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We're not talking about God


Dave Bazan has never made it through an interview without being asked to dish on his love-hate relationship with God. Even I couldn’t help bringing up the spiritually schizophrenic nature of his 15-year career: the first half spent as the great white hope of the Christian indie-rock scene which his former incarnation, Pedro The Lion, helped create; the second defined by the same naked honesty that so endeared him to evangelical hipsters but that produced increasingly godless records that former fans began treating like sex tapes sold to Paste Magazine (which in 2006 named drunk, post-Christian Dave to it’s “100 Best Living Songwriters” list). But post-interview, I had a revelation. I decided to keep the record of the interview as light and earth-bound as possible. “To everything there is a season,” said Solomon, another famously introspective figure Christians lay claim to, “and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Now it’s the season for Taco Cabana, Fugazi, and Vampire Weekend, apparently.

Have you ever seen Willie Nelson out in the crowd, nodding along?

Oh man, that would freak me out. No, nothing like that, but I have become buddies with a couple of my musical heroes. Or we’re at least acquaintances and we’ve exchanged mutual respect … mine being more than his I’m sure, but Brendan Canty from Fugazi is one.

Do you like Vampire Weekend?

I’m going to say negative. I think that some of their tunes are catchy and sound kind of cool, but for me what’s behind music ultimately comes to bear on what I think about it. So, it’s like they’re just a real pretty girl at school who’s kind of a stuck up bitch once you get to know her.

They’re stuck up?

They’re actually, like, really wealthy assholes on a personal level. That doesn’t mean you can’t make great art. Picasso was an asshole. Bob Dylan is an asshole, but he’s one of the greatest songwriters of all time. But it’s all style with those dudes `Vampire Weekend`. And they’ve got a style that’s pretty cool if people don’t sweat straight up ripping off Paul Simon. Their songs are about nothing more than leisure and expensive sweaters.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of San Antonio?

It’s the birthplace of Taco Cabana, isn’t it? I think it is. I was there once in 1998 and I think I went to a Taco Cabana and a friend told me it was their flagship store. I had a friend who lived there who always told a story about running into a midget convention at a discothèque. He said it was a trip. •

Dave Bazan and Band
with Wye Oak
8pm Fri, Oct 8
The Korova
107 E Martin

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