Indiana went for Bernie in May, and now Indy's biggest label is going for Bernie with a new uber-cool release with Thurston Moore. Announced at 1 p.m. today, Joyful Noise Recordings will help fundraise for Bernie Sanders by trading proof of donations for a limited edition flexi featuring Bernie speeches.
Here's the basics from the label press release:
Titled "Feel It In Your Guts," the track is a twelve-string acoustic piece laced with excerpts from Bernie Sanders' speeches, touching on topics like the worship of money, economic inequality, social justice, and the need for basic human rights for all people. (Arranged and mixed by our buddy Mike Bridavsky.)
Here's the numbers:
The release is limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies on square, white flexi-disc vinyl, with screen-printed cover art by David Kloc. The release is currently available, but you have to jump through some hoops to get it:
How do you buy this thing?
You see, we wanted this to be a benefit release, but Joyful Noise is a company... and that means Bernie won't accept a check from us. True story. So, we can't merely sell you the release and pass the donation to Bernie. Instead, here is how it works:
Step 1: Donate at berniesanders.com (suggested amount $27).* This must be a new donation in your name.
Step 2: Take a screenshot of the confirmation page or email.
Step 3: Upload that screenshot to this page, and claim your free record.
And here's label head Karl Hofstetter on why they're so stoked to put this out:
Bernie Sanders inspires us. In a political and business climate which is increasingly self-interested and money-driven, Bernie Sanders alone remains uncompromisingly focused on the issues that affect 99% of us. Which is to say, he’s talking about the things that will improve the lives of ourselves, our families, and basically everyone we have ever met. As the only presidential candidate who refuses bribes from big business, his agenda is unswervingly focused on the people over special interests. As Bernie himself has said, “The reason why we are doing well in this campaign is because we are telling the truth.”
We at the label were inspired to support the campaign, and we thought it would be best to use our curatorial talents to this end. Being a weird-o indie rock record label, we are fortunate to work with a variety of incredible musicians; including, on occasion, the great Thurston Moore. So we decided to ask him. And we were delighted that in a matter of minutes after posing the idea, Thurston excitedly agreed.
Next: the task of getting a major presidential candidate involved. Fortunately, one of our employees was already friends with the good folks of the Bernie campaign, so we reached out. Amazingly, the Bernie campaign responded, and within a week or so, we heard that Bernie himself was into the idea. The amazing folks at the Bernie campaign have worked closely with us to make this crazy collaboration a reality.