Hung out with the super cool dudes in Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on Saturday night before their show at the Illini Union Courtyard. Ate some burgers while talking about the St. Louis Cardinals and plans for the band’s new album.
As we were leaving the restaurant, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” started blaring over the speakers — a good sign considering next week SSLYBY will be recording with Chris Walla at Smart Studios in Madison, the same place where Nirvana worked on Nevermind.
This week we added a few awesome students to our intern crew for the fall semester. And as a little welcome gift we got them…a counting scale!
I know, I know. We probably seem a little bit like that one relative who always gives you the worst birthday presents, but after having to count out 1,000 tray cards to assemble Owen promos I’m sure every intern is going to be grateful for their new helper.
Just when we thought we were out of vinyl to add to the Garage Sale this year, a distributor sent us a giant return — and helped restock our shelves with slightly damaged LPs. Of course, the records are still in great condition, it’s just the jackets that have some minor wear and tear.
Adam and Danielle carefully graded all the vinyl and I spent about an hour on Friday adding them to the website. Hopefully all the effort will be worth it if some people can find a good deal on albums they’ve been wanting to hear.
I finally got the chance to check out Baghead — a movie directed by Mark Duplass from Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! and his brother Jay. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It’s billed as a comedy, but it’s based on the concept of what’s the scariest thing you can think of: a man with a bag over his head standing outside your window looking in.
I can’t believe the movie was made for only $1,000. The acting was great and the script was top-notch, with genuine humor and a few scares thrown in.
Even though Mark has long since switched from making music to making movies, we have a project going on over at Kickstarter where you can help press a limited edition LP of the band’s one and only album + get other goodies like a DVD of the brother’s short films. There’s only 19 days to go, so hurry over and help a (Duplass) brother out.
P.S. No, that’s not me with a bag over my head. I can only dream of having that much muscle definition.
Adam’s a diehard Detroit Lions fan, which gives us lots of opportunities to make fun of him around the office (e.g. What’s the difference between the Lions and a dollar bill? You can get 4 quarters out a dollar.)
He had to suffer through an 0-16 season last year, but after watching his team beat the Falcons in a pre-season game over the weekend he’s predicting a playoff run this time around.
Even if they don’t make the postseason, at least he’s got a sweet new fleece to keep him warm when the Lions offense is ice cold. It came free with the massive order we placed with Uline to stock up on LP mailers for Owen pre-orders.
It’s a little big and doesn’t look that great on him, but we don’t want to kick a guy when he’s down.
Vacation, All I Ever Wanted. Vacation, Had To Get Away
Just the other day, Bobby Burg (from Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Love of Everything, Chin Up Chin Up — maybe it’d be easier to list the bands he hasn’t been in) sent us some copies of I Was Bikini, a 7” his new band Vacations recently put out.
What’s really cool about this release is that the vinyl features 5 songs and comes with a download code for those tracks plus 8 more. So it’s like you’re getting a full 13 song album for the price of a 7”…GENIUS!
I just made it live on our site so be sure to check it out.
So this weekend I went to Olive Garden with my girlfriend to use a gift card my parents gave me a couple months back. Nothing like chowing down on unlimited breadsticks and a delicious Lasagna Classico after spending all day moving in 95 degree heat.
But what does this have to do with working at a record label? Honestly, not much — except it serves as a decent segue to introduce of Montreal’s new Tumblr blog. It’s called “The Violence of Handcrafted Dolls” and it’s filled with Kevin Barnes’s thoughts on music, art, life, and, yes, even Olive Garden.
Below is a picture of Andy, our New Media assistant, showing off the “beary” unfortunate placement our Japandroids ad got in this month’s Vice.
Andy works out in San Francisco (a.k.a. PV West) with Seth, our in-house publicist. Seth used to live here in Champaign, but Andy will be making his first trip out to the Midwest in September for the 5th annual Pygmalion Music Festival. Polyvinyl is one of the sponsors, so there will definitely be more coverage of that later.
In honor of Alex, our part-time mailorder assistant, packing up and moving out to Los Angeles this week, I thought I’d share a little contest we like to play from time to time called the “Name Game.”
Basically, it involves calling out the name of a mailorder customer and then trying to guess the state they’re from (3 points for getting it on the first attempt, 2 points for the second guess, and 1 point for the third).
As you can see, I’m in the lead. But Alex gave all her points to Danielle when she left so I might not be for long (and I guess I know who Alex likes better now).
I’m moving this weekend, too — but only a few blocks west of my old place. Not halfway across the country like Alex. Good luck living in Hollywood! Send me pictures to post of all the movie stars you meet.
The Asobi Seksu Transparence 10” came in yesterday (I helped haul them off the truck and into the office) so they’ll be shipping out a week earlier than planned. It’s the first 10” Polyvinyl has ever pressed and we’re really happy with how it turned out.
Right now I’m taking a break from packing the pre-orders to put up this exclusive stream of the Aa remix of “Transparence.” I’m generally not a big fan of remixes, but this is much more than that — it’s a total reinterpretation of the original and it rocks!
If you want to get your copy way before it hit stores on the 25th, head here to order and I’ll make sure it’s sent out before the weekend.
It’s been a whirlwind past couple of days for me. After spending all day Monday in St. Louis for Warped Tour (my fifth year in a row attending the traveling punk festival), I headed up to Chicago last night for another show — so in 48 hours I traveled almost 560 miles and heard sets from about 15 different bands.
Speaking of summer festivals, Lollapalooza is set to kick off this Friday with of Montreal playing from 7 to 8 on the vitaminwater stage. Sadly, I won’t be able to go (I’m moving into a new apartment) — but Matt, his wife Darcie (Polyvinyl’s co-owner) and their kids will be making the trip up to Chicago so hopefully they’ll get to see another instrument-smashing performance from the Athens-based band.