The Live Music Show - "HOT SHIT, SEVENTIES, UNSTOPPABLE" Curated By Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Fooled Again
Anything live of TP and the HB’s from this era is pretty much gold. Total powerhouses existing in a weird realm of their own. Mike Campbell!!!
Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle (super early version)
Holy shit! Super early delayed-out version of Fly Like an Eagle with jumbled-up verses and the whole nine yards. And with the full-on “BLICKEM BLUCKEM” drum lead in.
Alice Cooper - Is it My Body
Love that this is live in Detroit. Kind of feels like a cable access show or something. No bells and whistles. Just eye makeup and silver jumpsuits.
Roxy Music - Ladytron
Old Grey Whistle Test is a treasure trove. Roxy Music! Eno kind of slays on this one. At first I thought his silken gloves were surgical gloves. Which would have made sense, weirdly. This one kind of gets cut off right as they start to go into a synth freak-out.
David Bowie - Everything’s Alright
While we’re on the transvestite space alien R&B jam kick. Here’s a little piece of awesome from David Jones and company. Everything about this performance feels on the verge of falling apart at any moment in a beautiful way.
Steely Dan - Reelin’ in the Years
Bill Cosby introduction! The Dan - insane poise and insane power.
Hall & Oates - Rich Girl
Daryl Hall has mighty hair and a mighty blue-eyed soul voice. The audience looks bored. I woulda been swirling in my seat.
10cc - The Things We Do for Love
This basically sounds exactly like the recording. You could put this song in your morning coffee. I wanna make out in the back of a van to this song.
ELO - Showdown & Strange Magic
I had to go for double ELO. Two different examples of their radness. Strange Magic is such a weird psychedelic minimalist rollerskating makeout song.
Elton John - Burn Down the Mission
Kinda wanted to nab “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” which is my personal favorite EJ tune. But this performance was the one. Power trio! Nigel Olsson is a beast.
Eric D. Johnson is a singer, songwriter, film score composer and festival producer based in Portland, OR. He is most well known as the front man and sole permanent member of the band Fruit Bats, and as a multi-instrumentalist with The Shins and Califone.
In the late nineties, Johnson was an instructor at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching banjo and guitar. He also fronted his own short-lived space-rock outfit, I Rowboat, and had a solo four-track project called Fruit Bats.
In 2000, he began playing in the experimental folk ensemble Califone. The following year Fruit Bats' debut "Echolocation" was released on Perishable Records, Califone's label. Over the next decade, Fruit Bats would release several subsequent records on the Sub Pop imprint, and Johnson would continue his role as a supporting player with artists such as Sally Timms, Ugly Casanova, Vetiver, and The Shins.
In 2010, Johnson founded the Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, CA in partnership with Jeff Bundschu of Gundlach Bundschu Winery. The inaugural event featured Fruit Bats, Vetiver, and Citay among others.
Johnson scored the 2011 movie "Ceremony," the feature debut of writer/director Max Winkler, starring Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano. He also scored the 2011 movie "My Idiot Brother," alongside Nathan Larson. The film, directed by Jesse Peretz, features Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer.