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Taxi Violence “The Turn” Launch Tour Dates

Awesome SA rockers Taxi Violence are releasing their new album “The Turn” this August. Looking forward to it. The launch dates are below, starting wiff: Benoni!!! Oh hell. Anyway, do yourself a huge favour and go watch this band. You won’t regret it.

And here’s the album’s “making-of” video:
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Fragments of Oppikoppi

Oppikoppi from the top
Image via Wikipedia

This post is probably the worst Oppikoppi review ever written – it’s merely a collection of fragments from the weekend, as recovered from my phone, and vague memories.

  • The plastics: Tight. Good. No persona or identity. Too ho-hum. Too much Kooks. Why why why? Like watching the Kooks without any of the good songs.
  • Rambling bones: I’d rather watch paint dry.
  • New Academics needed their bassist. Jesus tap-dancing christ what a disappointment.
  • Ashtray Electric seemed lost. Need a focus and idea. Concept.
  • aKING step up. In style. Quirky at the start but its difficult to tell if that was a mistake or just part of their style. Thank god for aKING.
  • The Beams. One of those bands you watch but never tell your friends you saw. Ever. Cos you were smoking blunt. In the shithouse.
  • The Arrows. Good. Especially like the lower vocals and the very fucking cool kick-ass attitude.

Needless to say, my phone’s battery didn’t get much further, and at this stage I instead went in search of more interesting activities at the top bar. On the whole this was probably one of the poorer line-ups I’ve seen at koppi, but that still didn’t take anything away from the party.

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Coke Fest SA Band Lineup

Apparently they have finalised the line-up of South African acts for the 2008 schnarf-Fest. Forgive my lack of fucken enthusiasm here:

WONDERBOOM, CRASH CAR BURN and LONEHILL ESTATE will only be performing in Johannesburg, and VAN COKE KARTEL and SHY GUEVARAS will only be performing in Cape Town!

Wonderboom is a perfect choice. They will be exceptional.

Van Coke and the Guevara’s will be great too.

I’m sorry, you can’t put the dreary monotonous boring punk rock of Crash Car Burn on stage in front of Korn, Muse and Chris Cornell. How sad and pathetic. Lonehill Estate I honestly have no idea but I doubt their northern-suburbs pretty-boy pop-rock could be that much better.

They should be using these events to promote our best talent right under the noses of international artists – the people with the best connections in the industry. Why do they try boost some overrated, sad-ass boring kiddie wannabe rock stars?

Oh, and Prime Circle, yeah, playing 3 year old, over-played, pop rock radio songs – very fucking nice.

To be productive, here’s a few suggestions for a real rock concert:
Taxi Violence, New Academics, Myepic, Deity’s Muse, Dirty Skirts, your suggestions?

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Best of 2007 Music

As per this post, I’ve compiled my own list of the most-played music added to my iPod in 2007. Interesting.

  1. The Cliks – Oh Yeah – 55 Plays (I had a phase, OK!)
  2. Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race (Mandatory emo patch)
  3. Harris Tweed – Beautiful Mystery (Now we’re getting somewhere)
  4. Muse – Knights of Cydonia
  5. Billy Talent – Red Flag (I don’t always make the choice of what my iPod plays)
  6. Harris Tweed – Ode to Confusion
  7. My Chemical Romance – Cancer
  8. My Chemical Romance – Teenagers
  9. Grinderman – No Pussy Blues
  10. Harris Tweed – Superfly

Which leaves no doubt as to my artist of the year – Harris Tweed.


Filling out the Top 20 are:

  • Korn feat. Amy Lee – Freak on a Leash
  • My Chemical Romance – Mama
  • The White Stripes – Icky Thump
  • Arcade Fire – Intervention
  • Blue October – Hate Me
  • Harris Tweed – Hurt Enough
  • Harris Tweed – Le Musketeer est Brave
  • Menage a Trois – Voodoo
  • Muse – Starlight
  • Hugh Grant – Pop! Goes My Heart 🙂

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The Parlotones – A World Next Door To Yours

Parlotones - A World Next Door To Yours

I finally got my grubby paws on The Parlotones‘ new album – A World Next Door To Yours – after hearing pieces of it at a friend about a month ago and then of course attending the album launch at Tings n Times.

I must admit I was pretty worried when I started listening to it that it would turn out to be a horrible disappointment. When you consider the smashing success that was “Radiocontrolledrobot” you expect that the artists could only go downhill from that high.

Not wanting to make an immediate judgement I put the disk in for a second spin. Bang! I was hooked. It is astonishing how much the songs grow and develop as you listen to them. The album draws you in and takes you on a whirlwind ride through the emotionally charged landscape that is the kingdom of the Parlotones. Pure brilliance starts to shine through as you tiptoe cautiously and then barge frantically through the 14 track album. It’s early days to choose a favourite, but having seen it live and hearing it on the disk “Solar System” is definitely one that shines out.

As of this writing its R110 on Its a steal.

Link to buy album.

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