Author Archives: Daniel Coles

Lunch With CJ Boyd and DMA [Artist Spotlight]

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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.

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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!

Joyful Noise Showcase Saturday May 3rd in Chicago [Live]

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We would like to announce the first ever Joyful Noise Recordings Showcase!!

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Saturday May 3rd in Chicago at The Burlington featuring Victor Villarreal, Busman’s Holiday, Memory Map, and DMA

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It’s part of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival.  It’s the sixth annual incarnation of the fest. Lots of movies and bands May 1-4 in Chicago.  And we’ve been invited to participate!

In years past Joan of Arc has performed.  This year Tim Kinsella and Leroy Bach will be playing songs from their JNR release “Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate with music by Leroy Bach featuring Angel Olsen” the night before on Friday May 2nd at the Hideout.

Hopefully you all can make it!  We’ll all be there and look forward to partying with you and enjoying some awesome music together. You can buy tickets in advance at CIMMfest.

Jad Fair performing at Joyful Noise next week! April 4th and it’s FREE! [Live]

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We’re gonna kick off Jad’s 2014 JNR residency with a free show at our space on Friday April 4th!

You can reserve a spot at the show by clicking this button.
Eventbrite - Jad Fair @ Joyful Noise on First Friday - FREE

To remind you, as part of Jad’s residency he will be creating FOUR full-length albums throughout the year, each a unique collaboration with other artists.

Jad Fair & R Stevie Moore
(feat. John Dieterich, Kristin Erickson & Conrad Choucroun)
Jad Fair & Danielson
(feat. Brave Combo & Kramer)
Jad Fair & Norman Blake
(of Teenage Fanclub, feat. Boister)
Jad Fair & Strobe Talbot

A little more about Jad:
In 1974, with his brother David, Jad Fair co-founded the lo-fi alternative rock group Half Japanese. Over the ensuing three decades, Half Japanese released nearly 30 records, and in the process, attracted a solid base of fans passionate about the band’s pure, unbridled enthusiasm for rock and roll. Jad also performs and records as a solo artist, and occasionally collaborates with such musicians as Daniel Johnston, Teenage Fanclub, Moe Tucker (of Velvet Underground), Yo La Tengo, Steve Shelly and Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth), John Zorn, Kramer, and more.

Jad’s talent for album cover design (he designed many of Half Japanese’s and all of his own solo album covers) led Jad to a second career as visual artist. His simple, joyous drawings and intricate, complex paper cuttings are shown in galleries around the world. Books of his artwork have been published in the U.S., UK, Germany, France and Japan. Jad is available for illustration work, including CD covers, t shirt designs, and advertisements.

Sebadoh Winter Tour 2014 – Recruiting Digital Street Team! [Misc / WTF]

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Sebadoh’s next US tour kicks off on February 5th. We would love to have your help in spreading the word about the show you’ll be attending. If you’d be able to do some special Facebooking and Tweeting about the show we will happily give you a limited edition screen-printed tour poster designed by LandLand signed to you by the band!  (Preview coming soon)

HERE ARE THE STEPS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW TO SUCCEED:

  1. Join the Facebook page for Sebadoh Digital Street Team. Become a Facebook friend of Joyful Reagan (our label mascot) and follow JoyfulNoiseRecs on Twitter. This is how we will be able to see all your generous sharing to confirm your participation.
  2. Share the brand new video for ‘State of Mine’ that is posted on Sebadoh’s Facebook page and in the street team group.
  3. Follow the directions as they’ll be shared with you in the Facebook group over the coming days and weeks. It will involve:  
  • Finding the event page for your show and joining, inviting, commenting, and sharing.
  • Sharing cool stuff like Lou Barlow’s interview on WTF with Marc Maron.
  • Tweeting about the show you’re going to.

GO THE EXTRA MILE – We’ll be selecting the top five Digital Street Teamers to receive a super special reward! Some suggestions for standing out:

  • Invite all your friends to the event page for your show
  • Use this image as your Facebook cover photo
  • Use a Sebadoh image close to your heart as your profile pic until your show****
  • Create a Sebadoh digital mixtape and share it
  • Retweet Sebadoh’s tweets and tweet about the show
  • whatever else your beautiful and creative mind can come up with!


TO FINISH:  The day of/after your show message Reagan on Facebook. Tell her what show you went to and that you’ve completed all the steps. You’ll then be sent a link to go claim your signed tour poster.

And remember if you are selected as one of our five exemplary street teamers you will receive a super special reward which we’ll be announcing sooner than later!