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
In addition to readers of Exclaim.ca and Exclaim! Magazine from across Canada recently voting their debut album I Blame You the 9th best punk album of 2009 (details here), our friends in Obits are soon headed to Europe on tour! This will mark their first-ever shows in such cities as… Freiburg! Limoges! Bilbao! And others!
The full slate of Obits’ European tour dates can be found here and then also here…
Feb 23 Theaterkeller, Göttingen, Germany
Feb 24 The Great Räng Teng Teng, Freiburg, Germany
Feb 25 Art Cafe L’Emile Vache, Metz, France
Feb 26 Milk Club, Genova, Italy
Feb 27 L’Usine, Genève, Switzerland
Feb 28 Le Clacson, Oullins, France
Mar 01 L’Appart Cafe, Reims, France
Mar 02 Point Ephémère, Paris, France
Mar 03 La Fourmi, Limoges, France
Mar 04 Saint-Ex, Bordeaux, France
Mar 05 Fever/Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain
Mar 06 Sala BeCool, Barcelona, Spain
And then, in April, Obits will play 4 east coast shows with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (the latter three of which they’ll also be playing with Screaming Females). Like this:
Apr 07 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 08 930 Club, Washington, DC
Apr 09 Irving Plaza, New York City, NY
Apr 10 Paradise, Boston, MA
New news from The Go! Team!
The Go! Team’s free digital stuff site is live today here.
You’ll find a new recording of “Milk Crisis,” the 4 track EP of “Get It Together,” their first release, some remixes they’ve done of others and others have done of them and some song parts for you to monkey around with—“Ladyflash” and the Chuck D-featuring “Flashlight Fight.” Feel free to send yr remixes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Team will be adding more downloads to this site from time to time, old demos, live versions and stuff…
Go here to register and download.
PLUS! The Go! Team are touring in the US this summer! And, they’re doing much of this touring with CSS! Take a look at the dates here.
If you love the new Foals record as much we do, tend to think you can outdo most studio audiences, are 18 or over, AND will be in the LA area on Friday, May 23rd, then you’ll be excited to know that your golden opportunity may just be around the corner.
That Friday evening, the Foals will be performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! and we’d love to see you whoop it with the band and Mr. Kimmel on national television.
Tickets and information are available here.
If you’re not going to be around for Kimmel, worry not—you catch a breeze with the band elsewhere on their upcoming tour.
This just in from our friends in The Helio Sequence…
Benjamin and I just got back from a great tour in Scandinavia and the UK with Low. Here are a few things we learned while over there:
- People in Sweden really are more attractive, intelligent and well educated than everywhere else AND Stockholm really is cleaner, more sophisticated and charming than anywhere else.
- The Danish use a “floating ground” system, which for those of us with no electrical training means: “watch out or you’ll be shocked with 240 volts on your lips if you touch that microphone!”
- Drinking enough Scotch on an overnight ferry ride across the English channel has a similar effect to taking 4 Dramamine. But…either way you will still feel like you’re on the ferry for the entire next day, even if you are on solid ground.
- They DO NOT drive on the wrong side of the road in the UK (and you will definitely be set straight if you say otherwise on stage!)
- Stonehenge actually isn’t smaller than you think it will be when you see it for the first time…it actually seems bigger…that is, if you expected it to be smaller in the first place because everyone has already told you it will be smaller than you expect it to be. Get what I mean?
- If you are on stage in Gateshead do not say “Hello Newcastle!!!”
- Brown sauce is good…on just about everything. Mushy peas are not as disgusting as they sound. A Banger IS a type of food. And beans for breakfast is a possibility.
- Watch what you say and do in the UK because Big Brother really is watching. Just take a look around and see how many CCTV cameras are trained on you at any given moment anywhere you may be.
That concludes the observational part of this post. Now, on to the news. We’ve got a really big US tour to announce!!! We’ve had people e-mailing asking us “Please come to Peoria” and “Please come to Evanston”…well, we’re not going to make it to either of those cities but we are going to a whole lot of other places. The full list of our tour dates is here. We’d love to see you out at the show!
Though we didn’t manage to say something about this when it was first announced, we’ve been hearing really great things about this current Eric’s Trip reunion tour. And, because there are still some of these shows left, please consider yourself encouraged to attend one (or several!) of them if you can. Here are the remaining dates:
Sept 20 : Waterloo, ON : Starlight
Sept 22 : London, ON : Call the Office
Sept 23 : Guelph, ON : Club Vinyl
Oct 5 : Ottawa, ON : Barrymore’s
Oct 7 : Montreal, QC : Ukranian Federation (POPMontreal)
Oct 19 : Moncton, NB : Paramount
Oct 20 : Halifax, NS : Marquee (POP Explosion)
Maybe also helpful: the Eric’s Trip Myspace page.