All New Players Up! Twitter Too!

bandcamp new embedded players

We’ve just launched a bunch of beautiful new players for you, your fans and the press to embed across the web. They’re simple, customizable, free, and completely focused on your music.

First up is a large player, shown here without a tracklist:

with a tracklist:

and in a minimal, cover-art-only version:

The large player also gives you the option of integrating your merch right into it, like this (try clicking the vinyl images):

We also have a lighter weight medium player:

and an ultra-compact small player:

To create one of the new players, click the Share/Embed control located just beneath your cover art, then click “embed this album”:
click share/embed, then embed this album

You can then customize your player, adjusting its size, color, whether it includes the tracklist and images of your merchandise, and so on:
customize player

We’re also pleased to report that our new players now appear right inside of Twitter whenever you or your fans tweet out an album or track link, like this:

bandcamp players on twitter

A few things you may be wondering:

Where do I paste the embed code?
Paste the code into the HTML of your website or blog post, and voila, you’ll have a player.

Do these work in WordPress?
Yes. If you’re using WordPress.com, be sure to choose “wordpress.com” from the radio selection just below the embed code. That will give you a special WordPress shortcode that you can paste right it into your post or page.

How about Tumblr?
On any track or album page, click the Share/Embed button and then click the Tumblr button (next to Tweet). That will automatically embed the horizontal player, and it’ll look great in your blog and on Tumblr’s dashboard. It’s possible to embed the standard or small layout player instead, but it will not appear inline in Tumblr’s dashboard view, so we don’t recommend it. If you wish to defy our counsel, you’ll need to go to https://www.tumblr.com/settings and temporarily switch your “Edit posts using” setting from “rich text editor” to “plain text/HTML” (Tumblr’s default rich text editor strips some of the attributes from the tag, which causes the player to clip). Then click the Share/Embed link back on Bandcamp, choose “Embed this album,” and pick the standard or small player.

Can I use the new players inside of Facebook?
Facebook requires Flash for their widgets, so these (which are HTML5) won’t work there. However, you can still put a Bandcamp player into Facebook simply by pasting an album or track URL into your status. That will drop in our Flash-based player, which, while not the same design as these, will still work just fine.

As always, thank you for using Bandcamp!

The New Bandcamp.com

brand new bandcamp home page

Today we’re launching a brand new home page that’s focused on promoting all the incredible music on Bandcamp. The centerpiece is the Bandcamp Weekly show, hosted by Andrew Jervis. Andrew joins us from the renowned Ubiquity Records, where he headed up A&R for 14 years, and the Friday Night Session, which he hosted and produced at KUSF for the past 17. Every Tuesday he’ll bring you an hour’s worth of the best tunes on Bandcamp – exclusives, previews, recent faves, classics, and obscurities from around the world.

We’re not only excited about the music Andrew will be playing, but also by the way we’re presenting it. Unlike my car stereo, which coyly revealed that I heard MACKLEM this morning, the weekly show displays the current track’s cover art, album name, related merch, artist name, bio image and location, and of course lets you buy or wishlist all the music on the spot. Each week we also highlight a gorgeous illustration of a featured artist, starting this week with Helado Negro, rendered by the talented Oliver Barrett. We’ve got a batch of our favorite illustrators lined up and can’t wait to share their work with you.

Continuing with the editorial focus, you’ll see that we now have a regular feature (Andrew interviews R&B beat-making supremo Shlohmo this first week), a steady stream of all that is new & notable, and curated Bandcamp collections by special guests (courtesy of Bandcamp for Fans, and kicked off by eccentric Seattle MCs THEESatisfaction and Portland’s heavy-rocking Red Fang).

We’ve also moved Discover front-and-center and added wishlisting, staff picks, and the ability to slice by daily sales. Discover has driven more than 30,000 record sales in its previously somewhat obscure location, so it was high time we gave it front page placement.

Thanks, and hope you enjoy the show!

Bandcamp Thumbs Up For Innovative Bundling…

A couple of weeks ago we noticed that Denver-based My Body Sings Electric sold out of tickets to an upcoming show. Nothing new here. But, the band used their Bandcamp site to bundle $10 tickets with a free download of their recently released Oceancrest single. Even better, for a couple bucks more, fans could get a free t-shirt, too. Simple, but genius.

tickets

“We wanted all of our stuff in one place,” explains band member Brandon Whalen. “Selling tickets and merch has actually been a snap for us,” he adds. The band handled Bandcamp orders and left the appropriate tickets, and goodies, for will-call pick-up at the Bluebird Theatre. Their scheme worked a treat, the band sold out of their allotted tickets quickly. “Pairing tickets with merch is a super stellar way to move some of our inventory, get some income flowing, and get the fans an even better deal,” says Whalen.

Kudos to My Body Sings Electric, check out their pop-leaning indie sounds.

We love to hear of interesting, out of the ordinary, and innovative packages for sale on Bandcamp. Oh, and as I type, here’s a unique bundle I just learned of (surely a Bandcamp first,) from the Brooklyn-based Stars and Letters record label who are bundling A Madagascan Sunset Moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) set in a glass vial with free download of the GYPSMYTH album.

Stars and Letters

Big shout to Stars and Letters, their Misfit Mod “Sugar C” single is a recent personal favorite.

Bandcamp for Fans

Once more unto the mailbag:

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve randomly found new artists that I like but wasn’t ready to make a music purchase. If I had a fan account it would make it a heck of a lot easier for me to go back and revisit those artists and buy their material. Nothing too intrusive, I would hate for you guys to go all Myspace on us. You could also allow fans to see the albums that other fans have purchased, and this would help spread the word about good music virally.”
–Marcus P.

Good news: we’ve been working on exactly that (and then some). Today we’re giving fans the ability to showcase their Bandcamp music collections, follow their favorite artists, explore the music of like-minded fans, add items to a wishlist, and more. In developing these features, we’ve been guided by one overriding objective: grow revenue for artists while keeping the core Bandcamp experience as simple and clean as possible. Here’s how it all works:

Collection pages

bandcamp for fans, collection pages

“I’ve always enjoyed raiding Bandcamp for new music and the fact that it now displays it all on the collection page like little trophies is ace. Makes me dead proud of actually paying for music.”
– Josh U.

Every fan gets a dedicated collection page where they can show off the music that they’ve purchased via Bandcamp (here’s a particularly excellent example 😉 ). Fans can pick their favorite tracks, write a few words about why they like each record, customize the look and layout of their collection, and share the whole thing with other fans, who can then play through and purchase the music themselves. In short, collection pages turn every fan into a promoter of the artists they love. They’re beautiful, work great on mobile, and in the short time they’ve been in limited beta have already driven thousands of new sales to artists.

Following fans

Fans can follow other fans, meaning they’ll be notified whenever those fans collect new music. (These notifications currently happen via a digest email, and we’ll add a feed option soon.) Fans can discover interesting people to follow in a few different ways. First, when viewing their own collection page, a fan will see a list of suggested fans. Second, when viewing any item on any collection page, a fan can see a list of who else bought that item and what they had to say about it, and then go exploring those fans’ collections (warning: this is seriously addictive). Third, when a fan buys something that they discovered via another fan’s collection, we send the original fan a congratulatory email, so they can a) strut around the rest of the day feeling chuffed and b) explore the full collection of the fan whose life they’ve just changed for the better. Finally, fans can discover one another via artists’ album and track pages. But that deserves a section of its own…

bandcamp fans, follow fan

Supported-by

bandcamp for fans, supported by

“Just realized that this Bandcamp fan thing in effect incentivises people to pay for music as social display/status. A good thing.”
– @hatross

Back on Bandcamp artist pages, there are a few subtle but important changes. The first of these is the “supported by” section, which displays thumbnails of the fans who bought that record. These are, first and foremost, fun to explore (“I wonder who else bought this, and what other music they’ve collected”), but they also act as an important additional incentive for a fan to make a purchase, since a) it means their face appears on the sites of their favorite artists, and b) it promotes their own collection, since clicking any fan’s thumbnail navigates to their collection page. By default we show a single row of the latest purchasers, but you can expand that to see all the supporters, and read what they had to say about the record (the artist also has the option to remove any of these they wish).

Wishlisting

bandcamp for fans, wishlist

Also below the cover art there’s a new wishlist link (only visible to logged-in fans). Clicking it adds the item to the wishlist section of a fan’s collection page, so they can come back and purchase it later.

Following artists

Fans can also now follow their favorite artists, meaning they’ll get a notification from Bandcamp whenever that artist releases new music (following also adds the fan to the artist’s mailing list). The fan can either click the follow button on an artist page (like the wishlist link, only visible to logged-in fans), or simply make a purchase, which makes them follow the artist automatically.

So how does one get a Bandcamp fan account?

It’s easy: buy something and we invite you. If you’ve already made purchases through Bandcamp, visit http://bandcamp.com/fans and follow the instructions there.

I already have a Bandcamp artist account, can I sign up for a fan account too?

Yes. If you’d like your artist and fan account to be one and the same (so there’s no logging out of one and in to the other nonsense), make sure you’re logged in to your artist account, and then either a) go buy some music, or b) if you’ve already purchased music, proceed directly to sign up.

Anything I need to do as an artist?

No, but if you tell your fans (the ones who have supported you through Bandcamp, that is) to sign up for their free account, then you’ll have more people with more collection pages promoting your music.

I’m sensing that there’s some deeper motivation at work here. Is there?

Just over a year ago, the internet was abuzz with the concept of “frictionless sharing”: watch a video, read an article, or play some music, and the activity is automatically shared with your friends. I hated the idea (rightly and eloquently panned by Farhad Manjoo as killing taste), and we set out to create its opposite. Bandcamp for fans is a social music discovery system based on the high-friction concept of ownership. If someone simply listens to a song, I frankly don’t care at all. And if someone listens to a song and then burns .01 calories tapping a Like button… well that’s slightly more interesting, but I still don’t care much. However, if someone is passionate enough about a record to spend money on it – to actually support the artist who made it, and perhaps even write a bit about why they love it – that makes me much more likely listen to that record, and perhaps add it to my collection as well.

This high-friction approach to sharing works. During our beta, fans who created accounts increased their spending by 40% on average, and the small test group now drives as many sales to artists as all Twitter traffic to all Bandcamp sites combined. If this is surprising, it won’t be once you’ve experienced how much fun it is to browse through people’s collections. It’s a bit like you’re at a party, hear a track you like, ask the host about it, and then they say “oh, if you like that you have to listen to this and this,” and they’re right there telling you why, and every track and album becomes a portal into another person’s party/collection. It’s a blast.

So go sign up. Start exploring. Go. Go!

You’re still here? It’s over. Go home. Go. Jeesh, OK. Then we’re going to make you read a tiny sample of what our beta testers have been saying:

“trying out the @bandcamp fan account. this is gonna seriously dent my wallet” –@atlumschema

I love the look of the fan page and imagine it’s going to amp up my purchase rate 100x.” –Michael E.

the new-release-by and new-music-purchased-by emails are coming close to rivaling the Experimedia mailing list for their DANGEROUSNESS TO MY WALLET.” –Mike R.

Ok, you really found a way to make me spend more money on your site, way more money, which I’m totally ok with because I love good music and I love your model. I’ve been browsing other collections and finding great stuff.” –David M.

“I’m totally in love, it’s absolutely awesome. I’m now finding tonnes of new bands a second; terrible for my bank balance but otherwise great!” –Josh U.

“brilliant idea! reckon sales are gonna grow fast & your artists will be the benefactors.” –Jonathan B.

“Thank you for making a great resource even better. The new fan page is fully appreciated and brilliantly executed. My morning is already disappearing in other people’s collections. Keep doing what you’re doing!” –Barry Q.

“Just wanted to say that I love the new account feature! Like Bandcamp in general, the whole thing is unpretentious and really about the music.” –Joe S.

“The new fan account feature is amazing. So much of my time is devoted to finding new music and artists, and this setup completely streamlines this and I’m able to quickly find new material to fall in love with. Bandcamp was already my favourite way to buy music and support artists, and it’s just become better. Nice one.” –Michael M.

“i have been telling everyone about the brilliant new fan accounts, i think they want me to shut up now. but i am seriously impressed with the idea. the thought crossed my mind to re-purchase music i had bought elsewhere JUST so it would be on my profile. crazy right?? and it also made me think that i would want to make ALL my future music purchases through bandcamp when possible…just to make my profile more complete. so there ya go, props for brilliance. and for creating such an awesome place for musicians to get their music heard AND NOW for the fans to be a part of it.” –Laura B.

“Bandcamp is the best thing that has happened to music since the iPod.  I love that you are adding a social element, and I look forward to seeing comments from others and checking out collections of others with similar tastes.” –Paul G.

“I feel that you are offering a direct relationship to the artists without trying to clone/integrate the social network nonsense. It’s all about music and that’s what you understand best. I am so excited to be treated as a fan, not a consumer.” –Arnaud M.

“You guys are doing exactly what I think is important for the music industry. Whenever I discover an artist, I check Bandcamp first. Whenever I talk to artists, I ask why they don’t have a Bandcamp. I’d keep gushing but I have work. Thank you. THANK you!” –Scott R.

“Love the new fan sites. It’s exactly what I’ve been saying was needed! Thanks for doing it – it’s going to benefit both fans and musicians so much!” –Aidan S.

“Really excited about what you’ve got going on here. A place for people who actually care about music to share their passion with both other like-minded individuals and the artists they love. I’m really excited for what is to come! Keep it up! Your vision is coming together!”
–Devin B.

“Great job on the new fan pages, they truly are revolutionary.” –Ryan G.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible this new beta is. I’ve been a fan (pun intended) of Bandcamp for years, and this just makes it all that much better.” –Ken K.

“This is awesome! I was so hoping you would do something like this and I am ecstatic that you did!” –Will H.

“Thanks for building a service that makes my life better. This new feature is a very welcome addition to Bandcamp, and I think it’ll make for a much richer experience. Wishlist is worth the price of admission alone.” –Dirk B.

“I just wanted to congratulate you on the new fan profile feature on Bandcamp. As usual, you guys just get it.” –Andy R.

“Oh wow, I’m in absolute love with @Bandcamp’s new ‘Fan account’ thing. Thanks for the beta invite, lovelies. http://bandcamp.com/colorization” –@robokick

“I’m thankful for @bandcamp fan pages. These are so awesome.” –@emilyhogan

“Well, @bandcamp took notice. Fan pages, and they’re sweet. Even recognized all my purchases in one shot. Support the artists people!” –@pasarin

“Just made a @bandcamp fan account. I like where this is going. One of my fav sites. All about the music/musicians! http://bandcamp.com/ryanmaksymic” –@ryanmaksymic

“Really digging the new Bandcamp Fan feature. Happy to see the site grow in this direction. http://bandcamp.com/seanmcg” –@seanmcg

“Holy shit, bandcamp fan accounts. Bandcamp is unstoppable.” –@DigitalPatrat

“Damn. This new Bandcamp fan account functionality has everything I’ve been wanting.” –@compactrobot

“Absolutely loving the new @Bandcamp “fan pages”. A history of music you’ve bought through Bandcamp, shared for friends: http://bit.ly/Y3XmK5” –@bradleysalmanac

“Stoked @bandcamp finally launched fan profiles! Best source for music from independent artists. Check out my library: http://bandcamp.com/evanbenner” –@EvanBenner

“super excited about new @bandcamp fan accounts 🙂 been wanting these for a long time. http://bandcamp.com/apopagasm” –@_kevinallen

“@DarkHorse_Audio SO loving the new Bandcamp fan pages! What a wicked way to find new music. Followed you there :)” –@InsidiousGhost

Every Bandcamp site is now an awesome mobile site

mobile artist sites on bandcamp

All artist sites on Bandcamp now work and look great on mobile. We’ve optimized everything for the smaller screen and touch interface, so your albums look fantastic, fans can browse through your merch store with ease, and the checkout flow is fast and intuitive:

mobile artist site merch, part 1

mobile artist site merch, part 2

Does this mean you expect my fans to launch their mobile browser and peck out dubya-dubya-dubya myband dot bandcamp dot com? No. But for all those fans checking their Facebook or Twitter feed on their phone, and who then see a link to your latest release, they’ll be able to listen and purchase immediately:

mobile artist site from tweet

Is there anything I need to do to get all this goodness? No, all of this is working now, you don’t need to do anything. However, if you’d like a mobile-specific header image (like the ones you see in the screenshots above), you can upload one from your profile page.

mobile artist site custom header

Am I excited about this? We flipped on the mobile-optimized view a few days ago and sales from mobile devices immediately doubled. So if you’re just streaming on Bandcamp and linking to a non-mobile-optimized site for your sales, no, you’re not excited at all. But if you’re selling digital on Bandcamp, yes, you are fired up. And if your merch is also on Bandcamp, you are excited++.

Merch!

bandcamp merch tab

One of our most frequent feature requests is for a standalone merch section, so you can list t-shirts, posters and so on, independently of albums. Plenty of you have done clever things to work around this deficiency, creating, for example, one-track “albums” titled “t-shirt,” or painstakingly adding dozens of merch items to whatever is your latest release. Ridiculous, we know, and we’ve been eager to do something about it forever. So today we’re launching the merch page, a dedicated section of your Bandcamp site that allows you to present your merch side-by-side with your music, all in a single, beautiful, unified storefront. It’s easily customizable, integrates with the same great shopping cart, and you can even bundle any of your tracks or albums with any of your merch items. Want to give fans your latest single when they buy your new hoodie? Include an album with one of your posters? Doing so is trivial. Here’s how it works:

Up at the top of your Bandcamp site there’s a new command, “add merch”:

add merch menu item

Clicking that launches the merch editor, where you describe the item, set its pricing, add images, and if you like, pick a track or album to bundle with it:

include the download of an album or track with merch

Items are added to your spiffy new merch page, where you can drag and drop things around however you like (if you have existing merch, you’ll notice it’s already there too):

moving merch items around

Clicking any merch item navigates to its page, where your fans see the full description and can view more images:

merch item page

The new navigation bar, located just beneath your header, lets fans move between your music and merch sections. You can easily modify the bar’s colors from the design dialog, or edit it to change the link text or hide it entirely:

navigation bar with edit link

If you already have your site navigation in your custom header (using an image map), just hide the navigation bar and use yoursite.bandcamp.com/merch to link to your merch section, and yoursite.bandcamp.com/music to link to your music:

custom music and merch links in banner with navbar hidden

And that’s about it. While many of you are now thinking “Awesome, finally!,” we suspect some may be wondering why you’d put your merch up on Bandcamp. There is, after all, a 10% revenue share, and perhaps you’ve got your merch on another storefront already. The simple answer is that you’ll earn more money. Here’s why.

A few questions we anticipate you may still have:

I already have a bunch of posters, buttons, and t-shirts on my album pages. What should I do?
They’re already on your merch page too. You can leave them on your album page, or you can remove them by editing the album and clicking “detach” next to the merch item.

I’m one of the people who made one-track albums for my posters and t-shirts, what should I do?
Double-check that the item is on your merch page, and go ahead and delete the album.

How does this work for music-related merch, like vinyl, CDs and cassettes?
We automatically show your vinyl, CDs and other music merch on both your merch page and the page of their associated albums. If someone clicks your vinyl from the merch page, that will take them right to its album page.

I don’t see my merch section.
That means that you either don’t have any merch yet, or that all your merch is music-related (e.g., vinyl, CD, etc.) and on a single album (in which case we display it on that album’s page).

I want another picture.
We can do no better than The Oatmeal.

Thanks, be sure to check out your Bandcamp site, verify that everything is dialed in how you like it, and drop us a note in the comments if you have any questions.

Update: Ben cooked up a little tutorial, check it out here: http://bandcamp.com/merch_how_to

New Features Up!

We’re launching lots of new stuff today, let’s get right to it:

New Album Editor
We’ve dramatically streamlined the album creation and editing process. You can now modify an entire album’s worth of tracks in a single UI, and save drafts of your albums as you work on them. We’ve also switched uploads to use HTML5, so you’ll no longer see that annoying Flash permissions dialog every time you add new music. And you can now specify any track in your album to be featured, meaning that track will be cued up first when fans visit or embed your album, and will also be the one that plays in the new Discoverinator. It all looks like this:

A sentence or two and a simple screenshot can’t convey all that’s improved here, so go edit your albums, set your featured tracks, and check it out for yourself!

Bandcamp Pro
We also now have a Pro option that includes batch upload, private streaming, Google Analytics, optional streaming and (coming soon) deeper customization features. Rather than tell you about all the goodness here, we’ve put together a dedicated page where you can learn more and sign up. Pricing is $10 USD/month, but if you’ve already got an account you get Pro for half off ($5 USD/month) for the first year.

Search
If you’ve ever searched for music on Bandcamp, you know that we’ve always just bailed out to Google for our results. Highly effective, but not the most elegant experience. So we now have our own integrated search, and it’s quickly paid off: since quietly rolling it out a few weeks back, there’s been a significant bump in sales generated from Bandcamp-initiated searches. You can try it out from the front page, the results look like this:

This is just the first of several big feature drops we have lined up for this summer, leading up to our fourth anniversary in September. We’re incredibly excited to show you guys what’s next, and thrilled to provide a service that in just a few weeks will hit $20 million earned by artists around the world. From all of us at Bandcamp, thanks for being a part of it!

Right Away, Great Captain!

Andy Hull, lead singer of Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra, has just finished the third in a trilogy of solo albums under the name Right Away, Great Captain!

On May 17th, pre-orders opened on the $60 4-LP triple-album set, and a $120 deluxe edition. It sold out in four days. We caught up with Andy to learn more…

First off, congratulations. You signed up for Bandcamp the day before your record went on sale, so we were pretty surprised when your pre-sale just blew up.

Yeah, that was crazy. The Bandcamp front page had the real time sales updates and we could see what was moving. That was my home page for a couple of days.

How did you come to release a 4-vinyl set?

The Church Of The Good Thief vinyl trilogy set by Right Away, Great Captain!For me it was a pretty intense decision to print up all three of those albums, especially on a four-LP set with colored vinyl. We’ve done extensive packaging before with the other bands that I’m in but there’s always been a label who’s helped to do it all. This time it was truly just me on my own, with a little bit of help from Jeremiah [Edmond, former Manchester Orchestra drummer]. It’s an investment in yourself, and it’s daunting to put down enough money to print that many.

When the day came to finally put it on sale, I was hoping that in the first hour we’d have 10 to 15 sales overall, of anything. By the time I got back home I think we’d sold 60 of the deluxe package and 70 of the regular, and within two hours the deluxe was gone! I hit a point where I’d made a profit and it was a total relief. It had been an eight-month waiting period to see if it was going to work.

I’d never printed a Right Away, Great Captain! vinyl and I’d only printed 500 CD copies of each of the two first albums. I figured there were fans because people were talking to me about it but I didn’t really know if they were serious, if they were going to be able to drop $60. It’s a pretty expensive package.

You’ve really concentrated on the physical product here, and created something quite extraordinary. Did you make your ideal package or did you try to figure out what your fans might want?

Andy Hull making lyrics bookletsBoth, but when what you like and what the fans like are aligned, that’s usually when you’ve got something that’s going to work. I find more and more that I like the really unique stuff.

When I was planning the whole thing it would have been easy to decide to print it up on standard vinyl and not do the tri-fold packaging (which is really expensive!). But I wanted to make it worth the $120, which is a totally ridiculous price. So the deluxe edition is made by my mom and me in my basement with a Dremel tool, drilling holes in these books. I wrote all the lyrics out by hand and we’re hand-stitching them with yarn. There are 120 of them, and everything’s numbered and signed. It’s totally crazy the amount of work that’s gone into it.

For me it was such a labour of love to finish this trilogy of albums (it’s been six years in the making), and this was the coolest way to release it. Make a limited run of 1000, make sure everything’s top of the line. The fact that it sold out proved that people like something tangible, especially if it’s done well, and that they are willing to pay for it. It’s up to us as musicians to create something that’s cooler than they could imagine.

How did you go about promoting the release?

I partnered up with one website called Property of Zack, who’s a nice kid who lives in Philadelphia. It’s a site that gets some traffic, and that might get reposted by one or two other sites. I just needed someone who puts out good stuff online to partner up with. So we did an interview about three months before the release, talking about this last chapter of the trilogy. Then about a month and a half after that we released the first song from the record and let that sit for a couple of weeks. Then we announced the record, the track listing and the release date. The next week the pre-order date went up.

So it was probably about six weeks of just dropping stuff on the Favorite Gentlemen site, Manchester Orchestra’s site and on Property of Zack. But very little press at all. People just knew that it was coming and they wanted it, I guess.

How valuable do you think the pre-order process is?

Massive! Massive. It was so easy. I’m going to sound like a commercial for Bandcamp, but it literally was the easiest thing to do, and the numbers were right there in real time.

I’d paid for the vinyl and was waiting for it to be shipped, and the pre-order was way helpful for me because it really gave me an idea of how fast I needed to move on everything. I was fully prepared to be moving about ten records a day for a while, but it didn’t work out like that.

In the end you sold 820 vinyl records in four days.

That’s right. Along with another twenty that we bundled with pre-sale tickets that’s 840 in four days, which is pretty cool for such a big package.

Thanks Andy!

You’re welcome. I appreciate everything you guys did to make it possible!

Andy Hull of Right Away, Great Captain!

The Church Of The Good Thief is out today on Favorite Gentlemen Recordings. The vinyl is all sold out, but you can still buy the digital album.

Behold the Glory of the Discoverinator!

Some things you may be wondering:

Why? What? There are hundreds of thousands of albums on Bandcamp, but no easy way to browse through them and find your new favorite band. So we set out to build something that would take what we love most about traditional record stores — the serendipitous discovery that happens when we go to our favorite section and just flip through covers — and combine it with elements that are uniquely Bandcamp: the ability to listen to full streams, browse through every artist’s merch, see what the bands themselves recommend, and explore a deep and constantly expanding catalog of great independent music. That’s the Discoverinator. Want to hear the best-selling metal on vinyl this week? Recent indie cassette arrivals? The electronica most loved by the bands themselves? The Discoverinator delivers all of it and more. We’ve found it produces new and interesting results far more reliably than the barrage of what-our-friends-are-listening-to-right-now, and is just a hell of a lot more fun. Try it out at bandcamp.com/discover.

How do I control which track from my album plays in the Discoverinator? In a few weeks we’ll launch a new album editor that allows you to pick a featured track (which not only means it becomes the one that plays here, but is also cued up first whenever your album is embedded). Until then, your featured track is picked automatically based on popularity. (Note that some accounts have the new album editor already — if you’re one of them, just edit your album, and click the star icon next to the track name you want to feature.)

What about mobile? Working on it!

Is there anything I can do to maximize my presence in the Discoverinator? First, make sure you’ve picked your genre, otherwise you won’t appear in it at all. You can do that from your Profile page. And if you want your merch to show up when fans browse by format (and who would not?), then edit your albums, choose “add package” and get to it (including photos of your vinyl/CDs/etc. is key — they look great here and will boost your sales). We also encourage you to add a bio image and make your own recommendations.

Why can’t I browse by? Good question, please tell us more in the comments. Thank you!

Staff Picks

We’ve got a new staff picks section on the home page, you can check it out here. It’s updated daily with favorites from the Bandcamp crew, and covers a seriously wide range of musical taste. The now-retired Album of the Week was a good start, but we wanted to feature more music, and everyone here was itching to share their own selections. The whole thing is powered by Twitter, so if you don’t feel like checking the home page every day you can simply follow @bcstaffpicks.