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Music: Jack Parow – P.A.R.T.Y (2012) Music 01 MAR 2015

What, another Jack Parow track so soon after the other?!? What can I say, I like this man’s music! No idea why, I just do. (Chantelle gives me funny looks every time she sees me tapping my foot to these ridiculous tunes!)

Jack Parow

If you missed the quick biography last time around, here is the quick write-up grabbed off electromode.co.za:

“Thirty three years ago, Zander Tyler was born in Parow, Cape Town. Today he is known as Jack Parow, original donker dodgy afrikaans rapper. Contrary to popular belief, his wild-fire success did not happen overnight. Jack started out rapping with crews from the Cape Flats and has been at it for thirteen years. It’s been almost six years since his breakthrough in 2009 and since Jack Parow has released his first self-titled full length album that struck gold within two weeks of its release and went platinum within a year; headlined at major festivals in South Africa; toured Europe and played before packed out shows there; and then followed it all up with another two seriously popular studio albums! His songs are hits on national radio stations and he has been on prime TV shows and on covers and centerfolds of publications in South Africa and in Europe.

Jack Parow’s self-titled debut album (2010) sold almost 45 000 units which made this sexy romantiese Afrikaans rapper a force to be reckoned with.”

Anyway, from his 2012 album re-release Eksie Ou (Special Edition), here is Jack Parow with the perfect year end holiday song, “P.A.R.T.Y”:

Related Link: http://www.electromode.co.za/artist_JackParow.html

Music: Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues: Payday (2015) Music 27 FEB 2015

Comedians Nic Smal and Gareth Allison make up the Youtube singing comedy duo of Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues (thank you Carte Blanche for providing the naming ammo), and have been having us South Africans chuckling along for quite a while now with their ridiculously silly songs that pretty much make fun of everything popular right now.

(My favourite without a doubt was Braai Day, released back in 2011 in preparation for South Africa’s National Braai Day (held 24 September every year) parodying the viral sensation that was Rebecca Black’s “Friday”.)

derick watts & the sunday blues - Nic Smal and Gareth Allison

Anyway, quick bio grabbed off the 27dinner.com (who knows why it’s up there) site:

“Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues have made waves both locally and internationally with their unique brand of comedy, using YouTube as their platform of choice. Known for their tongue-in-cheek parody music videos (“Braaiday”, “The Car Guard Song”, “Movember Song” and most recently “Hipsters & Hashtags”) as well as their original animated series (“Chat Sandwich”, “Hippo & Croc”), their work has been featured on sites such as TIME Magazine, Huffington Post, The Telegraph and Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die. They were also adjudged by Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee as winners of the international Movember video competition in 2012, beating out hundreds of entrants worldwide.

The duo, consisting of Nicholas Smal & Gareth Allison, recently signed with Los Angeles-based network The Collective, and have worked with local favourites Ard Matthews, Dr. Michael Mol, Rob van Vuuren & even Derek Watts himself on some of their videos.”

Right. And now for a description culled from Youtube itself:

“Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues return with their most ridiculous song yet! This time the boys chronicle the journey of two ordinary young men who splurge out & live large on payday, their spending sprees making those of celebrities like P. Diddy and Nicki Minaj look dull in comparison!

Alas though, reality comes back to bite them and they have to figure out how to get by for the rest of the month until payday comes around again. Will the boys learn their lesson this time around?

Featuring guest appearances by Jack Parow, Jeannie D, former-Miss South Africa Cindy Nell & The Kiffness, it’s the song everyone can relate to – PAYDAY!”

So, resonate much anyone? :)

Related Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/wearethesundayblues

Music: Jack Parow – Ode to You (ft. Nonku) (2014) Music 21 FEB 2015

I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion before that Afrikaans zef rapper Jack Parow is a bit of a guilty indulgence for me. Seriously, earphones in, Jack Parow blasting, and me coding at the keyboard is a combination that is hard to beat! :)

south african afrikaans rapper jack parow sitting at the bar

For those of you not familiar with him, here is a quick write-up grabbed off electromode.co.za:

“Thirty three years ago, Zander Tyler was born in Parow, Cape Town. Today he is known as Jack Parow, original donker dodgy afrikaans rapper. Contrary to popular belief, his wild-fire success did not happen overnight. Jack started out rapping with crews from the Cape Flats and has been at it for thirteen years. It’s been almost six years since his breakthrough in 2009 and since Jack Parow has released his first self-titled full length album that struck gold within two weeks of its release and went platinum within a year; headlined at major festivals in South Africa; toured Europe and played before packed out shows there; and then followed it all up with another two seriously popular studio albums! His songs are hits on national radio stations and he has been on prime TV shows and on covers and centerfolds of publications in South Africa and in Europe.

Jack Parow’s self-titled debut album (2010) sold almost 45 000 units which made this sexy romantiese Afrikaans rapper a force to be reckoned with.”

Anyway, from his 2014 Nag Van Die Lang Pette album release, here is Jack Parow, featuring vocals from Nonku, with the brilliant “Ode To You”:

Related Link: http://www.electromode.co.za/artist_JackParow.html

Stream English and Afrikaan South African Music with Rdio Software & Sites 30 OCT 2014

These days streaming music from the Internet is actually a workable solution here in South Africa, which basically translates into a whole lot more music choice for you and I, the end user. I’ve been using a particular music streaming service for a while now, and seeing as it is pretty much perfect as far as what I’m concerned, I thought it high time I give it the plug it so richly deserves.

From Wikipedia, Rdio (damn it, stop dropping perfectly good letters to come up with hip names Internet service people!) is an online music service that offers ad-supported free streaming service and ad-free subscription services in 60 countries. It is available as a website and also has clients for the iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone mobile devices, which can play streaming music or cache songs for offline playback. There are also clients for the Roku and Sonos systems. The web-based service also offers a native desktop client application for Mac OS X and Windows. Its library has content from the four major record labels, as well as the Merlin Network and the aggregators IODA, INgrooves, The Orchard, CD Baby, IRIS Distribution, BFM Digital, Finetunes, and Catapult. Rdio also offers social networking, allowing users to share playlists and follow others to see what music they listen to.

I primarily use it on my laptop to listen to music whilst I work, and I have to say, the interface is clean, snappy, and makes for easy use. What is particularly nice is their station algorithms that essentially automatically builds custom playlists based on the type of music you listen to. So for example, if you listen to a Jack Parow album, don’t be surprised when immediately following its end, you’re blasted with Dutch rap tunes. I’ve given it a fair spin and the station algorithm has yet to let me down!

However, the biggest plus in my opinion is the localisation. Because it is officially launched in South Africa, you all of a sudden have full access to a plethora of South Africa artists, which in my case means instant access to both English and Afrikaans rockstars, be it the classic Springbok Nude Girls, Sugardrive or Fokofpolisiekar, to maybe something a little newer like Van Coke Kartel or the excellent Woodstock Mafia.

Hell, I can even give good old Robbie Wessels a spin if I feel like a chuckle.

And to top it all off, their selection of obscure, difficult to find musicians is also pretty top notch I have to say.

Rdio a subscription based model, but to date I’m still running under the free plan after a couple of months with absolutely no restrictions at all. Have to say, I’m liking this one a lot!

rdio logo strip

Related Link: http://www.rdio.com/

Capsule Reviews: Television and Movies (Legend of Korra, Babalas, etc.) Animation | Anime | Live-Action | My Reviews 23 APR 2014

I don’t really feel like typing up reviews any more, and in truth, I haven’t been doing so for a while. However, I do like coming back every couple of years to see if my thoughts on a particular movie or television show has subsequently changed (like how I found Love Hina hilarious the first time I watched it and then atrocious the subsequent time I tried to rewatch it), hence this quick capsule reviews.

The Legend of Korra [Season 2] (2013)

The second season, Book Two: Spirits, is set six months after the events of the first season, with Korra learning that restless spirits called Dark Spirits have been terrorizing the south seas. Feeling that she can not learn to calm the Dark Spirits through Tenzin, Korra turns to her uncle Unalaq, the Northern Water Tribe chief, for guidance. However, as civil war among the Water Tribe branches erupts from the Northern Tribe’s forced occupancy, Korra learns that the exile of her father Tonraq was arranged by Unalaq who is using her to achieve his own agenda. Which now means that Korra and her comrades will have to unite once more in order to put a stop to whatever it is that Unalaq is putting in motion!

As with the first season, I absolutely loved this second helping of the Legend of Korra. Fantastic animation and backdrops complement an intricately woven story that carries the right amounts of drama, action and of course humour when necessary. It’s a great blend of elements that then combines well with a fantastic voice cast and soundtrack, making for a very polished, and very enjoyable animated television show.

avatar the legend of korra backdrop

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for The Flash and his family, the ripples of the event prove disastrous as a fractured, alternate reality now exists where a Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Teaming with a grittier, more violent Dark Knight and Cyborg, Flash races to restore the continuity of his original timeline while this new world is ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans.

Another hit addition to the DC Original Animated Movie stable, The Flashpoint Paradox is a slick and polished animated film with high production values, featuring a great story (loads of action, surprise character reveals, and plenty of drama), an excellent score and fantastic voice acting. I thoroughly enjoyed this animated outing and will definitely watch it again in the near future.

Community [Season 5] (2014)

Jeff Winger and most of the old study group find themselves back at Greendale, after failing to have made the cut in the real world following their graduation. Now on the committee to save Greendale from the various problems that always seem to land at its doorstep, the gang is at again as if they had never left… (though with one or two new faces thrown into the mix, mind you)

So the good news is that Dan Harmon is back. The bad news is that Community should probably not have returned after the third season. They continue to do the same thing over and over again, this time with a slightly tweaked cast, and to be honest, the humour is now very much stale. There is only so much that you can rely on meta-humor and pop culture references in order to make your show funny, and unfortunately this limit feels as very much as it has long since been reached. It’s a pity really to watch this show fizzle out just as much as it has. (Sigh, and to think I absolutely adored the first two seasons of it…)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine [Season 1] (2013)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedy television series set in New York, telling the story of a group of detectives in the Nine-Nine Precinct. With a new, by the book, Captain to please, these detectives should probably get themselves back into line – though to be fair, that’s not really how they do things in this particular precinct…

Definitely one of our favourite comedy television shows to sit down to at the moment, the acting team of Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio and Chelsea Peretti do a fantastic job of bringing to life some very funny scripts, and with some clever writing and decent plotting to boot, it is no wonder that Chantelle and I can’t wait for the second season to come rolling in!

brooklyn nine-nine backdrop

Man of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

It is always a bad sign when you are forced to watch a movie over two sittings, and then fall asleep during both sessions. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is unfortunately a prime example of a comic book movie that just fails to have any real substance, in fact, making it par for the course when it comes to live action Superman films of recent years. Although the visuals and action sequences are stunning, the character development is non existent and thus one’s emotional attachment to the story is just not where it should be. It is a polished production to be sure, but I just didn’t like it, and the fact that they did a very un-Superman-like thing at the end did just enough for me to simply not have enjoyed the experience. Quite a pity really.

DC Super Villains Superman: Worlds At War! (2013)

This is a compilation disc pulling together episodes from Superman: The Animated Series (10 stories), plus 3 Superman-centric episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Everything is Darkseid and Apokolips based, meaning that naturally there is no surprise as to the flavour of the villain of the day for all the various stories.

Nevertheless, it is a good trip down memory lane if you haven’t seen any of the classic DC animated universe stuff for a long time, and pleasingly the quality of the story telling remains right up there. That said, chances of you not having seen this material before is pretty slim, and if by chance you haven’t in fact seen these before, then honestly you’d be better off purchasing the series DVD releases instead, because obviously they give more variety in the stories being told. Still, I did enjoy seeing these again…

Tiger & Bunny [Season 1] (2011)

In a futuristic city, people born with super abilities train to be Heroes, sponsored do-gooders that protect the city and fight crime for points, all in front of a cheering television audience. One of the older heroes, old fashioned, clumsy but with a will of steel, Wild Tiger is about to be assigned a brand new partner – the calculating and efficient Barnaby Brooks Jr. The thing is, Barnaby Brooks Jr. brings somewhat of a history with him – and its a mystery which both he and the old man will have to work together on in order to solve!

This is a difficult one. I’m a bit off anime these days, but I have to admit that overall I really did enjoy this show, despite its sometime over the top goofiness and silliness that at times threatened to derail the seriousness and drama of the story being told. The animation is a good blend of traditional and CG, and the action sequences are well choreographed, particularly the various fight scenes. However, the character models are sometimes a little too goofy for my liking. It’s an action ability-powered hero story at the heart of it all, and as such, delivers on the points that it is expected to, thus making for a watchable and relatively fun show at the end of the day. That said, I can’t ever see myself re-watching it any time in the near future…

tiger and bunny backdrop

Babalas (2013)

An events co-ordination company executive goes in search of the nostalgic Boet and Swaer from the old Castrol ads to lure them to a big gala event at Emperor’s Palace. What follows is a road trip of misadventure, fueled of course by copious amounts of alcohol – the good old fashioned South African way!

I hate to say it, but the trailer for this movie is what reeled me in – I definitely thought it could be funny and a bit of a trip down memory lane to see a movie revolving around old South African television adverts that used to air when I was growing up. Sadly, that was not the case, and this time around, the trailer is by far better than the movie itself. It’s not very funny, Jack Parow is really not an actor, and in short, I should probably just have picked up a Hollywood blockbuster instead. Still, I did rather enjoy the very cool South African soundtrack that accompanied this rather limp script…

Music: Jack Parow ft Francois van Coke – Hard Partytjie Hou (2012) Music 21 NOV 2012

It’s a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, but I kind of like it when a Jack Parow tune pops up on the radio. His tracks always manage to be pretty damn catchy, even if the irreverent lyrics sometimes make themselves pretty difficult to look the other way!

Anyway, this Afrikaans track features the always loud Francois van Coke on chorus, and as you can imagine, it’s a foot stomper. Though I’m not entirely sure what Nicholis Louw and his fans are going to make of this one…

Goofy South African white trash rap at its finest, if that’s actually possible.