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.
The trailer for Ceremony (the first of a couple of films soon to be released scored by the Fruit Bats own, Eric Johnson) has just come out. It not so coincidentally also features the title track from the Fruit Bats’ last album, The Ruminant Band.
You can see the trailer and read a little more about the movie on the Fruit Bats site here
The lovely and talented Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats (and sometime Shins) fame is now also soon to be famous for scoring your favorite movies as well. His second film project,My Idiot Brother (starring Paul Rudd) is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival as we speak. Eric is also participating in a Film Composers Roundtable at the prestigious festival on January 26th. They grow up so fast, don’t they?
I’ll close with this fun fact! My Idiot Brother was directed by Jesse Peretz who before launching his film career played bass in The Lemonheads.
For more information on the film and its screening times during Sundance go here:
For more on Eric’s sure to be illuminating Round Table discussion head here:
The Sasquatch! Music Festival is this weekend at the Gorge in eastern Washington and Vetiver, The Fruit Bats, Avi Buffalo, and No Age are playing! A couple years ago one of our publicists streaked the main stage while the Shins were playing, and I’m hoping that the publicity department brings the tradition back this year. Keep a watchful eye on the stage while any of these four bands play and maybe (hopefully!) Kate or Bekah will give you an eyeful. In the meantime, please enjoy this Sasquatch themed sampler, courtesy of your good pals here at Sub Pop.
For the Record #9 comes to you courtesy of Fruit Bats’ front man, Eric Johnson.
Eric Johnson is a good dude and a great musician (currently splitting his time fronting his band Fruit Bats and playing in The Shins). He drinks fine wine and plays in fine wineries and has a great appreciation for film and, of course, music. He’s an easy one to talk to but if you ever wanna talk about The Baptist Generals in particular then he’s really your guy. Keep reading for Eric’s thoughts on No Silver/No Gold.
This album came out right around the same time as The Fruit Bats’ Sub Pop debut, so we ended up hanging with these guys a bunch at showcases and such. I think this record is brilliant, and to call it “underrated” would be an understatement.
The opening track, “Ay Distress”, is a sparse little heart breaker that ends abruptly with a cell phone going off in the studio, followed by pandemonium. Its a moment that caught me way off guard the first time I heard it and kind of blew my mind in the process. I can’t really think of any other album that starts you off this way; its a really cinematic moment, raw and weird. Then track two, “Alcohol” kicks in almost immediately, up-tempo and sounding more like a traditional album opener. This is the kind of sweet-ass, emotionally manipulative one-two punch that I’m a sucker for.
You’ve got really heavily strummed nylon-string guitars, a guitarron (a huge plucked guitar used in Mariachi bands) in lieu of a traditional bass, and Chris Flemmons’ insanely powerful lungs singing like his life depends on it. The real hit tune is “Going Back Song,” which is a pop beauty put through the freaky dark Tex-Mex filter of this record.
I’ll stop talking about it. You should just listen.
For the next 48 hours, you can go HERE to get No Silver/No Gold at our FTR sale price of $6 CD/$4 Mp3.
Look to our semi-regular feature, For the Record, for reflections from staff and Sub Pop artists on some of our favorite records from the Sub Pop catalog; each featured title is deeply discounted for the 48 hours following the posted review.
Katy McCourt-Basham here for another round of intern photo blogging.
Last Friday, I took a break from mailing CDs to your favorite radio stations to check out another free show at the Mural Amphitheater in Seattle Center (Sponsored by KEXP).
The first band to hit the stage was British Columbia’s Johnny And The Moon. They played a pretty rad set, starting the night off right for those who got there early to drink some PBRs and enjoy the sunshine.
Next up were Sub Pop’s Hardly Art buddies The Moondoggies. They played an awesome set, including songs like “Ain’t No Lord” and “Bogachiel Rain Blues” (see a video here). The Crowd closest to the stage definitely represented the diversity of The Moondoggies’ fanbase—from little kids, to trendy twenty-somethings, to people who may or may not have been homeless, to guys that look like my dad. Everyone was diggin’ it!
Last up was Sub Pop’s own Fruit Bats. I’ve been a big fan of theirs since my early high school years, so it’s always thrilling to see them play live! The show was stellar as usual. They mostly played songs from their new album “The Ruminant Band” (out now!), such as “Tegucigalpa” (see a video here) and “My Unusual Friend”. Fruit Bats closed the set with some older songs like “When U Love Somebody” (classic!).
Though this was the last of KEXP’s free concerts at The Mural this summer, Seattleites can check out Sub Pop Bands like Eugene Mirman, No Age, The Helio Sequence, and Sera Cahoone at Bumbershoot, September 5th-7th.
If you’re interested in checking out more of my photos, click here.