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The Reader has 56 places to start your shopping this Bandcamp day

Just in case you’ve been waiting to spend your monthly music budget till more of it would go to artists and labels

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Last week, Music Ally published an interview with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek where he suggested that artists upset with paltry streaming royalties should produce more music. "Some artists that used to do well in the past may not do well in this future landscape," Ek said. "Where you can't record music once every three to four years and think that's going to be enough." I can't speak to why people decide to pursue careers in music, but I'm pretty sure it's not so they can have a boss who devises a business model so broken that the only way they can hope to survive is by doubling or tripling the amount of work they release.

Bandcamp can't match Spotify's reach—it has just a tiny fraction of the streaming giant's user base—but because it sells music outright, each of its users represents the potential for a lot more artist income. Ever since COVID-19 disemboweled the live-music industry in March, shutting down touring revenue, Bandcamp has periodically waived its cut of sales so that all proceeds go directly to artists and labels. Friday, August 7, will be the fifth such "Bandcamp day."

An extra 10 or 15 percent from Bandcamp certainly won't replace musicians' lost income, but anecdotal evidence at least suggests that Bandcamp days incentivize enough buying binges to make a difference. On June's Bandcamp day, Chicago polymath Nnamdï released the EP Black Plight, which made more than $10,000 in 24 hours (he donated the proceeds to charitable causes). On the four previous Bandcamp days—in March, May, June, and July—artists and labels made more than $20 million total, many times more than they would have on ordinary Fridays.

I've once again rounded up all the Reader's recent recommendations of albums and EPs available through Bandcamp. Each one is linked to the Reader story that mentions it. I hope this gets you started searching through the bounty of great material on Bandcamp—happy hunting, and I'll see you again for next month's list!

Another Sunny Day, London Weekend

Vince Ash, Vito

Julianna Barwick, Healing Is a Miracle

Bloodmist, Phos

Boris, No

Peter Brötzmann & Fred Lonberg-Holm, Memories of a Tunicate

Bruges, A Thread of Light

Cinder Well, No Summer

Cold Beaches, Drifter

Chris Crack, Cute Boys (The Rise of Lil Delicious)

Cutta, Physicalism

Dehd, Flower of Devotion

Evicshen, Hair Birth

Fat Night, Live for Each Other

He Who Walks Three Ways, Technology Delivered 91/94

HHY & the Macumbas, Camouflage Vector: Edits From Live Actions 2017​-​2019

Park Hye Jin, How Can I

Ghetto Kumbé, Ghetto Kumbé

Gosh Diggity, Bedtime for Bonzos

Jovan Landry, World Vibe

Lawrence Arms, Skeleton Coast

Le Tour, S/T 2020

Scott McGaughey, You Don't Need a Key to Leave

Mexican Werewolf, Murder House

Robert Millis, Related Ephemera

Nicole Mitchell & Lisa E. Harris, EarthSeed

Myquale, Passport Package

Bob Nanna, Celebration States

Thiago Nassif, Mente

Nest Egg, Dislocation

Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Chicago Waves

Nnamdï, Krazy Karl

Ocean Cult, Elastic Era

Old Man Gloom, Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning and Seminar IX: Darkness of Being

Oscillator Bug, Fruit Collection

Paisley Fields, Electric Park Ballroom

Park National, The Big Glad

Margo Price, That's How Rumors Get Started

Protagonists, 1983-1985

Protomartyr, Ultimate Success Today

Pyrrhon, Abscess Time

Quicksails, Blue Rise

Quiet Eye, Program One

Sault, Untitled (Black Is)

Silicone Prairie, Two Songs

Spectacular Diagnostics, Thebeautifulmusic

Surgery Boys, 1

James Swanberg, The One and Only

Various artists, Attack of the Chicago Boogie

Various artists, Lillerne #122

Various artists, SituationChicago

Vile Creature, Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!

Warm Human, The Bummer Album

Warrior Tribes, The Con

Xoe Wise, Air

Zombi, 2020  v

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