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!
Day eight of the 12 Days Of BAMM? Already? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun – and we hope our countdown to Christmas is providing you with plenty of that. Anyway, today we’re taking a look back at some of our most ambitious music videos – the ‘To Go Shows’, concept-themed performances from the likes of Wild Child, Il Gato, The Brothers Comatose and Friday Night Lights’ very own Stephanie Hunt. Enjoy …
Benn Jordan – otherwise known as The Flashbulb – is one of our favorite electronic artists here at BAMM.tv. His frenzied instrument-switching and mix-up-mastery has been the focus of many an exclusive BAMM performance, including the three beauties you can see below …
If you’re hankering for some more Flashbulb magic, however (and let’s be honest – who isn’t?) you’ll be pleased to hear that tomorrow (Oct 23) sees the release of his brand new album ‘Hardscrabble’. A whole new world of electro soundscapes awaits …
Take a look at the video above – a killer (and totally exclusive) BAMM.tv performance from Atlanta’s crazed psychedelic hip-hop rockers The Constellations. Ever since they treated us to this acoustic rendition of ‘Setback’ at the SXSW Festival a couple of years back, their star has been shining brighter and brighter (ha – see what we did there? Stars? Constellations? Right? Ah, forget it).
Anyway. If you like what you hear here, you should check out the soundtrack to Jennifer Garner’s slippery new comedy ‘Butter’, as The Constellations make an appearance therein. Trailer below …
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll already be familiar with the wonderfully insane stylings of HOTTUB. If you were to put Northern State, The Go Team and Le Tigre into a blender … well, you’d be arrested. But before you got arrested, you’d have created something that sounds a little like this crazily intense Oakland three-piece. We’re throwing one of their vintage and raucous SXSW performances your way today – in the shape of the hyperkinetic ’1-2-3 Go’.
Seeing as the multiplexes have been clogged up with infinite numbers of superhero movies these past few years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Superhumanoids was a brand new film full of mindless explosions and headache-inducing 3D effects. Well: not only would you be wrong, but you’d be denying yourself the opportunity to check out a great band. The Superhumanoids are a Los-Angeles-based quartet whose mission statement is to create music which ‘kisses the doldrums away’. It’s a mission they’re evidently succeeding in, as you can see in the video above: an exclusive performance of ‘Hey Big Bang’, taken from our SXSW showcase archives.
And if you want more of these guys (who wouldn’t?), SF locals can swing by Cafe Du Nord on Sep 3 – next Monday – to experience ‘em in the flesh.
Despite hailing from Wisconsin, there’s a definite streak of Sunshine State joy running through this rocking five-piece – something which only intensified following their move to California in 2009, and has been building ever since, leading up to the release of this year’s debut LP ‘Constant Vacation’ (available to buy September 5, and available to stream for free right here).
Before you check out those links, however, you really should take a look at this great – and exclusive – performance of ‘In And Out’, taken from the epic SXSW showcases we wheeled out last year. And if that still hasn’t satiated your live fix, lucky SF locals can catch them at Popscene at The Rickshaw Stop this Thursday!
When one member of the BAMM team was young, he used to have an action figure (the cartoon it originated from is long forgotten) which was a pretty awesome-looking robot vulture. An assortment of LED lights and crazy noises would emit once the buttons were pressed, striking the fear of god into any other toys who dared to cross its path. Unfortunately, one day the young man inserted the batteries into the toy incorrectly, which resulted in internal damage and limited functionality. As such, the very mention of a ‘Birds And Batteries’ combination has been enough to drive him to tears ever since.
Whenever Birds & Batteries are mentioned now, the first thing which springs to mind is the brilliant, slick, synth-backed, funky, dreamy and harmonious sounds of the band in the video above. The BAMM team was hugely proud to feature Birds & Batteries at one of our packed-out SXSW showcases last year – and we’ve decided to revisit the experience and share a particular highlight with you, in the shape of the insanely catchy ‘Trouble Makes Three’.
Aaaaaaaand if you like what you hear above, you should be very excited about tomorrow (Aug 7th). Why? Because that’s when Birds And Batteries are releasing their brand new album ‘Stray Light’. 2012 has been a year of many must-buy albums, particularly from artists who have worked with BAMM – and this one is no different.
Infact, don’t just take our word for it. Have a listen to the whole darn thing below:
‘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 …
Brooklyn’s Yeasayerare one of those success stories you don’t even notice happening – you just glance around one day and That Little Band Who Could are everywhere, filling up column inches with I-saw-them-first excitement and whirling around the word-of-mouth circuit like a dervish. From first capturing the public attention at SXSW 2007 to featuring on Bat For Lashes’ 2009 masterpiece ‘Two Suns’ to becoming the most blogged-about artist of 2010, their self-described brand of “Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel” has only gone from strength to strength.
Now? Well, now it’s only going to get stronger. In August Yeasayer will be unleashing their third album ‘Fragrant World’, which is all set to prove a magnificent successor to their last effort (2010’s ‘Odd Blood’, which featured on several end-of-year lists and which really should be in your music collection by now). While August may seem like an eternity to wait for new material, here’s something to tide you over in the meantime …
… it’s their new single ‘Longevity’, available to download as of today. Check it out below, along the great accompanying video from artist Yoshi Sodoeka. Enjoy.