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Barsuk Records (pronounced /bɑrˈsuːk/ bar-sook) is an independent record label, which provides rising bands a chance to springboard to a major label or mass national exposure. The label is based out of Seattle, Washington, where it was started in 1994 by Christopher Possanza and Josh Rosenfeld (members of the band This Busy Monster, which was the label's first band).

The name of the label comes from the Russian word барсук [barˈsuk] "badger". However, the label is not named after a badger, but instead, after Possanza's dog, a black Labrador. The dog can be heard barking in This Busy Monster's track "Song 69." As such, the label's logo is a drawing of a dog holding a record in its mouth.

On their website, you can download one or two MP3 tracks for free from almost every release as well as listen to a variety of songs for free through Barsuk Radio. The label's most successful band is by far Death Cab for Cutie, which even has its own station on Barsuk Radio.

Other bands:

  • ¡All-Time Quarterback!
  • Aqueduct
  • Blunt Mechanic
  • Chris Walla
  • David Bazan
  • Harvey Danger
  • Jessamine
  • Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
  • Jim Noir
  • John Vanderslice
  • Kind of Like Spitting
  • Lackthereof
  • Little Champions
  • Mates of State
  • Menomena
  • Nada Surf
  • Phantogram
  • Ra Ra Riot
  • Ramona Falls
  • Rilo Kiley
  • Rocky Votolato
  • Say Hi
  • Smoosh
  • Starlight Mints
  • Sunset Valley
  • The Long Winters
  • The Prom
  • The Wooden Birds
  • They Might Be Giants
  • This Busy Monster
  • Travis Morrison (of The Dismemberment Plan)
  • Viva Voce
  • What Made Milwaukee Famous

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