Episode three of our exclusive doc on BAMM.tv favorites The Soft White Sixties heads to Sacramento, California – the third date on the tour we followed, and also the hometown of band member Octavio, whose childhood home soon gets invaded by a film crew (in the nicest possible sense, of course). Among other things there’s a cage full of canaries, a selection of dive-bombing tips, and – most importantly – some awesome music selections courtesy of the band themselves, including a storming piano-led version of ‘Ain’t Your Mother.’
BAMMers Zachary Ryan and Jeff LaPenna have certainly pulled a classic out of the bag with this directorial effort, and the best news is that there are more installments to come. Keep an eye out for future episodes in the coming days, as well as yet more incredible live music videos exclusive to BAMM.tv. Sometimes we wonder if we’re too generous …
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Knock It Loose, Part One
It’s been something of a crazy week at BAMM.tv (and there’s still a couple of days left). We’ve been releasing awesome new stuff left, right and center – or, to put it in the manner of those hippity-hop stars the kids today seem so fond of, we’ve been dropping zingers like KFC. Chief among this roster of video goodies was part one of our exclusive documentary on San Francisco rockers The Soft White Sixties – ‘Knock It Loose.’
Aaaaand just as night follows day, thunder follows lightening and … erm, something follows something else … part two must surely come in the wake of part one. Here’s the second installment of this brilliant new series. Keep your eyes peeled (not literally, that’d be painful) for future episodes in the coming days.
Hopefully our little teaser post on Monday piqued your interest, and now BAMM.tv is extremely proud to offer up Episode One of ‘Knock It Loose’ – our on-the-road documentary which follows the trials and tribulations of San Francisco rockers (and BAMM favorites) The Soft White Sixties. Functioning as both as inspirational story to up-and-coming musicians and a fascinating look at band life for those among you who have never even picked up a guitar, ‘Knock It Loose’ is easily one of the coolest things we’ve ever done – and there’s lots more of it to come. Enjoy Episode One, and keep ‘em peeled for info about upcoming installments.
If you’re a regular visitor to these here pages, you’ll no doubt be aware that we regularly sing the praises of San Francisco’s very own The Soft White Sixties – we can’t get enough of their storming, no-nonsense, soul-laden rock and roll, and their previous performances under the BAMM banner have quite literally torn the roof off (okay – not quite literally torn the roof off, as that would be against health and safety regulations. But they made sure everyone had a DAMN GOOD TIME nonetheless).
Now we’re proud to present something really special – ‘Knock It Loose: On Tour With The Soft White Sixties’. Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you brand new episodes of this exclusive BAMM documentary, directed by our very own powerhouse team of Zachary Ryan and Jeff LaPenna. ‘Knock It Loose’ examines what it takes to be a young band in the digital age, forming a case study on rock and roll, burritos, beer, fireworks and life on the road.
Trust us – you don’t want to miss a moment of this one. Check out the trailer above to whet your appetite ….
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If you keep up to date with developments in the digital music world – and seeing as you’re already reading the BAMM website, we’re gonna go ahead and assume you’re pretty clued up – you’re probably familiar with the ongoing story of Joel Tenenbaum, a former Boston University student who was fined $675,000 by the RIAA for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs on the internet.
Tenenbaum decided to fight his corner. Viewing the punishment as deeply out of perspective, Joel enlisted legal assistance and took the RIAA to court (with the help of Harvard professor Charles Nesson). A federal judge agreed that the punishment was excessive, but it was alas reinstated by a court of appeal.
Infact, if you want to know the story in full, just spare a few minutes to take a listen to this episode of BAMM Insights, in which we interviewed Tenenbaum himself:
Enjoy that? Good (and there are several more episodes of Insights you should check out too, covering a wide range of digital and music issues). Now take a peek at this BAMM.tv clip in which our very own Phil Lang examines both sides of the piracy/punishment argument:
Why are we bringing this issue up today? Because Joel’s most recent appeal has failed, and he’s still in the firing line for that none-too-pleasant 675K fine. Joel just graduated on Sunday, and – while he’s no doubt justifiably proud of his achievement – this ongoing saga can’t help but take the shine off that.
The thing is this: let’s look at the consensus here. In the episode of Insights posted above, Joel admits breaking the law, and is more than ‘happy’ to accept an appropriate punishment. The key word here is appropriate. If you were to hit the streets right now and ask people what the punishment for illegal file-sharing should be, what sort of answer do you think you’d get (barring any RIAA employees you might happen to bump into)? A relatively small fine – maybe five hundred or a thousand dollars? A brief stint of community service? Something in perspective, surely, because the vast majority of people have either a) dabbled in the world of the online five-finger discount themselves, or b) agree with Paul Resnikoff (see above video) that it’s a crime on a par with a traffic violation. Illegal, yep, and you’ll get your day in court. But you won’t be destroyed.
What will happen if Joel refuses to pay up? Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t have a spare $675,000 down the back of the sofa. Will he face jail time? Music pirates have been sent to prison in the past – admittedly for far greater offences, but nonetheless precedents have been set.
No-one would deny the right of artists to get paid, nor that those who steal music should be punished. But look at it this way – someone who illegally downloads music could theoretically face a prison sentence. Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of the manslaughter of Michael Jackson, was sentenced to four years in jail. Conclusion: there’s not too much difference between the punishment for downloading a Michael Jackson song and killing Michael Jackson. Is that fair?
What are your thoughts on the issue? Feel free to share in the comments box below.
Mexico City hip-hop legend Bocafloja has long been something of a mainstay around the BAMM office – not only we are all huge fans of his socially-conscious and free-flowing beats, but we’ve also enjoyed the privilege of both an interview and performance from the man himself (not to mention his ultra talented backing crew, of course).
Hopefully you’ll agree that Bocafloja is an artist of formidable caliber, which is why you should be very excited to learn that his brand new album “Patologias del Invisible Incomodo” is set for release on February 18th (that’s a mere five days from now, should you feel like engaging in a bit of calendar countdown action).sumo suits for sale
In order to take us behind the philosophies (musical, social, political and otherwise) which underpin his upcoming avant-garde Spanish language rap odyssey, Bocafloja has also produced a fascinating documentary – which you can see simply by playing the video above. Smart, literate, vocal and with a killer command of the mic: if you’re not a fan of Bocafloja by now, you really need to get on that …
Well, it’s been a great ride, but we’ve reached the last of our regular Friday instalments of BAMM’s Global Scene: Amsterdam. We hope you’ve enjoyed this in-depth look at this amazing city and all the fantastic musical elements it has to offer. To round things off, we’re looking to the future: who are the faces to watch in the world of Dutch music?
As for Global Scene itself? Well – it will return in the not-too-distant future! To date we’ve covered London and Amsterdam, and can guarantee that we’ll be heading somewhere similarly exciting next. Where would you guys like to see us go?
Another Friday, you say? Already? And we’re almost at the end of January? 2012 is already zipping by so quickly, we’ll be putting the Christmas presents under the tree before too long (provided that the Mayans and John Cusack weren’t in the right, and the Earth isn’t due to be destroyed. Which, at any rate, would save us all a bit of money come the next festive season).
Aaaanyway, abstract rambling aside – we all know that Friday offers up the chance to check out a brand new episode of BAMM’s awesome Global Scene series. We’re up to episode eight of our in-depth look at the cultural hub of Amsterdam, and this week we focus on ‘Festival Life’ – the vibrant and exciting Dutch festival scene, and the opportunities these events can give acts for extending their fanbase. Enjoy!
Another Friday rolls around, and before you leap away from your desk to indulge in a chaotic weekend of pure hedonism (or just prepare to sit around in your underwear all Saturday and Sunday playing the Xbox) why not treat yourself to Episode Seven of BAMM’s awesome Global Scene: Amsterdam? This week the show examines the Dutch artists who have achieved massive international success – how they went about becoming superstars, and what new bands/musicians can learn from them.
Friday comes around once again, so why not stoke your European sensibilities with a visit to Amsterdam, courtesy of BAMM.TV? (Well … a virtual visit. We like you and all that, but we’re not going to buy you all plane tickets just yet). Episode Six of Global Scene: Amsterdam continues our all-access look at the musical culture of the titular city, and in this installment we examine the organizations, institutes and projects who strive to support local music. Enjoy!