Crawdaddy shares its thoughts on the new 31Knots album Trump Harm, calling it a "musical universe, a beautiful, frightening space that has its own gravity and logic." Click the link below to read what Crawdaddy means when they call Trump Harm a "bucket of eels."
In an interview with Artrocker, Vivian Girls share the secrets of their style, inspired by mid-century America, Native American designs, and 80s and 90s movies. Learn about the best places to buy vintage in Brooklyn and San Francisco, and their take on high fashion. Click the link below to read the interview over at Artrocker.
Recently, Deerhoof was part of a compilation called TradiMods vs. Rockers, which featured various indie groups collaborating with / putting a new spin on Kasai Allstar songs. Now there's an awesome video of the songs brought to life at Nuits Botanique in Belgium. Check it out above.
James Husband will be recording his own version of influential indie outfit Guided by Voices' "Buzzards and Dreaful Crows" for an upcoming Guided by Voices tribute album. The album will also feature The Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore, Blitzen Trapper and more. Click the link below to head over to Consequence of Sound to get all the details on the compilation.
STRFKR sat down, maybe in the wrong seats, for a video interview with Buzzine. And although the details may not be completely accurate, the sentiments are, and that's what counts...Check out the full video above, or click the link below to read the full interview at Buzzine to hear about life on the road, going crazy after too much time in the studio, and to test your personal STRFKR trivia knowledge.
Denver's weekly publication, Westword, sat down with Asobi Seksu frontwoman Yuki Chikudate for a quick interview. Yuki talks about her mother growing up in post-WWII Okinawa, working with Oliver Vaughn (Cocteau Twins, Pixies) on the cover art for Fluorescence, and life in the public eye. Click the link below to read the full interview over at the Westword.
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.
Follow the links below to pre-order Closer to Closed, get tickets to our 15 Year Anniversary Show, and to stream the new single "The Right Time." Hide More
After touring for nearly 3 months in support of their latest album, Reptilians, earlier this year, the STRFKR is gearing up for a huge North American tour this summer. The tour begins on June 20th in Pullman, WA @ Belltower and snakes its way through the entire US - hitting festivals such as Sled Island in Calgary, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Polyvinyl's 15 Year Anniversary at Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign and others! Check out the entire list of shows below.
STRFKR Tour Dates
Jun 20, 2011 - Belltower, Pullman, WA Jun 22, 2011 - Sled Island Festival, Calgary, Canada Jun 23, 2011 - Sled Island Festival, Calgary, Canada Jun 24, 2011 - Sled Island Festival, Calgary, Canada Jun 26, 2011 - A Club, Spokane, WA Aug 10, 2011 - Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara, CA Aug 11, 2011 - El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA Aug 12, 2011 - Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA Aug 13, 2011 - Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA Aug 14, 2011 - Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA Sep 2, 2011 - Electric Owl, Vancouver, Canada Sep 3, 2011 - Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA Sep 5, 2011 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT Sep 6, 2011 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT Sep 7, 2011 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO Sep 9, 2011 - 12th & Porter, Nashville, TN Sep 10, 2011 - The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA Sep 11, 2011 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC Sep 12, 2011 - Black Cat, Washington, DC Sep 13, 2011 - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA Sep 16, 2011 - Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY Sep 17, 2011 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY Sep 18, 2011 - Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA Sep 20, 2011 - Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada Sep 21, 2011 - Majestic Theater, Detroit, MI Sep 23, 2011 - MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH Sep 24, 2011 - Highdive (Pygmalion Music Festival), Champaign, IL Sep 24, 2011 - Pygmalion Music Festival, Urbana, IL Sep 26, 2011 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL Sep 27, 2011 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL Sep 28, 2011 - Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI Sep 29, 2011 - The Cave, Northfield, MNHide More
Get ready my friends, because Japandroids have recently announced a full North American tour beginning in their hometown of Vancouver, BC on August 27th at The Waldorf Hotel. The guys want to unveil new songs they've been working on for their follow up to 2009's Post-Nothing, so many of these shows will take place in small, intimate venues so get your tickets while you can! The tour snakes its way through the entire US, hitting both the West and East coasts, while also stopping through our hometown of Champaign, IL for Polyvinyl's 15 Year Anniversary Show at this year's Pygmalion Music Festival. Check out the complete list of dates below.
Japandroids Tour Dates
Aug 27, 2011 - The Waldorf Hotel, Vancouver, Canada Aug 28, 2011 - Lucky Bar, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Aug 30, 2011 - Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA Aug 31, 2011 - Bunk Bar, Portland, OR Sep 2, 2011 - The Hemlock, San Francisco, CA Sep 5, 2011 - Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ Sep 7, 2011 - Bryan Street Tavern, Dallas, TX Sep 8, 2011 - The Mohawk, Austin, TX Sep 9, 2011 - Hopscotch Fest, Raleigh, NC Sep 12, 2011 - Red Palace, Washington, DC Sep 13, 2011 - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA Sep 14, 2011 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY Sep 15, 2011 - Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA Sep 16, 2011 - The Capital Complex, Fredericton, NB Sep 17, 2011 - Seahorse Tavern, Halifax, Canada Sep 19, 2011 - Hunter's Ale House, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada Sep 20, 2011 - L'Agitee, Quebec City, Canada Sep 21, 2011 - Le Divan Orange (POP Montreal), Montreal, Canada Sep 22, 2011 - Sneaky Dee's, Toronto, Canada Sep 23, 2011 - Schubas, Chicago, IL Sep 24, 2011 - Highdive (Pygmalion Music Festival), Champaign, IL Sep 26, 2011 - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN Sep 27, 2011 - Royal Albert Arms, Winnipeg, Canada Sep 29, 2011 - Brixx, Edmonton, CanadaHide More
31Knots' new album, Trump Harm, along with the debut solo album from Vin Blanc (Joe Haege) Chroma Key, are both out today!
31Knots - Trump Harm
Trump Harm, the latest from Portland, OR's 31Knots, is the band's 7th full-length and features some of 31Knots' most raw music to date. With swift directional changes, abrupt stops, and inertia-defying starts, 31Knots executes each teetering musical jerk, halt, and subsequent summersault with jaw-dropping agility. See for yourself by visiting AOL Spinner's site where you can stream the entire album for FREE.
Chroma Key is the debut solo album from Vin Blanc (Joe Haege of 31Knots). Written mostly on the road during the last 31Knots European tour, Chroma Key features Haege performing all the instruments on the album and is a must-have for any 31Knots fan.
Our mailorder department also set up a bunch of package deals as well. Get Trump Harm & Chroma Key plus a bunch of other great 31Knots related titles for super cheap. Check out the package deals below.
In its "Re-Review" section, Filter magazine takes a second look at previously reviewed albums and re-evaluates them once all the buzz has died down and the album can be viewed in a larger context. Japandroids' Post Nothing was the subject of the most recent of these sessions. It moved from an 82% up to 87%, and was declared a "landmark for its genre." Click the link below to check out Filter's re-review of Post Nothing.
Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls) is releasing his first novel, The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self-Defense. Rob Crowe (Pinback) interviewed Tim on his podcast about the novel, and Tim read a few excerpts (link below to stream the interview). In case you'd like to see Tim preview a few pages from the novel in person, you can head over to the Chicago Printer's Row Lit Fest June 4th at 11:30am, where Tim will be holding another reading. You can pre-order the novel at Amazon by clicking the link below.
Love of Everything's new 7", titled Sooner I Wish, is now available for pre-order. Love of Everything is the side project of Bobby Burg (Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Vacations), and Sooner I Wish features four tracks that focus on relationship dynamics in the wake of Burg's recent divorce. All songs were recorded live with a loop pedal, with overdubs only on the vocals. The 7" will be available in white vinyl (limited edition of 300), black vinyl (limited to 700) and MP3 formats. All pre-orders receive an instant MP3 download at checkout, so you can listen to the record immediately. Click the link below to pre-order the 7" from the Polyvinyl Store.
of Montreal and Grooveshark.com have teamed up for an awesome deal! When you buy of Montreal's new EP thecontrollersphere and David Barnes' new book What's Weird?, you'll receive one month of Grooveshark for free! Once you place your order, your Grooveshark code will be emailed to you within a few days. Head over to Grooveshark to listen to thecontrollersphere streaming in its entirety, and go order the album/book package to get your free deal!
Asobi Seksu vocalist and keyboardist Yuki Chukudate briefly touches on several topics including the evolution and future of the band's sound, their creative process, bands they're listening to, and inspiration from their cats in this Examiner.com interview. Click the link below to check it out, and be sure to catch Asobi Seksu on tour now!
Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich spoke with PopMatters about their latest album Deerhoof vs Evil, his musical frustrations, and some surprising influences for their new sound. Check out the interview at the link below, and be sure to go order Deerhoof vs Evil if you haven't already!
While of Montreal was on tour in support of their new EP thecontrollersphere, the band stopped by the AV Club office in Chicago to perform a cover as part of their series Undercover. Check out the video of their cover of The White Stripes “Fell In Love With A Girl” at the link below.
Polyvinyl is ecstatic to announce the party to celebrate our 15 year anniversary. We will have the party as a part of Pygmalion Music Festival, the cornerstone event for the music scene in the label's home town of Champaign, IL.
The line up includes Braid, Japandroids, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, STRFKR, Someone Still Loves You Borisi Yeltsin, Owen, Joan of Arc and Asobi Seksu.
Click the links below to purchase tickets to the party and also to read up on Pygmalion.
Brooklyn Vegan just posted some amazing photos from of Montreal's recent show with Painted Palms at The Mohawk in Austin, TX. Judging from the photo above, things got wild! Check out the rest of the photos by clicking the link below. Above photo by Tim Griffin.
Check out this Mighty Clouds live acoustic performance, which they recently recorded while on tour in Germany. Click the link below to check out more live acoustic videos, and be sure to visit our e-store to purchase the self-titled album!