Stranded In Stereo: Blitzen Trapper On Tour

Monday, July 16, 2007

Blitzen Trapper On Tour

Yeah, yeah, all the cool blogs were at that Pitchfork Festival this weekend, as I jealously sat missing out on Sonic Youth perform one of the greatest albums from front to back, but I did become fast friends with a new record. It seems that another great act has come about from the depths of Portland, Oregon in the form of Blitzen Trapper. The sextet recently released their sixth album, Wild Mountain Nation to much buzz and acclaim. So much that last week it was reported that not even a month after the album's release, the band had inked with Sub Pop, joining their always expanding stable of quality artists.

While honing in on a somewhat distinct alt-country sound, the band really lets the indie rock show with the cut-up/start-stop beat of album opener "Devil's A-Go-Go." Throughout the quick 33 minutes, the 13 songs cross the barriers of down and dirty ("Country Caravan,") to a song I was expecting to hear on the last Joggers record ("Miss Spiritual Tramp.")

The video for "Devil's A-Go-Go" is below this sentence. The strobes and quick camera cuts really line up with the songs above mentioned beat and groove. Warning: may cause a seizure.

The band is currently on the roads of the US of A, playing alongside David Vandervelde. Catch them when they roll through your town (like I plan on doing next week)

Tour Dates:
07/16 - Emo's - Austin
07/17 - The loft - Dallas
07/18 - Walter's On Washington - Houston
07/19 - Thirsty Hippo - Hattiesburg
07/20 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta
07/21 - Bella Festa - Wilmington
07/22 - Rock And Roll Hotel - Washington DC
07/23 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia
07/24 - Great Scott - Boston
07/25 - Bowery Ballroom - New York
07/26 - The Icon - Buffalo
07/27 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor

Download: "Wild Mountain Nation" [mp3] /// [Buy Here]

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