2020 White Label Series - Yearly
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Bobb Bruno is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, widely known as half of the alternative pop duo, Best Coast. He was also member of Polar Goldie Cats, The Uphill Gardeners, Goliath Bird Eater and The For Carnation. He has also contributed to albums by Imaad Wasif, Dumb Numbers, Upsilon Acrux, and Pocahaunted just to name a few.
Dale Crover is quite possibly the best drummer in the world. Through his work with Melvins and Nirvana, Dale Crover's influence is undeniable.
Liz Harris is an Oregon-based musician, visual artist, and producer who has recorded music as Grouper since 2005. Over the years, she has collaborated with a number of other musicians, and has shown her art internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Her most recent album After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house was released under the moniker "Nivhek" in 2019.
Shabaka Hutchings is a UK based saxophonist, clarinetist and composer signed to the iconic Impulse! label. He has three main projects: Sons of Kemet, Shabaka & the Ancestors, and The Comet Is Coming. Hutchings has gathered a substantial number of awards and nominations, including winning the 2013 MOBO ‘Jazz Act of the Year’, 2015 Jazz FM Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’, 2016 Mercury Music Prize nomination, 2017 Jazz FM Awards ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’, 2018 Jazz FM Awards ‘Jazz Innovation of the Year’, a 2018 Mercury Music Prize nomination, and a Grammy nomination as part of Angelique Kidjo’s album ‘Celia’.
KRAMER is the founder of Shimmy-Disc, one of NYC's most vibrant and successful independent record labels. As a musician, he has been a member of numerous bands, including Ween, Bongwater, Butthole Surfers, Half Japanese, Shockabilly, B.A.L.L., GG Allin's Superscum, and The Fugs, to name just a few. As a record producer, he has created seminal recordings for artists as diverse as Will Oldham, Galaxie 500, Half Japanese, LOW, King Missile, and Urge Overkill (including the hit single from Pulp Fiction, "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon". His most recent solo release is "THE BRILL BUILDING, Book Two", featuring Bill Frisell on guitar (available on John Zorn's Tzadik Records).
Mary Lattimore is a musician experimenting with loops and the pedal harp. Her records are released by Ghostly International.
Ken Layne hosts Desert Oracle Radio from Joshua Tree, California, where he edits and publishes the Desert Oracle field guide.
Lydia Lunch is passionate, confrontational and bold. Whether attacking the patriarchy and their pornographic war mongering, turning the sexual into the political or whispering a love song to the broken hearted, her fierce energy and rapid fire delivery lend testament to her warrior nature. She has released too many musical projects to tally, has been on tour for decades, has published dozens of articles, half a dozen books and simply refuses to just shut up.
Born Missoula, Montana.
Stella Mozgawa is an Australian drummer. She is best known as a member of the indie rock band Warpaint, with whom she has recorded three studio albums. Alongside her work with Warpaint, Mozgawa has contributed to recordings by musicians Kurt Vile, Adam Green, Cate Le Bon, the xx, Tim Presley, Tom Jones, Kim Gordon and Regina Spektor.
Liz Pelly is a writer based in New York.
Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation, with a mix of electronic pop, unusual soul, and outright experimentalism.
The Joyful Noise guest curated "White Label Series" has a simple purpose: to save great music from obscurity.
In our content-saturated world, it's very easy for meaningful music to be overlooked. As a result, countless amazing albums are never properly released, and are doomed to languish in the remote regions of the internet. To combat this trend, each year we ask twelve influential guests to curate our White Label Series and help shine a spotlight on their favorite undiscovered or under-appreciated artists.
Each month the series features a new full-length album, hand-picked by one of our curators. Releases are limited to 500 hand-numbered copies (pressed on black vinyl, with plain white labels), packaged in our series die-cut jackets, with artwork from the band and a statement from the curator. All albums include a digital download in MP3, WAV, and AIFF. Over the past three years this series has produced a ton of amazing music, and has even helped some careers along the way. We genuinely strive for this series to be a force of positivity in the often cripplingly-morally-bankrupt music industry. You can take a look back at the past WLS releases here: https://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/pages/white-label-series
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