50+ special/exclusive releases for today’s Bandcamp fundraiser
Today (July 3) is another Bandcamp first Friday where the online music platform will be waiving their cut of sales and giving 100% of profits directly to artist and labels from midnight to midnight Pacific time. Many labels have also pledged to give their cut of sales directly to their artist, including Epitaph/ANTI-, Arts + Crafts, Bella Union, Dead Oceans, Ghostly International, Hardly Art, Jagjaguwar, Matador, Merge, Mint, Partisan, Polyvinyl, Prophecy, Sargent House, Secretly Canadian, SideOneDummy, Spacebomb, Sub Pop, Suicide Squeeze (who also have a new long sleeve shirt to benefit artists on the label), Topshelf, and more.
Some labels are also donating to charity. Father/Daughter is donating $1.00 for every item sold to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Light in the Attic is donating 100% of profits to charity, and Mexican Summer is matching all donations up to $20k to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (you have to DM a screenshot of your donation to the Mexican Summer or Anthology Instagram). Additionally, Arbutus Records is donating 100% of their profits to Immigrant Workers Center Montreal.
Like on previous Bandcamp days, many artists have released special and/or exclusive releases timed with today's fundraiser (a few of which are available for 24 hours only). We rounded up a list of many of the ones we recommend...
Dillinger Four - The End. Live At The Death Of The Triple Rock
Minneapolis punk greats Dillinger Four released a live album that was recorded in 2017 at hometown venue Triple Rock on the very last night the venue was open.
Marissa Nadler - moons
Marissa Nadler releases this short EP of spare ambient compositions. "These songs are hopefully relaxing to you," she writes.
Cloud Nothings - The Black Hole Understands
Cloud Nothings surprise-released a new album that frontman Dylan Baldi and drummer Jayson Gerycz made entirely in isolation during the pandemic by trading files back and forth over email. The band is donating 25% of sales to Play On Philly and Rainey Institute. Read more here.
Animal Collective - Bridge to Quiet EP
Animal Collective have made the "the large majority" of their discography available on Bandcamp today, as well as this brand-new EP. "During April and May," they write, "we took a look at some of our improvisations from 2019 and early 2020. We remixed them, collaged them, and built them into songs, finding our way to Bridge to Quiet. We hope you enjoy it! It was a fun and cathartic process, which has actually pushed us to start a new project in the same fashion."
PUP - Live at The Electric Ballroom
For one day only, PUP have released a new live album, Live at The Electric Ballroom. The album's audio was recorded in London last year, where the band filmed the "Morbid Stuff" video, and 50% of the record's proceeds will be donated to Critical Resistance + Breakaway Addiction Services in Toronto.
The band says, "We never planned on putting these recordings out, because we expected them to suck. They were mostly just for ourselves, to mark what we considered to be a pretty big moment in our careers. But turns out, they suck a bit less than we expected."
boygenius (aka Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus) - Unreleased Demos
For the next 24 hours only, boygenius is selling a series of demos on Bandcamp with proceeds going to Downtown Women's Center, OUTMemphis, and Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Richmond.
Sonic Youth - Live In Bremen 1991
Recently, Sonic Youth have been putting out archival material on their Bandcamp.(Last month, their Bandcamp was stocked with 12+ rare releases!) Today, they've released the live LP, Live In Bremen 1991. Says Steve Shelley: "Live in Bremen was recorded at the Aladin Music Hall on August 27 1991, just halfway through the 12 day European tour that would later become immortalized in The Year Punk Broke documentary directed by our friend Dave Markey. The Aladin had opened in 1977 and had hosted bands such as Golden Earring, Foghat and Blue Öyster Cult, but on this night Sonic Youth, Gumball and special guests Nirvana were on the bill. Two different bootleg SY records were released from this concert; The Mira Tapes, sourced from an audience recording and Live In Bremen, a semi-official bootleg picture disc with a Yoo-Hoo (a NJ-local chocolate beverage drink) bottle cap - supplied by the band - as the cover star. This concert was also the source for some of the audio used for The Year Punk Broke film score and its subsequent short (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale. Now for the first time, and from our own audio source, the entire Sonic Youth in Bremen set (minus encore) is presented here (complete w/a tape-flip during I Love Her All The Time)."
Thurston Moore - "Cantaloupe"
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore has shared "Cantaloupe" from his forthcoming solo album By the Fire. "'Cantaloupe' is a song about the dance of romance and surrealism, where the hallucinations of wild dreams come true," says Thurston.
SAVAK - "The Point of the Point" b/w "Checked Out"
Say the label, Dromedary: This brand new 8” lathe cut is SAVAK’s 3rd release in 2020, following on the heels of their 4th LP, Rotting Teeth in the Horse’s Mouth, and the “Feel What You Feel” 7” single. These two songs were recorded as part of the Rotting Teeth sessions, but made more sense as a separate release, and Dromedary stepped in to do just that. Anthony Roman from Radio 4 played bass on “The Point of the Point.” Eli Kasan from the Gotobeds did the cover artwork.
NNAMDÏ - KRAZY KARL
Genre-defying Chicago artist NNAMDÏ already released his very good album Brat this year, which was followed by the protest/benefit EP Black Plight, and today NNAMDÏ followed it with yet another new album, KRAZY KARL, which was inspired by Carl Stalling, the musician who worked on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. You can hear the influence, but this chaotic album takes it into thrilling new territory. NNAMDÏ said there's still one more release coming this year, and "then I'm good on releasing music for a hot second."
Spotlights - "Absenter (Jawbox Cover)"
Say Spotlights: "Another addition to our pandemic cover series. Jawbox is one of the greatest of all time. This cover was originally released on a compilation with programmed drums and a semi-unfinished mix. Chris was able to track the drums for this recently so we figure it was time to give it the full treatment and release it to the world. Hope you enjoy it!"
The Baseball Project - "Baseball in My Mind" b/w "Always Make Time For Baseball"
Baseball-inspired supergroup The Baseball Project (members of R.E.M., The Dream Syndicate, Young Fresh Fellows, and more) have released two new singles "hot off the (digital) presses."
Algiers - New merchandise, name your price poster
Today, Algiers are offering exclusive new merch. Additionally, they are donating proceeds from a limited-edition, Name Your Price poster to Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid, As They Lay, and Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
Overgrow to Overthrow
A handful of metal and punk bands (including Aerial Run, Agothcles, Alda, Chaos Moon, Chat Pile, Cloud Rat, Dawn Ray'd, Detractors, Deviated Instinct, Doom, Fall of Rauros, Hag Graef, Hornet Murmuration, Human Failure, and many others) have come together to release a benefit compilation called Overgrow to Overthrow. The compilation is out now on Bindrune Recording's Bandcamp with proceeds going to Black Lives Matter, Life After Hate, and Stand Up to Racism.
Between the Buried and Me / The Dear Hunter split
Between the Buried and Me and The Dear Hunter released their 2018 tour split where each band covered the other, only available to purchase on Bandcamp.
Alan Braufman - The Fire Still Burns test pressing
Today, Alan Braufman is putting a vinyl test pressing of his record,The Fire Still Burns, up for grabs. The vinyl will ship to one customer two weeks before the album's August 28th release and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter charities.
John Carpenter - "Skeleton" b/w "Unclean Spirit"
Legendary composer/director John Carpenter has returned with his first non-soundtrack musical release since 2016's Lost Themes II: new single, "Skeleton" b/w "Unclean Spirit." It's available digitally today and a limited-edition 12" comes out on August 28th. He confirmed that Lost Themes III is on the way too.
The Comet is Coming - Exclusive T-shirt
The Comet is Coming have an exclusive, limited-edition t-shirt for sale.
The Radio Dept - "You're Lookin' at My Guy" b/w "Could You Be the One"
Swedish indiepop greats have been releasing a series of digital singles this year but here's one that's an actual 7", with a new original and a cover of The Tri-Lites' "You're Lookin' at My Guy."
Phil Cook - From the Kitchen Durham NC & From the Kitchen St. Paul, MN
Today, Phil Cook released two new installments of his From the Kitchen: Live Bootleg Series. Past installments include a session recorded at Schuba's in Chicago, IL and at The Parish in Austin, TX.
This Will Destroy You: Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019 Vol. II
Today, This Will Destroy You released another compilation of content, pulled from what they describe as "15 years worth of demos, unreleased tracks, variations on material that later evolved into something else, unused soundtrack cues, and everything in between." This installment focuses heavily on the band's self-titled era.
Kelley Stoltz - Hard Feelings
The talented and prolific Kelley Stoltz is back with "17 Incredible tracks! This time Kelley genre plays in the POWER-PUB world, with dashes of Undertones, Stiff Records, 80's Iggy evenly applied. A chance buy of a $75 Japanese Electric Guitar conducive only to power chords, and repeated spins of the Mick Trouble LP made for a wild week of recording this edgy delight. Recorded Fall 2019 at Electric Duck Studios SF, CA. Mastered by Sir Mikey Young. Brought to you by Chuffed Records, a Puzzling Records Company."
Black Country, New Road - "Manchester xx/xx/20 (improvised)"
London's Black Country, New Road offer up this improvised track which was recorded at Yes Basement, Manchester on 23/1/20. All proceeds go to Mustard Tree Homeless charity in Ancoats, Manchester.
Domino Records - The Kills and Bob Moses Catalogs
Today, Domino Records launched full catalog titles from The Kills and Bob Moses on Bandcamp.
Drive-By Truckers - "Sea Island Lonely" + three live albums, and more
Drive-By Truckers release new song "Sea Island Lonely," as well as an exclusive t-shirt, and three live albums up for sale today.
Lambchop - Tour Box
Lambchop released various tour-only live CDs over the years which were compiled on a limited edition 2010 box set, which now comes to digital for the first time ever, 86 songs total.
Ba Da Bing Records
NYC indie label Ba Da Bing are offering up a blue swirl color vinyl version of the Noveller's Arrow LP for today only on Bandcamp, and also giving their share of digital sales to their artists.
Luaka Bop - Test Pressings
Today, David Byrne's label Luaka Bop is offering exclusive test pressings.
Merge Records - New releases from Caribou, The Clientele, and others
Merge Records is offering new releases from Ibibio Sound Machine, TORRES, The Clientele, Mikal Cronin, and Caribou.
New Amsterdam Records - New compilation
New Amsterdam Records is offering a new, limited-edition compilation ft. Aaron Roche, Bec Plexus, Benjamin Louis Brody, Christopher Cerrone, Daniel Wohl, Darcy James Argue, David T. Little, Donnacha Dennehy, iT Boy, Jacob Cooper, Mary Halvorson + John Dieterich (of Deerhoof), Methods Body, Molly Joyce, Nico Muhly, Pascal Le Boeuf, Roomful of Teeth, Sam Sadigursky, Sarah Kirkland Snider, William Brittelle, Argus Quartet, Nadia Sirota with Alarm Will Sound, Hub New Music, and more. Sales from this compilation will benefit The Okra Project and VOCAL-NY.
John Dieterich - Method Body remix
John Dieterich also released a new remix of Methods Body's "Quiet, Part 3: They Came Here" to benefit Black Resilience Fund.
Emma Ruth Rundle - "Staying Power"
Emma Ruth Rundle's newly-released, 2018-recorded song "Staying Power" hit Bandcamp today.
And So I Watch You From Afar - Successors
UK post-rockers And So I Watch You From Afar dropped a new EP.
Little Kid - Transfiguration Highway demos
Little Kid released their new album Transfiguration Highway on Solitaire Records, and they also said they'd be releasing demos from the album to benefit Black Legal Action Centre in Toronto.
Ride's Andy Bell - "Plastic Bag" cassingle
Ride's Andy Bell releases a cassigle version of his limited edition "Plastic Bag" 7" which also comes to digital for the first time.
Gata Pirâmide - Vol. 2
Second EP by São Paulo/NYC quartet, released via Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley's Vampire Blues label. "On their tour of Brazil in May 2016, the Gata Pirâmide quartet played two warm shows at the Audio Rebel (Rio de Janeiro) and, by the invitation of Pedro Azevedo, host of the house, and during the daytime recorded an EP with three songs that took shape in live performances. At Steve's suggestion, the band also recorded a version of Music For My Mother (Funkadelic). The result is a celebration of meetings between different universes and people."
Jason Isbell - "Maybe It's Time (Demo)" b/w "Alabama Sky"
Jason Isbell offers up this two-track digital single featuring a demo version of the song he wrote for A Star Is Born, "Maybe It's Time," backed by the previously unreleased song "Alabama Sky."
Spacebomb Records - A Little Bit at a Time: Spacebomb Family Rarities
Today, Spacebomb Records is offering an exclusive new compilation featuring tracks from Matthew E White, The Waterboys, Laura Veirs, Tim Heidecker, Karl Blau, and more.
Temporary Residence: Backlog releases
Temporary Residence is hosting a special one-day sale of select items from their back catalog that they'd "recently unearthed during an office rebuild," including long out-of-print color vinyl.
Tompkins Square - Releases from Mason Lindahl, Sonny Clark, and more
Today, Tompkins Square released the debut single from Mason Lindahl. Additionally, they are offering 80% off Buy Full Discography and adding catalog titles from Sonny Clark, Michael Chapman, & Roland White.
Western Vinyl - Test-Pressings (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Joseph Shabason, Art Feynman) and more
Today, Western Vinyl is selling test pressings of releases from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Joseph Shabason, and Art Feynman via the Indie Label Market. Additionally, they are donating 50% of digital proceeds from Logan Farmer's album to the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Wharf Cat - Bush Tetras, ZZ Ramirez releases
Today, Wharf Cat is offering two exclusive Bush Tetras reissues that are currently unavailable on any other digital services. They also released an exclusive, super-limited edition vinyl of a "lost" album from ZZ Ramirez (Ukiah Drag). In addition, 100% of all sales of the ACLU Benefit Compilation are being donated directly to the ACLU, and proceeds from other releases will be sent to charities of the artists' choice.
Yep Roc Records - Dave Alvin, Young Fresh Fellows, etc. releases
Today, Yep Roc Records is offering new releases from Dave Alvin, Young Fresh Fellows, Peter Case, and several rarities and reissues from Nick Lowe.
Soccer Mommy & Friends - Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series
The entire Soccer Mommy & Friends covers compilation is finally out, and benefits Oxfam's COVID-19 relief fund and National Bail Out. On the compilation, you can find contributions from Jay Som, Beabadoobee and Gentle Dom (aka Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT), SASAMI, and more.
Chapter Music - Midnight Meditations
Australian indie label Chapter Music released an exclusive new compilation, Midnight Meditations, consisting of late-night downbeat and ambient music. The compilation features songs from The Twerps' Alex McFarlane, Dick Diver's Rupert Edwards, and The Green Child (Mikey Young of Total Control, Eddy Current Supression Ring, etc. and Raven Mahon of Grass Widow), among others.
Hachiku - 99 Dreams EP
Hachiku released the final installment in their isolation-covers project on Milk! Records today as an EP with her takes on Nena's "99 Luftballons," The Cranberries' "Dreams," and Sia's "Chandelier."
Jon Benjamin - Jazz Daredevil Well I Should Have...
Comedian and Bob's Burgers castmemeber Jon Benjamin's long-out-of-print LP, Jazz Devil Well I Should Have..., is now available on a special limited edition Red/White/Blue colored vinyl.
Father John Misty - Anthem +3
Father John Misty released a 4-song EP featuring covers of Leonard Cohen, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, and Link Wray; it will be available today through Bandcamp's "No Revenue Share Day." Proceeds from this EP will benefit both CARE Action Network and Ground Game LA. The while EP is pay-what-you-want at a $5 minimum with no individual track sales.
Heavenly Records - King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard, Unloved, Cherry Ghost releases
Today, Heavenly Records has a few special releases including limited-edition "The Rancid Rainwater Eco Wax" editions of King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard's nine LPs (excluding No Head On Pill, which is sold out), a few copies of Unloved's "Strange Effect" b/w "Why Not" 7", and a "handful" of Cherry Ghost's Beneath This Burning Shoreline LP.
Frankie Cosmos as "Franz Charcoal" - Great Scraps
Under the moniker, "Franz Charcoal," Frankie Cosmos self-released a compilation of demos called Great Scraps today. Proceeds from this EP (at a pay-what-you-want rate) will benefit Critical Resistance.
Gazebos - "Therapy"
Today, Gazebos came out with a previously unreleased track, with all proceeds raised today (at a pay-what-you-want rate) to benefit King County Equity Now. After today, the 3rd, the rate is $1/per track.
The Gotobeds - "Have You Checked the Tapes?" b/w "Blazing Sun of Youth"
Today, The Gotobeds released two previously unreleased tracks from their Debt Begins at 30 album sessions. Proceeds from today, at a pay-what-you-want rate, will benefit the Sisters PGH LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Support Fund. After today, the rate is $1/per track.
Man Man - "Dig Deep"
Following the release of their first record in nearly seven years this May, Man Man have released a brand new single today, with proceeds benefitting NAACP and Know Your Rights Campaign.
The single is pay-what-you-want with a $1 minimum.
METZ - Live at Ramsgate Music Hall
METZ released a 4-song digital EP featuring live versions of their tracks "Cellophane," "Acetate," "Nervous System," and "Raw Materials," each recorded during their date at Ramsgate Music Hall on May 3rd, 2018. Proceeds from this EP will benefit Ramsgate Music Hall while they're closed due to COVID-19 (as the EP will be sold on the venu's Bandcamp page). Additionally, METZ's discography is pay-what-you-want through July 5 and £1.50 per track/£5 for the full EP thereafter.
Omni - "The Stranger" (Billy Joel cover) b/w "Art for Art's Sake" (10cc cover)
Omni released a cover of Billy Joel's The Stranger," and 10cc's "Art for Arts Sake." Both covers were originally recorded for Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe sessions. Proceeds raised from the single today, July 3rd, will benefit Georgia NAACP. Today, the single is pay-what-you-want, with the price being $1/per track after.
Versing - "Red Wave" b/w "Once Bitten"
Versing has put out a previously unreleased single, "Red Wave" b/w "Once Bitten," with all proceeds raised today, July 3rd, benefiting the Northwest Community Bail Fund.
Bright Eyes - original frames from the "Mariana Trench" video
Bright Eyes and Art Camp are selling the hand-illustrated original frames from the video for Bright Eyes' most recent single, "Mariana Trench," with 100% of proceeds going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Visit their Bandcamp purhcase them.
Heartless Bastards - "Revolution"
Heartless Bastards shared their first new music in five years, "Revolution," via Spaceflight Records today. It's only available on Bandcamp for now and a portion of proceeds from today will go to the ACLU.
Shearwater - Quarantine Music V: Two Sleepless Nights & "The Snow Leopard" live with sheet music
Shearwater are donating 25% of their Bandcamp revenue from today to the International Rescue Committee, and they've shared a new ambient release and a live version of "The Snow Leopard" from 2008's Rook, that comes with sheet music.
The Hold Steady - Live in Toronto 9-15-18
The Hold Steady have released a new recording of their Horseshoe Tavern show from 2018 in Toronto. A portion of proceeds from the sale of that, and their other live releases, will go to the staff fund for the venue where the show took place, and to the National Independent Venue Association.
Single Mothers - Bubbles
Single Mothers have "been trying to write a song or an idea" daily for the past month, and they've collected a few of the results into this EP/mixtape.
Xiu Xiu - "Sex Dwarf" remix stems, Deforms the Unborn, Anything That Moves Part 1, "I Swallow the Moon," & "I Wish That Dog Would Die"
Xiu Xiu have five special releases on their Bandcamp for today, including "full fist" stems for "Sex Dwarf," a recording from their 2018 performance at The Guggenheim, Jamie Stewart's "memoir-in-progress of sexual misbehavior, abuse and no redemption," Anything That Moves, and two songs.
Two Minutes to Late Night - Covers Volume 1
This collection of covers from heavy metal talk show Two Minutes to Late Night is available for 24 hours only.
Mutoid Man - "Kiss of Death" (Demo)
Also available for only 24 hours is this demo version of "Kiss of Death," recorded at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.
Less Than Jake - "The Sit Around"
"Being cooped up at home like the rest of you," Less Than Jake write, "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!" A portion of proceeds from sales of "The Sit Around" will go to Bread of the Mighty, and those who purchase will be entered to win a Volume 3 prize pack, which includes a rare glow-in-the-dark bobble head and out-of-print vinyl.
Sad13 - "Haunted Peppers" Hot Sauce, t-shirts & tanks, Haunted Painting in limited colored vinyl
Sadie Dupius has a few new releases on Bandcamp, including special hot sauce from Dragon's Blood Elixer, new t-shirts and tank tops with creepy art, and limited edition pink and blue 12" vinyl editions of her upcoming album Haunted Painting.
Sumac - St Vitus 09/07/2018
Sumac released a live album recorded at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn with proceeds going to various charities. More info here.
More info at Bandcamp.