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Sean Rowe
New Lore
Anti-
ADDS 3/21/17
CD / DIGITAL

NEW LORE - THE ALBUM: I’ve always been tied to the idea of having each record sound different from the one before it, and there’s no exception with this one. My writing on this one is really reflective of the story that I’ve been living out over the past few years--as a musician, a father, and a human trying to navigate this crazy world. It’s also the stories that we all share: the everyday stuff, and the big stuff. As always, I poured my heart into these songs. When I came across the opportunity to link up with an internationally acclaimed producer who I have long admired, I knew he would be able to add some deep mojo to the recordings. Matt Ross-Spang (Grammy-Winning engineer of Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free, one of my favorite records of last year) is a musical Willy Wonka, and his Chocolate Factory is the legendary Sam Phillips Studio in Memphis, TN. This place has an unmatched soul and a vibe that stems from the history of Memphis as a haven for many of my musical heroes. I’m incredibly honored and excited to have worked with Matt and the team at Sam Phillips to make this record the best that it can be. - Sean Rowe

Sean Rowe has received rave reviews from major outlets from NPR to the Wall Street Journal, comparing him to masters such as Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen.

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RIYL: Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison
TRY: #1, 2, 6
DIRTY: #8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/sean-rowe/
https://www.facebook.com/seanrowemusic
https://twitter.com/sean_rowe
http://www.seanrowe.net/


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Me And That Man
Songs of Love and Death
Cooking Vinyl
ADDS 3/21/17
CD / DIGITAL

Me And That Man release its debut album Songs Of Love And Death on March 24 through Cooking Vinyl. Behemoth founder, songwriter and singer Nergal, fronts the duo. The album puts away any pre-conceived ideas about what heavy music ‘should’ be, with the release of this side project. The duo draws heavily on blues, country and folk to make music as dark as if it was being screamed over shredding guitars. Me And That Man pairs Nergal with British/Polish rock musician John Porter.

Behemoth is one of the most internationally renowned and unrepentant Black Metal bands. Nergal himself has tread a road that few would dare to walk - arrested on charges of blasphemy in his native Poland, authoring a bestselling book “Confessions Of A Heretic”, and titling Behemoth’s last album “The Satanist”- but in true contrarian fashion, appearing as a judge on Poland’s version of The Voice, and as the cover of Polish Newsweek, and more.

Songs Of Love And Death is a dark journey through sun-bleached, dusty plains, soundtracked by low-slung acoustic guitars and steeped in the rawest essence of rock and blues. The duo’s debut will prove to be a revelatory affair for Behemoth’s huge global fan base, while simultaneously luring many more people into Nergal’s artistic world. Fans of everything from Nick Cave, Danzig, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, through to the grim, frontier polemic of Wovenhand will find countless mesmerizing moments on the album.

“This album is not meant to turn Me and That Man fans into Behemoth fans,” Nergal notes. “If one day they follow, OK. Something like ‘My Church Is Black’ is a strong declaration, a song that naturally invites people from the extreme metal world, and perhaps they’ll want to enter this world too. They might even like it. With Me and That Man, I’m telling simple stories in a simple way, not overloaded with metaphors and hidden meanings. It’s just got to be as natural, organic and stripped down as it can be.”

“This is a side-project, but I don’t really know what it’s going to grow into,” Nergal concludes. The idea was just to get this music out to people. There’s no hidden agenda. It is what it is, and if you like it, it’s cool. If you don’t, that’s cool too. This is the battle we’ve already won.”


RIYL: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Wovenhand
TRY: #1, 4, 7
DIRTY: #10

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

More Info Here:
http://www.meandthatman.com/
http://www.facebook.com/meandthatman
http://www.instagram.com/meandthatman


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Rosey Bengal
Junk Mail
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400
ADDS 3/21/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Rosey Bengal is a five-piece indie rock band from North New Jersey. The new album was produced by Max Rauch (CR & The Degenerates, NGHTCRWLRS, Ken Depoto, & many more). The release is a joint effort from New Jersey indie labels Mint 400 Records & Sniffling Indie Kids, two labels known for developing young bands and finding unknown bands with boatloads of potential. The record reflects the North Jersey indie rock scene as a host of musicians along with the core members and leader Evan Luberger create an indie rock masterpiece.

“This will be Rosey Bengal’s second full-length album release, coming back with all the sweet and melodic sounds from their first, eponymous release that made us fall in love with them. “Freedom in the Air” tells the story of an intense yet doomed romance with such vivid imagery that only songwriter Evan Luberger could construct.” - Adam McGuire | NJ Racket


RIYL: Tweedy, The Color & Sound, Ryan Adams, Wilco
TRY: #11, 6, 1

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

More Info Here:
https://roseybengal.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/roseybengal
https://instagram.com/rosey_bengal


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CJ Ramone
American Beauty
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 3/21/17
CD / DIGITAL

Out of seven billion or so people on the planet, only seven have been lucky enough to be gifted the Ramones surname. CJ got the nod in 1989 when he expertly stepped in for Dee Dee, and played with the legendary punk quartet until they disbanded in 1996. CJ sang lead vocals on “Strength To Endure”, and even wrote two tracks for Ramones’ farewell album ¡Adios Amigos!. With all of this under his belt, CJ seems to just be getting started.

Since 1996, CJ has continued to make music. CJ Ramone’s debut album Reconquista was unleashed unto the world in 2012, followed by Fat Wreck Chords debut Last Chance to Dance two years later. 2017 brings new fans and the Ramones faithful CJ Ramone’s strongest material to date in American Beauty. Featuring Steve Soto (Adolescents), Dan Root (Adolescents), and the addition of Street Dogs drummer Pete Sosa; American Beauty continues the sound and style true to the Ramones. The spirit of ’77 shines bright on tracks like “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and “Girlfriend In A Graveyard”, while being unafraid to slow things down with “Before The Lights Go Out” and “Tommy’s Gone” (a delicate 90-second acoustic tribute to Tommy Ramone). With a packed tour schedule throughout 2017, fans can rest assured their Ramones fix will be satisfied. Closing track “Pony” features the horn section from Mariachi El Bronx

On Tour Now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: The Ramones, Adolescents, Rancid, NOFX
TRY: #2, 5, 4, 6, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/118
http://cjramone.com/
https://cjramone.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCjRamone
https://www.instagram.com/theecjramone
https://twitter.com/theecjramone


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Loose Buttons
Sundays
Self-Released
ADDS 3/21/17
CD / DIGITAL

Break-ups are hard, and writing a break-up record that skews the clichés might be even harder. Drenched with sun-dappled guitar riffs and quietly building bass lines, the New York based four-piece Loose Buttons aims to do just that with their new EP Sundays - the ultimate guide to a relationship comedown. Sundays has been met with an abundance of critical praise:

Loose Buttons have honed in on a blend of new wave and pop that is all their own.” – Billboard

“Irresistibly sincere.” – Consequence of Sound

“We’re absolutely in love with Loose Buttons’ scuzzed-out indie sound.” – Nylon

“A garage-rock-pop good time.” – Noisey

“Has all the elements of an indie classic.” – Indie Shuffle

The group, comprised of Eric Nizgretsky (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Manny Silverstein (Bass), Adam Holtzberg (Drums, Backing Vocals) and Zachary Kantor (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals) first met on Manhattan's Lower East Side while playing in local bands throughout their teenage years. A group of native New Yorkers, the four-piece still resides along the 7 line in Queens.

Loose Buttons fuses the organized chaos of acts like The Walkmen with Brit-pop sensibilities a la Alex Turner, making subtle nods to new wave acts like New Order in the process. With Sundays, the band has devised a four-step program to walk you through your heartbreak - helping you cope with the shock, anger, internal doubt and overall ickiness you deal with when saying goodbye to the one you love.

The first half of the EP - “Tales of What I’m Used To” and “Between Brick Walls” - brims with a wistful uncertainty, creating beauty out of shock and confusion when you see your someone with someone new. “Am I The Only Reason” touches on the inevitable inward reflection and self-doubt that plagues you, and the EP closer “Milk & Roses” is for when you’re able to put it all behind you and see the past with a clear head. No matter what stage you’re at, Sundays is a gorgeous remedy - even if it is just a momentary fix.


RIYL: The Walkmen, Alex Turner, New Order
TRY: #3, 1, 2
DIRTY: #4

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

More Info Here:
http://loosebuttonsband.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LooseButtonsMusic/
https://soundcloud.com/sinsoftheloosebuttons
https://twitter.com/LooseButtonsNYC


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Cameron Avery
Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams
Anti-
ADDS 3/14/17
CD / DIGITAL

Pitchfork announcement

NPR Music World Cafe Next

Cameron Avery has arrived as a new breed of nocturnal crooner, a train-wreck romantic creating timeless, ambitious music for the modern age. Utilizing his soulful wit, shrewd arrangements, and a deep, husky baritone, Avery harnesses the dark power and humor of artists like Nick Cave, Scott Walker, and Tindersticks to expertly walk the fine line between vulnerable and venerable.

Hailing from the late 2000’s-era Perth, Australia, a healthy scene of hard-hitting garage rock bands, including a long stint as the drummer of Pond, Avery found his musical footing while playing with friends but sought the reward of his own outfit. Encouraged by his friend Kevin Parker of Tame Impala to record on his own, Avery started The Growl as his solo project in 2007, making an EP and an album of aggressive, distorted psychedelic rock and roll. When Parker asked him to join Tame Impala as its touring bassist in 2013, Avery jumped at the chance and rose with that band to the top of the psych-rock heap, but all the while remained focused on carving out his singular identity as an artist and following his own muse.

On a break from touring, Avery decided to head to the US to work on his album. He would settle in Los Angeles at the behest of Jonathan Wilson, the Echo Park musician and producer who also encouraged Avery to shine a spotlight on his baritone singing voice, unlike the snarling, obscured vocals of The Growl. It was a lofty idea, but one to which Avery aspired, encouraged by the challenge.

Melancholic machismo is written into the very DNA of Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. From the classical, finger-picked guitar on the opener “A Time and Place” and the orchestral vamping of “Do You Know Me By Heart?” to the bombastic, self-assured swagger of “Dance with Me.” He takes an emotive page from the Leonard Cohen songbook-of-longing on “Big Town Girl” just as naturally as he thumbs an aggressive note of Bad Seed strut and Cramps rut on “Watch Me Take It Away.” And by the time he purrs that earnest refrain of “Baby, it’s you” on the album’s closer “C’est Toi,” Avery has surely mastered that drunken tightrope dance. Now a resident of New York City, Avery looks to continue his search for the ultimate sensations from a fresh vantage point.


RIYL: Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Cass McCombs, Fleet Foxes
TRY: #4, 3, 5, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://cameronavery.com/
http://www.anti.com/artists/cameron-avery/
https://twitter.com/cameronavery
https://www.instagram.com/cameron__avery/
https://www.facebook.com/CameronAveryMusic/


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Greg Graffin
Millport
Anti-
ADDS 3/14/17
CD / DIGITAL

Rolling Stone premiere

"This album represents three distinct historical trends that came together in the span of only 10 days during recording at Studios 606 and Big Bad Sound in April of 2016. The most obvious one is the musicians themselves. The rhythm section is composed of players from Social Distortion. 36 years ago, Bad Religion and Social Distortion shared a stage in Santa Ana, California. Well, it wasn’t really a stage, it was an abandoned warehouse made into a punk concert/party place. That was my first concert, as the singer/songwriter in Bad Religion. Our styles over the years diverged, but one consistent element remained – our love of American Folk Rock and Old-Time music continued to grow. The second root apparent on this album is that of the sound and musicianship itself. No mere hacks, these musicians are masters. Vintage wood, having been crafted into musical instruments, produces the sound of history when played by virtuosos such as those collected here. An old guitar, a vintage fiddle, drums and bass, clawhammer banjo, and a combo of electric guitar and tubed amplifier, create a sound that can only be described as classic. When you add the beautiful harmonies of these most excellent background singers, there is no doubt that this music comes from a deep-rooted expression of American experience. The final historical root is a personal one. The people who introduced me to Old-Time music are now old-timers themselves. My family roots go back to Indiana and Wisconsin. The Indiana folks sang a-Capella in the old country chapel at my Grandma’s funeral. Her children taught me to sing and the songs they chose came from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and of course the folk revival tunes of the 1960s. This was the sound I brought forth to my own band starting in the 1980s. It’s the only kind of lyrical style I know. And hopefully this album will add another strong branch to my music. Thank you all for continuing to water the tree." - Greg Graffin

Millport is a country rock album, a solo outing for Bad Religion frontman, GREG GRAFFIN.

The players on this album include several esteemed cohorts from the LA punk scene including Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, with Bad Religion co-founder Brett Gurewitz handling the producing.


RIYL: Mike Ness, Billy Bragg, John Doe, Brian Fallon, Frank Turner, Bad Religion
TRY: #6, 1, 4, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/greg-graffin/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Graffin
https://twitter.com/DoctorGraffin
https://www.instagram.com/greggraffin/


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Western Addiction
Tremulous
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 3/14/17
CD / DIGITAL

The A.V. Club premiere

Western Addiction broke onto the scene with unyielding fury over a decade ago with their hardcore debut Cognicide. 12 years and two EPs later, Western Addiction is back with a brand-new album brimming with the same hardcore explosive fervor they have become known for. Despite the time and distance between albums, Tremulous picks up right where Cognicide left us. Older, wiser, but still just as pissed off. The progression of the band is evident in the closing (five-and-a-half minute!) track ‘Your Life Is Precious’; a harmonious tribute to the late Enemy You front man David Jones. With the help of producer Joey Cape (Lagwagon), the 11 tracks that comprise Tremulous reach a new melodic hardcore level; on full display on songs like ‘Ditch Riders’ and the single ‘Taedium’. With additional input from original Western Addiction bassist (and Dead To Me frontman) Tyson Annicharico, as well as guest vocals from Propagandhi’s Todd Kowalski; Tremulous delivers the punch that long-time Western Addiction fans have been yearning for. At long last it can be said: Western Addiction is back!

• Produced by Joey Cape of Lagwagon
• Mixed by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Botch, Isis, From Ashes Rise)
• Guest vocals on 2nd single Taedium by Todd Kowalski of Propagandhi
• Features Members of: Dead To Me, Cobra Skulls, Enemy You

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Propagandhi, Dead To Me, Cobra Skulls, Enemy You, Descendents
TRY: #4, 5, 2, 1, 11

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

More Info Here:
https://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/51
https://westernaddiction.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/WesternAddiction/
https://twitter.com/WSTRNADDICTION


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MAYVE
Motion
Self-Released
ADDS 3/14/17
DIGITAL ONLY

This New York quintet combines infectious synth hooks with ambient guitar riffs over dark pop grooves accompanied by Nick Micheline's lyrics of self awareness, discovery and rebirth. Since MAYVE's inception, the goal has been to create an all encompassing aesthetic through image and sound. Originally formed as a three piece, consisting of Nick Micheline, Mike Gusman and Joseph Rene, the band went through a brief identity crisis coming from Long Island. With the newest additions to the group, Kyle Murphy and Matt Emma, the band has new ambitions to create something unique. Since the release of their EP, Animals (2016), MAYVE has received nothing but praise and reassurance to keep growing. With their new EP, Motion, which is out now, the band promises to continue delivering a captivating live show that awes their audiences. "We want our sound to live in the divide between light and dark” says singer Nick Micheline, "The guys and I have been through alot this past year. 'Motion' is about a series of events that spiraled us into the band we are now.” MAYVE is showing promise as the band to keep your eye on.

"something you’ll be buzzing about long after your first listen" - The Daily Listening

"The sound created by Mayve during the opening strains of their new EP, Motion, is influenced by the new wave of the 1980s." - Neu Futur

"How Mayve sculpts the sound has a distinct, Neon Indian inspired theme to it, as it explores similar terrain." - Skope Mag

Featured in Are You The One? on MTV


RIYL: Passion Pit, Neon Indian, Magic Man, The 1975, Matt and Kim
TRY: #3, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
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http://wearemayve.com/
https://twitter.com/mayvemusic
https://www.instagram.com/mayvemusic/
https://mayve.bandcamp.com/


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Del Paxton
All Day, Every Day, All Night
Topshelf Records
ADDS 3/7/17
DIGITAL ONLY

"An earnest, driving eleven-track punk record packed out with great hooks and even some surprises along the way" - Uproxx

"An effervescent rocker that recalls The Promise Ring circa Nothing Feels Good, whimsical backing harmonies and all." - The AV Club

"Koolwink confidently demonstrates the way the Buffalo-based trio combines the smooth melodic sensibilities of mid-’90s emo with the more hook-minded approach that would come to define the genre in the subsequent decade." - Stereogum

Active since winter 2013, Del Paxton self-released their first EP, a collection of six songs titled Worst. Summer. Ever. later that year. In April 2014, Worst. Summer. Ever. was released as a 12" EP by the now defunct upstate NY indie label Secret Audio Club. Shortly thereafter, Del Paxton paired up with Topshelf Records to release a split 7" with their Canadian friends in Gulfer.

All Day, Every Day, All Night, the Buffalo band's debut album, is a collection of material written between 2013-2015, a reflection on their upstate NY punk scene upbringing, drawing nostalgic influence from bands they grew up watching like Polar Bear Club and Fire When Ready while still retaining a contemporary feel.

All Day, Every Day, All Night will be released March 3, 2017 via Topshelf Records.

On Tour Now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Braid, Mock Orange, The Promise Ring
TRY: #2, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/del-paxton
https://www.facebook.com/delpaxtonbuffalo/
https://twitter.com/delpaxtonmusic
https://www.instagram.com/d3lpaxt0n/
https://delpaxton.bandcamp.com/


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The Real McKenzies
Two Devils Will Talk
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 3/7/17
CD / DIGITAL

For the last quarter century, the merry band of miscreants known as THE REAL McKENZIES have circumnavigated the globe, bringing their punk rock gospel to an ever-adoring throng of rebels, scallywags and ne’er do wells. In celebration of their 25th anniversary THE REAL McKENZIES return with their 10th full-length Two Devils Will Talk. Brimming with 14 tracks of invigorating Celtic-tinged punk, Two Devils Will Talk is a non-stop boot-stomping wassail. From the anthemic epic “Due West” to the rollicking reworked classic “Scots Wha Ha’e”, the album heaves with a youthful energy throughout. This is due in no small part to the addition of a few new members to the McKENZIES’ clan; shooting a fresh breeze up their collective kilt. Two Devils Will Talk sees a resilient, triumphant and defiantly hopeful band at the very top of their game and delivers a rousing blast to anyone within earshot.

On Tour Now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, The Pogues
TRY: #3, 4, 5, 6, 8
DIRTY: #1, 12, 13

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/43
http://www.realmckenzies.com/
https://www.facebook.com/therealmckenzies
https://twitter.com/Real_McKenzies

 

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The Garden
U Want The Scoop?
Epitaph
ADDS 3/7/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Buzzbands LA: "All Access" Premiere

Orange County-based band The Garden will release a new EP U Want The Scoop? on March 3rd via Epitaph. This is the follow-up to The Garden’s 2015 release, Haha. All songs on U Want The Scoop? were written and performed by The Garden and produced by Rob Schnapf (Joyce Manor, Elliott Smith, Beck).

The Garden is a constantly evolving band based in Orange County, California. Established in 2011 by twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears. They have been touring since 2012 and have released 4 EPs and 2 full length LPs in the process. The Garden has toured extensively in the UK, EU, US, Asia, Australia, and Canada. The duo created the term, "Vada Vada" in 2011 to represent their music and other creations. Vada Vada is a term that represents total freedom of expression without boundaries or guidelines of any sort. Known for their energetic and off-the-wall performances around the world, The Garden are consistently touring and releasing music and other content.

On Tour Now! Contact us with any ticket/interview/session requests!


RIYL: Cosmonauts, Fidlar, Tijuana Panthers, Cherry Glazerr
TRY: #2, 1, 4, 5
(Clean + Dirty versions on downloads page)

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

More Info Here:
http://epitaph.com/artists/the-garden
http://www.thegardenvadavada.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheGardenVadaVada
https://twitter.com/thegardentwins


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Imaginary Tricks
Skommel
Friendship Fever
ADDS 3/7/17
CD / DIGITAL

“Get utterly lost in its sun-dappled beauty.” - FOR THE RABBITS

“‘Bird’ is a head-nodding, slow-building rock song that feels soft and pretty despite Visser’s impassioned vocal and the steady rhythmic pounding that carries it along. There’s also a rad guitar solo.” - STEREOGUM

“The lead single from his debut album is ‘Bird,’ which is, well, just fantastic. The song is classic indie fusion in the Brendan Canning / Broken Social Scene mould.” - REVUE MAGAZINE

Skommel is the debut album from Queens, New York’s Imaginary Tricks, available March 24, 2017 from Friendship Fever. Building upon a lifelong a air with guitar noise and love for buttery R&B classics, these songs are reflections of psych-tinged rock and pop obsessions, abused by years of a relentless search for something stranger, stronger, and free.

Imaginary Tricks takes an experimental approach to delivering a familiar thump. It’s a heartbeat, with multiple layers of complex sounds, mired in soul and hidden lyrical depth. Welcome to the world of Mike Visser, the world of Imaginary Tricks.


Broken Social Scene, Dirty Projectors, Jeff Buckley, Sam Cohen
TRY: #6, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.imaginarytricks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/imaginarytricks/
https://www.instagram.com/ImaginaryTricks/
http://www.friendshipfever.com/artist/imaginary-tricks


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Rocky and The Chapter
You Are Not Mine
Sniffling Indie Kids/Mint 400
ADDS 3/7/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Rocky and The Chapter return with their third EP, You Are Not Mine, capturing the band in a slightly more raw state of mind, a perfect match for the EPs mid-fi sound. First track “Cracks” combines the beautiful disenchantment of the Gin Blossoms with the primal swing of the Fall and Slanted and Enchanted-era Pavement. “Diet Coke” recalls the maturity of Very Emergency Promise Ring while “Lucky 13” finds a mind-blowing middle ground between Bleed American Jimmy Eat World and the ripping guitar power of Iron Maiden. “Talk Small” epically closes out another great collection of songs.

Rocky’s earworm melodies are perfectly balanced by the hard driving, thunderous attack of the Chapter. If you’re a fan of the power of rock music, You Are Not Mine is an EP you need in your life.


RIYL: Motion City Soundtrack, Jimmy Eat World, Gaslight Anthem
DIRTY: #1, 3 (Clean edits included in download folder)
TRY: #1, 2

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

More Info Here:
https://twitter.com/RCandtheChapter
https://www.facebook.com/RockyCataneseandtheChapter/
https://rockyandthechapter.bandcamp.com/
http://www.snifflingindiekids.com/
http://mint400records.com


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Peter Silberman
Impermanence
Anti-
ADDS 2/28/17
CD / DIGITAL

PETER SILBERMAN IS THE LEAD SINGER/FOUNDER OF THE ANTLERS

While Impermanence is Peter Silberman’s first solo album, it could easily be thought of as a continuation of the emotional-spiritual odyssey begun through his work in The Antlers over the past decade. It travels some of the thornier terrain of the trio’s previous albums Hospice, Burst Apart, and Familiars, while carrying the conversation further down the path.

What distinguishes Impermanence from its forebears can be attributed to an unexpected injury, as Silberman developed a hearing impairment in his left ear that resulted in a temporarily total hearing loss, extraordinarily loud tinnitus, and an excruciating sensitivity to everyday noises.

“Writing Impermanence became my effort to meditate on what had happened, and grasp what it had taught me: about my mortality, compassion, and change. There’s no remedy for the unpredictable, and I want this record to reflect that, to offer an alternative way to think about changing circumstances.” explains Silberman.


RIYL: Bon Iver, The Antlers, Grizzly Bear, Neutral Milk Hotel
TRY: #2, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.petersilberman.com/
https://twitter.com/PSilb
https://www.facebook.com/psilb/
http://www.anti.com/artists/peter-silberman/


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R. Missing
Unsummering
Self-Released
ADDS 2/28/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Unsummering, the first release under their new moniker R. Missing, expands on The Ropes’ previous palette of Morrissey tinged lyrics and darkwave. Unsummering manages to be even more isolated lyrically than their famously nihilistic previous work, fully embracing complete detachment. Musically, fraught guitar and synth textures paint an image of an unstable world, held together only by tightly quantized electronic drum beats. 


RIYL: The Knife, Chelsea Wolfe, Austra, Velvet Underground, Morrissey
TRY: #1, 2, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://rmissing.com
https://www.facebook.com/rmissingmusic
https://www.instagram.com/r.missing
http://soundcloud.com/rmissing
https://twitter.com/rmissingmusic


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Emma Ruth Rundle / Jaye Jayle
The Time Between Us
Sargent House
ADDS 2/21/17
DIGITAL ONLY

The Time Between Us is the title of a new 6-song split EP between Sargent House alum Emma Ruth Rundle (Red Sparowes, Marriages) and the label’s newest addition, Louisville’s Jaye Jayle (featuring Evan Patterson of Young Widows). The EP boasts three previously unreleased tracks from each artist.

On the heels of her recently released and widely recognized third album, Marked for Death, Emma Ruth Rundle unveils a follow-up dose of brooding, melancholic rock draped in shimmering guitar and the breathy familiarity of her unmistakable voice. Opening track “The Distance” incorporates the lonely tones and dusty landscapes which are by now a trademark of the Emma Ruth Rundle sound, its lulling swells of reverb punctuated by sparkles of lyrical intensity. “To Fold in England (Hours)”, meanwhile, invokes a stoic kind of restraint, all muted keys and aching strings, a subtle backdrop for Rundle’s delicate fretwork, soon extinguished under the density of her nuanced, layered vocals. The side closes with the original acoustic version of “Hand of God”, a standout track from Marked for Death. Stripped of studio embellishments, Rundle’s haunting voice, accompanied simply by the thrum of her acoustic guitar, takes center stage. A fleeting glint of vulnerability, “Hand of God” exhibits the raw, cathartic nature of Rundle’s art, reduced to its essence.

Though possessing a distinct Southern filter, Jaye Jayle’s stripped-back noir in fact owes more to Krautrock than the blues, while Evan Patterson’s baritone croon brings to mind Angels of Light-era Michael Gira. Jaye Jayle unsurprisingly count Spacemen 3, Neu!, and Lungfish among their varied influences, while arriving at a sound wholly unusual in the American underground. The swampy thump of opener “About Time You Came to Me” is a prime example of what the band describes as its “exercises in tension and restraint”, a slide guitar serenade wallowing in a vaporous sea of otherworldly keyboard sounds and floor tom wallop. The slow-boil grumble of second track “Unnecessarily” finds Patterson channeling his inner Iggy Pop over a rhythm made menacing by its sheer unwillingness to break form. “Hope Faith County”, by comparison, seems as if transmitted from a dream. A timeless meander draped in icy violins, the song concludes Jaye Jayle’s side with Patterson’s reverb-laden voice nonchalantly positing the unexpected query, “Space girl, have you finally found me”? Considering the singular, peculiar nature of the group’s sound, it seems like a reasonable question.

"Her voice sounds otherworldly; there's a mystical quality to her singing that displaces you from wherever you're hearing it. The guitars are understated, strumming sounds that seem to reverberate out into the stars." – CLRVYNT, “The Distance” premiere

“a slow-burner with a creepy vocal delivery from Evan that’s kinda somewhere between Nick Cave and Michael Gira.” – Brooklyn Vegan, “Unnecessarily” premiere

Both are on tour now! Hit us up with any requests!


RIYL: PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Michael Gira
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.sargenthouse.com/jaye-jayle
http://sargenthouse.com/emma-ruth-rundle
https://twitter.com/emmaruthrundle
http://twitter.com/jayejayle
https://www.facebook.com/emmaruthrundle
http://www.facebook.com/jayejayle
https://emmaruthrundle.bandcamp.com
http://jayejayle.bandcamp.com


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Son Of The Velvet Rat
Dorado
Mint 400/Fluff & Gravy
ADDS 2/21/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Son of the Velvet Rat (SotVR) celebrates the release of their sixth album Dorado – a golden treasure of desert-inspired tracks produced by the critically acclaimed songwriter and producer, Joe Henry. The album will debut internationally on February 16th, 2017 with a dual release by Fluff & Gravy (CDs and Vinyl) and Mint 400 (Digital Distribution)

Dorado was recorded quickly over just a few days, and it had to be. The songs as deft pieces of writing had already been well considered, but their articulation needed to be urgent for the mystery at the heart of them to spark and fizz with real-time revelation... Georg and Heike, the husband and wife duo from Austria who are lock-and-key to Son Of The Velvet Rat – both closing the circle of their shared intention, and springing it open – seem invariably to embody the purest constructs of Americana. The voices you hear from this album hover like strobing waves rising from a ribbon of heated black road, and that is precisely how they entered my world: as an apparition both unmistakable and untouchable; other-worldly, yet utterly familiar. I sometimes believe that as sprawling and confused as our national character has become, it requires a foreigner to actually make sense and whole cloth of its particular alchemy –to see it clearly, as if from the fire tower high above us.“ - Joe Henry, Producer

Alongside this latest album creation, the band catalogue includes collaborations with other luminaries such as Lucinda Williams and former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer. Peter Jesperson, former producer & manager of The Replacements, put it aptly: “... beautiful and somber music, their lyrics are pure poetry.”

After years of finding inspiration in the California desert, Son Of The Velvet Rat chose in 2013 to leave behind their impressive band history in Austria, with 5 albums to their credit, and make their home in Joshua Tree. This new endeavor finds the two commuting between the anonymous wasteland of Los Angeles and the fierce but fragile beauty of the high desert, reinventing their creative sphere in a completely different artistic environment. There’s a certain strangeness in their music and sound, with its origins woven deeply in the cultural heritage of the European folk-noir and chanson traditions, and it certainly strikes a chord in all who know the grounding force of gravity and still like to dance on the tightrope.

“...a landscape that echoes the dark romanticism of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake...stark imagery amid themes of love, loss, and longing.” - Performer

"There is a deep and soulful purity to their music. Georg is not just a lyricist. He is a songwriter’s songwriter. There is a haunting beauty in each and every song that stimulates intrigue." - Coachella Valley Weekly

“Heartbreakingly beautiful, slow, minimal folk." - KZSU

"There‘s some dark majesty at work here." - Logo


RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Joe Henry
TRY: #3, 1, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://sonofthevelvetrat.com
http://www.facebook.com/sonofthevelvetrat
http://twitter.com/SotVRat
http://www.instagram.com/sonofthevelvetrat


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The Motel Pines
A Sad History
Self-Released
ADDS 2/21/17
CD / DIGITAL

The Motel Pines is kicking off its full-length debut album A Sad History. With a unique indie/alternative/punk sound and recorded with the help of esteemed Dallas producer Salim Nourallah at Pleasantry Lane in Dallas. Songs from the album are already being played at non-commercial and college radio stations around the world.

Formed in Dallas, TX in 2015, after the long musical hiatus of singer and principal songwriter Michael Carrasco, The Motel Pines have come out of their corner swinging making an immediate impression on the independent music scene.

Their music is noticeably influenced by the punk-rock background of Carrasco but is tempered by the backbone of the rhythm section: bassist John Rowland and drummer Mark Starling. Rowland’s influences cross the gamut of early ‘90s alternative to Texas Country and Roots Rock. Starling also has a wide variety of influences, but his first bands were all in the alternative genre. Guitarist Ben Gaither adds mood and texture to what would otherwise be raw punk songs. This mix of influence really gives The Motel Pines a sound that is all their own.

Gaining momentum from their debut album, The Motel Pines are currently playing the festival circuit - already securing spots at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Dallas, as well as Indie Music Fest in Austin during famed SXSW. Look for them to maintain a heavy schedule of local and regional shows, with future plans for an upcoming tour.


RIYL: Lucero, Hot Water Music, Against Me!, Drag The River
TRY: #1, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
https://themotelpines.com
https://www.facebook.com/themotelpines
https://twitter.com/themotelpines
https://instagram.com/themotelpines
https://themotelpines.bandcamp.com


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Tinariwen
Elwan
Anti-
ADDS 2/14/17
CD / DIGITAL

NPR: First Listen

The new album Elwan by Tinariwen could well have been called Exile on Main Street. Others have already thought of that, but the idea is apt. As is the painful paradox, if you consider that while Tinariwen were criss-crossing the globe on their recent triumphant tours, the frontiers that encircle their desert home were closing and forcing them into exile to record their new album Elwan.

In recent years, Tinariwen's homeland, a Saharan mountain range between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria, has been transformed into a conflict zone. While the songs on the new record evoke those cherished deserts of home, they were recorded a long way away in two distinctive bursts.

In 2014 the band stopped at Rancho de la Luna studios in the desert of California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While location proved particularly propitious in terms of creativity, the human climate was just as favorable, as musicians dropped by to add their own touch. Guitarist Matt Sweeny (Johnny Cash, Bonnie Prince Billy and Cat Power), Kurt Vile, musician Alan Johannes, who produced Queens of the Stone Age, a band with whom Mark Lanegan, the other guest has been a singer. All of it honed by engineer Andrew Schepps, who has worked with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Johny Cash, and Jay Z. Two years later in M’Hamid El Ghizlane, an oasis in southern Morocco, near the Algerian frontier, the band set up their tents to record, accompanied by the local musical youth and a Ganga outfit (a group of Berber ‘gnawa’ trance musicians).

The resulting album is called Elwan (‘The Elephants’), not Exile On Main Street, though it fits nicely into that ‘road record’ category. In American cinema, a road movie always unfolds the same way. Characters travel in search of some truth or revelation. But they always end up reconnecting with their own past. Of course, it’s an impossible return, because that past has been erased. It’s the same for this record, so musically powerful and yet poignant: every song evokes a land that can no longer be found, with all that this implies in terms of emotional range, from nostalgia for a joyous past to the tragic recent loss of a territory, and of the dream that it nourished.


RIYL: Ali Farka Toure, Amadou & Mariam, Fela Kuti, Goat, Baaba Maal, Afrocubism
TRY: #2, 6, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/tinariwen/
http://tinariwen.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tinariwenmusic/
https://twitter.com/TINARIWEN
https://www.instagram.com/tinariwen/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinariwen


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The Menzingers
After The Party
Epitaph
ADDS 2/7/17
CD / DIGITAL

After the Party is the follow-up to the Philadelphia-based band’s widely acclaimed Rented World.

Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party taps into the Menzingers’ everyman romanticism to reflect on getting older but not quite growing up.

Throughout the album, singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino offset that deeply nuanced songwriting with anthemic harmonies, furious power chords, and larger-than-life melodies.
 

“We spent our 20s living in a rowdy kind of way, and now we’re at a point where it seems like everyone in our lives is moving in different directions,” says May of the inspiration behind After the Party. Adds Barnett: “We’re turning 30 now, and there’s this idea that that’s when real life comes on. In a way this album is us saying, ‘We don’t have to grow up or get boring—we can keep on having a good time doing what we love.’”

“Bad Catholics” follows the release of After the Party’s lead single “Lookers,” which premiered on Noisey in August.

The Menzingers formed as teenagers in their hometown of Scranton in 2006, then later relocated to Philadelphia. The band made their Epitaph debut with 2012’s On The Impossible Past, which was voted Album of the Year by Absolute Punk and PunkNews. Released in 2014, Rented World was praised as “packed with clever songwriting” by The New York Times and “a colossal fist-pumper” by Stereogum.

"After The Party is a whiskey-soaked, beer-can-smashing punk rock record with catchy melodies hanging off of it like clothes on a line. It’s made for singing drunkenly with your friends, singing at the top of your voice when you’re home alone or blasting at full volume when you’re driving in the summer with the windows down. It’s reflective and deeply personal, while still being relatable and able to be enjoyed by anyone who likes the sound of a guitar and a voice. Even the most stalwart hater of rock music would be hard-pushed to deny that Greg Barnett‘s delivery is so uniquely weathered that these songs, which would have been great even in the hands of another vocalist, are made all the better by being sung by a man who’s voice is so distinct and above all so believable." - MOSH

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Jeff Rosenstock, AJJ, Beach Slang, Joyce Manor, Rozwell Kid
TRY: #2, 3, 8, 9
DIRTY: #4

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

More Info Here:
http://themenzingers.com
https://twitter.com/themenzingers
https://www.facebook.com/themenzingers
https://www.instagram.com/themenzingers/