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Alternative Website of the Week: Headfunk

There was a time a few years ago when I regularly contributed to a certain Isle of Wight based newspaper, as well as the youth website spawned from said publication.

Headfunk poster

Sent to review events, I was invariably advised that the appraisal be replete with gushing praise, and if I did take exception to anything that occurred I was simply to set fire to one of the old ladies in attendance or meditate for several hours.

Cue  reviews for painstaking puppet shows, and two thumbs up for theatre productions contaminated by absent-minded actors.

Sanity prevailed on those rare occasions where I was able to critique in the face of lazy proofreading; one review chastising a pompous ‘comedian’ who decided to spend 45 indulgent minutes gradually emptying a venue in the middle of his other half’s burlesque show.

So (to the point), it was with relief and awe that I recently stumbled upon Headfunk, an Isle of Wight based website dedicated to candid, sincere music reviews – the baby of DJ Tom Blackwell.


Brutally humorous

Brutal and humorous in equal measure, their review of the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival is particularly worthy of a gander, and although there is inevitably a stigma of scepticism regarding write-ups of local musicians, Blackwell and co. manage to tread the line adroitly, avoiding the temptation to scratch the backs of those they could conceivably bump into on an afternoon stroll.

Headfunk.info is a neatly laid out website with a clear-cut vision. The reviews are one aspect of a plethora of music related content and connections to other projects.

If you still think that Level 42 or the Bees are the haps on the Isle of Wight music scene then think again. Click the link —-> HERE <—- to go straight to the Headfunk site (the power of the interweb, hey?)

Tell Tom that Kureen sent you and receive a 3% discount on any carrier bags you buy in Sainsbury’s this week!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Alternative Website of the Week: Phone Losers

Ever wondered what it would be like to find a website devoted to prank calls? Look no further than www.phonelosers.org!

Admittedly the days of painstakingly crafted audio pranks have been replaced in the main by middle class 20-something attention seekers disrespecting poverty-stricken folk in the hood (check YouTube), but the phone prank still carries weight when done correctly.

PLA Radio

PLA Radio, an offshoot of Prank Call Nation, regularly drops quality material, although unlike the more notorious Ownage Pranks it isn’t privy to a high six-figure audience.

With at least a couple of new episodes of the Snow Plow Show uploaded weekly there’s a regular stream of free to listen to shows hosted by Roy Gerbil/Brad Carter – all of which are slickly edited from live shows that sporadically appear on the website.

The site is a little overloaded with adverts, but includes some nice touches such as an option to hack PLA’s own answering machine, PLA related merchandise and a forum. There’s also a player with 24/7 radio streaming available.

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Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Premier Predictions: Part 7.

Welcome to the seventh edition of Premier Predictions, with Dom Kureen this time taking on the might of former UK Gladiator ‘Nightshade’, aka Judy Smith.

Gladiators

Last time out Damian Clark beat Dom 7-3, moving fourth in the table in the process.

*A correct outcome gains one point, an exact result three points. All games kick off at 3pm on Saturday 1st March unless stated.

West Ham United vs Crystal Palace
Kick-Off: 12.45, SaturdayCrystal Palace

Dom: 1-3
Hammers fans are far from happy, with seven draws in eleven games ensuring a plummet down the table, as well as a disappointing cup exit. Going into some tricky fixtures they’ll target a win here. Unfortunately for ‘big Sam’ and his motley crew, Palace are rejuvenated under Alan Pardew – they’ll win with something to spare.

Nightshade: 3-3
Who knows? West Ham are out of steam, Palace have a perfect away record under Pardew. Lots of goals, lots of errors and some disgruntled home fans!

Burnley vs Swansea

Dom: 2-1
The Clarets don’t know when they’re beaten, and despite receiving a season’s worth of good fortune in their excellent draw at Chelsea, morale should be high at Turf Moor, they’ll need it to see off a fading Swansea team.

Nightshade: 0-2
Burnley were very lucky last week, this time they’ll come back down to earth with a bump, Danny Ings can’t score every week, and Bafe Gomis is due a goal for the Swans.

Manchester United vs Sunderland

Dom: 4-2
Sunderland are starting to look stale under Gus Poyet, despite protestations to the contrary from players. United are hardly storming along, but their attacking prowess will inflict yet more suffering on Black Cat supporters.

Nightshade: 1-0
United are so up and down that I’ve decided to go for a tight home win, although I could just as well have rolled a couple of dice with these two teams.

Newcastle vs Aston VillaGabriel Obertan

Dom: 1-1
Terrible teams alert! Villa have been horrendous for a long time, while Newcastle are virtually unwatchable under the leadership of interim gaffer John ‘Charver’, a man with all of the tactical nous of an inebriated 12 year-old playing Football Manager on his brother’s PC.

Nightshade: 0-1
Newcastle are so bad under Carver that defeats seem the logical prediction virtually every week that he’s their head coach. Tim Sherwood should get a good response from his troops after last week’s disappointing 2-1 home reverse against Stoke.

Stoke City vs Hull City

Dom: 2-1
Stoke are all but safe after their triumph at Villa Park last time out, one more win will secure their top-flight status for another year. They should beat a Hull team capable of upsetting the best, but their inconsistency will haunt them here.

Nightshade: 0-4
One outrageous prediction for me! Hull are the kind of team who can produce brilliance on rare occasions; I’m banking on them doing it at the Britannia Stadium – come on you Tigers!

West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton

Dom: 1-2
Saints’ defence for once looked leaden footed when they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool last Saturday. They should bounce back at the Hawthorns, despite the Baggies’ vast improvement since Tony Pulis’ appointment.

Nightshade: 1-1
Tony Pulis and West Brom looks like a marriage made in heaven. A point at home against an excellent Southampton team should provide further proof that the Baggies are destined to beat the drop this term.

Liverpool vs Manchester City
12.00, SundayMan City

Dom: 1-3
A home defeat against Barcelona exposed City’s flaws in certain areas – is James Milner really good enough to start those kind of matches? Liverpool are no Barca though, and despite improving in recent weeks they’ll disappoint their fans tomorrow.

Nightshade: 2-1
City followed a 5-0 hammering of Newcastle with a 2-1 home defeat against Barcelona. Liverpool, also in decent domestic form and poor in Europe, will kill off Pellegrini’s title tilt, ultimately costing the Chilean his job at the end of the campaign.

Arsenal vs Everton
14.05, Sunday

Dom: 2-0
Arsenal were woeful in Europe in mid-week, smashed 3-1 by Monaco in front of their own fans. Everton on the other hand are doing rather well in the Europa League, but suffering a terrible run in the league – all of this points to a Gunners home win, and then some serious work to do in their second leg in France.

Nightshade: 2-2
“Come in Mr Wenger, your time is up!” Despite being a revolutionary Premier League manager, Monsieur Wenger has a team that are treading treacle. With morale on the floor, this is an optimum time for the Toffees to take a point at the Emirates.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur (League Cup)
16.00, Sunday (Double points game)Eden Hazard

Dom: 2-1 aet
Spurs have developed one of this season’s revelations in the shape of Harry Kane. A gem of a striker, he’ll nab another goal to take this one to extra time, but Chelsea will find another gear to seal silverware before focusing on more pressing matters.

Nightshade: 2-4
Tottenham destroyed Chelsea earlier this season, 5-3 at White Hart Lane. They will do that again here; a hat-trick for Eriksen and one more for Kane. Silverware for Spurs!

The Premier Predictions league table is still led by DJ Rees. Dom’s defeat last time means that he slumps into the bottom half of the table, while Damian Clark sits in mid-table, having secured a comfortable victory.

1. DJ Rees: 11 Points

2. Just Mike: 9

3. True Geordie: 8

4. Damian Clark: 7

5. Dom Kureen: 6.50 (average)

6. Kelvin West: 6

7. Jonathan O’Shea: 5

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Premier Predictions: Week 6.

Dom Kureen experienced his first victory of the season on Boxing Day, defeating legendary soccer utility player Jonathan O’Shea by 7 points to 5 by predicting seven correct outcomes without an exact result.

Fingers Crossed

Now on a roll, the home predictor takes on Hollister CEO, former Torquay United youth team winger and devout Manchester United supporter Damian Clark – a man who resembles a youthful Lewis Hamilton.

*A correct outcome gains one point, an exact result three points. All games kick off at 3pm on 28th December unless stated.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
Sunday, 12.00

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Dom: 2-2
Two teams that score and concede freely should contest an open, attractive match at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane is this season’s undisputed champion of scuffed strikes that somehow find the net. Man United will be boosted by the return of Luke Shaw, and with Falcao, Rooney and Van Persie all hitting their stride, a draw seems about right.

DC: 1-2
Harry Kane’s impressive form looks set to continue for Spurs, but with the home team’s lacklustre defence, United’s attacking power will make the difference on the day. The Red Devils have an outstanding record at White Hart Lane and Van Gaal will want maximum points to keep their faint title hopes alive.

Southampton vs Chelsea
Sunday, 14.05

Dom: 1-3
Saints have been miserable against the league’s elite, usually losing by a few goals. Chelsea seem to have swiftly recovered from their only defeat of the season against Newcastle, with captain John Terry inspiring a quartet of victories since. JT might not trouble the scorers this time, but Diego Costa is worth backing to net a couple.

DC: 1-1
Southampton have rekindled the form that propelled them towards the top of the table, highlighted by the excellent win against Crystal Palace that ultimately cost Neil Warnock his job. Mourinho’s troops have ridden their luck at times – this could be the day that it catches up with them.

Aston Villa vs Sunderland

Dom: 2-1
Two middling teams seeking retribution for Boxing Day losses. It was the Mackems’ 3-1 home reverse to struggling Hull City that will have hurt the most, deflating most of the positive kudos that a 1-0 Tyne-Wear derby victory had brought previously. Benteke’s presence should give the Villains the edge in what promises to be the bowling shoe ugly encounter of the day.

DC: 2-2
Benteke’s goals have been priceless for the Midlands side, and with Sunderland not getting the rub of the green against Hull to suffer defeat despite playing well, it makes for an evenly contested, open game of football.

Hull City vs Leicester City

Kasper Schmeichel

Dom: 2-1
The Tigers’ away win at the Stadium of Light was priceless, and perhaps a major reason why gaffer Steve Bruce didn’t join Neil Warnock in receiving his P45. Neither team exactly screams confidence. Leonardo Ulloa looked back to somewhere near his best against Spurs, unfortunately for The Foxes he alone can’t stop the rot.

DC: 2-0
Nigel Pearson and Leicester’s miserable run will continue at the KC Stadium. The transfer window needs to be used wisely if they want to avoid being cut off from the rest of the division. Hull will feel confident of another three points to pull them away from the drop zone.

Manchester City vs Burnley

Dom: 4-0
Man City have been irresistible since opting to use the Spanish Euro 2012 tactics of playing without a striker. The Burnley defenders are barely equipped to stop James Milner, let alone the likes of Navas, Silva and Yaya Toure. Danny Ings has real quality about him, but won’t get the service to make a difference today.

DC: 3-0
David Silva is likely to get on the score sheet again, the diminutive Spanish international looks to be in menacing form. Burnley will need to be at their very best for 90 minutes and hope that one or two City players take them lightly if they’re to salvage anything from this game.

Queens Park Rangers vs Crystal Palace

Dom: 4-1
There seemed little logic to booting out the stale Neil Warnock during such a hectic period of the season, other than if Palace have somebody lined up (which it doesn’t seem like they do.) Harry’s Hoops have been dynamic at Loftus Road, with Charlie Austin filling his boots, the former Poole City striker will enjoy facing this dishevelled bunch.

DC: 1-1
With Warnock’s departure just over 24 hours ago, Palace will be hoping for a fresh start, and there’s no better way to achieve that than by beating fellow relegation battlers in this London derby. QPR have been in good nick recently and will need to maintain that to gain a point against a rejuvenated Palace.

Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion

Berahino

Dom: 1-0
Stoke have reverted to type recently, utilising Peter Crouch as a loan target man, with the lightning footwork of Victor Moses and Bojan Krkic either side. The Baggies are quite an industrious team, but could really use a Bojan of their own to take some of the offensive burden from the shoulders of reportedly Tottenham-bound Saido Berahino.

DC: 1-0
With Stoke’s organisation at the back and the flair of Bojan, who seems to have finally found his feet after years of European under achievement, they will be too strong for a West Brom team whose manager’s future is in the balance. Berahino’s goals have dried up, as has the visitors’ creativity around the penalty area.

West Ham United vs Arsenal

Dom: 2-1
Andy Carroll and co. will fancy their chances against a depleted Gunners defence, who were forced to slot left-back Nacho Monreal into a central defensive role against QPR a couple of days ago. Olivier Giroud’s senseless red card stretches Arsenal’s reduced ranks further; despite putting in a decent shift I can see them being out muscled in this one.

DC: 1-3
A tough London derby, with both teams battling it out for Champions League qualification. Carroll will be in the mood to pile some post-Christmas misery upon Arsenal, but with Sanchez in mesmeric form it will be the visitors who hold out for three crucial points.

Newcastle United vs Everton
Sunday, 16.15

Dom: 1-1
A bizarre campaign thus far for Newcastle has recently witnessed six victories on the spin followed by four consecutive defeats. Ayoze Perez is a real find and the only Toon player to shine during Friday’s defeat at Old Trafford. Everton’s home reverse at the hands of Stoke was yet another blip in a soul sapping season – two side who need a win will have to settle for a point.

DC: 1-1
Two teams who could have mixed fortunes this season. Everton are yet to hit the standards set last season and Newcastle’s inconsistency has cost them in recent weeks. This one has draw written all over it.

Liverpool vs Swansea City
Monday, 20.00

Raheem Sterling

Dom: 3-1
Liverpool scraped a one goal win at Turf Moor on Friday, having gained a last-gasp point against Arsenal the previous weekend. It seems as if the Reds are picking up momentum, with Raheem Sterling leading from the front. Swansea aren’t great travellers and despite Bony’s presence they’ll succumb to the home side’s new found spirit.

DC: 1-1
Liverpool’s lacklustre summer transfer dealings have hurt them this season. With Luis Suarez sold, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge have barely troubled the scorers. As a result Brendan Rodgers  has been forced to switch Sterling to a central role.  Victory for Swansea will see them climb six points above their hosts in what has been a steady season for Garry Monk’s charges thus far.

The Premier Predictions league table is still led by DJ Rees. Dom’s win means that he now resides in mid-table, while Jonathan O’Shea is unfortunate to bring up the rear, having been the victim of a spate of underdog victories during Boxing Day’s matches.

1. DJ Rees: 11 Points

2. Just Mike: 9

3. True Geordie: 8

4. Dom Kureen: 7.20 (average)

5. Kelvin West: 6

6. Jonathan O’Shea: 5

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.