Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

MakethMan’s New Web Portal

July 22, 2010

MakethMan is now at http://aficionado.co.za/makethman/

Click the above link to join us.

The Launch of Aficionado

July 6, 2010

One of my early mentors was guy by the name of Craig Ralph.

Not sure what Craig is up to these days, but my time spent with him as a recent graduate trying to figure my way through the corporate structures of retail banking (don’t ask – that’s another world, far, far away from the present), proved to be invaluable. One of the many insights into the human psyche that Craig taught me, was a very simple truth about the way we, as individuals, like to surround ourselves with like-minded people.

People like people who are like themselves“, is what he used say.

The key is figuring out what they want, and giving it to them.”

Sounds like lyrics to a Jimmy Buffett song, but a lesson I have applied in my limited business career, to great effect.

The notion of ‘group think‘ has been around us for years. Chat to my dad and he will tell you about his time as a ‘DuckTail’ in the 60’s: the perfectly tapered trouser legs creating the characteristic ‘stove-pipe’ jeans, immaculately greased-back hair, and one inch rolled sleeves. None of his mates would be seen dead without the tribal dress code or not on the seat of a Norton Commando or Triumph ‘Bonne’.

These types of tribes surround us today. Maybe not to the extent of previous generations. Not as aesthetically prescriptive, or blatantly obvious. It’s more of a ‘mental tribe’ these days. You can be a goth, I can be all EMO, she can be all crafty and into her knitting, and them over there, they can be tragic hipsters. But we can all unite over a common interest, a love, an obsession.

I can say with conviction that I do indeed like people that are like me. You must too – or else you wouldn’t be reading this blog. Further, I have found the badge of a new mental tribe to pin to my parka. And I would like to introduce this tribe to you.

Welcome to Aficionado. www.aficionado.co.za


MakethMan has had the pleasure of being invited to join a group of very like-minded individuals, all experts (and passionately so) in their fields of Fashion, Food and Travel. My list of new friends reads like “Roll Call Of Cool”, and includes bloggers Justine Stafford from I for 1, and food writer Andy Fenner, better known as JamieWho? And the best part about it all, is that this tribe is proudly South African – global content, filtered through local eyes. A huge honour for me, and one I accept with great respect and humble admiration.

So from now on be sure to connect with MakethMan, I for 1 , JamieWho? and the world of Aficionado at www.aficionado.co.za

Thanks for the support, and enjoy the read.

Brad

Best World Cup Anthem : “Represent” by Weezer

June 28, 2010

What a crazy weekend of football.

All but one of my favoured teams, are on the plane home. Some absurd refereeing calls. Some terrible defending. A few cross-bars getting in the way of the nets. And some stunning goals.

I guess that is what makes this such a great game to watch. Anything can happen. And has. The fact that the entire world stops what it is doing for 90 minutes and waits, gasps, and sighs, has got to make this the single biggest behavioural modifier known to man.

And so we bid farewell to the Mexicans, Koreans, English and Americans.

One thing Team USA did win, or at least according to MakethMan, was Best World Cup Anthem. But then, I am a bit of a Weezer fan. Apparently, the team was blasting this in the change-room, when Bill Clinton came in for chat.

He sang along.

Indépendance cha-cha – Le jour d’après

June 24, 2010

Charmingly styled, this reminds me of old Sophiatown footage and Drum magazine shoots – remember the classic Janet Jackson video?

This one got me with the directors names, Spike and Jones.

A classic case for a sharp dressed man to always pay attention to the details: braces, bow-tie and hat.

“Shot in the “Bon marché” (Barumbu) neighbourhood, at the heart of Kinshasa, featuring the late Wendo Kolosoy’s backing band, “Indépendance cha-cha – Le jour d’après” is a new take on the African independence anthem written in 1960 by Joseph “grand kallé” Kabasele and Nicolas ” dr. nico” Kassanda.”

Album Review : Broken Bells by Broken Bells

May 10, 2010

I have be fan of both The Shins and Danger Mouse for some time.

But I never told them. I kind of kept them apart. The Shins in the indie/folk box, the one reserved for those situations when you need something warm and familiar to listen to, but don’t have the time to be selective. Danger Mouse in that other box that you bust out late at night, especially when you want to impress your uninformed friends as to the depth of your musical pedigree. And that was the way it should have always been.

One should never mix two strong ingredients for fear of ‘the brown’ that may result. Its a lot like dressing – great pair of trainers, and all you need is a pair of jeans and a white T. And drinking adheres to similar rules. No need to make two ‘big deals’  fight it out. Brandy and Whisky. Beer and Wine. Fine on their own. No need to mix.

So when picked up a copy of Broken Bells, it was with some trepidation. The Shins are one of my favourite bands. Danger Mouse is a genius. Why push it?

I can say this – I am so glad they did. The album has been on high rotation on both iPod and in-car stereo. And by ‘high rotation’. I mean, I have been playing nothing else for 6 weeks.

James Mercer and Danger Mouse connected after playing the festival season in Europe. The got together in Danger’s LA studio and began recording. The result is something very different and all together refreshing.

‘The High Road’, ‘Citizen’ and ‘Vaporize‘ are epic tracks. Suggested to be played at full volume whilst driving.

Now, I realise this ‘review’ is a little thin on the ground. My motive for this for you to get out there and buy it. You will not be disappointed.

Check out their performance on Letterman: