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DUE TO TALKTALK’S DOUCHBAGERRY…

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2012 by Mallaz

Recently My Blog’s Been on the Back Burner!

FUCK TALKTALK!!!

Obviously over the course of the last month or so my internet “provider” TalkTalk has left me in the dark ages over the course of the aforementioned period of time. After being left without a functional internet connection for a couple of weeks while TalkShit had made me repeatedly read through useless information (information that is actually displayed on the website and information that in no way helped identify the cause of the problems with my internet connection). Are you with me so far? Or has the repetitive on-hold song become so fukkin tedious that you’ve hung up?

What it was that had actually caused the problems to my internet connection with TalkTalk was work being carried out on a telephone pole directly next to my place. During the process of this maintenance, those aforementioned engineers had totally dropped a bollock. I had suspected that this due to what would normally be an overheard line lying across my back garden as though it was attempting to top up its tan. In other words, when I reported the problem to TalkShit I actually told them the cause of the exact cause of the problem within that initial contact. What followed that was comical at best, hilarious from a neutral point of view but not when it’s happening to you.

After I had initially reported the problem over a followed by of having intermitting internet connection and being made to switch things off n on n off n on again and then having to dig out the little screwdrivers to clart about with the box to see (shock, horror) no improvement, the internet connection that I had been sporadically receiving over those few days just packed in all together.

Yet another telephone call to re-report the problem and to find out the status was now on repair. TalkTalk had decided they should actually bother to send out an engineer. So, after four days of no internet connection at all and drawing ever closer to a full month since the situation began, TalkShit finally get their fingers out their hoops and send out an engineer.

The engineer had to be getting paid by the hour judging the time it took from TalkShit “sending” him until the point that my connection came back. However, during this entire fiasco I have only managed to physically speak to one person from TalkShit who has “assured” me that I will be compensated for the time that my internet connection has been down. Well I fukkin hope so!

I’ve currently only got a couple of months left on my TalkTalk contract and after various discussions with a wide range of people that I know, it seems these shenanigans aren’t a one-off or even a rarity with TalkTalk, they’re reputation is shambolic. I’ve been given information and details relating to other broadband providers who provide their services without such ignorance and lack of respect to customers. As things currently stand I have no desire to stick with TalkShit thanks to the time they’ve cost me over this last five or so weeks, and we all know time is money. During one of the (many pointless) discussions with TalkShit advisers I was informed that they would reduce my bills as an apology for this ridiculous standard of customer service, which is frankly disgusting, and I fully expect these changes to my bill to be in force when they next start demanding payment for their “services provided” in the next couple of weeks.

This isn’t the last I’ve got to say on these work shy scabby bastards though, so expert to witness the finer details of this customer services catastrophical fuck up to be broadcast and not before too long.

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MUSIC

Obviously for those of who remember that I’m in the business of music will be wondering what’s going on seeing as I haven’t been spewing my shite about that artistic format that we all know and love as often as I would have been, yet at the same time haven’t been running any live music events since ‘Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) back in September.

Well the TalkTalk twattery hindered the publications of a few articles early in October and in turn has had me running around chasing my tail, far behind schedule in what has become an increasingly hectic period of my existence. I had written a couple of live music reviews from early in October when the TalkShit troubles began so have been adding to that article as and when I’ve managed to get out and make appearance at gigs and things.

I’m currently updating and editing that information to assure it is all correct at the time of going to publication. I have made it to some outstanding events this month and will soon publish an article relation those recent events and the once mentioned here so far, but that will all most likely be published on Mallaz.co.uk as I am now in the process of rebuilding it. This article will include my review of Lost Highway, the debut album by one of my local favourite groups Parastatic. If you’re too impatient to wait for my words (or think that they’re just bullshit anyway) feel free to form your own opinion and/or buy Lost Highway here – http://104records.bandcamp.com/album/lost-highway-3

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Miss Danby and The What

I’m very proud to announce that recently I have been acquired by a very impressive local band by the name of Miss Danby and the What in the role of their manager. The band formed in the summer of this year and made their debut soon after in an impressive set at The Cluny in Newcastle. Miss Danby has an incredible, unique vocal talent and there is a cool Experimental Punk element to their sound provide by the rest of the What. This band definitely has the ability to set themselves apart from the crowd.

Although it is still very early days with Miss Danby and the What I do believe that they are a band worth the time and effort and the hard work that I pour into every challenge that I am enthusiastic about. I couldn’t be more genuine in saying that Miss Danby and the What have the drive and ambition to make big things happen and are very much a band that I am exciting to have the opportunity to build a good working relationship with.

Currently though, a slight stumbling block for Miss Danby and the What is their need for a new bass player. If you want to join an Experimental Punk band fronted by an exceptionally cool and talented young singer/songwriter and you have ambition, are dedicated and versatile then this could be the role for you.

Check out the details and specifications in this advert http://www.joinmyband.co.uk/classifieds/where-are-all-the-bass-playing-multi-intrumentalists-t409500.html and if you feel that you’re the person for the job…. Well get the reply in there quick and do us all proud!

Check out Miss Danby and the What’s website – http://www.missdanby.com/

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Miss Danby and the What Gig Dates

Wed 19th Dec 2012 –The Bridge Hotel

Bonsai Five presents THE FESTIVE FIASCO

(w/ Maps Are Fiction, Bonsai Five and The Face)

Doors open 8.00pm

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 – The Bridge Hotel

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Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

(w/ The Creep Void, The Shake Appeal and Warning!)

Adv. Tickets £4.00 (+b/fee)

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

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My Next Currently Confirmed Event

Yeah, it’s been a while since my sell-out at The Bright Hotel that showcased the outstanding BiG BEAT BRONSON performing with a full live backing band in what was, by all purposes, intended on being the last event run by me. It was a very successful event and the things that have happened since that event have changed my perception on a lot of matters in life.

Instead of just jacking it in completely to focus on other ventures I have been urged by several different careers advisers to head down the route of self employment in music and arts based business. It was an idea that I had been put off from following the fiasco of working with certain acts who failed to contribute anything to the scene and atmosphere that I was WORKING towards. The majority were DJs, along with a good handful of bands have fallen far short of expectations, however I’ve not slept since Sunday and this part of my blog is to inform you….

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

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

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 – The Bridge Hotel (map)

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

(w/ The Creep Void, The Shake Appeal and Warning!)

Doors open 7.00pm – Adv tickets £4.00 (+b/fee) from – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

The first event that I had (notice had…?) fully confirmed and booked for 2013 is named Amateur Night at The Big Top and will be held at the trusty The Bridge Hotel on Castle Garth, Newcastle on Saturday 2nd February 2013. Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top combines four highly-talented, well-respected and unsigned local Rock & Roll bands.

Doors will be open from 7.00pm. Advance tickets are available for £4.00 (plus booking fee) and on the door entry may be charged extra, quite possibly to the tune of a straight fiver.

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

**This event was fully confirmed until last week when Kraken Sound (the hire firm providing the sound equipment and engineers) decided that they no longer wanted to work the sound for Amateur Night at The Big Top due to the artists being involved being Rock bands. This has proved an irritant as pay-out structures for the artists and people involved were calculated on the basis of the equipment and sound engineering costing the price Kraken Sound had quoted me. The only slight positive that I can take from this turn of events is that I have three months to procure a replacement whose rice does not affect the total expenditure of the event, otherwise I could sell this event out yet still lose part of my investment capital**

The Four bands listed for Amateur Night at The Big Top are;

 

Miss Danby and the What

The newest of the four unsigned bands that will grace the stage at The Bridge Hotel is Miss Danby and the What, who formed this summer and made a great impression in their debut performance at The Cluny some short time after. It was a performance that spurred this NARC review;

“Support act Miss Danby and The What, performing live for the first time, were a new find. Danby’s vocals are at once sweet and harsh – like sandpaper dipped in dairy milk, only a lot more pleasant – which the band underpinned with a Lynchian score by virtue of a near fatal dose of reverb.”

As mentioned before, I now work with Miss Danby and the What as their manager so I’m confident that they will take this opportunity to impress everyone that is in attendance to the same extent that they’ve impressed me.

http://www.missdanby.com/

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The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal actually performed at my second entirely independent live music event at The Telegraph in March this year and left a lasting impression. I originally booked The Shake Appeal on the recommendation of a couple unconnected people and I am really fond of their music, which has at times seen the South-Tyneside based Alternative Rock group likened to Be Your Own Pet and Rapture.

The Shake Appeal are the only of the four acts to be performing at Amateur Night at The Big Top and I am confident that they will add to the sociable atmosphere that I am hoping to create. In fact I am in regular contact with Phil Morgan, the bass player in The Shake Appeal, and his other group People Making Noises performed an event for me at the end of August at Mallaz presents… Head Of Light Entertainment at The Cluny 2.

From the information currently at my disposal, The Shake Appeal will next be performing live on Thursday 29th November at The Dog & Parrot through Something Else Promotions. Stay tuned to The Shake Appeal on their website for further developments and more details relating to upcoming events.

http://www.theshakeappeal.co.uk/

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The Creep Void

The Creep Void are an act that will have no trouble integrating themselves into the social element of what I am creating in North East music. Several members of The Creep Void have been in the audience of some of my previous live music events, actually supporting the local music scene. That’s something I think should be seen more often. So that’s a positive working in the favour of The Creep Void before I even start on their music.

The Washington/Gateshead Alt Rock band have been together since April last year and have a list of influences longer than a Scouser’s charge sheet. In December they will release the album Apotheosis which will then be followed by the video for the single Not For God’s Sake in January.

The Creep Void Album Launch for Apotheosis will be help at Plugged Inn in Sunderland on 1st December and features support from; One Man Revival, Awkward Weed, People Making Noises, Scarlet Conviction and Indigo Vertebrae. You get all of this for the sake of on poxy quid? Bargain!

https://soundcloud.com/thecreepvoid

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Warning!

Warning! are a Gateshead-based, three-piece, Alternative, Rock band that have been drawn to my attention after several glimmering recommendations from within the North East music scene, making Warning! an act that I have very high expectations of.

Warning! have been a staple fixture within the North East music scene since 2009 and since then have being going from strength to strength since. Their next live performance is at The Indigo Rooms in Sunderland on 17th November. Unfortunately I currently have no further information regarding times or prices for that event s you may need to find to find that out for yourself.

On BBC Newcastle, Nick Roberts had this to say about Warning!, “There are a lot of rock bands knocking about at the minute … A lot of them aren’t very good … These guys are an exception”

https://soundcloud.com/warning-1

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What Next???

Well as I mentioned earlier in this blog I have an article relation to the musical exploits I have witnessed since the beginning or October, however due to TalkTalk metaphorically sodomising I have missed the boat on the majority of the gig reviews and most importantly Parastatic’s album review. The publication of any more reviews and such has been sidelined due to the ever pressing need to reconstruct my Death Star Mallaz.co.uk

Unfortunately this free WordPress blog limits functionality and I am increasingly finding that it’s incapable of performing certain duties. The need for total freedom only available though having my own website has been intensified recently due to the fact that Facebook now want paid for events to be made entirely available. I was already losing patience with Facebook as it is but if it keeps heading down this path it shall soon render itself redundant. I could witness Facebook die its horrible slow and painful death while feeling not a shadow of remorse.

I’ve been saying t a long time to musicians, Facebook does not constitute a worthwhile internet presence. For music you would be better off using Soundcloud or Bandcamp to quickly name a couple or you can even find several bog providers that could more useful than Facebook. A Facebook page IS NOT A WEBSITE although too many acts seem to think a Facebook is just as good. In my opinion, if a band takes itself seriously then they should have a website. If a website is above your budget then set up a free blog and use that and/or Soundcloud as your online visitors’ main port of call. Websites, bogs and Soundcloud are accessible by anyone without them having to create an account to hear your music yet also offer an incredibly easy option to link to all of your other online profiles. But Facebook is dying it’s death now, think about it!

Artists/Bands/Musicians prioritise getting a website! That’s a bit of FREE advice for you!

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Back in Business

Posted in General Gobshiting with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by Mallaz

Thanks to the absolute fukkin incompetence of TalkTalk I’ve been living in the dark ages with no internet for almost two weeks so now I’m well behind with all of my online shenanigans and am now having to play catch up like a twat. Obviously I’m well pissed off at TalkTalk and the level of customer service I received over the course of this issue was fukkin laughable! Being well behind schedule now I’ll have to get into these cunts at some point this week. It’s not a matter that I’ll just let slide though, these pricks have seriously fucked me about!

 This is just a quick heads up on some stuff that I’ve got just about ready and should be reeling off over the next few daze. I’ve been to quite a few gigs since I last published a proper blog post so will be giving my usual patter on what I’ve been witnessing music wise, which also includes my take on Parastatic’s debut album Lost Highway which is available from – http://104records.bandcamp.com/

 There’s also some political shit going on with the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Police area happening on Thursday 15th November and seeing as it’s the first time in my life that I’ve been registered to vote then I’m definitely gonna have my say on which fukka sends their goons to kick the shit out of me. For more information go to – http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/candidates/area/northumbria

 Obviously I’m gonna have to nail those TalkTalk bastards as well because I’m massively aggrieved by those clowns and I’ll also be releasing some details of shit that I’ve got in the pipeline, including the rebuilding of Mallaz.co.uk and the progress I’ve been making in setting up my own business.

Aye it’s all fukkin go now. Thank fuck for the clocks going back an hour eh? That goes a small way to buying back the two fukkin weeks TalkShit have cost me the absolute fukkin ballbags! Anyway, barring any more fuck ups from those tubes, expect to hear me spouting all kinds of shite in the imminent future!

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 

PAPISS CISSE, HE SCORES WHEN HE WANTS!

Posted in Events, Football, Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by Mallaz

He Scores When He Wants!

I’ve been a busy little bastard over the Easter weekend.  On Good Friday I was in Stockton with Honey Chrome at The Sun Inn for a gig by The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show, also featuring Dressed Like Wolves.  Unfortunately that meant that I missed the Swansea v Newcastle game on the telly.  On the Saturday it was The Egg at The Telegraph, my gig and also my celebrations for my 28th birthday which was on the Wednesday.  Sunday was my chill-out day and then the Newcastle v Bolton game at St. James’ Park yesterday.

I’m gonna work my way backwards and start by writing a bit about the Bolton game followed by The Egg then the Sun Inn gig. Then I’ll probably have a little prattle on about some of my upcoming events.  I mean, why the hell not?

NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-0 BOLTON WANDERERS

Before yesterday’s game at St. James’ Park there were people on Facebook and Twitter predicting Newcastle would win 4 or 5-0.  I never fancied it being a walk in the park.  Before the match I said to Mark ( @Mark2606 ) on Twitter that I thought it would be 2-0, with Papiss Cisse to score the first goal.  I even bet on it, it was 20/1 with Paddy Power.

The first half was tight and neither side really got a foothold on the game or created any clear cut chances.  Papiss Cisse did show some of his quality on the ball and his first touch was impeccable.  Davide Santon showed some signs of improvement in the first half and did well getting forward but we lacked any end product in a difficult first-half, with the play mainly in a congested midfield.  James Perch again had a solid first half and didn’t put a foot wrong.  Yohan Cabaye on the other hand failed to impress and his set-piece play was woeful.  Bolton proved hard to break down in the first 45 minutes and it was goalless at half-time.

Bolton started the second half well and Tim Krul was forced into making a good save from Chris Eagles within five minutes of the restart.  We also had another scare shortly after that when Martin Petrov played a very dangerous ball across our goal, which fortunately Darren Pratley was unable to reach at the back post.

With just over twenty minutes left Hatem Ben Arfa curled a free-kick narrowly wide after Nigel Reo-Coker was booked for a foul on Yohan Cabaye.  Then in the 73rd minute Ben Arfa, obviously finding the 0-0 score-line a bit boring, just decided he’d score.  He picked the ball up in our half and, with an amazing run; he skinned three Bolton players before coolly slotting his shot past Adam Bogdan to make it 1-0.  It was an excellent solo goal by the Frenchman and we were going mental!

He scores when he wants and in the 83rd minute Papiss Cisse decided to add his name to the score-sheet.  Shola Ameobi easily beat Tim Ream and played a perfect pass for Cisse to tap home and put the game out of reach for Bolton.  2-0 to The Toon, making it five consecutive wins and leaving us in fifth place, tied on points with Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place.

Other results in yesterday’s matches have left Newcastle in with a serious shout for Champions’ League football next season, with only five games left this term.  Tottenham lost 2-1 at home to Norwich and Chelsea dropped two points in their 1-1 draw away to Fulham.  Plus Everton trounced Sunderland with a 4-0 win.  It’s always good when the Mackems get hammered!

Mathematically, either four more points or if Everton drop a single point within the next five games we’re guaranteed at least sixth place.  If Liverpool beat Everton in the FA Cup Semi-Final on Saturday then we’re pretty much guaranteed European football next season, NICE!

THE EGG

The name for my gig at The Telegraph on Saturday night wasn’t really Easter related; in fact I named it after The Egg-Man@EggusMaximus ) on Twitter and also the Happy Mondays song of the same name.  The Egg was also my birthday celebration and I was serenaded with Happy Birthday by the awesome Eliza Lawson (that rhymes!) and also Brotha Priah gave me his unique twist on Happy Birthday.  I’d like to thank both of them for that as it really topped off a great night for me.

The Egg was also the largest attendance I have had at a gig so far, improving on the attendance from my last event in March, also at The Telegraph.  I’ve had some really positive feedback about the atmosphere from the artists involved and also some of the people who attended.  I also received some good feedback on my selection of the artists, most notably Parastatic, who most of us had never seen perform live before and were really well received by the audience.  After the relative success of my last two events, (The Telegraph was rammed on Saturday night) I have decided that it’s time to look into securing a larger venue.

I had a last minute change of sound engineer and Sound-Guy Dave did the duty this time.  There were some technical difficulties on the opening set and unfortunately the sound was a bit too quiet for Baiqian Jiang’s acoustic set that kicked off the night.  On the other hand, Baiqian’s performance was flawless.  His fingerstyle guitar work is beautiful, well composed mellow music and a nice start to the evening.  I really recommend listening to Baiqian Jiang’s music on Soundcloud, so here’s a link for that;

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud 

Following Baiqian were Artisam, one of my favourite bands to work with.  I’ve worked with Artisam on several occasions and each time they have delivered a unique performance.  This time it was the debut of two new members, Laurie on electric violin and the new drummer Kieran.  Artisam even switched it up mid set with Kieran and Cam swapping drums for bass for a couple songs.  As always Artisam were entertaining and really contributed to the atmosphere of the night.  Check them out on Facebook;

Artisam on Facebook 

Artisam are also gonna be performing at my event at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on May 19th.  I’ll get around to that later on, but in the meantime here’s the link to the Facebook event for that.

The Troll at The Bridge 

The third act to perform at The Egg was Parastatic.  As I mentioned before, Parastatic went down a storm and impressed a lot of people there.  Their Krautedelic Electro Fuzz is brilliant and set a dancey tone to the night.  They also added an extra element to the night with strobe lights and visual projections on the wall.  You need to have a listen to Parastatic because quite frankly, they’re class!

Parastatic on Facebook 

The Egg was the first time I’d worked with Parastatic and I would highly recommend them to other promoters.  They were totally professional and a pleasure to work with, as well as their music being shit hot!

The last live band to play was Ginger Snap & The Style Pile.  This was the second time I’ve worked with them after they played at my March event at The Telegraph.  I’ve loved ginger Snap & The Style Pile since I first saw them play live in December and believe they are Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band.  As always, they had the audience dancing and played a top quality set.  Check them out on Facebook.

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook 

The live bands were followed by some Comic Book Hip Hop from Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson, another act I was working with for the second time.  I’ve become a huge fan of these since they were recommended to me by Spark FM’s Nathan Wood ( @NathanWould ) and ‘Get Wild, Gan Mental’ has practically been adopted as my theme tune, since I slated it on Twitter after Nathan recommended it to me and I’m usually invited on stage to do the dance with them.

Baron, Breeze and Eliza never fail to entertain and The Egg was no exception.  They performed tracks from the recently released ‘Brace For The Impact’ EP as well as tracks from the forthcoming ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP.  Download ‘Brace For The Impact’ and watch the epic video for ‘Impact’ on the following links;

Brace For The Impact 

Impact (video) 

I was a fun-filled, entertaining set, as I’ve come to expect from Baron, Breeze and Eliza and, despite it being a bit embarrassing, it made my day when Eliza sang Happy Birthday to me.  Like their pages on Facebook on the following links;

Baron Von Alias on Facebook 

MistaBreeze on Facebook 

Eliza Lawson on Facebook 

Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson are also performing live tomorrow night.  They will be at Official Destiny Nightclub for Rex Regis’ album launch party, which is free entry all night so get yourselves down to that.  Details of that event can be found on Facebook on the following link.

Rex Regis: Faithful album launch 

The Hip Hop was followed by Brotha Priah, who totally blew people away.  For the majority of the people there, it was their first time seeing Priah in action and what he does in amazing.  Even during his sound-check, which seemed to take no time at all for such a technological act, there were looks of awe on people’s faces.  Priah beat-boxes and using a looping station and a Kaosspad creates tracks using only the sounds he makes himself.  It’s unbelievable stuff and oozes individuality.  He also performed a rendition of Happy Birthday for me, with his own unique twist.  It was fukkin awesome and he played an epic set!

His next live performance will be at The Warehouse Party, at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead, on Saturday 28th April.  Pre-event tickets are only £5 and can be purchased at; http://www.wegottickets.com/event/162802

For more details of that event, which also features Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson, check out the Facebook event on the next link.

SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow present: The Warehouse Party 

To round up the night we had a DJ set performed by Greenline DJ, his debut under that name as he is also Dj Id.  His selection of music seemed to be well received and was a fitting end to the night.  Greenline DJ also took care of the music in between each of the artists’ sets and tied the night together nicely.  As well as rocking a new name, he was also sporting a new design in his facial hair and resembled V from V for Vendetta.

Check out Greenline DJ’s Facebook page on this link;

Greenline DJ on Facebook 

From the feedback I have received so far, and there has been quite a bit, The Egg was a very good night and people really seemed to have enjoyed it.  The attendance was the best I have had so far too, making it the most successful event I have run to date.

Unfortunately I still don’t have any of the photographs or videos of The Egg though from David Johnston Photography yet, but will get the photos uploaded onto Facebook and videos onto YouTube as soon as I do.

Honey Chrome

HONEY CHROME at THE SUN INN

On Good Friday I was in Stockton on Tees, at The Sun Inn, to see Honey Chrome perform.  Their drummer, Stevie, gave me a lift to and from the venue, which is massively appreciated.

This was the second time I’ve seen Honey Chrome after they performed at my March event at The Telegraph.  This gig was free entry, so you can’t grumble at the price.  Also performing at The Sun Inn were Dressed Like Wolves and the headline act, The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show.  It’s a really small venue so it was a pretty intimate environment and despite being busy, there were only really a handful of people there.

Honey Chrome performed the opening set and played brilliantly.  I was particularly impressed by mR mATTIAS’ vocals on ‘Mind Machine’, which had more of a Punk vibe to them than the recorded version on their website – http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

I am now also of the belief that Dan may possibly be one of the most technically gifted guitarists I have ever seen live.  The fingers he hasn’t severed off in Karma-balancing, chainsaw-related incidents were going ten-to-the-dozen throughout their set.  I also find their use of samples, especially at the beginning and end of tracks, very interesting.  Unfortunately Honey Chrome’s Psychedelic Ambient Punk-Metal seemed to be wasted on what was predominantly an Indie crowd.

Check out Honey Chrome on Facebook on the following link.

Honey Chrome on Facebook 

Dressed Like Wolves followed Honey Chrome and they were as Indie as they come, which appealed to the audience but unfortunately not to me.  Their effeminately-voiced vocalist didn’t cut any ground with his lyrics and the band’s sound was nothing I haven’t heard before.  Dressed Like Wolves just seemed a bit flat to me and really lack any sort of edge.  It was simply just typical, whiny, generic Indie stuff.  If you want to, check them out on Facebook.

Dressed Like Wolves on Facebook 

The headline band, The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show, did seem pretty interesting.  The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show perform Punk covers of old Swing music such and also Disney songs.  We only managed to catch the very start of their set as Honey Chrome had to leave to get back to their obscure and widespread dwellings in mythical places, and obviously Stevie was my lift.  If you’d like to check out some stuff by The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show, you can find them on Facebook on the next link.

The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show on Facebook 

Honey Chrome are next performing live at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle on Wednesday 23rd April.  That event is a Battle of the Bands Semi-Final.  Keep updated for that, and future live performances, on their website or Facebook page.  They’re also booked to play two gigs for me in May, but I’ll get on to that next.

ORDER 66

My next live music event is scheduled for Friday 4th May at The Telegraph, on Orchard Street behind Newcastle’s Central Station, again.  I’ve called this event Order 66, after the Jedi Purge in Star Wars.

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

Order 66 will run until 2am again and begins at 8pm.  The doors will be open from 7.30pm and entry will be charged at £4, payable on the door.  There will be seven acts performing over the course of the night.

The acts performing at Order 66 are;

Honey Chrome (Psychedelic Ambient Punk-Metal)

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

Peculiar Disco Moves (Alternative Pop)

http://www.facebook.com/peculiardiscomoves

Emergency Door Release (Indie Pop Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Clint (Alternative Rock)

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

Cerebral Scars (Games Console DJ)

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

L87 of SubLevel2 (DJ set)

http://soundcloud.com/l87

Double D (Acoustic set)

http://www.facebook.com/DoubleDMusic

A full night of music, featuring seven separate artists across a range of genres, for only £4 is a steal so be sure not to miss Order 66 at The Telegraph on Friday 4th May.

THE TROLL AT THE BRIDGE

Order 66 will be followed just over two weeks later by The Troll at The Bridge, which is being held on Saturday 19th May at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle.

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

This will be a night of live bands running from 8pm until 11pm, with doors opening at 7.30pm and entry being charged at £3 on the door.

There will be four bands performing at The Troll at The Bridge.  They are;

Honey Chrome (Psychedelic Ambient Punk-Metal)

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

Emergency Door Release (Indie Pop Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Artisam (Alternative Rock)

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

Downtown Lester Brown (Funk Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/downtownlesterbrownmusic

SOME RAMBLINGS ABOUT MUSIC + NUMPTIES IN THE NEWS

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God made it easy on me...

You Beastly Bastard!

Wednesday was my birthday.  I fukkin hate my birthday but a new bucket hat and a Happy Mondays ticket, for the O2 Academy in Newcastle on May 4th, helped to ease the blow.  As also did Swede Mason, who released another video onto YouTube on my birthday.  Check out Swede Mason’s YouTube channel on this link and subscribe for future releases.

Swede Mason on YouTube

Swede Mason’s new track is titled ‘Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ and is totally typical of Swede Mason.  More video sampled and cut into a new video with added beats to create an incredible audio-visual collage.  While ‘Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ may not be Swede Mason’s greatest work his genius is unrivalled.  It is still a truly epic work, however in my opinion not as brilliant as ‘Jeremy Clarkson’s Beatbox’ or ‘Bill Wyman’s Metal Detector’ to name but a few.

Apparently, according to Clair, the video for this track is taken from The King’s Speech or something.  I’ve never heard of it or seen it, but then I’m not Ed Zachary a film buff.

Well Bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ is vulgar, repetitive and really quite childish, yet it is amusing, entertaining and quite frankly fukkin fantastic!

Check out Swede Mason latest work on the link below.

Swede Mason – Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard 

Also check out my blog about Swede Mason in my musical recommendations category or on the next link, where you’ll find links to some of my favourite Swede Mason tracks.

Swede Mason Blog

Some Recommendations

While I’m on the subject of music, I may as well drop a couple of recommendations.

BROTHA PRIAH

I’ll start with Brotha Priah, another musician who does something a bit different.  Priah is a massively underrated artist who is starting the make an impression on the North East music scene and has the potential and drive to go a long way.

Brotha Priah uses a Boss RC-300 looping station and a Kaosspad to build up tracks on the spot.  What makes it all the more impressive however is that Priah makes all of the sounds with his voice, beat-boxing beats, harmonies and bass-lines and looping them to create unique tracks.  He has an exceptional talent and is extremely passionate about music.  Priah explains it better than me, so click on the following link for a video of Priah explaining how he does what he does.

Brotha Priah – Boss RC-300 + Kaosspad 3 Intro 

Don’t forget to subscribe to Brotha Priah’s YouTube channel.

Brotha Priah on YouTube

I first noticed Brotha Priah when I seen him performing at SubLevel2 at The Head of Steam a while back.  He was one of the artists the particularly stood out that night, in amongst local Hip Hop heavyweights Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze and Rick Fury.  Read my take on that night on this link;

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/whats-normal-is-normally-boring/

As I mentioned, Priah is starting to build his reputation on the North East music scene, particularly with the Hip Hop, DubStep and Drum n Bass crowds and is quickly becoming one of the usual suspects at live events in the region.  With a few live performances coming up in April, including Rex Regis’ album launch, on 11th, and The Warehouse Party, on 28th, Priah is starting to make his mark.

He’s also performing at my gig, The Egg at The Telegraph, Orchard Street, Newcastle on Saturday.  Click the next links for more information on The Egg.

The Egg

Facebook Event

HONEY CHROME

Whilst on the theme of artists with individuality, my next recommendation is a band so unique that they don’t fit inside any standard genre classification.

Honey Chrome’s sound is a marvellous mash-up of many genres, with many different influences.  Not only do Honey Chrome differ from every other band, each of their tracks differs in style and sound from each other.

With Honey Chrome there’s synthetic bass, heavy drums, rocking guitars and distorted vocals aplenty.  Call it whatever you want, there’s a bit of everything in there.  You’ll notice influences from many different artists within Honey Chrome’s sound and they bring it all together in a brilliantly orchestrated fusion.  The effects are truly profound.

Honey Chrome

I think my favourite Honey Chrome tracks so far are ‘I Think I Luv U’ and ‘Fractured Days’.  As afore mentioned, Honey Chrome’s style and sound changes between tracks and those two are more mellow and more suited to my tastes than the heavier ‘Mind Machine’, which would have plenty of appeal with Rock and Heavy Metal fans.

Honey Chrome are playing in Stockton on Tees tonight at The Sun Inn along with The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show and Dressed Like Wolves.  Doors open at 7.30pm, find further details of that on this link;

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

I have also got Honey Chrome booked to perform at two events for me in May.  They will be playing at The Telegraph on Friday 4th May and at The Troll at The Bridge, at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday 19th May.  Check out the video of Honey Chrome performing live at The Telegraph at my gig in March on this next link.

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U (live at The Telegraph) 

Details of the May 4th gig at The Telegraph are still to be confirmed.

The Troll at The Bridge on Saturday 19th May is being held at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Entry is £3 payable on door.  Doors open at 7.30pm and the event will run until 11pm.  Also performing that night will be local Indie Pop sensation Emergency Door Release, the ever-impressive Alternative act Artisam and Funk-Rock band Downtown Lester Brown.

Check out Honey Chrome’s website – http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

And check out the Facebook Event for The Troll at The Bridge and the four acts involved on the following links.

The Troll at The Bridge 

Honey Chrome

Emergency Door Release

Artisam

Downtown Lester Brown

THE EGG

After what feels like a lifetime in waiting, it’s almost finally here. Tomorrow night at The Telegraph on Orchard Street, behind Newcastle’s Central Station is The Egg!

The Egg is a night of live music and a whole new experience.  A culmination of artists from across a wide range of genres, The Egg offers something for every musical taste.  There’s the notorious Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze with the awesome Eliza Lawson delivering North East Hip Hop with a comic book twist.  Another of the main highlights are the epically vibrant Funky Ska band Ginger Snap & The Style Pile giving you something to dance to.  Artisam, who are also performing The Troll at The Bridge, will be performing as a five-piece for the first time after the addition of their new drummer and fiddler.  We’ll also have some Krautedelic Electro Fuzz from Parastatic, something I’m really looking forward to seeing live.  As mentioned earlier there’ll also be a live Beat-Boxing performance by the up-and-coming Brotha Priah with his looping station and Kaosspad.  There’s also some acoustic brilliance in the form of Baiqian Jiang and his fingerstyle and a DJ set from Greenline DJ, also known as Dj Id.

Seven different artists on a night that runs til 2am for a paltry £4 is a steal!

Doors open at 7.30pm and the £4 entry is payable on the door.

Further information about The Egg can be found on my blog, along with links to each artist, or on the Facebook on the two links below.

The Egg

Facebook Event

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

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And now some shit in the news that made me laugh…

I was on Twitter yesterday morning and my timeline was flooded with shit about Samantha Brick, she was also trending.

Now I’d never heard of her and I’m a naturally inquisitive bastard.  So I looked and up, and here’s the jist of what her crack is…

Samantha Brick is some random, moderately attractive, middle-aged blonde writer from The Daily Mail, who wrote an article earlier this week whining on about how difficult life is being beautiful.

Here’s a link to the article, have a gander;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2124246/Samantha-Brick-downsides-looking-pretty-Why-women-hate-beautiful.html

Throughout the article this self-obsessed woman bemoans the strains that her supposed beauty causes her, from bitchy bosses to jealous girlfriends.  She claims that women hate her for no other reason but her “lovely looks.

Samantha Brick’s arrogance and up-your-own-arsery become glaringly apparent with this quote from the article, “Unfortunately women find nothing more annoying than someone else being the most attractive girl in a room.”  Pretty full of herself for someone who claims has many clients who are models, and also doing well on casting gender stereotypes.  She also claims to be “tall, slim, blonde” and often told that she is “good-looking”.

I don’t know about slim though flower… I see a bit of a pot-belly thing going on there.  Have a look at the photos and see if you agree.  She’s also got quite chunky, stumpy looking legs.  To claim she’s “slim” is slightly hopeful.  She’s not in terrible shape for a middle-aged woman of forty-one, but she’s not shaped like Gwen Stefani or Elizabeth Hurley!

As I said before, she’s only moderately good-looking.  In my opinion she’s got a dodgy-looking nose and a freaky, weird smile.  She’s got kind of a Miss Piggy-like face.

At the end of the article she claims to be “probably one of very few women entering their fifth decade welcoming the decline of my looks.”  A statement that seemingly contradicts herself as earlier in the article she stated she works at her appearance.  She works out, doesn’t drink or smoke and rarely eats chocolate.  Not really the actions of a woman in her early forties welcoming the decline of her looks is it?

I’m not even gonna touch that her husband is a Frenchman and wearing soldier clobber in the photos, that’s too easy.

Samantha Brick is a deluded, self-obsessed attention-seeker and I’m bewildered as to why a newspaper would publish such nonsensical bull-shit written to solely to pander the author’s ego.  I mean, that’s not fukkin news is it???

And as if that twaddle wasn’t ridiculous enough for you, the backlash from Samantha Brick spawned another article, this time by Tim Dowling for The Guardian.  You can read that on this next link.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/04/samantha-brick-hated-good-looks?cat=lifeandstyle&type=article

This is yet another prime example of up-your-own-arsery by a self-obsessed, egotistical twat.  Tim Dowling claims that men envy him for his looks.  In my experience most men couldn’t give two shits about how another man looks, the competitive element lies in other things, like sports for example.

I think anyone who uses phrases such as “brooding”, “chiselled jaw” and “soulful, beseeching eyes” to describe themselves appears to be either a purely pretentious cunt or pitching themselves on a lonely hearts dating website.

Tim Dowling prattles on that if you’re a man you probably find him a threat.  One statement that stood out for me was, “I can’t tell you how many male acquaintance shave stopped speaking to me over the years for petty reasons (unpaid debts, being alleged source of unpleasant rumour, refusal to appear as character witness), when jealousy is the transparent cause.

Yeah, sure people start to lose patience and you will fall foul of people if you don’t pay your debts.  As for refusing to be a character witness for a friend, either the friend is a complete scum-bag of Tim Dowling blatantly refused to help a friend in need.  I wonder if the reference was for a job or for court, as he fails to mention any specifics.  Either way it’s pretty shitty and I wouldn’t be best impressed if a so-called mate refused to help where they could in such situations, unless of course it was a seriously bad crime.

He claims also to know exactly how many men have been angered enough by his face to want to punch it.  For some reason I suspect it may be his arrogant, pretentious, self-absorbed attitude that makes people want to smash his fukkin face in, rather than how his face looks.

There is also no mention of Tim Dowling having a partner within the article.  I suspect this is also related to him being a Grade-A plum!

GIGS GOING ON IN APRIL

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

THE EGG

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

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

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

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

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

The Egg (blog)

The Egg (Facebook)

SUBLEVEL 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HONEY CHROME

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

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

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

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

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

Honey Chrome

THE CALENDER

Sunday 1st

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

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

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Monday 2nd

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

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

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Friday 6th

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

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

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Saturday 7th

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

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

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

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Monday 9th

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

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

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Wednesday 11th

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

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

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Saturday 21st

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

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

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Wednesday 25th

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

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

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Saturday 28th

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

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

THE EGG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baron Von Alias, Eliza Lawson & MistaBreeze

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze ft. Eliza Lawson

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

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

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

May Contain Nuts

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

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

Baron on YouTube

Baron on Bandcamp

Baron on Facebook

Breeze on Facebook

Eliza on Facebook

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

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

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

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

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Bandcamp

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook

Artisam

Artisam

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

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

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

George and Cam of Artisam

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

Artisam on Facebook

Artisam on Soundcloud

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

Brotha Priah

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

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

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

Brotha Priah on YouTube

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

Parastatic

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

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

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

Check Parastatic out on the links below.

Parastatic website

Parastatic on Facebook

Baiqian Jiang

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

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

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud

Greenline DJ

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

Greenline DJ on Facebook

Dj Id on Soundcloud

The Egg – Facebook Event

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

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

Sessions Newcastle on Facebook

David Johnston Photography on Facebook

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

March 2012

February 2012

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

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

GANNIN’ BALLS DEEP… (February 2012)

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

Recommendations…

CREAM OF THE CROP SO FAR…

(Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson)

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO!

(Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze)

Reviews…

A REVIEW OF A GIG I CAN’T REMEMBER…

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

“WHAT’S NORMAL IS NORMALLY BORING…”

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

A TANGERINE CHRISTMAS

(Artisam & Ginger Snap & The Style Pile)

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

(Clue’s in the title…)

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