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For the better part of the past dozen years, Jorge Elbrecht has had a hand in creating some of the most beautiful, forward-thinking, and occasionally abjectly weird music to infiltrate the world of contemporary indie rock. In the mid 2000s, Elbrecht first began releasing music with Lansing-Dreiden, a highly conceptual art and music collective (and… More »

Admittedly, this is a bit of a weird week for 5 Best Songs. Not weird because the songs are stranger than usual (they’re not) or because they’re weak in some way (they’re super not), but because there’s no single track that casts a gigantic shadow over the others. But weirdness often makes for great spectacle. More »

This weekend, the Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer will celebrate five years in business with a two-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring label artists, alumni, and friends at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook. With a lineup that spans from living legends (Spiritualized, Ariel Pink) to underground mainstays (No Joy, the Fresh… More »

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No Joy – “Everything New” Video

Tomorrow, Montreal shoegazers No Joy will drop their new album More Faithful upon the world. First single “Everything New” is a glimmering rush of guitars, and now the multidisciplinary artist Jason Harvey has directed a deeply strange video for it. The clip tells the story of a pile of magical garbage that comes to life… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 8, 2015 - 11:47 am

No Joy – “Hollywood Teeth”

Montreal shoegazers No Joy are a few weeks away from releasing More Faithful, their grand and urgent new album. The two songs we’ve already posted, “Everything New” and “Moon In My Mouth,” are both winners. And now they’ve shared a dizzy rush of beauty called “Hollywood Teeth,” a blur of guitar effects that whirls u… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 26, 2015 - 10:49 am

No Joy – “Moon In My Mouth”

Montreal shoegazers No Joy have fleshed out quite a bit as a band since Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd founded the doom-dreamy duo. On their third full-length More Faithful, they’re joined by drummer Garland Hastings and bassist Michael Farsky (formerly of Dirty Beaches’ live band). In an interview about one of the new songs off… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 21, 2015 - 10:13 am

No Joy – “Everything New”

Montreal’s No Joy will release a third full-length LP titled More Faithful this June. The record follows 2013’s breakthrough Wait To Pleasure. No Joy recorded More Faithful alongside Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti member Jorge Elbrecht, splitting their studio time between Brooklyn and a farmhouse in Costa Rica. “Everything New” is the album’s trance-inducing first single. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 25, 2015 - 9:38 am

No Joy – “Second Spine”

No Joy put out a really enjoyable and fuzzed out sophomore album earlier this year and they’re already back with more. “Second Spine” is off the Canadian shoegazers’ Pastel And Pass Out EP and sees the duo peeling back its layers of fuzz and letting its typically poppy hooks breathe, all while still remaining charmingly… More »

By: James Rettig / November 5, 2013 - 12:06 pm

No Joy – “Last Boss”

The bleary Montreal shoegaze band No Joy released their new album Wait To Pleasure a few months ago, and now they’ll follow it up next month with an EP called Pastel And Pass Out. They’ve shared a warm, gummy track from that EP. It’s called “Last Boss,” and we can only hope that it’s Bowzer-insired… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2013 - 2:52 pm

No Joy – “Blue Neck Riviera” Video

You might remember listening to No Joy earlier this year via singles like “Lunar Phobia” and “Hare Tarot Lies,” which led up to the glitching shoegaze of LP Wait To Pleasure. Here’s the Jason Harvey-directed music video for album track “Blue Neck Riviera,” which keeps a nice balance between the beauty of nature and the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 19, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Mexican Summer To Celebrate 5 Years With Fest, Book, LP

The Brooklyn-based label Mexican Summer will celebrate its five-year anniversary next month with a two-day festival at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, featuring some of their breakout artists including Ariel Pink, the Fresh And Onlys, and No Joy. In addition, the label will be releasing a limited-edition book showcasing previously unseen artwork and writing by… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / September 16, 2013 - 11:29 am

No Joy – “Hare Tarot Lies”

Montreal shoegazers No Joy went to an actual studio to record their new album Wait To Pleasure, and first single “Lunar Phobia” nudged them toward a more synthpoppy sound. But on “Hare Tarot Lies,” their latest advance track, they’re back in old-school guitar-kaleidoscope territory, bringing a swoony and echo-happy sense of melody. Listen to it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2013 - 11:20 am

No Joy – “Lunar Phobia”

Montreal-based shoegaze pop band No Joy have released a new single, “Lunar Phobia,” off of their forthcoming album Wait To Pleasure — their first full-length since 2010’s Ghost Blonde. Although “Lunar Phobia” maintains some semblance to No Joy’s earlier work, the track sidesteps their wall-of-sound aesthetic in favor of dreamy electronic sounds. No Joy’s calmer,… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 20, 2013 - 1:22 pm

No Joy – “Junior”

Montreal shoegazers No Joy will release an EP later this summer, and the first released cut from that affair comes in the form of a big, bleary slab of guitars. Listen below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 22, 2012 - 11:47 am

The 10 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s clips from Arcade Fire, Rokysopp, Simian Mobile Disco, No Joy, and White Lies show off what’s possible when your videos don’t have to fit particular television formats and time limits. The suburban dystopias in Rokysopp’s and Arcade Fire’s extended videos are a little long and a little much for TV, especially with the… More »

By: jessica / November 19, 2010 - 4:56 pm

No Joy – “Heedless”

It sorta makes sense the Best Coast-beloved No Joy fall between Nachtmystium and Pearl Harbor on Mexican Summer’s artists page. The Montreal/L.A. duo of Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz mention “doom” (along with “psychedelic” and “shoegazer”) on their Bandcamp page and have played shows with Harvey Milk and Coalesce, but no, their noise-pop isn’t very… More »

By: brandon / September 23, 2010 - 12:25 pm