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Cass McCombs
Mangy Love
Anti-
ADDS 8/30/16
CD / DIGITAL

Cass McCombs writes songs for rainy days. Over the last 15 years, he has perfected a specific style of low-key, dusky mood music suited for long, gray weekends spent indoors with the blinds closed. . . his are songs you sing to yourself, wandering around the house, looking for something to do. And judging by ‘Opposite House,’ the first single from Mangy Love, he may be starting to go stir crazy.”- Pitchfork “Best New Track”

Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a career that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. His new record, Mangy Love, ventures into realms of experimental soul, twisted psychedelia, and straight-up rock, resulting in a sound that articulates his live show better than ever before. Thematically, it’s far darker, tackling heavy issues through McCombs’ uniquely cracked lens of (often-times hilarious) lyrical wit and acumen toward subtlety. Hip-hop and Beat poetry influences have never been more evident, with several songs employing a speech-style and clever fast-paced wordplay. There are guest appearances by many fellow musicians of his tribe ranging from Angel Olsen to Blake Mills, under the production of veteran Rob Schnapf, and the overall result is his most immediate and up-beat record to date.

Angel Olsen’s vocal contribution to ‘Opposite House’ by Cass McCombs is pretty subtle . . . But the result is gorgeous, and makes perfect sense, since they’ve got a shared knack for crafting heart-wrenching rock music on the traditional end of the songwriting spectrum.” - FADER “Songs You Need In Your Life This Week”

“Count your lucky stars that a world now exists wherein Cass McCombs and Angel Olsen are on the same track: “Opposite House”...” - SPIN “Favorite Songs of the Week”

Noisey Interview: Cass McCombs and the Cosmos


RIYL: Tallest Man On Earth, Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Andrew Bird, Iron and Wine, The War On Drugs
DIRTY: #2, 8, 11
TRY: #4, 7, & Clean Edit of #8 (included in DL folder)

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

More Info Here:
http://cassmccombs.com/
https://twitter.com/cassmccombs
https://www.facebook.com/CassMcCombs/
http://anti.com/artists/cass-mccombs/


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Reckless Serenade
Strange Soul
InVogue Records
ADDS 8/30/16
CD / DIGITAL

AltPress premiere

Hailing from the Upstate NY town of Mahopac, the pop/punk indie band Reckless Serenade are all friends from high school, each with unique tastes in music, bringing their different styles to the writing process resulting in upbeat and angst-ridden songs spanning many genres. 

Pulling their name from the Arctic Monkey's song of the same name, the 5 piece formed in 2012. The players, Cory Brent - Vocals, Mark Neidhardt - Guitar, Matt Ruggiero - Drums, Rob Crews - Guitar, Will Prinzi - Bass all met at school, and found their musical identities matched their ambitions, and they instantly connected. Since then, they've made enormous strides in becoming more than just a local band. 

Their first 6 song EP was released by Fervor Records and has been featured on Fox Sports. The band won the MTVu Freshmen with the single from the EP 'Two Years Too Late'.
 
Summer 2013 saw the release of their debut full length album Chasing Lights, with each song on the album sounding distinctive, allowing Reckless Serenade's dynamic and versatile sound inspire their audiences at shows across the northeast. Chasing Lights garnered Top 30 successes around the country at College Radio over the summer, as well as commencing a series of east coast dates to support the record.  'Hear Me Out' blogger Luke Helker says: "Chasing Lights is an album full of anthems from start to finish and never has a dull moment. This is good, aggressive, edgy pop-punk music for the pop-punk fan looking for something fresh and exciting.

"On their latest EP, Strange Soul, Reckless Serenade seem to have hit their stride. The pop punkers deliver six cohesive jams just in time for summer and a stint on Warped Tour." - Idobi


RIYL: Motion City Soundtrack, Brand New, Modern Baseball, Braid, Bleeker
TRY: #6, 4, 1
DIRTY: #2

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

More Info Here:
http://www.recklessserenadeband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Reckless.Serenade.Band/
http://www.invoguerecords.com/


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Trapdoor Social
Trapdoor Social
Self-Released
ADDS 8/30/16
CD / DIGITAL

Sunshine is all monster hooks and full-blown chorus, snarled guitars warping anthemic vocal harmonies." - PopMatters

Trapdoor Social’s Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk met in an Environmental program at Pomona College and bonded over a shared concern for the future of the planet. They started off on a journey to make music and do some good along the way.

The duo introduced themselves with the 2012 EP Death Of A Friend, a driving, emotive alt-rock experience. Produced by Curt Schneider, the EP features Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason McGerr on drums. The EP made waves when “Like You Never” became the #1 listener-requested track on KROQ’s “Locals Only” show, and the second single “Away” enjoyed radio play from a number of major market stations around the US (including regular rotation on Q87.7 in Chicago) and a national Discount Tire/America’s Tire commercial for much of 2014-15.

In May 2014, Trapdoor Social released the Science of Love EP, which explored both sides of Skylar and Merritt’s influences as songwriters. As the boys started work on the EP, they decided to channel their music toward an environmental initiative in their community. They partnered with a few great non-profits and used their unreleased EP to raise $35k of solar roofing, which they are donating to Homeboy Industries. The 6.4 kW project represents 100% of the fundraiser’s earnings and will be installed soon.

Trapdoor Social toured 2 laps around the US in the summer of 2014 with new members Eyal Dahan (drums), Louie Gonzalez (guitar), and Patrick Griffen (bass), with Ben Ebert taking over drumming duties since. The following December, the band toured to Colorado Springs to play RXP1039’s Christmas festival. Having discovered that the local high school (Mesa Ridge HS) marching band program was underfunded, the boys decided to record a song with the band to help launch a fundraiser to help keep the program alive and promote the benefits of music and arts education in the public school system.

“Fine On My Own” was released on April 20th, 2015 and has been on high rotation in Colorado and played in other major markets. The song attained “Hall of Fame” Status on Las Vegas’s X107.5 nightly contest “The Beatdown” by winning ten times in a row. Trapdoor Social toured to Colorado in May 2015 and promoted the fundraiser by organizing and performing a benefit show with the marching band. The fundraiser brought in over $7K for the school.

The band's "Sunshine" single is already seeing success around the country, including being voted #1 on KROQ's "Locals Only" show and winning the KXTE "Beatdown" contest ten nights in a row, qualifying the track for the station's 2016 "Hall of Fame".


RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Young The Giant, Arcade Fire
TRY: #4, 1, 3, 5, 13

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

More Info Here:
http://www.trapdoorsocial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TrapdoorSocial/
https://www.youtube.com/user/TrapdoorSocial
https://twitter.com/TrapdoorSocial
https://trapdoorsocial.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/trapdoorsocial
https://www.instagram.com/trapdoorsocial/


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Pixl-Visionary
Shatterskin
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 8/30/16
CD / DIGITAL

Pixl-Visionary is the brainchild of New Jersey musician Joseph DeGroot. A folk project that originally started years ago that has finally been fully realized as more of a full band project with his 2nd full length Shatterskin due out this fall on Mint 400 Records. Produced by Mint 400 Artist Steven Donahue of Young Legs this release is a delicate dream pop masterpiece in the vein of Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine and more. Joseph has said, “This album explores themes of self loathing, anxiety and how your interactions with other people influence your perception of yourself.” The first single “Before Tonight Disintegrates” is available now everywhere mp3’s are sold and streaming on Spotify.

Meet Pixl-Visionary: Interview


RIYL: Dinosaur Jr. Protomartyr, Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine
TRY: #9, 4, 2

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

More Info Here:
https://mint400records.com
https://twitter.com/pixl_visionary
https://twitter.com/mint400records
https://www.facebook.com/pixlvisionary
https://www.facebook.com/mint400records


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Carl Broemel
4th of July
Stocks in Asia/Thirty Tigers
ADDS 8/23/16
CD / DIGITAL

Pitchfork premiere!

Carl Broemel (pronounced BRAY-mel) is a member of indie rock stalwarts My Morning Jacket and an accomplished musician in his own right. His new solo album 4th of July is slated for release on August 19 via Broemel's newly formed label Stocks in Asia alongside Thirty Tigers. Co-produced by Teddy Morgan, Bo Koster and Tom Blankenship of My Morning Jacket both appear on the record, with Koster co-writing a few tracks. Guest appearances also include Neko Case, Laura Veirs, Russ Pollard, Shelly Colvin, Richard Medek and Jordan Caress.

Broemel worked on the record between album and tour cycles in Nashville. Without an imposed deadline, he was able to engage his creative impulses within a space absent of all expectation. Lyrically, the album serves as a kind of journal noting thoughts that had been going on in Broemel’s mind while out on tour, but not on stage. The result is an album that examines the passage of time marveling at how different our lives look now from the engrained images of ourselves that we’ve held onto from the past. Lead single "Sleepy Lagoon" was originally conceived while Carl sought sleep on a Transatlantic flight, but floated in a half-sleep dreamlike state, and the outcome is a track that Consequence of Sounds calls “a slow rolling psychedelic number, rocking like a swaying porch swing”.

In addition to 4th of July and My Morning Jacket, Broemel is currently on tour as a member of Ray LaMontagne's band with a full solo tour coming soon.


RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Dr. Dog
TRY: #1, 2, 6
(Edits of #1 + #2 available on downloads page below)

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

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


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Them Bruins
No One Wants To Dance With Them Bruins
Old Flame Records
ADDS 8/23/16
CD / DIGITAL

"...with foot-stomping audacity and equally confident shuns of subtlety, Them Bruins provide a fitting argument that late-night regrets are merely ephemeral moments. "Heading For The Harrows" is a blisteringly confident strike from the up-and-coming Melbourne band, providing the scale of stadiums and the staunch sprit of a sweatbox basement club. Hard to remember a local band matching such unhinged ferocity with such pop slickness." – Rolling Stone

"(Them Bruins) take the fuzzed-out tone of 90s grunge and mixes it in with the swagger and balls-deep confidence of 70s punk rock. The fuzzed out bass and hard-hitting drumbeat feel like they could make the earth shake if you play the song loud enough, and the tube-screaming guitars and blissfully unhinged vocal delivery give this song enough raw, frantic energy to power a small car. Some songs have the ability to transport you to certain places, like calm beaches, your childhood home, or even the moment you met your first love." - Baeble Music

"(Them Bruins) deliver the kind of pop from the oughts that saw the reinvigorated Stokes sound that was reverberated from across the pond (and then back again), where the “Take Me Out” sensibility and Kasabian ego-tripping pop is proudly put on display with no apology. These Aussies Them Bruins make a joyful noise that is sure to be heard across the UK festival circuits, as well as placing them to be prime candidates for the NME’s new darlings of tomorrow." - Impose

“'Walk a Line' is the buzzing garage-rock single from Melbourne quartet, Them Bruins. Their self-titled EP is filled with three other, catchy, indie-rock tunes that will make you recall the late ’90s and early 2000s." – The Revue

"Yup. This is the good sh*t. Total McLusky meets ATDI vibes." - Gemma Pike, JJJ


RIYL: Muse, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys
TRY: #8, 3, 4, 6, 7
DIRTY: #2, 5

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/thembruins/
https://twitter.com/thembruins
http://thembruins.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/them-bruins


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YJY
The Same Noise
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400 Records
ADDS 8/23/16
DIGITAL ONLY

YJY return with The Same Noise EP, the follow-up to their well-received 2015 debut, Couch Surfin’ USA. With The Same Noise, YJY brush their surf-rock influence in broader strokes recalling a less blissed, more pissed Real Estate or Wavves if they were a bit more book-smart. The band is apt at creating anthems out of sarcasm-drenched disaffection and relatable subject matter. “Summer Lifeguard” is a perfect example, encapsulating the longing of a wannabe suitor and the lifeguard that is the apple of his eye’s affection with just a few lyrics and an earworm melody. Both the high school peaking character sketch “Past My Prime” and the uncool embracing “Through Being Hip” are reminiscent of the ironic sentiments of current greats like Parquet Courts as well as classic Black Flag songs like “Wasted” and “TV Party”.

While YJY do traffic in surf-indebted indie rock, the band has a healthy respect for noise, maintaining a menacing undercurrent for a sound that is as likely to give you sunburn as it is to revitalize your love of Pavement-esque indie rock sing-alongs. Eat your heart out Stephen Malkmus. Listen in and find out why YJY are causing such a stir. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: Mac DeMarco, Real Estate, Wavves, Car Seat Headrest
TRY: #3, 2, 1

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

More Info Here:
https://yjyband.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/YJYband
https://www.facebook.com/YJYband/


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Young The Giant
Home Of The Strange
Fueled By Ramen
ADDS 8/23/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Home of the Strange, boasts an appropriate title as it sees the band exploring a softer side of rock, as best heard on the latest single from the album "Titus Was Born." - Consequence of Sound

"arguably one of the most underrated bands" - Baeble Music

"Ultimately, Home of the Strange is all about inclusion: Meticulously crafted songs that double as roof-raising anthems invite close listening, which is step one down the road to understanding." - The Boston Globe

NPR Weekend Edition interview!

The wildly adventurous Home of the Strange, the band's third, was produced by Alex Salibian (Elle King, Mikky Ekko) with 2016 Grammy winner for Producer of the Year Jeff Bhasker serving as the album's Executive Producer.

In support of their forthcoming album Home of the Strange, the band brings their captivating live show across North America, with marquee stops at the world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday, September 17th, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 21st and Aragon Ballroom in Chicago Friday November 4th. Full tour dates listed below, and more info can be found here.

Home of the Strange is the follow up to 2014's Mind Over Matter, which was both a commercial and critical success. In addition to scoring a Top 10 debut on the Soundscan/Billboard 200 chart and Top 5 Alternative Radio hit with "It's About Time," the album received a raft of praise from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and The New York Times who not only raved about how "...the group gobbles up bits of several segments of rock history - prog-rock, boogie metal, Southern rock, soft rock, new wave, dance-rock, and more - and claims ownership of them" but also declared frontman Sameer Gadhia as "one of the great contemporary rock voices." Young the Giant first broke through with their 2010 self-titled debut album, which featured the RIAA-gold certified smashes, "My Body" and "Cough Syrup."


RIYL: Band of Horses, Bastille, Foals, Silversun Pickups
TRY: #1, 2, 6, 8

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

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


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Worshipper
Shadow Hymns
Tee Pee Records
ADDS 8/23/16
CD / DIGITAL

Brooklyn Vegan "Place Beyond the Light" premiere!

Guitar World "Darkness" premiere!

"a masterclass on veteran musician showmanship...Worshipper play the kind of darkly epic rock that can only be found in the vinyl collection of your cool uncle." - VANYALAND

"it’s awesome, it’s very heavy and very hard but not too heavy and hard" - BOSTON HERALD

"a two-guitar assault that was at times Thin Lizzy and at times Iron Maiden/slow-Slayer...They looked like a group coming into the realization that they could be something special together, and it was exciting to watch." - THE OBELISK

Boston-based metal band WORSHIPPER has signed to NYC's Tee Pee Records, the independent record label known for releasing landmark albums from acts such as Graveyard, Earthless and Sleep. WORSHIPPER will release its full-length debut, Shadow Hymns, on August 26. Recorded at Q Division, Mad Oak, and Converse Rubber Tracks Studios with producers Benny Grotto (Aerosmith, Orange Goblin) and David Minehan (The Replacements), the LP showcases the group's melodically thunderous sound that The Obelisk says "balances classic metal riffs and doom tendencies with soaring-style clean vocals and fast-moving grooves, as much Candlemass as High on Fire".

Boasting a sound described as "darkly epic", which has called for comparison to luminary artists such as Scorpions, UFO and Judas PriestWORSHIPPER has earned consistent accolades since its formation, being named the "Metal Artist of the Year" at the 2015 Boston Music Awards and being chosen over 23 other participating bands as champions of the 2016 "Rock and Roll Rumble", a competition hailed as "The World Series of Boston Rock" that has taken place annually since 1979. Through its unique mix of contemporary and classic influences, WORSHIPPER prove that the horn-throwing soul of melodic heavy music's past still burns brightly.

"Shadow Hymns is a document of four guys melding four unique artistic and sonic imaginations into one vision," comments guitarist Alejandro Necochea. "The sound is loud and familiar. We favor classic guitars played through classic amps, with melodies and heroics; not unlike the records we grew up on. This is exactly the record we wanted to make and we are beyond thrilled that people will finally get to hear it."

In addition to Necochea, WORSHIPPER features John Brookhouse (vocals / guitar), Dave Jarvis (drums) and Bob Maloney (vocals, bass).


RIYL: Ghost, Mastodon, Baroness, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, The Sword
TRY: #4, 5, 7, 1

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

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


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Russian Circles
Guidance
Sargent House
ADDS 8/16/16
CD / DIGITAL

"There's an organic and unforced feel to the latest album by Chicago-based post-rock trio Russian Circles, as if songs were allowed to grow wild rather than carefully cultivated." - Pitchfork (Album Review - 7.5)

Guidance is moody, dense and dynamic, the gripping soundtrack to an un-filmed drama.” - Rolling Stone

“A rare mastery of the balance between beauty and heaviness” - Stereogum

Russian Circles have risen to become one of America's preeminent loud-as-hell bands, decadent in texture and volume.” – Noisey

With their sixth album Guidance, Russian Circles carry on in their quest to conjure multi-dimensional dramatic instrumental narratives and to scout out new textures from their respective instruments. Songs aren’t constructed out of highbrow concepts; they’re forged out of gut instinct and base emotional response. Nor was the band—as is often the case with artists later in their career—interested in testing their fans’ patience or securing a new broader audience with a radical reinvention. Instead, Russian Circles use Guidance to continue examining the polarity of quiet and loud, complexity and simplicity, ugliness and beauty. Every Russian Circles album has had its share of new sonic vistas, and Guidance finds the band still searching out new sounds while continuing to play to the collective strengths of guitarist Mike Sullivan, drummer Dave Turncrantz, and bassist Brian Cook.

Starting with the meditative restraint of album opener “Asa”, Guidance sets off on a path of metallic savagery (“Vorel”, “Calla”), arpeggio tectonics (“Mota”), mercurial anthems (“Afrika”), somber segues (“Overboard”), and seismic Americana noir (“Lisboa”). With the help of engineer/co-producer Kurt Ballou (Converge) and his God City Studio, Russian Circles were able to capture this broad tonal palette and wide array of emotional motifs into a cohesive journey through the tumultuous corners of human existence.

Life itself is a struggle with the unknown and a search for meaning, and the creative process for Russian Circles has mirrored that pursuit. The radical dynamic shifts and straightforward production of Enter, the lockstep metallic attack and pensive comedowns of Station, the symphonic grandeur of Geneva, the grit and grime of Empros, and the oscillation between melancholy and wrath on Memorial were all incremental steps towards an ideal, and Guidance brings the band that much closer to that realization. In the interim between albums, a veteran handed off an envelope of war photos to the spouse of a band member. The photos depicted a man being led to his execution. There was no context for the traumatic scenes, no history, no background. Yet the dignity this anonymous figure exuded in his fatalistic march resonated with the band. Here was someone that knew his fate and marched boldly towards his destiny. The band used these photos for the Guidance album art, knowing that we all march towards our own conclusions, and we can only hope that we face our futures with the same honor and nobility. If the band’s fourth album Empros (Greek translation: Onward) was a statement of perseverance, Guidance became a statement of striding into the future undeterred by what lies ahead.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky
TRY: #3, 4, 2, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://russiancirclesband.com
http://sargenthouse.com/russian-circles
http://facebook.com/russiancirclesmusic
http://twitter.com/russiancircles
http://instagram.com/russiancircband

 

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The Limbos
Eeny Meeny
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 8/16/16
DIGITAL ONLY

The Limbos formed as a two piece in 2008 under the name "Stu Benedict". While originally consisting of merely drums and piano/vocals, they eventually grew into their current 5-piece format which contains a heavy cross pollination of genres.

Their newest release, a Psychedelic Surf EP titled “Eeny Meeny”, will be available on Mint 400 Records in August 2016. The Limbos have a healthy dose of throwback 60’s Ventures-Esque surf style but mixed with elements of modern music and almost come off as the soundtrack to something directed by David Lynch. The Limbos are a lush mix of stout reverbed out fender guitar on top of horns and a top-notch rhythm section. “Eeeny Meeny” is The Limbos fourth recorded effort and is the first time they've recorded anything that is 75% instrumental and the result is pure surf rock bliss.

"A direct, sleazy yet refined EP that holds no punches but also brings a sense of calmness and peace that is rarely found these days" -Dan Wagner, Sequoia


RIYL: Allah-Las, Man or Astro-man?, The Growlers
TRY: #1, 4

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/thelimbos/
http://thelimbosband.bandcamp.com/
http://mint400records.com


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Chris Staples
Golden Age
Barsuk
ADDS 8/16/16
CD / DIGITAL

“So happy to find out how great this record is." - Robin Hilton / NPR Music

American Songwriter - "Golden Age" Video Premiere

For some time, Chris Staples was longing for things to return to the way they had been. The way they were before he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and his pancreas failed. Before his bike accident and the resulting hip surgery. Before the dissolution of a long-term relationship. He had been left to pick up the pieces, but for a long time couldn’t bring himself to. “I felt for a several years like I was mourning. Mourning a happier time in my life, or a time when I was more youthful. Everything was different for me after that period in my life.”

But the myths we build about our past are often gilded: we believe things were innocent, that they were whole. Staples, after feeling the seductive pull of that illusion for years, had enough of it. He was going to tear it down. As he began to pick up the pieces of his life, and coincidentally began to write music for a new album to follow his acclaimed 2014 Barsuk debut American Soft, his songs pivoted forward, becoming the new record, Golden Age.

"One of Robin Hilton's favorite artists, Chris Staples has been through a lot, from health problems to a bicycle accident and a long-term relationship coming to an end. In the process of putting himself back together, Staples wrote Golden Age, which refers to a past often over-idealized." - NPR All Songs Considered

Chris Staples will be touring extensively, with over 30 dates opening for Rocky Votolato in North America in September and October and then an entire European tour in November.


RIYL: Say Hi, Yo La Tengo, Low, Tallest Man On Earth, Andy Shauf
TRY: #2, 4, 9, 12

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

More Info Here:
http://www.chrisstaplesmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/chrisstaplesmusic
https://twitter.com/chrisrstaples
https://www.instagram.com/chrisstaplesyo/
http://www.barsuk.com/w3.cgi?vwy=artists/chrisstaples


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Field Mouse
Episodic
Topshelf Records
ADDS 8/9/16
CD / DIGITAL

"...pulses with a frustrated energy, radiating a sharp bitterness about being mistreated." - NPR

“ …an awesome fast-burner that sees vocalist Rachel Browne straining her voice in the best way.." - Stereogum

Spin: Album of the Week

NPR: Songs We Love

If 2014's Hold Still Life was the fruition of Field Mouse's evolution from a fiery two-piece into a fully-fledged band, then new album Episodic (August 5, Topshelf Records) is the letting go; the abandonment of past persuasions for something altogether more untamed. Where the band's initial work was self-recorded by founding members Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral, the new record signifies the first time that the quintet has composed an album together from start-to-finish - and the result is a record that feels altogether more defined.

Recorded in Philadelphia with Hop Along's Joe Reinhart, and written through a twelve month period which delivered sudden family illness and a deteriorating relationship, Episodic is fashioned from ten feverish bouts of guitar-pop; led by Browne's fearsome and fearless vocal and informed by an instrumental backing that underpins the entire record with a vibrant concoction of guitar, drums and keys.

Showcasing the band's ability to switch between mood and tone, the record shifts from the spiky immediacy of tracks such as 'Accessory' and 'A Widow With A Terrible Secret', to the more spacious moments, such as monumental center-piece 'Beacon', without ever losing sight of the scuzzy, melodic pop songs that remain Field Mouse's distinct forte.

Featuring guest turns from Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Allison Crutchfield (Swearin'/Waxahatchee) and Joseph D'Agostino (Cymbals Eat Guitars), Episodic is the sound of a fully-realized band truly coming in to their own; honest, direct and immensely powerful.


RIYL: Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz, Lemonheads, Courtney Barnett
TRY: #5, 6, 8, 10
DIRTY: #1, 2, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/field-mouse
http://fieldmouse.bandcamp.com/
http://fieldmousemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/fieldmousemusic
https://twitter.com/fieldmousemusic
https://www.instagram.com/fieldmousemusic/


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Get Dead
Honesty Lives Elsewhere
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 8/9/16
CD / DIGITAL

Contrary to the title, GET DEAD’s latest full-length Honesty Lives Elsewhere, is one of the most honest albums you’ll ever find. No shtick. No posturing. Just straight up, from the heart, punk rock. With multiple releases under their collective belt, GET DEAD have really honed their trademark blend of raw punk and acoustic folk into a seamless style that feels completely natural. Once again GET DEAD teamed up with Fat Mike (NOFX) as a producer and with Honesty’s ear-pleasing melodies the results are obvious. The lyrics and temper of Honesty Lives Elsewhere are instantly relatable, drawing on the experiences and tribulations of scraping through the day to day. Of course, Sam’s gritty delivery packs its normal punch, wrenching the listener right into the irresistible fire. From start to finish Honesty Lives Elsewhere is an engaging experience that restores faith in genuine punk rock.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Swingin’ Utters, Against Me!, Off With Their Heads
DIRTY: #2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/109
https://www.facebook.com/getdeadband
http://getdead.tumblr.com/
https://twitter.com/getdeadmusic
https://getdead.bandcamp.com/album/honesty-lives-elsewhere


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Valery Trails
Chameleon Bones
Self-Released
ADDS 8/9/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Reminiscent in many ways of the late ’80’s sound of Fender Jazzmasters and some fuzz (think a toned-down My Bloody Valentine or a poppier Dinosaur Jr.), it’s a crisp gathering of songs that have melody and throttle." - Popdose

“... Second song ‘Cordless’ matches the Athens’ band sense of grief with a guitar riff that weeps like J Mascis during his ’90s pomp, while ‘Doesn’t Have To Live Here Anymore’ may slightly pilfer the heart-on-sleeve sleekness of Toad the Wet Sprocket, but it matches it with harmony-heavy lyrics that lilt and plead like an Out of Time offcut. Closer ‘Change My World’ similarly has the unmistakable burr of Stipe and Peter Buck’s roughed-up jangle. When The Valery Trails cut loose, it’s just as refreshing, particularly on the sludgy stomp of ‘Fall Around’, which brings to mind Bandwagonesque-era Teenage Fanclub. . It’s the best R.E.M. album since Reveal” – Louder Than War

“The members of the Valery Trails are spread out between Brisbane, Australia, and Houston, Texas, but “OK” makes them sound perfectly connected, a natural and addictive rock tune that kicks off Chameleon Bones with some loud optimism.” - Magnet

“Their sound, well, it’s going to take you back to classic 90s radio sounds, filled with a solid melody and distorted guitars. ... Think of bands like REM or maybe a happier Dinosaur Jr and you’ll know right where this group stands.” – Austin Town Hall

“Chameleon Bones‘ first single “OK” is comprised of an anthemic hook paired with a jangling alt country/alt rock sound — in other words, slightly fuzzy guitars fed through subtle effects pedals, thunderous and propulsive drumming along with a throbbing bass line in a song that sounds as though it was channeling Big Star, The Smithereens, Murmur-era R.E.M., Dinosaur, Jr., The Church and others, complete with a radio-friendly, arena rock friendly air. But what distinguishes The Valery Trails from those familiar sources is that this particular single also manages to channel shoegazer rock and 90s Brit Pop in a way that puts a subtle new twist on a beloved sound.” – The Joy of Violent Movement


RIYL: Bob Mould, The National, Guided By Voices
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 9

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More Info Here:
http://www.thevalerytrails.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thevalerytrails
https://twitter.com/TheValeryTrails
http://thevalerytrails.bandcamp.com/


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LKFFCT
The Flower Investment Pawn
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400 Records
ADDS 8/9/16
DIGITAL ONLY

LKFFCT (Lake Effect) return with their second album The Flower Investment Pawn, the band’s follow-up to last year’s debut, American Sarcasm. The hooks are even sharper this time out and songs like “Howlin’ Alarm”, “Appleseed”, “Cure-All” and “Tide” recall Blue Album era Weezer and Guided By Voices in all their power pop glory. Meanwhile, “Duffle Bags” showcases a slower, psychedelic aspect of the band and the righteous indignation of “Milk the Cow” scorches the Earth with its noisy guitar blast, finding a middle ground between Nirvana and Captain Beefheart. The four-piece conjures the sort of underdog reckless abandon once favored by The Replacements. Guitarists Keith Williams and Max Rauch trade off on lead vocals and songwriting, complementing each other as often times Williams is the sincerity to Rauch’s sarcasm.


RIYL: Solids, Weezer, Clique
TRY: #3, 5, 8
DIRTY: #6, 7, 9

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https://lkffct.bandcamp.com/
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http://lkffct.tumblr.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lkffct/


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Descendents
Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Epitaph Records
ADDS 8/2/16
CD / DIGITAL

"On their latest comeback album, iconic punks show they're (still) in no hurry to grow up." - Consequence of Sound, Album Review (B)

"Punk Veteran Milo Aukerman of the Descendents on the Music of His Life" - Pitchfork

First Listen: Descendents, 'Hypercaffium Spazzinate' - NPR

Descendents' first Epitaph release since Everything Sucks in 1996, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, began taking shape after the band ended an extended hiatus to play live in 2010. Though still tight, they lived apart: singer Milo Aukerman -- whose cartoon rendering famously serves as the band's logo -- was now living in Delaware, bassist Karl Alvarez and founder and drummer Bill Stevenson were in Colorado, and guitarist Stephen Egerton had settled in Oklahoma. So the album came to life over three years as the band sent tracks back and forth, occasionally meeting up in Karl and Bill's adopted hometown of Fort Collins. Adopting such a protracted process meant not having to rush things, allowing for some of their sharpest songwriting yet.

Every Descendents album is an event. Formed in 1978, the band's first releases have proven historic, and all the ones since have only further refined the Descendents concept. Punk, pop, buzzing, summery, heartfelt, defiant, adolescent, and wise all at once -- the Descendents. Twelve years have passed since there's been new Descendents music.

Descendents have also announced a fall tour, kicking off September 25 in Minneapolis at First Avenue before capping off November 12 in Portland at Roseland Theater. Additionally the band will perform at the Riot Fest Denver, Riot Fest Chicago, and Picnic in Pozo on September 24.


RIYL: All, Bad Religion, Off!, Face to Face
DIRTY: #6 - TRY: #2, 3, 4, 7, 15

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

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https://twitter.com/descendents
http://descendents.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thedescendents/
http://epitaph.com/artists/descendents
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descendents


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Quality Living
Quality Living
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400
ADDS 8/2/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Quality Living’s self-titled debut arrives from the ashes of NJ greats Morning..., not so much as a new band but more as a re-branding with some new influences. Whereas Morning... trafficked in jagged, off-kilter early ‘90s indie rock, Quality Living has found a groove, embracing the new wave funk of ‘80s greats like Duran Duran and Talking Heads. While the serrated guitar swells of indie touchstones like Television and Modest Mouse are still present, Quality Living breaks the mold with their embrace of Steely Dan smoothness, allowing them to stand out from their angular indie rock peers in a major way. Singer Darryl Norrell sings with the innocent inflection of Doug Martsch and Jeff Magnum. The album is chock full of silky swinging anthems beginning with the lilting bounce of “Tarsands” and culminating in the wide-eyed wonder of “Barry”.


RIYL: Metronomy, Yeasayer, Two Door Cinema Club, Passion Pit
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 5, 9

Download full album here:
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More Info Here:
http://www.quality-living.band/
https://twitter.com/QLivingband
https://www.facebook.com/tryqualityliving/
https://www.instagram.com/quality.living/
https://qualityliving.bandcamp.com/


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Happy Diving
Electric Soul Unity
Topshelf Records
ADDS 8/2/16
CD / DIGITAL

" ...[W]hether it's the walloping riff in the verse or the jarring step down in the chorus, Happy Diving demonstrate a knack for hooks that escapes most 90s revivalists stuck on the sound.” - Pitchfork

"...Matt Berry is a straightforward sort of lyricist, penning words that blow straight to the gut with hardly any effort at all." - Impose Magazine

"Happy Diving blend sledgehammer-to-the-stomach guitars with a pleading, heart-on-sleeve melodic sensibility." - Wondering Sound

"'Head Spell' opens with a guitar riff so clean it’s downright startling. It ends up working like Happy Diving’s version of a ballad, bringing back those huge, fuzzed-out guitars as a way of punctuating the song’s delicate refrain. It may be a new look for Happy Diving, but it’s one that suits it." - The A.V. Club

"On their 2014 debut LP Big World, Happy Diving practiced the art of raw, sludgy rock, and on their follow-up — the upcoming full-length Electric Soul Unity — it seems like they’ve mastered it" - Stereogum

On tour now, contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Dinosaur Jr., Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings
TRY: #4, 5, 6, 7

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More Info Here:
https://happydiving.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/happydivingca/
https://twitter.com/happydiving
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/happy-diving


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Samantha Farrell
September Sun
Self-Released
ADDS 8/2/16
CD / DIGITAL

Samantha Farrell is proving once again that she’s Boston’s best kept secret with her new album September Sun. Her songwriting shines and her voice drips with soul and emotion...a sound for fans of Melody Gardot, Lisa Hannigan and Kat Edmonson.” - Jess Phaneuf, WUMB

“An excellent piece of art with substantive songwriting and sublime execution, full of feeling." - The Noise

"Prodigious and undulating vocals that are delivered with rare, swinging passion.” - Relix

Samantha Farrell has been staking out her own middle ground between folk, jazz, and R&B infused indie-pop, to much critical acclaim. Her latest release, September Sun, entirely self-produced and engineered at her home studio, has been making waves locally and is in heavy rotation at WUMB, where DJ Brendan Hogan has already called it “one of his favorite albums of the year.” It blends lush and lonely string arrangements with sparse jazz piano, honeyed tenor sax and urgent pop melodies. Farrell burst onto the music scene in 2009 with her album Luminous, produced by LeRoi Moore, the late saxophonist of the Dave Matthews Band. It shot to #7 on the iTunes pop charts, while five of the songs were placed on major television shows. She is currently planning an east coast tour starting in late October.


RIYL: Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Melody Gardot, Lisa Hannigan, Kat Edmonson
TRY: #2, 1, 6, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.samanthafarrell.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaFarrellmusic
https://twitter.com/samfarrellmusic