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.)
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.
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.
I’ve got an awesome idea! Why don’t you show everyone you see just how much you love Blitzen Trapper by purchasing a t-shirt and then wearing it? Well, if you choose to comply with my really great idea, we have two brand new designs to choose from.
On September 23rd, the Sub Pop Recording Company of Seattle, Wash., will proudly and, with any luck, quite conspicuously release the new album by Blitzen Trapper! This new Blitzen Trapper album is entitled Furr and will be available as: a big, round, black vinyl LP (complete with a free digital download code of the entire album), a much shinier, more silvery and smaller Compact Disc, or in the popular, though largely invisible MP3 format–all manufactured with the utmost care and attention to detale. And, as an authorized representative of the Sub Pop Recording Company and not very well supervised writer of this email, I am prepared to offer you FREETHINGS, when you pre-order Furr! FREETHINGS like: A Blitzen Trapper iron-on patch! An MP3 download of the otherwise unavailable, remarkably great Blitzen Trapper song from the Furr sessions “Rent-a-Cop”! Blitzen Trapper stickers! Also maybe a button!
Not so luckily, this same non-functioning van will also cause the band to miss the in-store performance they have scheduled for 6:00 pm on Friday July 25th at Portland’s excellent Music Millennium . We are truly sorry to be the bearers of this piece of bad news: Friday’s Fleet Foxes in-store at Music Millennium is hereby canceled. We are trying to reschedule something at Music Millennium in September and will keep you posted on any progress on that front.