Happy release day! Everyone at Polyvinyl is pleased to announce Their / They're / There's Analog Weekend EP is now officially out everywhere. You can find it on baby blue vinyl, CD, or digital through our e-store, or if you care for only digital, it's on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify / Rdio.
In case you aren't quite convinced, check out their single for "Curtain Call" below.
Their / They’re / There is the brainchild of Evan Weiss (Into It. Over it.), Mike Kinsella (Owen, Owls, Cap'n Jazz, American Football), and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships).
Analog Weekend, the band’s second EP, was recorded directly to tape at Ed Rose’sBlack Lodge Recording over a single weekend and features piano by James Dewees (The Get Up Kids, Reggie and the Full Effect, Coalesce).
Our friends at Topshelf Records are co-releasing Analog Weekend and have Forest Green vinyl (limited to 500) available in their E-Store.
Math rock supergroup They're/Their/There (members from Owen, Into It. Over It., Loose Lips Sink Ships, American Football) released their first music video today, and we couldn't be more psyched. "New Blood" is true to its name and features a stomach-turning amount of blood as rain, toothpaste, and even as syrup over waffles. Off of their Analog Weekend EP officially out tomorrow, you can find the music video on Alternative Press or check the video above.
The new Xiu Xiu album, Angel Guts: Red Classroom, will be out in a few months (2/4), and they've just announced a MASSIVE North American tour. They'll start out in Santa Barbara, California, head east until New York, and then circle back down for the South until reaching LA. Find ticket links for each show below on our tour page HERE.
Xiu Xiu Tour Dates
Wed 2/19 SANTA BARBARA, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Thurs 2/20 FRESNO, CA @ Fulton 55
Fri 2/21 SANTA CRUZ, CA @ Don Quixotes International Music Hall
We are INCREDIBLY EXCITED to announce that the legendary band The Rentals have joined the Polyvinyl family! We'll be releasing their 3rd studio LP (first proper album in 15 years) in 2014!
The album features Matt Sharp (x-Weezer), Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig (Lucius), Ryen Slegr (Ozma), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys). The album is produced by Matt Sharp & The Rentals and is currently being mixed by D. Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Jay-Z).
We're VERY excited to announce that Pillar Point's self-titled debut album will be coming out early next year! The album will hit stores on 2/25, but you can pre-order it right now through our online store. The album will be available on CD, LP (early bird edition on yellow vinyl / limited to 300), cassette, and digital formats.
You might recognize Pillar Point's front man, Scott Reitherman, from his previous band, the insanely catchy indie-pop outfit Throw Me The Statue. For Pillar Point, Reitherman took a new approach and paired electronic, dancier production with intimate, darker lyrical content. After first listen, it's clear that Reitherman's knack for crafting powerfully catchy songs is only getting better.
See for yourself with the first single, "Eyeballs," which debuted on Stereogum. Follow the links below to find out more about Pillar Point + pre-order the album.
Grammar puns aside (although we REALLY want to), Their/They're/There's newest EP Analog Weekend is streaming in full HERE courtesy of Noisey right now. You've probably heard of a member or two through their past projects: Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.), Mike Kinsella (Owen, Cap'n Jazz, American Football) and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) will be releasing this second EP in one week on Dec 10th. It was recorded directly to tape at Ed Rose's Black Lodge Recording over a single weekend and features piano by James Dewees (The Get Up Kids, Reggie and the Full Effect, Coalesce). You can pre-order it at our e-store HERE too.
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we all start to think about what we're thankful for in this world. And you know what...for me...one of the most important things of all is our new garage rock comp, I NEED YOU BAD, which just came out TODAY! And I'm not just sayin' that! This thing is AWESOME!
This comp features a bunch of great bands from the West Coast (and a little bit beyond) who are pioneering the current garage scene. It was curated by Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets) so you KNOW this thing is gonna be good.
In addition to an exclusive Sunsets track (stream it above), we're got bands like Warm Soda, The Memories, Jessica Pratt, Chris Cohen, Cool Ghouls, and more!
You might not know it, but this project has been talked about for over a decade. Seth (our good ole label manager) has been talking about doing a Polyvinyl subscription series since he graduated from the ranks of an intern. Seriously, aside from Seth’s wedding day, this might be one of the best days of his life.
The idea is simple. We contacted 12 artists that we’re huge fans of and bought a Tascam 4 track (remember those?). We then mailed the 4 track to artist #1 and asked them to record two songs on it (anything they wanted). Then, that artist would ship it to the next artist and so on, and so forth. When it was all said and done, the 4 track had travelled over 20,000 miles!
The Polyvinyl 4 Track Singles Series is a limited edition subscription series where each member will receive one 7” straight to their mailbox each month. Each 7” comes on clear vinyl and features entirely exclusive recordings from the following artists:
Cloud Nothings Diane Coffee Efterklang Hospitality Into It. Over It. John Vanderslice Matt Pryor Mikal Cronin Mynabirds Porcelain Raft Sexton Blake Thao And The Get Down Stay Down
And that’s not all. Each subscription (limited edition of 500) comes with a custom designed box that will store all 12 7”s together in style. In addition, we got acclaimed artist Jason Munn on board to design each 7” cover. Each design flows cohesively into the next.
Follow the links below to find out more about the project and to sign up for the singles series!Hide More
Get ready people. This coming Feb, the world will be graced with a new Xiu Xiu album! Angel Guts: Red Classroom will be released 2/4/14 and is available for pre-order now RIGHT HERE. The album will be available on CD, LP (180-gram clear red vinyl / limited to 500), cassette (red tint tape) and MP3.
The brand new single, "Stupid in the Dark," debuted on Pitchfork this morning. Check that out RIGHT HERE, or stream the song above.
Angel Guts: Red Classroom is the beginning of Xiu Xiu's descent from grayness into the deepest blackness endurable. It is the sound of Xiu Xiu's death.
This is a bold proposition, even for a band that has never so much pushed the envelope as pulled it (forcefully) away from the line other musicians are willing to toe. And now, in what is unquestionably their darkest hour, Xiu Xiu have lit the envelope on fire and are using it as a torch to light the path ahead.
Having spent the previous four years living in North Carolina, primary songwriter Jamie Stewart relocated to Los Angeles, moving blindly into a neighborhood whose notoriously dangerous reputation was unknown to him.
A park divided among four gangs, a lake routinely dragged for bodies, a building wherein two infant skeletons were recently uncovered -- the aura of his new home bleeds into every pore of the album, each lyric and note bearing traces of its essence: the terrible beauty, the despair, the violence, the ultra humanity, the uncertainty. "I know to a degree I must have romanticized it," Stewart admits, "But when it's not safe to go out at night, what else can one?"
Romanticized is hardly the word anyone other than Stewart would use. Like its namesake, a Japanese erotic noir film, Angel Guts: Red Classroom is as radical as it is inventive. The subject matter -- racialized sex, double suicide, double penetration, criminality, fear of physical harm -- is unsuitable for the faint of heart. But when the heart has stopped beating, only the soul remains to carry on. And here, Stewart transcribes his without boundaries.
"Your face is down alone / On your desk / At the end of the city / You were squashed into / There is no one you love." So begins the album's first verse.
In the wrong hands, such topics could be rendered as far-fetched fantasies. But Stewart's evocative vocals lend his provocative lyrics the balance they need, grounding them in a stark realism that forces us to acknowledge their existence, even confront them (as discomforting as that is).
Unsettling, too, is the music. Working with only analog synths, drum set, and 1970's analog drum machines, Xiu Xiu has never before sounded so focused, so captivating, so intent on delivering a kick to the throat.
Though influences can be cited (Suicide, Kraftwerk, Nico, Einstürzende Neubauten), they are ultimately far less relevant than the mark this album will leave on other musicians and music fans from this point forward.
Take "Stupid in the Dark" -- its tone ominous and pulsing, its harmonies simple and direct, its grip unrelenting. Or "Botanica de Los Angeles," a sparse, yet undeniably anthemic merging of bruising drums and bone-rattling bass synths.
Unbearably dark, yet incredibly illuminating, with Angel Guts: Red ClassroomXiu Xiu continues to forge (and at times risk) its reputation as avant-garde pioneers. It is the work of a band unraveling to its core and exposing the boldness within.
Xiu Xiu may be dead, but its will is more alive than ever.Hide More
Beware, anyone who grosses out easily - these booger shots are not for the faint of stomach. In The Dodos' animated new music video for "Transformer", a solitary man in a log cabin picks his shnoz and adds it to an expanding ball of nose goo. But then, his nose turns on him. Directed by Spencer Hicks and animated by Jess Wheelock, "Transformer" comes off of The Dodos fifth studio released album, Carrier. Pick it up at our e-store HERE, and watch the music video on Fuse HERE.
Reese Donahue and Chris Prudhomme of Painted Palms just debuted a new single off of Noisey called "Forever" and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you. Off of their debut album of the same name (set to come out January 14th), Noisey calls the track "a brain-warpingly awesome cut of tripped-out pop with... lightly reverbed harmonies." Check it out via Soundcloud above, or read the rest of what Noisey has to say about the duo HERE.
Holy smokes, Batman Kid! Wampire just debuted a brand new music video for "The Hearse" on Gorilla vs. Bear today. Click HERE to watch it on GvB for a cinematic narrative complete with huge 80's hair and attempted murder, as directed by the talented Raphaël Pfeiffer.
"The Hearse" is off of Wampire's recently released album Curiosity, and you can purchase it at our e-store HERE.
Another of Montreal radio session?! Yep, you're in luck. The band took time out of their tour to stop by KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic session for an in-studio performance. Watch "She Ain't Speakin' Now" above, or click HERE to see "Fugitive Air", both off of their latest release, Lousy With Sylvianbriar. Dunno if the band will be in your town soon? Tour dates are HERE.
You know what you should do? You should watch this intimate performance of Kevin Barnes and Rebecca Cash singing an acoustic version of "She Ain't Speakin' Now". Filmed by 405tv, the session features the duo hanging out in a London flat during their most recent trip to the UK. Watch it on Youtube above, or click HERE to get to 405tv's posting.
"She Ain't Speakin' Now" is off of of Montreal's last release, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, available for purchase HERE.
Recently of Montreal stepped into the studio for a WNYC Soundcheck session while on a New York City tour pitstop. You can listen to the full session, and watch Kevin Barnes and Rebecca Cash croon "Fugitive Air" and "Raindrop In My Skull" on Soundcheck's website HERE. Above we've left you "Fugitive Air" for a quick tease of the whole performance.
Watch the tiniest new band member of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin shake his robotic bad self in their new video for "Unearth". Yowza, is it adorable. They filmed him while touring in Japan, everywhere from karaoke bars to sushi spots. MTV Hive debuted the video, and you can find their commentary HERE.
"Unearth" is off of their recently released album Fly By Wire, which you can find RIGHT HERE.
Huzzah! Their / They're / There's latest single "Curtain Call" is finally streaming on the interwebs! The folks over at The A.V. Club were kind enough to post the song and tell everyone that it "never los[es] sight of its ability to wrap intricate musicianship around a punk rock ethos." Check out their full description + stream HERE, or listen below.
"Curtain Call" is off their yet to be released EP Analog Weekend, which Polyvinyl Records is co-releasing with Topshelf Records on December 10th. Find the digital, CD, and burgundy 12" HERE at Polyvinyl's E-Store.
Mike Kinsella stumbles and weaves through a new Owen music video for "Bad Blood" directed by Guise (Samuel Gursky and Mitchell Wojcik) where the mourners for a funeral gather in a record store. Off of his recently released album L'ami du Peuple, the song digs deep into a family's unexposed roots with SPIN describing it as "a majestic, country-informed single". Check out the Youtube video above, or head over to SPIN to watch!
Our friends over at Audiotree Live filmed Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin in a session that showcases a few songs off of their latest album, Fly By Wire, as well as familiar favorites. With Audiotree describing Fly By Wire "as contagious as ever," you'd be silly not to watch. You can buy the five songs for $5.99 on their website HERE, and/or ogle the session for free.
Sonny Smith was interviewed on this week's Conversations with Matt Dwyer, where the two discussed creativity, selling out, and Searching For Sugarman. Listen or download the hour long interview for free on Feral Audio's site!