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YAWN
Love Chills
Old Flame Records
ADDS 12/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"On Love Chills, Yawn have not only matured but done so quite gracefully with a record that’s in no hurry to batter your brain with a barrage of ideas. Instead, the band allow their music to breathe and grow organically, which results in their best record yet." – Popmatters

"Love Chills finds the band navigating melodies complex enough to set them apart from your dollar bin jangle-sparkle outfit. YAWN’s lyrics sneak up on you like a poison dart frog." - Consequence of Sound

"Yawn is an electronics-heavy pop band who has spent the past five years building up a reputation in the Chicago DIY scene, & the band is starting to ease its way up aboveground. Last year, they played Lollapalooza, & this year they released their second LP, Love Chills." - Entertainment Weekly

"... a Ramshackle, Pop-Punk Masterclass" – NME Magazine


RIYL: Animal Collective, Local Natives, Conveyor, Magic Man
TRY: # 2, 5, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://oldflamerecords.com/yawn/
https://www.facebook.com/yawntheband
https://twitter.com/yawnmusic
https://soundcloud.com/yawn
https://www.youtube.com/user/yawntheband/feed
http://www.last.fm/music/yawn



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Dave Charles
Lay You Down [SINGLE]
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 12/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

The Eastern Shore of Maryland's own 21 year old Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Producer Dave Charles, began playing music at the age of 5 when he received his first mini 4 piece drum kit. All of Dave's songs are written, produced, engineered, and played by himself. The only lesson's Dave has ever had were for drumming and you’d never be able to tell.

Dave Charles has had the opportunity to play venues of all sizes, as well as festivals, and was most recently featured on the Mint 400 Records Compilation Patchwork with his song “Broke For Blow” which saw modest radio play in the Fall of 2014. Dave Charles is currently working on his Mint 400 Records debut EP, 'Where the Waves Are', which will hold true to the pop/folk genre for which Dave has been associated with. Dave's passion for music goes beyond the studio. As Dave has said, "writing music, for me, is like a drug, and hearing what I wrote come to life, is an addiction." He composes a mixture of folk and pop with lyrics written from his own life experiences to create his own unique soulful acoustic vibe.

"Get ready music world, he’s on his way…His music brought me back to my late teens, early twenties—my wonderful college years―and listening to contemporary blues of Eric Clapton." - Nancy Weeks / Keeping Your Dream Alive


RIYL: Aer, Mike Doughty, Michael Franti
TRY: #1, 2

Download single here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://mint400records.com
https://twitter.com/IAmDaveCharles
https://www.facebook.com/DaveBrandonMusic
https://soundcloud.com/dave-brandon



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Babel Echo
The Molting
Self-Released
ADDS 12/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Babel Echo's tale of transformation, The Molting, has arrived!

The band blends the gritty sensibility of Portland's working class with a carefully honed musical style born of folk, rock, jazz, and classical music. Infectious grooves, inspired tunes, and unwavering exuberance combine to create an irresistible musical force.

The Molting explores the self that is left behind in times of profound change.

Depictions of inner monsters, moral ambiguities, personal struggle, and life altering experiences evoke the visceral nature of personal growth, as seen through the eyes of a wiser future self.

Raw, driving rhythms underscore virtuosic strings, rich vocal harmonies, and a diverse tapestry of textures.

The Molting is a work of sincere gratitude in the wake of darker days. A unique style born of Rock, Classical, Folk, and Blues.

Babel Echo‘s 2014 album The Molting explores the self that is left behind in times of profound change.

We are a bartender, an actor, a lawyer, a symphony musician, a composer, a webmaster, a string arranger, a dancer, a professional snowboarder, a carpenter, writers, private lesson teachers, kayakers, campers, dreamers.


RIYL: Minus The Bear, The Sea and Cake, Yo La Tengo, Calexico, Devotchka, Edward Sharpe
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://babelecho.com
https://www.facebook.com/babelecho
https://twitter.com/BabelEcho
https://www.youtube.com/user/babelecho



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It's Casual
The New Los Angeles II: Less Violence, More Violins
Stoked Records
ADDS 11/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

It’s Casual are an impossibly loud punk/hardcore duo. Onstage, singer/song writer/guitar player, Eddie Solis’ eyes bulge amid a shock of curly hair, his throat emitting the collective war cry of a million frustrated commuters: “Los Angeles! There’s too many people! I want them to go away!”

After nearly 10 years of ceaseless yelling, It’s Casual had a busy year with slots on Fu Manchu’s North American tour, a west coast tour, and split 7” with Early Man, and recording/releasing a sequel to their ’08 ode to the city, The New Los Angeles.

It’s Casual formed in 2001. The band’s sonic boom is amazing, considering there are only tw of them. The secret to their sound is a unique pedal and mic’ing system. Solis’ guitar is actually wired to two amps for added punch.

It’s Casual’s first record, The New Los Angeles, was inspired by Solis’ commute from Pico Rivera to Hollywood. Tracks include “EZ Pass” about the public transit ticket, and “The Red Line.” Most of their songs last around two minutes and contain no more than three or four lyrics, hammering home their message with a directness most public servants and council officials have yet to master.

It’s not all subways and off-ramps. Solis ventures into other matters. “Cholas Are Loyal” for example is all about the advantages of dating Latinas.

It’s Casual’s new album, The New Los Angeles II: Less Violence, More Violins, is inspired primarily by the California education budget deficit.


RIYL: Indian Handcrafts, Melvins, Deafheaven, Big Business, Young Widows
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 6

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Its-Casual/130501380332589
http://www.itscasualband.com
https://twitter.com/itscasualLA



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Sidekicks
Runners In The Nerved World (SAMPLER)
Epitaph
ADDS 11/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

The Sidekicks is a band from Columbus, Ohio and they will release their new album Runners in the Nerved World on January 20 via Epitaph Records. The first song from the album has premiered at Noisey.

Runners in the Nerved World was produced by Phil Ek in Seattle, WA. It was a dream for The Sidekicks to work with the producer responsible for iconic albums from Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built to Spill, and The Shins to name a few.

During the recording process, the band took full advantage of their 6-week studio time to let the songs go where they needed to go – while Ek shaped the sound. The end result feels deceptively effortless; a collection of songs about the need to move forward, packed with buoyant melodies and razor-sharp hooks that go on for days and days.
 


“At its core, Runners in the Nerved World is about getting past the excitement of growing up and finding new ways to simulate that movement,” says vocalist and guitarist Steve Ciolek, also of the indie-rock band Saintseneca. Ciolek adds, "The point the record is supposed to make is that it’s often pretty arbitrary how that movement is simulated. Regardless of the situation, inevitably the characters in these songs just get stuck in those cycles. The record tries to deconstruct that inertia--that constant motivation to run.”
 



RIYL: Band of Horses, Built to Spill, Cheap Girls
TRY: #4, 1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/sidekicksohio
https://twitter.com/sidekicksohio
http://sidekicksohio.tumblr.com
http://www.epitaph.com/artists/artist/312/The_Sidekicks