by Andrew Frisicano

David Bazan in a Brooklyn house - Aug 31, 2009
David Bazan

David Bazan started last night's Brooklyn apartment show (August 31st) with the first two tracks on Curse Your Branches, his new record out today and streaming online at AOL. "Hard to Be" and "Bless This Mess" (the latter posted above) are two of his best - direct affecting stories with unshakeable melodies. In front of a magenta wall with only a parlor-sized acoustic and his well-projected voice, Bazan took requests and questions ("Is this the best CD you've ever made?" A: "My label head is telling me yes."). With songs like "Cold Beer and Cigarettes" (the humorously cataclysmic scenario of which garnered a few smiles) and the encore, "Poison" at the host's behest, Bazan showcased his particular talent for being straighforward (while uncloying) and connecting directly with audiences (be they in person or online).

But you can see for yourself - the captured streaming show, which aired right here on last night, is embedded below.

He has two more house shows left before his full-band tour this fall. That bigger tour comes to Bowery Ballroom for a show on October 18th. Tickets are on sale.

Actually that's not totally true, Bazan's first full-band show is happening tonight (9/1) as a private gig in lower Manhattan. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to the performance that starts at 7pm. More details are below. If you don't win tickets, we also just found out that "the first 10 people that buy the record at Other Music in NYC get a pair of tickets to the show as well." Give them a call or run over there now.

Contest details, embeddded video and tour dates are below...

TO WIN A PAIR of TICKETS TO SEE DAVID BAZAN w/ a FULL BAND tonight (9/1), e-mail with the word "Branches" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name. Winners must be 21+ and will be contacted with the show's location by e-mail ASAP.

The Brooklyn House Show

David Bazan - 2009 House Show Tour Dates
Wed Sep 2 - Philadelphia, PA - sold out
Fri Sep 4 - Baltimore, MD - sold out

David Bazan - 2009 Tour Dates
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 Cat's Cradle
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 TBA
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

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