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EXTRA CLASSIC: The Promo Photo Archive

japonize

Welcome to Extra Classic, a semi-regular series on the Secretly Canadian blog that we’re kicking off today in hopes of digging deep into the SC vaults to retrieve those lost gems and stories that make up our modest, but rich, history.

And friends, it doesn’t go much deeper than Bloomington’s own The Japonize Elephants, whose 9-member tribe was fabled as being “steered by the Emperqq of Zorlock through a catacomb of musical styles at hyper speeds only a Zorlockian could function at,” So, there’s that. And then, there’s the very clear, very concise directive that begins the one sheet (penned by SC founder Eric Weddle) for The Japonize Elephant’s classic, Bob’s Bacon Barn (SC005): “String the banjo. Lick the reeds. Pack the bowl.” And with that, we’re off on a wild, Appalachia-by-way-of-the-Middle East hyper-speed gypsy caravan that’s as baffling as it is inspiring and hilarious. The Japonize Elephants truly embody what it means to lead a creative life in the midwestern oasis of Bloomington, Indiana.

Listen to “Fuck The Farmacia” from Bob’s Bacon Barn

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AUDIO

Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Silver Timothy by Damien Jurado
Katie by Luke Temple
Think Of The Ocean by Porcelain Raft

VIDEOS

Happy by Tomas Barfod

Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

COMING SOON

Tomas Barfod
Love Me
CD / LP
Woman's Hour
Conversations
CD / LP

SHOWS TODAY

Gardens & Villa
New York, NY - Webster Hall  w/ Tycho

The War On Drugs
Washington DC, - 9:30 Club  w/ White Laces

Tig Notaro
Medford, MA - Tufts University

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