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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  

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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 

SOME RAMBLINGS ABOUT MUSIC + NUMPTIES IN THE NEWS

Posted in Music, Music Recommendations, Music Reviews, Opinions On The News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by Mallaz

God made it easy on me...

You Beastly Bastard!

Wednesday was my birthday.  I fukkin hate my birthday but a new bucket hat and a Happy Mondays ticket, for the O2 Academy in Newcastle on May 4th, helped to ease the blow.  As also did Swede Mason, who released another video onto YouTube on my birthday.  Check out Swede Mason’s YouTube channel on this link and subscribe for future releases.

Swede Mason on YouTube

Swede Mason’s new track is titled ‘Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ and is totally typical of Swede Mason.  More video sampled and cut into a new video with added beats to create an incredible audio-visual collage.  While ‘Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ may not be Swede Mason’s greatest work his genius is unrivalled.  It is still a truly epic work, however in my opinion not as brilliant as ‘Jeremy Clarkson’s Beatbox’ or ‘Bill Wyman’s Metal Detector’ to name but a few.

Apparently, according to Clair, the video for this track is taken from The King’s Speech or something.  I’ve never heard of it or seen it, but then I’m not Ed Zachary a film buff.

Well Bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ is vulgar, repetitive and really quite childish, yet it is amusing, entertaining and quite frankly fukkin fantastic!

Check out Swede Mason latest work on the link below.

Swede Mason – Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard 

Also check out my blog about Swede Mason in my musical recommendations category or on the next link, where you’ll find links to some of my favourite Swede Mason tracks.

Swede Mason Blog

Some Recommendations

While I’m on the subject of music, I may as well drop a couple of recommendations.

BROTHA PRIAH

I’ll start with Brotha Priah, another musician who does something a bit different.  Priah is a massively underrated artist who is starting the make an impression on the North East music scene and has the potential and drive to go a long way.

Brotha Priah uses a Boss RC-300 looping station and a Kaosspad to build up tracks on the spot.  What makes it all the more impressive however is that Priah makes all of the sounds with his voice, beat-boxing beats, harmonies and bass-lines and looping them to create unique tracks.  He has an exceptional talent and is extremely passionate about music.  Priah explains it better than me, so click on the following link for a video of Priah explaining how he does what he does.

Brotha Priah – Boss RC-300 + Kaosspad 3 Intro 

Don’t forget to subscribe to Brotha Priah’s YouTube channel.

Brotha Priah on YouTube

I first noticed Brotha Priah when I seen him performing at SubLevel2 at The Head of Steam a while back.  He was one of the artists the particularly stood out that night, in amongst local Hip Hop heavyweights Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze and Rick Fury.  Read my take on that night on this link;

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/whats-normal-is-normally-boring/

As I mentioned, Priah is starting to build his reputation on the North East music scene, particularly with the Hip Hop, DubStep and Drum n Bass crowds and is quickly becoming one of the usual suspects at live events in the region.  With a few live performances coming up in April, including Rex Regis’ album launch, on 11th, and The Warehouse Party, on 28th, Priah is starting to make his mark.

He’s also performing at my gig, The Egg at The Telegraph, Orchard Street, Newcastle on Saturday.  Click the next links for more information on The Egg.

The Egg

Facebook Event

HONEY CHROME

Whilst on the theme of artists with individuality, my next recommendation is a band so unique that they don’t fit inside any standard genre classification.

Honey Chrome’s sound is a marvellous mash-up of many genres, with many different influences.  Not only do Honey Chrome differ from every other band, each of their tracks differs in style and sound from each other.

With Honey Chrome there’s synthetic bass, heavy drums, rocking guitars and distorted vocals aplenty.  Call it whatever you want, there’s a bit of everything in there.  You’ll notice influences from many different artists within Honey Chrome’s sound and they bring it all together in a brilliantly orchestrated fusion.  The effects are truly profound.

Honey Chrome

I think my favourite Honey Chrome tracks so far are ‘I Think I Luv U’ and ‘Fractured Days’.  As afore mentioned, Honey Chrome’s style and sound changes between tracks and those two are more mellow and more suited to my tastes than the heavier ‘Mind Machine’, which would have plenty of appeal with Rock and Heavy Metal fans.

Honey Chrome are playing in Stockton on Tees tonight at The Sun Inn along with The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show and Dressed Like Wolves.  Doors open at 7.30pm, find further details of that on this link;

http://www.facebook.com/events/416819888335204/

I have also got Honey Chrome booked to perform at two events for me in May.  They will be playing at The Telegraph on Friday 4th May and at The Troll at The Bridge, at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday 19th May.  Check out the video of Honey Chrome performing live at The Telegraph at my gig in March on this next link.

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U (live at The Telegraph) 

Details of the May 4th gig at The Telegraph are still to be confirmed.

The Troll at The Bridge on Saturday 19th May is being held at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Entry is £3 payable on door.  Doors open at 7.30pm and the event will run until 11pm.  Also performing that night will be local Indie Pop sensation Emergency Door Release, the ever-impressive Alternative act Artisam and Funk-Rock band Downtown Lester Brown.

Check out Honey Chrome’s website – http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

And check out the Facebook Event for The Troll at The Bridge and the four acts involved on the following links.

The Troll at The Bridge 

Honey Chrome

Emergency Door Release

Artisam

Downtown Lester Brown

THE EGG

After what feels like a lifetime in waiting, it’s almost finally here. Tomorrow night at The Telegraph on Orchard Street, behind Newcastle’s Central Station is The Egg!

The Egg is a night of live music and a whole new experience.  A culmination of artists from across a wide range of genres, The Egg offers something for every musical taste.  There’s the notorious Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze with the awesome Eliza Lawson delivering North East Hip Hop with a comic book twist.  Another of the main highlights are the epically vibrant Funky Ska band Ginger Snap & The Style Pile giving you something to dance to.  Artisam, who are also performing The Troll at The Bridge, will be performing as a five-piece for the first time after the addition of their new drummer and fiddler.  We’ll also have some Krautedelic Electro Fuzz from Parastatic, something I’m really looking forward to seeing live.  As mentioned earlier there’ll also be a live Beat-Boxing performance by the up-and-coming Brotha Priah with his looping station and Kaosspad.  There’s also some acoustic brilliance in the form of Baiqian Jiang and his fingerstyle and a DJ set from Greenline DJ, also known as Dj Id.

Seven different artists on a night that runs til 2am for a paltry £4 is a steal!

Doors open at 7.30pm and the £4 entry is payable on the door.

Further information about The Egg can be found on my blog, along with links to each artist, or on the Facebook on the two links below.

The Egg

Facebook Event

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

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And now some shit in the news that made me laugh…

I was on Twitter yesterday morning and my timeline was flooded with shit about Samantha Brick, she was also trending.

Now I’d never heard of her and I’m a naturally inquisitive bastard.  So I looked and up, and here’s the jist of what her crack is…

Samantha Brick is some random, moderately attractive, middle-aged blonde writer from The Daily Mail, who wrote an article earlier this week whining on about how difficult life is being beautiful.

Here’s a link to the article, have a gander;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2124246/Samantha-Brick-downsides-looking-pretty-Why-women-hate-beautiful.html

Throughout the article this self-obsessed woman bemoans the strains that her supposed beauty causes her, from bitchy bosses to jealous girlfriends.  She claims that women hate her for no other reason but her “lovely looks.

Samantha Brick’s arrogance and up-your-own-arsery become glaringly apparent with this quote from the article, “Unfortunately women find nothing more annoying than someone else being the most attractive girl in a room.”  Pretty full of herself for someone who claims has many clients who are models, and also doing well on casting gender stereotypes.  She also claims to be “tall, slim, blonde” and often told that she is “good-looking”.

I don’t know about slim though flower… I see a bit of a pot-belly thing going on there.  Have a look at the photos and see if you agree.  She’s also got quite chunky, stumpy looking legs.  To claim she’s “slim” is slightly hopeful.  She’s not in terrible shape for a middle-aged woman of forty-one, but she’s not shaped like Gwen Stefani or Elizabeth Hurley!

As I said before, she’s only moderately good-looking.  In my opinion she’s got a dodgy-looking nose and a freaky, weird smile.  She’s got kind of a Miss Piggy-like face.

At the end of the article she claims to be “probably one of very few women entering their fifth decade welcoming the decline of my looks.”  A statement that seemingly contradicts herself as earlier in the article she stated she works at her appearance.  She works out, doesn’t drink or smoke and rarely eats chocolate.  Not really the actions of a woman in her early forties welcoming the decline of her looks is it?

I’m not even gonna touch that her husband is a Frenchman and wearing soldier clobber in the photos, that’s too easy.

Samantha Brick is a deluded, self-obsessed attention-seeker and I’m bewildered as to why a newspaper would publish such nonsensical bull-shit written to solely to pander the author’s ego.  I mean, that’s not fukkin news is it???

And as if that twaddle wasn’t ridiculous enough for you, the backlash from Samantha Brick spawned another article, this time by Tim Dowling for The Guardian.  You can read that on this next link.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/04/samantha-brick-hated-good-looks?cat=lifeandstyle&type=article

This is yet another prime example of up-your-own-arsery by a self-obsessed, egotistical twat.  Tim Dowling claims that men envy him for his looks.  In my experience most men couldn’t give two shits about how another man looks, the competitive element lies in other things, like sports for example.

I think anyone who uses phrases such as “brooding”, “chiselled jaw” and “soulful, beseeching eyes” to describe themselves appears to be either a purely pretentious cunt or pitching themselves on a lonely hearts dating website.

Tim Dowling prattles on that if you’re a man you probably find him a threat.  One statement that stood out for me was, “I can’t tell you how many male acquaintance shave stopped speaking to me over the years for petty reasons (unpaid debts, being alleged source of unpleasant rumour, refusal to appear as character witness), when jealousy is the transparent cause.

Yeah, sure people start to lose patience and you will fall foul of people if you don’t pay your debts.  As for refusing to be a character witness for a friend, either the friend is a complete scum-bag of Tim Dowling blatantly refused to help a friend in need.  I wonder if the reference was for a job or for court, as he fails to mention any specifics.  Either way it’s pretty shitty and I wouldn’t be best impressed if a so-called mate refused to help where they could in such situations, unless of course it was a seriously bad crime.

He claims also to know exactly how many men have been angered enough by his face to want to punch it.  For some reason I suspect it may be his arrogant, pretentious, self-absorbed attitude that makes people want to smash his fukkin face in, rather than how his face looks.

There is also no mention of Tim Dowling having a partner within the article.  I suspect this is also related to him being a Grade-A plum!

I DON’T WANT THE WORLD TO END ON TUESDAY

Posted in Music, Music Recommendations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by Mallaz

PECULIAR DISCO MOVES

One of my most recent discoveries are Peculiar Disco Moves.  This Newcastle based five-piece came to my attention after replying to my blog asking for musicians to perform at my live events.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/musicians-wanted-for-gigs/

Peculiar Disco Moves are possibly one of the most refreshing new bands I have heard in a long time.  Telling witty tales of woe blended with totally contrasting melodies of merriment, they certainly have a unique sound to them and their music is highly addictive.

Their self-titled debut EP, released on 23rd May 2011, is comprised of three infectious tracks that you could listen to on a loop for endless amounts of time.

There’s unbelievable intelligence in Peculiar Disco Moves’ lyrics and a sense of fun and individuality in their danceable Alternative Experimental Pop music.  A quirky and up-beat tempo to their tracks, with catchy melodies and memorable lyrics is expertly composed music.

Peculiar Disco Moves are a true revelation for me.  They inspire thoughts of a happier incarnation of Flowered Up, like Flowered Up without the smack.  As in like that… but completely different!  Totally individual!

The five members of Peculiar Disco Moves are Alix Shepherd on lead vocals and keys,  Adam Sinclair on vocals, percussion, synth and sampler, Jonathon Proud on vocals and bass, Lloyd Wright on vocals and guitar and their drummer, Danny Ward.  Their collective sound is truly incredible.

Alix’s rough vocals are cool and reminiscent of the early 90s Brit-Pop era and Peculiar Disco Moves’ lyrics are contagious.  After hearing the three tracks from the EP just a couple of times, you will find yourself instinctively singing along.

Alix’s bouncy keyboard play gives each track a really vibrant feel and is perfectly complimented by the synths operated by Adam, really set a buzzing dance tone.  This is particularly noticeable on the EP’s opening track, ‘I Don’t Want the World to End on Tuesday’ (I feel a particular fondness for this track as I have always said that Tuesday is the worst day of the week), and ‘Mr X’.

I’m a huge fan of percussion and Peculiar Disco Moves’ Adam utilises it with perfection.  Guitar riffs are expertly executed by Lloyd and are particularly noteworthy on the final track, ‘Manual Liar’.  The rhythm section with Proud on bass and Drummer Danny is impeccable throughout the EP, which as a debut leaves you itching for more.  The vocal harmonies tie these well-written works of art into truly outstanding tracks.

Intelligent lyrics, groovy bass, catchy keyboard melodies, perfectly complimented with synths and percussionary deliciousness, cool guitar riffs and expertly executed rhythm on the drums, Peculiar Disco Moves have an unique, individual vibe about them and are a really stand out act.

Peculiar Disco Moves seem to inspire thoughts of fun.  Their name is fun, their sound is fun and their EP cover is fun.  Not to mention the hats.  Check out Peculiar Disco Moves on Facebook (and like and/or share their page), and the self-titled EP on Bandcamp, on the following links.  Also check out their YouTube channel and watch the videos for their acoustic-country version of ‘I Don’t Want the World to End on Tuesday’ and their live performance of ‘Domestic Bliss’.

Facebook

YouTube

Peculiar Disco Moves – Peculiar Disco Moves

Currently their next confirmed live performance is at The Telegraph on Friday 4th May.  An event hosted by Yours Truly.  Peculiar Disco Moves will be playing as part of a full night’s entertainment kicking off at 8pm and ending at 2am.  They’re also confirmed to play at Tynemouth Fake Festival, along with Artisam, the following day, Saturday 5th May.  Their other confirmed date, so far, is Saturday 2nd June when they perform at Newcastle’s Community Green Festival in Leazes Park.  As a regular attendee of the Green Festival, I can’t wait for that.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog with some musical recommendations for you.  There’s a few bands that I’m in the process of writing about but I wanted to fire a quick one out now.  Certain acts have stood out and made an impression on me but I have spoke of several of those acts in previous blogs.  Acts such as Ginger Snap & The Style Pile (Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band), Honey Chrome (Tasty and Shiny) and (the region’s most versatile band) Artisam.  However, I have briefly touched on these acts before so thought I’d opt for something brand new with Peculiar Disco Moves.

You can read a bit about the bands above by clicking the links below if you’re too impatient to wait for a more in-depth description.  I have written about these acts before, but I have never featured them in my actual music recommendation’s blogs, so they will be coming soon (ish).

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/a-tangerine-christmas/

Honey Chrome

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/better-than-a-box-of-wolves-nipple-chips/

Artisam

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/gannin-balls-deep/

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Playlist

And here’s my ten tracks for you to slooshy;

Happy Mondays – Oasis

Artisam – Lucid Melody (live at The Telegraph)

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile – Your Own Boss (live at The Telegraph)

Peculiar Disco Moves – I Don’t Want the World to End on Tuesday

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze – Get Wild, Gan Mental

Flowered Up – Egg Rush

Peculiar Disco Moves – Manual Liar

Rossi Noise – Evil Inside

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U (live at The Telegraph)

Emergency Door Release – Who Are We? (live at The Telegraph)

Honey Chrome

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CREAM OF THE CROP SO FAR…

Posted in Music, Music Recommendations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2012 by Mallaz

It’s been a while since I forced my musical recommendations upon thee, so I thought “might as well pop one oot real soon!”

First up though, a brief run through the cream of the crop from my previous recommendations.

The best of the lot, not just my opinion but that of my trusted advisors too, is Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze.  I’d also like to pop Eliza Lawson into the equation here too.  This is an act I have now seen perform live on numerous occasions and every single one of those has been incredible.  Baron and Breeze are like the Dynamic Duo of UK Hip Hop, which must make Eliza the Batgirl.  Anyway, Baron Von Alias is a genius!  He also has the eyes of a shrew, which explains the shades!  This duo are putting the fun back into music and their live performances are unbelievable.  Watching this act perform, you can tell they are having fun and you can’t help but get involved.  Eliza Lawson is the perfect complement to this pair too, her vocals add that extra dimension to tracks such as ‘Action Man’ and she has taken to Baron and Breeze’s fun-loving vibe like a duck to water.  That’s not to say that this act is all about their performance value, because their music is the tits!  Everyone who I’ve made listen to ‘Action Man’ immediately thinks it’s class, even those that don’t even really like Hippety Hop.  Listen to ‘It’s OK’ as that is basically Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze telling you what I just did, only in their words with a wicked backing track.  Watch their videos on YouTube too.  Baron, Breeze and Eliza performed at my last event and went down a treat!  I’m even going to see them at the O2 Academy, supporting Rossi Noise, on the 25th February.  I bet you’re gutted you’re not!

Next up is the legend that is Swede Mason.  His video collages are an audio visual spectacle to behold.  Possibly the most underrated genius in entertainment today.  His ‘Schofield on Crack’ video stirred up a bit of controversy and led to Thames TV making him remove the video from his YouTube channel.  His ‘Tribute to Schofield on Crack’ video is an outstanding response to Thames TV’s lack of humour and “clearly implies, up yours!”  Swede Mason uses Final Cut and Logic to cut videos to create an audio collage and add some beats.  The result is awesome tracks and amusing videos of a standard you won’t witness anywhere else.  His track ‘Jungle All The Way’ features samples taken from the Arnold Schwarzenegger film ‘Jingle All The Way’ and reached #1 in both the Soundclick.com Electronic and Jungle charts and is still Soundclick’s top Jungle track.

Another act I have seen perform live on several occasions now is Alternative Indie Rock band The Stroll.  Recently they have twice been pipped in battle of the bands competition finals by The McQues, despite being better than The McQues both live and on record in my opinion.  Of the tracks that they have so far released, I find it difficult to pick a favourite between ‘Different Tune, Different Mood’ and ‘Searching’, which is “about looking for stuff.”  The Stroll’s front-man, Josh Pringle, has an incredible ability with lyrics and this band has a very 90s Brit Pop flavour to them, kush!  The other three members of the band are Paul Heslop on guitar, Jack Brown on bass and Ben Gash the drummer.  If The Stroll failed to make it big in music Gashy could always fall back on being a stand-up comedian with his bad taste jokes, although, if I was him, I’d do it sitting down behind something so that the audience don’t notice that his body is proportionately similar to that of Orville the Duck.

Last up, Emergency Door Release.  Emergency Door Release are “setting off alarms everywhere” and are the freshest prospect, and most possibly the saviour, of the Newcastle Indie Pop Rock scene.  This four-piece Indie Pop Rock band consists of James Rooney on vocals and guitar, Adam McMeiken on guitar, David Lloyd on bass and Daniel Moktari on drums.  Emergency Door Release suffered some set-backs confirming their final line-up but they kicked off their live career very recently supporting Dave Giles at the Cluny2 in Newcastle on Valentines Day.  They also recently released ‘Who Are We?’ the final track from their forthcoming EP, also titled ‘Who Are We?’  So expect big things from this highly driven and ambitious Indie Pop Rock act, and be sure to check them out at my next live music event at The Telegraph on Saturday 3rd March, not only because that’s a gig that I am running, but also because that is when Emergency Door Release have chosen to release the ‘Who Are We’ EP on CD, so don’t miss that!

http://www.facebook.com/events/318489318195064/

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-telegraph-3rd-march-line-up-confirmed/

SWEDE FUKKIN MASON!!!

Posted in Music, Music Recommendations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2012 by Mallaz

SWEDE MASON

If you have never witnessed the audio-visual genius of Swede Mason then you are really missing out on something special.  If it were up to me, I would have the dude knighted.  His work is second to none and you’ve never seen or heard anything quite like it before.

Swede Mason

What Swede Mason does is cut and edit videos to create entertainment in it’s purest form!  As evident from his ‘Masterchef Synesthesia’, he must trawl through hours upon hour’s worth of worthless footage to find a few frames worth of useable material.  He also adds his own beats to the videos to form unbelievable tracks.  You can only really get the maximum effect from Swede’s work by watching the videos though, as they help to highlight his undeniable creative genius.

"I like the buttery biscuit base"

Jeremy Clarkson Beatbox’ is a must for any fan of Top Gear and a personal favourite of mine is ‘Get in the Back of the Van’, which uses footage and audio from Withnail & I.  ‘Get In The Back of the Van’ was the song of the weekend for a handful of my mates after the Green Festival in the summer.

Jeremy Clarkson Beatbox

Swede Mason also got to number 1 in the Soundclick Electronic genre charts with ‘Jungle all the Way‘.

Cut some video up, stick it together, add some beats, make a masterpiece… “It’s a collage.”

Check out Swede Mason’s website and his YouTube channel and witness pure genius at work.  You can also listen to and download his music from Soundclick.

swedemason.com

YouTube

Soundclick

SWEDE MASON PLAYLIST

Get in the Back of the Van

Masterchef Synesthesia

Bill Wyman’s Metal Detector

The Gobshite

Jungle all the Way

Magpie Music (Pigeon Style)

Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket

Madeley Mash

Gimme Back Ma Son

Sparemethemadness

Also I’d like to take this chance to thank, ex-Newcastle right-back, Warren Barton and, part owner of San Diego Flash, US Toon fan extraordinaire and master of the Twitter hash-tag, IWantCurlyHair2.  Both of these kind fellas retweeted my blog about my mates charity fundraising.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/help-clair-tahti-raise-funds-for-african-kids-or-something/

@warrenbarton2

My mates Clair and Tahti are going to be hitch-hiking from Newcastle to Marrakesk in April to raise money for LiNK Community Development.  LiNK helps to improve education in Africa and prevention techniques against HIV and AIDS. Please make a donation and share this information to help them to raise both funds and awareness for this cause by clicking on the link below and following instructions.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=clairandtahti&isTeam=true

Follow Warren Barton (@warrenbarton2) and IWantCurlyHair2 (@Iwantcurlyhair2) on Twitter, both really nice guys.

FUCK CHRISTMAS SONGS, THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO

Posted in Music, Music Recommendations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2011 by Mallaz

With Christmas happening, I’ve been swerving the radio because, basically, Christmas songs are shit!

Instead, I’m listening to proper music!  Right now I’m listening to Cob20 by the Happy Mondays, class!  As I did just the other week, I’m gonna highlight some local acts that you should treat your eardrums to.  My previous recommendations all seemed to be pretty well received.

The Stroll, Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze and The Mojags all seem to have impressed people and the feedback I have received is very positive.

TOO SPICY

A band that I have been getting into lately is Too SpicyToo Spicy are an incredible and unique sounding Ska group, based in South Shields.  I have yet to see them performing live but I have heard their work online and am particularly fond of ‘Ruthless Killah’, which makes great use of a ‘Pulp Fiction’ sample.  The fresh, original and up-beat vibe that Too Spicy create within their music really is something special!

Too Spicy

I was first put onto Too Spicy by Chay Hobson at North-East Rehearsals-Recording.  Their lead vocalist Zak Boyd works at the recording studio and practice rooms.  I’ve been impressed by everything I have heard from Too Spicy.  This is an act that you need to hear!

Too Spicy’s next live performance is on Wednesday at The Office, in South Shields for the ‘Skankin in a Manger’ gig, also playing are Bright Lights and Blue Beat Attack.

EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE

Next up, I’m gonna recommend a local act by the name of Emergency Door Release.  You may not have heard of them.  As far as I’m aware, Emergency Door Release are so new that they have yet to have made their debut performance.  However, they are due to perform at The Dog & Parrot, in Newcastle, on Saturday 11th February next year.

If, like me, you’re a fan of the Editors then you will like Emergency Door Release.  Their vocalist, James Rooney, is extremely talented and his voice is very similar to Tom Smith of the Editors.  The band also displays a lot of skill with their guitar work and the song writing.

Emergency Door Release are an Indie band with a lot of potential.  You can find them on Facebook and Myspace, and listen to tracks such as ‘Stand Up‘ and ‘Just Begun.  ‘Stand Up’ is my favourite of the two, the lyrics on that track are really cool and the chorus quickly gets stuck in your head.  ‘Just Begun’ is also a really strong track, displaying some excellent guitar play.

Unfortunately Emergency Door Release are currently without a drummer after theirs quit.  This has delayed both recording and performing for Emergency Door Release as they try to find a new drummer.  So, if you’re a talented drummer looking for a band, give me a shout and I’ll pass on your details.  Alternatively, contact James Rooney via Emergency Door Release’s Facebook Page.

Emergency Door Release

PLAYLIST

Joy Division – Atrocity Exhibition

Emergency Door Releases – Stand Up

Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers

Artisam – Free Your Mind

Iggy Pop – The Passenger

Downtown Lester Brown – Eesh’s Jam (live)

Too Spicy – Ruthless Killah

New Order – Blue Monday

Shaun Ryder – Northern Soul Brother (Shapeshifter)

Kraftwerk – Sex Objekt

LINKS

Too Spicy

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/toospicyska

Emergency Door Release

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/emergencydoorrelease

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