Free/"Name Your Price" Bandcamp Album Compendium

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excellent irish psych

sleeve, Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

japanese punk in the dillinger four sense, highly recommended, my favorite record of 2009

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man, I'm going to need another iPod because of this thread…

J3ff T., Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

One of my most-played albums of 2011, instrumental/psych/space/kraut/doom. Sabbath meets Hawkwind meets Neu!, very catchy and incredibly concise for a bunch of psychedelic instrumentals.

A. Begrand, Saturday, 7 January 2012 09:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thx for this thread J3ff T! Have been enjoying Sudden Death Of Stars this afternoon.

pandemic, Saturday, 7 January 2012 14:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

A great EP in the NNF/Emeraldsy neo-retro-synth vein:

questino (seandalai), Saturday, 7 January 2012 16:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah Rites Wild is way cool

ILXor-related psych:

Blah Sabbath (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 7 January 2012 18:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man, great idea for a thread. This needs to be a constant resource.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 7 January 2012 19:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

And agreed re: the Roswell Incident, made up in part of longtime I Love Comics poster Matt M. Transantarctic was done in my old garage...

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 7 January 2012 19:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, and I should mention that this doesn't have to be just a list thread, people should feel totally free to post their thoughts on stuff they've downloaded. I'm listening to the Melodien album right now (Melodie), and it's GREAT.

J3ff T., Saturday, 7 January 2012 22:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Lüger - Concrete Light
Spanish Krautrock par excellence!

Ga'an - Ga'an
Not Bandcamp, but free download of superb psychedelic prog! (Initially recommended by emil.y, so she deserves the credit)

Across Tundras
Complete discography of awesome psychedelic prairie rock! Pick one that looks cool, they're all good!

The Holy Roman Army - Lazerians
Electronica shoegaze? Why not!

Mega Beardo - A Mega Man 2 Guitar Tribute
Instrumental metal guitar covers of Mega Man 2 songs? Why not! Also, he has a guitar that looks like an NES.

J3ff T., Saturday, 7 January 2012 22:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

i wouldn't even know where to start with this thread!

reconstituted pork offal slurry (get bent), Sunday, 8 January 2012 00:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

psychedelic prairie rock sounds interesting tho.

reconstituted pork offal slurry (get bent), Sunday, 8 January 2012 00:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

I should probably clarify that it's DARK, heavy psychedelic prairie rock. Reviewed their latest release for Decibel, but it's one of those weird outliers that they occasionally cover, not actually metal.

J3ff T., Sunday, 8 January 2012 00:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah they wont be metal enough for jbr

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Sunday, 8 January 2012 00:42 (3 years ago) Permalink


reconstituted pork offal slurry (get bent), Sunday, 8 January 2012 00:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think you mean to say that JBR is so metal that most bands shouldn't even try music, period.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 8 January 2012 00:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't know if this has been posted but great work from Joel Ford (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) and John Shields. Name your own price.

Shiels and Lopatin 'S/T'

Doran, Monday, 9 January 2012 16:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

across tundras is great!

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 9 January 2012 18:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Teenage Strangler!

great album, a little garage, a little like if you wished 90s GBV was more like Superchuck or vice versa

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 9 January 2012 18:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

great thread btw

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 9 January 2012 18:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

my two favorite brooklyn bands at the moment: archers of loaf/sloan sounding stuff pinback/modest mouse sounding stuff

my two favorite boston bands at the moment: progressive hardcore garage stuff

my fav philly band at the moment: dreamy jangly shoegaze pop - olympia band sounds like sonic youth & mbv

billstevejim, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ga'an is sick

billstevejim, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

This isn't on bandcamp but it is free and also AWESOME

The Runnies are a rock'n roll organ trio hailing from Chicago. Fronted by vocal extraordinaire Mary McKane. Their sound is gnarly, the beats are totally slammin, and the leads are freaky-deaky.

The Runnies -

La Lechera, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

that glitch piano one is actually kinda dope

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 9 January 2012 19:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Non-bandcamp free downloads are also welcome, as long as they are AWESOME.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Monday, 9 January 2012 19:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

nice shoegazey stuff from the Bilinda Butchers:

skip, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:42 (3 years ago) Permalink
Ambient metal with electronic touches!
Mythological proto-metal!
Garage doom metal!
Shoegaze with black metal touches!
Ridiculously prolific Tangerine Dream-style electronic guy! My favorites of the many, many albums he has available are Game over and Tiresias Show, but if you find any other good ones, let us know!

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Monday, 9 January 2012 19:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

ooh that last one sounds good!!

La Lechera, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

i like Cloudkicker

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Monday, 9 January 2012 20:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Uruguayan psych rock, in my top 10 for the year:

Every album that's available at Bandcamp on this list is linked!

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 9 January 2012 20:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sleestak - Altrusian Moon - A Lo​-​Fi Collection Of Psychedelia and Space Rock

You can get it free, but if enough people pay something, it will fund their recording of a new album this year.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 9 January 2012 20:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

free comp of pop covers by electronic musicians from a dope label

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 9 January 2012 21:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

^^^this, co-written by a certain ilxor, is a v. good guide to hip-hop stuff on bandcamp/similar websites from last year.

unattractive on the g side (a hoy hoy), Monday, 9 January 2012 21:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

I made this
it's power pop

Peas, Ants, Pigs & Astronauts (PaulTMA), Monday, 9 January 2012 21:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

this SEDAN record is v. pretty, ty jeff

unattractive on the g side (a hoy hoy), Monday, 9 January 2012 22:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Kevin Bewersdorf - Slow Dudes

A friend of mine's RISD classmate (please don't let this repel anyone). Glitchy, cheesy, MIDI pop goodness. Favorites: "Hi Hi Hello" "The Last Seinfeld" and "1989 Toyota Camry"

scottfree, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 01:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

really like this album reviewed on pitchfork today:

Household - Items
(free to stream, $3 to download)

female postpunk with short catchy songs

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

That thing I linked to is a 'spoof' of some sort apparently. I thought it was pretty good to be honest.

Doran, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

great instrumental beat record:

sample-heavy but very musical, tracks go places.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 22:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

been listening to this constantly since @mountain_goats linked to it on twitter yesterday. it is lovely!

kid steel (cajunsunday), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 23:27 (3 years ago) Permalink
Epic prog rock lock Muse (don't run away)!
Chiptune prog metal (?) concept album!
Russian post-space sludge! Maybe.
Heavy space rock from Ohio!
Post-hardcore from members of Pelican and These Arms Are Snakes!

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 01:43 (3 years ago) Permalink
Russian post-space sludge! Maybe.

i played tracks from that in outloud a few months ago

Jimmy Riddle Orchestra (Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 01:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

This thread is the bizness.

Chief Queef (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 05:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

The band just told me they have their page up now. They are something special. My #6 album of 2011!

Ever crave a band that's so downtuned that you can actually track the motion of the strings and feel the vibrations in your internal organs? Chile's At Devil Dirt has a doozy for you. It's hard to believe it's just two guys, as their debut self-titled album has a mammoth sludgy fuzz sound worthy of Electric Wizard, Goatsnake, Kyuss and Floor/Torche, with some pretty inventive psychedelic vocals with harmonies. On "Rocknrolla" they even bring to mind T. Rex!

At Devil Dirt (Corvus Discos)

This band from Argentina (instrumental stoner/psych) is a late discovery:
Poseidótica - Cronicas del Futuro (Aquatalan)

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Charity drone/ambient/goth thing! For a cat! (Cool background story, actually -- poor kitty.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 January 2012 07:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Greg Ginn would approve.

Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 13 January 2012 18:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

I upload stuff to bandcamp. Older stuff - guitar based sadcore or jangle pop. Newer stuff - more new wave. Most of it is free if you want it.

Some great Kraut-ish jams from Indirect:

(They aren't free/name your price so I won't link them, but Fang Wizard has a fun album from TeenBeat available for download on bandcamp, and there are a couple of great post-punk-type singles by Friends for dirt cheap from the Lucky Number label on the site as well.)

Kent Burt, Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:28 (3 years ago) Permalink
This being the hub for all things Steven R. Smith (formerly of Mirza, Thuja, Hala Straana and solo artist). His latest OLD SKETE is a must-listen for rustic drone types.

And thanks for the kind words WRT The Rowell Incident upthread. There will probably be some more solo synth/drone stuff going up in the nearish future.

Matt M., Saturday, 14 January 2012 06:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is good stuff -- recommended for fans of storm and stress, shipping news, june of 44, slint etc

'arry Goldman (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 15:22 (8 months ago) Permalink

New Radiator Hospital album!!!

DERE is no DERE DERE (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 9 July 2014 20:02 (8 months ago) Permalink

Also CRYING!! Fun chiptune punk! But not nearly as awful as that sounds!

DERE is no DERE DERE (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 9 July 2014 20:03 (8 months ago) Permalink

An old recording I upped: It's an album of rocked-up old folk tunes. The price is right, tho.

a lot of really bad records changed my life (staggerlee), Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:49 (8 months ago) Permalink

My mostly-on-hiatus band (minus a show w/ Circulatory System this month) recently uploaded our 6 albums as pay-what-ya-want/free:

RIYL: Psych-pop-garage a (Rolling) Stones' throw away from Elephant 6.

Peep that shit fo' free.

dronestreet, Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:44 (8 months ago) Permalink

Which album would you recommend?

J3ff T., Thursday, 10 July 2014 22:47 (8 months ago) Permalink

This is my stuff, first time doing a solo album of original material in a long time. I don't know how to describe it other than psychedelic. Some of it is punk/no wavey, some of it is more lofi pop.

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 11 July 2014 00:07 (8 months ago) Permalink

I would recommend Bible Universe. A little more lo-fi aesthetic paired with some of the best songwriting:

dronestreet, Friday, 11 July 2014 14:16 (8 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

since a lotta epoch stuff is bandcamp i guess this belongs

everybody loves lana del raymond (s.clover), Monday, 22 September 2014 17:02 (6 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

forgot to mention this earlier but if you're hungry for a little droning/drumming/guitar playing this is a great and free (for today at least) option

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Sunday, 19 October 2014 18:27 (5 months ago) Permalink

Worth it alone for the Laetitia Sadier / Loved Drones cover of "Contact"

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:34 (5 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

heey Cuneiform records offering anniversary name your price "albums of 2014" comp, featuring tracks from Richard Pinhas, Mary Halvorson, Rob Mazurek and other fringe ppl!

Cuneiform – in 2014, its 30th year – features about 400 titles in its catalogue. These releases cover a broad stylistic range, from experimental rock to avant-progressive, avant-jazz and jazz improvisation, electronic/ambient/noise, and much much more. From classical minimalism to chamber rock, Rock in Opposition to Weird Americana, jazz/pop to jazztronica, Cuneiform has explored a wide world of cutting edge music and especially, music beyond genre and genres-yet-to-be-defined. The common denominator of all releases on this uncommon, artist-friendly label is the singularity and consistent high-quality of its artists. Cuneiform's innovative composers and improvisors create music true to their unique visions and their unfettered visions often defy, reshape, and transcend prior genre boundaries, transforming the musical landscape of jazz, or rock, or New Music/contemporary classical for generations to come.

Cuneiform released 20 albums of high-quality, genre-defiant music in 2014, the largest number of albums we’ve ever released in a single year! They range from jazz/post-jazz/beyond genre (Anthony Pirog; Dylan Ryan/Sand; Raoul Bjorkenheim/Ecstasy; The Microscopic Septet; Led Bib; Ideal Bread; Joel Harrison; The Ed Palermo Big Band; Thumbscrew[Halvorson/Formanek/Fujiwara]); to avant-rock/Rock in Opposition/electroc-ambient-noise (remastered reissues of Roger Trigaux’s Present; Richard Pinhas & Oren Ambarchi; Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya; Mats/Morgan; Sonar; Jonathan Badger; Happy Family).

La Lechera, Monday, 24 November 2014 22:38 (4 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Good new project with the vocalist of Marsh Hens, who I mentioned upthread

walid foster dulles (man alive), Thursday, 29 January 2015 21:08 (2 months ago) Permalink

xp wtf are those VU albums doing on bandcamp? For free?

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 21:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

oh goodie someone trying to cause legal trouble for bandcamp, nice one

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Tuesday, 3 February 2015 22:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

u should listen to the albums before you judge

celfie tucker 48 (s.clover), Tuesday, 3 February 2015 22:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

hmm nice remastering job

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Tuesday, 3 February 2015 22:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

The clarity, my god!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 22:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Really digging this Aussie band, Dollar Bar, right now. RIYL GBV, and at first I thought they might be too Pollardy, but the more I listen, their own voice shines through. Great songwriting and fun slacker delivery:

hardcore dilettante, Friday, 20 February 2015 15:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

Blue Tapes sampler. You should get on this, BT were responsible for that first Katie Gately track I thrust upon you all, have put out Henry Plotnick etc...

emil.y, Friday, 6 March 2015 00:02 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

wow, Bandcamp really laying on the guilt for streaming.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:05 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:13 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Hark milady, what?

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:16 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i did hear something about limited streaming, i wonder what the limit is (apparently haven't hit it yet for anything).

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Wondering how much these anti-streaming artists were making from radio airplay back in the day. I'd guess it was actually less.

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe this is inappropriate, but my band has a name-your-price mini album out ATM

nuumerykah (dog latin), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:25 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The limit is for the mobile app only, no?

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

oh, that would make sense.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

is there a good "beginner's guide to using bandcamp" tutorial out there for first-time users from the artist side? i have used bandcamp plenty as a consumer/listener but i don't know anything from the other side and i need to get the ball rolling.

groundless round (La Lechera), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

it's super easy, you just upload wav files and artwork and type words. they walk you through it.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

they have to be wav files? see i didn't know that.
i don't know anything!

groundless round (La Lechera), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:29 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

any lossless format - wav, aif, flac. then they automatically encode the compression versions (mp3s etc).

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

their Help section seems comprehensive enough

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

oh ok, i didn't realize that you can control/remove the streaming limit:

By default, fans can play tracks on Bandcamp only a few times in full, after which they get a dialog prompting them to buy. As the artist, you can up this limit, or remove it entirely, from your Profile page (you of course always get unlimited plays of your own tracks, but for the curious, here’s what the purchase prompt looks like). When a fan makes a purchase, they get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app for Android, iOS and Sonos, an optional download in a variety of high-quality formats including lossless, and of course the satisfaction of directly supporting an artist they love.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i'll gather my materials and see what i can get done by myself. ty!

groundless round (La Lechera), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:39 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The new Kult of the Wizard is out today. Really good retro stoner rock:

Full disclosure: my noise theremin squawks are the soundbed for track 3, "Plasma Pool"

EZ Snappin, Friday, 13 March 2015 15:16 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I play in a band and while it's not free yet, all day tomorrow (3/17) can get our first record for free from Bandcamp cuz it's ten yrs old

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 16 March 2015 13:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

hey i've heard stnnng before - good stuff!

mcayrshire (dog latin), Monday, 16 March 2015 13:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Ok now it's up and free for today

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

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