Don’t you wish you were there?
Don’t you wish you were there?
Today we are excited to announce the launch of a new JNR imprint: ‘Record Label’. Curated by Bobby Burg (Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Love of Everything), ‘Record Label’ was actually created back in 1999 as a way to release Bobby’s then-new project Love of Everything. In the mid-2000′s the label grew to include releases by friends Chin Up Chin Up, Joan of Arc and others. ‘Record Label’s status as a “legit record label” culminated with a distribution deal through Touch & Go / Flameshovel. Unfortunately for us all, Touch & Go went out of business about a week later, at which point Bobby decided to put the label on indefinite hiatus.
Now in partnership with Joyful Noise, Bobby is reviving ‘Record Label’ and reimagining the label as a creative force in the post-apocalyptic musical landscape. We’re making the back-catalog available for digital “pay what you want”, and we have some really interesting specialty releases are coming your way… beginning with this one:
Limited to just 400 hand-numbered copies, Bobby Burg’s first ever solo album comes in the form of a 24-page photo-zine! 42 Repeatable Examples is an interactive digital album. Play the album in sequence and you’ll hear 22 minutes of self-described “music to zone out to”. But the album is intended to expanded with the creative input of the listener. The album is constructed so that the ending of each track feeds directly into the beginning of that track. Did you get that? Each of the 42 tracks were designed to seamlessly repeat forever. Like their own little meditative universes. This gives the listener the ability to create their own versions of the album, and makes it possible to never play this album the same way twice.
If this sounds a little confusing, that’s because it is. But to give you an idea, check out this example of tracks 188.8.131.52.10.10.38.41.42.
Stream the album here:
Yes indeed, the second installment of the Jad Fair Artist In Residence is a new full-length collaboration with the amazing Danielson (also known as Danielson Family, Danielson Familie, and Br. Danielson). This album is quite an achievement, featuring lots of amazing folks (including the legendary producer KRAMER).
Solid Gold Heart is pressed on violet vinyl, limited to just 450 copies, with custom letterpress artwork. This limited vinyl edition is only available with the “residency” box set. If you haven’t yet purchased this amazing box set, there are just a few copies left…
Purchase includes an instant download in both MP3 and WAV. Also, Danielson’s label is releasing a non-limited version of “Solid Gold Heart” on vinyl & CD. To buy the album a’ la carte, head over to Sounds Familyre Records!
And as if this wasn’t enough, Jad Fair And Danielson are touring together! Dates below:
09-04 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
09-05 – Burlington, VT – New City Galerie
09-06 – Toronto, ON – The Cave @ Lee’s Palace*
09-08 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern
09-09 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop &
09-10 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
09-11 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
09-12 – Brookyln, NY – Glasslands #%
09-13 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot And Saddle ^
* w/Norman Blake
& w/The Tsunamis
% w/Don Flemming
# w/Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel
^ w/Pete Donnelly
This is a really exciting time of year to see shows. Everybody and their mom is going to be on tour the next few weeks. Even I’m going to be on tour, and I never do stuff like that. Part of the thrill of booking a tour is that you discover great new bands from across the country. I’ll be playing with a band from Brooklyn called Conveyor in Washington DC on June 27th, and then, while we continue to their home base of New York for the weekend, they’ll be coming to my hometown of Indianapolis and playing at Joyful Noise Headquarters! Since I can’t be there to see it myself, I’ll try my best to encourage you to go.
& Bait & Tackle Tabernacle.
Sunday, June 29th at Joyful Noise Headquarters!
They describe themselves as “a band.” And they go on to say, “the music is best described as melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, predominantly major-key, and adequately fits under the categories of rock and pop, with additional associations, more or less strong, to related sub-genres.” Accurately and completely describing unique music is somewhat beyond my capabilities as well, so here’s some information on their most recent project instead.
Conveyor released a new album in May called Prime. The music was composed and performed alongside two live screenings of THX 1138 – the first feature film written and directed by George Lucas and perhaps his only notable foray in the field of science fiction. The film lends itself well to such a project; the imagery and pacing set an open and thoughtful mood that can be explored fairly deeply. Listen to a sample from their bandcamp page:
They also have explored more conventional ground over the years with some exciting tweaks. For example, “Mammal Food” has a great scuzzed-out, fuzzed-out groove, and “Woolgatherer” provides some bouncy, pleasant pop that would be fun to bounce around pleasantly to. Coincidentally, both of those songs have music videos, and you can watch them as many times as you want for free:
Fountain Square kingpins Bait & Tackle Tabernacle (ft. Peter King, Fred Brown, & JNR artist Jorma Whittaker) will provide local support.
As a side note, another band I’ll be playing with in DC, Br’er, will be playing at The Back Door in Bloomington on June 22nd with Kam Kama, Bebop Tsunami, & DJ’s Drekka & Ray. I’d highly encourage you to check that one out too!
When: Wed. June 4th
Where: Joyful Noise Recordings
Who else: Yip Deceiver, Oreo Jones
I arrived late, per usual, just catching “Thanks, we’re Yip Deceiver” before the in-between-sets music faded in and the first band began breaking down their equipment. I quickly found a familiar face, asking what I had missed, if I could bum a cigarette to kill some time before the next set, and grabbed a beer. I wandered downstairs and outside into a circle of mostly unknown attendees. It was a pretty low key crowd. Everyone seemed to be prepared for what was about to happen when Yonatan Gat performed, making short remarks, like “This is about to be insane” and “He goes so hard, man”.
I had met him the previous day as I was fulfilling my intern duties, scanning Twitter for posts about Kishi Bashi, and watching the latest Lil Bub video (for research) when he and his bandmates came in to pick up some records for their tour. He was nice and fairly quiet, the way someone is when they enter a room of people they don’t know yet. So, my expectation for his live performance was wavering on totally crazy or pretty lax. You can never tell with the quiet ones.
What he gave me and the rest of wednesday’s crowd was something bordering complete perfection and total mind control. From the get go, the performance was electric. Yonatan set me in a trance with his guitar, which was jazzy, but totally punk at the same time, and then suddenly, a snap from the drums would send the entire set into a whirlwind of riffs and improvised drum beats.
Most impressive were these improvisations, involving crowd participation, chanting, and at one point, Yonatan just de-tuning his guitar in the most sonically pleasing way I’ve ever experienced. The band was fully immersed in the room, shuffling around, turning on and off lights at certain parts in the set, entering the crowd, really having total control over the room, which was an exact reflection for all three of their talents. When a song began to get too fast or too involved for me to follow, they kept it together, testifying to their solidity as a trio.
After their set, I had to leave; not because I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t possibly take any more rock’n'roll (though a little true), but because I promised to get drunk with some friends elsewhere. I left thinking about how the quiet ones are the most surprising.
We are pleased to inform you that our boys Sleeping Bag have a new album! On their third LP, cleverly titled Deep Sleep, Dave Segedy has taken the band into heavier, more epic territory. The jangling guitars and fun whistle choruses are gone; obliterated in a full-on fuzz-guitar assault. Segedy’s signature pop songwriting style is still in full effect, but compared to the sunny disposition of the previous records “Deep Sleep” sounds downright tuff. Drenched in distortion & reverb, the album culminates with the nine-minute closer which is equal parts My Bloody Valentine & Weezer “Only In Dreams”. It’s quite an affair.
“Deep Sleep” will be released August 19th, and is now available for pre-order! The limited edition vinyl pictured above is hand-numbered out of just 500 copies on Kelly Green & Aqua Blue “A-side/B-side” vinyl.
As a special treat, the first 250 people who order will receive a free ltd. advanced flexi disc! Hand-numbered out of 250 copies, this green flexi features two tracks from the new Sleeping Bag album, which will be shipped to you 8 weeks before the album is released. So you’ll be the first to hear these new Sleeping Bag songs, long before they reach the masses. All you have to do is pre-order Deep Sleep on green/blue vinyl and the flexi will be automatically added to your cart. [One per customer folks...don't be a dick.]
Also, Sleeping Bag is on tour w/ Rozwell Kid starting this weekend! Dates here:
6/14/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR
6/15/14 – Nashville, TN @ Foobar
6/16/14 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
6/17/14 – Richmond, VA @ Church of Abe
6/18/14 – Shepherdstown, WV @ Stonewall’s Pub
6/19/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
6/20/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
6/21/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 201 N Graham