Seven 9s and 10s

Track:
The Longest Winter

Artist:
Pedro The Lion

Album:
It's Hard To Find A Friend

Pedro The Lion - The Longest Winter

spring comes slowly to this old friend
still i’m frozen, i still live alone
in time memories fade, senses numb
one forgets how it feels to have loved completely

love well, young man, while you still can
once your leaves turn, you wont love again
in time memories fade, senses numb
one forgets how it feels to have loved completely, completely…

is it special when you’re lonely
when you spend your whole life
in a studio apartment with a cat for a wife
the seasons, when they call you, do you barricade the door?
are you stubborn?… stubborn?… stubborn to the core?…

is it your way or the highway?…
is it your way or the highway?…
is it your way or the highway?…
is it your way or the highway?…

then the longest winter is on her way
you called her with out knowing it but now it’s too late…

Track:
Magazine

Artist:
Pedro The Lion

Album:
Control

Pedro The Lion - Magazine

4:01 for April 1st

This is the song that originally hooked me onto Pedro The Lion (and subsequently David Bazan). It’s also my favorite song to play along to on the drums. If you’re ever interested in diving into the PTL catalog, the album Control is a good place to start. 

Wouldn’t you love to be on the cover of a magazine?
Healthy skin; perfect teeth; designed to hide what lies beneath. 

Track:
Criticism As Inspiration

Artist:
Pedro The Lion

Album:
The Only Reason I Feel Secure [EP]

Pedro The Lion - Criticism As Inspiration

6:20 for June 20th

It makes me feel so good to always tell you when you’re wrong.
The big man that I am to always have to put you down.
It makes me look so good to always put you in your place.
I can write it in a song but never say it to your face. 

This one is an absolute favorite.

Track:
To Protect The Family Name

Artist:
Pedro The Lion

Album:
Winners Never Quit

Pedro The Lion - To Protect The Family Name

5:30 for May 30th

One of David Bazan’s greatest talents is his ability to write catchy, memorable melodies and songs without always relying on the crutch of the traditional Verse/Chorus song structure. He uses a narrative style more often than most, especially on his more conceptual albums. This song is a perfect example.

Officer, please don’t haul me in, though I’m drunk again… I can explain.
I swear to you, for a week I have been completely dry, until tonight.
He’s been such a good example, everything he’s done for me, I couldn’t bear to let him down.

Monday night, brother sat me down very graciously and explained:
"If I’m going to help you, I must make it very clear,
brother that I love you, but certainly I hate your sin.”

So you see, you can’t arrest me. I swore I’d be careful not to further shame the family name. 

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.