We’ve been experiencing record breaking heat this summer (103 degrees!) and we’re all puffy and sweaty and stinky, but we still have some very fine (and not at all puffy or stinky) albums from some of our faves coming out this month. First up, Fruit Bats are back with their third LP entitled The Ruminant Band_, available on CD and LP, and I whole heartedly believe that this is the record Eric D. Johnson was born to make. It’s beautiful and fun and perfect for summer. Get it here or be sorry, and be sure to see them at the KEXP Mural Concert Series on 8/21 if you’re in the Seattle area. We are also releasing a 7” by Joe Pernice (as The Young Accuser) on the very same day, and it’s kind of a complicated story, so you might want to look hereaccuser/singles/unsound to read more about it. I am a little confused, but the music is rad, so whatevs. (Don’t you just hate whatevs?!)
August 18th is the release date for the highly anticipated second Sub Pop LP from Pissed Jeans, entitled King of Jeans. This record will, I assure you, tear you a new hole of some sort, wherever you see fit. It’s loud and fun and killer, and you will be listening to it shirtless at a late summer bbq while you are shotgunning beers and grabbing asses no matter what your gender. I am shirtless and drunk at my desk right now, as a matter of fact. Fuck you.
Blitzen Trapper is releasing a new EP called Black River Killer on August 25th and it features the song “Black River Killer” from their full length Furr as well as 6 more songs that have been, up to now, only available as a CDR that they’ve been selling at their live performances for the past year or so. Get it and make sure to check out the Black River Killer video by Daniel Elkayam that came out earlier this year.
All these folks are touring so make sure to see if Fruit Bats, Pissed Jeans, and Blitzen Trapper are coming to your town. Happy August.
Yesterday the temperature rose to a sweltering 102 degrees in Seattle. Just last summer, we were calling June “Junuary” and cursing the gods/goddesses for our cold, rainy existence. Although most have been complaining of the excessive heat (me included), it’s not incredibly bad. We actually get to indulge in a few rare opportunities because of this weather. We can go night swimming! We can eat at the few restaurants here that have outdoor patios! We can leave our sweaters/jackets at home when we go out at night! We can drink iced coffee!
We can also go to outdoor festivals and shows without fear of rain, which brings me to the topic at hand. Seattlites, I urge you to embrace this South Georgia weather, and celebrate by attending the KEXP Mural Concert Series this weekend! Our boys, Blitzen Trapper will be performing on Friday 7/31 along with Throw Me the Statue and DJ EL Toro.
Fruit Bats (new album out on 8/4!) will be playing Friday 8/21, with our good friends The Moondoggies (Hardly Art!), Johnny and the Moon, and DJ Hannah Levin.
This concert is the first in a series curated by KEXP, all of which are FREE and all ages. There will be a concert every Friday from July 31 to August 21, from 5 PM to 8 PM on the lawn of the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. The annual KEXP Barbeque is part of the series, and will take place on Saturday August 8, 2 PM to 9 PM.
Mural Concert Series and KEXP BBQ Lineup:
Friday 7/31, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ El Toro
Throw Me the Statue
Friday 8/7, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Chilly
Saturday 8/8, 7th Annual KEXP BBQ! 2-9pm
KEXP DJ John Richards
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Friday 8/14, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Troy Nelson
Friday 8/21, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Hannah Levin
Johnny and the Moon
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
It’s been a few years since the Fruit Bats put out a record, 4 to be exact. But Fruit Bats leader Eric D. Johnson hasn’t been sitting idly by; he’s spent his time playing with label mates The Shins and Vetiver, honing his skills and biding his time for his attack. Well, maybe not an attack so much as another really, really good record. On August 4th, The Ruminant Band is available on CD, LP (comes with digital download code and is gatefold, BTW), and of course, digital. If you pre-order through August 4th, you’ll automatically receive $2 off our already well-priced price. That’s makes it just $10 for the CD and $12 for the LP – around the office, we call that sort of thing a no-brainer. We’re also into giving away stickers and buttons and whatever else we can find to spruce up your order, so expect that sort of thing too.
Pre-order The Ruminant Band here
Listen to Fruit Bats here