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

Matz: No 18-month exam cycle until 2017

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz told lawmakers Thursday that she recognizes the benefits of moving healthy credit unions to an extended exam cycle, but the board is not likely to address the issue until other new processes and procedures are in place at the end of 2017.“Credit unions that are well-run and well-managed deserve and need the relief that shortened exams provide,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “Two years is too long to wait for this relief. While we appreciate Chairman Matz’s desire to prioritize modernization efforts, we believe a shortened exam cycle can be implemented in tandem with those efforts. NAFCU will continue to strongly advocate for this change.”Matz’s response went in a letter to Rep. Frank Guinta R-N.H., and 30 other House members, who urged the agency to return to an 18-month exam cycle.A letter sent to Matz last month, spearheaded by House Financial Services Committee members Guinta and Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas, thanked NCUA for its focus on regulatory relief but says more can be done to ease the regulatory burden on credit unions. It notes the agency’s recent budget estimates – $231 million for employee compensation and $6.4 million for airfare and auto rentals – and says moving to an extended exam cycle could help cut these costs. continue reading »last_img read more