I’m still caught up with this album art.  Yo-Landi Vi$$er never seemed like a fallen angel to me, but her large inky eyes and appetite for freshly-acquired, oversized hearts also ring of an alien.  If the alien-angel is an accurate composite of Die Antwoord’s upcoming TEN$ION, I’ll set up an autosearch for leaks as soon as this is posted.  February 7th is too far away to hear something new, with a decent chance of being good.  DJ Hi-Tek apparently laid the bass-level and Ninja worked in “additional production,” so I’m guessing he had the final cut.  For a group so young (their 2009 $O$ only started circulating in the US a little over a year ago), they must have amazing organizational skills to now be self-releasing on their own Zef Recordz.

Though they’d have you believe they get “paid 4 smoking weed da hole day and making up raps,” they’re actually working hard to circulate a really palatable (colonial?) version of South African Zef Rap.  The epicenter of hype, Brooklyn, clutched onto how becoming it is to revisit the recent past’s imagination of the future.  Drawn yin-yang, dollar signs, and pot leaves adorn their recently-updated website, where I learned that TEN$ION will be released in association with Good Smile, their upcoming line of toys produced in Japan. (Like KidRobot collectibles, they don’t seem like they can do anything but be a static piece of molded plastic.)  The word is out for more details.

They’re also gorgeous, so if there are any takers to get stoned and go to the NY show, let me know:

02.09.12 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
02.10.12 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
02.11.12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02.12.12 – Washington D.C. – 930 Club
02.14.12 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre
02.15.12 – Chicago, IL – Metro
02.18.12 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
02.19.12 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
02.22.12 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
02.20.12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
02.22.12 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
02.24.12 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
02.25.12 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

Photo by Sean Metlerkamp