No doubt you guys are all familiar with the very excellent “Undercover” series that the folks over at The A.V. Club put together. Of course you are. It is, after all, one of the 10 or 11 best things on the internet (somewhere just after this).
While on tour together not long ago, Sharon Van Etten (not on Sub Pop, still great) and Shearwater (Animal Joy very recently released on Sub Pop, also great) performed a cover of Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty’s duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” for those guys under the very reasonable name of Shearon Van Ettenwater. We like it a whole lot and maybe you will, too.
So! Watch Shearon Van Ettenwater perform Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.
We have done a not altogether awesome job of telling you guys about the Undercover performances our bands have done. There have been a bunch of them and all of them are really great. F’rinstance…
Fruit Bats did the Hall and Oates song One on One.
And, they came back later and did Loretta Lynn’s The Other Woman.
Dum Dum Girls did a terrific cover of Big Star’s terrific song September Gurls.
Here’s Low doing the Toto song Africa.
And then here Retribution Gospel Choir does Kokomo by the Beach Boys on what we’re going to go ahead and say was the very first installment of Undercover.
I’m sure there are more…
And there are!
Here’s Vetiver doing The Ramones’ Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight).
Iron and Wine took a swing at George Michael’s One More Try and knocked it right out of the f’in park.
MP3- Tangie and Ray
Video- You’re Too Weird
Stream Tripper via Spinner.com
Fruit Bats new record Tripper is officially available in stores today! To celebrate this release, Fruit Bats have a few Pacific Northwest performances. The band, will perform live on KEXP today at 12:00 pm PST, with a Free In-Store performance at Easy Street Records (Queen Anne) in Seattle, WA at 7:00 pm. They will then return to their home of Portland, OR on Wednesday Aug 3rd to play a Free in-store at Music Millennium at 7pm. The band kick off a North America tour with fellow label-mates, Vetiver beginning on September 6th in Minneapolis. Click here for a full list of dates. If you order the bands new record, Tripper via Subpop.com (while supplies last) on CD or LP (which, as per the usual, comes with a digital download code), you’ll receive Fruit Bats-selected, Doug Fir-scented incense from the Northwest’s finest Incensery, the folks at Juniper Ridge. This scent is the perfect addition to set the mood for a proper Northwest-style first listen of this new record. And that’s not it! If you order the record through us (or at some select independent retailers), you’ll receive the LP on limited edition blue vinyl! You can order Tripper by clicking here.
Tripper, Fruit Bats’ fifth but most accomplished record to date, is available to you, Fruit Bats fan, on August 2nd of this very year but I’m here to tell you, you can order it at this very moment!
As someone who has listened to every note ever recorded by the aforementioned band, I can say with complete confidence that this is in fact their best record—and while all of their albums are blinding diamonds of songwriting brilliance in their own right, Tripper shines the brightest. If the promise of the best record from a ridiculously accomplished band isn’t enough to get you to make a transaction with us, Sub Pop Records, we are also willing to sweeten the deal with the scent of Fruit Bats’ native region—(and by that we mean the Pacific Northwest.) That’s right, if you pre-order Tripper on CD or LP (which, as per the usual, comes with a digital download code), you’ll receive Fruit Bats-selected, Doug Fir-scented incense from the Northwest’s finest Incensery, the folks at Juniper Ridge. I think you’ll find that this scent will be the perfect addition to set the mood for a proper Northwest-style first listen of this new record. And that’s not it! If you pre-order the record through us (or at some select independent retailers), you’ll receive the LP on limited editiion blue vinyl! We’ll also throw in some stickers and a link for you to stream the entire record so you don’t have to wait until you receive your order to find out how accurate my assessment of Tripper is.
Pre-order Tripper here
Bundle Tripper with a brand new Fruit Bats shirt here.
We at Sub Pop love the bands we work with. This is almost certainly unsurprising. It is perhaps less obvious that sometimes these bands like, love, or maybe just agree to tour with one another. In September of this year Vetiver and the Fruit Bats are declaring to the world (or many parts of North America) what may very well be a profound affection for one another by touring together! Both bands have fantastic new records: Vetiver’s The Errant Charm was released on June 14th of this year and the Fruit Bats’ Tripper will be out on August 2nd.
Vetiver’s The Errant Charm is available for you to purchase, own and treasure always here.
And Tripper, the new Fruit Bats album can be pre-ordered here.
Should you find yourself in the almost inconceivable position of wondering whether the Fruit Bats’ Tripper is for you, please watch the following audio-visual advertising device and wonder no more. We’ve taken to calling these things “teasers” for some thoroughly unacceptable reason…
This is the TEASER for the Fruit Bats’ Tripper!
See below for a full list of dates.
Fruit Bats mp3: Tangie and Ray
Vetiver mp3: Wonder Why
Vetiver mp3: Can’t You Tell
Vetiver and the Fruit Bats Totally on Tour Together
Sep 6 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Sep 7 The Mill, Iowa City, IA
Sep 8 Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Sep 9 Southgate House, Newport, KY
Sep 10 Mr. Smalls Theater, Pittsburg, PA
Sep 11 Tiger Mountain & Truck Festival, Big Indian, NY
Sep 12 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Sep 13 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Sep 14 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Sep 15 Black Cat, Washington DC
Sep 17 Motorco, Durham, NC
Sep 19 Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Sep 20 Jackpot, Lawrence, KS
Sep 22 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Sep 24 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Plus, also there are…
Fruit Bats Dates:
Jul 29 A Club, Spokane, WA
Jul 30 BellTower, Pullman, WA
Aug 02 Easy Street (Queen Anne), Seattle, WA (FREE IN-STORE PERFORMANCE)
Aug 05 Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR
Aug 06 Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR
Aug 14 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Aug 22 Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA
Aug 23 Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, Canada
Aug 24 Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, Canada
Sep 03 Gorge Ampitheatre, Gorge, WA
July 10 Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
August 6 Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR
August 7 Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR
August 10 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
August 11 Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Davis, CA
August 12 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
August 13 Outsidelands Festival, San Francisco, CA
September 3 Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA
Sometimes a story can take a long time to tell. Eric D. Johnson, who has recorded and performed as the Fruit Bats for a decade now, had a story like that, a chance encounter that had rattled around his head for years. He’s tried to write it as a short story, a play, a movie…yet until now couldn’t get it down just right. Finally he decided to make a song out of it, and the result is “Tony the Tripper.” It’s the song at the heart of his fifth album, Tripper, setting the tone for a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself. READ MORE HERE
Download Never Before Released Non-Album Track “WACS” (featuring J Mascis)- Click here.
2nd Annual Huichica Music Festival
Fruit Bats front man Eric D. Johnson and winery Owner Jeff Bundschu co-curated the stellar lineup for the 2nd Annual Huichica Music Festival, June 4 that Gundlach Bundschu which will feature two stages with performances from Fruit Bats, J Mascis, Sonny & the Sunsets, Richard Swift, These United States, Breathe Owl Breathe, Tu Fawning, David Williams and CB Brand.
General Admission tickets- $55: includes admission to view all 8 bands and complimentary wine tasting from 2-6pm.
For more information on the bands, wine, food and location visit gunbun.com
The Fruit Bats love a good charity and they love hanging out in Hawaii. Those lucky bastards will be indulging both of those passions next weekend when they perform at a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki, HI. The event is Saturday, April 30th and will raise money for Hui o Ko’olaupoko who’s mission is: To protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. I’m not clear exactly how one accomplishes these magical goals but apparently it’s done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage. Below are links to their site as well as their facebook event page.
Hui o Ko’olaupoko
Facebook Event Page