Free/"Name Your Price" Bandcamp Album Compendium

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There is a lot of wheat amongst the chaff on Bandcamp, but there's a whole lot more chaff. Sometimes it can be intimidating to dig through all of it. So why not get ILM to help? Some of these are free downloads, some of these are "name your price" with no minimum (although if you want to throw them a few dollars, I'm sure they'd appreciate it). Here's a few to get you started:

Witch Mountain - South of Salem
Rad female fronted doom metal courtesy of our own Nate Carson (not the aforementioned female)!

Hypatia Lake - Ouroboros
Psychedelic space rock of the highest caliber

Jake Kaufman - Mighty Flip Champs/Mighty Milky Way OST
Super cheery 8-bit music!

Sedan - Sedan
Melancholy piano rock!

Sudden Death of Stars - Getting up, Getting down
French shoegaze!

White Triangles - the Night Is Ours
Icy ambient!

More to come, feel free to offer your own suggestions.

J3ff T., Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:04 (eight years ago) link

some earworm/gps related things

melodie du kronk / melodien


back in gloom (electricsound), Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:09 (eight years ago) link

these guys made my #5 album of the year--although they took half of it down :(

Blah Sabbath (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:11 (eight years ago) link

one more - nice psychy folky thing by snails

back in gloom (electricsound), Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:13 (eight years ago) link

neat beat happening-esque pop from melbourne, both EP and single are free

back in gloom (electricsound), Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:14 (eight years ago) link

▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓ - Glitch Piano
Half a gigabyte of what the title promises!

Butchers - Watch Your Back
Noisy garage psych!

Corrupt Autopilot - inside the Crystal Palace
Psychedelic indie rock!

Kong - What It Seems Is What You Get
Dutch instrumental metal!

Disasterpeace - Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar
Epic videogame soundtrack!

J3ff T., Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:25 (eight years ago) link

Marsh Hens (both EPs free)

post-punky band with oddball vocals, sometimes compared to pere ubu

Oh shit, that's my bone! (Hurting 2), Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:30 (eight years ago) link

Grindcore Karaoke (label page)
All the free grindcore you could ever want! Gigantic Brain's Invasion Discography is fun, I've heard good things about Robocop, and I love the cover of the Contraception record. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine. If anyone wants to dig through this and single out the good stuff, it would be appreciated. It's a little too much grind for me, though.

J3ff T., Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:34 (eight years ago) link

excellent irish psych

sleeve, Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:36 (eight years ago) link

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

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

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

J3ff T., Saturday, 7 January 2012 06:45 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

pandemic, Saturday, 7 January 2012 14:15 (eight years ago) link

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

questino (seandalai), Saturday, 7 January 2012 16:21 (eight years ago) link

oh yeah Rites Wild is way cool

ILXor-related psych:

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

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

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 7 January 2012 19:35 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

psychedelic prairie rock sounds interesting tho.

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

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 (eight years ago) link

yeah they wont be metal enough for jbr

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


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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

across tundras is great!

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

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 (eight years ago) link

great thread btw

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

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 (eight years ago) link

Ga'an is sick

billstevejim, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:13 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

that glitch piano one is actually kinda dope

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

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 (eight years ago) link

nice shoegazey stuff from the Bilinda Butchers:

skip, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:42 (eight years ago) link
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 (eight years ago) link

ooh that last one sounds good!!

La Lechera, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:56 (eight years ago) link

i like Cloudkicker

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

^^^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 (eight years ago) link

I made this
it's power pop

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

this SEDAN record is v. pretty, ty jeff

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

great instrumental beat record:

sample-heavy but very musical, tracks go places.

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

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 (eight years ago) link
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 (eight years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:32 (five years ago) link

their Help section seems comprehensive enough

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:33 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

hey i've heard stnnng before - good stuff!

mcayrshire (dog latin), Monday, 16 March 2015 13:50 (five years ago) link

Ok now it's up and free for today

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:55 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just made this. Pretty psychedelic dudes.

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 8 April 2015 07:06 (five years ago) link

From March to December this year a new release each month and each is F/PWYW . Electronics, synths and things:

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 8 April 2015 18:25 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Swivs "Free Period Blood Money"
catchy bedroom rock music with electronic flourishes

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 8 May 2015 16:42 (four years ago) link

also has a pretty great cover

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 8 May 2015 16:44 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

I enjoyed this – more so the second half – though I've not heard much indie-pop since the Mystery Jets went mediocre. Light-as-air sounds en español just in time for the southern summer [/reviewer]
(From Amplifier: "Polvo Disco is Alexander Longstaff's solo project. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, he became involved at young age in the local rock music scene, touring Chile and Argentina as a former member of pop band Alai. In 2007 he moved to New Zealand and started his solo music career")

flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 21:57 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

here goes nothing

the tune was space, Thursday, 3 December 2015 15:04 (four years ago) link

My hero 😍

cory artangel (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 3 December 2015 17:24 (four years ago) link


AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 4 December 2015 01:07 (four years ago) link

“Why Pay More?” was originally created for a performance at Whartscape in 2009 in which audience members had to guess the track’s bpm in order to win a prize (a life size bust of Master Chief from the video game Halo)

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 4 December 2015 01:07 (four years ago) link

collage in the vein of mick turner, >bridge & nut< raketown, and no-input feedback

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 12 December 2015 01:49 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

i have a track on this, but there are 38 other ones, so far they're all great (still working my way through!)

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:46 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

4-track ep from LA band The Tissues, reminds me of a lot of female-fronted bands I was into in the 90s where the singer sang LOUD.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 22 January 2016 03:18 (four years ago) link

this is dope, def in the ash ra, early oneohtrix, hella synthed up zone

ecclesiastes nutz (m bison), Sunday, 24 January 2016 05:02 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Not really a bandcamp thing but I don't know where else to ask this so

Since when do you have to have a soundcloud account to download downloadable tracks posted on soundcloud?!?

Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 22 February 2016 13:15 (four years ago) link

six months pass...
ten months pass...

May have been covered up thread but ... have we discussed the "correct" price to pay for a "name your price" album?

djh, Sunday, 30 July 2017 17:33 (two years ago) link

I feel $4 and have no idea why

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 30 July 2017 21:25 (two years ago) link

$6.66 hail satan

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 30 July 2017 21:39 (two years ago) link

I usually go with $5.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 30 July 2017 23:58 (two years ago) link

$10 fugazi style

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 31 July 2017 00:11 (two years ago) link

The question was prompted by some "name your price" Ian William Craig downloads that I'd buy if they came out on CD.

$4 or £3.00 doesn't seem too shoddy.

djh, Monday, 31 July 2017 18:53 (two years ago) link

If you're gonna spend money on Bandcamp this week, consider doing it this Friday:

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 03:28 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

All the Shinkoyo label back catalogue is NYP right now, including those brilliant Skeletons records.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:18 (two years ago) link

A friend of friends of mine just passed away. His stuff is good:

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 27 October 2017 14:52 (two years ago) link

mentioned on the post-fahey thread, but this is great:

tylerw, Friday, 27 October 2017 14:54 (two years ago) link

the excellent "weird times" by matt jencik is free/name your price today only for halloween: highly recommended if you're interested in drone music at all.

na (NA), Tuesday, 31 October 2017 19:35 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

One thing I don't understand about Bandcamp. Why does anyone pay for any of the music if everything - I ever saw on there - was streamable for free? Just to download the mp3 and have a file on the computer?

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 30 April 2018 17:59 (one year ago) link

to download the MP3 in case it ever goes away, and/or to support the artist

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 30 April 2018 18:10 (one year ago) link

at least once I've streamed something on BC a couple of times and then been informed I couldn't anymore without purchasing the album--not sure how standard that is though

rob, Monday, 30 April 2018 18:13 (one year ago) link

The artist/label can set that, I'm pretty sure.

Also DJs still need downloads, which is why I really like Bandcamp for dance music.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 30 April 2018 18:35 (one year ago) link

Ok then but what I don't like is that you cannot download single songs (or can you?). On the other hand I like the album approach (in theory). I am torn in between the past and present.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 30 April 2018 19:26 (one year ago) link

You can! Just click on the track and it should open its own page, with a track-level price.

Although I have seen some jazz artists in particular making power moves where only a couple of the tracks are streaming, and so you have to buy the album to hear the rest.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 30 April 2018 19:57 (one year ago) link

Why does anyone pay for any of the music if everything - I ever saw on there - was streamable for free?

because they care about the artist

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 30 April 2018 22:53 (one year ago) link

i mean why leave money in the hat of a street performer? you could use that money to pay your comcast bill. im sure they will appreciate it just as much.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 30 April 2018 23:00 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

BC has lossless album downloads (my preferred listening). I buy an album and support an artist I like rather than giving money to marketers.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 18 June 2018 06:27 (one year ago) link

I wish Bandcamp would offer Chromecast support. They claimed it was in the offing a couple of years ago but still nothing.

millmeister, Monday, 18 June 2018 10:15 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Shameless self-promo here: buy our album for free. Wherein our hero finally accepts that he only always wanted to be Glenn Mercer anyway.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 14 March 2020 11:48 (three weeks ago) link

The Roves debut LP is now name-your-price:

o. nate, Monday, 23 March 2020 01:42 (two weeks ago) link

Zacht Automaat - Introductory Compilation

Review from Other Music NYC weekly mailer:

It is all too rare to hear a band like this, literally bursting at the seams with ideas. Zacht Automaat, the Canadian duo of Carl Didur and Michael McLean, have released an astonishingly diverse and kaleidoscopic array of music across eleven (!) albums in the past three (!!!) years, of which this gorgeously presented set distills the best two LPs worth of sounds. But even that abbreviated amount of music is almost impossible to encapsulate, filled as this record is with tape loops, cosmic workouts, lo-fi dirges, loping exotica-ish patterns, tuneful synth bliss, and modal psychedelia. They've clearly taken a page from Krautrock pioneers Faust, particularly the masterpiece that is Tapes, and let their imaginations and musicality run rampant. This is the best kind of totally listenable experimentation we can always get behind here, and the sounds they conjure hark back to so many long-time Other Music favorites it practically has us giddy, from Can, Cluster, Black Dice, Stereolab, Soft Machine, the Finnish psych underground, the Ghost Box roster, Bruce Haack, and Raymond Scott to a myriad of other brilliant artists we've championed over the years, while still managing to retain a distinct vision and voice.

Deflatormouse, Monday, 23 March 2020 03:33 (two weeks ago) link

i'm perpetually a sucker for bands that sound like hardcore kids who just discovered 70s rock so

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 28 March 2020 14:36 (one week ago) link

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