TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Japandroids Celebration Rock (signed!)

Japandroids’ Celebration Rock is bookended with the banging sounds of fireworks, awfully appropriate for this 8-song, 35-minute explosion of rock ‘n’ roll.

Youthful in energy, but mature in execution. Brash, but polished. The Vancouver-based guitar and drum duo, Brian King and David Prowse released their sophomore album in early June and have critics and listeners falling in love. The garage rock band’s first effort, 2009’s Post-Nothing, also met critical acclaim and blog buzz, but prior to its release King and Prowse almost called it quits. Thank god they didn’t.

Critics across the board praise Japandroids’ infectious live performance; “energetic” is a gross understatement. Village Voice blogger Nick Murray admits to getting sucked in at a gig: “You’ll have to excuse my paraphrase, because as the chords that begin ‘Younger Us’ rang out, I ditched the transcription, stuffed my notebook into my pants, and pushed my way to the front of the venue. Sorry.” Bad news: y’all just missed Japandroids’ sold-out show at The Rock & Roll Hotel on June 30.

The record’s single “The House That Heaven Built” has been declared the indie song of the summer by Stereogum voters, and with good reason. It’s hard to listen to the robust track, with lyrics like “And if they try to slow me down / I’ll tell ‘em all to go to hell / Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!” and not want to shout along out your open car window, cruising on a warm night.

It’s that kind of youthful, empowered attitude that pulses through the earnest Celebration Rock. For all its hard riffs, driving drums and shouted lyrics, this record is far from angry — more of a celebration, if you will, of the days of less responsibility.

To get your hands on an autographed copy of this summer’s most explosive record — musically and critically — comment with the album that reminds you of the summers of yesteryear.

I can’t think of my high school summer vacation days without hearing Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends. Growing up on Long Island, where the emo-pop-punk band calls is from, it might as well have been required listening.

Please remember, only those of you with mailing addresses in the continental US and Canada can enter! The winner will be chosen a week from today, 7/17.

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  • sonic__death

    ‘American Football’ by American Football always reminds me of summer even if it’s not about it at all. 

  • Kelly C

    Summer between 7th and 8th grade – Weezer’s Blue Album. I don’t think we listened to anything else. Good times and great memories of being young and allowed to do whatever the hell we wanted. That’s still one of my favorite summers ever.

  • Matt

    R.E.M.’s Out of Time takes me back to summers past.  The year it came out the album was everywhere all summer.   And Radio Song and Near Wild Heaven were meant to be played in the car with the windows down.

  • RichardMurphy

    LCD Soundsystem’s This is Happening is hands-down my album of all summers. From the self consciously stupid partying of “Drunk Girls” to the sadly nostalgic lamentations of times that really weren’t better than today that are on “Home”, it really touches upon each and every emotion I feel during the summer.

  • dp

    This wasn’t too long ago, but I’ll say Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca.  Ever since it came out it’s been my go-to beach album.

  • phapharra

    “Give Up” by The Postal Service soundtracked my especially heartwrenching summer between high school and college.

  • ShaunC

    I had a copy of REM’s Document on cassette in my car for an entire summer once. The summer following the release of Good News for People Who Like Bad News was the summer I had that in the CD player forever, as well…

  • Chuck

    New Found Glory ‘Coming Home’

  • CameronJMeindl

    Gotta say Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. It came out the summer before I left for college. It really captured the wave of emotions I felt about leaving suburbia for Washington, DC. There’s sadness and joy in those songs, and I will always identify it with the dog days of August when summer winds down and the unknown approaches. And despite all the emotional stuff, Month of May and Ready To Start make great summer jams to drive around to.

  • http://the-portmanteau.tumblr.com/ mr_entropy

    Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion all summer 2009.

  • bigtuna

    I mowed a lot of lawn to Modest Mouse’s The Moon & Antartica in my pat summers.  It really helped the time go by faster.

  • bigtuna

    I mowed a lot of lawn to Modest Mouse’s The Moon & Antartica in my past summers.  It really helped the time go by faster.

  • http://rootslinger.bandcamp.com Kaputt

    Brand New’s Deja Entendu ruled my world during the summer of 2008. I remember wishing that they would come to Arkansas on tour. Never got that wish, but I did meet Adam Lazzara the next year, and that was especially awesome.

  • llluke_

    Vampire Weekend’s title-debut album; it’s my beach chair music.

  • DuncanIp

    Moon Safari by Air was my summer album since it came out in ’98!  Awesome music to chill out to at a patio sipping martinis and watching the beautiful sunset! 

  • Bobby B

    Broken Social Scene’s “You Forgot It In People” is definitely my summertime pick. The first time I saw BSS was at the first Toronto Island Festival (the one that Sloan headlined) and I went out and bought the CD the next day. It was the soundtrack of that summer, as well as many summer’s since then.

  • http://dnorsen.com Dnorsen

    Radioheads ok computer. Bought it the day it came out that summer of ’97 and played it everyday back to back to back. Oh to be 16 again.

  • Jim Bruzzese

    The Hold Steady’s Boys And Girls In America sucks me back to the summer of 1987 every time I spin it.

  • mp

    mgmt Oracular Spectacular

  • gonzodc

    It would have to be Siamese Dreams. Like losing your virginity, I remember this album made me lose my rock and roll virginity.
     
    Growing up in rural America, I didnt have access to independent radio and the Internet wasn’t around and all the music on the radio pretty much sucked to me. Until Disarm. Until Mayonnaise. Until Cherub Rock. Until Today. Until Silverfuck. 
     
    I lost my virginity to rock that summer. And I’ve been nothing but a slut to rock since then. 

  • http://ihateallyourfavoritebands.blogspot.com/ WhiteGoodman

    So weird, but the first album that came to mind is NOFX’s “Heavy Petting Zoo.” When I lived in Vegas in the 90’s, I would drive down to Lake Havasu, Arizona to visit my grandparents during the summer. I’d roll down the windows, and blare this record at full blast. To this day whenever I listen to ti, I’m reminded of my summers in Lake Havasu.

  • dunnand

    The Flaming Lips “Yoshimi battles the pink robots”

  • Prufrock

    Death Cab’s “Plans” was my summer jam toward the end of high school. 
    And with “Crooked Teeth,” how could it not be? 

  • Senator Tankerbell

    ‘rock and roll part three’ by ozma = summer jams galore

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