Category Archives: New Music

Lunch With CJ Boyd and DMA [Artist Spotlight]

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Today I had the good fortune of enjoying a tasty lunch at the Siam House here in Fountain Square with CJ Boyd and Dave “Moose” Adamson. What did we eat? I got the red curry. Dave got the Pad Thai. CJ got the ????. I don’t remember.

What did we talk about? Superstition, rationality, nihilism, Aphex Twin, among other things.

CJ was in town playing a house show and stopped by the JNR headquarters. We just announced his incredible new album, Precariat. It is a masterpiece in my humble opinion.

“I think it’s the best album I’ve ever done,” CJ said between mouthfuls of curried chicken.

CJ is perpetually on the road. Touring, playing house shows, crashing on couches and floors. “Living hand to mouth,” as he puts it. “There’s nothing else I’d rather do,” he declares.

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He has created for himself a life of unique freedom. “I studied philosophy in college and when I was done I decided I wanted to play music and travel and that’s what I’m doing. I loved philosophy and maybe when I’m old and my body doesn’t work anymore, when I can’t jump over fences and wrestle with my friends, I’ll become an academic, when my body fails. But while my body is young I wanna do this.”

And do it he does. Living the nomadic life of the wandering artist, performing coast to coast and in Europe, year-round. Challenging and exploring with his music, reflecting back much of that exquisite wanderlust through the prism of evocative compositions that traverse open spaces of time and distance. Sheww!! That was some abstract mumbojumbo! But it isn’t that easy to simply describe CJ’s music with words. So let’s listen to it:

Here’s the track “Peradora” off the new album Precariat. Enjoy!

Yonatan Gat’s Tour Dates Announced! [New Music]

Yonatan Gat is hittin’ the road once again! Be sure to catch him while you can and check out his latest single off of “Iberian Passage”, “Conga Manteca

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7.18 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

7.19 Washington, DC @ The Lot at Atlantic Plumbing
7.20 Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
7.21 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
7.22 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
7.23 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
7.24 Houston, TX @ Walter’s
7.25 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
7.26 Norman, OK @ Opolis
7.27 Denver, CO @ Glob
7.28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
7.29 Boise, ID @ Crux
7.30 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
7.31 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
8.1 Olympia, WA @ Northern w/ Calvin Johnson, Arrington de Dionysio
8.2 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
8.6 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock
8.7 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell 

 

 

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!

Jad Fair’s first Artist in Residence LP announced today [Artist Spotlight]

Spring has sprung and along with that comes the announcement of Jad Fair’s first LP as our Artist in Residence, here at Joyful Noise. The first and newest LP, Let’s Born to Rock, is a collaboration with Strobe Talbot and features the upbeat and classicly lo-fi song “Back on Track”, anounced today! If you haven’t been keeping up, Jad Fair has teamed up with Joyful Noise this year to create 4 LPs to be released exclusively on the label, featuring collaborations with Strobe Talbot, Norman Blake, Danielson, and R Stevie Moore.

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Let’s Born to Rock is only available through the “Artist in Residence” box set from Joyful Noise. Only 450 copies will be made of each LP, all of which feature original paper cutting artwork from Jad Fair. Let’s Born to Rock is featured on a Cyan Blue Vinyl and the box to store the LPs highlights artwork from Jad Fair and is hand numbered and signed by the man himself.

In other words, this is too cool to pass up! Each LP will be released quarterly for the next year, and if the song “Back on Track” is any indication of what we can expect to come from Jad Fair and his dynamic collaborations, there is A LOT to look forward to.

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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