One ongoing topic within the wizard rock community the past few years has revolved around older music, and its lack of availability. With MySpace fading away, and changes they made a few years back to wipe out a lot of features and available music, it’s been tougher to (legally) find older music from bands that are no longer around.
Even some popular bands have opted to not keep their music updated on subscription services like iTunes and Spotify due to ongoing maintenance fees, leaving fans searching for ways to listen to some fantastic (but older) wizard rock.
After some discussions with ‘pedia staff members, along with some current and former wizard rock bands, we decided to open up a new searchable wizard rock archive that features bands and music that have not been available online for some time.
So without further ado, we present to you the Wizrocklopedia Music Archive, hosted at Bandcamp!
Wizard rock fans can use the archive to download albums, EPs, and singles from some older bands who have given us permission to host their music for download, including Gred & Forge, Catchlove, Roonil Wazlib, and more. The bulk of the albums are available absolutely free of charge, which was the request from many of the bands. Some of the music is available as Name Your Price, so you can either download for free or opt to give the band a few dollars for their music if you like.
Because the bulk of the downloads are available for free, we are limited to a total of 200 downloads per month. If you happen to attempt a download and aren’t successful, we guess that means it’s due to the archive being too successful! If we ever get to that point, we’ll figure out what we need to do to help everyone get the downloads they want.
There are also some compilations available in the archive, many of which were originally released to help raise money for specific charities. We’ve put links to each charity on the comp’s page in the archive, and we highly encourage wizard rock fans who download those compilations to consider a donation to continue to support those great causes.
We absolutely plan to add more music to this archive over time as we speak with more bands. Our ongoing concern is to make sure that the albums/EPs we upload are ones that the bands themselves have specifically given us permission to host. Some bands formerly sold their music online as well as in physical CD form, and have preferred to leave their music offline. We are perfectly okay with that, and will only upload music with direct permission from the bands who created it.
Bands who still have their music available online through outlets like Bandcamp and iTunes won’t be available in the archive, as we want wizard rock fans to continue to support those bands by purchasing their music directly from the artists.
We’d also like to give a big “thank you” to Your Wizard Rock Resource website; there were a few albums that we did not have release dates for when uploading them to the archive, and Susannah’s website was a valuable resource for us when it came to that info!
If your band no longer has music available online and would like us to host it for you, please let us know! Comment below or send us an email. We’ll let you know the easiest way to get us your music & artwork, and we’ll take it from there. Hosting the music at Bandcamp allows fans to find it more easily than placing it at a file sharing site with direct links, and also gives bands the option to accept money if fans would like to purchase the music instead of just downloading it for free.
If you’re a wizard rock fan and there’s some music you’d like to be able to download once again, let us know in the comments below! We’ll do our best to contact the bands to see what we can do. At this point in time, contact info for a good number of bands is woefully out of date, and we’re doing our best to try and track people down so we can be sure that we have their permission before we do anything with their music.
So head on over to the archive and download away!