This will be the third Polyvinyl band to be released on cassette by Joyful Noise. Joan of Arc came first, when the label put together an ultra-rare, well-crafted 10-box career retrospective of the band's work, housed in a super-sturdy, rough-hewn box. Joan of Arc has been on several different labels in its long and variegated life, with Polyvinyl being the most recent stop. Labelheads got wind, and a rep at Polyvinyl came calling, asking Karl at Joyful Noise if he'd be interesting in putting out a cassette version of Of Montreal's new one False Priest. The answer, naturally, was yes, and less than 50 cassettes are left from that first batch of red, hand-numbered cassettes, each packaged with download code and a 12-panel booklet of artwork, because, with Of Montreal, it's almost as much about the detailed, Darger-esque artwork as it is about the music.
And now the San Francisco-based band, which stops by Bloomington regularly enough and will, maybe, possibly, consider Indianapolis on a tour itinerary having now established this connection, will enter the world of limited-edition cassettes with an limited edition of 500, hand-numbered, green-tinted cassettes, each of which, of course, coming with a digital download offering high-fi formats. Pre-orders are now being accepted.
Take a listen to "The Merry Baracks" from the upcoming Deerhoof record.