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Tinariwen
Elwan
Anti-
ADDS 2/14/17
CD / DIGITAL

NPR: First Listen

The new album Elwan by Tinariwen could well have been called Exile on Main Street. Others have already thought of that, but the idea is apt. As is the painful paradox, if you consider that while Tinariwen were criss-crossing the globe on their recent triumphant tours, the frontiers that encircle their desert home were closing and forcing them into exile to record their new album Elwan.

In recent years, Tinariwen's homeland, a Saharan mountain range between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria, has been transformed into a conflict zone. While the songs on the new record evoke those cherished deserts of home, they were recorded a long way away in two distinctive bursts.

In 2014 the band stopped at Rancho de la Luna studios in the desert of California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While location proved particularly propitious in terms of creativity, the human climate was just as favorable, as musicians dropped by to add their own touch. Guitarist Matt Sweeny (Johnny Cash, Bonnie Prince Billy and Cat Power), Kurt Vile, musician Alan Johannes, who produced Queens of the Stone Age, a band with whom Mark Lanegan, the other guest has been a singer. All of it honed by engineer Andrew Schepps, who has worked with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Johny Cash, and Jay Z. Two years later in M’Hamid El Ghizlane, an oasis in southern Morocco, near the Algerian frontier, the band set up their tents to record, accompanied by the local musical youth and a Ganga outfit (a group of Berber ‘gnawa’ trance musicians).

The resulting album is called Elwan (‘The Elephants’), not Exile On Main Street, though it fits nicely into that ‘road record’ category. In American cinema, a road movie always unfolds the same way. Characters travel in search of some truth or revelation. But they always end up reconnecting with their own past. Of course, it’s an impossible return, because that past has been erased. It’s the same for this record, so musically powerful and yet poignant: every song evokes a land that can no longer be found, with all that this implies in terms of emotional range, from nostalgia for a joyous past to the tragic recent loss of a territory, and of the dream that it nourished.


RIYL: Ali Farka Toure, Amadou & Mariam, Fela Kuti, Goat, Baaba Maal, Afrocubism
TRY: #2, 6, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/tinariwen/
http://tinariwen.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tinariwenmusic/
https://twitter.com/TINARIWEN
https://www.instagram.com/tinariwen/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinariwen


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C.R. and the Degenerates
Close Encounters
Sniffling Indie Kids/Mint 400
ADDS 2/14/17
DIGITAL ONLY

"Right off the bat the first thing that strikes you when hearing “Imitation” is that this is not your typical C.R. and the Degenerates sound. A hypnotic, synchronized drum beat interrupted by dark and passionate organ is our intro here and it is striking. Gennone hits some high notes delivering his rebuke of a love that is not quite real. This is dark, experimental work. Nick Cave territory. A riveting tune that stays with you." - You Don't Know Jersey (Premiere)

Close Encounters, the second full length from C.R. and the Degenerates, takes a sharp left turn from the Neil Young-inspired psychedelic Americana of last year’s great Salt of the Earth LP in to gospel-inspired minimalist electronica. Bandleader Chris Gennone wrote the album on a tiny synthesizer and worked with renowned NJ recording engineer and former Degenerate, Max Rauch, on fleshing it out. Beginning with opener “Numb”, Close Encounters sounds like what would happen if early War on Drugs got heavily in to gospel and Pornography-era The Cure or if Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips embraced the melancholy of Nick Cave’s Push the Sky Away. Gennone’s affecting voice guides us through a hauntingly beautiful landscape of organs, synthesizers, and drum machines. Close Encounters lives in a world of its own design and it’s one you’ll definitely want to bask in. Allow us to extend you an invitation. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Nick Cave
TRY: #3, 1, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/crandthedegenerates/
https://twitter.com/crdegenerates
https://www.instagram.com/crdegenerate/
https://crandthedegenerates.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/crandthedegenerates


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The Bombpops
Fear of Missing Out
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 2/14/17
CD / DIGITAL

After two buzz-building EP’s, SoCal punk quartet (and newest member of the Fat Wreck Chords family) THE BOMBPOPS are finally delivering with their highly-anticipated debut full-length, Fear of Missing Out. A handful of lineup changes over the past few years delayed progress, but co-founders and frontwomen Jen Razavi and Poli van Dam finally secured their dream rhythm section and haven’t looked back since. The current iteration of the band finally allowed Jen and Poli to go full steam ahead and unlock the massive potential that’s been tantalizing BOMBPOPS fans all along. Fear of Missing Out unleashes a sharp mix of intensity and poppiness, from the infectious harmonies of “CA in July” to the shotgun blast drive of “Brake Lights” and “I Can’t”. The album’s blend of catchiness and energy is off the charts. THE BOMBPOPS teamed up with Chris Fogal of legendary pop-punk band The Gamits as producer, elevating their songs even further with his shine and polish. Although it was a long road to completion, this charged up pop-punk masterpiece was certainly worth the wait. The lyrics to "Be Sweet" were written by the late Brandon Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket.


RIYL: Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Regrettes, The Coathangers
TRY: #3, 4, 5, 8
DIRTY: #2, 6, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/130
http://thebombpops.com/
https://twitter.com/thebombpops
https://www.facebook.com/TheBombpops/
https://www.instagram.com/thebombpops/


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The Attack
On Condition
Paper + Plastick
ADDS 2/14/17
CD / DIGITAL

On Condition is The Attack's follow to 2013's record, Of Nostalgia and Rebellion, as well as a string of EP's over the past few years. The album continues in the same independent street punk vain as their previous releases, celebrating the lifestyle, scene, and culture the band supports while focusing on human elements such as despair, loss, and of course hope.

Over the last several years The Attack has been building a steady following of diehard fans in their hometown of Orlando with their strong DIY work ethic and classic street punk and hardcore sound. They’ve toured with The Misfits and shared the stage with acts like Bad Religion and Rise Against. Now, the band takes things to a whole new level with their powerful sophomore album, On Condition.

• Produced by Pete Steinkopf (The Bouncing Souls)
• Recorded at Lakehouse Studio and Little Eden Asbury NJ
On Tour With Pepper and Less Than Jake through February (contact us for any opportunities!)
• Performing on Flogging Molly’s 2017 Salty Dog Cruise
• Reviews, features, and streams Alternative Press, Punk News, Dying Scene, For the Love of Punk, New Noise
• Previous national and regional tours include The Misfits, Pennywise, Less than Jake, Flogging Molly, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Business, H20, Cro-Mags, The Toasters


RIYL: Face to Face, Rancid, The Bouncing Souls
TRY: #11, 3, 4, 9
DIRTY: #6, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://theattack.us/
https://www.facebook.com/TheAttackFL
https://twitter.com/TheattackFL


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The Menzingers
After The Party
Epitaph
ADDS 2/7/17
CD / DIGITAL

After the Party is the follow-up to the Philadelphia-based band’s widely acclaimed Rented World.

Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party taps into the Menzingers’ everyman romanticism to reflect on getting older but not quite growing up.

Throughout the album, singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino offset that deeply nuanced songwriting with anthemic harmonies, furious power chords, and larger-than-life melodies.
 

“We spent our 20s living in a rowdy kind of way, and now we’re at a point where it seems like everyone in our lives is moving in different directions,” says May of the inspiration behind After the Party. Adds Barnett: “We’re turning 30 now, and there’s this idea that that’s when real life comes on. In a way this album is us saying, ‘We don’t have to grow up or get boring—we can keep on having a good time doing what we love.’”

“Bad Catholics” follows the release of After the Party’s lead single “Lookers,” which premiered on Noisey in August.

The Menzingers formed as teenagers in their hometown of Scranton in 2006, then later relocated to Philadelphia. The band made their Epitaph debut with 2012’s On The Impossible Past, which was voted Album of the Year by Absolute Punk and PunkNews. Released in 2014, Rented World was praised as “packed with clever songwriting” by The New York Times and “a colossal fist-pumper” by Stereogum.

"After The Party is a whiskey-soaked, beer-can-smashing punk rock record with catchy melodies hanging off of it like clothes on a line. It’s made for singing drunkenly with your friends, singing at the top of your voice when you’re home alone or blasting at full volume when you’re driving in the summer with the windows down. It’s reflective and deeply personal, while still being relatable and able to be enjoyed by anyone who likes the sound of a guitar and a voice. Even the most stalwart hater of rock music would be hard-pushed to deny that Greg Barnett‘s delivery is so uniquely weathered that these songs, which would have been great even in the hands of another vocalist, are made all the better by being sung by a man who’s voice is so distinct and above all so believable." - MOSH

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Jeff Rosenstock, AJJ, Beach Slang, Joyce Manor, Rozwell Kid
TRY: #2, 3, 8, 9
DIRTY: #4

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

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


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Adam And The Plants
Born With The Gift Of Magic
Sniffling Indie Kids/Mint 400
ADDS 2/7/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Adam and the Plants return in 2017 with their new EP, Born with the Gift of Magic, following 2015’s full-length debut The End of the World. The band serves as the musical outlet for Adam Copeland, who has logged nearly a decade in NJ’s vibrant underground rock scene. Born with the Gift of Magic finds the band building on the ideas and sounds of their debut. “Side Man” updates the dry wit and daft cynicism of the Kinks. “Madeline” sounds like a song the National would write in the midst of a daydream while “The Marquis” embraces the demented gospel of Abattoir Blues-era Nick Cave. “Mystery Song” could be a classic by the Band if they had valued reverie over earthiness and should be your slow dance song of the year.

Copeland’s unique voice and knowing personality are what make this music all his own. Born with the Gift of Magic is an uplifting way to start what promises to be a dreary and ass-backwards 2017. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: Kinks, National, the Band, Nick Cave
TRY: #2, 4, 1

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/AdamAndThePlants/
https://twitter.com/adamplants
https://adamandtheplants.bandcamp.com/
http://www.snifflingindiekids.com/
http://mint400records.com


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Less Than Jake
Sound The Alarm
Pure Noise
ADDS 2/7/17
CD / DIGITAL

"Gainesville, Florida ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have been around the block a few times, but never disappoint" - AltPress: Album Premiere!

Twenty years into its pioneering journey, Gainesville, Fla., natives Less Than Jake – comprised of lyricist/drummer Vinnie Fiorello, vocalist/guitarist Chris DeMakes, vocalist/bassist Roger Manganelli, saxophonist Peter "JR" Wasilewski, and trombonist Buddy Schaub – have had their fair share of moments. For a band obsessed with interacting with its fans, both online and after shows; for a band that is so concerned with making sure the fan gets the perfect experience, with well-known hijinks in every live performance; for a band with seemingly unlimited creativity in the form of physical products, from custom-made cereal boxes to unique vinyl packaging; and for a band that is so passionate when writing new music, 20 years begins to seem like an even longer amount of time. A lot of moments add up over two decades – teenagers grow into men over two decades – dare we say, things change?

"At its core, Sound The Alarm is a feel-good album, and why wouldn’t it be? Twenty-five years in the making, Less Than Jake are still churning out creative, introspective and most importantly, catchy as hell songs like the seven tracks found on this EP, and we wouldn’t have it any other way." - Prelude Press (5/5)

"‘Sound The Alarm’ is a reminder that Less Than Jake’s qualities are as enduring as they are trend-defying." - Rock Sound

On Tour Now! Contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, NOFX, New Found Glory, The Suicide Machines
TRY: #3, 1, 5, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.lessthanjake.com/
https://twitter.com/LessThanJake
https://www.instagram.com/lessthanjake/
https://www.facebook.com/lessthanjake


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Japandroids
Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Anti-
ADDS 1/31/17
CD / DIGITAL

"If Celebration Rock was two guys' way of romanticizing the messiness of a dramatic past — real and rediscovered — then Near To The Wild Heart Of Life is its natural sequel, re-envisioning youth as a passageway to a new and better place." - NPR (First Listen)

"The group’s first LP in almost five years, Near To The Wild Heart of Life, is a minor miracle, marking a definite progression from Celebration Rock without sacrificing what made Japandroids so magical in the first place. It’s the rare follow-up to a classic release that evolves just enough." - Uproxx

After playing the last of their 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their critically acclaimed 2012 album Celebration Rock, Japandroids took a much needed break to rest and recover after their last show in November of 2013. The band would not play again for three years. This month, they made their triumphant return to the stage, playing intimate shows in Vancouver, LA, Toronto, London and NYC, in which they treated fans to their favorites from Celebration Rock and Post-Nothing, and previewed a handful of new, unreleased songs. And today, the band has announced their much anticipated third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, out worldwide on Anti- this January 27, 2017.

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, was written clandestinely throughout 2014 and 2015 in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans, and Mexico City. It was (mostly) recorded by Jesse Gander (who had previously recorded both Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock) at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC (September-November, 2015). One song, True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will, was recorded by Damian Taylor during an exploratory recording session at Golden Ratio in Montreal, QC (February, 2015). The album was mixed by Peter Katis at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT (May, 2016) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York, NY (July, 2016).

Like Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock, the album is 8 songs. This is because 8 songs is the standard template for a great rock n roll album: Raw Power by The Stooges, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, Marquee Moon by Television, IV by Led Zeppelin, Horses by Patti Smith, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Remain In Light by Talking Heads, Master Of Puppets by Metallica, etc.

Like Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock, the album was sequenced specifically for the LP. On Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, side A (songs 1-4) and side B (songs 5-7) each follow their own loose narrative. Taken together as one, they form an even looser narrative, with the final song on side B (song 8 ) acting as an epilogue.


RIYL: Cloud Nothings, Titus Andronicus, Cymbals Eat Guitars, No Age, Thermals, Yuck
TRY: #1, 7, 3, 4
DIRTY: #2, 5, 8
(Clean edit of #2 will be on downloads page soon!)

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/japandroids/
http://japandroids.com/
https://www.facebook.com/japandroids
https://twitter.com/japandroids
https://www.instagram.com/japandroids/


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mouse on the keys
Out of Body
Topshelf Records
ADDS 1/31/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Formed in 2006 and combining elements of classical, jazz and electronic with the urgency of math-rock, hardcore and heavy metal, Japanese instrumental trio mouse on the keys defy categorisation. Based in Tokyo, the group consists of two former members of influential Japanese underground band, Nine Days Wonder: Akira Kawasaki and Atsushi Kiyota, as well as Daisuke Niitome, who has played drums and composed music for countless jazz‐funk and hip hop bands. Their unique sound, comprised of two minimally phrased pianos, two keyboards and dynamic drumming - amalgamated with the pursuit of a live experience composed of visual and audio expression - sees the trio stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene. 
 
mouse on the keys are well-known for blurring genres and their new release Out of Body is no exception, traversing dark and avant-garde electronica, minimalist neo-classical, whilst also continuing to develop on their math-rock tendencies with rapid-fire time signature changes, angular rhythms and melodic yet frenetic piano work. The new record sees mouse on the keys take a darker turn and carries a more sombre atmosphere than that of previous releases, as each track is centered on the macabre theme of near-death experiences.
 
Speaking on the concept behind the new record, Akira Kawasaki said, “After the disaster of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011 and through my experience of suffering from asymptomatic brain infarction, I came to feel death familiar. I have been influenced by the book ‘Near-death experience’ by a Japanese journalist Takashi Tachibana and the documentary TV program about it.”
 
Out of Body is as dark as it is beautiful and its seamless transmutation between styles and genres is something that mouse on the keys become more confident on with every release. Out of Body is a journey through the bands emotional and mental condition on both dark and incredibly touching subjects, which evokes feelings of empathy and also attainment. This is a record that requires attention and concentration, and is one that rewards you more and more with every listen.

On tour now! Contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Dawn of Midi, Do Make Say Think, Don Caballero, Christian Scott
TRY: #2, 6, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://mouseonthekeys.net/
https://www.facebook.com/mouse-on-the-keys-102395546473970/
https://twitter.com/mouseonthekeys
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/mouse-on-the-keys

 

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Angelica Garcia
Medicine For Birds
Warner Bros. Records
ADDS 1/31/17
CD / DIGITAL

Garcia’s songs take unexpected swoops. Sometimes it’s the music, which is steeped in country-rock and blues, with flickers of indie-rock desolation; sometimes it’s her voice, which is sure and conspiratorial, bendy and grounded. Most often, though, it’s her words, which come together in surprising patterns, a blend of old-timey formalism and magical storytelling.” – The New York Times

Emerging singer-songwriter Angelica Garcia will join Lydia Loveless as direct support on a nationwide tour kicking off January 19 in Nashville. The 17-date tour will make stops in New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver and more, before wrapping up in Lawrence, KS on February 13. Check out the full tour here and contact us for any opportunities around the tour dates!

Garcia has received overwhelming buzz since the release of her debut album Medicine for Birds this fall, earning critical acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, Paste, American Songwriter and more. Most recently, her song “Orange Flower” was featured in NPR’s Top 100 Songs of 2016, who proclaimed it “a raucous blues rock track with perfectly sarcastic lyrics you won’t be able to get out of your head,” and Paste Magazine branded her “Best of What’s Next,” praising her “unique hybrid of West Coast bohemia and rural Americana.”

The 22-year old Richmond-based songstress was born in Los Angeles, but moved to Accomac, VA as a teen when her stepfather traded a career in the music industry for the Episcopalian priesthood. Garcia’s family lived in a 200-year-old gothic brick home encircled by magnolia trees. Isolated and alone, Garcia locked herself in the parish house and fashioned a musical world that veers between ghostly gorgeous countrified blues and sly swamp Americana. With a childlike whimsy, quirky sense of humor, and dynamic delivery, it could easily soundtrack an apparitions’ ball in some Faulknerian mansion.

Medicine for Birds was recorded by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot) in Nashville. “It’s like the songs grew up at that moment,” Garcia says. “Charlie showed me how big and crazy they could be. I felt like a hermit coming out. He was the ambassador to this sonic realm I didn’t know about it. The music became limitless.”


RIYL: Lydia Loveless, St. Vincent, Aida Victoria, Nina Diaz, Sad13, Margaret Glaspy
TRY: #1, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.angelicagarcia.net/
https://www.facebook.com/angelicagarciamusic
https://twitter.com/angelicagarcia
https://www.instagram.com/AngelicaGarcia/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUfYVXpvIFk-LnuMrpH9t1Q


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Various Artists
Mint 400 Presents In Utero
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 1/31/17
DIGITAL ONLY

“What can we learn from a tribute version In Utero? Without Kurt Cobain's voice and Steve Albini's controversial production, what remains are the songs, and some damn good ones at that, especially as interpreted here by the likes of The Duke Of Norfolk, Fairmont, A.Bird, The Maravines, and Theodore Grimm (who unearth the little-known "Sappy" as a bonus track.) Peeling away the familiar angst and distortion, these artists find the psychedelic melodicism and garage-rock classicism buried in Cobain's compositions.” - Jim Testa | Jersey Beat

Nirvana really dialed in on their thing with In Utero. They were able to deliver faultless pop songs in a way that was unique, unpretentious, and sincere. That's what made Pet Sounds so great, and that's what every songwriter should aspire to achieve with their songs.” - Dollys

Nirvana was always a punk band at heart, and the release of In Utero was the most punk rock thing they ever did - follow up a generation-defining multi-platinum rock album with something so ugly, abrasive, and intense that their label demanded a remix, even though it was arguably the most anticipated album ever and would have been a surefire hit no matter how it sounded. That sort of artistic attitude and integrity inspires me throughout everything I write.” - Joseph DeGroot | Pixl-Visionary

THIS ALBUM IS A FREE DOWNLOAD AT: tinyurl.com/m4rnirvana

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

More Info Here:
http://mint400records.com
https://www.facebook.com/mint400records/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Utero_(album)


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Delicate Steve
This Is Steve
Anti-
ADDS 1/24/17
CD / DIGITAL

Delicate Steve Wants to Bring Joy to the World - Noisey Premiere

This is Steve, DELICATE STEVE’s first new record in 4 years, and first for the ANTI- imprint, is an articulation of his spirit. Joy. Love. Positivity. Perseverance. Meditation. A general communion with the people and world around him. Easy to call such things hackneyed in this cynical time, but in Steve’s case, it’s very hard to separate the person from the art. It’s real. It’s pure. This, is Steve.

Melody begins with the needle drop on This is Steve, and it’s this hallmark as a songwriter on display in tune after tune that has defined all of DELICATE STEVE’s work. It’s his incredible capacity to write wordless songs that are impossible not to sing along to. He works in no genre, there are no words, but there is never a question as to what he is saying.

DELICATE STEVE (aka Steve Marion) had cornered the status of ‘your favorite band’s favorite band’, as Steve himself became a fixture in and an on-demand collaborator among disparate scenes, players, and bands, making some of the most celebrated and forward thinking music today: Co-signs and work with David Byrne, Dirty Projectors, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Dr. Dog, and most recently, providing guitar on Paul Simon’s new record. Likely the only guitarist alive who will cut records with Sondre Lerche and Death Grip’s Zach Hill.

Steve produced and played all the instruments on this record. He created it as an introduction from himself to you, and named it appropriately. If there is a question as to who This is Steve’s creator is, you’ll find it imbued in these ten songs. As he has done from the start, Steve lets the music speak for itself. Without a word.

Delicate Steve will be embarking on a North American tour starting this February. Contact us with any requests!


TRY: #2, 3, 4, 1

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

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


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Harrison Brome
Fill Your Brains
Nettwerk
TOP 200 + RPM ADDS 1/24/17
CD / DIGITAL

“With a furrowed brow and a voice rich like a nice glass of pinot noir, this Vancouver 19 year old slides in like the lovechild of Josef Salvat and James Blake.” – Noisey

“...Harrison Brome, an 19-year-old Vancouver artist whose debut, “Fill Your Brains,” was one of the cleanest experimental, genre-hopping tracks we’ve heard in a while.” – NYLON

Harrison Brome, the 19-year old brooding crooner has released his debut EP Fill Your Brains. The new EP features two brand new songs “Sex Calls” and “Boy,” as well as previously released Spotify & blog favorites “Pools,” “Midnight Island,” “Gambling Hearts” and title track “Fill Your Brain”. Premiering on Noisey, the EP is a powerful composition of work showcasing Brome’s sophistication beyond his years.

With this offering, it’s evident that the young Brome has been honing his craft; it’s poignant melodies work together with his harmonized howls for a hauntingly somber listening, evocative of the notoriously dark and gloomy weather of his hometown of Vancouver. This is just the beginning of an emotional roller coaster that is Harrison Brome.


RIYL: James Blake, Josef Salvat, Oh Wonder, Jumo
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 6
DIRTY: #3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.harrisonbrome.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hvrrisonbrome/
https://www.instagram.com/harrisonbrome
https://twitter.com/harrisonbrome
https://soundcloud.com/harrisonbrome


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Heat
Overnight
Topshelf Records
ADDS 1/24/17
CD / DIGITAL

“Equal parts hooks, melody and attitude” - Brooklyn Vegan

"One of the most exciting bands we've heard all year." - NME

One only needs to take a quick glance at the bands that Montreal quintet Heat have been compared with to get a firm grasp on the visceral, wholesome noise they produce. From the brash pop of Echo & the Bunnymen to the post-punk leanings of Psychedelic Furs, this is a band that proudly take their place in the great alt-rock lineage, delivering rousing, thrilling anthems for the disenfranchised. Initially starting as “as an excuse to get together and drink”, Heat has grown in to something far more significant - and new record Overnight offers their most notable work to-date.

Recorded at Montreal’s Breakglass Studio, the recording process was something of a rocky road for the band but the resulting record is a vehement leap forward, and one that looks set to cement Heat’s status as one of Canada’s most formidable exports. Led by the band’s three founding members, Susil Sharma (Vocals, Guitar, Synth), Matthew Fiorentino (Guitar, Synth), and Raphael Bussieres (Bass), Overnight feels resolutely solid; old-school aesthetics delivered with a defiantly fresh-faced outlook.

Showcasing the bands shadowy undertones, lead single “Lush” is a heavy-hearted meeting of dark sentiments and inventive instrumentals, while closing track “Chains” offers something altogether more sparkling; a wildly ambitious seven-minute trip that matches Sharma’s slurring, hangover-ridden vocal with colorful washes of spaced-out, guitar-led soundscapes that sits alongside the likes of Preoccupations and DIIV at the forefront of the current alternative scene.

Co-produced by Grammy Award winner Alex Newport, who has worked with the likes of Death Cab and At The Drive In, Overnight is another significant milestone in Heat’s turbulent, tempestuous journey, but it’s a record that sees the band thriving in their current predicament. Ragged, raging, and unrestrained – they’ve simply never sounded better.

Overnight will be released on January 20th 2017, via Topshelf Records (US) / The Hand Recordings (CAN) / Rallye Records (JP).


RIYL: Echo & The Bunnymen, Merchandise, Velvet Underground, Preoccupations, DIIV
TRY: #3, 2, 4, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/heat
http://www.heat-band.com/
https://twitter.com/fuckingheat
https://www.facebook.com/bandheat
https://www.instagram.com/heatband/
https://heatband.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/heat-band


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Don Kincaid & The Wait
Whiskey & Women
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 1/24/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Don Kincaid & The Wait have Texas in their heart.  Don honed his songwriting craft in the Hill Country of Texas and at picking circles in the state’s iconic town of Luckenbach.  When it came time to make an album from his latest batch of songs, he traveled back east to his home state of New Jersey and gathered a formidable group of musicians who he counts as some of his oldest friends.  In the process, they wrote some more songs together and recorded an album that they love.  With the album completed, they formed The Wait to take the album on the road and the music into the future.

Their Americana Alt-Country style draws from their outlaw country heroes such as Johnny CashWaylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard, but with a modern feel that will appeal to fans of current alt-country artists such as Jamey JohnsonRyan Adams, or Sturgill Simpson.  The songs range from energetic alt-country rock to touching story-telling ballads, with painterly lyrics delivered in a baritone that would make Johnny proud.  Their debut album Whiskey & Women is being released on Mint 400 Records in January 2017.


RIYL: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Ryan Adams, Sturgill Simpson
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 5

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

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


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The Regrettes
Feel Your Feelings Fool!
Warner Bros. Records
ADDS 1/17/17
CD / DIGITAL

The Regrettes have found themselves earmarked as the next big thing.” – Indie Shuffle

“Their music sounds like a lively blend of lo-fi surf rock meets The Strokes with a strong female lead – a combination sought by many but well executed by few” – Vogue

"an attitudinal, guitar-laced bop with retro sensibilities and catchy melodies." – Stereogum

"tongue-in-cheek garage-pop uses humor and nuance to transform ’60s pop into soul-baring, therapeutic rock songs." - Rookie Mag

"While The Regrettes are still fairly new, it’s clear that Night and her crew are a swiftly developing force to be reckoned with" - NOISEY

"Punk outfit The Regrettes confront their critics on new song “Seashore” ... An anthem for anyone who's ever been discounted because of their gender" - Consequence of Sound

Supported Sleigh Bells, Tacocat and Cherry Glazerr in 2016

Supporting The Frights in Early 2017

Perfectly imperfect – that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O – with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly – the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.


RIYL: Bleached, Courtney Barnett, Karen O, Hinds
DIRTY: #4, 5, 8, 10, 14 (Clean edits included in DL folder)
TRY: A Living Human Girl (#2), Hot (#4-edit), Seashore (#5-edit), Juicebox Baby (#6) and Pale Skin (#8-edit)

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

More Info Here:
http://www.theregrettes.com
https://www.facebook.com/regrettes
https://twitter.com/regrettesband
https://www.instagram.com/theregrettesband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyoxpN8nempUXYiZkbPtfXA


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Big Mother Gig
Almost Primed
Sweet Sweet Records
ADDS 1/17/17
DIGITAL ONLY

“We’re hooked from the very first cords, as Big Mother Gig does what they do best and leads us into a song that feels – instrumentally – like the rock soundtrack to an adventure flick with a pop flare.” - Impose Magazine

Milwaukee-based indie rock pioneers, Big Mother Gig, continued their comeback today with the premiere of their official video for lead single “Alvarado” on New Noise Magazine.

The song follows a trendy young man wandering around the intersection of Alvarado and Sunset in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles; which holds true to the sort of individual and culture that inspired the song in the first place. Footage of the three studios in which the band recorded the new EP (Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Subang Jaya, Malaysia where guitarist Riz Rashid now resides). “Alvarado” is a punchy, punk-tinged indie rock banger with flippant social commentary infused in the lyrics and a huge hook that makes the song accessible in spite of it’s outsider message.

Popular music is cyclical. A never-ending ebb-and-flow of different genres rising to the mainstream before taking a turn at being “yesterday’s news” for a decade or two. In the mid 1990’s indie rock was king. There were different bastions of local, insular rock communities just waiting for the major label system to come pluck their most promising stars out and deliver them to a stardom. One of the most influential of these scenes was the melodic-alt movement that was centered around the midwestern United States. These small town, punk-influenced rock scenes would eventually birth bands like The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring and Cap’n Jazz. These bands would in turn be credited with sparking the emo music that would dominate rock radio waves for the next ten years. Big Mother Gig was around for the start of this all, and were a pen-stroke away from transcending to the next level before the band decided to part ways and explore other opportunities. As the cycle seems to have come full circle since Big Mother Gig’s heyday, and bands like Beach Slang and American Football are garnering a huge buzz, Big Mother Gig may have picked the right time to make their return.

Big Mother Gig’s Almost Primed EP, their first new release in over 20 years, will be out on February 10th. The band will also be making a highly anticipated return to the stage with a hometown reunion show at the Turner Ballroom in Milwaukee on Saturday March 18th.


RIYL: Beach Slang, Titus Andronicus, Hold Steady, Superchunk, Bob Mould
TRY: #3, 4, 2

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

More Info Here:
http://bigmothergig.com/
https://www.facebook.com/bigmothergig/
https://twitter.com/bigmothergig
https://www.instagram.com/bigmothergig/
https://soundcloud.com/big-mother-gig


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The New Up
Tiny Mirrors
Self-Released
ADDS 1/17/17
CD / DIGITAL

Every so often, a band comes along with a collection of music that transcends the present moment with sharp, poignant songwriting and vibrant soundscapes. For San Francisco’s The New Up, it's their upcoming release Tiny Mirrors. The album is more than just another collection of rock songs (though these songs undoubtedly rock). Instead, it is a collection of carefully crafted tracks meant to be as thought-provoking as they are infectiously catchy. Engineered and mixed by Sean Beresford (Chuck Prophet, The Donnas, Vanessa Carlton) and produced by Jack Frost (Antarctica/BlackRock NYC), Tiny Mirrors is out on February 3, 2017.

Staying true to their DIY approach, The New Up blend genres and sprawl from gritty garage riffs to sharp electronic beats, with their philosophical lyric musings calling to mind Tame Impala. Meanwhile, lead singer Emily Pitcher’s sultry vocals (and occasional snarl) recall fellow badass female-fronted Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Kills, managing to capture a wide range of genuine emotion. Lead single “Future Is Now” melds a graceful melody with an unnerving narrative, while “Almost Human” delivers the universal longing connection, ever the more prevalent in this day and age, set in contrast to its jagged beats and heavy guitar tones. Then there’s the stunning “Black Swan,” a tale of rebellion against loneliness.

The New Up have turned out three self-released EPs (Gold, Better Off, Broken Machine) and one full-length (Palace of Industrial Hope). When it came time to start working on Tiny Mirrors, the band decided to launch an Indiegogo campaign to obtain the gear needed to create their own recording studio – which was essential to their realizing their creative vision for the album. After surpassing their crowdfunding goal, The New Up used those funds to construct a studio in their home (which included converting a closet into an isolation booth and executing some innovative microphone placement), as well as transform a secluded barn in a seaside Mendocino town into a state-of-the-art recording facility and finish up the producing and mixing process at engineer Beresford’s redwood-ensconced home.

The New Up is: ES Pitcher (vocals, guitar), Noah Reid (guitar, vocals), Hawk West (automation), Nick Massaro (bass) and Art McConnell (drums).


RIYL: Garbage, The Kills, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
TRY: #4, 3, 2

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

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