Today I had the good fortune of enjoying a tasty lunch at the Siam House here in Fountain Square with CJ Boyd and Dave “Moose” Adamson. What did we eat? I got the red curry. Dave got the Pad Thai. CJ got the ????. I don’t remember.
What did we talk about? Superstition, rationality, nihilism, Aphex Twin, among other things.
CJ was in town playing a house show and stopped by the JNR headquarters. We just announced his incredible new album, Precariat. It is a masterpiece in my humble opinion.
“I think it’s the best album I’ve ever done,” CJ said between mouthfuls of curried chicken.
CJ is perpetually on the road. Touring, playing house shows, crashing on couches and floors. “Living hand to mouth,” as he puts it. “There’s nothing else I’d rather do,” he declares.
He has created for himself a life of unique freedom. “I studied philosophy in college and when I was done I decided I wanted to play music and travel and that’s what I’m doing. I loved philosophy and maybe when I’m old and my body doesn’t work anymore, when I can’t jump over fences and wrestle with my friends, I’ll become an academic, when my body fails. But while my body is young I wanna do this.”
And do it he does. Living the nomadic life of the wandering artist, performing coast to coast and in Europe, year-round. Challenging and exploring with his music, reflecting back much of that exquisite wanderlust through the prism of evocative compositions that traverse open spaces of time and distance. Sheww!! That was some abstract mumbojumbo! But it isn’t that easy to simply describe CJ’s music with words. So let’s listen to it:
Here’s the track “Peradora” off the new album Precariat. Enjoy!
Collector’s Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics, by Stuart Tolley, ”brings together 180 contemporary examples of specialist, deluxe, limited edition, large format graphic design that has been created for the music, book and magazine industries.”
We’re thrilled that Stuart Tolley included Kishi Bashi’s singles boxset in his book, especially considering the humbling works accompanying. There’s a lot of incredible content in here! Check out the website for a taste.
PS, The boxset is sold out, but the singles are still available.
Yes, indeed… WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL 2014 INTERN SESSION!
The three-month session begins Friday, August 22nd, and extends through November 21st. Internship requires a commitment of two four-hour shifts per week at our Indianapolis headquarters. (We apologize out-of-towners, but you actually must be physically present to participate in the internship.) If accepted, here are some of the advantages of interning at JNR:
– first hand experience working in the music industry
– in many cases, you can get college credit
– you get to work one-on-one with with our staff, helping promote some of the best bands in the world
– you get free new releases, shirts, etc.
– in most instances, you’ll be on the guest list for shows by JNR artists
– you get to pad your resume and use us as a reference, while bragging to all your friends that you work for a super cool indie label
If this sounds like the job for you, fill out the application below! However, be aware that this internship is not for everyone. This is an unpaid position, reserved for those who are culturally in line with the label and who are hungry to learn. Applicants must be obsessively passionate about music, and at least somewhat familiar with Joyful Noise artists & releases.
If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
Thanks! <3 JNR
in mid rock
I wasn’t expecting much of a crowd to be joining me for the free Sunday evening performance of Brooklyn-based Conveyor at JNR the other night, but I was pleasantly surprised. They even ran out of beer.
I had seen Conveyor on one prior occasion, and had been taken aback by the technical audacity they so seamlessly managed to blend with danceability. This show served only to reinforce my opinion. Conveyor’s uniform black outfits against their candy-colored instruments set a visually striking backdrop for a set characterized by intricate story lyrics, infectious guitar lines and a minimum of two meters per song. Superbly balanced two and three part harmonies were icing on the cake.
There was a woman in the audience with a snake on her neck, which upon closer inspection (I.E. it stuck its tongue out at me) turned out to be real.
The band was tightly rehearsed, nonchalant and effortlessly musical on stage. Each successive song seemed to garner greater applause, and I’m firmly convinced the crowed would have enjoyed the set with no beer at all.
Which, for a Sunday night, is saying something.
The jackets for the Jad Fair “Artist In Residence” series were letterpress printed by Stumptown, a worker cooperative printshop based in Portland, OR.
“Contemporary letterpress printing is essentially a relief printing process. If you can imagine a linoleum block or woodcut, where the raised area is the surface that is inked, and other areas are cut away to create the negative space – you are envisioning a simplified explanation of letterpress printing…” (link)
I was thrilled to finally commission a print project with them, having seen their trademark Arigato Pak CD packaging making the rounds for years. Check out their site for some beautiful examples of work, and more details on their process and philosophy.
Yonatan Gat is hittin’ the road once again! Be sure to catch him while you can and check out his latest single off of “Iberian Passage”, “Conga Manteca”
7.18 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
7.19 Washington, DC @ The Lot at Atlantic Plumbing
7.20 Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
7.21 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
7.22 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
7.23 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
7.24 Houston, TX @ Walter’s
7.25 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
7.26 Norman, OK @ Opolis
7.27 Denver, CO @ Glob
7.28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
7.29 Boise, ID @ Crux
7.30 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
7.31 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
8.1 Olympia, WA @ Northern w/ Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionysio
8.2 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
8.6 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock
8.7 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell