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New BAMM.tv Videos: ‘Keychains’ and ‘Yosemite’, Phil Lang

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BAMM.tv’s very own Phil Lang steps in front of the camera for this double-bill of musical magic from an accomplished singer-songwriter.

First up, there’s ‘Keychains’. Shot on the rooftop of BAMM.tv’s San Francisco office, this tune locks in on one of those required moments of a relationship that’s coming to an end – the returning of apartment keys.

In ‘Yosemite’, Lang sings “Now I know who I was, now I know who I’m not”, a touching sentiment in this country-tinged tune about being caught between two chapters of life. In other words, a song about coming to terms with getting older.

Watch BAMM.tv … on your TV!

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If you’ve been following BAMM.tv for some time now, you’ll know that we’re the place to be for a regular stream of unmissable live music videos – any genre, any taste, all incredible new talent. And you’ll know that we constantly update our Facebook, Twitter and blog with all the news on the latest releases.

In addition to all this, however, perhaps you didn’t know that you can also check out your favorite BAMM.tv videos on your TV, or on the go? take a look at our range of apps for your internet-connected devices, and make sure that you never miss a moment of great new music.


VidZone app for PS3/PS4

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Whether you’ve upgraded to Sony’s latest powerhouse or are still a proud owner of their generation-defining PS3 console, you can catch up with BAMM.tv on Vidzone right now. Subscribe to our channel, share with your friends, or just sit back and watch some awesome entertainment.

Xbox app for Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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“There can be only one,” the hero of some movie once yelled. Hopefully he wasn’t talking about the Xbox One, in which case he’d be off the sales figures mark by a few million. Starting very soon, Xbox One owners will be able to experience an all-new BAMM.tv app. And if you’re an Xbox 360 owner? No problem – you’ll be able to as well!

Roku app

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Roku players offer the “deepest selection in streaming entertainment” – so it makes absolute sense that they’d want to throw BAMM.tv into the mix too. Keep your eyes peeled for our new Roku app, coming shortly.

Amazon App Store

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You can do more on Amazon than catch up with the latest music and movie bestsellers – you can also fire up their App Store and enter the wired world of BAMM.tv, wherever you happen to be.

Firefox Marketplace

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The good folk behind Firefox – undeniably the browser with the coolest-sounding name – also have a packed App Store to investigate. Obviously, it goes without saying that your first download should be the BAMM.tv app, but you already knew that, right?


iPad

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Ever wanted to step inside a virtual venue and explore all the musical magic therein? With the BAMM.tv iPad App – available via the iTunes store – that chance is all yours. Plus, y’know, the chance to watch endless streams of incredible live music too.

Samsung Galaxy

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Finally, you can soon set out to conquer the galaxy (well, in a manner of speaking) by treating your smartphone to the smartest app around – BAMM.tv!

New BAMM.tv Video – Kendra McKinley, ‘Chestnut Street’

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We’re seeing more and more looping pedals in pop and indie music these days, but Kendra McKinley’s vocal looping on this Jazz piece is delectable. Having a voice like hers – powerful and smooth – sure helps. You’ll be happy to get this melody stuck in your head.

OTHER BAMM.TV ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE:


New BAMM.tv video: We Became Owls – ‘Table For One’

New BAMM.tv Video: Pedro Sá Moraes – “Não é Água”

New BAMM.tv Video: Quiles & Cloud, ‘Pass’

BAMM.TV FEATURED ARTIST – ASH – A LOOK BACK

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We’re massively excited to feature Ash as our Featured Artist this week, in order to tie in with the release of a couple of exclusive BAMM.tv performances from this three-piece Brit-rock legend. The first one – ‘Shining Light’ – was unleashed last week, and there’s a second one all ready for you to watch later this week. Excited? Course you are.

In the meantime, however, we thought we’d take a few days to celebrate all things Ash … beginning with a look at their discography to date. Let’s join hands and relax in a blue shimmery light as we Quantum Leap back through musical history …

TRAILER (1994)

For those of us who have been following Ash’s musical trajectory since the beginning, here’s a chilling little reminder of your own mortality: ‘Trailer’, the debut album from a bunch of young Northern Ireland upstarts barely past the point of their school exams, is now a whopping twenty years old. Time flies when you’re having fun. Or even when you’re not.

Luckily, all that’s needed to nullify such morbid musings of mortality (check out our alliteration skills) is to take another listen to ‘Trailer’, and to be blown away by the sheer energy and verve of the band’s first long-player. It’s not as polished as later work, obviously, and the songwriting is a mere foreshadow of what’s to come – but, just as a teenage Metallica arrived fully-formed with 1983’s ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ we can safely say that ‘Trailer’ is the confident, bellowed announcement of a great new talent.

There’s more after the jump …

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BAMM.tv Featured Artist – Ash – ‘Shining Light’

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We’ve got a very special Featured Artist season this time around – we’re celebrating the 20-plus year career of Britrock legends Ash, whose glorious power-pop continues to thrill fans around the world. Oh, and did we mention that we snared a TOTALLY EXCLUSIVE BAMM.TV PERFORMANCE from them? Because, y’know, we did.

There’s more to come next week: more exclusive live video, a sprawling Ash retrospective, a look at their greatest musical moments and some great musical recommendation to take you down the indie rabbit hole if you’re looking for further Ash-like sounds.

In the meantime, check out this exclusive performance of all-time classic ‘Shining Light’ …

Why I Love Music: Wirjo Hardjono

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A return to our occasional ‘Why I Love Music’ series – this time featuring thoughts from BAMM.tv’s Wirjo Hardjono …

Sound made to make you ‘feel’? Just the idea of it sounds absurd to me. I don’t know why but I’ve always wondered why music makes you feel and never understood. Sure if it brings back memories, if used is specific contexts or when it’s used in other media. But even if your not paying any attention it sets a mood or better a tone.

Our brain just starts triggering neurons and creating hormones when the air moves our eardrums. Signals that make you aware of your surroundings, did we make sounds to warn the world of our existence? Or did we make sounds to drown out the paranoia of the things we didn’t see? Probably both, we probably still use music for those reasons today, as art form and for an escape.

We just got really good at it. We made sound a form of expression, I imagine that we developed instruments together with our voices. Interacting with your surroundings to create a sensation in others. Of course we do this all the time in many ways but somehow music has always been special to me.

Growing up seeing thousands of people gathering in stadiums to experience it together, yet it feels so personal. It’s a thing we share. Its how we explain to the world how we feel, it gives us identity, both through creating and listening to it. It also gives us the ability to change our state or at least influence how we feel.

We communicate feel best through music, in my experience anyways. I don’t express myself musically, but I like the consumption. I like being influenced by it, giving in to it. I’ll never understand how and I’ll never have to, it just is. It just takes you on a journey.

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Why I Love Music: BAMM.tv’s Chris Hansen

Why I Love Music: BAMM.tv’s Jerad Fox

Why I Love Music – BAMM.tv’s Phil Lang

Why I Love Music – BAMM.tv’s Jeff LaPenna

Why I Love Music – BAMM.tv’s Sophie DeWitt

Why I Love Music – BAMM.tv’s Christopher Davies

Why I Love Music: BAMM.tv’s Sarah Levitt

Why I Love Music: BAMM.tv’s Diana Gamboa

Why I Love Music: BAMM.tv’s Peter Hackmann

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Music has played a major role in my life ever since my older brother decided he wanted to learn how to play drums. Naturally, as the little brother I had a juvenile obsession with his decision and followed closely, admiring his shiny black and chrome kit and the seemingly random things he would play on it after a drum class. What I didn’t realize is how greatly his decision to study music would affect the trajectory of my own life. When I decided to try out for band as a 13 year-old, I was told by the teacher that I would make a fine addition to the horn section. But, taking my brother’s lead, I opted for the ‘things you bang on’ section instead.

Down the rabbit hole I went. Playing percussion soon became an obsession. Anything I could get my hands on became a snare drum, marimba, triangle, or bass drum. I would find myself listening to fluorescent light bulbs for their pitch and tuning the timpani to the sound of light in the band hall. Competition after competition, performance after performance, playing music became a highly-addictive and ‘can’t-do-without‘ feature of my life. This is one reason that I love music. It has the delightfully infectious ability to give life meaning and substance, and teach people to focus, listen, reflect, and ultimately better themselves – and share these things with an audience.

But an even greater reason that I love music, besides its individual benefits, is because it functions as a truly global language. During college, I had the opportunity to travel abroad and interact with very different cultures which, as my aunt put it, was like “traveling to the moon” for her generation. When translation failed, and it often did, I turned to music. I found that simply pulling out a guitar and strumming chords could turn foreigners into friends, after the wine was consumed, of course. A playlist on my iPod once turned a benign roommates’ dinner into a night on the town. Just knowing and appreciating music from other cultures has ignited conversations and friendships, whether at a bar in Mexico, a birthday party in Italy, or a seminar in New York.

I can remember one occasion where I performed with a girl from South Korea, who was a talented, if timid, musician. She spoke almost no English, and I speak no Korean, but when we played together no words were needed. Our language became phrasing, tempo, dynamics, and the movement of sticks. We could play a sonata without even speaking to each other. I’m also reminded of the times at a folk festival in Texas when donning my washboard allowed me to jam with “the Nashville camps” simply because it was something we all recognized and understood (Even Tennessee is somewhat foreign to Texans). No language can even come close to these types of communication, only music.

In essence, what I love about music is that all people, regardless of age, origin, or language, are hard-wired to understand it. Even in today’s hyper-active, hyper-connected world, music remains a testament to the oldest and simplest of human instincts: the desire to come together and share, learn, and simply enjoy sound itself. I never considered any of this when my brother first practiced his drum kit, but now I understand just how crucial those experiences with music were to me. And that’s why I love it.

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Why I Love Music: BAMM.tv’s Jerad Fox


Why I Love Music – BAMM.tv’s Phil Lang

Why I Love Music – BAMM.tv’s Jeff LaPenna

Why I Love Music – BAMM.tv’s Sophie DeWitt

Why I Love Music – BAMM.tv’s Christopher Davies

Why I Love Music: BAMM.tv’s Sarah Levitt

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