The great American label Barsuk Records has announced a benefit album called SAD! The seven-tracks features Barsuk artists covering songs by other Barsuk artists, with all proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union. In fact, all proceeds from Barsuk's Bandcamp site will also go to the ACLU until the end of the month so we should all go and support them while they're out there supporting all of us.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Angel Olsen provides the first song of the First 100 Days anthology, which describes itself on its Bandcamp profile as follows:
"With Trump's first 100 days in office upon us, action must be taken to protect the causes that will come under threat from this administration.
Our First 100 Days seeks to aid in that protection. Joining together with artists and labels we will be releasing one rare, unreleased or exclusive song per day to you via Bandcamp.
For a minimum contribution of $30, supporters will be able to access all 100 songs in the project, including new music from Angel Olsen, How To Dress Well, Toro Y Moi, The Range and many more.
All profits raised from Our First 100 Days will go directly to organizations working on the front lines of climate, women's rights, immigration and fairness.
The project was started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days, and aims to raise funds and awareness for organizations supporting causes that are under threat by the proposed policies of a Trump administration. This project is produced with the help of Revolutions Per Minute, an organization that provides strategy and support for artists making change."
Friday, January 20, 2017
According to CocoRosie, “Smoke ’Em Out welcomes the new character who will be occupying the White House with a mob of women and children armed with forks and knives. In the wake of this unnatural disaster, we feel a call to rise, shout and burn the house down. The future is female."
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
You probably know Tall Tall Trees (Mike Savino) as Kishi Bashi's banjo player and on-stage dueling partner, but here he is with his own music from what I assume to be a forthcoming album.
Tall Tall Trees will be playing Grocery On Home on Friday, March 3.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Jens Lekman, the Swedish genius of pop, has a new record coming out, or maybe it's out already, IDK, but here's a first cut, which, as far as I can tell, is not about Donald Trump getting golden showers in Moscow hotel rooms, but what's almost as good as this song are his notes on the album, in which he states, among a great many other things,
"I love growing old with my listeners because hopefully that means I can be your parallell twin that you can check in with to catch a glimpse of yourself and the path you've taken. I'm 35 now. I don't want to be any other age really. Or maybe sometimes I do. Sometimes I wish I was older, sometimes I wish I was through with this transitional phase. Being in your thirties is like your teenage years, but without all the cool role models. When you were a teenager you had the Ramones. When you're in your thirties you have the characters from Seinfeld. But anyway, as I said, I'm 35 now. So I should be writing about that."
You can read Jens' full notes here.