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Great Lake Swimmers
A Forest Of Arms
Nettwerk
ADDS 3/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 21, 2015 via Nettwerk Records. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Tony Dekker and his band mates have created some of their most dynamic songs to date. The first single “Zero In The City” has premiered on Paste.

As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of these unique and unusual locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario. A number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks were recorded amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats in the caves. A Forest Of Arms was recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace and was mixed by the talented Howie Beck (Feist).

Great Lake Swimmers consists of Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, long time guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are also several special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath).

The band is on tour this spring/summer so let us know if you'd like to check out a show!


RIYL: Horse Feathers, Bowerbirds, The Low Anthem, The Deep Dark Woods, Iron & Wine
TRY: #2, 7, 9, 1

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

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



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Dave Segedy
Schrodego
Old Flame / Jurassic Pop
ADDS 3/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Flavorwire Premiere: Sleeping Bag’s Dave Segedy Channels Post-Collegiate Woes Into a Slacker-Rock Gem

"Based out of Bloomington, IN, drummer Dave Segedy has spent the last little while making music as one third of slacker rock outfit Sleeping Bag. For his latest project, however, he's owning up to his own name and going solo for his debut LP Schrodego — and Exclaim! is streaming the new record a week before it officially lands. The album opens with what Segedy knows best — drums. "Kevin Durant" is a minute-and-a-half drum solo tribute to the titular basketball star that rolls into the rest of the record. The guitars emerge for garage rocker "Dillon's Quest" and stick around throughout fuzzed-out jams like "Car," "Summer School" and "Logan's Run." It's lo-fi one-man rock'n'roll at its finest, and you can hear it in all its glory in the player below. Schrodego is out on March 24 through Old Flame (digitally) and Jurassic Pop Records (on cassette)." - Exclaim!

"Most of the tracks on Schrodego were recorded in just one or two takes, giving tracks like “Walk Around”—which combines a vocal melody reminiscent of the Beach Boys with overblown guitars that are a little closer to Pixies territory—a deeply casual quality. It’s like listening to your friend’s stuff that they recorded on their four-track after a couple beers, except you don’t have to lie when you tell them it sounds really cool." - Entertainment Weekly


RIYL: Sleeping Bag, Boat, Oberhofer, Cloud Nothings
TRY: #8, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
https://twitter.com/davesegedy
http://oldflamerecords.com
https://twitter.com/OldFlameRecords
https://www.facebook.com/oldflamerecords



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Sink Tapes
Plastic Lover
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 3/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

In true indie rock fashion, New Brunswick, NJ’s Sink Tapes release music at an extremely fast clip. They have put out five full lengths and a handful of EPs and singles since 2010. Coming off last year’s superb Touchdown BuffaloSink Tapes returned with their best album yet, Creases, which reached #168 on the CMJ charts. Not even a month has gone by and the band already has released three new songs, which for limited time are available for free download at http://sinktapes.bandcamp.com. A thank you to fans for the level of support they have shown for Creases, and a precursor of new music to come. The band authentically captures the romanticism of ‘80s college rock, recalling The Cure at their peppiest if they had Peter Buck (R.E.M.) on guitar and Jim Reid (Jesus and Mary Chain) on vocals. The driving bass of Thomas Dalzell and the propulsive drumming of Gabriel Chiarello, who also happens to be the lead vocalist, propels the twin jangle of guitarists Ricky Kuczynski and Alex KielmanskiSink Tapes will astound you again with this new single Plastic Lover and will make you wonder how they manage to create so much music that is so good! 


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

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

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



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Glen Hansard
It Was Triumph We Once Proposed ... Songs of Jason Molina
Overcoat Recordings
ADDS 3/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Watch Glen live on David Letterman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7oQUTDAqEE

"Triumph offers implicit argument that Molina glimpsed the light of morning in the darkest night, and this idea serves as the EP's most powerful tribute. It is also a welcome corrective to the idea that Molina's struggles with addiction and depression can be decoded through his lyrics. Hansard shows us Molina trying to be his best self in his music." - Pitchfork (7.3)

Glen Hansard has just released ‘It Was Triumph We Once Proposed … Songs of Jason Molina,’ an EP of material in tribute to his friend and colleague Jason Molina. Jason Molina is the revered singer-songwriter behind the project Songs:Ohia, who passed away two years ago this March.

All profits will be donated to a charity in Molina’s honor.

Of ‘It Was Triumph We Once Proposed … Songs of Jason Molina,’ Hansard explains, “Jason Molina was a hero and a friend, I wrote him my first fan letter, I always loved his music and singing these songs is the only way to make sense of losing him.”

The EP also features their friends, the musicians Jeff Panall, Jennie Benford and Dan and Rob Sullivan. These four had known Molina since his days at Oberlin and had toured and performed with him on such key recordings as ‘Didn’t It Rain’ and ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ Rob Bochnik joined this core group for the recording session with Glen.


RIYL: Jason Molina, Songs:Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co., Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
TRY: #1, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.glenhansardmusic.com/songofgoodhope/
https://www.facebook.com/GlenHansardMusic
https://twitter.com/glen_hansard



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Sleeping With Sirens
Madness
Epitaph Records
ADDS 3/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Having long secured their position atop the alternative rock genre, Sleeping With Sirens have truly outdone themselves with Madness." - Under The Gun Review (9.5)

Sleeping With Sirens drive right to the core of the place inside that connects people through music. The band’s urgent anthems and earnest ballads communicate authentic, raw, transparent emotions through melody, a rhythmic punch and that intangible essence that makes one feel alive. Kellin Quinn’s intimate vocal revelations arrive drenched in a warm vulnerability that has stitched fans around the world to the band.

Guitarists Jack Fowler and Nick Martin, bassist Justin Hill and drummer Gabe Barham forge a vibrant collage via instrumental backdrop; always in service to the song and the powerful audience connection their songs create. The devotion of the SWS faithful is potent and palpable every time Quinn’s voice ascends to his signature banshee-wail, whether that’s on record, in videos, live onstage, or in collaboration with his peers.

Sleeping With Sirens have taken to referring to themselves and their fellow outsiders as Strays, a concept immortalized in the song of the same name on the band’s Epitaph debut. Produced by hit-maker John Feldman (5 Seconds Of Summer, Panic! At The Disco), Madness is an electric celebration of all that is SWS and everything they represent. It’s a reminder and an exclamation point as to exactly why so many consider this band to be the voice of their generation, a hilarious happenstance considering SWS humility and humble beginnings, not unlike Hayley Williams or Patrick Stump, in truth.

Wins and nominations for Artist Of The Year (APMAS 2014, Alternative Press 2013), Best International Newcomer (Kerrang!), Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year (APMAS) are all emblematic of the groundswell SWS built at what feels like a lightning pace. Facebook likes tripled to over 3 million since 2013; each of Quinn’s social media profiles has 1 million followers; Feel debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200; Alternative Press, Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Outburn and Blunt regularly feature them on the cover; they’ve been a main-stage act for Vans Warped Tour and UK’s prestigious Reading & Leeds. Quinn’s “King For A Day” collaboration with Pierce The Veil was certified gold. A few years ago, SWS was an opening band. In 2013, they sold out a 5,000 capacity club in London.


RIYL: Pierce the Veil, Falling In Reverse, Of Mice & Men
DIRTY: #1, 2, 9 (Download Clean version on DL page below)
TRY: #3, 4, 5 (and all of the Clean edits)

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

More Info Here:
http://sleepingwithsirens.net
https://twitter.com/swstheband
https://www.facebook.com/sleepingwithsirens
http://epitaph.com/artists/sleeping-with-sirens



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Dorsal Fins
Mind Renovation
Gripless / Remote Control
ADDS 3/17/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Mind Renovations looks like an LSD-induced, Japanese 80s version of a Tame Impala video on a broken VHS." - Something You Said

"Dorsal Fins are a band on a genre-bending trip of sometimes dreamy, always layered alt-pop that twists, turns and captivates at every moment." - mX

"It's a strong motley-crue of best mates...who together make sun-kissed, genre-shifting alt-pop goodness." - Triple J – Album Of The Week

Dorsal Fins’ track is more rabidly exciting than watching a Game of Thrones episode before anyone else...Do whatever you have to do to get your hands on it. Whatever. You. Have. To. Do.” 
- Soundly Sounds

Dorsal Fins are providing a diverse and rare cross section representation of Melbourne’s contemporary music scene, at the other end of the spectrum this band could be the best thing to come out of Australia in a long time.

Sunday morning. 10am. It's a time that musicians usually associate with sleeping or a hangover but it is also a time that is usually free of other musical commitments and that is why rehearsal has been called for this unfamiliar hour. Bleary eyed musicians arrive, easing the pain with jokes, 4 hours later it is over. On Tuesday their debut 12" Gripless is complete. A few months later a second rehearsal is called, again at 10am on a Sunday. On Tuesday tracking begins for a debut album, 35 hours later it is finished and the band can go home…or out to party.

Such is the tale of the inception of Dorsal Fins, the latest brainchild of Melbourne's busiest musician/composer Liam McGorry (Saskwatch, Eagle and the Worm). Dorsal Fins was originally envisaged as a 'recording-only' project with the intent of exploring an array sounds spanning from 80's dance music to 90's grunge, punk to synth pop but as Liam puts it, the real purpose of assembling the band was to hang out with 9 of his best friends in the same place at the same time.

Check out the new video for Mind Renovation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzf4GgUdJRk


RIYL: Twerps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Saskwatch, Chvrches
TRY: #2, 7, 4
DIRTY: #9

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/dorsalfins
https://twitter.com/dorsalfinsss
http://remotecontrol.bandcamp.com/album/mind-renovation



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Salita
Salita
Refuse Rethink Rebuild Records
ADDS 3/17/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Salita has just been selected to play the 2015 Rock-N-Roll Rumble presented by WZLX's Boston Emissions!

Salita is an anthemic and aggressive rock band built from the backbone of the Boston music scene.

Born and bred on a steady diet of greats such as Bad Brains, the Decendents, Faith No More, Fugazi, Quicksand and the Pixies to name a few, their music is heavily inspired by the limitless possibilities of experimental post-hardcore / punk and 90’s alt-rock.

Formed in 2013 when vocalist Gary Hedrick (Kicked in the Head) and bassist Peet Golan (Waltham, Robby Roadsteamer, Jetfuel) began collaborating with lead guitarist Rich Crimlisk (The Ducky Boys, Morgan Knockers, Warning Shots), the band began recording demos in their practice space in Waltham, MA. They were then joined by guitarist Robbie Davis (My Stupid Friends, Every Second) as well as drummer Luke Mangini and released their first self titled EP while sharing bills with bands such as the mighty Fishbone, Jakubi, Rebuilder, The Venitia Fair, Sidewalk Driver, Lannen, The Business, We Were Astronauts, The Toasters, The Attack, Stray Bullets, Big D and the Kids Table and more. Salita has also appeared on WZLX's Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood as well as the Mutiny on the Microphone Podcast. Their track "Shake Our Bones" was also featured on the "Keep Safe Boston 2014 Compilation."


RIYL: Braid, Frank Turner, Hot Water Music, The Menzingers
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://salitamusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/salitamusic
https://twitter.com/salitamusic
http://salita.bandcamp.com/releases



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No Spill Blood
Heavy Electricity
Sargent House
ADDS 3/17/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Starts loud, stays loud. Hallelujah." - The Quietus

No Spill Blood kick the doors down with "Harsh Route." John Carpenter-like buzzsaw synths grind over the thick guitars, an appropriate backdrop for bassist/singer Matt Hedigan's guttural howl.” – SPIN, “Harsh Route” Premiere
 
“Sh!t is nuts, but make sure to turn it down before you hit play; sounds this caustic, muscular, and acidic probably should be eased into.  Or just turn it on high and fry the shit out of your brain. Either way you're gonna thank me.”- Noisey, “El Duurto” Premiere
 
"Throughout the album, the bass and synth work together to constantly build dark and brutal atmospheric soundscapes. For how arguably minimalistic the band is, it’s impressive. Few others can produce so much sound with so few of tools these days.” – Surviving the Golden Age, album review
 
No Spill Blood is a much burlier, more visceral kind of band; there’s instrumental dazzle on a technical level, but it’s a far less pressing concern than what No Spill Blood does best — rock the f*ck out.” - Treble Zine, album review


RIYL: Death From Above 1979, Lightning Bolt, Zombi, Torche, Killing Joke
TRY: #4, 2, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://nospillblood.bandcamp.com
http://nospillblood.com
http://www.sargenthouse.com
http://www.sargenthouse.com/no_spill_blood
https://twitter.com/no_spill_blood
https://www.facebook.com/nospillblood



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Kill Lincoln
Good Riddance To Good Advice
Jump Start Records
ADDS 3/17/15
DIGITAL ONLY

UNDER THE GUN REVIEW - PREMIERE: KILL LINCOLN – “GOOD RIDDANCE TO GOOD ADVICE” MUSIC VIDEO:
http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/03/10/utg-premiere-kill-lincoln-good-riddance-to-good-advice-music-video/

Six song follow up to ‘That’s Cool…In a Totally Negative and Destructive Way,’ the latest from Kill Lincoln is another batch of hook filled ska-punk filled to the brim with riffs, stage dives, and horn lines.

Following in the footsteps of bands like Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines, and We Are The Union, Washington DC's Kill Lincoln blends no-bull ska-punk with addictive rock anthems, throwing in the energy of a basement hardcore show for good measure. Their recklessly fun punk ethics collide with quality musicianship, sounding like the bastard son of Kid Dynamite and Streetlight Manifesto. If you're not circle-pitting then you're probably screaming along, and humming the horn lines while you're nursing your hangover the next day. Mixing in elements of hardcore, skate punk, and pop punk, there's something for everyone…as long as everyone likes it fast and fun.

In the past year they've shared the stage with Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Fishbone, The Flatliners, The Queers, and The Pietasters to name a few, and have consistently pummeled the dedicated DC/MD/VA scenes in addition to the many miles they've added under the tires.


RIYL: Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines, Reel Big Fish
DIRTY: #2, 4, 5, 6
TRY: #3, 1
(Clean version available on downloads page below)

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

More Info Here:
http://jumpstartrecords.com/wp/album/kill-lincoln-good-riddance-to-good-advice/
https://jumpstartrecords.bandcamp.com/album/good-riddance-to-good-advice
https://www.facebook.com/KillLincolnDC
http://killlincolndc.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/killlincoln



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Pile
You're Better Than This
Exploding In Sound Records
ADDS 3/10/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“In certain parts of Boston, Pile are beheld with the kind of reverence traditionally reserved for local sporting heroes and/or minor deities...” - Pitchfork (7.4)

“your favorite band’s favorite band...” - Consequence Of Sound

"Pile is a band’s band. Their PR circuit is just about every other indie rock band coming out of the Boston area. They’re referenced in a Krill EP title, and the ascendant Speedy Ortiz is always ready to rep them as the best the scene has to offer. On a more DIY scale, they are to New England bands what the Pixies were to Kurt Cobain and Thom Yorke: the lesser-knowns that the big-wigs are constantly trying to emulate. On the very first listen to their newest LP, You’re Better Than This, it’s apparent as to why..." - Paste (8.7)


RIYL: Metz, Titus Andronicus, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Fidlar, Speedy Ortiz 

TRY: #8, 1, 2
DIRTY: #9

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/pileof
http://pilemusic.tumblr.com
http://pile.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/pilemusic
http://www.explodinginsoundrecords.com/#!pile/c1w4c


 

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Jamie Campbell
Tell Me You’re Proud Of Me
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 3/10/15
DIGITAL ONLY

(This is a stand-up comedy album with plenty of FCC violations, please download some clean radio edits which are included in the downloads folder via the downloads page below!)

Jamie Campbell has been a stand-out for years in Chicago’s world-famous comedy scene.  With the release of his debut album, Tell Me You’re Proud of Me, on Mint 400 Records, he is set to make waves nationally.  He has been heralded as a “bombastic genius” by Dan Telfer of Comedy Central’s @midnight. Ryan Budds, producer on MTV2’s Ridiculousness calls Jamie “one of the fastest and funniest comedians and actors I’ve ever worked with.”  

A favorite on the festival circuit, Campbell was specially-selected by the sister of the late Andy Kaufman to perform in Chicago’s TBS Just For Laughs Festival.  Over the past year, Jamie has appeared at the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, Austin’s Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, The Kansas City Improv Festival, The Cleveland Comedy Festival, The Columbus Unscripted Improv Festival, and The Big-Little Comedy Festival.

In Chicago, Jamie is a regular at Laugh Factory, and is a founding member of stand-up collective 100 Proof Comedy.  In 2013, he was named Chicago’s “Best Stand-Up” in The Chicago Reader’s annual Best of Chicago issue.  He also hosts the weekly podcast, Talk Hard, the flagship show on The Rebellion Network.

One of the nation’s top improv performers, his recent appearance on Jimmy Carrane’s popular Improv Nerd podcast put him in the company of a veritable Who’s Who in the world of comedy, including Bob Odenkirk, Key & Peele, Jeff Garlin, and Broad City.  He appears regularly at ComedySportz, The Annoyance, and with the anti-heroes of improv - The Stevens Family.

As an actor, Jamie had a stand-out appearance in last year’s indie feature Sex Ain’t Love.  He has a starring role in the upcoming film, Dirtbags, from award-winning screenwriter Dale Zawada, and will appear in Guy Clark’s horror movie The Clinic in 2015.  You may also recognize him from his appearance in KFC’s popular #HowDoYouKFC ad campaign.

Chicago Now interview: http://www.chicagonow.com/comedians-defying-gravity/2015/03/125/ 


ALBUM IS DIRTY, CHECK OUT CLEAN EDITS INCLUDED IN THE DOWNLOAD FOLDER BELOW FOR RADIO FRIENDLY TRACKS!

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

More Info Here:
http://mint400records.com
http://www.jamiecampbellcomedy.com
https://twitter.com/jamiecampbell79
https://www.facebook.com/adventuresincomedy



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Champs
Vamala
PIAS
ADDS 3/10/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Isle Of Wight's Michael and David Champion aka CHAMPS herald the New Year with news of their second album VAMALA.

The duo first came to light just twelve months ago with the release of their much lauded debut album Down Like Gold and the onset of the festive season, has seen a flurry of activity from the brothers.

An all-too-rare recent live sortie to London earlier this month saw the pair premiering new tracks whilst 'Desire', the first track to be lifted from VAMALA has been showered with radio love including winning  'Rebel Playlist' track of the week status on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6 Music show.


RIYL: Generationals, Yeasayer, Say Hi, Metronomy
TRY: #7, 1, 8, 9

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

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



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Thomas D'Arcy
Fooled You Twice
Self-Released
ADDS 3/3/15
DIGITAL ONLY

The title of Thomas D’Arcy’s second solo album, Fooled You Twice, may be self-deprecating, but it offers precisely the sort of charm and wit his fans have come to expect for the better part of the past decade, traits that have also helped forge D’Arcy’s reputation as one of Canada’s most criminally underappreciated recording artists. Since establishing his name with Toronto bands The Carnations and Small Sins, D’Arcy has naturally transitioned into a solo career, choosing to focus on his gifts as a singer/songwriter and producer. The results on Fooled You Twice speak for themselves: it’s a flawless 10-track collection, which, at its heart, reconfirms faith in the creative possibilities of the three-minute pop song.

For the Nick Hornby types, an analogy might be imagining what would have happened if Phil Spector had produced Big Star. But such muso fantasies don’t do justice to the breadth of experience D’Arcy has channeled into Fooled You Twice. The sparkling production and infectious melodies are what’s initially attention-grabbing, but underneath those elements, the songs are the pure expression of a mature artist, containing the full range of emotions that come with the territory, from doubt and frustration to, ultimately, hope and perseverance.

“I love Thom’s music because he is NOT afraid to write strong, BIG hooks. He writes the kinds of melodies that make me jealous. DAMN YOU Thom D’Arcy. Similar to his personal demeanour, he has a calm, collected way of delivering his vocals, with a healthy confidence ..and just enough vulnerability to feel like he’s on your team. The fact that he is also the engineer and producer clearly helps get his vision across; sonically this record is exciting, inspired and beautiful. It’s weird when it wants to be weird, and fun when it wants to be fun. The energy of the record feels adventurous and driving, with an underlying happiness to it. My rating: 5/5 bags of popcorn." - STEVE BAYS (HOT HOT HEAT/MOUNTIES)

“I’ve been a fan of Thomas D’Arcy’s songwriting for well over a decade. It’s been a pleasure to watch him develop and grow as a songwriter, year after year. Fooled You Twice is a record stacked full of infectious hooks, strong song structure, captivating lyrics while manifesting the sensibility of record making that seems to be forgotten. Thomas D’Arcy has created a classic that will without a doubt be celebrated by many for many years to come." - JUSTIN PEROFF (BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE)

Thomas D’Arcy crafts quality pop music you can really sink your teeth into. The man spews hooks and melodies from every orifice." - EWAN CURRIE (THE SHEEPDOGS)


RIYL: Phoenix, Spoon, Ra Ra Riot
TRY: #3, 2, 6, 7
DIRTY: #9

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

More Info Here:
http://thomasdarcymusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/ThomasDArcyBand
https://twitter.com/thomasdarcyband



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Fairmont
8 ½
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 3/3/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Fairmont is indie rock we should all be thankful for" - Amp Magazine

 
New Jersey Indie Rock staples Fairmont have been a band for 15 years and have just completed their newest album. Fairmont is a complex mix melodies driven by the play of the male and female vocals as well as the play between guitars and the lush instrumentation of xyla-rimba, vibraphone, and glockenspiel. The groups unusual instrumentation gives them a very different sound from most indie rock bands. Fairmont as well have produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the recording all themselves at their studio The Forest Of Chaos in Hawthorne, NJ and are releasing the album on the record label they have built, Mint 400 Records. DIY is alive and well for these guys and they prove once again that breaking the rules can sometimes yield the best results.

The album is titled 8 ½ (eight and a half) for a few reasons. First because the band considers this it’s 8th and a half release (calling 2009’s 6 song EP “The Meadow At Dusk” the ½ album effort). Second because the album itself contains eight and half songs and finally paying homage to the Fellini film 8 ½ . The Fellini film has an overall theme about finding happiness in life’s difficulties and that is something Fairmont can relate to and the lyrical content reflects that. Just like a Fellini film and it’s weird moments that make it unlike other films, Fairmont can boast the same thing. This album is an interesting mix of all of their influences from The Beach Boys Pet Sounds to The Pixies Doolittle to Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch. That is a pretty wide range of things to squeeze into an indie record but that is what Fairmont accomplishes.

This record as well has some firsts for the band such as the song “The Connection” which features Sam Carradori as lead vocalist. Fairmont also had help from their friends and label mates The Maravines with big Thom Yorke sounding crescendos in the track “Love & War” and their more gentle side as they delicately add amazing harmonies to the track “Gone”. In addition the song “Devil” features Bryan Steenerson of the Minneapolis band Murzik and you will swear that it’s actually the Devil’s low spooky voice singing along with Sabatino & Carradori. Overall the band manages to almost act like a chameleon as they span genres sometimes all within the same song.



RIYL: Destroyer, Say Hi, The Hush Now, Ben Gibbard
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 6

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

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



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Radical Dads
Universal Coolers
Old Flame Records
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

The trio, comprised of Baker, guitarist Chris Diken, and drummer/backup singer Robbie Guertin (formerly of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) has roots in a five-piece band called Uninhabitable Mansions. Down-sizing suited the Dads well. They put rock-god galvanism into the context of cramped DIY venues, not unlike their northeastern cohorts Cloud Nothings and So So Glos. Surf-rock guitars abound. "In The Water" makes such a good argument for blending contamination and fun that no one would blame you for bringing a towel and an umbrella to the Gowanus Canal. - Pitchfork

These Radical Dads folks have this tug of war feeling down perfectly with their latest single, “In The Water”. I’ve covered my fair share of ornate, studio-crafted fare as of late, and Radical Dads prove again the feral, unwitting charms of immediacy and rawness. Completely lacking a bass and with seemingly no more than a single, shitty, duct-taped amp, howler and one-half of the axe lineup, Lindsay Baker, drills her primordial angst straight to your brain all the while strangling the nervous energy from her guitar alongside axe twin Chris Diken. – Line of Best Fit

Brooklyn’s DIY flag-waving indie rock juggernaut Radical Dads are back with pop-hooks ablaze. The trio—ex-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah drummer/singer Robbie Guertin and guitarist/vocalist double threat Lindsay Baker and Chris Diken—have assumed their rightful place on the about-to-blow-up Old Flame Records, joining its hydrant of catchy-as-heck basement-punkers like Shark?, Potty Mouth, and Mean Creek. Rad DadsUniversal Coolers is indeed hot stuff, bleeding a sun-drenched, yet no-nonsense, melody-spiked beast that is as breezy in its contagious intensity as label-mates Shark’s “Big Summer (Summer Ale),” the Potty Mouth gals’ Hell Bent and MC’s Local Losers. Plus—and this is a big effin’ deal—Universal Coolers features amazing artwork from none other than ace econo painter Steve Keene, the dude responsible for monumental Pavement covers like Wowee Zowee. - Noisey


RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, Ex Hex, No Joy, Cymbals Eat Guitars
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.radicaldads.com
http://radicaldads.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/radicaldads
https://twitter.com/radicaldads
http://oldflamerecords.com/radical-dads/



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Joseph Pagano
Graveyard of Dreams
Self-Released
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Joseph Pagano’s 'Graveyard of Dreams' taps into the best of Americana.” – Skope Mag

Joseph Pagano’s new release, 'Graveyard of Dreams', is a 7 track pop-rock project that borrows from the vintage sounds of greats like The Beatles, Springsteen, and even shows off hints of Randy Travis (vocally).” – The Miews

Joseph Pagano’s … set of imaginative songs to get you in the mood for the summer while we make our way through these winter months.” – Cross Radar

"...GRAVEYARD OF DREAMS is a heart-on-the-sleeve rock album that mixes storytelling with fine songcraft. " - Rockwired

At last emerging with his eclectic, provocatively titled debut EP of musical “sketches” Graveyard of Dreams, New Jersey native Joe Pagano’s life has been touched by rock and roll and encounters with its legends. Years after learning to play guitar from Steve Miller’s Book of Dreams, he met the rocker and guitar legend Les Paul at the Iridium in NYC. After his high school band Junior’s Farm won a Beatles soundalike contest at Beatlefest in front of 2000 fans, he met Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor and talked about Jimi Hendrix back stage that night. Later, attending several Grammy Awards, Joe hung out with and received inspiration from rock legends such as Garth Hudson (The Band) and met Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford – who taught him that music was about one thing – pleasing your fans!

For all of the brushes with rock greatness, it was Stanley Jordan, a living guitar legend in another realm, contemporary jazz, who inspired Joe to release a number of his original works as a solo recording artist. Throughout college and beyond, Joe’s bands Straight Shoot'r, N-Kuntrol and Profile achieved varying levels of success as live performers and on record – but he had long put his recording passion aside to join the software industry. In June 2014, Joe and his dad went to see Jordan, renowned for his revolutionary two handed tapping technique, at The Iridium jazz club in NYC. After the show, the guitarist invited them to attend a music workshop he was conducting at the nearby Novatel. Beyond just the beauty of music, Jordan presented his philosophy of life – and how the process of making music (the creating, imagining, writing, communicating and practicing) can help instill discipline. Through the workshop and their later correspondence, he helped Joe realize that the same principles that create success in making music apply to education, business and life.

Originally written at various times over the years and revisited, revamped and re-recorded for the EP, all of the songs on Graveyard of Dreams are influenced by the people, experiences, observations, feelings and events Joe has experienced as he has raised a family and traveled the world over the past decade or so. “Candles Hope & Faith” reflects on the poverty he has seen in his travels and how people survive the most ire of circumstances by keeping their hope alive. He tackles a similar theme on the Cajun music-spiced “Katrina,” which reflects upon the resilience of the good people of New Orleans surviving the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. An unexpected gem is the beautiful instrumental “The Sounds of Life” written on a Novation MiniNova electric synth while visiting Long Beach Island, NJ.

Perhaps the most personal song on Graveyard of Dreams is the atmospheric, Brit-pop influenced “Little Girls,” a whimsical reflection of youth which the singer calls “a burst of energy about my two daughters.” In what he calls a “Dave Grohl moment” (a reference to the Foo Fighter frontman’s notable discussions of balancing fatherhood with a music career), Joe even leaves his daughter’s interruption of the original recording session on the new version. It’s an honest reflection, he says, of a musician trying to have a day job, be part of a family and be an artist all at once. Julia was a little girl then, but she’s now 18 and did the beautiful photography and album art and design for the project. “Like a visual artist,” Joe says, “Graveyard of Dreams is a series of sketches or paintings if you will that capture the imagination. I have been making these sketches for most of my life, kind of like furnishing your home with your own original artwork. I am excited about releasing these for people beyond my inner circle to hear for the first time!”


TRY: #1, 2, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://josephpagano.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joseph-Pagano/352979958223780
https://twitter.com/josephpaganojsp



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Quiet Company
Transgressor
Modern Outsider
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“Pairs Well With…My Morning Jacket, Manchester Orchestra, Delta Spirit…” – OperationEveryBand

“Known to evoke heart-shredding rockers from Springsteen to Jimmy Eat World” – Houston Press

Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie rock which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer. They’ve gained a huge fanbase while gathering praise from The New York Times, TIME, NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, Paste Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more.

Quiet Company won Rock Band of the Year during SXSW 2014, adding to their previous 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release We Are All Where We Belong.

After the success of their 2013 album re-release, A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist, all of which rekindled interest in We Are All Where We Belong and shot the album to #7 on the iTunes Rock charts nearly 2 years after its release.

After an amazing year on the road which included festival sets at NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, Quiet Company kicked off 2014 in the studio to write and record their highly anticipated 4th full length Transgressor, their most explosive and exposed collection of songs to date. Recorded in 14 intense days of live tracking at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, the band captured a guitar-driven larger-than-life sound with Matt Noveskey (Blue October) producing and the legendary Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, The Cure) mixing. Frontman Taylor Muse's characteristically introspective writing style is in full force as he tells tales of love, despair, pain, and redemption, reflecting on his marriage, from burgeoning young love to a relationship tested through time.

With its soaring guitars and throbbing bass lines drawing comparisons to Foo Fighters, Pavement and Manchester Orchestra, Quiet Company’s Transgressor will be leading the way as rock makes a return to form.


RIYL: Death Cab For Cutie, Manchester Orchestra, Motion City Soundtrack
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 8
DIRTY: #1

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/QuietCompany.aspx
http://www.quietcompanymusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/quietcompany
https://twitter.com/quietcompanytx



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Patrick Ames
Oakville Ontology
Self-Released
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"The Dylan-esque Palo Alto singer-songwriter returns with a thoroughly absorbing new album. Sparse accompaniment and an earnest voice is all Ames needs to hold the listener's attention. This is a powerful, stark album." - Paul Freeman, San Jose Mercury News
 
"Singer/songwriter Patrick Ames doesn’t mince words – he’ll tell you that instrumentally, he’s a “clear-cut rhythm guitarist”. But that’s not where Ames is making his mark." - Richie Frieman, PensEyeView.com

“In the great tradition of angry, socially conscious, singer/songwriters Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie, and Rage Against the Machine, Patrick Ames has armed himself with a guitar and pen and stepped up to the mic…” - Cathal Cart, Indie Music

"Fulfilling, intricate, and will require a number of additional spins before listeners know the full magnitude of what Ames has included here." - James McQuiston, NeuFutur Magazine

"These are songs that have been worked on many times until they were made absolutely perfect." - Beach Sloth, SKOPE Magazine

"The new nine-song release is an independent folk gem with a dash of rock flair for good measure."  - J. Pasinski, JP's Music Blog

Truly following his musical muse at his own pace in his own time, singer/songwriter Patrick Ames is fast emerging as a force in indie folk/rock/Americana at an age when many rockers contemplate packing it in. While many of them have their heyday and then buy vineyards in retirement, Ames has owned the five acre vineyard in Napa Valley where he wrote his new album Oakville Ontology for 20 years.

First hitting a nerve with his trademark infectious retro-meets-contemporary vibe on his 2013 debut Willow Glen Sessions, Ames strapped on his acoustic, walked outside and first played these songs to the lush vineyards on his Napa hillside, as if each vine was an audience member – his way of mastering each tune in a peaceful setting while  practicing singing without amplification. Living the other half of the time in Palo Alto, he has performed for live audiences and his growing fan base at street fairs, bistros and coffeehouses – with an eye towards touring such venues around the country.


TRY: #1, 2, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.patrickames.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrick-Ames/505609846183598



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Pops Staples
Don't Lose This
Anti-/dBpm
ADDS 2/10/15
DIGITAL ONLY

In 1998, Roebuck “Pops” Staples recorded a final session, capping an illustrious career as leader and patriarch of the Staples Singers. Unfinished at the time of his passing in 2000, the tapes went to his daughter, Mavis, who then waited for the right opportunity to finish the recording in the spirit Pops intended.

When she began her series of remarkable collaborations with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, starting with 2010’s You Are Not Alone and continuing with 2013’s One True Vine, Mavis knew she had found the person to work on her father’s record.

Mavis Staples: “I chose this title because these were the words my father said to me as he gave me the tape of his final recordings. He was sick and lying in bed and asked me to play the record for him in his room. After listening to it, he called me to his room again. He was weak, but he handed me the tape and in a soft voice said ‘Don’t lose this, Mavis.’ While Pops’ voice and guitar sounded so good on the original recordings [and remain untouched on this record], I knew the songs needed something else to really come to life. Something special. Pops deserved that. So I called on my dear friend Jeff Tweedy to fill out the tracks around Pops and he’s helped to craft this beautiful album.”

Pops Staples and the Staples Singers are one of the most important bands of the post-war era, from their Civil Rights gospel in the 60s to their positive-message hits like “Respect Yourself” in the 70s.

Produced by Pops & Mavis Staples with Jeff Tweedy, and featuring son Spencer on drums and the original Staples Singers vocal lineup.

Watch a short film about the making of the album, including footage of Tweedy and Mavis in the studio via Pitchfork!


RIYL: Mavis Staples, Solomon Burke, Booker T. Jones, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Jeff Tweedy
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/pops-staples/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pops_Staples