Booyakasha! Report | Oct + Nov 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, it's been awhile since I posted a 'Booyakasha! Report' (although, if you count yesterday, than it actually has only been a day since the last one). Today I finish up with the task of clearing up the backlog of booyakashas, and then I hopefully won't let things get so built up in the future. But no promises.

For those of you wondering “what the hell is a booyakasha!?”, well it's quite simple. When somebody buys something on Bandcamp that they've directly come to because they've been either poking around your collection (here's mine, if you want to poke), or maybe something you've bought caught their ear in their music feed, or maybe in an email of ‘here's what people you follow have bought lately”, you get a 'Booyakasha! Email'. It would even appear that sometimes you can get a ‘booyakasha!’ for helping someone discover something that you haven't bought. I'm not entirely sure how that bit works, but hey, you should never look a Booyakasha Horse in the mouth.

So, now that all of that is all cleared up, get your headphones ready, scroll down and start clicking on some play buttons to hear all the music that had the 'booyakashas!' hitting my inbox in October and November.

Three Booyakashas! From…

Two Booyakashas! Each From…

One Booyakasha! Each From…

If you'd like to help keep the Booyakasha's coming, you can peruse my Bandcamp collection and find something to add to your own. If for some reason you don't already, now'd be a good time to get your own Bandcamp fan account (which is as simple as just buying some music… and then you can feel the joy of receiving your own Booyakashas!) and then make sure to follow HI54LOFI's fan account, as that way you'll get notified of my new purchases via email and in your Music Feed.

Of course, if you don't like the music I like, then don't follow me… but do still get a Bandcamp Fan account going and then just find people with ear drums that beat closer to your own and follow them.

And remember: every time a Booyakasha rings, an artist gets some bling. Win win win.

 

Booyakasha! Report | Aug + Sep 2014

It's been a long ass time since I put together one of the 'Bandcamp Booyakasha! Reports' (the sun was still shining back when I last did one). The main reason I've fallen so far behind with these posts is that I happened into a beautiful pattern of going on a little vacation at the start of each of the last few months, and the start of the month was when I usually would put these posts together (and maybe you can add in a little pinch of laziness / distracted by other things). And before I knew it, I had a booyakasha build-up of over four months.

Well, over the weekend I went through that overflowing email bucket and fished out every ‘Booyakasha!’ I could find from August until now. There were too many to put into one post, so I've broken things down into two reports: August & September is today; October & November will go up tomorrow.

And while I was going through my backlog of emails, I also found this lovely and slightly related email:

Hi there,
I just had to email ...... I stumbled upon you on bandcamp and that led me here and I wanted to tell you that your bandcamp collection is like going to an online record store where EVERY SINGLE RECORD IS FABULOUS. Seriously.....
EVERY.....
SINGLE...
ONE!!!!
I am just going to visit it every few weeks and buy! ”

And on that self-congratulatory note, here all the albums that had the 'booyakashas!' coming in August and September…

Four Booyakashas! Each From…

Two Booyakashas! Each From…

One Booyakasha! Each From…

If you'd like to help keep the Booyakasha's coming, you can peruse my Bandcamp collection and find something to add to your own. If for some reason you don't already, now'd be a good time to get your own Bandcamp fan account (which is as simple as just buying some music… and then you can feel the joy of receiving your own Booyakashas!) and then make sure to follow HI54LOFI's fan account, as that way you'll get notified of my new purchases via email and in your Music Feed.

Of course, if you don't like the music I like, then don't follow me… but do still get a Bandcamp Fan account going and then just find people with ear drums that beat closer to your own and follow them.

And remember: every time a Booyakasha rings, an artist gets some bling. Everybody wins.

 

Episode 46 - Greg Mullen / Willow Darling / Nonsemble

Episode 46 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up online two Mondays ago (which means you can stream it here OR you can now download it on iTunes), and today I wrap up my 'a few tracks at a time' ramblings about all the music featured on this episode. So scroll downwards until you see a play button, and then hit that play button, and then repeat until there are no more play buttons to hit…


|| (00:26:12) Greg Mullen & The Cosmic American Band - Postcard From Des Moines ||

I'm a year late getting to this album, so if you also missed out on it, there's no better time than right now to go fix that. I've been listening to it all week and I gotta say, it's pretty damn great. If you can imagine what might happen if Willy Mason, Conor Oberst, and Craig Finn were to get together and morph into one person (kind of like these baby ducks on the Regular Show), well then you'd be able to partly imagine why this record is something you should be popping over to Bandcamp and adding to your collection right now.


|| (00:57:38) Willow Darling - Ghost In The Farmhouse ||

Willow Darling are a band from Down Under making music that could easily be mistaken for something that was long lost down a dirt road in California back in the 70s. Or, as the band themselves have put it better, they make music that is “rooted in the discipline, honesty and layered harmonies of the golden years of the 60s and 70s Laurel Canyon folk rock scene.” I also used to be Myspace friends with one piece of this 5 piece band back when people had friends that were on Myspace. So all kinds of 'the past is the present' going on here.


|| (00:22:33) Nonsemble - Practical Mechanics Movement II (Mi_Ke remix) ||

The main reason I started writing blog posts for all the music that gets featured in an episode was to try and give each track a 'second chance' for being heard. Because maybe not everyone listens to the episode (shame on you!) or maybe they listen once, but don't think to go check out the tunes further (double shame!). Well, if any song deserved the 'second chance' for being heard this week, it would have to be this one from Nonsemble. This is not because it is any more deserving of your ears than the other songs, it's just that this song only had a very brief moment on the mix tape before fading into another track. You see, some times I fart around with the mixing in an attempt to add “layers” and “flow” and “other things I fail at“. So please make-up for my messing around by giving Bigo & Twigetti's latest lovely release a proper listen (this is an especially good idea if you're in the need for some instrumental music to soundtrack some thinking / reading).


Well, that's it for Episode 46. If you made it down here without clicking on anything above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the other 12 songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about. Yeah? Yeah.

 

Episode 46 - Cool Ghouls / the Wooden Sky / ScotDrakula

Episode 46 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up online two Mondays back (you can stream it on Mixcloud and/or download it on iTunes), and today I continue with the 'a few tracks at a time' ramblings about all the songs that were featured. So if you got a few moments and are not opposed to listening to some pretty sweet tunes… downwards with the scrolling!


|| (00:10:17) Cool Ghouls - Sweet Rain ||

This is one of those albums that a guy like me sees the cover art for and immediately thinks to himself “I should probably, at the very least, press play on this and give it a chance, because the chances are good that I'm gonna like it”. And you know what? Sometimes the things I think to myself turn out to be completely right. Which is why, to this day, I continue to give the voices in my head the benefit of the doubt. Sure, listening to them makes it harder to quit certain bad habits (“what, you're just going to have that coffee without a smoke? c'mon dude”), but the musical discoveries make it a worthwhile trade-off. Or at least that's what the voices tell me.


|| (00:15:18) the Wooden Sky - Let's Be Ready ||

The latest Wooden Sky album —which you can currently listen to in full over here—is probably one of their more 'rocking' albums yet. I tend to enjoy the softer songs on their records a bit more—like the title track off the new album, or this stone-cold gem from a few years back— but that is not to say I don't appreciate when they turn the amplifiers up. In fact, I distinctly remember the time I saw them live (opening for The RAA, which you can probably imagine was a more than excellent show) and my favourite moment of the entire show was when The Wooden Sky kicked out the jams on Tom Petty's 'American Girl'. So yeah, soft or loud, these guys kicks ass. And so does the new record.


|| (00:53:30) ScotDrakula - Break Me Up ||

If you've hung around these parts in the last year or two, you've probably heard me swoon about ScotDrakula and their ability to consistently put out tunes that make you want to kick things over (kick things over in the harmful, fun way, not the a-hole, make a mess for someone else to clean up kind of way). Well, they're back with what I guess would be considered their debut 'proper' full-length. Well, no surprises, the new album is brilliant. I ended up including the closing track Break Me Up on Episode 46, so I guess after you listen to that, digitally rewind the tape back to the opener O'Clock and prepare yourself for thrashing around in your room like hormone fuelled teenager (and probably expect me to be including more from this record on some future mix tapes). In fact, pop over to their Bandcamp page to do your listening, as some of the tracks have some pretty sweet videos to go along with them.


Well, that's it. If you made it down here without pushing play on any of the things above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the last 3 songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about. Alright? Alright.

 

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