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March 2, 2012

Radio Crystal Blue 3/4/12 news


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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about March 7 and will be available for about 4 months beyond
You will hear music in several segments of top indie/DIY/underground
songwriters and bands.
RCB Novus Ordo will also air separately. On this show I spin one song from
as many as 8 songs in one sitting and give you background info  of each
artist.

CD FOCUS returns on the next show with a special CD: Little Blue Egg by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer.  This is a disc with 11 long-lost recordings found by Tracy 2 years ago,
We’ll hear these songs, 2 by 2, all through the month of March.  www.redhouserecords.com   www.tracygrammer.com
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INTERVIEWS of Lisa Biales and Marybeth D’Amico are now available at the FIELD RECORDING FeedPlayer.  This is now active as a popup at the homepage of www.radiocrystalblue.net  and at the dedicated webpage at www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalbluefield
My REVIEW of the event featuring music by Meghan Cary and Marybeth D’Amico can be read at http://radiocrystalblue.net/2012/02/26/milkboy-coffee-22512/
Happy birthday greetings to Miles High Productions founder Chip Schutzman! www.mileshighproductions.com
Davy Jones passed away this week.  Davy was bassist for Williamsport, PA songwriter Johnny J. Blair in recent years.I believe you’ve heard Davy on JJB’s material.  www.johnnyjblair.com
A radio promoter asked me on Facebook about my thoughts on Americana.  Since I’ve already given you my thoughts on the general genres of folk and roots, I’m too happy to comply:
Americana appears to be something that’s not necessarily in the pop category. Akin to folk, it’s about realism, and not always positive realism.  The songs contain innate meanings of what today’s America is like. Would the songs suggest meanings relevant to the days of yesteryear, they would be called ‘roots’.  Americana differs from roots for its modernism. Remember, there is still the Great American Songbook, all those jazz standards and easy listening songs out there. That’s not Americana, just a different interpretation.    Americana resembles roots and country and pretty much anything that are not on the major (Billboard, etc.) radio/sales charts. Suggested artists: Mark McKay, Larry McMurtry, Andrew McKnight, Mark Erelli.  Here of course is where I should tell you my definitions of alternative, indie and underground music, but I’ll save it for next time.
For some non-radio content:
March’s lions are ever-present, what with the cold grey weather  Already looking forward to sunnier days (sometimes; I still like grey days) and putting away the space heater.  Saved a lot on electricity from last year!  Stomach is just about at full strength but I’m off coffee, soda and common fruit juice until further notice (doctor, heal thyself).    Some of you may know that I am returning to elements of holistic health and healing.  Not certain it will be a huge career move given the economy.
A weeks ago I located a gourmet shop in Old City called…wait for it….Gourmet Of Old City.  They carry Big Train (powdered) chai tea! This will be my go-to store once a month; it’s about how long the chai lasts here.  www.gourmetofoldecity.com  www.bigtrain.com
Handicapping continues in earnest for this weekend’s big horse racing events. I’m off wagering outside of the Future Wager pools until Derby Day itself. I’ve had a losing year so far, and am taking a big break from this sort of investing.
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: @electrikemily @rosslivermore @TheValeryTrails @sharongoldman @3_kisses
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COVERAGE:
I do audio interviews, photos, video, and audio of live events.  You can see
and hear evidence across my Facebook and YouTube channels, plus the field
recording FeedPlayer.Time, location and expense will be taken into account
before taking on a job.
Next show I’m attending is 3/7 at The Tin Angel here in Philly (Greta Gertler, Noam Weinstein) .
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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of my shows.
On RCB Novus Ordo: Australia’s The Valery Trails and Philly songwriter Rob Lytle are the standouts on this week’s show.  Rob has great personnel on his CD including Fats Kaplin, Karyn Oliver, & Thomm Jutz.  Dan & Faith, friends of The Kennedys, take a similar path as that other dynamic duo with an album inspired by dreams.
RCB proper:  The opening track by Forces Of Nature has really grown on me; it’s an absolute keeper.   First segment began with another new one by Garrison Starr. Her newest album will be available later in the spring.  Catie Curtis and Edie Carey (& Jenna Lindbo) perform tonight at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI.  Jann Klose & Avi Wisnia with some laid-back tunes back-to-back, following it up with slightly more uptempo tunes by Ben Knighten and Helen Austin (drawing upon Helen’s Song of the week CD, her personal song-a-week challenge). Segment 2 includes Heth & Jed (I cited a Gothamist.com reference having to do with a lawsuit against NYC), followed by another spin of Darlingside’s 2010 EP. They have a subscription-only album ready to launch this summer. Tumbledown returns to the airwaves while frontman Mike Herrera (MxPx) plans recording new material.  The song I spun “Great Big World” now has a video, available on their site.   Took a turn to pop and folk in segment 3, including one by Brother Sun. Well, not exactly their song, but actually an unreleased song penned by Bob Dylan & Danny O’Keefe. I wonder how they came across the song in the first place.    Meg Braun was opening act for Vance Gilbert at Christopher St. Coffeehouse in NYC on 3/1.  Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin continue to tour together in many fine establishments along with the SXSW experience just ahead.    I spun songs with ‘guilt’ references in their latest CDs.   Closed out with 2 ‘train’ references; Matt Turk’s raucous version of “Wabash Cannonball”, and Andrew Calhoun’s reworking of the classic “John Henry”
AIRPLAY SUBMISSION:
Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
CDs MUST have a 2012 release date or have been released no earlier than
July 2011..

I also accept EPKs through these companies. For EPK submissions I select
artists on their body of work and the completeness of the press kit
SONICBIDS: http://www.sonicbids.com/radiocrystalblue
MusicSUBMIT: www.musicsubmit.com.
(For those in Australia) GIG LAUNCH: www.giglaunch.com.au
All you have to do is a search on these sites for Radio Crystal Blue.

Any compelling compilation/concept CDs can also be sent here directly. I’m
seeking material that can be featured, song-for-song, in my CD FOCUS
segments.
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namaste

Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
www.radiocrystalblue.net
http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
cblue456@comcast.net
@radiocblue on twitter
215 995 2234

February 24, 2012

Radio Crystal Blue 2/26/12 news


Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Ariel Publicity: http://www.arielpublicity.com
Miles High Productions http://www.mileshighproductions.com
Serge Entertainment Public Relations http://www.sergepr.com
Wampus Multimedia http://www.wampus.com

Radio Crystal Blue is free to share and listen, in accordance with Creative
Commons License 3.0, full attribution, non-derivative, non-commercial.
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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about February 29
You will hear music in several segments of top indie/DIY/underground songwriters and bands.
RCB Novus Ordo will also air separately. On this show I spin one song from as many as 8 songs in one sitting and give you background info  of each artist.
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Typing this week’s news while finalizing details of who will be aired on the next show. Should be a good deal of artists…as we come out of the Millenium Music Conference and Folk Alliance events, and head toward SXSW.  You might hear from artists playing SXSW, otherwise more in the next few weeks.  I am glad I had steered my airplay toward supporting artists whose music I have, spun right alongside those whom I target.
2 weeks ago I began to work as a reporting ‘station’ for Roots Music Report.  This organization has the definitive airplay chart featuring indie and mainstream artists in the Americana, Roots and other genres and subgenres. All the music that befits the airplay data is part of the master list.   Much more info at http://www.rootsmusicreport.com

Along the lines of roots and such, I have a question for you all (and those reading on facebook and via Twitter); what is your definition of folk? what is your definition of roots?  Here’s my two cents, one at a time:
FOLK is old-style journalism and editorializing.  Folk tells stories of what goes on down-home, across the hall or across picket fences to the neighbors. Folk comments on poliitics. Sometimes it even politicks.  Folks presents a sense of community, at once urban, rural, and metaphorical.  We can relate to the music. We can relate to the songwriter. It is our kin, our kinfolk, as it were.  Relatedness. Get it? Listen to storytellers in song like Danny Schmidt as a good example.
ROOTS music is about our yearning and search for one’s security, one’s roots, one’s place in one’s heart, one’s earth, one’s universe, as well as one’s community as with folk.  Roots takes us back in time; it doesn’t preach necessarily. There is a time warp, a reminder of days gone by, as you might have possibly remembered it, or even imagined it.  The first roots albums were in a comparative way, roots rock, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s take on rockabilly.  or Dylan’s ‘Blonde On Blonde’.  For an indie comparison, how about Kathleen Edwards, or Mark McKay?     And how do we explain Spuyten Duyvil, with those old-time instruments and a youthful spirit making songs fit for the urban landscape?  Or The Defibulators, who go steps further and brand something totally their own?
These 2 categories are highly subjective.   What are your definitions of these genres?

I’m typing this while preparing interview questions for Marybeth D’Amico. She is the opening act for Meghan Cary at Milkboy Coffee tomorrow night in Ardmore, PA.   Meghan is a client of RCB sponsor Ariel Publicity.   I think Marybeth and I met years ago in NYC and kept in sporadic touch over the years while she was in Germany.  Already you’ve heard music from her latest effort “The Light Inside”.  Now it’s my chance to see both Meghan and Marybeth. I’ll provide some photos and some video from both sets.

I’ve not yet received approval of my inteview of Lisa Biales. Once I do, itwill appear at my field recording FeedPlayer:  http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalbluefield

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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW:  @great_unknowns @FinleyandPagdon @ulachi @AndyHermannLA @ThisWayBand

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COVERAGE:
I do audio interviews, photos, video, and audio of live events.  You can see and hear evidence across my Facebook and YouTube channels, plus the field recording FeedPlayer.Time, location and expense will be taken into account before taking on a job.
Currently I’m attending one show (see above) on 2/25 in Ardmore.   Then: 3/7 at The Tin Angel back here in Philly.
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RCB REVIEW:
On RCB Novus Ordo: One Alternative is a long-term, long-running musical project started by an oboeist and 2 guitarists. Essentially the project combines classical music, jazz, folk and other styles, and is purely instrumental.  Wampus Multimedia client Johnny J. Blair returns with a new album. I spun an updated and electrified version of the title track “I Like The Street”.  You’ve heard me cite Song Dogs & The Nightjar before; the local classic rock band gets their RCB debut here. Sarah Bowman (sister of Claire) returns to my airwaves with a new disc. I gave you a holiday tune from Gina Forsyth (re Mardi Gras Day);
RCB proper:  A few weeks ago I received a CD from Canada from the electronica group Forces Of Nature; the band is on a label by uber-DJ Clare Large. The music is deep house, some breakbeat and chill sounds alongsides.  The music is quite up my alley, and one track, “Statis” served as the opening music for my show.  Segment 1 went from organic songs (Aurical, The Symbols)  to depressing songs (Fellaheen, The K’s).  Dylan Connor’s new CD on Greta Gertler’s label (Goldfish Prize) is the fulcrum here. Dylan perorms ‘release’ shows in NYC, Philly and DC in the immediate future.  That electronic track before Dylan’s is also his; it sounds like an excerpt from a child’s first computer game.  Segment 2: includes another from the new album by My Pet Dragon, they share billing with NYC/Ireland’s Stand on 3/10 at The Saint in Asbury Park NJ. I spun both artists back-to-back.  Songs hinting and implying endings alongside beginnings colored Segment 3.  Shane Cooley & Rosa Wallace are both performing on 3/8 at The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale AZ.  2 Philly artists heard back-to-back, Carsie Blanton (listen for Rob Hyman on the organ on her song “Together Too Long”), and Ryan Tennis (who continues his Clubhouse (house) Concert series here in South Philly.    Segment 4 gave us female archetypes who’ve had it ‘up to here’ (Kellylee Evans, Shanna Underwood, Lara Ewen).

AIRPLAY SUBMISSION:
Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
CDs MUST have a 2012 release date or have been released no earlier than April 2011..

I also accept EPKs through these companies. For EPK submissions I select artists on their body of work and the completeness of the press kit
SONICBIDS: http://www.sonicbids.com/radiocrystalblue
MusicSUBMIT: http://www.musicsubmit.com.
(For those in Australia) GIG LAUNCH: http://www.giglaunch.com.au
All you have to do is a search on these sites for Radio Crystal Blue.

Any compelling compilation/concept CDs can also be sent here directly. I’m seeking material that can be featured, song-for-song, in my CD FOCUS segments.
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namaste

Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
http://www.radiocrystalblue.net

http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu

cblue456@comcast.net
@radiocblue on twitter
215 995 2234

February 22, 2012

Radio Crystal Blue 2/19/12 audio and links


Radio Crystal Blue: Novus Ordo  spotlights CDs that are debuting on my standard freeform radio program, Radio Crystal Blue. The show exists as a weekly podcast.Listen here:
(1) The FeedPlayer on my home page (visible with Flash-supported browsers) http://www.radiocrystalblue.net and available to stream/download/share.  Click the pop-up linlk at the ‘home’ tab.
(2) If you cannot view the FeedPlayer, try a different browser, or get Flash, or try my podcast provider at http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
(3) mp3:  http://radiocrystalblue.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/rcbnew021912.mp3

(4) RSS: http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rssThis show was distributed on 2/22

One Alternative “You’ve Had Enough Air” (live bonus track) – Air Sculpture CD www.onealternative.com
Johnny J. Blair “I Like The Street” – I Like The Street CD www.johnnyjblair.com
Song Dogs And The Nightjar “The Way” – s/t CD www.songdogsandthenightjar.com
Sarah Bowman “Out In The Weather” – Empty Houses CD www.sarahbowmanmusic.com
Gina Forsyth “What I Did On Mardi Gras Day” – Promised Land CD www.ginaforsyth.com
Adam Gilbert “Steady As We Go”- A Generation Of Forgotten Kings CD www.adamgilbertmusic.com
Fang-i Liu “Stupid Questions” – Confessions CD www.fangiliu.com

Running time: 1 hour, 4 minutes
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All content of Radio Crystal Blue’s programming is free to listen and share to via a Creative Commons License, version 3.0, full attribution, non-derivative. For more info: http://www.creativecommons.org
Here’s Radio Crystal Blue proper:
Radio Crystal Blue is my long-running standard freeform radio program. The
show exists as a weekly podcast.
Listen here:
(1) The FeedPlayer on my home page (visible with Flash-supported browsers)
www.radiocrystalblue.net and available to stream/download/share.  Click the
pop-up linlk at the ‘home’ tab.
(2) If you cannot view the FeedPlayer, try a different browser, or get
Flash, or try my podcast provider at www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
(3) .mp3:
http://radiocrystalblue.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/rcblive021912.mp3
(4) RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rssThis show was distributed on 2/22/12
Artists with shared gigs in the near future are noted with * & **

Opening music: Forces Of Nature “Stasis” – Journeys In Time And Space CD www.intelligentaudio.net

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The Symbols “Ephemeral’ – s/t EP www.thesymbols.net
Aurical “Work Song” – Something to Say CD www.auricalmusic.com
Fellaheen “Burn the House Down” – Death & Frolic CD www.fellaheen.com
Dylan Connor “Pacific Coasts Ghosts” – Primitive Times CD www.dyanconnor.com
The K’s “The Great Depression” – Red Numbers Rising Faster CD www.theksband.blogspot.com
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Sirsy “Leftover Girl (live from Revolution Hall, Troy, NY) – BYOB CD www.sirsy.com
Emily Zuzik Band “Outside” – The Wild Joys Of Living CD www.emilyzuzik.com
*My Pet Dragon “Lover In Hiding” – Mountains and Cities CD www.mypetdragon.net
*Stand “Love Will Never Creep In” – 100,000 Ways To Harvest Hope CD www.standland.com
Bound By Substance “Wail” – Dead Wrong EP www.boundbysubstance.com
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Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins “Queen Of The Castle” – s/t CD www.sarahrabdau.com
*Shane Cooley “The Alamo: – West Land CD www.shanecooleymusic.com
*Rosa Wallace “All Fall Down” – Space To Be Free EP www.rosawallacemusic.com
Carsie Blanton “Together Too Long” – Idiot Heart CD www.carsieblanton.com
Ryan Tennis “Wake Me Up” – Goodbye To The Ground CD www.ryantennismusic.com
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Kellylee Evans “Good Girl” – The Good Girl CD www.kellyleeevans.com
Shanna Underwood ‘Venus Burns” – Fieldnotes From A Caravan CD www.reverbnation.com/shannaunderwood
Lara Ewen & The Unstrung Orchestra “Turning Blue” – Ghosts & Gasoline Cd www.unstrungmusic.com
Danielle Miraglia “See The Light’ – Box of Troubles CD www.daniellem.com
Joe Iadanza “Sunshine Blues” – Traveling Salesman CD www.joeiadanza.com
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Closing music: Robert Sadin “Comment” – Art Of Love: Music Of Machaut CD
Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
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All content of Radio Crystal Blue’s programming is free to listen and share
to via a Creative Commons License, version 3.0, full attribution,
non-derivative. For more info: www.creativecommons.orgNext show will be recorded and distributed in the week of 2/26/12

namaste
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Dan Herman/Radio Crystal Blue:
cblue456@comcast.net
2159952234
www.radiocrystalblue.net
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