Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sunday Bloody Sunday: Blitzen Trapper And David Vandervelde Compete To Be My Favorite Band

That's right folks, this Sunday (7.22.2007) there will be a full on free-for-all going down at The Rock and Roll Hotel as Blitzen Trapper and David Vandervelde fight to win the prestigious "GL Naut's Favorite New Band (Of The Moment) Award". You've never heard of such an award, you say? Well, clearly you're out of the loop. Past winners include: Devin Davis, The Clientele, Asobi Seksu, and The Long Winters. Needless to say, such a designation will do wonders for one's career, with Devin Davis the possible exception. Sorry, Dev.

Let's look at the contenders, shall we? Blitzen Trapper seem to have it all going for them right now: their latest album, Wild Mountain Nation, has been garnering rave reviews and they recently signed to Sub Pop. Meanwhile David Vandervelde continues his rise to fame, releasing the Nothing No EP last month and playing the upcoming Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. So here we go.

Why Blitzen Trapper might win:

-Wild Mountain Nation kicks ass, and seems like it will only kick more ass live.

-In a recent feature, lead singer Eric Earley professes his love for Big Star and says his "favorite records no.'s 1 and 2 are Tonight's the Night and Wowee Zowee". Man after my own heart right there.

-Their genre-hopping rivals that of Ween (not really), so it should make for a lively show.

Why they might lose:

-Too ecelctic.

-I've only heard their latest album, which could make air guitarring to earlier stuff difficult.

Why David Vandervelde might win:

-Illegitimate love child of Marc Bolan and David Bowie.

-I know all of his songs, so air guitarring along to each one will be a piece of cake.

-"Cocksucker Blues". 'Nuff said.

Why he might lose:

- I've heard all of his songs. All 10 of them.

-I've seen him before, may ruin element of surprise.

So there you have it folks, the stage is set for an epic battle royale, cage match, vicious cock fight, or what have you. Who do you think will win? Leave your predictions in the comments.

Blitzen Trapper w/David Vandervelde @ The Rock and Roll Hotel

Sunday, July 22, 2007




G.H. said...

David, Duke of Vandervelde - Does Thou Rockist?

I think Blitzen takes it by a couple lengths.

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