this is for you, Cous
The idea for this compilation came to me as I was considering what new music I would recommend to a friend of mine who had been going through a difficult time and had kind of lost interest in new music for awhile. As it turned out, she had begun doing her own research, and didn’t need me to tell her about Tamaryn, Highspire, and No Joy, among others. So, I abandoned the idea – for the time being.
At about that same time, I had begun to investigate the many bands who make their music available on Bandcamp. In quite a few cases, the quality of the music was surprisingly high, so I decided to make a compilation of songs taken mostly from artists whose music I found there. After that, I made a decision to return to the world of blogging and to share the compilation with the readers.
The original download link expired 12am PST, Wednesday, 19 January 2011.
The title of this post refers to the agreement between the various copyright holders and myself with regard to the length of time for which this download would remain available. You had until 2 January 2011 to grab it.
01. “On Smoke” by The Great Wilderness from Tiny Monsters (©2010 The Great Wilderness)
The Great Wilderness is four women from Costa Rica making good music which they give away on Bandcamp. Tiny Monsters is the second EP released in 2010, following the June release of Afterimages of Glowing Visions.
bandcamp | myspace | website
02. “Down” by The Sunshine Factory from Sugar (©2010 The Sunshine Factory)
The Sunshine Factory is a three-piece band from Mobile, Alabama. Sugar is their second full-length release, following 2009’s Vintage Revolution.
bandcamp | myspace
03. “Meaningless” by Whirl from Distressor (©2010 Whirl)
Distressor, which was recorded live, is the first official release from Whirl, a five-piece band from Oakland, California. There are two, 7″ splits planned for release in the near future, including one with a mystery band from Washington.
bandcamp | myspace
04. “You Leave Me Hanging” by Ten Million Lights from Ten Million Lights (©2010 Ten Million Lights)
Ten Million Lights‘ self-titled album is the band’s first release since rising, phoenix-like, from the ashes of Saturna. This Portland, Oregon three-piece plays an interesting mix of Shoegaze and Psychedelia.
bandcamp | myspace | facebook | website | blog
05. “Nothing Ever Lasts” by C’est la Mort from Empty Words Fill Lonely Spaces (©2010 C’est la Mort)
On their bio page, Seattle’s C’est la Mort acknowledge some of their influences and try to describe their sound. Empty Words Fill Lonely Spaces is their debut album, released simultaneously with a remix CD, following a number of compilation appearances.
myspace | website
06. “All Your Time” by Anne from Mixtape One (©2010 Anne)
Anne is a four-piece band from Portland, Oregon. They have recently signed to Withdrawal Records, and will be releasing a 7″ EP in the near future. The Mixtape One EP is their first release since putting out the Demo2010 EP in June. The two EPs can be freely downloaded, and a limited number of copies of both are available on CD at the shows.
myspace | facebook | website
07. “Sound Of The Sun” by Gypsy Death and You from E.P. No. 1 (©2010 Gypsy Death and You)
Gypsy Death and You is a Philadelphian two-piece comprised of Emily Cahill and Alex Wilson, who met in a music course during their freshman year of college. Sharing similar influences, the duo composes and records their own brand of dreamy-yet-edgy indie rock. Except for a small number of CD copies distributed at shows, E.P. No. 1 is only available as a stream here.
myspace | facebook
08. “Soleil Noir” by American Gods from Chariot the Ghost (©2010 Aryeh East/Phillip Marfoglio)
Memphis, Tennessee is the home of American Gods, who have recently signed to Withdrawal Records and are hard at work preparing the EP, Chariot the Ghost, for release in 2011.
bandcamp | myspace | facebook | reverbnation
09. SPC ECO Silver Clouds
Produced Recorded and Mixed by Dean Garcia at the E Lab 2010
Written and performed by SPC ECO and Andy Bell
Taken from Silver Clouds EP Released 05 May 2010
SPC ECO are
Rose Berlin Vocals and Lyrics
Dean Garcia Bass Drums Guitar and all Programming
Joey Levenson Guitar
Andy Bell Guitar
10. “10” by Insect Guide from Dark Days & Nights (©2010 Dead Penny Records)
Insect Guide are a three-piece band from Leeds, England. Dark Days & Nights is the followup full-length to 2007’s 6FT In Love. There are also three EPs available for purchase at Bandcamp, as well as the free Bats single and 5 O’Clock Recordings EP at Eardrumspop.
bandcamp | eardrumspop | facebook | website | tumblr
All songs used with the permission of the copyright holders.
Many thanks to all the artists who participated in making the music found on this compilation. Special thanks go out to those individuals who acted as the liaison between their band and me: Nick (Whirl) – whose quick and enthusiastic acceptance of my invitation got me off to a flying start; Paola (The Great Wilderness) – another whose quick and positive reply gave the project momentum; Ian (The Sunshine Factory) – made it 3 for 3, and I started to believe this compilation might actually happen; Geoff (C’est la Mort) – even hunted for a T-shirt I wanted; Emily (Gypsy Death and You) – restored momentum just when things appeared to stall; Ryan (Ten Million Suns) – let me know The Fuzzy Ball was returning to Portland; Dean Garcia (SPC ECO) – always patient and gracious; Steven (Insect Guide) – a real pleasure to work with; as was David (Anne) – who also put me in touch with Aryeh (American Gods) – who accepted a very late invitation, and worked quickly to help me make my (self-imposed) deadline.