Rare & Unreleased Tracks from Japandroids and Best Coast: Free!

Alex Moore :: Monday, May 3rd, 2010 12:48 pm

Free music Monday! Saucony and D+T present the Perfect Pairs digital 45” with rare, unreleased tracks from Japandroids and Best Coast. Download it FREE here!

And receive a special offer on sneakers from Saucony while you’re at it.

Both bands are touring Europe for the next month, so you won’t be able to see either of them anytime soon. Unless you are European. Or rich.

In the meantime, enjoy these rarities, and look out for the new Japandroids release No Singles, out May 11.



The SXSW Diaries 2010

Drew Fortune :: Monday, March 22nd, 2010 6:41 pm

SXSW 2010. My first rodeo. My inaugural trip to Austin and SXSW was a bit like my first sexual experience: I didn’t know where I was half the time, there were a lot of events I wish I had been granted access, and it was completely overwhelming. I was reduced from jaded cynic to wide-eyed naïf the moment I set foot on downtown Austin’s Sixth Street, the hub and throughway of SXSW. It’s a bit like Mardi Gras for indie rock, with roving gangs of hipsters, hippies, tweakers, journalists and nonplussed locals pouring in and out of bars. Loud garage rock provides a constant buzzing, background score. MORE »



Exclusive Japandroids and Best Coast Tracks!

Shannon Hassett :: Friday, March 12th, 2010 7:35 pm

Saucony and Death + Taxes will be hosting a sick party at next week’s South by Southwest, and things just keep getting better from there. After the festivities, a digital 45″ of unreleased live and rare tracks from Japandroids and Best Coast will be available. Check back soon for more details. See you in Texas, suckers!


One-Question Q&A

Japandroids Explain 7-inch Series

Stephen Blackwell :: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 3:45 pm

Japandroids are a Canadian band on Polyvinyl. They rule. Here’s what the critics have said about them: “They’ve mastered another secret to swaying the public: confidence without smugness.” (Spin) Sure guys. Whatever you say. Also, they’re playing our SXSW Party.

Tell us about your reissue series. We guess you guys don’t have time to make a new record, huh? MORE »



Best Coast Announces Tour Dates

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, February 25th, 2010 12:30 pm

The LA duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno aka Best Coast have announced upcoming tour dates in New York, Chicago and other Midwestern cities. They’ll be kicking it off in New York City April 1st at the Bowery Ballroom with Japandroids. Joining them as guest drummer will be Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls). I’m really excited for Best Coast to be coming out east because they don’t get to make it out here very often. I can understand. Why come to the east coast where the snowpocalypse seems to be lurking around every corner when you can lounge in the warm California sun all day? I’d start planning by getting tickets/asking a date soon because who knows when Best Coast will come around again (hopefully soon). Get the tour dates after the jump MORE »



Our SxSW Party: No Age, Japandroids, Best Coast, and more!

Alex Moore :: Thursday, February 18th, 2010 4:58 pm

Death+Taxes is happy to announce our party at South By Southwest for 2010, presented by Saucony Originals and produced by Rock Steady Music and Waxs. Perfect Pairs - a party to celebrate duos. Featuring:

NO AGE, JAPANDROIDS, BEST COAST, and more, including DJ sets by twin-brother tag team FINGER ON THE PULSE.

Thursday, March 18 at Red Fez (at the corner of W5th Street and Colorado) from 1pm-7pm. RSVP only. RSVP early and get there early, as admission is subject to capacity. RSVP NOW!

And check out the Facebook page as well.



Avi Buffalo Tours With Rogue Wave, Japandroids

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Friday, February 5th, 2010 5:15 pm

Avi Buffalo’s first single, “What’s In It For?,” is such a pretty little melodic thing!   Their debut album comes out on Sub Pop on April 27th, but you can catch them on tour on the first of March with Rogue Wave until the 17th, then at SXSW, and then with Japandroids until April 23rd.  Go check them out if you like young artists who give you hope for the musical future.



Record Reviews

Surfer Blood debut with “Astro Coast”

Adam Kearney :: Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 2:40 pm

Spraying the world with the fine, ocean breezes of their first album “Astro Coast,” Surfer Blood stand poised to deliver the sounds of the Reef to the ears of an indie generation thirsting for good vibrations.

‘Astro Coast” begins with swaggering guitar chords and drums on “Floating Vibes”, anticipating the throwback to some warm, nostlagic era.  Those expecting straight up surfer rock will be surprised by the modern, shoegazy sound tsunamis interspersed with the usual melodic pop hooks. MORE »



Japandroids Visit Jimmy Fallon Tonight

Isaac Lekach :: Monday, January 4th, 2010 2:00 pm

Don’t forget kids. Japandroids will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight. 12:35 ET. They’ve also got a massive tour lined up. Check the dates after the jump. And we’re pretty sure you already own Post-Nothing, but in case you don’t, download the track “Young Hearts Spark Fire” here. Consider it a New Year’s present.




Japandroids Are Blowing Up, Fallon Fuels The Flames

Isaac Lekach :: Friday, December 18th, 2009 2:30 pm

We love ‘em. You love ‘em. And apparently, so does Jimmy Fallon. Japandroids will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 4th. Maybe the Roots will perform with them? Maybe ?uestlove will twitter about them. If you don’t already, follow the twits of the very vocal Questo here.


News, Video

Japandroids Road Relief

Stephen Blackwell :: Thursday, November 19th, 2009 1:45 pm

Here’s a line of poetry for you: touring is boring. Bands do all sorts of stuff to break free from the grind of 12-hour drives, so-so attended shows, and the cramped discomfort of the van. Mostly they do drugs and, even if they’re ugly, have sex with strangers.

How do Japandroids blow off steam? They set off fireworks with children. Watch ‘em do it after the jump. (Also, we’re not saying Japandroids are ugly and don’t work in their fair share of lovemaking. For all we know they could be having sex right now.) MORE »



The Trip Wire: Haiku Review

Alex Moore :: Friday, October 23rd, 2009 4:35 pm

The Trip Wire has posted an amazing “Haiku Review” of the party Death+Taxes threw last night with Japandroids and Real Estate.

Here it is, in all its succinct glory:

A big stuffed bear head
Party. Thanks Death and Taxes
Bros and little beers.

Thanks for the shout-out, guys! I don’t really get the thing about the stuffed bear head, but whatevs, I’m still impressed that someone over there is able to crank out Haikus on a regular basis. And thanks to Japandroids, Real Estate and DJ VDK for a great show! More photos and info after the jump.


Events, News

Last Night’s Party

Stephen Blackwell :: Friday, October 23rd, 2009 1:15 pm

Thanks to all who came out to Death+Taxes / Onitsuka Tiger party last night at Glasslands. It was a mob scene — we appreciated your patience. And a big thanks to Real Estate and Japandroids for killing it! And to Colt 45 for providing drinks and the light-up Billy Dee Williams sign.

Check out the write up in The Voice

We’ll be posting pictures shortly. Probably in an hour or so. If you can’t wait, you can check some out here.


Events, News

Death+Taxes CMJ Party Tonight

Stephen Blackwell :: Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 12:15 pm

We’re throwing a CMJ party tonight with Onitsuka Tiger featuring Japandroids, Real Estate, and a DJ set by VDRK. It’s going to be awesome, but please stop RSVPing! There are too many of you. The list is closed.

In the event you RSVP’d late and want to try and wrestle your way in, the location is below. Doors are at 8.

289 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211



Real Estate Extend Tour

Isaac Lekach :: Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 9:11 am

On top of playing our CMJ party tonight (if this is the first time you hear of this, get on it), Real Estate have just announced an extension of their fall tour. Their self-titled debut album will be released on November 17th. Click here to download the song “Beach Comber” off of it. A complete list of dates is available after the jump for your perusal.