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What's Shenmue?
To support musicians who have had their livelihood affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bandcamp has been waiving their fee on the first Friday of every month. This is a great way to help your favourite indie bands and also get a bunch of great new music!

There are four more scheduled for this year:
  1. September 4
  2. October 2
  3. November 6
  4. December 4
(To see exactly when it begins in your timezone, check isitbandcampfriday.com)
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What's Shenmue?
Today's the day!

For anyone who's looking for recommendations, here's some of the stuff I've picked up in the last few sales:
  1. Aidan Baker/Simon Goff/Thor Harris - The Bit: Post-rock of the most minimalist and atmospheric— no crescendos here. A welcome surprise; I had assumed their earlier collaboration, Noplace, was a one-off.
  2. The Beths - Jump Rope Gazers: The sophomore effort from New Zealand's premier power-pop band. Sort of makes me think of a poppier, sunnier version of the Pixies.
  3. Jerome Froese - Neptunes and Shiver Me Timbers: The son of Tangerine Dream leader Edgar Froese (and a himself a member of the band for a period), Jerome's "guitartronica" explorations make for some excellent and evocative progressive electronic that's rarely seen today.
  4. The Giving Spheres - Earth Leaps Up: Chamber-folk from two classically-trained musicians, a harpist and pianist. Gentle, delicate and charming.
  5. Beverly Glenn-Copeland: Glenn-Copeland's music can be broadly categorized as singer-songwriter and new-age, and it's fascinating to see what a black perspective brings to two largely white genres— a healthy influence from jazz, soul, funk and even Detroit techno. I linked to his page rather than a specific album, because he only has three albums and they're all good; be sure to give each a try, as they all sound distinct.
  6. Rustin Man - Clockdust: Paul Webb's follow-up to last year's (excellent) Drift Code seems to have flown under the radar (uh, probably because the world was dealing with something a bit more important in late March), but this is well-worth a look. Art rock with a jazzy, psychedelic flavour.
  7. Senyawa - Sujud: Indonesian duo that plays doom metal with a traditional Indonesian music flavour, including throat singing and handcrafted instruments. Unique and captivating.
  8. SPECIAL INTEREST - The Passion Of: Furious, urgent synth-punk out of New Orleans. Let's call it "NO wave".
  9. Ulver - Flowers of Evil: Ulver is back with another art-synth-pop album and I wouldn't mind if they keep doing this forever because it is just excellent. Where else are you going to find music that's catchy and dancey even as the lyrics are built around Biblical references, historical events, and high art?
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I will not be stopping
(he / his / him)
I picked up Pinkshift's two singles as well as Amanda Lepre's video game remix album this morning. $10 was about all I could muster but I'll be looking into more stuff next month!


Slam Master
(he, etc.)
There's a new Ska Against Racism comp up as of today. Minimum one buck, all proceeds go to The Movement for Black Lives, The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, The Alpha Institute, The Conscious Kid, and Black Girls Code.

There's also a new Two Minutes to Late Night covers comp up. That one is ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL MIDNIGHT (EDT) TONIGHT. But that cover of "Be My Druidess" by Type O Negative from members of Darling, Windhand, Fucked & Bound, and Cave-In is worth the five bucks alone, to say nothing of the cover of "Earth AD" by the Misfits featuring Max goddamn Weinberg on drums.