Getting Played at BlandLamp Vol. CDM

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Another day, another dollar, am I right, bros?

I woke up this morning to one of those always-welcome “Cha-ching! Another $10.00 for…” emails from Bandcamp, a sight (and site) that never fails to warm my heart. Your buddy Tyree is lying face down in a ditch or something so I’m gonna fill in for him this week. Before we move on to this installment’s featured bands, I want to give some love to everyone’s favorite music downloading platform.

I think we can all agree Bandcamp is about the best service around for music fans by a long shot. SoundCloud is poverty, iTunes is a trash heap, Pandora’s nice for your middle school classes and Spotify is the devil incarnate. For my money (no pun intended), Bandcamp is the most “democratized” site on which to share one’s music. Like SoundCloud, Bandcamp allows anyone to upload the sounds they create, but Bandcamp also allows me to indulge my inner capitalist. Free from iTunes and Spotify’s steep barriers to entry ($$$) and SoundCloud’s low quality streams and general shoddiness, Bandcamp offers creators and consumers alike exactly what they need in one convenient package.

Three years ago, Invisible Oranges published a piece by Cosmo Lee aptly titled “Every label should have a Bandcamp.” Lee gives three chief reasons for labels (and by extension, bands) to jump on the Bandcamp bandwagon: functionality, portability (or perhaps more accurately, accessibility) and control.

According to Lee, “recorded music as a basis for purchase boils down to two things: (1) getting people to hear music, and (2) getting people to buy it. Bandcamp offers both these functions with its streaming music player and capability to…sell digital downloads directly.” This is self-explanatory. Bandcamp fulfills the requirements of a music store: advertising the product and allowing customers to buy it.

Second, “Bandcamp audio players–complete with purchase links–are shareable in every meaningful content distribution network: email, Facebook, blog platforms, and so on. This changes the flow of energy from inwards to outwards. Before, labels tried to direct web traffic into landing pages that contained audio players and store links. Now each Bandcamp widget is a little landing page with audio player and store capability–and infinite numbers of these widgets can propagate throughout the Internet.” Casting aside the potential gray-goo-like implications of infinite widgets proliferating across the web, the draw for a band or label is clear. Bandcamp works in conjunction with any other site around. No longer is it necessary for bands to upload their music to every platform in existence when the options exists to simply put their albums up for streaming and sale on one site over which they have complete control.

Which brings us to Lee’s final and, in my opinion, weakest point. “The past year has seen an explosion in streaming audio as events on sites such as this one. Track premieres! Full album streams! Guess what: that’s not necessarily the best way to do things.” Lee cites the workload of transferring and hosting files as “a pain in the ass for all involved.” As our editor-in-chief will attest, he’s right.

Where this part of the argument fails is Lee’s claim that “when a website hosts an album stream, the website is the real winner, not the label or artist. The website gets tons of traffic that the label or artist could have gotten, and–assuming that the website is considerate enough to include a purchase link alongside the stream–fans have to go through an additional click to purchase the music. If you are selling music, you want fans to be able to purchase music at the same time and place that they hear it. Every displacement away from that will cause a drop-off in conversions, i.e., purchases.”

My disagreement is rooted only in personal experience, but since I’m writing about metal for a blog with “toilet” in the name, I really don’t care: as a musician who has premiered new material through a variety of sources, I can definitively say that each experience has led to significant increases in sales and publicity. Even the most informal coverage is a godsend to artists working in the underground. Lee is indubitably already aware of this and in fact makes just such a concession only a few paragraphs down.

The only other caveat Lee proffers is Bandcamp’s revenue sharing system. Yes, Bandcamp has to take a cut to pay for the servers that store your 20-minute white noise tracks. The revenue sharing is ultimately nigh-inconsequential: the rates are negligible—especially when compared to other platforms—and the service is, for all intents and purposes, free.

At the end of the day, Bandcamp offers the functionality of a merch store (for both digital and physical media) with the bonus of easy access across the web. In other words, bands: DITCH YOUR REPULSIVE REVERBNATION PAGES AND GET WITH A WINNER!

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Now on to the reasons you’re all really here: to take in some sick new jams from this most holy of bowls. We’ve got you taken care of this week.


 

Dead InstrumentSee Through Negative (Copenhagen) Raw Birth Records, 2014

Because I’m terrified of failing Tyree and his legacy (a little late for that, huh?), I wanted to start with some grind. Denmark’s Dead Instrument provided just that. These guys have their collective feet on the gas for the entire duration of this EP. This is the soundtrack to a Lindsay Lohan lookalike repeatedly jabbing a dirty knife through your abdomen. This is also the soundtrack to Tyree drinking copious amounts of beer and entertaining us with his selfie antics.


 

Piss Junkie/Brown PissBrown Piss Junkie (New York/Virginia) Chaotic Noise Productions, 2014

This split is thirteen tracks long. Eleven of those are under eighteen seconds long. STAY GRIND.

Photo on 9-3-14 at 10.42 PM


 

UzumakiKnowledge of a Language One Has Never Learned/yzordderexExtraction (Mississippi) 2014

Uzumaki and yzordderex are two of the many projects undertaken by the obscenely prolific Jared Moran. Uzumaki lurch out from under a wet rock somewhere in the death metal realm. From beneath the production’s murky haze, guttural vocals and riffs laced with crushing chugs and shrill pick scrapes ring out across the blighted landscape. “The Verge of a New Dynamic” is disjointed to the point of nearly falling apart at every turn, but the band is so in sync that the song never careens too far off course—a feat made all the more impressive by the fact Moran is playing every instrument.

yzordderex sees Moran taking a decidedly different approach. While Extraction could ostensibly be described as death-doom, Moran’s obstreperous take on genre boundaries throws out convention for conviction. Time slows to a crawl for each of the five mini-epics presented here. The production is slightly clearer than on Knowledge of a Language One Has Never Learned, but I’d still like to be able to hear the layered guitars of “Inspiration Through Rejected Impressions” more clearly.


 

WeightlessnessOf Lachrymose Grief (San Diego!) 2014

For my final trick, I’ll pimp some local boys. For some reason Weightlessness’s Bandcamp claims the band is from Brooklyn, but whatever. This is some way-down-in-the-hole funeral doom, but as is far too atypical of the genre, Of Lachrymose Grief matches each moment of pained introspection with a crushing riff. Another attribute rare in any band that Weightlessness have in spades is legitimate catchiness. There’s nary a hopeful note through the duration of the EP, yet I still find myself stuck with the haunting strains of “Swallowed the Sun and the Moon” over and over.


 

Next, a few more friends are going to step up to the plate and help out. First up, Masterlord SteelDragon has some sweet jams picked just for you.

Sun WorshipElder Giants (Germany) Sick Man Getting Sick Records/Dead Section Records, 2014

Sun Worship is a German band straddling the controversial line between 2nd wave and USBM. Though some of the more soaring passages on their full-length debut (which came out earlier this year) are clearly nods to Diadem of 12 Stars, they more often take an Ash Borer-ish approach. Still, they retain that icy darkness made popular by Fenriz & Co., and many of these riffs would be right at home on Nattestid Ser Porten Vid. The fourth and final song is an ambient track (something I’m becoming increasingly fond of) that sounds like something that Varg “everyone’s best pal” Vikernes would record on the synthesizers in his 5-star Norwegian prison. Stream Elder Giants above and like these dudes on Facebook.


 

Before we skedaddle, Edward Mehoineyhoin is going for one last hoedown throwdown.

Lord TimeDrink My Tears (Los Angeles) 2012

I got wind of Lord Time’s one man avant-garde black metal project sometime last year, from reading kvlter-than-our-readership-could-ever-hope-to-be blogs. Lord Time plays repetitive, hypnotic black metal, like traveling down a wind tunnel with a worm hole at its end. You can get lost in this and become surprised when strange melodies reach the surface. Drink My Tears was originally sold as a cassette with Andorkappen’s blood on the package, thankfully you can pick up this two track album, almost an hour of music, for $3.00 digitally. Andorkappen, Lord Time’s sole member, also plays in Harassor.


 

Send your love to the MasterBro and Eduardo and your hate to me in the comments below. Tyree will be back next week (presumably) so in the meantime feel free to tell me about how poor a surrogate I make.

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  • lol reverbnation.

    • If you’re in a band and you’re reading this and you still use Reverbnation: I hate you.

      • I second this. Fuck you if you use that site.

        • God

          I third this. But only because I like saying fuck.

          Fuckity fucking fuck fuckling fuckson

          • fuckity fuckified fuck

          • Cock ov Steele

            Fuck fuckification fucked fucking fuckadoodledoo

          • Fuckly McFuckerson

          • God

            Fuckuty fuckshit

          • king fuck of fuck mountain!

          • God

            Fuck fucky mcfuckly…ok I’m done.

          • Xan

            Fuck the fucking fuck fuck king of fucking fuckery fuck mountain!

          • Simon Phoenix

            Forth.

            Fuck ReverbNation in its right ear.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          FUUUUUUUUUUCK

          • Jormungandr

            What the fuck are you guys going on about?

      • Reverbnation is the Bret Michaels of music sites

        • Xan

          I approve of this analogy.

    • “Janina Gavankar was born on November 29, 1980 in Joliet, Illinois” … d00d

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1232470/

      • CyberneticOrganism

        The only good thing to come out of the Joilet ov Hell

      • Lol what does this have to do with?

  • God

    Bandcamp, please stop raping my wallet.

    Also if you use the trick to download from bandcamp for free, fuck you.

    • Wait what?

      • W.

        I think he’s talking about putting a 0 for name your own price. I also dislike doing that.

        • Oh I thought there was some trick to manipulate the site to give u things for free. In which case get fucked if you do that. I usually get the name your price stuff for free at first and when I like it I give them a few bucks if I can.

          • God

            I actually did mean that. There is a way to rip it from the website without paying a thing. Some asshat is trying to make everybody know how with a YouTube video he posted. It’s disgusting.

          • Where is it? I will flag that shit.

          • God

            I don’t want to post a link (not everyone is as supportive as us about bandcamp) but trust me if you punch how to download from there for free in the YouTube search bar, you’ll find it. I already flagged it too after a friend shared it with me.

          • I’m just gonna go ahead and declare THAT’S the reason my band doesn’t move any downloads on BC.

          • Edward Meehan

            Obviously. Damn hackers.

          • So, there’s like 5 videos, which one?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Flag ’em All!

          • God

            Flag all!!! Flag them all!!!

          • Can’t, it doesn’t fall under any of the categories that it wants you to choose from when you report a vid.

          • God

            Fuck. Does illegal not count? Mine let me flag under illegal

          • I didn’t see that option, just stuff like child abuse, sexual content, violates my rights etc

          • God

            Oh shit, I did it on my phone so I did flag as inappropriate not illegal. Damn. There has to be a way.

          • God

            Come on jack, can’t you interrogate someone about this??

          • W.

            You’re doing good work.

          • I really am surprised you didn’t say “God’s work”.

          • W.

            I thought about it, but you know, heresy and all

          • Xan

            I know there’s a website that allows you to do it but I’m not linking it.. I either pay for a bands music or just stream it. If I like, I’ll buy it when I get the money.

        • Cock ov Steele

          the urge, the choice between what is moral and what is effective. Bandcamp brings the void out in all of us.

        • Edward Meehan

          However, if you download the album for $0.00 it does not display on your Bandcamp page, which in my opinion, loses some of its appeal.

          • W.

            I did not know that, although I did notice that bands that give you a free download don’t pop up in your collection.

      • YOU WONT BELIEVE this one WEIRD TRICK to download from Bandcamp FOR FREE.

        • Stockhausen

          Will I cut belly fat and learn a new language while Obama CUTS my MORTGAGE in HALF?

          • hit the pope with a baseball to win an XBOX 360!!!

          • Edward Meehan

            You have returned from the void, unto the void.

          • when @george_lynch:disqus says “embrace the void”, we say “how high?”

        • Xan

          It’ll make you dick grow a foot long! Oh wait, wrong commercial.

        • musicians HATE this one simple trick…

        • CyberneticOrganism

          MOMS DISCOVERS THIS ONE WEIRD BANDCAMP TRICK FOR LOSING BELLY FAT IN 5 MIN

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    For those unfamiliar, Uzumaki is an Junji Ito derived horror film about a town cursed by spirals, its bonkers and awesome and you should check it out post haste.

  • Edward Meehan

    The day Cosmo Lee quit blogging was a sad day for us all.

  • Stockhausen

    Go away Christian! You’re not my real dad!

    But srs, I can’t wait to jam this stuff when I get home. In 10 hours.

    • Stockhausen

      Also, fantastic Bandcamp writeup. As long as it remains the way it does, it will be the top way I obtain music, along with in-store physical purchases. Everything else can shove itself up its butt.

      • Edward Meehan

        Their own butts?!

        • Stockhausen: an innovator even in death.

          • Stockhausen

            That’s right. I’ll always be at the front of the butt game.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            It’s obvious to me now. I need to get off my wrinkly iTunes Spotify ass and dive into band camp. I plan on stalking you dudes (musically).

          • This plan has my full support! Especially since I’m sure Enslametized Moshectomy will be there some day soon…

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            Cool! and Id love to see that happen!

        • Stockhausen

          THEIR OWN (lol)BUTTZ.

      • SMOHLG

        Me love bandcamp long time

        • Stockhausen

          I quite enjoy getting your updates.

          • SMOHLG

            What updates?

          • Stockhausen

            I’m following you, and I get updates when you and Tyree buy new music. You guys get more music than anyone else I follow, so I’m always creeping on your junk (that’s a code word for music…I think).

          • SMOHLG

            Oh! right. I’m not as crazy on band camp as I was last 2 years, but keep up the junk creepin!!!

  • Cock ov Steele

    Autobahn sign! fun times, dozing off on the bus listening to Kraftwerk.

      • Tyree

        Karl Hungus!

        • W.

          No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

          • Tyree

            No shots fired Dude, it’s a heart attack.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            We e don’t care, we still want the money Lebowski, we fuck you upsh

          • Tyree

            We’ll cut off your johnson!

          • Also, let’s not forget – let’s *not* forget, Dude – that keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city – that aint legal either.

          • Tyree

            What, are you a fucking park ranger now!?!

          • more beer

            God dam ferrets.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Sun Worship’s prison synthesizer song-y hit’s the mark! And doesn’t overstay it’s welcome (every synth ambient band ever).

    Lord Time really is Time consuming, seventeen minutes in I gave up.

  • Sadly, I couldn’t find much from the bands here that piqued my interest.

    • Tyree

      Success!

      • Edward Meehan

        Uh, I’m not sure that’s a success.

        • It’s a success for Tyree. He remains GLAB champion. Also, Christian knows so much about music he can now only enjoy really, really strange shit. Sorta like those folks that only become sexually excited by lighting a clown on fire.

          • God

            Ok who told joe my fetish?

        • Tyree

          I’m just being a dick Ed. I like everything on this post. Piss Junkie/Brown Piss is the only thing that is not getting me too excited though.

      • I guess Sun Worship would be the only one. Because this:
        http://i.imgur.com/rex993z.gif

  • Tyree

    Fucking fantastic Christian! I’m going to have to step up my gave next week.

  • Tyree

    That Weightlessness EP has been sitting in my wishlist for a long ass time now. I better get that soon.

  • I am digging the Sun Worship. Tasty

    GL

  • Tyree

    Christian, Dead Instrument is a great find! Absolutely pulverizing and blistering. I got to look up this drummer, the dude is a grind machine.

    * Oh wow, they did a split with P.L.F.!

  • Tyree

    Edward, I’ll have to give Lord Time a listen this weekend. I sampled it and it sounds pretty cool.

    • Edward Meehan

      If you get a chance, let me know what you think. It’s pretty weird lol.

      • Tyree

        I’m all for weird bro 🙂

        • Edward Meehan

          #stayweird

          #stayvoid

          • Xan

            With your permission, I will now use #stayvoid at every opportune moment.

          • Edward Meehan

            Absolutely, I stole it from Cybernetic Organism last night lol

  • SMOHLG

    Props to all the labels that embrace bandcamp.

  • W.

    This was a great article, you jabronis.

    • Tyree

      Christian >>>>>>

      • Byah! If you ever feel like taking another week off I can do it again.

        • Tyree

          Killer man! Thank you very much for taking over this week. I think I’ll be back in the game next week. Band practice and work have been a bitch this week. Byah to you!

          • more beer

            I was just about to ask him what he did to you. I came here just see what you put out this week. Before heading out to King Diamond in a little while.

    • Edward Meehan

      It was pretty Ok.

      • *cries until I fall asleep*

        • Edward Meehan

          I kid, I kid!

          Uzumaki & yzordderex were already my jams.

          • Yeah, cuz of me, you poser. *flush*

          • Edward Meehan

            *flushes Molenhooney down the most vile, putrid, piranha filled toilet*

  • Guacamole Jim

    Excellent write up! Honestly, I didn’t know much about Bandcamp before I achieved Maximum Flushkateer Status (or: How I Started Reading Articles on the Toilet ov Hell), but I’ve never looked back. My credit card hates me though.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    Black metal greats choose Bandcamp. Proof: http://deafheavens.bandcamp.com/

    • “The deafheavens”

    • W.

      I fully support what you’re doing.

    • *stuffs myself up my own butt (thanks @Stockhausen:disqus!)

      • Stockhausen

        Go forth and shove!!

  • Simon Phoenix

    I fully back the first part of this post. Every band ever should have a Bandcamp page.

    YOU HEAR THAT SKINFLINT? GET A GODDAMN BANDCAMP PAGE. NO ONE WILL HEAR YOUR GREAT NEW ALBUM CAUSE YOU WANT TO ONLY SELL IT ON GOOGLE PLAY STORE AND ITURDS, AND SPOTIFY ONLY HAS YOUR FIRST FULL LENGTH. YOU ARE ONLY HURTING YOURSELVES.

    • Swans joined, anyone can

      • W.

        Agoraphobic Nosebleed has their entire discography on bandcamp.

        • Edward Meehan

          When bands have their entire discographies on Bandcamp >>>>>>>

      • Edward Meehan

        Swans >>>>>>

    • JWG

      Ever, indeed.

      I’d give my first-born for a ‘Morphine’ Bandcamp from which I could get the out-of-print or only-internationally-released stuff.

  • JWG

    Since the Open Swim indicator hasn’t been used in weeks, I’m forced to go off topic. It’s getting too late to wait for one. The Blog Which Shall Not Be Named, a.k.a. Failures For Blogs, a.k.a. Not-The-Multiple-Sclerosis-Society-Just-Similar-Initials and all of the sites within its Network failed to acknowledge two Stereogum premieres I feel add up to essential news:

    (a) The title track from Primordial’s impending new album, premiered almost a month ago: http://www.stereogum.com/1708883/primordial-where-greater-men-have-fallen/mp3s/

    (b) A second tune this last Tuesday: http://www.stereogum.com/1713126/primordial-come-the-flood-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/

    Both are pretty much exactly what one should expect from Primordial. Which is to say both that each sound like a lot of other Primordial tunes AND they’re each pretty much awesome for it. And I hate when people use that word lightly.

    This WILL be on my 2014 AOTY list. I’m sure of it.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      It’ll be on mine too. I was a little surprised by the amount of choruses in not one but two songs. Maybe even more. That is not something they often do. Also hooray for a very diverse album. It’s just not fair to release it so late. I won’t be able to give it a proper amount of listens before the end of the year.

    • I forget about tags sometimes. If there’s some music news you wanna share, it’s cool to go for it.

      • JWG

        It was news for me (good news for sure), but only because I rely just on a tiny collection of blogs for my information; and I’ve followed far too many things on Twitter now to ever quite keep up with any of it.

        “Lists” sort of help. But not that much.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I hope I’m not the only one super excited for a new Sleater-Kinney album and tour.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Can someone please explain to me what the attraction is to 10 second songs?

  • Cockypock Aioli

    Very nice post! I like, learned stuff.

  • Rebecca Blvck

    lolbuttz

  • Dead Instrument is killer, love me some Scandinavian grind.

  • somnium163

    Bandcamp is almost too good to exist, therefore in my typical optimism I have a feeling it will either cease to soon, or change towards the shittiest.

    It’s also a matter of time before kvlt bands start anti-bandcamp movements, release limited tapes for defunct players and hunt everyone in the internet that uploads their stuff. Because there’s nothing as metal as denying yourself easy money and free streaming from your fans, yeah.

    • I think you’re right. I wrote about some dickbag band last week that is doing exactly that.