News for Blitzen Trapper

WED, JUN 3, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Portlandesque on the new Blitzen Trapper “Black River Killer” video


The remarkably industrious lads in Blitzen Trapper just recently wrapped up work on a video for the song “Black River Killer” from their album Furr. We’ve seen this video and it’s really great. In the very near future, we’ll be doing all we can to try to show this video to you as well. But, in the meantime, you can read some behind-the-scenes stuff from someone down in Portland who has also seen it, and evidently both helped to make some props for the video and appears in the thing as an extra! There’s a Portlandesque post on the making of Blitzen Trapper’s “Black River Killer” video here. Read it!

In related news, we have plans to release a 7-song “Black River Killer” EP this summer. More on that shortly…

Credit for the photo here goes to Betsy Cross and was taken, wholly without permission, from where it appears on the aforementioned Portlandesque blog.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

WED, MAR 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM



It’s time again for Record Store Day (April 18), sometimes known as Record Store Day 2: The Reckoning. Last year we gave out free CD samplers of our astoundingly good bands, but this year we are doing something even better—SELLING stuff by our astoundingly good bands, but only in record stores, not even here on

We’re doing four limited-edition 7" singles with unreleased material by Flight of the Conchords (‘Pencils in the Wind’/‘Albi the Racist Dragon’), Obits (‘I Can’t Lose/‘Military Madness’), Vetiver (‘Wishing Well’/‘Pay No Mind’), and Blitzen Trapper (‘War is Placebo’/‘Booksmart Baby’). COLLECTOR NERD STATS: All of these are limited to 1500 copies, except Flight of the Conchords which is limited to 3000, but they’re on TV so….

We’re also releasing an 18-track live set from Iron & Wine’s Woman King tour in 2005, but this one’s on CD with extra cute packaging to make it look like a tiny 45. Adorable, and limited to 5000.
Learn more about Record Store Day here. See you in the vinyl bins, bro!

Posted by Lacey Swain

WED, MAR 25, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Blitzen Trapper perform at Old Abandoned Warehouse–Scooby Doo nowhere in Sight


Last week during SXSW I had the pleasure of accompanying Blitzen Trapper to the Seaholm Power Plant in Austin, TX—a locale that has not been producing power for years and that will most certainly be turned into condos by the next time I’m in Austin. The place was awesome—the crew said they couldn’t shoot in the lower levels of the building because they were infested with snakes, and I heard a dead bat fell on someone’s head also. Anywho, we were there to shoot a promo piece for mtvU’s Ahead of the Curve —lots of Sub Pop bands have done these including No Age, Fleet Foxes, CSS, and Foals. (Okay, I guess not lots, just those ones.) So, here are some sneak peak photos of the band doing an a capella version of “Sleepytime in the Western World” a la Boyz 2 Men. I’ll post a link when they’re done movie-magicking the whole thing.

Posted by Lacey Swain

MON, MAR 9, 2009 at 4:34 AM

SXSW Day Parties


And without further ado, and practically zero fanfare, here are the (mostly free!) SXSW parties with SUB POP bands! I was thinking about writing the addresses and all that jazz, but I thought that since these were free shows it’d be okay for you to do a small amount of work and figure out the location on your own. Plus, teach a man a fish and all that, you know? Anyway, enough with my constant ramblings…. HERE IS THE INFO YOU NEED!

See you in the pit, doodz.


  • Vetiver : the Party at the Mohawk 4pm
  • Vetiver : Leafy Green Showcase at Emo’s Jr. 10pm


  • Vetiver : Bay Bridged Party at Beauty Bar 2:30pm
  • Handsome Furs : Fader Fort Party 3:30pm
  • Blitzen Trapper : NPR Music Day Party at The Parish 4pm
  • No Age : Found Magazine Party at Red 7 4:30pm
  • Vetiver : Dog & Pony Party at Opal Divine’s 5pm


  • Obits : Insound Party at Club Deville @ 12:30pm
  • Handsome Furs : Insound Party at Club Deville @ 1:20
  • Vetiver : Waterloo Records In-store 2pm
  • Vetiver : SFxSW Party at Wave on 6th Street 4pm
  • Handsome Furs : Waterloo Records In-store 6pm
  • Obits : WFMU/Aquarius Records Showcase at Spiro’s 11pm


  • Vetiver : Mess With Texas Fest at 1:35pm
  • Obits : Filter Magazine Party at Cedar Street Courtyard 1:45pm
  • Tiny Vipers : End of an Ear In-Store 3pm
  • Obits : VICE Saves Texas party (311 E. 5th St., at Trinity) at 1:00 am

Posted by Lacey Swain

WED, MAR 4, 2009 at 7:34 AM

Sub Pop Showcase at SXSW 2009


Hey, Hey! My coworkers and I are heading to Austin, TX in two short weeks so that we can wine and dine our contacts and show off the talents of our lovable and extremely talented bands. On Thursday March 19th, we’ll be at the Radio Room (508 E. 6th St – formerly Bourbon Rocks, formerly Fat Tuesdays, formerly some place with novelty shots and lots of tits). Most of these bands will be playing additional parties and what-not—we’ll post those soon!

For Your Scheduling Pleasure:
8:00 No Age (outside)
8:30 The Baptist Generals (inside)
9:00 Red Red Meat (outside)
9:30 Mark Sultan (inside)
10:00 Obits (outside)
10:30 Daniel Martin Moore (inside)
11:00 Vetiver (outside)
11:30 Tiny Vipers (inside)
12:00 Blitzen Trapper (outside)
12:30 Pretty & Nice (inside)
1:00 Handsome Furs (outside)

All photos courtesy Jay Cox

Posted by Lacey Swain