Another Friday, another chance to pick the brains of the BAMM.tv crew and find out exactly which tunes are rocking their boats. This week we hand the reigns to BAMM.tv Media Director Jeff LaPenna. Don’t forget – you can make an awesome playlist of your very own by firing up the brand new BAMM.tv iPad app …
1. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” (Fear Fun, 2012) – Father John Misty
This album has me hooked. It’s the kind of sound that just grabs you. It’s simple, and profound at the same time. Overall, I love that FJM is bringing some more alternative, otherwise-labeled hippie ideas to a more mainstream audience (i.e. the guy sings about ayahuasca and past-lives). Also, the video for this song is incredible.
2. “Where Not to Look for Freedom” (The Belle Brigade, 2012) – The Belle Brigade
I’ve been really into feel-good music lately, and this band has it nailed. Talk about Americana! Learn the lyrics to this song and drive down a highway singing at the top of your lungs — tell me it doesn’t feel great! The meaning behind the song is just lovely, too.
3. “Lovely Day” (Menagerie, 1977) – Bill Withers
This might be the best feel-good song of all time. It might be scientifically impossible to hear this song and not walk away in a great mood. See me for suggested dance moves.
4. “Omnipotent” (House of Stone, 2011) – Sorne – BADASS
Sorne does an incredible job of combining world / tribal sounds with electronic beats and beautifully intense vocals. Seeing him perform live changed my experience of listening to his music. The man has explosive energy.
5. “Little Yellow Spider” (Nino Rojo, 2004) – Devendra Banhart
This song is one of my favorites of all time. It pretty much captures some of my major ideals, and it’s so fun to sing. “Hey there misses lovely moon, you’re lovely and you’re blue. It’s kinda strange the way you change, but then again we all do, too.” Brilliant.
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