Trampled by Turtles' Stars and Satellites streaming

Although Trampled by Turtles still list Duluth as home base, the ferocious folk act has reached the point that Highway such-and-such or a Red Roof Inn is just as much their dwelling due to their constant touring over the past decade. Over that time, they have kept independent roots, and their latest release, Stars and Satellites, is a testament to their growth.

In this week's print feature, frontman Dave Simonett describes how a simple shift in tempo on some of their new songs wasn't nearly as simple as you might think.

Simonett says his band was under a lot of pressure to make a different record than the comparatively mellow one, Stars and Satellites, that emerged. Only now, he says, do the results from those sessions at Soleil Pines, the log home they inhabited with producer Tom Herbers, make him comfortable.

"I don't even send out rough mixes," Simonett says during an afternoon amid a block of time spent with his wife and one-year-old daughter, Lucy, at their home in southwest Minneapolis. "I don't want the input. I want it to be as honest as possible. It's hard to not be self-conscious. To have someone come along and tell you it's shit, it's like, wow, maybe this does suck. I have no idea. Nobody puts out an album that sucks on purpose."

Read the rest of the article here.

Then, hit up the album stream for Stars and Satellites hosted at Paste.

Although there are some tracks that are decidedly slower, this is no snooze of a listen. File it alongside the delicate beauty you can expect from Horse Feathers, and the ragged folk glory of the Avett Brothers. The album is loaded with reflection, and should be a welcome addition to the pickin' addicts among us.

Then, there's a couple of shows that'll be kind of difficult to get into this weekend.

Beginning Tuesday, April 10, at 9 a.m., the first 150 people to buy Trampled By Turtles' Stars and Satellites at the Electric Fetus (Minneapolis) will get a wristband for entrance to the 7th St. Entry show that evening. More info here.

Trampled by Turtles play a sold-out album release show for Stars and Satellites with These United States and Erik Koskinen on Wednesday, April 11, at First Avenue; 612.332.1775

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