Levis has some new marketing thing. New bands covering old songs etc. Here we have the Dirty Projectors covering “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” from John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan. Dave Longstreth makes for a pretty decent stand in for the man himself.
You gotta pony up some Details so that the Levis marketing folks can let you know about the latest advances in pants technology. And curiously you can only choose from about 10 countries. I chose Mexico.
There were dozens of black swans, with a handful of white ones, in the canal next Ankerklause. I was under some assumption that black swans are rare, but I guess that isn’t the case. I didn’t have a camera with me at the time and I didn’t even think that I should at the very least bring one along the next time. Of the photo’s I took in Berlin there are many that I’m kind of indifferent to now, but I regret not taking a photo of those black swans. I liked them. I guess I had Sunset Rubdown on the brain.
No mute photographs today, just Words: The Consequence of Sound
Long time readers of this blog, all two of you, may have noticed that I don’t really write much here. Mostly because I don’t much like The Writing. But! Sometimes, just sometimes, there is something special that I really, really have to tell you both about. Today, dear readers, is one of those special moments.
My dear friend Brigette (aka RoboGeisha) has a play on at the SpaceFrame at JCE for the rest of the week. It is called “Words: The Consequence of Sound” and I implore you, I urge you to watch it. It is about global warming and heated speech and communication, with a cunning use of genre and all manner of other clever things. A world in various states of collapse is evoked by various cunning theatrical devices.
At times it reminded me of Margaret Atwood.
I’m not much good at writing about theatre, I don’t know quite what to say: there were actors (great); there was a minimal stage; there were some lights; at some points there was sound; by all accounts there was a great script and, I assume, formidable direction. And if nothing else, there were cookies on sale at the box office. So there’s that.
At any rate, I recommend that if you have any interest at all in theatre that you go watch the show.
Oh yes, they’re trying to take the show to a festival in the Czech Republic and need to raise funds, so buying one of those cookies will be for a good cause. Buy two. Bring a friend.
This last Saturday night was the last party of the decade, or the last one for me, at any rate. (Before you suggest that 2010 is part of our decade, it isn’t. See: the year 2000 not being part of the nineties.) The party was for the long-awaited launch of the Us Kids Know EP: Friendship Test, which Ben has written about frequently and excitedly over at So Many Animal Calls.
Good news is that he wasn’t getting excited for nothing. I’ve been a fan of Us Kids Know since I first watched them play over at the Cosmic Bowling Alley all the way back at the beginning of 2007. 2007 was a good year for them, and for music in Joburg in general, and they gigged a fair amount. Then, quite sadly, they disappeared for ages and the next time I saw them was a mere few weeks ago at a guerilla-style gig at the Bohemian. They were in top form. And there was all this talk about the EP. And it’s about damn time.
The EP was recorded by the good folks from KRNGY Logo in the Gem Bioscope over a weekend a few weeks back. And they’ve outdone every recording of a South African band that I’ve heard so far. That alone is pretty damning for some, but for the rest of us it is a sign of hope. Hope for more bands like Us Kids Know to produce more fantastic music and hope that at last we’ll get to enjoy great recordings of these bands. Too many South African bands have such great live shows and such disappointing recordings.
Of course on the night itself I hadn’t heard the EP yet, so I had only Ben’s good words to go on. And yet there was already something to be hopeful about: Eyes Like Mirrors. It was my first time watching them. It will not be my last. I am so excited to hear what they can do in the future.
As the last parties of the decade go, it was a good one: familial, hopeful.
Oh, yes, by the way, the EP is pretty damn great. Good work guys.
In 2007 Greenisforturbo emerged from the burgeoning party scene in Joburg. They wrote crazy dance/rock songs about dinosaurs and supposedly about tigers and sparrows. And the kids loved it. It was an exciting time for live music in Joburg, but sadly it did not last very long. By mid 2008 Matthew was living in Cape Town and GIFT were no longer gigging regularly. The photo’s in this post are from the last GIFT gig at Sunningdales in early October 2008. There is a dinosaur-shaped hole in the live music scene.