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B. Dolan
Kill The Wolf
Strange Famous Records
HIP HOP & TOP 200 ADDS 7/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Rapper B. Dolan may hail from the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island, but his booming voice is one of the loudest in underground hip-hop. He gained notoriety in the early aughts for his spoken word and activism, at one point even being courted by Def Jam. In the end, he opted not to adhere to the structure of a major label and has since released two full-length albums and three mixtapes....The 11-track album features Dolan at his most brash, spitting venomous rhymes over bombastic beats. Utilizing live instrumentation, the production pops violently from the speakers. He even ups the ante by bringing in Buck 65 and Aesop Rock for the track “Jailbreak”. Dolan’s flow constantly operates at high intensity, making every song feel like a commandment ripe with political thought and introspective insights." - Consequence of Sound

B. Dolan‘s self-produced “KILL THE WOLF”, a sweeping, powerful opus five years in the making, is out now! The album reinforces Dolan’s status as a complex lyricist and introduces him as a ambitious, versatile producer, dedicated as ever to concept and vision over fleeting hip-hop trends.

This sophomore studio effort on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS / SPEECH DEVELOPMENT features a supporting cast of talent from a wide range of musical backgrounds, including AESOP ROCK, BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER (Doomtree), KATHLEEN STUBELEK (Circle Takes the Square), DS3K, BUDDY PEACE, AUPHEUS, and the late DAVID LAMB (Brown Bird).

It would be easy for an album to go astray amidst such varying styles, but Dolan stays in firm command as the expert conductor, driving the album’s layered and visionary sound. “KILL THE WOLF” sets out with a goal of demolishing the boundaries of what was previously thought possible in a B. Dolan record; bringing the best techniques from his catalogue into a new era of production value by fusing live guitars, analog synths, violins and upright bass with formidable vocals and intricate lyrics.

Five years after shaking the foundations of underground rap with his “Fallen House, Sunken CIty” LP, B. Dolan emerges from the earth, battle-tested, clear-eyed, and sharper than ever.

The time has come to Kill the Wolf.


RIYL: Buck 65, Alias, Sage Francis, Doomtree, Run The Jewels, Action Bronson
TRY: #5, 9, 10
CLEAN AND DIRTY VERSIONS AVAILABLE ON DOWNLOADS PAGE!

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

More Info Here:
http://bdolan.net
https://www.facebook.com/bdolanSFR
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https://instagram.com/bdolansfr/
http://www.strangefamousrecords.com



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All Sensory Void
Secret Truth of the Universe
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400
ADDS 7/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

All Sensory Void began as a solo project for Eric Goldberg of NGHTCRWLRS, The Nico Blues, and Delicate Flowers to record the songs he’d been writing on his own for years. On his newest release, Secret Truth of the Universe, Goldberg burrows in to a universe of exquisite sound.

The album teeters between psychedelic extremes, featuring the groove-laden dance rock of “Feeling for You” and the ocean of ambience that is “Living in Real-Time”. “A Day in a Daydream” covers the psychedelic pop of Apples in Stereo with Velvet Underground cool while “New Year” takes the fragility of Elliott Smith and paints it with strokes of My Bloody Valentine-esque colors.

Goldberg plays every instrument here, basking each track in psychedelic pop perfection. “Feeling for You” sounds like Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain-era Pavement covering Daft Punk. Secret Truth of the Universe is an album that sounds outside of time, simultaneously defining and floating through any rigid genre borders. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Quilt, My Bloody Valentine
TRY: #2, 4, 6, 8

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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Chris Staples
Cheap Shades
Barsuk Records
ADDS 7/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Chris Staples follows up his widely-acclaimed album, American Soft, with a brand new EP on Barsuk Records.

Cheap Shades is out July 24th in advance of his full US tour!

"If albums are friends, then American Soft by Chris Staples was my closest confidant in 2014." - NPR's All Song Considered

"Chris Staples’ songs are full of rich narratives and hushed hooks that confirm the old adage that less is more—especially when that less includes poetic lyrics about tornadoes and Pink Floyd.” - PASTE

"Made up of stripped-back guitar, poetic lyrics, and economical touches of rhythm, feedback, and hand-claps, American Soft is exactly the kind of album you’d expect an accomplished carpenter/guitarist to make.” - Tiny Mix Tapes

"There’s a professional carpenter’s sensibility and determination at work here; one of building things from basic elements by a craftsman who understands the importance of a secure structure and uses that to enhance his artistic discipline.” - American Songwriter

"Check out the record's second single, "Hold On To Something," an intimate but sonically lush cut..." - The AV Club

"The sparse arrangements cause some big effects…” - IMPOSE

Staples’… puts all the focus on the halting, haunting memories that emerge from 'American Soft.’” - Seattle Times

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Say Hi, Telekinesis, Yo La Tengo, Sun Kil Moon
TRY: #1, 4, 3 (Built To Spill cover)

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
http://www.barsuk.com/w3.cgi?vwy=artists/chrisstaples



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Mutoid Man
Bleeder
Sargent House
ADDS 7/21/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Bleeder’s greatest strength, though, is in its wholehearted embrace of both numbskull hard rock and cerebral progressive metal, at a time when the two approaches have become almost mutually exclusive in heavy music.“ – Pitchfork (7.4)

“...equal parts musical acrobatics and strong songwriting that strikes an off-kilter balance somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and The Dillinger Escape Plan.” – Revolver

“More than anything Mutoid Man is fun...No furrowed brow sueriousness, despite their hardcore-meets-math complexity, just a badass riff fest and a damn good time.” – Noisey

Mutoid Man is an incredibly talented trio featuring Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) on guitar and vocals, Ben Koller (Converge, All Pigs Must Die) on drums and Nick Cageao on bass. This is no self-indulgent sonic experiment, no tepid throwaway-track recycling project, no musical 180° into cringe-worthy territory. Instead, Mutoid Man offers up the best of Brodsky and Koller’s respective worlds. Brodsky distills the melodicism and metallurgy of Cave In into a concentrated elixir of frantic fretboard work, big riffs, and undeniable vocal hooks. Koller continues to batter his drums with unmatched force and dexterity. With the recruitment of bassist Nick Cageao and his driving low-end growl, Mutoid Man quickly established themselves as one of the dominant new power trios in the world of heavy music.

While the band's EP Helium Head (2013) wasn’t a severe sonic departure from its makers’ previous endeavors, it still offered up a kind of frenzied excitement and ecstatic energy that was new territory for its members. With their debut full-length, Bleeder, Mutoid Man proves that the euphoric fury of their EP was no fluke. Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, Bleeder builds upon the triumphant barrage of Helium Head with bigger production, increased ferocity, and the bolstered confidence from writing as a three-piece unit. The album sounds like a gluttonous orgy of every metal indulgence the band has held since junior high school. It’s as if there was an amalgam of all these realms of heavy rock music that hadn’t yet been attempted, and Mutoid Man have nailed it with such precision that it comes across like a grand epiphany.

Mutoid Man was initially meant to be an exercise in flexing the creative chops outside of the members’ other projects. But if Helium Head proved that this musical diversion was serious business, Bleeder confirms that Mutoid Man are an imposing force regardless of their pedigree. Written in concentrated flurries between their other musical duties, Bleeder exudes the short bursts of manic energy that typified their creative process. There is no time to sit and ponder the bigger picture, no reason to search for subtlety—once the album launches into the first riff of “Bridgeburner”, there is no surrender, no apologies, and no relenting until the final crash and chug of the closing title track. Clocking in at just under half-an-hour, Bleeder seizes upon the same concentrated ferocity of classics like Reign In Blood. And with songs as good as these, Bleeder is sure to become a classic in its own right.


RIYL: Queens of the Stone Age, High On Fire, Mastodon, Torche, Baroness
TRY: #1, 2, 3
DIRTY: #3 (clean edit on DL page)

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

More Info Here:
http://mutoidman.com
http://sargenthouse.com/mutoid-man
http://facebook.com/mutoidman
http://twitter.com/mutoidman



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Bow Thayer
Sundowser
Self-Released
ADDS 7/21/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Vermont musician Bow Thayer is releasing his new solo studio album, Sundowser, on July 24, 2015 with an exclusive pre-order campaign with PledgeMusic. Best known for his song, "Wingless Angels", from the album Spend It All that featured Levon Helm on drums, Bow has since embarked on a musical journey with Levon's engineer and three time Grammy Award winner Justin Guip. After exploring the 5 string electric banjo on 2013's critically acclaimed Eden, Thayer continues the theme of letting an instrument lead the way with Sundowser which features the recorded debut of the Bojotar, an instrument Bow invented and developed with Eastwood/Airline Guitar Company. The Bojotar is an amplified stringed instrument that incorporates elements of banjo, resonator guitar and electric guitar.

Sundowser was co-produced by Justin Guip (Levon Helm) and features Jeff Berlin on Drums, Alex Abraham on Bass and JD Tolstoi on Keys as well as special guest performances by Marco Benevento and Tracy Bonham.

Sundowser comes out on the heels of last year’s LP, Eden, the swan song for Bow’s band Perfect Trainwreck. American Songwriter praised Eden, “In a different era, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck would have some well-deserved gold records on their walls.”

Bow Thayer’s music is always evolving - from luscious backwoods folk rock to the progressive adventurism of Eden, Bow returns to a more gritty earthy sound in Sundowser while still continuing on to some very atmospheric sonic exploration. Crafting the album on an instrument he created, in a studio he built with his own hands that is 100% solar powered, these songs feel as personal and organic as the rural Vermont environs he wrote and recorded them in. The album has an underlying theme of the sun’s energy - you can hear it in the music as well as the lyrics. Each song has established a lush voice of its own, some are personal, some global, some both. But all of them inspired from the same blanket of light that can help us, or hurt us or again.... do both.


RIYL: Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Okkervil River, Great Lake Swimmers
TRY: #8, 1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://bowthayer.com
https://www.facebook.com/bowthayermusic
https://twitter.com/bowthayer
https://instagram.com/bowthayer/
https://www.youtube.com/user/perfecttrainwreck



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The Velvet Teen
All Is Illusory
Topshelf
ADDS 7/14/15
DIGITAL ONLY

The Velvet Teen has always had a flair for the sonically dramatic. On the band’s first album in nine years, there’s a euphoric energy that never really lets go.” – NPR Music

“Though there’s nothing dated about these new singles, The Velvet Teen have held onto their mid-2000s indie swagger in the form of Judah Nagler’s distinct, emotive voice.” – Stereogum

“…moves along with a light but confident energy, like a less chest-beating incarnation of early U2.” – SPIN

"The Velvet Teen were one of last decades great underdogs in creating very interesting indie rock" - New Noise Magazine

"...fans will appreciate the usual stylized sentimentality (Judah Nagler's vocal abilities make him a suitable candidate for a sing-off with Matt Bellamy) and the fact that even their more intricate, experimental songs go down easy." - Eclxaim!

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Radiohead, mewithoutYou, The Dismemberment Plan, Minus The Bear, Low, Tame Impala
TRY: #2, 6, 4
DIRTY: #8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.thevelvetteen.com
https://www.facebook.com/thevelvetteen
https://twitter.com/thevelvetteen
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/products/546730-the-velvet-teen-all-is-illusory



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Tetra
Meter
Self-Released
ADDS 7/14/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"The emotive queen of electro pop... Beautiful, brave, poetic, and honest" - Huffington Post

"This EP should definitely be on your playlist" - Rant Hollywood

"Ultra slick beats and crafty production" - Papercut Magazine

"Tetra’s voice is flawless with a sense of conviction and certitude backing it." - LA Music Blog

Tetra began singing and songwriting at a young age and went on to study at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she began collaborating with singer/songwriter/producer Ben Cohen. Together they've developed a unique sound based on painfully honest lyrics, unforgettable hooks and innovative production elements.

Tetra loves creating bold stories and situations that encourage her audience to dive into the music and get lost in thought. She's clearly drawn to musicians that share the same love for creative storytelling, as some of her favorite artists are Hozier, Purity Ring, and FKA Twigs.


RIYL: FKA Twigs, Purity Ring, La Roux, PJ Harvey, Bat For Lashes
TRY: #1, 2, 7
DIRTY: #5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.officialtetra.com
http://officialtetra.bandcamp.com/album/meter
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTetra
https://twitter.com/officialtetra
https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialTetra
https://instagram.com/tetramusic


 

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textbookcopilot
catching a rise from a sinking ship
Self-Released
ADDS 7/7/15
DIGITAL ONLY

textbookcopilot is a post hardcore/ indie band from Boston, MA that has been actively playing since March 2012. In November 2012 textbookcopilot released their first EP, 15 Hours On The Dead Sun. After some solid local radio play and many shows under their belts they added a 2nd guitar and opened up the sonic possibilities! Capitalizing on the momentum in 2014 textbookcopilot released the Arrivals//Departures EP to great reviews and play on over 40 college stations nationwide. With new songs brewing in 2014 it was back into the studio this time to Magpie Cage in Baltimore MD with J. Robbins (Jawbox, Channels, Burning Airlines) to record 'catching a rise from a sinking ship" released in June 2015. J. Robbins also provided backing vocals on the EP.


RIYL: Sunny Day Real Estate, Title Fight, Hot Water Music, The Life And Times, Rival Schools
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

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



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Beautiful Bodies
Battles
Epitaph
ADDS 7/7/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Electro-shocked pop rock that'll make you think and dance." – Alternative Press

"High energy" – Culture Collide

"A big, bombastic rocker." – Houston Chronicle

"Infectious melodies." – Yell Magazine
 
The debut album from Kansas City, MO alt-rock trio Beautiful Bodies, Battles, is out now on Epitaph. The band announced their signing to the label in 2014 and shortly after that they entered the studio with producer John Feldmann for Battles. 
 
Battles is streaming in its entirety at YouTube now: http://bit.ly/1FXk60h
 
When Alicia Solombrino (vocals), Thomas Becker (guitar, drums), and Luis Arana (bass) first crossed paths five years ago, making music together was the furthest thing from either of their minds. Solombrino was busy singing in her own band, playing keyboards in a self-described “art rock project” with bassist Luis Arana; Becker, a former member of Gratitude and a graduate of Harvard Law School, had chucked his musical aspirations in favor of human rights law — at the time, he was living in Bolivia and suing the country’s former president for human rights violations. But Solombrino’s magnetic, high-energy presence and total lack of inhibition immediately convinced Becker that he’d found his artistic soul mate.
   
For Beautiful Bodies, it all ultimately comes down to one thing: Energy. The alt-rock band's unapologetically loud-and-hooky music and their fabulously chaotic live shows stem directly from an all-consuming desire to tap into the cosmic power grid, and channel it full-force to the world at large. 
 
Catch Beautiful Bodies live all summer on the Vans Warped Tour


RIYL: Paramore, Purple, Marmozets, Chvrches
DIRTY: #8, 9, 10
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.thebeautifulbodies.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheBeautifulBodies
https://twitter.com/BeautifulBodies
https://instagram.com/beautifulbodies/
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBeautifulBodies
http://beautifulbodiesband.tumblr.com



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Refused
Freedom
Epitaph
ADDS 6/30/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Refused are f*cking alive. There's no escape. The Iconic Swedish hardcore band are releasing Freedom their first new album in 17 years on June 30 via Epitaph

Listen to the first new song "Elektra" at Pitchfork here

"Refused has returned with a new shape of punk that’s just as wild and eclectic as their last." - Consequence of Sound review (B+)

“A luminous work of bombastic-in-the-best-way brilliance.” – Revolver

"Freedom’ is quite possibly the band's most electrifying and propulsive record to date." - Rolling Stone

“Even 17 years after their last record, few can do it like Refused." – Brooklyn Vegan


In 1998 Refused released their iconic album The Shape of Punk to Come. It was also the year that the band broke up and declared "Refused Are F*cking Dead". Fourteen years later, the band reignited in 2012 for a Coachella performance. The group started contemplating new music within the first four months of the reunion tour, a process greatly aided by the fact that drummer David Sandström, guitarist Kristofer Steen, and bassist Magnus Flagge had already been writing together informally for several years under the auspices of a new, vocal-less band.
 
Frontman Dennis Lyxzén states:
 
“It’s not a reunion anymore. This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”
 
Drummer David Sandström adds:
 
"Nobody wanted us to f*ck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up. Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.”
 
Freedom explodes out of the speakers with opening track “Elektra,” as Lyxzén throat-shredding declaration that “nothing has changed” catapults Refused into the 21st century. Production for Freedom was overseen by Nick Launay (Gang Of Four, Public Image Ltd., Nick Cave, and Arcade Fire). “Elektra” and “366” were produced and co-written by fellow Swede and longtime Refused fan Shellback, who has scored eight No. 1 hits.
 
Refused returned to the US with a performance at the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas on May 24, followed by a sold out small club tour this spring. Additionally Refused will tour with Faith No More this summer.

Stream the new album via YouTube or Pandora!


RIYL: Converge, The Bronx, F*cked Up, Faith No More
TRY: #1, 3, 4
DIRTY: #2, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://officialrefused.com
https://www.facebook.com/RefusedBand
https://twitter.com/refused
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refused



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Rebuilder
Rock & Roll In America
Panic State Records
ADDS 6/30/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Rebuilder need to get on the road with some of skate-punk and pop-punk’s great masters, like the Descendents and NOFX. Their one-two punch of two lead vocalists and straight barre-chord punk is catchy as hell, and deserves to be heard by the masses.” – Do 617

“Loud, fast, pop punk with attitude.” – Daykamp Music

Rebuilder are the best kind of in-between from hardcore punk and early 90’s skate punk. Bigass hooks, singalong choruses, gritty palm-muted guitars...go do a kickflip, break your wrist, and go to a Rebuilder show in your cast. That’s how it should be.” – Allston Pudding

“A killer punk screed needn’t exceed two minutes. Economical and phenomenal.” – Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble participant and Boston Music Award nominee for ‘Punk Artist of the Year’, Rebuilder rips open the preconceived stitches of punk rock to deliver their expansive, mature, and complex sophomore album, “Rock & Roll In America”. Their debut full-length on Panic State Records, “ Rock & Roll In America” reinvents the self-proclaimed gnarly rock band’s sonic footprint, transcending the traditional three chord punk progression and showcasing the evolution of the band’s collaborative writing styles.

Passionate, stirring and with a ‘never say die’ attitude in the same vein as Frank Turner or Against Me, Rebuilder’s live shows are packed with the resilient emotion of DIY music inspired by the honest truth, the instinctual reaction and the second wind that holds you back from the brink of exhaustion. Rebuilder hit the scene in 2013 and has opened for acts such as The Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Dead Milkmen and Stiff Little Fingers. ‘Rock & Roll In America’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas of Defeater at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA.

Rebuilder is Sal Ellington (vocals, guitar), Craig Stanton (vocals, guitar), Daniel Carswell (bass), Brandon Phillips (drums), Rick Smith (electric keyboard and organ).


RIYL: Frank Turner, Against Me, Descendents, Bouncing Souls
TRY: #4, 7, 9
DIRTY: #11

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

More Info Here:
http://rebuilderboston.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/RebuilderBoston
https://twitter.com/RebuilderBoston



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Desaparecidos
Payola
Epitaph
ADDS 6/23/15
DIGITAL ONLY

NPR Music: First Listen

"Conor Oberst returns to his punk roots with politically-charged LP" - Consequence of Sound

"Conor Oberst's Band Desaparecidos Announce New Album Payola, Share "City on the Hill"...Their first album in 13 years features Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, Cursive's Tim Kasher, So So Glos" - Pitchfork

"Expectedly anthemic, expectedly passionate, expectedly great." - Vulture

"Anthemic." - Rolling Stone 
 
Formed in 2001 in Omaha, Nebraska, Desaparecidos released one album, Read Music / Speak Spanish in 2002 on Saddle Creek Records. Though the band never "broke up", they did part ways for several years as members Conor Oberst (vocals, guitar), Denver Dalley (guitar), Ian McElroy (keyboards), Landon Hedges (bass / vocals), and Matt Baum (drums) went on to pursue separate ambitions, including Conor Oberst's career with the band Bright Eyes.

Influenced by '70s/'80s punk & hardcore like T.S.O.L. and Cro-Mags; early '80s power-pop the Vapors and Tommy Tutone, Payola was co-produced with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, Saintseneca, and 'The Fault in our Stars' Score From the Motion Picture with Nate Walcott); and was recorded in several batches over the past few years. On Payola, the band consciously tackled a wide range of political issues at a much broader scale. It has a greater degree of focus and musicality than the first release. Payola is more raw, louder, and angrier. In addition to the 6 previously released tracks, the album also includes 8 new tracks from the band.

A band that never fully came into fruition is finally getting their due with their sophomore release only 13 short years later. Desaparecidos are scheduled to play show dates this year with a full itinerary here.


RIYL: Japandroids, Superchunk, Against Me, Joyce Manor, Thermals
TRY: #3, 4, 5, 6, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://epitaph.com/artists/desaparecidos
http://www.desaparecidosband.com
https://www.facebook.com/desaparecidosband
https://twitter.com/desaband



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Mates of State
You're Going To Make It
Barsuk
ADDS 6/16/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Pitchfork: EP Preview

"Mates of State still love each other more than you'll ever love anything" - NOISEY album premiere

"Casting the heady swoon of courtship as a game of intense focus, "Staring Contest" practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love." - NPR song premiere

"Staring Contest is about young love, the kind that surfaces in an instant and is probably extinguished three weeks later once it’s no longer worthy gossip material and everyone involved is over it." - Stereogum track premiere

Mates of State’s new self-produced EP, You’re Going To Make It, is nothing but choice cuts: five anthemic and emotionally-rich songs that will quickly take up residence in your mental jukebox; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the earworms they are.

This new batch of tunes is Mates of State in its purest form. The razor sharp harmonies, shimmering new wave synth melodies, an internal warmth that can only come from a couple that has been musically and romantically involved for nearly two decades, and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns.

On “Beautiful Kids,” the band speaks to how, even though we are connected to one another 24/7 thanks to modern technology, a sense of loneliness still pervades. Or as Hammel puts it: “We all just want to be seen, but we won’t look up from our screens so that we can be seen.” “Gonna Get It” and “I Want To Run” build off the same inspiring notion of the EP’s title, encouraging both themselves and their fans to keep striving no matter what the odds. And fist-pumping opener “Staring Contest” speaks to that delicious ache of schoolyard crushes and youthful love.

With yet another in a long history of brilliant music videos, the band will premiere a video for “Staring Contest” shortly after the release of You're Going To Make It.

In addition to a triumphant fifteen years as a band, Jason and Kori will star in their first ever full-length movie, titled Rumperbutts, which premiered on May 22.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, New Pornographers, Metric, Matt and Kim, Rilo Kiley
TRY: #1, 2, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.matesofstate.com
https://www.facebook.com/matesofstate
https://twitter.com/matesofstate
http://www.barsuk.com/w3.cgi?vwy=artists/matesofstate
https://instagram.com/matesofstate/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mates_of_State



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Christopher Paul Stelling
Labor Against Waste
Anti-
ADDS 6/16/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“It’s really hard to be a singer and a guitarist and make a mark - this guy does it though. He’s a great finger picker, a strong songwriter, listen to his words - you’ll love what you hear.” - Bob Boilen - NPR’s All Songs Considered

"The record delights at the threshold of polished folk-pop and rustic old folk; and he seems bound to make converts on both sides of that divide. - Rolling Stone

"It’s one thing to give in to the hypnosis induced by Stelling’s fluttering finger-picking on the studio track, but to catch him live is to see Stelling at his prime, all hoarse inflections, pensive delivery, and a pristine, total package of a one-man musical outfit that recalls the intensity of The Tallest Man on Earth and labelmate Glen Hansard. - Hilary Hughes - Village Voice

There is a fearless quality to the music of new ANTI- signing Christopher Paul Stelling. A voice that sounds both old and young, an effortless yet intricate finger-picking guitar style, and lyrics that are dramatic and intensely confessional. It’s a sound that channels the restless spirit of a young man who left home to travel the country, writing haunting and impassioned songs formed by endless nights alone on stage with a guitar, playing to packed houses, other times to nearly empty rooms. Stelling estimates that he’s played over four hundred shows in just the past three years. It places him within a longstanding tradition that serves to build both character and vision.

Labor Against Waste features Stelling’s astonishing guitar work, a melodic finger-picking style influenced in large part by blues legends such as Skip James and Mississippi John, masters like John Fahey, and banjo greats Dock Boggs and Roscoe Holcomb. On top of this soars Stelling’s voice, a resonant baritone that calls to mind classic trou- badours from Tim Hardin to Steve Earle. Accompanied by an ensemble of stomps, claps, french horn, flugelhorn, kettle drums, string quartet, and a chorus comprised of members from the Low Anthem, in whose studio Stelling recorded the album, Labor Against Waste is the opening statement in what should be a long and storied career.


RIYL: The Tallest Man on Earth, Sean Rowe, Justin Townes Earle, William Elliott Whitmore, William Tyler, Langhorne Slim
DIRTY: #6
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 8

Download full album here:
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