Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Iron Maiden
The Final Frontier

Don’t believe the album title. There’s no stopping Iron Maiden. Space is just the only place left they haven’t toured – yet. Flight 666: Maiden In Space, coming soon…

It may be album number 15, but there’s a lot of fan-frothing Maiden trivia surrounding The Final Frontier. And at a whopping 76 minutes and 36 seconds, it’s the longest Maiden album ever released. The arrangements are brain-meltingly complex.

The length is pretty overwhelming. Digesting the album in one sitting's likely to drive you insane, or get you charging down the road in nothing but an Iron Maiden shirt. Ambitious is an understatement. But it's Iron Maiden. They can do whatever the hell they want, right?

Click here to read the full review on Channel 24
Click here to play Final Frontier: The Game
Official website


Queens of the Stone Age
Rated RX

"Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol. C-c-c-c-c-cocaine." It’s been ten years. Can you believe it? And to celebrate, Queens of the Stone Age (or rather, Josh Homme) has re-released the band’s breakthrough major label debut Rated R, now renamed Rated RX and repackaged with five b-sides and 10 live tracks.

Rated R is the quintessential Queens of the Stone Age album. The lyrics are off the wall (or rather, climbing the wall) - everything in excess. The riffs don’t stop. ("Heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough of the girls"). And the chemistry between frontman Josh Homme and booted bassist Nick Oliveri is electric.

Click here to read the full review on Channel 24
Official website


Die Antwoord's Interscope, Cherrytree, next level reboot of $o$ is due out October 12, "worldwide." Check out www.dieantwoord.com for an official countdown. And have a squiz at the crazy new short movie Straight From the Horse's Piel, embedded below.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Street Dogs

Hell-Cat Records

What starts off as another batch of forgettable slogan-chanting with boots on soon gets serious. Street Dogs mix the leather-jacket, crust-punk ethics of old with hearty, Boston folk-punk and the kind of lyrics you're likely to read on placards around South Africa.

No surprise though, when you find out frontman Mike McColgan was the original Dropkick Murphys singer, before he quit music and joined the Boston Fire Department (like his father and grandfather before him).

Opener "Rattle and Roll" sounds so obsessed with punk-rock-anthem-hood, it comes off more like the Gummi Bears theme song. "Up the Union" carries on the workers' rights motto-chants with cries like "Support the EFCA." And "Punk Rock and Roll" completes the album's fist-raising, dock-side opening trilogy of punk-rock clichés
. This time bypassing workers rights for a little bit of fun self-destruction:

"We all need a little punk rock and roll, tonight we're gonna drink and tonight we'll smoke."

Crossing over into more sensitive, Bouncing Souls territory, "The Shape of Other Men" is the best song on the album, by far - not just more cliché-filled bar-fodder for the pit. "Yesterday" keeps the real good times going, trading in its wood-glued Mohawk and boots for a flat cap and some flannel.

Overall, it's classic blue-collar Boston punk-rock. The more reflective, personal songs stick with you longer than the recycled slogan chants. And a lot of it's pretty forgettable. But the drunk punks at the bar will no doubt raise their glasses in approval, for a little bit.

Official website
Street Dogs on MySpace
Hell-Cat Records

HAVE HEART DVD: 10.17.09

10.17.09 - Bridge Nine Records to release CD/DVD documentary of Have Heart's last show, out November 23:

"Bridge Nine Records is proud to present 10.17.09, a special CD/DVD of Have Heart's final show. With six cameras and countless mics, every stage dive and sing-along was captured. Have Heart's frontman Pat Flynn comments, "This shit makes Avatar look like the Ten Yard Fight documentary. Wrench and his crew did an excellent job capturing the feeling of this little show of ours. I hope kids enjoy it."

Original story
Have Heart on MySpace

Sunday, September 19, 2010


"Is it a bird, or is it a plane, or is it just a bergie that is high on methane?" Cape Town electro-pop dudes take the piss out of "South Africa's favourite homeless people."

The Kiffness on Facebook


According to Facebook (and you know how Facebook never lies), New Academics vocalist Joe Penn's got a new album out. Click here to download Joe Penn & the Mascots' debut Budget Pop. The New Academics site hasn't been updated since 2008...

Joe Penn & the Mascots on Facebook
New Academics on Facebook


Just stumbled across Lawrence Arms bassist Brendan Kelly's official blog Bad Sandwich Chronicles. It's just a long list of rants really, funny and interesting. And according to a July post, there's a solo album on the way:

"Oh yeah, now's as good a time as any to mention that I've got a record written and I'm just kind of figuring out what to do with it. It's not TLA, it's not the falcon and it's not really 'punk' so much as punk influenced rock, and as such, I've got no idea where to put it out or what to do with it. I've got the players, but not a ton else. So, here's your chance, industry mavens who secretly read my blog: sign me up! I'm gonna be huge! Next Brokencyde huge! Beliedat!"


Friday, September 17, 2010


"Is this the scent of anarchy? Certainly, there's a revolution in this bottle." I had to double check it wasn't April 1 when I read the story. Sex Pistols: The Perfume? Now I've seen everything. Not content selling Country Life Butter, John Lydon and the rest of the Pistols have teamed up with Paris-based perfume company Etat Libre D'Orange to piss all over Pistols' punk-rock legacy - and they've never smelt better. "To wear this scent you must resist conformity, fight tradition" (and pay £30). Lame!

order a bottle

Thursday, September 16, 2010


"39. My hair should be parted not spiked and green. My nights should end at 10 not 6:00am. But it is and they don't..."

Put together by Jeff Penalty, who helped make Backstage Passport, to promote NOFX's latest release The Longest EP. Check out the review.

Official website
Order The Longest EP from Fat Wreck for $10

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


The Hunt for Gollum is a 2009, fan-made fantasy film directed by Chris Bouchard, based on the appendices of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Billed as an "unofficial prequel," the story's set 17 years after Bilbo's 111th birthday, just before Frodo and Sam leave the Shire for Rivendell. Afraid that Gollum may spill the beans about the One Ring to Sauron, Gandalf sends Aragorn on a quest to find him.

As of August 2010, The Hunt for Gollum has been viewed six million times.

Official website
Click here for the HD version.

Monday, September 13, 2010


This is totally bizarre. Remember Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman? Remember him announcing he was quitting acting to focus on rap music? Was he acting? Tripping balls? Falling apart at the seams?

Well folks, this September 6, I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix premiered at the Venice Film Festival. And critics don't seem to know how to respond. Is it all some kind of over-the-top performance piece? A crazy mockumentary? An honest career change? Or is Joaquin Phoenix the new mayor of Meltdown City?

"Joaquin, I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight, we owe an apology to Farrah Fawcett," said Letterman during the interview.

The popular theory is that Letterman was in on the whole thing. And that Phoenix is just a really good (and totally off-the-wall) actor, using the interview as a publicity stunt for his then-unmade film. In the vein of Andy Kaufman. Others were convinced he'd lost his mind and would soon be reunited with brother River.

Directed by friend and brother-in-law Casey Affleck (Ben's brother) and starring P.Diddy, I'm Still Here follows Phoenix as he moves from Oscar-nominated actor to cocaine-addicted, prostitute-sampling, bearded hip-hopper. And apparently, the film includes "more frontal nudity than a gay porno" and someone taking a dump on Phoenix's head while he's asleep. Now that's some pretty serious hoaxing.

Check out the trailer:

I'm Still Here on IMDB

Friday, September 10, 2010


The Black Pacific
Side One Dummy

Jim Lindberg's Jim Lindberg. The dude's been singing the same note for the past 20 years. The Kevin Costner of punk-rock, if you will. And honestly, the last few Pennywise albums pretty much flew by under the radar. Same old story. In one ear, out the other. The Black Pacific, on the other hand, sound fresh. The music's got teeth. And Lindberg sounds energised and focused - not like he's just turning up for work. Pennywise with a face-lift?

Besides the shock of hearing Lindberg scream, The Black Pacific's also got a more stripped down, hard-hitting, three-piece punk-rock sound, with a modern twist. It's darker, grittier and more straightforward. Lindberg plays guitar, so the sound's refreshing. It's not as technical and saturated as Pennywise. Everyone sounds like they're having a blast. And you can feel the urgency in the songs.

Still, don't expect a complete rebirth. Lindberg's voice and anti-"The System" lyrics are so "Pennywise," it's hard to fully dissociate the two. That said, I haven't enjoyed a Pennywise album this much since Straight Ahead. Welcome back Jim...

Official website
The Black Pacific on MySpace


"You can't leave Fokof. Unless you're dead."

For one of the most interesting guys in South African rock, Hunter Kennedy’s a hard guy to make sound interesting. He’s a writer not a talker, I guess… Still, I always get the impression that he’s all over the place.

During our interview, it feels like he’s band practising, on Twitter, handling Jack Parow business with record label Supra Familias, comparing schedules with the rest of Fokofpolisiekar and checking out the new Adidas range. All on his trusty Blackberry.

Unperturbed, I chat to Hunter about leaving aKING, new Fokof, the rise of Jack Parow and Supra Familas’ recent European adventure.

This interview was sent via Blackberry from Vodacom.

So what's new with Hunter Kennedy?
Nothing's really new with me.

Click here to read the full interview on Channel 24.


Thursday, September 9, 2010


"Welcome to the official website for Southern Ink Xposure, the 3rd annual Cape Town International Tattoo Convention. Building upon the success of the first two expos, which saw over ten thousand tattoo-hungry people pass through the doors, top international artists from fifteen countries, art exhibitions, and concerts, next year’s show promises to be the best show ever."


Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Die Heuwels Fantasties' new music video for "Doodgewone Aand," from the
Bakgat 2 soundtrack - you're kidding me? Directed by Louis Minaar.


This has got to be the most moral-bending, loosely-linked advertising bullshit ever used to sell cars. But according to John Lennon's son Sean, who defends his mother Yoko Ono's decision to license the footage of Lennon snr. to French car manufacturers Citroën, her motives were not financial. He says the intention was to keep his dad "out there in the world."

What a load of shit - keep telling yourself that Sean. You don't get much more "out there in the world" than John Lennon. He doesn't need to sell Citroen's to maintain his iconic status, he's John Fucking Lennon for shit's sake! Who cares if a bunch of 14-year-old Katy Perry fans don't know who he is? Don't they play Rock Band?

But wait, it gets worse. Check out this video I found online. Citroën didn't even use a real John Lennon quote. They just dubbed a tacky impersonation over an original 1968 BBC interview with the singer. Which just shows you how full of shit Citroën are - and how little they care about anything other than selling cars. In the ad, they're selling the idea of "anti-retro." The idea that you shouldn't go back and borrow from the past. But they're using an old John Lennon interview with a comically-faked voice over, "Do something of your own. Start something new." Who's next, Marilyn Monroe? Too late, got her too...


I meet Ewok at Corner Café – literally, the wooden heart of Glenwood. He’s wearing a Wesley van Eeden T-shirt and dark shades. He couldn’t look any more “Durban” if he tried. Everyone knows him. From Nev the barber, to Jen the cappuccino waitron and John the chain-smoking lawyer.

For the past 10 years, Ewok’s kept himself busy. From hip-hop, graffiti and mural work, to stage acting, spoken word and poetry. In-between, he started Life Check and the annual All Elements Battle of the Year. And, as you’ll soon find out, one thing Ewok’s never short of is words.

What's new with Ewok?

Me and Veranda Panda – Liam from Spitmunky – just finished a recording project called Cats From Underdog Country. I just launched Pimp My Poetry. And myself, my wife Karen and Liam did a new show this year called Ewok Is Live! We took it to Grahamstown and we’ve been invited to the Uppsala International Poetry Festival in Sweden, which I’ve done a couple times…

Click here to read the full interview.

Friday, September 3, 2010


You don't want to mess with these girls. Not unless you want to end up in the trunk of a car, your feet "knock, knocking" against cold, hard steel as you drift along an empty freeway.

The female spotted hyena's clitoris is "sufficiently enlarged," that it is referred to as a pseudo-penis, capable of erection, urination, copulation and even childbirth. And in the hyena world, the female dominates. That tells you just about everything you need to know about Cortina Whiplash.

Click here to read the full review on Channel24.com.

Cortina Whiplash on Facebook
Cortina Whiplash on MySpace

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Remember the spoof trailer Machete from Grindhouse/Planet Terror? Well they've only gone and done it. Machete, due out any second now, picks up where the spoof trailer left off. And get this, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, the film stars Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Robert De Niro, Rose McGowan and, wait for it, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Alba. Hectic. Apparently, the film even includes a new fake trailer by Quentin Tarantino featuring Tim Roth as Agent Orange.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010