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A Quick Progress Update

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2012 by Mallaz

Here’s What I’m Up To

Since the whole TalkTalk debacle throwing me back into the dark ages and obviously well behind schedule my blog work has been all but non-existent. For more information relating to why nobody in the word should use TalkTalk click here – https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/due-to-talktalks-douchbagerry/

I’m not done with those fukkas quite yet however I’m holding off and waiting to see if my bill is reduced later this month as promised by one of their clueless telephone ‘tards before I kick up more fuss. I have no doubt that this matter is yet over.

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The Resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk

Earlier this year I launched my official website Mallaz.co.uk but after some issues with my webhost at the time iPage, another company who are shite when it comes to customer service, I was forced into scrapping that. Work is now underway at the reconstruction and resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk which will be your one-stop shop for all things Mallaz.

As standard my site will be the number one place to keep updated as to my live music calendar including both the events that I personally and independently organise and promote, as well as details on events involving artists that I am affiliated with.

My work is predominantly based in music as in independent events promoter and a band manager, having also formed and performed in my own (failed) band and managed a few others. The music section of Mallaz.co.uk will of course contain a blog where I prattle on about music, with live reviews, reviews of releases, local gig guide and also with added features such as Artist Spotlights (highlighting a local act for whatever reason), as well as bringing back Song of the Week, which was a regular feature on this blog until the cross-over and then untimely return from Mallaz.co.uk. Already I have a long article containing my take on several live local events as well as a review of Lost Highway, the album by Parastatic. This article is being constantly added to and the publication postponed until the rebirth of Mallaz.co.uk as I just don’t have the freedom to do everything I would like to with this free WordPress blog.

I will also be putting a lot more emphasis on the art side of my work after a recent increase in interest in my old Horrorshow Artwork project. I am willing to consider commissioned work and my rates are negotiable, however I am selective in the work I undertake, not purely down to time restraints I just don’t do anything I don’t want to (that’s why I look so good for my age). I am available for EP and Album art, so long as you’re music’s not shite, I’ve also designed logos, posters and other such crap and do have some pieces for sale, but I did knock back £300 each on the first three Horrorshow Artwork images so don’t expect me to part with any of those cheaply. The Horrorshow Artwork series is very personal to me, hence the ridiculous price. I can assure you that my prices for commissioned work are a lot less harmful to your bank balance and as I have previously stated I am open to negotiations on work that I am enthusiastic about.

Right that’s my music n art shit covered aye? Don’t forget the standard Mallaz blog though, the one where I spout my shite on all sorts of subjects. Sports a big one, I’ll probably be getting back into writing about football at some point coz that’s just not happened since my demotion back to this shit blog and also I do like a good pop at the news now and then and will be getting my vote on tomorrow for The Police and Crime Commissioner elections, seeing as this is the first time I’ve ever been registered to vote. Boom!

Creative types who would like a kushy little spot on Mallaz.co.uk should email mallaz84@yahoo.com with some details about what you do. It’s not solely down to my own creativity that I have a vested interest in the North East’s creative culture. I just love music, art, poetry, stories. I just love entertainment, creativity and originality. My official affiliates will have their own pages and/or sections on the Mallaz.co.uk website but if you are a creative sort looking for an extra platform to showcase your skills and/or have your own business and are looking for a marketing platform then I want to help you and the creative community. What have you got to lose? Email – mallaz84@yahoo.com and tell me what you’ve got to offer.

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Band Stuff Updatery

First off, as you know I’ve been managing local Funk band Gingersnap & The Style since summer and recently took the same position at a brand new Experimental Punk band Miss Danby and the What. So now I’ll tell you a bit about what’s happening with them.

Gingersnap & The Style Pile

Recently Gingersnap & The Style Pile performed at The Golden Lion in Jarrow for my associates at ToddRoxx Events after having performed at my last event, the SOLD OUT Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Excusive & Intimate).

After three months as their manager I am afraid my relationship with Gingersnap & the Style Pile has had come to an end. Instability within the band has forced two key line-up changes recently and has caused progress to stagnate. Certain members of the band seem to have lost enthusiasm and it has been agreed that this is no longer a mutually beneficial arrangement and during the time Gingersnap & The Style Pile need to reformulate their group my time could be better utilised on my current projects. Hopefully it won’t be long before Gingersnap & The Style Pile are back on their feet and I wish them the best success.

Miss Danby and the What

Miss Danby and the What are a fresh new band fronted by Bryonie Danby, who some of you may recognise from her work as a solo artist. This brand new Alternative, Experimental Punk act formed only in the summer of this year and currently have only made on live performance at The Cluny.

Listen to the live recordings of Miss Danby and the What’s debut at The Cluny on – https://soundcloud.com/mdandtw/sets/live-344

It’s still all early doors for Miss Danby and the What but in my opinion there is a great deal of potential in the group and the three current members Miss Danby, Mr Nissen and Mr Hanrahan have struck me as the type of band with a drive for success, a passion for music and most importantly a sense of fun. There is one piece of the Miss Danby and the What puzzle missing, a versatile and committed bass player.

If you’re a skilled and unattached bass player, liked what you heard on the above link and you would like opportunity to be in this cool and exciting new group with big ambition and gigs already confirmed then check out the details and how to apply for an audition through this advert – http://www.joinmyband.co.uk/classifieds/where-are-all-the-bass-playing-multi-intrumentalists-t409500.html

Miss Danby and the What’s talents know no bounds and the lack of bass player has not rendered them incapable of performing live. As well as a couple of gigs in the pipeline they already have another two confirmed. The Festive Fiasco on 19th December and Amateur Night at The Big Top on 2nd February 2013.

Check out Miss Danby and the What on – http://www.missdanby.com/

Bonsai Five present The Festive Fiasco

Wednesday 19th December 2012 – The Bridge Hotel

In the heighth of festivities in Newcastle City Centre on Wednesday 19th December, Newcastle-based Indie band Bonsai Five will take control of the upstairs function room at The Bridge Hotel to host a night of live music entitled The Festive Fiasco.

For an entry fee of only £3, which is payable on the doors which open at 8pm, you can start your Christmas celebrations early by witnessing four live bands in action.

The Festive Fiasco features; Maps Are Fiction, the hosts Bonsai Five, The Face as well as the fantastic Miss Danby and the What.

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

Saturday 2nd February 2013 – The Bridge Hotel

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top is a live music event showcasing talented independent artists from the North East. In a night of Alternative Rock music four bands; The Creep Void, Warning!, The Shake Appeal and Miss Danby and the What will be performing their individual brands of Rock & Roll. Advance tickets for Amateur Night at The Big Top are £4.00 plus booking fee and doors will be open from 7.00pm. Advance tickets will take priority however if any tickets do remain on the night entry will be permitted on the door. On the door admission may be charged more.

This event is scheduled to be my return to live music event promotion following this lengthy break to get my affairs in order. My last live music event Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) was a great success and we managed to sell out the venue.

I worked with The Shake Appeal in March this year when they performed a set at The Telegraph in Newcastle for me. I’m also familiar with a couple of members of the Creep Void too as they have attended several of my events in support of Washington-based Awkward Weed, although this will be the first time I have worked with The Creep Void on a professional basis. As things currently stand it will also be the first time I have worked with Warning!, who have come highly recommended from several sources, Miss Danby and the What (at least n the role of an event organiser) and also the very first time I will be working with Insangel, who will be performing the equipment hire and sound engineering duties at Amateur Night at The Big Top. Check out Insangel’s website on – http://www.insangel.co.uk/

For ticket sales monitoring purposes each act has its own specific ticket link to this event so if you’re a fan of Miss Danby and the What and would like to guarantee that they receive their due credit from you purchase please buy your tickets trough this link – http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/48GzRUNeeH

Tickets for all of my future events will be available at http://www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz

SOME LOCAL GIGS COMING UP

Posted in Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by Mallaz

A Few Upcoming Events

There are a few interesting live music events locally in the next week and I’m going to highlight a particular few noteworthy ones that I’ll be attending and would seriously suggest anyone and everyone else does too.

Thursday 25th October – O2 Academy Newcastle

Dan Le Sac And Friends – http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/event/45140/dan-le-sac-and-friends-tickets

First up, tomorrow (Thursday 25th October), Dan Le Sac And Friends are performing at the O2 Academy Newcastle and I have managed to help my favourite local act Big Beat Bronson secure a supporting slot.

Dan Le Sac is a highly reputed producer and DJ having collaborated with urban poet and modern day prophet Scroobius Pip on epic tracks such as Thou Shalt Always Kill and Letter From God To Man.

Big Beat Bronson have been making great progress lately and this supporting slot adds to what is already an impressive CV as their track New Me has been selected for Radio 1 airplay and will be broadcast across the country over the course of next week.

Reduced price admission at £5 is available by posting on Big Beat Bronson’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BigBeatBronson or by emailing Eliza Lawson on – elizalawsonmusic@yahoo.co.uk so it’s an absolute bargain!

Saturday 27th October – The Golden Lion, Jarrow

Alternative Evening of Jazz/Folk and Funky music……. – http://www.facebook.com/events/104664746355589/

Free live music in South Tyneside on Saturday (27th October) at The Golden Lion in Jarrow. This event is organised by ToddRoxx Events and features three live bands. Durham-based Folk Rock band Driven Serious, acoustic duo Cashmire Rocknroll and Newcastle-based Funk act Gingersnap & The Style Pile (who are currently under my management). Entry for this event is free so just turn up and enjoy some live music courtesy of ToddRoxx Events.

Wednesday 31st October – Newcastle University Union

Tim Burgess + Hatcham Social – http://www.ssdconcerts.co.uk/events/

Following the success of the publication of his autobiography earlier this year, Tim Burgess released his new solo album Oh No I Love You on October 1st on O Genesis Recordings. The album’s release has been followed by a UK tour.

Tickets are available from – http://www.ssdconcerts.co.uk/events/eventdetails/31-oct-12-tim-burgess-newcastle-university-union/

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

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVtIS2k-7k

BiG BEAT BRONSON

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9dVLxthgsU

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.

http://bigbeatbronson.co.uk/

Chattabox

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

http://killamari.bandcamp.com/album/they-call-me

They Call Me… on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGZaWHFL1x0

A Public Service Announcement

Posted in Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by Mallaz

We’re at the middle of the month and musically there’s still a lot on offer this month. Depending on where Ed Zachary you’re based and/or how far you’re willing to travel in the quest of good music then you could be in for a treat with live performances from some of my favourite acts from across the region making appearances at various venues, including BiG BEAT BRONSON headlining the last Mallaz presents… live music event, Teesside-based Head Of Light Entertainment gracing Sunderland twice and Emergency Door Release’s second EP launch party. There’s also a couple of good night’s out in Newcastle to be had.

With this blog I’ll give you the run-down on some of the musical happenings in the region that get the ‘two thumbs up’ from me. The key event of this month for me though is obviously the last live music event that I intend on organising for the foreseeable future. I have put everything in place for my final event, an exclusive ticket only affair at The Bridge Hotel headlined by Big Beat Bronson on Friday 28th September. Tickets for this event must be bought in advance and are only available from www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz

Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) at The Bridge

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/184442

After regularly running live music events in Newcastle since the beginning of the year, tickets are now available for the final Mallaz presents… event for the foreseeable future. I’ve decided to put my promotional career on hold to pursue more creative ventures and deviant misadventures.

My last live music event will be an EXCLUSIVE TICKET ONLY event held at The Bridge Hotel (map) on Friday 28th September.

Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) at The Bridge will be a TICKET ONLY event and tickets must be purchased in advance from one of the individual links at www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz where each act has a separate link with their ticket allocation so that ticket sales can be accurately monitored and acts fairly paid. No cash will be handled on the door at the venue and there will be STRICTLY NO ADMISSION WITHOUT TICKETS, which are exclusively available from www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz

Three acts will be performing at this exclusive showcase and the curtain call on Mallaz presents… live music events. They are three acts whose musical talent I hold in very high regard.

BiG BEAT BRONSON

(ticket link)

Headlining this exclusive finale is, perhaps fittingly, Newcastle’s hottest musical prospect BiG BEAT BRONSON. Before UK Hip Hop’s Dynamic Duo Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze officially joined forces with the exceptionally talented vocalist Eliza Lawson & DJ Lkp, Baron & Breeze were performing as a pairing before Eliza became involved, often appearing as a guest vocalist just as she did when Baron, Breeze and Eliza performed a set at my first official event at The Telegraph in Newcastle on Friday 3rd February.

BiG BEAT BRONSON recently released their EP entitled May Contain Nuts and sold out The O2 Academy 2 for the EP’s launch night in August. They have not only been my favourite artists to work with over this short period of time but also the act to have made the most progression. Bands have lost and replaced members, some have even split and some have simply failed to gig and have faded into obscurity, whereas BiG BEAT BRONSON have gone from strength to strength and received acclaimed reviews.

www.bigbeatbronson.co.uk

Werbeniuk

(ticket link)

Supporting BiG BEAT BRONSON are Teesside’s premier skiffletronica act Werbeniuk, a band that have a unique set-up consisting of 4 singers, 3 drummers, 2 Basses, guitar, samples and percussion. They are a gathering of 80s, 90s and 00s Teesside music scene stalwarts singing songs about sheep, nuns and vomit. Werbeniuk’s brilliantly individualistic style combines wonderful use of percussion, expertly composed rhythm and intensely clever lyrics. Described by NARC magazine as “Bonkers … batshit … brilliantly mental”, Werbeniuk’s honest approach to music makes their sound highly addictive.

www.soundcloud.com/werbeniuk

Gingersnap & The Style Pile

(ticket link)

Also in support I have Gingersnap & The Style Pile. Newcastle-based party band Gingersnap & The Style Pile play a unique fusion of Upbeat Soul, Funk and Reggae. This summer the five-piece act graced The Green Stage at Newcastle’s Community Green Festival and recently supported Teesside-based Head Of Light Entertainment in another ‘Mallaz presents…’ event at The Cluny 2, one of Newcastle’s most reputable live music venues.

www.soundcloud.com/gingersnapandthestylepile

This last ‘Mallaz presents…’ event is an EXCLUSIVE TICKET ONLY event and tickets must be purchased in advance through www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz using the individual links for each acts allocation of tickets. STRICTLY NO ADMISSION WITHOUT TICKETS.

(Individual links for each act’s ticket allocation)

BiG BEAT BRONSON – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/184442

Werbeniuk – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/185257

Gingersnap & The Style Pile – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/185256

Grapevine at The Dog & Parrot

 

Grapevine is a night of Motown, Soul, Doo-Wop and Northern Soul music hosted by four of my friends, two of who are actually former flatmates of mine, and is staged at The Dog & Parrot once a fortnight, on the first and third Friday of the month.

The next Grapevine event is on Friday 21st September and will feature classic footage on the projector wall, a hardwood dancefloor, a roof terrace, drinks offers and our incomparable selection of music – all for just £3 on the door. (Facebook Event)

Follow Grapevine at The Dog & Parrot.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grapevine-at-The-Dog-Parrot/334731726612962

Twitter – (@Grapevine_4) https://twitter.com/Grapevine_4

Head Of Light Entertainment in Sunderland Twice

Unique and quirky Teesside-based Head Of Light Entertainment began life as a solo act with just Carl Green but has now grown into a quartet with the debut of their new drummer Graeme at the latest Mallaz presents… live music event at The Cluny 2 at the arse-end of last month. Head Of Light Entertainment are an outrageously talented act combining their distinctive bouncy Head Pop with some of the most intelligent and witty lyrics that you’ll ever likely hear. I also suspect that there is more than simply tryin to progress their sound that can be attributed to Head Of Light Entertainment’s line-up steadily increasing in numbers. Along with the other two band members Simone and John, I have found them to be some of the most down-to-earth, genuine, friendly and sociable musicians I have ever met.

I would highly recommend getting down to a live Head Of Light Entertainment performance and staring at the band as they perform, even if it does mean travelling down to the land that time forgot and that’s Ed Zachary where you can catch them this month. Firstly, they perform at Sunderland’s Bar One on Thursday 20th September and secondly, the following week on Thursday 27th September, Head Of Light Entertainment will play at The Ivy House Pub in Sunderland.

I’d also urge you to invest in their two albums I Am Liberated and The English Don’t Care, the second of which may be the most expertly crafted work of art the region has produced since John Martin’s painting The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

www.headoflightentertainment.com

SubLevel2 sponsored by Redemption Clothing

On Saturday 22nd September at The Head of Steam in Newcastle is SubLevel2. They’re now sponsored by www.redemptionclothing.co.uk, as worn by yours truly. Join SubLevel2 for a night of Hip Hop, Dub and Drum & Bass from 11pm until 3am. Entry for this event is free.

Before that there is another SubLevel2 event this coming Monday (17th September). This is another free event also held at The Head of Steam. Monday night Reggae and Dub takes place between 10pm-2am.

www.sublevel2.pl

Emergency Door Release – Bowties & Butterflies EP Launch

For those seeking an evening’s entertainment for tomorrow you need look no further than The Cluny 2, where another local favourite of mine Indie Pop band Emergency Door Release host the launch of their second EP Bowties & Butterflies. Emergency Door Release only began performing live this year but in March released their debut EP, Who Are We?

(Click here for my review of Who Are We?)

Emergency Door Release will be supported by The Mojags and Greg Genre & Box Box and tickets are only £5 available from www.wegottickets.com until late tonight. Entry will then be payable on the door for those without tickets.

www.emergencydoorrelease.com

For tickets – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/177016

Hopefully these events cater for your live North East entertainment for the remainder of the month.

HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT GIG TONIGHT

Posted in Events, Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by Mallaz

Mallaz presents….

HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT at The Cluny 2

Tonight at The Cluny 2, Newcastle I bring you Teesside’s finest Alt-Pop act Head Of Light Entertainment plus support from three exceptional local acts.

Head Of Light Entertainment come up from Teesside to headline tonight’s event debuting their brand new drummer in their first outing as a four-piece. Already an exceptional band before their latest addition, this performance promises to be a historic gig n the history of Head Of Light Entertainment, who have already build a highly credible reputation on Teesside and seek to expand their reach further afield and earn the recognition they deserve.

Check them out on this LINK

Support will be provided by (in alphabetical order) Awkward Weed, Gingersnap & The Style Pile & People Making Noises.

Washington-based acoustic comedy pairing Awkward Weed have been likened a local version of Flight of the Concords and certainly made waves and instigated uncontrollable bouts of laughter during their performances at my Order 66 live music events. If you like your music with a comic twist you’ll love Awkward Weed.

Check them out on this LINK

Now under the management by yours truly, that’s me (Mallaz) in case you’re unfamiliar with that phrase, Gingersnap & The Style Pile have performed events for me on several occasions since I discovered them at The Bridge Hotel just before Christmas and dubbed them ‘Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band’ due to their funky sound and the upbeat vide they create with each and every performance. In recent times they have performed at Newcastle’s Community Green Festival on the main stage and supported the legendary BiG BEAT BRONSON in July at Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON, BBB’s first live performance under their new name, a gig that all but sold out.  Gingersnap & The Style Pile will also debut a new member with Dan replacing Andy in their wind section. Expect Funky sounds and dancing crowds as standard with The Style Pile.

Check them out on this LINK

Last but not least by any means, South Tyneside-based People Making Noises will be not only debuting a new band member but will be gracing the stage as a group for the very first time. Having heard their recordings and being impressed I had no qualms recruiting them for this event and providing them with this opportunity. However due to never actually seeing them perform live, People Making Noises could be classed as tonight’s wildcard and in my opinion, you should always keep an open mind to new music.

Check them out on this LINK

Tickets for this event are no longer available online so on the door entry is charged at £4 payable in cash. If you did purchase online tickets, please DO NOT FORGET to bring the reference number that you were provided upon buying the ticket/s. Failure to provide the required reference number could result in being charged door price for admission or refused entry.

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT LISTING ON THE CLUNY’S WEBSITE

Announcements of my next live music event will be made tomorrow on this blog until I rectify my current issues with Mallaz.co.uk

Hopefully see you all tonight.

Introducing Mallaz.co.uk

Posted in Football, General Gobshiting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by Mallaz

For those wondering why I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front, here’s what I’ve been up to.

Get yourself over to mallaz.co.uk

My all new music, art and media based website is now up and running online.

Check out my first news item introducing the site on – http://mallaz.co.uk/news/boom/ and also my Happy Mondays + Inspiral Carpets live at O2 Academy Newcastle form last wek.

God Made It Easy On Me

This site will now become redundant so get over to the new official website and I will be moving all my future gobshiting over to mallaz.co.uk for all future shenanigans.

Like the second Death Star, mallaz.co.uk is still under construction, but it’s weapons systems are quite operational. Stand by for more Mallaz bull-shit relating to music reviews, recommendations, events, art, media ramblings and just down-right nonsense!

Check out my take on the Happy Mondays reunion gig at the O2 Academy Newcastle last Thursday to get you started while I complete the final additions to the new site

Phase two has now begun….

TODAY’S BETTING TIP

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

SCORES WHEN HE WANTS!!!

If memory serves me right I got last weeks betting tip correct.  Just a quick one today as I’m running well late and about to set off for the Newcastle United v Manchester City, the game which my tip this week is for.

Get £10 on Newcastle‘s Papiss Cisse to score at any time at odds of 21/10.

With Paddy Power, £10 will pay £31.00.

I’ll work out my total scores later, when more time is on my hands.

SCRAPPING WITH DOORMEN, MONDAYS ON THURSDAY + THE MENU FOR MAY (REVIEWS, RECOMMENDATIONS + GIG GUIDE)

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music, Music Events Guides, Music Recommendations, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Mallaz

A new week brings stories of the weekend and also the end of the month brings my usual guide to music events that you should be getting yourselves too.  So I’ll bash all that in together because not only did I have a pretty interesting weekend, there’s some pretty promising shit going on for me in May.

Saturday night I was at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead for SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow present: The Warehouse Party and an eventful evening it was.

On arrival I was greeted with the amusing sight of Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson all in matching onesies and on roller skates.  They performed to their usual high standard with their high-octane shenanigans.  Always a winner in my book, entertainment guaranteed.  That’s why I’ve got Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson headlining a gig at Newcastle’s Cluny 2 on Saturday 7th July, with support from Ginger Snap & The Style Pile plus others to be confirmed.  Further details of that will follow in the very near future so watch this space.

And speaking of space…

You might as well go over to http://baronvonalias.bandcamp.com/album/brace-for-the-impact-ep-2 and download their epic EP ‘Brace For The Impact’.  It’ll cost a mere £1.79, so is a proper bargain.  Check out the video for the track ‘Impact’ and marvel at the comic genius that is Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson!

Baron, Breeze & Eliza – Impact

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

Impact was the track that stood out for me on Saturday as it’s becoming one of my favourites and is always performed in energetic fashion live.

Another of the local Hip Hop crowd who made an impression on Saturday was Rex Regis.  I’ve seen Rex perform once before at SubLevel2 but this time he seemed to have a lot more oomph about him.  More enthusiasm in his performance and I enjoyed his set.  Get on Rex Regis and check him out on these links;

http://www.reverbnation.com/rexregisuk

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rex-Regis-ArtistDj/167602376627221

I was also impressed with the flair that SubLevel2 MC J-Man uses to work the crowd and build the hype.  I fukkin love that dude!  He’s apparently gonna be accompanying L87 during his DJ set at Order 66 at The Telegraph this Friday but I’ll come on to that in a bit.  L87 and Pegz were among the DJs playing at The Warehouse Party, although by the time they were playing I was absolutely twatted!

J-Man & Me

It was a quality night and the music wasn’t the only action for little old me, although I have absolutely no memory of the story to follow, from what I’m told I’m completely blameless in the situation…

The story as told to me goes something like this; Sam Warren aka L87 of SubLevel2 and one of the organisers of the event is a mate of mine and the intention was to head back to his.  Between Sam seeing me at the bar and calling me down to see him this muppet bouncer has intervened and accosted me for the old closing time eviction.

The ignorant prick wouldn’t listen to me when I explained that I was with Sam and he became a little bit hostile and proceeded to manhandle me.  As always, due to natural instincts I am unwilling to control, when some knob-ed puts his manky fukkin mitts on me in an aggressive fashion I smack the twat.

So I cracked the bouncer in the mouth apparently, but remember it was him who introduced the violence into the situation when he started being the hard-man and pushing me about.  Well him being a meat-heed bouncer and me being a skinny dick-head, he decked me and was supposedly rough-housing me while I was down until good old Rudas stepped in and persuaded the bell-end bouncer to allow him to escort me from said premises without the use of unwarranted aggression and a touch of the old violent.

At some point during the altercation with this cock-sucking, roid-fuelled meat-heed I lost my fukkin awesome green bucket hat!  What an absolute fukkin cunt!  That’s two awesome bucket hats I’ve lost this year already!  So anyone in the fashion industry, I’ll happily negotiate an endorsement deal for a box full of bucket hats.  I look fukkin awesome in a bucket hat; it’d be a wise investment.

Lost me fukkin hat!!!

I’m currently clinging to the slim possibility that my hat has been handed in at the skate park and that I will one day see its safe return.  Fuck the graze and bump on me heed and the little scratch on me knee, I never felt those happen.  I just want me fukkin hat back!  It’s my favourite hat!

Aside from said knob-ed bouncer though, it was a fukkin class night and if you missed it I’ve got no sympathy for you as you woefully weep like a bitch in your bedroom tugging away at your blistered penis.  Just saying…

http://sublevel2.pl/

Anyway I’m close to recovered from the weekend and looking forward to May kicking off.  I’ve got two events lined up in May with some very exciting artists that I’m really looking forward to seeing perform live for the first time.  Plus…

I’M GOING TO SEE THE FUKKIN HAPPY MONDAYS LIVE!!!

HAPPY MONDAYS + INSPIRAL CARPETS!!!

God made it easy on me…

Well my dad did when he bought me my ticket for Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Thursday 3rd May for my birthday.  It’s gonna be “double double good!”  I can’t fukkin wait!

I seen Shaun Ryder and his band perform live at The Riverside in Newcastle in May last year and it was one of the best nights of my life.  I never thought that I’d get to see the Mondays’ original line-up but it’s fukkin happening!  I got a ticket for The Stone Roses in Manchester in the summer too but than in no way shape or form can top the Happy Mondays!!!

I spoke to Rowetta on Twitter a few days ago (that proper made my day!).  Besides being an epic vocalist, she’s a lovely woman too.  She wasn’t giving a lot away though, but she did say, “There will be something from Yes Please but the set will be a surprise x” which is, according to Shaun Ryder’s autobiography ‘Twisting My Melon’ his least favourite of the Happy Mondays albums.  However, I quite like a few of the tracks on there.  I even wanted my old band to cover ‘Sunshine and Love’, but their negativity ruled out that possibility because we didn’t have keys.  Fuck them.

Here’s a video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoP9QnRc89k

God made it easy on me...

However it was ‘Stinkin Thinkin’ or ‘Monkey in the Family’ that I asked Rowetta for.  Because I’m a greedy bastard, I also asked if ‘God’s Cop’, ‘Loose Fit’ and ‘Wrote For Luck’ and Rowetta told me that I won’t be disappointed.  Stating the obvious there I think, Happy Mondays are my favourite band of all time!

Here’s a couple more videos of the Happy Mondays just because I’m proper buzzing that I’ll be seeing them live in a matter of days!

Monkey in the Familyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIPPtLB41_Y

Loose Fithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cFGFiaWwxw

Get following the Happy Mondays and Rowetta on Twitter.

@Happy_Mondays 

@Rowetta 

ORDER 66

The first of my two events during May is Order 66 at The Telegraph, behind Newcastle’s Central Station, and will be held this week on Friday 4th May.  Obviously I like all of the music that’ll be getting played but there’s two that have seemingly generated some interest from people I’ve spoken to.  Peculiar Disco Moves and Cerebral Scars have attracted some very promising feedback.  Here’s a couple of videos from these two acts two wet your whistle.

Peculiar Disco Moves – Mr X (live)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4s9_QRCz1I

Cerebral Scars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o96j6RSCFaw

There’s also plenty to get excited about with the other acts involved to.  Check out all of the artists involved on these links;

Peculiar Disco Moves

http://www.facebook.com/peculiardiscomoves

Honey Chrome

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

Emergency Door Release

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Cerebral Scars

http://www.youtube.com/user/CSworkz

Clint

http://www.facebook.com/official.clint

Double D

http://www.facebook.com/DoubleDMusic

and SubLevel2

L87 & J-Man

http://soundcloud.com/l87

http://j-man-newcastle.bandcamp.com/

http://sublevel2.pl/

Check out the Facebook event for Order 66.  Seven acts, running until 2am, for only £4.  Winner!

http://www.facebook.com/events/218606574907062/

THE TROLL AT THE BRIDGE

Following Order 66, on Saturday 19th May at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle I’m hosting The Troll at The Bridge.  For only £3 entry on the door you can catch four live bands.  Check out Honey Chrome, Artisam, Emergency Door Release and Downtown Lester Brown on the following links;

HONEY CHROME http://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychrome/163839323697264 Extreme Fusion

EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease Indie Pop Rock

ARTISAM http://www.facebook.com/pages/ARTISAM/122829691064495 Alternative

DOWNTOWN LESTER BROWN http://www.facebook.com/downtownlesterbrownmusic Alternative Funk-Rock

Doors open at 7.30pm.  Here’s the link to the Facebook event too – http://www.facebook.com/events/212146425556581/

Right, well I was gonna go and prattle on about what certain artists are up to this month but then I thought, “Fuck it, I’m not getting paid shit for this!

So instead I’m gonna briefly mention some shit and move on to the May gig guide after naming my Song of the Week.

Honey Chrome

I’m currently helping Honey Chrome with promotion as I believe their Mind-Fuck Music for the Criminally Insane is quite frankly nothing short of genius.  Here’s a track to get you going before I give you a quick briefing of what they’re up to in May.

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U (live)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR-2nIcDcU0

Now that you’ve had your introduction to their madness I’ll tell you what they’re doing.  They’re playing both Order 66 on 4th May and The Troll at The Bridge on 19th.  They’ll also be playing at The Blyth and Tyne Battle of the Bands on 31st, but I don’t know much about that.

They’ve also been doing some of that recording malarkey so expect some epic releases to follow.  Keep up to date with Honey Chrome on their website or Facebook page.

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

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

One of my previous musical recommendations, Emergency Door Release, continue their rise in the North East music scene with a bank holiday weekend bonanza that includes three live performances and some brand spanking new tracks.  They’re gigging first at The Troll at The Bridge on the 4th and then also have gigs the following two days.  Check out this link for details of Emergency Door Releases live schedule and to hear their music.

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease/app_178091127385

Head Of Light Entertainment

SONG OF THE WEEK

I may as well fuse my Song of the Week with a musical recommendation because this next act was recently brought to my attention and I love them!

Head Of Light Entertainment are an excellent three-piece acoustic act from Teesside.  Their sound is a brilliantly off-beat, quirky and downright strange stroke of genius.  The lyrical content is intelligent, witty and delivered in spectacular fashion.

My Song of the Week is;

Head Of Light Entertainment – What Must You Think Of Me?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN1wket-QDA

Head Of Light Entertainment are; Carl Green on vocals and guitar, Simone Silivistris on vocals and keyboard and bass and percussion man, John Taylor.  They are also about to release their second album ‘The English Don’t Care’ due out on Monday 7th May.

http://www.amazon.com/The-English-Dont-Care/dp/B007U3P7X0

Check of Head Of Light Entertainment’s website and like their Facebook page on these links.

http://www.headoflightentertainment.com/#/blog

http://www.facebook.com/headoflightentertainment

Now onto the gig guide…

THE CALENDER

Tonight, Tuesday 1st

LYXX with The Erotics – Black Bull, Gateshead.  Tickets £4.

http://www.facebook.com/events/179454685497687/

tickets – http://www.seetickets.com/Event/THE-EROTICS/The-Black-Bull/620364

Thursday 3rd

Happy Mondays + Inspiral Carpets – O2 Academy Newcastle.  Tickets £35.

http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/event/37894/happy-mondays-tickets

Happy Mondays Official Aftershow Party: ‘Bez’ PA & DJ Set – O2 Academy 2 Newcastle.  Tickets £6.

http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/event/41197/happy-mondays-official-aftershow-party-bez-pa-and–tickets

Friday 4th

ORDER 66 – The Telegraph, Newcastle.  £4 entry on the door.

http://www.facebook.com/events/218606574907062/

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Saturday 5th

Tynemouth Fake Festival – Percy Park Rugby Club, North Shields.  Tickets from £17.50.

http://www.fakefestivals.co.uk/festival-details.html?festival_id=98

Crookfest – Crook Town AFC.  Tickets £10.

http://crookfest.moonfruit.com/#/saturday/4552895302

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Sunday 6th

Lionfest Round 2 – The Golden Lion, Jarrow.  Free entry.

http://www.facebook.com/events/426910064001919/

Crookfest – Crook Town AFC.  Tickets £10.

http://crookfest.moonfruit.com/#/sunday/4552986353

Steve Cooke with Andy X live – The Park Hotel, Middlesbrough.  Free entry.

http://www.facebook.com/events/200109336769044/

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Thursday 10th

Frankie and the Heartstrings live – W34, Hoults Yard, Newcastle.  Tickets £7.

http://www.facebook.com/events/226042917501949/

Steve Cooke with Andy X live – Crown & Anchor, Redcar.

http://www.facebook.com/events/318712754868315/

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Friday 11th

Oscillations – Some Might Call It Krautrock – Bar Loco, Newcastle.  Free entry.

http://www.facebook.com/events/209557682481195/

Rick Fury Presents… ‘Fist of Fury Live’ – Cluny 2, Newcastle.  Tickets £5.

http://www.facebook.com/events/241804342584411/

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Saturday 12th

The Time Travellers Ball, Green Festival Launch Party & Fundraiser – Northumbria Students’ Union, Newcastle.  Tickets £10.

http://www.facebook.com/events/303378273067291/

Saturday 19th

THE TROLL at THE BRIDGE – The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.  £3 entry on the door.

http://www.facebook.com/events/212146425556581/

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Friday 25th

Werbeniuk + Frozen Rope + Indigo Child – The Sun Inn, Stockton-on-Tees.

http://www.facebook.com/events/413968841960536/

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Saturday 26th

Milk The Cow presents: 2 Bad Mice + Submerse + Radgepackets + support – The Globe, Newcastle.  Tickets £8.

http://www.facebook.com/events/347497038621521/

tickets – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/162837

Well that’s everything out the way for now like.  Follow me on Twitter.

@Mallaz84  

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!

Follow me on Twitter ( @Mallaz84 )

OLD SKOOL SOUTH SHIELDS HIP HOP, STEVE COOKE, EASTER EGGS + THE JEDI PURGE

Posted in Events, Music, Music Recommendations, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by Mallaz

For those of you who’ve been thinking that I haven’t been writing as regularly as I usually do, that’s because I’ve been busy doing shit that doesn’t concern you.  I’ve been a bit lax on the writing front.  So in this blog, I’m gonna do a review and a music recommendation.  I’m also going to start doing a Song of the Week.  After that, if I can be arsed, I might get round to telling you what kinda shite I’ve been doing lately.  At some point I’ll also display some of the photos from my latest live music event, The Egg, from Easter weekend.

REVIEW

Dialect – Dialect

Dialect’s self titled debut album, originally released in 2007, was re-released last weekend (I think…) on Killamari Records.  This album was my first taste of not only North East Hip Hop, but UK Hip Hop as a whole, so I think it deserves a mention.  Originally brought out in 2007, this album contains some remarkable tracks, some timeless North East Hip Hop classics in my opinion.

Dialect is a fitting introduction to North East Hip Hop for those who have never tried it yet.  For me this album doesn’t grow old.  My favourite track on the album, ‘Sick in the Head’ brings back memories of the Green Festival at Leazes Park in 2007, where Dialect performed on the main stage.  Check out the video of them performing ‘Sick in the Head’ on the following link and listen out for Chattabox’s shout out to me at the very end.  ‘Sick in the Head’ is a dark and twisted song, the chorus is extremely catchy and the local accents prominent.

Dialect – Sick in the Head 

One of the other stand-out tracks from this album, at least in my opinion, is ‘Back to School’, a track with some incredibly potent lyrics.  Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the strongest example of North East Hip Hop these days but this album is five years old.  There are some cracking tracks with cool beats and some intelligent lyrics, but referring to South Shields as a ghetto doesn’t really wash with me.  I spent some time living in Shields during my ten year nomad period and two of the plushest pads I dwelled in during that time were in Shields.  However, this album does have nostalgic appeal for those who heard it first time round and will appeal to UK Hip Hop fans who may have not heard it; the re-release was a smart move.  The lads of Dialect were a lot younger when this album was originally released and have gone on to other things.  Chattabox is now based in Bristol and in Three Kings HighRick Fury is now a regular at SubLevel2 and his latest solo album ‘Fist of Fury’ was released in February also on Killamari Records.

Dialect – Dialect

Genre

Hip Hop

Release

(online) Sunday 15th April 2012 (original release 2007)

http://killamari.bandcamp.com/album/dialect

Track List

1 – Intro

2 – Laygate to Vegas

3 – I’m Gonna

4 – Orchestrate (ft. Glass Onion)

5 – Aye Aye

6 – Sick in the Head

7 – Give It Up

8 – Autumn (skit)

9 – Everytime

10 – Back to School

11 – Serious

12 – Question (skit)

13 – Take It Back

14 – Got To Do Something

15 – Aim High (skit)

16 – Let Ya Self Go

17 – A Life in the Day Of (ft. Beth Whilmhirst)

SUBLEVEL2

As I mentioned just before, Rick Fury is a regular performer at SubLevel2 events.  The next SubLevel2 event is this weekend, Saturday 28th April.

SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow present: The Warehouse Party is to be held at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead, running from 7.30pm until 3am, and tickets can be bought for £5 on this link;

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

It will cost more on the door so make sure you order your tickets before Saturday.

The Warehouse Party will feature performances from some of my previous musical recommendations, such as; Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson and Brotha Priah, as well as Rick Fury and Rex Regis among others.  L87, who is playing at my next event Order 66, will also be one of the DJs performing a set on the night.  Check out the Warehouse Party’s Facebook event for more details.

Warehouse Party Facebook Event 

The SubLevel2 crew have also been increasing their online presence and have recently sorted out a website.  Check that out and also like their Facebook page and get following them on Twitter so that you can be constantly kept in the loop.

http://sublevel2.co.uk/

SubLevel2 on Facebook 

SubLevel2 on Twitter (@SubLevel2) 

ORDER 66

My next live music event is Order 66, held at The Telegraph on Orchard Street, behind Newcastle’s Central Station, on Friday 4th May.  I only realised the Star Wars connection to the date after I’d named the event, May the 4th be with you…?  Yup, it was purely by chance.  Unless it was my nerdy subconscious playing it’s part.

Doors for Order 66 will open at 7.30pm, with the first act on at 8pm, and the night will run until 2am.  Seven local artists will perform over the course of the night and entry is charged at a paltry £4 on the door.  Check out the Facebook event for Order 66 on this next link, confirm you’re coming and invite your friends and/or known associates.

http://www.facebook.com/events/218606574907062/

The artists performing at Order 66 are;

Peculiar Disco Moves

http://www.facebook.com/peculiardiscomoves

Honey Chrome

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

Emergency Door Release

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Cerebral Scars

http://www.youtube.com/user/CSworkz

Clint

http://www.facebook.com/official.clint

Double D

http://www.facebook.com/DoubleDMusic

and L87 (of SubLevel2)

http://soundcloud.com/l87

I have worked with Honey Chrome, Emergency Door Release and L87 in the past and would highly recommend them to other promoters.  This will be the first time I have worked with the rest of the artists involved and I am really looking forward to doing so.  As always, I have carefully selected the artists involved and each of them really appeal to my varied musical tastes.

So Order 66 is not to be missed!

THE EGG

My last event, The Egg, was held on Saturday 7th April at The Telegraph.

The Egg was my most successful event to date and also fell on Easter weekend, the weekend after my birthday.  I have the photos uploaded to my Facebook profile and most of the videos are uploaded onto my YouTube channel.

The Egg (photos) 

My YouTube Channel 

There’s also been an independent review of The Egg, written by Joel Damien Haggerty.

http://whenthebeatcomesin.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/baron-von-alias-and-mr.html

It’s another positive review however it does seem a bit half-arsed.  He doesn’t even get the names of the bands he mentions in the review right.  Parastatic are referred to as “Paradelcia”, where he’s getting that from God only knows.  He also refers to Ginger Snap & The Style Pile as “Ginger Jo and the Style Pile”.  He even gets the date wrong, stating Saturday was the 8th of April.  But a review is a review, it is positive and my hard work isn’t going unnoticed.  Although the two reviews I have had so far (my two most recent events) have been of a far inferior quality to the reviews I have written in the past.  I should be getting fukkin paid!

Baiqian Jiang

Red Shoes Dance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uqutt_aJm0

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud 

Artisam

Ascension & No Matter How Much – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QegI3k3NTUo

Artisam on Facebook 

Parastatic

Like a Fraud – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsKVcTH1SxE

Parastatic on Facebook 

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Comfort in the Truth – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZeAWf98hS4

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook 

Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson

Impact – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zgcuLIWPWc

Baron on Facebook 

Breeze on Facebook 

Eliza on Facebook 

Brotha Priah

Happy Birthday Mallaz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3sgdLfQnu0

Brotha Priah on YouTube 

Greenline DJ

The Egg – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De2esrO2DRA

Greenline DJ on Facebook 

Photography and videos by Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography.

Right so that’s a review, plugged two events, recapped The Egg with photographs and videos, plus that half-arsed review.  What’s next?

RECOMMENDATION

I have got a few music recommendations to write up but I’m getting pretty bored of writing with this one now so I’m gonna stick to just the one recommendation for now.  This artist came to my attention after he contacted me looking for gigs in Newcastle.  As soon as I heard his work I offered him a slot at one of my Telegraph gigs.  His music is fukkin fantastic and he seems like a very interesting character.

Steve Cooke

Since Stockton on Tees-based solo artist Steve Cooke contact me and sent me the link to ‘Scorpion Farm’ I have been totally addicted to his music.  His sound is unique and refreshing and has made an impact on me equal to that made by Peculiar Disco Moves.

Steve Cooke’s funky, new wave, electronic protest music is something of a revelation.  The lyrical content of his songs is nothing short of genius at times and the composition of his music incredible.  He creates an excellent punky vibe within his music and delivers his vocals with impressive attitude.

One of my favourite Steve Cooke tracks is ‘You Blister My Paint’.  I just can’t get enough of it.  It has a wonderful Acid Jazz feel to it and I love the percussion noises in the back ground.  The words to ‘You Blister My Paint’ are adapted from a poem by David Bateman and the chorus is brilliantly infectious.

As if his music wasn’t unique enough, Steve Cooke adds even more individuality to his act with the use of a keytar.  I’m not even sure if I’ve seen one of those in real life!

I’m really looking forward to Steve playing for me in June and hope to catch him playing at some point before that.  Check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube to keep bang up to date with Steve Cooke and what he’s doing.  He’s already well known on the Teesside music scene and I expect him to make himself a presence up in Newcastle in the not so distant future.

Steve Cooke on Facebook 

Steve Cooke on Twitter (@steve_cooke) 

Steve Cooke on Soundcloud 

Steve Cooke on YouTube 

SONG OF THE WEEK

As I said at the start, I’m gonna be doing a Song of the Week.  This can be any song I feel like and will usually be the song I have listened to most within the last week.  I’ll also try to do this on a Monday in future.  But this week I’m gonna go for this;

Gorillaz – Stylo 

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