Monday, 31 December 2012
brilliant opening track Come Taste the Rainbow, he claims to have Asperger's. I salute Example for taking the brave move from pop, dance tunes to rock. Let's hope the fans enjoy it as much as I did. A big evolution for Example indeed. Watch the video for Come Taste The Rainbow, HERE!
|Kim and Kanye|
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Christmas Day 2012 and I find myself sitting with family in Struisbaai, South Africa, listening to Jack Parow's Eksie Ou Very Limited Edition CD. The special edition of Jack Parow's hit 2011 album, features 6 new tracks including 2 remixes, as well as a one of a kind drinking game for 2-8 players, real dice and a 12 page comic book! The aim of his drinking game is to get all players drunk - exactly what one would expect from Jack. Spaza rapper Rattex features on the new track ‘The Future’ and it's a banging joint that’s guaranteed to get clubs and festivals going wild. Our favourite new tracks Mery Xmas and P.A.R.T.Y are the best tunes from Jack we've heard in ages. Sad news is that only 5000 copies of this awesome CD were made available. If you can get your hands on one, go for it!
Friday, 21 December 2012
Sex, sex and more sex for Bruno Mars, please. On his second CD, Unorthodox Jukebox, the baby-faced singer unleashes his inner bad boy, losing his mind over girls. Rolling Stone magazine said it the best: "Bruno sings endlessly about sex – wild, wind-swept, Wagnerian sex. The smuttiest song here, "Gorilla," has a backbeat that would make Mutt Lange quake in his boots and a lyric that R. Kelly would kill to have written: "You're bangin' on my chest/Bang, bang/Gorilla . . . you and me, making love like gorillas." Hot! we say as the CD is actually great pop music! He throws in some disco soul and dub reggae dipped in a sweaty beat. It’s not the kind of CD you would want to play for your folks or your grandparents, but it’s a great CD to listen to. We just Loved it!
The first CD, iUNO! begun the tale of a maaried man with mid life crisis and iDOS! told us about his self-indulgement, self-destructive wild party ways (sex, drugs and alcohol), so it's fitting to say ¡Tré! is the hangover CD. Although the band described ¡Tré! as a 'mixed bag'of goodies, it's actually the most consistent of the trilogy. It’s a mixed bag that doesn’t reach the lows of a forced, guest rap appearance, while containing some of the best songs the trilogy has to offer. With some old school country blues sound blended with 90s punk rock, this is a great end Green Day's 2012 CD run. PS - The band decided to make an old-school 'cassette' video for their track X-Kid, which is featured on ¡Tré! Watch it HERE!
The first time I heard the single Beloofde Land from DHF's new CD, Alles Wat Mal Is, I was hooked. It's everything I expected from this great South African alt rock band, and much more. The CD is a perfect hybrid between the previous two albums, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Wilder as die Wiltuin. But Alles Mal Is also packs in that extra musical punch that was missing from the previous two CDs. Pierre Greeff and Hunter Kennedy wrote the lyrics and together with Fred den Hartog they wrote the music. Fred did all the programming during the production phase. Afterwards they recorded violins, accordion, saxophone and piano with some friends with Jurgen von Wechmar just outside Stellenbosch. Johnny de Ridder mixed the tracks and co-produced with Fred den Hartog. It’s a brilliant CD full of surprises for fans, and we can’t wait to see them touring with their new music.
|Lady Gaga with her mom Cynthia (right) and Oprah Winfrey (middle)|
Thursday, 20 December 2012
The scent and taste of food triggers certain memories over the holidays. And it’s exactly the same with music – certain songs trigger memories and moments, captured in your memory like a polaroid photo. I’d like to share some of my musical memories. Some of you may remember the songs, some won’t give a hoot about my memories – and you don’t have to – as my friend and celeb blogger Clayton Morar always says, “it’s for the nostalgia".
Depeche Mode – Stripped/Never Let Me Down Again
Way back in the mid-80s, British eletro pop wizards Depeche Mode were the face of doom and gloom with their bleak industrial sound music, their S&M leather look and their isolation from the mainsteam bubbly pop of the time. In 1986 they released their CD Black Celebration, which featured the song Stripped. A powerful song with a dark edge. I loved it! It was different and fitted perfectly with my thoughts of that time – being myself and not part of the mainstream. I was different. The video featured a bizarre, fantastical, gothic concept that to this day has me glued to the TV screen when I watch my Depeche Mode DVDs. In 1987 they released Music For The Masses and the single Never Let Me Down Again was in the same genre as Stripped. Powerful. Strong. Gripping. The live versions of these two songs from their 101 CD/DVD are the best ever! Watch Stripped. Watch Never Let Me Down Again.
Prince – The Cross
High school was a time when I explored music. I knew Prince’s music from the 80s, but in 1987 he released probably his best CD ever, Sign "O" the Times. While the double disc featured a string of hits, there was this little gem that became an underground fan favourite – The Cross. My late friend Liezl, who passed away in 2012, was a Prince fanatic and we use to discuss the CD in length at her house and we both agreed that The Cross was the best ever. It’s a slow riff song with a hypnotic beat that exploded into a rock gospel anthem of sorts. To this day, every time I hear that song I remember those warm lazy summer days in Bellville chatting to Liezl about Prince and listening to this song on repeat mode. Listen to The Cross, HERE.
Wendy & Lisa – Waterfall
You are probably thinking, “Who on Earth are Wendy & Lisa?” The two ladies were former members of Prince’s Revolution band, and they also appeared in the Prince movie Purple Rain. Waterfall is an underappreciated hit by these to ladies, which released in 1987. A funky tune in which their husky voices take you along on their trip over the Waterfall. None of my friends were into this song, they didn’t even knew who these to ladies were! I liked it, partly because I was still clinging on the Prince And The Revolution sound of the 80s. Listen to the track HERE.
Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
Mama Africa released this song in 1967. I was only born in 1971. Yes, I grew up under the Apartheid regime, but luckily my parents were spirited free-thinkers who taught me the value of life and taught me to respect every human being. They use to play this song our house. It was foreign to me, yet I loved it. Sitting in the living room with my mom and trying to learn the words. Later in high school, when I openly supported the then-banned ANC and got bullied for my thoughts, I always listened to Pata Pata to remind me I am African. Listen to the song, HERE.
Pink Floyd – Learning To Fly
My cousin was the first one to suspect I was gay. I was then in my early teens. He had an open mind and huge in depth knowledge of music. He introduced me to Pink Floyd. Weekends we would sit and listen to music, and chat about the meaning of the lyrics. He always encouraged me to come out and “learn to fly” and that is why this Pink Floyd track is so close to my heart. We both loved this song. In my final year of high school he committed suicide. I never took his advice and only came out in my late 30s. At least I have now learnt to fly. Listen to the track HERE!
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
|A creepy looking Winona Ryder in The Killers video|
Las Vegas rockers The Killers have roped in legendary movie director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Frankenweenie) again to produce and film their latest music video, Here With Me. He also worked with the band on their Bones video in 2006. In the new video, actor Craig Roberts becomes fascinated with a freak show mannequin that occasionally morphs into . . . Winona Ryder, complete with backstage autograph hounds! The visuals reportedly were inspired by the 1935 film “Mad Love” to amplify the sentiment expressed by singer Brandon Flowers that “I don’t want your picture…. I want you here with me." Tim also offers a nod or two to suspense master Alfred Hitchcock. The freakiest part of the video is probably the end when Craig kidnaps the mannequin, sits her at a table for two, takes her hairpiece off to reveal a candle wick and set it alight, and he takes his place opposite her and take his hair off to also reveal a candle wick and sets it alight as well! And he looks just like Uncle Fester from Adams Family in that shot! Have a look at the video, HERE!
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Friday, 14 December 2012
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Finally the wait is over! Electro pioneers Depeche Mode are set to release their 13th studio album in March 2013. 'I am very happy with how the album turned out,' comments Depeche's founder Martin Gore. 'The music has a similar vibe to Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion and I think there are a few songs on the album that are among some of the very best we've done.' The band has announced that the new album will contain brand new tracks written by Gore and Dave Gahan. Dave reveals, 'The album has a very organic and direct feel to it. It's not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe. During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more.'
|Dave Grohl and Sir Paul McCartney|
Now this will be something to watch! Music-news.com reports that Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he will 'jam' with the surviving members of Nirvana 12 Wednesday December. The Beatles musician is preparing to perform at the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Paul, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who is now a member of the Foo Fighters, and bassist Krist Novoselic, will grace the stage together. This will be the first time Dave and Krist have played together in over 20 years following the death of Kurt Cobain. Paul is elated about the historic event. '[I phoned Dave and he invited me to come over and] jam with some mates,' Paul told British newspaper The Sun. 'I didn't really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said 'Whoa? You guys haven't played together for all that time? 'And somebody whispered to me 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it.' Paul, Dave and Krist will be sharing the stage with Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and The Rolling Stones. In South Africa, fans can watch the show on National Geographic Channel (DStv Channel 181) on Thursday 13 December at 18:00 CAT and 14 December on Fox (TopTV channel 180) at 20:15.
Plaaslike rockers Straatligkinders het hul nuwe musiekvideo, Voete Van Klei, uitgereik. Dit kort op die hakke van hulle vorige vuurwarm snit, Duiwel Dans. Na vier jaar van onophoudelike toere regoor Suid-Afrika, het die groep in 2010 besluit om vir eers ʻn breek te neem sodat die lede ander musiek kanale kon gaan verken. Nou is hulle terug met ʻn vars nuwe klank en objektiewe benadering met betrekking tot hulle musiek. “Ons love wat ons doen as Straatligkinders en ons het nog baie in ons en nog baie om aan ons aanhangers te sê.” Elkeen in die groep het hul eie unieke skryfstyl ontdek, en is meer gefokus om hul liedjies te vervolmaak eerder as om dit net te skryf en op te neem. “Ons klink meer soos ʻn eenheid nou. Ons het ʻn klank gevind waaroor ons almal gelukkig en opgewonde is. Die rigting waarheen ons nou beweeg, voel natuurlik en ons probeer nie liedjies skryf om ander mense gelukkig te hou nie. Ons maak nou die musiek wat ons wil maak.”
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
|Beyoncé in the Pepsi promo ad|
Beyoncé has signed a branding deal with Pepsi worth an estimated $50 million. Digital Spy reports the singer, who has starred in ads for the soft drink since 2002, teamed up with Pepsi once again to coincide with the Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show. Beyoncé, who will perform at the Pepsi-sponsored event, will act as a brand ambassador in the multi-year deal and feature in a new commercial due to debut during the Super Bowl on February 3. She'll also appear on limited-edition cans in March. Pepsi will also sponsor a variety of creative projects for Beyoncé, including live events and videos, and help promote her upcoming fifth studio album, which is due out next year. "Pepsi embraces creativity and understands that artists evolve," Beyoncé said in a statement via The New York Times. "As a businesswoman, this allows me to work with a lifestyle brand with no compromise and without sacrificing my creativity."
Local diva Lira is set to perform at Us Present Barack Obama's inaugural ball in Washington DC. Lira, whose real name is Lerato Molapo, will bring her African magic to the event. The I’m A Believer singer’s manager and husband Robin Kohl confirmed that Lira had landed the prestigious gig, which he described as “massive”. He said: “There are several themed balls that take place for the inauguration. There is a new addition with an African theme that focuses on African artists. Lira was short listed for this and we are absolutely stoked to confirm that she will be performing.” Paddy Harper of City Press reported that Robin added: “We have been plugging away at the US market for three years now. We have an independent distributor and a publicist in LA. We have been there about three months of every year and people are now getting to know who she is.” He added: “This is an amazing opportunity. The ball will be televised by networks from all over the world. The exposure is massive. How many people can say that they have performed live for an African-American US president? “We are ecstatic about this. We have really worked hard at breaking into the US market and now it seems to be paying off at last.”
Friday, 7 December 2012
It's rocking times as Seattle’s Soundgarden release 'King Animal', the band’s first new studio album in over 15 years. The band co-produced their sixth studio album with long time Soundgarden friend and producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam) and recorded at Studio X in Seattle. 'King Animal' was mixed by Joe Barresi (The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer) in Pasadena, California. The writing and recording of the album was a true collaborative effort. Riotous album opener and first single 'Been Away Too Long' finds Soundgarden back at it with a double-edged blast of homecoming celebration and urban angst. 'King Animal' can be explosive, as in 'Blood On The Valley Floor', nightmarish ('Worse Dreams') or wistful ('Halfway There'), leading us through changing sonic landscapes that can embrace both the jazz inflections of 'Black Saturday' and the feral rocker 'Attrition', with compelling lyrics by bassist Ben Shepherd. The subject matter is broad - Kim Thayil's lyrics for 'Non-State Actor' are a sharp and cynical take on the powers behind political thrones, while Cornell's bruised and introspective 'Bones of Birds' explores the terrors and vulnerabilities of parenthood. Soundgarden remain a truly ‘alternative’ band as they embark on the next chapter of their journey, steadfast in their roots with 15 years of growth behind them. 'King Animal' follows the musical evolution of one of the world's most ground breaking bands. As BBC put it, they are "a band beyond lazy labels and genre limits". This is a long awaited return for both the band and fans alike.
Thursday, 6 December 2012
When we first heard of DJ Naaldekoker we were intrigued by this unusual name for a local musician, but then we heard his slamming tunes and we were blown away! So The Beat decided to pay the 26-year-old DJ Naaldekoker a visit to give us the scoop on his strange music name and find out more about his music, his take in Die Antwoord and what fans can expect of him in 2013.
Strange name Mr, how did that came about? Yeah, I know it sounds strange but it sticks and it’s unique. My real name is Jansen-Pierre Myburgh. I chose DJ Naaldekoker because I started as a scratch DJ, and scratch DJ's scratch records with needles hence "Naaldekoker" (Needle cooker) and it’s also Afrikaans for dragonfly. So there is some word play in there. And it stuck because it was different than the usual "cool" names out there like DJ crank or DJ cool or DJ bang, those are too obvious.
So, where were you born and grew up? I was born in Pretoria but I dont remember anything about that. My parents moved to Mosselbay when I was two years old and I grew up there until I was twelve. It was an awesome town for a young kid to grow up in. Me and my brother surfed allot and we were out and about allot. But I am happy that we moved to Cape Town after that, there is allot more opportunities to do interesting things with your life here.
How did you start in the music scene? I got my first set of decks when i was 15. I got them because me and my slightly older brother started getting into Hiphop music. I fell in love with the scratching sound. The record that really hooked me was Dr Octogon by Cool Keith, the DJ that did the scratching for that record is DJ Qbert who is still the best scratch DJ in the world. Me and my bro then started a hiphop crew ourselves. He rapped and I DJ'd. We played at things like our high school battle of the bands etc. Ha ha ha! It was allot of fun. We did crazy things like making our way down to KKNK to play there. Offended oomies would throw us with beer cans. Crazy times I tell you.
What was the first song or mix you did? I always have been more focussed on scratching and live DJ'ing rather than studio production. So allot of the songs I have produced in earlier years are terrible. Over the last year are started focussing ALLOT more on production. I would say the first one I am very happy to put out there is my remix of Kaptein.
Your song The Meltdown is a SLAMMING hot tune! How did it came about working with GoodLuck? Thanks! I have been touring all over the country all the time with Jack Parow and have come to learn pretty much all the professional artists and bands in SA. When I was done with the instrumental track for The Meltdown I felt that Juliet would be perfect for it. I sent it off to her and she liked it. She was a breeze to work with and complimented the track with her performance just as I had hoped.
You did an interesting take on Kaptein, how did that happen? The best way to get good results when doing a remix is to use the good elements that is already present in the track. The thing about Kaptein is that it is already a really good song and very catchy. Even when people try to make fun of it they still find themselves humming the melody and then have it stuck in their heads afterwards. Kaptein was very easy to work with because it was already good like that. I didnt even need the separates from Kurt's song, I just used the version everyone has and then played it to Kurt afterwards and he was happy with it.
When will you CD be released? Early 2013. Anything that’s. done on the international scene can be done in South Africa. I want my Album to compete with the big names in the international DJ scene, at least in quality. I will be featuring the cream of SA talent on my tracks and possibly some international features. It is going to be a PARTY album from start to finish.
Any surprises for fans? I have two music videos in the pipeline. For The Meltdown and for Kaptein. Meredith Aylward will be directing the video for The Meltdown, she came up with a concept with a nice twist at the end of the video. A company called Markets online is doing the video for Kaptein and that will be more of a fun messing around video.
What music do you listen to? I listen to Muse, Red hot chili peppers, Gypsy kings, Nina Simone and many many more. I don't listen allot to the genres I produce. I like to listen to other genres and then apply that to EDM.
What sets you apart from other local muso's/DJs? I am younger, hungrier for success and willing to work harder.
What's your take on Die Antwoord? They are true professionals. They know what they are doing.
Strangest fan encounter ever? They all are still pretty strange. I work very much behind the scenes for Jack Parow and have been doing so for nearly three years. So whenever someone I dont know approaches me or greets me I never know if it’’s someone I met before and have forgotten about or a fan. I don't consider myself famous at all.
Your motto for 2013? Go big or grow up!
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Now tickle us pink. South African music lovers have received an early Christmas gift with the announcement of the opening of the iTunes South African store. Yes, SA's own iTunes store. For music fanatics like us, this was an opportunity to check it out and see how well it works. And we are amazed at the convenience of bying local and international music! For starters we bought a DJ Naaldekoker song for R6.99 and a Prince CD for R8.99! Cheap! The song selection is amazing and cheap (R6.99 - R8.99) and the CD collection impressive with CDs that are hard to get, like the more mainstream releases. CD prices vary between R69.99 - R89.99 while CDs in a shop is about R169.99. The quality of the music you buy is crystal clear CD quality. With the promise of adding movies and TV shows to the iTunes SA store from next year, things will truly change for entertainment fans.
Local rockers Taxi Violence is planning to turn up the volume and melt radios in 2013 with the release of their fourth full length album. The band is moving towards an upbeat party rock sound which can be heard on their first single, Paint the Streets, doing the rounds on radio right now. “It is an up-tempo shuffle with the simple message of leaving your worries behind and having a good time” says Jason Ling about this single.
It‘s time to lock your parents and granny in the closet and turn this CD up to FULL VOLUME! Legendary boogie and blues rockers, AC/DC return with the third live album of the band’s storied career. “Live at River Plate” follows up on the 1978’s “If You Want Blood You’ve Got It” and 1992’s “Live”. The set list was recorded over three sold-out nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 2009 for nearly 200,000 fans. The band originally released “Live at River Plate” in May 2011 as a DVD/Blu Ray. This represents the audio version. The two-disc set contains all 19 tracks from the DVD version. Still fans have nothing to complain about with this set list. Both eras of AC/DC are brilliantly covered in that classic romp and roll garage band magnificence that made them rock and roll icons. One would never guess that these guys are all weathered and worn grandfathers of the old school, for they take the stage with as much energy and passion as they did 40 years ago. This is a must have set for all AC/DC and classic rock fans. Awesome!
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Big Concerts have officially confirmed the Justin Bieber tour dates for South Africa. Justin Bieber will be performing live for town stadium shows on Wednesday 8th May at Cape Town Stadium and Sunday 12th May at FNB Stadium Johannesburg. Tickets go on sale for the Johannesburg show (web, outlets and call centers) – Monday 10th December 2012 (09:00 – local time SAST). Price from R315 – R750. So Beliebers, tickets go on sale for the Cape Town show (web, outlets and call centers) – Tuesday 11th December 2012 (09:00 – local time SAST). Price from R315 - R700. Tickets available online from www.bigconcerts.co.za, or Computicket.
Monday, 3 December 2012
|Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé|
Sunday, 2 December 2012
|Lady Gaga in action on stage|