Video: Beach Slang – Spin The Dial

beachslang33Beach Slang has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Spin The Dial” from their first full length record, A Loud Bash Of teenage Feelings, which dropped back in 2016 via Polyvinyl Records

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American Football Streams New LP in Full

American FootballChicago/Urbana, IL band American Football has debuted a stream of their self titled album, which will be out on October 21, 2016 via Polyvinyl Records.  The album follows 2014 release.

Listen to the full disc here courtesy NPR.

Video: Beach Slang – Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas

beachslang33Beach Slang has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas” from their first full length record, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, which dropped on October 30, 2015 via Polyvinyl Records

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Tours: Lithuania / Beach Slang (US)

LithuaniaLithuania has announced that they will be touring as support for Beach Slang this Fall in the US.  Lithuania continues to support their debut full length, Hardcore Friends, released last week via Lame-O Records.  Beach Slang will be touring in support of their first full length record, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, set to drop on October 30, 2015 via Polyvinyl Records

Tour dates are below.

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White Reaper – I Don’t Think She Cares

White ReaperHigh-intensity garage-punk outfit White Reaper has premiered a new song.  the track is titled “I Don’t Think She Cares” and is taken from the band’s debut full length, White Reaper Does It Again, due out July 17, 2015 via Polyvinyl Records.

Listen to the single below.

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New Album From Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin; Premiere First Track

Boris YeltsinIndie act Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has announced new details for their upcoming full length.  The album will be called The High Country and is due out June 2, 2015 via Polyvinyl Records.  Guitarist and vocalist Phil Dickey comments on their approach:

“We’ve always cranked our amps up in practice and at shows, but we always kept it off our records… This time we wanted to go beyond our mid-tempo tendencies and make something really satisfying.”

The band has also premiered a new track.  Listen to the new single, “Step Brother City,” below.

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Wampire Stream New Album; Announce Tour

WampireNoise-pop group Wampire is streaming their new album.  The album is titled Bazaar and was released today via Polyvinyl Records.

Listen to the full disc here.  Upcoming tour dates are below.

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Owen – Born On The FM Waves Of The Heart

Owen-OtherPeoplesSongsArtwebOwen (Mike Kinsella of American Football, and Owls under his moniker), is streaming an Against Me! cover.  The track in question is “Born On The FM Waves Of The Heart” and will appear on their upcoming covers album, Other People’s Songs, due out on December 2, 2014 via Polyvinyl Records. The album features Kinsella along with vocalist Sarah Mitchell, as well as occasional touches of violin and cello performing selections from artists including Depeche Mode, The Promise Ring, Lungfish, and more, all recorded this pass spring in Chicago with trusted producer Neil Strauch.

Listen to the song here.

Video: American Football – Never Meant

American FootballChicago/Urbana, IL band American Football has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Never Meant”, from the deluxe edition reissue of their self-titled 1999 debut album, released this past month on May 20, 2014 via Polyvinyl Records.  Video director Chris Strong explains what fans can expect:

“The video for ‘Never Meant’ takes place in Urbana Illinois circa 1999… The song about breaking up, moving on and forgetting so I made a story about a brief relationship occurring between two characters at the end of their college experience.  I wanted to craft a story that referenced the original album artwork so we shot in and around the house that appears on the original album cover and used the cover image as a jumping off point for the story.”

Watch the full video here courtesy NPR.

Video: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Young Presidensts

Boris YeltsinIndie act Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has released a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Young Presidents” from their latest album, Fly By Wire, available now on Polyvinyl Records.  The video was recorded during the band’s 2013 trip to Russia.  The commented on the experience:

“We met some amazing people who were so tolerant and welcoming… That’s what we remember. Things are messed up in Russia, but our experience was in stark contrast to Putin’s politics of corruption and cynicism. We were lucky.”

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Owls Stream New Song From Upcoming Album ‘Two’

OwlsChicago Emo band Owls are streaming Ancient Stars Seed, a track from their upcoming sophomore record Two, due for release on March 25th via Polyvinyl Records. The song, the bands’ second since announcing an end to their 10 year hiatus in 2012, is a thinly veiled attack on the derivative nature of many young bands today and a sad commentary on the bands own situation. Owls co-founder Tim Kinsella has said: 

“…The line ‘We’ve never had nice stuff’ feels good to sing because we really are still a grubby foursome with broken equipment and no money and I see these shitty young bands every day with pedal boards and no ideas…”

The stream for Ancient Stars Seed  is available here.

Generationals - Heza



Polyvinyl Records

Rating: 3/5




New Orleans indie-rock duo Generationals knows how to apply just the right amount of weird to their psychedelic brand of pop tunes.  Their third full length, Heza, is a curiously experimental piece born from the catchy indie you’ve come to love from the Polyvinyl catalogue.  Careful attention to percussive variety along with a roving cast of influences likens the album to a road trip with plenty of sights along the way.

Opening with the infectious pop tone f “Spinoza,” Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer welcome listeners with a simple, contagious rhythm in the vein of Born Ruffians.  A few rolling riffs repeated under the relaxed rotation of guitar chords and the duo’s easy-going vocals build slowly but steadily.  In that regard,Generationals aren’t in a hurry, content to let their music rise and fall like a leaf at the ever-blowing mercy of the wind.  For instance, the tight little electronic hooks introduced in “Say What” take several tracks to transform into the complex, bubbling synth of “Put A Light On.”  The result is an album brimming with track-by-track personality and little repetition.

Between these scattered poppy indie highlights settles a spread of steady surprises.  “I Never Know” rides out a Black Keys vibe by laying down some crunchy guitars, over classic rock/blues overtones, where as “You Got Me” fashions something of a lounging Caribbean summer atmosphere.

That being said, a couple songs like “Extra Free Year” are almost a little too “out there” for their own good.  Here Generationals gets lost in these occasional meandering moments, essentially skirting the punch line and leaving their audience in sonic limbo before speaking up for their next big statement.

Heza is clearly the product of a band bent on subtly, and aside from a few scattered moments of virtual sleeping in, Generationals’ relaxed tone translates well within Heza’s selection.  Don’t expect to find the next big indie-pop single or something ready for the radio as per Phoenix, but as far as low-key growers go, Heza isn’t hard to hold high after a few spins.

Owen Announces New Album; Premiers First Song

Owen has announced that they will be releasing a brand new album.  The album will be titled L’Ami du Peuple and is due out July 2, 2013 via Polyvinyl Records.  Mike Kinsella explains the writing process:

“In the past I’ve stifled a bunch of my influences and leaned on a couple consistently, but this time I just let each song happen as I heard them and had a lot of fun trying some new things.” 

The band has debuted the track “Bad Blood” in anticipation of the release.  Give it a listen here.

Video: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink

Indie pop group Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has released a new video for the track “Sink.”  The song comes from the album Let It Sway, released earlier this year on Polyvinyl Records.

The video can be watched below.

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