It's pretty obvious that Record Store Day is our favorite holiday...we're a record label after all! This year the festivities are going down on April 19th, and we've got 6 amazing releases to tickle your RSD fancy! Let's have a look shall we?
1. of Montreal - Satanic Panic in the Attic 10 Year Anniversary Reissue
Featuring favorites such as “Disconnect the Dots,” “Lysergic Bliss,” and “Chrissy Kiss the Corpse,” of Montreal’s breakthrough album Satanic Panic in the Attic marked a slight departure from the band’s previous sound due to influences ranging from 1970’s Afro beat to 80’s New Wave.
To celebrate this beloved record’s 10-year anniversary, Satanic Panic in the Attic has been re-mastered for vinyl and is being pressed on 180-gram yellow & light blue wax (limited to 2,000) with a second disc featuring seven additional tracks recorded during the same era. This deluxe double LP re-issue comes packaged in a gatefold jacket that restores the interior artwork to its original full-color design.
If you're unfamiliar with Satanic Panic in the Attic, take a listen to the entire album above!
2. of Montreal - Jigsaw Puzzle 7"
On their latest full-length Lousy with Sylvianbriar, of Montreal adopted a new songwriting approach (writing retreat in San Francisco), a different recording method (direct to 24-track tape machine), and a fresh group of musicians. Inspired by Dylan, the Stones, Neil Young, and more, Paste declared the record “[a] stunning re-imagining of Barnes' songwriting prowess.”
“Jigsaw Puzzle” was recorded during the same sessions that produced Lousy with Sylvianbriar and is now available as a limited edition 7" for Record Store Day 2014 (limited to 1,500 on light green vinyl). An alternate version of Lousy with Sylvianbriar track “Triumph of Disintegration” is featured on the B-side.
3. Xiu Xiu - Unclouded Sky
During the summer of 2013, Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart and producer Shahzad Ismaily traveled to Sigur Rós’s personal studio in Iceland. Having access to the space for only one day, Stewart worked on setting down his interpretations of American and Caribbean spirituals using a 1953 Silvertone guitar given to him by his father (producer Michael Stewart), the man who introduced him to religious thought and folk music.
The resulting album, Unclouded Sky, explores themes of death and faith over the course of nine songs originally composed between 1850 and 1920, which are interspersed with field recordings Stewart made in the jungle of Guyana.
Unclouded Sky will be available on 180-gram "cloud colored" vinyl (limited to 1,000). Stream the album's title track above or visit FADER.
4. The Dodos - Yours Truly Session 7"
In the fall of 2013, San Francisco-based duo The Dodos reconvened at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio (where they recorded their latest full-length Carrier) to re-visit two songs in collaboration with the Magik*Magik Orchestra. Featuring beautiful new arrangements, these special performances of “Substance” and “The Ocean” were captured on film by music website Yours Truly and are now available on yellow vinyl (limited to 1,000) for the first time via this one-time pressing.
5. Saturday Looks Good To Me - Love Will Find You
Love Will Find You was originally released in 2002, but it's never been available on vinyl through retail stores...until now! This classic SLGTM title will now be available on red vinyl (limited to 500) with hand silkscreened jackets from the original artwork.
6. Saturday Looks Good To Me - Saturday Looks Good To Me
Saturday Looks Good To Me's self-released debut album from 2000 was a lo-fi four track take on reinterpreting Motown and oldies radio through a murky crust of noise.
Though the recording finds the project in it's most experimental larval stages, the sparkle and excitement of these earliest basement incantations comes through loud and clear, and many of the songs here became fan favorites as the band grew. The album will now be available for the first time on vinyl through retail stores as an expanded 14-song edition on blue vinyl w/ hand silkscreened jackets from the original artwork (limited to 500). Hide More
Owls has released another single off of their long-awaited (we mean 13 years long) upcoming album Two, and it couldn't have come soon enough. Their second single debuted on Pitchfork where they talk about the song's "punk-funk" and "newly lacerating self- and social critique."
Also in the works is Owls' album release show on 5/16 at Subterranean in Chicago. Be sure to make the trek out if you're in the area! Tickets go on sale this Friday (3/7).
You've waited long enough! Today Pillar Point is releasing their self-titled debut album, and we couldn't be more excited. Listen to their single "Cherry" above, and then head to our E-store to grab a CD / LP / cassette / digital, or visit iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify / Rdio.
SPIN says frontman Scott Reitherman's (formerly from Throw Me The Statue) "...calming vocals and glistening production puts [Pillar Point] in a class with Active Child and Superhumanoids - new romantics whose approach to songcraft is as heartfelt as it is carefully composed."
This week Tom Mullen from Washed Up Emo interviewed Mike Kinsella (Owen, Owls, Their/They're/There, American Football) on his podcast. In it they chat about Kinsella's childhood, the upcoming American Football release, and what's in store for the future. Listen to the full episode HERE.
Today Pillar Point premiered "Cherry" off of their upcoming debut album on Brooklyn Vegan. Formerly of Throw Me The Statue, Scott Reitherman's track is called "lightly funky" by BV, but see for yourself through the Soundloud link we've left above. If you'd like to learn more about the album or pre-order (out 2/25) CLICK HERE.
KEXP invited Pillar Point into the studio a few months ago for a full performance, and now you can watch them play songs off of their debut self-titled album out February 25th. In the middle of the video they stop to chat about past project Throw Me The Statue, and how Pillar Point emerged. Watch above for a rare sneak-peak at unreleased material, and stop by our e-store to pre-order.
This past summer Wampire stopped by KEXP for an AWESOME full performance and interview. During the interview they chatted about touring with Smith Westerns, their early videos with Into The Woods, and Indian buffets. The songs you hear are from their debut release, Curiosity, which can be found for purchase HERE. Check it all out above via that Youtube video.
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.
Xiu Xiu may be dead, but its will is more alive than ever.Hide More
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!