Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “The Ruminant Band” by Fruit Bats from the 2009 album of the same name on Sub Pop.
It’s been four long, grueling years for fans of Eric Johnson’s brand of trippy nostalgia and unapologetic pop. As the oft-used cliché would have us believe, tough times call for carefree music and nothing is more carefree than The Ruminant Band; an album as contemplative and meditative (as the title implies) as it is foot loose and fancy free.
What has been lost in all the doom and gloom politics of the moment is summer. It is harder to enjoy the waning days of the warmer months when money is tight, jobs are hard to come by, and no one on Capitol Hill can agree on anything — but that’s because they too have missed Eric Johnson. Who wants to pump The Ruminant Band through the hallowed halls of Congress? The album’s title track would be our suggestion for where to start: its breezy melody coupled with Johnson’s whimsical lyrics are the perfect way to say goodbye while lighting a fire under our asses to meet the oncoming autumn with gusto and a can-do attitude. We won’t lose the beat if we just keep clappin’ our hands.
You probably won’t need Fruit Bats’ MySpace page to let you know the score, considering the band is invading Seattle for two shows this week: tonight at The Crocodile and tomorrow evening, the group closes out Seattle Center and KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural series. If you need any more reasons to be excited, how about checking out a live KEXP in-studio performance of “The Ruminant Band” from our Bay Area broadcast in February: