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Biggest Ups: Over 40 Artists Share Their Favorite Albums of 2017


Bandcamp artists pick their favorite albums of the year.

One of the features on Bandcamp Daily that generates the greatest amount of enthusiasm is Big Ups. The concept is simple: we ask artists who used Bandcamp to recommend their favorite Bandcamp discoveries. So, in honor of our Best of 2017 coverage, we decided to take Big Ups and super-size it. Here, more than 40 artists to tell us their favorite albums of the year.

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gSp Bring Chaotic, Spontaneous Joy to Feminist Punk


Photo by Dave Harvey.

If “supergroups” exist, girlSperm (aka “gSp”) surely qualifies. Its members, Marissa Magic, Tobi Vail, and Layla Gibbon, need little introduction for most attuned to U.S. feminist, punk, and/or noise circles and the music, writing, and performance art thereof. When not engaged in making radical sounds that Vail describes as “pushing back against a culture that does not reflect or value feminist, anti-authoritarian ideals, or acknowledge that conflict isn’t always negative,” all three members of girlSperm are deeply inventive, hilarious, and incisive writers who regularly publish under- and overground work both on- and offline.

In DEEP SUBURBIA #2, from 2012-13, Magic writes about a fascination with male rock star sexuality: “Not wanting to be a man exactly but wanting the built-in fantasy that comes along with being a man. I wanted to be a bad boy. The Jack Kerouac whatever wander across the U.S. (p.s. hate that book) […] I wanted a sexuality sans the male gaze, to not have my sexuality be for someone else but instead be an incidental aspect of myself.” Their music is playful in a way punk and feminism are rarely, and fearlessly joyful in a way all artists can be inspired by.

gSp’s first 12” is out now on Thrilling Living Records, and we caught up with the band over the summer to talk about the power of joyous chaos, the connection between music and writing, and more.

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