Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley Takes Our Pop Quiz

Eric Earley, frontman of the Portland-based sextet Blitzen Trapper, has a boyish face with soulful eyes which, when added to the shit-kicking cowboy boots he wore at their sold-out Bowery Ballroom show last month, make what you would expect to be a visual contradiction. Yet it worked, and it’s also reflective of Blitzen Trapper’s sound on Furr, their fourth album released last September. Furr oscillates between backwoods-inspired folk and psychedelic rock, and it ended last year topping best-of music polls. Some of the album was written while the band was on tour promoting 2007’s Wild Mountain Nation and, repeating the pattern, the band has recently said that several songs for their next album are almost complete. But before we lose them to the studio, check out these prolific Northwesterners on tour right now, and read about Eric Earley’s love of fried chicken and the The Girls Next Door in our Pop Quiz.

First album you bought? Xanadu.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? Travel though time.

How many times a day on average do you think about sex? More than 10, but less then 100.

Have you ever been arrested? No.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Probably watching The Girls Next Door.

When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? That’s personal …

What do you always watch if it’s on TV? Caddyshack, or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

What do you normally sleep in? Nothing … naked.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? No comment.

What’s on your computer wallpaper? I don’t have a computer.

If you could be any literary character, who would you be? Suttree from Suttree, by Cormac McCarthy.

Where do you really want to be right now? Watching TV, eating fried chicken, in my apartment.

What’s the first job you ever had? Janitor at an school for autistic children, when I was 15.

What’s the best advice you ever got? From my dad: “Don’t worry about money, just play music.”

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