Just what we needed amidst a year-plus of global pandemonium: A new album fromTropical Fuck Storm!
Most of us have lived some inner Tropical Fuck Storm over this past year and a half. Even for a band that’s made a career out of crafting songs attuned to political and social crisis, there was a new bleak in the air for Tropical Fuck Storm, what the band calls “give-a-fuck fatigue.” The third album from the avant-punk quad—aptly titled Deep States—mines familiar ground as well as new cultural terrains, while digging deeper into the subjective state of contemporary panic.
As the signs of latest crisis subside, and the dull ache of awareness with it, Deep Stateswill be here to remind us that there is no foreseeable end to human folly or to the creativity that resists it. Over the past few years, we’ve all heard the noise in our own heads. Tropical Fuck Storm has made music of it.
The VIP Edition vinyl is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on Yellow & Orange Moonphase Vinyl AND a yellow bonus 7" Flexi-Disc! (NOTE: The VIP Edition is now sold out!)
Orange Vinyl, Cassette, CD, and Digital are available for preorder here. Listen to the album's first single, "G.A.F.F." (Give A Fuck Fatigue), here.
Tropical Fuck Storm Deep States Release Date: August 20, 2021 Vinyl Estimated Date: November 12, 2021
What a joy it is to say these words: A new SUUNS album is on the way!
Self-recorded and self-produced over the majority of 2020 – through a year of strife, solitude and reflection – The Witness finds the band holding a magnifying glass over their own default state of playing and performing. “There’s something interesting about the idea of a collective witness, being a witness to the time we’re living in now,” vocalist-guitarist Ben Shemie reflects. Though the world is becoming a more distorted, confusing place, The Witness extends a sonic lifeline to latch onto, one bolstered by years of friendship, chemistry and trust.
The VIP Edition is pressed on the unique vinyl color pictured below – which we're calling 'Black and Pink Pinwheel' vinyl – and is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, including an exclusive bonus flexi-disc of SUUNS cover of Colder's "Crazy Love."
Our third installment of the 2021 White Label Series is:
YUNIS The Blue Djinn Dance Curated by Heba Kadry
I first heard of Yunis when I co-curated with Ma3azef (Arabic language music magazine) our Nisf Madeena compilation to benefit artists who have lost their studios and homes from the Beirut explosion in summer 2020. Yunis was suggested by one of the editors at Ma3azef and the track he submitted, which I ended up mastering, really blew me away so I had to dig more into his discography.
I was really taken by the simplicity of his arrangements; from his virtuoso synth playing, distorted and totally mangled drums (they have like a mp3 bit crushed quality to them), steady bass lines and accordion. He is of course very much a new gen product of Mahraganat and Shaa’bi style of Egyptian music but he takes it a step further by totally deconstructing it down to its core elements and keeping it wordless which is my favorite thing. No vocals…while borrowing elements from Sufi moulids and folk tradition of storytelling. Like you can tell he can absolutely shred even more on the synth but he stays so restrained in keeping with the very drone nature of his music and not wanting to snap the listener out of the heady mood of the music.
Some tracks sound almost the same but I think Yunis knows that he has found his pocket. I can imagine his music blasting from a busted taxi in Cairo at 2am while crossing the nile river into Zamalek over 6th October Bridge. There is something that is very nostalgic to me about his sound and yet extremely tight and a cut above what is expected from Shaa’bi music. I have become a huge fan of his and I hope more folks get clued into his delirious and beautifully rhythmic world he created.
Written By Joyful Noise Recordings - April 21 2021
Following 2020'sThis Devastating Map, Jason Albertini has solidified and simplified the Helvetia sound with Essential Aliens. The character of the recordings are informed with warm fuzz and intimate room sounds. The songs are short blasts of psychedelic chill, unrooted by genre, a rummage around an alien radio dial.
Available for preorder now, Essential Aliens will be available on Digital, "Ectoplasm Clear" Vinyl, and Limited Edition VIP Vinyl. The VIP Edition is pressed on the unique vinyl color pictured below – which we're calling "Cerulean Blue Inside Ectoplasm Clear" vinyl.
VIP Edition Vinyl is limited to 400 pressed to Cerulean Blue inside 'Ectoplasm Clear' vinyl with yellow and white splatter. Includes bonus 7" Flexi of unreleased track "For Sam," written in memory of Sam Jayne (Love as Laughter).
Written By Joyful Noise Recordings - April 14 2021
If you were as enchanted with No Joy's 2020 album Motherhood as we were, then we've got quite the treat for you. No Joy has revisited and reinvented some of her favorite tracks for the new EP Can My Daughter See Me From Heaven.
CMDSMFH sees principal songwriter Jasamine White-Gluz mining and exploring fresh avenues, bringing you an orchestral interpretation of choice tracks from Motherhood. Once again pulling sonically from every corner she's mastered before—such as nu metal, trip hop, and shoegaze—the 5-song EP shows White-Gluz settling No Joy into a strange and confident harmony.
Highlighting the urgency of Motherhood while continuing to find formidable shapes of reinvention, the EP defies expectation and genre, cementing No Joy as something rare: a band without a category.
Available on Digital, Blue Glitter Cassette, and Limited 'Mood Ring Coffin' Cassette (*SOLD OUT*) – limited to just 100 hand-numbered copies, each uniquely hand-painted by Jasamine White-Gluz herself. Both cassette versions feature expanded 6-panel j-card artwork, and include digital download.
Written By Joyful Noise Recordings - April 07 2021
Today we are pleased to announce the new album from the hairy man behind Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and The Folk Implosion...The one and only, Lou Barlow!
Over the last 18 months, we at Joyful Noise have engaged in an experiment with Lou Barlow known as the "Artist Enabler Club". This incredible series consisted of countless new and archival songs being released in limited formats to club members – and had the effect of creating a ton of amazing music that wouldn't have existed otherwise. The culmination of this creative experiment is the new LP, Reason To Live.
Featuring 17 new songs, this is Lou Barlow’s first full-length in 6 years (since 2015's Brace The Wave). A special early edition of Reason To Live(complete with unique hand-made artwork) was recently distributed amongst Lou's loyal Artist Enabler Club members. But on 5/28 the album will be released for the rest of the world – available on Light Blue Vinyl, CD, Light Pink Cassette, & Digital.
“People have this vision of me as this heartbroken, depressed guy, but this record feels so true to who I am, to this rich life I now have full of people I love,” he says. “The songs culminated over the last five years to show that music has returned to its central comforting role in my life. Now I’m home.”
Welcome home, Lou.
Available now, on Light Blue Vinyl, Light Pink Cassette, CD, & Digital. Order here!
Listen to Lou's latest single, "Over You," below!
Lou Barlow Reason to Live Release Date: May 28, 2021
Written By Joyful Noise Recordings - April 01 2021
Our second installment of the 2021 White Label Series is:
David Ferguson Songs of “Cowboy” Jack Clement Curated by Will Oldham
The ﬁrst time I met David Ferguson on his home turf, we rendezvoused in a parking lot in central Nashville and his ﬁrst words were “Get in the car, we’re going to Cowboy’s.” I think Ferg’s car at the time was a Lincoln Continental, white. I don’t know what I expected when I reached out to reconnect with Ferg (we’d met on a session in Los Angeles a few years prior), but this unforgettable visit to the Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa was nowhere in my mindscape. Ferg marched me in through the front ofﬁce, introducing me to Alamo Jones on the way, and into Cowboy’s back ofﬁce where Jack Clement held court. “Let’s pick one, Cowboy!” Ferg gently hollered, and they pulled instruments down from the wall and went right into a song I recognized from a Louvin Brothers record, “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight”. Each time they hit the chorus (encouraging me to join in) both Ferg and Cowboy got these hideous grimaces on their face; their exaggerated, hilarious comical “smiles”.
Easily one of the greatest nights of music I have ever experienced was a formal celebration of the legacy of then-still-living Cowboy Jack Clement.
It was a star-studded event, and the absolute highlight was Cowboy himself getting ‘persuaded’ to hit the stage at the end of the evening to perform a handful of his standard performance repertoire, including the Rolling Stones “No Expectations” and Sandy Mason’s interior monument “When I Dream”. If you are going to pay tribute to a great musician, for god’s sake do it while s/he is alive.
David Ferguson and Jack Clement had a wild and unique relationship. Part mentor/student, part father/son, boss/employee; all friend/friend. When Jack was in his ﬁnal months, part of how Ferg processed his imminent departure was in the making of this record of songs Clement had written. (Cowboy plays dobro and sings on “Guess Things Happen That Way”) Ferg is a great friend and a great man of music, and he is generous in sharing what he has and what he knows. Nobody else could have made this record, and it ranks as one of my favorite collections of recorded songs, as well as one of my favorite representations of humanity, in music or outside of it, that I’ve been blessed to be aware and in the proximity of.
Written By Joyful Noise Recordings - March 16 2021
The 26-minute Emigrant EP is a lush bluegrass-inspired album referencing the brutal history and harsh climate of the American West. Arranged and recorded over the last year (in Emigrant, Montana), this EP serves as a time capsule of the 2020 condition as it meditates on the anxieties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the comforts of nature, the pains of resource-fueled conflicts, and the resiliency that emerges from struggle.
Available now for Pre-Order, the Emigrant EP is released on Digital, Mountain Spring Clear 12" Vinyl, and Limited Edition VIP Vinyl. The VIP Edition is pressed on the unique vinyl color pictured below – which we're calling "Mountain Peak" vinyl – and is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, including an exclusive bonus flexi-disc with full artwork.
The VIP Edition is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on 'Mountain Peak' colored vinyl. VIP Edition includes an exclusive Bonus Track, pressed on square, yellow 7" flexi-disc, and including this incredible artwork by Cristina Daura! The track is an intimate rehearsal version of a cover by Regina Spektor, titled "Laughing With (Friday Evening Rehearsal with Charlie the 3 Legged Dog)."(*SOLD OUT*)
So happy to share our new single "Scars", the first new recording in 5 years by the Adam/Bonnie/Murph/Steve line-up!
"Scars" is dedicated to the memory of our friend Jonathan Lee Horne, with proceeds going to Jonathan's family to help cover medical and funeral expenses. Jonathan was a good friend and a very vocal supporter of Dumb Numbers. Jonathan was excited to begin cutting the handmade lathes for this song. We miss him terribly. Big thanks to Moose for stepping in and finishing the lathe-cuts.
About the music:
In July 2018, I met up with Murph at Sonelab in Easthampton, MA for a quick recording session with recording engineer Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Pixies, Sebadoh, Sonic Youth). Murph was on fire, and I was super excited to be playing one of J's personal Jazzmasters through Frank Black's 1964 JMI Vox AC30! I have always had a certain level of self doubt every time I record (imposter syndrome), but I felt we really captured some magic and I was happy to attribute this to the tools I was given. The melody for this song came to me in a dream and I was lucky enough to have captured it upon waking before it evaporated (in almost 3 decades of making music, I’ve only been able to remember four or five of these dream melodies).
The session felt really inspired but we never got around to finishing any of the songs. Fast forward to 2020 and we're all in lockdown in our separate quarters around the world, so I asked Bonnie and Steve to finally help finish "Scars" from the safety of their own isolated locations in Melbourne, Australia. "Scars" is also Bonnie's first post-stroke recording since suffering an Ischemic stroke in December 2019 and we are so proud of her (a year ago Bonnie was stuck in a hospital bed with zero mobility and the initial prognosis that she may never be able to play guitar again. She had to basically relearn how to play guitar and she's still a way better player than me!). And as an extra special little cherry on top, our friend Elissa Rose (who had previously performed spoken word on the Stranger EP in 2017) also contributes backing vocals.
"Essence//Existence" is another Adam/Bonnie/Murph/Steve jam that originally appeared on Dumb Numbers II, but I always had a severe case of demoitis with this song. Steve's original demo bass was super gnarly and did this crazy high note thing during the breakdown at 3:01 that I always missed on the album version, so this new mix reinstates Steve's original demo bass track from 2015. This mix also showcases an alternate guitar take by Bonnie, and some additional lyrics which I removed from the album version for reasons that no longer feel important. This song was born during some spirited jams with Murph at Bedrock Rehearsal in LA. We never got to tour the second Dumb Numbers album, and one of my biggest regrets was not being able to play this song live and discovering what it might have become as a live beast, especially during the instrumental breakdown. "The great wah off” as Steve describes it!
Both of these songs have been freshly mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab in Easthampton, MA and mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering in Nashville, TN.
Written By Joyful Noise Recordings - February 04 2021
The first installment of the 2021 White Label Series is Joshua Virtue Jackie's House -- curated by Lala Lala's Lillie West.
I was introduced to Joshua Virtue by stumbling into a show of theirs at the Empty Bottle with their project Free Snacks. I took an out of focus video on my phone. Later their music collective Why? Records performed with me, Sen, & Nnamdi last January at one of the best shows I've ever been a part of.
Jackie's House, which was made during the first two weeks of quarantine in part to raise money for their mother, sister and grandmother, is my favorite thing Joshua has made. A self described "emergency album," it goes all over the place sonically and in subject - really showcasing Joshua's versatility and talent as a rapper and producer. It's both nostalgic and new, it moves between being very personal, big picture, and everything in between, it's both angry and sensitive. I just think it's really smart and really beautiful and I should let the record and Joshua speak for themselves. I am thinking about listening to it in a car in different seasons. Thank you to Joshua for the opportunity to share. I hope you all love the record as much as I do.