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New music from Pearly Gate Music

Barsuk is excited to announce the return of Zachary Tillman's Pearly Gate Music: Mainly Gestalt Pornography is the first new Pearly Gate Music album since the critically-acclaimed self-titled debut a decade ago. It will be available at digital services everywhere on December 3rd. The album will also be released on cassette via Curly Cassettes, a Portland, OR based boutique record label which has been releasing short-run cassettes for over a decade.

A video for "The Moon", the first single from Mainly Gestalt Pornography, is out now. Directed by Magdalena Wosinska, "The Moon" features the everyday life of your friendly neighborhood black-metal fan — set to Tillman's distinctive tenor and a chorus-laden guitar hook mixed with a synth goth-meets-Laurel Canyon vibe. Learn more here. 20 Oct 2021

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Death Cab for Cutie's The Photo Album Deluxe Edition

We're very excited to announce the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of Death Cab for Cutie's The Photo Album, beautifully remastered by João Carvalho, cut for vinyl by Joe Nino-Hernes at Sterling Sound, and pressed at RTI on 180-gram clear vinyl. This limited-edition gatefold package also includes a bonus 12" EP with a new 33rpm Carvalho/Nino-Hernes master of The Stability E.P., and a 12-page booklet and separate insert containing — for the first time in full size — all the photos from the original 1st pressing 2001 double-CD artwork. Vinyl is in production, expected to ship in early Spring 2022!

The deluxe digital version, with all 35 tracks, is available starting October 29 on Bandcamp and all digital services, and includes previously-unavailable b-sides and compilation tracks, band demos, acoustic radio sessions, alternate lyrics, and never-before-heard studio outtakes from the era. You can find one of the tracks, "Coney Island (Band Demo)", here. 13 Oct 2021

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20th Anniversary of Rilo Kiley's Take Offs And Landings Celebrated

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rilo Kiley classic album Take Offs And Landings, and we're celebrating with a limited-edition 180-gram WHITE VINYL edition of the double-LP (with hidden track and full-color UV print on side D), available for pre-order now. Also available is a pre-order t-shirt featuring a four-color classic print of a design the band sold on tour during the Take Offs era. 06 Oct 2021

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Common Holly returns with two new singles!

"Preoccupy" is the new single from Brigitte Naggar, the Montreal-based musician known as Common Holly. It starts as a simple acoustic folk lullaby but soon ascends into an uncanny duet between Naggar's guitar and an analog modem attempting to connect. Although the song was recorded before the pandemic ("It's about listlessness, and the particular anxiety that makes you turn in on—and turn against—yourself," says Naggar) it's impossible to hear that searching modem or the chorus "Preoccupy me darling, when are you coming back? In search of something certain, my eyes are going black" without thinking of our recent and ongoing collective experience with isolation. The single and its B-side "The Moon" were recorded in Toronto with Paul Vroom and Kenny Boothby of the Canadian band Little Kid. Common Holly is reemerging from isolation to play the Calgary Folk Music Festival on July 25. 23 Jul 2021

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Yellow Ostrich Soft

The gorgeous new Yellow Ostrich album Soft is available digitally everywhere today! It's the first new album that the quietly brilliant musician, producer and songwriter Alex Schaaf has released under the Yellow Ostrich name in seven years, and it's full of sublime lyrics, a perfect balance of experimental and classic sounds, great hooks, and elegant playing, featuring an outstanding group of assembled musicians borrowed from La Luz, Lissie, Bon Iver, and The War on Drugs, and engineered and mixed by Zach Hanson (Bon Iver, Gordi, Whitney, Waxahatchee, Hand Habits).

Check out charming videos for two of the singles off Soft, "Julia" and "Last Summer" — each captures aspects of the album's thematic concerns around the pitfalls and pressures of traditional masculinity, and human nature's complex simultaneous aversions and drives toward connection, vulnerability and tenderness. 23 Apr 2021

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Sunset Valley release final single, "Amped"

Sunset Valley, a band who started in Portland in the late 90's and spread across the land with a cult-like following in the years since, are proud to release their final song and accompanying video "Amped".

Recorded remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, "Amped" puts a capstone on their career from their debut The New Speed (1998), to follow-ups Boyscout Superhero (1999), Icepond (2001), Goldbank 78 Stack (2003), which are all available now for the first time on Bandcamp. Barsuk previously released Tropic of Candycorn in 2014, a career-spanning anthology that includes all four Sunset Valley albums and a collection of unreleased rarities, demos and covers, available digitally everywhere. 16 Apr 2021

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on tour

Charly Bliss

17 NovHamden CT  @ Space Ballroom

Death Cab for Cutie

21 OctPortland OR  @ Wonder Ballroom

Nada Surf

3 NovPhiladelphia PA  @ World Cafe Live

John Vanderslice

23 OctSan Francisco CA  @ Amado's

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