RPG Podcast 7th November 2013



Here is the podcast for the 7th of November, 2013.
Enjoy the new music!

This week's featured acts: Sean Taylor, Paul Brett, The David Arnett Project, Ground Pilots, Rossetti's CompassMotel Beds, Dark Backward, and Sohio.

If you like what you have heard, click the relevant links to find out more.

If you are an independent band or artist and would like to submit your music for our consideration, email us at info@radiopuregently.com


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Micky's Spotify Rant

6th November, 2013.

Micky's Spotify Rant

So, yesterday evening, there I was checking my Facebook page and what pops up?  Spotify recommends for you... Eminem's new album.  I thought to myself, why would they recommend that rubbish to me?  I use Spotify on a regular basis searching out new music, mainly from original independent artists, but, I have NEVER gone out of my way to look for Eminem or actually played any of his tracks.

I got angry then, because I knew why they recommended him to me.  The reason?  His record company had probably paid Spotify quite a large amount of money to promote him and give him top billing.  I thought to myself, why do they not promote unknown bands and artists in the same manner and give them a break, who in my mind are more musically talented and credible than Eminem? (I just think he narrates fast over someone elses musical samples.)

I decided to vent my anger by way of a reply to the Spotify post.

"Dear Spotify... I remember a time when you promoted new, original and independent music and artists. (At that time you were new and needed to build your catalogue.) Now, you promote this crap. Over-paid, talentless artists who have paid you probably quite a lot, (or rather, their record companies have paid you quite a lot) of money to get top promotional billing and you never actively showcase unknown, more talented people who actually make good music. Why? (We know the answer is.... the money...)

The music industry has just fallen apart. Unless an act/artist/musician has BIG bucks behind them, they will never stand a chance. The days of A&R are long gone, but I think as a "responsible" outlet for music, would it not make sense to just pick out new, independent artists and give them some exposure? Try something innovative. Capture people's imagination by encouraging them to listen to something new, something different to the usual Payloa rubbish that you showcase. Become the "new" A&R!

The Spotify model when it first came out had a lot of promise, but it's turned out to become the major record labels "bitch".

Ok, it's a great money spinner for you, but, if you step back a bit and try and promote more independent music, you will probably make a lot more money, and the music industry will start producing good music in the future.

The "Recommended for you.." statement is null and void. How about... "Something new, independent and original for you..."

I am not angry.... just disappointed. Help the industry... stop kissing the big record company executives arses! By all means, take their money, but use it to be innovative."

I should have finished the reply with "...much love!"

What gets me angry is, when Spotify first started out, the major record companies didn't want a bit of them.  They didn't regard their model as viable and actually were dead set against it.  Spotify had to turn to independent bands and artists and use their music to build up their initial catalogue.  After a while, people started to catch on to Spotify and it was only at that point the major record labels recognised the value of the model to them.  That's when the big money ruined Spotify.  Spotify took their money and ran, leaving behind the "unknowns".  That is the bit that makes me angry. 

Now, somebody replied to my post saying... "I would say they are doing just fine and spotify is a tool to find your own new music you can't expect to be spoon fed it."  My reply... "Unfortunately, we are being spoon fed what the well financed record companies want us to see. Sure, we can all look for and find new music on Spotify on our own, but, what's wrong giving those acts who would never have that kind of financial backing for top billing a bit of the same promotion every now and again? Make it an even playing field."

What do you think?  Have I got it wrong?  Has Spotify sold out to "The Man" and the dollar signs have shone too bright?  Maybe I am just a grumpy old man!


Rossetti's Compass

Rossetti's Compass

The Cage Studios has been run by electronic industrial music veteran Martin Bowes of ATTRITION for the last 20 years...
Working with bands and labels all over the world on remixes, production, mastering and Film and TV soundtracks...

The first ever Cage Studios session...

Official Press Release:
We are excited to announce the beginning of a monthly series where bands come to the studio to experiment with different ideas...anything from all new tracks to covers and collaborations and radical reworkings of old material...
Released digitally on the 5th November 2013 through bandcamp/Itunes/Amazon/Spotify and many more outlets via Subculture distribution...
Included in the full ep download is a bonus band interview conducted by Kerri Bowes, and on bandcamp only a PDF wrap round booklet if you fancy burning a copy to CD.

Check it out here now...


Rossetti's Compass on this recording are:
Mark Warner: Vocals/Guitar/Synths/Drum programming
Per Aksel Lundgreen: Electronic Percussion/Backing vocals
Martin Bowes: Drum programming and backing vocals
John Costello: Vocals on Nothing 

Recorded at The Cage Studios, Coventry, England.
October 14th 2013.
Mixed by Martin Bowes & Mark Warner
with thanks to Per Aksel.
Mastered by Martin Bowes.
Rossetti’s Compass interview by Kerri Bowes 


A Two Gods Production. TGCS01 


Rossetti's Compass are donating all profits from this release to Cancer Research.

Cage Session 02 is due for release around December 5th 2013.... 

Ground Pilots

ground pilots
Ground Pilots

Having supported the high profile likes of The Happy Mondays, Doves, Alabama 3, Frank Turner and many more, the smooth acoustic grooves of Ground Pilots are set to move to the next level as 2013 draws to a close. With the debut album ‘In The Way of the Oceans’ due in December, the group are looking to pave the way with double A side single ‘A Billion Things’/’Castaway’ in late October.

Produced by Brian Nash (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) at Big Top Studios in north London, the album is a stellar showcase for the songwriting talents of David Tyrrell, who utilises deceptively simple acoustic chord structures to underpin his talent for melody. With selected tracks from the record also mixed by double Grammy Award winner Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse) it’s a killer combination.

The music is obviously turning heads, with the video for ‘A Billion Things’ being tweeted by LL Cool J – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdFB2qZlWy4 – while ‘The Rambler’ was recently selected as entrance music at Snooker’s Masters Tournament.

As for the single itself, ‘A Billion Things’ features a looped acoustic chord pattern and compellingly downbeat vocal delivery, all tied together with excellent production, as you might expect from the team involved. ‘Castaway’ meanwhile retains the great production but adopts a flowing, upbeat feel with some top class harmonies. It’s a fantastic combination of dark and light which typifies the Ground Pilots sound as a whole.



A Billion Things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdFB2qZlWy4

Castaway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz0xn2hoNIw

(Source: http://www.unfashionablemale.co.uk/ground-pilots-look-to-take-centre-sta...)

The Entire World:

Paul Brett

Paul Brett is a classic rock guitarist. He played lead guitar with Strawbs (though he was never actually a member), The Overlanders, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, The Velvet Opera, Tintern Abbey, Fire, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, and switched to twelve string guitar in the 1970s. His first twelve string guitar suite, Earth Birth, was released on his own label, Phoenix Future and was produced by artist Ralph Steadman of Fear and Loathing fame. Critical acclaim led to Brett being signed on a four album deal with RCA Records.

His K-tel Romantic Guitar album went platinum in the UK, but Brett stopped recording soon afterwards. He started recording again in 2000, with long-time friend and fellow twelve string guitarist, John Joyce. Brett wrote for music magazines Melody Maker, Sound International and International Musician and continued working in the music industry in the later part of his career.

He now writes a regular column for Acoustic, a magazine specializing in acoustic guitars. Is also the Associate Editor and Features Writer for Music Maker and Live in London magazines. He has appeared on BBC Television's Antiques Road Show and Flog It in the mid-2000s. Paul also has his own range of signature guitars with John Hornby Skewes, the world famous guitar manufacturers.

Paul has teamed up with Tom Newman, the original producer of Mike Oldfield's album "Tubular Bells" to form an independent record label.  http://viraldiscsanddownloads.com
They have just released a re-recording of that album featuring The Children of Ireland.  http://www.viraldiscsanddownloads.com/buy-tracks

You can check out Paul's website here: http://www.paulbrettguitarist.co.uk/ and his range of guitars here: http://www.jhs.co.uk/paulbrett.html

Rick Wakeman Backs RPG Tubular Bells Facebook Campaign

Rick Wakeman Backs RPG Tubular Bells Facebook Campaign

Prog rock legend Rick Wakeman has expressed his support for the Facebook campaign set up by Micky to get "Tubular Bells" by The Children of Ireland to the Number 1 spot this Christmas. 

Rick stated: "You may have read some reports over the weekend and on Facebook about an attempt to get a single cut of Tubular Bells performed by the children of Ireland to the Christmas No.1 spot in the charts.

At the RWCC, we've heard the recording, think it was an amazing project by the original album's producer Tom Newman and are keen to lend our support to the campaign...

The plan is to get everyone to buy and download the track from either iTunes or Amazon from Sunday 15th December, which is the week that counts towards the Christmas top slot.

How can you help? If you're a Facebook user, you can like the cause page and share to your friends.

And when the 15th December has passed, you can buy the single from either iTunes or Amazon UK. All proceeds from the sale will go towards developing the program to allow it to be rolled out across the UK so other children can take part in planned recordings of other classic albums like Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Beatles "Sgt Pepper..."

Rick loves any projects that promotes children having fun with music and everyone at the RWCC are delighted to get behind this campaign and hope you will help spread the word!"

You can read the article on Rick's website here: http://www.rwcc.com/notice_xmasnumberone.asp

Tubular Bells Xmas 2013 Facebook Campaign


On last weeks RPG show, Micky showcased "Tubular Bells" by The Children of Ireland that was recorded and produced by Tom Newman (the producer of the original 1973 album by Mike Oldfield) and Paul Brett.  On the back of that show, Micky came up with the idea (based on the "Rage Against The Machine" campaign in 2009) of promoting the single with a Facebook campaign to try and hit the number 1 spot in the charts for Christmas, 2013.  This way, UK TV show, The X-Factor would not continue to dominate the Christmas chart as it has done in previous years.  Tom and Paul loved the idea and they agreed to have the page created and published on Facebook.  Within 24 hours the response was amazing, gaining over 400 "likes".

The plan would be to get everyone to buy and download the track from the relevant online retailers, iTunes and Amazon being the main vendors, from Sunday the 15th of December, 2013 when the sales that week would count towards the official Christmas chart.

It's early days still and people continue to join the campaign.  The aim is to make the campaign page go viral and the word is spreading.  Tom and Paul have contacted all of their friends, colleagues and acquaintances to help get the page more awareness, and Radio Pure Gently would like you to do the same!

If you would like to help the cause, the Facebook page is: 
https://www.facebook.com/tubularbellschildrenofirelandnumber1xmas2013   Just click the like button to join.

From the 15th of December, go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tubular-bells/id693023500?i=693023505 for iTunes and http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ERU4TX8/ref=dm_dp_trk1 for Amazon to purchase the single and let's beat the X-Factor to the Christmas number one spot! 

All proceeds from the sale of the single and the album will go towards continuing the development of the program with the schools and will be rolled out to other parts of the UK where Pink Floyd's "The Wall", The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and tracks by The Police will be re-created by the children.

Micky's interview with Tom Newman can be heard on the podcast and you can listen to it here: http://www.radiopuregently.com/content/rpg-podcast-31st-october-2013

Radio Pure Gently is extremely proud to be involved with this campaign.  

RPG Podcast 31st October 2013



Here is the podcast for the 31st of October, 2013. Halloween!
Enjoy the new music!

This week's featured acts: Aviators, Todd Snow, Tom Newman & The Children of Ireland, Shamus Dark, Absinthe Junk, Line Runners, Sean Taylor, Irish Sea Sessions and Bloodflower.

If you like what you have heard, click the relevant links to find out more.

If you are an independent band or artist and would like to submit your music for our consideration, email us at info@radiopuregently.com


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Duff Sounds

Duff Sounds

A short biography from Duff's Soundcloud page:  "Duffsounds is a studio project based in West Midlands/Wales borders UK. All songs are written, performed, recorded and mixed by me, with contributions from other musicians to the writing and performing on some of the tracks."


Nzca Lines Re-mix: http://www.junodownload.com/products/compass-points-ep/1983903-02/

Reggae tunes on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/duffsounds/sets/reggae-dub/

Vibes from Bristol Archive Records: http://bristolarchiverecords.bandcamp.com/album/reminisce