of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes spoke with AV Club about his cross-dressing African-American alter ego Georgie Fruit. He also reflects on his favorite alter egos in rock n' roll, including Prince's Camille and David Bowie's Thin White Duke. Check it out at the link below, and be sure to catch of Montreal on tour now!
of Montreal's show at The House of Blues in Boston, MA was a sight to see! Melephobe's Beth Freeman Doreian was able to snap some AMAZING photos that night. Check them out above then follow the link below for more.
Coke Machine Glow crafted an awesome review of Shugo Tokumaru's Port Entropy that delves deep and takes a serious look into Tokumaru's bedroom constructions. Coke Machine Glow said the album "strides boldly in a new direction, both more frenetic and more focused. It’s a big, relentlessly surging folk-pop song suite." Click the link below and read the full review.
We're slowing making our way to the release of Cale Parks' new EP To Swift Mars with less than a week to go! Baeble had some great things to say about the EP with tons of New Wave comparrisons that make you want to "float high above the rooftops of a plasticine city." Sounds pretty good to me! Follow the link below to read the entire review and don't forget to pre-order To Swift Mars!
The great new movie BAGHEAD from The Duplass Brothers (Mark Duplass, leader of Volcano, I’m Still Excited!!) premieres throughout the country over the next few weeks. Catch it in NYC and LA July 25 and nationwide throughout August.
Here’s what the guys had to say about it:
"While the Duplass Brothers were shooting their last feature film The Puffy Chair, a crew member raised the question “what’s the scariest thing you can think of?” Someone immediately said “a guy with a bag on his head staring into your window.” Some agreed, but some thought it was downright ridiculous and, if anything, funny (but definitely not scary). Thus, BAGHEAD was born, an attempt to take the absurdly low-concept idea of a “guy with a bag on his head” and make a funny, truthful, endearing film that, maybe, just maybe, was a little bit scary, too."
Want to find out what all went down during the filming of the amazing new of Montreal video for Coquet Coquette? Check out this handy dandy behind the scenes video directed and edited by Matthew Demarko. Enjoy!
Raccoons don't normally belong in your record collection, but in this case, everyone should make an exception! The new split 7" between Deerhoof & The Raccoonists (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and his 2 sons) is out today!
Behold a Raccoon in the Darkness features Tweedy singing over the original Deerhoof vs. Evil track, "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness" on the A-side, while the flip side features an original by The Raccoonists titled "Own It."
The 7" is available on clear pink vinyl + instant MP3 and is limited to just 2000 copies, so you might wanna place your order before they sell out! Folow the link below to purchase the 7".
The pop superstar Beyonce was recenlty interviewed by the Guardian for their Artist of the Decade feature and when asked who she'd like to work with in the future, she name drops our very own of Montreal! Who knows, maybe we'll get Beyonce to become a Sunlandic ninja!
In response to Beyonce's interest, Kevin Barnes told Paste, "There is a reason why she's the most popular vocalist of our time. I would be fully psyched to work with her." In addition to the Guardian, tons of other publications have posted the news, including SPIN, Pitchfork, Exclaim, Prefix, and more. Check out the interview by clicking the links below.
Birthmark's new album, Antibodies, is officially out today on CD / LP / MP3 formats worldwide! The album is available directly through our online store, or at your favorite local record shop (LPs are limited to just 1000 on 180-gram white vinyl). The album is also available on iTunes right HERE.
Stream the first single "Stuck" below.
Birthmark is the solo project of Nate Kinsella, a name you might recognize from Chicago based bands Joan of Arc & Make Believe. With Antibodies, Kinsella's 3rd release under the Birthmark moniker, musical boundaries continue to be pushed. From vibraphones to violins, cellos to clarinets, each instrument on the album was played either by Kinsella or a session musician. Even the stunning backwards string section on "Shake Hands" was painstakingly composed and performed with an actual string quartet.
Antibodies has already been getting praised from various music publications worldwide. The 405 calls Antibodies "one of the best things Kinsella has ever done," while Under the Radar gets directly to the point in stating, "Birthmark does it right." Antibodies also landed in ALARM'S "Best Albums of the Week" feature.
Wanna find out more about Birthmark? Follow the band on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr, and be sure to follow the links below for more info on Antibodies. Hide More
2013 is coming fast, and Birthmark will be taking full advantage of it. They just announced a 2 month long tour in Japan and Europe which will take place January & February.
Birthmark's main force, Nate Kinsella, will be sharing the stage with cousin Tim Kinsella in Japan and This Town Needs Guns in Europe. Check out the complete list of dates below. Tickets are available on our TOUR PAGE.
Birthmark Tour Dates:
1/10/13 Tokyo | O-NEST* 1/11/13 Kyoto | TakutakuT* 1/12/13 Fukuoka | IBIZARTE* w/ Autumnleaf 1/13/13 Kumamoto | Navaro* w/ Doit Science, Autumnleaf 1/14/13 Osaka | common café* 1/15/13 Nagoya | Tokuzo* w/ Gofish Torio 1/16/13 Matsumoto | salon as salon* 1/17/13 Tokyo | O-NEST*
1/28/13 London, UK | Old Blue Last 1/29/13 Leeds, UK | Wharf Chambers 1/30/13 Nottingham, UK | Spanky Van Dykes 1/31/13 Paris, FR | Les Combustibles** 2/1/13 Bielefeld, DE | AJZ** 2/2/13 Dortmund, DE | FZW** 2/3/13 Hamburg, DE | Astra Stube** 2/6/13 Stockholm, SE | Kulturhuset Lava** 2/7/13 Oslo, NO | Kampen Bistro** 2/8/13 Kristiansand, NO | Pir6** 2/9/13 Copenhagen, DK | Beta** 2/10/13 Prague, CZ | Klub 007** 2/11/13 Giessen, DE | MuK** 2/12/13 Moscow, RU | B2** 2/13/13 Berlin, DE | Marie-Antoinette** 2/14/13 Leipzig, DE | Werk II** 2/15/13 Aachen, DE | Musikbunker** 2/16/13 Leuven, BE | Rock Cafe**
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Yes, you read that headline correctly! Braid just announced that they'll be heading out on a US tour this August with Owen opening all the shows. If you weren't able to see Braid & Owen together at our 15-Year Anniversary show last year, here's your second chance. Check out the complete list of dates below. Tickets for these shows can be found HERE.
Braid / Owen Summer 2012 Tour
08/07 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop 08/09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom 08/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer 08/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 08/12 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East 08/16 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic 08/17 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse 08/18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour 08/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Time for another BRAID contest! The wonderful website You Aint No Picasso is offering up all 4 Braid vinyl reissues along with test pressings of each. All you have to do is comment on the post! Go check it out by clicking the link below.
Polyvinyl OG's Braid have reunited to record more songs with longtime friend / producer J. Robbins. Learn all the exciting details in this interview with Braid frontman Chris Broach about how the band decided to get back together, what the songwriting process was like in making the new songs, and how they've grown as musicians since their last album. Click the link below to head over to Indie Rock Reviews and check it out.
Polyvinyl OG's Braid are reuniting to record more songs! We can't exactly tell you how many, or when they'll be released other than sometime in 2011, but take solace in the fact that the band is headed back into the studio with J. Robbins, who tracked Braid's swan song album Frame and Canvas. The Onion A.V. Club broke the story last week, and shortly thereafter Braid singer / guitarist Bob Nanna followed up on his Tumblr, saying: "the four of us in a room, writing songs, well, that just straight up means Braid is back together. And that’s exciting...Insane that 12 years later, we could pick up right where we left off." Click the link below to head over to The Onion A.V. Club, or straight to Bob's Tumblr.
Hey everyone! Today's a GREAT DAY! The Braid vinyl reissues are OUT NOW. It's been years in the making, but we're PROUD to announce that today marks the official release of four classic Braid albums as deluxe vinyl reissues! In addition to Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five (2xLP) and The Age of Octeen (the band's first two records, both long out of print), Braid's two compilations albums -- Movie Music Vol. 1 (2xLP) and Movie Music Vol. 2 (2xLP) -- are also now available for the first time as separate releases. We also repressed Braid's most popular 7", I'm Afraid of Everything, on mixed colored vinyl! Like I said earlier, today's a great day!
All the full-lengths mentioned above are on 180-gram colored vinyl with double gatefold jackets and include a free Braid sticker if you order from the PV online store. And of course, they all come with digital download codes! If you order it as a package deal for $50, the I'm Afraid of Everything 7", is FREE! Click the link below to check it all out.
On top of this, there are also a couple AWESOME contests going on right now at sites like Punknews, The Tripwire, and Threadless where you can win copies of the reissues along with test pressings. Follow the links below to check them all out. Hide More
Ever wonder why it's so hard to find those old Braid releases on vinyl at your favorite record shop? Well worry no more my friends, because we're reissuing 5 of them for your listening pleasure! Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five, The Age of Octeen, Movie Music Volumes. 1 & 2, and I'm Afraid of Everything 7" are all available for pre-order at the PV online store. These all come with an instant digital download code plus a free Braid sticker! Check out the details below then follow the link to pre-order yours.
Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five - 2xLP - White Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 700 - Deluxe double gatefold 180-gram vinyl - Includes liner notes and lyrics - Re-mastered by John Golden (Nirvana, Melvins, Sonic Youth)
The Age of Octeen LP - Blue Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 700 - 180-gram vinyl - Re-mastered by John Golden (Nirvana, Melvins, Sonic Youth)
Movie Music Vol. 1 - 2xLP - Red Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 700 - Deluxe double gatefold 180-gram vinyl - Updated liner notes with lyrics
Movie Music Vol. 2 2xLP - Orange Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 700 - Deluxe double gatefold 180-gram vinyl - Updated liner notes with lyrics
I'm Afraid of Everything 7" - Mixed-Colored Vinyl + Instant MP3 - Limited edition of 1000 - Braid's most popular 7" now back in print!Hide More
Bob Nanna recently got a chance to chat with both Slug Mag and Verbicide about our recent reissues of 4 classic Braid albums. Bob talks about how Braid got started, their early touring history, and the overall experience of being in a band. Click the link below to read the interviews.
After an 11 year hiatus, Braid's new EP Closer to Closed is out now. The EP is available on 180-gram black vinyl / CD / and MP3 formats. The limited edition white vinyl has already sold out, but you can still grab a copy at one of the band's upcoming shows: 8/27 @ The Metro in Chicago & Polyvinyl's 15-Year Anniversary @ Pygmalion Music Festival on 9/24. You can also stream "Universe or Worse" at the RCRD LBL website. Click the links below to check out a few reviews of the EP and snatch a copy through the Polyvinyl store before they're all gone.
The fine folks over at the A.V. Club have posted an exclusive pre-release stream of Braid's entire new EP Closer to Closed. The EP, which is the first original material from the band in 11 years, features three new tracks and a cover of Jeff Hanson's "You Are The Reason." Hear all four tracks for free courtesy of Rdio over at the A.V. Club by clicking the link below. In addition, Rdio conducted an interview with the band and asked them to curate a playlist for your listening enjoyment. Head over to the Rdio blog by clicking the link below to read up on the recording process and to check out what the boys from Braid have been listening to.