Friday, October 11, 2013

For Our Friend Mitch

>> Two years ago, my friends in Bellwether and No Good News released a split titled For Our Friend Mitch.  They decided to release this on behalf of their friend Mitchell Kraeling who had been diagnosed with cancer.  All of the proceeds from the split went straight to Mitch and his family to help with medical bills.  Mitch was one of the strongest and most determined people many of us have ever encountered.  He was the kind of guy who, even during his chemo treatments, would make it out to a show to support his friends.  No matter what, his friends and family came first.  So when the diagnosis came, it only made sense that his friends were there for him, too.

>> Today, October 11th, 2013, Mitch passed away.  Bellwether, No Good News, and Meadowbrook Records are re-releasing the For Our Friend Mitch split in the hopes of helping Mitch's family with funeral costs.  It's a final way to support a guy who did everything he could to support his friends and his local music scene.  You can download the split at bandcamp, or below.

A Message from the bands:
Rest Easy, Mitchell A. Kraeling
June 22,1991 - October 11, 2013

Today, October 11th, 2013, the Long Island Music Scene lost one of its finest. Mitch Kraeling was always enthusiastic about local music, attending shows frequently and hosting shows in his basement.

When Mitch was first diagnosed with cancer, we promptly put out this split to help raise money for him and his family to pay for the cost of treatment. We are re-releasing it today to help with the costs of funeral services. It is up for a "name your own price." Please give as little or as much as you can. Every bit helps.

He gave us so much more than we could have asked for in a friend and he will truly be missed. Now its time for us to give something back.

-Bellwether, No Good News, Meadowbrook Records

RIP Mitch.  
You will be missed, remembered, and treasured.


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