Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Zebra & Giraffe rocks with Slow Motion!

Zebra & Giraffe`s new EP “Slow Motion” is 5 tracks of heaven. From track one you are taken on a journey of carnival catchy guitar riffs, romantic slow jammers with haunting voices,  rocking beats and heavy guitars and closing the EP with soft melodic piano hooks. Greg Carlin's voice is unique, soft yet, inviting and rough. For me, it is one of the most thrilling albums I've heard in 2015.

The video for the track It's All The Same is haunting beautiful. The music video is a collaboration by Director/DOP Trevor Calverly (who also shot the band's "Sons" music video in 2013), visual artist and photographer Elsa Bleda, and Zebra & Girafe lead singer Greg Carlin. It was produced by Carlin and Alan Shenton for Hoodlum Music and stars actor Adam Heyns alongside Bleda. Additional scenes were shot and directed by Tristan Holmes. The video was edited and graded by Carlin. Initially when Greg and Trevor met up to discuss ideas, they settled on a classic 'road-tripromance' narrative, but both felt the story needed a unique angle. Trevor had been a long time follower of Elsa's Instagram account and the beautiful photos from her numerous train rides around South Africa. They reached out to Elsa to see if she'd be interested in collaborating on the project and bringing her knowledge and vision on board to help adapt the road trip into a train trip. With Elsa on board, the three set about adapting the narrative to ft a train journey and also planned possible routes across SA. It was eventually decided that they'd take the Shosholoza Meyl train from Johannesburg to Matjiesfontein, hop of there and drive down to Cape Town, and then shoot the final scenes on train rides from Cape Town to Fish Hoek. "Planning the routes and ftting everything within budget was quite a task" say Carlin of the planning phase. "We had a very short time to find actors, book tickets, and plan a route that made sense. We also planned to shoot mostly on the fly and in tight spaces, and this meant shooting with a single handheld DSLR camera and only using natural light." Shooting took place over 3 days in early October with the bulk of the train footage being shot on the train trip from Jozi to Matjiesfontein. The handheld DSLR setup meant Calverly had enough space and freedom to move around the small cabins and still get the wide shots he wanted. Shooting on the train also gave the video its unmistakable handheld feel. Actor Adam Heyns was hired to star as the co-lead alongside Elsa and plays the part of a loner musician, traveling around the country busking and playing tiny bars. Along the way he meets Elsa’s character and they fall for one another. A romance ensues but quickly dissolves as she realizes that he’s played this game with many women before. The opening bar scene was shot at the historic, saloon-like Laird's Arms in Matjiesfontein. The crew also shot cutaway sequences in some of the many ornately decorated rooms as well as in the gardens surrounding the hotel. Carlin: "The staff at The Lord Milner in Matjiesfontein were a great help - they let us shoot all around the hotel and grounds with no notice. The town has such an interesting look and feel about it - I'm glad we got to include it in the video". After that the crew headed to Cape Town shooting extra train footage on trips along the coast from Fish Hoek. Additional scenes were shot at Cape Town's infamous Dive Bar Lefty's, and at the Two Oceans Aquarium. When it came to post production, Carlin decided to cut and grade the video himself - "We really maxed out our budget on the shoot days and I thought I'd take a shot at the edit and grade. I'm really happy with how it came out. Trevor stuck really closely to the script and Adam and Elsa did such a great job with the acting that it was easy to cut! I love working with Trevor because he gets such beautiful shots . I had enough usable footage for 3 videos!"

Upcoming Shows:
2 December - Pop Art Theatre (Maboneng, JHB) Acoustic (with Ruby Gill)
3 December -  Pop Art Theatre (Maboneng, JHB) Acoustic (with Ruby Gill)
4 December -  Rumours (West Rand, JHB)
5 December -  Sundowners (Alberton, JHB)


Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and New York Times best-selling author Sara Bareilles has released her highly anticipated new studio album, WHAT’S INSIDE: SONGS FROM WAITRESS. The album features songs from the upcoming Broadway musical Waitress, for which she wrote both music and lyrics. The musical, which will open at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 24th, 2016. Reuniting with KALEIDOSCOPE HEART producer Neal Avron, the album was recorded in New York and Los Angeles and is Sara’s much-anticipated follow-up to her highly-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated third studio album “The Blessed Unrest.”  The album’s first single, “She Used to Be Mine,” is available at iTunes and all digital retailers now. Sara recently released her first book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song, on October 6th via Simon & Schuster. The book, which made the New York Times Best Sellers List, is a collection of personal essays which among other things, tells the inside stories behind some of her most popular songs, including “Love Song,” “Gravity,” and her most recent hit, “Brave.” Sara recently made a number of national television appearances in support of the book including live interviews on the Today Show, Live with Kelly & Michael, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Meredith Vieira.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

DVD! Frank Sinatra - All Or Nothing At All

Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All” is the definitive account of the life, music and career of Frank Sinatra, the greatest entertainer of the 20th century. Told in his own words through extensive archive interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, the film weaves the music and images from Sinatra’s life together with rarely seen footage of Sinatra’s famous 1971 “Retirement Concert” in Los Angeles. The film’s narrative is shaped by Sinatra’s song choices for that concert, which director Alex Gibney interprets as the singer’s personal guide through his own life. With the participation of the Frank Sinatra Estate, family members and archivists, “Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All” is an intimate portrait of the singer, the actor and the man.

Steve Hofmeyr - The Country Collection If You Could Read My Mind

Dit is Steve Hofmeyr se sewe-en-twintigste album uitreiking en daar is geen teken van stoom verloor ten opsigte van sy kreatiwiteit, liedjieskryf, toer, film bedrywighede en sterk sosiale kommentaar op vele forums nie. Maar nou, met die uitreiking van IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND laat hy die swaar temas vir ‘n wyle agter en bring hy ‘n bietjie country verligting na sy aanhangers. IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND is opgeneem en vervaardig deur die bekroonde vervaardiger, Jaun “Floors” Oosthuizen, wie ook ‘n Ghoema toekenning vir Beste Vervaardiger, in 2015 ontvang het. Die album bestaan uit 15 van die mooiste country liedjies tot nog toe en bevat een van die mooiste en roerendste verwerkings van die liedjie Teach Your Children wat Steve saam met die Coleske broers Ewald en Arnold opgeneem het. Ander immergroen treffers waarna aanhangers kan uitsien is Heartache Tonight, The Gambler, Have you ever seen the rain, Oh Sherrie, Games people play, Photograph, Hey Mr. Dream-Maker, If I said you had a beautiful body If you could read my mind, Drift away, Gypsy Woman, To make you feel my love, Rhinestone cowboy en Cry to me.

Various Artists - Clubland 2016

CLUBLAND, one of the top club album brands in the world returns with refreshed look and feel and an insane tracklisting. Everyone from ULTRA 2016 Headliners to current favorites like AVICII and local talents MAJOZI and KYLE WATSON. Clubland not only features a ton of exclusive tracks but also very exclusive remixes on tracks from Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Alfons, Bellini and many more. CLUBLAND is your perfect CLUB album to take you into 2016! Do not miss this power club album.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR: And now it’s time for an ice cold ‘Fokof Lager’

One year ago, FOKOFPOLISIEKAR initiated the launch of their 4 part Craft beer series produced by Sir Thomas Brewery. The beers in this range were all named after some the band’s most popular songs and became instant hits.  Dagdronk, Antibiotika, Hemel op die Platteland and Skyn Heilig have now been sold out and will no longer be produced. But this is not the end of Fokofpolisiekar and good beer. The band has taken everything that it has learnt in the past year to produce an exceptional Lager brewed by the renowned Devil’s Peak Breweries in Cape Town. The appropriately titled ‘Fokof Lager’ is mass produced and will be sold on tap at various bars and restaurants throughout South Africa. The very first drop will be poured at Capital Craft in Pretoria.  The perfect antidote to the heatwave.

Taste #‎FokofLager:

Aroma: Clean crisp malt character supported by a mild, spicy and slightly floral aroma of the famous noble Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops.

Appearance: Pale yellow in colour and brilliantly clear. Medium white head with good retention.

Flavour: Very delicate malt profile with an unobtrusive hop character and low level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light in body.  Medium to high carbonation level with a full flavoured mouthfeel as a result of the 100% malt used.

Overall Impression: Easy drinking, fresh and vibrant.

HOT CD! Little Mix - ‘Get Weird’

UK supergroup Little Mix has released their new album, ‘Get Weird’ (Deluxe). The album is currently Top 10 on iTunes in 24 markets and Top 20 on iTunes in a further 38 markets around the world. Lead single “Black Magic” debuted at #1 in the UK, was playlisted nationally and also peaked in the Top 40 of the South African airplay chart earlier this year. Single two, “Love Me Like You”, finds Little Mix putting a modern spin on the classic girl group songs of the Motown era. The retro pop song produced and written by Steve Mac alongside Camille Purcell, James Newman and Iain James showcases the girls incredible vocals with a massive melodic chorus and is starting to build traction nicely across radio in South Africa. The girls describe ‘Get Weird’ as “a celebration of being unique and not holding back”. Standout tracks include “Secret Love Song” (a collaboration with Jason Derulo) and “Lightning”, which has been described by the band as a sister to 2012’s massive single “DNA”. Additionally, the deluxe track “I Won’t” represents an important moment of self-discovery for the band as they realise “as long we’ve got each other that’s all we need”. The girls strived to push everything to its limits on this record and make no mistake: ‘Get Weird’ does not mess about.