A pretty good cover of (the radio edit of) Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn”, played on guitar and bass:


Bandcamp Friday purchases 

And this month's Bandcamp Friday purchases (which may be found at bandcamp.com/anorakhighst/):

Ai Yamamoto — Love Me Tender (pitp.bandcamp.com/album/love-m): from the Melbourne ambient artist

Dry Cleaning — New Long Leg (drycleaning.bandcamp.com/): the long-awaited debut LP from the London band who have been compared to Life Without Buildings

Monnone Alone — Feel it Disappearing (monnonealone.bandcamp.com/): a new single from Marky's post-Lucksmiths band

Sweeney — Misery Peaks (soundinsilencerecords.bandcamp): the chameleonic Jason Sweeney's latest project: emotional songs layered over processed electronics and drones

Taman Shud — TAMAN SHUD (tamanshud1.bandcamp.com/): the London “necro-psych” band's final EP, raising funds for the Windmill Brixton to stay open

theUNiVERSE — Never Explain (theuniverse42.bandcamp.com/): Gus Franklin of The Smallgoods' latest band

Would-Be-Goods — From The Depths / Spring Fever / The Violet Hour (would-be-goods.bandcamp.com/): three EPs from él Records veteran indiepop artiste Jessica Griffin's one-song-a-day lockdown project

Surf-rock covers of Kraftwerk’s “Die Mensch-Maschine”; you’re welcome:


Just picked up the new Hannah Peel album, Fir Wave; am really enjoying it. Lush cosmic pastoral ambience, right up there with Mary Casio.


I’m listening to Dean & Britta’s “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Warhol’s Screen Tests”, for the first time in years. I had almost forgotten how good this record is.


Jessica Griffin (of veteran él Records indiepop band Would-Be-Goods) has an interview on Chickfactor’s blog; she has been writing a song a day, and some of them sound intriguing:


Bandcamp purchases from this month 

And here are my Bandcamp purchases:

Blessed — “Salt”, “iii” (psych/math-rock from Canada, heard on RRR);
Clementine Blue — “Island” (psychedelic dreampop from Margate);
Danny L Harle — “Harlecore” (the PC Music identity's new album);
Flyying Colours — “Fantasy Country” (psych/shoegaze from Melbourne, on Club AC30);
Glenn Bennie — “Filters EP” (the latest from the Underground Lovers member);
Jane Weaver — “Flock” (going in a big pop direction, though sneaking in elements
of krautrock and psychedelia);
Joe McKee — “Ultra Letizia” (beats made from sounds captured on a container ship);
Loney Dear, “A Lantern and a Bell” (a preorder of his upcoming album);
Nils Folke Valdemar/Let's be honeys — “Asaurus Records EP Club #12”, “Popsongs for my poor self”, “a song you could dance to”, “songs until you tell me to shut up” (a Gothenburg antifolk/indiepop artist I saw a decade or so ago in Berlin);
NO ZU — “Talking To A Stranger” (party-groove ensemble from Melbourne; saw them at Primavera once);
Pinkshinyultrablast — “Songs” (a 15-minute track they released last year);
Randolph's Leap — “Spirit Level” (indiepop from Scotland);
Simo Soo — “Always Remember You Are Magical (Talkshow Boy remix)” (new work from Talkshow Boy, sort of);
Space March — “It's Not Over Yet” (the Sydney synthwave project take on the Rona),
The Lucksmiths — “The Green Bicycle Case”, “What Bird Is That?” (two Lucksmiths albums that I had somehow mixed);
Thor Harris — “Hammered Dulcimer” (a new track, with proceeds going to help people in Texas);
Underground Lovers — “OTHERS” (a 1990s B-sides compilation);
Various Artists — “Rocket Girl 20” (post-rock/shoegaze-adjacent tracks);
Yu Su — “Yellow River Blue” (laid-back electronica from a Vancouver artist)

A few recent recommendations for :

1. FRITZ - Pastel: anthemic, slightly shoegazey (indie/dream)pop, somewhere between Lush, Deadstar and Sarah Records: fritzmusic.bandcamp.com/album/

2. Heligoland - This Quiet Fire: the Paris-based ex-Melbourne band are hard to categorise; not quite pop, not entirely folk or shoegaze, somewhat ethereal; they're working with Robin Guthrie. The album's

3. Nils Folke Valdemar/Let's Be Honeys:
Somewhere between Jens Lekman and Jeffrey Lewis, he recorded a few CD-Rs of catchy lo-fi indiepop/antifolk songs in the 90s, and now they're here and pay-what-you-want:

Surely Daft Punk missed a trick; given that nobody knows what they look like, they could have personally retired from day-to-day musicianship whilst franchising out the enterprise, licensing use of the name and trademarks (including helmets) conditionally upon adherence to a ring binder’s worth of guidelines on what Daft Punk is and isn’t.

Heavy metal legends and outspoken copyright maximalists Metallica played a concert on Twitch, only to find their audio replaced with royalty-free chiptune library music by an automated copyright filter:



A lost British Pakistani new-wave pop album, recorded in early-80s Birmingham, has reëmerged:
discostan.bandcamp.com/; expect ice-cool synthpop/hi-NRG with lyrics in Urdu:

There’s an article in the Guardian at theguardian.com/music/2021/feb

00s Swedish indiepop/antifolk singer Nils Folke Valdemar is now on Bandcamp:


File alongside: Jeffrey Lewis, Herman Dune, and such

acb boosted

It’s Bandcamp Friday folks and you know what that means; spending $15 purchasing an entire label’s collection of 342 experimental mallwave releases and never getting around to downloading them.

Experimental 00s-era spoken-word recordings from Sue Tompkins, formerly of Life Without Buildings:

Short-lived early-00s Scottish indie band Life Without Buildings find a new audience on TikTok:


There will, alas, not be a LWB reunion (or so they say), though Sue Tompkins did contribute her vocals to an experimental electronic record on the Berlin laptop-glitch label Farmers Manual a few years ago: farmersmanual.bandcamp.com/alb

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