Bandcamp, which typically collects 15% of sales from digital music and 10% from physical goods, initially experimented with a 24-hour fee waiving window March 20. In the announcement of the three new windows, the company's CEO Ethan Diamond wrote that during the March 20 initiative fans spent $4.3 million on the site, around 15 times the amount spent on a typical Friday.
As the new coronavirus crisis creeps into the third month of widespread closures across the United States with no clear date for a return of live music — which some are saying won't happen until some time in 2021 — Diamond wrote that helping artists cope with the financial fallout has become paramount: "With such a major revenue stream drying up almost entirely, finding ways to continue supporting artists in the coming months is an urgent priority for anyone who cares about music and the artists who create it."
NPR, April 28th 2020. Full article here.
A random selection of things that have got me through the lockdown.
MONDAY 25TH MAY
Jaws (Universal) So much more than just a monster movie.
SATURDAY 23RD MAY
The Empire Strikes Back (Lucasfilm Ltd.) Family issues. Sexual tension. Yoda. Dark, dramatic and fucking awesome. The best Star Wars movie, closely followed by Rogue One. Yeah, I said it.
TUESDAY 19TH MAY
Records on repeat (various) I've misunderstood PiL. It's OK. I have seen the light. Brilliant documentary. Also, I stumbled upon Swell Maps by accident and now I can't live without them.
FRIDAY 8TH MAY
Pistols binge (various formats) The Filth And The Fury, Arena's Punk And The Pistols, BBC2's Malcolm McLaren: Artful Dodger, Janet Street-Porter's The Year Of Punk and her post-Pistols Lydon interview. Jon Savage's England's Dreaming, Jordan's Defying Gravity and Brian Southall's 90 Days At EMI. Round here punks' not dead.
WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
Podcasts (various) They're everywhere!
Never Mind The Bollocks Sex Pistols (Virgin) One of the greatest Rock 'N' Roll albums ever made.
SATURDAY 25TH APRIL
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (Netflix) One of the best documentaries I've seen. Excellent editing and brilliant use of footage.
WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL
Northern Soul (Netflix) Yes.
Tiger King (Netflix) Wow.
Silence (Sony Classical/France) Classy.
Berlin (Germany) I was all set for a sexy time in Berlin watching EN until COVID cock-blocked me. You're such a dick, COVID.