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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 2/16/2014


Radio Crystal Blue Novus Ordo is a weekly podcast that spotlights brand new music from songwriters and bands. Most of the new music from these artists eventually get heard on my companion radio program, Radio Crystal Blue.

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Global Shakedown “Give” – A Time To Recognize CD www.globalshakedown.com
The Halley DeVestern Band “Boil” – Fabbo! Boffo! Smasho! CD www.halleydevestern.com
Dirt Road Angels “Unsatisfied” – s/t CD
Wylie & The Wild West “Hello Heartache” – Relic CD www.wyliewebsite.com
Jennifer Evans “Cheatin’ Kind” – The Last Cheap Hotel CD www.jennifer-evans.com
Running time: 44 minutos
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Here’s RCB proper:

Radio Crystal Blue is my 13-year-old freeform radio program, usually publishing Wednesdays or Thursdays in podcast format.

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This show was published on 2/22/14.

Opening music:

Graham Nash “Cold Rain” – Reflections album set
The Matthew Show “February” – February CD www.thematthewshow.com
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*Meg Braun “The Best Way” – Broken Places CD www.megbraun.com
*Elisa Peimer “Lose My Way” – Pull Of The Moon CD www.elisapeimer.com
**Carolann Solebello “Neptune” – Steel and Salt CD www.carolannsolebello.com
**The YaYas “All These Gifts” – Paper Boats CD www.wearetheyayas.com
***Karyn Oliver “Fooling” – Magdalene CD www.karynoliver.com
Honor Finnegan “Pictures Of Snow” – The Tiny Life CD www.honorfinnegan.com
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These are some of the invited showcase participants in 2014 Folk Alliance International in Kansas City MO:
Wyatt Easterling “If A Tree Falls” – Goodbye Hello CD www.wyatteasterling.com
Amy Speace “Left Me Hanging” – How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat CD www.amyspeace.com
Ellis “Let’s Go To Yoga” – Wherever You Are CD set www.ellis-music.com
Raina Rose “I Am Listening” – Caldera CD www.rainarose.com
Buddy Mondlock “What Do I Know” – The Memory Wall CD www.buddymondlock.com
Kris Delmhorst “1000 Reasons” – Shotgun Singer CD www.krisdelmhorst.com
Ellis Paul “Waking Up To Me” – The Day After Everything Changed CD www.ellispaul.com
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Karen Collins & The Backroads Band “That There Boogie” – No Yodeling On The Radio CD www.karencollins.net
*Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus “Crystal City” – The Great Unknown CD http://www.pattonbrokus.com
*Brian Kalinec “Blessings Of This Day” – The Fence CD www.briankalinec.com
*Matt Harlan & The Sentimentals “The Easy Road” – Bow And Be Simple CD www.mattharlan.com www.thesentimentals.com
Calico “Fool’s Gold” – s/t CD www.calicotheband.com
Mustered Courage “Powerlines” – Powerlines CD www.musteredcourage.com
Bern & The Brights “War & Games” – Work CD www.bernandthebrights.com
Jack + Jill “Home Again” – Coloradio CD www.jackplusjill.com
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*Jeff Campbell “Save Me” – In Spite Of Everything CD www.jeffcampbellmusic.com
*Megan Slankard “Our Little Secret” – A Token Of The Wreckage CD www.meganslankard.com
*Clarence Bucaro “New Sky” – Dreaming From The Heart Of New York CD www.clarencebucaro.com
Amanda Pearcy “A Thousand Tender Recollections” – Royal Street CD www.amandapearcy.com
*Tom Principato “The Rain Came Pourin’ Down” – Robert Johnson Told Me So CD www.tomprincipato.com
*Carsie Blanton “Trigger Finger” – Rude Remarks and Dirty Jokes CD www.carsieblanton.com
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More official showcase artists at Folk Alliance:
The Grahams “A Good Man” – Riverman’s Daughter CD www.thegrahamsmusic.net
Poor Old Shine “Empty Rocking Chair” – s/t CD www.pooroldshine.com
Rebecca Loebe “High & Lonesome” – Circus Heart CD www.rebeccaloebe.com
Harpeth Rising “Eris” – Tales From Jackson Bridge CD www.harpethrising.com
Darlingside “The Woods” – Pilot Machines CD www.darlingside.com
Disappear Fear “Broken Film” – Broken Film CD www.disappearfear.com
Brother Sun “There’s Enough Love” – Some Part Of The Truth CD www.brothersunmusic.com
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Matt The Electrician “Suitcase” – It’s A Beacon, It’s A Bell CD www.matttheelectrician.com
Eric Lambert “Cumberland Blues” – Maiden Voyage CD www.ericlambert.com
Jason Myles Goss “Dark Dark Winter” – Radio Dial CD www.jasonmylesgoss.com
Carl Solomon “Home Coming” – Black Top Beauty CD www.carlsolomonmusic.com
Beth DeSombre “Leaving In Three-Quarter Time” – At Home In This Town CD www.bethdesombre.com
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Closing music: Chicha Libre “Sonido Amazonico” – Sonido Amazonico CD http://www.barbesrecords.com

Running time: 250 minutos
Atmosphere: agonizing, void
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Radio Crystal Blue 12/15/13 news


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PROGRAMMING:
NEXT SHOW will be published on or about December 15 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 6 songs, one each from a brand new recording. I spin the music and give you the backstory of each artist. The next edition of RCB Novus Ordo will be the final one for the year. The library is a bit thin and a few weeks off may help to bring the supply up again. This show will return the week of January 5,2014.
 
Remember, feel free to suggest new music anytime, whether it be from an up-and-comer, or an established artist, or a great compilation or concept CD that I should feature, track-for-track. I love a good story told in music, and that’s what I’d like to convey to an audience. Also, as you may know already, I love liner notes and the ways to properly pronounce names and places.
 
The holiday seems like one big season from mid November through the first week of January. Here at what passes for RCB central, I am currently amidst a bunch of papers plus computer files, and working on a sports blog, with a new post to be published this afternoon. Tonight I’ll further attack the RCB charts, so we can find out who have received the most airplay and exposure in these 3 months. After that, it’s a simple jump to the Top 100, which I’ll reveal in a twitter countdown show on 12/26. Beyond that, I have to piece together a new all-time list, whose numbers were lost with the death of my hard drive. Chances are I will not be able to recreate it properly. More on the chart page: www.radiocrystalblue.net/chart-page

I aim to get the final show of the year as early into next week as possible, so you have enough time to savor the music through December.

Despite getting a new camera months ago, as much as I want to use it for live events, I won’t be doing so until I have some regular income. Yes, still in the job market here. Essentially I’ve a clerical/admin/research background across several industries, going back 20 years, all in the Northeast. I’ve spoken to a few people about relocating, tho I’m not sure how to do it on a virtual worn shoestring yet. I don’t have a specific locale in mind, but thus far I’ve targeted a couple of midwest cities.

 
RCB REWIND:
RCB Novus Ordo: Lowland Hum is the unique sound of Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank Goans. They met during the production of Daniel’s prior album, which received airplay in the last year. Justine Dorsey, all of sixteen years of age, has a new EP, following up an album that you heard me debut earlier this year. Shakeh brings a varied palette of sound on her new album.

RCB proper: Segment 1 focused on male songwriters who largely did the instrumentation of their album themselves, tho none included are truly solo efforts. Segment 2 features artists participating in an early solstice celebration in the Hudson Valley. (12/15, Tribes Hill is a songwriter collective in Westchester in NY, presenting music at members’ homes, music venues, and benefit concerts, and have a presence at regional music festivals. Segment 3 incluces more new music from DB Rielly. New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Professor Louie & The Crowmatix sharing billing on 12/26 at the venerable BB King’s, in the Times Square section of NYC. Segment 4: Jeff Campbell (with Megan Slankard backing him up on guitar and vox) performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday. Surely you’ve watched them perform the song “Save Me” already! If not, head to YouTube. Spun another new one from Patty Larkin’s brand new album. Final segment includes Stefilia’s Stone (Adrienne Fawkes, Carrie Rowan). This segment was devoted to the elements, earth, moon, moths, the sea, and so forth.
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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo 12/8/13 audio/links


Radio Crystal Blue Novus Ordo is a weekly podcast that spotlights brand new music from songwriters and bands. Most of the new music from these artists eventually get heard on my companion radio program, Radio Crystal Blue.
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There are a number of options on the page and in the player to stream and download, as well as to embed the player on your site or blog.
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This show was published 12/11/13
Shakeh “Never Been Cool” – Songs Of My Soul CD www.shakeh.com
Victory And Associates “Weightless And Pointless” – Better Luck Next Life CD www.victoryandassociates.net
The Ska Skank Redemption “Hit ‘N’ Run” – Wicked Bees EP
Lowland Hum “Albatross” – Native Air CD www.lowlandhum.com
Justine Dorsey “Under Construction” – Under Construction CD www.justinedorsey.com
Sammy Hakim “As Good As” – s/t EP www.sammyhakim.com
Running time: 50 minutos
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Here’s RCB proper:

Radio Crystal Blue is my 13-year-old freeform radio program, usually publishing Wednesdays or Thursdays in podcast format.
HOW TO LISTEN
Via Big Contact:
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Play/download:
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You can share the audio player with the HTML code on the page.
All shows are archived for a year.
Artists who are sharing gigs are denoted with *
This show was published on 12/11/13.
 
Opening music: The Orb “Oxbow Lakes” – Orbus Terrarum
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Daniel Christian “I Remember” – Speak CD www.danielchristianmusic.com
Chuck Schaeffer “On The Wind” – Along These Lines CD www.chuckschaeffer.com
Craig Greenberg “Dragged Down By Your Insecurity” – Spinning In Time CD www.craiggreenbergmusic.com
Peter Galperin “A Disposable Life” – A Disposable Life CD www.petergalperin.com
Rodger Delany “Out On The Edge” – Moment Of Truth CD www.rodgerdelany.com
Tom Brislin “Stuff You Would Understand” – Hurry Up And Smell The Roses CD www.tombrislin.com
These artists are taking part in the Tribes Hill Solstice Celebration, 12/15 at Hastings-On-Hudson, NY:
David Goldman “I Remember You” – Light In The Tunnel CD www.davidgoldman.com
Carolann Solebello “Movie Queen” – Steel And Salte CD www.carolannsolebello.com
Fred Gillen Jr. “This Town Is Our Song” – Silence Of The Night CD www.fredgillenjr.com
Matt Turk “City Of New Orleans” – American Preservation CD www.turktunes.com
The YaYas “Third Girl From The Left” – Paper Boats CD www.wearetheyayas.com
Susan Kane “Paulita’s Lament” – A Word Child CD www.susankane.com
The Levins “Troubled” – My Friend Hafiz CD www.thelevinsmusic.com
Honor Finnegan “Pictures Of Snow” – The Tiny Life CD www.honorfinnegan.com
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DB Rielly “Untie Me” – Cross My Heart And Hope To Die CD www.dbrielly.com
New Riders Of The Purple Sage “Message In A Bottle” – 17 Pine Avenue CD www.thenewriders.com
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix “Uncommon Love” – Wings On Fire CD www.thecrowmatix.com
Tom Principato “The Rain Came Pourin’ Down” – Robert Johnson Told Me So CD www.tomprincipato.com
Builder Of The House “My New Eyes” – I Am A Tidal Wave CD www.builderofthehouse.com
Sara Petite “Barbwire” – Circus Comes To Town CD www.sarapetite.com
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Jeff Campbell “Laundry Day” – Stop and Go CD www.jeffcampbellmusic.com
Megan Slankard “Fair Enough And Farewell” – A Token Of The Wreckage CD www.meganslankard.com
Patty Larkin “The Best Of Intentions” – Still Green CD www.pattylarkin.com
Suzie Brown “Sugar Blues” – Almost There CD www.suziebrownsongs.com
Lisa Biales with the Ricky Nye and the Paris Blues Band “You Got To Know How” – Singing In My Soul CD www.lisabiales.com

Aztec Two-Step “Living In America” – Cause & Effect CD www.aztectwostep.com
Marc Black “Praises To The Sea” – Sometime A Spark CD www.marcblack.com
Dan and Faith “Log Cabin” – Dreaming Of Another Path CD www.danandfaith.com
James Houlahan “Fallen Tree Song” – Misfit Hymns CD www.jameshoulahan.com
Stefilia’s Stone “Like The Moon” – Like The Moon CD www.stefiliasstone.com
John Roy Zat “Moths To A Flame” – Solo CD www.royzat.com

Closing music: Coyote Oldman “Home World” – Under An Ancient Sky CD www.valley-entertainment.com
Running time: 3 horas, 45 minutos
Atmosphere: hope machine
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@ Cape May, NJ 3/22-23/13


The 6th Annual Singer-Songwriter Cape May (music conference) provided a number of personal highlights:
I saw both Tracy Grammer on Friday and Ellis Paul on Saturday as they delivered keynote speeches along with taking questions, plus perform 2 songs. Ellis had read from a book, presumably a ledger, reciting important facts about his career in numbers. Tracy recognized my name instantly and we chatted a bit about her 2012 album “Little Blue Egg”, and also about my discovering Dave Carter’s music through Chris Smither. Ellis was kind to give me his 2010 CD.
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On Saturday and for part of Friday I took in Kat Falcey & Tunes2ya.com‘s 2 music showcases at Aleathea’s Restaurant, the majority of the performers being her clients. Michael Notarangelo & Sam Haines opened the Friday showcase.
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@ The Boiler Room inside Congress Hall:
This was easily my favorite among the venues I visited during the conference and collection of showcases. This venue is somewhat darkly lit, with light beams of different colors creatively texturizing the stage.  On Friday night I saw three bands, one of which I had known of, and two others who were new and yet very accessible and friendly to boot. Carmen Yates leads a NYC band called Racing Rain on acoustic, Christina Kim on keyboard, Ali Cook on stand-up bass, and Thor Jonsson playing loops for the most part instead of drums.  The band’s style is somewhat low-key and imaginative, open to loose interpretation, leaving the words at the forefront. Carmen had been on crutches for a while, so he was on acoustic instead of electric guitar. Carmen and I found each other a few times over the weekend. He’s written over a thousand songs, has had his music used in the Oliver Stone-directed “Savages” and has led Racing Rain for about a year. Upon receiving a CD of theirs, I recognized a prior drummer for them named Timur Yusef, who is now in Changing Modes.
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Madison Cano, from NYC, led a five-piece band of acoustic, two electric
guitars, Yamaha keyboard and drummer. Madison with roots in Southern California, performs with a style that is all driven by her magnetism and personal stage presence, including what sounds like a three-octave voice. Dressing modestly in black, her energy kept your eyes riveted on her, while their keyboardist flailed away.”Radio Waves” and “Float”, with a carefully-styled pop sound, were the songs I recalled most.
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Jeff Campbell, checking in from San Francisco, was up next. You’ve read my review of his live performance in this post. Jeff had the full band in tow, including fellow San Franciscan songwriter Megan Slankard on guitar and backing vox for a few songs. Jeff’s songs are ripe to break further into radio, TV, other media, and the music truly moved the audience. There were a number of ladies who danced during the set in the area directly in front of the stage. Megan occasionally broke from performing to watch. DSCF3706DSCF3707DSCF3708
@ Congress Hall:
During the 2 days while occasionally dropping in to network, I reconnected with these songwriters: Jill Cagney, Allison Tartalia, Avi Wisnia (who seemed to be everywhere during the Conferencce), Jared Costa, Marci Geller, and Kev and Peg of Lotus Hill, who are now on a duo project. I also got to meet Annika Vitolo for the first time. Her 2010 composition  “Streets Of Brooklyn” which got a fair amount of attention in our shared home borough back in 2010. Turns out we attended the same high school just years apart!
I briefly watched performances on The Brown Room’s piano of both Avi and the mysterious Noelle Picara , the latter easily the best-dressed of those I saw this weekend. I’ve always appreciated a good mystery.
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Upon meeting Kaydi Johnson at The Brown Room on Saturday, my memory flashed back some 10 years to my days in NYC when I had first become a fan. She gave me 2 of her CDs. Later I saw her participate in an impromptu songwriter jam at The Pilot House, performing “American Grocery Store”. The Pilot House is a fine family-oriented bar/restaurant, with a tiny stage, just right for acoustic acts. I chatted briefly with a few locals there while I was there.
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Kevin McWha Steele was in a nearby room to me at The Inn At Cape May. Kevin’s a big fan of Radio Crystal Blue,and it was great to hang with him during the weekend. Talking with him, we seem to have the same sort of emotional and mental makeup. On Friday he privately performed a couple of songs on cigar-box guitar, then we walked over to Congress Hall to take in more of the scene. He says the buildings reminds him of The Colonnade in Bath, UK. On Saturday, he had performed at Marq’s Pub at Marquis de Lafayette. Later we reconnected over beers at The Pilot House. He introduced me to songwriter-producer Spencer Chakedis, whose history including producing acts for his Balloon Heaven studio (I recall The Moldy Peaches being one). Spencer composed the score for the indie film King Corn. He has of those names I’ve seen in the liner notes of several CDs but never met in person. The three of us agreed to do a interview and performance in my room late Sunday morning. Audio is still being worked on as of this typing.
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Kevin and I ended up following Kaydi as she drove us to an after-party. This was the great untold story of the entire weekend. Here we were, about a dozen of us, in 3 cars with a dozen folks, all figuring via GPS how to get to a rather vague address about a mile from where most of the venues where. We all did eventually find the spot, a building marked Exit Zero, a local book publishing house and source of outstanding local art. Along with a lengthy jam, there were some alcohol and brownies served (no, NOT that kind). Somehow we got back to our respective dwellings.
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I took in more of the Cape May scene at dark, passing through Washington Mall, admiring the church Our Lady Star Of The Sea, and a few more music venues. I wondered how busy these places might have been if it were beach season.
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PS: Doing my rounds traveling between venues I spotted a meteor that was heading east. It appeared like a blue/green ball of light, and it flamed out after about 20 seconds. It was the first time I had witnessed such an event. Watching CNN in my room the next morning, the reports from Virginia to Maine all saw the same light I did. Talking with a friend after I returned, she suggests that a passing comet lit up the sky so that such meteors or fireballs are more visible to us. OK then.
View from my room:
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