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Radio Crystal Blue 4/1/12 news


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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about April 4 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 3 tracks from this compilation. www.redhouserecords.com www.tracygrammer.com
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I attended 2 shows in the last week. One was The Way Home at Sine Studios, another was Kirsten Opstad at Community Cultural Exchange. Both shows are reviewed at http://wp.me/p1FKJJ-85

PHOTOS of Kirsten: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151438595970725.832390.684570724&type=3&l=4857eb8d57
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ7umlf_rXU
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1st QUARTER AIRPLAY CHART was revealed at noon today. Vance Gilbert continues to be fully on the RCB radar with another first place showing, just ahead of Carolann Solebello. Full chart at the Chart tab of my website, https://radiocrystalblue.net/chart-page/
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: These are the last 5 folks that I’m following who follow back: @SilvergunSpleen @MsOTG @TheAmendsBand @LilithKemnitz @peterbuzzelle
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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 4/5, 4/19, 4/24, possibly also 4/13
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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of my shows.
On RCB Novus Ordo: Standout artists from this edition include Swinging Steaks who’ve shared stages with a ton of modern rock bands; veteran songwriter Jon McAuliffe who has just released his first solo CD (I spun an ode to Kerouac), and the legendary Aztec Two-Step, from a compilation of their songs titled “Cause And Effect”.

RCB proper:Just about the longest show I’ve done since the December holidays. Debuted another artist on the UK label Intelligent Audio, the veteran DJ Nigel Hayes with some disco house to start off this show. Segment went from blues (Bob Corritore, Eilen Jewell,) to more songwriter-oriented material, including new albums from Loretta Hagen and Clarence Bucaro. Segment 2 was the first of 2 where I featured artists performing in Cape May this weekend. Among them were The Way Home and their new CD “On So Thin A Line”. Also a new album from Meghan Cary, who debuted her CD on my birthday (1/31) Segment 3 includes Song Dogs & The Nightjar, a great classic-style rock band local to Philly, and Bound By Substance, who are part of a multi-venue event on Long Island to benefit the Long Island Crisis Center. This takes place on 3/31 www.longislandcrisiscenter.org Segment 4 is where I began with the matthew show (listen for “invocation” which precedes “Half A Man”. I know it’s not on the playlist. That’s why you’re encouraged to tune in and hear it!). The YaYas and Honor Finnegan (who is backed by The YaYas on her album) share billing at a house concert in Manhattan on 3/31. Segment 5 focused again on Cape May; included is music by Wilmington DE’s Rachel Schain and another new one from Katie Pearlman. Closing segment incldues music by New Englanders Craig Sonnenfeld and Patti DeRosa, who are part of a benefti for local veteran at the Holliston (MA) VFW post, taking place tonight (3/30). The aforementioned Jon McAuliffe also on the bill.

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.
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namaste

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

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A couple of show reviews to catch you up on.


2 individual artists showcased their music in the last 7 days. On 3/22, James Hearne and his band The Way Home, held a listening party and an unplugged performance at Sine Studios. I had met James at Connie’s Ric-Rac last year, and also at Lickety Split earlier this year. James’ quick exuberant delivery of songs about everyday life makes for an exciting performance. The party was absolute fun; most people seemed to know everyone else, making for a truly supportive environment unlike a standard music venue. Proprietor Matt Teacher led tours of the studio during the event. There was plenty of Naragansett and Yuengling lager along with Rolling Rock and your basic Coca-Cola. Pretty good food spread too (the salsa was delicious). James performed on acoustic, with newest member Henry Nam on the Rhodes, Dan Drago on acoustic (usually on bass for the band), and Nicklas Hughes on percussion. The Way Home performed most of the songs from the album. Aaron Stock, a longtime friend of the band and also of their precursor The Sobriquets) played vibes on 2 of the songs, tho I suspect this was more of a joke. Aaron also darted through the band in one song to get to the food, probably the funniest moment of the evening along with some generic debauchery, to coin a phrase. I’ll spare the finer details except this: a handful of folks tested the vibes, not aware initially that you have to have your foot on the pedal to give it the warm sound you’d recognize from it!
On 3/28 Boston songwriter Kirsten Opstad performed at Community Cultural Exchange, a small one-room storefront on South Street. CCE serves to be the living pulse of South Street, supporting all forms of art and culture for the immediate community. Kirsten had just canceled a scheduled performance at the aforementioned  Connie’s Ric-Rac to play this one. She was on acoustic and solo for this show. What gets me is not the voice, not so much the music, but the words. Kirsten brings the snark! It’s present in her tales of late-night and morning-after viewpoints, and reflections of female relationships in a thoroughly modern distracted age. Kirsten’s delivery is quick and simple, as is her delivery on her Takamine guitar. She performed a 40 minute set amidst the assortment of artwork adorning the walls and floor of CCE. She was a pleasure to as well before and after the performance.
Following the show I attended a poker game at O’Neal’s on South 3rd just off of South Street. I’ve done OK at their twice-weekly tournament games, coming in 4th this time around. I was kinda rusty after being away from the game for awhile. This is just about the best Irish bar I’ve ever been to.
Afterward I strolled by Legendary Dobbs, hearing a band perform some raucous call-and-response, audible for about a block away. John & Britttany run the open mic there every Wednesday. Brittany told me the name of the band, something..Potato. Anyone know?Walked down East Passyunk to give you this look northeastward.

Friday at noon I will update the Chart tab with the 50 artists I ranked for the first quarter of airplay.

Radio Crystal Blue 3/25/12 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.
*************************************************************************
HOW TO LISTEN:
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 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
http://fp.bigcontact.com/fp/flash/fp/fp.swf?xmlurl=http%3A%2F%2Fbigcontact.com%2Fradiocrystalblu%2Frss&r=1&t=1001

CONTACT:
EMAIL: cblue456@comcast.net
personal FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/radiocblue
RCB FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20805478312
RCB DISCUSSION FACEBOOK group
http://www.facebook.com/groups/273953255983866/
LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/danherman0
REVERBNATION: www.reverbnation.com/radiocrystalblue
VIDEO content: http://www.youtube.com/user/cblue456
TWITTER @radiocblue
STAT BLOG: www.cblue456.tumblr.com
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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about March 28 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. www.redhouserecords.com
www.tracygrammer.com
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Spring’s just about blooming all over, the space heater is mothballed, and my leather jacket is just about off for good, while the tshirts get their first proper laundering. Yeah, it’s warm out. Last night I was at The Legendary Dobbs to see Song Dogs & The Nightjar along with a few other bands on both floors. Read about the whole experience at my latest posting to https://radiocrystalblue.net/2012/03/23/legendary-dobbs-32212/
I might attend the Cape May Songwriters Festival next weekend. I don’t exactly know how to get there, being that I’m of the non-driver sort. Any ideas?
Next RCB shows will be the final ones counting toward my 1st Quarter Airplay rankings. Artists are ranked based on progressive amounts of airplay and exposure. Chart will update 4/1 or 4/2. Who’s on top right now? Have a look at the chart tab at www.radiocrystalblue.net
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: These are the last 5 folks that I’m following who follow back: @peterbuzzelle @Waterslidemusic @Elyse411 @Jenavive @danielleantonio

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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 (tonight!) and 3/28, also 4/19 looking likely.
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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of my shows.
On RCB Novus Ordo: The Dirty Names have swagger for days. If you like The Rolling Stones (of course you do), you will like this band that I debuted this week. Sons Of The Never Wrong return with more originals, all in a gospel flavor, while they celebrate 20 years of existence. Kirsten Opstad’s intricate songwriting also delights in this show; she’s performing here in Philly next week.

RCB proper:

Segment 1 contains new music by a band I’ve known close to 10 years called Yarn. I vaguely recall spinning music of theirs early in that time frame; now they are breaking big within the Americana rock genre. Spun a couple of tunes referencing the season (Joy Kills Sorrow, Hungrytown; the latter referencing a natural disaster from the 1800’s causing extremely long winters). Segment 2 saw me debut a new one from one of my fave UK acts, MJ Hibbett & The Validators. If twee-pop is your thing, and you crave comic book fiction, you will like their tale of space dinosaurs and apocalyptic matters. Hard to segue out of that one for sure, but segue I did with more songs with violins…leading into a jazz/blues thing (BD Lenz, Tom Principato for original instrumentals). Segment 3: Sharon Goldman is opening act for Sloan Wainwright at First Acoustics in downtown Brooklyn on 3/24. Cary Cooper and Tom Prasada Rao peform some house concert and at a Unity church in the next few days. Debuted the new CD by Peter Buzzelle. Segment 4 brought reflections on hard times and with war as the backdrop (Manisha Shahane, Vance Gilbert, Mare Wakefield), leading to songs about old lands and dreams (Jean Mann, Dan & Faith, Fred Gillen Jr.)

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

Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 3/18/12


Radio Crystal Blue: Novus Ordo spotlights CDs that are debuting on my
standard freeform radio program, Radio Crystal Blue. The show exists as a
weekly podcast.

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This show was distributed on 3/21
Jenavive ‘the standoff” – under the sheets CD www.jenavivemusic.com

The Dirty Names “It’s Breaking Your Heart” – Sweat Box EP www.thedirtynames.com
Mock Sun “The Itch” – The Lucid Paper Palace Project EP www.mocksun.net
The Black 100s “I Can’t Come See You No More” – Release The Cats! CD www.theblack100s.com
Sons Of The Never Wrong “Just To Take Water” – Church Of The Never Wrong CD www.sons.com
Dan Cloutier “the captain and the sea” – blind willie’s lighthouse CD www.dancloutiermusic.com
Kirsten Opstad ‘Blankets’ – Fear Of Swimming CD www.kirstenopstad.com
Brandy Lynn Confer ‘This Is Growing Old” – Stress and The Rhythm Of The Word CD www.brandylynnconfer.com

Running time: 49 minutes.

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All content of Radio Crystal Blue’s programming is free to listen and share
to via a Creative Commons License, version 3.0, full attribution,
non-derivative. For more info: www.creativecommons.org

Here’s Radio Crystal Blue proper:

Radio Crystal Blue is my long-running standard freeform radio program. The
show exists as a weekly podcast.
Listen here:
(1) The FeedPlayer on my home page (visible with Flash-supported browsers)
www.radiocrystalblue.net and available to stream/download/share. Click the
pop-up linlk at the ‘home’ tab.
(2) If you cannot view the FeedPlayer, try a different browser, or get
Flash, or try my podcast provider at
www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
(3) .mp3:
https://radiocrystalblue.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/rcblive031812.mp3
(4) RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rss

This show was distributed on 3/21/12
Artists with shared gigs in the near future are noted with * & **

Opening music: Forces Of Nature “Stasis” – Journeys In Time And Space CD www.intelligentaudio.net

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Comic Tales Of Tragic Heartbreak “Dressing Up For The Part” s/t CD
www.comictalesoftragicheartbreak.com
Fallen Riviera “the mention of me” – six mines CD www.fallenriviera.com
Buskin & Batteau “Red Shoes and Golden Hearts” – Red Shoes and Golden Hearts CD www.buskinandbatteau.com
Yarn “Heart Worth Breaking” – Almost Home CD www.yarnmusic.net
Joy Kills Sorrow “The Ice Is Starting To Melt” – This Unknown Science CD www.joykillssorrow.com
Hungrytown ‘Year Without A Summer” – Any Forgotten Thing CD www.hungrytown.net
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CD FOCUS: Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer “little blue egg” CD
These songs were recorded between 1997 and 2002. 11 of 16 tracks
are part of this album, with 5 more being released as singles during the
year. The release and related events are timed to the anniversary of Dave’s
untimely passing along with what would have been his 60th birthday in
August.
From this CD I spun “cross of jesus” & “amazon”
www.daveandtracy.comwww.tracygrammer.comwww.redhouserecords.com
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MJ Hibbett & The Validators “The University Of Space”/”A Little Bit”/The Secret Army Base” – Dinosaur Planet CD
www.mjhibbett.com
The Mad Tea Party “Polly Put The Kettle On” – Found A Reason CD www.themadteaparty.com
The Rogues “Andrew Duthart” – 3 Lbs. Of Rage CD www.therogues.com
BD Lenz “Uh Huh” – Five & Live CD www.bdlenz.com
Tom Principato “Down The Road” – A Part Of Me CD www.tomprincipato.com
Rod Piazza & The All Mighty Flyers “Baby Don’t Go” – Almighty Dollar CD www.themightyflyers.com
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Ellis “Comes Back To Me” – Right On Time CD
www.ellis-music.com
Sloan Wainwright “Little Bit Right” – Upside Down & Under My Heart CD www.sloanwainwright.com
Sharon Goldman “Time Is An Airplane” – Sleepless Lullaby CD www.sharongoldmanmusic.com
Cary Cooper “Drop In The Bucket” – Pink Umbrella CD www.carycooper.com
Tom Prasada Rao “Have Faith In Me” – Goodnight Regret CD www.tomprasadarao.com
Peter Buzzelle “The Faithful Departed” – museum of CD www.peterbuzzelle.com
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Manisha Shahane “Mrs. Underwood” – when parallel lines meet CD www.manishamusic.com
Vance Gilbert “Old White Men” – Old White Men CD www.vancegilbert.com
Mare Wakefield “About The War” – meant to be CD www.marewakefield.com
Jean Mann “memory’s dusty road” – dream of goats CD www.jeanmann.net
Dan & Faith “Sleepy Town” – dreaming of another path CD www.danandfaith.com
Fred Gillen Jr. “Land Of Hope” – Live In The Heartland Of America CD www.fredgillenjr.com
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Closing music: Robert Sadin “Comment” – art of love: Music Of Machaut CD
Running time: 3 hours, 8 minutes
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All content of Radio Crystal Blue’s programming is free to listen and share
to via a Creative Commons License, version 3.0, full attribution,
non-derivative. For more info:
www.creativecommons.org

Next show will be recorded and distributed in the week of 3/25/12
namaste
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