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Hear, Hear, Barsuk Records!

June 17, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Bursak records pictureCongratulations to Barsuk Records on their 15th Anniversary! The independent record label based in Seattle, WA is celebrating this incredible milestone by holding a four-day party at some of the best music venues thoughout the city: Showbox at the Market, Neptune Theatre, Neumos/Barboza and The Tractor Tavern. From November 7-10, if you want to hear your favorite artists on ALL four nights, you can buy a wristband, which includes a complete set of signed and numbered anniversary show screenprints by renowned poster designer Jason Munn plus a free round-trip car ride to each venue courtesy of Uber. You better be fast though, because there are only 50 wristbands available, which went on sale yesterday. They are selling out fast, so hurry up and get one!  The Label’s co-founder, Josh Rosenfeld says “we can’t wait to announce the line-up at the end of the month — all we can say now is that these four shows are going to be incredible nights of music, with amazing headliners and some surprises…” Now you know that you simply cannot miss out on something this special, and who doesn’t love surprises?

To make this event even better, 100% of the proceeds from wristband sales and from all other anniversary ticket sales will be donated to Gilda’s Club Seattle, a cancer support organization that provides free services for men, women and children touched by cancer, along with their families, friends and colleagues. Many of Barsuk’s close family and friends have unfortunately been hit with cancer or cancer-related ordeals, so they didn’t have to think twice before teaming up with this amazing organization.

If you just can’t wait until November to hear amazing music, you can start celebrating with Barsuk as early as September at Bumbershoot. Catch awesome bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, who’ll be performing their 2003 masterpiece Transatlanticism in its entirety, Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan and Ramona Falls. Not only will these bands be playing, but the arts festival will feature “15 Years of Barsuk Records,” a conversation with label co-founder Josh Rosenfeld and a collection of some of the more verbose members of the Barsuk family as part of Bumbershoot’s Words and Ideas programming.

Tickets for individual Barsuk Anniversary shows in November will go on sale later in June, so stay tuned for details.

Freeloader Friday: DEVO, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Bloc Party, Ramona Falls, Maps & Atlases, Zambri and Matthew E. White

August 17, 2012 Freeloader Friday No Comments

DEVO, Don't Roof Rack Me BroDear Freeloaders, it’s Friday! To enjoy your weekend, DEVOHe’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Bloc PartyRamona Falls, Maps & Atlases, Zambri and Matthew E. White are here to offer you some great streams and videos…

First up, DEVO sticks it to Mitt Romney in this awesome tribute to Seamus, the poor pup that spent a road trip on a car roof. Then He’s My Brother She’s My Sister give you a taste of what their upcoming release will sound like, on their newly signed record deal with Park the Van, and Bloc Party share a sneak preview of their new album coming out next week, as well as a chance to pick your very own special “FOUR.”

Go crazy and have a great weekend! (But don’t strap any dogs to your roof, ok?)

DEVO: “Don’t Roof Rack Me Bro” (Remember Seamus) via Rolling Stone
“Don’t Roof Rack Me Bro” (Remember Seamus) out now on Devo, Inc.

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister:  “Electric Love” via SoundCloud
“Same Old Ground” during SXSW ’12 via IFC
Nobody Dances in this Town out this winter on Park the Van Records

Bloc Party: Full album stream via the band’s interactive website
FOUR out August 21 on Frenchkiss Records

Ramona Falls: “Spore” live video via YouTube
Prophet out now on Barsuk Records

Maps & Atlases: “Remote and Dark Years,” “Vampires” and “Solid Ground”  via The Wild Honey Pie
Beware & Be Grateful out now on Barsuk Records

Zambri: “From Angle” via Consequence of Sound
House of Baasa out now on Kanine Records

Matthew E. White: “Big Love” and “One Of These Days” via Consequence of Sound
Big Inner out August 21 on Hometapes/Spacebomb Records

Freeloader Friday: Sixpence None the Richer, Crocodiles, Eternal Summers, Ramona Falls, Antibalas and Menomena

Happy Friday, Freeloaders! This week we have a lot of free stuff for you, so get excited! You can stream tracks by Sixpence None The Richer and Menomena. You can also listen to Eternal Summers‘ entire album and watch videos from Antibalas, Crocodiles, and Ramona Falls.

Fridays don’t get much better than this one!


Sixpence None The Richer: “Sooner Than Later” via Billboard and “Radio” via Perez Hilton
Lost in Transition out August 7 on Sixpence LLC

Crocodiles: “Endless Flowers” music video via Noisey
Endless Flowers out now on Frenchkiss Records

Eternal Summers: Correct Behavior via Hype Machine
Correct Behavior out July 24th on Kanine Records

Ramona Falls: “Fingerhold” music video via YouTube
Prophet out now on Barsuk Records

Antibalas: “Dirty Money” music video via Spin
Antibalas out August 7th on Daptone Records

Menomena: “Heavy Is As Heavy Does” via Pitchfork
Moms out September 18th on Barsuk Records

Freeloader Friday: Devo, Ramona Falls, and Devin

Happy Friday, freeloaders! It’s Friday the 13th, and guess what? You’ve just stumbled upon a black bag of luck! Forget any worries you may have of unlucky things happening today, relax, and enjoy this virtual prize package of free music.

This week we’re bringing you connections to the theme song of Monster Man, a new show on Syfy, by Devo; a free track from Ramona Fall‘s upcoming record; and the entire album stream of Devin‘s Romancing. Perhaps you procrastinators out there should take a mini-break from doing your taxes? Lucky you!

Devo: “Monsterman” via Rolling Stone
Check out Devo on the season finale of Monster Man, Wed. April 18 at 10 pm ET on Syfy

Ramona Falls: “Sqworm” via SPIN
Prophet out May 1st on Barsuk Records

Devin: Romancing via AOL Spinner
Out Now on Frenchkiss Records

A Taste of Freedom: Ramona Falls to Release Sophomore Album “Prophet”

February 22, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Ramona Falls have just announced the release of their sophomore album Prophet. The first single Spore just premiered on Pitchfork. Prophet is set to be released May 1st on Barsuk Records.

Last year, Brent Knopf decided to quit the acclaimed art rock trio Menomena and devote his time to one epic, personal vision. But as Knopf is learning now with a full-time focus on a former side project, freedom comes with greater risk. Prophet, the second Ramona Falls album, is sonically, lyrically and thematically brighter than the first album, Intuit. It’s also more organic and personal than anything he ever contributed to Menomena, or as the singer/multi-instrumentalist explains, “it’s more of a rapid transit line between my sleeve and my heart.”

That emotional honesty and creative fearlessness is certainly paying off. Prophet is an album that recalls the experimental beauty of Laughing Stock by Talk Talk, and the unabashed earnestness of his old label-mates Death Cab For Cutie. Knopf appreciates those highly regarded comparisons but when pressed for the true inspirations that fed into his overall vision, he cites Martin Gore of Depeche Mode‘s dark chordal elements, a production style halfway between Tears for Fears and The Homosexuals, and lyrical themes that channel a dyslexic Jorge Luis Borges if he starred in Flowers for Algernon.

Prophet, the album’s title, is an homage to Knopf’s religious upbringing, a reference to a worldview that reveres exalted seers who assert meaning despite the chaos. But as the newly empowered songwriter has discovered with Ramona Falls, it’s a better strategy to embrace the chaos. And then refashion it into a beautiful noise.

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