Just by glancing at their recently updated Post-Nothing tour schedule (now with 100% more Bonnaroo), you already know that Japandroids are too busy to record a follow-up to their much-loved debut. But like all workaholics, they can’t/won’t stop. The duo will release a series of limited edition 7″’s until the end of the year, and each will feature an unreleased track with a B-side cover, recorded while Japandroids are home between tour stops.

First up is “Art Czars,” backed with a cover of Big Black’s “Racer X.” They’ve done this cover for KEXP and Daytrotter before, but its pairing with unreleased track “Art Czars” draws out the blunt and brutal side of Japandroids vocals. Other Albini-esque touches to “Art Czars”? That jack hammer opening, and the terse, clipped lines that make every “I’m really sorry” in this song sound like a bony middle finger.

Post-Nothing is out now via Polyvinyl Records. Pre-order the 7″ here.

On tour:
02/11 – Munich, Germany @ 59TO1
02/12 – Offenbach, Germany @ Hafen 2
02/13 – Munster, Germany @ Gleis 22
02/15 – Paris, France @ Le Point Ephemere
02/16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
02/17 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merleyn
02/18 – Leuven, Belgium @ Stuk
02/19 – Diksmuide, Belgium @ 4AD
02/20 – Lille, France @ La Peniche
02/22 – Brighton, England @ The Freebutt
02/23 – London, England @ ICA
02/24 – Leeds, England @ Cockpit 3
02/25 – Manchester, England @ Deaf Institute
02/26 – Glasgow, Scotland @ King Tuts
02/27 – Liverpool, England @ Korova
03/17-21 Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/24 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larrys #
03/25 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree #
03/26 – Nashville, TN @ The End #
03/27 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor #
03/29 – Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
03/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary *
03/31 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs *
04/01 – New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom $
04/02 – Montreal, Quebec @ Il Motore*
04/03 – Toronto, Ontario @ Horseshoe Tavern *
04/05 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig ^
04/06 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop %
04/07 – Champaign, IL @ High Dive *
04/08 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio %
04/09 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall %
04/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry %
04/12 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s %
04/13 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck %
04/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar %
04/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space %
04/21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah %
04/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex &
04/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent %
04/24 – Salem, OR @ Willamette University %
04/30 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Lifetime Collective
06/10-13 – Manchester, TN @ (Bonnaroo)

# w/ A Sunny Day In Glasgow
* w/ Love Is All
% w/ Avi Buffalo
^ w/ Bear In Heaven
$ w/ Best Coast
& w/ Nobunny

Comments (35)
  1. discoinfiltrator  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    Sorry why do people like this band again?

  2. dane  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

    i have no idea why people like this band. derivative, “punk” (ha) garbage. i don’t know what the worst part about this band is, the lyrics or how they’re sung.

  3. Fuck the hipsters and their hating, they can go jerk of to some Dirty Projectors, this is great stuff.

    • random musing  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2010 0

      Yeah, the Japandroids backlash came a lot faster than the AnCo backlash. I feel bad for the next band that receives any hype. The Internet’s gonna turn on them before they can even release their first record.

      • DownVote for using the term “AnCo”

        • random musing  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

          To downvote you actually have to downvote. Just saying you’re gonna do it doesn’t do anything.

      • discoinfiltrator  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

        I think this is a faulty comparison. Quick as the AnCo backlash?

        A band that released almost two records a year during the last ten years? A band that released eight studio albums and four EPs. I’d say that backlash was a pretty long time in the making. Plus Animal Collective is great. I’d never bash someone for trying something new but I will bash someone for trying to repackage and sell husker Du albums to people who don’t know better.

        I also like the way the word hipster get bandied around here. I think these guys and their one record lo-fi skeeze rock is probably the most hipster thing I’ve heard all year. That goes for anyone who likes them.

        Wow this is going get downvoted.

      • Japanhandlers  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

        don’t be confused…the so-called backlash doesn’t have to do anything with the hype (there’s hype for this band?)
        it has to do with the fact that they blow.

      • Apologies, I thought I already had.

  4. Post-Nothing is one of my favourite albums right now.
    But I have to say, I’m not that into this song. It’s lacking that ‘party’ attitude.

  5. wtf  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    japandroids rule. end. of. story.

  6. Anonymous  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    I just do not get these guys. I guess someone decided it was their time. Kind of reminds me of the Brady Bunch episode where Greg gets the record deal because he “fits the suit.” Comparing these guys to Husker Du? I don’t think so. Does anyone think people will remember these guys twenty years from now? I was never a Local H fan but those guys were a 100 times better than these guys. To me, Post Nothing was the most overrated album of the last ten years.

  7. geoffreywayne  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    This sounds more like Mclusky than their Mclusky cover.

  8. jj  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 0

    cut these guys some slack, they’re great live, who cares if they don’t have the most complex lyrics. oh and the guy above me is right , this sounds a lot like mclusky.

  9. Tom  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    Japandroids = Fun. I like having fun. I also like 7 inches. Those are fun too.

  10. TJ  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    yeah, this song is damn good.

  11. Beth  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    The song slays.

  12. costanza  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    Seriously. This song is legit excellence. Can’t wait to see these guys at roo

  13. kaleeeee  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

    This song sounds a little too much like DFA1979, but these dudes are super fun and dedicated.

    • Is that a bad thing? DFA1979 died too soon. I’m glad to have Japandroids around.

    • ur whats wrong  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2010 0

      yeah, i listen to certain bands’ music just because they’re “dedicated”.
      give me a fuckin break, pal. it takes a lot more than that…talent, for one….

    • ur whats wrong  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2010 0

      yeah, i listen to certain bands’ music just because they’re “dedicated”.
      give me a fuckin break, pal. it takes a lot more than that…talent, for one….

      • kalee  |   Posted on Feb 22nd, 2010 0

        technical abilities don’t account for 100% of a band’s success. energy and attitude totally factor in. so, fucking relax, pal. people can appreciate music for a multitude of reasons…why be offended by it?

  14. kaleeeee  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2010 0

    Not a bad thing….just didn’t hear a lot of DFA1979 influence on Post-Nothing and I appreciated having a two-piece with a different sound.

  15. Mk Btt  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2010 0

    I actually like this song.

    I’ve been completely unimpressed with what I’ve heard from the Japandroids record, but for some reason this outtake sounds good… to… my ears. I’d have been in full agreement with the haters, but…

  16. I like this song, and I like the Japandroids. I think they are fun and entertaining (which goes a long way in my book, in which music is considered, you know, entertainment.)

  17. I saw these guys live and they blew my socks off. Post-Nothing captures some of the raw energy of these two guys, but you have to see them live to appreciate how much infectious fun they are having. Luckily they are touring like demons…

  18. boss track, even better live.

  19. sweeeeeeeetttttttt

  20. This singles series is an awesome idea. “Art Czars” is a worthy first choice.

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