Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Apologies, I Have None

Apologies, I Have None is an upbeat, punk-influenced four piece from London who have been with Resident Studios since 2009.
Starting off as a two piece drums and guitar band in 2007, with Dan Bond and Josh Mckenzie, they later expanded the line up by adding PJ Shepherd on bass and Joe Watson on drums in 2009.
To date they have played to scores of people, gaining popularity in their native England and a strong following in continental Europe.
In March 2011, Apologies I Have None were featured on BBC Radio 1's "The Punk Show with Mike Davies". The show featured several tracks recorded in session at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London, and an interview with Mike Davies.
Look out for the new album which was recorded over May and June 2011 and which will likely be released in 2012.
Check them out here:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Duty Bound Hound - as featured on

Duty Bound Hound
Passion. It is ultimately what drives most humans. From hedonism to nihilism, our passions guide and dictate the world around us. I have a passion and its beautiful naked punk rock, goth and emo girls with tattoos and piercings and it’s my job – no, my duty – to find out more. The first stop on my journey led me to
The Suicide Girls began in 2001 in the North Western United States as a project of passion with a core goal – to celebrate the diverse and beautiful real women of our world, women who are smart, enthusiastic and are unapologetic about their approach to alternative culture and sexuality. In a few short years its soft core pin-up images have become a global phenomenon, being featured in everything from music videos to CNN. It would seem that mainstream culture can’t keep their grubby paws off these vixens.
Which brings us to another interesting fact : the average log on time on the website is 4 minutes, which strangely is the same amount of time that it takes the average man to jack off. Co-incidence? I think not.
Diaz Suicide
It must be said that my heart pretty much stopped when I discovered that I was on the roster to interview Diaz Suicide – South Africa’s first representative to the global Suicide Girls phenomenon. This is my chance – a Goddess given opportunity not only to meet an object of global desire but to also to drink copious amounts of tequila with her (and perhaps lure her back to my place for a “cultural exchange” of sorts).
To be perfectly honest, this will not be our first encounter. Diaz and I have crossed paths before. I remember the evening well – picture a hot sweaty club in the heart of Jozi, thumping to the voodoo vibes of Submachine (, from the stage I watch the dance floor pulse and twist in what I imagine a hurricane would build momentum. There right in the middle of the chaos was a small, unusually attractive girl. Now in most mosh-pits, a girl like that would have been swallowed whole but she stayed afloat with an almost Zen like calm. It was as if the dance floor was moving just for her, like puppets or the tools of an expert juggler.
I took a mental snap shot – she need a little more “investigation”.
We met again at the Rockford Indie Fest where the newly recruited Suicide Girls were strutting their stuff and then again on the set of Juggernaught’s “My Daddy’s Land” music video shoot. It became obvious that music and the night life were high on her agenda.
Spank you very much
So I manage to persuade the good folk at Mahala that they need an interview series with all the South African Suicide Girls. And I would be the best person to conduct these interviews. It’s a thankless task, drinking tequila with Goddesses and wantonly pursuing them for my own ulterior genetic imperatives and journalistic credibility but it all makes for good story!
The first thing I noticed while chatting to Diaz is her focus. When answering questions she barely deviates from eye contact. Her hazel eyes are piercing and sultry and bring forth thoughts that my mother would disown me for.
Her voice is clear and confidant. She feels no shame and her photo sets are testament to that. She has the classic pin up figure and occupies the camera frame with intimacy and grace.
I decide to start with the cheesy opening question and try not to stare down her shirt.
“What does the ethos behind Suicide Girls mean to You?”
“Coming from a fashion industry background I know how much pressure the media puts on young women in our society to be ‘skinnier’ ‘taller’ ‘blonder’. This idea of perfection that is unattainable for most people is such an unhealthy, unrealistic model. When I first saw SG I saw these strong, sexy, unashamed women who looked different, they look like the girl you see at a bar or the girl who was your neighbor growing up and she was proud of the way she looked – I knew right away I had to be a part of that.”
“Uh, what made you decide to start ‘modeling’?” (The thought of sexy unashamed woman sends a drop of sweat running down my back.)
“I never wanted to be a model; I wanted to be a Suicide Girl.”
“Ugh! What is your favorite Saturday night record?” (Here we go, baby…)
“Hmm… That is a tough one. I love a really wide variety of music. I’d say internationally I love to party to Rage Against the Machine, Locally there is nothing like the Vendetta Cartel to get the party going!”
Does my bum look big in this?
“What is your favorite Sunday morning record?” (My mind races with thoughts of Diaz in an over sized shirt, lounging around a soft couch, her tattooed skin peaking through as she wriggles for comfort – I swallow another tequila)
“Again, it changes depending on my mood. Today, I will say Porcupine Tree.”
“Are you involved with any, uh, other artistic projects?” (I stammer, sweat and tequila running down my face)
“Well I am featuring in a burlesque performance by Ella Fiend at the D-Tour Girls launch. That is really it for now, I am leaving the country very soon so I can’t really take on new projects.”
“What keeps you coming back to”
“BOOBS! No, kidding. Really it is such a great social network aside from all the hot ladies. The groups are vast and wide and you are sure to find a group dedicated to what ever your interests are (no matter how macabre) where you will find other people from all over the world who share the same passions as you.”
“How does it feel to be a sex symbol?” (or should I say how does a sex symbol feel?)
Hahaha, I don’t really think of myself that way.
“We sure do. Do you make friends easily or have you made any enemies on your path of hotness?”
“I am pretty social and I tend to make friends easily. Enemies? Not so much, I don’t really care enough about people I may have fallen out with to consider them enemies. They would just be people I don’t spend my time with anymore.”
“Outside of, what are your other passions?”
Tattoos!!! (I am getting a new one next week by Ryan Bolton from Spooky Tattoonz, verrry excited).
She pauses.
“Travel – I want to see as much of the world as I possibly can. I have a real hunger for travel.”
“Dogs, I can’t wait to settle down in Israel and get a dog. Either a Pug or a Pekinese.”
Nibbles on her pinky finger tip for a second.
“Music, I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than watching a great live band. Then there’s Family and friends of course, I couldn’t live without them.”
Reads him like a book
OK. “Do you have any highlights/lowlights with”
Lots of highlights, getting to be in Juggernaught music video was lots of fun. Working with Slashdogs at Red Carpet was awesome. Meeting the other SG’s and the lovely Talamia who have all become really important in my life. Getting another shoot purchased last week was great. Lots and lots of highlights.”
She pauses sucks the lemon rind atop her empty tequila shooter glass. “Lowlights, it is always hard when your shoots don’t get purchased (I have had three that weren’t) but you have to harden up and not take it personally.
There is only one new set a day, so its 365 a year. With over 2000 Suicide Girls and countless hopefuls it is getting harder and harder to get one of those slots.”
“Did anything “strange” ever happen to you because of your association with SG?”
“Not really, I mean of course you get the creepy messages but that is normal.”
“Is there a common theme with your photosets?”
“Me!!! hahaha. I am the only thing that is a common theme. I try to shake it up and make each one unique.”
“Do you have any advice for girls wanting to follow in your footsteps?”
“Get a membership on the site, even if it is just for a month. Check it out, feel your way around. A lot of girls say to me they want to be a SG but they don’t really know what that means.”
And with that the Jozi skies open and our conversation is cut short as we run for cover. Now how do I get her out of those we clothes?
Images © and courtesy, James Adey, Andrew Banister, Jacqui Van Staden, Alison Tu

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The quiet before Storm Awesome!!!

There was a wild monkey-like scream. Right below me a surging mass of sweat and tattoos begins to part and reveals a sinewy beast in it’s epicenter. He screamed again and then proceeded to beat three colours of shit out of a floor tom. I can remember the sharp taste of electricity and blood. Storm “Awesome” Thomas is not your average drummer.

“I believe one of the important things in life is to be open minded and have a wide perception,” he tells me in a recent internet conversation. “Funny enough, I remember sitting in my garage behind my drum kit about 10 years ago. We were having band practice and things seemed so different back then. Since that point I have played with so many bands, so many people and done so many shows.”
He’s been known to be one of the hardest working musicians in South Africa, once playing  7 shows in 3 days. “There have been late nights, fatigue and doubts, but when I look back on this road that I have traveled there isn't a thing that I would change. I feel fortunate and blessed that through hard work and perseverance, I finally got out of the garage.”
Persistence is the key, listening to the inner critic and learning not only from your influences but from yourself. In Storm’s words “Even when your mind says stop, never let your heart hear it.”
When it comes to keeping his skills in check he is not afraid to stretch into other styles and genres. “I am fortunate in the sense that I listen to a lot of different music and so when I approach a piece of music or my practice routine, I can approach it with an open mind and its good for building muscle memory by always challenging yourself with things you would normally never play. My drumming influences are mainly drummers who maintain a strong groove, play for the song, keep things original and fresh, portray their energy and feeling into what they are playing and are generally good guys that work hard.”
“I have been self taught for the most part of my drumming career. When I was 14 I learn't the basic 4/4 beat on a bongo drum. Two years later I moved onto the drum kit and watched endless concerts of my favorite bands on VHS. I studied the drummers I saw and learn't my instrument. It was only until this year that I enrolled in Georg Voros School of Drumming. I do feel that it made me a better player because I got to find my style first and now at this point in time, I am perfecting my style and with that, learning more in depth about my craft from an outside source.”
When it comes to his gear it seems that it’s the bigger the better. “I have always had a weakness for big drumkits. I also love a lot of percussion built into a kit. Timbales, roto-drums and a gong!!!”
And your closing message to all the young drummers out there?

“This music thing is hard and heavy at times and there will be days when you want to give it all up. On those days, that is when you have to work at it a little harder. This life ain't easy but it can rewarding if we work hard and persevere. And remember that in everything you do, you are Awesome!!!!”

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Press RElease

Back on Vinyl and Right with God Vinyl Re-issues of Three Blues Explosion Classics Available NOW!!!
OrangeExtra Width, and Now I Got Worry in their Purest Form!

The is Blues is still No. 1!!!
Due to popular demand, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Holy Trinity of avant-punk and revolutionary, gut-busting grooves are available once again in their original vinyl formats — spectacularly re-mastered and and sounding tougher than ever.
These are the records that made the Blues Explosion's bones as the kings of damaged and dangerous rock'n'roll!
Featuring the hits "Afro," "Bellbottoms," "Wail" and "Two Kinds of Love," these three slabs tore through the earnest ennui of 1990s alt-rock shlubbery with their razor-blade riffs and dirty delta revelations and made the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion the hottest band on the planet! Dig it…
Even if you had been tuned into the Blues Explosion's first jagged, high-energy outings, there was nothing that could have prepared you for Extra Width…. "Afro" was the beginning of the revolution, the first truly indelible song by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and anyone looking for meaning in the lyrics is just asking for a sonic cock-tease of Deep Throat meets Raw Power proportions…. This is rock'n'roll so primal that it obviates the need for literate touchstones.
The Blues Explosion's acknowledged masterpiece, a primer in the art of being flashy without being gaudy —The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion took that old time religion and hit it with high-powered microwaves. They cooked the blues from the inside out, radiating that shit until you had to clean it off the walls.
Given the long shadow of Orange, it is no wonder that it took a moment for Worry to find its way into the canon, but these days it rates as many fans' favorite Blues Explosion record, putting into sharp relief the two sides of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion — the immediacy of their show, the fireball-throwing soul revue that helped make them the most feared band on the scene — and Spencer the meticulous artist who pays attention to every detail in crafting astonishingly complex and very personal records.
Friends, this is the real shit. Genuine rock'n'roll record albums, big enough to clean your stash on! Each one is twelve big inches of hot, shiny black vinyl, and guaranteed to get the party started! Get with Side A.. and then flip it over and dig Side B! That ain't retro, baby, that is bona fide! You can watch the needle in the groove… you can actually see the magic!
Says Mr. Jon Spencer: "This is the way these records were intended to be heard. This is the way God wants them."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Album Review - Rambling Bones & His Bloody Agents

Far removed from Fuzigish, South African underground legend Bones is back with his second solo album but this time he is not alone - he’s brought his Bloody Agents with. Filled with charisma and the sweat of a thousand club gigs, the latest release showcases his unique talent for songwriting.

This album seems to be a little more reflective than the first installation with the lyrics weaving in and out of colourful metaphors. The recording itself is masterfully stripped down and reflective of Bones’ live aesthetic, no fancy studio tricks here but a definite step up from the bare basics production of the EP “Live with Rusty”. Kudos must go to recording engineer Stevie G for very tasteful production. 

Stand out tracks include “Crystal Ball”, “Baboon Moon Rising” and the highly addictive “When I’m with You”.

Review : Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones

Since his split from post hardcore band Million Dead in 2005, Frank Turner has become one of the hardest workers in the music industry. His songs are infectious folk/punk sing alongs that have sparked the interest of mainstream audiences all over the world. He has toured extensively, playing gigs in venues as small as peoples bedrooms and as large as some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, supporting acts like Green Day and Flogging Molly. 

England Keep My Bones is his fourth full studio album to be released by Epitaph and could very well be the best one yet. Although the production seems a little dry at times, it contains some of his best song writing to date. The acoustic guitar is his weapon and his lyrics aim for your heart. With a tip of the hat to Dylan and Springsteen, Frank Turner delivers a truly memorable album that is modern and yet traditional and very nostalgic.

"I can't wait to get this record out there," Frank explains. "The new songs have been going down really well live, but I think that when people hear the studio versions they're going to go nuts. I really think it's the strongest set of material I've had on one record."

Stand out tracks include the single “Peggy Sue Sang The Blues” and the uplifting “I Still Believe”. Turner will be touring extensively in the spring in summer, with dates in Europe, Canada, the US and Australia.

Friday, May 20, 2011

April Fools

Now that I can look back into the haze that was the last month, I can honestly say that I was an April Fool. There was a haze over those few weeks that only lumbering persistance could have got through. Things changed for better and some things changed for worse.

I can't see me really saying too much without wanting to rant. So instead - i give you this :

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

gonna have some time on my hands

Well - it's 06h21 and I have discovered that I'm gonna have some more time on my hands these next few days so.... believe it or not... I will be able to start blogging again!!!

So watch out y'all - we will be filling this page with some merriment and mirth, some of the funny stories and the sad tales of what has been happening in the last two months of my life. The crazy people I met at Resident Studios and my new life as a Zombie at the London Tombs.

All in all it should be ... interesting. Please comment and let me know if there is anything you want to hear about or would like my comments on.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Flaming Lips Release EP In Marijuana-Flavored Brain

Occasionally, we come across a piece of news that seems waaaaay too strange to be true.

But still, here goes: the Flaming Lips are releasing a new version of their Gummy Skull EP, which was originally released on a USB stick embedded inside a life-sized skull made out of the same gelatinous candy stuff that’s used to make Gummi Bears. Right. The new version, which was hand-delivered by Wayne Coyne to record stores yesterday, features a special new marijuana-flavored brain. It also carries also a live version of The Soft Bulletin, which is enough to make all the accompanying silliness a compelling proposition.

If you can somehow get your hands on a marijuana-flavored Flaming Lips gummy skull, it’ll set you back $150; failing that, you can watch a video of the whole strange business – featuring Coyne and a miscellaneous stoner dude – after the jump.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lemmy + Grohl + Slash

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Beastie Boys Album announced

The Beastie Boys will release their long-awaited next album on May 3, the band has confirmed.

Announcing the album on their website, Beastie Adam Yauch wrote, “Since the dawn of time, and perhaps even before, there was a silent order who were tasked with a mission. On May 3rd The Hot Sauce Committee Part Two will be unleashed on the general public. Hold fast ye heathens.”

If you’re wondering where The Hot Sauce Committee Part One is, it was originally due in September 2009. But it’s not yet finished, so the band decided to release its sequel first. This may be the first time a sequel has been released before its predecessor, unless you count the Star Wars trilogy or the Dumb & Dumber prequel.

The Hot Sauce Committee Part Two will include the 2009 Grammy-nominated single “Too Many Rappers” (with guest star Nas), “Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win” (with Santigold) and 14 other tracks.

The Hot Sauce Committee Part Two will be released by Capitol Records.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Beady Eye - Beatling around the Oasis?

I wish I had Liam’s budget. Big ass production, live videos at Abby Road with the best engineers and camera equipment that money can buy. Throw in a fair amount of industry support and all you have to do is release a mediocre rock record and you’ll sell enough to keep your ass in the best hotel beds for the next few years.
Ok - enough of my jealous bitching. Different Gear, Still Speeding is actually a pretty rad record. The tunes are rocking and rolling, the production is great and the tones are rich and not over produced. There’s no serious lyrical content but I never really wanted that from the ex-Oasis brawler. I wanted songs about sexy girls, fighting and hangovers and that’s pretty much what I got.... and some Beatles lines for good measure.
Listen to it - it may not be the best 60mins of your life but they definitely won’t suck. 

The Sargasso Playlist

Can you like to like it?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Teeth of the Sea - You're Mercury

I did live sound for these guys for my first gig in London. Nothing could have prepared me for the weirdness that was to follow. Glad to see there are bands out there making this kind of music. Even though the keyboardist was doing all he could to blow the system, the crowd stayed and loved every minute of it.

Check them out here :

Man Man - potentially the best band in the world.

Man Man is an experimental band from PhiladelphiaPennsylvania. Man Man is known for their exuberant live performances. When performing, the members of the band sometimes synchronize their dress, often seen in white outfits and, more commonly, war paint.
The band uses pseudonyms—the frontman is Honus Honus, and its other members are Pow Pow, Chang Wang, Turkey Moth, and Jefferson.
They're known for their multi instrumental style that centers on the piano playing of lead singer/lyricist Honus Honus accompanied by a wide variety of other instruments played by the rest of the band. On recordings, Honus usually plays piano but during the live shows he uses aRhodes Piano or a Nord Electro 3. Other instruments played by the rest of the band include a clavinetMoog Little Phattysousaphone,saxophonetrumpetFrench hornflutebass clarinetdrum seteuphoniumFender Jazz BassDanelectro baritone guitarxylophone,marimbamelodica and various percussive instruments including pots and pans, toy noise makers, chinese funeral horns, spoons, smashing plates, and fireworks.

So you think you can play guitar - watch this 7 year old Korean kid...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Reverend Wright And The Mystery Train Gamblers - Wolf On The Run

Before the Reverend Wright left South Africa for California the Mystery Train Gamblers got into the studio to cut one more track.
This instrumental track was a song that the band had played a few times live and after seeing the reaction of the fans to the song, decided it would be a good idea to give the fans a chance to hear it even after the Reverend had headed back to California.

For more info visit:

Marie Laveau Demo track

Marie Laveau (Demo) by Kevin S Flee by KevinSFlee

Another gambling incident gone bad - let me know what y'all think...?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Death Valley Blues Band vs Amu : my perspective

Filmed for SABC3's Jam Sandwich, this track was the child of 4 days of drama and shit that had 2 members of the band quit and numerous scars appear in the fabric of our reality.

For starters Ampie Omo was not allowed to be with us for the filming - this was a huge blow to me as Ampie had become an invaluable part of DVBB. He was the voice of reason in a cloudy room. Not having him there was a BIG set back for me personally. Secondly, we were the first artists to go through this process and the studios were not finished being built so we were recording against the back drop of workmen and chaos.

I'll stop moaning for a second to say that it was a pleasure to work with Amu. The prospect of working with as crazy a bunch as dvbb is enough to make most musos back away but he embraced us and even let us into hs house to meet his Mum. Kudos. We had great fun in the times where there was less people around to make noise.

I found the writing of this tune nearly impossible. The system with DVBB generally has been one of "jam it till it's sweet" but the limited time and pressure of everyone to get their voices heard made the already steaming pressure even ... steamier.

After all is said and done we did get the job done to the best of our ability. Would I do it again? Hell yes. But I would definatly do it differently.

Noel Fielding's Wuthering Heights

He's slowly becoming a comic legend. Here Noel takes on Kate Bush and really doesn't do anything she didn't in her original promotional video. A Classic performance for "Let's Dance for Comic Relief"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.

The AMAZING Larry and His Flask doing another great street performance. I think a lot of bands could learn something from these guys.

Let England Shake - PJ Harvey

oooo - new PJH. Seems to be a departure from her usual gutteral angry girl thing which I'm really happy about. Can't wait to hear the rest of the album!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Kiss Me Goodbye demo

  Kiss Me Goodbye by KevinSFlee

Ok so I've been writing and recording with the Macbook given to me by Daniel @ Sargasso Music. It's an old tune reworked - pls comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

a rant retracted... for now.

ok - a few days ago I had a rant about glam rockers Black Veil Brides. I was put out by what i saw as another pretty boy band from LA that was plopped together to sell mediocre rock music to angry pre-pubescent kids who hate their parents and their school and all the people who don't want to be their friends. Perhaps it disturbed me that in the past i have dated girls that were not as pretty as Andy Six, perhaps I was channelling some kind of failed rock star angst at a group that is doing better than any band I've ever played in, perhaps, well - it could be any number of things...

Anyways. I stumbled upon an interview with Andy where he talks about the bands success and their general work ethic and I can to realise something... I actually agreed with him on a lot of the points and liked his outlook and work ethic. The dudes, although pretty and definitely not making music i would listen to, are actually doing some honest work with a relatively good intention.

It's not shocking, it's not breaking borders but what it is doing is providing a bridge for younger listeners to find new and more dynamic music. Hell - when I was 11 I thought Bon Jovi was the shit - look how wrong I was but if it wasn't for them and their saccarine sweet pop rock I would have never found GnR, then Metallica then GWAR.

So Andy Six and Black Veil Brides - I apologise. For now.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Snoop Dogg is almost due.

Now I know hip hop and rap isn’t a lot of your favorite music but i have a soft spot for this dude.
Snoop Dogg’s 11th studio album, Doggumentary is set for international release on 28 March 2011 by Doggstyle/EMI.
In true Snoop fashion, he’s promoting it through the Get Wet Tour, taking it’s name from a track given to England’s Prince William as a bachelor party gift.
The album has a killer line up of artists performing on it, including funk all-star Bootsy Collins, country marijuana tokin' legend Willie Nelson, Gorillaz, R. Kelly, Kanye West and more.

No doubt he's going to come out and show all the other puppies how high he can pee (or is that how high is his pee?) and slap those fat rhythms on the dance floor booties.

Say what you like but he is a walking, smoking legend.

The new X-Men Anime

yes - it's in Japanese... but who cares?

Ramblin' J Bones album out soon!!!

For those that know me, you'll know I was a Bloody Agent for a few years. I just missed the recording of Watching and Waiting (which he finished just before I joined) and I moved to London just before he went into studio to record the new one.

I love J's songwriting and he's probably one of the smartest lyricists that i have had the pleasure of working with. If you havn't seen them live - MAKE IT SO!!!nand then when the album is released - go get yourself a copy and buy your family copies for birthdays and christmas' - they'll love you for it.

Can't wait to hear it in it's entirety.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Urban Voodoo Machine's Orphan's Lament

More musicians in make up. This time I will not complain (or whine).

something is missing in Rock n Roll for me.

I was never really a huge fan of Bowie, WASP or any band that wore vaguely effeminate makeup but apparently these days i seem to be standing alone.  Black Veil Brides has been dubbed "the next big thing" by a lot of the rock media.

It seems to be filled with more rock cliches than friday night at The Doors or am i just so out of the target genre that i've become blind to rock's true purpose? Rebellion. That doesn't mean wearing girls clothes or taking the piss out of Christians. This is all old news. Even my beloved GWAR is slowly becoming a parody of itself.

Ag Huey Lewis said so well about 30 years ago - I want a new drug, one that won't make me sick.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Find me on Twitter...

ok - so i'm making the effort not only to blog more this year but to actually use my twitter account a little more...

Here is the link -  LINK


J. Milton Hayes

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.

He was known as "Mad Carew" by the subs at Khatmandu,
He was hotter than they felt inclined to tell;
But for all his foolish pranks, he was worshipped in the ranks,
And the Colonel's daughter smiled on him as well.

He had loved her all along, with a passion of the strong,
The fact that she loved him was plain to all.
She was nearly twenty-one and arrangements had begun
To celebrate her birthday with a ball.

He wrote to ask what present she would like from Mad Carew;
They met next day as he dismissed a squad;
And jestingly she told him then that nothing else would do
But the green eye of the little Yellow God.

On the night before the dance, Mad Carew seemed in a trance,
And they chaffed him as they puffed at their cigars:
But for once he failed to smile, and he sat alone awhile,
Then went out into the night beneath the stars.

He returned before the dawn, with his shirt and tunic torn,
And a gash across his temple dripping red;
He was patched up right away, and he slept through all the day,
And the Colonel's daughter watched beside his bed.

He woke at last and asked if they could send his tunic through;
She brought it, and he thanked her with a nod;
He bade her search the pocket saying "That's from Mad Carew,"
And she found the little green eye of the god.

She upbraided poor Carew in the way that women do,
Though both her eyes were strangely hot and wet;
But she wouldn't take the stone and Mad Carew was left alone
With the jewel that he'd chanced his life to get.

When the ball was at its height, on that still and tropic night,
She thought of him and hurried to his room;
As she crossed the barrack square she could hear the dreamy air
Of a waltz tune softly stealing thro' the gloom.

His door was open wide, with silver moonlight shining through;
The place was wet and slipp'ry where she trod;
An ugly knife lay buried in the heart of Mad Carew,
'Twas the "Vengeance of the Little Yellow God."

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Karen Carpenter - Badass Drummer

More commonly associated with eating disorders, suicide and an awesome singing voice, the late person I expected to discover was a virtuoso drummer was Karen Carpenter.

I don't like it

Now i realise that in the modern era of multi platformed entertainment and the fact that i live in the art and culture navel of the world i shouldn’t get excited about sport. But I am.
The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup is here and that means one thing in my life ... SLOTH. It’s not that i was even the biggest cricket player in school or that I even keeps tabs on the personalities outside this tournament but WCC gives me a valid excuse for mooching in front of the telly and being a couch jock.
I have no intention of keeping tabs or writing about it either except for this short entry as i lay in bed watching Sri Lanka pound a brave Canada into submission. Love it or hate it, it’s here.... and I love it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gig Review Rob Zombie - Brixton Academy 16/02/11

Opening act Revoker are kinda funny. They are a hodge podgy of rock n roll cliches and seem to be more interested in getting the crowd "up" than actually staying in time with the drummer (who i would like to add was pretty damn tight). Between the power stances, Les Pauls and well practiced hair flicks the music seems to fade.

Skindred in comparison where almost faultless. From what i had heard i was not expecting much of them but frontman Benji Webb delivered  noteworthy performance in front of a highly receptive audience. They're defiantly worth of headlining their own big shows and even without the trappings of a fancy light show or a single poof from a smoke machine, they manage to deliver an awesome performance.

It's been 11 years since El Beasto graced the shores of England for a performance so naturally the expectations were running high. The band alone was enough to drool over with Slipknot's Joey Jordinson on drums and ex-Manson axe man John 5 bringing the sonic splendour. New addition, bassist Piggy, was unknown to me at the time but definatly left an impression.

I'm well aware of RZ's love of the Alice Cooper show and the rumours of the pryo and monsters that have been shipped here have been spreading for weeks but nothing, oh no nothing, could have prepared me for the heart racing ecstasy that consumed me during the opening number - Jesus Frankenstein.

Flashing lights, fire, beach balls, dancing robots, bubbles, flashing screens, sexy imagery  were all pulled out of the magician's hat. It was such a tour da force of alternative entertainment that it even left El Super Beasto a little short of breath… They delivered all the classics and some more. From Dragula to Pussy Liqueur to the awesome Thunderkiss '65 they were all there - i couldn't think of anything they missed.

Rob Zombie is a showman. A snake oil salesman second to none. His show was a celebration of everything that he stands for. B Grade horror done with A Grade budget. I salute you Sir - it was AWESOME!!!

Classic Album Review :: Slayer - Reign in Blood

If ever there was an album to do very fast very violent things to it has to be Reign in Blood. It's 28 minutes of pure thrash metal, not slowing down for a second to catch it's fire breath. Guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King's tore de force rides out like a bezerker Paginini. Kudos must also got to producer Rick Rubin who - one again - delivers a masterpiece.

From classics like "Angel of Death" to "Reigning Blood" you can't deny this is one of the most powerful albums made to date. It scores a 666.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Home made Coca Cola anyone?

Experts have been puzzling over Coca-Cola’s closely guarded blend of flavors for years. But the folks at This American Life have stumbled upon a 1979 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article that revealed the soft drink’s original, 1886 recipe.
The formula goes something like this: coca extract, citric acid, lime juice, vanilla, caramel, caffeine, sugar, water — and “7x.” Which sounds scary, but don’t worry: it’s not rocket fuel or baby spit. It’s actually a fairly tame concoction featuring many items you may keep in your home spice cabinet: orange oil, alcohol, nutmeg oil, lemon oil, coriander, neroli, and cinnamon.
Now, let the homemade Coke copies begin.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Honey bee honey bee - where fore art thee?

ok - just a thought:

1/3 of global farm output depends on animal pollination - mostly honey bees. These foods are the providers of 35% of out minerals, vitamins and and the other stuff that you need to survive.

The thing is - the bees are dying or being killed.

Just check the news reports for these natural phenomena. It could be a virus, a parasite or some kind of pesticide but the ultimate outcome is that the population of bees is falling at an alarming rate.

There may just be a food revolution around the corner… just saying.

Friday, February 4, 2011

How to suck on guitar, my 12 step program...

By Herman Le Roux of JUGGERNAUGHT!!!

1. Crank the distortion, if you ever see a gain knob turn it up all the way!!

2. Multi-effects processors are sweet dude!! Don't waste your money buying expensive stomp units, get yourself a multi-effects unit like the Boss GT-10, they really sound like the real thing, fuck yea, the effects are really awesome as well man!!

3. Effects rule! Reverb? Up to 10 please, phaser? yep, its the coolest sound in the world!! Wah? Every single note you play needs to be wah'd. Bass needs to be turned up all the way!!

4. You only ever need to know the minor pentatonic scale, it's the only scale in existence, don't ever try to add notes or move it to get the modal thing, just play the scale up and down as fast as you can and all the 16 year old kids would think you are a guitar god. 

5. PLAY FAST! Speed is everything!! Youre playing a ballad? No prob, shred it!! You don't have to worry about timing or getting the songs tight or nothing, just think "what would Herman Lee do?" Sweep picking and tapping is awesome as well man!!

6. Practice is for geeky loser types.

7. Music theory cramps your personal style. Knowing music theory won't help you at all, in fact you have your own personal style and knowing theory will just make you sound like everyone else. It doesn't give you any new options or anything, in fact, it gives you limitations.

8. Amplifiers have nothing to do with your tone, you could literally just plug your guitar into your pc and guitar rig will sort it out for you. If you need to play live, get yourself one of those line 6 jobbies with all the sweet effects built in, those things sound phat yo!!

9. Be superior, you are the best guitarist in the world, don't let anyone tell you otherwise! If anyone offers advice, take it as an insult, who are they to talk to you anyways? Didn't they just see you sweep the hell out of hotel california?

10. Brand is everything, if it doesn't say Gibson on it, it sounds shit and you are poor.

11. Remember, it is not about playing for the song, it's about being louder than everyone else in the band, to impress the chicks. While youre at it, get the band as loud as possible, then get your level above the rest.

12. Your guitar is tuned just fine, if not, tune it on stage, by ear and take a long time to do it, let everyone hear you tune but never really get it right. As they say, it's close enough.

If you follow these steps I am confindent that you will become a sucky guitarist in no time!!