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Album of the Day: Mitski, “Be the Cowboy”

After touring relentlessly on the back of 2016’s anthemic Puberty 2, Mitski Miyawaki finally had a moment to breathe. She used that time to get back into the studio, creating Be the Cowboy before returning to the road where she served as an opening act on the final leg of Lorde’s 2018 world tour.

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Our First 100 Days: Raising Money for Equality and Inclusion

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On the evening of November 8, 2016, Jon Coombs, the Managing Director of Publishing for Secretly Canadian, made his way to a small party in Brooklyn to watch the election returns. By all accounts, the evening looked likely to bring about a suitable end to the harrowing campaign season. But by the time Coombs headed home, he was filled with despair and shock at the news that Donald Trump had won the presidency, and that Republicans had maintained control of the House and Senate. “It hit like a ton of bricks,” he says. “It was a somber departure that night.” The next day, though, brought a radically different sentiment. Coombs began to rally his colleagues around an idea that could make a concrete difference in the face of an unknown new reality: “We had a stroke of inspiration: ‘There’s work to get done here.’”

Along with his team at Secretly Group—which encompasses a handful of labels including Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, and Dead Oceans—Coombs began working on a fundraising effort unlike anything the organization had done before, with the aim of bringing awareness to and raising money for some of the causes they considered the most threatened by the Trump Administration. The project is called Our First 100 Days; on each of Trump’s first 100 days in office, a new song by a different artist, both on and off the Secretly roster, will be released. All of the money raised by the project will go directly to a handful of non-profit organizations fighting for inclusion and equality. Not all of the music on the compilation is necessarily political or topical, but it is united by a collective spirit of tolerance and community.

Much of the inspiration for Our First 100 Days came from a similar project dreamt up by the author Dave Eggers and Jordan Kurland, the owner and founder of Zeitgeist Management, called “30 Days, 30 Songs.” During the month leading up to the election, they released an original song each day by artists including Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, and the brilliant MC Open Mike Eagle. The songs were all explicitly about the then-Republican nominee; titles included “Before You Vote,” “Make America Great Again” and “The Clown.” Eggers and Kurland collected the songs into a Spotify playlist, and used it as a means of encouraging people to get out and vote.

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The Best Albums of 2016: #20 – 1

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Collage by Valentina Montagna.

If there’s one thing we learned since we launched Bandcamp Daily this past June, it’s that the world of Bandcamp is enormous—encompassing everything from emo in China to cumbia punk in Tucson, Arizona to just about everything in between. So narrowing our Best Albums of the Year down to 100 choices was a daunting task. Here, at last, are our Top 20 Albums of 2016.

More “Best of 2016”:
The Best Albums of 2016: #100 – 81
The Best Albums of 2016: #80 – 61
The Best Albums of 2016: #60 – 41
The Best Albums of 2016: #40 – 21

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Album of the Day: Mitski, “Puberty 2”

In “A Loving Feeling” from her new album Puberty 2, Mitski Miyawaki asks, over static and guitars, “What do you do with a loving feeling/ if a loving feeling makes you all alone?” It’s a question she poses, in various forms, throughout the record, sometimes in a hopeful whisper, other times in an enraged, accusatory shout. By the end of Puberty 2, it becomes clear that it’s a question she can only answer herself.

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