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In 2011, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band recorded a cover of the entire Nirvana album, “Nevermind”. Assuming you’ve heard of that one, I’ll just let you know that this is the first vinyl pressing of it and it’s limited to 500 units on regular ol’ black vinyl. There’s a picture to the left (or above, if you’re on mobile).

From Kevin: “It’s basically impossible for me to talk about Nevermind objectively. I recognize its canonical place as a cultural artifact, and that there is nothing unique about being one of the tens of millions of people for whom that album was literally life-changing.That doesn’t make it any less true. I played it for my parents, and I play it for my daughter. It’s unquestionably the most important music I’ve ever heard.

It engaged and clarified murky looming interior early adolescent messinesses, introduced me to entire aesthetics and subcultures and sociopolitical sensibilities and non-traditional iterations of masculinity to which I am indebted to this day, encouraged me to write songs and yell and sing and play guitar and worry less about expertise and more about expression, and helped define whole friendships, installing in us a language we still speak fluently.

It made things seem possible. It was a magic trick, a ubiquity that felt like an insurrection, something that was everyone’s and yours, too. We recorded this because we wouldn’t have done any of what we’ve done – or even known each other – without this record.

It felt like a fitting tribute to its spirit to knock it out in a basement over a weekend. That’s how I learned it in the first place, 28 years ago.

releases on November 22nd, 2019. It’ll be on digital platforms that day. Records will start shipping immediately and if you buy from our webstore we’ll also email you a link to download the album immediately on that day.

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Kevin Devine  one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in the punk and indie rock world, and an artist who had released six studio albums to critical acclaim. With two Billboard charting albums Brothers Blood and the later Between the Concrete and the Clouds was hesitant about using crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter to fund the release of his seventh and eighth LPs.

But, as odd as it felt to fund an album with support directly from his fans, he was also disillusioned by his experiences in the traditional label system. In the late months of 2012, as he continued to write, Kevin Devine’s uneasiness with the Kickstarter model began to recede. He proceeded with the belief that he would be doing something different and true, placing his trust in the audience to guide him.

“I’ve made six records. In America they’ve been released on five different labels. It’s a pretty unstable industry. What’s made it a sustainable and justifiable career for me has been the audience and their close, passionate connection to the music.”

His fans responded. Devine met his $50,000 target funding within only 8 hours of the 45-day campaign, and ultimately fans pitched in to the tune of $114,805, more than double his initial goal. The funds resulted in the simultaneous release of “Bulldozer”, which is laced with folk-rock and pop ballads, and was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck and Guided By Voices) and Bubblegum, produced by Jesse Lacey of Brand New, an uptempo record with feedback, loud fuzz guitars and catchy hooks. Essentially, a proper rock and roll record.

The two album project that explored drastically different sounds was a massive undertaking, and it was released to great success. Both albums charted on the Billboard charts simultaneously and both were the highest-charting positions of Devine’s career to date. Hitting Nos. 2 and 3 on the Heatseekers chart. The single “Bubblegum” charted for a month on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation Alt18 chart . He took his new material on the road in North America, the UK, Europe and Australia, and the LPs delivered the greatest critical reception of Devine’s music to date.

Devine continued his support of Bulldozer and Bubblegum with the release of a 7″ single featuring the song “She Can See Me,” the one track Devine wrote twice; a version for Bulldozer and a version for Bubblegum. The She Can See Me 7″ was released via Bad Timing Records, Devinyl Records and Favorite Gentlemen Recording . This partnership between the three companies will continue throughout 2015 with both new and previously released music.

Saw the wonderful talented Kevin Devine on friday evening at the Bodega , what a superb singer songwriter he is with some great songs and a charismatic persona on stage I love the way he uses words, Kevin is a Brooklyn based singer songwriter known for his melodic acoustic songs introspective, sometimes political songs, a member of the band Miracle of  86, and the Goddamn band.