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GUEST POST: NATASHA MALLON – MUSIC SPOTLIGHT – WAX MACHINE

 

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Brighton-based, seven-person band, Wax Machine brings a new kind of psychedelic folk music to the fray. With instruments such as the flute and the saxophone, Wax Machine successfully portrays an otherworldly atmosphere to their music, while the use of bass, drums, keys and the guitar ground their style, making their sound likeable to a wider target audience. On the 23rd June 2017, I was fortunate enough to be able to watch one of their live performances at The Hope and Ruin in Brighton, a vegetarian/vegan pub which hosts live events. The first of three acts to play that night (the other bands being Psychic Lemon and headliner Kikagaku Moyo), Wax Machine set the bar high with their dream-like vocals and intriguing lyrics. Many of the songs performed were brand-new originals which were well-loved by their audience. Wax Machine’s look also complimented their sound, further enhancing that psychedelic element to their music.

As expected, I highly recommend checking their music out, or coming along to one of their shows (especially if you are ever in Brighton.)

Their next show takes place at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on the 15th July at 19:00PM.

You can also check out their music on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/waxmachine

Band members: Isobel, Flute, vocals. Gigi, vocals. Freddie, sax, keys and vocals. Harry, keys. Willow, bass. Rose, drums. Lauro, guitar.

Images of the band courtesy of: © Abel Oberon.

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Guest post by Natasha Mallon.
Previous music posts by Natasha: https://mjmallon.com/2016/08/12/sayonara-hitori-by-taemin/

and: https://mjmallon.com/2016/05/05/bts-firek-pop/

 

 

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Sayonara Hitori by Taemin

Guest Post written  by Natasha Mallon  

Lee Taemin is a Korean idol from one of KPOP’s biggest groups SHINee which debuted in 2008 with ‘Replay’. They have gone from cute-pop bops to synthesizer melodies which have dabbled in house/techno. Currently, they are working on a new comeback after the success of their 2015 album release ‘Odd Eye’ and ‘Married to the Music’.

Lee Taemin is a vocalist/dancer/visual of SHINee and is their youngest member at the age of 23. In 2014, Taemin released his first ever solo debut with songs like ‘Ace’ and ‘Danger’ which successfully changed his cute image into a whole new persona. In his music video ‘Danger’, Taemin is seen with piercings and heavy eye make-up and array of different outfits. After his 2014 release, Taemin also released his second solo album Press It. Longer in length, Taemin worked with artists such as Bruno Mars to create and produce this ten track album. As well as this, Taemin has released songs in Japanese, his most recent album ‘Sayonara Hitori’ takes on a whole different kind of genre, many of the songs sounding like the OST (Opening Sound Track) of any fantasy anime. The video for ‘Sayonara Hitori’ deals with themes of light and dark, the fear of our own shadow. It is a stunning video, switching from beautiful scenes of mountains and valleys illuminated by a giant full moon to scenes of destruction — of volcanoes and war. The wardrobe changes in the video also reflects this, as Taemin is seen in silk clothing in one scene, and all in black in another. Taemin’s success in Japan is quite evident, and I will be looking forward to the music that he releases in the near (and distant future).

Please check Taemin and SHINee out!

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Hope you liked my eldest daughter’s guest post. She’s absolutely obsessed with Korean K-Pop, and likes to share her love with others. She urged me to watch this video – she said that it reminded her of the themes of dark/light in my manuscript The Curse Of Time. I’m very flattered that she thought so. The video really is stunning. 

Do you like Korean K-Pop? Do comment I’d love to hear from you. 

Happy Friday  – I hope you have a lovely weekend. 

Bye for now, Sayonara!

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My fun (totally not serious but nevertheless 90% true,) author bio on Wattpad – Link below.

Marjorie Mallon was born in Lion City: Singapore. She grew up in a mountainous court in Hong Kong. Her crazy parents dragged her  spotty soul away from her exotic childhood and her much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. There she mastered Scottish country dancing, haggis bashing, bagpipe playing and a whole new Och Aye lingo. 
As a teenager she travelled to many far flung destinations to visit her abacus wielding wayfarer dad. On one such occasion a  barracuda swam by. It stopped to view her  bikini clad body, longing to take a big bite. With dogs' fangs replacing barracudas' teeth, she returned to her mother's birthplace: Kuching, Cat City. There, Blackie, a black-hearted dog sniffed her frightened butt, whimpered and ran away! Shortly after this extraordinary event an angry female Orang-Utan chased her unfit ass out of the Malaysian jungle believing that she was a threat to her babies! She still monkeys about, would love to own a cat, or a replacement Topsy but refuses to entertain  murderous dogs, or over-protective monkeys.
It's rumoured that she lives in the Venice of Cambridge, with her six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and her two enchanted daughters. 
After such an upbringing her author's mind has taken total leave of its senses. When she's not writing, she eats exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surfs to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out she practises Tai Chi and Yoga on the crest of a wave. If the mood takes her she goes snorkelling with mermaids, or signs up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes. 

She is a child of the light and the dark. Her motto is simply this: Do what you love,  stay true to your heart's desires, remain young at heart, and  inspire others to do so, even if it appears that the odds are stacked like black hearted shadows against you...

 

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BTS: Fire!!K-POP !!

This is for my eldest daughter – she’s a massive BTS fan! Who are BTS you might ask? Unless of course you’re already a fan – and believe me their popularity is not a matter of uncertainty. This band are super popular.  A bit like a BLT! No they’re not a relation of the BLT, the bacon, lettuce and tomato sarnie, they’re a Korean pop group! They dance, and sing – pretty impressive, my daughter loves them! They even have a  K-pop society at her University dedicated to learning their dances, and celebrating all things Korean pop style: ! Sussex Univ K-Pop Society

This article in The Daily Dot will interest BTS fans, take a look, : http://bit.ly/27aVt0k

David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

Source: David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

My friend Jade at Scatterbooker wrote this wonderful tribute to my hero David Bowie, which features his top 100 books, I just loved him and his music, he was such a creative and wonderful soul. So sad that he is no longer with this, but no doubt his music, and his special uniqueness  will live on in our hearts. The world has lost a true artist,  RIP David. x

https://scatterbooker.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/david-bowies-top-100-books/https://scatterbooker.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/david-bowies-top-100-books/

Let it go

Reblog from Meanings and Musings of this poignant song Let It Go by James Bay.

MEANINGS AND MUSINGS

When I heard this poignant song, these thoughts assaulted me.  The idea of difference, and uniqueness… At what point do we accept irreconcilable nature? At what point do we decide, enough is enough? At what point do we own ourselves, both light and shadow? At what point do we stand our ground and reclaim ourselves? When do we set free? When will we trust? When will we honour the spirit and human? Do we take action in love or fear?

Do we love enough to let go?

All this delusion in our heads
Is gonna bring us to our knees

So come on let it go
Just let it be

– FlorenceT

© 2015 Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.

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Break A Leg Dave…Oh, You Did…

Reblog of Steve at Talk About Pop Music’s mix tape for Dave Grohl. I know what it’s like to be incapacitated by an injury –  I’ve broken a foot before. Bless his cotton socks.

Here’s what features on Steve’s tape: James, sit down. Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Relax. The Eagles, Take it Easy. Supergrass, Sofa of My Lethargy. Reef, Come Back Brighter. I’ve got a feeling he’d like Come Back Brighter best, or Relax that’s my guess.

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Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters has had to pull out of Glastonbury after breaking his leg on stage. If I was to send him a mix-tape to feel better then what songs would I include?

James”Sit Down”

Dave will be sitting down a lot so what better song than this one from the fantastic James?


Frankie Goes To Hollywood- “Relax'”

Relax Dave, no one expects you to do anything with a broken leg. Gigs can be rescheduled…Frankie Says…


The Eagles- “Take It Easy”

Think of it as a bonus holiday and just chill!


Supergrass- “Sofa Of My Lethargy”

Get to know your sofa, you are going to be on it a lot!


Reef- “Come Back Brighter”

We know you will Dave, we know you will!


What would you include on your get well soon Dave mix-tape, share it with me as I’d love…

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