It’s proving to be a busy week for BAMM’s favored bands. Yesterday we told you all about the upcoming album from Canadian indie stars Hollerado … and now we’re going to add another must-buy purchase to your shopping list. Americana maestros Goodnight, Texas (featured in the video above with an exclusive BAMM.tv performance) unleashed ‘A Long Life Of Living’ earlier this week, and it’s already been getting rave reviews – Absolute Punk labelled it ‘as good as it gets’.
It’s been a summer of unique performances here at BAMM.tv. Having collaborated with our friends over at Audyssey and Noise Pop on a journey to bring you one-of-a-kind songwriters in one-of-a-kind settings, we were privileged to see some great artists in action.
Emily Jane White was no exception. Joined by the fantastic Shawn Aplay (cello) and Carey Lamprecht (violin), she treated us to a remarkable rendition of ‘Requiem Waltz’. Placed firmly in the hauntingly powerful lineage of Bat For Lashes and Joanna Newsom, this is a performance you’ll want to immerse yourself in time and time again.
We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re huge fans of singer-songwriter Kelly McFarling here at BAMM.tv – and we’re happy to reveal that (if you’re a San Francisco native, or just happen to be in the area at the time) Kelly will be performing live at the Great American Music Hall next Wednesday (the 26th). The event will be a celebration of twenty years of Critical Mass, and she will be accompanied by fellow performers Papa Bear and the Easy Love and DonCat. You can check out a preview video above.
You can grab your tickets here. And in the meantime, take a look at this exclusive performance from our archives – Kelly takes on ‘The Hustle’ …
Here’s something special to usher in the weekend - a two-part blast of modern-day classic Americana, accompanied by some fascinating archive footage from San Francisco. Sioux City Kid treated us to an exclusive performance of ‘Little Hell Part 1 and 2′ – and within a few minutes we were all transformed into growling, whiskey-swilling good-timers looking for a party. Not that anyone could tell the difference between that and our normal selves, of course …
You know what? We could make a gag about this video from Waters being ‘streaming music’, but frankly we’re above that. Well, most of the time. Catch us on an off-day and we’ll reel out the puns like an amateur stand-up night. But not today. Okay?
Today we’re just gonna urge you to check out this amazing performance of ‘Mickey Mantle’ by Waters, brought to you in association with the folks at Audyssey and Noise Pop. We’re also going to suggest that those of you lucky enough to live in San Francisco head down to The Independent tomorrow night (Friday 14th) to catch Waters live in action …
Up for a little bit of genre-mashing this fine Tuesday? Well, we hope some folk-rock alt-country indie-pop motown-tinged bluesy classic rock floats your boat, because that’s the remarkable concoction we have on offer from San Francisco’s very own Vandella, a supremely talented four-piece who stopped by BAMM HQ a while back to treat us to an exclusive rendition of ‘Leaves.’
Like what you hear above? (Helpful hint: if you don’t, you should probably get your ears checked – waxy build-up can really hamper your musical appreciation). Well, if you happen to be in SF tomorrow (the 29th August) you can catch these guys live in Union Square. Perfect summer evening entertainment.
Are you going to be in San Francisco this coming Thursday, Aug 23? If so, you can join BAMM.tv (and our good buddies over at Audyssey and Noise Pop) for a fantastic evening of entertainment. If you’d like to wallow in the luxurious dark folk strains of Emily Jane White (whose essential new album ‘Ode To Sentience’ has just been released), then RVSP right here and hit up our SF HQ for an exclusive gig – along with drinks, food, the chance to win special prizes and a closing DJ set by Brogan Bentley.
How do Con Brio manage to combine their expert grasp of funk, soul, jazz and blues into a simmering whole and make it all seem so effortless? We’re stumped. Hopefully you’ll be similarly amazed when you check out this killer impromptu performance of ‘Thank Ya’, shot while on the road to SXSW 2011 and dragged out of the BAMM archives ‘classic’ folder for your enjoyment.
Aaaaand if you’re a San Francisco local, you can catch these fellow San Francisco locals at The Mezzanine this Friday. Details can be found here.
In BAMM terms,Goodnight, Texas are something of a supergroup, featuring moonlighting members of bands we know and love. Their permanent line-up includes Avi Vinocur (formerly of The Stone Foxes) and Patrick Dyer Wolf, and they are often accompanied by none other than Jonathan Kirchner (Con Brio) and Kelly McFarling. A great meeting of minds, then – and the end product is just as good as you’d expect.
Goodnight, Texas filter a haunting, folksy mist of raw Americana through a gritty modern aesthetic and emerge with time-stands-still moments like ‘Jesse Got Trapped In A Coal Mine’ (and no, that isn’t a spoiler for an upcoming ‘Breaking Bad’ episode – well, as far as we know anyway). Enjoy this exclusive performance … and if you like what you hear, be sure to check out their upcoming album ‘A Long Life Of Living’ which drops on October 2nd.
If you’re a fan of ‘Nebraska’-era Springsteen hankering for some introspective Americana and classic songwriting, then you really really should listen to JJ Schultz. Recently, JJ was kind enough – along with his band – to stop by BAMM’s SF headquarters and treat us to an exclusive performance. So sit back, chill out, and immerse yourself in the wonderful folk-and-western roots of ‘Carolina’.
And here’s some extra cool news – JJ’s new album of the same title (that’s ‘Carolina’, in case you haven’t been paying attention in that last paragraph) is set for release on Aug 11 – that’s tomorrow, date fans – and we’re holding a party at BAMM HQ in San Francisco to celebrate this. Details here!