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Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries #9 – “Follow Me Down” by Silver Devil

Instructions before listening:

1. Get spare undies… you may need them!
2. Strap on a seatbelt, no matter where you are sitting
3. Hit play
4. Change undies
Enough said….don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I love these guys. Not sure they still exist, but I hope that they do!

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries Week #8 – 1612 by Vulfpeck

Vulfpeck are one heck of a funk band!!! They ooze cool. 1612, featuring the simply astounding vocals of Antwaun Stanley, showcases what these guys are about. Cleverly penned lyrics, wicked bass lines and catchy grooves wrapped up in the funkiest funk caravan of funk you ever funked. And they do the awesomely familiar and charming retro film clips to boot!

 

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries Week #7 – “Stars” by Kid Dakota

Another week and another 2 piece has made a song that has settled easily into my Top 20 songs from the now 1000+ I have purchased on BandCamp.com.

This time, the song has the melancholic ebb and flow of vintage Radiohead and a wonderfully unique and soulful vocals. It also has an amazing film clip that fits so perfectly.

Here are your stars for the week:

 

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries Week #6 – “Rolling With the Punches” by The Blue Stones

This song would fit into almost any of Quentin Tarantino film. And the film clip is a joy to watch also (we discuss the “accidents” they had in my interview with them a couple of years back too!).

 

You will need some cool shades and a pint striped suit to fully appreciate the awesomeness of this kick-ass song!!

Kickin’ butt live!

 

 

Top BandCamp Discoveries Week #5 – “From the North” by John Wilkes Booth

Holy hell!!!! Do you like a riff that grinds your head into a pulp? Do you like have said riff burst down your musical door like the SWAT team on steroids? Do you like the searing and burning screams of Chris Cornell? Then, my friends… Please buckle up and put on your neck brace, as your sonic air bag is about to punch you in the face… You all have been warned!

 

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries #4: Hello September (Goodbye April) by Heavy Glow

I said in my interview with Jared Mullins of Heavy Glow that their music had some serious “swagger” about it, and it does! Take their song “Fat Cat” for instance. If that ain’t the definition of musical swagger, I am not sure what is.

But “Hello September (Goodbye April)” is a different beast. It starts very soft and poignant, almost ambling along looking for a place to go. Lacking direction, if you will. But then it comes…and when that wave comes, it comes a stupendous wave that shows another side of this band altogether. I’ll never get sick of that middle section! Dive in my friends….dive in!

And the live one:

 

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries #3: “Picture in Picture” by Dopapod

This song has so many elements that I love to hear: enough progressive technicalities without being stupidly alienating, a groovy bassline (albeit simple for much of the song), superb vocal harmonies and melodies and a production level that throws little tid-bits of ear candy all the way through. I dare you not to be nodding your head within the first ten seconds.

Take the next five minutes and discover one of the many journey’s Dopapod can take you on!

And a live version:

 

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries: Week 2

“N.O.G.A.S” – by The Mungmen

LANGUAGE WARNING ON THIS ONE!

This is a very recent purchase and yet it has wormed its way into familiarity like few have. Running for only a little over 2 minutes it has it all; A simple back and forth chord progression that is equally as catchy as it is rocking, the garage rock ramblings of a “Who gives a shit!” frontman that is accompanied by sweet as harmonies and a guitar solo that slots in like the last piece of a child’s jigsaw puzzle. Oh, and a burped swear word at the end! Rock and Roll!!!!!

Take 2 minutes (three if you go find your leather jacket and shades) and check these guys out!

Live version:

Top 20 BandCamp discoveries: Week 1

“Christopher” – by Ellery

I would love to know the story behind this song. How much is it biographical, autobiographical, fictional or real? Hopefully there will be a day where I get to speak to this wonderfully talented wife and husband duo.

It’s a beautifully heartfelt song that appears to be about a young man who has everything ahead of him, but suffers from fits of deep depression fueled by a fractured relationship with his father. This, of course, is only my interpretation.

It’s a stripped back masterpiece with wavering time, beautifully subtle harmonies and a wonderful crescendo.

Official recording:

Live version (audio is not great)

 

1000 songs!!! But which are the best?

This week I broke the 1000 barrier! I have now purchased over 1000 songs from www.bandcamp.com!

 

As a general rule, I only purchase the albums that I really like and many are listened to several times before I make the decision to discard or to buy.

And, whilst I love them all, I do have my favourites. For the next 20 weeks I will highlight (in no particular order) my top 20 songs from the 1000 that I have picked up in the last three or four years.

Take a few minutes to check them out, you may just find your next favourite band/artist. I know I’ve found many that I could no longer live without!