Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Last Weekend

Sounds like the title to some crap teen-horror flick featuring Paris Hilton, but in fact it's only just the name of this particular blog. Last weekend? Precisely. This is my last weekend in Malta before jetting off to London for the Sony Ericsson Fanwalk for the MTV EMAs 2008 (read blog below).

Seeing as I'm going to be insanely busy until Monday, this might be my last blog in a long while. However, I promise to fit in my last rock album review on Sunday for the month of Rocktober.
First things first though. Whoever missed last weekend's Indie Pop night at Velo Lounge is a sorry loser! Ouch, that was harsh. No, what I meant to say is that whoever couldn't make it due to unforeseen circumstances must wait a whole bloody year to go again! I'm mean, aren't I? Muhahahahaha. But seriously, Spots and Stripes was a success especially for all Indie Pop enthusiasts and also newcomers to this kind of music. This was my first DJ Bob party, who along with Gustav played a repertoire of delicious indie tunes, french song and a mix of soul, soundtrack and vocal tracks, remixes and covers. The crowd was pop-pop-popping the night away. Score!

Now on to this weekend's events...

My Last Weekend is starting off FRIDAY 24th OCTOBER at 9pm sharp at MINK Bar and Lounge, Level 2, Baystreet. Mink is a new lounge bar specialising in live Jazz acts and DJs spinning deep/soul house, a varied selection of cocktails and platters, and a unique vibe away from the chaotic centre of Paceville. MINK is also trying to promote jackin house which is one of the less popular music genres in Malta with DJs like Dave Brown promoting the style. I've been obsessed with this type of music for a year now. In the UK, jackin and also fidget house are very much in demand. Some people confuse these two genres with the Chicago based funky house rhythms but a study of its origins suggests it may have originated from Dublin, thus explaining its popularity in the UK.

Jackin house is a sub-genre of deep house but can still be classified as a single genre. It carries with it a lot of funky house influences but also the downtempo/lounge sounds so popular with deep house. Jackin house is so called because of its common use of bouncy basslines and beats. These beats are referred to as jackin' beats (beats that make you jack your body...no not that kind of jackin' you filthy mind you!). It also includes a lot of smooth and sexy textures and vocals. A lot of Jackin house artists include vocals from Soul, Funk and Blues songs. Farley Jackmaster Jack is one such artist hailing from Chicago who produces this kind of house. When you think Jackin you think Farley Jackmaster Jack, Sinden, Funkagenda, Derrick L. Carter etc. Here's an example:-

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Jackin house is overshadowed by an even greater love of mine...FIDGET HOUSE!!


Fidget House is huge!! I mean, it has definitely got a bigger fanbase than jackin' house. Again, the origins of this genre are unknown but are usually linked to the UK. In fact this music is heavily influenced by UK garage, rave and breakbeat. Fidget house gets its name from the direct, cut-up, glitchy sounds it has mixing various music styles in a dodgy pattern known as FIDGET. I believe both fidget and jackin house were named after general body movements witnessed on the dance-floor as well as the style of music themselves. The prominent basslines bending in pitch along with the crazy embedded sound snippets (from cow moos to sirens to a tv commercial) make fidget a very energetic type of music to dance to. I love this music because it's so eclectic bringing together other favourite genres of mine like progressive, tech-house and trance. When i think of Fidget house I immediately think of the Italian maestros, CROOKERS. Man, do they fidge-it! They call it ghetto-tech though. Actually, a fidget tune is sometimes referred to as glitchy-tech, glitchy electro, bump, switchy house or wonk-house. Fidget remains the proper term. I also love Boyz Noise, Sinden, Kelevra, Switch, Solid Groove, A-Trak, Hervé, Detboi and Micky Slim, all leaders of fidget. Of course, there are many others out there as well as particular labels putting out this music (Sick! Recordings, Crux Records, Pottymouth etc). Here's a little taster:-


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Anyway, that's my little feature on fidget/jackin house and some MINK promo. I'm not so sure if fidget house will also be included at the lounge but I have no doubt I will be spending many a countless weekend at this new lounge and you should to!



Moving on...

My Friday continues at POXX BAR which is one of my absolute most favourite clubs in Malta. I never had a dull night there. This time I'll be attending my second installment of TDDR featuring Mathematikal, Kenji and Boy Kills Girl. Entrance is free. Event starts at 11pm. Don't miss that one fokes!
Part III of weekend from heaven skips to Saturday night where I will be attending my first ONE LOVE event...finally! A night of Reggae infused vibrations in the cool settings of Tigulio with special prices on Mojito and other drinks. Entrance is free until midnight. Massif! Can't wait for that one.


Last but not least, here are some other events happening this Saturday which you might be interested in:-

  1. ARMANI MANIA at Axis MegaClub

  2. Rugby World Cup 2011 Qualifier - MALTA vs CROATIA at Hibernians ground. Time: 1 to 5pm

That's pretty much it guys. I hope you enjoy your weekends and do stop me if you see me around. Also, wish me luck for next week!! I'll miss you all but will be back in no time.

Chill ;)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

In case you hadn't noticed...

Just over a month ago, right on this very blog, I posted an item talking about a little something called Fanwalk. Several sleepless nights later shared with friends and family clicking away past midnight, I finally reached my target. I am now one of the first official MTV Fanwalkers in history! This is a big opportunity for me to represent music in general not only for Malta but worlwide. I cannot stop thanking people enough for their continuous support. Although I promised to mention all my supporters on my blog, I never knew that I would have over 174 supporters by the end of this! Without offending or leaving out anyone, I'll just send out a huge embrace to all who shared my excitement and determination.

Now some updates...

As you can imagine, preparations are underway. I got my flight information and event details in the last 5 days PLUS I'll be leaving Malta in 5 days time!! DEPARTURE DATE:- Tuesday, 28th October. It's too mind-boggling!! The actual awards night is on November 6th (8pm GMT) LIVE on MTV (just add an hour for Malta!). So, make sure you stay home and watch us 100 fanwalkers opening the awards and also cheering the crowd on in the first row. Also, it seems we will be walking the red carpet in the pre-awards MTV live footage. One of the winners will also get the chance to present an award on stage. I basically have 1 in a 100 chance of doing that. HAHA.

MTV have announced that the awards host will be Katy Perry (I Kissed a Girl) and the awards digital host will be Perez Hilton. However, the best part is the official list of artists nominated and performing! I couldn't believe it when I found out I would be seeing my music idols Beyoncé and P!NK perform live as well as The Killers, Duffy and Kid Rock. Then my brain just went berzerk today when MTV announced that Take That will be performing live too!! We will be literally watching history here as the band come back to perform at the awards show in its 15th anniversary after performing in the very first EMA back in 1994! To add more spice to the recipe, they will be playing a single from their new album coming out December 1, 2008 in front of their first pan-European audience. Can it get any crazier than that?!

Here is the official list of nominees which you can vote for on
http://www.mtvema.com/:-

ROCK OUT
- 30 Seconds to Mars
- Linkin Park
- Metallica
- Paramore
- Slipknot

ULTIMATE URBAN
- Alicia Keys
- Beyonce
- Chris Brown
- Kanye West
- Lil Wayne

ACT OF 2008
- Amy Winehouse
- Britney Spears
- Coldplay
- Leona Lewis
- Rihanna

NEW ACT
- Duffy
- Jonas Brothers
- Katy Perry
- Miley Cyrus
- One Republic

BEST ACT EVER
- Britney Spears
- Chrisitna Aguilera
- Green Day
- Rick Astley
- Tokio Hotel
- U2

MOST ADDICTIVE TRACK (If only Sam Sparro's Black and Gold made it on the list...)
- Coldplay: VIVA LA VIDA
- Duffy: MERCY
- Katy Perry: I KISSED A GIRL
- Kid Rock: ALL SUMMER LONG
- P!nk: SO WHAT

HEADLINER
- Foo Fighters
- Linkin Park
- Metallica
- The Cure
- Tokio Hote;

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- Alicia Keys: AS I AM
- Britney Spears: BLACKOUT
- Coldplay: VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS
- Duffy: ROCKFERRY
- Leona Lewis: SPIRIT

...and there is also a long list of different artists for Europe's Favourite Act including Russia's winner for Eurovision 2008, DIMA BILAN amongst others.

Voting is open until November 6th and starting from October 29th you can see videos of our Fanwalk adventure on
http://www.fanwalk.tv/. We will also have a special blog given to us to update everyone on what's going on in the UK in preparation for the MTV EMA 2008. Good stuff!

Friday, October 17, 2008

T. G. I. F. baby!!!



Can you feel it? Don't you want to jump up in the air like you just don't care? This is a blessed day, indeed. So, all together now, exhale deeply almost like you want to suck all the air in the room and from everyone's lungs and shout: THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY!!!


There are lots of activities and parties tonight. But, due to the rain most of you might be snuggling up to a hot cup of cocoa and watching a DVD. That's cool. But, you better get your lazy asses up tomorrow because there are a lot of events taking place...

...Saturday, 18th October 2008.

The day starts off at 10am with RECLAIM THE WORLD held in our beloved capital city, Valletta, right in the middle of Freedom Square. According to the site:-


Reclaim the World is an activity which Moviment Graffitti annually organises to raise awareness on global issues such as poverty, exploitation and environmental destruction. Its aim is to show that because of the present political and economical world-system, few corporations and big interests are making huge profits at the expense of the majority of the persons in the world. However our main message is that another world is possible, only if we fight our battles for equality and social justice.


The event will feature various NGOs and debates or discussions on world issues all through the day, the main talks taking place at 10am and 11.30am. Finally, at 7pm a live concert will be held with the participation of local bands BNI, Organised Disorder, Subculture and Brazillian artist Edoardo.


After lending a hand in world issues you have two hours to scoot back home, shower, get dressed, eat a sandwich and head out to one of three places.



You can either:-

  1. Go back to the City and visit Velo Lounge at Lo Squero for SPOTS AND STRIPES - Indie Pop Night 4 extraodinaire, hosted by Dj Bob featuring G for Gustav. The dress code is Spotty or Stripey clothes (girls encouraged to bring lollipops and spotty hair clips too) and as Bob says 'I like to keep thing simple'. So just show up, pop €2 in a tin can and pop-pop-indie-pop the night away!


  2. Or head down to Sliema to attend ESPIONAGE 60's and deep house night at Escape Club (formerly Dukes). These nights are highly successful and are running nine years strong. This is an underground event with modern elements mixed with old-school soul and projectors. Tickets €6.



  3. Or go up to Molecule Club in Rabat for Soul-Furik 8 feat. Mahoney, Ziggy and Luc Adams.


After attempting to recover from your hangover on Sunday morning you can take a pic-nic basket and skip down to your favourite grass patch in the numerous valleys or fields around Malta. I reckon today's rain is going to make everything fresh and lively. If nature basking isn't your thing, however, you can continue the party at the newly opened Sidewalk in Sliema (ex-Chequers). I passed by today and it looks really inviting. Definitely, a brighter entrance than Chequers was. Music provided by Luc Adams and Ziggy.


So there you have it! TGIF and TGITW (Thank God It's The Weekend) in all it's glory.


Enjoy! xxx

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

One thousand apologies...

...for not updating this blog in the past 11 days!

I've just had a very busy time since I started my second year as a university student and my lectures and commitments just got harder. I hope you've been having a great Rocktober but just in case I'm here to make things better. :)

6 days till the Kaiser Chief's new album 'Off With Their Heads' will be released in Europe on October 20th (October 28th for the USA). This is the band's third album after their first two commercial successes. Back in 2005 when I heard the band I was absolutely thrilled. When 'Yours Truly Angry Mob' came out last year I said "By gosh! They sound even better!!". Now, eager fans are wondering, can they do it again? The first single off the new album is already getting airplay and the ever-in-demand Mark Ronson has nothing but praise for the new stuff.

The tracklist in the following order includes:-

1. Spanish Metal

2. Never Miss A Beat

3. Like It Too Much

4. You Want History

5. Can't Say What I Mean

6. Good Days Bad Days

7. Tomato In The Rain

8. Half The Truth

9. Always Happens Like That

10. Addicted To Drugs

11. Remember You're A Girl




And here's the vid to their first single 'Never Miss a Beat' including vocals by Lily Allen (wherever they are!!):-



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You can scroll down to the bottom of the page and pause the music!

Enjoy ^^

Friday, October 3, 2008

ROCKTOBER

For some reason or other October is associated to ROCK with hundreds of radio stations, websites and big companies dedicating hours of rock updates, new song releases and trivia throughout the month. It could be because the lazy outdoor vibe of summer is over at this time of the year and people prefer to stay indoors. Thus, the closed surroundings and lack of sun induce people to mosh so as to simulate the hot sticky feeling of summer. Many people, including myself, adapt a punkier style of clothing too. I'm sure you've already spotted young people wearing warm checked scarfs and a pair of Vans or Converse shoes (Oh! How I love my Vans!!). Whatever the reason, you must admit it does sound better than Ruly! Scooby Snack anyone?



In tribute to this rock-worthy month I will set my music player to a rock style selection later on this weekend and also remind you all of another greatly anticipated album to be released on October 6th. I didn't mention it before because it's already got a lot of articles and band interviews about it on the world wide web. But, I can't not spare a word or two especially since the first single from the album was released only this week!



The Album: DIG OUT YOUR SOUL
The Artist: OASIS

The guys are back after two years and it seems are in "rocking form". Being one of Britian's legendary rock icons is no easy title to hold. The band members were always relaxed about their music with a lot of their songs verging on the acoustic edge and their lifestyle and attitude causing them to lose popularity especially in America. This is their first album with no acoustic songs and feels a bit more rock 'n' roll than their previous albums. It's not that the group had a particular focus in mind. According to them they just wanted to make "an absolutely fucking colossal album." And with the release of their first single 'The Shock of the Lightning' it seems that they may have done just that!



If only Blur would reunite though. That truly would be a Rocktober worth celebrating!



More event updates in October coming this weekend. Read the following awesome blog to understand the meaning of Rocktober. I really laughed when I read this----> http://www.rocktober.com/blogarchive/2008_09_28_blogarchive.html#6639149472345702837#6639149472345702837


Keep rockin'! ;)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wake me up when September ends...

"What I really want from music. That it be
cheerful and profound like an
afternoon in October. That it be individual,
frolicsome, tender, a sweet small
woman full of beastliness and
charm."

- Friedrich Nietzsche (German classical Scholar, Philosopher and Critic of culture)


October is among us.

A boring month in terms of music.

Most albums being released during this month are Greatest Hits compilations or pre-Christmas themed mixes. Perhaps, the most exciting days to look out for in October besides Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving and Halloween, are the release dates of AC/DC's new album as well as John Legend's latest work.

Work on AC/DC's 'Black Ice' has been going on since early 2006 and its release will be welcomed after a gap of eight years since their last album 'Stiff Upper Lip' in 2000. The album contains 15 tracks and two have been released to date. In 'Rock 'n' Roll Train', the lead singer seems to be talking about some high school escapade and the feel of the song is very blues rock as have been their songs in recent years. 'War Machine' is the kind of song real AC/DC fans would favour for its more hard core qualities and sharper lyrics. Personally, I am ecstatic to welcome the new material, being an AC/DC fan myself, but the new songs haven't quite hit it for me. We shall wait and see what the rest of the album sounds like. Regarding the album name, Wikipedia explains that black ice is a type of ice formed on highways and "is unusually slick compared to other forms of roadway ice." Hopefully, AC/DC will pull off some slick reviews as well. International album release date: October 20th.

But, let us not forget our man in America - John Legend. This man's rise to fame can be attributed to his introduction to hip-hop star Kanye West and his unerring combination of sultry soul singing and simple piano melodies. To the delight of women all over the world the new album 'Evolver' will consist of more songs related to the usual Legend themes of love and relationships. Don't be mistaken. Even men appreciate John Legend's songs with most tracks being voted the best wedding or make-up songs. So guys keep an open ear. Girls love The Legend. I'm assuming the album is given it's Evol-utionary title due to the new style of music Legend will be presenting. The songs seem to be more upbeat. Just take the released single 'Green Light' feat. Andre 3000 and you'll know what I mean. This song was one of my favourite summer 2008 tunes and can be appreciated by all music lovers. It's a cool R'n'B track with cheeky lyrics by the one-and-only Andre 3000 and is sure to get the dancefloor thumping. Several remixes have been released including the electropop remix by MSTRKRFT. See? I told you everyone loves it! His other released single from the album is 'If You're Out There' which Legend sang during one of Barack Obama's campaign speeches recently. The lyrics almost seem like they were written for Obama and I'm not sure if Legend is calling people to vote or just talking about peace and unity. Whatever his message, it is about change. A very beautiful ballad indeed. USA album release Date: October 28th.

Until you wait for the release of these albums, however, I will update you with the best events happening in Malta this October. And believe you me, you won't have a boring weekend this month!

Tonight marks the opening night of the VOICES concert at the MCC. This is a fundraising event and will run for 10 days between October 1 - 5 and 9 - 13. The choir consists of 200 members and this year's theme is 'Tell Me Why' - questions we ask ourselves about the plight of youth. In fact, half the proceeds will be going to an educational centre at San Blas, the drug rehabilitation centre run by Caritas. A reliable source who has been calling the MCC for the past three days has told me that tickets for this week have been sold out and the only available night is tomorrow. So get your tickets fast if you can only make it this week!!

Stuck where to go this weekend?

You have three options:-

1) Well, you can visit the third edition of Notte Bianca in Valletta on Saturday 4th October. This is a European initiative and has certainly become popular in Malta. Just visit www.nottebiancamalta.com and you can find over 60 different locations around Valletta with over 120 acts and attractions. Public transport will be operating at later than usual hours just for the event, at a fee of €1.16 per person. Park and Ride and the Gozo Channel services will operate throughout the night too. Also, people can reach Valletta through the Sliema and Vittoriosa ferry service. Razzett tal-Hbiberija will also operate a free circular service around Valletta to disabled people. This is set to be one of Malta's biggest winter events.

2) If you're planning a weekend in Gozo and you love your parties then get ready for the 61st edition of Ruby and Friends, this time kicking off Pure Promotion's winter 08/09 schedule at D-Code club in Victoria, Gozo (previously known as XS Club). Tickets are almost sold out so you better hurry! Here are the ticket outlets:-

4 You - Bay Steet, Area 51 - Zurrieq, Big G`s - St. Julians, Chilli - Bay Street, Chilli - Sliema, Cut Coffier - Bay Street, Dimples - Mosta, Elements Of Life - Msida, Fact - Qormi, Football Club - Siggiewi, Ghaxaq FC - Ghaxaq, La Roma - San Gwann, Le Rive - Sliema, Luke DVD`s - Msida, Maxims - Gzira, Miracles - Bugibba, O'Neill - Valletta, Paramount Kiosk - Paola, PN Club - Rabat, Red Stars - Zejtun, Rodriguez Hairdressing - Valletta, Royal Impact - Zabbar, Siggiewi Band Club - Siggiewi, Starlight - Zejtun, Step In - Zurrieq, Timecom - Hamrun, Update - Victoria Gozo, White Arrow - Msida, Zapps - Mellieha.

3) For all you Michael Bolton fans, NnG Promotions has just the thing for you. October 4th will see the MFCC, Ta Qali ripe and ready for the legend that is Michael Bolton performing with a nine-piece band. Bolton will play classics such as 'When A Man Loves A Woman' and 'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay' amongst others. Golden to Bronze section tickets ranging between €30 and €50 are still available. Platinum seats are sold out.

I guess you're spoilt for choice now? That's what I call living in excess!!

So many things are going on in October that I will have to come back to you with more updates this week. Keep your eye on my blog for official opening nights of Malta's winter venues as well as the top parties and events. You'll never be bored again! *grins like a maniac*