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2009-10-23 14:13
 
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Dear Reader
The artists formerly known as Harris Tweed share this sublime indie-pop anthem about truth, reconciliation and living in the Rainbow Nation. Off their critically-acclaimed, internationally-released new CD Replace Why with Funny. Fans of Scout Niblet, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Tori Amos, this polymorphous chamber pop dream is for you.
Download: The Same courtesy of City Slang  (Right click and choose 'Save As'. Be patient, it's worth it).

Nirvana
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the grunge rock god's debut album, Sub Pop are re-issuing Bleach on November 3, 2009. The expanded CD/double LP includes a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl (the first run of the original LP was also on white vinyl). Fancy a taster? Tune into this classic detuned wail.
Download: About a Girl courtesy of Sub Pop Records (Right click and choose 'Save As').

Rambling Bones
Fuzigish front man Jay Bones trades in his frenzied ska-punk mosh pit party for a chilled acoustic finger picked folk blues strummer. Off his debut solo album, 'Watching & Waiting'.
Listen/Download: Watching & Waiting

Raylene
Sexy 20-something Mother City songstress shares this funky alt. pop rock anthem about "allowing yourself to breathe, embracing the space, and becoming the person you are truly meant to be". Off her debut album 'Let Me Breathe'.
Listen/Download: I Saved You From Myself

S'goloza
Bloemfontein based sound engineer and producer keeps the groove minimal, but frenetically funky on this contagious kwaito-hop hip shaker off his current album 'Gangstar's Mansion'. Released on his own S'Go's Empire label.
Listen/Download:
Saker Lowo Mziba

Isja
Rising Cape Flats rapper, The Swordsman (alias Krishna) drops a blunted braggadocio rhyme about looking beyond another hit from the bong. Off his abum, 'Steady K The Swordsman'.
Listen/Download: Da Bong.

This week's Killer Classic 'From the Vault' 
Nude Red
A vibrant ska punk protest off the ironically titled 'Forces Favourites' compilation. Released on the seminal Shifty Records back in the 80s, with the support of the End Conscription Campaign, the album features some of the strongest political songs of the time. Definitely worth tuning into before you head off to the End Conscription Campaign 25th Anniversary Concert featuring the Rudimentals, Freshlyground and the once off Bright Blue reunion taking place over the weekend of Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November at Spier in Cape Town.
Listen/Download: Too Much Resistance

Download Dear Reader's new Rainbow Nation ballad, a Nirvana grunge rock classic, killer kwaito, vintage protest pop, rap and more.

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