Author Archives: Joyful Karl

New Kishi Bashi: album details announced! [New Music]

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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

Lighght track-listing:

  1. Debut – Impromptu
  2. Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
  3. The Ballad of Mr. Steak
  4. Carry on Phenomenon
  5. Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her
  6. Impromptu no 1
  7. Q&A
  8. Once Upon a Lucid Dream (in Afrikaans)
  9. Hahaha Pt. 1
  10. Hahaha Pt. 2
  11. In Fantasia

Cover Art available here:
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Victor Villarreal touring UK! [Live]

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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:

VIP Members: be our guest @ My Bloody Valentine / Dumb Numbers [Live]

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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.

“Fuck Those Who Steal From Bands” Poster Sale [Misc / WTF]

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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.

ORDER HERE

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What bands do you want on the 2014 Flexi Series? [New Music]

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We’d like to know…WHAT BANDS DO YOU WANT ON THE FLEXI SERIES NEXT YEAR?

Yep, we’re doing it all again next year. We are very excited to continue our Flexi-Disc series into 2014! Keeping with the same concept, the 2014 series will be limited to only 1000 copies, featuring exclusive, never before heard recordings by some of the best bands in the world. Delivered monthly to your door for less than the price of a McDonald’s Value Meal. Only thing that’s changing is the new batch of 12 amazing bands.

Since we’re still in the process of booking our 2014 series, we thought we’d open the floor to suggestions! We have some amazing bands already lined up, but still have some room to fill. And we thought it would be fun to let our loyal subscribers weigh in on the decision.

So: if there are any bands you’d just LOVE to see on the flexi series next year, we want to know. Just post your suggestions in the comments below!

PS: here are some of the bands we’ve featured in the past two years: Birthmark, Here We Go Magic, Hella, Hevletia w/ Built To Spill, Melvins, Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Monotonix, Rob Crow, Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens & Cat Martino, The Sea And Cake, WHY?, Akron/Family, Danielson, Dead Rider, Deerhoof, Jad Fair, Lou Barlow, Make Believe, of Montreal, Racebannon, Rafter, Richard Swift, Tortoise.