Jad Fair at Joyful Noise
This month, Joyful Noise was fortunate enough to host a stage and gallery space for the soft spoken, spastic, freak strummin’ styling of Jad Fair. Presenting the audience with only himself and a hand painted electric guitar, Jad noised his way through a very intimate and charismatic set.
There was never a dull moment between untuned guitar riffs and his unique voice speeding up and slowing down to suit his own pace. Right when the audience started to anticipate rhyming lyrics or rely on rhythmic timing, the artist would allow himself long pauses or sporadic strumming to keep us interested.
Featuring lyrics about monsters, superheroes and being in love, (and even covering “Casper the Friendly Ghost” by Daniel Johnston) Jad gave to us an eccentric and memorable performance I think everyone present would find it hard to forget. He was strange, personable, and wailed so hard he busted his strings and broke the neck of his guitar only to promise everyone in his delicate speaking voice, “Oh, it will be okay.”
Not to mention he makes the cutest paper cuttings about monsters, ghosts, relationships, cats, nature and all-seeing eyes.
If you are a VIP, we will be selling the rest of his paper cuttings on our website in the next week or so. Also, if you missed the show, don’t miss out on the Jad Fair Artist in Residence releases throughout 2014. And did I catch a scent of Half Japanese blowing in the wind???……..
Busman’s Holiday just released their album “A Long Goodbye” this week! Watch them on our friend Mike Adams’ show. With a special appearance by our designer and all-around awesome gentleman David Woodruff. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Finally! The wait is almost over!! The January and February flexis are scheduled to arrive to our office on Wednesday and we will be working non-stop to ship them out by Thursday afternoon. (If you ordered a Wooden Flexi Box, then it will also be included in this shipment.)
We are SO sorry about the huge delay. This is the third year we’ve done the flexi series, and this is the first time anything like this has happened. It was truly unprecedented and unlikely to ever happen again. Our vinyl manufacturer’s flexi pressing operation is now fully up and running, and things will be getting back to normal soon.
Looking forward, our manufacturer has informed us that the March flexis are scheduled to arrive on April 13, and the April flexis are scheduled to arrive on April 22. We will be shipping the March & April flexis out to you the moment they arrive, and we are hoping that the manufacturing plant will be fully caught up and back on schedule by May.
Keep an eye out for your flexis, and expect some free goodies to say thank you again for your patience and understanding.
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!
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
- Debut – Impromptu
- Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
- The Ballad of Mr. Steak
- Carry on Phenomenon
- Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her
- Impromptu no 1
- Once Upon a Lucid Dream (in Afrikaans)
- Hahaha Pt. 1
- Hahaha Pt. 2
- In Fantasia
Cover Art available here: