Entries tagged with: david bazan
by Andrew Sacher
The November installment of Polyvinyl Records' Singles Series had Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan covering The Killers' "Read My MInd" from their 2006 sophomore album, Sam's Town, and now there's a digital stream of it. David makes it sound like one of his own, which means if you've always liked The Killers' songcraft but could do without their bombast, this cover is for you. Listen below.
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Photo: Tigers Jaw at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, The Menzingers have an upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday that includes night 1 of TBS' holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/27), NYC's Best Buy Theater on 3/18 and Long Island's Paramount on 3/24. Starland is sold out but tickets for the other two are still available.
Before those shows, the Scranton natives will headline their own holiday show in their old hometown (they live in Philly now) with an all-Scranton lineup of Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking (The Menzingers' literal "brother band"), Okay Paddy (reunion), The SW!MS (reunion), Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw), Petal (ft. mems of Tigers Jaw), Esta Coda and The Red Barons. The show takes place December 20. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit youth arts programs in Scranton. Updated Menzingers dates and show flyer below.
In other news, Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, who released the excellent Charmer earlier this year, was nice enough to give us a list of his favorite albums of 2014. It features Scranton holiday show-mates The Menzingers and Three Man Cannon, as well as other things like Stephen Malkmus and Ryan Adams. Find out who else made Ben's list below.
by Andrew Sacher
American Football at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fans of '90s emo have had it pretty great this year, with very active reunions from American Football, Mineral, The Jazz June and Braid (other stuff too), and now we've got new updates on all of those bands.
Fortunately, American Football's reunion keeps expanding, and now UK shows have been announced for 2015. Their updated list of dates (including shows with The Dodos and David Bazan) is below. AF singer Mike Kinsella is also releasing a covers album with his solo project Owen on December 2. Since we last spoke, his cover of fellow emo band The Promise Ring's "Forget Me" came out. Stream that below too.
Braid singer Bob Nanna also has a new album coming out in December with his solo project The City on Film (though it's a full band album) called La Vella (due 12/16 via Topshelf). You've already heard one song and now he's put out another, "Remember to Breathe," via USA Today. This one's a thick-toned indie rocker, and another reason it's a very good thing that Bob is making new music in 2014. Check it out below.
While Mineral sadly recently said their reunion tour will end in February, singer Chris Simpson's solo project Zookeeper (who put out a new album this year) was just announced for SXSW 2015. That's less than a month after Mineral's reunion tour ends and in their hometown of Austin.
The Jazz June recently put out a video (dir. Ernie Gilbert & Eric Bader) for the title track off After the Earthquake, their first new album in 12 years which came out earlier this month via Topshelf. Unlike Braid's new album, this doesn't sound like classic Jazz June. It's new ground for them and has the veteran band sounding fresh. Check out that video (via Nylon Guys), plus a stream of the whole new LP, below. Maybe you'll see some of The Jazz June's members at the not-emo Ride reunion next year.
Anything else I missed? Oh, and keep your eyes on Jawbreaker watch.
photo by by Ryan Russell
Last we heard from Pedro the Lion/Headphones frontman David Bazan, he was touring PtL's album Control in full, and then as a part of the "supergroup" Overseas. Now he's teamed up with modern classical group The Passenger String Quartet for a collaborative album which will be out later this year. Here's the details:
The seed for this album was planted during a one-off show back in 2012. Bazan was invited to play a show in Tacoma WA with the Passenger String Quartet. PSQ leader Andrew Joslyn put together string arrangements for 4 songs and it was an enjoyable evening for all. They immediately began talking about doing it again and eventually started talking about making proper studio recordings of these songs. But it took nearly two years for everyone's schedules to line up again. In February 2014, they were able to spend a week at Avast! studio in Seattle tracking a collection of 10 songs pulled from Pedro The Lion, Headphones and Bazan solo albums. Long time friend and collaborator Chris Colbert recorded, mixed and mastered the album. Chris's no nonsense approach and years of friendship with Bazan helped focus the effort and they were able to record the entire album in just a few days.David and the Passenger String Quartet are also planning a tour together, and though that hasn't been announced in full yet, a few shows have popped up including the NYC date happening on November 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/11) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, with live videos of David & Passenger String Quartet playing four of the album's tracks at their 2012 Tacoma, WA show, and a full album stream, below...
FrontRow: I wanted to ask you about the project with the Kadane Brothers and Will Johnson. Who does what in the band? Or is it everyone sharing everything?Overseas is a new indie rock "supergroup," whose lineup includes David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (who played with David in Undertow Orchestra and also is/was in Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes, etc), and Bubba & Matt Kadane (Bedhead, The New Year). They released their self titled debut LP this past June, and you can stream that, along with the video for its opening track, "Ghost To Be," below.
David Bazan: Everyone kind of does everything. You know, generally speaking, live, when we would play shows, I play bass. It seems like Matt (Kadane) and Will (Johnson) alternate on drum duties. Then they play guitar if they're not playing drums. Bubba (Kadane) plays guitar generally. Then in the studio, we all did a lot of everything. The writing is very like ... somebody comes up with this little bit, somebody adds this little bit. The lyrics are a real hybrid of everybody's thing. It will just say who's in the band. It won't really differentiate between who did what.
Overseas will be doing a short west coast tour in October, but this week they'll be in NYC for two shows: TONIGHT (8/19) at Mercury Lounge and Tuesday (8/20) at Knitting Factory. Opening both shows is folky singer/songwriter Strand of Oaks (aka Tim Showalter), who has opened for and collaborated with Yellow Ostrich and The Tallest Man On Earth in the past year. Tickets to the Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory shows are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the video and album stream, below...
Seattle label Barsuk began its life as a way for This Busy Monster to put out their 7" singles, but began in earnest in 1998 with the release of Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes. The label is celebrating 15 years with four nights of special shows in Seattle and a special day at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival which is Labor Day Weekend.
The Bumbershoot day (Sunday, 9/1) includes Death Cab for Cutie's performance of Transatlanticism in full, plus sets by Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan, and Ramona Falls. Tickets for Bumbershoot are still available.
The four-night Barsuk celebration happens November 8 - 10 at various Seattle venues, and will include performances by Nada Surf (playing Let Go in full), Matthew Caws and Julianna Hatfield's new project Minor Alps, Mates of State, The Long Winters, Cymbals Eat Guitars, David Bazan, DCFC's Chris Walla, Menomena, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, "special guests" and more. Full schedule below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars will be touring back home from the Barsuk anniversary, which concludes with a show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM.
All Cymbals Eat Guitars tour dates are listed, along with the Barsuk 15th Anniversary line-ups, below....
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Stagnant Pools at West Fest 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
As mentioned, Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan is taking his former band's 2002 album, Control, on tour this year. That tour hits NYC on November 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets for that show are still available, but if you'd like to see him in a more intimate venue, he'll be playing Mercury Lounge a day earlier (11/14). Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (10/24) at noon with a a general on-sale starting Friday (10/26) at noon. Since we last spoke, Polyvinyl-signed shoegaze duo Stagnant Pools have been added to that tour, and will open both NYC shows.
Updated dates are listed below.
David Bazan at ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin
Seattle indie rockers Pedro the Lion, who called it quits in 2006, are set to reissue and remaster their discography on vinyl, and it will be out on October 30 via Jade Tree. You can preorder the albums now. In celebration of those reissues, Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan will be taking the band's 2002 album, Control, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, on tour. David and his band (Andy Fitts on bass and Alex Westcoat on drums) will kick off their tour of the album in November and will hit NYC on November 15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. An opening band is confirmed for all of the shows and will be announced in mid-September. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon with an AmEx presale going on sale Wednesday (8/22) at noon.
A list of all dates on the tour, the tour flier, and some streams from Control are below.
David Bazan at ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
David Bazan is on the road and most likely in a town near you in November and December as part of a US tour that kicks off on 11/1 and stretches all the way East and back. Though NYC proper doesn't have a show to call its own, you can catch Bazan performing songs from his recent Strange Negotiations LP at Maxwell's in Hoboken on 11/14. Tickets are on sale.
Full tour dates for Bazan's US trek are below, alongside video from a recent KEXP session and some recent living room shows...
David Bazan @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
New York, NY-WFUV will celebrate the June launch of The Alternate Side on WNYE (91.5 FM) with an acoustic performance by songwriter (and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion) David Bazan in Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue at 23rd Street) on Wednesday, June 22nd at 2:00 PM. The Alternate Side DJs Russ Borris and Alisa Ali will be on-hand to host. The concert is free and open to the general public. As of June 1st, The Alternate Side, the independent music service produced by WFUV, has been airing weekday mornings from 6:00 AM to Noon on the NYC Media-owned WNYE. The service will also continue to be available around the clock at thealternateside.org and 90.7FM HD3, as well as weeknights from 10:00 PM. to midnight on WFUV (90.7FM, wfuv.org).Take a late lunch or something and head to Madison Square Park for this free concert by the great David Bazan who also headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight (6/22). Tickets for the Bowery show are still on sale.
Tift Merritt also plays Madison Square Park, just a few hours after David, at
Opening the Bowery show and a bunch of David Bazan dates, is S Carey aka Sean Carey of Bon Iver's band who spent the last two days appearing on Colbert and Fallon with Justin. Hopefully Justin returns the favor and shows up at Bowery Ballroom (honestly no clue if he will though).
All tour dates below...
Bon Iver @ MHOW in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
If you're wondering what other dates Bon Iver might play this year, I can tell you a bunch they will not. Sean Carey, one of the nine members of Bon Iver's touring lineup, will be on the road with his own S. Carey project through much of May and some of June, first touring with Other Lives and then with David Bazan which brings him to Bowery Ballroom on June 22nd. All tour dates are listed below...
"At a David Bazan house concert.
Then Jonny Corndawg at brooklyn bowl. #yes" - johnshade
Dave Bazan in a Brooklyn Living Room on 4/4 (by Horatio Sanz) (yes that one)
Dave Bazan played his first of two living room shows last night in Brooklyn (4/4), and the Pedro the Lion/Headphones frontman does it again tonight at an undisclosed location. From there he continues on a mostly sold out living room tour through the end of April.
Then in June, right after he releases a new album, it's back on the road, but this time to play regular venues including NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 6/23. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (4/8) at noon. About that album:
"David Bazan's new album Strange Negotiations will be released on Seattle's Barsuk Records on May 24th, 2011...The new album's track listing, all tour dates and some video from Bazan's 4/1 Rochester show, below...
...Strange Negotiations is the first full length Bazan has recorded with a band - the same band with which he toured relentlessly in support of Curse Your Branches - and the joy that he, Andy Fitts (bass), and Alex Westcoat (drums) take in playing these songs is beautiful."
Joseph Arthur is a regular at City Winery where his regular residencies include a different special guest at each show. On February 3rd it will be Greg Laswell. On February 5th it will be Jesse Malin. And on January 15th it will be ex-Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan who leaves on a tour two weeks later with Jimmy Eat World. That tour hits House of Blues in Atlantic City on February 11th, and many other places. All dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Night fell down on Austin Town and it figured it'd be a busy night. And with The xx and Temper Trap setting the table for LCD Soundsystem, Gogol Bordello, Monsters of Folk, Deadmau5, Matt & Kim, MIA and Muse, Saturday did indeed set it self up to be remembered as ACL 2010's strongest.Friday pictures HERE. Lucero HERE. The xx HERE. Mayer Hawthorne HERE, and the rest of the Saturday (10/9) pictures continue, with some setlists, below...
Except for the part where MIA screwed things up during her set...
...M.I.A.'s set saw plenty of anticipation on the west end of the fairgrounds, but little payoff: The first song saw didn't even see Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam on stage, and, though she came out for the second, that first song worked as a fitting metaphor for her entire mumbled performance.
Here's the thing about performing in festivals, especially on a main stage: Very few people actually see the performers; they rely on the accompanying video screens to share the visual side of the performance. But rather than the performer (or any of her five packing dancers or DJ) , M.I.A.'s screen showed illustrations. M.I.A., meanwhile, spent minimal time in her set's early going on stage, instead opting to interact o the grass in front of her closest fans. An admirable offering, perhaps, but it left the rest of her crowd in the dark, straining their necks to see her dancers or maybe just the neon "Maya" sign that served as her backdrop.
Her vocals weren't helping matters, either. They were already mixed too low, and Maya, for the most part, mumbled her way through the proceedings. Audiences thinned out--only to be pulled back in once the video screens finally--mercifully--showed the performer stalking the stage, and performing her biggest hit, "Paper Planes." [Dallas Observer]
Deerhunter @ Radio City in March (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
today in NYC
* Brad Shepik @ The Stone
* Alberta Cross @ Joe's Pub
* Marques Toliver @ Zebulon
* Judith Berkson @ The Stone
* Deerhunter @ Apple Store (Soho)
* Charlie Hunter @ Cameo Gallery
* Drake, Tyga @ Radio City Music Hall
* James, Ed Harcourt @ Webster Hall
* Forgetters, Shellshag @ Death By Audio
* El Guincho, Lemonade @ Mercury Lounge
* Talib Kweli, Res, K-Salaam @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Shonen Knife, Hard Nips, Grooms @ Knitting Factory
* Black Anvil, The Absence, Ipsissimus @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Teenage Fanclub, The Clean, Radar Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Soft Landing, Sherlock's Daughter, Safe, Yellow Ostrich @ Glasslands
* The Black Heart Procession, Bing & Ruth, Amen Dunes @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Babies, Grass Widow, Web Dating, Ovens, Red Romans @ Monster Island
* Dead Confederate, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Submarine Bells, New Beard @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
David Bazan played Brooklyn Bowl over the weekend. Earlier this month he recorded a session for KEXP. Video below....
DOWNLOAD: The Myrnabirds - Numbers Don't Lie (MP3)
The Saddle Creek / Wichita CMJ showcase will take place at the Delancey in NYC on October 21st, and it looks something like this:
?? pm Sky LarkinIt's an exciting lineup for multiple reasons, but right now I just want to focus on The Mynabirds, aka Omaha singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn (and friends). You might remember her as 1/2 of Georgie James. The other half of that indie pop group was John Davis of Q and not U, and they were also a Saddle Creek signing.
8:30 pm Old Canes
9:30 pm Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
10:15 pm First Aid Kit
11:00 pm The Mynabirds
11:45 pm Frankie and the Heartstrings
12:30 Adam Haworth Stephens (of Two Gallants)
Now she's (dropped the indie pop and is) collaborating with Richard Swift (on record), and "live in the flesh by a great collective of artists and musicians that include: Johnny Kotchian (drums), Dan McCarthy (bass & vocals), Pearl Lovejoy Boyd (vocals & percussion), Susan Sanchez (vocals), Ben Brodin (guitars & vocals), Alex McManus (guitars, horns & vocals), Rebecca Marie Miller (vocals & percussion), Nicole Childrey (drums), Patrick Damphier (bass), and Nate Walcott (horns)."
Her album What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood was released earlier this year by Saddle Creek, and can best be described, as it has by many, as country and soul. She has a great voice. Get a taste via the MP3 (above) and video (below) for "Numbers Don't Lie", and from the Daytrotter session that was posted earlier this month.
Get a live taste, way before CMJ, tonight/Friday, September 24th at Brooklyn Bowl when The Mynabirds open for David Bazan. The two groups are on tour together (and it's their only NYC show). $5.00 tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of David Bazan, Feltheart Filmworks recently put together a 3-part documentary about the ex-Pedro the Lion member. You can watch that in full, with all dates and stuff, below...
David Bazan @ Pianos in 2009 (more by Kurt Christensen)
David Bazan and band will be hitting the road this fall, with tour dates that stretch from his hometown of Seattle across North America and back to California. They'll be stopping in Brooklyn for a Friday, September 24th show at Brooklyn Bowl. The Mynabirds open that show and others. Brooklyn Bowl tickets are on sale.
A tour trailer with the song "Please, Baby, Please" (from last year's great Curse Your Branches LP) is posted with all his tour dates below...
Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."
Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...
ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TXTickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...
"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."
David Bazan kicks off a month of solo shows, many intimate "living room" gigs, in New York on Friday. That show and the next night's in Brooklyn are unfortunately sold out, but Bazan will also be appearing on Saturday (5/8) afternoon (2pm) at (Le) Poisson Rouge's monthly Radio Happy Hour - a variety show with comedy, scripted drama and music. Joining him will be comedian Max Silvestri and big movie-star Jesse Eisenberg. Tickets are on sale.
Past [Radio Happy Hour] shows have seen Norah Jones as a motel manager; Michael Showalter as the host of his very own cable fitness show; Andrew W.K. as the iconic John Bender character from The Breakfast Club; Tunde Adebimpe as the founder of a wilderness camp for ineffectual men; Kumail Nanjiani as a ventriloquist with a southern dummy; Craig Finn & Tad Kubler as brothers and Chuck Klosterman as their dad on a doomed road trip to a small town called Manhattan, Minnesota.Past episodes of the show are available for free on iTunes.
DOWNLOAD: David Bazan - Bless This Mess (MP3)
David Bazan @ Pianos in September (more by Kurt Christensen)
[David] Bazan and band strayed from Curse Your Branches territory a few times. Covering Bob Dylan's "The Man In Me," Bazan channeled the power of The Dude, with easy going goodwill practically blasting out of the amplifiers. Old Pedro the Lion standards like "Bad Diary Days" and "When They Really Get to Know You They' Will Run" caused some confused looks on the faces of more recent fans, but "Magazine" and "Penetration," both from 2002's Control caused massive reaction- the swaggering drums and Fugazi-style over-driven guitars contrasted nicely with the quieter moments of the set.The above is a review from the Tempe, AZ stop on David Bazan's curent US tour with Headlights. The tour comes to NYC on Tuesday, March 23rd for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still on sale.
Bazan, known for question and answer sessions at his show, didn't field too many questions last night. When asked how to make a "Brown Bitch," a drink he featured on his website years ago, he sheepishly offered up the recipe: Smirnoff Ice and Whiskey, but warned that it "didn't taste too good, and worked way too fast." [Phoenix New Times]
His newest record, Curse Your Branches, came out last September. He's putting out a collection called Live At Electrical Audio on April 30th.
Recorded live in the studio at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL on October 28, 2009.The art and tracklist for that, along with his Tempe, AZ set list, and a live video, are below...
During their first tour together, Bazan and his band spent a day in Studio A at Electrical Audio in Chicago. The band set-up and played live with no overdubs over the next 12 hours. The tracks were sent to Bazan's long time collaborator and former Pedro The Lion bandmate, TW Walsh for mixing and mastering.
"Bazan: Live at Electrical Audio" features 10 new versions of songs that have previously appeared on Pedro The Lion, Headphones and Bazan solo albums.
David Bazan @ Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Jake Forney)
Bazan has another show living room tour this January, then he'll head out for shows in March and April with Headlights. They'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 23rd. Tickets are on sale.
Headlights put out a new disc in 2009 too - their Wildlife came out on Polyvinyl. Two videos from that record and all tour dates are below...
words and photos by Jake Forney
The line-up was Dave Godowsky, Say Hi, followed by David Bazan.
The bassist of Say Hi played keys and guitar in Bazan's band. Say Hi's lead vocalist and guitarist played guitar with Bazan. Bazan played bass. When asked why he was playing bass this tour, he said he just felt like playing bass. They had a practice where he only played tambourine and sang, which he said was fun, but he ultimately decided to play bass on the tour.
The set was heavy with songs from the new album, Curse Your Branches. However, he played old favorites like "Magazine", "I Do", and a Headphones song "I Never Wanted You". He played an encore, which he said is something he normally doesn't do, but he "felt like playing some more fucking music." The encore consisted of him on guitar, alone except for Say Hi's bassist, who was onstage just to harmonize. He played "Priests and Paramedics", a cover of Dylan's "The Man In Me", and closed with "Harmless Sparks". The rest of the band returned to the stage at the end of this song to provide harmonies.
David Bazan & Say Hi are still on tour. The NYC show was last Sunday (10/18). Opener Dave Godowsky has since played a set at the BrooklynVegan / Bowery Prsents show upstairs at Pianos on Saturday (10/24). More pictures from Bowery below...