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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 1/12/14 show info

Radio Crystal Blue Novus Ordo is a weekly podcast that spotlights brand new music from songwriters and bands. Most of the new music from these artists eventually get heard on my companion radio program, Radio Crystal Blue.


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This show was published 1/16/13

Laura Berman “Voices” – Everything In Between CD www.laurabermanmusic.com
Autopilot “Down And Out” – Diamond Rough CD www.autopilottheband.com
Wildcat Apollo “Gotham” – s/t CD www.wildcatapollo.com
What Model Citizens “Tin Man” – Ohn E Mas CD www.whatmodelcitizens.com
Luke Dowler “Good Enough” – West EP www.lukedowler.com
Steve Scott “Geronimo” – Those Tears I’ve Cried CD www.stevescottcountry.com
Reese & The Bonus Plan “Cigar Box” – Cat’s Meow Blues CD www.reesemusic.com
Jonathan Foster “Kingsnake” – Sabbatical CD www.jfmusic.net

Running time: 55 minutos

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This show was published on 1/12/14.

Opening music: Robert Sadin “Douce dame” – Art Of Love: Music Of Machaut CD www.robertsadin.com
The Kennedys “Winter Lies” – Closer Than You Know CD www.kennedysmusic.com
Chase Gassaway “Break Of Dawn” – Certain Circles CD www.chasegassaway.com
Jean Mann “Midnight Sun” – Between The Rocks And Stars CD www.jeanmann.net
Fred Gillen Jr. “Silence Of The Night” – Silence Of The Night CD www.fredgillenjr.com
DB Rielly “Your Doggin’ Fool” – Cross My Heart And Hope To Die CD www.dbrielly.com
Molasses Creek “My Window Faces The South” – Something Worth Having CD www.molassescreek.com
These artists are performing during the Light Of Day music series in Asbury Park NJ, 1/16-20 www.lightofday.org :
Arlan Feiles & The Broken Hearted “A Hard Line” – Weeds Kill The Wild Flowers CD www.arlanfeiles.com
Disappear Fear “Broken Film” – Broken Film CD www.disappearfear.com
Lisa Bianco “No Doubt About It” – Momentum CD www.lisabianco.com
Jo Wymer “This Ain’t Love” – Living With Scars CD www.jowymer.com
DP “Make It On My Own” – While We’re Stil Young CD www.officialdp.com
Tom Principato “Robert Johnson Told Me So” – Robert Johnson Told Me So CD www.tomprincipato.com
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix “Down At The County” – Wings On Fire CD www.professorlouie.com
These artists are taking part in the South Florida Folk Festival, January 18-19 www.southfloridafolkfest.net :
Carolann Solebello “Brooklyn In The Rain” – Steel And Salt CD www.carolannsolebello.com
Marci Geller “Driving In Manhattan” – Open Book CD www.marcigeller.com
Annie Wenz “Lonely Road Dog Meets Wandering Gypsy” – Ride The Sky CD www.anniewenz.com
Heather Pierson “The Crime Most High” – The Hard Work Of Living CD www.heatherpierson.com
Gathering Time “Rain And Snow” – When One Door Closes CD www.gathering-time.com

Flagship Romance “World Of Color” – The Fudge Sessions EP www.flagshipromance.com
Steve Chizmadia “The Wall Street Fat-Cat Tax-Payer Bail-Out Blues” – Jack Of All Trades CD
Lou Dominguez “Record Store” – We The People CD www.loudominguez.com
Patti DeRosa “Bright Lights” – Packing My Bags: Patti D Live CD www.pattiderosa.com
Nico Rivers :Hey, Josephine” – To The Bone CD www.nicorivers.com
David Garlitz “I Like The Way You Move” http://www.davidgarlitz.com
*Red Molly “By The Mark” – Light In The Sky CD www.redmolly.com
*Antje Duvekot “New Siberia” – New Siberia CD www.antjeduvekot.com
Hungrytown “Any Forgotten Thing” – Any Forgotten Thing CD www.hungrytown.net
Annika Vitolo “Secret Garden” – Affinity CD www.annikavitolo.com
Closing music: Ella Fitzgerald “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me”

Running time: 3 horas, 24 minutos
Atmosphere: homely and lunar
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Radio Crystal Blue 5/12/13 news

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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about May 15 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 10 songs, one each
from a brand new recording. I spin the music and give you some backstory of

PROGRAMMING NOTE: CD FOCUS continues with a very special collection of music. Courtesy of Unfinished Side Productions, I have received a disc that contains some of the last recorded music from Ravi Shankar, under the title “The Living Room Sessions, Part 2”. More info at www.eastmeetswestmusic.com www.ravishankar.org
I’ll be covering a music showcase event at The Legendary Dobbs, tomorrow May 11. I will also be interviewing The Dream Logic www.thedreamlogic.com Yes, it’s been too long between interviews and reviews.
Remember to send donations to RCB via the PayPal button at the home page. Thanks to those to have sent donations already!
RCB Novus Ordo: I’ve never given this show a solid introductory body of music so for the future I’ll start off RCB Novus Ordo with the actual first song from the first of ten artists I plan to feature. “Alticana” from Left Arm Ten is their shortening of the phrase ‘alternative Americana’. Yevtushenko, from Seattle, gets rather experimental in their own brand of rock. Ryan Cain and the Ables, from WV, bring some rockabilly to the table. I was quite taken by P*I*A’s background, expressed in many different styles of art including film.
RCB proper begins with brand new music from Russian-American songwriter Marina V. The brooding music of Marc Berger provides some dark contrast to the positive messages and proceeds from there, including recently released music from Chris Head & The Honchos. Blues starts segment 2 (Rod Piazza, Herbie D & The Dangermen), leading to more standard rock fare, notably the solo rock turn by Sam of The Happy Problem, and more new music from Astor Place Riot. Segment 3, following CD Focus, featured official showcase artists for this year’s Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, taking place in Montreat NC later this month. Final segment had an interesting depressive theme in it (Beaucoup Blue, Lauren Adams) and then something of a turnaround in view (Hungrytown). Listen for new music by Rodger Delany and Annika Vitolo at the end, both of whom I met at Cape May in March.


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Radio Crystal Blue and RCB Novus Ordo 5/5/13

Radio Crystal Blue: Novus Ordo spotlights CDs that are debuting on my
standard freeform radio program, Radio Crystal Blue. The show exists as a
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 Left Arm Tan “Carnations” – Alticana CD www.leftarmtan.com
Ryan Cain and the Ables “Yes Indeedy” – My Pistol Rides Shotgun CD www.cainandtheables.com
Yevtushenko “I Don’t Mind” – The Closet Sessions EP www.yevtushenkotheband.com
Wiseguys & Scallywags “Fourteen” – s/t CD www.wiseguysandscallywags.com
Nathan Diller “Taking Me Down” – Frenzy EP www.nathandiller.com
Julia Massey & Five Finger Discount “Orbiter” – Five Letters From Far Away CD www.juliamasseymusic.com
P*I*A “All In Your Head” – World In Black CD www.piazierhut.com
Ellysa Rose “Unbreakable” – Stop Waiting EP www.ellysarose.com
George Woods “Shake My Soul” – Heartbeat CD www.georgewoodsmusic.com
Running time: 64 minutos
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Please consider contributing to this unique freeform radio program. RCB cannot exist without the support of listeners and fans of indie/underground/DIY/up-coming/touring talent that I freely share each and every week. There is a PayPal button active at the Home tab and the main post page at www.radiocrystalblue.netHere’s RCB proper:

Radio Crystal Blue is my long-running standard freeform radio program. The
show exists as a weekly podcast.
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This show was distributed on 5/9/13

Opening music:
Nigel Hayes “Wallfield” – Northern Lights EP www.intelligentaudio.net
Marina V “Win” – Inner Superhoro CD www.marinav.com
Meghan Cary “Live!” – Building This House CD www.meghancarymusic.com
Fred Gillen Jr. “Angel” – Silence Of The Night CD www.fredgillenjr.com
Marc Berger “Time Waits For No Man” – Ride CD www.marcbergermusic.com
Chris Head & The Honchos “The Hard Truth” – Hard Truths CD www.facebook.com/chrisheadandthehonchos
Evangenitals “Hard Luck Song” – s/t CD www.evangenitals.com
Herbie D & The Dangermen “Go Fast” – s/t EP www.herbiedandthedangermen.com
Rod Piazza & The All Mighty Flyers “Blue Shadows” – Almighty Dollar CD www.themightyflyers.com
The Happy Problem “You” – Head Case CD www.thehappyproblem.com
Venice Sunlight “Miscreants” – Venice Sunlight Vs The Sophomore Slump EP www.venicesunlight.com
Mercury Morning “Giving In” – The Aftermath EP www.mercurymorning.com
Kosmic Daydream “Right Now” – Live CD www.kosmicdaydream.com
Astor Place Riot “All In” – Crossing Lines EP www.astorplaceriot.com
The Shipwrecks “Billy Don’t Surf” – demo EP www.theshipwreckslb.com
CD FOCUS: Ravi Shankar: The Living Room Sessions, Part 2 www.eastmeetswestmusic.com
Three sessions from the legendary Eastern musician were recorded October 2011 at his home in Encinitas CA, likely the last recordings ever made of his music. Part 1 won a Grammy for Best World Music Album.
This week I spun Session 5: Raga Mishra Kafi
These artists are performing as official showcase artists at SERFA, Montreat NC 5-16-18 www.serfa.org
Mike Vial “Empty Cup” – Where The Sand Meets The Tide CD www.mikevial.com
Beggar’s Ride “Five Days Of Rain” – s/t CD www.beggarsride.com
RJ Cowdery “For The Long Ride” – In This Light CD www.rjcowdery.com
Marc Black “Born Again American” – Sometime A Spark CD www.marcblack.com
Lara Herscovitch “From A Bridge” – Four Wise Monkeys CD www.laraherscovitch.com
Beaucoup Blue “Broken Dreams” – 4 Stories EP www.beaucoupblue.com
Lauren Adams “Everybody Else” – Secret Heart CD www.laurenadams.com
Hungrytown “Make It All Work Out” – Any Forgotten Thing CD www.hungrytown.net
Rodger Delany “Moment Of Truth” – Moment Of Truth CD www.rodgerdelany.com
Annika Vitolo “The Lesson” – Affinity CD www.annikavitolo.com
Closing music: Juaneco y su combo “Linda Nena” – Masters Of Chicha Volume 1 CD www.barbesrecords.com
Running time: 3 hours 19 minutes.

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non-derivative. For more info: www.creativecommons.orgNext show will be recorded and distributed in the week of 5/11/13

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@ Cape May, NJ 3/22-23/13

The 6th Annual Singer-Songwriter Cape May (music conference) provided a number of personal highlights:
I saw both Tracy Grammer on Friday and Ellis Paul on Saturday as they delivered keynote speeches along with taking questions, plus perform 2 songs. Ellis had read from a book, presumably a ledger, reciting important facts about his career in numbers. Tracy recognized my name instantly and we chatted a bit about her 2012 album “Little Blue Egg”, and also about my discovering Dave Carter’s music through Chris Smither. Ellis was kind to give me his 2010 CD.
On Saturday and for part of Friday I took in Kat Falcey & Tunes2ya.com‘s 2 music showcases at Aleathea’s Restaurant, the majority of the performers being her clients. Michael Notarangelo & Sam Haines opened the Friday showcase.
@ The Boiler Room inside Congress Hall:
This was easily my favorite among the venues I visited during the conference and collection of showcases. This venue is somewhat darkly lit, with light beams of different colors creatively texturizing the stage.  On Friday night I saw three bands, one of which I had known of, and two others who were new and yet very accessible and friendly to boot. Carmen Yates leads a NYC band called Racing Rain on acoustic, Christina Kim on keyboard, Ali Cook on stand-up bass, and Thor Jonsson playing loops for the most part instead of drums.  The band’s style is somewhat low-key and imaginative, open to loose interpretation, leaving the words at the forefront. Carmen had been on crutches for a while, so he was on acoustic instead of electric guitar. Carmen and I found each other a few times over the weekend. He’s written over a thousand songs, has had his music used in the Oliver Stone-directed “Savages” and has led Racing Rain for about a year. Upon receiving a CD of theirs, I recognized a prior drummer for them named Timur Yusef, who is now in Changing Modes.
Madison Cano, from NYC, led a five-piece band of acoustic, two electric
guitars, Yamaha keyboard and drummer. Madison with roots in Southern California, performs with a style that is all driven by her magnetism and personal stage presence, including what sounds like a three-octave voice. Dressing modestly in black, her energy kept your eyes riveted on her, while their keyboardist flailed away.”Radio Waves” and “Float”, with a carefully-styled pop sound, were the songs I recalled most.
Jeff Campbell, checking in from San Francisco, was up next. You’ve read my review of his live performance in this post. Jeff had the full band in tow, including fellow San Franciscan songwriter Megan Slankard on guitar and backing vox for a few songs. Jeff’s songs are ripe to break further into radio, TV, other media, and the music truly moved the audience. There were a number of ladies who danced during the set in the area directly in front of the stage. Megan occasionally broke from performing to watch. DSCF3706DSCF3707DSCF3708
@ Congress Hall:
During the 2 days while occasionally dropping in to network, I reconnected with these songwriters: Jill Cagney, Allison Tartalia, Avi Wisnia (who seemed to be everywhere during the Conferencce), Jared Costa, Marci Geller, and Kev and Peg of Lotus Hill, who are now on a duo project. I also got to meet Annika Vitolo for the first time. Her 2010 composition  “Streets Of Brooklyn” which got a fair amount of attention in our shared home borough back in 2010. Turns out we attended the same high school just years apart!
I briefly watched performances on The Brown Room’s piano of both Avi and the mysterious Noelle Picara , the latter easily the best-dressed of those I saw this weekend. I’ve always appreciated a good mystery.
Upon meeting Kaydi Johnson at The Brown Room on Saturday, my memory flashed back some 10 years to my days in NYC when I had first become a fan. She gave me 2 of her CDs. Later I saw her participate in an impromptu songwriter jam at The Pilot House, performing “American Grocery Store”. The Pilot House is a fine family-oriented bar/restaurant, with a tiny stage, just right for acoustic acts. I chatted briefly with a few locals there while I was there.
Kevin McWha Steele was in a nearby room to me at The Inn At Cape May. Kevin’s a big fan of Radio Crystal Blue,and it was great to hang with him during the weekend. Talking with him, we seem to have the same sort of emotional and mental makeup. On Friday he privately performed a couple of songs on cigar-box guitar, then we walked over to Congress Hall to take in more of the scene. He says the buildings reminds him of The Colonnade in Bath, UK. On Saturday, he had performed at Marq’s Pub at Marquis de Lafayette. Later we reconnected over beers at The Pilot House. He introduced me to songwriter-producer Spencer Chakedis, whose history including producing acts for his Balloon Heaven studio (I recall The Moldy Peaches being one). Spencer composed the score for the indie film King Corn. He has of those names I’ve seen in the liner notes of several CDs but never met in person. The three of us agreed to do a interview and performance in my room late Sunday morning. Audio is still being worked on as of this typing.
Kevin and I ended up following Kaydi as she drove us to an after-party. This was the great untold story of the entire weekend. Here we were, about a dozen of us, in 3 cars with a dozen folks, all figuring via GPS how to get to a rather vague address about a mile from where most of the venues where. We all did eventually find the spot, a building marked Exit Zero, a local book publishing house and source of outstanding local art. Along with a lengthy jam, there were some alcohol and brownies served (no, NOT that kind). Somehow we got back to our respective dwellings.
I took in more of the Cape May scene at dark, passing through Washington Mall, admiring the church Our Lady Star Of The Sea, and a few more music venues. I wondered how busy these places might have been if it were beach season.
PS: Doing my rounds traveling between venues I spotted a meteor that was heading east. It appeared like a blue/green ball of light, and it flamed out after about 20 seconds. It was the first time I had witnessed such an event. Watching CNN in my room the next morning, the reports from Virginia to Maine all saw the same light I did. Talking with a friend after I returned, she suggests that a passing comet lit up the sky so that such meteors or fireballs are more visible to us. OK then.
View from my room: