Half Japanese – first album in 13 years – Out Now! [Announcements]

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Pinch yourself. Overjoyed is finally here! Half Japanese’s first album in 13 years shows aggressiveness as well as their friendly charisma. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, “Overjoyed” is unapologetic onslaught of positivity. Each of the 12 songs contain a deep purity, exceptionally rare amongst “reunion albums”. In the words of Pitchfork, the band “haven

Stream the new Sleeping Bag album “Deep Sleep” [Announcements]

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Sleeping Bag is now streaming their new album Deep Sleep in it’s entirety via My Old Kentucky Blog. On their third LP, Dave Segedy (the group’s drummer, songwriter and primary vocalist) has taken the band into heavier, more epic territory. The sunny jangling guitars and fun whistle choruses are gone; obliterated in a full on fuzz-guitar assault.  Dave sings, “I want to free the dog that I am.” and he means it.

Listen to the whole album here. 

Also, we have fewer than 100 copies remaining of the sweet Marbled Kelly Green & Aqua Blue vinyl (limited to 500 hand-numbered copies).   


Now Accepting Applications for the Fall 2014 Internship! [Featured]

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Interns Wanted


The three-month session begins Friday, August 22nd, and extends through November 21st. Internship requires a commitment of two four-hour shifts per week at our Indianapolis headquarters. (We apologize out-of-towners, but you actually must be physically present to participate in the internship.) If accepted, here are some of the advantages of interning at JNR:

– first hand experience working in the music industry
— in many cases, you can get college credit
— you get to work one-on-one with with our staff, helping promote some of the best bands in the world
— you get free new releases, shirts, etc.
— in most instances, you’ll be on the guest list for shows by JNR artists
— you get to pad your resume and use us as a reference, while bragging to all your friends that you work for a super cool indie label

If this sounds like the job for you, fill out the application below! However, be aware that this internship is not for everyone. This is an unpaid position, reserved for those who are culturally in line with the label and who are hungry to learn. Applicants must be obsessively passionate about music, and at least somewhat familiar with Joyful Noise artists & releases.

If you have any questions please contact

Thanks!  <3 JNR

Introducing: Divorcee, new band from Yoni Wolf (of WHY?) & his ex, Anna Stewart [Announcements]

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We are pleased to introduce you to Divorcee, the new project from Yoni Wolf and his ex-girlfriend, Anna Stewart. The band’s debut EP will be released tomorrow exclusively via the JNR webstore.
With their self-titled EP, the WHY? frontman steps out of the spotlight to craft all the music himself, while Stewart sets her brutally honest lyrics to each song. The album is at times a podium for her to proclaim her own perspective about her former relationship with Yoni, a subject well-documented through previous WHY? songs (most notably on the album “Alopecia”). She recounts her relationship anxieties with gut-wrenching honesty and an endearing, confident tone, revealing the feminine counterpoint to WHY? songs like “Good Friday” & “The Hollows”. Her lyrics are impactful, unsettling, and sometimes quite deprecating toward her former lover / new bandmate.
The debut EP is a vinyl/digital only release, featuring a limited pressing of 400 hand-numbered copies on red-velvet splatter vinyl. Orders ship immediately (none of that usual pre-order delay), and include an instant MP3 & WAV download of the full album. Divorcee will be released to the world next week, but is available right now to you lucky bastards.

Conveyor 6/29/14 [Live]

in mid rock

in mid rock

I wasn’t expecting much of a crowd to be joining me for the free Sunday evening performance of Brooklyn-based Conveyor at JNR the other night, but I was pleasantly surprised. They even ran out of beer.

I had seen Conveyor on one prior occasion, and had been taken aback by the technical audacity they so seamlessly managed to blend with danceability. This show served only to reinforce my opinion. Conveyor’s uniform black outfits against their candy-colored instruments set a visually striking backdrop for a set characterized by intricate story lyrics, infectious guitar lines and a minimum of two meters per song. Superbly balanced two and three part harmonies were icing on the cake.

There was a woman in the audience with a snake on her neck, which upon closer inspection (I.E. it stuck its tongue out at me) turned out to be real.

The band was tightly rehearsed, nonchalant and effortlessly musical on stage. Each successive song seemed to garner greater applause, and I’m firmly convinced the crowed would have enjoyed the set with no beer at all.

Which, for a Sunday night, is saying something.

Announcing: ‘Overjoyed’, first album in 13 years from Half Japanese [Announcements]

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Pinch yourself. “Overjoyed” is here! Half Japanese’s first album in 13 years shows aggressiveness as well as their friendly charisma. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, the 12 songs on “Overjoyed” are unlike anything in the bands catalog, each unapologetically positive and surprisingly accessible.

Half Japanese was founded in the bedroom of brothers Jad and David Fair in 1974. Ignoring musical conventions like chords, rhythms, melody, and song structure, the brothers pioneered DIY and Lo-Fi punk aesthetics simply by being themselves. Passionate, fearless, and relentlessly unique, they influenced countless artists such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Cobain, and many many more.

The new album contains a deep purity, exceptionally rare amongst “reunion albums”. They neither attempt to recreate their old sound, nor are they aware of current musical trends and conventions. As a result they sidestep common pitfalls and create something new, interesting, and needed. The first single and opening track “In Its Pull” premieres today on Pitchfork.

“Overjoyed” is now available for pre-order on deluxe VIP vinyl (limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on blue-marble vinyl w/ bone-white splatter), bone-white vinyl w/ blue splatter (limited to 1000), bone-white vinyl (mailorder exclusive), and compact disc. All purchases include immediate download of “In Its Pull” and full album download upon release.


Never heard of Half Japanese? That’s ok buddy. Take a look at this little mini-documentary introduction featuring members of Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground, R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, and others: