Barsuk Records has released 'SAD! (A Barsuk Compilation for the ACLU)', a collection of previously unreleased tracks by Barsuk artists covering other Barsuk artists. Available only on Bandcamp, 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Civil Liberties Union, which works in the nation's courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
“After the election, our staff felt compelled to speak out in defense of the civil liberties of all Americans,” says Grant McCallum of Barsuk Records. “Helping support the crucial work of the ACLU by releasing these new tracks felt like one way we could make a statement and help, and the artists involved were all excited to donate their work.”
The Long Winters have not released any new music in the past years, but the silence has been broken as they contributed a song to the 30 Days 30 Songs campaign. In this song, written specifically for this project, John Roderick speaks from the perspective of Trump voters in the folk song tradition.
30 Days, 30 Songs is an independent website which releases a song each day from October 10 until Election Day. It features work from artists across the country who are united in their desire to speak out against the ignorant, divisive, and hateful campaign of Donald Trump. In fact, so many artists are participating that the project has now become 30 Days, 40 Songs.
On the 30 Days, 30 Songs website, John Roderick says: "While there are a lot of songs that express elements of what makes Donald Trump so appealing to his followers, like Desperado by the Eagles, Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk by Trace Adkins and White Rider by Skrewdriver, there’s never been a song that put everything together under one roof. 'Make America Great Again' is a folk song, because it’s from the Volk, the people. If I can help condense all the feelings and issues that inspire Trump voters into a song, and then play that song for the world, well then I will have done my part."
Last year, Brett Terpstra of Systematic interviewed John Roderick about how he became a professional musician. The conversation evolved into a compelling, serialized narrative that couldn't be contained in not just one, nor two, nor even three episodes.
The resulting four-part epic was presented uninterrupted, with the exception of brief transitions from one chapter to the next. Think of The Origin of John Roderick as an improvisational book on tape, with each chapter recorded a few weeks apart.
Chapter 1: Time to Get Serious, Chapter 2: Amsterdam to Istanbul, Chapter 3: Sergeant-at-Arms, Chapter 4: Youth and Potential