NEWS: Polyvinyl Readies 11 Releases For Record Store Day

15 04 2011

New Releases From of Montreal, Deerhoof, Busdriver, Xiu Xiu + More        

For this year’s Record Store Day (April 16), Polyvinyl has 11 releases — far and away the most ever on a single day in the label’s 15-year history–exceeding the number of releases in all of 2010 for the label. All of the releases are on limited edition vinyl (both 7″ and 12″) and span the label’s roster. The majority of the releases are currently being hand-assembled at the label’s home in Champaign, Illinois. 


‘Friend Opportunity’

LP (w/ MP3)

Limited to 1,000 on 180-gram green vinyl

In 2007, Deerhoof released Friend Opportunity. The album has been out of print on vinyl for years and is under exclusive license through Kill Rock Stars. 

The album is limited to 1000 copies and is pressed on 180-gram translucent green vinyl. Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier revisited Friend Opportunity just before Deerhoof’s recent tour in support of their latest full-length Deerhoof vs. Evil. Now included is “Makko Shobu,” which does not appear on the original, and a new mix for “Matchbook Seeks Maniac.” 

Mighty Clouds

‘Mighty Clouds’

LP (w/ MP3)

Limited to 500 on 180-gram black vinyl 

Mighty Clouds is the new project from Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, City Center) and Betty Marie Barnes (SLGTM). Their self-titled debut is a split release between Polyvinyl and Life Like. The band will be embarking on a two-week tour of Europe at the end of March. 


‘O, Evelyn’

7″ (w/ MP3)

Limited to 2,000 on black vinyl 

O, Evelyn is a new 7″ from Mike Kinsella (American Football, Cap’n Jazz) recorded and released specifically for Record Store Day and limited to 2000 copies. The A-side features the title track, while the B-side is the Smiths-penned “Girlfriend in a Coma.”   

of Montreal

The Past Is A Grotesque Animal

12″ (w/ MP3)

Limited to 1,000 on 180-gram black vinyl 

Packaged in a hand screen printed jacket, the A-side features the album version of “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal” from 2007’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? 

The B-side is a new version of “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal” that was made for the Spike Jonze short film “I’m Here,” in which a fake robot band called The Lost Trees perform the song. The song was re-envisioned by of Montreal chief musician Kevin Barnes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner, and members of the Moonrats. 

Architecture in Helsinki

‘Places Like This Special Edition’

LP (w/ MP3)

Limited to 500 on 180-gram pink vinyl 

Architecture in Helsinki’s Places Like This is being reissued as a limited edition run of 500 copies on 180-gram pink vinyl.  Places Like This is one of the band’s highest selling albums to date and has been unavailable through retailers for close to a year. Architecture in Helsinki’s upcoming album, Moment Bends is set to be released later this year on Downtown Records. 

 Joan of Arc

‘Joan of Arc Presents: Don’t Mind Control Special Edition’

LP (w/ MP3)

Limited to 500 on 180-gram blue vinyl 

Curated by Tim Kinsella, Joan of Arc Presents: Don’t Mind Control features new songs by Tim Kinsella, Owen, Cale Parks (Aloha), Vacations (ex-Chin Up Chin Up), Ghosts and Vodka (ex-Cap’n Jazz), Euphone, The Cairo Gang, and many more. This release will be a super deluxe edition with 18×24 poster, gatefold jacket and bonus 24-song download of the soundboard recording of the Don’t Mind Control Variety Show, which featured the reintroduction of Cap’n Jazz. 

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

‘Broom Special Edition’

LP (w/ MP3)

Limited to 500 on 180-gram white vinyl 

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s debut album Broom is being reissued as a limited edition run of 500 copies on 180-gram white vinyl. Never before on coloured vinyl, the super deluxe edition of this LP features three songs not found on the CD along with a download code that includes two digital bonus tracks. It also includes an exclusive poster. 

Deerhoof / XIU XIU

‘Almost Xiu Xiu, Almost Deerhoof Split’

7″ (w/ MP3)

Limited to 2,000 on orange vinyl 

Almost Xiu Xiu, Almost Deerhoof is the latest in a series of collaborative 7″s featuring guest vocalists singing self-composed lyrics and vocal melodies over a Deerhoof instrumental track. Side-A features Xiu Xiu vocalist Jamie Stewart as well as added instrumentation on Deerhoof’s “Almost Everyone, Almost Always,” which is featured on Deerhoof’s latest album, Deerhoof vs. Evil. Side-B features Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier playing for a track that appears in its original state on Xiu Xiu’s Dear God, I Hate Myself.  

Vivian Girls

‘I Heard You Say’

7″ (w/ MP3)

Limited to 2000 on black vinyl 

Vivian Girls’ I Heard You Say 7″ features their brand new single on the a-side, taken from the upcoming full-length album and Polyvinyl debut, Share the Joy. The b-side, “I Won’t Be Long,” is exclusive to this release. Recorded during the Share the Joy sessions with Jarvis Taveniere of the Brooklyn combo Woods. 

Mates of State

‘Team Boo Special Edition’

LP (w/ MP3)

Limited to 500 on 180-gram red vinyl 

Now back in print on red vinyl, Team Boo is Mates of State’s classic 3rd full-length and one of their best selling to date. Team Boo was engineered by Jim Eno (of Spoon) and John Croslin (who recorded albums for Spoon, Guided By Voices, Beulah and countless others). This special Record Store Day edition includes five digital bonus tracks.  



7″ (w/ MP3)

Limited to 1,000 on baby blue vinyl 

Ass to Mouth b/w Colour Wheel is the first offering from Busdriver’s untitled full-length album. On ATM Busdriver’s baritone goes from a half spoken croon to a blaring holler as he vilifies himself as a failure and narcissist while decrying the demands of a fictitious fickle audience. The production, courtesy of new beat producer talent Loden, is both abrasive and nebulous. Layered synth lines weave in between throbbing drum programming and stacks of fluctuating vocals giving the loopy chorus a strange synergy that should be reserved for sci-fi films.

“Colour Wheel,” on the other hand, wields darker hues from a similar palette. It plays out like some post-apocalyptic love ballad retrieved from a dying computer. Digital sheen highlights the subtleties in the sung sentiment while ascending synth arpeggios run frantic.

Edited by Joe Crouch



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