Remember this post, a few months ago, in which we mentioned that BAMM.tv favorites Calahen Morrison and Eli West (seen above in one of our many exclusive performances, which you can check out more of on our brand new iPad app) were looking for Kickstarter funding for their new album ‘Our Lady Of The Tall Trees’? Well, it looks like several dedicated fans stepped up to the plate – and the album itself is now available to download on CDBaby and iTunes.
It has already gathered a rave review from No Depression, but – if you’re a fan of that whole ‘try before you buy’ thing – you can check out the entire album below. Enjoy …
It’s proving to be a busy week for BAMM’s favored bands. Yesterday we told you all about the upcoming album from Canadian indie stars Hollerado … and now we’re going to add another must-buy purchase to your shopping list. Americana maestros Goodnight, Texas (featured in the video above with an exclusive BAMM.tv performance) unleashed ‘A Long Life Of Living’ earlier this week, and it’s already been getting rave reviews – Absolute Punk labelled it ‘as good as it gets’.
You know what? We could make a gag about this video from Waters being ‘streaming music’, but frankly we’re above that. Well, most of the time. Catch us on an off-day and we’ll reel out the puns like an amateur stand-up night. But not today. Okay?
Today we’re just gonna urge you to check out this amazing performance of ‘Mickey Mantle’ by Waters, brought to you in association with the folks at Audyssey and Noise Pop. We’re also going to suggest that those of you lucky enough to live in San Francisco head down to The Independent tomorrow night (Friday 14th) to catch Waters live in action …
Up for a little bit of genre-mashing this fine Tuesday? Well, we hope some folk-rock alt-country indie-pop motown-tinged bluesy classic rock floats your boat, because that’s the remarkable concoction we have on offer from San Francisco’s very own Vandella, a supremely talented four-piece who stopped by BAMM HQ a while back to treat us to an exclusive rendition of ‘Leaves.’
Like what you hear above? (Helpful hint: if you don’t, you should probably get your ears checked – waxy build-up can really hamper your musical appreciation). Well, if you happen to be in SF tomorrow (the 29th August) you can catch these guys live in Union Square. Perfect summer evening entertainment.
If you thought that Springfield’s finest band was when Moe, Homer, Apu and Principal Skinner formed a barbershop quartet (oh yeah, we’re just boiling over with pop culture references sometimes) then you’d better think again. Hailing from Springfield, Missouri, Ha Ha Tonka are simply one of the most unique rock bands in the world today. Fusing established sounds (Americana, bluegrass, folk, good old fashioned rock and roll) with a contemporary stance, they’re steadily building a catalog of classics which will resonate through the ages.
Want to start that resonatin’ right now? Sure you do. Check out this exclusive performance of the wonderful ‘Pendergast Machine.’
Neil Young may hail from Canada, but his uniquely influential country-rock legacy has seen him take on the mantle of an all-American icon with ease. What better title for his upcoming album, then, than ‘Americana’ – a new collection of cover versions in which he is accompanied by long-standing bandmates Crazy Horse. It’s no less than the 34th studio album by Mr. Young, and – much like his rock legend cohorts Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen – age has done little to mellow his creative prowess, political astuteness, and enviable emotive craft.
‘Americana’ sees Young and Crazy Horse take on the heritage-laden world of American folk songs, classic-era pop music and – bizarrely – a cover of the UK national anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ (which – given the media hype currently swamping Britain in advance of the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne – one suspects may be more than a little tongue in cheek). They’re all filtered through Young’s unmistakable rock vision and aesthetic, and the result – regardless of what the listener may think of the original songs – provide some of the most interesting interpretations of these classic tunes ever recorded.
‘Americana’ will be available to buy from next Tuesday, but in the meantime why not wind down your hectic week (hey, Thursday is essentially the new Friday, after all, right?) by kicking back and listening to the whole thing in advance, thanks to the good people at Soundcloud? Here you go …