Well, it’s that time of the week when we usually select a member of the BAMM.tv Team to choose their favorite tunes of the moment … but, as we’ve installed the amazing San Francisco three-piece Geographer as our Featured Artist, we’ve handed the feature over to them. There’s just one slight twist – all their faves are from the BAMM.tv archive …
‘Better Way’ – The Soft White Sixties
These badasses play MUSIC, and they play it well and they play it raw. You get that “I’m listening to something good” feeling in your guts when you watch this.
Another week, another playlist from one of our all-knowing BAMM Team (that’s ‘all-knowing’ in terms of music, by the way … none of us are too hot on quantum theory). This time around, we find out what Editorial Director Christopher Davies is listening to right now …
1. “Hold On, Hold On” (Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, 2006) – Neko Case
One of the many talents behind The New Pornographers, Neko Case effortlessly transposes the melodic pop strains of that particular supergroup into her solo work. Nothing revolutionary or groundbreaking – just great songwriting.
2. “Green Shirt” (Armed Forces, 1979) – Elvis Costello
For a good decade or so, Costello was quite literally at the top of this whole ‘music’ game. He has too many classic tunes to mention, but this one is often overlooked, so I’m going to stick it here. It’s just great: instantly hummable yet undercut with a weird simmering menace (‘you can please yourself, but somebody’s gonna get it ..’)
3. “Shake This” (Street Hop, 2009) – Royce Da 5’9
This is, quite simply, awesome.
4. “Ladybird” – (Nancy & Lee, 1968) – Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
Hazlewood and Sinatra are maybe one of the best male-female double acts in history. There are lots of great moments on their 1968 album ‘Nancy & Lee’ (everyone knows ‘Some Velvet Morning’ … or at least they should do) but ‘Ladybird’ is a personal favorite.
5. “Careful” (The Warning, 2006) – Hot Chip
Gotta love these techno-geek ravers and their sense of undying fun and experimentation. ‘Careful’ is, in my humble opinion, one of the best opening tracks to any album EVER …
Thanks for all the hard work, Cynthia. Best of luck at UCLA!
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another selection of musical faves from one of our ever-knowledgeable BAMM.tv crew. This week we hand the reigns to our hard-working intern Cynthia (pictured above) …
1. “Nantes” (The Flying Club Cup 2007) – Beirut
With such a mature voice and song writing skills, it’s hard to believe Zach Condon was only 20 when this album came out. An American band, but a song about France, my favorite homesick cure.
2. “Bad Girls” (Bad Girls 2012) – M.I.A
If you haven’t seen the music video for this song, do it now! M.I.A and Romain Gavras (the director) at their very best, and controversial, as always.
3. “Smoke and Mirrors” (Making Mirrors 2011) – Gotye
There’s so much more to this band than the overheard “Somebody That I Used to Know”.
4. “No One Knows” (Songs for the Deaf 2002) – Queens of the Stone Age
Josh Homme’s talent and voice combined with a dirty guitar sound and killer riffs for a perfect rock’n’roll song that makes you wanna air guitar, even sober.
5. “Pass this On” (Deep Cuts 2003) – The Knife
Steel drums always sound somewhat ridiculous to me… And only the Knife could pull it off with this oddly sensual tune.