The new Pillar Point 7", Diamond Mine, is out now digitally + pre-orders for the white vinyl are up now on our E-store RIGHT HERE. The physical 7" comes out 9/3 (limited to 500 copies) but you don't have to wait that long for these jams. All pre-orders receive an instant download for both tracks at checkout!
Seattle's Pillar Point is the newest addition to the PV family and has already received praise from around the blogosphere. With track debuts on SPIN and Under the Radar, Pillar Point have already created a name for themselves with just two songs...and this is only the beginning.
Happy release day to Owen (AKA Mike Kinsella)! His fantastic new album, L'Ami du Peuple, is out today and is available at your favorite local record shop, or directly through us RIGHT HERE (CD, red LP, purple cassette, MP3). It's also available digitally through iTunes & Amazon MP3. And if streaming is your thing, check it out on Spotify or Rdio.
L'Ami du Peuple is Owen's 7th full-length release and features some of Mike's best work yet. Heartfelt lyrics, explosive drumming, intricate guitar work...this record has it all. Take a listen to the album's first single "Bad Blood" above.
"L'Ami du Peuple allows Kinsella to spread out and open himself up to different styles. And it's interesting to see his songs adapt to their new surroundings." -Under the Radar
"A sense of excited satisfaction runs through L'Ami du Peuple, finding a still curious and motivated Kinsella a little bit older, but learning new things all the time and coming up with some of his best songs yet." - AllMusicHide More
Owen (AKA Mike Kinsella) got a chance to perform one of his new songs, "Who Cares?," for Nervous Energies in his living room. The song appears on Owen's new album, L'Ami du Peuple, which comes out tomorrow (7/2). Check out the video above, then follow the link below to read more about the new album.
I've been anticipating this day for while now...the day when Pillar Point's new track "Dreamin'" would be streamin' online (see what I did there?). Well, that day is TODAY! Head on over to SPIN where you can listen to "Dreamin'," which is the B-side to the band's upcoming Diamond Mine 7" (out digitally July 9th).
From theatrical live performances to eye-popping album artwork, of Montreal has always been as much about what you see as what you hear.
And now, the band's visual and musical dimensions are even more closely linked on this beautiful picture disc edition of their beloved 2005 album, The Sunlandic Twins.
The record itself serves as the showcase for David Barnes' iconic imagery and Kevin Barnes' superlative songwriting. And it has never looked or sounded better.
Featuring of Montreal favorites such as "Wraith Pinned to the Mist," "Oslo in the Summertime," "So Begins Our Alabee," and many more, this landmark album will only be available on picture disc via this one-time, limited edition pressing of 535 numbered copies.
Official release date for the picture disc is 8/9, but pre-orders are up RIGHT HERE. Follow the link to check out more photos of the picture disc and to revist this classic album.
I'll admit it...I had a pretty bad case of the Mondays yesterday. I think the internet was out to get me, but you know what...things are lookin' up today. The new Owen album, L'Ami du Peuple, comes out 7/2, but SPIN has an exclusive stream of the entire album up RIGHT NOW. Get a sneak peak by CLICKING HERE.
Starting July 20th, Wampire will hit the road with Smith Westerns for a month-long North American tour. The band has been on the road constantly this year in support of their debut album, Curiosity, which was released last month. They're in Europe right now as I type this!
Check out all the dates below. Tickets are available on our TOUR PAGE.
Wampire Tour Dates:
07/21 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In 07/23 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat 07/24 - Brooklyn, NY W Music Hall of Williamsburg 07/26 - Philadelphia, PA W Union Transfer 07/27 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair 07/28 - Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End 07/29 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace 07/31 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (Lolla official after-show) 08/05 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room 08/06 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater 08/07 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge 08/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre 08/11 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House 08/12 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah 08/16 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile 08/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl 08/20 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity TheaterHide More
If you weren't able to stay awake last night for Japandroids' performance of "Adrenaline Nightshift" on The Late Show with David Letterman (or you just don't have cable like me), the performance is up now on Pitchfork.
Letterman calls the album "Celebrity Rock"...but the dude is around celebrites all day...so maybe he just got a bit confused. Either way, Brian and Dave were awesome last night. Watch the performance above!
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.
NPR Music recently debuted the brand new Sonny & The Sunsets video for "green blood" on their First Watch section. The video was directed / animated by Teppei Ando and tells the story of a guy falling in love with a space being, then trying to run away with her. Sonny makes an appearance as a cartoon, which he drew himself. Check it out above!
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have just finished recording another masterpiece. Their new album will be coming out later this year, but until then you can watch a preview video featuring one of the new songs. You will like it, I promise.
For this album, the band decided to return to Will's attic (where their debut album, Broom, was recorded). Keep up with the band on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram for the latest updates. You can also sign up for their email list RIGHT HERE.
The day is finally here! The new Sonny & The Sunsets album, Antenna to the Afterworld, is out today! You can pick one up at your favorite local record shop, or directly through our E-store on CD, LP (purple vinyl), cassette (purple tape), and digital formats. The album is also available on iTunes / Amazon MP3 / Spotify / Rdio.
If you're unfamiliar with the album, have a listen to the opening track "dark corners" below.
Antenna to the Afterworld is the 4th full-length release from Sonny & The Sunsets, and what a wonderul album it is! Aliens, space freaks, cyborgs, homeless people, psychics...this album has just about everything you could imagine.
After the unfortunate murder of a close friend of the band, chief songwriter, Sonny Smith, started thinking a lot about death and the afterworld. Shortly after that, Smith paid a visit to a psychic/medium who brought him into contact with another friend who had died. These experiences inspired what was to become Antenna to the Afterworld, both sonically and lyrically.
Allmusic describes it best:
"Antenna to the Afterworld turns out to be the best kind of pop album: it sounds great and it's full of catchy songs, but it has just enough deeper meaning and emotional depth to keep it from blowing away in a light breeze." (Tim Sendra)
Follow the links below to find out more about Antenna to the Afterworld and to order the album.Hide More
The new Deerhoof video for "Breakup Songs" just made its debut on Stereogum! The video was directed by Pieter Dirkx and features a plague docotor who "visits a town that is afflicted with something that causes an array of rainbow-colored vomit." Too true! Watch it above.
We're thrilled to announce that Seattle's Pillar Point have officially joined the Polyvinyl family! Their debut Diamond Mine 7" will be released later this year, but in the meantime, take a listen to the title track above. More to come soon!
Keep up with all things Pillar Point by following them at these sites:
The new Sonny & The Sunsets video for "palmreader" features a couple of guys hanging out at the park...only it turns into one of the most guesome hang-outs of all time! The video debuted on Stereogumhere, but you can watch it above.
"palmreader" appears on the upcoming album, Antenna to the Afterworld, which you can order RIGHT HERE and get an instant MP3 download of the entire album at checkout.
If you've been wanting to see STRFKR live this year, now's your chance! They're travelling pretty much...everywhere this year, including an 11-day tour of Japan! They're also hitting tons of great festivals here in North America, including FYF Fest (Los Angeles, CA), Treasure Island Music Festival (San Francisco, CA), Capitol Hill Block Party (Seattle, WA), and more.
Check out all the dates below, and grab tickets on our TOUR PAGE.
06/04 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress * 06/05 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom * 06/06 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad * 06/08 - Snowmass, CO @ Snowmass Mammoth Festival 06/10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge * 06/11 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House * 06/12 - Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55 * 06/13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar *
07/06 - Tomakomai, Japan @ ELLCUBE 07/07 - Sapporo, Japan @ Sound Crue 07/08 - Sendai, Japan @ Birdland 07/09 - Utsunomiya-Shi, Japan @ Sound A Base Nest 07/10 - Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya O-Nest 07/11 - Nagoya, Japan @ K.D. Japon 07/12 - Kobe, Japan @ Helluva Lounge 07/13 - Hiroshima, Japan @ Space 092 B1F - Banquet 07/14 - Fukuoka, Japan @ Utero07/15 - Osaka, Japan @ Chika Ikkai 07/16 - Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya O-Nest 07/25 - Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
07/26 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party 08/09 - Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 08/10 - Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 08/11 - Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 08/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest 09/03 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter 09/04 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 09/06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer 09/07 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5 09/08 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place 09/09 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub 09/10 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall 09/12 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground 09/13 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre 09/14 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House 09/15 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom 09/17 - Chicago, IL @ Metro 09/18 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird 09/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway 09/20 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In 09/21 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club 09/22 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm 09/24 - Miami, FL @ Grand Central 09/25 - Orlando, FL @ The Social 09/26 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits 09/27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle 09/28 - Charlottesville, MA @ Jefferson Theater 10/11 - Austin, TX @ Emo's 10/12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees 10/14 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater 10/16 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House 10/17 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom 10/18 - Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall 10/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival 10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
"You wouldn't believe it if I told you, but I can run like the wind blows..." (any time's a good time for a Forrest Gump reference right?)
SPIN just debuted the brand new Generationals video for "Spinoza," the opening track to the band's new album, Heza, which came out last month. The video features Grant and Ted running around their hometown of New Orleans and was shot entirely on a GoPro camera. Watch it above!
Exciting news on the Joan of Arc horizon! The band has been hard at work on an exciting new collaboration with Chicago based company Every house has a door, and details of the project have just been announced today. Joan of Arc will be releasing a new album, Testimonium Songs, July 30th on limited edition CD, hand-numbered LP (500 magenta, 500 black), cassette, and digital formats. The album is available for pre-order now RIGHT HERE.
Testimonium Songs collects the song cycle composed by Joan of Arc (Tim Kinsella, Bobby Burg, and Theo Katsaounis) to be performed live in Testimonium, a work of performance by well-respected experimental theater ensemble Every house has a door. Testimonium responds — both in substance and in style — to Charles Reznikoff’s monumental work Testimony, a translation into poetry of courtroom transcripts of witness and victim testimonies in criminal cases and cases of workplace negligence, in the US, spanning the years 1885 to 1915. Performances of Testimonium incorporate modern dance, theater, and original songs written and played by Joan of Arc.
In a departure for the band, these highly structured compositions, developed over a two-year rehearsal period, emulate Reznikoff’s poetics by shaping themselves according to a mosaic method – rotating a fixed set of musical units in warping permutations. Check out the opening track "Amelia" above.
The lyrics re-invent the strategies of Objectivist poetry, by turns surreal, ordinary, testimonial, and explosive, releasing the undercurrent of emotion in the poems while (almost) never quoting them directly.
Beyond collecting the Testimonium Songs, the record has a life of its own, with the contributions of stellar musicians David Grubbs, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, and Jim Baker, additional vocals by Melina Ausikaitis, and musical material not included in the performance. The album does not feature recent Joan of Arc contributor/member, Victor Villarreal, as he and Kinsella are currently working towards the completion of a new Owls album.
To showcase Testimonium in a live setting, Chicago Cultural Center presents, in association with Every house has a door, the world premier performances of Testimonium, October 17 – 20, 2013 at The Storefront Theater, Chicago. Watch a preview of the Testimonium performance above. Hide More
I'm sure I speak for everyone here at PV (and probably everyone out there in the world too) when I say that we couldn't be more excited about the new Saturday Looks Good To Me album, One Kiss Ends It All, coming out today! This is the band's first full-length album since 2007's Fill Up The Room, and it's got everything you know and love from the band + a few new twists and turns.
The album is available on teal vinyl, CD, and white cassette through our E-store. Or you can grab it from iTunes / Amazon or stream it on Spotify / Rdio. Take a listen to the album's single "Invisible Friend" below. You can also hear the ENTIRE album over on Paste MagazineRIGHT HERE.
The album has already received praise from all over the blogosphere. Check out a few of our favs.
"..this Motown-stomping, horn-embellished confection is the type of listen that can lead to another." SPIN
"For over a decade now, Fred Thomas has mined the aesthetic of 1960s girl groups and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, but each new release the band puts out feels fresh rather than formulaic." Pitchfork
"..although it’s been four years since SLGTM’s last release, the band didn’t spend all that time lamenting each and every creative decision. Instead, they allowed the twelve tracks to take shape spontaneously." Paste MagazineHide More