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: https://farmersmanual.bandcamp.com/album/recur
Hot take: “sea shanties”, as per the recent fad, is just what we call folk music, after “folk music” started to refer to a particular set of stylistic affectations (i.e., hipster dudes with beards playing guitars and cosplaying Napoleonic-era peasants or whatever)
See also: “indie” as a genre rather than a provenance
My Records of 2020 list is up:
A forensic dissection of New Order’s “Blue Monday” (15m video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyzk1Gwwu7c
If you ever wanted an album of Christmas songs in a krautrock style (well, mostly Kraftwerk, though some Neu! and such), these guys in New Zealand have you sorted:
Currently going through my CD collection, reripping things to FLAC. If I could have one with, it would be to eliminate the “genre” field in audio files and replace it with a set of tags.
Every time I fill in metadata on a CD, the question of what genre it is comes up. Is it more “rock” or “pop”, “alternative” or “indie”? Is “indiepop” any non-mainstream songs with a verse/chorus structure, or a specific moment anchored after post-punk? What even is “goth”? And so on.
I mostly leave it blank.
Some highlights from this month's Bandcamp jubilee purchases; all of which are at https://bandcamp.com/anorakhighst:
AM Reruns - AM Reruns https://amreruns.bandcamp.com — a new(ish) band from Melbourne, in a power-pop vein
DeathBoy - the entire back-catalogue https://deathboy.bandcamp.com (well-produced if sometimes emotionally brutal industrial drum'n'bass and such)
Fred Astereo - Don't Break My Heart, I Love You https://fredastereo.bandcamp.com/ — the 2000s Melbourne indiepop crooner, now rereleased by Lost & Lonesome
Laura MacFarlane - Future Obscura https://lauramacfarlane.bandcamp.com/ — the third in this year's series of lockdown EPs from Laura of Ninetynine; this one is made with (mostly Casio) keyboards, complementing the vibraphone and guitar EPs it follows
Popular Music - Popular Music Plays In Darkness https://thisispopularmusic.bandcamp.com/ — Zac Pennington from Parenthetical Girls' latest project, with the fragile grandeur that encompasses
The Royal Landscaping Society - Clean, Frost, Goodbye https://therls.bandcamp.com — The Catalan indie/electropop band's new run of singles
Space March - Future Memories https://spacemarch.bandcamp.com/ — above-average synthwave from Sydney
UUSS - We Cannot Save You https://uuss.bandcamp.com — Rhonda of Origami/767-era Ninetynine's new project
Various - Spirit Level Kindred Spirits 3 https://spiritlevelco.bandcamp.com/ — collaborations from the Melbourne-based collective
Merch Table, a web tool for finding the contents of Spotify playlists on Bandcamp:
Cherry Red have released a box set anthologising pagan/occult-leaning British folk-rock from the sixeventies; it sounds like it could be interesting:
Reminder: it's #Bandcamp Friday this Friday
Note: this is possibly the last one (see https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/update-on-bandcamp-fridays "Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year.")
Warp Records are now on Bandcamp!
I mean we all knew the Bowie biopic was going to be a stinker, but this review really lays it out.
"...biopics get made because they make money, and more importantly, they win awards; we all know this. Actors get to do their favorite impressions, directors get to recreate iconic images and performances, which saves them the trouble of having any imagination. Album sales go up or whatever, win-win. They’re business meetings, not art."
A pretty interesting interview with Dubstar, who talk about their recent recorded-in-isolation singles, the album they’re working on with Stephen Hague, and a bit about the 90s:
An interview with 90s/00s Melbourne band Lacto-Ovo, about their influences and records:
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