JAPANDROIDS: LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON JAN. 4
Friday, December 18, 2009
As reported by Exclaim (see 12/18 news item) Japandroids will kick off the new year with their U.S. televised debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, January 4, 2010 at 12:35 ET / 11:35 CT.
2009 has been a breakout year for Japandroids. Their debut full-length POST-NOTHING, was one of the best reviewed albums of the year, and is now appearing on tons of year-end lists including Pitchfork (#15), SPIN (#16), Exclaim (#2) , NME (#39), Stereogum (#21), The Onion A.V Club (#25), Chicago Tribune (#9), Pop Matters (#35), and Slant (#7).
Japandroids recently announced their February 2010 European tour, which includes a return visit to the U.K. The band have already logged in 100 shows since April 2009, in support of the album. Japandroids have played to packed houses on both sides of the pond, and won over festival audiences at Sled Island, Siren, Pitchfork, Ottawa Blues Fest, Capitol Hill Block Party, Pygmalion, Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion, and CMJ.
At radio, POST-NOTHING charted in the CMJ Top 5 for three consecutive weeks, the CMJ Top 10 for five consecutive weeks and the CMJ Top 200 for an astonishing 12+ weeks. The album also made the top 10 on both the FMQB and Mediaguide commercial specialty charts. The US radio campaign for POST-NOTHING was preceded by a 7 week run in the Top 10 of the Canadian college radio charts.
In other news, the Japandroids recently stopped by Daytrotter (see 12/15 session) and performed "Rockers East Vancouver" (from POST-NOTHING) and their cover of Big Black's "Racer X."
2009 YEAR-END LISTS (as of 12/18/09):
# 15 / PITCHFORK Top 50 Albums
# 16 / SPIN Top 40 Albums
# 39 / NME Top 50 Albums
# 21 / STEREOGUM Top 50 Albums / Gummys
# 25 / THE ONION AV CLUB Top 25 Albums
# 2 / EXCLAIM! Top 20 Pop Albums
# 9 / CHICAGO TRIBUNE Top 10 Albums
# 7 / SLANT Top 25 Albums
# 35 / POPMATTERS Top 60 Albums
# 26 / METACRITIC Top Albums
# 14 / TREBLE ZINE Top 50 Albums
LARGEHEARTED BOY Top 10 Albums
# 9 / THE LINE OF BEST FIT Top 50 Albums
# 15 / THE FLY Top 50 Albums
# 91 / ARTROCKER Top 100 Albums
# 16 / 5 ACTS Top 20 Albums
# 14 / THE MUSIC SLUT TOP 20 Albums
# 9 / PRETTY MUCH AMAZING Top 25 Albums
# 8 / I ROCK CLEVELAND Top 20 Albums
#19 / POPMATTERS Top 50 Singles "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
#20 / PITCHFORK Top 100 Tracks "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
#13 / SLANT Top 25 Tracks "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
#16 / AOL SPINNER Top 25 Tracks "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
#41 / TREBLE ZINE Top 50 Tracks "Wet Hair"
# 6 / STEREOGUM Top 10 Best New Acts / Gummys
# 10 / POPMATTERS Top 10 Debuts
Post-Nothing, is one of the year's most refreshing rock records: childlike, but never juvenile. [7/13 Live Review] - NY TIMES
This is terminally catchy music played with punk's enthusiasm and velocity, and maybe it's the fact that there's only two dudes in this band that makes you feel like joining in to bash along. [Best New Music] - PITCHFORK
On their fantastically vital debut, singer-guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse unleash fuzzed-out chordal riffs and rampaging fills as they rage against the postadolescent realization that nights spent searching for warm bodies and cold beer will, and probably should, end. Each song explodes, but it's "Young Hearts Spark Fire," where the duo shout, "We used to dream, now we worry about dying," that makes growing up sound like the terrifying triumph it is. [#16/Top 40 Albums] - SPIN
2010 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
1/23 - Hanover, DE - Cafe Glocksee
1/25 - Vienna, AT - Arena
1/26 - Krakow, PL - RE
1/27 - Warsaw, PL - Jadlodajnia
1/28 - Poznan, PL - Eskulap
1/30 - Moscow, RU - MSPRKT
2/2 - Aarhus, DK - Musikcafeen
2/3 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
2/4 - Lund, SE - Mejerlet
2/5 - Oslo, NO - Blaa
2/6 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Slussen
2/8 - Cologne, DE - Luxor
2/9 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
2/10 - Berlin, DE - Bang Bang Club
2/11 - Munich, DE - 59TO1
2/12 - Offenbach, DE - Hafen 2
2/13 - Munster, DE - Gleis 22
2/15 - Paris, FR - Le Point Ephemere
2/16 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
2/17 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
2/18 - Leuven, BE - Stuk
2/19 - Diksmuide, BE - 4AD
2/20 - Lille, FR - La Peniche
2/22 - Brighton, UK - The Freebutt
2/23 - London, UK - ICA
2/24 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit 3
2/25 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
2/26 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
2/27 - Liverpool, UK - Korova