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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
If you're a Mike Kinsella fan, listen up! Punknews.org is having a pretty awesome contest where you can win vinyl test pressings of Owen's (the ep), The One Up Downstairs 7-inch, and American Football's E.P. These are very rare and would make good collectors items, not to mention they are all awesome records! The contest is also offering regular copies of all three releases as well. If you want to enter the contest, follow the link below.
In addition to our staff's "Best of 2012" lists, a few of our bands whipped together lists of their own. Read on to see what Braid, Japandroids, Xiu Xiu, and Dusted were rocking last year.
Bob Nanna's Top 10 songs from 2012:
10. "The Birthday Song" - Fly Moon Royalty 09. "Beg For The Night" - Twin Shadow 08. "Impregnable Question" - Dirty Projectors 07. "Ruin" - Cat Power 06. "Elephant" - Tame Impala 05. "I'm Not Immune" - forgetters 04. "Montauk" - Rufus Wainwright 03. "Breezeblocks" - Alt-J 02. "Museum of Flight" - Damien Jurado 01. "Old & Gray" - Maps & Atlases
DUSTED (Brian Borcherdt)
Beak- >> Cooooool record. Daphni- Jaio Long- Dan Snaith is always good. Metz- my friends finally released this great record, recorded by my Holy F bandmate Graham Walsh. Woods- Bend Beyond- Another predictably good annual instalment from these guys. Soupcans- Good Feelings - More Toronto punk. "Negative Genes" is one of the best songs of the year. Bishop Morocco- Old Boys EP- Just as good or better than their debut. Codeine- When I See the Sun (Box Set)- One of favourite 90s bands reissued. So it doesn't count, right? Can- Lost Tapes- Same as above? Does it count? I reserve the last two spots for two of my favourite bands that I got to tour with, A Place to Bury Strangers and Perfume Genius. Thanks for the memories.
1. Titus Andronicus - Still Life with Hot Deuce on Silver Platter 2. Swearin - Here to Hear 3. PAWS - Bloodline 4. King Tuff - Bad Thing 5. Apollo Ghosts - Weekend Fantasy
1. A$AP Rocky - Goldie 2. Paul Westerberg - My Road Now 3. Thee Oh Sees - Flood's New Light 4. Ladyhawk - You Read My Mind 5. Dirty Three - Sometimes I've Forget You've Gone
10 favorite kraftwerk songs i listened to like an obsessive maniac in 2012.
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With all these year ends lists popping up, Ragged Words decided to give the artists a platform of their own to voice their top albums of the decade. 4 Polyvinyl artists including Japandroids, Headlights, of Montreal, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin all contributed 10 albums of the decade that they think you should know about. Check out each band's list along with the comprehensive top 50 by clicking the links below.
Pygmalion Music Festival descends on Champaign-Urbana IL again this year. This is the 4th year of the festival and promises to be the best yet. Bands such as Yo La Tengo, Dan Deacon, and Black Mountain will play this year.
As always, Polyvinyl is heavily involved in the festival. We have Headlights, The M's, Owen, Decibully and new additions to the Polyvinyl family Asobi Seksu all playing this year. Polyvinyl will close the festival with a proper showcase Saturday night Sept 20th at the Canopy Club with Asobi Seksu, Headlights and The M's playing together. For more information on the festival and tickets click the link below.
Holy cow! It's that time of year again my friends, where Pygmalion Music Festival takes over Champaign-Urbana, IL and we Polyvinylers go crazy! This year, we've got of Montreal and Owen playing the festival, so if you're in the area, come on out and get crazy with us!
of Montreal will be kicking the festival off tonight with an apearance at The Canopy Club with Janelle Monae while Owen plays on Friday at the Krannert Art Museum. In fact, Davey Pierce (of Montreal bassist) will be doing an interview on the local college radio station WPGU 107.1 today at 6:00pm CST. Click HERE to listen!
To see a complete schedule and to purchase tickets for the festival, follow the links below. See you soon!
Emil Svanängen (Loney Dear) charmed QRO Magazine with his Montreal multi-instrumental solo show last week . They penned an awesome review about his "sweet, melancholy bedroom pop," childlike banter, and they also shot some terrific photos! Check it out below.
We teamed up with Punknews.org to give you guys the chance to win an amazing Braid package. There's a contest going on right now where you can win all 5 Braid vinyl reissues (Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five, The Age of Octeen, Movie Music Vol. 1, Movie Music Vol. 2, and I'm Afraid of Everything 7" [not pictured]) along with test pressings of all the full lengths pictured above. That's a huge prize my friends! Do yourself a favor and click the link below to enter.