On Thursday, Matt, Adam, Seth, Andy, and I participated in what was probably the longest meeting in Polyvinyl history — a 9:30 - 4:30 brainstorming session about redesigning the Polyvinyl website.
And that was only for the front page and artist pages.
If anyone has suggestions for how those two sections of our site could be made better, let me know!
Also, for any OSHA watchdogs reading this, we did have one break about halfway through to enjoy some pizza and carry 50 boxes of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin vinyl up two flights of stairs because our elevator is broken.
To grab tickets and find out more info, check out my blog’s brand new little sibling: the PV15 Tumblr.
Andy will be keeping it updated with news, exclusive content, and everything else related to our anniversary celebration.
Maybe if I had done the same, I could tell you more about my own 15th birthday. Of course, Tumblr didn’t exist back then so it’d probably be a pretty embarrassing GeoCities page with scrolling marquees and such.
On second thought, maybe it’s better that day remains shrouded in mystery.
It’s almost Labor Day, so before you head over to that fun outdoor cookout make plans to check out our 4th Annual Garage Sale.
Because (like your white clothes) after this weekend we’ll be putting everything away until next year!
But don’t worry — you still have four days to get great deals on vinyl with slightly damaged jackets, promo CDs, and much more. A ton of items have been discounted (some as low as $.50) and are guaranteed to sell out quickly.
Plus, as an added bonus, all orders over $30 will receive 5 FREE CDs from of Montreal, Rainer Maria, Joan of Arc, and more.
When Asobi Seksu played at Champaign-Urbana’s Pygmalion Music Festival in 2008, the show instantly rocketed into my top 5 list of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.
Knowing I’ll get to see the Brooklyn-based band again at our 15-Year Anniversary Show in September is just one of the reasons I’m so excited for this year’s Pygmalion Fest.
But don’t worry if you’re not able to make it C-U for the show. Asobi Seksu will come to you!
Check out the dates for their fall tour below.
Sep 21, 2011 - Club Lambi, Montreal, Canada
Sep 23, 2011 - MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
Sep 24, 2011 - Highdive (Pygmalion Music Festival), Champaign, IL
Sep 25, 2011 - Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
Sep 26, 2011 - Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI
Sep 27, 2011 - The Basement, Columbus, OH
Sep 28, 2011 - Cedar Lounge, Youngstown, OH
Sep 30, 2011 - Daniel Street, Milford, CT
Oct 1, 2011 - Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 15, 2011 - Club Downunder, Tallahassee, FL
Oct 16, 2011 - DeLuna Festival, Pensacola, FL
Oct 17, 2011 - Contemporary Arts Center, Mobile, AL
Oct 18, 2011 - Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
Oct 19, 2011 - The Basement, Nashville, TN
Oct 20, 2011 - Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
Oct 21, 2011 - The Bishop Bar, Bloomington, IN
Oct 22, 2011 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI*
Oct 23, 2011 - Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada*
Oct 25, 2011 - Royale Nightclub, Boston, MA*
Oct 27, 2011 - Irving Plaza, New York, NY*
Oct 28, 2011 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA*
Oct 29, 2011 - Black Cat, Washington, DC*
Oct 30, 2011 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC*
Nov 1, 2011 - The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA*
Nov 2, 2011 - Firestone Live, Orlando, FL*
Nov 4, 2011 - One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA*
Nov 6, 2011 - Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX
Nov 9, 2011 - Visualite Theatre, Charlotte, NC
As news of the terrible disaster that affected Japan this past March was still unfolding, members of the Polyvinyl family — and friends of that family — began donating songs (most of which are previously unreleased) for an album whose profits will go directly to the American Red Cross to support the International Red Cross in their ongoing relief efforts.
Digital versions of the album are available now in our E-Store and iTunes.
A one-time only vinyl pressing of the record (limited to 2000 copies on 180-gram red vinyl) is up for pre-order now and will be released in stores on September 27. All orders includes an instant MP3 download of the album.
Yesterday’s arrival of Seth and Andy from San Francisco (Mark flew in from NYC on Monday) officially marked the beginning of Polyvinyl’s first ever team building week.
Usually, Pygmalion Music Festival is the only time of the year everyone from our three mini-offices comes together. But this year we decided that we could stand each other’s presence for four additional days.
Although there aren’t any trust falls planned (unfortunately), I’m still holding out hope for a three-legged race pairing 6’4” Seth and 5’3” Danielle.
For as little as $10 you can get a download of the new album (+ 3 unreleased cover songs). And, copies still remain of Owen’s O, Evelyn 7” (signed by Nate and Mike Kinsella) in addition to numerous other rewards such as test pressings, T-Shirts, posters, and more — all of which include a digital copy of the new record.
Be sure to get your pledges in by noon on Sunday, June 5th!
Two coins add up to 30 cents. One of them is not a nickel. What are they?
It’s an old riddle and if you’ve watched Scrubs you probably know they had an episode that revolved around it. (And yeah, it also later reappeared in that weird déjà vu episode).
Anyway, I’m bringing this up because I now have physical proof of the answer after beating Adam in a one-on-one push-up contest. I did 29, he did 23. And at the price of 5 cents per push-up completed I came away with a shiny quarter and nickel.
Our copy of Under the Radar's Music vs. Comedy issue arrived on Friday and after spending the weekend looking through it I was pleasantly surprised to see features on actors from some of favorite TV shows (Parks & Recreation, Community) along with a couple of Polyvinyl mentions.
If you’re not a subscriber, head to the nearest bookstore or newsstand to read a conversation between Modern Family's Ty Burrell and Emil from Loney Dear and also find out what Aziz Ansari is listening to (spoiler alert: he recommends Vivian Girls).
Our new Perfectly Crystal digital single is now available for purchase through all digital retailers! On top of remixes by Xiu Xiu, Beach Fossils and Mirrors, this EP features an exclusive B-side “Vicious Bears.”
Adam and I took a crack at a shortened version of the Wonderlic Test — an exam that’s used to assess the intellectual abilities of potential employees and is famously given to football players prior to the draft.
Instead of the standard 50 question test, we had four minutes to complete 15 queries that covered subjects ranging from algebra to logic to vocabulary.
We both missed the same two questions, but I bested Adam on the answer to the multiple choice question below to come out ahead by one point.
The hours of daylight and darkness in September are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in
1. June 2. March 3. May 4. November
Interested in finding out your score? Head over to ESPN’s Page 2 to give it a try.
Our friends in Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin came through town yesterday to play the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe as part of their short, mostly East Coast tour.
To support them, the band enlisted the help of local-band-turned-national Santah (whose drummer Steve used to intern at Polyvinyl and can still be seen modeling someshirts on our website) as well as Nashville-based Slow Hands (whose vocalist Israel Anthem directed SSLYBY’s video for “Think I Wanna Die”).
All in all it was one of the best sounding performances I’ve heard from the band and the great night was even capped off by a Cardinals win (much to me and Will’s delight).
Matt and I made the drive up to Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium on Friday night to catch Vivian Girls on their tour with Black Lips.
The night started with a quick dinner at the famous El Cid Mexican restaurant (where the band got to practice the Spanish they learned on their recent one-week tour of Spain).
After that we hustled back to the venue for the early all-ages show. Toward the end of their set, Katy made sure everybody knew who they were by spray-painting “Viv Grlz” on the Black Lips’ backdrop.
(This picture and more, along with a complete show review, can be found at Gaper’s Block)
If you get the chance to catch Vivian Girls on any of their remaining dates, be sure to ask them about the status of the radish they’re growing in the tour minivan, what the current nickname for their tour is (as of 4/22 it was “Rolling the Dice”) and — if you’re feeling really bold — for the chance to get a newly conceived triple handshake.