Radio Crystal Blue 8/25/13 news

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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about August 28 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 6 songs, one each from a brand new recording. I spin the music and give you some backstory of each.

INTERVIEW of The Grahams, a ‘river roots’ duo-led band, is available at the field/recording/interview FeedPlayer, atat the home and archive tabs of my website and at We talk about the exploration of different genres over the years, and some of the making of their debut album “Riverman’s Daughter”. I conducted this interview via Skype. More about The Grahams at
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Financial status hasn’t changed much but I intend for it to get better. Upon this, I want to pursue a number of things in life that I’ve never done, and complete some goals that I’ve partially started. For an idea of where I’m coming from, read:
5 YEARS AGO this week, these artists received airplay, among the notable: The Defibulators, Elaine Romanelli, Brianna Sage, The Paper Raincoat, Jenny Goodspeed, Kat Parsons, Lucibel Crater, The K’s, The States, Victor Bravo, Ingrid Michaelson, Carl Creighton, Charlotte Kendrick. Much more from that show at

The annotated notes of this week’s shows:
RCB Novus Ordo: 3 artists from Vegas are part of this mix. 2 are punk bands with a great track record, and both on Squid Hat Records. One of them, The Peccadilloes, transformed into The Gashers and are active as a trio. The aforementioned duo The Grahams release their debut album next month, produced by Malcolm Burn, and feature excellent Nashville-area personnel such as Phil Madeira and members of the North Mississippi All Stars.
RCB proper: Sometimes I get inspiration for an opening segment by the time of the year. You know this. Maybe an artist just passed away. Maybe there is an artist in the news that I see time and time again in my social timelines. All those factors played a part this week. I was still thinking about spinning Luna from last week, and got out the Penthouse, spinning what I believe is the greatest hidden track on a CD, their version of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Bonnie & Clyde”. Also this week came report of the somewhat temporary destruction of a mural of Joe Strummer, located in NYC’s East Village. One caption in the mural contains the song “Know Your Rights” which I promptly spun. In between was the challenge as to what to fill in the space. Immediately I thought of the Middle Eastern-flavored music of Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart so that’s there. Also spun one of Joe Strummer’s own tunes while he was with the Mescaleros, the same lazy, world-beat sort of jam. More proper jamming too with Bill Laswell and Matisyahu’s backing band Roots Tonic. And, of course, a song from Serge himself, one of his very best. Segment 2 runs the gamut of genres, but with a good driving feel to it (no, they are not necessarily driving songs). Segment 3 is more rock and blues oriented, and I continue to be enchanted Sirsy’s latest album. V-Device from Italy also is heard here. Segment 4: Davey O opens for The Boxcar Lilies at the Bell Street Chapel Coffee House, Providence RI, on 9/6. Builder Of The House and Heather Styka share billing at The Hive, in Kennebunk, ME, 8/24. Ronnie Fauss’s vocal delivery reminds me of Springsteen. Just a bit. Segment 5 starts and ends with live songs. We also hear what I regard as the signature song from The Keller Sisters, from their new EP. This, alongside some timely summer tunes.

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