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Thomas D'Arcy
Fooled You Twice
Self-Released
ADDS 3/3/15
DIGITAL ONLY

The title of Thomas D’Arcy’s second solo album, Fooled You Twice, may be self-deprecating, but it offers precisely the sort of charm and wit his fans have come to expect for the better part of the past decade, traits that have also helped forge D’Arcy’s reputation as one of Canada’s most criminally underappreciated recording artists. Since establishing his name with Toronto bands The Carnations and Small Sins, D’Arcy has naturally transitioned into a solo career, choosing to focus on his gifts as a singer/songwriter and producer. The results on Fooled You Twice speak for themselves: it’s a flawless 10-track collection, which, at its heart, reconfirms faith in the creative possibilities of the three-minute pop song.

For the Nick Hornby types, an analogy might be imagining what would have happened if Phil Spector had produced Big Star. But such muso fantasies don’t do justice to the breadth of experience D’Arcy has channeled into Fooled You Twice. The sparkling production and infectious melodies are what’s initially attention-grabbing, but underneath those elements, the songs are the pure expression of a mature artist, containing the full range of emotions that come with the territory, from doubt and frustration to, ultimately, hope and perseverance.

“I love Thom’s music because he is NOT afraid to write strong, BIG hooks. He writes the kinds of melodies that make me jealous. DAMN YOU Thom D’Arcy. Similar to his personal demeanour, he has a calm, collected way of delivering his vocals, with a healthy confidence ..and just enough vulnerability to feel like he’s on your team. The fact that he is also the engineer and producer clearly helps get his vision across; sonically this record is exciting, inspired and beautiful. It’s weird when it wants to be weird, and fun when it wants to be fun. The energy of the record feels adventurous and driving, with an underlying happiness to it. My rating: 5/5 bags of popcorn." - STEVE BAYS (HOT HOT HEAT/MOUNTIES)

“I’ve been a fan of Thomas D’Arcy’s songwriting for well over a decade. It’s been a pleasure to watch him develop and grow as a songwriter, year after year. Fooled You Twice is a record stacked full of infectious hooks, strong song structure, captivating lyrics while manifesting the sensibility of record making that seems to be forgotten. Thomas D’Arcy has created a classic that will without a doubt be celebrated by many for many years to come." - JUSTIN PEROFF (BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE)

Thomas D’Arcy crafts quality pop music you can really sink your teeth into. The man spews hooks and melodies from every orifice." - EWAN CURRIE (THE SHEEPDOGS)


RIYL: Phoenix, Spoon, Ra Ra Riot
TRY: #3, 2, 6, 7
DIRTY: #9

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http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://thomasdarcymusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/ThomasDArcyBand
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Fairmont
8 ½
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 3/3/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Fairmont is indie rock we should all be thankful for" - Amp Magazine

 
New Jersey Indie Rock staples Fairmont have been a band for 15 years and have just completed their newest album. Fairmont is a complex mix melodies driven by the play of the male and female vocals as well as the play between guitars and the lush instrumentation of xyla-rimba, vibraphone, and glockenspiel. The groups unusual instrumentation gives them a very different sound from most indie rock bands. Fairmont as well have produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the recording all themselves at their studio The Forest Of Chaos in Hawthorne, NJ and are releasing the album on the record label they have built, Mint 400 Records. DIY is alive and well for these guys and they prove once again that breaking the rules can sometimes yield the best results.

The album is titled 8 ½ (eight and a half) for a few reasons. First because the band considers this it’s 8th and a half release (calling 2009’s 6 song EP “The Meadow At Dusk” the ½ album effort). Second because the album itself contains eight and half songs and finally paying homage to the Fellini film 8 ½ . The Fellini film has an overall theme about finding happiness in life’s difficulties and that is something Fairmont can relate to and the lyrical content reflects that. Just like a Fellini film and it’s weird moments that make it unlike other films, Fairmont can boast the same thing. This album is an interesting mix of all of their influences from The Beach Boys Pet Sounds to The Pixies Doolittle to Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch. That is a pretty wide range of things to squeeze into an indie record but that is what Fairmont accomplishes.

This record as well has some firsts for the band such as the song “The Connection” which features Sam Carradori as lead vocalist. Fairmont also had help from their friends and label mates The Maravines with big Thom Yorke sounding crescendos in the track “Love & War” and their more gentle side as they delicately add amazing harmonies to the track “Gone”. In addition the song “Devil” features Bryan Steenerson of the Minneapolis band Murzik and you will swear that it’s actually the Devil’s low spooky voice singing along with Sabatino & Carradori. Overall the band manages to almost act like a chameleon as they span genres sometimes all within the same song.



RIYL: Destroyer, Say Hi, The Hush Now, Ben Gibbard
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 7, 8

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More Info Here:
http://www.fairmontmusic.com
https://twitter.com/fairmont
https://www.facebook.com/FairmontNJ
http://mint400records.com
https://twitter.com/mint400records
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Radical Dads
Universal Coolers
Old Flame Records
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

The trio, comprised of Baker, guitarist Chris Diken, and drummer/backup singer Robbie Guertin (formerly of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) has roots in a five-piece band called Uninhabitable Mansions. Down-sizing suited the Dads well. They put rock-god galvanism into the context of cramped DIY venues, not unlike their northeastern cohorts Cloud Nothings and So So Glos. Surf-rock guitars abound. "In The Water" makes such a good argument for blending contamination and fun that no one would blame you for bringing a towel and an umbrella to the Gowanus Canal. - Pitchfork

These Radical Dads folks have this tug of war feeling down perfectly with their latest single, “In The Water”. I’ve covered my fair share of ornate, studio-crafted fare as of late, and Radical Dads prove again the feral, unwitting charms of immediacy and rawness. Completely lacking a bass and with seemingly no more than a single, shitty, duct-taped amp, howler and one-half of the axe lineup, Lindsay Baker, drills her primordial angst straight to your brain all the while strangling the nervous energy from her guitar alongside axe twin Chris Diken. – Line of Best Fit

Brooklyn’s DIY flag-waving indie rock juggernaut Radical Dads are back with pop-hooks ablaze. The trio—ex-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah drummer/singer Robbie Guertin and guitarist/vocalist double threat Lindsay Baker and Chris Diken—have assumed their rightful place on the about-to-blow-up Old Flame Records, joining its hydrant of catchy-as-heck basement-punkers like Shark?, Potty Mouth, and Mean Creek. Rad DadsUniversal Coolers is indeed hot stuff, bleeding a sun-drenched, yet no-nonsense, melody-spiked beast that is as breezy in its contagious intensity as label-mates Shark’s “Big Summer (Summer Ale),” the Potty Mouth gals’ Hell Bent and MC’s Local Losers. Plus—and this is a big effin’ deal—Universal Coolers features amazing artwork from none other than ace econo painter Steve Keene, the dude responsible for monumental Pavement covers like Wowee Zowee. - Noisey


RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, Ex Hex, No Joy, Cymbals Eat Guitars
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.radicaldads.com
http://radicaldads.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/radicaldads
https://twitter.com/radicaldads
http://oldflamerecords.com/radical-dads/



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Joseph Pagano
Graveyard of Dreams
Self-Released
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Joseph Pagano’s 'Graveyard of Dreams' taps into the best of Americana.” – Skope Mag

Joseph Pagano’s new release, 'Graveyard of Dreams', is a 7 track pop-rock project that borrows from the vintage sounds of greats like The Beatles, Springsteen, and even shows off hints of Randy Travis (vocally).” – The Miews

Joseph Pagano’s … set of imaginative songs to get you in the mood for the summer while we make our way through these winter months.” – Cross Radar

"...GRAVEYARD OF DREAMS is a heart-on-the-sleeve rock album that mixes storytelling with fine songcraft. " - Rockwired

At last emerging with his eclectic, provocatively titled debut EP of musical “sketches” Graveyard of Dreams, New Jersey native Joe Pagano’s life has been touched by rock and roll and encounters with its legends. Years after learning to play guitar from Steve Miller’s Book of Dreams, he met the rocker and guitar legend Les Paul at the Iridium in NYC. After his high school band Junior’s Farm won a Beatles soundalike contest at Beatlefest in front of 2000 fans, he met Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor and talked about Jimi Hendrix back stage that night. Later, attending several Grammy Awards, Joe hung out with and received inspiration from rock legends such as Garth Hudson (The Band) and met Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford – who taught him that music was about one thing – pleasing your fans!

For all of the brushes with rock greatness, it was Stanley Jordan, a living guitar legend in another realm, contemporary jazz, who inspired Joe to release a number of his original works as a solo recording artist. Throughout college and beyond, Joe’s bands Straight Shoot'r, N-Kuntrol and Profile achieved varying levels of success as live performers and on record – but he had long put his recording passion aside to join the software industry. In June 2014, Joe and his dad went to see Jordan, renowned for his revolutionary two handed tapping technique, at The Iridium jazz club in NYC. After the show, the guitarist invited them to attend a music workshop he was conducting at the nearby Novatel. Beyond just the beauty of music, Jordan presented his philosophy of life – and how the process of making music (the creating, imagining, writing, communicating and practicing) can help instill discipline. Through the workshop and their later correspondence, he helped Joe realize that the same principles that create success in making music apply to education, business and life.

Originally written at various times over the years and revisited, revamped and re-recorded for the EP, all of the songs on Graveyard of Dreams are influenced by the people, experiences, observations, feelings and events Joe has experienced as he has raised a family and traveled the world over the past decade or so. “Candles Hope & Faith” reflects on the poverty he has seen in his travels and how people survive the most ire of circumstances by keeping their hope alive. He tackles a similar theme on the Cajun music-spiced “Katrina,” which reflects upon the resilience of the good people of New Orleans surviving the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. An unexpected gem is the beautiful instrumental “The Sounds of Life” written on a Novation MiniNova electric synth while visiting Long Beach Island, NJ.

Perhaps the most personal song on Graveyard of Dreams is the atmospheric, Brit-pop influenced “Little Girls,” a whimsical reflection of youth which the singer calls “a burst of energy about my two daughters.” In what he calls a “Dave Grohl moment” (a reference to the Foo Fighter frontman’s notable discussions of balancing fatherhood with a music career), Joe even leaves his daughter’s interruption of the original recording session on the new version. It’s an honest reflection, he says, of a musician trying to have a day job, be part of a family and be an artist all at once. Julia was a little girl then, but she’s now 18 and did the beautiful photography and album art and design for the project. “Like a visual artist,” Joe says, “Graveyard of Dreams is a series of sketches or paintings if you will that capture the imagination. I have been making these sketches for most of my life, kind of like furnishing your home with your own original artwork. I am excited about releasing these for people beyond my inner circle to hear for the first time!”


TRY: #1, 2, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://josephpagano.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joseph-Pagano/352979958223780
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Quiet Company
Transgressor
Modern Outsider
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“Pairs Well With…My Morning Jacket, Manchester Orchestra, Delta Spirit…” – OperationEveryBand

“Known to evoke heart-shredding rockers from Springsteen to Jimmy Eat World” – Houston Press

Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie rock which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer. They’ve gained a huge fanbase while gathering praise from The New York Times, TIME, NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, Paste Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more.

Quiet Company won Rock Band of the Year during SXSW 2014, adding to their previous 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release We Are All Where We Belong.

After the success of their 2013 album re-release, A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist, all of which rekindled interest in We Are All Where We Belong and shot the album to #7 on the iTunes Rock charts nearly 2 years after its release.

After an amazing year on the road which included festival sets at NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, Quiet Company kicked off 2014 in the studio to write and record their highly anticipated 4th full length Transgressor, their most explosive and exposed collection of songs to date. Recorded in 14 intense days of live tracking at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, the band captured a guitar-driven larger-than-life sound with Matt Noveskey (Blue October) producing and the legendary Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, The Cure) mixing. Frontman Taylor Muse's characteristically introspective writing style is in full force as he tells tales of love, despair, pain, and redemption, reflecting on his marriage, from burgeoning young love to a relationship tested through time.

With its soaring guitars and throbbing bass lines drawing comparisons to Foo Fighters, Pavement and Manchester Orchestra, Quiet Company’s Transgressor will be leading the way as rock makes a return to form.


RIYL: Death Cab For Cutie, Manchester Orchestra, Motion City Soundtrack
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 8
DIRTY: #1

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/QuietCompany.aspx
http://www.quietcompanymusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/quietcompany
https://twitter.com/quietcompanytx