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Radio Crystal Blue archived show from April 2006 available.

In the first such attempt to recreate a perpetual archive of older Radio Crystal Blue (pre-2012), I made the effort to find any shows I may have saved to disc. I did locate and edit and clean up audio of one show from a series of shows first broadcast on the Live365 Internet radio network.
The show you’re hearing is the 2nd show I ever used with my current podcast partner, Big Contact. The breakthrough at the time was the viral manner of accessing the show. You didn’t have to endure hearing the show on a separate network page; here you could listen with various devices and embed the player elsewhere.

I was also running my annual Airplay Vote, which still awarded not much more than more airplay for top vote-getters. One year, there were actual prizes courtesy of several supporters. I’ve not resurrected the vote since but I may revisit this in the future.
I had stylized a level of artists guaranteed to receive airplay, which I called “Gems”. I’ve since rescinded the elite level.

By late 2005, I was already feeling more and more influenced by the plight of indie artists and less about the major labels. This show in particular is thoroughly indie.

Some great artists are heard here (Shawn Mullins, Lesley Gore). Some were heard of more than once. Some have remained on my radar: (Patti DeRosa, Meredith Blis). Some, I wonder whatever happened to (Washington Social Club, Mike Brick).

Relive this memory anytime you wish. Here are the ways to listen:

Via Internet Archive:
Podcast page:
VBR M3U: https://archive.org/download/RCB040906/RCB040906_vbr.m3u
MP3 via M3U: https://archive.org/stream/RCB040906

Play/download: https://archive.org/download/RCB040906/RCB040906.mp3
Zipped file: https://archive.org/download/RCBlive111013/RCBlive111013_vbr_mp3.zip
Ogg Vorbis format also available.
You can share the audio player with the HTML code on the page.
This show is archived in perpetuity.

Opening music: Musicians Of The Nile “Salamat” – Charcoal Gypsies CD www.realworld.com
Andrejack “For A While” – Inside Out CD http://www.andrejack.com
Ahmond “Halo 8” – Perfectly Flawed CD http://www.ahmond.com
Shawn Mullins “Solitaire” – 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor CD www.shawnmullins.com
Soul’s Release “Forsaken” – through the feeling CD www.soulsrelease.com
John Taglieri “Now” – Now CD http://www.johntaglieri.com
Mike Brick “All Grown Up” – Straight Up Airport Boulevard CD
Liza & The Wonder Wheels “Clergy Man” – Meet The Animal CD www.lizasongs.com
AIRPLAY VOTE 2006 REVIEW: Spotlighting some of the artists that are part of this year’s vote:

Mancino “Amity” & “Tina’s Little Joy” – Dear International CD
The Larch “Androids” & “Sweat Shop” – Prizes From The Groove Arcade CD http://www.thelarch.com
Meredith Blis “Smile My Blues Away” & “Mighty Aphrodite” – A Purple Kind Of Blue CD http://www.meredithblis.com
Miki Huber “New Haven” & “Blow Them Away” – Flutter CD www.mikihuber.com
MAKAR “I Hate My Job” & “The Country Song” – 99 Cent Dreams CD www.makarmusic.com
Loki The Grump “Shockingly Happy” – The Brink EP
The Violets “Cimarron” – s/t EP
The Boroughs “Gone Too Far” – Ostrich EP
Spottiswoode & His Enemies “Building A Road” – Building A Road CD www.spottiswoode.com
50 Cent Haircut “Fiction” – brood or change CD www.50centhaircut.com
Red Lotus “Unmerciful” – s/t EP
Spiraling “Ah, Sugar” – Challenging Stage CD http://www.spiraling.net
Washington Social Club “Are You High?” – catching looks CD
CD Release: *SAM SHABER http://www.samshaber.com
From her new CD “in my bones” I spun “Japanese Tea Garden” & “If You Wonder Where I Go”
New Music Sampler:
The Smiling Strangers “Tender Touch” – Spaces Graces And Smiling Faces CD http://www.thesmilingstrangers.com
The Destroyed “You” – Russian Roulette CD http://www.thedestroyed.com
Opening Axe “You Got Me Worried” – s/t EP
The Ropes “Not Technically Alone” – Kill Her Off EP
Gus Black “Trillion Things” – Autumn Days CD
The Real Be Easys “come the revolution” – s/t EP http://www.realbeeasys.com
Alice Bierhorst “Fire with Fire” – I Think It’s Finally Morning CD
John Leep “As A Rule” – Arrived CD
AIRPLAY VOTE 2006 REVIEW continues:
Munkey Juice “Cob Web Mind” & “Hate Me, Love Me” – Fatty Arbuckle’s Coke Bottle CD
Particle Zoo “Pi In The Sky” & Blue Walrus” – Loneliness & Strangers CD http://www.pzoo.com
Hundred Year Flood “Kingdom Of Cold” & “Pour Over Me” – www.hundredyearflood.com
Anemo “Slowburn” & “Same Day Chore” – Slowburn CD http://www.anemo.co.uk
Carrie Ashton “Everything In My Heart” & “Blind” – Modern Day Gypsy CD
Girlyman “Speechless” – Little Star CD http://www.girlyman.com
Kate Peterson “Loophole” – Undone CD
Abi Tapia “Lone Star” – One Foot Out The Door CD http://www.abitapia.com
Mudfunk “Into The Woods” – Live at the Grind CD
Tina Dico “My Mirror” – Into The Red CD http://www.tinadico.com
Lesley Gore “It’s Gone” – Ever Since CD http://www.lesleygore.com
Patti DeRosa “Choices” – Paradise CD http://www.pattiderosa.com
Closing music: Stellamara “Persephone” – the seven valleys CD www.stellamara.com

Original audio recorded in 11025 Hz, remixed into stereo and 44100 Hz.
This show was 5 minutes and 27 minutes in length, re-edited for clarity down to 5 hours 11 minutes. It originally aired on the Live365 Internet radio network.

All content on Radio Crystal Blue is free to listen and share via Creative Commons License version 3.0, non-derivative, non-commercial, full attribution. More info: http://www.creativecommons.org

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Dan Herman/Radio Crystal Blue:
twitter: @radiocblue


Big Contact/Internet Archive

Don’t know if it’s the full moon, or the oncoming Mercury Retrograde (10/21/13) or what, but I can tell you that there have been existing issues publishing my show to Big Contact.  The site itself has proven to have very limited customer service and its feed very unstable in terms of its live availability.
Things came to a head this week as the site was intermittently down for several days.  In haste I sought out alternatives. I found a very good one in the Internet Archive, the original Web-based archive. I have used the service in the pages to research older pages of other websites (including mine!). But I was never aware of the ability to post podcasts there! Until now.

The first podcast pages for Radio Crystal Blue are active at Internet ARchive, right here:


Posting this note now, I’ve since gained better access to Big Contact and published both of this week’s shows before risking losing any data. That podcast page, as usual is http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu

Both sites allow for streaming and download, plus the ability to embed the HTML of the players’ code onto your site or blog.

Thanks for reading. Hopefully these changes will result in a more reliable RCB experience for you listeners.

Radio Crystal Blue 1/22/12 news

Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Ariel Publicity: www.arielpublicity.com
Miles High Productions www.mileshighproductions.com
Serge Entertainment Public Relations www.sergepr.com
Wampus Multimedia www.wampus.com

Radio Crystal Blue is free to share and listen, in accordance with Creative Commons License 3.0, full attribution, non-derivative, non-commercial.
Feed Player at my home page of www.radiocrystalblue.net  It is active as a popup window. Within the page you can stream/share/download the audio. You can put the player up on your site or blg too.
If you cannot access the Feed Player or do not have Shockwave/Flash in your browser, try a different browser or go to www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
This page contains a bona fide workable version of the Feed Player.
RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rss
Yes, I’m on iTunes and all those places as well.

EMAIL: cblue456@comcast.net
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LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/danherman0
REVERBNATION: www.reverbnation.com/radiocrystalblue
VIDEO content: http://www.youtube.com/user/cblue456
TWITTER @radiocblue  792 followers
STAT BLOG:   www.cblue456.tumblr.com
NEXT SHOW: week of January 22, 2012. Look for a release date of January 25.
You will hear music in several segments of top indie/DIY/underground songwriters and bands, and also these:
VERMONT: VT Artists for VT Relief:  www.mallettsbayrecords.com
New Arrivals Volume 4: Artists Against Youth Homelessness
I will spin 2 tracks each from these compilations.

Getting into stride with the radio thing again as well as the new home on WordPress. No I have not posted daily but I’ll do my best. As mentioned last week, please tweet, RT, post about my posts. If you have a WordPress site I should follow, let me know. I will follow back.
Enlisted some help in getting a new banner/logo for the big show. No timetable yet on its release.
SHORTY AWARDS: This is the fourth annual celebration of the people who create the best real-time short-form content on the Web.  I am in the ‘radio’ category.  All you have to do is vote via Twitter and be creative with your response. You get one vote only for this category. While you’re there, you can do likewise with the other 55 categories.   You have until February 2 to get your one radio vote in… at http://shortyawards.com/radiocblue?category=radio
MOOZONE: A place to store music online, plus build an online store for music and merch.  Artists: Please contact me on how to sell your music and merch on this site   www.moozone.com
TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: @Astropartner @AstrologyPamela @vickielynnsings @jimmyattheprom @WhereforeArts
I witnessed the greatness that is The Trews for the first time, plus some local bands in support.
Read all about it in one of my latest blog posts at
Here are more events I’m covering for you:
1/26  Dare Dukes is releasing a new disc and is performing at Kung Fu Necktie www.daredukes.com
1/27 Lorraine Leckie at Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore.  www.lorraineleckie.com

YOUTUBE: The Trews perform “So She’s Leaving” at North Star Bar 1/17/12:

COVERAGE (see above):
I do audio interviews, photos, video, and audio of live events.  You can see and hear evidence across my Facebook and YouTube channels, plus the field recording FeedPlayer.Time, location and expense will be taken into account before taking on a job.
First on RCB Novus Ordo: First airplay of 2012 goes to Christine Havrilla. More specifically the airplay credited to Christine’s folk-rock band Gypsy Fuzz.  Damn Fine Gentlemen represent Australia with some blues-rock. May McDonough & Co. dazzle with fairly unique arrangements, right down to the percussion (not unlike a Tom Waits song). John McCutcheon closes this show with a song from his concept album reflecting on Woody Guthrie.

Starting 2012 a few weeks late, I wanted at least to represent January and winter in song if not New Year’s Day so much.  Brenda Kahn represented with a song going back to 1996, not from her album “Destination Anywhere” but rather a CMJ compilation, one of several dozen I’ve kept over the years.   Lily Wilson and HuDost share a billing at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles on 1/20. “Trespasser” by HuDost continues to mesmerize (as intended, I’m sure!). Also in segment #1, we hear The Kennedys once again, who are maybe the best artists I know without a Twitter account. They are preparing to release a new CD. So is Kris Delmhorst, who is heard in this segment too.  Ryan Tennis, my neighbor here in South Philadelphia, continues to host his Clubhouse house concert series and has unveiled a new website, with the intention of releasing a new album. Went back to Greg Klyma’s 2006 CD “Driver” instead of more recent releases. Schwervon! also working on a new album.  I spun Demetra’s “Don’t Wreck It” which became a sensation upon its release. She’s just releasing another new single of the same electro-rock genre titled “Quarter To Twelve” which, hopefully,will make it to my show.  Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt continue to split bills for the long-term.  Hungrytown presents a song for winter, the title track “Any Forgotten Thing”.  Hopefully they’re doing OK up there in VT.     Vance Gilbert, the now-reigning RCB Artist of The Year, is heard before two Katonah, NY citizens; they being Sloan Wainwright and Marc Black.  Marc’s tune “No Fracking Way” is a definitive protest song. Brooks Williams has just released a CD with Boo Hewerdine. The duo call themselves State Of The Union.  Stevie Coyle rounds out the show with a song from his concept CD “Ten In One”, referring to a sideshow tent at a carnival or circus.

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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
@radiocblue on twitter
215 995 2234