Archive for November, 2010 presents Sioux City Kid & The Revolutionary Ramblers

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Sioux City KidSan Francisco is known for its diverse music scene, and tonight Sioux City Kid will bring their twist of bluegrass back to the bay. is happy to welcome Sioux City Kid & The Revolutionary Ramblers for a live performance at our studio tonight. Their unmatched energy and stage presence will have you dancing on your chair in no time. Don’t miss this bay area blend of Bluegrass, Americana and Folk; the party starts at 8!

Who: Sioux City Kid & the Revolutionary Ramblers
What: Live stream performance
When: Today (Monday, November 22nd ) 8 PM (PST)

Big Week at

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“ Presents” keep bringing in the goods this week. I am very happy to say we have three completely distinct sounds coming through, starting with Who Cares (Monday, 8PM Pacific). These guys are a smooth, intelligent Hip Hop group from Sacramento, CA. On Wednesday we welcome back an old friend, Cahalen Morrison (Seattle, WA). He brings Margo Valiante (Austin, TX) with him to give us our fill of Roots and Blues. Finally, BAMM Latino welcomes Jesus Diaz y su QBA (Bay Area) on Thursday night.

As always, you can tune to all live streams at

Monday: Presents:  Who Cares (8 PM Pacific)

Who Cares strikes the pose at on Monday night.

Wednesday: Presents: Margo Valiante and Cahalen Morrison (3 PM Pacific)

Margo Valiante and Cahalen Morrison bring us back to the Roots on Wednesday

Thursday: BAMM Latino Presents: Jesús Diaz y su QBA (6 PM Pacific)

Jesús Diaz coming in for BAMM Latino. Caution: bootie shaking may occur. is a forward thinking media company that produces, edits, and distributes music-related content in the digital realm. The company’s platform will launch this March at South by Southwest. For content updates, follow us on Facebook.

This Week: EFF Pioneer Awards, Hollerado, Kelly McFarling and Geeks Uncensored

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No time to catch our breath after last week’s content creation marathon–we’ve got a video platform to launch! is recording some pretty amazing bands every week, and after Friday’s triple header of Erin Barra, Birds and Batteries, and the media/tech talk show “Geeks Uncensored,” we’re jumping right back into the fray with four amazing shows that you won’t want to miss.

On Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation presents the Pioneer Awards, an annual celebration honoring the leaders on the cutting edge of technology who are defending freedom, privacy, and innovation in the digital age.  The master of ceremonies will be famed sci-fi writer and technologist Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing), who will be introducing some of the brightest minds in the tech world.  Get your tickets here for the live event at 111 Minna in San Francisco.

If discussing the future of technology is too cerebral for you, then we’ve got the perfect remedy.  On Tuesday, Canadian indie rockers Hollerado invite you to let your hair down and enjoy a rowdy good time at Studios.  Forget about the fact that these guys are self-producing videos that rival anything OK Go has ever come up with (click here to see for yourself), they are ridiculously talented, irreverent, creative, and just plain fun to listen to.  Tune into at 5:30pm (PST) for the full video stream.

On Thursday, we are thrilled to invite Kelly McFarling and her band into the studio for an intimate performance at 8pm (PST).  Here’s what you need to know about Kelly: she has an a-maaaaaazing voice, ranging from delicate whispers to thunderous, melodic bellows; her band is top notch, featuring some of the great musicians from acts like Con Brio and Sioux City Kid; and whereas most singer/songwriter projects are built around acoustic guitar, Kelly prefers banjo.  The combination of these influences creates a very distinctive style that is all her own.  For those who are on the lookout for emerging acts in the Bay Area, this is definitely one to watch.  As always, you can check out the live stream at, or if you’re in the neighborhood you can join the audience at Studios (BYOB).

Rounding out the week is another episode of “Geeks Uncensored,” featuring the Russian duet of Ana Hilinsky and Anna Anisin.  The topic for this week’s show is a closely guarded secret and subject to several international treaties, but given the huge success of last week’s interviews with Daniel Brusilovsky (serial entrepreneur and TechCrunch contributor) and LA Lassek (women in tech advocate and promoter) you can bet that the next episode is going to be hot–and we mean that in every sense of the word.

Operation BAMMsterdam, Day 2

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Another great day. Jamie and I got rolling by walking around until I found a chocolate croissant and a 3 euro cup of coffee. Tourist move, I’m told. So be it. I’m not fooling anyone into thinking I’m Dutch with this accent and my difficulty distinguishing a 1 euro coin from a ten cent coin.

We are working in the heart of Amsterdam, folks. A few blocks from the Royal Palace and surrounded by buildings and canals hundreds of years older than the Declaration of Independence.  It is an almost impossibly beautiful city, and to a guy who’s spent all but two weeks of his life in the U.S., surreal isn’t a strong enough word. My first reaction is it can’t be real. The 21st Century has been tacked onto a 16th Century world. At least that’s my reaction to seeing a shopping center–complete with Nike, Gucci, and Diesel shops–inhabiting a building (formerly the head post office, and a mighty one, to say the least) that has been tagged a monument by the municipality. The structures are relics through which the modern world flows.

Seeing as that previous line was about as flowery as the tulips sold a 1/4 mile away at the quaint corner stand (tulips available online as well), let’s get to business. Jasper van der Put and I have been listening to a bunch of Dutch bands in an effort to get a leg up on those heading to South by Southwest in March. We’re hoping to have a strong international flavor at our various showcases. I liked a lot of the stuff he’s into–Jasper is very clearly on the ball in various local scenes–but my favorites were: The Benelux, Moss, and Shout Out Louds. By the way, how cool is my job? I get to come to Amsterdam and have an insider help me search for inspiring music.

Another BAMM employee and journalist over in Amsterdam, Kemal Rijkin, turned me on to a really cool idea over here. Believe it or not, The Hague (third largest city in the Netherlands) values the local music so much that each year it funds three bands’ South by Southwest experience. Coincidentally, we shot one of their selections at last year’s SXSW (John Dear Mowing Club). Wouldn’t it be nice if San Francisco (fourth largest city in CA) spent less time trying to shut down clubs and more time supporting its local art?'s Jamie Morganstern (center) and Nick Hansen (far right) take part in pilot filming of's Food Fight

Lastly, tonight we are shooting the pilot episode of programming called Food Fight. The focus is to jump into tech-related debates with a dinner table serving as the canvass. Our first bout is at the heavyweight division: Google TV vs. Apple TV (neither exist in The Netherlands yet). Jamie is moderating to ensure no biting, but everything else is kosher. We will premier this program, as well as several other pilot programs at–you guessed it–SXSW 2011.


  • you will be hit by a biker or car on these streets if you’re meandering. Trust me. I was pinned up against a wall and a van. Missed getting hit by less than an inch. Pedestrians have the right away–I don’t think so. Traffic is dictated by a different set of laws–physics. In other words, whoever is in the most danger of bodily harm should get the hell out of the way.
  • Our hipster friends in San Francisco would fall over themselves for the retro, grandma bikes over here.
  • Smoothies do not include ice here. Not bad, but I’ll take the ice.

More to come tomorrow. Read Operation BAMMsterday, Day One here.