Archive for January, 2012


New Music Tuesday – Sharon Van Etten

sharon van etten 520I go nuts for bands who stream their albums before they get released. It’s just a very humble, thoughtful thing to do y’know?

It’s like they’re saying, “Here’s what we did, if you like it, spread the word and buy the album and if you don’t, no biggie, just carry on with your life and let’s pretend like this never happened, ok?”

With Sharon Van Etten’s new album Tramp, you’re gonna want to buy it when it gets released though – one listen to the first single “Serpents” and I was instantly hooked and as for the rest of the album, well let’s just say I thought it was pretty damn decent.



Besides the fact that Van Etten has a dead sexy voice and a natural songwriting ability, the album is produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and there’s a distinct flavour he adds to the tracks on Tramp that fans of The National will pick up on instantly.

Give “Serpents” a listen below and if you dig it, hit this link to stream the whole album.



She’s got something, some kinda magic happening there that I think is pretty cool.

What do you crazy cats think?



The Tiger Hits Up The Met, Becomes Instantly hooked on Horseracing

ShadowAs I mentioned last week, thanks to the kind folks at Ladbrokes, J-Rab and I got to go to the J&B Met on Saturday and bet some money on the races and ended up having a killer time!

Sure, we went to the Met last year as well, but that was really just to swan around in the main marquee drinking champers, eating crayfish and mingling with all the ZAlebrities.

This time around we were there to BET and we had the upper hand from the get go because the kind folks from Ladbrokes gave us some scarily accurate odds and as a result, we actually won some money!

See, we were smart enough to engage in what I call “bi-betting” – ie. we bet online through my account AND we placed bets at the ticket office at the Met itself.



In this way, we turned R700 into R550 in no time – BOOYA! So yeah, technically I guess we lost, BUT we won a good couple of races as well thanks to the tips Ladbrokes gave us.

To be perfectly honest, we lost most of our money at the ticket office. It was just plain weird, J-Rab and I would decide on a bet, then one of us would waltz over to the ticket office to place it and the minute we got there, second guess everything our Ladbrokes buddies told us and bet like total retards.

NEVER second guess yourself like that. Because of that, we missed nailing the trifecta on the main race by ONE HORSE! Ladbrokes’ predictions were leaning heavily toward no. 12 (Igugu), no. 1 (Bravura) and no. 15 (Gimmiethegreenlight) coming first, second and third respectively.



So I saunter over to the ticket office, all confident and ready to place my bet, but at the last minute I overhear some punk next to me saying how no. 2 (Apache) is going to kill EVERYONE in the big race so naturally I change my bet completely, swapping Bravura for Apache, and then spend the rest of the weekend KICKING MYSELF because sure as eggs is eggs, Ladbrokes were right.

And not only do they know their odds, but they know how to get a little attention for their brand as well, hoo-wee! Have a look at the flock of Ladbrokes ladies that were sauntering around the Met while jaws hit the floor around them so hard, the resulting dust cloud made it difficult to breathe.



All in all we had a killer time. The sun was baking, the champagne was flowing and the horses were tearing up the turf while vast amounts of money changed hands, making and breaking fortunes in a frenzy of horseracing good times.

Hopefully this isn’t the last we’ll hear from our friends at Ladbrokes – still got some money in my account so maybe they can give me a heads-up when major sporting events are going down and I’ll share the tips I get with you guys.

We’ll be millionaires before we know it Winking smile



Inappropriate Joke Friday Is Back!

tumblr_lf86wsgfIq1qzfpevo1_500Following the resounding success of the first Inappropriate Joke Friday (or IJF, as it’s known in the media), I decided to open the floodgates of my dirty, twisted mind and publish the WORST JOKE YOU HAVE EVER HEARD.

I think it’s fair at this stage to issue a Level 5 Severity Warning to people who might have casually stumbled on this site, are easily offended or are my mom, to just close this window now and walk away.

That’s right, just walk away. Left right left right. There is NO NEED to continue reading any of this and if you do, well, that’s your fault, NOT MINE!

Right, now that that’s out the way, here is the worst joke I have ever heard, as told to me by my good friend JennyJen. Never repeat this to a room full of strangers or they WILL call the police.

Also, keep in mind that while I know this joke, I didn’t think it up myself ok? I’m just repeating it so don’t shoot the messenger if you can’t sleep for a week because of it.




So little Johnnie is banging his grandma one day, and as he’s going down on her he suddenly tastes horse semen and says, “Oh granny! THAT’S how you died!”

Da dum.


[SFX: Crickets]

So yeah. The bar has been set. I’m pretty sure you could unleash the very worst jokes you have ever heard and they won’t put even the smallest dent into that one, so come at me bro!



Most inappropriate joke wins a post in your honour, telling the world what total badass you are, right here on TFW.

Make me proud Winking smile



Ladbrokes Sets The Tiger Loose At The J&B Met

PastMasterMet2011I think I speak for all bloggers here when I say that we get a serious kick out of brands that not only *get* what we do, but approach us completely out of the blue and are like, “Hey Slicky-T, whatcha up to this weekend? No plans? Here are two tickets to our hospitality area at the J&B Met, BOOM!”

That’s what Ladbrokes did just yesterday in an effort to get me excited in, and blogging about, their online betting service and suffice to say, it worked.

After getting the invite, I did a little digging and found out that Ladbrokes has been operating in the UK for over 120 years! How the hell had I never heard of them before?!

Some more digging revealed that they only recently launched to the South African market (last year August to be precise) and are currently based right here in Cape Town.

I also found this video, which features Pop-eye’s dad in the last shot:



They focus on online betting for sports like horse-racing, rugby, cricket, football, golf and tennis, but you can also bet on some really cool, random things like who you think is going to win Big Brother, MMA / UFC fights, the Olympics and even awards ceremonies like the upcoming Brit Awards.

Being fairly new to the whole online sports gambling gig, the kind folks at Ladbrokes have offered to give me pointers and tips on the day to guide me in terms of how to bet and who to bet for, how flippin’ sweet is THAT!



So I went ahead and opened an account and am going to be giving you guys a blow-by-blow account of how everything goes down on Monday.

In the meantime if you know anything about horseracing and wanna give your Tiger pal a heads-up on what horses are looking like they’re going to kill it this weekend, hit me on

If I get this right, I’ll be a millionaire by Sunday.

Here’s hopin’ Winking smile



A Post On Leonard Cohen

leonard-cohen-19-09-09You can very broadly divide the world into two distinct camps – those who love Leonard Cohen and those who think all his music is good for is slitting your wrists to.

It’s pretty funny when you stop to think about them, the wrist-slitting brigade.

You take an artist and you give him or her a blank canvas, be it a recording studio, a film set or literally a canvas, and they fill that creative space it with something real, visceral, beautiful and true.

They fill it with something that captures the tragedy and the majesty of the human spirit and communicates that so powerfully that people’s immediate reaction is run away screaming about how they’re going to slit their wrists.

“I have enough shit to deal with in my life without listening to that!” they invariably say. But I’ll tell you one thing that you can pretty much take to the bank – if they run from difficult emotions in the music they listen to, or the movies they watch, they’ll run from those same emotions in life as well.



Maybe I’m a mopey, sad, Mr Loserpants, but I like art that makes me think and in some cases, makes me sad. Is that weird? I dunno, I just find that sometimes there’s a certain comfort in being sad that the wrist-slitting brigade will never understand.

And when I’m in moods like that, my friend Mr Leonard Cohen comes around in his famous blue raincoat and we share a whisky together, sighing eternally.

Here’s the first single off the album that lands next week Tuesday, it’s called “Show Me The Place”.



Expect a full review soon as I get my mitts on that album, it’s called Old Ideas so keep an eye out.

Or slit your wrists now, your call Winking smile



Okes Who Like To Klap It #11: DASO Poster

DASOSo I’m checking out the interwebs yesterday night and I come across this DA Student Organisation news article that has a picture of this DASO poster that okes are KAKKING theirselves about.

So I check out the poster and I can INSTANTLY SEE why okes are talking about this thing all over the interwebs.

It takes a flippin CLEVER OU to be able to see through all the other stuffs that can cloud a oke’s mind when it comes to sensitive issues such as these ones, which is why, by just looking at the poster below for 3 seconds, I could check what the whole issue with it is about.

So I want you to do me a favour and look AS HARD AS YOU CAN at the picture below and tell me what is the first thing that springs into mind:



I swear to GOD, you gotta be some kind of CHOPHEAD to miss a thing so obvious!


It doesn’t surprise me at the least that this is getting so much controversy because never in a political poster in the world, EVER, have they featured a oke who likes to KLAP IT as much as this oke does.

Check his lats out! And how’s that bicep! Flip boet! This picture are OFF THE CHAIN MA BOYCHAY!

He’s also got quite a lekker belter there with him who’s got a flippin’ AMAZING tan happening. She can maybe share some of her tanning tips with that ou cause ja… he could use a bit of sun hey?

Anyway, the DASO okes are on a whole OTHER LEVEL for putting this charna on their political poster and addressing a CRUCIAL ISSUE in South African society of NOT ENOUGH OKES WHO LIKE TO KLAP IT IN POLITICS.

Arnold Schwartzenegger got to be President of California he klapped it so hard, and I think we can ALL learn a lesson from that.



DASO, you okes are flippin’ amazing. South Africa needs more posters like that one.



Californication Season 5 – Yawn

david_duchovny_californication_dThere was a time when Californication was definitely in my top 3 series because seriously, what wasn’t there to like about it?

Hank Moody was a really compelling character. A charming rogue who, though he slept with hundreds of women, only ever loved one (Karen) and spent the whole of the first season trying to win her back.

However, the plot twist that really made the series compelling happened in the first episode when Hank sleeps with a woman (Mia) who he later finds out is not only 16 years old, but is also the daughter of the man Karen is dating.

This transgression haunts Hank throughout the next four seasons of the show, with things coming to a head at the end of season three when he finally confesses to Karen that he slept with Mia.

It made sense for there to be a fourth season after that – everyone wanted to see how Hank was going to make things right after his epic confession, but to be honest, season four felt a little tired.



To put it bluntly, I was glad when season four ended because it felt like they were wrapping the series up. Hank gets acquitted of the statutory rape charges laid against him for sleeping with Mia and he packs up his life, heading back to New York to make a fresh start of things.

It all ended with a nice, stereotypical driving into the sunset shot while this sense of closure washed over us all.

The End.

Or so we thought…



Enter Californication Season 5, which takes place two years after the last season and finds Hank flying back to California, and meeting up with Runkle again because a hip-hop artist / music producer who calls himself “Samurai Apocalypse” (TERRIBLE!) wants Hank to write a movie for him.

I’ll watch Season 5 because I’ve watched every other episode to date and it doesn’t feel right missing out. Also who knows, maybe they can save it, take the series in a completely new direction and breathe new life into it, but judging from the first episode this could very well be the weakest season of Californication to date.



Dances Moves Like You Have NEVER Seen

keithThe weekends just around the corner party people, which means thousands of the crazy cats who read this site are going to be hitting clubs around the world like muthufukkin’ WRECKING BALLS YO!

But you have a problem. You ain’t got no sick DANCES MOVES.

Well, that’s where your ol’ buddy Slicky-T comes in. If you watch and memorise the following dances moves, I can GUARANTEE you this: unlimited sex. With however many partners you want. All the time.

We’re going to start off slow with some dances moves called the “Sick Cat”, watch, memorise share with all your friends and enjoy!



Great job! How we feeling? Ready to take it up a notch? OK! Let’s rock one of my favourites – “No Bones”.



And now that we’re getting in the mood, let’s dim the lights a little and try on the “Romance Dance”. Ooooooohhh yyyeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh…



How are we feeling? Pretty amazing? More amazing than you’ve felt in WEEKS right?! THAT’S the power of sick dances moves.

But now it’s time to forget about that beginner level dances moves BOOLSHEEIT. If you REALLY want to get some fine BOOTAY, try some of THESE dances moves on for size.




Have a killer weekend party people, see y’all on the dancefloor Winking smile



Are you MI5 Smart?

200px-MI5So I’m lurking on Twitter the other day, stinking the place up and making a nuisance of myself as usual and I come across this tweet from ol’ @RubyGold (who, on any given day, tweets about 1000 times at a useful:useless shit ratio of roughly 7:3) about an MI5 quiz.

I immediately dropped everything I was doing and hit the link he posted and from what I can tell, it’s legit; MI5 have actually designed an online quiz to test if you got the mad skillz to apply for a job there.

It doesn’t take too long to complete (15 minutes to be exact) but it’s pretty intense. I scored 5 out of a possible 8 points so they were totally fine with me applying for a job on the understanding that I speak to no one about this or a team will be dispatched with Parker-Hale M85 sniper rifles to-

Huh. Someone just smsed me to come to the window, BRB…



In the meantime, here’s the dealy-o about that quiz I mentioned with the link below:


Investigative Challenge:

We have developed a challenge to help you to assess your use of information and analytical skills. The Investigative Challenge has been designed to give you a greater understanding of whether you would enjoy and be well-suited to the MI5 Intelligence Officer role. Although this isn’t a required part of the recruitment process, we strongly encourage you to complete the task as it will help you to assess some of your skills in relation to the job.

The challenge should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will be asked to view a number of written documents and answer some multiple choice questions relating to what you have read. The exercise is designed to broadly reflect some of the situations Intelligence Officers at MI5 are expected to deal with.

Before applying for the Intelligence Officer role, consider how easy or difficult you found completing the challenge. You will find details of the roles for which we are currently recruiting on our Current Jobs page.

Hit that link and lets see if you’re smrater than the Tiger (unlikely) Winking smile



Brilliant Retroviral Video

RetroviralA long time ago, before the Dead Sea was even sick (da dum. tssshhh) I quit the job I was working in insurance PR and got a gig with a way cooler company called Tribeca PR doing tech-spin.

I had about 2 weeks to kill between jobs so the crazy kids at Tribeca invited me to a media launch they were handling for the HTC Touch.

I walked into the launch and there was this big lug of a man who greeted me with a hearty handshake and was a loud, sweary, goofy kinda guy who I had no idea would one day start a digital agency as amazing as the one I’m about to show you.

Of course, the big lug I’m referring to is Mike Sharman (THE MAEN!) who founded Retroviral on a collaborative basis with total badasses like Mel Attree, who is Mike’s partner in crime on a lot of projects and definitely the brains of the operation.



As the video I’m about to show you illustrates, Retroviral has come a LONG way for a company that only celebrates its second birthday this year and now has an official “staff compliment” that includes the mastermind behind one of a small handful of blogs I actually read, Mr Dan Nash himself.

Check it.



A huge congrats to the Retroviral team. Really looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with in 2012.

In the words of my doff-as-fuck alter ego, KLAP IT CHARNAS!