Wilco
July 29th, 2015

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Wilco
Star Wars
dBpm / Anti-
ADDS 8/4/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Surprise! Wilco just released a new album called Star Wars" - Consequence of Sound

"Wilco sound spryer, looser, livelier, wittier, and more fun than they have in years." - Paste (8.0)

"While you never can really tell with a lyricist as cryptic and elliptical as Tweedy, Star Wars hints at a congruence between his own cautious confessions and Wilco’s sensible risks—while this could just be a dry run for a conventionally released "event", the fact that they're challenging themselves is rewarding enough on its own." - Pitchfork (7.7)

"remarkably, the ever-changing band has found a way to please fans of each of their distinct periods" - Spin (7/10)

"Only Wilco could make something this eruptive feel so comfy, like a steel-wool security blanket." - Rolling Stone (4.5/5)

"Looser, grungier, fuzzier and yet more abrupt, perhaps, than latter-day Wilco offerings, Star Wars is proof that you can get considerably more than you pay for." - The Guardian

"Even by Wilco’s adventurous standards, Star Wars is possibly the most unusual, exploratory work of the band’s existence." - The Independent

"Star Wars is indeed a gift — a strangely simultaneously scuzzy and breezy gem of a record that clocks in at just over a half hour." - Pretty Much Amazing


RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Okkervil River, Deer Tick
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 7, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://wilcoworld.net
https://www.facebook.com/wilcohq
https://twitter.com/wilco
http://anti.com/artists/wilco/




B. Dolan
July 22nd, 2015

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B. Dolan
Kill The Wolf
Strange Famous Records
HIP HOP & TOP 200 ADDS 7/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Rapper B. Dolan may hail from the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island, but his booming voice is one of the loudest in underground hip-hop. He gained notoriety in the early aughts for his spoken word and activism, at one point even being courted by Def Jam. In the end, he opted not to adhere to the structure of a major label and has since released two full-length albums and three mixtapes....The 11-track album features Dolan at his most brash, spitting venomous rhymes over bombastic beats. Utilizing live instrumentation, the production pops violently from the speakers. He even ups the ante by bringing in Buck 65 and Aesop Rock for the track “Jailbreak”. Dolan’s flow constantly operates at high intensity, making every song feel like a commandment ripe with political thought and introspective insights." - Consequence of Sound

B. Dolan‘s self-produced “KILL THE WOLF”, a sweeping, powerful opus five years in the making, is out now! The album reinforces Dolan’s status as a complex lyricist and introduces him as a ambitious, versatile producer, dedicated as ever to concept and vision over fleeting hip-hop trends.

This sophomore studio effort on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS / SPEECH DEVELOPMENT features a supporting cast of talent from a wide range of musical backgrounds, including AESOP ROCK, BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER (Doomtree), KATHLEEN STUBELEK (Circle Takes the Square), DS3K, BUDDY PEACE, AUPHEUS, and the late DAVID LAMB (Brown Bird).

It would be easy for an album to go astray amidst such varying styles, but Dolan stays in firm command as the expert conductor, driving the album’s layered and visionary sound. “KILL THE WOLF” sets out with a goal of demolishing the boundaries of what was previously thought possible in a B. Dolan record; bringing the best techniques from his catalogue into a new era of production value by fusing live guitars, analog synths, violins and upright bass with formidable vocals and intricate lyrics.

Five years after shaking the foundations of underground rap with his “Fallen House, Sunken CIty” LP, B. Dolan emerges from the earth, battle-tested, clear-eyed, and sharper than ever.

The time has come to Kill the Wolf.


RIYL: Buck 65, Alias, Sage Francis, Doomtree, Run The Jewels, Action Bronson
TRY: #5, 9, 10
CLEAN AND DIRTY VERSIONS AVAILABLE ON DOWNLOADS PAGE!

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

More Info Here:
http://bdolan.net
https://www.facebook.com/bdolanSFR
https://twitter.com/bdolansfr
https://instagram.com/bdolansfr/
http://www.strangefamousrecords.com




textbookcopilot
July 1st, 2015

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textbookcopilot

catching a rise from a sinking ship

Self-Released



ADDS 7/7/15

DIGITAL ONLY

textbookcopilot is a post hardcore/ indie band from Boston, MA that has been actively playing since March 2012. In November 2012 textbookcopilot released their first EP, 15 Hours On The Dead Sun. After some solid local radio play and many shows under their belts they added a 2nd guitar and opened up the sonic possibilities! Capitalizing on the momentum in 2014 textbookcopilot released the Arrivals//Departures EP to great reviews and play on over 40 college stations nationwide. With new songs brewing in 2014 it was back into the studio this time to Magpie Cage in Baltimore MD with J. Robbins (Jawbox, Channels, Burning Airlines) to record 'catching a rise from a sinking ship" released in June 2015. J. Robbins also provided backing vocals on the EP.


RIYL: Sunny Day Real Estate, Title Fight, Hot Water Music, The Life And Times, Rival Schools
TRY: #1, 2, 3




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

More Info Here:
http://textbookcopilot.com

https://www.facebook.com/textbookcopilot

https://twitter.com/textbookcopilot





Tetra
July 8th, 2015

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Tetra

Meter

Self-Released



ADDS 7/14/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"The emotive queen of electro pop... Beautiful, brave, poetic, and honest" - Huffington Post

"This EP should definitely be on your playlist" - Rant Hollywood

"Ultra slick beats and crafty production" - Papercut Magazine

"Tetra’s voice is flawless with a sense of conviction and certitude backing it." - LA Music Blog

Tetra began singing and songwriting at a young age and went on to study at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she began collaborating with singer/songwriter/producer Ben Cohen. Together they've developed a unique sound based on painfully honest lyrics, unforgettable hooks and innovative production elements.

Tetra loves creating bold stories and situations that encourage her audience to dive into the music and get lost in thought. She's clearly drawn to musicians that share the same love for creative storytelling, as some of her favorite artists are Hozier, Purity Ring, and FKA Twigs.


RIYL: FKA Twigs, Purity Ring, La Roux, PJ Harvey, Bat For Lashes
TRY: #1, 2, 7
DIRTY: #5




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

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

http://officialtetra.bandcamp.com/album/meter

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTetra

https://twitter.com/officialtetra

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

https://instagram.com/tetramusic






The Velvet Teen
July 8th, 2015

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The Velvet Teen

All Is Illusory

Topshelf



ADDS 7/14/15

DIGITAL ONLY

The Velvet Teen has always had a flair for the sonically dramatic. On the band’s first album in nine years, there’s a euphoric energy that never really lets go.” – NPR Music

“Though there’s nothing dated about these new singles, The Velvet Teen have held onto their mid-2000s indie swagger in the form of Judah Nagler’s distinct, emotive voice.” – Stereogum

“…moves along with a light but confident energy, like a less chest-beating incarnation of early U2.” – SPIN

"The Velvet Teen were one of last decades great underdogs in creating very interesting indie rock" - New Noise Magazine

"...fans will appreciate the usual stylized sentimentality (Judah Nagler's vocal abilities make him a suitable candidate for a sing-off with Matt Bellamy) and the fact that even their more intricate, experimental songs go down easy." - Eclxaim!

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Radiohead, mewithoutYou, The Dismemberment Plan, Minus The Bear, Low, Tame Impala
TRY: #2, 6, 4
DIRTY: #8




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/thevelvetteen

https://twitter.com/thevelvetteen

http://www.topshelfrecords.com/products/546730-the-velvet-teen-all-is-illusory





Bow Thayer
July 15th, 2015

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Bow Thayer

Sundowser

Self-Released



ADDS 7/21/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Vermont musician Bow Thayer is releasing his new solo studio album, Sundowser, on July 24, 2015 with an exclusive pre-order campaign with PledgeMusic. Best known for his song, "Wingless Angels", from the album Spend It All that featured Levon Helm on drums, Bow has since embarked on a musical journey with Levon's engineer and three time Grammy Award winner Justin Guip. After exploring the 5 string electric banjo on 2013's critically acclaimed Eden, Thayer continues the theme of letting an instrument lead the way with Sundowser which features the recorded debut of the Bojotar, an instrument Bow invented and developed with Eastwood/Airline Guitar Company. The Bojotar is an amplified stringed instrument that incorporates elements of banjo, resonator guitar and electric guitar.

Sundowser was co-produced by Justin Guip (Levon Helm) and features Jeff Berlin on Drums, Alex Abraham on Bass and JD Tolstoi on Keys as well as special guest performances by Marco Benevento and Tracy Bonham.

Sundowser comes out on the heels of last year’s LP, Eden, the swan song for Bow’s band Perfect Trainwreck. American Songwriter praised Eden, “In a different era, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck would have some well-deserved gold records on their walls.”

Bow Thayer’s music is always evolving - from luscious backwoods folk rock to the progressive adventurism of Eden, Bow returns to a more gritty earthy sound in Sundowser while still continuing on to some very atmospheric sonic exploration. Crafting the album on an instrument he created, in a studio he built with his own hands that is 100% solar powered, these songs feel as personal and organic as the rural Vermont environs he wrote and recorded them in. The album has an underlying theme of the sun’s energy - you can hear it in the music as well as the lyrics. Each song has established a lush voice of its own, some are personal, some global, some both. But all of them inspired from the same blanket of light that can help us, or hurt us or again.... do both.


RIYL: Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Okkervil River, Great Lake Swimmers
TRY: #8, 1, 2, 3




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

More Info Here:
http://bowthayer.com

https://www.facebook.com/bowthayermusic

https://twitter.com/bowthayer

https://instagram.com/bowthayer/

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





Mutoid Man
July 15th, 2015

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Mutoid Man

Bleeder

Sargent House



ADDS 7/21/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Bleeder’s greatest strength, though, is in its wholehearted embrace of both numbskull hard rock and cerebral progressive metal, at a time when the two approaches have become almost mutually exclusive in heavy music.“ – Pitchfork (7.4)

“...equal parts musical acrobatics and strong songwriting that strikes an off-kilter balance somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and The Dillinger Escape Plan.” – Revolver

“More than anything Mutoid Man is fun...No furrowed brow sueriousness, despite their hardcore-meets-math complexity, just a badass riff fest and a damn good time.” – Noisey

Mutoid Man is an incredibly talented trio featuring Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) on guitar and vocals, Ben Koller (Converge, All Pigs Must Die) on drums and Nick Cageao on bass. This is no self-indulgent sonic experiment, no tepid throwaway-track recycling project, no musical 180° into cringe-worthy territory. Instead, Mutoid Man offers up the best of Brodsky and Koller’s respective worlds. Brodsky distills the melodicism and metallurgy of Cave In into a concentrated elixir of frantic fretboard work, big riffs, and undeniable vocal hooks. Koller continues to batter his drums with unmatched force and dexterity. With the recruitment of bassist Nick Cageao and his driving low-end growl, Mutoid Man quickly established themselves as one of the dominant new power trios in the world of heavy music.

While the band's EP Helium Head (2013) wasn’t a severe sonic departure from its makers’ previous endeavors, it still offered up a kind of frenzied excitement and ecstatic energy that was new territory for its members. With their debut full-length, Bleeder, Mutoid Man proves that the euphoric fury of their EP was no fluke. Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, Bleeder builds upon the triumphant barrage of Helium Head with bigger production, increased ferocity, and the bolstered confidence from writing as a three-piece unit. The album sounds like a gluttonous orgy of every metal indulgence the band has held since junior high school. It’s as if there was an amalgam of all these realms of heavy rock music that hadn’t yet been attempted, and Mutoid Man have nailed it with such precision that it comes across like a grand epiphany.

Mutoid Man was initially meant to be an exercise in flexing the creative chops outside of the members’ other projects. But if Helium Head proved that this musical diversion was serious business, Bleeder confirms that Mutoid Man are an imposing force regardless of their pedigree. Written in concentrated flurries between their other musical duties, Bleeder exudes the short bursts of manic energy that typified their creative process. There is no time to sit and ponder the bigger picture, no reason to search for subtlety—once the album launches into the first riff of “Bridgeburner”, there is no surrender, no apologies, and no relenting until the final crash and chug of the closing title track. Clocking in at just under half-an-hour, Bleeder seizes upon the same concentrated ferocity of classics like Reign In Blood. And with songs as good as these, Bleeder is sure to become a classic in its own right.


RIYL: Queens of the Stone Age, High On Fire, Mastodon, Torche, Baroness
TRY: #1, 2, 3
DIRTY: #3 (clean edit on DL page)




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

More Info Here:
http://mutoidman.com

http://sargenthouse.com/mutoid-man

http://facebook.com/mutoidman

http://twitter.com/mutoidman





Chris Staples
July 22nd, 2015

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Chris Staples

Cheap Shades

Barsuk Records



ADDS 7/28/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Chris Staples follows up his widely-acclaimed album, American Soft, with a brand new EP on Barsuk Records.

Cheap Shades is out July 24th in advance of his full US tour!

"If albums are friends, then American Soft by Chris Staples was my closest confidant in 2014." - NPR's All Song Considered

"Chris Staples’ songs are full of rich narratives and hushed hooks that confirm the old adage that less is more—especially when that less includes poetic lyrics about tornadoes and Pink Floyd.” - PASTE

"Made up of stripped-back guitar, poetic lyrics, and economical touches of rhythm, feedback, and hand-claps, American Soft is exactly the kind of album you’d expect an accomplished carpenter/guitarist to make.” - Tiny Mix Tapes

"There’s a professional carpenter’s sensibility and determination at work here; one of building things from basic elements by a craftsman who understands the importance of a secure structure and uses that to enhance his artistic discipline.” - American Songwriter

"Check out the record's second single, "Hold On To Something," an intimate but sonically lush cut..." - The AV Club

"The sparse arrangements cause some big effects…” - IMPOSE

Staples’… puts all the focus on the halting, haunting memories that emerge from 'American Soft.’” - Seattle Times

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Say Hi, Telekinesis, Yo La Tengo, Sun Kil Moon
TRY: #1, 4, 3 (Built To Spill cover)




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/chrisstaplesmusic

https://twitter.com/chrisrstaples

http://www.barsuk.com/w3.cgi?vwy=artists/chrisstaples





B. Dolan
July 22nd, 2015

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B. Dolan

Kill The Wolf

Strange Famous Records



HIP HOP & TOP 200 ADDS 7/28/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"Rapper B. Dolan may hail from the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island, but his booming voice is one of the loudest in underground hip-hop. He gained notoriety in the early aughts for his spoken word and activism, at one point even being courted by Def Jam. In the end, he opted not to adhere to the structure of a major label and has since released two full-length albums and three mixtapes....The 11-track album features Dolan at his most brash, spitting venomous rhymes over bombastic beats. Utilizing live instrumentation, the production pops violently from the speakers. He even ups the ante by bringing in Buck 65 and Aesop Rock for the track “Jailbreak”. Dolan’s flow constantly operates at high intensity, making every song feel like a commandment ripe with political thought and introspective insights." - Consequence of Sound

B. Dolan‘s self-produced “KILL THE WOLF”, a sweeping, powerful opus five years in the making, is out now! The album reinforces Dolan’s status as a complex lyricist and introduces him as a ambitious, versatile producer, dedicated as ever to concept and vision over fleeting hip-hop trends.

This sophomore studio effort on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS / SPEECH DEVELOPMENT features a supporting cast of talent from a wide range of musical backgrounds, including AESOP ROCK, BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER (Doomtree), KATHLEEN STUBELEK (Circle Takes the Square), DS3K, BUDDY PEACE, AUPHEUS, and the late DAVID LAMB (Brown Bird).

It would be easy for an album to go astray amidst such varying styles, but Dolan stays in firm command as the expert conductor, driving the album’s layered and visionary sound. “KILL THE WOLF” sets out with a goal of demolishing the boundaries of what was previously thought possible in a B. Dolan record; bringing the best techniques from his catalogue into a new era of production value by fusing live guitars, analog synths, violins and upright bass with formidable vocals and intricate lyrics.

Five years after shaking the foundations of underground rap with his “Fallen House, Sunken CIty” LP, B. Dolan emerges from the earth, battle-tested, clear-eyed, and sharper than ever.

The time has come to Kill the Wolf.


RIYL: Buck 65, Alias, Sage Francis, Doomtree, Run The Jewels, Action Bronson
TRY: #5, 9, 10
CLEAN AND DIRTY VERSIONS AVAILABLE ON DOWNLOADS PAGE!




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

More Info Here:
http://bdolan.net

https://www.facebook.com/bdolanSFR

https://twitter.com/bdolansfr

https://instagram.com/bdolansfr/

http://www.strangefamousrecords.com





Wilco
July 29th, 2015

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Wilco

Star Wars

dBpm / Anti-



ADDS 8/4/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"Surprise! Wilco just released a new album called Star Wars" - Consequence of Sound

"Wilco sound spryer, looser, livelier, wittier, and more fun than they have in years." - Paste (8.0)

"While you never can really tell with a lyricist as cryptic and elliptical as Tweedy, Star Wars hints at a congruence between his own cautious confessions and Wilco’s sensible risks—while this could just be a dry run for a conventionally released "event", the fact that they're challenging themselves is rewarding enough on its own." - Pitchfork (7.7)

"remarkably, the ever-changing band has found a way to please fans of each of their distinct periods" - Spin (7/10)

"Only Wilco could make something this eruptive feel so comfy, like a steel-wool security blanket." - Rolling Stone (4.5/5)

"Looser, grungier, fuzzier and yet more abrupt, perhaps, than latter-day Wilco offerings, Star Wars is proof that you can get considerably more than you pay for." - The Guardian

"Even by Wilco’s adventurous standards, Star Wars is possibly the most unusual, exploratory work of the band’s existence." - The Independent

"Star Wars is indeed a gift — a strangely simultaneously scuzzy and breezy gem of a record that clocks in at just over a half hour." - Pretty Much Amazing


RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Okkervil River, Deer Tick
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 7, 11




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

More Info Here:
http://wilcoworld.net

https://www.facebook.com/wilcohq

https://twitter.com/wilco

http://anti.com/artists/wilco/





stephaniesid
June 3rd, 2015

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stephaniesid

Excavator

Mint 400 Records



ADDS 6/9/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"...a mesmerizing mix of songs that can be hushed and calm one moment, and then suddenly dark and explosive the next." - Robin Hilton | NPR All Songs Considered
 
"The band's non-pandering brand of pop ...is intricately, artfully textural and full of surprises." - CityBeat, Cincinnati
 
"The songs move from intimate to anthemic... effortlessly poetic letters...acute insights ... shimmering synth hooks and smoothly shifting melodic textures... difficult to classify but easy to love." - Wayne Robins | Billboard Magazine

The ĭd (pronounced like “kid”) is the real person, under the armor. It’s the inner wild being, the emotional mercury, the soft tissue, the genuine human. stephaniesĭd is a pop-noir band working to excavate it.
 
In its latest pop-noir offering, Excavatorstephaniesĭd offers its most focused effort at unearthing the depths and idiosyncracies of the emotions contained within a human.   Stephanie Morgan (songwriter/vocals/guitar/synth), having been described by the Bonnaroo Beacon as "equal parts smoky coquette and Bjork like panache”, widens her vocal palette in operatic, soul, and rhythmic directions.  Her lyrics explore different intersections of the struggle to connect fully with others.  Chuck Lichtenberger (songwriter/keyboard), recording most of his parts on a white baby grand piano, draws heavily from his roots--jazz, gospel and classical--at times improvising within the song structure.  Tim Haney (drums) takes a melody-focused approach, following the songs through both large swells and subtle intricacies.  Guest performances include contributions by symphonic players Georgia Sinko (cello) and Sarah Hurd (violin); Justin Ray (trumpet, flugelhorn - Michael Buble), Jacob Rodriguez (saxophones, clarinet - Michael Buble), Caleb McMahon (trombone), Michael Libramento (guitar - Natalie Prass, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals), Vic Stafford (percussion - Toubab Krewe, Donna the Buffalo), Craig Sandberg (upright bass), and Jonathan Pearlman (guitar)   
 
stephaniesĭd adds to their 10-year body of work with Excavator, due out on the New Jersey based Mint 400 Records on June 9th. In May 2015 the band gave listeners their first taste of the album with the debut single  “Did You Say”. The band will embark on a multi-city Eastern US promotional tour over the summer to promote the album. Contact us if you'd like to go to a show or set anything up!
 
stephaniesĭd was born in 2003.  Its members have lived lengths of time in Des Moines, West Texas, San Antonio, Colorado Springs, Bangor, ME, Greensboro, NC, and Atlanta.  The band operates as a core trio and is often joined by experienced players, who make up the extended family of the band.  The band's music has been placed internationally in film (Switzerland's "The Red Helmet"), TV (Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"), commercials (Italy's Cesare Paciotti), and a video game (Sony Supermassive).  The band has been voted “Best Rock Band” 6 years in a row in Mountain Xpress Reader’s Poll in their home stomping grounds of Asheville, North Carolina.


RIYL: Portishead, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Florence & The Machine
TRY: #3, 4, 5
DIRTY: #2 has an EAS tone in the album version. Please grab the edited version from the downloads page.




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

More Info Here:
http://sid.stephaniesid.com

https://www.facebook.com/stephaniesid

https://twitter.com/stephaniesid

http://mint400records.com

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

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





ASH
June 3rd, 2015

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ASH

Kablammo!

earMUSIC



ADDS 6/9/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Blazing out of the blocks with two and half minutes of pure power pop, Ash made their traditional ‘Ash Wednesday’ return with ‘Cocoon’, the first single from their forthcoming studio album ‘Kablammo!’. ‘Kablammo!’ is going to be released on June 9th, 2015 on earMUSIC.

“It’s Ash at their frenetic best” says drummer Rick McMurray. “A wall of guitars and a shot of adrenaline with a sweet melodic chaser.” A clear statement of intent, ‘Cocoon’ picked up immediate radio support from BBC 6 Music and XFM and served as a bold introduction to their forthcoming album.

It’s been eight years since ‘Twilight Of The Innocents’, the album Ash vowed would be their last. The ensuing years saw the band embark on the ambitious A-Z singles series and its accompanying A-Z tour taking them from Aldershot to Zennor. The decision to put the album format to one side allowed Ash to explore a different dynamic to their sound across 26 tracks released over a year.

A-Z was a great exercise in creativity and we stand by our choice to do it but we still love the album format. Stepping away from it for eight years has given us a new found love for the format and it's been really exciting to get back to thinking about music in that way again”.

On ‘Kablammo!’, they set out to capture the live essence of Ash, the closest sonic predecessor being 2004's 'Meltdown', they say, with the songwriting of the 'Free All Angels' singles. “We've stripped away the electronic overtones of the A-Z series and made a streamlined blazing guitar record.”

“On every song you can hear what makes this band tick, our beating (atomic) heart. It's a visceral expression of what has driven us since 1992. Passion, melody and Ash.”

The title itself – ‘Kablammo!’ - sums up the excitement Ash felt “to be in a room together making new music. You can hear that on every song.” And this renewed enthusiasm for playing together is writ large over the album’s 12 tracks, the ‘in your face’ quality” which has made Ash one of the UK’s best-loved bands.

Free’ and ‘Moondust’ provide two of the album’s most anthemic moments.

“In the pool of half remembered dreams,” Tim Wheeler laments on ‘Free’. “How long have I been submerged in sleep?”, his soaring falsetto echoing above an impatient chug of guitars, a cry to cutting loose replete with an achingly emotive guitar solo.

Moondust’ captivates hearts with sweet pattering keys and the mournful grace of a string section, building to a mighty crescendo, Wheeler’s star-gazing broken heart lifted to the skies, “When you come home, will you stay for good?”

It’s not all sky-high calls and midnight falls, ‘Shutdown’ takes us back to the trio’s roots. Its scrappy, teenage punk spirit sprinting hand in hand with a sweet ‘90s nostalgia and a three-line chorus destined to raise your pint into the air. Elsewhere, ‘Dispatch’ rides a college rock wave. Wah-oos and guitar dips that explode into a head-crashing power-chord shred, all the while bumping up to hooks so big we’re singing along before we know all the words.

“We've finally bridged the gap between our live show and the recording” the band say. “Kablammo!’ is the proof.”


RIYL: Blur, Weezer, Futureheads, Sloan
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10




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

More Info Here:
http://www.ash-official.com

https://www.facebook.com/ash

https://twitter.com/ashofficial

https://www.youtube.com/ashofficial

https://instagram.com/ash_1977/





Christopher Paul Stelling
June 10th, 2015

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Christopher Paul Stelling

Labor Against Waste

Anti-



ADDS 6/16/15

DIGITAL ONLY

“It’s really hard to be a singer and a guitarist and make a mark - this guy does it though. He’s a great finger picker, a strong songwriter, listen to his words - you’ll love what you hear.” - Bob Boilen - NPR’s All Songs Considered

"The record delights at the threshold of polished folk-pop and rustic old folk; and he seems bound to make converts on both sides of that divide. - Rolling Stone

"It’s one thing to give in to the hypnosis induced by Stelling’s fluttering finger-picking on the studio track, but to catch him live is to see Stelling at his prime, all hoarse inflections, pensive delivery, and a pristine, total package of a one-man musical outfit that recalls the intensity of The Tallest Man on Earth and labelmate Glen Hansard. - Hilary Hughes - Village Voice

There is a fearless quality to the music of new ANTI- signing Christopher Paul Stelling. A voice that sounds both old and young, an effortless yet intricate finger-picking guitar style, and lyrics that are dramatic and intensely confessional. It’s a sound that channels the restless spirit of a young man who left home to travel the country, writing haunting and impassioned songs formed by endless nights alone on stage with a guitar, playing to packed houses, other times to nearly empty rooms. Stelling estimates that he’s played over four hundred shows in just the past three years. It places him within a longstanding tradition that serves to build both character and vision.

Labor Against Waste features Stelling’s astonishing guitar work, a melodic finger-picking style influenced in large part by blues legends such as Skip James and Mississippi John, masters like John Fahey, and banjo greats Dock Boggs and Roscoe Holcomb. On top of this soars Stelling’s voice, a resonant baritone that calls to mind classic trou- badours from Tim Hardin to Steve Earle. Accompanied by an ensemble of stomps, claps, french horn, flugelhorn, kettle drums, string quartet, and a chorus comprised of members from the Low Anthem, in whose studio Stelling recorded the album, Labor Against Waste is the opening statement in what should be a long and storied career.


RIYL: The Tallest Man on Earth, Sean Rowe, Justin Townes Earle, William Elliott Whitmore, William Tyler, Langhorne Slim
DIRTY: #6
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 8




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christopher-Paul-Stelling/238129001427

https://twitter.com/c_p_stelling

http://www.anti.com/artists/christopher-paul-stelling/





Mates of State
June 10th, 2015

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Mates of State

You're Going To Make It

Barsuk



ADDS 6/16/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Pitchfork: EP Preview

"Mates of State still love each other more than you'll ever love anything" - NOISEY album premiere

"Casting the heady swoon of courtship as a game of intense focus, "Staring Contest" practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love." - NPR song premiere

"Staring Contest is about young love, the kind that surfaces in an instant and is probably extinguished three weeks later once it’s no longer worthy gossip material and everyone involved is over it." - Stereogum track premiere

Mates of State’s new self-produced EP, You’re Going To Make It, is nothing but choice cuts: five anthemic and emotionally-rich songs that will quickly take up residence in your mental jukebox; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the earworms they are.

This new batch of tunes is Mates of State in its purest form. The razor sharp harmonies, shimmering new wave synth melodies, an internal warmth that can only come from a couple that has been musically and romantically involved for nearly two decades, and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns.

On “Beautiful Kids,” the band speaks to how, even though we are connected to one another 24/7 thanks to modern technology, a sense of loneliness still pervades. Or as Hammel puts it: “We all just want to be seen, but we won’t look up from our screens so that we can be seen.” “Gonna Get It” and “I Want To Run” build off the same inspiring notion of the EP’s title, encouraging both themselves and their fans to keep striving no matter what the odds. And fist-pumping opener “Staring Contest” speaks to that delicious ache of schoolyard crushes and youthful love.

With yet another in a long history of brilliant music videos, the band will premiere a video for “Staring Contest” shortly after the release of You're Going To Make It.

In addition to a triumphant fifteen years as a band, Jason and Kori will star in their first ever full-length movie, titled Rumperbutts, which premiered on May 22.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, New Pornographers, Metric, Matt and Kim, Rilo Kiley
TRY: #1, 2, 4




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/matesofstate

https://twitter.com/matesofstate

http://www.barsuk.com/w3.cgi?vwy=artists/matesofstate

https://instagram.com/matesofstate/

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





Songs of Water
June 17th, 2015

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Songs of Water

Stars and Dust

Freshwater Records



ADDS 6/23/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Stars and Dust demands attention; the album is a journey, transportive and transformative. Its songs breathe and leap, they evoke hope and profess a sense of waking into life — into the beauty, tragedy and mystery of it all.” - Mountain Xpress

American Songwriter has premiered album standout “11 Miles” from the forthcoming Songs of Water release Stars and Dust.

Much like the earthly element from which they draw their name, the music of Songs of Water ebbs and flows, pulsing with life, beauty and energy. Building on a solid foundation of sophisticated, instrumental prowess and poetic lyricism, the band paints sweeping cinematic compositions with deft proficiency and a delicate hand.

Stars and Dust is a profound display of symmetry and a testimony to the reward of artistic precision, having taken nearly three years to complete. It boasts an expansive sonic palette ranging from the traditional guitar/drums/bass format to a full classical wind and string section and an array of surprising instruments.

Luke Skaggs (son of bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs), Stephen Roach (cousin to the flat-picking guitar great Tony Rice) and their compatriots wielded their sonic brushes to create a monumental work with a refined, concise statement. Stars and Dust stands as a cohesive whole, resulting in a moving collection of lyrical and cinematic songs.


RIYL: Father John Misty, Beirut, Andrew Bird, Broken Social Scene
TRY: #1, 3, 6




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/songsofwater

https://twitter.com/songsofwater





Desaparecidos
June 17th, 2015

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Desaparecidos

Payola

Epitaph



ADDS 6/23/15

DIGITAL ONLY

NPR Music: First Listen

"Conor Oberst returns to his punk roots with politically-charged LP" - Consequence of Sound

"Conor Oberst's Band Desaparecidos Announce New Album Payola, Share "City on the Hill"...Their first album in 13 years features Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, Cursive's Tim Kasher, So So Glos" - Pitchfork

"Expectedly anthemic, expectedly passionate, expectedly great." - Vulture

"Anthemic." - Rolling Stone 
 
Formed in 2001 in Omaha, Nebraska, Desaparecidos released one album, Read Music / Speak Spanish in 2002 on Saddle Creek Records. Though the band never "broke up", they did part ways for several years as members Conor Oberst (vocals, guitar), Denver Dalley (guitar), Ian McElroy (keyboards), Landon Hedges (bass / vocals), and Matt Baum (drums) went on to pursue separate ambitions, including Conor Oberst's career with the band Bright Eyes.

Influenced by '70s/'80s punk & hardcore like T.S.O.L. and Cro-Mags; early '80s power-pop the Vapors and Tommy Tutone, Payola was co-produced with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, Saintseneca, and 'The Fault in our Stars' Score From the Motion Picture with Nate Walcott); and was recorded in several batches over the past few years. On Payola, the band consciously tackled a wide range of political issues at a much broader scale. It has a greater degree of focus and musicality than the first release. Payola is more raw, louder, and angrier. In addition to the 6 previously released tracks, the album also includes 8 new tracks from the band.

A band that never fully came into fruition is finally getting their due with their sophomore release only 13 short years later. Desaparecidos are scheduled to play show dates this year with a full itinerary here.


RIYL: Japandroids, Superchunk, Against Me, Joyce Manor, Thermals
TRY: #3, 4, 5, 6, 9




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

More Info Here:
http://epitaph.com/artists/desaparecidos

http://www.desaparecidosband.com

https://www.facebook.com/desaparecidosband

https://twitter.com/desaband





Rebuilder
June 24th, 2015

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Rebuilder

Rock & Roll In America

Panic State Records



ADDS 6/30/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Rebuilder need to get on the road with some of skate-punk and pop-punk’s great masters, like the Descendents and NOFX. Their one-two punch of two lead vocalists and straight barre-chord punk is catchy as hell, and deserves to be heard by the masses.” – Do 617

“Loud, fast, pop punk with attitude.” – Daykamp Music

Rebuilder are the best kind of in-between from hardcore punk and early 90’s skate punk. Bigass hooks, singalong choruses, gritty palm-muted guitars...go do a kickflip, break your wrist, and go to a Rebuilder show in your cast. That’s how it should be.” – Allston Pudding

“A killer punk screed needn’t exceed two minutes. Economical and phenomenal.” – Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble participant and Boston Music Award nominee for ‘Punk Artist of the Year’, Rebuilder rips open the preconceived stitches of punk rock to deliver their expansive, mature, and complex sophomore album, “Rock & Roll In America”. Their debut full-length on Panic State Records, “ Rock & Roll In America” reinvents the self-proclaimed gnarly rock band’s sonic footprint, transcending the traditional three chord punk progression and showcasing the evolution of the band’s collaborative writing styles.

Passionate, stirring and with a ‘never say die’ attitude in the same vein as Frank Turner or Against Me, Rebuilder’s live shows are packed with the resilient emotion of DIY music inspired by the honest truth, the instinctual reaction and the second wind that holds you back from the brink of exhaustion. Rebuilder hit the scene in 2013 and has opened for acts such as The Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Dead Milkmen and Stiff Little Fingers. ‘Rock & Roll In America’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas of Defeater at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA.

Rebuilder is Sal Ellington (vocals, guitar), Craig Stanton (vocals, guitar), Daniel Carswell (bass), Brandon Phillips (drums), Rick Smith (electric keyboard and organ).


RIYL: Frank Turner, Against Me, Descendents, Bouncing Souls
TRY: #4, 7, 9
DIRTY: #11




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/RebuilderBoston

https://twitter.com/RebuilderBoston





Refused
June 24th, 2015

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Refused

Freedom

Epitaph



ADDS 6/30/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Refused are f*cking alive. There's no escape. The Iconic Swedish hardcore band are releasing Freedom their first new album in 17 years on June 30 via Epitaph

Listen to the first new song "Elektra" at Pitchfork here

"Refused has returned with a new shape of punk that’s just as wild and eclectic as their last." - Consequence of Sound review (B+)

“A luminous work of bombastic-in-the-best-way brilliance.” – Revolver

"Freedom’ is quite possibly the band's most electrifying and propulsive record to date." - Rolling Stone

“Even 17 years after their last record, few can do it like Refused." – Brooklyn Vegan


In 1998 Refused released their iconic album The Shape of Punk to Come. It was also the year that the band broke up and declared "Refused Are F*cking Dead". Fourteen years later, the band reignited in 2012 for a Coachella performance. The group started contemplating new music within the first four months of the reunion tour, a process greatly aided by the fact that drummer David Sandström, guitarist Kristofer Steen, and bassist Magnus Flagge had already been writing together informally for several years under the auspices of a new, vocal-less band.
 
Frontman Dennis Lyxzén states:
 
“It’s not a reunion anymore. This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”
 
Drummer David Sandström adds:
 
"Nobody wanted us to f*ck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up. Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.”
 
Freedom explodes out of the speakers with opening track “Elektra,” as Lyxzén throat-shredding declaration that “nothing has changed” catapults Refused into the 21st century. Production for Freedom was overseen by Nick Launay (Gang Of Four, Public Image Ltd., Nick Cave, and Arcade Fire). “Elektra” and “366” were produced and co-written by fellow Swede and longtime Refused fan Shellback, who has scored eight No. 1 hits.
 
Refused returned to the US with a performance at the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas on May 24, followed by a sold out small club tour this spring. Additionally Refused will tour with Faith No More this summer.

Stream the new album via YouTube or Pandora!


RIYL: Converge, The Bronx, F*cked Up, Faith No More
TRY: #1, 3, 4
DIRTY: #2, 6




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

More Info Here:
http://officialrefused.com

https://www.facebook.com/RefusedBand

https://twitter.com/refused

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





Yardlets
May 6th, 2015

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Yardlets

Good Hangs

Hobo Slang / White Whale



ADDS 5/12/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"The Yardlets wanted to capture what the villains in Mad Max and the replicants of Blade Runner would sound like if they started a band, and then threw a dash of 80s gated reverb on everything." - Indie 88: Album Premiere

"Heavy on the fuzz and feedback, light on the filler, the new single delivers distorted vocals atop whirling guitars that come across like the soundtrack to a hallucination." - Exclaim: Single Premiere

Yardlets are the Montreal duo of Sam Goldberg Jr. (Broken Social Scene/Hawaii/Kandle) and Jeff Edwards (Shot While Hunting), who will release their sophomore album, Good Hangs May 12 on Hobo Slang. A collection of revved up, scuzzed out, late-night, psychedelic blasts recorded at Break Glass Studios with Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) engineering and mixing, and Tim Fletcher (The Stills) on bass, David Deias (Mystic Motorcycles) on drums.“The main idea behind Yardlets was to actually work around the limitations of my old skateboard buddy Jeff,” says Sam Goldberg Jr., “who didn’t actually know how to play guitar when we started. On a lot of the songs, when we started writing, I would say, ‘play one note. Or maybe two.’ First single, “Baby Deer”, for example, there is just one note being played the whole way through.” That provided the launching point for Yardlets – creating through minimalism.

Most importantly for Goldberg though, along with getting to make record with an old friend, is that Jeff is a fantastic singer. Yardlets digitally released their debut album, Middle Ages, in 2012, a lo-fi collection, recorded directly into a laptop, with Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979) playing drums on top of it. Good Hangs is the next logical step forward, and Yardlets will support the album with Canadian dates in May, with U.S. dates in the works for later in the year.


RIYL: Viet Cong, Skaters, Iceage, Broken Social Scene
DIRTY: #3, 6, 7, 10
TRY: #1, 2, 4




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

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

https://twitter.com/yardlets

http://yardlets.bandcamp.com

http://yardletsband.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yardlets/150433385043636





Patrick Watson
May 6th, 2015

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Patrick Watson

Love Songs For Robots

Domino



ADDS 5/12/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"A vast and beautiful sound..." - NPR Music’s Bob Boilen

"Hushed, intensely musical." - Rolling Stone

"Exquisite and thrilling…Achingly beautiful." - The San Francisco Chronicle

"Places You Will Go," the first single from Patrick Watson’s new record Love Songs For Robots, is premiering at The Fader. Of the track, The Fader praises, “as nearly hallucinatory as it is pleasing to the ears.” Love Songs for Robots, set for release on May 12 via Domino Records, is receiving early critical praise—Consequence of Sound calls it “rich and ethereal,” while Stereogum adds “Watson’s voice exists in that airy, impossible realm that seems more spiritual than physical in form.” The album follows Watson’s critically acclaimed 2012 release Adventures In Your Own Backyard.

In addition, the title track from the album recently premiered at NPR Music “All Songs Considered” New Mix, and Watson shared a teaser for the album, which includes the track “In Circles,” here.

To celebrate the release, Watson will embark on a worldwide tour, with additional dates to be announced. Let us know if you'd like to go to a show or request anything at all!


RIYL: Sufjan Stephens, Jose Gonzales, The Antlers, Jeff Buckley, Andrew Bird
TRY: #2, 4, 6, 10




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

More Info Here:
http://patrickwatson.net

https://twitter.com/patrickwatson

https://www.facebook.com/patrickwatsonofficial





ASIWYFA
May 12th, 2015

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And So I Watch You From Afar

Heirs

Sargent House



ADDS 5/19/15

DIGITAL ONLY

“...this record feels familiar while coming across as totally fresh and invigorating...” – The Fader

“Like the sonic equivalent of a Rorschach test, each track is riddled with vast soundscapes begging to be explored and made sense of.” – Kerrang!

And So I Watch You From Afar are back with a welcomed punch in the face, a blistering, relentless (yet strangely quite fun) slab of riffage.” – BBC

And So I Watch You From Afar have applied to their fourth album the same rigorous work ethic that has seen them touring nearly non-stop all over the world in recent years — including less common tour stops like China, Russia, India and Africa. Heirs is both the band’s most painstakingly created album as well as its most personal and meaningful. “Its central theme is about the inheritance of ideas,” the band says. “In that we’re all heirs to other peoples’ passion, which in turn inspires ourselves.”

Many new lives, new imperatives and invigorated perspectives helped shape the 10-song album written in prolific isolation spanning over 6 months in the band's Belfast, Northern Ireland home. It's a work of intense focus and adventurous abandon that reaches to the heart of artistic expression.

“We started making the album while touring in 2013,” guitarist Rory Friers explains. “We would be recording demos in our hotel rooms, back stage and we would even hire out rehearsal rooms during days off.” Being the first album with new guitarist Niall Kennedy (who joined as a touring member in 2012), the band grew increasingly productive taking half a year off from the road and working nearly every waking moment together in their rehearsal room. Friers and Kennedy, along with drummer Chris Wee and bassist Johnathan Adger amassed about 30 new songs, which were then whittled down to 15 tracks. Of those 15, only 10 songs made the final cut, carefully selecting those that best represented the ideas and feelings the band wanted to express with the album.

“It’s called Heirs as a tribute to a lot of new people who came into all our lives during the writing and recording of the album — lots of nephews and Johnny had a daughter, Eisa,” Friers explains. “It seems like the songs soaked up all those feelings we had during the writing. Because making the album was such an intentionally intense and full time experience none of us where listening to much other music or even experiencing much else outside of it. So, it feels like a very pure representation of what happens when these four people decide to make music together. It was a very Intense time and the record has been shaped by that.”


RIYL: Fang Island, Battles, Adebisi Shank
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 2
(Radio edits for #1 & 4 on Downloads page)




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

More Info Here:
http://asiwyfa.com

http://sargenthouse.com/and-so-i-watch-you-from-afar

https://www.facebook.com/andsoiwatchyoufromafar

https://twitter.com/ASIWYFA_BAND





Milk Carton Kids
May 12th, 2015

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The Milk Carton Kids

Monterey

Anti-



ADDS 5/19/15

DIGITAL ONLY

"The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan craft soft, timeless ballads in close harmony — and, as such, recall the reverently beautiful likes of Simon & Garfunkel." - NPR First Listen

The two years since the release of The Ash & Clay have been heady ones for The Milk Carton Kids, with accolades ranging from their featured performance in the Coen Brothers documentary Another Day, Another Time, to winning Group of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards, to a Grammy nomination, to performing at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival.

While many of their laurels reference specific genres, the duo quickly transcend those tags, with inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern “alternative,” all broadening their appeal, so that the audience at a typical Milk Carton Kids concert can range from 18 to 80. Like the pioneers Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris – both of whom the band paid tribute to this last year – the Milk Carton Kids take American music at its word, without confines or borders.

Now with their third album Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids have evolved their signature sound into its purest essence. Writing on the road, sitting around after shows in green rooms and hallways, these duo found themselves finishing and editing each other’s songs, resulting in a batch of songs where, for the first time in the band’s career, friends and family cannot tell who wrote what. And for all the attention the duo receives for combining into one voice, on Monterey we finally hear the singers as distinct; the acclaimed harmonies move farther apart so that the quirks and kinks of two individual identities emerge, the harmonies all the while remaining lush and soaring, their beauty all the more apparent for the showing of their scars.

Monterey is an album forged literally and metaphorically “on the road”, an album that seems to ask how we can resolve the contradiction between the lightness of our footprint as we pass through, and the weight of those memories gath- ering behind us in the rearview mirror. Monterey poses this question with grace, beauty and a sly humor.


RIYL: Fleet Foxes, Head and the Heart, Lone Bellow, Punch Brothers, Low Anthem
TRY: #3, 5, 6, 9




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/TheMilkCartonKids

https://twitter.com/milkcartonkids

http://www.anti.com/artists/the-milk-carton-kids/





Blis.
May 19th, 2015

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Blis.

Starting Fires In My Parents House

Sargent House



ADDS 5/26/15

DIGITAL ONLY

“Even though Blis. is pretty young, the Atlanta four-piece is already drawing comparisons to some of indie rock’s biggest names. Though it’s quick to namecheck Weatherbox and American Football, the band has had other heavy-hitters like Modest Mouse and Silversun Pickups lobbed at it as well.” - The A.V. Club

Starting Fires In My Parents House is the upcoming EP from Blis., an Atlanta trio that likes the flout the rules of spelling and punctuation. Single “Floating Somewhere High And Above” is a hard-charging emo track with smart less-is-more guitar riffs and vocals that remind me of a cross between Isaac Brock and the dude from Silversun Pickups. The song seems to be waging an internal war between rhythmic and harmonic bombast, and everybody wins.” - Stereogum

"Floating Somewhere High and Above" is a splenetic airing out of the cognitive dissonance that occurs when one's perception is completely opposed to the reality that others offer. Maybe you can relate: the narrator here feels like sh*t, but where others see a hangover, this guy is convinced that getting f*cked up is the only solution. Blis. externalize his inner monologue, as guitars clash, fire and sting like faulty synapses and frayed nerve endings; "Floating" is the sound of someone inflicting their own pain to counter depression as a last-ditch grasp of control. It's potent stuff if you can identify with Blis.—mad as hell while knowing you're probably gonna keep takin' it.” - Pitchfork


RIYL: American Football, Modest Mouse, Foals, Cursive
DIRTY: #1, 2
TRY: #3, 4




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

More Info Here:
http://sargenthouse.com/blis

http://www.facebook.com/blismusic

http://twitter.com/blisatl

https://blismusic.bandcamp.com





Trails and Ways
May 19th, 2015

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Trails and Ways

Pathology

Barsuk



ADDS 5/26/15

DIGITAL ONLY

The sound of Oakland, CA’s Trails and Ways is a fascinating mix of the melancholy of bossa nova, the fearlessness of basement indie rock, driving grooves from the end of disco, and the slick shine of radio pop. Their songs never shy away from personal and political heavy-lifting, but this is some of the most compelling pop music we’ve heard in some time. Call it what you will; hearing it is like stumbling into the warmth of an intimate dance party among smart and thoughtful friends.

The band’s four members (Hannah and Keith on guitar, Ian on drums, and Emma on bass) cast off from the co-op houses at UC Berkeley in the depths of the great recession. They headed to live as far afield as Ceará in Brazil and Galicia in Spain before reuniting in Oakland to start the DIY bedroom recording project that became Trails and Ways. When the friends first sent out their early track “Nunca” to a few blogs the zeitgeist must have been blowing through Oakland, and they were staggered by a sudden rush of attention: 70,000 plays in a single day — something rarely seen from an unsigned artist.

This surge of popularity galvanized the band, and wary of becoming another flash-in-the-pan blog sensation they set out with determination to refine their art and take advantage of the unexpected groundswell of support. They quickly got to work crafting a powerful live show, quit their day jobs, ran two national tours, and played festival stages at Outside Lands, Capitol Hill Block Party, and Firefly.

Pathology, their debut LP, was recorded at home in Oakland in 2014, amid the unrelenting crawl of the California drought and the surge of tech-company capital in the Bay Area. The album is a work of multiple hands, multiple hearts, and multiple voices — vibrant, emotional, political, and personal.


RIYL: Best Coast, Chvrches, Phantogram, Purity Ring, Stars, CSS
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 6, 10




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

More Info Here:
http://hiketrailsandways.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS

https://twitter.com/TRAILSANDWAYS

https://instagram.com/trailsandways





AM and Shawn Lee
May 27th, 2015

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AM & Shawn Lee

Outlines

AM Sounds



ADDS 6/2/15

DIGITAL ONLY

The transatlantic duo AM & Shawn Lee continue their journey forward via the past on their new album Outlines, digging heavily into obscure soul, sound library and soundtracks for inspiration and re-imagine them through a pop lens. AM & Shawn Lee focus heavily on synthesizers, but still keep the core organic, with live drums and bass and of course placing a heavy importance on groove. Sonically Outlines tips it's hat to other synthesized soul productions such as The System or The Blackbyrds .

The first single "Persuasion" sets up the album perfectly with a revolving, atmospheric synth pattern suddenly interrupted by a deep funk groove peppered with staccato vocal stylings. "Cold Tears", a heartbreaking tale of a friend's false imprisonment, flows over galloping funk and sinister synths. "Again and Again", perhaps the epitome of sparse groove, is a perfect mid-tempo cruiser and a clear nod to AM's past tour mates AIR, while "Nightshine" delivers demented aerobic pop...picture Olivia Newton John's "Physical" set to a John Carpenter film.

The album title Outlines plays on a double meaning. On the one hand the record sounds like a "trace", giving no more than necessary to the production...the essentials. Lyrically, there is an undercurrent of an all too familiar modern struggle...the failure to communicate. We're only giving each other shorthand… “the outlines.”

AM & Shawn Lee's musical and artistic chemistry is very obvious especially since they have never recorded in the same room together. The duo trade tracks between London and Los Angeles until they feel the songs are complete. The process is ego-less, and both AM and Shawn Lee play nearly every instrument on the record.

Outlines is by far AM & Shawn Lee's favorite recording to date. Minimalist, future soul re-worked for today, but never forgetting what came before. Above all the music just soars. …Like hang gliding into a summer sunset.

AM & Shawn Lee released their debut album, Celestial Electric, to worldwide praise at Q, Word, Uncut, Mojo, Magik, Roliing Stone France, Radio Nova, Under The Radar, Nylon and more.

Stay tuned for USA/European tour dates for AM & Shawn Lee, coming soon!


RIYL: Metronomy, Hot Chip, Chromeo, Cut Copy
TRY: #1, 2, 6, 7




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/am

https://www.facebook.com/amandshawnlee

https://amsounds.bandcamp.com





SOAK
May 27th, 2015

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SOAK

Before We Forgot How To Dream

Rough Trade



ADDS 6/2/15

DIGITAL ONLY

SOAK is 18-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson, and Before We Forgot How To Dream is her debut for Rough Trade. Named One To Watch for 2015 via the likes of iTunes, Spotify and the BBC Sound Poll, the album is a highly anticipated coming-of-age record in more ways than one.

Produced alongside Tommy Mclauglin from Villagers following a stint on CHVRCHES’ singles label, SOAK’s debut album is in part a vivid soundtrack to the rollercoaster of adolescence. There are those songs of lost innocence, with the Beach-House-influenced “B a nobody” depicting her brother’s crisis at the end of University and “Shuvels” (complete with the startling opening lyric, “I’ve got a ghost / And she’s haunting me”) also capturing this uncertainty of what comes next in life.

Ultimately, though, Before We Forgot How To Dream tackles those bigger struggles which become no clearer with age, and the compassion that arrives as a result: or as an aptly-tiled instrumental interlude puts it, ‘if everyone is someone – noone is everyone.” “Sea Creatures”, then, is a beautiful encouragement to a friend going through a hard time, whilst the tender but timeless “Blud” acts as a striking snapshot of a relationship in distress. It was actually written before SOAK’s parents separated – they also managed her whilst in full-time work for two years - after Bridie lay on the floor in an attempt to listen in on an argument. “Ultimately it’s saying that we’re a family who should stick together, even if we’re not.”

On its surface, Before We Forgot How To Dream may initially appear nostalgic – romantic, even - towards a more innocent time. But despite the tumultuous tone, which actually lingers beneath the record, there is still a persistently uplifting element to SOAK’s music. “People grow up and nobody believes in Magic anymore, or you’re told to lower your expectations and that certain behaviour isn’t appropriate. This album is definitely about that time when you believed a bit more in things.” You’d venture that belief will take SOAK further yet in her career, though ultimately her debut album seems to explore those joys and fears we take with us through life, from adolescence into adulthood – but simply get a little better at hiding.


RIYL: Cat Power, Daughter, Laura Marling, Karen O
TRY: #2, 3, 5




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

More Info Here:
http://www.soakmusic.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/Soak0fficial

https://twitter.com/soakofficial





Ballroom Thieves
April 1st, 2015

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Ballroom Thieves

A Wolf In The Doorway

Blue Corn Music



ADDS 4/7/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

TRY: #1, 5, 12




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

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

https://twitter.com/BallroomThieves

https://www.facebook.com/ballroomthieves





Matt and Kim
April 1st, 2015

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Matt and Kim

New Glow

Harvest



ADDS 4/7/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

More Info Here:
http://mattandkimmusic.com

http://instagram.com/mattandkim

https://www.facebook.com/mattandkim

http://twitter.com/mattandkim

http://youtube.com/mattandkim

http://mattandkim.tumblr.com





Eels
April 8th, 2015

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Eels

Royal Albert Hall

Eworks/PIAS



ADDS 4/14/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

Stereogum: preview

NME: preview

Paste: video premiere

Exclaim!: announcement

Billboard: video premiere

Q Magazine: video premiere

The Line Of Best Fit: preview


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




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

More Info Here:
http://eelstheband.com

http://www.facebook.com/THEEELS

https://twitter.com/THE_EELS





Calexico
April 8th, 2015

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Calexico

Edge Of The Sun

Anti-



ADDS 4/14/15

DIGITAL ONLY

NPR: First Listen

Consequence of Sound: review

Falling From the Sky” on CONAN!

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

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

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


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




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

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

https://twitter.com/casadecalexico

https://www.facebook.com/calexico

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

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





They Might Be Giants
April 15th, 2015

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They Might Be Giants

Glean

Idlewild/Megaforce



ADDS 4/21/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/theymightbegiants

https://twitter.com/tmbg

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





Marriages
April 15th, 2015

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Marriages

Salome

Sargent House



ADDS 4/21/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

More Info Here:
http://marriagesband.com

http://sargenthouse.com/marriages

http://facebook.com/marriagesband

http://twitter.com/marriagesband





Sean Rowe
April 22nd, 2015

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Sean Rowe

Her Songs

Anti-



ADDS 4/28/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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

Track List:
Ode To Divorce - Regina Spektor

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

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


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




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

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

https://twitter.com/sean_rowe

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





Good Riddance
April 22nd, 2015

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Good Riddance

Peace In Our Time

Fat Wreck Chords



ADDS 4/28/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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


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




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

More Info Here:
http://grpunk.com

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

https://www.facebook.com/goodriddance

https://twitter.com/gr_punk





Dustin Kensrue
April 29th, 2015

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Dustin Kensrue

Carry The Fire

Staple / Vagrant



ADDS 5/5/15

DIGITAL ONLY

Singer, songwriter and guitarist DUSTIN KENSRUE (Thrice) reveals a new song and video for “Of Crows and Crowns” from his new solo album, CARRY THE FIRE, which was released on April 21, 2015 on Staple Records/Vagrant Records. Directed by Vern Moen (Radiohead, Jack White, Cold War Kids), check out the beautifully shot black & white video here: http://youtu.be/dawMFkPNJpM

Last month Billboard premiered the song “Back to Back,” and said, “"Back to Back" is a tuneful, infectious song, a folk framework with a rock backbone. It's far from the heaviness of a Thrice song, but it once again proves there are two distinct sides to Kensrue's writing.”

On tour now, contact us for tix / interviews / etc!


RIYL: City and Colour, Death Cab For Cutie, David Bazan, The War on Drugs, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 2, 7, 10




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

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

https://twitter.com/dustinkensrue

https://www.facebook.com/dustinkensrue





Mylets
April 29th, 2015

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Mylets

Arizona

Sargent House



ADDS 5/5/15

DIGITAL ONLY

“The spirit of "Trembling Hands" comes straight out of Nine Inch Nails' most anthemic work.” - NPR

"Mylets builds up layer upon layer of complex instrumentation to create his experimental loop-rock. The results are mesmerizing, hypnotic soundscapes that can be odd, loud and beautiful." - NME

"A staggeringly intricate work that still manages to remain catchy and full of hooks." - Noisey

Under the moniker Mylets, Henry Kohen takes on the roles of several musicians at once. The wunderkind guitarist who, at 17, became the youngest artist signed to Sargent House has since established his reputation as an awe- inspiring and agile performer, playing across North America and Europe multiple times over the past couple of years.

Dancing across multiple guitar pedals that line the stage, Kohen also sings and lays down guitar loops while simultaneously tapping out beats on a drum machine. Nothing is pre-programmed. Every note played is as organic and fallible as its performer. Kohen’s physicality and presence is captivating on stage, but what’s even more impressive is that his songwriting talent is equally as vast and varied as his multitasking skills.

Arizona is the defining work of a masterful tunesmith. Despite their complexity, the songs are never disrupted by the intricacies running beneath their hyper-infectious pop structures. Kohen operates his equipment like the conductor of a small orchestra, summoning fully realized melodies from his devices. “I put in a lot of effort to make every single word and note of each song as deliberate and concise as I could,” Kohen explains, “rather than throw out an unintelligible overflow of information.”

Album opener “Trembling Hands” is a massive, hook-heavy anthem driven by layers of churning guitars and distortion that stirs somewhere between the throaty verses of Broken-era Nine Inch Nails to the hymnal anxiety of a Cloud Nothings record. The title track follows with a cascade of syncopated guitar arpeggios setting the stage for a reverse-reverb soaked vocal harmony that chimes like something off of U2’s Unforgettable Fire. And, that’s the beauty here: Mylets appeals to every listener, not just other musicians. Kohen understates his unparalleled and highly specific skills and instead forces the emotion informing his music to the forefront. This ability is what makes the songs on Arizona command repeat listens.


RIYL: Nine Inch Nails, Cloud Nothings, Battles, Marnie Stern
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 6




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

More Info Here:
http://myletsmusic.com

http://sargenthouse.com/mylets

https://www.facebook.com/mylets

https://twitter.com/myletsband

http://mylets.bandcamp.com





Champs
March 4th, 2015

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Champs

Vamala

PIAS



ADDS 3/10/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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


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




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/champschampschamps

https://twitter.com/CHAMPSOFFICIAL





Pile
March 4th, 2015

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Pile

You're Better Than This

Exploding In Sound Records



ADDS 3/10/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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


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

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




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

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

http://pilemusic.tumblr.com

http://pile.bandcamp.com

https://twitter.com/pilemusic

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





No Spill Blood
March 11th, 2015

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No Spill Blood

Heavy Electricity

Sargent House



ADDS 3/17/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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


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




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

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

http://nospillblood.com

http://www.sargenthouse.com

http://www.sargenthouse.com/no_spill_blood

https://twitter.com/no_spill_blood

https://www.facebook.com/nospillblood





Dorsal Fins
March 11th, 2015

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Dorsal Fins

Mind Renovation

Gripless / Remote Control



ADDS 3/17/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

https://twitter.com/dorsalfinsss

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





Glen Hansard
March 18th, 2015

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Glen Hansard

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

Overcoat Recordings



ADDS 3/24/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/GlenHansardMusic

https://twitter.com/glen_hansard





Great Lake Swimmers
March 18th, 2015

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Great Lake Swimmers

A Forest Of Arms

Nettwerk



ADDS 3/24/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/greatlakeswimmers

https://twitter.com/greatlakeswim





William Elliott Whitmore
March 25th, 2015

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William Elliott Whitmore

Radium Death

Anti-



ADDS 3/31/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

More Info Here:
http://williamelliottwhitmore.com

https://www.facebook.com/williamelliottwhitmore

https://instagram.com/teamwhitmore/

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





Strung Out
March 25th, 2015

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Strung Out

Transmission.Alpha.Delta

Fat Wreck Chords



ADDS 3/31/15

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/strungout

https://twitter.com/StrungOut





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



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

Please RSVP here and feel free to spread the word!

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

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

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

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


Thanks!
Your friends @ Pirate!
#pirateplayground
#cmj2014




Pirate! heads to SXSW
March 5th, 2014



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://pirateplayground.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/piratepromotion


Thanks!
Your friends @ Pirate!




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



Pirate! Party at CMJ!

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

Please RSVP here and feel free to spread the word!

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

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

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

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

http://www.twitter.com/piratepirate

http://pirateplayground.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/piratepromotion


Thanks!
Your friends @ Pirate!
#pirateplayground
#cmj2013




Jaden Social
April 30th, 2013

Pirate! and Jaden Social announce partnership...

Jaden Social Logo

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

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

This is where Jaden Social can help!

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

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

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

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

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




Sun n’ Snow Fest 2013
November 8th, 2012

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



(click for larger image, poster design by ElefhantWorks)

Entertainment as follows: (more TBA)

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

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

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


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

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

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

With support from...









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




Pirate! at CMJ
October 1st, 2012


Pirate! Party at CMJ!

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

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

Beverages provided by Tommyknocker Brewery!

Promotional support from Anti-, Pirate! & Backbone!

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

Please RSVP here and feel free to spread the word!

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

http://www.twitter.com/piratepirate

http://pirateplayground.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/piratepromotion


Thanks!
Your friends @ Pirate!
#pirateplayground
#cmj2012