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Advance Streaming: Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless

On November 3, the Portland, OR-based Blitzen Trapper will release Wild & Reckless, a new album born of their staged musical of the same title and also a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr. Today, NPR Music premiered the album in its entirety as a First Listen and called it “a sprawling, sumptuous testament to Weird America.”

Wild and Reckless is now available for pre-order via iTunesAmazon, and their website.

The New York Times said, “Missing Tom Petty? He lives on in Blitzen Trapper’s Wild and Reckless, an accomplished slice of classic rock that unabashedly sounds like Mr. Petty singing a Springsteen song with the Heartbreakers’ California guitars and a harmonica intro from Neil Young.”

Consequence of Sound said, “Music-wise, the song is the equivalent of an adrenaline shot of invincibility — the kind of anthem people turn up loud in the car as they’re speeding off to some unknown destination, the wind’s blow their only guidance.”

The album Wild & Reckless was born from the stage production that the band spent the better part of a year producing. The half musical, half rock-opera dealt with heroin abuse, desperation, true love and western power structures. The story evoked a bygone era of Portland with this sci-fi love story, featuring a rock-and-roll score that paired unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog.

Following the success of the production, the band took 7 original songs from the production and developed the theme further into the 12 songs that comprise the new album Wild & Reckless.

Frontman Eric Earley also sees the record as a companion and extension of their 2008 album Furr. “Wild and Reckless is something like a cross-eyed stepchild to Furr, in that it chronicles the darker dystopian stories of rural and suburban west coast death-drive via a riffing psychedelic landscape. Ten years after Furr with all its talk of murder and the end of the western world, it seems there’s more to tell.”

Blitzen Trapper is Eric Earley (songwriter/singer), Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass) and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Wild & Reckless was produced by Eric Earley and Michael Van Pelt and was recorded by Gregg Williams at the Trench, in Portland, OR. It was mixed by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Blitzen Trapper’s All Across This Land) at The Union.

The band will embark on a national tour with select support from Lilly Hiatt this winter to celebrate the release of the album. Find a full list of tour dates below.

Wild & Reckless tracklist:

1) Rebel
2) Wild & Reckless
3) Forever Pt. 1
4) Joanna
5) No Man’s Land
6) Stolen Hearts
7) Dance With Me
8) Love Live On
9) When I’m Dying
10) Baby Won’t You Turn Me On
11) Forever Pt. 2
12) Wind Don’t Always Blow

Tour Dates:
10/28: Seaside, OR – Boo’s Blues & Brews – TICKETS
11/2: Atlanta, GA – The Earl – TICKETS
11/3: Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall – TICKETS #
11/4: Richmond, VA- The Broadberry – TICKETS #
11/5: Washington, DC – Black Cat – TICKETS #
11/6: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s – TICKETS #
11/7: Cambridge, MA – The Sinclairs – TICKETS #
11/9: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg – TICKETS #
11/10: Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern – TICKETS #
11/11: Detroit, MI – El Club – TICKETS #
11/12: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall – TICKETS
11/14: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon – TICKETS
11/15: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall – TICKETS #
11/16: St. Paul, MN – Turf Club – TICKETS
11/17: Iowa City, IA – The Mill – TICKETS
11/18: St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room – TICKETS
11/19: Nashville, TN – Exit/In – TICKETS #
11/30: Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley – TICKETS #
12/1: Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre – TICKETS #
12/2: San Diego, CA – Casbah – TICKETS #
12/4: Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall – TICKETS #
12/5: San Francisco, CA – The Independent – TICKETS #
12/7: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern – TICKETS #
12/8: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall – TICKETS #
# – support from Lilly Hiatt
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National Record Store Day – November 25

Vinyl Packages will be available from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron and Wine, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and The Black Keys

In keeping with its commitment to the annual vinyl bonanza that is Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700
independently owned record stores in the U.S. and hundreds of similar stores internationally, Warner Bros. Records has announced that it will make several vinyl pieces available on November 25th (aka Black Friday), exclusively in honor of 2011’s second annual Record Store Day. April saw the release of vinyl from The Flaming Lips, Devo, Mastodon, Sonic Youth, and others. The day after Thanksgiving, the following very special exclusive releases will go on sale in record stores across the country and at www.becausesoundmatters.com:

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Remastered and reissued for the first time in 20 years, this Anniversary edition of the SoCal funk-rock giants’ classic 1991 album will be released on 140-gram red vinyl and is limited to 2500 units domestically. Produced by Rick Rubin, Blood Sugar Sex Magik has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and was the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ introduction to worldwide popularity and critical acclaim, spawning several hit singles including “Under The Bridge” and “Give It Away.”

$34.98

Iron and Wine: Live at KCRW

This live collection features Iron and Wine, fronted by Sam Beam, in an intimate on-air acoustic performance at Los Angeles’ influential tastemaker radio station KCRW this past Jan 26, 2011. This intimate performance includes songs from Iron and Wine’s current album Kiss Each Other Clean, and other favorites as well as audio from his interview with Jason Bentley. The package includes a limited-edition LP pressed in an edition of 2,500 copies only and a CD.

$24.98

Tom Petty: Kiss My Amps (Live)

This limited-edition LP features six live tracks from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 2010 tour supporting their album Mojo – Petty’s first album with the Heartbreakers in eight years. It includes “Sweet William,” a B-side recorded live during the 2008 tour and referred to at the time by Rolling Stone as their “new favorite Petty song.” Limited to 5,000.

$24.98

The Black Keys: Two-song 12″ EP

The Black Keys’ new record El Camino will be released Dec 6th on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the album was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville. A limited-edition 12″ of the already popular single “Lonely Boy,” pressed on limited edition vinyl, will be available at independent retailers as part of Record Store Day, with another album track, “Run Right Back,” on the B-side.

$10.98

Eric Clapton Blues Box

This three album, five disc box has been carefully recut for vinyl at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Chris Bellman and pressed on the finest grade 180- gram European vinyl for the highest quality analog sound imaginable. Box set includes: From The Cradle, Riding With The King and Me And Mr. Johnson, plus a unique 12″ x 12″ lithograph. Each box is beautifully packaged in a high quality paper wrapped design. This title is non-exclusive to Record Store day but limited to 2500 copies.

$124.98

For more about National Record Store Day, please visit www.recordstoreday.com

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NEW: Noah & The Whale

The album isn’t officially released until next Tuesday, but you can stream it now over at NME (click image above). I’m digging the opening track and am happy with it’s placement. “Tonight’s The Kind Of Night” reminds me of classic 80s rock, listen to the guitar riff in the chorus, you’ll hear it. “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” has a cool Tom Petty vibe. “Wild Thing” continues the similarity to Tom Petty; only this time throwing in a tiny bit of Springsteen. I like the new album, though I gotta say it’s not what I expected. “Give It All Back” is one of those “looking back” kind of songs. Though, I guess if you think about it, they all are; the album is called Last Night on Earth. “Just Me Before We Met” jumps out at me; it is so beautiful (with out being slow and sappy, of course). The violin used in the track just adds another layer of character that makes this song probably my favorite from the album. “Paradise Stars” is a sweet little instrumental interlude before the winding down with the last three songs. The final track, “Old Joy” is a bit too morose for my taste, but I guess it’s a good way to end the album…the “last night on Earth.”

Tracklisting
1. Life Is Life
2. Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
3. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
4. Wild Thing
5. Give It All Back
6. Just Me Before We Met
7. Paradise Stars
8. Waiting For My Chance To Come
9. The Line
10. Old Joy

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