It’s always summer in Durbs

Ah man I love this song! It’s upbeat notes make me jive, mostly in my car. It’s one of those songs that causes me to release a little squeal when it starts to play on the radio.
Is it just me or is SA music improving in leaps and bounds?
This Durbanite Michael Lowman has smooth sounds, his voice is soft, and his lyrics aren’t cheesy.

Enjoy, I’m off to the Grahamstown Festival for a week

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Thursday Throwback: catching your heart

I thought I’d post this week about one of my most favorite bands ever, in honour of the fact that they are working on a new album.

Snow Patrol made it big internationally with this song in 2006 after it featured in America in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Amazingly, this song spent a massive 52 weeks on one of Britain’s top music charts.

Snow Patrol have never failed to woo me with their powerful and heartfelt lyrics found throughout their body of work. Needless to say I’m looking forward to the next album. Gary Lightbody might be funny looking, but when he opens his mouth to sing, he’s the sexiest man alive.

Enjoy

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Book Pending

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George RR Martin is the master of suprise

 

In case you’re wondering why the book section of this blog has been so quiet of late, its because something possessed me to try my hand at reading the tome that is the first of five in the Game of Thrones series. It must be said that I’ve never watched the TV series, but I’m enjoying the book immensely, its just taking me forever. I’m about halfway through now, you will be the first to know my thoughts when I’m done. Now where was I? Oh yes… “As he stood in the predawn chill watching Chiggen butcher his horse Tyrion Lannister…”

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All aboard!!

Yeah, I shouldn’t be blogging on a Monday, but I’ve got this guy’s album, All the Little Lights, blasting through my pink Typo earphones, and I had to share the awesomeness with you.

Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg) released Let her Go last year, being the slow-developer I am, I only heard it this morning, but I love it (thanks Lu for posting it on my wall, you are the best!!). I imagine myself driving long roads lined with fields to this music. He sounds like The Shins meets Mumford & Sons.

Take a listen , let me know what you think

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The Green band from Canada

This band is so good its just ridiculous. From Montreal, Groenland (Afrikaans in Canada?) released their debut album, The Chase, in April this year.

Originally formed as an electro-pop group, they thought it would be more fun to add instruments like cello and violin, giving them a unique, indie-sound (plus I love bands that play real instruments).

Lead singer, Sabrina, has a voice similar to Nanna, lead vocalist of Of Monsters and Men (except that Groenlands lyrics actually make sense).

In case you haven’t figured it out, I love these guys, even though I only discovered them on Tuesday. I hope you like them too

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Locks, Jocks and Rugby Socks

The author is obviously writing from experience

The author is obviously writing from experience

I’ve just finished the third installment of the home-brewed Spud books.

These wonderful books tell the boyish tales of young John “Spud” Milton as he navigates his way through a jock-dominated traditional all boys school in the Natal Midlands.

They are literally laugh-out-loud books. John van de Ruit (who is obviously following the authors maxim of “write what you know”) writes in a simple, flowing way so that you enjoy every minute of these easy-reading stories.

They are also very moving at times, when you aren’t laughing at the hilarious antics of the Crazy Eight (the protagonist and his dorm-mates). The books have since been turned a  movie franchise, staring John Cleese as The (lovable) Guv and Tanit Phoenix as drama teacher Eve. The second movie premieres later this week at Sun City.

If you are looking for a good read, do yourself a favour and get your hands on these books. I’m off to enjoy the last installment Exit, pursued by a bear.

Pair these books with the soft and warm Laborie red blend. It is a smooth, light Paarl wine that goes down like a pinot noir and has the same colouring. Perfect for these warm and heart-warming books.

Everybody loves a little chocolate

After the fashion of my gender, I have a love-hate relationship with chocolate (why just yesterday I squirrelled down two packets of m&m’s with my morning coffee) but this kind of chocolate is deliciously good for you.

This is the single from Brit Band The 1975. They sound like The Script (but with less issues and less alcohol). Funky, upbeat and sweet, like chocolate, albeit not the most original music video.

Their debut album is set to come out later this year, produced by a guy who’s previously worked with the Arctic Monkeys, so its set to be good.

Enjoy…nom nom nom