lookie here

Hey! When we don’t have enough photos from a show for a proper album, we put them in a catch-all called the Mixtapes Sampler. Check it out for recent photos from No Age, Lucky Dragon, and Ezra Furman. You’ll also find photos of Blitzen Trapper, Jason Boesel, Jarrod Gorbel, and Pearly Gate Music.

shoulder blades & sunlight

High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin was full of beards, booze, and blazing tunes on September 29, 2010 when northwestern bands Blitzen Trapper and Pearly Gate Music stopped in for the night.

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Touring in support of their early-summer release Destroyer of the Void, the sextet armed themselves with electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums,  keys, banjo, harmonica, and a smattering of other instruments to crank out a loud string of ass-kicking campfire jams. A mild country vibe and pitch-perfect vocal harmonies played into the feel of the 70s so prevalent on Destroyer, and the overall sound of the night could easily soundtrack the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding through a red-skied desert, should the need arise.

While the whole set was impressive, Blitzen Trapper hit their stride with the three-song arc of “Black River Killer” (arguably their catchiest song), “Lady on the Water”, and “Silver Moon”. Though there’s nothing remarkably different about these songs than the rest of their oeuvre, the alchemy of the three together was something to pay attention to. Also of note was the title track to their last album, Furr. Passionate and nostalgic, their set played off of and into the energy of the crowd.

Opener Pearly Gate Music was a treat – Zach Tillman delivered a set of quiet, deliberate story-songs interlaced with dry banter delivered with a lilt and patter similar to Peter Sarsgaard‘s style of speaking. One of the night’s highlights was Tillman’s cover of The Kinks’ “Lola“. Smoothed out and understand, it played more like a love song instead of a raucous retelling of a crazy night.

PARTIAL SET LIST: God & Suicide, Destroyer of the Void, Evening Star, The Tree, Below the Hurricane, Black River Killer, Lady On the Water, Silver Moon, The Man Who Would Speak True, Taking It Easy Too Long, Furr, Dragon’s Song, Sadie, Sleepytime in the Western World

ENCORE: Not Your Lover, Big Black Bird

august mp3 roundup

Here are the mp3s we posted via Twitter for the month of August.

Deer Tick – Piece By Piece, Frame by Frame
Dominant Legs – About My Girls
Lazertag – Buildings of a Former Century
Lazertag – Bring Us Back to Life
Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! – Whispers
Filligar – Gray Area
Light Pollution – Magic Kingdoms Kick My Teeth In
Wild Nothing – Golden Haze
Cloud Nothings – Hey Cool Kid
Avi Buffalo – What’s It In For?
Blitzen Trapper – Dragon’s Song
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore – Dear Companion
Jaill – The Stroller
Male Bonding – Year’s Not Long
Kelley Stoltz – I Don’t Get That
Superchunk – Skip Steps 1 & 3
Ducktails – Hamilton Road
Woods – I Was Gone
Dominant Legs – Clawing Out at the Walls
Lower Dens – Hospice Gates
Lower Dens – Tealights
Screaming Females – I Don’t Mind It
Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms (Apache Beat Remix)
Paleo – World’s Smallest Violin
Wavves – Post Acid
Woven Bones – I’ve Gotta Get