People here really like Aaron Graves. Since his diagnosis with brain cancer back in March, the Columbia-based musician and label co-owner has been supported by a bevy of fundraisers and events: El Burrito continues to offer its “Aaron’s Lunchbox” special every Wednesday; record shop Papa Jazz set up a box of releases directly benefiting his care, which at one point contained music from seemingly every area band; Devine Street Tattoo has hosted evenings where adventurous supporters get inked with locally sourced designs, sending proceeds to Graves and his family.
The forthcoming benefit compilation Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam is the newest contribution to Aaron’s cause, and it comes from Fork & Spoon Records, the label he runs with buddies Jordan Blackmon and Chris Gardner. But while it boasts new music from a few local bands — Can’t Kids, Say Brother and Graves’ own Those Lavender Whales among them — the compilation also proves that his story is resonating beyond the Palmetto State.
Georgia psych mainstay Of Montreal offers a cover of The Kinks’ "Did You See His Name?". Brooklyn-via-Florida art-rock adventurer Helado Negro contributes a new original, as do the North Carolina bands Bombadil and Schooner. “Coldboy,” the sumptuously slinking lead single (streaming below), comes courtesy of California’s Astronauts, Etc. Chaz Bundick, who moved to the Bay Area from Columbia a couple years ago, adds a new one from his much-loved project Toro Y Moi.
All told, it’s an impressive tracklist — proving once more that Graves has plenty of fine people in his corner. The compilation drops on July 15, and will be available digitally and on CD. Pre-orders can be made right here. A listening party and potluck will be held at 7 p.m. on July 14 at New Brookland Tavern to celebrate the release.
As for Graves’ condition, he begins radiation treatments in Durham, N.C., today, making this announcement well-timed. “Hopefully your posts will help in sending some good vibes his way,” Fork & Spoon offered in its follow-up press release last night. Those looking for other ways to help can find options at tumorschmumor.com.
Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam:
1. Those Lavender Whales — "I'm So Proud (Of My Friends)"
2. Mike Collins Jr. — "Come On Out" (featuring Baby Willis)
3. Astronauts, Etc — "Coldboy"
4. of Montreal — "Did You See His Name?" (Kinks cover)
5. PWIZ — "Makin' Do"
6. Say Brother — "Each Every Day and Night"
7. Painted Palms — "Big Balloon"
8. Snake Feathers — "Mer Ka Ba"
9. Kid Trails — "Vortex"
10. Can't Kids — "Bite My Butt"
11. Helado Negro — "Meeting Friend"
12. Schooner — "I'll Be Here"
13. Sadie Dupuis — "Zone"
14. Haints in the Holler — "Reasons"
15. Yes Yes — "Security Guards"
16. Toro y Moi — "Dog Days”
17. Bombadil — "Pretty Fine Fellow"
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
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