It’s time once again to open our doors and welcome a new crop of eager minds to explore behind the scenes at JNR. Do you want to learn the secrets of putting out records in a world oversaturated with free media and entertaining distractions galore??? Do you have a few hours every week you can come to our offices in Indianapolis and help us keep the dream of rock and roll alive?
The Winter/Spring 2015 Internship is upon us. Starting Friday January 9th and ending May 1st, the 15 week internship involves an 8 hour per week volunteer commitment.
In exchange for your help you’ll receive free records, invaluable insider knowledge, and the satisfaction of working on cool records.
If you wanna come join the team, fill out the application below. We’ll be accepting applications until Friday December 19th. Looking forward to working with you!
Today I had the good fortune of enjoying a tasty lunch at the Siam House here in Fountain Square with CJ Boyd and Dave “Moose” Adamson. What did we eat? I got the red curry. Dave got the Pad Thai. CJ got the ????. I don’t remember.
What did we talk about? Superstition, rationality, nihilism, Aphex Twin, among other things.
CJ was in town playing a house show and stopped by the JNR headquarters. We just announced his incredible new album, Precariat. It is a masterpiece in my humble opinion.
“I think it’s the best album I’ve ever done,” CJ said between mouthfuls of curried chicken.
CJ is perpetually on the road. Touring, playing house shows, crashing on couches and floors. “Living hand to mouth,” as he puts it. “There’s nothing else I’d rather do,” he declares.
He has created for himself a life of unique freedom. “I studied philosophy in college and when I was done I decided I wanted to play music and travel and that’s what I’m doing. I loved philosophy and maybe when I’m old and my body doesn’t work anymore, when I can’t jump over fences and wrestle with my friends, I’ll become an academic, when my body fails. But while my body is young I wanna do this.”
And do it he does. Living the nomadic life of the wandering artist, performing coast to coast and in Europe, year-round. Challenging and exploring with his music, reflecting back much of that exquisite wanderlust through the prism of evocative compositions that traverse open spaces of time and distance. Sheww!! That was some abstract mumbojumbo! But it isn’t that easy to simply describe CJ’s music with words. So let’s listen to it:
Here’s the track “Peradora” off the new album Precariat. Enjoy!
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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.
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.