Saturday, December 29, 2007

the 29th post. local. we are awesome.

Ok so there is this really cool new site. My friend, Sean, and I started it and basically it is awesome.

We Are Awesome aims to reflect the artistic side of Cape Town's nightlife and the creativity of Cape Town's street fashion.
Wherever there is art in the form of fashion,
design, music or people, we plan on being there to capture it.

I really hope you guys enjoy the site.

the 28th post. local events rollercoaster.

17 December

Next on this weeks agenda was Rollercoaster, which also had a undeniably amazing line-up. Poor lift organisation on my behalf meant I only caught the later end of The Dirty Skirts last song, but more about them later. Desmond and The Tutu's, in my opinion, owned the show, with their handsome good looks and child like melodies. It's only a matter of time before you catch yourself falling asleep to their guitar riffs and choruses. Sweat X once again delivered, although sound difficulties did plague their entire set. The heavy big rock sound that had obviously been set up for preceding bands didn't favour either. Another band which stood out were Howard Roark, although they did seem to be more interested in the array of teenage girls which flocked to their attention. Typical rockstars.

So all-in-all it was a good gig/festival, but one has to point out the seemingly poor organisation and choice of bands. Although the line-up was mainly dominated by independent non-mainstream artists of the indie-rock genre, there were a few interesting additions to the composition which made very little sense to me and those i conversed with. Neither 340ml or Obita seemed the part, but maybe I am naive and close minded. One last complaint, why did one of the top acts play last? Surely it would have been more beneficial to have Sweat X earlier when people were still present and concentrating.

All that said, it was a good show and i will definately pay 100 bucks to experience it again.

local stuff to enjoy. the tutu's.
Desmond and the Tutu's - Good and Guilty
Desmond and the Tutu's - Kiss You on the Cheek

Friday, December 21, 2007

the 27th post. local events. arcade.

16 December
Arcade, with its amazing line-up, once again delivered in terms of entertainment,
unfortunately numbers were lower than one would expect at such a attention capturing event. Some blame it on the weather others on the fact that Sunday is not usually a party day for any one. But what ever the reason for the poor attendance, those who did go definately didn't regret it. The evening was kicked off with some heavy electro beats, which were followed by the genius that is Lapse, he songs are 'so fresh and so clean' not jiving to them would seem a crime. Marcus then took over the wheel and played a slightly more electro set, which was enjoyed by all. Be sure to catch the next Arcade.

Friday, December 14, 2007

the twenty-sixth post. charts. top 5's.

Indie scum's top 5's of 2007.

1. Kings of Leon - Because of The Times.

2. Babyshambles - Shotter's Nation.
3. The Wombats - The Wombats Proudly Present..A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation.
4. The Maccabees - Colour It In.
5. The Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future.

1. Kings of Leon - On Call.
2. Peter, Bjorn and John - Young Folks.
3. Babyshambles - UnBiloTitled.
4. The Wombats - Moving to New York.

5. Sunset Rubdown - They Took a Vote and Said No.

1. The Hype Machine.
2. The Cobra Snake.
3. FFFFOund.
4. Spray Glue.
5. lastnightsparty.

Local Acts
1. Desmond and the Tutu's.
2. Sweat X.
3. New Loud Rockets.
4. Lark.
5. Eat This, Horse!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

the twenty-fifth post. local talent. local events. arcade

So it's time for another arcade. This now the third of what seems to be a very successful monthly party held at mercury. The first one was mad, this I can say from first hand experience; the second I only heard good things about. So if I was you, I would head down to mercury on Sunday the 16th, remember there is a public holiday on the Monday. This party is bound to be a super slice of cool with a line up that includes names such as Markus Wormstorm, an old member of club cool, and Lapse, a newer member of the society but not lacking of that indie wisdom.

Photo's of the event will be taken by We Are Awesome.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

the twenty-fourth post. local talent. events. rollercoaster.

Woodstock, Cape Town: ROLLERCOASTER TOUR

With a line-up that will 'rock your socks off'...
The fathers of Cape Town's rock scene, THE DIRTY SKIRTS who always manage to please the crowds. LARK with their merge of electro, rock, and all things beautiful.
Then we have UNIT-R who have been credited with possibly the best electro song to come out of Cape Town with 'Clap'. HOWARD ROARK who will please us with a dash of indie rock 'n roll; the new kids on the block. Finally we have, in my opinion, the two best acts to come out of South Africa, DESMOND & THE TUTUS and SWEAT X. Both class, both very original; the tutu's know how to disco and jive, while Spoek and Markus, from sweat x, are the kings of busting and grinding.
If you think you can miss rollercoaster and still be a cool kid you are definitely mistaken.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

the twenty-third post. local talent. new loud rockets.

you know that feeling when you start losing hope, your heart seems to beat
erratically, nothing really seems to be working out, you start losing
hope in music all together. that feeling where not very much makes you happy
and you kinda think living more primitively would be cool, making fires, killing boars
that vibe. but then you hear something so sweet, so melodically beautiful, something
fresh, something cool, something new , something loud, like a rocket.

i heard the new loud rockets, and yes they do sound a lot like the strokes, maybe too
much, but i like them and they are awesome. they go against the common stream of local
bands, they are happy, done to earth fellows who are flippen talented and know
the ingredients for a sweet little disco jive. and im sorry but how can they not be awesome,
have you seen philip's, the drummer's, mustache. exactly.

they have an Ep "Let's Play House" it's available.
email newloudrockets[at] for more details.

the twenty-second post. party. nu-flex.

so if you want to have fun, and it must be assumed
that even the most glum of people, at least somewhere
in their miserable existence, want to have fun, then
head down to old trusty disco k on the 8th. not only
is Nu-flex fun, its fresh, tasty and full of all that stuff that
doesn't exist at your average Saturday night hang out, and
by 'all that stuff' i really mean debauchery, indecent
exposure and the like. so i guess i will see you there.

dress code and details here

a taste of that is Sweat. X.
Sweat.X - Sweat X

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007

the nineteenth post. local talent. no.2.

Just a few pictures from a very cool exhibition/fashion show held by Whatiftheworld. Whatiftheorld have been doing a lot for the art scene in cape town. there efforts have been more than praiseworthy and we can only hope to see more from them, their supporters, and suppliers.

Dandy Savant.

White Noise

Rope Table

Square Mirror

Some more stuff from a featured artist, Lyall Sprong. Flippen Design Genius.

the eighteenth post. local talent. the tutu's.

the tutu's have new t-shirts.
they are cool as always.
i own one. chicks love me for it.
they pull a gina face.
gina is the girl in the photo.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

the seventeenth post. arcade.

so there was this nice little party called.arcade.
the other night. it was pretty cool.
this party was not just a once off. arcade parties are gonna become part of our lives.
a norm if you like.
you should definitely be at the next one.
watch this space.
mercury is the place.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

the sixteenth post. disco.

indie scum mix tape no.1

1.the ghost frequency - we threw money on the fire
2.the maccabees - x ray young pony club - get lucky (mstrkrft remix)
4.klaxons - as above so below (justice remix)
5.chromeo - tenderoni
6.foals - hummer

the fifteenth post. talent. lastnights party vs. the cobra snake.

Bronxxx: How do you think our websites are different?


MarK: Content mostly. You have a little bit more racy content and a cleaner look, which is nice. I’m not really good at web design, so everything is pretty crude and basic.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

the thirteenth post. photo's. justin poulter.

courtesy. justin poulter.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

the twelth post. out and about. local.

OK. so i was hanging out where i hang out on a Friday night.
It was fun. Death from above. a little party at the darkroom.
so i was just hanging out and this guy was like can i take your
picture for my blog. so i obviously said for sure. I then went
home and checked out his blog.
It is flippen Cool. It also lead me to other COOL sites.
check them out.

ct streets.

kids on the street.


Monday, September 10, 2007

the eleventh post. not local. talent. hadouken!

flip this is a good band.
bright colours.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sunday, August 26, 2007

the nineth post. cape town gigs.

Just a few pictures from the first City Folk show at Waiting Room. more to come.


The Little Kings (feat. Mathew Gill from Baitball)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

the eighth post. local talent. live around the cape.

The New Black @ ROAR

Time and Place
Start Time:
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 12:00am
ROAR - Upstairs from Gandalfs
Lower Main Road
Observatory, Cape Town
South Africa


Time and Place
Start Time:
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 12:00am
The Waiting Room (above Royale)
Long st
Cape Town City


Time and Place
Start Time:
Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 2:00am
The Waiting Room (Above Royale Eatery)
Long Street
Cape Town
South Africa

Saturday, August 4, 2007

the mini post. local talent. live. sweat x.

August 8. hot sauce on your girl. fiction. sweat x . cape town.

Don't miss this duo.
not for anything.

check out there myspace.

Friday, August 3, 2007

the seventh post. i just wanna dance with somebody. datarock.

Wanna be part of reuniting the world with electro-retro-pop dance moves. yes.

Head over to stokd. Bust some moves.
Video it. And win. Simply.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

the sixth post. models. norwegian vs. american.

Heidi Johnson
Age: 18
Height: 5'9" (1.77m)
Place of Origin: Tromsoe, Norway
Ethnic Origin: Norwegian
Favorite Music: Goldfrapp, the Cardigans, Damien Rice, Airmoon Safari, Audiosave, James Blunt, Depeche Mode
I love to draw and I used to do it a lot before but now I have no time anymore! Favorite Food: Chicken, Steak
Favorite Designer:


Name: Hailei Star
Age: 13 1/2
Height: 5’8 ½
Place of Origin: Chicago IL
Ethnic Origin: Mostly German & Swedish. A little Irish, Scottish
Favorite things: I
looked up “art” in the dictionary recently & found out
that “art” is pretty much everything. SO I’ve come to the conclusion I like
57% of all “art” & the smell of hairspray in the morning.
Music you love: Joy Division, Pixies, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, I was
just listening to Bikini Kill.
Hobbies: Not half of the things I wish they were. Figuring out people and
there personalities, that’s interesting.
Foods you love to eat: Bird seeds.

Lets add up the points.

name. Heidi vs. Hailei. well I'm gonna have to give Hailei 3 points for the most original way of spelling Haley. I'm not actually sure how to spell Haylee but I'm pretty sure Hailei is not the most common way so i will give her the points anyway. Heidi gets 5 points because Heidi is a better name. Thats me being objective in my judging.

age. Heidi 18. 10 points. Hailei 13 1/2. 0 points. Probably should be negative points but I'm kind.

. Heidi takes this one too, only by half an inch. 3 points.

place of origin. ok. Never heard of the place Heidi is from. No points to Heidi. Hailei is from Chicago. Sufjan Stevens wrote a song about Chicago, it was a good song. Therefore 5 points to Hailei.

ethnic origin. Heidi is norwegian. Flip thats cool. 5 points. But check Hailei's list. German -2 points. Swedish 5 points. Irish 3 points. Scottish 5 points. Total 11 points.

favourite things. Hailei 5 points, for innovative answer. favourite designer. Heidi 10 points for burberry.

hobbies. art vs. observation. It's a close call, I enjoy both. 5 points Hailei. 7 points Heidi.

food. Heidi 5 points. Hailei 0 points.

tally. Heidi 45 points. Hailei 29 points.

We have a clear winner. Now go listen to Lcd Soundsystem (American) and Datarock (Norwegian).

Thursday, July 26, 2007

the fifth post. local talent. desmond and the tutus.

Desmond and the Tutus (aka the "Che Guevaras of awesome")

"Describing our sound is difficult, it's sort of like walking through a dark forest eating a packet of jelly babies and making friends with a group of cute woodland creatures. You guys spend the whole day together, laughing and playing and having fun. Then, at the end of the day, they walk you home. Just as you reach your house and say goodbye, one of them kicks you in the face while the other scratches out your eyes. Then they hug you and say sorry. Then they play the best rock 'n role music you will ever hear." Desmond and the Tutus describing their own sound (

I personally think thats a pretty good description of their sound. At every gig I find myself at of their's i think to myself "this is like licking a lollypop. Just stick with me here for a second. I always find while licking a lollypop that I kinda enjoy the candy-like hard exterior but it often hurts my tongue and I get frustrated and bored. I lose hope in my lollypop, i think to myself "damn this lollypop sucks" but then i reach the center... the sheer joy, the immense delight, the child-like feeling of satisfaction. It overwhelms me. Desmond and the Tutus overwhelm me.

Maybe thats what 50 Cent meant in his remake of "Candy Shop".

"I'll take you to the candy shop
I'll let you lick the lollypop
Go 'head girl, don't you stop
Keep going 'til you hit the spot"
(50 Cent, "Candy Shop")

Maybe not...

Anyway. If you can, check Desmond and the Tutus. They rock out. Their live act kills.
I have not seen a local band that compares.

Upcoming Shows:
August 11 - Oppikoppi, in the bush.
August 24 - Carfax, Joburg.
August 31 - 88, Joburg.
September 1 - Tings 'n Times, Pretoria.

Some super rocking beats of theirs. (Mp3's)
desmond and the tutus - kiss you on the cheek
desmond and the tutus - bappa
desmond and the tutus - dancing with the dj's girlfriend

The rest of there home recorded demo can be found HERE, or visit their Myspace.

the forth post. clothes. attitude. inspiration.

Sebastian (age 17), "The spring weather inspires me".

Hasan (age 25), "people in the street inspire me".

For more inspiration go check out Hel-Looks.
It's worth your time.