One of Epitonic's favorite indie labels Polyvinyl Records turns 15 this year. Which basically means they'll be getting their learners permit and sassing mom and dad quite a bit more than usual. All joking aside, since their inception, the Champagne-Urbana, Illinois-based label has released over 200 albums from artists like Braid, Joan of Arc, of Montreal, Xiu Xiu, and many others.
The label will officially celebrate their anniversary at the Pygmalion Music Festival (in Champagne-Urbana) on September 24 with eight Polyvinyl artists appearing including Braid, Deerhoof, Japandroids, Xiu Xiu, STRFKR, Owen, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and Asobi Seksu. Tickets for Polyvinyl's show are already on sale and available from pygmalionmusicfestival.com for around $25.
Polyvinyl president and co-founder Matt Lunsford has curated a selection of 10 tracks that we've added to Epitonic over the years. Enjoy Matt's playlist and this message:
"Looking back over 15 years of Polyvinyl and over 200 releases, I thought it would be fun to pick out some songs to highlight the first half of the label’s life. There are some great songs here that you might have heard and there are some hidden gems that you might not have. Enjoy!" - Matt Lunsford, 2011
Rainer Maria “Breakfast of Champions”
Matt Pond PA “Fairlee”
American Football “Honestly?”
Owen “Places to Go”
Braid “Do you love coffee?”
Sunday’s Best “Indian Summer”
Joan of Arc “Like Minded”
Pele “Black Socks”
Mates of State “Hoarding it for Home”