The amazing Bethany, of bthny.tumblr.com, has worked with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats to put together a sweet prize pack as a fundraiser for Womens’ Medical Fund, a Philly non-profit that assists women from low-income backgrounds with abortion financing. It’s always amazing when my personal politics (reproductive rights and justice!) intersect with my personal interests (sweet prizes!), and this is really an exceptional pack:
A $5 donation will enter you to win:
1 (one) copy of The Life of the World to Come DVD, a film by Rian Johnson documenting a single acoustic performance of the album of the same name, housed in a a gorgeous booklet printed by Durham’s Horse & Buggy Press
1 (one) copy of the long out-of-print CD edition of Nothing for Juice on 3 Beads of Sweat Records
1 (one) copy of the Chile de Árbol 7″ on Ajax Records
1 (one) copy, numbered 006/500, of the John Vanderslice/the Mountain Goats split 7″ on Bedside Recordings
1 (one) copy of the Jam Eater Blues/Store/Straight Six 7″ on Sub Pop, on peanut butter and jelly colored vinyl
1 (one) copy of Moon Colony Bloodbath, a collaborative EP by the Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice, on black vinyl
1 (one) copy, because it’s the only one that exists, of one of the little notebooks JD uses for writing lyrics, titles, ideas, chords, etc. To the best of anyone’s knowledge none of these have been given to anyone or sold, etc. They often take years to fill, because JD accumulates new ones like the scavenger animal he is, and then gets excited to start writing in a new notebook. This one got half full before he got distracted by a flashing light or something, and it contains: early, heavily revised & visibly in-process/scored-through/worked-over drafts of a few lyrics from The Life of the World to Come and All Eternals Deck; some album or song titles that didn’t get used; and a chord sequence which, when read out loud, may open a cosmic gate someplace, or it may not, but just in case we wanted to mention it. Also, JD’s handwriting can charitably be described as “creative,” i.e., it looks like somebody tried to teach the cat to use a pen.
& if one $5 shot at winning isn’t enough, a $20 donation will buy you 15 chances to win! Please support reproductive rights & justice in Philly & send some cash their way! You can purchase raffle tickets here. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win, but this is limited to people living in the US.