Posted May 9, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Japanese Breakfast to Debut New Songs During Ticketed Livestream

Japanese Breakfast Photo Credit: Jackie Lee Young
Japanese Breakfast Photo Credit: Jackie Lee Young

The COVID-19 shutdown has hit indie rock crews and bands particularly hard, and in order to provide some relief, indie rockers Japanese Breakfast announced a ticketed livestream that’ll take place at 7pm ET on May 14.

Proceeds will benefit the group’s touring band and crew. 

Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner) will play new songs from her forthcoming album and special covers. She’ll also sell new merchandise designed specifically for the stream. 

“I wanted to put together a live stream of some new songs and special covers to help support my crew while we are unable to tour, which is to say, unable to work and earn income,” says Zauner in a statement. “I’ve also commissioned a special design that features my band family, Craig, Deven, Peter, Harry & Rachel, to help raise some money to make up for many months of touring we’ve had to cancel. I hope you will join me.”

The band’s sophomore effort aims to expand “the breadth of the shimmering bedroom pop displayed on her debut Psychopomp.”   

A video game composer, prolific music video director, and author, Zauner has commenced working with longtime collaborator Adam Kolodny to craft music videos for other artists. To date, she’s worked with artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst, Jay Som and Charly Bliss. 

She’s also currently working on a memoir about her early childhood and the time she spent between the U.S. and South Korea. The full book, entitled Crying in H-Mart, will be released via Knopf.

Photo Credit: Jackie Lee Young


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