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The Best of Bandcamp Picks

The wonderful folk over at Bandcamp have kindly waived their 15% fees today across all purchases on their website, so if you’ve got a tenner to spare, here’s what we recommend grabbing from North East artists.

Everyone’s favourite mackems, PICNIC, are raising money for Sunderland Food Bank with their friends in equally talented places. They’re releasing an album of ‘I Need Everybody’ covers with all proceeds going to Sunderland Food Bank. They’ve got 14 covers of the single on this album, and you can check out out chat with Eddie from Picnic about the album right here.

Newcastle’s beloved Little Buildings’ have released a series of bootleg recordings from their archives, with a bonus crop uploaded today of bands that have played Little Buildings across it’s various venues over the years. They date from as early as May 2015 all the way up to around the closing of their Ford Street venue in 2019.

If you dig Blóm’s recording from Little Buildings then you’re in luck! Their debut album, Flower Violence, came out today. The North East trio released the album through Pigs X7’s Box Records, this is a truly local affair from start to finish.

Flower Violence is described by the band to cover a lot of topics “Lyrically the album explores themes of queerness, feminism, gender identity, mental health, socio economic challenges, christianity, Twin Peaks and the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel ‘Crime and Punishment’.” It’s a steal for a fiver digital or there’s a rose pink vinyl for £15.

Box Records also have a variety of items reduced to £10 including some mint albums so you should check them out whilst you’re having a neb at Blóm’s page.

If you need something a little more quiet and soothing to pass the days then Mt Misery’s CD of their entire 2018-2019 discography is quite simply a steal at £4 with a MP3 download for all of you without a CD player.

A charity compilation featuring St Buryan and Plastic Glass from the North East has been created by Independent Music News. It’s in benefit to Feed The NHS, a charity set up to deliver hot meals to NHS staff, from local restaurants. It helps not only hardworking hospital staff, but keeps money going into local businesses that are suffering. For a fiver this compilation is steal as well as being chock full of class tunes.

If you’re in the market for some merch then there’s loads of class artists to choose from. Swine Tax, Me Lost Me, Martha or Hector Gannet would be our choosing, for their class designs and even better tunes.

Peanut Mixtape is also on Bandcamp, our magazine’s first volume is available in physical for £2 with some stickers or in digital for 50p. If you fancy a bit of reading, this one could be for you.

There’s plenty more going on in the North East than just this list, if you’ve got a fiver to spare it’ll be well spent on some of these artists that are really struggling through these times. Bandcamp have also compiled a list of all the bigger names that are doing something special for today that you can look at here.

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