First/Last-Blitzen Trapper

July 24, 2012

“When I was twenty-three I had a waking vision of a creature trying to get inside my apartment. At the time I couldn’t tell if it was malevolent and bent on my destruction since it would not speak but only scrabbled at the windows and beat on the walls. Whatever it was, it had wings and was terrifying. All night I piled furniture in front of the door to keep it from getting in, which seemed to work. I should mention that I also had a fever and was taking exotic narcotics to deal with it. The upshot of this episode was that I dropped out of school and began to write songs, to play music. This was not music that ever traveled, at least not for many years (my lower-class, small town upbringing ensured I had absolutely no ambition), but it was music that permeated everything. My friends and I lived together, made recordings, played occasional shows and mostly just worked out our demons through narcotic substances and song.”

The band returns to Pittsburgh tomorrow at Mr. Smalls with special guest Sarah Jaffe. My thanks to Marty Marquis (Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals/Melodica) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Men at Work, “Cargo”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Isao Tomita, “Firebird”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • The Beatles, “White Album”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Chris Cornell, “Euphoria Morning”.
  • First concert attended?
  • Sting at The Gorge in George, WA.
  • Last concert?
  • Bright Archer and Barna Howard at Piano Fort, Portland, OR.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • The Roots at Mohawk, Austin, Texas. They are the best band in history, as far as I can tell.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Tortoise at Roseland, Portland. Roseland is bad but I had a blister on my eardrum that would resonate with certain bass frequencies and felt like an icepick in my brain.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Only been there once before. I remember lots of folks with golf clubs wandering the streets and us playing in what looked to be a ’90’s disco.

Thanks Marty. The venue was Diesel which has since stopped putting on rock shows, thankfully.