Monday, April 25, 2016

New blog launched!

Just a quick update to let you all know that my newest blog is now live with its first post. Sad to say that I will no longer be covering free albums 100% of the time and the one free album featured in my newest post happens to have already been covered on here, but I hope you guys will enjoy nonetheless.

First post can be found here

Thank you all for supporting this blog and for contributing in spreading the name of the artists who deserve it. It was fun working on this blog while it lasted, but I suppose it was a good time to move on. Later!

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Blog?

Don't know if there are people here to read this, so I'll make it brief and hope to get a response.

The lack of updates on this blog have come from me not really feeling like doing this anymore. Not so much because I don't feel like this blog doesn't get enough attention or anything like that - more so because I feel like this blog is a dead end of sorts. Finding and writing pieces (if you can call it that) for free albums is surprisingly difficult as I have to sift through pages upon pages of releases to find something noteworthy that ALSO happens to be free for this blog to function. This has been getting considerably difficult as I have started running the list of albums I had before I revived the blog last year thin.

My solution to this is to develop a new blog which i will be titled Bandcamp Grab Bag which will be a bi-weekly blog where I share 5 albums, both free and priced, from around Bandcamp and other, obscure corners of the internet. I feel like this will not only allow me to have a far larger realm of albums to work with, but I can develop my writing skills to more professional standards while establishing a cleaner blog presentation for music fans to discover new artists.

This blog will most likely be rolled out in the following weeks as I feel it best that I have at least four entries loaded up before I shift time to dedicating discovery of new albums. I feel like this is the best idea since at this point this blog is dead and so is the large amount of traffic I had built up in the first half of 2015. Thank you to whoever is reading this, I will be making a follow-up post soon for a link to the new blog.

update: the blog is live, but I only have a "welcome" post so far. Feel free to check it out, my first entree is due for the 25th.

http://grabgbag.blogspot.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

[Bandcamp] Sam Gellairty - Short Stories [Wonky Bass Junk]

 

Artist: Sam Gellairty
Release Date: February 17th, 2015
Genres: Trap, electronic, experimental, bass music

For Fans of: TNGHT
Recommended Tracks: Temple, Hudson Mohawke, CHLLNGR, Aero Chord

Sam Gellairty's debut EP, Short Stories, is a stylish electronic EP that blends trap music with future bass, UK garage, and hip-hop as the kids call them. It's a fine EP with quirky, wonky experimental noise that's easy to jam and upper class for the genre purists of the world.

Stream/Download: Bandcamp

[Bandcamp] Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer? [Chamber Pop/Rock]

Who Killed Amanda Palmer cover art
I'm not the one that's crazy...
Artist: Amanda Palmer
Release Date: September 16th, 2008
Genres: Rock, Pop, Chamber Pop

For Fans of: Marina and the Diamonds, Tindersticks, Regina Spektor, The Dresden Dolls
Recommended Tracks: Astronaut, Runs in the Family, &, Blake Says, Guitar Hero, Another Year

Who Killed Amanda Palmer is the debut record of former Dresden Dolls vocalist, Amanda Palmer. Unlike Dresden Dolls' albums though, what separated this album from her group's work was how bold and energetic it was.  Right within the first second of it's opening track the listener is assaulted with the heavy pounding of piano keys and marching drumlines through the haze of Palmer's powerful croons. The rest of the album doesn't slag down after that, the immediate tracks follows again with heavy pianos, orchestral strings, and crunchy guitars that compliment Palmer's roughly sung vocals.

Who Killed? is a confident ride of an album, and one that you should check out if you haven't.

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp
Support Amanda Palmer on Patreon: Here





Thursday, January 28, 2016

[Bandcamp] LIL UGLY MANE - Oblivion Access [Alternative Hip-Hop]

If there is a god, I'm sure his name is unpronounceable
Artist: LIL UGLY MANE
Release Date: December 18th, 2015
Genre: alternative, rap, noise

For Fans of: Lil Ugly Mane
Recommended Tracks: Columns, Grave Within A Grave, Opposite Lanes, Achilles Foot, Collapse and Appear, Leonard's Lake, Persistence, Drain Counter, Slugs, Intent and Purulent Discharge

Mista Thug Isolation, Little Ugly Mane, The Human Rap Game, whatever you call LUM it doesn't matter. Oblivion Access is the potential final release under the pseudonym and according to the man himself, the release of five years of filthy water in the tub of which he was soaking in. Surprisingly, it's an apt description for the album. As this is Lil Ugly Mane at his most cynical and creatively insane in his entire career. I almost want to give the fella a poor hug, but I think he'd stab me with a knife if I got too close.

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

[Bandcamp] Rav - BENEATH THE TOXIC JUNGLE [Rap]

BENEATH THE TOXIC JUNGLE cover art
This is what real life feels like... right?
Artist: Rav
Release Date: December 19th, 2015
Genre: Rap/Hip-Hop

For Fans Of: Kill Bill, Bones, The CunningLynguists, Ashido Brown
Recommended Tracks: Solanine, Devil Fruit Smoothies, Addlerall, Lavender, A Better Place, 1000 Years in the Mountains

Yay for cynicism! Rav's debut LP is a smooth, warm approach to the struggle of a lack of success bringing you down to the lowest of lows. "I could always go Cobain if nothing else works" appears to be Rav's approach to the dilemma of success, and it's the centerpiece for an excellent album exploring the said depths of a depressing outlook on life. Chill jazzy arrangements, Rav's smooth rapid flow, and songwriting that's relatable;' BENEATH THE TOXIC JUNGLE is an album well worth the listen.

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp

[Bandcamp] Single Soul - Cold Drone Blues Expanded [Alternative]

cold drone blues expanded cover art
Even when at sea, I'll still drag the streets...
Artist: Single Soul
Release Date: January 16, 2016
Genre: Alternative, post-rock, emo, lo-fi

For Fans of: Carissa's Wierd, The Microphones, Mogwai, Teen Suicide
Recommended Tracks: Resilient Spirit, Brookings, New Wave Girl, Anthology for Mothers, Sweater Weather, untitled 9, Abby is Pretty

The Single Soul project has seen one major change after another since it's inception a few years back. Starting as Jacob Scheppler's bedroom pop solo project, Single Soul has expanded it's scope to feel and sound like a full fledged band along with exploration in a various amount of styles and genres. Cold Drone Blues almost sounds like a lost treasure from the 90s, in a way. There's an even split of chilling post-rock arrangements on tracks such as Resilient Spirit and Abby is Pretty and rock tracks that blur the lines of drone, folk, and alternative music on New Wave Girl, Anthology for Mothers, and Brookings. It's a brilliant album that combines the raw spirit of Scheppler's rowdy vocals and angst-ridden songwriting with beautifully composed post-rock melodies and it's perfectly worth a spin. 

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp