More New Pedro the Lion

Looking towards 2019, this Pedro the Lion album is high on my list of anticipated releases. We get a new single today, and while I love the noisier elements in the background, I’m really struck by the vocal tones. It’s every bit David B., but he’s really pushing his limits to the highest part of his register. I can’t help but to recall American Football or something off Jade Tree when I listen to this track, and that’s not a knock by any means. Just another step in the glorious evolution that is Bazaan; look for Phoenix to drop on January 18th via Polyvinyl. There’s never a bad day when you get a fresh Pedro tune, especially full-band Pedro.

Welcome Back Pedro the Lion

There are certain paints that just pervade your soul; they sink deep into your humanity and refuse to let you go. Pedro the Lion/David Bazan is one such artist. Almost every album he crafted as Pedro has a certain spot in my own musical evolution, or even in my own personal evolution, thus I’m really excited that he’s revisiting the old name. Immediately he begins to tell the story of Christmas morning in 1981; it’s his lyrical work that’s always made him so accessible, wishing we could all be so poignant in our words. Of course, this is a new version of the project, so you get that full-band sound once the song gets into gear. Maybe people forgot how great Bazan was, but here’s to hoping we all lend him our ears; Phoenix will be out on January 18th via Polyvinyl.

Introducing: Lo Tom

Supergroup alert! And not just any supergroup, a band featuring one of our longtime faves David Bazan. He’s joined in this new group called Lo Tom by Jason Martin (Starflyer 59), Trey Many (Velour 100/Starflyer 59), and TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion/The Soft Drugs). So apparently these guys made some music together awhile back, sat on the songs for sometime, and have decided to release them now. Below you’ll find their first single entitled “Overboard”. It’s sure to make some of you old school Pedro fans incredibly excited. Pees pants a little….

A debut album is coming sometime this year on Barsuk.

New Music from David Bazan

We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the new David Bazan, one of our favorites here at the site. While my introduction came via his early work, predominantly folk-inspired, Bazan has flirted with using electronics as his career has progressed. Here he is armed with nothing but electronics and his poetry. It probably doesn’t hurt that Richard Swift jumped in for production, which always carries a great deal of weight. I always look for little snippets in his words, and I think today the line “all of us need major healing/come and get yours in the sun” especially hits home for many of us. Care is the title of his new release, and on March 7th, I expect to find many more little lyrical gems to attach myself to in the coming months; look for the album on March 7th.

Pleased to Meet You: Samson the Truest

samsonBeen feeling like a good slow jam is all I need to make this week work out perfectly, and I think I might have found the perfect song in this new single from Samson the Truest.  At first, the song felt like a soulful ballad, something mellow.  But, the more I paid attention, the more I began to hear a little bit of David Bazaan in singer Sam Geller’s voice; it ends up sounding like a really well-produced Pedro the Lion tune.  He’ll be releasing a new record, Come Back Shane, at the beginning of October, so be on the lookout.

Advanced Base Charms

owenI was only partially in love with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, the early project of Owen Ashworth, but I’m falling more in more in love with Advanced Base, his new work. He’s recently put up a new single for his latest album, which reminds me of the perfect land where the worlds of Pedro the Lion and Eels meet; I’m particularly fond of the lyrical approach he takes in his writing process. Instrumentation is careful and purposeful, with every note seemingly placed within the song’s structure for the perfect mood affecting emphasis. Look for Nephew in the Wild on August 21st via Orindal Records, and just enjoy the brilliance of this tune.

Pure Indie Rock from Overseas

overseas-album-cover-500I know Ryan will agree with this, as Overseas are pretty much our favorite super group.  As Texas kids of the 90s, we grew into our own listening to the music of Centro-matic, Pedro the Lion and Bedhead, all who have components that are playing key roles here.  That’s right, you’ve got the Kadane’s, Will Johnson and Mr. Bazan.  I don’t think that anyone who was around that the very thought of that combination alone gets chills going.  I don’t need to say much, but I’ll share a few jams with you, just so you can revel in our joy. They’ll release their self-titled LP on June 11th.

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Show Preview: David Bazan @ The Parish (12/1)

Date 12/1/12
Location The Parish
Doors 9pm
Tickets SOLD OUT!

If only I was in town Saturday night, I’d surely be at the Parish on Saturday night for a nostalgic show featuring David Bazan playing the Pedro the Lion classic Control.  Now I don’t see any word of an opener on the website, so attendees are all in for a special treat to take us back to our younger days.  My apologies for those of you without tickets, because the show is sold out.  This show post made me go back and listen to that classic album from 2002, and you should really be there to relive the glory.

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Download: Pedro the Lion – Penetration [MP3]

Mellow Folk Jam from The Crackling

Kenton Loewen is a Vancouver musician who works with the name The Crackling, but he might do well just to go with Dave Bazan Jr. I meanest this in the sincerest form of flattery, and also with the intent of letting you know how much we love both Bazan and our newly annointed Bazan Jr.  Loewen, with help from various collaborators is set to release the Ashen EP on May 22nd, and you should expect to find some similarities to early Pedro work, from the heavy soft heavy guitar strumming to the introspective lyrics.  I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve heard so far, so I wanted to share it with you all, my Inter web friends!

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Download:The Crackling – Keep Me Drunk [MP3]

David Bazan – Strange Negotiations

Rating: ★★★★ ·

David Bazan has a long list of accomplishments and releases, be it with Pedro the Lion, one of his other bands, or alone. With this as his third full length under his own name, Bazan adds another notch to his belt of alternative indie rock achievements, and with it he brings the same in-depth songwriting and deep man voice as before.

For fans of this bloke, you’ll be pleased to hear that not much has changed sound wise; he didn’t feel any urge to suddenly mix things up with electronic beats. It’s classic Bazan, profound lyrics that delve into personal subjects, urging you to do the same as you listen. Records from this man have always been personal, and Strange Negotiations is no exception (not that you would want it any other way).  The album begins with “Wolves At The Door,” which kicks things off a little faster than one might except from this gentleman. You get more of a grasp of a pop tune as opposed to a deeply rooted and meditative slow jam that you would expect. Nevertheless, the implications of this man are not to be missed, especially when he plainly states, “You’re a goddamn fool and I love you.” It begins the motif of acceptance through faults and Strange Negotiations.

As you move down the track list, song after song strikes with the same deep resonance, none of which fall as too vague or intricate. Each and every song has aspects that push it up to Bazan’s level of intimacy, adding to your relationship with this man, as he confides in you his innermost sentiments and stories. Whilst doing this, he is able to build up such a relationship to the point where he can give some epigrams to his audience, but it doesn’t feel like he is preaching, but rather mentioning something to a close friend over a drink. On “People,” one of my favorites, Bazan nonchalantly iterates words of solemn truth like “When you love the truth enough you start to tell it all the time / when it gets you into trouble, you discover you don’t mind.” It’s the little lines like that, that increase my love for this man and his writing.

Much later on the album, when you reach the title track “Strange Negotiations,” it only feels right that it is a long, drawn out reflection. It feels like this whole album has been building up to this point, and at six minutes and ten seconds, you can let his voice sink into the recess of your mind, touching something, hopefully evoking some sort of emotional response. The finisher, “Won’t Let Go,” which is as slow and provocative as its predecessor, follows, to end on a serious note.

In all, Strange Negotiations is a ten song work of carefully crafted lyrics and melodies that are sure to strike companionship into those who choose to listen, if companionship with David Bazan had not already existed.

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Download: David Bazan – Wolves At The Door [MP3]

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