Mar 3, 2010 : Salem OR – Ike Box
Caleb here, Merch seller & Tour Manager. We hope you’ve been good since we saw you last way back in late 2009. Tour has begun, and there’s some photographic proof up there.
I flew into Seattle two nights ago, Bazan picked me up and we headed to Casey Foubert’s house for some last-minute amp repair. Yesterday consisted of tour prep and the final band rehersal – my fingers are sore from folding t-shirts and Bazan’s are sore from building pedal boards. Also, yesterday we went to Paseo, undoubtedly the best sandwiches available for consumption anywhere in North America.
After a shockingly-on-time start this morning, we arrived at the first show on time, something that Bazan claims has never happened on a tour he’s been involved in.
We picked the dudes up, got some coffee, and headed for the interstate, waving goodbye to the majestic mountain-and-sea landscape of Washington and saying hello to the majestic mountain-and-sea landscape of Oregon. After a stop for lunch in Portland at Elephant’s (OMG) we pulled into Salem with time to spare.
The fine folks at the Ike Box treated us well, and aided us in putting on a great show. They have an icee machine there. We ate at a mexican restaurant in a weird, Epcot Center-esque open-air market type place in Downtown Salem.
Make sure to check the dates for this tour to see if we’re stopping by your ‘hood. The band is a 4-piece this time, and everyone agrees that such a setup makes for a way more exciting rock-and-roll show. Lots of Pedro the Lion jams are being played, and also most of C your B’s. See you soon.
David and his band will be headed out on tour in the USA in March and April with the Headlights.
03/03/10 Wed – Salem OR – Ike Box
03/04/10 Thu – Eugene OR – Sam Bond’s Garage
03/05/10 Fri – Sacramento CA – Blue Lamp
03/06/10 Sat – Visalia CA – Cellar Door
03/07/10 Sun – Santa Barbara CA – Soho
03/08/10 Mon – Long Beach CA – Alex’s Bar
03/09/10 Tue – Las Vegas NV – Beauty Bar
03/10/10 Wed – Phoenix AZ – Sail Inn
03/12/10 Fri – Norman OK – The Opolis
03/13/10 Sat – Springfield MO – Gallery Sounds
03/14/10 Sun – St Louis MO – Old Rock House
03/15/10 Mon – Newport KY – Southgate House
03/17/10 Wed – Nashville TN – Exit/In
03/18/10 Thu – Asheville NC – Grey Eagle
03/19/10 Fri – Columbia SC – New Brookland Tavern
03/20/10 Sat – Richmond VA – Alley Katz
03/21/10 Sun – Baltimore MD – The Ottobar
03/22/10 Mon – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church
03/23/10 Tue – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/27/10 Sat – Grantham PA – Messiah College
03/28/10 Sun – Columbus OH – The Basement
03/29/10 Mon – Bloomington IN – The Bishop
03/30/10 Tue – Grand Rapids MI – Calvin College
04/01/10 Thu – Iowa City IA – The Mill
04/02/10 Fri – Urbana IL – Canopy Club
04/03/10 Sat – DeKalb IL – House Cafe
04/04/10 Sun – Milwaukee WI – Pabst
04/05/10 Mon – St. Paul MN – Turf Club
04/06/10 Tue – Fargo ND – The Aquarium
04/08/10 Thu – Missoula MT – The Palace
04/09/10 Fri – Spokane WA – Empyrean
04/10/10 Sat – Bellingham WA – Western Washington University
* Headlights will be opening March 3 – April 5.
The fine folks at Aesthetic Apparatus designed and printed these beautiful posters for Bazan’s Spring 2010 tour. Only 400 posters will be printed. 100 are available for pre-order directly from Bazan’s webstore. 200 will be available at Bazan shows and the remaining 100 will be available directly from the printer after the tour.
Michael at Aesthetic Apparatus kept us updated on during the printing process.
David will be playing a few living room shows in the Portland and Seattle areas. Blake Wescott will be joining David on guitar and backing vocals on these shows.
Tickets are on sale now at undertowtickets.com
02/19 – Portland, OR – 8pm
02/20 – Portland, OR – 8pm
02/21 – Portland, OR – 5pm
02/21 – Portland, OR – 8pm
02/25 Thu – Renton WA – 8pm
02/26 Fri – Seattle WA – 8pm
02/27 Sat – Edmonds WA – 8pm
02/28 Sun – Seattle WA – 8pm
Only 40 tickets will be available for each show.
Here are some fan videos from a recent house show in San Diego.
We are setting up more living room shows in 2010. The first batch of shows will be in the Northwest.
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 email@example.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.
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.
UPDATED: 01/07 @ 11:32pm (CST)
All of the January Living Room shows are Sold Out. Thank you!
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
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.
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
Here’s a video of David and Casey performing “Hard to Be” in New Haven, IN on December 13.
Thanks to everyone for coming out to the house shows this year! We really appreciate your support.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
A 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.
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.