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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo week of 11/17/13


Radio Crystal Blue Novus Ordo is a weekly podcast that spotlights brand new music from songwriters and bands. Most of the new music from these artists eventually get heard on my companion radio program, Radio Crystal Blue.
HOW TO LISTEN
Via Big Contact:
Podcast page: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
There are a number of options on the page and in the player to stream and download, as well as to embed the player on your site or blog.
Via Internet Archive:
Stream:
You can share the audio player with the HTML code on the page.
All shows are archived for a year.
This show was published 11/20/13:
Leah Jee “Sink Or Swim” – The Rest Is Ours EP www.leahjee.com
Shauna Burns “Portobello” – Violet CD www.shaunaburns.com
The Hardcount “Keep Running Your Mouth” – Love/Hate CD www.thehardcount.com
Tori Roze & The Hot Mess “Selfless” – Turbulence CD www.toriroze.com
Son of Dov “King Of The World” – Gone To Seed EP www.sonofdov.com
Deborah Crooks “Show Me” – Little Bird CD www.deborahcrooks.com
Running time: 45 minutos
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All content on Radio Crystal Blue is free to listen and share via Creative Commons License version 3.0, non-derivative, non-commercial, full attribution. More info: www.creativecommons.org
Please consider contributing to Radio Crystal Blue, which cannot truly exist without your support and suggestions for musical content. There is a Paypal button at the homepage at www.radiocrystalblue.net
Here’s RCB proper:


Radio Crystal Blue is my 13-year-old freeform radio program, usually publishing Wednesdays or Thursdays in podcast format.
HOW TO LISTEN
Via Big Contact:
There are a number of options on the page and in the player to stream and download, as well as to embed the player on your site or blog.
Play/download:
Ogg Vorbis format also available.
You can share the audio player with the HTML code on the page.
All shows are archived for a year.
Artists who are sharing gigs are denoted with *
This show was published on 11/20/13.
 
Opening music:
Pamela Wyn Shannon “Tis Rambletide In Ambleside” – Courting Autumn CD www.girlhenge.com
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Jiggley Jones “Welcome Home” – No Spring Chicken EP www.jiggleyjones.com
Moore & Moore “Mississippi Missing You” – Show Me Your Country CD www.mooreandmooreonline.com
Slaid Cleaves “I Bet She Does” – Still Fighting The War CD www.slaidcleaves.com
Mary Gauthier “Karla Faye” – Live at Blue Rock CD www.marygauthier.com
Davey O. “The Absence Of Madalaine” – Testing For Rust CD www.daveyo.com
Amanda Pearcy “Royal Street”- Royal Street CD www.amandapearcy.com
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Jann Klose “Long Goodbye” – Mosaic CD www.jannklose.com
Sara Petite “Barbwire” – Circus Comes To Town CD www.sarapetite.com
Carla Bianco “Made Of This” – All This Time CD www.carlabianco.com
The Tressels “Autumn” – American Midnight CD www.askyouruncle.blogspot.com
Frank Palangi “It’s All Right” – s/t EP
The Last Year “Imagining” – s/t EP www.thelastyear.net
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CD FOCUS: (A reoccuring series focus on outstanding new concept and compilation albums)
“Esperanza: Songs From Jack Kerouac’s ‘Tristessa’ ” brings the 1960 Kerouac novella to life, with music from leading indie songwriters and bands, along with readings from the novella. All songs are original, with some words lifted from the story. www.reimaginemusic.com
From this album I spun
Matt Costa “Shadows Of Autumn”
The Low Anthem “Numbers In Nirvana”
Neal McCarthy with Barbara Kessler “Esperanza” (English version)
Tony Dekker with Hanne Hukkelberg “Last Page Of Kerouac’s ‘Tristessa’ “
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LiLi Roquelin “Try To Remember” – Beautiful Sun CD www.liliroquelin.com
Sasha Papernik “Take It As It Comes” – Victory CD www.sashatheband.com
Jean Mann “Lonesome Bones” – Between The Rocks And Stars CD www.jeanmann.net
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem “Bridges” – Some Bright Morning CD www.raniarbo.com
Tony Halchak “Autumn Embers” – Collecting CD www.tonyhalchak.com
Nico Rivers “Your Heart Was Just The Start” – To The Bone CD www.nicorivers.com
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Red Molly “Hello Goodbye” – Light In The Sky CD www.redmolly.com
Judy Insley “Need Your Lovin’ ” – Remember Beautiful CD www.judyinsley.com
*Danny Schmidt “Man Of Many Moons” – Man Of Many Moons CD www.dannyschmidt.com
*Carrie Elkin “St. Louis” – Call It My Garden CD www.carrieelkin.com
Dana & Susan Robinson “Elk River Blues” – American Hornpipe CD www.robinsongs.com

Closing music: Elastica “Miami Nice” – The Menace
Running time: 3 horas, 6 minutos
Atmosphere: wishing & hoping
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All content on Radio Crystal Blue is free to listen and share via Creative Commons License version 3.0, non-derivative, non-commercial, full attribution. More info: http://www.creativecommons.org
Please consider contributing to Radio Crystal Blue, which cannot truly exist without your support and suggestions for musical content. There is a Paypal button at the homepage at http://www.radiocrystalblue.net

Radio Crystal Blue 9/22/13 news


Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Cyber PR: http://www.cyberpr.com
Miles High Productions http://www.mileshighproductions.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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STAT BLOG http://www.idealisticstats.wordpress.com

DONATIONS to Radio Crystal Blue can be made via the Paypal button at the homepage.
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PROGRAMMING:
NEXT SHOW will be published on or about September 25 and will be available for about 1 year. 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 is a separate podcast with 8 songs, one each from a brand new recording. I spin the music and give you the backstory of each artist.
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RCB remains a one-person operation and I must market the show and presence just right to ensure the reach is strong. I am hoping there are enough who listen tho there days I wonder about this. I want to reach more fans of the artists you listen to, and you fans yourselves. When the $ comes, I want to replace my logo with something different and learn how to brand more properly.

Slight programming change: I am aiming to record on Tuesdays and publish Wednesdays. Now that I have the new temp job starting next week, shows will take on this new pattern. Further, RCB Novus Ordo goes back to 8 songs from 6, as the library has increased in recent weeks.

This week is the next to last before I construct the quarterly airplay charts, measuring which artists are receiving the most airplay and exposure from the last 3 months. If you ask me whcih artists are most popular, I’ll point you to the chart. Look for an update to it first thing October. Chart page: http://www.radiocrystalblue.net/chart-page

I was in NYC briefly on Thursday to repair a camera battery, which was stuck in the camera’s body. The night before I had planned to review an event at The Legendary Dobbs. I wasn’t able to get the photos done before the battery got stuck. Granted the battery was rather worn and I was taking a chance at its being further damaged. Thankfully I still have 2 others. So, no review from Thursday, but I did get some photos done in the aftermath of the repair job while in NYC. Kudos to Photo Tech in the Union Square section of the city for being available to do an excellent job! The photos I took on Friday are of The High Line. Full gallery here

I’m currently projecting to revive the social calendar in October after I’m a few weeks into the temp job, reviewing events and such. I might even enroll in another course at PhillyCAM, the city’s public-access network. What I really want to do is get into production instead of taking another course.

A word about ‘sponsors’-’supporters’: There are many individuals and businesses that send me music. The ones that have formally agreed to be sponsors are the ones I’ve listed at the beginning newsletter, and are also the same ones who get mentioned in between music segments. The others don’t get mentioned tho I find it’s impossible not to mention them at times. Here’s a few of those companies:
http://www.waterbug.com
http://www.moodindigoentertainment.com
http://www.signaturesounds.com
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The annotated notes of this week’s shows:
RCB Novus Ordo: Tom Principato, one of RCB’s top airplay recipients for certain, returns with a new album of guitar-oriented blues. The Tressels, a Philly hard rock band I’ve seen a few times, also returns with the second of a three-album trilogy. I was intrigued by the Sidleys, telling real-life love stories in their songs.

RCB proper: Why not start with a song from the Twin Peaks soundtrack? A definitive autumnal statement kicks this show off. Segment 1: Loretta Hagen & Beaucoup Blue appear at the Hillside Cafe in Nutley NJ, 9/21. Lara Ewen returns with a long-awaited new album, telling semi-autobiographical songs about her most recent life experiences. The CD is encased in a short hardcover book. Why don’t more people release music this way? I really like the roots-rock of David Newbould; you hear a 7-minute roots-rock song from his new album. Segment 2 is augmented by Melissa Greener. She shares billing with the following artists: with Nels Andrews at Osteria, San Francisco on 9/23; then with Freebo and John Batdorf at the Cinema Bar, Culvery City, on 10/6. The Steel Wheels also sharing billing this very weekend in Winfield KS for the Walnut Valley Festival. Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers are part of the festivities. Si’s new album contains a fast-moving bluegrass song that you heard me spin. Gina Holsopple is also part of the festival, and we hear a song from her new (and 8th!) album. Segment 3 ran from songwriter fare to country/roots to modern rock/pop. Belles & Whistles’ “Right Side Of Dirt” is an enduring favorite here. Segment 4 features artists who are part of next weekend’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, in Bristol VA/NC, the ‘birthplace’ of country music. A number of seafaring songs are included in the mix, and two referencing Tennessee (James McMurtry, Miss Tess). Besides the festival, Red Molly are sharing stages with Brother Sun on October 5 in Chatham NJ. The Boxcar Lilies & Beggar’s Ride both appear October 4 at the 1st Presbyterian Church, New Haven CT, then October 5 at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham MA. Segment 5 was generally folk and folk-rock. Best segue from here contains the theme of tackling life’s big questions (Mark Erelli, Carrie Elkin, Aztec Two Step).
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HOW TO SEND MUSIC:

Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Keep physical packages of reasonable size and weight, as this is a residence.
Please indicate release date. No material from before 2013 accepted. Material released before then will be added to RCB’s loose rotation instead.
Digital is acceptable if media is not available in other formats.
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.
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MusicSUBMIT: http://www.musicsubmit.com
MusicClout http://www.musicclout.com
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there.

I continue to seek outstanding concept/compilation albums for future shows, ones I can feature track-for-track. Do you know of one? Send it along!
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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
http://www.radiocrystalblue.net
http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
cblue456@comcast.net
twitter: @radiocblue
215 995 2234

Radio Crystal Blue 9/15/13 audio and links


Radio Crystal Blue Novus Ordo is a weekly podcast that spotlights brand new music from songwriters and bands. Most of the new music from these artists eventually get heard on my companion radio program, Radio Crystal Blue.

HOW TO LISTEN
(1) Feedplayer at www.radiocrystalblue.net (visible with Flash-supported browsers) Click the pop-up link at the home tab. Each show is available to be streamed and downloaded. You may also put the player up on your site or blog. Archives go back 1 year in time.

If you cannot view the Feedplayer, try a different browser, or get Flash (it’s free), or try my podcast provider:
(2)
www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu You will see the FeedPlayer displayed within the Web page.
(4) RSS: http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rss

This show was published 9/18:

Futurekind “Slow Build” – Spines EP www.futurekind.net
The Tressels “Autumn” – American Midnight EP www.askyouruncle.blogspot.com
One Gun Shy “Fueled By Fire” – After The Rain CD www.onegunshy.com
Natalie Jean “Don’t Know” – Obsession CD (no website)
Tom Principato “Falls Church, Virginia 22042″ – Robert Johnson Told Me So CD www.tomprincipato.com
The Sidleys “Play It Down” – Bittersweet CD www.thesidleys.com
Running time: 47 minutos
Here’s RCB proper:

Radio Crystal Blue is my 13-year-old freeform radio program, usually publishing Wednesdays or Thursdays in podcast format.

HOW TO LISTEN
(1) Feedplayer at http://www.radiocrystalblue.net (visible with Flash-supported browsers) Click the pop-up link at the home tab. Each show is available to be streamed and downloaded. You may also put the player up on your site or blog. Archives go back 1 year in time.

If you cannot view the Feedplayer, try a different browser, or get Flash (it’s free), or try my podcast provider:
(2)
http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu You will see the FeedPlayer displayed within the Web page.
(4) RSS: http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rss

Artists who are sharing gigs are denoted with *

This show was published on 9/18/13

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Opening music: Angelo Badalamenti “Dance Of The Dream Man” – Twin Peaks TV soundtrack
*Loretta Hagen “Money” – Mud and Stone CD www.lorettahagen.com
*Beaucoup Blue “Tell Me Why” – 4 Stories CD www.beaucoupblue.com
Lara Ewen “Breakdown Lane” – The Wishing Stone Songs CD www.unstrungmusic.com
Teresa Storch “Don’t Let Me Down” – Stream Of Concrete CD www.teresastorch.com
Sassparilla “The Man Who Howled Wolf” – Magpie CD www.sassparilla.info
David Newbould “It Can Always Be Worse” – Tennessee CD www.davidnewbould.com
Melissa Greener shares billing with these artists in the next month:
Melissa Greener “With The Weather” – Transistor Corazon CD www.melissagreener.com
Nels Andrews “Starboard” – Scrimshaw CD www.nelsandrews.com
John Batdorf “Real Life” – One Last Wish CD www.johnbatdorfmusic.com
Freebo “If Not Now, When” – Something To Believe CD www.freebomusic.com
*The Steel Wheels “Go Up To That Mountain” – No More Rain CD www.thesteelwheels.com
*Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers “Five Days A Week” – Aragon Mill CD www.sikahn.com
*Gina Holsopple “We Are Hungry” – Red CD www.ginaholsopple.com
Lonna Marie “Don’t Forget” – (single) (no website)
Gregory Douglass “No Apology” – Battler CD www.gregorydouglass.com
The Miners “Cold Steel” – Miners’ Rebellion CD www.minersmusic.com
Jack Grace Band “Drinkin’ and Gamblin’ ” – Drinking Songs For Lovers CD www.jackgraceband.com
Belles & Whistles “Right Side Of Dirt” – s/t CD www.bellesandwhistlesmusic.com
Bern & The Brights “Thieves, Creeps & Automatons” – Work CD www.bernandthebrights.com
Aqua Cherry “Auto Kiss Proof” – Auto Kiss Proof CD (no website)
These artists are participating in next weekend’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion www.bristolrhythm.com :
*Red Molly “Oh My Michael” – Light In The Sky CD www.redmolly.com
*Brother Sun “St. Cristopher” – Some Part Of The Truth CD www.brothersunmusic.com
James McMurtry “Ruby and Carlos” – Live In Europe CD www.jamesmcmurtry.com
Miss Tess “Everybody’s Darling” – Sweet Talk CD www.misstessmusic.com
Chris Smither “On The Edge” – Hundred Dollar Valentine CD www.smither.com
*The Boxcar Lilies “Six Ways To Sunday” – Sugar Shack CD www.boxcarlilies.com
*Beggar’s Ride “Little Mermaid” – s/t CD www.beggarsride.com
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Hungrytown “Like You Do” – Any Forgotten Thing CD www.hungrytown.net
Kate Klim “Like You Mean It” – Kamikaze Love CD www.kateklim.com
Nerissa & Katryna Nields “The Full Catastrophe” – The Full Catastrophe CD www.nields.com
Mark Erelli “Kingdom Come” – Little Vigils CD www.markerelli.com
Carrie Elkin “The Things We’re Afraid Of” – Call It My Garden CD www.carrieelkin.com
Aztec Two-Step “Falling Down Clowns” – Cause & Effect CD www.aztectwostep.com
Lynn Hollyfield “The Waiting” – Layers CD www.lynnhollyfield.com
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Closing music: Chicha Libre “Indian Summer” – Sonido Amazonico CD www.barbesrecords.com
Running time: 4 hours, 26 minutos
Atmosphere: realitorian
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All content on Radio Crystal Blue is free to listen and share via Creative Commons License version 3.0, non-derivative, non-commercial, full attribution. More info:
http://www.creativecommons.org
Please consider contributing to Radio Crystal Blue, which cannot truly exist without your support and suggestions for musical content. There is a Paypal button at the homepage at http://www.radiocrystalblue.net

Radio Crystal Blue 5/13/12 news


Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Ariel Publicity: www.arielpublicity.com
Miles High Productions www.mileshighproductions.com
Serge Entertainment Public Relations www.sergepr.com
Wampus Multimedia www.wampus.comRadio 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 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 www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
This page contains a bona fide workable version of the Feed Player.
RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rss

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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CONTACT:
EMAIL: cblue456@comcast.net
personal FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/radiocblue
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LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/danherman0
REVERBNATION: www.reverbnation.com/radiocrystalblue
VIDEO content:http://www.youtube.com/user/cblue456
TWITTER @radiocblue
STAT BLOG: (my handicapping blog) www.cblue456.tumblr.com
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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about May 16 and will be available for the
rest of the year.
Owing to schedule demands, I usually aim for noon 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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REVIEW of the showcase I attended at Kung Fu Necktie is available on my website, and more directly at

VIDEO of Country Mice: http://youtu.be/-RDRsJrkqfQ
VIDEO of Cold Roses, Philly rock band who opened the showcase: http://youtu.be/WOxiT7jQric
STATS. The home and archive pages of my main website are doing the best in terms of views. Not surprisingly, the posts reflecting the live show coverage are getting the most hits. So far, the show from 2/10 at The Grape Room has received the most hits, along with my Chart and Bio pages. In the running for photo of the year is my shot of The Tressels: http://radiocrystalblue.net/2012/02/12/the-grape-room-21012/2012_0211rcb0046/
Most of the viewers of my site are in North America, tho there is some love from 11 other countries including Malaysia!Radio Crystal Blue’s link appears on www.indieonthemove.com in the section listing National Radio Contacts! Musicians must follow this website for information on which venues need artists to play, and whose looking for venues.
Also giving some outward RCB love: www.rogersilverberg.com www.promiseofthereal.com
www.stevengravesmusic.com www.jodiroadie.com

FANDALISM: www.fandalism.com/radiocblue Even tho I’m not a musician, I built a presence on the site to encourage conversation. I’ve started to give props to some regional artists as well as dialogue. I like the Facebook interaction through the site. Are you on Fandalism?
DREAM JOB?: It isn’t exactly radio. It’s more like film. I’ll never get away from radio, but I’m beginning to seriously explore the film industry, generally as freelance but also as a long-term career move. Next month I’m taking a class in this area, and we’ll see where it leads.TROUBLESHOOTING: One listener expressed some trouble accessing the show via an old Mac computer. Does anyone have suggestions on better listening to Radio Crystal Blue through a Mac?

In the area of handicapping, I’m exploring different variables to play, tho I only wager money now on the larger races in the year. In case you wondered, I did have the Kentucky Derby winner in advance, for the 2nd year in a row. I had selected I’ll Have Another in the 2nd of three Future Wager pools, and collected more for a win bet than those who waited until race day to bet him. I post almost weekly now to my blog on Tumblr about races and angles. The next feature will focus on Preakness Stakes Day before the big race next week. www.cblue456.tumblr.com for the rest of the story.
Currently on the WISH LIST:
A newer microphone and mixer for the show.
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: These are the last 5 folks that I’m following who
follow back: @indieislands @lovisalaylow @GrooveTrain5 @GSBrokenEnglish @rebeccabrandt4
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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 shows I’m planning to cover are
*Paper Doll with other bands at The Grape Room, Saturday 5/12:
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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of the shows.
RCB Novus Ordo: Shupikai is NYC bluesman Bob Petrocelli’s instrumental group. New Riders Of The Purple Sage have resurfaced for a new album, out on Woodstock Records, the folks who bring you Professor Louie among others. Jim Allchin is known for his tenure at Microsoft as much as his role as a musician; I spun from his second solo album. Chip Taylor also receives airplay here. Chip is the composer of very famous songs made popular by Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Jimi Hendrix, and others. A great country/rock success story all his own. I spun the bonus track from his latest CD, which memorializes victims of a gunfire massacre last summer in Oslo and Utoya in Norway. Marc Berger’s album “Ride” celebrates his love of the American West. Listen for Eric “Roscoe” Ambel on backing vocals on the track I spun. The incredible Anais Mitchell is also part of this show as I aired a track from her new album, her first independently-released album, in fact.

RCB proper: Growing up in Brooklyn in the mid-80′s I fondly remember many a car radio blasting “Brass Monkey” tho I had little idea as to who were making that racket. Well I soon found out about the Beastie Boys and really took to the Check Your Head album all the way up through Hello Nasty, which I consider their magnum opus. Most people either love or hate Paul’s Boutique. I am not crazy about it but you can’t deny the beats they used. Meanwhile, I memorialized Adam Yauch spinning a few tracks from the group’s discography. Shambala features the chanting of Buddhist monks. I would close the show with “Namaste” off of Check Your Head, a moving tune with MCA on the mic. Segment 1: Sci-Fi Romance returns with a concept album about the John Henry legend. Stayed in a country/rock/jam/spirit vibe for the rest of this segment. The Kennedys, and Greg Smith & The Broken English performed at City Winery on May 8 for the release of the compilation “Occupy This Album” benefiting the Occupy movement. Segment 2: Spun another from the new album by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, plus recently released music by Antigone Rising and Lisa Bianco. Both artists share billing at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on May 11 (yikes, that’s tonight!). Segment 2 was mostly blues into rock, plus brand new music by Lisa Biales, sharing vocal duties with songwriter/producer EG Kight. Spun music of 4 songwriters who are performing at the Music In The Vineyard Festival, Belvidere NJ, May 19. Segment 4 kicks off with 2 very similar sounding songs by M’Balia and Roger Silverberg. Listening to the chords in the beginning. There were elements of bodies of water in just about all the songs. Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt continue to tour many shows, and their songs finish out this segment.

*****************************************************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 October
2011. No exceptions.
Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general (not
local/regional) 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: 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

Radio Crystal Blue 4/8/12 news


Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Ariel Publicity: www.arielpublicity.com
Miles High Productions www.mileshighproductions.com
Serge Entertainment Public Relations www.sergepr.com
Wampus Multimedia 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 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 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
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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about April 11 and will be available for
about 4 months beyond. Owing to schedule demands, I usually aim for noon
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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No new media for you this week. I’m planning to attend these shows here in Philly:
A Little Affair play at JR’s Bar here in South Philly on 4/13. I’ve heard a few interesting things about this dive. There’s barely a website presence; there is a macabre collection of decor strewn about; stage-diving is known to happen frequently. Am I scaring you yet? Good. www.alittleaffairmusic.com
Sylvia Platypus performs on a bill with Study Electrictiy at The Grape Room on 4/19. I’ve seen the latter band just once; great example of modern Philly rock. Sylvia Platypus I’ve not yet seen. They are billed as “psycho-Celtic’ rock. I met their lead singer Janet Bressler once at a Song Dogs & The Nightjar show; we already were connected on that Facebook thing. www.sylviaplatypus.com
Local Americana/country-rockers band Gavilan share members of the band Richie Allen & The Midvale 9, and are releasing a new CD at The Grape Room on 4/21. I have their CD in advance, and will certainly spin this for you when it’s time for me to debut itt. http://www.reverbnation.com/headlesscowboymusic
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: These are the last 5 folks that I’m following who
follow back: @Nydialfb @FaceTheKing @katekilbane @TheWayHomeMusic @Geraldbrusaschi
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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.
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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of my shows.
On RCB Novus Ordo: 2 bands local to Philly, Johnny Action Figure, and The Tressels, debut on this edition. Red Abbey, formerly of Hoboken NJ, now in Las Vegas, have recently released their first full album. full of the same fire and brimstone they produce on stage.

RCB proper: Segment 1 was anchored by Shane Cooley. He is touring with Adam Web across the MidAtlantic states .Shane and others in the segment are performing at this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival (Wes Tucker, Flo Anito, Jamie Alimorad). Segment 2 started with pairs of duos (Sirsy, Schwervon!, The StereoFidelics; note the string quartet added to Sirsy’s Sorry Me”). Segment 3 featured tales of death, despair and hopefulness. Marybeth D’Amico’s tune “Beneath The Rubble” seems to anchor all these songs. Segment 4 includes new music from Daniel Levi Goans, a recently released song by Kate Klim, and both a Mark Erelli cover and original. Also completed the first full airing of the unearthed music from 1997-2002 by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer.

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. No exceptions.

Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general (not local/regional) 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
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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
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cblue456@comcast.net
@radiocblue on twitter
215 995 2234

Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 4/1/12


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:
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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
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(4) RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rssThis show was distributed on 4/4
Tomorrow The Moon “HeSawRed” – The Dim, Distant Now CD www.reverbnation.com/tomorrowthemoon
The Tressels “Tell Me A Secret” – American Sunset EP www.reverbnation.com/thetressels
Johnny Action Figure “Bushkill Hill” – Good Eye CD (2009)www.johnnyactionfigure.com
Red Abbey “Broken Heart” – Bulldozer CD www.redabbeyband.com
Elly Wininger “Little Black Cloud” – Back Eddy Blues CD (2007) www.ellywininger.com
John Roy Zat “Cry For Me” – solo CD www.royzat.com
The Bryant C Project “Whatever” – s/t CD www.thebryantcproject.com
Matt Roach “Mix It Up” – Burning Bridges On Memory Lane CD www.mattroachmusic.com
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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.orgHere’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/2012/04/rcblive040112.mp3
(4) RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rssThis show was distributed on 4/4/12
Artists with shared gigs in the near future are noted with * & **
Opening music: Nigel Hayes “Raise The Bridge” – Northern Lights EP www.intelligentaudio.net

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Shane Cooley “College Town” – West Land CD www.shanecooleymusic.com
Adam Web “Smile” – Once We Were Stars CD www.adamwebmusic.com
Jamie Alimorad “In Her Smile” – Cornerstone EP www.jamiealimorad.com
Wes Tucker & The Skillets “Good To Go” – Live in NYC CD www.westucker.com
Flo Anito “work!” – no dustbunnies CD www.floanito.com
Kurt Henry Band “Julia Left’ – From Our Religions We’ll Be Free! CD www.kurthenry.com
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Sirsy “Sorry Me” (string quartet) – Build Your Own Bootleg Collction CD www.sirsy.com
Schwervon! “Cougar Pride” – single www.schwervon.com
The StereoFidelics “Black Elephants” – live from binghamton CD www.stereof.com
Remember September “Lonely Road” – The Roads We Travel CD www.rememberseptemberband.com
Ratham Stone “Lost” – Enough To Last CD www.rathamstone.com
Shibuya Crossings “I’ll Meet You at the Station” – Depend On Your Alter-Ego CD www.shibuyacrossings.com
Kill The Alarm “The Only One” – Fire Away CD www.killthealarm.com
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CD FOCUS:Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer “little blue egg” CD
These songs were recorded between 1997 and 2002. 11 of 16 tracks
are part of this album, with 5 more being released as singles during the
year. The release and related events are timed to the anniversary of Dave’s
untimely passing along with what would have been his 60th birthday in
August.
From this CD I spun “till we have faces”, “gypsy rose” & “september sea”
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Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers “Woke Up Dead” – Coney Island Cowboy CD www.seankershaw.com
Fellaheen “Burn The House Down” – Death & Frolic CD www.fellaheen.com
Justin James “Get It Right” – a beautiful life CD www.justinjamesmusic.com
Paul Sachs “Dirty Trucks” – Oil Town CD www.paulsachs.com
Marybeth D’Amico “Beneath The Rubble” – The Light Inside CD www.marybethdamico.com
Meredith Blis “Mighty Aphrodite” – A Purple Kind Of Blue CD www.meredithblis.com
The Portraits “Colours” – The Blushing of a World in White CD www.theportraits.info
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*Red Molly “Why Should I Cry” (Mark Erelli cover) – Light In The Sky CD www.redmolly.com
*Mark Erelli “Pauline” – little vigils CD www.markerelli.com
Kate Klim “Why It’s Blue” – Kamikaze Love CD www.kateklim.com
Liz Longley “When You’ve Got Trouble” – hot loose wire CD www.lizlongley.com
Danielle Miraglia “See The Light” – Box Of Troubles CD www.daniellem.com
Lara Ewen & The Unstrung Orchestra “Blessed” – Ghosts And Gasoline CD www.unstrungmusic.com
Daniel Levi Goans “57″ – BrotherStranger CD www.daniellevigoans.com
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Closing music: Robert Sadin “Comment” – Art Of Love: Music Of Machaut CD
Running time: 3 hours, 28 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 4/8/12
namaste
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2159952234
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twitter: @radiocblue

@ The Grape Room 2/10/12


Midwinter’s chill didn’t hold back many folks from attending The Grape Room on Friday night.  There was a decent breeze in the night air with rain just changing over to snow. Lovely if you’re a driver. Me, I take the bus.  The bus I get goes from Center City down Ridge Avenue, about 30 minutes to beautiful downtown upper-class Manayunk.  Train is quicker but also more expensive.  I risked some time in getting to the first stop at the bus and missed it…and had to endure a 45 minute wait. Basically one bus totally blew off the schedule and didn’t arrive while the 2nd one did very shortly after.  I got in around 845pm and had just missed seeing local folk-rocker Matt Spitko.
Tonight included bands that I had seen earlier in 2011.  Andrew Jude, who opened for Song Dogs & The Nightjar in December, was second up.  Andrew has some solid guitar-oriented pop songs…think Del Amitri or the more accessible of Luna’s music. I had chatted with their drummer, Don Brown, who has a powerful technique and great fills. He mentioned that, on Thursday, the band played at his alma mater of Philadelphia University for a Relay for Life benefit. Andrew and band was a trio tonight; Alicia, their violinist was out of town. I recall Andrew saying that she’s with the band on some regional dates depending on the locale.  Andrew received debut airplay from me on Radio Crystal Blue earlier in the week.
 
The Tressels did their thing all over the Grape Room stage….a 5 piece band that I covered for you in a prior post when they played at Legendary Dobbs. Pretty much the same script as before, some of the same songs, and much of the same kinetic energy . One guy handles maracas and tambos, another stands tall and quiet on guitar, another handles flashy lead guitar, and a drummer tucked in the back who keeps an understated but steady hand with the backbeat.  Exciting band to see; that is, if you like to see bands that make like The Who with all their craftiness on stage. Possibly the best local band I’ve seen since beginning my coverage of local showcases last summer.  Before the last song, lead vox Butch Tressels asks a hardcore Sinatra trivia question “What was the last song that Sinatra sang in his final concert?” I did know the answer was “The Best Is Yet To Come” but waited for a response from the audience. No response came. Instead there was the constant chatter of hipsters and folks just standing around gawking or gabbing with each other. No matter. They did launch into that final song, climaxing with  Mickey Reds (percussion, 2nd vocalist) delivering a mighty roar that would do whatshisname in the Who proud.    Outside while I caught my breath from the slowly packing venue (where did all those young ladies come from), I had met most of the band in post-show smoke. A doe-eyed brunette was waxing eloquent about the band’s set and how they’ll make The Grape Room a place they’ll attend time and again. I love when that magic happens. The Tressels didn’t really have much of a challenge with the stage doing all their shtick.  One bandmember (I believe it was Bruce) was mentioning have to do “the Bruce thing” (Springsteen, perhaps?), crouching low on guitar and maintaining rhythm and control while the others cavorted. They were to play on 2/11 at The Alphabet Lounge in the East Village section of NYC, then another date with Dobbs in March.
   
The Tressels shared stages several times before with another local act, Johnny Action Figure, and did likewise on Friday. This regional 4-piece sing out loud and enjoy being in the moment on stage.  No stage antics beyond the norm for them; they have 2 keyboards to work plus guitar and drums, plus a great original pop aesthethic that will continue to attract fans in PA.
  
By midway through the set, yours truly was having the worst time getting good camera angles thanks to the teeming dozens that decide to populate every square inch of the room.  I hightailed out of there just as Johnny Action Figure wrapped up.  Apparently the headline band, Kalob Griffin Band by name (State College by place), brought in a huge amount there.
Waiting for the last bus out of Manayunk (again, forgoing the nearby train and extra expense), I glanced in admiration at the folks walking up and down Main Street, underdressed to the eights and nines. Same time every night, from what I’ve seen, seems to present this scene.   The cold rain was a bonus of sorts.
More pics at my latest Facebook gallery