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It Came from Bandcamp: April 2016

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1. Stinky Picnic - Minecraft

2. RMF - Zebra Man

3. Big Ball Bumpty - Funky Jammers: Vol. 8

4. Larry Wish - Porous Obtainer of Loads (Truly Bald)

5. Carrion eater - Darkness and Decay Hold Dominion Over All

6. Toyomu - Imagining the Life of Pablo

It Came from Bandcamp: March 2016

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Welcome back to It Came from Bandcamp, the (not-so-)monthly horror show that finds us plumbing the depths and exploring the deep, dark recesses of the Bandcamp platform. After a bit of a hiatus, we're back to doing just that. It really doesn't feel as though three months have passed since the last one of these, probably because the trauma caused by the 30 or so releases I previously covered has been with me the entire time.

At any rate, we still want this to be a regular segment; Anthony has even expressed interest in making a video series based on it. If you'd enjoy something like that, let us know. But first, let's dive back into the cesspool:

[EDIT 3/25] Anthony's ICFB video segment is a go; here's the first episode:

We found this right after posting the holiday special. It could've been saved for this December, but I can't think of many things shittier than listening to a Xmas-themed black metal EP in mid-March.

Team Egg or Team Melon — you must take a side. Choose wisely, lest you end up on the wrong side of history along with all the other fuckheads who call Anthony an egg when he's clearly a melon.

You know how "Ultralight Beam" is such an incredible opener that you get stuck on it and can't move on to the rest of TLOP? I'm having a similar experience here with "Flavortown."

Not gonna lie: I found this one by searching for releases tagged with "AIDS." There was a time when the Internet helped me seek out good music, but this is my life now.

Please don't stop, DUMP. Shitcore will be less shitty without you.


Mr. Marx debunked dance YEARS AGO!!!! (Stale meme aside, this sounds like lobotomy-by-synth.)

Here's the hidden gem of this month's article. Fans of field recordings and noise might very well dig the mess of sounds r.nuuja captures in the pachinko parlor. Others might seriously suffer sensory overload and will hereon out have to excuse themselves from the room when Plinko comes on The Price Is Right.

The soundtrack for all your clown-themed nightmares to come.

This must be what Death Grips sounds like to people who don't like Death Grips.

Wow. That was just as magical of a trip as I remembered.  Thanks for joining me on this journey again. You deserve a quick apology for the obligatory Death Grips reference there at the last minute — my pay is docked if I don't meet quota. But come to think of it, isn't there something else on Bandcamp that's been making the rounds this past week?

The It Came from Bandcamp Holiday (Mostly Xmas) Special

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I've gotta tell you folks, I'm a bit disappointed. This new article of It Came from Bandcamp was supposed to represent holidays of all faiths, but it appears as though the only one people want to make a mockery of is Christmas. Hopefully in the future you all will be considerate of other denominations and make shitty music for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and pagan solstice celebrations, as well. But for now I've managed to salvage this holiday special by scraping together 12 grating projects that are mostly Xmas-related. You can think of it as "The Twelve Days of It Came from Bandcamp," except I'm not doing this in the form of that fucking song. If you wanna listen to each thing one-by-one in the days following Xmas, it's your funeral.

Let's get on with it...

This EP gets me thinking that "Tryptophan" would be a decent death metal band name if it weren't for the drowsy connotation. Just imagine it in that gruesome lettering.

Here, the guy most notable for singing "White Christmas" is put over a bunch of hardcore hip hop instrumentals — y'know, just in case your holidays needed to be a touch more ironic.

Christmas just got a hell of a lot spoopier.

After learning what we have from tingledad, in only makes sense to set ablaze every Santa we encounter from now on. Can't be sure if they're skeletons in disguise. (The music really is shitty, by the way.)

I doubt that seasonal cheer is the only thing these guys are on.

Why aren't no wave Christmas festivals still a thing?


You were probably wondering when we were going to get into some holiday aesthetics. Wonder no more; DEEPSEA has got us covered.

"All your Christmas prayers. Answered."

Usually, Floral Shoppe parody remixes have a little bit of effort put into them. But this time someone just decided to add an incessant jingle bell loop to the album. BAM! Instant Xmas!

"Olaf is love, Olaf is life."

Recently I began being ostracized by my friends because my James Ferraro ringtones weren't festive enough. AGDR saved my social life.


Alright, that's enough to give you the holiday blues already. I'll be back at the end of next month to plunge the depths of Bandcamp with you yet again. I'm of course gonna be around doing various things for the site until then, but I want to say that heading into my third year with TND, I'm very appreciative of any support you've given so far, even if it's just silently enjoying the content. So, beyond all the shit I offer you a merry Christmas, a happy New Year, and "Cocoa" three ways...

It Came from Bandcamp: October 2015

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Welcome back to It Came from Bandcamp, the monthly horror show that finds us plumbing the depths and exploring the deep, dark recesses of the Bandcamp platform. We were pleased by the very positive reception for the column's debut last month and hope this one will prove to be a treat as well, particularly for those of you nursing Halloween hangovers.

For newcomers: Most of the works contained in this article are made in bad taste, often exhibiting offensive senses of humor and flying in the face of artistic standards. They aren't representative of Bandcamp, a site we value as a great place to exchange musical ideas, but are essentially flotsam in a cesspool that has formed there. Not all will get amusement from this; proceed at your own discretion:

A few people pointed out that we were remiss not to feature a release from Vortex of Crap last month, and for good reason — it has become the designated label for all music shitty, tasteless, and memetic. Its releases are essentially the cream of the crap and it's hard to imagine the bar for this standard being set any higher (or lower depending on how you want to look at it) than on the aptly titled Wilkommen to Meinen Anus! (Welcome to My Anus! for those non-German speakers). That's right, folks; this time we're coming as hard with the shit as we can right out the gates!

You're probably in need of some respite after that Vortex of Crap album. Consider the placement of this experimental industrial project from 15-year-old Washington artist Prophet an act of mercy. Clearly a fair amount of thought and care went into this and for what it is, it's not God-awful. Plus it just about satisfies this segment's outsider music quota.

Trash-rap from D.C. We can't tell you how disappointed we are that the art work for the embedded version of this album is anything but the close-up of a breast that is shown on the Bandcamp page. Who's to blame for this heinous act of censorship?! #FreeTheNipple

Lanza Manza is not only the wizard-hero the Bandcamp underground deserves; he's the wizard-hero it needs. While in the context of modern America's social mores, Mr. Manza's unrepentant banjo fuckery, homages to Shrek (The Green One), and long-form/Warholian sound experiments (such as the one above) can only be described as transgressive and as affronts to public decency, we've no doubt that his revolutionary antics will be commemorated by future generations of outsiders via epic folk songs and feast days.

Obligatory spooky thing for Halloween. Spoopiest drones you'll hear all year! We're calling it now: :^( > Kannon.