Buying and Owning Music is Still a Good Idea in 2020

Some good bits of wisdom from this article, ‘Prepper-style music hoarding,’ by Tom MacWright.

The best place to buy music is Bandcamp. It’s fair to bands and customers. They have a real and sustainable business model. They do essentially everything right: it’s easy to download music in a variety of formats, you can re-download tracks if you lose them, and you can stream music too.

I remember becoming frustrated with managing my iTunes collection, especially when Rdio (hah, remember that site?), had everything ordered perfectly, with all the proper artwork and release dates. But like Tom points mentions, what happens when (not if) a label or distributor pulls their catalog?

Will it become the opposite of streaming now? Where you have to subscribe to certain services to have access to exclusive content, but even more gross? What happens when one of your favorite labels is only on Spotify, but you’re an Apple Music user?

Read more here.

Happy Birthday Chris Kaye!

Happy Birthday to Chris Kaye, he with the wishlist which contains 22 items, including Trap Them, Oathbreaker, Venom Prison, and more! Click on over and take a look.

For Your Wishlist Consideration

Woolf Road Sessions 2019‘ by Died Out (NJ punk rock from my buddy Tom, free download)
The Annex of Ire‘ by Neck of the Woods (proggy death metal vibes)
Extol‘ by Extol (from 2013, but wow… still so good).

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Happy Birthday Kim Kelly!

Wish a Happy Birthday to Kim Kelly today by clicking through her Bandcamp Wishlist and click that “Send as a Gift” once or twice if you can. She’s got a wishlist of just over 230 releases, including ListlessOssuarium, Thou and tons more.

For Your Wishlist Consideration

Old Patterns‘ by Orphan Donor (grind)
Círculo Del Infierno‘ by ANTENOR (thrash from Argentina)
Porrima‘ by POSTVORTA (post metal from Italy)

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Saturday Six with Ivan Belcic

Welcome to another Saturday Six, this time with Invisible Oranges contributor Ivan Belcic. In addition to some fine purchases from Bandcamp which you’ll see below, Ivan is involved in two music projects; Kosmogyr and Barren Branches, so check them out if you need some more music! 

WayfarerReckless Spring
Reckless Spring is the third full-length album of driving and melodic emo-tinged punk from the Ontario-based Wayfarer. I’ve been a fan of these guys since their 2016 EP Three Winters, at which point I immediately bought everything in their back catalogue. Reckless Spring is their most recent offering and showcases their blend of propulsive, hook-driven songwriting and earnest, introspective lyrics at full potency.

I’m used to hearing Déhà in the context of his monolithic doom band Slow — so when he dropped this impeccable post-punk record, I was floored. It’s melodic and light, yet it’s got blast beats and screams, and it feels classic yet somehow also contemporary. I love Slow, but I also hope Déhà’s got more where this came from.

Black Christmas – By Way of Decay
Back when I was in college, I was given a collection of four MP3s called B.C.E.P. by Lawrence, Kansas band Black Christmas. Since then, it’s been a mainstay in my rotation, and just recently, I learned that the group had dropped another release in 2014 — By Way of Decay — and I’ve fallen back in love with them. It features re-recorded versions of three older tracks plus a bunch of new songs as well, all in their vein of sinister and haunting instrumental post-rock.

Lo! – Koala Fundraiser T-shirt
All profits from this shirt by Sydney post-hardcore sludgemasters Lo! are going to WIRES Emergency Fund for Wildlife to help out with the recent wildfires in Australia. The shirt features beautiful artwork by vocalist Sam Dillon and also comes with a digital download of their fantastic record Vestigial — my 2017 album of the year. Cop sick threads, help cute koalas, enjoy amazing tunes.


Moron Police – A Boat on the Sea
I’m tempted to say nothing at all about the brilliance that is A Boat on the Sea, if only to avoid spoiling your first impression of this enthralling record from Moron Police. It’s endearing, it’s cheerful and upbeat, it’s impeccably written and performed, and it’s a delightfully sardonic yet meaningfully sincere skewering of our contemporary political institutions and the international relationships between them. Don’t read any reviews, just go in blind and experience it for yourself.

Weather the bleakest of winters with the soaring post-black metal of Waldgeflüster as your steadfast companion. Reaching nearly an hour in length, the band’s fifth full-length record is urgent in its channeling of the unceasing melancholy that accompanies the mercilessly dark Central European winters. For those who find seasonal depression to be a genuine struggle, let Mondscheinsonaten be your lifeline.

If you’d like to talk about some of the albums you recently purchased, shoot me an email ( and let’s talk!

Happy Birthday Bekki!

It’s Bekki’s birthday today, so do a dance! Her wishlist has almost 50 albums on it, ranging from Ex-Gold from Louisville, KY to Pissed Jeans from Allentown, PA (hey, that’s my neck of the woods)! Do you best today and fill her inbox with a ton of digital goodies, and if you can’t afford it (we all totally understand), check out some of the music from her wishlist – maybe you’ll find something you like!

Happy Birthday to Jayson and Chuck!

Today we’ve got two birthdays, so it’s twice as nice! Pick one, or both, and give an album from their wishlist on their special day – what’s more fun that that?

Jayson S’s wishlist has almost 400 releases, including Barren Branches, Crone, SUNN 0))) and plenty more.

Chuck OGB’s wishlist has just about 170 items, including The Ruins Of Beverast, Elder, Car Bomb and more.

We’re Still Swirling

“The dinner table isn’t that big, and everyone’s trying to get a place to sit. But in this super-niche Bandcamp wishlist group, to see these albums selling is amazing. The bands see it, the labels see it, the person who designed the album cover might see it—it just keeps swirling.”

From our interview with Bandcamp back in 2016, talking about how Metal Bandcamp Gift Club got its start.

That was posted on January 14th, 2016 – just over four years ago!

We just want to see bands continue to exist, to release music, to tour. There’s a lot of ugliness in the world today, but that’s even more reason to embrace and support this music, and all the people involved. It’s culture, it’s art, and we can’t lose that.


Happy Birthday to John Higham

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Go check out John Higham’s Bandcamp Wishlist, with just over 666 releases jammed in there. Music from KITE, Void Ritual, Candy, and more, even if you can’t gift an album today, you can at least find something new to jam!

Have you told a friend of loved about Metal Bandcamp Gift Club? Send them this link ( so that they can receive these wonderful emails, too!

More emails, more albums sold, more good energy goes around.

Saturday Six with Peter K

0016052521_41Welcome to another installment of Saturday Six, where friends of Metal Bandcamp Gift Club share a bit about a recent six albums they purchased on Bandcamp.

Kind of like the “What’s in My Bag?” feature that Amoeba Music does, but without having to leave the house and find parking.

This week we feature Peter K, who recently celebrated a birthday here at Metal Bandcamp Gift Club! Peter writes about metal over at The Metal Wanderlust, and is also a part of the Horns Up Podcast – he knows a thing or two about metal tunes.

Discord, “Blood, Sweat and Grind” – When was the last time you heard a grindcore band from Nepal? Don’t think twice, add this album to your cart.

Transcending Obscurity, “Label Sampler 2020” – 52 tracks, mostly unreleased material from bands signed to Indian label, Transcending Obscurity. Something for fans of all sub-genres of metal.

Priests of Prometheus, “Lodestar” – Promising debut from American old school death metal duo.

Nox Irea, “Here the dead live” – Ferocious death metal from the French act featuring members of Catacomb and Affliction Gate.

Bednja, “Doline Su Ostale Iza Nas” – Black metal and hardcore make strange bedfellows but somehow these Croatians have put together a seamless sound with a haunting atmosphere.

Modern Rituals, “This is the History” – A break from extreme metal. Catchy alternative rock. If the singles are any indicator this album is another winner from Holy Roar.

If you’d like to talk about some of the albums you recently purchased, shoot me an email ( and let’s talk!