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Songs for sad days

WK RAIN playlist

Sometimes when summer ends it takes a whole bunch of other stuff down with it. People move away, bars close, the rain sets in, maybe you even get your heart broken. No matter the reason, the changing of seasons kinda sucks until it doesn’t anymore. I’ve made a playlist with equal parts depressing indie music and vindictive pop to get you through the turbulence. Honestly, I went from crying to feeling kinda okay while listening to it. Hope it does the same for you.

(Note: Playlist has best effect if listened to IN ORDER.)

Track list, with key lyrics for your reference:

  1. Sad Girl – Lana Del Rey
  2. Calico Man – PHOX “And I will shout it from these corners that I may never love again”
  3. Pretend You Love Me – Sonny and the Sunsets
  4. Dark Parts – Perfume Genius
  5. Not Your Lover – Blitzen Trapper “In my sleep I’m not your lover anymore/ When I wake I have to remind myself that I’m sleeping on your shore.”
  6. All Too Well – Taylor Swift “You call me up again just to break me like a promise/ So casually cruel in the name of being honest.”
  7. The Good That Won’t Come Out – Rilo Kiley “I think i’ll go out and embarrass myself by getting drunk and falling down in the street/ You say i choose sadness, that it never once has chosen me/ Maybe you’re right.”
  8. Burn – Usher
  9. It Is What It Is – Kacey Musgraves
  10. Starring Role – Marina and the Diamonds
  11. Saltwater – Beach House “Love you all the time/ Even though you’re not mine.”
  12. One By One – Billy Bragg and Wilco
  13. Unfucktheworld – Angel Olsen “Here’s to thinking that it all meant so much more.”
  14. In Due Time – PHOX “And for years to come in the mornings/ You may think that I’m the best thing you’ve almost had/ In due time if I gain some self respect/ I could smile upon the day that we first met.”
  15. Tangled Heart – Luluc
  16. We’re Just Friends – Wilco
  17. Stay – Rihanna
  18. You Are What You Love – Jenny Lewis
  19. The Mermaid Parade – Phosphorescent
  20. Don’t Apply Compression Gently – Courtney Barnett “I may not be 100 percent happy but at least I’m not with you.”
  21. Stupid – Kacey Musgraves “Love is stupid/ Don’t know why we always do it.”
  22. If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow
  23. I Won’t Share You – The Smiths
  24. I Care – Beyonce
  25. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
  26. The First Cut is the Deepest – PP Arnold
  27. I Go To The Barn Because I Like The – Band of Horses
  28. Really Don’t Care – Demi Lovato and Cher Lloyd
  29. Tears in the Typing Pool – Broadcast
  30. If I Needed You – Emmylou Harris
  31. Chasing A Ghost – The Morning Benders
  32. There Will Be No Divorce – The Mountain Goats “If i ever want to drive myself insane/ All i have to do is watch you breathing.”
  33. Love Hurts – Roy Orbison
  34. Happiness/The Gondola Man – Elliott Smith “What I used to be will pass away and then you’ll see/ That all I want now is happiness for you and me.”
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Denver & Blitzen Trapper: Nothing not to love

On Friday, the Doug Fir was jam-packed with whiskey-guzzling bumpkins and country-fried music fans. The occasion? Blitzen Trapper and Denver, of course!

Perhaps the closest picture of both bands playing simultaneously.

Perhaps the closest picture of both bands playing simultaneously.

I’ve been through a lot with Blitzen Trapper. In 2007 I journeyed to Seattle, Washington for the first time on a trip that would become a precursor to, well, this blog. I was 15 years old, and in love with everything new and hip, and anything having to do with music. It was on my then-new-favorite radio station KEXP that I first heard, “Sci-Fi Kid.” I flew back to Maryland, culled through the KEXP website, podcasts, etc. and finally found the track; found Blitzen Trapper.

It’s no shock that part of the reason I came to Portland in the first place was to be near bands like Blitzen Trapper. And so I’m a bit biased, but I think it would be hard to give Blitzen Trapper a poor review. In their 13 years as a band, their sound has changed, developed, and evolved into a grown-up version of what they were celebrating Friday–their first LP Blitzen Trapper.

One of my favorite records

One of my favorite records

BT is a gold mine of early-2000s experimental folk. It’s easy to listen to this record, reissued for Record Store Day this past April, and understand how Blitzen Trapper have become what they are today. There’s trippy long-form jams, tender songwriting, nonsensical weirdness, and a dose of banjo.

Friday’s show was a tribute to Blitzen Trapper’s journey as a band. Tight as ever, they played songs across their catalogue, including a personal favorite, “Texaco.” The band also debuted two new songs, “Heart Attack” and “Thirsty Man” which showcase Blitzen Trapper’s dedication to the sound they cultivated on 2011’s American Goldwing. The 70s-influenced, classic rock-infused sounds mesh well with the folk type persona the band has always held on to.

The new record is set to drop in September, and I am looking forward to ample opportunities to see Blitzen Trapper play around town.

Friday’s show was the first time I had the pleasure of seeing Denver live. The band’s held my interest in the year since releasing their self-titled album because they are the most country band I know of from Portland. My east coast ears appreciate this.

I really like Denver and think that their live show does great justice to their album. They’re getting ready to tour with James McMurtry, so check them out.

Denver – The Way It Is

Denver – “The Way It Is” (Official Music Video) from Mama Bird Recording Co. on Vimeo.

Portland’s country-sweethearts Denver had their first video for “The Way It Is” debut over at Paste this  morning. If you like cowboy boots, dusty bars, bloody lips and members of Blitzen Trapper throwing punches at one another, this video will make you extremely happy.

I’m really excited about this little band called Denver, who released their self-titled LP debut this summer with Mama Bird Recording. Their simplicity, nostalgia, and no-nonsense country vibes are refreshing to me; a taste of Appalachia in the Northwest.

On Wednesday, November 21 Denver is playing at the Doug Fir with Raymond Byron and White Freighters, and Meridian. Tickets are $8. See ya then!

Sleepover Shows – Blitzen Trapper

Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper

Sleepover Shows – Blitzen Trapper

I lied, I’m back! Vacation can’t keep me away from Blitzen Trapper. Check out these sweet videos of them from the Newport Folk Festival… I’m a little biased, but I think they’re great!

Blitzen Trapper – Girl in a Coat

Is she wearing a coat?

Here’s the latest video from Blitzen Trapper for “Girl in a Coat,” which is one of my favorite’s off of American Goldwing! The video stars Brian Koch, drummer, and was directed by Daniel Elkayam, who’s directed several Blitzen Trapper videos. The boys are wrapping up a tour before coming home to Oregon to play Pickathon.

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