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The Quitters
Contributing to Erosion
SquidHat
ADDS 8/5/14
DIGITAL ONLY

So you want to know about The Quitters?

Well, since you asked…

The Quitters come from the desolate valley of Las Vegas, NV, where old musicians come to die. If you happen to be a fan of Bad Religion, Refused, John Coltrane, and Whitney Houston all rolled into one, then The Quitters are for you.

Originally a power trio of punks consisting of Marq Roqsberg on bass and lead vocals, Tommy AK on guitar and back-up vocals, and Miqah Mayhem on drums and back-up vocals, The Quitters recruited their bro Dizzle to strap on a guitar and scream his lungs out in December of 2011. There was no audition process: it was either Dizzle was playing guitar or the trio would remain a trio.

Since the addition of Dizzle, The Quitters have been getting their sh*t together, opening for bands like Death By Stereo and The Heroine (from San Antonio, TX ya’ll). They remain a mainstay in the Las Vegas punk scene with a growing crowd of loyal “Quitheads” (OK, so nobody calls them that, but it’s funny). In August of 2011 The Quitters received the award for Best Punk Band of Las Vegas at the Vegas Rocks! Magazine Awards show held at the Hilton, which featured many has-been artists such as Vince Neil and Sebastian Bach getting Lifetime Acheivement Awards. Still quite an honor to be able to say that The Quitters are award-winning, right?

The boys are still riding strong on their latest album “No Big Deal” which can be obtained through iTunes and Spotify… so now you have no excuse to not check them out, SON!! Look for The Quitters to be invading your town in the very near future at the end of summer 2012, before the world explodes (which by the way, The Quitters will have a hand in)!!

Check out the video for Hipster here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEgmg34FQmE


RIYL: White Lung, OFF, Pissed Jeans, F*cked Up, Bronx
TRY: #8, 6, 5, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://quitterspunk.com
http://squidhatrecords.com
https://twitter.com/the_quitters
https://www.facebook.com/quitterspunk
https://www.youtube.com/user/quitterspunk



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Mike Doughty
Live At Ken's House
Snack Bar
ADDS 8/5/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Mike Doughty used to be Soul Coughing guy, and now he's just some guy.

Two new albums are coming out in fall 2014: an album produced by Good Goose, STELLAR MOTEL (which we'll send to radio soon!), and a live album called LIVE AT KEN'S HOUSE.

Mike Doughty contains multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Guitar player. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982. He's released five solo albums, some EPs, a covers album, a couple of live albums, a bunch of EDM tracks and remixes, a poetry book, and a memoir about that time he was in a band called Soul Coughing and didn't like it and took a lot of drugs. He most recently released "Circles Super Bon Bon...," an album of re-imagined Soul Coughing songs recorded with the hip-hop/house DJ Good Goose, in September 2013.


RIYL: Eels, They Might Be Giants, Camper Van Beethoven, MC Frontalot
TRY: #2, 3, 10, 13, 14
DIRTY #11

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

More Info Here:
http://www.mikedoughty.com
https://www.facebook.com/mikedoughty
https://twitter.com/Mike_Doughty_
http://www.last.fm/music/Mike+Doughty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Doughty



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Chris Staples
American Soft
Barsuk
ADDS 8/5/14
DIGITAL ONLY

There are no casual Chris Staples fans. The man inspires devotion. The turnaround from casual listener to evangelist is nearly instantaneous. Play his music during a road trip with friends and inevitably someone will ask, "Who is this?" And a lifelong fan is born. Such is the unaffected power of these songs, of this voice. Chris Staples fandom is rewarding and lasting (despite his understated approach to promoting his own work, which — as it should be with all artists — seems secondary to the effort he puts into the making of it). We follow where he leads, and our numbers are growing.

A phenomenally dexterous guitarist, Staples has spent much of his career so far as a backing musician for other artists. Over the years he’s played with J. Tillman, later known as Father John Misty, and toured the world as a member of Telekinesis. Never content for long, Staples also travels on his own, never settling, never staid. A seasoned carpenter, he sustains his journeyman lifestyle by working construction jobs wherever he finds himself living. In the spring of 2014, having recently decamped to the Northwest, Chris Staples happened to do some work on the home of Josh Rosenfeld, co-founder and head of Seattle’s renowned Barsuk Records.

One night, Rosenfeld sat down to dinner with Matthew Caws and Michael Benjamin Lerner, members of Nada Surf and Telekinesis respectively. Rosenfeld recalls, “I knew Chris from his days in Telekinesis and told Michael that he was installing a screen door at my house. He and Matthew both told me that I had to hear Chris’s new record, which, thankfully, I did.” The two songwriters raved about the album, and insisted that Barsuk had to release it. Rosenfeld – and the entire staff of the label – agreed heartily, and American Soft became Staples’ debut Barsuk release. Continues Rosenfeld, “The hooks are great – subtle and elegant – and his voice has a soft raspy ease to it that I could listen to all day.”

American Soft is a bicoastal record, written partly in Washington State, the hardworking timberland home to grizzled locals and Midwestern expatriates, and also in Florida, the wild and weird American outland known as much for strange crime and cutting-edge nightclubs as for family theme parks and extravagant retirement communities. Staples wrote portions of American Soft while squatting in his abandoned childhood home, a Pensacola bungalow empty save for an old piano. “I slept on a Coleman cot for two months. The yard was overgrown up to my waist,” Staples remembers. “The neighbor lady across the street used to babysit me. I ran into her one day and she didn’t even recognize me. I hadn’t seen her in 15 years.”

Staples’ songs are, in the tradition of the best songwriters, fantastically economical. No moment is wasted, no idea indulged beyond necessity. Instrumental breaks occur but don’t linger, serving their purpose and slipping quickly back into verses. American Soft features only a single traditional bridge, on the straight-ahead almost-rocker “Needle Park,” which finishes with a short dual-guitar explosion, an explosion which ends suddenly, as suddenly as it began, a fleeting moment that leaves us wanting more, always more, in the best way. Chris Staples has devoted the whole of his life to fostering that illusive magic, to passing it on, to giving and giving ‘til it’s all gone. Fortunately for us, he’s only just begun.


RIYL: Say Hi, Telekinesis, Yo La Tengo, Sun Kil Moon
TRY: #2, 4, 7, 9

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



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Noam Weinstein
Bottlefed
Self-Released
ADDS 7/29/14
DIGITAL ONLY

...twelve new songs about the innocent, the infantile, and the imitated...

Noam Weinstein is pronounced like No-omb Wine-Stine! Watch the tutorial here!

“Intoxicating.”-No Depression

“Thrilling.”-Nashville Rage

“Utterly unique.”-Performing Songwriter

“Beautiful lyrics & soulful delivery.”-Paste

“If Ben Folds & Jeff Tweedy had a love child…”-Chart

Featuring:
Steven Nistor (Gnarls Barkley, Rick Rubin, Daniel Lanois) on drums
Johanna Warren (Natalie Merchant, Iron & Wine) on harmony vocals
Tyler Wood (Joan as Policewoman, Chester French) on organ & keys
And special guest appearances by Peter Sachon (Rufus Wainwright) on cello, Lou Ulrich (Susan Tedeschi) on bass, the The Soft-Core Horn Stars, and more.

Mixed by Christopher Mara (Brendan Benson, Keane)
Mastered by Kim Rosen (Franz Ferdinand, Pterodactyl)


RIYL: Ben Folds, Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello, Okkervil River, J. Roddy Walston & The Business
TRY: #1, 5, 7, 9, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://enoam.com
https://www.facebook.com/NSongs
https://twitter.com/wNoam
https://www.youtube.com/user/nosongs



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Best Not Broken
Falling In
Self-Released
ADDS 7/29/14
DIGITAL ONLY

The title of Best Not Broken’s infectious new five track EP Falling In has as much to do with the overriding theme of its songs – many about the twists and turns of romantic relationships -- as it is a declaration about just how far the New England-based band has evolved from its humble roots in 2007.

“Taking cues from classic modern rock, Best Not Broken’s latest EP Falling In is a rich and emotive recording laced with uplifting tones and packed with instantly hummable tunes... Falling In holds its own the whole way through, with the edgy yet familiarity of ‘Listerine’ and hectic aggression of ‘Tell Me That You Want Me’, and closing with the 2-step influenced ‘Anarchy’ that plays to Best Not Broken’s strengths and shows a real versatility in their ability to push their own envelope.” – Skope Magazine

“Tell Me That You Want Me is a sharp and angular track in the vein of The Strokes or Franz Ferdinand. The band expands upon the genre by having smooth and sultry vocals create intense and interesting interplays with this hard-nosed sound...The production on Falling In showcases the sheer confidence of Best Not Broken, ensuring that each of the tracks on Falling In could easily make it to rotation.” – neufutur magazine (8.5/10)

Falling In was produced by Dave Minehan (The Neighborhoods, The Replacements)


RIYL: The Crookes, Young The Giant, Alkaline Trio
TRY: #1, 4, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.bestnotbroken.com
https://twitter.com/bestnotbroken
https://www.facebook.com/BestNotBroken