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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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  • Yes Yes Quick View

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    Yes

    Oxblood Colored Vinyl


    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Half Japanese
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