And so we come to the end of another great stint from another great Artist of the Month – we hope you’ve enjoyed your time with Ha Ha Tonka, and if you missed our exclusive interview and playlists from the group you can catch up here.
Always one to go out with a bang, we’ve teamed up with Ha Ha Tonka to offer one lucky competition winner a fantastic prize: all four Ha Ha Tonka albums (Buckle in the Bible Belt, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South, Death of a Decade, Lessons) and a Ha Ha Tonka t-shirt. Want the chance to win? Course you do. Simply email info [at] bamm.tv with the subject heading ‘Ha Ha Tonka Contest’ before Friday 28th March. We’ll pick a winner at random and be in touch!
Hope you’re enjoying our exclusive season of great stuff from our Artist of the Month Ha Ha Tonka. Keep your eyes peeled for an amazing competition later this week, but in the meantime take a look at this personal playlist of the tunes that are tickling Ha Ha Tonka’s eardrums below. If you want to check out the band’s favorite musical moments from the BAMM.tv vault, that’s all here.
St. Vincent – ‘Digital Witness’
Jack Conte – ‘Wake Me Up (remix)’
SSLYBY – ‘Nightwater Girlfriend’
Langhorne Slim – ‘Past Lives’
Murder By Death – ‘Lost River’
We hope that you’re enjoying our new Artist of the Month Ha Ha Tonka. There’s lot more great (and exclusive) stuff to come, including a fantastic competition lined up for next week. In the meantime, however, we asked the Tonka gents to select their five favorite moments from the sprawling BAMM.tv archives. Here are their choices:
The Flashbulb – ‘Virtuous Cassette’
Ready for another exclusive BAMM.tv Artist of the Month? Introducing your new favorite band: Missouri’s musical sons Ha Ha Tonka …
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.”
Joey Bien-Kahn takes a revealing look at the interwoven business history of two modern day moguls: Jay-Z and Master P …
2013 was a bad year for Jay-Z the Rapper. Magna Carta … Holy Grail had none of the dark elegance of Reasonable Doubt, none of the club slaps of The Blueprint and not even any of the royal over-indulgence of Watch the Throne. It didn’t have a club hit, wasn’t committed to artistry, and some of the lyrics read like stroke-induced gibberish (“I’m in the ocean/I’m in heaven/Yacht!/”Ocean’s Eleven”).
But 2013 was a great year for Jay-Z the Mogul. Once again, Jay made money for himself and his friends, while remaining squarely in the public eye. He presold a million copies of Holy Grail for early download on Samsung smartphones and tablets (check out that promo below). He toured North America with Justin Timberlake, bringing in $69.75 million. And his protégées J. Cole and Kanye West put out two of the best studio albums of the year, while his wife won the Pop Star Wars with an unprecedentedly unexpected album drop that defied the Age of Internet Leaks.
Stadiums: sold. A million records: sold. Samsung smartphones: sold. Say what you want about Jay’s rap output since The Blueprint (2001); just don’t say a thing about his business savvy. Let’s be honest here—Jay-Z the Mogul has been the more impressive side of Shawn Carter for much of his career. Remember: He’s not a businessman; he’s a business, man.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our exclusive season of stuff from Wild Child as our Artist of the Month. If this is your first exposure to the sheer awesomeness of this Austin-based collective, then we’re thrilled to have introduced you. If you were already on board the Wild Child train … well, we hope you enjoyed seeing the band get even more of the attention they deserve!
To round things off, we’ve teamed up with Wild Child to offer an exclusive competition. One lucky winner will receive (deep breath) …
- An autographed vinyl copy of new Wild Child album The Runaround
- A Wild Child T-shirt
-A Wild Child sticker
-A Wild Child war paint temporary tattoo
-Aaaaaand best of all, a one-of-a-kind poem written about YOU by Wild Child’s Alex and Kelsey!
How do you stand a chance of winning this incredible bundle? Simply send an email to info [at] bamm.tv with the subject heading ‘Wild Child Contest’ before Friday 28th February. Good luck!
Hope you’re enjoying our exclusive season of stuff from Austin’s very own melody-merchants Wild Child, who have presently been crowned our February Artist of the Month. We’ve already interviewed them and revealed their personal playlist … now we ask them to pick their personal highlights from the massive musical vault here at BAMM.tv. Which great artists did they choose? Check out the list below …
1. Birds and Batteries – ‘Trouble Makes Three’
Earlier in the week we introduced you to our Artist of the Month – Austin’s very own Wild Child, a group whose multifarious melodies will surely see them blasting out of every open window this coming summer (trust us, we’re usually good at predicting these sort of things). We asked Wild Child to put together a playlist of their favorite stuff right now, and this is what they dropped our way. Perfect entertainment to unwind with on a Friday …
1. Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
Awesomely quirky animation as recommended by an awesomely quirky band.
It’s the return of our Artist of the Month 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.