Eric Earley: For me, touring with Stephen Malkmus and jamming onstage with him during “Heard It Through the Grapevine” four or so years ago was a highlight. And doing Conan when Snoop Dogg was the guest. I remember walking up behind him on the soundstage and just thinking, “Dude, that’s Snoop Dogg. The guy is just massive.”
How would you sum up the last 10 years at home and on the road?
We’ve been slowly making our way and figuring out what we’re doing. I’m not one to think about the future a lot myself, but thinking about the past, we’ve had a really great run. Sure, there are small personal things I might have done differently over the years, but I have no regrets. We’ve done a lot of things people only wish they could do. We’ve set a precedent for playing what we want, and people never know what we’re going to do next.
Ten Years of Blitzen Trapper in Willamette Week:
Album Review: American Goldwing (Sept. 7, 2011) (http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17926-album_review_blitzen_trapper.html)
"The Quiet Storm" (July 21, 2010) (http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-20464-the_quiet_storm.html)
Album Review: Destroyer of the Void (June 2, 2010) (http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12045-cd_reviews_blitzen_trapper_gratitillium.html)
Album Review: Black River Killer (Aug. 19, 2009) (http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10907-cd_review_blitzen_trapper.html)
Album Review: Furr (Sept. 17, 2008) (http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-21948-blitzen_trapper_furr.html)
Album Review: Wild Mountain Nation (June 6, 2007) (http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-23376-blitzen_trapper_wild_mountain_nation_(self_relea.html)
"Into Focus: Blitzen Trapper lets up on experimentation, hones in on pop perfection" (Feb. 18, 2004) (http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-2942-into_focus.html)