Islands
April 27th, 2016

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Islands
Should I Remain Here At Sea? / Taste
Manqué Music
ADDS 5/3/16
CD / DIGITAL

Islands return with not one, but TWO new albums on May 13. These are two distinct, entirely unique records, each one a wholly individual offering. The forthcoming albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? will be released on limited edition vinyl and digitally via Manqué Music.
 
In keeping with the dual nature of things, Islands has announced east and west coast tours in the spring. The west coast run will be supported by Honus Honus (of Man Man), while the east coast dates will be supported by Lushlife.
 
SPIN has premiered a playlist featuring "The Joke" from Taste and "Christmas Tree" from Should I Remain Here At Sea?. Islands Nick Thorburn told SPIN, "'The Joke' is Islands’ first real attempt at anything overtly political, a reaction to the racial tensions and police brutality in America and the struggle to galvanize the general population against injustice and indifference." He adds, "'Christmas Tree,' recorded entirely live in one take, represents the personal, a further exploration of what Freud termed the death drive; a willingness to self-destruct completely. I’m calling it now: the song of the summer!"
 
This winter, Stereogum premiered "Back Into It" from Should I Remain Here At Sea? and "Charm Offensive" from Taste. Thorburn says,"Back Into It' "is a study in contradiction. It’s a bright, loose affair, with bubblegum backing vocals and major key guitar chugging, but you don’t have to dig that deep to hear the venom, acrimonious and sour.  When someone rains on your parade, make rain on your parade lemonade." By contrast, he says, "'Charm Offensive' is all sharp angles, smooth lines and mechanical melodies, but just underneath is a desire for the round edges, the soft corners, a loose swing and some crude revelry. I was trying to express that urge to find the good times, and let the bad ones go. To stop using songwriting as a pool to wallow in. To find the light, to sneak in, “pull back the shades, see the darkness fade”.
 
Last summer, Islands decamped to a little studio in Toronto to record the upcoming albums.

Taste, Islands’ sixth record, is a muscular, crystalline affair, with the majority of the music electronic, buoyed by drum machines, programming and arpeggiated vintage synths. The songs still flirt with Islands’ bread and butter; evergreens such as ennui, remorse, and a general disenchantment with the modern world hover over the tracks, with lines like “we got so thrown, we felt lost at home” and “steal a little moment, lose it like you own it”, to hammer home the point. The songs cut a wide swath, however, and also go in directions that Islands has never tackled, including police brutality and white male privilege (!).
 


Should I Remain Here At Sea? (a semi-reference to Tarkovsky’s "Solaris") Islands’ seventh album is, in many ways, a spiritual sequel to the debut album, 2006’s Return to the Sea; a natural, raw record, stripped down to it’s essentials, performed live off the floor. Reflecting on the decade that has elapsed, SIRHAS kicks off with a darkly funny tartness, tackling religion, race, addiction, and murderous fantasies, but by midpoint, the songs give way to a resigned and doleful melancholia, tackling heartache, numb disillusionment and emotional disorientation through the guise of stupid parrots, the Internet, sea turtles and perhaps the loneliest maritimer to ever sail the seas. It was recorded as spontaneously as could be, with some of the songs captured live in one take, vocals and all.
 
Both albums were produced by Nick Thorburn and Evan Gordon. Taste was mixed by Roger Levinsand and SIRHAS was mixed by Rob Schnapf. About the process, Nick says: “Contained on these albums are the saddest songs I've ever written, the funniest songs I've ever written, the catchiest songs, and the most satisfying songs. Excuse all the superlatives, but I honestly don't think I've ever walked away from a recording process more fulfilled and invigorated." 


RIYL: The Unicorns, Of Montreal, Wolf Parade
TRY: #1, 6 - DIRTY: #4, 8 on SIRHAS
TRY: #1, 9, 11 on Taste

Download both albums here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://islandsareforever.com
https://twitter.com/NickfromIslands
https://www.facebook.com/islandsareforever/



A Dead Forest Index
April 27th, 2016

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A Dead Forest Index
In All That Drifts from Summit Down
Sargent House
ADDS 5/3/16
CD / DIGITAL

“Beautiful and resonant” – Noisey

"There's a grand, sweeping momentum to their music: they craft songs that are incredibly intimate and stark to the point that they become quite unsettling." - The Independent

“[A Dead Forest Index] steers the Jesus & Mary Chain’s tambourine-shaking drone in a shadowy, grandiose, almost gothic direction that makes them a great tour pairing with Chelsea Wolfe.” - Stereogum

Landscapes both seen and felt, real and imagined, lie at the heart of In All That Drifts From Summit Down, the vast debut full-length release from nomadic duo A Dead Forest Index. Comprised of brothers Adam Sherry (vocals/guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums/piano), the group crafts ethereal and intensely intimate compositions that defy trends and labeling, instead shaping an aural experience as organic as it is unpredictable. Forsaking instrumental complexity in favor of richly dense vocals and an otherwise minimal palette, the band evokes heaviness with the atmosphere they create rather than through blunt force. Teaming-up with Sargent House on the heels of a recent European tour supporting labelmate Chelsea Wolfe, A Dead Forest Index are poised to introduce their sound to a global audience in 2016.

A Dead Forest Index was initially the solo project of Adam Sherry, begun in 2008. By 2010, it had evolved into a collaboration, with Sam Sherry supplying percussive depth to his brother’s distinctively hymnal approach to vocals, itself characterized by cyclical harmonies and experiments with drone. Untethered by place (or, for that matter, era), they’ve spent the past few years developing their sound, touring extensively between 2012-2014, and issuing the EPs “Antique” and “Cast of Lines” in the process. The latter was released by Jehnny Beth of Savages’ Pop Noire label, a precursor to the collaborative Savages / A Dead Forest Index composition and performance titled “In What I’m Seeing; the Sun” for the Barbican’s Station to Station Festival in 2015.

In All That Drifts From Summit Down, their debut album, is a testimony to the sublime divinity of nature and the cold reality of time’s passage. Unfolding over 13 tracks, the album imagines natural phenomena as poetic metaphor for the human condition, the lyrics evoking stone, cold air, unyielding emptiness and erosion, while the enveloping warmth of Adam Sherry’s layered, choral vocals makes for an intriguing contrast. Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson guests on two tracks, providing a wiry undercurrent to the brilliant postpunk stomp of “Myth Retraced”, before fortifying the processional stride of “Sand Verse”


RIYL: Nico/Velvet Underground, Low, Sigur Rós, Grizzly Bear, The XX
TRY: #9, 2, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://sargenthouse.com/a-dead-forest-index
http://www.adeadforestindex.com
https://www.facebook.com/adeadforestindex
https://twitter.com/adeadforestindx
https://www.instagram.com/adeadforestindex/
https://adeadforestindex.bandcamp.com



Face To Face
April 6th, 2016

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Face to Face

Protection

Fat Wreck Chords



ADDS 4/12/16

CD / DIGITAL

Whoever said that you can’t go home again never told FACE TO FACE. The melodic punk institution, whose songs have influenced an entire generation of bands, return to Fat Wreck Chords—the same label who released their classic debut Don’t Turn Away—for their ninth full-length studio album, Protection. As lead man Trever Keith explains, this wasn’t coincidence. “The decision to go back to Fat was a no brainer,” he says. “We knew we wanted to make a more back-to-basics punk rock record... Fat Wreck Chords was an obvious choice.”

Protection draws from the energy and passion of FACE TO FACE’s early records but is filtered through the band’s unique perspective as true “lifers” in punk rock. The result is an urgent and powerful 11-song blast that recalls the melody and angst of the band's formative sound, while showcasing their greatly matured song-writing acumen. Thoughtfully penned lyrics bolster the entire album, from band favorites “Double Crossed” and “Say What You Want” to the vicious barb “14:59” and the emotionally moving “Bent But Not Broken.”

Another factor in the album’s outcome was the contribution of producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents, NOFX, Rise Against, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag). After nearly two decades of FACE TO FACE producing their own albums, the benefit of the collaboration with Stevenson is reflected in the elevated feel of Protection.

Despite the fact that FACE TO FACE doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone, Protection is an emphatic validation of their 25 years of massive commercial and critical success.


RIYL: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Bouncing Souls, Strung Out, Alkaline Trio
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 7




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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/11

http://www.facetofacemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/facetoface/

https://twitter.com/facetofacemusic


Plague Vendor
April 6th, 2016

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Plague Vendor

Bloodsweat

Epitaph



ADDS 4/12/16

CD / DIGITAL

"A major expansion of their sound, showing the band getting fully comfortable with the space they occupy between punk and death rock." - Noisey


"A nerve-wracking, full-band blast... explodes from its first second." - SPIN


"This is Plague Vendor, and BLOODSWEAT is a raunchy record rivaling every over punk anthem with honest excitement embedded into 11 songs that make you dance, sweat and lose your mind too." - New Noise Magazine

Plague Vendor made their television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly.


Just last week, the Whittier rock n roll band released their sophomore album BLOODSWEAT via Epitaph. Plague Vendor celebrated at Amoeba Records for a memorable Hollywood in store to kick things off. Equal parts bluesy dance rock and punk, BLOODSWEAT invokes its own name as it unfurls. It's an album edged with a sense of danger and vulnerability and "outlaw punk recklessness" according to LA Record. Nearly all of the eleven songs on BLOODSWEAT were heavily road-tested, imagined, and re-imagined live before ever making it into the studio. The foursome spent the last two years playing endless live shows, filling everywhere from backyard parties to clubs to festivals.

Plague Vendor is the kind of band interested in simplicity and the sort of expressive nakedness that can come from stripping everything away.

Catch Plague Vendor this May and June on an upcoming tour with the iconic Swedish hardcore band Refused.



RIYL: White Lung, Iceage, Black Lips, Metz, Pissed Jeans, Fidlar


TRY: #2, 3, 7
DIRTY: #4, 6




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/PLAGUEVENDOR

https://twitter.com/PlagueVendor


Solids
April 13th, 2016

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Solids

Else

Topshelf



ADDS 4/19/16

CD / DIGITAL

"These two manage a seemingly impossible amount of noise for two people. Think DFA 1979 but even louder. It's like Fugazi meets a beefed up Dinosaur Jr." – NME

"Japandroids are probably the most appropriate point of reference here, but also METZ, Fucked Up, and countless others. Like those bands, Solids like to rage." – Brooklyn Vegan

Solids' 2014 debut LP Blame Confusion (Fat Possum/Dine Alone) was lauded for its revved-up take on alt-rock from the early '90s. Its poppy melodies set against a dense, relentless soundscape pointed to guitarist Xavier Germain-Poitras and drummer Louis Guillemette's formative years in the hardcore scene.

Their forthcoming Else EP, out on Topshelf/Dine Alone in April 2016, sees the band checking in after a year of near-endless touring. Having played more than 200 shows in 2014-2015 with the likes of Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Nothing, PUP, Single Mothers and Metz, the EP reflects that road weariness with a group of songs that vibrate at a lower frequency. These tracks document the waiting, the bleary-eyed confusion and the blur of days that come with life on the road.

The EP serves as a melancholic deconstruction of the '90s slacker ethos explored on their first LP. But it also charts Solids' transition into a wider and more experimental sound, borrowing strands from Dinosaur Jr., Hum and Unwound and coiling them into an anxious, alienated sound that's all their own. The final product is a snapshot of a band that's travelled 5000 miles in 19 minutes; a band that's chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.

And in case you were worried, even with their recent successes and ambitious new approach, Solids still jam econo. Whether they're playing majors events like SXSW, CMJ, CMW, Osheaga, Pop Montreal, The Great Escape and Sled Island or in some packed and humid basement, Xavier and Louis sweat blood because they don’t know any other way to make music.

Recorded with Adrian Popovich (Heat, The Dears, Priestess)

Mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise, OFF!, Converge, Modern Life Is War)

On tour now! Contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Hum, Unwound, Dinosaur Jr, Autolux
TRY: #1, 2, 3




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

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

https://twitter.com/solidsmtl

http://sssolidsss.com

https://solids.bandcamp.com

http://www.topshelfrecords.com/artists/solids


Brass Bed
April 13th, 2016

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Brass Bed

In The Yellow Leaf

Modern Outsider



ADDS 4/19/16

CD / DIGITAL

“...the sound has matured and they’ve come into their own on this one.” - NPR's All Songs Considered

NPR First Listen

Being an undiscovered commodity has its advantages. Growth, movement, exploration, metamorphosis and misfires can be weathered without scrutiny or expectation. There’s no mistaking that Brass Bed is not a young band. Now in their early 30s, the band’s essential trio of Jonny Campos, Peter DeHart and Christiaan Mader are too old to be wunderkinds, too young to be cult, but just old enough to understand themselves.

With their 4th LP, In The Yellow Leaf, Brass Bed continues to contemplate the slipping horizon. Where others confront mortality with a self-seriousness that belies a fundamental insecurity, principal lyricists Mader and Campos encounter the void with winks and shrugs.

That’s the most impressive hidden growth of all – the development of a poetic sensibility appropriate to their stage of life. At one time collegiate Wilco-acolytes, cribbing Jeff Tweedy’s romantic nihilism and Jim O’Rourke’s texturizations like teenagers raiding a liquor cabinet, Brass Bed now wears a mask commiserate with their age.

They’ve grown up. They’ve learned about shit. They can talk about it honestly now.


RIYL: Generationals, Quilt, Dr. Dog, Allah-Las, Wilco
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 6, 10
DIRTY: #7, 8




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

More Info Here:
http://brassbedisbrassbed.com

https://www.facebook.com/BrassBed

https://twitter.com/brassbed

http://modernoutsider.com/artists/brass-bed


Sorority Noise
April 20th, 2016

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Sorority Noise

It Kindly Stopped For Me

Topshelf Records



ADDS 4/26/16

DIGITAL ONLY

"Empathy is key to the best Sorority Noise tracks, and that emotion anchors It Kindly Stopped For Me." - Consequence of Sound

"a stripped-back number that expands on Sorority Noise’s already fit-to-burst repertoire" - DIY

Sorority Noise have announced a new EP for Topshelf RecordsIt Kindly Stopped For Me, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2015 album Joy, Departed will be released on April 22, 2016. The EP was recorded and produced by the band with exclusive artwork from Mitch Wojcik.

The intimate first song from the EP, Either Way, is available to stream now. Frontman Cam Boucher said the following of the track: “I wrote this song in our van outside of Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA. I had found out I lost another friend a few days previous and was having a difficult time thinking about how I had made positive strides in dealing with my mental health but hadn't been able to help friends around me that I didn't know we're suffering from the same thing.”


RIYL: The Hotelier, Free Throw, Dowsing, Dikembe, Tiny Moving Parts, Elliott Smith
TRY: #1, 4, 2
DIRTY: #3




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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/artists/sorority-noise

https://www.facebook.com/sororitynoise

https://twitter.com/sororitynoise

http://sororitynoise.tumblr.com

https://sororitynoise.bandcamp.com


Pears
April 20th, 2016

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Pears

Green Star

Fat Wreck Chords



ADDS 4/26/16

CD / DIGITAL

"They make punchy, crisply-produced hardcore with just the right amount of melody where you can sing along without calling it pop punk.” - Brooklyn Vegan

5-Stars - "PEARS’ second album Green Star more than deserves each of those five stars." - Punk News

5- Stars - "And PEARS definitely has the songs to back it up." - Dying Scene

PEARS laid siege to the punk world with their 2014 debut release Go To Prison and have been on buzz-generating rampage ever since. After spending the better part of two years turning the hardcore scene on its ear, PEARS continue along the warpath with their anticipated follow up full-length Green Star. The antithesis of a sophomore slump, Green Star sees PEARS take their audacious songwriting approach to a whole new level. The shit’s crazy. Songs tear in and out of furious hardcore and melodic punk, with ankle breaking tempo changes, frenetic guitar riffs, and impelling vocals. Where PEARS really excel is in mixing all these elements into one cohesive, unique, and potent cocktail. Green Star displays this ability from start to finish, with plenty of nods (some more overt than others) to an array of influences along the way and an indescribable energy throughout.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: A Wilhelm Scream, Minor Threat, Kid Dynamite, Descendents, Pennywise
TRY: #2, 7, 11, 12, 13
DIRTY: #3, 8




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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/124

https://pearstheband.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/PEARStheband

https://twitter.com/pearstheband

https://www.instagram.com/pearstheband/


A Dead Forest Index
April 27th, 2016

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A Dead Forest Index

In All That Drifts from Summit Down

Sargent House



ADDS 5/3/16

CD / DIGITAL

“Beautiful and resonant” – Noisey

"There's a grand, sweeping momentum to their music: they craft songs that are incredibly intimate and stark to the point that they become quite unsettling." - The Independent

“[A Dead Forest Index] steers the Jesus & Mary Chain’s tambourine-shaking drone in a shadowy, grandiose, almost gothic direction that makes them a great tour pairing with Chelsea Wolfe.” - Stereogum

Landscapes both seen and felt, real and imagined, lie at the heart of In All That Drifts From Summit Down, the vast debut full-length release from nomadic duo A Dead Forest Index. Comprised of brothers Adam Sherry (vocals/guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums/piano), the group crafts ethereal and intensely intimate compositions that defy trends and labeling, instead shaping an aural experience as organic as it is unpredictable. Forsaking instrumental complexity in favor of richly dense vocals and an otherwise minimal palette, the band evokes heaviness with the atmosphere they create rather than through blunt force. Teaming-up with Sargent House on the heels of a recent European tour supporting labelmate Chelsea Wolfe, A Dead Forest Index are poised to introduce their sound to a global audience in 2016.

A Dead Forest Index was initially the solo project of Adam Sherry, begun in 2008. By 2010, it had evolved into a collaboration, with Sam Sherry supplying percussive depth to his brother’s distinctively hymnal approach to vocals, itself characterized by cyclical harmonies and experiments with drone. Untethered by place (or, for that matter, era), they’ve spent the past few years developing their sound, touring extensively between 2012-2014, and issuing the EPs “Antique” and “Cast of Lines” in the process. The latter was released by Jehnny Beth of Savages’ Pop Noire label, a precursor to the collaborative Savages / A Dead Forest Index composition and performance titled “In What I’m Seeing; the Sun” for the Barbican’s Station to Station Festival in 2015.

In All That Drifts From Summit Down, their debut album, is a testimony to the sublime divinity of nature and the cold reality of time’s passage. Unfolding over 13 tracks, the album imagines natural phenomena as poetic metaphor for the human condition, the lyrics evoking stone, cold air, unyielding emptiness and erosion, while the enveloping warmth of Adam Sherry’s layered, choral vocals makes for an intriguing contrast. Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson guests on two tracks, providing a wiry undercurrent to the brilliant postpunk stomp of “Myth Retraced”, before fortifying the processional stride of “Sand Verse”


RIYL: Nico/Velvet Underground, Low, Sigur Rós, Grizzly Bear, The XX
TRY: #9, 2, 3, 4




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

More Info Here:
http://sargenthouse.com/a-dead-forest-index

http://www.adeadforestindex.com

https://www.facebook.com/adeadforestindex

https://twitter.com/adeadforestindx

https://www.instagram.com/adeadforestindex/

https://adeadforestindex.bandcamp.com


Islands
April 27th, 2016

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Islands

Should I Remain Here At Sea? / Taste

Manqué Music



ADDS 5/3/16

CD / DIGITAL

Islands return with not one, but TWO new albums on May 13. These are two distinct, entirely unique records, each one a wholly individual offering. The forthcoming albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? will be released on limited edition vinyl and digitally via Manqué Music.
 
In keeping with the dual nature of things, Islands has announced east and west coast tours in the spring. The west coast run will be supported by Honus Honus (of Man Man), while the east coast dates will be supported by Lushlife.
 
SPIN has premiered a playlist featuring "The Joke" from Taste and "Christmas Tree" from Should I Remain Here At Sea?. Islands Nick Thorburn told SPIN, "'The Joke' is Islands’ first real attempt at anything overtly political, a reaction to the racial tensions and police brutality in America and the struggle to galvanize the general population against injustice and indifference." He adds, "'Christmas Tree,' recorded entirely live in one take, represents the personal, a further exploration of what Freud termed the death drive; a willingness to self-destruct completely. I’m calling it now: the song of the summer!"
 
This winter, Stereogum premiered "Back Into It" from Should I Remain Here At Sea? and "Charm Offensive" from Taste. Thorburn says,"Back Into It' "is a study in contradiction. It’s a bright, loose affair, with bubblegum backing vocals and major key guitar chugging, but you don’t have to dig that deep to hear the venom, acrimonious and sour.  When someone rains on your parade, make rain on your parade lemonade." By contrast, he says, "'Charm Offensive' is all sharp angles, smooth lines and mechanical melodies, but just underneath is a desire for the round edges, the soft corners, a loose swing and some crude revelry. I was trying to express that urge to find the good times, and let the bad ones go. To stop using songwriting as a pool to wallow in. To find the light, to sneak in, “pull back the shades, see the darkness fade”.
 
Last summer, Islands decamped to a little studio in Toronto to record the upcoming albums.

Taste, Islands’ sixth record, is a muscular, crystalline affair, with the majority of the music electronic, buoyed by drum machines, programming and arpeggiated vintage synths. The songs still flirt with Islands’ bread and butter; evergreens such as ennui, remorse, and a general disenchantment with the modern world hover over the tracks, with lines like “we got so thrown, we felt lost at home” and “steal a little moment, lose it like you own it”, to hammer home the point. The songs cut a wide swath, however, and also go in directions that Islands has never tackled, including police brutality and white male privilege (!).
 


Should I Remain Here At Sea? (a semi-reference to Tarkovsky’s "Solaris") Islands’ seventh album is, in many ways, a spiritual sequel to the debut album, 2006’s Return to the Sea; a natural, raw record, stripped down to it’s essentials, performed live off the floor. Reflecting on the decade that has elapsed, SIRHAS kicks off with a darkly funny tartness, tackling religion, race, addiction, and murderous fantasies, but by midpoint, the songs give way to a resigned and doleful melancholia, tackling heartache, numb disillusionment and emotional disorientation through the guise of stupid parrots, the Internet, sea turtles and perhaps the loneliest maritimer to ever sail the seas. It was recorded as spontaneously as could be, with some of the songs captured live in one take, vocals and all.
 
Both albums were produced by Nick Thorburn and Evan Gordon. Taste was mixed by Roger Levinsand and SIRHAS was mixed by Rob Schnapf. About the process, Nick says: “Contained on these albums are the saddest songs I've ever written, the funniest songs I've ever written, the catchiest songs, and the most satisfying songs. Excuse all the superlatives, but I honestly don't think I've ever walked away from a recording process more fulfilled and invigorated." 


RIYL: The Unicorns, Of Montreal, Wolf Parade
TRY: #1, 6 - DIRTY: #4, 8 on SIRHAS
TRY: #1, 9, 11 on Taste




Download both albums here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://islandsareforever.com

https://twitter.com/NickfromIslands

https://www.facebook.com/islandsareforever/


Purple
March 23rd, 2016

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Purple

Bodacious

[PIAS]



ADDS 3/29/16

CD / DIGITAL

“Rising three-piece Purple have cultivated a sound that’s grounded in gritty rock but often evolves to touches on bits of funk, reggae, and even hip-hop. The group’s versatility when it comes to working with various genre elements is partially attributed to the members’ diverse tastes, but perhaps is most indicative of Purple’s long-held belief in well ... just not giving a damn about boundaries and labels.” – Consequence of Sound

"an amalgamation of the Beastie Boys' aggressive but happy-go-lucky raps, the lo-fi and relatable everyman aesthetic of Mac DeMarco, and the garage rock chops of The White Stripes." - Nerdist

"The new LP, Bodacious, proudly retains the venomous, strident tone established on their debut release, (409), and takes a dive into high-adrenaline fueled pop rock." - Pure Grain Audio

On tour now! Contact us for tickets / interviews / etc.


RIYL: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dead Weather, The Pack A.D., The Kills
TRY: #3, 1, 5, 7, 10
DIRTY: #15




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/purpletexasmusic

https://twitter.com/Purpletxmusic

https://soundcloud.com/purpletexasmusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/PurpleSouthEastTX


Eric Bachmann
March 23rd, 2016

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Eric Bachmann

Eric Bachmann

Merge Records



ADDS 3/29/16

CD / DIGITAL

NPR First Listen: http://n.pr/1puYmYD

Twenty-five years after Archers of Loaf broke onto Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s vital indie scene, frontman Eric Bachmann is recording the rawest, most honest work of his career under his own name. The March 25 release of Eric Bachmann marks the end of Bachmann’s post-Archers solo project Crooked Fingers, and the beginning of a candid new sound.

Where Archers had attitude and guitar-driven intensity, Eric Bachmann has vulnerability, led by piano, rich vocal harmonies, and Bachmann’s hard-won liberty to lay himself bare. “There is less of an externalized character to be responsible to,” says Bachmann, referring to the sardonic smart-ass who narrated the Archers’ music, or the gossiping storyteller at the helm of Crooked Fingers. “When I think about why I am compelled to put my own name on a thing as a proper title now, all of these various perspectives feel unnecessary.” Even in their exhilarating beauty, the nine original tracks on Eric Bachmann are direct challenges—to social injustice, to precarious love, and frequently to Southern hypocrisy.

Recorded in Asheville, NC, and mixed in Taiwan by Athens, GA, expat engineer Andy Baker, Eric Bachmann features musicians including Jeremy Wheatley, Matthew Nelson, Jon Rauhouse, Tracey Wolf, Samara Waller, Wade Rittenberry, and Liz Durrett, who wrote the track “Carolina.” “My wandering lifestyle has presented only one nugget of clarity in my life: that places do not offer a sense of home for me. People do,” says Bachmann of the ideas that guide him in this new era of his career.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers, The Hold Steady, Lambchop, Replacements
DIRTY: #2 (Clean version included in download folder)
TRY: #6, 7, 8 (and clean version of #2)




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

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

https://twitter.com/Eric_Bachmann

https://www.mergerecords.com/eric-bachmann


Dana Falconberry
March 30th, 2016

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Dana Falconberry and Medicine Bow

From The Forest Came The Fire

Modern Outsider



ADDS 4/5/16

CD / DIGITAL

“lends itself to her trademark gentle profundity, while also incorporating light distortion and fleeting electronic elements.” – SPIN

“…My new favorite is Dana Falconberry.” - Robin Hilton - NPR All Songs Considered

"... and there isn’t a voice in existence better suited to tell this tale than Dana Falconberry’s solacing lilt." - The Wild Honey Pie

“I couldn’t breathe below the deep sea, but it does breathe underneath me,” sings Dana Falconberry on the song “Cormorant." The cormorant is unique among bird species for its ability to dive up to 45 meters underwater, where it explores the alien terrain hidden beneath the ocean’s surface. On their new album, From the Forest Came the Fire, set for an April 2016 release via Modern Outsider, Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow invite the listener to look upon the world through new eyes, to ponder the intuition that drives a cormorant to dive deeper and deeper. From the Forest Came the Fire guides us past the forest's edge, beneath the surface of the water, and up the base of the mountain, leaving listeners awestruck at the meeting of natural landscapes and the supernatural forces that lay within them.

Intricately layered and multi-textured, Falconberry’s avant-folk songs are the aural equivalent of the disparate and wondrous landscapes of these United States. Trace the back roads branching out from Dearborn, Michigan and the Leelanau Peninsula across the country to Austin, Texas to understand Falconberry’s personal and musical history. An adept lyricist, Falconberry has always captured the stunning imagery of her surrounding physical geography, evident on her last album, Leelanau, which depicted memories from her young life in Michigan. The songs garnered praise from The New York Times, NPR, and SPIN and helped secure appearances at Austin City Limits Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest and opening gigs for Califone, Daniel Johnston, and Heartless Bastards.

Where before Falconberry evoked the beauty of the natural world, she seeks now to understand its mystery, delving into the anthropological magic of places, nostalgically channeling the voices of past lives. Inspired by her late grandmother Isabelle, the album unfolds like a surreal dream quest. Falconberry chases ghosts through a thicket of trees, over rocky ridges, across the vast expanse of a thirsty desert, mapping out an intangible terrain like a spiritual cartographer. Written in a series of solitary retreats into remote areas of the Ozarks, Lincoln National Forest, the Buffalo River, and White Sands, New Mexico, these songs chronicle an introspective, metaphysical journey set to a backdrop of the American continent.

Anchored in solid rhythms and buoyed by ethereal instrumentation, the songs are excellently produced; musical motifs flower brilliantly before receding into shadowy strings and arrangements feel simultaneously lush and spacious. Much of the album was produced and engineered by Spoon’s Jim Eno at his Public Hi-Fi studio in Austin, TX, and the remainder was recorded by Christopher Cox and Grant Johnson of Fat Fuse Music. Both producers possess a clear grasp Falconberry’s sonic palette and help capture the songwriter’s most arresting work to date.

Drawing from her early experiences with classical music through her work as a ballet dancer, Falconberry couples traditional notions with influences from Austin’s diverse independent music community to create intricate, modern folk songs with an experimental edge. Backed by Christopher Cox (bass), Gina Dvorak (banjo, guitar), Karla Manzur (keys), Matthew Shepherd (percussion), and Lindsey Verrill (cello), Falconberry continues to work with the same cast of musicians she assembled prior to Leelanau. After four years of collaboration, the band has developed a close friendship that transfers to all aspects of their sound. The band’s increasingly integral role in the project prompted Falconberry to adopt the moniker “Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow” for the first time.

Falconberry’s transfixing live performances have the ability to turn a chattering bar into a pin-drop silent room, but she also enjoys finding inherently quiet spaces to perform her elegant chamber pop. After playing shows at both White Sands National Monument and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Falconberry is making steps to orchestrate an entire tour of U.S. National Parks to support From the Forest Came the Fire in the Summer of 2016.


RIYL: Joanna Newsom, Marissa Nadler, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, SOAK, Angel Olsen
TRY: #2, 5, 8




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

More Info Here:
http://danafalconberry.com

https://twitter.com/danafalconberry

https://www.facebook.com/danafalconberry

https://www.instagram.com/danafalconberry/


Radical Face
March 30th, 2016

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Radical Face

The Family Tree: The Leaves

Nettwerk



ADDS 4/5/16

CD / DIGITAL

“Sometimes the most subtle and delicate music can have the strongest and most lasting emotional effect...carefully arranged, lyrically dense baroque folk.” – FLOOD

“Instantly captivating...” - The Wild Honey Pie

Ben Cooper is a teller of stories, as seen with the fanciful album trilogy he launched in 2011, The Family Tree: The Roots, a chronicle revolving around a fictitious 19th-century family (the Northcotes) whose protagonists, unwittingly or not, chart a course for future generations. The second installment of the series, The Family Tree: The Branches, was released in 2013. The project embodies Radical Face’s fascination with big story arcs, history and genealogy — the characters in his sometimes-dark tales are drawn from research, personal experience and his own imagination.

Cooper’s own story could be the stuff of legend itself. As a teenager in Jacksonville, Fla., he had his heart set on being a professional skateboarder, but a serious back injury scotched that. He had played in rock bands but largely disdained band politics, so, inspired by books such as “East of Eden,” “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and the works of authors such as Cormac McCarthy, he embarked on writing a novel. He lost his entire manuscript in a computer crash. “So I decided to try it in record form,” he says. Radical Face’s penchant for otherworldly narratives was revealed on his 2007 release Ghost, a concept album based on the notion that houses retain memories of what transpired inside them. The song “Welcome Home” from Ghost, has garnered over 22 million YouTube views, mostly in part to a worldwide Nikon commercial (ex North America). Further television support has come from shows like Private Practice, Skins, Eddie Izzard, Weeds, as well as his late night national TV debut on Last Call With Carson Daly.

On tour now (contact us with any requests): http://home.radicalface.com/shows


RIYL: Great Lake Swimmers, Tallest Man On Earth, Jose Gonzalez
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 8




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

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

https://twitter.com/RadicalFace

https://www.facebook.com/RadicalFace/

https://soundcloud.com/radical-face

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_Face


Pirate! Karaoke Party @ CMJ 2015
October 6th, 2015


RSVP here!

Both Douglas and Steve from Pirate! will be on panels this year! You can read more about both of them here!

You can also pre-submit questions for the college-day panels here!

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