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Lagwagon
Hang
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 10/28/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Infrequently does a work of art or a performance embody the true culmination of a career, life of experience, or body of work. LAGWAGON’s latest offering Hang achieves just that.

While most veteran bands coast into the finish line echoing a familiar cadence, hemmed in by the parameters of the sound they've defined, LAGWAGON are just now realizing their full potential and picking up speed at the end of the race. As a band that has been heavily influential on modern punk, LAGWAGON’s existing resume is beyond reproach, yet Hang outshines all past exploits by utilizing every bit of their hard-earned experience, musicianship, and song writing savvy.

Musically it’s a concoction of Hoss, Trashed, and Blaze, seasoned with Duh’s metallic overtones and Let’s Talk About Feelings’ strong sense of melody, and finished off with a progressive character as yet unseen on any previous release. Lyrically it's a stunningly substantive commentary on the modern world, written through the lens of a lifetime of visceral experience.

Hang is the perfect balance of music and meaning; massive riffs playing off of unforgettable hooks and classic melody, all bound by a stirring tone and message. Casual and dedicated LAGWAGON fans will be blown away by what Hang accomplishes, but it transcends merely appealing to existing devotees. Hang will be reflected on as a quintessential and genre-defining opus.

- First new studio full-length in 9 years!

- Produced by Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Desendents)

- Recorded at the Blasting Room (Rise Against, Descendents, Alkaline Trio, NOFX)

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!

Check out the Noisey/Vice premiere here!

Clean radio edits were sent to radio. Both Clean & Dirty versions are available for download below.


RIYL: No Use for a Name, Pennywise, Bad Religion, Propagandhi
TRY: #2, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/1
http://lagwagon.com
https://www.facebook.com/lagwagon
https://twitter.com/lagwagon



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Sink Tapes
You Sulk When You Sleep
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 10/28/14
DIGITAL ONLY

This release is a precursor to the next Sink Tapes full length album which will be out later this fall on Mint 400 Records.

Sink Tapes have steadily been gaining the reputation as NJ's most prolific band as this will be their 2nd full length in 2014. This record follows up the jangley, sometimes electro, indie rock album "Touchdown Buffalo" but focuses more on the delicate acoustic side of Sink Tapes. This band exemplifies what a hard working DIY band can do when they are as motivated as New Brunswick's Sink Tapes

"Melodic, crisp tracks flow effortlessly, with touches of early 90s Alt-rock and late 70s pop sensibility. Modern rock elements anchor the groups sound and give their music a defining characteristic as not something repeated, but something innovative."  - Jeanne Crump | Gypsy Blood Music

"an extended audio drug trip, their sound is alternately blissful, sleepy and mildly disorienting.Their commitment to this potent aesthetic finds them effectively eschewing traditional pop song-craft in favor of mood." - Jason Knndrath | Pop Break

"I can say with great conviction that Sink Tapes is a band too important to languish into obscurity... With sharp guitar riffs, delicate vocals, and easy paced drums, Sink Tapes produce strong, well constructed songs that will definitely secure them a place in the future of indie." - Raveen Lemon | Listen Before You Buy


RIYL: Cloud Nothings, Sebadoh, Yuck, The Replacements, Lilys
TRY: #1, 2

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

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



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Pianos Become The Teeth
Keep You
Epitaph
ADDS 10/28/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Epitaph Records is pleased to announce that Baltimore, Maryland band Pianos Become The Teeth has joined the roster. The band will release their third studio album called Keep You on October 28.

You can listen to the first track called "Repine" at Noisey here!

Pianos Become The Teeth worked with producer Will Yip (Braid, Title Fight, Touché Amoré) during a month long recording session in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. "I took a less unbridled approach to the songs this time around,” vocalist Kyle Durfey explains. “That’s what I felt the songs called for and in my heart it matched the tone of the record.”
 


Keep You accelerates the band's trajectory from a melodic hardcore act to a group that creates heaviness and weight via raw emotion instead of distortion. It is an expansive statement that is defined as much by what the listener hears as it is the dramatic space that hangs between each note. The virtuosic musicianship of Pianos Become the Teeth has been re-contextualized into moody and haunting compositions such as “Repine” which features atmospheric strings and an instantly contagious chorus with a solid tribal rhythm.



Keep You deals with familiar concepts like mortality and communication in an intensely personal way that's also remarkably relatable in its honesty. "The album is about things you want to say to people but you can't for some reason whether it's because they're not in your life anymore or they've passed away," Durfey explains. But there is an inkling of hope expressed when Durfey sings "your wick won't burn away" on "Repine".
 


On tour now! Contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Touché Amoré, La Dispute, Defeater, Balance and Composure
TRY: #5, 1, 2, 9

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/pianosbecometheteeth
https://twitter.com/pianosband
http://pianosbecometheteeth.tumblr.com
http://www.epitaph.com/artists/artist/308/Pianos_Become_The_Teeth



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The Bots
Pink Palms
Fader Label
ADDS 10/14/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"The Bots Are Taking Over" - The New York Times


"An absolute knockout" - NPR

"The Bots go beyond skate punk" - The Los Angeles Times

"Most Likely To Succeed" - Rolling Stone

"The Bots make brilliant, weird rock & roll music. And the future - a big part of it - belongs to them" - Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

"Punk riff attacks . . . sultry blues rock with a highly danceable electronic flair" - MTV Iggy

The Bots are starring in a Mitsubishi commercial, performing new track "All Of Them (Wide Awake)" - Airs nationwide October 29th

Performed at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, AFROPUNK Fest, Riot Fest

Watch them perform live in The Current studios last month!

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Japandroids, Skaters, Cloud Nothings
TRY: #4, 7, 2, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.thebotsband.com
https://www.facebook.com/thebotsband
https://twitter.com/thebotsband
http://instagram.com/stob_eht
http://www.youtube.com/thebotsband



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M. Lockwood Porter
27
Black Mesa Records
ADDS 10/14/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"27 is a coming-of-age rumination that turns his gaze from youthful aches to the troubles of living in the adult world." - Independent Clauses

M. Lockwood Porter’s songs toe the line between country-tinged Americana and straight-up rock-and-roll, with poetic storytelling front and center. A SF Bay Area transplant from rural Oklahoma, Porter’s sound recalls his birthplace and a childhood spent exploring the far reaches of the rock canon. The result is something close to timeless - reminiscent at times of Neil Young, Wilco, Townes Van Zandt, and Bruce Springsteen.

Porter first caught the attention of many fans and critics with the release of his home-recorded debut LP Judah’s Gone in July 2013. At the time, Independent Clauses called him “a talent to watch”, and The Bay Bridged wrote that he was “poised to join… the national Americana scene with the release of his debut LP, Judah’s Gone.” On October 14th, Porter follows up his promising debut with 27, the bold, carefully crafted work of a talented young artist.

On 27, we find Porter (who himself turned 27 in July) wrestling with a growing awareness of life’s limited possibilities with a mixture of melancholy and defiance similar to that of Carter-era Springsteen, describing failing relationships with a nuanced poignancy reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Lucinda Williams, and eulogizing Big Star founder Chris Bell - who died at age 27 (like Kurt and Jimi, as Porter reminds us) – while name-checking Paul Westerberg and arguing with Neil Young on “Chris Bell”.

In other words, 27 is a confident-sounding record. That’s a bit ironic for an album that - half breakup record, half quarter-life crisis – is all about the disillusionment and sense of “Is this really all there is?” characteristic of one’s late twenties. But Porter’s willingness to write and sing about the travails and uncertainties of life with courage and honesty is exactly what makes 27 such a compelling album.

27 was primarily recorded in San Francisco’s Hyde Street Studio C - where classic albums like CCR’s Cosmo’s Factory, Grateful Dead’s American Beauty, and CSNY’s Deja Vu were recorded. Showcased on these songs is Porter’s new live band. The band is both tight and spontaneous – sounding something like a cross between Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers , The Band, and Wilco – bringing a rawness and intimacy to the performances that a home recording never could. Porter’s vocals, too, are stronger and more confident – honed by a year of gigging in support of Judah’s Gone.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Wilco, Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Lucero
TRY: #2, 3, 4
DIRTY: #7

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

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



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Daniel Lanois
Flesh and Machine
Anti-
ADDS 10/14/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Daniel Lanois is one of the most influential record producers of the modern era: the man who brought Bob Dylan back; longtime collaborator with Brian Eno, soundsculpting a series of mammoth releases for U2; and producer of breakthrough late-career albums by Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.

But before all that, Daniel Lanois was an experimental musician, recording his unique guitar voicings for groundbreaking albums with guys like Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, along the way helping to invent a genre called ambient music. What is lost in the wild success of his production career is Lanois’ musical life at the edge, which is where Flesh and Machine, his new album on ANTI-, comes full circle.

A wildly ambitious, diverse exploration of modern sonics, Flesh and Machine careens from the huge guitar skronk of “The End” to the haunted landscapes of “Iceland.” But perhaps for the first time, Lanois’ new album highlights the strange parallel evolution that has taken place in Daniel’s music; alongside the developments in IDM that launched from the same 70s avante-intrumental roots as Eno and company, Lanois’ music has developed a rhythmic complexity heard in the most adventurous music by Autechre or Matmos. Only for Lanois, nothing is digital. Dense, visceral music that combines the primitive stomach-pounding volume of rock with the heartbreaking found sonics of early electronic music, Flesh and Machine reminds us that we are bodies in a mechanized world, and that in the midst of our digital noise we must not forget to breathe.

Daniel Lanois will be touring North America all fall presenting Flesh and Machine to a waiting public, culminating in the first ANTI- music festival in Brooklyn this November.

Lanois has scanned over 230,000 records on his own projects, and many more in collaboration with artists like Brian Eno. His productions have sold in the zillions, including recent work such as Neil Young acclaimed Le Noise.

Flesh and Machine will appeal to fans of Daniel’s unique organic music-making, but also to fans of new instrumental music from Autechre to Explosions In The Sky.


RIYL: Autechre, Matmos, Brian Eno
TRY: #2, 7, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://daniellanois.com
https://www.facebook.com/lanoise
https://twitter.com/daniellanois/
http://fleshandmachinedaniellanois.tumblr.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Lanois
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/daniel-lanois-mn0000955544
http://instagram.com/daniellanois



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Various Artists
Transformed: A Tribute to Lou Reed
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 10/14/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.” – Lou Reed

What can be said about the late great Lou Reed that hasn’t been said before? He is most definitely a major influence on modern music and a gigantic influence on the Mint 400 Records roster. Compiled in this short EP are his hits from his amazing solo record “Transformer” played by Tommy Preisler of Canada’s The Shelters, Neil Sabatino of NJ’s Fairmont, and NJ indie outfit The Maravines. In addition Shane Vidaurri shares his acoustic version of the Velvet Underground classic “I’m Set Free”. NJ’s Sink Tapes pays homage with an original track titled “Lou Is Cooler Than You”, an album track from one of their earlier releases that shows just what a major influence Reed’s music has been on us all. It just didn’t feel right to let this great man pass on without paying our respects.

“If it wasn’t for artists like Lou Reed with their unique voice, I doubt that myself and most of the artists on the Mint 400 Records roster would have the courage to try and sing in a band.” - Neil SabatinoMint 400 Records Owner & Vocals for Fairmont

You can download the tribute for free right here!


RIYL: Lou Reed, Velvet Underground
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

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



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Dinner And A Suit
Stay
Cursive Creative
ADDS 10/7/14
DIGITAL ONLY

As much as there is an ongoing evolution for Dinner And A Suit, there are things that will always remain unchanged.

Fueled by momentum from their 2012 LP Since Our Departure, the Jersey-born, Nashville-based rock outfit has spent the past two years in motion. There has been non-stop touring, critical praise and global highlights – all building blocks for a band on the rise – that have laid the groundwork for continued exploration.

And so it’s fitting that Dinner And A Suit will release their new EP STAY on October 7, 2014.

Written on the road, STAY is like a beam into the unified soul of this dedicated, four-piece band – comprised of singer Jonathan Capeci, guitarist Joey Beretta, bassist Anthony Genca and drummer Drew Scheuer.

“The songs are about being human and finding out who you are; wandering,” explains Capeci. “We wanted to be sure that we were being exposed and honest.”

Produced by Paul Moak (Lovedrug, The Weeks) at The Smoakstack in Nashville, TN, STAY was recorded live to tape – a first for Dinner And A Suit – and presents the band in their rawest state.

“It was important for us to capture the vibe of our band on this EP,” Capeci continues. “Recording live was a way to challenge ourselves in a way that we hadn’t before.”

The result isn’t a new direction for the band, but rather, an illumination of where they’re going while staying true to where they’ve been.

STAY features the same musical consistency that has garnered the band nods like “latest obsession” from MTV and “Discovery Of The Week” from Last.FM. Yet, the EP is strikingly enhanced by a sonic meld of pulsing organic energy.

Of course, what’s most impressive about Dinner And A Suit is the band’s ever-present family bond: Capeci & Beretta are cousins and the band name is a nod to their Great Grandmother.

And so STAY represents not only the convergence of a band’s musical evolution, but also the mark of a band finding their stride in the midst of an already impressive pace.

“It’s one thing to write music from a conceptual standpoint, but when you’re playing it from a stage for the better part of two years, you recognize more clearly the things that make you feel something and the things that don’t.”


RIYL: The Crookes, Young The Giant, Trapdoor Social
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

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



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Son of Stan
Georgia
WizardVizion
ADDS 10/7/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Son of Stan, aka Grammy Award winning Jordan Richardson, returns with Georgia, the follow up to 2013’s Divorce Pop. Working again with producer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) on this fierce ep (named for his Mom) Richardson explores his specific pop aesthetic further, but this time with a more personal focus.

“This is my journal. These new songs are my depression, my optimism, my wannabe standup act, my fervor and my girlfriend. Arguing with myself in the studio about the creative process, is the most beneficial part of being creative and I think that honesty and insecurity makes for a better experience for the listener, even if they are just pop songs tied up in a neat package.” The more upbeat and even dancey attitude behind Georgia wasnt crafted by mistake either. “I wanted to have a batch of peppy songs. The kind of tunes that I remember hearing when being driven to the city pool when I was 6.”

“With playful and seemingly apathetic lo-fi stylings, the songs are incredibly catchy and full of soul.” - New Dust

“This first taste of Georgia feels very much like a continuation of the vibe put forth by Divorce Pop -- the main difference being the immediate sense that this is now a band with some shows under its belt. The energy of the band's live offerings is something that definitely shines through from the very first spin of the sweaty, dog-days-of-summer pop jam”- Central Track


RIYL: Broken Social Scene, Twin Shadow, Luke Temple, Hall & Oates
TRY: #4, 1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/sonofstanmusic
https://twitter.com/thesonofstan
http://www.thesonofstan.com
http://sonofstan.bandcamp.com


 

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Olde Worlde
The Blue Musk-Oxen
Grasshopper Co.
ADDS 10/7/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Critically acclaimed Japanese solo artist Olde Worlde has confirmed a release date for his debut North American release The Blue Musk-Oxen on October 6, 2014. This is the fourth Olde Worlde release since his 2009 Japanese debut but the first distributed outside of the country.

For The Blue Musk-Oxen, Olde Worlde (aka Sohhei Numata) enlisted noted producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn, Ben Lee, Sunny Day Real Estate, Tortoise, Liz Phair) to record and mix the album in Los Angeles. Wood provided the multi instrumentalist Olde Worlde with a rich template of hooks and grooves reminiscent of classic pop songs and dreamy soundscapes to augment the uniquely innocent voice of Numata. Sung entirely in English, The Blue Musk-Oxen evokes the startling otherworldly vocals of vocalist Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) a favorite of Lou Reed and producer Hal Willner, yet remains uniquely his own.

Be it the dreamy track “Lemon Lake”, the lounge-y “Good Boy”, the electro sounds of “Thinking About You” or the bass heavy, hook laden single “Stuck in Hibernation” it’s clear that Brad Wood and Olde Worlde used vocals as the base of each song and built the music around it. It’s a perfectly schizophrenic album – sometimes acoustic, sometimes beat laden – but is 100% focused on utilizing the innocent, yearning vocals of Olde Worlde to drive each track. The result is perfectly serene mood music for Moog people.

Born in Machida, Tokyo in November 2009, Olde Worlde’s first release, Time And Velocity EP, was quickly followed by his first full-length album Anemone - Whirlwind in 2010. Propelled by his incredibly unique voice (often compared to that of a young child) garnered Olde Worlde a great deal of attention in Japan and much critical acclaim. That summer, Olde Worlde played at one of Japan’s most well known festivals - Summer Sonic.

By July 2011, Olde World released his second full-length album The Lemon Shark. Olde Worlde not only produced the album but also played almost all of the instruments featured on the record including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, piano, keyboard, moog, etc. as well as designing the album artworks himself. This critically well-received album led to coveted slot at Japan’s iconic Fuji Rock Festival In the summer of 2011.


RIYL: Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, Clientele, Army Navy
TRY: #8, 2, 4

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

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



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Poppy's Field
Doll Face
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 10/7/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Poppy's Field has an idiosyncratic and infectious sound that could very well single-handedly craft the future of British popular music." - Jonathan Frahm - Yahoo! / PopWrapped

Poppy's Field is RICH AMAZING MUSIC Redefining the genre, with a Star front man." Daniel Newman (Actor)

Poppy's Field is driven by the heart and soul. The songwriting is incredibly powerful!” - Jeff "Classic" Popka ; Indie on Air!

Poppy's Field is a London-based folk act who dares to break conformity by weaving pop and even urban elements into his overarching sound.

The stage moniker of Whitechapel singer-songwriter Santino Payne, Poppy's Field has been a project under development for him since the age of 14. Those close to him had quickly discovered that, even at such a tender developmental age, Payne had the refreshing ability to effectively relay his thoughts and experiences through the universal power of music. He himself cites artists like The Smiths, Plan B, Jackson Browne and Buddy Holly as prime musical influences.

In working with acclaimed producer Toby Baker, who has previously devised hits for Eric Clapton, Will Young, and Donna Summer, Poppy's Field has truly found a unique and developed sound that is all his own. Even at his young age today, his songwriting and performance abilities are remarkably well above his years in terms of maturity and an overall awareness of the world about him.

This shows as Poppy's Field has already played gigs in both London and Spain and has garnered interest towards his music from listeners in Great Britain, Australia, and America. More recently, his music has been played on Gary Crowley's BBC London 94.9, introducing the show and various radio stations across the UK and US to his idiosyncratic sound. Poppy's Field Debut E.P Doll Face will be released on the independent label Mint 400 Records October 7, 2014.


RIYL: Frightened Rabbit, Treetop Flyers, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 2, 5

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/PoppysField
https://twitter.com/Poppys_Field
https://www.facebook.com/mint400records
https://twitter.com/mint400records
http://mint400records.com



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Rural Alberta Advantage
Mended With Gold
Saddle Creek
ADDS 9/30/14
DIGITAL ONLY

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award Nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), a Long List Nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and a hard-earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.

The twelve songs found on the album have been filtered through these experiences and achievements, pushing them to heights previously unreached by the band. While maintaining the heartfelt lyrics, fetching melodies, and explosive percussion that won the band a loyal following worldwide, Mended With Gold makes it clear that The RAA have reached the next level. From the first moments of album opener “Our Love” it becomes unmistakable that these collective experiences has helped the band compose the most fully-realized work of their career.

While the sonics have now evolved, the plaintive lyrics and creative arrangements that helped define the band have remained. Standout tracks “Terrified", "On The Rocks", "Runners in the Night", and "Vulcan, AB" confront ideas of love, loss, and heartbreak through the pain of going through such experiences and the person that comes out on the other side of it.

The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty.

On tour now! Contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Frightened Rabbit, Dan Mangan, Weakerthans, Freelance Whales
TRY: #3, 4, 1
DIRTY: #10

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

More Info Here:
http://www.theraa.com
https://www.facebook.com/ruralalberta
https://twitter.com/ruralalberta
http://www.last.fm/music/The+Rural+Alberta+Advantage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rural_Alberta_Advantage



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Soft Swells
Floodlights
Modern Outsider
ADDS 9/30/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Soft Swells channel the Technicolor guitar-pop of Summerteeth-era Wilco, balancing high-flying synthesizer parts against guitars straight from the garage.” - MTV

Soft Swells is not only their band name, it's a surfing term used to describe tiny, easy to ride waves that beginners keep an eye out for to help build their skills. Much like moving on from soft swells to bigger waves, Tim Williams, the mastermind behind Soft Swells has been moving towards his own type of bigger moment for years now.  Tim started Soft Swells in an effort to reach new heights, and following the release of their debut full-length Soft Swells in 2012 and their follow-up EP Lifeboats in 2013, the music has gotten more sophisticated and the sound of the band has gotten bigger.

Floodlights is the big moment Soft Swells has been seeking and they have grown in every way imaginable. Where once there was just Tim with the help of producer/keyboardist Dave Lynch and a lot of studio magic, there is now a fully formed band. Floodlights will be available on CD, LP and digital download and is available for pre-order now on iTunes with first single "Floodlights" available as an instant grat with pre-order.
 
In an experiment to capture the fun and excitement of their live shows on record, Tim brought a motley group of wildly talented musicians together in the studio to lay down all the tracks.  Most of the record was tracked by producer Dave Lynch (the other Dave Lynch) at EletricZoo in Eastbourne UK, with Soft Swells' touring bass player and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas at Tim's side, and a guest appearance by resident UK drummer Phil Wilkinson (Jake Bugg, Brian Eno).  As if that wasn't enough, Misty Boyce (Sara Bareilles), Jonathan Visger (Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) and Soft Swells' touring guitarist Kyle Frederickson all contributed their talents via satellite.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: The Dodos, Morning Benders, Okkervil River, Helio Sequence
TRY: #3, 1, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/SoftSwells.aspx
http://www.softswells.com
https://www.facebook.com/softswells
https://twitter.com/softswellsmusic



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Tweedy
Sukierae
dBpm/Anti-
ADDS 9/23/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Tweedy, the band, is a collaboration between Jeff Tweedy, best known as the founder of the pioneering Chicago rock band Wilco, and his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy.

On September 23rd dBpm Records in conjunction with ANTI will release Sukierae (sue- key-ray), the debut release by the aptly-monikered duo Tweedy. Sukierae features 20 new songs penned by Jeff, performed by Tweedy father and son along with a host of musical guests.

“When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Jeff said. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything – write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.” With Spencer on drums, Jeff handles his usual guitars and vocals, as well as bass and keyboards. Backing vocals on Sukierae come courtesy of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-band Lucius. Musician Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus Five, The Baseball Project) lends additional keyboard support on Sukierae.

Jeff Tweedy is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer. Spencer Tweedy, despite his young age, has already handled drum duties on the acclaimed album One True Vine by soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples.

Tweedy the band have been touring the US all summer performing tracks from the new album, and will be out again this fall.


RIYL: Wilco, Deer Tick, Old 97s, Okkervil River
TRY: #6, 13, 10, 5
DIRTY: #1, 18

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/tweedy/
http://wilcoworld.net
https://www.facebook.com/wilcohq
https://twitter.com/wilco
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Tweedy



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The Hush Now
Sparkle Drive
Self-Released
ADDS 9/23/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Sparkle Drive was produced and recorded by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studio’s and mastered by Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering. The Sparkle Drive sessions yielded ten new tracks featuring all band members taking turns on lead vocals, expanding the unique approach of The Hush Now beyond their 2012 effort, Memos, which climbed into the CMJ Top 25.

Consisting of Noel Kelly, Adam Quane, Barry Marino and Pat MacDonald, Sparkle Drive showcases The Hush Now's signature indie-dream pop. The first single, “Arthur Come On, Really You Can’t Be Serious,” features Adam Quane on lead vocals, floating above a dirge of tremolo distortion and sparkling guitar.

The Hush Now’s self-titled debut (2008), sophomore release, Constellations (2010), and Memos (2012), quickly climbed independent radio charts and drew comparisons to Guided By Voices, The Cure, and Kitchens of Distinction, among others. After successful national tours, performances at CMJ and SXSW, Sparkle Drive was recorded over the last 2 years and looks to grow The Hush Now’s sound once again while staying true to the band’s original foundation.


RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Guided By Voices, Ringo Deathstarr, British Sea Power
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 7

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/TheHushNow
http://thehushnow.bandcamp.com
http://www.thehushnow.com
https://twitter.com/thehushnow
https://www.youtube.com/user/thehushnow
http://www.last.fm/music/The+Hush+Now
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hush_Now



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Generationals
Alix
Polyvinyl
ADDS 9/23/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008, have been in each others’ faces for most of this century. Natural songwriting partners, they made their first three records at home with the help of mutual friend Daniel Black, and in 2013 they launched straight into their fourth with surprising post-tour energy, but after years of creative brain-melding, the duo had reached a point of ultra-familiarity and comfort in their work routine that, to them, threatened quicksand. They began to suspect their own productivity of being rut in disguise.

Determined to keep things fresh, they sought out a new producer who might be able shake things up, surprise them, and bring something new to the project. How about Richard Swift? they said. He’s the best, he’s the boss, he’s like the John Keating of cool drum sounds-a perfect fit for a pair of poppy throwback tape-lovers like us.

The Louisiana duo made their way, yellow brick road-style, to Cottage Grove, Oregon, ready to give their tapes over to Swift’s cultishly venerated magic touch, but the collaboration was hardly the scrap-it-all, start-from-scratch, give-up-the-reins-and-let-the-guru-do-his-thing scenario Ted and Grant had expected—hoped for even—when they began their pilgrimage to Swift’s National Freedom studio in February. Swift deemed the demos album-worthy after all and the original versions were saved at his urging. With a little tightening rather than a vibe transplant, the songs solidified into a cohesive, finished, good-feeling record.

“I looked at the demos objectively and really just helped organize the sounds into something that was sonically cohesive,” Swift said. “I knew they spent a lot of time on their own, on their headphones creating these beats and bells and whistles and felt no need to drastically change them.”

The final version of Alix materialized as perhaps Generationals’ most confident record yet, full of history and as multiphase as Ted and Grant’s friendship. Built up with layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats, and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince face-off, Alix is everything T&G like about music: old and new, vinyl and youtube, vocal chord and microkorg, gathered up from everywhen and arranged with great care into a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die mish-mosh of sensibilities and time-warp senselessness, lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element, but undeniably Generationals in taste. As Swift had decreed: ‘tis a good idea to tear down and rebuild, but it’s not always necessary to start from scratch.


RIYL: STRFKR, Tennis, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Telekinesis
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://generationals.com
https://www.facebook.com/generationals
https://twitter.com/generationals
http://generationals.bandcamp.com
http://www.last.fm/music/Generationals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generationals_(band)



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Simian Mobile Disco
Whorl
Anti-
TOP 200 & RPM ADDS 9/9/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Every musician needs to take action to keep themselves fresh from time to time, but James Ford and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco have really gone to extremes this time: they’ve completely abandoned every tool they previously used to make music. For the recording of their new record, Whorl, they’ve started from the ground up and created an entirely new electronic system, and recorded everything entirely live, from scratch. Over the years – as members of the criminally underrated “prog-psychedelic band” Simian, as one of the UK’s finest electronic duos, and individually as esteemed producers for other acts – James and Jas have accumulated mountains of incredible vintage synthesizers and other general sound-making boxes. Limiting themselves to two suitcase-sized boxes each – no laptops, no racks of hardware, just one synth and one sequencer each – they headed into the high desert of Joshua Tree National Park in California and recorded Whorl in front of an audience.

The result is something that takes you right into the heart of their creative processes, veering from completely abstract ambient explorations through buoyant repetitions that float into the territory of the most cosmic German and Italian synth explorers of the 1970s and 80s, then take flight into otherworldly techno grooves. It’s not a sound that punches you in the face with its newness or weirdness – the album draws you in gently with the truly beautiful airborne, beat-free opening passage of “Redshift” and “Dandelion Spheres,” and each track thereafter is subtle, rarefied and elegant. Says James, “Whorl can be taken as one long piece, because in the performance of it, we’ve gone where the processes we’ve set up have taken us.” And he’s completely right – it’s as a whole that Whorl comes to life and really opens up its secrets and surprises. It’s a truism that you should expect the unexpected from SMD, but this time round you can be damn sure of it, as they’ve created a system to ensure that it’s precisely the only thing you can expect.

Pitchfork: album announcement


RIYL: Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk, M83, Flying Lotus, Caribou, Tycho, Four Tet
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/simian-mobile-disco/
http://simianmobiledisco.co.uk
https://twitter.com/smdisco
https://www.facebook.com/simianmobiledisco
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simian_Mobile_Disco