Hey Blitzen Trapper listeners...(i don't like the word FAN)
I'am just curious: What is your favourite Blitzen Trapper Top 5?
Post it in reply...
Wow, a Top 5 is tough! Here are 5 favorites at the moment, unordered:
Destroyer of the Void
Heaven and Earth
War is Placebo
God & Suicide
I'd also have to give special mention to "Futures & Folly," as it was the first BT song I ever heard. I'm pretty sure I was in love with the band before the song ended, that very first time I heard it. I still love that one. They don't seem to do it live much - did they used to?
And about "War is Placebo" - that song is far too amazing to be relegated to a limited edition single! (Same is true for the beautifully hushed, Shins/Elliott Smith-like B side "Booksmart Baby"!)
Great! i miss a few songs. Like War is Placebo. Couldn't find a download (free or buy) either.(got a clue for me?)
You said 5 favorites at the moment. Thats a true phrase. I like your list and the comparison from the song i don't know with Elliott Smith triggers me. Elliott Smith is another favourite of me.
Ok, here is my " at the moment" list:
1. Ansel and Emily Desader
2. Below the Hurricane
3. Black river killer (live)
4. Destroyer of the void
5. Echo (live)
But tomorrow "the man who would speak true" could be on my list.
Let's wait for more contributions..
top 5 songs in no particular order for the last couple days have been:
- war on machines
- c*****r went down (maximum volume of course)
- simple tree
- saturday night
- ballad of bird love
i've been busy in the kitchen and seem to be picking up tempo tunes i'm sure this will change once my adrenaline rush is gone!
1. Big Black Bird
2. Jericho (there is a certain live recording where Earley sings this gorgeous harmony, and it just feels right)
3. Lady on the Water
4. Ansel and Emily Desader (and I don't say this with an elitist sneer, but I kinda like the Garmonbozia version better)
5. Ballad of Bird Love
And just like you, indied, "Futures & Folly" was the song that sold me, too. I think this is a great idea for a thread, by the by.
(Ashamed to beg: Anyone have a copy of "War is Placebo" or "Booksmart Baby" to share? )
The "War is Placebo"/"Booksmart Baby" single does seem awfully hard to track down. I got my copy at Criminal Records in Atlanta about a year ago (Apparently they had a few leftover from the previous "Record Store Day", 2009), but last time I was in there, they still had a few copies! Looking back, I should've bought the rest. It's probably worth a shot getting in touch with them here: http://www.criminalatl.com/Home to see if you can order online. I don't get in there that often or I'd go try and pick them up, myself.
If that doesn't work, maybe someone close to the band (Matt?) has an idea where one could still get this gorgeous (pink and white) piece of vinyl. If all else fails, I've got digital versions of the tracks (vinyl comes with download code), but I'd want an "official" go-ahead to send them out...
1. Black River Killer
Why? It's pretty cinematic and haunting. Taking up where Sprinsgteen's Nebraska left off.
2. Country Caravan
Alt country at its best. Those accents that shift across the bar lift it from being an everyday song.
3. Heaven and Earth
Esp the demo version. Revisits biblical madness in the chorus, and a fab vocal take on the verse, with a sobbing melody.
4. Simple Tree
A good one for putting the top down and hitting the gas.
5. The Tailor
Sounds like the story of a madman.
P.S. Best Jericho I've found is here
11th annual Pickathon Roots Music Festival
Galaxy Barn Stage
Happy Valley, Oregon
Any better ?
I must say, Furr is still my favorite, 'cause it was the first song from the band I heard, and it gave me goosebumps :) I asked one of the dj's from errorfm.com, Larry Woodside, to play it, but he didn't have the album. He went searching and fell in love with the sound. I'm 'proud' I made an indie radio station dj discover BT :D
I'm not a new listener, I go back a few years with BT. The newest album is my favorite overall. I still love the older albums but I think Eric Earley's songwriting ability grows greater with time.
My current top five, but not in any order:
Destroyer Of The Void, Heaven And Earth, Cold Gold Diamond, The Green King Sings, Dragon's Song
And Love I Exclaim!, which I add because it doesn't really count as a whole song.
Bulldozers, all three of those songs can be found on iTunes (or at least, that is where I got them). Simple Tree is a bonus track from "Destroyer. . ." while The Ballad of Bird Love is the bonus track from "Furr" (I still remember the first time I heard that song). All The Stones is from a benefit with "Patagonia" in the name.
AND. I would highly recommend all three. They are especially great songs!
I have so many favorites. I always love Country Caravan live- the studio version does not do it justice. Stolen Shoes & A Rifle is great- the acoustic guitars really shine on that song. BT does has a really special feel for playing country music. I wish it was longer, though, they need to extend it instrumentally for another few bars at the end I think. I also read in an interview where Eric listed John Denver as a influence. I can hear that in many of his songs. I always loved John Denver, too. They just recently replayed his famous Wildlife Concert on PBS last weekend, hope alot of people tuned in to that and got to experience the genius of the man.
In no particular order, best listened to with no particular place to go.
The All-Girl Team(BT)
Simple Tree (DV)
War on Machines (Furr)
Not Your Lover (Furr)
Futures & Folly (WMN)
Love the Way You Walk Away (AG)
Street Fighting Sun (AG)
OK, that's more than 5...hard to stop ;)
Too hard to pick a top 5 anything I'd say... but here goes:
1) Below the Hurricane (ahhh, those harmonies (sigh))
2) Lady on the Water
3) Love the way you walk away (yeah it's "new", but damn it I'm a sucker for some steel guitar)
4) Furr (not a very original choice I know, but as others have said you never forget your first BT)
5) Stranger in a strange Land (another newbie, but I have a fetish for lines that could appear on tombstones! "When I'm gone, you'll know me by the friends I leave behind."
That's my top 5 for today anyway, now if I could just squeeze me some Big Black Bird, Echo, Stolen shoes and a rifle, Might find it Cheap and numerous others into the list I'd be a happy man!
well it has almost been a year since i last posted in this thread so i thought i might update my selection. perhaps it should be noted that i am sick, sick, sick so it may have a bearing on what ive been listening to. again in no particular order:
2. maybe baby
3. 40 stripes
4. stranger in a strange land
5. canyon's edge
the gambler outtake is also a strong contender since it still makes me giggle
My Blitzen Trapper Greatest Hits CD:
4. Black River Killer
6. Evening Star
7. Wild Mountain Nation
8. 40 Stripes
9. Below the Hurricane
10. Shoulder Full of You
11. Street Fighting Sun
12. Love I Exclaim!
14. Saturday Nite
15. Murder Babe
Oh, and whatever song that was that they used for the soundtrack in the Episode 5 tour video...
This week's top 5 (in no particular order)...
Booksmart Baby (live at Canopy Club, Urbana, IL 10-16-2009)
Look My Way
War is Placebo
All the Stones
Jericho (live at Portland Playhouse 9-14-2010 - check YouTube - sound not so great, but my fave version of Jericho ever.)
Street Fighting Sun
Rent A Cop
Ansel & Emily DeSader
Destroyer of the Void
Taking it Easy Too Long
And I could go on...and on...and on...
to all BT fans!!! - BT had a song way back when on their myspace page that never made an album or EP. It was an AWESOME song. my favorite, actually. I cannot remember the name but it was around 2007-2008 timeline I think. Can anyone help me with the title and where I can find it? Thanks and happy holidays!
Free, you're probably thinking of "10 Cent Slut", released on Eric's "Trapper" solo record:
Gotta love the Wayback Machine!
Alright, and let's not count Furr, Gold for Bread, or God & Suicide because they seem too obviously awesome.
1. Destroyer of the Void (DotV)
2. Country Caravan (WMN)
3. Preacher's Sister's Boy (Black River EP)
4. Saturday Nite (Furr)
5. Love the Way You Walk Away (AG)
6. Jericho (Daytrotter Sessions--all of which are great)
7. Lady on the Water (Furr)
8. Reno (BT)
9. Texaco (FR)
10. Stranger in a Strange Land (AG)
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