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