The Storehouse Bandcamp Compilation Features William Tyler, Steve Gunn, Sachiko Kanenobu & More

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Galien, Michigan-based community art space and performance venue The Storehouse released a benefit compilation album on Bandcamp. Proceeds from the sale of the compilation will go to the musicians involved, including guitarists William Tyler, Steve Gunn, Sachiko Kanenobu and several others.

The 13-track collection is made up of live recordings from The Storehouse concerts, new and previously unreleased recordings and live performance recordings from other venues. Among The Storehouse performance recordings are “The Amps” by Gunn and Tyler and “Banh Mi Ringtones” by Gunn and drummer John Truscinski. A recording of Meg Baird rehearsing a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “To Lay Me Down” at The Storehouse is part of the set as well.

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Also included is Japanese singer-songwriter Sachiko Kanenobu’s previously unreleased demo recording of “Music Carries Me On.” Other previously unheard tracks on the comp were recorded by Bill MacKay and Mind Over Mirrors. There are also contributions by 75 Dollar Bill, James Elkington, Nathan Salsburg, Erik Hall, Natural Information Society and Sue Garner with Rick Brown, Che Chen and Talice Lee.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation. Read more about the project below:

In the waning days of summer in 2014, we purchased a wasted acre of land on an ambling road in rural Galien, Michigan. As we embarked on a multi-year project to restore this patch of land and see what we could make of a life out in the countryside, we knew from the outset that we wanted to create a multi-purpose space capable of accommodating a wide range of activities, people, and gatherings. With this in mind as we designed our home, we made half of the house one large open room that we call The Storehouse and began hosting events on New Year’s Day 2017. The premise is simple: invite people over, ask them to bring a dish or a bottle to share and cash for the artists, and infuse the space with community, art, and a sense of ease. We find that house concerts are a perfect vehicle for these goals.

As the initial coronavirus shutdown descended upon all of our lives in March 2020, canceling tours for many of the musicians we are lucky to consider our closest friends and venues of all shapes and sizes closing their doors, the audacity of inviting 70+ people into our home became a relic of a way of living that was indefinitely put on hold in an instant. What does an era of social distancing mean for a project with community at its core? It’s a question we’ll be trying to answer for the foreseeable future. One thing we know to be as true today as any is that community and nurturing a sense of belonging is critical to the mission of everything we do at The Storehouse and beyond…and it’s the only way we’re all going to make it to the other side of these strange and uncertain times.

With that in mind, we decided to create this compilation of previously unreleased and new music to share with you in an effort to provide a bit of financial support to many of the musicians who have contributed to The Storehouse series. It features original compositions, live recordings from Storehouse concerts, rehearsal outtakes, improvised sketches, and heartfelt covers. In its own small way, we hope this comp asserts the importance foregrounding art, community, experimentation, and pleasure as an everyday necessity – even in the midst of a global pandemic.

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The Storehouse Presents – A Bandcamp Compilation Tracklist

  1. Amps – Steve Gunn & William Tyler *
  2. To Lay Me Down (rehearsal) – Meg Baird *
  3. Eili, Eili – Nathan Salsburg +
  4. This Is How We Walk On The Moon (live) – Sue Garner with Rick Brown, Che Chen & Talice Lee *
  5. Sulphur Firedot – Mind Over Mirrors ^
  6. Grapes On The Vine – Bill MacKay ^
  7. I’m The One Who Loves You – Joan Shelley ^
  8. Ophiuchus (live) – Natural Information Society %
  9. Visa från Utanmyra – James Elkington +
  10. Minor Loops – Erik Hall ^
  11. Drive On It (live) – 75 Dollar Bill #
  12. Banh Mi Ringtones (live) – Gunn-Truscinski Duo *
  13. Music Carries Me On (demo) – Sachiko Kanenobu ^

Notes:

  • * recorded at The Storehouse
  • *+ new recording
  • *^ previously unreleased recording
  • *% recorded live at Trinosophes, Detroit, MI on May 20, 2015
  • *# recorded live at Cafe OTO, London, UK on December 19, 2019
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