Joyful Noise Recordings


We are pleased to introduce you to Divorcee, the new project from Yoni Wolf and his ex-girlfriend, Anna Stewart. The band's debut EP will be released tomorrow exclusively via the JNR webstore.
With their self-titled EP, the WHY? frontman steps out of the spotlight to craft all the music himself, while Stewart sets her brutally honest lyrics to each song. The album is at times a podium for her to proclaim her own perspective about her former relationship with Yoni, a subject well-documented through previous WHY? songs (most notably on the album "Alopecia"). She recounts her relationship anxieties with gut-wrenching honesty and an endearing, confident tone, revealing the feminine counterpoint to WHY? songs like "Good Friday" & "The Hollows". Her lyrics are impactful, unsettling, and sometimes quite deprecating toward her former lover / new bandmate.
The debut EP is a vinyl/digital only release, featuring a limited pressing of 400 hand-numbered copies on red-velvet splatter vinyl. Orders ship immediately (none of that usual pre-order delay), and include an instant MP3 & WAV download of the full album. Divorcee will be released to the world next week, but is available right now to you lucky bastards.

Pinch yourself. "Overjoyed" is here! Half Japanese's first album in 13 years shows aggressiveness as well as their friendly charisma. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, the 12 songs on "Overjoyed" are unlike anything in the bands catalog, each unapologetically positive and surprisingly accessible.

Half Japanese was founded in the bedroom of brothers Jad and David Fair in 1974. Ignoring musical conventions like chords, rhythms, melody, and song structure, the brothers pioneered DIY and Lo-Fi punk aesthetics simply by being themselves. Passionate, fearless, and relentlessly unique, they influenced countless artists such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Cobain, and many many more.

The new album contains a deep purity, exceptionally rare amongst "reunion albums". They neither attempt to recreate their old sound, nor are they aware of current musical trends and conventions. As a result they sidestep common pitfalls and create something new, interesting, and needed. The first single and opening track "In Its Pull" premieres today on Pitchfork.

"Overjoyed" is now available for pre-order on deluxe VIP vinyl (limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on blue-marble vinyl w/ bone-white splatter), bone-white vinyl w/ blue splatter (limited to 1000), bone-white vinyl (mailorder exclusive), and compact disc. All purchases include immediate download of "In Its Pull" and full album download upon release.


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:


Today we are excited to announce the launch of a new JNR imprint: 'Record Label'. Curated by Bobby Burg (Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Love of Everything), 'Record Label' was actually created back in 1999 as a way to release Bobby's then-new project Love of Everything. In the mid-2000's the label grew to include releases by friends Chin Up Chin Up, Joan of Arc and others. 'Record Label's status as a "legit record label" culminated with a distribution deal through Touch & Go / Flameshovel. Unfortunately for us all, Touch & Go went out of business about a week later, at which point Bobby decided to put the label on indefinite hiatus.

Now in partnership with Joyful Noise, Bobby is reviving 'Record Label' and reimagining the label as a creative force in the post-apocalyptic musical landscape. We're making the back-catalog available for digital "pay what you want", and we have some really interesting specialty releases are coming your way... beginning with this one:

"42 Repeatable Examples"

Limited to just 400 hand-numbered copies, Bobby Burg's first ever solo album comes in the form of a 24-page photo-zine! 42 Repeatable Examples is an interactive digital album. Play the album in sequence and you'll hear 22 minutes of self-described "music to zone out to". But the album is intended to expanded with the creative input of the listener. The album is constructed so that the ending of each track feeds directly into the beginning of that track. Did you get that? Each of the 42 tracks were designed to seamlessly repeat forever. Like their own little meditative universes. This gives the listener the ability to create their own versions of the album, and makes it possible to never play this album the same way twice.

If this sounds a little confusing, that's because it is. But to give you an idea, check out this example of tracks



Stream the album here:

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