Kishi Bashi – “Red White And Blue” [Video]

“Omoiyari” means to have empathy and consideration for others, and act on it. American indie-folk multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Kishi Bashi has released the companion album to his documentary song film, titled Music from the Song Film: Omoiyari. Consisting of two LPs—“The Songs” and “The Score”—the release showcases what is essentially the soundtrack to Omoiyari, the … Read more

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight: Guess For Thrills [Album Review]

Mike Adams At His Honest WeightGuess For ThrillsJoyful Noise Recordings [2023] Mike Adams at His Honest Weight found the titular Adams recording with help from some of his touring band on the 2019 release, There Is No Better Feeling, but for last year’s Graphic Blandishments, the multi-instrumentalist took advantage of his home studio’s multi-track utility … Read more

Fire Track: Marnie Stern – “Plain Speak”

Marnie Stern has announced plans to release The Comeback Kid, the long-awaited new album due for release November 3rd, 2023 via Joyful Noise Recordings. It’s been a decade since we last heard new music from Marnie Stern, but when her guitar bursts in like a shower of stardust on The Comeback Kid, the follow-up to 2013’s The Chronicles of Marnia, it’s like no time … Read more

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight: Graphic Blandishment [Album Review]

Mike Adams At His Honest WeightGraphic BlandishmentJoyful Noise Recordings [2022] In spite of the inevitable earworm infestation, power-pop has proven to be one of the most reliable and long-lasting musical genre trends. Early British Invasion bands laid the groundwork, and iconic bands like Big Star, Cheap Trick, Weezer, and my personal favorite Material Issue have … Read more

Eerie Wanda – “Birds Aren’t Real” [Video]

Eerie Wanda, the project of Dutch/Croatian musician Marina Tadic, has released her new album Internal Radio today on CD & digital via Joyful Noise Recordings with an LP version following on November 18th. To celebrate she has has shared the video for “Birds Aren’t Real.” “‘Birds Aren’t Real’ is one of the stranger and darker … Read more

Oneida – “Rotten” [Video]

Oneida just released their new album, Success, last Friday via Joyful Noise Recordings. The album marks the bands return since their 2018 full length Romance. The band has long straddled gray-area boundaries between the NYC punk/psych/rock world and the art/experimental world, playing at gritty rock clubs and elevated cultural institutions, including the Guggenheim, MoMA PS1, … Read more

Tropical Fu*k Storm + King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Satanic Slumber Party Part 2 (Midnight In Sodom)” [Video]

Two of Australia’s finest – Tropical Fuck Storm and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – digitally release a joint EP, Satanic Slumber Party, via Joyful Noise Recordings, and share a video for one of its tracks, “Satanic Slumber Party Part 2 (Midnight In Sodom).” The EP will receive a vinyl release at a later … Read more

Kishi Bashi: 151a [10th Anniversary Edition] (Tangerine Cloud Wax | 1518 Copies)

There are always records that everyone remembers fondly in their listening history. Kishi Bashi’s 151a is one of those records for TFN. It was an instant Headphone Approved album and on April 11, 2012 we summed it up by calling 151a “A gorgeous piece of indie pop!” The album then firmly landed at #5 on … Read more

El Ten Eleven – “Meta Metta” [Video]

El Ten Eleven, the SoCal duo whose 2020 triple-LP Tautology series presciently and ambitiously put the arc of human life to music, return with a joyously unrestrained six-song album, New Year’s Eve (March 4, Joyful Noise Recordings). “New Year’s Eve is a reference to guarded optimism about what is to come. At the time, it seemed like our national divisiveness … Read more

The Ophelias: Crocus [Album Review]

The Ophelias CrocusJoyful Noise Recordings [2021] The Ophelias, an indie folk/rock quartet which got their start in Cincinnati, return with a third studio album, Crocus. While the four members came together after playing the role of the “token girl” in a male band, their collaboration grew from their combined creativity marked by the unique voice … Read more

Tropical Fu*k Storm: Deep States [Album Review]

Tropical Fuck StormDeep StatesJoyful Noise Recordings [2021] Australia’s Tropical Fuck Storm continue to be one of the most interesting groups on the indie scene with their new third album, Deep States. I say this because their style is disjointed and sometimes weirdly hard to capture in one setting. At times, their music gasps for air … Read more

The Ophelias – “Sacrificial Lamb” [Video]

“Sacrificial Lamb,” is the new single and video from Cincinnati’s The Ophelias. The track is from their upcoming LP Crocus which is out Sept. 24th on Joyful Noise Recordings. You can read what vocalist/guitarist Spencer Peppet had to say about the track and video below. On the track:“Originally, I didn’t want Sacrificial Lamb to be … Read more

Tropical Fu*k Storm – “G.A.F.F.” [Video]

Australia’s Tropical Fuck Storm have announced their new album, Deep States, out August 20th on Joyful Noise Recordings. The lead single/video “G.A.F.F.” buzzes with urgent vocals, bursts of intricate guitar and bass, and sharp lyrics. The band elaborates: “‘Give A Fuck Fatigue” is an ode to the occasional dispassion brought about by the mandatory concern … Read more

Artists Of The Week: Discover, Support, Share

HelvetiaPortland, Oregon Helvetia is the solo project of Jason Albertini (Duster, Built To Spill) and their new album, Essential Aliens, marks the groups 10th album. The songs on Essential Aliens were recorded over the last year in Jason’s basement which has given this batch of tracks a very lo-fi and intimate delivery. Even though Helvetia … Read more

SUUNS – “Witness Protection” [Video]

Montreal band SUUNS – comprised of Ben Shemie, Joe Yarmush, and Liam O’Neill – announce their new album and Joyful Noise Recordings debut, The Witness, out September 3rd, and share the lead single/video, “Witness Protection.” The Witness marks a shrewdly offbeat left turn, and shows SUUNS in their most comfortable, candid state. Self-recorded and self-produced … Read more

Artists Of The Week: Discover, Support, Share

Today AOW = post punk from Rouen, France’s Unschooling, a Casio SK1 and acoustic guitar from Chicago’s Love Of Everything and Ottawa’s fanclubwallet indie rock offers a solid debut EP that will have you looking for a full length. You know what to do – check the artists out below and if you like what … Read more

Kishi Bashi: Emigrant EP (Mountain Peak Wax | 500 Copies)

The 26-minute Emigrant EP from Kishi Bashi is a lush bluegrass-inspired album referencing the brutal history and harsh climate of the American West. Arranged and recorded over the last year (in Emigrant, Montana), this EP serves as a time capsule of the 2020 condition as it meditates on the anxieties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the … Read more

Fire Track: Kishi Bashi – “Early Morning Breeze”

To celebrate Dolly Parton’s birthday yesterday, Kishi Bashi shared an excellent new cover of “Early Morning Breeze,” from her formative 1971 album Coat Of Many Colors. The cover introduces a subtly transformed sonic palette, including a short violin solo from the string extraordinaire. “I’ve always loved Dolly Parton,” he explains. “I think an artist’s personality … Read more

Joan Of Arc – “Destiny Revision” [Video]

After a legendary 25-year career, Joan of Arc will release their final album, Tim Melina Theo Bobby, on December 4th, 2020 via Joyful Noise Recordings. Written and recorded by the band—Melina Ausikaitis, Bobby Burg, Theo Katsaounis, and Tim Kinsella—and featuring frequent collaborators Jeremy Boyle, Jenny Pulse, Nate Kinsella, and Todd Mattei, Joan of Arc’s final … Read more

Swamp Dogg: Sorry You Couldn’t Make It [Album Review]

Swamp Dogg Sorry You Couldn’t Make ItJoyful Noise Recordings [2020] Who: Jerry Williams Jr. a.k.a Swamp Dogg has been making music since the 1950s. In the 1960s he also had his hands in some production work. It wasn’t until the 70s when Swamp Dogg was born. Sound: Swamp Dogg is pure Southern soul. Listening to … Read more

Tall Tall Trees: A Wave Of Golden Things [Album Review]

Tall Tall TreesA Wave Of Golden ThingsJoyful Noise Recordings [2020] Mike Savino is Tall Tall Trees and he is probably best known as the highly talented electric banjo player for Kishi Bashi. A Wave Of Golden Things is Savino’s fourth studio album and it will probably be one of the most heartfelt records you will … Read more

Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari [Album Review]

Kishi Bashi Omoiyari Joyful Noise Recordings [2019] Who: Kaoru Ishibashi, aka Kishi Bashi, is a multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. He is a founding member of Jupiter One, and, was a member of the group of Montreal before going out on his own. Sound: Kishi Bashi offers a melodic orchestrated indie folk that is delivered with 110% … Read more

TFN Interview with TFS Gareth Liddiard

If you haven’t heard the name yet, Australia’s Tropical Fuck Storm, is a band you’re going to be hearing a lot more about. Releasing their debut, A Laughing Death In Meatspace on Joyful Noise Recordings this year. The debut reflects the state of the world through a funhouse mirror. It’s then chopped and screwed and … Read more

Tropical Fu*k Storm: A Laughing Death In Meatspace [Album Review]

Tropical Fuck Storm A Laughing Death In Meatspace Joyful Noise Recordings [2018] Fire Note Says: Tropical Fuck Storm’s debut is freaky and funky in equal parts. Album Review: Australia has really been a hot bed for what’s good in music these days. Bands such as: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Stonefield, Wolfmother (more or … Read more