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Episode 430: Fruit Bats' 'Gold Past Life'

 Episode 430: Fruit Bats' 'Gold Past Life'

On his latest album as Fruit Bats, Eric Johnson is looking back at dark times almost fondness, taking joy in the even the smallest of steps towards a brighter future that awaits.

Gold Past Life — his first LP on Merge Records — signifies the start of a new era for the lauded singer/songwriter. The end of the road he started out on with 2014’s EDJ, it’s songs are overflowing with harmonies, hooks, and, most importantly, heart. A life-affirming slice of pure pop perfection, it is Johnson’s finest work to date and one of the few albums you NEED to hear in 2019.

Episode 183: Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats

Episode 183: Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats

Since 2001, Fruit Bats' Eric Johnson has proven time and time again why he has become one of the 21st Century's most revered songwriters. After a brief "retirement" where he released music under his own name - 2014's excellent EDJ - Johnson has revived the Fruit Bats name and delivered Absolute Loser, one of the strongest and most personal albums of his career.

Before his recent show here in Washington, DC, Johnson stopped by the basement to talk about his new record, the worth of a name, almost two decades in the constantly shifting music industry, and much, much more.

Dig it. Dig it the most.

Best of 2011: Kevin's picks

I've heard a metric f@#@-ton of music this year. More bands than I can even remember have gone in one earhole and out the other. I'm sure in the process of checking out absolutely everything I could get my hands on a few bands might have slipped through the cracks, and to them I can only hope to catch up with them again at a later date. These next 10 bands are the ones that didn't slip through the cracks though. They're the groups/individuals who managed to make their magnificent noise rise up above the rest, and in the process make 2011 a quite exceptional year for music.

#10 Caveman - Coco Beware

The simple act of discovery can color one's opinion of a band, and it certainly has in Caveman's case...for everyone that's ever heard them apparently. I "discovered" Caveman opening up for The War on Drugs at The Red Palace here in DC earlier this year, and from that instant I was hooked. This record is drenched in moody, dreamscape inspired Radiohead-esque harmonies and sounds, and yet plays like something only Caveman could create. I know, I know, that sounds circular, but when a band this early in their existence can so well define who and what they are as a band, borrowing liberally from everything around them and somehow managing to put forth those collective influences as something better is the sign of a great artist. They've already got the attention of the music-nerd set (including NPR) and in 2012 they're the band to keep an eye on, because with a debut this good, sooner or later everyone is going to catch on to Caveman's fire. (Yes, I just wrote that)

Best of 2011 Day 2: Andre's picks

Hope everyone enjoyed Ethan's picks yesterday. Today we move on to Andre's picks, which per his instructions are in no particular order. But, um, he may like Blitzen Trapper a little bit.


Fruit Bats - Tripper

I've never been addicted to crack, but there were times this year that I understood what it was like when you just needed that fix. Easily the album that got the most spins on the old player this year for me, or at least the album I would have gone on Maury Povich to tell the world that I've accepted that I have a problem. 


Daily Listen: Fruit Bats - "Tangie and Ray"

Fruit Bats is the the long term project of serial sideman Eric Johnson. Johnson has worked for/with the likes of Vetiver, Califone and The Shins but eventually, he always returns to this pseudonymous project as his main outlet. Tripper is the name of the latest album released under the Fruit Bats moniker, and after only a few listens it’s clear that it is easily one of the best releases so far this Summer, if not the year.

Falling somewhere between the Indie folk of The Shins and the pop excess of Supertramp (you read that right) this is an album full of severely satisfying melodies, memorable lines and a shimmer that just never seems to dull.

“Tangie and Ray”  is the first single off of the record, and it will give you a taste of what’s in store, but if we’re to be honest, our recommendation is to just dive right in and buy the whole damn album right now. We’ve never steered you wrong before (at least I don’t think  we have…Boston doesn’t count)  and we’re not about to now, but if you just can’t trust us, then please, by all means, hit play. The end result, which is you loving this record, will be exactly the same no matter which path you choose.

Fruit Bats - Tangie and Ray


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