Bandcamp: Was Ist Das? picks

The Corona virus has had a devastating impact on underground music with venues shut, tours cancelled and a lot of money being lost by thos involved. As a fundraiser, that bastion of the underground, Bandcamp, are wavering all fees for labels/artists today. So there’s never been a better time to support your underground by buying direct and getting high quality digital files. However, there’s a ton of stuff out there and the high traffic is making the site a little unstable and slow. So here’s a curated view, all stuff that I’ve personally bought:

A career spanning collection of demos and unreleased gems from Six Organs of Admittance is a pretty damn vital thing. This digital only release is pay what you can afford and ESSENTIAL:

This was the album that made me a Wooden Wand fan when I got the vinyl off Blackest Rainbow. Long out of print so this is the best way to get it. Kinda disturbing to think that was 10 years ago. Also, can we just say that Blackest Rainbow was a label that massively influenced my tastes in music?

Sunburned Hand of the Man were for many a gateway band, one that really signified that anything goes. “Wedlock” is definitely one of the major albums BUT check the discography deal. You can get everything on their bandcamp page for $39. That’s 115 albums of wild, wild jams and freak outs.

A beautiful collaboration between the sainted sci-fi author and an avant garde composer, this is their imagined culture of an alien race from one of her books. It’s world music from another world.

If you fancy some speed-prog madness from the band that incensed the critics, stunned audiences and created their own unique world. Imagine a cross between Magma and Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and something very fast.

Ben Frost takes the textures of abstract ambient and approaches them with a punk ferocity, making his music a slow-building burn out of electronic force.

This is the original compilation that defined the new Japanese psych scene. Beautifully remastered for vinyl and digital and guaranteed to burn down the house.

If you smoked weed between 1998 and 2003 in England you probably heard this at some point. It’s aged beautifully and turns out you can listen to it when you’re straight too. Get this on lossless on your big speakers!

Legendary Phoenix group co-founder by Alan Bishop and W. David Oliphant. Weirdly got lumped into the industrial scene, probably due to the split album they did with Controlled Bleeding but you can tell by this 1987 album (Bishop had left by then but all of Sun City Girls guest on this one) they were in a world of their own.

A great collection of early Liles stuff, though if you’re staying in on shutdown you should consider you can get everything on his bandcamp for 88 quid and that’s enough music to outlast any emergency, as some of the “albums” are actually enormous box sets. This would last you till August without repeating anything

A perfect recording of a perfect moment in time, when Raising Holy Sparks started off day two of the Tor Ist Das! festival. Special guests galore, it starts with a sermon in the church pulpit and ends with a mass session including 3 harmoniums.

Amazing improvisation duo, it was an honor to put out their first two releases on Was Ist Das? but this is their third and most recent on Feeding Tube records. An angelic conversation with eternity

Germany’s current champions of pushing rock ‘n’ roll out of the envelope. An amazing live band and this album bottles the lightning beautifully.

An astonishing live performance that made me feel excited to be in Arizona. They’re not actually a trio and on here are much augmented with some heavenly horns.

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