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Dear ones,

Sometimes it's been difficult to know how to be a band during a pandemic.  In late March, we found an old Yiddish song that felt timely.  We've spent these last few months learning it, first separately and eventually together when we could start meeting outside.  We're glad to finally be able to share this song with you. 

The lyrics say:
I go out on the balcony to look upon the city;
a little bird flies over and delivers to me a little letter:
my beloved went ill, my beloved has died.
Gather together, friends, to help me weep.

Oyfn Ganikl

As COVID-19, government inaction, and malfeasance continue to plague the US, we want you to know about a project that our co-conspirator Jenny Romaine is working on in NYC: Naming the Lost: A Labor of Mourning.  From September 7-11 (and/or whenever it feels right for you to do so), we invite you to join a nationwide network of memorial-makers to name and honor nearly 200,000 neighbors, family members, and friends lost to COVID-19 in the United States.

Our rendition of Broyt un Royzn/Bread and Roses was included in the Labor Day edition of Andy Muchin's radio show, "Sounds Jewish", on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. You can hear the episode here. We're on at about 7:30, but listen to the whole thing for songs from our friends Geoff Berner and Daniel Kahn, among others. Speaking of Labor Day, school is starting. Are you feeling feelings about this? Or about other things? Feel free to respond to this email with a rant or an unloading. We can't promise we'll reply, but we can be more specific than the abyss you feel like you're screaming into.

We've been exploring video as a new (to us) medium for sharing our live music. Dear friend Brian Lindsay artfully captured our performance of Oyfn Ganikl, above, as well as the four songs we played for the IJV Zoom show last month, and at least one more song soon to come (keep an eye out!) We have been slowly publishing these one-song shows on our YouTube channel, so follow us there or on social media for the latest.

Over the past few months, many of you submitted entries for The Antifa Kugelbook, and we are now in the final stages of formatting and illustrating it! We are excited to share it in our next missive. In the meantime, merch-wise, we made a bunch of new patches, available on our Bandcamp. They are great for embellishing your instrument case, bolstering the butt of your pants, or perhaps fashioning into a face mask.

Signing off with a song for the future,
Hunting Season

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