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!
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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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.
You know what you should do? You should watch this intimate performance of Kevin Barnes and Rebecca Cash singing an acoustic version of "She Ain't Speakin' Now". Filmed by 405tv, the session features the duo hanging out in a London flat during their most recent trip to the UK. Watch it on Youtube above, or click HERE to get to 405tv's posting.
"She Ain't Speakin' Now" is off of of Montreal's last release, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, available for purchase HERE.
Recently of Montreal stepped into the studio for a WNYC Soundcheck session while on a New York City tour pitstop. You can listen to the full session, and watch Kevin Barnes and Rebecca Cash croon "Fugitive Air" and "Raindrop In My Skull" on Soundcheck's website HERE. Above we've left you "Fugitive Air" for a quick tease of the whole performance.
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.
Our friends over at Audiotree Live filmed Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin in a session that showcases a few songs off of their latest album, Fly By Wire, as well as familiar favorites. With Audiotree describing Fly By Wire "as contagious as ever," you'd be silly not to watch. You can buy the five songs for $5.99 on their website HERE, and/or ogle the session for free.
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).
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!
Seattle's Pillar Point is getting tons of remix love lately, and we just have to share it with you. Over in My Old Kentucky Blog land there's a piano driven Ruby Sun remix of "Dreamin", and on Vice's thumper blog Generationals have given "a rubbery bassline" to "Diamond Mine". Check both out below.
Holy moly this is good! The Dodos recently stopped by John Vanderslice's legendary Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, CA to perform a few songs with the lovely Magik Magik Orchestra. Yours Truly (not me...this rad site) was there to capture the band's performace of "The Ocean," which is featured on their upcoming album, Carrier (out 8/27). Watch the video above, or over on The AV Club.
There's a new of Montreal song out in the world. Let us rejoice!
Rolling Stone debuted the new track "She Ain't Speakin' Now" from the band's upcoming album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, earlier today RIGHT HERE. The song "opens with quiet, late 1960s-style vocals backed by acoustic guitar and a melody that calls back to the Carpenter's 'Top of the World.'" But like most of Montreal songs, it gets a little crazier as time progresses.
Head over to Rolling Stone to check out the track and to read a short interview with Kevin Barnes about the making of the song.
Word on the street (or blogosphere) is that there's a brand new Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin song streaming on SPIN. And hey...it's true! The new song, "Harrison Ford," can be heard RIGHT HERE and is featured on the band's upcoming album, Fly By Wire, coming out 9/17.
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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I've been anticipating this day for while now...the day when Pillar Point's new track "Dreamin'" would be streamin' online (see what I did there?). Well, that day is TODAY! Head on over to SPIN where you can listen to "Dreamin'," which is the B-side to the band's upcoming Diamond Mine 7" (out digitally July 9th).
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.