For the last couple of years, Shakey Graves, real name Alejandro Rose-Garcia, has thrown an annual celebration on Feb. 9 in his hometown of Austin, Texas, called Shakey Graves Day. In addition to festivities and a performance, the “holiday” has also always seen all of Shakey Graves’ recorded catalog, including b-sides and demos and other recordings, go online with a pay-what-you-want pricing structure for 72 hours.
Today, in a post “rated TV-MA for presidential slander, mild language, possible hope and potential nudity,” Rose-Garcia announced details for the 6th Shakey Graves Day and accompanied it with a political message in response to Trump’s recent executive orders and these generally tense times. In his statement he writes, that “ignoring the world and not looking directly into the gaping ass that is our current political climate is a mistake,” and goes on to say that his “desperate yearning … to help in some way” led him to decide to start donating half of the proceeds from his Shakey Graves Day album sales to good causes. As a part of that, he’s asking fans for suggestions on where those funds could go, saying he’s open to “charities, think tanks, frozen natives, music programs, homeless shelters, basically anything nice you can think of.”
If you have a suggestion, email it along with the organization’s website to firstname.lastname@example.org. His 10-album catalog will be available on his Bandcamp page here from Feb. 9-11. You can find details on the in-person festivities at Mohawk on Shakey Graves’ Facebook page and enter the lottery for tickets here.
Check out video of Shakey Graves performing for Paste at SXSW in 2015 below.