To understand Bazan, you have to look back at the band he started, Pedro the Lion. The music of Pedro the Lion was a mixture of religions and politics - two of the no-no's that brings out the best and worst in people. While the "band" is essentially Bazan, they were signed on various labels (notably Christian label, Tooth & Nail) and lasted about ten years before Bazan decided to go in another direction of electronic dance pop with Headphones.
I don't think that worked out too well for him, as they've only had one album release and Bazan going solo by the middle of 2006 with his "EP" called Fewer Moving Parts. Despite having 10 songs, you can easily see this as a full length, but it's deceptive that half the album is instrumental versions of just five songs.
I found that Curse Your Branches is a really easy album to listen to, it contains catchy melodies and Bazan's easy-to-like vocals. Just think of a mid-30s slacker uncle, you can just tell that he's just really cool and that his album is going to be solid classic indie rock.
While there are some Christian elements leftovers from Pedro the Lion, on such tracks as "Bearing Witness", "Harmless Sparks", and "Bless This Mess", it's hardly Christian by any stretch. You can hear for yourself by downloading "Bless this Mess" directly from Barsuk.
Personally, my favorite tracks are "Hard To Be" and "When We Fell". The later song have this great T-Rex-esque electric guitar, and I just instantly liked it. Plus there is this (unintentional?) outtake of one of his band asking "do you really want us to stop like that?" at the end, which gives the song an amateur vibe to it.
Bazan is about to set on his national tour for Curse Your Branches this October, if you've recently missed his most sold-out "houses" tour that began in March this year. While I think that is such an intimate setting, I just hope the neighbors are OK with it. I'm going to sound like a jerk, but if, by house-concert, you mean loud party, then no thanks! I suspect Bazan's house concert is more like him singing with his acoustic guitar over a campfire. So catch him on tour this year, and pick up Curse Your Branches directly from Barsuk Records, or amazon or iTunes.
PS, while Barsuk no longer have any free 7" with Curse Your Branches, you can check with these retailers to see if they have them in stock. Your chances are good since the record only came out twenty-four hours ago.