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Andy Shauf
The Party
Anti-
ADDS 5/24/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Canadian songwriter's new album, The Party, isn't one you'll want to miss." - Consequence of Sound ("The Worst In You" premiere)

"Musically, The Party is just as robustly realized. After last year's superb bedroom-produced album The Bearer Of Bad News — for which Shauf initially drafted as many as 100 songs — The Party's narrative framework lends focus and restraint to his prolific writing." - NPR: First Listen

He’s a sad-sack Saskatchewanian songwriter who grew up in a tiny town (pop. 919) off the Trans-Canada Highway somewhere between Swift Current and Moose Jaw. His breakthrough album was called Bearer of Bad News. But don’t feel bad for ANDY SHAUF. Social invitations have been pouring in from Jeff Tweedy, Nick Hornby and Low (for whom he opened two U.S. tours in 2015). Now the self-produced multi-instrumentalist and master of subtlety is ready to invite everyone to The Party, his fourth album and first for Anti-.

The Party is a series of character sketches, ostensibly set at a specific gathering. It’s not exactly a concept record or a John Hughes script for a Robert Altman film, but writing it was definitely a way for Shauf to get out of his own head. The Party will spawn no hangover regrets for its creator, even if its characters have more than a few. On it, awkward characters show up “Early to the Party,” dance in the living room (“Martha Sways”), and either reveal life-changing secrets (“To You”) or try their hardest to reveal nothing at all (“The Magician”). Fuzzed-out guitars collide with string sections and dreamy synths, all draped over delicate piano, acoustic guitars and rainy-day drums. Oh, and clarinet. On Bearer of Bad News, Shauf started out with 100 songs and whittled it down to 11. This time, with a clearer vision and narrative construct in mind, he focused on 15 and cut it to 10. Brevity is key: these vignettes are rooted in classic pop songwriting, with shades of the Shins, Belle and Sebastian and Grandaddy seeping into Shauf’s modern arrangements.

On tour this summer with case/lang/veirs!


RIYL: Belle and Sebastian, Andrew Bird, Randy Newman, Grandaddy, Clientele
TRY: #6, 1, 3, 5
DIRTY: #2

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

More Info Here:
http://www.andyshauf.com/
https://twitter.com/andyshauf
https://www.facebook.com/andyshaufmusic/
https://andyshauf.bandcamp.com/
http://anti.com/artists/andy-shauf/


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AM
Precious Life
AM Sounds
ADDS 5/24/16
CD / DIGITAL

“Dreamy Sound...”- KCRW’s Today's Top Tune “Precious Life”

KCRW Album Preview “Precious Life”

“Blooming sonics...”- CMJ Premiere “The World Will Go On Without You”

"Precious Life", produced with drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, Yeasayer, Atoms For Peace), is the new album title from L.A. songwriter AM. With Waronker behind the drums and the board and with AM doing just about everything else on synths, bass, and guitar, the two carefully craft a record that is honest and emotional, yet dreamily swings and pulses.

The album title track “Precious Life” delivers a bare, soulful guitar driven track rotating the question, “Who are you, with your precious life?” “The Move” glides along on an analog wave of minimal synth stylings with light tight soul underneath...a last ditch effort at romance for a jaded bachelor. Instrumental cuts like “Aqua Velva” soar with Nashville tunings, consumer model keyboards, banjo and organ. The drumming is raw, a treat for fans of Waronker’s playing and “Precious Life” captures sonically what it’s title suggests. The record is intimate, up close...even the groovers. Music made for the headphones...the big ones that is.


RIYL: AM & Shawn Lee, Caribou, Fujiya & Miyagi, Gardens & Villa, Junior Boys
TRY: #2, 3, 6, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://www.amsounds.com
http://www.facebook.com/am
http://www.twitter.com/amsounds
https://www.instagram.com/amsounds
http://www.youtube.com/amsounds
https://soundcloud.com/amsounds


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Caveman
Otero War
Cinematic
ADDS 5/24/16
CD / DIGITAL

“Bright synths and rhythmic guitar strums elevate a melodic vocal and hook that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. It seems Caveman are coming into their own; I think we are in for a treat with Otero War." - Stereogum

"The first song to be released off Otero War—an optimistic, anthemic jam called ‘Never Going Back’ that contains shades of Springsteen" - FADER

"The heady, emotional song tugs at nostalgia while also asserting itself as a clear tour de force for the group." - Billboard

"Indie Rock Champions" - Noisey

Pitchfork: video premiere!

You can only go so far on cool points alone. Since Caveman first formed in 2010 they’ve claimed a spot for themselves at the center of the New York music scene, become in-demand DJs, toured the world (sharing stages with The War on Drugs, Jeff Tweedy, and Weezer), and gotten love from everyone from Pitchfork to the New York Times. Now the band–Matthew Iwanusa, lead guitarist James Carbonetti, bassist Jeff Berrall, keyboardist Sam Hopkins and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Prescott Clark–is aiming higher.

Otero War (out June 17th, 2016 on Cinematic) is clearly the most mature album the band has created, but that doesn’t mean it’s a drag–in fact it could be the most fun music they’ve made so far. Iwanusa’s singular vision of blending Springsteen and Wilco’s polished roots rock with the soaring emotional drama of Tears for Fears and the Human League has never seemed clearer, or stronger. From the buoyant vocal melodies that make the opening track “Never Going Back” take flight, to the hip-shaking rhythms that hold up “Life Or Just Living” (which Matt calls his best song yet), to the contagious, triumphant mood on standout cut “Lean On You,” the album overflows with the joyous energy of a songwriter and a band finding their stride and flexing their newfound power for the first time. You can hear them enjoying the freedom from the confines of the expectations that have surrounded them until now, and looking out at a much bigger world to conquer.


RIYL: The Helio Sequence, Band of Horses, Fruit Bats, Frightened Rabbit, Rogue Wave
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 7, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://cavemantheband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CavemanBand/
https://twitter.com/cavemanband
https://www.instagram.com/cavemanband/


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Black Pistol Fire
Don't Wake The Riot
Modern Outsider
ADDS 5/17/16
CD / DIGITAL

“Sleep on these guys at your own risk, because what they did to BMI on Friday afternoon was unholy… leaving a trail of scorched earth and melted minds.” - Consequence of Sound, Lollapalooza

"The next big thing!” – The Huffington Post

“The Canadian pair of Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen definitely displayed force – and then some – in a breakout set.” – Yahoo Music

Black Pistol Fire is a high-octane rock duo based out of Austin, Texas by way of Toronto, Canada; composed of Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums. Drawing inspiration from blues, R&B and rock greats such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, Buddy Holly and Muddy Waters, BPF’s gritty and dynamic performances are fueled by undeniable musicianship. Dubbed the “next big thing” by Huffington Post after SXSW 2013, BPF has developed a reputation for their untamed live performances.

Described as “Pure fire on stage,” they are quickly becoming festival veterans, including performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch Music Festival, Shaky Knees and Governor's Ball, among others. After Lollapalooza 2015, Yahoo Music described Black Pistol Fire as “a power duo that can almost match the power and intensity of the massive rock sounds of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac… in a breakout set.”

Black Pistol Fire has shared the stage with acts like Gary Clark Jr, Weezer, Heart, Wolfmother, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls. Their signature sound has been featured throughout television and entertainment.


RIYL: Heartless Bastards, White Denim, Stone Foxes, Black Keys
TRY: 3, 8, 9, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://blackpistolfire.com
https://www.facebook.com/blackpistolfire/
https://twitter.com/blackpistolfire
http://modernoutsider.com/artists/black-pistol-fire


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Matt and Kim
We Were The Weirdos
Fader Label
ADDS 5/17/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Matt and Kim dominated Coachella Weekends 1 & 2! 

In between the two weekends of madness, they also recorded a 4-song EP WE WERE THE WEIRDOS and surprised fans and critics alike by releasing it during their performance on Weekend 2!

WE WERE THE WEIRDOS is available to stream and download everywhere!

One of the new EP tracks, "Let's Run Away", is in Spotify's New Music Friday playlist! 

Stereogum premiere

Pitchfork premiere

Consequence of Sound premiere


RIYL: Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend
TRY: #1, 2, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.mattandkimmusic.com
https://www.instagram.com/mattandkim/
https://www.facebook.com/mattandkim
https://twitter.com/mattandkim
https://www.youtube.com/user/mattandkim
http://mattandkim.tumblr.com


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Xenia Rubinos
Black Terry Cat
Anti-
ADDS 5/17/16
CD / DIGITAL

"She has the truly charismatic voice of someone who's always smiling, but pushes it into weird, sour notes: It spirals alongside her mood, but also acts as the life-giving breath she can't quite seem to catch." - Pitchfork "Lonely Lover" Track Premiere

Xenia Rubinos is a New York based singer and pianist who dips in and out of genre and structure to create movingly powerful songs with her O.G. signature sound. Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Jazz, all delivered with a soulful punk aura. The New Yorker described her work as “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre”.

Music has been Xenia’s life for all of her life. She began playing piano at the the age of 4, and picked up singing shortly after. She earned a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where she studied Voice and Composition. It was there that she met her musical partner, drummer and producer Marco Buccelli, who would go on to be her main musical collaborator for the next decade and the two are still together today.

"Rubinos serves up a Michelin-star meal: The Brooklyn artist truly crosses borders with her multi-genre-hyphenate instrumental textures beneath Billie Holiday-esque croons." - SPIN


RIYL: tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, M.I.A., Santigold, Son Lux
DIRTY: #6, 12
TRY: #8, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.xeniarubinos.com
https://www.facebook.com/xeniarubinos
https://twitter.com/xeniarubinos
https://www.instagram.com/xeniarubinos/
http://www.anti.com/artists/xenia-rubinos/


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David Bazan
Blanco
Barsuk
ADDS 5/10/16
CD / DIGITAL

David Bazan (Pedro The Lion, Headphones) has never had the answers. His first two solo records, 2009’s Curse Your Branches and 2011’s Strange Negotiations lived inside questions. Questions of politics, of relationships, of addiction, and of God. For anyone looking to art to remove doubt, Bazan is not that refuge. With a catalogue that orbits the darkest corners of the human experience, his songs are the tiny pinprick of light, the first breath coming up for air, the rest stop on a trip with no destination.

Having spent half of the last decade on tour, away from home, Bazan wrote his new songs from the wandering life of a traveling troubadour. And while there is joy in that life, Blanco is born of its challenges. It’s what, and whom, he leaves at home that you hear on Blanco. Made up of tracks that were previously available in a very limited edition 7” vinyl series called Bazan Monthly, Volume 1 and Volume 2, Bazan started the project to see what kind of songs would come if he sat down in a small bedroom in his basement, propelled by a deadline, kids sleeping upstairs, and wrote from the duality that had blocked him from writing before – what it means to have a home, and have to constantly leave it to make ends meet.

These are home songs, songs about returning, songs about not quite knowing what it means to return. They long for home with the ache of a child, and they dissect that longing with a surgeon’s precision. They also signal the end of the organic singer/songwriter mode that he never loved but seemed to be mired in anyway, with delay and distortion binding layers of drum machine and synth together. Guitar comes in as a sweet reminder of where he started, but stays sparse. Blanco continues to ask questions, but they are the questions of a man who has found contentment within them. Who has somehow, against odds, made a home in them.


RIYL: Pedro The Lion, Destroyer, Andy Shauf, Mountain Goats, Eric Bachmann
TRY: #3, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.davidbazan.com
http://www.barsuk.com/bands/davidbazan
https://www.facebook.com/davidbazan
https://twitter.com/davidbazan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bazan


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Robert Francis
Fire Engine Red
Aeronaut
ADDS 5/10/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"Robert Francis has been crafting burnished folk poesy since he was a teenager. He’s negotiated turbulent times, both personal and professional, without losing the distinctive voice and lyrical dexterity that have made his four full-lengths so compelling. In fact, those negotiations seem ongoing, as they tend to be, and they have yielded the songs on “Fire Engine Red,” his fifth album, due May 13. It’s the result of a creative burst inspired by Francis’ escaping his native Los Angeles.

“While recording in L.A., a writer for Vice Magazine, Aldo Monterrubio, flew out to interview me about the ups and downs of the music industry,” the 28-year-old songwriter explains. “We spoke mostly about the struggle and maintenance that is required of artists to continue to create in a climate that is usually not in our favor. Being in Los Angeles at this time had me uninspired. Aldo suggested I come to León, Mexico, and so I did. Recording in León felt more like the Deep South than the South does today. This was Muscle Shoals. There was no tourism, no musical history, nothing but a city of stucco houses, corrugated steel roofs, thunderstorms and 10 cent beers. As I began to spend more time in León, I couldn’t help but be affected by the culture. I started writing more songs. This time instead of writing for ‘myself,’ I started writing ‘out of myself’ for other people.”

If “Fire Engine Red” sounds like the songwriter’s most outward-looking collection of songs yet, it’s probably a reaction to these turbulent times — the world’s more than his — to which he bears witness.

Says Francis: “We are living in an incongruous era. Pop music is bigger than ever. Our voting system is rigged. A billionaire promoting violence can be president. The oldest cities on earth are being leveled. This is a warm record and I wanted it to feel like somewhere you can escape to when everything else is too much.” - Buzzbands.la


RIYL: John Hiatt, Jeff Buckley, Langhorne Slim, Conor Oberst, Devendra Banhart
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.robertfrancismusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/robertfrancisofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/robertfrancismusic/
http://www.aeronautrecords.com


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Mean Jeans
Tight New Dimension
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 5/10/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Ramones worship with all the spirit, power pop hooks, and speed that you need to pull something like this off. It’s not just Ramones though. For one, Mean Jeans have a lot more guitar solos than those early Ramones records. They also have a different sense of humor, with track titles like “4 Coors Meal” and “Michael Jackson Was Tight,” and they even bring synthesizers in on closing track “Are There Beers In Heaven?” (There’s that sense of humor again.) It’s a fun record that rocks from start to finish..." - Brooklyn Vegan

"Tight New Dimension stands as a strong batch of catchy, fist-pumping anthems that land somewhere between the straight-ahead pop-punk of the band's first LP, Are You Serious?, and the more polished power-pop of the follow up, On Mars. " - PunkNews

Since forming in 2006, Mean Jeans have become one of the better-known bands of the Pacific Northwest punk scene for their chaotic but relentless attack, raucous live shows, and fierce commitment to the art of partying.

With two full-lengths under their belt on Dirtnap Records, and a slew of 7”s; Fat finally landed these party animals for their much anticipated third album. Tight New Dimension furthers the band’s absurdist party-punk agenda. The music is tight, Ramones-influenced pop-punk with garage-rock attitude. The song titles are gloriously literal, positing such deep thoughts as “Michael Jackson Was Tight” (about the King Of Pop), “4 Coors Meal” (sure to be the new liquid diet craze) and “Are There Beers In Heaven?” (an existential question everyone will likely face at some point in their lives). When it comes to lyrics, Mean Jeans is happy to keep it simple.


RIYL: The Spits, Teenage Bottlerocket, Ramones, Jay Reatard, Joyce Manor, Titus Andronicus
TRY: #2, 4, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/127
https://meanjeans.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/themeanjeans
https://www.instagram.com/themeanjeans/
https://twitter.com/Mean_Jeans


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Cold Beer & Broads
Six Pack
Self-Released
ADDS 5/10/16
CD / DIGITAL

Born from optimistic attitudes, star-studded backgrounds in the music industry, and penchants for life’s finer things (including cold beer and broads), the NYC-based collective of seasoned musicians known as Cold Beer & Broads was built upon the mutual friendship among Larry Studnicky (songwriter/lead & backup vocals), Charles Czarnecki (producer/songwriter/keyboards, percussion/lead & backup vocals), and John Macom (songwriter, rhythm & electric guitars/lead & backup vocals). The group is rounded out by Mike DoCampo (rhythm & electric guitars, backup vocals) and backup singers Christina Benedetto and Sabrina Ann Curry.

“There are Jennifer Aniston obsessions... then there are ‘Jennifer Aniston obsessions’. The latter takes centre stage in a quirky and ever-so-slightly eccentric music video for Cold Beer & Broads‘ new song. Titled Jennifer Aniston (Why Are You Married?), it stars model and stand-up Chelsea Skidmore as a woman with an unhealthy interest in the Friends star.” – LOADED

“The single is as catchy as it is cheeky, spiked with Devo-esque synthesized panache, and you’ll soon find yourself singing along to the loving, longing chorus.” – ELMORE


RIYL: Weezer, Brian Wilson, The Ramones, Wilco, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
TRY: #2, 4, 7
DIRTY: #5, 6

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/ColdBeerandBroads/
http://coldbeerandbroads.com
https://twitter.com/ColdBeerBroads
https://www.instagram.com/coldbeerbroads
http://coldbeerbroads.tumblr.com/

 

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Islands
Should I Remain Here At Sea? / Taste
Manqué Music
ADDS 5/3/16
CD / DIGITAL

Islands return with not one, but TWO new albums on May 13. These are two distinct, entirely unique records, each one a wholly individual offering. The forthcoming albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? will be released on limited edition vinyl and digitally via Manqué Music.
 
In keeping with the dual nature of things, Islands has announced east and west coast tours in the spring. The west coast run will be supported by Honus Honus (of Man Man), while the east coast dates will be supported by Lushlife.
 
SPIN has premiered a playlist featuring "The Joke" from Taste and "Christmas Tree" from Should I Remain Here At Sea?. Islands Nick Thorburn told SPIN, "'The Joke' is Islands’ first real attempt at anything overtly political, a reaction to the racial tensions and police brutality in America and the struggle to galvanize the general population against injustice and indifference." He adds, "'Christmas Tree,' recorded entirely live in one take, represents the personal, a further exploration of what Freud termed the death drive; a willingness to self-destruct completely. I’m calling it now: the song of the summer!"
 
This winter, Stereogum premiered "Back Into It" from Should I Remain Here At Sea? and "Charm Offensive" from Taste. Thorburn says,"Back Into It' "is a study in contradiction. It’s a bright, loose affair, with bubblegum backing vocals and major key guitar chugging, but you don’t have to dig that deep to hear the venom, acrimonious and sour.  When someone rains on your parade, make rain on your parade lemonade." By contrast, he says, "'Charm Offensive' is all sharp angles, smooth lines and mechanical melodies, but just underneath is a desire for the round edges, the soft corners, a loose swing and some crude revelry. I was trying to express that urge to find the good times, and let the bad ones go. To stop using songwriting as a pool to wallow in. To find the light, to sneak in, “pull back the shades, see the darkness fade”.
 
Last summer, Islands decamped to a little studio in Toronto to record the upcoming albums.

Taste, Islands’ sixth record, is a muscular, crystalline affair, with the majority of the music electronic, buoyed by drum machines, programming and arpeggiated vintage synths. The songs still flirt with Islands’ bread and butter; evergreens such as ennui, remorse, and a general disenchantment with the modern world hover over the tracks, with lines like “we got so thrown, we felt lost at home” and “steal a little moment, lose it like you own it”, to hammer home the point. The songs cut a wide swath, however, and also go in directions that Islands has never tackled, including police brutality and white male privilege (!).
 


Should I Remain Here At Sea? (a semi-reference to Tarkovsky’s "Solaris") Islands’ seventh album is, in many ways, a spiritual sequel to the debut album, 2006’s Return to the Sea; a natural, raw record, stripped down to it’s essentials, performed live off the floor. Reflecting on the decade that has elapsed, SIRHAS kicks off with a darkly funny tartness, tackling religion, race, addiction, and murderous fantasies, but by midpoint, the songs give way to a resigned and doleful melancholia, tackling heartache, numb disillusionment and emotional disorientation through the guise of stupid parrots, the Internet, sea turtles and perhaps the loneliest maritimer to ever sail the seas. It was recorded as spontaneously as could be, with some of the songs captured live in one take, vocals and all.
 
Both albums were produced by Nick Thorburn and Evan Gordon. Taste was mixed by Roger Levinsand and SIRHAS was mixed by Rob Schnapf. About the process, Nick says: “Contained on these albums are the saddest songs I've ever written, the funniest songs I've ever written, the catchiest songs, and the most satisfying songs. Excuse all the superlatives, but I honestly don't think I've ever walked away from a recording process more fulfilled and invigorated." 


RIYL: The Unicorns, Of Montreal, Wolf Parade
TRY: #1, 6 - DIRTY: #4, 8 on SIRHAS
TRY: #1, 9, 11 on Taste

Download both albums here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

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


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Big Little Lions
Just Keep Moving
Far Flung
ADDS 5/3/16
CD / DIGITAL

Big Little Lions are the award winning band from Cincinnati, OH and BC, Canada born out of a collaboration that won them a JUNO Award in 2014. Ever since they have been cranking out infectious folk pop songs that are jam-packed with emotion along with tight harmonies that sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by-side instead of living in different countries. Their debut album won them Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2015.

Both successful singer/songwriters in their own right, Helen Austin and Paul Otten have hundreds of TV, movie, and ad placements between them. and their music can be heard around the world on commercials, TV and film including, IKEA, McDonalds, Meet The Coopers and many network TV shows.

“The duo's sound mixes the new school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat. It also doesn't hurt that their songs are very catchy and aided by how well Austin and Otten's voices complement each other.” - Examiner

"The conviviality and charm that are palpable in these 12 tunes sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by-side. But, then again, the natural pairing of Austin and Otten is an indication that distance is just a number, one that can't hold back real musical camaraderie. Big Little Lions' A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is a jubilant collection of folk-pop songcraft." - Pop Matters

“The Way Home is one of those songs that you'll think you've heard before the first time you hear it. It's just so infectious that it sinks into your consciousness from the first listen.” - Guitar World


RIYL: Chairlift, She and Him, The Lumineers, Run River North, Saintseneca, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 2, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.biglittlelions.com
https://www.facebook.com/biglittlelions
https://twitter.com/biglittlelions
http://www.youtube.com/user/biglittlelions
https://soundcloud.com/biglittlelions


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A Dead Forest Index
In All That Drifts from Summit Down
Sargent House
ADDS 5/3/16
CD / DIGITAL

“Beautiful and resonant” – Noisey

"There's a grand, sweeping momentum to their music: they craft songs that are incredibly intimate and stark to the point that they become quite unsettling." - The Independent

“[A Dead Forest Index] steers the Jesus & Mary Chain’s tambourine-shaking drone in a shadowy, grandiose, almost gothic direction that makes them a great tour pairing with Chelsea Wolfe.” - Stereogum

Landscapes both seen and felt, real and imagined, lie at the heart of In All That Drifts From Summit Down, the vast debut full-length release from nomadic duo A Dead Forest Index. Comprised of brothers Adam Sherry (vocals/guitar) and Sam Sherry (drums/piano), the group crafts ethereal and intensely intimate compositions that defy trends and labeling, instead shaping an aural experience as organic as it is unpredictable. Forsaking instrumental complexity in favor of richly dense vocals and an otherwise minimal palette, the band evokes heaviness with the atmosphere they create rather than through blunt force. Teaming-up with Sargent House on the heels of a recent European tour supporting labelmate Chelsea Wolfe, A Dead Forest Index are poised to introduce their sound to a global audience in 2016.

A Dead Forest Index was initially the solo project of Adam Sherry, begun in 2008. By 2010, it had evolved into a collaboration, with Sam Sherry supplying percussive depth to his brother’s distinctively hymnal approach to vocals, itself characterized by cyclical harmonies and experiments with drone. Untethered by place (or, for that matter, era), they’ve spent the past few years developing their sound, touring extensively between 2012-2014, and issuing the EPs “Antique” and “Cast of Lines” in the process. The latter was released by Jehnny Beth of Savages’ Pop Noire label, a precursor to the collaborative Savages / A Dead Forest Index composition and performance titled “In What I’m Seeing; the Sun” for the Barbican’s Station to Station Festival in 2015.

In All That Drifts From Summit Down, their debut album, is a testimony to the sublime divinity of nature and the cold reality of time’s passage. Unfolding over 13 tracks, the album imagines natural phenomena as poetic metaphor for the human condition, the lyrics evoking stone, cold air, unyielding emptiness and erosion, while the enveloping warmth of Adam Sherry’s layered, choral vocals makes for an intriguing contrast. Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson guests on two tracks, providing a wiry undercurrent to the brilliant postpunk stomp of “Myth Retraced”, before fortifying the processional stride of “Sand Verse”


RIYL: Nico/Velvet Underground, Low, Sigur Rós, Grizzly Bear, The XX
TRY: #9, 2, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://sargenthouse.com/a-dead-forest-index
http://www.adeadforestindex.com
https://www.facebook.com/adeadforestindex
https://twitter.com/adeadforestindx
https://www.instagram.com/adeadforestindex/
https://adeadforestindex.bandcamp.com


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Delicate Flowers
Happy Accidents
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400
ADDS 5/3/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Happy Accidents is the debut album from Delicate Flowers, the new moniker for prolific songwriter Eric Goldberg (NGHTCRWLRS, All Sensory Void, The Nico Blues). Goldberg named the project because each song seemed to resemble a delicate flower. The closest analogues to this music are Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Van Morrison but often times taken to more unusual places. The groovy-whisperings of “Dissolution”, the dark, sexuality-charged folk of “Vaseline”, and the harrowing psychedelic explorations of “Seeking Oblivion” make for a compelling listen.

This is Goldberg’s second full-length of 2016 following All Sensory Void’s Chasing Transcendence. The album’s title comes from the ‘happy accidents’ that can occur in the studio when recording. Goldberg plays everything on the album, having improvised the electric guitar and vocal harmonies on the spot. Succumb to the gentle beauty of Happy Accidents and get in touch with your inner delicate flower. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: Conor Oberst, Sufjan Stevens, Sebadoh
TRY: #1, 3, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://mint400records.com
http://www.snifflingindiekids.com
https://delicateflowers.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/delicate-flowers
https://www.facebook.com/Delicate-Flowers-853267024762769/


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Pears
Green Star
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 4/26/16
CD / DIGITAL

"They make punchy, crisply-produced hardcore with just the right amount of melody where you can sing along without calling it pop punk.” - Brooklyn Vegan

5-Stars - "PEARS’ second album Green Star more than deserves each of those five stars." - Punk News

5- Stars - "And PEARS definitely has the songs to back it up." - Dying Scene

PEARS laid siege to the punk world with their 2014 debut release Go To Prison and have been on buzz-generating rampage ever since. After spending the better part of two years turning the hardcore scene on its ear, PEARS continue along the warpath with their anticipated follow up full-length Green Star. The antithesis of a sophomore slump, Green Star sees PEARS take their audacious songwriting approach to a whole new level. The shit’s crazy. Songs tear in and out of furious hardcore and melodic punk, with ankle breaking tempo changes, frenetic guitar riffs, and impelling vocals. Where PEARS really excel is in mixing all these elements into one cohesive, unique, and potent cocktail. Green Star displays this ability from start to finish, with plenty of nods (some more overt than others) to an array of influences along the way and an indescribable energy throughout.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: A Wilhelm Scream, Minor Threat, Kid Dynamite, Descendents, Pennywise
TRY: #2, 7, 11, 12, 13
DIRTY: #3, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/124
https://pearstheband.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/PEARStheband
https://twitter.com/pearstheband
https://www.instagram.com/pearstheband/


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All Sensory Void
Chasing Transcendence
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400
ADDS 4/26/16
DIGITAL ONLY

All Sensory Void, long one of the solo monikers of prolific NJ musician Eric Goldberg (NGHTCRWLRS, Delicate Flowers, The Nico Blues) began to coalesce in to a band for the project’s fifth release and first as a three-piece entitled Chasing Transcendence. For this record, Goldberg brought on drummer Brian “Dreads” DePhillis and his brother Danny Goldberg on bass. The result is an epic culmination of a sound that Goldberg had begun developing with last year’s Secret Truth of the Universe.

The psychedelic dream-punk grandeur of tracks like “Romantically Hopeless” and “Cautiously Optimistic” are blown out to epic proportions, recalling the Cure by way of Jawbreaker and Lonesome Crowded West-era Modest Mouse. Goldberg’s guitar embodies a blissed-out J. Mascis playing over DePhillisNeil Peart-esque syncopations. His vocal howl and lyrical longing embody a Paul Westerberg or Blake Schwarzenbach for a new generation. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Quilt, My Bloody Valentine
TRY: #5, 4, 1

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

More Info Here:
http://www.snifflingindiekids.com
http://mint400records.com
http://allsensoryvoid.bandcamp.com
http://www.allsensoryvoid.com
https://www.facebook.com/AllSensoryVoid


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Sorority Noise
It Kindly Stopped For Me
Topshelf Records
ADDS 4/26/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"Empathy is key to the best Sorority Noise tracks, and that emotion anchors It Kindly Stopped For Me." - Consequence of Sound

"a stripped-back number that expands on Sorority Noise’s already fit-to-burst repertoire" - DIY

Sorority Noise have announced a new EP for Topshelf RecordsIt Kindly Stopped For Me, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2015 album Joy, Departed will be released on April 22, 2016. The EP was recorded and produced by the band with exclusive artwork from Mitch Wojcik.

The intimate first song from the EP, Either Way, is available to stream now. Frontman Cam Boucher said the following of the track: “I wrote this song in our van outside of Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA. I had found out I lost another friend a few days previous and was having a difficult time thinking about how I had made positive strides in dealing with my mental health but hadn't been able to help friends around me that I didn't know we're suffering from the same thing.”


RIYL: The Hotelier, Free Throw, Dowsing, Dikembe, Tiny Moving Parts, Elliott Smith
TRY: #1, 4, 2
DIRTY: #3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/artists/sorority-noise
https://www.facebook.com/sororitynoise
https://twitter.com/sororitynoise
http://sororitynoise.tumblr.com
https://sororitynoise.bandcamp.com


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Plague Vendor
Bloodsweat
Epitaph
ADDS 4/12/16
CD / DIGITAL

"A major expansion of their sound, showing the band getting fully comfortable with the space they occupy between punk and death rock." - Noisey


"A nerve-wracking, full-band blast... explodes from its first second." - SPIN


"This is Plague Vendor, and BLOODSWEAT is a raunchy record rivaling every over punk anthem with honest excitement embedded into 11 songs that make you dance, sweat and lose your mind too." - New Noise Magazine

Plague Vendor made their television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly.


Just last week, the Whittier rock n roll band released their sophomore album BLOODSWEAT via Epitaph. Plague Vendor celebrated at Amoeba Records for a memorable Hollywood in store to kick things off. Equal parts bluesy dance rock and punk, BLOODSWEAT invokes its own name as it unfurls. It's an album edged with a sense of danger and vulnerability and "outlaw punk recklessness" according to LA Record. Nearly all of the eleven songs on BLOODSWEAT were heavily road-tested, imagined, and re-imagined live before ever making it into the studio. The foursome spent the last two years playing endless live shows, filling everywhere from backyard parties to clubs to festivals.

Plague Vendor is the kind of band interested in simplicity and the sort of expressive nakedness that can come from stripping everything away.

Catch Plague Vendor this May and June on an upcoming tour with the iconic Swedish hardcore band Refused.



RIYL: White Lung, Iceage, Black Lips, Metz, Pissed Jeans, Fidlar


TRY: #2, 3, 7
DIRTY: #4, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.plaguevendor.com
https://www.facebook.com/PLAGUEVENDOR
https://twitter.com/PlagueVendor


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Trapper Schoepp
Rangers & Valentines
Xtra Mile Recordings
ADDS 4/12/16
CD / DIGITAL

Trapper Schoepp is a young man who’s befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 24 years. That small army of rogues and rebels, drifters and dreamers, soldiers and schemers populate his songs, their tragedies and comedies, their lives and deaths recalled in his finely etched musical vignettes.

The Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true), returns with his second effort Rangers & Valentines (Xtra Mile Recordings). The record follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut Run Engine, Run, with his band the Shades. That LP earned notices in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Paste, with the folks at Huffington Post calling him a “master storyteller” and PBS hailing his “story songs that explore and explode the conventions of rock and roll.”

On Rangers & Valentines, Schoepp defies the limitations of the standard-issue Americana platter, hopping genres – you’ll hear lots of brass, backing singers and B-3 — as the songs build to delirious musical highs. His narratives, meanwhile, find subjects in the narrow margins of society, the strange twists (literal and metaphorical) in the weather, and the vagaries of a troubadour’s transient life – with lyrics that flash a lacerating wit and humanist streak that’s at the core of his craft.

Produced by pop polymath and Raconteurs member Brendan Benson at his Readymade Studios in Nashville, the record finds Schoepp handling vocals, guitar and harmonica. He’s aided by an array of estimable musicians including his brother and musical-foil-since-birth Tanner Schoepp (providing bass guitar and vocal harmonies), Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady), John Davis (Superdrag), the McCrary Sisters — even comedian and WTF podcaster Marc Maron chips in on background vocals and lead guitar.

Schoepp shines up the well-worn clichés of singer-songwriterdom and renders them anew. Evoking a series of vivid protagonists and settings (fittingly, each track will have its own accompanying video, solidifying the cinematic quality of this set) his work variously recalls prime Prine (John, that is), the nuances of Newman (Randy, of course), the boozy bonhomie of The Replacements, and the unflinching language of someone well-versed in the Zevonian dialect.

Having released his debut on SideOneDummy, Rangers & Valentines is being put out by London-based Xtra Mile Recordings. Hipped to Schoepp’s work by fellow singer-songwriter Frank Turner, among others, Xtra Mile honcho Charlie Caplowe quickly signed him to the label.

Schoepp – who’s already crisscrossed the country sharing stages with fellow travelers like The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks and The Old 97’s – will be back on the road throughout 2016 in support of Ranger & Valentines, starting with a 3-week run throughout the UK and Europe supporting Jesse Malin. Like the album, it’ll be another opportunity to catch a young journeyman at work.


RIYL: Frank Turner, Justin Townes Earle, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Old 97’s, Ryan Adams
TRY: #3, 4, 6, 7

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

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