If you are looking for ways to make 2013 sound magnificent, then look no further than the Joyful Noise 2013 Flexi-Disc Series. The selection in 2012 has been inspired – Lou Barlow, Tortoise, Of Montreal, Richard Swift, Deerhoof – each song produced exclusively for the flexi release, for the ears of subscribers only. Pretty special don’t you think!
Just yesterday, the 2013 line up was announced. There are only 1000 subscriptions available for the low, low price of $5 a month, so if you want to become part of the Joyful Noise family and be one of the few to hear brand new tracks by Birthmark, Built To Spill & Helvetia, Here We Go Magic, Hella, Melvins, Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Monotonix, Rob Crow, Son Lux, The Sea And Cake, Sufjan Stevens & Cat Martino, Why? then this is what you need to do.
So many names there press the excitement button, but none more so than the pulverising might of Melvins and the floating synth of The Sea And Cake, so here’s a track from both of these (incredibly different) bands to send you off on your day.
My January flexi-disc arrived in the mail on Friday from Joyful Noise and it features a new track from lo-fi legend, Lou Barlow. Welcome Home is classic Lou… all longing vocal and battered acoustic sound. I feel very privileged to be able to give it a spin, as the flexi-disc series is completely sold out, making me, one of 500 lucky people to have the unique listening experience!
It’s good timing too as Lou has just announced an Australian tour with a date at the Old Museum in Brisbane… if you have never tapped into Lou in one of his many guises – Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh, Sentridoh, Folk Implosion – then here’s a taste of some Barlow brilliance to ease you into your Sunday evening.
Remember flexi discs? Those beautiful little one sided, thin vinyl records that would often come as inserts in magazines, hell, some were even distributed in cereal boxes. They were once a popular way of releasing often rare material. So, what if someone was to say, I’ll post you a flexi disc of unreleased material from some of the worlds finest independent artists; think… Lou Barlow, Tortoise, Akron Family, Deerhoof, Of Montreal; every month, including original artwork, designed specifically for each band for just $7USD anywhere in the world.
And to make it extra special, let you know that the only way to hear these songs is be one of the 500 people who sign up to have them sent out; that they will NOT be made available digitally or released in other formats.
If, like me, this sounds like a great way to hear some new music throughout the year, then you need to head on over to Joyful Noise and sign yourself up. I am sure the 500 will be snapped up quickly… I know I have mine!
It also got me thinking that this would be a great way to distribute poetry… a tastefully designed 12 page booklet, featuring limited edition work from a single author, sent out each month on a subscription basis. Wagtail do something similar each year, and they do it very well, but there is such potential to expand the idea… Must ponder this some more.
So while I ponder, why not fill your head with some Deerhoof!