Good Riddance
April 22nd, 2015

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Good Riddance
Peace In Our Time
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 4/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"It's both a toast to the past and look ahead to the band's next chapter." - Exclaim! (album premiere)

After prematurely snuffing out a career that burned so brightly by calling it quits in 2007, GOOD RIDDANCE reignite the embers with the blazing inferno Peace In Our Time. GOOD RIDDANCE are known for helping to mold the melodic/hardcore genre and for churning out some its most revered albums. Peace In Our Time draws on the most prized elements of GR’s catalog. So much so that it could be described as a “greatest hits” album that is comprised of all new material. Built on a foundation of hardcore, saturated with scorching riffs and bound to GR’s strong sense of melody, Peace In Our Time hits all the high notes of their résumé. The same classic lineup responsible for A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion, Ballads from the Revolution, and Operation Phoenix are back at the helm for Peace In Our Time and it’s reflected in the result. GOOD RIDDANCE’s ability to blend thrash-laden, discordant hardcore and aggressive melodic punk into their own signature compound has gained them the respect of their peers, fans, and critics alike. Peace In Our Time will only embolden that sentiment.

Produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, Black Flag, Descendents, NOFX, Alkaline Trio)

Full US tour to be announced soon, check back here for dates and contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Bad Religion, Strung Out, Lagwagon, Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, OFF!
TRY: #1, 3, 5, 6, 7

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://grpunk.com
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/13
https://www.facebook.com/goodriddance
https://twitter.com/gr_punk




Sean Rowe
April 22nd, 2015

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Sean Rowe
Her Songs
Anti-
ADDS 4/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

On April 28th, acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will release an EP entitled Her Songs. The release presents songs written by six of Rowe’s favorite female artists – Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist – and showcases the interpretive side of Rowe’s vocal and guitar work. 
 

Rowe makes no attempt to recreate the delicate magic of the originals here, but instead focuses on the emotional core of works. The Cat Power song “Colors and the Kids,” originally featuring Chan Marshal accompanied by a lone piano and offering a distinct sense of fragility, now features a hypnotic guitar and Rowe’s muscular voice, but still capture the vulnerability at the heart of the song. 

“By Your Side,” originally recorded Sade, and currently available for streaming via Flood Magazine, has long been a favorite of Rowe’s. “I remember being just out of high school and watching a live video of her and her band,” he says. “Nobody sounds like her. And it just felt really natural to me because I’ve always been drawn to emotional soul music.  That ’s what came first for me even before folk music. Music you don’t have to think about. You just feel it.”

On his previous full length record Madman, Rowe showcased his skill as a songwriter.  GQ proclaimed the record “the kind of album that's at once recognizable and nothing like you've ever heard before.” With Her Songs, Rowe demonstrates in the studio what live audiences around the world already know: he is an unparalleled performer with the ability to transmit the emotional heart of a song with a powerful and intuitive simplicity.

Track List:
Ode To Divorce - Regina Spektor

Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
By Your Side - Sade 

Soldiers Song - Lucinda Williams
Let It Die - Feist
Colors and the Kids - Cat Power


RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, The National, Bill Callahan, Iron & Wine
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 6

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/seanrowemusic
https://twitter.com/sean_rowe
http://www.anti.com/artists/sean-rowe/




Ballroom Thieves
April 1st, 2015

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Ballroom Thieves

A Wolf In The Doorway

Blue Corn Music



ADDS 4/7/15

DIGITAL ONLY

In this increasingly virtual world of ours, what makes music authentic? For some, songs are no more than tiny sentimental decompressions. But others treat music as an extension of their roots, a mirror of their travels and relationships, and a testament to both their craft and passion.

For The Ballroom Thieves, the band’s journey has only just begun, but their roots already run quite deep. Now, on A Wolf in the Doorway the Thieves find themselves taking the very idea of “roots” and creating ways to make its associated sound progress, while making its encompassing spirit glow.

Stylistically, the trio finds a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time.

The Thieves are quick to point out that the foundation of their latest work is a reflection of their travels, their interactions, and their time on the road. The band has shared the stage with bands like The Lone Bellow, Houndmouth, and fellow New Englanders Dispatch over the last couple of years. Playing in front of six and playing in front of six hundred both happen with regularity, presenting their own sets of challenges and rewards. Of course, one of the greatest takeaways is the shared experience with any audience, and the creative fuel that it continues to produce.

For The Ballroom Thieves, this family tree has only just begun to bloom, but its roots give the trio a strong and solid structure from which to continue to build. A Wolf in the Doorway documents this growth in the most authentic way, sending any listener off with a heavier heart and a purer soul than when they arrived.

Relix premiere: http://www.relix.com/blogs/detail/song_premiere_the_ballroom_thieves_wild_woman#1


RIYL: The Lone Below, Little Green Cars, The Avett Brothers, Dawes

TRY: #1, 5, 12




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.ballroomthieves.com/

https://twitter.com/BallroomThieves

https://www.facebook.com/ballroomthieves





Matt and Kim
April 1st, 2015

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Matt and Kim

New Glow

Harvest



ADDS 4/7/15

Brooklyn indie dance duo Matt and Kim release New Glow, the band’s latest full length on April 07th, 2015.

Matt and Kim, aka Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums), get things rolling in their exuberant style with a performance lyric video for the song “Get It”: Three minutes and seven seconds of heaven for anyone who has, or hasn’t yet, seen Matt and Kim’s legendary live shows.

With New Glow, the duo who love hip-hop and pop have made an album of undeniably catchy beat-driven anthems with hooks that just don’t stop and just won’t leave your head. “The best era of music is right now and I believe we’re doing our best work yet.” says Matt.

“Anyone who has seen one of our shows knows we love any style of music you can have fun and get wild to. I’m not sure we were able to put that diversity on any of our albums the way we did on New Glow. While there are definitely songs that will feel familiar to people who know our stuff, there are also songs like “Get It” which have always been part of who we are but went unrecorded to this point. We helped edit a lyric video for “Get It”, using live footage from a handful of festivals and shows we played in the last couple years. Going through that footage really made it hard to believe how lucky we are to have the best f**king job in the world.”

The two met while attending Pratt Institute and quickly became known for their thunder-punching, melodic mix of indie and dance music. Right off, Spin said “there truly is no sound these two won’t use to support their almost religious commitment to spreading huge grins,” while Pitchfork described their quality as “melody so happily jerky and rhythms so dangerously spastic that you can practically hear paroxysmal crowds pogo-ing madly…Johnson sings, and thousands of other kids in his zip code (and others like it around the country) feel like he’s describing their Saturday nights.”

Previously, Matt and Kim’s video for “Lessons Learned,” in which they strip naked in Times Square on a very cold February day, won an MTV Music Award for “Breakthrough Video.” 2012’s Lightning (FADER) featured the Alternative radio hit “Let’s Go” and single “Daylight” was certified Gold.

All the while they toured the globe, becoming the go-to band for raw exuberance, bombastic beats, sing-along refrains and dance-ready anthems on larger and larger scales. They’ve performed at many, many major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Firefly, Summerfest, Big Day Out, Fuji, V, Pukkelpop and Ultra.


RIYL: Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend
Try: #8, 1, 2, 3, 5




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://mattandkimmusic.com

http://instagram.com/mattandkim

https://www.facebook.com/mattandkim

http://twitter.com/mattandkim

http://youtube.com/mattandkim

http://mattandkim.tumblr.com





Eels
April 8th, 2015

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Eels

Royal Albert Hall

Eworks/PIAS



ADDS 4/14/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Filmed by 12 cameras in the gorgeously-lit Royal Albert Hall in London, this new 2xCD/DVD live set finds EELS dapperly dressed in suits and ties, with all five band members stretching their musical capabilities past new boundaries, playing songs from 2014’s critically-acclaimed The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett for the first time along with songs spanning the EELS’ 19 year career.

Stereogum: preview

NME: preview

Paste: video premiere

Exclaim!: announcement

Billboard: video premiere

Q Magazine: video premiere

The Line Of Best Fit: preview


RIYL: Beck, Jason Lytle, Sparklehorse
DIRTY: #5, 10, 12, 14
POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE: #8 (Pissing), #11 (God Damn), #16 (Turd)
TRY: #1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 19, 25




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://eelstheband.com

http://www.facebook.com/THEEELS

https://twitter.com/THE_EELS





Calexico
April 8th, 2015

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Calexico

Edge Of The Sun

Anti-



ADDS 4/14/15

DIGITAL ONLY

NPR: First Listen

Consequence of Sound: review

Falling From the Sky” on CONAN!

Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles. For Edge of the Sun, the band’s keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán.

In view of the fresh creative perspective provided by the band’s journey to New Orleans to make its previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun’s Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact on the album. The writing here shows Burns and Convertino’s ongoing pursuit of the profound melody, creating music at once hauntingly accessible and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry from its international roster. “Madrid, Nashville, Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it’s an eclectic mix,” says Burns. “This album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going back and forth between a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark themes that I think we all share.”

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Sun Kil Moon, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Devotchka, Iron & Wine
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 11




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.casadecalexico.com

https://twitter.com/casadecalexico

https://www.facebook.com/calexico

http://www.anti.com/artists/calexico/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calexico_(band)





They Might Be Giants
April 15th, 2015

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They Might Be Giants

Glean

Idlewild/Megaforce



ADDS 4/21/15

DIGITAL ONLY

2015 is already a landmark year in two-time Grammy winners They Might Be Giants’ illustrious career. With the return of their Dial-A-Song service, the band is posting a new track each week to unanimous exclamations of joy from fans old and new. With a toll-free number at (844) 387-6962 and a sweet new web site at www.dialasong.com, most of the tracks arrive with fully produced animations.
 
In celebration, the band is releasing GLEAN on April 21. It includes 15 songs direct from these first weeks of their Dial-A-Song service. The range of these recordings is truly staggering. From the manic violin-driven “Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2” to the bluesy grinding of “Underwater Woman,” Glean comprises some of They Might Be Giants’ most vital work of their 30+ year career. With the album, TMBG’s sound is in equal turns as rocking, surprising, effervescent, and truly original as they have ever been. The highly anticipated album is produced with long-time collaborator Pat Dillett (St. Vincent, Mike Doughty, Donald Fagen, Mary J. Blige, David Byrne, etc), and comes hot on the heels of 2013’s wildly popular Nanobots.

But there is much more in store for They Might Be Giants in 2015. A monthly residency in their spiritual home of Williamsburg, Brooklyn started in January and the next one is already sold out, as were the last two in advance. Two more albums of original material are on the docket for the end of the year, and the first leg of TMBG’s window-rattling national tour begins in mid-April. International touring is planned for early fall, along with a second leg of US and Canadian shows.

Check out all the tour dates here and let us know if you'd like to check out a show / request an interview / etc.


RIYL: The Mountain Goats, Mike Doughty, The Dead Milkmen, Devo
TRY: #5, 1, 3, 4, 11


Stream first single here:
https://soundcloud.com/they-might-be-giants/05-answer

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.theymightbegiants.com

https://www.facebook.com/theymightbegiants

https://twitter.com/tmbg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Might_Be_Giants





Marriages
April 15th, 2015

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Marriages

Salome

Sargent House



ADDS 4/21/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Salome is a MASSIVE leap forward — from Red Sparowes, from Kitsune, from Some Heavy Ocean. It’s the best thing any of these guys has ever been involved with, and one of my favorite albums of early 2015.” - Stereogum

"One might compare the sound to PJ Harvey teaming up with Tool in 1995 to cover Mazzy Star - but you should skip comparison entirely as Marriages isn't quite like anything else." - ALARM

Marriages’ new chemistry seems to pack enough sonic potency and emotional fire to move mountains” – Consequence of Sound

The first thing one notices about the full-length debut album by Marriages, Salome, is its sense of space. Like pulling open a dark window shade mid-flight, we're abruptly presented with a crystalline brightness setting the tone from the outset, signifying an evolution from the somewhat insular buzz of 2012 debut EP, Kitsune. The second thing is that, unlike the stream-of-consciousness approach which found each track on Kitsune nebulously flowing into the next, Salome is comprised of concise songs, each one a light that flickers into existence, burns with magnificent intensity, and then expires.

The Los Angeles-based trio first began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between former Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar, vocals) and Greg Burns (bass, keyboards). Showcasing Rundle's exceptional playing more vividly than the dense architecture of the Sparowes could allow, Marriages' departure from purely instrumental rock, too, helped bring her to the forefront, revealing a voice equally fragile and ferocious. Enlisting Sparowes drummer Dave Clifford, they recorded Kitsune, released on Sargent House in 2012. Subsequent touring with Russian Circles, Deafheaven and others honed their vision while introducing the band to a broad cross-section of heavy music fans. Full time drummer Andrew Clinco completed the equation in late 2012, the final component in Marriages' frequently epic postpunk-by-way-of-stoner-rock sound. While the group busied themselves writing the songs that would become Salome, Rundle issued solo album Some Heavy Ocean in early 2014, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, etc..

Salome is a timeless 9-song monolith of a debut LP. Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on the album are confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, Rundle, Burns, and now Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single song. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results.


RIYL: PJ Harvey, Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Emma Ruth Rundle
TRY: #3, 2, 4, 8




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://marriagesband.com

http://sargenthouse.com/marriages

http://facebook.com/marriagesband

http://twitter.com/marriagesband





Sean Rowe
April 22nd, 2015

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Sean Rowe

Her Songs

Anti-



ADDS 4/28/15

DIGITAL ONLY

On April 28th, acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will release an EP entitled Her Songs. The release presents songs written by six of Rowe’s favorite female artists – Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist – and showcases the interpretive side of Rowe’s vocal and guitar work. 
 

Rowe makes no attempt to recreate the delicate magic of the originals here, but instead focuses on the emotional core of works. The Cat Power song “Colors and the Kids,” originally featuring Chan Marshal accompanied by a lone piano and offering a distinct sense of fragility, now features a hypnotic guitar and Rowe’s muscular voice, but still capture the vulnerability at the heart of the song. 

“By Your Side,” originally recorded Sade, and currently available for streaming via Flood Magazine, has long been a favorite of Rowe’s. “I remember being just out of high school and watching a live video of her and her band,” he says. “Nobody sounds like her. And it just felt really natural to me because I’ve always been drawn to emotional soul music.  That ’s what came first for me even before folk music. Music you don’t have to think about. You just feel it.”

On his previous full length record Madman, Rowe showcased his skill as a songwriter.  GQ proclaimed the record “the kind of album that's at once recognizable and nothing like you've ever heard before.” With Her Songs, Rowe demonstrates in the studio what live audiences around the world already know: he is an unparalleled performer with the ability to transmit the emotional heart of a song with a powerful and intuitive simplicity.

Track List:
Ode To Divorce - Regina Spektor

Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
By Your Side - Sade 

Soldiers Song - Lucinda Williams
Let It Die - Feist
Colors and the Kids - Cat Power


RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, The National, Bill Callahan, Iron & Wine
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 6




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/seanrowemusic

https://twitter.com/sean_rowe

http://www.anti.com/artists/sean-rowe/





Good Riddance
April 22nd, 2015

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Good Riddance

Peace In Our Time

Fat Wreck Chords



ADDS 4/28/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"It's both a toast to the past and look ahead to the band's next chapter." - Exclaim! (album premiere)

After prematurely snuffing out a career that burned so brightly by calling it quits in 2007, GOOD RIDDANCE reignite the embers with the blazing inferno Peace In Our Time. GOOD RIDDANCE are known for helping to mold the melodic/hardcore genre and for churning out some its most revered albums. Peace In Our Time draws on the most prized elements of GR’s catalog. So much so that it could be described as a “greatest hits” album that is comprised of all new material. Built on a foundation of hardcore, saturated with scorching riffs and bound to GR’s strong sense of melody, Peace In Our Time hits all the high notes of their résumé. The same classic lineup responsible for A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion, Ballads from the Revolution, and Operation Phoenix are back at the helm for Peace In Our Time and it’s reflected in the result. GOOD RIDDANCE’s ability to blend thrash-laden, discordant hardcore and aggressive melodic punk into their own signature compound has gained them the respect of their peers, fans, and critics alike. Peace In Our Time will only embolden that sentiment.

Produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, Black Flag, Descendents, NOFX, Alkaline Trio)

Full US tour to be announced soon, check back here for dates and contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Bad Religion, Strung Out, Lagwagon, Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, OFF!
TRY: #1, 3, 5, 6, 7




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://grpunk.com

http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/13

https://www.facebook.com/goodriddance

https://twitter.com/gr_punk





Champs
March 4th, 2015

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Champs

Vamala

PIAS



ADDS 3/10/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Isle Of Wight's Michael and David Champion aka CHAMPS herald the New Year with news of their second album VAMALA.

The duo first came to light just twelve months ago with the release of their much lauded debut album Down Like Gold and the onset of the festive season, has seen a flurry of activity from the brothers.

An all-too-rare recent live sortie to London earlier this month saw the pair premiering new tracks whilst 'Desire', the first track to be lifted from VAMALA has been showered with radio love including winning  'Rebel Playlist' track of the week status on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6 Music show.


RIYL: Generationals, Yeasayer, Say Hi, Metronomy
TRY: #7, 1, 8, 9




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.champschampschamps.com

https://www.facebook.com/champschampschamps

https://twitter.com/CHAMPSOFFICIAL





Pile
March 4th, 2015

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Pile

You're Better Than This

Exploding In Sound Records



ADDS 3/10/15

DIGITAL ONLY

“In certain parts of Boston, Pile are beheld with the kind of reverence traditionally reserved for local sporting heroes and/or minor deities...” - Pitchfork (7.4)

“your favorite band’s favorite band...” - Consequence Of Sound

"Pile is a band’s band. Their PR circuit is just about every other indie rock band coming out of the Boston area. They’re referenced in a Krill EP title, and the ascendant Speedy Ortiz is always ready to rep them as the best the scene has to offer. On a more DIY scale, they are to New England bands what the Pixies were to Kurt Cobain and Thom Yorke: the lesser-knowns that the big-wigs are constantly trying to emulate. On the very first listen to their newest LP, You’re Better Than This, it’s apparent as to why..." - Paste (8.7)


RIYL: Metz, Titus Andronicus, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Fidlar, Speedy Ortiz 

TRY: #8, 1, 2
DIRTY: #9




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/pileof

http://pilemusic.tumblr.com

http://pile.bandcamp.com

https://twitter.com/pilemusic

http://www.explodinginsoundrecords.com/#!pile/c1w4c





No Spill Blood
March 11th, 2015

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No Spill Blood

Heavy Electricity

Sargent House



ADDS 3/17/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"Starts loud, stays loud. Hallelujah." - The Quietus

No Spill Blood kick the doors down with "Harsh Route." John Carpenter-like buzzsaw synths grind over the thick guitars, an appropriate backdrop for bassist/singer Matt Hedigan's guttural howl.” – SPIN, “Harsh Route” Premiere
 
“Sh!t is nuts, but make sure to turn it down before you hit play; sounds this caustic, muscular, and acidic probably should be eased into.  Or just turn it on high and fry the shit out of your brain. Either way you're gonna thank me.”- Noisey, “El Duurto” Premiere
 
"Throughout the album, the bass and synth work together to constantly build dark and brutal atmospheric soundscapes. For how arguably minimalistic the band is, it’s impressive. Few others can produce so much sound with so few of tools these days.” – Surviving the Golden Age, album review
 
No Spill Blood is a much burlier, more visceral kind of band; there’s instrumental dazzle on a technical level, but it’s a far less pressing concern than what No Spill Blood does best — rock the f*ck out.” - Treble Zine, album review


RIYL: Death From Above 1979, Lightning Bolt, Zombi, Torche, Killing Joke
TRY: #4, 2, 3, 5




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://nospillblood.bandcamp.com

http://nospillblood.com

http://www.sargenthouse.com

http://www.sargenthouse.com/no_spill_blood

https://twitter.com/no_spill_blood

https://www.facebook.com/nospillblood





Dorsal Fins
March 11th, 2015

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Dorsal Fins

Mind Renovation

Gripless / Remote Control



ADDS 3/17/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"Mind Renovations looks like an LSD-induced, Japanese 80s version of a Tame Impala video on a broken VHS." - Something You Said

"Dorsal Fins are a band on a genre-bending trip of sometimes dreamy, always layered alt-pop that twists, turns and captivates at every moment." - mX

"It's a strong motley-crue of best mates...who together make sun-kissed, genre-shifting alt-pop goodness." - Triple J – Album Of The Week

Dorsal Fins’ track is more rabidly exciting than watching a Game of Thrones episode before anyone else...Do whatever you have to do to get your hands on it. Whatever. You. Have. To. Do.” 
- Soundly Sounds

Dorsal Fins are providing a diverse and rare cross section representation of Melbourne’s contemporary music scene, at the other end of the spectrum this band could be the best thing to come out of Australia in a long time.

Sunday morning. 10am. It's a time that musicians usually associate with sleeping or a hangover but it is also a time that is usually free of other musical commitments and that is why rehearsal has been called for this unfamiliar hour. Bleary eyed musicians arrive, easing the pain with jokes, 4 hours later it is over. On Tuesday their debut 12" Gripless is complete. A few months later a second rehearsal is called, again at 10am on a Sunday. On Tuesday tracking begins for a debut album, 35 hours later it is finished and the band can go home…or out to party.

Such is the tale of the inception of Dorsal Fins, the latest brainchild of Melbourne's busiest musician/composer Liam McGorry (Saskwatch, Eagle and the Worm). Dorsal Fins was originally envisaged as a 'recording-only' project with the intent of exploring an array sounds spanning from 80's dance music to 90's grunge, punk to synth pop but as Liam puts it, the real purpose of assembling the band was to hang out with 9 of his best friends in the same place at the same time.

Check out the new video for Mind Renovation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzf4GgUdJRk


RIYL: Twerps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Saskwatch, Chvrches
TRY: #2, 7, 4
DIRTY: #9




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/dorsalfins

https://twitter.com/dorsalfinsss

http://remotecontrol.bandcamp.com/album/mind-renovation





Glen Hansard
March 18th, 2015

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Glen Hansard

It Was Triumph We Once Proposed ... Songs of Jason Molina

Overcoat Recordings



ADDS 3/24/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Watch Glen live on David Letterman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7oQUTDAqEE

"Triumph offers implicit argument that Molina glimpsed the light of morning in the darkest night, and this idea serves as the EP's most powerful tribute. It is also a welcome corrective to the idea that Molina's struggles with addiction and depression can be decoded through his lyrics. Hansard shows us Molina trying to be his best self in his music." - Pitchfork (7.3)

Glen Hansard has just released ‘It Was Triumph We Once Proposed … Songs of Jason Molina,’ an EP of material in tribute to his friend and colleague Jason Molina. Jason Molina is the revered singer-songwriter behind the project Songs:Ohia, who passed away two years ago this March.

All profits will be donated to a charity in Molina’s honor.

Of ‘It Was Triumph We Once Proposed … Songs of Jason Molina,’ Hansard explains, “Jason Molina was a hero and a friend, I wrote him my first fan letter, I always loved his music and singing these songs is the only way to make sense of losing him.”

The EP also features their friends, the musicians Jeff Panall, Jennie Benford and Dan and Rob Sullivan. These four had known Molina since his days at Oberlin and had toured and performed with him on such key recordings as ‘Didn’t It Rain’ and ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ Rob Bochnik joined this core group for the recording session with Glen.


RIYL: Jason Molina, Songs:Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co., Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
TRY: #1, 4




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.glenhansardmusic.com/songofgoodhope/

https://www.facebook.com/GlenHansardMusic

https://twitter.com/glen_hansard





Great Lake Swimmers
March 18th, 2015

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Great Lake Swimmers

A Forest Of Arms

Nettwerk



ADDS 3/24/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 21, 2015 via Nettwerk Records. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Tony Dekker and his band mates have created some of their most dynamic songs to date. The first single “Zero In The City” has premiered on Paste.

As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of these unique and unusual locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario. A number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks were recorded amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats in the caves. A Forest Of Arms was recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace and was mixed by the talented Howie Beck (Feist).

Great Lake Swimmers consists of Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, long time guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are also several special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath).

The band is on tour this spring/summer so let us know if you'd like to check out a show!


RIYL: Horse Feathers, Bowerbirds, The Low Anthem, The Deep Dark Woods, Iron & Wine
TRY: #2, 7, 9, 1




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.greatlakeswimmers.com

https://www.facebook.com/greatlakeswimmers

https://twitter.com/greatlakeswim





William Elliott Whitmore
March 25th, 2015

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William Elliott Whitmore

Radium Death

Anti-



ADDS 3/31/15

DIGITAL ONLY

“these stark folk/blues tunes could be a century old” - SPIN

Whitmore proves that you don’ t need more than a banjo, an expres- sive voice and a heartfelt story in order to craft something truly extraordinary.” - AP

Known for the sparse, haunting qualities of his mostly solo recordings of what he refers to as “roots-folk music,” in which his husky voice is often accompanied by little more than a banjo or acoustic guitar, William Elliott Whitmore sought to add some new pitches to his bullpen for his new ANTI- release Radium Death. “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff,” says Whitmore. “I wanted to switch it up a little bit and plug in to see what that felt like.”

“I was reading a lot about the so-called ‘radium girls’ of the early 1900’s, these assembly lines of women painting watch dials with radium to make them glow in the dark,” he says, detailing how the workers would lick the tips of their paintbrushes to get them pointy while dipping them repeatedly into the chemical substance before it was known to be dangerous. “So, in my mind ‘radium death’ came to represent something that you’re told is good for you—maybe by a higher power—but really is killing you. It represents those lies that are told, and how we can protect ourselves against them.”

The songs assembled, while not a concept album, present a cohesive look into those recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival. The blazing (even by WEW standards) opener, “Healing To Do,” pulls no punches, kicking in immediately with the rhythmic shuffle of a full band, an organ, and Whitmore’s upbeat rasp. The pace continues with songs like “Trouble in Your Heart,” “1000 Deaths” and “Don’t Strike Me Down,” preaching patient hope, rebirth, renewal, and revolt over stomping drums, acoustic strumming and even an electric guitar solo.


RIYL: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Sean Rowe, Justin Townes Earle
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 4, 6




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://williamelliottwhitmore.com

https://www.facebook.com/williamelliottwhitmore

https://instagram.com/teamwhitmore/

http://www.anti.com/artists/william-elliott-whitmore/





Strung Out
March 25th, 2015

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Strung Out

Transmission.Alpha.Delta

Fat Wreck Chords



ADDS 3/31/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Noisey album premiere: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/strung-out-transmission-alpha-delta-album

Transmission.Alpha.Delta is the latest blast from the undisputed champs of metal-laced punk-rock, STRUNG OUT. True to form, the band continues to evolve their patented sound through 12 new tracks saturated with lightning fast riffs, clobbering rhythms, and fresh vocal melodies.

Transmission.Alpha.Delta perfectly tightropes between the catchy essence and energy of STRUNG OUT’s early work and the darker, even more aggressive tenor of their later releases. In an effort to record their strongest album to date STRUNG OUT teamed up with producer Kyle Black (Paramore, Comeback Kid, Set Your Goals, New Found Glory, Shai Hulud) and labored for nearly a year in and out of the studio. The result of that effort is incredible.

Every song on the album blends a massive charge of sound with numerous intricate elements that each jump right off the page. From the throttling pace of “Rats in the Walls” to the electrifying melody of “Nowheresville”, Transmission.Alpha.Delta never lets up. Of course, neither does the band. STRUNG OUT is primed to unleash an all-out blitz on the US, Europe, and Australia with a slew of dates lined up throughout 2015. Contact us if you'd like to request Tix / Interviews / Etc.


RIYL: Bad Religion, Rise Against, Lawrence Arms, Pennywise
TRY: #4, 1, 2, 11
DIRTY: #3




Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.strungout.com

http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/12

https://www.facebook.com/strungout

https://twitter.com/StrungOut





Pirate! 11th Annual CMJ Day Party
October 10th, 2014



Join us at Fontana's (105 Eldridge b/w Broome & Grand) on October 22nd from Noon-6pm in NYC for the 11th annual Pirate!/Anti-/Epitaph Party during CMJ!

Please RSVP here and feel free to spread the word!

Live music from:
The Hush Now
Archie Powell & The Exports
The Crookes
Son Little
YAWN

Party will start at noon and go til 6pm.
Drinks will be available to those that come early.
Free stuff will also be available to those that come early.

Extra special thanks to all of our sponsors:
Anti- / Epitaph
Modern Outsider
Old Flame
Backbone

Whether you are there or not follow along with what we're doing via our Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook


Thanks!
Your friends @ Pirate!
#pirateplayground
#cmj2014




Pirate! heads to SXSW
March 5th, 2014



Going to Austin? Wondering where we'll be? We are adding to our SCHED daily which you can find here:
http://austin2014.sched.org/piratepirate

Also, three of the labels that we send you everything from are having official showcases which you should check out:

Modern Outsider Showcase (WED 3/12):
https://www.facebook.com/events/655863204472406/

Anti- Showcase (THU 3/13):
https://www.facebook.com/events/263797483782270/

Old Flame Records Showcase (FRI 3/14):
https://www.facebook.com/events/425137327589760/

Be sure to call or write if you are going too so we can all hang out, all our info is right here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/contact/

And whether you are going or not, follow along with all the action here:
http://www.twitter.com/piratepirate

http://pirateplayground.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/piratepromotion


Thanks!
Your friends @ Pirate!




Pirate!, Anti- and Epitaph present our 10th annual CMJ Party on Oct 16th @ Fontana’s
September 25th, 2013



Pirate! Party at CMJ!

Join us at Fontana's (105 Eldridge b/w Broome & Grand) on October 16th from Noon-6pm in NYC for the 10th annual Pirate!/Anti-/Epitaph Party during CMJ!

Please RSVP here and feel free to spread the word!

Join us for drinks, music, and a celebration of us turning 10 years old as a company!

Live music from:
Son of Stan (1:00pm)
Juliette Commagere (1:45pm)
Them Swoops (2:30pm)
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (3:15pm)
The Melodic (4:00pm)

Party will start at noon and go til 6pm.
Drinks will be available to those that come early.
Free stuff will also be available to those that come early.

Whether you are there or not follow along with what we're doing via our twitter, tumblr, or facebook feeds:

http://www.twitter.com/piratepirate

http://pirateplayground.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/piratepromotion


Thanks!
Your friends @ Pirate!
#pirateplayground
#cmj2013




Jaden Social
April 30th, 2013

Pirate! and Jaden Social announce partnership...

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Pirate! is excited to announce a partnership with Jaden Social, a music focused digital marketing agency that excel at connecting muscians to their fans. An artist can be much more successful when employing a combined effort at radio, press, social, online, etc to be sure they are covering all their bases and being seen/heard in all areas of the industry.

Social Media continues to mould the online landscape in new & unexpected ways each day, and for artists trying to cut through in an ultra-competitive music industry these changes have presented both big challenges, but also equally big opportunities. Having a strong brand, presence and marketing strategy on Social Media can be the difference between being heard & making an income from your music, and being swallowed up by the roar of an overcrowded music marketplace.

This is where Jaden Social can help!

Jaden Social is a music-focused digital marketing agency that connects artists to their fans using Social Media. They offer a wide range of online services, which include digital assessments, creative strategy, full channel & content management, paid advertising campaigns on Facebook and YouTube, Twitter fan targeting, digital PR & blogger outreach and much more.

The Jaden Social team is made up of an eclectic mix of musicians, music lovers and music industry veterans, and they take a personal interest in every one of the carefully chosen artists they take on. Jaden Social is currently working with Sony Music, Universal Music, Ministry of Sound and Chugg Entertainment, as well as some of Australia's top artists, including double-platinum selling dance act The Potbelleez and Aussie rock legends Baby Animals & The Angels.

Jaden Social caters to artists of all types - from up & coming indie acts with a limited budget, to well-established acts with a following, to major label-signed touring artists requiring full-time brand management. No matter what your budget and objectives, Jaden Social has the skills, the experience, and most importantly the team to get your music out to the world and in front of the people who matter!

As our friends at Jaden Social put it: "As the digital age continues to swallow up traditional music promotion methods, artists and their marketing teams are focusing more of their efforts (and budgets) on Social Media, paid advertising and SEO. Yet with this monumental shift in strategy, “old fashioned” radio promotion still remains a very important component in today’s music marketing mix, especially on the non-commercial airwaves. In fact, Social Media marketing and radio promotion are becoming more & more entwined in many artists’ marketing strategies; a trend that we at Jaden Social are excited to see develop further in the future." Keep reading more about what they had to say about college radio and how we can all work together here!

Past, present and soon to be Pirate! clients will receive 10% off all Jaden Social campaigns. Just contact us first (steve at piratepirate.com) so we can put you in touch!




Sun n’ Snow Fest 2013
November 8th, 2012

Sun n' Snow Fest 2013 will be March 14th-17th! We'll have discounted skiing, lodging, dining, and shopping for those with a college ID, live music all weekend, and much much more! Spend your Spring Break with us on the slopes! Keep reading for details! Follow us on Twitter for more updates: @SunNSnowFest or on Facebook here! Be sure to RSVP on Facebook here as well!



(click for larger image, poster design by ElefhantWorks)

Entertainment as follows: (more TBA)

Rek'lis @ McGrath's Tavern on 3/14 @ 9pm (Free / 21+)
Bad Rabbits @ Zips Pub (at Cranmore) on 3/15 @ 1pm (Free / All Ages*)
WHAT @ Zips Pub (at Cranmore) on 3/16 @ 1pm (Free / All Ages*)

*Cranmore events are all ages on the deck/at the base area. Inside the bar is 21+ and proper ID required*

For those with a college ID you can ski/ride @ Cranmore for $30/day from March 14th-17th. Show your college ID at the ticket counter for discount or you can now pre-purchase tickets here! (Pick the day(s) you want [March 14th - 17th will show the discount] and enjoy! Please note College ID still will need to be shown at pickup at the mountain).


For lodging packages see below and be sure to mention "Sun N' Snow Fest"

- The Yankee Clipper Inn is excited to extend a discount rate of $59 double occupancy to all college students attending the Sun n' Snow Fest. This offer is valid with a college ID, 3/14-3/17 and will include the breakfast special at The Blueberry Muffin. North Conway was chosen as one of the top 25 Best Ski Towns by National Geographic and the article noted The Yankee Clipper Inn as best digs for your budget. (603) 356-5736 - 1769 White Mountain Highway - "On the Strip
"North Conway, New Hampshire 03860 - www.theyankeeclipperinn.com

Got questions? E-Mail: steve @ piratepirate.com

With support from...









Want to see what we did last year? Head
here!




Pirate! at CMJ
October 1st, 2012


Pirate! Party at CMJ!

Join us at Fontana's (105 Eldridge b/w Broome & Grand) on October 17th from Noon-6pm in NYC for our annual CMJ Party!

Live music from Conveyor, Sean Rowe, Pretty & Nice, Mean Creek, Generationals, and Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes!

Beverages provided by Tommyknocker Brewery!

Promotional support from Anti-, Pirate! & Backbone!

Come early to hear the new Bat For Lashes album! And for drinks and goodies!

Please RSVP here and feel free to spread the word!

Whether you are there or not follow along with what we're doing via our twitter, tumblr, or facebook feeds:

http://www.twitter.com/piratepirate

http://pirateplayground.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/piratepromotion


Thanks!
Your friends @ Pirate!
#pirateplayground
#cmj2012




Happy Birthday Canada!
July 3rd, 2012

Happy Birthday Canada!



Big thanks goes to Justin from Anti-Gravity Bunny and Johnny from Jack Burton Vs David Lo Pan for many of the photos!




Submit to play CMJ Music Marathon 2012 and win a prize package from Pirate! and Sneak Attack Media
June 14th, 2012

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Pirate! Promotion & Sneak Attack Media are teaming up to help make sure one band gets the most out of their trip to the CMJ Music Marathon in October!

In addition to getting a chance to play CMJ 2012, anyone who applies by the 26th will be in the running to win one sweet package. One artist who enters through Sonicbids will be chosen to win a six-week digital marketing campaign, courtesy of Sneak Attack Media. The campaign will entail creative strategy, asset seeding to websites and blogs, and social media optimization and promotion. The same lucky winner will receive one full/national college radio promotion campaign through Pirate!. What’s that mean? It means that Pirate! will help said artist receive airplay at CMJ reporting stations in advance of their trip to CMJ 2012.

Submit here: http://www.sonicbids.com/cmj


New England Acts who want to hear more about the promotion and playing CMJ in general should come to the next Rock Shop Boston @ Great Scott on 6/18! More on that here: http://rockshopboston.com