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David Bazan (playing Pedro the Lion’s “Control”): November 15, 2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 4, 2012

[Photos courtesy of flávio oota]

David Bazan’s 2002 album Control marked what became his second concept album as a recording artist. His first full-length effort as Pedro the Lion, 2000’s Winners Never Quit, told the story of the corruption and redemption of a politician, and was a favorite of mine at the time. Despite its intensely personal lyrics, capable songwriting and obvious ambivalence toward Christianity, a particularly agenda-laden Pitchfork review savaged the record and derisively called Bazan a “Christian rocker”. Control is a dark, brooding album that tells the tale of the dissolution of a modern marriage that ends, ultimately, in murder, the downward spiral all rendered in Bazan’s mournful tones. Control did well with critics and fans. But, ten years later, how has it worn?

David Bazan is a different artist today. His struggles with alcohol – and Christianity – are in the rearview, and as he told the crowd this night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, he is a better musician.  After abandoning the Pedro moniker in 2006, he has produced two excellent solo albums under his own name that stand in their own right. This tour was designed to promote the high-quality vinyl reissues of the Pedro the Lion catalog, including Control, and tonight found David and his band (Alex Westcoat and Andy Fitts, who play on both Bazan “solo” albums) playing each of the LP’s sides with a mix of Pedro and Bazan solo tracks sandwiched in the middle. Along with getting to enjoy Control classics like “Penetration” and “Rejoice” (introduced, to close out the set, as “a bummer”), Bazan played some other favorites mid-set, including “Eating Paper” from his latest solo record, Strange Negotiations, and “When They Really Get to Know You They Will Run” from Pedro’s first album, It’s Hard to Find A Friend.  So how did Control sound ten years on?  It may be a “bummer” emotionally, but it continues to stand as a musical success.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones inside the soundboard cage, with an excellent soundboard feed mixed by the band’s touring engineer Brad Lightfoot.  The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Special thanks to Bob Andrews and Caleb Palma at Undertow Music for permitting the making and sharing of this recording, and Ryan and Nick of MHOW for their kind assistance.

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David Bazan
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Schoeps MK41 (DFC, SBD cage, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Brad Lightfoot)>> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, align, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter tube effect)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance)>FLAC (level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:11:59]
Side A of “Control”
01 Options
02 Rapture
03 Penetration
04 Indian Summer
05 Progress

Mid-Set Other Songs
06 [banter/band intro (Q&A portion deleted at artist request]
07 Gas & Matches
08 The Devil Is Beating His Wife
09 Transcontinental
10 People
11 How I Remember
12 Eating Paper
13 When They Really Get To Know You

Side B of “Control”
14 Magazine
15 Rehearsal
16 [banter]
17 Second Best
18 Priests & Paramedics
19 Rejoice

David Bazan – Guitar, Vocals
Alex Westcoat – Drums
Andy Fitts – Bass

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David Bazan: June 22, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

July 26, 2011

[Photos courtesy of Vicki Boardman. Visit her website]

Seattle singer-songwriter David Bazan first made his name recording under the moniker Pedro the Lion, a project that yielded some excellent records such as 1998’s It’s Hard to Find a Friend, and gave Bazan a fuzzed-out forum to air his beliefs – most notably among them his belief in Christianity (Christian publications even referred to his records as “crossover” records, i.e., to the secular mainstream), a relatively rare thing to find in a critically-acclaimed indie songwriter. Since then, Bazan has “broken up” in a sense with Christianity, as well as his former cast of bandmates and continued performing under his own name, making what some have called the best music of his career. His first solo effort, 2009’s Curse Your Branches, laid bare his spiritual conflict with cleanly constructed songs built around his mournful voice.

That voice took center stage at this Bowery Ballroom show, sure, but what was striking about this performance was the quality of everything around that voice – catchy, strong rock riffs evident from the opening notes of “Wolves at the Door,” and a crack backing band. While it may have been a “singer-songwriter” show in a sense, this was also a rock show through and through. Unsurprisingly, Bazan played 80% of his latest, 2011’s Strange Negotiations, but he also delved into the early Pedro the Lion catalog, including “Big Trucks” and “Of Up and Coming Monarchs” from It’s Hard to Find a Friend. Those who say Bazan’s current period is his brightest could have a point – the newer material not only held its own, but might have surpassed the Pedro material.

hi and lo recorded this set with a combination of Schoeps supercardiod microphones and Schoeps omnidirectional microphones, which given the extremely respectful crowd and the outstanding acoustics of the venue, gives the perfect sound balance. Enjoy!

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Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

David Bazan
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY, US

Recordist : hi and lo
Location : Left Balcony, on stand @ 8ft
Source : Schoeps MK5 (omni) > Nbox+ + Schoeps MK41/CMR > Naint PFA > E.A.A. PSP-2 >> Tascam DR-680 @ 24 bit / 96 kHz
Edit : WaveLab v5 (fades/dither/+11dB gain), Izotope SRC/Dither
Final Format : 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
Tracking : CD-Wave v1.98
Encoding : FLAC v1.2.1 ( Level 8 ) with TLH v2.6.0 (Build 168)

Tracks [Total Time 1:17:15]
01. Wolves at the Door
02. How I Remember
03. Level with Yourself
04. Bless This Mess
05. Of Up and Coming Monarchs
(Q&A #1)
06. Virginia
07. Big Trucks
08. Don’t Change
09. Eating Paper
10. Bearing Witness
11. Magazine
12. Won’t Let Go
13. People
14. Transcontinental
15. Cold Beer and Cigarettes
16. When They Really Get to Know You, They Will Run
(Q&A #2)
17. Strange Negotiations
18. (Encore Call)
19. April the 14th, Part 1 (Gillian Welch)
(Q&A #3)
20. Hard to Be
[Note: All banter and Q&A tracks have been removed at artist request]

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