Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing all my readers a wonderful day. I hope your day is filled with love xxxx


Monday, 17 December 2012


Check out a little teaser from PYRAMIDS, a new musical force featuring my friend and colleague Edward Thomas, I think you'll agree that we are in for a sonic treat as soon as this beauty drops! 

Ones to watch in 2013

(p.s I styled the photo above, don't they look dashing!) 


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Jumper-ing on the bandwagon

Flocked Deer Print Sweater £60 www.jaeger.co.uk
Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal - found on Amazon and Ebay 
Wool Sport Jacquard Crew Neck Jumper £175 www.gant.co.uk
Christmas Jumper, Elf £19.95 www.prezzybox.com
Bank - TFB By Tulisa www.bankfashion.co.uk
Stella McCartney Reindeer Intarsia Wool Blend Sweater £695 www.net-a-porter.com
ASOS Christmas Jumper £30 www.asos.com
Knitted Xmas Polar Bear Jumper £50 www.topshop.com
Meadham Kirchhoff Maria Metallic Embroidered Knitted Sweater £945 www.net-a-porter.com

Navy Frostbite Beanie £19.99 www.cheerupclothing.com
Women's Honey and Mid W £57 www.adidas.co.uk
Trekstock Kate Moross Christmas Card - Pack of 6 for £5 trekstock.bigcartel.com ... 100% of the proceeds go to Trekstock. 
Oslo Glow Printed Women's Tights nikestore.com

Now if this lot hasn't got you in a festive mood this ought to do the trick....


Thursday, 13 December 2012

My Interview with Papa Roach

If my memory serves me correctly the last time I saw Papa Roach was 2001, when they were playing with Hed(pe) at the greatly missed London Astoria. 
On Monday I headed to Brixton Academy a few hours before their penultimate UK show of their run with Stone Sour. 

Watch Part one of my chat with Jacoby and Jerry below....


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Interview with Tigs for Motel Rocks

My Full Interview........

How would you describe your personal style?
Glam grunge, 90’s slacker chic.


Who are your style icons?
It depends on the day but Ashley from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air when she was in her hot teenage phase, Lauren Bacall, 90’s Kate moss and 70’s rockstar wives.

You have said that looking at the artwork of your previous album, you are not as happy with it now. Does the same go for previous fashion choices in promo’s or videos?
Yes of course, it is human nature to change and progress so you will always look back from time to time and think....oh bollocks.

In the video for Hurricane you have hit one of Motel Rocks favourite trends by wearing an embellished green crop top. How much input do you have in terms of styling? Has anyone ever attempted to style you in a way you’ve really disliked?
We have total control over what we where and how we look. On a shoot you work with a stylist who brings a bunch of stuff and then you pick out what you like. You've already had a conversation before the event, about what you'd like to wear, so in that sense it is a joint effort. Of course occasionally you'll work with someone new who doesn't really get who are you are, and they'll suggest something you hate. In that instance you just have to be strong with them, and say no.


Do you change you update style frequently? What inspires your style...the music scene, street style, magazines, films etc?
I don't consciously change my style but it kind of subconsciously overhauls itself from time to time. I don't have a long attention span so I guess that runs through everything in my life. It's most obvious with my hair I suppose. I change that a lot because I just get bored. Everything around us is inspirational, it informs the lyrics I write and the way I dress.
Do you tell band mates if you are not into what they are wearing?
Yes. It doesn't happen often though, James dresses very well.


I believe you now have a fellow female on tour with you. How has that changed the dynamic? Have you found there are girly things you have been discussing that you weren’t able to before?
The music scene, being in a touring band, is a very male environment. From crew to bands to venue staff, I always found myself with men, and that has been fine, but when we were out on the road I did really miss female company. Having another girl around has taken all the loneliness out of touring for me. It's pretty awesome.

As an artist how do you strike to balance of having style but not letting it overshadow the music?
I don't wear anything outrageous because that's not the way like to dress. And I would never want my style to be the first thing people knew me for. It should be about the songs.

Trends you wish would disappear or reappear?
Disappear - boot-cuts. Who the fuck still wears these?! People in West London. Reappear - Fondue. I missed it the first time round and it sounds awesome. I love cheese.

What are your beauty/style secrets for tour living?
Cheap underwear that you throw out after wearing. Not very environmentally friendly I'm afraid. Lots of face-masks. If we have a late start one morning, I'll do a little pamper at the hotel, makes me feel like I'm at home.


Your current favourite performance look?
Just gone back to sequined knickers and a tiny crop top.


What Motel Rocks items would find themselves on your wish-list?
Razzle dazzle sequined shorts. I'd wear them on stage.

What do you hope Chew Lips will achieve in the coming year?
A critically acclaimed 2nd album.






Spreading joy via music, and a cracking display of Christmas jumpers, Kids in Glass Houses 'Secret Santa's bell ridden melody manages to rouse festive spirit from even scrooges like myself. One listen and this jovial track will be firmly stuck in your noggin for..... well, hopefully the entire Xmas holiday!

So get your pals round, the mulled wine cooking and share those secretive gifts to this soundtrack courtesy of these Welsh wonders....

Tickets to their annual Christmas party show at the Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff on the 20th have already sold, but they have added an extra show on the 22nd of December so buy now to ensure you get to witness their festive treat live. 

"While we were demo-ing for our next album, Iain emailed over this idea that he'd "quickly" knocked together at home for a bit of fun. We've always talked about doing a Christmas track for a laugh and in the vein of all those classics and this song has every bell, glock and Christmas cliche we could muster. 

One morning I was really hungover and pressed record on my laptop and the words and melody fell out in one take. It basically describes the slightly more "adult" side of the festive season - the office parties and the like. It's all very tongue in cheek and camp, but I think we did the tradition some justice! 

It's a bit Slade, a bit Wizard, a bit Mariah, and the alcohol in my system was a bit Shane MacGowan. I'm actually really proud of it!" - Aled


Friday, 7 December 2012

All that glitters

I am not really one for glitz, bling and glamour, but to signal the start of my festive party season I thought I'd make an exception and make use of some of the wonderful beauty samples I've picked up over the last year...



LostAlone are set to release a festive single, “I Want Christmas Always” which will be available via iTunes on 16th December 2012.  The track, debuted by Matt Stocks on Kerrang! Radio, will come with accompanying B-side, “All (Lost) Alone On Christmas” (originally written by Steven Van Zandt for the film Home Alone 2). 

Singer Steven Battelle commented that the track is “a semi autobiographical Christmas account of events that took place when I was 8"

Listen to “I Want Christmas Always” streaming now on the LostAlone Facebook page www.facebook.com/lostaloneofficial/app_178091127385.  Look out for a video coming soon!

See both tracks performed live at their hometown Christmas extravaganza at Derby’s Assembly Rooms on December 21st as the band celebrate an extremely successful year during which they released and toured their latest album, “I’m A UFO In This City”.  Support on the night comes from Fearless Vampire Killers, Follow You Home and Crushing Blows as well as Kerrang Radio DJ Matt Stocks. Grab a ticket while you can by visiting www.thevictoriainnderby.co.uk/lostalone.

Fresh off a UK arena tour with Evanescence and The Used, LostAlone recently announced the following headline shows for early next year:

15 Plymouth White Rabbit
16 Bristol Thekla
17 Birmingham o2 Academy 3
19 Newcastle o2 Academy 2
20 Leeds Cockpit 
21 Glasgow Cathouse
23 Manchester Deaf Institute
24 London The Borderline

Tickets are on sale now, direct links can be found at www.lostalone.com/tour.

Keep the change....

Think I need this....


Spotify End of The Year Party

Last night my friend Farah and I headed to Altitude 360 for Spotify's celebration of 2012. The revelry followed a press conference which revealed big news from the company regarding some exciting changes to how we can use the music player. See below....

P.S The party had the best canapes I've ever had.. miniature Roast beef, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash and Thai Green Curry. Of course I HAD to sample all!

Spotify gets Socialable  

Spotify new aim is to brings artists and fans closer together than ever before. Spotify’s latest, greatest upgrade will see a whole host of powerful discovery features introduced across its desktop, mobile and new web player platforms over the coming weeks.

“Users tell us they don’t know what to listen to, and artists tell us they want to connect more closely with fans” says Daniel Ek, CEO and founder at Spotify. “So we’re creating a new and personalised way of finding great music.”
Here’s what’s new from Spotify...

Introducing the all-new Follow tab. Now you can get music recommendations from only your most trusted musical influences. Follow friends, artists, influencers and media to get updated on what they’re listening to in real time.

The Follow tab also highlights your Facebook friends and recommends people you may find interesting. Plus you’ll be able to see who you follow and who follows your profile.

·         Simply click on the Follow button of friends, artists, trendsetters, editors and experts to connect with the people who turn you on to the music you love.

Artists can now share their music with the world like never before.
Want to hear Obama’s playlist as he prepares for a big speech? Or check out what David Guetta is listening to this week? Now you can. Artists, celebrities and media from around the world are ready to share their music with you, including:

Barack Obama
Paul McCartney
David Guetta
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Bruno Mars
Florence and the Machine
Emeli Sandé
Plan B
One Direction
Robbie Williams
Ed Sheeran
Damon Albarn
Time Out
Rio Ferdinand
Zane Lowe 

Also making its grand debut: the all-new Discover tab. Combining the best technology and social tools with content from Pitchfork, Songkick and Tunigo, and many more, Spotify’s Discover feed continually seeks out the most relevant content and brings it right to you. The page will include:

·         New single and album releases from the artists you follow
·         All the music and playlists shared by influencers you follow
·         Intelligent recommendations based on your listening history including music, reviews, and concerts

Additional improvements:

Introducing Audio Preview 
With our new Audio Preview feature you can dip into new music without moving away from the song you’re playing. If you like what you hear you can save it for later or start it right away.

New Collection
A new way to save music that you love, or want to listen to at a later time. No more having to create a playlist for your favourite album, just click the ‘add’ symbol and it will be added to your collection.

Mobile push notifications for new album releases 
Never miss new music from your favourite artists ever again.  As soon as new music from artists you follow hits Spotify, you’ll receive a mobile alert.

Additional improvements include.....
A more curated social feed; better personalised Profile page; redesigned Artist pages.

“Our music influences are as individual as we are,” says Ek. “Maybe you discover new songs or artists by reading reviews, listening to the radio, or sharing with friends. Maybe you go to a lot of concerts, love making cool playlists, or want to know what the people you care about are getting in to. Spotify now brings all of this together.”

Spotify's Follow features will roll out as part of a desktop app update in the coming weeks, with a full cross-platform upgrade arriving next year.


A Tour of Middle Earth

Ahead of the UK premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next Wednesday, Air New Zealand has released some exclusive video content of director Sir Peter Jackson and The Hobbit cast on how New Zealand was transformed into Middle-earth for the film. The video is a guided tour of Middle-earth by the actors on location.

Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle-earth, has been giving passengers The Hobbit experience as soon as they step on board with its latest safety video , which stars Sir Peter Jackson, actor Dean O'Gorman, great grandson of J.R.R, Royd Tolkien and Gollum himself.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is released in cinemas in the UK on 13 December. For more Air New Zealand Hobbit assets see airnzhobbitmedia.com.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The Launch of the Love Hate Social Club

On the 16th of November my crew and I headed to London for the launch of The LoveHate London Social Club, an exciting joint venture between long time friends; renowned recording artist, broadcaster, and all round cool dude Huey Morgan and Ami James, the world famous tattoo artist and creative force and face of LoveHate Tattoo Studios, as featured on the hit TV show Miami Ink.

Based within the ever pumping heart of Notting Hill, this new space meets the demands of high end clientele, celebrities and global fans that will undoubtedly flock to this unique tattoo parlour. A space where art, music, dynamic creativity and innovation come together in this inspiring studio and ‘social club’ on the streets of London.  Ami leads the artistic teams and has handpicked the best talent from all over the world to provide the stellar ink work. Their elite roster of resident and guest artists bring an extraordinary amount of talent to the table, showcasing some of the best female and male ink artists in the world.

LoveHate London will be modelled on the highly successful ‘LoveHate Wooster Street Social Clubbased in the heart of Soho NYC. LoveHate London will be taking this all-encompassing philosophy and developing it one step further with the addition of music and entertainment. Huey Morgan will curate musical entertainment to an eclectic crowd which will no doubt be as varied as his own musical taste, showcased by his various records and radio shows.
We'd  planned to interview Huey and Ami on the night of the launch, but when we arrived half hour before the scheduled start time, the place was already completely rammed. The event had somehow gone viral and spurred Tattoo and Huey/Ami fans to travel great distances in the hope to be meet and get inked on the launch night. Apparently the team had been working non stop since the morning, meaning tha much of the planned press and party planning had to go out of the window. A positive sign of things to come though...

With the fantastic interior, courtesy of Huey's wife who clearly has a great eye for design, the second to none artistic talent , the great location, unique ethos, with the added bonus of alt beauties like El Wood on reception, there is no doubting it will be one of London's hottest creative destinations. 


Monday, 3 December 2012

Comedy Sunday


Electrifying Party Tresses

When I was at school my parents were very rigid when it came to make up and uniform. Apart from the concealer I'd borrow (steal) from my mums bathroom cabinet to cover my ever increasing breakouts, I would have to abide by the no visible make up rule. I was also not allowed to dye my hair even though my friends were either getting their first streaky blonde highlights or punky colours from camden market. What my parents did allow was the use of hair mascaras that I could wear on the weekend with my rock t-shirts and skate trousers, that would wash out in preparation for school on the Monday.

Although they worked at delivering the bright colours I was looking to streak into my untouched blond mane, they gave the hair a horribly sticky texture. If had curled or crimped (yes crimping was in ok!) my hair the sections that had the wand through would end up straight and independent from the rest.

I was interested to see how hair mascara has developed since my teens, and whether they could tempt me away from my Kevin Murphy Colour Bugs.

First of all at a ridiculously affordable £1.25 they are already winning me over. I opted for the pink and purple hues so I can hope to mimic My little Pony glory.

When applying it to the hair I noticed that the strands were looking lank and damp.. just how I remembered.  Giving it a few minutes to dry though, the original untouched texture of my hair was pretty much restored, albeit with a slight glittery tinge thanks to the party friendly colours.

I attempted to create a graduated dip dye effect my combining the two colours. Although it wasn't a complete disaster, the chalky nature of the colour bugs make it easier to blend and are therefore better suited to create the effect.

If you want to give it a go though ensure you wipe the wand on the side of the tube before applying to hair or you will find out get an uneven colour distribution, which is hard to rectify without washing it out completely.

In conclusion, these mascara's are probably best suited to those wanting to create fine streaks into the hair, or for those wantintg to add a dash of popping colour to their fringe for the party season -  the size makes them perfect to pop in those party clutches if you want to share the joy with fellow revelers!

 £1.25 from www.lovethymakeup.com - the perfect stocking filler for beauty fiends!


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Have you fallen for Bo?

It is around this time of year our heads our pummeled with the sound of overly jolly, bell ridden, festive folly. This dreamy track by the ethereal beauty Bo Bruce may prove to be the perfect antidote.
Some of you will already know the haunting voice and the heartbreaking doe eyes, but for those that haven't already forged an opinion, I would be interested to know what you think? Please feel free to comment!


Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

I have always been a scrooge about Christmas. For numerous reason's this is the first Christmas in donkeys that I have been excited for. But for those who are still finding it hard to muster Christmas spirit, I challenge you not to feel a little festive after a visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, even if it you just use it as an excuse to indulge in the glorious array of foodie delights...

The most overpriced marzipan in the whole of Hyde Park...
Would you?

FYI - you will never see me here...

Overwhelmed by all the food and pretty lights

This laughing fake dude really freaked me out..

Do I really need to convince you that you need to visit?

Absolute stilton face

Any excuse to use the HTC Panorama function

Always making friends.. 
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