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Music (It Can't Be Emo All the Time)



Looks like I've finally left the last phase of emo music behind for a while which, I'm sure, will stop the slowly diminishing respect that was happening here because of it. Never fear, though, for I am sure it'll be back. If I was fifteen, I'd be an emo kid, I'm sure.

Anyhow, that doesn't mean there isn't other music to talk about, and today's pick is Blitzen Trapper's new album, White Mountain Nation.

I come to the band with virtually no knowledge about them, except that they're based out of the States, in Portland, Oregon, actually, and have self released all of their three albums, including this last one. I haven't heard the first two, but the new one is a mash of country, psychedelia, indie pop, and all with a pure geek sensibility that reminds me in touches of the Flaming Lips (but only in touches, like the way that you leave a fingerprint on a silver tray). The clip above shows them dancing round with kid toy instruments, and I reckon that does enough to support to geek sensibility. With their glorious geek energy White Mountain Nation is a really fine, bubbling, energetic album, and I totally dig it.

I have, also, been listening to Band of Horses' album, Everything All the Time, which was released last year. Frontman Ben Bridle's vocals remind me a lot of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, but I find the band more interesting, lyric and tune wise, than the latter. In fact, I suppose the difference is that I heard one My Morning Jacket Album, thought it was pretty okay, but have never been moved to hear another. Whereas Band of Horses will have a new album, Cease to Begin, released in October, and I'll be right there for that.

I've also given a few new spins to the new Midnight Movies album, Lion in the Girl, which seems pretty solid so far, but I've been caught up in the Blitzen Trapper release to give it a good listen. Still, it sounds good, and I'll be going back to it.

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elenuial
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
You have emo; I have grunge. It's all good in the hood.
benpeek
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
oh, i got grunge too. i was a grunge kid.

i got a lot in me, all of it ridiculous ;)
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benpeek
Jul. 26th, 2007 09:23 am (UTC)
i'm pleased he doesn't sound like me, too ;)
ataxi
Jul. 26th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
I don't mind "Everything All The Time". But I particularly like the single. The single ("Funeral") is pretty damn great. I was surprised by its lyrics as well.
benpeek
Jul. 26th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
yeah, that's my favourite track, that.
bluetyson
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
An emo writer? Next you'll be eating quiche during the interval at the ballet...
benpeek
Jul. 26th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
i don't really like quiche.
ex_chrisbil
Jul. 26th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
I adore Blitzen Trapper! They're a bit Shins occasionally, but some tracks have a lot more going on. (I got very bored of The Shins after a while...)

The Decemberists are from Portland. I guess it's a cool music city...
benpeek
Jul. 27th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
have you heard the first two albums? they worth a look?
ex_chrisbil
Jul. 27th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
Blitzen Trapper's? I have heard the tracks on their MySpace. I went to buy the album yesterday lunchtime, and after searching in Pop (finding an empty display for them) I was told they were in Heavy Metal... they weren't, it was Blitzkrieg. I'm going to try another store today.

Alas, Fopp has gone... so no cool shop just outside my door.
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