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    Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:06:26

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    Half Japanese, founded by brothers Jad and David Fair in their bedroom in 1974, began recording and self-releasing music in an era of major labels, at a time when it was inconceivable to record music for any reason other than a strictly commercial purpose. They were going against the grain, y'all.

    They recorded in their bedroom, pressed their own vinyl and brazenly marketed their music with bizarre magazine ads. Ignoring musical conventions like chords, rhythms, melody and song structure, Half Japanese organically developed an outsider aesthetic without pretense or ego. Their inner desire to make music led them into uncharted territory, without regard for anyone's expectations other than their own.

    That's the kind of artist WE lurve and respect.

    Their unique approach resulted in classic albums like 1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts and influenced countless artists 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, in a piece of rock history/trivia, was even wearing their t-shirt when he died.

    They are noise and lo-fi pioneers.

    Having remained silent for over a decade, Half Japanese return this year with the release of Overjoyed. Their first album in 13 years, Overjoyed shows the band at their most accomplished, aggressive, and (surprisingly) approachable. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, the 12 songs on Overjoyed are unlike anything in the band's catalog, each unapologetically positive and somehow accessible.

    Overjoyed Track Listing:

    Side A:
    1. In Its Pull
    2. Meant to Be That Way
    3. Brave Enough
    4. Do It Nation
    5. The Time Is Now

    Side B
    6. Our Love
    7. Shining Star
    8. Each Other's Arms
    9. Overjoyed and Thankful
    10. We Are Sure
    11. As Good Can Be
    12. Tiger Eyes

    Will you check out Overjoyed when it hits retail on September 2?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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