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Menzingers
Rented World
Epitaph
ADDS 4/22/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Rented World is the band's follow-up to their 2012 release On The Impossible Past. Though it's still very much a Menzingers album, the band treated this album a little differently enlisted Jon Low with Miner Street Studio to engineer the material. Low, known for his work with indie Americana artists like Sharon Van Etten, The National, and Kurt Vile helped The Menzingers push their boundaries to create Rented World that is 12 tracks of memorable hooks, sentimental lyrics, and fiery heart.

Pitchfork calls The Menzingers's sound "earnest melodic punk with just enough Replacements-esque recklessness."

It's blithely straightforward and excruciatingly passionate," according to Stereogum.

And according to Noisey, Rented World is "gonna be one of the best records of the year."
 


In support of the new album, Menzingers are going on tour with Lemuria, PUP, and Cayetana this spring.


RIYL: Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Rise Against, Lawrence Arms, Frank Turner
TRY: #10, 2, 5, 7, 8
DIRTY: #1, 3
(CLEAN EDIT of #1 on DL page)

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

More Info Here:
http://themenzingers.com
https://www.facebook.com/themenzingers
http://themenzingers.tumblr.com
https://twitter.com/themenzingers
http://www.epitaph.com/artists/artist/286/The_Menzingers



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Broken Twin
May
Anti-
ADDS 4/22/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Anti- is delighted to announce the signing of Danish artist Broken Twin: the performing moniker of a young and exciting musician, Majke Voss Romme.

After formative years spent listening to artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Nico and Nick Drake, Broken Twin has found her own voice by delivering haunting piano-based compositions with vocals that echo the stark beauty and eeriness of the northern landscape.

Her 2012 self-released EP “Hold On To Nothing” and deeply moving live performances have already begun to cause a stir in the music press.

NME declared that “Broken Twin is the most arrestingly beautiful songwriter we’ve heard in aeons,” while Pitchfork selected her for Best New Tracks and stated that “there’s something about the unaffected clarity of Broken Twin that rings true straight away.”

Broken Twin has toured with Daughter and James Vincent McMorrow.


RIYL: Beth Orton, Joanna Newsom, Cat Power
TRY: #2, 4, 7, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://brokentwin.com
https://www.facebook.com/brokentwin
https://twitter.com/brokentwinmusic
http://www.anti.com/artists/broken-twin/



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Eels
The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
E Works/PIAS
ADDS 4/22/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“A consistently astounding career” - Uncut

“That rarest thing in contemporary pop: a unique sound" - The New Yorker

“One of the most prolific, adventurous and moving songwriters of the past decade” - Q Magazine

The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, the new album from EELS, is now streaming exclusively via The New York Times.

NPR Music recently premiered the video for track “Mistakes Of My Youth.”

To celebrate the release, the band will set off on a North American and European tour, kicking off in Phoenix on May 14 with stops in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris; Chelsea Wolfe will open on most U.S. dates. Contact us for tix/giveaways/interviews/etc.

The introspective new 13-track release from the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) is described as “an extraordinarily vivid and intimate document of a personal struggle.”

Stereogum recently premiered the new album track “Agatha Chang” and Paste premieredMistakes of My Youth

The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett marks the 11th full-length release for EELS, whose debut Beautiful Freak was released in 1996. In addition to the recordings, Everett has embarked on a number of non-musical projects as well including his acclaimed book Things the Grandchildren Should Know and the multiple-award winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary film about Everett and his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III, broadcast on PBS’ Nova series.

Watch the album trailer for The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett here!


RIYL: Beck, Jason Lytle, Sparklehorse
TRY: #2, 4, 5, 12
DIRTY: #3, 7, 10
(clean version on DL page)

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

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



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Deleted Scenes
Lithium Burn
Park The Van Records
ADDS 4/15/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Check out the Pitchfork Advance here!

“While the Scenes make with the churning, burning and turning, Scheuerman wigs all the way out, his voice bubbling and squeaking like Flanders after a fistful of ghost peppers. Though the wheedling guitars and Scheuerman's overloaded-circuit vocals skirt annoyance at every turn, the stupendously unstable "Stutter" gets by on its total commitment to confusion.” - Pitchfork

“The sound of Deleted Scenes, a D.C.-based quartet formed in 2005, is potent, angular and distinct. The lyrics of Dan Scheuerman, who sings and plays guitar, can be simultaneously poetic and direct. The best part of Deleted Scenes is the unexpected, the unpredictable, and "Stutter" is a perfect example of their hard-to-label style.” - NPR

“songs like "You Get to Say Whatever You Want" practically quake with cathartic force.” - SPIN


RIYL: Conveyor, Soft Swells, Generationals, Minus The Bear, Yeasayer
TRY: #3, 7, 8
DIRTY: #11

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

More Info Here:
http://deletedscenesmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/deletedscenesmusic
https://twitter.com/deletedscenes/
http://www.parkthevan.com



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Fawn and Rabbit
Fawn and Rabbit
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 4/15/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“This raw album not only combines every influence that we have ever thought of as important; it helps us become them. It is a transformative experience that can only lead you to one conclusion: Fawn and Rabbit should 'own the musical world.' Today and tomorrow.” - Blair James

“What I came away liking most after listening was that for as dreamlike as their music can sound, their lyrics are planted firmly on the ground and explore various emotions, whether it concerns relationships with other people or simply if they're stuck in their own heads and it's a disparity that's pleasing” - Kaleigh

“There’s not a moment of disappointment, nor is there a faltering moment.” - Dylan Tracy

Out the most unlikely of places, a bedroom in Maryland comes musical masterpieces from Alec Morgan and his project Fawn and Rabbit. His music spans the last 40 years of music taking bits and pieces of influence from all the greats and spinning it into amazing pop all recorded on a laptop in DIY fashion. The songs all remain, however, remarkably hi-fi sounding. The newest addition to the New Jersey label Mint 400 Records, Fawn and Rabbit bring you their exciting debut EP.


RIYL: Capital Cities, Matt & Kim, Passion Pit, Pretty & Nice
TRY: #2, 4, 1

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

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



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The Crookes
Soapbox
Modern Outsider
ADDS 4/15/14
DIGITAL ONLY

2014 sees Sheffield-based dreamers THE CROOKES release their 3rd LP, SOAPBOX becoming the first band to release three full-length albums on Fierce Panda since indie heroes Death Cab For Cutie. Over the past four years they have also released a string of stand-alone singles, one mini-album, and racked up an international gig-count that puts most other modern bands to shame, prompting Steve Lamacq to describe them as “one of the most hardworking and prolific bands of the underground.”

2013 saw them on tour supporting friend and Sheffield hero Richard Hawley, showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas (where they were spotted and signed by Modern Outsider Records) and play two critically acclaimed shows in New York, all before disappearing to Italy for two months to record in a secluded church in the Italian countryside. The result was SOAPBOX, an album that is tougher and more ferocious than anything they’ve previously released.

“Something has changed in us” they say. “We are no longer wide-eyed and naive, but we are still more determined than ever. The world deals blow after blow until its final blow stops you caring… but still we care more than we ever have, we are still resolute in our belief.” SOAPBOX was made by hands calloused through hard work and an adherence to an old fashioned way of doing things. “The most obvious theme that runs through the entire album is the idea of The Outsider” frets guitarist and lyricist Daniel. “As a band that seems to suit us… never invited inside, but never wanting to be. I can empathize more with the madman standing on his soapbox, slowly gaining an audience by speaking with passion and honesty."

The hard work has paid off. Whilst on the road the band have built up a Cult following known as the “Bright Young Things” and are at the forefront of the nascent NEW POP movement in the UK guitar scene. This devoted fan base has translated to sold-out concerts around the world including three shows in Tokyo and the main room of the legendary Paradiso club in Amsterdam as well as headlining festivals in Germany, Holland, America and Spain.

The band have recorded live Sessions on BBC Radio's 1,2,4,5 and 6, had their song "Backstreet Lovers" voted number 24 in the Single of the Year Campaign on 6Music and frequently play listed on stations throughout Europe, Asia and South America and being chosen by MTV Canada to represent emerging music from the UK.


RIYL: Richard Hawley, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend
DIRTY: #1, 2 (clean version on DL page below)
TRY: #4, 6, 7, 8 (and edited #1, 2)

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/thecrookes
http://thecrookes.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/thecrookes.music
https://twitter.com/TheCrookes



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Nathaniel Rateliff
Falling Faster Than You Can Run
Mod y Vi Records
ADDS 4/8/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Nathaniel Rateliff has made his way from modest means in Hermann, Missouri to the international stage with the release of his second record: Falling Faster Than You Can Run. Since the his debut album (2010’s “In Memory of Loss”) Rateliff has circled the globe playing hundreds of shows from headlining clubs and theaters to key festivals slots. Rateliff and his band have also toured in support of the some of the biggest bands in the world such as Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers.

This album came about over a couple years of touring. I was coming from a place of intense isolation. Despite the fact that I was always around other people I always felt a true sense of loneliness. - Nathaniel Rateliff

“We were blown away” - Vanity Fair

“My latest obsession” - Brooklyn Vegan

“Pensive, rousing, stark, eloquent…cash echoes” - New York Times

“Warm and intimate…somewhere between M Ward and Bill Callahan” - Q Magazine

Falling Faster… (is) built for a wider palette…he doesn’t compromise a note of what makes him so exciting.” - MOJO (4 stars)


RIYL: Glen Hansard, Patrick Watson, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bill Callahan
TRY: #6, 3, 4
DIRTY: #1

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

More Info Here:
http://nathanielrateliff.com
https://www.facebook.com/nathanielrateliff
https://twitter.com/NRateliff
http://www.last.fm/music/Nathaniel+Rateliff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Rateliff



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Banner Pilot
Souvenir
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 4/8/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"Minneapolis is a sleeper city for punk rock. So many killer bands have come out of there. Maybe it’s the cold temperatures, maybe it’s the midwestern accents, who knows. For whatever reason, it’s a breeding ground for good bands. Off With Their Heads are from there, Dillinger Four can usually be found drunk at the Triple Rock, and of course, there’s that other Paul Westerberg band, whatever their name is. But let’s not ever forget Banner Pilot." - Vice/Noisey

By now Banner Pilot have cemented themselves as a pillar of the ever-swelling Midwest punk scene and continue to reinforce that claim with each subsequent release. 2011’s Heart Beats Pacific elevated Banner Pilot from a band that was notably influenced by the likes of Dillinger Four, Alkaline Trio, and Screeching Weasel, to a band with such a trademark sound and style that they were the ones doing the influencing. Their latest full-length, Souvenir, only serves to strengthen their legend. On every track Nick’s gritty vocals urgently belt out poetically penned lyrics over the top of edgy up-tempo guitars and sprawling bass lines. Pairing instantly catchy melodies with aggressive and smart instrumentation, Souvenir finds a way to be equally comforting and invigorating. To be blunt, these guys literally keep getting better with every album. How is that possible, you ask? Performance enhancing drugs? Deal with the devil? Secret mentoring sessions by Phil Spector? It’s hard to say, really, but sometimes it’s best not to ask questions and just enjoy the results.

Recorded @ Terrarium by Jaques Wait (Soviettes, Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord)

Members of Off With Their Heads and Rivethead

Fuse video premiere!


RIYL: Dillinger Four, Jawbreaker, The Lawrence Arms, Alkaline Trio
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://bannerpilot.net
https://www.facebook.com/bannerpilot
https://twitter.com/bannerpilotband
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/95
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banner_Pilot



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Chuck E. Weiss
Red Beans and Weiss
Anti-
ADDS 4/8/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Chuck E Weiss is a rare treasure. If you buy one record this year, make it this one. It’s insane.”—Johnny Depp

“He put the sin in Synagogue.”—Danny Tate

“Idiosyncratic and eclectic.”—Billboard

“Full of great wit, charm and an utter carelessness.”—USA Today

Which Chuck E. Weiss do we talk about here?

The one who so impressed blues legends Lightnin’ Hopkins and Willie Dixon as a Denver teenager that they took him out in their road bands?

The one who lived in LA’s Tropicana Hotel in the 70s alongside Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones, ending up namechecked on the classic Waits albums Small Change and Nighthawks at the Diner, and in Rickie Lee Jones’ hit “Chuck E.’s in Love”?

The one who has recorded with Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Roger Miller, Dr. John, Willie Dixon?

Whichever Chuck E. Weiss you choose, he’s a legend, and his new album Red Beans and Weiss delivers on the big personality.

Executive produced by Johnny Depp and Tom Waits, Red Beans and Weiss blends blues, barrel-house, and bluster into a highly entertaining whole.

Check out the first single on Youtube!


RIYL: Tom Waits, Dr. John, T-Bone Burnett
TRY: #1, 3, 5, 8

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/GDDamnLiars
http://www.anti.com/artists/chuck-e-weiss/
http://www.last.fm/music/Chuck+E.+Weiss
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chuck-e-weiss-mn0000118554
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_E._Weiss


 

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Hold Steady
Teeth Dreams
Razor & Tie
ADDS 4/1/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"The Hold Steady has always trafficked in melodramatic, capital-R rock gestures, but at the same time it always held back. Finn’s refusal to conform to pop-singer expectations, along with the rollicking keyboard of Franz Nicolay, seemed to admit that the zone between indie rock and arena rock was a no-band’s land. Over the past few years, that reality has changed—and it’s to The Hold Steady’s credit that Teeth Dreams reflects it. Nicolay has been gone for years now, but Teeth Dreams is not only the group’s first album written without either his presence or palpable absence, it’s the first with second guitarist Steve Selvidge—formerly of country-and roots-rock powerhouse Lucero—as a full participant. It’s a new band for a new world, and Teeth Dreams might as well be a debut." - The A.V. Club (A-)

"... Teeth Dreams is the core of what The Hold Steady have done better than their contemporaries. They play guitar-driven rock music with smart lyrics. Finn tells stories and isn't afraid to write about the darker side of life, and his new songs are as dark as ever..." - David Safar, The Current


RIYL: Replacements, Ted Leo, Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Frank Turner, Okkervil River
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://theholdsteady.net
https://www.facebook.com/TheHoldSteady
https://twitter.com/theholdsteady
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hold_Steady



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Black Pistol Fire
Hush Or Howl
Modern Outsider Records
ADDS 4/1/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“The next big thing!” – The Huffington Post

“Impossible to resist!” – Interview Magazine

Black Pistol Fire is a Canadian Rock and Roll duo that split’s time between Toronto, Ontario and Austin, Texas. Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk, garnering comparisons to early Kings of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The White Stripes, and Clutch. It's clear that the band's sound spans many different eras and subgenres, relying on a classic rock and roll sound that has been updated for our modern times.

Black Pistol Fire features Kevin McKeown on Guitar/Lead Vocals and Eric Owen on Drums. The two have been friends since kindergarten and began playing music together when they discovered a shared passion for rock and roll music in high school. The two became founding members of rock and roll trio The Shenanigans. With The Shenanigans, they recorded an LP titled Bombshell Baby. After things with The Shenanigans and Toronto got stale, the two wanted a change of scenery and to try out something new. They then packed up their instruments and a bag of clothes and headed south. The band finally settled down in Austin, Texas in 2009 and Black Pistol Fire was born. (Full Bio)


R.I.Y.L. The White Stripes, The Black Keys, The Pack A.D.
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/blackpistolfire.aspx
http://blackpistolfire.com/#home
https://www.facebook.com/blackpistolfire
https://twitter.com/blackpistolfire



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Arc Iris
Arc Iris
Anti-
ADDS 4/1/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Arc Iris crystallizes the evolution of composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams, a former core member of renowned indie-folk band The Low Anthem. This is a breakaway moment for Adams, who now takes center stage as composer, lyricist, and lead vocalist. Embracing her new role as auteur, Adams has created a genre-bending style that often shifts between cabaret-infused jazz, orchestral sophistication, grimy outlaw country, delicate and whimsical harmonies, and big-band exhilaration – sometimes all in the same song. Hers is an all-together different world where fantastical whimsy goes hand in hand with down-to-earth grit, and where rigorous classical training inflects but never softens the visceral rawness of hard-won experience.

“a deliriously ambitious collection of songs birthed from folk and country traditions, cabaret, jazz and classical, and seventies pop.” - WXPN

“…songs that seesawed between the elfin delicacy of Joanna Newsom and some brassy raucousness” - The New York Times

Arc Iris is the sound of an artist reborn. The band’s self-titled debut…brims with whimsy and flights of fancy, informed as much by Joni Mitchell as it is by ’70s prog-rock, Björk’s sonic experiments, and sweeping film soundtracks. It’s hypnotic.” - The Boston Globe

Arc Iris frontwoman Jocie Adams may be floating on the water under the warm moonlight in the video for "Whiskey Man," but her amazing voice is the standout on this track.” - Rolling Stone

On tour now! Contact us for tix/etc.


RIYL: Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, Kate Bush, The Low Anthem
TRY: #5, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://arciris.net
https://www.facebook.com/arcirismusic
https://twitter.com/arcirismusic
http://arcirismusic.tumblr.com
http://instagram.com/arcirismusic
http://www.anti.com/artists/arc-iris/



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Liars
Mess
Mute
ADDS 3/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

NPR First Listen here!

Stereogum preview here!

Pitchfork announcement here!

Liars have been feeding off fear for their entire career. Sometimes, they intentionally trap themselves within it, like on their last record, 2012's WIXIW, where internal anxieties were laboured over and rendered into a beautifully crafted synthetic inertia that coursed through an almost biological soundscape. But other times, the band uses fear to fuel their wild dance. Where WIXIW was the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile in-between state, Mess is Liars with their balls out – an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic synth-rock that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon.

On the band's seventh record, the introspective, self-analytical tone of the last effort is swapped for one of wanton immediacy: a feeling of brattish certainty that hasn't been heard on a Liars record since the band's 2001 debut, They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top. “We are a reactionary, or maybe a better word is schizophrenic band,” says statuesque frontman Angus Andrew. “We go from one extreme to the other. Working on the last record was really doubtful and paranoid, and that's fine, but it just meant that when work started on this one, it was the exact opposite. It was way more instinctual, fun and confident. We recorded our first record in two days, and the idea of anyone listening to it wasn't an issue. It's nice to return to that idea of making music.”

Liars' career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; liminal no-wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st-century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross now find themselves – maybe not quite at ease with the world, but staring it straight in the eye while showing their teeth.


RIYL: Radiohead, Oneida, Xiu Xiu, Octopus Project, Crystal Castles
TRY: #1, 4, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.youtube.com/liarsliarsliars
http://instagram.com/liarsliarsliars
http://twitter.com/LiarsOfficial
http://www.facebook.com/LiarsOfficial
http://www.liarsliarsliars.com



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Morning Glory
War Psalms
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 3/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: Morning Glory’s name is not inspired by an Oasis song, nor does it refer to your granny’s favorite flower. It’s actually in reference to the fact that the majority of the band’s creative output happens shortly after sun-up: “I was always writing songs in the morning, which is kind of a reflection of the attitude of the band and the sound,” says founder/front man Ezra Kire (Leftöver Crack/Choking Victim). “I feel like that has something to do with our overall outlook on life and music.”

That philosophy is on full display on the band’s latest full-length, War Psalms, a near-seamless 37 minutes that will alternately assault your senses and lull them; will arouse your consciousness and sometimes even tug your heartstrings. The album includes some of the things you’ve grown to love about the band (strings, horns, piano, chunky metallic riffs) and excludes some of the things Ezra and crew have grown away from (drug references, stridency, the “crack rock steady” ska influence). This is what Ezra calls “revolution rock.”

With Shawn Gardiner filling some very large shoes after guitarist Lucky Strano's departure in 2012, decade long guitarist Adam Schrager on lead, and the Mediterranean island of Cyprus's own contribution to rev-rock: Heavy Metal Chris on the bass, the War Psalms record was rounded out with the addition of the powerhouse drum styles of Brian Viglione, founding member of Dresden Dolls and now touring percussionist for the Violent Femmes. Ezra remarks that he had a dream team to execute the new songs.

Though the band’s first release, This Is No Time Ta Sleep (self-recorded and played entirely by Kire in his bedroom) came in 2001, followed two years later by the EP The Whole World Is Watching, Morning Glory was a largely dormant entity for the ensuing decade while Ezra’s energies were devoted to the relentless tour schedule of his other band, Leftover Crack. Upon his departure from LOC several years ago, he devoted all of his creative juices to resuscitating Morning Glory, assembling a band of experienced veterans and releasing their Fat Wreck Chords debut Poets Were My Heroes in 2012.


RIYL: Rise Against, Swingin' Utters, Bouncing Souls, Lawrence Arms, Against Me!
DIRTY: #3, 4, 5, 6, 11
TRY: #8, 2, 9, 1

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/morningglorynyc
https://twitter.com/MorningGloryNYC
http://www.last.fm/music/Morning+Glory
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/105
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Glory_(band)



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Big Scary
Not Art
Barsuk
ADDS 3/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Melbourne duo Big Scary is the proud recipient of the 9th Annual Australian Music Prize, a prestigious award dedicated to recognizing excellence in Australian music (similar to Britain's Mercury Prize and Canada's Polaris Prize). They collected the award for their sophomore release, Not Art, at a ceremony in Sydney. Not Art was deemed to be the best of this year's nominees by a panel of 11 judges, after paring down a shortlist of 9 records from the original 43 selections that included Cloud Control, Jagwar Ma and other notable Australian artists. Not Art is scheduled for US release on March 25, 2014 via Barsuk Records.

“The band have reinvented their sound with lush new sonic experimentation - each track is wrapped in emotive and enchanting harmonies and perfectly matched percussion, culminating in a record that gets better with every listen.” - Triple J

Big Scary never repeat themselves and Not Art is an intriguing sonic adventure.” - Sydney Morning Herald

Twin Rivers” debuted at #10 on the Spotify viral chart. The song appears both on Not Art and the recently released digital-only Twin Rivers EP, which included remixes by The Antlers, Menomena and Dan The Automator and was also included on Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 of the year.

Not Art has been embraced widely in the band’s native Australia charting high on the Aria Charts (Australia’s version of Soundscan) and selling over 5000 albums in the first few weeks and it won the Australian Music Prize’s Album of the Year award.

Recorded and produced by Big Scary's own Iansek, and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Tom Elmhirst (Arcade Fire, Hot Chip, Lily Allen, Adele, Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, The Kills).

Big Scary will be on tour supporting Say Hi in April and May, hitting every major market in the country. Contact us for any requests!


RIYL: TV On The Radio, The Antlers, Menomena, Frightened Rabbit, Midlake, Wye Oak
TRY: #2, 6, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.bigscary.net
https://www.facebook.com/bigscaryband
https://twitter.com/bigscarymusic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Scary
http://www.barsuk.com/w3.cgi?vwy=artists/bigscary



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Kevin Drew
Darlings
Arts & Crafts
ADDS 3/18/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Pitchfork Best New Track for the first single "Good Sex" here!

Broken Social Scene’s co-founder, songwriter, and front man Kevin Drew will be releasing his newest solo album, Darlings, on March 18th, 2014, on Arts & Crafts.

Darlings shows Drew growing from his role in indie vanguard Broken Social Scene to create a breakthrough statement of personal artistry. Darlings is also his first solo album that is truly, to put it bluntly, solo. If Drew’s 2007 effort Spirit If... was his inaugural step beyond the decade-long shadow of his former band, Darlings spotlights Drew with seven years more experience and maturity. Darlings reveals a more focused and refined sound; more honest, revelatory songwriting, with Drew’s craft concentrated on lyrical and emotional connections, less so than guitar pedals and studio jams.

This isn’t to say these aren’t classic Kevin Drew songs. His unorthodox lyrical explorations of family, hope and disappointment, skin and spit, intercourse, cultural infection and the death of communication, figure clearer than ever into the hallmark of his infectious melodic phrasing. Darlings is a fist-pumping fight for the euphoria of the after-party and the crush of pre-dawn passions. It’s a best friend’s zealous pep talk to not give up, and bring youth back into the fresh focus of life. On Darlings, Kevin Drew casts reflective inspiration forward into the brightness of the future with a soundtrack to kick everything into high gear.

Darlings features longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene) along with Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle) and Dave Hamelin (The Stills). Darlings was co-produced by Dave Hamelin, Kevin Drew and Graham Lessard.


RIYL: Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Plants and Animals, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent
TRY: #1, 3, 6, 11
DIRTY: #7

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

More Info Here:
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Saintseneca
Dark Arc
Ant-
ADDS 3/11/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Saintseneca is a young band from Columbus, Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes – from the Violent Femmes to Neutral Milk HotelSaintseneca perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original, all at once. The group utilizes a wide range of acoustic instrumentation (balalaika, mandolin, dulcimer, Turkish Baglama, floor percussion) with more contemporary elements such as synthesizers and electric guitars to create a seamless blend of soaring vocals and vibrant post-punk energy.

· Check them out at The ANTI- Showcase on Thursday March 13th at Bungalow 92 Rainey St during SXSW!

· Rolling Stone named them one of the Best New Discoveries at CMJ 2013

· Uppercutter 7” released October 2013 on ANTI- earned Best New Tracks on Pitchfork and raves throughout the blog world.

· NPR First Listen, NPR Tiny Desk, and NPR Weekend Edition Feature all confirmed!


RIYL: Decemberists, Local Natives, The Melodic, Dawes
TRY: #3, 6, 10, 12, 13

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http://saintseneca.bandcamp.com
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http://www.anti.com/artists/saintseneca/