears, Spencey Dude and the Doodles

Saturday 01    Silver Lake, CA       Spaceland w/Disappears, Static Static
Sunday 02    San Diego, CA          Casbah w/Disappears, Christmas Island
Friday 28    Austin, TX                  Mohawk w/Chaos In Tejas


Friday 18  New York, NY        Mercury Lounge w/ Disappears, Woven Bones
Saturday 19 Brooklyn, NY      Union Pool w/ Disappears, Woven Bones

photo montage lifted from canderson's flickr

The Ponys - New U.S. Dates

('s a old photo.  new ones, soon!)

After a handful of don't-call-it-a-comeback shows around the midwest last Autumn, The Ponys will be hitting the road for the first time in well, far too long, starting next week. We'll have some news about a forthcoming commercial-available-recorded-product of some sort or another very soon (unless you read about it elsewhere. We're not the only credible source in the world!)

Fri Feb 05, 2010 Grinnell, IA Gardner Lounge - Grinnell College with Rank Strangers
Sat Feb 06, 2010 St. Paul, MN Turf Club with France Has the Bomb, Bonbay Sweets, Chambermaids
Tue Apr 27, 2010 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern with Disappears
Wed Apr 28, 2010 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge with Disappears, Meth Teeth
Fri Apr 30, 2010 San Francisco, CA Bottom of The Hill with Disappears, Spencey Dude and the Doodles
Sat May 01, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland with Disappears, Static Static
Sun May 02, 2010 San Diego, CA Casbah with Disappears, Christmas Island
Fri May 28, 2010 Austin, TX Mohawk (Chaos In Tejas)

The Return Of The Ponys

Hey, look who's back! New shows, new songs, etc.   If you're going to the Chicago show, I've already got dibs on the Rod Blagovecvich wig.

10/29 - Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI, with Sticks & Stones and Terrible Twos
10/31 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL with France Has The Bomb and A/V Murder
11/13 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, with The Paybacks, Juiceboxxx, Kommie Kilpatrick

The Ponys - Live On 'All Songs Considered'

(Brian and Nathan, photo by Joel Didriksen for kingpinphoto)
As heard at Washington DC's 9:30 Club last Tuesday, The Ponys-in-concert-specialness, courtesy of NPR's All Songs Considered

Cunning Stunt Dept. : The Ponys, Invading Their Own Privacy For Your Entertainment

With the Ponys starting a nationwide tour in support of Spoon, we've spared no expense equipping front dude Jered Gummere with a live camera that will be webcasting his comings and goings....24/7? Whenever he's clothed?

The Ponys - In Party-Motion-Tonight, On Tour With Spoon Shortly Afterwards

(photograph by Colin Smith)

Though staff and management of Matador Records and Filmworks all agree that stealing music is wrong, we have no moral quandry about lifting the following information from The Ponys' myspace bulletin. Much like Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Fitchburg, MA, it had to be done.

Chicago people- Going away party/show at the Hideout TONIGHT. Ponys, Rabid Rabbit, dj' Saturday the 6th 10PM, be there!
Or if you're feeling fancy and you love SPOON, there are still tickets available for the Riviera Theatre 10/12.
There are still some tickets available for most of these shows, but buy them now because they are going fast!

Oct 8 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin*
Oct 10 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota*
Oct 11 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota*
Oct 12 Riviera Theatre Chicago, Illinois*
Oct 13 Majestic Theatre Detroit, Michigan*
Oct 14 Soundlab Buffalo, New York*
Oct 15 Kool Haus Toronto, Ontario*
Oct 16 Le National Montreal, Quebec*
Oct 17 The Roxy Boston, Massachusetts*
Oct 18 The Livingroom Providence, Rhode Island
Oct 19 Electric Factory Philidephia, Pennsylvania*
Oct 20 Roseland Ballroom New York, New York*
Oct 22 SUNY Private Event Purchase, New York
Oct 23 9:30 Club Washington DC*
Oct 24 Orange Peel Asheville, North Carolina*
Oct 25 Atlanta-TBA
Oct 26 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, Tennessee*

Pony on the loose!!


The Ponys have been rocking it worldwide since the release of their excellent "Turn Out The Lights" last March and they are taking some well deserved time off before they hit the road again this fall with Spoon, well at least some of them are.  Jered is hitting the West coast as a member of White Savage.  Don't miss it.

From The Ponys myspace bulletin:

Hey my other band White Savage will be on the west coast next week. Come visit me. Jered

Aug 14 2007    Bunkhouse Saloon w/ Static Static    Las Vegas

Aug 15 2007    Spaceland W/Static Static Los Angeles

Aug 16 2007    Tribal Cafe W/ Static Static    Los Angeles

Aug 17 2007    Bottom of the Hill W/ The Go, Bellavista, Thee Makeout Party    San Francisco

Aug 18 2007    The Hemlock Tavern W/ The Terrible Twos    San Francisco

Aug 20 2007    Slabtown w/ Bouquet, The Limbs    Portland

Aug 21 2007    Comet Tavern W/ Intelligence, Pyramids    Seattle


Check out White Savage this past Spring at SXSW



White Savage on myspace: 

Matador Vs. The Ponys bowl-off round 1


As killer as last Saturday night's Bowery Ballroom Ponys / Jay Reatard show was, it is pretty hard to compete with a bowling alley where the bands play right in the middle of the lanes. With that in mind I had no problem getting in the van for the trip to senic Asbury Park New Jersey.  I picked up Paul Sommerstein, ESQ and we raced, Corzine style, down the Garden State Parkway to the up and coming neighborhood of Asbury Park.  Once there we didn't waste too much time getting down to business on the lanes.



The first game was just me and Jered and we both we're having trouble getting into the zone.  Jered has a great style: launching the ball into the air at first with lots of spin on it producing a killer hook, but he just couldn't get it down and many a ball ended up in the gutter in the first game.  If he had it down I'd of been done for, but my basic style prevailed.  The second game brought Paul and Meslissa into the action and upped the stakes when Paul produced two awesome (and huge) home made buttons.  Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, winner gets to choose their pin. Jered clearly had me beat until the 10th frame when I channelled my love of Aerosmith into two consecutive strikes. Woo-hoo!

In our defense the Asbury Lanes, although totally cool, isn't really conducive to competitive bowling, but it sure was a good time.  And speaking of a good time, althogh these remaining Ponys / Jay Reatard shows are not happening in bowling alleys you should by all means try to attend.


23 Jul 2007  Washington DC,  Black Cat
24 Jul 2007 Columbus, OH  Skully's
25 Jul 2007 Newport, Kentucky, Southgate House

More Ponys Dates To Gaze At Longingly

August 11- Chicago, IL @ West Fest
September 8 - Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin

10-Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11-Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
12-Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
13-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
15-Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
16-Montreal, QC @ LeNational
17-Boston, MA @ The Roxy
19-Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
20-NY, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
24-Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
26-Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

All of the October dates are supporting Spoon.

The Ponys - US Dates With Jay Reatard

Jered and Melissa at Pitchfork, July 15, pic swiped from Kirstiecat's Flikr page

20 Jul 2007 Cambridge, MA, Middle East (upstairs)
21 Jul 2007 New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
22 Jul 2007 Asbury Park, New Jersey, Ashbury Lanes
23 Jul 2007  Washington DC,  Black Cat
24 Jul 2007 Columbus, OH  Skully's
25 Jul 2007 Newport, Kentucky, Southgate House

The Ponys' Assault On Your Consciousness Continues

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(Melissa and Jered, Doornroosje, May 25, photos taken from dennisthemper's flickr page)


20 - Metro, Chicago, IL (with Superchunk, Mountain Goats, Eff Cancer Benefit)


06-Winnipeg, Manitoba - Winnipeg Folk Festival
15-Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
17-Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
18-Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
19-Montreal, QC- Club Lambi *
20-Cambridge, MA - Middle East (upstairs) **
21-New York, MY - Bowery Ballroom **
22-Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes**
23-Washington DC - Black Cat **
24-Columbus, OH - Skully's **
25-Newport, KY - The Southgate House**

*with Deerhunter/Jay Reatard
**Jay Reatard

It's No Urban (Outfitter) Legend : Free Ponys Show In Lawrence, KS

(photo by Tom Rippe, used without permission)

Asked if we support college and non-commercial radio here at Matador, we would have to reply "yes". And, of course, if that means plying college MDs with free goods, tickets and expensive gifts to pump up chart positions, we'd emphatically reply "hell yes!!"

Well, The Ponys are about to put a little more rock action in their support. The Free Yr Radio campaign is putting together a series of in-stores to help in the support of the local college radio stations across the US and next Tuesday April 24th the band are going to be rocking Urban Outfitters (where else?) in Lawrence, KS in support of the very fine radio station KJHK.


Urban Outfitters

1013 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS 66044


The show begins at 6pm and your free invite can be printed at

Make sure you show up early and have your invite in-hand as the show is first come, first served and you MUST have an invite.

Other bands participating include Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Man Man, The Rapture, Tapes n Tapes and more. Additional cities and in-stores can be found here:

The Ponys Go-A-Trottin’

To help us celebrate this week’s release of The Ponys’ 'Turn The Lights Out', our friends at Daytrotter posted a very nice feature on the band which, of course, also includes four live tracks recorded for the soon to be infamous Daytrotter Sessions.

(an ambitiously blonde Jered, as illustrated by Daytrotter's Johnnie Cluney)

Recorded a few weeks back in beautiful Rock Island, IL, the band tore up some two-inch tape with four absolute keepers (and you can keep them, since they are available as mp3 downloads).  And the real sweetness comes with a scorching version of ‘Poser Psychotic’.

The band just left Austin where they logged the most shows for any single Matador artists at SXSW this year and are currently back out on the road with the Black Lips. If you missed that shindig in Texas and you’re are missing the band on this go-around you might want to check yourself out some live tuneage here.

New Ponys MP3


We're just 8 days away from the retail event of the mom's birthday! (hey mom!).  Coincidently, March 20 also marks the release of the 3rd album from THE PONYS, 'Turn The Lights Out'.   And with the band playing far too many SXSW shows this week, what better song from the album to preview than "Poser Psychotic"? (mp3)

There Ain't No Future In Our Frontin' : Matador At SXSW 2007

It's the rock biz' version of Spring Break, except Spring Break doesn't have enough cachet to lure Donnie Davies. And while Matador isn't doing a zillion dollar "showcase" (damn, we hate that word) this year, we are lucky enough to  witness several of our brightest lights making multiple appearances in Austin next week...on their own dime!

OFFICIAL SXSW EVENTS (ie. those without badges, wristbands and/or having turned up way early might well be SOL)

Thursday, March 15 - Shearwater, Central Prebyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St., 7:30pm
Thursday, March 15 - The Ponys, Emo's, 1am
Friday, March 16 - Times New Viking, Exodus, 10pm
Saturday, March 17 - Dead Meadow - Club Deville, 1am

in addition, the following parties / instores are happening and should be wide open to the public, space permitting :

Thursday, March 15 - The Ponys, KEXP taping (ACL studios), 1pm
Thursday, March 15 - The Ponys, Waterloo Records, 4pm
Friday, March 16 - The Ponys, Emo's (outside), 1:30pm
Saturday, March 17 - The Ponys, Mohawk (outside patio), 2pm
Saturday, March 17 - The Ponys, Red 7 (time TBA)

Friday, March 16 - Shearwater, Mohawk, 5pm

Friday, March 16 - Times New Viking, Long Branch Inn, 2pm

Thursday, March 15 - Dead Meadow, Instant Karma, 1pm
Friday, March 16 - Dead Meadow, Red 7, time TBA (afternoon party)
Friday, March 16 - Dead Meadow, Flamingo Cantina, time tba (afternoon party)
Saturday, March 17 - Dead Meadow, Jamie's Spanish Village, 8pm

Thursday, March 15 - Stuart Braithwaite, appearing as part of the Roky Erickson Ice Cream Social at Threadgill's (time TBA, but it's in the afternoon)

for more info on the day parties, non-SXSW events, we suggest you check out

Waterloo Records Welcomes The Ponys to SXSW

Ponys live
The Ponys will be performing a free show at Waterloo Records during South By Southwest.  Check out the action Thursday, March 15th at 4PM.  Waterloo Records is at 600A North Lamar Blvd. in Austin.

Ponys conquer London (part two)














Sonic Cathedral is a cool place to play and it feels right for the Ponys further onslaught across this city. The ceiling is crowded with yellow balloons with silver strings dangling onto the audiences heads. Nat who runs the club is DJing and shows some fine rocking selections. So do the Ponys. This band kick proverbial ass. They delve into "rocks rich tapestry" ( (c)Julie Burchill circa 1979) but come up weaving their own distinct and visceral sound. There is the sweeping grandeur of "1209 Seminary" and the stately beauty of  "Shine" balanced by the punchy future rock classic "Double Vision". The gig ended ends in a rock and roll maelstrom and yes indeed they "rock like a hurricane" ( (c) Sharon O'Connell circa 2007).  As they leave the stage Nat cues Television, a fitting salute to The Ponys' power and pedigree. 

The Ponys @ The Barfly, Camden

What nobody told me is how loud they are live. Seriously, they are fucking loud. And I spend most of my time at noise shows.

The Ponys took the stage a little late but promised to 'keep making noise til they pull the plug on us', which was still nowhere near long enough for me. Concentrating mostly on material from 'Turn The Lights Out', songs collided into each other, a blur of feedback, furious riffing, and psychedelic bizness that I don't know the correct term for. And then in the middle of all that, they drop in a jaunty keyboard tune, and before you've even finished scratching your head, they're back to the hard stuff, pummeling you with all sorts of garage-rock goodness. I was beaming from burst eardrum to burst eardrum.

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