Saturday, 29 December 2012

(FIlm review) The Dark Night Rises

Like many people, i was thinking, how can you top the joker in the Dark Night, thats going to grow into icon status in years to come.  To be fair, i give huge credit for Chistopher Noel for releasing some fine batman films that was very much needed and just amazing to watch.  I have not seen many new films recently and the so called trilogy, which is a load of rubbish, unless its going to be called the Noelan Trilogy as aparantly he hs stepping down.  There are going to be more Batmans.

The Dark Night Rises, completes a story cycle, with some great twists, awsome weaponry, which has never been shown and again a great cast.  I like the way Noelen used many of the cast from Inception, mixed with the basic cast of batman and new cast members.  He reminds me of Quentin Taratino here, he has a touch that no one else has

Bane is in this one and i thought, what are they going to do.  On the surface its a mixture of The Dark night and Batman begins in regards to storyline and locations and Waynes former teacher returns briefly as part of the story, which was really thought out
With the Dark Night, the storyline was taken from a 1960 comic. With the Dark Night rises, i do not know what source was used, but i am totally asuming either it was another comic because Bane as never appeared in previous Batman films before, a far i am aware or nolan stuck to as near to the source material as possible

Its not going to top Health Ledgers performance, but you have to go in different directions and Nolan really has a great mind when it comes to film that i have seen.
To everyone that does not realise this, there is going to be another batman, the message is in the film.  The scene were the young cop flows his badge away on the bridge, symbolises the moment when, Commissioner Gordon, hands over the joker card to Batman in Batman begins, There is another chain of films to come.  I thought, why would he throw his badge away, there must be more going on and to come

Near the end of the film, when the woman  in the office says, why don't use use your birth name.........Robin, the penny dropped the size of Britian, i thought holy shit, you must be joking, Robin????

As a film fan, i thought what are they going to do here. Tom Hardy plays Bane very well, although i have no idea what people were talking about with his voice. I have seen a couple of reviews about it. Everyone was saying his voice was muffled? what are you deaf, even in a cinema? Although they could have given him more voice movement as half the time it looks overdubbed as he as a mask on. I did pay attentioned his his throat movements as i thought they had done a Darth Vader.

Overall, a great film, one of the best and it balances very well with The Dark Night. People might say, one was better than the other, but to be far, if you get lot of praise for one film, its not the matter of topping it, its all in the storyline, just got to manipulate

Dj Readman .. i film fan ;)

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Independent Special. Musicians that have left an impression

I know it is the time of year for top 10s and things, but i am always looking for something different in a show...so this is it


Tonight( Thursday 27th December) I am live on Music World Radio and joined by, Raymond Rowe, once more, from New Usb on Skype, to talk about and play the bands, solo artists, all Independents that have left an impression on us in 2012.

There are many and some will be played that we have known for long. But the theme is, Left an impression.
We have, Jet Noir, Naked Lunch, Glowpeople, Vinnie Zummo, Silverspark, The Strummer Room Poject and many other artists who have kind of made the grade.
This is not a competition, but talking to fans and releasing fine music are two of the qualities and reason for the musicians on the list

This is the list i have compiled for your to view here

Not all bands have this ability, but many have and impresses many people and we have seen fan comment direct


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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Music in 2012

Many people write the top 10s and things down. This is slightly different, this is the music that has impressed me the most

Against All Will

One the area i like about this Rock band from America is that they listen to their fans and so does their publicist, Yvonne Laughin, who does a great job in social media. who i get the songs from.  All the members are from former well known rock bands themselves, but they knows the fans are their bread and butter.
Their music is pretty dam good. At the start, i did not know what to expect, very commerical, leaning to darker rock

Jet Noir

This may seen an obvious choice, but her new album really impressed me as she has done something different and broadened her appear, which for the most part did not happened upto this point.  As well as working hard as hell and mainly works on her own, shes a real trooper. Yes, she looks dam fine, but looks is only the outside, its the inside what creates the beats
Besides that, finally interviewed her this year for two hours. Considering her phobias and so on, in my opinion, that was a very brave move on her part

Vinnie Zummo

Never heard of this guy before, but i have no.  I send me a lot of material and really blew me away. His albums are full of styles from Metal to Country, is just really suprised me. American musicians who puts a lot of effort into his production and it shows

Dog Food

The band from Birmingham came down for a full band Acoustic performance in September.  Finally met, RIchard Temple, aka, Magick Temple from Spain after 4 years. the band have been down before, but the first time me wife had met them
The comes down and Dr Jet, bought a banquet with them. We also found out he had an ear infection.  These guys are really troupers, even coming over an hour to perform on the radio

Silverspark

I was would say its rare to find a band this good in the sound the perform and produce. Matt and Carey, w ho perform Rock pop songs, all original music, really have something going here. I was very impressed by the shear quality of the music, their attitude and warmth towards fans.  The have ep at the moment, life the fuse and every songs is just quality....You rare get that..If you put on gigs, book them

Repulse Monkey & Shes Excited

I few people i noticed like this and i agree.  I am very picky with dance music, because many artists just mix, which gets boring.  When you are creative with dance it gets really interesting.  This duo impressed me with the song, Pink Noise with a mixture of dubstep style dance tunes and great vocals by Shes Excited

Naked Lunch

To say this band has a lot of history is a completely understatement.  Got to know Tony Mayo through Jet Noir, who brought him along when i interviewed her in October.  The band began in the late 70s and one of the acts that introduced the world to dirty electro music, whatever you want to call it.  They recently reformed at gthe Club Noir venue in London and the history is beginning to unfold.  Tony has recently recorded new material and aparantly rerecordings older material

Yolanda R

I recently interviewed this fine singer live from New York. Got to know her through New Usbs Raymond Rowe and one of the bet singers, interviewed her because i loves her powerful singer voice, very reminscent of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. She has her own unique style and the recording are evident of the fact she not scared to try something different

Glowpeople

Combine Ozric Tenticle elements with Acid Jazz, 6 muscians and you have one of the best bands i have heard in a long time. I had a chat with Nick Raybould( Drummer) and Chris( Keyboards) At the beginning of the year. Every week they do a tight song 3 hour jam and Nick records it, What comes out is beautiful floating sounds and just great to float away to. They are mainly instrumental, with some vocals in areas or effect. They release their debut album a few months ago and is on amazon at the moment

The Cherry Bluestorms

Another duo, this time, American.  Deborah Gee and Glen Laughin who go under the band name have one of the best sounds i have ever heard.  Its Rock pop sounds, with Transit if Venus album.  When you listen to an album and you get a warm feeling from, is, you the band have done something right. It all about the song writting, great engineering and lovely singer by Deborah

The Strummer Room Project

I few things come from this musicians..Yes, one main guy, who is local, Chris Oats.  Guitarist, who loves colabrating with muscians, hence the name he gave himself. He produced songs with a few people, including former bands mates and i have played many on my show, which have been exclusives.   I first met Chris, when he join the band i am in, The Doolallays, as the bass player.  I then met one of his colaborators, Chris Saffle, who is also a great guy and fine producer from Texas

Little Stevie and the Fatratz

Out of the band, many people go to know, Steven Pridemore, aka Little Stevie. Semi retired muscian, who dusted of many great songs that i have played and been recording many with other muscians or rerecording older songs.  Great musicians, always around, and many like his music which at the start was an oddball mixture, then everyone found out about his electric acoustic work and got hooked


There have been many more, but some musicians i have known for more than a year so they do not count.  These are the main muscians that have impressed me, i have played, met, performed and interviewed. There are more, but it would turn into a long list.  I may add another a couple in the next week, but for the moment i have chosen the ones above

Thankyou for reason and Merry Christmas from the Dj Readman :)




Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Mondays Radio Variety 80s show ( December 17th)


Last night we played many indie bands with an 80s touch. There are many musicians recording is an 80s styles.  These are not cover, more remiscent of the 80s. I have seen a growing trend this year of this sound floating about.
I collected many songs for last night shows, including, Tenek, Silverspark and Among the Echos. These are just a few bands i played as well as a few classics

There is the full show with many links to the artists played in the description...thankyou for listening




Thursdays Independent Variety Show: Yolanda R



Broadcast on Music World Radio.and New Usb.
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This radio special comes off the back of the interview i conducted with Raymond Rowe owner of New Usb.
Yolanda contacted Ray as she lived what she heard.
I played one of her songs within the interview and a fine recording and voice.

Thursday, Independent Variety Show, December 20th will feature on the second hour 9-10pm, live Skype chat and music by and with, Soul, gospel singer from American, Yolanda R
Mixture of studio and live audio so you know what is like on both side of the wall
Here is here profile on New Usb, including many songs for you to listen to..here




Christmas Show 2012

I nearly forgot about this with only a couple of shows left until Christmas.  As it happens my last show before Christmas is Monday 24th December.  I may be able to do my show in another room or a pub, but that unlikely,lol, as we have a guest staying for a few days.
I like Christmas and there a few songs flying about. I do not mind playing tradition songs, the older the better, but of course there Independent artists who like to record Christmas songs.
It would be coo to do wall to wall Christmas songs, depends how many we get

I now that Blackdoghat, Maini Sorry and a few other artists i can think of have done Christmas songs

Want to submit you Christmas song, or even a feature for the show

Submit to with information, links and mp3s so we can play them to
djreadmanuk@gmail.com
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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Pirates in My Sink for your Christmas Stocking

Aye, it be that time of year once again folks. arrrrghhhh
The Acoustic seashanty many love and now you can own.



This is the first song i recorded, many people love it....and you can now own it or buy it from someone digital stocking.
The lyrics are from Gary Cornmans poem of the same name

We have two ways of buying this seashanty with your pieces of gold or sliver.

Single
You can buy on its own, the single, Pirates in My Sink. 5 minutes and 15 seconds of drinking rum and walking the plank.  A bargain 80p

The Special Edition

You get more booty for your coinage, argh
The original seashanty
The alternative version, in different location, different guitar, different background, more song and lyrics
Third version, is the live radio version, which is the first radio version in song form

There is more aye!
When you buy the special edition and we recieve you e-mail, we send you a download link to collect the two official, Pirates in My Sink Videos. There are both in Windows Media video
The special edition is only £2 aye, what a bargin

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One of the two official videos


Saturday, 15 December 2012

Radio Variety Show Vlogs

Today i am launching Radio Variety Show vlogs on my DJ Readman youtube Channel
I had to open this due to testing out Google+ hangouts, so since i have it, i will connect it to the radio shows

This is the first one, about Silverspark.  This will be updated later

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

By My Music launch and Raymond Rowe chat


By My Music is a brand new ' non commission' store run by New Usb, to sell artists music.
Unlike many other selling sites, they take no money from you, unless you sell 100 tunes, then you can donate if you like. but there is no monthly fee, not 50%. The only fee after Saturday, December 15th is £1 per upload. This can be either a single or an album.  Aside from that, the only cut from any sales is what paypal take, which is connected to your sales, Then is is advisable to set up a Micropayment account or upgrade your current paypal account
One the launch show we had Raymond Rowe, the founder of New Usb, talking about the site, reason for setting it up and about the music site inbetween some music from artists played that are on the site




Raymond knows that Independent artists struggle to make money from music. After all its a craft like any other. If the music is good enough, people will buy it

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More live performances

In General
This was mentioned as idea to me before and then recently began to do stream live shows on New Usb which is channeling one stream from Music World Radio.
I can and have had live performers here. The band, Dog Food performed live in September nd LIVE 'In House interview with Jet Noir, accompanied by Tony Mayo in October.

The room i have ain't that big and I know from watching the New Usb live channels, Raymond Rowe has musican performing live in Manchester on a regular basis.  He asked me this year about interviewing a band there and me interviewing them Skype, but at the time i did not have the dualcast in mind and i could not broadcast on two stations on seperate days

Now, since i have been doing the dualcast,, i bought today ( 12th December) and talking to Ray about it

The Plan

A band will perform in Manchester, England and i will interview and channel the audio through Skype, here in Banbury, England.  It may seem a long way round a radio event, but getting up to Manchester possibly once a month is not possible and all these run on a zero budget, unless someone wants to sponser my show :)

More information will be coming, but for the moment, thats the plan

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

( Album review) Blackdoghat - Planetarium




To the Northen Sea,  2. Drown in Me,  3. Before my Eyes,  4. Angels of Us
 5. Electric,  6. Sunday Papers,  7. Some Things are Worth Living 4,  8. One Last Question
 9. Dreams

Acoustic duo and some of the catchiest song i have ever heard.  There are many acoustic artists out there, some more unique with their voice or the way they play their guitar.
The catchy riff on this album reminds of how Paul McCartney writes as he well know for his catch riff and melodys
Many people love Electric, which is my favourite, with a great opening. The great bassline ges to the song, To The Northern Sea.  Another fan favourite is Sunday Papers, which is nice mellow affair.  You can imaging John lounging in a chair, plugging his guitar on a sofa.
Every song, many acoustic, but all diferent and different moods.
This all comes down to great writing from John Sage from London and Matt Gkikas from Greece.  This was released in 2011, all potential singles in old fashion terms. This is all professional studio recorded and everything sounds crisp. The studio version of Electric has come extra layers, which you might not here live, like the Thunder opening, but its all Acoustic based and some of the best you will hear

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( Music Revew) Sliverspark - Life the Fuse


The Ep Light the Fuse, Something about You, Don't Bring Me Down and The Theif

This suprised me a little. Power Pop/ Rock duo from Daventry, England.
I have very chosey with music, even with songs i radioplay, but when it comes to catchy songs, you can't go not wrong with Silverspark and it a a fine ep, which is very commercial sounding and what Pop rock should be in the general chart
Some great song writing here and Careys vocals are being compared to Sharleen from, Texas, for some stunning singing and goes very nicely with Matts guitar playing
Light the Fuse, is my favourite for being he most powerful of the ep and aparantly many people are picking up on this.
Every song could be a single,and very professional recording, sound great and you can hear the lyrics
On very few occasions i say buy it, on this occasion, buy it.  
Matt and Carey are making a great effort to get known and their music speaks volumes
You can go to their website and listen before buying or you can request on my radio shows

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Mondays Radio Variety Show: Vinyls, Glowpeople, Darkhalf and more


Radio Variety Show as always with have great new music
On Monday 10th December we begin with another acts on The Open Show Album Promotion








The Vinyls album, Catch Review  and LIVE Skype Interview
Every 4 weeks over 8 shows, we present an album at the opening of each show after the jingle and one song on voiceover. The voiceover is also played near the end when there is time. Facebook


And we are back with a second session, from English, Acid jazz, progressive instrumental act, Glowpeople
This is on a listener request as we have more new session songs
to play
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First time in a while i have had Drum and Bass for radioplay
Darkhalf, hailing from Swindon, England

with his digital label, Perpetual has released
this ep for free as a Christmas present to
fans
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Also on the playlist:
Jet Noir, Naked Lunch, Cult with No Name and various listener requests
Those are the main acts, want a song played, you will be added to this blog.
Rock, Pop, eclectic wind chimes, ambient sounds, you name it, contact us
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The show is now uploaded, with all links to many artists featured



Sunday, 2 December 2012

My Recordings (Update)

I have not recorded much recently as i didn't want to do too much in one go.  
As i have said on previous blogs, this started out as a radio show segment, reading out poetry. As it turns out i put guitar to the lyrics and thats how Pirates in My Sink come about
There is kind of a sequal, Pirate Dance, which i have got the lyrics for, just got to arrange it

I have recorded so far, Pirates its my sink, which was voted for on Music World Radio top 20 chart and stayed there for 3 months.  I have not had any sales for the song, although it is for sale.  I have not promoted it much as my energies have been on other things recently and you can't do everything

Motorcycle Man was the next poem i put some time into.  This is the next song i began to make a video for as it kind of made sense.  This is the also the first time i collected footage from non copyrighted sources and got permission for other footage
This also got remixed by local musician SRP and the video is in the process of being edited



I have also recorded, Where's My Vegetarian, which is like a dark horror about vegetables.  I also recorded two of my own after a while.  

The first one was totally improvised. This was a vampire song, Their Fangs.  This idea come from seeing a lot of True Blood, which is an American TV series.  The song is not based on anything in particular, but has a, what the media feeds you, ring to it and i had Billy Bragg in my head at the time. I went back, re wrote the entire song and uploaded a one mic version

The next one and last one i recorded for a competition i created but never happened, but a song called, The Independents. This is about indie bands and what was intially going to be my new radio jingle.  It is up on Soundcloud still, but i might just make it another song, probably next  year

I have a s profile page up on New Usb, which is a site and radio station purely for independent artists. 
I like doing this and first time in a number of years i have recorded music. Since i broadcast on radio i utlised that oportunity and broadcasting live 20 minutes performances and played the recordings on the shows. Many people like, Pirates in My Sink and Motorcycle Man, which are both different songs

Want to support and next year i will be perfoming these. If you are interested in my performing these, which will be four songs maximum at the moment, although there are loads more i have not recorded yet, then let us know

All music, link and information are on my Facebook, here


Saturday, 1 December 2012

( Album Review) The Vinyls - Catch ( 2012)



Artist:The Vinyls
Brighton, England
Sound: Vintage Pop

I love original or creative opening to albums. This made me smile as its made to sound like a radio jingle.. The end of the album, you hear the sound of stylus slipping of a record, marking  the end of an album, superb.
I was not expecting the recording quality i heard and how the band managed to capture the energy and a spark they found throughout the whole album


The Mocking song, is a perfect example of the the Jam sound.  The open reminded me straight away of, Eton Rifles. Another opening i like is Whos in Albert Square, with the cowbell and the bass guitar. Fixed to the floor is very 80s reminiscent with the bass guitar over someone clicking their fingers. There are a couple of lounger songs, which are near the end of the album, Ill be there Instead  and Please Just Be Yourself also has a blur feel to

 it..well captured
Just three words...buy the album




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Music and video submission, we want them :)


Independent Variety Show

This is the show i present on Thursday nights.  I am still broadcast on Mwr, but now channel through, DM Radio, Hankypark Radio, GR broadcasting and New Usb Radio, through New Usb site, who support the Independent circuit worldwide.
As well the the show being uploaded as broadcast the day after live broadcast, it is also repeated Monday night 10pm until midnight on Gr broadcasting channel

Video Show

Ray, The owner of New Usb  and Glenn from About Time, present a live video show on New Usb, Tuesdays and Fridays on Grb TV, which is part of New Usb.   Since i am now being heard on this site and they are broadcasting the video show, i have began to submit music videos to their show, either to promote an upcoming radio show or a show i have broadcast that is being repeated there


Submitting

There is a submission form, which i use and anyone else can use.
This does not have to be the exact song that i have played( Although it would help), as maybe there isn't one.  It can be live gig performance or a song from the same album.
If a band, or solo artist have a lots of video or fans uploaded some, i create a playlist on my own youtube channel, which i have been doing for many artists that submit, over the last few months

At the moment, the form does not refresh itself after the first video submission. This will no doubt be sorted out

Submission form

MC, Rapper, Hiphop

I have had a few submissions from rappers over the last two week and i guessing via seeing me on Twitter.
I just can't understand why a great scene, which some great legends has gotten so bad.

Going back 20 or so years or more infact, you have, Run DMC, Grandmaster flash, later on you have. The Beastie Boys and Busta Rhymes, two of my favourtes in fact. These guys are orginal. I got hocked on Busta for his speed, his videos, lyrics, he just puts some imagination into it.

The most recent Mc i have come across and we are going back two years now, Mc Comchemzi, kind of comic rap, some imagination and oustanding lyric flow..reminds me of how Beck works with like a play on words

Video of his

I have got this from listeners to some agree with me on this as well, if you an artists, go for something original, you own, not something that has been copied a thousand times....that what the scene has become.... a copy on top of a copy

I have had Youtube links and watched video. 95% of mixtapes, which i never bother with, because its just boring and when you do get a tune, its just niggers and bitches every 10 seconds, which is also getting boring, not entertaining and to be honest, its getting old

If you can't write more than 5 lines and make them different on a rap song, its just gets repeditive even in 3 minutes

For the moment, until something really well written comes along, i am not taking submission from rappers


Friday, 23 November 2012

The Vinyls interview- Monday 26th November

Yes, we have another LIVE band interview. This time via Skype,
                                                                     The Vinyls
This was set up for broadcast on Thursday ( November 22nd) But the stream did not like us on that day and decided to throw are strop......so a reschedule was in order

The band

Discovered by Stephanie Wright of,New Music Connection, after her live interview on the same week.  The Vinyl are a 4 piece band from Brighton / London,  England have got a great, English sound
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The Show
As advertised the first time, this will be broadcast through Music World Radio, then, Channeled though New Usb radio, DJ Hankypark Radio, Dm radio and Gr Broadcasting.
This an Independent Show with the first 30 minutes of the show, with various artists all Independent.
The 8.30pm til10pm we will have chatting to two members of the band, play music from their stunning album, The Catch and running a competition

The Competition

4 people have the chance for 4 spaces on the guest list of the gig The Vinyl are performing at.
This gig is organised and hosted by Tune breaker and New Music Connection. The gig is in London on 27th November 2012
Gig

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The Show is now available to listen to here
You can also download the mixcloud app, via google play here, to listen to the show on the go


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Buena Vista

This was a company, which is the side name for a disney distribute film company
I was watching a channel i am subscibed to, The Multimedia Chronicles, the other night and Sean, he that run the channel bought this company name up.
Aparantly, Mill Creek, which is a dvd distribution company who are well know for releasing low budget Public domain films, main Speghetti Westerns have now touched on films by Buena Vista, which are copy righted films
Usually, Mill Creak release really cheap DVDs and as you are going to expect with cheap sets, the quality is not top notch.

New releases

The new string of releases is from Buena Vista and includes a mixture of b moveies and some other movies that had theatrical releases, but not as well known and released them. This because Buena Vista are no longer bothered with the films
Mill Creek have released 4 movies on 2 DVD sets and 2 films on blueray.  I did wonder,why they only released two films on the Blue Ray, when the discs have more space on them??

You have Hollywood Homicide( Harrison Ford and fine film) and Hudson Hawk( Bruce Willis, not the best film, but still a major release), which may not be the most popular films, but well known all the same on the same DVD and many other on Blueray

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

The Actors Studio Tom Criuse

I have seen many of these on Youtube a its the right place to see actors, not acting.  Last night i saw the one with Tom Cruise.
One thing i learned from watching this, is that his name is not fake, its his own.  He has got four birth names, but Tom Cruise is his first and second name. I always thought Cruise was odd and always thought he changed it for acting, like any actors and musicians do, but on this occasion their real.
I have not seen all of Toms films, although i have seen Top Gun. Jerry Maguire, and all the Mission Impossible films.  I always wondered how in the hell Tom Cruise got into film because he started in his early 20s

He bought a lot out here, i did not know what to expect. I was very impressed by what he was saying and had no idea he was that involved in making films. I knew he makes money every time he released a picture and knew he has got total control over the MI films, but i wanted to find out more.
This was filmed round about the same time. The Samurai was released and they talked about his earlier work a great deal.
Tom Cruise, may have a peter pan complex as he seems to not age even though its nearly 50 now and he has an ego, well who doesn't, but i was very impressed.
The one thing i noticed and not many actors do in this series is talk to the audence and John lipton like it was a huge family.  Cruise likes being around people and he said that with his films, bh makes way for other actors in his films. He make get top billing as he has been producing every film he has been in practically for over 10 years. but he did say, you have got to communicate with everyone and let everyone breath.

His favourite thing is laughter and he was doing that a lot. I know that he threw everyone which is antics with is last wife, but in film he is 3000% commited and does a lot of research before every film.

Interview with a vampire was mentioned, not much, which was amusing and John said, Ann Rise did not like the idea either.  He said it was fun to play...who wouldn't want to play a vampire.

The other point that struke me is that he said he is rich, like its a joke, but does not take a fee immediately, depends on how the films does.  Obviously he strikes deals and people know who he is, but he does put a lot of work into films

I like the fact that the company hired a local threatre for the studients to watch, The last Samuria
The actors studio interview

New submission Nick Edward Harris



First submission through a Twitter message i released earlier today
Great guitarist and recordings from Nick Edward Harris based in London.
I like Acoustic stuff, but it has to be different or just sound nice, this does
We have got songs, Flood and Trap door from his new album Folie A Deux released on December 15th

We will be playing Nicks music from Monday 18th November
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The Chart Show


Why the chart exists

For you the musician and its fun to broadcast.
I have been wanting to broadcast a chart show for years, but i can't broadcast it all the time. It reminds me of Top of the Pops where you get different presenter on occasion, this is the same here.

Why nominate and why get people to vote

It is a big promotion and shows members of the public are voting and perhaps buying your songs as well.  Reason a profile is connected to the chart list under ' Visit' and the station gets a lot of traffic.
Created well over 2 years ago and one of the most popular shows on Music World Radio.
When people want to contribute and help in part see you succeed and yes there are good people out there, other than the jealous buggers out there, they want to help and this is one of those ways.

Number one

Like all charts, there is a number one placing.  Like any other chart this is the highest place in the chart and means the public really like what you are doing.  The prize for being at the top, is nowing that people are bothering and knowing your song is there and are perhaps buying your song. There are many reasons why people are voting and the station makes it easier for everyone how to vote

How it works

The background work is not easy, but it makes life a lot easier up front. If you have voted, you will notice, you do not have to login or register, just go to the page and click to vote.  The entire chart system is also within the website.  Many times i have seen register voting systems on website and it is very irritating.  I have seen musicians complain about lack of votes and i have told them because of the system the site has got.  Who really knows their login information for a website? 9 time out of 10. not many.  Reason it is set up this way, because people just do not want the hassle and neither do we as time is stretched enough a it is

Nominations

Amazingly, this confuses a lot of people.  The reason i say that it because so many people ask. This is not reading whats on the website.  Also different words are interpreted differently in other languages

A song that is nominated /submitted ( Same thing), you goto the form that is built for this on the website.  You type in the band name, title of the song, a link to a music profile site that has your basic musician information on and that has the song you submitted to the chart. You also and this in important, which 95% of artists miss, you send the mp3 for us to download so it can be played
Alternatively you use this e-mail chart@musicworldradio, if you have trouble uploading your song to the form

Rejected

Not everything is chart worthy. We do get bad music.  It is an Alternative chart, not a X factor contest.  We do not exept recording of people bagging cuts instruments, anything related to DJ hero, or just anything, crap.  Not many songs get rejected but it does happen.

Bubbly Upcomers

This is section under the top 20, with all the song that have been newly submitted to the chart. There is no deadline for submitting, but the list for that week is arranged Thursday night for the list on Friday night for when the chart is broadcast. This section is freshed every Friday night after the chart is broadcast around 11pm English time for YOU the good public to vote

Top 20 chart

Every song on in this chart started with zero votes in the Bubbly Upcomers list. They then get voted in throughout the week after the chart. The deadline is the Thursday after and then all songs that have enough votes, break through into the chart as a new entry
There is no fixing, rigging or anything else going on.  The votes are cast by the public, one vote per person, per Ip address, thats the maximum.  And when the chart is broadcast, thats how the system works, simple as that.
There have been shocks oh yet, but the simple fact remains if a song stays in the chart for more than 30 weeks, it is very popular

Who submits

Anyone can submit a song, as long as they tell the artists they are submitting it. Many a time a fan submits a song, yet the song goes nowhere. It is ok to submit a song, but its good for the fan to mention it to the artist they like that they have submitted that song to the chart.  All musician are notified when they are nominated and in the chart by the presenter of the show a few hours before the chart broadcast, but when a fan submits a song for the chart, it would be good to have contact that they know the musician regularly checks, otherwise there is no movement


The voting system

Promoting your song?  You have to plug every week.  People do forget to vote or like to be reminded of it. I have experienced this with my own music and you have to keep reminding people. The voting system is week by week. If you think voting one week and thats it, nope, your going to see you song drop like a fly.
The chart system holds the votes for one week, then after the broadcast, everything goes back to  zero.

Voting starts @ 11pm Friday evening

Even though i have spelt this out on e-mail and in general, we still get asked. or we get ' I can't see the song'  Please read the webpages provided for the chart. Magick, the station boss, recently revised the instructions on the topchoons pages as people we getting confused
After every live chart show broadcast people can start voting again on the chart and the new songs submitted that week on the ' Bubbly upcomers ( Mentioned above)

Seriously if you still have questions, you are not reading the webpage

We are all volunteers

Although the chart is a success, it takes time and man hours to put into place.  Many people to not release the time is does take.  Everyone involved in the chart one way or another volunteers their time to do background work or present, no one gets paid.  you can donate, but no idea if anyone does, or they might put i do not know

To vote for any songs in the chart   here
The top 20 and Bubbly Upcomer chart ( View version)  This is where all songs have profile links here

Promote Your song

I expect some musicians expect the station to do all the promotional work, but we do not. If you do, pay us and we will. Many band are really good at promoting the chart. Andy Heard is an English musicians been in the chart over 20 week and has a Facebook group up for is and has good following
American Rockers, Bigtalkahh also do great promotion on the Facebook and have fantastic artwork for it



Band radio features

Ever since i started doing live radio broadcast you highlight a band. Something stands out or you get a good submission in or you come across a good live set
This can be any style and sound, but the sound at is chosen, is because we like or or we know both i and the audience will like

Main feature

Its a good idea to have an album release or lengthy ep.  We also ask for any live song as its good idea to mix up the audio so that people get an idea what you sound like in the studio and on stage.  This can be upto 4 songs, every half hour or so, depends how long the song are. We leave it open to so that people can request songs they like of the artist

Independent Show

On Thursday nights we have colaborated with New Usb, who promote the Independent scene. We choose an act or two for the show. When more than one act is chosen for a main feature we play the songs back to back. This show is broadcast as normal to the station i am actually with, Music World Radio, the Raymond, head of New Usb, pipes it through his stations, which is another four.

For more information
Contact me, DJ Readman djreadmanuk@gmail.com
Or Raymond Rowe admin@newusb.co.uk

Thankyou for reading


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Social Media Update

Over the last week i have been changing things around due to website problems.
I finally got a domain to work for the website, the trouble is i can't edit the website for some reason.  For the moment, everything goes on Facebook and these blogs

Facebook Group

This is the Facebook version of the website for the moment. My page is fine, but i wanted to a group to put music review and many other documents
i have been transfering music reviews from my website, which i can still access, to my Facebook group. There link this blog to the documents section so as not to over crowd the group

Group

Facebook page

I have mentioned this before, but this is where all the radio content, as in show posters, news on the wall, promotions, and links with posters on the Radio Variety Show album to mixcloud shows. This is used for my own recording links as well.  Although i am keeping a few things for the group above

Facebook Page


Website

As i said above, i finally got a domain address to work. The first one i went for at co.nr, which is a free domain service, disappeared, or more to the point was not activated, but no communication on that either. So i did not bother with them and went with .tk, which i had heard of for the last couple of years
This is the link, here

That is all for now

Dj Readman :)

( Album Review ) Greta's Bakeryy - Edge of Everything

Album Review
Greta's Bakery
Edge of Everything
Jazz/ Pop
Itian/ American


The style of the 80s Swing out Sister crossed with Sade pop, brought to the modern audience with a slice of Latino.'

That sums up this album. I thought i would never hear this sound again after Swing Out SIster began the trend back in the 80s.  After a spate of Pop acts recently from Synth to bubblgum pop, the threesome, Italian beauty with a voice to match, Greta Panettieri,
Andrea Sammartino and on the keys and Mike LaValle on the bass and guitar really bring the sprit of Jazz Pop into the modern times.
Starting with, Give up the Ghost, is the most commercia of the albums song, which is very reminscent of Swing out Sister and the opening of the album, just cries out Sade.
Aurora, which is actually sung in Greta's native language, which is Italian.  There are covers on this album ,which are produced to a degree, you wouldn't recognise them, which is a challange in itself. From Prototype( Black Eyes Peas) to Se Telefonando originally co-written by legendary soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone.
You like Pop, like Swing out Sister and sade tyle, this is perfect  Seriously, you can't get any better than this
Signed to Decca U.S currently, but are looking for gig and promotion in the U.K

(Album Review) Clockwise- Faders on Stun

Album Review
Clockwise
Faders on Stun
Canada


Opens with Opposite Attack, like a blur/ Oasis 90s feel with the vocals and nice guitar solo. A lot of English sounds to the song, simple and nice harmony throughout.
This sets the tone with punk, rock styles with the pop overlay.  The band travelling to Liverpool has definitely had an impact on Claudes songwriting, who is also the lead vocalist.  You hear a lot of influences from Aztec Camera and nice touch with the stranglers style keyboard sounds on Boom Town
This is their Third album from the band, flows very well from one pop song to the next.  For a modern album.  it's like a capsule back in time. The guitar riffs, with the basslines and the drum loops really makes you feel like you are listening to an Aztec Camera style pop music for the 00s



( Album review) Rattlin Bone - Life and Death of

Album review
Rattlin Bone
Swamp Blues
U.K


This is a music project from three people: Wily Bo Walker, Karena K and Lil Neill

Want to sum up this album up in one line?
Like Tom Waits with a Blues Orchestra......

General review

The scene is set...Rain pouring down outside and your sat lounging in a smokey bar while the band is playing.  This will remind you of Tom Waits, especially with the husky voice and the style of music.
The Life and Death of is an old style Blues for the next generation.  Harking back to the 40s-50s, in a solo performing way not big band and nice steady basslines.  The male singer, Wily, does sound like a drunken Tom Waits, husky voice, like he's being held up by a piano in a bar. With Karena on the backing vocals and Lil on the Trombone
The album introduces the husky voice with Shoot me Down and the backing singer (Only studio one), Karena K.
Great arrangement, from trombones to triangles.  In places, sounds like segment from a 60's spy thriller.  From Shoot me Down to I'm Going Home, the same style all the way through and by the time the last song ends, you would have finished drinking you beer and to go home, but the music will never leave you, neither will the bar

(Album review) The Cherry Bluestorms - Transit of Venus


The Cherry Bluestorms
Transit of Venus
America
Rock Pop

Not many albums come your way that honestly grab your attention very quickly.  Transfit of Venus, has a great title,  which, for a change is not taken from an album track title.   This is one of the best albums in this style i have heard in some time.
Bringing an energy and warmth and atmosphere, which honestly you don't get much from a lot of modern music.
The one part of the album i think stands out is the harmony sang on several songs.  This works very well between Deborah and Glen as they sing in two different tones.  This also works as it is not over used and only on particular songs. Daisy Chain is one and Fear of Gravity where the  harmony is only on the chorus.  There are slow ballads and more faster passed songs, like, The Mirror Cracked.
Songs intros are a running theme thoughout the album. The song, Here, has Glen going through a guitar effects peddle of the first minute of the song, with Deborah singing, then the drums kick in and the song opens.

You have several songs with a simular idea, like, Awakening. 
This opens with, what i call, a baby chime for the first 30 seconds, very different.  All the songs have catchy riffs that pull you in, which is apparent in every song.  The band have a Pop Rock style, but it could be Acoustic Electric Rock, but it doesn't matter. The music glides along very nicely. Glen recorded the album in his studio and then took it to someone to mix down.  
The one suprise is Baby, Your a Rich Man, which opens the album and one of a couple of faster passed songs.  This is actually a Beatles cover, which i never noticed, but its not a carbon copy of the original, which is always refreshing.   The song has got a very catchy opening, which might be recognisable, but the rest of the song makes you think ' Have i heard this before'?
From Baby Your a Rich man, the only cover, to the apt, Departure, as its the last song on the album, fantastic album, ment to be played as a whole album.  In terms of comparisons i would say is The Pretenders, if you have never heard the music before.  Kind of the same style, but i will everyone else to decide...


Friday, 16 November 2012

Independent Variety Show, yes or no?

For a very long time, a well as other ideas, i have been wanting to do just an Independent show. I get submissions all the time and i always leave the gate open for listeners request, which could mean anything.
I don't mind doing that, but i know from feedback from Thursday show, people like the Independent stuff more than say Depeche Mode or the Pet Shop Boys.
Because i do two shows a week, one can be left open and the other can be Independent only

Whats Independent

This is small record labels seperate from independent corporations and musicians going it alone. Many are going it alone though donation sights which is beginning to become a trend and very successful from what i have seen.
Many musicians to not like the strangehold of a big record label, but then again record labels are there for a reason as some musicians just do not know how to promote themselves

The Show

Other than changing my show name and adding film and other content along the way, my shows have stayed the same. The only difference is more Independent music has been coming through. This is mainly through social media networking.
It is possible to broadcast a two hour show with just Independent music as many i have are of a good standard.  The other reason i mix up the content is so that listeners have a choice of requesting as many independent acts are less well know, unless they have a fanbase
The Independent show will be the dualcast with New Usb as that was the idea in the first place

I put it to the listeners

Yes =  For one mixed content show and one Independent show
No =  Leave shows as they are

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Music i like

I love music, Rock, pop, soul, drum & bass, god know how many other style and sounds.   One of the best albums i have heard in the past year has been Rattlin Bone, great swamp Blues. Another artists is Vinnie Zummo from American, and probably one of the very people that got me to like Country, as in the old fashioned country. These sound make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. I like music from the 30s right through to now, some awsome music around and i am hearing new stuff every time.
Over the past 10 years, music and musicians has seen a vast change in the industry, not all through lack of sales either, which i think the press would make you believe

Its not the making money that ruins music or various formats,  its what ruins, creativity, imagination just plan great sounds buy producing utter crap music.
Sometimes, i wonder, is it because i am 20 years older then when i listened to the top 40 back in the early 90s. I then go to youtube, listen to music or what i have in my collection and the answer is no, my taste is still as broad as it every was,  Its the utter mindless crap that gets produced that squashes the real musicians who are trying to earn a living...yes, thats right, their crafts people like carpenters

There are a few things that matter with music, a good recordings, an original idea,  good writing and just musicians that communicate with fans and that whats grabs my attention and why a like a lot of independent music

I got into radio to listen to all kind of music, meet other musicians and promote any way i can with a zero budget and i have a real nack of interviewing, which i have great feedback from, from musicians and listeners who have been suprised.  I buy music and get music to promote, which i have :)

In the early days i listened to my parients collection which was, The Beatles on one side and The Rolling stones on the other, which i thought later on was amusing.
Later on, i got hooked onto the drug induced music geniuses of their time. The Doors, Floyd, Hendrix, the stuff that i always thought my parients missed out on, which i found strange, i don't know why as they lived through the era.
Later on, i found out about radio presenter, John Peel on radio one, one of the most famous for playing just about any type of music that as not factory pressed. I thought  my music taste was broad, but,  no that opened the floadgates.   That was it, thats what kicked my music into 5th gear in, seriously

Eclectic music, is the art form of music, no two ways about it.  I like pop music, always have done, always will, but the bone structure of music is the artist.

Over the last few years, music has really gone through a mindbending change and the tape has been rewind 60 years.

Before Rock n Roll, there was Classical and Opera, where all the whitecoats controled the music. That is until Radio Caroline hit and transformed the world, well at least, England.  That being the said, the music from the early 50s right thought to i would says the mid 70s i all studio thats used to record Classic and Opera music, reason for much of the music from the period being so well recorded.  Radio Caroline,  transformed the the lives of mainly people in England, because at the time, we only heard what they wanted you to hear .  RC, may have lost the battle in the 60's by the goverments stupidity, but music lives on.  Today we are going through kind of thing, gain, only this time its the battle the underground against, lets face it utter crap pop though TV music and contests.
A musician said to me recently, its the underground stations that keeps music going.

What has shocked me over the past year is the shear incompetence of huge record labels that have gone burning down. This is not through sales but constant buyouts of other companies. More  recently was a label / distributer, were stupid enough to not pay a huge bill and again, not due to lack of sales.  When i was reading up about EMI for example, seriously, the most well known music company everyones heard, crashed and burned, what a bunch of idiots, i couldn't believe it i was pretty shocked

X factor.
The Kyptonite of music

I saw that typed on Facebook, thought was funny,lol

My assumption for the creation of the X factor was a new form of music contest. The term X factor was not just created for the show, its an actual term. You can have a band that are good, but for some reason, there is something missing, get another and they get a reaction out of you within seconds, thats the X factor, of many people liking the same band, who feel something. Not because a woman fancies the lead singer or lead women in the band is hot( That goes on way too much), but they like the song.  Now, this is a great TV, for a while, not saying its not a bad idea,  the only problem here is not many are talented people that go on there and really makes bad TV and must embarrass many people.  Yes, if you can get on stage and don't muck up, thats good, but then you are only on stage 2 minutes and sing a cover you have been practising in the bathroom, thats not talent.  If you were performing at a concert it would be reaching two hours and if you can handle that, thats a talent in itself.  Not many people can take the stress of being thrown around like a rag doll, and yes you are.  Its emense hard work and i would asume that they record covers is far less risky than someone singing their own song on stage. What would happen if that actually happened, would the label contracted to sign the winner be too scared to have sales, probably as many can't write. Also great classics are ruined by being recycled by wannabes who have not got a single note in their body, its scandlous in many cases.
There have been many talent contests over the years, trouble is many people like seeing an underdog win and of course the show has done deals with labels, reason why labels are struggling in the first place.
One of the labels that i respect and never got involved with this rubbish, is Mute Records. Been going for many years and many signed and do well, so whats the idea with rubbish talent on TV winning contracts. Many might say, oh look at her shes famous, well yes, but she was a major undergod, who had to recorded two albums of covers before she began to record her own material, that of course is with writers.  Could she actually write her own music to start with?. I can understand why many complain about the X factor, is just TV plastic, nothing more.

The musician show battle against the tide of crap

In terms of modern music, i have heard far superior recordings. from musicians, solo artists song writers in the past 6 years from Independent and underground than anything the X factor has produced. I am not just talking about Dark music, like Drum and bass, happy Hardcore and rap, i am talking about many different sounds from many countries, which, until the internet came along, you never really got a chance to hear.  X factors consists of pop music, which is turned into a Karaoke contest for TV.  I love pop music, which is short for popular, then listen to the music on the internet, which is where the talent is
The other side of the coin with TV music, its making money,....well, that not true either
Many people say, its what sells, Well about 95% of artists that win or come second or 3rd place on contacts,  get signed, disappear in the first 6 months to a year, i don't call that success, its a big con.  I feel sorry for some people with talent who go on there to win a contract.  I don't blame people for trying but many want a quick fix and its not going to happen.
The other reason for not liking this contest, is no original material is used or a mixture of people coming along with their own song and the odd cover.   If you have good voice, can play an instrument well, yes someone at some point is going to pick up a cover, but create your own.  Yes, your going be influenced, but create your own from that. Don't ripp the artists who spent years creating something thats just gold.
I love music, i do not like recycled rubbish

Crap quality music

I like quality recordings, but i am not a huge fan of digital music.  Different formats come and go and some stay.  I don't mind any format music comes in as long as it doe not ruined the music  
Since the human race found a way to record music onto something, digital music is the most recent.  The only major problem is compression and tampering.
I know music is on CDs are compressed, but at least you have an album on CD that can't be altered. A vinyl is on a 12" piece of plastic and music on a CD is a 5" in piece of plastic. Cds may sound clean, but the second most compressed format in history.
A song in mp3 is like chopping a widescreen film to pan and scan, then again, your not getting the sound that was recorded into the studio.  Wav, which most, if not all musicians use to record their music in, where in the studio is the closest to what you want to hear. Wav is uncompressed, you get the quality of all the instruments, you favourite singer, in that song.  Wav is the closest to live in a studio
Mp3s have their place, go to promote and distribute but not to sell if you want to give fans the sound they want to hear.  I know musicans create music they want to listen to but many like it as well. In general the mp3 format is the worst in history.  Also, digital music will not gain value either, its is worth nothing. Other than merchanside, vinyl and CDS which will gain value, they always will.

Choice

I like to have choice. I prefer to buy a CD or a vinyl, than an mp3, because i am fan of real music. I sometimes buy the t- shirt or hoody if i like the band that much and support them and on occasion see live.  I have noticed ever since mp3 got popular, the choice you can choose to hear music have been reduced, Not many bands, unless their on label like music have their songs on CD, vinyl and mp3s.  Yes it costs money to press, but yet if you want the fans, like me to have more choice, then you give them what they want.  After all, their ones buying your music

Usually, if i can't buy a vinyl, i get a CD and if i can't get the CD i usually wait.  I don't like being forced to only buy an mp3 from a band, because they say it cheaper.  Music, like i  said above is a craft, and at some point it turns into a business, that means, you have to put money into it and get it back


Your favourite bands are crafts people

Say, you have just discovered a band, i do all the time, and  you think, oh i can get that for free off a torrent.  Why would you do that to someone who has created something?  a musicians has a tool, called an instrument, like tool a carpenter has or a mechanic fixing your car, they are on this planet to make a living.  Musicians are no different.  Many people have been on about this, especially on social media.  I like many bands, i went to see American Rock band Soil last year, we got vip tickets, but we paid for train and the hotel to stay overnight and we would have bought a hoody, but there were not online and did not have the money at the gig, otherwise i would have Soil hoody :)
Also the band are always online because without fans they would not be around. That being said they have made an effort and have been on the scene 17 years
The internet is always going to be good and bad for music. I don't like it when i can't find a CD from a band or clothes that i want to buy. I do get free music from bands because i promote them on radio, but i do buy as well




Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Podcasts

Searching
At the very start of radio broadcasting i wanted to put the shows somewhere after i had broadcast, uncut. This is not edited, just as the show as was broadcast, unless the net goes down, which we cut out, aside from that, as is

It took us some time to find somewhere that had no limit( When free) and had a play capability through an app.

Why not downloadable
Also, i never have my podcasts for download due to my mixture of Independent and big names on my playlists and listeners like requesting and so fourth.   when i have a guest there can be a special downloadable version made available, but that takes time( Don't get paid for this)

Where we have been and still are
With these facts in mind, we found Podomatic first, which takes 5 two hour shows for free as long as the shows are uploaded from the original recorded file.(We have recorded interviews still on this) Then we discovered the mighty Soundcloud. This is great place, but you have to replace the show week by week and they have a two hour limit(Still use it for uploading submissions).
We were honestly getting fed up of uploading and replacing when the limit was maxed out, that is until we come across, MIXCLOUD

Mixcloud

I found this through a drum & bass dj, then as you might expect, i thought hmm, are there limitations, and do fourth.  Mixcloud might not be perfect but its the first site for uploading shows i have come across, that is free. no limit to time, or number of shows. You have to put up a playlist, which is fine. Finally, ,they have an app you can listen to them on. great

What we do with podcasts

First we upload the show, then we upload the post which consists of various artists images they have sent us and they use for promoting an album, a single, or just general images.
We have a title, which has changes as recently MC updates prevent putting up the same title twice, which is fine.  We then upload the embed player to a blog and website( When we have hours back) the link goes to all main featured artists and poster and link to the photo album on your Facebook and group

Artists versions

When we have guests on and uploaded the full version of mixcloud, it is possible to re-edit the show for just the artist and fans.  We have have done this just for uploaded purposes, but this was stopped to save time.  Edited audio does take longer then people think Its not just cutting out non artist music, its making is smooth and editing down their songs as well, which is usually half the length( Depends on the artist)
We charge for this as we do not have the time to do it.  Everything else is free
Its only £10 for a reedit and the artist can decide what they want left in and out
This process can take a couple of ours maximum and some of this is donated to the radio station as well
Our mixcloud



Apps

 



At the moment you can only download mixcloud app through Google Play. The full version is not out for the app store yet
                                                For iphone ( Beta)  



To submit music

Any style, any sound, On the subject bar, but submitted via blog( depends where you saw it)

Thankyou for reading

DJ readman