Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I don't spend a lot of time thinking about Die Antwoord. They are what the are. But, like them or not, the world is a better place because of them. Follow me here: If anyone, be it a band, an artist, a motivational speaker, a bum, a teacher, a member of the clergy, a parent, or whatever, can make you stop for a second and think, literally, "what the fuck?" that's a good thing. As long as they're not hurting anybody, the higher their freak flag flies, the better. And Die Antwoord's flag pole is a mile high, I'll tell you.

The last time I posted something about Die Antwoord, I did so not because I liked their music, but because I loved their overall freakiness, their whole schtick. That was over a year ago, and the post dominated the "Boss 10" for so long, I finally took it down just so to give other bands a shot. They really aren't all that representative of what goes on here, other than the fact that they've got their own weird thing going, and that goes a long way here.

Cro-magnon freaks

They have a new LP out, and they're still, well, weirdos. So I thought I'd put up a selection of stuff that's surfaced online since we last visited Zefland. Here's some brand new stuff, and some pre-Die Antwoord stuff, in the earlier incarnation Max Normal. Some may say that Die Antwoord is just one gimmick, but you know what? I don't care about their past, or even why they exist. They're a fly in the ointment. That alone is good enough.

The above screen grab is from a short video, which finds our freak friends at a large record emporium. It's a huge record store at the top of Haight Street, in San Francisco (that shall go unnamed because they put my friend's record store out of business). If you've ever been to a mega-record store, you know that look, when you first see the vastness of their inventory. (See it :42 seconds into the video) The video shows them shopping, and then they show their loot.

If you're rolling your eyes at the thought of posting about Die Antwoord, come back when you're doing something freakier than they are. There will always be someone who is better than you at something, hotshot. And it begins here. And these guys shop at record stores.

Die Antwoord - I Fink U Freeky mp3 at Ace
Die Antwoord - Fatty Fatty Boom mp3 at Ace
Die Antwoord - Baby's On Fire mp3 at Stoney Roads
Max Normal - I Like your Body mp3 at the archived MaxNormal site. Note: If the mp3 doesn't load, follow this link, wait for the archived site to load, and click on "Downloads" for three early cuts.
Max Normal - Two more at the archived MaxNormal site See alternate navigating instructions with above link.
Die Antwoord - Ten$ion LP trailer at YouTube
Die Antwoord - Rich Bitch at YouTube
Die Antwoord - Umshini Wam short at YouTube
More videos at YouTube Live, official and what not
Max Normal - Dassie at YouTube
Max Normal - Tik Tik Tik (Live) at YouTube
Earlier post about Die Antwoord Profile and enough links that there's bound to be a bunch that are still good.
Die Antwoord

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