Half Japanese is one of the most influential bands of all time. Fronted by our 2014 "Artist in Residence" Jad Fair, a man famous for once stating that "the only chord I know is the one that connects the guitar to the amp". 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). Half Japanese is one of the most important bands in the history of rock music, and it's an absolute honor to have released their first album in over a decade.
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