1. Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void (Sub Pop)
2. Seasons - Winter EP (self release)
3. Everest - On Approach (Vapor Records)
4. Fol Chen - Part II: The New December (Asthmatic Kitty)
5. Blitzen Trapper - Furr (Sub Pop)
6. Judson and Mary - In The Hands Of The Sun (self release)
7. The Henry Clay People - Somewhere On the Golden Coast (TBD Records)
8. Broken Bells - Broken Bells (Columbia Records)
9. Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer EP (Sub Pop)
10. Pinback - Autumn of the Seraphs (Touch and Go Records)
This was Blitzen Trapper week, as I prepared for one of the most highly anticipated shows of my year, at El Rey on June 29. As a kid, you're always told not to anticipate anything too much, or you will be let down. The last five years of concert going have convinced me otherwise, that our parents were lying, again. I have seen so many shows that have exceeded these very high expectations that I don't ever try to put a damper on my enthusiasm. The album continues at number 1 for the third straight week. And their last two releases also place.
The same held true for the Pinback presents The Rob and Zach Show that I went to at Detroit Bar on July 1. I could not have had higher hopes for this show and I was not disappointed in the least. In fact it was better than I could have imagined. I was glad I had gorged myself on Autumn of the Seraphs, as they performed so much of that album in fresh new arrangements.
It's always nice to have a new recording from Seasons and Winter is one of their best efforts. Everest's On Approach is holding steady in my conscience and it's achevements remain impressive after repeated listenings.
Fol Chen has broken out a new album, Part II: The New December, on Asthmatic Kitty Records, and 'broken out' is the correct term as the album breaks out in all directions. I'm having fun trying to take it all in. I'm still charmed by the combination of innocence and world-weary wisdom Judson and Mary put into their CD, In The Hands Of The Sun.
The Henry Clay People's new one continues to grow on me and Broken Bells is so solid, I think I'll still be listening to it months down the road.