I’m posting this a little late in the day, but if anyone isn’t aware BandCamp have announced that they will be donating their profits to American Civil Liberties Union today (Friday 3rd February). Time for a spending spree I think…
Just a few selections I recommend.
Kelp – The Curved Line
Managed to land one of the limited to 350 double gatefold Vinyl albums of this (only one left after my purchase). With full colour sleeve printed on rough white reverse board.
Collocutor – The Search
On The Corner Records have released some killer music over the past few years, if you’re not already following them do it. You won’t be disappointed.
Fatima Al Qadiri – Brute
Hyperdub have agreed to donate 100% of their share of profits from the day too, so even more reason to stock up on great music like Fatima Al Qadiri’s – Brute. A stark release, “a sonic weapon employed by riot police, capable of deafening a target by exceeding humane levels”, seems pretty appropriate for today’s cause.
Here’s the BandCamp release on their position:
Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.
Contrary to the assertions of the current administration, the order will not make us safer (an opinion shared by the State Department and many members of Congress including prominent Republicans). Christian religious leaders have denounced both the ban, as well as the exception prioritizing Christian immigrants, as inhumane. It is an unequivocal moral wrong, a cynical attempt to sow division among the American people, and is in direct opposition to the principles of a country where the tenet of religious freedom is written directly into the Constitution. This is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended.
And so all day today (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.