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A Quick Progress Update

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2012 by Mallaz

Here’s What I’m Up To

Since the whole TalkTalk debacle throwing me back into the dark ages and obviously well behind schedule my blog work has been all but non-existent. For more information relating to why nobody in the word should use TalkTalk click here – https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/due-to-talktalks-douchbagerry/

I’m not done with those fukkas quite yet however I’m holding off and waiting to see if my bill is reduced later this month as promised by one of their clueless telephone ‘tards before I kick up more fuss. I have no doubt that this matter is yet over.

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The Resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk

Earlier this year I launched my official website Mallaz.co.uk but after some issues with my webhost at the time iPage, another company who are shite when it comes to customer service, I was forced into scrapping that. Work is now underway at the reconstruction and resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk which will be your one-stop shop for all things Mallaz.

As standard my site will be the number one place to keep updated as to my live music calendar including both the events that I personally and independently organise and promote, as well as details on events involving artists that I am affiliated with.

My work is predominantly based in music as in independent events promoter and a band manager, having also formed and performed in my own (failed) band and managed a few others. The music section of Mallaz.co.uk will of course contain a blog where I prattle on about music, with live reviews, reviews of releases, local gig guide and also with added features such as Artist Spotlights (highlighting a local act for whatever reason), as well as bringing back Song of the Week, which was a regular feature on this blog until the cross-over and then untimely return from Mallaz.co.uk. Already I have a long article containing my take on several live local events as well as a review of Lost Highway, the album by Parastatic. This article is being constantly added to and the publication postponed until the rebirth of Mallaz.co.uk as I just don’t have the freedom to do everything I would like to with this free WordPress blog.

I will also be putting a lot more emphasis on the art side of my work after a recent increase in interest in my old Horrorshow Artwork project. I am willing to consider commissioned work and my rates are negotiable, however I am selective in the work I undertake, not purely down to time restraints I just don’t do anything I don’t want to (that’s why I look so good for my age). I am available for EP and Album art, so long as you’re music’s not shite, I’ve also designed logos, posters and other such crap and do have some pieces for sale, but I did knock back £300 each on the first three Horrorshow Artwork images so don’t expect me to part with any of those cheaply. The Horrorshow Artwork series is very personal to me, hence the ridiculous price. I can assure you that my prices for commissioned work are a lot less harmful to your bank balance and as I have previously stated I am open to negotiations on work that I am enthusiastic about.

Right that’s my music n art shit covered aye? Don’t forget the standard Mallaz blog though, the one where I spout my shite on all sorts of subjects. Sports a big one, I’ll probably be getting back into writing about football at some point coz that’s just not happened since my demotion back to this shit blog and also I do like a good pop at the news now and then and will be getting my vote on tomorrow for The Police and Crime Commissioner elections, seeing as this is the first time I’ve ever been registered to vote. Boom!

Creative types who would like a kushy little spot on Mallaz.co.uk should email mallaz84@yahoo.com with some details about what you do. It’s not solely down to my own creativity that I have a vested interest in the North East’s creative culture. I just love music, art, poetry, stories. I just love entertainment, creativity and originality. My official affiliates will have their own pages and/or sections on the Mallaz.co.uk website but if you are a creative sort looking for an extra platform to showcase your skills and/or have your own business and are looking for a marketing platform then I want to help you and the creative community. What have you got to lose? Email – mallaz84@yahoo.com and tell me what you’ve got to offer.

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Band Stuff Updatery

First off, as you know I’ve been managing local Funk band Gingersnap & The Style since summer and recently took the same position at a brand new Experimental Punk band Miss Danby and the What. So now I’ll tell you a bit about what’s happening with them.

Gingersnap & The Style Pile

Recently Gingersnap & The Style Pile performed at The Golden Lion in Jarrow for my associates at ToddRoxx Events after having performed at my last event, the SOLD OUT Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Excusive & Intimate).

After three months as their manager I am afraid my relationship with Gingersnap & the Style Pile has had come to an end. Instability within the band has forced two key line-up changes recently and has caused progress to stagnate. Certain members of the band seem to have lost enthusiasm and it has been agreed that this is no longer a mutually beneficial arrangement and during the time Gingersnap & The Style Pile need to reformulate their group my time could be better utilised on my current projects. Hopefully it won’t be long before Gingersnap & The Style Pile are back on their feet and I wish them the best success.

Miss Danby and the What

Miss Danby and the What are a fresh new band fronted by Bryonie Danby, who some of you may recognise from her work as a solo artist. This brand new Alternative, Experimental Punk act formed only in the summer of this year and currently have only made on live performance at The Cluny.

Listen to the live recordings of Miss Danby and the What’s debut at The Cluny on – https://soundcloud.com/mdandtw/sets/live-344

It’s still all early doors for Miss Danby and the What but in my opinion there is a great deal of potential in the group and the three current members Miss Danby, Mr Nissen and Mr Hanrahan have struck me as the type of band with a drive for success, a passion for music and most importantly a sense of fun. There is one piece of the Miss Danby and the What puzzle missing, a versatile and committed bass player.

If you’re a skilled and unattached bass player, liked what you heard on the above link and you would like opportunity to be in this cool and exciting new group with big ambition and gigs already confirmed then check out the details and how to apply for an audition through this advert – http://www.joinmyband.co.uk/classifieds/where-are-all-the-bass-playing-multi-intrumentalists-t409500.html

Miss Danby and the What’s talents know no bounds and the lack of bass player has not rendered them incapable of performing live. As well as a couple of gigs in the pipeline they already have another two confirmed. The Festive Fiasco on 19th December and Amateur Night at The Big Top on 2nd February 2013.

Check out Miss Danby and the What on – http://www.missdanby.com/

Bonsai Five present The Festive Fiasco

Wednesday 19th December 2012 – The Bridge Hotel

In the heighth of festivities in Newcastle City Centre on Wednesday 19th December, Newcastle-based Indie band Bonsai Five will take control of the upstairs function room at The Bridge Hotel to host a night of live music entitled The Festive Fiasco.

For an entry fee of only £3, which is payable on the doors which open at 8pm, you can start your Christmas celebrations early by witnessing four live bands in action.

The Festive Fiasco features; Maps Are Fiction, the hosts Bonsai Five, The Face as well as the fantastic Miss Danby and the What.

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

Saturday 2nd February 2013 – The Bridge Hotel

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top is a live music event showcasing talented independent artists from the North East. In a night of Alternative Rock music four bands; The Creep Void, Warning!, The Shake Appeal and Miss Danby and the What will be performing their individual brands of Rock & Roll. Advance tickets for Amateur Night at The Big Top are £4.00 plus booking fee and doors will be open from 7.00pm. Advance tickets will take priority however if any tickets do remain on the night entry will be permitted on the door. On the door admission may be charged more.

This event is scheduled to be my return to live music event promotion following this lengthy break to get my affairs in order. My last live music event Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) was a great success and we managed to sell out the venue.

I worked with The Shake Appeal in March this year when they performed a set at The Telegraph in Newcastle for me. I’m also familiar with a couple of members of the Creep Void too as they have attended several of my events in support of Washington-based Awkward Weed, although this will be the first time I have worked with The Creep Void on a professional basis. As things currently stand it will also be the first time I have worked with Warning!, who have come highly recommended from several sources, Miss Danby and the What (at least n the role of an event organiser) and also the very first time I will be working with Insangel, who will be performing the equipment hire and sound engineering duties at Amateur Night at The Big Top. Check out Insangel’s website on – http://www.insangel.co.uk/

For ticket sales monitoring purposes each act has its own specific ticket link to this event so if you’re a fan of Miss Danby and the What and would like to guarantee that they receive their due credit from you purchase please buy your tickets trough this link – http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/48GzRUNeeH

Tickets for all of my future events will be available at http://www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz

DUE TO TALKTALK’S DOUCHBAGERRY…

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2012 by Mallaz

Recently My Blog’s Been on the Back Burner!

FUCK TALKTALK!!!

Obviously over the course of the last month or so my internet “provider” TalkTalk has left me in the dark ages over the course of the aforementioned period of time. After being left without a functional internet connection for a couple of weeks while TalkShit had made me repeatedly read through useless information (information that is actually displayed on the website and information that in no way helped identify the cause of the problems with my internet connection). Are you with me so far? Or has the repetitive on-hold song become so fukkin tedious that you’ve hung up?

What it was that had actually caused the problems to my internet connection with TalkTalk was work being carried out on a telephone pole directly next to my place. During the process of this maintenance, those aforementioned engineers had totally dropped a bollock. I had suspected that this due to what would normally be an overheard line lying across my back garden as though it was attempting to top up its tan. In other words, when I reported the problem to TalkShit I actually told them the cause of the exact cause of the problem within that initial contact. What followed that was comical at best, hilarious from a neutral point of view but not when it’s happening to you.

After I had initially reported the problem over a followed by of having intermitting internet connection and being made to switch things off n on n off n on again and then having to dig out the little screwdrivers to clart about with the box to see (shock, horror) no improvement, the internet connection that I had been sporadically receiving over those few days just packed in all together.

Yet another telephone call to re-report the problem and to find out the status was now on repair. TalkTalk had decided they should actually bother to send out an engineer. So, after four days of no internet connection at all and drawing ever closer to a full month since the situation began, TalkShit finally get their fingers out their hoops and send out an engineer.

The engineer had to be getting paid by the hour judging the time it took from TalkShit “sending” him until the point that my connection came back. However, during this entire fiasco I have only managed to physically speak to one person from TalkShit who has “assured” me that I will be compensated for the time that my internet connection has been down. Well I fukkin hope so!

I’ve currently only got a couple of months left on my TalkTalk contract and after various discussions with a wide range of people that I know, it seems these shenanigans aren’t a one-off or even a rarity with TalkTalk, they’re reputation is shambolic. I’ve been given information and details relating to other broadband providers who provide their services without such ignorance and lack of respect to customers. As things currently stand I have no desire to stick with TalkShit thanks to the time they’ve cost me over this last five or so weeks, and we all know time is money. During one of the (many pointless) discussions with TalkShit advisers I was informed that they would reduce my bills as an apology for this ridiculous standard of customer service, which is frankly disgusting, and I fully expect these changes to my bill to be in force when they next start demanding payment for their “services provided” in the next couple of weeks.

This isn’t the last I’ve got to say on these work shy scabby bastards though, so expert to witness the finer details of this customer services catastrophical fuck up to be broadcast and not before too long.

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MUSIC

Obviously for those of who remember that I’m in the business of music will be wondering what’s going on seeing as I haven’t been spewing my shite about that artistic format that we all know and love as often as I would have been, yet at the same time haven’t been running any live music events since ‘Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) back in September.

Well the TalkTalk twattery hindered the publications of a few articles early in October and in turn has had me running around chasing my tail, far behind schedule in what has become an increasingly hectic period of my existence. I had written a couple of live music reviews from early in October when the TalkShit troubles began so have been adding to that article as and when I’ve managed to get out and make appearance at gigs and things.

I’m currently updating and editing that information to assure it is all correct at the time of going to publication. I have made it to some outstanding events this month and will soon publish an article relation those recent events and the once mentioned here so far, but that will all most likely be published on Mallaz.co.uk as I am now in the process of rebuilding it. This article will include my review of Lost Highway, the debut album by one of my local favourite groups Parastatic. If you’re too impatient to wait for my words (or think that they’re just bullshit anyway) feel free to form your own opinion and/or buy Lost Highway here – http://104records.bandcamp.com/album/lost-highway-3

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Miss Danby and The What

I’m very proud to announce that recently I have been acquired by a very impressive local band by the name of Miss Danby and the What in the role of their manager. The band formed in the summer of this year and made their debut soon after in an impressive set at The Cluny in Newcastle. Miss Danby has an incredible, unique vocal talent and there is a cool Experimental Punk element to their sound provide by the rest of the What. This band definitely has the ability to set themselves apart from the crowd.

Although it is still very early days with Miss Danby and the What I do believe that they are a band worth the time and effort and the hard work that I pour into every challenge that I am enthusiastic about. I couldn’t be more genuine in saying that Miss Danby and the What have the drive and ambition to make big things happen and are very much a band that I am exciting to have the opportunity to build a good working relationship with.

Currently though, a slight stumbling block for Miss Danby and the What is their need for a new bass player. If you want to join an Experimental Punk band fronted by an exceptionally cool and talented young singer/songwriter and you have ambition, are dedicated and versatile then this could be the role for you.

Check out the details and specifications in this advert http://www.joinmyband.co.uk/classifieds/where-are-all-the-bass-playing-multi-intrumentalists-t409500.html and if you feel that you’re the person for the job…. Well get the reply in there quick and do us all proud!

Check out Miss Danby and the What’s website – http://www.missdanby.com/

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Miss Danby and the What Gig Dates

Wed 19th Dec 2012 –The Bridge Hotel

Bonsai Five presents THE FESTIVE FIASCO

(w/ Maps Are Fiction, Bonsai Five and The Face)

Doors open 8.00pm

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 – The Bridge Hotel

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Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

(w/ The Creep Void, The Shake Appeal and Warning!)

Adv. Tickets £4.00 (+b/fee)

 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

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My Next Currently Confirmed Event

Yeah, it’s been a while since my sell-out at The Bright Hotel that showcased the outstanding BiG BEAT BRONSON performing with a full live backing band in what was, by all purposes, intended on being the last event run by me. It was a very successful event and the things that have happened since that event have changed my perception on a lot of matters in life.

Instead of just jacking it in completely to focus on other ventures I have been urged by several different careers advisers to head down the route of self employment in music and arts based business. It was an idea that I had been put off from following the fiasco of working with certain acts who failed to contribute anything to the scene and atmosphere that I was WORKING towards. The majority were DJs, along with a good handful of bands have fallen far short of expectations, however I’ve not slept since Sunday and this part of my blog is to inform you….

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 – The Bridge Hotel (map)

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

(w/ The Creep Void, The Shake Appeal and Warning!)

Doors open 7.00pm – Adv tickets £4.00 (+b/fee) from – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

The first event that I had (notice had…?) fully confirmed and booked for 2013 is named Amateur Night at The Big Top and will be held at the trusty The Bridge Hotel on Castle Garth, Newcastle on Saturday 2nd February 2013. Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top combines four highly-talented, well-respected and unsigned local Rock & Roll bands.

Doors will be open from 7.00pm. Advance tickets are available for £4.00 (plus booking fee) and on the door entry may be charged extra, quite possibly to the tune of a straight fiver.

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

**This event was fully confirmed until last week when Kraken Sound (the hire firm providing the sound equipment and engineers) decided that they no longer wanted to work the sound for Amateur Night at The Big Top due to the artists being involved being Rock bands. This has proved an irritant as pay-out structures for the artists and people involved were calculated on the basis of the equipment and sound engineering costing the price Kraken Sound had quoted me. The only slight positive that I can take from this turn of events is that I have three months to procure a replacement whose rice does not affect the total expenditure of the event, otherwise I could sell this event out yet still lose part of my investment capital**

The Four bands listed for Amateur Night at The Big Top are;

 

Miss Danby and the What

The newest of the four unsigned bands that will grace the stage at The Bridge Hotel is Miss Danby and the What, who formed this summer and made a great impression in their debut performance at The Cluny some short time after. It was a performance that spurred this NARC review;

“Support act Miss Danby and The What, performing live for the first time, were a new find. Danby’s vocals are at once sweet and harsh – like sandpaper dipped in dairy milk, only a lot more pleasant – which the band underpinned with a Lynchian score by virtue of a near fatal dose of reverb.”

As mentioned before, I now work with Miss Danby and the What as their manager so I’m confident that they will take this opportunity to impress everyone that is in attendance to the same extent that they’ve impressed me.

http://www.missdanby.com/

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The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal actually performed at my second entirely independent live music event at The Telegraph in March this year and left a lasting impression. I originally booked The Shake Appeal on the recommendation of a couple unconnected people and I am really fond of their music, which has at times seen the South-Tyneside based Alternative Rock group likened to Be Your Own Pet and Rapture.

The Shake Appeal are the only of the four acts to be performing at Amateur Night at The Big Top and I am confident that they will add to the sociable atmosphere that I am hoping to create. In fact I am in regular contact with Phil Morgan, the bass player in The Shake Appeal, and his other group People Making Noises performed an event for me at the end of August at Mallaz presents… Head Of Light Entertainment at The Cluny 2.

From the information currently at my disposal, The Shake Appeal will next be performing live on Thursday 29th November at The Dog & Parrot through Something Else Promotions. Stay tuned to The Shake Appeal on their website for further developments and more details relating to upcoming events.

http://www.theshakeappeal.co.uk/

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The Creep Void

The Creep Void are an act that will have no trouble integrating themselves into the social element of what I am creating in North East music. Several members of The Creep Void have been in the audience of some of my previous live music events, actually supporting the local music scene. That’s something I think should be seen more often. So that’s a positive working in the favour of The Creep Void before I even start on their music.

The Washington/Gateshead Alt Rock band have been together since April last year and have a list of influences longer than a Scouser’s charge sheet. In December they will release the album Apotheosis which will then be followed by the video for the single Not For God’s Sake in January.

The Creep Void Album Launch for Apotheosis will be help at Plugged Inn in Sunderland on 1st December and features support from; One Man Revival, Awkward Weed, People Making Noises, Scarlet Conviction and Indigo Vertebrae. You get all of this for the sake of on poxy quid? Bargain!

https://soundcloud.com/thecreepvoid

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Warning!

Warning! are a Gateshead-based, three-piece, Alternative, Rock band that have been drawn to my attention after several glimmering recommendations from within the North East music scene, making Warning! an act that I have very high expectations of.

Warning! have been a staple fixture within the North East music scene since 2009 and since then have being going from strength to strength since. Their next live performance is at The Indigo Rooms in Sunderland on 17th November. Unfortunately I currently have no further information regarding times or prices for that event s you may need to find to find that out for yourself.

On BBC Newcastle, Nick Roberts had this to say about Warning!, “There are a lot of rock bands knocking about at the minute … A lot of them aren’t very good … These guys are an exception”

https://soundcloud.com/warning-1

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What Next???

Well as I mentioned earlier in this blog I have an article relation to the musical exploits I have witnessed since the beginning or October, however due to TalkTalk metaphorically sodomising I have missed the boat on the majority of the gig reviews and most importantly Parastatic’s album review. The publication of any more reviews and such has been sidelined due to the ever pressing need to reconstruct my Death Star Mallaz.co.uk

Unfortunately this free WordPress blog limits functionality and I am increasingly finding that it’s incapable of performing certain duties. The need for total freedom only available though having my own website has been intensified recently due to the fact that Facebook now want paid for events to be made entirely available. I was already losing patience with Facebook as it is but if it keeps heading down this path it shall soon render itself redundant. I could witness Facebook die its horrible slow and painful death while feeling not a shadow of remorse.

I’ve been saying t a long time to musicians, Facebook does not constitute a worthwhile internet presence. For music you would be better off using Soundcloud or Bandcamp to quickly name a couple or you can even find several bog providers that could more useful than Facebook. A Facebook page IS NOT A WEBSITE although too many acts seem to think a Facebook is just as good. In my opinion, if a band takes itself seriously then they should have a website. If a website is above your budget then set up a free blog and use that and/or Soundcloud as your online visitors’ main port of call. Websites, bogs and Soundcloud are accessible by anyone without them having to create an account to hear your music yet also offer an incredibly easy option to link to all of your other online profiles. But Facebook is dying it’s death now, think about it!

Artists/Bands/Musicians prioritise getting a website! That’s a bit of FREE advice for you!

A Mallaz Announcement!

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by Mallaz

And So, The Mallaz Era Begins…

I’m here to make an announcement, well a couple of announcements actually. Due to hosting issues with my webhost, I’m back temporarily using this old blog for my witterings and gobshite ramblings until I get Mallaz.co.uk up and running fully armed and operational. Also, I may seem less vocal of late but I can confirm that I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes both in preparation for Mallaz.co.uk and other Mallaz Empire related projects that are in their early phases. So just watch this fukkin space!

Disclaimer

The very first point that I need to make is my disclaimer. You know of me by now and you know I speak my mind, no holds barred. Whether you like it or not, I couldn’t give two shits! I do what I do and it’s served me well so far. However, recent developments mean that Mallaz is no longer just an entity or one man working alone. Progress has been made and further negotiations are underway to expand The Mallaz Entity into The Mallaz Empire.

So to clarify, unless otherwise stated, any opinions, points of view or even praise and insults that I express on this blog, Mallaz.co.uk (when it’s eventually back in business) or any of my social networking profiles (such as Twitter, Facebook, my Facebook pages for my live music events Mallaz presents…, Horrorshow Artwork, Mallaz Music Management or Soundcloud etc) are my opinions, in my words, and are in no way connected to any person, brand or product that I am in any way affiliated with. I speak my mind and nobody else’s and I speak only for me.

Now that my disclaimer is out of the way, I can get on with some of my recent news. Reet, now to get cracking with some informative knacking.

 

Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate)

At The Bridge Hotel (map), Friday 28th September 2012

Exclusive eTicket Link

I may quite possibly have landed the mother of all intimate live music events in North East history!

Very recently local music heavyweights Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson & DJ Lkp combined their various talents to form BiG BEAT BRONSON. They debuted under the new guise at Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON at The Cluny 2 on 7th July.

Following on from that incredible introductory showcase, the BiG BEAT BRONSON tribe released the much anticipated ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP in the first week of August and ‘May Contain Nuts’ proved to be well worth the wait, receiving several impressive reviews and much radio play.

A couple of weeks later came the ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP Launch Party at the highly-acclaimed O2 Academy 2 in Newcastle which, despite it’s relatively grand capacity, BiG BEAT BRONSON almost single-handedly sold out the O2 Academy 2 on their own merit. That’s no mean feat. The Academy 2 holds just shy of 400 people and BiG BEAT BRONSON are a group who are growing in magnitude and selling out any local venue that you put them in.

So now you’re wondering is how in the hell I have managed to swing a gig where the rapidly rising BiG BEAT BRONSON will play a highly exclusive and intimate gig in a venue that holds a mere 100 people?

Well, those of you who know of my work will know that I have been banging the drum for the BiG BEAT BRONSON cause since The Baron & Breeze days and can even make the claim that I am one of their most vocal supporters. I even list Steesh (the producer and brains behind Baron Von Alias and therefore BiG BEAT BRONSON) as one of my biggest musical inspirations, having learnt a lot through conversations with the man I claim to be a modern day genius! The confidence in their ability and the thought that they put into each and every live performance is second to none, yet it is in no way overshadowed by any form of arrogance as they manage to remain more humble than most musicians despite being Newcastle’s hottest musical product at the minute and having more right to brag and boast than any local act.

Many BiG BEAT BRONSON fans who decided to put off buying tickets for the EP launch at the O2 Academy found tickets difficult to acquire during the build up to the event and should hopefully have learnt from that experience that tickets are invented for a reason. That was a venue holding almost 400% more capacity than this intimate event at The Bridge Hotel and due to the limited capacity, yet another sell-out is expected.

In basic terms, BiG BEAT BRONSON will sell out venues with ease and for this event, being held at The Bridge Hotel, tickets are in very limited supply. Buy now, not five minutes time, not next week, not “oh I’ll do it soon”. This is BiG BEAT BRONSON performing at an intimate venue with only a handful of available tickets, IT WILL SELL OUT. Don’t get left behind crying that there’s no tickets left, this is your opportunity to ensure you don’t miss out.

It took a lot of extensive negotiations and more activity in the favour exchange market than Chelsea FC during a transfer window to book this highly-reputed and soon to be constantly in demand act. BiG BEAT BRONSON will fill any room in which they play and The Bridge Hotel is a venue that has to feel privileged to be hosting an event with the saviours of Newcastle’s music scene.

Support for this event will be provided by;

Teesside’s premier skiffletronica act Werbeniuk, a band singing songs about sheep, nuns and vomit.

and;

Newcastle-based funky party band Gingersnap & The Style Pile, now under the guidance of Mallaz Music Management.

This exclusive and intimate BiG BEAT BRONSON event is brought to you by Mallaz Presents…

Exclusive tickets are available from – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/184442

http://www.bigbeatbronson.co.uk/

Mallaz Music Management

The Mallaz Entity is currently expanding into an empire with its latest addition, Mallaz Music Management, being added to my constantly growing portfolio; including where it all began in art with Horrorshow Artwork and my live music events extension of The Mallaz Entity, Mallaz presents…, which ironically has begun to flourish since the demise of Order 66’s monthly nights of live music at The Telegraph.

This latest extension of The Mallaz Entity, the Mallaz Music Management division has been added to the empire due to being recruited as manager and promoter of Gingersnap & The Style Pile.

 Gingersnap & The Style Pile are now the third band that I have managed and/or promoted, however they are the first to show enough talent and promise to warrant an all out promotional push and have the ability to make it bigger than the two previous failed bands that I have managed.

The first band I managed, Casino, folded due to their singer Richard cancelling their last two ever scheduled gigs. Richard was also brought in by Ben, who along with me co-founded Downtown Lester Brown, a band unheard of since my departure which again was mostly down to Richard and his unwarranted god complex after playing a small venue in front of thirty-odd paying customers. Despite his ego-driven superstar status, Richard the Musical Rapist has failed to achieve any level of success in music within ten years of being in and/or ruining bands.

On the other hand, Gingersnap & The Style Pile are a unique product that I had dubbed “Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band” even long before being asked to become involved with them. Their quirky fusion of Funk, Ska and Reggae complete with Dan on the Sax and Cool Eddie on Bass as well as Gingersnap herself, Joanne, on vocals with her distinctive voice and beautiful red hair (gingers have the same effect on me as Kryptonite does on Superman), the First Dan on Drums and my pal Hal on the Guitar. The Style Pile are looking to extend their tribe and add a tromboner as well as the odd occasions where I join the band on stage and play Air Guitar, although we did have issues with a snapped string and feedback from said Air Guitar when Gingersnap & The Style Pile performed a supporting slot at Mallaz presents… Head Of Light Entertainment at The Cluny 2.

My first job as the curator of the funkadelic nature in Gingersnap & The Style Pile is boosting their profile, acquiring supporting slots and arranging live events. As well as pushing them to have at minimum an EP recorded and ready for pushing in the very near future. To contact me for anything related to Gingersnap & The Style Pile drop me an email at – mallaz.thestylepile@hotmail.com

In the meantime click on the following links to Gingersnap & The Style Pile’s online profiles.

Soundcloud

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HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT GIG TONIGHT

Posted in Events, Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by Mallaz

Mallaz presents….

HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT at The Cluny 2

Tonight at The Cluny 2, Newcastle I bring you Teesside’s finest Alt-Pop act Head Of Light Entertainment plus support from three exceptional local acts.

Head Of Light Entertainment come up from Teesside to headline tonight’s event debuting their brand new drummer in their first outing as a four-piece. Already an exceptional band before their latest addition, this performance promises to be a historic gig n the history of Head Of Light Entertainment, who have already build a highly credible reputation on Teesside and seek to expand their reach further afield and earn the recognition they deserve.

Check them out on this LINK

Support will be provided by (in alphabetical order) Awkward Weed, Gingersnap & The Style Pile & People Making Noises.

Washington-based acoustic comedy pairing Awkward Weed have been likened a local version of Flight of the Concords and certainly made waves and instigated uncontrollable bouts of laughter during their performances at my Order 66 live music events. If you like your music with a comic twist you’ll love Awkward Weed.

Check them out on this LINK

Now under the management by yours truly, that’s me (Mallaz) in case you’re unfamiliar with that phrase, Gingersnap & The Style Pile have performed events for me on several occasions since I discovered them at The Bridge Hotel just before Christmas and dubbed them ‘Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band’ due to their funky sound and the upbeat vide they create with each and every performance. In recent times they have performed at Newcastle’s Community Green Festival on the main stage and supported the legendary BiG BEAT BRONSON in July at Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON, BBB’s first live performance under their new name, a gig that all but sold out.  Gingersnap & The Style Pile will also debut a new member with Dan replacing Andy in their wind section. Expect Funky sounds and dancing crowds as standard with The Style Pile.

Check them out on this LINK

Last but not least by any means, South Tyneside-based People Making Noises will be not only debuting a new band member but will be gracing the stage as a group for the very first time. Having heard their recordings and being impressed I had no qualms recruiting them for this event and providing them with this opportunity. However due to never actually seeing them perform live, People Making Noises could be classed as tonight’s wildcard and in my opinion, you should always keep an open mind to new music.

Check them out on this LINK

Tickets for this event are no longer available online so on the door entry is charged at £4 payable in cash. If you did purchase online tickets, please DO NOT FORGET to bring the reference number that you were provided upon buying the ticket/s. Failure to provide the required reference number could result in being charged door price for admission or refused entry.

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT LISTING ON THE CLUNY’S WEBSITE

Announcements of my next live music event will be made tomorrow on this blog until I rectify my current issues with Mallaz.co.uk

Hopefully see you all tonight.

SCRAPPING WITH DOORMEN, MONDAYS ON THURSDAY + THE MENU FOR MAY (REVIEWS, RECOMMENDATIONS + GIG GUIDE)

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music, Music Events Guides, Music Recommendations, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Mallaz

A new week brings stories of the weekend and also the end of the month brings my usual guide to music events that you should be getting yourselves too.  So I’ll bash all that in together because not only did I have a pretty interesting weekend, there’s some pretty promising shit going on for me in May.

Saturday night I was at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead for SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow present: The Warehouse Party and an eventful evening it was.

On arrival I was greeted with the amusing sight of Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson all in matching onesies and on roller skates.  They performed to their usual high standard with their high-octane shenanigans.  Always a winner in my book, entertainment guaranteed.  That’s why I’ve got Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson headlining a gig at Newcastle’s Cluny 2 on Saturday 7th July, with support from Ginger Snap & The Style Pile plus others to be confirmed.  Further details of that will follow in the very near future so watch this space.

And speaking of space…

You might as well go over to http://baronvonalias.bandcamp.com/album/brace-for-the-impact-ep-2 and download their epic EP ‘Brace For The Impact’.  It’ll cost a mere £1.79, so is a proper bargain.  Check out the video for the track ‘Impact’ and marvel at the comic genius that is Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson!

Baron, Breeze & Eliza – Impact

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaWlTVhkniY

Impact was the track that stood out for me on Saturday as it’s becoming one of my favourites and is always performed in energetic fashion live.

Another of the local Hip Hop crowd who made an impression on Saturday was Rex Regis.  I’ve seen Rex perform once before at SubLevel2 but this time he seemed to have a lot more oomph about him.  More enthusiasm in his performance and I enjoyed his set.  Get on Rex Regis and check him out on these links;

http://www.reverbnation.com/rexregisuk

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rex-Regis-ArtistDj/167602376627221

I was also impressed with the flair that SubLevel2 MC J-Man uses to work the crowd and build the hype.  I fukkin love that dude!  He’s apparently gonna be accompanying L87 during his DJ set at Order 66 at The Telegraph this Friday but I’ll come on to that in a bit.  L87 and Pegz were among the DJs playing at The Warehouse Party, although by the time they were playing I was absolutely twatted!

J-Man & Me

It was a quality night and the music wasn’t the only action for little old me, although I have absolutely no memory of the story to follow, from what I’m told I’m completely blameless in the situation…

The story as told to me goes something like this; Sam Warren aka L87 of SubLevel2 and one of the organisers of the event is a mate of mine and the intention was to head back to his.  Between Sam seeing me at the bar and calling me down to see him this muppet bouncer has intervened and accosted me for the old closing time eviction.

The ignorant prick wouldn’t listen to me when I explained that I was with Sam and he became a little bit hostile and proceeded to manhandle me.  As always, due to natural instincts I am unwilling to control, when some knob-ed puts his manky fukkin mitts on me in an aggressive fashion I smack the twat.

So I cracked the bouncer in the mouth apparently, but remember it was him who introduced the violence into the situation when he started being the hard-man and pushing me about.  Well him being a meat-heed bouncer and me being a skinny dick-head, he decked me and was supposedly rough-housing me while I was down until good old Rudas stepped in and persuaded the bell-end bouncer to allow him to escort me from said premises without the use of unwarranted aggression and a touch of the old violent.

At some point during the altercation with this cock-sucking, roid-fuelled meat-heed I lost my fukkin awesome green bucket hat!  What an absolute fukkin cunt!  That’s two awesome bucket hats I’ve lost this year already!  So anyone in the fashion industry, I’ll happily negotiate an endorsement deal for a box full of bucket hats.  I look fukkin awesome in a bucket hat; it’d be a wise investment.

Lost me fukkin hat!!!

I’m currently clinging to the slim possibility that my hat has been handed in at the skate park and that I will one day see its safe return.  Fuck the graze and bump on me heed and the little scratch on me knee, I never felt those happen.  I just want me fukkin hat back!  It’s my favourite hat!

Aside from said knob-ed bouncer though, it was a fukkin class night and if you missed it I’ve got no sympathy for you as you woefully weep like a bitch in your bedroom tugging away at your blistered penis.  Just saying…

http://sublevel2.pl/

Anyway I’m close to recovered from the weekend and looking forward to May kicking off.  I’ve got two events lined up in May with some very exciting artists that I’m really looking forward to seeing perform live for the first time.  Plus…

I’M GOING TO SEE THE FUKKIN HAPPY MONDAYS LIVE!!!

HAPPY MONDAYS + INSPIRAL CARPETS!!!

God made it easy on me…

Well my dad did when he bought me my ticket for Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Thursday 3rd May for my birthday.  It’s gonna be “double double good!”  I can’t fukkin wait!

I seen Shaun Ryder and his band perform live at The Riverside in Newcastle in May last year and it was one of the best nights of my life.  I never thought that I’d get to see the Mondays’ original line-up but it’s fukkin happening!  I got a ticket for The Stone Roses in Manchester in the summer too but than in no way shape or form can top the Happy Mondays!!!

I spoke to Rowetta on Twitter a few days ago (that proper made my day!).  Besides being an epic vocalist, she’s a lovely woman too.  She wasn’t giving a lot away though, but she did say, “There will be something from Yes Please but the set will be a surprise x” which is, according to Shaun Ryder’s autobiography ‘Twisting My Melon’ his least favourite of the Happy Mondays albums.  However, I quite like a few of the tracks on there.  I even wanted my old band to cover ‘Sunshine and Love’, but their negativity ruled out that possibility because we didn’t have keys.  Fuck them.

Here’s a video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoP9QnRc89k

God made it easy on me...

However it was ‘Stinkin Thinkin’ or ‘Monkey in the Family’ that I asked Rowetta for.  Because I’m a greedy bastard, I also asked if ‘God’s Cop’, ‘Loose Fit’ and ‘Wrote For Luck’ and Rowetta told me that I won’t be disappointed.  Stating the obvious there I think, Happy Mondays are my favourite band of all time!

Here’s a couple more videos of the Happy Mondays just because I’m proper buzzing that I’ll be seeing them live in a matter of days!

Monkey in the Familyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIPPtLB41_Y

Loose Fithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cFGFiaWwxw

Get following the Happy Mondays and Rowetta on Twitter.

@Happy_Mondays 

@Rowetta 

ORDER 66

The first of my two events during May is Order 66 at The Telegraph, behind Newcastle’s Central Station, and will be held this week on Friday 4th May.  Obviously I like all of the music that’ll be getting played but there’s two that have seemingly generated some interest from people I’ve spoken to.  Peculiar Disco Moves and Cerebral Scars have attracted some very promising feedback.  Here’s a couple of videos from these two acts two wet your whistle.

Peculiar Disco Moves – Mr X (live)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4s9_QRCz1I

Cerebral Scars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o96j6RSCFaw

There’s also plenty to get excited about with the other acts involved to.  Check out all of the artists involved on these links;

Peculiar Disco Moves

http://www.facebook.com/peculiardiscomoves

Honey Chrome

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

Emergency Door Release

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Cerebral Scars

http://www.youtube.com/user/CSworkz

Clint

http://www.facebook.com/official.clint

Double D

http://www.facebook.com/DoubleDMusic

and SubLevel2

L87 & J-Man

http://soundcloud.com/l87

http://j-man-newcastle.bandcamp.com/

http://sublevel2.pl/

Check out the Facebook event for Order 66.  Seven acts, running until 2am, for only £4.  Winner!

http://www.facebook.com/events/218606574907062/

THE TROLL AT THE BRIDGE

Following Order 66, on Saturday 19th May at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle I’m hosting The Troll at The Bridge.  For only £3 entry on the door you can catch four live bands.  Check out Honey Chrome, Artisam, Emergency Door Release and Downtown Lester Brown on the following links;

HONEY CHROME http://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychrome/163839323697264 Extreme Fusion

EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease Indie Pop Rock

ARTISAM http://www.facebook.com/pages/ARTISAM/122829691064495 Alternative

DOWNTOWN LESTER BROWN http://www.facebook.com/downtownlesterbrownmusic Alternative Funk-Rock

Doors open at 7.30pm.  Here’s the link to the Facebook event too – http://www.facebook.com/events/212146425556581/

Right, well I was gonna go and prattle on about what certain artists are up to this month but then I thought, “Fuck it, I’m not getting paid shit for this!

So instead I’m gonna briefly mention some shit and move on to the May gig guide after naming my Song of the Week.

Honey Chrome

I’m currently helping Honey Chrome with promotion as I believe their Mind-Fuck Music for the Criminally Insane is quite frankly nothing short of genius.  Here’s a track to get you going before I give you a quick briefing of what they’re up to in May.

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U (live)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR-2nIcDcU0

Now that you’ve had your introduction to their madness I’ll tell you what they’re doing.  They’re playing both Order 66 on 4th May and The Troll at The Bridge on 19th.  They’ll also be playing at The Blyth and Tyne Battle of the Bands on 31st, but I don’t know much about that.

They’ve also been doing some of that recording malarkey so expect some epic releases to follow.  Keep up to date with Honey Chrome on their website or Facebook page.

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychrome/163839323697264

One of my previous musical recommendations, Emergency Door Release, continue their rise in the North East music scene with a bank holiday weekend bonanza that includes three live performances and some brand spanking new tracks.  They’re gigging first at The Troll at The Bridge on the 4th and then also have gigs the following two days.  Check out this link for details of Emergency Door Releases live schedule and to hear their music.

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease/app_178091127385

Head Of Light Entertainment

SONG OF THE WEEK

I may as well fuse my Song of the Week with a musical recommendation because this next act was recently brought to my attention and I love them!

Head Of Light Entertainment are an excellent three-piece acoustic act from Teesside.  Their sound is a brilliantly off-beat, quirky and downright strange stroke of genius.  The lyrical content is intelligent, witty and delivered in spectacular fashion.

My Song of the Week is;

Head Of Light Entertainment – What Must You Think Of Me?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN1wket-QDA

Head Of Light Entertainment are; Carl Green on vocals and guitar, Simone Silivistris on vocals and keyboard and bass and percussion man, John Taylor.  They are also about to release their second album ‘The English Don’t Care’ due out on Monday 7th May.

http://www.amazon.com/The-English-Dont-Care/dp/B007U3P7X0

Check of Head Of Light Entertainment’s website and like their Facebook page on these links.

http://www.headoflightentertainment.com/#/blog

http://www.facebook.com/headoflightentertainment

Now onto the gig guide…

THE CALENDER

Tonight, Tuesday 1st

LYXX with The Erotics – Black Bull, Gateshead.  Tickets £4.

http://www.facebook.com/events/179454685497687/

tickets – http://www.seetickets.com/Event/THE-EROTICS/The-Black-Bull/620364

Thursday 3rd

Happy Mondays + Inspiral Carpets – O2 Academy Newcastle.  Tickets £35.

http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/event/37894/happy-mondays-tickets

Happy Mondays Official Aftershow Party: ‘Bez’ PA & DJ Set – O2 Academy 2 Newcastle.  Tickets £6.

http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/event/41197/happy-mondays-official-aftershow-party-bez-pa-and–tickets

Friday 4th

ORDER 66 – The Telegraph, Newcastle.  £4 entry on the door.

http://www.facebook.com/events/218606574907062/

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Saturday 5th

Tynemouth Fake Festival – Percy Park Rugby Club, North Shields.  Tickets from £17.50.

http://www.fakefestivals.co.uk/festival-details.html?festival_id=98

Crookfest – Crook Town AFC.  Tickets £10.

http://crookfest.moonfruit.com/#/saturday/4552895302

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Sunday 6th

Lionfest Round 2 – The Golden Lion, Jarrow.  Free entry.

http://www.facebook.com/events/426910064001919/

Crookfest – Crook Town AFC.  Tickets £10.

http://crookfest.moonfruit.com/#/sunday/4552986353

Steve Cooke with Andy X live – The Park Hotel, Middlesbrough.  Free entry.

http://www.facebook.com/events/200109336769044/

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Thursday 10th

Frankie and the Heartstrings live – W34, Hoults Yard, Newcastle.  Tickets £7.

http://www.facebook.com/events/226042917501949/

Steve Cooke with Andy X live – Crown & Anchor, Redcar.

http://www.facebook.com/events/318712754868315/

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Friday 11th

Oscillations – Some Might Call It Krautrock – Bar Loco, Newcastle.  Free entry.

http://www.facebook.com/events/209557682481195/

Rick Fury Presents… ‘Fist of Fury Live’ – Cluny 2, Newcastle.  Tickets £5.

http://www.facebook.com/events/241804342584411/

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Saturday 12th

The Time Travellers Ball, Green Festival Launch Party & Fundraiser – Northumbria Students’ Union, Newcastle.  Tickets £10.

http://www.facebook.com/events/303378273067291/

Saturday 19th

THE TROLL at THE BRIDGE – The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.  £3 entry on the door.

http://www.facebook.com/events/212146425556581/

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Friday 25th

Werbeniuk + Frozen Rope + Indigo Child – The Sun Inn, Stockton-on-Tees.

http://www.facebook.com/events/413968841960536/

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Saturday 26th

Milk The Cow presents: 2 Bad Mice + Submerse + Radgepackets + support – The Globe, Newcastle.  Tickets £8.

http://www.facebook.com/events/347497038621521/

tickets – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/162837

Well that’s everything out the way for now like.  Follow me on Twitter.

@Mallaz84  

APPARENTLY IT’S SATURDAY TODAY, SO GET ON THIS…

Posted in Events, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2012 by Mallaz

SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow presents: The WAREHOUSE PARTY

Most of you will already be aware that at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead tonight, SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow presents: The WAREHOUSE PARTY.

If my presence alone isn’t enough to get you itching to go, then there must be something wrong with you.  Besides that though, there will be live performances from my favourite local Hip Hop circus freaks Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & the awesome Eliza LawsonRex Regis, Rick Fury and DJ ADS will also be there hammering the final nails into American Hip Hop’s coffin and disrespectfully kicking it into its murky three-foot trench as North East Hip Hop continues to rise!

Justin J-Man will entertain what is looking to be a healthy sized crowd with his witty MCing and you’ll even get some live Beat-Boxing from that man Brotha Priah.

As if that’s not enough to warrant dipping your greasy mitts into your deep pockets to fish out some of your hard earned pesta, then there’s also gonna be plenty of DJ sets from Smurf, Fridgeman, Pegz, John Rowe, Joonipah & Hedgewald ft. Zico MC, Armaged:Don, L87, S9T and Funsize Johnny.

I know what you’re thinking, that’s a fukkin hell of a lot of DJs!  So it’s just as well that this epic shindig is gonna be running from 7.30pm until 3am then, isn’t it?

Expect DubStep, Drum n Bass, Hip Hop, Techno, Breaks, Rave, Old Skool and Electro, blasted through the mighty 12KW Defcon1 Soundsystem, in what is shaping up to be a fukkin quality night!

Check out the event on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/events/306998582701432/

If you’re lucky, you might still be able to get tickets at the pre-event price of £5 (that includes the booking fee, I think) by buying them online at – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/162802 otherwise it’s a case of paying on the door, which will cost more.  I’ve heard that that could be a tenner.  So get the tickets now on the cheap, while you still can.

Mallaz presents…

Also, on Saturday 7th July, at Newcastle’s Cluny2

Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson will be playing a headline slot at a gig run by me.  That will be officially announced later but tickets are available for a mere £5.

You will be able to buy tickets for the Baron, Breeze & Eliza (plus support) gig tonight at The Warehouse Party.  Speak to either me, Chris Cairns (Baron, Breeze & Eliza’s new manager), Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze or Eliza Lawson.  There will be three support acts playing at that gig too.  Currently confirmed as support are Ginger Snap & The Style Pile and tickets are also available direct from them.

Stand by for further announcements….

Liverpool 5/6 to win at Norwich with Paddy Power

This week’s shit betting tip

I’ve been running well behind schedule this week and obviously I’ve missed the 3pm kick offs.  I don’t even remember the outcome of my tip last week, but it probably lost!  I’ll update my progress when I have more time to spare.

So my £10 football betting tip this week is gonna be a lazy double for today’s late kick off and a game tomorrow.

Get on…

Liverpool to win at Norwich (5/6)

Tottenham to beat Blackburn (4/9)

£10 with Paddy Power online pays £26.48.

Don’t waste your money!

Follow me on Twitter ( @Mallaz84 )

OLD SKOOL SOUTH SHIELDS HIP HOP, STEVE COOKE, EASTER EGGS + THE JEDI PURGE

Posted in Events, Music, Music Recommendations, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by Mallaz

For those of you who’ve been thinking that I haven’t been writing as regularly as I usually do, that’s because I’ve been busy doing shit that doesn’t concern you.  I’ve been a bit lax on the writing front.  So in this blog, I’m gonna do a review and a music recommendation.  I’m also going to start doing a Song of the Week.  After that, if I can be arsed, I might get round to telling you what kinda shite I’ve been doing lately.  At some point I’ll also display some of the photos from my latest live music event, The Egg, from Easter weekend.

REVIEW

Dialect – Dialect

Dialect’s self titled debut album, originally released in 2007, was re-released last weekend (I think…) on Killamari Records.  This album was my first taste of not only North East Hip Hop, but UK Hip Hop as a whole, so I think it deserves a mention.  Originally brought out in 2007, this album contains some remarkable tracks, some timeless North East Hip Hop classics in my opinion.

Dialect is a fitting introduction to North East Hip Hop for those who have never tried it yet.  For me this album doesn’t grow old.  My favourite track on the album, ‘Sick in the Head’ brings back memories of the Green Festival at Leazes Park in 2007, where Dialect performed on the main stage.  Check out the video of them performing ‘Sick in the Head’ on the following link and listen out for Chattabox’s shout out to me at the very end.  ‘Sick in the Head’ is a dark and twisted song, the chorus is extremely catchy and the local accents prominent.

Dialect – Sick in the Head 

One of the other stand-out tracks from this album, at least in my opinion, is ‘Back to School’, a track with some incredibly potent lyrics.  Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the strongest example of North East Hip Hop these days but this album is five years old.  There are some cracking tracks with cool beats and some intelligent lyrics, but referring to South Shields as a ghetto doesn’t really wash with me.  I spent some time living in Shields during my ten year nomad period and two of the plushest pads I dwelled in during that time were in Shields.  However, this album does have nostalgic appeal for those who heard it first time round and will appeal to UK Hip Hop fans who may have not heard it; the re-release was a smart move.  The lads of Dialect were a lot younger when this album was originally released and have gone on to other things.  Chattabox is now based in Bristol and in Three Kings HighRick Fury is now a regular at SubLevel2 and his latest solo album ‘Fist of Fury’ was released in February also on Killamari Records.

Dialect – Dialect

Genre

Hip Hop

Release

(online) Sunday 15th April 2012 (original release 2007)

http://killamari.bandcamp.com/album/dialect

Track List

1 – Intro

2 – Laygate to Vegas

3 – I’m Gonna

4 – Orchestrate (ft. Glass Onion)

5 – Aye Aye

6 – Sick in the Head

7 – Give It Up

8 – Autumn (skit)

9 – Everytime

10 – Back to School

11 – Serious

12 – Question (skit)

13 – Take It Back

14 – Got To Do Something

15 – Aim High (skit)

16 – Let Ya Self Go

17 – A Life in the Day Of (ft. Beth Whilmhirst)

SUBLEVEL2

As I mentioned just before, Rick Fury is a regular performer at SubLevel2 events.  The next SubLevel2 event is this weekend, Saturday 28th April.

SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow present: The Warehouse Party is to be held at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead, running from 7.30pm until 3am, and tickets can be bought for £5 on this link;

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/162802

It will cost more on the door so make sure you order your tickets before Saturday.

The Warehouse Party will feature performances from some of my previous musical recommendations, such as; Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson and Brotha Priah, as well as Rick Fury and Rex Regis among others.  L87, who is playing at my next event Order 66, will also be one of the DJs performing a set on the night.  Check out the Warehouse Party’s Facebook event for more details.

Warehouse Party Facebook Event 

The SubLevel2 crew have also been increasing their online presence and have recently sorted out a website.  Check that out and also like their Facebook page and get following them on Twitter so that you can be constantly kept in the loop.

http://sublevel2.co.uk/

SubLevel2 on Facebook 

SubLevel2 on Twitter (@SubLevel2) 

ORDER 66

My next live music event is Order 66, held at The Telegraph on Orchard Street, behind Newcastle’s Central Station, on Friday 4th May.  I only realised the Star Wars connection to the date after I’d named the event, May the 4th be with you…?  Yup, it was purely by chance.  Unless it was my nerdy subconscious playing it’s part.

Doors for Order 66 will open at 7.30pm, with the first act on at 8pm, and the night will run until 2am.  Seven local artists will perform over the course of the night and entry is charged at a paltry £4 on the door.  Check out the Facebook event for Order 66 on this next link, confirm you’re coming and invite your friends and/or known associates.

http://www.facebook.com/events/218606574907062/

The artists performing at Order 66 are;

Peculiar Disco Moves

http://www.facebook.com/peculiardiscomoves

Honey Chrome

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

Emergency Door Release

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Cerebral Scars

http://www.youtube.com/user/CSworkz

Clint

http://www.facebook.com/official.clint

Double D

http://www.facebook.com/DoubleDMusic

and L87 (of SubLevel2)

http://soundcloud.com/l87

I have worked with Honey Chrome, Emergency Door Release and L87 in the past and would highly recommend them to other promoters.  This will be the first time I have worked with the rest of the artists involved and I am really looking forward to doing so.  As always, I have carefully selected the artists involved and each of them really appeal to my varied musical tastes.

So Order 66 is not to be missed!

THE EGG

My last event, The Egg, was held on Saturday 7th April at The Telegraph.

The Egg was my most successful event to date and also fell on Easter weekend, the weekend after my birthday.  I have the photos uploaded to my Facebook profile and most of the videos are uploaded onto my YouTube channel.

The Egg (photos) 

My YouTube Channel 

There’s also been an independent review of The Egg, written by Joel Damien Haggerty.

http://whenthebeatcomesin.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/baron-von-alias-and-mr.html

It’s another positive review however it does seem a bit half-arsed.  He doesn’t even get the names of the bands he mentions in the review right.  Parastatic are referred to as “Paradelcia”, where he’s getting that from God only knows.  He also refers to Ginger Snap & The Style Pile as “Ginger Jo and the Style Pile”.  He even gets the date wrong, stating Saturday was the 8th of April.  But a review is a review, it is positive and my hard work isn’t going unnoticed.  Although the two reviews I have had so far (my two most recent events) have been of a far inferior quality to the reviews I have written in the past.  I should be getting fukkin paid!

Baiqian Jiang

Red Shoes Dance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uqutt_aJm0

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud 

Artisam

Ascension & No Matter How Much – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QegI3k3NTUo

Artisam on Facebook 

Parastatic

Like a Fraud – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsKVcTH1SxE

Parastatic on Facebook 

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Comfort in the Truth – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZeAWf98hS4

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook 

Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson

Impact – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zgcuLIWPWc

Baron on Facebook 

Breeze on Facebook 

Eliza on Facebook 

Brotha Priah

Happy Birthday Mallaz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3sgdLfQnu0

Brotha Priah on YouTube 

Greenline DJ

The Egg – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De2esrO2DRA

Greenline DJ on Facebook 

Photography and videos by Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography.

Right so that’s a review, plugged two events, recapped The Egg with photographs and videos, plus that half-arsed review.  What’s next?

RECOMMENDATION

I have got a few music recommendations to write up but I’m getting pretty bored of writing with this one now so I’m gonna stick to just the one recommendation for now.  This artist came to my attention after he contacted me looking for gigs in Newcastle.  As soon as I heard his work I offered him a slot at one of my Telegraph gigs.  His music is fukkin fantastic and he seems like a very interesting character.

Steve Cooke

Since Stockton on Tees-based solo artist Steve Cooke contact me and sent me the link to ‘Scorpion Farm’ I have been totally addicted to his music.  His sound is unique and refreshing and has made an impact on me equal to that made by Peculiar Disco Moves.

Steve Cooke’s funky, new wave, electronic protest music is something of a revelation.  The lyrical content of his songs is nothing short of genius at times and the composition of his music incredible.  He creates an excellent punky vibe within his music and delivers his vocals with impressive attitude.

One of my favourite Steve Cooke tracks is ‘You Blister My Paint’.  I just can’t get enough of it.  It has a wonderful Acid Jazz feel to it and I love the percussion noises in the back ground.  The words to ‘You Blister My Paint’ are adapted from a poem by David Bateman and the chorus is brilliantly infectious.

As if his music wasn’t unique enough, Steve Cooke adds even more individuality to his act with the use of a keytar.  I’m not even sure if I’ve seen one of those in real life!

I’m really looking forward to Steve playing for me in June and hope to catch him playing at some point before that.  Check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube to keep bang up to date with Steve Cooke and what he’s doing.  He’s already well known on the Teesside music scene and I expect him to make himself a presence up in Newcastle in the not so distant future.

Steve Cooke on Facebook 

Steve Cooke on Twitter (@steve_cooke) 

Steve Cooke on Soundcloud 

Steve Cooke on YouTube 

SONG OF THE WEEK

As I said at the start, I’m gonna be doing a Song of the Week.  This can be any song I feel like and will usually be the song I have listened to most within the last week.  I’ll also try to do this on a Monday in future.  But this week I’m gonna go for this;

Gorillaz – Stylo 

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