This is the latest edition of my periodic news on behalf of Radio Crystal Blue, my weekly Internet-based freeform podcast. Radio Crystal Blue continually masters the art of freeform radio, with music from top indie,
underground and touring artists from all across the Web and the Earth at large.
HOW TO LISTEN
1: at http://www.radiocrystalblue.net/home , right-click on the link titled Click for PopUp Feed Player. That will display the audio player as a page on its own. Find the show you want to hear, click the Details tab to download the
show or the play button on top to stream. There’s also an RSS feed button and a number of ways to share the audio player
2: My podcast provider: http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu Shows from these players are kept on the server for about 1 year.
3: http://www.archive.org Every show I do has its own podcast page URL. Shows here are kept in perpetuity. Just look for Radio Crystal Blue and Radio Crystal Blue Novus Ordo, then the date. I use the Sunday date of the week.
4: Stitcher for iPod, iPhone or Android: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/radio-crystal-blue
Radio Crystal Blue is free to share and listen, in accordance with Creative Commons License 4.0, full attribution, non-derivative, non-commercial. http://www.creativecommons.org
Next pair of podcasts will be published late into the week of November 30, 2014.
RCB Novus Ordo airs as a separate podcast to highlight songs from brand-new releases in one sitting, along with bio of each artist.
For this week and the next several, the CD FOCUS segment brings track-by-track coverage of songs by compilation/concept albums:
This week our final first-run listen of songs to this one:Link Of Chain, A Songwriters Tribute To Chris Smither http://www.signaturesounds.com www.smither.com
We’re still on disc 2 of The Grateful Dead: Wake Up To Find Out live concert from 3/29/1990. http://www.dead.net
This week I’ve resolved to get the identification process all restarted, now that I have some $ under me. I purchased a very necessary laptop bag, which will serve as a general purpose sort of bag (Yes, in a sense, a “Jeep”). Thanksgiving here was pretty nice, bonding further with the family I live with and their friends, plus the opportunity to speak to my own family in TX. Thank goodness for social media and those family members who do decide to make use of it. I’m thankful for my cousin in California, who has made strong efforts in getting a number of my cousins together in an online sense. Home and family are just as important to me as is the need to work, organize, communicate. And speaking of communicating….the physical mail is starting to pour in. Alas, any mail that was sent to me between, say, middle to late October, is forever lost. Surely you have my new address in Tacoma? Did you know I moved?
What’s also come to light is that I should transfer a lot of my communication in several directions. Have you noticed that I have never sent an email through the radiocrystalblue domain? Ever? That has to change. And it will. I’m receiving direct help to transfer the email hosting as well as the website proper; that’s for starters. Then I have to gather my contacts and let them know about the new email addresses, whatever they happen to be. Then I must cancel my service with Comcast, which I have had rather mixed feelings about, right down to the service level. The biggest task will be the matter of changing my status with all people that have my current email address. That includes the hundreds of email mailing lists I’ve signed up for. I suppose I’ll have to do this myself, and the chances are good I’ll miss a few hundred folks, which I’d hate to do. What I might stick to doing is see who I’m receiving email from in the most recent emails, and also see who has received repeat airplay from me over the last year. That won’t be too hard of a task but it must be done. If you know of other suggestions for getting the word out, do let me know. For now, the comcast.net email remains.
Again I put out the call not just for new and original music but also holiday music. The 12/14 is the big holiday edition, with appropo music for the season and the end of the year. If you have, or know of someone who has any
holiday music, please let me know, and I’ll consider it.
RCB REWIND: The annotated version of the shows.
RCB Novus Ordo: Strangely interesting is the music of Alzara with Brother Spellbinder. It’s almost in the experimental category as folk goes. The mighty Rachael Sage has released her 12th album, Blue Roses. It’s also the 8th album I’ve debuted on RCB, ever since Public Record, going back to 2003. That’s not the only artist I debuted years ago that remains a staple. How about new albums from Jonathan Byrd? Johnsmith? Ellis Paul, who I saw for the first time last year, gets debuted here as well. Hardin Burns is the duo of Andrew Hardin (Tom Russell) and Jeannie Burns (The Burns Sisters)
RCB for the standard experience sounds more even than the shows I’ve done in the last month. It’s because I have a new CD player, one that is portable, and very little machinery to create any background noise. The tradition continues: Lara Herscovitch’s anti-Thanksgiving song begins this edition. In segment one, we hear artists who were part of the 20th anniversary of the fine indie label Signature Sounds. Eilen Jewell returns to my airwaves, plus some more from the new album by Zoe Muth, and brand new music by Lonna Marie. Segment 2 includes new music from UK pop music star Luke Potter. Also new is the group Chicha Dust, who present a live album. Chicha Dust draws heavily upon the songs from the chicha genre and throw in some heavier guitar. Segment 3 has new music by Jon Shain, here with an old Paul Simon cover. Final segment includes music from an older song by Beth DeSombre.
I focus on CDs as opposed to downloads, though I make exceptions in the event of albums that are digital releases only. Music must have a 2014 release date. All new albums debut on RCB Novus Ordo; on rare exception,\some debut on Radio Crystal Blue proper. I’m also interested in featuring, great compilation or soundtrack albums\track-for-track, to help tell the story of those album (see above).
EPK (Electronic press kits) submissions can be sent via one of these companies.
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there. If I like the EPK, I will then ask for a CD
CDs that fit in the above rules may be sent to
Radio Crystal Blue
121 129th Street South, C8
Tacoma, WA 98444
No more mail to Philadelphia, please.
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