Saturday, May 24, 2008

Current obsessions ...

This isn't any news about going ons over here in South Africa, but I've decided to share the two most exciting videos I've come across in a while. I've been pretty much obsessed with both songs and I hope that you will like them to :)


This isn't a new song, or a new band, but it was all total news to me when a friend recommended them a couple weeks back.

Errors are on Mogwai's awesome "Rock Action" label. You can definitely pick up that the band have obviously been influenced by the Glasgow instrumentalists, but what I love about Errors is that, to me anyway, they seem like Ratatat and Kraftwerk got mangled in a head on collision. Too rad.


Johnny Foreigner are a band I've had the pleasure of following from 3 kids churning out fantastic fuzzed out demos to an act that look set to release an album of perfect, polished pop-core that's sure to be very well received.

I remember walking into Canned Applause one afternoon early last year and Ri telling me he'd found my new favourite band. Needless to say the band's frantic interplay of guy/girl sing/scream/talk dynamics alone sold. Add the fact they were musically bouncing around between all my favorite rackets and it was love at first sound. Ri wasn't exagerating, he had indeed discovered my new favourite band.

"Eye's Wide Terrified" is the first single from their forthcoming full length "Waited Up Till It was Light" which the band flew from Birmingham to New York to record. If Eyes Wide is anything to go by the move to record in New York has seen them polish up on the production side a lot, something I was worried would happen, but I now think might serve them very well and I think there's a very good chance this will be my favourite album of 08! UPDATE - 4 May 2009: It WAS my favourite album of 08!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Sovereign Academy + Cape Town = FUCK YEAH!

"The Final Fieldtrip", the last ever Sovereign Academy party in Cape Town was hands down one of the coolest parties our gang as ever thrown. We were so happy with the massive turnout of kids and were even more stoked with just how much effort they put into dressing up Animal Power.

I just wanna say thanks so much to Blaise for making the night happen, to Righard for the great posters, to Toby at Fittees for awesome t-shirts, to Johan for the car, to Anja for been the best girl ever and to the whole Sovereign family for the past two and a half years of "fuck yeahs". I can't believe it's almost over...

The super-rad kids over at "We Are Awesome" did an great job of documenting the night... ... see We Are Awesome's entire Final Fieldtrip gallery here.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Final Fieldtrip!

We're coming back down to Cape Town!

We kinda promised that after Halloween there would only be one more Sovereign, but after seeing how cool The Assembly is and how much we loved the last Sovereign in CT we had to throw one last party down there too. Here's some stuff to get you into Animal Power mode!

Sassquatch - The Final Fieldtrip

Kidofdoom and Yesterday's Pupil - Minor dis n remix

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


This past weekend my favorite Cape Town based band came up to Gauteng to launch their first album.

It's a pretty absurdly cool disc called Phosphenes, which the band (having 3 producers in amongst it's 4 members) recorded and produced themselves. Genre wise the album incorporates folk, punk-funk, electro and space influences into something incredibly diverse and original, a trait that even further exaggerated by the fact that lead vocal duties are split between three of the members.

Here're two of my favorites:

Unit R - Daft
Unit R - Scared

Live the band really kill and both the Joburg and Pretoria Launch parties were too fun. With set-lists that seem more like they were assembled by a DJ than a band, building up and breaking down, along their way to working the crowd up into a frenzy, Unit R are probably the closes thing South Africa has to a live dance band.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I suck...

... at running this thing.
6 months and no follow up to the first post, what a joke.
I guess my problem is that I'm painfully slow at EVERYTHING, meaning that if I wanted to write a rather in depth post about something happening here it would land up taking me half a day.
But no more! I'm gonna limit myself to 20 minutes every couple days to put something up here.
I think these few lines have already gotten me a little over time budget so if you're reading this, here is a ridiculously awesome song for your ears to enjoy:

Five Men Three Missing - She Doesn't Dance

Five Men Three Missing - Myspace