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Announcing: Serengeti “Kenny Dennis III” [Announcements]

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Life can’t always be bratwursts and O’ Douls. Sometimes, you need Kenny Dennis. He’s a cross between Ron Swanson, a Bill Swerski superfan, and the best Golden Age rapper that you never heard.

You may be familiar with Serengeti from his collaborative project Sisyphus (w/ Sufjan Stevens and Son Lux). If you’re unfamiliar with the saga of Kenny Dennis, this is the perfect opportunity to become a believer. On Kenny Dennis III the thick-‘stached Chicago MC is shouldering a mid-life crisis while forming a rap group, Perfecto, with Kenny’s long-time ally and rap partner, Ders (Anders Holm from Workaholics). Ders narrates the tale of the pair’s rise as they sweep through malls across the Midwest. Odd Nosdam makes the beats and Serengeti weaves the magic. So just take a seat, tune in, and have a time. 

Kenny Dennis III will be released on 11/11 on 2xLP, CD and Digital. The VIP-exclusive vinyl pictured above is limited to just 300 hand-numbered copies on baby pink & highlighter yellow color-in-color vinyl. In addition, the first 500 purchasers of any format will receive a free Kenny Dennis Comic Book and limited edition Perfecto cassette (limited to 500).
 

ORDER HERE
 

Check out the album’s opening track, “No Beginner”, premiered by Noisey:

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!