Bleeders Digest

bark156: Say Hi / Bleeders Digest

bark156 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · September 2015

1.
The Grass Is Always Greener
2.
It's A Hunger
3.
Creatures Of The Night
4.
Transylvania (Torrents Of Rain, Yeah)
5.
Lover's Lane (Smitten With Doom)
6.
Teeth Only For You
7.
Time Travel Part One
8.
Pirates Of The Cities, Pirates Of The Suburbs
9.
Galaxies Will Be Born
10.
Volcanoes Erupt
11.
Cobblestones

Vampires. Does there exist a species more mysterious, slandered, glorified and misunderstood?

Bleeders Digest is their story. It's polaroids of their patience, resilience and wrath. Is there a better metaphor for intimacy than the vampire? The sharp teeth and fluids, the romance of eternity. Throughout the album, we see things from the vampire's perspective. In opening track "The Grass Is Always Greener," the vampires are content with coexisting until the song's protagonist cartoonishly hurls a giant boulder at them (thanks a lot, Jenny). By the time we reach the chugging anthem "Pirates Of The Cities, Pirates Of The Suburbs," the fanged demons have driven most of us from our homes in a bloody wash of brute force and Darwinian eminent domain. On "It's A Hunger," our protagonist literally starves for what the female gender offers to all five of his senses. Elsewhere, as on "Galaxies Will Be Born," the seduction of immortality is eclipsed only by the tenderness of the act of turning, itself.

And so, from his tiny home-studio in Seattle, WA, Say Hi updates the vampire genre with another chapter via eleven rump-shaking vignettes and a giant still-beating heart.

Endless Wonder

bark146: Say Hi / Endless Wonder

bark146 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · June 2014

1.
Hurt In The Morning
2.
Such A Drag
3.
Critters
4.
When I Think About You
5.
Like Apples Like Pears
6.
Figure It Out
7.
Clicks & Bangs
8.
Sweat Like The Dew
9.
Love Love Love
10.
The Trouble With Youth

Say Hi is Eric Elbogen. He lives in Seattle, WA and has been making records since 2002. His latest, Endless Wonder, is a record about the presence and absence of love, in every flavor imaginable and will very likely cause your butt to wiggle. It will be out on June 17th, following an extensive North American tour.

Free Samples (Music From The Film)

bark137: Say Hi / Free Samples (Music From The Film)

bark137 · DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · May 2013

1.
Strawberry
2.
Love Love Love
3.
Hot Fudge
4.
Pralines And Cream
5.
Vanilla
6.
My Eyes Won't Weep No More
7.
Shakey Shake
8.
Bronze Medals And Ribbons
9.
Orange Sherbet
10.
Rainbow Sprinkles
11.
Mocha Almond Fudge
12.
Banana Split
13.
Cherry Jubilee
14.
Rocky Road
15.
Mint Chocoloate Chip
16.
Neapolitan
17.
Pistachio
18.
Chocolate
19.
Ice Cream Theme
20.
Caramel

Free Samples (Music From The Film) is a collection of mostly instrumental music that Say Hi's Eric Elbogen wrote and recorded for the independent motion picture Free Samples between the end of touring on the last Say Hi full-length (2011's Um, Uh Oh) and before starting the next Say Hi album (due on Barsuk Records this fall).

Um, Uh Oh

bark108: Say Hi / Um, Uh Oh

bark108 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · January 2011

1.
Dots On Maps
2.
Devils
3.
All The Pretty Ones
4.
Take Ya' Dancin'
5.
Posture, Etc.
6.
Sister Needs A Settle
7.
Lookin' Good
8.
My, How It Comes
9.
Shiny Diamonds
10.
Handsome Babies
11.
Trees Are A Swayin'
12.
Bruises To Prove It

Um, uh oh is Say Hi's best album to date. It's weary and blue-noted, revealing, personal and pained and there's expressiveness in the performances absent from previous releases. In fact, it's difficult to fathom that the same songwriter that once wrote the sugary frivolity of the early Say Hi material could have written such a mature collection of songs. If you've been a fan in the past, you're going to feel that Um, Uh Oh is a large step in the evolution of the band. If you haven't, this is the record that's going to change your mind.

Devils

bark109: Say Hi / Devils

bark109 · DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · November 2010

1.
Devils
2.
Kiss Off

iTunes exclusive 2-song single, in anticipation of the band's 2011 full-length, Um, Uh Oh.

Oohs & Aahs

bark80: Say Hi / Oohs & Aahs

bark80 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · March 2009

1.
Elouise
2.
Hallie And Henry
3.
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
4.
November Was White, December Was Grey
5.
Dramatic Irony
6.
Maurine
7.
One, Two ... One
8.
Audrey
9.
The Stars Just Blink For Us
10.
Sallie's Heart Is Stone

Clever and charming new album from Eric Elbogen, available on CD and LP. The 180-gram vinyl version also contains a single-use download code for high-quality (320kbps) MP3s, with one bonus MP3 (for a demo version of oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh).

The Wishes And The Glitch

rbg0117: Say Hi / The Wishes And The Glitch

rbg0117 · CD / LP
Euphobia Records · February 2008

1.
Northwestern Girls
2.
Shakes Her Shoulders
3.
Toil And Trouble
4.
Back Before We Were Brittle
5.
Oboes Bleat And Triangles Tink
6.
Magic Beans And Truth Machines
7.
Bluetime
8.
Spiders
9.
Zero To Love
10.
Apples For The Innocent
11.
We Lost The Albatross

The wishes and the glitch is the first record to feature the band's tidier, new band name. The songs here are a chronicle of Say Hi songwriter Eric Elbogen's move from New York City to Seattle. Two of them also feature guest vocals from the likes of Barsuk's own David Bazan and John Roderick (The Long Winters). Rolling Stone Magazine writes: "The band's new name should bring with it some new respect for Eric Elbogen, whose melancholy indie rock has gotten stronger and more serious over five albums."

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rbg0105 · CD
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The Twenty-Second Century
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rbg0104 · CD
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3.
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rbg0103 · CD
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1.
The Fritz
2.
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3.
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