In a November 2012 review of Arno Carstens' twice-SAMA-nominated album Atari Gala, Rolling Stone's Miles Keylock notes that the track "Invaders" is "a bruised, string-driven parable about surviving 20 years in the music business. It's a fucking James Bond theme tune!"
Carstens recently released a video for "Invaders" and instead of going the James Bond route, he went with a stale, confrontational green-screen gaze performance in front of a mash-up of old Hollywood B-grade films to accompany the track.
"Invaders" is the second single off Atari Gala.
Black Francis: 'Who says you can't have two videos for a song?'
Crimson House Blues recently released their video for "Breaking Down Low" off their 2012 studio album Smoke, Dust & Whiskey.
The song encapsulates the feel of their album "which is all about when you've done a little too much damage to yourself in moments of weakness or awesomeness", frontman Riaan Smit told Rolling Stone. The video shows some cheeky burlesque dancers and a hypnotized audience swaying back and forth to the swampy blues groove.
The band's second album Red Shack Rock is set to be released at the end of September along with some new videos to go with it. The band has also started working on a third album with producer Jo Ellis from Blooroom studios in Ladismith.
"On my way there I got arrested for speeding and after a night in the cells we finally got to Ladismith and managed to lay down six new tracks. We're kind of addicted to recording right now, and while the inspirations there we want to capture it", recalls Smit.
Die Antwoord have released the official music video for the track "Cookie Thumper", off their upcoming album Donker Mag set to be released in February 2014. Directed by Ninja, the video centers around Yo-Landi Vi$$er's character who has a crush on Anies, a gangster recently released from prison.
"Baphi abambulala, baph abamgwazayo, baphi abamphikayo?" (Where are those who killed him, those who denied him, and those who stabbed him?) asks Professor in his new video for his latest kwaito single, "Baphi", off his SAMA winning album, The Orientation. It's a searching and fearless moral inventory of South Africa's culture of violence that resurrects Yizo Yizo's Papa Action (Ronnie Nyakale) and Gunman (Christopher Khubeka) to play a pair of murderous gangsters who chase money, murder and Jezebels before blaspheming a church funeral with booze and guns.
Following a series of teasers and videos, Queens of the Stone Age have released a 15-minute animated short film preceding the release of their upcoming album . . . Like Clockwork. The film follows a string of discomfiting clips the band has released over the past week, including an animated video last Friday for "My God Is the Sun."
The new film strings together several songs and combines them with images by artist Boneface and animator Liam Brazier for an effect that Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme describes in a release as "an audio commentary of a manic year."
The multiple passages in the video, which includes the full-length video for "My God is the Sun," follow a nightmarish logic. The first segment features a bandaged and bloodied man being dragged by some unknown force through a desert landscape as crows, rats and other scavengers look on hungrily. The man is levitated across a cliff and later free falls through an urban cityscape before the scene transitions to a carnival-esque character roaming dimly lit streets and alleys, windows shattering as the character passes.
. . . Like Clockwork, due out on June 4th, features contributions from Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Elton John, original bassist Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears.
In a clip we posted earlier we see Khuli Chana moments before receiving three SAMAs for Best Male Artist, Best Rap Album and Album of the Year for Lost In Time.
This clip sees an exhilarated Chana backstage moments after receiving his third SAMA for Album of the Year.
Khuli Chana finally got his moment to shine at this year's SAMAs as all the years of hard work finally paid off for the former Motswako protégé. He took home the coveted Best Male Artist, Best Rap Album and Album of the Year awards for Lost In Time.
Rolling Stone feature writer, Suede, caught up with Chana backstage only moments before winning his first award on the evening.
On Saturday night, the 11th May, youngster Toya DeLazy walked away with two South African Music Awards for Newcomer of the Year and Best Pop Album for Due Drop Deluxe – while Jax Panix scooped the Best Producer on the Friday night for his work on her album.
Rolling Stone features writer, Suede, caught up with DeLazy backstage shortly after receiving her 3rd SAMA and she had this to say about it: "When I look back now, all that hard work... playing at open bars, playing at pubs, carrying my piano on my scooter to go play somewhere... even though I wasn't even getting paid at all. All that investment was for that moment right now."
Renowned filmmaker Aryan Kaganof and RS correspondent Nobhongo Gxolo recently met up with American jazz pianist, record producer and Grammy winner Robert Glasper at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival for a chat about religion, politics, equality... and of course they also talked about the music.