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The Soft White Sixties: What Are They Listening To Right Now?

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Sooooo … to round off their reign as our BAMM.tv Featured Artist, the Soft White Sixties have picked five musical moments that are rocking their boat of late (you can see their choices from the BAMM.tv archive right here). Let’s see what they’re listening to right now …

1. ‘Tell It Like It Is’ – Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville and Gregg Allman

“There’s nothing bad about this performance, except maybe the shirt … but then again…”

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2. ‘Hope Is A Butterfly, No Net Its Captor’ – RX Bandits

“Joey’s pick.”

3. ‘You Can Call Me Al’ – Paul Simon

“Best music video ever? Probably” (BAMM.tv note: surely also the best song ever?)

4. ‘This Is Sally Hatchet’ – Father John Misty

“A favorite record of ours from last year, love the whole Harry Nillsson vibe of this song and “bad trip” vibes of the video.”

5. ‘Trying To Live My Life Without You’ – Otis Clay

“Saw this guy at Amoeba on a Sunday almost two years ago with about 10 other people in the crowd – unbelievable, like getting a private sermon.”

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

BAMM.tv Featured Artist: The Soft White Sixties

‘Knock It Loose’ – our exclusive feature length doc on The Soft White Sixties!


The Bob Podcast #16: “Song Dissection – The Soft White Sixties”

BAMM.tv Rundown: The Secrets Hidden In Your Music Collection

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We’ve written before about the best hidden tracks that lie tucked away in your music collection, but now we’re going one step further: there are some downright incredible things that certain creative-types have tucked away amidst albums you once thought were familiar. Want to join us as we take a look at some of them? Let’s go …

5. Aphex Twin – hidden images

Aphex Twin – Richard D. James to his friends – has always maintained a reputation for being a little eccentric. His endeavours on the Windowlicker EP set a whole new standard for creepiness, however. By utilising a spectrograph and playing the right track at the right moment, you get this:

Sleep tight.

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The Soft White Sixties: Their Favorites From The BAMM.tv Vault

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We’ve already treated you to an in-depth interview and exclusive feature-length documentary on our Featured Artist The Soft White Sixties – and, like a hyperactive Santa Claus, we’re still hell-bent on throwing more awesome stuff your way. We asked the band to pick some of their favorite moments from the MASSIVE BAMM.TV archive, and they selected five perfect examples of musical magnificence. Take a look below.

And if you want to go picking your own BAMM.tv highlights … here’s the place you need to be.

1. Adam Haworth Stephens – ‘Second Mind’

“Joey’s pick.”

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‘Knock It Loose’ – our exclusive feature length doc on The Soft White Sixties!

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We’re almost insanely proud to feature San Francisco rockers The Soft White Sixties as our Featured Artist. If you haven’t checked out our essential introduction to the band, you can do that right here. Seriously. We can wait. Go on.

Back already? Great. Hopefully that’s put you in the mood for the acres of exclusive stuff BAMM.tv and The Soft White Sixties have got coming your way in the next week or two … including today! ‘Knock It Loose’ is a real gem from the BAMM.tv archives – shot in December 2011, it’s a fascinating feature-length documentary which follows the boys (then a five-piece) on their first ever West Coast tour. We’d compiled all the episodes below into one amazing playlist, for your viewing pleasure. Yeah, we know, we’re too good to you sometimes.

Expect rock and roll, burritos, beer, fireworks and all sorts of general mischief. Enjoy!

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

BAMM.tv Featured Artist: The Soft White Sixties

The Bob Podcast #16: “Song Dissection – The Soft White Sixties”


Watch Better Way by The Soft White Sixties on BAMM TV

BAMM.tv Featured Artist: The Soft White Sixties

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Not to paraphrase Monty Python (we’ll leave that to boring people at parties the world over), but what exactly did the Sixties ever do for us? Baby boomer music critics and one-time rock icons will collectively scurry to tell us that it was the single greatest period in all of human history, but did the rest of us really miss out on that much? There seems to be an overhanging cultural consensus: that anyone born after 1970 missed the party in the private treehouse club.

Yet … one can’t deny that the Sixties had something. An oomph. A verve. A kick-out-the-jams aesthetic that the decade has come to define as its own, no matter how wet and wild pop culture has become in the ensuing years. That’s why the Soft White Sixties are so perfectly named.

It would be misleading to label this San Francisco four-piece a ‘retro act’. While their storming, groove-laden R&B does channel many musical elements that evoke a knee-jerk association with the Sixties, it’s more about the attitude of that decade than anything else. That whole ‘we’ve got guitars and anything is possible, so fuck you and dance’ feel.

And is there anything the modern era needs more than that?


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BAMM.tv Rundown: So Uncool They’re Cool

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‘Coolness’ can be such a fickle concept sometimes. One minute you’re the toast of Pitchfork, the next you’re being slated on a million message boards for ‘selling out’ or mysteriously losing whatever touch you had in the first place. It’s never been quite clear who decides on what’s ‘cool’ or not (our god-like cultural overlords, perhaps, plotting the rise and fall of pop-culture from a volcano fortress somewhere in the mid-Pacific), but the rules of the game seem genuinely unfair a lot of the time. Here’s a look, then, at some of the acts whose talents have often been overlooked simply because they’re so ‘uncool’ …

5. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Boring, trad-heavy, MOR dadrock, right? WRONG. Petty’s ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation is pretty much a masterclass in songwriting, and all the hip sneering in the world ain’t gonna change that.

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BAMM In-Depth: Did Anyone Kill The Radio Star?

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Time for another of our great in-depth features from our BAMM.tv London correspondent Zakia Uddin. This time around, Zakia looks at the state of modern radio …

Musicians have been singing about the death of commercial radio for over thirty years, but it’s only now that the rest of the entertainment industry is in agreement. Todd Pringle of the online curation app Stitcher can think of few advantages that terrestrial radio has over online radio: “There aren’t too many – from a user perspective, terrestrial radio is pretty poor. You’re beholden to a particular schedule which may or may not fit with yours, often have to stop listening at inopportune times (i.e. arrive at work), and can’t go back and pick up where you left off.”

The projected future of online radio has long been curation. Has curation been displaced by the driving force of personalisation, at a time when we trust algorithms more than DJs? Some of the BAMM.tv team were way ahead of the curve back in the days of Open Thread Radio. One of BAMM.tv’s predictions for 2013 was the rapid growth of online radio and streaming services. The picture online is even more dynamic now, and threatens to change radio as we know it. Has radio failed to stay relevant? And if that is the case, what did manager and business mogul Troy Carter mean earlier this year when he said that radio is ripe for “disruption”?

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