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Bettye LaVette
Worthy
Cherry Red
ADDS 1/27/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Performing on David Letterman on Feb. 5th!

“Anyone who has ever heard Bettye LaVette’s voice will recognize how absurd it is that she may have ever been unsung.” — Elvis Costello

“With every song on Worthy, Bettye finds the thread that first will unravel it. Then she stitches it all back together until it fits her taut frame and fierce stride, until it bends to meet her; until each song’s story is somehow, miraculously, telling her own.” — Joe Henry

Bettye LaVette is starting 2015 with a big bang. The inimitable and legendary R&B songstress is coming out with a new album - Worthy - on January 27th. Worthy reunites her with Joe Henry, this time around with the two of them co-producing. 



Bettye will be world premiering selections from Worthy at the renowned Café Carlyle in New York City starting January 27-31 and again February 3-7 (celebrating her 69th birthday at the show on the 29th). The prestigious residency kicks off a 4 month promotional tour of North America, the UK, and Europe, including stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Amsterdam.



On Worthy, Bettye revisits Dylan with the opening track "Unbelievable," with a funky urgency introduced into the song, not present in the original. On "When I Was a Young Girl," she slides effortlessly into a slinky groove which Chris Youlden of Savoy Brown probably never imagined. "Bless Us All" is as relevant now as when Mickey Newbury wrote it decades ago, while her rendition of Joe Henry's own "Stop" is jazzy, soulful and reminds one not to dare try to stop her.

The musicians on the album all brought their A-game to the plate: Jay Bellerose on drums and percussion, Doyle Bramall II on guitar, Chris Bruce on bass and Patrick Warren on Piano, Hammond organ and Chamberlin. 

Worthy is comprised of a special selection of songs making for an extremely reflective, visceral, yet at the same time, vulnerable album. "Where a Life Goes" is a conversation between Bettye and her deceased sister. When she sings the Lennon/McCartney track "Wait" and the title track "Worthy," Bettye is at her most insightful and satisfied. Perhaps, the most heart-wrenching tunes of the lot may be "Undamned" filled with quiet desperation, and "Just Between You and Me and the Wall You're a Fool," on which she wears her tattered and battered heart on her sleeve.



Worthy will be released on CD, vinyl, and a "Deluxe Edition" which will contain both the CD and a live DVD of Bettye's June 2014 concert at the Jazz Café in London. 

This is Bettye LaVette in 2015. She is Worthy and satisfied.


RIYL: Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields & The Expressions
TRY: #1, 9, 6

Preview the album on WSJ's Speakeasy blog here!

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

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



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The Maravines
Distelfink
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 1/27/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"The Maravines will brighten even the darkest day." - The Fire Note

The Maravines are a mellow folky indie duo from Northern New Jersey. After years with various incarnations of the group they finally have hit their stride with their new album which pulls influence from bands like Neutral Milk HotelNada SurfRogue Wave, Red House Painters and more. The duo recently signed with New Jersey based label Mint 400 Records and are on their way to becoming indie rock royalty with their catchy brand of acoustic indie pop. You will surely be amazed that these guys have been around and you have not heard about them. Their new album "Distelfink" represents their second full length of 2014 and shows a band that has grown and matured. The duo shows that they are a band worthy of taking note of with this amazing collection of songs that is more cohesive and complex than their first album. 

"The pretty tenor vocals project an achingly tender and fragile sense of sensitivity and vulnerability. The melodies are very mellow and relaxing, with the gradual tempos and subdued beats casting a laid-back vibe that’s quite appealing in its easygoing quality. The thoughtful songwriting clinches the whole endearing deal, thus consolidating this honey’s status as one to relish.” - Joe Wawrzyniak | Jersey Beat


RIYL: Rogue Wave, Nada Surf, Colour Revolt, Low
TRY: #8, 2, 9, 6

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/maravines
http://maravines.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/theMaravines
http://mint400records.com



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All Eyes West
Doomer
Jump Start Records
ADDS 1/27/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“A couple of years ago, All Eyes West opened up a few shows for Bob Mould, the alternative rock maestro responsible for the seminal groups Hüsker Dü and Sugar. That pairing makes a lot of sense, as the Chicago band’s self-titled 2011 debut is just the sort of album that you would put on the turntable after listening to, say, Copper Blue or Flip Your Wig. Coming in a few weeks, All Eyes West will have a new album to toss into the mix with the release of their sophomore effort Doomer. Ahead of that release, FLOOD is premiering the band’s frenetic new video for “Lie in Wait” (directed by Murphy Welch with Lowlife) which you can check out in all its pick-sliding glory below.” - Flood Magazine, video premiere

All Eyes West create a blend of rock, with punk influences, that could be likened to early Foo Fighters, Sugar, and Drive Like Jehu. Known for their heavy touring schedule, this trio has completed several US and European tours in just a few short years. The band teamed up with J. Robbins (Jawbox) to record this juggernaut of an LP. "Doomer" is loud, full, and a breathe of fresh air for anyone that seeks out in your face rock music. Tucker Rule (Thursday) sat in on drums for this LP and perfectly compliments the edgy guitar riffs and heavy bass lines that the band offers up on these twelve tracks.


RIYL: Bob Mould, Hot Water Music, The Menzingers, Against Me!
TRY: #1, 3, 6, 11
DIRTY: #9

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

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



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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
Club Meds
Arts & Crafts
ADDS 1/20/15
DIGITAL ONLY

NPR First Listen!

The follow up to 2011’s highly acclaimed, multi JUNO-Award winning Oh Fortune sees the Vancouver-based artist return and officially join forces with his long-time, now integral, band members from the Vancouver experimental music scene to play under the moniker Dan Mangan + Blacksmith.

Blacksmith is Kenton Loewen (drums), Gordon Grdina (guitar), John Walsh (bass) and often JP Carter (trumpet), Jesse Zubot (violin) and Tyson Naylor (keys). They bring an unmistakable character to Club Meds; a stark glassy edge that swells and sways like a roaring ocean. Through a fog of analog feedback loops and synths, the band's performances breathe deeply and steadily like a dragon at rest.

The album title, Club Meds, is one of the driving lyrical motions of the record; the idea that we’re all on vacation from having to be honest with ourselves – that sometimes it’s easier to medicate than deal with reality.

Club Meds is about sedation” Mangan writes in the record’s liner notes. “Sedation can be chemical, but not exclusively so. There is a great vacation from actuality going on. Maybe there always has been. It seems like everybody else is already at the party and that life is somehow easier or more fun under the fog.”

And yet, for all its social commentary, Club Meds was never intended as a grandiose political record, nor is the outlook overtly cynical; more a touching and thought provoking collection of deep rooted sentiments and observations.


RIYL: Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Deep Dark Woods, Field Report, Father John Misty
DIRTY: #3, 9
TRY: #2, 5, 1

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

More Info Here:
http://danmanganmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/danmanganmusic
https://twitter.com/danmanganmusic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Mangan



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Bill Madden
New Religion
MADMUSE
ADDS 1/20/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“New Religion... ethereal, hypnotic, and seductive" — Revolution 360

"New Religion... a stunning combination of bold music and urgent message, perfectly timed for today." — Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Friday Live!

"New Religion is an album for those of the intellect kind who can appreciate outstanding music arrangement and lyrical Woa!" — Alexandra Juryte, PEOPLE THAT MATTER

"It is Madden's at times haunting vocal performance that helps to pull together the different instrumental influences... It is that passion and ability to tell a story which makes this album feel fresh and interesting." — Chelsea Lewis, TheCelebrityCafe.com

Bill Madden is a singer-songwriter, musician and activist who lives in the Lower East Side / Chinatown neighborhood of New York City. A politically engaged poet and world citizen, Madden's work reflects an individual in search of truth and justice. Spirituality, human & civil rights, the environment and stories of fearless, open-minded people who challenge tradition fuel his art.

Madden's musical influences are wide-ranging and include the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday, Serge Gainsbourg, Violeta Parra, Silvio Rodríguez, nueva canción and nueva trova. His lyrical influences include the poetry of Dylan Thomas, E. E. Cummings, Pablo Neruda and Arthur Rimbaud, as well as the philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti, Joseph Campbell and Albert Camus.


RIYL: Low, Guy Blakeslee, Mirel Wagner, War On Drugs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
TRY: #7, 10, 2, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://about.me/bill.madden
http://www.billmadden.com
http://www.billmadden.co/activist360/
https://twitter.com/activist360
https://billmadden.bandcamp.com



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Sidekicks
Runners In The Nerved World
Epitaph
ADDS 1/20/15
DIGITAL ONLY

The Sidekicks is a band from Columbus, Ohio and they will release their new album Runners in the Nerved World on January 20 via Epitaph Records. The first song from the album has premiered at Noisey.

Runners in the Nerved World was produced by Phil Ek in Seattle, WA. It was a dream for The Sidekicks to work with the producer responsible for iconic albums from Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built to Spill, and The Shins to name a few.

During the recording process, the band took full advantage of their 6-week studio time to let the songs go where they needed to go – while Ek shaped the sound. The end result feels deceptively effortless; a collection of songs about the need to move forward, packed with buoyant melodies and razor-sharp hooks that go on for days and days.
 


“At its core, Runners in the Nerved World is about getting past the excitement of growing up and finding new ways to simulate that movement,” says vocalist and guitarist Steve Ciolek, also of the indie-rock band Saintseneca. Ciolek adds, "The point the record is supposed to make is that it’s often pretty arbitrary how that movement is simulated. Regardless of the situation, inevitably the characters in these songs just get stuck in those cycles. The record tries to deconstruct that inertia--that constant motivation to run.”
 



RIYL: Band of Horses, Built to Spill, Cheap Girls
DIRTY: #2, 4, 8 (Clean Edits of #2 & #4 on downloads page!)
TRY: Clean versions of #2, 4 as well as #1, 3, 9

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/sidekicksohio
https://twitter.com/sidekicksohio
http://sidekicksohio.tumblr.com
http://www.epitaph.com/artists/artist/312/The_Sidekicks



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Sink Tapes
Creases
Mint 400 / Sniffling Indie Kids
ADDS 1/20/15
DIGITAL ONLY

In true indie rock fashion, New Brunswick, NJ’s Sink Tapes release music at an extremely fast clip. They have put out four full lengths and a handful of EPs and singles since coming in 2010. Coming off last year’s superb Touchdown Buffalo, Sink Tapes return with their best album yet, Creases. The band authentically captures the romanticism of ‘80s college rock, recalling The Cure at their peppiest if they had Peter Buck (R.E.M.) on guitar and Jim Reid (Jesus and Mary Chain) on vocals. The driving bass of Thomas Dalzell and the propulsive drumming of Gabriel Chiarello, who also happens to be the lead vocalist, propels the twin jangle of guitarists Ricky Kucyznski and Alex Kilmanski. Chiarello has never sounded better on Creases and, if you have ears, tracks like first single “Blow Me a Kiss” will bring the hopelessly romantic and the romantically hopeless twenty-something out of you.


RIYL: Cloud Nothings, Sebadoh, Yuck, The Replacements, Lilys
TRY: #3, 5, 13, 1

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

More Info Here:
http://sinktapes.com
http://sinktapes.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/SinkTapes
https://twitter.com/sinktapes
http://mint400records.com
http://www.snifflingindiekids.com


 

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Dr. Dog
Live at a Flamingo Hotel
Anti-
ADDS 1/13/15
DIGITAL ONLY

On January 13th DR. DOG will release Live at a Flamingo Hotel, the first ever bottling of the band’s legendary live performance. While studio releases have seen high critical acclaim, it’s the band’s live show that has truly cemented it as one of America’s best and brightest acts, a rock n roll juggernaut that has won its large and ever-growing fan base by exceeding expectations.

Check out the album trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKRSHqOkC2g


“That’s always what we’ve wanted to do,” says bassist/vocalist Toby Leaman. “We’re one thing on a record and a different thing live. Somebody goes to a DR. DOG show and they come back again and they bring more people with them. Our live show is vital to how we view ourselves as a band.”
 
With Live at a Flamingo Hotel, the band has captured the essence of a DR. DOG show; no matter the venue or town, the medium is the message. That tiny article is important: It’s “A” flamingo hotel, not “The,” which lends itself to that idea of transient perfection, a band that gives its all to each and every audience, every night, all the time. “That’s the point of a DR. DOG show, transporting you in some way,” says Leaman. “Whether it’s a shit basement in Texas or an amphitheater in Philadelphia, it doesn’t matter, this is the place; this is what we do, no matter what.”
 


DR. DOG will perform eight nights in New York City in January to promote the release before embarking on a U.S. tour throughout the end of the month and February.
 



RIYL: Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, Good Old War, Wilco
TRY: #16, 2, 3
DIRTY: #1, 9, 10

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

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



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Yes Sunshine
Because Of You [SINGLE]
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 1/13/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"simple yet lovable indie-rock experience that is easily accessible and enjoyable" - The CD Critic

Because of You sees Yes Sunshine up the ante!
 
Coventry’s finest rock and roll band, Yes Sunshine, are excited to announce the release of their new single ‘Because of You’ on Mint 400 Records.
 
On Monday 12th January 2015 the track, which is a four-minute indie/punk explosion, will be released worldwide on all digital platforms as well as 50 limited edition hard copies.
 
The date represents yet another milestone in what has been a memorable 18 months for the young five piece. 
 
The band, who started out as a venture to commemorate the passing of a late friend playing some covers at a charity fundraiser, are fresh off the back of playing in front of thousands as pre-match entertainment before Manchester City took on Everton at the Etihad Stadium. 
 
The single, a tribute to a lady-friend close to the band, will coincide with a video made in Yes Sunshine’s native home of Coventry.

Front man and lyricist, Michael McCann, said of the release: “People see and enjoy watching us play live but I don’t think anyone can comprehend the work that we put into this band behind closed doors.  This is why releasing material is still a major buzz for us. Fans can see and hear what we’ve been doing despite appearing quiet for while on the live circuit. The song was picked unanimously between the band as a single as it quickly became a staple in our live show. It’s pacey, it’s catchy, it makes people want to go mad. It really epitomises what Yes Sunshine is all about.” 
 
Early signs have been positive with recent stateside exposure coming via the legendary new-music DJ Nic Harcourt on his radio show.
 
A full-UK tour will take place in February to promote the single. Taking in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Bristol the tour will reach its climax in Coventry when the band will play their largest hometown show to date.
 
Speaking of the tour Michael said: “As a group of mates nothing is better than getting up on a stage and belting out your songs to whoever is there to hear them.  What has been overwhelming in the short period we’ve been together is the stages keep getting bigger and the size of the crowds are following suit. And long may that continue.“


RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Oasis, Pixies, Libertines
TRY: #1

Download single here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/YesSunshine
https://www.youtube.com/user/YesSunshineTV/
https://twitter.com/yes_sunshine
http://www.yes-sunshine.co.uk
http://mint400records.com



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Noise By Numbers
High On Drama
Jump Start
ADDS 1/13/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Though two of its members have much higher-profile pedigrees — Dan “Vapid” Schafer has played in Screeching Weasel and the Riverdales, as well as leading the Methadones, and Jeff Dean is in the Bomb — their new collaboration, Nosie By Numbers, with bassist Rick Uncapher (Textbook) and drummer Jimmy Lucido could easily be overlooked outside the punk underground, and that would be a shame. Noise By Numbers draws inspiration from the fertile ’80s indie-rock scene of Husker Du, the Replacements, Dinosaur Jr. and their ilk as well as classic Chicago punk sounds like Naked Raygun and the Effigies to inject a heaping dose of sing-along melody into every propulsive and hard-hitting groove, making for an instantly familiar yet somehow distinctive and fresh-sounding formula." - Jim DeRogatis (WBEZ)

High On Drama could be the swan song we’ve all been looking for or it could be the spring board that breathes new life into Noise By Numbers. The EP is made up of six tracks that pick up where the band left off with Over Leavitt with the added bonus of a cover of The Lemonheads ‘Rudderless’ The five new tunes are drenched in odes to bands like Husker Du, the Replacements, and Sugar, and ‘Rudderless’ shows more than enough respect for the original. Chicago is known for its legendary bands and there is no doubt in our minds that Noise By Numbers has earned a spot next to all of them even if they haven’t received the recognition we feel they deserve.


RIYL: Joyce Manor, Bob Mould, the Replacements, Braid
TRY: #1, 2, 5
DIRTY: #3

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

More Info Here:
http://noisebynumbers.com
http://jumpstartrecords.com/wp/?p=446
https://www.facebook.com/noisebynumbers
http://jumpstartrecords.bandcamp.com/album/high-on-drama
http://www.last.fm/music/Noise+By+Numbers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_by_Numbers



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Purple
(409)
PIAS
ADDS 1/6/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“There’s an argument for this boy/girl/boy three-piece being the best new band in the world…every single song on Purple’s debut sounds like an invite to the best party you’ve ever been to…” - Kerrang!

“Springing out of a deeply conservative oil town, exuberant trip Purple sound like people who lost the will to play the game nicely a long time ago…there are undercurrents of ground and riot grrl, punk and surf-pop…” - Q Magazine

Purple is Hanna Brewer (drums / vocals), Taylor Busby (guitar) and Joe Cannariato (bass). Purple play pop music. Messy, dirty, raucous, grit-spitting, tequila glug-ging pop music. They do not apologise for this. They have a big streak of it running skunk-like up their backs and through urgent tunes full of indie-punk snarl and piss and vinegar, but driven by grooves deep enough to rival any hop-hop classics. They are wrestling pop away from the world of vocoders, slick dance routines and coquettish airheads and bringing back to where it belongs: to the beach, to the house party, dancing on the table in that bar you need a fake ID to get into.


RIYL: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Distillers, Sonic Youth, Royal Trux
TRY: #1, 6, 2, 4, 3

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

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



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Courage Cloak
Courage Cloak
Escape Plan Blueprint
ADDS 1/6/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“...Sometime last week we were tipped off to the debut EP from a Boston band called Courage Cloak, and were directed to the record’s November 14 release party at the Democracy Center in Cambridge. We marked the date in our calendars and figured we’d write something fancy about it a day or two before. Then we couldn’t stop f*cking listening to it, especially the hammering post-metal track “A .’. A .’.” (which we’re glad we don’t have to pronounce). Rock waits for no man. So we’re hyping it a bit early. We’re told Courage Cloak features ex-members of Maintain, Matahari and Life & Limb, and the early comparisons they’ve been getting are quite favorable, revolving around the all-approved likes of Cave In, Hum, and Deftones. Sure, cool, great, whatever, just f*cking listen to it. Many bands strive for an “October” sound, but this EP sounds appropriately November to us, perfect for closing your eyes and letting the sound pummel you into someplace better...Don’t sleep.” - Michael Marotta / Vanyaland

“When you mix 3/5 post-hardcore band Life & Limb with 1/5 of hardcore band Matahari, you get Boston’s post rock/shoegaze band, Courage Cloak. “We all come from a hardcore / punk background which is awesome because in that world you learn how to work your ass off and how sh*tty or rewarding being in a DIY band can be. That experience provides a great work ethic,” Sean Farrell (vox/guitar) explains. “Going from being in hardcore bands to Life & Limb to Courage Cloak has felt like a pretty natural and deliberate progression as the music shares a lot of concurrent, underlying themes.” Less screamy, more reflecting, and influenced by the likes of Deftones, Hum and The Life and Times, Courage Cloak has released their debut S/T record, available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp for $5 digital download and $10 limited edition 12” vinyl (500). A 4-song creation with 75% of the tracks clocking in at over 6 minutes and labeled as an “LP”, this record just makes the cut as such with a minute fifteen to spare if we were depending on Official Chart Company’s (UK) qualification of an LP as over 25 minutes. “Heavy music is a beautiful and effective means to convey the heavy emotions we all experience, the good and bad. We are trying to make music that evokes an emotional response and creates a connection with the audience,” Farrell tells Bishop And Rook. “The lyrical content is more about the subconscious and ideas of transformation and growth. Since everyone's reaction or interpretation is going to be subjectively influenced by their own experiences we'd like to make music that can establish a broader connection and let people's own minds run with it.” What is so appealing about this genre is how the instruments can unearth or decipher, audibly, these unbeknownst feelings. The buildup, the climax and the crucial photo finish. Post-rock shoegaze is like the electricity in the air when his manic pixie dream girl meets her tall dark and handsome. It’s a true talent to orchestrate a score that is gifted with the ability to encourage such unintentional, thought-provoking moments. And we can grasp the potential for that ability scattered about this 4-song record. It will be interesting to see how this band evolves...” - Kristin Nicholls / Bishop And Rook

"Courage Cloak's debut is noticeably strong, a four-song EP melding post-metal and space rock with patience and atmosphere. Though the shoegazey vocals are somewhat timidly delivered at times (oddly reminding me of a band who share half their name, though it might just be the Hum influence), they still fit the package quite well and occasionally carry a range better than either of those aforementioned bands. Opener "Lunar Atoll" is the longest track here at seven-and-a-half minutes, a fairly brave length to span as far as first introductions go. But the dynamics are scattered throughout, making it a compelling start. "A .'. A .'." begin with a rhythmically and atmospherically excellent buildup sounding enough like Rosetta that one half-expects that band's throaty growls to come busting through at any second; instead, they momentarily scale back the sludge and the ominous singing comes in. There's plenty more great soft-to-loud movement happening here as well, and what sounds like a great chorus even though it's never repeated as the band slip in a cool Cave In ca. Jupiter riff towards the end. The back half pairs up two six-minute, more upbeat tracks, "Iceage" and the softly finale-sounding "Nightforms", which aren't quite as good or sprawling with cool effects pedals and powerfully jolting volume and tempo changes, but are solid nonetheless. Courage Cloak is as good as most first recordings go, though, a nearly fully-formed style that makes for an enjoyable body of work." - Punk News


RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Russian Circles, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, This Will Destroy You
TRY: #2, 3, 4

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

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



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White Cherries
Stranger Lovers
Self-Released
ADDS 12/9/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Call it destiny when two strangers from Mexico City find each other in L.A. and form an Indietronic rock duo that started with a jam session and a ukulele.

By popular demand, friends encouraged vocalist Fernanda Romero and musician, composer and producer Abie Toiber to write, perform and record more music after the initial song inspired by their jam session was so well received.

“We didn’t set out to be a band,” stated Romero. “Our songs were on Youtube for the purpose of being creative, to express our love for life and to show how we are inspired by the flow of our music.” That creativity caught the attention of Nylon Magazine who selected The White Cherries as a finalist in their “Next Huge Deal in Music” contest in 2013.

No stranger to the industry, Romero has come full circle, starting in Mexico City at age sixteen in the pop band ‘Fryzzby’ (BMG Records). She came to the U.S. to study fashion design, but found greater demand as a model for many of the brands she designed for. Commercials, television and film followed, with Rolling Stone calling Romero a “Hottie taking over the industry like wild fire!”

Hollywood embraced Romero after she shared the big screen with Jessica Alba in ‘The Eye.’ She has been cast in big budget films opposite Charlize Theron in ‘The Burning Plain,’ ‘Red Canvas’ with Maria Conchita Alonso, ‘Once Fallen’ with Ed Harris, and ‘Without Men,’ featuring Eva Longoria and Christian Slater. Her international credits include playing the female lead in ‘Eternamente Tuya’ (TV Azteca) and her first British production with Jon-Paul Gates, ‘Fighter’s Chance’ with boxing great Evander Holyfield. Her short, ‘40 Love,’ next to Lily Allen, won a silver Lion in Cannes. Romero is set to appear in ‘400 Days’ with Dane Cook, Brandon Routh, and Caity Lotz and the upcoming feature film ‘Is that a Gun in your Pocket?’

While studying guitar at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Abie Toiber met other musicians from his native Mexico. Together, they founded the rock band ‘Coma’ (EMI), which toured throughout Mexico as an opening act for Heroes del Silencio and other bands. Coma reached the Top 10 radio charts for Rock en Espanol. When the band broke up, Toiber studied advertising while working at ad agencies, record stores and production companies.

The demos he recorded during this time eventually became tracks on his three solo albums: Lotus, Relativity and Los Redares. Toiber toured as the guitarist for the Mexican band, ‘Morbo’ (Juan Carlos Lozano). He continues to write and produce music for film, television (licensed to LATV National TV Network their Id music) and other musicians. Toiber works often with Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure).

Stranger Lovers,’ the first EP from The White Cherries, has an electronic folk sound with a sexy edge provided by mixing engineer Caleb Shreve (Yoko Ono, Phantogram, Late Guest at a Party). It’s due out soon along with the video. The duo has performed live at The House of Blues, at a James Cameron charity event and at coffee houses and private parties in L.A.


RIYL: Kate Nash, Haim, Chvrches, Phantogram, Lovestarrs
TRY: 4, 5, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.thewhitecherries.com
https://www.facebook.com/thewhitecherries
https://twitter.com/whitecherriesla
http://instagram.com/whitecherries
http://whitecherries.tumblr.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/thewhitecherries



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Fairmont
Love & War b/w My Only One
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 12/9/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"Fairmont is indie rock we should all be thankful for" - Amp Magazine
 
“Love & War” represents the pre-cursor to what will be New Jersey indie band Fairmont’s 8th studio album. This newest effort, particularly the single “Love & War” represent a song that Fairmont consider to be one of their best. It’s comparative to the band’s 2008 release Transcendence and the epic song “Being & Nothingness” with its complexity and attention to detail. However in the years since the band has grown with the addition of vocalist Sam Carradori who adds the female counterpoint to Neil Sabatino’s striking vocals. Along with the solid rhythm section of Andy Applegate on drums and Christian Kissala on Xylo-rimba & Glockenspiel, Fairmont has grown by leaps and bounds from record to record. Their newest album expected for early 2015 represents some of the bands most polished work. This will be the 2nd album that was fully produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by the band from their home studio, The Forest Of Chaos.
 
“I feel with this song and album we have grown into a band with a distinct style and sound. With this newest song I feel we cover a broad spectrum of influences from garage rock to pop and a lot other things in between, but don’t take my word for it, just listen”, was Sabatino’s advice to his audience. Sabatino also expressed, “I think any artist who is Brian Wilson like, in that they tinker with a song for months in the studio will appreciate what we did on this track. There are many layers and hopefully with each listen the audience will hear something they didn’t notice before.” One of those minute details are the harmonies that bring the single to a close provided by Sam Carradori and  guest vocalist Chris Lee of label mates The Maravines.
 
The B-side that is available with this release is a new punky version of a mellow Fairmont classic titled “My Only One” from 2009’s Meadow at Dusk. The B-side shows Fairmont’s ability to take a subtle solo acoustic song and turn into a full band energetic rock song.


RIYL: Destroyer, Say Hi, The Hush Now, Ben Gibbard
TRY: #1, 2

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