Hello and welcome to FTA’s list of what we are excited for this Bandcamp Friday, aka every music nerds favorite day! A bunch of us weighed in on what we’ve been into lately and we’ve got plenty of goodies old and new for you to dig into over a wide range of genres. But don’t take our word for it, dive into these tracks/albums and judge for yourself. Feel free to let us know what you think and tell us your suggestions.
Kate Hoos- Editor In Chief
Double Dagger– Sophisticated Urban Living (Contemporary Conveniences Edition). I love the versions of the songs on this collection, captured as demos and raw works in progress in 2008, many of them going on to appear in more polished form on the album MORE and the Masks EP. I’ve always been a fan of gritty lo-fi recordings, as they seem to capture bands in a more primal way that a formal studio recording can, so it was a real treat to listen to these songs as they existed in a more primitive state. The BC description goes into more details so I recommend giving that a read.
Fashion Tips– Fucking Hell. Billing themselves as “dance music for anxious people” this London crew makes grimey, noisy post punk no wave and vocalist Esmé Louise Newman is a dead ringer for Tobi Vail’s vocal delivery, particularly on the opening track “Lunched Out.” This is the band’s debut EP and I’m already jonesing for a full length.
Mathew Hattie Hein– In Search of Lost Hein. Many years ago, I acquired a split 7inch with Mathew Hattie Hein and Sarah Dougher, and I had no idea who he was at the time since I bought it for the SD tracks. I loved his songs and as it turns out, he was the lead singer of Portland indie band, New Bad Things who I’d heard of in passing at that point. This 18 song collection compiles tracks “from 7” records, cassette tapes, compilations, and the proverbial vault: twenty years of bedroom, basement, public park, and studio compositions… eighteen songs from Old Portland, including the entire cult-status Last Chance EP” and was a nice blast from the past.
Brianna DiGioia- Contributing Photographer
Edwina Hay- Contributing Photographer
King Vision Ultra– Shook World. (companion to previous release)
Sleaford Mods– UK Grim.
Young Fathers– Heavy Heavy.
Deux Furieuses– My War is Your War.
Los Campesinos!– Hold On Now, Youngster.
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs– Land of Sleeper.
Kate Bell- Contributing Writer
Ibex Clone– All Channels Clear.
Silica Gel– Wooden Shoe.
Steady Holiday– Newfound Oxygen.
Mike Borchardt- NYC Scene Editor
FonFon Ru– Collapse of the Silver Bridge.
Rebelmatic– Eat The Monster.
Shybaby– A Real Cowboy Hat Never Falls Off.