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In Celebration of Die Antwoord

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Don’t like Die Antwoord?  I doubt they care.  And neither do we.  We’re so very tired of manufactured music, fake drama, and practiced heartfelt expressions, straight out of full length mirror sessions.  And we’re completely sick of hearing covers of Fleetwood Mac songs.  Don’t ever do that, especially if the song is from the Rumors album.  You’re not Stevie Nicks.  Shave your head and bite the head off an animal instead.  But we digress.

Die Antwoord, like AC/DC (yes, especially the Bon Scott years, but through Flick of the Switch, at least), early Judas Priest, the Eagles, Dire Straights, Ringworm, Tank and the Bangas, Damageplan, Primus, Soul Coughing, the Ramones, L7… (the list is getting long) stretch things out, hurl a mental banana peel for you to slip around on for awhile, or remind to Fuck The Banana and kick it out of the way.

Although their first album is still the best, the last album definitely comes in second, and there’s great stuff to be found in all of them. And all the live shows, back to the first time we covered them in 2010, are just sublime.  Lose the whiner alt rock and check ’em out.

 

Die Antwoord playing at Voodoo Festival 2010 in New Orleans. (Golden G. Richard III)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Festival 2010 (High ISO Music, LLC).

 

Die Antwoord performs at Voodoo Fest 2012 in New Orleans, LA. (© HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2012 (HIGH ISO Music, LLC).

 

Die Antwoord playing at Voodoo Festival 2010 in New Orleans. (Golden G. Richard III)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Festival 2010 (High ISO Music, LLC).

 

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016 (High ISO Music, LLC).

 

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016 (High ISO Music, LLC).

 

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016. (High ISO Music, LLC).

 

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016 (High ISO Music, LLC).

 

 

Die Antwoord performs at Voodoo Fest 2012 in New Orleans, LA. (© HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2012 (High ISO Music, LLC).

 

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Fest 2016 (High ISO Music, LLC).

Flashback: Heavy MTL

The 2011 version of Heavy MTL was one of the most monumental metal fests of all time, with every second still burned into our brains.  We’ve lost some of the metal greats from that festival, including Lucker and Lemmy, but their memories live on in our solid metal hearts, eh?  Here are some of our favorites from Heavy MTL:

 

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Disturbed performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Disturbed performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Children of Bodom performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Children of Bodom performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Machine Head performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Necronomicon performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Necronomicon performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Gorguts performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Gorguts performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Motorhead performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Motorhead performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

In Flames performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

In Flames performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Unearth performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Unearth performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

 

Necronomicon performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Necronomicon performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Slaves on Dope performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Slaves on Dope performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

 

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Anthrax performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Anthrax performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Cryptopsy performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Cryptopsy performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Straight Line Stitch performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Death Angel performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Suicide Silence performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Anthrax performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Anthrax performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

In Flames performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

In Flames performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

As I Lay Dying performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

Unearth performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC. (Golden G. Richard III)

Unearth performing at Heavy MTL 2011 in Montreal, QC.

 

 

Voodoo Fest 2016

It’d be lovely to say, “As we emerge from the long, hot New Orleans summer…”, but who are we kidding?  We’re barely halfway through and starting to wilt, not only from the heat and murderous humidity, but from the lack of music.  No one in their right minds would hold a festival now but looking forward there’s hope, both for hoodie wearing and to catch some of our favorite acts at the 2016 Voodoo Music Experience.  While we wait for October, sitting in front of our fan and sipping mint juleps, here’s a visual flashback to some of our favorite Voodoo experiences.  We hope to see you on the grounds, so very soon!

 

Soundgarden at Voodoo Festival 2011 in New Orleans, LA. (Golden G. Richard III)

Soundgarden at Voodoo Festival 2011 in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

New Orleans Bingo Show playing at the 2011 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA. (Golden G. Richard III)

New Orleans Bingo Show at the 2011 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

The Raconteurs at the 2011 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA. (Golden G. Richard III)

The Raconteurs at the 2011 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Public Image, Ltd. at Voodoo Fest 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, of Public Image, Ltd. at Voodoo Fest 2015. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Ruby Amanfu at Voodoo Fest 2013 in New Orleans, LA on Day 3. (HIGH ISO Music)

Ruby Amanfu at Voodoo Fest 2013. (High ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord playing at Voodoo Festival 2010 in New Orleans. (Golden G. Richard III)

Die Antwoord at Voodoo Festival 2010 in New Orleans. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Die Antwoord performs at Voodoo Fest 2012 in New Orleans, LA. (© HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord performs at Voodoo Fest 2012 in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Die Antwoord performs at Voodoo Fest 2012 in New Orleans, LA. (© HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Die Antwoord performs at Voodoo Fest 2012 in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Preservation Hall Band ripping up Voodoo Festival 2010! (Golden G. Richard III)

Preservation Hall Band at Voodoo Festival 2010. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Preservation Hall Band ripping up Voodoo Festival 2010! (Golden G. Richard III)

Preservation Hall Band at Voodoo Festival 2010. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Charles Bradley performs at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 27, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. (HIgh ISO Music, LLC)

Charles Bradley performs in New Orleans, LA in 2013. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Cage the Elephant playing at Voodoo Festival 2010 in New Orleans. (Golden G. Richard III)

Cage the Elephant playing at Voodoo Festival 2010 in New Orleans. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Fishbone at the 2011 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA. (Golden G. Richard III)

Fishbone at the 2011 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Peelander-Z performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Peelander-Z performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Soundgarden at Voodoo Festival 2011 in New Orleans, LA. (Golden G. Richard III)

Soundgarden at Voodoo Festival 2011. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Fleur De Tease Burlesque Review at Voodoo Fest 2010 in New Orleans on Day 3. (Golden G. Richard III)

Fleur De Tease Burlesque Review at Voodoo Fest 2010. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Little Freddie King performs at Voodoo Fest 2012 in New Orleans, LA. (© HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Little Freddie King performs at Voodoo Fest 2012 in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Big Freedia performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Big Freedia performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Trombone Shorty performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Trombone Shorty performs at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

The Melvins perform at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

The Melvins perform at the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. (High ISO Music, LLC)

 

Arcade Fire performs at Jazz Fest 2014 in New Orleans, LA on Day 7. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Arcade Fire in the crowd in  NOLA, 2015. (High ISO Music, LLC)

Water Detereth Not…

…Neither Mandingo Warriors nor roaming groups of T-shirted Bacchanalians, worshipping, making love to, and then eating (off the organic Jazz Fest mud) watermelons, while celebrating the lives of Prince and Allen Toussaint (don’t ask):

The Mandingo Warriors:

 

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

The Mandingo Warriors at Jazz Fest 2016. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

And those crazy watermelon people:

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Watermelon People (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

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Watermelon People (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

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Watermelon People (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

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Watermelon People (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

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Watermelon People (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

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Watermelon People (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)