Blanket Music

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Blanket Music
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Indie rock, jazz
Years active 2000–present
Labels Hush
Members Chad Crouch
Dave Depper
Mike Johnson
Greg Lind
Past members Jez Miller
Ross Seligman
Esperanza Spalding
Corrina Repp

Blanket Music is a jazz-influenced indie-rock band from Portland, Oregon. Led by Chad Crouch, the owner/operator of Hush Records.[1]


The band formed in 1999, to perform at a wedding reception.[1] Mixing jazz, rock, bossa nova and pop music, the band released debut album Nice in 2000.[1] In 2001 Corrina Repp and Esperanza Spalding joined the band on vocals, the band releasing second album Move the same year.[1][2][3] Cultural Norms was released in 2004, featuring new member Mike Johnson and guest appearances from Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists.[4] It was described by Pitchfork Media writer Chris Dahlen as Crouch's "most compelling album".[5] Their 2006 double-album The Love/Love Translation features a disc of Blanket Music originals plus a second disc of covers of songs originally be bands associated with Hush Records.[6]

During their tenure, the band has released five pressed records, as well as an eAlbum—a free digital download, something that Hush did several times for their acts who had a release ready but not the money (or motivation) to press and sell the disc.

The band's track "Stand to Love" was used in the soundtrack to James Westby's 2008 film The Auteur.

The band were often compared to Belle & Sebastian, with Crouch's vocals often likened to Stuart Murdoch's.[6][7][8]


  • Chad Crouch - Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Programming
  • Greg Lind - Drums
  • Jez Miller - Bass
  • Ross Seligman - Guitar
  • Dave Depper - Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, 12 String Guitar, Keys
  • Mike Johnson - Rhodes Piano, Piano, Vocals, Keys
  • Corrina Repp - Vocals
  • Esperanza Spalding - Vocals





  1. ^ a b c d MacNeill, Jason. "Blanket Music: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Dahlen, Chris (2002) "Blanket Music Move Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.", Pitchfork Media, May 12, 2002, retrieved 2011-05-13
  3. ^ Shepherd, Julianne (2001) "Up & Coming: Blanket Music, Noise for Pretend", Portland Mercury, November 29, 2001, retrieved 2011-05-14
  4. ^ Mason, Stewart "Cultural Norms Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-05-13
  5. ^ Dahlen, Chris (2005) "Blanket Music Cultural Norms", Pitchfork Media, January 11, 2005, retrieved 2011-05-13
  6. ^ a b Edwards, Michael (2006) "Blanket Music The Love/Love Translation", Exclaim!, April 2006, retrieved 2011-05-14
  7. ^ Felt, Hunter (2004) "Blanket Music: Cultural Norms", PopMatters, December 8, 2004, retrieved 2011-05-14
  8. ^ Davis, Kevin P. (2006) "Blanket Music: The Love/Love Translation", PopMatters, June 8, 2006, retrieved 2011-05-14

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