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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
  • ASIN: B0079JMLGG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Midnight On The Interstate
  2. Alone
  3. Walt Whitman
  4. High Water
  5. Risk
  6. Widower s Heart
  7. Sorry
  8. Beautiful
  9. Don t Look Down
  10. Keys To Paradise
  11. The Clam And The Crying Wind

Disc: 2

  1. Wait So Long
  2. Victory
  3. Again
  4. Empire

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Red hot tempo busting indie folk band Trampled By Turtles charge across The Atlantic to bring a little bit of the Midwest to the UK! Fresh from their rollicking performance at this year s Lollapalooza, the Minnesota based five-piece will lay down British roots for a 6-date November tour. The band s sixth album is about to take them to new heights of recognition, as they gain a whole new legion of UK admirers... Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, Trampled By Turtles formed in 2004 and have grown organically over the years into a cast-iron musical unit. New-fashioned old-time from a group of hardened multi-instrumentalists, Trampled By Turtles pen genre-bending folk songs about love, life and the everyday, while extolling the virtues of doing it for yourself; try to imagine a punk hoedown Way Out West and you re halfway there.... Serving up supercharged, rapid-fire banjo romps and delicate, elegiac ditties, they pepper their songs with rich orchestral flourishes and do heartwarming and anguished in equal measure; shooting from the hip as well as from the heart.

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Name made me check the band out but found a gem and will be looking for more by this excellent electric folk combo.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but Still Amazing 10 April 2012
By skatastic425 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been a huge fan of TbT since I discovered them about a year ago (it's a shame not sooner) and fell in love with their meaningful lyrics and energetic style. They are a huge inspiration for me as a fiddle, guitar, and bass player, and I can't seem to remove their last three albums from my car's six-disc changer. Simonett is an excellent singer and songwriter, and each member of the band is so talented at what he plays.

Now their latest (and for me, long-awaited) album Stars and Satellites is here, and it is nothing short of the amazing talent that TbT has so far demonstrated in their last few albums, particularly Trouble, Duluth, and Palomino. If you loved TbT before, you will continue to do so with their latest release.

Having said that, it is a different album from the others, but certainly not in a bad way. The lyrics are overall more contemplative, the style overall more mellow. That is not to say there aren't a few of their typical fast-paced, rambling tunes on here ("Walt Whitman," "Risk," "Sorry," and "Don't Look Down," for example), but the rest are more relaxed in nature ("Midnight on the Interstate," "Alone," and "High Water" are perfect examples of this), and it is in these more thoughtful songs where the album truly shines.

The laid-back and meditative feel of the album actually makes perfect sense considering where the band recorded the album, according to the Vignette Series/Making Of videos the band released on YouTube: in a secluded cabin in the woods. What is particularly laudable is the songwriting; the lyrics leave me in awe every time. The songs have an almost lonely, lost feel to them, and a sense of longing for what has been and what may be. It makes me want to drive out into the middle of nowhere, light a campfire, look up at the nighttime sky, and just wonder. No CD has made me feel this way before, and for a CD to have any kind of profound emotional effect on me is an awesome feeling and an equally awesome accomplishment for the band.

I cannot recommend this album highly enough. What TbT has proven is that a band can mature and still retain what originally made them great. I was initially going to recommend this to any bluegrass/folk fan, but hell... any fan of music in general needs to own this one.

See you guys in Philly on April 21!

-Frank
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album, you will not be disappointed! 11 April 2012
By K. E. McFeely - Published on Amazon.com
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Love, love, love it!

I have to listen to Stars and Satellites a few (hundred?) more times to figure out if my favorite TBT song is on this album - especially since the last two albums Duluth (Methodism in Middle America, Duluth, and Shenandoah) and Palomino (Gasoline, Victory, and Wait So Long) had so many outstanding tracks. That said, as an album, I think it is a more cohesive collection of songs. They flow great when listening to the entire album and they are great individual songs that will work for the 'shufflers' out there.

I like the direction this album has taken and I can't wait to see them when they tour this spring and summer.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blazingly Intimate 21 April 2012
By running_funk - Published on Amazon.com
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I have stated before that I wince a bit when people try to classify groups like this into one genre or another. While this group could be considered bluegrass or country in its instrumentation and lean, there is a decidedly different feel. There is not much to consider traditional about this group. Somewhat like the Avett Brothers are blazing their own trail in the alt country scene, this group should not be far behind.

Overall, what is growing and growing on me with this album is TBT's lean away from albums in the past where they sometimes seemed to sing songs in between playing hypersonic ones. There is absolutely nothing rushed here whatsoever and the songs are so intimate and at times they simply bleed hauntingly visceral sorrow that twist you with languid pulls on the fiddle (Widower's Heart, High Water, Midnight on the Interstate). This album is angst, honestly, and introspection smothered in mandolin and banjo(Calm and the Crying Wind). Beautiful is another song that is arranged so absolutely simple, they just plop a fat piece of emotion out on a plate for you to chew.

You won't be disappointed by TBT's infamous uptempo digs either, tunes like Walt Whitman and Risk are impressive.

I feel in a weird way that the group is maturing and spending hard time on the road and licking the wounds of life that we, ironically, get to enjoy in our own voyeuristic way.

Get this album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A songrwriter's album 21 May 2012
By Richard Kane - Published on Amazon.com
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What can TBT do other than keep making some of the best "new grass" music on the independent music circuit? I don't know, but when they let off, I'll be sorely disappointed. "Stars and Satellites" is an excellent album unto itself, but buyer beware, if your only experience with this fast paced and quick-witted band comes from listening to Palomino, this one may leave you wanting. Not nearly as frenetic and high energy, it seems that they took much more time to intentionally slow some spots down to challenge the listener, to (*gasp*) listen carefully for the craft that they bring to the scene. I'm sold on anything these guys put out, and will line up for it in advance, just don't expect the same album each time, and appreciate each one for what it is
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome! 25 April 2012
By Jan S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Trampled by Turtles from Duluth is a nice little secret but not for long because this is the best new bluegrass band out there today. After their appearance on the David Letterman show last night, hopefully others will discover how great this band is. Their new album Stars and Satellites really brings their sound together in a rich and very blended way. These guys are awesome musicians!
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