Laura Gibson reveals video for "Two Kids", US tour dates . . .
20 Sep 2016
Today Laura Gibson shares a video for her track "Two Kids." The video was directed by Ben Fee, who's created videos for Band of Horses, the Lumineers, Sally Fields and A$AP Rocky among others. He notes, "I wanted something that's very literal, abstract and weird at the same time... Laura's music has always been emotionally complex-driven with momentum and mood into very unique places. So I felt our video should be as complex and multi-layered as her music."
"Two Kids" premiered via Ghettoblaster Magazine, and Laura told the magazine "'Two Kids' arose from a challenge I gave myself: to write a love song that was the pure 'I'll lose myself for you' kind of love song. Every song I've ever written has something to do with love, but generally it's the difficulty of love I feel compelled to explore. Writing about myself, a women, in this particular moment and culture, I found I was shying away from those love sentiments that might be taken needy or weak or co-dependent, avoiding wide-eyed naivety, and always writing from the perspective of wise observer. But that feeling, 'I would give up everything for this person' is a real thing, isn't it?" You can read the full Q&A here.
Chris Staples premieres video for "Park Bench", on tour now . . .
15 Sep 2016
Nada Surf announces new live album . . .
13 Sep 2016
Following the release of their album You Know Who You Are earlier this year, New York-based Nada Surf are set to release a new live album entitled Peaceful Ghosts Live With Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, which is due out Oct 28th.
Peaceful Ghosts came about after Nada Surf frontman and main songwriter Matthew Caws received a surprise email asking about a potential collaborative orchestral project with the Austrian national radio station FM4. A little over a year later, the result is a beautiful recording, culled from two live performances in Vienna and Potsdam early this summer, that covers a broad stylistic range, from James Bond at one extreme to the joy and wonder of Walt Disney at the other, with a whole range of surprises in between. Classics such as the delicate melancholy of "Blonde On Blonde" unfold to surprising new places with soaring countermelodies, while new favorites from You Know Who You Are, including "Rushing" and "Out of the Dark", showcase the power and majesty of the original without losing the lyrical and musical subtlety that has become the hallmark of Nada Surf for the past twenty years.
Rocky Votolato's "Makers" gets 10th Anniversary vinyl . . .
19 Aug 2016
Rocky Votolato's classic 2006 album Makers is released today with updated artwork, remastered audio, and 180-gram vinyl for the first time. Be sure to catch Rocky on his Makers 10th Anniversary Tour starting August 31st in Spokane WA, with special guest Chris Staples.
Video premiere: Chris Staples "Golden Age" . . .
09 Aug 2016
New Phantogram tracks and video released for upcoming album . . .
04 Aug 2016
We're excited about Phantogram's upcoming album, Three, due for release this fall. "It's a lot more fucking boombastic and heavy," Sarah Barthel said of the album. "I think the record, to us, is about heartbreak. We've kind of had a tough year, so a lot of inspiration and drive came from our own experiences."
Ra Ra Riot share Jim Eno Session via Spotify . . .
17 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, 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.
Chris Staples announces new album "Golden Age" out 8/19 . . .
15 Jun 2016
Rocky Votolato's critically lauded "Makers" on 180-gram vinyl for first time . . .
07 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.
David Bazan's "Teardrops" premieres at KEXP . . .
05 May 2016
"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
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.
David Bazan's "Kept Secrets" at Stereogum . . .
27 Apr 2016
"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.