HALF JAPANESE REISSUE !
The next reissue undertaking for Fire Records will go to Half Japanese, the lo-fi indie punk band launched by the prolific Jad Fair and his brother David in the mid-1970s. The label will re-release fourteen records from the band in early 2012, from 1980’s Half Gentleman/Not Beasts to 2001’s Hello. Check out “All the Angels Said Go to Her” off Hello and the recent Beautiful Songs (The Best of Jad Fair), above.
Half Japanese records were notable for their disregard of musical conventions like intonation and rhythm, and for their distinct DIY approach. The band influenced influenced the likes of Kurt Cobain, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Sebadoh, and toured with Nirvana in the early 90s. Half Japanese were also chosen by Jeff Mangum to perform at his upcoming incarnation of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.
Check out the full list of reissues, below:
01 Half Gentleman/Not Beasts
03 Our Solar System
04 Sing No Evil
05 Music to Strip By
06 Charmed Life
07 The Band That Would Be King
08 We Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love
09 Fire in the Sky
11 Bone Head
12 Heaven Sent
HALF JAPANESE’S NEXT SHOWS
09-11/03/2012 UK Minehead – ATP Festival curated by Jeff Mangum
JAD FAIR AND GILLES RIEDER
09/12/2011 CH Zurich – Kilbi Festival / Exil w/ Glenn Branca
10/12/2011 NL Den Haag – State-X New Form Festival w/ Glenn Branca
08/03/2012 UK London – Macbeth
07/04/2012 FR Nantes – le lieu unique w/ Daniel Johnston
09/04/2012 FR Poitiers – Le Confort Moderne w/ Daniel Johnston
11/04/2012 FR Dijon – Kill Your Pop / Le Consortium
12/04/2012 FI Helsinki – Kuudes Linja