Polyvinyl
Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl
Nov 25, 2016

Looking back on our 20-year existence, we’re proud to say that Polyvinyl has never been defined by a particular genre.

From early records that documented the Midwestern emo of American Football, Braid, and Rainer Maria to of Montreal’s mercurial mining of musical styles, Ida’s intimate harmonies, Joan of Arc’s sonic experimentation, STRFKR’s electro-pop, the raucous rock-and-roll of Japandroids and Beach Slang, etc. etc. there’s no predicting what a new Polyvinyl release will sound like — just that it’s something we love and think you will, too.

And so, to celebrate this diverse discography, we asked 20 members of the Polyvinyl family past and present to cover a song by one of their labelmates. Fittingly, this led to a slew of beloved tracks being re-imagined in a variety of new and surprising ways.

Owen (Mike Kinsella) lends his acoustic guitar picking to Rainer Maria’s electric siren call “Ears Ring,” Braid puts a math-y spin on the surf-inflected pop of Alvvays’ “Adult Diversion,” and Deerhoof covers Xiu Xiu in the style of White Reaper, because why the hell not?

The biggest question, though, was how to name such an eclectic collection of music.

Turns out the answer was simple: Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl.

Songs

  • 1
    In Green (originally by Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!) (Generationals, Sarah Quintana) (2:54)
  • 2
    Younger Us (originally by Japandroids) (Beach Slang) (3:26)
  • 3
    Never Meant (originally by American Football) (The Dodos) (3:23)
  • 4
    Too Late to Die Young (originally by Beach Slang) (Aloha) (4:19)
  • 5
    Hi (originally by Xiu Xiu) (Deerhoof) (2:03)
  • 6
    I Heard You Say (originally by Vivian Girls) (Fred Thomas) (2:49)
  • 7
    Since You Stole My Heart (originally by Saturday Looks Good to Me) (Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin) (2:09)
  • 8
    The Clod and the Pebble (originally by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin) (Radiation City) (3:11)
  • 9
    Find Yourself (originally by Jacco Gardner) (of Montreal) (4:02)
  • 10
    Heart It Races (originally by Architecture in Helsinki) (Pillar Point) (3:49)
  • 11
    Gronlandic Edit (originally by of Montreal) (Shugo Tokumaru) (1:54)
  • 12
    While I'm Alive (originally by STRFKR) (Psychic Twin) (2:54)
  • 13
    So Begins Our Alabee (originally by of Montreal) (Mates of State) (4:18)
  • 14
    Face to Face (originally by Jacco Gardner) (Wampire) (4:00)
  • 15
    Next of Kin (originally by Alvvays) (Braid) (3:36)
  • 16
    A Fever (originally by Owen) (Tancred) (3:24)
  • 17
    Ears Ring (originally by Rainer Maria) (Owen) (3:37)
  • 18
    Big Man (originally by Birthmark) (Rainer Maria) (4:01)
  • 19
    Bubble (originally by The Dodos) (Xiu Xiu) (3:11)
  • 20
    Exit Only (originally by Deerhoof) (White Reaper) (3:01)