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Bowies & Butterflies, BiG BEATs & The Boy in Bristol

Posted in Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by Mallaz

Some Musical Musings…

It’s been a while since I bothered to write about anything because I’ve been double double busy working on the masterplan. So I’ll give you an overview on what’s been occurring round me lately coz I’ve been a very busy bunny.

Saturday 15th September offered an opportunity for me to take in some live music from a couple of local acts that I have a lot of time for. Local Indie Pop group Emergency Door Release hosted the release party for their second EP Bowties & Butterflies at The Cluny 2 on the Saturday night time and at midday I was with 50cc n his bairn Ashley to witness BiG BEAT BRONSON in their usual fine form at Urban Outfitters in town (that’s Newcastle if you don’t already know).

Emergency Door Release

Emergency Door Release have recently signed to Bigmouth Records and the Bowties & Butterflies EP will be available to download off iTunes and the likes from 8th October. This four track EP follows the release of their debut EP Who Are We? earlier this year. Bowties & Butterflies visibly demonstrates the progression made by Emergency Door Release over the course of 2012 so far. As with Who Are We? each track is extremely catchy owing to the passionate and meaningful lyrics and brilliant instrumental work. Emergency Door Release are really beginning to come into themselves with Bowties & Butterflies, cementing their own style and progressing further away from their original influences. There’s far less similarity to the likes of Morrissey and the Editors and more trademark Emergency Door Release, unique and quirky Indie Pop. It’s definitely an EP that they can be proud of. Vocalist James Rooney’s voice is becoming more distinctive and his lyrics are of a consistently high standard. Both relatable and infectious, the composition of the songs is tight as the band seems to have completely gelled now. The EP opens with a powerful track named Tonight which has a typically Emergency Door Release chorus to it that will have you singing along to it after only a couple of listens. David Lloyd’s bass really stands out on the following track One ‘N’ 1 and I am particularly impressed by the guitar work and Daniel Mokhtari’s drums on Father, a very emotional and well written track and quite possibly the best track of the EP. With Emergency door Release you’ll always find lyrics you can relate to and for me, with my shady lifestyle, the line that most stands out for me is in the final track Her Denial. “Don’t tell anyone that you came back to mine…” I like that!

The EP launch party at The Cluny 2 on the 15th was the first real opportunity that I have had to actually properly witness Emergency Door Release perform without distractions as I have only ever seen them before at events I have organised. It was also the first time I’d seen Emergency Door Release perform as a trio after their fourth member, guitarist Adam, left the band and in my opinion they weren’t lacking at all as a threesome. It was a characteristically charismatic performance by Emergency Door Release and a great show with a brilliant atmosphere in a packed house. It was actually at The Cluny 2 that night that I realised how good of a bass player David Lloyd actually is. I was extremely impressed with his performance on the night. They opened their set with tracks from their debut EP Stand Up and Back Another Day and as well as playing the tracks from Bowties & Butterflies they also performed a classic rendition of my personal favourite Emergency Door Release track Mad For It, which is yet to be released. Throughout their set James Rooney did what he does best and engaged the audience, who themselves were “fukkin mad for it”, and showed his potential to become a real crowd favourite. Emergency Door Release have been known to be a bit on the extravagant side and finished off the night by firing confetti cannons into the audience, a nifty little touch to top off a crackin night and an outstanding performance by an up and coming band with the drive and ambition to really make a mark on the North East music scene.

Emergency Door Release can be found on all of the social networking sites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and the rest. Look them up and enjoy.

Mad For It on YouTube


As I have already mentioned, earlier in the day on Saturday 15th I was with 50 and Ashley to see BiG BEAT BRONSON performing a live set at Urban Outfitters near monument in Newcastle. The supergroup comprising of the one and only Baron Von Alias, that bastard MistaBreeze, the awesome Eliza Lawson and The Butler’s love child DJ Lkp never fail to impress and performing a set in a shop doorway was a perfect opportunity to impose themselves on random Saturday shoppers. There was people straying in from the outside obviously intrigued at the spectacle they were witnessing and BiG BEAT BRONSON, as always, were very well received and left a lasting impression. The Haribos were being launched about, Baron and Breeze terrified innocent shoppers by running out into the street and terrorising unsuspecting victims mid set while dressed in onesies with dinosaur tails and there was a special appearance by the fabled Mackem Mover. Basically it was a shit hot way to start the day even though 50cc n I totally failed to take full advantage of the free bar. Oh well.

BiG BEAT BRONSON at Urban Outfitters on YouTube

On Friday night BiG BEAT BRONSON headlined my final Mallaz presents… live music event before I go on what Mr Humus is insisting on calling a “hiatus”. As I have publicly stated the BiG BEAT BRONSON crew will sell out any venue and they proved me right again for Friday’s event at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. When I can be bothered I’ll explain what my next move is gonna be but for now I’ve got more important things to do. But back to The Bridge. It was an epic gig to bring a temporary end to my event organising and promoting malarkey and was a very special BiG BEAT BRONSON performance in an intimate venue packed to the hilt. 90% of the audience were there to show their support specifically for BiG BEAT BRONSON and the few that had never witnessed the awesomeness of BiG BEAT BRONSON were easily converted “Bronsonites” by 11pm. Showing an incredible display of versatility BiG BEAT BRONSON added their own special touch to the event by performing for the first time ever with a full live band. Eliza demonstrated even more of her musical expertise by performing on keys, as she did at The Cluny 2 for Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON in July. They also allowed DJ Lkp a leave of absence and utilised guitar, bass and drums to add a completely unique twist to what was already an incredible and individualistic sound. Looking dapper as hell all dressed up to the nines they totally captivated the crowd and totally owned The Bridge with outstanding renditions of tracks from the May Contain Nuts EP, which I highly recommend you buy. In a word EPIC!

Check out the BiG BEAT BRONSON website to keep up to date with their latest developments.


Now today also marks the release of my old mate Chattabox’s first solo album. Formerly of South Shields Hip Hop group Dialect and now dwelling in Bristol and performing in Urban band Three Kings High, Chattabox has let rip with this album entitled They Call Me… Chattabox is an exceptionally talented rapper who writes epically gritty lyric and delivers them with an incredible flow. The title track of the album was recently released as a single and was produced by my boy Steesh, the brains behind Baron Von Alias. They Call Me… is a perfect example of Chattabox’s ability and the video, which he made himself, is pure class. Chattabox writes lyrics with a sublime intensity and grounded realism and this solo venture featuring a few guest appearances (as all good Hip Hop albums do) certainly makes an impact. Chattabox remains true to his North Eastern roots and the opening track of the album Areet is laced with local slang from up here. The album itself is track after track of brilliance with several standing out above the rest and Chattabox’s passion for his art is evident throughout. There are a couple of nostalgic tracks on the album, such as All Or Nothing, which also contains some classic Hip Hop scratching and Doin It Right, which has a strong lyrical content and features the old Dialect crew back together. Chattabox’s expert flow is evident on all of the tracks on They Call Me… however my personal favourites are Got Carter which also utilises some Old Skool Hip Hop style scratching and some interesting samples and also Sick and Tired which comprises of some top-notch lyrical content delivered with Chattabox’s distinctive flow. If you like Hip Hop then you’ll love They Call Me…

The album is available from Bandcamp

They Call Me… on YouTube


Shite Tips for Week 5!

Posted in Betting Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by Mallaz

Basically I’m having a total equipment failure so I won’t risk going into too much detail and my laptop dying before this blog’s posted or at least written and saved so I can get online elsewhere and finish the job. However, if you look over my recent posts in the Betting Tips section, you’ll see that this is week five and if you’d been following my weekly £10 tips then you would have rinsed £40 with no return over the season’s first four weeks.

Oh well, you gotta keep trying. This week I’m having the following;

This Week’s Tips

(£10 accumulator)

Chelsea to win at QPR (20/23)

Manchester City to win at Stoke (3/4)

Tranmere to beat Coventry (11/10)

Gillingham to beat Bristol Rovers (3/4)

Decimal odds of 12.03, with Bet Victor £10 pays £120.30.


Posted in Betting Tips, Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2012 by Mallaz

It’s been a canny week for football.  Hatem Ben Afra was brilliant in Newcastle United’s 3-1 demolition of West Brom, in the Midlands on Sunday afternoon.  Then in mid-week my second favourite team, Everton, dumped Sunderland out of the FA Cup Quarter Final, denying the Sad Mackem Bastards a trip to Wembley.


Let's All Laugh at Sunderland!

 Unfortunately last week wasn’t a good week for my betting tips, but then again, it rarely ever is.

I probably aimed too high with a five-fold.  Despite Southampton, Torquay and Stranraer all winning, Middlesbrough drew 1-1 at home to Bristol City and Dundee drew 1-1 at home to Raith Rovers.

This is now the eighth week of my tips.  So, so far at £10 per week that’s £70 staked for a return of only £25.23, from a fluke bet!

That’s a loss of £44.77

This week I’m going with a £10 treble at Paddy Power.

Charlton to beat Leyton Orient (1/2)

Arsenal to win at QPR (8/13)

Stoke to win at Wigan (9/5)

£10 returns £67.85

Stoke to win at Wigan 9/5 with Paddy Power


Posted in Betting Tips, Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2012 by Mallaz

I actually tipped a winning bet last week.  The Tottenham versus Bolton game was abandoned during the first half after the horrifying events at White Hart Lane when Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart failure.  Thankfully he has since made progress on the road to recovery.  However, the cancellation of that game meant that is was voided, making my treble a double on Manchester United and Newcastle, who both won their respective games against Wolves and Norwich.  The tenner staked would have returned £25.23.

So over six weeks, tenner a week, that’s £60 staked for a return of £25.23.

That’s a loss of £34.77.

Newcastle United 1-0 Norwich City

This week I’m going for a five game accumulator.

Middlesbrough to beat Bristol City (4/6)

Southampton to beat Doncaster (1/3)

Torquay to beat Port Vale (EVS)

Dundee to beat Raith (4/6)

Stranraer to beat East Stirling (2/5)

On the off chance that I can follow last week’s small win with a win this week…

£10 with William Hill pays £103.70.

I’ve probably expended my luck with last week’s winning tip, so you probably want to swerve my tips this week.

Torquay United to beat Port Vale, EVS with William Hill.


Posted in Betting Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2012 by Mallaz

I can’t be arsed to work out the scores but they aren’t good.  I have one betting tip for you this week, in the betting tips challenge with Wor Shitus, a £50 five-fold.  I am winning by £64.10 though.

Middlesbrough (6/5) to win away at Coventry.

This week get on;

£50 five-fold; Chelsea to win at Norwich (8/13), Cardiff to beat Portsmouth (4/5), Middlesbrough to win at Coventry (6/5), Carlisle to beat Walsall (8/11) and Cheltenham to beat Bristol Rovers (4/6).

With Paddy Power, £50 pays £920.77.


Posted in Betting Tips, Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2012 by Mallaz

The current scores in the betting tips challenge with Wor Shitus are as follows;

Me -£312.46 v -£376.56 Wor Shitus

So after Swansea‘s late equaliser against Tottenham let me down, I still only have a £64.10 lead to take into this weekend’s FA Cup 3rd Round fixtures.  This week I’ve got two £20 bets, a five-fold and a four-fold, plus a £10 accumulator.

Bet 1

Firstly, a £20 five-fold.  Blackpool to win at Fleetwood Town (5/6), Swansea to win at Barnsley (11/8), Stoke to win at Gillingham (8/13), Bolton to win at Macclesfield (8/11) and Aston Villa to win at Bristol Rovers (8/15).  With Paddy Power, £20 pays £372.57.

Swansea (11/8) to win at Barnsley.

Bet 2

Secondly, a £20 four-fold.  Millwall to win at Dagenham and Redbridge (17/20), Newcastle to beat Blackburn (8/13), QPR to win at MK Dons (8/5) and Middlesbrough to beat Shrewsbury Town (4/9).  With Paddy Power, £20 pays £224.47.

QPR (8/5) to win at MK Dons.

Bet 3

The final bet is a £10 accumulator combining the two above bets.  So that’s an accumulator on;  Blackpool (5/6), Millwall (17/20), Swansea (11/8), Stoke (8/13), Newcastle (8/13), QPR (8/5), Middlesbrough (4/9), Bolton (8/11) and Aston Villa (8/15).  With Paddy Power, £10 pays £2,090.74.

Blackpool (5/6) to win at Fleetwood Town.


Posted in Betting Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Mallaz

Wor Shitus tipped a winning treble this weekend to close in on my lead.  He had Napoli, Bristol Rovers and Lazio to win.  £50 on that returned £163.33.  I had tipped just Newcastle to win, so £50 returned a burning hatred for Mike Dean!

So current scores are;

ME -£162.46 v -£226.56 WOR SHITUS

Tommaso Rocchi (Lazio 3-0 Novara)

So I still have a slender lead of £64.10.  This weekend I will be looking to put my season’s score into profit for the first time.  Keep an eye out for my tips later in the week….


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