Bucket (Hat)List 2019

I saw this year, in highbrow fashion circles, the bucket hat is in. Of course for us here at Lockthelocks it was never out and you’ll have seen us put up a list of bucket hats every year, such is the relatively limited variety of this hat, well a decent on anyway. This year there…

The Shakespeare MKII

The Shakespeare part 2 So after reviewing the Shakespeare on Summer Row I had to find the time to review the other one by Size? in the city centre just off new street. A pub I’m familiar with as I normally pop in here before heading down to London from Grand Central. As you approach…

Juke to Baggies?

Having lost our top goalscorer you’d think the club would be well on the way to securing a replacement, a proven replacement, not just someone who did well in the vast wilderness of some Spanish lower league. Of course Blues aren’t your average club and someone needs to find a way to either change the…

Transfer Roundup

It’s been a bit of a busy week down the Blues, no they’ve not yet sacked anyone else but rather appointed Paco Herrera as Head Coach. The Spaniard is a great addition and has a wealth of experience previously working with the likes of Rafa Benitez as his assistant. It’s doesn’t automatically make Pep any…

Could there be a Vision?

I, like a lot of fans, have been working to try and get my head around the decisions made by the board recently but of course it’s a struggle. That said I’ve been watching the developments within the youth ranks with great interest and I do wonder if TTA’s overall intention is good but they’re…

Peak of the Week: Vedett Blond Beer

A few weeks ago my pal Field mentioned he’d tried a proper nice beer called Vedett and as I’d seen it in the shop I said I’d pick it up and give it a go. I picked one up and walking home snapped a shot of the bottle only to find out I’d picked up…

What’s On? Godiva Festival

I’d usually do a kind of “What’s On” on a Friday but I don’t want to give you all such late notice for a decent event like this one. Godiva strikes memories in me of being young, of all the Oakland’s lads meeting at the Swan beers from Pete’s sorted and straight onto the 900…

Fontaines DC – Dogrel: Album Review

I was in the pub the other day when Omagh whipped out the headphones, eager to show me this Dublin band with the assurance that he thought he knew what I wanted from my music as well as the fact that “No one makes music like this these days.” After that listen my interested was…

The Lord Clifden

The Lord Clifden. So this one was pretty cool. I got to catch up with my mate Sean and link it with having a beer with one of the boys from work too, me and Matt had been banging on about going to the clifden for a while so decided to pop down on a…

Transfer Roundup

And so it has happened, Blues have sold their prized asset Che Adams as Southampton’s pursuit of the 22 year old finally came to an end resulting in them getting their man.  This comes despite the board having previously said he wasn’t for sale. It’s something many fans were prepared for but that doesn’t make…

What’s On? Raise the Ruth

Here at Lockthelocks we’re looking to try and not only find the best Pubs in Brum with the Flip Some Beer Mats series, but also to bring you the best events taking place too. Tonight there is a charity event taking place to help a vulnerable individual within the local community. Raise the Ruth is…

Benno, Benno, Benno

This Month’s BCFC Legend will be the second keeper I’ve added to the ranks following Carling Cup winning keeper Ben Foster. I don’t know why but his testimonial match really sticks in my mind to this day, something you don’t see as much of in modern football with the way players are moving around. I…

How Does the Blues Kit Compare?

Where does our kit rank in the list of kits that have already been announced? I’ll be honest, I quite like it. I wasn’t a huge fan of last season’s kit as I felt it looked a bit cheap which, of course when it was confirmed it was one of Adidas’ cheap as chips tops…

Chase & Status – RTRN II JUNGLE: Album Review

Chase & Status released their fifth studio album RTRN II JUNGLE at the end of May, 15 years since the duo first burst onto the scene. The album comes two years after their Tribe album and pushes their style further back to the D’n’B/Jungle sound that they refined over the years. Initially rumoured to be…

The Actress & Bishop

Actress and bishop So, a busy Friday at work came and I was knackered so I decided to pop down to the actress and see if it was still how I remembered it from 10 years ago. With a covered smoking area to the front and long bar inside it’s starting off well. Still the…

Transfer Roundup

From this point forward I think any transfer news is going to be a bit bitter sweet as well as heavily over analysed to try and validate the claims that Monks insistence to use just one agent for all his deals was hindering the signing of players. That said there’s not a great deal of…

What I’m Watching: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 4 is out today, the wait is over, the “last” film in the series (Until they change their mind and bring out a 5th) is in cinema’s now. I was initially going to take the kids to see it this weekend but it will more than likely be the end of the month…

What I’m Watching: Yardie

Idris Elba’s directorial debut is this week’s What I’m Watching in a rare move away from my Netflix account to hit up the Prime. I’d heard good things about this one in the past so was quite excited to finally get time and a chance to sit down and watch it. Released in 2018 Yardie…

Yesterday

Ben Haden About two years ago I was properly introduced to the Beatles, I had heard their music hereand there never really caring about them or their songs. Until after having a lengthy conversation with my Aunt she filled me in on their accolades, background and deeper meanings to their songs. From here I listened…

Where Are They Now? Tamer Hassan

The penultimate edition of this months feature series, Where Are They Now? looks at the British actor Tamer Hassan having already looked at the duo formerly on The Beats Label, The Mitchell Brothers and former Blues loanee Ravel Morrison. Tamer Hassan is an actor that I used to see in everything even if it was just a…

Protests, Boycotts & Ren’s Comments

This whole Monk situation has caused a massive rift between fans and the club with yesterdays explosive interview with Xuandong Ren attempting to put the blame at the feet of Monk. The story suggests that they decided to sack Monk because he was hell bent on using one agent for all their signings, that they…

Spezial Season SS19 Part 2

This time of year comes around so quickly and we’re already being gifted to the second drop of the SS19 Spezoal collection adding three additional silhouettes to their footwear range of 6 that were released already in March. The newest three silhouettes are the Silverbirch SPZL, my favourite of the collection, which come in a…

An Absolute Shambles!

I’ve started this off three times such is the frustration and anger that fills me following the news that Blues have sacked Garry Monk. It’s absolutely ludicrous and if ever you need a signal of incompetence I think this is it. The board appear to be working hard to implode the club at every opportunity,…

The Amazon Premier League Broadcasting Deal

Amazon have secured the rights to 20 Premier League games this season including all of the Boxing Day fixtures revealing their intentions to move into the lucrative sport of football.   As many of you who regularly read this blog will know, I’m a Prime subscriber so for me this is fantastic news, especially as…

Nike x Stranger Things

Last week we were bringing you the Adidas X Toy Story 4 trainers launched to commemorate the newest addition to the Film Franchise and this week it’s Nike’s turn as they bring a range out ahead of the newest series of Stranger things. They’re doing a full range including hoodies and tees but we’re most…

The Shakespeare, Summer Row, Birmingham.

The Shakespeare. Recently I was lucky enough to start working back in Birmingham with the award winning Barberology so alot of people will now be expecting some more local boozers to review. So after one Thursday late night on my stroll into town I stopped off at the Shakespeare, Summer Row. A simple pub, very…

Transfer Round Up

It’s certainly been an eventful week, you can’t take that away from things, but as Bluenoses we’d be bored if things went smoothly I think we’d be lost, like that one time a few years ago. I think the fallout between Monk and Ren has definitely distracted from the rumour mill so there’s not particularly…

What I’m Watching: Toy Story 2

Continuing the build-up of Toy Story 4 it’s a review of the second film in the franchise, Toy Story 2. Initially planned to just be a straight to VHS release the film did also get limited cinematic release as well. It was a film that, in the ever growing industry of franchises, definitely deserved a…

Is Monk on His Way Out?

Well what a load of drama that was! But I still don’t think we’re in the clear just yet as there’s not been any clarification to dismiss the talk that sent Social Media into meltdown yesterday surrounding the alleged imminent departure of Monk. They say there can be no smoke without fire and I think…

The Old Crowns 12 Weeks of Summer

The Old Crown have announced a return of their 12 Weeks of Summer and we’re already gassed! The event kicks off tonight starting with Tom Mason and covers live performances, DJ’s, Pre-Parties and themed quizzes before finishing off with a 651st Birthday Party for the oldest pub in Birmingham so there’s something for everyone at…

Where Are They Now? Ravel Morrison

So to continue this month’s feature series “Where are they Now?” with last week’s being The Mitchell Brothers I’m looking at former Blues loanee Ravel Morrison. Morrison was once tipped to be one of the greatest footballers and Alex Ferguson referred to him as one of the “most gifted young players” he worked with, he…

Peak of the Week: Luminance – NEIPA

Magic Rock Brewery do the best Porter, that’s a fact (Here’s the review just to make sure you’re fully up to date) and as I reviewed Inhaler the other week when I saw this one from them I thought it’s going to be worth a go. It’s not one from their core range so I…

BrightBurn Review

Ben Haden I have never been a fan of Superman, personally I feel he is too righteous, too much of a goody goody and is far too overpowered. So what would happen if instead of becoming the hero we needed, he instead became the villain we deserved? What Is Brightburn? To put it simply Brightburn…

MoStack – Stacko: Album Review & Tour Details

Following the success of his Mixtape Highstreet Kid, MoStack has dropped his highly anticipated debut album along with a UK Tour to promote it. I’m going to get in there first and say that I’m not a huge MoStack fan, it’s not for lack of ability as clearly he’d not be enjoying the rewards of…

Summer Attire 19

We seem to be having a bit of a hit and miss summer at the minute, the February heatwave seems to have taken the heat early. They’re still saying we’re going to have the longest, hottest heatwave ever but I’ll believe it when I see it. Anyway, whatever the weather we’ve got you covered so…

Transfer Roundup

I think we all know the big news of this weeks roundup as Blues were able to make last seasons loan deal with lifelong Bluenose Gary Gardner a permanent move. It’s a cracking deal that’s seen Blues offload one of our largest under-performers as well as clearing our largest wage bill. Gardner has already spoken…

What I’m Watching: Kong Skull Island

So for this week’s What I’m Watching I’m keeping it almost relevant, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the third instalment of the MonsterVerse franchise and is currently in cinema’s so I’m reviewing the second of them (Having not watched the first). It’s starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and funnyman…

What I’m Watching: Toy Story

I don’t usually review kids films, they were included in the 100 Films to see but it’s not often they’ll feature in the What I’m Watching Series but in the build-up to the latest edition of the Toy Story franchise I thought I’d review the three original films, especially given how much of an impact…

Where Are They Now? The Mitchell Brothers

“Forty-four pounds a week to live on, eighty-eight quid that’s a brand spanking new pair of Nike Air Max then my Gorgie is done!” The Mitchell Brothers rose to prominence in the early Noughties, they were the first act signed to Mike Skinners label The Beats and continued a sound that The Streets had crafted…

Done Deal: Gary Gardner In Jota Out

So a couple of hours ago it was finally made official, Gary Gardner has moved to Blues on a three year deal. The move has been considered “good business for both clubs” but I genuinely think Blues got the better end of the deal, recouped our losses on a player that just didn’t seem to…

10 Years On: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Ten years ago today West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum was released, arguably one of the greatest albums of our time although I’m not suggesting its Kasabian’s greatest album. Kasabian are a band that have played with their sound over the years, perfecting it as they do but always offering something that sounds distinctly Kasabian while…

The Moschino Hat

Just picture the scene, it’s the mid-noughties, you’re hitting the outdoor before landing the park to get drunk off a couple of cans or even heading to a house party or Ice Skating, wherever it is your teenage self is headed one thing is for sure, someone will be rocking a Mosh Hat. The Moschino…

Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss: Album Review

So Friday saw a double drop, no I’m not talking about a night out in Subway City but two projects launched and I was equally excited for both. Skepta dropped Ignorance is Bliss, his second studio album and P Money dropped Money Over Everyone III, the third instalment of the mixtape series. I was half…

P Money – Money Over Everyone III: Mixtape Review

So Friday saw two strong releases from two of the scenes best and I was equally excited for both. P Money dropped Money Over Everyone III, the third instalment of the mixtape series and Skepta dropped Ignorance is Bliss, his second studio album. I was half tempted to do a double review on one post…

King of Commercial Lager

So in the group chat the other day I had the lads ask me to review Carling as one of the upcoming Peak of the Weeks, we all laughed and had a few satirical review lines and that was it. I did say I’d look to get something up for them though (So if there’s…

Transfer Round Up

It’s definitely been a more eventful week on the transfer front as things hot up for Blues as we look set to sign Gary Gardner making last seasons transfer deal permanent while Jota, who’s never really lived up to expectations, makes the move the other way. I think this is a great bit of business,…

What’s On: Birmingham Beer Week

Birmingham has a fantastic beer scene from the old school breweries through to independent craft breweries along with several bars of all shapes and sizes serving everything from Carling through to special craft beers, there’s also plenty of beer festivals with Taps having passed already, Beer Central is taking place in July as well as…

What I’m Watching: The Silence

We’re back on the Netflix hype for this week’s What I’m Watching and I stumbled across a film called The Silence the other day, now my Doctor Who senses were fully tingling knowing that The Silence are a foe of the Doctor’s however turns out it’s a different Silence. Released in April this year I…

North Korean Whiskey is Coming!

North Korea have thrown their hat into the whiskey ring it seems but such is the secrecy that shrouds this country there’s little to be known about this whiskey other than it’s a magical whiskey that allegedly counteracts the negative effects of drinking. It’s even allegedly a drink that will actively combat the harm to…

100 Films to Watch Before You Die Part 4

So to the final post of this month’s feature series, we’ve done British, Gangster and kids so now to the Blockbuster films. Once again it’s in no particular order. The Wolf of Wall Street It’s the fantastic Wolf of Wall Street to kick things off, the real story of Jordan Belfort played by Leonardo DeCaprio.…

The Potential Ground Share

This one has been doing the rounds for a few weeks and as of yet there’s not been any solid confirmation from Blues although Coventry have now announced they’ve agreed a ground share with details to follow. A few of you have asked me what I think of it so I thought I’d do a…

Tees of the Month – May 19

It’s that time again, looking through the best graphic tees and shortlisting 5. I’m not going to lie, one of the tops on the list is our own but it’s that class it has to make it onto the list! Anyway without further ado; Closer Than Most – Anti-Hero Playing Cards (Alex Delarge) To kick…

SBK – In Grime We Trust

I’ m sure a couple of weeks ago I was banging on about how modern Grime has lost its essence a bit, not necessarily a bad thing for the success of the scene but can certainly leave you missing the hard, ice cold beats of the early day Grime with the lyrics that fly in…

Transfer Round Up

As expected it’s been a quiet first week for Blues in the transfer window after a few contracts and releases last week. I’ve kept an ear out to see if there’s any rumours worth reporting, I’ve seen a couple of what I call “wish lists” but I’ve only actually seen one solid transfer rumour. It’s…

What I’m Watching: The Intent 2 The Come Up

I reviewed the first one last week so it’s only right I get the second one in this week, The Intent 2: The Come Up is this weeks What I’m Watching and is the prequel to the first film with several of the same cast members. I mentioned previously about the music scene influencing the…

100 Films to Watch Before You Die (Part 3)

The penultimate of this Month’s Feature Series looks at Family Films having already done British and Gangster flicks. Once upon a time I’d probably have barely any kid’s films to put on this list but as they say things change and two kids later I have to refrain myself from a Paw Patrol Series Watch…

BCFC Legend Joe Bradford

This month’s BCFC Legend is one that is a bit before my time, that said he made an impressive 445 appearances during his spell at the club so should be remembered as a real Legend. A centre-forward, he is the clubs all-time leading goal scorer with 267 goals to his name so it’s apt to…

The Future of Stadium Naming Rights

I saw a story on the BBC the other day to do with naming rights. It questioned the missed revenue of Premier League clubs that don’t sell the naming rights of their stadium like they do in the NFL. Blues of course sold the naming rights of their own stadium to parent company TTA which…

The Obsession With Socks

Not a Sox post but a socks post, I seem to have missed the memo on the growing obsession with socks, there’s as much focus on the sock as there is the trainer nowadays with so many people focusing on the mad styles that are emerging. The madness at first came to my attention through…

Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain: Album Review

Slowthai has gone for a Punk-Infused Grime sound for his debut album which sees him spit angrily about the state of things in Britain at the minute as well as touching on the subject that’s confirmed there is not a politician in any party that represents anyone but themselves, Brexit. I’ll hold my hands up…

70 Pubs a Month Close on Average

It’s Monday and we’ve got a special Flip Some Beer Mats lined up for later but until then I thought I’d first look at an alarming statistic. In Britain our identity is being stripped away and the heart of our communities has been under attack for some time now as its reputation has been tarnished…

Transfer Round Up

I feel like the window comes around quicker every year and this years summer transfer window is already open, in fact I see Bournemouth have already done some business through it. I expect this to be another quiet summer as Monk has already alluded to but I think we will see some real quality additions…

What I’m Watching – The Intent

Hollywood has undeniably dominated the landscape of films but that doesn’t mean that British films aren’t making a resurgence and with the prominence of UK Music such as Grime, UK Rap, Trap and more the artists that are killing it independently or not in this scene have also begun to cross over into films. This…

100 Films to Watch Before You Die (Part 2)

So following on from last week’s British Films I’ve gone for Gangster Films this week in the 100 Films to See Before You Die, I probably made an error having Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as well as Snatch under the British Film section as I could have used this space to add two…

Monthly Musings: What Happened to Limewire?

The other day I stumbled across a meme, the contents of this particular meme showed Abe Simpson with a load of kids gathered around listening to him speak, it looked as though he was certainly imparting wisdom and I can already hear you ask what wisdom it was (Those that don’t follow me on Insta…

The Twang Announce New Album

Is it Christmas without The Twangmas special? Absolutely not! So here’s some good news for the fans out there, The Twang have announced they’ll be releasing a new album this November entitled “If Confronted Just Go Mad”. It’s been 5 years since they last released a new record, although it doesn’t seem to feel this…

Peak of the Week: Doom Bar Amber Ale

It’s that time again and this week’s Peak of the Week is another quite popular ale that is quite common on the pump in most backstreet boozers, even those that possibly focus more on Carling than a decent range of beers will manage to find space for this beer so I was certainly looking forward…

The Monk Effect

The second post I’ve done this year in honour of the main man, Sir Gary Monk but as the season has come to an end now I thought it would be appropriate to truly reflect on how much he’s done for the team, the club and us the fans this season. Gary Monk is the…

Adidas City Series

This week we’ll see the release of the latest edition to the City Series the Adidas Bern which are due to drop this Saturday (18/05/19). The Bern were first released in 1970 these were last re-issued in 2014 so it’s been a five year hiatus unless you include the Adidas Jeans Bern which were released…

The Football Factory Turns 15

I don’t know if I should feel old or not but I remember clearly when The Football Factory was released and how buzzing I was for it, a young impressionable school boy who was already very familiar with the violent side of football having long been into terrace culture at my own club and having…

Logic – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: Album Review

Last week I did something I rarely do, I listened to some American Hip Hop. As usual it was an artist I’ve been a long-time fan of Eminem (Well not really Eminem it was Logic but it was the Homicide track he did with Eminem). I then noticed that Logic had dropped an album last…

The Art of the Beer Glass

Carling revealed the purpose behind their new designed glasses is to enable people to carry four of its beers at once rather than the standard three. To be honest I’ve seen people carrying four with the old glasses so I think a lot of it is to do with how daring you are when it…

England, Champions of Europe

Both European competitions have all English finals this year meaning that no matter the outcome, the silverware will be coming to our green and pleasant land. This can only be a good thing, especially following the investments in grass roots and the further development of football in England. The FA, despite their own flaws, have…

What I’m Watching: After Life

It’s a series watch this week and in particular Ricky Gervais’ Netflix Original Series Afterlife. I don’t usually like Gervais, I never got into The Office and he comes across as a complete arrogant tool from what I’ve seen, in fact I’ve never really found him funny which probably explains why I like this. After…

The Whisky Corner: Supermarket Whisky – Tesco Special Reserve

Kicking off the Supermarket Whisky reviews is Tesco and it was a disappointing start straight off, I was hoping to find an own brand premium whisky of some description such as I know some of the other supermarkets do but unfortunately there wasn’t any such option. Although it wasn’t purely their white-label bottle it didn’t…

100 Films to Watch Before You Die (Part 1)

Following on from last months feature piece, 100 Albums to Listen to Before You Die, I thought this month I’d go for 100 Films. Once again I’m going to segment it out and it’s all in no real particular order, I’m going to start this one off with The Best of British so below I’ve…

Peak of the Week – Lost Lager (Brewdog)

So it’s my first ever Peak of the Week and I decided to stick with James’ common feature and go for a Brewdog. I’ve recently been drinking a lot of Pilsner as I like the way the lager tastes and it’s crisp enough to satisfy me, so after mentioning this to a customer I was…

Slowdown in Craft Breweries

As its Peak of the Week time I thought I’d also post about an article I read the other day regarding the number of craft breweries opening having slowed, significantly. In fact there was a drop of 98% on the previous year as there were only 8 new breweries opening in 2018 compared with a…

Joint Sessions: Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey

After Conor McGregor announced he’d be getting into the whiskey business an army of fans and followers immediately became projected sales, I read somewhere that by the second post off the Proper Twelve Instagram page there were 330,000 followers. The page only has 650,000 now so I’m not sure if the numbers are correct but…