Dr. Dog
November 30th, 2016

image

Dr. Dog
Abandoned Mansion
Self-Released
ADDS 12/6/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Have you ever wondered, “Gee, I wonder when we’ll hear some new Dr. Dog tunes?”.

No, I don’t think you have.  In fact, no one has.  We put out more music than the Wolfman and Frankenstein combined.  They’re lightweights. And now we have an even newer album. Gah? That’s right. It’s called Abandoned Mansion and it’s out today.  Its a mood record.  What I call Easy Peasy listening.  Nothing too jarring or atonal.  No blips or bloops or anything else that might unsettle you.  There’s plenty of upright bass for any of you tall people.  And, also plenty of acoustic guitar for those of you trying to live off the grid.  Oh, and the harmonies put God’s own angels to shame. Also lightweights.  We did a song a day for two weeks.  And, almost everything was tracked live, except for some pretty egregious organ clams that we had to punch in over.   Thematically, this is Dr. Dog meat and potatoes.  Our proverbial wheelhouse.  Songs of the oldest questions.  Songs as tools to finding oneself.  And most importantly, songs of acceptance. Acceptance of yourself and acceptance of the others around you.  Enough pontificating.  The album is great and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg either.  Unless, you are literally made out of money.

Speaking of money, it’s been a shocking few weeks and while we didn’t make the record with this intention it seems like a good time to try and help good people who are trying to do good things. If you buy a download of the album between now and the end of January, 100% of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

You can stream Abandoned Mansion for free at Bandcamp!

There is a limited edition cassette version of Abandoned Mansion. You can buy it here while they last!

That’s it, we hope you love the record.


RIYL: Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, Good Old War, Wilco, Labryyynth
TRY: #7, 1, 4, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.drdogmusic.com/
https://twitter.com/DrDogMusic
https://www.facebook.com/Drdog/
https://www.instagram.com/drdogmusic/



Empty Houses
November 30th, 2016

image

Empty Houses
Holiday
Sargent House
ADDS 12/6/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Detroit soul-pop trio Empty Houses is thrilled to release a 5-song EP entitled Holiday, which sees them reimagining 5 holiday classics. The EP is due out now via Sargent House. Holiday features “Santa Baby,” “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

Holiday follows the debut album by Empty Houses, Daydream, which was released on June 10th via Sargent House. Daydream was recorded at Atlanta’s Parhelion Studios and was produced by Graham Marsh (Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Common) and Empty Houses (Ali Shea, vocals, David Mackinder, guitar, Adam Mercer, keys). Timeless, catchy songwriting with soaring vocals from Shea harkens back to the golden era of Motown. Daydream drew critical acclaim upon its release, earning them NOISEY NEXT and TIDAL RISING breaking artist features and positive reviews from Paste (“... brilliant retro pop...”), Clash (“...wide-eyed and often wonderful”), AllMusic, Billboard, Substream, and many more.

This summer, the band embarked on their first ever tour with Philadelphia’s Good Old War where they were received enthusiastically around the country.    


RIYL: Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bruno Mars
TRY: #1, 2, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://emptyhousesband.com/
http://sargenthouse.com/empty-houses
https://www.facebook.com/emptyhouses
https://twitter.com/emptyhousesusa
https://www.instagram.com/emptyhousesusa/



Dangers
November 2nd, 2016

image


Dangers

The Bend in the Break

Topshelf Records



ADDS 11/8/16

DIGITAL ONLY

"It's not often you come across a band that can jolt all your senses into action, giving you a new lease of life while reminding you extremely vividly that you will probably die a slow and horrible death." - Noisey

"Some of the most interesting timing structures and chord progressions in any hardcore song." - Punk News

"Dangers are known for releases that display an incredible conservation of space, doing a great deal in the short, controlled bursts that characterize their tracks." - Exclaim!

Dangers is a hardcore punk band from Los Angeles, California. They have been playing basements, garages, living rooms, squats, warehouses, banquet halls, high school auditoriums, Adriatic beach resorts, abandoned Soviet furniture factories, and public park gazebos since the winter of 2005. In their decade of existence, they have booked their own tours across the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Southeast Asia.



After self-releasing two critically-acclaimed LPs and two EPs on their own Vitriol Records, they are now pushing their third LP, The Bend in the Break, out into the world now via Topshelf Records. It is an attempt to locate the band within the rapidly changing landscapes of both loud music and our rotten culture-at-large, and finds the band incorporating its roots into a sound and performance more their own than ever.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Converge
TRY: #5, 4, 3
DIRTY: #1, 11




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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/dangers

https://wearedangers.bandcamp.com/

http://www.wearedangers.com/


Nina Diaz
November 2nd, 2016

image


Nina Diaz

The Beat Is Dead

Cosmica Records



ADDS 11/8/16

CD/DIGITAL

Debut Solo Album From Girl In A Coma Frontwoman Now Streaming on NPR First Listen!

NPR Tiny Desk Concert

"Diaz is putting forth something more accessible but no less ferocious." - Fuse.tv

"As a solo artist, Diaz finds new ways to sound ferocious, this time via songs packed with the kind of subtleties that come with a bit of age and wisdom." - NPR

Diaz hints at some of her newfound wisdom and maturity while staying true to her '80s punk-rock roots.” - ELLE

" ...the star of the album is her powerful, emphatic vocals that'll one-two punch you in the gut." - PAPER

"she seems to be channeling classic Morrissey...but with a touch of Jarvis Cocker’s visceral histrionics, and some serious XX chromosome power." - Blackbook

Revered for fronting the punk band Girl In A Coma, touring with Morrissey, Tegan and Sara, Frank Black, The Pogues and more, Nina Diaz’ wildly seductive live performance & warm sense of humor has enraptured fans across the world.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Stars, Santigold, The Bird And The Bee, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pretenders
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 10




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/ninadiazmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/ninadiazmusic

https://twitter.com/ninadiazmusic


Regrettes
November 9th, 2016

image


The Regrettes

Hey Now (EP)

Warner Bros. Records



ADDS 11/15/16

DIGITAL ONLY

Debut album Feel Your Feelings Fool due 1/13 via Warner Bros. Records

"an attitudinal, guitar-laced bop with retro sensibilities and catchy melodies." – Stereogum

"tongue-in-cheek garage-pop uses humor and nuance to transform ’60s pop into soul-baring, therapeutic rock songs." - Rookie Mag

"While The Regrettes are still fairly new, it’s clear that Night and her crew are a swiftly developing force to be reckoned with" - NOISEY

"Punk outfit The Regrettes confront their critics on new song “Seashore” ... An anthem for anyone who's ever been discounted because of their gender" - Consequence of Sound

On tour now with Sleigh Bells!

Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O - with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly - the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.

Lead by outspoken frontwoman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Nicole on bass and drummer Maxx Morando, the group have left the LA rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins, Deep Vally and more. With nothing but demos available online, the group are already beginning to generate hype, from outlets like NPR, and with NYLON already heralding them them as a “punk act you should be listening to”.

From the opening moments on a track by The Regrettes, we’re greeted with a wall of guitars, infectious melodies and a wistful nostalgia that continues right until the final notes. Taking cues from acts like Hinds and Hole, there’s a wistful sense of youth and vulnerability that lies at the heart of each song.

A song by The Regrettes is, essentially, a diary entry into Lydia’s life. “My music is a spectrum of every emotion that I have felt in the last year, and you can hear that when you hear the songs. Everything that is happening in my life influences me. It’s everything from boys, to friends, to being pissed off at people, to being really sad. Just everything.”

The most intoxicating draw of The Regrettes is their bashful, heart-on-your-sleeve temperament - writing urgent and fast-paced pop songs with a punk rock mentality. “The way that we write, it’s all based on honesty,” muses Lydia on the group’s punk aesthetic. “If I finish a song, I’ll just leave it - I won’t really go back to it. I like things to feel in the moment and I don’t want it to be perfect. If I work on something too much I lose it and get bored and I want to do the next one..”

First song, “A Living Human Girl,” best showcases the vulnerability of the group’s lyrics. Singing about a less than perfect complexion, a bra size that is considered smaller than most, and those little red bumps you get when you shave, The Regrettes aren’t afraid to embrace their imperfections. “Sometimes I’m pretty and sometimes I’m not”, sings Lydia over 60’s inspired guitar riffs and a kicked back drum beat. “I don’t remember exactly what sparked it, but I remember when I wrote those lyrics, I was just really angry.”

“There are times when you feel really insecure and you really don’t like yourself, so I wrote it for people who feel that and I wrote it for myself. I just felt like there wasn’t a song like that out there. A song that if I was feeling super shitty about myself, that I could listen to. I wanted something that would make girls and boys feel confident,” she explains.

Lydia’s not afraid to have her feelings on display. “I am not scared of anyone judging me, I don’t care. I don’t give a fuck if someone doesn’t like what I have to say. For every person that likes you, there’s a person that doesn’t like you. No matter what, if people can relate to the music then it’s worth it. That’s what is cool for me.” And at the end of the day, isn’t that what punk music is all about?


SINGLE: “Hey Now”
DIRTY: “Hot “& “Seashore “ (Clean Edits included in DL folder!)




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

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

https://soundcloud.com/regrettesmusic

https://www.facebook.com/regrettes/

https://twitter.com/regrettesband


Kestrels
November 9th, 2016

image


Kestrels

Kestrels

Sonic Unyon



ADDS 11/15/16

CD / DIGITAL

"A little bit lo-fi, a little bit noise-pop...all fuzz pedals, potent drums, and soft vocals." – KEXP (Song Of The Day for "No Alternative")

"huge, anthemic choruses and sticky pop melodies surfing tidal waves of pedal-driven noise and crashing rhythms" – Noisey

"Halifax noise-pop trio Kestrels solidify their reputation as worthy contenders in the new wave of shoegaze" – Exclaim

"Pits layers of effects against an extremely vital, immediate, and visceral sense of songwriting” – Clash Music

Halifax noise-pop power trio Kestrels return with their new self-titled album on Hamilton, Ontario’s fabled Sonic Unyon label. Regrouping following a devastating van and gear theft that saw the band lose key boutique, modded, and vintage equipment, the record sees the band with a renewed focus on combining a frenzied union of striking melody and sonic bliss.

Two years in the making, the full length was teased with 2014’s The Moon is Shining Our Way EP, a collection of four songs from the album sessions. Having toured the EP internationally and shared stages with the likes of Speedy Ortiz, Ringo Deathstarr, Beliefs, Greys, and Ash, the EP's title track was mainstay on college radio and CBC Radio 3, laying the groundwork for their defining third record.

Recording the rhythm tracks in downtown Toronto’s Dream House Studio by Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles), with vocal sessions and guitar tracking taking place in vocalist/guitarist Chad Peck’s gear sanctuary/home studio in rural Nova Scotia, Kestrels tapped lauded producer Brad Wood (Touche Amore, Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate) to mix the record in his LA based Seagrass Studio in the spring of 2015. Ringo Deathstarr's Elliott Frazier and Alex Gehring also make cameo guitar and vocal appearances, solidifying a friendship that began with a Canadian tour in 2012.

The end result is by far Kestrels' most accomplished recording to date. Drummer Paul Brown provides rhythm dynamics that can turn from tightly wound to borderline unhinged on a dime, Devin Peck covers unprecedented sonic ground with his bass, and Peck provides soft focus vocals backed by alternately tuned Fender Jazzmasters pushed through all manner of obscure Japanese fuzz pedals and coveted 80s rackmount processors.

The sum total is a nod to the past, a response to the present, and a warm invitation into tomorrow.


RIYL: DInosaur Jr, Built to Spill, Pity Sex
TRY: #1, 2, 8, 10




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

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

https://twitter.com/kestrelshfx

https://www.instagram.com/kestrelsband/

http://kestrels.bandcamp.com/


Zach Quinn
November 16th, 2016

image


Zach Quinn

One Week Record

Fat Wreck Chords/One Week Records



ADDS 11/22/16

DIGITAL ONLY

“One Week is fueled by an entirely different impetus and medium, delivered by Zach and Zach alone. The result is refreshingly uncharted territory.” - Punk News (4.5/5) https://www.punknews.org/review/14504/zach-quinn-one-week

Have you ever pondered what Zach Quinn, singer of PEARS, is like in his quiet moments? Does he even have quiet moments? When he isn’t stomping holes in a stage, he’s always moving. That motion continued from the PEARS stages to a more contemplative path, when he partnered with Joey Cape to produce and release his solo album over at One Week Records. As Zach explains, “This was the most fun I’ve had making a record. I showed up with a bunch of stuff that was unfinished, and we fleshed it out in the studio. It was like going to songwriting summer camp. The One Week concept only works because Joey has such good taste and clear vision, and there’s nothing more exciting for me than working with someone from whom there is so much to learn. The Caper is unparalleled. I’m super proud of this one.” Zach Quinn’s debut solo album was released digitally back in May on One Week Records. FAT WRECK CHORDS released the vinyl edition on November 11th.


RIYL: Pears, Joey Cape, Greg Graffin, John K. Samson
TRY: #3, 1, 2


Head to New Noise to listen to “Infinite Sigh”: http://newnoisemagazine.com/exclusive-zach-quinn-infinite-sigh/#

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/news/detail/1025

https://www.oneweekrecords.com/releases/zach-quinn/

http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/124

https://twitter.com/pearstheband

https://www.facebook.com/PEARStheband


LITE
November 16th, 2016

image


LITE

Cubic

Topshelf Records



ADDS 11/22/16

CD / DIGITAL

"Despite their ludicrously tight and impossibly technical musicianship, Tokyo band LITE walks a fine line between autistic guitar-noodle perfectionism and genuine organic "holy sh!t that's cool" exhibitionist thrills." - Noisey

"Acolytes of Don Caballero, Parts & Labor and the like, rejoice! Even without vocals, the band packs plenty of potent, progressive punches." - CLRVYNT

LITE is a Japanese instrumental rock band known for thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms. Widely regarded for their explosive live show and tireless touring in the US, Europe and Asia, LITE are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Japan in the last decade.

The quartet who is entering their 14th year together, boasts a tremendous back catalog including four full-length albums and six EPs including 2010’s Illuminate (recorded with John McEntire) and 2012's Past Present Future which featured Caroline from Mice Parade. Their most recent album Installation (2014, Topshelf Records) was their first proper US release.

On their fifth album, Cubic, out November 16, 2016 via Topshelf, LITE creates music with a heartbeat. Cubic was mixed at Machines With Magnets with Keith Souza (Battles) and mastered by Heba Kadry (!!!, Prefuse 73, The Mars Volta) at Timeless Mastering in New York.


RIYL: Dawn of Midi, Battles, Tortoise, Ratatat
TRY: #7, 1, 4




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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/lite

https://twitter.com/LITE_JP

http://lite-web.com/cubic/

https://www.facebook.com/liteband/

https://www.instagram.com/lite_jp/


Trouble In The Wind
November 23rd, 2016

image


Trouble In The Wind

Lefty

Self-Released



ADDS 11/29/16

CD / DIGITAL

Trouble in the Wind’s stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by songwriter Robby Gira, whose staggering powerful voice creates the center of attention of their songs. The group’s instrumentation of accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs which blend and range from ballads to surf folk to soulful rockers.

“...Aside from an undeniable ability to make their music work in the live setting, what really made Trouble in the Wind shine was Gira’s honesty and raw emotion. It was clear that he pours a lot of himself into his songs, and his refreshing humility was a sight to see. Do yourself a favor and track down Trouble in the Wind before they realize how good they are and move to Austin, or Nashville, or Brooklyn, or something.” - Owl & Bear

"It’s almost hard to believe how great this record is. Shades of pop, alt-country, folk and good ol’ fashioned rock & roll burst out of this 13-song masterpiece by these North County lads, where each song is more delectably tasty than the next. Sweeping back-porch ballads hang alongside buzzing barnyard rompers with ease, alternating quite nicely between "Harvest"-era Neil Young love letters and old-school Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-esque power-pop gems. I thought the band's 2014 album “Slide Rock” was good -- turns out it was just an appetizer." - Sound Diego/NBC 7 San Diego


RIYL: Okkervil River, Kurt Vile, The Head and the Heart, Colour Revolt, Sean Rowe
TRY: #3, 7, 1
DIRTY: #9




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/Troubleinthewind/

https://twitter.com/TroubleNTheWind

https://www.instagram.com/troubleinthewind/


Guttermouth
November 23rd, 2016

image


Guttermouth

New Car Smell

Rude Records / Bird Attack Records



ADDS 11/29/16

DIGITAL ONLY

Rude Records is proud to announce the release of “New Car Smell”, the new EP from Southern California punk rock heroes GUTTERMOUTH, out on November 25th worldwide in collaboration with Bird Attack Records. The EP is the follow-up to “Got It Made”, their first EP of new music in 10 years, which was released in early July.
  
The band comments: “There wasn’t a lot of pressure to do that first EP so the process was fun, and we just wrote some songs. We had no idea at all what to expect from our fans, but their response was great! We had a few more ideas up our sleeve. Bird Attack/Rude Records gave us their blessing to support it, so this gave us quite a bit of motivation to kick it in gear and write another record, and hopefully a better one. We had lots of ideas and narrowed it down to another 6 songs which we all feel good about. Once we had it all sorted out, we went back to Florida and recorded ‘em!“ 
  
Known for their short, fast and loud songs, outrageous antics and offensive lyrics, Guttermouth has attracted plenty controversy over the years. In other words - they are punk rock as it's meant to be.

In a collective statement, the band adds, "We think it’s safe to say this EP is different than the first one, but still has the classic Guttermouth feel. We never set out to sound a certain way. We worked on a bunch of different ideas and basically it came down to these 6 that we all felt were strong. Hopefully we get a similar response as the first EP and still have that New Car Smell!!!”
 
Formed in Huntington Beach, California in 1998, Guttermouth was heavily influenced by the Southern California punk rock scenes of the 1980's which spawned bands such as the Adolescents, The Vandals, Social Distortion, Fear, Descendents, Angry Samoans, Bad Religion and Black Flag.
 
The band took these influences and developed their own style of fast, punk tempos with humorously sarcastic and offensive lyrics coupled with equally outrageous and offensive behavior, developing a reputation for chaotic live shows.
 

RIYL: Descendents, Bad Religion, The Vandals
TRY: #3, 5, 6
DIRTY: 2, 4




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

More Info Here:
http://xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Guttermouth

https://www.instagram.com/guttermouthofficial/

https://twitter.com/guttermouthxxx

http://www.ruderecorz.com/

http://www.birdattackradio.com/


Empty Houses
November 30th, 2016

image


Empty Houses

Holiday

Sargent House



ADDS 12/6/16

DIGITAL ONLY

Detroit soul-pop trio Empty Houses is thrilled to release a 5-song EP entitled Holiday, which sees them reimagining 5 holiday classics. The EP is due out now via Sargent House. Holiday features “Santa Baby,” “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

Holiday follows the debut album by Empty Houses, Daydream, which was released on June 10th via Sargent House. Daydream was recorded at Atlanta’s Parhelion Studios and was produced by Graham Marsh (Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Common) and Empty Houses (Ali Shea, vocals, David Mackinder, guitar, Adam Mercer, keys). Timeless, catchy songwriting with soaring vocals from Shea harkens back to the golden era of Motown. Daydream drew critical acclaim upon its release, earning them NOISEY NEXT and TIDAL RISING breaking artist features and positive reviews from Paste (“... brilliant retro pop...”), Clash (“...wide-eyed and often wonderful”), AllMusic, Billboard, Substream, and many more.

This summer, the band embarked on their first ever tour with Philadelphia’s Good Old War where they were received enthusiastically around the country.    


RIYL: Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bruno Mars
TRY: #1, 2, 4




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

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

http://sargenthouse.com/empty-houses

https://www.facebook.com/emptyhouses

https://twitter.com/emptyhousesusa

https://www.instagram.com/emptyhousesusa/


Dr. Dog
November 30th, 2016

image


Dr. Dog

Abandoned Mansion

Self-Released



ADDS 12/6/16

DIGITAL ONLY

Have you ever wondered, “Gee, I wonder when we’ll hear some new Dr. Dog tunes?”.

No, I don’t think you have.  In fact, no one has.  We put out more music than the Wolfman and Frankenstein combined.  They’re lightweights. And now we have an even newer album. Gah? That’s right. It’s called Abandoned Mansion and it’s out today.  Its a mood record.  What I call Easy Peasy listening.  Nothing too jarring or atonal.  No blips or bloops or anything else that might unsettle you.  There’s plenty of upright bass for any of you tall people.  And, also plenty of acoustic guitar for those of you trying to live off the grid.  Oh, and the harmonies put God’s own angels to shame. Also lightweights.  We did a song a day for two weeks.  And, almost everything was tracked live, except for some pretty egregious organ clams that we had to punch in over.   Thematically, this is Dr. Dog meat and potatoes.  Our proverbial wheelhouse.  Songs of the oldest questions.  Songs as tools to finding oneself.  And most importantly, songs of acceptance. Acceptance of yourself and acceptance of the others around you.  Enough pontificating.  The album is great and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg either.  Unless, you are literally made out of money.

Speaking of money, it’s been a shocking few weeks and while we didn’t make the record with this intention it seems like a good time to try and help good people who are trying to do good things. If you buy a download of the album between now and the end of January, 100% of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

You can stream Abandoned Mansion for free at Bandcamp!

There is a limited edition cassette version of Abandoned Mansion. You can buy it here while they last!

That’s it, we hope you love the record.


RIYL: Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, Good Old War, Wilco, Labryyynth
TRY: #7, 1, 4, 5, 6




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

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

https://twitter.com/DrDogMusic

https://www.facebook.com/Drdog/

https://www.instagram.com/drdogmusic/


John K Samson
October 26th, 2016

image


John K Samson

Winter Wheat

Anti-



ADDS 10/25/16

CD / DIGITAL

"Winter Wheat's saddest moments are leavened by a light touch — and by a voice that remains as comforting as a phone call from a faraway friend." - NPR First Listen

Singer/songwriter John K. Samson enlists the rhythm section from his renowned band The Weakerthans for much of his second solo album, Winter Wheat. Inspired by the search for connection and community, his hometown of Winnipeg, and our individual and collective struggles with addictions to drugs, screens, and fossil fuels - Winter Wheat is a sprawling, masterful and timely work by a writer at the peak of his powers.

Winter Wheat was produced in garages and homes through a Winnipeg winter by Samson’s partner and collaborator, Christine Fellows, and his Weakerthans co-founder and drummer/ multi-instrumentalist Jason Tait, and mixed in the spring in Toronto by Robbie Lackritz (Bahamas, Feist). The spare and thoughtful arrangements also feature Greg Smith of The Weakerthans on electric bass, Ashley Au on double and electric bass, Leanne Zacharias on cello, and Shotgun Jimmie on electric guitar.

Like the crop itself, which is planted in the fall, sprouts, goes dormant through months of snow and rises in the spring, Winter Wheat is a determined, beautiful, resilient response to difficult and extraordinary times.

The A.V. Club - Interview


RIYL: Weakerthans, Wilco, Conor Oberst, Built to Spill
TRY: #2, 12, 4, 5, 10




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

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

http://www.anti.com/artists/john-k-samson/

https://www.facebook.com/johnksamsonmusic/


Nekromantix
October 26th, 2016

image


Nekromantix

A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes

Hellcat/Epitaph



ADDS 11/1/16

DIGITAL ONLY

Nekromantix is a musical unearthing of the biggest themes from the greatest works of monster, zombie, vampire, werewolf and b-horror fiction; ripped from literature, comic book pages or classic celluloid. Nekromantix chases a darkly romantic muse with an even darker humor.

A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes broadens the Nekromantix legacy with expansive ambition that never sacrifices the trio’s inherent grittiness, furiously stoking and reshaping the flames of the creative vision begun in Denmark with legendary labels like Nervous Records, through the band’s master classes in punk n’ roll albums stateside with Hellcat Records, the label cofounded by Tim Armstrong (Rancid) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion).

Armed with his signature coffin bass, chilling baritone, monstrous expressions and ten-stories-tall haircut, Kim Nekroman has earned tremendous respect, admiration and goodwill from a fiercely dedicated legion of hard-partiers, rabble-rousers, well-meaning degenerates, grease monkeys, outlaw bikers, nostalgic tastemakers and forward-thinking punks. It’s a crew of supporters as diverse as the otherwise classic and timeless music the Danish-born California transplant has unleashed as leader of Nekromantix.

Nekroman has been joined by skilled guitarist Francisco Mesa for nearly a decade now, with drummer Adam Guerrero bringing a fresh injection of passionate enthusiasm to the band in 2014. A Symphony of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes is a fertile proving ground for a reenergized lineup that fans of the band have already loved for two years. New songs like “Glow in the Dark,” “War Bats” and “Resting Witch Face” are instant classics, standing mightily alongside the greatest Nekromantix songs enduring in their set list.

To their dedicated army of supporters around the world and across every dimension, Nekromantix stands tall among the ghosts in rock n’ roll’s undead cemetery.


RIYL: Tiger Army, Horrorpops, Creepshow, Devil's Brigade, The Cramps, The Phenomenauts
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 8
DIRTY: #10




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

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

https://twitter.com/Nekromantix

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

http://www.hell-cat.com/artists/artist/52/Nekromantix


Letters to Cleo
October 26th, 2016

image


Letters to Cleo

Back To Nebraska

Self-Released



ADDS 11/1/16

CD / DIGITAL

Boston alt-rock band Letters to Cleo will be reuniting this fall with original members Kay Hanley (vocals), Michael Eisenstein (guitar), Stacy Jones (drums), and Greg McKenna (guitar). The band is releasing new music for the first time in seventeen years. The five song EP is available for pre-order in multiple formats through PledgeMusic.

For the band, staying true to the chemistry that defined their sound throughout the 90’s was key to the creation of this new record. “It’s a blast,” says McKenna. “I mean, we spent our formative years learning how to do this stuff together. When it was done, we went out and lived our lives and now everyone’s bringing their experiences back to this at a new level of musicianship, but writing with these guys still feels effortless.”

The songs are instantly recognizable Letters to Cleo concoctions that fans will devour. “It feels completely unforced. It sounds like classic Cleo. But at the same time, there’s nothing nostalgic about it,” says Jones. From Eisenstein’s fierce, angular guitars locking horns with Jones’ roaring locomotive rhythm on “Hitch A Ride” to McKenna and Hanley’s signature melodic ESP on “Good Right Here,” the Cleo bandmates are in prizefighting form.

Following the release of the record the band will be heading out on the road playing songs from the new EP, along with Letters to Cleo classics and fan favorites, in select U.S. markets.

Letters to Cleo formed in 1990 in Boston, lead by guitarist Greg Mckenna and singer Kay Hanley. The band came onto the National spotlight with the release of their first hit single "Here & Now,” released by Giant Records (a subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records). The song reached No. 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Singles chart. The bands music could be heard on many of the top TV shows and films throughout the 1990’s, including the cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You, where the band contributed four songs to the soundtrack and were featured in the film. The band played their last show in 2000 and each of the members went on to have successful careers working in different areas of music from production, writing, performance, musical directing and more.


RIYL: Potty Mouth, The Muffs, Upset, Best Coast
DIRTY: #2, 4
TRY: #1, 3, 5
(clean edits of #2 + 4 included in download folder)




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

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

https://twitter.com/letterstocleo

https://www.facebook.com/letterstocleomusic/

https://www.instagram.com/letters_to_cleo/

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/letterstocleo

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


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!