Ra Ra Riot share Jim Eno Session via Spotify17 Jun 2016

Today Ra Ra Riot are happy to share a Jim Eno Spotify session. The band visited Eno's Public Hi-Fi Studio when they were in Austin, …  ·read more·

Today Ra Ra Riot are happy to share a Jim Eno Spotify session. The band visited Eno's Public Hi-Fi Studio when they were in Austin, TX this past March and recorded their current single "Water" as well as "Absolutely" and "Foreign Lovers." Spotify notes, "The session was a flurry of keys, harmonies and strings. We might have even given 'Water' a pretty major facelift courtesy of a Moog synth." You can listen to the Jim Eno Spotify Session here.

Ra Ra Riot are playing select festivals this summer including a stop at Outside Lands in San Francisco before hitting the road with Young The Giant on their upcoming Fall tour. The two bands kick off the dates September 6 at Cleveland's House Of Blues and conclude with a two night stand on October 27 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. Along the way, the tour hits New York City for a show at Radio City Music Hall on September 17 and Los Angeles' Greek Theater on October 21. ·read less·

 

Chris Staples announces new album "Golden Age" out 8/1915 Jun 2016

Barsuk is excited to announce the forthcoming album from Chris Staples, Golden Age, out August 19. NPR premiered the first single, …  ·read more·

Barsuk is excited to announce the forthcoming album from Chris Staples, Golden Age, out August 19. NPR premiered the first single, "Relatively Permanent" on All Songs Considered — listen to the track here.

Catch Staples on tour this fall with Rocky Votolato. ·read less·

 

Rocky Votolato's critically lauded "Makers" on 180-gram vinyl for first time07 Jun 2016

Barsuk is proud to reissue Rocky Votolato's classic 2006 album Makers on August 19th. This 10th Anniversary reissue marks the first time Barsuk has released the album on LP format, and the first time it's been pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl with a newly designed gatefold sleeve. In celebration of the anniversary, Votolato is announcing a nationwide tour in which he'll play Makers in its entirety.

Barsuk is proud to reissue Rocky Votolato's classic 2006 album Makers on August 19th. This 10th Anniversary reissue marks the first time Barsuk has released the album on LP format, and the first time it's been pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl with a newly designed gatefold sleeve. In celebration of the anniversary, Votolato is announcing a nationwide tour in which he'll play Makers in its entirety.

 

David Bazan's "Teardrops" premieres at KEXP05 May 2016

"Bazan is one of those rare birds with a consistently impressive almost 20-year career, during which he seems to have made …  ·read more·

"Bazan is one of those rare birds with a consistently impressive almost 20-year career, during which he seems to have made sport of challenging himself artistically... Blanco is no exception." — Paste

Barsuk is pleased to announce that "Teardrops" from the forthcoming David Bazan record Blanco (out May 13) has premiered at indie stalwart radio station KEXP. Tune in here.

A North American tour in support of the record begins June 8th at The Bartlett in Spokane, WA. In anticipation of the forthcoming release of Blanco, Bazan has also made his Barsuk Records solo releases — Fewer Moving Parts, Curse Your Branches and Strange Negotiations — alongside singles for "Trouble With Boys", "Kept Secrets" and "Teardrops" from Blanco, available on all streaming services for the first time. ·read less·

David Bazan's "Kept Secrets" at Stereogum27 Apr 2016

Barsuk is pleased to announce that "Kept Secrets" from the forthcoming David Bazan record Blanco (out May 13) has premiered at …  ·read more·

Barsuk is pleased to announce that "Kept Secrets" from the forthcoming David Bazan record Blanco (out May 13) has premiered at Stereogum.

"The legend of 'Kept Secrets' is that I wrote it alone on tour in a cabin in the mountains," Bazan says about the newly released track. "That also happens to be in the delta with synth sounds that I made from tightly looping shards of noise that I had originally created by feeding a thrift store mixer back into itself. Which is something I did in headphones at night in my hotel room for recreation after playing the shows night after night that spawned the problem that this song is ostensibly about, thus achieving ouroboros."

A North American tour in support of the record begins June 8th at The Bartlett in Spokane, WA. In anticipation of the forthcoming release of Blanco, Bazan has also made his Barsuk Records solo releases — Fewer Moving Parts, Curse Your Branches and Strange Negotiations — alongside singles for "Trouble With Boys" and "Kept Secrets" from Blanco, available on all streaming services for the first time. ·read less·

David Bazan's "Blanco" announced, track premiered at Paste30 Mar 2016

Barsuk is happy to announce that a new David Bazan full-length entitled Blanco will be released on May 13. A North American tour …  ·read more·

Barsuk is happy to announce that a new David Bazan full-length entitled Blanco will be released on May 13. A North American tour in support of the record begins June 8 at The Bartlett in Spokane, WA. In celebration, Bazan premiered "Trouble With Boys" at Paste, who said, "David Bazan is one of those rare birds with a consistently impressive almost 20-year career, during which he seems to have made sport of challenging himself artistically... 'Trouble With Boys,' the first single from his upcoming release Blanco, is no exception."

"Maybe you're at a parking lot carnival at magic hour with your two best friends, and just before the first big roller coaster drop, you go under a sign that says: 'YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE,'" said Bazan of the track. "But actually, you're on tour and in a hotel room in Nashville on your night off recording a song with a tiny synthesizer you just bought and a delay pedal, and you're really proud of your new song." ·read less·

 

Laura Gibson shares video for "Not Harmless" + tour dates01 Apr 2016

Laura Gibson is happy to share the video for "Not Harmless," a track off her album Empire Builder, which is out today. "Not Harmless" …  ·read more·

Laura Gibson is happy to share the video for "Not Harmless," a track off her album Empire Builder, which is out today. "Not Harmless" premiered via Brooklyn Vegan who stated, "it's clear that her songwriting is as sharp as ever, if not even a little better."

Laura will be touring the US and Europe in support of Empire Builder and in addition to her already-announced Spring tour she has now confirmed a tour as the support for David Bazan. The dates kick off June 8 in Spokane, WA and conclude July 3 in Ottawa, ON. All tour dates are listed here. ·read less·

Laura Gibson debuts video for title track from new album08 Mar 2016

Laura Gibson will be releasing new album Empire Builder on April 1. Today she reveals the title track via a compelling video, shot herself …  ·read more·

Laura Gibson will be releasing new album Empire Builder on April 1. Today she reveals the title track via a compelling video, shot herself while traveling on the Empire Builder and Lake Shore Limited Amtrak trains. The footage moves from Portland, Oregon to New York City within the span of the five-minute song, showcasing the dramatic shifts of landscapes, which interact with the song's lyrics. Edited by Kelly Lyon, it debuted on NPR who called the song, "a moving tale, emotionally and literally." ·read less·

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current releases

bark164: Chris Staples / Golden Age

Chris Staples
Golden Age

CD / LP   ·  OUT 19 AUG 2016

bark49: Rocky Votolato / Makers

Rocky Votolato
Makers

LP / DIGITAL

bark163: David Bazan / Blanco

David Bazan
Blanco

CD / LP / DIGITAL / CASSETTE

bark162: Laura Gibson / Empire Builder

Laura Gibson
Empire Builder

CD / LP / DIGITAL

“The Cause”

bark161: Nada Surf / You Know Who You Are

Nada Surf
You Know Who You Are

CD / LP / DIGITAL

“Believe You're Mine”

bark160: Ra Ra Riot / Need Your Light

Ra Ra Riot
Need Your Light

CD / LP / DIGITAL

“Water”

bark158: Babes / Five Tears

Babes
Untitled (Five Tears)

CD / LP / DIGITAL

“I've Got A Reason To Keep On Living”

bark157: Hibou / Hibou

Hibou
Hibou

CD / LP / DIGITAL / CASSETTE

“When The Season Ends”