Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Justin Bieber is just pissed off with . . .Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber
Holy cow! How bizarre is this.. Justin Bieber is angry. The 50-year old carpenter from Lewiston, Maine, USA is sick to death of little girls trying to add him on Facebook, reports music-news.com. In his ABOUT section, the elder Bieber writes: 'My name is Justin Bieber and it has been for 50 years, I am not some punk ass singer homosexual but because some little ass bandit has the same name as me I have to use my middle name. God dammit I'm a human and I have rights too'. His biography states: 'Little girls please stop adding me I am not that little punk ass bitch and stop trying cause he likes dick. 'I am Justin Bieber, 50 year old carpenter from Ohio. I currently live in Maine. I like prostitutes, booze and cigarettes. FUCK KIDS'. The elder Bieber has added his middle name John to his name but that hasn't stopped the kiddies from trying to friend him, despite the greying, bearded man looks nothing like the teenage popstar. Mmmm....Mr Prehistoric Bieber sounds a bit conservative...scary! We're sure the younger more famous Justin Bieber is having a good chuckle at this!

Extra Rodriguez date added

Due to an overwhelming demand for Rodriguez tickets, with 3 sold out performances, Big Concerts have added another performance in Cape Town on 21st February at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town. Rodriguez is also scheduled to perform at the Big Top arena on the 15th and 16th of February and in Cape Town at the Grand Arena, Grand West on the 20th of February 2013. The tour will be produced by Big Concerts, and is presented by Talk Radio 702, 567 CapeTalk and M-Net. Tickets and tour details are available from www.bigconcerts.co.za.

Lady GaGa hints 'ARTPOP' is a double album

Lady Gaga in concert
Lady GaGa might have a big suprise for her devoted fans. She has hinted that ARTPOP will feature two volumes, reports Digital Spy. A comment from the singer, who is touring South Africa at the end of November and beginning December, has indicated that her forthcoming album may come in two parts."It's a bit more modern," GaGa told fans on her Little Monsters site. "You never know if radio is ready. "I can't decide how to tracklist it yet. Sort of thinking that volume one should have all the commercial songs and save the experimental material for volume two." The album is known to be arriving in traditional CD and smartphone app formats. "The app is coming along amazing," she added. "I'm flying back to Chicago to work on it. The developers on ARTPOP are all like 22 and genius kids. You'd be surprised how many genius little monsters there are." Her record label boss Vincent Herbert has promised that the album is "really, really great". ARTPOP will debut in early 2013.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

EXCLUSIVE! The return of Fetish & Michelle Breeze

In the late 1990s local rockers Fetish had the South African music scene rocking with their hot music, but after a couple of CDs, they vanished. Poof! Gone. No more rock tunes and no more Michelle Breeze who had fans in the grips of her husky, dark and broody voice. Then came the news – Fetish is back on the music radar and has just released a new CD, Little Heart, that will many new fans and delight older Fetish fans. The Beat caught up with Michelle as she tells us about the new CD, her thoughts on Die Antwoord and new rising stars to watch out for.

Michelle Breeze (Credit: Karla Da Silva/Just Music)
Ooh ooh ooh - we just love the song All Time Low. Tell us a bit more about the song story behind it, and why chose that song as a single? All Time Low always seemed like a natural starting point to the album, so we thought it would be a great introduction to the new album. I wrote the lyrics in the wake of the london riots. It was a huge reality check to the hatred and sense of division in the air. There was, I felt, an incredibly unfair backlash in the media towards the youth and the working classes. It made me realise which side I was on.
Looking back at Fetish from 1997 and Fetish in 2012, how has the band changed over the years? This question has come up a lot and it is always difficult to answer. Have we changed as people ? Absolutely. Are our musical influences and aspirations different. Yes. But the connection is the same. There is something magical that occurs when the five of us are in a room together, and this is the thread. Being in this band is good for our souls.
What lead to the initial disbanding of Fetish? Being in the music industry can be a demeaning horrible experience. I personally lacked the perspective to keep this from destroying what was good and what drove us creatively. I believe we all felt this is some way and eventually things fell apart.  
So, what lead to you guys deciding to re-connect and to record new music? Another thing I find hard to explain, as it happened so organically and so fast that we didn't have time to second guess our decisions. Digital forest studio, in Cape Town, contacted us about recording new material with them and it just snowballed from there. Before we knew it we had a full album and a lot of renewed enthusiasm on our hands.
What was the most difficult part of recording the new material. We recorded the bones of each track in one take, guitar, vocals & drums, and although this was liberating the energy literally floored us on a number of occasions. We underestimated how much we had to give and after days and days of this level of output I crashed. We had a difficult few days after that but then we got back on track.
For people who don't know the magic music of Fetish, please introduce them to your music. Five people just making the music we like, incorporating the genre's of post rock, shoe gaze and alternative.
I saw you guys way back in the late 1990's playing in Stellenbosch - awesome gig! What do you guys like of performing for fans? To get immediate feedback from an audience is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. If you can forget yourself in those moments and go on a journey with them then you feel you have achieved what you set out to do.
What’s your writing process. Give us a little insight into how you work. I often listen to electronic music as a blank canvas for lyrical themes. Once a few lines and melodies have come to mind I can then take these ideas to Dominic and he will build chords around them.
What do you reckon about the Die Antwoord phenomenon? I see Die Antwoord as a marketing project. To me it exists purely as a brand and what they have done with that is highly commendable. I have this opinion because I do not connect with the music in any way, however I am sure there are people who love the music and find it cathartic to them in some way.
What local music do you listen to, or would advice people to listen to? I think Lucy Kruger has a lot of potential. I'm watching her career to see where she goes.
When not performing, how do you relax? What do you do in your free time (if there is such a thing). To be honest I hardly ever relax. I always have numerous projects on the go. I love to learn new skills, it keeps things fresh.
Where can people find out about your next couple of gigs? Sign up to my mailing list at michellebreeze.com or follow me on twitter @michellebreeze 
With Fetish back making music, what does the future holds for you? We are about to sign a publishing deal in the States so we will focus our energies on making that work for us in the new year. Also a tour of SA, and some gigs in the UK are being planned, and we have just starting working on the video for our next single 'Merry Go Round' which we are very excited about.

CD REVIEW! Best Of Bond - James Bond

With Bond fans celebrating 50 years of British secret agent 007, and with the release of the new Bond movie, Sky Fall, this CD is a nifty reminder of why we so love the James Bond theme songs. The 23-track single-disc edition and deluxe edition of Best Of Bond… James Bond both feature the themes from all 22 Bond films released since 1962, including The John Barry Orchestra’s seminal “James Bond Theme” from Dr. No with striking cover art depicting Bond’s “Golden Girl” and the official 50th anniversary logo. The John Barry Orchestra’s orchestral main theme and Louis Armstrong’s love theme from 1969’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service are both included, and the expanded edition adds several integral score pieces by The John Barry Orchestra and other original songs heard in the films by Dame Shirley Bassey, Marvin Hamlisch, The Pretenders, Moby, k.d. lang, David Arnold, and others. Unfortunately, the new theme for Sky Fall, sung by Adele, is not on here. But this is still very good listening material if you are a Bond fan.=

Monday, 29 October 2012

Confirmed: Bon Jovi in SA in 2013

It seems our maths payed off as Big Concerts now officially confirmed Bon Jovi touring South Africa in 2013. This is after we speculated correctly onFriday already that the band is coming this way as per their web page. The lads will kick off their Because We Can Tour in Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday 7 May before moving to the FNB Stadium Soccer City Complex in Johannesburg on Saturday 11 May. Tickets go on sale for the Johannesburg show (web, outlets and call centers) – Thursday 1st November 2012 (09:00 – local time SAST) Tickets go on sale for the Cape Town show (web, outlets and call centers) – Friday 2nd November 2012 (09:00 – local time SAST) Tickets available online from www.bigconcerts.co.za, or Computicket.