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Bombadil

In nearly all of their interviews, Durham, North Carolina indie combo Bombadil claim that their conceptual starting point is the folk music of Bolivia, last heard on the U.S. pop charts approximately never. (Simon & Garfunkel's "El Condor Pasa [If I Could]" was based on a folk song from Peru, one country over, but that's as close as it gets.) But before one gets nightmarish visions of a South American version of Vampire Weekend's wholesale rip-off of various African musical styles, the band's playful, childlike take on twee indie pop has only the slightest connection to South American folk tunes, having much more in common with the more cutesy side of the Elephant 6 stable (early Of Montreal, etc.) and the late, lamented indie label Kindercore Records. However, bassist and keyboardist Daniel Michalak and guitarist Bryan Rahija really did hatch the initial idea of the band and began writing songs together while spending a semester abroad in Bolivia, and the band's on-stage costumes include (among various outlandish looks) an approximation of the look of itinerant Bolivian folk musicians. Students at Duke University, Michalak and Rahija returned to North Carolina and added a mutual friend, multi-instrumentalist Stuart Robinson (who specializes in various keyboards and trumpet), and Michalak's younger brother, John Michalak, on drums. After a live demo recorded at a campus concert got the fledgling band (named for the J.R.R. Tolkien character Tom Bombadil) signed to local indie Ramseur Records; a self-titled EP was released in 2006. A heavy touring schedule combined with academic requirements caused John Michalak to leave the band prior to the recording of its full-length debut; he was replaced by James Phillips. Bombadil's debut album, A Buzz, A Buzz, was released in the spring of 2008. Tarpits & Canyonlands followed in 2009. The band was on hiatus for parts of 2009 and 2010 due to Daniel Michalak suffering from a recurring nerve condition in his hands that left him unable to play for periods of time. With Michalak's health improving, All That the Rain Promises came in 2011, with the witty, whimsical, and less ethnic folk-influenced Metrics of Affection arriving in the summer of 2013. Rahija left the band soon thereafter, and a fifth LP was written as a trio and recorded with guests including Rahija on guitar and ukulele and Michael Stipe, who also appeared on one track of Metrics of Affection, on trumpet. Shortly before the still jolly but more heartache-focused Hold On was released in March 2015, the band announced that Stuart Robinson was leaving to pursue other interests and would not be joining the promotional tour. ~ Stewart Mason & Marcy Donelson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hold On

1. Coughing On The F Train

2. Amy's Friend

3. Bill You For Your Trash

4. Forgive Me Darling

5. I Can't Believe In Myself And Love You Too

6. Sunny December

7. Framboise

8. Love You Too Much

9. Rhapsody In Black And White

10. Honest

11. Seth (Guess I'll Know When I Die)

12. Love Is Simply

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Track List: Metrics Of Affection

1. Angeline

2. Learning To Let Go

3. Born At 5:00

4. Isn't It Funny

5. Boring Country Song

6. Have Me

7. Patience Is Expensive

8. When We Are Both Cats

9. Whaling Vessel

10. What Does It Mean

11. One More Ring

12. Escalators

13. Thank You

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Track List: Tarpits/Canyonlands

1. I Am

2. Sad Birthday

3. Honeymoon

4. Reasons

5. Cold Runway

6. Oto The Bear

7. Prologue

8. So Many Ways To Die

9. Marriage

10. Laurita

11. Kuala Lumpur

12. Pyramid

13. 25 Daniels

14. Matthew

15. Kate And Kelsey

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Track List: A Buzz, A Buzz

1. Trip Out West

2. Julian Of Norwich

3. Smile When You Kiss

4. Rosetta Stone

5. Three Saddest Words

6. Buzz A Buzz

7. One Two Three

8. Cavaliers Har Hum

10. Johnny

11. Get To Gettin On

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Track List: All That The Rain Promises

1. I Will Wait

2. The Pony Express

3. Laundromat

4. Flour Water Sugar

5. Avery

6. Leather Belt

7. A Question

8. Good Morning Everyone

9. One Whole Year

10. Short Side Of The Wall

11. Unicycle

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Track List: Bombadil

1. Jellybean Wine

2. Sinister Side

3. Johnny

4. Tall Grass

5. La Paz

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johnmichalak 8 5
Brilliant band, beautiful melodies and lyrics.
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sky2141057
My favorites are Honeymoon and Thank you- My most favorite is A Question from All that the Rain Promises. They don't have it. I love their songs. (But sssh I think the main singer could use some more lessons ;)
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And one of those guys kind of sounds like my dad O_O
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This is my favourite band right now. These guys are so awesome!
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Unlike anyone else i've heard. And my comments arent for same song.
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Wow!
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One of the members used to live next door to my sisters best friend!
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nc.lauren
Favorite band of all time forever.
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bingee bingee boo
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strangejade5
is it me, or is this description written with the littlest hint of sass?
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The guys in bombadil are amazing live,catch them if you get a chance :)
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frank.skony
I don't hear bolivian... I hear Irish and Scottish folk influence on these. Having known alot of Irish and Scottish folk bands on the Renaissance Faire Circuit, they'd fit in great! :-)
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alr15
badass bombadil boys

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