Archive for August, 2011

Watch The Kandinsky Effect on BAMM TV

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Unpredictable, genre-bending, engaging and technically outstanding, we’re big fans of jazz pioneers The Kandinsky Effect here at BAMM, and hopefully that fanbase will be one person larger once you’ve wrapped your ears around ‘Walking Into Sarliness.’  Coming straight outta Paris, these guys bought a touch of continental mystique into BAMM HQ very recently, and have subsequently turned the entire crew into such rabid Francophiles we can’t move for Serge Gainsbourg LPs and plastic Eiffel Tower replicas cluttering up the place. Still: was it worth it? You bet.

Watch Silly Things by Wild Child on BAMM TV

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Shot in one take at San Francisco’s legendary Palace Of Fine Arts, here’s something very special: the laid-back, acoustic, harmonious sounds of Wild Child and the heartwarming ‘Silly Things’, the ideal song for when this bewildering world just needs a little musical clarity. Chances are you’re going to want to hear this one over and over again, so why not treat yourself to a free download right here?

BAMM Says: Check Out The New Rapture Album For Free

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New Yorkers The Rapture – often unfairly dismissed as being one-hit wonders for their 2003 punk-funk odyssey ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’ – are one of the great party bands of the last decade. ‘Echoes’ and ‘Pieces Of The People We Love’ have soundtracked many a get-together over the last few years, and we’re pretty sure that upcoming album ‘In The Grace Of Your Love’ will be a similar success.

Sorry, did we say ‘pretty sure’? We meant to say ‘absolutely certain’ – because thanks to the lovely chaps at Soundcloud and Cooperative Music, we’ve had the chance to hear it for ourselves. Jealous? Don’t be. You can hear it too – streaming absolutely free right here.

Watch OG by Religious Girls on BAMM TV

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Religious Girls don’t have the most accurate name for a band – their membership is comprised of three guys, and the fact that they lie about being girls means they’ve ignored one of those ten commandment things. We shouldn’t let such semantics get in the way of the fact that they’re an awesome, awesome group, however. If you’re a fan of the fractured, unconventional and wild musical stylings of Animal Collective and Battles, this Oakland three-piece may well become your latest obsession.

Check out this killer performance of ‘OG’, taken from the recent Phono del Sol festival (brought to you by our good buddies at The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone).

Watch Sala de Reboco by Forro Brazuca on BAMM TV

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Our BAMM Latino imprint just keeps going from strength to strength – we hope you’re enjoying the great international acts we’re giving wider exposure to. Today we present the brilliant Forro Brazuca, who also happen to be playing San Francisco’s own Cafe Du Nord this very Saturday. If you want to see more fun, folky, upbeat accordian magic like the exclusive performance above – the wonderful ‘Sala de Reboco’ – then you’d be very wise to swing along …

The Friday List: Before They Were Famous

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Time once again for BAMM’s regular Friday list of curiosities to keep you talking over the weekend. This week: before they were famous …

It’s easy to forget that – beneath the bravado, bluster, millions of dollars and non-stop sex with beautiful people – rock stars are just like us. They have the same insecurities, the same neuroses, the same phobias. Most importantly of all, though: they also went to school, and they also shared that difficult transition period between childhood and adolescence which makes most of us a little less … shall we say … photogenic.

Let’s take a look, then, at some rock star high school pictures, and marvel at how just how much they’ve changed …


Remarkable to think that a kid with such an awkward smile and planetary-size afro would mutate into …

Prince, international style icon and a man who can play more instruments than an entire marching band.


Who’s this unassuming young man? He looks like the kind of nice chap who’d grow up to run his own accountancy practice or something similarly wholesome. What’s his name?

Marilyn Manson. Oh. Right.


Hmmm. Literally have no idea who this could be.

You have got to be f**king kidding.


Who is this sweet-looking girl going to grow up to be? A charming secretary or Idaho housewife?

Ah. Gwen Stefani. I bet she had ‘no doubt’ about her future. Huh? See what we did there? Right, guys? Right?


Poor kid. He must get bullied 24/7. God only knows how this is going to affect his future. Can’t expect much from him, I suppose.

Kirk Hammett. From Metallica. You might have heard of them.

Watch After The Moment by Craft Spells on BAMM TV

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Check out this awesome video from the wonderful Craft Spells, whose blend of New-Order-style electro pop has been paired with some suitably cool visuals in ‘After The Moment’. We’re lucky enough to have these guys in the studio for a performance and interview today, so if you’ve got any questions you’d like us to ask them, get in touch over at our Facebook page. Oh – and if you happen to be in the San Francisco area, you can catch ‘em live at 9pm tonight at the Rickshaw Stop. You know you want to …

Appwatch: TableTop

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There’s been a lot of speculation in video-gaming circles of late that the launch of the Nintendo 3DS (and the upcoming Playstation Vita) handheld console is a recipe for disaster: games on the iPhone and iPad are of such high quality – and reasonable price – that they’re destroying the market for other physical-format alternatives.

Could the same soon be said for the world of music technology? Sure, nothing beats having a fully-decked out home studio, but many of the music-making multi-purpose programs available in the App Store are becoming increasingly hard to distinguish from old-school, more expensive alternatives. Take TableTop, for example: it’s one of the most impressive modular home studio simulations around – the makers boast that it is “the first musical environment designed from the ground up exclusively for the iPad” – and can be all yours for a measly five dollars. If you’ve got a bit of spare change and a bit of spare creativity to boot, you could do a lot worse than hitting the download button.

Watch Drove All Night by AllofaSudden on BAMM TV

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If you are planning on driving all night in the near future, you’re probably going to need some good music to listen to – otherwise you’ll be stuck with rambling AM radio preachers and sports phone-in shows in which morbidly obese rednecks criticise professional athletes. May we recommend some tunes from the awesome Allofasudden, then, whose driving rhythms and layered harmonies can be heard on their killer album Drink The Ocean? You can check out an exclusive live performance of ‘Drove All Night’ (see, all that rambling at the start of the paragraph was relevant) above.

Oh – and if you happen to be in SF towards the end of next month, you can catch these guys live (along with a roster of other great artists) at the 2011 Hardly Strictly Bluesgrass Festival.

Watch Adam Haworth Stephens on BAMM TV

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We know, we know, it’s Monday – the start of another stressful week. What better way to ease yourself into the weekday grind, then, than with some exquisite lo-fi folk rock from BAMM favorite Adam Haworth Stephens. Stephens and Tyson Vogel have recently focused their attention on the band they are most known for–Two Gallants. These two SF-based troubadors have been honing their musical craft for the best part of a decade now, and their upcoming tour is long overdue. Be sure to check out their site for upcoming dates.