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

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

SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow presents: The WAREHOUSE PARTY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mallaz presents…

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

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

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

Stand by for further announcements….

Liverpool 5/6 to win at Norwich with Paddy Power

This week’s shit betting tip

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

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

Get on…

Liverpool to win at Norwich (5/6)

Tottenham to beat Blackburn (4/9)

£10 with Paddy Power online pays £26.48.

Don’t waste your money!

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BAD BETS

Posted in Betting Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2012 by Mallaz

Last week’s treble tip was a wash-out, surprisingly.  Arsenal and Stoke both lost.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/easy-money/

So after eight weeks, that’s £80 staked for a return of £23.25.

A total loss of £54.77

Hearts to win at Dunfermline 5/6 with William Hill

I’m going to plum for a £10 treble again this week.

Chelsea to beat Wigan (1/3)

Hearts to win at Dunfermline (5/6)

Queens Park to beat East Stirling (3/10)

With William Hill, £10 returns £31.77.

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!

“BETTER THAN A BOX OF WOLVES NIPPLE CHIPS!”

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Hal, Andy and Joanne of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Saturday night’s gig at The Telegraph (3rd March) was awesome and I’ve had some great feedback from everyone involved and people who attended.  It was a historical night on several counts too.  It was the first event that I have run so far to turn a profit and for the first time I was actually able to pay the bands, not a great deal admittedly, but anything is better than nothing.  It was also the first time the massively underrated Honey Chrome were paid for a performance and they were very well received by the majority of the crowd.  Emergency Door Release also added their own bit of history to the evening and done me the honour of choosing this gig to launch their debut EP ‘Who Are We?’  So I suppose I’ll return the favour and start off with them.

James Rooney of Emergency Door Release... Boom!

Emergency Door Release                                                                     

As afore mentioned, Emergency Door Release used Saturday’s gig as their debut EP launch, giving out free copies of ‘Who Are We?’ to anyone who wanted one.  I got mine, so if you missed out… unlucky!

Who Are We? – EP Review Blog

Who Are We?’ was certainly launched in style as Emergency Door Release played with an energetic passion and enthusiasm.  Vocalist James Rooney was certainly enjoying himself, which was evident from his relentless dancing about on our make-shift stage, and the sweat that was visibly dripping from him by the end of the set.  The whole band play with an unbelievable momentum and are highly entertaining to see perform live.

Self-described as an “Indie Pop Rock” band, Emergency Door Release are a far cry from some of the whiny generic and repugnantly ignorant and arrogant bands that I played with during my time in my old band at Too Far North gigs.  Emergency Door Release are a sociable bunch of lads and participated with the banter and the vibe that the night had.

They performed all four tracks from their EP with professional precision during their set and were thoroughly entertaining.  An amazing set involving confetti and sacks full of fun was brought to an end with the title track from ‘Who Are We?’ which, in my opinion, is their strongest track.  Strongest track so far, that is, because Emergency Door Release have the talent and drive to go from strength to strength.  The enjoyment they take from what they’re doing is obvious for all to see and their confidence in their ability is perfectly balanced by their humility.  For Emergency Door Release it’s all about playing music and having fun!

Check out the videos of Emergency Door Release performing on Saturday by clicking the links below.

Emergency Door Release – Just Begun

Emergency Door Release – Who Are We?

Check out Emergency Door Release on the following links.

Facebook

YouTube

Rockin with Rooney!

Emergency Door Release’s next live performance is on Saturday 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day.  They’re playing Lionfest at The Golden Lion in Jarrow, South Tyneside.  I wasn’t informed of this until I’d published my March Gig Guide, but eight bands spread over nine hours and plenty of Guinness sure sounds good to me.  Check it out on the Facebook event on this link; http://www.facebook.com/events/101350036661929/?ref=ts

I’ve also got Emergency Door Release book to perform for me again on Saturday 19th May at The Bridge Hotel on Castle Square in Newcastle.  I’m looking forward to working with them again and more details of this event will follow in the near future.

Honey Chrome

Honey Chrome

The surprise package of the evening was undoubtedly Honey Chrome.  This two and a half man band (guitarist /angry Buddhist Dan is relentlessly amputating pieces of his body in his own twisted sense of Karma) have enough super-advanced technological equipment to give NASA the gadget version of penis envy and they used that equipment to open the gig with an unexpected bang and introduced us to their “madness”.  What Honey Chrome do is use their advanced alien technology to channel transmissions from another galaxy and then play you the national anthems from countries on a foreign planet at very loud volume!

"Who needs fingers and feet anyway???" - Dan, Honey Chrome

Click the link below to see Honey Chrome opening the night with ‘I Think I Luv U’.

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U

Honey Chrome are an underrated act who are often overlooked by promoters due to the fact that they cannot be defined by any particular genre of music.  Why the narrowness of mind though?  How do you know you don’t like something if you’ve never tried it before?  It is this individuality and their unique sound that I recruited them for!

As soon as they kicked off the night I was receiving positive feedback a good cross-section of the people there.  Sound-Guy Rob was particularly impressed, as were the other bands and admittedly, I was also blown away!  Even I never expected Honey Chrome to serve up something of that magnitude!

Despite, or maybe because of, the fact that these lads are crazier than a sack of rabid ferrets, they totally get the vision behind everything I am trying to do with music and how things need to be shaken up.  Honey Chrome will not be put into any genre box, there’s not one that will accept them.  It doesn’t have to make sense, but it does sound fukkin good!

Look Honey Chrome up on their website – http://www.honeychrome.co.uk and check out more of their music.  I would also read the information on the band.  These are two and a half men are really interesting characters, with a really unique sound.  Also click the link below for their Facebook page YouTube channel, seeing as that’s what all the kids are doing these days.

Facebook

YouTube

This is what Honey Chrome had to say about Saturday;

Blig of the Blog

04.03.12

Last night at the telegraph was a monster night. More fun than jellied eels!! Really. Many thanks to mallaz for sorting it all out. Genre mash up nights are defo the way forward and its sooo good to find a place to hear great music. Gingersnap and the style pile finnished the night and were better than a box of wolves nipple chips. We’re playing again at the telegraph on may 4th. Should be good to see whos on that one with us… I fancy a bit of gypsy polka punk, myself.

New vids and pics to go up in the next couple of days, happy goldfish tuesday, one and all!! (hungover/still drunk:)

Genre mash up nights…  Genre mash up music anyone?  Try some Honey!

Mind-Boggling Alien Technology at Work.

I had so much positive feedback about Honey Chrome and was so personally impressed by them that I have booked them to play for me at The Telegraph again on Friday 4th May.  If, like me, you’re an impatient little bastard, then you could catch Honey Chrome playing at The Sun Inn in Middlesbrough on 6th April.  If that’s too far or too smoggy for you to get to then they are also competing at a battle of the bands at Trillians in Newcastle on 25th April.

Joseph, Georgia and Phil of The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal

The South Tyneside based Alternative Rock band The Shake Appeal were the second act to perform on the night.  They performed a strong and well executed set.  They also play some very cool tracks.  Photo Dave’s video of The Shake Appeal performing ‘You Want Me?’ from Friday can be found on the below link.

The Shake Appeal – You Want Me?

Phil, Matthew and Jordan of The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal’s next live performance is at Plugged Inn in Sunderland on 20th April, where they will be playing with The Creep Void among other acts.  Check The Shake Appeal out on Facebook on the link below.

Facebook

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

This night always promised to end in spectacular fashion with Ginger Snap & The Style Pile and they certainly didn’t fail to deliver.  From what I have seen up until now, Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are hands down Newcastle’s ultimate party band!

If you can find a band that can create a vibe and atmosphere half as good as these guys do then please, feel free to send their contact details my way!  They are quite frankly awesome!

Everything about this band epitomises cool.  From their name, to their sound, to the colour of their singer’s hair and the braces on their saxophone player… all cooler than the cubes in a polar bear’s cola!

Andy and Joanne

Singer Joanne ‘Ginger Snap’ Robson has a truly amazing voice and Hal on guitars combines brilliantly with Andy on wind to create a wonderfully upbeat Funky Ska flavour, which is perfectly enhanced by the Acid Jazz ingredients added by drummer Dan and Eddie on bass.  Eddie seemed to be a man of few words but is as cool as they come.  I can’t say it enough times, Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are absolutely fukkin amazing!

Watch the video of Ginger Snap and The Style Pile performing ‘Your Own Boss’ at The Telegraph on Saturday by clicking the link below.  It’s an excellent track!

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile – Your Own Boss

Cool Eddie

They brought the night’s proceedings to an epic finale with a Ginger Snap Jam, which even included me on air guitar and sax, dancing with Hal and Andy.  It was a total party atmosphere.  Ed Zachary as I had expected from a band that I hold in such high esteem.  I loved every second of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile’s set and it was truly the ultimate finish to what is, in my own personal opinion, the best event I have run… so far!

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are confirmed to play on Saturday 7th April at ‘The Egg’, which is my next gig at The Telegraph and will be running until 2am.  Check them out on Facebook, on the link below and like their page to be kept updated on their shenanigans!

Facebook

Drummist Dan

Thanks again to Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography for the photos and the video footage.  Check Dave’s work out on Facebook, where you can find his contact details if you’d like to commission him for work.  The same goes for Rob Waters of Sessions Newcastle for PA hire and sound engineering.  Thanks to both of you for such excellent work.

David Johnston Photography on Facebook

Sessions Newcastle on Facebook

Hal Admires His Reflection...

Also thanks to all of the bands for playing such great music and everybody who attended for help making it such an excellent atmosphere and creating that party vibe that I have been craving for so long!

Stand by for more musical recommendations from me and also details of my next even ‘The Egg’ at The Telegraph on Saturday 7th April, to celebrate the Easter weekend and also my birthday which is on the 4th.

Although Saturday was a success, it is still just the beginning.  The end goal is to create a party atmosphere and a live music scene in Newcastle that has the aura of a massive house party.  It’s about creating an environment where people can come and socialise, meet new people and play or listen to cool music from across all different musical genres.  Most of all, it’s about having fun.

I have now worked with several acts, across various genres who understand this vision and fit the bill perfectly.  I look forward to working with each of them again and am also always on the lookout for anyone else who can make music that stands out and enjoy a party.  If you can offer that then email me on – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk with a brief description and links to where I can hear your music and contact detail, obviously.

For the full video playlist of Saturday’s gig at The Telegraph, recorded by Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography, then click on the link below.  Then just sit back and enjoy…

The Telegraph – 3rd March 2012

THIS IS WHAT ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

Posted in Events, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Mallaz

This Saturday 3rd March, at The Telegraph on Orchard Street in Newcastle (behind Central Station), I have another live music event lined up.  Equipment hire and sound engineering is again being provided by Sessions Newcastle after their flawless work at my last gig at The Telegraph on Friday 3rd February.  The YouTube video playlist from Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography can be found on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL41516C6F0C7B6130&feature=plcp

Artisam by Photo Dave 3rd February 2012

This Saturday I intend on clipping you right round your ears with four quality live acts.  The Style Pile, Emergency Door Release, The Shake Appeal and Honey Chrome will all be doing me the honour of performing for me at The Telegraph.  Doors will be open from 7.30pm and the entry to this event is payable at £3 on the door and is held in The Telegraph’s function room upstairs.  If you’re a Facebook user details of this event can be found on this link.

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

Joanne Robson of The Style Pile

The Style Pile

Possibly the most mysterious act on the bill on Saturday are The Style Pile, formerly Ginger Snap & The Style Pile and also Chrome Attic, yet the only one of the four acts that I have seen play live.  Read my Tangerine Christmas blog for my take on that gig.

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

Despite the several name changes, The Style Pile are a reasonably well established act locally, especially around Heaton, which is like Newcastle’s hub for the cool cats and creative types.  The Style Pile are a highly energetic Funky Ska act with a cool Acid Jazz feel and honestly do put on an epic performance.  Fronted by the exceptional vocal talent of Joanne Robson and supported by an incredible band that consists of Hal McCutcheon, Eddie Hughes, Andy Strong and Dan Deltodesco, The Style Pile are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. You can hear a couple examples of what The Style Pile are capable of doing by clicking on the song titles below.

‘If You Want Me to Leave’

‘Your Own Boss’

And then get yourself over to their Facebook page and click the like button on this link

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Style-Pile/181677578554592

Emergency Door Release

This gig also marks the launch of Emergency Door Release’s much anticipated debut EP ‘Who Are We?’

This Indie Pop Rock act based in Newcastle have been very pro-active of late, obviously recording the EP, supporting Dave Giles at The Cluny on Valentine’s Day and planning their first UK tour.

Beach balls, catchy riffs and energetic performances, this emerging band comprising of James Rooney, Adam McMeiken, David Lloyd and Daniel Mokhtari, has it all!  They are promising a memorable show and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their promotional EPs.

Emergency Door Release

I briefly touched on the talents of Emergency Door Release late last year in this blog;

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/fuck-christmas-songs-this-is-what-you-should-be-listening-to/

But for a more in depth review from someone else (a second opinion, if one will), then check out this review;

http://hiddensounds.blogspot.com/2012/01/emergency-door-release.html

Just remember who got there first, aye?

And then get over to Facebook, where you can listen to to the title track from the Who Are We?’ EP, and give them a like too.

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal

Bringing some raw, funky, jumpy vibes will be South Tyneside based Alternative Rock group, The Shake Appeal.  This five-piece band are made up with Georgia McRaeJoseph Inskip, Jordan Johnston, Phil Morgan and Matthew Cowey.

The Shake Appeal are another band who have also been making a mark on the North East live music scene, performing with Bleech at Independent in Sunderland and at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle in recent weeks.

Have yourself a slooshy of some of The Shake Appeal’s older tracks on the bandpage tab on their Facebook page on the link below, and if you like what you hear then click the obligatory like box.

http://www.facebook.com/TheShakeAppeal?sk=app_178091127385

Honey Chrome

Honey Chrome

Unwilling and/or incapable of being defined by any specific music genre, Honey Chrome are an off-beat, original band dripping with individuality (you won’t see shit like this on VIVA or whichever shit chart music channels are still popping these days).  Honey Chrome’s very experimental mish-mash of so many musical styles and influences has more diversity than an equal opportunities employment firm under the watchful eye of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs themselves, yet surprisingly works effectively and with epic results (like a peanut butter and ham sarnie, go on, try it, it will blow your fukkin dome!).

They play loud music, whatever loud music they want, using guitars drums and keys played through a great big, fuck-off Bass bin.  This is not just some gang of twats trying to be different and banging as many styles into a track as they can though, this is highly intelligent music.  Music that would be lost on those narrow minded, pretentious little cardboard cut-out, shit-bits who lurk on Newcastle’s (or any other) Indie music scene.  Fusing Drum & Bass style beats, with epic Rock guitar solos and sticking the musical herbs of Punk, Rock, Grunge, Rap and Electronic Kraut-Fuzz into this mix, makes the perfect musical cake, although that cake might not be to everybody’s taste, some will love it.  If you don’t, you could always fuck off and find a different bakery…

Honey Chrome are also shrouded in a distinct element of mystique too.  The band is made up of mR mATTIS, a psychic doctor able to heal the sick and communicate with the dead using old mixing desks.  Stevie, The Squire Tulip Keeper of the Beat, who was once voted Belgium’s favourite tap-dancer, and the world’s angriest Buddhist, Dan.  Also, Honey Chrome are supported by the sublime Horrorshow-esque artwork of Stegorek, unbelievable talent!

Check out their videos on their website, especially their media and info sections and you will see that this band a different breed altogether!

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

Tracks like ‘No More Come’ and ‘Fractured Days’ certainly stand out for me. So click on their titles to see the videos.  The like their Facebook band page, seeing as that’s the trends these day.  Here’s the link;

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

So be there, or be a beige squaure, £3 quid for four bands is a pure fukkin bargain!

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

WHEN I’M NOT DOING NOTHING, THIS IS WHAT I’M DOING…

Posted in Art, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by Mallaz

This is what I do, besides drinking, smoking, gambling, women and all of the other vices…

Music

I’m bang into music, music of all different genres, so what I mainly do these days is arrange and promote gigs in Newcastle.  I also do my best to promote certain local artists in an attempt to generate more exposure for the better ones.  The reason I only promote certain bands is because the North East music scene is full of pretentious twats who think they’re gods simply because they can play instruments.  The Indie scene in Newcastle has been riddled with many examples of tubes like that for years now.  That is why when I arrange my events I have acts of different genres involved and we get a much more diverse crowd.  People who come to my events to see one particular act get to see artists from other genres and meet people from different social circles, not the sort of thing that happens at your average Indie night.  A lot of the artists I work with are actually personal friends of mine, but more importantly, they share the same mind-set as me in that they believe music is supposed to be about fun and having a good time.  Nobody really wants to go out on a Friday or Saturday night and listen to teenagers with good jobs and girlfriends, living at home with their parents and having everything on a plate for them, whining about the stresses and strains of life. We don’t fukkin care if your mam served you brussel sprouts on your Sunday dinner last week.  Most people have bigger problems to deal with.

My goal is to make live music in Newcastle a good night out, rather than the shambolic state it has been for years.  I will consider acts of any genre to play at my events so long as they are individuals and not sheep following whatever trend they have a taste for.  I don’t believe any act should be limited to opportunities because they don’t fit in with a certain scene.  By mixing genres together, the aim is to bring the best from every genre together to create a party style atmosphere and a scene that is not limited to the same crowd of idiots who think they’re the mutt’s nuts.  Try to image a city-sized house party, that’s the ultimate goal!

My last live music event was my first experiment with mixing very contrasting genres and the mix was well received by those who attended.  I had Hip Hop, DubStep, an Alternative acoustic set and Alternative Rock music all played on the same night and we had a good night.  The diverse crowd mingled well and some people left well impressed with some of the acts that they seen that night.  Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography videoed some each act performing and you can see those videos on this link;

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL41516C6F0C7B6130&feature=plcp

My next live event is at The Telegraph on Orchard Street behind Central Station in Newcastle.  That’s on Saturday 3rd March and I’ve got four acts of pure quality for that gig.  There’s Funky Ska music in the form of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, Newcastle’s freshest Indie band Emergency Door Release, Alternative Rock from The Shake Appeal and the unclassifiable Honey Chrome, whose music is a wonderfully bizarre mix of almost any genre that you can possibly imagine.  If that hasn’t already got you twitching then the price will.  Entry is only £3 on the door, BOOM!

Details of this gig can be found on my blog or Facebook on the links below;

Telegraph – 3rd March Line-Up

Facebook

Art

Everything for me started off with art.  In 2009 I began work on the first Horrorshow drawing, which was when my artistic career started to take off.  That first drawing spawned a whole series of Horrorshow Artwork images, which have proved relatively popular with art enthusiasts from all over the world and I have even rejected offers of £300 for certain Horrorshow drawings.  Check out Horrorshow Artwork on Facebook (and like the page) or Deviant Art on the next links;

Facebook

DeviantArt.com

My first commissioned artwork was in 2010 and that was swiftly followed by the EP cover design I created for the now extinct band, Casino‘The Late, Great Planet Earth’ drawing that I did for Casino generated a bit of publicity for them, which in turn led to them asking me to manage them and that’s how I got involved in music, but that’s another story.  I have received a few commissions and also sold some of my own work since then.  I have designed logos, posters and drawn portraits for commission since then.

I create all of the promotional artwork for my live music events and also did all of the band artwork for Downtown Lester Brown, the band I formed in 2011 and left just before Christmas.  The Downtown Lester Brown artwork included their logo, the ‘Love & Other Diseases’ EP cover and individual track artwork for each track on the EP.

Most of my artwork is abstract pen drawings, although I am not learning Adobe Photoshop, which makes design work a lot easier.  I also like to experiment with other media, oil pastels being one of my favourites.  I am soon to start working on the final drawing of the Horrorshow Artwork series.  Beyond that I am going to experiment with some collage work, continue to design all of the artwork for my events and hopefully take on some more commissioned work.

What Can I Do For You…?

If you’re in a band and you’re looking for gigs, well I run them.  So the obvious thing to do is get in touch.  Send me your name, bands name and brief description, and contact emails and telephone numbers.  I will also need a link to somewhere I can listen to your music or you can attach a couple of mp3 files to the email.  You can email me on – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

Be aware though that I do not just book any random act to play at my events, I want bands with something about them and not generic cut-outs.  I need to hear examples of your music and if possible even see videos.  So if you send me a link to an internet profile that requires me to like your page before I can hear your music then you are wasting your time and more importantly, mine.  How am I supposed to know I like it if I’ve never heard it?

Also bear in mind that I am now booking line-ups for as far ahead as May, although I am looking to start organising events more frequently and further afield than just Newcastle.  I have had interest from a lot of artists too, so I apologise in advance if I’m unable to reply to emails immediately but I will get around to them as soon as possible.

Other options that I can offer artists are promotion and/or management.  If your band struggles to find gigs because you’re too busy playing music in between working and coming up with new material then you need someone to find gigs for you.  Through the network that I have I can help to find gigs and find out about a lot of support slots that are available, festival places etc.

I can also organise and promote events for bands and provide supporting artists.  Or if you have your own gigs booked and need some supporting acts for those, I can also help with that.  Again, simply email me to discuss what it is that you want and what exactly I can offer.  horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

On the art front, I have plenty of original artwork for sale that I am willing to consider offers for.  Examples of my artwork can be found on my Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page or my Deviant Art profile on these links;

Facebook

DeviantArt.com

I also consider commissioned work.  I am available for EP/album artwork, logo design or poster artwork and design but will also consider almost anything.  I specialise in drawing and tend to lean towards an abstract style but I’m willing to try my hand at pretty much anything.  If you want to commission me for artwork or what to make enquiries about any of the work I have for sale then email me – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

So What Next…?

You’ll fukkin see soon enough!

If you use any of the social networks below click on their names and then you can find my profiles and you’re free to stalk me online.  If I see you perched outside my house though, you’ll soon find out how much being hit with a crowbar really hurts!

Twitter

music related sites

Soundcloud

Soundclick

art related sites

Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page

Deviant Art

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