Radio Crystal Blue week of 3/23/14 news

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Each show is usually published by Wednesday or Thursday weekly. There are
now two main hubs where to hear Radio Crystal Blue
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embed the player on your site or blog.
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These players are also available at which
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Shows on the FeedPlayers are kept for a year.

(2) via Internet Archive: Each podcast includes a dedicated podcast page on with similar download, stream and embed links. Just look for
Radio Crystal Blue and the date of the week I published the show (I use the
Sunday date) The shows kept here will remain in perpetuity.

term Radio Crystal Blue to find older shows from 2004 and 2006, shows that
don’t quite sound like the ones I presently do!
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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about March 27 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 6-8 songs, one each from a brand
recording. I spin the music and give you the backstory of each artist.

The busiest matter with me these days have not been radio but work, and, especially in the last week, seeking work. The contract job ended rather prematurely and without warning. So I’m back to devoting my energy into that area of my life, and still figuring out how I can manage a living with the savings I do have. I actually have about a month’s savings thanks to that job.

The library is growing a bit again, but submissions remain low, so here are the rules again:

Keep physical packages of reasonable size and weight, as this is a
residence. Please indicate release date. No material released before June
accepted. Material released before then will be added to RCB’s loose
rotation instead.
Compilations or great concept albums, ones I can feature track-for-track,
are highly encouraged.
Digital albums are acceptable if media is not available in other formats.
Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general email

EPK (those are what we call electronic press kits) submissions can be sent
via one of these companies.
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there. You may have
better luck with MusicSubmit as I’m not currently listed with the other two
If I like the EPK, I will then ask for a CD

CDs that fit in the above rules may be sent to
Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
I likely won’t be reviewing any shows as I did in the last 2 weeks. The financial decisions that must be made don’t involve music, and they won’t until I start earning again. Of course, I control these podcasts, and I can still pay for my own Web access, so I will certainly continue the shows.
INTERVIEW: Yes, I actually conduct interviews once in a while. Maybe if I had a real studio, I’d do this more often. Late in April I plan to interview a songwriter who has written an album and a companion book related to eating disorders. More details will be provided when finalized.

Are there artists you’ve heard on RCB you’d like me to interview? If said artist is not in or passing through Philly, I usually set up a Skype interview. Let me know.

RCB Novus Ordo: Back to the 1-artist, 1-song format for 6 artists this week. Veteran songwriter Moot Davis returns to my radar here. Professor Louie & The Crowmatix release some older material, focusing on the effect of Tom “Bones” Malone, who arranges the horns when called upon. Roxanna is a highly-touted Iranian-American songwriter based in Cali. Eileen Carey has a long history performing, in film, theater and music. Her sound is rooted in both pop and country. IMDB says she was in Basic Instinct and Hoffa, and even was an “Uh-Huh” girl for Ray Charles and Diet Pepsi. Hm. I haven’t found her yet in the old commercials.

RCB proper: “Let’s Do It”….From one of the CD magazine subcriptions I was part of in the 90s came this gem of a single from the “Tank Girl” soundtrack, a Cole Porter cover like you’ve never heard, sung by Joan Jett and Paul Westerberg. The music service itself was around just a few years. The soundtrack is quintessential indie rock (Bjork, Sky Cries Mry, Iggy, Belly, Hole, L7, etc.). The Sprinkle Genies have been around for about 20 years, still keeping it real, keeping it antifolk. I attempt to explain ‘antifolk’ on this show but its best experienced in person. “Springtime” has occasionally aired when the equinox occurs. Segment 1 of 4 short segment this past week included 2 songs with the same title but potentially different meaning (Carla Bian co, Fred Gillen Jr.). Segment 2 contains my favorite from Lukas Nelson (son of Willie) and Promise Of The Real, with a strong Neil Young type of vibe. Segment 3 reintroduces Lindsay May, plus perhaps the angriest song by Carolann Solebello you will hear. Segment 4 gives us another airing of The Chapin Sisters, along with the title track of Linq’s latest album.
FOOD: I suppose I am actually a foodie, enjoying foods that are hearty and flavorful, and also being open to many other cuisines. There’s an Indonesian bake shop just down the block from me, for one. Here are some companies that are generally health-minded and whose products I strongly endorse on Radio Crystal Blue and to you:
Teeccino: (their coffee alternative is keeping me alive)
Renfro Foods: (The folks behind Mrs. Renfro’s brand of salsa sent me a customized gift pack of 5 jars last year. My favorite by far is their mango habanero, ‘medium-hot’. )
Big Train (I drink their Fit Frappe line of protein drinks)
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
twitter: @radiocblue
215 995 2234



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