Category Archives: music

Pump Up The Jam: December 2, 2016

Ty Segall: Photo by Kyle Thomas

Ty Segall: Photo by Kyle Thomas

This edition of Pump Up The Jam features Ty Segall, Jesca Hoop, Temples, and more.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Rock Out With Your Book Out

It’s back: Biff Bam Pop’s annual Holiday Gift Guide! We’re featuring what we think a pop culture fan would like to get under the tree or Hanukkah bush this year – everything from movies and music, box sets, video games, VR and more. Oh, and books. Lots of books.

There are so many great reading choices this holiday season, especially for those of us that are classic rock minded. On that note, we’re kicking off this year’s Holiday Gift Guide by listing some of the most notable music-related releases that any fan would love to receive:

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Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster): The Boss proves to be as lyrical with long form words as he is with lyrics. His first book traces the singer-songwriter from his beginnings growing up in Asbury Park, New Jersey through his breakthrough success as “the new Dylan” and his status as one of rock’s greatest icons. More than anything else, Born To Run helps to humanize Springsteen, thank’s to the author’s willingness to open up about his personal struggles with depression, demonstrating that he’s not that different from the rest of us.  Read the rest of this entry

Dead or Alive Lead Singer Pete Burns Dead at 57

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Less than a week before the special release of Dead or Alive’s Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI compilation set was to be released, the news has come that 1980s pop icon Pete Burns, the band’s lead singer, is dead of a heart attack at the age of 57.

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Pump Up The Jam: October 14, 2016

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Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth: “We are not seeking followers. We are seeking collaborators.”

This week on Pump Up The Jam, we’ve got Sparks, Patrick Cowely, Thee Temple Of Psychick Youth & more!
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31 Days Of Horror 2016: Pump Up The Jam

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Many people associate Halloween with horror movies, but what about music? Sure, Disney’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House album is fun, but you can’t dance to it at a party.
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31 Days of Horror 2016: Eek! The Sounds of Horror

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

horror-soundsHello and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column here on Biff Bam Pop! where Ensley F. Guffey and I take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the ten percent of everything which is not crud.

When it comes to the horror genre, well – there’s a lot of crud. That stands to reason, since horror films can be extra-super-cheap to make (I’ve seen a few that have convinced me that the largest line item on the budget was for Karo syrup and red food coloring), which means they don’t have to do particularly well at the box office to make enough to justify a horde of sequels. Also – to be fair – some of the awful examples from the 1950s and ’60s have a certain charm in their naïveté that elevates them beyond their paltry production values. (Mr. Sardonicus, I’m looking at you. May God bless William Castle.)

One element that is worth discussing in horror movies – the really good ones, anyway – is the use of sound to build the tension and, in some cases, scare the ever-loving bejeezus out of us.

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Pump Up The Jam: September 30, 2016

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Iggy Pop is shocked that you don’t know the real meaning of “T.V. Eye.”

This week on Pump Up The Jam, we’ve got Croatian Amor, Survive, Dark Entries reissues, plus the trailer for a documentary about this little band called The Stooges.
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Pump Up The Jam: September 23, 2016

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This week on Pump Up The Jam, we’ve got Ghost, Cold Cave, Belle Ghoul & much more.
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Pump Up The Jam: August 26, 2016

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Johnny Headband Wants YOU… to come to Nerd Noise Night 2016!

This week on Pump Up The Jam, we’ve got Nerd Noise Night, featuring The Cybertronic Spree, Johnny Headband, and other great bands; plus new videos from Odonis Odonis; Muuy Biien; and more.
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Pump Up The Jam: August 19, 2016

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Marching Church: The stars we are (photo by Elizabeth Peyton)

This week’s edition of “Pump Up The Jam” features A Band Aparte, Myrkur, Marching Church, Axis: Sova, Vallens, and more.
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