Using a technique not everyone can get away with, David Bazan (aka Pedro The Lion) has launched a campaign on his website to get a new tour van. He hasn’t toured in four years and his old van has kicked the bucket. Seeing as he has a rabid fanbase (I would count myself as a fan of his record Control) he has put up a PayPal donation structure where fans get T-shirts and other merch for their contributions. The T-shirts say “I helped buy Bazan a van” which is a great idea to give people a unique piece of merch that shows they support the artists they love. While the idea is nothing new, I have no doubt that it will work seeing as his music has touched many people’s lives in a small underground scene.