Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday's winners

Hey, so today's winners are:

Anthony Martin (favourite song is Old Girls)

Lindi Brownell (favourite song is Pictures)

Anthony has promised to take wicked cool photos. Lets see if he delivers on this. Anthony, Lindi and there plus ones will be going to Mercury tonight for a show like no other.

Thus concludes the competition, this was fun. Thanks. Now go out tonight and tomorrow and support phenomenal South African music!

Remember to download all the tracks (avaiable in my music libbrary) from the latest Desmond EP, called __& The__. Better still, head to one of the venues and purchase it.

See you tonight Cape Town. Lets make memories.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Friday: Last day to get tickets!!

So Thursday's winners are:

Dino Van der Merwe (favourite song is High Fives)

Tim Cole (favourite songs are Peter and Pictures)

Dino has promised me that he will wear a Desmond Tutu outfit (including face paint) if I give him a pair of tickets to Klein Libertas. Tim Cole has pestered me all week for tickets, I have given in. He is going to Mercury.

Friday is the last chance. I will announce the last two winners at lunch time. So, email me on richardcoleking[at]



Favourite Desmond song:

The Sound is DJing tonight at the Desmond party. It's going to be huge. Below is definitely my favourite remixed Desmond track. Crazy Rebel is already a huge song, but The Sound adds a new dimension. Take a listen and get a little amped for a big party.

Crazy Rebel (The Sound remix) - Desmond & The Tutus (zShare)

Toxic Avenger//Cape Town//28 Aug

Assembly's Discotheque will be graced with French sensation, Toxic Avenger, Friday 28 August.

One of the man tracks he has been involved is with Trash Yourself, another act that has been threatening to come to South Africa for quite sometime now:

Die - Trash Yourself & Toxic Avenger (zShare)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thursday: More Desmond winners and more Desmond giveaways

Wednesday's winners:

Stephen "Sexilicious" Huson (favourite song is Kiss you on the Cheek)

Helen Elizabeth Blaine (favourite song is Pictures)

Stephen is going to Mercury, while Helen is going to Klein Libertas.

Keep up the good design stuff. Stephen Huson even wrote a song to try and convince me to give him a pair of tickets. I have conceded that he deserves tickets. What do you think?

Stephen Huson's ticket to the Tutus - Stephen Huson (zShare)

The last EP track for download:

New Disaster - Desmond & The Tutu (zShare)

If you want my 2 next pair of tickets, you have to email me. No previous emails count! Why should I give you tickets? Give me:


Preferred venue (Mercury/Libertas):

Favourite song:

Motivation (optional):

Chat later. Send your emails to richardcoleking[at]gmail[dot]com.

What people do for tickets

More pictures. Awesome. This one uses a little more creative license. This pic was drawn, photographed and submitted to my scrutiny by Zahra Robertson.

One kid thought he was cool to email me photographs from a previous Desmond outing.
He wasn't.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wednesday: More Desmond tickets

Tuesday's winners:

Lala Quail (favourite song is Pictures which inspired her picture in the last post and probably why I am giving her a ticket. Oh and Lala, Shane loves your picture.)

Moné Ehlers (favourite song is Peter)

Lala is going to Mercury while Moné is going to Libertas.

Enjoy ladies and your plus ones. You can say thank you if you like.

So, I am giving more tickets away today. So many people have already requested tickets, so don't be left out!

Email me on richardcoleking[at]gmail[dot]com and supply me with:

Your name:

Preferred venue:

Favourite Desmond song of all time:

Email email email!

Today's free download:

Your Girlfriend - Desmond & The Tutus (zShare)

Still Confused?

Cutting edge fan design work

This is what I am talking about! How can I not give this person a ticket after they drew me a picture? Desmond's front man and designer, Shane Durrant will be super proud of this piece of work. Nice job!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tuesday: More Desmond tickets to give away

Monday winners:

Luke Ferguson (favourite song is Crazy Rebel from their first LP)

Grethe Bredenkamp (favourite song is Peter, a song about a girl with a guy's name)

They are going to Mercury. They will be contacted via email about their tickets.

Day two: two more sets of Desmond & The Tutus tickets to give away.

Email me on richardcoleking[at] and provide me with the following:


Preferred venue (Mercury/Klein Libertas):

Favourite Desmond song of all time:

Email me now and win!

Free download from the EP:

Meatloaf Tribute Band - Desmond & The Tutus

For more info click here for the first post of the week with all the relevant information.

Mercury Event

Libertas Event

Remixes from John Bourke

Trash Yourself's John Bourke emailed me last week with a few remixes. Some of them are pretty alright, with others leaving a little something to be desired. I am going to post two of the three. Take a listen. If you really like them and want the third, you can email me (richardcoleking[at]] I will email you a link.French Horn Rebellion - Up All Night (John Bourke Remix)

Titus1 - As One (John Bourke Remix)

Smack & The Talks give aways

Thus begins a week of Desmond ticket giveaways and track downloads.

As you know by now, Desmond & The Tutus have just recorded and released their new EP, __& The__ and have been touring in bits and pieces to promote the release. This weekend, they are coming to Cape Town to play two shows, one at Mercury Live on Friday night and the other, at Klein Libertas on Saturday night.

All you have to do to claim one of two double tickets, is email me, richardcoleking[at]gmail[dot]com and provide me with the following:


Prefered venue (Mercury/Libertas):

Favourite Desmond song of all time:

If you don't win today, you can try again tomorrow and the next day and so on. Do stuff to convince me you deserve the tickets, post comments etc.

You have from the time the post is up until 8pm daily to enter except Friday when you have until 3pm.

Also, daily, I will post rad tunes from the new EP and on Friday, a sick remix track I got last week.

Suzanne - Desmond & The Tutus (zShare)

I will also announce winners daily.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig

Vampire Weekend's music has long had notable flavours of African influence blended with indie pop. I stumbled across something the lead singer, Ezra Koenig was involved in. It is really great. Take a listen. This might just be restoring my faith in the music scene. If it doesn't, well it's still great song.

What this song does, is make me proud to be an African, and it makes me stoked for summer, which is soon.

Warm Heart Of Africa - The Very Best (feat Ezra Koenig) (zShare)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Desmond & The Tutus on tour

So, by now, you should know all about the tour that Desmond have embarked on. If you consider yourself a fan, you will be well aware that their tour climaxes in Cape Town, next weekend, 28 and 29 August at Mercury Live and Klein Libertas respectively.

If this isn't exciting enough (then you're dead), I am giving away two double tickets daily starting Monday, ending Friday to either Mercury or Libertas (winners choice). What's more, is there will be awesome Desmond & The Tutus downloads all week from their new EP and wicked cool remixes for ya'll to enjoy. So, do yourself a favour in these trying financial times, stay close to Smack Talk. Follow me on Twitter to be the first to hear about the latest posts and Tutu give aways.

Facebook invite for:

Mercury Live

Klein Libertas

Richard Wouters inspires...

So, the drummer from Civil Twilight, Richard Wouters, has selected his 8 favourite songs. This is pretty timely, as just yesterday I was asking where all the good music has gone. Although he hasn't selected too much new music, it's helpful for us to not forget what has made us 'happy' in the past.

Thanks Rich. This list is great. I can really appreciate a lot of the tracks he's chosen. If you don't get his choices, check out the reasons below each song.

Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
I love this whole album. In fact, our whole band has been getting into it and really enjoying it. It’s a super creative and fun album that seems to transport one to a magical world of sounds and pictures, melodies, rhythms and harmonies that the Beach Boys would be proud of.

Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days
Still glorious, if you don’t mind the cheezy pun. Lately, I’ve been enjoying Bruce more than just about anything else. He wrote so many good songs, it’s a bit ridiculous. This is one of my favorites of his. It’s a happy song and I love the changes on the verses.

The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
Another favorite that never gets old. There’s something about this song and the way it’s played and sung that is so appealing. It never fails to make me feel like the day is just beginning and everything is new and life is good.

Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
I’m a bit of a sucker for a good melody, with a simple groove and some sunny harmonies thrown on top. This song epitomizes what I love about that sound. It’s both severely nostalgic and refreshingly fresh.

The National - Fake Empire
Such a great band. I never get tired of this album. Anthemic, moody, heart-felt songs by a band that has recently matured in the most satisfying way.

Bat for Lashes - Daniel
I’ve been a fan of hers for a while. She does unique stuff that is sonically super interesting. I like the UK 80s dance edge that this track has. In parts, it’s reminiscent of some very cool stuff from two decades ago.

Taylor Swift - Love Story
This is totally a guilty pleasure. I don’t even know why I like this song (and I cant believe I’m admitting it), but whenever it comes on the radio, I find it hard to turn it off. It’s just such a wonderfully crafted little pop song. It makes me feel nostalgic in a weird teenage girl kind of way. Like I’m inside their mind or something. Hmmm, strange, I know.

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
I think everyone is going through a bit of a Michael phase right now. I’ve been a huge fan of his music over the years. He’s put out so much great stuff. This is one of my favorites. It’s just so right on every level. One of the greatest pop songs ever, in my opinion.

Notice that Two Weeks is the song from the fan video from my previous post.

There you have it. These guys are a great band. For more Civil Twilight love, click here.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Where is all the good music?

[image from FFFOUND!]
Over the last few weeks, I have noticed a decline in the number of sublime tunes available. I have even supplemented my lack of music downloads with the download of a BBC documentary on The Stone Roses. Added to this, frequent podcast downloads from triplej (Aussie radio station) keep things fresh, but on the whole, I am not feeling very musically inspired.

However, this morning I stumbled across one of the best fan videos I have EVER seen. Grizzly Bear's song, Two Weeks is great. But that's no secret. Some fan went crazy with his design/computure skills and made this:

I wish my fans were this creative. This video truly blows my mind whole!

I am looking for new mind bending music. Does anyone have any suggestions, preferably with links attached? Who's the next big band? Not even Gorilla vs Bear have been very helpful and I religiously read that blog.

I am somewhat inspired to put together some of my best songs. I am going to go with my top 10 of this year I think. A decade is too long and 40 is too many. A decade ago I was in primary school! I'm blue dubadee dubadi dubadee dubadi dubadee dubadi!. No thanks.

I am looking forward to Humbug though.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Disco crazy!!

Early on in the night, Assembly djs made their intentions clear. Heavy electro was served to all. Justice, Digitalism, Presets and even a Boys Noise remix (Feist - My Moon My Man) made up a good portion of beats thrown down. Dance moves were so outrageous, that at one stage, my beverage was shoulder-barged by a little lady into my mouth chipping my front tooth. This came a week after I wrote off my car. Fun fun.
Check Berry advertising his own company. You go boy. If that girl is who I think it is, she should totally be getting a salary from WAA for all the features she has appeared in for the lads. Either that, or, should she become a model, WAA should get shares in her profits for all the PR they have done for her over the years. WAA could totally start a modelling agency. Excuse the verbal diarrhea. If you missed my pre discotheque download tune, click here.

MANY more pics @WAA

Friday, August 7, 2009

Discotheque and sick beats

So, just a little warm up for tonight's Discotheque, here is a track from the oh!-so-rare Klaxons, remixed by Simian Mobile Disco! Disco! Disco!

It's pretty cool, it makes me enjoy the Klaxons all over again.

Discotheque - Tonight - Assembly - FREE before 10pm. Come along for some fun.

Magick (Simian Mobile Disco) - The Klaxons

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Chew's Birthday Issue - Dear John Love Emma and more

Check out the latest from Chew Magazine. It's their birthday Issue. Happy Birthday Chew. Thanks for a year of great music, fashion, photography and random things. My article is in the Birthday issue. I did a feature on the entirely unusual Dear John Love Emma. Click on the image below and turn to page 196.
They've done something new. Instead of downloading the mag and viewing it with Adobe Reader, you now view the whole thing online. It looks pretty, but I would still like to have it on my desktop for a while before storing it in my archive of book downloads.