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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.

A Mallaz Announcement!

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by Mallaz

And So, The Mallaz Era Begins…

I’m here to make an announcement, well a couple of announcements actually. Due to hosting issues with my webhost, I’m back temporarily using this old blog for my witterings and gobshite ramblings until I get Mallaz.co.uk up and running fully armed and operational. Also, I may seem less vocal of late but I can confirm that I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes both in preparation for Mallaz.co.uk and other Mallaz Empire related projects that are in their early phases. So just watch this fukkin space!

Disclaimer

The very first point that I need to make is my disclaimer. You know of me by now and you know I speak my mind, no holds barred. Whether you like it or not, I couldn’t give two shits! I do what I do and it’s served me well so far. However, recent developments mean that Mallaz is no longer just an entity or one man working alone. Progress has been made and further negotiations are underway to expand The Mallaz Entity into The Mallaz Empire.

So to clarify, unless otherwise stated, any opinions, points of view or even praise and insults that I express on this blog, Mallaz.co.uk (when it’s eventually back in business) or any of my social networking profiles (such as Twitter, Facebook, my Facebook pages for my live music events Mallaz presents…, Horrorshow Artwork, Mallaz Music Management or Soundcloud etc) are my opinions, in my words, and are in no way connected to any person, brand or product that I am in any way affiliated with. I speak my mind and nobody else’s and I speak only for me.

Now that my disclaimer is out of the way, I can get on with some of my recent news. Reet, now to get cracking with some informative knacking.

 

Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate)

At The Bridge Hotel (map), Friday 28th September 2012

Exclusive eTicket Link

I may quite possibly have landed the mother of all intimate live music events in North East history!

Very recently local music heavyweights Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson & DJ Lkp combined their various talents to form BiG BEAT BRONSON. They debuted under the new guise at Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON at The Cluny 2 on 7th July.

Following on from that incredible introductory showcase, the BiG BEAT BRONSON tribe released the much anticipated ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP in the first week of August and ‘May Contain Nuts’ proved to be well worth the wait, receiving several impressive reviews and much radio play.

A couple of weeks later came the ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP Launch Party at the highly-acclaimed O2 Academy 2 in Newcastle which, despite it’s relatively grand capacity, BiG BEAT BRONSON almost single-handedly sold out the O2 Academy 2 on their own merit. That’s no mean feat. The Academy 2 holds just shy of 400 people and BiG BEAT BRONSON are a group who are growing in magnitude and selling out any local venue that you put them in.

So now you’re wondering is how in the hell I have managed to swing a gig where the rapidly rising BiG BEAT BRONSON will play a highly exclusive and intimate gig in a venue that holds a mere 100 people?

Well, those of you who know of my work will know that I have been banging the drum for the BiG BEAT BRONSON cause since The Baron & Breeze days and can even make the claim that I am one of their most vocal supporters. I even list Steesh (the producer and brains behind Baron Von Alias and therefore BiG BEAT BRONSON) as one of my biggest musical inspirations, having learnt a lot through conversations with the man I claim to be a modern day genius! The confidence in their ability and the thought that they put into each and every live performance is second to none, yet it is in no way overshadowed by any form of arrogance as they manage to remain more humble than most musicians despite being Newcastle’s hottest musical product at the minute and having more right to brag and boast than any local act.

Many BiG BEAT BRONSON fans who decided to put off buying tickets for the EP launch at the O2 Academy found tickets difficult to acquire during the build up to the event and should hopefully have learnt from that experience that tickets are invented for a reason. That was a venue holding almost 400% more capacity than this intimate event at The Bridge Hotel and due to the limited capacity, yet another sell-out is expected.

In basic terms, BiG BEAT BRONSON will sell out venues with ease and for this event, being held at The Bridge Hotel, tickets are in very limited supply. Buy now, not five minutes time, not next week, not “oh I’ll do it soon”. This is BiG BEAT BRONSON performing at an intimate venue with only a handful of available tickets, IT WILL SELL OUT. Don’t get left behind crying that there’s no tickets left, this is your opportunity to ensure you don’t miss out.

It took a lot of extensive negotiations and more activity in the favour exchange market than Chelsea FC during a transfer window to book this highly-reputed and soon to be constantly in demand act. BiG BEAT BRONSON will fill any room in which they play and The Bridge Hotel is a venue that has to feel privileged to be hosting an event with the saviours of Newcastle’s music scene.

Support for this event will be provided by;

Teesside’s premier skiffletronica act Werbeniuk, a band singing songs about sheep, nuns and vomit.

and;

Newcastle-based funky party band Gingersnap & The Style Pile, now under the guidance of Mallaz Music Management.

This exclusive and intimate BiG BEAT BRONSON event is brought to you by Mallaz Presents…

Exclusive tickets are available from – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/184442

http://www.bigbeatbronson.co.uk/

Mallaz Music Management

The Mallaz Entity is currently expanding into an empire with its latest addition, Mallaz Music Management, being added to my constantly growing portfolio; including where it all began in art with Horrorshow Artwork and my live music events extension of The Mallaz Entity, Mallaz presents…, which ironically has begun to flourish since the demise of Order 66’s monthly nights of live music at The Telegraph.

This latest extension of The Mallaz Entity, the Mallaz Music Management division has been added to the empire due to being recruited as manager and promoter of Gingersnap & The Style Pile.

 Gingersnap & The Style Pile are now the third band that I have managed and/or promoted, however they are the first to show enough talent and promise to warrant an all out promotional push and have the ability to make it bigger than the two previous failed bands that I have managed.

The first band I managed, Casino, folded due to their singer Richard cancelling their last two ever scheduled gigs. Richard was also brought in by Ben, who along with me co-founded Downtown Lester Brown, a band unheard of since my departure which again was mostly down to Richard and his unwarranted god complex after playing a small venue in front of thirty-odd paying customers. Despite his ego-driven superstar status, Richard the Musical Rapist has failed to achieve any level of success in music within ten years of being in and/or ruining bands.

On the other hand, Gingersnap & The Style Pile are a unique product that I had dubbed “Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band” even long before being asked to become involved with them. Their quirky fusion of Funk, Ska and Reggae complete with Dan on the Sax and Cool Eddie on Bass as well as Gingersnap herself, Joanne, on vocals with her distinctive voice and beautiful red hair (gingers have the same effect on me as Kryptonite does on Superman), the First Dan on Drums and my pal Hal on the Guitar. The Style Pile are looking to extend their tribe and add a tromboner as well as the odd occasions where I join the band on stage and play Air Guitar, although we did have issues with a snapped string and feedback from said Air Guitar when Gingersnap & The Style Pile performed a supporting slot at Mallaz presents… Head Of Light Entertainment at The Cluny 2.

My first job as the curator of the funkadelic nature in Gingersnap & The Style Pile is boosting their profile, acquiring supporting slots and arranging live events. As well as pushing them to have at minimum an EP recorded and ready for pushing in the very near future. To contact me for anything related to Gingersnap & The Style Pile drop me an email at – mallaz.thestylepile@hotmail.com

In the meantime click on the following links to Gingersnap & The Style Pile’s online profiles.

Soundcloud

Facebook

Twitter

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.

SOME RAMBLINGS ABOUT MUSIC + NUMPTIES IN THE NEWS

Posted in Music, Music Recommendations, Music Reviews, Opinions On The News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by Mallaz

God made it easy on me...

You Beastly Bastard!

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

Swede Mason on YouTube

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

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

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

Check out Swede Mason latest work on the link below.

Swede Mason – Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard 

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

Swede Mason Blog

Some Recommendations

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

BROTHA PRIAH

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

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

Brotha Priah – Boss RC-300 + Kaosspad 3 Intro 

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

Brotha Priah on YouTube

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

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

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

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

The Egg

Facebook Event

HONEY CHROME

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

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

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

Honey Chrome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Troll at The Bridge 

Honey Chrome

Emergency Door Release

Artisam

Downtown Lester Brown

THE EGG

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

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

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

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

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

The Egg

Facebook Event

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/

GINGER SNAP DOESN’T LIKE MAYONNAISE (independent review of my last Telegraph gig)

Posted in Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2012 by Mallaz

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Here’s an independent review of my last gig at The Telegraph, on Saturday 3rd March, written by ToddRoxx Music.
Click the link above to find the review posted on 15th March 2012.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/261248173958234/
Toddy Richie
Live Review ! 
The Telegraph. 03-03-12
In the words of the Bass Man !
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Emergency Door Release
6 songs—–1/2hr set.
Brilliant crowd interaction, always pumping up the crowd and making them feel part of the show.
Good intro’s to every song.
Levels were good throughout the whole set.
Righteous melodic chords, few accidental ? off tone notes,
But only adds to depth and interest.
Singer / Rhythm guitarist uses the full stage , dancing and jumping about
And certainly knows how to entertain a crowd.
Lead guitarist uses accidental chords to create an eerie hair standing melody !
Tempo changes in songs as if another song is about to start, then kicks back into it .
Creating some great indie/dance tunes.
No noticeable mistakes, all original songs.
Only down side, they were cut short because of time constraints.
4 piece Indie/Rock .
Definitely a one to watch in the future !
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Shake Appeal
5 songs—-1/2hr set
Easy to dance to , with constant up-beat rhythms.
Vocals needed turning up a touch, she has a great voice, likened to Hayley Williams.
Nice movement around stage, the band always looked like they were enjoying it.
Too much bass to start with, but sounded much better after adjustments.
Lots of bass and lead solos, but lead needed to be much higher,losing it under the drums.
Guitar effects used to create nice abstact sounds.
Singer has a dynamic voice. Band sounds a lot like Lyxx.
No noticeable mistakes .All original songs.
Good band !
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HoneyChrome
3 piece—Singer on crutches, but did well !
Mellow melodic guitar riffs with metal breaks and solos.
Synth bass through keyboard.
Voice box effect, vocals put through keyboard.
Sort of like , Freezepop meets Nirvana !
Great bass effects(wobbly)through pedal .
Offensive language may not be to everyones taste.
Beautiful keyboard and guitar harmonies.
Strong effective bass lines from synth bass and drums.
Very technical band, effects based.
No noticeable mistakes. All originals.
Soft Rock / Effects….Different !
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Ginger Snap and the Style Pile
5 piece—-40minute set.
Good crowd interaction.
Singer, Ginger snap, doesn’t like mayonnaise ?!
Saxophone adds great jazzy depth.
So does bass soloing and complex riffs.
Levels were good all the way through the set.
Angelic vibrant voice, not unlike Florence .
Slow danceable jazz.
A very well rehearsed set.
Originals and covers…….
Very funky cover of 7 Nations army
And Jazzy cover of Black and Gold.
No noticeable mistakes apart from a little bass towards the end.
Jazz/Funk.
Great Funky entertainment !
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Overall a very good night of music.
Mixing rock, jazz, indie, dance and effects.
Something there for everyone.
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Bass Man
“Peace”
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My next gig, The Egg, is also at The Telegraph on Saturday 7th April 2012.
https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/the-egg/
Or check out details of the event on Facebook.  Only £4 entry, on the door.
http://www.facebook.com/events/156889934432195/
Follow me on Twitter – (@Mallaz84)

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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