Trampled by Turtles on NPR’s ‘tiny desk’

Trampled by Turtles performs on National Public Radio's "Tiny Desk" concert series. (screenshot)

Trampled by Turtles performs on National Public Radio’s “Tiny Desk” concert series. (screenshot)

Minnesota’s hometown band Trampled by Turtles appeared on the well-regarded NPR Music “Tiny Desk” concert series recently, with the video being released today at NPR (which you can view below). They performed three songs off their new album “Wild Animals.” Having enjoyed listening to that album, I appreciated the depth of the songs upon seeing them performed in this intimate setting. The tiny desk series has a way of letting you focus on the songs while still preserving the energy of live performance. For music like that of Trampled by Turtles, this is a nice combination.

Here’s the video:

I picked up on this lyric from the song “Winners.”

“Pretty little city built on a hill, music in the bars and fire in the sky.

We went to the beach and it was covered in ice, and I used to call it home.

So much coming out there’s nothing going in; I know that you feel like you’re never going to win

But the world won’t forgive a winner.”

Sad, sweet and just plain good. That’s a little slice of how it feels to be from Northern Minnesota.

I wrote recently about how the Star Tribune followed Trampled by Turtles for six days (a span that included this concert stop). Two years ago they were the Soggy Bottom Boys of the MN-8 Congressional campaign, but not this year. They’re in the tiny desk big time now.

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