Category Archives: Misc / WTF

New Kishi Bashi shirts and signed poster available [Misc / WTF]

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For the next week only, these shirts are $10 from our site.
The signed and screen-printed poster is $20.

Next Level Apparel tri-blend racer-back tank
art by Beth Griffin as part of K’s tour t-shirt design contest.

Unisex Next Level Apparel Tank Top,
design by Paige Bowman as part of K’s tour t-shirt design contest.

KB_poster 18″ x 24″ 4 color screenprint,

designed by I <3 JPL, hand-screen-printed by In Case of Emergency Press.
Signed by Kishi Bashi.

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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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…



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.