Ultra Music Festival Fence Jumpers

Apparently the biggest issue that music festivals overseas face is “fence jumpers.” I can’t help but think that this wouldn’t really be a problem in SA – we have an extraordinary amount of security at festivals, and our security are ruthless… they will take a mother fluffer down!

This first video was taken when there was literally a tidal wave of jumpers breaching the gate… i can imagine them all screaming “THIS. IS. SPARTA!” as they make it over.

Check these cheeky dudes jumping over the fence. See, mom… parkour is good for something!

Music To Get You Through The Week

Seeing as music is such a massive part of my life – it’s a little strange that i rarely write about it or share it here on my blog. As much as music is probably the biggest part of my life, it’s also a source of great frustration. There is so much judgment surrounding the music that people like to listen to and what it “means” about them. Trance fans are druggies, pop fans are prepubescent or vapid, metal fans are creepy and live with their parents, dubstep and trap fans are boets/boytjies, indie fans are hipsters, commercial rock fans are even more vapid than their closely related pop fan counterparts, etc.

I find the pigeonholing ridiculous – there are very few music genres that i dislike. No, i’m not indecisive. I have artists rather than genres that i am obsessed with, regardless of whether the artist is excessively popular or barely known. When i listen to a relatively unheard of artist i don’t feel like some musically superior special snowflake. No one should ever make you feel kak or like you’re less of a ‘real music fan’ if you’ve never heard of some crazy underground indie-trap-dreampop-grunge-core band. Whatever. Don’t pay them no mind.

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Music is intensely personal. Different kinds of music and a crazy mix of artists have gotten me through some pretty rough times, and also been the playlist to some pretty epic adventures! In that spirit – i thought i’d share some of my favourites that have been released over the last little while.

Click “continue reading” if you’re looking to maybe expand your playlist a little :) Music from: Purity Ring, Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, The Wombats, Racing Glaciers, Zedd & Selena Gomez, PVRIS, Fences, Black Tiger Sex Machine & Haezer.

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Skrillex – Doompy Poomp

One of the most anticipated album releases of 2014 was Skrillex’s “Recess”. Reviews by music critics from all over were extremely mixed; some said that he made a mistake by straying from his beloved dubstep, and others said that they thought he did the right thing by expanding his repertoire and stepping out of his “musical comfort zone.” Regardless of what you thought about the album, Skrillex has always had a knack for the weird and wonderful and “Doompy Poomp” is one of those songs.

This is what was said about the music video for his latest single:

As a special Groundhog Day treat, Skrillex has teamed up with The Creators Project for the collaborative video of his unclassifiable song “Doompy Poomp” off his Recess album. The video was made by imaginative French directors Fleur & Manu and follows a man’s attempt at getting a home loan, but quickly escalates into a hilarious and repetitive alter dimension.

A Music Video To Move You: Sia “Elastic Heart”

I am massive fan of Sia’s, and became an even bigger fan when she used Maddie (of Dance Moms fame) in her music video for Chandelier. It was one of the most beautiful and moving music videos i have ever seen… so when i heard that she’d be doing another Maddie music video, i had high hopes.

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I’m not sure what to say about this video, except that i was seriously creeped out at the beginning, but i stuck it out – and i’m glad i did. By the end of the video, and the dead silence right at the end, i felt like my heart had been punched a bit. Not really sure how else to explain it.

I think we’re getting to used to paint-by-numbers music videos that are fashioned after movies where the story-lines are glaringly obvious and don’t leave much open to interpretation. I, for one, am appreciative of Sia trying to use dance as an art form to further expand on the emotions she has obviously worked into her songs.

Once you get past the initial knee-jerk rapey reaction that this video will no doubt bring out in you (which is actually a very sad initial reaction to have whenever we see an older man and a very young girl being physical in any kind of a way) – it’s actually a deeply moving piece of dance and acting. Let me know what you think!

Sia “Elastic Heart”

Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake – Summer Camp

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have already teamed up once before to play these particular pre-teens at summer camp. They’re back with a 3rd installment – and i couldn’t be happier. This time around they take on “Jumper” by Third Eye Blind. Amazing.

Here’s the second installment, equally hilarious. The song is pure class:

Here’s the one that kicked it all off… the boys sing Toto’s “Africa”:

Up The Creek 2015 – Full Lineup Announced

Jägermeister presents Up the Creek 2015

/// 29 January – 1 February 2015 ||| 25th Birthday – Party like you own it! \\\

The line up for 2015 is absolutely fantastic, as we’ve come to expect from Up The Creek:

Zebra & Giraffe, Taxi Violence,  Beatenberg , AKING, Dave Ferguson, Bye Beneco, Shortstraw, Hot Water, The Black Cat Bones, The Kiffness, The Ballistics, Stoker, Red Huxley, Scicoustic, Piet Botha & The Lyzyrd Kyngs, Gerald Clark, Mean Black Mamba, Manny Walters, Basson Laubscher, John Wizards, Al Bairre, Christian Tiger School, Gateway Drugs, Manouche, Grassy Spark, Nomadic Orchestra, December Streets, Shaun Jacobs Band, Diamond Thug, Bandelero, Qadasi, Sawagi (JPN) and Kite Rider.

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Band Aid 30

Awesome annual collaboration between popular musicians/singers to raise money, now in its 30th year! This year they’re donating all proceeds to the fight against Ebola in Africa. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear that they’ve tweaked a couple of the lyrics and West Africa get a special shoutout. It’s a beautiful song that i’ve grown to love and this years selection of stars was great!

Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? Featuring:

One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Emile Sande, Bastille, Christ MArtin (Coldplay), Paloma Faith, Seal, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Ollie Murs, Guy Garvey (Elbow), Angelique Kidjo, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Clean Bandit, Roger Taylor (drummer from Queen), Jessie Ware.

 

The Music Video To End All Music Videos

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After an accidental leak by Yahoo, Taylor Swift has officially released the music video for “Blank Space,” the second single from her album ‘1989’. I have been a Swiftie for a good number of years – i preach her gospel like my after-life depends on it… so i understand why you wouldn’t think that i am the most reliable person when it comes to giving objective opinions on anything she does, but you need to take my word on this one.

If you are one of those people that pretty much only know Taylor Swift because she was once interrupted by Kanye West at the MTV VMAs, then you’re also probably one of those people who thinks that she is a crazy serial-dater who can’t be single, and writes songs exclusively about the men that have broken her heart… which is all categorically untrue. Except for the Kanye thing, that actually happened, obviously. 

It’s got to be one of the most frustrating things for me to see on social media, and to hear in real life, that Taylor Swift lives in a constant state of either dating a guy or breaking up with a guy and writing a song about that guy. She recently did an interview where she finally calls out the general public and the media for this incredibly inaccurate and sexist label that she’s been given. She mentions that Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, etc all write about break-ups and heart-ache, yet she’s the one that raises red flags? How can you label one female artist as “some psycho who always sings about exes” when literally the entire industry, regardless of gender, do it? Is it because she turns those songs into hits? Or maybe her words are too truthful?

If you’re really honest with yourself – you’d realize the vast majority of successful pop/country/rock songs are about breakups and being hurt. She also explained that she’s only dated the same amount of people that any average late-teen/early twenties girl has dated. Her number isn’t particularly high, it’s just that such a big deal is made of every single guy she dates. Last year in Vanity Fair she said that she’s actually only dated TWO guys since 2010.

SLATE says on the video: “On Monday she unveiled the Gone Girl of music videos: She takes the caricature that she’s a psycho bitch, tries it on, and turns it back against her enemies.”

tl;drThis music video shows Taylor Swift owning her psycho/heartbroken/crazy image that the media and the general public have given her… and in the end shows just how ridiculous that image is.

Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Music Videos From Die Antwoord And Lakota Silva

Two South African artists released music videos this week, and it’s a shame for Lakota that it was done at the same time as infamous Die Antwoord.

Lakota Silva has to be one of my favourite local artists – she’s beautiful, down-to-earth, talented beyond words! She’s just starting out with this whole solo career thing, and can do with some support. Not that she’s struggling though, her first solo single “Do Re Mi” has charted on 5FM and i’m sure other radio stations will follow suit soon.

Die Antwoord are a bit of an enigma – wildly popular in the USA and Europe, and hardly given recognition in their own country, something that i’ve never fully understood. I dig them, i dig their vibe, i dig their weirdness, and i have one massive freaking crush on Yolandi Vi$$er! This new music video has people talking as per usual, and has a pretty impressive string of celebrity cameos: Cara Delevingne, Jack Black, Flea (and Flea’s tiny daughter Sunny), Dita von Teese, Marilyn Manson & more!

Watch both videos below:

/// Lakota Silva – Do Re Mi \\\

/// Die Antwoord – Ugly Boy \\\