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”