On the Record ordinarily rounds up details about new and pending recordings of interest to the new-music community: contemporary classical music and jazz, electronic and electroacoustic music, and idioms for which no clever genre name has been coined, on CD, vinyl LP, cassette, digital-only formats… you name it.
Today, though, the column is devoted to something different.
The online music retail platform Bandcamp has stepped up, as it has on multiple occasions in the past, to help artists and independent labels struck hard by the overwhelming tide of canceled tours and lost opportunities caused by the present COVID-19 pandemic. Bandcamp has waived its fees for one day only – today, March 20, 2020, from 3am to 3am PST – to deliver more funds to those in need.
Honestly, servers have been hard-pressed to keep up with demand. But if you care about the welfare of art and artists at a perilous moment – and if you could use some solace, reassurance, and beauty in your life right about now – be patient, and keep trying.
What follows today is a handful of strong recommendations for recent recordings available on Bandcamp, followed by a list of forthcoming releases due in the weeks and months to come—just this once, strictly limited to titles that can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
Ten recently issued albums to buy today on Bandcamp
Saxophonist/composer Bertucci, who released two of 2019’s best albums and has a new one on the way, is stuck in Europe and needs your support now; here’s a Bandcamp exclusive issued today. (Updated March 25: The Bandcamp exclusive was available only on March 20, so we’ll recommend ordering Bertucci’s next LP, Acoustic Shadows, due in April.)
Dante Boon – One Night in Forest Hills – compositions by Christian Wolff, Assaf Gidron, and John Carlos Callahan (Bánh Mì Verlag)
Even on Fender Rhodes, Dutch composer-pianist Dante Boon plies a beautifully pearly tone in a program of recent pieces.
This 44-track (and counting) compilation, curated by composer-performer Isaac Schankler, provides quirky, inventive songs and instrumentals exactly long enough to wash up safely. (Updated March 25: the final tally is 55 songs!)
New This Week
Ian William Craig – Red Sun Through Smoke (FatCat)
☆ David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon, and Anne Klingensmith – She’s More Wild… (Black Truffle)
Brooklyn Rider – Healing Modes – compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Du Yun, Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and Caroline Shaw (In a Circle) Gerald Cleaver – Signs (577 Records)
Chicago Underground Quartet – Good Days (Astral Spirits)
Liberty Ellman – Last Desert (Pi Recordings)
Hasco Duo (Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Jesse Langen) – The Same Old Wonder – compositions by Hasco Duo, Ravi Kittappa, Morgan Krauss, Luis Fernando Amaya, and Jonathan Sokol (New Focus) Jacaszek – Music for Film (Ghostly International) ☆ A.F. Jones – A Jurist for Nothing (Gertrude Tapes) The Necks – Three (Northern Spy) Nick Storring – My Magic Dreams Have Lost Their Spell (Orange Milk; see related Log article here)
This week in On the Record, The Necks defy expectation and categorization on 'Three,' their 21st album, new on Northern Spy. Plus dozens of listings for forthcoming releases.
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This week in On the Record: Bandcamp has responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic by waiving its fees for 24 hours, directing more money to artists and labels—here are some new and recent releases to buy today.