Tag Archive: “Barsuk”

The One Where Everything is Enjoyable

On this episode: our dear cousins talk about American Idol and Katy Perry, they get into God Talk early and keep talking about their history with religious institutions,

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne bring you fresh new songs with the hopes of introducing you to some that you may consider to be the best song ever.  Both Brian and Luke have no idea what songs the other has picked, so what you are hearing is their genuine reaction to listening to the songs together.  Also, if you enjoy this episode, head to ITunes to subscribe and rate our podcast with the highest rating available to you.


Songs Played on The One Where Everything is Enjoyable

Sir the Baptist feat. Killer Mike and ChurchPpl – Raise Hell from ____ out ___ on Atlantic

Lo Tom – Overboard from Lo Tom out July 14th on Barsuk

Jamilla Woods – Holy from HEAVN out now on Soundcloud with a proper release soon from Jagjaguwar

Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder from Hug of Thunder out July 7th on Arts & Crafts

(Sandy) Alex G – Bobby from Rocket out this Friday, May 19th on Domino

Danny Brown – Kool Aid from Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack out June 23rd on Mass Appeal Records

The Drums – Blood Under my Belt from “Abysmal Thoughts” out June 16th on Anti-

Lost Balloons – Numb from Hey Summer out June 16th on Dirtnap


What happens when you get David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), T.W. Walsh (The Soft Drugs), Jason Martin (Starflyer 59) Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59) together? Well, what turns out is Lo Tom, the quartet’s new project that was recorded over two different sessions when they could find the time to spare. The group is set to debut its release on Barsuk although no date has been given. Here they band shares the first single “Overboard.”



The One With 90’s Nostalgia

On this episode: our dear cousins dive into Kung-Fu Kenny aka Cornrow Kenny aka Duckworth aka Kendrick Lamar’s fantastic new album DAMN, there is a lot of talk about 90’s nostalgia including Brian giving Luke a lesson on who Jordan Catalano is, Brian gets angry because Luke “stole” a song from him, they discuss the illustrious music career of once video game superstar Frogger, Brian and Luke talk about their literal Best Songs Ever and Luke lands in the Hipster Hall of Fame and you get to hear the eight best songs you’ll listen to all week!

Every week Ghettoblaster feature writers (and dear cousins!) Brian LaBenne and Luke LaBenne bring you fresh new songs with the hopes of introducing you to some that you may consider to be the best song ever.  Both Brian and Luke have no idea what songs the other has picked, so what you are hearing is their genuine reaction to listening to the songs together.  Also, if you enjoy this episode, head to ITunes to subscribe and rate our podcast with the highest rating available to you.

TWITTER: @BestSongEverPod


Songs Played on The One With 90’s Nostalgia

Little Dragon – Celebrate from Season High out now on Loma Vista Recordings

Charly Bliss from Guppy out this Friday, April 21st on Barsuk Records

Waxahatchee – Silver from Out in the Storm out July 14th on Merge Records

Toro Y Moi – Omaha from Our First 100 Days available now at ourfirst100days.bandcamp.com

Spoek Mathambo – Want Ur Love from Mzansi Beat out now on Teka Recordings

Ratboys – Control from GN out June 30th on Topshelf Records

Girlpool – It Gets More Blue from Powerplant out May 12th on Anti-

Kool A.D. – Lapsang Souchong from Sky Ladder available now at koolad.bandcamp.com/

Ra Ra Riot’s Need Your Light will be released February 19, 2016 via Barsuk Records.  The band previously released the single “Water,” a collaboration with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam that continues to capture the attention and ears of fans and media alike.

Need Your Light was primarily produced by Ryan Hadlock (Vance Joy, Blonde Redhead) with two tracks, “I Need Your Light”and “Water,” produced by Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen).  It is the fourth full-length from Brooklyn’s Ra Ra Riot and sees the band — Wes Miles (vocals), Mathieu Santos (bass), Milo Bonacci (guitar), Rebecca Zeller (violin), and Kenny Bernard (drums) — getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013’s Beta Love. The result is an album that’s celebratory without being saccharine and that sees the group collectively mining their prior experiences in order to craft something that looks toward the future with an optimistic gaze.

3/02 – Albany, NY – The Hollow

3/03 – Boston, MA – Paradise

3/04 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

3/05 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

3/06 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

3/08 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

3/10 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Festival

3/11 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5

3/12 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn

3/13 – Nashville, TN – Exit In

3/15 – Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown

3/16-18 – Austin, TX- SXSW

3/19 – Fort Worth, TX – The Live Oak

3/21- Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar

3/22 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic

3/24 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom

3/25 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Restaurant & Music Club

3/27 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

3/30 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

3/31 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret

4/01 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

4/03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

4/04 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre

4/06 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room

4/07 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club

4/08 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

4/11 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar

4/12 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre

4/14 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

4/15 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz

4/16 – Geneva, NY – The Cracker Factory


Ra Ra Riot kick off the first tour in support of Need Your Light on March 2 at The Hollow in Albany, NY.  The dates conclude 6 weeks later in Geneva, NY at the Cracker Factory and in between the band plays New York City’s Webster Hall on March 4 and The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on March 24.  The full tour is listed below.  Tickets for the tour are available now

Nada Surf has just announced their new album You Know Who You Are, will be out March 4, 2016.  It’s the group’s eighth album and will be released on Barsuk. Produced by long-time cohort Tom Beaujour at Nuthouse Recording n Hoboken, NJ. The album marks the band’s first as an official quartet with the core unit – singer/ songwriter/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca and drummer Ira Elliot – joined by Doug Gillard on second guitar. Don’t know Gillard? Think Guided By Voices and Cobra Verde. He’s also released a handful of solo albums. Nada Surf has released the first single “Believe You’re Mine” off of the album.


The band hasn’t allowed itself much time since the release of its Beta Love, opting to quickly record and release material because… well, they can’t help themselves. This time around the band releases its first single “Water,” a collaborative effort with Rostam, of Vampire Weekend. The new album, Need Your Light, is looking at a release date of February 19, 2016. on Barsuk Records.

Ra Ra Riot Need Your Light Tracklisting:
1. Water
2. Absolutely
3. Foreign Lovers
4. I Need Your Light
5. Bad Times
6. Call Me Out
7. Instant Breakup
8. Every Time I’m Ready To Hug
9. Bouncy Castle
10. Suckers


Peter Michel, who records under the name Hibou, is excited to share a live-performance video of his song “Above Us.”  The track is taken from his upcoming self-titled debut album being released September 18 (Barsuk).  The video premiered via Flood who said, “the video he and his touring band have shared for album cut ‘Above Us’ strips away the song’s buoyant drum pattern and sticky guitar work, leaving behind a cascading piano melody and Michel’s gentle voice. Armed with nothing more than piano, bass, and acoustic guitar, and lit by the sunlight coming through the windows, the trio transform Michel’s parents’ living room into an intimate cafe space and reveal the expertly built structure that supports one of Hibou’s strongest songs.”

Watch official “Above Us” video

Hibou previously shared the single “Dissolve” and Stereogum said it “starts out as an especially warm and friendly spin on the C86 sound – all steady pulse, luminescent guitar, and mystical whispers – before exploding into a wonderfully florid prog-rock finish that feels like an entire woodland scene bursting into a celebratory dance routine…” Culture Collide wrote “it has been a hit, demonstrating more of a refined, finished sound than his previous work.”

The album is the follow-up to the band’s 2013 EP Dunes and is a lush, driving mix of ’80s inspired pop, fueled by twisting reverbed-out guitar melodies, elegant arrangements, and a love of soda, summertime nostalgia, and trips to Peter’s inspirational point in Seattle: the fittingly-named Discovery Park.

Michel got his start in the noted San Francisco indie band Craft Spells as its drummer while still in high school after ditching the traditional brick and mortar institution for an online education. He ended up spending the better part of a year touring throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing shows at night while finishing his studies during the day. He was 18 when he realized he needed to start focusing more attention on his own songs. Peter returned to Seattle and began to experiment with soundscapes and varying musical genres, all of which eventually led to the release of Dunes, his first recordings as Hibou.  Hibou is touring across North America throughout July and August this summer, opening for Cayucas.

7/23 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN

7/24 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

7/25 – Loving Touch – Detroit, MI

7/26 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON

7/28 – The Hollow – Albany, NY

7/29 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

7/31 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

8/01 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA

8/03 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

8/05 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA

8/06 – Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA

8/07 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX

8/08 – Three Links – Dallas, TX

8/09 – The Parish – Austin, TX

8/14 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA

8/15 – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA

8/16 – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

8/17 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA

8/20 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC

8/21 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

8/22 – Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA

New York band Yellow Ostrich recently announced Cosmos, its new album due Feb. 25 on Barsuk. The second single, “Any Wonder” premiered today via Esquire, who write “that Yellow Ostrich are making some of the more exciting music in the genre these days.” The band will head out on a full North American tour at the end of the month with Pattern Is Movement opening, including a stop at SXSW. You can also pre-order the album right now.

Catch the band will be on tour here:

02/27 Allston MA – Great Scott
03/03 Washington DC – DC9
03/04 Raleigh NC – Kings
03/05 Atlanta GA – The Earl
03/06 Nashville TN – The High Watt
03/07 Birmingham AL – The Bottletree
03/08 New Orleans LA – Circle Bar
03/09 Houston TX – Fitzgerald’s

03/10 – 03/14 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/15 Scottsdale AZ – Pub Rock Live
03/16 San Diego CA – Casbah
03/18 Los Angeles CA – The Echo
03/19 San Francisco CA – Bottom of The Hill
03/21 Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge
03/22 Seattle WA – Barboza
03/23 Vancouver BC – Media Club
03/25 Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge
03/26 Denver CO – Hi Dive
03/28 St. Paul MN – Turf Club
03/29 Madison WI – High Noon Saloon
03/30 Milwaukee WI – Turner Hall
03/31 Chicago IL – Schubas
04/01 Indianapolis IN – Do317 Lounge
04/03 Philadelphia PA – Boot & Saddle
04/04 New York NY – Bowery Ballroom

Seattle label Barsuk is celebrating 15 years with four nights of special shows in Seattle and a special day at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival which is Labor Day Weekend.

The Bumbershoot day (Sunday, 9/1) includes Death Cab for Cutie’s performance of Transatlanticism in full, plus sets by Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan, and Ramona Falls. Tickets for Bumbershoot are still available.

The four-night Barsuk celebration happens November 8 – 10 at various Seattle venues, and will include performances by Nada Surf (playing Let Go in full), Matthew Caws and Julianna Hatfield’s new project Minor Alps, Mates of State, The Long Winters, Cymbals Eat Guitars, David Bazan, DCFC’s Chris Walla, Menomena, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, “special guests” and more. Full schedule below.

Barsuk Records – 15th Anniversary Celebration, Seattle WA

Thursday 11/7 – Showbox at the Market:
Nada Surf (playing Let Go), Special Guest, Mates of State, and more

Friday 11/8 – Neptune Theater:
The Long Winters (playing When I Pretend To Fall), David Bazan, Chris Walla, Minor Alps, and more

Saturday 11/9 – Neumos:
Menomena, Maps and Atlases, Yellow Ostrich, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and a very special end of the night guest

Sunday 11/10 – Tractor Tavern:
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter (special anniversary performance with original lineup playing Reckless Burning), Special Guest, Rocky Votolato, Laura Gibson (solo), and more