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This Busy Monster

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This Busy Monster (or TBM) is an indie band that was formed in the early 1990s in Bellingham, Washington. They are known for their often confusing, somewhat disjointed songs with lyrics that flow due to their lack of cohesion. TBM’s songs are normally made with all typical band instruments (i.e. guitar, bass, drums) but with the addition of a clarinet. The band is renowned for starting the popular Barsuk label.

The band, based in Seattle, Washington, is comprised of Christopher Possanza (vocals/guitar), Josh Rosenfeld (bass), Jason Avinger (guitar/vocals) and Barrett Wilke (drums). The band got their start by releasing cassettes independently in the early nineties. After this initial success, Possanza and Rosenfeld formed Barsuk Records in 1994 to release their band’s material. The label is named after their dog, Barsuk (bar-suke, from the Russian word for “badger”), a black lab. (The dog can be heard barking in the track “Song 69”.) Barsuk Records has signed numerous indie artiests, such as Death Cab for Cutie, Aqueduct, Rilo Kiley, Nada Surf and They Might Be Giants.

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