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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

Facebook

Twitter

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!

THEY’VE GOT FUKKIN SPACESUITS AND EVERYTHING!!!

Posted in Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by Mallaz

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze dropped the video for ‘Impact’ featuring Eliza Lawson today to mark the official release of the ‘Brace For The Impact’ EP.  So that’s it, if you haven’t already downloaded ‘Brace For The Impact’ then you’ve missed the chance to get it for free.  It’s now on iTunes and the other major distributers, where you’ll have to pay to download it.  Click on the following link for my review of the EP.

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze – Brace For The Impact (review)

‘Impact’ is yet another imaginative video from Baron & Breeze; they’ve got fukkin spacesuits and everything!

‘Impact’ retains the low-budget B-movie effects we’ve come to expect from Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze and features some sterling acting performances from Kriss Lkp Richardson as the Control Room Guy and Eliza Lawson’s son, Joshua Lynch, as The Alien.

The video begins with Baron & Breeze on a space-shuttle pissing about in space when they suffer technical difficulties and crash-land on a foreign planet.  After crash-landing, and yet more pissing about, they spot an alien in the distance.  Clad in silver American space-suits, the first reaction of the two intergalactic explorers upon seeing the alien is to draw their weapons and proceed to chase the poor thing through the streets of Whitley Bay!

It is simply just epic silliness from Baron & Breeze as they continue to put the fun back into music.  This video does the track justice and is in keeping with the comic book style of Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze.  ‘Impact’ is a strong track from a brilliant EP produced by Steesh, the brains behind the Baron, check out the video on the next link.

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze (ft. Eliza Lawson) – Impact (video)

While I’m on the subject of Baron & Breeze, I also seen them performing live at The Head of Steam in Newcastle again on Saturday night.  They were performing at Off Your Heed Pet, a charity fundraiser event supporting Sam’s Trust, who work with families of children suffering cancer and leukaemia.

Sam’s Trust – http://www.samstrust.org/

As is standard with Baron & Breeze, it was another highly entertaining set complete with space-suits that make them look like big, camp baked potatoes, guest vocals from the brilliant Eliza Lawson and a man in track swallowing MistaBreeze’s cream on ‘Fucking Around’.  Pure filth!

Also performing were Bird Island and Tissue Culture.  I missed Tissue Culture as I’m always late but I was very impressed by Bird Island.  They were a bit different.  They don’t use a conventional drum kit and their drummer was their singer.  He was also being leaked on from the women’s toilets upstairs.  ‘Reflections’ was a track that particularly stood out for me.  You can find more of Bird Island on Facebook or Soundcloud on the following links.

Bird Island on Facebook

Bird Island on Soundcloud

Also check out Tissue Culture on Facebook and Bandcamp.

Tissue Culture on Facebook

Tissue Culture on Bandcamp

It wasn’t just a night of live music either.  Kamille Davis auctioned off the opportunity to shave parts of her head to raise money for Sam’s Trust, some dude paid £20 for an Easter Egg and other such things were auctioned off.

In charge of running the auctions and all the announcement work was my old school-mate and Local Music Show presenter Nathan Wood from Spark FM.  Listen to Nathan’s local music showcase every Sunday afternoon from 4pm until 7pm on 107FM local radio or online at – http://www.sparksunderland.com/

Nathan also writes a blog, following in my foot-steps, check that out and follow him on Twitter on the following links.

Nathan Wood’s Blog

Nathan Wood on Twitter

Also while I’m on the subject of Twitter, you might as well follow me, @Mallaz84

You can also see Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson performing at The Egg at The Telegraph this Saturday.  For more details of that check the following links.

The Egg

The Egg – Facebook Event

GIGS GOING ON IN APRIL

Posted in Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2012 by Mallaz

Here’s a guide to what’s going on in music in April.

THE EGG

I’m obviously gonna start off with my gig, The Egg at The Telegraph on Orchard Street in Newcastle upon Tyne.  The Egg is held in The Telegraph’s function room upstairs on Saturday 7th April and entry is charged at £4 on the door.  The Egg is night of live music featuring incredibly talented artists from a wide range of genres.  The doors open at 7.30pm and the event will be running from 8pm until 2am on Easter Sunday.

The main highlights of the evening with be live Hip Hop from Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze, featuring Eliza Lawson, who earlier this week released their ‘Brace For The Impact’ EP.  Download that now, while it’s free, because on Monday it get’s released on to iTunes and the likes and you’ll have to pay for it.  There’s also some Funky Ska in the form of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, who performed a truly epic set at my last gig at The Telegraph earlier this month.  I’ve also got something totally fresh and individual for you in the form of Brotha Priah.  What Priah does is live Beat-Boxing through a looping station to create songs on the spot while he talks shite over the top.  That’s something you don’t see every day and the lad does it with incredible skill.

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze – Brace For The Impact (review)

If those three acts aren’t enough to tempt you, I’ve also got Alternative act Artisam playing as a five-piece with their new drummer and fiddler.  There’s some Electronic Krautedelic Pop from Parastatic, a DJ set from Greenline DJ and Baiqian Jiang will be showing off his Fingerstyle on his acoustic guitar.

For more information on The Egg you can click one of the two links below for my event blog or the Facebook event.

The Egg (blog)

The Egg (Facebook)

SUBLEVEL 2

SubLevel2 and the 12KW Defcon1 Soundsystem have got a couple things going on in April too.

If you find yourself north of the border, then on Saturday 21st April you may wanna go check out Defcon1 Soundsystem + SubLevel2 UK at Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club, for a night of DubStep, Breaks and Drum n Bass complete with smoke, lasers and a visual show.

The Hawick event will feature DJ sets from regular SubLevel2 DJs; Pegz, S9T, L87 and Blackleaf and for only £4 it’s a bargain.  Check out the Facebook event on this next link.

http://www.facebook.com/events/329954643727842/

If that one’s too far off your beaten track, you need not worry because on Saturday 28th April SubLevel2 and Milk the Cow present The Warehouse Party at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead.

The Warehouse Party has a massive line-up.  The live acts include Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze, Rick Fury and Brotha Priah amongst others and the DJs include the SubLevel2 crew and many more.  This one is not to be missed.  Pre-event tickets can be bought at Beatdown Records or online on the following link, for only £5.

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

That’s shaping up to be an epic night and I’ll be on that like a fat lass on a buffet!

Check out the details for The Warehouse Party on the Facebook event on this link;

http://www.facebook.com/events/306998582701432/

HONEY CHROME

Possibly the most original live band in the region (I’m just saying, you’ve not heard shit like this before!) are Honey Chrome.  This two and a half man band don’t just sound different from everybody else, even their own tracks sound different to one another.  I’ve got Honey Chrome booked for a couple of gigs in May but they also have a couple in April too.

On Friday 6th April, the day before The Egg, they are playing with The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show and The Kites, at The Sun Inn in Stockton on Tees.  You can find further details on the Facebook event for that gig on the link below.

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

Then on Wednesday 25th April, Honey Chrome are competing in the Semi Final of a Battle of the Bands competition at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle.  I don’t have the details for that so keep up to date with things on Honey Chrome’s website on the link below.

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

Honey Chrome

THE CALENDER

Sunday 1st

The Black Tears plus support – The Head of Steam, Newcastle.  Entry £2.

http://www.facebook.com/events/268673853205800/

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Monday 2nd

The Milk with support from Athletes in Paris and The Cutouts – The Head of Steam, Newcastle.  Tickets £5.

http://www.facebook.com/events/373614365994357/

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Friday 6th

The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show + The Kites + Honey Chrome – The Sun Inn, Stockton on Tees.

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

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Saturday 7th

THE EGG – The Telegraph, Newcastle.  Entry £4.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/the-egg/

http://www.facebook.com/events/156889934432195/

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Monday 9th

My Extraordinary – The Riverside, Newcastle.  Tickets £6.

http://www.facebook.com/events/301765923214622/

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Wednesday 11th

Rex Regis: Faithful Album Launch Party – Official Destiny Nightclub, Newcastle.  Free Entry.

http://www.facebook.com/events/286642574740660/

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Saturday 21st

Defcon1 SOUNDSYSTEM + SubLevel2 UK Hit Hawick – Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club.  Entry £4.

http://www.facebook.com/events/329954643727842/

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Wednesday 25th

Honey Chrome: Battle of the Bands Semi Final – Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle.

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

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Saturday 28th

SubLevel2 & Milk the Cow present: THE WAREHOUSE PARTY – Dynamix Skate Park, Gateshead.  Tickets £5.

http://www.facebook.com/events/306998582701432/

UK HIP HOP’S DYNAMIC DUO STRIKE AGAIN!!!

Posted in Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2012 by Mallaz

Because they’re just too good to us, Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze have released their ‘Brace For The Impact’ EP today.  A tasty teaser for their forthcoming ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP, and also released especially for those with allergies, ‘Brace For The Impact’ is free to download for a limited period before it is released on iTunes and other such sites where you will have to pay for the download.

Brace For The Impact EP (Free Download)

Now Carlsberg don’t do rappers, but if they did he’d probably have a fake tashe, top-hat and treat time like a twat!  Baron Von Alias is some talent and along with MistaBreeze, the Hardest Thug in UK Hip Hop (at his age, you can’t be that cheeky and that good looking unless you can pack a punch!) they make an incredible team.

Brace For The Impact’ is an EP with filthy, heavy beats and tracks that would not be out of place on a Drum n Bass album and would work perfectly for some freaky dancing in nightclubs.  The EP features guest appearances from the lovely Eliza Lawson, the epic Rossi Noise, rappers Absorb and Wizard Sleeve’s Lex One.

Eliza Lawson

The versatility that The Baron & Breeze display on this EP is truly awesome.  They’ve touched on several different genres of music with this release yet still maintained their impressive Hip Hop flavour.  This is an extremely danceable EP as displayed with the smart addition of the fantastic Rossi Noise on ‘Light Years’, adding a different dimension to what is really a Computer Game Music style Club Dance track with a Hip Hop twist.  Rossi Noise also feature on ‘Do Your Worst’ along with Absorb.  ‘Do Your Worst’ is possibly my joint-favourite track on this EP.  It’s a great Hip Hop/DubStep club track which, partially due to the catchy chorus and filthy, wobbling bass, really sticks in your head and it won’t be long til clued-up DJs are banging this track in clubs up and down the country.

Throw Your Body’ is another infectious track with dance appeal and commercial value, with yet more catchy lyrics and a very bouncy beat that will have you fist-pumpin’ and stamping your feet.  ‘Impact’ is a proper hard club track.  The dirty synthetic bass with the added effects is so filthy that it is disgustingly good.  The incredibly talented vocalist Eliza Lawson guests on ‘Impact’ and compliments the track in brilliant fashion, giving a brief glimpse of what the future has in store.

As I mentioned before, ‘Do Your Worst’ is possibly my joint-favourite track on the EP, joint-favourite, along with ‘Step In The Room’.  ‘Step In The Room’ is one of my favourite Baron tracks of all time and, in my opinion, one of Breeze’s best outings.  It also further displays the adaptability that Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze are capable of.  On ‘Step In The Room’ Baron & Breeze add their unique Hip Hop flavour to what is essentially a Rock track and it works in epic fashion; imagine a Cramlington based Public Enemy with a comic book twist.

Brace for The Impact’ is a truly epic EP.  It’s hard to believe that this is not even the big release and is merely a taster for their next release, the ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP.  Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze are being far too good to their fans (who are rapidly growing in numbers) this year.  Get it downloaded while it’s free.

Brace For The Impact’ is yet another awesome release from the ever-impressive Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze and it will leave you itching for the forthcoming release of ‘May Contain Nuts’, which is coming out soon.  Isn’t it exciting???

Click on the link below to download ‘Brace For The Impact’ for free before 2nd April.

Brace For The Impact EP (Free Download)

You can find Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson on Facebook on the links below.

Baron Von Alias

MistaBreeze

Eliza Lawson

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze – Brace For The Impact

Genre

Hip Hop/Club

Release

(online) Monday 26th March 2012

http://baronvonalias.bandcamp.com/album/brace-for-the-impact-ep-2

Track List

1 – Brace For The Impact

2 – Impact (ft. Eliza Lawson)

3 – Step In The Room

4 – Light Years (ft. Rossi Noise)

5 – Throw Your Body (ft. Lex One of Wizard Sleeve)

6 – Do Your Worst (ft. Absorb & Rossi Noise)

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THE EGG

Posted in Events, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2012 by Mallaz

Everything is set to go for what looks to be my biggest live music event…. so far.

All the acts are confirmed and the Facebook event has been set up, and other such things.

Here’s the link for the Facebook event, Boom!

http://www.facebook.com/events/156889934432195/

The Egg is held on Saturday 7th April at The Telegraph on Orchard Street behind Newcastle’s Central Station.  Entry is charged at £4 on the door and will be open from 7.30pm.  This event will be working across a wide range of musical genres and runs until 2am on Easter Sunday.

I’ve got three acts back by overwhelmingly popular demand, as well as some impressive new additions for the night.

Baron Von Alias, Eliza Lawson & MistaBreeze

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze ft. Eliza Lawson

This Hip Hop duo, now supported by the extremely talented vocals of Eliza Lawson are pioneering Seghill Hip Hop and increasingly growing in popularity.

Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson are putting the fun back into music with their brand of Hip Hop with a comic book twist.  Extremely energetic and natural born entertainers, they’ll give you a new experience every time.  Having seen them perform live on several occasions now I can safely say these aren’t gonna grow old quickly.

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze – Step In The Room (live at The Telegraph) February 2012

May Contain Nuts

They proved massively popular when they last performed at The Telegraph for me, even that miserable bastard Empty Heed rates Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson, and he hates everything!

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze, obviously with Eliza Lawson too, perfectly fit the bill for the vibe I’m trying to create with these gigs.  They enjoy the music and are something entirely unique and at the same time contribute hugely to fun and social atmosphere.  Check out The Baron on YouTube and Bandcamp and then have a fly over to Facebook and like all of their individual pages.

Baron on YouTube

Baron on Bandcamp

Baron on Facebook

Breeze on Facebook

Eliza on Facebook

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Equally as impressive and popularly demanded are Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, who in my opinion are Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band.  Their up-beat Funky Ska with a cool Acid Jazz feel is a fresh sound and very danceable.

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile – Your Own Boss (live at The Telegraph) March 2012

They blew the roof off at the last gig at The Telegraph and brought an epic night to a truly climactic finish.  As well as having awesome music, this band really contributes to the party atmosphere and social vibe that I’m going for with these events.  Get on them on Bandcamp and Facebook and like their page.

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Bandcamp

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook

Artisam

Artisam

The very versatile Artisam are also back working with me thanks to popular demand.  I’ve seen these perform on several occasions now, and each performance was truly unique.  They are highly entertaining and definitely alternative.

I’ve seen them play as an acoustic duo, a trio with one on the cajon and this time it looks as though they’ll be performing as a full five-piece band with a new drummer and electric violin added.  I’m very much looking forward to Artisam’s set.

Artisam – Free Your Mind (live at The Telegraph) February 2012

George and Cam of Artisam

I honestly love working with Artisam.  They impress in a different way each time and bring a cool vibe with them.  Check them out on the links below.

Artisam on Facebook

Artisam on Soundcloud

This will be the first time I have worked with the other four acts involved in this event, so I’ll start with the only one I have actually seen live…

Brotha Priah

I saw Brotha Priah doing his thing at SubLevel2 at The Head of Steam a while back and I was awestruck, that’s why I booked him.

Priah is a talented lad and what he does is something different.  Brother Priah beat-boxes and uses a looping machine to create tracks on the spot while entertaining the audience with his witty banter.  He’s epic to see perform live and has worked with Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson recently at the O2 Academy, where they supported Rossi Noise.

Have a gander at some of his videos on YouTube to get the jist of what Brotha Priah does.

Brotha Priah on YouTube

And now the one’s I’ve never seen live…

Parastatic

Described as Krautedelic Space-Rockers, Parastatic have a cool, electronic flavour to their sound.

Their latest single release ‘Far Beyond’ was released in December 2011 and here’s what Crack Magazine said about it;

This local bunch have come up trumps with this electro/rock groover in which they lay down some driving beats and let some soaring female vocals soar atop them. And it has a delicious swirl about it that really pulls you into its web of delights.” Jan 2011

Check Parastatic out on the links below.

Parastatic website

Parastatic on Facebook

Baiqian Jiang

One man, bags of talent and just a guitar, Baiqian Jiang will most likely be kicking off the nights proceedings with a demonstration of his intricate finger-work in an acoustic solo set.

You can hear some examples of Baiqian’s cool fingerstyle work on Soundcloud on the link below.

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud

Greenline DJ

We’ll also be having a DJ set from Greenline DJ, also known as Dj Id.  Check out Greenline DJ’s work on the following links and don’t forget to like his Facebook page.

Greenline DJ on Facebook

Dj Id on Soundcloud

The Egg – Facebook Event

So everything’s shaping up nicely for what looks like is gonna be an epic night.  There’s something to cater for every music taste in a diverse genre mash-up of a night.  It’s the first event that I’ve organised that runs til late and it’s being held during the four-day Easter bank holiday weekend, so it’s the perfect time to party.  It’s also only three days after my birthday so I’ll be celebrating big style!

Equipment hire and sound engineering is being provided by Sessions Newcastle and photography by David Johnston Photography.  Check out both of their pages on Facebook for more details.

Sessions Newcastle on Facebook

David Johnston Photography on Facebook

You can watch the video playlists from my last two events at The Telegraph by clicking on the dates below.  Videos are by Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography.

March 2012

February 2012

Also you can read my reviews of those gigs on these links;

“BETTER THAN A BOX OF WOLVES NIPPLE CHIPS” (March 2012)

GANNIN’ BALLS DEEP… (February 2012)

Several of the artists above have featured in my recommendations or reviews blogs in the past.  Here are the links to some of those blogs.

Recommendations…

CREAM OF THE CROP SO FAR…

(Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson)

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO!

(Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze)

Reviews…

A REVIEW OF A GIG I CAN’T REMEMBER…

(Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson & Brotha Priah)

“WHAT’S NORMAL IS NORMALLY BORING…”

(Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson & Brotha Priah)

A TANGERINE CHRISTMAS

(Artisam & Ginger Snap & The Style Pile)

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM BARON VON ALIAS & MISTABREEZE (ft. ELIZA LAWSON)

(Clue’s in the title…)

A REVIEW OF A GIG I CAN’T REMEMBER…

Posted in General Gobshiting, Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by Mallaz

I was at the O2 Academy on Saturday night again, well at least my physical presence was there and other people can confirm this (better than I can myself).  This time I was at the O2 for the Rossi Noise gig featuring support from the best Seghill Hip Hop act in history (absolute fact!), Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze with Eliza Lawson.  Apparently it was an epic gig, Baron and Breeze fans have claimed that, in their opinions, it was their best show yet.  My total amnesia of the night makes a gig review slightly more troublesome than usual, not impossible however, just more implausible really.

Well the chaos started when my first choice plus one (I mostly go for buying two tickets so I have some company) dropped me in it.  Fortunately the ticket never went to waste as Sam took the ticket at the last minute.  Sam is L87 from SubLevel2, a DJ/promoter and someone I have been working closely with for some time.  He even banged out an awesome DubStep DJ set at my last Telegraph gig on Friday 3rd February to follow up the awesome set by Baron, Breeze and Eliza.

L87 of SubLevel2

But back to the story at hand, my final memory of Saturday was meeting with Sam for a swifty at The Fourth (if that’s even a real place) before the memory-obliterating combination of prescription pills and over-priced alcohol rendered me a liability!

I’ve heard rumours of spacesuits, bass, aliens, butlers, inflatable guitars, Haribo, a body-poppin beat-boxing tin-man (which I’m assuming is the incredibly talented Brotha Priah) and the bogeyman.  I also heard I was ‘allegedly’ shouting at Baron and Breeze as they were getting changed mid-set, but until I see evidence or hear a reliable testimony I’m denying that all together, is this not just the face of innocence?  Hmmmm???

When I finally partially regained my senses it was the following day, I woke up on a sofa in a strange house in High Heaton with no recollection of how or why I had ended up there, in that place.  Fortunately it wasn’t a stranger’s house, in fact I have on a previous occasion ‘allegedly’ pissed in their kitchen bin, and it’s in an area that I am familiar with.  However, after finding the composure to finally muster the energy for the walk of shame back to my humble abode, I was stricken with a stark realisation…  My fukkin house keys were in my coat pocket, which was still at that fukkin O2 Academy!

Well what’s a locked-out amnesia-ridden hung-over freaky old beasty man to do?  On thon off chance that there’d be some swine down there who might be able to help me out and get my coat back, I had the (still very) drunken stagger back down to the O2 Academy.  It is possible I called into Maccy D’s for a coffee on route but the memory of that whole weekend is still hazier than Snoop Dogg’s tour van.

Any fukkin way, back to the fukkin story…

When I was on the way there, Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography had been online and text me to say the O2’s fukkin shut on a Sunday, nightmare!  So my fukkin options were dwindling.  There was Option A – Ring thon fukkin landlord and explain the shituation (no fukkin way, in my experience the less you have to do with your landlord the better!).  Option B – Find a dossing option and sit it off til Monday (nuts to that shite, as I already mentioned Rossi Noise had rendered me dysfunctional!).  Or Option C – Try my luck at the O2 anyway because I was basically round the fukkin corner and really wanted my keys! (Nothing ventured, nothing gained!).

Well I plumped for Option C and went down to the O2 anyway.  When I arrived the front doors where open and some band’s bitches (roadies) were loading equipment and shit in through the door.  So at this point, I’m thinking my lucks in.  I asked one of the pretentious little shit-bits if anyone who works there was about.  The horrible little anal bead replied “I’m with the band!  Nothing to do with the venue!” in an arrogant and, by this point of the weekend, patience-testing manner!  So I thought “Fuck this knobby little prick!” and said “Look, some cunt must of opened the fukkin door for you to be loading this shit in so go and get the fukka or I’ll burst your snot-box!”  Well that’s when Cunty-Balls ponced off inside the O2 to get a staff member, during which time I asked another of the band bitches which band it was, he replied “The Spice Girls” and I just thought he was taking the piss!  Apparently that daft Mel C bint, Manly Spice or whatever she was, was doing something there that night (or so I’m told), I care too little to find out whether any of that is true or not, fuck The Spice Girls, fuck Mel C and fuck her horrid poncey little roadies!

When the O2 fella eventually came to the door, he was really helpful, took my ticket and returned double-snappy with my coat, complete with my fukkin house keys in the pocket and I was on my merry fukkin way!

Fukkin Manly Spice!

After meeting up with Photo Dave, acquiring some beverages of the alcoholic flavour and getting back to my flat, it suddenly dawned on me that I was wearing something I hadn’t been wearing when I left the house the previous night.  I was wearing something truly awesome!  Something possibly even more awesome than the Futurama’s ‘Bender the Offender’ t-shirt I was wearing underneath this wonderful new garment.  For what I was now wearing was the heighth of fashion in the current North East music scene!  I now own a very off-orangey (as in bright green) ‘Kids and Grown Ups Love the Beats…. of Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze’ t-shirt, BOOM!

But What About Rossi Noise???

What are they like live?  How the fuck should I know???  I’ll hopefully find that out next time I go see them play live, and that is something that will most certainly be on the agenda for me because I love their music.  The five strong “RockStep” band obviously have Dub influences, which is a winner with me, and their sound is a wicked fusion of DubStep, Dance, Hip Hop and Rock music with some Heavy Drum & Bass beats.  Who else is doing shit like that? Nee one! At least not too Rossi Noise’s standard.  With such a diverse array of musical genres within Rossi Noise’s influences then you’re guaranteed something unique and certainly special.  Watch their debut music video ‘Evil Inside’ on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0TTZm8pZaA

Rossi Noise

Rossi Noise are becoming increasingly popular, so I’m not breaking ground here although they are still massively underrated, and have been tipped by several sources as one the bands to watch this year, including music development agency Generator.

Follow Rossi Noise and their progress on the following social network sites.

Facebook

Soundcloud

YouTube

Twitter

Eliza Lawson

And also, Eliza Lawson now has her own Facebook page so click on, like and share the link below.

http://www.facebook.com/elizalawsonsounds

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