Free/"Name Your Price" Bandcamp Album Compendium

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Perturbator is the winner in the bunch so far. Perfect flipside to the DROKK record.

Matt M., Wednesday, 30 May 2012 04:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they really nail that 80s soundtrack vibe without turning into "chill wave" or whatever.

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 05:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha perturbator is sick

40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

The EP is pretty good, too – eight bit cover of "I Ran!"

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dreamgazewavechillbaton. Core.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish people would stop naming things that I might actually want to listen to things that make me never want to listen to them.

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

namegate.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 19:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

namewave

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 20:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

in that vein, I also wish "bandcamp" was called something better than "bandcamp," b/c it really is a good platform

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

word

40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

namename

Matt M., Wednesday, 30 May 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Alpha Boy isn't bad so far, but it's not the instant smash hit that Perturbator was. I want to say there's something twee about it that's keeping me from diving in entirely, but that's ridiculous, right?

Matt M., Wednesday, 30 May 2012 21:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

No, I feel the same way. I think that that's the "wave" part.

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've been scouring Bandcamp for stuff they really scratches that John Carpenter, synthesizer itch, and Perturbator (God, I wish they had a better name) are one of the only ones I found that really do it in a satisfying way. A lot of the others feel like they have this kind of indie/hipster sensibility to them that puts a layer of distance between the music and the listener. of the three I linked above, I feel like the Adderall Canyonly captures that sense of digital dread the best.

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

And DROKK. DROKK is mighty.

Perturbator is a pretty awful, but fitting name. And I passed them along to Benjamin Marra, who does a comic called NIGHT BUSINESS which bleeds this stuff. He seems to dig it.

Matt M., Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Adderall Canyonly isn't bad, though. I'm officially calling this digitaldreadwave, even though it's trying to sound like it was recorded on analog equipment.

Matt M., Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

in that vein, I also wish "bandcamp" was called something better than "bandcamp," b/c it really is a good platform

― this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:34 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

i was talking to someone recently who confessed to being turned off by the name Band Camp, which kind of surprised me because while it's not especially ideal or inspired, it's a good functional name and not something i had to grudgingly get used to saying/hearing constantly the way i did with "myspace" or "twitter" or a hundred other obnoxiously named web platforms.

some dude, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

(1) it reminds me of American Pie
(2) it makes me picture all of the bands using it as chubby dorks

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

i played in school band and went to band camp (thankfully for the last time just after American Pie was released) and got horrendously sick of hearing "one time at band camp" jokes, and that association still doesn't really occur to me or grate that much re: the site's name

some dude, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

and i mean, if that's the first website you've seen that you imagine being populated by chubby dorks...

some dude, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think there's a larger problem with internet music marketing of removing too much of the mystery and danger from music. Posting your album on a site called "band camp" definitely contributes to that kind of result.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I could care. I've found more music out of Bandcamp this year than any other single source. Not to mention publishing my own work.

Matt M., Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

bandcamp is OK but i really miss myspace & wish something with more of its functions would replace it instead of this slick stubbornly minimalist thing. drifting through bands through their friend bands, getting in touch with cool bands to play out of town shows, were really positive aspects & good uses of the internet

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, imagine encountering Anal Cunt for the first time on "band camp," then joining their facebook group and shortly thereafter getting an enthusiastic message from their lead singer asking you to contribute to their kickstarter fund.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's weird, i do kind of underestimate music on bandcamp sometimes, or expect not to be good. even though everyone uses it, i put my own stuff there, and i've certainly found (and paid for) great records on it.

xp

40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, I guess this thread has some of that stigma inherent in its premise – "why would I actually *pay* for something from bandcamp?"

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think there's a larger problem with internet music marketing of removing too much of the mystery and danger from music. Posting your album on a site called "band camp" definitely contributes to that kind of result.

― this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:20 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark

you're not wrong about that (although i really hate when people say things like "mystery and danger" as if bands used to jump off the record and stab people in the vinyl era), but pointing to Band Camp as a chief example of that x years after MySpace is like saying VH1 rather than MTV made the music industry more image-conscious.

plus there's been a whole raft of 'mysterious' new acts who conceal or obfuscate their identity and imo it's become a much more gimmicky and pretentious than the approachable transparency of acts who embrace social networking and DIY modes of selling their music.

some dude, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

w0rd

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

in that vein, I also wish "bandcamp" was called something better than "bandcamp," b/c it really is a good platform

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just listen to the music and buy what I like. But I'm a simple guy.

Matt M., Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I vastly prefer bandcamp to myspace. I mean, for one thing, they make it easy to listen to and download music, and give the artist donations. For another, minimalism beats terribly designed band websites any day.

That said, there is a thread for the discussion of bandcamp in general (Kickstarter / Bandcamp / etc - C or D?), and I would like to keep this thread dedicated to the discussion of the music found therein if you guys don't mind.

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

- I went to irl band camp, there were very few chubby dorks there iirc, and have no problem with the name Bandcamp for this website.
- Perturbator is pretty good, you guys are right. Dread the day I have to say this band's name out loud though.
- I have paid for things from bandcamp because I wanted to listen to them while I was away from the computer (ie while exercising or w/e) (Cosmic Dead live stuff, a couple of cheap tracks from a local band) and it kinda makes me happy to contribute $5 to a band I like, don't see what the big whoop is

game of crones (La Lechera), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

That said, there is a thread for the discussion of bandcamp in general (Kickstarter / Bandcamp / etc - C or D?), and I would like to keep this thread dedicated to the discussion of the music found therein if you guys don't mind.

don't threadpolice it's rude

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

(imo)

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm with Jeff, I'd say.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I vastly prefer bandcamp to myspace. I mean, for one thing, they make it easy to listen to and download music, and give the artist donations. For another, minimalism beats terribly designed band websites any day.

myspace was definitely atrocious and somehow got increasingly inefficient and bogged down ads or widgets over time. nowadays if i unwittingly get linked to myspace i rush to close the tab. i just would have expected that by now something with the minimalism/simplicity of bandcamp would have incorporated the connectedness of fb/tumblr/twitter would have come up. myspace was a cool way to find out about music outside of any media- or blog-driven discourse; you just click on a band voluntarily linked to a band that you like. imo that was a great idea and a useful function of the internet

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I found a lot of great stuff through both band recommendations and clicking through their meta-tags. That's how I found Adderall Canyonly – they did a split with Kosmonaut, who someone linked to above.

The Devil's Panini Machine (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i've started noticing those, definitely a step in the right direction

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

i put the last album of my old-old band up on bandcamp, think it holds up p well as late 90s-ish indie in the archers/superchunk/pavement inspired vein

http://unbelievablejollymachine.bandcamp.com/

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

myspace was always rubbish

bandcamp utterly rules, both as a music buyer and musician.

hamburglr (electricsound), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

did you ever use myspace to book tours/get in touch with bands in other cities though?

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

think it holds up p well as late 90s-ish indie in the archers/superchunk/pavement inspired vein

^^burning airlines vibez for me

40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

once or twice xpost

hamburglr (electricsound), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

these days i facebook them instead

hamburglr (electricsound), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think bandcamp would be ideal if it caught on and added a more links across artists' profiles & some simple ways to communicate with/across artists. for all its elegance people rarely link to bandcamp pages (aside from artists themselves), ime they're far more likely to link to a youtube, & i think that has a lot to do with how the pages just exist in isolation. i don't know anything about this but like, has facebook bought bandcamp yet?

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

maybe soundcloud is more what im looking for but i only ever see electronic artists there

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jordan, yeah we would take that as a huge compliment! Thanks! We were big fans!

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://kinntarecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-lemon-tape
http://kinntarecords.bandcamp.com/track/hvordan

great compilation of psych-pop/hippie music & my fav song off of it

flopson, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 23:37 (2 years ago) Permalink


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