Tag: Polyvinyl Records

Saturday Sampler February 10th

Saturday Sampler February 10th

The Saturday Sampler February 10th edition is like a day at the amusement park or Olympics. These nine songs will get your adrenaline flowing and make you scream while others let you catch your breath and lose yourself in the moment. We get things started with one of the nicest guys around.   Shakey Graves – “Kids These Days” (Austin, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 February 8th

Melodic Tonic ’18 February 8th

This week’s serving of new music cocktails spans the globe – from Athens, Greece to Athens, Georgia in the US. These six singles offer delicious flavors of indie folk, art pop, indie psych rock, Americana, and even some old-school jazzy torch singer fare. Artists today represent England, Greece, Scotland, Sweden, and the USA. We kick things off with a gorgeous […]

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Anna Burch – ‘Quit the Curse’ (album review)

Anna Burch – ‘Quit the Curse’ (album review)

Quit the Curse by Anna Burch When you first don’t succeed, try and try again. Maybe for Anna Burch, the launch of her solo career will result in the success that evaded her previous projects Frontier Ruckus and Failed Flowers. Her debut album, Quit the Curse, is a huge step in the direction of seeing her name atop marquees across […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 12th

The Matinee ’18 January 12th

It’s been an incredible week for new music, and The Matinee ’18 January 12th edition continues the trend. Today’s mini-playlist takes on a more melodic tone, but there are still a few tunes that will get the adrenaline flowing. Acid Dad – “2Ci” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Surf Rock Is Dead, Hockey Dad, Salad Boys Once again, New Yorkers […]

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The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th

The Matinee December 7th is rarity – each of the nine artists and bands have previously been showcased before, either on one of our daily playlists or in another feature. Some, however, have not released anything new in a little while others are gearing up for a massive 2018. Anna Burch – “Tea-Soaked Letter” (Detroit, USA) RIYL: Jay Som, Fazerdaze, […]

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The Matinee November 17th

The Matinee November 17th

Old and new favorites collide on The Matinee November 17th edition. The mini-playlist has some sweet melodies and heartbreaking ballads plus a few upbeat numbers to get you in a perky mood. Although we usually list the songs alphabetically, we have to start with the return of a young woman who has amazed us when she introduced herself a little […]

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The Matinee October 17th

The Matinee October 17th

The Matinee October 17th returns with nine more songs as always. There’s quite a bit of variety from somber folk-rock tracks to far-out stoner, psychedelic rock to alternative R&B. Or maybe you want some soul music or a song that takes you back to the ’80s. Whatever your mood, hopefully one of these songs will fulfill your needs.   ABISHA […]

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Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Alvvays get nostalgic with ‘Antisocialites’ (album review)

Antisocialites by Alvvays When Alvvays‘ eponymous debut album arrived in July 2014, it represented the ideal summer record. The shimmering dream-pop heightened the optimism and hope that filled the record, and its individual songs (notably “Archie, Marry Me” and “Adult Diversion”) would define memories still to be written. Their sophomore LP similarly arrives at the perfect time. As summer fades, […]

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The Matinee August 18th

The Matinee August 18th

As usual, there is a bit of everything on our daily playlists, and The Matinee August 18th edition is no exception. One thing we always search for are songs that not only sound great but have a personal message or captivating story to tell. Substance over style as they say, but it’s great when a song has both. Well, all […]

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The Matinee August 1st

The Matinee August 1st

With Newport Folk Festival behind us, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things. The Matinee August 1st edition, as such, has the regular nine songs. Unfortunately, exhaustion has set in, so apologies to the artists and bands for the short blurbs. The music, however, is what matters most. Alvvays – “Dreams Tonite” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: The Pains […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, June 7th

Melodic Tonic ’17, June 7th

These five delicious new audio cocktails to get you through your Wednesday. Today’s mini playlist shines the spotlight solely on North American artists for a change. Let’s begin in the Emerald City with this dynamic tune. Zola Jesus – “Exhumed” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Austra, Agnes Obel, Phantogram The dramatic new single from goth-pop siren Zola Jesus will do one of three things: “Exhumed” will either […]

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The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th feels like a playlist for a summer road trip, so each song will be associated with a traveling reference. This journey is the one heading home, so the list is in reverse alphabetical order. Umm – “Black Summer” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: The Dig, The Breeders, Communist Daughter Our journey begins on a coastal highway, where […]

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Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Everybody Works by Jay SomMany musicians who self-record achieve a gauzy pastel haze akin to the sounds Melina Duterte, playing as Jay Som, creates in her sunny Oakland studio (which doubles as her sleeping quarters). In another corner of the music world, many aspiring pop craftspeople (the type who unapologetically let ourselves be charmed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION or drunkenly vow to […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 8th

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 8th

Today’s mid-week serving of 9 delicious new music cocktails has it all: catchy glam pop, indie folk, lush dream pop, indie rock, and more! Next week the music industry turns its focus to the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference, and many of these bands will be there. The songs featured here come from artists in Australia, England, Portugal, and the U.S. Let’s kick things […]

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The Matinee February 21st

The Matinee February 21st

The Matinee February 21st edition is another full-course buffet of new music. The mini-playlist is littered with alumni who are making their second, third, and even fourth appearance in these parts. Of course, there are new artists to discover, too (heck, they all are still waiting to be discovered by the rest of the world). Alex the Astronaut – “Rockstar City” […]

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The Matinee January 17th

The Matinee January 17th

The Matinee January 17th edition features a bevy of brilliance. Seriously, these songs are early contenders for song of the year. Let’s get right to it, shall we?   Nadia Reid – “Richard” (Port Chalmers, New Zealand) RIYL: Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Julianna Hatfield As most of the music world prepares for Lorde’s new album to drop, people’s eyes should […]

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Julia Jacklin

Julia Jacklin – “Don’t Let The Kids Win”

Julia Jacklin has always been a daydreamer. At the age of 12, she wanted to be a pop star like Brittany Spears, and then later in life she wanted to be the best social worker on the planet. The dreams would linger, but they started to come to fruition following a trip to South America during her gap year. The […]

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The Matinee October 7th

The Matinee October 7th

In this October 7th issue of The Matinee we bring you 6 bands all in different stages of their careers, all putting out superb music. One with new music for the first time in close to 20 years, a brilliant yet relatively unknown band, a well-loved band heading out on their farewell tour, and a couple of bands right in the thick of […]

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The Matinee September 16th

The Matinee September 16th

The Matinee September 16th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a nice mix of indie rock, synth pop, folktronica, and a bit of singer-songwriter fare. We hope you find a new favorite band or track today. We have artists representing the US and England. Dead Love Fear Wave – “Golden Rule” (Manchester, England) RIYL: Beck, New […]

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Psychic Twin – “Strange Diary”

Psychic Twin – “Strange Diary”

Like a young child growing up, Erin Fein has nursed and watched her dream-pop project Psychic Twin mature. First conceived in 2010, Fein revealed Psychic Twin to the world in 2013 in a subtle yet explosive way. Her split single debut, featuring “Strangers” and “Dream State”, showcased a woman who deftly bridged reality with the dreamworld, much like what Beach […]

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