Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Shot on location in the lead up to and during Tomorrowland 2014 in Boom, Belgium, the 60-minute documentary will take viewers on an exhilarating journey that commemorates Tomorrowland’s 10-year history as the world’s leading electronic dance music festival and will feature performances and interviews with many of the world’s premiere DJs, including Armin van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Moby, David Guetta, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Hardwell. Leading up to the documentary’s premiere, MTV will also air two hours of Tomorrowland 2014 as part of its popular MTV World Stage franchise. The two, 60-minute “World Stage: Tomorrowland” specials will premiere on 22 & 29 August at 23:40 CAT, marking the first time the hugely popular festival has ever been televised.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Expect a pop sound on Taylor Swift's new CD, 1989. Digital Spy reports: "Taylor Swift has announced that she is releasing her first official pop album, titled 1989. The singer also debuted its first single 'Shake It Off'. The album will be released on 27 October. Swift said in a Yahoo live stream on 18 August: "I woke up not wanting but needing to make a new style of music." She added that 1989 is mostly inspired by the late '80s and took her two years to complete. "We've made my favourite album I've ever made," she went on to say. Digital Spy further reported that 1989 is the singer's birth year. The artwork features her in a cut-off Polaroid photo with "T.S. 1989" written with marker at the bottom."
Monday, 18 August 2014
Well done Ed! The singer's highly acclaimed CD X has topped the UK album chart for the eighth week running. Digital Spy reports that X becomes the joint longest number one album for a British male solo artist, equalling James Blunt's Back to Bedlam, which claimed the number one spot for eight weeks in 2005. X has now also spent the longest consecutive time in the number one spot since Adele's 2011 album 21.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Michael Jackson might be dead, but his music lives on! The King Of Pop's latest music video, A Place With No Name, was made by Sam Bayer, the director who created the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' clip for Nirvana reports music-new.com. 'A Place With No Name' was based on America's A Horse With No Name. Jackson admitted that the America classic was the inspiration for the 'new' track which was recorded in 1998. Below is the official video for the track, the second from Jackson's Xscape album. There may also be a bit of Deja vu in the shots of Jackson used in the video. They had previously appeared in the video for his hit In the Closet.
Michael Jackson might be dead, but his music lives on. The King Of Pop's latest music video, A Place With No Name, was made by Sam Bayer, the director who created the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' clip for Nirvana reports music-new.com. 'A Place With No Name' was based on America's A Horse With No Name. Jackson admitted that the America classic was the inspiration for the 'new' track which was recorded in 1998. Below is the official video for the track, the second from Jackson's Xscape album. There may also be a bit of Deja vu in the shots of Jackson used in the video. They had previously appeared in the video for his hit In the Closet.
The famous face from Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, is ready to release her new CD, Nostalgia in October. Music-news.com reports Annie Lennox has recorded an album of classics from the 1930s and 1940s covering songs from greats such as Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. 'Nostalgia' will be Lennox's first album since her Christmas release 'A Christmas Cornucopia' of 2010 and her original album 'Songs Of Mass Destruction' of 2007. Seriously, I can't wait. I'm an absolute fan of her and her music as well as the music of Eurythmics. I only got to see them live once, at the first 46664 concert for former South African President Nelson Mandela that was held in Cape Town back in the day. Ah, the memories....
|Marilyn Manson and Ninja from Die Antwoord (Instagram)|
The King of Pop has been dethroned. Singer Nicki Minaj has bettered Michael Jackson's record for the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, reports Digital Spy. Nicki's latest single 'Anaconda' has debuted at number 19, giving the rapper her 51st Hot 100 hit, beating Jackson's previous record of 50, Yahoo! Music reports. Digital Spy reports that "Nicki made her chart debut in February 2010 when she featured on Lil Wayne's 'Knockout', while her first as a lead artist came four months later with 'Your Love'. Nicki's 51 singles, only 20 feature her as the lead artist, with 31 guest features. All of Jackson's 50 Hot 100 hits feature him as the lead or co-lead. Michael's guest features are not included in his tally as he didn't take a credit for his appearances on Rockwell's 'Somebody's Watching Me' or Diana Ross's 'Eaten Alive'".
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014
Coldplay's Chris Martin is hoping that Rihanna will sing a duet with him on her new CD. Music-News.com reports: "The Coldplay rocker collaborated with her on Princess of China from his band's 2011 album Mylo Xyloto. And currently he's working overtime to compose a track worthy of the pop star's new LP. "I wasn't necessarily with Rihanna in the studio, I was working for her. I don't think she even asked, I just said, 'please can I try something?" Chris told New York's Fresh 102.7 FM radio. Rihanna appeared to announce back in June her eighth album is on its way. "She has so many amazing people writing for her. It's like trying to win American Idol, getting a song on Rihanna's album," Chris said. "Sometimes as a break from Coldplay stuff I love to go and work on other music," he explained. "It's kind of gives you fresh angles and new ideas." The singer took to Twitter posting a photo of a mixing board with the caption '#R8', sending fans into a frenzy. She's otherwise been quiet about the upcoming record - the first since her 2012 offering, Unapologetic. MTV News reports rumours of collaborations with Nicki Minaj are already circling."
Saturday, 9 August 2014
MTV (DStv Channel 130) announced that global entertainer, singer-songwriter and philanthropist, Beyoncé will join an exclusive list of artists who have received the legendary “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” as this year’s recipient. Beyoncé, who leads the pack this year with eight VMA nominations, will also bring her unparalleled artistry to the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” as a performer at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday 24 August. BEYONCÉ has previously delivered some of the most memorable performances in VMA history including the arresting and explosive “Ring the Alarm” in 2006, the anthemic “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in 2009 and the unforgettable, surprise reveal during "Love On Top" in 2011. BeyoncésS triumphant return to the MTV VMA stage marks her fourth time performing on the loudest, most influential annual live celebration of music in the world. The 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” premieres live on MTV on Monday 25 August at 03:00 CAT, with the primetime premiere on Monday 25 August at 21:00 CAT (red carpet show at 20:00 CAT). Beyoncé is continuously pushing and re-defining boundaries with her music and earlier this year, she raised the bar of innovation by unleashing her groundbreaking, self-titled visual album with 17 artistically captivating music videos from “Drunk in Love” to “Pretty Hurts”. As both a solo artist and as a member of one of the most beloved, chart-topping groups in history, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé has won an astounding 11 “MTV Video Music Awards,” including “Video of the Year” in 2009 for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Best Female” in 2007 for “Crazy in Love” ft. JAY Z. This year, she leads all nominees with eight nods including “Video of the Year,” “Best Female” and “Best Choreography.” Beyoncé will be presented with the highly coveted “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” joining a prestigious list of past recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
Friday, 8 August 2014
With the excitement building up here in South Africa for rockers Foo Fighter's first tour of South Africa in December, it now seems the band is teasing fans with possible images for their new CD cover. Music-news.com reported: "Could this be the cover of the new Foo Fighters album? The Foo Fighters may be playing games with their fans. On Monday, the band started posting numerous clues across different social media sites such as "1 of 8: 36.152146 / -86.797483" along with portions of pictures. Those astute in geography recognized the tweet as geographical coordinates. When fans got to the specified place, they would find pieces of a poster that could be pieced together to form the following image: The poster represents scenes from the eight different cities where the band recorded their upcoming eighth album, Austin, Chicago, Hollywood, Nashville, New Orleans, New York and Washington. In other words, all things seem to be converging at eight for the Foo Fighters. Sometime Monday, August 11 (surprising they didn't do it on the 8th), the band will make a major announcement." The band will play South Africa with the first show on 10 December in Cape Town before moving on to Johannesburg on 13 December. So, do you have your tickets yet?
I had the exclusive change to have a chat to American muso The Black Rockstar about his latest mixtape, My Brain Bleeds Bright Colors, and his love for the local zef rap super group, Die Antwoord.
|The Black Rockstar|
When and where were you born and what is your birth name? I was born in 1984 in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. My birth names Troy.
Tell me a bit about your childhood? I was I creative kid that loved to play with action figures for hours and explore my imagination.
Where did your interest in music start? From my grandfather Tommy, He was a blues guitar player from Mississippi. I got all my music talent from him. it's in my blood.
Who were your musical influences in your early years? Michael Jackson, Prince, Domin and 2Pac.
How would you describe your musical style? Rap, Rock & Experimental.
Where does the music name The Black Rockstar come from? I gave myself because the name because I was the only rapper in my state combining both rap and rock & roll, and my cousin HC The Chemist told me to roll with the name.
For those who don't know, what is a mixtape? A mixtape is a free album that you put out on the internet to let the world hear your music,
How many mixtapes have you released thus far? 9
Tell me a bit more about your latest one, My Brain Bleeds Bright Colors? My Brain Bleeds Bright Colors is a psycho, Dark journey into my psyche. It's a therapeutic venting session releasing a lot of my anger and stress artistically.
You talk about fighting demons, suicidal thoughts. Are you bipolar or chronic depression? (Reason why I'm asking this is I can relate to those as im bipolar). I've never been medically diagnosed but ive had demons in my life and suicidal thought's. Maybe if I seen a therapist I might be diagnosed with bipolar or depression. but I hate the thought of being placed in a medical category. I feel as human beings we all are stressed and bipolar.
What set's your music style/mixtapes apart from the music scene? I'm a retarded brain dead lyricist that doesn't care about how main stream America will accept my music. I am The Black Rockstar. I am bar none an original, 1 of a kind musical experience.
What's your biggest goal in life? To show musicians that you don't have to conform to commercial soft B.S. Music to be respected.
Where can people find your new mixtape(especially for people here in south Africa)? http://www.datpiff.com/mixtapes-detail.php?id=633394
Have you ever been to south Africa or know people here? I don't personally know anyone from south Africa , but I like the south African music group Die Antwoord!
If you could give a message to the youth of South Africa, what would it be? It doesn't matter where you are in the world. Africa, Aaia, or Mexico. If you create something groundbreaking and powerful the world will gravitate towards it. And The Black Rockstar's album My Brain Bleed's Bright Colors is that type of groundbreaking project!!!
Every industry has its legends. One of these radio legends is Alex Jay. I remember him from his days at Radio 5 (now called 5FM). He used the play the coolest tunes, especially the music of my ultimate favourite band, Depeche Mode. I caught up with Alex to have a chat to him about music, Depeche Mode and being a contestant in MasterChef Celebrity (which will air on the pay-TV platform DStv on M-Net - channel 101 - in 2015).
|My radio hero Alex Jay and I|
What is Alex up to these days? I’m hosting the weekend breakfast show on 94.7 in Gauteng and KFM in the western Cape. It’s on Saturdays and Sundays 7-10 am. I’m also doing a few voice-overs, DJ’ing etc.
How did you end up being a DJ? My band broke up and, needing a paying job, I joined the SABC as an audio “controller.” It was an easy path from engineering & producing to the other side of the glass.
I've followed your show back when you still was a DJ at Radio 5, mainly because you played Depeche Mode music. And yes, I'm a HUGE Depeche Mode fan. How many Depeche Mode CDs/albums do you have in your collection? I used to have THE Depeche Mode collection, vinyls and CDs. Sadly my house was robbed while I was away on holiday in 2012. Less than 12 hours after leaving for the coast I was back in the house surveying the damage. The thieves took half of my CD collection, an entire wall’s worth, everything from A to O. All my signed discs were in that library inc the three-box set of DM remixes the entire band had signed. Plus Snoop’s signature on The Chronic, Michael Hutchence’s on Suicide Blonde, Lars Ulrich’s on the 12” of Enter Sandman, Abdullah Ibrahim’s on “Mannenburg...” Sad loss. I have a lot of DM on vinyl but have stashed it in an off-site secure location.
You interviewed Dave Gahan, front man for Depeche Mode, when they toured South Africa. Is there anything that stands out from the interview for you? Dave Gahan was most surprised by my copy of “Just can’t get enough” on 12” vinyl which had been released in SA on the CBS imprint, a label for which they had never signed. Bastard took it with him as a souvenir! A month or so later Gahan nearly died in L.A. in an apparent suicide attempt. I got no hint of melancholy or depression during our interview. On the contrary he was engaging, funny and sharp. But then downers are downers.
What is your favourite Depeche Mode track and how were you introduced to the band's music? Fave? “Never let me down.” But the 1st DM track I heard was on a cassette provided by the incomparable Scotty. It was “New life.” Boing!
|Alex still has that fun element in him, always in a good laughing mood.|
Ok, enough of our love for Depeche Mode. How do you think have the radio landscape change since you started out? Radio in SA has changed vastly since the early days of state control. Many voices make the democracy work. There is a debate, a conversation on the air every day. Our concerns, hopes and fears are aired by all and sundry, still carried for free by a broader media than even I dared hope for. It’s good times for SA radio because it truly reflects the reality that is South Africa 2014.
When did you officially join radio as a DJ? I first went on the air as an all-night presenter on the then music-radio 702 in 1982. I was 21.
Can you still remember the first ever song your played as a DJ on radio? I don’t remember the 1st song I played on air but I do remember that, by the time I’d done my third link, I thought “this is fun!”
One of the biggest bloopers you've ever made on radio? I’ve always been able to joke my way out of bloopers and as I don’t really take myself that seriously I just make the misshtake into something else. The only time that didn’t work so well was when I’d unwittingly irritated someone to the point of pulling a gun on me. But thats a story for another day.
Radio DJ can be gruelling. How did it affect you? Radio ain’t gruelling! Being a miner is gruelling. Being a working Mom is gruelling. Being a 4th yr student is gruelling. DJ’ing? Not so much.
What does it take to become a radio DJ? These days anyone with a smartphone or internet connection can broadcast their opinions/music/video/art etc to the world. Radio presenting still requires that you have character, a sharp wit, good general knowledge and a foot in the door. Getting a program manager to take a chance on you is still the toughest part of the career. Where you go from there is up to you and the zeitgeist.
What do you think of local content on radio? Years ago there weren't that many local music on radio where today it's all over the radio? I am happy with the local content rule, always was. At least 20% of all songs played on the SA airwaves must be local. We can all now see and hear how much the local music industry has grown and improved.
One of your favourite local bands? In terms of local bands I have many, many faves. Prophets of the City, Bright Blue, Wonderboom, Tribe after Tribe, Stimela etc plus newer stars like Blk Jks, Mafikizolo, Prime Circle, Dave Baudains, Mi Casa and many, many more. There is a lot of world-class music to feel proud about.
How do you keep up to date with all the music flooding in at the moment? Staying abreast of contemporary music is easy these days what with YouTube etc providing a nifty, cheap way of distributing music globally. And it’s even easier for radio people now because, through TunedIn, you can hear what similar-formatted stations around the world are playing.
Tell me about your family? My wife Fiona and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary later this month. We are both in shock! My “kids” are all grown-ups now. Elektra is 30 and works at a well-known restaurant in CT, Maxine is 24 and a candidate attorney at 1 of Jozi’s top law firms and son Connor (about to turn 21) is doing a BA in visual communications at Vega in Bryanston.
Do you think any of your DJ skills will rub off onto your kids? They are each following their own direction and have no real interest in following Dad into radio or TV. Luckily they all have good ears and love music. That’s enough for me.
You are always in a happy mood. How do you get that right when other people struggle to get into a happy zone? I’ve been in a happy zone for more than 30 years because I found a job that I love doing. It really is as simple as that!
What do you think the future holds for radio? The future for radio in SA is bright. The way we “consume” radio may change (streaming etc) but the formatics will remain much the same. I’m hoping that campus radio will replace the SABC nationals as music/content providers and info hubs for students though. That’s a genuine voice which needs to be heard.
Besides radio, what other projects are you involved in? As I have some free time on my hands this year I’ve decided to re-do my home studio and get back into creating music. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for decades! Commerce has an uncanny knack of thwarting art. I’d very much like to do a film score.
You must have a hectic schedule, how do you relax? Relaxing in the 21st century is a tough proposition. Still, the companionship of family and friends sorts me out just fine, with the occasional round of golf thrown in for good measure.
You will be on MasterChef Celebrity on M-Net in 2015. Are you a good cook? I am the rank outsider in Celebrity Masterchef SA as I’m the only contestant who doesn’t cook. I used to like cooking but have been out of the kitchen all my married life. Braai, that’s my domain. But I’m such a huge (and very vocal) fan of Masterchef SA that M-Net invited me to be part of the experience. And what an experience it was! Out of your comfort zone and into a hot skillet!
Your favourite dish to prepare and worst dish you ever made? No particular fave but I’m not doing guinea-fowl again! I like to experiment with flavours and textures when preparing a meal but you really do need a good working knowledge of culinary basics before you attempt the avant garde. I was missing large gaps in knowledge but by the end of Celebrity Masterchef SA was getting to grips with cuisine. It’s fun and therapeutic to work with food. It’s also unreasonably labour-intensive! I now have profound respect for all Chefs everywhere.
The celebrities had to represent a charity, which charity did you support and why? Each of the contestants on Celebrity MasterChef SA was playing for a charity. Mine was the Twilight Childrens Shelter in Hillbrow. Those marginalised kids are truly in need of help and it was an honour to do my bit for them. All the celebs chose deserving and appropriate charities and I’m happy to say that M-Net more than came to the party in terms of cash and goods for them. Feel-good haute cuisine! I am so happy, despite my initial misgivings, that I did the show. It was an amazing experience being out of one’s comfort zone, working in 21st century full-digital TV (what a jol!) with a fab cross-section of SA celebs who gave it their all. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
Below is a video of a Alex Jay back in the day South African music and entertainment show, Graffiti.
Sunday, 3 August 2014
it now seems that things has deteriorated to such an extent, that lawyers have joined the couple on their On the Run Tour. Music-news.com reports Beyoncé and Jay Z's concert promoters have allegedly held an emergency meeting to discuss their 'imploding marriage'. The superstar couple have been rocked for months by rumours their relationship is on the rocks - despite putting on a united front while performing their On The Run Tour. But PageSix now reports executives at concert promoting giant Live Nation, as well as at TV network HBO, which is soon to release a special on the concert series, called a meeting on Thursday amid fears the stars' brand could be tarnished beyond repair. According to the report, executives from both sides wanted to put out a statement to address the rumours. However Beyoncé and Jay Z are said to have been unable to agree on what to say. Apparently Live Nation and HBO chiefs worry the $100 million tour may not even last through is scheduled finale in Paris next month. 'This may not make it to San Francisco. I'm definitely not sure that they'll make it to Paris,' a source told the outlet.
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran keeps surprising us with his raw talent and great music. His second CD X (actually pronounced Multiply) is a mix bag of goodies that just want listeners to have more and more. X is best remembered for the redhead letting loosing his inner soulman and MC. Ed gives us that well-known croon and the rest is banged up with a wide spectrum of producers known for their work with rock and hip-hop artists, including Rick Rubin and Pharrell. Jason Lipshutz of Billboard rated the album an 81 out of 100, and according to him, he "finds a hungry artist doing everything possible to elevate to another level, simply by abiding by his instincts." At Q, John Aizlewood rated the album four stars out of five, describing how Sheeran's usage of many collaborators could have been "a potentially foolish move, but Sheeran pulls it off, chiefly because... his friends bend to him, not the other way round." In addition, Aizlewood says "Against all the odds, X repositions Sherran as a gambler," because "he's changed things around and used his success rather than been used by it," and at the end of the day "he's taken chances and won again." Brian Mansfield of USA Today rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of four, calling it one of those "rare album[s] that satisfies expectations while simultaneously raising them," which "showcases the sweet, achingly vulnerable songs" that is a hallmark of Sheeran's work". The 12-track disc takes listeners on an unforgettable musical journey through love, life and being happy. I think X should have been XXX for being so damned good!
Shaun Morgan and the boys from Seether are back with a big bang with their sixth CD, Isolate and Medicate, begins with “See You At the Bottom”, a song that is all too familiar for their discography. Soft, grungy guitar picking, which leads into a wall of crashing cymbals accompanied with a repeated riff. The verse is slow, and the chorus is heavy, yet very catchy. In fact, Seether’s trademark sound is found throughout this album, providing mixed results. The newest release by Seether is more in line with their strengths, with better thought out compositions and more in the way of memorable riffs than their previous release. A lot of the album seems to come from the same place that "Remedy" came from, creatively. My favourite tracks from the album are probably "Suffer It All," "See You at the Bottom," and "Turn Around." With that said, it would be refreshing to maybe see a song or two stray from their Seether-set comfort zone.
Saturday, 2 August 2014
"What an incredibly beautiful evening being invited to sing at the White House for Potus, Flotus & many special Olympic attendees tonight to celebrate these incredibly inspiring men & women," she wrote alongside a photo of her singing while wearing a sparkly purple evening gown. "I see them beyond their obstacles. I hope you can join me." Katy wasn't the only star in attendance, as Stevie Wonder, tennis player Andy Roddick and his wife Brooklyn Decker were also at the dinner. However, Katy got a special introduction from the president, who admitted he was a big fan of her work. "We have just one of my favourite people performing tonight - Katy Perry, We are so grateful to her," he said, according to E! News. "I love Katy Perry, she is just a wonderful person."
Oor die verstek van 3 jaar sedert haar laaste album het baie goeie dinge en seën Elizma Theron se pad gekruis. Die ryke van hierdie skatkis borrel na bo met haar nuutste album, ‘Stilte & Storms’. Dié is ‘n album wat noukeurig met die hart aanmekaargeweef is en met ‘n wye verskeidenheid musieksmake sal resoneer. Dit vertel van seisoene van die lewe en liefde op ‘n manier wat jou vir al vyftien snitte sal boei en sal meevoer met ‘n fees van woord en melodie. Met geure van Pop, Rock, Country en meer is ‘Stilte & Storms’ - al die pad van snitte wat rustig geniet moet word, tot by dié wat jou voete sommer so spontaan na die dansvloer sal laat koers kies – ‘n tonikum van musikale diversiteit en egtheid.
Snitte soos ‘In ons kombers toegevou’, ‘Giftige woorde’, ‘Ek hoor hoe jou hart breek’ en ‘Nagelaat’ eggo meer intieme en refektiewe gevoelens, terwyl die ritmes van ‘Dink jy nie meer aan my?’, ‘Souvenir’ en die amperse uitspattige parmantigheid van ‘Soen of nie’ die lighartige ewewig aan ‘n keurig-saamgestelde album verleen. Twee prag-duette is ook op hierdie album ingesluit: ‘Sout’, ‘n duet met Nicholis Louw, wat gerat is om een van die jaar se grootste danstreffers te word; en ‘n ‘June Carter Medley’ saam met Ricus Nel, wat enige Country-hart met ‘n driekuns van treffers ‘n punt sal laat trek. ‘Stilte & Storms’ is ‘n lekkerluister-album wat hom ewe goed in ondersteuners wat oor die jare saam met Elizma en haar musiek gegroei het, sowel as diégene wie se eerste album hierdie is, se harte en musiekversamelings sal anker. Die album is nou landswyd beskikbaar.
I can't remember what TV show it was, but while watching the TV show I can't remember, their played this song that was haunting, killer hooks, hypnotic beat and a vocal that cut through you. I had to rewind the show and Shazam the song. It came up as the group Kitten with the song Cut It Out (see video below) from their EP, Cut It Up. It was freakin amazing! And now, finally their self titled debut CD is out, and it scratches deep. Seriously. The indie rock band from Los Angeles delivers the goods on their debut CD. Vocalist Chloe Chaidez told hollywoodmusicmagazine.com about the CD, "It’s very rhythmic and sexy. If people thought our last album was “80′s”, the full length is far more 80′s. Half of it at least . The other half is kind of post rocky and ambient , due to the fact that we were very influenced by bands like Mogwai and My Bloody Valentine while making the record. If Kevin Shields made a record with Nile Rogers, I think they’re love child might sound a little something like our record."
Ok, now this is a difficult one. Firstly I'd like to say that I'm a big fan of nu-metal group Linkin Park. with that said, their latest offering The Hunting Party is a bit of a big let-down. I don't know. I was expecting something new, fresh, exhilarating and ass-kicking, but what I heard was a rehash regurgitated sound that I've heard so many times before. Tom Morello guests on guitar; the mook-punk yowler "Guilty All the Same" features oldschool rap god Rakim. The Hunting Party feels too repetitive, uninspired, and generic to equal its immediate predecessors.
For those of you who have not heard of local band MonArk - where have you been! These dudes rock. Their CD Negatives is one of the best buys I've done in recent times. The five piece pop band from Gauteng, South Africa, sure known how to grab you attention. Their first single Smiling (released 20130) tickled my interest in this band and their follow-up single Build It Up made me want to hear from them. Finally we have their CD Negatives and oh boy, what a great piece of work. I really don't like comparing them to international acts as each band is unique in their own way. But, when listening to Negatives, I could not help thinking they remind me of the local version of American alt rockers, Imagine Dragons. The band describes its sound as ‘cinematic pop’. Museonline.co.za says that ‘MoArk deliver something completely fresh and unique, and are setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape’. It went on to say that the album was written and recorded from August 2013 to April 2014 in Potchefstroom. The band said, “A Negative is a photographic image made on film that shows the light and shade or colour values reversed from the original. A blueprint if you will, containing all the elements necessary to reproduce that image. Light, shade, colours. Happiness, joy, sorrow. This first album of ours will always be just that to us: A snapshot of how we felt and what we thought, what stories we had to tell, what conversations we wanted to have at the time, but also containing enough truth of who we are as to ensure a steady ‘image’ of us as we pursue our future.” Although the band did not intentionally pursue a singular theme for the album, one could however say that they try to view the world in a non-cynical manner, but not by simply dismissing that which is bad, evil or uncomfortable. True love, peace, happiness, etc. are most likely achieved despite the bad in the world, not in its absence – and that is the recurring subject on the album. The band found inspiration for the album in all their life experiences and relationships, past and present. The thrill of finding a ‘musical’ voice to express who they are and how they feel, in itself was also an inspiration. The result: an album you can dance to, overcome challenges to, lay on your bed and relax to and also sing to in the shower. “We have released 3 singles to date, but a story is never finished after the first 3 chapters; we invite everyone to come and experience the whole story with us, the best parts are yet to come!” - http://museonline.co.za/news/monark-negatives-debut-album-released/