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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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Mike Doughty
Stellar Motel
Snack Bar
ADDS 9/16/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Mike Doughty has returned! The former Soul Coughing front man has a brand new album out on September 16th, "Stellar Motel." This fan-funded album is a left turn from anything Doughty has released recently. Doughty’s dedicated fan base has been watching this project for months. It was funded entirely on PledgeMusic, which allowed Doughty's supporters to watch he and his producer write and record the entire album. "Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future" is the first single off of the new album and promises to ingrain itself in your brain.

"The title of ‘Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future’ is a headline from a newspaper that I saw a guy reading across from me on the subway, Good Goose, my producer, and I put the song together around a banjo part that I improvised. He just happened to have a banjo in the studio, which is weird, considering he's a hip-hop guy. He looped it, put it over a beat, and I sang fragments and phrases from my notebook.” - Mike Doughty

Guests on Stellar Motel include rappers MC Frontalot, Miss Eaves, Big Dipper, Jay Boogie, Kim from the Japanese band Uhnellys, country singer Laura Lee Bishop, Brooklyn saxophone-and-drums band Moon Hooch, and the female rap trio Hand Job Academy.


RIYL: Eels, They Might Be Giants, Camper Van Beethoven, MC Frontalot
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 8
DIRTY: #3, 5, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.mikedoughty.com
https://www.facebook.com/mikedoughty
https://twitter.com/Mike_Doughty_
http://www.last.fm/music/Mike+Doughty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Doughty



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Loose Buttons
Damage Gallery
Moon Crawl Records
ADDS 9/16/14
DIGITAL ONLY

At first glance Loose Buttons may seem like newcomers to the music industry. Yet despite the fact that the group’s members just turned 21, and are just over a year removed from the release of their debut EP, Loose Buttons has headlined the 600-capacity Brooklyn Bowl in New York City, played the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon (where the Examiner named them one of the 'Top 12 Artists to Watch' at the festival), the past two Northside Festivals in Brooklyn, NY, played in Times Square with Grizzly Bear and My Morning Jacket, and teamed up with Amnesty International in Washington D.C.. Damage Gallery, their follow-up EP, will be released through their own Moon Crawl Records imprint in September 2014.

It’s not every day that a group so young has so much experience playing live in one of the world's biggest music markets. Singer Eric Nizgretsky, guitarist Zack Kantor and bass player Manny Silverstein all played their first Manhattan club gigs when they were each just 14 years old. Starting early has its benefits, and the guys had performed at legendary NYC clubs like Kenny's Castaways, The Bitter End and the Knitting Factory - as well as newer and larger venues like the Gramercy Theatre and Santos Party House - years before they were old enough to attend them as patrons.


RIYL: Magic Man, Minus The Bear, Deleted Scenes, Soft Swells, Portugal. The Man
TRY: #2, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://loosebuttonsband.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/SinsoftheLooseButtons
https://twitter.com/SOTLB
https://www.youtube.com/user/SOTLBmusic
https://soundcloud.com/sinsoftheloosebuttons



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Archie Powell & the Exports
Back in Black
Self-Released
ADDS 9/16/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“With simple melodies and sardonic lyrics, Archie Powell and the Exports' new album, Great Ideas in Action, may well be the soundtrack to this summer.” - NPR’s World Cafe

“The rave-up “Crazy Pills” rides a driving organ riff to frantic heights, with Powell howling above chugging guitars and pounding drums. It’s acerbic in a Costello vein, carrying a bite to match the sharp music.” - AV Club

Powell and his Exports pair crunchy guitar riffs with great song titles...Its party rock that is, in fact, rock music.” - FUSE TV

Heartbreak, shame, sorrow and guilt. In the case of Archie Powell, his new collection of songs prove that for him, no good crush gets requited. He and the Exports present Back in Black, an explosive set that marries the melodic, hooky addiction of their previous albums with a new heavier, noisy backing. Powell notes that the political songs on their critically acclaimed “Great Ideas in Action” got a lot of attention, but he felt that the more inwardly centered songs held up just as well. “I felt that the real strength of our body of work was with internal subject matter. Writing this album, I wanted to be bluntly transparent about sex and romance. I was really looking to be nakedly honest despite any discomfort or personal embarrassment it would invariably cause.”

With a desire to capture sound and spirit of their high-energy live show, the band set out for Chrome Attic with producer and like-minded soundsmith Jonathan Alvin (Santah, Surfer Blood), a soul brother with the chops and innovative outlook to help them realize their vision. Keen pop sensibility with harsh noise soundscapes compliment one another and lend a cohesiveness to a set of tunes that are otherwise markedly dissimilar.

Thematically, the lyrics speak of heartbreak, longing and infatuation – they are presented in a sonically dischordant way, creating a musical dichotomy that breathes fresh air into a time honored rock n’ roll tradition. “I’m always looking for a twist, to make things musically interesting for myself” explains Powell, “I ditched any songs that seemed too pat, too easy, and focused on the ones that had a creepy feeling on the first listen, then became more relatable as you dig in. Conversely, I've also always loved the happy sounding pop songs that have weird, depraved subject matter. It's the same kind of rub.” The album has a lot of texture and depth, listening at low volume presents a very different experience from blasting it on high.


RIYL: Fidlar, Eagulls, SW/MM/NG, Skaters, Paws
TRY: #4, 5, 8
DIRTY: #1

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

More Info Here:
http://archiepowell.com
https://www.facebook.com/archiepowellandtheexports
https://twitter.com/archiepowell
http://instagram.com/archiepowell/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ExportTV
https://archiepowell.bandcamp.com
http://www.last.fm/music/Archie+Powell+&+The+Exports



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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


 

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Mint 400 Records Presents: Patchwork
Various Artists
Mint 400
ADDS 9/9/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Mint 400 Records does not represent the typical label. A label built for the technology age where as most of our artists record their records right at home in their basements and bedrooms. This compilation shows the wide range of the Mint 400 roster as bands like Yes Sunshine, Shallows & Cropduster offer up loud rock and on the other end of the spectrum is mellow delicate songs from The Duke Of Norfolk, Dave Charles & The Maravines. You can hear everything from throwback 60’s style songs from artists like The One And Nines & Jack Skuller or the shoegaze fuzz of Sink Tapes and The Smith’s like Poppy’s Field. Mint 400 Records has always been about one thing, good songwriting. We hope you enjoy this compilation from our new and old artists of previously unreleased material.

Sink Tapes- New Brunswick, NJ indie DIY shoegaze/indie rock
Yes Sunshine- UK loud brit rock in the vein of 90’s bands like The Vines, The Hives, etc.
Poppy’s Field- UK artist who mixes jangly Smith’s-ish style with folk
Fairmont- NJ indie rock veterans
The Duke Of Norfolk- delicate folk sung with an Irish accent
The Maravines- Indie folky, mellow in the vein of Nada Surf, Rogue Wave, etc.
The One and Nines- Throwback 60’s Motown, always recorded analog
Jack Skuller- Young 60’s throwback to Beatles early work, features Ira Elliot of Nada Surf on drums.
Murzik- Russian folk artist presents a piano ballad with male & female vocals
Dave Charles- acoustic folk with upbeat rhythms and great storytelling
Shane Vidauri- Lead singer of The Ashes solo with a folk / electro song
Ted Dancin!- Fairmont side project with Sam Carradori on lead vocals
Shallows- Members of Fairmont, Hero Pattern & The Minus Scale, music veterans making loud rock
Tri-State- jangly pop punk/indie rock from Maplewood, NJ
Cropduster- NJ indie veterans from the 90’s release unheard new material
The Multi Purpose Solution- Indie from the early 2000’s, NJ scene veterans
The Mai 68’s – Lo Fi UK pop band performs a live song


TRY: #1, 2, 3, 4, 7

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

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



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Zeus
Classic Zeus
Arts & Crafts
ADDS 9/9/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"Soon-to-be rock gods...spectacular." – BOSTON HERALD

"Muscular, Big Star-sized guitar riffs." – NPR

"As fun as 21st-century classic rock gets" – ESQUIRE

Arts & Crafts' leading modern/classic rock band Zeus returned with their third album, Classic Zeus, on September 2, 2014. The East Toronto-based foursome takes its essential vintage sound to new lightning heights with this collection of eleven brilliant pop songs that at once affirm and belie their timeless sound. Infectious tunes like "Miss My Friends" and "27 Is The New 17" hone the former fuzz of "Are You Going To Waste My Time?" – off sophomore record Busting Visions (2012) – with glinting production and Zeus' most varied and focused song-craft to date. Songs like "Bonnieview" and "Straight Through The Light" instil as their most mature creations yet, with a sound and sentiment distinctly familiar but uniquely their own. Classic Zeus is the eternal rock of an amazingly talented band thinking and playing at its best.

Their debut album Say Us nominated for 2010 Polaris Music Prize and was named XM Verge's 2010 Album Of The Year. They have received outspoken support from New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN, KCRW, NPR. And topped CBC and Sirius XM charts with Busting Visions.

Be sure to catch them on tour this fall! Contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Dr. Dog, Spoon, Yellowbirds, Jason Collett, Bad Veins
TRY: #2, 8, 10, 4, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://arts-crafts.ca/artistspage.php?search=Zeus
http://themusicofzeus.com
https://www.facebook.com/themusicofzeus
https://twitter.com/themusicofzeus



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Marketa Irglova
Muna
Anti-
ADDS 9/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“Take me to the point of my creation/Take me where my life began/I was born into this world/What had I intended then?/What had I chosen for a destiny?/Am I living it right now?/I have this feeling I’ve forgotten something/Tell me...”

These are the first lines of “Point Of Creation,” the opening track on Marketa Irglova’s second solo album. Entitled Muna (“remember” in Icelandic, a recurring theme throughout the eleven songs), the collection was written and recorded in Iceland, the Czech singer-songwriter’s new base of operations. “I had been to Iceland for the first time about four years ago to play a show with The Swell Season,” she recalls. “When a friend of mine recommended a studio in Iceland for recording my second album, I didn’t hesitate. I am inspired by the open space, the wilderness of the nature here, the strong energy coming from the land, and I am comforted by the people who seem so at one with it.”

Muna is an album that takes the Oscar-winning singer’s music further into the realm of the ethereal. If her debut Anar explored the dynamic of intimate personal relationships, the new record is a document of spiritual searching. Written over the course of a year, and recorded in six months with producer/engineer Sturla Mio Thorisson, it utilizes full choral, string and percussion sections, plus guests Rob Bochnik (The Frames), Iranian daf player and vocalist Aida Shahghasemi, and Marketa’s own sister Zuzi on backing vocals. All told, the album’s cast-list runs to some 27 players. In keeping with the choral textures, Muna is an album of saints, angels and psalms (the Lord’s Prayer makes an appearance in “Without A Map”). The songs were, admits Marketa, partly inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. “Both lyrics and music are spectacular,” Marketa says of the classic musical, “and the exchanges between characters are so seamless, one forgets one is listening to a song and not a conversation. It has inspired me to write my own songs as conversations.” Muna, then, is a conversation between this beloved singer and the audience who has been devoted to her since she first charmed them in her 17-year-old debut in the film Once.

As a member of the Swell Season with Glen Hansard (The Frames), Marketa Irglova has sold over a million albums, including 840,000 of the film soundtrack for Once.

Marketa Irglova both starred and performed in the treasured film Once, for which she won an Academy Award for the song “Falling Slowly.” The film and its music has since been translated to Once the Musical where it went on to win 8 Tony Awards and is currently both still running both on Broadway and touring the world.

Marketa will be touring the US this October in support of Muna. Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Swell Season, The Once Soundtrack, Jolie Holland, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush
TRY: #11, 3, 4 (Radio Edits of all 3 included in download folder)

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

More Info Here:
http://marketairglova.com
https://www.facebook.com/MarketaIrglova
https://twitter.com/MarketaIrglova
http://www.anti.com/artists/marketa-irglova/
http://www.last.fm/music/Markéta+Irglová
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markéta_Irglová



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Matt Krahula
Old Home Days
Self-Released
ADDS 9/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

The debut solo release by Matt Krahula from the Nightmare River Band!

“Inspiring Crowds to sing along as loud as they can” Filter Magazine

“In a word: Charming.” The Aquarian Weekly

After touring relentlessly for the past 5 years as the lead singer and songwriter of the popular NYC group, Nightmare River Band, Matt Krahula has finally completed his much anticipated debut EP, Old Home Days.

A graduate of the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music (fellow alumni include Regina Spektor, Dan Romer, Langhorne Slim, Jenny Owen Youngs, Swear & Shake), Krahula has stepped out from behind his band to create a harmony laden EP with the pop sensibilities and alt-country flare that fans of Nightmare River Band have already come to love. Playing the parts of producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist on Old Home Days, Krahula not ony showcases his skills as a prolific writer, but also his competence as a finely tuned studio musician. Keep your ear to the ground for the first single, “Proof of Life”, featuring world renowned Canadian singer/ songwriter/ fiddler, Sierra Noble.

Krahula was nominated for an Independent Music Award for his song “Mary”.

He has performed at Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ, Launch.

His music has been featured on Showtime, History, Discovery, MTV, etc..

He wrote the album, Last Goodbye, for Nightmare River Band, which spent several weeks on the CMJ Top 200!


RIYL: Milk Carton Kids, Mountain Goats, Decemberists, Nightmare River Band
TRY: #4, 5, 6

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

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



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MC Frontalot
Question Bedtime
Level Up
ADDS 9/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“As listeners to “Much Chubbier” will find, even old tales of three gruff little goats can be made funky.” – AV Club

“While Frontalot works hard to seem flippant, his devotion to the fine art of word-slinging is utterly serious.” – Spin

“Call him a curiousity, but Frontalot has skills.” – Geekosystem

“…a new gold standard for nerdcore.” – Newsarama

“There may not be another artist working today that plays to their own strengths as readily and willingly as MC Frontalot.” - PopMatters

Over the past decade, MC Frontalot has taken the musical genre of nerdcore from the obscure and underground to the main stage. He’s released five studio albums chock full of ingenious rhyming, witty observations, and incredibly contagious hooks. Now, he’s back, but in an entirely different way, and he has brought a ton of awesome guests with him, including Kid Koala, Busdriver, Jean Grae, Sole, John Roderick, The Protomen, MC Chris, Parry Gripp, Kyle Kinane, Paul F. Tompkins, and Open Mike Eagle.

The album, appropriately named Question Bedtime, is made up entirely of songs based on fairy tales. Some of them will be familiar and some of them more obscure, since the stories hail from all over the globe. This release sees Front heading in an all-new direction, since it is an album meant for the entire family. The songs are clever and catchy enough that the whole family will be rapping along.

About the album, MC Frontalot muses, “Will this album succeed in becoming, eventually, the sentimental claptrap recalled dearly by the generation at hand? I’ve tried to record something that would fascinate the 11-year-old me. I hope that I would have recognized the clues in the narratives and labored to follow them, looked up the difficult words and annoyed adults by attempting them in my vocabulary. I think I would have looked back on the album over the course of my schooling, and discovered that I understood more and more of it, the way I did with Alice In Wonderland’s puzzle poems or The Muppet Show’s more mature jokes."

He continues, "Maybe this is in some way a nerdcore record, because it was seeded by my time reading fairy tales in my middle school library. Maybe because we still read similar stories aloud to children, it is in some way a children’s record. But it is definitely a record aimed at a certain kind of inquisitive and enchantable mind, regardless of age or identity. I hope it finds them and connects with them."

MC Frontalot will be touring this summer and fall with Corn Mo and Dr. Awkward. Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: MC Chris, MC Lars, Busdriver, Optimus Rhyme
TRY: #5, 8, 11, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://frontalot.com/index.php/
https://www.facebook.com/frontalot
https://twitter.com/mc_frontalot



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Frnkiero andthe Cellabration
Stomachaches
Staple Records
ADDS 9/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“In late 2012 I started to experience an increase in my already painful digestive issues and my creative side started to wither under the weight of not ever feeling well,” commented Iero. “I turned my basement office into a makeshift studio and every time I felt the pain coming on I'd go downstairs and hammer out an idea. After a few months I started to take a look at what I was making, I had for the first time in my life written a large grip of songs completely alone and without any expectations or plans of what they would be for. I've always been in bands writing songs with friends in order to play shows or record a future record. But this was different. These songs, they were all mine. They started inside me as these wretched stomachaches and I had to dig them out of me in order to survive. They were my disease and ultimately became my cure.”

“When I finally took a step back and looked at the body of work I had created I began to notice some common threads. The stories told on this record all seem to touch upon a yearning for love and acceptance, and a longing for a place in which you feel you may finally belong. Sometimes finding solace in the realization that you might not in fact belong anywhere, and drawing a certain power from that.”

Iero, former guitarist for My Chemical Romance, plays every instrument on the 12-track album except for drums, which were handled by Jarrod Alexander. Stomachaches was created in Iero’s own B.Calm home studio then later recorded at North End Recording in Passaic, New Jersey with some additional vocals completed at Backstage Studios. Mixing duties were handled by Ed Rose at St. Albans West.

Stomachaches was selected by Alternative Press magazine as one of their “Most Anticipated of 2014” and fans first heard solo material from Iero when he contributed a bonus track – “This Song Is A Curse” - to the Frankenweenie Unleashed soundtrack. Most recently Iero can be heard covering “Extraordinary Girl” for Kerrang’s tribute to Green Day, American Idiot.

frnkiero andthe cellabration will be performing at Chicago’s Riot Fest in mid-September as part of their national tour. Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Fidlar, Parquet Courts, Against Me, Skaters, Orwells
DIRTY: #8, 9, 10
TRY: #2, 1, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://frank-iero.com
https://www.facebook.com/frankieromusic
https://twitter.com/FrankIero
http://instagram.com/FrankIeromustdie/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFqjFvMcUTR9wZWByPmjDQ
http://staplerecords.com



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Sean Rowe
Madman
Anti-
ADDS 8/26/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Sean Rowe will release his new album Madman on September 9th. NPR Music is currently premiering the video for the record’s title track.

On his new record, Sean Rowe, who The Wall Street Journal wrote “recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-'60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash” has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe's incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.

Watch Sean Rowe’s “Shine My Diamond Ring” video care of Esquire here!


RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, The National, Bill Callahan, Iron & Wine
TRY: #1, 2, 3
DIRTY: #8

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/seanrowemusic
https://twitter.com/sean_rowe
http://seanrowe.net
http://www.anti.com/artists/sean-rowe/



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A Shoreline Dream
The Silent Sunrise
Latenight Weeknight
ADDS 8/26/14
DIGITAL ONLY

The Silent Sunrise is the fourth full-length album from US based progressive shoegazers A Shoreline Dream and their first release in three years. The recording process was set in an early 20th century barn located in the historic Barnum neighborhood – namesake of circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. This strange collection of buildings and houses provided a unique backdrop to a deep and powerful look into the cosmos of star swept swirling guitars, groove oriented bass lines and emanating vocals. The listener is invited to immerse themselves into the sonic nuances captured in the studio’s recording rooms including castle inspired plaster walls, visions of eye floaters in layered paints and staircases of searing flames. The entire space is littered with restored pinball machines, haunted house effects and carny style oddities. Listen closely and you can hear the character of the space, ambient noises from the studio’s specters and a visit from an often-irate neighbor. The Silent Sunrise is a brand new step in the world of Shoegaze, and an important release from a band many have loved since their collaborations with Ulrich Schnauss.

A band that has appeared alongside many greats in the world of indie music, A Shoreline Dream has been best descibed as a “melodipsych / progressive shoegaze” band combining lush sampled textures, organic instrumentation, and vocals layered like a synth similar in vein to bands such as Ride, Slowdive and Sigur Rós. Originating in Barnum, Colorado they are steadily reaching out to an international fan base, working with infamous producers such as Ulrich Schnauss and Kramer (Ween / Low / Galaxie 500). When they formed in 2005 they all decided to take a stand against the restrictions of a normal label and formed their own (latenight weeknight records).

In the Fall of 2006, A Shoreline Dream released their debut album “Avoiding the Consequences” with a full scale attack using Ryan’s house as collateral, garnering the band attention on several samplers for Landmark Theatres, Urban Outfitters, The Sundance Film Festival, Paste Magazine among others. Critics from Filter Magazine, Paste Magazine, XLR8R, Skyscraper, and Westword helped fuel the fire.

After that debut came many exceptional releases from the band along with countless tours and collaborations. From appearances at SXSW, to festivals such as Monolith and Midpoint, ASD has been doing all they can to get their music to the fans. In 2012 the band reached a new high landing in the top 200 of CMJ. They plan to continue to spread the word with this new release and upcoming touring.


RIYL: Slowdive, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Rós, Ride, My Bloody Valentine
TRY: #1, 2, 6, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.ashorelinedream.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Shoreline-Dream/173485236012279
https://twitter.com/AShorelineDream
http://www.last.fm/music/A+Shoreline+Dream
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Shoreline_Dream