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Radio Crystal Blue 3/18/12 news


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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about March 21 and will be available for about 4 months beyond. Owing to schedule demands, I usually aim for noon 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 will also air separately. On this show I spin one song from as many as 8 songs in one sitting and give you background info of each artist.

You’ll also hear: CD FOCUS:”Little Blue Egg” by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. This is a disc with 11 long-lost recordings found by Tracy 2 years ago, I will spin 2 tracks from this compilation. http://www.redhouserecords.com http://www.tracygrammer.com **********************************************************************************

Firstly I was under the weather much of this week, tho am emerging from whatever is ailing me, and also learning a few things about responding to people, emotionally and otherwise. I promised and delivered music from a number of artists that appear this week and weekend at SXSW. An entire segment was created around Megan Slankard, who was performing on several showcases along with fellow songwriters based elsewhere around the US. After remarking that it was time I got off the grid in terms of live local music, my computer chose to follow suit for a brief while. Web issues are largely resolved, tho I’m likely to get the PC an upgrade in RAM and maybe an external hard drive. New monitor also. I also want to continue bolstering the RCB idea to more folks, tho it all comes down to realistic expectations re the finished product, along with how much time and $ to devote to it. I still seek a day job within reasonable commute time of Philly.

REVIEW: I was at El Bar on 3/10/12, seeing local bands of some renown, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. When I say ‘go off the grid’, I mean seeing bands/songwriters I’ve never heard, in a place I’ve never been to before. I recommend doing this once every few months. Have a look at what happened in my latest review at http://www.radiocrystalblue.net

PHOTOS: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151377544355725.823096.684570724&type=3&l=5293bb3772 *************************************************

TWITTER TEN TO FOLLOW (yeah, I’m back on Twitter too at @radiocblue): These are the last 10 folks that I’m following who follow back: @EnkiAnuna @AlanaAmram @daniellevigoans @MichelaMusolino @AlanBarrington @vintagebluechi @OctopusJones @devianthoney @GatewayRecords @spinachworld

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COVERAGE: 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. Next show I’m attending are on 3/22 and 3/23, possibly 3/31 ********************************************************************

RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of my shows.

On RCB Novus Ordo: The smooth modern rock of Tom Fuller Band started this show. Spanking Charlene appears here with a song about a Brooklyn nabe (Steven Van Zandt in the producer’s chair). Secret Skwirl, a project borne out of remastered lost recordings and an unknown band is one to watch for. I’d love to see whether the guys behind that music will resurface. Wes Tucker & The Skillets with an album recorded live at Alene’s Grocery in NYC (you non-NYC denizens should know that Arlene’s Grocery is on the former site of a grocery). Folklore also debuts here with (classically) epic tales of dinosaurs, robots, apocalyptic matters (unless I’m confusing them with a certain UK band. Nah).

RCB proper: RCB tradition is for me to spin Iggy Pop’s “Caesar” and also some Celtic music. This year I reintroduced the music of Philly-area group RUNA. Avi Wisnia & Rachael Sage performed an SXSW event already this week, and Avi’s back to the East Coast touring as usual. Nice to have Remember September on the radar again here in segment 1. Segment 2 includes a brand new song by Schwervon!, a song recorded in Memphis. They are about to move to Kansas (and I feel like I’m among the last to know somehow). I’m used to MAKAR rocking out on earlier albums, tho I do like the groove on their new CD, which I spun from again. Remember September and Talking To Walls are playing a week-long music festival somewhere in NYC’s Upper East Side; my online notes don’t indicate who else is in the festival. TTW’s tune has bagpipes in it! My Pet Dragon shares billing with 3 Kisses and Manda Mosher at a Go Girls Music SXSW event on 3/17. As mentioned earlier, Megan Slankard’s appearing at various SXSW shows practically inspired a whole segment in itself. Again I spun from Jeff Campbell’s CD, the song he wrote with Megan. From there, we hear the lovely partnerships of Sproule/Curreri and Elkin/Schmidt, plus extra music from TX’s own Raina Rose (who’s now a mom), and a magnificent song from Rebecca Loebe, plus a new one from Sarah Blacker. Further segment includes some righteousness in song from Andrew McKnight and Sean Kershaw (listen for Pat Wictor on lap steel and vox). More SXSW love for Christina LaRocca and Casey Desmond. Carolann Solebello and Pat Wictor co-bill tonight (Friday) at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA.

AIRPLAY SUBMISSION:

Send CDs to

Dan Herman

Radio Crystal Blue

1701 Snyder Avenue, #4

Philadelphia, PA 19145

CDs MUST have a 2012 release date or have been released no earlier than July 2011..

I also accept EPKs through these companies. For EPK submissions I select artists on their body of work and the completeness of the press kit

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Any compelling compilation/concept CDs can also be sent here directly. I’m seeking material that can be featured, song-for-song, in my CD FOCUS segments.

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namaste

Dan Herman

Radio Crystal Blue

http://www.radiocrystalblue.net

http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu

cblue456@comcast.net

@radiocblue on twitter

215 995 2234

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@ El Bar 3/10/12


4 bands, 2 from Philly, 2 from NYC did their thing at El Bar on Saturday. El Bar is underneath the Market-Frankford “El”, a block north from another corner establishment, Kung Fu Necktie. This being my first time at El Bar, I actually prefer it greatly to KFN, mainly owing to the decor and the sound. Lots of kitsch to be found along the brick walls, along with old posters, stuffed animals, pinball machine (!!) with a city/construction theme (3 balls, 50 cents, and I got the free game to boot), and an open display of the food and drink specials. Had I arrived earlier in the evening, I might have taken advantage of their $5 ‘happy meal’, consisting of 2 beef hot dogs, bag of chips, PBR pounder. I opted for the $3.75 Yards  Philly Pale Ale (I’m partial to Yards brews across the board). One guy in the north end of the sectioned off bar area away from the stage was busy tinkling the ivories on a rusted piano while the overhead music was piping a variety of songs; sometimes rap, sometimes bebop jazz, sometimes rock.
   
NYC punk band Rubbish was up first. They have good rhythm guitar and strong vocal chops. They admitted to screwing up a number of songs in their 40 minute set, but this was easily overlooked. The band played not one, but two songs against cops. Twice their frontman got out a can of Rust-O-Leum, and a lighter, and, yes, flames ensued! They lit up twice during the set. They covered “Man In The White Van’ by Bucket Flush (whose tshirt their lead singer proudly adorned). They finished their set with a  G.G Allin cover. One song suggested they were only in it ‘for the money and the chicks’, according to its chorus. They are quite the example of underground, sporting only a bandcamp page on the Web (which I’ve yet to find).    
The Griswolds have been at it for some time (since 1995, in fact) with their own attractive brand of rock and punk. Lead singer RW Griswold sets up off stage and well in front, complete with plenty of tats and piercings. I was reminded of The Misfits in their song style. I came to learn that Johnny Griswold was in American Speedway, a local ‘speedrock’ band that I had seen at The Fire some months back. The band has a good engaging style that brought out a lot of folks. Lots of Griswolds merch were spotted in the audience. They are preparing a new album and it should be available late spring.

  

Sweet Eureka, local power punk-pop band, have a distinct sound in their style. Guitar/vox/frontman Jamie Victor played a Danelectro baritone guitar instead of his usual Fender Strat. I love the vintage sound it produces. Good songs that you can dance and rock out to. I like them a lot and will definitely look for them on future events.
 
Blackout Shoppers from the Lower East Side of NYC did straight up hardcore. Frontman Seth Amphetamines was everywhere but the stage, belting out lyrics and moshing with those who dared to be in a 12-foot radius of him. The late-night crowd was busy filing in from in front and walking past the stage, including some gorgeous tall ladies whom I feared might not make it through the crowd unscathed (they got through OK tho). One of them definitely spilled her PBR. I almost took one for the team getting overhead shots of Seth. The band is out of the no-wave NYC movement, with music strongly inspired by the example set by SoCal punk bands like Black Flag. They also work their brand very well and had a lot of merch on display, much more so than the other bands combined.
    
This was the night I finally left behind my trusty waterproof brown beret, which had stuck with me for 5 NYC winters. I guess it’s somewhere in the bar, if anyone cares to look for it. Good timing wtih the end of winter I suppose.
Jackie O Productions put this rocking night of music together. Next show under its name is a 2-floor affair at The Legendary Dobbs in mid-May.

Radio Crystal Blue 3/11/12 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.
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HOW TO LISTEN:
Feed Player at my home page of www.radiocrystalblue.net It is active as
apopup window. Within the page you can stream/share/download the audio. You
can put the player up on your site or blog 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

This is the magic link to the popup player. It’s also at the home and
archive tabs of my website
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VIDEO content: http://www.youtube.com/user/cblue456
TWITTER @radiocblue
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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about March 14 and will be available for
about 4 months beyond. Owing to schedule demands, I usually aim for noon
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 will also air separately. On this show I spin one song from
as many as 8 songs in one sitting and give you background info of each
artist.
CD FOCUS:Little Blue Egg by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. This is a disc
with 11 long-lost recordings found by Tracy 2 years ago,
I will spin 2 tracks from this compilation. www.redhouserecords.com
www.tracygrammer.com
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Sorry for the lateness in sending this one out. Sporadic Web access today.

I want Radio Crystal Blue to be your go-to radio source for
indie/underground/DIY talent, as I give you not just music but news and info
about each artist; where the ey play next, what they’re planning to record,
projects, and much more. Why follow the 3- and 4-letter radio stations
with their limited selection of artists and more limited song choices?
With Radio Crystal Blue you’ll get the artistic value that many fail to pick
up on in radio.

I never like to give you info about just what you’ll hear on the next show
but I’ll tease this much: Considering that SXSW is next week, you’re likely
to hear music from artists who are performing on official (and non-official)
SX events.
Also, as it’s the middle of March, there’s a certain theme that I begin my
show with. Longtime listeners will know just what this is. For those who
don’t, keep tuned in!

Solar flare (and lunar activity) have me physically edgy, tho I’m now
recovering. Computer, not so much. I’m geared more to getting holistic
health and related practices done for myself as well as for others.
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I promised I’d deliver on some further thoughts on genres and slots of
artists that are often taken quite generally. Here are 3 that seem to be
intertwined at times. So let’s start the untwining with…
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.
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
cred.
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.
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW will return with 10 next week. Persistent Web issues
are preventing my computer to access Twitter. It’s been out all of Friday.
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COVERAGE:
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.
Next show I’m attending is on 3/10 at The El Bar in the Fishtown section of
Philly. I don’t know any of the bands except that it’s mainly a rock/punk
kind of night. Plus they have a neat take on happy hour. And it’s really off
the grid. Just my style. Sometimes, you have to get off the grid.
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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of my shows.
On RCB Novus Ordo: Enjoyed the ‘campire-folkpunk’ of The Heart Pills.
Octopus Jones is a NC band that played a local open mic (after having a
venue cancel on them that very evening). They absolutely bring the rock n’
roll. Food Will Win The War I’ve been a fan of for years, with a great
sensibility to their sound. I had seen them last summer at a First Friday
event.

RCB proper: Segment started with songs referencing some sort of anger; the
second half of the segment were more reactive. Opening songs from Fortch and
Deni Bonet are rather similar in its pop-rock approach. As we get closer to
SXSW, I spun music of artists who are performing events there. One
unofficial event is Brooklyn Country Cookout, helmed by mombers of The
Defibulators. The Sweetback Sisters tune I spun is a throwback Western swing
tune. Alana Amram & The Rough Gems make theri RC debut here from their 2010
album Painted Lady. “Cream Sherry” is an absolute delight of a song.
Segueing from Andy Friedman’s tune about church, I spun one from Brother
Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra. Then a brand new one
from the mighty Demetra, plus similar rock sounds from Niki Barr and
Wormburner. Segment 3 was more folk oriented. Notice the ‘tree’ references
in lyrics (Mark Erelli, Gina Holsopple, Screen Door Porch, and a brand new
tune from the medieval folk of Sarah McQuaid). Segment 4 starts with the
delightful “Veselka” by Greta Gertler & The Extroverts. She shared a gig
with Noam Weinstein here in Philly on 3/7. Anders Holst and Eleanor Fye with
grown-up love songs. Then a Michael G. Rondstadt composition by Lisa Biales
off 2010’s “Closet Hippie” album.

AIRPLAY SUBMISSION:
Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
CDs MUST have a 2012 release date or have been released no earlier than
July 2011..

I also accept EPKs through these companies. For EPK submissions I select
artists on their body of work and the completeness of the press kit
SONICBIDS: http://www.sonicbids.com/radiocrystalblue
MusicSUBMIT: www.musicsubmit.com.
(For those in Australia) GIG LAUNCH: www.giglaunch.com.au
All you have to do is a search on these sites for Radio Crystal Blue.

Any compelling compilation/concept CDs can also be sent here directly. I’m
seeking material that can be featured, song-for-song, in my CD FOCUS
segments.
*********
namaste

Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
www.radiocrystalblue.net
http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
cblue456@comcast.net
@radiocblue on twitter
215 995 2234