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Nada Surf announces Never Not Together deluxe edition

Nada Surf today premiered the powerful music film for "Just Wait", an extended visual interpretation of one of many highlights found on their acclaimed LP Never Not Together. An ambitious, evocative collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Mark Pellington, "Just Wait" is streaming now at YouTube.

In other extended-version news, an official Deluxe Edition of Never Not Together will be available at digital and streaming services Friday, November 13. The newly expanded collection is heralded by the brand new track, "Stories Going 'Round," recorded last year at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales during the Never Not Together sessions and available now. The deluxe edition also includes two other never-heard-before songs as well as versions of the hit "So Much Love" in French and Spanish. 22 Oct 2020

Ra Ra Riot releases The Orchard 10th Anniversary Edition

Ten years ago today, Ra Ra Riot released their sophomore album The Orchard. In celebration of the anniversary, the band is excited to release The Orchard (10th Anniversary Edition), an expanded version of the record that features b-sides and alternate versions of songs from the album, some of which have not been available on digital services before or have never before been heard.

Highlights include vintage remixes of the album's biggest hit "Boy" by RAC and fan-favorite "Too Dramatic" by Anamanaguchi, and a cover of the 1971 Sparks deep cut "Saccharine and the War".

The Orchard (10th Anniversary Edition) is now available digitally worldwide. 24 Aug 2020

Ra Ra Riot announces The Orchard (10th Anniversary Edition)

Barsuk is thrilled to join Ra Ra Riot in announcing The Orchard (10th Anniversary Edition), due to come out August 24. For the special digital-only release, the band included remixes by RAC ("Boy") and Anamanaguchi ("Too Dramatic"), their cover of Sparks' "Saccharin And The War," while "Too Dramatic" along with "Keep It Quiet" get their own re-imaginings from Ra Ra Riot themselves.

While mining for additional material to celebrate the re-release of The Orchard, the band unearthed a live set from their first trip to Japan. Released today on all streaming platforms, Live In Kyoto 2010 features that newly discovered set which was recorded a month before The Orchard's original release and features some of the earliest live renditions of "Boy" and "Too Dramatic." Bassist Mathieu Santos explains: "It was one of the most fun runs we've ever been on, opening for the Japanese band Asian Kung Fu Generation on their annual summer tour of the country and culminating with two shows at Kyoto's legendary (and astonishingly beautiful) KBS Hall." Listen to the full live album now. 28 Jul 2020

Barsuk releases new Benjamin Gibbard single "Proxima B"

We're excited to be releasing the latest single by Benjamin Gibbard, "Proxima B", available digitally everywhere.

This is the first time the fully fleshed-out studio version of "Proxima B" has been released. It's paired with b-side "Filler," a revelatory piano-vocal cover that brings Gibbard's trademark melancholy to the straight-edge DC hardcore classic by Minor Threat.

The Death Cab for Cutie frontman recently debuted live stripped-down acoustic versions of "Proxima B" during the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum virtual concert Space Songs: Through the Distance and during his weekly livestream performances from his home in Seattle. The studio recording of "Promixa B" was mixed by fellow Seattleite Michael Lerner (of Telekinesis), who also played drums and sang backing vocals on the track. Limited-edition 7" vinyl and cassette versions of the single will also be released via Gibbard's long-dormant label imprint Bedside Recordings (which last released two long-out-of-print split-singles in 2003 from The Mountain Goats/John Vanderslice and David Bazan/Casey Foubert). 28 May 2020

Benjamin Gibbard on NPR's Tiny Desk!

Benjamin Gibbard performed from his home studio for NPR's Tiny Desk this past weekend – archived here. 06 Apr 2020

Benjamin Gibbard releases new single, "Life in Quarantine"

"The airports and train stations are full of desperate people / But no one is going anywhere soon," proclaims Benjamin Gibbard in the melancholy chorus of his new single, "Life in Quarantine," available digitally and streaming everywhere today.

The Seattle-based Death Cab for Cutie front man unveiled the new song in a video late last week as part of local alt-weekly The Stranger's A Message to the City series, noting "I know this is a really f---ed up and scary time for everybody, including myself, and I know that we're all trying to figure out what to do to make it better or alleviate the suffering of someone else."

The track released today is a new home-studio recording of "Life in Quarantine." Net proceeds from the digital release will be donated to Seattle-area relief organizations, including homelessness-support services non-profit Aurora Commons, a welcoming space for unhoused Seattle residents to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources, and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community. Gibbard has also been live streaming daily concerts from his home since the beginning of the Seattle area's voluntary social-distancing efforts on March 17th. The livestreams, which have included songs from throughout his career with Death Cab, The Postal Service and his solo material along with covers and other surprises, has been featured by outlets such as Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Variety, NPR, and more and prompted Stereogum to ask, "Is Ben Gibbard going to single-handedly get us all through quarantine? I mean, a lot of other people are doing livestream performances, but Gibbard is really going all in: He is playing daily, and every day he brings something new to the table."

The concerts are archived on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch and begin at 4pm PST daily. Donations to a variety of non-profit organizations helping to deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged with every streamed set. 26 Mar 2020

Temporary Shop Closure

In doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 here in Seattle, all Barsuk staff are working remotely and our online shop is temporarily closed. We remain available via email, but won't be able to ship orders for what could be a few weeks.

If you have any questions or encounter problems with our site, please write to us and we'll do what we can to set things right.

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Due to event cancellations and public health concerns, many artists are looking ahead to an unexpectedly difficult year. Now more than ever, please consider supporting musicians by purchasing merch from their online shops and by buying their music from local record retailers who are also hurting, many of whom are filling mailorders or offering delivery, even if they've closed their doors to shoppers.

Be safe out there, and please do what you can to help support hospitals and medical staff by working to prevent rapid spread of the virus. 19 Mar 2020

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