Joyful Noise: Under Construction [Staff Posts]

photo by Roberto Campos

photo by Roberto Campos

Joyful Noise proudly returns to First Fridays with a brand new performance space on February 6, 2015. The new performance space will be christened with a stellar lineup consisting solely of Joyful Noise Recordings artists: Sedcairn Archives (DMA) + KO + Serengeti + Yoni Wolf + Yonatan Gat

Here’s a brief interview with Joyful Noise Recordings president, Karl Hofstetter.


Karl Hofstetter,  photo by Roberto Campos

What prompted the move to a new performance space?

Karl Hofstetter: Well, many years ago when we moved into this building we were small enough for the entire label to be contained in one small room. As the label grew we began renting additional rooms our building out of necessity, but this resulted in the label being fragmented and split up into different rooms.  Our show room was 30 feel from our office, which was 30 feet away from our warehouse & fulfillment. It wasn’t very conducive to a healthy co-working environment. So we hatched the plan to connect all of our various rooms into one shotgun space consisting of Record Store > Venue > Office > Fulfillment > Warehouse. I think it’ll create a healthy “eco system” for the label.

How does this new space improve on the older one?

KH: In terms of the venue portion of the space, it’ll be improved because we’re getting a bunch of new PA and sound gear. It’s going to sound amazing! And it’ll keep the same vibe of our old room. Organizationally it’ll be improved by having the record store connect to the venue. It’ll be a lot easier for us to maintain our store, and a lot easier for folks to grab records while they are here for shows. Plus we’ll have an “indie rock oddities” museum going in… more on that soon.

You’ve partnered with a local brewery to supply drinks during shows, how did this new arrangement happen?

KH: This happened because we didn’t want to fuck around with getting permits and bartending. We thought it was best left to the professionals. So we partnered with Indiana City Brewing to make sure every show has good beer for sale, and is still all ages. And legal.

How does it feel to essentially have your own Joyful Noise wing?

KH: It’s been a long time coming, but I’m very excited. We’ve had so many makeshift configurations in this building, trying to bridge our needs with what was available and affordable to us. It’s truly amazing to finally have a fully-realized location, and I’m very happy we were able to do this expansion in the building we have known and loved for basically our entire label history (Murphy Arts Center).

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Kishi Bashi tour, new video for “In Fantasia”, and headed for David Letterman! [Announcements]

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Kishi Bashi has a new video for “In Fantasia” off of the blazingly wondrous album “Lighght”.

NPR says it’s “gorgeously rendered by filmmakers Bram De Jonghe and Andrew Turski”.  And we agree!

And Kishi Bashi is scheduled to make his network television debut on David Letterman on Monday February 16th!

Upcoming tour dates below(note the dates with Busman’s Holiday!):

1/21 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA ^
1/22 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV ^
1/23 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT ^
1/27 – Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA *
1/28 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR *
1/30 – Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco, CA *
1/31 – Luckman Fine Arts Complex – Los Angeles, CA *
2/04 – House of Blues – Houston, TX ^
2/05 – Stubb’s – Austin, TX ^
2/06 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX ^
2/07 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA ^
2/09 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL ^
2/11 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO ^
2/12 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN ^
2/13 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA ^
2/14 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL ^
2/16 – Late Night with David Letterman – New York, NY
2/17 – Royale – Boston, MA *$
2/18 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *$
2/19 – Sixth and I Historic Synagogue – Washington, DC *$
2/20 – Brooklyn Masonic Temple – Brooklyn, NY *$
2/21 – Mohawk Valley Community College – Utica, NY *
2/28 – Club Quattro – Osaka, Japan
3/02 – Billboard Live Tokyo! – Tokyo, Japan
3/29 – Venue – Vancouver, BC ^
4/08 – Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI ^
4/09 – State Theater – Minneapolis, MN ^
4/10 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL ^
4/11 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI ^
4/14 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH ^
4/15 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH ^
4/16 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH ^
4/17 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA ^
4/18 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY ^
4/20 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC ^
4/22 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC ^
4/23 – Jefferson Theatre – Charlottesville, VA ^
4/24 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA ^
5/16 – Lava Music Fest – Suffolk, VA

* = headlining dates with backing string quartet
$ = w/ Busman’s Holiday
^ = supporting Guster

This is what you can look forward to at these String Quartet shows!

Reptar joins JNR! 7″ available today! [Announcements]

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We are so happy to announce that we have signed Athens, GA based group Reptar!

Continuing their exploration of indie-afro-beat-electropop-weirdness, Reptar will return this spring with their second full-length album (details announced soon). Reptar draws influence from a disparate array of artists, and comparisons can be made to anyone from Talking Heads to MGMT. But Reptar simultaneously showcases musicianship in the heritage of Frank Zappa, Rush, and Mike Patton – creating a blend of party music suitable for music nerds.

In advance of the full length, we are releasing a special limited edition 7″ to whet your appetite. “In Through The Eyelids / Delusional” contains two new Reptar songs which will NOT be included on their upcoming full-length. This one-time pressing is limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies on blue and yellow “A-side/B-side” style.


Get it here.

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Last Chance for Kishi Bashi “Bright Whites” Demo [Announcements]

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If you want to get your hands on the historic “Bright Whites” demo by Kishi Bashi act fast! Recorded with banjo on the Of Montreal tour bus, the limited lathe-cut record is only available if you sign up for the Deluxe VIP before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st! Remember this song will not be released digitally with the record.

See how the records are made in this rad video:

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.


Announcing Winter/Spring 2015 Internship [Announcements]

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Interns Wanted

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!


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