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We are extremely excited to announce that Joyful Noise has signed legendary punk band Half Japanese, who will be releasing their first album in 13 years this summer. If you are unfamiliar, Half Japanese is one of the most influential bands of all time. Fronted by our "Artist in Residence" Jad Fair, Half Japanese spearheaded the DIY and Lo-Fi movements, influencing countless bands such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, and perhaps most notably, Kurt Cobain (who ranked Half Japanese amongst his top 50 favorites, had them open the "In Utero" tour, and was wearing their t-shirt when he died). In our humble opinion, Half Japanese is one of the most important bands in the history of music, and it's an absolute honor to release their first album in over a decade.
To give you a surprise sneak peek at the new album, we are releasing a limited edition 7" featuring two new songs: "Refreshing" and "Do It Now". These are alternate recordings of songs which will be included on the upcoming LP. Available immediately to whet your appetite.
Limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies on Orange / Blue split-color vinyl, this 7" ships immediately. We have less than 250 available, so don't wait!
Announcing the new EP "Iberian Passage" from none other than Yonatan Gat. Yonatan is best known as the guitarist of the legendary Monotonix, a band hailed by SPIN as "the most exciting live band in rock'n'roll".
It should come as no surprise that after years of touring with Monotonix, Gat would carry that same intensity in his own act. After five successful years, including two LP’s on Drag City and a world tour spanning 40 countries, The New York-by-way-of-Tel-Aviv guitarist and composer took some time to himself in Portugal, finding inspiration for a solo project.
What came out of that time is "Iberian Passage", an EP that blends together his punk rock influences with the improvisational spirit of Miles Davis. A masterful guitarist, Gat recently won Village Voice's "Best Guitarist of 2013" with a sound he describes as "homeless between the Middle East and New York."
"Iberian Passage" will be released 5/27/14 on Digital. The vinyl is coming a week later on 6/3/14. In addition to the standard black vinyl the beautiful picture disc vinyl is limited to 400 hand-numbered copies featuring art by Baker Overstreet.
Listen to tracks from "Iberian Passage":
5.2 - New York, NY @ Piano's
5.3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
5.27 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
5.28 Washington DC @ Paperhaus
5.29 Raleigh, NC @ King's
5.30 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
5.31 Atlanta, GA @ 529
6.1 Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggo's (Day show: 4pm)
6.1 Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox (Evening show: 9pm)
6.3 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
6.4 Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise
6.5 Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
6.6 Akron, OH @ Musica
We are extremely excited to announce the new album from Memory Map! We last heard from Memory Map with their 2011 debut LP "Holiday Band", and we couldn’t be more excited for the release of their sophomore album The Sky As Well As Space. In the three years since their debut, Memory Map have gained depth both in composition and production, fleshing out their uniquely guitar-driven blend of indie pop. Few bands straddle song-craft and technical prowess as effortlessly.
Why the three-year gap between albums you ask? Well, the delay is largely due to the popularity of a certain cat. Band member Mike Bridavsky owns and takes care of the most famous cat on the planet, Lil BUB. And because Memory Map have been so flexible in working around Lil BUB’s schedule, the band is officially BUB approved.
The Sky As Well As Space will be released 6/10/14 on Vinyl & Digital formats. In addition to the standard black vinyl, the album will receive TWO ultra-limited vinyl pressings:
Clear w/ White Splatter (limited to 250 hand-numbered copies)
Clear w/ Black Splatter (limited to 250 hand-numbered copies)
LISTEN to the album's first single, which just premiered via Under The Radar:
This month's Flexi