Hummingbird’s Best Albums of 2010

1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs They can’t set a foot wrong, and their third full studio album is full of surprises that continue to set them apart as a serious creative force in music. The Suburbs kicks against the boredom and mediocrity that is middle class whilst experiencing the realisation that the kids in Funeral have become those having kids in The Suburbs. An entire story about where we were and where we’re going is played out in ups … Continue reading

Under The Influence of Giants

Take a healthy dose of OK Go, a once-off Scissor Sistering, a blaze of Hot Hot Heat and throw some heavy hipster-friendly-alt-beats in and you’ve got a very respectable 2006/2007 debut album from Under the Influence of Giants. On first listen I was pretty sure the dancy riffs could be straight out of an OK Go album. Half way through that listen I realised this is a good party album. Especially if you want something upbeat that’s slightly off the … Continue reading

Relaunch!

So a new 52Weeks team is in the process of pulling their bootstraps up for a site relaunch. We are now headed into a new era of album reviews. New, old, epic, boring – Anything we listen to could end up smeared on these pages. We will be biased. We will be opinionated. We will be honest. We will rip each other apart, and  hopefully all learn something in the process. Should be fun.

Love Jones "Limozeen" Music Video Launch

So I had the good fortune to receive an email from Sam Alberts of the Love Jones management team inviting me to the launch of their new music video at Stones in Centurion. So I went. And had a great time. Snip: The video for “Limozeen” was shot by international director and producer Michael Matthews using 35mm film, a rarity in the South African music-video industry, and is regarded as one of the most expensive music videos filmed in South … Continue reading

Week #27: The He-Shes

I love it when bands approach me and ask me to attend their gigs – it’s hugely rewarding, and occasionally I even manage to bum a free beer or two off of these suffering artists. (Hell, I should be the one sponsoring the beer, not them). Such was the case with The He-Shes, a brand new shiny act that’s just kick started themselves in Jo’burg. Kevin O’Grady (drums) slipped an email into my inbox and I was only too keen … Continue reading

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