Polyvinyl Record Co. recently announced its 20th anniversary. The label, which is headquartered in Champaign, IL, has a diverse catalog of 300+ releases, including titles such as of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, Japandroids’ Celebration Rock, the eponymous debut from American Football, Mates of State’s Team Boo, Alvvays’ self-titled debut, and Braid’s Frame & Canvas.
To commemorate the anniversary, Polyvinyl decided to do what they do best: release records. In addition to new albums from Deerhoof, STRFKR, Owen, of Montreal, and American Football (!), over the course of the past year Polyvinyl enlisted 20 different artists from the roster, both past and present, to cover their favorite bands and songs from the Polyvinyl catalog.
From the album opener, which finds Generationals re-styling “In Green” by Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! (the short-lived music project of actor/director/screenwriter powerhouse Mark Duplass), to the first recorded music from Rainer Maria in a decade, the raucous revamp by Beach Slang of the classic Japandroids song “Younger Us” to Deerhoof covering Xiu Xiu, but in the style of new kids on the block White Reaper, there is something for every kind of Polyvinyl fan found within this compilation’s 20 songs.
To design the compilation’s artwork, Polyvinyl tapped artist Jesse LeDoux . LeDoux pulled from two decades worth of releases to create not only an iconic cover, but also a “treasure map” for Polyvinyl die hards. Each illustration represents a piece of Polyvinyl history – a collection of images culled from the label’s extensive discography.
Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl
Release Date: November 25th
1. Generationals – In Green (Volcano, I’m Still Excited!!)
2. Beach Slang – Younger Us (Japandroids)
3. The Dodos – Never Meant (American Football)
4. Aloha – Too Late to Die Young (Beach Slang)
5. Deerhoof – Hi (Xiu Xiu in the style of White Reaper)
6. Fred Thomas – I Heard You Say (Vivian Girls)
7. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Since You Stole My Heart (Saturday Looks Good To Me)
8. Radiation City – The Clod and the Pebble (Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin)
9. of Montreal – Find Yourself (Jacco Gardner)
10. Pillar Point – Heart It Races (Architecture In Helsinki)
11. Shugo Tokumaru – Gronlandic Edit (of Montreal)
12. Psychic Twin – While I’m Alive (STRFKR)
13. Mates of State – So Begins Our Alabee (of Montreal)
14. Wampire – Face to Face (Jacco Gardner)
15. Braid – Next of Kin (Alvvays)
16. Tancred – A Fever (Owen)
17. Owen – Ears Ring (Rainer Maria)
18. Rainer Maria – Big Man (Birthmark)
19. Xiu Xiu – Bubble (Dodos)
20. White Reaper – Exit Only (Deerhoof)