Watch Japandroids perform “The Nights of Wine and Roses” on Conan + 2013 Tour Dates


Japandroids returned to the boob tube last night with an appearance on Conan, where they mercilessly beat into the Celebration Rock cut, “The Nights of Wine and Roses”. Perhaps they’re still reeling off the excitement of being nominated for top Alternative Album at this year’s Juno Awards… or maybe they just have a good diet. Draw your own conclusions below.

If that’s not enough, catch them on tour — or at every North American festival. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll see them alongside The Gaslight Anthem or Cloud Nothings.

Watch Japandroids performing @ Conan HERE

Japandroids 2013 Tour Dates:
03/08 – New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music + Art Project
03/09 – Winter Park, CO @ Snowball Festival
03/15 – Mexico City, MX @ Vive Latino Festival
03/21 – Bristol, UK @ Bristol Academy *
03/22 – Bristol, UK @ Bristol Academy *
03/23 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Academy *
03/24 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Academy *
03/25 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Academy *
03/27 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy *
03/28 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy *
03/29 – London, UK @ Troxy *
03/30 – London, UK @ Troxy *
04/01 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Mitsibishi Hall *
04/03 – Copenhagen, DK @ Store Vega *
04/04 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller *
04/05 – Stockholm, SE @ Berns *
04/06 – Gothenburg, SE @ Tragarn *
04/12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/15 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones ^
04/16 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish ^
04/17 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish ^
04/19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/22 – Pomono, CA @ Glasshouse ^
05/24 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
06/08 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
06/09 – Detroit, MI @ Orion Music + More
06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival

* = w/ The Gaslight Anthem
^ = w/ Cloud Nothings

Japandroids’ “The House That Heaven Built” is the new entrance music for the Vancouver Canucks

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Canada’s province of British Columbia has chosen Japandroids over Nickelback as the temporary entrance music for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. Great news!

As The Vancouver Sun reports, the garage duo’s song “The House That Heaven Built” will serve as the team’s entrance music for two home games in the near future after winning a fan vote by a “long shot” (note the hockey pun). Japandroids not only beat out Chad Kroeger & Co., but Guns N’ Roses, Volbeat, and the old standby of U2′s “Where The Streets Have No Name”, the latter of which the team previously used as its entrance music.

In light of the announcement, the team has put together a video simulating “The House That Heaven Built” used as the entrance music, which you can watch below.

Now, Canada, if you can get Nickelback into an actual hockey fight, we promise to never make another “aboot” joke ever again.

Japandroids is a Canadian rock duo from Vancouver, British Columbia. The group consists of Brian King (guitar, vocals) and David Prowse (drums, vocals). Formed in 2006, Japandroids rose to prominence in 2009 following the release of their debut album Post-Nothing. The group toured extensively throughout 2009–2010, earning praise for their energetic live performances.

Their sophomore album, Celebration Rock, was released on May 29, 2012 in Canada and June 5, 2012 internationally.

Published on Feb 19, 2013
We’re loooking at trying out some new intro songs for when the Vancouver Canucks hit the ice. The Japandroids are a BC band … Here’s what their tune “The House That Heaven Built” would look and sounds like!

Upcoming festivals featuring Japandroids:

Buku Music + Art Project 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mar 08, 2013

Snowball Festival 2013
Winter Park, Colorado
Mar 08, 2013

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2013 Indio, California (Empire Polo Grounds)
Apr 12, 2013

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2013
George, Washington (Gorge Ampitheatre)
May 24, 2013

Free Press Summer Fest 2013
Houston, Texas (Eleanor Tinsley Park)
June 01, 2013

Governors Ball Music Festival 2013
New York, New York (Randall’s Island Park)
June 07, 2013

Orion Music + More 2013
Detroit, Michigan (Belle Isle)
June 08, 2013

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2013
Manchester, Tennessee (Great Stage Park)
June 13, 2013

Firefly Music Festival 2013
Dover, Delaware (Dover International Speedway)
June 21, 2013

Optimus Alive! Festival 2013
July 12, 2013

Atoms For Peace – AMOK + Radiohead documentary 10/10

Thom Yorke by Jeremy Cowart

Thom Yorke by Jeremy Cowart

New Yorker

Thom Yorke is one of the most popular worriers in popular music. In the documentary “Meeting People Is Easy,” made while Radiohead toured for its landmark album, “OK Computer,” and released in 1998, Yorke appears as a young man full of trepidation about becoming famous. His anxiety has since mostly abated, but his sense of displacement has not: his musical worries are now more like chess moves than like agonized referendums on his life.

While Radiohead continues to be a commercially successful group, Yorke’s newest project is an experimental rock and dance band called Atoms for Peace, which centers on him and his longtime collaborator the producer and musician Nigel Godrich. “Amok” is the group’s first full album.

Yorke’s voice is an unrelentingly beautiful thing that sometimes bothers him for precisely that quality. He sings in a strong and aspirate voice, and favors legato phrasing. His pitch is sufficiently accurate so that he uses vibrato only when he needs to—as an effect that can be drawn on for any number of aesthetic reasons. His singing is so pretty that Radiohead can sometimes lack the aggression that is a crucial aspect of much rock music, especially the average kind. The farther Radiohead has moved away from the traditional guitar-rock moves of its first two albums, “Pablo Honey” and “The Bends,” the more satisfying and comfortable the band has become. This is largely because Yorke’s voice works well in all melodic and harmonic styles. On his one solo album—“The Eraser,” from 2006—Yorke seemed happy mostly to replicate Radiohead’s choices. But “Amok” resists, amicably, the reassuring quality of his singing. As Yorke’s voice becomes more plangent, his backing tracks are increasingly fractured. While Jonny Greenwood, his most visible bandmate in Radiohead, has continued to score films (notably Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood”) and expand on his wide harmonic gift, Yorke seems to be going in the opposite direction, searching for the simplest pairing of beat and melody that can successfully undergird a song. Yorke has characterized “Amok” as “a sort of dance-music record,” and though it likely won’t be filed as such, owing to its clear vocal lines, it is gloriously rhythmic.

The first time that Yorke made dance music for public consumption was in 2000, with the song “Idioteque,” from Radiohead’s “Kid A.” That track is syncopated, its rhythms audibly small and clicky, and those attributes still show up in Yorke’s work. And, while he has a reputation as a physically awkward stage presence, in the 2011 video for Radiohead’s “Lotus Flower” he abandons restraint. The clip shows Yorke in a bowler hat, a white shirt, and black pants, dancing in a focussed but intent ecstasy that recalls both Ian Curtis, from Joy Division, and Prince. The dancing represented a public shift. Radiohead fans may have been hankering for big rock anthems like “Airbag” and “Street Spirit,” but Yorke had turned away from large musical gestures and gone deep into finely articulated rhythm and texture.

Yorke’s involvement in the dance community is not shallow. He has collaborated with artists he admires, like the California producer Flying Lotus and the virtuosic Berlin production duo Modeselektor.

Last September, Yorke, Godrich, and the drummer Joey Waronker, all of Atoms for Peace, made a visit to New York. On a Friday night, Yorke played a d.j. set at the Wooly, a bar in lower Manhattan; the next day, Godrich and Yorke performed Atoms for Peace material at MOMA PS1, in Queens. At the Wooly, a modified speakeasy with antique upholstered couches and wall sconces, Yorke wore a gray T-shirt and stared at a laptop on a stand. His selections generally avoided melody, blending stretches of condensed, grainy rhythm with stomping drum-and-bass tunes from the mid-nineties. The studied cool of the crowd of models and musicians relaxed long enough for dancing to break out.

At PS1, the audience was delighted to see the band, and there was less feigned nonchalance. A little before sunset, Godrich and Yorke appeared. Godrich, who has short dark hair and wore a red Lacoste track jacket over a dark-gray T-shirt, looked a bit like a rugby player. He stood in front of a laptop, and Yorke moved out in front of him, to dance and sing, separated from the crowd by railings and several security guards. Yorke’s brown hair, gathered into a short ponytail, is flecked with gray. He wore black jeans, sneakers without socks, and a vest over a white T-shirt. Godrich began “Amok” ’s opening track, “Before Your Very Eyes,” and the crowd cheered at Yorke’s guitar line, a scratchy two-part figure that flutters down quickly, sounding both strummed and picked. Holding the mike with his right hand, Yorke raised his left hand and began to shimmy, dipping his shoulders back and forth. He sang smoothly, at the very top of his falsetto range, over the music, which turned into a series of synth chords over a scuffling beat.

For the next track, “Ingenue,” Yorke stepped back and stood next to Godrich, singing some of the lyrics from a small black Moleskine notebook. The song is built from a weepy, descending bass line that is answered by a high figure, which plays a clump of small, hard sounds that are like both live instruments and computer-generated signals. Much of “Amok” goes along these basic lines: a synthetic keyboard runs down the middle, flanked by a series of crackling drum sounds and minimal bass or guitar patterns. Very little of the record is cloudy or vague; Yorke does not lean heavily on multi-tracking his voice. “Amok” is stripped down, all points and lines. Often, it sounds like a dance remix of a Thom Yorke song.

John Frusciante "Flea"

John Frusciante “Flea”

The album is an odd beast, born of marathon jam sessions at which several musicians (including the bassist Flea, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers) contributed; the earliest was more than two years ago. But it is Yorke’s project, directed by him and Godrich, and constructed in such a way that some songs sound as if there were no live musicians involved. “Default,” one of the album’s best tracks, is a mesh of keyboard pulses and rattling wooden noises. Sounds ripple and echo around the tonal material, but there is nothing as traditional as a buildup or a breakdown—most of “Amok” simply kicks in and goes. Yorke sings in the same full voice he uses in Radiohead, though occasionally he drifts to that thinner falsetto which hangs high above all the electronics.

Live performance is central to Radiohead’s career, and when I next saw Yorke, in London a few months later, the band had recently ended a nine-month tour begun after its previous release, “The King of Limbs,” in 2011. Yorke, who is forty-four, seemed considerably more tired than he had in New York, and was wearing a leather jacket and a thick woollen sweater against an unseasonably cold English winter. He wore several chunky silver rings on each hand and rubbed his eyes repeatedly.

“I haven’t really had a break,” he said, sounding a little bit like the younger man of 1998, who had the weight of the world on his shoulders. Apart from the drain of being on tour, Yorke has reasons for fatigue. Last June, roughly in the middle of Radiohead’s tour, a metal canopy collapsed before a show in Toronto, killing one of the band’s crew members. The event seems to haunt Yorke. Because he is a member of Atoms for Peace, the group received offers to headline festivals. But he was equivocal, and seems most excited about bringing out the laptops again for a brief, three-city tour. “If we get it right, it would be different every time we do it,” he told me. “We’d add things and strip things off it. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for ages.”

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