Author Archives: Joyful Karl

Son Lux, moving on… [Misc / WTF]

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The rumors are true: Son Lux has been signed by Glassnote (a subsidiary of Universal). We love Ryan and will always adore his music. We are saddened to lose an artist we feel such kinship with, but we are also happy for him and will always support the growth of his music.

We signed Son Lux back in May of 2013, and in the two years we’ve known Ryan his popularity has grown exponentially and he’s become a close friend. We would like nothing more than to continue working with him, but we as a small independently run and self-funded label we cannot compete with the major-label-dollars being thrown around.

We have heard there is a possibility we might be involved in some future limited vinyl releases, which we would welcome, but details are sketchy and bureaucracy-laden. We’ll keep you informed. Thanks ya’ll.

Surfer Blood sign to Joyful Noise! [Announcements]

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Today we are pleased to announce that Surfer Blood have signed with Joyful Noise for the release of their new album “1000 Palms”, out May 12, 2015.

1000 Palms is a return to Surfer Blood’s DIY ethos. Abandoning the big time studio, the band decided to head back home to self-record and self-produce their third album. Free of major-label-influence, Surfer Blood have created a uniquely compelling album, unlike anything in their catalog.

The opening track from 1000 Palms, titled “Grand Inquisitor”, has just been secretly released to Joyful Noise VIP Members on 541 “Lathe-Cut CDs”. This 5” hybrid format will play on any manual turntable, as well as in CD players/computers. Check out the instructional video here.

This crazy lathe-cut CD was released as our February “Mystery Single”, and is not available for individual sale (but we bet you can find a leak somewhere).


Announcing: Sufjan Stevens Lathe-Cut, ltd to 100 [Announcements]

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We are very excited to announce that JNR will be releasing the new single from Sufjan Stevens, “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”, on limited edition lathe-cut! In case you haven’t heard, Sufjan has a new album Carrie & Lowell coming out on March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty Records. This is Sufjan’s most intimate and personal material to date, and we are honored to play a small role in the release of this magical album.

This lathe-cut record will be the one and only physical release of the single, limited to 100 hand-made copies.

Copies will go on sale on Monday February 16, at 2pm Eastern Standard Time, and are available exclusively to VIP Members.


Announcing our 2015 Artist In Residence: Tim Kinsella [Announcements]

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We are honored to announce our official 2015 Artist In Residence: Tim Kinsella. Tim’s legacy of fearless artistry is unparalleled. Through his work with Cap’n Jazz, Owls, Make Believe, and Joan of Arc, Tim Kinsella has cemented his place as one of the most groundbreaking and unapologetically honest artists in modern music.

Throughout 2015, Tim will be creating a plethora of new music, words, and art as part of this massive year-long subscription, including each of the following:

  • Wooden Box Set (limited to 300 copies, screen-printed, and signed)
  • Two new full-length albums on 12″ vinyl
  • 10″ vinyl EP
  • 7″ vinyl EP
  • A new book (written by Tim Kinsella)
  • A special art object
  • MP3 and WAV download of all recorded music

Each vinyl pressing limited to 300 copies on colored vinyl, packed in custom screen-printed jackets (designed and printed by Landland).


One-time purchase includes quarterly shipments throughout the year. Items & download codes will be sent approximately every 3 months, with the first release scheduled for April. The limited edition vinyl will not be sold individually apart from the box set (though non-limited editions of some of the songs may be released at some point).

2015 Flexi Disc Series Announced! [Announcements]

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We are extremely excited to announce our 4th annual Flexi-Disc Series! We have lined up 12 of our favorite artists, who will each be contributing an unreleased track, exclusively available on the 2015 Flexi Disc Series.

Some background:
The Flexi Disc Series is a platform for some of our favorite artists to release never-before-heard recordings on a fleeting analog format. Artists are encouraged to be as adventurous as possible for the duration of one single-sided flexi disc (which is essentially a square, flexible 7″ record). These are unique and ephemeral tracks from some of the best bands in the world.

Each release is strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 1000 copies on clear, single-sided, square Flexi Disc (w/ full cover art chosen by the band). These songs will not be released digitally or on any other format. That is to say, the total existence of each recording is limited to just 1000 copies, on an increasingly-degrading analog format.

Artists contributing to the 2015 series include: Arousal (Kevin Barnes as Georgie Fruit), Cloud Nothings, Deerhoof & Celestial Shore, Goblin Cock, King Buzzo (Melvins), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Oneida, Pattern Is Movement, Protomartyr, Sonny and the Sunsets, Tera Melos and Wye Oak.

Standard subscriptions only cost $5 / month (+ postage), or you can opt for the Deluxe VIP Subscription which gets you a custom wooden box set, and all the perks of Deluxe VIP Membership.


Joyful Noise and People In A Position To Know are joining forces! [Announcements]

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We are very pleased to announce that Joyful Noise has partnered with one of our favorite labels, People In A Position To Know! If you are unfamiliar with PIAPTK, you must get acquainted. For the past 8 years, PIAPTK has brazenly pushed the boundaries of physical media in a way that is downright awe-inspiring.

Founded by Mike Dixon (no relation to the other Mike Dixon in Memory Map), PIAPTK has a long track record of insanely constructed releases, such as the CD-Record Series (CDs that also play on turntables), and an absolutely brilliant 6-sided record design, and playable vinyl records made from upcycled items such as picnic plates, laserdiscs, X-rays, plexiglass, etc.

Throughout 2014 we’ve become good friends with Mike, having hired him to create several lathe-cut releases, and cut records live at WARMfest. Mike’s approach embodies much of what we aspire to at JNR, and after seeing his endless box of prototypes, we are very excited to incorporate his designs into a plethora of VIP-exclusive releases.

It’s an absolute honor to be bringing Mike into the fold as a JNR team member, and bring PIAPTK on as an official Joyful Noise imprint. Effective immediately, Mike will be working alongside myself and artwork director David Woodruff as release strategist and creative director for JNR. In addition to helping with creative strategy for large-scale releases, Mike will also be hand-crafting ultra-limited records as the label’s in-house lathe-cut manufacturer. We are extremely excited about the potential this brings to our releases, and we aim to do some really crazy shit in 2015.

More news will be coming soon. In the meantime, check out Arizona Public Media’s video feature on Mike, and the PIAPTK website.

Karl Hofstetter
President & Curator
Joyful Noise Recordings