Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I've begun to reflect on the things that I'm really, truly thankful for - and as I sat down to write this post, I realized how truly thankful I am for the music community that the internet has fostered and allowed to grow and shrink simultaneously. I've found so many bands through blogs, forums, social media, and a few incredibly innovative websites that continue to blow me away on a daily basis. So I want to use today's post to introduce you to some of those resources, and the community that's so important to me.
First - a giant, gleeful shout-out to Bandcamp. For those unfamiliar, Bandcamp is a tool that allows artists to sell their music directly to their fans, in a simple, straightforward manner. The artist receives the majority of the money (At least 80%) and can name their prices, etc. Additionally, you can listen to entire albums before buying. As more and more artists embrace this medium, I hope more and more people buy their music here, as opposed to funneling money into iTunes, money Apple certainly doesn't need. Also, as of today, Bandcamp is beta testing a social component to their site, in which users can share things they've bought, interact with artists and other fans, and discover phenomenal music. You have to check this site out. Below, here are links to a few awesome songs I found in about ten minutes of exploring the new functions, all of which are phenomenal.
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Also, feel free to check out my beta profile over there, and see what I'm buying/collecting. Here's the link: http://bandcamp.com/musicmeansfamily
Daytrotter is the brainchild of Sean Moeller, who lives over in Rock Island, IL. If you haven't checked out this site yet, you need to. Daytrotter features daily live sessions from tons of artists, both established and new, with awesome mini write-ups and illustrations, and all of the recordings are fabulous. A $24 yearly membership gives you access to all of the downloads you can fit on your computer, and it's one of the best gifts I've given myself in a while. Additionally, you can download their app to your phone and listen to new sessions all day long, which is pretty great for work/transit/etc.
Here's a link to their phenomenal session from late last year with The Lumineers. Listen, check it out, and then get a membership. You really won't regret it. Daytrotter - Lumineers
There are so many wonderful independent music blogs around right now, that are infinitely more valuable than the garden variety Stereogum/Pitchfork crap - and you should be reading them. Here's a few I love.
Songs For The Day - This blog, run by my friend Adam, highlights a new song or two or seven everyday that you should check out. His recommendations are generally perfect. And he's a pretty cool dude.
Folk Hive - Another small blog, this one from Missouri. Sam(antha) who writes it, is a wonderful writer with great taste in music. Please pay her site a visit.
Fuel/Friends - This is the blog that got me into blogging. Heather is a beautiful writer, and her interaction with, and support of, the music community is really sweet. Every so often she posts an amazing chapel session, recorded near her home in Colorado, and you can download them for free. Today she posted this gem from Hey Marseilles. Watch the video below, then check out her blog and download the session (and all of the other sessions too).
Check out all of these awesome things. Enjoy your turkey tomorrow. Enjoy friends & family. I probably won't pust again until Saturday, so if you do shop on Friday, my only request is that you do your best to shop local. Visit cool stores in your neighborhood. Participate in Record Store Day. Get some really cool limited release records from The Lumineers, The White Stripes, and tons more. Most importantly, don't stress. Love you all!