Slant Magazine wrote up an amazing review of Japandroids' debut full-length Post-Nothing giving it 5/5 stars! With awesome comparisons to bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, it's not a surprise to find the boys of Japandroids pleasing audiences wherever they go. Click the link below to check out the review.
Japandroids' Post-Nothing was reviewed in the latest issue of Rolling Stone! Congrats to Brain and David who have been touring nonstop this past month in support of the release. They deserve it! Click the link below to read the review.
Now that the Asobi Seksu / Loney Dear fall tour has officially wrapped up with their show @ Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia, PA, the blogosphere is filled with awesome reviews to read. Under the Radar, KEXP, We Heart Music, Brooklyn Vegan and others have all posted amazing reviews. Click the links below to check them all out.
Asobi Seksu just finished their west coast leg of the acoustic Rewolf tour and the response has been great! On top of the band discussing James' 'acoustic mustache,' (it looks great James!) their intimate, acoustic set has been a real treat. The second leg of the tour starts 1/27 in Utica NY @ Mohawk Valley Community. Check out reviews/interviews on San Francisco Bay Gaurdian, Melophobe, Crawdaddy, and more by clicking the links below. Also, check out this performance of "New Years" from the band's show at The Triple Door in Seattle, WA.
Earlier this week, we told you that Deerhoof's upcoming album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, has been getting great reviews from all over the place! Publications like Uncut, The Fly, Under The Radar, Q and others have all written excellent reviews of the album. And they keep rolling in! Now we can add Coke Machine Glow and Alternative Press to the list of publications giving props to the band. Coke Machine Glow called Deerhoof vs. Evil "Deerhoof's classic, finally," and Alternative Press declared, "it hits the mark with impressive accuracy, commanding your attention."
Click the links below to check out the various reviews and don't forget to order your copy of Deerhoof vs. Evil on limited pink vinyl. They're going fast!
Japandroids have been killing it lately! The duo have been touring all over the U.S and recently played the Siren and Pitchfork music festivals over the weekend. MTV, SPIN, and the Chicago Tribune all had great things to say about their shows. Check out the reviews by clicking the links below.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's new album Let It Sway came out last Tuesday (8/17) and is receiving tons of praise from music outlets throughout the blogosphere! Places like Brooklyn Vegan, PopMatters, Punknews.org, Crawdaddy, and more have all written glowing reviews of the album. There's also a great interview on Ragged Words where Phillip Dickey talks about how each song on Let It Sway was written. Click the links below to check it all out.
Loney Dear has been getting great reviews for the latest album Dear John, which was released yesterday. If you haven't had the chance to read any, head on over to Line of Best Fit, where they ran a great review by Ro Cemm. Click the link below to check out the artice.
Owen's latest album, New Leaves, continues to rake in the good reviews. Filter's latest issue featured a great review of the album. "Whether constantly questioning or dismissively venting, Kinsella's got a true and clever wit to compliment his writer's eye and musician's ear. "
We all know that of Montreal's live show is an amazing sight to see, but it looks like they've been outdoing themselves on their current tour with Janelle Monae. The band's amazing back-to-back performances at NYC's Terminal 5 + a night at Boston's House of Blues have been highly praised in publications like Village Voice, Boston Globe, and even The New York Times, who says the show contained the likes of "fish-headed robots, skulls, angels in silver bikinis, faceless checkerboard-skinned aliens and, at one point, a blond dragon for Mr. Barnes to ride." Click the links below to check out the reviews. Above photo by Rahav Segev.
Owen's upcoming album New Leaves hits stores September 22, and people in the blogosphere are already giving high praise for the first single "Good Friends, Bad Habits." Check out multiple reviews of the track in Magnet, The Tripwire, Popwreckoning, Rock Sellout, and many more by clicking the links below.
Since Love Is All have been getting so many great reviews for their latest masterpiece, Two Thousand And Ten Injuries, we decided to roll them all together in one post. Click the link below to check out reviews on the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Death + Taxes, SPIN, Filter, Under The Radar and more! That's only the beginning people!
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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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.
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We are incredibly excited (in fact, I'm currently jumping up and down in my seat due to massive excitement) about our newest compilation, I Need You Bad (coming 11/26). This bad boy documents the San Francisco garage rock scene (and a little bit beyond) as it exists now, and let me tell you...it's amazing!
Curated by one of its most vital members, Sonny Smith, the compilation features some bands you already know (Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, Warm Soda) and others you'll wish you had discovered sooner. Listen to Warm Soda's song "Tell Me in a Whisper" below.
Featuring artwork by Shannon Shaw (Shannon and the Clams), I Need You Bad is a perfect snapshot into one of the most influential and thriving music scenes in the country, if not the world. The compilation is available for pre-order now on limited edition "slime green" vinyl. Cassette formats will also be available through Burger Records.
To find out more about the comp, head over to this new landing page where you can see the entire tracklist & read about descriptions of each band written by Sonny. We'll be debuting two new song every week until the comp's released, so check back often!
Time for some good news! The new Japandroids album, Celebration Rock, is officially available for pre-order now and will be released on June 5th. To go along with the album, the band will also release a brand new 7" featuring the new single "The House That Heaven Built" coming out May 15th. Stream the single below.
Celebration Rock will be available on limited edition 180-gram red vinyl while "The House That Heaven Built 7" will stay true to every other Japandroids 7" and remain on clear vinyl. The B-side to the 7" is a cover of "Jack the Ripper" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. View everything, including various package deals, here: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/celebrationrock
But this wouldn't be a proper Japandroids announcement if we didn't tell you about some new tour dates now would it? The band will be hitting the road this May for a European tour, then in June they'll return for a North American tour. Check out the complete list of dates below.
Japandroids 2012 Tour
April 27, 2012 - The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI * April 28, 2012 - The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI * May 17, 2012 - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, United Kingdom May 18, 2012 - The Green Door Store, Brighton, United Kingdom May 19, 2012 - Paradiso (London Calling Festival), Amsterdam, Netherlands May 21, 2012 - Cooler, Bristol, United Kingdom May 22, 2012 - Camp Basement, London, United Kingdom May 23, 2012 - Soup Kitchen, Manchester, United Kingdom May 24, 2012 - King Tuts, Glasgow, United Kingdom May 25, 2012 - Cockpit 2, Leeds, United Kingdom May 26, 2012 - The Bodega, Nottingham, United Kingdom May 31, 2012 - Parc del Fòrum (Primavera Sound Festival), Barcelona, Spain Jun 11, 2012 - Neumo's, Seattle, WA # Jun 12, 2012 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR # Jun 14, 2012 - The Independent, San Francisco, CA # Jun 15, 2012 - Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA # Jun 16, 2012 - The Casbah, San Diego, CA # Jun 19, 2012 - Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO # Jun 21, 2012 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL # Jun 22, 2012 - Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH # Jun 23, 2012 - Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada # Jun 25, 2012 - La Salla Rossa, Montreal, Canada # Jun 26, 2012 - Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA # Jun 27, 2012 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY # Jun 29, 2012 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA # Jun 30, 2012 - The Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC # Jul 3, 2012 - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN # Jul 7, 2012 - Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Canada
The new Owen album, L'Ami du Peuple, will be released 7/2 and is available for pre-order now RIGHT HERE! It's available on CD, LP (limited edition red vinyl), and cassette (red tape), and features some of Kinsella's best work to date. I wouldn't be lieing to you if I said that the album contains some dueling electric guitar lines that are the closest think Mike's ever done in tribute to his 80's hair metal obsession. Trust me...it's rad!
See for yourself with the first single "Bad Blood" below.
Also available on 7/2 is a repress of the Their / They're / There EP which was previously only available on Record Store Day. If you missed it then, you'll be able to pick up a copy on a different vinyl color (clear red), which will be unlimited. That's also available for pre-order now RIGHT HERE.
TTT features Mike Kinsella on drums, Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) on bass/vocals, and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships) on guitar. Check out the first single, "Their / They're / Therapy" below.
THE WAIT IS OVER! Owen's new album, Ghost Town, is now available for pre-order through our online store. The album comes out on Nov. 8th and is available on multiple formats including limited edition clear or black vinyl (clear limited to 800 copies), CD, T-shirt + MP3, and digital formats. And here's the best part - all pre-orders receive an instant MP3 download for the entire album at checkout. So you can listen to the whole album RIGHT NOW!
To get a sneak peak at a brand new song, head over to Alternatve Press for an exclusive stream of Ghost Town's second track, "No Place Like Home."
Follow the links below to pre-order the album and to check out the song on Alternative Press.
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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