Seven 9s and 10s

Track:
Natural Disaster

Artist:
Headphones

Album:
Headphones

Headphones - Natural Disaster

Here I thought the drinks were free
But all the time they were grooming me
To be the egg that laid the golden goose.
Now I know we disagree
But soon enough we’ll all be free;
That is to worship any way I choose.

But you would wait on the rapture
Or a natural disaster to come around.
Or maybe a couple of airplanes
Could crash into buildings
And put the fear of God in you.

Cause now we’re taking over
And no one is the wiser,
With mexican and negro cabinet advisors.

I cut down the cherry tree
And when my mother confronted me
I told her I could never tell a lie.
Cause I have integrity
If you had been there then you’d agree
That no one wants to hear the truth.

What do you want from me?
Can’t you see that I’m a talking puppet?
And when someone pulls my strings
I mouth the words, and I suggest you follow suit.

But you would wait on the rapture
Or a natural disaster to come around.
Well maybe a couple of airplanes
Could crash into buildings
And put the fear of God in you.

Track:
Major Cities

Artist:
Headphones

Album:
Headphones

Headphones - Major Cities

All empires eventually expire and when they finally do it’s never pretty.
So just sit back and wait for the attacks - especially in the major cities.

Please hold my hand, son. Daddy’s got you.
Mamma’s out in the car and she packed your favorite blue shoes.

Here they come: exploding like the sun, ringing in my ears like independence.
I agree; this doesn’t favor me. Still, bullies ought to get what’s coming.

Track:
Shit Talker

Artist:
Headphones

Album:
Headphones

Headphones - Shit Talker

You talk shit about them to me.
You talk shit about me to them.
They know that you have to know they do.
And now you know I know too.

I guess that’s what you get for being born in the ’70s,
But I won’t hold it against you
if you don’t hold it against me.

Because I talk shit about you too.
I swear I thought you knew
All the conversations 
That people have about you
Shit that you won’t ever hear.
Shit, man. Oh shit, man.

I guess that’s what you get for being born in the ’70s.
But I won’t hold it against you
if you don’t hold it against me.

An Interview with David Bazan, Songwriter

andywhorehall:

David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) recently took some time out of his day to talk to Chip Copeland & I for Sock Monkey Sound about many subjects; Randy Macho Man Savage, Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, his past & present recordings- including 2011’s “Strange Negotiations.” Listen to the interview.

I really enjoyed this interview. It’s not even fair to call it an interview, it was more of a conversation, which is fitting because one of the greatest things about Bazan is his openness and accessibility to his fans.

Check it out if you’ve got an hour. His opinions on Bob Dylan and Auto-Tune were especially interesting to me. Really good stuff.

Track:
I Never Wanted You

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
40 in 40

Headphones - I Never Wanted You (steelopus cover)

I stopped into Guitar Center on my way home from work last night to buy some drum accessories and I wandered into the acoustic guitar room where I picked up a Cordoba C7 that I’ve had my eye on for a while. It’s a beautiful nylon string classical with gorgeous tone.

This has been a favorite song of mine since the first time I heard it. The original version is just vocals + synthesizer + drums. There is also a vocals + piano version that is, if you can believe it, even more haunting than the original. And then Bazan started playing it with his full band on tour last summer + fall and that version rocked a little harder (even at a dramatically slower tempo) but still had the incredible impact of the original, buoyed by the most heartbreaking lyrics that have ever been penned.

I’ve been tinkering with a vocals + solo guitar arrangement of it for close to a year. Hell, I’m still tinkering with it. I bounce between fingerstyle and strumming. I fumble my way through singing and playing the bridge section (crazy simultaneous 4/4 under 3/4 time signature happening in that section). I can never settle on an acceptable key because my vocal range just cannot hold a candle to Bazan’s (he’s powerful from the deepest bass notes to the highest falsettos).

Anyway. I figured it was time to just commit something to permanence. I knew it wouldn’t be great, and it’s not, but it gets my point across. So I went into the little practice room and closed the door, put my iPhone on the stool next to me, and recorded this. I was constantly interrupted by other customers in the room and my own indecisions about how and what to play. It took me about 45 minutes to get a good take. This was my last try and it’s completely unedited aside from cleaning up the beginning and ending of the voice memo into which it was recorded.

(17 down. 23 to go.)

Headphones - Slow Car Crash

This is one of my favorite songs of all time and this video, composed of drawings by Zachary Binks, is fantastic.

Headphones is the solo project of musician David Bazan. He also has music under his own name, as well as the band Pedro The Lion.

For those of you who don’t get it: this is a song about a couple in an unavoidable car crash who find just enough time before they die to say that they love each other.

I love this song, and every time I listen to it I see a vivd narrative of story that I felt needed to be captured in art. I am limited by skill in what I can show, but I wanted to take the chance to at least try to put it into something visual for others.

Yes, all art in this is my own work. Through both traditional and digital mediums, I drew each still from photos used as references.