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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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Radio Crystal Blue and RCB Novus Ordo 12/9/12

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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Brandon Chase “Most Beautiful Thing” – Country Enough EP www.brandonchasemusic.com
Catherine Taddo “Slow Train” – Under Your Hood CD www.catherinetaddo.com
Blag’ard “Down South” – Fresh Candy CD www.blagard.com
Digital Antique “Horsepower” – II CD www.digitalantique.net
Pine & Battery “Daylights” – Daylights EP www.pineandbattery.com
Buford Pope “Another Man’s War” – Matching Numbers CD www.bufordpope.com
Carla Bean “A Mess Of Things” – Mess Of Things EP www.carlabean.com
Robert Morgan Fisher “Oughta Be A Highway” – Notes From A Novel CD www.robertmorganfisher.com
Running time: 60 minutos
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Radio Crystal Blue is my long-running standard freeform radio program. The
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This show was distributed on 12/12/12.

Artists who are appearing at events together are marked by * and **

Opening music:

The Moody Blues “Om” & “The Word” – In Search Of The Lost Chord
The Orb featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry “Hold Me Upsetter”
M’Balia “Nobody’s Coming” – Maybe CD www.mbalia.com
Mark Radcliffe “No time to lose” – The sea before us CD www.markradcliffe.net
Daniel Goodman “Fade From Yesterday” – Cold Wind CD www.danielgoodmanmusic.com
James Houlahan “Fallen Tree Song” – Misfit Hymns CD www.jameshoulahan.com
Debbie Miller “It’s Been A Day” – Measure + Waits EP www.thedebbiemiller.com
Pi Jacobs “Trying To Be Loved” – www.pijacobs.com
New Music Sampler: An occasional segment featuring tunes from brand new albums:
Jason Masi “Don’t Know Nothin’ ” – Life Is Wonderful CD www.jasonmasi.com
Sam Kulik “South Philly Daze” – Escape From Society CD www.samkulik.com
Third International “Good Friday At Black Rock” – Chemical Eyes EP www.thethirdinternational.net
Voodoo Swing “Nervous” – Fast Cars, Guitars, Tattoos & Scars CD www.voodooswing.net
Amateur Blonde “Novocaine” – s/t CD ww.amateurblondemusic.com
Changing Modes “Down To You” – In Flight CD www.changingmodes.com
At Sea “A Long, Long Night” – A New Machine CD www.atseamusic.com
WitchFeet “Little Piece Of Freakout” -Art Garbage CD www.witchfeet.com
CD Focus: The 1861 Project, Volume 2: From The Famine To The Front.
This CD series of 21 original songs remembers and honors the Scots-Irish and Irish immigrants who fought in the Civil War. From the liner notes “Every singer, player and writer on this album, has a strong connection to Ireland, by ancestry, by birth or just by heart.” All songs performed by producer Thomm Jutz and a number of others. www.1861project.com
From this CD I spun:
“Four Men” (writers: Thomm Jutz, Peter Cronin, Jon Weisberger), sung by Brendan Doherty
“Irish Whiskey (writers: Thomm Jutz, Peter Cronin, Liam Merriman), sung by Liam Merriman, Neil White and Simon Merriman
“Absolution” (writers: Thomm Jutz, Peter Cronin, John Hadley), sung by John Moloney
These artists are participating in the 11th annual Tribes Hill Solstice Concert, 12/16 in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY: www.tribeshill.com
Fred Gillen Jr. “Morphine Angel” – Silence Of The Night CD www.fredgillenjr.com
Susan Kane “New York Winter” – A Word Child CD www.susankane.com
Arlon Bennett “Where The Goodbyes Go” – Summer’s Voice CD www.arlonbennett.com
Matt Turk “On The Turning Away” – American Preservation CD www.turktunes.com
New Music Sampler #2:
The World Record “Queen Of Side 1” – Freeway Special CD www.theworldrecord.net
Lotus Hill “Under My Spell” – Shine CD www.lotushillband.com
Lauren Light “Stay With Me” – s/t EP www.laurenlight.com
Leyla Fences “The Next Time” – Itty Bitty Twang Twang CD www.leylafences.com
Debra Cowan “Darlin’ Corey” – Among Friends CD www.debracowan.com
Putnam Smith “Say Darlin’ Say” – We Could Be Beekeepers CD www.putnamsmith.com
Sons Of The Never Wrong “Ring” – King Fisher King CD www.sons.com
Daniel Levi Goans “More Than One Way Home” – Another Side EP www.daniellevigoans.com
Closing music: Patti Smith “Within You, Without You” – Twelve
Running time: 193 minutos.

All content of Radio Crystal Blue’s programming is free to listen and share
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Next show will be recorded and distributed in the week of 12/16/12. That show will be mainly carry a holiday theme.

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@ The Grape Room 9/29/12

San Francisco-based songwriter Jeff Campbell highlighted a night of acoustic-oriented acts at The Grape Room on Saturday. I briefly chatted with owner Scooter outside; we had last met at Milkboy Coffee 2 weeks ago when he backed longtime bandmate Stephan (Steph) Hayes.
An acoustic trio doing various cover tunes opened. Billed as Hot Spoon Gilly, this local group serenaded the half-full venue with various cover songs. Someone in the audience was celebrating a birthday Some notable covers were Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up”, Cracker’s “Low”, OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” and a song about mountains that I couldn’t quite place but really liked. The trio are Devon (lead vox, acoustic guitar), Ryan (2nd guitar) and Denise (vox). Devon mentions to me that the band is just starting out and are slowly learning some originals.

Reno Nevada’s Justin McMahon, touring with Jeff, was up next, doing a solo acoustic show. Justin’s voice has a certain Don Henley/Billy Joel warmth, a reserved high croon, and an earnest nature for telling stories. Each song was introduced with at least one anecdote. He mused openly about writing country songs, stating that there is only desert in Reno, and Reno is not exactly country territory, yet no one has yet come up with a definition for “desert music”.  During the set he performed two songs from his new album “Second Chances And Irreparable Mistakes”. “Pretty Words” in particular was notable for its life-affirming lyrics. He revealed a simple solid stance throwing himself into the lyrics. Justin began an East Coast tour 2 weeks ago and has performances ahead across NY State and New England before heading west again.

Jeff performed the majority of songs with his band, and did a few solo tunes, plus one with his drummer. Jeff has roots in Delaware County, and his family came out for this one. Most of the birthday crowd paraded upstairs to the lounge but more folks arrived downstairs. I was moved by “Laundry Day”, a song of a marked intensity beyond Jeff’s acoustic. The band performed one song from Pine and Battery, Jeff’s regular outfit at home. There wasn’t much banter during the set outside of his expressing gratefulness for the hometown turnout. I spoke with Jeff and his mom after the set. I’m told that Jeff does tour the East Coast every year, and will be around the area in October with shows in NYC and Williamsport. I’ve been spinning Jeff’s music on my show since his solo album “Stop And Go”, and will certainly add Pine And Battery’s music to the rotation.

I knew nothing of the final band on the bill, but it was evident that they had a very nice following. Long Walk Home, from what I’m told by several audience members are busy raising families and just don’t play out as often as before. In fact this was the first show together in 2 years for this five-piece alt/rock band. They played exactly 1 song before running into serious technical issues. It appeared to be an amp but I’m not absolutely sure. They spent at least 10 minutes on the issue, and by this time I had to catch the last bus out from Manayunk. The photos I have is from that 1 song.