Some time back I came across JPEGMAFIA on Bandcamp and liked what I heard, so I bought their albums “Veteran” and “The 2nd Amendment”, both good albums. This week I decided that it was time to buy another album from them, one that I had my eyes on for a while, but other purchases got in the way.
Compared to the other albums this album is a little more hip-hoppy and less noise, but only slightly. The songs are satirical and funny on the whole and hard-edged at the same time. The best thing to do is listen to a song for yourself…
This will not be to everyone’s tastes, especially those that like M&Ms, but it fits my idiom quite well.
Music count 2019: 21
My latest purchase on Bandcamp is from Terminal Cheesecake, a band that I have been listening to for a very long time.
This is their latest album, released last month. In 2016 they released Dandelion Sauce Of The Ancients, which was their first album in 18 years after a long hiatus. I was chuffed to get that album, and it was well worth the wait. This new album is good, but not quite as good as Dandelion Sauce. They have gone for more of an experimental sound, and it is also more psychedelic sounding. The basic Terminal Cheesecake sound is there, but it is missing some of the catchy droning sounds that previous albums have.
Of course, more listens are needed, perhaps it will grow on me a bit more, but it is still a very worthy addition to the Terminal Cheesecake collection.
Music count 2019: 20
The musical purchases have slowed down considerably recently, here are a few that I need to catch up on.
Blondie – The Best Of
This is a double-up my brother gave me when I was in NZ, and I was chuffed to get it as I like early Blondie.
All of the good songs are here including “Heart of Glass”, “Hangin’ on the Telephone, “The Tide is High”, and more. There is no real need to buy any other Blondie albums as they are one of those bands that have one or two great hit songs on an album, then a lot of filler. Later Blondie was just plain awful (1982’s “The Hunter” is a terrible album).
MKULTRA – The Beautiful Mind of MK
This is a Bandcamp purchase I had my eye on for a while, so I finally bought it a few weeks back, I think I paid $5 for it.
It is an experimental hip-hop release with a singer who likes to swear a lot and talk about all kinds of stuff…not really sure what he is going on about really. I quite like it though, something different.
M.I.A. – Arular
I was in Book Off intending to buy a CD by a band called Beef Terminal when I came across this, and decided it would be worth getting instead.
A few years back M.I.A. (she is from Sri Lanka, but now based in the U.K.) had a hit called “Paper Airplanes“, whichis a very catchy number, so I thought this album might be worth a try.
On first listen though it did not grab me at all, can’t really put my finger on why. Perhaps it needs a few more listens. Here is a track to give you an idea.
Still, she is original and has a message to get across. Respectamundo.
Music count 2019: 19
Misery Index are a death metal/grindcore band from Baltimore in the U.S. I got into them a few years back, and have all of their albums so far. This is their latest, just released a couple of days ago, and as soon as I heard it was released I immediately bought it for US$10 on Bandcamp.
I realise that absolutely no one reading this is probably into Misery Index, let alone death metal or grindcore, so I will keep it short.
It’s a good album, just as good as anything they have done before, but no real change either. A few more listens are required to decide if it is their best album.
Here is the video for the title track, followed by some comments left on YouTube.
This is gunna destroy the little subwoofer in my truck
My neighbours liked the song that much, they told the police about it…
The world does not deserve this band.
Music count 2019: 7
I bought JPEGMAFIA’s “Veteran” album on Bandcamp a while ago and liked it, so I thought I would get this ,too.
The music is a mixture of rap and hip-hop, and is also tagged as punk rap on Bandcamp. The lyrics are political or race related, with the rappers always sounding quite angry.
Overall it doesn’t really grab me much, JPEGMAFIA’s “Veteran” album is much better. But, for only US$5 I am not complaining at all.
The best track also has a video…
Music count 2019: 4
Doing a random search of good music to find on Bandcamp I came across this November 2018 release, and as it was only two pounds I thought it was worth a try.
This release is tagged as “detroit techno” as well as “electronic” on Bandcamp. The musician though is from Nottingham, and has only one other release titled “Music in the key of Major”, from 2016.
The music is nothing overly special, but quite listen able, and some of the song titles are amusing such as the first track which is called “Thinkin’ bout that galaxy, far, far, away”, and the last track “If we die, they live, a win-win situation ver 3.1471”.
Take a listen for yourself here. Using my fave music tracking website LastFM I found that I am one of only 49 people listening to Kretchmer, which puts me in an elite group I suppose.
Music count 2019: 3
I have been curious about Grime music recently, so I decided to find out what it is all about by purchasing this Bandcamp compilation of “old skool grime” by a chap named DJ Perry D. It cost only 95 pence.
There are 36 tracks and I got through ten of them before I had too much. Even though all of the songs are by different artists, they all sounded the same and the music is really in your face kind of stuff, so it wears you down a bit. I wouldn’t say the music is bad, but it does get a bit much.
Here are a couple of examples…
For 95p I am not complaining at all, but from now on I will listen to a maximum of five tracks at a time.
Music count 2019: 1