Blitzen Trapper Goes On A Sonic Journey ‘All Across This Land’

first_imgOn their latest album, All Across This Land, Blitzen Trapper has finally achieved a true balance between the abandon of their live shows and the intricacies of their studio work. The band’s main songwriter and creative force, guitarist Eric Earley, set out to unify the more intricate and lilting compositions with the rock-influenced live sound. Much like the later works of Early’s oft cited influences, R.E.M., Blitzen Trapper is finally learning to not just walk the fine line between rock and folk, but to STRUT it.Listen to a playlist of All Across This Land below: The title track, “All Across This Land,” is a pure blast of feel good rock and roll. The song shows a band honoring the roots of classic rock, but with a fresh spirit free of imitation that automatically raises the bar for the songs to come. The follow up track utilizes aggressive air to its advantage, with a clean thin opening that invokes the earnest nature of fledgling garage bands. It’s a bold and daring statement, showing them fuse their sounds with a defter touch than before.A pair of meditations on love and loss, “Mystery And Wonder” and “Love Grow Cold,” illustrate the importance of seamless craft in successful pop songs. Here, singer Eric Earley utilizes his clean, tightly compressed voice to lose most distracting personal inflections. Listeners have a blank slate to project themselves upon, with just the slightest nasal hint of his hero Bob Dylan.“Cadillac Road” and “Let The Cards Fall” demonstrate the benefit of a visionary songwriter at the helm. Stripping down to their barest folksy roots, “Across The River” finds the band telling of a golden hued vision from the banks to the empty imaginary city. In this deserted land, Earley contemplates his and all of our mortality, and finds it worth fighting for.When a band is known just as much for the sheer poetry of its lyrics as it is for the range and diversity of its musical arrangements and performances, expectations among fans can’t help but be high. With All Across This Land, Blitzen Trapper managed to craft a modern rock classic, using a style and world view distinctly their own.Don’t miss Blitzen Trapper on the road this summer, including a show at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY on June 19th!last_img read more

Champlain Housing Trust Receives Grant from TD Charitable Foundation

first_imgChamplain Housing Trust Receives Grant from TD Charitable FoundationOctober 29, 2008 – Burlington, VT – On the opening day of the Champlain Housing Trust’s annual Community Campaign, the organization and the TD Charitable Foundation announced a $15,000 grant award. Now in its third year, the “Housing for Everyone” grant competition made a total of $1.5 million in donations to 48 affordable housing groups from Maine to Florida, including three grants in Vermont.”We are thrilled to make this contribution to the Champlain Housing Trust,” said Phil Daniels, President, TD Banknorth in Vermont. “They are an invaluable asset to the communities of northwestern Vermont, and provide programs and services that are as needed now as ever.”The gift comes at the outset of the Housing Trust’s Community Campaign, in which volunteers make 6,000 phone calls to households in the region to build membership, raise awareness, and seek donations in support of affordable housing production and stewardship in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. The Campaign’s goal is $50,000.”TD Banknorth’s leadership is greatly appreciated,” added Brenda Torpy, CEO of the Champlain Housing Trust. “This gift is a real inspiration to our efforts to engage the community in our work.”To join in the Campaign, people may contact Julia Curry (660-3710 x23) to volunteer or may make a donation online at: is external).The Champlain Housing Trust is a community land trust that supports strong, vital communities in northwest Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable homes and community assets. Over 2,100 families and individuals live in Housing Trust homes.About the TD Charitable FoundationThe TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates under the trade names TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank and is one of the 20 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank operate, having made nearly $38 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Banknorth’s and Commerce Bank’s community relations departments and are focused on the areas of economic empowerment, youth development and community support. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at is external) or at is external).###last_img read more