Song of the Day: Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation

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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection is “Wild Mountain Nation” by Blitzen Trapper, the title track from their new CD. KEXP is at SxSW in Austin this week, and invite you to join us on Saturday at 8:oo PM (Texas time!) for an exclusive live set from Blitzen Trapper.

Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation (MP3)If there was an indie rock scene in Woodstock, Blitzen Trapper would rule it. An offhand mix of skilled homage and unskilled enthusiasm, it’s getting rarer these days for a band to break through when they sound like they could pick Levon Helm out of a lineup but have no idea who Thom Yorke is. Woodstock would be quite a commute, though; these guys are actually just a few hours south of us in Portland, Oregon. The backwoods image is played to the hilt in band photos — the dudes are clad in all manner of buckskin and blankets, cowpoked up and hanging out at a prime looking fishing hole. “Wild Mountain Nation” is a jumble of hot guitar licks, singer Eric Early’s rural imagery, and ramshackle drums that don’t as much hold it together as joyously tumble forward in an effort to keep up with the celebration. If this sounds charming, it is. Be sure to check out the live version below — you’ll wish you were there.


Blitzen Trapper, “Wild Mountain Nation” live in Denver 2007

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