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Announcing: ‘Overjoyed’, first album in 13 years from Half Japanese [Announcements]

By (Staff Post)

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.
 

ORDER HERE

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:

Announcing: ‘Overjoyed’, first album in 13 years from Half Japanese [Announcements]

By (Staff Post)

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.
 

ORDER HERE

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:

Jad Fair Jackets from Stumptown Printers [Art / Production]

By (Staff Post)

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The jackets for the Jad Fair “Artist In Residence” series were letterpress printed by Stumptown, a worker cooperative printshop based in Portland, OR.

“Contemporary letterpress printing is essentially a relief printing process. If you can imagine a linoleum block or woodcut, where the raised area is the surface that is inked, and other areas are cut away to create the negative space – you are envisioning a simplified explanation of letterpress printing…” (link)

I was thrilled to finally commission a print project with them, having seen their trademark Arigato Pak CD packaging making the rounds for years. Check out their site for some beautiful examples of work, and more details on their process and philosophy.

Yonatan Gat’s Tour Dates Announced! [New Music]

Yonatan Gat is hittin’ the road once again! Be sure to catch him while you can and check out his latest single off of “Iberian Passage”, “Conga Manteca

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7.18 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

7.19 Washington, DC @ The Lot at Atlantic Plumbing
7.20 Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
7.21 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
7.22 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
7.23 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
7.24 Houston, TX @ Walter’s
7.25 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
7.26 Norman, OK @ Opolis
7.27 Denver, CO @ Glob
7.28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
7.29 Boise, ID @ Crux
7.30 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
7.31 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
8.1 Olympia, WA @ Northern w/ Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionysio
8.2 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
8.6 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock
8.7 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell