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Blitzen Trapper On World Cafe | December 7, 2011

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Blitzen Trapper's rise to fame has been nontraditional, to say the least. According to frontman Eric Earley, who writes most of its music, the band was homeless up through the 2008 tour for its breakout fourth album, Furr. This was a year after the "reluctant success," as Earley called it, of Wild Mountain Nation. The band's albums aren't so much folk-rock as experimental country, and coming out of the folk-revival hotspot that is Portland, Ore., this young quintet has had plenty of chances to experiment.

The group's newest album, American Goldwing, spans emotions, sounds and entire genres, but despite the range of styles it encompasses, it's consistent in its lyrical complexity. Earley is a talented songwriter and — with the help of bandmates Erik Menteer, Brian Adrian Koch, Michael VanPelt and Marty Marquis — he's created a powerful, elegant, eclectic album.

Listen to Blitzen Trapper's appearance on World Cafe here.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Lyle Lovett "Funny How Time Slips Away" Rhythm Country and Blues
The Barr Brothers "Give the Devil Back His Heart" Barr Brothers
Kings of Leon "Back Down South" Come Around Sundown
Calexico "Quattro (World Drifts In)" Feast of Wire

((Annuals "Hair Don't Grow" Such Fun))

Blitzen Trapper "American Goldwing" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Blitzen Trapper "Love the Way You Walk Away" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Blitzen Trapper "Girl In A Coat" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Blitzen Trapper "Might Find It Cheap" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Chris Bathgate "Eliza (Hue)" Salt Year))

David & David "A Rock for the Forgotten" Boomtown
Foster the People "Helena Beat" Torches
Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramp
Vampire Weekend "The Kid's Don't Stand a Chance" Vampire Weekend

((Those Transatlantics "To The Editor" Knocked Out))

Hour 2

Elton John "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" Tumbleweed Connection
Nada Surf "Waiting for Something" The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy
Del Amitri "Kiss This Thing Goodbye" Waking Hours
Wilco "Born Alone" The Whole Love

((Beach House "Some Things Last A Long Time" Beach House))

Paul Simon "Dazzling Blue" Beautiful or So What
Warpaint "Untertow" The Fool
Mariachi El Bronx "48 Roses" Mariachi El Bronx
Ray Lamontagne "Repo Man" God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise

((Arizona "Away" Welcome Back Dear Children))

Tapes N' Tapes "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 3
The Beatles "Across the Universe" Let it Be
Blind Pilot "Keep You Right" We Are The
Arcade Fire "Keep the Car Running" Neon Bible

((Fanfarlo "Ghosts" Reservoir))