Looking for something to get the picky audiophile in your life this holiday season? Might we suggest bidding for one of the many test pressings for auction through Test Pressings For Charity.
“What’s a test pressing?,” you ask.
Good question. For those non-vinyl collectors out there, “test pressings” are rare and often coveted pieces of vinyl used for quality check purposes on your favorite LPs.
What makes TPFC’s mission even more awesome is the fact that 100% of the auction’s proceeds will go to support the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. When you buy that test pressing of a Sufjan Stevens or Phantogram LP, not only will you be adding a collectible to your vinyl cache, but you will also be helping out a good cause. A lot of great labels are contributing and you can see the full list below.
“What’s the Girls Rock Camp Alliance?,” you ask.
Another great question. Aren’t we the Curious George (or Georgina). GRCA is a kick-ass organization that helps girls build self-confidence and find their individual voices through music, education and performance programming. From empowerment and social justice workshops to the search for future mentors and role models, The Girls Rock Camp Alliance supports camps around the world that strive to foster a creative and confident community of young women. A/k/a we are all about this organization.
Now that you’re smitten by the merch—AND the cause—let’s take a look at the auctions up for bid.
WV122 – The Rosebuds, Sand and Silence
WV114 – Dawn Landes, Bluebird
WV 115 – Nat Baldwin, In The Hollows
WV059 – Balmorhea, All Is Wild, All Is Silent
GI152 – Tycho, Dive (12” Single)
GI145 – Tycho, Dive
GI139 – Com Truise, Fairlight
GI138 – Com Truise, Galactic Melt (Rejected, Only 5 in WHOLE WORLD!)
GI138 – Com Truise, Galactic Melt
GI160 – Com Truise, In Decay
GI211 – Tobacco, Ultima II Massage
GI104 – Phantogram, Eyelid Movies
GI112 – Gold Panda, You
GI155 – Matthew Dear, Beams
KLP142 – Microphones, The Drums From “Mt. Eerie”
KLP142 – Beat Happening, Dreamy
KLP208 – Pine Hill Haints, To Win Or To Lose
KLP112 – Mirah, You Think Its Like
KLP229 – Girl Trouble, Hit It Or Quit It! (25th Anniversary this year)
KLP247 – Jeremy Jay, Abandoned Apartments
KLP185 – Adrian Orange & Her Band, Adrian Orange & Her Band
KLP167 – The Blow, Poor Aim
KLP196 – Lake, Oh, The Places We’ll Go
KLP224 – Kendl Winter, Apple Core
KLP173 – Tender Forever, The Soft & The Hardcore
AKR007 – Sufjan Stevens, Michigan
AKR014 – Sufjan Stevens, Illinois
AKR014 – Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (Warped)
AKR128 – Lily & Madeleine, Fumes (Black Vinyl)
AKR128 – Lily & Madeleine, Fumes (Acetate)
AKR003 – Sufjan Stevens, Enjoy Your Rabbit (C/D only) (Clear Vinyl)
AKR003 – Sufjan Stevens, Enjoy Your Rabbit (C/D only) (Black Vinyl)
AKR106 – Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold, Vol. 6: Gloria (From Silver & Gold)
AKR109 – Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold, Vol. 9: Let It Snow (From Silver & Gold)
AKR107 – Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold, Vol. 7: Santa’s Little Helper (From Silver & Gold)
AKR108 – Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold, Vol. 8: Christmas Infinity Voyage (From Silver & Gold)
AKR110 – Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold, Vol. 10: Christmas Unicorn (From Silver & Gold)
AKR075 – Sufjan Stevens, All Delighted People EP
AKR014 – Osso/Sufjan Stevens, Run Rabbit Run
AKR358 – Castanets, Memphis (Unreleased 7”)
AKR016 – Castanets, First Light’s Freeze
AKR123 – Castanets, Decimation Blues
AKR123 – Castanets, Decimation Blues (Acetate; can only be played sparingly)
AKR103 – My Brightest Diamond, This Is My Hand (Rejected)
AKR103 – My Brightest Diamond, This Is My Hand
AKR111 – Denison Witmer, Self-Titled
AKR095 – Helado Negro, Invisible Life
AKR045 – The Welcome Wagon, Welcome to the Welcome Wagon
NWAM055 – Olga Bell, Krai
NWAM057 – No Lands, Negative Space
NWAM058 – Battle Trance, Palace of Wind
All auctions end on Saturday, December 6 at 5 PM EST. For more information on Test Pressings For Charity, check out their site. Happy bidding!