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New BAMM.tv video: Blackbird Blackbird, ‘Tangerine Sky’

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Blackbird Blackbird’s new album Tangerine Sky contains some of most elegant material we’ve heard yet from the burgeoning SF songwriter/producer. Full of surprises, Tangerine Sky takes a creative approach to meshing a wide array of contemporary styles into something unique that can only exist in the now. This is futuristic electronic-pop that doesn’t look back for inspiration, instead tying together elements of forward thinking hip-hop/R&B, space-age folk, and the meditative grooves of house and techno.

Check out the official video for Tangerine Sky’s title track above – an exclusive BAMM.tv production! Oh, and if you want to find out more about this great act, it’s all here

Win Tickets To See The Flashbulb Live!

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Hey - remember when we said we’d reached the end of The Flashbulb’s tenure as our Featured Artist? Well, we were lying – we’ve got one more awesome surprise up our collective sleeve.

Are you able to be in San Francisco on Saturday November 30th? Would you like to chance to see The Flashbulb live in action (hint: the answer is ‘hell, yes’)? We’ve teamed up with the frankly awesome people at LoveTech to give away three pairs of tickets to their Integration event, held at The Center – at which The Flashbulb is headlining. Oh, did we mention he’s playing alongside a host of other amazing acts like Moldover, Bartel, Rich DDT, Hopscotch, Janaka Selekta, Biomigrant, Colfax, Alex Kane,
Sabotage and Rahfee Zahkee? ‘Cos he is.

This is gonna be good. Take along a buddy, a lover, a random stranger who you want to impress. Just dance your ass off.

To stand a chance of winning this incredible prize, simply send an email to info [at] bamm.tv with the subject heading ‘Flashbulb Live Comp’ before midday on Wednesday 27th November. Good luck!

And if you’re not lucky enough to be a winner, don’t worry – tickets are available the good old-fashioned way right here. Also, if you’re not able to hit SF that night, sorry about that – but keep an eye out for more great BAMM.tv competitions in the near future.

Aaaaaaand if you just can’t get enough of Flashbulb competition action, there’s still time to enter our prize draw to have your very own digital portrait created by The Flashbulb

Please note: the prize is tickets only, and does not include transport or accommodation.

OTHER BAMM.TV ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Bamm.tv Featured Artist: The Flashbulb

The Flashbulb: His Favorites From The BAMM.tv Vault

The Flashbulb: What Is He Listening To Right Now?

Win An Exclusive Digital Portrait From The Flashbulb!

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We hope you’ve been enjoying our exclusive season of cool stuff featuring our Featured Artist The Flashbulb – and we’re going to round things off with an exclusive giveaway. See, it turns out that Benn Jordan (The Flashbulb himself) isn’t just an electro-mastermind – he’s also fond of creating digital artwork too.

We’re offering one lucky winner the chance to have a digital portrait of themselves created by The Flashbulb – a truly unique, one-of-a-kind prize that any fan would love. Want to stand a chance of winning? All you have to do is email info [at] bamm.tv with the subject heading ‘Flashbulb Contest’ before Monday December 2nd. Good luck …

The Flashbulb: What Is He Listening To Right Now?

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We’ve already introduced you to the frenetic electronic stylings of our Featured Artist The Flashbulb … and we’ve seen which moments from the BAMM.tv archive he just can’t get enough of. Now it’s time to see what his personal playlist consists of right now. Here’s a quick rundown (ideal for passing off to your friends as your own personal playlist, and thereby increasing your coolness points a thousandfold).

O’Spada: Time

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The Flashbulb: His Favorites From The BAMM.tv Vault

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We asked our Featured Artist The Flashbulb to pick his favorite moments from the sprawling BAMM.tv music archive …

“I think I’ve actually gone through every BAMM video for this process. It made for a splendid Sunday morning. I kind of feel like an A&R guy, but my coffee isn’t expensive enough.

“After watching Who Cares – Show Me Some Change (below), I was reminded of how deceiving looks can be. I expected the sound of “Mouse Rat”, for those of you familiar with Parks And Recreation. The actual sound was an unexpected blend of 70’s Harlem, some open mic’d drums, and a filthy loop that sounds like the groan a baby didgeridoo would make while bashing out police car windows. The point is, this is unique, and it is great. The other point is, I need to grow my hair out and stop wearing tracksuits before I make another video.

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Bamm.tv Featured Artist: The Flashbulb

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Meet electronic mastermind Benn Jordan. He’s a man of many different names, collecting pseudonyms the way a hyperactive 90s kid collected Pokemon. You may also have heard him referred to as (deeeeeep breath now) Acidwolf, CHR15TPUNCH3R, DJ ASCII, Dr. Lefty, Dysrythmia, FlexE, Human Action Network, Lucid32, rapemachine, rnd16, 66x or Q-Bit.

For the purposes of our Featured Artist celebration, however, we fixing our beady eye on Benn’s most well-known alterego: The Flashbulb.

Benn is particularly direct when it comes to the origins of Flashbulb. “In the mid-70’s,” he recounts, “Lee Jordan and Denise Richardson met while vacationing in Virginia. Many sexual instances later Denise noticed she was more nauseated than usual. 9 months later the band was formed, but did not record music for another 14 years.” In other words: it’s just him. Flashbulb is a one-man operation, and Benn is the brains and talent behind it.

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BAMM.tv Featured Artist: Wallpaper.

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Anyone familiar with reviewer shorthand will know the meaning of the term ‘wallpaper music’. It’s often used to describe the output of MOR giants like Coldplay or Maroon 5 – it’s background stuff, ambient dinner party noise, inoffensive and barely noticeable chatter which uses music more as a pleasant crutch than a blazing center of attention.

Sooooo … if you were a frenzied hip-hop electro-pop mastermind who drops beats like John McClane drops bad guys, you probably wouldn’t want to associate yourself with the word. You’d call yourself ‘Explosion Beast’ or ‘Annihilator’ or ‘Dance Yourself Sick’. That would be the predictable thing to do. The thing is: Ricky Reed – the producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind Wallpaper., our brand new Featured Artist – is anything but predictable.

Interested yet? Want to read on as we get all Home Depot on your ass and really start examining Wallpaper.? Or are you just a big old Doo-Doo Face?

(Note: Doo-Doo Face is the title of his first album. It’s just a joke. We’re not really calling you a Doo-Doo Face. Unless you’re a sadomasochist and are into that kind of thing. This is the internet, after all).

Anyway. Let’s continue (after the jump …)

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BAMM.tv Featured Artist: Geographer

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Introducing BAMM.tv’s Featured Artist feature: a selection of great music, exclusive articles and prize giveaways (among other things) from one of our favorite up-and-coming artists. This month we put San Francisco three-piece Geographer under the spotlight …

Crack open the dictionary for a second. There’s something interesting about the definition of the word Geographer – “one who partakes in the study of the earth and its features and of the distribution of life on the earth, including human life”, and also charts an “ordered arrangement of constituent elements.”

Now, we’re not going to pretend that this definition is news to you (we hope you’ve proven yourself to be something of a smartypants by downloading the BAMM.tv app anyway, so we’re sure your literary skills are up to scratch). But think about it. Or – to be more specific – take a listen to Geographer’s music, then think about it.

Ordered arrangement? Yep – carefully crafted ciphers through which all sorts of melodic twists emerge. Constituent elements? Yep – an amalgamation of different sounds, instruments and genres fused to a cohesive and gripping whole. Human life? Oh yeah – like all great music, there’s a helluva lot of universal soul in there.

Not that they’d be so analytical about it. “We want to make good-sounding records,” they state, “and we want to play for people.”

So: are you one of those people yet? And if not, why not?

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The 12 Days Of BAMM – Day Ten – BAMM Electronica

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We’re huge fans of pulse-pounding electronic beats here at BAMM.tv, and 2012 has seen us place yet more incredible electronic acts into the spotlight. Today – as Day Ten of our 12 Day countdown to Christmas – we present a selection of the very best, including Bartel, Realboy, the Flashbulb and Niteppl. Perfect stuff to get you in the mood for those pre-Christmas Friday night parties …

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – exclusive Secret Love Parade interview

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Our Global Scene Live: Amsterdam season
continues apace with a series of exclusive interviews with the artists in question. Today we pick the brains of electro-indie dream-pop duo The Secret Love Parade, who – after holding the audience spellbound with a performance of ‘Plastic In Plastic’ – opened up about the music-making process and the influences that inspire them.

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – Koffie, ‘There Is A Catch’

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – The Secret Love Parade, ‘Plastic In Plastic’

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – Avant La Lettre, ‘Floodwater Blues’

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