Beth Orton
May 24th, 2016

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Beth Orton
Kidsticks
Anti-
ADDS 5/31/16
CD / DIGITAL

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

More Info Here:
http://www.bethortonofficial.com/
https://twitter.com/beth_orton
https://www.facebook.com/BethOrtonOfficial
http://www.anti.com/artists/beth-orton/
https://www.instagram.com/bethorton/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beth_Orton



Esme Patterson
May 24th, 2016

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Esmé Patterson
We Were Wild
Grand Jury
ADDS 5/31/16
CD / DIGITAL

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

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

“defiant and witty” –The Guardian

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

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

“…enthralled from the beginning.” – KEXP

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


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

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

More Info Here:
http://esmepatterson.com/
https://www.facebook.com/EsmePattersonMusic/
https://twitter.com/EsmePatterson
http://grandjurymusic.com/artists/esme-patterson
https://www.instagram.com/esme_patterson/



Mean Jeans
May 4th, 2016

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Mean Jeans

Tight New Dimension

Fat Wreck Chords



ADDS 5/10/16

CD / DIGITAL

"Ramones worship with all the spirit, power pop hooks, and speed that you need to pull something like this off. It’s not just Ramones though. For one, Mean Jeans have a lot more guitar solos than those early Ramones records. They also have a different sense of humor, with track titles like “4 Coors Meal” and “Michael Jackson Was Tight,” and they even bring synthesizers in on closing track “Are There Beers In Heaven?” (There’s that sense of humor again.) It’s a fun record that rocks from start to finish..." - Brooklyn Vegan

"Tight New Dimension stands as a strong batch of catchy, fist-pumping anthems that land somewhere between the straight-ahead pop-punk of the band's first LP, Are You Serious?, and the more polished power-pop of the follow up, On Mars. " - PunkNews

Since forming in 2006, Mean Jeans have become one of the better-known bands of the Pacific Northwest punk scene for their chaotic but relentless attack, raucous live shows, and fierce commitment to the art of partying.

With two full-lengths under their belt on Dirtnap Records, and a slew of 7”s; Fat finally landed these party animals for their much anticipated third album. Tight New Dimension furthers the band’s absurdist party-punk agenda. The music is tight, Ramones-influenced pop-punk with garage-rock attitude. The song titles are gloriously literal, positing such deep thoughts as “Michael Jackson Was Tight” (about the King Of Pop), “4 Coors Meal” (sure to be the new liquid diet craze) and “Are There Beers In Heaven?” (an existential question everyone will likely face at some point in their lives). When it comes to lyrics, Mean Jeans is happy to keep it simple.


RIYL: The Spits, Teenage Bottlerocket, Ramones, Jay Reatard, Joyce Manor, Titus Andronicus
TRY: #2, 4, 8




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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/127

https://meanjeans.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/themeanjeans

https://www.instagram.com/themeanjeans/

https://twitter.com/Mean_Jeans


David Bazan
May 4th, 2016

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David Bazan

Blanco

Barsuk



ADDS 5/10/16

CD / DIGITAL

David Bazan (Pedro The Lion, Headphones) has never had the answers. His first two solo records, 2009’s Curse Your Branches and 2011’s Strange Negotiations lived inside questions. Questions of politics, of relationships, of addiction, and of God. For anyone looking to art to remove doubt, Bazan is not that refuge. With a catalogue that orbits the darkest corners of the human experience, his songs are the tiny pinprick of light, the first breath coming up for air, the rest stop on a trip with no destination.

Having spent half of the last decade on tour, away from home, Bazan wrote his new songs from the wandering life of a traveling troubadour. And while there is joy in that life, Blanco is born of its challenges. It’s what, and whom, he leaves at home that you hear on Blanco. Made up of tracks that were previously available in a very limited edition 7” vinyl series called Bazan Monthly, Volume 1 and Volume 2, Bazan started the project to see what kind of songs would come if he sat down in a small bedroom in his basement, propelled by a deadline, kids sleeping upstairs, and wrote from the duality that had blocked him from writing before – what it means to have a home, and have to constantly leave it to make ends meet.

These are home songs, songs about returning, songs about not quite knowing what it means to return. They long for home with the ache of a child, and they dissect that longing with a surgeon’s precision. They also signal the end of the organic singer/songwriter mode that he never loved but seemed to be mired in anyway, with delay and distortion binding layers of drum machine and synth together. Guitar comes in as a sweet reminder of where he started, but stays sparse. Blanco continues to ask questions, but they are the questions of a man who has found contentment within them. Who has somehow, against odds, made a home in them.


RIYL: Pedro The Lion, Destroyer, Andy Shauf, Mountain Goats, Eric Bachmann
TRY: #3, 5, 6




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

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

http://www.barsuk.com/bands/davidbazan

https://www.facebook.com/davidbazan

https://twitter.com/davidbazan

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


Xenia Rubinos
May 11th, 2016

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Xenia Rubinos

Black Terry Cat

Anti-



ADDS 5/17/16

CD / DIGITAL

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/xeniarubinos

https://twitter.com/xeniarubinos

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

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


Black Pistol Fire
May 11th, 2016

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Black Pistol Fire

Don't Wake The Riot

Modern Outsider



ADDS 5/17/16

CD / DIGITAL

“Sleep on these guys at your own risk, because what they did to BMI on Friday afternoon was unholy… leaving a trail of scorched earth and melted minds.” - Consequence of Sound, Lollapalooza

"The next big thing!” – The Huffington Post

“The Canadian pair of Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen definitely displayed force – and then some – in a breakout set.” – Yahoo Music

Black Pistol Fire is a high-octane rock duo based out of Austin, Texas by way of Toronto, Canada; composed of Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums. Drawing inspiration from blues, R&B and rock greats such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, Buddy Holly and Muddy Waters, BPF’s gritty and dynamic performances are fueled by undeniable musicianship. Dubbed the “next big thing” by Huffington Post after SXSW 2013, BPF has developed a reputation for their untamed live performances.

Described as “Pure fire on stage,” they are quickly becoming festival veterans, including performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch Music Festival, Shaky Knees and Governor's Ball, among others. After Lollapalooza 2015, Yahoo Music described Black Pistol Fire as “a power duo that can almost match the power and intensity of the massive rock sounds of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac… in a breakout set.”

Black Pistol Fire has shared the stage with acts like Gary Clark Jr, Weezer, Heart, Wolfmother, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls. Their signature sound has been featured throughout television and entertainment.


RIYL: Heartless Bastards, White Denim, Stone Foxes, Black Keys
TRY: 3, 8, 9, 11




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

More Info Here:
http://blackpistolfire.com

https://www.facebook.com/blackpistolfire/

https://twitter.com/blackpistolfire

http://modernoutsider.com/artists/black-pistol-fire


Caveman
May 17th, 2016

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Caveman

Otero War

Cinematic



ADDS 5/24/16

CD / DIGITAL

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

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

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

"Indie Rock Champions" - Noisey

Pitchfork: video premiere!

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

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


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




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

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

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

https://twitter.com/cavemanband

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


Andy Shauf
May 17th, 2016

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Andy Shauf

The Party

Anti-



ADDS 5/24/16

CD / DIGITAL

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

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

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

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

On tour this summer with case/lang/veirs!


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




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

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

https://twitter.com/andyshauf

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

https://andyshauf.bandcamp.com/

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


Esme Patterson
May 24th, 2016

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Esmé Patterson

We Were Wild

Grand Jury



ADDS 5/31/16

CD / DIGITAL

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

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

“defiant and witty” –The Guardian

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

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

“…enthralled from the beginning.” – KEXP

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


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




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

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

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

https://twitter.com/EsmePatterson

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

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


Beth Orton
May 24th, 2016

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Beth Orton

Kidsticks

Anti-



ADDS 5/31/16

CD / DIGITAL

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

https://twitter.com/beth_orton

https://www.facebook.com/BethOrtonOfficial

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

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

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


Plague Vendor
April 6th, 2016

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Plague Vendor

Bloodsweat

Epitaph



ADDS 4/12/16

CD / DIGITAL

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


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


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

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


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

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

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



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


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




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/PLAGUEVENDOR

https://twitter.com/PlagueVendor


Sorority Noise
April 20th, 2016

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Sorority Noise

It Kindly Stopped For Me

Topshelf Records



ADDS 4/26/16

DIGITAL ONLY

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

https://www.facebook.com/sororitynoise

https://twitter.com/sororitynoise

http://sororitynoise.tumblr.com

https://sororitynoise.bandcamp.com


Pears
April 20th, 2016

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Pears

Green Star

Fat Wreck Chords



ADDS 4/26/16

CD / DIGITAL

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

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

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

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

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


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




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

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

https://pearstheband.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/PEARStheband

https://twitter.com/pearstheband

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


A Dead Forest Index
April 27th, 2016

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A Dead Forest Index

In All That Drifts from Summit Down

Sargent House



ADDS 5/3/16

CD / DIGITAL

“Beautiful and resonant” – Noisey

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

http://www.adeadforestindex.com

https://www.facebook.com/adeadforestindex

https://twitter.com/adeadforestindx

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

https://adeadforestindex.bandcamp.com


Islands
April 27th, 2016

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Islands

Should I Remain Here At Sea? / Taste

Manqué Music



ADDS 5/3/16

CD / DIGITAL

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

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


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


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




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


RSVP here!

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

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

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



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

Please RSVP here and feel free to spread the word!

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

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

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

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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/

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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:

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#pirateplayground
#cmj2013