Chris Staples premieres "Hold Onto Something" at the Onion AV Club15 Jul 2014

Chris Staples has premiered "Hold Onto Something", from his upcoming Barsuk debut American Soft, at The Onion AV Club. The second …  ·read more·

Chris Staples has premiered "Hold Onto Something", from his upcoming Barsuk debut American Soft, at The Onion AV Club. The second single from American Soft, AV Club called the track "an intimate but sonically lush cut...", which you can listen to here. NPR's All Songs Considered raved about the first single, "Dark Side of the Moon", earlier this month. ·read less·

Chris Staples to release debut American Soft, NPR features first single18 Jun 2014

Chris Staples is set to release his debut Barsuk Records album American Soft on August 12th. NPR is currently featuring first single …  ·read more·

Chris Staples is set to release his debut Barsuk Records album American Soft on August 12th. NPR is currently featuring first single Dark Side of the Moon on All Songs Considered.

There are no casual Chris Staples fans. The man inspires devotion. The turnaround from casual listener to evangelist is nearly instantaneous. Play his music during a road trip with friends and inevitably someone will ask, "Who is this?" And a lifelong fan is born. Such is the unaffected power of these songs, of this voice. Chris Staples fandom is rewarding and lasting (despite his understated approach to promoting his own work, which – as it should be with all artists – seems secondary to the effort he puts into the making of it). We follow where he leads, and our numbers are growing. ·read less·

 

Sunset Valley releases career retrospective01 Jul 2014

Sunset Valley is excited to release Tropic of Candycorn, a five volume low-priced career retrospective, today via Barsuk. In celebration …  ·read more·

Sunset Valley is excited to release Tropic of Candycorn, a five volume low-priced career retrospective, today via Barsuk. In celebration of the release, the band premiered a video for the previously unreleased track "Smallest Man" at the Portland alternative weekly Willamette Week this morning, and will be playing Portland's Bunk Bar tomorrow, July 2nd.

While the cult status of Sunset Valley has grown over the years, the band's catalog has sadly been mostly unavailable digitally and generally out-of-print physically for years. To remedy this crime against indie rock, Barsuk is proud to release Tropic of Candycorn, a five-volume digital anthology (available for the insanely low price of $14.99) that includes the band's entire catalog — The New Speed (1997), Boyscout Superhero (1998), Icepond (2001) and Goldbank 78 Stack (2003) — as well as a volume of unreleased tracks, various singles and compilation tracks. ·read less·

 

Cymbals Eat Guitars premieres "Chambers" on Stereogum26 Jun 2014

Cymbals Eat Guitars premiered the latest track off their forthcoming album LOSE at Stereogum today, who said, "LOSE feels like a culmination …  ·read more·

Cymbals Eat Guitars premiered the latest track off their forthcoming album LOSE at Stereogum today, who said, "LOSE feels like a culmination of everything yet accomplished by Cymbals Eat Guitars, the moment where everything is being expressed and revealed. It's immensely brave, and more than anything, it sounds like a beginning." This follows the release of "Jackson", which premiered last month at Pitchfork and has been met with jaw-dropping excitement and increased the anticipation for LOSE, out August 26th.

Cymbals Eat Guitars are also excited to announce that they'll be hitting the road with Bob Mould — tour dates can be found here.

Finally, the band has unveiled the pre-order for LOSE via their website cymbalseatguitars.com, where fans can purchase deluxe packages from the band including an exclusive t-shirt, lyric book, and exclusive guitar pedals from Brian Hamilton, Cymbals Eat Guitars band member and founder of boutique guitar pedal company smallsoundbigsound.com. ·read less·

 

Yellow Ostrich premieres Neon Fists video at Stereogum19 Jun 2014

New York band Yellow Ostrich has debuted the video "Neon Fists", one of the standout tracks for their latest album, Cosmos, at …  ·read more·

New York band Yellow Ostrich has debuted the video "Neon Fists", one of the standout tracks for their latest album, Cosmos, at Stereogum. Directed by David Feinberg, "Neon Fists" features actor William Scott Brown as an aging professional who is mysteriously drawn to an arcade in New York’s Chinatown.

The band is about to embark on a lengthy tour with fellow New Yorkers The Antlers, including two sold-out dates in Los Angeles. Tour dates can be found here. ·read less·

 

Say Hi's Endless Wonder out now17 Jun 2014

Since founding Say Hi labs in 2002, Eric Elbogen and his team of slightly flawed and persistently-flat clones have been …  ·read more·

Since founding Say Hi labs in 2002, Eric Elbogen and his team of slightly flawed and persistently-flat clones have been proving to humanity that synthesizer music doesn't have to lack a sense of humor and that drum machines can still swing and shuffle like the jazz great ones. But it wasn't until the team began working on Endless Wonder in late 2011, when all rock and roll bands were required to trade in their Warlock guitars for step sequencers and self-oscillating sweepable low pass filters, that they knew they were on the brink of something crucial: the probable savior of humankind itself.

Endless Wonder is out now. ·read less·

recent videos

Smallest Man (from Tropic Of Candycorn)

Sunset Valley

“Smallest Man”
from Tropic Of Candycorn

Neon Fists (from Cosmos)

Yellow Ostrich

“Neon Fists”
from Cosmos

Waiting For You (from Get There)

Minor Alps

“Waiting For You”
from Get There

on tour

David Bazanmore shows
12 Oct LOS ANGELES, CA

Cymbals Eat Guitarsmore shows
20 Aug NEW HAVEN, CT

Death Cab for Cutiemore shows
9 Aug SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Maps & Atlasesmore shows
4 Aug CHICAGO, IL

Mates of Statemore shows
28 Jul WASHINGTON, DC

Menomenamore shows
23 Aug SNOQUALMIE, WA

Nada Surfmore shows
24 Aug WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND

Phantogrammore shows
1 Aug CHICAGO, IL

current releases

bark148: Chris Staples / American Soft

Chris Staples
American Soft

CD / LP   ·  OUT 12 AUG 2014

bark147: Cymbals Eat Guitars / Lose

Cymbals Eat Guitars
LOSE

CD / LP   ·  OUT 26 AUG 2014

bark145: Sunset Valley / Tropic Of Candycorn

Sunset Valley
Tropic Of Candycorn

DIGITAL

bark146: Say Hi / Endless Wonder

Say Hi
Endless Wonder

CD / LP / DIGITAL

“Such A Drag”

bark141: The American Analog Set / Know By Heart

The American Analog Set
Know By Heart

LP

“Amish Rake Fight”

bark144: Death Cab for Cutie / Live 2012 (Featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra)

Death Cab for Cutie
Live 2012 (Featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra)

2XLP