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  • Volume 2: 1987-1989 Volume 2: 1987-1989 Quick View

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    Volume 2: 1987-1989

    This box set includes some of the band's most acclaimed albums, new liner notes from David Fair and several new pieces of art from Jad Fair. All albums restored to their original track listings.


    Be careful. You can't unlearn information. I think that the best that you can hope for is a bad memory, but our brains are very remarkable and it is very difficult to actually unlearn something. I came upon this realization too late to help me with visual arts. I had already been taught about proportions and perspective. It's very hard to draw someone in the background larger than their friend in the foreground. Anyone farther away would look smaller. That is how our eyes see them and my brain knows this. I cannot turn off this knowledge and draw it the other way around. I can choose to ignore it, but that is not the same. That is a strategy for dealing with the situation, but not as freeing as simple ignorance would be. It is a nagging strategy that whispers the rules and acknowledges your participation in their breaking.


    Luckily, with music, I do not carry the burden of knowledge. I was not educated in its terms and rules. I am not bound by its limits.


    I know that I have guitar skills. I have played around with one enough to know what feels right to me. If I were to turn it upside down and attempt to play it in a left-handed manner, my ability would feel awkward and diminished. I am not unskilled; I am merely untrained. For me, this is the ideal situation. Others may prefer acquiring rules and limits. I prefer that my art be directed by my heart rather than my brain.


    I have played in bands for nearly 40 years. In all of that time I have only learned three chords. I have resisted acquiring more. If I continue at this rate I am at risk of knowing six chords forty years from now. Instead, I am consciously slowing down. Hopefully in four decades I will remember even less about music convention than I know today.


    Forty years is a long time to wait. In the meantime, here's Half Japanese Vol 2. It might get better in the future, but Vol 2 is here already.


    - David Fair

    Music to Strip By


    1. Stripping for Cash
    2. Thick and Thin
    3. Diary
    4. Big Mistake
    5. Hot Dog and Hot Damn
    6. The Price Was Right But The Door Was Wrong
    7. Blue Monday
    8. U.S. Teens are Spoiled Bums
    9. Point / Counterpoint
    10. Sex At Your Parent's House
    11. The Last Straw
    12. Gator Bait
    13. La Bamba
    14. Colleen
    15. Ouija Board Summons Satan
    16. You Must Obey Me
    17. Salt and Pepper
    18. Ancient Life
    19. Silver and Katherine
    20. Money To Burn
    21. Hidden Charms
    22. My Sordid Past


    Charmed Life


    1. Said and Done
    2. Penny In The Fountain
    3. Evidence
    4. Vietnam
    5. Roman Candles
    6. Love At First Sight
    7. Snake Line
    8. Bright Lights, Big City
    9. Face Rake
    10. Later In A Magazine
    11. Red Dress
    12. Trouble In The Water
    13. Charmed Life
    14. Day And Night
    15. One Million Kisses
    16. Miracles Happen Every Day
    17. Terminator
    18. I'll Change My Style
    19. Fortunate
    20. Real Cool Time
    21. Poetic License


    The Band That Would Be King


    1. Open Your Eyes/Close Your Eyes
    2. Daytona Beach
    3. Lucky Star
    4. Some Things Last A Long time
    5. My Most Embarrassing Moment
    6. Buried Treasure
    7. Open Book
    8. Little Records
    9. Deadly Alien Spawn
    10. Postcard From Far Away
    11. Ventriloquism Made Easy
    12. Something in the Wind
    13. Bingo's Not His Name-o
    14. Put Some Sugar On It
    15. What More Can I Do?
    16. Brand New Moon
    17. Another World
    18. Every Word Is True
    19. I Live For Love
    20. Werewolf
    21. Ride Ride Ride
    22. Sugarcane
    23. I Wish I May
    24. Ashes On The Ground
    25. Curse of the Doll People
    26. Horseshoes
    27. Bluebirds

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  • Overjoyed Overjoyed Quick View

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    Overjoyed

    Announcing Overjoyed, the first album in 13 years from legendary punk band Half Japanese. One of the most influential bands of all time, Jad Fair and 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). Without exaggeration, Half Japanese is one of the most important bands in the history of music. Overjoyed was recorded and produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, and ranks amongst the best albums of the band's catalog.
    1. In Its Pull
    2. Meant To Be That Way
    3. Brave Enough
    4. Do It Nation
    5. The Time Is Now
    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
    Half Japanese
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  • Diskomo / Goosebumps EP Diskomo / Goosebumps EP Quick View

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    Diskomo / Goosebumps EP

    Pressed On Limited Translucent Yellow Vinyl


    Originally released as a 12 single in 1980 based on The Eskimo, this collectors edition includes 3 bonus tracks. Pressed on translucent yellow vinyl. New 12 45 RPM EP reissue. All sounds heard on Goosebump were originated on toy instruments which were provided by Toys-R-Us, Inc. - Drawing of The Residents by Jad Fair of Half Japanese.

    1. Diskomo
    2. Diskomo 2000
    3. Diskomo 1992
    4. Twinkle 2000
    5. Disaster
    6. Plants
    7. Farmers
    8. Twinkle
    Residents
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  • Yes Yes Quick View

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    Yes

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    Two legends, together again. Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Half Japanese's Jad Fair have teamed up to bring you their new magnum opus, "Yes". Encompassing all the songwriting eccentricities that have made
    these guys famous, this new collaborative album also features some of the most genteel, engagingly catchy, and downright adorable music in recent memory.


    Norman Blake and Jad Fair originally collaborated over a decade ago on the Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair album "Words of Wisdom and Hope" (Domino/Alternative Tentacles). Unlike the simple, aggressive style of
    Half Japanese, the 13 new tracks on "Yes" feature refined, guitar-laden power-pop and saccharin-sweet melodies, accompanied by backup singers and layered horn arrangements. Fair's characteristically-manic vocal style is still present, but when coupled with the head-bopping, articulately-layered arrangements of Norman Blake, the result is a potently earnest album that is brimming with positivity.

    1. Undeletable
    2. Two Hearts Together
    3. Your Smile
    4. Yes
    5. Now Is The Time
    6. Thank You
    7. Add Your Name
    8. This Is It
    9. The Real Deal
    10. Our Motto
    11. Have You Heard The News
    12. You Are The One
    Jad Fair & Norman Blake
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  • Moondog Moondog Quick View

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    Moondog

    Moondogs debut release, originally on the Prestige label, came out in 1956, long after hed become a legendary New York City street performer. The blind Kansas native showcases his talent for the minimal and avant-garde here, with compositions driven by percussion and Japanese-inspired melodies, complimented by street sounds, recitations, and animal noises. Bizarre even for todays standards, its a wonder this was released over a half-century ago. A brilliant debut.
    1. Caribea
    2. Lullaby
    3. Tree trail
    4. Death, when you come to me
    5. Big cat
    6. Frog bog
    7. To a sea horse
    8. Dance rehearsal
    9. Surf session
    10. Trees against the sky
    11. Tap dance
    12. Oo debut
    13. Drum suite
    14. Street scene
    Moondog
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  • Kurt Cobain About A Son: Original Score Kurt Cobain About A Son: Original Score Quick View

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    Kurt Cobain About A Son: Original Score

    Hand-numbered Double-LP Vinyl pressing of the hauntingly beautiful Steve Fisk (produced Nirvanas Blew EP)/Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) original film score to the powerful motion picture Kurt Cobain About A Son. The score has been remixed for stand-alone listening by Fisk, digitally remastered by Steve Turnidge, and mastered for vinyl by Bob Weston. Fans of the film, film scores and ambient music will all find something to love in this release's floating textures and dark atmospheres.


    Strictly-limited pressing! Don't wait to order, since these are likely to go fast! This high-quality Double-LP version will be packaged in a substantial embossed jacket with full-color sleeves and will include a code for a free MP3 download of the album.


    This Original Score release follows Barsuks 2007 release of the acclaimed film soundtrack Kurt Cobain About A Son Music From The Motion Picture. Featuring the music (taken from the film) of Bad Brains, Butthole Surfers, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Arlo Guthrie, Half Japanese, Mark Lanegan, Leadbelly, Melvins, Mudhoney, Iggy Pop, R.E.M., Scratch Acid and The Vaselines, as well as Cobain audio interview excerpts and a previously-unreleased Gibbard cover of the indie-classic Beat Happening tune Indian Summer. Music From The Motion Picture was hailed as A must-have for fans of Nirvana or really anyone interested in getting into the head of a creative visionary (Teen Vogue). Please note: neither the soundtrack CD nor the score LP contains the music of Kurt Cobain or Nirvana.

    1. Overture
    2. A Good Childhood
    3. Scoliosis and Kind Teachers
    4. The First Show
    5. Interlude 1 (Olympia)
    6. Positively Fourth Ave Revisited
    7. Giganticism
    8. The Coldest Winter
    9. Interlude 2 (Seattle)
    10. Overture Reprise
    11. Where Credit Is Due
    12. The Opiate Waltz
    13. Some Days
    14. Chaos and Resolution
    Steve Fisk & Benjamin Gibbard
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  • Solid Gold Heart Solid Gold Heart Quick View

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    Solid Gold Heart

    The words and primary voice are those of Jad Fair, that
    enduringly idiosyncratic artist revered in discerning pockets of
    the global indie rock underground for decades. Danielson's
    Daniel Smith has long admired Fair, drawing inspiration from
    Half Japanese (the band Fair formed with his brother in the '70s)
    on through to his prolific career today. Their discussions of
    collaborating finally came to fruition when Joyful Noise
    Recordings designated Fair its "Artist In Residence" for 2014
    and Danielson was tapped as one of 4 artists (including R. Stevie
    Moore; Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake; and Strobe Talbot) to
    record separate respective albums with him for a boxed-set
    limited release. "Flattered and honored" is how Smith sums up
    his feelings about the project -- and grateful to get a game-plan
    for what always seemed a complementary pairing.


    Sounds Familyre will be doing their own non-limited release of
    Solid Gold Heart in June, on CD, digital and gold vinyl. The 11
    tracks of sweet collaboration collected under said title sound like
    what you might expect, given the respective artists: gleaming
    tunes of sincere sing-speak, resplendent with sparkling back-up
    vocals and warmly melodic, inventive instrumentation; a
    sunshine-bright outlook of positive encouragement to keep
    "rockin' on the side of gooood" -- because, after all, "We
    deserve chocolate cake/ We deserve apple pie/ Enjoy your life
    ..."


    The collaborative process commenced with Fair sending Smith
    his unique vocal demos of recited lyrics with articulated mouth-sound musical qualities (some bits remain in the final mixes).
    Smith then wrote music for each chosen track, eventually getting
    Fair and drummer Gilles Rieder into his Clarksboro, NJ studio
    to record their parts during a few hours break from touring.
    Aside from Smith's own guitar-playing and singing throughout
    the album, there were contributions made by his brothers David
    and Andrew on percussion, and sisters Rachel and Megan along
    with wife Elin on vocals. Spicing things up at Fair's behest were
    members of Texas art-polka band Brave Combo: Carl Finch on
    accordion and keys; Jeffrey Barnes on sax and woodwinds; and
    Danny O'Brien on trumpet. Bringing things full-circle was
    Kramer (Shockabilly, Bongwater, B.A.L.L. et al.) on bass, who
    also co-mixed and mastered the album.


    The result is a beguiling blend that builds off each participant's
    strengths, truly a fresh sum that is greater than its parts. "The
    goal was to make 3-minute pop songs, as accessible and fun and
    immediate as possible," notes Smith. And that's what you'll
    hear, each track an uplifting, mutually enhanced concoction.


    Anyone who ever had a Solid Gold Heart -- wouldn't they want
    to turn around and share it? Of course they would. Jad Fair and
    Danielson are happy to offer up theirs.

    1. Go Ahead
    2. Rockin On The Good Side
    3. Ready Steady
    4. Here We Stand
    5. Solid Gold Heart
    6. With The Knowledge
    7. Apple Apple
    8. Not No
    9. On And On
    10. You Got Me In A Spin
    11.Here's Our Time
    Jad Fair & Danielson
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  • I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998 I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998 Quick View

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    I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998

    As one quarter of one of the most influential bands of the 20th century, Maureen Moe Tuckers work in the Velvet Underground created a template for all rock drummers that followed. Even today, Moes primal, tribal rhythms can be heard in countless songs from artists around the globe. Her no-nonsense style, spare kit, no drum stool, almost no cymbals, conveyed an urgency and an honesty that was the foundation of the bands sound. In a patchouli-soaked world of 20 minute double-bass drum solos, Moe kept it simple, direct and to the point. As Lou Reed put it, Shes the driving force. The hardcore heart of the Velvets mindset.


    Following her tenure with VU, Moe emerged as a solo artist, building a body of work that stretched over three decades. Ranging from home recordings to collaborations with members of Sonic Youth, Violent Femmes, Half-Japanese and her former band, the songs cover a gamut of styles but all bear the unmistakable thumbprint of their creator. Released by various independent labels on LPs, EPs, singles and compact discs, collecting her catalog has been a daunting task. This compilation finally gathers those far-flung tracks in one place.


    More than just a drummer, Moe is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, sax, keyboards, harmonica and whatever else the song might need. For prime examples of her DIY recording technique, check out her rendition of Chuck Berrys Around and Around from her debut LP Playin Possum. Recording that album at home on a four-track tape recorder allowed Moe to reconnect with her rock roots and eventually led to a return to live performing.


    Moving to Douglas, Georgia as a single mother in the early 80s greatly impacted her songwriting. Themes of workaday blues and tough times are reflected in songs like Spam Again and Thats B.A.D. Loss is also a recurring topic, as in Andy, a touching tribute to the late Andy Warhol. However, it is not all darkness and melancholia. Bursts of exuberance in songs like Hey Mersh! and her loving cover of Bo Diddley radiate infectious joy. Moe also faces the VU legacy head on, reinterpreting seminal tracks like Heroin, Im Waiting for the Man, Pale Blue Eyes and Im Sticking with You and making them her own. Of all the former Velvets, Moes solo work is perhaps the most direct continuation of the bands sound and structure. She never lost her love for pure, lean rock and roll.


    This collection has been mastered by Sundazeds Bob Irwin and includes notes by David Fricke. Available on three LPs, Sundazed is honored to present this first-ever career anthology for an uncompromising artist of remarkable tenacity and vision.

    1. Bo Diddley
    2. Heroin
    3. Slippin and Slidin
    4. Around and Around
    5. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
    5. Im Sticking With You
    7. Guess Im Falling in Love
    8. Andy
    9. Hey Mersh!
    10. Pale Blue Eyes
    11. Chase
    12. Talk So Mean (alternate mix)
    13. Fired Up (single version)
    14. Too Shy (single version)
    15. Thats B.A.D.
    16. Lazy
    17. Blue, All the Way to Canada
    18. Then He Kissed Me
    19. Im Not
    20. Im Waiting for the Man
    21. Spam Again (live)
    22. Crackin Up
    23. Ive Seen Into Your Soul
    24. Poor Little Fool
    25. I Wanna
    26. To Know Him is to Love Him
    27. Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend
    28. After Hours
    Moe Tucker
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  • In Focus? In Focus? Quick View

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    In Focus?

    For the first half of 2012, Shugo Tokumaru locked himself inside his home studio while working on In Focus?, often forgetting to eat and sleep for long stretches of time while crafting the record's 15 songs, each of which contains an average of 20 instruments and hundreds of recorded parts that are meticulously mixed together to create a single, cohesive track.


    As a result of this extreme care and attention to detail, In Focus?, despite its title, represents the clearest manifestation of Tokumaru's multifaceted musical vision to date. It's clear that Tokumaru has again succeeded in writing universal melodies while singing in his native Japanese. After Tokumaru completed recording and mixing, In Focus? was mastered at Abbey Road Studios - a fitting location for an artist who grew up listening to the Beatles and Japanese pop music and whose music builds on the best elements of both to produce a unique sound irresistible to listeners regardless of their generation or the language they speak.

    1. Circle
    2. Katachi
    3. Gamma
    4. Decorate
    5. Call
    6. Mubyo
    7. Poker
    8. Ord Gate
    9. Pah-Paka
    10. Tightrope
    11. Helictite (LeSeMoDe)
    12. Shirase
    13. Micro Guitar Music
    14. Down Down
    15. Balloon
    Shugo Tokumaru
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  • S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT Quick View

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    S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT

    Finally, after over a month of unanswered emails and text messages, blown deadlines, and pleas to finish and turn in their new album, last week, a large brown cardboard box showed up at the Dead Oceans doorstep. It had SHINJU TNT scrawled across the bottom of the box in black magic marker, and the return address read only AK, Detroit.



    Opening it revealed a sincere but poorly made diorama of futurist swirling spaces filled with toy astronauts and dinosaurs, four blown out song fragments on a TDK CDR in a zip-lock bag, three pictures, and a typewritten note from Akron/Family. A post-it on the bag declared the band refused to send the full album to anyone but the vinyl pressing plant, for fear of leaking and possible lost revenues.



    From the note and a short video that arrived days later, Dead Oceans pieced together that the album was written in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It was recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with the blackest white dude we all know, Chris Koltay (Liars, Women, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, No Age). Chris, on tour after finishing the record, commented: this album will transcend the internet.



    Akron/Family spent the end of 2009 and half of 2010 exploring the future of sound through Bent Acid Punk Diamond fuzz and Underground Japanese noise cassettes, lower case micro tone poems and emotional Cagean field recordings, rebuilding electronic drums from the 70's and playing them with sticks they carved themselves. Upon miraculous resuscitation of the original AKAK hard drive, the album layers thousands of minute imperceptible samples of their first recordings with fuzzed-out representations of their present beings to induce pleasant emotional feeling states and many momentary transcendent inspirations.

    1. Silly Bears
    2. Island
    3. A AAA O A WAY
    4. So It Goes
    5. Another Sky
    6. Light Emerges
    7. Cast a Net
    8. Tatsuya Neon Purple Walkby
    9. Fuji I (Global Dub)
    10. Say What You Want To
    11. Fuji II (Single Pane)
    12. Canopy
    13. Creator
    14. Healing Vapor Prismatic (LP Only Bonus Track)
    Akron/Family
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    Weirdo Shrine (Awaiting Repress)

    For most, a brush with death would be cause for retreat, reflection, and reluctance, but Seattle band La Luz found something different in it: resilience. Having survived a high-speed highway collision shortly after releasing their 2013 debut LP It's Alive, La Luz, despite lasting trauma, returned to touring with a frequency and tirelessness that put their peers to shame. Over the past year-and-a-half of performing, the band arrived at a greater awareness of their music's ability to whip eager crowds into a frenzy. In response, frontwoman Shana Cleveland's guitar solos took on a more unhinged quality. The basslines (from newly-installed member Lena Simon) became more lithe and elastic. Stage-dives and crowd-surfing grew to be as indelible a part of the La Luz live experience as their onstage doo-wop-indebted dance moves. When it came time to record Weirdo Shrine, their second album-due out August 7th-the goal was to capture the band's restless live energy and commit it to tape. In early 2015, Cleveland and Co. adjourned to a surf shop in San Dimas, California where, with the help of producer/engineer Ty Segall, they realized this vision. Tracking most of the album live in shared quarters, La Luz chose to leave in any happy accidents and spur-of-the-moment flourishes that occurred while recording. Cleveland's newly fuzzed-up guitar solos-which now incorporated the influence of Japanese Eleki players in addition to the twang of American surf and country-were juxtaposed against the group's most angelic four-part harmonies to date. The organs of Alice Sandahl and the drumming of Marian Li Pino were granted extra heft and dimension. Thematically, Cleveland channeled Washingtonian poet Richard Brautigan on "You Disappear" and "Oranges," and sought inspiration from Charles Burns' Seattle-set graphic novel Black Hole. The resulting album is a natural evolution of the band's self-styled "surf noir" sound-a rawer, turbo-charged sequel that charts themes of loneliness, infatuation, obsession and death across eleven tracks, from the opening credits siren song of "Sleep Till They Die" to the widescreen, receding-skyline send-off of "Oranges" and its bittersweet epilogue, "True Love Knows." In describing Weirdo Shrine, Segall remarked that it gave him a vision of a "world burning with colors [he'd] never seen, like mauve that is living." In "Oranges," the Brautigan poem which inspired the aforementioned track of the same name, the poet writes of a surreal "orange wind / that glows from your footsteps." These hue-based allusions are apt: the sound of La Luz is (appropriately) vibrant, and alive with a kaleidoscopic passion. Weirdo Shrine finds them at their most saturated and cinematic.
    1. Sleep Till They Die
    2. You Disappear
    3. With Davey
    4. Don't Wanna Be Anywhere
    5. I Can't Speak
    6. Hey Papi
    7. I Wanna Be Alone (With You)
    8. I'll Be True
    9. Black Hole, Weirdo Shrine
    10. Oranges
    11. True Love Knows
    La Luz
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