Posts tagged ‘The Fire Philly’

March 6, 2014

@ The Fire, 3/4/14


3 songwriters and one band made up last-minute showcase at The Fire here in Philly on Tuesday, each with unique projects and sounds. I heard of the showcase from Michael Savino who fronts, and is the project Tall Tall Trees. Michael put the lineup together with talent from NYC and Philly. The night was sparsely populated with fans, tho Michael did bring a fair amount of folks on this cold winter evening.
Tom Zamostein’s project is Bastards of Earle. The title enough suggests one who does his own thing and does it well. Tom is something of an icon in terms of Philly’s own music scene. I last saw him when he was performing with the North Lawrence Midnight Singers at the now-closed Tritone. Tom’s solo effort was full of energy, generally kicking up energy with his tomato-red shoes, also sporting a brown suit jacket and old-school hat The songs fit nicely on the musical shelf near those of Springsteen and Westerberg. One line from one song, “Downtown Girl”, possibly, makes reference to a ‘cubic zirconia polyester smile’. Another song, about London and Camden in the UK, easily could be referencing NYC instead, as his smile and impassioned delivery a delight to watch. A favorite tune from the set, and the available media on his website is the tune Weightless.
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Tall Tall Trees had shared billing the night before at the beloved Pete’s Candy Store in northernmost Brooklyn with Heidemann. Monika Heidemann presented music that has an 80′s throwback feel. I was struck by her personal style, which reminded me a bit of Chrissie Hynde, and a commanding mid-range voice. The songs appear a bit provocative tho I think its’ the voice that makes them so more than the lyrics. Monika was recently in a band that shared her interest in 80′s music. Nowadays she appears solo with a warm bass and synth and loops.

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Tall Tall Trees is just Michael these days, as he approaches the release of a solo album features his banjo wizardry. I couldn’t remember when we had last crossed paths but he spotted me instantly upon arrival. On the previous albums, Michael had 4 others aboard for the sound. Tonight he was solo, with his trusty, space-age banjo weapon, complete with an electronic device that provided green and red visual effects on the banjo’s body. He gave the keys to those effects to an audience member for the bulk of the show. Michael performed mostly new material, such that will appear on the new album which had been successfully fan-funded. His delivery was rather spontaneous, consistently channeling energy from someplace, putting a fair amount of it back into the banjo. He engaged the audience in rhythmic clapping a few times, thoroughly enjoying the moments along with us. There was some comic use of some recorded spoken word in a few places; I can hear him using this technique a bit more in recording.

Here’s VIDEO of Michael in action. This was my first attempt at HD video with my new camera.
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The Late Saints are a new Philly band, only together as a 3-piece for 2 months. Led by Italian-American Jacopo, the band has a range of sound that recalls some gypsy approach, some klezmer, and the notable use of kazoo as accompaniment on half the songs. Yes, kazoo! Honestly I can’t pick a favorite between the songs. We had a great conversation beforehand about contemporary Italian music.
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October 11, 2013

@ The Fire, 10/8/13


Phone conversation to The Fire, 620pm
First volley: 6 rings, voice mail.

Second volley 703pm:

“Hello…Philadelphia Bar and Grille”
“Hi….uh…is this not The Fire?”
‘It is.”
“OK.just wanted to be sure. I was confused.” Is it 830pm for doors, 9pm show?
“I think…it is… looks like 8pm doors.”
“OK sounds good, thanks.”

Well, The Fire certainly exists in its own sort of timeline. In fact, the hanging sign out front does say Philadelphia Bar and Grill. There is no reference to The Fire, except in the performance space itself. Curiously I noticed that they do serve some appropriate bar snacks like chips and salsa and such, tho I don’t remember them serving food before.
Also the tables and chairs are something new. I wonder if it’s becoming a..ugh…listening room. it guarantees that someone is going to get in the way of someone else, and if it’s a rock concert, it could get ugly. Hopefully they move these barrier for livelier shows. But no such luck on Tuesday. My assignment was to cover this event featuring Spectral Lines, a duo formed by artist/actor Cris Welti and synth/keyboardist Jessica Darling Rose (Voltheque, Ex Cathedra).

Typically the venue starts at 9pm or close to it as possible even with the early posted time for doors. A nice ploy to keep people at the bar. The local beers are of good stock, $3-$6. Cover I thought was $6, actually was $7.
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Starting off was songwriter Jeanette Lynne, performing in a duo setting with guitarist Jamie Victor, under the title Old Monk. I didn’t hear reference to the project during the show tho I did spot a handsome bag on stage with that title. Jeanette’s songs are plaintive and hopeful, with bouncy acoustic melodies. She has a warm presence on stage and a persistent smile. The duo were joined on stage by a backup singer whose name I didn’t capture at the time. Jeanette is based in West Chester and has frequently performed in the Philly metro area for a number of years.
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Robin Renee takes a music approach that is drawn from pop as well as a marked indivuality in her songwriting. Much of the music is from a spiritual perspective. Her showmanship was dazzling on stage. Generally armed with acoustic, she performed solo during the 40 minute set, with one a capella song, plus one tune on harmonium (how often do you see this instrument on stage?) Her latest release is a single called “All I Am” which I believe she performed this evening. Robin is the sort of songwriter that I enjoy sitting down to listen to; she has 4 albums of recorded material, performs on different instruments and knows how to quietly work a stage. Plus her subject matter is both spiritual in nature and also down-to-earth at times.
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Spectral Lines performed a loud set at the end. There was, in fact, an issue with the sound during the set, tho probably attributed to the sound board. Cris sings all the material, while Jessica thoughtfully strikes her Roland keyboard. The style is decidedly 80′s post-punk, new wave, straightforward in nature, interspersed between songs with audio clips, presumably from film. One could imagine them expanding on this project, maybe with a fuller band, or live video accompaniment. This was their first show on stage, and have a number of regional shows ahead.

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No video for this show. I had attempted video with my new camera but the stage monitor was so loud that the filming wasn’t salvageable.

Not bad for a new camera, eh? I kept most of the gallery up on Facebook without edits. Next time I’ll have the edits done before publishing. Meanwhile, enjoy the gallery here

July 20, 2012

Radio Crystal Blue 7/22/12 news


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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about July 25 and will be available for
the rest of the year.
Owing to schedule demands, I usually publish on Wednesdays or as soon
as
possible thereafter.
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 6 songs in one sitting and give you background info of each
artist.
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In the prior week I had promised a review of a showcase I attended at The Fire, which included music by At Sea. Here’s a link to the review:
http://wp.me/p1FKJJ-dj
Photos:

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I’ve agreed to take part in Ariel Publicity’s 6th Digital Press Conference, scheduled for July 31. I’ll be remotely attending via Skype and interviewing some of their clients. The audio of the interview will be made available once everything is cleared. More about this event at www.arielpublicity.com
WIKI: I’d like to see Radio Crystal Blue grow its online presence with more of a Wiki presence. Some of you know that I have a YahooGroup attached to the show. www.groups.yahoo.com/group/radiocrystalblue Back in 2001 I built this to foster conversation and interest in the show. Lately I’ve become the only one contributing and posting archives of older shows. You can see every show with a playlist on here going back to 2001, just when I started to spin indie/underground songs. This actually predates the time I was really immersed in the music scene in NYC. I’d like to take all the info and make some use of it for my own website. You might wonder who got airplay in a particular show, or what segments held a specific genre, theme, an so forth. What would you like to see? I’ll take suggestions on how to build and grow this presence.

WORK: I’m seeking a day job in the areas of support/admin/clerical/research,
within a 15 mile radius of Philadelphia. Contact me if you know of a job
that befits my requirements.
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: These are the last 5 folks that I’m following who
follow back: @clearcoversongs @IAlabel @DownwardDogs @sicmanofva @Tom0Perry

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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.

Right now here’s what I’ve planned to see:
The Trews, and the StereoFidelics, at The Grape Room:
7/25. www.thetrewsmusic.com www.stereof.com www.graperoommusic.com
8/18 is The Mont Clare Summer Jam in Mont Clare, PA, with acts such as headliners Blue Coupe (members of Blue Oyster Cult & Alice Cooper), Low Society, and regional acts like Kingsnake, The Watchmen, The Noid, and others. My exact involvement is undetermined at this moment. www.rocknrolltheworld.com for more.

Radio Crystal Blue continues to circulate the good word on some websites:
www.tonyhalchak.com
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RCB REVIEW:
RCB Novus Ordo: Jenee Halstead returns to the RCB airwaves with a new album, and with songs that were written just prior to recording the album. Rock band Friction Land arise out of the ashes of the band Friction. Foolish Ida is a project by Sarah Rabdau, memorializing a Maurice Sendak character in a song cycle. During the show I read the letter that she composed to Maurice, a letter she never got to send, as the author passed away just prior to the CD release event. Spun music of 2 artists who are pillars of the indie/underground/DIY music scene in Philly: Griz (Chris Grunwald), and Reverend TJ McGlinchey.
RCB proper: I dug out another CD from the long-defunct huH music service, and a great ambient-techno tune by Future Sound Of London. A lot of segments this week. Two segments contained music by artists performing as part of the Huntington (NY) Folk Festival. The 2nd of these 2 segments featured artists who have some connection to each other, mainly in appearing on each other’s recordings. Also receiving airplay were artists who are part of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase. Segment 1 features more music from Justin Levinson & The Valcours. Segment 2 of the standard segments includes Ratham Stone, who have recently changed band personnel. My Pet Dragon and Lisa Bianco share billing at NYC’s City Winery in August. Wormburner’s song “Some Summer’ is a good seasonal song. Segment 3: Mark Erelli & Eilen Jewell perform in NYC’s Stuyvesant Town on 7/21. Spun another new tune by Joy Mills (of The Starlings) and by Dan May. Segment 4 started with Anna Dagmar, Linq, and Beth DeSombre. Anna and Linq were part of a triple bill in MA 7/19. Anna and Beth are part of a songwriter showcase at The Burren Backroom, 7/22. Closed with another new song by Adler & Hearne, this from an album recorded at Eddie’s Attic in GA last year.
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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
November 2011. No exceptions.
Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general email
list.

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. I mean it. Complete it.
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Go to a live music event.
Be supportive.
Be informed.
Be irreverent.

Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
www.radiocrystalblue.net
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cblue456@comcast.net
@radiocblue on twitter
215 995 2234

July 13, 2012

Radio Crystal Blue 7/15/12 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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HOW TO LISTEN:
Feed Player at my home page of http://www.radiocrystalblue.net  It is active as a
popup window. Within the page you can stream/share/download the audio. You
can put the player up on your site or blog too.
If you cannot access the Feed Player or do not have Shockwave/Flash in your
browser, try a different browser or go to http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
This page contains a bona fide workable version of the Feed Player.
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This is the magic link to the popup player. It’s also at the home and
archive tabs of my website

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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about July 17 and will be available for
the rest of the year.
Owing to schedule demands, I usually publish on Wednesdays or as soon
as
possible thereafter.
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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At this moment I’ve yet to post a review of last night’s showcase at The Fire, featuring my friends in the NYC band At Sea.  This review will be available later on Friday on my website.  Look for photos on Facebook and video on my YouTube channel. You know where.

I do have a review up from a showcase at The Grape Room, dated 7/10/12.  Read all about it at http://radiocrystalblue.net/2012/07/11/the-grape-room-71012/

Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151908264655725.879893.684570724&type=3&l=4dd821deae
Video of Jill Cagney: http://youtu.be/qpQORF0bTiI

I’m doing 6-song versions of RCB Novus Ordo this summer to further stimulate the wait list for CDs that are debuting on  my podcasts. Supply has dwindled, and there is probably a dozen artists I know of that have yet to send new material.

I’m seeking a day job in the areas of support/admin/clerical/research, within a 15 mile radius of Philadelphia.   Contact me if you know of a job that befits my requirements.

Thanks for being friends on the usual social media sites and beyond, and, of course, in person. I’ve no desire to set foot in NYC again unless I’m working there or else if my life depends on it.   I might try nearby cities (Baltimore, DC, hello?) for jobs if need be.  But I’d rather be in Philly for now, at least while I still have some $ to circulate.
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: These are the last 5 folks that I’m following who
follow back: @connemarastone  @songscene @Brady_Chris1988 @jasonvigil @LateCambrian

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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.

Right now here’s what I’ve planned to see:
Greta Gertler presents her band The Universal Thump at the Green Line Cafe,
7/19. http://www.theuniversalthump.com
One of the great Canadian bands ever, The Trews, play at The Grape Room on
7/25.  http://www.thetrewsmusic.com

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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of the shows, not to be confused with the
actual audio:
RCB Novus Ordo: Outstanding in this week’s 6-pack are Late Cambrian (whose founder had also led The Flying Machines and The Attorneys), and DE rock band Darkin, bringing out the vintage grunge.

RCB proper: Continued a theme of starting with Luna for this week’s show, the long bonus track which is a Serge Gainsbourg cover. Laetitia Sadler of Stereolab in duet vox with Dean Wareham.  I had Serge on the brain after seeing a feature of the man on a public access TV program.  Summer and driving songs were the main part of Segment 1 (notably Amy Speace, Elisa Peimer, and another new one by Garrison Starr).   Segment 2 contained music by artists who are in this year’s Great South Bay Festival.  Yarn and Molasses Creek are in the Floyd Festival later in July.  Professor Louie & The Crowmatix are back with a new album and they kick off Segment 3, featuring guitar from Michael Falzarano.  Also spun more new music here from Changing Modes, This Is She (proud client of Miles High Productions) and brand new song from UK’s JoanOvArc.  Segment 4 featured the major performers of this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. I did not find a list of the emerging artists, otherwise this show would be a lot longer! And in this segment, more songs relevant to driving. New music here from Nerissa & Katryna Nields plus a reintroduction to Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer from the recently released Little Blue Egg CD.  Closing segment was songwriter oriented, with some fighting words in a few, gently easing out with a song by Ryan Tennis that captures summer very well.
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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
November 2011. No exceptions.
Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general email
list.

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.
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there.
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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

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