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.
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.
We would like to announce the first ever Joyful Noise Recordings Showcase!!
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Saturday May 3rd in Chicago at The Burlington featuring Victor Villarreal, Busman’s Holiday, Memory Map, and DMA
It’s part of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. It’s the sixth annual incarnation of the fest. Lots of movies and bands May 1-4 in Chicago. And we’ve been invited to participate!
In years past Joan of Arc has performed. This year Tim Kinsella and Leroy Bach will be playing songs from their JNR release “Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate with music by Leroy Bach featuring Angel Olsen” the night before on Friday May 2nd at the Hideout.
Hopefully you all can make it! We’ll all be there and look forward to partying with you and enjoying some awesome music together. You can buy tickets in advance at CIMMfest.
In just a few days from now Kishi Bashi will be traveling to London & Paris on a quick promo tour (giving interviews, filming video sessions, etc).
We thought it would be super fun to arrange for Kishi Bashi to play an intimate living room show in both London (on Tues April 15) and Paris (on Thurs April 17). So: who’s interested in having Kishi Bashi play their living room????
Here is how it would work:
1. We would need you to have a house or loft space that can comfortably host 25-40 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other indoor residential space would be ideal.
2. The show will not be open to the public. We are looking for this to be an invite-only type of thing, with a “suggested donation” in the neighborhood of 20 pounds/euros per person.
3. We would rely on you to invite friends and fans of Kishi Bashi to come to the show. If you aren’t confident in your abilities to gather 25-40 people, we can help promote to Kishi Bashi’s fans. But then there will be strangers showing up to your house. And you’d have to be OK with that…
4. We don’t need a serious sound system, but do need a single guitar amplifier (for K’s violin), and ideally a separate PA (or amp) for vocals. If a vocal PA isn’t available, K will just sing without amplification like his Tiny Desk Concert. Please make sure that your neighbors are OK with the beautiful sounds of Kishi Bashi. We do not want to get shut down by the police.
If you are up for the challenge please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit. Please include your contact info and reassure us that you are able to accomplish #1-4 above.
Questions? Ask any questions you may have in the comments below.
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.