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Calexico
Edge Of The Sun
Anti-
ADDS 4/14/15
DIGITAL ONLY

NPR: First Listen

Consequence of Sound: review

Falling From the Sky” on CONAN!

Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles. For Edge of the Sun, the band’s keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán.

In view of the fresh creative perspective provided by the band’s journey to New Orleans to make its previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun’s Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact on the album. The writing here shows Burns and Convertino’s ongoing pursuit of the profound melody, creating music at once hauntingly accessible and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry from its international roster. “Madrid, Nashville, Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it’s an eclectic mix,” says Burns. “This album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going back and forth between a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark themes that I think we all share.”

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Sun Kil Moon, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Devotchka, Iron & Wine
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://www.casadecalexico.com
https://twitter.com/casadecalexico
https://www.facebook.com/calexico
http://www.anti.com/artists/calexico/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calexico_(band)



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Mavis Staples
Your Good Fortune
Anti-
ADDS 4/14/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Legend Mavis Staples is set to release Your Good Fortune, a new four-song EP produced by the acclaimed young cross-genre soul explorer Son Little. The record will arrive in stores on April 21st. The EP coincides with the recent premiere of a full-length documentary on the singer entitled “Mavis!”  


The songs on Your Good Fortune inventively merge Staples’ iconic and soulful voice, renowned as part of The Staple Singers and as a Grammy winning solo artist, with Little’s talent for reconfiguring the sensibilities of genres including soul, hip-hop and heavy rock. 
 
"I’m always excited to do new songs,” Mavis says. “And this young man wrote two just for me. Seemed like we were a team made in heaven.  He writes from his heart; he's a great singer who sings from his heart, and he reached my heart.  I'm so glad we got to work together.  The whole experience right down to the finished product was just extraordinary.” 
 
The disc features two original Son Little compositions, “Your Good Fortune” and “Fight,” paired with two reinterpreted classics, the Blind Lemon Jefferson composition “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” (previously recorded by The Staple Singers as “Dying Man’s Plea” in 1962), and the Pops “Roebuck” Staples-penned gospel classic  “Wish I Had Answered” first recorded by The Staple Singers in 1963.  The Staple Singers 45 RPM release on Riverside Records had as its B-side their take on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” making them the first African-American artists to record a Dylan song.



The film Mavis!, a full length documentary on the life of Staples directed by Jessica Edwards, recently premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin generating rave reviews from both audiences and press. 


RIYL: The Staple Singers, Pops Staples, Son Little, Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke
TRY: #1, 2, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://mavisstaples.com
https://www.facebook.com/mavisstaples
https://twitter.com/mavisstaples
http://www.anti.com/artists/mavis-staples/
http://www.last.fm/music/Mavis+Staples
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples



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Eels
Royal Albert Hall
Eworks/PIAS
ADDS 4/14/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Filmed by 12 cameras in the gorgeously-lit Royal Albert Hall in London, this new 2xCD/DVD live set finds EELS dapperly dressed in suits and ties, with all five band members stretching their musical capabilities past new boundaries, playing songs from 2014’s critically-acclaimed The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett for the first time along with songs spanning the EELS’ 19 year career.

Stereogum: preview

NME: preview

Paste: video premiere

Exclaim!: announcement

Billboard: video premiere

Q Magazine: video premiere

The Line Of Best Fit: preview


RIYL: Beck, Jason Lytle, Sparklehorse
DIRTY: #5, 10, 12, 14
POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE: #8 (Pissing), #11 (God Damn), #16 (Turd)
TRY: #1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 19, 25

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

More Info Here:
http://eelstheband.com
http://www.facebook.com/THEEELS
https://twitter.com/THE_EELS



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Underlined Passages
Underlined Passages
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 4/14/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"...immediately refreshing amidst an indie scene chock-full of poorly recorded productions... a superb record" - Tilting Windmills

"...conjuring up the makings of a timeless record." - Glitter & Stilettos

"...you will agree this is a must for any serious audiophile's collection." - Verycool Tunes

Underlined Passages’ core duo of Michael Nestor and Frank Corl (ex. Seldon Plan) are continuing a journey. They represent a facet of Baltimore music that has had long, deep roots in the city’s rock scene: good, brainy indie rock (e.g., the Oranges Band) that never quite blew up like the electric neon or far avant garde of other city artists. Lead singer Nestor’s Plan proceeded to evolve in this relatively overlooked corner of Baltimore’s indie scene, maturing and fine-tuning their craft through 2011 (around when Corl joined on drums). Somewhere along the way, instead of continuing in the straight indie rock tradition (a la Sunday’s Best/Nada Surf), they drifted towards a more pop-infused sound. Now, akin to relaxed and confident later era Ted Leo or newer Copeland, Underlined Passages find that Nestor and Corl have staked their claim squarely in indie pop territory and they couldn’t be happier. Big, cohesive melody and harmony take center stage here: soulful, borderline-wistful vocals; catchy and twangy guitars; tight drums that forgo any flash or excess; deliberate bass with forward momentum. Technically, their songs can seem deceptively sparse and simple. But that’s a bit of the point: Underlined Passages aren’t splashy, highlighter fare of the neon tights set. That was never their core sound, earlier or later in their artistic journey together. These are songs like opening a window, with a sensation not unlike taking in a long, deep lungful of fresh air. The chords wash over you and you’re swimming in their warmth. These are purposeful, tight arrangements. Though you may note a bit of world-weariness and distant nostalgia in Nestor’s vocals, you still feel that everything is right in its place. These are songs that swell and swirl in your head and heart, filling you with the same comfort and content that the artists felt when writing them. Underlined Passages are in a confident place, finally comfortable in their skin in both music and life. And you feel it from the first chord to the last fading note. - Gregory Szeto

Engineered by Frank Marchand (Thermals, Bob Mould, National, Calexico)


RIYL: Oranges Band, Ted Leo, Copeland, Sunday's Best, Nada Surf
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 8

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/underlinedpassages
http://underlinedpassages.bandcamp.com
http://underlineslove.tumblr.com
https://twitter.com/underpassages
http://mint400records.com



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Matt and Kim
New Glow
Harvest
ADDS 4/7/15

Brooklyn indie dance duo Matt and Kim release New Glow, the band’s latest full length on April 07th, 2015.

Matt and Kim, aka Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums), get things rolling in their exuberant style with a performance lyric video for the song “Get It”: Three minutes and seven seconds of heaven for anyone who has, or hasn’t yet, seen Matt and Kim’s legendary live shows.

With New Glow, the duo who love hip-hop and pop have made an album of undeniably catchy beat-driven anthems with hooks that just don’t stop and just won’t leave your head. “The best era of music is right now and I believe we’re doing our best work yet.” says Matt.

“Anyone who has seen one of our shows knows we love any style of music you can have fun and get wild to. I’m not sure we were able to put that diversity on any of our albums the way we did on New Glow. While there are definitely songs that will feel familiar to people who know our stuff, there are also songs like “Get It” which have always been part of who we are but went unrecorded to this point. We helped edit a lyric video for “Get It”, using live footage from a handful of festivals and shows we played in the last couple years. Going through that footage really made it hard to believe how lucky we are to have the best f**king job in the world.”

The two met while attending Pratt Institute and quickly became known for their thunder-punching, melodic mix of indie and dance music. Right off, Spin said “there truly is no sound these two won’t use to support their almost religious commitment to spreading huge grins,” while Pitchfork described their quality as “melody so happily jerky and rhythms so dangerously spastic that you can practically hear paroxysmal crowds pogo-ing madly…Johnson sings, and thousands of other kids in his zip code (and others like it around the country) feel like he’s describing their Saturday nights.”

Previously, Matt and Kim’s video for “Lessons Learned,” in which they strip naked in Times Square on a very cold February day, won an MTV Music Award for “Breakthrough Video.” 2012’s Lightning (FADER) featured the Alternative radio hit “Let’s Go” and single “Daylight” was certified Gold.

All the while they toured the globe, becoming the go-to band for raw exuberance, bombastic beats, sing-along refrains and dance-ready anthems on larger and larger scales. They’ve performed at many, many major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Firefly, Summerfest, Big Day Out, Fuji, V, Pukkelpop and Ultra.


RIYL: Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend
Try: #8, 1, 2, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://mattandkimmusic.com
http://instagram.com/mattandkim
https://www.facebook.com/mattandkim
http://twitter.com/mattandkim
http://youtube.com/mattandkim
http://mattandkim.tumblr.com



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Life Size Maps
Life Size Maps
Old Flame Records
ADDS 4/7/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“electronic pop that could fill sizable clubs with dancing bodies” – WNYC

“sounds like no other epic, euphoric band that has come before them” – Oh My Rockness

“deafening high energy” – The New Yorker

“sparkly dreamscapes of futuristic power-pop” – NewYork.com

“mechanical spaced out glitch-pop” – IMPOSE

Tiny Mix Tapes premiere: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/chocolate-grinder/watch-life-size-maps-“all-been-spent


RIYL: Anamanaguchi, Toro Y Moi, Small Black
TRY: #1, 2, 5

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

More Info Here:

http://oldflamerecords.com/life-size-maps/
https://www.facebook.com/LifeSizeMaps
https://lifesizemaps.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/lifesizemaps
https://twitter.com/lifesizemaps



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Ballroom Thieves
A Wolf In The Doorway
Blue Corn Music
ADDS 4/7/15
DIGITAL ONLY

In this increasingly virtual world of ours, what makes music authentic? For some, songs are no more than tiny sentimental decompressions. But others treat music as an extension of their roots, a mirror of their travels and relationships, and a testament to both their craft and passion.

For The Ballroom Thieves, the band’s journey has only just begun, but their roots already run quite deep. Now, on A Wolf in the Doorway the Thieves find themselves taking the very idea of “roots” and creating ways to make its associated sound progress, while making its encompassing spirit glow.

Stylistically, the trio finds a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time.

The Thieves are quick to point out that the foundation of their latest work is a reflection of their travels, their interactions, and their time on the road. The band has shared the stage with bands like The Lone Bellow, Houndmouth, and fellow New Englanders Dispatch over the last couple of years. Playing in front of six and playing in front of six hundred both happen with regularity, presenting their own sets of challenges and rewards. Of course, one of the greatest takeaways is the shared experience with any audience, and the creative fuel that it continues to produce.

For The Ballroom Thieves, this family tree has only just begun to bloom, but its roots give the trio a strong and solid structure from which to continue to build. A Wolf in the Doorway documents this growth in the most authentic way, sending any listener off with a heavier heart and a purer soul than when they arrived.

Relix premiere: http://www.relix.com/blogs/detail/song_premiere_the_ballroom_thieves_wild_woman#1


RIYL: The Lone Below, Little Green Cars, The Avett Brothers, Dawes

TRY: #1, 5, 12

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

More Info Here:
http://www.ballroomthieves.com/
https://twitter.com/BallroomThieves
https://www.facebook.com/ballroomthieves



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Netorare Fan Club
Make Believe
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 4/7/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Netorare Fan Club is the bedroom project of American singer-songwriter Matt Duy – (Queens-based at the onset of 2015) with origins in Hackettstown, New Jersey. The Netorare Fan Club debut record, Make Believe, due out April 7th on Mint 400 Records, initially was described as “a glistening success that combines reverbed guitars with sleepy vocals and synth-pop tinges… bringing to mind Yo La Tengo” by Obscure Sound.

The album’s cover art, illustrated by award winning short film animator Christina Molinterno, features a wistful snowscape tucked beneath a glistening night sky, and should immediately summon the words Dream Pop to mind in big bold letters to any observer. And for sure, Make Believe’s opener “Make Believe” delivers with a synesthesiatic pop number with glittering synths, chorus-soaked guitars, and whispery vocals about imaginative dream-lovers faraway. Though revamped with improved instrumentals, the song still contains the original guitar lines recorded in the spring of 2013. This is also the case for the sleepy tune “Bicycle”, and the tribal sounding “Crystal Jungle”, which feature ethnic bongos and a synthetic rainstick.

Though the syrupy dream pop elements prevail throughout the majority of Make Believe’s ~40 minutes, the presence of post-punk influences cannot be ignored, especially in 3rd track “Girlfriend”. Towards the end, the wrenching solo over fuzzed-out chords is reminiscent of the opening to “Only Shallow” off the album Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, and boldly departs from the song’s prior melodic overtones, trading them for harsh dissonance.

Despite the innocuous contours of the music, listeners may find the lyrical content uncomfortable at times and melancholic without a doubt. Ben Gibbard’s influence on Duy’s songwriting is palpable through soft-spoken verses of unrequited love and longing, though manifested through more sensual and eerie contexts. The tenth and final track, “Netorare”, unambiguously illustrates a voyeuristic escapade true to the song’s title which in Japanese literally translates as taken away by sleeping with. The ecchi nature of the content is masked by the song’s poppy melody and flirts more so in the electropop territory, and is the album’s only track with no guitars.

Arguably the most dreamy song on Make Believe is the six minute ballad “Go to sleep”, the first single released by Netorare Fan Club. With a myriad of instruments culminating in one sweeping crescendo, the ninth track more appropriately serves as the climax of the album. The chorus and outro sections also feature female vocalist, Ally Hardy, a friend of the band.

“Imagine living out an entire lifetime in a single dream and when you awake you’ve forgotten everything, but all the emotions experienced in that lifetime come rushing into your head. Some are wonderful and some are unnerving. I think that was sort of the feeling I was trying to convey” Duy said about this epic debut album.


TRY: #1, 2, 9
RIYL: The Postal Service, The Cure, Yo La Tengo

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

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



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Strung Out
Transmission.Alpha.Delta
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 3/31/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Noisey album premiere: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/strung-out-transmission-alpha-delta-album

Transmission.Alpha.Delta is the latest blast from the undisputed champs of metal-laced punk-rock, STRUNG OUT. True to form, the band continues to evolve their patented sound through 12 new tracks saturated with lightning fast riffs, clobbering rhythms, and fresh vocal melodies.

Transmission.Alpha.Delta perfectly tightropes between the catchy essence and energy of STRUNG OUT’s early work and the darker, even more aggressive tenor of their later releases. In an effort to record their strongest album to date STRUNG OUT teamed up with producer Kyle Black (Paramore, Comeback Kid, Set Your Goals, New Found Glory, Shai Hulud) and labored for nearly a year in and out of the studio. The result of that effort is incredible.

Every song on the album blends a massive charge of sound with numerous intricate elements that each jump right off the page. From the throttling pace of “Rats in the Walls” to the electrifying melody of “Nowheresville”, Transmission.Alpha.Delta never lets up. Of course, neither does the band. STRUNG OUT is primed to unleash an all-out blitz on the US, Europe, and Australia with a slew of dates lined up throughout 2015. Contact us if you'd like to request Tix / Interviews / Etc.


RIYL: Bad Religion, Rise Against, Lawrence Arms, Pennywise
TRY: #4, 1, 2, 11
DIRTY: #3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.strungout.com
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/12
https://www.facebook.com/strungout
https://twitter.com/StrungOut



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Big Little Lions
A Little Frayed, A Little Torn
Far Flung / Blaster Records
ADDS 3/31/15
DIGITAL ONLY

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

Big Little Lions, the ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten, craft precisely detailed, harmoniously resonant music bi-coastally; Otten in his Ohio valley studio and Austin in her little red studio on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Both successful singer/songwriters in their own right, their paths first crossed at a conference panel on songwriting success (between them they have had hundreds of TV, movie and ad placements.) In their collaborative body of work as Big Little Lions, Austin is the heart and soul and Otten is the bones and blood.

Most of their forthcoming Far Flung / Blaster Records release A Little Frayed, A Little Torn was written via email, with the duo sending anything from an initial idea to an entire song to one another, followed by myriad additions and alterations pinging back and forth across the ether. In fact, Austin and Otten have actually found a certain freedom in being able to write without the other person’s energy invading one’s space – says Austin, “there was one time we were trying to write a lyric in the same room... so I waited until Paul went to the bathroom and when he returned I had a verse and chorus!”

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


RIYL: Chairlift, She and Him, The Lumineers, Run River North, Saintseneca, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 3, 9

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

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



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William Elliott Whitmore
Radium Death
Anti-
ADDS 3/31/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“these stark folk/blues tunes could be a century old” - SPIN

Whitmore proves that you don’ t need more than a banjo, an expres- sive voice and a heartfelt story in order to craft something truly extraordinary.” - AP

Known for the sparse, haunting qualities of his mostly solo recordings of what he refers to as “roots-folk music,” in which his husky voice is often accompanied by little more than a banjo or acoustic guitar, William Elliott Whitmore sought to add some new pitches to his bullpen for his new ANTI- release Radium Death. “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff,” says Whitmore. “I wanted to switch it up a little bit and plug in to see what that felt like.”

“I was reading a lot about the so-called ‘radium girls’ of the early 1900’s, these assembly lines of women painting watch dials with radium to make them glow in the dark,” he says, detailing how the workers would lick the tips of their paintbrushes to get them pointy while dipping them repeatedly into the chemical substance before it was known to be dangerous. “So, in my mind ‘radium death’ came to represent something that you’re told is good for you—maybe by a higher power—but really is killing you. It represents those lies that are told, and how we can protect ourselves against them.”

The songs assembled, while not a concept album, present a cohesive look into those recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival. The blazing (even by WEW standards) opener, “Healing To Do,” pulls no punches, kicking in immediately with the rhythmic shuffle of a full band, an organ, and Whitmore’s upbeat rasp. The pace continues with songs like “Trouble in Your Heart,” “1000 Deaths” and “Don’t Strike Me Down,” preaching patient hope, rebirth, renewal, and revolt over stomping drums, acoustic strumming and even an electric guitar solo.


RIYL: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Sean Rowe, Justin Townes Earle
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 4, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://williamelliottwhitmore.com
https://www.facebook.com/williamelliottwhitmore
https://instagram.com/teamwhitmore/
http://www.anti.com/artists/william-elliott-whitmore/


 

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Mint 400 Records Presents 1967
Various Artists
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 3/31/15
DIGITAL ONLY

A compilation of songs written and recorded in the year 1967.

You may be asking yourself why a compilation of music from the specific year of 1967? First let me say Mint 400 Records is an interesting mix of artists that have a wide host of influences but a majority have a little bit of that element that made bands from the late 60’s so influential. One of the labels most popular bands Sink Tapes could possibly be confused for The Velvet Underground if you played their tracks side by side and others like Murzik will make you think it’s the second coming of Leonard Cohen. Bands like Jersey City’s One and Nines are an exact replica of the kinds of bands that were coming out of 60’s era Motown while Zach Uncles & The Mosquitos could be confused with The Ventures any day of the week. The majority of bands on Mint 400 Records have a strong 60’s influence and 1967 seemed like the year that was most important.

1967 had the summer of love and bands like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles had all started to move far past writing bubble gum pop type singles. All of this possibly inspired by The Beach Boys landmark album Pet Sounds (which the Mint 400 Roster has already covered in its entirety) was a precursor to this great movement in music. Incredible albums from 1967 include The Velvet Underground’s Nico/Warhol album, Love’s Forever Changes, The Doors debut, Pink Floyd’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and about a hundred other of the most important records of all time. Although we were only able to sample a small portion of this era we hope the listener sees how these songs translate today into arrangements that are just as exciting now as they were then.

"I liked the idea of covering a classic song originally recorded using a whole band with horn and string sections behind it. Especially during the bridge of "Can't take my eyes off you", the combo of brass and strings creates a nice progression and harmony reminiscent of swing era jazz that you just don't hear nowadays. It's also a really simple and happy sort of love song where the singer is just saying how much he/she loves someone in many different ways and it really reflects the whole peace and love ideology of the late 60s." - Matt Nguyen | Netorare Fan Club

“We really enjoy playing classic covers and picking apart the instrumentation, harmonies, melodies & arrangements and then later incorporating that into the original music we write. Projects like this inspire us to write our own classics. The music of especially 1967 has a complexity and simplicity all within the same song that is still sought after in modern music.” - Neil Sabatino | Fairmont

“When I heard the theme of the compilation album, my first thought was ‘I want do a song from the Jungle Book'… the Jungle Book sits in the heart of what I might call the Disney’s ‘Golden Years’, the near 50 years from 1950 to around 1998 where they were churning out classic after classic. It may at first seem incongruous to throw a Disney song in the mix with bunch of influential 60’s rock but, considering the influence of the music of Disney’s films, I think it’s actually quite fitting.” - Adam Howard | The Duke of Norfolk

"1967 was a wildly creative period for music in the midst of a psychedelia break out. I have always been drawn to the dark and deep yet simplistic poetry of The Doors. I collaborated with Neil Sabatino on the arrangement. My goal when recording “Love Me Two Times" was to explore the blues element in The Doors’ writing.” - Jack Skuller | Mint 400 Artist

This is a Free Download available at: tinyurl.com/MINT400PRESENTS1967


TRY: #1, 2, 4, 5

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

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



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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