canada’s best kept secret was team coco’s musical guest last night and definitely brought the jams. listen to them perform “the night of wine and roses” from last year’s perfect celebration rock above. i will say, they gotta get louder and not be scared on tv, but still.
it’s a fact that the vancouver duo japandroids are a no-frills, meat and potatoes kind of band. so why would their music videos be any different?
shot in black and white, the clip for “the house that heaven built” combines road life, beer swilling, and japandoids’ breakneck, sweat-soaked performances into the perfect montage for the blistering celebration rock song. check it out above.
another in a line of great pitchfork tv video’s chronicling bands on their downtime at barcelona’s primavera sound festival, japandroids learn themselves the coast of spain as they schoon off in a sailboat. also, they perform their anthemic “the house that heaven built” in front of the gargantuan primavera crowd.
to the nights of wine and roses and celebration rock! we’ve got a signed vinyl of japandroids’ latest lp, one of the best rock albums released this year, up for grabs. want it? all you have to do is answer this very simple trivia question:
“what 1980′s psychobilly-blues band do japandroids cover for a track on celebration rock?”
email your answer a to (weworemasks at gmail dot com) and we’ll pick, at random, a winner with the correct response at the end of the week. good luck, and stay yelling like hell to the heavens.
i wasn’t going to post today (bloggers need weekends too) but these japandroids performances on fallon are just too damn reckless, too damn visceral and just overall too damn awesome to let pass by. catch “fire’s highway” above and “the house that heaven built” after the jump, both from their powerful album celebration rock.
stay tuned for a japandroids contest guys. i hear we have a signed vinyl of the new lp to giveaway.
newsflash: canada can rock. this is evident with celebration rock, japandroids’ latest 8-song offering, which will steamroll your balls with some all-out jams. NPR has the exclusive stream, as was expected.
japandroids – celebration rock [full album stream]
not many bands would dare cover nick cave and the bad seeds’ brood and blues song “jack the ripper.” not many bands are as bold and brash as japandoids either. check out their take on the henry’s dream cut above.
those gritty noise rockers in japandroids have a new song from their forthcoming album celebration rock (great album title, btw!) called “the house that heaven built.” it’s their usual driving rock whirlwind complete with a chanty “oh-oh oh-oh oh-oh-oh-ohhhh” chorus that we a.d.d. folk all love. stream it below on soundcloud.
the band are also hitting the roads, both european and american very soon. dates for those treks can be viewed after the jump.
japandroids – the house that heaven built
vancouver’s noise rockers japandroids hold a special place in the hearts of weworemasks. with two albums to their name, the duo are set to release their follow-up to the compilation no singles. catch a new song, “adrenaline nightshift,” performed live at dallas’ bryan street tavern, above.
what the hell kind of distortion does brian king use? sounds like a monster truck rally.
yeah yeah, we’re all a bit baffled at how someone as vanilla as carson daly can still have a television show. at least ryan seacrest has spunk. here’s vancouver’s garage rock duo japandroids performing “art czars.”
a continuation of their 7″ series, vancouver’s noisiest, japandroids have released this post-nothing b-side “heavenward grand prix” alongside a cover of pj harvey’s “shame.” it’s a mid-tempo slow burn, but every bit as noisy as you’d come to expect from the raucous duo.
japandroids – heavenward grand prix
the second single in a slew of god knows how many in their a series of 7″ singles project, “younger us” is an unreleased song from the post-nothing era, probably cut because it comes frighteningly close to sounding exactly like “the boys are leaving town” which is to say “awesome.”
younger us 7″ is out july 20.
japandroids – younger us
sxsw is a lovely time of year where all of our friends from various cities in texas decide to congregate in austin for all of it’s lush atmosphere (think about it) and an endless lineup of flavor-of-the-year bands. all three bears, along with our videographer of the week josh, @klainep and grizzly’s main squeeze would become the wolfpack to scour the streets of austin in hopes of catching something memorable and damaging our livers.
this year, we’d spend a lot of time at rachael ray’s showcase (a first), walking (typical) and waiting in hopeless lines. we faced our share of challenges this year, but the bears prevailed and left austin alive with most of our parts in tact. as if this 3000 word recap isn’t enough for you all, then we will have full sets (yes, full!) of theophilus london, japandroids, fang island and local natives coming soon. stay tuned for those.
now grab a PBJ or PBR and enjoy the tales from beyond the bears.
-sunbear y grizzly
man did i love japandroids’ debut album post-nothing. the blissful guitar grunge, the gang vocal chants. and while i’d like as much as the next guy to see the japandroids in my neck of the woods (i won’t) i get a singles series to tide me over until those canucks decide to swing on down. the first single, in a series of five, is an unreleased song, the aggro “art czars” which is paired with the ‘droids’ cover of big black’s
racer x. good stuffs all around.
japandroids – art czars (direct link)
whoa, nelly! canadian duo and one of my favorite acts of last year, japandroids bring their three chord noise attack to fallon’s studio, ripping through a performance of “wet hair” from their excellent album post-nothing. i know the song is three lines with some really adolescent lyrics but you can’t deny that the gods have bestowed the power of rock into these youngins. plus that drum build is so damn nasty!
japandroids on myspace
japandroids – wet hair