One October night I was sitting on my porch with Dave Bazan and a few close friends drinking wine and cheering up a friend who was in deep despair over his personal life. This didn’t look very fancy. We drank, we made deeply inappropriate jokes, we cooked dinner.

Dave pulled out his phone at one point later in the evening and asked if he could show us something. It was a video, shot by award winning documentarian Brandon Vedder (LA Source, In Pursuit Of Silence), that was going to be used as a promo on Kickstarter for their upcoming documentary about Dave’s career and life.

Dave hasn’t appeared in a video before. But there on the porch, with eight of us gathered around a screen, I watched his daughter run in slow motion as his face looked directly into the screen, and cried as he sang over and to her as she bolted down an empty street.

Either way
You are worthy of love.

It was beautiful. I wept even though it was a phone screen.

I wept because even back in the halcyon days before the results of this election, as a woman (a white, privileged woman) I have been told my value lies in my relationship to men. I am a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend. Never a human. Never allowed to sever the umbilical cord that I was taught to wrap around the wrists of the men who love me. Never pushed out the door and told to run.

Never told that just because I am, that is why I am worthy of love.

And just because I am, means I am worthy of my humanity.

I woke up on Wednesday morning empty and numb. I reached out to friends, especially friends who were LGBTQ, POC, immigrants or children of immigrants, and parents. I reached out and didn’t say much. We just wept. Not because of something beautiful, but because we had just been told by a wide margin that we were not worthy. That because we are, we are less.

Dave woke up that morning, unclear how he would explain to his own daughter and son about what had just happened in our democratic republic, and realized he needed to put that video out out now.

Because art speaks. Art is important. Art is personal, and it is binding. It is for when words fail. It is for when we fall down and need to crawl with our elbows through the mud toward a shrouded destination because we cannot stand.

He called me and told me he didn’t want to sell records from this or raise money for the film. He wanted this to be what it was – art that meant something different a month ago, and suddenly shifted overnight to take on a new purpose. Because that’s what art does when we allow it to speak – it moves and changes and grows.

I watched that video again, as a woman now decisively told that my value is diminished. I watched that video as everything I am – a person, a daughter, a writer, a friend. And I wept. But it had changed. I watched Dave cry, staring down the lens like the barrel of a gun. I watched a white man tear himself open and let his daughter be a person while knowing that the world may be cruel to her because of who she is. I watched him let her run away, and give her love because she is, not because of what she is.

And I walked out the door and started my own long journey into whatever comes next – untying the cords and breaking into a run.

-Kathleen Tarrant

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“Trouble With Boys” From the album “Blanco” on Barsuk Records.
Directed, Shot & Edited by Brandon Vedder
Colored by J Michael Neal

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To celebrate the release of David Bazan’s new Christmas album”Dark Sacred Night” he’ll embark on his first ever Christmas themed tour.  Tickets for all shows are on sale now!

Nov 29 : Richland WA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Nov 30 : Boise ID – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 01 : Salt Lake City UT – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 02 : Las Vegas – Living Room Show –  TICKETS
Dec 03 : Tuscon AZ – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 04 : Phoenix AZ – Valley Bar – TICKETS
Dec 06 : San Diego – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 07 : Aliso Viejo CA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 08 : Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge – TICKETS
Dec 09 : Bakersfield CA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 10 : Modesto, CA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 11 : San Jose, CA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 13 : San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall – TICKETS
Dec 14 : Sacramento CA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 15 : Medford OR – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 16 : Eugene OR – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 17 : Portland OR – Revolution Hall – TICKETS
Dec 18 : Seattle WA – Neumo’s – TICKETS

Will Johnson is headed out to play a bunch of shows in September and October. These are all totally acoustic Living Room Shows except the show in Florence AL will be at a great venue called 116 E. Mobile. That show is with Andrew Bryant from The Water Liars.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now! Don’t delay. The living room shows are limited to 35-50 tickets and always sell out quick.

September 7 : Dallas TX – TICKETS
September 8 : Oklahoma City OK – TICKETS
September 9 : Austin TX  – TICKETS
October 7 : Water Valley MS – TICKETS
October 8 : Florence AL @ 116 E. Mobile / with Andrew Bryant – TICKETS
October 9 : Athens GA – TICKETS
October 10 : Brevard NC – TICKETS
October 11 : Asheville NC – TICKETS
October 12 : Richmond VA – TICKETS
October 13 : University Park MD – TICKETS
October 14 : Baltimore MD – TICKETS
October 15 : Philadelphia PA – TICKETS
October 16 : Weehawken NJ – TICKETS
October 17 : Boston MA – TICKETS
October 18 : Providence RI – TICKETS
October 21 : Cleveland OH – TICKETS
October 22 : Columbus OH – TICKETS
October 23 : Detroit MI – TICKETS
October 24 : Grand Rapids MI – TICKETS
October 27 : Little Rock AR – TICKETS

Bring a friend and tell a neighbor.
Thanks, Y’all.

We’re super excited to be putting together a Living Room Tour this summer. These are Alec solo shows hosted in private spaces. No stage, no sound system. Each show limited to 40-60 people. 

AUG 03 : Portland OR – SOLD OUT
AUG 04 : Eugene OR – SOLD OUT
AUG 05 : Reno NV – SOLD OUT
AUG 06 : Oakland CA – SOLD OUT
AUG 07 : San Francisco CA – SOLD OUT
AUG 08 : Bakersfield CA – SOLD OUT
AUG 09 : Los Angeles CA – SOLD OUT
AUG 10 : Costa Mesa CA – SOLD OUT
AUG 11 : Phoenix AZ – SOLD OUT
AUG 14 : Austin TX – SOLD OUT
AUG 15 : Houston TX – SOLD OUT
AUG 16 : Dallas TX – SOLD OUT
AUG 18 : St Louis MO – BUY TICKETS
AUG 19 : Columbus OH – BUY TICKETS

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Sandwich Life House Concerts and Undertow Present…
Bottle Rockets – Living Room Show
Fri, June 24 / Champaign IL
doors open at 7pm / show stars at 8pm
Buy Tickets

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June 08 : Spokane WA – The Bartlett – TICKETS *
June 09 : Bellingham WA – The Wild Buffalo – TICKETS *
June 10 : Seattle WA – Neptune Theatre – TICKETS *
June 16 : Boise ID – The Olympic Venue – TICKETS *
June 17 : Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court – TICKETS *
June 18 : Denver CO – Lost Lake Lounge – TICKETS *
June 20 : Kansas City MO – Record Bar – TICKETS *
June 21 : Omaha NE – Reverb Lounge –  TICKETS *
June 22 : Davenport IA – Daytrotter – TICKETS *
June 23 : Madison WI – High Noon Saloon – TICKETS *
June 24 : St. Paul MN – Turf Club – TICKETS *
June 25 : Milwaukee WI – Colectivo Coffee – TICKETS *
June 27 : Louisville KY – Zanzibar – TICKETS *
June 28 : St. Louis MO – Old Rock House – TICKETS *
June 29 : Indianapolis IN – The HI-FI – TICKETS *
June 30 : Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall – TICKETS *
July 01 : Ferndale MI – The Loving Touch – TICKETS *
July 02 : Toronto ON – The Great Hall – TICKETS *
July 03 : Ottawa ON – Pressed – TICKETS *
July 05 : Cambridge MA – The Sinclair – TICKETS *
July 06 : Hamden CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space – TICKETS *
July 07 : Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg – TICKETS *
July 08 : Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s – TICKETS *
July 09 : Black Cat – Washington DC – TICKETS *
July 10 : Charlottesville VA – The Southern – TICKETS *
July 11 : Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – TICKETS *
July 13 : Asheville NC – Grey Eagle – TICKETS *
July 14 : Atlanta GA – The Earl – TICKETS *
July 16 : Anacortes WA – The Business – TICKETS
August 04 : Jacksonville FL – Jack Rabbits – TICKETS +
August 05 : Orlando FL – The Social – TICKETS +
August 06 : Tampa FL – Crowbar – TICKETS +
August 08 : Birmingham AL – The Syndicate – TICKETS +
August 09 : Nashville TN – Exit/In – TICKETS +
August 10 : Memphis TN – Hi-Tone Cafe – TICKETS +
August 11 : Little Rock AR – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack – TICKETS +
August 12 : Tulsa OK – The Vanguard – TICKETS +
August 13 : Denton TX – Dan’s Silverleaf – TICKETS +
August 14 : Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall – TICKETS +
August 15 : Austin TX – The Parish – TICKETS +
August 17 : El Paso TX – Bowie Feathers – TICKETS +
August 18 : Albuquerque NM – Low Spirits – TICKETS +
August 19 : Phoenix AZ – The Crescent Ballroom – TICKETS +
August 20 : San Diego CA – Casbah-  TICKETS +
August 21 : Costa Mesa CA – The Wayfayer – TICKETS +
August 22 : Los Angeles CA – Teragram Ballroom – TICKETS +
August 24 : San Francisco CA – The Independent – TICKETS +
August 27 : Portland OR – Mississippi Studios – TICKETS +
August 28 : Vancouver BC – The Biltmore Cabaret – TICKETS +

* with Laura Gibson
+ with Michael Nau

BUY LIVING ROOM SHOW TICKETS

Tickets on sale now for the Midwest Living Room Tour! These shows are hosted in private spaces and each one is limited to 40-60 people. No stage, no sound system… just Will playing songs and telling stories. All tickets must be purchased in advance. The zip code is listed on the ticket page so you know the general location of the show happening in your town. You’ll get the full address to the secret location when your purchase is complete.

5/15 : Tulsa OK
5/16 : Springfield MO
5/17 : Omaha NE
5/18 : Sioux Falls SD
5/19 : Charles City IA
5/20 : Minneapolis MN
5/21 : Madison WI
5/22 : Milwaukee WI @ Club Giranldi’s
5/23 : Chicago IL
5/24 : St Louis MO
5/25 : Champaign IL
5/26 : Bloomington IN
5/27 : Lexington KY
5/28 : Louisville KY

As always, thanks for your continued support for these shows.

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PRE-ORDER NOW

“Blanco” will be released world-wide on May 13, 2016 by the fine folks at Barsuk Records! Blanco is made up of songs that were previously available in a very limited edition 7” vinyl series called Bazan Monthly, Volume 1 and Volume 2. David picked ten of those songs to update, remix and flesh out into a cohesive album format that’s easier for fans to collect and bring home.

SONGS
Both Hands (Over My Eyes)
Oblivion
Kept Secrets
With You
Trouble With Boys
Teardrops
Little Landslide
Someone Else’s Bet
Over Again
Little Motor

BLANCO DELUXE EDITION PRE-ORDER
Vinyl, CD or Cassette Tape signed by David Bazan
+ 18″x24” screen printed poster designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ Turntable slip mat designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ T-shirt designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ Immediate download of the first single “Trouble with Boys”
+ Full album download available on May 13
+ Orders placed by May 3 will be shipped to arrive on or before May 13

VINYL DETAILS
+ Mastered from hi-res audio without digital limiting or compression
+ Limited edition 150g white vinyl (blanco!)
+ Full-color gatefold jacket printed on uncoated stock
+ Full-album download on release date

CD DETAILS
+ Full-color gatefold sleeve printed on uncoated stock
+ Full-album download on release date

CASSETTE TAPE DETAILS
+ High-quality analog tape transferred from hi-res audio.
+ White cassette tape shell
+ Standard clear plastic cassette case
+ Full-color artwork printed on J-card
+ Full-album download on release date

DELUXE EDTION EXTRAS
+ Shirt: American Apparel – Made in USA
+ Shirt color: New Silver
+ Poster size: 18″ x 24″
+ Poster paper: Heavy weight 100lb
+ Print Colors: Black, Blue, Magenta, Pink
+ Printed by Ink Tank in Omaha Nebraska

THIS IS A PRE-ORDER
All-pre-orders will get immediate download of the first single from the album “Trouble With Boys.” The full album download will be available on May 13th. We expect to have vinyl, cds and cassettes in stock so that pre-orders placed by May 3 should be delivered or before May 13. International orders will take a little longer. Orders after May 3 will be shipped the next business day after the order is placed and might arrive to you after May 13. (You still get the full-album download on May 13).

Other items on the same order will be shipped with the pre-order items. You should place a separate order if you want the other items shipped immediately.

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THE SHOWS ARE CONFIRMED / TICKETS ON SALE NOW

April 10 : Philadelphia PA – SOLD OUT
April 11 : Brooklyn NY – SOLD OUT
April 12 : Washington DC – SOLD OUT
April 14 : New Canann CT – SOLD OUT
April 15 : Newport RI – SOLD OUT
April 16 : Mt Vernon NY – SOLD OUT
April 17 : Boston MA – SOLD OUT

 

SXSW 2016

March 10, 2016

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None of our artists will be at SXSW this year.