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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

GANNIN’ BALLS DEEP…

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2012 by Mallaz

Friday night at The Telegraph was fukkin epic!  Those who were there will surely testify to that.  The mix of different genres went down a lot better than I could have expected and every act involved was well received by the audience.  The new sound-guy, Chris Kinley from Sessions Newcastle, performed his role flawlessly and helped the night to run smoothly.  People were blown away by Baron Von Alias & MistaBreezeL87’s quality selection of DubStep were tracks impeccably mixed.  The three-man Artisam acoustic set, with Cam on the cajón, added a unique vibe.  You get something different every time with Artisam.  The Stroll were class, just like I said they would be.  Everything seemed to fit and work well with each other and all the people who attended had good crack and seemed to enjoy themselves.  Even Empty Heed and Fanny Drought turned up!

Empty Heed & Fanny Drought enjoying Baron & Breeze

The photos from Friday can be seen on David Johnston Photography’s Facebook page on this link;

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.307457932634694.67058.215749741805514&type=1

And the videos will be uploaded onto my YouTube channel in the very near future.

Get Wild, Gan Mental

“Gonna smash in your back doors like Keith Lemon…”

Kicking the night off in spectacular fashion were Hip Hop’s dynamic duo, Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze.  Even Empty Heed was impressed by these two, and he’s a miserable cunt!

They performed their set with an electric energy, which was visibly evident from the sweat pissing from their faces by the time they finished.  Getting in amongst the audience, and even rolling around the floor at times, Baron and Breeze proved to be the ultimate interactive package!  They even had me up dancing with them on ‘Get Wild, Gan Mental’ because they know I like that one.

They impressed the audience with renditions of some of my favourite tracks, including ‘Step In The Room’, before being joined by Eliza Lawson for tracks including the truly awesome ‘Action Man’, which evidently is a real crowd pleaser.  Simply put, Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson were a class act!

Baron Von Alias, Eliza Lawson & MistaBreeze

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze are performing again this Thursday night at SubLevel2 at The Head of Steam in Newcastle.  Detail of that event can be found on Facebook on the link below;

http://www.facebook.com/events/233430710070639/

L87 of SubLevel2

“Womp Womp”

L87’s cool choice of DubStep tracks helped ease his DJ set into the night’s proceedings with great effect.  His mixing was impeccable and he didn’t miss a beat.  He earned himself a fan in Sound-Guy Chris, who seemed massively impressed by L87’s work.  The set worked perfectly for the transition from Hip Hop to the Alternative acoustic set that was to follow.

L87 is also performing a set at SubLevel2 on Thursday night, along with The Baron and Breeze, so be sure to get down to The Head of Steam for that!

http://www.facebook.com/events/233430710070639/

Artisam

“Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go…”

Artisam brought something entirely different to the table on Friday night.  One-man-band-on-a-box, Cam, further demonstrated his versatility as he slapped away on the cajón with perfect timing as George and Gary played along with the acoustic guitars.  Always impressive, as I have stated on numerous occasions, they performed a fantastic set with a completely unique vibe and I loved it when they played my favourite, ‘Free Your Mind’.  Artisam are an incredibly talented band and it’s always a pleasure seeing them perform live.

Jack, Josh and Paul of The Stroll

“I would walk all day to see your sunshine smile…”

The final act of the night was The Stroll and they were in formidable form.  The Alternative Rock four-piece from Durham performed a stunning version of ‘20th Century Boy’ by T-RexGashy, with his daft smile and even dafter hat, was epic on the drums.  Jack was just as good on bass.  Josh and Paul were quality on the guitars and Josh belted out his vocals in sublime fashion.

Tracks such as ‘Searching’ and ‘Different Tune, Different Mood’ went down a treat with the audience and The Stroll definitely made an impression.  A quality evening topped off with a quality set by a quality band!

The Stroll's Gashy & I, plus Daft Hats

The Stroll are competing in the final of The SoundWave Music Competition at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Saturday night.  So get down to that and show them some support.  Details of that event can be found on Facebook on the following link;

http://www.facebook.com/events/172041789563041/

and tickets can be purchased on this link;

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_northeast&query=detail&REFID=newcalist&interface=newacad&event=484497

Teaching Josh of The Stroll how to sing

Some thanks are in order

Firstly I’d like to say thanks to the acts involved.  Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson, L87 of SubLevel2, George, Cam and Gary of Artisam, Josh, Jack, Paul and Gashy of The Stoll, whose efforts are all highly appreciated and they have my gratitude.

Also thanks to Chris Kinley of Sessions Newcastle for providing the sound, and Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography, obviously for doing the photography.

Extra special thanks to everyone who attended the gig, making it the awesome experience it was.

Find the acts involved on the following links;

Baron Von Alias

Facebook

YouTube

Bandcamp

Twitter

MistaBreeze

Facebook

YouTube

L87

Soundcloud

SubLevel2 on Facebook

Artisam

Facebook

Soundcloud

YouTube

The Stroll

Facebook

ReverbNation

Soundcloud

YouTube

Twitter

The Telegraph - Saturday 3rd March 2012

And don’t forget the next one…

My next event is scheduled for Saturday 3rd March at The Telegraph, on Orchard Street, behind Central Station in Newcastle, where for a mere £3 you can see Emergency Door Release, Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, Honey Chrome and The Shake Appeal all perform live.

More details of that event can be found in the events category of my blog or on Facebook on the following links;

3rd March at The Telegraph

Facebook Event

SOME OF MY ART SHITE

Posted in Art, General Gobshiting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by Mallaz

It has recently been brought to my attention that I have been ignoring my artwork and haven’t given it any publicity in fukkin ages.  But to be fair, I don’t really spend a lot of time on the artwork these days.  Mostly, I am concentrating on music and writing but I’ve had a few people asking questions about the art so I might as well humour them.

If you are unfamiliar with the art element of my work, I created my own brand of artwork called ‘Horrorshow Artwork‘.  I have created several Horrorshow works, the latest one was ‘Monsters‘, which I finished in October.

Horrorshow Artwork - Monsters

Monsters is set to be the second last Horrorshow image that I create.

You can see more Horrorshow works on my Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/horrorshow.artwork

or on my DeviantArt profile

http://horrorshow-artwork.deviantart.com/

So please like my Facebook page and share both of the above links on all of your social networks.

And it’s not just the twisted, abstract Horrorshow stuff that I do.  I created all the artwork for Downtown Lester Brown too, before I left them to their own devices.  The most significant works I created for that project were obviously the logo and EP cover for ‘Love & Other Diseases‘.

Downtown Lester Brown - logo

I also created artwork for each of the tracks on the EP, my personal favourites being the artwork for ‘Man On The Run‘ and the ‘Empty Heed‘ single.  However, due to me owning all of the copyright to my artwork, Downtown Lester Brown are no longer able to use any of it other than for the Love & Other Diseases EP.  And since Richard Gilroy tried to pilfer all my credit for setting up DLB, I have taken precautions to make sure that if they do breach my copyright I will get what I deserve from it.

Man On The Run - track artwork

My latest drawing was actually the artwork that I created for the gig that was due to be held at The Blue Bunny Cafe on 7th January.  Unfortunately that gig, as mentioned, was cancelled but here’s the drawing I did for it.

Blue Bunny - (cancelled) gig artwork

I’ve also begun to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and used that to create the artwork for my next gig at The Telegraph.  If you haven’t heard about that gig yet check out my blog about it on the following link.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/my-next-gig-friday-3rd-february-at-the-telegraph/

The Telegraph - 3rd February 2012

I still have loads of artwork that I want to sell so get in touch if you’re interested in any of it as I am more than willing to listen to offers.  In the meantime, please take time to like my Facebook page for Horrorshow Artwork http://www.facebook.com/horrorshow.artwork and have a gander at my shit on DeviantArt http://horrorshow-artwork.deviantart.com/

All of the artwork within this blog © Malcolm White 2011

WHY I DECIDED TO LEAVE DOWNTOWN LESTER BROWN

Posted in General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by Mallaz

On Monday 5th December I parted company with Downtown Lester Brown, the band that I started earlier this year.  The main reason behind my quitting the band, both as a band member and their manager, is that I feel the band’s arrogance outweighs their ambition, although this mainly applies to Ben and Richard.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the text message that I received on the Saturday following the gig I had organised on Friday 2nd December at The Telegraph.

The Telegraph - Friday 2nd December 2011

The Telegraph is a small venue and for my gig it was only about a quarter full, only thirty-five or so people attended the gig.  Obviously I felt disappointed at the turn out.  The crowd Downtown Lester Brown attracts has seemingly been getting smaller the more gigs they do.  I feel that the more gigs they do the more followers they should acquire.  That would denote some level of success.  But to be pulling smaller and smaller crowds each gig, is stepping towards failure.  So to receive a text message from Richard the following day claiming to feel “like a god after that”, I was highly dissatisfied.  It shows a terrible lack of ambition as well as a ridiculous amount of arrogance for someone who had just played a gig in front of a handful of people.

Unfortunately this was not the first act of unwarranted arrogance from Richard, let alone the band.  Richard cancelled a gig that I had arranged, to go to another gig.  The gig I arranged was set to be Downtown Lester Brown’s debut EP release.  At that point Richard claimed to be too big to play at venues of that stature and Ben also stated that that gig was unimportant as it was a free gig and not one where we would earn any money.  When a band has just started out, every gig should be important but to cancel a pre-arranged gig to go see another gig shows a lack of dedication and ambition.  As well as the arrogance shown by Richard thinking he’s too big to play small gigs of the stature that I was arranging, as it’s “not Wembley”, and Ben’s attitude of it not being important as we weren’t getting paid, there is the wasting of the time and the effort I put in arranging gigs in the first place.  Ben is also the self-proclaimed “voice of a generation”, although he’s not saying a great deal with tracks such as Each To Their Own, which despite being free was only downloaded twenty times.

Despite that arrogance though, they totally lack ambition.  When I put the band forward for the Battle of the Bands, in Redcar, Ben didn’t want to do it and claimed it was pointless because his last band, the generic and unoriginal Casino, always sucked when they did them.  I had to convince him that it was a good idea and the winning isn’t important.  It’s an opportunity to play your music in front of people who might not otherwise ever get the chance to hear it.

Another massive issue for me was the style of the new material.  When I set this whole thing up I had a specification that I wanted to work towards.  I wanted to create a band with a fun attitude that would play psychedelic, up-beat music that would get people dancing and in the mood to go out clubbing because, after all, if you’re playing Friday and Saturday night gigs then your demographic is the pre-clubbing market.  Unfortunately neither Ben nor Richard has enough attitude or edge and, due to Richard having too much influence over Ben, we’ve ended up with songs with whiney vocals and songs crying over girls.  Too many of their new songs are songs that you can’t dance to.  The psychedelic guitars, such as the style in Empty Heed or High Definition Jazz Kitten have been dropped and I feel the music is heading in a more mainstream direction.  They’re heading back down the same route as their old band Casino.  I also have major concerns that all of the lyrics Richard writes are wet, too tame and basically shit.

After getting back from a short break in Amsterdam near the end of November, I was basically told by Ben that my input in the sound of the band is no longer wanted as I can’t play an instrument so know fuck all.  At this point I told them I would work with them for one more recording and the promotion of that release, and after that I would leave the band and concentrate solely on managing the band.  I am aiming to set up my own independent record label in the new year and was hoping to commission a Downtown Lester Brown album through my label.

As part of my role in managing the band, I sent the tracks from our EP away online for some independent reviews.  The reviews basically supported the things that I had been saying from the start.  Tracks such as Empty Heed, High Definition Jazz Kitten and Man On The Run were reasonably well received.  Those were three songs that Ben wrote before the band took off and before Richard had gotten involved.  Each To Their Own was unanimously panned for being generic wannabe-Beatles stuff, but that was an unrecorded Casino track that we used when we first started and has now been dropped.  Dufresne’s Escape bombed.  I had said that I thought the vocals were weak and let the track down because it’s just Richard whining again.  All the reviews seemed to agree with me and one even went as far as to say the vocals “ruined” the song.  However, Richard also sung on Fun & Games and there were several reviews raving about how good he was on that track.  On Fun & Games Richard sings with a bit of grit.  When we recorded it I was blown away.  Unfortunately that’s the only track he’s done like that and at the last practice I attended before leaving the band, he was whining on a new song and opened with the lyrics, “I was feeling down..” and went on to do the crying, “Why? Why? Why?” throughout the track. It was typical Richard Gilroy music; it wasn’t anything new or original.

I also have concerns over plagiarism in some of the new songs, and the legal ramifications that could come from that.  I wouldn’t want anything to do with the recording of Be Someone, another of Richard’s tracks, as that’s basically Breakfast at Tiffany’s and also the exact same guitars are in some crap pop song that I heard on whichever mainstream shite radio station Wor Colin listens to.  I also expressed concerns over several other songs.  There are only two tracks that I would want recorded, Mallaz Beats The Devil and Eesh’s Jam.

So after Richard’s “god” text, I have decided to quit Downtown Lester Brown to pursue other ventures.  I’ve got my next Telegraph gig on Friday 3rd February 2012 and hope that the next couple are successful enough to start looking for bigger venues.  I’m going to be starting a new band after New Year and I am also going to be setting up my own independent record label in 2012.  I’ve also got the art to keep me occupied and several other ventures that I’m looking into.

I have processed Downtown Lester Brown’s debut EP, ‘Love & Other Diseases’, and that will be available to download from Boxing Day 2011.  As for the physical copies of the EP, I am not sure if or when they are going to become available.  That’s now down to the band to give me the green light to get them manufactured.  Also, as far as I’m aware, they don’t have anything at all book for before the Battle of the Bands, in Redcar, on 10th February 2012.  There was some doubt whether they will actually attend that though.  Ben was telling me that the band had all basically agreed that it would be pointless as they wouldn’t win, I shit you not!

I wish Downtown Lester Brown the best of luck for the future.

THE DOWNTOWN LESTER BROWN CALENDAR

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2011 by Mallaz

Dufresne's Escape

Downtown Lester Brown are set to close 2011 with a steady gigging schedule on our hands.  This Saturday we’ll be making our first appearance at The Cluny, a very popular venue and yet another Too Far North gig.  Then we begin December by gigging on two consecutive nights.  Firstly, on the 1st, at LYH and at The Telegraph on the 2nd.  I’m actually running The Telegraph one, and I’ll be following that one up with another one in February.  If those two gigs go well, I hope to make it a regular thing.  Then it’s our final gig of the year.  On Saturday 10th December, we’ll be playing at The Dog and Parrot for Too Far North again.

Also, you can download the Empty Heed single for just $0.50 now.  Click this link and get it downloaded – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/downtownlesterbrown2.

So just to recap; DOWNTOWN LESTER BROWN GIGS

Sat 19th November – Too Far North, The Cluny.  £5 door

Thu 1st December – LYH.  £3 door or £2 each for groups (5+ people)

Fri 2nd December – DLB/Artisam/ The Mojags, The Telegraph.  £3 door

Sat 10th December – Too Far North, The Dog and Parrot.  £4 door

A WEEKEND WASTED IS NEVER A WASTED WEEKEND!

Posted in Betting Tips, Football, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2011 by Mallaz

Another weekend draws to a close and it’s time to recap and attempt to piece together what really happened.

DOWNTOWN LESTER BROWN

On Friday, DOWNTOWN LESTER BROWN played another Too Far North gig at The Dog and Parrot.  According to Photo Dave, it was our best performance to date.  Of the four bands that played, we brought the largest crowd and as usual blew everyone away.  Needless to say, I was paggered when I was on stage shaking my noisy things.  We opened with Mallaz Beats The Devil, played a couple of new tracks and finished with Man On The Run.  It was good to see Smack-Knackers at the gig, and as an added bonus he brought V For Vendetta, who’s back from New Zealand.  Also, good old reliable Sam Nelson kept up his record of attending everyone of our gigs so far… and we didn’t even play his favourite track (at the request of Ben and Richard, giving the fans what they want!), although I did give him a shout out as a bit of recognition because I know how to keep people happy.

High Definition Jazz Kitten

I obviously made an impression too.  After we finished our set, some kid who had come to see one of the other bands came up and asked for his photo taken with me.  He reckoned he’d witnessed history in the making and compared it to when The Sex Pistols played in front of 42 people.  It was a pretty fukkin good performance!

In other DLB related business, I finally managed to upload the two videos from our Riverside gig from October 11th.  Fukkin Youtube’s shite though!  It took me four fukkin attempts to upload Dufresne’s Escape!  It takes six fukkin hours to upload a bastard video, only to say the cunt didn’t work!  Sort it out you gang of twats!  I’m gonna have to go through the same clart this week with the videos from Friday’s gig as well.

The Love & Other Diseases EP is just about complete and hopefully we’ll be releasing that real soon.  Also, the Empty Heed single is now available to download for just 50c on CD Baby.  The next gig we’ve got lined up is my gig at The Telegraph.  I’ve also got The Mojags already confirmed for that one, give them a listen.  They really impressed us when we played with them at The Riverside.

FOOTBALL STUFF

I’ll start with the betting challenge with Wor Shitus

For the God knows how many consecutive-th week in a row, we both had a total fukkin wash-out.  That leaves him on -£239.89 and me on -£274.96.  If you want a useful tip, here’s one… don’t fukkin listen to either of us!

Obviously, with having a season ticket for The Toon, I was at the Everton game on Saturday and I’ve gotta tell you, these early kick-offs take the piss!  I was still smashed from Friday’s gig when I got to the match.  It’s a good job the first half was entertaining as fuck or I’d have struggled to stay awake!  Ryan Taylor’s goal was absolutely fukkin awesome!  Goal of the Month already, nothing can match that.  Especially when you consider he’s a Liverpool fan too.  I also wish to say Tim Krul will become the best goalkeeper in the world!  I’ve been saying that for a few years now and grow more and more confident with each game I see him play.  However, I really don’t rate Danny Guthrie, the useless cunt, or Danny Simpson, the weakest link in our defense.  He’s scared to make a fukkin tackle and backs off far too much, allowing wingers to get into the box.  He was guilty of that in the first half, in the build up to Louis Saha hitting the post.  Get fukkin Santon in before Simpson really drops a bollock!  We were shite in the second half and just allowed them to come at us.  We got lucky that Everton have been shite this season or we could have been punished for that.  Three points is still three points though and the mighty Magpies march on!

Ryan Taylor... Over them all...

Watched Match Of The Day tonight too.  Ali Al Habsi was unbelievable for Wigan today, it’s a shame they got fucked off Wolves.  He needs to find a better team to play for, because he really did not deserve to concede three goals after that performance.  Goal of the Month was a disappointment too.  It should blatantly have been Gutierrez’s goal against Wolves, he skinned three fukkin players before he slotted it past the oncoming goalkeeper and last defender!  That presenter’s an irritating fukkin prick an all!

A WEEKEND IN WORDS

Posted in Causes, Football, General Gobshiting, Music, Opinions On The News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Mallaz

After a long, hard and loud weekend involving funerals, football, gigs and politics, it’s time to set a few things straight and get a couple things off my chest.

We’ll start with the antics of Oliver Holt from The Daily Mirror.  My previous blog raised an issue with Holt’s article in Wednesday’s Daily Mirror.  I was also having a debate of sorts with Holt on Twitter, although he seemed to stop responding to me when he realised that I was making a valid point.  Holt mainly seems to be responding to the arguments put forward only by bigots and simpletons and has resorted to insulting these plums in an attempt to justify his self-indulgent, attention-seeking crusade.

Holt’s article – http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/columnists/holt/2011/09/07/it-s-a-scandal-we-only-have-two-black-managers-in-2012-115875-23401746/#.TmdPeHoG_zI.twitter

If it weren’t for having such a difficult weekend, I would have written this blog earlier because this clown’s really twisting my melon with the drivel he’s been spouting on Twitter.  After his article on Rooney’s Rule on Wednesday, the following day Holt tweeted “Piece by me in Mirror tomorrow too, starting with conversation I had with former top flight manager a couple of years ago…. We were watching a Premier League team’s training session and started talking about Thierry Henry, who was playing for Arsenal then… There are only two problems with Thierry Henry: he’s French and he’s black.”

Well my thoughts on this are as follows; firstly, I think this is absolute hoop!  If a racist football manager had actually said this to him, then why wait until now to mention it?  It seems all too convenient that he only brings this to light now when it supports his argument wanting to introduce positive discrimination into the process of recruiting managers for football league clubs.  As I am currently boycotting The Daily Mirror, as it ranks in the same league as The Sun and I refuse to part with my money for cheap toilet roll, I was unable to verify whether or not he chose to name and shame the offending manager.  However, I did ask him for the manager’s name or an online link to his article on Twitter and was not given a response.  So, I am assuming that he didn’t name the manager and that this is nothing but a cock and bull story fabricated to support his case.  If, however, this story is true then why does Holt refuse to name the manager?  And for what reasons has he never before mentioned this?

Holt is claiming that English football is institutionally racist and that managers from ethnic minorities are denied the opportunity to progress into football management after their playing careers are over.  Holt’s article on Wednesday was based on a conversation with ex-Arsenal footballer Paul Davis, who, as Holt even stated himself “hasn’t even bothered to put himself forward for management jobs.”

On Twitter, I asked Holt to provide me with answers to several questions.  I want to know, first and foremost, the name of the offending manager.  Secondly some examples of footballers from ethnic minorities who have actually applied for managerial positions and been denied on the basis of their race.  And finally, which clubs it was that refused to give managers opportunities based on the colour of the skin.  So far Holt has refused to dignify me with a response and I believe the reason for this is simply because his head’s stuck up his arse and everything that comes out of his worthless mouth is a lie!

Holt has created an issue where there was not an issue before.  Most people, when thinking about football managers, do not even consider the colour of their skin.  I, for one, was totally unaware that only two of the ninety-two managers in English league football are black.  A football manager’s ethnic origin has never been a concern to me.  I judge a football manager solely on the basis of his ability to manage a football team.  One example that I would like to highlight of a black football manager being given ample opportunity to prove himself as a manager is Paul Ince.  When Ince joined Blackburn Rovers as manager special dispensation had to be made allowing him to do the job.  Despite being a manager for two years, and working at two professional clubs, Macclesfield Town and Milton Keynes Dons, Ince had not obtained the necessary qualification.  Also Ruud Gullit began his managerial career at Chelsea in the top tier of the English leagues before going on to become Newcastle United manager.  Chris Hughton is another black football manager who was once in charge of Newcastle.  So, several examples can be given.  My friend, Joe Short, made an interesting statement on Facebook regarding this issue.  Joe said, “These tossers who write these arguments always seem to skip over one obvious point: there were fewer black players in days gone by, and given that most managers have played professional football at some stage in their lives (and this is the most common route into the managerial system), then clearly it follows that there aren’t likely to be many black managers kicking around right now.  Give it 10-20 years when the current crop of players have retired from playing the game and I’m damn sure we’ll see higher proportion of black managers plying their trade.”

An article by Martin Samuel worth reading – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2036302/Martin-Samuel-Being-black-Cole-Co-held-back.html

I put it to you that Oliver Holt is a shameful antagonist and a liar!  His article was, in no way, an attempt to highlight an issue, but in fact designed to create one.  Introducing positive discrimination would only serve to create a divide between managers of different races who believe that other managers are being given opportunities they have not strived as hard for simply because their skin colour fits the right categories and ticks the right boxes to keep the PC brigade happy.  My argument is still, that nobody should be looking at another person and seeing a skin colour, they should simply see another human being and if that is not the case then the goal should be to change that person’s perception, not introduce laws and rules to force people to do things.  In my opinion Ollie Holt should be using his position to report NEWS and not stir trouble and he should quite frankly shut the fuck up!

Now that I’ve said my piece on that prick, I’d like to get into the weekend’s football.  The Toon are now fourth in the league after another clean sheet and have still taken more points off the Mackems than they have actually picked up all season, happy daze, Sunderland’s a massive club!  As an added bonus, I even racked up a few points in my fantasy football teams with another Coloccini and Steven Taylor clean sheet, goals from Agbonlahor and John Terry, and hat-tricks from both Aguero and Rooney.  NICE!

My next topic is music.  On Friday, my band Downtown Lester Brown performed with Manalishi at The Telegraph in Newcastle.  We were all sporting ‘tashes as a tribute to Joey Barton’s loyal service for the Toon over the past few years.  I’d like to wish Joey good luck at Queens Park Rangers.

DLB - Tashes for The Telegraph

The gig went well, from what I’m told.  I was so drunk that I only have a few fleeting memories of the night.  Apparently, The Telegraph was unable to handle Downtown Lester Brown’s funk and we tripped the power whilst playing our first track, Each To Their Own.  I’d like to thank everyone who attended, Wor Colin (for helping with transport), Manalishi, The Telegraph, Chay at North-East Rehearsals-Recording (for equipment hire) and, of course, the one and only Downtown Lester Brown for, what I’m told, was a good night.

Also on the subject of music, Downtown Lester Brown had a very productive day yesterday.  We released our single Empty Heed on mp3 download, which you can find on Amazon, Soundclick, CD Baby and several other sites.  We also spent last night down at North-East Rehearsals-Recording with Chay and recorded another three tracks for our debut EP ‘Love & Other Diseases’.  All went very well and thanks again to Chay.

Empty Heed by Downtown Lester Brown – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/downtownlesterbrown2

Empty Heed

Finally, I would like to pay my respects to my friend Dave Richmond, whose funeral I attended on Friday afternoon, and would encourage you to check out his charity page and please make a donation to help raise some money for Bristol Drugs Project, as this was a cause he supported wholeheartedly.

Dave’s Justgiving.com charity page – http://www.justgiving.com/Evad/?fb_ref=fundraising-page-top&fb_source=profile_multiline

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