Category Archives: Misc / WTF

Jad Fair and Danielson Team Up, Create Bliss [Misc / WTF]

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The second LP out of the 4 album collab project from Jad Fair has been announced recently and I was lucky enough to be able to check it out pre-release. Here’s my take:

From the very start of this record, the opening track “Go Ahead” shows Daniel Smith basking in all of his freak-folk glory. Track two highlights Fair’s vocal abilities, sounding parallel to Conor Oberst with Danielson’s back-up singers there to compliment him eccentrically. If you are a fan Jad Fair as well as Danielson, this collaboration should sound exactly as you expect it to (which is hopefully a good thing). It is clear from the beginning that they aren’t trying to do anything groundbreaking here, they just want to keep you entertained with short, sweet, folk-pop tracks. Smith said in a statement, “The goal was to make three-minute pop songs, as accessible and fun and immediate as possible.” And they did just that. Standout tracks include: “Go Ahead”, “Not No”, “You Got Me In a Spin”, and “Here’s Our Time”.

You can order the box-set here. Hurry… There’s only a few left!!!

Summer Internship Openings [Misc / WTF]

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WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PUT OUT COOL RECORDS AND USE YOUR SWEET SUMMER HOURS FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF MUSIC?

If you would like to come help us spread great music and promote rad artists go here and fill out an application.

It is an unpaid internship (that is if you don’t count spectacular records and life-long memories as payment). Only eight hours per week. We ask for a ten week commitment from the first week of June to the first week of August.

Come hang out, help us pack up records, promote bands online, run shows and pal around!
Here’s the application. Can’t wait to hear from you soon!

JNR Intern FAQ:

“Will I get paid?”

Not in American dollars, but in a myriad of other wonderful ways that include but are not limited to: beer, condoms, rad concerts, mingling with rock stars, uplifting comradery, work experience, and free records!

“What’s my schedule look like?”

How much are you willing to work? Eight hours a week broke up into two four-hour days will get the title of official JNR intern.

“Will you put out my band’s record?”

Sorry, we don’t mix business and pleasure ;)

“Will I learn how to survive in the wasteland that is the modern day music industry?”

Damn skippy! That is, if you’re paying attention.

“Will this internship make my Mom and Dad swell with pride?”

You’ll be their new favorite child. Guaranteed.

“Can I use my status at JNR to help further my romantic conquest?”

You betcha’ you little Casanova you! Don’t forget to use those free condoms…

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FILL OUT THE APPLICATION AND COME MAKE MUSICAL HISTORY.

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.

Vaadat Charigim LP Release Party at Joyful Noise Last Night! [Misc / WTF]

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Last night Vaadat Charigim held their “The World Is Well Lost” LP release party at the Joyful Noise studio and invited their Warm Ratio label-mates Sapphic and Joyful Noise’s very own, Sleeping Bag, to join in on the debauchery.

Sapphic, a post-punk duo hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, opened the show out. Their drone like vocals combined with the Upland pints being poured really helped to warm everyone up and set the mood for the evening. Next up was Bloomington Indiana’s Sleeping Bag. Dave Segedy and his boys brought a great show, playing quite a few tunes off their power-pop sophomore release “Women of Your Life”. All of their catchy instrumentals and melodic vocals got everyone’s body moving in time and by the end of the set the packed studio was revving to go for Vaadat Charigim. When the Israeli trio took the stage they immediately set in delivering some dazzling shoegaze sound enveloping everyone in the room in a wall of fuzz. Juval Haring’s rich Hebraic vocals droning in time with the bending icy guitar riffs gave impressions of some 90′s-esque My Bloody Valentine. They continued to power through their set, taking only small breaks in between, speaking in Hebrew to one another about the next song up on the list with their drummer kindly translating to the crowd each time. By the end of the night and the last song everyone was swaying along to their washed-out cavernous sounds, and despite the language barriers, the intrinsic articulation of rock was understood and felt by all in the room. The guys were nice enough to hang out after the show and sign and sell the new album release to all the lucky boys and girls who got to partake in the rocking evening and yet another successful show went down in the Joyful Noise books.

Keep you’re eye out and your ears open for our next show coming up on April 4th. Its another free First Friday fair with a killer line up of Black Rider, Pravada and Jad Fair. I can’t wait to see all you music lovin’ booty shakin’ babes there!