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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/


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Maria Taylor
In The Next Life
Flower Moon Records
ADDS 1/10/17
CD / DIGITAL

NPR First Listen:
http://www.npr.org/2016/12/01/503612911/first-listen-maria-taylor-in-the-next-life

MARIA TAYLOR "IN THE NEXT LIFE" (Flower Moon Records) By Maria Taylor:

Am I in it? is it now? Is it what comes after this life? I've lived so many lives within this life.

I grew up singing and writing songs as early as I can remember. I was writing words before I knew words, making them up and singing them.

I started a band when I was 15 with my best friend, Orenda Fink. We named it Punchanella. Later we grew into a pop band and called ourselves Little Red Rocket. As we honed our craft, we also found our music to be cathartic and a way to cope with the death of someone close to us. Our music changed as it mirrored our lives and with the change we became Azure Ray. We came into ourselves as Azure Ray.

But as time equals growth and change, after many records and many, many years together I started my solo career. I loved the freedom I had to explore different genres within a single record. Every record I released since then has been a reflection of where life has taken me. Fast forward to 2016. A move back to California and a husband and two children later I've found myself looking at my favorite release of all of my work. I rummaged through my life, taking parts of my past lives and intertwining them with my current life. I've imagined my life beyond what is now. I've taken all that I've learned both musically and lyrically (with the help of my incredibly talented friends) and put it into this record. I kept asking myself, "If I die tomorrow, what would I want my last record to say?"

I teamed up with one of my favorite songwriters and producers, Nik Freitas, to co-produce this record. I love his music and what he brought to these songs. I called in help from many of my super-talented friends and family. I balanced my femininity with beautiful male backing vocals. "If Only" features Conor Oberst. "It Will Find Me" and "Pretty Scars" feature Joshua Radin. There are also appearances from Nik Freitas, Macey Taylor, Jake Bellows, Louis Schefano and the female exception, Morgan Nagler. One of my dearest friends and favorite poets, Brad Armstrong, was my lyric coach for this record. Writing a record and raising two kids has many challenges. I would find myself in ruts with the lyrics and Brad would help me with different approaches and steer my brain away from the obvious. I even co-wrote lyrics to "There's Only Now" with one of my favorite lyricists and friends, Morgan Nagler. My connection to this record was also the impetus for self-releasing under the my own label, Flower Moon Records.

In The Next Life sums up my past, my present, and my future. I'm so fortunate to have this life to write about, these friends to write it with.

"As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin." - Pablo Neruda

Maria Taylor is a singer-songwriter from Birmingham, AL, residing in Los Angeles, CA. In the Next Life, is her 6th solo effort, and her first release on her own label, Flower Moon Records. She is also a member of the duo Azure Ray (Saddle Creek Records) with Orenda Fink. Taylor has previously played or collaborated with Bright Eyes, Moby, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and more. Appearances on In the Next Life include: Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Joshua Radin, Nik Freitas (Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band), Macey Taylor (Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Jenny Lewis, AA Bondy), Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), Louis Schefano (Remy Zero, Suspicious Light), Morgan Nagler (Whispertown), and Tiffany Osborn.


RIYL: Azure Ray, Orenda Fink, Jenny Lewis, The Mynabirds
TRY: #3, 1, 2, 4, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://mariataylormusic.com
http://facebook.com/mariataylor
http://instagram.com/mariataylor1111
http://twitter.com/maria_taylor
http://flowermoonrecords.com


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The Bitter Chills
Feel-Good Songs for Feel-Bad People
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 1/10/17
DIGITAL ONLY

Two-stepping their way back and forth across the borderline between rootsy Americana and melodic rock, The Bitter Chills are aiming to cheer up a somber nation with their second album, Feel-Good Songs for Feel-Bad People. Produced with Mint 400 Records head Neil Sabatino, this record features a more polished, assertive sound than the band's largely acoustic debut -- although there are still plenty of folk and country sounds in this batch of wry, catchy songs. 

"A bunch of guys from New Jersey, snazzily dressed and singing a 'Generic Irish Drinking Song,' is the very definition of fun! - Jim Nelson, KCSN, Los Angeles

"The Bitter Chills bring a lot to the table including well written songs, great musicianship, strong vocals, and lyrics that are intelligent, witty and memorable.  These clean-cut lads are real-deal songwriters and musicians in an age where machines often create more music than people do." - Gene Foley, President of Foley Entertainment and author of Artist Development - A Distinctive Guide To The Music Industry's Lost Art.

“Songwriting and vocal chops that could make Marshall Crenshaw jealous." - Glenn Morrow | Bar None Records


RIYL: Punch Brothers, The Decemberists, The Lone Bellow
DIRTY: #5 (clean version included in download folder)
TRY: #11, 3, 2

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

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


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Hard Proof
Stinger
Modern Outsider
ADDS 1/10/17
CD / DIGITAL

Hard Proof tightly fuses sounds from sub-Saharan Africa with adventurous jazz and deep funk to stimulate your brain and move your feet.” - KCRW

“The group is rooted in conjuring relentless, driving grooves that make it impossible to resist dancing along with as they ride down a wave of pure African funk.” – Glide Magazine

“Bringing a funky vibe to their music, Hard Proof is a band that is as infectious as they are talented.” - Austin.Com

“Austin-based 10-piece ensemble Hard Proof brings together influences of African funk, world music, and jazz to create something unique.” - Live for Live Music

The Austin-based ten-piece collective of musicians known as Hard Proof is set to release their new album Stinger on January 13th, 2017 via Modern Outsider Records. This highly anticipated album arrives on the heels of Hard Proof’s 100% analog 45rpm LP produced by Jim Eno (Spoon) for his Public Hi-Fi imprint earlier this year. Stinger was produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith, who has worked with The Darkness, Built to Spill, Meat Puppets, the Toadies, and a myriad of Austin bands.

Hard Proof is: Aaron Sleator (guitar), Derek Phelps (trumpet), Gerardo Larios (guitar, keyboard), Jason Frey (tenor saxophone), Joe Sokolik (bass), John Branch (guitar, keyboards), Joseph Woullard (baritone saxophone, flute), Stephen Bidwell (drums, percussion), Thomas Tony Cruz (congas), and Tommy Spampinato (percussion).

Founded in 2008, Hard Proof is a super-group featuring members of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, The Calm Blue Sea, Cougar, Ocote Soul Sounds, the Echocentrics, and several other notable Austin acts. As if they weren’t busy enough between Hard Proof and their other bands, the Hard Proof Horns have found work as sidemen with notable acts such as Spoon, Antibalas, Gary Clark Jr., Broken Social Scene, the Walkmen, Dave Matthews Band, Band of Horses and others.

The band began by studying the blueprint of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band, as well as funk and jazz from the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. While their self-titled album was well received on its 2010 release, there seems to be universal agreement that their live shows are something not to be missed. Austin taste-maker Laurie Gallardo of KUTX may have put it best: "This local nine-piece ensemble always puts on an electrifying live show, an absolute blowout of non-stop percussion action and blasting brass, bringing the best of both worlds to the stage by mixing classic styles and plenty of their personal panache to own the show." In 2013, Hard Proof released their first vinyl, partnering with Canada's Kept Records for the Dragon/Tere 45 that they tracked with Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout. In 2014 Hard Proof released a Cassette Store Day cassingle, and played the Austin City Limits festival after a successful East coast run.

With excitement towards their upcoming release, the band explains, "Frenchie really understood that we wanted live takes, and his high energy behind the mixing board really made these recordings come out like a live show. We can't wait for everyone to hear these performances, we had some really good moments on this.”


RIYL: Budos Band, Grupo Fantasma, Fela Kuti, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
TRY: #1, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.hardproofmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HardProofAfrobeat/
https://twitter.com/hardproof
http://modernoutsider.com/artists/hard-proof


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Enemies
Valuables
Topshelf Records
ADDS 1/3/17
CD / DIGITAL

Valuables is a sinewy collection of guitar-led gold, with flickering licks and soothing vocals brewed together - it's addictively poppy and stuffed with chest-pumping percussion.” – The Line Of Best Fit

“...airy and elemental and open, sort of like it was ripped apart and stitched back together again, a swell of pinpricks and smooth lines.” - Stereogum

“...the new cut is a markedly significant statement, incorporating a spaced-out, blissful swell of instrumentation...”
-GoldFlakePaint

Formed in 2007 in Kilcoole, Ireland, Enemies have spent the better part of ten years writing, recording and producing their own records. Having travelled the world with tours in Asia, The US and Europe (selling out shows in London, New York and Tokyo), the band has continuously developed their sound, remaining incredibly distinct within Ireland’s experimental music scene.

Enemies surprise their listeners with every release by constantly tweaking and perfecting their own brand of intelligent, pop-infused rock, and latest single ‘itsallwaves’ is no exception to this ethic. Not content to fit neatly into any particular category or sub-genre, Enemies have continued to evolve their sound into something that goes beyond the labels of math or post-rock.

In September 2016 Enemies announced that their third album 'Valuables' would be their last.


RIYL: Foals, Broken Social Scene, Everything Everything
TRY: #1, 3, 7

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

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


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Young Legs
The Petal and the Page
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 1/3/17
DIGITAL ONLY

"Many bands will say that they don’t like being defined. Instead, Young Legs makes music that cannot be defined." - NJ Racket

"Donahue's voice is simply fantastic and extremely easy on the ears." - No More Division

"Donahue shows off deft control of mood and impeccable melodic skill... From whispery folk to brash indie-rock, the songwriting here never falters." - Independent Clauses

Steven Donahue, the man behind Bloomfield NJ's Young Legs does it all. Steven is a producing and playing machine, from his latest production of Pixl-Visionary & Kult Of Mary albums to his stints as a musician with The Big Drops, Trim Tabs and others. However in his solo project Young Legs, Donahue excels at writing haunting ballads that range from Nick Drake-ish to Elliot Smith-ish as well as songs like "The Historian" that feel like a Belle and Sebastian or Lucksmiths cover. "The Petal and The Page" is Donahue's third release with NJ's Mint 400 Records and shows an amazing maturity and skillfully honed songwriting that makes Young Legs one of the more unique bands from the Garden State. This new album is a monumental leap forward in production, songwriting and will be sure to announce to the world that Young Legs is here and should be your new favorite indie band.


RIYL: Vampire Weekend, Sea Wolf, Sufjan Stevens
TRY: #7, 2, 3, 6, 8

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

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

 

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Dr. Dog
Abandoned Mansion
Self-Released
ADDS 12/6/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Have you ever wondered, “Gee, I wonder when we’ll hear some new Dr. Dog tunes?”.

No, I don’t think you have.  In fact, no one has.  We put out more music than the Wolfman and Frankenstein combined.  They’re lightweights. And now we have an even newer album. Gah? That’s right. It’s called Abandoned Mansion and it’s out today.  Its a mood record.  What I call Easy Peasy listening.  Nothing too jarring or atonal.  No blips or bloops or anything else that might unsettle you.  There’s plenty of upright bass for any of you tall people.  And, also plenty of acoustic guitar for those of you trying to live off the grid.  Oh, and the harmonies put God’s own angels to shame. Also lightweights.  We did a song a day for two weeks.  And, almost everything was tracked live, except for some pretty egregious organ clams that we had to punch in over.   Thematically, this is Dr. Dog meat and potatoes.  Our proverbial wheelhouse.  Songs of the oldest questions.  Songs as tools to finding oneself.  And most importantly, songs of acceptance. Acceptance of yourself and acceptance of the others around you.  Enough pontificating.  The album is great and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg either.  Unless, you are literally made out of money.

Speaking of money, it’s been a shocking few weeks and while we didn’t make the record with this intention it seems like a good time to try and help good people who are trying to do good things. If you buy a download of the album between now and the end of January, 100% of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

You can stream Abandoned Mansion for free at Bandcamp!

There is a limited edition cassette version of Abandoned Mansion. You can buy it here while they last!

That’s it, we hope you love the record.


RIYL: Delta Spirit, Deer Tick, Good Old War, Wilco, Labryyynth
TRY: #7, 1, 4, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.drdogmusic.com/
https://twitter.com/DrDogMusic
https://www.facebook.com/Drdog/
https://www.instagram.com/drdogmusic/


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Guttermouth
New Car Smell
Rude Records / Bird Attack Records
ADDS 11/29/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Rude Records is proud to announce the release of “New Car Smell”, the new EP from Southern California punk rock heroes GUTTERMOUTH, out on November 25th worldwide in collaboration with Bird Attack Records. The EP is the follow-up to “Got It Made”, their first EP of new music in 10 years, which was released in early July.
  
The band comments: “There wasn’t a lot of pressure to do that first EP so the process was fun, and we just wrote some songs. We had no idea at all what to expect from our fans, but their response was great! We had a few more ideas up our sleeve. Bird Attack/Rude Records gave us their blessing to support it, so this gave us quite a bit of motivation to kick it in gear and write another record, and hopefully a better one. We had lots of ideas and narrowed it down to another 6 songs which we all feel good about. Once we had it all sorted out, we went back to Florida and recorded ‘em!“ 
  
Known for their short, fast and loud songs, outrageous antics and offensive lyrics, Guttermouth has attracted plenty controversy over the years. In other words - they are punk rock as it's meant to be.

In a collective statement, the band adds, "We think it’s safe to say this EP is different than the first one, but still has the classic Guttermouth feel. We never set out to sound a certain way. We worked on a bunch of different ideas and basically it came down to these 6 that we all felt were strong. Hopefully we get a similar response as the first EP and still have that New Car Smell!!!”
 
Formed in Huntington Beach, California in 1998, Guttermouth was heavily influenced by the Southern California punk rock scenes of the 1980's which spawned bands such as the Adolescents, The Vandals, Social Distortion, Fear, Descendents, Angry Samoans, Bad Religion and Black Flag.
 
The band took these influences and developed their own style of fast, punk tempos with humorously sarcastic and offensive lyrics coupled with equally outrageous and offensive behavior, developing a reputation for chaotic live shows.
 

RIYL: Descendents, Bad Religion, The Vandals
TRY: #3, 5, 6
DIRTY: 2, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Guttermouth
https://www.instagram.com/guttermouthofficial/
https://twitter.com/guttermouthxxx
http://www.ruderecorz.com/
http://www.birdattackradio.com/


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Frenzal Rhomb
We Lived Like Kings
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 11/29/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Our favorite Aussies, FRENZAL RHOMB, have a LOT of records. Seriously, they have eight full-lengths and at least twice as many singles & EP’s! Who knew? Not us, as we seem to have missed out on half of them ourselves! So, as a courtesy to you, the "Bird Attack" enthusiast who doesn’t know where to begin with their back catalog, today we offer you this: We Lived Like Kings (We Did Anything We Wanted): The Best of Frenzal Rhomb

Back in the mire of the early nineties, from somewhere beneath a pile of wallet chains and cut off army pants, Frenzal Rhomb emerged, their white suburban fingers clutching onto goon casks and bucket bongs and other appropriate paraphernalia. Before too long those fingers wrote riffs and those riffs became songs and their overly-Australian-accented voices sung rhyming swear words on those songs in perfect three-part harmonies. Across the oceans, a large man named Mike heard these utterings, and was vaguely curious.
 

Fast forward to 2016: Eight albums have been recorded, each better or at least newer than the last. Countless world tours (if you’ve counted them, please let us know for taxation purposes), sharing the stage with everyone from NOFX to Nickelback (that was actually at the same gig). The dubious (if unofficial) honor of being the most hospitalised band in the world–everything from broken drumming arms and detached guitar-playing retinas to an actual pig-borne tapeworm in the lead singer’s actual brain–it’s amazing that Frenzal Rhomb are even here at all, let alone coherent enough to gather together all of their biggest and most (insert adjective here to make them sound better than they are) songs in one BRAND NEW ALBUM FULL OF OLD SONGS!
 

Frenzal Rhomb isn’t Australian for beer. That was a lie told to Americans to sell records. Frenzal Rhomb is the Australian word for not being smart enough to know when to quit, or that persistent rash that shows up every time you want to impress someone special.


RIYL: NOFX, Propagandhi, Pennywise
DIRTY: #1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, 33, 34
(And possibly more, proceed with caution!)
TRY: #9

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/15
https://twitter.com/frenzalofficial
https://www.facebook.com/FrenzalRhomb/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frenzal_Rhomb


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Trouble In The Wind
Lefty
Self-Released
ADDS 11/29/16
CD / DIGITAL

Trouble in the Wind’s stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by songwriter Robby Gira, whose staggering powerful voice creates the center of attention of their songs. The group’s instrumentation of accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs which blend and range from ballads to surf folk to soulful rockers.

“...Aside from an undeniable ability to make their music work in the live setting, what really made Trouble in the Wind shine was Gira’s honesty and raw emotion. It was clear that he pours a lot of himself into his songs, and his refreshing humility was a sight to see. Do yourself a favor and track down Trouble in the Wind before they realize how good they are and move to Austin, or Nashville, or Brooklyn, or something.” - Owl & Bear

"It’s almost hard to believe how great this record is. Shades of pop, alt-country, folk and good ol’ fashioned rock & roll burst out of this 13-song masterpiece by these North County lads, where each song is more delectably tasty than the next. Sweeping back-porch ballads hang alongside buzzing barnyard rompers with ease, alternating quite nicely between "Harvest"-era Neil Young love letters and old-school Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-esque power-pop gems. I thought the band's 2014 album “Slide Rock” was good -- turns out it was just an appetizer." - Sound Diego/NBC 7 San Diego


RIYL: Okkervil River, Kurt Vile, The Head and the Heart, Colour Revolt, Sean Rowe
TRY: #3, 7, 1
DIRTY: #9

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

More Info Here:
http://www.troubleinthewind.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Troubleinthewind/
https://twitter.com/TroubleNTheWind
https://www.instagram.com/troubleinthewind/


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LITE
Cubic
Topshelf Records
ADDS 11/22/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Despite their ludicrously tight and impossibly technical musicianship, Tokyo band LITE walks a fine line between autistic guitar-noodle perfectionism and genuine organic "holy sh!t that's cool" exhibitionist thrills." - Noisey

"Acolytes of Don Caballero, Parts & Labor and the like, rejoice! Even without vocals, the band packs plenty of potent, progressive punches." - CLRVYNT

LITE is a Japanese instrumental rock band known for thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms. Widely regarded for their explosive live show and tireless touring in the US, Europe and Asia, LITE are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Japan in the last decade.

The quartet who is entering their 14th year together, boasts a tremendous back catalog including four full-length albums and six EPs including 2010’s Illuminate (recorded with John McEntire) and 2012's Past Present Future which featured Caroline from Mice Parade. Their most recent album Installation (2014, Topshelf Records) was their first proper US release.

On their fifth album, Cubic, out November 16, 2016 via Topshelf, LITE creates music with a heartbeat. Cubic was mixed at Machines With Magnets with Keith Souza (Battles) and mastered by Heba Kadry (!!!, Prefuse 73, The Mars Volta) at Timeless Mastering in New York.


RIYL: Dawn of Midi, Battles, Tortoise, Ratatat
TRY: #7, 1, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/lite
https://twitter.com/LITE_JP
http://lite-web.com/cubic/
https://www.facebook.com/liteband/
https://www.instagram.com/lite_jp/


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NGHTCRWLRS
Raging Hot
Sniffling Indie Kids/Mint 400
ADDS 11/22/16
DIGITAL ONLY

NGHTCRWLRS return with their second album Raging Hot, following their self-titled 2015 debut. With Raging Hot, NGHTCRWLRS mold indie rock in their own inventive and highly sarcastic image. Lead single “Are Two Dee Too” is ‘90s indie rock from an alternate universe, somehow managing to be as quirky, catchy and original as the guitar rock from that decade is remembered to be. “Disco Diva” and “Fear and Greed” take funky ‘80s glam and combine it with all manner of psychedelia and noise. The catchy punk rock of “Coffee and Weed”, “Losers” and “Quarter Inch Cable” reveal the band’s innate sense of humor but are balanced out with the bad trip shoegaze of “Lot Lizard” and “Rot”. The brilliant album closer “Waiting...” sounds like a Sunny Day Real Estate song from another dimension.

Who knew that guitar rock could sound so exciting and invigorating in 2016? Raging Hot is one of the most exceptional and interesting albums of the year. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: Title Fight, Fugazi, Sonic Youth
DIRTY: #1, 4, 6 (Clean edits included in downloads folder)
SINGLE: Clean version of #1
ALSO TRY: #5, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.snifflingindiekids.com
http://mint400records.com
https://nghtcrwlrs.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/NGHTCRWLRS
https://twitter.com/nghtcrwlrs


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Zach Quinn
One Week Record
Fat Wreck Chords/One Week Records
ADDS 11/22/16
DIGITAL ONLY

“One Week is fueled by an entirely different impetus and medium, delivered by Zach and Zach alone. The result is refreshingly uncharted territory.” - Punk News (4.5/5) https://www.punknews.org/review/14504/zach-quinn-one-week

Have you ever pondered what Zach Quinn, singer of PEARS, is like in his quiet moments? Does he even have quiet moments? When he isn’t stomping holes in a stage, he’s always moving. That motion continued from the PEARS stages to a more contemplative path, when he partnered with Joey Cape to produce and release his solo album over at One Week Records. As Zach explains, “This was the most fun I’ve had making a record. I showed up with a bunch of stuff that was unfinished, and we fleshed it out in the studio. It was like going to songwriting summer camp. The One Week concept only works because Joey has such good taste and clear vision, and there’s nothing more exciting for me than working with someone from whom there is so much to learn. The Caper is unparalleled. I’m super proud of this one.” Zach Quinn’s debut solo album was released digitally back in May on One Week Records. FAT WRECK CHORDS released the vinyl edition on November 11th.


RIYL: Pears, Joey Cape, Greg Graffin, John K. Samson
TRY: #3, 1, 2

Head to New Noise to listen to “Infinite Sigh”: http://newnoisemagazine.com/exclusive-zach-quinn-infinite-sigh/#

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

More Info Here:
http://www.fatwreck.com/news/detail/1025
https://www.oneweekrecords.com/releases/zach-quinn/
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/124
https://twitter.com/pearstheband
https://www.facebook.com/PEARStheband


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Martyrs
The Great Disturbance
Self-Released
ADDS 11/22/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Martyrs is a band from Boston, MA. The people behind Martyrs take their music very seriously and have a long standing commitment to regularly supporting and participating in DIY music and art culture. Although Martyrs’ music is heavily rooted in Hardcore Punk subculture, the members’ influences are quite diverse and the band puts a serious effort into incorporating a variety of appropriate and relevant styles into their writing. Martyrs create music that both triggers a sense of excitement in listeners and inspires them explore musical styles that they formerly would have shied away from.

Martyrs recorded their first, self-titled record in 2014 at God City with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Russian Circles). After going through a series of lineup changes the band recorded The Great Disturbance in August of 2016 with Jay Maas (Defeater) at Getaway Recording.

Since the breakup of his band Shanghai Valentine in 2006, Dave (lead vocals / rhythm guitar) has been wanting to create music that remained loyal to the roots of hardcore punk while discovering appropriate ways to extend beyond its traditional sound. In the Spring of 2013, Dave started working with his close friend Vincent (lead guitar) in an attempt to flesh out some of the tunes that were floating around in his head. After a going through a series drummers, guitarists and bass players, they finally nailed down the first iteration; the group that created their debut. Since that recording, all members aside from Vincent and Dave were eventually replaced. Martyrs are now Dave, Vincent, Aaron (ambient guitar), Spencer (bass), and Sean (drums.)

Martyrs primary reason for existence is playing shows; ideally in all ages/DIY settings such as basements, function halls and art galleries. Martyrs has chosen explicitly to refrain from engaging in social media, believing that direct human interaction is critical to the organic evolution of art. Although Martyrs have strong convictions when it comes to DIY music and art culture, they are interested in intimately interacting with as many people and bands as possible both from inside and outside the culture.

The Great Disturbance was written in both Dave and Vincent’s living rooms, and honed live at Studio 52 in Allston, MA. While each song is meant to stand on its own, a major narrative theme running through record is the idea that the majority of human suffering is due to unaddressed irrational beliefs held by the individual. This draws heavily on material often documented in the field of clinical psychology with a heavy emphasis on the works of Albert Ellis. Although this theme is a universal assessment of humanity as a whole, the record at times focuses on how this concept specifically relates to modern underground art and music culture as well.

Dave hopes that those that listen to The Great Disturbance come away from the record with a sense of excitement, a desire to join them in live settings in support of what they do, and beyond that a desire to explore their local DIY art and music scene in person, away from their devices.


RIYL: F*cked Up, OFF!, Defeater, Touché Amoré, Worshipper
TRY: #4, 2, 7, 12
DIRTY: #6

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

More Info Here:
https://youtu.be/gh4JS0sZ2nM