I'm a little late on posting this, but I wanted to give Blitzen Trapper the space the deserved. Normally, bands that are opening for the likes of Modest Mouse (as BT did last Wednesday), get treated in reviews with: "Openers (fill in blank) got the crowd excited with their indie rock stylings and post-punk leanings, etc, etc, etc." But I really liked Blitzen Trapper, so I figured I'd give them their own mini review. First off, the dudes in that band are very friendly and very reserved in the way most Portlanders tend to be. I've always admired that town's "Whatever happens is whatever happens" 'tude, and it comes through in Blitzen Trapper's music. Because of a weird stage set-up, the guys were all pushed to the front of the stage, and lined up in a row. But they made it work. Like their record, the band alternates between askew indie rock and 70s mountain jams. It's an eclectic and interesting mix, but somehow it works. And the crowd seemed to dig it, as well. The bulk of the audience was actually paying attention, which doesn't always happen when folks are there to see their precious Mouse. But when a band is putting forth as much energy and effort as Blitzen Trapper, it's hard not to watch and listen. True crowd pleasers seemed to be their more 70s-oriented numbers "Country Caravan" and "Wild Mountain Nation". When I talked to the guys in the band after the show, they admitted to the problem of Portland bands not playing Seattle enough. Here's hoping they'll visit us more often, so we can catch them in a more intimate setting.