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@ Jazzbones, Tacoma, 3/1/15

Boutique record label Maurice The Fish Records presented rock and electronica at the venerable Jazzbones here in Tacoma. A standard bar takes up the left side of the venue, with table seating and a large raised stage to the right. The Sunday Sessions, held the first Sunday of each month, are now into its 3rd year.

Officially supporting tonight’s artists were the principals of Seattle Wave Radio, an eclectic radio presence in the city for a number of years, and Cindy Teixeira of music blog Brown Bag Alley and manager of local rock band FallStreak.

Tonight, I was present to see Aradia, a Seattle songwriter who shares NYC roots with yours truly. A striking, tall blonde with the soul of an adventurer, plus an earnest voice, Aradia focuses her music and lyrics around the cause of humankind itself and our place in the Universe. The set comprised all originals, save one Blondie cover “Call Me”. All but two songs in the set were from the new album “Citizen Of Earth”. One can certainly hear Blondie in the overall sound, though there is also the faraway introspective material that leans one’s ear towards someone like Bjork. Her willingness to connect to people’s minds and hearts is the most notable aspect of her personality. She often gestured with arms outstretched while singing. She won the favor of Seattle Wave Radio after initially placing 5th, then 2nd in a band-battle competition last autumn. My favorite selection of the show was a definitive trip-hop song “So Long”, referencing faraway transmissions. Aradia wore a spacey number (which she claimed on stage was actually her bathrobe), a gorgeous silver gown over black diamond-studded tights, and red pumps. Her band was on drums, bass, guitar, and she occasionally played an Arturia Minibrute synth (100% analog!).  Tacoma gets another opportunity to see Aradia on March 14 at The Spar, a venue with a rather storied past in the city’s history.

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Opening for Aradia was a supergroup of local and regional bands titled Monsters In The Dark. Raymond Hayden, proprietor of Maurice The Fish Records, held court on keyboards in this 8-piece band, complete with a trio of spirited female vocalists, guitars, bass and sax. Having a big band and a diverse sound, steeped in rock, you knew you were in for a good time. They performed thoughtful original tunes, and several Pink Floyd covers. As for the supergroup angle, for starters: alto/soprano saxman Paul Sawtelle has his Brotherhood Of Soul; vocalist Jessica Lynne fronts her band Jessica Lynne & The Cousins. Veteran songwriter Regan Lane of power-pop band Strangely Alright, took a turn sharing lead vocals.

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More photos from this event at Facebook


Radio Crystal Blue week of 2/28/15 audio/links

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.
Via Big Contact:
There are a number of options on the page and in the player to stream and
download, as well as to embed the player on your site or blog. All shows
accessed via this player are archived for one year.
Saint James Band “Who You Are” – Always Be With You CD www.saintjamesband.com
Gregg Cagno “Clinton Times” – Worth The Wait CD www.greggcagno.com
The Coteries “I Hitched A Ride” – s/t CD www.thecoteries.com
Timothy Scott “Stronger Than Before” – Wanna Tell You Now CD www.tstunes.com
Larissa Tormey “Don’t Take Risks”- Perfect As I Am CD www.larissatormey.com
Rob McHale “The Castlebar Races” – Fields CD www.robmchale.com
This show was published 2/28/15:
Running time: 50 minutes
Recorded in stereo to 128kbps bitrate, 44.1 Hz in mp3 format using Audacity
Here’s RCB proper:

Radio Crystal Blue, in its 15th year, is a weekly podcast that features top
songwriters and bands, indie, underground, and touring, in a freeform
Via Big Contact:
There are a number of options on the page and in the player to stream and
download, as well as to embed the player on your site or blog. All shows
accessed via this player are archived for one year.
Via Internet Archive (also download/stream/share): https://archive.org/details/RCBlive022215
This show was published 2/28/15:
Opening music:
The Matthew Show “February” – February CD http://www.thematthewshow.com
*Mary Gauthier “Another Train” – Trouble And Love CD http://www.marygauthier.com
*Drive-By Truckers “The Part Of Him” – English Oceans CD http://www.drivebytruckers.com
Fred Gillen Jr. “4am Walk Home” – Wage Love CD http://www.fredgillenjr.com
Achilles Wheel “Celebrate Today” – Stones To Sand CD http://www.achilleswheel.com
Butchers Blind “Burn Up Bright (Lower East Side)” – Destination Blues sampler EP http://www.butchersblind.com
The Train Wreck Endings “Mason-Dixon Line” – Shhh!!! CD http://www.trainwreckendings.com
Tom Principato “Falls Church, VA 22042” – Robert Johnson Told Me So CD http://www.tomprincipato.com
Jack + Jill “Familiar (Timmy’s Song)” – http://www.jackplusjill.com
Aradia “Magic” – Citizen Of Earth CD http://www.aradiamusic.com
Alexandria “Nothing Without” – http://www.theonlyalexandria.com
Kagero “Girl From The Coldest Country” – Gumbo du Jour CD http://www.kagero.com
Shakeh “La Cancion De Mi Alma” – Songs Of My Soul CD http://www.shakeh.com
Libby Koch “Naomi” – Tennessee Colony CD http://www.libbykoch.com
Miss Tess & The Talkbacks “Hold Back The Tears” – The Love I Have For You CD http://www.misstessmusic.com
Matt Turk “The Ballad Of Reuben” – Cold Revival CD http://www.turktunes.com
Jon Kohen “Searchlight” – Dead Reckoning CD http://www.jonkohen.com
Vance Gilbert “Garden In Winter” – Bad Dog Buffet CD http://www.vancegilbert.com
Jean Mann “Used Bike” – Between The Rocks And Stars CD http://www.jeanmann.net
Rod Picott “MIlkweed” – Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail CD http://www.rodpicott.com
Heather Pierson “Peace” – Motherless Child CD http://www.heatherpierson.com
Closing music: DJ Flowerdove “Shimmer”
Running time: 150 minutos
Atmosphere:  anti-cipated
Recorded in stereo to 128kbps bitrate, 44.1 Hz in mp3 format using Audacity
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