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RCB Quarterly Airplay Chart was published on Tuesday. Vance Gilbert continues to rank high on the quarterly charts. Brother Sun, on the strength of their new album “Some Part Of The Truth” debuts at #4. The Steel Wheels, who have just sent me their latest, are at #17. The chart is the best snapshot I can provide outside of playlists and audio files for you to see what I’ve been spinning the most as of late. Full details at
IDEALISTIC SPORT is my newest podcast, fully unrelated to music. If you hunger for out-of-the-box opinion, a unique take on sport stats, even insightful predictions, this new show is for you. Content will focus mainly on minor and individual sports instead of teams for the most part. I’m recording the charter program today (Friday) and will have that available in a new FeedPlayer URL. As you know, FeedPlayers are positively viral. Access the shows at www.bigcontact.com/idealisticsport along with overlighting blog posts, which will be the final word of all predictions and summaries, at www.idealisticstats.wordpress.com
If you are a musician that would like to submit to this program for use as intro and outro segment, or to fill in the spaces between segments, just send a message.
Got a message from a Philly-oriented filmmaker who plans to do a unique documentary about musician Kenn Kweder. Billed at once as a madman, a genius, even “The Mayor Of South Street”, his story goes back some 40 years. He is still actively performing in the Philly area. I imagine that he had a big underground following even in the 70s; ideally I would have spun his music even in those halcyon days, perhaps alongside folks like Dave Rave from Canada. Director John Hutelmeyer has begun a crowdfunding campaign; already the film has received 12% funding toward its goal. You can do your part by watching the trailer for the campaign and sending some $ their way at
RCB Novus Ordo notably debuted Reverend Freakchild this week. Liner notes suggests some rather tall tales from start to finish, even suggesting the man passed away 8 years ago. The tales really are that tall. He is still among us, and his take on traditional tunes are new and fresh. Stephen Lee Rich (@OldYodeler on Twitter) returns with a new album. Lubbock, TX’s Jenni Dale Lord makes a great Americana debut here as well.
RCB proper:Segment #1: from rockabilly to modern folk and back we went, including new tunes from Sassparilla out of the Pacific Northwest, who have their own stamp on roots music. Segment #2: Spun another from South Korea electronic rock band Love X Stereo, alongside more synth from my favorite song by Blue Sour. Segment #3: Speaking of Brother Sun, I love their take on U2′s “In the Name Of Love”. Folks, you know I don’t care for covers all that much except to understand where an artist is coming from. But, if it must be done, it should be finely obscured so as to gently hint to the original, and to make it further original. The trio do it very well on their new album. Chris Riffle and Brian Dolzani are taking part in this weekend’s HartFolk Festival in West Hartford, CT. Songs relevant to home were predominant in this segment (Virginia in particular, courtesy of Andrew McKnight and Rani Arbo). Segment 4: Songs took a rather utopian and altruistic tone, notably from Noel Paul Stookey and a new song from Craig Sonnenfeld.
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