Polyvinyl is celebrating its 15th birthday by giving away a free 30-song sampler. The label is also hosting a free all-ages concert with nine of its bands at Highdive in Champaign, IL, on Saturday, September 24, at 2 p.m.
Darcie Knight Lunsford and Matt Lunsford founded Polyvinyl in 1994 as a way to distribute the music of their favorite bands in Champaign, a college town about an hour and a half outside of Chicago. Since then, they have created a company that has released more than 200 records and expanded to both coasts.
Polyvinyl’s free anniversary mix includes tracks by Vivian Girls, Japandroids, Deerhoof, Of Montreal and others. The icing on this birthday cake though is the all-day, all-night concert taking place as part of the Pygmalion Music Festival. I spent quite a few college days at Highdive and can guarantee it is the perfect venue for the eclectic group of performers on this bill: Xiu Xiu, Starfucker, Braid, Deerhoof, Japandroids, Joan Of Arc, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Asobi Seksu, Owen—definitely worth the last-minute plane ticket.
Tracklist For 15 Years Polyvinyl Sampler:
01. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Oregon Girl”
02. Deerhoof – “Super Duper Rescue Heads!”
03. American Football – “Never Meant”
04. Of Montreal – “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse”
05. Love Is All – “Kungen”
06. Vivian Girls – “I Heard You Say”
07. Aloha – “Summer Away”
08. Matt Pond PA – “Fairlee”
09. Ida – “599”
10. Headlights – “Cherry Tulips”
11. Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! – “In Green”
12. Mates Of State – “Proofs”
13. Starfucker – “Julius”
14. Casiokids – “Fot I Hose”
15. Architecture In Helsinki – “Heart It Races”
16. Loney Dear – “Airport Surroundings”
17. Xiu Xiu – “Hi (Acoustic)”
18. Owen – “The Ghost Of What Should’ve Been”
19. Rainer Maria – “Planetary”
20. Japandroids – “Young Hearts Spark Fire”
21. Sunday’s Best – “Saccharine”
22. The Ivory Coast – “Lake Placid 1986”
23. Asobi Seksu – “Sighs”
24. Braid – “Killing A Camera”
25. Joan Of Arc – “A Tell-Tale Penis”
26. 31Knots – “Chain Reaction”
27. XBXRX – “Pigs Wear Blue”
28. Pele – “Gymnastics (Pam)”
29. The M’s – “Plan Of The Man”
30. Saturday Looks Good To Me – “Alcohol”