Tuesday can’t get here fast enough. We’ve heard a few of these jams when The Fruit Bats played at the Mission Theater back in February and then once some proper tracks were released we became convinved that Johnson’s evolution into a Gram Parson’s/Brian Wilson-type genius was complete. Now thanks to Entertainment Weekly you can listen to the entire album, The Ruminant Band (via Sub Pop Records), which will be released Aug. 4 proper.
This is as good a summer record as I’ve heard in some time. Not sure where it stacks up against their discography. But it’s sunshine and lemonade and running through sprinklers and driving with the windows down and falling in love on acetate.