Earlier this month, to commemorate the birthday of John Lennon, Seattle singer-songwriter David Bazan shared a cover of Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and announced the November 11 release of Dark Sacred Night, a collection of Christmas singles.
The collection, spanning timeless classics, contemporary ironies, and even deep prodding originals, comes out of an apparent underrepresentation of the uncomfortableness that surrounds the holiday season for people. Bazan was approached in 2002 by his label, Suicide Squeeze Records, about recording a 7″ of Christmas carols. Betwen 2002 and 2005, three separate singles were released under his Pedro The Lion project, and even after Bazan dropped Pedro in favor of his own name, he continued to release holiday 7″s for a total of 14 tracks. For Dark Sacred Night, 10 songs were chosen.
Bazan plans to take the album on the road for a very select run limited to five shows up the West Coast. Bazan will hit Phoenix and LA before his December 13 appearance at The Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. He wraps up the run with a show in Portland, OR and his hometown of Seattle.
Suicide Squeeze Records will offer Dark Sacred Night on limited edition vinyl (2,000 copies on blue-and-white-snow colored vinyl) and digital outlets. This marks the first time these songs will be available digitally. The vinyl editions also include download codes.
David Bazan’s Christmas Miracle
December 13, 2016
Swedish American Hall
8pm, $20 (21+)