Inside The Machine always goes in last, right before another issue goes to bed. After I click send, we print, and Muse goes on holiday. Which means we do the same: music – just with more partying. We’ll be back in 2012 with some changes and surprises. What makes any of this, and the excitement that follows next year, possible, are the people who are currently building an industry with only a dream. So, thanks to everybody I have worked with this year.
But most of all, a very special thanks to Dane van Zyl. You taught me the value of music, even though the lesson came after you passed away. Rest in peace. I love you all. Thank you.
Terminatryx is launching their anticipated Remyx v1.0 on Ten December, at the Sound On Screen music festival – which featured amazing movies and documentaries like God Bless Ozzy Osbourne and Real Punks Get Checked. “It will be the finale to the explosive 2011 festival,” says co-founder Paul Blom.
The album, which features remixes from the UK, Austria, Greece, USA and locally, will be launched live and over the internet. Paul adds, “there will be an on-line video streaming event from the White Room at Sound and Motion Studios [CT], reaching the entire world. The intimate setting will have selected guests and press, with everyone else able to watch it on-line, no matter where they are.”
Also included will be “a special guitar give-away” courtesy of Paul Bothner Music and to celebrate the launch even more, all Terminatryx releases will be available at a special reduced price at oneworld.co.za. For more updates, and on time-zones for the on-line broadcast, check terminatryx.com
The Plastics are releasing a reprise version of Stereo Kids to radio. “The new version captures a lot of what we’re trying to do as a band at the moment. It shows the dance element of our band. Nothing makes us happier than when we play to a crowd and everyone is moving and grooving!” says Plastics.
After playing their first acoustic set last December, the band decided to reinvent some of their songs. Stereo Kids was one of the tracks which stood out, and they’ve transformed it from its original dark, ominous form into a more ambient dance track.
Their Caroline music video reached number five on the MK Top 10 Music Videos Chart and is still charting. Plastics were recently chosen as one of the bands to take part in a Woolworths campaign entitled Roll with the Band, and will be performing at Synergy, as well as opening for Seether at Cape Town Stadium in December. Currently, they’re recording at Dreamspace Recording Studios as part of the production of their second album, set for release in 2012. plasticsband.com
Africa’s biggest rock ‘n roll tour, Die MK Avontoer, will be enchanting and destroying coastal towns from west to east this holiday. The press release reads: “In the spirit of a travelling carnival, Die MK Avontoer mobilises a host of musicians, photographers, troubadours, magicians, pirates, fans and wild cards into a travelling party of unmatched magnitude. With over a 130 creative creatures concentrated on two buses, a travelling tent town of their own and nothing other than a having a good time as their modus operandi. Avontoer alumni include representatives from the whole South African Diaspora sharing boundary breaking, genre-bending and mind melting adventures up and down the coast.” The line-up features Van Coke, Mr Cat & The Jackal, Jack Parow, Die Heuwels Fantasties, New Holland, new indie favourite Holiday Murray, and “a surprise guest act – to be announced…”.
Avontoer is also inviting you to become a ‘seerower’ (pirate in Afrikaans – aka Avontoer roadies) on the bus. If you’re keen, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.seerowers.co.za to see how you can win a ‘seerower’ space on the bus.
The lucky winners will be announced on MK Studio 1, Thursday 15 December at 19:30. Tickets will be sold at Computicket and at the gates cash-only.
21 Dec – Bazzuki Restaurant (The Terrace) @ Club Mykonos, Langbaan
23 Dec – Cheers Pub, Struisbaai
27 Dec – Sandbaaisaal, Hermanus
29 Dec – Pirates Bar @ Diaz Strand Hotel, Mosselbaai
31 Dec – GrootGeesRockFees VI, Stilbaai
“I fucking hate tweeting it’s for dicks. It’s rubbish.”- Liam Gallaghar, NME interview regarding his new album and an Oasis reunion.
“We got fairly pissed drunk afterward for a few hours.”- Not just pissed angry, Roger Waters comments on the first, and last, Pink Floyd reunion gig.
“I think such a dark day deserves some serious production of Dark Beats.”- Chris Aiden Darkow, DJ and underground metal celebrity, has the final comment on Black Tuesday.
“Die ANC se ma se”, rocker and ex-Assembly soundman.
Taxi Violence front man George van Der Spuy wants you to know his rehearsal studio, Kill City Blues, has a fourth room and is available.
Leonard Cohen is set to release a new album – Old Ideas – the ten track album is his first collection in ten years, and his 12th studio album since 1967. He’s made the song Show Me The Place, available on leonardcohen.com as an instant download for those who pre-order the album.
Jack Parow’s Windows Paint designed sophomore album Eksie Ou, that also features David Kramer, should be available by the time you read this. “I want to give people something to laugh about. SA has so much kak for people to worry about, so when they listen to my CD they can laugh a bit.”
Did you also read it in a kakkish Afrikaans accent like I did?
Elvis Blue and Die Tuindwergies will be entertaining the whole family on 30 December at Drostdy-Hof during the ‘Somer in Stilbaai Piekniek’.
The Dirty Skirts are taking a break, in case you wonder why you won’t see them this summer. [they have not officially split up as some people had alluded to recently].
Dead Prez is coming to South Africa, and it’s not through Big Concerts. More on that later…
2 & 3 MARCH 2012
Kleinmond’s Big Blues Music Festival returns in 2012 ‘defying naysayers by mounting a near-flawless event with arguably the strongest line-up of blues artists ever to be assembled on one stage.’
Says event organiser Louise Fick, “Our focus is to provide excellent genre-specific music, [blues] combined with a clean and safe festival environment, and excellent local cuisine and wine.” The festival is unique in that it promotes our beautiful coast – even more so for the 2012 event as it has found a new home in the spectacularly upgraded Kleinmond Harbour – I doubt there is any other festival that will bring you as close to the sea.”
The 20 artists featured on the line-up include music legends such as Vusi Mahlasela, Piet Botha and The Blues Broers (featuring Albert Frost). The festival certainly prides itself in offering stage time to up-and-coming young blues bands and will this year include acts such as the Hellfire Blues Club, Sixgun Gospel and Crimson House Blues – most of them voted in to the line-up by Facebook fans. The ladies play a predominant role with Charlie King, In The Deepend and Natasha Meister on stage amongst others. Old favourites such as Fender endorsee Dan Patlansky, popular Boulevard Blues Band, and the ever evolving Gerald Clark are also among the performers. The full list of artists, with performance times, and festival ticket prices (Range R 150 – R 250 pp) are available from the website www.bigblues.co.za