Bandcamping :: Summer 2022

Here comes the summer once again and we’ve got a bunch of recommended tunes to help soundtrack the season as temperatures inevitably start to rise. Tune in, spread out — and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Bandcamping :: Spring 2022

News of Bandcamp’s recent acquisition by Epic Games had some independent labels and artists up in arms. But for now, the platform remains the best game in town — and for the time being, Bandcamp Fridays remain firmly in place for 2022. That means you can lend your support directly to those aforementioned labels and artists, with Bandcamp waiving its usual fees. The next Bandcamp Friday takes place April 1 and — big tech takeovers be damned — we’ve got a seasonal roundup of recommended releases. Fill up that cart.

Bandcamping :: Winter 2022

Bandcamp Fridays may be a thing of the past (or maybe not!), but hey, throw a couple extra bucks on top of any asking price and voila — any day is Bandcamp Friday. With things still fairly uncertain for touring musicians in 2022, it can make a difference. As always, we’ve got a whole bunch of recommendations for you. Fill up your cart.

Bandcamping :: Autumn 2021

That’s right — another Bandcamp Friday hits on Nov. 5, 2021. A music lover’s feast, month after month, giving listeners a chance to put cash directly in artists’ and labels’ pockets. Like any good feast, the offerings can be occasionally overwhelming, so we’ve got a few recent recommendations if you’re in need, ranging from psych freakouts to pastoral jazz, from Egypt in the 70s to present-day New Jersey. Listen up, get down.

Bandcamping :: Late Summer 2021

Another Bandcamp Friday hits on September 3, 2021 — which means that the platform is waiving its usual fees for 24 hours and you can put some much-needed cash directly into the pockets of deserving labels and artists. As usual, we’ve got a bunch of highly recommended records in case you need ‘em.

Bandcamping :: Summer 2021

A good thing: in celebration of Juneteenth this year, Bandcamp is donating 100 percent of their fee share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Friday, June 18. So, you’ll get some new music, support artists, and help a great cause. A win-win-win. In need of a few recommendations? Here are a few recent releases that are worth your time and money…

Bandcamping :: Spring 2021

Just about a year ago, we were settling into a weird new normal of lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing. One bright spot amidst the gloom was the emergence of a new monthly holiday for music lovers — Bandcamp Friday, during which the outfit waived its usual fees and gave artists a much-needed financial boost. The tradition continues in 2021 — the next one hits on May 7.

Bandcamping :: Winter 2021

A new year is here and there’s a world of sound to sink into over on Bandcamp. See below for some recent recommendations — and don’t forget that Bandcamp Fridays, during which the platform waives its standard fees, are still a thing in 2021.

Bandcamping :: Autumn 2020

If you’re anything like us, your hard drives are stuffed to the proverbial gills with the spoils of past Bandcamp Fridays, during which Bandcamp waives its usual fees, offering a much-needed infusion of cash to artists and labels. Clear some more digital space. The next Bandcamp Friday is Nov. 6 — and we’ve got a few recent/recommended items to grab below.

Bandcamping :: Late Summer 2020

The weirdest summer ever rolls on. Who can say where the rest of 2020 will take us? But as always, there’s still a deep well of sound to dip into over on Bandcamp. A refreshing escape! Here are a few recent/recommended selections — and remember that on the first Friday of each month this year, Bandcamp is waiving its fees, sending a necessary infusion of cash into the pockets of artists and labels. The next Bandcamp Friday is September 4. Fill up that shopping cart …

Bandcamping :: Juneteenth Edition

Bandcamp is stepping up once again on June 19 in honor of Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. For 24 hours, the platform will donate all of its our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a national organization dedicated to effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education. In other words, it’s another good day to spend some money on Bandcamp. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Bandcamping :: Quarantine Edition II

Bandcamp threw thousands of musicians a lifeline in March by waiving its fees for 24 hours, ensuring that all cash spent went directly to artists and labels. The music community showed up in a big way, spending $4.3 million. Every good deed deserves an encore, so Bandcamp is waiving fees again on Friday, May 1. Just like last time, we’ve got some recent/random recommendations for you … and there’s a whole lot more in the Bandcamping archives.

Bandcamping :: Quarantine Edition

We’ve been espousing Bandcamp as one of the most artist friendly online music services since launching Tyler Wilcox’s Bandcamping series. Today, Friday, March 20th, in support of artists impacted by the mass tour cancelations required by the COVID-19 outbreak, Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share, putting more money directly into the pockets of artists hit hard by this unprecedented loss of income.

Bandcamping :: Winter 2020

Fight off the winter blues with a dive into the deep end of the Bandcamp pool, featuring acoustic jazz, hymnambient soundscapes, minimalist pop, and moody Frippertronics. Sample some recent/random/recommended offerings and put a little cash into artists’ and labels’ pockets.