It's been quite the year for the boys of Blitzen Trapper, who've gone from self-releasing their Best New Music
'd album Wild Mountain Nation
last summer to landing a record deal with Seattle's venerable Sup Pop—who will put out the Trapper's new disc of supposedly tamer jams (unconfirmed title: Furr
) sometime this summer.
BT just hit the road on its first headlining tour, and along with labelmates and current hype band Fleet Foxes, are receiving quite the buzz as they trek across the good ole US of A. Here's a roundup of some recent press (the Boston Globe Piece is what grabbed us) before the slow rolling country caravan returns for a hometown show April 19 at the Holocene.
The Boston Globe,
"Blitzen Trapper's Eclectic Sound Has Old-Time, Indie Influences"
The Washington Post,
"Oregon Trail: Blitzen Trapper"
Your Day Job, SXSW Edition
And not that they need anymore hits, but indie super-blog Stereogum has two great videos from SXSW
—a rollicking performance of "Wild Mountain Nation" and former Sleater-Kinney guitar goddess-turned-NPR-blogger Carrie Brownstein's interview with frontman Eric Earley. Oh, the fabled Portland summer!
We SWEAR this is the last SXSW mention on Local Cut. If not, Casey Jarman owes you a taco.
Photo courtesy of the Wild Mountain Nation gang