Saturday, March 28, 2009

Blind Pilot at SXSW

I’ve been listening to music on a rainy spring day in Portland. Right now, I’m enjoying listening to a Blind Pilot concert recorded by NPR at SXSW. Darn pretty music – sweet harmonies, simple instrumentation (including a nice touch of trumpet), heartfelt, smart lyrics. Some of it is a little more pop than I normally like on my headphones, but it is lovely music to listen to on a grey day.

Friends from college days, Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski are Blind Pilot. The pair hails from Portland where they are warmly embraced by the city’s avid bike culture on account of their conducting a West Coast tour completely and utterly by bicycle, hauling instruments and all their gear behind their road bikes, and playing in small towns. With the addition of a few more band mates they have graduated to a tour van. In May and June, they’ll be on tour with the Decemberists, in a tour bus I imagine.

Here's Blind Pilot's official video for "Go On Say It," which looks like it was filmed in Astoria.

Here they are in-studio at KINK radio, singing "Three Rounds and a Sound."

On NPR you can also listen to a SXSW concert by another Portland band that is making waves, Blitzen Trapper. I'll get back to them sometime.

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