A couple of weeks back I was lucky enough spin a set alongside with one of the best lineups I've joined all year. Puma invited The Tututs, Vampire9000, Tidal Waves and your's truely to play Joburg's incredible Puma Social Club. I can't fan out enough about how fantastic this space is and I'm so happy Joburg will have this wonderful pop-up-club gracing our city every Friday night for the next few months.
Below, a video from the night. Soundtracked by a super-SMACM hit; Vampire9000's "Jazz Spazz" as remixed by Jaysynth & Sassquatch, the video gives you a good sense of the fun we were having. That said if you do wanna get a feel for just how great this space is, the only way to do this would be to hit the club up yourself!
Friday, October 26, 2012
The currently undefeated post-post-post-rock heavyweights known as The Brother Moves On will be punching Pretoria and Joburg in the face this weekend! I was lucky enough to see the champs dish up a mountain of knock-outs this past weekend at Shakisha and I can safely say the boys are in top form.
The band have assembled Travelling Blak, The Fridge & LoveGlori to join them for this pair of shows which should be nothing short of deadly! If this weren't cool enough, if you pay for the Pretoria show you get into the Joburg event free!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
In case you missed it, Eyes Like Mirrors are raising funds to self record and produce our debut full length.
The next adventure of this crusade goes down this Thursday at Amuse Cafe.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Super exciting show this one!
Cape Town's lovely Beatenberg are coming for a visit up north and as a part of a pretty extensive tour, the unbeatable Ri Botha has put together something really special! I can quite safely say this has to be one of the most excellent lineup's I've been lucky enough to be a part of all year!
Joining the Cape Town Trio, Ri has enlisted the super power's of SMAC-darling Vampire9000 and genre-warping art-machine known as The Brother Moves On! The lineup will be completed by Ri spinning a set under his Plaat Japie moniker, plus DJ-goodness from A Million things and your's truly!
I can not stress enough how good a show this is going to be!
Interesting side note: almost to the day, this party will correspond to my DJ-birthday! 7 years ago, somewhere in late October 2005, I played my first DJ set alongside my dear friend; Riaan Botha. This debut Sass-set was at a Secret Party in a now dead venue called the Horror Cafe, a space that, after some changes over the years is now called Shikisha and just happens to be where we'll be having this particular grand old time come Saturday night! So, not only is this gonna be a gig of most wonderful proportions, it will also be a very very apt DJ birthday for this old Sassquatch. Happy birthday to me!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A couple of weeks back I posted up the debut music video by Al Bairre, my favourite new gem from the shores of South Africa.
Today I finally get round to posting up the bands second video, which proves to be just as much fun as the first.
Friday, October 12, 2012
I'm very lucky to be a part of a small band of cinematic rockers called Eyes Like Mirrors.
You may know us from some smokey night somewhere in Joburg or Pretoria or Potchefstroom.
If you don't live in one of those cities, maybe you know us from Crusades, the 5 track EP we released last year.
Recently, we took a little break from playing live and in that time wrote a bunch of new songs. Along with one or two that we were already playing before the break, we'd very much like to record these songs and share them with the world as our first album. We'd very much like to record and produce said album ourselves. We think this would be a pretty neat way to go about things, but we need microphones and a good soundcard to do this right. Here's where you come into this story...
To realise our dream of a self recorded, self produced debut album, Eyes Like Mirrors will be throwing a series of benifit shows. The money made on these nights will be going stright to buying us the gear we need to record this album (and in effect, any other singles, EPs or LPs worth of songs that we dream up in the future).
This "help ELM" record an album adventure starts tonight! The first show of the series goes down at Amuse Cafe and for R30 you can become a part of us trying to bring a little more beauty into this world!
Our most regular Free Music Friday star is back!
If you're any kind of regular here Yo Grapes should need no introduction, so let me just say:
The oh-so-excellent Gil Hockman is gearing up to record and release his second album and he needs your help!
Following on his lovely debut, Gil is the first South African awesomeness-creator (that I've heard of) making use of Kickstarter to make an album a reality.
Head hear to kick start this thing!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This is a pretty damn neat one...
This Friday I'll be playing The Puma Social Club & I'm really stoked to be involved in it. Open every Friday night of this month, the line up of every episode is simply great. But, that said, I couldn't be any more stoked to be a part of the particular lineup I'll be joining. Firstly there's SMAC's own prince of wonky-pop, Vampire9000! Then there's the high-five-inspiring champs of kwela-punk, Desmond & the Tutus, the brilliant and much-adored reggae-rockers Tidals Waves and some Sassy action from me to top it all off.
Entrance is R20, but if you register here you get in free! The club can only hold 300, so make sure you get in there early to avoid standing in the streets of Braamfontein waiting for someone else to leave the party!