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Half Japanese / Overjoyed
Album:Overjoyed Collection:General
Artist:Half Japanese Added:11/2014
Label:Joyful Noise Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2014-12-05 Pull Date:2015-02-06 
Week Ending:8 Feb1 Feb18 Jan7 Dec
Airplays:1112

Recent Airplay
1.Tue, 03 Feb 15:aj
Setting Fire to the Lab
4.Sat, 06 Dec 14:Telepathic Juan
In The Year One Thousand, Eight Thousand: GR&SPNWED!!
2.Tue, 27 Jan 15:The Skipper
The Fishbowl
5.Sat, 06 Dec 14:Eme O
Music Casserole
3.Tue, 13 Jan 15:Skipper
The Fishbowl

Album Review
Lester G.
Reviewed 2014-11-30 
Half Japanese influenced all your favorite indie-rock bands. If you’re into more polished indie bands, I guarantee they influenced *their* favorite bands. Formed in Maryland circa 1975 by brothers Jad and David Fair, they cranked out infectiously catchy, happy-go-lucky bedroom-punk without ever bothering to tune their instruments. A recent reunion has led to headlining appearances at SXSW and opening for Neutral Milk Hotel (which should totally have been the other way around). Imagine Dead Kennedys minus the anger, Dinosaur Jr without the angst. Jad’s geeky, nasal croon is as sharp as ever.
RIYL life, love, rock & roll

1. (2:39)** awkward, rambling diatribe about staying positive, set to dissonant, punchy chords; a dorky reworking of ‘50s rock n roll
2. (3:40)* frantic upbeat love song with cowbell and surfy-garage vibes, Thee Oh Sees plus reverb minus sex appeal
3. (4:02) kind of silly reggae/calypso jaunt, heavily swung, happy guitar leads and even a conga solo
4. (4:17) weird angry dark stomp, vocals seem to be muttered through a broken megaphone
5. (5:45) kind of sappy ballad vibes with Fair’s off-key earnest singing carrying the tune
6. (2:23)* jumpy, punky, catchy love song with irresistible guitar hooks
7. (4:02) grooving pseudo-rockabilly swing
8. (2:25) slow, somber, lilting tune accompanied by maybe an accordion?
9. (2:20)* jangly, dissonant guitar lead, rushed drums and generally anxious but upbeat rockin’
10. (3:02) another low-key strummer tune, surreal half-spoken lyrics
11. (1:54) fun, midpaced tune with acoustic and electric guitars, Jad sounds slightly urgent
12. (3:27) the sappiest of the slow tunes, heavily reverbed guitar and more of that weird accordion/harmonica thing

Track Listing
1.In Its Pull 7.Shining Star
2.Meant To Be That Way 8.Each Other's Arms
3.Brave Enough 9.Overjoyed And Thankful
4.Do It Nation 10.We Are Sure
5.The Time Is Now 11.As Good Can Be
6.Our Love 12.Tiger Eyes