Bazan Living Room Shows: Can You Host a Show?

Hello Friends!

We are setting up more living room shows in 2010. The first batch of shows will be in the Northwest.

FEBRUARY
Thu Feb 25 – Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, etc EVENING show (8pm)
Fri Feb 26 – Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, etc EVENING show (8pm)
Sat Feb 27 – Bainbridge, Bremerton, Poulsbo, Port Townsend, etc  AFTERNOON show (5pm)
Sat Feb 27 – Bainbridge, Bremerton, Poulsbo, Port Townsend, etc  EVENING show (8pm)
Sun Feb 28 – Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, etc AFTERNOON show (5pm)
Sun Feb 28 – Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, etc EVENING show (8pm)

Here’s how it works.

1. You have a house or loft space that can comfortably and safely host 40-45 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement would be ideal. There would need to be enough parking nearby and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of all the extra cars and people coming to your house. You should probably not do this if you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord.

2. The shows will not be open to the public and no tickets will be sold at the door. We will pre-sell a set number of tickets for each show on David’s website before the show. Be realistic on how many people your place can hold. We need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance. We’ve found that 40-45 people is what the average living room can hold. Ticket price will be $25.

3. We will provide you with a detailed list of everyone who will be coming to the show. The host won’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive.

4. The host can have up to 5 additional free tickets for the show. If you have other friends who want to come to the show you can direct them to the link to buy tickets on-line.

5. You don’t need any sort of sound system. All you need is a chair for David to sit on.

6. Your home address will not be published on the web and will only be given to those people who purchase tickets.

7. The shows will not be promoted or advertised anywhere except David’s websites.

If you are interested, please follow these steps:

1. READ THIS

2. email trey@billions.com with all of these things:
– a. your address
– b. a few photos of your living room
– c. which dates and times work for you

3. sit tight and we’ll get back to as soon as possible if we can work your home into our schedule

After we have the dates and locations sorted out we will announce the dates and tickets will go on sale at undertowtickets.com.

Stay tuned.

Bazan Solo: Europe/UK Tour Dates

David will be on tour in Europe during January and February. Please come out and say hello if you can.

Jan 28 : Trix – Antwerpen (B)
Jan 29 : Ekko – Utrecht (NL)
Jan 30 : Winston – Amsterdam (NL)
Jan 31 : The Freebutt – Brighton (UK)
Feb 01 : Nation of Shopkeepers – Leeds (UK)
Feb 02 : Captains Rest – Glasgow (UK)
Feb 03 : Borderline – London (UK)
Feb 04 : Point Ephemere – Paris (F)
Feb 05 : Papiersall – Zurich (CH)
Feb 06 : La Casa 139 – Milan (I)
Feb 07 : Jubez – Karlsruhe (D)
Feb 08 : Steinbruch – Duisburg (D)
Feb 09 : NBI – Berlin (D)
Feb 10 : Din Nye Yen Café – Copenhagen (DK)
Feb 11 : Whelan’s – Dublin (IR)

All shows with Postdata (Paul Murphy of Wintersleep)

Curse Your Branches is available in Europe and UK from the fine folks at One Four Seven Records.

BUY IT:
Direct from One Four Seven
Amazon UK

West Coast Living Room Shows Jan 12-17

UPDATED: 01/07 @ 11:32pm (CST)
All of the January Living Room shows are Sold Out. Thank you!

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Tue Jan 12 – Berkeley CA – SOLD OUT
Wed Jan 13 – Sacramento CA – SOLD OUT
Thu Jan 14 – Santa Clarita CA – SOLD OUT
Fri Jan 15 – Long Beach CA – SOLD OUT
Sat Jan 16 – San Diego CA – SOLD OUT
Sat Jan 16 – San Diego CA – SOLD OUT
Sun Jan 17 – Santa Ana CA – SOLD OUT
Sun Jan 17 – Los Angeles CA – SOLD OUT

Living Room Shows in Seattle: Jan 8, 9 & 10.

UPDATED: 01/04 @ 1:00pm (CST)

David will be playing a few living room shows in and around Seattle. Tickets go on sale Sunday, December 20th at Noon (PT). Only 30 tickets will be available for each show.

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Friday, Jan 8 – Seattle, WA – SOLD OUT
Saturday, Jan 9 – Seattle, WA – SOLD OUT
Saturday, Jan 9 – Seattle, WA – SOLD OUT
Sunday, Jan 10 – Bellevue, WA – SOLD OUT

Living Room Shows in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan!

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UDPATED 12/03/09

12/9 – Detroit, MI – 8pm – SOLD OUT
12/10 – Cleveland, OH – 8pm – SOLD OUT
12/11 – Columbus, OH – 8pm – SOLD OUT
12/12 – Indianapolis, IN – 5pm – SOLD OUT
12/12 – Indianapolis, IN – 8pm – SOLD OUT
12/13 – Ft. Wayne, IN – 5pm – SOLD OUT
12/13 – Ft. Wayne, IN – 8pm – SOLD OUT
12/14 – Goshen, IN – 8pm – SOLD OUT
12/15 – Lansing, MI – 8pm – SOLD OUT

Living Room Shows – Seattle, San Francisco, LA, San Diego

Hello all.  We’re looking for a few more places to host living room shows in and around the Seattle metropolitan area on this weekend:

Friday, Jan 8th – 8pm show
Saturday, Jan 9th – 5pm early evening show
Saturday, Jan 9th – 8pm late evening show
Sunday, Jan 10th – 8pm show

Same goes for San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego the following week:

Tuesday, Jan 12th – 8pm show (San Francisco area)
Wednesday, Jan 13th – 8pm show (San Francisco area)
Thursday, Jan 14th – 8pm show (LA area)
Friday, Jan 15th – 8pm show (LA or San Diego area)
Saturday, Jan 16th – 5pm early evening show (LA area)
Saturday, Jan 16th – 8pm late evening show (LA area)
Sunday, Jan 17th – 5pm early evening show (San Francisco area)
Sunday, Jan 17th – 8pm late evening show (San Francisco area)

If you are interested, please read this http://www.davidbazan.com/wp-content/uploads/bazan-houseshow.pdf, then email trey@billions.com with your address, a few photos of your living room, and which dates and times work for you.

After we have the dates and locations sorted out we will announce the dates and tickets will go on sale at undertowtickets.com. Stay tuned.

“It’s never good when you can’t tell if what you’re eating is shredded lettuce or your beard”

October 29, 2009 : The Picador : Iowa City, IA

The Picador, formerly known as Gabe’s Oasis, in Iowa City, Iowa, is commonly known as the worst rock club in America to touring bands. Load-in takes place up a full flight of metal stairs (as physics would have it, load-out takes place down those same stairs), the room is an unfinished mass of bare concrete, a carpeted stage (for optimally bad stage-sound), some lawn chairs, a couple of exposed electrical wires, and on this particular day, a nasty leak above the men’s bathroom which resulted in half-an-inch of standing water by the end of the night.

The show was also the most poorly attended of the tour thus far, and the weather was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life. The band still played a great show, and I met some really nice people who were glad we came through town. Thanks to those people.

October 30, 2009 : Jackpot Saloon : Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, Kansas is definitely a pretty standard midwestern college town, but that’s not a bad thing. We did some awesome record shopping at Love Garden and ate some delicious food at Local Burger. Apparently, Lawrence likes to celebrate Halloween a day early, as about half the town were drunk power rangers, drunk pirates, drunk nurses, etc. The show was very full and very fun. The band dudes checked out C & C Drum factory / shop on the way out of town – a treat which I had to bypass to by some medicine for my nasty cold and look (in vein) for a replacement suitcase for my current stuff-holder which is in critical condition.

October 31, 2009 : The Slowdown : Omaha, NE

The dudes at Saddle Creek seem to have spurred some serious development by erecting The Slowdown, a very awesome venue, in a sort-of-abandoned part of downtown Omaha. In the strip with the multi-level venue now rests an American Apparel, an Urban Outfitters, an Art Theater, the Saddle Creek offices, and a pretty good coffee shop. A real hipster’s paradise.

It was Halloween in Omaha and the 200-something Nebraskans in attendance were suitably-dressed. Best costume goes to the couple dressed as H1-N1. Awesome and topical. The Slowdown was giving out candy, which was nice, and despite some technical difficulties people dug the set.

I accidentally took some nyquil about two hours before load-in which put me in a zombie-like state for most of the evening as I tried in vein to fight my way out of an Antihistamine-induced quicksand. Not one of the better moments of tour. Tomorrow is an eight hour drive to Denver, followed by the same to Salt Lake City the next day, and an I-don’t-even-want-to-think-about-it thirteen hour jaunt to Seattle the day after that. Good thing I have that Nyquil.

“It was in a handicapped zone, dude, perhaps they towed it?”

-1A Blake Wescott Look-a-like. (Photo by Andy Fitts)

October 27, 2009 : High Noon Saloon : Madison, WI

After a 14-hour day at Electrical Audio, we hailed a couple of cabs and retired to our rented rooms at the Days Inn on Deversey – a surprisingly awesome hotel, with a lot of it’s 1930’s charm still in tact. Some really cool stuff went to tape at Electrical Audio, and I had a lot of freak out’s centered around realizing the history of the room we were in. Several of my most treasured records were made here – Songs : Ohia’s “Didn’t it Rain,” Smog’s “Rain On Lens,” Shellac’s “At Action Park,” and tons of others – so I did what anyone would do and stole a blank track sheet to frame and hang up somewhere.

The High Noon Saloon in Madison is a pretty great room – big, with a nice backstage area, an upstairs for people who want to talk, and some good food in walking distance (the California Chicken Sandwich at Brass Ring will effect your day). The show was, unfortunately, the most poorly attended and also really early (7 and 8 pm set times with a hard 9:15 curfew). Despite this, the crowd was fine, and everyone had a fine time.

Dave’s friend Ben lives in town and came to hang out at the hotel afterwards where we had some good pizza and watched South Park.

October 28, 2009 : MPR, Turf Club : Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN

We left Madison early in order to make it to the MPR studios in time for an in-station for their excellent program, The Current. MPR has a pretty immaculate setup in downtown Minneapolis, and their live room is nicer than lots of professional recording studio’s – a rare thing for radio performances. The set will air sometime next week, and it sounded pretty great. The band played “Heavy Breath,” “Please Baby, Please,” and “When We Fell.”

I write to you now from the Turf Club – a really cool venue with really friendly staff, and an amazing Ethiopian restaurant across the street, at which I recently finished overeating. Wye Oak played first of three tonight, one of only four opening bands on this tour (not counting Say Hi, of course) and they were fantastic. I can’t say enough great things about them, you should check out their record called “The Knot” which came out on Merge a few months ago.

Tonight’s show was another sellout, a nice change from last night’s show, and both Say Hi and BAZAN totally brought the ruckus to the twin cities.  In terms of audience quality tonight was one of, if not the best, and the Turf Club is an amazing place to play. Act like you know.

Toronto, Pontiac, Chicago, Champaign

Well, I left my Macbook charger in Toronto, so tour blogging has gotten significantly more difficult, but I promise to keep at it. The easiest way to catch up is a quick recap with some photos:

Toronto was amazing, the crowd was one of the best yet, Canadian money is really pretty, we had some great thai food, I bought socks and shirts at Honest Ed’s, and Lee’s Palace sounded great. I can’t believe how smoothly the border crossings went – Vancouver will surely be a nightmare, because we got over the border in fifteen minutes, and back to the states in ten. Thanks for being so awesome, Toronto.

Pontiac was uh, it was pretty good. Michigan doesn’t have an indoor smoking ban, which is a bummer, and the staff at the Pike Room / Crofoot (an awesome venue) is not exactly big on hospitality. As Barnhart put it, “it’s a great place to have a terrible show.”

Chicago, as always, was fantastic. Lincoln Hall overtook the Bowery as the most excellent venue of this tour. It was only their fourth show, and the venue is big, pristine, and sounds incredible. The hospitality staff at Lincoln Hall gets a special shout-out for being, without doubt, the most kind, helpful, and accommodating bunch of folks we’ve dealt with this trip. The Schuba’s dudes run this place, so they know a thing or two about putting on a rock show – not exactly a lightweight.

It was nice to be in Champaign and hang out with Bob and Adam, we also got to eat Papa Del’s, my favorite pizza in the world, and watch some Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Now we’re in Chicago at Electrical Audio, and I’m freaking out because some of my most favorite records were made here. I can’t tell you exactly what we’re doing here, but you’ll know soon enough, and you’ll be psyched about it. Here are some pictures Bob took, click on them to make them bigger.

“I know how to throw a hotel room party”

8126_175576977104_703522104_3255086_51495_n October 20, 2009 : TTThe Bear’s : Cambridge, MA

TW Walsh, whom you most likely know if you’re reading the David Bazan tour blog, came down for the New York show and rode down to Boston with us. On the way down we played some fun van games, ate some bad fast food, and generally hung out.

Today, the 20th, was a day off in Boston/Cambridge until our 6:00 pm load-in at TT The Bear’s in Cambridge. Alex, Matt, and I decided to wander around Cambridge, the rest of the dudes hung out at TW’s for the afternoon. After a delicious lunch, Alex dissapeared, so Matt & I hit up the super-excellent Twisted Village Records, where we both found a handful of stuff we were psyched about, and then the MIT Press Bookstore where I saw about thirty books I wanted to purchase. However, being poor, I decided to get just one, which was on sale. A Bazan fan was working the register, a fact he had established with Matt through small talk, asking why we were in town. I was hoping for a sweet discount since we were rockognized and all, but no such luck.

The Soft Drugs played first of three for this show, and it was an incredible treat. TW writes amazing songs, and he has an amazing band, of which he’s probably the most impressive member. Anyone who can drum that well and sing songs has something figured out.

October 21, 2009 : The New York Thruway, New York

Today was a “day off” (Drive day). We drove the entirety of the New York thurway, stopping at five “service areas” which all looked eerily similar, prompting a running groundhog day joke. When we got to the hotel we all met in Bazan’s room to watch “The Hangover,” which was on HBO. Bazan decided to order some nasty/awesome hotel bar chicken wings, fries, and onion rings for us (what a great boss) and set up a pretty amazing hotel room bar that was comprised of ice filled trash cans, left-over rider beer, and a half-empty bottle of tequila – a regular Martha Stewart, that one.

“Hey Tim, will you pass me that mini-french horn that’s underneath your seat?”

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Photo by TW Walsh

October 17, 2009 : Kungfu Necktie : Philadelphia, PA

I was skeptical when we arrived at Kungfu Necktie – skeptical of a lot of things. Skeptical that it could hold 150 people like we were told (it couldn’t), skeptical that loading in through a door that an average-sized adult male had to turn slightly sideways to fit through would be much fun (It wasn’t), and skeptical that the bar, who told us doors were at 8, would actually be adhering to that, since there were some patrons already bellied-up to the bar when we arrived (they didn’t).

Remember that load-in door that an average-sized adult male had to turn slightly sideways to fit through? Well, we’re average-sized adult males, for the most part, but we have keyboards, drums, guitars, merch bins, audio racks, and the like to lug in, so load-in wasn’t much fun. I hurt my back picking things up, which made me feel weird and old, and we had to store our stuff in the basement, down two flights of stairs, because the stage was so tiny.

Now, I should interrupt long enough to say that the bar was cool, the staff was cool, and the show went fine. But the mechanics? The dirty, behind-the-scenes operations that The Bottletree makes so smooth for bands? Those were horrible.

After load-in we got what was undoubtedly the best sandwich I’ve ever put in my mouth from a place down the street called Paisano’s. I’m still thinking about it and feeling happy. I also got to hang out with my friend Chris from the fantastic philly band Pattern is Movement, which was a nice Philly surprise.

After the show, load-out proved to be even worse than load-in. Same narrow door, but add a dance party, complete with DJ, that started AS SOON as Bazan finished playing. No one had mentioned that this would be going down to any of us, so I was pretty stoked to be carrying 100 pounds of merch up stairs, around a pinball machine, and through 20 drunk people dancing to bad remixes.

October 18, 2009 : New York, NY : Bowery Ballroom

We arrived at the Bowery about an hour early for load-in, so we did what anyone would do – we went to find pizza. We didn’t have to look far as Lombardi’s was a scant two blocks away. While there I had the best white pizza I’ve ever eaten (this might as well be a food blog) and a lively 25-minute debate took place about the appropriate piano-tone for “Hard to Be”

BAZAN played their best set of the tour to an almost sold-out Bowery Ballroom, and it felt really good. The nice thing about the Bowery is that it’s a Ballroom, not a rock club. The bar is hidden downstairs, there’s a proper balcony, great sightlines, the best sounding P.A. of the tour, and arguably the best sounding room of the tour. It was great, and somehow I’m not sick of seeing this thing after 19 nights in a row.

Today was a day off in NYC, until a 6 pm van call in Brooklyn. Everyone recalled their day off fondly, as if it were a distant memory when we met back up at the van, alot like when you went back to school after summer break in grade school. Tour is a real time warp like that. After that we walked a few blocks to get some (apparently) world famous, really-expensive, and totally-worth-it Red Velvet cake from a place called “Cake Man Raven” (google the dude) which I won’t even try to explain. It blew my mind.

Next, we hit the road to Boston, but didn’t get all that far before being pulled over on a Connecticut parkway for illegally towing a trailer on the parkway (who knew?). Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication between Bazan’s insurance folks, so although the van was insured, it wasn’t yet listed on his card, and the officer wasn’t too thrilled when he thought we were illegally towing a trailer on an uninsured 15-passenger death trap down his parkway. He was nice enough to let us exit at the next exit (after writing two tickets) to an Econo Lodge where Bazan got a card faxed over and we were back on our way in no time.

We stopped for bad fast food and played fun van games with TW Walsh, who came down for the New York show and rode back to Boston with us tonight where his fantastic band, The Soft Drugs, will play 1st of 3 tomorrow at TT The Bear’s. I’m pretty stoked to see that.

“That guy treats objects like women”

October 15, 2009 :  Local 506 : Chapel Hill, NC

My favorite moment of the night was dinner from Carburrito and getting to hang with my friends Perry, Morgan, and Matt briefly.

We stayed at Bazan’s friends Jeff & Tricia’s house, and what a house it was! If you’ve ever perused a copy of Dwell Magazine it looked like an awesome, more indie-rock version of whatever the coolest thing you saw was. This morning we had delicious biscuits from Neil’s Deli and delicious coffee from Open Eye Cafe. Chapel Hill/Carrborro knows how to eat.

October 16, 2009 :  Black Cat : Washington, DC

Tonight was the best show of the tour. The band totally killed it – at one point someone at the merch table in the middle of “Cold Beer and Cigarettes” threw down their shirt and said “I’ll be right back,” before running back towards the stage in response to one of Casey’s drum fills. There were about 450 people there, and the Black Cat is an awesome venue with the most helpful staff of all time and an awesome cargo elevator.

I wanted to put Barack Obama +1 on the guest list just in case, but Matt wouldn’t let me. Here are some pictures from the last few days on tour. If you click them they get bigger.

NPR World Cafe: Live Performance and Interview

world-cafe-logoDavid Bazan’s Crisis Of Faith

October 15, 2009 from WXPN – David Bazan has always worn his faith on his sleeve. Under the Pedro the Lion moniker, he challenged both Christian and non-Christian communities with honest narratives that revealed previously unspoken truths. But just as he wore his faith, on the new solo album Curse Your Branches, he wears his newfound agnosticism.

Curse Your Branches has already been compared to the work of Leonard Cohen. Amid melancholic arrangements, the disc finds Bazan detailing his struggle with faith in the Evangelical world. It’s an album of great music and great humanity. In this installment of World Cafe, Bazan gives a moving performance of songs from the new album.

Live performance includes When We Fell, Curse Your Branches, Bless This Mess and In Stitches.

LISTEN NOW

“It’s like southern California on meth”

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Photos by Matthew Barnhart

October 13, 2009 :  The Social : Orlando, FL

Orlando was a great show. The Social’s a really nice bar in what was once a factory, or warehouse or something. Lots of exposed brick, vaulted ceilings, big pieces of wood everywhere, a boarded up fireplace – the works. There were about 300 people there, and all of them were pretty excited to be where they were. Dave got coaxed into doing another encore, and Blake was a hit with the fans (a couple of glasses of wine increase Big City’s rock-and-roll moves tenfold).

After a sweaty load-out (92 and muggy in the middle of October – gotta love Florida) we found some surprisingly killer, and unsurprisingly pricey ($5 a slice) right around the corner and totally killed it, then it was off to the shadiest hotel of the trip so far, and I should say they’ve mostly been great, the Orlando Quality Inn (so bad that I couldn’t even access the internet to write on this tour blog). Funny how the more they assure you the hotel is nice in the name, the worse it typically is.

October 14, 2009 :  Drunken Unicorn : Atlanta, GA

I loaded the first season of the fantastic HBO series, “Eastbound & Down” onto Matt’s computer and let Blake watch it on mine today. Matt finished the entire first season (albeit abbreviated pilot season), and Blake finished the next-to-last episode right before we pulled up to the venue. He’s pretty bummed about not knowing if Kenny and April ever hook up or not.

What a show! The Drunken Unicorn is definitely the most rock-clubby place we’ve played on this tour. The green room doesn’t have anywhere to sit, put things, or do anything really except stand around, the rider was about ten percent fulfilled, there was a water leak, and the venue went to get merch tables from a pita restaurant across the parking lot – it was also one of the best shows of the tour.

Dave got coaxed into playing another encore (I Promise he wasn’t and isn’t planning on encores) and this one was a three-songer: Priests & Paramedics, Man In Me (it’s first appearance), and Harmless Sparks backed by the whole band on vocals, another first, and it sounded great.

After the show the bar hosted a dance party of sorts, and I got to watch six older black dudes have a dance off. I’m kind of going to miss being in the south.

“Like Fleetwood Mac, but more heavy metal”

October 10, 2009 :  Murray State University : Murray, KY

College shows are weird. It’s the nature of the experiment, and they usually yield varying degrees of uncomfortable situations, terrible PA’s, and possibly uninterested crowds. Last night’s show at Murray State University was some awkward combination of the three in that order. The show was to be held at Lovett Auditorium, a large and beautiful 650 capacity theater. However, our show was held on the stage. Let me rephrase that, our show, and it’s audience, were both housed on the stage of the auditorium.  A small foot-high plywood “stage” was at the back of the actual stage with some tables (complete with table numbers and candlelight – what is this, a winter formal?) and chairs, couches, and recliners strewn about for people to sit. It was the weirdest rock show I’d even witnessed. Barnhart claimed it was “nothing,” and grumpily recalled worse college gigs he’d experienced right before he took his dentures out, polished his cane, and shoo’d some kids out of his yard.

About half of the crowd raised their hands when Bazan asked who lived in Murray, the rest had come from nearby Nashville, where I had just driven Dave from after his fantastic in-store at Grimeys. No one asked questions during the first two Q & A’s, and a conservative gentleman asked Dave what he thought of “Pope Obama’s new award.” Thanks for a great time, Murray.

Camper / Green Room

October 11, 2009 :  Bottletree : Birmingham, AL

The Bottletree is the best club in the United States, and it’s located in Birmingham, Alabama, a somewhat unexpected place of residence for such a superb place to see music. The backstage is decorated like a combination of a junk store and my southern aunt and uncle’s house: wood paneling, old southern gospel records, pop art paintings of del monte canned fruit, plastic snowmen, and the like. The green rooms are two vintage campers equipped with a large flat-screen, an atari, a collection of about 20 books and 20 dvd’s (unique to each trailer), air conditioning, a basket of free socks for bands (!) and shag carpet pillows. The owners of this club obviously put in some time in touring bands. The room sounds great, is equipped with an actual, new, well-functioning PA, and the food is delicious (tofu peanut butter pie changed my world.)

Tonight’s show was spectacular. We’ve officially “found our groove,” Casey is on his fourth show and “totally feelin’ it,” and the daily routine has become pleasingly robotic (that’s a good thing, I promise.) An awesome, old, black dude came up to the merch table and talked to me for a few minutes about Bazan – he said, “I dig that sound man, it’s kinda like Fleetwood Mac but a little bit more heavy metal,” whoa. This gentlemen claims to have been a touring guitarist for the Temptations at one point in his lifetime, something which I can neither confirm nor deny, but I sure hope he was, because he was awesome. Bazan played another solo, electric encore tonight. Don’t feel betrayed, Denton, Texas. When Bazan said you may be the only encore of the tour, he wasn’t just whistling dixie. Birmingham had to earn their encore for what felt like an eternity before the dude emerged to play ‘Priests and Paramedics’ and ‘Harmless Sparks.’

BAZAN has added “I Never Wanted You,” a fantastic song from the Headphones record into regular rotation in the set, and they’re also working on a cover that should be pretty great to hear live and with a band. Tomorrow is a drive day; 7.5 hours, without stops, to Gainsville, Florida. It should be….fun.

“If you put Cleveland in front of anything it sounds dirtier”

October 9, 2009 :  Hi-Tone : Memphis, TN

A long eight hour drive felt a lot longer due to the fact that we were followed by a storm the entire day – from our 10 AM van call until our 7:30 load-in it was dark and rainy, and then it just got a tad darker and colder, signifying that it was now nighttime. We stopped at a gas station in Arkansas where there was a folding table for the cops to sit at and gossip while they enjoyed their pecan pie. I hate Arkansas, and like every time, I can only hope this will be my last visit (no offense, Arkansans.)

Why do you have to talk so much Memphis? Why would you pay twelve dollars to stand in a music venue and talk during both bands? It’s an age old dilemma, and it’s one I’ll never fully grasp, but about half of the (around) 200 Memphistites, or…Memphins, or….Memphis-dwelling-people sure seemed to be into it. Also, there was a drunk couple who was trying to haggle with me on merch. I’ll break it down for you like this: no, you can’t haggle on merch prices. ten bucks for a CD and fifteen for a t-shirt is more than reasonable. Do you go to the American Apparel store and tell them $17 is too much for a t-shirt because you spent 5 of your last 20 on lunch (or a mojito, dude in Denton who got in the meet and greet line to ask Dave if you could have an LP for $10 after I denied the request).

I should say it wasn’t all bad apples, there were plenty of nice, friendly folks who came out and listened and enjoyed themselves, but sometimes the bad outweighs the good, or out-talks as it were.

Tomorrow is an in-store in Nashville followed by a college show at Murray State in Kentucky. I get to sleep in my bed, see my girlfriend, wash my clothes, and be in my apartment for a few hours. I’m looking forward to it.