Four From My Bandcamp Collection - 28

Give or take a few crazy time zones, it's Friday again. If you've been here before, then you know that below all of this jibber jabber you'll find 4 albums from my Bandcamp Collection that I think you should take a few minutes to give a listen to (and probably add to your own collection). Now, I'm not sure what the weather is like where you are, but over here in Nottingham we're in the midst of heat wave, so these 4 albums are all hot weather approved. In fact, I specifically mention 'summer' in 2 of the descriptions and 'pool' in the other… and the ScotDrakula one is what I would be blasting from my car stereo with the windows down, you know, if I had a car (a conclusion I came to after hearing many a bro blasting really lame music out of their expensive rides these past few days).

Grab this album and turn reading a book on the bus into reading a book by the pool (healthy imagination also required). Favorite track: Handholding.

Think I'll be listening to this one a lot this summer. Favorite track: Birds Dont Sing.

A perfect thing to put on in the late hours of a hot summer night, which conveniently enough, is exactly the time of year we are in now. Favorite track: Owl.

If you are a fan of dirty and raw punk n‘ roll, the stuff that sounds like it has just been freshly scraped off the floor of a garage, you'd be hard pressed to find a better album from 2012 than this one. Favorite track: Aint Scared.

Remember to come back next Friday for the exciting continuation of this weekly feature. You can also check out / follow my Bandcamp Collection and stay one step ahead of these posts (if that's your bag) AND/OR you can also listen to my Bandcamp collection as a big ol' playlist over on Minilogs (not to mention an even bigger playlist of ‘available on Bandcamp’ goodness). And finally, you'll hear the above artists (and a whole bunch more) over on my 24hr internet radio station 'Mix Tape Radio by HI54LOFI'.

 

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A Songdrop Mix Tape | July 2014

Just like this time one month ago, I've picked 5 songs each from YoutubeSoundcloud, & Bandcamp gems and assembled them all in an order that sounds good to these ears in the player below (or if you prefer, you can jump over on Songdrop, or you can even download the Songdrop app and listen on that little computer in your pocket that you use to screen phone calls from your mom).

So press play on (probably) my favourite track off the excellent Baker EP I blogged about last week and then don't go looking for anything else to listen to until Geotic lets your hand go (and in between those you'll hear: new tracks from Field Report, Jamie T, LAPD, Perfume Genius, Foxes In Fiction, Michael Rault + recent discoveries like Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Palace, Boat, Caroline Says + Chet Faker and a million friends doing a kick ass cover + even more).

And while you're listening, remember to remember: music makes all our lives a bit more bearable, but the continued making of that music requires all of us listeners to give a little love back (whether that be by buying the artist a metaphorical pint, turning your friends on to them, or even just letting the artist know you dig… anything beyond secret appreciation goes a long way).