Heads Up: Jeremiah Jae Gets Psychedelic With the Beastie Boys

Brainfeeder-signed producer and rapper, Jeremiah Jae has just released a free mix that goes by the name Black Castle – Beastie Boys Remixes. On it Jae fuses his own brand of pyschedelic hip-hop with the trio’s vocals. You can download this completely free release now. Brainfeeder is Californian artist Flying Lotus’ label and its releases in recent years [...]

Letter From Luxor

In the marble-walled, air conditioned lobby of the five-star Sonesta Hotel in Luxor, Egypt, glamorous movie stars swan around in sequined dresses, producers take meetings with potential collaborators over laptops and coffee, exhausted-looking youngsters rush around with tripods, making short films (they have only a week to do so) under the stern gaze of Haile [...]

Nthikeng Mohlele’s Small Things

Nthikeng Mohlele has been working on his second novel for the last couple of years. After a series of misfortunes, including electronically losing most of the manuscript, he has a second offering, Small Things (UKZN Press). In this extract that shows Mohlele’s clipped, controlled style that he deployed in his first novel The Scent of Bliss, [...]

CD Review: Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail

Back after a five-year absence, Billy Bragg vents about love and politics with an American twang Billy Bragg is a lover and a fighter. His songs are equal parts politics and love, the mostly unrequited – though less so of late. As the lyrics from January Song, the opening number of Bragg’s brand new album, Tooth & Nail suggest, he [...]

The Last Days of the Bohemian

A stalwart of the Johannesburg live music circuit, the Bohemian, closed down last weekend, The Con was there for one last gig As I stumble up to the gate that is the entrance to Johannesburg’s Bohemian, I am greeted by the toothy smile of Eddie, adorned in his Springbok rugby jersey. His long dreadlocks surround his [...]

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