Now, it should be pretty obvious that we’re a bunch of musical masterminds here at BAMM.tv. Because – like all great geniuses – we feel the need to share our wide berth of knowledge with the world, each member of the BAMM team has put together a short playlist of personal favorites. There’ll be a new one every Friday, beginning with this installment from Phil Lang, Director Of Musical Operations (who you can see in the above picture, taking a break en route to battling Keanu Reeves in The Matrix).
Early 70s Folk Pop will always be my sweet spot, especially when it has a little twang. It appears that I’ve chosen the two songs (see: Crooked Fingers) for which there is no video of any kind on Youtube—not even an album version of the song with a still picture. Random fact: there is a lot of cowbell on this album…too much.
2. “Wonder” (Cold Fact, 1970) – Rodriguez
Documentary Searching for Sugar Man about this guy. Definitely check out the trailer. I love the blunt lyrical approach to this song. He just singing what we’re thinking.
Jim Fairchild (All Smiles, Modest Mouse) was raving about Mr. Shaw a few years ago. He was right. Very few songs in my iTunes account have the 5-star rating next to it, but this is one of them. It’s perfect. I wouldn’t change one single thing about it. He’s local, too.
4. “Everyman Needs a Companion” (Fear Fun, 2012) – Father John Misty
Favorite album of 2012 so far. What a voice. My favorite lyric of the year is in this song: “John the Baptist took Jesus Christ down to the river on a Friday night/ they talked about Mary like a couple of boys/ with nothing to lose/ too scared to try”
Favorite album of 2011. There about 10 songs of Eric Bachmann’s that I wish I had written. I love the pulsed, rigidity of this song, and of course that goddamn voice.