Joyful Noise Recordings



We are very excited to announce the new full-length album from nomadic bass player CJ Boyd. Bassist, composer, and vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Utilizing only upright bass, bass guitar and voice, CJ creates a distinctive meditative atmosphere. Songs slowly build from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound. The upcoming album is his first since 2012, and his finest work to date. Stream the epic 14-minute track "Peradora" below to get a taste. 

Precariat is now available via pre-order on Sea Blue & Coke Bottle Green vinyl w/ Black splatter (limited to just 150 hand-numbered copies), Sea Blue/Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital.




We are excited to introduce you to the new project known as Ko.

Ko is the pseudonym of Kristin Newborn: vocalist, guitarist, and downright badass. From the age of 18, Kristin was classically trained by a religious cult show choir. No foolin'. But as fucked up as that experience must have been, Kristin emerged victorious. A native of Indianapolis by way of Los Angeles, Kristin first began writing under the name Ko in the spring of 2012, after the demise of her first group Slothpop. Shortly thereafter she enlisted Todd Heaton to play percussion for the live shows and later recordings. We are very pleased to introduce you to their first recorded material.

Ko's debut EP contains 4 songs of intricate vocal looping, heartfelt purpose, and plenty of Danelectro wall-of-sound-fuzz to boot. The EP is released on bronze-inside-clear 7", limited to 350 hand-numbered copies, and white vinyl 7" (which may or may not be pressed into infinity). Purchase includes instant download of the track "Bitches Online" (which you can stream below).



Pinch yourself. Overjoyed is finally here! Half Japanese's first album in 13 years shows aggressiveness as well as their friendly charisma. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, "Overjoyed" is unapologetic onslaught of positivity. Each of the 12 songs contain a deep purity, exceptionally rare amongst "reunion albums". In the words of Pitchfork, the band "haven’t lost their knack for the fine art of the charm offensive."


Check out the opening track "In Its Pull" here: 

Never heard of Half Japanese? That's ok buddy. Take a look at this little mini-documentary introduction featuring members of Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground, R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, and others:

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