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Radio Crystal Blue 12/16/12 news

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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about December 17 and will be available
for about 1 year. Remember, even if you miss hearing a show the week I
record, you can always find it within the FeedPlayer’s archive of older
shows. Owing to schedule demands, 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.

This will be my FINAL show for 2012. Also, please note that RCB Novus Ordo is done for 2012. Both podcasts will return for the week of January 6.
Further this coming show carries several RCB traditions. You’ll know them when you hear them. If you want to be clued into such traditions, why not read the newest page on my site?
Each week through my January shows I’m airing tracks from The 1861 Project,
a series that touches upon the Civil War experience. We’re up to Volume 2:
From The Famine To The Front. This collection of original music recalls
those families with Scottish and Irish ties who fought in the war. From the
liner notes “Every singer, player and writer on this album has a strong
connection to Ireland, by ancestry, birth, or just by heart”. More about
this fascinating series at www.1861project.com
On 12/26/12 at 2pm ET I will do a COUNTDOWN exclusively on Twitter, synchcronized to Facebook, as I will announce the top 100 artists of the year. I plan to also announce then the winner of the title of Best New Artist, top 10 albums of the year, and the updated charts for the quarter and for all time.
TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: @noisegroove @lauren_light @bigskyastrology @jgellermusic @northernspyrecs
I want Radio Crystal Blue to continue to grow, to reach and touch minds and hearts, and to have more of a real presence. I also want a new logo for the show, and to work in a studio space to make this show a bit more tangible. Right now that’s the vision. Carrying that vision appears to be most challenging right now.
Meanwhile I have two video projects that are awaiting people to volunteer and help create. In the meanwhile I remain available to do some shooting myself, now that I have the means.

COVERAGE: 3-4 times a month I go out to Philly-area gigs to do photos, some
video, and a write-up on my website afterward. I do this for free, tho at
some point in the future I might want to barter this work or be simply paid.

NEXT shows I’m covering:
Going to two shows at Milkboy in Ardmore
12/14 (tonight): At Sea www.atseamusic.com
12/29 Ray G. Ward www.raygward.com
RCB REVIEW from this week’s shows:
RCB Novus Ordo: I have carried a head cold much of this week, and I did not sound nearly my best. But the music remained top-notch. Last RCB Novus Ordo show for the year went this way: Pine And Battery is fronted by Jeff Campbell, whom we’ve heard some songs of throughout the year. Intriguing authentic Americana sound via Northern Sweden, from Buford Pope. Strong debut from the eccentric yet accessible sound of Carla Bean.

RCB proper:Just before I was prepared to record, I learned of the passing of Ravi Shankar. I mused over the whole raga-rock thing and how it fused into rock in the 60s and beyond. I began this show with The Moody Blues and the spoken word “The Word” along with “Om” which close the concept album “In Search Of The Lost Chord”. A neat transition from there to a new favorite, spinning The Orb’s collaboration with Lee “Scratch” Perry. Segment 1 has elements of timeliness, the sense of time. M’Balia’s “Nobody’s Coming” is an insanely catchy pop song. Within the first of 2 New Music Samplers we hear from alternative pop rock artist Jason Masi as well as the multi-talented Sam Kulik. Sam I met while he was performing with art rock band Starring earlier in the year. “South Philly Daze” is what he calls a ‘song-poem’, a phrase and style he borrowed from Penn & Teller. Being based in South Philly myself, this had to be spun. Segment 2: Voodoo Swing, rockabilly from Arizona, are finally releasing the new material I’ve spun for you a few months now. WitchFeet’s sound is just lovely, recalling elements of The Beatles, Guided By Voices, maybe Alex Chilton. Segment 3: The folk collective in NY’s Hudson Valley known as Tribes Hill are doing their annual Solstice Concert on 12/16. Fred Gillen Jr.’s “Morphine Angel” has a Christmas reference in it. Susan Kane appears on this song. And we hear Susan in the song following, an ode to NYC and winter which closes her brand new album, with amazing studio personnel for the ride. In New Music Sampler 2, we hear from Philadelphia-area band Lotus Hill, whom I’ve seen perform twice. Also here is the strong Nashville sounds of Leyla Fences, with the funnest album title you’ve ever heard. Closing segment: Debra Cowan’s new album was recorded at a folk club in West Yorkshire, UK. I aired a traditional song she sung a capella, and followed it with a similarly titled traditional tune by Putnam Smith. It would have been too easy to spin a Ravi Shankar tune at the end of this show, or even the classic original of “Within You, Without You” by you-know-who. Instead I went with Patti Smith’s interpretation, which appears on her 2007 covers album “Twelve”


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@ Milkboy Coffee (Center City) 9/16/12

Adult contemporary band Lotus Hill highlighted a night of artists supporting their CD release show on Saturday at Milkboy Coffee‘s Center City locale. The long and narrow 2nd floor venue has been open for about a year and the acoustics are top-notch.
Opening the event was Dylan Andre, a finalist in last year’s America’s Got Talent. Solo on acoustic, Dylan, who is not quite 21 yet and with just a few years of live shows, delivers a simple, emotive style. Among the songs I recall him singing is “Cocky”, which he claims is rather anti-cockiness. In the 30 minute set he manuevered just a bit between verses. Many of his songs are from his life and love experience. He splits time between Philadelphia and Nashville performing and recording. Early in 2013 he will release his first solo album.
The 5-piece band Lotus Hill followed soon after, playing about an hour’s worth of tunes from both of their albums. I had last seen them in June at The Grape Room, as they were just getting into Twitter and fully producing some of the new material. They had also played at this year’s Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival. Tonight, they worked their magic as before. Lotus Hill is at once original and yet so familiar. There’s nothing in their music that would sound out of place alongside comparables like 10,000 Maniacs, Aimee Mann, or the oft-compared Indigo Girls. Kevin Henry on lead guitar and Christine Moll on acoustic wrote most of the material on their prior album “A New Sun”. On the new album, the fan-funded “Shine”, everyone chips, in, including Grammy-nominated producer David Ivory. Though there is the strength of Peggy Carroll-Henry as the primary vocalist, there is really no ‘leader’ in the band, no signature song. They are a band in true definition, working with great chemistry (perhaps the marriages as influences?), fortified with strong songwriting. Among the songs I have enjoyed hearing were the earnest “Bittersweet” and the triumphant “Show Me The Way”, They are songs representing the realities of life, emerging from journeys, reflection without reflective tones; the guitars and dual vocals of Christine and Peggy kept the audience hooked in. The couple of Kevin and Peggy were somewhat animated in style both left and center of the stage, (Kevin prowling large territory a good deal through each song) compared to Christine (acoustic) and John McMullen’s (bass) firm stance on the other side. Their number-one fan Lisa Patti handled merch that included both CDs and plenty of t-shirts. They even decorated the bust of a plaster gent mounted above the merch table with a t-shirt.


VIDEO of Lotus Hill: Stephan Hayes has years of local and regional performance experience, known as part of the beloved and much-missed Stargazer Lily. Stephan is a true storyteller, singing of songs reflecting on life around Pennsylvania, a ghost of recent or distant past here and there, and just being himself. I had never had the chance to know him when he was Steph Hayes and with higher vocal pitch. He mentioned to me that he’s just now getting comfortable with the vocals but sometimes has trouble in parts of songs. He, within a trio, did play one or two SL songs; one song in particular sounded very familiar, maybe a radio single? A few songs into the set after some solo acoustic songs he was joined by charismatic Chris Schutz on a very lovely bass, and the equally mercurial Scooter Best on the drumkit. Scooter is the proprietor of The Grape Room as well as having been Stephen’s drummer in Stargazer Lily. As with Lotus Hill, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner had a hand in helping create their sound in the studio. One-half of a reunion worked out very well but this was all about Stephan’s sound. Chris showed off his engagement ring to the audience just prior to taking the stage early in the set. Stephan himself had just gotten married this summer. Stephan knows how to craft a good lyric and the right hook to fit along with. There wasn’t much of an audience as there was with Lotus Hill, but for this reviewer it was a real joy to see this trio on stage.

Among those in the audience were Long Island NY songwriter Roger Silverberg, and Wilmington DE music radio jock Mark Rogers.
Postscript: Waltzing along Chestnut Street toward Market, heard one guy belting out the closing lyrics to The Doors “The Crystal Ship”. 2 blocks later, a guy and his girl walk opposite towards me. The guy gives me a slight wave and says ‘hey’. I seem too dazed to respond in kind. Maybe it was the Dale’s Pale Ale. It was $6 and I had maybe half the can in me. Six bucks?? Darned if I don’t pay that much for a can again.More photos? OK. They’re over here

Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 4/29/12

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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Molasses Creek “Here Comes Rose” – An Island Out Of Time CD www.molassescreek.com
Vintage Blue “Speak” – Strike the mics CD www.vintagebluemusic.com
The Long Lots “raise the sun” – in the valleys of our hearts EP www.thelonglots.com
Screaming Daisies “Sun Song” – s/t CD www.reverbnation.com/screamingdaisiesband
Colin McGrath “Janey” – Yellow Brick Man CD www.colinmcgrath.com
Emily Pinkerton “Cinco Veces” – Ends Of the Earth CD www.emilypinkerton.com
The Steelwheels “Rain In The Valley” – Lay Down, Lay Low CD www.thesteelwheels.com
Sister Girl “Free Bird” – Amazing Things Happen CD www.sistergirlmusic.com
Running time: 56 minutos
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Artists with shared gigs in the near future are noted with * & **

Memorializing freeform radio’s Pete Fornatale to open this show:
We’re captive on the carousel of time/We can’t return, we can only look behind/From where we came/And go round and ’round and ’round/In the circle game”

Simon & Garfunkel “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
Neil Young “Sugar Mountain” – Decade
Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game” – Ladies Of The Canyon
Tom Waits “The Heart Of A Saturday Night” – Heart Of Saturday Night
*These artists are performing at the Tunes In The Tombs Festival later in May, in Atlanta:
Screen Door Porch “Polka Dot Dress” – The Fate & The Fruit CD www.screendoorporch.com
von Grey “She’s A Wildflower” – Make Some Noise CD www.vongreymusic.com
Rebecca Loebe “Meridian” – Mystery Prize CD www.rebeccaloebe.com
Hudson K “Prayer For Love” – Shine CD www.hudsonkmusic.com
The Revivalists “Upright” – City Of Sound CD www.therevivalists.com
The StereoFidelics “YAHANT” – live from binghamton CD www.stereof.com
MJ Hibbett & The Validators “Don’t Darren Don’t” – Dinosaur Planet CD www.mjhibbett.com
Ratham Stone “Lost” – Enough To Last CD www.rathamstone.com
Jerry Cherry “The Meaning” – Life Is Sweeter CD www.jerrycherry.com
HuDost “Carriage” – Trapeze CD www.hudost.com
Stacie Rose “Raw Sugar” – means to an end EP (Alter-Ego dual EP set) www.stacierosemusic.com
Ten Year Vamp “No Risk” – Lust EP www.tenyearvamp.com
Jann Klose “Doing Time” – Reverie CD www.jannklose.com
Avi Wisnia “Something New” – Something New CD www.aviwisnia.com
Ryan Tennis “Wake Me Up” – goodbye to the ground CD www.ryantennismusic.com
Andy Hawk & The Train Wreck Endings “Allegheny River” – another storyline CD www.andyhawk.com
*Allison’s Invention “Ran” – sweet & vicious CD www.allisonsinvention.com
*Lotus Hill “Hooked” – a new sun CD www.lotushillband.com
*Edie Carey “With You Now” – bring the sea CD www.ediecarey.com
*Peter Mulvey “Are You Sure?” (Willie Nelson cover) – The Good Stuff CD www.petermulvey.com
Kris Delmhorst “Blue Adeline” – Shotgun Singer CD www.krisdelmhorst.com
*Brother Sun “Come With Me” – s/t CD www.brothersunmusic.com
*Red Molly “Come On In My Kitchen” (Robert Johnson cover) – Light in the Sky CD www.redmolly.com
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem “Johnny Brown” – Some Bright Morning CD www.raniarbo.com
Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers “Moonlight Eyes” – Coney Island Cowboy CD www.seankershaw.com
Steve Quelet “Below the Mason-Dixon Line” – Dance of the Robots CD www.stevequelet.com
Daniel Levi Goans “Silver Tongue” – BrotherStranger CD www.daniellevigoans.com
Mark Erelli “Kingdom Come” – little vigils CD www.markerelli.com
Craig Bickhardt “If He Came Back Again” – Live at Sellersville Theater CD www.craigbickhardt.com
Patti DeRosa “God Bless The Child” (cover)- Packing My Bags: Patti D Live CD www.pattiderosa.com
Closing music: Robert Sadin “Comment” – Art Of Love: Music Of Machaut CD
Running time: 4 hours, 12 minutes
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