THE TAXI DANCE, commissioned by Queens college (NYC) as part of its Year of South Africa, represents contemporary life in South Africa, the vivid colours and energy of its cities, its distinctive street signage, and the rhythm of urban life in a nation whose economic inequalities can be crippling. Like hip hop crew BoznBuck$’s famous taxi dance the painting emphasizes cautious hope for a better future in South Africa.
Willow and friends from Cologne went to fulfil their dream of skating New York City. This is “The American Dream”.
Congrats to the winners of the Vodacom in the City Tickets, Julian D. Eyden and Gawane Gullan!
Win tickets to see Rudimental, MGMT, Crystal Fighters, and The Presets at Vodacom in the City on 3 October 2014 at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.
All you have to do is comment below with the name of the act you’d be most excited to see, and why.
Winner will be announced Wednesday 1 October.
MGMT HEADING TO SA FOR VODACOM IN THE CITY
After almost a decade of producing hit records, touring the world and headlining festivals across the globe, MGMT are finally heading to South Africa. Get ready to party with the psychedelic-synth pop beats of ‘Kids’, ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Time to Pretend’ when New York City’s MGMT hit Jozi for Vodacom in the City, on Friday 3rd October.
Now in its third year, Vodacom In the City transforms Mary Fitzgerald Square in downtown Jozi into a pulsating spectacle of lights, lasers and an incredible blend of Jozi’s cosmopolitan music lovers. Put Friday 3 October in your diaries, you don’t want to miss this.
MGMT join the already announced international line-up of UK’s Brit Award winning drum-and-bass maestro’s Rudimental and British electro-folk band Crystal Fighters.
Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden formed the first incarnation of MGMT (then called “the management”) as fellow students in 2001. When they released the sensational Oracular Spectacular in 2008 their reputation began snowballing on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only were they nominated for a Grammy Award (which French dance act Justice picked up for remixing one of their tracks), but the UK’s leading music magazine NME dubbed them “the best NY band about” with Rolling Stone proclaiming them one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2008.” Today, Oracular Spectacular with its major singles Kids, Time to pretend, Electric Feel & The Youth is consistently ranked amongst the most celebrated pop albums of the 21st century.
Without skipping a beat, MGMT, began writing and recording their second album Congratulations, which was released in April 2010 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.
Their latest self-titled album MGMT has been described as perfectly ‘on the current pulse’, ‘drawing seasoned fans and new initiates alike into the band’s eureka zone.’
“This album feels to us like coming down to earth in a way,” admits Ben. “We’re trying to be accessible but we’re trying to do something new within the realm of pop music. When we finally came close to finishing MGMT, everyone in the studio had the feeling that we’d made something really great.” Having shared the stage with the likes of Beck, Yeasayer, Radiohead, Florence And The Machine and Tame Impala, one can be pretty certain that many others will feel the very same way.
Vodacom In the City promises to be a huge night of thumping beats. It’s going to heave with music fans from across Jozi all there for the same reason – to party hard to the bands that they love!
Stay close to Vodacom In The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on the next line-up announcements.
Cape Town fans can catch MGMT, Rudimental and Crystal Fighters at Rocking the Daisies from 2-5 October 2014.
You can buy tickets HERE.
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1966: Claude Jutra creates The Devil’s Toy, one of the first skate films.
2014: 14 directors around the world re-imagine this seminal film.
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Zoo York just dropped their latest video, King of New York, a montage of hammers all filmed in NYC. This is an interview with Chaz Ortiz & RB Umali about what it takes to get a video shot in New York City, what a close call this year’s Skater of the Year award was, and some other stuff.
Image credit: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns
RIP Lou Reed
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to legendary Velvet Underground frontman and influential solo songwriter and guitarist, Lou Reed. Reed passed away at 71 years old on 27 October 2013. How he died hasn’t been disclosed yet.
The legend’s solo career started in 1972 in New York City, a year before the Velvet Underground broke up. Most recently, Reed put out Lulu in 2011, did a collaboration with Metallica, made an appearance on the Rave On Buddy Holly compilation in 2011, and did guest spots with Gorillaz in 2010 on their song “Some Kind Of Nature”, with Booker R. Jones in 2011 on his song “The Bronx”, and Metric in 2012 on their song “The Wanderlust”.
Lou Reed’s final photograph, taken by Jean Baptiste Mondino:
The latest video from ZOO YORK brings us a look into the life of one of their sponsored riders Dave “BD” Willis. He starts his day with a session at the new Bronx skate park, heads downtown for some street skating and then a live hip hop performance as Santos Party Haus. Check out the video to learn more about how he got into skateboarding, hip hop as well as joining the Zoo York team.