Dear Blitzen Trapper ,
I wanted to thank you for your 2008 album Furr . I've seen it described as a mix of the Grateful Dead, Dylan and Pavement. I can't really speak to the Pavement reference (still working on "getting" Pavement), but the Dead and Dylan thing is dead-on. Might I also add Neil Young to that mix? The song, "Not Your Lover Anymore" sounds just like a lost Neil Young track.
That album cover is so metal. Organic metal.
If asked what my favorite songs were, I'd have to list "God & Suicide," "Saturday Nite," and "Black River Killer." Most people are really into "Furr" and while I think it's a great song, those other three are better.
Let me tell you why I love "Saturday Nite" so much. The first thing is the bounce. As soon as the song starts, I'm smiling and grooving. It's funky core is established with the acoustic instruments - piano, acoustic guitar, drums. Over the top of of the groove are a number of keyboards, electric guitar and an awesome banjo solo to close the tune. What makes the song so good is that it mixes all of these different things together - the funky core, Parliment keyboard accents, the middle eastern banjo solo with the melodica behind it... it's all so very awesome indeed. I've listened to this song a kajillion times this year.
Again, thank you for this excellent album. In my humble opinion it's the best album that was released in 2008. I find myself hurtin' for it like a junkie. Like any other great thing, it's got me wanting more and more and more Blitzen Trapper. I hope you've got another one in the oven because I can't wait to hear what you've got in store for the future.
(I listened to this great live performance and interview while writing this open letter from The Current)