ALBUM Joan of Arc Announces Collaboration / New Album Out July 30th
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
A few weeks back, we announced that The Dodos have officially joined the Polyvinyl family, and today, we're happy to share more details on the band's upcoming album, Carrier, which will be released 8/27 on CD, LP (180-gram blue vinyl), cassette, and digital formats! You can pre-order the album now by CLICKING HERE.
The first single, "Confidence," debuted on Pitchfork earlier today, which you can check out HERE, or stream above. In addition to this song appearing on Carrier, it will also be released as a digital single on 5/21.
Find out more about CarrierHERE and don't forget to check out the teaser video above.
In case you missed it back in late April, of Montreal announced that their new album, Lousy With Sylvianbriar, is FINISHED and will be coming out later this year. Trust me, we're just as excited as you are!
of Montreal mastermind Kevin Banres sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the new album, where it was written, and what his influences were at the time. Check out the interview by CLICKING HERE.
And if that's not enough for ya, Stereogum just debuted the brand new video for "Orchards," which you can check out above, or RIGHT HERE. The video was directed by Daniel Portrait and features Rocky and Eric cruising around the country side with an unexpected (but truly amazing) friend.
It's been a long time since Saturday Looks Good to Me have released a proper full-length album, but the wait is almost over! Their new album, One Kiss Ends It All, comes out 5/21 and Paste Magazine is giving you a sneak peak with an entire album stream! So if I were you, I'd CLICK HERE and check it out.
We are EXTREMELY excited to announce that The Dodos have officially joined the Polyvinyl family! The band (Meric Long & Logan Kroeber) just finished recording the new album in their hometown of San Francisco, and we couldn't be happier to have them on the roster. Be sure to keep up with them on their Facebook / Twitter pages for more updates on the new album.
In the meantime, check out this teaser video below which features a brand new song. Also, the guys are kicking off their Asian tour this month! Check out all the dates below the video, or on their website HERE.
The Dodos Tour Dates:
5/18 - Bangkok, Thailand @ The Siam Society 5/19 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam @ Saigon Outcast 5/21 - Taipei, Taiwan @ Revolver 5/22 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong China @ Hidden Agenda 5/23 - Busan, Republic of Korea @ Vinyl Underground 5/24 - Seoul, Republic of Korea @ Mullae Mun 5/25 - Shanghai, China @ Yuyintang / Live Bar 5/26 - Beijing, China @ Yogong Yishan
Ever since Generationals' new album, Heza, was released on April 2nd, the band has been on a non-stop touring rampage throughout the US (in fact, they're currently out on the road as I type this).
But if you thought the guys were gonna take a break after their US tour comes to a close, you thought wrong! The band just announced a month-long European tour set to kick off July 26th. Check out all the dates below.
Generationals Euro 2013 Tour Dates:
07/26 - Diepholz, Germany @ Appletree Garden Festival 07/27 - Reutlingen, Germany @ Burning Eagle Festival 07/28 - Luzern, Switzerland Radio 3Fach Volière 07/30 - Padova, Italy @ Radar Fest 07/31 - Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk 08/01 - Berlin, Germany @ Puschenfest 08/02 - Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino 08/03 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje 08/04 - Brighton, UK @ The Hope 08/05 - London, UK @ The Lexington 08/06 - Leicester, UK @ The Cookie Jar 08/07 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast 08/08 - Manchester, UK @ Castle Hotel 08/10 - Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman's Club 08/11 - Myrtleville, Ireland @ Pine Lodge 08/11 - Cork, Ireland @ The Bowery 08/13 - Limerick, Ireland @ Bourkes