I Am Warm and Powerful posted yesterday that the boys in SSLYBY are about to head into the studio to begin work on their 3rd full-length album, which is yet to be titled. But hey, guess who's producing their album? CHRIS WALLA! You know, that dude that plays in Death Cab and makes all their records? Needless to say, we're pretty excited about it. Recording starts next week in Madison, WI so stay tuned for updates. Click the link below to visit I AM WARM AND POWERFUL to read more details.
It's Tuesday afternoon, not even the middle of the week yet...I'd say it's time to spice up the day with some new Headlights songs! Our friends over at eMusic love the upcoming record Wildlife so much that they decided to host the exclusive single Get Going for download. The single features the A-side "Get Going" and the B-side Evangelicals cover of "Skeleton Man." Head on over eMusic by clicking the link below.
KEXP recently released their latest Music That Matters podcast and it's packed with great music including Loney Dear's "Airport Surroundings." Check out the podcast on iTunes or stream it direct by clicking the links below.
The new Owen video for "Good friends, Bad Habits" has arrived and we're super excited for it! The video was directed by Joe Wigdahl and edited by Brittany Stover. Check it out below. Also, if you haven't heard about the New Leaves (FULL BAND) record release shows this Friday at Chicago's Beat Kitchen and want to buy tickets, click the link below. Tickets are going fast, so get on it!
Owen's latest album, New Leaves, continues to rake in the good reviews. Filter's latest issue featured a great review of the album. "Whether constantly questioning or dismissively venting, Kinsella's got a true and clever wit to compliment his writer's eye and musician's ear. "
It's the day you've all been waiting for! The new Headlights album, Wildlife, is now availalble for purchase at a record store near you. Wildlife is a work all together new for Headlights. Never content with repeating themselves, the band takes their songwriting to a new level, praising the transience of our friendships, lives, and aspirations.
Purchasing Wildlife through the PV online store gets you two bonus songs featuring an exclusive B-side ("All of Your Lies") and a cover of Evangelicals' "Skeleton Man."
And this just in! RCRD LBL posted the song "I Don't Mind At All" as MP3 of the Day today. Click the links below to listen to "I Don't Mind At All"and to purchase the album.
Headlights' latest album, Wildlife, keeps generating great reviews each day. Beyond Race had some excellent things to say about it, comparing Wraight's whispery vocals to that of Ben Gibbard's work in The Postal Service. Check out the review by clicking the link below.
Headlights' latest video for their first Wildlife single "Get Going" premiered on both 7X7 Magazine and The Owl Magazine today. The video was directed and edited by Scott Marvel and produced by John Yaworsky. Check out this awesome video below, then follow the links for more.
The Ivoryton Piano Factory is the pseudonym of Justin Veatch, an aspiring songwriter and musician who sadly passed away last September at the young age of 17. Permagrin is a celebration of Justin's talent - featuring six of his original recordings as well as covers of his songs by Owen, Hard Calibers, and other artists who felt compelled to contribute after hearing Justin's story.
All profits from Permagrin will go directly to The Justin Veatch Fund. Click the link below to order your copy.
James Husband's debut full-length, A Parallax I, is now available at a record store near you! A Parallax I is the work of James Huggins, who spends most of his time playing various instruments in of Montreal. When not traveling the world with his of Montreal band mates, Huggins was hard at work in various studios creating A Parallax I.
The album has already received critical praise from Alternative Press who compares Huggins' voice to that of Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard and states, "The album's first half posivtively crackles with five infectious tracks that clock less than three minutes and leave the listener craving more."
Head on over to the Polyvinyl E Store to pick up your copy of A Parallax I. The album comes equiped with a 6-song bonus covers EP, featuring covers of The Beatles, Neil Young, Gary Numan and others. You can also get the record on pink vinyl! Click the links below to purchase A Parallax I and to read the Alternative Press review.
It's time for a new release over here at Polyvinyl and we've got the new Asobi Seksu album, Rewolf, available for purchase!
One of the last albums ever recorded at London's Olympic Studios (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin), Rewolf highlights the songwriting abilites of Asobi Seksu's core duo at their best- vocalist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna. Instead of the familiar wall-of-sound guitar layering, Asobi Seksu takes a different approach by recording a collection of songs from their three prior full-lengths (Hush, Citrus, and Asobi Seksu) with mostly acoustic instruments.
Rewolf is available on CD and purple & white vinyl and comes with a 16 song Polyvinyl sampler. And of course, the LPs come with a digital download code of all songs in MP3 format. Click the link below to purchase Rewolf.
Attention Joan of Arc fans! Get ready for one of the greatest JOA related projects to ever hit record store shelves with Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control, curated by Tim Kinsella.
Don't Mind Control is now available for pre-order and features 18 brand new, exclusive songs from 41+ musicians who, at one point or another, all collaborated with Tim Kinsella in Joan of Arc. Artists include Owen, Euphone feat. Tim Kinsella, Ghosts and Vodka, Vacations, Cale Parks, Birthmark, and more.
If that's not enough to get you to completely flip out, we're putting this one out on both CD and 2xLP! The CD comes with a 24-page photo booklet while the double gatefold LP will be available on orange or green 180 gram vinyl. The LP will also include a limited 18"x24" poster along with a digital download of the entire album. We're also pairing this release with the similar compilation, The Association of Utopian Hologram Swallowers 2x7" as a package deal.
Click the link below to learn more about Don't Mind Control and to pre-order your copy. Since this is a very special, limited release, once they're gone they're gone for good. Hurry and get yours! Hide More
Michael Hurley, one of the last remaining ramblin' American folk troubadours, has a new album titled Ida Con Snock which features our very own Ida as his backing band (hence the title). In addition to 7 Michael Hurley originals, the album contains 5 covers of 50's rock 'n' roll, C&W, and vintage folk which captures both Hurley and Ida at their best.
Ida Con Snock was recorded at Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, NY and is available on CD and LP through the PV online store. Click the link below to get a copy.
We know Monday isn't usually the best day of the week, but today may be an exception. Aloha's new album, Home Acres, is done and available for pre-order!
With Home Acres, Aloha decided to turn it up a bit and showcase the energy and intensity they've come to be known for. But even as the energy surges, Aloha casts an otherworldly glow, serving up ambience and attack with equal measure.
Home Acres comes out March 9, 2010 and will be available on CD and double gatefold LP - You'll be able to choose from 180-gram Black or Dark Red (limited to 700 copies exclusively through Polyvinyl). The CD comes with a lyric booklet and a free Polyvinyl digital sampler while the LP comes with a 18"x24" poster. Be sure to follow Aloha's new Twitter account for new info on Home Acres along with upcoming tour dates. Click the links below pre-order Home Acres and to check out their Twitter.
Loney Dear's second full-length album, Citadel Band, has previously only been available on CD/digital format...until now.
As of today, Citadel Band is now available on beautiful mixed color vinyl! The album was recorded in the basement of Emil Svanängen's parent's house and was remastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering. The mixed colored LPs are limited to 1000 copies. Click the link below to purchase Citadel Band.
We are very proud to announce that Gothenburg, Sweden's Love Is All has officially signed with Polyvinyl Record Co. As announced today by Pitchfork, their upcoming full-length Two Thousand and Ten Injuries will be released world-wide on CD/LP March 23rd.
After releasing two critically acclaimed full lengths (Nine Times That Same Song, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night) and several EPs, Love Is All found themselves without a label. For the first time, no one expected them to do anything. When it came time to record a new album, the band decided to play only when they felt like it, with no pressure from an outside source.
The result is Two Thousand and Ten Injuries - an eclectic collection of pop gems, anchored by New Wave and punk rock rhythms that don't ever let up. Accompanied by soundman and co-producer Wyatt Cusick (ex-member of The Aislers Set and Trackstar), Love is All recorded the album using only an old 24-track analog tape machine.
Two Thousand and Ten Injuries will be available on CD and limited edition deluxe black or white 180-gram vinyl (white LPs available exclusively through Polyvinyl). All pre-orders also come with sticker and button. Click the links below to pre-order Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, listen to the first single "Kungen," and to read articles in The Fader, Under the Radar, Filter and more.Hide More
The wait is over! Stereogum just debuted the new Aloha single "Moonless March" taken from their upcoming album Home Acres, which drops March 9. Some of you may remember this song from Aloha's Daytrotter session back in 2007. It's a little more refined now and sounds better than ever! Click the links below to download the track on Sterogum and to pre-order Home Acres.
Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good To Me, City Center) just finished a new solo record titled Night Times! Oh, and he's giving it away for FREE. So if you wanna check out the latest from Fred (and I suggest you do) click the link below!
Alright everyone. If you're not doing anything tomorrow night (1/22), and you're in Chicago...then listen up! The Andrew Rafacz Gallery will be hosting a special exhibition titled "Postcard Trouble," which features photographs and paintings by Joan of Arc contributors Bobby Burg and Jeremy Bolen. Right after that, Joan of Arc (along with tons of others) will be participating in the Joan of Arc Don't Mind Control Variety Show at The Empty Bottle in Chicago to celebrate the release of the new compilation - Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control. Bands performing include Owen, Tim Kinsella, Vacations, Birthmark, Pillars and Tongues, The Zoo Wheel plus a surprise guest! Intelligentsia Coffee will also be there, serving up delicious cups of their exclusive Joan of Arc Mourning Blend. Forget the plans you made with your significant other, reschedule that appointment, don't go to your night class! TRUST me, you don't want to miss it! Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the link below.
On top of me preaching the JOA gospel to you above, other publications have mentioned the show as well. The Onion A.V. Club, Newcity, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, and Time Out Chicago have all written tremendous literature about tomorrow night's festivities. Click the links below to check it all out. Hide More
The day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived! Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control is now available for purchase. If you haven't heard about the comp yet, it features 18 bands whose members have collaborated with Tim Kinsella under the Joan of Arc moniker at one point over the years (41+ people!). Artists include Owen, Euphone, Cale Parks, Ghosts and Vodka, Birthmark, Vacations, and more.
Don't Mind Control is available on both limited CD and deluxe double gatefold 2xLP. The CD comes with a 24-page photo booklet along with a 16-song Polyvinyl sampler. The 180 gram LP comes in either orange or green and includes a 18"x24" poster. Everything is very limited so get yours while you can by clicking the link below.
Don't Mind Control has already been getting tons of great coverage in places like Alternative Press, Time Out Chicago, Newcity, The Chicago Reader, Indie Rock Reviews and more. Follow the links below to check it out.
On top of all this great stuff, Friday 1/22 was a treat for all that were in attendance at the Joan of Arc Don't Mind Control Variety Show at The Emtpy Bottle in Chicago. The local cover band (Cap'n Jazz) decided to play a short set in the middle of the Variety Show. Check out the video above of "Oh Messy Life."