Polyvinyl Record Co.
Polyvinyl Record Co. is an American independent record label based in Champaign, Illinois. The label is headquartered in Champaign, IL and has satellite offices in Berkeley, New York, Chicago; the Polyvinyl roster consists of 39 active artists, including Alvvays, Xiu Xiu, STRFKR, as well as longtime label signees like of Montreal, American Football and Rainer Maria. Recent additions to the Polyvinyl family include Pedro The Lion, Jeff Rosenstock, Anna Burch, Post Animal, The Get Up Kids and Shy Boys. Polyvinyl has put out over 350 releases to date. In 1994, high school students Matt Lunsford and Darcie Knight from Danville, Illinois founded Polyvinyl Press, a fanzine created to celebrate the Midwestern D. I. Y. Scene; as part of Polyvinyl Press’ third issue in July 1995, Lunsford and Knight released a split 7” featuring Back of Dave and Walker. With the fifth and final issue of Polyvinyl Press in May 1996, Lunsford and Knight put out an accompanying 20-track compilation, chronicling the current state of mid-‘90s Midwestern D.
I. Y and marking the official transition of the fanzine to Polyvinyl Record Co. Lunsford and Knight established a 50/50 profit sharing model for the label. Early releases, like the debut album from the Direction-featured band Rainer Maria, Past Worn Searching, Braid’s 1998 album Frame and Canvas, set a national eye on Polyvinyl; the following year, Polyvinyl released American Football’s self-titled debut. This record has grown to be one of the best-selling releases on the label and established a working relationship with Mike Kinsella, who would go on to release albums as Owen, Joan of Arc, Their / They're / There on Polyvinyl. In 2001, Knight and Lunsford moved the label from Danville, IL to Urbana-Champaign, IL to give Polyvinyl a better infrastructure to grow; such growth led to the Polyvinyl 2003 Winter Tour, which commenced right after the January release of Rainer Maria’s Long Knives Drawn. Rainer Maria and Mates of State went out on the road with fellow labelmates Owen and Saturday Looks Good to Me.
That year, Polyvinyl released the video of Rainer Maria’s Winter Tour set at Chapel Hill’s Cat’s Cradle and Mates of State’s third record, Team Boo. In 2004, Polyvinyl began to be distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance and added Athens’ of Montreal to the label family. Of Montreal released their first album with Polyvinyl, Satanic Panic in the same year. Polyvinyl celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2006 with a concert featuring Headlights, of Montreal and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin in Urbana, IL; the following year, Polyvinyl released Architecture in Helsinki’s Places Like This and of Montreal’s critically acclaimed Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, the best-selling album in Polyvinyl history. Polyvinyl closed out the decade in 2009 with the release of Japandroids’ debut full-length, Post-Nothing. Polyvinyl’s 2011 15th anniversary bash expanded on its previous anniversary show with a nine-band bill including Asobi Seksu, Deerhoof, Joan of Arc, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, STRFKR, Xiu Xiu.
Polyvinyl moved into their 16th year with the release of Japandroids’ Celebration Rock. In 2014, Polyvinyl released another best-seller, Alvvays’ self-titled debut, leading up to the label’s 20th anniversary, Polyvinyl expanded to a bigger location in Champaign in Spring 2015. After the label’s move, Beach Slang released their debut full-length that autumn. In 2016, the label celebrated its 20th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, Polyvinyl released a compilation titled Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl, on which twenty Polyvinyl artists covered songs by their labelmates. With the help of Girl Skateboards and artist Jesse LeDoux, Polyvinyl created a skateboard deck as a symbol of skate culture’s influence on Matt Lunsford’s musical discovery and the label’s early identity development. 2017 brought the release of sophomore records from White Reaper and Alvvays, The World's Best American Band and Antisocialites as well as Jay Som’s first proper record for Polyvinyl, Everybody Works. All three albums closed out the year with spots on several year-end publication lists, including Pitchfork, NPR, Paste.
At the start of 2018, Polyvinyl committed to donate 10% of mailorder revenue one Friday per month to deserving causes organizations that strive to make progress in music communities. Donation recipients have included the Tegan and Sara Foundation, OurMusicMyBody, Girls Rock! Champaign-Urbana. In February 2018, Polyvinyl announced a partnership with Brooklyn-based independent label Double Double Whammy. Double Double Whammy, which started in 2011 as a project to release the founders’ project, LVL UP, has a catalog that includes Mitski, Frankie Cosmos, Hovvdy, Ó, Florist, among others. Through this partnership, Polyvinyl provides distribution, webstore fulfillment, other shared services, while Double Double Whammy maintains creative autonomy. Polyvinyl Records Discography List of Polyvinyl Record Co. artists Official Polyvinyl site BreakThru Radio - Featured Label Article BIRP! Interview with Polyvinyl Label Manager Seth Hubbard
Dorothy "Dottie" Alexander was the keyboardist for of Montreal, an American indie pop band formed in Athens and fronted by Kevin Barnes. Dottie received her bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia at Athens. Prior to moving to Athens, Dottie graduated from Westover Senior High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1990. On July 26, 2009, long-time boyfriend and of Montreal video editor and stage performer Nick Gould proposed during an of Montreal show at the Hollywood Bowl; the wedding took place in May 2010. Prior to joining of Montreal, Dottie was in a local Athens, Georgia band with James Huggins III called Lightning Bug vs. Firefly. Both Dottie and James joined of Montreal in 1998. Besides being a steady member of, of Montreal, she played in Elephant 6 stalwarts Great Lakes. In 1997, Dottie contributed to Kindercore's first Christmas in Stereo album under the My First Keyboard moniker. Three songs were recorded in the late nineties, one of them would be released on Montreal's compilation "Horse & Elephant Eatery.
In October 2009, Dottie toured with James Husband in support of his first official release, "A Parallax I." Dottie Alexander at Myspace Of Montreal's official site
A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. The standard in the Red Book for the term CD single is an 8cm CD, it now refers to any single recorded onto a CD of any size the CD5, or 5-inch CD single. The format was introduced in the mid-1980s but did not gain its place in the market until the early 1990s. With the rise in digital downloads in the early 2010s, sales of CD singles have decreased. Commercially released CD singles can vary in length from two songs up to six songs like an EP; some contain multiple mixes of one or more songs, in the tradition of 12" vinyl singles, in some cases, they may contain a music video for the single itself as well as a collectible poster. Depending on the nation, there may be limits on the number of songs and total length for sales to count in singles charts. Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" is reported to have been the world's first CD single, issued in the UK in two separate singles as a promotional item, one distinguished with a logo for the tour, Live in'85, a second to commemorate the Australian leg of the tour marked Live in'86.
Containing four tracks, it had a limited print run. The first commercially released CD Single was Angeline by John Martyn released on 1 February 1986. CD singles were first made eligible for the UK Singles Chart in 1987, the first number 1 available on the format in that country was "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston in May 1987; the Mini CD single CD3 format was created for use for singles in the late 1980s, but met with limited success in the US. The smaller CDs were more successful in Japan and had a resurgence in Europe early this century, marketed as "Pock it" CDs, being small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. By 1989, the CD3 was in decline in the US, it was common in the 1990s for US record companies to release both a two-track CD and a multi-track maxi CD. In the UK, record companies would release two CDs but these consisted of three tracks or more each. During the 1990s, CD single releases became less common in certain countries and were released in smaller editions, as the major record labels feared they were cannibalizing the sales of higher-profit-margin CD albums.
Pressure from record labels made singles charts in some countries become song charts, allowing album cuts to chart based only on airplay, without a single being released. In the US, the Billboard Hot 100 made this change in December 1998, after which few songs were released in the CD single format in the US, but they remained popular in the UK and other countries, where charts were still based on single sales and not radio airplay. At the end of the 1990s, the CD was the biggest-selling single format in the UK, but in the US, the dominant single format was airplay. With the advent of digital music sales, the CD single has been replaced as a distribution format in most countries, most charts now include digital download counts as well as physical single sales. In Australia, the Herald Sun reported the CD single is "set to become extinct". In early July 2009, leading music store JB Hi-Fi ceased stocking CD singles because of declining sales, with copies of the week's No. 1 single selling as few as only 350 copies across all their stores nationwide.
While CD singles no longer maintain their own section of the store, copies are still distributed but placed with the artist's albums. That is predominantly the case for popular Australian artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Kylie Minogue and, most Delta Goodrem, whose then-recent singles were released on CD in limited quantities; the ARIA Singles Chart is now "predominantly compiled from legal downloads", ARIA stopped compiling their physical singles sales chart. "On a Mission" by Gabriella Cilmi was the last CD single to be stocked in Kmart and Big W, who concluded stocking newly released singles. Sanity Entertainment, having resisted the decline for longer than the other major outlets, has ceased selling CD singles. In China and South Korea, CD single releases have been rare since the format was introduced, due of the amount of infringement and illegal file sharing over the internet, most of the time singles have been album cuts chart based only on airplay, but with the advent of digital music the charts have occasionally included digital download counts.
In Greece and Cyprus, the term "CD single" is used to describe an extended play in which there may be anywhere from three to six different tracks. These releases charted on the Greek Singles Chart with songs released as singles; the original CD single is a music single released on a mini Compact Disc that measures 8 cm in diameter, rather than the standard 12 cm. They are manufactured using the same methods as standard full-size CDs, can be played in most standard audio CD players and CD-ROM disc drives; the format was first released in the United States, United Kingdom, France, West Germany, Hong Kong in 1987 as the replacement for the 7-inch single. While mini CDs have fallen out of popularity among most major record labels, they remain a popular, low cost way for independent musicians and groups to release music. Capable of holding up to 20 minutes of music, most mini CD singles contain at least two tracks, ofte
Thecontrollersphere is an EP from indie pop band of Montreal. It was made available for pre-order and instant download from Polyvinyl on March 4, 2011 and was released on April 26, 2011; the EP consists of tracks recorded along with the album False Priest. "Black Lion Massacre" – 5:08 "Flunkt Sass vs the Root Plume" – 2:38 "Holiday Call" – 8:18 "L'age D'or" – 3:32 "Slave Translator" – 4:13
The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy
The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy is the second album released by the band of Montreal. It was released on Kindercore Records in 1998. "One of a Very Few of a Kind" - 1:38 "Happy Yellow Bumblebee" - 2:17 "Little Viola Hidden in the Orchestra" - 3:37 "The Couple's First Kiss" - 1:28 "Sing You a Love You Song" - 2:36 "Honeymoon in San Francisco" - 2:35 "The Couple in Bed Together Under a Warm Blanket Wrapped Up in Each Other's Arms Asleep" - 1:24 "Cutie Pie" - 2:19 "Panda Bear" - 4:48 "Sadness Creeping Up and Scaring Away the Couple's Happiness" - 1:29 "Please Tell Me So" - 2:19 "My Darling, I've Forgotten" - 2:11 "You Feel You Must Go, Don't Go!" - 2:07 "Just Recently Lost Something of Importance" - 2:25 "The Hollow Room" - 1:47 "It's Easy to Sleep When You're Dead" - 4:29The Japanese release contained two bonus tracks which appear on the United States release of Horse & Elephant Eatery: The Singles and Songles Album. "In the Army Kid" "Montreal Makes Me Sad Again" The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy lyrics
The Late B.P. Helium
The Late B. P. Helium is the solo recording project and, at times, stage name of Elephant Six musician Bryan Poole, who goes by Bryan Helium. Poole has spent much of his musical career playing guitar on and off with of Montreal and Elf Power since the mid-1990s, he was a member of the XTC cover band Helium Kids from 1994 to 1995. In 2001, he released a few singles and submitted tracks to various compilations before offering his first EP, Kumquat Mae, on his 2002 national tour, it was re-released on Orange Twin Records in 2003, allowed him to work on his solo debut album, released on Orange Twin in 2004. Bryan Poole is recognized as one of the best Scrabble players in all of the music industry. Amok - Orange Twin - 2004 Happy Happy Birthday to Me Singles Club: August - HHBTM - 2001 Split single with Of Montreal - Jonathan Whiskey - 2001 Kumquat Mae - Hype City Records/Orange Twin - 2002 Official Late B. P. Helium Site The Late BP Helium at AllMusic
The Early Four Track Recordings
The Early Four Track Recordings is a compilation album by indie rock band Of Montreal. It contains early recordings from the band, with the song titles telling a fictional story about actor Dustin Hoffman. Though the titles feature Dustin Hoffman, the album name and content have nothing to do with him, the titles were chosen only for humor