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Conveyor 6/29/14 [Live]

in mid rock

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.

Preview: Conveyor at Joyful Noise HQ on Sunday, July 29th! [Live]

 

This is a really exciting time of year to see shows. Everybody and their mom is going to be on tour the next few weeks. Even I’m going to be on tour, and I never do stuff like that. Part of the thrill of booking a tour is that you discover great new bands from across the country. I’ll be playing with a band from Brooklyn called Conveyor in Washington DC on June 27th, and then, while we continue to their home base of New York for the weekend, they’ll be coming to my hometown of Indianapolis and playing at Joyful Noise Headquarters! Since I can’t be there to see it myself, I’ll try my best to encourage you to go.

Conveyor (Brooklyn)
& Bait & Tackle Tabernacle.
Sunday, June 29th at Joyful Noise Headquarters!
Go!

They describe themselves as “a band.” And they go on to say, “the music is best described as melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, predominantly major-key, and adequately fits under the categories of rock and pop, with additional associations, more or less strong, to related sub-genres.” Accurately and completely describing unique music is somewhat beyond my capabilities as well, so here’s some information on their most recent project instead.

Conveyor released a new album in May called Prime. The music was composed and performed alongside two live screenings of THX 1138 – the first feature film written and directed by George Lucas and perhaps his only notable foray in the field of science fiction. The film lends itself well to such a project; the imagery and pacing set an open and thoughtful mood that can be explored fairly deeply. Listen to a sample from their bandcamp page:

They also have explored more conventional ground over the years with some exciting tweaks. For example, “Mammal Food” has a great scuzzed-out, fuzzed-out groove, and “Woolgatherer” provides some bouncy, pleasant pop that would be fun to bounce around pleasantly to. Coincidentally, both of those songs have music videos, and you can watch them as many times as you want for free:


Fountain Square kingpins Bait & Tackle Tabernacle (ft. Peter King, Fred Brown, & JNR artist Jorma Whittaker) will provide local support.

Conveyor Website: http://www.conveyormusic.com/
Conveyor Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/therealconveyor

As a side note, another band I’ll be playing with in DC, Br’er, will be playing at The Back Door in Bloomington on June 22nd with Kam Kama, Bebop Tsunami, & DJ’s Drekka & Ray. I’d highly encourage you to check that one out too!

Yonatan Gat @ JNR [Live]

 

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When: Wed. June 4th

Where: Joyful Noise Recordings

Who else: Yip Deceiver, Oreo Jones

I arrived late, per usual, just catching “Thanks, we’re Yip Deceiver” before the in-between-sets music faded in and the first band began breaking down their equipment. I quickly found a familiar face, asking what I had missed, if I could bum a cigarette to kill some time before the next set, and grabbed a beer. I wandered downstairs and outside into a circle of mostly unknown attendees. It was a pretty low key crowd. Everyone seemed to be prepared for what was about to happen when Yonatan Gat performed, making short remarks, like “This is about to be insane” and “He goes so hard, man”.

 I had met him the previous day as I was fulfilling my intern duties, scanning Twitter for posts about Kishi Bashi, and watching the latest Lil Bub video (for research) when he and his bandmates came in to pick up some records for their tour. He was nice and fairly quiet, the way someone is when they enter a room of people they don’t know yet. So, my expectation for his live performance was wavering on totally crazy or pretty lax. You can never tell with the quiet ones.

What he gave me and the rest of wednesday’s crowd was something bordering complete perfection and total mind control. From the get go, the performance was electric. Yonatan set me in a trance with his guitar, which was jazzy, but totally punk at the same time, and then suddenly, a snap from the drums would send the entire set into a whirlwind of riffs and improvised drum beats.

Most impressive were these improvisations, involving crowd participation, chanting, and at one point, Yonatan just de-tuning his guitar in the most sonically pleasing way I’ve ever experienced. The band was fully immersed in the room, shuffling around, turning on and off lights at certain parts in the set, entering the crowd, really having total control over the room, which was an exact reflection for all three of their talents. When a song began to get too fast or too involved for me to follow, they kept it together, testifying to their solidity as a trio.

After their set, I had to leave; not because I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t possibly take any more rock’n'roll (though a little true), but because I promised to get drunk with some friends elsewhere. I left thinking about how the quiet ones are the most surprising.

If you want to experience the Gat for yourself, check out Kotonou, the third track on his new album, which you can purchase here!

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.

Want Kishi Bashi to play your living room? (attn: London & Paris) [Live]

By (Staff Post)

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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 karl@joyfulnoiserecordings.com 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.

Jad Fair Melts Faces at First Friday [Live]

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Jad Fair at Joyful Noise

Jad Fair at Joyful Noise

This month, Joyful Noise was fortunate enough to host a stage and gallery space for the soft spoken, spastic, freak strummin’ styling of Jad Fair. Presenting the audience with only himself and a hand painted electric guitar, Jad noised his way through a very intimate and charismatic set.

There was never a dull moment between untuned guitar riffs and his unique voice speeding up and slowing down to suit his own pace. Right when the audience started to anticipate rhyming lyrics or rely on rhythmic timing, the artist would allow himself long pauses or sporadic strumming to keep us interested.

Featuring lyrics about monsters, superheroes and being in love, (and even covering “Casper the Friendly Ghost” by Daniel Johnston) Jad gave to us an eccentric and memorable performance I think everyone present would find it hard to forget. He was strange, personable, and wailed so hard he busted his strings and broke the neck of his guitar only to promise everyone in his delicate speaking voice, “Oh, it will be okay.”

Not to mention he makes the cutest paper cuttings about monsters, ghosts, relationships, cats, nature and all-seeing eyes.

If you are a VIP, we will be selling the rest of his paper cuttings on our website in the next week or so. Also, if you missed the show, don’t miss out on the Jad Fair Artist in Residence releases throughout 2014. And did I catch a scent of Half Japanese blowing in the wind???……..