Entries tagged with: Polyvinyl
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn's Nate Kinsella -- who has been a member of Joan of Arc with his cousins Tim and Mike Kinsella, Make Believe with Tim, and has assisted Mike with his Owen project, among other bands/projects -- records solo material under the moniker Birthmark. He recently released, Antibodies, his third album for the project and first for Polyvinyl Records (where most Kinsella projects tend to call home). Like other projects Nate has been involved in, Antibodies embraces playfully weird indie pop but is more relaxed than the math-based Joan of Arc or Make Believe. You can stream the entire album HERE and download two of its tracks, "Stuck" and "Shake Hands," above.
Birthmark played a record release show for Antibodies this past May at The Stone in NYC. Check out a video of Nate performing "Please Go Away" accompanied by string players, percussionists, and other instrumentalists at that show below. Nate is continuing to tour in support of the album, and he'll be back in NYC for two more shows which happen on August 17 at Pianos with Phone Home, Big Black Delta, Late Guest at the Party, Leaves of Green, and one more TBA, and August 18 at The Rock Shop. Tickets for the Pianos show and the Rock Shop show are on sale now.
A list of all dates and video below...
by Andrew Sacher
[It's] super muddy and soaked in reverb and distortion, but somewhere in this band's late '80s/early '90s record collection of noisy post-punk and shoegaze, must lie a scratched up, overplayed copy of Is This It that can't help but leave its mark on these songs.You can stream the entire album below and also grab MP3s of two of its tracks above.
The band have a run of dates coming up this month and next including two in NYC. They'll open for Exitmusic at Mercury Lounge on June 28 and for Akron/Family at Brooklyn Bowl on June 29. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are still available and the Brooklyn Bowl show is free with RSVP.
All list of all dates and that album stream below...
The return of Braid is old news at this point, but the reunited band, who have played Chicago and SXSW in the past year, have yet to visit many cities including NYC. That will change on a just-announced, short set of August dates with their Polyvinyl labelmate Owen which brings them to Bowery Ballroon on 8/9 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 8/11. Both NYC shows go on sale this Friday at noon after an AmEx presale on Wednesday. All dates are listed below...
Michigan indie poppers Saturday Looks Good to Me, led by main songwriter Fred Thomas, are set to kick off their first tour since Fred ended the project back in 2008. The tour kicks off next month with support from Wild Moccasins. That tour includes a Brooklyn show happening on May 18 at Knitting Factory with Cola Jet Set, Orca Team, and Catnaps. Tickets are on sale now for the show which is part of NYC Popfest. All dates are listed below.
SLGTM reissued their 2003 album, All Your Summer Songs, on 180-gram white vinyl for Record Store Day via Polyvinyl. Did you pick one of those up? If not, you can try your luck bidding on one on eBay. Fred is also promising a new SLGTM album due out this fall. Meanwhile, Polyvinyl have assembled a playlist of the band's work, which you can stream below.
All dates and playlist stream below...
"i read this as Braid and got excited" - Anonymous | November 28, 2010 11:38 PM
"Third post about this band and I
always think it reads Braid..." - Anonymous | November 29, 2010 9:31 AM
"how are you gonna name your band braids without someone, anyone telling you "yeah,so there was already this band called braid in the 90s who were a pretty big deal and you'll look like clueless morons if you go around calling yourselves that"?" - Anonymous | November 30, 2010 12:22 AM
Braid (not to be confused with Braids)
The Eagle: Why did Braid initially break up?The above comes from a 2004 interview with Braid vocalist/guitarist Bob Nanna during their first reunion. Now comes word, via AV Club Chicago, that not only will they reunite again, but Braid will record a new 12-inch with J. Robbins (who helmed their last record, Frame And Canvas) for release this year on Polyvinyl Records who will "officially announce the record tomorrow" according to AV Club.
Bob Nanna: Chris [Broach] - one of the guitar players - wanted to stop touring and go back to school. The rest of us were still into touring and wanted to keep going. Basically Chris wanted to go back to school and we all thought it would be better to break up the band at that point in time. We decided to start a new band at that point.
The Eagle: Why did you decide to reunite and go back on tour?
Nanna: Mainly for people who got into us after we broke up and never got a chance to see us play. We got together to do commentary for this DVD that came out [on May 11] and when we got together to do commentary we were just talking about how cool it would be if we played a show when the DVD came out to promote it and have fun and let people come and see us play. Then since we all realized we didn't have much to do over the summer that we would just do a tour and give everyone in the U.S. a chance to see us play.
The Eagle: How do you react to the assertion that Braid was one of the godfathers of emo?
Nanna: Mixed. I don't know. I guess it's kind of flattering, but when you think about it it's not like we invented something new. We were taking bits and pieces of all these other genres that we liked and making it our own. I would even think of other bands before Braid as the "godfathers" just because we tended to copy some bands as well.
Braids (the plural band from Canada) are touring in February with Baths.
In other emo inventor news, The Get Up Kids have a new album (out TODAY) and a tour coming soon too. You can stream "There Are Rules" over at Spinner and purchase it for just $3.99 over at Amazon. Their latest set of tour dates and a live Braid video are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Love Is All - Kungen (MP3)
Hello All,Two Thousand and Ten Injuries will be Love Is All's first record on Polyvinyl. The spunky lead single "Kungen," linked above, bodes well for the full album, which is available for pre-order. Album art and tracklist are below.
I hope your new year has started well. Gothenburg has been unusually cold lately.
Well here's a piece of very exciting news that makes everything around us seem a little brighter and warmer:
On March 23 our third album, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, will be released by Polyvinyl. We are very excited and proud and can't wait for you all to hear it in its entirety. But for now we give you "Kungen," a true story about the time I spotted the king of Sweden in the street here in Gothenburg. Head over to our Myspace [and above] to hear it!
We really hope you like it. [Love Is All]
The poppy Swedes have tour dates with Japandroids this March & April, but the groups are playing NYC separately. Japandroids perform at Bowery Ballroom on April 1st (tickets are still on sale). Love Is All come to NYC earlier, with a Saturday, March 27th show at Maxwell's and a Sunday, March 28th show at Knitting Factory. Tickets to the Maxwell's show are on sale. (Knitting Factory still on the way).
Both of those bands are on Polyvinyl, as is another band that's touring even sooner: in less than a week, Of Montreal kick off a series of shows that include a January 26th performance at Highline Ballroom. Of Montreal's James Husband opens.
Album info and all tour dates are below...
One of the CMJ shows I'll most regret missing tonight (10/23) is the "Evening with Califone: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers" It's "a multimedia event" at 92YTribeca. And actually, I don't think it's part of CMJ, and tickets are still on sale.
Yesterday (10/22) Ted Leo could be found enjoying a set by his tour-mates JEFF the Brotherhood at the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos. Tonight (10/23) is his set at the Matador CMJ showcase at The Suffolk. Flyer below.
Also playing that Matador party are Cold Cave who so far also played the Stereogum party at The Studio, canceled their appearance at Public Assembly for Vice, and were just added to the Pitchfork party happening at Market Hotel. Flyer below.
Also playing the Matador showcase are Harlem who play the Vice party tonight (10/23) and haven't cancelled so far that I know of.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu - Suzanne (Hope Sandoval cover) (MP3)
Loney Dear @ Bowery Ballroom
As the night progressed, lyrics and meaning gradually ceded to pure melody and sound. [Anna] Ternheim's careful precision led to Loney Dear's contrapuntal harmonies, which led to Asobi Seksu's waves of distortion, and voices soared higher as words grew less distinct.The Anna Ternheim, Loney Dear, Asobi Seksu tour hit its last show in Philadelphia on October 17th (recounted above). The tour's second and third to last shows happened in NYC. The trio of acts played Maxwell's on Thursday, Oct. 15th. Then, on October 16th they played Bowery Ballroom (which is where the pictures here are from).
Like Suzanne Vega, Ternheim sings in a vibratoless alto; her cool restraint and clarity contrast with the emotional turmoil coursing through the lyrics.
Drawn mostly from the new album Leaving on a Mayday, her songs told of wrenching partings (of lovers, of kidnapped children) and rainy days. As an end-of-tour treat, Loney Dear leader Emil Svanängen sat in on guitar for part of her set, joining his bandmates, who had backed her throughout the tour, and she returned the favor for his set.
On his Loney Dear albums, Svanängen is basically a one-man band, and his densely layered chamber pop has an appealing remoteness and subtlety. Joined by his four-piece band plus vocalist [Anna] Ternheim, however, the songs become propulsive exercises in textures and voices. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Asobi Seksu's new acoustic album Rewolf (a re-release of their Acoustic at Olympic Studios) includes their cover of Hope Sandoval's "Suzanne." It's re-posted above. The album will be released November 10th through Polyvinyl.
Asobi Seksu, who are playing Purchase tonight (10/19), have another show on October 23rd, though they'll only be DJing. It's the Polyvinyl CMJ showcase, and the bill includes Japandroids, Cale Parks, Headlights, Owen, James Husband, Motel Motel and Common Loon. Tickets are on sale.
Asobi Seksu's new video for "Transparence", and rest of the pictures from Bowery Ballroom, below...
Future of the Left @ Siren Fest (more by Chris La Putt)
"The only bad part about the [Future of the Left] set [in San Francisco] was how quickly it was over; each opening act played for roughly 40 minutes and it seemed like that FOTL played for maybe five or ten more. There was easily enough time for another song or two (I would have liked to hear "The Lord Hates a Coward" or "I Am Civil Service"), but the last song ended in the bassist jumping off the stage, giving his bass to someone in the crowd, and doing push-ups while feedback kept coming through the guitar amp, the drum set was taken apart on stage while still being played and the whole thing was a myriad of confusion and awesomeness." [PunkNews]Get ready for more push-ups and feedback when Future Of The Left return to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, October 30th. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 28th at noon.
The band's last NYC show was at Siren Fest on July 18th, where they shared a bill with Japandroids. Japandroids are coming back soon too - they play September 24th at the Mercury Lounge with Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band. Tickets are still available.
And for CMJ, which is quickly coming up, Japandroids will play an October 22nd Death+Taxes Party at Glasslands, and a Polyvinyl Records CMJ show on October 23rd at the Bell House (and more dates TBA). Joining them at the latter will be Headlights, the currently-on-tour Cale Parks and James Husband. Tickets are on sale now.
FotL will be touring the US and Canada this October with Trail of Dead (who didn't get to play their Pool Party show due to lightning, but did get to play a set at All Points Wet). Trail of Dead's next NYC shows are September 18th and 19th at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg with Secret Machines.
All tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire (MP3)
Japandoids @ Pianos 7/11 (cdevil)
For an hour, as the drummer David Prowse played jumpy, unflamboyant arrangements, [guitarist Brian] King was electric. He threw his lanky frame around the small stage, occasionally making his way to the microphone to sing lines in an affectionate bleat. His soft, wispy curls, when the fan hit them just right, splayed out in radial fashion. In snapshots it would have made for a regal look, the rock-star ideal.The above review is from Japandroids' Friday, July 10th show at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery. They also played July 11th at Pianos (see photo above). What did you think of the shows?
But Mr. King, in an unstructured white blazer with the sleeves pushed up high on his forearms, was a cocksure dweeb, and what a relief that was.
"Make it as loud as you can," he told the sound engineer. "These kids need rock."
Like most of his banter, those lines could have been parodic, but they were utterly sincere, in keeping with the band's sunny gleam. [NY Times]
The band remains on tour across North America. Like Future of the Left who also just played 2 NYC-area shows, they'll be at Siren Fest this Saturday, July 18th.
Japandroids' debut, Post-Nothing, is being re-released August 4th on Polyvinyl, the band's new home. "Young Hearts Spark Fire" from that is above.
All tour dates, with two recent video segments on the band, below...
...The problem was trying to be an actual band, as in a fully functioning quartet that tours and records together. Asobi Seksu 1.0 lasted between 2004's self-titled, learn-as-we-go-along debut and the spring of 2005. Hanna and Chikudate gave it a go with another bassist and drummer for their critically-acclaimed breakthrough, 2006's Citrus LP, but it didn't take long to realize that lineup was doomed as well.Hush is out Feb 17th On Polyvinyl Records, and Asobi Seksu will be on tour throughout February and March, hitting SXSW, and making a final stop at Bowery Ballroom on April 2nd. Tickets for the NYC show are now on Am Ex presale. All dates below...
Which leads us to the frustration that fueled the making of Hush, the group's third LP and Polyvinyl debut. As Hanna admits, Asobi Seksu "was starting to get somewhere" post-Citrus, but they couldn't ride a cresting wave of hype after a debilitating cycle of touring and personnel changes.
"Hush was written while we felt destroyed," explains Hanna, quite simply. Which is funny, because the entire record has a phoenix rising vibe to it-a clear sense of shimmering, dew-draped riffs and spiral staircase melodies that are occasionally blurred by bits of guitar violence and sputtering drums (see the firework finale climax of "Me & Mary" and the liftoff portions of "Sing Tomorrows Praise" and "Glacially").
"We knew we didn't want to do 7,000 reverb guitars this time," says Hanna, "So we stripped the sound down and built it back up from there."
by Bill Pearis
Sweden's Loney, Dear has just left Sub Pop for Polyvinyl, who will release his new album, Dear John, on January 27 (track list below). Before that, they're playing a couple of NYC shows in December. As nice as it will be to have them back on these shores, I'm slightly more excited that opening for both shows will be fellow Swedes Melpo Mene who make some very lovely, understated folk-pop. breathy vocals, jazzy arrangements - it's lovely stuff. I liked his 2004 debut, Holes, quite a bit and have been waiting for him to follow it up ever since. BV Mike also did a nice feature on this very site back in February.
Melpo Mene's second album, Bring the Lions Out, just came out in Sweden on Imperial Recordings (home of Jose Gonzales) and you might have heard the album's first single, "I Adore You," in a Volvo ad. (Not my favorite song on the album but the appeal is obvious.) Hopefully these New York shows will bring some attention from U.S. labels though you can get both Melpo Mene albums Emusic. In addition to the two shows with Loney, Dear, Melpo Mene will also be playing a show at Rockwood Music Hall.
All dates, videos and ticket links below...