David played a house show in Brooklyn last week. Enjoy!
David and his band played their first show together at a venue in NYC on September 1st. Someone captured a clip of Bless This Mess.
On August 31st, BrooklynVegan will present a performance to the entire world in Bazan’s first and only Online House Show, with a live audio and video feed of the event. To watch, fans can direct their browsers to http://www.brooklynvegan.com/bazan, where they’ll also be able to participate in the event with a live chat and Twitter feed, from which Bazan will take a handful of questions for his customary live question and answer session.
Go Here Monday, August 31st @ 8:00pm EST To Watch And Participate
UPDATE: These shows are all sold out. Thank you!!!
Thu Aug 27 – Sanbornton, NH – sold out
Fri Aug 28 – Beverly, MA – sold out
Sat Aug 29 – Long Island, NY – sold out
Sun Aug 30 – Philadelphia, PA – sold out
Mon Aug 31 – Brooklyn, NY – sold out
Wed Sep 2 – Philadelphia, PA – sold out
Fri Sep 4 – Baltimore, MD – sold out
Joining Bazan on tour will be: Eric Elbogen: guitar (Say Hi), Andy Fitts: keyboards + guitar (Aqueduct), Casey Foubert: drums (Richard Swift, Sufjan Stevens), Blake Wescott: guitar (long-time Bazan collaborator)
10/01 – San Francisco CA – Independent
10/02 – Costa Mesa CA – Detroit Bar
10/03 – San Diego CA – Casbah
10/04 – Los Angeles CA – Troubadour
10/05 – Tucson AZ – Solar Culture
10/07 – Austin TX – Mohawk
10/08 – Denton TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
10/09 – Memphis TN – Hi-Tone Café
10/10 – Murray KY – Lovett Auditorium / Murray State
10/11 – Birmingham AL – Bottletree
10/13 – Orlando FL – The Social
10/14 – Atlanta GA – Drunken Unicorn
10/15 – Chapel Hill NC – Local 506
10/16 – Washington DC – Black Cat
10/17 – Philadelphia PA – Kung Fu Necktie
10/18 – New York NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/20 – Cambridge MA – TT the Bear’s
10/21 – Montreal QC – Il Motore
10/22 – Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace
10/23 – Pontiac MI – Pike Room
10/24 – Chicago IL – Schuba’s
10/25 – Champaign IL – Highdive
10/27 – Madison WI High – Noon Saloon
10/28 – Minneapolis MN – Turf Club
10/29 – Iowa City IA – The Picador
10/30 – Lawrence KS – Jackpot Saloon
10/31 – Omaha NE – Slowdown
11/01 – Denver CO – Hi Dive
11/02 – Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court
11/05 – Vancouver BC – Media Club
11/06 – Portland OR – Mississippi Studios
11/07 – Seattle WA – Neumos
David Bazan’s Curse Your Branches (9/1, Barsuk) is the Pedro The Lion/Headphones main man’s first full-length under his own name. We spoke with him about its “Bless This Mess,” which debuts in this week’s ‘Gum Drop.
“Bless This Mess” covers a lot of territory — dysfunctional families, alcoholism, mirrors, forgiveness, history. What inspired it?
The song is largely autobiographical. So any narrative in the song reflects actual events. Though I may have embellished a bit. But the main lyrical gimmick is sort of a self-conscious and hopeful interpretation of the Beatitudes, which I have an uneasy relationship with as the narrative tends to illustrate.
A lot of people have asked about the CD package. It was designed by the super talented folks at Decoder Ring. There is an outer sleeve that goes around the jewel case. Once the sleeve is removed there is a die-cut circle in the booklet that reveals the album title printed on the CD. The booklet is tri-fold and includes all the lyrics and album credits. The outer sleeve and booklet are printed on good quality matte paper stock. We’ll post photos and details about the LP package as soon as we have them in stock.
“People used to compare him to Jesus,” says a backstage manager as David Bazan walks offstage, guitar in hand. “But not so much anymore.” It’s Thursday, July 2, and Bazan has just finished his set at Cornerstone, the annual Christian music festival held on a farm near Bushnell, Illinois. He hasn’t betrayed his crowd the way Dylan did when he went electric—this is something very different. The kids filling the 1,500-capacity tent know their Jesus from their Judas. There was a time when Bazan’s fans believed he was speaking, or rather singing, the Word. Not so much anymore. [ READ ARTICLE ]
UPDATE: Both shows are now sold out. Thank you!
David’s first performances with a band in four years!
Edmonds, WA – August 7 & 8
Only 35 tickets will be available for each show. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 21 at 1pm (pacific time).
We’ve restocked a few of the old Pedro The Lion and Headphones shirts that have been out of print for a while. They are all printed on American Apparel brand shirts now.
Release date: September 1, 2009
Record Label: (Barsuk)
Format: CD / LP / MP3
1. Hard To Be
2. Bless This Mess
3. Please, Baby, Please
4. Curse Your Branches
5. Harmless Sparks
6. When We Fell
7. Lost My Shape
8. Bearing Witness
9. Heavy Breath
10. In Stitches
David stopped by the Daytrotter studio on July 3rd to record a few songs.
Mike behind the board.
David listening to playback.
Tower of analog goodness!
Dave, Sean and Jessica.
David Bazan was at the Undertow office when he did an interview and live performance for the KDVS radio show “Phoning It In.” We had our video camera set up and filmed his performance of “Options.” You can here this performance, the full interview and other songs from the other end of the phone HERE.
David will be playing a few more house shows in July.
Fri Jul 10 – Seattle WA
Sat Jul 11 – Shoreline WA
Fri Jul 17 – Marysville WA
Sat Jul 18 – Olympia WA
Fri Jul 24 – Portland OR
Sat Jul 25 – Eugene OR
Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 21 at 1pm (pacific time)
We are still sorting out dates and locations for the east coast shows in August. More news soon.
*The movie is 350mb. Be sure you are on a fast and stable internet connection before you start the download.
Alone at the Microphone is a movie featuring David Bazan playing some of his favorite Pedro the Lion, Headphones, and Bazan solo songs in his home studio plus candid interviews about songwriting, family, playing live, love songs and more. Filmed in HD with high-resolution stereo audio.
Running time: 64 minutes
Download size: 350mb
Video: 16:9 Widescreen
Never Wanted You
When They Really Get To Know You
Fewer Moving Parts
Slow & Steady Wins The Race
Cold Beer & Cigarettes
Priests & Paramedics
Please Baby Please
Songwriting: Then & Now
UPDATE: Both shows are sold out.
We’ve added a couple of house shows in May.
May 16: Seattle, WA
May 21: Edmonds, WA
Please come out and say hello if you can.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 23 at 1pm (pacific time).