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 (six years ago) Permalink

some earworm/gps related things

melodie du kronk / melodien


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

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 (six years ago) Permalink

one more - nice psychy folky thing by snails

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

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

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

▓▒░ 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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

excellent irish psych

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

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

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

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

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

oh yeah Rites Wild is way cool

ILXor-related psych:

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

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

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

psychedelic prairie rock sounds interesting tho.

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

yeah they wont be metal enough for jbr

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


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

across tundras is great!

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

great thread btw

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

Ga'an is sick

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

that glitch piano one is actually kinda dope

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

nice shoegazey stuff from the Bilinda Butchers:

skip, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:42 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

ooh that last one sounds good!!

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

i like Cloudkicker

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

I made this
it's power pop

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

hmm nice remastering job

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

The clarity, my god!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 22:55 (three years ago) Permalink

two 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 (three years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

wow, Bandcamp really laying on the guilt for streaming.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Hark milady, what?

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:16 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

The limit is for the mobile app only, no?

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:27 (two years ago) Permalink

oh, that would make sense.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:36 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

their Help section seems comprehensive enough

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 17:33 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

hey i've heard stnnng before - good stuff!

mcayrshire (dog latin), Monday, 16 March 2015 13:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Ok now it's up and free for today

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:55 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Just made this. Pretty psychedelic dudes.

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

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 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 8 May 2015 16:42 (two years ago) Permalink

also has a pretty great cover

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 8 May 2015 16:44 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

here goes nothing

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

My hero 😍

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


AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 4 December 2015 01:07 (two years ago) Permalink

“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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

I feel $4 and have no idea why

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 30 July 2017 21:25 (six months ago) Permalink

$6.66 hail satan

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 30 July 2017 21:39 (six months ago) Permalink

I usually go with $5.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 30 July 2017 23:58 (six months ago) Permalink

$10 fugazi style

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 31 July 2017 00:11 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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

tylerw, Friday, 27 October 2017 14:54 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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