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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Holy moly, we're INCREDIBLY excited to announce that San Francisco's Painted Palms have officially joined the Polyvinyl famil!y! Their debut album, Forever, will be released 1/14/14 on CD, LP, cassette and digital formats (including an early bird LP edition limited to 300 copies on white vinyl). Pre-orders are up now RIGHT HERE.
You may remember Painted Palms from back in 2011 when of Montreal's Kevin Barnes heard their Canopy EP online and immediately asked them to open their entire US tour. Now, the band (featuring cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme) have returned with their beautifully crafted debut album, Forever.
The album's first single, "Spinning Signs," made its debut on Stereogum today. Take a listen HERE, or stream it above.
We know you all have been waiting for more material from Their / They're / There (we have too), well today's the day! The band's new Analog Weekend EP is curently up for pre-order and will be released 12/10 on CD, LP (burgundy vinyl limited to 500 w/ etched B-side), and digital formats. Our friends at Topshelf Records are co-releasing Analog Weekend and have forest green vinyl (also limited to 500) available in their E-Store.
Check out one of the new songs "New Blood" on PitchforkHERE, or stream it below.
Analog Weekend 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).
Happy October 8th Release Day! There's some serious cause for celebration right now. Ready for it? of Montreal's Lousy with Sylvianbriar is finally out for you lovely, lovely people, and available everywhere.
You can find it on limited edition sea glass green vinyl, CD, digitally, and green cassettes. You can peruse any of these options through our online store RIGHT HERE. If you're looking for purely digital, it's on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify. And finaly, in case you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, listen through "Belle Glade Missionaries" directly below. Seriously, do it, why not?
This newest album started when Kevin Barnes re-located to San Francisco where he spent days soaking in the strange surroundings and channeling the city's energy into his writing. After a very prolific period there, he returned to Athens, GA, and assembled the cast of musicians to begin the sessions.
Most of the tracking was recorded live with the band in the same room together. They worked quickly, with the band members composing their parts on the fly and with little second guessing.
"The most memorable, lasting, and relatable albums in of Montreal 's extensive catalog, and easily one of the best." - All Music Guide
"Lousy with Sylvianbriar is a sonic surprise of a different variety: 11 intimate tunes built on Summer of Love grooves and country-folk dreaminess." - Rolling StoneHide More
Quick, pre-order while you can! We're releasing a super limited run of 500 picture discs of STRFKR's 2011 Reptilians album. We'll start shipping them out by November 8th, and the vinyl will be packaged in a sturdy, crystal clear sleeve with a protective flap. You will also receive an instant download of the album upon ordering.
On STRFKR's second full-length, Reptilians, a lyrical obsession with death is expressed musically via vibrant crescendos, explosive drum beats, and layered synth melodies that drive a theatrical live show where dance party meets Roxy Music.
The album's vivid imagery (designed by Sohale Kevin Darouian), is the perfect visual complement to the entrancing music within.
Written almost entirely by principal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josh Hodges and produced by Jacob Portrait (Wampire, The Dandy Warhols), Reptilians is a blissfully buoyant affair that will have you dancing to songs about death while having the time of your life.
Check out the pre-order link below before somebody beats you to it!
We are incredibly excited (in fact, I'm currently jumping up and down in my seat due to massive excitement) about our newest compilation, I Need You Bad (coming 11/26). This bad boy documents the San Francisco garage rock scene (and a little bit beyond) as it exists now, and let me tell you...it's amazing!
Curated by one of its most vital members, Sonny Smith, the compilation features some bands you already know (Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, Warm Soda) and others you'll wish you had discovered sooner. Listen to Warm Soda's song "Tell Me in a Whisper" below.
Featuring artwork by Shannon Shaw (Shannon and the Clams), I Need You Bad is a perfect snapshot into one of the most influential and thriving music scenes in the country, if not the world. The compilation is available for pre-order now on limited edition "slime green" vinyl. Cassette formats will also be available through Burger Records.
To find out more about the comp, head over to this new landing page where you can see the entire tracklist & read about descriptions of each band written by Sonny. We'll be debuting two new song every week until the comp's released, so check back often!
The new of Montreal album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, comes out in just 8 days, but you can get a sneak peak right now over on Pitchfork Advance. The entire album is streaming all this week RIGHT HERE, so go check it out if you haven't already!
You may want to sit down for this one folks... okay, ready?
Yesterday The Dodos debuted a new music video for "Confidence" on NPR's All Songs Considered, and we couldn't be more thrilled to divulge the deets. Off of their recently released album, Carrier, it's a sequel to the "Companions" video that came out in 2011, and features a high-speed chase, bathrobe couture, and one sweet, sweet moustache. It's directed by Nate Chan, and you can find it by clicking the NPR link or the Youtube video above.
Happy release day to Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin! Their incredible new album, Fly By Wire, is officially out today and available everywhere. Pick up a copy on limited edition split colored white/red vinyl, CD, cassette, or digitally through our online store RIGHT HERE. And of course, the album is also available on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify / Rdio and every other place you can imagine.
If you're sitting there going "dang, I didn't even know about this until just now!" Well, first of all, shame on you. Secondly, take a listen to one of the band's new singles, "Young Presidents," below and get yourself up to speed!
See. Amazing, just like I told you right?
For Fly By Wire, the band took it back to where it all began, up in guitarist Will Knauer's attic in their hometown of Springfield, MO (the same attic that their critcally acclaimed debut album, Broom, was recorded in). Fly By Wire has many of the same characteristics as Broom, but with a few new twists and turns.
"In a modest yet striking feat, this Missouri combo blends late Beatles and prime Beach Boys to create a fresh and moving gem." -Mother Jones
"Buoyant, unassumingly ornate, and gently urgent...SSLYBY hasn't shed an ounce of its charm." - Magnet
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The day is finally here! The Dodos' new album, Carrier, is officially out now. Carrier is the band's 5th full-length album (1st for Polyvinyl) and features some of the band's best work yet. The album is available on CD, LP (limited edition 180-gram "glacier blue" vinyl) and cassette through our E-store (or at your favorite local record shop). It's also available digitally through iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, and Rdio.
Recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone Studios in the band's hometown of San Francisco, CA, Carrier features honest, beautiful songwriting which pays homage to Christopher Reimer, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 26 in 2012. Reimer was one of two guitarists for the band Women and eventually became a touring member of The Dodos towards the end of his life. He was a huge influence on The Dodos' guitarist/vocalist Meric Long.
"Chris was a huge influence on the way I think about guitar, songwriting, and music in general," reveals Long. "Seeing how he could transform and shape sound with an electric guitar inspired me to explore more tones and use those tones to begin writing a song."
Carrier has already received mutiple accolades through various music publications:
"Carrier is clearly a heavy load, but The Dodos hold it aloft with grace." ★★★★★ -eMusic
"...the lyrics on Carrier stand as the most meaningful in their catalog, making their newest album stand once again as the band’s best yet." -FILTER Hide More
Joan of Arc's latest full-length album, Testimonium Songs, is officialy out today! The album is available on magenta vinyl (see above), CD, cassette (purple tape), and digital formats. All physical formats are limited edition, so be sure to grab them while you can. Check everything out at our E-store RIGHT HERE, or grab the album on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify, or Rdio.
Testimonium Songs collects the song cycle composed by Joan of Arc (Tim Kinsella, Bobby Burg, and Theo Katsaounis) to be performed live in Testimonium, a work of performance by well-respected experimental theater ensemble Every House Has a Door.
Testimonium responds -- both in substance and in style -- to Charles Reznikoff’s monumental work Testimony, a translation into poetry of courtroom transcripts of witness and victim testimonies in criminal cases and cases of workplace negligence, in the US, spanning the years 1885 to 1915.
Performances of Testimonium incorporate modern dance, theater, and original songs written and played by Joan of Arc.
In a departure for the band, these highly structured compositions, developed over a two-year rehearsal period, emulate Reznikoff’s poetics by shaping themselves according to a mosaic method – rotating a fixed set of musical units in warping permutations. Listen to the first track, "Amelia," below.
The lyrics re-invent the strategies of Objectivist poetry, by turns surreal, ordinary, testimonial, and explosive, releasing the undercurrent of emotion in the poems while (almost) never quoting them directly.
Beyond collecting the Testimonium Songs, the record has a life of its own, with the contributions of stellar musicians David Grubbs, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, and Jim Baker, additional vocals by Melina Ausikaitis, and musical material not included in the performance.
Earlier this year, of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes went on a writing retreat to San Francisco, CA, where he spent 2 weeks exploring the city's various neighborhoods while writing the new of Montreal album, lousy with sylvianbriar. Today, the new album is available for pre-order on CD, LP (180-gram clear sea-grlass green vinyl), and cassette RIGHT HERE.
The first single, "fugitive air," debuted on Pitchfork today. Check it out HERE, or stream it below.
lousy with sylvianbriar is a dramatic shift in style compared to the band's last full-length release, Paralytic Stalks. This new album finds Barnes revisiting his roots, connecting with 60's / 70's bands like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Big Star and other classics.
Recorded at Barnes' home studio on a 24-track analog tape machine, lousy with sylvianbriar is an album to be explored, to be lived with, to be listened to in happiness and in darkness, to be dissolved into. To be played very loudly at parties and with eyes closed, in headphones, alone. It should become dog-eared and dirty with use and it should lessen the blow of our enemies, in all their forms.
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The new Pillar Point 7", Diamond Mine, is out now digitally + pre-orders for the white vinyl are up now on our E-store RIGHT HERE. The physical 7" comes out 9/3 (limited to 500 copies) but you don't have to wait that long for these jams. All pre-orders receive an instant download for both tracks at checkout!
Seattle's Pillar Point is the newest addition to the PV family and has already received praise from around the blogosphere. With track debuts on SPIN and Under the Radar, Pillar Point have already created a name for themselves with just two songs...and this is only the beginning.
Happy release day to Owen (AKA Mike Kinsella)! His fantastic new album, L'Ami du Peuple, is out today and is available at your favorite local record shop, or directly through us RIGHT HERE (CD, red LP, purple cassette, MP3). It's also available digitally through iTunes & Amazon MP3. And if streaming is your thing, check it out on Spotify or Rdio.
L'Ami du Peuple is Owen's 7th full-length release and features some of Mike's best work yet. Heartfelt lyrics, explosive drumming, intricate guitar work...this record has it all. Take a listen to the album's first single "Bad Blood" above.
"L'Ami du Peuple allows Kinsella to spread out and open himself up to different styles. And it's interesting to see his songs adapt to their new surroundings." -Under the Radar
"A sense of excited satisfaction runs through L'Ami du Peuple, finding a still curious and motivated Kinsella a little bit older, but learning new things all the time and coming up with some of his best songs yet." - AllMusicHide More
From theatrical live performances to eye-popping album artwork, of Montreal has always been as much about what you see as what you hear.
And now, the band's visual and musical dimensions are even more closely linked on this beautiful picture disc edition of their beloved 2005 album, The Sunlandic Twins.
The record itself serves as the showcase for David Barnes' iconic imagery and Kevin Barnes' superlative songwriting. And it has never looked or sounded better.
Featuring of Montreal favorites such as "Wraith Pinned to the Mist," "Oslo in the Summertime," "So Begins Our Alabee," and many more, this landmark album will only be available on picture disc via this one-time, limited edition pressing of 535 numbered copies.
Official release date for the picture disc is 8/9, but pre-orders are up RIGHT HERE. Follow the link to check out more photos of the picture disc and to revist this classic album.
I'll admit it...I had a pretty bad case of the Mondays yesterday. I think the internet was out to get me, but you know what...things are lookin' up today. The new Owen album, L'Ami du Peuple, comes out 7/2, but SPIN has an exclusive stream of the entire album up RIGHT NOW. Get a sneak peak by CLICKING HERE.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin just finished their brand new album, Fly By Wire, and as of today, it's available for pre-order! The album will be released 9/17 and will be available on CD, LP (RED/WHITE split colored vinyl), cassette (red tape), and digital formats. The split colored vinyl is only available through our mailorder shop and is limited to just 800 copies. Pre-order the album by clicking HERE.
Fly By Wire finds the band returning to where it all began, the attic of guitarist Will Knauer's house in the band's hometown of Springfield, MO (where their debut Broom was recorded). Check out the first single, "Nightwater Girlfriend" above. The single is also available on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify / Rdio.
Follow the links below to pre-order Fly By Wire and to read more about the album.
The day is finally here! The new Sonny & The Sunsets album, Antenna to the Afterworld, is out today! You can pick one up at your favorite local record shop, or directly through our E-store on CD, LP (purple vinyl), cassette (purple tape), and digital formats. The album is also available on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify / Rdio.
If you're unfamiliar with the album, have a listen to the opening track "dark corners" below.
Antenna to the Afterworld is the 4th full-length release from Sonny & The Sunsets, and what a wonderul album it is! Aliens, space freaks, cyborgs, homeless people, psychics...this album has just about everything you could imagine.
After the unfortunate murder of a close friend of the band, chief songwriter, Sonny Smith, started thinking a lot about death and the afterworld. Shortly after that, Smith paid a visit to a psychic/medium who brought him into contact with another friend who had died. These experiences inspired what was to become Antenna to the Afterworld, both sonically and lyrically.
Allmusic describes it best:
"Antenna to the Afterworld turns out to be the best kind of pop album: it sounds great and it's full of catchy songs, but it has just enough deeper meaning and emotional depth to keep it from blowing away in a light breeze." (Tim Sendra)
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Exciting news on the Joan of Arc horizon! The band has been hard at work on an exciting new collaboration with Chicago based company Every house has a door, and details of the project have just been announced today. Joan of Arc will be releasing a new album, Testimonium Songs, July 30th on limited edition CD, hand-numbered LP (500 magenta, 500 black), cassette, and digital formats. The album is available for pre-order now RIGHT HERE.
Testimonium Songs collects the song cycle composed by Joan of Arc (Tim Kinsella, Bobby Burg, and Theo Katsaounis) to be performed live in Testimonium, a work of performance by well-respected experimental theater ensemble Every house has a door. Testimonium responds — both in substance and in style — to Charles Reznikoff’s monumental work Testimony, a translation into poetry of courtroom transcripts of witness and victim testimonies in criminal cases and cases of workplace negligence, in the US, spanning the years 1885 to 1915. Performances of Testimonium incorporate modern dance, theater, and original songs written and played by Joan of Arc.
In a departure for the band, these highly structured compositions, developed over a two-year rehearsal period, emulate Reznikoff’s poetics by shaping themselves according to a mosaic method – rotating a fixed set of musical units in warping permutations. Check out the opening track "Amelia" above.
The lyrics re-invent the strategies of Objectivist poetry, by turns surreal, ordinary, testimonial, and explosive, releasing the undercurrent of emotion in the poems while (almost) never quoting them directly.
Beyond collecting the Testimonium Songs, the record has a life of its own, with the contributions of stellar musicians David Grubbs, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, and Jim Baker, additional vocals by Melina Ausikaitis, and musical material not included in the performance. The album does not feature recent Joan of Arc contributor/member, Victor Villarreal, as he and Kinsella are currently working towards the completion of a new Owls album.
To showcase Testimonium in a live setting, Chicago Cultural Center presents, in association with Every house has a door, the world premier performances of Testimonium, October 17 – 20, 2013 at The Storefront Theater, Chicago. Watch a preview of the Testimonium performance above. Hide More
I'm sure I speak for everyone here at PV (and probably everyone out there in the world too) when I say that we couldn't be more excited about the new Saturday Looks Good To Me album, One Kiss Ends It All, coming out today! This is the band's first full-length album since 2007's Fill Up The Room, and it's got everything you know and love from the band + a few new twists and turns.
The album is available on teal vinyl, CD, and white cassette through our E-store. Or you can grab it from iTunes / Amazon or stream it on Spotify / Rdio. Take a listen to the album's single "Invisible Friend" below. You can also hear the ENTIRE album over on Paste MagazineRIGHT HERE.
The album has already received praise from all over the blogosphere. Check out a few of our favs.
"..this Motown-stomping, horn-embellished confection is the type of listen that can lead to another." SPIN
"For over a decade now, Fred Thomas has mined the aesthetic of 1960s girl groups and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, but each new release the band puts out feels fresh rather than formulaic." Pitchfork
"..although it’s been four years since SLGTM’s last release, the band didn’t spend all that time lamenting each and every creative decision. Instead, they allowed the twelve tracks to take shape spontaneously." Paste MagazineHide More
A few weeks back, we announced that The Dodos have officially joined the Polyvinyl family, and today, we're happy to share more details on the band's upcoming album, Carrier, which will be released 8/27 on CD, LP (180-gram blue vinyl), cassette, and digital formats! You can pre-order the album now by CLICKING HERE.
The first single, "Confidence," debuted on Pitchfork earlier today, which you can check out HERE, or stream above. In addition to this song appearing on Carrier, it will also be released as a digital single on 5/21.
Find out more about CarrierHERE and don't forget to check out the teaser video above.
And if that's not enough for ya, Stereogum just debuted the brand new video for "Orchards," which you can check out above, or RIGHT HERE. The video was directed by Daniel Portrait and features Rocky and Eric cruising around the country side with an unexpected (but truly amazing) friend.
It's been a long time since Saturday Looks Good to Me have released a proper full-length album, but the wait is almost over! Their new album, One Kiss Ends It All, comes out 5/21 and Paste Magazine is giving you a sneak peak with an entire album stream! So if I were you, I'd CLICK HERE and check it out.
The new Owen album, L'Ami du Peuple, will be released 7/2 and is available for pre-order now RIGHT HERE! It's available on CD, LP (limited edition red vinyl), and cassette (red tape), and features some of Kinsella's best work to date. I wouldn't be lieing to you if I said that the album contains some dueling electric guitar lines that are the closest think Mike's ever done in tribute to his 80's hair metal obsession. Trust me...it's rad!
See for yourself with the first single "Bad Blood" below.
Also available on 7/2 is a repress of the Their / They're / There EP which was previously only available on Record Store Day. If you missed it then, you'll be able to pick up a copy on a different vinyl color (clear red), which will be unlimited. That's also available for pre-order now RIGHT HERE.
TTT features Mike Kinsella on drums, Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) on bass/vocals, and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) on guitar. Check out the first single, "Their / They're / Therapy" below.
Our favorite holiday, Record Store Day, is quickly approaching! It's going down tomorrow (Sat 4/20) and we've got 6 releases for the special occasion. Each album will only be available at your local record store, so get out there tomorrow and support the locals! Take a look at our releases by CLICKING HERE.
Generationals' 3rd full-length album (and Polyvinyl debut), Heza, is officially out today on CD, LP, cassette, and digital! Visit your favorite local record store to pick up a copy on clear vinyl, or head to our online store and grab the mailorder exclusive neon-red LP (that's it above / limited to 500, only available through us).
"A dancier Echo & The Bunnyman or a version of The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs recorded at higher fidelity." [84/100] - FILTER
"With Heza, Generationals have perfected its a-little-bit-of-everything pop." - Under The Radar
If you're wondering what Heza is all about, take a second to check out the first video for "Put a Light On" below, which made its debut on Paste.
Follow the links below to find out more about Heza and to check out a few of our package deals, which includes a new T-shirt design.
Want to hear the new Generationals album, Heza, one week early? The Hype Machine has the entire album streaming below. Do yourself a favor and check it out!
Heza comes out 4/2 and is available on limited edition neon red vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital formats. All orders come with an instant MP3 download for the entire album checkout, so you can enjoy the album while you wait for your package to arrive. Check it out HERE.
Their / They're / There is the new project from Mike Kinsella (Owen, Cap'n Jazz, American Football), Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships). We're excited to announce that we'll be releasing their self-titled debut EP on Record Store Day (4/20).
Check out the first single "Concession Speech Writer" over on Rolling StoneRIGHT HERE.
Generationals have a brand new video for "Put a Light On" that just made its debut on Paste Magazine today! The video was directed by Vice Cooler and features Grant and Ted walking through the streets of their New Orleans hometown. Check it out above, then head to Paste for more.
"Put a Light On" appears on Generationals upcoming album, Heza, which is available RIGHT HERE.
We're incredibly excited to announce that the new Sonny & The Sunsets album, Antenna to the Afterworld, will be released June 11th! Available on CD, LP (purple vinyl), and cassette, the album is a whole new sound for the Sunsets...and it's amazing. Pre-orders are up RIGHT HERE.
The opening track, "Dark Corners," made its debut on Pitchfork earlier today here. Take a listen below:
The murder of a close friend of the band led Sonny Smith to think a lot about death and life after death. Shortly after, a visit to a psychic/medium brought Smith into contact with another friend who had died. This encounter with the afterworld inspired many of the lyrics on Antenna to the Afterworld. And what a strangely entertaining odyssey it turned out to be.
"I come from the planet of dogs / ... / And I walk on your streets / ... / and I can't wait to find / My little place in your weird world," Smith sings on opening track "Dark Corners," as the song's use of synthesizers lends the perfect sonic counterpart to the science fiction narrative.
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Oh yes my friends...it's coming. The new Sonny & The Sunsets album, Antenna to the Afterworld, will be released June 11th! Check out a preview of the opening track, "Dark Corners," above. Stay tuned for more details!
Look out folks, the new Wampire album, Curiosity, is now available for pre-order through our online store RIGHT HERE. In addition to this being one of my favorite PV album covers EVER, this record is absolutely amazing. It'll be in stores 5/14 on CD, LP (clear vinyl), cassette (purple tape), and digital. WE CAN'T WAIT!!!
Two songs from the album have already made their way to the blogosphere. Check them out below!
Hey digital lovers...boy do I have good news for you! We have 3 brand new 7"s out today! Wampire'sThe Hearse, Psychic Twin'sStrangers, and Painted Palms'Carousel are all available now at your favorite digital retailer.
As for the physical 7"s, both the Psychic Twin and Painted Palms singles will be in stores on 4/2, while Wampire will be in stores 3/19 (but it's currently shipping now from our online store). Check out the purple vinyl below. Purdy is it?
Incredibly excited to finally be able to announce that the new Saturday Looks Good To Me album, One Kiss Ends It All, will be coming out 5/21/13 and is currently available for pre-order RIGHT HERE. The album will be available on CD, LP (teal vinyl limited to 300), and cassette (white tape limited to 100).
If you're not falling over with excitement yet (like me), then check out the first single "Invisible Friend," which just debuted on PitchforkHERE.
One Kiss Ends It All is the first proper full-length album since 2007's Fill Up The Room, and Fred Thomas and co. are picking back up right where they left off. With more sophisticated arrangements and melodies more direct and engaging than anything the band has ever done, the album feels like re-telling the details of a dream minutes after waking. Something new colliding with something that shouldn't make sense in a beautifully strange collage. And always more details hidden in the corners.
Deerhoof's new EP, We Do Parties, is out now digitally! The EP features a remix of the Breakup Song track "Mario's Flaming Whiskers III" by Simeon Silver Apples (perfectly titled "Mario's Flaming Dessert"), a live cover of The Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties", and more. Check it out on iTunes or directly from us throug our online store HERE.
The new STRFKR album, Miracle Mile, is officially out now in North America on CD, 2xLP, cassette, and digital formats! Visit your favorite local record shop to pick up a copy on the cream colored vinyl (the limited edition red/green ones are already sold out) or get it from us directly RIGHT HERE.
To get a feel for the album, check out the first video for "Atlantis" above, which debuted on Entertainment Weekly today (directed by Vice Cooler). Jogging, monsters, lemonade stands full of blood...what more could you ask for?
In addition to all this, the guys will embark on their North American tour with Blackbird Blackbird at the end of the month! Check out all the dates below, and be sure to get tickets in advance (these shows are all very close to selling out)
STRFKR Tour Dates:
Feb 26, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Feb 27, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater Mar 01, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom Mar 02, 2013 - Hollywood, CA @ The Fonda Theatre Mar 03, 2013 - San Diego, CA @ Porters Pub (UCSD) Mar 07, 2013 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk Mar 08, 2013 - Houston, TX @ 2700 Canal Street Mar 09, 2013 - New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music & Art Project Mar 10, 2013 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall Mar 11, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West Mar 12, 2013 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel Mar 13, 2013 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club Mar 14, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer Mar 15, 2013 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall Mar 16, 2013 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club Mar 18, 2013 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom Mar 19, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Metro Mar 20, 2013 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom Mar 21, 2013 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre Mar 22, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater Mar 23, 2013 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Boonies Mar 24, 2013 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting RoomHide More
NME had a few great things to say about Wampire's Kraftwerk cover, "Das Modell," which is the B-side to the band's upcoming 7" (The Hearse), and they even have it streaming for your listening pleasure! Check it out RIGHT HERE.
The Hearse 7" is available for pre-order HERE on limited edition purple vinyl + instant MP3! It's out 3/19/13.
We've been all about the 7"s lately, and guess what...we've got one more for ya! We're very excited to announce that the new Strangers 7" from Psychic Twin will be out 4/2 on white viny (available 3/22 digitally). It's available for pre-order RIGHT HERE.
Psychic Twin is Erin Fein and Brett Sanderson. They make pop music that is romantic and mysterious; infused with an ineffable longing for escape, for the unattainable, like the impossible desire to make music with one’s own double.
The self-titled A-side debuted on The Fader today. Check it out RIGHT HERE or stream it above.
In 2010, Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets) invited 100 artists to collaborate on an incredibly ambitious project. The artists would design 100 album covers, while Smith recorded music (under fictitious band names) to go along with each one. The result is Vol. 1, 2, and 3 of the 100 Records project, which came out today!
Vol. 1, 2, and 3 are all available on limited edition cassettes + MP3, while Vol. 3 is also available on limited white vinyl! Check them all out RIGHT HERE.
To get an idea of what this project is all about, check out this video interview at Gallery 16 in San Francisco, where Smith talks about the project in detail. You can also stream Vol. 3 in its entirety on Consequence of SoundRIGHT HERE.
This just in: We're extremely excited to be releasing the new Carousel 7" from San Francisco's Painted Palms on 3/5! The 7" is available for pre-order now RIGHT HERE. All pre-orders receive an instant MP3 download for both songs at checkout.
If you're unfamiliar with Painted Palms, you might remember them opening for of Montreal during their 2011 tour. Kevin Barnes heard Painted Palms' Canopy EP and personally asked them to join the tour himself.
You can listen to the Carousel's self-titled A-side over on SPIN HERE (or stream it above).
Today's the day! Shugo Tokumaru's latest (and finest) album, In Focus?, is officially out today in the US, UK, and Europe. Look for it at your favorite local record shop, or order directly through the PV online store RIGHT HERE (check out the clear vinyl above).
Pitchfork recently debuted the incredibly intricate new video for "Katachi," which features amazing stop-animation work by directors Kijek / Adamski. Watch it above!
"Shugo Tokumaru is one of those rare people who can pile instruments all over each other in a way that makes no sense on paper and then make it come off as the most natural thing in the world." - Pitchfork (7.6)
And don't forget, the album is streaming in its entirety over at Under the RadarHERE!
We're extremely excited to announce that Generationals have officially joined the Polyvinyl family! Their new album, Heza, will be released worldwide on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats 4/2/13 and is currenlty available for pre-order RIGHT HERE. The album's first single, "Spinoza," debuted on Pitchfork today and can be heard below.
Heza will be available on a special run of neon red vinyl (limited to 500 copies and only available through the PV store). All record shops will carry a clear vinyl version.
More about Generationals:
Since releasing their debut full-length Con Law in 2009, Generationals have consistently delivered pop hooks shone through a melancholic prism. This trend continued with 2010's Trust EP and again on 2011's full-length Actor-Caster.
Now, with Heza, the band (Ted Joyner & Grant Widmer) deliver all that you've come to love from them, only now the focus is on rhythms and textures, revealing a more patient band -- one willing to dig for deeper gems than in their previous work.
Recorded in phases at Jim Eno's Public Hifi in Austin, producer Daniel Black's Bent Black studio in D.C., and their hometown of New Orleans, these songs
show restraint, with hooks developing in the spaces between sounds.
We're incredibly excited to announce that we'll be releasing Vol. 1, 2, & 3 of Sonny Smith's 100 Records project on limited edition cassette and digital formats. Vol 3 will also be available on white vinyl (limited to 500). Each release will be available on 1/29/13 and are currently up for pre-order RIGHT HERE.
Take a listen to "If You Don't Make a Change (Don Adora'e)" from Vol. 3 below.
In 2010, during his residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, Calif., Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets) took on the incredibly ambitious task of creating 100 fictitious bands and writing songs for each, an undertaking he dubbed the "100 Records Project."
Smith invented band names and song titles, then spent the next year recording singles for each of his 100 imaginary bands. Not stopping there, he also invited notable visual artists -- including Chris Johanson, Esther Pearl Watson and William Wiley -- to design album art for each.
That same year, the 100 Records Project was first shared with the public at San Francisco's Gallery 16. The art exhibit, which was highly praised by critics and fans alike, allowed visitors to play all 100 songs on a homemade jukebox and view original prints of the album covers.
Two collections featuring songs from the project, 100 Records: Vol. 1 and 100 Records: Vol. 2, have previously been released in extremely limited edition runs.Hide More
We've been waiting a long time to tell you all about this one! The AMAZING new STRFKR album, Miracle Mile, is now available for pre-order! The album will be released 2/19/13 on CD, 2xLP (limited edition red & green or cream vinyl), cassette (red tape), and digital formats. The red & green vinyl is limited to 1,000 copies and only available through our online store.
The lead track and first single on Miracle Mile, "While I'm Alive," is streaming right now over on Billboard.com. WARNING: you'll probably listen to it about 5 times in a row...it's that good, so be prepared.
"While I'm Alive" is out now digitally as well! You can download it on iTunes or stream it on Rdio / Spotify.
STRFKR have also just announced a month-long US tour w/ Blackbird Blackbird beginning Feb 26th in Seattle, WA at The Neptune. Check out the entire list of dates below.
STRFKR Tour Dates
Feb 26, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Feb 27, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater Mar 01, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom Mar 02, 2013 - Hollywood, CA @ The Fonda Theatre Mar 03, 2013 - San Diego, CA @ Porters Pub (UCSD) Mar 07, 2013 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk Mar 08, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Mar 11, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West Mar 12, 2013 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel Mar 13, 2013 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club Mar 14, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer Mar 15, 2013 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall Mar 16, 2013 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club Mar 18, 2013 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom * Mar 19, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Metro Mar 20, 2013 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom Mar 22, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater Mar 24, 2013 - Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
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Our favorite Japanese pop wizard, Shugo Tokumaru, is back with a new album, In Focus?, and it's available for pre-order now!
The album will be released throughout North America, UK, and Europe early next year (1/22/13) on CD, LP (clear vinyl), and digital formats. All pre-orders receive an instant MP3 download for the entire album at checkout, so you can listen right now while you wait for your package to ship!
Check out the video for the first single "Decorate" above, or stream it on Soundcloud below.
Ooooo la lahhhhhh...the Owen colored vinyl reissues are here! We're excited to finally offer these up on colored wax, just in time for the holidays! 4 full lengths (Owen, No Good For No One Now, I do perceive., At Home With Owen) are being reissued. We're also pressing The Seaside EP on clear vinyl (first time ever on vinyl). Each release is limited to 300 copies, so if you want one you might want to act fast! CLICK HERE to check it all out.
Happy release day! Today the brand new Saturday Looks Good to Me Sunglasses 7", along with the Every Night vinyl reissue, are both available today! Both are limited to 500 copies and come on colored wax (Sunglasses - clear blue, Every Night- pink). Get em while they're hot here - http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/sunglasses
of Montreal's new outtakes/rarities album, Daughter of Cloud, is officially out now! This album features 17 tracks: 10 of them are previously unreleased, while the other 7 were originally issued on rare, out-of-print, or limited edition CDs and 7"s. These recordings range from the Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? era to the present.
Rather than arranging the songs chronologically, of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes, carefully sequenced the tracks to give the listener the same feeling they would receive upon hearing a brand new album.
Daughter of Cloud is available on beautiful black 2xLP, CD, and purple cassette. Pick one up at your favorite local record shop, or directly through us RIGHT HERE.
If you've been wondering about the upcoming of Montreal rarities album, Daughter of Cloud, today's your lucky day. MTV Hive is streaming the entire album 1 week before its release on 10/23. Take a listen by CLICKING HERE.
The brand new vinyl reissue of Xiu Xiu's 2006 album, The Air Force, was released this week! It features re-imagined artwork from main man Jamie Stewart and comes on 180-gram black vinyl. Check it out RIGHT HERE, or look for it at your favorite local record shop!
To celebrate the new Saturday Looks Good To MeSunglasses 7" and upcoming full-length, we're bringing back the classic SLGTM title Every Night and repressing it on limited edition pink vinyl! This release has been out-of-print for 4 years so if you've been wanting to pick up a copy, now's your chance! It also features re-imagined artwork with a screen-printed jacket!
It's been over 4 years since we're heard anything from Fred Thomas' main outfit Saturday Looks Good To Me, but we're excited to inform you that new music is here! On Nov 6th, we'll release the new Sunglasses 7" on limited blue vinyl featuring two brand new songs! Listen to the title track, featuring new vocalist Carol Catherine below.
If you're looking for another taste of what the new of Montreal rarities album, Daughter of Cloud, is all about, then head over to Stereogum! They recently debuted the track "Our Love is Senile," one of the earliest recordings featured on the album. Take a listen below. Daughter of Cloud is available on limited edition 2xLP (cyan or black vinyl), CD, cassette (purple tape), and digital formats RIGHT HERE.
Exciting news is brewin' within the of Montreal family! The new of Montreal rarities album, Daughter of Cloud, along with the debut EP from Harouki Zombi, Objet Petit A, will both be released on Oct 23rd! Both are available for pre-order HERE and come with instant MP3 download codes for each release at checkout, so you'll be able to hear them right away!
Daughter of Cloud features 17 tracks from of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes -- 10 are previously unreleased, while the other 7 were originally issued on rare, out-print, or limited edition CDs and 7"s, all spanning the years 2007- 2012. Daughter of Cloud will be available on CD, 2xLP (cyan or black vinyl), cassette (purple tape), and digital formats. Check out the song "Sails, Hermaphroditic" below.
Harouki Zombi is the electronic project from Nina Barnes (of Montreal, Apollinaire Rave Art Collective) and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, O+S). Their debut EP, Objet Petit A, will be released on limited edition purple 2x7" & digital formats and it'll also include 2 bonus remixes. Check out the EP's title track below.
We've been waiting a long time for this day. The new Deerhoof album, Breakup Song, is officially out now on CD, LP (white vinyl), cassette, and digital formats! As always, you can order it directly from us RIGHT HERE, visit your favorite local record shop, or head to iTunes HERE. And don't forget, the album is still streaming in full on the band's YouTube channel HERE.
In addition to the album's release, Deerhoof have just unveiled their brand new video for "Fête d'Adieu" on Pitchfork. The video was directed by Elias Gwinn and features Deerhoof and their comrades dancing around Brooklyn's McGolrick Park, celebrating the nature of friendships & the irony of a "goodbye party." Watch it above!
Deerhoof also just compiled a great photo album featuring photos of the band recording Breakup Song. In the photo above, Ed is amused by Greg's attempts to improve on Ed's drum part for "To Fly or Not to Fly," while Satomi begins drawings for the inside panel of the album's artwork. CLICK HERE to check out all the photos.
And what would a Deerhoof announcement be without some more awesome live footage? The band's entire show from Santa Fe, NM's Sol Santa Fe has been posted to their YouTube channel. Check it out above! Hide More
The day has finally arrived! The AMAZING new Deerhoof album, Breakup Song, is streaming in its entirety on both NPR and YouTube! Check out a video the band put together featuring the entire album above, or head to NPR's First Listen by CLICKING HERE.
Breakup Song comes out September 4th on CD, LP (white vinyl), and digital formats. When asked how the album sounds, the band describes it best - "Noise jingles for parties." That statement couldn't be more accurate. This thing makes you want to get up and dance. In fact, I'm about to get up and dance in our office right now...
We're very excited to announce that on Oct 9th, Xiu Xiu's 2006 long out-of-print album, The Air Force, will be reissued on 180-gram black vinyl! The release will feature completely re-imagined artwork by Xiu Xiu front-man Jamie Stewart.
But that's not all! Xiu Xiu will be hitting the road for a WORLD TOUR this fall. They'll kick things off here in the states, opening up for Swans throughout the entire month of September, then they'll fly to Europe to perform B-sides, 7" songs, and rarities in countries such as Germany, France, Australia, and more. Check out a complete list of tour dates below.
Xiu Xiu Tour Dates
Aug 28, 2012 - Gallery 5, Richmond, VA Aug 29, 2012 - Golden West Cafe, Baltimore, MD + Aug 30, 2012 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY # Sep 2, 2012 - APK Live, London, Canada Sep 3, 2012 - Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL ^ Sep 6, 2012 - Venue, Vancouver, Canada * Sep 7, 2012 - Neumos, Seattle, WA * Sep 8, 2012 - Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR * Sep 10, 2012 - Regency Center Grand Ballroon, San Francisco, CA * Sep 11, 2012 - Music Box @ The Fonda, Los Angeles, CA * Sep 12, 2012 - The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ * Sep 14, 2012 - La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX * Sep 15, 2012 - Fitzgerald's, Houston, TX * Sep 16, 2012 - Trees, Dallas, TX * Sep 18, 2012 - ACM @ UCO Performance Lab, Oklahoma City, OK * Sep 19, 2012 - Beaumont Club, Kansas City, MO * Sep 20, 2012 - Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE * Sep 21, 2012 - Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN * Sep 22, 2012 - Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI * Sep 24, 2012 - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO * Oct 11, 2012 - Kings Arms, Auckland (NZ) Oct 14, 2012 - This Is Nowhere, Perth (AUS) Oct 17, 2012 - Goodgod, Sydney (AUS) Oct 18, 2012 - Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane (AUS) Oct 19, 2012 - Gasometer, Melbourne (AUS) Oct 25, 2012 - TBA, Rome (IT) Oct 26, 2012 - Ravenna, Bronson (IT) Oct 27, 2012 - Auditorium Malchovic, Verona (IT) Oct 28, 2012 - TNT, Jesi (IT) Oct 30, 2012 - Tvornica, Zagreb (HR) Oct 31, 2012 - Korjaamo, Helsinki (FI) Nov 1, 2012 - Revolver, Oslo (NO) Nov 2, 2012 - Ahoi Pop Festival, Linz (AT) Nov 3, 2012 - PMK Bogen, Innsbruck (AT) Nov 4, 2012 - K4, Nuernberg (DE) Nov 5, 2012 - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden (DE) Nov 6, 2012 - Theater Am Palais, Erfurt (DE) Nov 7, 2012 - Beatpol, Dresden (DE) Nov 8, 2012 - Cafe Cairo, Wuerzburg (DE) Nov 9, 2012 - TBA, Brno (CZ) Nov 10, 2012 - Arena, Wien (AT) Nov 11, 2012 - Klub Strahov 9007, Prague (CZ) Nov 12, 2012 - Baustelle Kalk, Koeln (DE) Nov 13, 2012 - Eureka, Zwolle (NL) Nov 14, 2012 - Trix, Antwerp (BE) Nov 15, 2012 - Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg (DE) Nov 16, 2012 - Musiques Volantes Festival, Metz (FR) Nov 17, 2012 - Fri-Son, Fribourg (CH)
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HAPPY RELEASE DAY! The new album from Stagnant Pools, Temporary Room, is officially out today! The album is available on CD, LP (white vinyl), and MP3 formats at your favorite local record shop, or directly through us RIGHT HERE. It's also up on iTunes HERE. Stream the entire thing below!
If you're unfamiliar with Stagnant Pools, the band consists of just two people - brothers Bryan and Douglass Enas. They make music which the Chicago Reader describes as "drone-heavy, slate-gray art-rock that should appeal to fans of Disappears, Joy Division, and Sonic Youth records from back when they were still actually scary."
Pitchfork also had great things to say about their first single, "Dead Sailor." "The band sounds ready to escape something here, as a bucking rhythm and Strokes-like melody peeks through a hovering coal-dust cloud of distorted guitar sustain and reverb."
To support the album's release, Stagnant Pools are hitting the road for the next two months, opening up for Bad Veins, School of Seven Bells, and Maximo Park. Be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates HERE and follow the band on Facebook & Twitter.Hide More
Last week, Deerhoof announced news that their brand new album, Breakup Song, will be coming out September 4th and they described its sound as Cuban-flavored-party-noise-energy music! If you've been pondering what exactly that sounds like, today is your lucky day. Pitchfork posted the first single, "The Trouble with Candyhands," RIGHT HERE earlier today. Take a listen below.
Follow the links below to pre-order Breakup Song & to read more on Pitchfork.
Today is TOTALLY awesome becaue Dusted's debut full-length, Total Dust, is TOTALLY OUT NOW! The album is available on CD (comes with a bonus track), 180-gram maroon LP (limited edition of 500 & includes bonus track), and digital formats. Both the CD and LP come with an instant MP3 download at checkout. Pick one up at your favorite local record store, or directly from us RIGHT HERE.
Dusted is the debut solo project of Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt. Wanting to explore a different sound, Borcherdt teamed up with producer/drummer Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals) and locked themselves in a cold Nova Scotia cabin for the month of December to create Total Dust. The result is a lo-fi, haunting masterpiece that showcases an entire new side of Borcherdt. Take a listen to the entire album above.
The new Sonny & The Sunsets album, Longtime Companion, is officially out today on CD / LP / MP3 worldwide! Visit your favorite local record shop, or check out our online store, to get a copy. The album is also available on iTunes HERE.
Longtime Companion is the 3rd full-length album from San Francisco's Sonny & The Sunsets, and 1st with Polyvinyl! With Longtime Companion, the Sunset's mastermind, Sonny Smith, pulls from his country roots to create an incredibly personal album, full of love and heartbreak. With hints of Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Townes Van Zandt and a little Johnny Cash, Longtime Companion still remains a Sonny & The Sunsets album, it's just that there's a bit more twang this time around.
Check out the first single, "Pretend You Love Me," above. To get a taste of the entire album, head over to Under The Radar for their exclusive album stream.
In 2007, Josh Hodges (mastermind behind Starfucker), was asked by his friend to quit his job so he could record an album of cover songs. "It was actually my friend's idea," Hodges says. "He wanted to hear what some of these songs would sound like if I performed them. I thought it sounded like a fun idea."
What grew out of that proposition is Sexton Blake Plays The Hits. With covers ranging from Elton John to LL Cool J, ELO to Milli Vanilli, this album is a perfect snapshot in time that shows how Hodges would go on to approach his own songs under the Starfucker moniker. "It's a pretty funny selection of songs, some ridiculous and some legit," he explains, "I had a lot of fun making this record."
Previously only available digitally, Sexton Blake Plays The Hits is now available on 180-gram clear gold 2xLP (limited to 1,000 and comes with instant MP3 download) and will be in stores July 17th. This is the first time these songs have been made available on vinyl!
The album is available RIGHT NOW through our online store HERE.
Consequence of Sound has the upcoming Stagnant Pools album, Temporary Room, streaming in its entirety RIGHT HERE! There's also a great in-depth interview with both Bryan and Doug about how the album came to be, and how living in Bloomington, IN has shaped their sound.
Temporary Room comes out August 7th on CD / LP / MP3. It's available for pre-order RIGHT NOW.
If you've been wondering what the new Sonny & The Sunsets album sounds like, you're in luck! Longtime Companion (out next week 6/26) is streaming in its entirety on Under The Radar right now! Take a listen at the link below.
The new Dusted album, Total Dust, is streaming in its entirety over on Noisey, Vice's music site. This is the first place you'll be able to stream the album before its release on July 10, so take advantage of it! Follow the link below to check it out.
Dusted has a new track, "Pale Light", debuting on Consequence of Sound! Coming from the soon to be released, Total Dust, CoS described the song as "darker and more introspective, unwinding violin threads in cavernous spaces that echo Taheny’s work with Final Fantasy". If that peaks your interest (and we're guessing it did), then check out the soundcloud link above or go directly to their site through the link below.
THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! Japandroids' new album, Celebration Rock, is officially out today worldwide! The album is available on 180-gram white vinyl (see above), CD, and MP3. Both the LP and CD come with a 20-page photo booklet. Check it out in our online store HERE (or digitally on iTunes HERE).
Celebration Rock is Japandroids' 2nd full-length album and it hits just as hard (if not harder) than their critically acclaimed debut, Post-Nothing. Each song is instantly memorable, showing just how far this band has come since they were about to call it quits nearly 3 years ago. See for yourself by taking a listen to "The House That Heaven Built" below, or stream the whole album on Rdio or Spotify.
It's no surprise that nearly everyone loves Celebration Rock just as much as we do. The album has been getting praised from various music publications around the globe, and the reviews keep coming in! Pitchfork gave the album "Best New Music" (8.8) and had this to say: "Celebration Rock treats every day like the last day of school, raising a glass to the past, living in the moment and going into the future feeling fucking invincible."
The album has also received multiple accolades in other places like Rolling Stone (4/5), SPIN (9/10), NPR, BBC, and others. I think it's safe to say that if you haven't heard this album yet, you're missing out. Follow the links here/below to check everything out!Hide More
Japandroids' new album, Celebration Rock, is currently streaming in its entirety all this week on NPR's "First Listen." Check it out HERE. When describing the album, NPR says: "In 35 minutes and just eight songs, these guys kick and scream ("Let rip, but never let go!"), fill their choruses with "whoa-oh-ohs," and generally sing the praises of a loud, messy life. It's fitting that Celebration Rock both starts and finishes with the sound of fireworks — figuratively, they never actually stopped."
But NPR aren't the only ones who have praised Celebration Rock. Pitchfork gave the album a great review (Best New Music - 8.8), saying it "remains structurally minimal but incredibly dense, fashioning a bionic kind of rock music from the best parts without a moment that lacks crowd-pleasing purpose."
The album is currently out now in Canada, and will be released everywhere else next week (6/5). Follow the links below to order the album and to read the reviews. Hide More
We're very pleased to announce that Bloomington, IN's Stagnant Pools have officially signed with Polyvinyl. Their upcoming album, Temporary Room, will be released August 7th on CD / LP (black or white vinyl) / digital formats. The album is currently available for pre-order RIGHT HERE.
Stagnant Pools are Bryan and Douglass Enas, two brothers (21 and 22) from Bloomington, IN. With just one guitar and a drum kit, they make music which the Chicago Reader describes as "drone-heavy, slate-gray art-rock that should appeal to fans of Disappears, Joy Division, and Sonic Youth records from back when they were still actually scary."
See for yourself by streaming the first single, "Dead Sailor," above. Pitchfork also posted the track HERE, saying "the band sounds ready to escape something here, as a bucking rhythm and Strokes-like melody peeks through a hovering coal-dust cloud of distorted guitar sustain and reverb."
Birthmark's new album, Antibodies, is officially out today on CD / LP / MP3 formats worldwide! The album is available directly through our online store, or at your favorite local record shop (LPs are limited to just 1000 on 180-gram white vinyl). The album is also available on iTunes right HERE.
Stream the first single "Stuck" below.
Birthmark is the solo project of Nate Kinsella, a name you might recognize from Chicago based bands Joan of Arc & Make Believe. With Antibodies, Kinsella's 3rd release under the Birthmark moniker, musical boundaries continue to be pushed. From vibraphones to violins, cellos to clarinets, each instrument on the album was played either by Kinsella or a session musician. Even the stunning backwards string section on "Shake Hands" was painstakingly composed and performed with an actual string quartet.
Antibodies has already been getting praised from various music publications worldwide. The 405 calls Antibodies "one of the best things Kinsella has ever done," while Under the Radar gets directly to the point in stating, "Birthmark does it right." Antibodies also landed in ALARM'S "Best Albums of the Week" feature.
Wanna find out more about Birthmark? Follow the band on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr, and be sure to follow the links below for more info on Antibodies. Hide More
Japandroids' vocalist/guitarist Brian King recently sat down with Matthew Perpetua of Rolling Stone to chat about their upcoming album, Celebration Rock (out June 5th). The two touch on tons of details - everything from the recording process of Celebration Rock, to the fact that the band almost broke up (not to mention Brian almost died) before their debut album, Post-Nothing, was even released. Check out the interview HERE.
We couldn't be more excited to announce that Dusted have officially joined the Polyvinyl family and will be releasing their debut album, Total Dust, on July 10th in conjunction w/ Canadian label Hand Drawn Dracula. The album is available for pre-order HERE and comes on 180-gram black or maroon LP & CD (includes a bonus track). The maroon LPs are limited edition of 500 and we only have 200 in the PV store, so act quick if you want one!
Hailing from Toronto, ON, Dusted is the side project of Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt. After 6 years of constant Holy Fuck touring, Borcherdt teamed up with producer Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula) and fleshed out the songs that would eventually appear on Total Dust. They decided to keep it as a two-piece (Borcherdt on guitar/vocals, Taheny on drums/samples) and Dusted was born.
Stream the first single "(Into the) Atmosphere" above + watch a teaser video. SPIN.com debuted the track, describing it as "a dewy lo-fi pop ramble, with sweetly multi-tracked vocals, cavernous layers of melancholy guitar strums, and galloping, off-kilter percussion."
Follow the links below to pre-order Total Dust and to check out the single on SPIN.com. Hide More
We're very excited to announce that San Fancisco's Sonny & the Sunsets have joined the Polyvinyl family! The band's new album, Longtime Companion, will be released June 26th and is currently up for pre-order HERE (180-gram yellow vinyl / CD). All pre-orders receive an instant MP3 download for the entire album at checkout!
Longtime Companion is a country album centered around love & heartache, topics best suited for such a genre. Sonny Smith, the band's main songwriter, pours his soul into these songs, reflecting a break up with his girlfriend of 10 years. While Longtime Companion has hints of The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt and a little Johnny Cash, it still ultimately sounds like a Sonny & the Sunsets album through and through.
Check out the first single "Pretend You Love Me" above (also available on Soundcloud HERE).
One of the most asked questions we get here at Polyvinyl is this: WHEN'S THE NEW JAPANDROIDS ALBUM COMING OUT?
Details of the band's new album, Celebration Rock, have just been announced on Pitchfork's interview with guitarist/vocalist Brian King. Follow the link below for more details on the new album and to read up on Brian's influences.
Happy release day everyone! Xiu Xiu's amazing new album, Always, is officially out now! It's available right here through our online store (180-gram black vinyl, CD, MP3), or at your favorite local record shop. Our limited edition pink vinyl already sold out, but the white vinyl pictured above is available at all record shops where our stuff is sold, so you can still get your hands on some great colored wax.
Always has already received tons of positive feedback from the music world. NME calls it "positively swollen with meaning." Uncut describes the album as "beautiful...some will hail (Stewart) as their Morrissey," while SPIN.com pays homage to Stewart's honesty by stating "few songwriters are as brave as Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart."
Check out the first single "Hi" below, and be sure to visit the Xiu Xiu YouTube channel for 2 brand new videos.
More about Always
Two years after the band’s last album, Dear God, I Hate Myself, Xiu Xiu (the brainchild of acclaimed songwriter Jamie Stewart) makes its Polyvinyl full-length debut with Always. Produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier (who also contributes drums and vocals to the album) and mixed by John Congleton (Antony and the Johnsons, Marylin Manson, the Roots), Always is positively vibrant, transforming avant pop elements from an undertone into a bright black focal point while adding new influences such as choral music, kraut rock and animal field recordings.
Stewart’s fearless lyrics have given voice to life's most untouchable and taboo subjects (sexual objectification, abortion, incest, molestation) while his distinctively committed but hushed vocals crystallize and medicate their unsettling impact. This unflinching lyrical style is coupled with pure, singable melodies -- the kind of pairings that bring into stark relief how often life's worst moments are shouldered with a skewed, cheery grin. Hide More
We're very excited to announce that the new Birthmark album, Antibodies, will be released May 15th (limited edition white vinyl, CD, and digital formats) and is currently available for pre-order now.
Birthmark is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Nate Kinsella. With Antibodies, Birthmark's 3rd album (and Polyvinyl debut), Kinsella pairs his amazing arrangement abilities with lyrical themes of acute self-criticism. The feeling of not being able to escape from one's true self is one of many prominent topics throughoutthe course of Antibodies.
Musically, the album soars with various types of instrumentation (vibraphone, violins, cellos, clarinets and more). Each instrument was played by either Kinsella or a session musician.
Check it out for yourself by visiting My Old Kentucky Blog, where they have the song "Stuck" available as a free download. Follow the links below to check out the track and to pre-order Antibodies.
Feel like getting a sneak peak at the Xiu Xiu album, Always? Well, you can do just that over on SPIN.com, as it's currently streaming in its entirety! Xiu Xiu front-man, Jamie Stewart, also contributes a track-by-track breakdown of each song on the album, giving fans some insight as to what each of the songs mean, both lyrically and musically.
Xiu Xiu will also be hitting the road with Dirty Beaches this summer to support Always. In addition to the tour, this Record Store Day will see a split 7" b/w the two bands, featuring Xiu Xiu's cover of Erasure's 1994 ballad "Always" along with Dirty Beaches' cover of "Tu Ne Dis Rien" by Francoise Hardy. Check out a complete list of Xiu Xiu tour dates below, including their upcoming European tour which kicks off early March.
Xiu Xiu Tour Dates
Mar 11, 2012 - FabriQ Festival, Den Bosch, Netherlands Mar 12, 2012 - The Fleece, Bristol, United Kingdom Mar 13, 2012 - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, United Kingdom Mar 14, 2012 - The Captain's Rest, Glasgow, United Kingdom Mar 15, 2012 - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton, United Kingdom Mar 16, 2012 - Rich Mix, London, United Kingdom Mar 17, 2012 - La Peniche, Lille, France Mar 18, 2012 - Le Point Ephemere, Paris, France Mar 19, 2012 - Stimultania, Strasbourg, France Mar 21, 2012 - Le Saint Ex, Bordeaux, France Mar 22, 2012 - Lugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain Mar 23, 2012 - Microsonidos, Murcia, Spain Mar 24, 2012 - Sala Be Cool, Barcelona, Spain Mar 25, 2012 - Sala Black Bird, Santander, Spain Mar 27, 2012 - Teatro Lara, Madrid, Spain Mar 28, 2012 - The Loco, Valencia, Spain Mar 29, 2012 - Sala Malandar, Sevilla, Spain Mar 31, 2012 - Grim, Marseille, France Apr 1, 2012 - Grabenhalle, St. Gallen, Switzerland Apr 2, 2012 - Locomotiv Club, Bologna, Italy Apr 3, 2012 - Salumeria della Musica, Milan, Italy Apr 5, 2012 - Zal Ozhidaniya Club, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation Apr 6, 2012 - Avant Fest, Moscow, Russian Federation Apr 7, 2012 - Salon Iksv, Istanbul, Turkey Apr 9, 2012 - WUK, Vienna, Austria Apr 10, 2012 - Kranhalle, Munich, Germany Apr 11, 2012 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany Apr 12, 2012 - Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany Apr 13, 2012 - Stengade 30, Kobenhavn, Denmark Apr 14, 2012 - The Strand, Stockholm, Sweden Apr 16, 2012 - OT301, Amsterdam, Netherlands Apr 17, 2012 - Botanique Rotonde, Brussels, Belgium Apr 18, 2012 - Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium May 1, 2012 - King's Barcade, Raleigh, NC May 2, 2012 - The Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC * May 3, 2012 - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA * May 4, 2012 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY * May 5, 2012 - Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA * May 7, 2012 - Iron Horse, North Hampton, MA * May 8, 2012 - Space Gallery, Portland, ME * May 9, 2012 - La Sala Rossa, Montreal, Canada * May 11, 2012 - Mavericks, Ottawa, Canada * May 12, 2012 - Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada * May 14, 2012 - The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI * May 15, 2012 - The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI * May 17, 2012 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL * May 18, 2012 - Memorial Union Terrace, Madison, WI * May 21, 2012 - Waiting Room, Omaha, NE * May 22, 2012 - The Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence, KS May 23, 2012 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO * May 24, 2012 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT * May 27, 2012 - Barboza, Seattle, WA # May 28, 2012 - Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Canada # May 29, 2012 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR # May 31, 2012 - Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA # Jun 1, 2012 - Center For The Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA # Jun 2, 2012 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA # Jun 5, 2012 - Padre's, Marfa, TX # Jun 6, 2012 - The Mohawk, Austin, TX # Jun 8, 2012 - Bottletree, Birmingham, AL # Jun 9, 2012 - The EARL, Atlanta, GA #
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Paralytic Stalks, the latest masterpiece from of Montreal, is officially out now! Available on various formats including limited edition 180 gram fuchsia 2xLP (see above), CD, cassette, and MP3, Paralytic Stalks is of Montreal's most personal album since 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?. The fuchsia vinyl is available exclusively through our online store and limited to just 1500 copies, but that's not to say your favorite local record shop won't have something special. These yellow 2xLPs will be there waiting for you!
To give the world a formal introduction on what Paralytic Stalks is all about, of Montreal will be performing the first single "Dour Percentage" this Wednesday (2/8) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, so be sure to tune in!
If you can't wait that long, you can always head over to AOL Spinner and stream the whole album right now. Trust us, you won't be disappointed. Never before has an of Montreal album moved so fluidly from one song to the next - each track feeding off the last in what seems a singular album-long movement that never allows you to rip your ears away.
SPIN.com agrees, calling Paralytic Stalks "an impressive one, jumping from unplugged confessional to atonal weirdness and then back to sunny '60s-style psych-pop, all while still taking aim at fake idiots."
Time Out also shows their love for the album by simply calling it, "blindingly brilliant."
And if you've been wondering what of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes was thinking during Paralytic Stalks' recording process, you can find out by reading a few of these great interviews on The Line of Best Fit, Drowned in Sound, and SPIN.com, where he gives you a track-by-track breakdown of Paralytic Stalks. Consequence of Sound also has a great Spotify playlist up on their site that Kevin made featuring a bunch of his influences.
Follow the links below to purchase Paralytic Stalks & to view various package deals.Hide More
I wish I could create a national holiday. If I could, I'd name today DEERHOOF DAY, and make it a requirement that everyone listen to Deerhoof all day long. Unfortunately, I don't have the power to create such a holiday. Not yet that is...
But alas! I do have the power to post this blog entry, letting you know that Deerhoof's Reveille LP re-issue and their amazing new DeerBazan 7" are both out today.
The Reveille LP re-issue comes on beautiful 180-gram light blue vinyl and has been out of print for a long while now. This album is the first to feature current guitarist John Dieterich and also has a different song sequence that the orignal pressing. Pretty cool eh?
DeerBazan is the newest installment in the ongoing Deerhoof 7" series where other musicians contribute new vocals/lyrics to an existing Deerhoof track while including something of their own on side B. This time, David Bazan does just that with the song "No One Asked to Dance," from last year's Deerhoof vs. Evil. For the B-side, Bazan gave us a live version of the Headphones song "Gas and Matches." This one is limited to just 2000 copies and also comes on blue vinyl.
Follow the link below to check out both releases as well as a few package deals we put together for you! Hide More
Directed by Ewan Macleod, Loney Dear's newest video, "Loney blues," has a faceless skateboarder riding through urban streets. The scenes go perfectly with the slow orchestral swell Emil is known for creating, and Stereogum was nice enough to debut the video. Check it out above, or click the link below to see what Stereogum had to say!
It’s ALWAYS a good day when you get to hear new Xiu Xiu material right? The brand new Xiu Xiu album, Always, will be released March 6th and is now available for pre-order RIGHT HERE. The album will be available on 180-gram clear pink (limited to 500 copies) or black vinyl, CD, and digital formats. There are also some great PACKAGE DEALS available with a new T-shirt + a brand new book of haikus written by Jamie.
More About Always:
After 2 year’s since the band’s last album, Dear God, I Hate Myself, Xiu Xiu (the brainchild of acclaimed songwriter Jamie Stewart) makes its Polyvinyl full-length debut with Always. Produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier (who also contributes drums and vocals to the album) and mixed by John Congleton (Antony and the Johnsons, Marylin Manson, the Roots), Always is positively vibrant, transforming avant pop elements from an undertone into a bright black focal point while adding new influences such as choral music, kraut rock and animal field recordings.
Stewart’s fearless lyrics have given voice to life's most untouchable and taboo subjects (sexual objectification, abortion, incest, molestation) while his distinctively committed but hushed vocals crystallize and medicate their unsettling impact. This unflinching lyrical style is coupled with pure, singable melodies -- the kind of pairings that bring into stark relief how often life's worst moments are shouldered with a skewed, cheery grin.
Follow the links below to pre-order Always and to hear the first single, “Hi.”Hide More
The first single from of Montreal's upcoming album, Paralytic Stalks, was debuted on Pitchfork today. "Dour Percentage" is track 3 on the new album and can be heard above. Check out the post on Pitchfork at the link below, and don't forget to pre-order your copy!
You should know about Norse Horse. They're really good. Like, really really good! We just released their latest EP, Grids, through all digital retailers this week, so if you're in need of some new tunes, look no further!
Grids is an amazing EP that weaves its way through tons of different sounds/styles. There's a little bit of everything packed into those 5 songs! Stream the whole thing below, then head to iTunes, Amazon, or our E-Store to purchase the EP. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook and Twitter as well!
Paralytic Stalks, the latest from of Montreal, is now officially available for pre-order! The album will be available on CD, 180-gram 2xLP (limited edition fuchsia, or black vinyl), Cassette, and MP3 formats on Feb 7th.
Always one to be exploring new musical directions, Kevin Barnes (of Montreal's main creative force) has once again showcased his versitle talent as a songwriter with Paralytic Stalks - an album that contains some of Barnes' most personal confessions since 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Paralytic Stalks may be some of Barnes' darkest material to date, touching on topics such as self-hatred, revenge, human existence, his relationship with wife Nina, and others that illustrate an emotionally raw character.
Musically, Paralytic Stalks is a whilrwind of modern classical, neo-prog, pseudo-country, and 60's pop. Recorded at Barnes' home studio in Athens, GA and mixed at Chase Park Transduction with the help of Drew Vandenburg (Deerhunter, Toro Y Moi), Paralytic Stalks shows hints of Barnes's extensive past repitoire, while intimately engaging listeners in a way like never before.
Follow the links below to pre-order Paralytic Stalks and to hear a taste of what's to come with the new track "Wintered Debts," which the band recently posted on their website. Hide More
DeerBazan, the newest addition to Deerhoof's ongoing 7" series, has just been announced and is up for pre-order now. The 7" features the amazingly talented David Bazan contributing new lyrics and vocals over Deerhoof's song "No One Asked to Dance" on the A-side, while the B-side features a live version of the Headphones song "Gas and Matches."
DeerBazan's album art was created by Christopher Kennedy, who won a contest curated by both artists, with over 300 submissions! The 7" will be available on clear blue vinyl (limited to 2000 copies) + instant MP3, so you'll get both tracks instantly at checkout.
In addition to the new 7", Deerhoof's 4th album, Reveille, will be reissued to 180-gram light blue vinyl on Jan. 17th. The reissue will feature a different song sequence than the original pressing (released in 2002 and long out of print on vinyl).
And because we love you all so very much, our mailorder dept. set up a few package deals containing the DeerBazan 7", Reveille reissue, and our Japanese benefit compilation Japan 3.11.11 (released earlier this year). So if you want to get everything at once, you can! Follow the link below to check everything out. Hide More
Last week's wig shop video was probably the most interesting location for the ongoing series of live Owen videos, but I think this week's may have just topped it. Watch Mike perform "An Animal" at The Butcher & Larder in Chicago above.
"An Animal" is the 6th track off the new Owen album, Ghost Town, which is out now. Follow the links below to purchase the album through our online store and to watch more live videos.
Ghost Town, the newest album from Owen (AKA Mike Kinsella) is officially out today! Time to head down to your favorite local record store and pick up a copy! And of course, you can always order directly from our online store by CLICKING HERE.
Since we made the album available for pre-order, Ghost Town has been getting tons of praise. Verbicide Magazine says it best: "Ghost Town is as close to a masterpiece as a listener can expect." Other sites and publications such as The AV Club, ALARM, Exclaim and others, all have great things to say about the album.
On 11/12, Mike will be supporting Ghost Town's release by playing two record release shows at The Beat Kitchen in Chicago. He'll be playing electric guitar with Nate Kinsella on drums along with Dustin from The Felix Culpa on bass! More info on those shows can be found RIGHT HERE. Mike will also be hitting the West Coast soon for the first time since 2008! Check out the complete list of dates below.
Owen Tour Dates:
Nov 12, 2011 - Beat Kitchen (early all ages show), Chicago, IL Nov 12, 2011 - Beat Kitchen (21+ show), Chicago, IL Dec 2, 2011 - Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Dec 3, 2011 - North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA Dec 4, 2011 - Great Scott, Allston, MA Dec 28, 2011 - The Social, Orlando, FL Dec 29, 2011 - Orpheum, Tampa, FL Jan 18, 2012 - The Barn at UC Riverside, Riverside, CA Jan 19, 2012 - Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA Jan 20, 2012 - Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CAHide More
Set on a Chicago rooftop, Mike Kinsella plays the heart-wrenching "I Believe" in his newest live video. This is track 4 off of Ghost Town, Owen's 6th album which hits streets tomorrow. Check it out above!
The Emblems vinyl is officially out now! This is the first time Emblems has been available on vinyl, and it comes with 3 bonus tracks. Head over to your favorite local record shop, or the PV ONLINE STORE, to pick up your copy.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Owen's new album, Ghost Town, our friends at Rdio are streaming the album in its entirety all this week! It's absolutely free to listen and you don't even need an Rdio account. Follow the link below to check it out.
Here's the latest live Owen video for you all to enjoy. This time Mike took a trip to The Chicago Theatre to play "O, Evelyn...," which is the 3rd track off the upcoming album, Ghost Town. Check it out above, then follow the links below to watch the past 2 videos and to purchase Ghost Town.
Rainer Maria is arguably one of the most important bands in Polyvinyl's 15-year history. They were the first band we "signed," the first full-length album we released and the 3 members became a lasting part of our family that remains today. As part of our 15-Year Anniversary, we'll be releasing a limited edition Rainer Maria 12" that compiles the band's 3 EPs (Rainer Maria, Atlantic, Ears Ring) onto one release. This is the first time any of these EPs have been made available on vinyl!
Simply titled Rainer Maria, this release is limited to just 300 copies and comes on 180-gram yellow vinyl. And of course you'll get an instant MP3 download for the entire thing at checkout.
Caithlin De Marrais of Rainer Maria also has a brand new solo album titled Red Coats, out Nov. 8th on End Up Records. It's available through our online store as a package deal (or by itself) with the new Rainer Maria 12" + a new RM t-shirt design.
Check everything out at the link below. While you're at it, go show Rainer Maria some Facebook love by "liking" their brand new official page by CLICKING HERE.Hide More
On Nov. 1st, matt pond PA's 2004 release, Emblems, will be available on vinyl for the first time ever! This one's going to be on 180-gram black 2xLP and will include 3 bonus tracks not found on the original version. Find out more about the release by CLICKING HERE.
If you haven't had a chance to check out Loney Dear's beautiful new album, Hall Music, then now's the perfect time! The entire album is streaming on Paste Magazine's website right now for free. Follow the link below to check it out.
Loney Dear's latest album, Hall Music, may just be one of the band's most beautiful albums to date, but if you haven't seen them live then you're really missing out on something special. The Line of Best Fit just posted a great live video of Emil playing the new single, "My heart," by himself with his acoustic guitar and some loop pedals. Check it out above.
For a more full band experience, be sure and check out Loney Dear's recent performance on Swedish TV where they deliver great performances of "My heart" and "D major" in front of a live studio audience. Follow the links below to check out all the clips.
Raccoons don't normally belong in your record collection, but in this case, everyone should make an exception! The new split 7" between Deerhoof & The Raccoonists (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and his 2 sons) is out today!
Behold a Raccoon in the Darkness features Tweedy singing over the original Deerhoof vs. Evil track, "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness" on the A-side, while the flip side features an original by The Raccoonists titled "Own It."
The 7" is available on clear pink vinyl + instant MP3 and is limited to just 2000 copies, so you might wanna place your order before they sell out! Folow the link below to purchase the 7".
The brand new split 7" between STRFKR and Champagne Champagne is officially out today! The 7" features 2 new songs from each band that are exclusive to this release. STRFKR's track, "Dragon Queens" (Skeletron Remix) appears on the A-side, while Champagne Champagne's original track, "I Fell Through," appears on the B-side.
180-Gram Black or Blue Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Blue vinyl limited to just 500 copies (see above), only available through the PV online store. All vinyl comes with a free sticker, button, 2 digital bonus tracks, and a 18"x24" poster.
CD + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 3000. Includes a free sticker, button, and a bonus track not found on the LP.
T-Shirt + Instant MP3 - New design paired with a download code good for the entire album.
Aabenbaringen over aaskammen, which roughly translates to "the revelation over the mountain," is much more cohesive than anything the band has ever done before. With new instrumentation and recording techniques, Casiokids have expanded their musical palette while continuing to craft infectious pop songs that are sure to get you moving.
Pitchfork also just posted of Montreal's new remix of Aabenbaringen over aaskammen's first single "Det haster!." Follow the link below to purchase your copy of Aabenbaringen over aaskammen, and to check out the remix. Hide More
Loney Dear's beautiful new full-length album, Hall Music, is officially out today! If you haven't gotten your copy yet, CLICK HERE to check out all the available options (limited edition cyan or black vinyl, CD, and digital formats).
After his last time touring the US in support of 2009's Dear John, Loney Dear's main creative force, Emil Svanängen, began playing shows with chamber orchestras throughout the country. This experience had a huge influence on how Hall Music turned out.
Take a listen to the new single, "My heart," below.
Japan 3.11.11: A Benefit Album, is officially out today. All profits made from this release will be donated to the American Red Cross in their ongoing efforts to help with the tsunami and earthquake relief. If it's one release you spend money on this year, it should be this one!
The album is available on 180-gram red 2xlp (limited to 2000) and features 23 rare tracks from artists such as of Montreal, Deerhoof, St. Vincent, David Bazan, STRFKR, Joan of Arc, Owen, Efterklang, and many more. Follow the link below to purchase the album.
During their recent stop in Norway, of Montreal stopped by Casiokids' studio to lay down some tracks on the new Casiokids album, Aabenbaringen over aaskammen, which comes out October 11th. Check out a few videos from the session above and below.
Are you the type that still has a cassette player in your car, and whenever you feel like listening to some of Montreal, you gotta fiddle with those crazy adaptors? I know how you feel, my car's still rockin a cassette deck. But hey, the fine people at Joyful Noise Recordings feel your pain too. That's why they've created a limited edition of Montreal cassette box set featuring the band's 10 full-length albums!
Limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies, the collection is housed in a custom-built wooden box, screen-printed with original artwork from David Barnes. Each of the 10 cassettes are individually wrapped and include the original album art. Purchase includes an instant MP3 download of the entire box set collection. The box sets are available for pre-order here - http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/oMcassettes and come out Oct. 25th.
We've got a double dose of 7" action for today! Both Xiu Xiu's new 7" Daphny and the matt pond PA/Rocky Votolato split 7" are out today.
The Daphny 7" features a brand new Xiu Xiu song + cover of Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)" and comes on light blue vinyl (limited edition of 1,000). Pitchfork has both tracks streaming HERE.
The matt pond PA/Rocky Votolato split 7" features 2 new songs from both artists and comes on clear blue vinyl (limited edition of 500). This release celebrates the upcoming tour with Rocky and MPPA. Check out all the dates by CLICKING HERE.
Follow the links below to purchase both 7"s. And of course, they both come with instant MP3 download codes at checkout.
THE WAIT IS OVER! Owen's new album, Ghost Town, is now available for pre-order through our online store. The album comes out on Nov. 8th and is available on multiple formats including limited edition clear or black vinyl (clear limited to 800 copies), CD, T-shirt + MP3, and digital formats. And here's the best part - all pre-orders receive an instant MP3 download for the entire album at checkout. So you can listen to the whole album RIGHT NOW!
To get a sneak peak at a brand new song, head over to Alternatve Press for an exclusive stream of Ghost Town's second track, "No Place Like Home."
Follow the links below to pre-order the album and to check out the song on Alternative Press.
The Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin dudes are back with a brand new double album - Tape Club - which features 26 songs that span the entire length of their 10 years together. Many of the songs have never been heard before and document the story of the band aurally - beginning with lo-fi home recordings (of the type found on their self-recorded debut Broom) and ending with more polished studio tracks (like those found on the Chris Walla-produced Let It Sway).
Tape Club comes out Oct. 18th and is now up for for pre-order through our online store. It's available on limited edition 180-gram maroon or black 2xLP, CD, and digital formats. The maroon vinyl is limited to just 500 copies, so you may wanna act fast!
If you'd like to check out one of the new songs, head over to Rolling Stone where they have an exclusive download of the track "Yellow Missing Signs." Follow the links below to check out the song and to pre-order Tape Club.
After touring together during the 2011 Reptilians tour, STRFKR and Champagne Champagne wanted to commemorate their time on the road with a split 7", so we made it happen! The new split 7" is now available for pre-order through our online store. It comes on clear green vinyl (limited to 1,000) + instant MP3 download code at checkout.
The A-side features STRFKR's "Dragon Queens" which became a crowd favorite during the band's Spring 2011 tour in support of their last album, Reptilians. A different version of "Dragon Queens" will be featured on the upcoming STRFKR full-length, slated for release in early 2012
The B-side is the Champagne Champagne original "I Fell Through." Champagne Champagne features two MCs along with their producer Mark Gajadhar (of Blood Brothers, Past Lives). Champagne Champagne is also currently working on a new full-length.
The fine folks over at the A.V. Club have posted an exclusive pre-release stream of Braid's entire new EP Closer to Closed. The EP, which is the first original material from the band in 11 years, features three new tracks and a cover of Jeff Hanson's "You Are The Reason." Hear all four tracks for free courtesy of Rdio over at the A.V. Club by clicking the link below. In addition, Rdio conducted an interview with the band and asked them to curate a playlist for your listening enjoyment. Head over to the Rdio blog by clicking the link below to read up on the recording process and to check out what the boys from Braid have been listening to.
Deerhoof has announced the latest installment in their collaborative 7" series, in which another artist takes a stab at vocals over a previously-released Deerhoof song. This time? None other than Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy himself sings on "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness" for the A-Side collaboration titled "Behold a Raccoon in the Darkness." The B-Side features the first recorded release from Jeff Tweedy's new side project, The Raccoonists, which consists of Tweedy and his two sons Spencer and Sam. The B Side track is titled "Own It" and you can stream both tracks over at Pitchfork by clicking the link below. The 7" will be released on limited-edition translucent pink vinyl (limited to 2000 copies) on October 11th. Click the link below to head over to the Polyvinyl store and pre-order a copy!
Check out the latest installment in the STRFKR mashup series, in which STRKFR frontman Josh Hodges takes a STRFKR beat and an a capella of your favorite rap jam, and creates a perfect blend. The most recent concoction, which you can hear above, features STRFKR's "Peachy" and Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop." Get ready for a new addition to your party playlist.
Casiokids have announced their new album Aabenbaringen over aaskammen and it's available for pre-order through our online store. Aabenbaringen over aaskammen, which roughly translates to "the revelation over the mountain," is much more cohesive than the collection of Moshi Moshi singles and double A-sided 7" tracks that comprised Topp stemning pa lokal bar. The album will be available on limited-edition 180-gram blue vinyl (limited to 500 copies), 180-gram black vinyl, CD and MP3 formats. Click the link below for a free download of the first single "Det haster!" and to pre-order your copy of Aabenbaringen over aaskammen.
Love of Everything is the solo project of Joan of Arc bassist Bobby Burg (also of Make Believe and Vacations). Sooner I Wish is the latest installment in the Love of Everything discography. Written in the wake of Burg's divorce, the 7" is his most personal work to date, and was recorded live with a loop pedal and no overdubs except on the vocals. The 7" is available on black and white vinyl. The white vinyl is limited to 300 copies and available only through the Polyvinyl store. Also be sure to head over to RCRD LBL, who debuted the title track "Sooner I Wish" and made it available for free download, by clicking the link below.
A new Loney Dear song, "What have I become?," is currently streaming on The Guardian's Music Blog as well as Exclaim's music blog. The song is the last track to Loney Dear's upcoming album, Hall Music, which comes out Oct. 4th and is currenlty up for pre-order now. Follow the links below to check out the song and to grab your copy of Hall Music on 180 gram cyan vinyl!
Hey Pele fans, listen up! We just reissued the band's beautiful fourth album, The Nudes, on 180 gram mixed color vinyl + instant MP3 and it's available today!
If you're unfamiliar with Pele (or this release), the band recorded The Nudes in various basements and living rooms throughout early 2000. Members of Pele later went on to perform in bands such as Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir (w/ Justin Vernon of Bon Iver).
To celebrate the release, the wonderful people at RCRD LBL posted the first track off The Nudes - "Nude Beach. Pinhole Camera" - for free download. Follow the links below to check it out and to order the vinyl reissue.
After his last time touring the United States in support of 2009's Dear John, Loney Dear's primary member Emil Svanängen returned home to Sweden and began to play shows with chamber orchestras throughout the country. This experience had an indelible influence on the writing and recording of the appropriately titled Hall Music, an expansive record that finds Svanangen closer to creating the type of orchestral music he has always sought to bring to life on stage (whether he's actually playing with an orchestra or not).
Hall Music, Loney Dear's fifth album and second on Polyvinyl, will be available on October 4, 2011, on 180 gram cyan-colored vinyl, CD, and MP3 formats. Stereogum debuted the first single from the record, "My Heart," earlier today. You can have a free download of "My Heart" emailed to you from the Polyvinyl site by following the link below. Also click the links below to hear "My Heart" on Stereogum and head over to the Polyvinyl store to pre-order a copy of Hall Music.
Pitchfork announced Japan 3.11.11, a Polyvinyl benefit album aimed at supporting Japan Tsunami relief efforts. The compilation spans 23 tracks (nearly all previously unreleased) from artists such as of Montreal, Deerhoof, David Bazan, Xiu Xiu, Love Is All, Casiokids, STRFKR, Efterklang, Owen and many, many more. All profits go to the Red Cross Tsunami Relief effort. The compilation is available digitally and on limited-edition red vinyl from the Polyvinyl store. Click the link below to read about the compilation over at Pitchfork, and purchase a copy through the Polyvinyl store.
NPR recently featured artist David Barnes' new book, What's Weird?, on their blog All Songs Considered. The feature includes excerpts from the book and exclusive commentary from Barnes about the history behind some of his work. What's Weird? catalogs over 100 works spanning the length of David Barnes' 20-year career. Head over to NPR to read why NPR calls What's Weird? "remarkably intricate, spectacularly detailed...an incredibly curious [mystery] that invites hours of searching and discovery." Also click the link below to head over to the Polyvinyl store to pick up your own copy.
Deerhoof's newest split 7", WOOM on Hoof, is out today. WOOM on Hoof is the latest in a series of collaborative 7”s featuring guest vocalists singing self-composed lyrics over a Deerhoof instrumental track. Side A features SF/NYC-based WOOM (Ba Da Bing) on Deerhoof’s “Must Fight Current.” Side B features the WOOM song “Quetzalcoatl’s Ship” mixed by Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier. The 7" is available on clear vinyl, so click the link below to pick up a copy at the Polyvinyl store.
The new 7" split between Rocky Votolato and matt pond PA is now available for pre-order. The split commemorates a collaborative bond that formed between the two musicians on a North American tour, and will be released September 6 in preparation for another joint North American tour (see full dates below). The 7" features a song from each artist and will be pressed on blue vinyl and limited to 500 copies. Make sure to head over to the Polyvinyl store and grab yourself a copy.
9/9 Fri – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry 9/10 Sat – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club 9/12 Mon – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall 9/13 Tues – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room 9/14 Wed – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop 9/15 Thurs – Harrisburg, PA – Abbey Bar 9/16 Fri – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/17 Sat – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall 9/18 Sun – Ithaca, NY – Castaways 9/19 Mon – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s 9/21 Wed – Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar 9/22 Thurs – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade 9/23 Fri – Athens, GA – 40 Watt 9/24 Sat – St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven 9/26 Mon – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub 9/27 Tues – Tallahassee, FL – Club DownunderHide More
The vinyl re-issue of Deerhoof's Milk Man just got to the office, and do they look rad. Take a look at that sweet strawberry wax. It's limited to 500 copies, and you can only buy it through the Polvyinyl mail order store, so click the link below and grab yourself a copy. (Also, don't miss the Milk Man / Friend Opportunity / Woom 7" package deal.)
Polyvinyl veterans Braid are releasing new material for the first time in 13 years, since their swan song Frame and Canvas. Now, the band's new EP Closer to Closed, which features four new songs, is getting some early attention. The EP is slated for release on August 16, 2011, on 180-gram white vinyl, and features 3 original songs and a cover of Jeff Hanson's "You Are the Reason." Head on over to the Chicagoist and Reader Magazine to learn more about the band getting back together in the studio, and download the single "The Right Time" over on the Polyvinyl site.
Red Hot Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to battling AIDS, has created a compilation called Red Hot + Rio 2, a tribute to 1960s Brazilian psychedelic music. Veteran psych rockers teamed up with modern day indie musicians, including of Montreal, Beck, and Beirut, to record new versions of old songs. of Montreal paired up with Os Mutantes for a version of "Bat Macumba," a song you probably know from late night dance parties. Click the link below to read all about the compilation over at Pitchfork.
The long-awaited day has arrived! Braid's brand new EP, Closer to Closed, is now available for pre-order. The EP will be available August 16th on 180-gram white or black vinyl (white limited to 1000 copies), limited CD, and digital formats. All pre-orders will receive an instant MP3 download code for the entire EP at checkout, so you can listen to the songs RIGHT NOW!
Alternative Press has the single, "The Right Time," streaming exclusively on their site right now. Take a listen by CLICKING HERE.
Closer to Closed marks the band's first release of new material in over a decade and picks up right where 1998's Frame and Canvas left off. Recorded with J. Robbins (Jawbreaker, The Promise Ring, Frame and Canvas), Closer to Closed features 3 brand new Braid songs, plus a cover of Jeff Hanson's "You Are The Reason."
On top of all this, you'll have 2 chances to hear these songs live! In addition to a show at The Metro in Chicago, IL on August 27th, Braid will be headlining Polyvinyl's 15 Year Anniversary Show at this year's Pygmalion Music Festival on September 24th.
Follow the links below to pre-order Closer to Closed, get tickets to our 15 Year Anniversary Show, and to stream the new single "The Right Time." Hide More
31Knots' new album, Trump Harm, along with the debut solo album from Vin Blanc (Joe Haege) Chroma Key, are both out today!
31Knots - Trump Harm
Trump Harm, the latest from Portland, OR's 31Knots, is the band's 7th full-length and features some of 31Knots' most raw music to date. With swift directional changes, abrupt stops, and inertia-defying starts, 31Knots executes each teetering musical jerk, halt, and subsequent summersault with jaw-dropping agility. See for yourself by visiting AOL Spinner's site where you can stream the entire album for FREE.
Chroma Key is the debut solo album from Vin Blanc (Joe Haege of 31Knots). Written mostly on the road during the last 31Knots European tour, Chroma Key features Haege performing all the instruments on the album and is a must-have for any 31Knots fan.
Our mailorder department also set up a bunch of package deals as well. Get Trump Harm & Chroma Key plus a bunch of other great 31Knots related titles for super cheap. Check out the package deals below.
Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls) is releasing his first novel, The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self-Defense. Rob Crowe (Pinback) interviewed Tim on his podcast about the novel, and Tim read a few excerpts (link below to stream the interview). In case you'd like to see Tim preview a few pages from the novel in person, you can head over to the Chicago Printer's Row Lit Fest June 4th at 11:30am, where Tim will be holding another reading. You can pre-order the novel at Amazon by clicking the link below.
Love of Everything's new 7", titled Sooner I Wish, is now available for pre-order. Love of Everything is the side project of Bobby Burg (Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Vacations), and Sooner I Wish features four tracks that focus on relationship dynamics in the wake of Burg's recent divorce. All songs were recorded live with a loop pedal, with overdubs only on the vocals. The 7" will be available in white vinyl (limited edition of 300), black vinyl (limited to 700) and MP3 formats. All pre-orders receive an instant MP3 download at checkout, so you can listen to the record immediately. Click the link below to pre-order the 7" from the Polyvinyl Store.
Asobi Seksu begin their US tour today in support of their full-length album Fluorescence, as well as their new digital EP Perfectly Crystal. They'll be playing shows with many different bands, including Neon Indian, White Lies, and Sun Airway. Check out all the dates below, and be sure to go purchase and download the new EP!
05/17 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA *& 05/20 - 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C. *& 05/21 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA *& 05/24 - Antone's - Austin, TX * 05/25 - Fitzgerald's (Upstairs) - Houston, TX * 05/27 - Plush - Tuscon, AZ ^ 05/28 - Satellite - Los Angeles, CA 05/29 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA % 05/30 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA 05/31 - Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA 06/01 - Tonic Lounge - Reno, NV 06/02 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT % 06/03 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO 06/04 - South Beach - Athens, OH 06/06 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE @ 06/07 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO $ 06/08 - Firebird - St. Louis, MO % 06/09 - Outland Live - Columbus, OH % 06/24 - Midpoint Music Fest Indie Summer Series - Cincinnati, OH # 07/15 - Pier 17 - New York, NY ! 09/24 - Highdive (Pygmalion Music Festival), Champaign, IL
* w/ White Lies & w/ Sun Airway ^ w/ Dead Western Plains % w/ Neon Indian @ w/ Conduits $ w/ Capybara # w/ Prussia ! w/ Radio Dept
of Montreal art director David Barnes sat down with AOL Spinner to discuss his newly-released book "What's Weird?" He also talks about his love for juxtapositions and anthropomorphic images, and his bizarre ideas for a graphic novel. Check it out at the link below, and be sure to order your copy of "What's Weird?" at the e-store!
Joan of Arc's new album, Life LIke, is officially out today. As you can see, Sydney the dog thinks it's pretty rad...and she's totally right, it is!
Don't believe her? Find out for yourself by visiting AOL Spinner, where you can listen to the whole album RIGHT NOW for free! CLICK HERE to listen.
Life Like is already getting excellent reviews throughout the music world. Alternative Press calls it "the band's most poignant work to date." [4/5 stars] while Drowned in Sound, The A.V. Club, and others added to the list of glowing reviews. Bassist Bobby Burg also contributed an awesome playlist for Epitonic which you can check out RIGHT HERE.
Life Like comes on tons of formats - 180 gram cyan or black vinyl + MP3 / T-shirt + MP3 / CD / or digital. If you order right here from us, you'll get an instant MP3 download code while you wait for your stuff to arrive in the mail. Perfect right?
You can also pick up a copy of Life Like from the band direct at one of their current West Coast shows w/ Air Waves. They haven't played as Joan of Arc out west since 2008, so I'd recommend checking out a show (or two).
Follow the links below to order Life Like and to see the remaining tour dates.Hide More
Joan of Arc begin their US Tour with Air Waves today, in support of their upcoming album Life Like. The tour starts in Lawrence, KS at Jackpot Saloon, and ends in Fayetteville, AR at JR's Lightbulb Club. This is also the first time since 2008 that Joan of Arc will be touring the West Coast, hitting cities such as Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and LA.
Check out all of the dates below. Follow the tour link at the bottom for tickets!
5/04 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon 5/05 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive 5/06 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 5/07 - Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge 5/09 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project 5/10 - Portland, OR @ Holocene 5/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord 5/13 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place 5/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell 5/15 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar 5/16 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah 5/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room 5/19 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk 5/20 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada 5/21 - Fayetteville, AR @ JR's Lighbulb Club
Our intern Molly and I took a trip San Francisco's one-and-only Dolores Park to flip through David Barnes' new art book, What's Weird? As you can see, we had a good time!
What's Weird? is available now and comes in two different formats:
Regular Edition – Limited edition first pressing includes download code of page by page audio commentary by David (that's it in the video).
Special Deluxe Hard Cover Edition - Gorgeous hard cover edition limited to just 250 copies! Each book is hand-numbered, signed by David, and includes a hand-made sketch on the inside cover. Also includes download code of page by page audio commentary by David.
Follow the links below to find out more about David Barnes and to purchase What's Weird?. Video by Molly Stetson.
Asobi Seksu announce more US tour dates for the summer, including shows with Neon Indian and Sun Airway. Check them out below! They will also be digitally releasing their new EP Perfectly Crystal on May 10th, featuring remixes by Beach Fossils, Spirit Animal, Mirrors, and Xiu Xiu.
Asobi Seksu Tour Dates 05/13 - Caradura - Mexico City 05/17 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA *& 05/20 - 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C. *& 05/21 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA *& 05/24 - Antone's - Austin, TX * 05/25 - Fitzgerald's (Upstairs) - Houston, TX * 05/27 - Plush - Tuscon, AZ ^ 05/28 - Satellite - Los Angeles, CA 05/29 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA % 05/30 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA 05/31 - Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA 06/01 - Tonic Lounge - Reno, NV 06/02 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT % 06/03 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO 06/04 - South Beach - Athens, OH 06/06 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE @ 06/07 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO $ 06/08 - Firebird - St. Louis, MO % 06/09 - Outland Live - Columbus, OH % 06/24 - Midpoint Music Fest Indie Summer Series - Cincinnati, OH # 07/15 - Pier 17 - New York, NY !
* w/ White Lies & w/ Sun Airway ^ w/ Dead Western Plains % w/ Neon Indian @ w/ Conduits $ w/ Capybara # w/ Prussia ! w/ Radio DeptHide More
The new 31Knots video for "Candles on Open Water" made its debut on VISIONS Mag today.
"Candles on Open Water" appears on the band's upcoming album, Trump Harm, which comes out April 26th in Europe and June 7th in North America. For all you Europeans out there, 31Knots will be touring through Germany, Belgium, and France throughout the whole month of May so be sure and catch them!
Follow the links below to check out the dates, watch the video, and pre-order Trump Harm.
The new of Montreal / Casiokids split 7" (released on Norway's Splendour Records) is available for purchase through our online store. The 7" is limited to 1,000 copies and features of Montreal covering the Buffalo Springfield song "Expecting to Fly" on the A-side along with a brand new Casiokids song on the B-side. It also comes with an instant MP3 download code at checkout. Follow the links below to check it out.
The day has come my friends. Tomorrow is Record Store Day, and everyone at Polyvinyl is SUPER EXCITED! Guys, tomorrow is your excuse to spend that money you've been saving for that home beer making kit. Girls, forget about the new issue of Vogue...get a 7" instead! It's Record Store Day people, it's time to celebrate!
We decided to get a little crazy and give you 11 releases for tomorrow's special day. Yes, 11! We've got a bunch of great stuff from Deerhoof, of Montreal, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Owen, Vivian Girls, and more!
Find out more about our RSD releases by CLICKING HERE. See you tomorrow!
Vogue.com featured Vivian Girls as their Band of the Week! Head over to the link below to listen to the first single "I Heard You Say" and read Vogue's thoughts on the new album Share the Joy. Then be sure to pick up your copy of Share the Joy from the e-store.
of Montreal's "Slave Translator" off the upcoming EP thecontrollersphere is now streaming on SPIN.com. SPIN had this to say about the track: "of Montreal deliver a four-minute odyssey that veers from sped-up funk to slo-mo drone and back again." Head over to SPIN.com and check it out! Don't forget to order thecontrollersphere on all formats including limited edition bright blue vinyl by clicking the link below. Also, of Montreal's Spring US tour kicks off this Friday at Varsity Hall in Madison, WI - you can check out all the upcoming dates on the SPIN.com link below.
The amazing new Vivian Girls album, Share the Joy, is OUT TODAY! Pick one up at your favorite local record shop, or by ordering directly through our ONLINE STORE. Comes on limited edition 180 gram teal vinyl + instant MP3 (see above), T-shirt + instant MP3, CD and other digital formats. Share the Joy is still streaming in its entirety over at NPR, so go get yourself a preview by clicking HERE.
Vivian Girls are currently touring the US with Black Lips. Follow the links below to check out the entire schedule and to order Share the Joy.
of Montreal's new jam "Flunkt Sass vs the Root Plume" off their new EP thecontrollersphere, is featured on this week's episode of NPR's All Songs Considered. What better way to start the weekend? Check out the entire episode by clicking the link below, then do yourself a favor and check out thecontrollersphere on 180 gram bright blue vinyl.
Vivian Girls' new album Share The Joy will be streaming in its entirety on NPR until its release on April 12. Check it out, then pre-order the album below and receive an instant full-album MP3 download at checkout!
The brand new Joan of Arc track "Deep State" is available on RCRD LBL. The song appears on the band's new album Life Like which is available for pre-order through our E-Store. Click the links below to check out the song and to pre-order the album!
Alright my friends, it's time to let David Barnes bring you a better future, a brighter today, and an unforgettable tomorrow with his new limited art book, What's Weird? The full color 128 page book features new drawings and sketches from David and is currently up for pre-order right now through our E-Store. You can even get it as a package deal with of Montreal's new EP, thecontrollersphere. Check out David's new commercial above then follow the links below to pre-order.
It's been a long time in the making, but the new 31Knots album Trump Harm and Vin Blanc's Chroma Key (31Knots guitarist Joe Haage's solo project) are now available for pre-order. Trump Harm, the 7th album in 31Knots discography, is another fresh take on the band's unique brand of jagged yet melodic, gritty yet graceful, grandiose punk rock. The record will be available on 180 gram limited-edition yellow vinyl, CD and MP3 formats. Chroma Key, Vin Blanc's debut album, will be available on limited-edition hand-printed Digipack CDs and MP3s. Click the link below to head over to the Polyvinyl store and pre-order the albums.
David Barnes, art-director for of Montreal, is releasing a brand new book of his works of art spanning his entire 20-something year career. The book, titled "What's Weird?", features over 100 painting and hundreds more sketches, doodles, and comments on the works. In preparation for the April 26th release, Barnes will create a teaser trailer per week--and this week's is hilarious. If you feel your rights have ever been infringed upon, check this out. Rights you didn't even know you had may have been violated, and the crack team of attorneys over at Barnes & Spenser are going to get you what you deserve: a huge cash settlement. Watch above.
The day has finally arrived; STRFKR's long-awaited Polyvinyl debut Reptilians is out now. The album is available on limited-edition clear vinyl, and all vinyl purchases include an 18" x 24" coloring poster, so you can join in on the fun. While you're waiting for your LP to arrive, check out the STRFKR features in Cowbell Magazine and the premiere of "Death as a Fetish" on RCRD LBL (links below). Also, STRFKR just kicked off their national tour, so be sure to catch them when they pass through your area. Click the link below to see a full list of dates, and head over to the Polyvinyl store to grab your copy of Reptilians.
RCRD LBL premiered Asobi Seksu's "Perfectly Crystal," the most recent single from the band's fourth album Fluorescence. As an added bonus, RCRD LBL links to Mirrors' remix of "Perfectly Crystal." Both tracks are available for free download over at the RCRD LBL website, so go check it out.
Get excited everyone, because of Montreal's new ep, thecontrollersphere, along with David Barnes' first ever art book, What's Weird?, are both available for pre-order now! (Both out April 26th)
of Montreal - thecontrollersphere
thecontrollersphere ep is a collection of songs recorded during the False Priest sessions with Jon Brion at Ocean Way Studios. These songs are a bit darker than songs off False Priest and sound bigger than ever! See for yourself by downloading the first track, "Black Lion Massacre," for FREE by clicking HERE.
thecontrollersphere will be available on the following formats - CD, Digital, T-Shirt + MP3, and 180 gram black or limited bright blue vinyl + instant MP3. Baby blue vinyl limited to 1500 copies. If you pre-orderthecontrollersphere now, you'll receive an instant MP3 download for the ENTIRE ALBUM at checkout.
David Barnes - What's Weird?
What's Weird? is the brand new 128-page art book from of Montreal art director David Barnes. If you've seen an of Montreal show (or an of Montreal album cover for that matter) then you're familiar with David's work. What's Weird? is Polyvinyl's first ever book release and will be available in two formats:
Regular Edition – Limited edition first pressing includes download code of page by page audio commentary by David.
Special Deluxe Hard Cover Edition - Gorgeous hard cover edition limited to just 250 copies! Each book is hand-numbered, signed by David, and includes a hand-made sketch on the inside cover. Also includes download code of page by page audio commentary by David.
RCRD LBL debuted STRFKR's "Death as a Fetish" from their forthcoming LP Reptilians. Along with the track debut, RCRD LBL posted an awesome review of the album. Click the link below to head over to RCRD LBL for a free download of "Death as a Fetish" and read their thoughts on Reptilians.
Joan of Arc's new album, Life Like, is now available for pre-order and ready to be heard! If you pre-order now you'll get an instant MP3 download code for the entire album at check out. So PRE-ORDER now and give it a listen!
Musically, Life Like picks up right where the Meaningful Work 7" left off. With straightforward instrumentation (guitar, bass, drums and vocals) + the addition of new member Victor Villarreal (Cap'n Jazz, Owls, Ghosts and Vodka), Life Like shows a brand new side of Joan of Arc while still using the same old rock machinery.
Life Like is available on CD / MP3 & 180 gram black or blue vinyl (blue limited to 1,000 copies). Both the CD and LP come with really nice booklets as well - CD: 20 page booklet / LP: 12 page 12"x12" booklet. We've also got some great package deals for you too which include a new T-shirt designed by Tim Kinsella.
Click the links below to pre-order Life Like and to download the new single, "Love Life," for FREE. Hide More
Examiner.com got a chance to catch up with Asobi Seksu frontwoman Yuki Chikudate for a quick interview. Check out what Yuki has to say about growing up Japanese in Southern California, their dream venues, their approach to recording Fluorescence, and how she feels about being considered a sex symbol. The band's currently preparing for tour, which kicks off next week with a sold-out record release show at Mercury Lounge in New York. Click the link below and read the interview over at Examiner.com.
Both Asobi Seksu's Fluorescence and Shugo Tokumaru's Port Entropy are out now.
The video for Asobi Seksu's "Trails" recently debuted on Pitchfork. Asobi Seksu hits the road at the end of February for a national tour including dates with Cults, Sun Airway, Brahms, Braids, and more. Make sure to get tickets in advance to catch their live show when it comes through your town, because their album release show in New York sold out! Deerhoof's remix of "Trails" debuted on Pitchfork, and the Trails single, featuring remixes by Holy Other and Painted Palms, debuted on My Old Kentucky Blog. Fluorescence is available now on limited-edition 180-gram pink vinyl / MP3 / and CD formats.
RCRD LBL debuted Shugo Tokumaru's new song, "Malerina," calling it "infectiously happy." Shugo Tokumaru's video for "Linne" recently debuted on Stereogum, and You Ain't No Picasso debuted Deerhoof's remix of "Rum-Hee." ALARM Press calls the album a "golden nugget of sunshine pop." Shugo Tokumaru will be touring through Europe in the spring, with stops in France, Germany, Scandanavia, the UK, and more, so make sure to catch him when you can. A US tour is in the works for the fall of 2011. Port Entropy is available now on limited-edition 180-gram green vinyl / MP3 / and CD formats.
As an added bonus, both albums are available for free streaming on Spinner for a limited time, so head over there and give them a listen.Hide More
Shugo Tokumaru's new track "Malerina" debuted today on RCRD LBL. The track is from Tokumaru's upcoming release Port Entropy, which comes out next week, and is "infectiously happy" according to RCRD LBL. Click the link below to hear "Malerina" over at RCRD LBL, and head over to the Polyvinyl store to pre-order your copy of Port Entropy.
Owen's new 7", O, Evelyn, is available for pre-order. That's the album art above. The A-Side of the 7" features a new Owen original, "O, Evelyn," and the B-Side features a cover of The Smiths' classic "Girlfriend in a Coma." Both songs are exclusive to the 7". If you'd like to check out the song, click the link below to head over to Owen's myspace. It's limited to 2000 copies, so head over to the Polyvinyl store and grab a copy while they're still available.
Joan of Arc's awesome new 2xLP, Oh Brother, is out now! Oh Brother is the combination of four distinct albums embarked upon but never completed by Joan of Arc curator Tim Kinsella. The four ensembles featured on Oh Brother are Friend / Enemy, TK / FR Duo, Likins, and Mineral Totem. The double LP was originally released on Joyful Noise Recordings, and fewer than 50 copies are still available in the Polyvinyl store. Each copy is hand-numbered, and comes with a download code for the double LP. Head over to the Polyvinyl store and grab a copy of Oh Brother before they're sold out!
As announced earlier on Pitchfork, Vivian Girls have revealed the album art (above) and release date for their third album and Polyvinyl debut Share The Joy. The album is scheduled for release on April 12th, which will coincide with a national tour supporting Black Lips. The album was recorded by Woods' Jarvis Taveniere at Rear house Studios in Brooklyn. It will be available LP/CD/MP3 formats, with limited-edition 180-gram teal vinyl, limited to 2000 copies. Also, the single from the album, "I Heard You Say," is available for free download. Click the link below to download "I Heard You Say," and head over to the Polyvinyl store to pre-order Share The Joy.
Polyvinyl OG's Braid are reuniting to record more songs! We can't exactly tell you how many, or when they'll be released other than sometime in 2011, but take solace in the fact that the band is headed back into the studio with J. Robbins, who tracked Braid's swan song album Frame and Canvas. The Onion A.V. Club broke the story last week, and shortly thereafter Braid singer / guitarist Bob Nanna followed up on his Tumblr, saying: "the four of us in a room, writing songs, well, that just straight up means Braid is back together. And that’s exciting...Insane that 12 years later, we could pick up right where we left off." Click the link below to head over to The Onion A.V. Club, or straight to Bob's Tumblr.
London based label Something In Construction just released a compilation called Love SIC Disco. The compilation features a new track by Loney Dear "Loney Blues", as well as artists such as Memoryhouse, Memory Tapes, The Concretes, Houses, and MNDR. "Loney Blues" will be included on the next Loney Dear album, due out sometime in 2011. Click the link below and check it out over at Something In Construction.
The day has finally come: Deerhoof release their Polyvinyl debut today with their new album Deerhoof vs. Evil. Already, the album has garnered critical acclaim from heavy hitters such as The New York Times, The Guardian, FILTER, and many more. The album is available on limited edition 180-gram pink vinyl, CD, and MP3 formats. Or, you can purcahse a Deerhoof T-Shirt and get a free download of the album. Click the link below and listen to what some critics are calling the best Deerhoof album in years.
"Deerhoof's classic, finally." -CokeMachineGlow
"A near-perfect balance between oddball accessibility and brazenly challenging" -Paste
"If only all contradictions could be this good.” -INTERVIEW
“More picturesque than what they’ve done before…provocative, infectious and characteristically unpredictable.” -PopMatters
In preparation for their upcoming full-length Fluorescence (out Feb. 15), Brooklyn based shoegazers Asobi Seksu commissioned remixes of their lead single "Trails" off of that same album. The single "Trails," in addition to remixes by Holy Other and Painted Palms, comprise the Trails single out today. The digital-only release is availalbe across all digital media outlets, including iTunes and Rhapsody.
Want to hear the new Deerhoof album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, in its entirety? Who wouldn't right? Henry Rollins played the whole album on his show Saturday Jan. 8th on KCRW and it's now archived and available for streaming. Follow the link below to check it out. If you like what you here, pick up a copy on limited PINK VINYL by clicking HERE.
Earlier this week, we told you that Deerhoof's upcoming album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, has been getting great reviews from all over the place! Publications like Uncut, The Fly, Under The Radar, Q and others have all written excellent reviews of the album. And they keep rolling in! Now we can add Coke Machine Glow and Alternative Press to the list of publications giving props to the band. Coke Machine Glow called Deerhoof vs. Evil "Deerhoof's classic, finally," and Alternative Press declared, "it hits the mark with impressive accuracy, commanding your attention."
Click the links below to check out the various reviews and don't forget to order your copy of Deerhoof vs. Evil on limited pink vinyl. They're going fast!
What better way to kick off 2011 than with a brand new album from STRFKR? Reptilians, the band's 2nd full-length and 1st for Polyvinyl set to be released March 8th, is now available for pre-order. Reptilians is available on 180-gram clear (limited to 700 copies) or black vinyl, CD or MP3 formats. The LP also comes with a poster. And here's the best part, if you PRE-ORDER right now, you'll get an instant MP3 download of the ENTIRE ALBUM at check out! You can also download the first single, "Bury Us Alive," for free by clicking HERE.
Lyrically, Reptilians focuses primarily on death and the end of the world. Amazingly, the album sounds not the least bit depressing. Full of explosive drums, vibrant crescendos, and layered synth melodies, Reptilians is surely STRFKR's most well-rounded and full-sounding album to date.
After more than a decade of existence, 10 proper full-length albums, and on the heels of their instantly sold-out Cassette Box Set, Joan of Arc has compiled their latest opus: Oh Brother, which is now available for pre-order HERE.
Featuring collaborations with 14 musicians, including Zach Hill of Hella & Rob Lowe of Lichens, Oh Brother is the combination of four distinct albums embarked upon but never completed by Joan of Arc curator Tim Kinsella.
The four albums became four long movements which fill the totality of each side of the 2xLP. Each side -- A, B, C, and D -- contains one 20 minute track. Available on limited, hand-numbered black or white vinyl with gatefold jacket. (Black vinyl limited to 350 copies, white limited to 150.) Also comes with a download code.
The four distinct ensembles woven into Oh Brother are:
- FRIEND / ENEMY (featuring Tim Kinsella, Zach Hill [Hella], Nate Kinsella [Make Believe], Sam Zurick [Cap'n Jazz, Make Believe] and others) - TK / FR DUO (Tim Kinsella w/ jazz drummer Frank Rosaly) - LIKINS (Tim Kinsella w/ Rob Lowe) - MINERAL TOTEM (Tim Kinsella, Jeff Bradbury, Robert Ryan, and Doug Rosenburg)
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As part of their Global Album Leak, Deerhoof made the newest track off of their upcoming album Deerhoof vs. Evil, available for streaming today. "Let's Dance The Jet" premiered on Mexico City's Marvin music blog. Deerhoof vs. Evil doesn't come out until January 25th, but tide yourself over by clicking the link below and streaming "Let's Dance The Jet" for free!
Last week (right after I left for Thanksgiving), Verbicide posted an awesome review of the Deerhoof / Physical Forms Split 7" Hoofdriver. The A Side of the 7" features Regan Farquhar (aka Busdriver) as the guest vocalist on Deerhoof's "I Did Crimes For You." Verbicide points out that Farquhar gets to see to completion the universal impulse to ad-lib your own words over somebody else's song, by singing ALL the words on somebody else's song. Call it some sort of crazy karaoke. And they like it! Click the link below to check out the review.
As part of their Global Album Leak, Deerhoof made the newest track off of their upcoming album Deerhoof vs. Evil, "Qui Dorm, Només Somia," available for streaming today. Eager to give fans the chance to hear their new album before it hits stores (and before they hit the road), Deerhoof are leaking their new album on websites and blogs from all around the world! Stay tuned to Deerhoof's website HERE as Deerhoof vs. Evil is unveiled -- one song at a time, one week at a time -- until the album is officially released on January 25, 2011.
"Qui Dorm, Només Somia" made an exclusive premiere on Time Out Barcelona's music blog. The lyrics of the song are in Catalan, a language that exists predominantly on the border between France and Spain along the Pyrenees mountain range. Click the link below to hear "Qui Dorm, Només Somia"!
Deerhoof leaked the latest track, "Must Fight Current," off their forthcoming album Deerhoof vs. Evil, today on the Cape Town, South Africa website Don't Party. Eager to give fans the chance to hear their new album before it hits stores (and before they hit the road), Deerhoof are leaking their new album on websites and blogs from all around the world! Stay tuned to Deerhoof's website HERE as Deerhoof vs. Evil is unveiled -- one song at a time, one week at a time -- until the album is officially released on January 25, 2011. Click the link below to hear "Must Fight Current"!
Polyvinyl is pleased to announce the fourth full length by Brooklyn-based shoegaze quartet Asobi Seksu, and the addition of Japanese pop-experimentalist Shugo Tokumaru to the Polyvinyl Family!
Asobi Seksu's highly anticipated fourth full-length, Fluorescence, out February 15, 2011 in the US, features the lead single "Trails"--catchy and chaotic to the core, paying homage to the pitch-perfect songwriting of the ‘60s. “Coming Up” sets the scene by plowing into beehive-like synth lines and warp speed washes of dream-pop that leave you wondering just what the hell is going on. The album features artwork from acclaimed designer Vaughan Oliver (Cocteau Twins, Pixies), and will be available on CD, LP (Gatefold Jacket, 180 gram pink vinyl limited edition of 1,500), and digital formats. Click the link below to receive a free download of "Trails."
Also set for release on February 15, 2011, is Port Entropy, the 4th album from critically-acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shugo Tokumaru, the newest addition to the Polyvinyl family. Throughout Port Entropy, Tokumaru's arrangements soar to new heights -- most prominently in the coda of standout track “Lahaha.” Conversely, the twinkling piano lullaby "Linne" showcases a quieter, more introspective side of Tokumaru's songwriting. Listen to "Lahaha" for free by clicking the link below.
Both albums are available for pre-order below. Check out the sweet package deals that include both albums + 4 other Asobi Seksu titles, all for super cheap.Hide More
Eager to give fans the chance to hear their new album before it hits stores (and before they hit the road), Deerhoof are leaking their new album on websites and blogs from all around the world! Stay tuned to Deerhoof's website HERE as Deerhoof vs. Evil is unveiled -- one song at a time, one week at a time -- until the album is officially released on January 25, 2011.
In conjunction with the album release, Deerhoof has announced the dates for their US tour. And although it doesn't span the entire globe, it certainly reaches a great deal of the US, kicking off in San Francisco in January and wrapping up in New York in March 2011. The band will be accompanied by Nervous Cop and Ben Butler And Mousepad for all shows. Check out the dates below, or see a full list of dates HERE.
1/28 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall 1/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex 2/1 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk 2/2 Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium 2/3 Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe 2/4 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 2/5 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club 2/6 Raleigh, NC @ King's Lounge 2/7 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 2/8 Brooklyn, NY @ Ridgewood Masonic Temple 2/10 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East 2/11 Bala Cynwyd, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts 2/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar 2/14 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom 2/15 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 2/16 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon 2/17 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club 2/18 Des Moines, IA @ Blue Moose 2/19 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room 2/21 Boulder, CO @ The Marquis 2/25 Seattle, WA @ Neumos 2/26 Portland, OR @ Berbatti's 3/14 New York, NY @ Le Poisson RougeHide More
In 2003, Polyvinyl released All Your Summer Songs by a band called Saturday Looks Good To Me. Remember that one? Led by multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas (City Center, Flashpaper, Swimsuit, Lovesick) along with Betty Marie Barnes on vocals, SLGTM went on to tour, record and release records extensively until about 2008 before going on an unofficial hiatus.
While Fred went on to record and tour with City Center, Swimsuit and various other projects, Betty went to school in Stockholm, Sweden. Last summer while Betty was home for a week, the two recorded the basic vocal tracks of what was to become a brand new project called Mighty Clouds. Over the next 6 months, Fred fleshed out the arrangements and recorded the rest of the instruments to finish the album.
Mighty Clouds, the band's self-titled debut, is finally finished and available on 180 gram "cloud colored" vinyl +MP3 through Fred's label, LIFELIKE. Since we're so excited about the release, we got a few copies for our online store and paired it with an amazing package deal. For $39, you'll get the Mighty Clouds LP + Instant MP3 along with 14 Fred Thomas-related digital albums - 193 songs total! To find out more, follow the links below. Hide More
Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers is a remix compilation featuring Western bands' take on Congolese street music. Deerhoof's awesome cover of "Wa Muluendu," originally by the Kasai Allstars, is the first track off the double album and available for streaming / download right HERE.
Joan of Arc are hitting the road across America and Europe! They'll be playing across the Midwest and the South at the beginning of November until they meet up with Love of Everything in Luxembourg for 19 awesome shows across the EU, ending in Germany at the beginning of December. Make sure to catch them so you can hear the new material they'll be road testing for the upcoming Joan of Arc Album! Check out the US dates listed below, and find the complete list of tour dates HERE.
10/27 Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club 10/28 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews 10/29 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club 10/30 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr. 10/31 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon 11/2 Columbia, MO @ Mojo's 11/3 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird 11/4 Fayatteville, AR @ Dickson Theatre 11/5 Dallas, TX @ Loft at Palladium Ballroom* 11/6 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Today we've got 2 new releases for you to feast your ears on! Joan of Arc's new Meaningful Work 7" and the vinyl reissue of Aloha's The Great Communicators, The Interpreters, The Nonbelievers LP are both out now! Here are some more details on each release:
Joan of Arc - Meaningful Work
With a slew of new material under their belt, the Meaningful Work 7" is a taste of what's to come for Joan of Arc. Performed as a power trio (Tim Kinsella, Bobby Burg, Theo Katsaounis), this release touches on topics of money, environmental devastation and economic collapse. Meaningful Work is available on both dark green vinyl (limited to 500 copies) and black vinyl. Both come with an instant mp3 download code. Check it out HERE.
Aloha - The Great Communicators, The Interpreters, The Nonbelievers LP
After multiple requests from tons of fans, Aloha's debut EP, The Great Communicators, The Interpreters, The Nonbelievers, is now available on vinyl!
Originally released in 1999, The Great Communicators, The Interpreters, The Nonbelievers, is the first thing from Aloha to be released on Polyvinyl and features original vibraphone player Eric Koltnow. The 12" EP will be available on 180-gram maroon vinyl and will include a hand silk-screened jacket. The vinyl is available only through our mailorder department and is limited to 500 copies. Check it out HERE.
And since it's the season of giving, we set up some sweet Aloha package deals for you that include titles by Aloha, Cale Parks, and Joan of Arc. Check out the package deals HERE.Hide More
Robert Christgau of NPR was first drawn to of Montreal by "The Past is a Grotesque Animal," which he describes as a "painful and impassioned romance that begins with a shared attraction to Georges Bataille's S&M cult novel Story of the Eye." His interest carries over to the "impressive" False Priest as he analyzes the sex objects behind the songs, and finally focuses on frontman Kevin Barnes' parting words, "Afterlife is nothing to live for, nothing to die for." Check it out HERE.
Check out this glowing review from Punk News of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsins' Let It Sway; that envisions "Banned (By the Man)" as the soundtrack to a Wes Anderson film, and traces the band's evolution from album to album.
The stars have aligned! STRFKR's new Julius 7" is officially out today! You can pick one up at your favorite local record shop or you can get the limited blue vinyl from us RIGHT HERE! They come with a download code + free sticker and button.
STRFKR are currently out on tour with Octopus Project in support of Julius. Check out the newest tour video above, equipped with an awesome acapella Red Hot Chilli Peppers cover by drummer Keil Corcoran. Complete list of tour dates can be found HERE.
Remember what it was like to turn 16? No one could tell you what to do. You were a force to be reckoned with - you were filled with the undeniable feeling that you could take on anything and win.
Having formed in 1994, Deerhoof has now reached that fateful age and they're stepping out to challenge the world with their brand new release, Deerhoof vs. Evil, which will be released January 25, 2011 on Polyvinyl Records.
As reported on Pitchfork today, Deerhoof vs. Evil documents the musical "coming of age" for the band and features songs that combine intricate rhythms and abrupt melodies that are instantly engaging. Right from "Qui Dorm, Només Somia" (sung in Catalan), it's evident that Deerhoof aren't afraid to take chances. Recorded, mixed, and mastered in practices spaces and basements with no engineers or outside input, Deerhoof have created a blissfully exuberant album while leaving behind all notions of what a "Deerhoof record sounds like." Download the first single, "The Merry Barracks" for free HERE.
Deerhoof vs. Evil is now available for pre-order over in our online store. The album is available on CD, LP + MP3, and T-shirt + MP3. The LPs come on either black or pink 180 gram vinyl with a gatefold jacket (pink vinyl limited to 2000 copies). and of course they come with a download code. You can also get the album as a T-shirt + MP3 download card! Click the link below to check out the different ways to pre-order. Hide More
We're VERY VERY VERY pleased to announce that Brooklyn's Vivian Girls have officially signed with Polyvinyl! Their upcoming album, Share The Joy, will be released in spring 2011. As reported during an interview with Verbicide Magazine, Share The Joy is currently still being recorded with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere. Once the album is finished, Vivian Girls will be heading out for a "3 Day Tropical Rock'n Roll Vacation" during the Bruise Cruise Festival on Feb 25th-28th, along with keeping busy with various side projects.
Check out the entire Verbicide interview along with Vivian Girls' various websites by clicking the links below.
The day has arrived! of Montreal's new album False Priest is out today! If you haven't picked up your copy yet, head over to your favorite local record shop or click HERE to order the limited red vinyl directly from us! False Priest also comes on CD / MP3 and limited cassette formats.
False Priest is of Montreal's 10th album and has been getting great reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, SPIN, FILTER, NY Mag, BLURT, NME, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, and others. AOL Spinner is also streaming the whole album right now, so if you haven't heard it yet, now's the time to check it out.
of Montreal just kicked off the first leg of their US tour with Janelle Monae at DC's 9:30 club last night in support of False Priest. Click HERE to check out all the dates and to see if they'll be stopping through your town!
Great news! of Montreal and Janelle Monae will be gracing the cover of BLURT Magazine's new issue, which hits stands this week! of Montreal and Blurt are also offering up a SWEET sampler that compiles tracks from past/present of Montreal albums, including their new single, "Coquet Coquette!" It's totally free and can be downloaded HERE. How's that for a Monday treat? Don't forget that of Montreal's new album, False Priest, comes out TOMORROW! Click the link below if you still need to pick up your copy on limited red vinyl. Hurry, we're almost out!
It's raining 7"s over here at Polyvinyl my friends! We've got 3 brand new ones from Japandroids, Sharon Van Etten, and Deerhoof / Physical Forms that are currently up for pre-order RIGHT NOW! The dudes in our mailorder dept are also putting together a RAD package deal for all these titles where you can get all 3 for $12 plus you'll get an extra 20% off on ALL the 7"s in our online store! Find out more about each 7" below.
Japandroids - Heavenward Grand Prix
Heavenward Grand Prix is the 3rd installment of the 5-part Japandroids 7" series being released throughout 2010. The A-side features the title track and the B-side features a cover of PJ Harvey's "Shame." This one comes on clear vinyl + MP3 and is limited to 2000 copies. Check out "Heavenward Grand Prix" by heading over to Stereogum where they have it available for download.
Sharon Van Etten - I'm Giving Up On You
We're super excited about the release of I'm Giving Up On You. After her critically acclaimed debut Because I Was In Love, Sharon Van Etten has been hard at work on various projects - singing on The Antlers album Hospice, performing at Pitchfork Music Festival, and collaborating live with the likes of Bon Iver and The National. On top of all of this, along with recording her sophmore album Epic (to be released Oct. 5th on Ba Da Bing), Sharon found time to record 2 exclusive songs for the I'm Giving Up On You 7". This one is limited to 500 copies on black vinyl + MP3. Get it while you can!
Deerhoof / Physical Forms - Hoofdriver
Another one we're SUPER excited for! This 7" spawned from the mind of Regan Farquhar, better known as Busdriver (LA-based MC who has released several albums on ANTI-). Side A of Hoofdriver features Farquhar singing over a Deerhoof instrumental track. Side B features Farquhar's latest project, Physical Forms, which features members of The Mae Shi. Hoofdriver is the first of a possible series of Deerhoof 7"s featuring guest vocalists singing self-composed lyrics and new vocal melodies over original Deerhoof compositions. This one comes on yellow vinyl + MP3 and is limited to 1000 copies.Hide More
Yo playas! Ready for a brand new of Montreal track? Sure you are! SPIN.com currently has the new single "Sex Karma" up for FREE download on their site right now! The song features a guest appearance from Solange Knowles and is the second single off the band's upcoming album False Priest, out September 14th. Check it out by clicking the link below.
We all know NPR is RAD, but today they're MEGA RAD. Right now, you can stream of Montreal's upcoming album False Priest in its entirety for FREE on their "First Listen" section. Click the link below to get your dance on! If you like what you hear, check out the limited red vinyl by clicking HERE. We're almost out!
Great news everyone! We're SUPER SUPER excited to announce that Portland, OR's Starfucker have officially signed with Polyvinyl! Their upcoming 7", Julius, is currently up for pre-order right now with a physical release date of October 12th, 2010! All pre-orders receive an instant download of both tracks at check out.
Led by principal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Hodges, Starfucker have already made a name for themselves throughout the indie/electronic scene with their self-titled debut and their follow-up EP, Jupiter. After a short-lived name change, the guys decided to keep the Starfucker moniker and continue to do what they do best - crafting instantly catchy dance pop that's sure to please.
Julius will be available on limited blue vinyl and features the title track on the A-side along with "Helium Muffin" on the B-side. Click the links below to pre-order your copy and to check out the band's various social networking pages.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's new album Let It Sway came out last Tuesday (8/17) and is receiving tons of praise from music outlets throughout the blogosphere! Places like Brooklyn Vegan, PopMatters, Punknews.org, Crawdaddy, and more have all written glowing reviews of the album. There's also a great interview on Ragged Words where Phillip Dickey talks about how each song on Let It Sway was written. Click the links below to check it all out.
The upcoming issue of SPIN will feature an awesome 9/10 review of the new of Montreal album, False Priest. The magazine calls False Priest the most accessible of Montreal album to date and praises its emphasis on groove and funk.
"Inviting producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West) to beef up the beats and boost the bottom end means that Priest feels cleaner than Barnes' other records - less synthesized, more physical."
of Montreal also appear on SPIN'S "25 Fall Albums That Matter Most." Check out the feature along with the full SPIN review by clicking the links below.
After multiple requests from tons of fans, Aloha's debut EP, The Great Communicators, The Interpreters, The Nonbelievers, will now be available on vinyl for the first time October 26, 2010!
Originally released in 1999, The Great Communicators, The Interpreters, The Nonbelievers, is the first thing from Aloha to be released on Polyvinyl and features original vibraphone player Eric Koltnow.
The 12" EP will be available on 180-gram maroon vinyl and will include a hand silk-screened jacket. The vinyl is available only through our mailorder department and is limited to 500 copies. We also put together some great package deals for you that include other titles by Aloha, Cale Parks, and Joan of Arc. Follow the link below to check out the different ways to order. Pre-orders ship 10/15/2010.
You never quite know what to expect with a new of Montreal video, but you can always count on it being awesome! The band's new video for "Coquet Coquette" made its debut today on their YouTube channel and features a bunch of crazy barbarians running around the beach. Check it out above! Video by Jason Miller.
"Coquet Coquette" appears on the band's upcoming album False Priest, which you can pre-order RIGHT HERE!
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's new album Let It Sway is out now and can be purchased everywhere! The album is available on CD / LP (peach colored 180 gram vinyl) / MP3 and comes with a free button, sticker, and poster if you order from the PV store!
Let It Sway is the band's 3rd full length album and easily their strongest to date. Recorded by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist and respected engineer Chris Walla along with Beau Sorenson (DCFC, Sparklehorse) at the legendary Smart Studios in Madison, WI, Let It Sway couples the low-fi aspects of Broom with the polished sound of Pershing to create a whole new aesthetic.
2 down, 3 more to go! Japandroids' Younger Us 7" is out now on clear vinyl and can be purchased through our online store or at your favorite local record shop.
Younger Us is the 2nd installment of the 5-part 7" series devised by the band as a way to give something back to fans. Since the band has been touring for so long, they haven't had a chance to record a follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed Post-Nothing. These five 7"s each have a track from the Post-Nothing sessions along with a cover on the B-side. Younger Us (limited to 2500 copies) features the title track on the A-side along with a cover of X's "Sex and Dying in High Society" on the B-side.
If you want to try and score a copy for free, head on over to You Aint No Picasso where you can enter to win a copy of Younger Us along with a test pressing of Art Czars, the first 7" in the series. Otherwise, click the link below to purchase your copy.
It's almost the weekend...so that means we should all celebrate with a new Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin track off their upcoming album, Let It Sway. Stereogum has the premiere of "Banned (By The Man)" for free stream/download. Go check it out for yourself by clicking the link below.
It's time to celebrate everybody, because it's officially 7" season! Right now we've got two 7"s up for pre-order. One from Owen (Abandoned Bridges) and another from XBXRX (O). Here's the best part - if you pre-order either of these 7"s, you get an instant MP3 download at check out!
Owen'sAbandoned Bridges features the brand new title track on the A-side along with a cover of Wilco's "I'm Always in Love" on the B-side. It comes on either white or black vinyl (white vinyl is limited to 1000 copies and is only available through PV).
It's been a while since XBXRX has released new material, but their new O 7" contains 10 songs! Yes, 10 songs on a 7"! These new songs are a return to form for XBXRX, harkening back to their Sixth in Sixes era. Accompanying the single will be a Lawrence Cline directed mini-movie for the whole single!
Since 7" season is our favorite season, we decided to put together an amazing package deal for you. Right now for only $20 you can get all this stuff.
- Owen's Abandoned Bridges 7" (white vinyl) - XBXRX's O 7" - XBXRX's Sixth in Sixes CD + Instant MP3 - XBXRX's Wars CD + Instant MP3 - ZZZZ's Palm Reader CD + Instant MP3 - 3 free stickers (Owen, Japandroids, Braid)
Plus your choice of one of the following Owen titles
- Owen CD + Instant MP3 - No Good For No One Now CD + Instant MP3 - I Do Perceive CD + Instant MP3 - At Home With Owen CD + Instant MP3 - New Leaves CD + Instant MP3
That's 6 releases for $20! I think we've lost our marbles. Click below to place your order.Hide More
Wanna know what records to check out this summer? NPR's latest episode of All Songs Considered has you covered, and they include of Montreal's False Priest in the latest show! of Montreal appears at the end (they save the best for last!) You can listen to the whole show by clicking the link below. Enjoy!
THE WAIT IS OVER! of Montreal's brand new album, False Priest, is now available for pre-order! We know you've all been waiting a long time for this, and trust us, we're just as excited as you! IT SOUNDS AMAZING!
False Priest was recorded at Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles, CA with the help of renowned producer/songwriter, Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright). With appearances by Janelle Monae and Solange Knowles, False Priest is, without a doubt, of Montreal's best work to date.
False Priest will be available on CD / 2xLP / MP3 with amazing artwork by David Barnes and Gemini Tactics (see above). As usual, we're hooking up those who pre-order with some free goodies. This time it's 4 free stickers and a button! Both the CD and LP include a 20-page booklet of new paintings. The 180 gram LP comes on either black or red vinyl + digital download. The red vinyl is limited to 2000 copies and is only available through us here at Polyvinyl. So if you want a red one, order now before they sell out!
To get your copy of False Priest, click the link below. To download the first single, "Coquet Coquette," click HERE. Also, be sure and sign up for the of Montreal email list to receive updates with new announcements / MP3s / videos / and more! Click HERE to sign up.Hide More
Good news! Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin just released their brand new, AMAZING documentary video, "The Making of Let It Sway." As stated in the title, the video highlights a few standout moments while the band was in Madison, WI and Portland, OR with Chris Walla recording their new album, Let It Sway. Don't miss Loretta as she masters driving a stick shift!
On top of the sweet video, SSLYBY just announced a few new tour dates with Seattle's Telekinesis as direct support. Check out the complete list of dates below, then head to Consequence of Sound for more SSLYBY goodies.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - 2010 Tour Dates
08/31 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird * 09/01 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club * 09/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall * 09/03 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick * 09/04 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo * 09/06 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo * 09/07 – Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears * 09/08 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom * 09/10 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat * 09/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary * 09/12 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop * 09/13 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
Since Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's newest single, "Sink/Let It Sway," has been posted everywhere online already, the band decided to give you all another short teaser of something from the new album, Let It Sway. Check out the video above that contains a demo version of a new song called "Phantomwise."
Japandroids' new single, "Younger Us," has been out in the internet world for a whole 24 hours now and has already gained traction amongst various sites, including Best New Music on Pitchfork. They describe the song as "a welcome indication that this band has more to offer than the, fuzzed-out frenzy that we already know they do so well." Click the links below to pre-order Younger Us and to check out the article.
The day is here! We're very pleased to announce the release of Casiokids' new compilation, Topp stemning på lokal bar, available now on 2xCD / 2xLP / MP3.
If there's one release to take note of this year, it's Topp stemning på lokal bar. Norway's Casiokids (of Montreal tourmates and now labelmates) take the term "catchy" and multiply it by 1,000. Topp stemning på lokal bar is packed with flawless pop gems, sung in their native language of Norwegian. The band has already been getting attention far and wide from the likes of Flaunt, Stereogum, Self-Titled,FILTER, WIRED, and more. XLR8R also just premiered diskJokke's remix of "En Vill Hest" on their First Listen section. You can also stream the entire album over at AOL SPINNER right now. And on top of that, Pitchfork debuted the band's awesome video for "Finn Bikkjen!" directed by Greg Taylor. Whew...that's a lot of awesome stuff.
The 2xCD includes free sticker, button, and bonus remix CD of 8 orginal tracks. The 2xLP (purple 180 gram vinyl limited to 1,000) also comes with a free sticker, button, and bonus remix 12". And of course, they always come with our digital download code! Click the links below to order your copy of Topp stemning på lokal bar and to check out the articles. Hide More
Look out! Japandroids are at it again with their new 7" titled Younger Us. Younger Us is the 2nd installment in the 5-part 7" series being released throughout 2010 and features the title track on the A-side along with a cover of X's "Sex and Dying in High Society" on the B-side.
Just like the Art Czars 7", Younger Us will be on limited clear vinyl and includes an instant MP3 download. Art Czars sold out before street date, so I'd advise you all to pre-order a copy of Younger Us for yourself while you can. Click the link below to order!
of Montreal's song "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" off 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, is a fan favorite and was recently featured in Spike Jonze's amazing new short film, I'M HERE. To celebrate, we thought we'd hit you all with a super special release, exclusive to the Polyvinyl online store.
As of today, you can pre-order your copy of The Past Is A Grotesque Animal as a 45 RPM 12" on light blue 180-gram vinyl! The A-side features the original version of "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" while the B-side features the new I'M HERE version which was re-envisioned by Kevin Barnes, Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and members of the Moonrats.
The beautiful cover is a hand screen printed design by Nina Barnes/Geminitactics. This is also the first time ever that the epic 12 min long "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" is available as a 45 RPM release. Trust me when I tell you, IT SOUNDS AMAZING because it was remastered by John Golden (Nirvana, Melvins, Sonic Youth). This 12" is limited to 500 copies and will probably sell out fast! Click the link below to pre-order your copy. Hide More
The Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin camp is back again with a brand new album! We're very very pleased to announce that come August 17, Let It Sway will be available worldwide! The album is officially available for pre-order now on CD / LP (180-gram peach or black) / MP3 formats. All formats include a free sticker, button, poster, and bonus 3-song digital EP! You can even pre-order the album as a T-Shirt and get a download card with your purchase. SWEET!
Recorded by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla (Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists) and Beau Sorenson (DCFC, Sparklehorse), Let It Sway takes cues from the band's quiet Broom-era bedroom recordings and couples them with the polished sound of Pershing to create a whole new aesthetic.
Click the links below to pre-order your copy of Let It Sway and to download the first single "Sink / Let It Sway" for FREE!
Bob Nanna recently got a chance to chat with both Slug Mag and Verbicide about our recent reissues of 4 classic Braid albums. Bob talks about how Braid got started, their early touring history, and the overall experience of being in a band. Click the link below to read the interviews.
Alright guys...it's time to get super excited up in here. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are about to come out with a new full-length REALLY soon! The band just made a sweet preview video with some rad biking action along with some footage of the band recording with Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie. Check it out above, then click the link below to sign up for the official SSLYBY email list to get updates about the new album.
Casiokids' brand new video for "Finn Bikkjen!" made its debut on Pitchfork today! The video was directed by Greg Taylor and features a few crazy creatures dancing in the wilderness while a young man searches for his dog. Brilliant! Check it out above, then head to Pitchfork by clicking the link below. In addition to Pitchfork, the video has surfaced on other online outlets such as Drowned in Sound, TSM, TV Guide, and more (see below for links).
Don't forget to pick up your copy of Topp stemning på lokal bar on purple vinyl through the PV online store!
We think Casiokids are awesome! Nö Music seems to agree because they posted a GREAT review of the band's upcoming album, Topp stemning på lokal bar, giving it a 9/10 rating! They describe the album as being "no less cohesive for not being the result of one session push, and if you have heard the bulk of the material before, well, it’s largely so good that there can be no real excuse for not listening to it quite a lot more."
Hey everyone! Today's a GREAT DAY! The Braid vinyl reissues are OUT NOW. It's been years in the making, but we're PROUD to announce that today marks the official release of four classic Braid albums as deluxe vinyl reissues! In addition to Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five (2xLP) and The Age of Octeen (the band's first two records, both long out of print), Braid's two compilations albums -- Movie Music Vol. 1 (2xLP) and Movie Music Vol. 2 (2xLP) -- are also now available for the first time as separate releases. We also repressed Braid's most popular 7", I'm Afraid of Everything, on mixed colored vinyl! Like I said earlier, today's a great day!
All the full-lengths mentioned above are on 180-gram colored vinyl with double gatefold jackets and include a free Braid sticker if you order from the PV online store. And of course, they all come with digital download codes! If you order it as a package deal for $50, the I'm Afraid of Everything 7", is FREE! Click the link below to check it all out.
On top of this, there are also a couple AWESOME contests going on right now at sites like Punknews, The Tripwire, and Threadless where you can win copies of the reissues along with test pressings. Follow the links below to check them all out. Hide More
Alright my friends, the day has arrived! Japandroids' latest 7" single Art Czars is out now on clear vinyl, equipped with digital download code! To celebrate the release, SPIN is exclusively streaming the B-side "Racer X," right now on their website! Now's your chance to go get a preview.
The single has done so well, that we're already sold out of them through mailorder! But don't worry, you can still buy the MP3s from our digital store or by catching the band at an upcoming show. They've still got a few left! Follow the links below to purchase Art Czars and to check out the feature on SPIN.
Art Czars is the first of a 5 part series that will be released throughout 2010. Since Japandroids tour so much, they haven't had a chance to get into the studio to record a follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Post-Nothing, so they're releasing these singles as a way to give back to all of you! Each single will have an original song taken from the Post-Nothing sessions along with a cover. The first single contains the title track on the A-side along with a cover of Big Black's "Racer X" on the B-side." Hide More
Whose ready for a new Love of Everything album? I know I am. Their latest offering, Best In Tensions, is now available digitally through our online store!
Recorded at Chicago's Semaphore Recording Ltd. by Neil Strauch (Bonnie Prince Billy, Iron and Wine), Best In Tensions contains some of Burg's most personal songs to date. This time however, Burg isn't doing it alone. Joined by his wife Elisse La Roche on drums along with various other friends that were available to share their talents, Love of Everything shelve the "one-man band" ideal in exchange for a fuller sound of a band with multiple members.
Click the link below to purchase Best In Tensions from the Polyvinyl digital store.
Good news for those who reside overseas! As of this week, Love Is All's Two Thousand And Ten Injuries is available in Europe for purchase! So if you've been wondering where the heck it is, go take a trip to your local record store and pick up a copy.
Two Thousand And Ten Injuries has been getting great reviews from some fantastic European outlets lately. Check out reviews in places like BBC, Drowned in Sound, Virgin, Loud & Quiet, Artrocker, For Folk's Sake, and more! There's also a great feature on Gigwise where Ake from the band blogs about their current U.S. tour. Check out the reviews and the Gigwise blog by clicking the links below.
And don't forget, you can always order from the Polyvinyl online store and we'll ship it right to your house!
Dana Raidt from Venus Zine just posted a lovely review of Aloha's newest, Home Acres. 4 outta 5 y'all! Tour starts in April, so go see if these boys are coming to visit – trust us, you will not want to miss it.
We're VERY VERY proud to announce that the newest from Love Is All - Two Thousand And Ten Injuries - is available for purchase today in North America! Two Thousand And Ten Injuries is the band's third full-length and features some of Love Is All's most adventurous work to date. Recorded, produced, and mixed at the band's home studio in Gothenburg, Sweden with the help of Wyatt Cusick (The Aisler Set, Trackstar), Two Thousand and Ten Injuries is the band at their best.
Not only is the music fantastic, but the packaging is too! Two Thousand And Ten Injuries is available on CD & LP and includes a bunch of great goodies. The CD comes with a free Polyvinyl digital sampler and the 180-gram LP is available on black or white vinyl. The white LP is exclusive to mailorder and limited to 500, so hurry! Both the CD and LP also come with a free sticker and button. And the best part? If you order from the PV online store, you'll get a download code the instant you place your order which gets you high quality MP3s of the entire album! You'll have the music while you wait for your package. It's too good to be true!
Two Thousand and Ten Injuries has already been getting tons of high praise in places like SPIN, Filter, Under the Radar, and more. Click the links below to check out the reviews, the latest single "Kungen," and to order your copy. Hide More
Thursday's are good days for AWESOME release announcements right? I'd say so, because we're hitting you with something new from Japandroids - No Singles, out May 11th.
Before their critically acclaimed full-length Post-Nothing, Japandroids released two 5-song EPs (All Lies and Lullaby Death Jams) on good ole CD-Rs. The EPs were limited to 500 copies and quickly sold out. No Singles compiles these two EPs into one album.
With beautiful packaging designed by the band along with a 11" x 11" 32-page booklet featuring rare photos and fliers detailing the band's early history, No Singles illustrates how Japandroids would go on to land spots on over 30 year-end lists for 2009.
No Singles was mastered by John Golden (The Melvins, Nirvana) and will be available on CD+MP3 and LP+MP3 (deluxe double gatefold,180-gram black or white). All orders will include an instant digital download code on ship date, 4/30, so you can have the music while you wait for your record to arrive! Follow the links below to pre-order your copy and to see what Pitchfork and Exclaim have to say about the release announcement. Hide More
It's release day again here at Polyvinyl and we couldn't be more excited for the brand new Aloha album, Home Acres. It's been a long time since the last Aloha full-length (4 years!) and the band's latest offering definitely does not disappoint. The album is available on BEAUTIFUL maroon-colored vinyl (looks like wood) + MP3, along with deluxe CD + MP3. Both CD and LP come with a free sticker and button, but the LP also comes with a 12" x 24" poster! Click the link below to purchase your copy.
Home Acres has already been getting tons of love from the music world and has been reviewed in places like SPIN, Alternative Press, Giant Robot, Alarm Press and more. There's even a great feature on AOL Spinner (this week only) where you can stream the entire album, along with a few great contests. One on Indie Rock Reviews where you can win the last 3 Aloha albums, and another on Alternative Apparel where you can win a copy of Home Acres along with some clothes! Check out what everyone has to say by clicking the links below. Also, don't forget to check out the brand new Aloha website, where you can see Home Acres lyrics, new tour dates, and more. Hide More
We're VERY VERY proud to announce that Norway's Casiokids have signed with Polyvinyl! We'll be putting out their upcoming compilation Topp stemning på lokal bar in North America on June 8th. It's the first Norwegian-language pop music ever to be released in the U.S!
Hailing from the same Bergen scene that made up Datarock and Annie, Casiokids were named after their trademark use of beatup, old analog Casios. Their intention? To make electronic music more visual with their theatric live show, which incorporates a blend of shadow puppets, video projections and animal costumes. Whether it's playing a 12-date tour for Norwegian kindergarteners, or their current tour with Hot Chip, Casiokids are sure to leave whatever age group they come across pleased.
The songs on Topp stemning på lokal bar were previously distributed in Europe via Moshi Moshi, both as part of the label’s renowned Singles Club and as a series of double A-sided 7"s. For this debut US release, all eight tracks have been re-mastered and are accompanied by a bonus disc of new material (including six remixes and two covers). Topp stemning på lokal bar will be available on CD/2xLP + MP3. The CD includes a bonus remixes disc and the 180-gram LP includes a bonus 12". To pre-order your copy, follow the link below. Hide More
Ready for some new Japandroids songs? Sure you are! 2009 was a busy year for Japandroids. Their nonstop touring schedule didn't leave much time for recording another full-length, so Brian and Dave devised a 5-part 7" series as a way to give back to all of you!
As reported by Pitchfork earlier today, each 7" will feature a previously unreleased track written during the Post-Nothing sessions along with a cover. The first installment, Art Czars, features the title track along with a Big Black cover of "Racer X", a live favorite. Recorded during a brief break between tours and mastered by John Golden, Art Czars will be released on April 13th on clear vinyl (limited edition of 2000) along with a digital download code. Follow the link below to pre-order your copy.
On top of Pitchfork's post about the single series, other outlets have posted about it including Exclaim, SPIN, Village Voice, Under The Radar, and more. Check them all out by clicking the links below. Hide More
Ever wonder why it's so hard to find those old Braid releases on vinyl at your favorite record shop? Well worry no more my friends, because we're reissuing 5 of them for your listening pleasure! Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five, The Age of Octeen, Movie Music Volumes. 1 & 2, and I'm Afraid of Everything 7" are all available for pre-order at the PV online store. These all come with an instant digital download code plus a free Braid sticker! Check out the details below then follow the link to pre-order yours.
Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five - 2xLP - White Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 700 - Deluxe double gatefold 180-gram vinyl - Includes liner notes and lyrics - Re-mastered by John Golden (Nirvana, Melvins, Sonic Youth)
The Age of Octeen LP - Blue Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 700 - 180-gram vinyl - Re-mastered by John Golden (Nirvana, Melvins, Sonic Youth)
Movie Music Vol. 1 - 2xLP - Red Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 700 - Deluxe double gatefold 180-gram vinyl - Updated liner notes with lyrics
Movie Music Vol. 2 2xLP - Orange Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 700 - Deluxe double gatefold 180-gram vinyl - Updated liner notes with lyrics
I'm Afraid of Everything 7" - Mixed-Colored Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 1000 - Braid's most popular 7" now back in print!Hide More
Wednesday afternoons can be a bummer sometimes. It's the middle of week. Nothing exciting happens...EXCEPT FOR A BRAND NEW ALOHA SONG ON BROOKLYN VEGAN! Oh yes my friends, Brooklyn Vegan just posted the track "Waterwheel" off the new Aloha album, Home Acres, along with a bunch of new tour dates with Pomegranates. Check out the dates below then follow the link to listen to "Waterwheel" on Brooklyn Vegan.
Aloha 2010 Tour Dates
4/9 - Princeton, NJ @ Terrace Club
4/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fung Necktie
4/12 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub *
4/13 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn +
4/14 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 +
4/15 - Washington, DC @ DC9 +
4/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory +
4/18 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East +
4/21 - Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room +
4/22 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle +
4/24 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop +
4/25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox +
Tons of stuff has been happening in the JOA world lately. Read on to be informed!
Joan of Arc Presents: Don’t Mind Control
Hey! The new compilation - Joan of Arc Presents: Don't Mind Control - is out now! Go check it out at your local record shop!
Tim Kinsella playing with White/Light
Tim Kinsella has been a busy man...but he's not slowing down! He's playing a show at the MCA in Chicago, Saturday March 13th with White/Light as part of their series of performances accompanying their installation there. Other performers in the series include Disappears, Lucky Dragons and Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth. Find out more HERE.
Intelligentsia Coffee Makes Signature JOA Blend
Did you hear about Intelligentsia Coffee's signature Joan of Arc "Afternoons Mourning Blend?" It's pretty tasty! Intelligentsia offered to whip up a signature blend for the Joan of Arc Don't Mind Control Variety Show on 1/22. If you couldn't make it to the Variety Show, don't worry! The Polyvinyl store still has a few bags for sale. It's an awesome way to start your morning! Check it out HERE.
Love of Everything in Japan
Love of Everything will be traveling to Japan this month! If you're in the area, be sure and say hi to Bobby and co. Check out the dates below then head to Love of Everything's Myspace for more details.
2/13 Matsumoto, Japan @ Gunjyou w/Torch, Asuna
2/14 Nagoya, Japan @ Huckfunn Factory
2/15 Shibuya, Tokyo @ Shibuya-O-Nest w/Chuck Bettis @ Friends, Fukuro, Kenichi Fumoto
Bobby Burg and Jeremy Boyle (Vacations) both showcased a few pieces of art recently at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago in the exhibit Postcard Trouble. Bobby showed some paintings while Jeremy contributed a few of his photographs. Check out what Time Out Chicago had to say about the show along with a few pictures by clicking HERE
Joan of Arc on Cassette
Word on the street is that Joyful Noise Recordings will be releasing the last 3 Joan of Arc full-lengths on cassette! (Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain – Boo Human – Flowers) So if your car is super old like mine and is without a cd player, you’ll soon be able to rock some JOA while you embark on your various car related journeys!
Just think! You could brew a cup of JOA coffee, break out the walkman and rock your JOA cassettes while you jog down to the record shop to check out Don't Mind Control on orange or green vinyl! 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."
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
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!
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. "
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!
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.
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.
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.
KEXP's latest compilation, Live @ KEXP Volume 5, is now available for purchase! of Montreal's "An Eluardian Instance" is featured on the comp along with tons of other great songs from bands like MGMT, Andrew Bird, Vivian Girls and more. Click the link below to find out more about the compilation.
Owen's upcoming full-length New Leaves just got reviewed in the newest issue of Alternative Press. The review praises Kinsella's latest offering and highlights "Amnesia and Me" and "Brown Hair in a Bird's Nest" as standout tracks. Click the link below to check out the full review.
Owen's upcoming album New Leaves hits stores September 22, and people in the blogosphere are already giving high praise for the first single "Good Friends, Bad Habits." Check out multiple reviews of the track in Magnet, The Tripwire, Popwreckoning, Rock Sellout, and many more by clicking the links below.
Asobi Seksu's Transparence 10" has finally hit the shelves in your local record shop and being that it's on clear vinyl, we've gotta say that it looks sweet. This is Polyvinyl's first 10" and we're super excited about it. The lead track "Transparence" is taked from the Gigantic Studio sessions where Asobi Seksu recorded their Polyvinyl debut Hush. There's also a remix of "Transparence" by the hypnotic percussive group Aa. Click the link below to purchase Transparence.
Asobi Seksu's upcoming 10" Transparence will be dropping this Tuesday and Stereogum just posted the track along with the band's upcoming tour dates with Loney Dear. This is Polyvinyl's first 10" ever and it's on clear vinyl so needless to say, we're pumped! Click the link below to check out article.
Volcano Choir, the latest collaboration between Polyvinyl family members Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, just released their new song "Island, IS" which got the "Best New Music" tag on Pitchfork. The album, Unmap, is set to come out in September. Click the link below to check out the song and to find out more about the album.
Check out this great review for Cale Parks' new EP To Swift Mars in SPIN Magazine! The EP came out Tuesday and has been getting great reviews so far. SPIN compares Parks' latest release to "Junior Boys' seductive electro-pop" and "Beach House's languid balladry." Click the link below to check out the review.
It's new release week here at Polyvinyl and this time we're hitting you with two amazing releases! Both Japandroids' Post-Nothing and Cale Parks' To Swift Mars EP are out now and available for purchase at the PV online store.
Pitchfork gave Post-Nothing "Best New Music" and calls it "terminally catchy music played with punk's enthusiasm and velocity." To Swift Mars is also getting tons of great reviews in various outlets such as SPIN Magazine, who states, "opener "Eyes Won't Shut" channels Junior Boys' seductive electro-pop while the organ-heavy "Knight Conversation" evokes Beach House's languid balladry."
Click the links below to purchase these incredible releases and to read what others have to say about them.
The new Headlights album has arrived! Rather than collapsing under the duress of a demanding year, Headlights have survived to surface with a new collection of songs praising the transience of our friendships, lives, and aspirations.
Wildlife hits stores October 6th and will be available on CD and 180 gram vinyl which includes a digital download code. Both the CD and LP include 4 additional prints by artist Samantha Sanborn on beautiful uncoated cardstock suitable for framing. The pre-orders also come with a bunch of great stuff that you don't want to miss out on including a two song bonus download card featuring an exclusive B-side ("All of Your Lies") and an Evangelicals cover ("Skeleton Man").
Pre-orders also include new sticker and button designs and are paired together in two different bundle options that include a new T-shirt design. On top of all this we're having a complete Headlights discography sale which includes 10-20% off the entire back catalog!
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Indie Rock Reviews currently has Cale Parks' upcoming EP To Swift Mars available for an exclusive stream in its entireity! It's like getting to open that single present on Christmas Eve! Follow the link below to take a listen. If you like what you hear, head on over to the PV online store to pre-order the EP which comes out August 4th!
The day has finally arrived my friends! Owen's upcoming full-length New Leaves will be released September 22nd and is officially up for pre-order. Chalk-full of new arrangements and instrumentation, New Leaves is Owen's best work yet! We're very excited about the release and have a bunch of goodies that go along with the pre-order including a limited edition multi-colored 180 gram vinyl (limited to 700 copies), new buttons, and stickers. We're also having a deal where you can get the Owen and Friends 6 button set for only $3 more with the pre-order. The CD will include a beautiful 24-page lyric and photo booklet along with a brand new Polyvinyl sampler! On top of all this, through Oct. 5th, the entire Owen back catalog is 10-20% off!
Owen will also be playing a few shows in the Chicago area in support of New Leaves. Check out the dates below.
9/16 Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club (Pygmalion Festival) 9/18 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (Record Release: Early All Ages Show) w/ Bob Nanna 9/18 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (Record Release: 21+ Late Show) w/ Davey von Bohlen
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The newest collaborative project from Polyvinyl family members Collections of Colonies of Bees and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver - Volcano Choir - is set to release their debut full-length titled Unmap. While entirely a studio project, Unmap contains hints of everything from David Sylvian to Tom Waits. Jagjaguwar is set to release Unmap on September 22nd worldwide. Follow the links below for more info.
Unmap: 1. Husks and Shells 2. Seeplymouth 3. Island, IS 4. Dote 5. And Gather 6. Mbira in the Morass 7. Cool Knowledge 8. Still 9. Youlogy
After non-stop touring with Bell and Yann Tiersen this past summer, Asobi Seksu is at it again. On August 25, the band will release Transparence, which is a limited edition 10" on clear 180-gram vinyl featuring 2 unreleased songs from the Hush sessions. The record also features a remix of "Transparence" by the hypnotic percussive group Aa. In support of this release, Asobi Seksu will be embarking on a nation-wide U.S. tour with Loney Dear this fall. Check out the complete dates below. If you want to pre-order Transparence, click the link below.
9/16 New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub - special acoustic performance
9/23 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
9/24 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
9/26 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
9/27 Denton, TX @ Hailey’s
9/29 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
9/30 San Diego, CA @ Casbah*
10/1 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubador*
10/2 San Francisco, CA @ Slims*
10/3 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
10/4 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey*
10/6 Vancouver BC @ Biltmore Cabaret*
10/9 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry*
10/10 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge*
10/11 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
10/12 Toronto ON @ Horseshoe Tavern*
10/13 Montreal QC @ Il Motore*
10/14 Boston, MA @ Great Scott*
10/15 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
10/16 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwells*
10/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas*
The day has finally arrived my friends! Joan of Arc's 10th studio album Flowers is now availabe for purchase. The album has already been garnishing multiple accolades in various outlets such as SPIN, Venus Zine, Alternative Press, and more. Absolute Punk and Joanfrc.com are currently holding contests to celebrate the release. Be sure and check those out if you haven't already. Absolute Punk also did an interview with Tim Kinsella about Flowers and how it came to fruition. Click the links below to check out all this great stuff and to order Flowers.
xbxrx just recorded a band new full-length titled "Un Usper" that's only available digitally through their website. It's donation based, so there's no excuse not to go and check it out. Click the link below to download the album.
We're a little less than two weeks away from the release of Joan of Arc's Flowers! If you want to get a sneak peak of what people are saying about it, follow the link below to read SPIN's review. Also, if you haven't already pre-ordered your copy, head on over to the PV online store.
After releasing Sparklace in 2008, the very talented Cale Parks (Aloha, White Williams) is already back with a new EP titled To Swift Mars. With influences ranging from the overlapping arpeggios of Philip Glass to the post-prog pop of Peter Gabriel, To Swift Mars has all the right ingredients for a superb, hard-to-put-down pop record. Recorded at Inner Ear studios by fellow Aloha member T.J. Lipple and mixed by Brian Jacobs of Apes and Androids, Parks' latest batch of songs breaks the usual assumption of what a percussionist's solo project might sound like.
Parks will embark on a nation-wide tour this summer opening up for Passion Pit and Harlem Shakes. Check out the dates below.
Tour Dates: 5/22 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern 5/24 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 5/26 San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club 5/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Toubadour 5/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex 5/30 Pamona, CA @ Glass House 6/2 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre 6/3 Austin, TX @ Emo's Alternative Lounging 6/4 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live 6/5 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon 6/6 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Tavern 6/8 Richmond, VA @ The National 6/9 Waashington, DC @ Black Cat 6/13 Covington, KY @ Madhatter Club 6/14 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle 6/17 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place 6/18 Boston, MA @ Paradise
Magnet ran a nice preview on Joan of Arc's upcoming album Flowers and posted a free download of the song "Explain Yourselves #2." If you're itching to hear some new JOA material, click the link below and download the song. Flowers comes out June 9 and is now available for pre-order at the PV store.
Asobi Seksu's new record Hush has officially been released today! If you haven't gotten your copy yet, head on over to the PV store to order one! The record has received great reviews from a wide range of outlets. Check out the quotes and links about Hush below.
"The windswept solace that adorns Asobi Seksu's calmer third release, Hush, the Brooklyn duo's Polyvinyl debut, is a supple deviation from the reverbed guitar squalls of the outfit's self-titled first bow and 2006's Citrus." - Filter Magazine
""Sing Tomorrow's Praise" and "Me & Mary" evoke iciness over icing, with more expansive cool than insidious sweetness." -SPIN
"Hush has plenty of slinky pop moments couched in an ethereal shroud of keys and guitars." - The Tripwire.
Asobi Seksu was featured in the latest issue of Filter Magazine. If you haven't gotten a chance to check out the magazine, you should! These guys put out one of the best music magazines on news stands today. Click the links below to subscribe to Filter and to check out the article.
Headlights recorded a song for Splice Today's folk compilation called The Old Lonesome Sound, which is set to be released Feb. 18. This collection of traditional folk songs includes contributions by Phosphorescent, Wye Oak, These United States and more. Check out Headlights' cover of "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies" by clicking the link below.
Architecture in Helsinki's newest single, "That Beep," was released digitally today on sites like iTunes, Rhapsody, emusic and Napster to name a few.
The new video for "That Beep" was also featured on Pitchfork TV and has been reviewed on several blogs like You Ain't No Picasso, Stereogum, and Gorilla vs. Bear. Click the links below to check everything out.
We are proud to announce that Polyvinyl Record Co. will release the new Loney Dear album titled Dear John on January 27th in North America. Dear John is the band's fifth proper album. We have the song "Airport Surroundings" streaming from our Imeem page right now. Click the link below to listen.
Skeletal Lamping has been pushed back by two weeks because of an error at the printer. We received the news last Friday and are moving the release date from October 7 to October 21. Thank you everyone for understanding and we will be including a 10% off coupon in all Skeletal Lamping pre-orders to make up for the delay. If you have any questions regarding an order or if you need to change your shipping information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-ordering for Skeletal Lamping the fantastic follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is now available.
As originally reported by Paste Magazine.com of Montreal and Polyvinyl Records are pleased to announce the groundbreaking Skeletal Lamping Collection. The collection marks a first in album packaging and design, with seven different packaging formats to choose from.
You can view the entire Skeletal Lamping Collection here.
As reported by Paste Magazine.com of Montreal and Polyvinyl Records are pleased to announce the groundbreaking
Skeletal Lamping Collection. The collection marks a first in album
packaging and design, with seven different packaging formats to choose from when
purchasing the forthcoming of Montreal album.
Digital downloading has
brought about an unfortunate situation. From the consumer standpoint, with your
purchase, you only receive at best a thumbnail sized image of the album. From
the retail standpoint, sales are lost to a faceless server in the middle of
The release of Skeletal Lamping is a paradigm shift.
The goal is to expand the perception of music packaging beyond traditional
flat, square artwork and to bring consumers back to record stores to get it.
The album exists in seven different packaging formats: CD, LP, T-shirt, tote
bag, button set, paper lantern, and wall decal set. Each item in the Skeletal
Lamping Collection includes both the digital album and its unique packaging of
the album art.
Pre-orders for Skeletal Lamping and the Collection will be available around Sept 1.
of Montreal has announced the track listing, album art and fall tour for Skeletal Lamping. The band also announced a addition to the OM family in Ahmed Gallab, who recently was the replacement drummer for Caribou last spring as well as working on the moniker Sinkane (http://www.myspace.com/sinkane). Check out the Tours section for all confirmed tour dates. The track listing is below too.
01 Nonpareil of Favor
02 Wicked Wisdom
03 For Our Elegant Caste
04 Touched Something's Hollow
05 An Eluardian Instance
06 Gallery Piece
07 Women's Studies Victims
08 St.Exquisite's Confessions
09 Triphallus, to Punctuate!
10 And I've Seen a Bloody Shadow
11 Plastis Wafers
12 Death Is Not a Parallel Move
13 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
15 Id Engager
of Montreal announced last week their new album Skeletal Lamping will be released via Polyvinyl Record Co. on October 7th. Several other publications picked up on the news and wrote about it. Links to news items and a few live photos from the band's performance at Sled Island Festival are below.
SSLYBY have recorded an exclusive XTC cover for a new 80's compilation called REWIND. Sponsored by Buffetlibre, the 80's cover collection will be released on July 1st and features XTC song "Another Satellite" as covered by SSLYBY. Also appearing on the album are bands Dragonette, Whitey, Electric Soft Parade, Levy, Saint Bernardette and The Cloud Room. The album was premiered on BBC1 during Colin Murray's show early last week.
Ok, so the new Joan of Arc Boo Human is now in stores. The songs are amazing and the lineup is spectacular and huge!
Tim, Mike, Sam, Bobby, Todd Mattei, Ben Vida and Paul Koob all return from the last tours and records. But for Boo they've also added Leroy Bach (5Style, Wilco, Iron and Wine, Beth Orton), Emmet Kelley (Cairo Gang, Bonnie Prince Billy, Beth Orton), Josh Abrams (Town and Country, Prefuse 73), Liz (Town and Country, Zoo Wheel) and the entire trio of Pillars and Tongues.
We know that sounds bananas, its a 14 person band, but the album is what legends are made of. Strings - horns - Pink Floyd The Wall by Captain Beefheart and all the songs are simple, dark, and angry. JoA fans -- you will not be disappointed.
Since Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's critically acclaimed debut, Broom, the band has shared the stage with of Montreal and Mute Math, traveled to Russia, and created what is sure to be one of 2008's most memorable albums -- Pershing.
For a limited time all online orders receive a free download EP, sticker, poster, and button.
Champaign, IL based Headlights release their sophomore album Some Racing, Some Stopping on February 19th, 2008. Based around Tristan Wraight's acoustic guitar and Erin Fein's keyboards, the songs purposefully lack much of the spacey atmospherics that define the band's earlier work. Instead the album is steeped in a classic pop sensibility, reminiscent of the '60s, Brill Building song craft, and Phil Spector production.
Ida return with their 7th album and simply put, it's the most stunning recording in the band's nearly 15-year history. Entering Levon Helm's (of The Band) mountain studio following 2005's Heart Like a River, the band recorded for nearly two years.
The long-awaited third Picastro album is out now in stores. Whore Luck features contributions by Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy, and Dwayne Sodahberk (Tigerbeat6). What stands out most are the varied and ambitious arrangements that compliment lead vocalist Liz Hysen's songwriting.
Headlights are back on the road yet again, this time teaming up Suicide Squeeze's Page France who have been receiving quite a bit of accolades from the blogosphere. Check out the tour dates section on the Polyvinyl site to see when the tour's coming to your town. Also Headlights have released a limited edition tour/mailorder only CDEP featuring 7 live tracks recorded during past tours including stops at Indie 103.1, WOXY.com and the always wonderful Daytrotter.com which has quickly become one of our favorite websites.
The third xbxrx full-length is upon us! wars, was released April 10, and continues to expand xbxrx's musical horizons, incorporating a wider palette of textures, rhythms and structure as well as gaining a newfound clarity in the vocals. Never wishing to repeat themselves, the band has made a conscious effort to move beyond the non-stop blastbeat/screaming assault of previous releases (achieving its noisy pinnacle on the 2003 Narnack 7”), while retaining the vigorous exhilaration that people expect from them.
If our mailorder department provides any barometer of success, then we expect a huge year from 31Knots in 2007! Copies of ep: Polemics have been flying off the shelves as more and more people hear about the Portland trio. Their new album The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere hits stores March 6 and will delight fans both old and new. Be sure to check them out on their current upcoming tour and you'll realize for yourself why they're one of the best live bands we've got on the roster. Also for a limited time you can pick up the new album and Corrina Repp's The Absent and the Distant for one low price!