This year, Barsuk Records is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and the celebration starts at Bumbershoot! On Sunday, the beloved label's history will be discussed by a panel featuring cofounder Josh Rosenfeld, musicians John Roderick and David Bazan, and moderator Sean Nelson. Later that evening, Death Cab for Cutie will play their Barsuk-released Transatlanticism in its entirety at KeyArena. (There will be swooning.)
And that's just the beginning of the anniversary action—in November, the label is hosting a weekend of shows that feature several of their past and current signees, including Nada Surf, Mates of State, Menomena, and Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter.
With Barsuk on the brain and dozens of amazing records being put out over the last decade and a half, we asked the staff about some of their favorite and most memorable releases. You can share yours, too, here.