After a long week, there’s nothing better than sitting down with a record of your favorite band or maybe even trying out some artists you may not know. After the first outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March, the streaming service and the music website Bandcamp started the event “Bandcamp Fridays” to help artists earn some extra money.
If you don’t know Bandcamp, people there can buy albums, EPs and singles directly from artists. The artists can set prices or allow fans to pay what they want, with a large portion of the proceeds going directly to the artists. Even if the prices are fixed, people can still pay more if they want to.
Bandcamp usually participates in a part of the profits that the artists make, but on Bandcamp Fridays, which fall on the first Friday of the month until the end of the year, all profits go directly to the artist.
Since many tours are put on hold, many musicians have decided to publish exclusive rights on the platform to earn a little extra money. A few people have also put together compilations of artists whose money goes to non-profit organizations. Some artists have also agreed to donate all sales of Bandcamp for certain releases to non-profit organizations.
These are seven albums, songs and EPs – mostly of the punk variety – which will be picked up for Bandcamp on Friday.
The Menzingers, “America Pt. 2”
America Pt. 2 from the Menzinger family
The Philadelphia-by-Way-of-Scranton punks shared a sequel to their 2019 song “America (You’re Freaking Me Out)” in June, the proceeds of which went into community bail funds and the Zero campaign. While the title is an acoustic reworking similar to the one on their September album From Exile, the sequel contains new lyrics that mention George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed.
Bad Time Records, Ska against racism
While the average listener associates ska with a bygone era, the scene has continued to grow and has produced a number of outstanding bands that carry on traditions of 90s ska punk bands like Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish. New faces like Kill Lincoln and We Are the Union join veterans like Timebomb (of Rancid) and The Suicide Machines for this compass that benefits the Black Life Movement, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, The Alpha Institute, The Conscious Kid and Black Girls Code.
Out of Love, Compilation of Love for Women Against Abuse
Compilation of love for women against abuse for love
Created by Modern Baseball and Slaughter Beach, dog bassist Ian Farmer and podcaster Dan Casarella, this compilation features 24 musicians who write songs that respond to the word “love” and boasts songs by artists such as Chris Farren, Thin Lips and W.C. Lindsay. The profits from the compilation go to Philadelphia’s Women Against Abuse.
Kevin Devine, no one is waiting for me tonight
No one is waiting for me tonight from Kevin Devine
The singer-songwriter from Brooklyn released these three tracks, which were quarantined, in October. The songs are sleepier than Devine’s often punchy and punk songs, but still entertaining for those looking for hypnotic ballads.
Jeff Rosenstock, 2020 DUMP
2020 DUMP by Jeff Rosenstock
After the release of his excellent album No Dream in May, Rosenstock showed that he has a little more in the tank and recorded a few more songs for this EP. Rosenstock said that any money given to him for this EP through Bandcamp would be donated to charity, but “less money will be taken out if you just do it on your own”.
Do not stop now: A collection of covers
Don’t Stop Now III: A Collection of Covers & More. by Don’t Stop Now: A Collection of Covers
May saw the release of the third issue of Don’t Stop Now, featuring artists such as Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem for Bob Dylan, Captain, We’re Sinking for Bob Barnett for Abner Jay and Cave People for No Doubt. While the Bandcamp page of this compilation did not indicate which charity would receive donations, previous installments were donated to RAICES (II) and the ACLU (I).
Soul Glo, songs to Yeet at the Sun
Songs to Yeet At The Sun by SOUL GLO
While this EP is also available via streaming services, the latest work from the Philadelphia hardcore group is an exciting and often chaotic release that really gets to the heart of the moment and addresses issues such as white supremacy and income