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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about November 6 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 8-10 songs, one each from a brand new recording. I spin the music and give you the backstory of each artist.
I will also air more music from “Esperanza: Songs From Jack Kerouac’s ‘Tristessa’,
RCB Novus Ordo: Making up for lost time, I aired music from 10 (ten) new albums. Artists with prior RCB airplay in this mix include The Modeens, DB Rielly, and Herbie D & The Dangermen. I was impressed by world-music artist Fereshta, not just for the music but also her backstory which really colors in her lyrics.
RCB proper: Along with airing songs from the Kerouac novel compilation, I opened this show with my reading of one page of the novel “Tristessa”. Just when I thought the programming of an already big show was done, along comes the sad news that Lou Reed has left us. Lou was a pillar of excellence for songwriting and music (and noise) for yours truly. One of my all-time favorites for sure. I aired 3 songs that touched upon life and death from his discography. I also added a few favorites: Lucibel Crater’s “Threadbare Funeral” features Lou on guitar. U2’s version of “Satellite Of Love” I greatly prefer to the original. I had first heard this on a EP cassette that also contains “One” and “Even Better Than The Real Thing”. I mentioned on air that you should check out U2’s live cover of this song, with the image of Lou singing along, live. Just breathtaking. The Bettie Serveert recording is from a limited edition live album, playing all Velvet Underground covers. Luna had opened for VU’s reunion tour in France, and shared some personnel with them. This show contained a slight Halloween/October theme, as I do for this time each year. Due to my being without a show this week and the loss of my core programming, I had to work from scratch to find enough artists that would fit. Radio Free Universe from Canada gets a second airing. BD Lenz has released a straight-ahead jazz album. I aired this alongside some blues numbers. Tania & The Revolutionaries is fronted by Lani Ford, a mainstay of New York rock for about a decade. She’s soon to move to Tennessee. Fred Gillen Jr.’s Halloween song may become a new tradition here. More new music from Beth Isbell, Geoffrey Armes (in the trio GMT), Debbie Chou, and Sara Petite are also in the mix here.
I received a donation from a listener, a sizeable amount at that. Not enough to pay the rent, but enough to get some immediate matters taken care of. The situation here is pretty difficult. I’m not sure where I’d go if I couldn’t stay here. Still, I focus on getting back in balance. I have interviews with job agents next week, and have talked with a few others. I know there’s opportunity. It doesn’t seem to be coming fast enough to pay the rent.
HOW TO SEND MUSIC:
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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.
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I continue to seek outstanding concept/compilation albums for future shows, ones I can feature track-for-track (such as “Esperanza”). Do you know of one? Send it along!
Radio Crystal Blue
215 995 2234