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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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  2.   I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  3.   Please, Baby, Please
  4.   Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  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.   All I Want for Christmas
  11.   Oblivion
  12.   Jingle Bells
  13.   Bless the Mess
  14.   Silent Night
  15.   Long Way Around the Sea
  16.   Little Landslide
  17.   O Little Town of Bethlehem
  18.   Wish My Kids Were Here
  19.   Wolves At the Door
  20.   Bearing Witness
  21.   No One Asked Bazan To Dance by Deerhoof
  22.   Don't Let Go
  23.   Gas And Matches
  24.   Level With Yourself
  25.   Selling Advertising
  26.   With You
  27.   People
  28.   Lost My Shape
  29.   Hard to Be
  30.   Interview with John Roderick
  31.   Messes
  32.   Heavy Reath
  33.   Harmless Sparks
  34.   How I Remember
  35.   Over Again
  36.   Strange Negotiations
  37.   Future Past
  38.   Eating Paper
  39.   Don't Change
  40.   American Flags
  41.   Fewer Broken Pieces
  42.   Cold Beer and Cigarettes
  43.   Backwoods Nation
  44.   When We Fell
  45.   Trouble with Boys
  46.   Kept Secrets
  47.   Little Motor
  48.   Teardrops
  49.   Curse Your Branches
  50.   In Stitches
  51.   Virginia
  52.   Both Hands
  53.   Someone Else's Bet

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