Not too long ago, we wrote an open letter to independent artists to delete their myspace pages. Now, every other week, we are going to wander along the best alternative out there, Bandcamp, and see what kind of adventures we can have at What I did at Bandcamp (and now with accompanying mini-mixtape) …
Well howdy ho, my friends! Is it Friday already? What a week it’s been! Busy busy boy, some health-issues to contend with (no worries, all is good-ish), lots of miles to ride on the bike, lots of pictures to take, and so on and so forth. But…. it’s Friday, time to take the helm and take a trip down bandcamp lane.
This week’s collection comes almost exclusively via suggestions from the wonderful weirdos down in our society and a few from Baby! The result of which made for one hell of an interesting mixture of sounds. Trying to find a workable tracklisting for this collection was… uh…. challenging. But, in the end, this is about the varied and vast collection of amazing bands hiding over in Bandcamp, not the mini-mixtape we built from it, soooooooooo without further adieu, let’s hop to it!
First up is Priscilla Ahn by way of Baby.
This is pretty sweet. Got a total Mountain Men meets smooth pop kinda thing. And……. she’s totally swoon-worthy!
Ah… piano-driven pop with Summer Fiction! It’s got this retro-vibe thing, maybe kinda 70s AM radio thing-ish and it’s got a bit of boy-girl duet action going on, which pretty much seals the deal.
Quite lovely. The country guitar on “By The Sea” steals my heart….
Magic Man… I think there is something special here. According to the bandcamp page, the songs were written in France, in “a chateau, a farm, a circus festival, and a beach cottage and brought back home to the states for further recording and editing”. It’s this eclecticness — is that a word? — that really shines. Songs like “Monster” build and go quiet, all with quirky sounds/beats dragging you along. It’s almost like Dan Deacon fucked Flaming Lips and produced a Magic Man.
Trippy garage rock! Where’s my acid? Love the crappy lo-fi sound (though, granted, on laptop speakers it can be a bit rough, but given a decent pair of headphones, mwah!)
Reminds me of a “more raw” version of Smith Westerns! Go get ’em Pitchfork!
Shoegaze! Never my genre, though I am one to gaze at my chucks on occasion.
This one came via the society. I think the lead-off track is the perfect taste for these guys. Trippy synthy shoegazey yummy yummy……
Another animal band? I smell a band name trend! What is it about Animals and lo-fi psychedelic-ness?
Well, who cares really? 15 tracks, 75 minutes long, FREE, awesome, and did I mention FREE?!?!?! Expand yer mind man…. good times.
Winning the award for album cover you’d least like to mimic in real life, Napolean’s got their kitchen-sink beats and groovetastic gem “Success” stuck in my brain.
These guys need more songs… like now.
Oh nice…. kinda old school country with a touch of the blues. Slow. Kinda dark by the nature of his voice. And generally brilliant.
If the album art isn’t an indication of the DIY movement going on and what one is able to do with it… actually, most the artists in today’s post, I don’t know what is..
“When I Fall”, the song we chose for the mixtape, oh man.
Creepy album art aside, another lone song artist via the society.
Can’t describe this one. It’s amazing! It’s happy, fun, accessible yet still kinda completely unique. Really, just listen & love on this one, trust me.
Alright! So, yeah, after our last What I did at Bandcamp post, we just left it at that, right? Well, it felt kinda…. incomplete. You know how much I love mixtapes and maybe you aren’t much of a streamer (well, your not the only one), sooooo I made you a mini-mixtape!
9 artists & 9 songs to load up and love and cherish and shake your booty to the left and then maybe a little over to the right and then maybe a little up and a little down, oh you know how I likes it. The only caveat. If you like something, go to their bandcamp and given them proper love, okay? Don’t just love ’em and leave ’em. Your momma taught you better than that. Okay, so that’s it!
Adam And The Amethysts – Prophecy
Priscilla Ahn – When You Grow Up
Summer Fiction – She’s Bound to Get Hurt
Christian James & The Family – When I Fall
Slow Animal – Sanity
Magic Man – Real Life Color – Darling
Napoleon – Success
New Animal – Frightened
Secret Knives – Black Hole
Have a great weekend everyone! Go ride your bikes, go take lots of pictures, and, if the good lard’s a-willin’ and the creeks don’t rise, we’ll see you before long……..
Aaron aka Tsuru