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Blitzen Trapper
8:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Independent

Blitzen Trapper

Date: November 14, 2018 to November 14, 2018
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California, United States, 94117
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Suicide its almost likeand its me obviouslybut its almost like whoever is saying those words is saying to himself Well Ive got two choices. Either I kill myself or I somehow make my peace with whatever God is.Not all the songs have such existential explanations. The soft acoustic jangle of the title track is full of wistful longing, while the plaintive, poignant piano of Not Your Lover is a forlorn love or loss of love song full of tender sadness. Thats one of a few songs that wouldnt actually exist had the bandcompleted at the time by Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Erik Menteer (guitar, Moog), Drew Laughery (keyboards) and Marty Marquis (guitar, vocals, melodica)not found an old warped piano in the hallway of Sally Macks School Of Dance, the Portland building which housed the bands studio. Needless to say, the discovery definitely helped shape the direction of the record. That song, says Earley, wouldnt exist, I dont think, without that piano. I remember sitting at that thing when I first pulled it in and tinkering with it and just sort of writing that one right away. So it probably would have been a slightly different record. A lot of the songs I wrote on piano and I wouldnt have because I didnt have one.Thats also partly because Earley admits he wasnt trying to write an album at that time, but write songs to perfect the recording technique hed been honing when making the bands previous full-length, 2007s Wild Mountain Nation. As such, around three albums worth of material was recorded during the sessions for Furr, and its a selection of those that comprise the bonus material for this anniversary edition of the record. From the dulcet, chugging tones of War Is Placebo to the carefree, summer whimsy of Ballad Of Bird Lovea song driven by that same pianoand the melancholy folk tale waltz of On My Way To The Bay, the ten outtakes included here offer even further insight into Earleys creative mindset and the feelingwhatever it is, exactlyt
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