Music on commercial radio Wk 2

Despite the best efforts of this blogger, the planned Noosa photographic and Cairns video entries have been postponed… Accordingly, the Brunswick Street interviews conducted on Sunday will also be scheduled to appear later in the new year.

A new year is coming and this blogger urges all readers to celebrate the occasion. And maybe blog about it later!  Here at Fmdxing the mantra ‘getting older does not mean acting your age’ is heartily endorsed.

The final entry for the this year is a perfect fit for the ‘silly season’. Yeah, it is second instalment of an ongoing feature inspired by a fellow blogger. Remember this? No? Well, it is a lazy compilation of enjoyable music heard on commercial radio stations located within a 100 kilometre radius (unless otherwise specified) programmed during the preceding week. Subjective comments from readers on poor quality inclusions (and why) are more than welcome!

What a feeling...

What a feeling… (Photo credit: SplaTT)

Cara, Irene – Fame

Español: Bob Dylan, en una actuación en Vitori...

Español: Bob Dylan, en una actuación en Vitoria-Gasteiz, en el Azkena Rock Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dylan, Bob – Hurricane

Everclear

Everclear (Photo credit: Stephen Eckert)

Everclear – Santa Monica (‘Swim out past the breakers’)

Icehouse 17

Icehouse 17 (Photo credit: Lee-Ann Khoh)

Icehouse – Street Cafe

Greg Kihn Band -  "With the Naked Eye"

Greg Kihn Band – “With the Naked Eye” (Photo credit: Breakfast for Dinner)

Kihn Band, The Greg – The Breakup Song (‘They Don’t Write ‘Em’)

Lenny Kravitz at Open Air St. Gallen, June 27,...

Lenny Kravitz at Open Air St. Gallen, June 27, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kravitz, Lenny – Are You Gonna Go My Way?

Midnight Oil at Manly Leagues Club, 2005

Midnight Oil at Manly Leagues Club, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midnight Oil – King Of The Mountain

English: Tom Petty concert in 2010 Русский: То...

English: Tom Petty concert in 2010 Русский: Том Петти на концерте в 2010 году (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Petty, Tom & the Heartbreakers – Into The Great Wide Open

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Melbourne radio screenshots

The stills below illustrate a substantial skip opening to the regions of Melbourne, Ballarat & Bendigo heard on Sunday during unpleasant humid weather conditions.

Light FM - Melbourne's Positive Alternative

Light FM - A Hell of a mundane playlist

Melbourne's Smooth FM - Your Euthanasia station

Melbourne's Smooth FM - Music to slit your wrists to

Bendigo's 3BO FM 93.5 - Your Perspiration Station

Music on community radio wk 1

This is a compilation of enjoyable music heard on non-profit community radio stations located within a 100 kilometre radius (unless otherwise specified) programmed during the preceding week.

Danny Elfman (far right) as Satan, performing ...

Danny Elfman (far right) as Satan, performing “Minnie the Moocher”, in one of the scenes intended for The Hercules Family. In the final film, Elfman wore an all-white suit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Elfman, Danny – Edward Scissorhands film score

youtu.be/JSNktasBOTI

Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak (Photo credit: Berto Garcia)

Isaak, Chris – Somebody’s Crying

chrisisaak.com/media/videos/15721

Pump Up the Volume (song)

Pump Up the Volume (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MARRS – Pump up the volume

youtu.be/JPbkq2R07vw

m.h.

m.h. (Photo credit: {impossible princess})

Max Q – Way Of The World (‘God or the Bomb’)

youtu.be/CgRWJP1Ktww

Photograph by Simon Ryan. Thursday, October 4t...

Photograph by Simon Ryan. Thursday, October 4th, 2007. The Lair, Sydney. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midnight Juggernauts – Into the galaxy

youtu.be/J6SKNEYvZvQ

R.E.M. in Mansfield, MA

R.E.M. in Mansfield, MA (Photo credit: bradalmanac)

REM – Try not to breathe

remhq.com/hqtv/index.php

Music on commercial radio wk 1

This is a new feature inspired by a fellow blogger, who enjoys complaining about the paucity of decent music on domestic commercial radio! This will be an occasional feature. This is a compilation of enjoyable music heard on commercial radio stations located within a 100 kilometre radius (unless otherwise specified) programmed during the preceding week. Subjective comments from readers on poor quality inclusions (and why) are more than welcome!

The B-52s at Festival Internacional de Benicàs...

The B-52s at Festival Internacional de Benicàssim on July 9, 2008. From left to right: Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson]], Kate Pierson, and Fred Schneider. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

B-52s, The – Roam

theb52s.com/video

Ride on Time

Ride on Time (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Black Box – Ride on time

youtube.com/user/BlackBoxHouse

The Cars, 1984. L-R: Benjamin Orr, Greg Hawkes...

The Cars, 1984. L-R: Benjamin Orr, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson, Ric Ocasek, and Elliot Easton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cars, The – Heartbeat city

youtube.com/artist/the-cars

The Clash, Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway

The Clash, Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clash, The – Train in vain (‘Stand by me’)

youtube.com/artist/the-clash

Collective Soul group

Collective Soul group (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Collective Soul – December (‘Just spit me out’)

youtu.be/6exsatE-DUk

Missy Higgins 4

Missy Higgins 4 (Photo credit: OpenEye)

Higgins, Missy – Everyone’s waiting

soundcloud.com/missy-higgins

Metallica konsert

Metallica konsert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Metallica – The unforgiven

youtube.com/user/MetallicaTV

Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich performing in London in 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Metallica – Whiskey in the jar

youtube.com/user/MetallicaTV

Pearl Jam with singer Eddie Vedder in concert ...

Pearl Jam with singer Eddie Vedder in concert at Piaza Duomo, Pistoia, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pearl Jam – Got some

youtube.com/user/PearlJamOfficial

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with butterfly wings

youtube.com/user/SmashingPumpkinsVEVO

Wombat Murph

Wombat Murph (Photo credit: Karen_O’D)

Wombats, The – Jump into the fog

thewombats.co.uk/video,listings,.htm

An addendum:

Regurgitator

Regurgitator (Photo credit: Mitch Mcpherson)

Regurgitator – Blubber boy

youtube.com/user/WarnerMusicAU

Coming soon: Enjoyable songs played on domestic community radio.

Budget video camcorders with mic inputs

These days it is easy to get satisfactory quality video recordings even on mobile phones. But audio quality is generally poor from the inbuilt monophonic microphone. Earlier in the week, this blogger hurriedly recorded a radio presentation video (Mackay tropospheric reception) via a Panasonic Lumix digital camera.

English: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 digital camer...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digitalkamera (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The results were unusable, despite the fact the camera was positioned barely 20 centimetres away! Only a masochist could sit through this sort of inaudible, barely voice-grade audio!

Apparently this is a common frustration. Entrepreneur BigFish1 writes on Squidoo:

It appears over the last few years manufacturers of common consumer camcorders have forgotten or just have neglected this important aspect in making camcorders. Most camcorders you find in stores have a built-in microphone, which usually provide only fair to downright poor sounding audio. This is especially evident if you try to zoom in on someone with your camcorder, but end up capturing the sound around the camcorder, the end result is usually very poor quality.

From Ebay, a small sample of the High Definition pocket video camera recorders with microphone input was taken. These models are both in ready supply and affordable. Prices include delivery to Australia.

Kodak zi8 HD compact digital camera (Photo credit: Ebay)

Kodak zi8 HD compact digital camera (Photo credit: Ebay)

The Zi8 is available secondhand from $215

Kodak zi10 HD compact digital camera (Photo credit: Ebay)

Kodak zi10 HD compact digital camera (Photo credit: Ebay)

The Playtouch ZI10 is available new from $122

 

Overmedication or progressive medical treatment?

Londoner Louis Theroux makes some very entertaining docos. This documentary aired on Monday night on ABC television and concerns the potentially excessive prescription of anti-depressant medication for behavioural disorders. Such disorders include Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Aspergers Syndrome and Bipolar disorder.

According to the synopsis of this episode:

…Louis tries to fathom how much of the current trend for psychiatric treatment is a function of genuine disorder… He asks whether we have become so addicted to prescriptions that we are now treating with drugs, behaviour that would once have been considered normal.

OCD fountain © 2008 Chrisdonia

Louis finds no easy answers on this controversial topic, pondering a range of questions. Should the onus be on the individual to progressively change anti-social or inappropriate behaviour, under supervision of health professional such as psychologists? Should parents trust psychiatrists experimenting with a range and dosage of medication on their kids? Why is the reliance on prescription drugs increasing? Are doctors too keen to ‘diagnose’ behavioural disorders? For example, whatever happened to the ‘eccentric’ person, is there no limit to our collective need to ‘classify’ personality differences? Are there more suitable avenues than anti-depressants to improve undesirable behaviour?

Watch on-line or wait for the repeat airing on Sunday.