Posts Tagged David Bazan
He is at it again folks. David Bazan will be appearing in a living room near you soon! Yes you read it correctly David Bazan is participating in his second Living Room Tour. It really is a terrific concept, he asks for fans to volunteer to host a living room concert in their homes. His touring partners take care of selling the tickets and we all get a chance at a very intimate experience with a stellar singer/songwriter.
Summer is over. Labor Day has come and past and I can finally put all of my bright colors and white back in the wardrobe and bust out the black! I want to go over some of my favorite albums of the summer and some new releases that were disappointments. For me, this summer didn’t have any major new albums that stole my heart. I was listening to a lot of the albums that came out last summer. Mainly The Thermals, Stars, and The Dead Weather.
Last week my girlfriend was perusing through my collection of vinyl and as she made her way through, the small yet diverse collection, she started to place albums aside that she would like to have copies of. At the time getting her a copy of the chosen didn’t seem like a very big project, because I had assumed that I had digital copies of all, if not most, of them.
The first track off David Bazan‘s highly anticipated album, Strange Negotiations, has been uploaded for us all to download. The new album is set to be released on May 24 through Barsuk Records. You can pre-order it HERE.
Last night I had the unique opportunity to have a well established indie rocker play in a living room setting, in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. We do not get many indie rock shows in Montana, let alone Bozeman. But we really struck gold. David Bazan has been on his Living Room Tour 2011 since March 18th, ahead of his up coming new album which will drop sometime in May. This post is going to be a narrative of the nights events to try and leave some kind of impression.
I hadn’t ever been to a concert in someone’s living room before. I showed up and met a couple of friends at the gig. What threw me off though was standing in someone else’s living room wondering where the show was going to be. I kept on looking around and thinking “Gee I wonder where the gig is gonna be?” Come to find out I was standing on the would be stage. Once I wrapped my head around this reality I was ready for the show, and what a show it was!
This week I am anxiously waiting some really sweet new releases coming out in March. The Kills have a new album dropping may 5th, The Strokes have a new album dropping on March 22nd. Its that time of year when bands are trying to get their albums out in preparation for the summer tours. I know a lot of people that are going to Sasquatch and Coachella this year. I am almost tempted just because there are so many new albums dropping.The fact is though I hate most of those music festivals. First they are stupid expensive. I think Sasquatch was in the neighborhood of $300 for the weekend pass. The worst part of the music festival is that there are so many people you cannot really get that close to the action. The real reason to go would be to go see all of the smaller bands. Skip the main stage and head for the smaller acts.
I think I have just ran across probably the coolest tour idea ever. David Bazan is touring in this Spring and is looking for living rooms to host his tour stops. It is open to those people who living in the areas he stopping and his group is taking applications now. I can’t believe that when I finally move out of Montana something like this comes along and there are two opportunities for the state. I might have to talk Rune (Music the Vander Wey) into putting in an application and making it an On the Couch special.
The only down side is the shows wont be open to the public, but you wont have to sell tickets at the door either. All tickets will be sold via Bazan’s website and your spot must be able to hold 40-50 people.
As youth I seem to remember a lot of popular music gaining notoriety because of the creative videos that accompanied them. As I grew older I found videos to be less important in my musical tastes. I think that it came about because of the limiting aspects videos have on music. Once you see a music video you can’t un-see it, so your visual association with the song will always be the same memory.
I would prefer music to be more like a book, where I can make up what the visuals are that connect with the music. Isn’t it true that the book is always better than the movie?? In my opinion the song is always better than the video.
I know that video can never be subtracted from the industry. That is why I have fallen in love with KEXP 90.3′s YouTube channel. KEXP is a independent radio station that is based out of Seattle. On their YouTube channel they have live performances of great indie bands and the video production is so stellar that there is no need for the artist to produce a music video. Also I think that watching a band or a set of musicians is more interesting to watch than a short film that is edited to fit the meaning of the song
Below are some of my personal favorites.
If you notice Eric Elbogen of “Say Hi” is sitting in on the set!!
“A Place to Bury Stranger” How can you not love that band name??
This is this video that inspired this post