Here’s another of our exclusive interviews featuring the awesome line-up of acts we featured in our Global Scene Live sessions at Amsterdam’s Desmet studios. Today we pick the brains of new-wave indie rockers Hit Me TV and find out exactly what makes them one of Amsterdam’s hottest musical tickets right now …
Friday means only one thing at BAMM.tv (well, actually, Friday means a lot of things, but for the purposes of this blog entry, let’s all just play along) – time to unveil another one of our BAMM.tv Team Playlists, in which one of our esteemed BAMMers shares their top five tunes of the moment.
This week: Wirjo Hardjono, Communications Administrator …
“Switch (The Science Project)” (Fahrenheit 1/15, Part 2: Revenge of the Nerds, 2006) – Lupe Fiasco
After making a great first impression on me with “Kick Push”, Lupe Fiasco now takes us on a tour through different rap styles and subjects, showing off his knowledge and the depth of rap.
“Made You Die – Trayvon Martin Tribute” (n/a, 2012) – Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez, and mikeflo
Politics of rap: after the death of Trayvon Martin, Dead Prez, Mikeflo and Yasiin Bey pick up the microphone to let the world hear where they are coming from, representing the thoughts and feelings of many living that life. Perhaps the most ‘real’ and most important use of the art form?
“Hands On The Wheel” (Feat. A$AP Rocky) (Habits & Contradictions, 2012) – ScHoolboy Q
The smooth sound and smooth flow of A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q. Part of the new hip hop generation taking it back to the streets. Honest, personal hip-hop with a dark atmosphere.
“Big Spender (Feat. A$AP Rocky)” (n/a, 2012) – Theophilus London
A$AP Rocky returns in Big Spender rapping over one of the best hip hop beats I’ve heard in some time. Big, powerful, pure perfection.
“Hot Cheetos & Takis” (n/a, 2012) – Y.N.RichKids
Pure fun, go big or go home. It’s all about the hot Cheetos and Takis.
Our Global Scene Live: Amsterdam season continues apace with a series of exclusive interviews with the artists in question. Today we pick the brains of electro-indie dream-pop duo The Secret Love Parade, who – after holding the audience spellbound with a performance of ‘Plastic In Plastic’ – opened up about the music-making process and the influences that inspire them.
If you’ve been avidly watching all the great performances we’ve unveiled from our BAMM.tv Global Scene Live sessions in Amsterdam (and if not, why not?) you’ll probably want to know more about the bands who produce such great music. Well, because we’re just so darn good to you sometimes, we also filmed a series of exclusive interviews with each and every one of them.
Koffie’s unique brand of Afrobeat-jazz-funk was a particular highlight, exemplified in the form of ‘There Is A Catch’ among others. But what about the guys behind the beats? Take a look at the video above …
We’ve been throwing all sorts of great music your way with our ‘Global Scene Live: Amsterdam’ season, and we have even more exciting dispatches from Amsterdam’s legendary Desmet Studios waiting in the wings. In the meantime, though (and sticking around the Netherlands) we have something very, very special indeed.
Jungle By Night are one of the most exciting up-and-coming bands in the world right now. Infact, we were so impressed with this Amsterdam-based Afrobeat collective that we followed them during the build-up to the release of their superb new album ‘Hidden.’ The result? The above documentary, which ranks as one of the most ambitious things BAMM.tv has ever done. You’re going to love it.
Aaaaaand one more thing – if you’re an Amsterdam native (or just happen to be in the city on Saturday November 24) then head to the Melkweg cinema for a big-screen viewing of the documentary! Flyer below, more info here …
Lazy Sundays don’t mean that we stop posting awesome new music here at BAMM.tv – as this latest dispatch from our exclusive Global Scene Live sessions (filmed at Desmet Studios in Amsterdam) goes to show. Described as ‘Belgium’s best kept guitar secret’, we were thrilled to include the blazing melodic rock of Horses On Fire among the artists in our killer line-up. Enjoy this performance of ‘Wolfman In Disguise’ …
Just because it’s the weekend, that isn’t going to slow us down. Our roll-out of awesome (and exclusive) performances from our Global Scene Live sessions continues – and today it’s the turn of Amsterdam natives Hit Me TV, who stepped onto the stage at Desmet Studios and treated us to their unique indie-rock-pop new wave stylings in the shape of ‘New York Kids’. Enjoy.
Oh – and if you liked the above, you’ll probably be interested to know that the band are offering their last two albums for download completely free …
What’s tickling the earbuds of the BAMM crew this week? Here’s another personalised playlist from one of our in-house masterminds. This time it’s the turn of Senior Content Producer Zachary …
1. “That Old Black Hole” (Be The Void, 2012) – Dr. Dog
Why Dr. Dog isn’t super famous, I’ll never understand. Consistently solid songwriting, bitchin’ harmonies, and insightful, often psychedelic lyrics. Dr. Dog is the best live band playing out right now, and if you miss them when they come to your town, you’re dumb.
Spiritualized is the long running, ever evolving, sonically inspiring, masterpiece orchestra fronted by Jason Pierce (or J. Spaceman as he is most often referred to.) On his newest record, Pierce channels The Velvet Underground to create a fuzzy, meandering, raucous, and deeply personal record. After a four year hiatus and two near death experiences, Spiritualized returns from the dead with their best record to date.
3. “Lazuli” (Bloom, 2012) – Beach House
I wish Victoria Legrand would sing me to sleep every night. Her band’s fourth record, Bloom, is nothing short of a modern shoegaze masterpiece. Dreamy, ethereal and poignant, this song is Beach House at their washed out best.
4. “Gun Has No Trigger” (Swing Lo Magellan, 2012) – Dirty Projectors
I’ve tried to describe Dirty Projectors’ music so many times, but it’s easiest to say that they’re just Dirty Projectors. Part soul, part indie, all pretty awesome. This album is great from top to bottom, and this is a stand out track, but it was hard to pick just one.
5. “Picture Book” (The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Socitey, 1968) – The Kinks
How I’ve managed to not get into The Kinks until now absolutely baffles me. An incredible band with nearly as much history and influence as The Fab Four. This is a pop song perfected. Plus, check out their gear in this video! Nerd alert!
We’ve reached the end of our first week of the Global Scene Live: Amsterdam sessions, and we hope you’ve been enjoying our exclusive sets from some of the most exciting bands around. To fit in with that Friday feeling, we’re going all-out RAAAAWK today with the guitar-powered fury of The Fudge. Check out this storming performance of ‘Sweet Little Princess’.
Day three of our exclusive season of live sessions from Desmet Studios in Amsterdam, and we’re indulging in some indie rock harmonies courtesy of Avant La Lettre. Layered and compulsive but also light and lucid at the same time, this performance of ‘Floodwater Blues’ is the ideal way of kicking back and looking forward to the weekend (it’s on the horizon, folks … almost there … just one more day …)
Avant La Lettre has new tracks coming out next January. Check out their tight performance from earlier this year and then get to know them at http://www.avantlalettre.eu.