Tag: Joyful Noise Recordings

Saturday Sampler July 15th

Saturday Sampler July 15th

July is the heart of the festival season with numerous festivals underway, such as Latitude Festival in Suffolk, England; Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago; the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest in Ottawa; and many more across the world. If you’re not attending any these festivals this weekend, then we have the next best thing – the Saturday Sampler July 15th edition! […]

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Sleep Party People – ‘Lingering’ (album review)

Sleep Party People – ‘Lingering’ (album review)

Over a decade ago, Brian Batz fiddled with an old, out-of-tune piano. This innocent event would change his life forever, leading him down a path that eventually would lead to the birth of Sleep Party People. Three critically-acclaimed albums later, the Copenhagen-based has become a global indie darling, as he’s been compared to Radiohead, Boards of Canada, Caribou, and The […]

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The Matinee May 23rd

The Matinee May 23rd

The Matinee has nine pretty awesome – o.k., really awesome new music singles. There is a nice range of genres, including a surprisingly ambient electronic track if you so desire. Baby Strange – “Play Me” (Glasgow, Scotland) RIYL: The Clash, The Libertines, Palma Violets When we heard from Scottish trio BABY STRANGE two months ago when they released “Motormind”, we […]

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The Matinee May 9th

The Matinee May 9th

The Matinee May 9th edition explores eight countries for new music with wide-ranging genres. You won’t find two songs that sound alike here. Prepare to be amazed by these 9 talented bands and artists who hail from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden, and the USA.   Attic Giant – “Blow” (Vienna, Austria) RIYL: Phox, The Head and the Heart, Shovels […]

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Saturday Sampler May 6th

Saturday Sampler May 6th

Only a feast will be found on The Saturday Sampler May 6th edition, and today we offer songs that span a number of genres in addition to countries. Want some blues-rock? We have that? Desiring some ’90s alternative rock? Check! What about some sunshine pop, funk-infused R&B, radiant electro-pop, or old-fashion garage-rock? Check, check, check, and check!   Beth Ditto – […]

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Saturday Sampler April 8th

Saturday Sampler April 8th

The Saturday Sampler April 8th edition is bursting with springtime energy! These 9 songs from artists in Australia, Denmark, England, Norway, and the USA will energize your weekend with their indie rock, dream pop, synth pop, and electronica. Hopefully you’ll fall in love with their sound like we have. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase playlist will include these […]

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The Matinee February 23rd

The Matinee February 23rd

Another day and another mini-playlist, and The Matinee February 23rd edition features nine stirring singles. We expand the countries covered today because, well, why not?   Aadae – “River Of Tears” (London, England) RIYL: Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige To kick off today’s mini-playlist is a young artist who personifies what music ought to be and what we strive […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, February 15

Melodic Tonic ’17, February 15

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails features six tasty concoctions featuring artists from England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the US. From sultry electronica to upbeat soul and indie psych-pop, these tunes will instantly elevate your day.   Little Dragon – “High” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Morcheeba, Portishead, Massive Attack This time last year we were writing about Little Dragon’s exquisite remix […]

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Saturday Sampler January 21st

Saturday Sampler January 21st

Much like an exclamation point at the end of a politically charged week, the Saturday Sampler January 21st edition is full of bold, powerful music. Some of the singles share the common theme of being protest songs, while others are just pure rock & roll. These nine songs are the work of artists from Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Scotland, and the USA. […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, January 18

Melodic Tonic ’17, January 18

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails features mostly downtempo, soothing tunes. With the exception of one high-octane scorcher, these songs provide some sonic relief to the craziness of the world. Feast your ears on new singles from artists in the USA, Australia, and Wales.   Maggie Rogers – “On + Off” (New York City, USA) RIYL: The XX, Austra The debut EP […]

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The Matinee November 8th

The Matinee November 8th

For Americans, it’s election day. This year’s election has been interesting to say the least. We hope these six songs get you motivated to cast your ballot if you have not already. For all you citizens from around the world, here are some tunes to get you moving on this fine fall Tuesday. We have artists representing the US, the […]

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Kishi Bashi – “Sonderlust”

Kishi Bashi – “Sonderlust”

. The sign of a truly great artist is their ability to reinvent themself or their sound. How many chameleonic personas did David Bowie adopt during his career? Fans of indie pop artist/violin virtuoso Kishi Bashi are noticing a similar trend. The songs on his latest album, Sonderlust, bear little resemblance to his first two solo releases. His debut, 151a, […]

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Saturday Sampler September 3rd

Saturday Sampler September 3rd

We could dedicate the Saturday Sampler September 3rd edition to the long weekend in North America or to all the dads celebrating Father’s Day in Australia and New Zealand, but we’re not. Instead, this playlist goes to Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood, who announced on Thursday that Big Deal was dissolving. We wish the two all the best, especially after […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails! This week we’ve got a full plate of audio delights with a slight concentration on Pacific Northwest artists. Feast your ears upon new indie folk and garage rock from Seattle, some uptempo singer/songwriter fare from Vancouver, a bit of Portland indie supergroup action, as well as some chill shoegaze from Colorado […]

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Saturday Sampler July 30th

Saturday Sampler July 30th

As we head towards the end of the month, the Saturday Sampler July 30th edition has ten songs perfect for the summer. Sit back and relax (or dance – because it’s the weekend, so why not?), and take a bite out of this tasty musical menu featuring songs from Australia, Belgium, England, Greece, Norway, Sweden, and the US.   Anti […]

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Saturday Sampler for July 16th

Saturday Sampler for July 16th

Saturday Sampler for July 16th features plenty of musicians and bands that we have huge crushes on ummm… we are huge fans of because their music makes us feel really goooood. There are, of course, several newcomers whose music might also leave you infatuated. We’ll try to keep the musical matchmaking brief so you can enjoy the music.   Andrew Keoghan – “Everything” […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 18

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 18

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails. We understand if your ears are still reeling from the new Radiohead album released yesterday. It may be hard to get excited about other new music, but trust us: these six artists have great tunes you should spin right away. This week features a selection of funky vibes from Berlin, bluesy […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 18

Melodic Tonic, vol. 18

Welcome to a belated dose of new music cocktails, brought to you one day later than normal because sometimes Monday can be as disagreeable as a growling dog. On this week’s Melodic Tonic, we’re treating your ears to some international tunes that will soothe even the most savage beast. We’re starting with two young, talented musicians from opposite sides of the […]

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The Matinee September 8

The Matinee September 8

Yesterday, Hollie shared four high-energy singles on the Melodic Tonic to celebrate Labor Day. The Matinee September 8 edition slows things down a bit, although the infectious meter still remains high.   Helvetia (Switzerland/USA) – “A Dot Running from Dust” Take for instance the new single from Helvetia, the project from Built to Spill‘s Jason Albertini. While Albertini and his […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 11

Melodic Tonic, vol. 11

Happy Monday! If today’s collection of melodic singles had a theme, it would be “beards and ballads.”  Hold onto your proverbial hat, because this first tune will get you moving! Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – S.O.B. Music that moves you from your head to your toes: that’s the easiest way to describe the sounds of soulful Colorado band Nathaniel […]

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