Interrupters
June 22nd, 2016

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The Interrupters
Say It Out Loud
Hellcat/Epitaph
ADDS 6/28/16
CD / DIGITAL

Los Angeles-based ska-punk band The Interrupters will release their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, on June 24 via Hellcat Records. Say It Out Loud is undeniably fun and urgent in message. And backing their modernized 2-Tone-tinged, guitar-fueled, melody-heavy sound are lyrics that confront everything from social control and self-empowerment to domestic violence and the media circus surrounding the next presidential election.

True to The Interrupters’ unabandoned passion and personal-meets-political dynamic, the first song shared from the album is “By My Side,” a fist-pumping, tender tribute to outcast solidarity.

Since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut, The Interrupters have split their time between touring with the likes of The English Beat and Bad Religion and cranking out new material that shows off their irrepressible sensibility. So when the time came to record their sophomore album Say It Out Loud, the four-piece hit the studio with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and fired off 14 new songs that both capture their frenetic energy and reveal a whole new level of boldness in their songwriting.

“Over the past couple years we got to know ourselves so much better as a band, and that gave us a lot of room to really grow on this album,” notes frontwoman Aimee Interrupter, whose bandmates include guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona.

Produced by Armstrong and recorded partly at his studio (as well as at Travis Barker’s Opra Studios), Say It Out Loud are a batch of feel-good songs proving The Interrupters’ unstoppably upbeat spirit. The Interrupters have forged a formidable bond that deeply informs their music. “Loyalty, family, friendship, and unity—with upstrokes,” says Kevin. “That pretty much sums up The Interrupters and what we are all about.”


RIYL: Rancid, Menzingers, Less Than Jake, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Distillers
TRY: #1, 5, 7, 14

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/wearetheinterrupters/
https://twitter.com/Interruptweets
http://www.hell-cat.com/artists/artist/232/The_Interrupters
http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/



Mayve
June 22nd, 2016

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Mayve
Animals
Self-Released
ADDS 6/28/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"...all I could think about as I listened to Hearts On Fire by MAYVE, is how much I want to dance the night away to this track in the near future...l listen to so much music that I appreciate more than I enjoy every day, and the sheer, visceral dance-hall delight of the opening synth/percussion of Hearts on Fire is remarkable. Taking the ear-burrowing synth melodies of Passion Pit with the vocal haze of Neon Indian, Hearts On Fire finds the sweet spot between synthpop bombast and chillwave. It shouldn't really be doable, but MAYVE makes it seem effortless." - Baeble Music

"MAYVE capture an uplifting spirit, empowered by both the dark and the light elements of the transitionary period the band went through creating their own personal sound­ scape...The band is ready to set the indie scene ablaze this year...Don't miss jumping on the bandwagon before these guys blow up, I can hear radio play and national performances in their near future." - FestFind


RIYL: Passion Pit, Neon Indian, Magic Man, The 1975, Matt and Kim
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://wearemayve.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mayvemusic
https://twitter.com/mayvemusic
https://www.instagram.com/mayvemusic/
https://mayve.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/mayvemusic



The Wild Lips
June 1st, 2016

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The Wild Lips

Shameless

Self-Released



ADDS 6/7/16

CD / DIGITAL

Northwest duo The Wild Lips’ debut album is more than fourteen tracks of pulverizing drums, ragged guitar, and throaty vocals; its proof that there’s life in Rock n Roll.

The Wild Lips is Billy Barros (Vocals, Guitar) and Preston Darvill (Drums), though by the huge noise they make you’d think the band is much bigger. Inspired by troubadours, punk poets, and Americana outlaws, Barros decided to pick up his own guitar - and you’ll be thankful he did. Barros channels a genuine celebration of heartache, punching out chords and singing from the gut. After a couple of iterations he finally landed on a band that works: his guitar and Preston Darvill. Darvill’s heavy hands and perfect time make what sounds like a death match with a drum kit in a thunderstorm look easy. After nearly weekly gigs around Seattle over the last year, the two brought sharpened teeth and strong arms to the studio to record their debut album, Shameless.

Shameless is the culmination of the band’s adrenaline-fueled tear through the northwest dive scene, leading their fans in epic "sweat-drenched sing-alongs" (The Stranger). Barros and Darvill deliver raw energy and emotion that can be felt in the record’s unstoppable determination. “We wanted to make the closest thing to a live album, without actually making a live album,” Barros explains. “Everything you hear on the record is exactly how we perform it on stage, just the two of us. Even down to the smart-ass comments between songs.”

The Wild Lips have a talent for expanding their very limited array of tools into a finely finished product. Shameless is no exception. Darvill’s past experience providing rhythm for a variety of sonic styles - along with his 80’s big hair influences and blatant honesty - pushes the riotous duo past the barriers that typically limit a two-piece. “When it comes to our music, I could go on about the song meaning or whatever, but what means the most to me is the quality and the big sound versus what I think is shit music today,” Darvill confesses. “There are so many lo-fi bands and I’m over that. Here we are, a two-piece with a huge arena rock sound, and that, to me, is exciting!”

Yet Shameless is, at times, the storytelling equivalent of fighting for your life with broken hands. Barros says “I can tell people a sad story... and watch them dance to it.” That philosophy rings true throughout the record, with themes of shame, sex, love, and a lack thereof, lacing their way between pummeling drums and power chords.

The album’s first single, “This Might Be My Breakdown,” gives listeners a head-banging, hip- shaking view into the beauty of Barros’ self-induced disintegration, as he sings: “This might be my breakdown, I’ll admit it. I have no last resort, my mind has gone away.” That bare-all honesty burns down to a smolder on Shameless’ final song – a stripped down, running-on-fumes, finally-destroyed personal account of giving up completely – “Bastards and Broken Hearts.”

It is a suiting end to an inextinguishable collection of heart-to-hearts and hidden gems, set to arrive kicking, screaming, and sounding like a whole lot more than the work of just two fearless sonic explorers. The Wild Lips are coming, and coming strong, with their Shameless debut, on June 3, 2016.

Shameless was recorded in Seattle at Big Sound Productions by Chris Mathews, Jr (Joonior Studios), and mastered at Blackbelt Mastering.


RIYL: Two Gallants, Lucero, Alkaline Trio
TRY: #3, 2, 1
DIRTY: #7, 8, 13




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

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

https://www.instagram.com/thewildlips/

https://soundcloud.com/thewildlips

http://thewildlips.bandcamp.com/

http://www.thewildlips.com/


Empty Houses
June 1st, 2016

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Empty Houses

Daydream

Sargent House



ADDS 6/7/16

CD / DIGITAL

“In an industry lacking depth and raw talent, this trio is already leaps and bounds ahead of their peers, with potential to crossover into a mainstream mainstay.”– Noisey

“’Daydream’ is irresistible...a savvy statement in the language of Motown and Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ production”- Billboard

“The next band to change your life” – Under The Gun Review

Empty Houses may well be the best-kept secret in Detroit. Until now, the trio has been crafting the songs that comprise its debut album, Daydream, in relative secrecy, which is ironic considering the sheer infectiousness of their sound and a lingering hunch that their music – a heady, euphoric mixture of pop Americana that merges everything from soul and doo-wop to funk and indie rock - is about to become beloved by many.

Empty Houses formed in 2014 when vocalist Ali Shea began writing songs with Adam Mercer and David Mackinder, quickly discovering a truly potent chemistry between themselves. United by a love for their regional forebears at Motown, the trio set out to create a timeless breed of feel-good music that pays homage to the past while incorporating modern production savvy. Harnessing the spirit and energy of a bygone era with deft musicianship and Shea’s rich, soulful vocals, they emerged with something wholly unique in contemporary pop.

Produced by four-time Grammy-winner Graham Marsh (Gnarls Barkley, Bruno Mars, CeeLoGreen) and Empty Houses at Parhelion Studios in Atlanta, Daydream marks the first release for the Detroit based group. Throughout it’s 10 tracks, the album is as enduring as it is uplifting. Awash in piano and horns, the harmonizing vocals and traditional song structures are untainted by passing fads and studio trickery. It’s heart-on-your-sleeves rock n’ roll without pretense or irony, a touchstone signifying a new appreciation for a classic sound.


Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bruno Mars
TRY: #2, 8, 7, 6




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

More Info Here:
http://emptyhousesband.com

http://sargenthouse.com/empty-houses

http://facebook.com/emptyhouses

http://twitter.com/emptyhousesusa

http://instagram.com/emptyhousesusa


William Tyler
June 8th, 2016

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William Tyler

Modern Country

Merge Records



ADDS 6/14/16

CD / DIGITAL

"Guitarist William Tyler returns backed by an all-star band that notably includes Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and Megafaun’s Phil Cook, summoning a wide range of moods and telling stories without vocals." - Pitchfork (8.0)

"Tyler's record is free and weird, big and wild. In it are expanse, elegy and celebration. Everywhere is wonder." —NPR Music

"Think old blues riffs with a chrome finish — sleek, and, well, modern, a reinvention and re-contextualization that pays stunning tribute to what came before it." —Spin

"...it’s equal parts Bill Faulkner and Bill Frisell." —The Atlantic

"supernal yet powerful instrumental odes to America’s unique landmarks past, present, and waning." —Southern Living

"A virtuosic guitarist who hails from the backwoods of Tennessee, William Tyler represents the possibility of both preserving the past and pushing back against old forms until they yield something new." —Brooklyn Magazine

William Tyler is a Nashville guitarist and composer. He spent years woodshedding and touring with Nashville groups like Lambchop and Silver Jews before breaking away to focus on his own version of instrumental guitar music.

2010’s Behold the Spirit, William Tyler’s first album under his own name, was celebrated by Pitchfork as “the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more” and established him as a critical favorite, the picker who, according to his friend and tour mate M.C. Taylor from Hiss Golden Messenger, “connects the dots between Sandy Bull, Richard Thompson, Bruce Langhorne, and Reggie Young.”


RIYL: Steve Gunn, John Fahey, Kurt Vile, Hiss Golden Messenger, Explosions in the Sky
TRY: #3, 5, 6




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

More Info Here:
https://www.mergerecords.com/william-tyler

http://www.williamtyler.net/

https://twitter.com/williamtylertn

https://www.facebook.com/williamtylermusic/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyler_(musician)


Tegan and Sara
June 8th, 2016

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Tegan and Sara

Love You To Death

Warner Bros.



ADDS 6/14/16

CD / DIGITAL

Album of the Week - Stereogum

"After going synth-pop on 2013's Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara team up once again with super-producer Greg Kurstin for the follow up. At their best, they boil love songs down to their aching essence." - Pitchfork (7.1)

Propelled by the conviction of reinvention, Tegan and Sara’s 8th studio album, Love You To Death, is the latest sonic chapter in a celebrated 17-year career. Produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Beck, Ellie Goulding), Love You To Death delivers 10 new Tegan and Sara tracks more vibrant and visionary than ever.

Tegan and Sara explored a transcendent pop sheen for the first time on 2013’s Heartthrob, which deftly balanced critical acclaim with mainstream ambitions. They follow it up here with an equally explosive production, but one that casts darker shadows and lingers longer in the psyche. Taking a page from dramatic non-fiction, Love You To Death finds Tegan and Sara mining their own lives to investigate complex relationship dynamics. At one moment the subject is their own inescapable relationship as twin sisters (100x, White Knuckles), while at another it’s a romantic relationship that drives the protagonist to mournful regret (“That Girl”). Secret relationships (“Boyfriend”) give way to social judgment about passion and transience (“Faint of Heart”). Marriage is eloquently questioned as a barometer for commitment (“BWU”), while commitment itself is questioned with a deliberately self-conscious anti-love-song (“U-turn”). With each album their writing grows in precision and vulnerability, and differing lyrical voices continue to sharpen their respective identities – Tegan’s unapologetically clear word choice in evaluating romance (“Stop Desire”) is balanced by Sara’s poetic reflections on anxiety (“Hang on to the Night”).

Even as they’ve been embraced by the mainstream, Tegan and Sara consciously operate to the left of popular culture – their lyrical and social wisdom comes from an outside vantage looking in. Paradoxically, the essential message that underpins their worldview and identity is inclusion. So it is only fitting that these two self-described outsiders have ultimately found acceptance from such a diverse amalgamation of cultural forces. This is a band that can perform comfortably alongside Katy Perry or Neil Young, Taylor Swift or The Killers. You may have seen them in the dusty desert at Coachella or on the pristine stage at the Academy Awards. Few other contemporary artists can cross boundaries of genre and culture so effortlessly.

Twin sisters born in Calgary, Alberta and now residing in Vancouver, BC, Tegan and Sara’s career numbers are impressive – over 1 million albums sold, 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination. But even more impressive is the conviction that has driven Tegan and Sara’s relentless evolution as artists. Transitioning from acoustic roots to indie rock royalty in the mid 2000s, with widely-acclaimed albums So Jealous (2004) and The Con (2007), they began the path of reinvention that continues to inform their creative identity today.

If the highest intention of the artist is to self-actualize, Tegan and Sara have given their devoted audience the gift of a front-row seat to their lifelong process of evolution.


RIYL: Ra Ra Riot, Metric, Santigold, The Bird And The Bee
TRY: #3, 5, 9




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

More Info Here:
http://teganandsara.com/

https://www.instagram.com/teganandsara/

https://twitter.com/teganandsara

https://www.facebook.com/TeganandSara


Mock Orange
June 15th, 2016

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Mock Orange

Put the Kid On the Sleepy Horse

Topshelf Records



ADDS 6/21/16

CD / DIGITAL

"The most intriguing hook occurs on 'Nine Times,' where brash slide guitars and shifty rhythms pivot into a stately march on the chorus. Elsewhere the choruses cruise rather than soar, and Grisham’s lyrics cut your skin but never draw blood." - Pitchfork

"It’s a slinky, sumptuous slice of Americana-infused emo-rock, up there with the greats of the turn of the century but housing a beating modern heart of gold." - DIY

"Nine Times has the angular, quirky nature of its debut, Nines & Sixes, but retains alt-country inclinations that popped up time and again on 2011’s Disguised As Ghosts." - The AV Club

Having been a band for over two decades, Evansville, IN’s Mock Orange have seen and done quite a bit throughout the years. Despite releasing a handful of ever-evolving albums and EPs, touring the world over, and slowly amassing a devoted fanbase, there was bound to be a hiccup at some point. It arrived upon the culmination of the band’s most recent recording sessions when a hard drive failure meant all of their recordings were in jeopardy. Fast forward a couple years — and several hard drive specialists later — and the recordings were finally recovered safely. Self-recorded and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, the result is Put the Kid On the Sleepy Horse — the band’s eighth full length studio album and most cohesive work yet. Put the Kid On the Sleepy Horse is available now on Topshelf Records.


RIYL: Velvet Teen, American Football, Hotelier, Dinosaur Jr.
TRY: #3, 4, 5, 8




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

More Info Here:
http://www.mockorange.net/

http://mockorange.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mockorange

https://twitter.com/mockorange

http://www.topshelfrecords.com/artists/mock-orange


case/lang/veirs
June 15th, 2016

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case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs

Anti-



ADDS 6/21/16

CD / DIGITAL

case/lang/veirs is a one-of-a-kind event from three phenomenal, self-driven artists: avant-rock icon Neko Case, legendary musical nomad k.d. lang, and indie folk star Laura Veirs.

"Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs Team for New Album case/lang/veirs, Share Track, Plot Tour" - Pitchfork preview

"Stream: Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs’ new collaborative album" - Consequence of Sound preview

NPR First Listen

"Warp and Weft, the 2013 solo album from Veirs which featured guest appearances by Lang and Case, was something of a dress rehearsal, and now comes Case / Lang / Veirs, a three-way songwriting summit that is utterly devoid of flab or filler." - The National (4 stars)

‘An album of rare beauty and intelligence’ - Independent (4 stars)

"Perhaps we should have expected nothing less than these immaculately performed and skillfully written and overall classy tracks with the impressive level of talent involved. Still, it’s impossible to overstate how marvelously moving and purely enjoyable the end result is, paving the way, we hope, for a follow-up." - American Songwriter

"No matter how much the three singers have accomplished individually, pedigree only takes you so far in group projects — a flash of attention, at best. The work is what counts, and it's the songs and their organic presentation that make "case/lang/veirs" resonate." - Chicago Tribune

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs, Wilco
TRY: #1, 8, 10




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

More Info Here:
http://caselangveirs.com/

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


Mayve
June 22nd, 2016

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Mayve

Animals

Self-Released



ADDS 6/28/16

DIGITAL ONLY

"...all I could think about as I listened to Hearts On Fire by MAYVE, is how much I want to dance the night away to this track in the near future...l listen to so much music that I appreciate more than I enjoy every day, and the sheer, visceral dance-hall delight of the opening synth/percussion of Hearts on Fire is remarkable. Taking the ear-burrowing synth melodies of Passion Pit with the vocal haze of Neon Indian, Hearts On Fire finds the sweet spot between synthpop bombast and chillwave. It shouldn't really be doable, but MAYVE makes it seem effortless." - Baeble Music

"MAYVE capture an uplifting spirit, empowered by both the dark and the light elements of the transitionary period the band went through creating their own personal sound­ scape...The band is ready to set the indie scene ablaze this year...Don't miss jumping on the bandwagon before these guys blow up, I can hear radio play and national performances in their near future." - FestFind


RIYL: Passion Pit, Neon Indian, Magic Man, The 1975, Matt and Kim
TRY: #1, 2, 3




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

More Info Here:
http://wearemayve.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mayvemusic

https://twitter.com/mayvemusic

https://www.instagram.com/mayvemusic/

https://mayve.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/mayvemusic


Interrupters
June 22nd, 2016

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The Interrupters

Say It Out Loud

Hellcat/Epitaph



ADDS 6/28/16

CD / DIGITAL

Los Angeles-based ska-punk band The Interrupters will release their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, on June 24 via Hellcat Records. Say It Out Loud is undeniably fun and urgent in message. And backing their modernized 2-Tone-tinged, guitar-fueled, melody-heavy sound are lyrics that confront everything from social control and self-empowerment to domestic violence and the media circus surrounding the next presidential election.

True to The Interrupters’ unabandoned passion and personal-meets-political dynamic, the first song shared from the album is “By My Side,” a fist-pumping, tender tribute to outcast solidarity.

Since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut, The Interrupters have split their time between touring with the likes of The English Beat and Bad Religion and cranking out new material that shows off their irrepressible sensibility. So when the time came to record their sophomore album Say It Out Loud, the four-piece hit the studio with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and fired off 14 new songs that both capture their frenetic energy and reveal a whole new level of boldness in their songwriting.

“Over the past couple years we got to know ourselves so much better as a band, and that gave us a lot of room to really grow on this album,” notes frontwoman Aimee Interrupter, whose bandmates include guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona.

Produced by Armstrong and recorded partly at his studio (as well as at Travis Barker’s Opra Studios), Say It Out Loud are a batch of feel-good songs proving The Interrupters’ unstoppably upbeat spirit. The Interrupters have forged a formidable bond that deeply informs their music. “Loyalty, family, friendship, and unity—with upstrokes,” says Kevin. “That pretty much sums up The Interrupters and what we are all about.”


RIYL: Rancid, Menzingers, Less Than Jake, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Distillers
TRY: #1, 5, 7, 14




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

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

https://twitter.com/Interruptweets

http://www.hell-cat.com/artists/artist/232/The_Interrupters

http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/


Xenia Rubinos
May 11th, 2016

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Xenia Rubinos

Black Terry Cat

Anti-



ADDS 5/17/16

CD / DIGITAL

"She has the truly charismatic voice of someone who's always smiling, but pushes it into weird, sour notes: It spirals alongside her mood, but also acts as the life-giving breath she can't quite seem to catch." - Pitchfork "Lonely Lover" Track Premiere

Xenia Rubinos is a New York based singer and pianist who dips in and out of genre and structure to create movingly powerful songs with her O.G. signature sound. Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Jazz, all delivered with a soulful punk aura. The New Yorker described her work as “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre”.

Music has been Xenia’s life for all of her life. She began playing piano at the the age of 4, and picked up singing shortly after. She earned a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where she studied Voice and Composition. It was there that she met her musical partner, drummer and producer Marco Buccelli, who would go on to be her main musical collaborator for the next decade and the two are still together today.

"Rubinos serves up a Michelin-star meal: The Brooklyn artist truly crosses borders with her multi-genre-hyphenate instrumental textures beneath Billie Holiday-esque croons." - SPIN


RIYL: tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, M.I.A., Santigold, Son Lux
DIRTY: #6, 12
TRY: #8, 4, 5




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/xeniarubinos

https://twitter.com/xeniarubinos

https://www.instagram.com/xeniarubinos/

http://www.anti.com/artists/xenia-rubinos/


Caveman
May 17th, 2016

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Caveman

Otero War

Cinematic



ADDS 5/24/16

CD / DIGITAL

“Bright synths and rhythmic guitar strums elevate a melodic vocal and hook that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. It seems Caveman are coming into their own; I think we are in for a treat with Otero War." - Stereogum

"The first song to be released off Otero War—an optimistic, anthemic jam called ‘Never Going Back’ that contains shades of Springsteen" - FADER

"The heady, emotional song tugs at nostalgia while also asserting itself as a clear tour de force for the group." - Billboard

"Indie Rock Champions" - Noisey

Pitchfork: video premiere!

You can only go so far on cool points alone. Since Caveman first formed in 2010 they’ve claimed a spot for themselves at the center of the New York music scene, become in-demand DJs, toured the world (sharing stages with The War on Drugs, Jeff Tweedy, and Weezer), and gotten love from everyone from Pitchfork to the New York Times. Now the band–Matthew Iwanusa, lead guitarist James Carbonetti, bassist Jeff Berrall, keyboardist Sam Hopkins and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Prescott Clark–is aiming higher.

Otero War (out June 17th, 2016 on Cinematic) is clearly the most mature album the band has created, but that doesn’t mean it’s a drag–in fact it could be the most fun music they’ve made so far. Iwanusa’s singular vision of blending Springsteen and Wilco’s polished roots rock with the soaring emotional drama of Tears for Fears and the Human League has never seemed clearer, or stronger. From the buoyant vocal melodies that make the opening track “Never Going Back” take flight, to the hip-shaking rhythms that hold up “Life Or Just Living” (which Matt calls his best song yet), to the contagious, triumphant mood on standout cut “Lean On You,” the album overflows with the joyous energy of a songwriter and a band finding their stride and flexing their newfound power for the first time. You can hear them enjoying the freedom from the confines of the expectations that have surrounded them until now, and looking out at a much bigger world to conquer.


RIYL: The Helio Sequence, Band of Horses, Fruit Bats, Frightened Rabbit, Rogue Wave
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 7, 8




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

More Info Here:
http://cavemantheband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CavemanBand/

https://twitter.com/cavemanband

https://www.instagram.com/cavemanband/


Andy Shauf
May 17th, 2016

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Andy Shauf

The Party

Anti-



ADDS 5/24/16

CD / DIGITAL

"Canadian songwriter's new album, The Party, isn't one you'll want to miss." - Consequence of Sound ("The Worst In You" premiere)

"Musically, The Party is just as robustly realized. After last year's superb bedroom-produced album The Bearer Of Bad News — for which Shauf initially drafted as many as 100 songs — The Party's narrative framework lends focus and restraint to his prolific writing." - NPR: First Listen

He’s a sad-sack Saskatchewanian songwriter who grew up in a tiny town (pop. 919) off the Trans-Canada Highway somewhere between Swift Current and Moose Jaw. His breakthrough album was called Bearer of Bad News. But don’t feel bad for ANDY SHAUF. Social invitations have been pouring in from Jeff Tweedy, Nick Hornby and Low (for whom he opened two U.S. tours in 2015). Now the self-produced multi-instrumentalist and master of subtlety is ready to invite everyone to The Party, his fourth album and first for Anti-.

The Party is a series of character sketches, ostensibly set at a specific gathering. It’s not exactly a concept record or a John Hughes script for a Robert Altman film, but writing it was definitely a way for Shauf to get out of his own head. The Party will spawn no hangover regrets for its creator, even if its characters have more than a few. On it, awkward characters show up “Early to the Party,” dance in the living room (“Martha Sways”), and either reveal life-changing secrets (“To You”) or try their hardest to reveal nothing at all (“The Magician”). Fuzzed-out guitars collide with string sections and dreamy synths, all draped over delicate piano, acoustic guitars and rainy-day drums. Oh, and clarinet. On Bearer of Bad News, Shauf started out with 100 songs and whittled it down to 11. This time, with a clearer vision and narrative construct in mind, he focused on 15 and cut it to 10. Brevity is key: these vignettes are rooted in classic pop songwriting, with shades of the Shins, Belle and Sebastian and Grandaddy seeping into Shauf’s modern arrangements.

On tour this summer with case/lang/veirs!


RIYL: Belle and Sebastian, Andrew Bird, Randy Newman, Grandaddy, Clientele
TRY: #6, 1, 3, 5
DIRTY: #2




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

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

https://twitter.com/andyshauf

https://www.facebook.com/andyshaufmusic/

https://andyshauf.bandcamp.com/

http://anti.com/artists/andy-shauf/


Esme Patterson
May 24th, 2016

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Esmé Patterson

We Were Wild

Grand Jury



ADDS 5/31/16

CD / DIGITAL

"Her voice is wiry and candid, backed by arrangements that roll along the folk-country borderline.” – New York Times

“The reconnaissance missions into desire and reconciliation that fill this album show Patterson examining the minutiae of her own responses; her melodies jump and scatter, her voice pulling at the meanings her verses put forth, as she hones in on those moments when the heart falls apart and reassembles itself.” - NPR Music

“defiant and witty” –The Guardian

“It's pop with a smidge of punk. Pop with claws." – Noisey

“…Esme Patterson has written a gorgeous new batch of songs that encourages all of us—but most especially ladies—to flush the silly, contrived notions of love and men right out of their systems.” – Paste

“…enthralled from the beginning.” – KEXP

“Dearly Departed,” her hit collaboration with Shakey Graves led to millions of streams, sold out shows nationwide, as well as performances on Conan and The Late Show With David Letterman.


RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee, Torres, P.J. Harvey, Shakey Graves
TRY: #1, 2, 7, 10




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

More Info Here:
http://esmepatterson.com/

https://www.facebook.com/EsmePattersonMusic/

https://twitter.com/EsmePatterson

http://grandjurymusic.com/artists/esme-patterson

https://www.instagram.com/esme_patterson/


Beth Orton
May 24th, 2016

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Beth Orton

Kidsticks

Anti-



ADDS 5/31/16

CD / DIGITAL

“What would it sound like if Beth Orton embraced electronic music again, as she did in 1996 when she established herself with her first album, Trailer Park? Based on “1973,” from her upcoming album Kidsticks, the answer is “completely different.” Twenty years ago, the electronic squibs and whooshes drizzled a hip icing over Orton’s singer-songwriter fare. By contrast, this new production from F*ck ButtonsAndrew Hung is an adorably catchy pop song from the first beat. The only nostalgic thing about it is the words; Orton sings about the titular year — when, for the record, she was 3. At less than three minutes long, you won’t be able to resist playing it twice.” - NPR

“Lead single “Moon” was extremely promising, and the subsequent “1973” is even better. It’s a bouncing, burbling synthetic pop track that traces the line from Stereolab to Hot Chip, with a hard-hitting electronic beat and keyboards that gleam like the sun reflecting off polished chrome.” - Stereogum

Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her “folktronica” sound, mixing elements of folk and electronica, has re-emerged as she began experimenting with a series of electronic loops that would eventually come together in this career-redefining new album, Kidsticks.

Co-produced by Beth and Andrew Hung (F*ck Buttons), Kidsticks reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. A resolutely focused album, it represents a rare chance to hear an established artist get plugged in and completely rework the songwriting process with wide-eyed, open-minded glee.

Kidsticks is the follow up to Sugaring Season (2012), described by Pitchfork as “ten songs of sweet resilience delivered by a voice of seemingly effortless expression”.


RIYL: Sia, Bat For Lashes, Björk
TRY: #2, 4, 7




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

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

https://twitter.com/beth_orton

https://www.facebook.com/BethOrtonOfficial

http://www.anti.com/artists/beth-orton/

https://www.instagram.com/bethorton/

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


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