California

Hello friends,

Much has happened since we last spoke. We played a show in Visalia, California : a weird town that sneaks up on you. After driving through empty fields for an hour there was a Target and a Guitar Center and a sign that said welcome to Visalia. We played a rock show at a wine bar called the Cellar Door. The security guards there wear earpieces – because it’s serious.

The people of Visalia were great, as was the Cellar Door, but our hotel (The Lamp Liter Inn) while nice felt like the set of a 1970’s zombie movie. Not a reccomendation.

Next we drove to Santa Barbara, a town full of people with lots and lots of money, and home to Jeff Bridges, who finally won his first Academy Award for best actor while we were in town. We celebrated by quoting the Big Lebowski all night  – that is to say, it was a night like any other. SOhO is a nice venue, and the crowd (though they seemed a little Sunday) was big and appreciative.

I write to you now from Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, California. Home to NWA, pretty good Mexican food, and the ghetto. Alex’s Bar was apparently the bar where a bunch of scenes from the television show True Blood was shot. I wouldn’t know, because Vampires are for the birds. Lots of people here, they’re buying lots of merch, cheering really loud, and generally being cool. Tomorrow we drive to Las Vegas, where it will be my birthday after load-out It’s going to be a good day.

Photos : Blake’s inconveniently huge bag, Please Baby Please harmony practice in Long Beach, The Presidio Motel in Santa Barbara, Bazan w/ his painted look-alike.

Tour Has Commenced

Mar 3, 2010 : Salem OR – Ike Box

Hello again,

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.

Bazan + Band USA Tour Dates with Headlights

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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.

Living Room Shows in Portland & Seattle

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.

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!

undertowtickets.com

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.

undertowtickets.com

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.