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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”

The Soft White Sixties: Their Favorites From The BAMM.tv Vault

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We’ve already treated you to an in-depth interview and exclusive feature-length documentary on our Featured Artist The Soft White Sixties – and, like a hyperactive Santa Claus, we’re still hell-bent on throwing more awesome stuff your way. We asked the band to pick some of their favorite moments from the MASSIVE BAMM.TV archive, and they selected five perfect examples of musical magnificence. Take a look below.

And if you want to go picking your own BAMM.tv highlights … here’s the place you need to be.

1. Adam Haworth Stephens – ‘Second Mind’

“Joey’s pick.”

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‘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

BAMM.tv Featured Artist: The Soft White Sixties

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Not to paraphrase Monty Python (we’ll leave that to boring people at parties the world over), but what exactly did the Sixties ever do for us? Baby boomer music critics and one-time rock icons will collectively scurry to tell us that it was the single greatest period in all of human history, but did the rest of us really miss out on that much? There seems to be an overhanging cultural consensus: that anyone born after 1970 missed the party in the private treehouse club.

Yet … one can’t deny that the Sixties had something. An oomph. A verve. A kick-out-the-jams aesthetic that the decade has come to define as its own, no matter how wet and wild pop culture has become in the ensuing years. That’s why the Soft White Sixties are so perfectly named.

It would be misleading to label this San Francisco four-piece a ‘retro act’. While their storming, groove-laden R&B does channel many musical elements that evoke a knee-jerk association with the Sixties, it’s more about the attitude of that decade than anything else. That whole ‘we’ve got guitars and anything is possible, so fuck you and dance’ feel.

And is there anything the modern era needs more than that?


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BAMM.tv Featured Artist: The Stone Foxes

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Blues, rock and country – they’re labels so simultaneously vague yet culturally ingrained that sometimes they seem to have lost all meaning. Pretty much any guitar based album in existence – and, to some extent, a number of genre-fusing hip-hop and electronic projects too – carry elements of this all-American heritage, be they proudly displayed as centerpiece artistic choices or tucked away as subtle undercurrents. Whether it’s sound, attitude, aesthetic, or a combination of all three … there are certain touchstones guitar music will always have to adhere to. Its just part of the deal, folks.

With this in mind, it’s easy to come to a natural conclusion: that to define a band as ‘blues-rock’ with hints of ‘country’ is to render them somewhat unremarkable. A drop in the ocean. A thumbprint on a skyscraper. In some cases (hell, let’s say in most cases) this wouldn’t be too far from the truth. In the case of California’s foot-stomping avengers The Stone Foxes, however, listeners can rest assured that their sound – while steeped in the vast, winding heritage mentioned above – is far from generic. Let’s put it bluntly: a rock to the head has always been a rock to the head since the first brawl between two cavemen. That doesn’t mean a perfectly-placed rock to the head in 2012 doesn’t carry with it a real fucking impact. Some things just don’t seem to mellow with age.

The Stone Foxes throw out rock with a capital R, blues with a capital B, and country with … well, maybe an odd smattering of uppercase font. Put it all together, and you’ll no longer be interested in literary deconstruction anyway – you’ll be too busy (in the time-honoured fashion of another American tradition) throwing your hands in the air like you just don’t care.

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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 Two – Knock It Loose

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It’s Day Two of our 12-day celebration of all things BAMM 2012. We’ve compiled a season of our greatest moments from the year gone by and are throwing them your way absolutely free. What kind of moments, you might ask? Well – how about a feature-length documentary following San Fransisco rock animals The Soft White Sixties?

Below are all nine episodes of ‘Knock It Loose’, which you can watch as one glorious film-length whole. And once you’re done, remember to check out some of their awesome performances from the BAMM.tv archives.

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – exclusive Avant La Lettre interview

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Melodic indie stars Avant La Lettre were a fantastic presence during our Global Scene Live: Amsterdam sessions (check out their performance of ‘Floodwater Blues’), so we decided to sit down with the guys and chat about their music, their motives, their influences and everything else in between …

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’

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – exclusive Horses On Fire interview

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Horses on Fire Interview (BAMM.tv Global Scene Live: Amsterdam) from BAMM.tv on Vimeo.

Here’s another fascinating dispatch from our Global Scene Live: Amsterdam interview sessions – this time we chat to blazing Belgium-based rock and rollers Horses On Fire (who set the stage alight with a killer performance of ‘Wolfman In Disguise’) and figure out exactly what keeps their creative fire burning …

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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