It has been a trying time for everyone. With a pandemic sweeping the globe, people are forced to stay home and self-isolate. Thousands of people have been out of work, especially those who are in the entertainment industry.
Music is one of the few things in my life that I have a real, genuine connection with. Music helps me find peace, and simply put, it makes me happy. Without shows to look forward to, my life suddenly felt so empty. I felt uneasy with this uncertainty, especially when dealing with the one thing that I could always count on in life – shows.
Luckily, tons of musicians, festivals and organizations have been stepping up to the plate. They have been posting videos of live performances - usually from their living room, kitchens, bedrooms, etc.
I have nothing but gratitude for these artists, festivals and organizations.
I have created this list of anything music-related that has helped me cope (thus far):
RECORDS & SINGLES:
E.P. by Alkaline Trio -
This three-song E.P. – “Minds like Minefields”, “Radio Violence” and “Smokestack” – brings back so many reminiscent memories of why I love this band so damn much. My favorite track is the acoustic “Smokestack”, which stripped-down nature really brings a smile to my face. Dan Andriano (bass/vocals) confirmed in his recent Instagram livestream that “Smokestack” was written twenty years ago, which confirms how well their music really holds up.
Purchase Alkaline Trio’s E.P. here, where bundles are available as well.
Florida’s Protagonist dropped an album on April 10th, entitled Fallout from the Chronicle. To quote the band “[this album] features resurrected b-sides, acoustic versions, and covers of Violent Society and the The Boils." I really enjoyed this record, as it captures that nostalgic punk feel of going to shows with your friends.
Purchase Protagonist's music and merch on their Bandcamp page.
Neverlyn (Livermore, CA) released a music video for the single “Far from Perfect” (featuring Zac Eisenstein), off of their brand new record Beauty Sleep (released March 27th). The record is pop-punk goodness, and will have you dancing all the way through.
Purchase Neverlyn music and merch here.
Roger Lima’s (bassist/vocalist of Less Than Jake) side project, Rehasher debuted a new song entitled “I Don’t Feel Anything.” This song (as well as other merch options) are available for purchase on a double-A side 7” record (other track entitled “Turn Inside Out”), here.
Pity Party –
Oakland’s Pity Party released a single “Masculinity is a Prison”, as well as announced their next record, titled Concrete, out on May 29th.
Purchase copies of the new record on Pity Party’s Bandcamp page, as well as bundle options here.
Western Addiction -
San Francisco’s Western Addiction premiered a new single “They Burned Our Paintings”, and preorder for new record Frail Bray (Dropping May 15th on Fat Wreck Chords).
Preorders for the record are over on Fat Wreck Chords.
Chris Cresswell -
Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners) takes his acoustic solo work to the next level in The Inside Man. The Inside Man is an ongoing album of covers, updated as time passes, including Al Green’s “Tired of Being Alone.” The Inside Man is available for free/donations at Cresswell’s Bandcamp page. Cresswell was also featured in One Week Records’ “One Week Interfest.”, where he performed stripped-down acoustic songs such as “Carry the Banner” (off of The Flatliners's Cavalcade).
Lights Over Bridgeport -
Chicago’s Lights Over Bridgeport debuted their new single “Morning in Chicago”, complete with an accompanying music video. LOB also announced that their new record Better This Way, which will be released on May 22nd. The cover art for this record was done by graphic artist Mikaela Jane Palermo, whose art I am constantly impressed with.
Purchase Lights Over Bridgeport's new record here.
Cold Wrecks –
Brooklyn’s Cold Wrecks released a new single on April 10th, entitled “Country Song.” (all proceeds from the bands digital music downloads in April will be donated to the NYC-DSA Mutual Aid COVID-19 Relief Fund).
Purchase music and merch by Cold Wrecks on their Bandcamp page.
Mobina Galore –
Jenna (vocals, guitar) and Marcia (vocals, drums) performed an acoustic set for the first online Boatless Booze Cruise in March. They also announced their livestream on YouTube, entitled “Happy Any Hour.” In “Happy Any Hour”, Jenna and Marcia perform songs of their choice, usually adhering to some sort of theme. This livestream will happen every Friday in April. April third’s show focused on songwriting; Jenna and Marcia played a few songs from Completely Disconnected and Cities Away (“Vancouver” “Fade Away” and “Fourth of July”, to name a few). April tenth’s show focused on influences, with Jenna playing a few cover songs (including “Nineteen” by Tegan and Sara (The Con), “The Way his Collar Falls” by Saves the Day (Ups & Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides), and “Sink, Florida, Sink” by Against Me! (As the Eternal Cowboy)). The band also announced their documentary, entitled “Sorry I’m a Mess: The Making of Mobina Galore’s Don’t Worry”, also available on their YouTube page. I was really looking forward to this, as Don’t Worry was my favorite record release of 2019. Mobina Galore also premiered their music video for "Four Hours of Sleep" (Don't Worry), on April 3rd. This music video and song was done in one take, is the closing track, as well as the only acoustic track on the record.