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May 29th, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER | Music Stories
 

Mic Check: Blitzen Trapper

music_mikecheck2_3930BLITZEN TRAPPER - IMAGE: Tyler Kohlhoff
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 innumerable bands with them. Despite the losses, some things have endured: In 2003, Blitzen Trapper, our hometown’s beloved psych-rock freak-folkies, self-released its debut album. This month, the group commemorates a decade of existence. We chatted with frontman Eric Earley about the band’s beginnings, its regrets (or lack thereof) and why Stumptown’s changing music scene has not changed Blitzen Trapper—for better or worse.


WW: Can you recall any memorable moments from the last 10 years?

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.


SEE IT: Blitzen Trapper plays Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., with Denver, on Friday, May 31. 9 pm. $25. 21+. Read an extended interview with Eric Earley at wweek.com.


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)

 
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