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Ice Cream Spiritual

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Beg Waves
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G Shock
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7 Souls
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Celebrate The Body Electric (It Came From An Angel)
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Late For School
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Sky Drool
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Small Wevs
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Die Allman Bruder
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Album Information
EDITOR'S PICK

Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 33:58

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J. Edward Keyes

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Joe Keyes writes about music.

06.16.08
Ponytail, Ice Cream Spiritual
Label: We Are Free / SC Distribution

Ponytail is the sound of ecstasy: tall exclamation points of guitar, mad rambunctious percussion and wild-eyed ululations, an enormous blast of shocking pink bouncing off the walls and shooting up toward the sun. It's absolute happiness, a drill boring straight down into the human id, recording everything it finds.

You could call it no wave if it wasn't so bright-eyed and busting with joy. Old-time noiseniks embraced chaos as a weapon, but Ponytail are more interested… read more »

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If you think Deerhoof sucks ....

SavagePopster

This band does resemble Deerhoof. Although, as I recall, Satomi Matsuzaki sings words—sometimes in Japanese, mind you. Also, Deerhoof's music is often closer to free-jazz than rock. Ponytail has 99% wordless vocals and propulsive, forward-moving music that sounds like classic art-rock stoked by amphetamines. So, really, they're different. I like Ponytail a lot--and I can easily imagine clearing a room with it. So, as an earlier reviewer implied, if you don't like Deerhoof, you might as well move on, this is not for everyone. On the other hand, those who like "this sort of thing" will probably have a new favorite band.

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epic

EMUSIC-00D8D0B6

another great band from baltimore. singer sounds like a dolphin. and it's radical. the band is super tight.

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soundgasm

redbecca

Just saw them at Pitchfork - easily one of the best shows I've ever seen. Record is also fun.

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not bad

big-dan

it is cool that bands are tapping into the early punk noise rock outs of early SST bands; but i guess i have a hard time stomaching it when its from kids at a private university; maybe why rap is some much more real? or maybe even metal? just made from people who have something to complain about not imitate; but its a cool record; reminds me of bjork vs minutemen ..

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My Sox Rocked Off ! And I (barely) lived to tell !

7-how-7

This sounds like that day Bjork woke up and copulated with wild abandon with Dinosaur, Jr, Echo and The Bunnymen, X-mal Deutschland and The Velvet Underground. Sounds emanated, buildings collapsed, Chinese operas decomposed before our ears and it was all captured on tape. I heard an eargasm !

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Exhilaration and Freedom

Haines

This music is pure exhilaration: a total affirmation of being alive and being free. You can miss that if you come to it with expectations and forgone conclusions about what constitutes "good music." It can also fail to translate when at low volume or on tiny speakers. This is a group of incredibly talented musicians creating a space within which jubilant chaos and spontaneity can safely emerge and be transmitted to others.

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See them live

boygriv

I, like every jerk who has reviewed this thus far, only listened to the 30 second samples before dismissing them. It's eight credits... live a little.

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Wow...

JPReview

...honey, the kindegartners and their pet monkeys snuck into the recording studio overnight again.

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LOST

Smokesiu94

They steal that cover from a LOST wall painting?

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Poor Man's Deerhoof...

M.M.U.

...and Deerhoof really sucks.

eMusic Features

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Who Are…Ponytail

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

Ponytail is the sound of ecstasy: tall exclamation points of guitar, mad, rambunctious percussion and wild-eyed ululations, an enormous blast of shocking pink bouncing off the walls and shooting up toward the sun. It's absolute happiness, a drill boring straight down into the human id and recording everything it finds. You could call it no wave if it wasn't so bright-eyed and bursting with joy. Old-time noiseniks embraced chaos as a weapon, but Ponytail are… more »

They Say All Music Guide

The wild trill Molly Siegel lets loose at the beginning of “Beg Waves” lets listeners know that Ice Cream Spiritual! is unmistakably a Ponytail album, even if it’s more neatly groomed than their debut was. Kamehameha introduced the band’s highly concentrated, highly combustible noise-punk-pop in saturated outbursts; it sounded like someone threw a few mikes into the fray and then got out of the way of the band’s blazing onslaughts. Ice Cream Spiritual! sounds much more produced and premeditated, and its songs are longer and maybe a touch more involved, but none of this halts Ponytail’s sugar-buzz energy — if anything, the album’s clarity gives a better idea of just how big the band’s sound can be than Kamehameha did. “Late for School”‘s joyous guitar flurries and the noise-surf of “7 Souls” breeze by like lost songs from Ponytail’s first album, but “G Shock” — which features fancy fretwork that sounds like sped-up funk, massive drums, and Siegel’s vocalizations (which sound a little like an avant-garde cheerleader cheering the rest of the band on to wilder and faster musical feats) — swells up, explodes, and drifts away like a cloudburst. Ice Cream Spiritual!’s longer tracks push Ponytail closer to the expansive territory of bands like OOIOO, though Ponytail’s music is still more rock-based. Once their songs pass the four-minute mark, their energy becomes hypnotic instead of spastic. “Celebrate the Body Electric” runs the spectrum of Ponytail’s prettiest and noisiest sounds, but its shimmering guitars give it a desert rock trippiness; “Die Allman Bruder” channels, yes, the Allman Brothers via Sonic Youth and Deerhoof. At times, the album’s extended jams get a bit wearing, but Ice Cream Spiritual! shows that Ponytail’s music is still equal parts challenging, melodic, and fun. – Heather Phares

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