Friday, 29 June 2012

Muse song for 2012 Olympic Games

We're not sure about this one. Don't get us wrong, we LOVE rockers Muse, but their song Survival, which was chosen as the official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games, is just a bit drab. It doesn't sound like an Olympic song. Nothing that grabs you by the balls. It's just a bit of a non-Oympic song. However, Muse's Matt Bellamy is quite excited with the news. "It's a huge honor to have the track chosen as such a major part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I wrote it with the Games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win." But not everyone shared Matt's moment of joy. Leor Galil wrote on forbes.com: "The issue with “Survival” isn’t just that it’s a tasteless, lackluster number. It’s not that it sounds like Muse is in a state of self-parody. It’s not that the band felt the need to throw every orchestra instrument and the kitchen sink into the mix in an effort to sound peerlessly epic. It’s not that the group sounds gaudy and slightly emotionless in the process of recruiting every veritable sound to do its part in the number. It’s not that the tune’s lyrics are a collection of sports cliches. Perhaps the committee selected the tune because of the way its opulence evokes a certain degree of pomp and circumstance one expects to hear at something as grand as the Olympic Games. Unfortunately the truisms about competition Bellamy lazily rolls out on “Survival” feel entirely antithetical to the event the song is supposed to represent." What do you think? See why we still LOVE Muse...

CD REVIEW! Justin Bieber - Believe

Wow! Justin Bieber is all grown up! "Believe," his third full-length album, is a 13-track set that shows that Bieber, now 18, is growing as a musician, and the result is enjoyable. The CD showcases Justin’s vocal range and wide array of styles. He co-wrote every single song on the album with the exception of “Beauty And A Beat”.  The tone of the album all around is rather laid back – “chill” if you will. Most of it isn’t the high-pitched noise of “Baby” and “Somebody to Love”, but rather the cool tone of lead single “Boyfriend”. He has come such a long way from his hit “Baby”. If you thought his fan base was huge before, Believe will only garner him more. The deluxe physical package will contain an additional three tracks: “Out Of Town Girl,” “She Don’t Like The Lights,” and “Maria.”
Our verdict: A grown up Justin surprises us with a mature album that is actually worth taking him seriously.
Others say: It's cosmopolitan pop sophistication, designed to make this the Bieber album 18-and-over folks can like.


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CD REVIEW: Maroon 5 - Overexposed

Rockers Maroon 5 have us wanting for more on their new CD, Overexposed. The CD is a fun, fresh album worth plenty of summer play.  As Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine says, “Overexposed is definitely one of our most diverse and poppiest albums yet. We had a great time recording it. I can’t wait for our fans to hear the record, as well as hitting the road to play it live for everyone later this year.” Guitarist James Valentine added, “‘Moves Like Jagger’ was the first time we ever worked with an outside writer, so we decided to try it some more on this record. At this point in our career I think it was a good thing to completely mix up our process and it yielded good results, as well as a more collaborative spirit within the band. We wanted to make something that sounded contemporary with the elements of a lot of early eras of pop music. This is our most "pop" record ever and we weren’t shy about really going for it.”
Our verdict: Back to disco-pop-rock with an infectious beat.

CD REVIEW! Various - Now 61

Compilation CDs can either be a massive seller or a big dud. Critics usually say that compilations, like the Now series, is a mixed-bag of the singles that people want and the filler that people don't, but the Now series have become such a national institution that it would be churlish to do so in this case.  SA’s biggest compilation brand is back with a mix of the biggest songs on radio. Now 61 kicks off the Nicki Minaj smash hit ‘Starships’ and continues with 21 other massive radio hits, including: Gotye, Usher, Madonna, Emeli Sande and many more. Our favourite on this 22 track disc is Kylie Minogue's hit Timebomb. Check out the video for TIMEBOMB. Let us know what is your favourite track on the compilation. . .

Sir Elton John's private parts...


Elton John
Now how is this for a song title: 'Sir Elton John's Cock'. And who do we have to thank for this? British rockers Blur. The Blur song 'Sir Elton John's Cock' will finally be released on the forthcoming Blur box set 'Blur 21: The Box'. The track was written during the Think Tank sessions but unreleased at the time. Not much is known of the song. It was recorded in the early stages of the 'Think Tank' sessions and it was thought to have been deleted. According to EMI Records, "highlights of the box include early versions of tracks recorded for Leisure, bare bones early demos of the classic singles 'For Tomorrow' and 'Beetlebum', previously unheard songs 'Saturday Morning' and 'Hope You Find Your Suburbs' and never released sessions with Bill Laswell and the legendary session with XTC's Andy Partridge. Other rarities are 'Don't Bomb When You're The Bomb', 'The Wassailling Song' and 'Fools Day' which appear on CD for the first time. DVD material includes Live at Alexandra Palace 1994 and Live at Wembley 'The Singles Night' 1999'."

Thursday, 28 June 2012

R. Kelly rushed to hospital

R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly has had to suddenly cut short a promo tour when he was rushed to hospital today for emergency medical treatment, reports music-news.com. A statement released from his publicist Sarah Rothman says, "While on his way to New York this morning to celebrate the publication of his long-awaited memoir 'SoulaCoaster,' multi-platinum R&B superstar R. Kelly was taken ill and had to return to Chicago for medical treatment. Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords. As a result, Kelly has had to cancel appearances on 'The Jimmy Fallon Show' and NBC's 'Today' as well as a book party that was being held in his honour. It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined". The statement is somewhat strange in that Kelly has surgery on his tonsils last year, not his vocal cords but this case is suspected of being related to vocal cords.

Bloc Party @ Rocking the Daisies 2012!

Bloc Party
Internationally acclaimed indie rock legends, Bloc Party are confirmed to headline at Rocking the Daisies 2012! This universally respected band has already headlined some of the world’s most famous festivals and will be adding RTD to its very impressive list, which includes O2 Academy, Leeds and Reading Festival, T in the Park, Glastonbury and V Fest. South Africa now has the chance to be blown away by one of the best live acts in the world on Saturday 6 October at Rocking the Daisies, Cloof Wine Estate, Darling. The band is releasing their new CD, FOUR in August. The four piece of Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong reunited, prompted by a creative impetus inspired by a dramatic year in world events, as well as a shared desire to rekindle their singular musical kinship. In Kele's own words: "the record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only the four of us could make, and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made". Visit the official Rocking The Daises page for more information.

Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse's lazy Sunday afternoon

Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse
Renowned local muso Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse will play the first Acoustic Tales on the Lawn at Emperors Palace on Sunday 14 July at 14:00. Sipho remarked that " I am thrilled to be a part of these shows and in fact  I am led to believe that I will be  the first artist to  open the Acoustic Tales on the Lawn, series." Sipho continued by saying without hesitation  that audience members will "get to hear all my hits including a song that has been very good to me called Burnout as well as a few surprises, that you might not have heard before , as these songs lend themselves to an intimate almost unplugged performance. I will be having a conversation with the audience so this will be a really special intimate performance ,at an amazing venue and great setting" remarked Sipho. Tickets are R385 per person.

CD REVIEW! Linkin Park - Living Things

Four things stand out on Linkin Park's fifth CD, Living Things: earnestly rapped verses, swirling keyboards, soaring chorus, pummelling hardcore outro. Listening to the 12 track CD is like listening to their nu-metal roots, as heard on their Hybrid Theory and Meteora CDs. Some would argue that Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and the rest of the lads are stuck in old school nu-metal groove, but that is not always a bad thing. The album as a whole continues to expand their world-view writing like what listeners got with ‘A Thousand Suns,’ but it also adds more of the anger that was prevalent in their earliest work, ‘Hybrid Theory.’  A Thousand Suns marked an unlikely metamorphosis from blockbusting nu metal to left-field, electronic, political pop. Living Things is more personal than A Thousand Suns, with underlying themes of recovery from traumatic experiences. The exception, Burn It Down, delivers an antiwar sentiment via Depeche Mode-y electro-bounce - a brilliant track! Living Things is a very solid release and manages to keep our interest. Watch Burn It Down music video. Now let's hope the guys tour South Africa sometime....
Our Verdict: Living Things is trim and muscular, all pumping fists and bulging neck veins.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Florence + the Machine's secret dance project

Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine
Holy Moly! Can it be true? Florence + the Machine recording dance music? Seems so! The group has revealed that they have been working on dance music under a secret alias reports Digital Spy. The collective said that they have set up a dance outfit called Side Project and have recorded a number of house tracks. Florence Welch told Digital Spy: "We actually have a dance outfit side project called Side Project. We made this weird house track that sounded quite churchy - to be confirmed! As yet it has never seen the light of day." Discussing Calvin Harris, who has reworked her latest single 'Spectrum', she admitted: "I'm such a huge fan of his. What I enjoy about Calvin's songs is that he has that blend of euphoric and melancholic which as an artist he has managed to perfect. It's that mix of catchy and sad - that feeling of complete joy but something tugging at your insides. That's what makes a great pop song and I really think he's coined that."

Kurt Darren laat jou voete jeuk!

Kurt Darren
Wat meer kan 'n mens vra as heerlike Afrikaanse wikkelmusiek op 'n koue Kaapse Woensdagoggend. Kurt Darren, die Prins Van Afrikaanse pop- en wikkelmusiek, is hard aan die werk aan sy nuwe CD wat einde Julie uitgereik word. Hy het op sy Facebook-blad geskryf: "Môre (vandag) is my laaste dag in die ateljee, nuwe CD einde Julie!!! O, julle gaan (dit) geniet!!!" Kurt het vroeër vandeesweek  aanhangers verras met 'n uittreksel van een van sy nuwe liedjies, Heidi. Die lekker dansliedjie speel rond met die kinderreeks Heidi se temaliedjie, maar Kurt gee dit lekker woema. Een van sy Nederlandse aanhangers het laat hoor: "Weer zo een super oppep liedje dank je." Kurt het ook laat weet dat hy en Snotkop saam werk aan 'n nuwe liedjie, Stoomtrein, "'n awesome nuwe song, hy bring bietjie magic na my nuwe CD toe". Ons kan natuurlik nie wag om die res van die CD te hoor nie! Luister na die uittreksel van die liedjie Heidi, HIER!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Spice Girls back together...sort of

Spice Girls back in the day
We're not quite sure if this is good news or just enough already. The Spice Girls are back together again for a reunion at the launch of their stage musical, Viva Forever. And yes, Victoria Beckham will join the ladies. It will be their first public appearance together since their 2008 reunion tour. Viva Forever, named after the band's song, is penned by Jennifer Saunders and celebrates the girls' music. The musical is due to open in London in December. "There's been rumours knocking about that Victoria wasn't going to show - but she always made it a priority," the Sun quoted a source as saying. "She was never going to miss the launch and is looking forward to seeing the rest of the girls. The musical is a proud moment for them all. It will be emotional." Earlier, the famous 'Spice Girls' have sold over 75 million records worldwide and notched nine U.K No1 singles, including their debut 'Wannabe'. Geez, look at us smiling upon hearing the news....