31 January 2012

Song Of The Week: The Lonely Island - Great Day

It's Up The Creek this weekend, the sun is shining, everyone's been paid, SOPA is dead. There's a lot to be happy about this week. So in the spirit of extremely enthusiastic blog posts, here's my song pick for the week. Do you have anything that you're extraordinarily happy about? Leave a comment.

Also, I love you. Yes -- you!

27 January 2012

There And Bach Again

I can't believe I haven't posted about this yet. I have been a foolish, foolish Frost. About a month ago, local songwriting mastermind - Julian Bach - and myself, decided to hit the Garden Route in hopes of catching some fresh coastal air, some waves (even though I don't/can't surf -- but I can jump around like an idiot in the break water) and possibly some STDs.

So, with considerable help and networking assistance from local folk legend, Heather Waters, we lined up some gigs in George/Plett/Knysna, packed our bags, and hit the road. Within the first few minutes of arriving at our first destination - Misty Meadows outside George - we had learnt the entire beer-making process and were sampling a sprinkling of the native brew.

We played the first night of the Misty Meadows Beer Festival, as well as the second day, then headed out towards Plettenberg Bay. We had a show booked with Heather Waters at Surf Cafe - so we set up camp at the always awesome Starling Village and made our way to the venue. (This entire paragraph almost rhymed kinda).

Surf Cafe was... well I don't know. We definitely had tequila. All of the tequila. And when I woke up the next morning I was sandwiched between Heather and roadie Michelle in the back of a VW Combi. On top of that, no one seemed to recall where exactly Julian had disappeared to. We found him roaming around town - delirious and frantic after an intense sleepover at a Brazilian bartender's place. It was a good night... I've been told.

So to add a healthy twist to our extremely confused and hungover morning, Julian and I took an unintended 2-hour hike to a secluded beach that forms part of the magnificently beautiful Robberg Nature Reserve in Plett. After swimming on both sides of what appeared to be a strip of beach that extended far out into the sea, we made our way back to the car and headed to Knysna for a gig at Quay 4.

After finishing up at Quay 4, we were seriously considering driving back to Somerset West... But it was around 1am and it had just begun to storm - so instead - we packed up our things, found a local backpackers (evidently the last backpackers with an available room in Knysna) and made our way over there expecting the worst.

What became of the night is something for the grandchildren one day. We ended up getting drunk with a Capetonian girl with a heavy lisp, a travelling German student who'd just finished his masters in physics, and a seemingly immortal British gentleman who hadn't used a telephone in 16 years.

In the morning, we awoke early, packed our things and hit the road before anyone could remind us of our behaviour the night before. The road home was long, hot and tiring - and we arrived back in Scummerset West already missing the greenery of the lush Garden Route and the relaxed good nature of the coastal folk. There's something magical about being a musician and getting to go on holidays like these - where you end up arriving home with more money than you left with - having had the time of your life. I urge you to try it sometime.

Plett: we'll be bach.

20 January 2012

A Collection Of Hilarious [Pictures]

If you don't laugh out loud because of at least one of these pictures, you must've had a REALLY shit week. Happy Friday everybody. Click see more to... See more.

18 January 2012

What is SOPA and PIPA?

In light (or dark) of what is currently happening in the world of Internet law, here's an infographic to explain SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protection of Intellectual Property Act).

source: americancensorship.org
Support the cause! For more information check out the Wiki Page.

06 January 2012

A Clever Use For The New Facebook Timeline

I found this on TNW yesterday and thought I'd share it. I'm sure you've all had the new Facebook Timeline rolled out to your account by now, (if you haven't, visit someone who has and click on the Get Timeline link near the top of their profile) and are painstakingly scouring the last few years of your online life in between bouts of head-shaking and face-palming. That's perfectly normal. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out the video below:

Anyway, an Israeli agency (McCann Digital) recently found a clever use for the Facebook Timeline. Check out their campaign for the Israel Anti-Drug Authority.

Check out the fictional Adam Barak's entire Facebook Timeline. Happy Friday; don't do drugs.

04 January 2012

I'm A Cat Person But I Would Kill For A Dog Like Wilfred

I've been the worst blogger ever. When I eventually logged back into my account - after an unintentional blogging hiatus covering the better part of November and December - my stats lay abandoned in the corner, whimpering softly, while the 'new post' button quivered with nervous anticipation... And I'm back. A new year; a new job; a new post (or two (or three)).

While not blogging over the past few months I spent a lot of my spare time staring at a television screen. The contents of said screen alternated pretty much between Skyrim and a new show (kudos must go to @KerryBeetge for the introduction) Wilfred.

If you - like me - enjoy offbeat, dark and gritty humour (think: Black Books, Flight of the Conchords, Mighty Boosh etc.) as apposed to formulaic American bubblegum comedy (think: How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men etc.) then you will absolutely love Wilfred. Let me have a go at summarising the plot outline using only one sentence.

In a nutshell: the story follows a clinically depressed Ryan (Elijah Wood) and his pet dog-come-imaginary-friend, Wilfred (Jason Gann) - as they try to derive meaning from life - learning lessons about human nature, love and lying along the way. Just check the clip out below and tell me it's not your cup of tea:

See? An instant classic in my books and a must-see if you know what's good for you. Wilfred will make you think; it'll make you dream... But most of all, it'll make you wish you had a best dog friend with which you could smoke weed at home everyday. You should totally check it out. Blog ya later!

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