“Backyards & Home Fronts by Steve Pullara- A BMG Review

 

 

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Steve Pullara’s newest children’s album Backyards & Home Fronts bridges the miles between deployed military and their family with the most upbeat and positive messages of love.

Through each of the eleven tracks listeners will find songs of celebrations for life’s little moments that are priceless, Steve’s lyrics and melodies create a path of sharing whether the distance is across a room or across an ocean. Consistently Steve and His Cool Beans Band bring whimsical and meaningful lyrics of love and hope to families around the world.

I’ve written before saying Steve’s albums should be part of every home every local library and school, now I include every military base housing should make this album available to the families stationed away from one another and often far from home.

When you’re looking for a gift to give to the children in your life I highly recommend Backyard & Home Fronts. Perhaps gift a copy to your local library too.

Toni Taylor-Helser- Barefoot Music Group, DJ Mixstream Radio

Discover Steve Pullara & His Cool Beans Band  More Here

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Meet Independent Singer-songwriter Yvonne Jay

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*Image Text*    Meet Miss Yvonne Jay;  Scotland’s daughter and America’s Songbird, whose strong vocals resonate the hope and joy that fosters her listeners to navigate trying and often painful moments in life in a healing way. Heartfelt and elegant her enchanting wordsmithing is a contributor to the organic magic that with Miss Jay’s songwriting  chops creates a sublime partnership between her talents as a vocalist and a songwriter.

As a songwriter Miss Jay delivers lyrical sincerity, honesty and emotional purity that represents her truly eclectic style and forward thinking that brings all the magic that is Yvonne Jay.

I invite you to visit her website, YouTube channel  and her Facebook page- explore her catalog of music, an incredible example of just how versatile this artist is. Learn why this artist can’t be boxed into any single genre.

Toni Taylor-Helser ~ Musicologist, DJ/Radio Personality

Mixstream Radio & Barefoot Music Group

 

 

 

BMG Review of “Beautiful Souvenirs” by Tony Schofield ft Sophia Armstrong

 

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For transparency I will begin my review of Tony Schofield’s “Beautiful Souvenirs” ft Sophia Armstrong by declaring two points: 1) I am terribly choosy about female vocalists, it’s only from a tonality point but that point alone is a major factor for my ears. However, I fell in love with Sophia Armstrong’s vocals. 2) This review is a first of a kind for BRnB’s to include or focus on a female singer, we are happy to say welcome to Miss Sophia and Tony.

I fell in immediate like of Tony Schofield’s lyrics and music compositions on this album, I was completely surprised to learn that Tony who is a chemist in the United Kingdom does not consider himself a musician;. In his words  “I am not a musician.I am a chemist and I play the guitar. After many years of playing in bands I have accumulated a load of guitars and a load of music ideas. I resolved to get this stuff recorded before I was 60.”  (excerpt from the CD jacket information):
After much encouragement and grouping together the right people the final mix was “put in the can” 7 days after Tony’s 61st birthday. A result that I’d like to add to the thought that it was well worth the wait.
This compilation of songs written mainly by Mr Schofield is a tapestry of stunning vocals, guitars and piano. Featuring the voice of an angel with an edge vocalist Sophia Armstrong separates the women from the girls – weaving the listener through genres ranging from a chart climbing pop tune on track #1 “Lavender”: to the sultry swamp blues of track #6 “Too Much Of a Good Thing” with its fabulous slide guitar intro.
An eclectic mix of songs in the selections and phrasing of each on the album. A wonderfully surprising thing I found (aside from Mr Schofield not claiming to be a musician) was there is something for everyone’s taste in favorites on this 13 track CD. That rarely happens.
With Mr Schofield’s compositions of raw piano solos that allow the listener to believe for just those few moments that what she is hearing is meant for her ears alone creates goosebumps that present with each listen. Like the lyrics the music compositions and instruments give a naturally intense vibe; created from the song’s mix of flares reminiscent of Latin dance, jazz, pop, country, and even some folk. I hear Joan Baez & Judy Collins influences in the lyrics of the title track; “Beautiful Souvenirs”. and that Miss Armstrong channels both beautifully. (whether knowingly or not.)
Beautiful Souvenirs is aptly titled. I mentioned earlier the CD’s phrasing of the 13 tracks, it definitely is a 13 track journey of emotions and memories evoked throughout.
A bottle of wine, candlelight, and “Beautiful Souvenirs” make for a beautiful evening’s ambiance.
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2016

A BMG Review “Key Ring Of Faith” by Steve Pullara

 

“Key Ring Of Faith” by Grammy award-winning Steve Pullara’s opening track “Heaven’s Floor” sets the tempo for a solid 10 track album of worship music. As I listen (again) I find myself being especially moved by the spirited fiddle that is a perfect complement to Steve’s lyrics and music compositions. This contemporary Gospel/worship album is family suited for any age, but especially it brings out the inner child of God in all of us. Pullara takes scriptures to music creating an album that sends messages of hope and encouragement.

With memorable melodies and lyrics that are purposefully simple and with harmonies that are light and spirited, these are songs that will inspire the whole family or congregation to sing along. One of my favorite tracks has become #6-“Port of The Lord” with its accordion intro that feels so traditional for worship music coming from Pullara. (I had never been an accordion fan before) The organic instruments of this roots music continues to compliment the spiritual word-smithing by Pullara throughout all 10 tracks; the banjo, guitar, piano, the fiddle and accordion keep the melodies whistling in my head even once I turned the media player off. Worship music with “stick to it-ness.” This album belongs in the home, the car, Sunday school and worship services.

        ~ Toni Taylor Helser, DJ, Mixposure Radio, Barefoot Indie Artists Group, Bend, Oregon

In Steve’s words: “I felt it was time to share my Christian faith with the gift of roots music during an era when other artists and peers from various genres are expressing their beliefs and faiths too. Through the years, I’ve honed my craft by playing and singing in music ministries, Bible studies and to very large family audiences. Using that knowledge and musicianship, this album is crafted with original and colorful Scripture concepts in audio canvases. Enjoy!”

Here’s a video from our Roots Gospel album entitled “Key Ring Of Faith.”

This song is entitled “Where Do All The Doggies Go?” It deals with that enduring question pondered by us all from childhood into adulthood. Listeners and viewers have asked if they can share this video among family and friends. Our answer is “Yes” and “Certainly.” Simply click the “Share” button. You can also go to our album’s website which is posted in the video to read its lyrics and to sample the rest of our new Roots Gospel songs from “Key Ring Of Faith.” Thanks for listening and sharing our lyrical video. It means a lot to us”.

God Bless, Steve Pullara and His Red Eared Sliderz

Visit Steve’s Official website here

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2016

20 Worst Indie Artists Mistakes

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A guest post by Johnny Dwinell of Daredevil Production

 

1.    Your Songs Suck – Consumers will instantly click past a crappy song to thousands of online radio stations till they find a good song that really moves them in the first 10-20 seconds.  You better have GREAT songs.  It’s a CRAFT; it always has been.  Treat is as such.  You need to seek out a few mentors to teach you what they know about their CRAFT and apply your unique vision and perspective to that knowledge.  Easy to do with all the online writing societies.

 

2.    You’re Producing Yourself – Have you ever wondered why a record label would NEVER let you or your friends produce your own record?  Have you ever wondered why most of the iconic Superstars STILL use producers?  Why aren’t they saving money by producing themselves?  Surely a producer at that level is pretty damn expensive!  Get it?  Just because you can work Pro-Tools or Logic doesn’t mean you can or should make a record.  The label would put you with someone who is not only experienced at the entire process of making records, but a way better musician than you.  The smart artist always thrives being around true pros that are better than them to soak in the education and grow to a new artistic level; fearless of the journey.  Most artists will tell people why they can’t or won’t afford a producer and spend their money on their 25th guitar and new plug-ins for the home studio; avoiding the journey.  Do you want to make great records or collect gear?

 

3.    You’re Not Marketing…At ALL – Putting your music on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, ReverbNation, etc. is digital distribution NOT marketing.  Marketing is the art of influencing buying decisions.  Having your CD available for purchase “wherever it’s sold” isn’t influencing buying decisions.  Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Live Shows, Music Blogs, Indie Radio, Internet Radio, and PR are the marketing tools you need to master.  These tools create awareness and drive traffic to your squeeze page where you get the consumer’s email address.  It’s through their email that you will influence their buying decisions.

 

4.    You’re Operating With An Out-Of-Date Business Model- You are still trying to cut cheap demos to shop to a record label to try to get a deal.  You still think radio is the key to marketing your music.  You still think that radio will be a powerful marketing tool when you do get your deal.  You still think the labels make money selling records.  You still think that if you get a deal that’s when you’ve made it.  Wake up, that ship sailed a decade ago; you have to develop yourself, today.

 

5.    You’re Not Thinking Like A Record Label – If you got signed today, the label would surround you with people that make a living writing songs, engineering, producing, doing public relations, marketing, promotion, booking bands, image consulting, Photographing, etc.  All these people would be highly professional and much more dialed in to the market and process than you and your friends.  If you’re thinking like a label, you are looking for a team of people to help you with at least some of these important items.

 

6.    You’re Not Selling Your Music On Your Website – .  If you were truly DRIVING traffic anywhere to purchase your music, you would drive them to YOUR site and take all the money.  Everyone needs a presence on iTunes, CD Baby, Reverbnation, etc., but why on earth would u pay someone 30% of your record sales to do what you can do with a free plug in on your WordPress site?  If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense.

 

7.    You’re Not Posting Regular Videos To YouTube – YouTube is your new Radio with an amazing potential for reaching millions, no wait…now BILLIONS of people and you don’t need to spend 1 million dollars to bribe a freaking Program Director for a CHANCE at getting a few spins.  The “shelf space” is unlimited (Unlike radio) and they pay royalties and advertising revenue.  “I don’t get it because I just want to make music” is a cop out.  why aren’t you learning everything you need to learn about this amazing opportunity?

 

8.    You Suck At Project Management – If Steve Jobs approached the first products from Apple the way most of you approach managing your musical projects he would have died homeless.  Jobs was a true artist, the first computers he and Wozniak made looked good, worked good, were packaged well, and were made in his garage.  Instead of making 500 crappy computers with the limited budget they had, he made 50 AWESOME computers and the market place responded; the opportunities that came from the first run of AWESOME computers provided the momentum they needed to reach the next level.  If you want to find someone to cut your songs for $300/song, I PROMISE you will find them.  Record your 3 BEST songs for the same price as what you have to spend on 12 and do it RIGHT with a TALENTED TEAM.  It’s gonna cost money, so think of it as an education.   Then watch the market respond!

 

9.    You’re Waiting For Your “Big Break” – Deep down you wish it was the old music business because, on the outside (from the cheap seats) it seemed easier when the labels took care of everything.  Well they did and you would have paid dearly for that “EZ Button”.  I got news for you, the Superstar Artists that are still around today, never let the labels take care of everything.  They worked smarter and harder than that in a sea of sharks.  You have to create your own opportunities, your own momentum.  There’s no way around it.  Nobody gets “discovered” anymore so get off the couch, put the bong down next to your baggage and get to work!

 

10. You Still Think Record Labels Develop Talent – Record labels don’t develop talent like Coca-Cola doesn’t repair cars; they don’t care about your music, they care about your current cash flow, and how many fans you have a measurable connection with.  They care about what kind of market you created for yourself and if they can make money by adding fuel to the fire you already started.  Think YouTube and Google.  Google didn’t develop YouTube, they purchased them.  So those smart guys at YouTube had to PROVE their idea had value in the market place; so do you.

 

11. You Don’t Think Of Your Music As Product – Until you do, nobody is going to hear your art.

 

12. You’re Self Sabotaging – This is the most common and most destructive mistake of them all.  Let me save you the suspense, you’re gonna make mistakes.  You’re gonna hit speed bumps.  You’re gonna be rejected.  You’re gonna have to get over it!  You have to get out of your own way and just move forward.  Stop making excuses.  If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.  PERIOD.  So make a change and watch massive amounts of energy quickly flow your way.

 

13. You Are Too Sensitive To Take Constructive Criticism – You would be amazed how many of your favorite Superstars were brutally schooled by the label on their first record.  They were green just like you!  “Go back and write us a single we can promote on the radio or we’re gonna drop you”.  If you’re too dumb to know that you don’t know, you’ll never make it.  Be professional and LEARN.  It’s always better to stay quiet in a room and appear stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

 

14. You’re Listening To Haters – When you do start to get momentum, people you don’t know and sadly, many that you do will spit poison into every part of your life.  Get used to it.  You are doing what they can’t.

 

15. You Haven’t Defined Your Lane – You are afraid to pick a genre because you write in many.  Consumers need ONE lane to connect with you in.  Just because you pick one doesn’t mean you are ignoring the others.  Get some traction in 1 lane first, that will help expose a project in a different lane to more people.  Think John Mayer with his first few pop records and then he did a blues project.  That blues project got a TON of exposure because he was now John Mayer the pop star.

 

16. You’re Live Performance Sucks – Nothing is more disappointing than seeing a decent band with great songs and nobody sings background vocals; except for a crappy band with crappy songs, and everyone singing background vocals.

 

17. You’re Not Capitalizing On Your Live Performances – Today’s music market is about endless content and email addresses.  You should have constant video footage to market on social media.  You should have boatloads of email addresses after every show.  You should be moving product from the stage at every show.  You should be gaining twitter followers at every show…THEN you can get laid.  J

 

18. You’re Putting Too Much Stock Into Your ReverbNation Ranking – A #1 ranking for your small town or big city on ReverbNation + $2.54 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.  How are you getting paid for your songs?

 

19. You Don’t Know What You’re Doing On Twitter – Twitter is a simply amazing surgical marketing tool that allows you to SERIOUSLY target your specific market.  When done correctly, your following will constantly grow.  1 year from now you could have well over 10k followers and now you have the means to drive tons of traffic to a squeeze page, or a YouTube video, or to….Get my point?  Your fans are out there, go find them.

 

20. You Think It’s All About Music, Not Marketing – The truth is that it sure is nice when they expertly market a killer record, but if it was only about the music, there wouldn’t be any crappy songs on the radio.  Think about that for a second.  Without marketing, nobody cares about your music because they haven’t heard it.

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A *BMG Review ~ Steve Pullara’s Cd ” Butterflies Wear Sneakers”

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From the moment I opened Steve Pullara’s new Cd “Butterflies Wear Sneakers” I knew that the family friendly compilation of music that Steve had promised on this CD he was delivering. Even before I heard one note, or even one word, I fell in love with the CD’s artwork/photography by Cher Baldanza.

Then ONE listen through and immediately I knew that If someone were looking to begin or add to the music library of a special loved one this album “Butterflies Wear Sneakers.”  is one I will highly recommend

Doesn’t the title of the album alone make you smile?

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“Butterflies Wear Sneakers” is a perfect title for this newest work from folk singer Steve Pullara who brings his own signature style and sound from his home state of Pennsylvania to the world. Of the eleven tracks on the new CD only one is a cover tune. (A wisely phrased choice as it’s a Stevie Wonder tune.) The other ten are all Steve Pullara originals. It’s an album of universal language that Steve sings. Love.

With Steve’s band members The Red Eared Sliderz-  Patrick Robinson, Brian Nagy, Dan McCormick, Valerie Vuolo and Alfred James Goodrich they bring a rich variety of Folk, Americana and Country music that will captivate the entire family. There is a sweet wholesome in the storytelling Steve weaves through song. 

From the opening track “The More Teeth Missin’ The Better For Kissin”” and throughout I became enchanted by the touching wordsmithing and the richly organic sounds of the instrument arrangements. This is “Feel Good” music and I would love to see it in our local libraries, especially in the children’s library. The album is a perfect collection of family friendly music and storytelling that very quickly if you’re like me will have your whole family singing along.

We as a universal music community of arts are sorely void of fantastic music that is family friendly and I continually find Steve’s music ‘hook’ to be that he is tapping into an audience that needs stellar musicians and lyricists like Steve. An artist needs a good hook more than ever today to set them apart which is no doubt one of the reasons Steve Pullara is a Grammy Award winning artist. I think we as a universe need role models in artists who share messages of love, optimism, and hope. There’s a beautiful wholesomeness and nostalgia to what Steve brings to our ears, and to our emotional and spiritual intelligence that I find endearing.

As a lyricist Steve’s stories are beautiful reminders of all the goodness we should hold strong. Instrumentally this band is top-notch on all levels, and this reviewer is a fan of the deeply Americana sounds from the Dobro, violin and banjo.

Please visit Steve’s *website and enjoy a preview Steve’s newest “Butterflies Wear Sneakers.” This album makes an excellent gift for an entire gift list, even the artwork on the actual Cd is itself is a gift when first opened…..then just sit back and let the opening introduction of the first track begin your listen…. I promise you’ll be delighted by all the smiling faces listening with you.

I’m still smiling.

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The album is also available at cdbaby.com, amazon.com, and ITunes.

Support Your Local Artist Today!

Producers: Steve Pullara – Patrick Robinson  – Alfred James Goodrich

Mastering – James Cravero  East Coast Recording Company

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“Naked Glory” by The Sign ( A Barefoot Review)

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Australia’s own Tassie’s Jo Stevens & Paul Volta who are ” The Sign” are a duet band not to be missed, regardless of the genre you might have a preference for; because The Sign draws influences from across the genre board. All are expressed in the rich infusion that creates their original style and sound.

 

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Their album “Naked Glory” which they soft released when they were touring is currently building up massive steam with much radio air play, including on the Barefoot Rock n Blues shows- I am proud to announce the world-wide radio debut of the entire album on March 28th @ 8 pm eastern (USA) and March 29th @ 11 am (Tasmania) on Mixstream Radio (*see links below)

The self proclaimed Recycled Teenagers from Tasmania Australia are unique in their style, sound, and delivery. If The Beatles and Led Zeppelin had been a fusion group, and from Australia, you would be close to the music that The Sign brings the Universe. But make no mistake, The Sign has a signature sound & style all their own. I’m a major fan, and love their style of using slide guitar as almost a call and response technique as part of their lyrical melody lines.

From the introducing track “In Your Own World “Jo & Paul set the rocking tone for the album. Naked Glory is filled with an awesome Beatle-esque harmony style which is most apparent to this listener in “You Can’t Do That” and doesn’t disappoint with any of the 12 tracks.
“Straw of Gold” brings the album all together as it’s closing track.

Jo and her 12-string guitar, vocals, and writing style is perfectly complimented by her partner in crime Paul on his 6-string and back-up vocals, as I am writing these words to “One of These Days’ I can’t stop dancing in my chair!

Curious now?

Great!

Join me on Barefoot Rock n Blues (*info below) for the exclusive debut of the album and hear why Naked Glory is being spun & and an often topic of discussion and sharing between DJ’s and music listeners from around the world.

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NAKED GLORY by The Sign

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*Hear the exclusive world-wide radio debut of Naked Glory in it’s entirety on Barefoot Rock n Blues on Mistream Radio @ www.miposure.com

*USA Sunday March 28, 2015 @ 8pm eastern

*Tasmania Australia Monday March 29th @ 11am

Please join Jo & I in the chat room during the show @ www.miposure.com/mix_radio

From The Sign ~  ” Thank you Toni ..this is wonderful and we will have a surprise for those who are listening as well …I am so looking forward to it ..See teehee, hear you then xx” ~ Jo Stephens-Volte

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Bill Madison’s “Sweet Jelly” (a Barefoot Review)

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This Barefoot music listener and fan of Bill Madison received a message from Bill a couple of months back that put a smile on my face.  Bill said he had woke one morning with his song “Barefootin’ Boogie” in his head. Recording it and including it in his message saying he thought of Yours Truly. Soon this became the intro track to his new CD “Sweet Jelly”.

From this intro track and throughout the album’s collection of tunes Bill keeps your bare feet doing a definite boogie with his rich acoustic guitar accompaniment, and his distinctive vocal quality full of natural expressions.

Bill is the first artist I experienced with Online Busking on his Saturday shows on www.streetjelly.com, happily so, as I quite like Bill’s style and sound. His latest album/Cd is a 13 track collection from his Street Jelly shows. I find the natural feel of this album as easy and comfortable to listen to as it is to experience his shows online. It is a venue made for an artist like Bill Madison, and I am delighted that his was my first experience with concerts in this format.

This collection begins with his original tune Barefootin’ Boogie that absolutely sets the tone of ambiance for the listener. Bill takes us through a journey of classic cover tunes that will have you feeling you have been time warped in the most of nostalgic ways.  Bill has an easy flow to his vocal tone that he compliments so nicely with his acoustic guitar which creates a rich full sound as a soloist.

From his inspiring epic “All Along The Watch Tower”, to the romance of Eric Clapton’s ?Wonderful Tonight”, to the closing track “Forever Young” this album will certainly inspire memories from days gone by as well as inspire new memory making today.

Get yours inspired today.

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http://www.billmadisonmusic.com/

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Barefoot Rock n Blues Encore w/ Trevor Sewell

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This Friday, August 29th, 2014. 7pm GMT – 1pm EDT
Hear Trevor Sewell’s newest album release in it’s entirety in this special encore presentation.
“Face To Face” is a beautiful acoustic compilation of Trevor’s signature style and sound an independent (and spontaneous) project recorded at Capital Records Studio in L.A.
I personally fancy the music of just a musician & their instrument, no bells, no whistle’s. Just the pure music.
Hope y’all will be joining Barefoot Rock n Blues on Mixstream Radio on Mixposure.com

http://www.mixposure.com/mix_radio/

 

In Trevor’s words:

This album is very different to my usual electric offerings as I just wanted to see what the songs were like when they were completely stripped back to just one guitar and one voice – it was completely unplanned and there was no set list. I was in Capitol Records in Hollywood to record tracks for my new electric album which will be released later in the year and the engineer set up my acoustic and a microphone and as I liked the sound through the headphones I just said ‘ Can I make an acoustic album while I’m in position’ – Joe the engineer just smiled and said ‘why not?’, so that’s what happened and less than 3 hours later the Face To Face album was in the can – we could have easily gone back and added lots of other instruments but that would have defeated the purpose so the only rules were no overdubs just one guitar, like I say there was no set list so I just played songs that happened to pop into my head at the time and Joe let me know when we had ten tracks. To sum up, although this was recorded in a studio it is in every way a Live album, so if anyone comes to my solo shows this is a good representation of what it sounds like. Capitol is a great place to record in and I managed to get started on my new electric album later that afternoon but with the bonus of an unexpected extra album already recorded, so all in all I think it was possibly one of the most productive days I’ve had in any studio – If Carlsberg made studios … thank you Capitol. ”  

~ Trevor Sewell  

That’s Friday August 29th @ 7pm GMT-1pm eastern

where: http://www.mixposure.com/mix_radio/