24 special/exclusive releases out today for Bandcamp’s COVID-19 fundraiser
Today until 3 AM ET Saturday (3/21), Bandcamp is waiving its cut of sales from purchases to give 100% of profits directly to artists amidst the coronavirus outbreak, and several label accounts have pledged to do the same for their artists. We already recommended 30 albums from 2020 and 15 metal albums from 2020 to buy on Bandcamp today (plus some pre-orders), but also, tons of artists have put out special releases just for today, many of which are made up of live recordings, demos, covers, and other rarities from the vaults. Some of these are benefit releases for charity. Some of them are ONLY going to be available today, so don't sleep!
Unsurprisingly, all this is directing unprecedented traffic to Bandcamp and the site has been a little glitchy today, but never for too long. If you encounter a problem, try again in a few. Here are they are, in no particular order at all...
Marissa Nadler - Unearthed
Marissa Nadler has, uh, unearthed some demos and a cover of "Under Your Spell Again" for this new compilation, Unearthed.
Uniform & The Body - Live At The End Of The World
Since they had to cancel the remainder of their collaborative tour, Uniform & The Body uploaded this live album that was recorded earlier this month at Zebulon in Los Angeles before the tour was cancelled.
I Fall in Love With the Light: A Sacred Bones Compilation
Uniform & The Body and Uniform on their own are also both featured on Sacred Bones' new "compilation featuring rare and unreleased tracks by Sacred Bones artists who were forced to cancel tours in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak." Pick up your copy HERE.
Prosthetic Records - Self Isolation Sounds Compilation
Here's another label compilation, and this one's got 56 (!) songs including two "mystery" artists. Any guesses on who they are??
black midi - Black Midi Live in the USA
UK math rockers black midi had a reputation as a killer live band before they even released an album, so it's cool that they released this 16-song live album recorded on their 2019 fall US tour. Rapper Fat Tony appears on two songs.
Pallbearer - "Ashes" (Redux)
Modern-day doom metal greats Pallbearer have released a new version of "Ashes" from theirr excellent 2014 album Foundations of Burden, available exclusively on Bandcamp.
Torche - Part Times Punk Session
The band writes: "During our tour in the fall of 2019 we recorded this four song session for the Part Time Punks radio show on KXLU 88.9FM in Los Angeles. Just last week our current tour in Europe with Russian Circles was cancelled due to COVID-19 and like many other musicians we are now faced with staggering losses to try and recoup. We are putting all the proceeds from the sales of this session, available exclusively here on Bandcamp, toward the tour expenses and losses we need to cover and replace. You can purchase this at any price point you see fit, any and all support helps and we’re so grateful for everyone who buys this."
Polica - Live In Hamburg 2020
Polica were one of the many bands who had to cancel a tour, and they released this live album to help offset the cost of cancelling.
Martin Courtney (Real Estate) - Pario Marty EP
Just for today, Real Estate's Martin Courtney has shared this eight-song EP that dates from 2008, right before the band started. "Technically it’s never been released other than the CDrs I mailed to friends back in the day."
Porcupine Tree - first-ever live performance & other rarities
Prog legends Porcupine Tree have uploaded several rare recordings to Bandcamp and they say even more are coming: "There’s absolutely no rush to avail yourself of its contents, it will be around indefinitely and we aim to add more music to it over the coming months." Check them all out HERE and listen to two below, including one of their first-ever (!) live performance.
Martha - Move to Durham and Never Leave the House (TODAY ONLY)
This one's only available today for 24 hours, and it's got demos and covers of The Replacements, John K. Samson, The Mountain Goats, Radiator Hospital, and Trust Fund.
Jeanines - Acoustic
Brooklyn's great indiepop duo Jeanines have recorded five of their songs acoustic just for today.
Chad VanGaalen - Odds & Sods 2
Chad VanGaalen released this compilation of "unreleased B-sides, ultra-rarities and oddball tracks from the last 10 years" and all proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief COVID-19 fund.
Jorge Elbrecht - Gloss Coma 003 (ft. Ariel Pink)
Here's a new 7" from Violens/Lansing-Dreiden's Jorge Elbrecht featuring his friend/collaborator Ariel Pink. There's a special version of the 7" available today featuring a hand-painted sleeve.
Hoops - English Breakfast
Hoops have shared a two-song single with covers of Coldplay's "Don't Panic" and The Clientele's "Reflections After Jane."
FACS - tour shirts
Chicago's FACS release their great new album Void Moments next week, which you can preorder via Bandcamp (including limited edition colored vinyl), and they're now selling the t-shirts they made for their now canceled tour as well, which has this on the back:
SAVAK - tour merch and limited edition colored vinyl
Likewise, Brooklyn band SAVAK are selling their merch from their canceled tour as an exclusive today as well as a limited edition white vinyl version of their upcoming Rotting Teeth in the Horse's Mouth:
Baths aka [Post-foetus] - Zero Songs EP (2007-2012) (TODAY ONLY)
Baths has released a five-song EP with unrelaesed songs from his other project [Post-foetus] recorded approximately between 2007 and 2012. It's only available today.
Robert Scott (The Bats) - four solo records
Robert Scott of New Zealand greats The Bats has added four records to Bandcamp just for today, including live recordings, collaborations and this set of demos from 2015:
Hovvdy - The Heavy Lifter Demos
Hovvdy have shared this release with ten demos.
Beauty Pill - Please Advise (benefit pre-order)
Beauty Pill's four-song Please Advise comes out May 8, and this is an "early pre-order of new album to benefit immunocompromised artist."
Peggy Sue - tour posters and demos
UK band Peggy Sue recently released their new album Vices and were set to tour for it. That's not happening now, obviously, so they're selling the beautiful risograph posters they'd made for it, plus an album's worth of demos.
Petrol Girls - "Touch Me Again And I Will Fucking Kill You" Merch
This is merch UK punks Petrol Girls already had from an older song of theirs, but in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, it feels especially timely for unintended reasons. They would've had it on their US tour, but that was cancelled. All Petrol Girls merch here.
Portland black metallers Mania and Italian dark ambient artist Phobonoid released this split on Eternal Warfare Records, and the label says: "This album was rushed out to raise funds for those who have lost their jobs due to being quarantined against covid-19. All purchases between 3/20/20 and 4/20/20 will go directly to those in need." The guest screaming on Phobonoid's "Dopo una nuova era" is by Mizmor.
NEW OR EXCLUSIVE MERCH AVAILABLE ON BANDCAMP TODAY
Algiers – Tour merch added to Bandcamp.
Arrowhawk Records – Merch bundles, including t-shirts, water bottles, shirts, and bumper stickers.
Askari – Tour merch added to Bandcamp.
Al Riggs – Tour shirts added to Bandcamp.
Broken Baby – Hand-printed shirts, exclusive EP, and merch bundles.
Chant Records – Artist merch from cancelled tours.
Chute Records – Added new merch.
Clever Girls – Limited release green vinyl, plus new T-Shirts.
Conan Neutron – All merch and screenprinted posters from cancelled spring tour.
Control Top – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
Derek Ted – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
Friendship – Gather Round tour shirt.
Jorge Elbrecht – Limited edition 7” featuring Ariel Pink, with hand-painted sleeve.
Lisa Prank – New T-Shirts, Tote Bags, and other merch.
Mannequin Pussy – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
Michelle Lewis – Tees, totes, and special bundles, plus a brand new lyric brass cuff.
Muncie Girls – All music is Name Your Price; added tour merch and new vinyl EP.
Peggy Sue – Riso posters from cancelled tour and demos from latest LP.
Petrol Girls – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
RVBY My Dear – Added new merch.
Salad – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
SAVAK – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
Secret Shame – Vinyl edition of debut album.
Shormey – Merch from cancelled spring tour
Squirrel Flower – Added T-shirts, hats, sunglasses, and tote bags.
Suburban Living – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
Todavia – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
Tummyache – New T-shirts.
Yves Tumor – Merch from cancelled spring tour.
Much more info on Bandcamp's COVID-19 fundraiser here.