Tag Archives: alternative

Radio Crystal Blue 2/2/14 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 4.0, full attribution, non-derivative, non-commercial.
Each show is usually published by Wednesday or Thursday weekly. There are
now two main hubs where to hear Radio Crystal Blue
(1) via Big Contact, my podcast provider: There is a Feed Player at
http://www.radiocrystalblue.net Just click the link to open it, and select from the
tabs to download and stream the audio from the particular show. You can also
embed the player on your site or blog.
The FeedPlayer is generated with Flash. If you don’t have Flash, you can get
this at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
These players are also available at http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu which
renders the player as a Web page.
Shows on the FeedPlayers are kept for a year.

(2) via Internet Archive: Each podcast includes a dedicated podcast page on
http://www.archive.org 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.

RADIO CRYSTAL BLUE ARCHIVE PROJECT also on http://www.archive.org Use the search
term Radio Crystal Blue to find older shows from 2004 and 2006, shows that
don’t quite sound like the ones I presently do!

EMAIL: cblue456@comcast.net
personal FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/radiocblue
LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/danherman0
VIDEO content: http://www.youtube.com/user/cblue456
TWITTER @radiocblue
STAT BLOG http://www.idealisticstats.wordpress.com
STAT TWITTER: @idealisticstats
DONATIONS to Radio Crystal Blue can be made via the Paypal button at the

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

I’m actually revising the posted version of my vision so that it’s current
with my
present line of thinking. That thought process has changed somewhat but the
core goals remain mostly the same.

I made some more progress with the work situation this week, and I intend
for it to lead to a job shortly. Financially I’m still hanging by a few
threads but some things must get done too…the usual things like food
shopping, new haircut, shoes, all those things.  I’m thankful to have at
least the means to accomplish all this.

Back to radio: Here’s some Radio Crystal Blue mentions:

RCB REWIND:  I love The Black Tongued Bells, a band that has some of the
elements of the Rolling Stones and 60’s blues and soul. It’s one trick, but
a darn good one. Paige Allbritton debuts here, a songwriter here in Philly
with a unique expression between high vocals and low-key electric guitar.
Risingside made their online radio debut with this program. Actor Tim Grimm
(Reasonable Doubts, Chicago, Code, Detroit 187) is also an award-winning
Americana songwriter, who has just released a new album.  Shane Cooley is a
new resident of Austin TX, and releases an acoustic duo album with Virginia
songwriter Paulo Franco.

RCB proper:  With the reporting of the deaths of Pete Seeger and TR Ritchie,
I had to scramble to change my programming at the last minute.  I dug some
albums that songwriter James Durst had sent me.  James truly carries the
torch for what Pete stood for. He is also a member of Work o’ The Weavers,
which faithfully cover the old Weavers tunes.  We hear some of this music in
the beginning.  Si Kahn, a songwriter and union worker in long standing,
also carries that same torch. I believe that Fred Gillen Jr does likewise,
and we hear something from the collective he’s part of called Hope Machine,
all Hudson Valley songwriters and musicians.  TR Ritchie had several albums
under his belt, and I only knew of him via his contributions to Cosy
Sheridan’s albums.  I attempted to find some inspirational and mainly folk
tunes during this show. Segment 2 gives us traditional tunes via Stephen Lee
Rich and Spuyten Duyvil. Segment 3 includes brand new music from Jamie Kent
& The Options.  Segment 4 has music from James Houlahan (borrowing from
Yeats),  Nerissa & Katryna Nields along with Dar Williams shared billing on
1/30 at Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT.  Dar is heard with backing vox on the
Nields’ “The Creek’s Gonna Rise”.  Final segment includes Beth DeSombre’s
“Resolution”, an ideal song to begin the year with.
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
Please indicate release date. No material released before April 2013
Compilations or great concept albums, ones I can feature track-for-track,
are highly encourage
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

EPK submissions can be sent via one of these companies.
SONICBIDS: http://www.sonicbids.com/radiocrystalblue
MusicSUBMIT: http://www.musicsubmit.com
MusicClout http://www.musicclout.com
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there
If I like the EPK, I will then ask for a CD
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
twitter: @radiocblue
215 995 2234


Dan herman on music genres

Earlier in 2012 in several of my weekly missives steering my audience to news of the show, I openly mused on several genres of music.  I sought to clarify my own definitions of music after musing on this long enough.  So I took fingers to keyboard and added some that came to mind right away.  I’ve added a few since then.  I hadn’t dwelt on these commentaries since.
Fast forward to September, and I had heard from Beth DeSombre on Facebook, who cited that she was not to appear in a local (Massachusetts) folk blog, because she was ‘not folk enough’.  I gave my sympathy and also provided my homespun definition, which she later declared “What a fantastic definition, of folk, Dan! It’s perfect!’

Beth furthered spelled out her own definition of folk here.

I, in turn now share my definition of folk with you, followed by my further thoughts on other genres and expressions:

FOLK is old-style journalism and editorializing. Folk tells stories of what
goes on down-home, across the hall or across picket fences to the neighbors.
Folk comments on politics. Sometimes it even politicks. Folks presents a sense
of community, at once urban, rural, and metaphorical. We can relate to the
music. We can relate to the songwriter. It is our kin, our kinfolk, as it were.
Relatedness. Get it? Listen to storytellers in song like Danny Schmidt as a good

ROOTS music is about our yearning and search for one’s security, one’s roots,
one’s place in one’s heart, one’s earth, one’s universe, as well as one’s
community as with folk. Roots takes us back in time; it doesn’t preach
necessarily. There is a time warp, a reminder of days gone by, as you might have possibly remembered it, or even imagined it. The first roots albums were in a comparative way, roots rock, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s take on rockabilly. or Dylan’s ‘Blonde On Blonde’. For an indie comparison, how about Kathleen Edwards, or Mark McKay? And how do we explain Spuyten Duyvil, with those old-time instruments and a youthful spirit making songs fit for the urban landscape? Or The Defibulators, who go steps further and brand something totally their own?

AMERICANA appears to be something that’s not necessarily in the pop category.
Akin to folk, it’s about realism, and not always positive realism. The songs
contain innate meanings of what today’s America is like. Would the songs suggest meanings relevant to the days of yesteryear, they would be called ‘roots’.
Americana differs from roots for its modernism. Remember, there is still the
Great American Songbook, all those jazz standards and easy listening songs out there. That’s not Americana, just a different interpretation. Americana
resembles roots and country and pretty much anything that are not on the major (Billboard, etc.) radio/sales charts. Suggested artists: Mark McKay, Larry McMurtryAndrew McKnightMark Erelli

INDIE…as in ‘independent’. Indie is anything that has the backing of an
indie label, or otherwise is more of a DIY approach. Indie types might have
their own vanity label and studio.  Schwervon! comes to mind as a great success story.

ALTERNATIVE: Alternative to what? Alternative to the majors, Billboard, and
the like. That’s about it, really. There’s no ‘alt’ sound, just the level
of exposure that’s given. An artist can be both indie and alternative but
once one flirts with a major or is on the charts, there goes the alternative
UNDERGROUND firmly suggests what you think it is..bands and songwriters who are generally unsigned, performing in venues that don’t advertise very much and generally doesn’t have the name recognition as their alternative peers, much less your true household-name types.