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Half Japanese releasing first new album in 13 years

Jad Fair's Half Japanese are releasing their first new album in 13 years on 3 September. Overjoyed is released on Joyful Noise, with the current line up of Jad Fair, Mick Hobbs, Gilles Rieder, John Sluggett and Jason Willett with Deerhoof's John Dietrich on production.

While new material has been a long time coming, there's been a slew of releases and retrospective efforts in recent years. Along with Joyful Noise's 7" of tracks from the forthcoming album earlier this year, Fire records released a triple LP of Half Japanese albums from between 1981–85 for Record Store Day, which was the first in a series of four volumes, following up on a number of reissues in 2013.

Half Japanese also just joined Facebook.


No way! One of my favorite bands. So psyched for the new release

Their show with The Minutemen and The Raincoats at All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead a couple of years ago was unbelievably great. I was wondering if they had something up their sleeve. It appears they did. Can't wait!

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