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 …
One of the things we’re most proud of here at BAMM.tv is our amazing roster of Latino artists – and 2012 has only seen this expand with the addition of yet more great music. As such, we’re pleased to present a selection of the best as our ninth post during the 12 Days Of BAMM, our celebratory lead-up to Christmas – featuring our favorites such as Monsieur Perine, La Santa Cecilia, Sol Pereyra and Rocío Peña. Enjoy!
‘International’ is our middle name here at BAMM.tv (well, actually, it’s Wilbur, but please don’t tell anyone). We don’t just limit our quest to uncover the best new talent to the world of English-language artists, as demonstrated by the fantastic range of artists our BAMM Latino imprint has uncovered. Now we can add another great discovery to that roster: Chilean singer-songwriter Rocío Peña, who treated us to an emotionally-charged performance of ‘No Vas’, which features on her album ‘Atardecer’.
Filmed at SXSW 2012, this is the perfect wind-down track after a hectic Monday – and if you’re not amazed by the power of Rocío’s voice, you really should get your ears checked out. Enjoy …
So: here are two things which we happen to like here at BAMM.TV.
Number one is the SXSW Festival – the annual Austin showcase of all that’s awesome in the world of music, movies and technology. You could say that one of the reasons behind this is all those great memories from our SXSW Showcase last year. And you’d be right.
Number two is Fiona Apple – the New York-born singer-songwriter who, amidst a selection of fine solo work, also has the distinction of being one of the few people to have covered The Beatles and not messed it up. How did she do that? A little sumthin’ like this:
Anyway – put SXSW and Fiona Apple together and what have you got? Well, quite literally, Fiona Apple performing at SXSW. Duh.
Thanks to the good people over at NPR (another organisation we kinda like here at BAMM), you can kick back and enjoy an entire live set from Fiona in Austin, including new single “Every Single Night”, and fan favorites “Extraordinary Machine” and “Fast As You Can”. Pretty good, huh?
Well, it’s been a crazy week for the BAMM.TV crew at Austin’s very own SXSW Festival – we’ve rocked it on our cruising boat showcase and dived headfirst into the multifarious reams of exciting music and tech madness the whole place has to offer.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that we’ve ventured to SXSW – we’ve thrilled those Austin crowds with jam-packed gigs in previous years. And … we figured … what better time to take a look back at some of those classic performances from our overflowing archives? That’s what we’ve been doing right here on the BAMM blog this week, and as Friday hits – bringing with it the wonderfully welcome weekend – let’s have one last memory-blast. Here’s a final assortment of BAMM.TV’s SXSW Greatest Hits.
‘A Good Day At The Races’ – Hollerado
Few up-and-coming guitar acts carry the same way with a melody as Hollerado: think of the finer moments of bands like R.E.M and Talking Heads, and you’ll be along the right lines (nope, that isn’t hyperbole). Check out this awesome performance of ‘A Good Day At The Races’ for proof.
‘My Love’ – The Ferocious Few
Having made a name for themselves with their habit of guerrilla gigging – they’ve treated the unsuspecting public to many a street-corner gig across the USA – San Francisco’s Ferocious Few took on a more pre-planned (but just as exciting) vibe for their BAMM performance of ‘My Love.’
‘Virtuous Cassette’ – The Flashbulb
Otherwise known as Benn Jordan, The Flashbulb grabbed our SXSW crowd by their collective lapels and dragged them on an one-man electro-pop odyssey. Seriously impressive stuff.
‘Better Way’ – The Soft White Sixties
Effortlessly cool purveyors of old-school R&B-tinged rock, the Soft White Sixties are equally in thrall to guitar-rock heritage as they are skilled at crafting their own sound. Take a look at this performance of ‘Better Way’.
Yesterday – in order to celebrate our presence at this year’s SXSW Festival in the heart of Austin, Texas – we took a look back at some of the most memorable performances from BAMM.TV’s previous visits to this ultra-exciting get-together. Today? Well, today we’re going to take a look at even more. You should know us by now: we’ve got way too much good stuff to ever pack into one post.
Here are some more highlights from days of yore at SXSW …
Wallpaper – ‘Stupidfaced’
SXSW, in recent years, has begun to look further afield in musical terms: away from the rock/guitar music which used to dominate the festival and to other genres – electronica, hip-hop etc. Wallpaper provided a blast of synth-backed sound fusion upon taking to the BAMM stage last year.
HOTTUB – ‘1 2 3 … Go!’
Think that performance by Wallpaper was bouncing with energy? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Oakland’s sassiest sisters HOTTUB stepped up their game for BAMM at SXSW, thrilling the crowd with a manic rendition of ‘1 2 3 … Go!’ Enjoy.
Nicki Bluhm And The Gramblers – ‘Toby’s Song’
Let’s chill things out slightly with this slide-guitar beauty from Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, who injected a bit of country back into the Texan heartland with the awesome ‘Toby’s Song.’
The Moondoggies – ‘Down The Well’
Aaaaand time to rock out again with a little help from Sub Pop’s The Moondoggies, who treated the BAMM SXSW crowd to a blast of their guitar magic with ‘Down The Well.’
More SXSW BAMM.TV highlights coming your way tomorrow …
It’s that time of year again, folks - the moment when musicians, film-makers and interactive digital busybodies all coalesce in Austin, Texas for all the annual South By Southwest Festival. There’s a lot of exciting stuff to check out … and, of course, the crew from BAMM.TV have made their way down there too. We’ll be hosting an awesome musical showcase aboard our very own riverboat. If you’d like to join us as we float away from all the madness, details are here.
Needless to say: this isn’t the first time we’ve paid a visit to SXSW. We’ve had our fair share of awesome parties and performances in previous years, and we figured there was no better time to dust off some musical memories and look at previous BAMM SXSW highlights …
We like to think we’ve got a keen eye on the whole ‘next big thing’ here at BAMM, and Typhoon certainly slot into that category. They treated us (and our enthusiastic crowd) to a performance of ‘Mouth Of The Cave/White Liars’ at last year’s festival.
Great Lake Swimmers
Our SXSW events usually pull in the big crowds anyway, but the line to see Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers almost stretched from one side of Texas to the other. Luckily you won’t have to queue up to watch this incredible performance of ‘Still.’
Another classic from last year’s shindig. If you like songs which build up and build up and build up with that teasing ‘wait-for-it’ quality, you’ll love ‘Hey Big Bang’, courtesy of Los Angeles’ very own Superhumanoids.
Sometimes we just can’t wait to get to the festival itself before unleashing some musical magic. Hence why we decided to pull over in Fort Stockton and film an impromptu rendition of ‘On Feather And Burnt Pine’ from indie mavericks Il Gato.
Join us tomorrow for a look back at more memorable SXSW BAMM moments …