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Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been creating incorruptible independent pop music since the late 90’s. Mirah recently announced the reissue of her debut LP, You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This, accompanied with a full tribute LP with contributions from over 20 artists. The reissue is out July 31st, 2020 on Double Double Whammy. 

Mirah has shared the full album streams for the double LP 20th anniversary reissue of You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This. The reissue includes a remastered version of the record as well as a tribute to the album that features covers by Mount Eerie, Half Waif, Hand Habits, Palehound, Shamir, Sad13,Allison Crutchfield and more. The LP established Mirah as one of the smartest and most exciting young artists in America. It also went on to inspire a new generation of indie musicians, drawn in by Mirah’s deft and introspective songwriting.”

“To get to hear my songs performed by all of these amazing folks was like having a weird cool dream about my life 20 years ago,” Mirah said of the tribute album. “You know that way that dreams can feel both real and surreal at the same time? I love getting to float above myself and listen in on all of the brilliance that the musicians on the covers album gave to this project.”

Additionally, to celebrate the reissue, Mirah has announced a series of live streams featuring performances of songs from her first three records that kicks off on 8/11 with You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This. 

20 Year Anniversary Reissue of Mirah’s first album You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like. This was originally released on K Records in 2000 and has been out of print on vinyl since 2014.

Double album with the first disc a straight repress, but the second has a long list of notable artists covering the record including Phil Everum, Hand Habits, Jenn Wasner, Half Waif and many others.

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Gatefold 2xLP featuring the remastered full album and tribute covers LP.

Released July 31st, 2020

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Half Waif has recorded a rendition of Mirah’s “Murphy Bed.” The cover will appear on a tribute album accompanying the 20th anniversary reissue of Mirah’s debut LP “You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This” (out July 31 via Double Double Whammy). Listen to Half Waif’s version of the song, as well as the remastered original by Mirah, below.

“It was a huge honour to record a cover for the legendary Mirah in celebration of this 20th anniversary reissue,” Half Waif’s Nandi Rose said of her recording.

I chose “Murphy Bed” because I could immediately hear the chorus being reimagined as a more choral-focused arrangement. There’s also something obviously sensual about this song lyrically, so I wanted to play that up with the slow backbeat and just have some fun with it. I’m really grateful to Mirah for her fearless song-writing, and I loved getting to interpret that with my own arrangement.

You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This was originally released in 2000 by K Records. In addition to a remastered version of the original album (co-produced by Phil Elverum), the tribute album features covers by Mount Eerie (“Of Pressure”), Shamir, Sad13, Allison Crutchfield, Hand Habits, Palehound, Flock of Dimes, Mal Blum, WHY?, and many others.

the 20th Anniversary Reissue of “You Think It’s Like This, But Really It’s Like This” including a covers compilation. Available July 31st on Double Double Whammy.

The enchanting spell that Hatchie (aka 26-year-old Australian singer/songwriter Harriette Pilbeam) spins on her stellar dream-pop debut, “Keepsake”, is heady and hard to resist. “Obsessed,” easily the most delicious of ear wormy-y melodies here, gets its host toe tapping along instantly. She sings in earnest of an experience of love so innocent and unselfish: “You are the one who told me to run/Give it a try/Just have a life”—that whatever misgiving the album might harbor is happily forgotten in the whir of jangly guitars and the fuzz-drenched wash of her breathy vocals.

Pilbeam cut her teeth in the Brisbane indie scene, playing bass on other people’s songs. After eight years, she stepped out on her own under the Hatchie moniker with her 2018 EP, “Sugar & Spice”. If she was still unsure of her prowess, a remix of “Sure,” the EP’s standout, by Cocteau Twins’ guitarist Robin Guthrie should have dissipated any doubts.

She has a knack of borrowing from the genre’s best progenitors and current practitioners, but also folds in mainstream pop and emo—musical styles that should be at loggerheads—yet in her capable hands, succeed and soar. Her airy vocals can slide satisfyingly from chesty to high, head tones in one breath; and has a timbre remarkably similar to that of Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries. Often, as in “Without a Blush” and “Keep,“ songs are anchored in evocative lyrics, rooted in that desire to give voice to emotions once suppressed or fleeting moments that need to be savored over and over again.

“Fate keeps trying to find me/I’m not the kind of/Girl to let it define me,” she coos on the shimmering “Not That Kind.” It’s beyond just a pithy observation of a girl caught up in the machinations of romantic love; it functions as battle cry for how she regards her career in music.

Australia’s Hatchie has shared the new video for ‘Stay With Me,’ a brand new track from her debut record ‘Keepsake’ to be released on June 21st via Heavenly Recordings.

‘Stay With Me’ is taken from Hatchie’s debut album ‘Keepsake’ out June 21st on Double Double Whammy, Heavenly Recordings and Ivy League,

Stay With Me” may be her most straightforward dance floor pop moment yet.”
– The Fadar – 

Stay with Me” has the pulse of a Madonna hit from the late ’80s and early ’90s, and fits right in with similarly themed “crying-in-the-club tracks” like the entirety of Lorde’s Melodrama and, of course, Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own”.
– Consequence of Sound –

“It’s a Crying-In-The-Club style sad banger, a real bop that fuses her drifting, hallucinogenic guitar effects with something upbeat.”
– Clash Music – 

“The yearning chorus of ‘Stay With Me,’ punctuated with ethereal stabs of ‘90s synth, is delicious in its desperation and incredibly catchy.”
– Paste Magazine – 

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“Four of Arrows” is the incredible new album from Seattle based indie rockers Great Grandpa.
A departure from the playful nods to pizza and zombies on 2017’s Plastic Cough, this beautiful collection of 11 songs weaves through the pains of familial divisions, partnership, internal and external forgiveness, and the struggles of mental illness, going headfirst into the darkness but escaping from the other side with their most transparent and accomplished work to date. A must-listen.

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“Four of Arrows”, a creative turn toward introspection and Great Grandpa’s collective result of rest and solitude. Undoubtedly, the 11 songs comprising Four of Arrows.  The writing and recording process had evolved – less Seattle garage jams and more vulnerable solo songwriting sessions. Most of the songs on Four of Arrows were written in isolation by Patrick and Carrie Goodwin while traveling and living in the Midwest.

The band instantly found common threads between their individual contributions, citing mutual love and admiration for vulnerable and emotionally resonate music. Four of Arrows embraces subtlety and pays close attention to the quiet. From the methodical dirge of “Dark Green Water” into the haunting and howling guitar of “Digger”Great Grandpa try something new by letting the acoustic guitar and piano lay the foundation for many of the album’s tracks.
‘Four of Arrows’ is out October 25, 2019 via Double Double Whammy.

“Four of Arrows” is out October 25th

Hatchie is the world of Harriette Pilbeam. Step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her life in Brisbane, Pilbeam turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song.

‘Without A Blush’ is taken from Hatchie’s debut album ‘Keepsake’ out June 21 on Double Double Whammy, Heavenly Recordings

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Hovvdy’s debut LP was nothing’ short of lovely. there are too many reasons to count why y’all should be excited about ‘Cranberry’ It feels like Austin indie duo Hovvdy have been rolling out their sophomore album, Cranberry, for years — actually, lead single “Petal” dropped in late October and now at last the whole, beautiful thing is here for your enjoyment. In addition to “Petal,” we’ve also heard “Late,” “Cranberry,” and “In The Sun,” all of which provided a good sense of the album’s sighing lo-fi slowcore feel. Surveying the album in full is like being suspended in a state of waking up from a dream in a very comfortable bed. I recommend getting under a blanket and enjoying it on this frigid February day — especially if you’re into (Sandy) Alex G, American Pleasure Club, and the like.

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Cranberry is out 2/9 on Double Double Whammy

Bass on 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12 by Ben Littlejohn
Bass on 10 by Hannah Read 
Drums on 1 by Andrew Stevens
Add’l Drums on 9 by Andrew Stevens 
Backing Vocal on 9 by Mallory Howard 
Pedal Steel on 9 by Ben Littlejohn

It’s an annual tradition for Polyvinyl Records to host a SXSW showcase, but this year we’re more excited than ever because we’re teaming up with stellar Brooklyn-based label Double Double Whammy!
We’ll be partying with our new friends from dusk till dawn at Cheer Up Charlie’s, with performances from Jeff Rosenstock (his only SXSW appearance!), White Reaper, Post Animal, Anna Burch, Hovvdy, Hatchie, and Lomelda.
This is also a great time to announce that PV and DDW have officially partnered up–with PV lending a hand in distribution, mailorder, and more–so stay tuned for many exciting things to come!

“Over the past few years, several of us at Polyvinyl have been fans of Double Double Whammy,” says PV co-founder, Matt Lunsford. “Last year when we met Mike and started discussing a partnership, the connection was immediate – DDW has a strong independent sprint and a passion for working together with artists they believe in.”

If you’re not familiar with Double Double Whammy, catalouge do yourself a favor and check out their incredible roster and catalog of releases!

Indie rock quartet Cende formed in 2013 while living at Brooklyn house venue David Blaine’s The Steakhouse, and bonding over their mutual admiration for punk band The Marked Men. They had just graduated from SUNY Purchase, the college that was early home to Double Double Whammy—the label founded by LVL UP, a band in which members of Cende also play.

On their debut full-length, the group contrast the melodic and the offbeat, marrying “sunny power pop instrumentals to devastated breakup songs and existential freakouts for a confusing but exciting dissonance,” . It’s out on Double Double Whammy.

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Although short and sweet, this bands first EP captures the energy and solidity of a punk-rock band. Each track is strong and leaves me wanting more.

CENDE is: Cameron Wisch, Dave Medina, Bernard Casserly, Greg Rutkin.

We’re living in the Year of the Monkey, but Brooklyn-based, D.I.Y.-minded rocker Gabrielle Smith (who records as Eskimeaux) has her mind on 2011, a.k.a. the Year of the Rabbit. That’s when she entered a highly fulfilling relationship (she describes it as “dope”) with her current partner Oliver Kalb, who plays in Eskimeaux and with Smith in Bellows. It’s also the title of her forthcoming mini-album, due April 15 on Double Double Whammy.

“We have a pretty unique relationship because we’re in a bunch of bands together,” Smith tells Billboard. “But we tour sometimes separately, because I’m in Frankie Cosmos… We’ll sometimes have long times apart and it’s very therapeutic because it gives me perspective on how dope our relationship is.”

Indeed, it’s the sort of perspective that comes when you’re able to look back on a young relationship several years onward. Smith delved into that soothing time apart on her latest track,

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Oliver and I have a lot of each other’s lyrics in each other’s songs and kind of write back and forth,” Smith says. “Sometimes Greta [Kline] will say something that’s really poignant to me in a Frankie Cosmos song and I’ll use that line to respond to it with my feelings attached… It happens with LVL UP, too. They have a bunch of Frankie Cosmos lyrics in their songs.”