One of my favorite albums of 2009 so far is “Post-Nothing” by the Vancouver, B.C. punk/garage/noise duo Japandroids. It’s a heaving slab of rock ‘n’ roll, heavy with insistent, crashing drums, jet-engine guitar riffs, wonderfully simple vocals and lyrics about girls. It sounds like Superchunk meets Sonic Youth, and it is awesome.
Only one problem: It’s really, really hard to find a physical copy of “Post-Nothing” for purchase. The album was released digitally and on vinyl — not on CD — in Canada in April. Then Pitchfork wrote a glowing review, and it became very difficult to find the vinyl version.
Lucky for all of us, the good people at Polyvinyl Records are going to swoop in and make it all better. The Champaign, Ill.-based label has signed Japandroids and will release “Post-Nothing” worldwide on both CD and vinyl on Aug. 4. You can pre-order it here and get MP3s as soon as you complete your order. You should totally do that.
If you need any more convincing, here’s a download of “Young Hearts Spark Fire” from the album. You may need to right-click and choose “Save As”:
Tune in Friday, when I’ll have a post here on the blog about my favorite albums of the first half of the year, plus a column in GO! Magazine recapping what a great year 2009 has been so far for local music.