Category Archives: New Music

What bands do you want on the 2014 Flexi Series? [New Music]

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Yep, we’re doing it all again next year. We are very excited to continue our Flexi-Disc series into 2014! Keeping with the same concept, the 2014 series will be limited to only 1000 copies, featuring exclusive, never before heard recordings by some of the best bands in the world. Delivered monthly to your door for less than the price of a McDonald’s Value Meal. Only thing that’s changing is the new batch of 12 amazing bands.

Since we’re still in the process of booking our 2014 series, we thought we’d open the floor to suggestions! We have some amazing bands already lined up, but still have some room to fill. And we thought it would be fun to let our loyal subscribers weigh in on the decision.

So: if there are any bands you’d just LOVE to see on the flexi series next year, we want to know. Just post your suggestions in the comments below!

PS: here are some of the bands we’ve featured in the past two years: Birthmark, Here We Go Magic, Hella, Hevletia w/ Built To Spill, Melvins, Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Monotonix, Rob Crow, Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens & Cat Martino, The Sea And Cake, WHY?, Akron/Family, Danielson, Dead Rider, Deerhoof, Jad Fair, Lou Barlow, Make Believe, of Montreal, Racebannon, Rafter, Richard Swift, Tortoise. 


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It is our great pleasure to introduce a new addition to the Joyful Noise roster:

Dumb Numbers– a new project from Australian songwriter Adam Harding, featuring Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion), Dale Crover (Melvins), Murph (Dinosaur Jr.), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), CR Matheny (Emperor X) and others. With album photography by David Lynch. (A veritable carpet-bombing of name-dropping)

Joyful Noise has been working with Harding for over a year to prepare for this release, which is internally regarded as one of the crowning gems of our catalogue to date.

A project 10-years in the making, Dumb Numbers began through a fluke songwriting request by filmmaker John Waters. Harding collaborated with his long time correspondent Lou Barlow to provide new music for a deleted scene in the directors’ cut of Crybaby. The Barlow/Harding song ended up getting shelved, but in the process of writing and recording the music, Harding became acquainted with a community of formidable LA musicians who would eventually collude to create this debut album.

The relationship between Harding and his revolving cast of collaborators is an essential component of this new band. “I feel very fortunate to have this circle of friends,” Harding relates. “ ‘Wow this track would be awesome with Dale Crover on drums.'” But unlike most humans in a such a situation, Harding is actually in a position to call Dale Crover and ask him to play on the track. As Harding puts it, “All of my music grows out of [existing] friendships.”

Though collaborative and whimsical, the debut album from Dumb Numbers is also very personal and auto-biographical. “The album is an audio-document of the past five years of my life. It documents travels & relationships.”

Dumb Numbers’ self-titled debut is currently available for pre-order via Joyful Noise. In addition to black vinyl and CD, a limited edition run of 500 hand-numbered copies have been pressed on marbled pink & purple vinyl. Complementary to the album photography of David Lynch, the vinyl features color combinations which are unique to each individual record (created through a vinyl pressing method known as “A-side/B-side”).

As a special bonus, 25 photo prints signed by David Lynch will be randomly included in the limited edition vinyl. These are prints from Lynch’s original photograph used for the front cover, which are hand-numbered and signed by Lynch himself. Photo prints are not for sale, but one in every 20 purchasers of the limited edition LP will receive a print for free.


WHY? Flexi-Disc (unreleased from Elephant Eyelash era) [New Music]

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The June installment for our 2013 Flexi Disc Series features an exclusive track from WHY? entitled “Bangs”. And I’m pretty excited about this one…

This never-before-heard track is an outtake from the “Elephant Eyelash” era, circa 2005. Almost a proto-version of the tickling, ethereal piano-based songs which would be found on their following album “Alopecia”, “Bangs” is an un-earthed window into WHY? during an accelerated period of development. Old school WHY? fans rejoice!

“Bangs” is limited to just 1000 copies, and was only available as part of our 2013 Flexi-Disc Series. Though it’s sold out, you can sign up for our waiting list here! (make sure you do sign up, because we’ll be allowing some folks on in the next couple weeks – and those who get on will be able to buy this amazing WHY? flexi)