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Busman’s Holiday Digital Street Team [Staff Posts]

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Busman’s Holiday kick off their fall tour with Saintseneca tonight, and we at JNR headquarters are offering a special promotion for anyone who wants to help the band by joining their Digital Street Team.

The process is simple, and the band would really appreciate it.

  1. Friend Reagan, our JNR mascot, on Facebook.
  2. Join the event page for the show nearest you (listed below).
  3. Share the event on your Facebook page.
  4. Invite your friends to join the event page.

Once you’ve completed these four steps just message Reagan on Facebook letting us know you’ve helped out and we’ll hook you up with a free download of your choice of Busman’s two albums, either Old Friends or A Long Goodbye.

Event Pages:

9/30: Columbia, MO
10/1: Omaha, NE
10/2: Denver, CO
10/3: Albuquerque, NM
10/4: Flagstaff, AZ
10/5: Phoenix, AZ
10/6: Las Vegas, NV
10/8: San Diego, CA
10/9: Los Angeles, CA
10/10: Santa Ana, CA
10/11: San Francisco, CA
10/12: Portland, OR
10/13: Seattle, WA
10/14: Olympia, WA
10/15: Spokane, WA
10/16: Boise, ID
10/18: Salt Lake City, UT
10/20: Lincoln, NE
10/21: Lawrence, KS

For those of you who live near the shows in the second half of the tour (beginning with the Santa Ana show on Oct. 10th) we’re also looking for help putting up tour posters around town. If you think you’d be interested, just message Reagan on Facebook with your address and the show you’d like to help promote and we’ll send you some posters. We know this is extra work, so we’ll make it worthwhile for anyone who helps out.

Thanks!

Sleeping Bag – “Chillin’” Video Premiere [Staff Posts]

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Sleeping Bag’s new video for “Chillin’” a standout track from their most recent album “Deep Sleep”, is filled with Day-Glo colors and a Merry Pranksters like aesthetic that seems to belie the grungy atmosphere of the song itself. Look closer though, and the connection begins to take shape. A smiling hippy flashes the peace sign amidst a field of stumps extensive enough to bring the Lorax to his knees, while a giant thumbs up with hair like Jaco Pastorius sticks its own thumb in the air underneath angry clouds dumping oil on a dreary looking city.

It’s clear things are not what they seem, but are Sleeping Bag the ones “chillin’” in the face of destruction, or are they pointing the finger outward at the willfully ignorant among us? Maybe they’re just real stoned. You decide.

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.

KB_bug_tank$10
Next Level Apparel tri-blend racer-back tank
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art by Beth Griffin as part of K’s tour t-shirt design contest.

KB_BUCK_TANK$10
Unisex Next Level Apparel Tank Top,
design by Paige Bowman as part of K’s tour t-shirt design contest.

KB_poster$20
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.

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!

Announcing: “Precariat” the new album from CJ Boyd [Announcements]

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We are very excited to announce the new full-length album from nomadic bass player CJ Boyd. Bassist, composer, and vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Utilizing only upright bass, bass guitar and voice, CJ creates a distinctive meditative atmosphere. Songs slowly build from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound. The upcoming album is his first since 2012, and his finest work to date. Stream the epic 14-minute track “Peradora” below to get a taste. 

Precariat is now available via pre-order on Sea Blue & Coke Bottle Green vinyl w/ Black splatter (limited to just 150 hand-numbered copies), Sea Blue/Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital.
 

ORDER HERE
 

Kishi Bashi boxset included in new book “Collector’s Edition” [Art / Production]

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Collector's Edition

Collector’s Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics, by Stuart Tolley, ”brings together 180 contemporary examples of specialist, deluxe, limited edition, large format graphic design that has been created for the music, book and magazine industries.”

We’re thrilled that Stuart Tolley included Kishi Bashi’s singles boxset in his book, especially considering the humbling works accompanying. There’s a lot of incredible content in here! Check out the website for a taste.

PS, The boxset is sold out, but the singles are still available.