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Wild Mountain Nation

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Devil's A-Go-Go
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Wild Mountain Nation
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Futures & Folly
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Miss Spiritual Tramp
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Woof & Warp of the Quiet Giant's Hem
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Sci-Fi Kid
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Wild Mtn. Jam
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Hot Tip / Tough Cub
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The Green King Sings
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Summer Town
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Murder Babe
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Country Caravan
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Badger's Black Brigade
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 33:43

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04.22.11
Blitzen Trapper redefines Americana for the Wii generation.
2007 | Label: LidKerCow Ltd. / The Orchard

I don't know if the members of Blitzen Trapper have beards, but they sure sound like they do — their music is palpably rustic after the current fashion, but they're also astutely modern, and the contradiction is summed up, appropriately, in the title track. "Wild Mountain Nation" sounds like a glammy Grateful Dead, if that's not too ridiculous a juxtaposition — the halting sweetness of the vocal melody recalls "Uncle John's Band," minus… read more »

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Wild Mountain

ChupacervezaPrime

Wildly eclectic mishmash of influences that manages to never sound derivative of any particular influence. The sound of a band that is unafraid to try anything. CHewy

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Incredible Band

maasjeff

I agree with Thermocaster. It might be a little more user-friendly to start with this band's album "Furr" even though this is not on emusic yet. If not, give it some time and you will thank yourself. Isn't that true of all great albums? Remember when early U2 albums had to grow on you a little...

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Takes a while to get into, but...

thermocaster

I probably listened to this album 10 times before I "got it". If you're curious, start with "Wild Mountain Nation" (the song), "Futures and Folly", and "Country Caravan", and marvel that this is the same band playing all three. But the whole album is very good --- from the catchy descending melody in "Miss Spiritual Tramp" to the hyped-up synth jam on "Sci Fi Kid".

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Why compile a wildly eclectic mix CD when you can create your own? That seems to be the guiding philosophy behind Portland, OR, sextet Blitzen Trapper. Wild Mountain Nation picks up where 2004′s schizophrenic Field Rexx left off and offers a dizzying lo-fi psychedelic prog rock power pop alt-country indie rock jamfest (and that’s just the first five songs). It’s unlikely to win over any adherents of the “consistency is better” school of music appreciation. But if musical adventurousness and short attention spans are viewed as positive attributes, then these 13 short songs offer ample rewards. And if you don’t like what you’re hearing, just wait 30 seconds.
It’s easy enough to play spot-the-influences — the early-’70s cowboy stoner songs of the Grateful Dead and the New Riders of the Purple Sage, the mad, fractured pop of Syd Barrett and early Pink Floyd, the sonic squalls and feedback blasts of Pavement, the fragile weirdness and melodic sensibilities of the Flaming Lips. What is more remarkable is, for the most part, these disparate influences actually hang together as coherent songs. “Murder Babe” is typical — a choice slab of Who- and Kinks-inspired power pop, complete with windmilling power chords, that morphs into a psychedelic prog rock freakout worthy of the Soft Machine. The title track and “Country Caravan” would have been worthy additions to Workingman’s Dead or American Beauty, while “Woof & Warp of the Quiet Giant’s Hem” mixes prime Lips-inspired indie rock with what sounds like a hippie marching band. It’s all wildly imaginative, and frequently excellent. The wild mountain nation appears to be a wide-open territory, but most of it is worthy of extended exploration. – Andy Whitman

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