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  • Celebrate The New Dark Age Celebrate The New Dark Age Quick View

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    Celebrate The New Dark Age

    Polvo Celebrate The New Dark Age On 180g Vinyl LP Of Only 3000 + MP3 Download Coupon


    Originally released in 1994, Celebrate The New Dark Age is Polvo's guitar-twisting seven song EP and a Merge hallmark. It is now being offered on a 180g vinyl re-issue remastered by Bob Weston. Includes great letterpress sleeve designed and printed by Bruce Licher, whose Independent Project Press designed the original, long out of print, triple seven-inch release. Also includes a coupon for MP3 download of entire album. Limited edition of only 3,000 copies.

    1. Fractured (Like Chandeliers)
    2. City Spirit
    3. Tragic Carpet Ride
    4. Solitary Set
    5. Every Holy Shroud
    6. Old Lystra
    7. Virtual Cold
    Polvo
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  • Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair Quick View

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    Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair


    a revelation -- dynamic, hooky, energetic!
    - PITCHFORK


    The '90s indie rock lashings of Grooms, add a
    reminder to dust off your Polvo/SY LPs
    -STEREOGUM


    ...some of the most exciting new sounds the
    Kings County has to offer."
    -POP MATTERS


    Having lived, worked, and created in the ever evolving Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for over a
    decade, native Texan Travis Johnson has felt the direct impact of the growth and dissolution that comes
    with rapid gentrification. His band Grooms practiced, and recorded at Brooklyn's Death By Audio for
    seven years (first as Muggabears, then as Grooms) before they were forced out of their spiritual and
    literal home in November 2014 when DBA shut its doors. A little over a year before, with the band's
    income not providing enough money to support any of its members, bass player and co-writer Emily
    Ambruso went on hiatus from the band, leaving Johnson as the only original member. Despite these
    unfortunate blows, Johnson soldiered on, soon recruiting Jay Heiselmann on bass, and actor/comedian
    Steve Levine on drums.


    After months of experimenting with sound collages, samples, and electronic beats, the band recorded an
    obsessively detailed and melodically complex album, with a heavy focus on mood and texture. Unlike
    their previous album Infinity Caller (which Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis called ...an exercise in explosion
    and restraint hallmarked by sweeping guitars, stuttery drums, and cryptic, airy vocals...) many of the
    songs on Comb... bring the band's rhythm section to the fore, and Johnson's trademark guitar stylings
    often take a backseat to his psychedelic sample-collages and ambient electronics. Fortunately the new
    approach works, balancing pop structures with masterful experimental production that shifts in tone and
    color in harmony with Johnson's tales of acceptance, loneliness, and impotent violence.


    On Comb..., that violence is most evident on Something Wild, a song about destroying the high-priced
    waterfront condos that contribute to the rising cost of living in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and
    Greenpoint, and then feeling conflicted about it. Love is the subject matter on Bed Version (a song
    which Johnson describes as a fantasy about seeing the joy in my girlfriend's face as she realizes she's
    not cosmically alone.), and the album becomes wistful on Cross Off (a remembrance and longing for
    the good old days when Ambruso was still an active member of the band), but even on these songs
    Levine's alternately Krautrock and Elvin Jones-inspired drums, and Heiselmann's propulsive bass help to
    maintain the album's intense atmosphere. Album standouts like Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
    and Doctor M deliver head-bobbing pop hooks as Johnson ponders his long-term struggle with
    addiction, while other songs, Savage Seminar, Will the Boys?, and Grenadine Scene from Inside,
    explore the thoughts, and feelings of fictional characters in the films Magnolia, Lost Boys, and Steel
    Magnolias, respectively.


    Whether singing from a fictional or personal perspective, Johnson's songs on Comb... are all loosely
    about letting go of bitterness and resentment. Like the Brooklyn neighborhood where he lives and works,
    his internal real estate is constantly being reevaluated, razed, and rebuilt. Fortunately his personal
    growth has yielded an album that attentive listeners will find relatable and consistently rewarding.

    1. Bed Version
    2. Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair
    3. Cross Off
    4. Something Wild
    5. Doctor M
    6. Half Cloud
    7. Will the Boys?
    8. Savage Seminar
    9. Grenadine Scene From Inside
    10. Foster Sister
    11. Later A Dream
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    Exploded Drawing

    Originally released in April of 1996, Exploded Drawing was generally received as Polvos White Album, the moment when the band finally kicked off its shoes, cracked the studio windows and unleashed a long suite of songs showcasing the bands true range. This double LP gives it all up: paranoid blues rants, Delhi-via-the Ozarks hoedowns, spaghetti western lopers, carnivalesque boogie, a blazing finale and as always, that guitar sound. Its just a little off, twisted, tweaked, coming at us from some realm we still havent located yet and probably never will.
    1. Fast Canoe
    2. Bridesmaid Blues
    3. Feather of Forgiveness
    4. Passive Attack
    5. Light of the Moon
    6. Crumbling Down
    7. Street Knowledge
    8. High-Wire Moves
    9. Monoloth
    10. In This Life
    11. The Secret's Secret
    12. Snowstorm in Iowa
    13. The Purple Bear
    14. Taste of Your Mind
    15. Missing Receipts
    16. When Will You Die For The Last Time In My Dreams
    Polvo
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    Siberia

    During their initial run from 1990-1998, Polvo crafted a sound so fantastically obstinate and so perfectly cockeyed that its DNA is essentially resistant to mediocrity or repetition. On Siberia, that sound feels more limber and more aerodynamic than ever. Its songs glide and bob like UFOs, both serene and unsettling. Some of that is owed to a looser approach. "Preparing for In Prism, we
    labored over that material pretty intensively," explains founding guitarist Ash Bowie. "A lot of the songs on this album were not rehearsed much at all. I'd like to think this album has a few more adventurous moments." One of those is the spiraling "Blues Is Loss," which moves from a dense knot of sound-an impossible tangle of Bowie's and Dave Brylawski's guitars, Steve Popson's chugging bass, and Brian Quast's tumbling percussion-to a conclusion that clangs and peals like church bells. There are the classic-sounding moments, too, like terrifically herky-jerk album opener "Total Immersion," which is grounded in surging bass
    and a pair of surgically focused guitar lines.


    An obvious point of comparison would be to Today's Active Lifestyles, released-perhaps not coincidentally-exactly 20 years ago. Where that album thrived on a nervous, coiled energy,
    Siberia feels more surefooted, more poised and controlled. It's the work of a band that's been here before, but the experience has only made them more at ease. Siberia is a record that's humming with confidence, the sound of a band with nothing to
    prove, but proving it anyway.

    1. Total Immersion
    2. Blues Is Loss
    3. Light, Raking
    4. Changed
    5. The Water Wheel
    6. Old Maps
    7. Some Songs
    8. Anchoress
    Polvo
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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