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Ready, Steady,..Bandcamp - Seventy Recommendations

7 August 2020

The world and society at large, is in an uncertain surreal environment. In the midst of a pandemic that has taken lives and threatens our way of living. From the view of music, it is an art form that will endure. The primitive recordings of Robert Johnson survived a war, and still continues to influence. This pandemic will not overcome us as society, but it will affect the aspiring talent that we rely on. 

On March 6th, as tours were cancelled, I wrote that streaming platforms are crucial to incomes when music fans cannot travel to purchase music. These platforms are also important as they highlight upcoming artists. The misconception that ‘music is not like it once was’, is just that, a lie we tell ourselves out of love for long-standing artists. Music is as fruitful as it ever was. But my point about streaming platforms, and what needs to be done came to fruition two weeks later when Bandcamp waived its fees on March 20th. 

For 24 hours in an effort to help artists and labels struggling in the face of gig cancellations due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The initiative was met with phenomenal public support, with fans purchasing nearly 800,000 items and putting $4.3 million into the pockets of musicians – making March 20 the site’s biggest ever sales ever. So much so, Bandcamp’s CEO Ethan Diamond noted that March 20 “was an inspiring day, and we heard many requests to do it again, so we’re going to do exactly that (and a bit more).” 

Bandcamp are once again waving their fees and supporting talent. The act of support is exactly what is needed, although not just in the music sector, but across all areas. For the first-time user of the site, that music fan who now wants to get in on the artistic action, it is a minefield of bands and releases. With that in mind, and in no particular order, here are fifty recommendations. Crossing power pop, punk and solid rock. All of which give the proper bang for the buck. There are thousands of others, these are just a drop in the ocean that is Bandcamp, but the hope is that it may bring more to the site, and music fans will discover new sounds. 

1.James Clarke FiveParlour Sounds 




Bandcamp

2.Dot DashProto Retro




Bandcamp

3.Carol Pacey & The Honey ShakersBliss 




Bandcamp

4.The TomsThe 1979 Sessions
Bandcamp

5.Chris ChurchBackwards Compatible




Bandcamp

6.The Persian Leaps –   Electrical Living
Bandcamp

7.SKYTONEWithout You 
Bandcamp

8.dunkieWorking To Design




Bandcamp

9.Gretchen’s WheelMoth to Lamplight: A Tribute to Nada Surf
Bandcamp

10.NormanBuzz And Fade
Bandcamp

11.Dolph ChaneyRebuilding Permit




Bandcamp

12.Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 – Lisa Mychols & Super 8




Bandca

13.Baby SnakesCause A Scene 




Bandcamp

14.Blaine CampbellUnder The Tidal Wave
Bandcamp

15.ShplangLos Grandes Excritos {1994-2019} 
Bandcamp

16.Future Pilot AKAOrkestra Digitalis 
Bandcamp

17.Empty City Squares337  




Bandcamp

18.Right Hand Left HandZone Rouge
Bandcamp

19.Lannie FlowersHome 
Bandcamp

20.The Armoires ‎– Zibaldone 
Bandcamp

21.WhimsicalBright Smiles & Broken Hearts




Bandcamp

22.Strip Search TrampAssume The Position
Bandcamp

23.Theatre RoyalSingles 2010 – 18 




Bandcamp

24.Jo Beth Young (RISE)Strangers 
Bandcamp

25.The VertigosOut Of My Head 
Bandcamp

26.The HangaboutsKits and Cats and Saxon Wives 
Bandcamp

27.Gozer GoodspeedRunning with the Outliers
Bandcamp

28.The Cosmic ArrayGoldilocks




Bandcamp

29.The Tor GuidesBackwards In Reverse 
Bandcamp

30.LITHICSWendy Kraemer EP
Bandcamp

31.AmbuletteToo Bad About All Your Problems
Bandcamp

32.The CooliesUh Oh! It’s… The Coolies
Note: Proceeds to ALS research. 
Bandcamp

33.The Grief BrothersThirty Five Years On Woodfield Street
Bandcamp

34.The Vapour TrailsLonely Man 
Bandcamp

35.SnowgooseThe Making Of You 




Bandcamp

36.the black watchBrilliant Failures




Bandcamp

37.The AllegationsNon-Neutered 1%
Bandcamp

38.The ReflectorsFirst Impressions 
Bandcamp

39.Blake Jones & The Trike ShopMake 
Bandcamp

40.Roger C. Reale & Rue MorgueThe Collection 
Bandcamp

41.Twin PeaksLookout Low 




Bandcamp

42.Pop Co-OpFactory Settings 
Bandcamp

43.Jetstream PonyJetstream Pony 
Bandcamp

44.Bobby ConnRecovery 
Bandcamp

45.The Legendary Pink DotsAngel In The Detail 




Bandcamp

46.The No OnesThe Great Lost No Ones Album
Bandcamp

47.BOYTOYNight Leaf 
Bandcamp

48. EzratCarousel
Bandcamp

49.Black DressesPeaceful as Hell
Bandcamp 

50.Sister SuzieDon’t Want To
Bandcamp 

51.Big JoanieSistahs 
Bandcamp  



52. Moses Sumneygræ 
Bandcamp

53. BabygotbacktalkSpace Jam 
Bandcamp 

54. ShamirCataclysm
Bandcamp

55. Skatune NetworkPick It The Fuck Up 
Bandcamp 

56. Yves TumorHeaven To A Tortured Mind
Bandcamp

57. Indigo HoneyNatalia, My Goth Gf  
Bandcamp 

58. Starchild & The New RomanticForever 
Bandcamp

59. Christelle BofaleSwim Team 
Bandcamp

60. Dua SalehROSETTA
Bandcamp

61. Pleasure VenomPleasure Venom 
Bandcamp



62. OceanatorTear the Fascists Down
Bandcamp

63. Beauty PillPlease Advise 
Bandcamp



64. AlgiersThere Is No Year 
Bandcamp

65. keiyaAForever, Ya Girl 
Bandcamp

66. SneaksMars In Virgo 
Bandcamp

67. Jackie VensonMake Me Feel 
Bandcamp

68. Proper.I Spent The Winter Writing Songs About Getting Better 
Bandcamp

69. Emma SwiftBlonde On The Tracks
Bandcamp

70. Librarians With HickeysLong Overdue
Bandcamp