Category Archives: musique

Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution.

I haven’t posted one of my musical addictions in a while (do you recall the Steed Lord infatuation?) and, given my current day-to-day busyness settling into my new job at Woolworths House (!!!), I think it’s high time.

This song is Halloween all over for me. I’ve always been partial to a little Cut Copy, but the added kookiness of this track, video and that irresistible pop-slathered bridge have me listening to it on repeat (in my head and on YouTube).

Blink and you’ll miss a revolution, indeed.

Girls.

Diana invited a group of super hot girl bloggers from around the globe, including Kate, Angie, Cath, Milli and Jessica (a mix of fellow locals and Twitter minxes) to contribute to one of her famous music mixes.

The theme? Girls. I took it as an opportunity to listen to even more of the lusty girl band rock I’m so into at the moment.

Go listen to the mix – it’s a really sexy round up!

Girl Band

I am officially re-obsessed with this song.

A couple of sizzling hot, doe-eyed brunettes, bra-less and clad in a trifecta of suggestively goth/glam Victoriana-meets-Courtney-Love nighties?

If I’m honest all I’ve ever really wanted was to play bass in an all-girl rock band.

Oktoberfest.

I don’t usually do these kinds of posts, but I had such a cool weekend that I really feel like sharing it. After a truly abysmal Friday at work (suffering a mild hangover, and with a wounded heart), I decided to short circuit the blueness that was trying to claim me and accept the first invitation that came my way.

The We Love Real Beer Festival it was! Armed with three friends and a hell of a thirst, I joined the rest of Cape Town in Woodstock for an evening of beer swigging, catching up and sausage-eating to the tune of some cool blues. I must’ve consumed several litres of beer and also managed to sneak in a cheese wurst and some spirited head shakin’ to the blues.

Saturday was a delightful grey day, and my brother and I trundled down to The Power and the Glory (or the P and the G as we Capetonians fondly like to call it) for brunch with a friend. The P and the G is truly my local, and I will stand by its hipsterness, The National/Arcade Fire soundtrack it has on repeat and their epic sirloin salad to the death. The P and the G attracts some real aesthetes and it’s just the right size so that I can wear my wooden platforms and not fall on my ass during the trip from barstool to bathroom. It truly is the small things.

From there we went to see the Gabrielle Raaf exhibition at Salon 91, and I bought this little wood and floral brooch. I love the colour so much, and the fact that it’s like a kitsch cameo. It looks like the brooch version of this strange but amazing egg-shaped castanet I bought at a second hand shop a while ago.

An afternoon of lazing, talking, pasta-eating and laughing at old photos with friends in Sea Point was followed by the decision to keep up the good work and get our derrieres down to Swing Royale for the swing party. The Swing franchise is Cape Town’s new answer to a night of good music and dancing that doesn’t include smoke machines, strobe lights and David Guetta.

It was my first time. I wore a silk wrap jumpsuit covered in polka dots over stockings with wingtip-style courts and a vintage bolero. In all honesty, it was so short on me that it looked like a really glam leotard, but I have taken to telling myself I won’t be able to wear things like this in five years time and boy, is it workin’! We danced, a lot, and it was such a festive departure from your average night out. Girls were in full tassels, stockings and suspenders, long lashes and lacquered nails, and boys were dapper in bow ties, brogues and rogueish grins.

Sunday, fittingly, was all about sleep, daydreaming, pizza and music. A real all rounder of a weekend, I must say. And guess what? It’s Rocking the Daisies this weekend! I’m already planning my packing list.

See. You. There!

Girl/Rock

With my favourite festival of the year, Rocking the Daisies, less than two weeks away, I got in touch with three of Cape Town’s coolest and most well-versed festival-goers to find out about their indispensible RTD items. From sneaker fetishes, to shooter records and hand sanitiser, Anthea, Tecla and Gabi are three music lovers that know their way around festival fashion.

MEET Anthea Knows Best Poulos, all-round cool girl, sneaker collectress and youth culture expert at Instant Grass. Miss Thang to you and to me.

What are your 5 festival fashion essentials?

1. Shades, to protect from the blinding sun over fields and water and obviously to mask the hangover.

2. A scarf, because it’s perfect for when it’s not too hot and not too cold, and for when it gets freezing at night, plus it helps us all look a little extra glam.

3. Sneakers. I know this is predictable coming from me, but the way I see it, your foot stays clean and dry and the sole is thick enough to protect from dodgy broken items on the ground. My personal festival choice is Vans, ’cause they’re durable and easy to clean.

4. A jacket. For the last two years I’ve taken varsity style baseball styles because they’re warm, they close and they keep you cosy without looking like a bit of a poshy wearing a trench coat at a festival.

5. One statement piece of jewelry, I’m a holiday jewelry kind of girl so I like to buy memorabilia jewelry from everywhere I go (festivals included). For the weekend I ditch the watch and rings but I choose a batch of bracelets or a chain that becomes my festival piece. As soon as I get there I buy one to remember the event by and add it to the collection.

Describe your musical taste.

My musical taste doesn’t have a category as such. I’m a major fan of 90s R’nB & hip-hop so you can usually find me “vaabing” to that, but otherwise I luuurve some good reggae & dub. I guess it’s hard to say, having grown up in Jozi I’ve also got a love for some good deep house.

Most excited to see at RTD 2011?

I’m less of a mainstage and more of a Red Bull stage type of girl so this year the highlights for me include Kid Fonque who I consider one of the best DJs SA has to offer, who Cape Town never sees enough of. Also excited for The Ruffest ’cause I’ve heard some really amazing things about them but never seen that before. Lastly Jon Savage & the Nomads because I know they’ve been working on something fresh and I can’t wait to see what it is!

Headline wish list – your top 3 headline acts of all time?

Portishead, Yellowman, The Smiths

Give yourself an RTD festival name for the purposes of this blog post.

Anthea ‘Posh Pants’ Poulos! I’m a very nose in the air type of festival goer for a couple of reasons, 1) I abhor a lack of cleanliness 2) Having grown up in the city I have a distinct lack of outdoorsy clothing 3) I like all my shoes and it makes me sad at the thought that they could get dirty 4) There’s not proper internet and the iPhone sits on Edge for 3 days which is pretty damn tragic as it means the Tumblr sits still!

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MEET Tecla Ciolfi, aka Texx and the City, Editor of Your LMG mag, rock ‘n roll devotee and lover of licks.

What are your 5 festival fashion essentials? 

5 pairs of sunglasses.

Describe your musical taste. 

My taste is pretty eclectic, but I’m a sucker for a catchy chorus and a stinging guitar riff.

I’m most excited to see if I can break my record of shooters consumed at RTD 2011.

Headline wish list – your top 3 headline acts of all time?

Alive – The Black Keys, Incubus and Lady Gaga. Dead – Jeff Buckley, The Doors, Amy Winehouse.

Give yourself an RTD festival name for the purposes of this blog post.

Tecla ‘The Italian Job’ Ciolfi

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MEET Gabi Goldberg, musical mover, Nutella eater, Muse fan.

What are your 5 festival fashion essentials?

1. Hand sanitiser

2. Sunglasses

3. Sunscreen

4. A tent and with it a person to help you set it up.

5. Alcohol

Describe your musical taste.

Anything and everything that strikes something within me, be it blues, electro, commercial pop to indie rock. I’m not fussy, really.

I’m most excited to see Civil Twilight at RTD 2011. They always put on a magnificent show and I have no doubt that Rocking the Daises will be any different.

Headline wish list – your top 3 headline acts of all time?

Muse. I’ve seen them once before and their live show is phenomenal! Florence and the Machine are also one of my favourite acts out there and I would love to one day see them live. Bon Iver, his music is simply magical and to see it live would be a privilege

Give yourself an RTD festival name for the purposes of this blog post.

Gabi ‘Goofy’ Goldberg

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Get your derriere out to Darling from 7 – 9 October and catch acts the likes of Band of Skulls, Tumi & The Volume, Lark, Gazelle, Felix Laband and Killer Robot.

Klassique

I can’t stop listening to this song or watching this video this week. Besides being 80’s deluxe, I just love marvelling at how re-edgy all the eyewear, denim, bandannas and cropped knitwear has become over the last few years (and continues to be).

But the best part is certainly the frontwoman’s unflinchingly cooler than cool attitude and commitment to her rounded Wayfarers. Epic.

Beat this.

Not possible, but you can try.

Happy Friday! See ya at Tjing-Tjing.