Album #97 : David Bazan - Dark Sacred Night (Suicide Squeeze, 2017) - Grey with White Snowflakes Vinyl
David Bazan is a singer-songwriter and main brain behind Pedro the Lion who grapples with his spirituality in song, sliding from evangelical to agnostic to who knows where now. Basically, the perfect dude to make Christmas music.
Though this is his first full-length, but he's no stranger to the season. He had an annual run of holiday 7-inches released through Suicide Squeeze. I was a wee university student and though my fandom of Bazan was at a high, I never snagged any of them when they were released. Spotting this at Sonic Boom earlier this year, I quickly remedied my regrets.
It's a fantastic record. The classics are tasteful and dreary, including reworkings of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Silent Night". His take on "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is canonical. Plus the originals and contemporary takes are dark and brooding and tragicomic. For the gloomy yuletide vibes, track this down.
Fave Songs: "All I Want for Christmas", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "Long Way Around the Sea", "Wish My Kids Were Here" (playing in frame 4)
Minus The Bear was on a mix cd a friend gave me back in 2005. They’ve been my favs since. 😊 The Farewell Tour was everything!!!! “Don't cry I'll bring this home to you If I can make this night light enough to move”
The goosebumps were insane and I may have shed a tear. 🥺 Thank you @jakehsnider @davidknudson @nghtblnd and @c.murchy for sharing your music the past 17 years! 🙏🏽 🤘🏽
📸: @x8xjenx8x .
Texas LOVE! Some sweet fans brought a Lone Star flag to the show and then had all of the other fans coming in the door sign it for us. I’m in tears reading all the sweet messages. I brought it out before the encore and the crowd EXPLODED with cheers. The band was peaking at 108 dB and the crowd measured in at 111dB! That’s LOUD and I love you Texas, FOREVER! #minusthebear#suicidesqueeze#texasforever#minusthebearhasthebestfansintheworld first photo courtesy of @keepitwolfson (sorry you didn’t get the set list but thanks for the great photos!
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Anisa Diab—Counselor•Crisis Coach•Speaker received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Salisbury University and her M.S. in Community Counseling from the University of Scranton. Diab is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Distance Certified Counselor in good standing. Most recently, Anisa Diab worked as Coordinator for the STAND4YOU suicide prevention program at Salisbury University Counseling Center. Currently, Anisa works as a Crisis Counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She also owns a distance-based counseling business at AnisaDiab.com, providing one-on-one sessions to Muslim clients from anywhere in the country with the aim of making mental health support more accessible and less stigmatizing. She uses her training and professional experiences to provide workshops and training on topics ranging from mental wellness to understanding Islam and coping with Islamophobia.
So stoked I got to design something for Minus the Bear before they called it quits! These are one of my most recent designs for a @lostlustsupply collab pin. The band currently has them for sale on the last leg of the farewell tour, last chance to see them!
Death Valley Girls - Darkness Rains: Their 3rd full length recently released by Suicide Squeeze Records pressed on translucent red w/black splatter. I was a big fan of their last album and this is a killer follow up. This record sees them expand upon their psychedelic garage punk sound in some really cool new ways and it's definitely their best work yet! if you're unfamiliar I highly recommend checking them out if you dig bands like The Coathangers, Bleached, or Vivian Girls.
As we were loading out of this we got a call from @jasonlajeunesse asking if we wanted to open the Le Savy Fav / Ugly Casanova show down the street at the Graceland, later that night. Yup, we sure did. Show number 3 & 4 for a young @minusthebear 17 short years ago. #minusthebear#suicidesqueeze
Hey Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked
Minus The Bear: this is what i know about being gigantic featuring the greatest song title of all time (above) and featuring my personal favorite MTB song: Pantsuit, Uggghhh
@mikhaela.jm finally got to be part of a #suicidesqueeze
A little sore but all good💪👍 @jar issa.finnigan scored winning run right behind her. Great bunt by @ainsleyolson (camera mix up when recording won’t let me flip it)
BEST MAIL DAY EVER! I’m already in a great mood because I just saw Bob Dylan in concert, and then there was a package waiting outside my door when I got home. Thank you so much @xodannicaad for this copy of Fair Enough, signed by all the members of Minus the Bear. Dannica is one of the kindest, warmest, and strongest people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and this record means even more to me because it came from her. I’m so fortunate to have some truly wonderful people in my life now. HASHTAG BLESSED. #minusthebear#fairenough#suicidesqueeze#suicidesqueezerecords#bestmailday#record#vinyl
We all have that one band that completely changed the way we listen to music. Minus the Bear is that band for me. Thank you for some of the greatest music I've ever heard, and two of the greatest shows I've ever seen. I can't wait to see what you all do next!