The Dodos cover American Football’s “Never Meant” for Polyvinyl’s 20th anniversary — listen

A cut from the Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl covers compilation


    Champaign, Illinois’ little label that could, Polyvinyl Record Co., celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since their inception, the indie label has released records from the likes of Deerhoof, of Montreal, Beach Slang, Japandroids, and Mates of State, just to name a few. To commemorate hitting the big 2-0, Polyvinyl pulled together some of their past and present artists to cover tracks from their vast catalog on Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl.

    Due out November 25th, the covers compilation features 20 Polyvinyl artists reworking songs by their peers. For their contribution, San Francisco indie rockers The Dodos took on the opening track off the debut album from the recently reunited American Football. By easing off some of the mathier elements of the original, The Dodos find a gentle balance between reverential remake and their own folkier leanings. Take a listen below.


    Polyvinyl commissioned Grammy-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux to create the artwork for the album (which also features Beach Slang’s take on Japandroid’s “Younger Us”). That artwork, described as “a ‘treasure map’ for Polyvinyl die hards,” is also available as a limited edition poster, T-shirt, and even a skateboard deck. The decks were created by Girl Skateboards and measures eight-inches by 37-7/8-inches. All of these can be purchased at the same place Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl can be pre-ordered: the Polyvinyl website.

    Find the album tracklist and images of all the goodies below.

    Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl Tracklist:
    01. Generationals – In Green (Volcano, I’m Still Excited!!)
    02. Beach Slang – Younger Us (Japandroids)
    03. The Dodos – Never Meant (American Football)
    04. Aloha – Too Late to Die Young (Beach Slang)
    05. Deerhoof – Hi (Xiu Xiu in the style of White Reaper)
    06. Fred Thomas – I Heard You Say (Vivian Girls)
    07. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Since You Stole My Heart (Saturday Looks Good To Me)
    08. Radiation City – The Clod and the Pebble (Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin)
    09. of Montreal – Find Yourself (Jacco Gardner)
    10. Pillar Point – Heart It Races (Architecture In Helsinki)
    11. Shugo Tokumaru – Gronlandic Edit (of Montreal)
    12. Psychic Twin – While I’m Alive (STRFKR)
    13. Mates of State – So Begins Our Alabee (of Montreal)
    14. Wampire – Face to Face (Jacco Gardner)
    15. Braid – Next of Kin (Alvvays)
    16. Tancred – A Fever (Owen)
    17. Owen – Ears Ring (Rainer Maria)
    18. Rainer Maria – Big Man (Birthmark)
    19. Xiu Xiu – Bubble (Dodos)
    20. White Reaper – Exit Only (Deerhoof)

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