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Community is the Key for These Toronto Punks

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Photos by Alex Kress

Making your band’s name an acronym inevitably prompts questions about what those letters actually represent. Over the course of their six years as a band, members of the Toronto hardcore outfit S.H.I.T. haven’t been forthcoming about what those four letters mean, making their debut album title What Do You Stand For? (on Iron Lung and La Vida Es Un Mus Discos) a winking reaffirmation of their cryptic ways that flips the question back onto listeners.

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The Best Punk on Bandcamp, June 2018

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Bandcamp has long been a home for DIY punk and hardcore from around the world, touching all of the myriad subgenre styles, and helping to translate the simple effectiveness of cut-and-paste to the digital age. For June’s edition of the best punk releases on Bandcamp, Kerry Cardoza features the dreamy punk sounds of D.C.’s Governess, the refreshing hardcore of S.H.I.T., a perfect post-punk EP from Chicago’s Bruised, and more.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Guitar Pop, Portuguese Dance, Afropop & More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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Five Flawless Punk Sets Live on the Radio

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What is the best way to experience music: live or recorded? It’s an age-old question with a multitude of different defenses, explanations, and rationalizations. A live band is more visceral and immediate. A recording is exactly how an artist meant to represent their art. Live shows are spontaneous and unpredictable, a measure of an artist’s true skill. Records are made for the ages. Live shows have a communal nature. Recordings are often listened to in solitude. This question is especially relevant to DIY punk bands, known for their wild live energy and well-known lack of resources when it comes to recordings.

In-studio radio sets are a natural blend of the two experiences, through which listeners can experience both the live energy and immediacy of a band playing together and the controlled, dialed-in sound of recorded music. They capture the band at a specific moment, have the spontaneity of a live gig, and have a technical professional at the helm making sure it sounds good during the performance and for future listening. Many DJs, such as the legendary John Peel, have built their legacies around capturing sets that would often come to be considered essential parts of bands’ catalogs.

Bandcamp is packed with radio sets that have been recorded for both physical release and/or for plain posterity’s sake. Here are a few of the great punk and hardcore selections that are well worth investigation to get you started.

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