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Dr. Dog
The Psychedelic Swamp
Anti-
ADDS 2/9/16
CD / DIGITAL

In the waning days of our previous millennium, an envelope arrived at the Dr. Dog Bungalow. Initially misplaced among credit card solicitations and clothing catalogs, it had no postage and smelled of a fusty funk, as if it had once been wet. The return address said simply “Phrases from the Psychedelic Swamp.”

Inside was a cassette tape. “Play me,” it said. So they did, and they grew 10 feet tall — tall enough to reach the key but too big to fit through the door.

Phrases, they learned, was a man who had been neither happy nor sad, neither success nor failure, during his time on Earth. He just kind of was. Or wasn’t. Was or wasn’t, depending. In his quest for satisfaction, he found himself susceptible to hollow promises. He drank Coke, but it did not make him smile. He used Old Spice, but beautiful women did not whistle at him. He wore Air Jordans, but jumped no higher. And one day he awoke from a beautiful dream to find himself still lying next to the wife he neither loved nor hated. Lying still, still lying. Same gray room, same gray life. He knew he had to slip away. It took only a slight turn of the wheel.

Life in the Psychedelic Swamp, a refracted reflection of reality, gave Phrases all that he was looking for. Music took on new dimensions. Food tasted better. Love was sweeter. At least initially. The swamp was draped heavily with abstraction, where there was nothing too garbled, random or chaotic to be separated from the absolute need for meaning.

But soon the same old hollowness crept back into his soul. The romance of harvesting dry rot and herding acorn weevils under the swamp’s moon-sun had dulled into a humdrum kind of workaday existence. He began to regret his decision to leave Earth for the Psychedelic Swamp. Things were not really better there, only different. Remember what the old swamp folks say: The bladderwort is always yellower on the other side of the schist. This was his epiphany. Life, flawed as it is, is meant to embraced.

It was this message, more or less, that came through on that funky old cassette tape in the mail. And “Play Me,” didn’t mean simply “Listen to Me,” but literally “Play Me!” It was a call to action, urging Dr. Dog to record a great pop album, to give meaning to Phrases, backed by oohs and ahhs and layered harmonies, to top the charts, capture the imagination and bring joy to the people.

Why us, the band wondered. They were so young, mostly just a cover band, sort of lost in their own verdant vegetative environment, fiddling around in the basement with a loose assemblage of chords and riffs, on equipment held together with duct tape and rust. They were not ready. To do justice to “The Psychedelic Swamp,” they first had to find themselves as a band. They were flawed, reluctant messengers, like Spider-Man or Siddhartha, bestowed with a responsibility they did not yet accept. They needed to face the trials and tribulations of life on the road, to hone their skills as songwriters and performers.

Years went by, and the band became bogged down in life of a recording-touring rock’n’roll operation. The tape was often lost, only to be found in dusty corners or falling out of a seldom used guitar case. Someday, the band vowed, we will get back to “The Psychedelic Swamp.”

That day is now. Swamp is on. Phrases will be heard.


RIYL: Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, Good Old War, Wilco, Labryyynth
TRY: #4, 2, 3, 11, 12
DIRTY: #6

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

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


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Brett Newski
Hi-Fi D.I.Y.
Self-Released
ADDS 2/9/16
CD / DIGITAL

While the winter snow buried his hometown of Milwaukee, Brett Newski hibernated to South Africa, touring, couch surfing and writing songs for the Hi-Fi D.I.Y. EP, which releases in the US on February 19th.  His car broke down on day one of the tour, food poisoning set in on day five and his train car fell under attack by robbers on a trip from Johannesburg to Durban, inspiring the song "No Anchor," a song about diving face-first into the world alone with no safety net.  Following that globetrot, Brett returned home to record new material. Fellow Milwaukean and Violent Femmes cofounder, Victor DeLorenzo, produced Hi-Fi D.I.Y. at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee. The two geared up for the Hi-Fi sessions by holding coffee drinking contests on Victor's front porch, demoing tunes on an old snare drum and ragtime guitar.  The Hi-Fi D.I.Y. Trailer is here: "Americans Still Prefer Youporn to Your Band"

The five songs are a blend of Newski's anxiety-rich indie rock, along with tongue-in-cheek power acoustic tunes like "DIY," about playing "the worst show of your life to four people on a sh*tty Monday night in St. Louis." The final leg of the Hi-Fi D.I.Y. world tour begins in the US on Feb 19th, taking Brett from the Midwest to SXSW and up the east coast. Hit us up with any requests!
 
Despite the misfortunes of touring, Newski gained a quick addiction to road life and documenting the shi*t that hits the fan. Most of his possessions were eventually moved into his Euro tourmobile, aptly named "Chuck Ragan The Car," which served as home for over two months during his 2015 European tour. This bizarre DIY lifestyle led to the birth of a weekly YouTube series, "Crusty Adventures," exposing the dark underbelly of touring and the strange events that unfold between gigs. In the series, Brett and tour manager, "Danimal," tell their tales of blackmail in Germany, flaming brake rotors down the Norwegian mountainside, and terrorism in Brussels during the wake of the Paris attacks. Watch 13 Episodes here!
 
Looking forward, Newski is working on his next album, Land Air Sea Garage, scheduled for release in late 2016 and followed up by another world tour to finish off the year. Aiming for 2017, Brett plans to route the "Weirdest Venues in the World" tour, with gigs all over the world in unconventional spaces like attics, boats, barns, funeral homes, haunted forests, and atheist tool sheds. The Worst of Brett Newski is another ongoing project in the works, featuring 100 mini songs written about the road, on the road. 
 

RIYL: Frank Turner, Spoon, Okkervil River, Ben Kweller
TRY: #3, 1, 4
DIRTY: #5

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

More Info Here:
http://brettnewski.com
https://www.facebook.com/BrettNewski
https://twitter.com/BrettNewski
https://www.instagram.com/brettnewski/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Newski


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Saul Williams
MartyrLoserKing
Fader Label
ADDS 2/2/16
CD / DIGITAL

"a sonic world that's simultaneously futuristic and primitive...as tribal as it is digital" ­- NPR

"a conceptually intriguing and emotionally powerful masterpiece" - Wire

"a powerful listening experience" - The 405

"If any artist can get close to expressing the gamut of human experience, it is Saul" - Play Too Much

"a defiant middle finger raised to humanity's oppressors and an empathetic hand extended to those who are oppressed" - NPR

Williams offers much to admire and even more to contemplate" ­- Q Magazine, 4/5 stars

MartyrLoserKing balances a masterful unfolding of the overall concept with restless sonic experimentation" - OkayPlayer

"This collection of songs is a stark contrast to much of the politically neutered output of many contemporary musicians" - musicOMH, 4/5 stars

"This song is just vicious" - Stereogum on “Think Like They Book Say”

U.S. TOUR DATES: (More TBA soon)
Feb 2 ­ Brooklyn, NY ­ Rough Trade ­
April 9 ­ Iowa City, IA ­ Mission Creek Festival
Jun 12 ­ Morrison, CO ­ Red Rocks Amphitheater


RIYL: Death Grips, Run The Jewels, TV On The Radio
DIRTY: #3, 5, 6, 9, 10
TRY: #2, 4, 7, & clean edit of #6
(On downloads page now, check back for more edits as we get them!)

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

More Info Here:
http://saulwilliams.com
https://twitter.com/SaulWilliams
https://www.facebook.com/saulwilliams/


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The Wild Lips
Live At Big Sound
Self-Released
ADDS 2/2/16
DIGITAL ONLY

The Wild Lips are a high-energy, ready-to-attack, rock duo from Seattle, WA. Combining unexpected elements of punk and folk into riotous rock and roll, the pair has a talent for putting every last shred of energy and emotion into both recordings and live performances.

The Wild Lips have been described by media as having a "no apologies style" and producing "sweat- drenched sing-alongs" [The Stranger, Seattle]; any number of which could be your favorite. Their music reflects an experienced sort of angst and admiration for the battered soul...

A genuine celebration of heartache.


RIYL: Two Gallants, Lucero, Alkaline Trio
TRY: #1, 2, 3
DIRTY: #4, 5

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/thewildlips
https://www.instagram.com/thewildlips
https://soundcloud.com/thewildlips
http://thewildlips.bandcamp.com


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The Crookes
Lucky Ones
Modern Outsider
ADDS 1/26/16
CD / DIGITAL

The Crookes have always been well read and versed in tales of love and the space in-between, but with Lucky Ones they prove they are dreamers who resonate more with a life well lived. Aesthetically drenched in color, guitarist Daniel Hopewell's lyrics are forever awash with imagery, as bassist George Waite's dulcet, honey-toned vocals opens up the emotions that come gushing out. Joined by guitarist Tom Dakin and newcomer, Adam Crofts on drums, The Crookes embody the adage that true expression only exists in a world of words said, adventures had, and change embraced.

The first single from the album, "I Wanna Waste My Time On You", arrived in October, debuting at #1 on the FMQB SubModern chart. The Line Of Best Fit said of track, "Its enchanting, distorted refrains build into a pop chorus purpose-built to sweep you off your feet."

The Crookes last performed in North America at the CMJ Music Marathon in 2014, leading The New York Times to say, "The Crookes prize taut song construction; reaching back along the rock timeline, toward The Beatles by way of The Smiths. Their tactics were old-fashioned, but the youthful fervor was real," and Paste to state, "The first track reeled me in, but it was the Sheffield band's lyricism that held my attention for the rest of the set." A return to North America will be announced in the coming weeks.

Lucky Ones will be in stores January 29!


RIYL: Blur, Arctic Monkeys, The Cure
DIRTY: #2 (clean edit included in download folder)
TRY: #3, 5, 8, 9 (and clean version of #2)

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/artists/the-crookes
http://thecrookes.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/thecrookes.music
https://twitter.com/TheCrookes

 

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Old Man Canyon
Delirium
Self-Released
ADDS 1/26/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Combining the best proggy excess of Portugal. the Man with the electronic acid-tinged rock of Tame Impala's Currents, Delirium sounds like the next logical evolution of psych-pop rock." - Baeble Music

"Warbling synthesizers ease into the track, creating a foundation for his familiar and smooth vocals. Shimmering guitars add flowing textures, building a sense of movement. The song echoes Pace’s forward-thinking creative process, evolving and expanding with each verse. It’s a marvelous reintroduction to Old Man Canyon, reinventing while keeping his sense of pop-accessibility that likely won over his fans in the first place." - Consequence of Sound ("Back To The Start" premiere)

Born from the efforts of front man Jett Pace, Old Man Canyon arrived on the alternative scene in early 2012. After the release of the group’s debut EP Phantoms & Friends, their music has appeared in the MTV series Awkward, Showtime’s Shameless and the Bravo series Suits, to name a few. “It has been an incredible thing to witness— having our songs in these television series has allowed so many people to hear our music and come to support us.”

Since Phantoms and Friends was released, the band toured Canada and made a striking music video for the title song, “Phantoms and Friends”, gaining increased notoriety along the way. “The last year has really just been about building a team of people to help bring this project to the next level. I couldn’t be more excited about who I am working with right now. It feels great to have people you like and trust on your side, helping build your vision.”

“I am really excited for what this year holds. I feel an incredible amount of drive to bring this project to the world, especially through live performances. There’s something lacking in many live shows these days— something in how the performer brings his art to a crowd. There is an undeniable separation between spectator and performer, and one of my greatest desires is to find a new way to interact with people at the shows in a way that engages and inspires them to create on their own and be a part of a shared experience”.


RIYL: Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, The Paper Kites, Portugal. the Man
TRY: #3, 4, 5, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://www.oldmancanyon.com
http://oldmancanyon.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/oldmancanyon
https://twitter.com/OldManCanyon


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The Winterlings
You Are Acres
Self-Released
ADDS 1/19/16
CD / DIGITAL

"The Winterlings found much success with their debut album, The Animal Groom, and now they are back to up the ante with a set of new indie folk songs that offer an escape from our urban lives. You Are Acres paints the landscapes of Washington state in imaginative detail, capturing the spirit of the geography that the Winterlings inhabit." - PopMatters

“The kind of album clearly capable of casting its spell, and once that’s accomplished, it refuses to let go.” - No Depression

“It’s hard not to be drawn into the poetry of the band’s new album, You Are Acres.” - Stereo Subversion

When indie folk duo, The Winterlings, arrived in Washington State five years ago, they were welcomed by a pack of wild coyotes. “They were outside our motorhome window, howling like cats trapped in a trash can,” Wolff says. “It was delightful.”

Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Amanda Birdsall and Wolff Bowden had toured their first album, The Animal Groom, from Miami to NYC to Seattle. Called an “undeniable gem” by No Depression, the album hit #6 on the Roots Music Report Folk Chart. Partners in life as well as music, The Winterlings parked their RV in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains, where they planned on letting their roots run deep into moss and glacial silt.


RIYL: Shovels & Rope, the Innocence Mission, Glen Hansard, Ballroom Thieves, Lost In The Trees
TRY: #3, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.winterlings.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheWinterlings
https://twitter.com/thewinterlings


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Starlight Girls
Fantasm
Self-Released
ADDS 1/19/16
CD / DIGITAL

"The ripping march of drums and successive string accompaniment breathes heavy life into this alternative power pop jam, glittered with jubilant vocals and a pulsing pace." - The 405

"its blend of classic pop, disco, and modern synthpop is so ebullient it’ll be hard to ignore." - PopMatters

Brooklyn-based genre-undefining hyper weirdos making music to swim dangerously to. While drawing from eclectic influences that reflect the varied musical background of the five members, the band is always playing the perfect soundtrack for surfer spies who like to rock out.

The band has toured America multiple times and are releasing their debut LP this year. Reflecting a unique sound that pairs musically with bands across a wide spectrum, Starlight Girls have previously shared the stage with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, St. Lucia, Tilly and the Wall, Lucius, La Sera and Kate Nash. Starlight Girls collaborated on a 7” with Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu which SPIN declared “Undeniably Luminous.” The band has also been featured in Billboard Magazine, Noisey, Wild Honey Pie, VICE, Daytrotter and more.


RIYL: La Sera, Kate Nash, Kishi Bashi, Lucius
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 9, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://www.starlightgirls.net
https://twitter.com/starlightgirls
https://www.facebook.com/starlightgirls
https://starlightgirls.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/starlightgirls


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BUHU
Relationshapes
FMF
ADDS 1/12/16
CD / DIGITAL

“If you’re looking for a crazy fun, electronica/post-pop with a sugary 80’s feel, search no longer: BUHU is here.” - KUTX

“Frontman Jeremy Rogers is a gargantuan personality; he grins sneakily while barking through a microphone rife with vocal distortion.” - Audiotree

Welcome to a hyper-fantastical reality born out of the sweet summer love between 80s babies and thrift store synth junkies. Carved from a bedrock of war drums by abnormal guitar melodies and textured with the digital impatience of Ableton, Austin, TX trio BUHU dare you to take the red pill and see what wonderland has to offer.

At the warp-core of the BUHU universe resides drummer Clellan Hyatt, bassist, synth-wrangler, and abstract programmer Juan Pablo Mendez, and guitarist / vocalist Jeremy Rogers. Together, they charge defiantly into the churning, gelatinous mass of post-1985 party rock, slashing away with sonic broadswords to reveal the essential truth within.

Relationshapes, their first full length - and the follow-up to the critically lauded 4-Track Cinemat live video EP - captures a flash-frozen portrait of the struggles of youthful love, emotional toxicity, and redemption between twentysomethings that aren't fully formed yet themselves. There is a tidal pull within the record, balancing the darkness with a profound feeling of happiness and confidence. “I want young people to feel empowered” explains Rogers. “It’s easy to feel lost and confused about who you are and your place in the world, but it’s the best time to explore yourself and the world around you.”

Their first, semi-official release as a trio was the 4-Track Cinemat. “We wanted to do something truly unique” explains Rogers. “We decided to record every instrument on every song in a different location and film it. We recorded in trees, under staircases, in food trucks and on bar patios... We recorded in a tattoo shop while I was getting a tattoo. So ridiculous.”

When it came time to craft Relationshapes the band held to their core ethos and recorded the bulk of the raw tracks themselves – apart from the drums, and not in trees this time. Collaborator Danny Reisch from Good Danny's introduced the band to Brad Bell (Arcade Fire, The War On Drugs, Spoon). The chemistry between all involved was immediate and undeniable, and they soon set to work. After tracking, the album was mixed by Bell and Mastered by Jeff Lipton (Andrew Bird, LCD Soundsystem, Battles).

On tour now! Contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Bear Hands, Grouplove, Young The Giant
TRY: #2, 4, 6, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://yourbuhuband.com
https://www.facebook.com/YourBUHUbanD
https://twitter.com/YourBUHUbanD


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Egomunk
Footsteps To Mars
Self-Released
ADDS 1/12/16
CD / DIGITAL

Egomunk releases their new single “Warning Signs” (radio edit included in downloads folder below) this month. We bring you both the single/edit as well as the full album, which came out in the UK last year but is being sent to US radio now for the first time.

This album was released as a Free Download on their site and to date has over 300K downloads.

“It’s too easy to be cynical about a band like egomunk, the London-based “mysterious” collective/person who put out their wonky-folk debut Footsteps To Mars back in July completely free of charge, and have just crowd-sourced an entire video from their fans. It’s an approach that some might see as gimmicky: They give all their music away for free! Their identity is a mystery! Their fans make their videos! Fortunately there is something more interesting than schtick going on here: the natural evolution of the way bands act. Egomunk are not a new paradigm in the musical business model, rather they’re the logical result of where we find ourself, culturally, an interesting prism through which we can track the changes.” - Drowned In Sound

“Who needs a record label these days? That’s the mantra of London-based musician Egomunk, who is releasing his third single, Footsteps To Mars, for free. It might seem like a crackers strategy at a time when the record industry is hand-wringing about illegal downloads, but it’s not proving a barrier to success for Egomunk. Not only has he been hailed as one of the most successful unsigned artists of all time, he’s also already notched up 170,000 free downloads of his debut album via his website.” - The Londonist


RIYL: Antlers, Young Galaxy, Patrick Watson, José González
TRY: #4, 5, 2, 3

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

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