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January 18, 2005

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There are folks here at Pitchfork who seem to dislike Pedro the Lion; it's these writers' humble opinions that such people are knuckleheads. And for those of us who can admire David Bazan's gorgeous, brutal songwriting without getting bogged down in ooooh-he's-Christian nonsense, the good times keep on rollin', first with an iTunes-only live EP featuring five career-spanning Pedro tunes with a set-ending Randy Newman cover. The facts:

01 Big Trucks
02 Of Minor Prophets and Their Prostitute Wives
03 I Do
04 Never Leave a Job Half Done
05 Start Without Me
06 Political Science

Furthermore, the tour just keeps on rollin', as the band hits most of the country (again), firstly with Earlimart opening and secondly as openers for Low, who will be heading out in support of The Great Destroyer. A few details:

01-21 Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater *
01-22 Austin, TX - Emo's *
01-23 Houston, TX - Mary Janes *
01-24 New Orleans, LA - Twiropa *
01-25 Birmingham, AL - Zydeco *
01-26 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
01-27 Orlando, FL - The Social *
01-28 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
01-29 Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern *
01-30 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *

02-01 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom #
02-02 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero #
02-03 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
02-04 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
02-05 Somerville, MA - Somerville Theater #
02-07 Washington, DC - Black Cat #
02-08 Lexington, KY - Singletary Center for the Arts #
02-09 Newport, KY - Southgate House #
02-10 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center OSU #
02-11 Chicago, IL - Metro #
02-12 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue #
03-24 Seattle, WA - Neumos #
03-25 Seattle, WA - Neumos #
03-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richards on Richards #
03-29 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
03-30 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall #
03-31 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #

* with Earlimart
# with Low

As if the musical lives of Pedro The Lion's two principal members-- Dave Bazan and Tim Walsh, who collaborate in one another's respective outfits like Rob Harvilla and Rob Mackey pool resources on Pedro The Lion news stories-- weren't already intertwined enough, they're set to unveil yet another project: The Headphones. The band's self-titled debut is due out via Suicide Squeeze May 10, but don't expect a single angsty guitar chord, or any of those tastefully arpeggiated Bazan-style promonades. "It's really similar to Pedro the Lion, except instead of using guitars we're playing on keyboards," Bazan told Pitchfork last week. "But it's very much like a rock band. It's real drums, no sequencing. It's not electronic music at all. It sounds like Pedro The Lion and Depeche Mode, kind of ... if you saw Depeche Mode and they were all actually playing the parts and there was a real drummer." Well, ok then. How about a tracklist:

01 Gas and Matches
02 Shit Talker
03 Hot Girls
04 I Never Wanted You
05 Major Cities
06 Natural Disaster
07 Hello Operator
08 Pink and Brown
09 Wise Blood
10 Slow Car Crash


Rob Harvilla and Rob Mackey