Tokyo Police Club is dropping Champ Championship on June 8th (day after my birthday, buy me something). I’m lov-loving this album, and I would have posted about it earlier, but I’ve been going back and forth with the promoters trying to get them to let me post my favorite song from the album – “Gone”. They wouldn’t let me. Rats. But let me suggest – when you get the album, jump right to number 8 to hear the song that’s been making it hard not to smile as I walk through the streets of NYC with my headphones on. It’s just one of those songs that does that to me, and it makes my walks to and from work difficult, because I’m not the type of person to walk around smiling to myself in public.

After you get done with “Gone”, start the album over again. It’s worth it. It’s quickly starting to become one of my favorites of the year, and definitely a perfect summer 2010 album. Catchy and cool, but not pretentious. On Champ Championship, Tokyo Police Club falls somewhere in between Built To Spill and Los Campesinos. The music definitely feels young – vocals that exude a youthful attitude, crashing drums, crunchy guitars that play the lead role and some nice keyboard/effects work that jumps in to keep things flavorful  – but the melodies aren’t the kind of melodies that you hear from little fuckbands that just got guitars and decided to try songwriting out for the first time in their lives. These songs are built on strong foundations. Preorder that shit here.

What I can offer you is “Breakneck Speed” (even though I’ve already posted it a while back) and Passion Pit’s remix of “Wait Up”. And I’ll keep working on that “Gone” mp3. Maybe if I tell them June 7th is my birthday? If they say no to that, they are heartless, right? Right. Enjoy these for now.

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A couple other things, but this post is getting long, so if you’re interested, hit the jump for a fun contest and a tracklisting, oh and tourdates. And a cover art. Damn, this post is official.

Tokyo Police Club wants everyone to be a Champ.  To embrace the spirit of their forthcoming album, due out June 8th via Mom + Pop, the band is calling on their fans: “Challenge us to something. Anything. Ping pong. Baking. Mario. Nerf guns. Hockey. Unicycling. Catching grapes in your mouth. You name it. When we come to your town on tour we’ll make it happen. This summer, it’s on.”

Fans can enter their ideas at… Winners will have access to tickets, merchandise, etc. and the chance to hang with the guys while competing in whatever activity they submitted. Submit the challenges here.

Champ Championship Tracklisting:

  1. Favorite Food
  2. Favorite Colour
  3. Breakneck Speed
  4. Wait Up (Boots of Danger)
  5. Bambi
  6. End of a Spark
  7. Hands Reversed
  8. Gone
  9. Big Difference
  10. Not Sick
  11. Frankenstein


Jun 2, 2010 Ram’s Head Live (with Passion Pit) – Baltimore, MD

Jun 3, 2010 9:30 Club (with Passion Pit) – Washington, DC

Jun 7, 2010 The Norva (with Passion Pit) – Norfolk, VA

Jun, 8, 2010 The National (With Passion Pit) Richmond, VA

Jun 9, 2010     The Tabernacle (with Passion Pit) – Atlanta, GA

Jun 11, 2010    Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN

Jun 12, 2010    Club at Firestone (with Passion Pit) – Orlando, FL

Jun 13, 2010    The FIllmore (with Passion Pit) – Miami Beach, FL

Jun 14, 2010    The Ritz Ybor (with Passion Pit) – Tampa, FL

Jun 16, 2010    House of Blues (with Passion Pit) – New Orleans, LA

Jun 17, 2010    Warehouse Live (with Passion Pit) – Houston, TX

Jun 18, 2010    Stubb’s (with Passion Pit) – Austin, TX

Jun 19, 2010    Stubb’s (with Passion Pit) – Austin, TX

Jun 21, 2010    Palladium Ballroom (with Passion Pit) – Dallas, TX

Jun 23, 2010    The Pageant (with Passion Pit) – St. Louis, MO

Jun 25, 2010    Royal Oak Music Theater (with Passion PIt) – Royal Oak, MI

Jun 27, 2010    Mann Center (with Passion Pit) – Philadelphia, PA

Jun 29, 2010    Prospect Park Bandshell (with Passion Pit) – Brooklyn, NY

Jun 30, 2010    Governor’s Island (with Passion Pit) – New York, NY

Headline Tour

July 23 Nod Experiment Festival – Jackson, MI

July 24 Grog – Cleveland, OH

July 25 Town Ball Room – Buffalo, NY

July 27 Black Cat – Washington, DC

July 28 The Basement – Columbus, OH

July 29 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN

July 31 Record Bar – Kansas City, KS

Aug 1 Slowdown – Omaha, NE

Aug 3 Bluebird – Denver, CO

Aug 4 In The Venue – Salt Lake City

Aug 5 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV

Aug 7 Plush – Tuscan, AZ

Aug 8 Casbah – San Diego, CA

Aug 12 El Rey – Los Angeles, CA

Aug 15 Aladdin – Portland, OR

Aug 16 Neumos – Seattle, WA

Aug 19 Varsity – Minneapolis, MN

Aug 20 Metro – Chicago, IL