Following the U.S. President's "Not all" Muslim(s) Ban & Refugee suspension or whatever the hell they're saying to justify this illegal, immoral, and unAmerican action, Bandcamp bravely stood up and is putting money where its online mouth is. Ethan Diamond, the founder and CEO gave an impassioned statement, which stated:
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.
So, the site is donating 100% of their share to the American Civil Liberties Union. Over 200 artists have gone further, pledging to donate their money to the ACLU as well. Here's a list of those artists. As music critics, we make no money and ask for none, but here's some recs for what to buy today. Take some time and spend that $10 you do on a streaming service and put it toward something that can help those who are being unjustly targeted by national origin and religion.
Ba Da Bing! -- rec. artists The Baird Sisters, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut
Barsuk -- rec. album Sad! A Barsuk Records Compilation for the ACLU
Merge -- rec. artists Mount Moriah, William Tyler, & Future Bible Heroes
Mexican Summer -- rec. artists Marissa Nadler & Weyes Blood
Kill Rock Stars -- rec. artists Marnie Stern, Deerhoof, Elliott Smith, & Horse Feathers
Pelican -- rec. record The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the ThawSub Pop -- rec. Low & Rose Windows
Tomkins Square Park -- rec. record Imaginational Anthem Vol. 8: Private Press
Xiu Xiu -- donating 100% of Bandcamp revenue for the next 4 years to the ACLU
Record Store day only comes around once a year. Let's make this Bandcamp day!