When Bandcamp Friday began in March 2020, the site was expected to forgo its typical revenue-sharing process and allow musicians to keep 100% of the money they earn from sales through the streaming site. However, with the website having recorded sales of $4.3 million in the inaugural event and $7 million in their second, Bandcamp announced that it would continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays in the future.
Today is the first Bandcamp Friday in 2022, and the event offers a full day to give back to local artists in a fairer business model. A number of KC artists use Bandcamp for their music, and if you’re serious about supporting artists in your community, it’s a great way to give back (while also getting some amazing tracks.)
This is a dream! by Hombree
The new album is out this morning. If there’s one thing you’re going to buy today, do it. You can’t go wrong with Hembree.
constancy by La Roseline
We are almost three months away from the release of The Roseline’s seventh studio album, constancy, and the five-piece folk band’s instrumentals still exude dreamy undertones and an undertone of ferocity. Even though each track guides its listeners through an emotional and honest journey, few 10-track projects break new ground for the outfit. What he represents instead, however, is a perfected craft. A sense of cohesion not found in earlier recordings is undeniable in constancy, likely thanks in large part to The Roseline’s evolution towards a synergistic approach to songwriting. Lawrence’s folk group finds its place here. It’s a record that takes more personal risks without turning away from what the band does best, and it’s a record worth listening to.
“Wednesday” and “Over My Head” by Noah Spencer
Singer-songwriter Noah Spencer has released his debut album Census in 2021. While the 30-minute escape into a bed of soft voices buzzes like the colors of a neon street sign, the two tracks that got it here are also worth checking out. These two songs – a duet of tracks that hit listening platforms last year and can be found on Census-are “Wednesday” and “Over My Head”. The first sees Spencer collaborating with Addie Sartino, as the two deliver a sweet vocal duet over haunting guitars. “Over My Head,” meanwhile, adds about a minute of runtime to help deliver a cinematic feel that puts more emphasis on the pacing of it all.
Jason Beers and Quilt Records
Did you read “Quilt by Association” by Nick Spacek in the latest issue of Field? You should do this. Once you read it, you’ll understand why you probably want to buy all that discography.
BrainBaby by Baby and the Brain
After listening to Baby and the Brain’s BrainBaby, you’ll find yourself hooked by the songs and charmed by the inclusion of improvised moments in the studio moments where the pair of Dia and Jo talk and laugh. It’s a touch that only reinforces the intimate nature of songs like “Icarus.” These intimate cuts are contrasted by the cheerful “PT Cruiser” or the country (with banjo!) “Sarah”. Everything is wonderfully different, but the harmonies and emotional honesty come through in every cut.
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The entire discography is available here. If you haven’t dabbled in MM yet, there simply aren’t any bad leads. At The Pitch, we love them, and so do you.
Kansas City Lights by They Call Me Sauce and The Popper
Kansas City Lights demonstrates that the old and the new can exist side by side to create something where rhythms, rhymes and pure joyful verve come together in an upbeat collection of 11 songs celebrating not just the city itself, but friendship. combination of They Call Moi Sauce and Le Popper. Plus, the album has all the hallmarks of an old-school mixtape, with drops from notables in the area’s music, including an absolutely scorching intro from Hot 103 Jamz DJ, Brian B. Shynin.
Logbook by Erin Eades
Logbook is Erin Eades’ EP, a five-song, 18-minute collection of intimate tracks ranging from gritty to nasal to hard-hitting. If there’s one theme that prevails throughout the bite-sized project, it’s self-reflection, as the album’s storyteller mixes low-pitched vocal tones with both moments of rebellion and the desire for happier times. It’s an honest project that sees Eades proving herself as a flexible musician and songwriter.
Rattle Rattle, clap of thunder! Boom! Boom! Boom! by All Blood
We recently featured this musician on the Streetwise podcast, but the whole new album is pop bop. It also ends with a nice cover of a piece by local musician Manipulator Alligator.
Kansas City’s UN/TUCK Collective, a queer record label and artist group, has a number of albums available on its Bandcamp page, ranging in genre and mood. Discover the artist Floraviolet shrinking violet, or UN/TUCK co-founder Mazzy Mann’s album maara2, published on Mother Russia Industries.