Bandcamp waves fees again today; new music from Big Nope, Mike Schlesinger, Simon Joyner, Poster Children, The Golden Age…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , , — @ 12:18 pm May 1, 2020

Bandcamp is waving its share of revenue on all purchases at the site today.

by Tim McMahan,

The last time Bandcamp waved its cut on all online shares for a day it resulted in $4.3 million in music and merch sales. It also resulted in some pretty sloooow Bandcamp server speeds.

Well, Bandcamp is doing it again today, waving its “revenue share” on all shares at its website today until midnight PDT. In addition, 150 artists and record labels are offering donations and special merchandise (check out the list). It’s kind of like Records Store Day but for online music sales. Among the labels taking part is Saddle Creek Records, which is giving 100 percent of revenue from generated sales to artists.

Actually, most of the good indie labels are participating this way, including Matador, Merge, Captured Tracks, Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and more.

With that in mind, here are a few recordings to check out (and buy!):

Big Nope, the new project from See Through Dresses’ drummer Nate Van Fleet, today released the 3-song Back to You EP. Recorded and mixed by Ben Brodin with contributions from Nick Costa and Charlie Finnigan, this is the best Big Nope release yet. Buy here.

Last month’s Live at The Sydney live stream will be remembered as one of the few bright spots from this COVID misery we’re currently suffering, and now you can relive it after the pandemic has subsided, thanks to today’s release of Mike Schlesinger – Live at The Sydney. The six-song EP is one of the best live sets I’ve heard in a long time. Buy here.

Speaking of live sets, Simon Joyner today released Simon Joyner & The Bingo Trappers Oct. 21st 2012, an 11-song LP that features Joyner favorites like “The Only Living Boy in Omaha,” “Three Well-Aimed Arrows” and “Christine,” along with a couple Bingo Trappers covers. Buy here. Also check out Joyner’s Bandcamp merch page that includes a new T-shirt designed by urban folkie Jeffrey Lewis, with all profits today going to Food Bank of the Heartland and MusiCares Foundation.

Seminal ‘90s punk band Poster Children today released a live recording from their 1992 Cabaret Metro show. It’s a scorcher. Buy here.

Finally, released today is a vintage track from Lincoln band The Golden Age, called “Home is a Hotel,” recorded in the first half of the 2000s. The band featured Rob Hawkins on guitar/vocals with Tim Jensen, Alisa Heinzman and Ian Aeillo. Ah, where are they now? Buy here.

Have a great weekend.

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Long lost Golden Age tracks surface; Cowboy Junkies tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 12:48 pm April 19, 2012

by Tim McMahan,

Over the past few days, Ian Aiello, now a member of Eli Mardock’s band but formerly a member of legendary Lincoln band The Golden Age, began leaking tracks from TGA’s unreleased album, Jealous Love. There’s an entire back story surrounding the rise and fall of The Golden Age. Back in the first half of the last decade, everyone assumed they would sign to Saddle Creek Records and join the holy triumvirate of Bright Eyes, Cursive and The Faint conquering the world. Alas, though there indeed were talks between Creek and the band, this album was never released by Saddle Creek (or any other label) for reasons that only the band and the label know. So far Aiello appears to have posted seven tracks from the album on YouTube (see them listed/listen them here). After listening to them, the album would have been a nice addition to the Creek catalog. Oh well…

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The Cowboy Junkies stop in Omaha tonight at The Slowdown. The band is touring its just-released album, The Wilderness: The Nomad Series, Vol. 4 (Razor & Tie), which finds Margo Timmons and Co. in fine form. The album retains the ethereal, hushed sound heard on their breakout album, 1988’s The Trinity Sessions, but with an obvious modern flare (This one presumably wasn’t recorded in a vacant church). $30, 8 p.m. No opening act is listed, so if you’re going, you better get there on time!

Also tonight, Snake Island plays at The Barley Street Tavern with Orion Walsh (CD release show) and Musical Charis (sic). $5, 9 p.m.

One more thing: Omaha peeps keep a close eye on the various and sundry social media sites late today and into the early evening. More than that, I cannot say…

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2012 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.