We’ve already brought you a great interview with San Francisco’s indie-baroque-folk quartet Il Gato, and now we’ve got an additional treat for you: an on-the-fly performance of ‘On Feathers And Burnt Pine’ set against the baking glare of the sunshine and wide-open dusty backdrop. Enjoy!
We’ve been highlighting all sorts of innovative music apps in our regular Appwatch feature these past few months, and can confidently say that we’ve formed an overall picture of the music app ‘scene.’ It’s crazy to think that many of these technological marvels would have been impressive on a home computer as recently as five years ago, never mind the tiny device you slip into your pocket before your morning commute.
In general, there are a few tried-and-tested ‘genres’ which have been carved out; the evolution of the app format meaning that this brave new world is finding its feet. First up, there’s simple, good old fashioned music appreciation – the act of listening to music brought kicking and screaming into a digital realm. Artists like Bjork and The Polyphonic Spree have made sure their new releases incorporate app functions, while existing record collections can happily be filtered through Planetary and Hitlantis.
Then there’s the prosumer revolution – the apps that allow even those without a musical bone in their body to enjoy the magic of music creation. Sound Cells, LaDiDa and Tabletop have all joined this particular party.
Finally, there’s the social element: the ability to make music part of your online connection sphere. Facebook Vibes, Straight Spittin and AudioVroom are prime examples of music meeting social media in exciting new ways.
So: why are we indulging in this quick little round-up? Simply to highlight the fact that all these elements – music curation, prosumer involvement and social interaction – are all part of a ‘new music industry'; one which BAMM is dedicated to cultivating further.
We’ve shown you lots and lots of great apps over the past few months, but now it’s time to pave the way for the only one you’ll really need: our very own BAMM app, coming soon (and incorporating all the fun and frolics of the digital music revolution into a stylish and innovative portable BAMM gateway). Take a look at the preview vid below, and keep ‘em peeled for more information very soon.
It’s always great to talk to interesting musicians, and BAMM was thrilled to have some recent face-time with the wonderful Erin Barra, a fully paid-up advocate of the ‘Digital Soul Revolution’ whose fresh new sound looks all set to take over the world (or at least the parts of the world with great taste in music).
Things have been busy for Erin lately – her fantastic new album ‘Illusions’ has just been released on Joan Jett’s label, and singled out as a critic’s choice on iTunes (a little music service you might have heard of). She’s also due to speak at CMJ and The Future Of Music Coalition.
Want to find out more? Simply click on the video above and let Erin explain for herself …
Here at BAMM, we’re generally not the self-aggrandizing type. We don’t like to blow our own trumpet. Hell, we don’t need to – we’re confident that our fantastic selection of great music from emerging artists marks us out as a cultural force to be reckoned with, and one that is only going to go from strength to strength.
Occasionally, though, it’s good to take stock of things. Many of you will have noticed lately that we’ve been unveiling lots of high-quality new stuff. Among other things, there’s our upcoming app, our phenomenal new global scene series, our first-rate series of long-form journalism, and our brand new ‘Food Fight’ discussion series. BAMM.TV is evolving, you see – becoming bigger and better than ever before. We’d like you to come on that journey with us.
Lots of you have been following this blog and our regular releases already. To those fans, we’d like to say a very sincere thank you, and can assure you that the next few months will expand on the BAMM you know and love in many exciting ways. To those of you who are just tuning into the BAMM experience: welcome, and you’re in for a real treat.
Remember – with each and every step we take, we’re aiming to a create a new model for the music industry. And that involves you. Become part of the BAMM world. We’re going to be introducing lots of ways to facilitate this interaction (especially with our upcoming app) very soon, and we can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with it. Along with the artists themselves, the fans are the lifeblood of any music industry – and we’re dedicated to our bold new vision for both.
Most of us only hear songs after they’ve been completed, but in their infancy, songs are incredibly fragile ideas. Taking an idea–a melody, a riff, an image–and creating a great song is a complex, exhaustive process, which is why we at BAMM.tv wanted to devote some podcast time to dissecting some of our favorite tracks from emerging artists. In doing so, we gain insight into a band’s dynamic.
The Soft White Sixties have a classic sound. There are no sub-genres here. Neo-soul-post-grunge-British-invasion? No hyphens needed with these guys. They play Rock & Roll. It’s that simple, and that’s what’s so great about this band. As you will hear in this podcast, The Soft White Sixties are students of music. They know their history, they understand the role each member plays in creating a song, and they are attune to the the fact that the pursuit of great music is a pursuit and obsession of the subtlest details.
Fans of NBCs Friday Night Lights will recognise actress/musician Stephanie Hunt from her role as local bass player Devin – but even without an instrument she’s still capable of putting on a great performance, as this wonderful impromptu moment from a deserted Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix, AZ) shows. Haunting and original, this video should ensure that you’ll never see the antiseptic emptiness of the flight terminal in quite the same way ever again …
We’ve been throwing so much exciting news at you recently that it’s almost starting to become passe – but this little beauty is something very, very, very special indeed. As depicted in the awesome animation above (big thanks to Jonny Thomas for his stellar motion graphics work), you’ll soon be able to get your hands on an all-singing, all-dancing BAMM App for your mobile device. More info shortly, but for the time being allow this sneak preview vid to whet your appetite.
The BAMM Wall Of Fame sure is filling up nicely; gathering the signature and imprint of every awesome new band who pass through our hallowed doors. The latest guys to add their everlasting touch to our mural of musical brilliance are Seattle-based pop fanatics Craft Spells. We decided to pitch them against out soon-to-be-legendary BAMM’S 5 Questions. How well did they do? You’ll just have to watch this video to find out.
While we’re on a constant quest to bring you great new music on BAMM, we also like to take a closer look at the artists behind that same music. What are their artistic goals? Their inspirations? Their tourbus habits? Their favourite member of the Scooby Doo team? (Okay, so we made that last one up. We’ll just take it as standard that everyone likes Daphne).
In the spirit of this, then, we hope you enjoy this exclusive interview, featuring BAMM’s Zach Ryan with San Francisco’s very own indie-baroque-folk masterminds Il Gato!
For those of you worried that ‘Bang Data’ was going to be a piece of particularly lewd Star Trek fan-fiction, stay calm. We’re happy to report that Bang Data are infact a brilliant SF musical trio whose blend of bilingual rap-rock really deserves your attention. Fronted by Nicaraguan rapper Deuce Eclipse – who started his first rap group way back when he was in sixth-grade – they provide a heady brew of form-shifting and international flavour. Expect slick guitar, gritty synth, and cool electro-acoustic rhythms.
By the way, if you’re in the vicinity of one of those new-fangled television sets, you can catch more music from the band as part of the soundtrack to tonight’s episode of ‘Breaking Bad’. (Although if you weren’t going to watch ‘Breaking Bad’ anyway, what’s wrong with you? It’s very possibly the greatest TV show ever made. Yes, better than The Wire and Mad Men. That good.)