As its title would lead one to believe, the Black River Killer EP contains the disturbing and great song “Black River Killer” from Blitzen Trapper’s excellent Sept. ‘08 full-length album Furr (check the video here, it’s really great). What is perhaps less evident from the title is that it also contains 6 more songs that have been, up to now, only available as a CDR that Blitzen Trapper has been selling at their live performances for the past year or so.
Hello Sub Pop fans. I’m Katy McCourt-Basham, Radio Intern. This is my first Sub Pop photo blog.
Not all too long ago, Sub Pop gave me a break from stuffing envelopes to bandage my papercuts, get some sun, and check out Blitzen Trapper’s free show at The Mural Amphitheater in Seattle Center (presented by KEXP).
I got there a half hour or so before the show started and spots on the lawn were already hard to come by. Folks of all ages had already claimed their seats (or beer-drinkin’ spots behind the fence) and were eagerly waiting for the show to start.
Throw Me The Statue opened with a killer set, playing well-loved songs like “Lolita” as well as material from their new album Creaturesque.
Next, Blitzen Trapper hit the stage, and the crowd got some dancing going right away. They played a pretty long set, including older material (such as “Furr”, one of my favorite songs) and newer material (like songs from their Black River Killer EP, out 8/25). It was a great time, and by the end almost everyone was in on the dance party.
Be sure to check out more shows at The Mural in the next few weeks (Especially the one on 8/21, featuring Fruit Bats and Hardly Art friends The Moondoggies).
If you feel like checking out more of my photos, you can find them here.
We’ve been experiencing record breaking heat this summer (103 degrees!) and we’re all puffy and sweaty and stinky, but we still have some very fine (and not at all puffy or stinky) albums from some of our faves coming out this month. First up, Fruit Bats are back with their third LP entitled The Ruminant Band_, available on CD and LP, and I whole heartedly believe that this is the record Eric D. Johnson was born to make. It’s beautiful and fun and perfect for summer. Get it here or be sorry, and be sure to see them at the KEXP Mural Concert Series on 8/21 if you’re in the Seattle area. We are also releasing a 7” by Joe Pernice (as The Young Accuser) on the very same day, and it’s kind of a complicated story, so you might want to look hereaccuser/singles/unsound to read more about it. I am a little confused, but the music is rad, so whatevs. (Don’t you just hate whatevs?!)
August 18th is the release date for the highly anticipated second Sub Pop LP from Pissed Jeans, entitled King of Jeans. This record will, I assure you, tear you a new hole of some sort, wherever you see fit. It’s loud and fun and killer, and you will be listening to it shirtless at a late summer bbq while you are shotgunning beers and grabbing asses no matter what your gender. I am shirtless and drunk at my desk right now, as a matter of fact. Fuck you.
Blitzen Trapper is releasing a new EP called Black River Killer on August 25th and it features the song “Black River Killer” from their full length Furr as well as 6 more songs that have been, up to now, only available as a CDR that they’ve been selling at their live performances for the past year or so. Get it and make sure to check out the Black River Killer video by Daniel Elkayam that came out earlier this year.
Yesterday the temperature rose to a sweltering 102 degrees in Seattle. Just last summer, we were calling June “Junuary” and cursing the gods/goddesses for our cold, rainy existence. Although most have been complaining of the excessive heat (me included), it’s not incredibly bad. We actually get to indulge in a few rare opportunities because of this weather. We can go night swimming! We can eat at the few restaurants here that have outdoor patios! We can leave our sweaters/jackets at home when we go out at night! We can drink iced coffee!
We can also go to outdoor festivals and shows without fear of rain, which brings me to the topic at hand. Seattlites, I urge you to embrace this South Georgia weather, and celebrate by attending the KEXP Mural Concert Series this weekend! Our boys, Blitzen Trapper will be performing on Friday 7/31 along with Throw Me the Statue and DJ EL Toro.
This concert is the first in a series curated by KEXP, all of which are FREE and all ages. There will be a concert every Friday from July 31 to August 21, from 5 PM to 8 PM on the lawn of the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. The annual KEXP Barbeque is part of the series, and will take place on Saturday August 8, 2 PM to 9 PM.
Mural Concert Series and KEXPBBQ Lineup:
Friday 7/31, 5-8pm KEXP DJ El Toro
Throw Me the Statue
Friday 8/7, 5-8pm KEXP DJ Chilly
Saturday 8/8, 7th Annual KEXPBBQ! 2-9pm KEXP DJ John Richards
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Champagne Champagne Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Friday 8/14, 5-8pm KEXP DJ Troy Nelson
Friday 8/21, 5-8pm KEXP DJ Hannah Levin
Johnny and the Moon
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
The Blitzen boys have been busy bees lately. They’ve just finished a rad video , are in the middle of a pretty epic tour of the U.S. and then Europe, and will be releasing a pretty sweet EP at the end of August. Adding to the list of cool BTrapper happenings is an in-studio on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Tuesday 7/14 at 11:15 PST! Tune in!