In just a few days from now Kishi Bashi will be traveling to London & Paris on a quick promo tour (giving interviews, filming video sessions, etc).
We thought it would be super fun to arrange for Kishi Bashi to play an intimate living room show in both London (on Tues April 15) and Paris (on Thurs April 17). So: who’s interested in having Kishi Bashi play their living room????
Here is how it would work:
1. We would need you to have a house or loft space that can comfortably host 25-40 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other indoor residential space would be ideal.
2. The show will not be open to the public. We are looking for this to be an invite-only type of thing, with a “suggested donation” in the neighborhood of 20 pounds/euros per person.
3. We would rely on you to invite friends and fans of Kishi Bashi to come to the show. If you aren’t confident in your abilities to gather 25-40 people, we can help promote to Kishi Bashi’s fans. But then there will be strangers showing up to your house. And you’d have to be OK with that…
4. We don’t need a serious sound system, but do need a single guitar amplifier (for K’s violin), and ideally a separate PA (or amp) for vocals. If a vocal PA isn’t available, K will just sing without amplification like his Tiny Desk Concert. Please make sure that your neighbors are OK with the beautiful sounds of Kishi Bashi. We do not want to get shut down by the police.
If you are up for the challenge please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit. Please include your contact info and reassure us that you are able to accomplish #1-4 above.
Questions? Ask any questions you may have in the comments below.
Finally! The wait is almost over!! The January and February flexis are scheduled to arrive to our office on Wednesday and we will be working non-stop to ship them out by Thursday afternoon. (If you ordered a Wooden Flexi Box, then it will also be included in this shipment.)
We are SO sorry about the huge delay. This is the third year we’ve done the flexi series, and this is the first time anything like this has happened. It was truly unprecedented and unlikely to ever happen again. Our vinyl manufacturer’s flexi pressing operation is now fully up and running, and things will be getting back to normal soon.
Looking forward, our manufacturer has informed us that the March flexis are scheduled to arrive on April 13, and the April flexis are scheduled to arrive on April 22. We will be shipping the March & April flexis out to you the moment they arrive, and we are hoping that the manufacturing plant will be fully caught up and back on schedule by May.
Keep an eye out for your flexis, and expect some free goodies to say thank you again for your patience and understanding.
Yep, Kishi Bashi has a new album on the horizon! The new album is titled “Lighght” (pronounced “light”) and will be released worldwide on May 13 via Joyful Noise. Yep, that’s the insane cover art pictured above. The album takes its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan. Musically the album expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut 151a to include not just avant-pop, but Eastern-tinged arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments that flirt with 70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes).
The first song from the album is “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!” – an orchestrated and fully realized final version of the track featured on the limited edition 7″ released a few months ago. Stream the song above!
Pre-Order will be available within the next two weeks, so keep your eyes peeled! And yes, we will have a special VIP-Exclusive edition. Until then, if you are headed to SXSW, you should check out Kishi Bashi at one of the following shows:
Friday, March 14 – Aerobic International OFFICIAL SXSW Showcase at Half Step Bar
Saturday, March 15 – Pandora Showcase at The Gatsby
Saturday, March 15 – Denver Post Reverb Showcase at The Dirty Dog
Saturday, March 15 – Wild Honey Pie Presents “The Beehive Showcase” at Cheer Up Charlie’s
- Debut – Impromptu
- Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
- The Ballad of Mr. Steak
- Carry on Phenomenon
- Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her
- Impromptu no 1
- Once Upon a Lucid Dream (in Afrikaans)
- Hahaha Pt. 1
- Hahaha Pt. 2
- In Fantasia
Cover Art available here:
Hold on to yr butts… guitar aficionado Victor Villarreal will be touring the UK next week with This Town Needs Guns! You may know Victor from his unspeakably inventive work with Cap’n Jazz, Owls, and Joan of Arc. If you happen to be lucky enough to be in the area, do not miss your chance to see the mastermind at work.
Here are the dates (all shows w/ This Town Needs Guns):
THU NOV 28 – Southampton, UK @ Avondale House
FRI NOV 29 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
SAT NOV 30 – Liverpool, UK @ The Kazimier
SUN DEC 01 – Preston, UK @ The Mad Ferret
MON DEC 02 – Leicester, UK @ The Firebug
TUE DEC 03 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club
WED DEC 04 – Belfast, UK @ Voodoo
THU DEC 05 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
FRI DEC 06 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
SAT DEC 07 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluney
SUN DEC 08 – Leeds, UK @ Wharf Chambers
MON DEC 09 – Manchester, UK @ Night & Day Cafe
TUE DEC 10 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
WED DEC 11 – Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios
THU DEC 12 – Oxford, UK @ The Cellar
FRI DEC 13 – Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
SAT DEC 14 – London, UK @ Birthday’s
Check out this video of Victor playing at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago:
Crazy, we know. Our guys Dumb Numbers were asked to open for My Bloody Valentine on the East Coast leg of their upcoming tour! As a special treat for our VIP Members, we are offering a free pair of guest passes for each show. So if you are anywhere near Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philly, or NYC — pay attention!
All you have to do is comment below and you’ll be entered to win. Make sure you include which of the 5 shows you’re hoping to attend. Bonus points if you entertainingly convey why you would be a worthy recipient (& if you share on social networks).
One winner in each city will receive the following:
– 2 spots on the Dumb Numbers guest list
– A signed poster / photo op with Dumb Numbers
– At least one drink, personally purchased for you by me (Karl, JNR’s “president & curator”). I’ll be the merch bitch at the shows. And you’ll have ample opportunity to hang out with me and the band.
On September 27, someone stole the touring van and all of the gear belonging to our guys Child Bite. Child Bite is the longest running band on our label — our first release with Child Bite was JNR15. Needless to say, we’ve been friends for a very long time, and we were very saddened to hear that some asshole stole all of the band’s equipment.
To help our buddies, we’re have arranged a fundraiser to replace some of what was stolen. You may not be aware that Shawn Knight from Child Bite is an extremely talented artist, and we are selling some of his best limited edition screen-printed posters from bands like Melvins, Kishi Bashi, Thee Oh Sees, etc. Posters are signed by Shawn Knight, hand-numbered, and we have fewer than 25 of each on hand.
All items are “Pay What You Want”. Please donate generously.
Thanks in advance for helping out an amazing band in a tough spot.