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BAMM.tv Featured Artist: Ha Ha Tonka

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Ready for another exclusive BAMM.tv Featured Artist? Introducing your new favorite band: Missouri’s musical sons Ha Ha Tonka

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In 2001 two friends from West Plains, Missouri – Brian Roberts and Luke Long, both attending the same college – formed a group called Amsterband, soon going on to recruit drummer Robert Mueller. Mueller would be replaced by Lennon Bone in 2004, and the year before that saw the group add Brett Anderson (not the chap from Suede) to their roster. “Three of us (Lennon, Luke & myself) grew up in a small Missouri town (West Plains) together,” Brian says. “We met Brett in college at Southwest Missouri State University. Brett brings the melody. Lennon brings the talent. Luke brings the looks. And I bring up the back.”

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BAMM.tv Featured Artist: Wild Child

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It’s the return of our Featured Artist feature – and we’ve got an absolutely amazing band all set to fuel your February. Gather round and get ready to tame the beast that is Wild Child! We’ve got all sorts of exclusive stuff coming up over the next couple of weeks, starting with this in-depth interview. Enjoy …

How did the band get together?

Kelsey and I we touring together as part of the backing band for a Danish band called The Migrant. I was playing accordion and she was playing violin. We were on the road for 6 weeks and during that time we started writing songs in the van to pass the time. During one stop in SF we stayed with my cousin Evan and wrote “That’s What She Say” together. After that we really started cranking them out and by the time we got back to Austin, we decided we wanted to make a band and make a record. Next came a full band lineup and the album Pillow Talk.

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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: Hollerado

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Charity begins at home, the old phrase goes – and if the history of Canadian melody-merchants Hollerado is anything to go by, it seems that musical genius begins in that area too. Born and raised in Manotick, Ontario (infact, three of the band members grew up on the same street together), the four Hollerado boys – Menno Versteeg, Nixon Boyd, Dean Baxter and Jake Boyd – officially came together in April 2007. Relocating to Montreal, they’ve since been gathering a well-deserved reputation as everyone’s favorite Bright Young Things.

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BAMM.tv Featured Artist: Whiskerman

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It’s that time again. Long-time BAMM.tv fans (and if you’re a new BAMM.tv fan, just pretend you’ve been following us for ages to increase those coolness points) will know the drill by now: every now and then, we showcase an exciting new group or artist who we just can’t get enough of.

This time around, it’s the turn of Whiskerman, the phenomenal folky soul-rock five-piece who recently guested as part of our ‘Proving Grounds’ sessions (in association with Jawbone). Here’s a clip of this amazing group in action:

We’ve got all sorts of exclusive Whiskerman features coming up over the next couple of weeks, including a competition to win some very special prizes. In the meantime, we recently caught up with frontman Graham Patzner for this revealing interview …

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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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Typhoon: What Are They Listening To Right Now?

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Typhoon season continues – and thankfully we won’t mean an influx of unseasonal stormy weather, but rather the stint of Portland’s finest Typhoon as our BAMM.tv Featured Artist.

We’ve already featured an in-depth retrospective of the band’s work to date, and also taken a look at their favorite musical moments from the BAMM.tv archives … and now it’s time to find out what five random tunes are rocking their world right now. Here’s the rundown …

Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

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The Soft White Sixties: What Are They Listening To Right Now?

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Sooooo … to round off their reign as our BAMM.tv Featured Artist, the Soft White Sixties have picked five musical moments that are rocking their boat of late (you can see their choices from the BAMM.tv archive right here). Let’s see what they’re listening to right now …

1. ‘Tell It Like It Is’ – Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville and Gregg Allman

“There’s nothing bad about this performance, except maybe the shirt … but then again…”

(more great musical choices after the jump …)

2. ‘Hope Is A Butterfly, No Net Its Captor’ – RX Bandits

“Joey’s pick.”

3. ‘You Can Call Me Al’ – Paul Simon

“Best music video ever? Probably” (BAMM.tv note: surely also the best song ever?)

4. ‘This Is Sally Hatchet’ – Father John Misty

“A favorite record of ours from last year, love the whole Harry Nillsson vibe of this song and “bad trip” vibes of the video.”

5. ‘Trying To Live My Life Without You’ – Otis Clay

“Saw this guy at Amoeba on a Sunday almost two years ago with about 10 other people in the crowd – unbelievable, like getting a private sermon.”

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

BAMM.tv Featured Artist: The Soft White Sixties

‘Knock It Loose’ – our exclusive feature length doc on The Soft White Sixties!


The Bob Podcast #16: “Song Dissection – The Soft White Sixties”

‘Knock It Loose’ – our exclusive feature length doc on The Soft White Sixties!

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We’re almost insanely proud to feature San Francisco rockers The Soft White Sixties as our Featured Artist. If you haven’t checked out our essential introduction to the band, you can do that right here. Seriously. We can wait. Go on.

Back already? Great. Hopefully that’s put you in the mood for the acres of exclusive stuff BAMM.tv and The Soft White Sixties have got coming your way in the next week or two … including today! ‘Knock It Loose’ is a real gem from the BAMM.tv archives – shot in December 2011, it’s a fascinating feature-length documentary which follows the boys (then a five-piece) on their first ever West Coast tour. We’d compiled all the episodes below into one amazing playlist, for your viewing pleasure. Yeah, we know, we’re too good to you sometimes.

Expect rock and roll, burritos, beer, fireworks and all sorts of general mischief. Enjoy!

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

BAMM.tv Featured Artist: The Soft White Sixties

The Bob Podcast #16: “Song Dissection – The Soft White Sixties”


Watch Better Way by The Soft White Sixties on BAMM TV

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