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Radio Crystal Blue 10/13/13 news

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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about October 16 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.


PROGRAMMING UPDATE: On the way to RCB HQ is a concept album that I’m very interested in for you to hear. According to the radio promoters it’s getting coverage from ABC News and The Huffington Post
“This new project features songs inspired by, or using the prose as lyrics for one of Kerouac’s darkest works,Tristessa, about a morphine-addicted prostitute with whom Kerouac falls in love.”
“Esperanza: Songs From Jack Kerouac’s ‘Tristessa’ features a select group of critically acclaimed indie rock artists including:William Fitzsimmons, Gregory Alan Isakov, Peter Bradley Adams, Alela Diane,Wintersleep, Marissa Nadler, Joshua James, Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth), Hey Rosetta!, Willy Mason, Matt Costa, The Low Anthem, and Tony Dekker (of The Great Lake Swimmers). “

Folks, as a devoted Kerouac aficianado, I can’t wait to unveil this album for my ears and yours. I’ve just requested a disc today. If it arrives by Tuesday, it will be part of the programming for the next show. If that’s the case, I will announce on my RCB Facebook page first. When it does debut I will likely air 2 or 3 tracks a week and retell the story of Tristessa. I have portions of the book myself from The Jack Kerouac Compendium, published by Penguin.


Let’s start here with the rewind of the 10/9/13 podcasts:

RCB Novus Ordo: Iron Bridge Band starts us off with a wonderfully recorded song called “Petticoat Road”. You’ll definitely hear much more from this band. Yarn we’ve certainly much of in the last year and they resurface with their 2nd album. John Oates (yes, that John Oates) is featured vocalist on 2 songs, one of which I’ve included here. Lydia Warren brings about rock and blues, much like Wanda Jackson and Rosie Flores do. Spectral Lines are a new New-Wave/post-punk duo act, with both members well experienced in the Philly music scene. They made their very debut this week at The Fire, in Philly.

RCB proper: Having spun De Stijl’s tune with Peter Hook at the lead, and then airing Spectral Lines’ tune on RCB Novus Ordo, I was thoroughly nolstalgic for New Order and related sounds. I spun one tune for an intro, that’s the timeless “Crystal”. Hearing the album Get Ready on Spotify, I must also give credence to “60 Miles An Hour”, the other great song from a solid 2001 album. Second airing of Lara Ewen’s new album begins Segment 1, followed by the newest album from renowed songwriter Suzie Brown. Segment 2 includes music from Swedish rock band The Plastic Pals, and Baltimore’s The Last Year, itself the newest rock project from Niki Barr. Segment 3: More new material from Sara Petite and Krista Baroni start the mix here. Segment 4; Dan & Faith, and Beth DeSombre are part of a Rhode Island Songwriters Association ‘in the round’, in the big city of Providence, 10/13.

Big change this week, as my temp job ended very suddenly and I’m up against it again. I might be OK this month, tho still one month behind in paying rent. If it gets to 2 months in November, I surely will face eviction proceedings. I intend to build income in some way, preferably with a job similar to the one I did in the last few weeks.
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I’ve again cancelled my social calendar, meaning that I won’t be attending live events until I’m more financially stable.

While I was still working, I planned to and did attend an event at The Fire, a notable music venue in the Fishtown section of Philly. My full review, plus pics from the new camera I bought are at https://radiocrystalblue.net/2013/10/11/the-fire-10813/

I didn’t take the time to edit the pics further at the time of releasing the gallery but that misstep was only done in haste of getting them out to you. The next ones I do will be properly edited.
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Radio Crystal Blue 12/11/11

FINALLY I have the opportunity to post and publicly fit media again on the Web. Having ditched the old webhost, I’ve used WordPress to link an .mp3 file.  I project to having about 4 months worth of material I can hold on the blog at once.  Starting a bit small with this long show, the final show from 2011. You know this is as the holiday edition of Radio Crystal Blue.

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This show was distributed on 12/14
Artists with shared gigs in the near future are noted with * & **
“Is there a time for tying ribbons/A time for Christmas trees/Is
there a time for laying tables/When the night is set to freeze”
I recited a short story by Jack Kerouac: “Home For Christmas”
Mazzy Star “Flowers In December” – Among My Swan CD
The Raveonettes “Come On Santa” – Wishing You A Very Rave Christmas EP
The StereoFidelics “Carol Of The Bells” – www.stereof.com
Avi Wisnia “Maoz Tzur” – www.aviwisnia.com
Mark Brine “The Carol Rag (The Christmas Carol NoOne Listens For Rag)” – The Carol 2-CD set  www.markbrine.com
F&M “This Winter Revisited” – Winter Is Coming EP www.fandmtheband.com
Christina LaRocca “Memories (Don’t Let Them Fade)” – I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open CD www.christinalaroccamusic.com
*Danielle Miraglia “Good Times” – Box Of Troubles CD www.daniellem.com
*Jonathan Byrd “I Was An Oak Tree” – Cackalack CD www.jonathanbyrd.com
ellis “No More Running” – Right On Time CD www.ellis-music.com
debbie miller “a lie” – fake love CD www.thedebbiemiller.com
The Brian Setzer Orchestra “Winter Wonderland” – Boogie Woogie Christmas CD
The Kinks “Father Christmas” – Misfits album
Marianne Kesler “A Christmas Song” – www.mariannekesler.com
This is lizzard “Christmas In Summertime” www.thisislizzard.nl
Shauna Burns “The Gathering” – A Winter Gathering CD www.shaunaburns.com
Belles & Whistles “River/White Christmas” – www.facebook.com/bellesandwhistles
Frank “halo” – here together CD www.frankband.com
Antigone Rising “Everywhere Is Home” – red 23 CD www.antigonerising.com
Joan Ov Arc “Peace Of Mind” – Beneath The Sky EP www.joanovarc.co.uk
Kosmic Daydream “Forgotten Soull” – psychosomatic playground CD www.kosmicdaydream.com
CD FOCUS: New Arrivals, Volume 4:Artists Against Youth Homelessness www.mpressrecords.com
Rachael Sage and the staff of her label, MPress Records, curates this fourth collection of DIY/indie songwriters and bands, all with relevant songs re the plight of homelessness.  All net proceeds from retail sales of the CD will benefit National Network For Youth  http://www.nn4youth.org
From this compilation CD I spun:
Walter Parks “Troubadour” – www.walterparks.com
Dave Eggar “Birdcage” www.daveeggarmusic.com
CD FOCUS: Vermont: VT Artists for VT Relief  http://www.bluebirdpromotions.com  http://www.mallettsbayrecords.com
This compilation of 18 songs are all from VT artists supporting the continuing relief efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.  Proceeds from this CD go to the Vermont Red Cross.
From this compilation I spun:
Gregory Douglass “What A Long Year It Was” – www.emoterecords.com
Patrick Thomas “Giving My Christmas” www.hotelsandhighways.com
Buffalo Tom “Frozen Lake” – Let Me Come Over CD
Natalie Merchant “Frozen Charlotte” – Ophelia CD
Larry Saklad “Christmas On The Block”  www.sakladmusic.com
Adrienne Pierce “The More The Merrier” – www.adriennepierce.com
Shane Cooley “Window Shopping For A Long-Lost Lover” www.shanecooleymusic.com
Beth DeSombre “Resolution” –  At Home In This Town CD www.bethdesombre.com
The Defibulators “Xmas Ornament” – corn money CD www.thedefibulators.com
Jack Grace Band “It Was A Really Bad Year”  Drinking Songs For Lovers CD www.jackgrace.com
Rod Piazza & The All Mighty Flyers “Loving Man” – Almighty Dollar CD www.themightyflyers.com
The Trews “Love Is The Real Thing” – Hope & Ruin CD www.thetrewsmusic.com
Shannon Corey “Christmas On Spring Island” www.shannoncorey.com
Vincent Poag “This Christmas” – www.vincentpoag.com
Elle B. Willson “Gift Of Love” www.ellebwillson.com
Ken & Lisa Theriot “Drink To The Holly Berry” – www.kentheriot.com
Buskin & Batteau “Warm” – Red Shoes & Golden Hearts CD www.buskinandbatteau.com
Eleanor Fye “Love Stays On” – Love Stays On CD www.eleanorfye.com
Open Book “There For You” – The Things We Keep CD www.openbookmusic.com
Andrew McKnight “Cedars” – Something Worth Standing For CD www.andrewmcknight.net
The penultimate, final segment, long in RCB tradition, a bit different this year:
Tom Waits “Alice” – Alice CD
Paul Simon “I Am A Rock” – The Paul Simon Songbook CD
Josh Groban “Bells Of New York City” – Illuminations CD
The Pogues (featuring Kirsty MacColl) “Fairytale Of New York” – If I Should Fall From Grace With God CD
U2 “Miss Sarajevo” – Pavarotti & Friends For The Children Of Bosnia CD
Jimi Hendrix “Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne” – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year single
Closing music: Enya “The Spirit Of Christmas Past” – And Winter Came CD
Running time: 5 hours, 46 minutos (just like the old days)
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