Thursday, 31 May 2012

There's no such thing as having too much jewellery

 Christi dearest made this ring. It's got The Velvet Underground & Nico's album cover designed by Andy Warhol on it. Ah, the perks of having a sister as a jeweler.

Demon Host

 You would think that with less than a week before my first exam I would be frantically studying Plain English and The Tempest. Oh no. My motivation is just at an all time low. Instead, I have been participating in Quiz Night at Aandklas and have spent many hours happily scouring the interwebs for new additions to my music collection. It hasn't all been in vain though. Thanks to my lovely editor at Perdeby, I can now introduce you to my latest obsession- Timber Timbre. I love the honesty of folk music and this little Canadian band just hits the spot. 
This song is called 'Demon Host'. 
Enjoy it!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Lucy- Shadowclub (Official Video)

Ah, Shadowclub. You make me so happy. You make me even happier when you release music videos. Like yesterday, with 'Lucy,' which has to be one of my favourite tracks off Guns & Money

P.S. Rad set at Park Acoustics on Sunday. You guys rocked, with a sickly lead singer and all.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

A Dream Deferred

A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes


  What happens to a dream deferred?

 Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Friday, 25 May 2012

Interview: The Graeme Watkins Project

Here's the interview I did with The Graeme Watkins Project a few weeks ago. Remember to click on the image to enlarge it. 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Exams are around the corner, you say?

Diane Kruger can do no wrong

Diane Kruger wowed once again in a Vivienne Westwood gown at the Amour premier in Cannes.
What do you think?

The Great Gatsby trailer

I remember falling in love with the roaring 20s when I read The Great Gatsby in Matric. The trailer for the film directed by Baz Luhramm was released yesterday. I can't wait to see how he brought the brilliant novel to life. In fact, I think I'm going to go read the book again to refresh my memory. Can't be a better way of procrastinating with exams around the corner, yes?

Monday, 21 May 2012

Tattoo- Desmond & The Tutus (Official Video)

Hello. Hope your Monday wasn't too painful. If it was particularly awful, let Desmond & The Tutus make you smile with their new music video for the first single off their new album, 'Tattoo'. They're such little weirdos but I love their music. If it doesn't make you smile then something is wrong with you. It's really that simple.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Heart Beat

Zaki Ibrahim's "Heart Beat". A little taste of what I experienced on Friday night.

This weekend

On Friday I was lucky enough to interview the lovely Zaki Ibrahim for Perdeby. She played at Arcade Empire alongside Reason with 37 & MPH as well as Tumi Molekane and Yesterday's Pupil. Tumi and Peach are, in my opinion, the most interesting collaboration around at the moment. At one point Peach was singing a piece from Bittereinder's  'Ware Verhaal' and Tumi was rapping. To see the two maestros sharing a stage was such a treat, especially when they performed 'The Beast' right at the end. 
And then there was Zaki Ibrahim, whose voice is rich and soulful. I love that every song is different and that her music is not confined to a specific genre. It's exciting and refreshing and has left me the most interested follower of her work. 

I really need to start taking my camera with me more often. I've gotten lazy because of my phone and the quality of my photos suffers. Apologies. 

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Cannes 2012 Favourites

Freida Pinto

Diane Kruger

Oppi Update

Here's the list of bands booked for Oppikoppi so far:

Black Cat Bones
Catlike Thieves
Dance, you're on Fire
Gert Vlok Nel
Jack Parow
Lilly Million
The Kiffness
Toya Delazy

If you want to see your favourite artist perform at Oppi, you can have your say by voting for them over here.  

Monday, 14 May 2012

Formative Years

You know that sinking feeling that weighs down like lead in the pit of your stomach on a Monday morning? Ya, that feeling. I was experiencing those Monday morning blues today until I found out that Yesterday's Pupil (aka Peach Van Pletzen) released part three of his EP a day early. Oh the joy. They just get better and better. Good on you, Peach. You made my day.
You can download part three (as well as part one and two) for free over here. Go on, do it. You can thank me later.

"I had an affair with the music"

On Saturday evening I interviewed The Graeme Watkins Project for Perdeby. I enjoyed these dudes- they were quite comical and easily the most down to earth bunch I've worked with. You can catch my interview with them in next week's edition of Perdeby. Until then, here's two of their videos- Music Affair and London Bridge. Enjoy!

On Saturday

If you read dear ol'Charlie regularly, you'll know that I'm not very fond of malls. At all. I like shopping (probably a bit too much for my own good) but I think malls are the pits. Come the weekend, I would much rather be outdoors. On Saturday my friend Marina and I made a trip to Irene Dairy Farm. We first sat down to a delicious breakfast of crumpets, berry compote, cream and walnuts and then walked around a bit and even made friends with the smelly little calves.
Afterwards we made our way to the Irene Market. I love flea markets, with all their junk and gems. I picked up a sweet little bag made by a man in Ghana. I'll do a post on it sometime this week so you can have a look-see. 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Why not?

What a lineup

Yay for free music

Are you eager to get your hands on the new Ashtray Electric album? Yes? I thought so. All you have to do is go to this link, enter your email address and the album will be sent to you as soon as it's done.

In the meantime, take a look at this video of Ashtray Electric opening for Two Door Cinema Club at the Cape Town leg of their tour in South Africa. It's by the talented Adriaan Louw of we-are-awesome.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Met Ball Favourites

This year it's a toss up between Carey Mulligan and Camilla Belle.  
Any favourites?

"My mom's bolognaise is tasty"

This catchy tune is called Human of The Week by Yo Grapes. 
(In case you were wondering, Yo Grapes is Craig Durrant, the drummer from Desmond & The Tutus.)
If you're keen for more, you should most definitely pay Souncloud a visit, ok? Ok. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Stop Project by Changing Lines

I love typography and I always loved to combine different styles of typefaces. In my new project I have tried to communicate some ironic and critical messages by combining several cool typefaces.
STOP signs were chosen in strategic locations in order to create an immediate relationship between the messages, the locations and the experiences of the moment. They force people to stop and read the messages, causing a reaction that requires them to question their acquired habits and behaviors.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Happy Birthday to you

Yesterday my mumsie turned 50. 
She might kill me for announcing this to the world but what the heck, she looks splendid for her age. 
We rounded her nearest and dearest together to celebrate the occasion at Tashas in Brooklyn. 
One of the best ways to spend an afternoon has to be at Tashas. 
That's a fact.

Ben Howard, you are my favourite right now

Good morning, Monday. 
Are you ready for a five day week? 
Because I don't think I am.

This is Ben Howard's 'Old Pine'. 
Always good to kick off the week on a good musical note, don't you think? 

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Photo of the Weekend

Was just itching to share this picture. 
Quelle pretty sister, non?
More on the weekend tomorrow.
Going to go watch a Greek series. 
It's too funny. 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Butternut soup

Nothing's more delicious than a bowl of soup in winter, so I decided to make some butternut soup. I'm actually a bit embarrassed to put this recipe up because it's so incredibly easy but here it is anyway. Enjoy!

1kg butternut, peeled and chopped
2 large onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder (add more or less depending on how hot you like your soup)
olive oil to fry the onions
750ml vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
Fresh cream and feta cheese to serve

Fry the onions until soft. Add the curry powder and fry for 3 minutes. Add the butternut and vegetable stock. Allow to simmer until soft (this depends on the size of your butternut pieces- the smaller they are, the quicker they will soften). Add the cinnamon and blend until smooth.

"We lost faith, in the arms of love"

 'The Wolves' by Ben Howard is just beautiful. I quite like the video too. 
Do enjoy.

Celebrity Hipsters

These celebrity hipster illustrations are by Chile-born Fab Ciraolo. I adore the one of Salvador Dali. I adore anything Salvador Dali, actually. 

If you want to take a look at some of Fab's other work (and I highly recommend that you do), visit his blog by clicking here or his Facebook page by going here.

Che Guevara

Judy Garland

Edward Scissorhands

Salvador Dali

Frida Kahlo

Marilyn Monroe

Marlene Dietrich

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Burger eyeshadow

How cool is this Burger King ad from the Netherlands? 

To Durban we shall go

Hello, I'm back in P-Town. Quite reluctantly, I have to admit. My little holiday was that great. I have  good news though, my little Charlie seems to be cooperating with me again. Good blog, keep it up. 

Here's a few of the highlights of my trip. Hope you all enjoyed your long weekend too! 


The beautiful scenery. I'm a sucker for pretty landscapes.

 We hired bicycles and rode on the promenade till we got to Moyo, a cocktail lounge right by uShaka. This is probably one of my favourite things I did on this trip. I think it's time I invested in a bicycle. It really was pure bliss riding along the beach. 



In Margate we had lunch at an incredibly popular restaurant called The Waffle House. Now I'm not usually a fan of waffles (I'm more of a pancake kinda gal) but the hummus and fried brinjal waffle I had just may have changed my mind. 

I had my first macaroon at Gloria Jeans. Yes, you read correctly, my first. Unheard of in the blogging world, right? Does this officially make me a cool kid now? Nah, I didn't think so either.

On our last night in Durban we had dinner at Palki, a restaurant that serves the most delicious authentic Indian food. I had the Palak Paneer, which was what I imagine heaven to be. No, really. I would totally go back to Durban every fortnight just for this restaurant. 

And lastly, in case you didn't already know... 

Ok, so when are we on holiday again?