Did you know that the entire 40-year catalog of the punk rock label of note, Dischord, is available on Bandcamp for free streaming? While free, they're hoping listeners will download the music to support the artists. Bandcamp is waiving their sales fees on certain days each month so that all of the money will go to the artists. The first of these days was May 1. The initiative will also repeat on June 5 and July 3 and will last from 12am to 11:59pm PST time on all three days. Read the rest
I've had a busy few weeks of moving and renovating my home in the middle of a pandemic while also trying to work a full-time. So naturally, I decided to relax by … making a 4-song live EP of protest songs about unions and workers, to raise money for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund for essential workers. Today in particular is not only International Worker's Day, but the music site BandCamp is also waiving their fees their day — so 100% of money you send my way for this pay-what-you-want album will go directly to workers in need.
There are worse ways to celebrate May Day, in my humble opinion.
Essential Songs for Essential Workers — Live From Quarantine [Thom Dunn / BandCamp]
Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund
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I have a hard time remembering my younger years, but I want to believe that I had days like the one that Stefan Murphy (AKA The Mighty Stef and, from time to time, Count Vaseline) describes in Dry Cider. If you dig this song as much as I do, help a fella out by giving it a buy over at Bandcamp. Read the rest
Dischord is to punk and indie rock what Def Jam and Death Row Records are to rap. Read the rest