60+ special/exclusive releases for today’s Bandcamp fundraiser
Like they did on March 20, Bandcamp will once again waive their cut of the profits from sales on downloads, LP/CD sales, and other merch today from midnight to midnight Pacific, with all profits going directly to artists and labels. (They'll do it on the first Fridays of June and July too.) Like last time, many artists are using this opportunity to put out special, Bandcamp-only released, and we've rounded up some of the ones that stood out to us in this post.
As a quick reminder, many artists are unable to make money right now due to the various blockades presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and supporting them through any means possible is as important as ever. As Bandcamp said in an official statement, "It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you'll join us through the coming months as we work to support artists in this challenging time."
In addition to Bandcamp waiving their cut of sales, several record labels are also giving 100% of their revenue to artists today, too, including Arts & Crafts, Arbutus, Barely Dressed, Bella Union, Boiled Records, Captured Tracks, Constellation, Damnably, Darker Than Wax, Data Airlines, Dead Oceans, Debemur Morti, Dependent, Dome of Doom, Father/Daughter Records, Full Time Hobby, Grosse Boite, Hardly Art, Hassle Records, Hobbldehoy, Jagjaguwar, Joyful Noise, Keeled Scales, Kill Rock Stars, Lame-O, Lucky Number, Magnetic Eye, Merge Records, New Amsterdam, NNA Tapes, Northern Spy, On the Corner, Orindal Records, Phoxjaw, Polyvinyl, Prophecy, Ramp Local, Real World, Record Kicks, Saddle Creek, Sargent House, Secretly Canadian, Sub Pop, Suicide Squeeze, Sunnyside Records, Swedish Death Candy, Third Man Records, Topshelf Records, Trouble in Mind, and Wharf Cat. Some artists and labels are also donating to charities, which you can read more about here.
Since a whopping $4.3 million was spent on Bandcamp on March 20 (15 times the revenue of a normal Friday!), hopes are high that today will be just as much of a success. Check out our list below, and you can find even more here.
Superchunk - Clambakes Vol. 10: Only in My Dreams - Live in Tokyo 2009
Superchunk has released the tenth installment of their long-running Clambakes live album series. It’s a set they recorded in Tokyo in 2009, and all proceeds go to the NC Community Bail Fund of Durham and Durham FEAST.
Archers of Loaf - “Street Fighting Man” (Rolling Stones cover)
Superchunk's Merge labelmates Archers of Loaf also have a new Bandcamp release out today, a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man" (as the b-side to their recent comeback single "Raleigh Days"). They stay pretty faithful to the original, but they give it that Archers indie rock twist.
Cave In - "Moonlight Mile" (Rolling Stones cover)
Cave In have also put a Stones cover up on Bandcamp, a sludgy take on Sticky Fingers cover "Moonlight Mile."
Straylight Run - Straylight Run Live At The Patchogue Theatre
Straylight Run recorded this live album back in 2005 but shelved it, and today it's finally seeing the light of day, with all proceeds going to Feeding America, “the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States.” Straylight Run will also reunite for the first time in over a decade for the Riot Fest At Home livestream tonight at 7 PM ET.
Empty Country - "Andi," "10 Year" & Album Demos
Cymbals Eat Guitars offshoot Empty Country released two new songs and demos of every song on their great debut album.
Marissa Nadler - Covers 3
Marissa Nadler has put out a mostly-covers EP today which finds her applying her usual haunting style to Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters," Townes Van Zandt's "My Proud Mountains," Bob Dylan's "I Was Young When I Left Home," and King Crimson's "Moonchild." There's also an original song called "Strange Days" (which is not a Doors cover).
Fucked Up - Mixtape 6 & Rivoli live album
Fucked Up have two new releases, a mixtape with 80 minutes of "unreleased songs, unreleased mixes, interviews, b-sides and rarities," and a live album recorded in 2014.
Arab Strap - Arab Strap Archive
Arab Strap is finally releasing something that they’ve “talked about for years” this Friday: the Arab Strap Archive. This archive will include releases such as the LIVE 7’ (1997), the Quiet Violence EP (2002), a new compilation called Sanitized Broadcast (99-03), unheard demos from 1995 onward, 10 full gigs (with 9 different line-ups) including a “lost” 1999 live album, and many more rare and previously unheard tracks. As the band says, “We’ve always felt some of our best moments happened away from our usual studios and we hope this archive helps prove that true.” Everything is being offered at a Name Your Price basis for the foreseeable future.
There's tons of stuff at their Bandcamp. Here's their Black Sabbath cover and a 1995 demo:
Deerhoof - Surprise Symphonies
Though Deerhoof’s forthcoming record, Future Teenage Cave Artists is set to be released on May 29, the band is surprised fans with a new record, Surprise Symphonies today. The record (originally part of the Joyful Noise Recordings’ Children of Hoof Music Library 25th Anniversary Cassette Box Set) is a 59-minute collection spanning the first 25 years of Deerhoof.
Disappears + Steve Shelley + White/Light
Say Disappears of this very cool "lost" album: "In the summer of 2009, Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and the band’s long time sound engineer, Jeremy Lemos, invited Lemos’ White/Light bandmate Matt Clark and Chicago spacepunx Disappears to come over to Lemos’ Semaphore Recording studio and jam. Their one-afternoon, two-drummers, three-guitarists, no-rules jam evolved into a productive and glorious multi-day freakout, which resulted in the recording of these eight songs. Producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen) later mixed the marathon session with Steve and Jeremy at Echo Canyon West in Hoboken, NJ. And then… the record disappeared. Sonic Youth went on hiatus, Shelley briefly joined Disappears, Disappears broke up and then evolved into FACS; plans to release the album on Shelley’s Vampire Blues were scuttled and eventually shelved. In the quarantine days of spring of 2020, more than a decade later, Shelley started blowing the dust off old masters he’d had planned for his label."
DJ Jazzy Jeff - ITS 52 BEATS IN A YEAR
DJ Jazzy Jeff made a beat a week for an entire year, and now he released the whole thing on Bandcamp.
Mogwai - ZeroZeroZero
As we mentioned last month, Mogwai did the score for Amazon’s gripping drug drama ZeroZeroZero, but they hadn’t released the score on its own. That finally changes with this Bandcamp release today.
Killswitch Engage - Atonement II B-Sides For Charity
"These songs didn't make the final cut for 'Atonement'," says Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach. "Choosing which songs make an album remains a tough process for me. While the songs that made the most sense appear on the album, I'm still attached to every song I write. So, when the idea came up to put these B-Sides out and donate funds to a charity, I was relieved at the idea and the band unanimously agreed to the cause. I am proud these songs get to see a release, and to help others in the process is a huge bonus." 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Hether Fortune - Whenever I’m in Doubt About Things I Do I Listen to the High Street Wailing Sounds in a Queue
Hether Fortune, formerly of Wax Idols, released a compilation of Bandcamp-exclusive demos, covers, and previously unreleased rarities today.
Sarah Mary Chadwick - Please Daddy: The Demos
Sarah Mary Chadwick has released the “earliest” demos for what became this year’s Please Daddy.
Speedy Ortiz - 2015 Live Album
As Speedy Ortiz stated on Twitter, in 2015, they went on a non-profit tour that benefited the Girls Rock Camp Foundation. Whilst on that tour, though, the band recorded most evenings, accumulating in a live album that they released for the first time today via Bandcamp.
Captured Tracks - Before That, This compilation
Captured Tracks is offering a compilation of rare demos from artists on their roster, with 100% of the profits going to said artists. The compilation includes music from Chastity, Craft Spells, Reptalians, Juan Waters, Widowspeak, Wild Nothing, and others. It's not streaming but you can purchase it here.
Cloud Nothings - Tons of Live Recordings
Cloud Nothings have released tons of live concert recordings from all over their career. They're only streaming one track per release, but you can purchase them for $2 or more to hear the full concerts. Listen to one of the songs from Knitting Factory Brooklyn in 2010 below, and check it all out here.
Esther Rose - My Favorite Mistakes
New Orleans singer-songwriter Esther Rose released an EP of covers on Father/Daughter Records of her favorite melancholic songs. The EP features tracks such as Sheryl Crowe’s “My Favorite Mistake,” Roy Orbison’s “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You),” Hank Williams’ “Blue Bayou,” and Nick Lowe’s “Blue on Blue."
It Looks Sad - SAMARSA EP
Charlotte, NC indie rockers It Looks Sad have put up "some demos from 2016-2019 that I’ve had for awhile and figured why not share them with you. Hope you enjoy."
Girlpool - Chaos Demos
Girlpool have dropped an album's worth of demos from the making of their 2019 album What Chaos Is Imaginary.
Chastity Belt - “The Process” (Jenn Champion Remix)
Former Carissa's Wierd member Jenn Champion has offered up a bouncy, dancey remix of her Hardly Art labelmates Chastity Belt's 2020 single "The Process," and since Hardly Art is one of the many labels waiving their cut today, all sales go to Jenn and Chastity Belt.
The Hold Steady - Live in San Francisco 8-4-18
The Hold Steady have already released some live concert recordings on Bandcamp throughout these whole quarantined times, and today they put out one recorded at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, California on August 4, 2018. Part of the proceeds will go to the venue.
Pink Mountaintops - Rock 'N' Roll Fantasies: The First Demos
Writes Pink Mountaintops' Chris Swanson: "In early 2003 a young Steve McBean was living in Vancouver and in the midst of a transition from his sorely overlooked rock band Jerk With A Bomb into an auspicious new chapter. JWAB was his umpteenth band in as many years woodshedding as both a frontman and a supporting musician in countless punk & hard core bands in the Canadian wilds starting in his teens and going through his twenties. JWAB was arguably the band in which he’d finally found his signature singing voice and started collaborating with drummer Joshua Wells and vocalist Amber Webber. Around this time his friend Dan Bejar (Destroyer, New Pornographers) sent to Jagjaguwar a demo tape of new songs that Steve had been writing. He wasn’t sure if it they were JWAB songs or something new entirely. The songs were randy & ribald, with a primitive drum machine beat and a Bo Diddley guitar swagger. They were scintillating and taught us things that our parents were too scared to teach. These were the demos for the songs that would be re-recorded as the debut album by Pink Mountaintops, a sister project to the other McBean-fronted rock band that was being born at the same time — Black Mountain. This was an exciting time not only for McBean — who was bubbling with songs & ideas — but a turning point for Jagjaguwar, thrilled to sign two of its most significant projects simultaneously. We’re very pleased to be able to share these first demos which bred so much inspiration and provided a horny clarion call for things to come."
Holy Roar Records Releases
In celebration of today’s Bandcamp festivities, Holy Roar Records is offering a few new items “to bring a slight reprieve from your isolation blues,” as they state via Twitter. The releases include Pjin’s Loss: Remixed and Reimagined 12”; We Never Learned to Live Ode BW BBC Session 12”; Garganjua Fallen EP; new merch items; and a 3-month subscription giveaway. Check everything out via their Bandcamp.
Cut Worms - "Alien Sunset (Hollow Ground version)" b/w "Conspiracy Theorist Blues (Alien Sunset EP outtake)"
Cut Worms dropped a two-song single with outtakes from Hollow Ground and Alien Sunset on Jagjaguwar. You can stream "Alien Sunset" and get "Conspiracy Theorist Blues" too if you buy the download.
Mexican Summer - Looking Glass single series
Brooklyn independent record label, Mexican Summer actually started their new single series called Looking Glass earlier this week. The series, as they state on Twitter, is “focused on the human condition in a time of remote connection.” So far, it features tracks from artists such as Connan Mockasin (whose track was remixed by MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden), Kikagaku Moyo, Matchess (whose track will sponsor Little Village Mutual Aid Fund), and Sessa. Find all the singles on Bandcamp and here's the latest one:
Elysia Crampton - ORCORARA 2010
Elysia Crampton has given her new album ORCORARA 2010 an early release today via the PAN label. Guests include Shannon Funchess, Jeremy Rojas, and Fanny Pankara Chuquimia.
Sacred Bones Records - Black Sabbath tribute LP
Sacred Bones released a compilation of Black Sabbath covers from artists on their roster, including Zola Jesus, Thou, Marissa Nadler, The Soft Moon, Moon Duo, Uniform, Hilary Woods, and more. Some of these have been released before, but some are new, and either way, it's great to have all these awesome covers in one place.
The Soft Moon - Criminal (instrumental version)
On top of contributing to the Black Sabbath tribute album, The Soft Moon also released an instrumental version of their 2018 album, Criminal.
The Song is Coming From Inside the House Compilation
Here's a compilation of B-sides and other unreleased tracks from artists including Mount Eerie, Palehound, Hand Habits, Lala Lala, Kevin Krauter, IAN SWEET, Harmony Tividad (of Girlpool) and many more. The proceeds from this compilation are going to the Rapid Response Fund administered by Groundswell in San Francisco.
Shura - "Magazine Launch" (Demo)
Shura has dropped this new demo via Secretly Canadian.
The Helio Sequence - Sunrise Demos (Expanded Edition) + ACES: A Quadrophonic Surround Companion for Negotiations
The Helio Sequence have released their "lost" 2014 album Sunrise Demos (Expanded Edition) and a companion album for their 2012 album Negotiations, which is meant to be played at exactly the same time as that album.
METZ - "Acid" / "Slow Decay"
METZ have dropped two new ragers, recorded by Steve Albini. They write, "'Acid' is a song about having a fresh perspective, a newly widened outlook on the world and one's life. Being shaken awake from a malaise and realizing there is no time for petty bullshit. Love what you love, love who you love! Embrace it and don't wait."
!!! - "I'm Sick Of This" / "So We Can Fuck"
First of all, dance-punk vets !!! have finally joined Bandcamp, and second of all, they dropped this dark, clubby, two-song single on Warp.
Thrill Jockey Records - Rarities
Thrill Jockey Records is offering a spattering of rarities, warehouse finds, and exclusives from artists on their roster such as Sam Prekop, Daniel Higgs, Sightless Pit, The Body, The Body Remixed, SUMAC (including a new Marcel Dune LP), and more. Check out what they’ve got via their Bandcamp.
Miracle Legion - Miracle Legion 4.20 - Live at the Boot
New Haven jangle pop vets Miracle Legion released a live recording from their 4/20 performance at the Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia in 2017.
New Morality Zine - MEMO SESSIONS
Hardcore (and more) label New Morality Zine dropped this compilation where "artists were asked to pick one of their songs and use the Voice Memo app to record an unplugged version of their song." Downward, Excide, Fake Eyes, Porcupine, Glean, and Sweet Soul contribute.
Various Artists - Live at The Windmill
black midi, Goat Girl, Fontaines DC, Kate Tempest, Shame, and more are on this compilation which is raising money for the Windmill Brixton. There's also a collaboration from black midi and Black Country, New Road.
Nathan Salsburg - Landwerk demos
"These demos are the products of late Winter '19/Spring '20 at home in Kentucky and, though they've come to take on a variety of new personal resonances, especially here in Pandemic Season, they owe their existence to my being belatedly hipped in 2019 to The Caretaker's "An Empty Bliss Beyond This World" -- the most emotionally effective re-use of 78-rpm records I likely could have imagined," Nathan writes.
Chris Forsyth - Techno Top: Solar Live Vol 4, 9.27.19
Jammy indie musician Chris Forsyth has released a new installment in his Solar Live series.
Joan Shelley - "Bed in the River"
Joan Shelley has been killing it with quarantine content, and that continues today with this wonderful new single.
Hand Habits - "Sunroom" & "Gold/Rust"
Hand Habits dropped an appealingly bare bones new two-song single.
Dälek - Respect to the Authors
Industrial rap vets Dälek have made their album Respect to the Authors available digitally for the first time.
Eleanor Friedberger - Rebound Redux
Eleanor Friedberger has released an album of demos recorded in 2017 ahead of her 2018 album Rebound.
Kississippi - "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" (Soulja Boy Cover)
Well, this is awesome.
Kevin Morby - Oh Mon Dieu: Live à Paris
Kevin Morby dropped two songs recorded live in Paris.
Black Mountain - "Echoes" b/w "Flux"
Heavy psych revivalists Black Mountain dropped two new monsters today.
Lightning Bug - "Waterloo Sunset" (The Kinks cover)
Lightning Bug has shared a gorgeous, lo-fi folk rendition of The Kinks' classic "Waterloo Sunset" with proceeds going to charity.
Eaters - Armonica
Say Eaters: "Originally created by Benjamin Franklin, the Glass Armonica is an instrument in which spinning glass bowls are made to resonate through friction, producing individual tones. Eaters member & visual artist Christopher Duffy hand-built his own Glass Armonica, though not to any set scale, resulting in a microtonal drone machine. Together with Robert Jones & Jonathan Schenke on synthesizers, the group recorded their initial improvisations, which have been edited and arranged into the pieces on this record." All proceeds from this release goes to the Food Bank of NYC.
The Pauses - Quarantunes EP
The Pauses recently released quarantine performance videos of Harvey Danger, Dinosaur Jr, and Fiona Apple covers, and today they released those covers as an EP.
This Will Destroy You - "Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019" Vol. I
Post-rock greats This Will Destroy You have released a compilation of rarities from the past 15 years of their career.
Less Than Jake - "Just Like Andy"
Less Than Jake launched the new Lost At Home Sessions with the song "Just Like Andy," which they wrote and recorded apart during quarantine. "Being cooped up at home like the rest of you, we thought it would be fun to keep the creative juices flowing and see if we could make music from 5 separate locations. That’s right, we’ve never played these songs together, and this is kind of like an experiment, but we’re gonna have fun!," they write. This is separate from their upcoming album, and a portion of the proceeds go to COVID-19 relief. You can purchase the song here.
Drab Majesty - "No Rain" (Blind Melon cover)
Drab Majesty have done a gothy cover of Blind Melon's "No Rain."
Fountains of Wayne - "Hackensack" (ft. Sharon Van Etten)
Fountains of Wayne have released a recording of "Hackensack" from the livestream they did with Sharon Van Etten as a guest band member, and you can buy it for $1 or more on Bandcamp, and here's the video:
Bully - "About A Girl" (Nirvana Cover) & "Turn To Hate" (Orville Peck Cover)
Bully released a two-song covers single. She turns "About A Girl" into a heavy, grungy song that sounds more like Nirvana's louder songs and she does an indie rock take on Orville Peck's "Turn To Hate."
Son Lux - Reincarnates
Son Lux released an EP with alternate, live versions, and more.
Various Artists (Nicolas Jaar & more) - Dream Tech
Nicolas Jaar contributes a song to this new Mana Records compilation.
Marco Benevento - I'm A DJ Too (Vol. 1)
Indie-friendly jam musician Marco Benevento dropped this covers compilation, featuring his takes on David Bowie’s arrangement of The Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels," a melding of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” and Elton John’s “Benny & The Jets," and more.
Circles Around The Sun - CATS LIVE Winter 2020
The late Neal Casal's band Circles Around the Sun released this live album of their recent tour with Scott Metzger filling in for Neal (who left behind wishes for CATS to continue without him).
Ex Eye - Live at Saint Vitus
Avant-metallers Ex Eye dropped this new live album on Bandcamp via Relapse, and they put up a video of the 2017 show too.
Monolord - Empress Rising (Instrumental)
Monolord drop an instrumental version of their 2014 album Empress Rising.
SUNN O))) - LIFE METAL REHEARSAL
Sunn O))) have released rehearsal sessions from last year's Life Metal, with all proceeds going to the Global Food Banking Network, "who support food banks affected by COVID-19 crisis." You can purchase them here.
Katie Alice Greer - "Ode to Billy Joe" (Bobbie Gentry cover) & "Wolf Life Me" (TV on the Radio cover)
Priests vocalist Katie Alice Greer shares a pair of "special covers."
Lingua Ignota - "Jolene" (Dolly Parton cover)
Lingua Ignota's take on the Dolly Parton classic is unlike any version of the song you've heard before.
Polica - "COMING DOWN" b/w "TRICKY LOVERS"
Polica are still trying to reschedule their March and April North American dates, but in the mean time, they've shared two previously unreleased songs written around the same time as others from their 2020 album When WE Stay Alive.
Lucy Dacus - "Night Shift" demo
A 2016 demo of Lucy Dacus' "Night Shift" is available today only, and she's sending all profit to Seeding Sovereignty's Indigenous Impact Rapid Response Initiative.
Lydia Ainsworth - "Forever"
Lydia Ainsworth's new track is available exclusively on Bandcamp. "I hope this song brings a smile to whoever needs it," she says. It's not streaming, but you can purchase it here.
Aoife Ness Frances - Demos
Irish singer and songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances released her debut album Land of No Junction earlier this year on Ba Da Bing, and she's sharing four demo tracks from it, "all from various stages of composition, recorded with iphone & tascam tape recorder."
Moor Mother - CLEPSYDRA
This release from Moor Mother, a "limited Release for the Month of May," is "A COLLECTION OF SOUNDS FOR WRITERS ( my intended experimental audience but it may be helpful to other creators ) AND CREATORS EXPERIENCING BLOCKAGES FOR THOSE TRYING TO BREAKTHROUGH CREATIVE BLOCKS AND FOR THOSE HAVING TROUBLE DREAMING."
Zola Jesus - Live At Roadburn 2018
Zola Jesus' first ever live album is a recording of her 2018 Roadburn performance, and it's a Bandcamp exclusive until May 8, when it comes out on other services. A double vinyl and CD edition will also be available for pre-sale, to be released in June.
O'Brother - You and I
O'Brother released their new Manchester Orchestra-produced album You and I exclusively on Bandcamp, to hit other platforms on May 8.
Laura Stevenson - "After Those Who Mean It"
"Today, I released a new song called 'After Those Who Mean It,'" Laura Stevenson writes. "The outpouring of support I have received this past week has been overwhelming, both in the form of messages of well-wishes from longtime fans and friends as well as paypal/venmo donations and online merch orders. It was a much-needed dose of positive energy and spirit for me and my family. This song was written a long time ago, and I had demoed it a few times over the past few years. But this version, recorded by the incredible John Agnello at Building Records felt appropriate to release now, as it deals with themes of illness, grief and disconnection from those you seek to comfort. Aside from being in a birth center for three days, I haven’t left my house in over two months. I wanted to put something out as a way of saying thanks to all of those folks who reached out and touched me over the last week, and also for anyone who it might bring peace to. Let’s keep in touch, and keep each other and ourselves safe."
Sloan - Live at Yep Roc 15
In 2012, Yep Roc Records celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a festival called YR15. Over the course of 4 raucous days and nights, 26 Artists performed for Yep Roc fans from around the world at the legendary Cats Cradle and other venues around Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. Canadian greats Sloan have shared their YR15 set which features Sloan standards like "Losing California," "Money City Maniacs," "Fading Into Obscurity" and more.
Boys Noize - STRICTLY BVNKER
"Hello friends," Boys Noize writes, "in the past 2-3 weeks I’ve been making music on Twitch, creating sounds, producing and performing with my machines ++ streaming live from my hidden bvnker channel. I’m super psyched to drop my favorite tracks from these live sessions as a mini album. It’s called “STRICTLY BVNKER (The Lockdown Sessions)” and to celebrate Bandcamp pass thru Friday I am releasing it today. It’s been such a special experience making music in a digital space surrounded by a dope community 🙏🏼that formed in this past month - And instantly releasing it feels so fvcking good."
Drive-By Truckers - "Quarantine Together
"Y’all, through the miracles of science and technology, DBT has recorded a brand new single," Patterson Hood writes. "I wrote 'Quarantine Together' during our first week in isolation and sent my basic track (recorded in my Heathen Attic) to the gang. Everyone then put their own parts on it and David Barbe mixed it."
Missed Out Records - a comp. for quarantine
DIY/emo/screamo/math rock label Missed Out Records dropped this new comp for today's fundraiser.