I received this postcard along with my copy of the new Arch Garrison album. The personal touch.
It feels endless and anarchic, a riposte to the algorithmically determined monoculture behind everything from the Spotify Recommended section to ghost kitchen-reheated delivery food. Bandcamp, and the half-billion dollars it has paid to artists since its inception in 2008, is real.
Bandcamp is great. It’s refreshing to find a company like this that really does care about artists and music. I’ve built up quite a collection of Bandcamp purchases now.
The weather was wet and miserable today but things brightened a little when I followed a link to this album, The Stubborness Of Things by Peter Rogers (Bandcamp). I had one listen through and bought it soon after. My new “Good Things” Twitter list is bearing fruit already.
Sad but not entirely unexpected news of Tim Smith’s death. Cardiacs and Tim Smith made the world a better place if you were open to the music. The songs will continue to do that for me. It’s great to see all of the media coverage today despite the total indifference to Cardiacs in the past.
I don’t often buy vinyl these days but when I do it tends to be things like double album picture discs by Sparks.
As co-author (with Phil Smart) of Van der Graaf Generator – The Book in 2005, I was able to interview several of the band’s famous admirers. One of them was Marc Almond, the singer of Soft Cell and a successful solo artist, who had covered a few of Van der Graaf vocalist-songwriter Peter Hammill...