Pedro The Lion

USA Tour Dates!

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

all dates with Say Hi
+ The Soft Drugs in Boston
+ The Sea Navy in Seattle

Download “Bless This Mess” From Stereogum

gumdrop_300x100

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.

[READ MORE + DOWNLOAD SONG]

Curse Your Branches CD Package

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.

CYB-cover

CYB-sleeve-cover

CYB-cover-case

CYB-inside

Chicago Reader Cover Story

3773770230_5df39c3857_o

“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 ]

Phoning It In.

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.

House Shows in Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Eugene.

bazan-house-show21

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)
http://www.undertowtickets.com/

We are still sorting out dates and locations for the east coast shows in August.  More news soon.

Alone At The Mic now available for iPod and iPhone

Download Movie for iTunes, iPod, iPhone: $7.99

*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
Audio: Stereo
Video: 16:9 Widescreen

LIVE PERFORMANCES:
Never Wanted You
When They Really Get To Know You
Fewer Moving Parts
Options
1976
Slow & Steady Wins The Race
Cold Beer & Cigarettes
Shit Talker
Transcontinental
Priests & Paramedics
Please Baby Please

INTERVIEWS:
Songwriting: Then & Now
Family
Disappointed Fans
Playing Live
Love Songs

spacer

David Bazan House Shows in 2009

bazan-house-show21UPDATE (March 25)
We have filled all the available dates in March and April thanks to many generous people opening their homes to David and his fans. We really appreciate all the interest. We could not have done this without your help.

We’ll be adding a few more house shows close to Seattle in July and a few on the East coast in August.

If you want to host a show and live within three hours of Seattle or in or near NYC, Boston, Philly, DC please get in touch after reading the info below.

Here’s how it works.

1. You have a house or loft space that can comfortably and safely host 30-50 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or backyard patio 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. If you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord… you should probably not do this.

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. Ticket prices will be $20.

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

4. The host can have up to 5 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. We’ll ask people to arrive around 7:30pm. The show would start at 8pm and would be over by 9:30pm. Everyone should be out of your house by 10pm.

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

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

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

10. After we agree on a date and location we’ll ask you to sign a simple performance agreement. READ THIS FIRST!

After reading all of this and you are interested please send an e-mail to:
trey@billions.com and bob@undertowmusic.com

Please include a photo of the space where you would like to have the show and put “Bazan House Show” and the city where you live in the subject line of the e-mail.

We’ll review all requests and sort out dates for July and August. Once we have a routing figured out we’ll be in touch with people in the towns we are able to work into the schedule.

Thank you for your interest and support.

spacer