Bandcamp Friday, October 2nd: String Cheese Incident, My Morning Jacket, Jason Isbell, Hiss Golden Messenger & More


In March, Bandcamp waived its revenue share from sales for 24 hours on its site in order to support artists and labels adversely impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Bandcamp waived its fees again on the first Friday in May, as well as on the first Friday of each month since, sending over $75 million from the sales of music and merch directly to musicians. Bandcamp Friday will continue for the rest of 2020.

Several musicians shared new releases exclusively for today’s Bandcamp Fridays installment. Here’s a look at some of the new music out today that can be purchased on Bandcamp:

The String Cheese Incident

The String Cheese Incident dropped three classic early-era shows. The trio of On The Road series releases includes one show from 1998 and two recordings from 2001.

My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket also dug deep into their archives for a trio of live releases. The band shared recordings of a show from 2005 in Los Angeles, another from Atlanta in 2006 and one from Nashville in 2015.

Jason Isbell & Friends

One year ago, Jason Isbell headlined the inaugural Shoals Fest in Florence, Alabama. The hometown event featured a special “Jason Isbell & Friends” after-show at The Shoals Theatre. Among the “Friends” Isbell recruited were his wife Amanda Shires and the rest of Isbell’s backing band The 400 Unit, local legend David Hood of The Swampers, Peter Levin and many others.

Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy, Volume 2

Available on Bandcamp for on 24 hours, Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy, Volume 2 contains 77 previously unreleased recordings from Pearl Jam, David Byrne, Postal Service, Black Pumas, Mark Ronson, John Prine, Yola, Feist, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Sturgill Simpson, The Gossip, Little Dragon, Bright Eyes, Perfume Genius, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, Chicano Batman, Black Pumas, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Arcade Fire, YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, Faye Webster, Nilüfer Yanya, Jenny Lewis, Tenacious D, Jack Johnson, The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Charly Bliss, Girlpool, MUNA, Flume and Toro Y Moi, Matt and Kim, Mexican Institute of Sound, Nick Hakim and many more. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Voting Rights Lab.

Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger‘s School Daze: A fundraiser for Durham Public Schools benefits the Durham Public Schools Foundation’s Accelerating Digital Equity. The 15-track live release was recorded at a “handful of shows on Hiss Golden Messenger’s late-2019 tour supporting Terms of Surrender. Durham, North Carolina resident and Hiss founder M.C. Taylor stated:

I say this often from the stage: I have public education in my blood. Both of my parents, my sister, and my wife are all public educators. My kids go to public schools in Durham. My entire life, I’ve watched the ways that public education has changed the lives of the people involved with it, both students and teachers. It’s safe to say that I wouldn’t do what I do now without the love and support of public schoolteachers. So I feel it’s my duty to give back.

Phil Cook

Phil Cook, a fellow Durham resident and member of Hiss (who can be heard on the relase above) and recent JamBase Podcast guest, continued his From the Kitchen series with an archival recording from October 27, 2018. The set was performed across I-40 at Ramkat in Winston​-​Salem, North Carolina.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard posted a pair of different new releases. One is a two-volume collection of demos spanning 2011 – 2020. The other is a live recording of the Aussie psych-rockers’ show on September 1, 2019 at New Belgium Brewing Company in Asheville, North Carolina.


A third volume Ted Tapes it out from Goose. The series features “improvisational selections of a Ted variety, sourced from Goose practices” and for this third edition the tracks come from recordings made on September 1 and 3, 2020 with Jeffrey Arevalo on percussion.

Blackberry Smoke

Last month, Blackberry Smoke‘s Drive-Ins & Distancing Tour rolled into The Blu Grotto in Oceanport, New Jersey. The band played two show there on September 11 — one acoustic and one electric. The band made the acoustic set from the Blu Grotto available on Bandcamp.

Mike Dillon & Punkadelic

Prominent percussionist Mike Dillon recorded Shoot The Moon with Jean-Paul Gaster, Robbie Mangano, Tiff Lamsom and Nathan Lambertson. Lyrics and artwork were handled by Peregrine Honig. According to Dillon, “All proceeds go to the broke ass musicians!”

Dan Horne

Dan Horne, of Circles Around the Sun, Grateful Shred and The Skiffle Players, prepared a pair of covers for his debut solo recording. Taking its title from the Arlo Guthrie song that’s one of two covers released by Horne, his The Motorcycle Song EP also features a cover Canned Heat’s “Poor Moon” and two original instrumentals.

Farmer Dave Scher

Farmer Dave Scher, also a member of The Skiffle players and Beachwood Sparks, released a new EP, Speak Of Love via the Spiritual Pajamas record label. Guests on the four-song set include Kurt Vile and Rob Laakso of Kurt Vile & The Violators, and members of The Skiffle Players including Cass McCombs, Aaron Sperske and Horne.


Woods released Reflections Vol. 1 (Bumble Bee Crown King), consisting of eight rare and unreleased recordings spanning 2009 to 2013. “With no touring this year, and possibly next, we decided to take a deep dive into our archives and put together the first volume of our much discussed archival series, Reflections,” the band stated. “Featuring rare and unreleased recordings from 2009 – 2013, including a ghost town desert jam off the side of the highway, our first live performance in Big Sur, the first recorded version of ‘Bend Beyond’ and some shelved diamonds in the rough that were finished up during quarantine. Our hope is that it plays like a ‘lost record’ from an extremely strange and fruitful period in Woods history.”

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