Joyful Noise Recordings

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This Month's Single: Cause & Effect: Swamp Dogg & Psychic Temple. Pressed to split color black/clear 7" vinyl, packaged in custom die-cut jackets.
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Side A - Swamp Dogg "Road Song"
Side B - Psychic Temple (Chris Schlarb) "The Baby Is Mine"
I grew up in North Long Beach just off Cherry Avenue and the 91 Freeway. As a teenager I was obsessed with music. During my junior and senior years at Jordan High School I'd jump the fence, take the city bus to the downtown library and read everything I could about modern music history. I was already playing in the school gospel choir during the day and doing gangster rap sessions in the evenings out in Inglewood. I started reading about all these records cut in the 60's and 70's in Los Angeles, and Muscle Shoals and Memphis. I read through album credits and would trace musicians from one project to the next. I looked up producer, engineer, writer, and studio names. Some people seemed to pop up over and over again.
Was it possible that one person could write songs for Gene Pitney and Johnny Paycheck, release charting singles as a solo artist, produce Irma Thomas and Duane Allman (on the same record), ditch their solo career for a new alter ego (and sell 500,000 copies), manage Dr. Dre and eventually get sampled by Kid Rock? The answer is Swamp Dogg.
I saw Swamp Dogg before I heard him. The cover of his 1971 album, "Rat On!" is impossible to forget. Not long afterward, I picked up the album, "Raw Spitt" and tried my best to make sense of the album credits:
Lucille • B.B. King's Guitar
Lucy · Albert King's Guitar
Elvis Presley • Col. Tom Parker's Guitar
Adolph Hitler· Humor Dept.
Gary (U.S.) Bonds · Adolph's Assistant
And so on ...
I got a call last week from Karl Hofstetter at Joyful Noise. He asked if I would be interested in working with Swamp Dogg for the Cause & Effect 7" series. I told him that if Swamp Dogg could come down to BIG EGO, my studio in Long Beach, we could just cut both tracks for the 7" during the same session. I got to work on making charts for the Total Destruction To Your Mind classic, "The Baby Is Mine" and I sent his daughter Jeri the lyrics and chords to "Road Song" which, not coincidentally, was recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Everyone in Psychic Temple was confirmed for the session within an hour.
We recorded both songs with the band in the room together.
"The Baby Is Mine" was recorded first with George Madrid on pedal steel then "Road Song" was knocked out in three takes with MoogStar on Hammond organ. One of the musicians overheard Swamp Dogg say, "This is like cutting records in Alabama ... " Devin and I mixed the songs yesterday after breakfast and sent them off for mastering: a one-week turn around from recording to pressing the records.
I turned 41 this July and I'm still obsessed with music. My wife and I opened our studio a mile away from where I grew up and I've gotten really good at making records that no one seems to want to make anymore. When I'm not working, it's sad and when I'm working it's funny. This week I couldn't stop laughing.
-Chris Schlarb
Details On What's Included
VIP Singles Series
7" Singles Series

Sign up for the Singles Series and every month you'll receive a limited edition, uniquely screen-printed 7" record. Each record will come from one of our three distinct Record Series (you'll receive 12 records total, 4 from each series). These conceptual series are as follows: 

- Mystery Singles: A sneak peek at some of our most highly anticipated releases of 2018, pressed on unlabeled clear 7" vinyl w/ unique screen-printed art on side B.
- Almost Live from Joyful Noise: Periodically we ask some of the best bands in the world to perform at our Indianapolis headquarters. This record series documents those performances on white 7" vinyl w/ unique screen-printed art on side B.
- Cause & Effect: Side A features a highly-influential artist, Side B features a new artist who has been influenced by the dude on Side A... Cause, and Effect. Pressed on split-color vinyl.


You'll have access to limited, hand-numbered vinyl editions of our releases. VIP editions are the most limited versions of our releases, pressed on specialty colored vinyl, often packed with bonus material, and only available to VIP Members.


As a VIP you'll have access to special website content hidden from the public. This includes our ongoing Private Stash (featuring a rotating selection of otherwise-sold-out releases), and access to our annual Test Pressing Week

10% off on all purchases

As a VIP you will receive a 10% discount on everything, site-wide. This goes for super limited releases, box set, etc.


As a VIP you will receive advanced notifications of all new releases. We will email you (or text you if you prefer) 12-24 hours before any release is announced to the world. This advanced notice gives you first dibs on limited releases that often sell out soon after they are announced publicly.


As a VIP you will receive free downloads of every new release in MP3 and WAV formats on the free downloads page. The only exception will be music that is not released digitally (our Flexi-Disc series, for instance). But if the digital version exists, it's yours. Free of charge.

Free Tickets to Shows in Your Area

Every time one of our bands tours, we offer a handful of tickets to our loyal VIP Members. Tickets are offered based on seniority - the longer you're a member, the more likely you are to get the free tickets.

Good Karma

By becoming a VIP you’ll be supporting our humble, independently run label; empowering us to continue to bring amazing music into the world. VIP funds go to pay for fundamental operating costs so the artists ultimately don't have to chip in for things like utilities, rent, packaging materials, etc. This gives us the freedom to treat our artists fairly, and release meaningful music with less of an eye on financial viability. Your VIP Membership allows us to focus on quality of art over commerce, and we thank you!


This is the ultra-limited, wild and crazy shit that no one's even thought up yet. They will be small-run super creative release that we'll be cooking up with our pals at PEOPLE IN A POSITION TO KNOW. Ever heard of a six-sided record? Yeah, that's what we're talking about!


VIPs receive cheap, flat-rate shipping on all orders to North America, United Kingdom, or Europe! 

NOTICE: by signing up for VIP Membership you are accepting our Terms & Conditions, in which you agree to refrain from any dickish behavior like reselling limited releases at exorbitant prices. DO NOT sign up if your intention is to flip records.


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