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current releases

bark176: Active Bird Community / Amends
OUT 14 SEP 2018
  • Unwind With Me
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bark179: Steady Holiday / Nobody's Watching
OUT 24 AUG 2018
  • Nobody's Watching
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bark174: Maps & Atlases / Lightlessness Is Nothing New
  • Fall Apart
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bark172: Ruler / Lp1 - Tbd - Winning Star Champion
  • Petrified
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news

Steady Holiday video "Mothers" premieres

Steady Holiday released "Mothers," the latest single from her forthcoming Barsuk debut Nobody's Watching today. The ominous tone of the track is reflected in its accompanying music video, of which Dre Babinski says, "Some have a hard time distinguishing compassion from the slippery slope of altruism. This character is one of them, hesitant to 'give an inch...' anticipating what will be asked of her next. Maybe it's more convenient to keep the door locked next time."

Watch the video here. 15 Aug 2018

Steady Holiday premieres "Who's Gonna Stop Us" video

Steady Holiday premiered her new single "Who's Gonna Stop Us" today alongside an enigmatic video that matches the song's unsettling tone. In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Dre Babinski shared her inspirations, from Howard Zinn to the classic musical The Music Man, for the song. Watch the video here.

Steady Holiday will tour the US, UK and Europe this fall in support of Nobody's Watching. 18 Jul 2018

Steady Holiday announces new album

Steady Holiday, the indie-pop project of LA's Dre Babinski, announced her new record Nobody's Watching today — the album is her first since signing to Barsuk and will be released on August 24. Produced by Gus Seyffert (Roger Waters, Beck, Bedouine), Nobody's Watching folds a sense of paranoia in the modern age into Steady Holiday's evocative soundscapes, resulting in an album that's both dreamy and unsettling. Stereogum premiered the album's title track today — listen here.

Nobody's Watching is available for pre-order now. 21 Jun 2018

Steady Holiday signs to Barsuk Records

Barsuk is excited to announce the signing of Steady Holiday, the Los Angeles-based indie pop project of Dre Babinski. Steady Holiday's music has been praised as "both fresh and new and like it's been around for a hundred years, a standard from a different world" (Stereogum) and "bubbl[ing] with tension like a psychological thriller" (The Fader). Babinski has played festivals like Coachella and shared stages with Mitski and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Barsuk will be releasing her second record later this summer — stay tuned for more details.

Steady Holiday will be playing Seattle's Upstream Music Festival on Friday, June 1 before returning to California to open for Dr. Dog. 29 May 2018

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Active Bird Community debuts "Baby It's You" video

Active Bird Community today debuted their video for "Baby It's You," the second song released from their new album and Barsuk debut, Amends. The lighthearted Nick D'Agostino-directed clip can be seen now here. Amends will be released on September 14. 26 Jul 2018

Active Bird Community announce new album

Brooklyn, NY's Active Bird Community announced their new album and Barsuk debut, Amends, will be released on September 14.

The video for first single "Unwind With Me" premiered today via Brooklyn Vegan, and can also now be seen here. Filmed entirely in the back of a moving truck, director Henry Kinder explains, "This choice created tight parameters within which we had to work, but it felt like the only way to achieve exactly what we wanted: to visually represent this state of unsettled displacement that we were both feeling at the time and that we were hearing in the song."

Active Bird Community have also announced a fall North American tour, beginning with a hometown Brooklyn show on September 27 at Rough Trade. A current itinerary is available here, and more dates will be announced soon. 14 Jun 2018

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Barsuk 20th Anniversary merch

New merch alert! Barsuk turns 20 this year, and to celebrate we commissioned local Seattle artists Zack Bolotin and Kyler Martz to make some new Barsuk shirts, perfect for the warm summer months.

Head to the Barsuk shop now to see the new designs as well as new slip mats, enamel pins, and more. And while you browse, you can also tune into our latest playlist, which contains (almost) every track we've ever released digitally...

We're honored to get to continue putting out music we love by bands we love, and appreciate you supporting us and our artists for two decades! 20 Jun 2018

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Thank You For Today

Death Cab for Cutie has announced the release of their upcoming ninth studio album. Thank You for Today arrives everywhere on Friday, August 17th.

With the announcement comes a new video from the album, "Gold Rush", directed by Alex Southam (alt-J, Mumford & Sons). The visual features Ben Gibbard performing the song amidst an increasingly crowded cityscape. Death Cab will make their debut performance of "Gold Rush" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday, June 21st — check local listings. 13 Jun 2018

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on tour

Active Bird Community

27 SepBrooklyn NY  @ Rough Trade

Charly Bliss

24 SepEugene OR  @ Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Death Cab for Cutie

21 SepLas Vegas NV  @ Life is Beautiful Festival

Nada Surf

9 NovLuebeck GERMANY  @ Rolling Stone Weekender

Phantogram

25 AugDenver CO  @ PoloFest

Ra Ra Riot

16 AugCambridge MA  @ Sinclair

Steady Holiday

15 OctBrighton UNITED KINGDOM  @ Komedia Bar

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