Thursday, December 1, 2011

Grammy Nominees 2011

I've only recently started watching the different awards shows and I have realised how important these awards are to the music industry. By winning a Grammy award, the artists are congratulated on their latest achievements and expressing our (the listeners and all round music lovers') grattitude for creating music that feeds our souls. So I have decided to share my opinion on this years nominees.
*I will not be commenting on any of the Bruno Mars Nomminations. I do not like him and his music does NOT feed souls. Actually I wouldn't mind if someone threw a 'grenade' his way

1. Record Of The Year

Rolling In The Deep - Adele

Holocene - Bon Iver

Grenade - Bruno Mars

The Cave - Mumford & Sons

Firework - Katy Perry

I'm actually quite excited to see the outcome of this category, as i think everyone has a fair chance and I wouldn't be dissapointed if any of these artists won. [except obviously for BRUNO MARS]

2. Album Of The Year

21- Adele

Wasting Light- Foo Fighters

Born This Way - Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans- Bruno Mars

Loud- Rihanna

Yeah, this category is rather a let down. There have been so many GREAT albums released this year, who much rather should have been on this list, I mean Rihanna? Album of the year? And Foo Fighters? Nah. What about  Radiohead, Black Keys or any one else for that matter...

3. Song Of The Year

All Of The Lights- Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

The Cave - Mumford & Sons

Grenade- Brun Mars

Holocene - Bon 1ver

Rolling In The Deep - Adele

I am a huge Mumford & Sons lover and I'm very pleased to see so many nomminations for them, but I honestly don't think that 'the Cave' deserves song of the year. It feels like they have left out so many great songs of 2011, the list seems incomplete. 

4. Best New Artist

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj


What a laugh. Bon Iver, Best new Artist? Are you kidding me? Where have these people been the last 3 years? Bon Iver is a genius and it is extreemly sad that only now he gets the recognition. I don't like any of the other artists mentioned here, so here is hoping Bon Iver takes the award.

5. Best Pop Solo Performance

Someone Like You - Adele

You And I - Lady Gaga

Grenade - Bruno Mars

Firework - Katy Perry

F***in’ Perfect - Pink

Here, I know Adele should win the award. Vocally she is miles ahead of all these artists and she can truly hold herself, in her own rights. She doesn't need back-up dancers, crazy outfits or anything else.

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Body And Soul - Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Dearest - The Black Keys

Paradise -  Coldplay

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

I love the fact that Tony Bennett has colaborated with Amy Winehouse (and Lady Gaga), he simply adds another element to songs. I am also in love with the Black Keys and I am excited to see them nominated as well (here's hoping)!!
I know there are a lot of people hating on 'Moves With Jagger', and I understand why, but one has to admit, it is a catchy Pop tune and you cannot help but move like Jagger, whilst listening to it. On whether it deserves a Grammy for BEST Pop performance? Definetly not. The same goes for Foster the People, they still need to establish themselves as a pop duo, for now, they're only known as those kids with the really catchy whistling in their song.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Treat for your Eyes and Ears #4

YES, I have been away for nearly 4 weeks, that is my bad. I have been busy with exams, interim holidays and much more, Will post more about all that soon, but untill then  I have a couple of songs I would like to share with the you. Enjoy.

The Plastics- Caroline
Dance! You're on fire - Michelle
Shortstraw- Underfed
Farryl Purkiss- Seraphine (two very beautiful people)
Kongos- I'm only Joking
LMFAO- Sexy & I Know it
Florence & the Machine - Shake it Out
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - This Lady is a Tramp

Much Love.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pink Panther on the Loose

I realise I have some promises to fulfill and will do the as soon as possible (meaning, when the exams are finally finished)!
I have noticed this blog is very PINK, as you all know it was Breast Cancer Awearness month during October, this was my attempt to go pink for the cause :)
This month is MOVEMBER and is also about Cancer awearness, I will choose a male-friendly colour in honour of this, and get rid of the pink, as to not hurt your eyes with al the current Barbie-ness.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just a little treat for your ears (and eyes)... #3

Here are a few more songs that I simply cannot stop listening to, and want to share with the world. I will try my best to compile my next treat in a downloadable mix version, but I enjoy watching the videos just as much, so I'll continue to post my fav songs of the moment.

Ed Sheeran's album, '+' has only been released a couple of weeks ago, but he has already taken the UK charts by storm and has hit number 1! Have a listen to the A Team

-Ed Sheeran

Band of Skull's album 'Baby Darling Doll Face Honey' is great, you should really give the entire album a good listen, but 'I Know What I Am' is just one of my favorites.

-Band of Skulls

Ellie Goulding covered the very famous Elton John balade, 'Your Song'. And she did a great job, I can easily listen to this on repeat for hours.

Ellie Goulding

Lykki Li is so much fun to listen to me and se reminds me a bit of Kate Bush. You can check out 'Little Bit' and 'Babooshka'. While you're at it, do yourself a favour and have a look at I Follow Rivers as well.

Lykke Li- How Beautiful is she?!

My current Guilty Pleasures...Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger. I'm not into Maroon 5 and whatever their vibe is, but I cannot stop listening to this song and moving along to that very recognisable whistle. And Diana Vickers' The Boy who Murdered Love.

Adam Lavine (Maroon 5) and Christina Aguilera

Next is a famous song from the 80s by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush Don't Give Up from one of his most sucessful albums yet.

A very young Peter Gabriel

More hits from the 80s, Bruce Springsteen's Streets of Philadelphia, Don Mclean's Vincent and Neil Young's Cowgirl in the Sand (also you can see this year's Idols winner, Dave's cover of it here, which is might I say ridiculously good).

And a much older Don Mclean

Some of my latest discoveries (by which I mean, songs I've discovered in the past year, cannot stop listening to and have been trying to sell it to every single person I know), include The Kills' Alphabet Pony , The Black Keys' Howlin' for you and The Veils' The Letter.

The Kills- Probably the sexiest duo. ever.

And because I'm going to watch Kings of Leon next week, I'll do a KOL post over the weekend with a selection of my favorite songs. x

Friday, October 14, 2011

David Guetta Tonight

So I have this really cool new friend and yesterday she just upped her game when inviting a bunch of us to go watch David Guetta & Akon TONIGHT! How nice!

I'm not into the Internasional-artist-is-coming-to-South-Africa-let's-go-see-them-eventhough-I-don't-like-them vibes. And I don't like David Guetta (or let's put it this way, I would not suddenly be in the mood for some ‘Sexy Bitch', but if the tune plays in a club, I'll groove to it and sing along to the chorus).

But what an amazing opportunity to hang out with some friends ;) Thank you LC!!

Treat for your ears #2

So recently, I've been listening to a whole lot of local music. There was a time, where there weren't a lot of choices (you know, just the vanfokingtasties vibes and a few others from Durbanville), but suddenly there has been a boom in the industry and there is some hot new talent out there. Here are some of my favorites at the moment, have listen.
If you have not seen my previous Treat for your Ears go Here

Machineri - Big Bad Machine
You can find them on Facebook: Here or listen to their album here, they will also be playing a gig on 29 October 2011 at Mercury (with Dead Lucky & Basson laubscher and the Violent Free Peace).

Shadowclub - Guns & Money
Their BandPage on Facebook. If you haven'y heard about these guys you better start doing something about it (They're opening for Kings of Leon and whether you are a KOL fan or not, you have to admit, it's a big deal opening for an international act of that size).

Tumi & the Volume - Asinamali
Not my usual style and I'm not quite sure yet what exactly it is about them that I like, but I do. Facebook page Here

Zebra & Giraffe - The End of the Road
I love this song and the video. i watch it all the time, so should you.

Die Heuwels Fantasties - Buitenste Ruim
This music video is here for one reason only. That little ginger kid that starts showing face 25 seconds into the music video, THAT! I love that kid so much. You might also remember him from a previous video (Winterstasie - Los My).

And that brings me to my last choice:
Winterstasie - Skryf jy liefde
It is a cool song. Nothing more to it.

*if you have not yet seen my Previous Post about Bouwer Bosch's cute new song, what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


So damn sorry I have been absent the last couple of weeks, I had a hectic test schedule and nearly died. Ok that is an exaggeration, but it was tough. I'm going to try my best to keep this blog updated from now on.

Here is a little treat for ou ears (It is Afrikaans, but I'm sure you'll love it anyway, if, however you are struggling to understand the lyrics, just drop me a line, and I'll translate it for you).
Bouwer Bosch - Vertel My

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Things to do...

If you are as lucky as I am, to be on HOLIDAY right now, then there are a couple of things for you to do each night this week! ole!

Tonight has Stepdog playing at the famous &union, if you're in the neighbourhood drop by.

Tomorrow night I'll be having a VERY good time at ol'Bohemia for some shedding of my skin with the Pretty Blue Guns: Here

Friday night Machineri & Shadowclub is playing at the Kimberly Hotel in Cape Town, I have not yet seen them play, but I've heard a couple of their songs and I like it :) FB Event Here. If you want to learn more about the bands (and by learn, I obviously mean have a listen to some of their songs),go Here.

Saturday is the long awaited RED STAG event at Assembly. For the past week, my timeline (on Twitter), has been filled with tweets of excitement, i mean, have you seen the line-up? No? What are you waiting for, go here

And to end off this fun-filled weekend, Aandklas is hosting an unplugged session with Louwtjie Rothman and more. FB Event here

Something for every night. Wowzers.
Lets hope we survive this extended weekend.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Roadtrip Adventure #1

For the past couple of weeks I’ve hardly seen one of my better (well, only sometimes) halves, Lola. She has been working very hard on her application portfolio for Michaela’s Fine art School and I was being consumed by my course. Today, finally, she finished her portfolio, I took an ‘admin’ day from class, and we spent the entire day together. Isn’t that nice?
 Lola and her mother, Suzan, picked me up, before 9am (on my day off! , and we missioned to the great Cape Town, it was like an explosion of verbal dihoerea, we literally could not stop talking. We were so excited to see each other and finally, Lola could hand in her portfolio and take one step towards her big dream, being an artist. After the year we’ve had it was so good to see her relaxed, happy and excited (with a touch of nerves, obviously) and her mother could not have been more enthusiastic, eager as a child on Christmas Eve! After dropping off the mighty package, we did a little happy-dance/ trot outside the building and drove off to Kalkbay, our little guilty pleasure-treasure.
First stop in Kalkbay, Cape to Cuba. We had some Pongraz, some snacks and a very good time. We talked about being a women, a mother, a child, an artist, friends we’ve loved and lost, boyfriends, we laughed, we cried, we remembered and everything in between. And at one stage Suzan and I even danced around in our little nook. Then it was time for cocktails. This is when things got interesting and some of us compared the other to Jesus. After a couple of cocktails and more fits of laughter it was time to tone it down a notch and get a caffeine overload that could induce a coma.
Then it was time to hit the streets and do some bargain hunting, I mean, have you ever left Kalkbay and not bought yourself a little something? Exactly. We tried on vintage sequence, vintage mesh with sequence detail and ostrich feathers and very happily gave them back to the shop’s assistant after hearing the very “good” price of R5000 (and by we, I mean Lola). Next up, we headed off to a relatively new vintage shop [I think it’s called London, but this is just a guess as there are many British flags and a cloth with Wills & Kate.] there Suzan and I spent a couple of minutes looking at the vintage baby clothes, before moving on to some fantastic gloves, hats and shoes. Eventually I found something that I liked (and could afford) a BRIGHT pink jumpsuit with LOADS of potential. It is still in alterations, but be sure to catch my new outfit at the Pretty Blue Guns & La.VI gig @ Bohemia on 8 Sep 2011 (Link Here).
From here on we strolled on the main road, back to Café Olympia. If you do not know what I am referring to, I am assuming you’ve never been to or spoken to anyone who has been to Kalkbay? No? So you’ve just been living under a rock then? Oh, yes, that seems like a good enough reason. On our way we saw everything you can imagine; legit art, candle art, Borat thongs, jewelled underwear and so much more. At Café Olympia (if you haven’t Google’d it yet, you are a fool!) we had the loveliest lunch imaginable. Lola had a Cajun Chicken Salad, which was yummy as can be; I had the Deli Pasta, traditional Mediterranean pesto pasta with el dente pieces of steak, Nom, while Suzan had the Tomato & Carrot soup with some scrumptious freshly baked bread.
More conversation and more laughter passed when we realised it was already 5pm. It was time to leave, but not before Suzan shared with us, the Czech word for ‘passing gas’ is, “prd”, pronounced “prrrt”, this conversation inspired by the random Pritt stick (glue), she had carried in her handbag. We drove home, tired of the days excitement and enthusiastic about the prospects of tomorrow and the next ‘spontaneous’ adventure.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Where I'll be Tonight.

Since I have not been out in weeks due to my ridiculous academic schedule, I have decided to take the night off and treat my ears to a little City Bowl Mizers and Captain Stu. I have not seen these guys perform live yet, so I'm stoked to see what they're all about. Keep your eyes peeled, if it's an awesome event you'll definetly read about it here.

Do yourself a favour and join in! FB Event :Here

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blues, Covers, Marlboro's & Fleur du Cap

Last Wednesday night was spent sipping on some delicious Fleur du Cap, taking drags of a Marlboro Light and gracing my ears with the beautiful sounds of Johanine and The Pretty Blue Guns. Where were you?
Johanine kicked off the night with a laid back number, shifting me back in my seat, just what I needed after the week I’ve had. From the first strum of Jonathan’s guitar, I remembered why I love this 3piece so much, Jon and Roxi’s vocals are a powerful combination and one cannot help but be reminded of Angus Stone, The Tallest Man on Earth and Bon Iver.

Jonathan- Johanine (photo by: Nadine Aucamp)

Sadly after only 4 songs, their set is over. This is too short. I would have loved to hear more of their music and I simply cannot wait for their E.P to be released. No doubt it won’t be as magical as a live performance in the ‘Aan de Braak’ theatre, but imagine being able to listen the sweet sounds of Johanine in the comfort of your own home with some red wine and a fireplace. Bliss.
The Pretty Blue Guns take the stage and opened their set with Karen. I am impressed. I’m an avid Guns fan and very fond of their live performances, but an acoustic show was what I’ve been waiting for, for quite some time. It was refreshing hearing these songs we’ve all known for months, in a ‘slower’ version.
Andre Leo was amply enthusiastic to share the exciting news of their Bass player, Greg’s negative HIV status, well done to you! More songs were played, more red wine was consumed, I was in my happy . The Guns also included Country Hell and Pills from their previous album, Cutting Heads. I have to mention how well they transform (or whatever process it is musicians follow to acoust-ify their music) from rock ‘n roll to a gentler acoustic version, still sounding very PBG, not to mention the great country feel to their songs.

Andre - The Pretty Blue Guns (photo by: Nadine Aucamp)

Next up was a Tom Waits cover sung with Chantel van T (front lady from LA.VI). I love the guns’ ability to take on wildly famous songs and do their very own versions, making the song their own, without losing the essence of the original artist.
After the break, Jonathan joins the 4-man stint on stage for another cover, followed by ‘Dadada’. Chantel again joined the boys on stage for ‘The Ride’ followed by ‘Misery’ (also added to my favourite songs). And for the first time, ever, the Guns performed ‘Babydoll’.
From here on, the Pretty Blue Guns took it up a notch, back to their usual Rock ‘n Roll with ‘Bad Liver Blues’. And it was about time, I could no longer sit still and watch them; I wanted to start grooving, getting to my feet and moving (YAY! for rock ‘ roll).  Andre, proudly, shares the news that their first single and title of the latest album, ‘Shed Your Skin’, has made it onto the 5fm Rock Chart.  Congratulations!
The last two songs were covers; Valerie by Amy Winehouse and Venus in Furs by Velvet Underground, I’ve come to love these repeat covers, after hearing it the first time in Bohemia. There are hardly words to describe my excitement upon hearing the intro for Valerie and again I have to mention the Guns’ incredible ability to translate songs and making it their own.
Obviously the crowd could not handle the end of the night arriving and demanded another song. Andre.does.solo.about.death. The rest of the band joins in, Lucas and Brandon on backing vocals, or at least they were trying. They were more into finishing the bubbly that was passed around through the night, than singing along. Greg also joined in to play the harmonica to ‘Red Crow’. a Beautiful ending to a beautiful night.
Andre (photo by: Nadine Aucamp)

If you have not seen the Pretty Blue Guns perform yet, shame on you. Don’t despair the boys have us in for a little treat on 8 Sep @ Bohemia and again on  14 Sep when they open for Fokofpolisiekar at Klein Lib. I’ll be seeing all your beautiful faces there! (FB Link to the events; Bohemia: Here AND Klein Lib: Here
*these photo’s has been taken and published by Nadine Aucamp

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Where you'll be tomorrow.

Tomorrow night I'll be getting my groove on to some aKING tunes, if you know whats good for your soul, you'll be there too.
They have recently launched their new album (and by recently I mean a couple of months back) and this will be the first time I see them performing  their new album, needless to say, I am very excited and so should you be!

The Facebook Event details (So you have no excuse not to be there):

Here is also their latest music video. Enjoy.

I am Back

I do believe I owe you an apology. My 2month absence was due to the fact that I wrote exams followed by a much needed holiday. I am sorry.
Classes at Stellenbosch University has restarted and i am returning to my routine, which means more posts to follow. And as a little tingler...

The Black Keys- Tighten up

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alice's Bucket List

Alice Pyne is a 15 year old girl who is terminally ill. She created a blog to document her bucket list and some of her last activities.
One of the things on her bucket list is to get as many people involved with bone marrow donation schemes.
She is not asking for any money/ donations, just to help her create awearness. Another item on her bucketlist, she wants the hashtag #alicebucketlist to be trending worldwide.
So if you have Twitter, help make one of the girl's dreams come true and RT.
You can have a look at her blog (with her bucketlist):

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Just a little treat for your ears (and eyes)...

Here are a couple of songs that are currently on repeat on my playlists that  would like to share, 'cause sharing is caring and I like educating people on good music :) I hope you enjoy them.

Adele's album 21:  (Someone like You)
on this album I also enjoy; 'Don't you Remember', 'Lovesong' and actually every other track.

Band of Horses' album Everything all the Time:  (The Funeral)

Billy Bragg's Way over yonder Minor Key

(There are only live recordings of this on Youtube, but I suggest you download it and give it a good listen)

Neil Young:  (Harvest Moon)

The Tallest Man On Earth's album The Wild Hunt:  (The Wild Hunt)
my treat: not only is he a talented artist, but he's also eye candy...
also give everything else on this album a listen, it's worth it, I promise.

White Lies's album To Loose My Life...:  (Unfinished Business)
including 'Death', 'E.S.T', 'From the Stars'
ps. Mumford and Sons does a great cover of this song.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' Up From Below:  (Home)

Angus & Julia Stone's a Book Like This:  (Mango Tree)
also note that EVERY album of theirs are cool, so you can listen to any and every song

She & Him's Volume One:  (You Really Got a Hold on Me)
I even included some eye candy for the guys...Zooye Deschanel, she is gorgeous.

And something Local:
Pretty Blue Guns's album Shed Your Skin:  (The Ride)

So if you're going away for the winter months, a playlist filled with these lovelies will warm your heart. It's a pleasure.
*Phot Credits: Google.

RAKA acoustic Festival ( 1-3 April 2011)

*Terribly sorry for the late post*
The mother drove us to Swellendam and we decided to make a little road trip of it. At first I dreaded the thought of this, but turns out she's a lot of fun, when driving long distance(ish). I made a mix for a previous road trip and thought it appropriate to tag it along again. We listened to some Stepdog, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Paolo Nutini and the like; I educated the mother with some good music. When we arrived in Swellendam, I realized I had no idea where we're supposed to go to get to Kam'bati River Resort. So we asked for directions from several law enforcers, each giving us different directions, not much help. Me thinking, in this day and age every website has a map with directions of some sort, I was surprised to see that there are no directions whatsoever. Finally, after phoning the owner of the resort, we were on our way. Excited.

Upon arrival, we almost accidentally camped between the muso's, oh how disastrous that could have turned out. Few minutes later though, we were set up (I actually mean our tent etc) and we were ready to get RAKA’d. Lola, Annemieke and me indulged in some lovely cocktails and we made ourselves ridiculously comfortable in the shade.
The first artist we had the pleasure of hearing was Hugo Brand (former drummer to Ef-El and now solo artist.). Hugo did a couple of covers of well known songs; Little Lion Man, Heya, Electric Feel, etc. and he also sang a song of his own. I am extremely excited for performances where Hugo does his own songs and perhaps even records an album. He is a very talented artist with a beautiful voice, make sure to go to one of his next gigs and see this for yourself!
Next up was Jason Temba. Never heard of him before, but the crowd seemed amped for his performance. His first song was mmm…inter…yes, interesting. There were a couple of baaahhh’s (as in the noise that sheep make), this very confusing, I couldn’t figure out, where the sound is coming from, because there were like a gazillion sheep on route to Kam’bati. Needless to say, I couldn’t listen to the rest of his set, I was just too baffled to appreciate his other songs, if he had any, I wouldn’t know.
When Johanine was about to take stage, we swiftly moved to sit in front of the stage. This is yet an act I’ve never seen before, but only heard great things about. My, oh my. So I might not be entirely objective when it comes to Jonathan Velthuysen (lead vocalist for Stepdog), but he is REALLY talented! Seems like he can’t do wrong. I love his songs simply because the lyrics were honest emotions, haven’t heard something like this in quite some time. “My brother is a hard liver, a law breaker, but he knows the Lord.” Keep your eyes peeled on his page on Facebook for upcoming gigs.
Next up was Willem Welsyn. All I have to say about this man is; Kurt Darren is better than Willem Welsyn.
I have to be honest, by the time it was Dane Taylor and Gerdus Oosthuizen’s turn to take the stage, I was really enjoying the Matt Black (Super delicious red wine from Bilton Wine Farm, also one of the sponsors of RAKA) and did not pay much attention. They’re both talented artists in their own right. I would definitely go to future gigs of theirs and I recommend you do the same.

'Round 10p.m (well I think it was time, wouldn't take my word for it, since my judgment was a little red from all the Matt Black Wine) The Guns took the stage, by this time, most festival goers, were well on their way to being smashed face, if they weren’t already there. Lola and I were totes excited for them to play, we haven't seen them in a while and they've been working on some new material....

The Guns opened with 'Your Warning', a song never previously performed. Even though I like all Pretty Blue Guns songs, I especially like their laid back, more chilled tunes. And because they rarely do an acoustic song or show, my heart was filled with dirty, fuzzy feelings of delight while singing along to this song.

During the set, they used the opportunity to introduce the crowd to some of their new songs for their upcoming album. I'm into the dirtier, deeper, raw, ‘errrer’ sound of the new tracks, such as 'Shed your Skin' (also their latest single), 'Skin Tight, Knife Fight', ‘Misery’ (which is also one of my new favourites) and more. If these songs are anything to go by, I can't wait for the release of the new album Shed Your Skin (the album launch tour starts 20 April in Bloemfontein and on 30th April they will launch at Klein Lib! Oooh excite!)

Another new song performed, was 'The Ride'. This is not an entirely new song as it’s been on MK Acoustic for some while now. They performed this song with Chantel van T (from La.Vi), Roxy Anti-Pop Lombard and Jonathan (Stepdog and Johanine) I'm a great "fan" of all these musicians, so to see them share the stage was an absolute pleasure! I love the lyrics to the song and the beat truly is awesome, you can't help but have this song stuck inside your head for a couple of days, and to tell you the truth, I don't mind one bit! As a bit of a tradition with the Guns they ended their set with Devil do, ‘cause I mean what is a Guns show if it doesn’t end with a bit of dirt devil singing?
Next DPK brought out the big guns, Foto Na Dans! If you're a follower of my blog you'd know by now, I'm an avid fan of their live performances, so you can imagine my excitement when they announced they're going to play an acoustic set. As always, I had a good time, standing in front, singing along, but I do have to mention that I was slightly disappointed in what they refer to as an acoustic set. It seems to me that they only slowed the tempo by a notch, this spoiled the set for me. Bands should either stick to their original sound or do a proper acoustic. Yet, I still enjoyed every moment of the show, and I know Lola did too.

I thought FND was the last band for the night, I mean, which band did DPK think, could possible out do FND. Well the answer is, No One's Arc, and they díd out do them.

By the time NOA took the stage, my fellow campers Lola and Annemieke decided to take it easy and go to sleep...let me just mention, that I don't do alone, not ever. But, this was RAKA, I was determined to challenge myself and I just couldn't resist the sounds coming from the stage!

So there I was, me, myself and I, all alone in the crowd absorbing and taking in the sounds washing over me. It is incredible how NOA speaks to the crowd through their music, everyone bonking their heads to the rhythm. Ooh and when the trombone begins, you cannot help but move your body! I am so disappointed that I've never heard them or about them, there was a huge gap in my musical life. But let me tell you, these boys will be seeing me at their next gig.

Come Sunday morning. After a lovely cleansing, we sat beside the river and relaxed, we watched as people around us went about their business. This is the bit where I can go on and on about how awesome the camping site was (this was also the first time I realized it) the river is beautiful, there are canoe's, tubes etc for your usage and it looks like tons of fun! Its clean, it’s pretty and there's absolutely no reason for you to not go there. Especially when it is summer and RAKA!

Back to the music, Sunday was dedicated to blues. Lola and I have a special thing for the blues, there's just something about it. You know when you have to move your body, tap your feet, sing along, whatever it is you do? THAT. So we decided to have a look at the blues coming from stage...luckily for us, Dane Taylor Trio was about to take the stage, music to my ears (literally). I always enjoy watching them; Dane has such a way of moving to the music WHILE playing his guitar which makes you want to move with him. Justin Bossie(the drummer) does his thing at the back, rocking it out! I like watching him on stage, grooving to the blues with his signature turtle neck move.

Next up was Blues Broers. I remember seeing them, enjoying their music, but not much more than that, which means they weren't memorable and not worth this blog post. Sorry guys. Better luck next time.

The last performance we watched was Basson Laubscher & the violent Free Peace. Lola and I have seen them many times and we have a jolly good time each time. We even have a favourite cover song, Johnny be Good by Chuck Berry. Oh boy, if we as much as hear the intro we get into our groovy mode and the feet start moving like crazy. Their set was pretty cool like always. If you ever get the opportunity to see them, you should definitely, they are worth it.
The RAKA experience is definitely one of a kind. I loved every moment of being there and hearing awesome musicians enjoying themselves. I’ll definitely be there next year and the year after…see you at Kam’bati in 2012.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ZAPPA Sraatfees

Whenever I have the opportunity to see either New Holland or Foto Na Dans, I get goosebumps of excitement! So when I read the line up for the Zappa Straatfees, I knew I had to cancel all possible plans I had for Saturday 12 March.
At first I was against writing anything about the show, since it was not really my way of experiencing some of our best local acts, giving it away, for free, for all. Also, most people at a gig of this sorts only go because it is free and another opportunity for them to get trashed. I would rather spend R40 on entrance and know that the people next to me are fans as well and they are there for the music. Oh yes. And there won’t be Bergies bumping into me at Klein Lib, would there? But I was truly impressed with Foto Na Dans’ performance and I thought this could not go unacknowledged.
After finishing a lovely bottle of red wine at Aandklas, I headed to the infamous Victoria Street to get my freak on. Upon arrival, Die Tuindwergies were still fooling around on stage, I have to be honest I did not pay much attention, since I was there for my favourite South African acts.
Finally New Holland took the stage and I was jamming out to some of my favourite local tunes. I always enjoy a good ol’ New Holland show, they hardly ever seem to disappoint, but on Saturday their show was pretty average so I won’t be saying much about them. I am an established NH fan, so no harm done here, but I’m afraid that their impact on my flatmate that tagged along was less than mediocre. Lalla decided to go with me since I’m always going on about NH, but at the end of the evening she was more impressed with meeting a DJ from MFM.
Around 8p.m the much anticipated Foto Na Dans took the stage, I was geared with a newbie on my left (Lalla) and my ultimate gig friend, The Lola on my right. We squished through the crowd and made our way to the very front. (You may certainly not watch FND from way back!) They opened with one of their latest singles, Die Vloed, I absolutely loved the base on the intro, the vibrations could be felt through the tar and it got the party pumping. Everyone knows Foto Na Dans is really the best live performance in SA, so I don’t need to tell you that. Alex Fourie was as entertaining as ever and I converted another to his side. She now can’t stop talking about how awesome he is and how we love Trumpet Time!
I really enjoyed their act and as usual the next morning I felt how much, when my neck and shoulders were completely stiff.


I know, I know. I promised some updates. I lied. My week was a tad cray-cray (for those of us who are uninformed, according to the residents of Grahamstown, this is the way to go, the new lingo for crazy.). My lovely girlfriend, Marcello, from Grahamstown graced Stellenbosch with her beautiful presence last week.
After my terrible test week and an Economics paper I finally got to see my long lost friend! the Lola and I took her dancing in Bohemia, while Stepdog played a free gig (if you don’t know this by now, Bohemia & DPK presents a free gig EVERY.THURSDAY. for FREE!), her BF Matt won 2 tickets to join us at RAKA (post to follow soon!), but they couldn’t  make it L  we then had some more drinks at Aandklas.  This was potentially not a good idea from the start, since I still needed to study and write my Marketing semester test on Friday. Oops.

On Tuesday we had a picnic in Stellenbosch’s beautiful Botanical Gardens. Lying around in the gardens for more than 4hours drinking red wine and eating sour worms is quite fun and I encourage all of you to do this sometime over autumn! When the gardens closed and they politely asked us to leave, we headed to Bohemia for some more wine and we were joined by Matt.

Thursday came around and it was the first day I attempted to attend class. During an accidental phone call to Marcello, I learned she was in Aandklas with the Lola (this was 1pm), this was a perfect excuse for me ditch my boring ISM class en head over to Aandklas for more wine! The three of us then made mission to Sgt Pepper (Best pizza & Mojito’s in town!) for a late lunch/ some food to keep us sober. the Lola hosted a braai at her house, can’t remember the last time we did a proper house party  vibe. Around 11pm we decided to head into town to see No One’s Arc at Bohemia. What a blast, boogying some more with the Lola and Marcello (oh and Matt!).
On Friday we joined Marcello and Matt at a family gathering and talked about the ‘old days’ and how we want to move to Cape Town next year to complete our studies. How I would love for the three of us to be in the same town! Our week with Marcello ended with a win tasting at SylvanVale, Devon Valley Hotel. We had some wine, some laughs, some tears and a goodbye!
After the wine tasting, the Lola and I made our way to Cape Town for a night out on the town. Or maybe just a couple of bands at Assembly!
So for a while I did actually forget about writing about all the other wonderful things that’s been happening! And also to my defence, I lost all the notes already made for blogging! L This basically means i have to try and remember everything I wanted to say…I promise to get straight to work!

Monday, April 4, 2011

See you soon

So I've been a bit out of action the last couple of weeks, I'm sorry about that!
You can look forward to some awesome posts in the next few days, which include:
-Zappa Straatfees
-aKING Album launch and album review
-RAKA festival

So I'll be making up for my absence and work very hard to satisfy all your needs.

Friday, March 4, 2011

My weekend was better than yours!

On Friday evening, while all of my friends were out partying, I spent the evening locked in my room, studying. This is unfair, but this is life. Also, I wrote a test Saturday at 9am. This was rubbing salt in the wound. Usually I would have been terribly upset and thrown a mini tantrum, but the mere thought of going to Assembly for the MK Awards after party (well actually we went for Stepdog’s EP Launch!)  was what motivated me.

After my test and a lovely cup of coffee at one of our favourite spots in Stellenbosch, Cafe Crème, the Lola and I headed home to get our things packed for our mini get a way.

Our first stop was the V&A waterfront. Personally, I hate the Waterfront. I don't like the people that roam the shops and look like they’re carrying cancer or something similar. And I detest the kids that walk around the V&A as if they are some chick from gossip girl.

We had fish & chips on the harbour when our friend and hostess for the night, Annemieke joined us. From here we did a lot of window shopping and a little actual shopping. R30’s worth of parking at the Waterfront later, it was time to head to our humble abode in Plumstead.
After what felt like 2hours of trying on different outfits, we were finally ready to leave. We had a couple of errands to run before we could leave for the city, but once we were done, nothing was going to stop us…except for the traffic. 21h30 on a Saturday evening after a WP match at Newlands (of course there was rugby?) the traffic was horrendous. the Lola did a beautiful illegal u-turn, pumped with adrenaline, we headed back to the M3, finally on our way to Assembly for the MK Awards 2011 after party.
Now seeing as this was our first time at Assembly, I took the liberty of getting us a map and highlighting the route. Epic fail. What my map did not tell us was that Harrington Street not only turned to your left, but also to your right. A couple of minutes and even more dodgy allies later, we finally arrived at Assembly. We were excited to see the fabulous Stepdog, yet again.

We were late. Surprise.

First band we saw were Box office. I’ve heard about them, but I’ve never heard their music before. Personally, this was not my vibe, skaterboy belongs back in 2003 with Avril Lavign. The guys on stage were dressed in kort broeks (granted it was hot, but it wasn’t THAT hot. cover those skinny legs!), ROUND neck tees (eeep! Whatever happened to cut offs??) and to finish off the look, a kep. I refused to look at their shoes, but I can guarantee you, they were wearing boats for shoes. Their music was not disappointing, just wasn’t my preferred genre, so instead I spent half their gig, hiding in the ladies.
Next band was, La.Vi. This was another band I’ve only heard about, but have never actually seen. I was super excited to hear them though, since I’ve only heard very nice things about them (none of that Mahala* shit.) and I listened to a song on their Facebook page (you can like them here:!/laviband). They were exactly what I expected (in a good way, that is.), their set was really cool, I loved the upbeat songs followed by some more mellow sounds and especially loved the tambourine. La.Vi has an Angus & Julia Stone sound to them (obviously more Julia than Angus.), very Folk, and totally my vibe right now…
The thing I liked about them even more than their music, was probably the fact that they had a front lady Chantel van T (yes! a front lady! I know, right?! I mean, how awesome is that?) She is still quit young and her voice will grow, along with her talents, but she has a beautiful voice. Another thing that impressed my friends and me about Miss Chantel, was her physique; she is not super skinny like the most of the Indie/Folk trendy youngsters. She has beautiful curves and looks totally comfortable in her skin and on stage.
And then around 12pm, the moment the Lola and I have been waiting for: Stepdog!! [Ok. So out of fear that my readers will think that this blog is all about Stepdog, I’m going to try and say as little as possible about them.] They kicked off their set with that song that kind of sounds like Bon Iver. (Should probably try and find out the title of the song.) The awesome thing about Stepdog is the fact that their lead vocalist, Jonathan, can stand on a stage and he doesn’t need to talk to the crowd, to get them ‘pumped/ amped/ psyched/ whichever you prefer, he only does what he’s there for and that’s singing! The crowd can see they are confident in their music and they don’t need to sell it, the music itself converts you. And if that is not enough for you, you probably write for Mahala*.
After Stepdog wrapped up their set we headed home, had a cup of tea and went to sleep with new life blown into our ears and musical souls. The Sunday morning we were up bright and early for a breakfast before we head home. Forgetting it is Sunday and Cape Town, we had to walk around for about 30mins and wait for someplace to open. Vida coffee was much appreciated, breakfast was followed by a walk through Green Market Square and the rest of the mother city. On route home, the Lola and I, decided to do a somewhat of a detour. We drove through Green point, Camps bay. Llandudno, Houtbay etc. only to realise we know had to drive through Chapmenspeak and pay toll fees (which we obviously did not want to do.). We then tried an alternate route (directed by a car guard. Scary.) which lead us all the way back to Constantia, Tokai and only then did we see a sign that directed us to Muizenberg. Much fun. After about 2hours driving, we got out at Kalkbay and bought ourselves a lovely ice cream and wandered about all that is pretty and vintage.
What a lovely way to end our lovely weekend. You see, my weekend wás better than yours.
*Mahala, for those who do not know, is a digital/ online magazine vibe that only writes bad reviews. I no longer support them and neither should you.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dating advice 101

Need dating advice? Turn to my AELS 278 lecturer. On Tuesday she left our class with a valuable tip, Don’t date people who are mean to animals, they turn out to be serial killers. There you have it.

New post about my lovely weekend coming soon…

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Campus Invasion [5 February 2011]

I don't know what the problem with Klein Libertas gigs are... There never seems to be a decent crowd, except, of course when Fokofpolisiekar plays, then the outdoor theatre bursts with more than 1400 people. Hoping that by the odd chance of a pretty decent line up playing at Klein Lib, [The Revelators, Stepdog, New Holland, Ashtray Electric and Foto Na Dans] the turnout would be at least 250 people. I realise the cover charge is steep for the average student, but there’s rarely a line up like this in your back yard! You have to admit the vibe is totally worth the two drinks you will have less than usual. One thing is for sure, the people that come to these gigs are the diehard fans.
That said, I was slightly baffled when the 40 plus people at Campus Invasion didn’t make their money worthwhile and start grooving to the melodic sounds of Stepdog. It was a sad moment when the band took the stage while there were only 5 fans standing, the rest were lounging around, not seeming interested in what’s happening on stage [more preoccupied with the ping-pong tournament happening at the back]. Realising Stepdog is a relatively new band and few people outside of the ‘inner circle’ know about them, I still feel slightly disappointed in my fellow music lovers for not welcoming them to the stage.
I thoroughly enjoy the sounds of Stepdog, probably because it goes back to the basics of uncomplicated country folk, that makes your heels tap like a hillbilly*. I simply love Jonathan Velthuysen’s velvet voice. There’s a Kings of Leon influence I cannot seem to place, but it’s there. Since their debut E.P was still to be released at the time of Campus invasion, I didn’t know the titles of the songs, however I can tell you that the third song they played had a great intro, sounding a bit like Bon Iver and then somewhere out of nowhere appears this beat that fucks you over. Fantastic. The next song was a slow tune with a Placebo sound. I particularly liked it, and don’t why it didn’t make the cut onto their E.P. Later they also played their two, previously released, singles ‘Lauren’ and ‘Angie’, which always has me moving. I’m extremely excited for the release of their E.P!
You can find out more about Stepdog on good old Facebook: or their brand new webpage: [where you can now also download their E.P, if you haven’t yet. While we’re on this note, my favourite song from Amy after Dark is, Castra! Give it a listen.]
Next up was New Holland. What can I say about them? I have had a love affair with this band, since the very first time I heard them play ‘I want you my Baby’. I mean, is their seriously something New Holland can do wrong? Except for the funky knitwear and crazy haircuts, I believe not. The 4 piece knows how to get even the smallest of lame crowds to their feet stomping and going absolutely crazy for more! [Some fans have even started undressing on stage at the album launch for Exploded Views] I have to admit that Saturday’s show was one of the few shows they were sober, proving that these okes can give an excellent performance, in either state of mind.
I love how they always get it right. There’s not much more to say on them, I love their music, the performance and how can one not love the four lovely individuals that is New Holland. You can prey on my weekend anytime.
The wine truly tastes sweeter with you! Even though I’m not an avid listener of Ashtray Electric, and I don't know all of their songs, I still enjoy their shows just as much as I would enjoy New Holland or even aKING. This is purely because their set is so tight, they know what they’re doing, what they want to accomplish and they go in for the kill. And the crowd follows willingly. Very few bands can play a soft tune like ‘Heart Beat’ and still keep the audience attention, not a soul drifting to the bar for their next drink...I love it when Ashtray Electric plays ‘When Sex Becomes a Sport’. Their lead vocalist basically makes love to his keyboard with some very dangerous pelvic thrusts. The crowd becomes calm, move to the soft sounds of the vocals, feeling the music…
The band looks well put together, not like they are trying to fit into the indie vibe, after all they are one of the original local indie bands, from Cape Town. They set the standard and it seems to me that no other band can measure up. Most other bands just look terribly uncomfortable in their skinny jeans and long hair.

I cannot remember the last time I saw Foto Na Dans and I cannot describe the excitement I felt during their sound check...anticipation...
Alex Fourie is an interesting fellow, most females and a certain percentage of the male population goes absolutely crazy for him, yet I cannot distinguish what exactly it is we’re after. I’m starting to think that it’s something more sexual. I don’t know how we identify what we find sexually attractive and what not, but one thing is sure, Alex Fourie posses that trait. Having sex with Alex Fourie should be a crime of bestiality.
I realise the Pendulum cover is old news by now, but these guys do it better than Pendulum themselves. They should buy the rights to record this for their next album! Foto Na Dans cannot disappoint, as always their set was amazing. If you’ve been to one of their live performances you’ll know what I’m talking about.

You have not experienced Klein Libertas Theatre, without smelling like a Kayamandi brewery of Black Label, sweat and have muddy feet, when leaving. And I love it.