BARDO POND Chicago Oct 2016


Sun 10/9 w/Poison Arrows, William Fowler Collins & James Jackson Toth The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee LOGAN SQUARE

Sat 10/8 appearing as ALUMBRADOS w/Poison Arrows, Mako Sica with Mark Shippy Burlington Bar 3425 W Fullerton Ave

It is an honor to play- Three Lobed Recordings’ Sweet Sixteen Spectacular!!!


Three Lobed Recordings is proud to present a daylong showcase to celebrate its sixteen improbable years of existence. Similar in scope and purpose to the Three Lobed day shows during Hopscotch at Kings, this show was organized as a loose celebration of all of the various sorts of sounds that the label has been associated with over the course of its existence.

Come out and enjoy a relaxed day of experimental music alongside some like-minded friends.

More details, exact schedule, etc. very soon. Tickets are currently on sale at the link above.

(Related note, if you are coming in from out of town and would be interested in seeing if we could put together a discounted hotel block at a local hotel [like the Raleigh downtown Sheraton, a few short walking blocks from Kings], please let us know. We have initially looked into the idea but had no idea what sort of demand there would be and didn’t know what size of a block to look into. Drop us a line if this is something that appeals to you…)

Bardo Pond appearing @ATP 2.0 APRIL 2016 CURATED BY STEWART LEE

ATP Stewart Lee c 2016_NEWS

“Of all the ATPs I’ve attended, the 2001 weekend, when Tortoise curated it and laid American free jazz, European improv noise, alternative country rock, alienating stand-up comedy, ambient electronica, Eighties hardcore, Seventies CBGBs nostalgia, smart-arse post punk, Dutch anarcho-jazz and all manner of unexpected cross-currents on curious young people, remains a pivotal point in my musical education. It’s a great honour to be allowed to attempt something similar. Bring bucket, spade, swimwear and an open mind.”
Stewart Lee

It’s an honour to be invited to this event. Stewart Lee is one of the best. 

He has achieved more for world peace than any politician has.

Thank you Stewart, Thank you ATP

Out Now 500mg “To The Firmament’ on Drawing Room Records





500mg  ‘To The Firmament’

“To The Firmament” is the third and finest album released from 500mg, Michael Gibbons of Bardo Pond. Unlike his previous and primarily acoustic guitar affairs, Mr. Gibbon’s latest album showcases a higher level of experimentation and varied sounds and techniques. Samples of viola, cello, trumpets, and other various sound forms are incorporated in the well-established 500mg guitar-based framework. Voices (and not just the ones in your psyche) can also be heard, even prominently on two tracks, one being Mr. Gibbon’s take on the Stones’ “Sister Morphine.”Programmed and sequenced as two suites, “To The Firmament” takes the listener on a cinematically dreamlike stated journey. Through the album’s use of spoken-word, sub-conscious visions may appear real upon multiple listens. All of this, of course, is quite heavy.

Pressed on 180-gram vinyl with an 22/11” foldout poster included, the LP is limited to 350 copies. An unlimited download version is also available.


released 31 July 2015

“Parallelogram” 5 LP collection + download



Hey we are psyched to be part of this TLR joint and sharing a slab with YLT!

TLR 109-113: parallelogram 5 LP collection + download

TLR 109-113: parallelogram

anticipated release in august 2015. approximately 950 collections (5 LPs) available from three lobed recordings on 140g black vinyl and housed in letterpressed “matchbooks”. $115 postpaid with download coupons.

available for pre-order as direct digital download from bandcamp soon.

expect further changes to this page over the coming weeks / months as more information about this collection is revealed.

there is a particular magic that comes from finding the right musical pairing. we’ve all experienced the perfect song at the perfect time and know how electrifying it can be. the set and setting that combine to make those jukebox choices, mix tapes or playlists really work can be so hard to define but easy to identify once they are out there in the wild. part of the fun behind the curtains at three lobed recordings has always been trying to divine the alchemy of pairings that work to our ears. these efforts have time and again taken the form of collections and collaborations, both as multi-volume releases (ranging from the trio of multi-disc CD series to the not the spaces you know, but between them box set) and single albums (such as the collaborative albums from golden gunn or the hagerty-toth band to the eight trails, one path compilation). with this in mind, three lobed is proud to present parallelogram, a collection of five carefully assembled split albums celebrating complementary musical pairings.

the pairings contained within the parallelogram collection take a few different forms. whether the artists are kindred spirits, former touring partners, and/or folks that have mutually inspired one another, the material on each side of each of these records feeds naturally into the other. on whole the artists collected asparallelogram serve as a sort of reflection of the genres and styles found across the entirety of the three lobed catalog.

the parallelogram collection consists of the following five albums:

hiss golden messenger / michael chapman (TLR-109)

six organs of admittance / william tyler (TLR-110)

kurt vile / steve gunn (TLR-111)

thurston moore & john moloney: caught on tape / [alan] bishop – orcutt – corsano trio (TLR-112)

bardo pond / yo la tengo (TLR-113)

each album consists of never before released material compiled especially with this collection in mind. each LP will be housed within its own letter pressed “matchbook” (similar in nature to the ones used on the eight trails, one pathguitar compilation [TLR-091]) bearing new original artwork by casey burns and printed by dexterity press. each LP is pressed on 140g black vinyl pressed at record industry in the netherlands and includes a download coupon. all 5 LPs were mastered by patrick klem. all 5 LPs will ship simultaneously in a single package.

a couple of years in the making, this collection represents a celebration of this label’s improbable fifteenth anniversary. it seemed appropriate to assemble an equally improbable project to celebrate the milestone. we cannot wait to share this collection with all of you.

only approximately 950 five LP collections are available from three lobed. theparallelogram collection can only be purchased from three lobed as a five record set and not a la carte. all of the contributing artists will have individual copies of their respective albums for sale at a later date through their own channels. due to the nature of shipping for this particular collection, parallelogram is not eligible for combined shipping with other three lobed titles (or with additionalparallelogram sets).

the current estimate for shipping of this collection is august of 2015. all audio for this series is in hand and all test pressings have been approved as of this posting.

being fully cognizant that this is a set that may interest some folks that may not prefer/be able to pay for it in a single payment, we are able to take split payments. the first payment can be made at any time and the second payment must be made on or before july 15, 2015. full payment must be received in full prior to shipment of the set. there is a slight additional fee associated with split payments related to payment processing. if you have questions about this split payment setup, please inquire.

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