Those of you who are handy with an iPad will have already grabbed our free BAMM.tv app for that particular device – but, what with it being a new year, we figured we’d give you Android users a special gift to kick off 2014. By heading to the Amazon store can help yourself to our new – and, once again, totally free – BAMM.tv app for Android. A whole world of music discovery awaits!
The rise of the tablet has opened up many exciting opportunities (check out our very own BAMM.tv iPad app for evidence of this), and this is particularly true in the world of magazines and publishing.
Most impressive in this realm is Zinio – a digital magazine subscription service and app which offers thousands of top magazines from around the world. You can browse and purchase subscriptions or single issues instantly from your computer or mobile device to read wherever and whenever you like.
We’ve teamed up with Zinio to give away 10 digital magazine subscriptions to some randomly-chosen lucky winners. You can select whichever publication you like – but we know that BAMM.tv fans are all music nuts, so maybe our humble suggestions of something like Rolling Stone, Billboard or Guitar Player might be just the ticket?
All you have to do to enter is simply email info [at] bamm.tv with the subject heading ‘Zinio’ before Friday June 7th. We’ll pick ten of you at random and get in touch with the good news!
And if you don’t win? No need to worry. Zinio has lots of great deals to fuel your music magazine addiction – including their brand new ‘Z-Pass’, a great deal which allows you to get 3 new magazines for $5 every month (and you can keep the same 3 or swap your titles every month).
And so it begins: from the 12th (that’s today) to the 24th December, we’ll be embarking on the 12 Days Of BAMM, during which we’ll be treating you to a selection of our greatest moments from 2012.
To kick things off, we couldn’t help but choose one of our proudest moments this year – the release of the BAMM.tv iPad app, which has been lighting up iPad screens across the world. If you haven’t grabbed yourself a download yet – and it’s entirely free – you can do so here.
If you have downloaded the app and have been enjoying it, we’ve got something else for you: a previously unpublished article featuring an interview with Mario Garcia, the legendary designer who helped to spearhead the BAMM.tv app project. Fascinating stuff follows after the jump … just click on ‘read more’ …
Day three of our exclusive season of live sessions from Desmet Studios in Amsterdam, and we’re indulging in some indie rock harmonies courtesy of Avant La Lettre. Layered and compulsive but also light and lucid at the same time, this performance of ‘Floodwater Blues’ is the ideal way of kicking back and looking forward to the weekend (it’s on the horizon, folks … almost there … just one more day …)
Avant La Lettre has new tracks coming out next January. Check out their tight performance from earlier this year and then get to know them at http://www.avantlalettre.eu.
Remember this post, a few months ago, in which we mentioned that BAMM.tv favorites Calahen Morrison and Eli West (seen above in one of our many exclusive performances, which you can check out more of on our brand new iPad app) were looking for Kickstarter funding for their new album ‘Our Lady Of The Tall Trees’? Well, it looks like several dedicated fans stepped up to the plate – and the album itself is now available to download on CDBaby and iTunes.
It has already gathered a rave review from No Depression, but – if you’re a fan of that whole ‘try before you buy’ thing – you can check out the entire album below. Enjoy …
Well, the week which saw the release of the amazing BAMM.tv app is over. No doubt you’re going to spend much of your weekend exploring the app, but – in the meantime – let’s enjoy our traditional Friday playlist. This week we’re delving into the musical tastes of BAMM.tv CEO Chris Hansen …
1. “The Divided Sky” – (Junta, 1988) – Phish
It’s impossible not to be inspired by this song. Trey’s guitar is six strings of victory throughout.
2. “Layla” – (Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970) – Derek and the Dominoes
Another epic interweaving of guitar and piano and the perfect running tempo.
3. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” – (‘Pendulum’, 1970) Creedence Clearwater Revival
One of the first songs I’ve ever truly loved, especially the bassline. This short but sweet melody carries us into the next phase of the mix.
4. “Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera,” (from the soundtrack of Shine) – Antonio Vivaldi
At this stage in the run, I’m usually coming up on some kind of landmark–AT&T park, the Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, etc. One Saturday I happened to be running by the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building when this song came on and it was transcendental. I may have just been lightheaded, but I think it was the song.
5. “The Only Redeemer” (The Only Redeemer, 2002) – Noiseshaper
And now for something completely different. If you have any love for dub and deep house, this song will make you “move your feet to the promised land.”
Just like a proud new parent, we’re telling everyone we can about the emergence of our brand spanking new iPad app. Unlike a proud new parent, however, the subject of our affection won’t let out an ear-shrieking wail before puking down your shirt – which can only be a good thing.
There’s lots to explore in the BAMM.tv iPad app, which is why we’ve put together the above video as a quick tutorial. Take a minute or so to watch and then dive right into the app! We’re waiting for you …
You know all those hints we’ve been dropping for the past few months about the incredible app we’re working on? Well, unlike any politician ever, we’ve decided to keep those promises, and today we’re proud to announce that the BAMM.tv iPad app is now live and ready to download. Probably best if you stop reading this right now, actually, and go get it. Immediately. We’ll wait.
Back? Good. Now fire up the app and enjoy. You’re entering a whole new world of music discovery. This app is something we’ve slaved over (along with the expert guidance of legendary designer and all-round genius Mario Garcia), and we genuinely couldn’t be more thrilled to finally share it with you.
We’ll be posting all sorts of app-related stuff on the blog for the rest of the month, but – in the meantime – we hope you have a blast exploring our very own virtual venue.
When you have a digital music collection consisting of thousands of artists, it can often seem like a hard task keeping track of the newest releases from each of them (unless we’re dealing with that Elvis guy, of course – something tells us he won’t have that many new albums in the pipeline. Not until the perfection of pop star cloning, at any rate). Sure, you could set a Google alert or something similar for every name stretching from Abba to Zappa, but that would be a hell of a lot of notifications to browse through over your morning coffee.
That’s where Sound Calendar – the intriguing new app from Harmonic – comes in. Either by letting it scan your iTunes library or by entering the names of artists manually, Sound Calendar will automatically keep you up to date on all the latest new releases from your musicians of choice, also allowing you to expand your musical horizons by discovering all sorts of related material too (side-projects, solo albums, collaborations etc).
In short – it’s like you have a personal servant who can look after that whole ‘internet browsing’ business for you, thereby granting you extra time to kick back and do the things you love. Y’know, like listening to great new music. Take a look:
Various apps have already tackled the age-old problem of identifying a tune you don’t know the name of – just hold up your smartphone when a mystery song is playing and all sorts of services can identify the name of the song, the artist behind it, the year of release, and presumably the brand of detergent used to wash the clothes they were wearing that particular day.
Samples, however … they’re a different matter. Whether it’s a single guitar riff being used in a simplistic dance track or the layers of revamped elements used in something like, say, ‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches (the record that holds the, um, record for the most samples used on an album), it’s often far more difficult to track down the samples being used in a song. Unless, of course, you have access to some sort of all-knowing database at your fingertips …
… which is where WhoSampled comes in. This really is one of those ‘so simple yet so special’ ideas; the kind you’ll wonder how you ever did without once you begin to depend on it. WhoSampled will scan any song – hell, it will scan your entire music library should you so wish – and draw upon its resources to ‘explore the DNA’ of your music. More often than not it’ll come up with ‘Funky Drummer’, the most sampled tune in history (aren’t we just full of trivia for you today?) – but chances are it’ll throw up a few surprise revelations too. Expect it to become a conversation starter among music fans worldwide.
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