Entries tagged with: Fruit Bats
by Andrew Sacher
Andy Cabic is just a couple weeks away from releasing the new Vetiver album, Complete Strangers, which comes out 3/24 via Easy Sound. Since we last spoke, he put out two of its songs: the hazy "Current Carry" and the breezy folk rocker "Loose Ends." Check both out below.
Vetiver now announced that they'll support the album on a short US tour this May, following their set at California's Desert Daze Festival. The tour is with EDJ, aka former Fruit Bats frontman Eric D. Johnson, whose first album with that project came last year on Easy Sound and featured Andy Cabic.
The tour hits NYC on May 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/13) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the two Vetiver songs and a track from the EDJ LP, below...
Though Fruit Bats are no more, main member Eric D. Johnson is now pursuing a solo career, which should hopefully fill that Fruit Bats void in our lives. He's releasing his self-titled debut album as EDJ on August 5 via Easy Sound. Here's a bit of what Eric said about the album's collaborators:
I had a bunch of my favorite people come and join me on this. Sam Cohen, Brian Kantor, and Josh Kaufman (all of Yellowbirds and a million other bands) made up the backbone of the band in the early part of the tracking. And then there were appearances by people from all the different chapters of my musical life - Andy Cabic from Vetiver and Tim Rutili from Califone dropped by to add stuff. James Mercer from The Shins sang some gorgeous high harmonies, and Nathan Larson of Shudder to Think (also my sometime film score collaborator) laid down some drone-y guitar vibes. And of course Thom Monahan, my usual studio co-conspirator, was there to make everything come together.Stream two tracks from the album, along with a teaser video, below. You can also check out a recent Aquarium Drunkard session EDJ did where he covered Joe Jackson and Richard & Linda Thompson here.
EDJ is going on a tour with Delta Spirit soon, and though he's not opening their NYC shows, he'll play his own show here right after the tour ends on September 25 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the streams and video, below...
Hey All. So, after 13 years, 5 albums, bunch of tours, and lots of laughs, Fruit Bats is calling it a day. There is no major or dramatic reason - I'm not gonna launch into one of those "the changing face of the music landscape in the digital age," things. Especially since I don't even understand any of that stuff. It's been a long run and time for a change. I've been fortunate enough to start scoring movies and producing bands and I'm super excited to continue on with that. Plus I'll still write songs and make records and play shows, which will scratch any Fruit Bats itch that you've got. I mean, Fruit Bats has always ostensibly been a "solo" project, so this is just the start of chapter two, really... But anyway, new music from me still! More on that soon, so please don't lose touch. This means that these shows next week will be our last (though I think we might plan some kinda epic last gig in Chicago one of these days, but that is to be determined)... So come on out and blow us a kiss goodbye. I know artists always say this but, seriously, thanks for listening, it has been amazing sharing this stuff with you. More to come (from a different angle) soon. -- Eric D. JohnsonBefore officially calling it quits, the Fruit Bats will play their final live shows this week in the Pacific Northwest, ending with Saturday's show (11/16) at Portland's Aladdin Theatre. All tour dates, which will see the band performing their 2003 album Mouthfuls in its entirety, are listed below.
In other, happier, news, Mouthfuls, just got a vinyl reissue, its first time being pressed to wax. You can stream "When You Love Somebody" below.
This one gets a big "!!!!". Listen to the song, with more info about the above-pictured new holiday album, below...
Fruit Bats at MHOW in 2009 (more by Ramond Haddad)
A list of all dates and the video for "You're Too Weird" off 2011's Tripper below...
The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...
Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...
AA Bondy @ Highline Ballroom in 2008 (more by Lori Baily)
Gold Leaves, aka Grant Olsen of Seattle band Arthur & Yu, released "The Ornament" on 8/16 via Hardly Art (which is also home to Arthur & Yu). You can download the title track and "Cruel/Kind" from that album above. Gold Leaves has been on the road supporting AA Bondy whose previously announced tour comes to an end at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (11/22). Tickets are still on sale. Check out a recent "All Things Considered" feature on AA at NPR.
Both AA and Gold Leaves are done with American touring after tonight, but both will fly to Europe before December starts for more traveling. Gold Leaves will be supporting Fruit Bats. AA will be opening for the Felice Brothers. All tour dates below...
DFA1979 @ Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
today in NYC
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* The Moonlighters @ Barbes
* Sasha Dobson @ Hill Country
* Margaret Leng Tan @ The Stone
* Richard Teitelbaum @ The Stone
* Hoots & Hellmouth @ Hill Country
* Buck 65, Beans @ Bowery Ballroom
* Futurebirds @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Colin McGrath, Mary Bragg @ Sycamore
* Fountains of Wayne, Oranjuly @ Maxwell's
* Baye Kouyate and the Tougarake @ Zebulon
* Marcy Playground, Mikey Wax @ City Winery
* The Jay Vons, Minerva Lions @ The Rock Shop
* WU LYF, Bass Drum of Death @ Mercury Lounge
* Ethan Lipton, Miwa Gemini @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Your Skull My Closet, Ladder Devils at Trash Bar
* Parlovr, White Birds, Prussia, Antics @ Glasslands
* A Million Years, The Canon Logic @ Mercury Lounge
* Howlies, The Waivers, Raccoon Fighter @ Union Pool
* Good Luck, Bridge And Tunnel, Spraynard @ Europa
* Right On Dynamite, Nightdogs, Hiawatha @ The Gutter
* Hull, A Generation of Vipers, Marching Teeth @ Saint Vitus
* Stolen Girls, Dead Sexy Sheila, Small Wonder @ Party Xpo
* Seun Kuti, Egypt 80, Faaji Agba @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Pursesnatchers, Finding Fiction, The Thieves @ Union Hall
* Sherlock's Daughter @ Automotive High School (Rooftop Films)
* Death From Above 1979, The Drums @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Magik Markers, United Waters, Burning Star Core @ Shea Stadium
* The Glitch Mob, Phantogram, RJD2, Com Truise (DJ set) @ Terminal 5
* Rad Bromance, School of Rock All Stars, See Camden @ Gramercy Theatre
* Conversion Party, Royal Shoals, Paperhead, D. Watusi, Tank @ Bruar Falls
* Allison Weiss, Mal Blum, Mitten, Mrs. Danvers @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Autodrone, Dead Leaf Echo, The Dossier, Slowness, Maren Parusel @ Pianos
* Anamanaguchi, Math The Band, Talk To Animals @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Northern Bells, Bridges and Powerlines, Typefighter, Super Mirage @ Cake Shop
* Tragedy:All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, Dirty Pearls, Wildstreet @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lunice, Pictureplane (DJ), Teengirl Fantasy (DJ), Cool Places Soundsystem @ Bowery Hotel
* Hammer No More The Fingers, Jump Into The Gospel, Tiny Victories, Deleted Scenes @ Cameo Gallery
* Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner, Apollo Run, Delta Rae, Christopher Paul Stelling @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Planet of The Heapes, The Limit Club, The Deadnecks, The Silverhounds, Labretta Suede and The Motel 6, The Othermen, The Thunderfucks (The 5th Annual Psychobilly Luau) @ Public Assembly
Check out This Week in Indie for more about a lot of this weekend's shows.
Pure X have a video for "Easy." Check it out below.
Fruit Bats have a new video for "You're Too Weird". Check it out below...
The Hold Steady at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more)
Last month, we announced that Truck America is returning to the Catskills in September (the 9th through the 11th) and will be headlined by The Hold Steady and Okkervil River. The only other confirmed bands at the time were Ra Ra Riot and Wye Oak. The lineup has since been updated to include Fruit Bats, Vetiver, The Felice Brothers, CItay, Gary Higgins, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Takka Takka, Hospitality, The Low Anthem and others. Check out the full list below. Early bird tickets are still on sale.
For The Low Anthem, it's one of many dates they just announced including one at Terminal 5 with Iron & Wine.
Speaking of The Hold Steady, frontman Craig Finn posted to his Tumblr that he's making a solo album:
"I'm in Austin TX for a few weeks. Making a record. Staying in a friend's guest house. Got here yesterday. So far so good. I'll be tracking the progress here."He has also been tracking his progress on the Tumblr.
Check out the full Truck America lineup update below...
Eric D. Johnson
We recently mentioned that Fruit Bats and Vetiver play a show together on September 13 at Bowery Ballroom. That show is part of a September tour that the two bands go on together which kicks off on September 6 in Minneapolis. Tickets for the entire tour are now on presale. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon.
Vetiver meanwhile are in NYC this Sunday. Tickets are still on sale.
Two Gallants (back together after two years apart from each other) open the Minneapolis show, and none after that, but they do simultaneously go on their own tour which includes a late show at Mercury Lounge the same night (9/13) that Fruit Bats and Vetiver play Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, The Shins (of which Fruit Bat Eric D. Johnson is a sideman) who have been hiatus for most of the last two years too, are scheduled to play Outside Lands and POPPED! Music Festival. Frontman James Mercer also debuted a new song with drummer Joe Plummer (of Modest Mouse and recently The Shins) at The Bagdad Theater in Portland, OR back in March. Video of that with all tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - "Tangie & Ray" (new MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - "WACS" (feat. J Mascis) (new MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - "The Ruminant Band" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - "My Unusual Friend" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - "Silent Life" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - "Lives of Crime" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - "A Bit of Wind" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - "Slipping through the Sensors" (MP3)
Fruit Bats at MHOW in 2009 (more by Raymond Haddad)
Fruit Bats are set to release their fourth LP Tripper on August 2 via Sub Pop. The album was recorded at WACS Studio in LA with Thom Monahan, who produced the last four Vetiver albums. According to to Sub Pop's site:
"For the first week of recording, [Eric D.] Johnson brought in a full band--Sam Wagster, Ron Lewis and Graeme Gibson--to capture some of the live excitement of the previous Fruit Bats album, 2009's The Ruminant Band. However, having recently worked alone on soundtracks for an extended period, Johnson knew that he wanted Tripper to be more of a solitary pursuit than his previous album. For the remaining four weeks, he worked with Monahan to deepen and refine the sound."Grab the single "Tangie & Ray" above, along with a bunch of older track and the recently recorded non-album track "WACS" (aka the studio Tripper was recorded in) which is a collaboration with their Sub Pop labelmate J Mascis.
In addition to sharing a producer, Fruit Bats and Vetiver are also Sub Pop labelmates, have difficult band names to Wikipedia for (Fruit Bats, Vetiver) and Fruit Bat Eric D. Johnson was a sideman in Vetiver. They also play a NYC together on September 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon. Fruit Bats have other upcoming dates throughout the summer, but no full tour announcement yet. What is announced is listed below.
All tour dates, album art, tracklist, and mp3 below...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
Fruit Bats @ MHOW in September (more by Raymond Haddad)
Fruit Bats, led by the Shins' Eric Johnson, put out their fourth record, The Ruminant Band, and toured North America this year; they're currently playing shows in Europe. In January they have a scheduled tour of the West Coast, and after that they currently have a sole NYC show (part of a TBA tour that covers the Southeast, Midwest and Northeast) scheduled for Monday, March 22nd at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 18 at noon.
While Johnson has been focusing on his Fruit Bats project, lead Shins songwriter James Mercer has been collaborating with Danger Mouse on a project they call Broken Bells.
Broken Bells features Mercer on vocals, guitars and bass while Burton plays organ, drums, piano, synths and bass. The pair play all the instruments on the album with the exception of a full string section arranged by Daniele Luppi. Broken Bells was recorded by Todd Monfalcone and Kennie Takahashi at Mondo Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Burton.Their 10-track self-titled album will be our March 8th on Columbia - and they've promised the first single from it "The High Road" next week. The band recently launched a "viral" ad campaign with links to various anagram sites each hosting different instrumental clips from the album.
Fruit Bats videos and all tour dates are below...
photos by Raymond Haddad
Denver Post: What have you learned from playing in groups like the Shins, Vetiver and Califone over the years?Fruit Bats stopped in Brooklyn last night (9/14) to play a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Iran and Kevin Barker. Their tour continues tonight (9/15) in Cambridge. How was the NYC show? A few more pictures and a video from it below...
Eric D Johnson: It's sort of intangible. Especially with the Shins, the operation is such a larger scale than my own band that I compare it to having a job at a law firm, and then Fruit Bats is my job volunteering at the soup kitchen.
That's not a bad soup kitchen.
In the simplest terms it's motivating to be like, "I want that cheese platter for my own band backstage." The Shins' (popularity) was a pretty awesomely organic process as far as where they went with themselves. Their story is no one else's story. Our bands existed in parallel worlds for years -- the home recording, the unambitiousness of both. James and I have really similar personalities and that's why I think he ended up bringing me on board. But I'm sure there have been a trillion little musical things that have seeped in there too over the years.
DOWNLOAD: Fruit Bats - My Unusual Friend (new MP3)
Fruit Bats, the other project of Eric Johnson of The Shins, will be release its fourth album, The Ruminant Band, on August 4th on Sub Pop. In support of that record, the Fruit Bats will tour North America in August and September. The current set of dates are listed below and now on PRESALE. More dates will also be announced soon.
The tour includes a Brooklyn show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, September 14th. General sale for that show starts Wednesday, July 1st at noon. Openers for that show are Kevin Barker, and Iran, which is one of many bands Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio is a member of (though not always).
Anti- Records, home to other musical visionaries such as Tom Waits, Neko Case and Nick Cave, is thrilled to announce the signing of Rain Machine, a startling new musical venture from Kyp Malone. "It's thrilling to hear this side of Kyp," says Anti- president Andy Kaulkin. "The songs are emotionally raw and passionate yet still experimental and full of surprises."...Check out an MP3 from the new Fruit Bats record above, with album art, track list and tour dates, below...
...Produced by Ian Brennan (Ramblin Jack Elliott, Lucinda Williams, Jonathan Richman), Rain Machine's debut, set for release this fall, offers an enthralling mix of innovative song structure and sound entirely in service of Malone's emotive singing and evocative lyrics. Malone describes the Rain Machine sound as "a nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear - a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined, some rhythm and some rhyme."... [ANTI]