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David Bazan

The son of a pastor, David Bazan wasn't introduced to secular music until his early youth, which helps explain the Christian-influenced songwriting of his band project, Pedro the Lion. Bazan formed the group in 1995, mixing first-person narratives and nuanced indie rock with contributions from a rotating cast of musicians. Based in Seattle, the group released four albums, beginning with 1998's It's Hard to Find a Friend and concluding with 2004's Achilles Heel. Bazan stopped using the name in early 2006, but his musical aspirations continued with several other outfits, as well as a solo career. Shortly after dropping the Pedro the Lion moniker, Bazan joined Nick Peterson and Starflyer 59's Frank Lenz to form an electronic pop group called Headphones. He also began recording his own solo material, and 2006 saw the release of a solo EP entitled Fewer Moving Parts. The album featured five songs, each one performed twice: first as a fully arranged song, and later in an acoustic rendition. Bazan even altered the songs' names depending on their arrangements. Named one of the Top 100 Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine, he spent the early portion of 2006 on tour in Europe with the Undertow Orchestra, an outfit featuring fellow songwriters Vic Chesnutt, Will Johnson, and Mark Eitzel. He headed to North America later that summer, supporting his EP's release with a tour alongside Micah P. Hinson. Three years later, Bazan made his full-length solo debut with the release of Curse Your Branches. Issued on the Barsuk label, the album cracked the Billboard 200 and received warm reviews. He hit the road after its release, recording one of his live performances -- an October 2009 set at the Electrical Audio studio in Chicago -- and releasing it in 2010 as Live at Electrical Audio. The same touring band that appeared on the Electrical Audio album also performed on his second solo album, Strange Negotiations, issued during the early summer of 2011. Throughout this era, he continued to tour constantly, supporting his solo record and, in 2012, re-creating Pedro the Lion's acclaimed 2002 album Control on-stage with his solo band in honor of its tenth anniversary. Exhausted from such an extended period on the road, he sought a new project that would keep him at home for a while. His new venture was a limited-edition 7" single series called Bazan Monthly. Beginning in 2014, he would release two new songs on the first day of the month for five months in a row. These ten new songs were later collected on a compilation called Bazan Monthly, Vol. 1. He repeated the same process the following year, resulting in the release of Vol. 2. The music was more stripped down and solitary than his previous releases, and the tracks were generally recorded at home. In 2016, he remixed and reworked ten of the Bazan Monthly tracks to create his third proper solo LP, Blanco. It was followed in November of that year by Dark Sacred Night, a Christmas album reflecting the melancholy many feel during the holiday season. ~ Jason MacNeil
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  1.   Song
  2.   I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  3.   Please, Baby, Please
  4.   All I Want for Christmas
  5.   Say It Isn't Greensleeves (A Change at Christmas)
  6.   Away in a Manger
  7.   Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel
  8.   The First Noel
  9.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  10.   Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  11.   Wish My Kids Were Here
  12.   Silent Night
  13.   Jingle Bells
  14.   Long Way Around the Sea
  15.   Little Landslide
  16.   Oblivion
  17.   O Little Town of Bethlehem
  18.   Bless the Mess
  19.   No One Asked Bazan To Dance by Deerhoof
  20.   Bearing Witness
  21.   Gas And Matches
  22.   Wolves At the Door
  23.   Don't Let Go
  24.   Cold Beer and Cigarettes
  25.   Kept Secrets
  26.   Harmless Sparks
  27.   Don't Change
  28.   Selling Advertising
  29.   Virginia
  30.   Lost My Shape
  31.   How I Remember
  32.   Fewer Broken Pieces
  33.   Backwoods Nation
  34.   Level With Yourself
  35.   Teardrops
  36.   Trouble with Boys
  37.   Future Past
  38.   Over Again
  39.   Hard to Be
  40.   When We Fell
  41.   Curse Your Branches
  42.   Both Hands
  43.   Strange Negotiations
  44.   Interview with John Roderick
  45.   Eating Paper
  46.   Someone Else's Bet
  47.   People
  48.   With You
  49.   American Flags
  50.   Heavy Reath
  51.   In Stitches
  52.   Little Motor
  53.   Messes

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