Friday, 28 February 2014

Naked Lunch 30 Years in Beyond Planets (Album Review of Beyond Planets)

It's always a pleasure to receive music for radioplay.  When you get this kind of work, it's like, oooo, I have the album.
This album embodies 30 years of work. The band have released singles in the past, but prefered not to  releasing anything.  How wrong their were.  Even Tony the singer realised this as he mentioned in the first interview i did with him and Jet on the radio
The combination of re recorded classics, blowing the dust of lyrics, unfinished demos and brand new recordings, comes the long awaited electro album, that's looooong overdue

I was suprised how well the rerecordings turned out, especially Rabies, which already has two versions The re recording are, La Femme, Rabies, Fade Away, Weekend, Behaviour and Slipping Again.
The new songs are, Alone, Glow, We Are, Emotion Terminal( Quiet apt that one i should think),

No two ways about it, this is a huge undertaking, even by this legendary bands standards.
Bringing them up to date with new recordings, is not easy.
But, there was a. cunning plan......

When the new recordings began to merge, i liked Alone, as it signals, what the modern sound of Naked Lunch represented and has hidden layers.  We Are, is the bands, what I call "Underworld epic" tune.  coming in at over 7 minutes, its a good length, minimal, great intro and just a fine tune. It has a simular vein to,Technomancer, remix of Glow, but not as dark. The album needed to break the 4 minute length with this tune and electro needs to breath.  I got thrown by what appear to be two version of Slipping again. I thought one was a rerecording and one a remix of the rerecording. Turns out, they are two different songs..
The running order suprised me, assumming they would start with, Rabies, as it is the re recordings of their well known tune. Turns out, they open with the epic, We Are,  I bet they thought "Let's shock the world"
As a whole, well executed, well re recorded, a great electronic album for your collection. A New Nacked Lunch album for a modern world and show the masses how the masters do it.
The album is also the turning point with the band with new member, Jet Noir, having her influence, and in a way, one of the focus points to forge ahead

To reunite after so long, come up with an album, combining the elements above and not long making people realise who you are and fans of your previous work waiting in the wings, is rare and they nailed it 
As the label title points, Evolve or Die. This is an album to buy and listen to before you do and really, when the band had to do

Dj Readman

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


I never thought I would get another iPhone.
The beginning

I love Samsung phones and love the Galaxy note range. I had the note 1for some time and I was going to stick with it for a while.
At work, I tether to my ipad2 to listen the radio station,  Jack Fm a well as Music World Radio. For some reason, I am unable to receive Jack on a general radio, which is rather odd.

Over the last couple of weeks, it appears that I have been wearing down my phone.  The place where you insert the charger was not holding as firmly as it was. At first, I thought it was the charging point, then I saw that the phone shell had warn down. First time I have ever had that problem.  I was going to get another, Samsung, phone.  Adding to that fact that, the phone headphone jack has issues with sound, your easily look at half the cost of the phone to replace( Got mine from Ebay  for £200), it was best to get another phone. At first, I thought, either a Nexus phone or go with another Samsung. Then of course, I thought to myself, will I still get the issue of the phones plastic shell wear down over time?

My iPhone 4S

Yes, my new phone, or refurbished one.  The metal shell that the phone is made out of sold me on his one. I managed to buy a 32gb white one, which was from a company, iPhone surgery in Banbury (Stick to local I say) 
It's the first time I have had an iPhone in 2 years. The first one was an 8gb 3G, which was a good phone, but 8gb goes nowhere when you start getting updates.

My Tips
For those you just getting into the phone world and just generally great tips, here are a few

32gig is the only memory capacity on a phone I will ever get. One of the reasons is, you will never run out.  With general updates taking up space on the operating system and any app you have, it takes up more space. 8gb, does not last 5 minutes, 16gb is better but, still not a comfortable size. 32gb is the lowest I will ever go on a phone and I recommend that size and above

Battery Life

The number one pet pev for anyone, with any phone. Samsungs are actually better than iPhone in this department.  the Note 1 is excellent. With the iPhone, I knew this was going to be a problem, so I did some research. The one major battery drain, is apps left open/running in the background. This was suprising, but it works. If you close apps every time you have finished with them. your battery lasts all day.  If you leave you apps open, it zaps the battery life by half your working day. I was pretty shocked when I found that out

The metal casing

If Samsung had metal cases phone, or whatever the name is for the phones shell is,  I would have stayed with Samsung. The metal case will last longer.  Apple are notorious for.easy access to batteries and to replace them, expensive products and my number one, no damn SD card slot. Aside from the Nexus phones, practically every phone has an sd card slot. People say, not having one frees up space and you can use the cloud option. I say to that, having just the cloud, limits you options.  Uploading the cloud takes longer with transfer and relies on wifi or phone signal to go to an cloud.  An Sd card takes mini seconds. Sd card can double the memory capacity and it's a physical product you can take out and use in your laptop. Cloud services are a fine service, but just having that is limiting customers options.

Again, I am not an Apple fan. At least Samsung, give their customers the options with various things on their phones. The only thing that let's them down is the plastic phone shell. Until the last month, I did not even think about that, but it's worth considering

Thanks for reading.  If there are any mistakes or updates, I do come back and reread posts
Dj Readman

Friday, 21 February 2014

The Modern Music Smoke screen

Over the last 5 years of radio broadcasting, i have had the pleasure of hearing so much talent, its remarkable. Not everything is good music, some bland, rubbish, even i have my limitations. Saying that, its rare i reject anything. My music mind is very broad, sometimes it takes a while to like a song, sometimes all it takes is 20 seconds
I just think, the way musicians are treated on this planet is appalling. Not everyone has the gift to write music or perform it or both, which many think is the case. No harm in trying an instrument, but there is a level you get to when someone is recognised by many as an artist, it becomes a different story.  I know not everyone can play guitar, write, read, compose music.  The people that write music deserve more respect, than someone who has a good looking face on stage, who can't sing a note. From experience in seeing bands perform and performing in front of people myself, it is not easy. It takes practice to learn. Creating music is a craft, like wood carving or a suit from cloth. A musician creates sound from composing music on paper to
creating sounds with instruments, many times from scratch, so it is a totally original piece

So why do many people just go and buy what they see on TV and think it is good music?

The answer to that is simple, it is visual entertainment. Its not based on the fact someone is singing on stage, its the entertainment factor. Watching the Tv series, the Tudor recently, you see a crowd gather to see a hanging or their head being chopped off. This is called a spectical. No different to watching a TV show, You may get someone with a rare talent on screen, but the reason they are there is it see how much they can take in front of a live audience and millions watching.
Being a musician is having the mental capacity of dealing with having fans. Even before the digital age, dealing with a fans is one side of the coin. Some musicians have enough money, hire management, when it starts getting big.  Being a musician is a craft.  Few have the ability take hold and carry it
The next stage is wanting to be signed by a label.  From talking to American Electro artist,  Lee Negin, many times, who had success in the earlier 80s, with a single and mass radio play including John Peel, he got to the point where, enough was enough. When someone trying to influence your music direction, just for hits.
Having someone who wants you to write music their way, is not the point. Ideas are good but it comes down to the results the musicians has

In my opinion, that has changed a lot, over the last 13 years. The top 100 in the U.K, which still exists, its full of music, which is just nothing sort of rubbish.  Many songs sound the same as each other, many promoted though TV shows, it just shocking how wannabes think they can handle it and people buy it
I like commercial music, nothing wrong with it.  The music i have listened to, i call, commercial, is a song that can be sold on a mass scale, loads of radio play and constant rotation. It has to be a great song, otherwise, it will not go anywhere and more importantly, will not irritate after hearing it 10 times over.  It can be catchy song, which most are. About 70% of the music i receive and hear, can go into the charts, with no problem at all.  It just does not, because its not on TV. The perfect example is Justin Beiber. He was noticed on Youtube for his voice, aparantly. His songs are no different to what you have heard from anywhere else. 99% of people who buy his music, only buy him because he looks good. Its ok when you like an artists who creates musi, but the person, may not be the same in person. The reason for this is because artists put on a performance for the crowd. Depends how far that shield goes. Not everyone does this, but many do

The big smoke screen
The internet, although its really good for what it is, is a big smoke screen.  It is good for musicians, great promotional tool like any other.
The simple fact is, it costs money to make music. Just like a Carpenter buying wood or Taylor to buy the cloth before he creates the suit out of it to sell.  If it cost you £500 to make an ep or an album, would you give it away? i thought not.
 Many labels promote an album by giving away related music, but not all do
The other issue, is different in formats. Aside from some digital formats being compressed, what you general hear from a band so no different with their recording, whether, digital, CD or vinyl, its the same band. It also costs money to upload to digital music stores, like it costs to press music onto plastic, or "Hard copies"  People have to get it out of their heads that no matter format music comes on, the only time it is free is when a band decides to make it free. Its still costs money, no matter what,
Before the internet come to the internet,  The only place you got free music, was at gig or from the front of a magazine, which you still had to pay for anyway

The main catalyst for free music was.........Napster

Napster may have been popular and some some eyes, the so called, Digital Revolutionaries. The one big problem although, every single artists you downloaded, was being ripped off. People say, " Some artists don't need money their that big" If you were in there shoes, would you be thinking the same?  probably not
When a band gets signed to a label, it becomes a job. In modern times, to get signed to a major label, you have to have business plan. Many musicians are self employed, aka, they need to make money to live. They get to a point where its the way they make their living.

Back to Napster, they were sued for millions, providing a way to give away music on a file sharing system.  People also seem to forget, that at any given time in history, a band was unsigned. This goes for the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Iron Maiden ( Who were playing in pubs before they hit the big time) and many others. Some bands are so popular, they can be carried though decades of success. Others do not, or remarket
ed.  The company got took to court, after a couple of bands and labels had, had enough.

Music is not free

Just because bands give away music or a label does, does not mean they do it to just give it away. It part of their business.   Take for example Mute Records. They are one of the best know Indie labels, in the world. They are London based and have been around since 1978. They send CD samplers to shops. I found the new one at Truck Store in Oxford. I was suprised they still did them, I bought a Can CD based on a song that was on the sampler. On of the oldest promotion channels in music, the promo CD

Marketing works, but don't take it for granted
I love and live music, but people who want everything for free, don't support and like music. I wrote this because unlike many, i know the reality. Talking to musicians on a regular basis, play their music on radio and live interviews. I have are clearer insight into what has been going on. Many labels that have made it through to modern times
I may not like compressed music, even though its the only format my broadcasting software takes, its is here to stay. Musician are not perfect, either, they make mistakes, just like any one of us, they are human after all :)

Thanks for reading
(This was updated 24th February 2014)
DJ Readman
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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Monday 17th, Feb, Naked Lunch album lauch radio special

We are here......
On Monday 17th February, we have a history making album being released. Electro act, from the 80s, Naked Lunch, mainly known for their tune, Rabies, which was banned at the time, which spawed two versions and a B side, Slipping Again. They kind of faded into the distance release wise, they didn't want to do the "Release" thing

Forward to 2014, times have changed and so has technology.  With a combination of rerecordings of all their classic tunes and brand new tunes. here is, Beyond Planets

On Monday, i will be talking to members, Jet Noir and Tony Mayo about the album, the rerecording and loads more campire stories and banter. We will no doubt, be playing many if not all of the album songs

To find more, listen in to the show, live broadcast on Monday 8-10pm English time
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Sunday, 9 February 2014

February Strummer Room Project Presents evening at Castle House, Banbury

This is getting excisting
The next event has a band i have seen and had on the radio before and one band i have had an ep from in 2013, but never met
This is the line up for February 28th 2014

Masiro,  A fusion of Instrumental Jazz Rock. From Oxford, but drummer from Banbury. I wondered who they were, then i read their press release and realise the drummer is from the instrumental metal band, Dr Slabbleberry.  Youtube
Punch Drunk Monkey Club i have met a few times, as Joe the bass player, is Chris Oakes son.  Be the third time i have seen the band perform
BLood Red Stars Have a Cocteau twins style to their sound. Never met the band before, but from the music i have heard, i like them already
The Shapes  Like the sound of the band, Dodgy, then you will like these guys. Got a very happy poppy, enjoyable sound. Can't wait to see the band live

The entire event will be broadcast live on Music World Radio and includes inbetween band DJ work by Screaming J Hawkins. I will be interviewing band inbetween that, possible live on the mic, depends on time between bands.

It is free to get in this month, so buy a beer or two and catch four very different live acts perform. This is going to be a great night                  EVENT

68 75 Open Show artist for Feburary 2014

Not many bands record albums, especially unsigned and self financed, mainly eps or singles. Funk Rockers from Atlanta, Georgia, 68 75,have done just that.
Their new album, Stay on the Ride, is a testament to their writing, will power, great music, guitar work by Andrew and the powerful vocal range by Suzanne Sledge and the sounds they reflect from 1968 - 1975

Stay on the Ride is their brand new album

Their album is flying off the vertual shelves, which is not suprising. Very catch, really does reflect the era of music they love.  I told them once that i had not long seen the film ,Devils Rejects. The film has a 70's progressive rock sound track and i can imagine the band music on the film, would fit a film perfectly
The music is that good, and again. the loud powerful vocals of Suzy, ripps through your soul like a hurricane. Probablythe most power vocalist i have heard in this style for some years.
I can't praise this band highly enough for their work. Their past two eps are as powerful in sound and vocal range.
The show on the link is the second show to feature the band. 
The Open Show Promotion has a song from an album or a number of singles, right after the jingle. Then thoughout the show, a song i chosen to go under Voiceover segments. Then that song is played in full at the end of the show