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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

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

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



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YAWN
Love Chills
Old Flame Records
ADDS 12/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"On Love Chills, Yawn have not only matured but done so quite gracefully with a record that’s in no hurry to batter your brain with a barrage of ideas. Instead, the band allow their music to breathe and grow organically, which results in their best record yet." – Popmatters

"Love Chills finds the band navigating melodies complex enough to set them apart from your dollar bin jangle-sparkle outfit. YAWN’s lyrics sneak up on you like a poison dart frog." - Consequence of Sound

"Yawn is an electronics-heavy pop band who has spent the past five years building up a reputation in the Chicago DIY scene, & the band is starting to ease its way up aboveground. Last year, they played Lollapalooza, & this year they released their second LP, Love Chills." - Entertainment Weekly

"... a Ramshackle, Pop-Punk Masterclass" – NME Magazine


RIYL: Animal Collective, Local Natives, Conveyor, Magic Man
TRY: # 2, 5, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://oldflamerecords.com/yawn/
https://www.facebook.com/yawntheband
https://twitter.com/yawnmusic
https://soundcloud.com/yawn
https://www.youtube.com/user/yawntheband/feed
http://www.last.fm/music/yawn



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Dave Charles
Lay You Down [SINGLE]
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 12/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

The Eastern Shore of Maryland's own 21 year old Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Producer Dave Charles, began playing music at the age of 5 when he received his first mini 4 piece drum kit. All of Dave's songs are written, produced, engineered, and played by himself. The only lesson's Dave has ever had were for drumming and you’d never be able to tell.

Dave Charles has had the opportunity to play venues of all sizes, as well as festivals, and was most recently featured on the Mint 400 Records Compilation Patchwork with his song “Broke For Blow” which saw modest radio play in the Fall of 2014. Dave Charles is currently working on his Mint 400 Records debut EP, 'Where the Waves Are', which will hold true to the pop/folk genre for which Dave has been associated with. Dave's passion for music goes beyond the studio. As Dave has said, "writing music, for me, is like a drug, and hearing what I wrote come to life, is an addiction." He composes a mixture of folk and pop with lyrics written from his own life experiences to create his own unique soulful acoustic vibe.

"Get ready music world, he’s on his way…His music brought me back to my late teens, early twenties—my wonderful college years―and listening to contemporary blues of Eric Clapton." - Nancy Weeks / Keeping Your Dream Alive


RIYL: Aer, Mike Doughty, Michael Franti
TRY: #1, 2

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

More Info Here:
http://mint400records.com
https://twitter.com/IAmDaveCharles
https://www.facebook.com/DaveBrandonMusic
https://soundcloud.com/dave-brandon



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Babel Echo
The Molting
Self-Released
ADDS 12/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Babel Echo's tale of transformation, The Molting, has arrived!

The band blends the gritty sensibility of Portland's working class with a carefully honed musical style born of folk, rock, jazz, and classical music. Infectious grooves, inspired tunes, and unwavering exuberance combine to create an irresistible musical force.

The Molting explores the self that is left behind in times of profound change.

Depictions of inner monsters, moral ambiguities, personal struggle, and life altering experiences evoke the visceral nature of personal growth, as seen through the eyes of a wiser future self.

Raw, driving rhythms underscore virtuosic strings, rich vocal harmonies, and a diverse tapestry of textures.

The Molting is a work of sincere gratitude in the wake of darker days. A unique style born of Rock, Classical, Folk, and Blues.

Babel Echo‘s 2014 album The Molting explores the self that is left behind in times of profound change.

We are a bartender, an actor, a lawyer, a symphony musician, a composer, a webmaster, a string arranger, a dancer, a professional snowboarder, a carpenter, writers, private lesson teachers, kayakers, campers, dreamers.


RIYL: Minus The Bear, The Sea and Cake, Yo La Tengo, Calexico, Devotchka, Edward Sharpe
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://babelecho.com
https://www.facebook.com/babelecho
https://twitter.com/BabelEcho
https://www.youtube.com/user/babelecho



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It's Casual
The New Los Angeles II: Less Violence, More Violins
Stoked Records
ADDS 11/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

It’s Casual are an impossibly loud punk/hardcore duo. Onstage, singer/song writer/guitar player, Eddie Solis’ eyes bulge amid a shock of curly hair, his throat emitting the collective war cry of a million frustrated commuters: “Los Angeles! There’s too many people! I want them to go away!”

After nearly 10 years of ceaseless yelling, It’s Casual had a busy year with slots on Fu Manchu’s North American tour, a west coast tour, and split 7” with Early Man, and recording/releasing a sequel to their ’08 ode to the city, The New Los Angeles.

It’s Casual formed in 2001. The band’s sonic boom is amazing, considering there are only tw of them. The secret to their sound is a unique pedal and mic’ing system. Solis’ guitar is actually wired to two amps for added punch.

It’s Casual’s first record, The New Los Angeles, was inspired by Solis’ commute from Pico Rivera to Hollywood. Tracks include “EZ Pass” about the public transit ticket, and “The Red Line.” Most of their songs last around two minutes and contain no more than three or four lyrics, hammering home their message with a directness most public servants and council officials have yet to master.

It’s not all subways and off-ramps. Solis ventures into other matters. “Cholas Are Loyal” for example is all about the advantages of dating Latinas.

It’s Casual’s new album, The New Los Angeles II: Less Violence, More Violins, is inspired primarily by the California education budget deficit.


RIYL: Indian Handcrafts, Melvins, Deafheaven, Big Business, Young Widows
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 6

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Its-Casual/130501380332589
http://www.itscasualband.com
https://twitter.com/itscasualLA



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Sidekicks
Runners In The Nerved World (SAMPLER)
Epitaph
ADDS 11/25/14
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
TRY: #4, 1, 2, 3

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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Rancid
...Honor Is All We Know
Hellcat/Epitaph
ADDS 11/18/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Rancid released their highly anticipated new album titled …Honor Is All We Know on October 27 on Hellcat / Epitaph Records.

...Honor Is All We Know is Rancid's eighth studio album and was produced by Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz.

The album is the follow up to their 2009 Hellcat / Epitaph release Let the Dominoes Fall.

Rancid has released a trifecta of new songs available for listening in a single video. "Collision Course", "Honor Is All We Know", and "Evil's My Friend"


...Honor Is All We Know is unique in that it is filled with growing insight of a band who has been doing this for a while now: it feels natural and organic, written without an agenda or bone to pick, rather the culmination of lives lived largely with a keen interest in the world and a sense of brotherhood.
 



RIYL: Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Interrupters, Menzingers
DIRTY: #1, 9, 10
TRY: #5, 4, 3, 2

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

More Info Here:
http://rancidrancid.com
https://www.facebook.com/rancid
https://twitter.com/Rancid
http://www.epitaph.com/artists/artist/61/Rancid



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Oil Boom
Red Metal
Self-Released
ADDS 11/18/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"After back to back EPs that recalled a retro intersection of the Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Oil Boom's "45 Revolutions Per Minute," the A side of the trio's just-released single, reveals them settling into their own distinctly bluesy bluster." - Andy Langer/New York Times

"One of the best things about roaming the streets of Austin late at night during SXSW is running into an unexpected club and seeing a band that turns it all upside down. For me, that was the Dallas Based trio Oil Boom. If you like the grittiness of the Black Keys, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Hanni El Khatib and good, loud garage-rock guitar in general, Oil Boom is for you." - Anne Litt/KCRW - NPR Heavy Rotation

"The Sneak Tip," by the Dallas-area garage-rock band Oil Boom, gives me an instant thrill. The group's new album Red Metal, produced by Ben Harper's former drummer Jordan Richardson, has an element of power pop — a bit of a shift from a sound that had mostly been about bluesy, scrappy rock 'n' roll. Ryan Taylor's excited pre-chorus stutter and plentiful "woah-woah-woahs" are bound to pull you in, so break out your air guitar and let your hair down." - Ryan LaCroix, KOSU's The Spy / NPR's 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

The history of North Texas self-described "rad-dirt" band Oil Boom can be traced back to a simply worded Craigslist “Musicians Wanted” ad, placed at the tail end of 2009. Whereas most such ads tend to lead to uncomfortable pairings of disparate influences and stylistic aesthetics, guitarist Ryan Taylor (formerly of Oklahoma City blues-rock stalwarts The Rounders) and St. Louis expatriate drummer Dugan Connors, proved the exception to the rule, bonding over their mutual affection for lo-fi blues and 60s garage rock. “We had our first jam on Dec. 31st, 2009,” says Taylor. “So we figured that was some kind of omen to continue into the next decade, pretty much solely so we could bring it up now and look like magical soothsayers.” Since that fateful decade closeout jam, the group has been hard at work crafting ear-catching melodies and mind- bending arrangements, originally in the form of their first EP, Black Waxy, produced by Grammy award winning engineer Stuart Sikes (Loretta Lynn, The Walkmen).

With the departure of original lead singer Brian Whitten in the summer of 2011 and the arrival of bassist Steve Steward (founding member of Ft. Worth stoner rock bands Epic Ruins and Vorvon) the group’s sound expanded dramatically and their live shows developed a reputation for consistent audience head-turning. As an added bonus, Taylor’s subsequent commandeering of vocal duties injected his songs with a generous dose of self-deprecating wit. Building on that momentum, a second EP, Gold Yeller, arrived in 2012, which has garnered considerable airplay and spawned a legitimate radio mainstay in “The Great American Shakedown.” In August of 2013, the group released a 7” single, “45 Revolutions Per Minute”, both a play on the speed of the record itself and a metaphor for losing one's mind. This time around the group enlisted friend/collaborator and also Grammy award winning engineer Jordan "Son of Stan" Richardson (Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite, The Longshots) to helm the control board. To date, "45 Revolutions Per Minute" has appeared in three television shows (Franklin and Bash, Unforgettable and Rectify), though it has yet to crack local public access broadcasts.

With their latest color-coded debut release, Red Metal, Oil Boom builds on their predilection for experimentation and genre bending playfulness. From the hook-heavy indie pulse of “The Sneak Tip” and “Röckenröül” to psych-blues barnburners like “Scumsucker” and “Slow Going Down”, there are no shortage of left turns and unexpected thrills on the group's first full- length offering. “I feel like with this record, we really made an effort to throw some folks for a loop -- most of all ourselves,” explains drummer Connors. "We've never really been interested in being known as any one type of band." The return of ace engineer Jordan Richardson to the mixing board proved instrumental in helping the group venture off into uncharted sonic territory. "Jordan really helped us get where we wanted to go musically. I'm not sure where that is exactly," deadpans Taylor, "But he got us there. And it's pretty nice actually. They even have complimentary drinks." Red Metal officially dropped on October 28st. Complimentary drinks may not be included.


RIYL: The Bots, The Pack A.D., King Tuff, Ty Segall
TRY: #3, 1, 4, 6, 8

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

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



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LABRYYYNtH
LABRYYYNtH
People In A Position To Know/Burger Records
ADDS 11/11/14
DIGITAL ONLY

In a labyrinth, every turn that doesn’t lead toward the exit is a trap. But what if each turn actually means something bigger, even the ones that got you lost and the ones that led to echoing dead-end corridors? LABRYYYNtH, a new studio project from members of Dr. Dog and Golden Boots, is a sonic exploration of all those paths that don’t lead outward, reveling in what’s beautiful about the wrong turns and reconsidering whether there even needs to be a way out in the first place.

“This is not an offshoot or side project. It was a long process of digging into different ways of thinking about songs and different ways to enjoy time in the studio,” says Dimitri Manos, Dr. Dog’s multi-instrumentalist. “It was fun to get a little reckless, hanging out late at night, finding weird reasons to record and following every rabbit hole we found.”

With songs about out-of-body experiences and the end of the world (as well as a little of the here and now) the album’s sci-fi subject matter aligns well inside the realm of a labyrinth. Recording haphazardly in different studios and homes – and at one point the first walk-in icebox to exist in Tucson – Manos, Nathan Sabatino and Ryen Eggleston (all of the warped alt-country band Golden Boots) worked bedroom-taper style, together as well as individually, usually in the absence of the right equipment, during frazzled late-night sessions.

LABRYYYNtH mixed the self-titled record at Mt. Slippery, Dr. Dog’s Philadelphia studio, stitching together the months and months of tapes, songs that had been started at various times, songs that didn’t fit anywhere else, but that all had something in common. The deliberate studio approach is in contrast to the way the musicians usually work, says Sabatino, who has co-produced Dr. Dog’s last two records and produced or engineered on dozens of other projects (White Rabbits, No Bunny, Harlem).

“What you hear on the record is more stripped down. The intention was to go for less of the live band sound and make things more heavily manipulated, with lots of moog synthesizer and way more sonic treatments,” Sabatino says. “We took the sort of abstract sounds that would generally be in the background and put those at the forefront, erasing a lot of the things you’d expect to hear so what’s left is this artificial sense of space around things.”

For the recording, the band came up with deliberately restrictive concepts and then stuck to those limitations. For example, they’d remove the cymbals from a drum kit and then set up microphones to deliver more of a mechanical sound, pack drums with fiberglass insulation, use old speaker cones as drum mics and hit cassette cases in lieu of hand claps.

The deconstructive recording process forced the question of what exactly are the elements that make up a song. How can songs exist in atypical ways, in the absence of their more traditional aspects?

“The songs themselves really run the gamut. There are straight-up love songs, lust songs, at least one heartbreak song, material that speaks about the destructive power of greed that is stealing our individuality and our very world from us, as well as strange tales from everyday weirdness, and of course death in apocalyptical futures,” Eggleston says.


RIYL: Dr. Dog, Golden Boots, Delta Spirit, Zeus, Foxygen
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 5, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://labryyynth.com
https://twitter.com/labryyynth
https://www.facebook.com/labry.yynth
http://instagram.com/labryyynth
http://piaptk.limitedrun.com


 

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The Ropes
Sadness Is the Rich Man's Drug
Self-Released
ADDS 11/11/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“We are The Ropes. We want to fight you.” —The Ropes

The Ropes, a little-known band from New York.” — The Wall Street Journal 

“The duo has yet to make a splash -- or even really attempt to.” — KEXP “Song of the Day”

“Pay attention to the lyrics and you will see that they are pretty rough!” —MuchMusic

“I must warn you that their song ‘I Don’t Like to Get Dirty’ isn’t safe for work!” — USA Today “Pop Candy”

Regarding Tricky’s 2013 “False Idols” lead single:
“The highlight is “Does It,” a dark bass-driven dirge built around a quote from The Ropes’ song, “Love Is a Chain Store.” — ABC News

Track “Love is a Chain Store” picked as NME Radio Record of the Week

“Five Bands to Follow” (Cinq groupes à suivre) — Les Inrockuptibles 

Check out the video for the single here!


RIYL: The Knife, Grimes, Chelsea Wolfe, Austra
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://theropesmusic.com
https://twitter.com/theropes
https://www.facebook.com/theropesmusic
https://soundcloud.com/theropes/sets/sadness-is-the-rich-mans-drug
http://music.theropesmusic.com/album/sadness-is-the-rich-mans-drug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-koOdnpD13o&list=UUd5gf9WMURcPjJI7B3pP_tA



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Big Little Lions
The Time Is Now
PigFactory North
ADDS 11/11/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Big Little Lions is the ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten. Both successful singer/songwriters in their own right, they met while both on a conference songwriting member success panel and then a couple of years later started the band from afar, with Helen based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and Paul in Cincinnati, OH.

Helen’s accolades include a JUNO win, a Canadian Folk Music Award, an ISC win and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize while Paul was recently awarded the John Braheny Songwriting Award, was a Song of the Year Contest finalist and produced several of the tracks on Helen’s most recent JUNO award winning album. Together they have won 1st place in the International Songwriting Contest and won the top prize of Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.

"Austin and Otten's ferocioius energy is something not many pop stars possess. If we had it our way, Big Little Lions would be 2014′s breakout." - Popdust

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

"...a prominent example of the power music has. The result is a collection of songs that radiate joy and sound like two people that were destined to make music together wrote them." - Unsigned & Unleashed

"Their music makes me feel like running through a field of wild flowers with my arms stretched out like an airplane, dipping and dodging butterflies while chasing wild rabbits. Yes, it brings out the whimsical little kid inside. It reminds me of a simpler, happier time and instantly transports me there." - Rockstars Glued

"If you like Chairlift, She and Him, or The Lumineers you will love Paper Cage. It's perfectly sweet and on trend, and considering that most of the tracks were born over email, it's proof that musical chemistry can occur despite distance." - Emo at Heart


RIYL: Chairlift, She and Him, The Lumineers, Run River North, Saintseneca, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 3, 2

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

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



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Son Little
Things I Forgot
Anti-
ADDS 11/4/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Introducing modernest r&b auteur Son Little  
 
Philly singer/songwriter Aaron Livingston made a name for himself lending his beautifully dour vocals to tracks with The Roots and, most famously, producer RJD2 for a joint album called The Abandoned Lullaby, has reemerged as Son Little.

Check out his thrilling new track entitled “The River,"  The song delivers a magnificently seductive and ominous reconstruction of American blues infused with elements of hip-hop and raw guitar rock. The song infectiously recalls “Lets Go Crazy” era Prince, gritty blues/gospel and bedroom indie pop.  
  
GQ says "his voice is so warm and soulful, like a combination of Little Willie John and Bob Marley, that it makes you slow down and listen. This is soul music for the hip-hop generation. It gives me hope for the future of music."

“The seductive road house blues of “The River” is rooted in a knee-slapping stomp that only helps lead singer Aaron Livingston’s lyrics gain momentum as suspense builds.” – Okay Player
 
Vibe also wrote that Little’s “soulful vocals circle the drains of despair but offer the perfect self-medication for today's sorrows.”
 
Complex.com is currently premiering three separate versions of the song (there are 2 remixes of the single) and video simultaneously. Each corresponding music video matching a particular version of the song. Check it out here.

"Son Little clearly studies, respects and loves the music that came before him. What happens next, though, is what makes him so appealing. Aaron Livingston made his name as a collaborator with The Roots and RJD2, each of whom helped him develop a sound that touches on soul, blues, hip-hop and reggae. Samples, fuzzy guitar and simple drums work together to create an undeniable groove, and as a songwriter, he can really tell a story. As a vocalist, Livingston brings the heartbreak — his voice feels real and rough around the edges — while his impeccably crafted songs are honest and unpretentious. There's not a self-conscious moment here, yet it's pop music at the core. Listen to "The River" to discover a unique, fearless voice." - Rita Houston WFUV/NPR Music


RIYL: Gary Clark Jr., The Roots, Alabama Shakes, Black Pistol Fire, Hozier
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/son-little/
https://www.facebook.com/SonLittleMusic
https://twitter.com/SonLittleMusic
http://sonlittle.tumblr.com



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Latvian Radio
For Love & Spite
Belpid Records
ADDS 11/4/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Brand new album and follow up to power pop gem KILL THE STATIC.

"Smart, mellifluously melodic candy" - Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

LATVIAN RADIO has crafted their own brand of lyrically charged and sonically intelligent indie-power pop for the better part of a decade.

Amplifier Magazine labeled their songs - "Music as both entertainment and art. Truly the best variety."

They have been a mainstay on college radio for years and their last record "Kill The Static" made some major noise in the power pop community and ended up on many best album of the year lists in 2012.

"A joyous power pop delight" - Absolute Powerpop

FOR LOVE & SPITE picks up where "Kill The Static" left off but is a bit more direct and abrasive with some elements of punk and soul.

The press has linked them to the likes of Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Replacements, the Shins, Big Star, the Decemberists, Brendan Benson and early REM.

After releasing three solo albums NY based singer/songwriter PATRIC WESTOO, teamed up with longtime Morgantown, WV friends Kim Monday (Frozen Sounds studios) and Mark Poole (63 Eyes and Phantom 6) to form THE B-SIDES in 2002. They released "Troubleshooting" in 2003.

Shortly after they changed their name to LATVIAN RADIO and added Adam Jones on drums and Dilip Chandran on bass. They released "Happiness Above A Hardwood Floor", "Seven Layers Of Self Defense" and "Kill The Static" over the next few years. All to critical acclaim.

The extended Latvian Radio family also includes Patrick Derivaz (Television, Tom Verlaine), Jason Victor (Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn) and Alex Baker (Skull Practitioners).


RIYL: Elvis Costello, Brendan Benson, Replacements, Big Star, The Decemberists
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.latvianradio.net
http://www.belpid.se/artists/latvian-radio/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Latvian-Radio/178659225495335



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Marmozets
The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets
Roadrunner Records
ADDS 11/4/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"Bursting with ideas... Huge choruses."  - 4/5  - The Guardian

"A very impressive, ambitious debut."  - 4/5  - Q Magazine

"Utterly demands your attention." - 8/10  - Rock Sound

Marmozets are an explosive, dynamic family quintet from Bingley in Yorkshire, tearing up the rock music rule book and rewriting it from the ground up. Inspired by the technical ferocity of bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta and The Chariot, Marmozets mix this with their own chaotic live show and epic melodies to create a truly inimitable blend of math rock, hardcore and post-punk. A head on collision of two families comprising of Becca MacIntyre (vocals), her siblings Sam (guitar) and Josh (drums), as well as the Bottomley brothers Jack and Will (on guitar and bass respectively), Marmozets have a relentless work ethic which has seen them dedicate their entire lives to the band.
 
Marmozets’ have received high critical praise and support from BBC Radio 1 DJs Daniel P Carter, Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe, with regular airplay on Kerrang! Radio & XFM’s Rock Show.  Celebrated by Rock Sound as "one of the most exciting new sounds to come out of the UK,” with The Sunday Times raving, “Becca MacIntyre’s larynx-shredding vocals lead the charge; the template takes in pop and prog…there’s complexity lurking in the assault-and-battery rock,” Marmozets are already being tipped for the top.  The band’s growing reputation has been underlined by show stopping sets on Warped Tour this past summer and their recent headline set on the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Dillinger Escape Plan, Paramore, Blood Brothers, Bosnian Rainbows, White Lung, Perfect Pussy
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.marmozets.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/marmozets
https://twitter.com/MARMOZETS
http://instagram.com/marmozets



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Jack Skuller
Can You See Me b/w Hard To Want
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 11/4/14
DIGITAL ONLY

His cards are on fire…

Jack Skuller has been called many things including  “the anti-Bieber,”  “a mini Jack White” and “a modern day Buddy Holly.”

Jack debuted at just 14 years old with an acclaimed 7” single on Bar/None. He is an electrified, blues-driven, rockabilly-tinged King Bee of the wrong era and cites his influences as Little Walter, Buddy Holly and Elvis Costello.  Jack is the 2014 recipient of the (Buddy) Holly Prize from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In recognition of receiving this distinguished award, indie label Mint 400 Records reissued Jack’s EP “Tell Me Your Heart” which featured Nada Surf drummer Ira ElliotAmerican Songwriter Magazine called the title track “analog, vintage, and cool... with a sincerity.”

Now 18,  he is ready to up the ante with an explosive double A-sided new single produced by GRAMMY-nominated Joel Hamilton (who has worked with Pretty Lights, The Black Keys and Tom Waits). Co-written with Christmas Davis (of the Tall Pines) the songs display Skuller’s gifts as a guitarist, harmonica player and vocalist. The irresistibly charged “Hard to Want” reveals the turmoil of a soured romance. The blues injected “Can You See Me,” was inspired by an audition experience for NBC’s The Voice. Skuller’s “cards are on fire” and he lays them down, betting it all. 

Can you see him now?

“Analog, vintage, and cool, but with a sincerity missing from a lot of the ironic throwback recordings of the hipster sphere. We sense a lot of potential in this budding songwriter. - AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE 

Jack Skuller is a teen idol in the wrong era. He’s also got the looks of a jukebox hero. ‘Tell Me Your Heart’ is an unexpectedly well done tribute to the timeless teen freedoms of hot rodding and heart breaking. Buddy Holly would be proud. - NYC THE DELI MAGAZINE

"The retro cool stud performed a track for A-Sides. Big things may be in store for what the New York Post referred to as “mini Jack White.” Not too shabby. The world could use another cool guy named Jack." - HUFFINGTON POST/A-SIDES


RIYL: Gary Clark Jr., The Black Keys, The Strypes, Miles Kane, Hanni El Khatib, Alabama Shakes
TRY: #1, 2

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

More Info Here:
http://www.jackskuller.com
https://soundcloud.com/jackskuller
https://www.facebook.com/jackskuller
https://twitter.com/JackSkuller
http://instagram.com/jackskuller
http://jackskuller.bandcamp.com
http://mint400records.com



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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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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