Charly Bliss on Barsuk . . .
07 Feb 2017
Barsuk is excited to announce a new member of the Barsuk family: NYC's Charly Bliss is responsible for having crafted some of the finest guitar-crunched power pop this side of an old Weezer record with a blue cover. The ten tracks that make up Guppy, the band's sparking full-length debut, show them embracing all of their strengths a combination of ripping guitars and irrepressible pop hooks, all delivered with the hyper-enthusiasm of a middle school cafeteria food fight. Pre-order bundles available now in the Barsuk shop.
RIP Say Hi 2002-2017 . . .
06 Feb 2017
Say Hi says "Goodbye", but leaves us with the sweetest of gifts: a chance to own the first four Say Hi to Your Mom records on vinyl. Details here.
David Bazan announces new album . . .
06 Feb 2017
David Bazan has recorded his 4th full-length, Care, which he'll be self-releasing March 7th. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed by Bazan with Richard Swift. Pre-order direct from Undertow.
Barsuk Releases "SAD!" Compilation for the ACLU . . .
20 Jan 2017
Today Barsuk Records released "SAD! (A Barsuk Compilation for the ACLU)," a collection of previously unreleased tracks by Barsuk artists covering other Barsuk artists. Available only on Bandcamp, 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Civil Liberties Union, which works in the nation's courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
"After the election, our staff felt compelled to speak out in defense of the civil liberties of all Americans," says Grant McCallum of Barsuk Records. "Helping support the crucial work of the ACLU by releasing these new tracks felt like one way we could make a statement and help, and the artists involved were all excited to donate their work."
To download the album, visit this page.
Small Feet share "Liar Behind The Sun" video, announce new EP . . .
17 Nov 2016
Today Brooklyn Vegan premiered the new single from Small Feet entitled, "Liar Behind The Sun" which will be on their new digital-only EP Dreaming The Dream.
Watch the video here.
Small Feet's debut album, From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean, received rave reviews and the band toured both Europe and the United States. While working on their follow-up (to be released in early 2017) the band revisited a few unfinished gems from the From Far Enough Away... sessions to bring us the Dreaming The Dream EP.
Like Jason Molina, Simon Stålhamre has a voice that can swim out of a sinking heart. His emotional subtlety calls upon the dry humour of Bill Callahan, and there's a buoyancy to his language that floats his warm tenor, while at the same time allowing him to echo Daniel Johnston's inspired innocence. Tracks like the opener "Hymn", which comes in at barely over a minute, show Stålhamre's ability to state a simple beautiful truth with stunning minimalism. While "A Winter Coat On Bare Bones" could have very well been a recently discovered Neil Young outtake from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
You must watch this video from David Bazan . . .
11 Nov 2016
David Bazan has never appeared in a video before, but award winning documentarian Brandon Vedder has made this absolutely stunning video for Bazan. We encourage you to watch it.
You are worthy of love.
The Long Winters release "Make America Great Again" for 30 Days, 30 Songs . . .
03 Nov 2016
Today, Barsuk is ecstatic to announce the release of "Make America Great Again", the first new song by John Roderick of The Long Winters in nearly a decade. "Make America Great Again" is part of 30 Days, 30 Songs, an independent project in support of defeating this year's Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Created by writer Dave Eggers and the team that brought you 2012's 90 Days, 90 Reasons, 30 Days, 30 Songs is a daily, evolving playlist, which has already seen contributions from the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, Aimee Mann, El Vy and more.
Listen to The Long Winters "Make America Great Again" here.
"While there are a lot of songs that express elements of what makes Donald Trump so appealing to his followers, like 'Desperado' by the Eagles, 'Sweet Home Alabama' by Lynyrd Skynyrd, 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' by Trace Adkins and 'White Rider' by Skrewdriver, there's never been a song that put everything together under one roof," says Roderick. "'Make America Great Again' is a folk song, because it's from the Volk, the people. If I can help condense all the feelings and issues that inspire Trump voters into a song, and then play that song for the world, well then I will have done my part."
All songs will be posted on 30days30songs.com as well as via Spotify playlists.
Nada Surf's "Peaceful Ghosts" out today! . . .
28 Oct 2016
Nada Surf visiting hits from new directions and enhancing the innate beauty of tracks like 'Blonde On Blonde' and 'Inside Of Love' - The Line Of Best Fit
Today we're thrilled to release Nada Surf's new live album, Peaceful Ghosts Live With Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg! The album was recorded this summer with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra in collaboration with the Austrian national radio station FM4. The result is a beautiful recording, collected from two live performances in Vienna, Austria and Potsdam, Germany early this summer. It covers Nada Surf classics like the delicate melancholy of "Blonde On Blonde" to showcasing new favorites from their critically-acclaimed studio album, You Know Who You Are, including "Rushing" and "Out Of The Dark". Last week, Peaceful Ghosts was streamed in its entirety along with a feature on Nada Surf front man, Matthew Caws at the Wall Street Journal, check it out here.
Watch the video for "Out Of The Dark (live)" to see pictures from the performances this summer here.
The LP version is limited to 1000 copies in the US and pre-orders are going fast this pressing will not last long!
Cassette version of Death Cab for Cutie's "The Photo Album" . . .
10 Oct 2016
We released Death Cab for Cutie's The Photo Album on cassette this Saturday, October 8th just in time for International Cassette Store Day! We have a limited number of copies available here in the shop, or find yours at a local retailer.
New video from Babes . . .
06 Oct 2016
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.