Date added: 04/24/2014 Half Japanese signs to Joyful Noise for their first LP in 13 years

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!