Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Blitzen Trapper--Wild Mountain Nation (2007)

Artist-Blitzen Trapper
Album-Wild Mountain Nation
Release Date-2007
Genre/Style-Lo-Fi/Alternative Country-Rock/Indie Rock

Official site-

Note-Their new tour will start in Sep. Check time and location below. Be present and show your love if you love their music.

MON 9/17 Portland OR @ Berbati's Pan*
TUE 9/18 Vancouver BC @ Media Club*
WED 9/19 Seattle WA @ The Crocodile*
THU 9/20 Boise ID @ Neurolux*
FRI 9/21 Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court*
SAT 9/22 Denver CO @ Hi-Dive*
SUN 9/23 Rapid City SD @ The Imperial Inn*
MON 9/24 Fargo ND @ Aquarium*
WED 9/26 Minneapolis MN @ Turf Club*
THU 9/27 Iowa City IA @ The Picador*
SAT 9/28 Omaha NE @ The Slowdown*
SAT 9/29 Chicago IL @ Schubas*
SUN 9/30 Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop*
TUE 10/2 New York NY @ Gramercy Theatre*
THU 10/4 Philadelphia PA @ First Unitarian*
FRI 10/5 Boston MA @ Middle East Downstairs*
SAT 10/6 Baltimore MD @ Sonar*
SUN 10/7 Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel*
MON 10/8 Chapel Hill NC @ Local 506*
TUE 10/9 Atlanta GA @ Drunken Unicorn*
WED 10/10 New Orleans LA @ The Parish*
FRI 10/12 Beaumont TX @ Votex*
SAT 10/13 Austin TX @ Mohawk*
MON 10/15 Tucson AZ @ Solar Culture*
WED 10/17/ San Diego CA @ The Casbah*
THU 10/18 Los Angeles CA @ El Rey*

Review-Why compile a wildly eclectic mix CD when you can create your own? That seems to be the guiding philosophy behind Portland, Oregon sextet Blitzen Trapper. Wild Mountain Nation picks up where 2004's schizophrenic Field Rexx left off, and offers a dizzying lo-fi psychedelic prog rock power pop alt-country indie rock jamfest (and that's just the first five songs). It's unlikely to win over any adherents of the "Consistency is Better" school of music appreciation. But if musical adventurousness and short attention spans are viewed as positive attributes, then these 13 short songs offer ample rewards. And if you don't like what you're hearing, just wait thirty seconds. It's easy enough to play spot-the-influences — the early ‘70s cowboy stoner songs of The Grateful Dead and The New Riders of the Purple Sage, the mad, fractured pop of Syd Barrett and early Pink Floyd, the sonic squalls and feedback blasts of Pavement, the fragile weirdness and melodic sensibilities ofThe Flaming Lips. What is more remarkable is that, for the most part, these disparate influences actually hang together as coherent songs. "Murder Babe" is typical — a choice slab of Who and Kinks inspired power pop, complete with windmilling power chords, that morphs into a psychedelic prog rock freakout worthy of The Soft Machine. The title track and "Country Caravan" would have been worthy additions to Workingman's Dead or American Beauty, while "Woof & Warp of the Quiet Giant's Hem" mixes prime Lips-inspired indie rock with what sounds like a hippie marching band. It's all wildly imaginative, and frequently excellent. The wild mountain nation appears to be a wide-open territory, but most of it is worthy of extended exploration.

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