Destroyer of the Void, the new album from Portland’s Blitzen Trapper, will be out June 8th. It’s a career-highlight album (“…a great American band emerge on album number five.”—Uncut, in the magazine’s recent 4-star lead review) and over the course of the next month or so, we’ve lined up a whole lots of ways for you to come to this same conclusion.
The band’s newly revamped website, BlitzenTrapper.net, now offers a stream of “Dragon’s Song” off the new record as well as a free download of a demo version of “Heaven and Earth.” On BlitzenTrapper.net you’ll also find the latest work of Blitzen Trapper drummer and film auteur Brian Koch, who has created an eerie and awesome video trailer for Destroyer of the Void.
And, thanks to the folks at NPR, there’s no reason to wait until June 8th to hear the whole record! Starting May 31st and ending on June 8th, Destroyer of the Void will be streamed in its entirety as part of NPR’s First Listen.
There is, of course, as usual, STILLMORE! While you will likely have a chance to see the band live in action in a town near you soon (click here for dates), you can also/should also watch them perform “Dragon’s Song” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 17th.
If you are still reading this, your commendable commitment to Blitzen Trapper-related information tells us that you might be interested in the extremely fancy Blitzen Trapper beer/beverage koozy that we are offering exclusively to people who pre-order the album through subpop.com. Maybe Eric Earley will even deliver it, shirtless, as shown in the rotating photo above? (No, he won’t.)
You know what goes great with a summer record? A cold beverage. Sometimes, maybe several cold beverages. With our June 15th release of their remarkable new album Destroyer of the Void, Blitzen Trapper has you covered on both! I presume to know what you are now asking yourself: “Sure, I get it about their awesome new record, but how in the heck will Blitzen Trapper provide me with a cold beverage?” Like this: when you pre-order Destroyer of the Void, you will receive, for free, a very handsome, specially made Blitzen Trapper beverage koozie! (Depending on where you’re from, you may know it as a “cozy”; I’m from Minnesota and we call them by their correct name.)
So, let’s recap! Not only will you get a great record (Destroyer of the Void, on either CD or LP w/ download code), some stickers, immediate access to a stream of the entire record upon pre-ordering (so you don’t have to wait for it to show up in the mail to hear it), but you’ll also be able to maintain optimal summer beverage temperature in an exceptionally stylish manner! All of this thanks to the one and only Blitzen Trapper band of Portland, OR (and also us here at Sub Pop). Thanks Blitzen Trapper! Thanks us!
The Sasquatch! Music Festival is this weekend at the Gorge in eastern Washington and Vetiver, The Fruit Bats, Avi Buffalo, and No Age are playing! A couple years ago one of our publicists streaked the main stage while the Shins were playing, and I’m hoping that the publicity department brings the tradition back this year. Keep a watchful eye on the stage while any of these four bands play and maybe (hopefully!) Kate or Bekah will give you an eyeful. In the meantime, please enjoy this Sasquatch themed sampler, courtesy of your good pals here at Sub Pop.
A little over three years ago my sister Amber Morgan and her boyfriend Garrett Kelly started a humble online radio station out of their basement and called it Hollow Earth Radio. The station has since grown tremendously from basement to attic, 4 volunteers to 50, and have, in addition to broadcasting an eclectic array of music, hosted all sorts of rad events for the community. They put on a concert series called Magma Fest every March, organize found sound workshops for kids, and much more.
Now the station is gettin’ too big for it’s britches (britches being their attic) and have found a rad public space to call home! (Conveniently located next to my hot fiance’sbicycle shop in the best neighborhood in Seattle—the Central District.)
Anywho, they need a chunk of change to finance the renovations to the space, so they decided to use a website called Kickstarter. For those of you unfamiliar, it’s a site where artists, musicians, nonprofits, etc. can make a page stating their cause and why they need money. They then set a goal (in HER’s case it is $3500) and have people pledge money to back the project.
HER has 45 days to raise that money, and in the end, if they make it to the goal, everyone’s debit cards are swiped at the same time and they get the money. If they don’t reach the goal, they don’t get the money.
Go to the site, watch their cool video, pledge money, and support DIY radio! Or at least check out the website. Tons of bands use it as a tool to raise money for touring and to put albums out on vinyl!
Have you seen the new promo campaign for the hit HBO series Entourage? It features the song “Spanish Sahara” off the new Foals album Total Life Forever out now on iTunes and on CD/2xLP on June 15th. Watch the Entourage promo piece here. Order the album here. See the official video for the song here. Read more about Foals here.
Have you seen that new commercial for the BMW 3 Series? It features the song “Cinco de Mayo” by Golden Triangle off their new record Double Jointer out on Hardly Art. Get the record here and see the spot here