Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

VII (Vagrant)

Album Reviews
[ROVING AMERICANA] One presumes that, 10 years into its career, Blitzen Trapper would’ve found its sense of direction by now. But on its seventh album, the band continues to experiment with its    More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Extended Q&A: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper

The singer of the Portland psych-folk favorites on old band names, the old music scene and rocking Canadian Country Music Television.


In this week's Mic Check, we spoke to Blitzen Trapper frontman Eric Earley about his band's 10th anniversary. Here's the extended version of that conversation. Willamette Week: You guys are coming up on your 10-year anniversary as a band.Eric Earley: Yeah, I guess that’s true. I think technically it was Cinco de Mayo. Do you remember your first gig as a band?Well, we weren’t called ...   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Mic Check: Blitzen Trapper

Music Stories
Portland’s music scene has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Venues once at the center of the local music circuit, like the Meow Meow and the Blackbird, have faded into memory, taking innumera   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Video: Denver at Mississippi Studios, 1/18


Looking at Portland's Denver—yes, that's an odd construction, I know—you get an idea of what they might sound like: large mustaches, pearl snap-up shirts, cowboy boots, an ever-present bottle of Jim Beam. If you say, "alt-country," well, you'd be wrong. Denver, in fact, plays straight-up country—boot-scootin' honky-tonk that doesn't look back longingly at a dustier time in American history ...   More
Monday, January 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut Of The Day: "The Hippie Girl," Mike Coykendall (with video!)


As I said this week in my review of the new Mike Coykendall record, it is a bit of a shame that the initial focus  people have been directing towards Chasing Away The Dots is the big names associated with it. Take this track, for example, which features backing vocals from the queen of adorkability herself, Zooey Deschanel, and her now ex-husband Ben Gibbard, as well as some instrumental ...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

American Goldwing (Sub Pop)

Album Reviews
[WEIRD AMERICANA] Blitzen Trapper tends to write checks, in its opening songs, that its albums don’t care to cash. That was the case with the proggy opener to last year’s Destroyer of the Void,    More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Top Five Portland Bands with Summer Releases

Top 5
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Mirror Traffic (out 8/23) Yeah, the Jicks still count as a Portland band even with Malkmus moving to Germany. And this disc has been a long time coming   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

PDX Pop Now! Announces Make It Pop Lineup


A little late, we know, but it deserves the publicity regardless. The lineup for this year's edition of Make It Pop, PDX Pop Now's annual fundraising concert, was announced earlier today, and keeping in the tradition of past editions--which have featured performances by Colin Meloy, Marty Marquis of Blitzen Trapper and the Shins' James Mercer--it's a doozy. Behold: Laura VeirsEric Earley (of ...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Norman, "No Clouds," Hay, Hay Make a Wish and Turn Away (Timber Carnival Records)

I assume that by now everyone has heard the new Blitzen Trapper album, Destroyer of the Void, right? While the band's past efforts ripped through genres like Jeremiah Masoli looking for a new laptop (sorry, it's just too easy), Destroyer of the Void sees the band narrowing its focus and concentrating on a brand of countrified rock that feels like it could easily fit on a Flying Burrito Brothers record. ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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