The National, Mac Demarco, El-P & More Pitch In 00s Covers for Save Stereogum Fundraiser

Andrew Unterberger | June 30, 2020

Indie music publication Stereogum announced on Monday (June 29) an upcoming compilation of 44 artists covering songs from the first decade of the 2000s, as part of a fundraising effort to help the site weather ad revenue downturns in the wake of the COVID-19 downturn.

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The full tracklist for the compilation, entitled Save Stereogum, has yet to be revealed, but Stereogum -- which was previously owned by the Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter media group, before founder Scott Lapatine bought the site's independence back this January -- did divulge a majority of the site-approved artists who will be providing the '00s covers. They include veteran indie rock outfits The NationalThe New Pornographers and Dirty Projectors, acclaimed singer-songwriters Soccer Mommy, Mac DeMarco and Sharon Van Etten, and longtime hip-hop favorites El-P and clipping. The set is scheduled to be released in early September.

The compilation will not be made available on streaming services or separate purchase, but rather will be made available exclusively to donors to the site's accompanying Indiegogo campaign. A donation of $20 entitles sponsors to a digital download, while further levels of contribution also come with additional Stereogum-related merchandise and an invitation to a virtual release party (over Zoom) in September.

A note from Lapatine published with the project's announcement explained the need for such a fundraising drive. "Like so many other publications big and small, we have seen our advertising revenue plummet more than 50% because of the COVID-19 pandemic," the founder wrote. "Concerts and festivals, historically our biggest advertisers, have disappeared entirely. We risk shutting down before we even got a chance to get going as an independent entity. We have a plan to modernize and just need to survive this tough time in order to execute it."

See a complete list of the artists announced for Stereogum's '00s covers compilation below (with "more to be revealed soon"), and donate to the campaign -- which has already raised over $100,00 by time of publishing, nearly 40% of the way to its $250,000 goal -- at the Indiegogo page here.

  • Anna Calvi
  • Bedouine
  • Benjamin Gibbard
  • Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast)
  • Bill MacKay
  • Car Seat Headrest
  • Charly Bliss
  • Chris Farren
  • Clipping.
  • Colleen Green feat. Diarrhea Planet's Emmett Miller
  • Dirty Projectors
  • El-P
  • Frankie Cosmos
  • Half Waif
  • Hamilton Leithauser
  • Hand Habits
  • Illuminati Hotties
  • Jeff Rosenstock
  • Julien Baker
  • Kero Kero Bonito
  • Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers
  • Laura Stevenson
  • Mac DeMarco
  • Nothing
  • PUP
  • Pure Bathing Culture
  • Ratboys
  • Rostam
  • Ryley Walker
  • SAD13
  • Shamir
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Soccer Mommy
  • Strand Of Oaks
  • The National
  • The New Pornographers
  • Thou
  • TOPS
  • Ty Segall
  • Waxahatchee
  • Wet
  • White Reaper
  • Wild Pink
  • Wye Oak

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