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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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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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.
Now, we’ve all heard the ballyhoo about digital cutting into CD sales, the death of the CD, and all that. That got us to thinking, “Why can’t the two co-exist together?” After all, CDs still have superior sound to most things digital. There’s also the archival factor for CDs: If your hard drive crashes, there is still the physical backup. And, if you get tired of the CD or want to upgrade to vinyl there’s also the secondary market of taking it to your local record store and selling it to them used. When was the last time you tried to sell a used download? (Yeah, it didn’t work for us either.)
February being the month of love, we’ve done our best to bring these two seemingly competing formats together for Polyvinyl’s inaugural Buy One, Get One Free Supersale. Every Polyvinyl CD from 1996 – 2008 is taking part in the sale PLUS you get an instant MP3 download of each album you buy at checkout. Order your CDs now, get the MP3s instantly, and still receive a delectable flavor of Airhead along with your albums in the mail.
Click the link below to check out all the releases that are part of the sale, and get ready to go crazy.
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
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.
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.
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).
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It's that time of year again my friends! Our 8th annual Holiday Sale is in full swing. This year you can save up to 70% on various LPs, CDs, clothing, and more.
We also have a special of Montreal Buy 1, Get 1 Free holiday sale happening as well. If you're looking for the right gift to give your special Sunlandic somebody...look no further! Follow the links below to check it all out.
I think all the holiday orders have finally gotten to our mailorder team, because they may have officially lost their minds with our new DVD - A Brief History in Moving Pictures.
An extensive compilation featuring 60 music videos from 26 Polyvinyl artists (including of Montreal, Deerhoof, Owen, Mates of State, and many more), this landmark project marks the first appearance on DVD for the first 15 years of Polyvinyl videos.
On top of the 60 music videos, the DVD comes with a download code for all 60 tracks, so you'll have the MP3 files as well. Oh, and did I mention that it's only $10?
The DVD comes out on 12/6 and is up for pre-order now. So kick back, grab some popcorn and cruise through Polyvinyl's first 15 years in video format!
Polyvinyl is now holding our 2nd annual Buy One, Get One Free CD Sale. Buy any CD and pick another (of equal or lesser value) free. Choose from over 100 titles.
Every Polyvinyl CD from 1996 – 2009 is taking part in the sale -- and, as always, you still get an instant MP3 download of each album you buy, so you can listen to them RIGHT NOW while you wait for your package to arrive. Check out the sale by clicking the link below.
Our favorite holiday is almost here! RECORD STORE DAY 2012! The one (and probably only) day where you're expected to blow off all your other more important plans and head down to your local record shop to support independent music.
While you're flipping through all the amazing records you're sure to find this Saturday, be on the lookout for the 9 releases we have. They're goodies! Read on for details on each release.
1. of Montreal / Deerhoof split 7" - Stygian x} Bisection - Limited to 2000 copies on clear gold vinyl, this 7" is the latest in Deerhoof's collaborative single series. Side-A features of Montreal's Kevin Barnes singing alternate vocals to Deerhoof's "Secret Mobilization," while side-B features of Montreal's song "Feminine Effects."
2. Xiu Xiu / Dirty Beaches Split 7" - Side-A features Xiu Xiu's cover of "Always" by Erasure while side-B features Dirty Beaches' cover of "Tu Ne Dis Rien" by Francoise Hardy. Limited to 2000 on black vinyl.
3. STRFKR - Heaven's Youth (Reptilians Demos) - Limited to just 1000 copies on white vinyl, Heaven's Youth gives you a glimpse into how STRFKR's main songwriter, Josh Hodges, created the songs on the band's latest full-length, Reptilians. Many of these versions were recorded in the van during STRFKR tours or back in Hodges' home studio. It also features new artwork. This is a must for any STRFKR fan.
4. Saturday Looks Good To Me - All Your Summer Songs - Named one of Pitchfork's Top 50 albums of 2003, All Your Summer Songs has been out-of-print on vinyl for some time now. To celebrate the band's upcoming album & tour, we wanted to make it available for your turntable again. Limited to 1000 on white vinyl.
5. Hey Mercedes - Hey Mercedes - After the break-up of Braid in 1999, Bob Nanna, Todd Bell, and Damon Atkinson went on to form Hey Mercedes and release this self-titled debut. Limited to 700 copies on black vinyl.
6. Rainer Maria - Rainer Maria - Features each of the band's 3 EPs (Rainer Maria, Atlantic, and Ears Ring) comprised into one vinyl release. This is the first time any of the EPs have been available on vinyl. Limited to 300 on black vinyl.
7. matt pond PA - Several Arrows Later - Back in print and limited to 1000 copies on black vinyl!
8. matt pond PA - Measure - First time ever on vinyl! Limited to 1000 on black vinyl.
9. Mates of State - Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) - A complete covers album from Jason and Kori of Mates of State! This is the first time this release has been made available on vinyl. Features covers of songs by Girls, Belle and Sebastian, Death Cab For Cutie, Fleetwood Mac, and others. Limited to 1500 on clear vinyl. Hide More
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.