A new charity auction project has been launched, called Test Pressings for Charity. The idea behind it is pretty simple; in fact, it’s right there in the name — test pressings are auctioned off to raise money for Girls Rock Camp Alliance, which is a music education camp that serves to “help girls build self-esteem and find their voices,” according to the charity’s mission. Several labels have donated test press vinyl to the cause, including Asthmatic Kitty, New Amsterdam, Western Vinyl, K and Ghostly.
Some of the test pressings up for auction right now include Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois and Greetings from Michigan, Phantogram’s Eyelid Movies, Tycho’s Dive, The Blow’s Poor Aim: Love Songs, Matthew Dear’s Beams, Castanets’ First Light’s Freeze, and other items by My Brightest Diamond, The Microphones, Com Truise, Gold Panda, The Rosebuds and Tobacco.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.