Joyful Noise Recordings



Pinch yourself. "Overjoyed" is here! Half Japanese's first album in 13 years shows aggressiveness as well as their friendly charisma. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, the 12 songs on "Overjoyed" are unlike anything in the bands catalog, each unapologetically positive and surprisingly accessible.

Half Japanese was founded in the bedroom of brothers Jad and David Fair in 1974. Ignoring musical conventions like chords, rhythms, melody, and song structure, the brothers pioneered DIY and Lo-Fi punk aesthetics simply by being themselves. Passionate, fearless, and relentlessly unique, they influenced countless artists such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Cobain, and many many more.

The new album contains a deep purity, exceptionally rare amongst "reunion albums". They neither attempt to recreate their old sound, nor are they aware of current musical trends and conventions. As a result they sidestep common pitfalls and create something new, interesting, and needed. The first single and opening track "In Its Pull" premieres today on Pitchfork.

"Overjoyed" is now available for pre-order on deluxe VIP vinyl (limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on blue-marble vinyl w/ bone-white splatter), bone-white vinyl w/ blue splatter (limited to 1000), bone-white vinyl (mailorder exclusive), and compact disc. All purchases include immediate download of "In Its Pull" and full album download upon release.


Never heard of Half Japanese? That's ok buddy. Take a look at this little mini-documentary introduction featuring members of Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground, R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, and others:


Today we are excited to announce the launch of a new JNR imprint: 'Record Label'. Curated by Bobby Burg (Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Love of Everything), 'Record Label' was actually created back in 1999 as a way to release Bobby's then-new project Love of Everything. In the mid-2000's the label grew to include releases by friends Chin Up Chin Up, Joan of Arc and others. 'Record Label's status as a "legit record label" culminated with a distribution deal through Touch & Go / Flameshovel. Unfortunately for us all, Touch & Go went out of business about a week later, at which point Bobby decided to put the label on indefinite hiatus.

Now in partnership with Joyful Noise, Bobby is reviving 'Record Label' and reimagining the label as a creative force in the post-apocalyptic musical landscape. We're making the back-catalog available for digital "pay what you want", and we have some really interesting specialty releases are coming your way... beginning with this one:

"42 Repeatable Examples"

Limited to just 400 hand-numbered copies, Bobby Burg's first ever solo album comes in the form of a 24-page photo-zine! 42 Repeatable Examples is an interactive digital album. Play the album in sequence and you'll hear 22 minutes of self-described "music to zone out to". But the album is intended to expanded with the creative input of the listener. The album is constructed so that the ending of each track feeds directly into the beginning of that track. Did you get that? Each of the 42 tracks were designed to seamlessly repeat forever. Like their own little meditative universes. This gives the listener the ability to create their own versions of the album, and makes it possible to never play this album the same way twice.

If this sounds a little confusing, that's because it is. But to give you an idea, check out this example of tracks



Stream the album here:


We are pleased to inform you that our boys Sleeping Bag have a new album! On their third LP, cleverly titled Deep Sleep, Dave Segedy has taken the band into heavier, more epic territory. The jangling guitars and fun whistle choruses are gone; obliterated in a full-on fuzz-guitar assault. Segedy's signature pop songwriting style is still in full effect, but compared to the sunny disposition of the previous records "Deep Sleep" sounds downright tuff. Drenched in distortion & reverb, the album culminates with the nine-minute closer which is equal parts My Bloody Valentine & Weezer "Only In Dreams". It's quite an affair.

"Deep Sleep" will be released August 19th, and is now available for pre-order! The limited edition vinyl pictured above is hand-numbered out of just 500 copies on Kelly Green & Aqua Blue "A-side/B-side" vinyl.


As a special treat, the first 250 people who order will receive a free ltd. advanced flexi disc! Hand-numbered out of 250 copies, this green flexi features two tracks from the new Sleeping Bag album, which will be shipped to you 8 weeks before the album is released. So you'll be the first to hear these new Sleeping Bag songs, long before they reach the masses. All you have to do is pre-order Deep Sleep on green/blue vinyl and the flexi will be automatically added to your cart. [One per customer folks...don't be a dick.] 




Also, Sleeping Bag is on tour w/ Rozwell Kid starting this weekend! Dates here:

6/14/14 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR
6/15/14 - Nashville, TN @ Foobar
6/16/14 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
6/17/14 - Richmond, VA @ Church of Abe
6/18/14 - Shepherdstown, WV @ Stonewall's Pub
6/19/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
6/20/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
6/21/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 201 N Graham

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