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Tweedy
Sukierae
dBpm/Anti-
ADDS 9/23/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Tweedy, the band, is a collaboration between Jeff Tweedy, best known as the founder of the pioneering Chicago rock band Wilco, and his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy.

On September 23rd dBpm Records in conjunction with ANTI will release Sukierae (sue- key-ray), the debut release by the aptly-monikered duo Tweedy. Sukierae features 20 new songs penned by Jeff, performed by Tweedy father and son along with a host of musical guests.

“When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Jeff said. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything – write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.” With Spencer on drums, Jeff handles his usual guitars and vocals, as well as bass and keyboards. Backing vocals on Sukierae come courtesy of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-band Lucius. Musician Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus Five, The Baseball Project) lends additional keyboard support on Sukierae.

Jeff Tweedy is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer. Spencer Tweedy, despite his young age, has already handled drum duties on the acclaimed album One True Vine by soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples.

Tweedy the band have been touring the US all summer performing tracks from the new album, and will be out again this fall.


RIYL: Wilco, Deer Tick, Old 97s, Okkervil River
TRY: #6, 13, 10, 5
DIRTY: #1, 18

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/tweedy/
http://wilcoworld.net
https://www.facebook.com/wilcohq
https://twitter.com/wilco
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Tweedy



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The Hush Now
Sparkle Drive
Self-Released
ADDS 9/23/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Sparkle Drive was produced and recorded by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio’s and mastered by Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering. The Sparkle Drive sessions yielded ten new tracks featuring all band members taking turns on lead vocals, expanding the unique approach of The Hush Now beyond their 2012 effort, Memos, which climbed into the CMJ Top 25.

Consisting of Noel Kelly, Adam Quane, Barry Marino and Pat MacDonald, Sparkle Drive showcases The Hush Now's signature indie-dream pop. The first single, “Arthur Come On, Really You Can’t Be Serious,” features Adam Quane on lead vocals, floating above a dirge of tremolo distortion and sparkling guitar.

The Hush Now’s self-titled debut (2008), sophomore release, Constellations (2010), and Memos (2012), quickly climbed independent radio charts and drew comparisons to Guided By Voices, The Cure, and Kitchens of Distinction, among others. After successful national tours, performances at CMJ and SXSW, Sparkle Drive was recorded over the last 2 years and looks to grow The Hush Now’s sound once again while staying true to the band’s original foundation.


RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Guided By Voices, Ringo Deathstarr, British Sea Power
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 7

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/TheHushNow
http://thehushnow.bandcamp.com
http://www.thehushnow.com
https://twitter.com/thehushnow
https://www.youtube.com/user/thehushnow
http://www.last.fm/music/The+Hush+Now
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hush_Now



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Generationals
Alix
Polyvinyl
ADDS 9/23/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008, have been in each others’ faces for most of this century. Natural songwriting partners, they made their first three records at home with the help of mutual friend Daniel Black, and in 2013 they launched straight into their fourth with surprising post-tour energy, but after years of creative brain-melding, the duo had reached a point of ultra-familiarity and comfort in their work routine that, to them, threatened quicksand. They began to suspect their own productivity of being rut in disguise.

Determined to keep things fresh, they sought out a new producer who might be able shake things up, surprise them, and bring something new to the project. How about Richard Swift? they said. He’s the best, he’s the boss, he’s like the John Keating of cool drum sounds-a perfect fit for a pair of poppy throwback tape-lovers like us.

The Louisiana duo made their way, yellow brick road-style, to Cottage Grove, Oregon, ready to give their tapes over to Swift’s cultishly venerated magic touch, but the collaboration was hardly the scrap-it-all, start-from-scratch, give-up-the-reins-and-let-the-guru-do-his-thing scenario Ted and Grant had expected—hoped for even—when they began their pilgrimage to Swift’s National Freedom studio in February. Swift deemed the demos album-worthy after all and the original versions were saved at his urging. With a little tightening rather than a vibe transplant, the songs solidified into a cohesive, finished, good-feeling record.

“I looked at the demos objectively and really just helped organize the sounds into something that was sonically cohesive,” Swift said. “I knew they spent a lot of time on their own, on their headphones creating these beats and bells and whistles and felt no need to drastically change them.”

The final version of Alix materialized as perhaps Generationals’ most confident record yet, full of history and as multiphase as Ted and Grant’s friendship. Built up with layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats, and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince face-off, Alix is everything T&G like about music: old and new, vinyl and youtube, vocal chord and microkorg, gathered up from everywhen and arranged with great care into a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die mish-mosh of sensibilities and time-warp senselessness, lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element, but undeniably Generationals in taste. As Swift had decreed: ‘tis a good idea to tear down and rebuild, but it’s not always necessary to start from scratch.


RIYL: STRFKR, Tennis, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Telekinesis
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://generationals.com
https://www.facebook.com/generationals
https://twitter.com/generationals
http://generationals.bandcamp.com
http://www.last.fm/music/Generationals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generationals_(band)



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Mike Doughty
Stellar Motel
Snack Bar
ADDS 9/16/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Mike Doughty has returned! The former Soul Coughing front man has a brand new album out on September 16th, "Stellar Motel." This fan-funded album is a left turn from anything Doughty has released recently. Doughty’s dedicated fan base has been watching this project for months. It was funded entirely on PledgeMusic, which allowed Doughty's supporters to watch he and his producer write and record the entire album. "Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future" is the first single off of the new album and promises to ingrain itself in your brain.

"The title of ‘Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future’ is a headline from a newspaper that I saw a guy reading across from me on the subway, Good Goose, my producer, and I put the song together around a banjo part that I improvised. He just happened to have a banjo in the studio, which is weird, considering he's a hip-hop guy. He looped it, put it over a beat, and I sang fragments and phrases from my notebook.” - Mike Doughty

Guests on Stellar Motel include rappers MC Frontalot, Miss Eaves, Big Dipper, Jay Boogie, Kim from the Japanese band Uhnellys, country singer Laura Lee Bishop, Brooklyn saxophone-and-drums band Moon Hooch, and the female rap trio Hand Job Academy.


RIYL: Eels, They Might Be Giants, Camper Van Beethoven, MC Frontalot
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 8
DIRTY: #3, 5, 7

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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Loose Buttons
Damage Gallery
Moon Crawl Records
ADDS 9/16/14
DIGITAL ONLY

At first glance Loose Buttons may seem like newcomers to the music industry. Yet despite the fact that the group’s members just turned 21, and are just over a year removed from the release of their debut EP, Loose Buttons has headlined the 600-capacity Brooklyn Bowl in New York City, played the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon (where the Examiner named them one of the 'Top 12 Artists to Watch' at the festival), the past two Northside Festivals in Brooklyn, NY, played in Times Square with Grizzly Bear and My Morning Jacket, and teamed up with Amnesty International in Washington D.C.. Damage Gallery, their follow-up EP, will be released through their own Moon Crawl Records imprint in September 2014.

It’s not every day that a group so young has so much experience playing live in one of the world's biggest music markets. Singer Eric Nizgretsky, guitarist Zack Kantor and bass player Manny Silverstein all played their first Manhattan club gigs when they were each just 14 years old. Starting early has its benefits, and the guys had performed at legendary NYC clubs like Kenny's Castaways, The Bitter End and the Knitting Factory - as well as newer and larger venues like the Gramercy Theatre and Santos Party House - years before they were old enough to attend them as patrons.


RIYL: Magic Man, Minus The Bear, Deleted Scenes, Soft Swells, Portugal. The Man
TRY: #2, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://loosebuttonsband.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/SinsoftheLooseButtons
https://twitter.com/SOTLB
https://www.youtube.com/user/SOTLBmusic
https://soundcloud.com/sinsoftheloosebuttons