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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about June 5 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 10 songs, one each from a brand new recording. I spin the music and give you some backstory of each.

In case you wonder: I usually take out some part of Friday (or Saturday at this rate) and figure who to give airplay to. Artists and their reps are contacted by email days before airplay is granted.
5 YEARS AGO: Guess what music I spun 5 years ago this music? Among the notable that aired in late May 2008 are those remain on my current radar: Devon Sproule, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Garrison Starr, Catie Curtis, and Arlon Bennett. I don’t have the audio of that show but I can give you this old playlist and more if you surf on over to http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/radiocrystalblue/message/2463
DONATIONS: Concerned about my financial footing but I remain somewhat hopeful in the opportunity of finding work on a regular basis here in and around Philadelphia. In the meanwhile, you may donate to Radio Crystal Blue via the PayPal button at the home page.
IDEALISTIC SPORT on hiatus: I’m putting aside Idealistic Sport, the sports/stats/music podcast for now. I have felt myself filtering content based on pressure from some areas in my life, enough to limit the quality and amount of content that would make a podcast viable in my own eyes. I will instead turn to small amounts of audio by using Chirbit, an audio-tweet service. It’s a service more people ought to use.. I’m there www.chirbit.com/radiocblue For posterity’s sake I’m keeping the podcasts active on my site so you can listen to the history being made. I can’t promise just now when it will return but I have no desire to take it down.
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RCB Novus Ordo: Jan Seides received exposure on this program way back in 2003 and that continues to this day using the same formula as before, and with some awesome Austin-area studio personnel. Racing Rain is a noir-sounding band I saw at Cape May earlier in the year. Amy Lynn & The Gunshow I had seen several times. She is absolutely captivating with her voice. Grown Up Avenger Stuff I met at a GoGirlsMusic event here in Philly last year, great hard rock sound. Rachel Schain’s career I’ve tracked for a few years now, and was proud to attend her CD release event this year. Dar Williams. What else can I say? (Except to type that she is musing on mythology for her latest album).
RCB proper: I feel like spreading out the summer songs through much of the year and giving you a few songs at a time right at the beginning of every show. I have a larger-than-average appreciation for Shonen Knife. “Ramones Forever” is a faithful homage. Naturally I gave you two songs from Forest Hills, NY’s finest…creating something of a Cali summer segue. Earlier in the week I asked folks on social media to name their favorite humorous California-centered rock song. My answer “Dick’s Automotive” by The Rugburns. And if you like those apples, see Steve Poltz’s solo version of this tune on YouTube. You’re welcome. Congratulations to Ellis, Honor Finnegan and Paul Sachs among those who were among the winning 6 in the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Music Festival. Segment 1: Spun songs from those who are scheduled features in this week’s portion of the 18-day event. I included a song from a new album by Buddy Mondlock. I also hear that Butch Morgan and Jaime Michaels are planning new albums. Segment 2: Jessie Killguss & Radio Gold with a summery song here. Majority of songs here are reflective, idealistic in nature, taking life in perspective. New tune here also from veteran Chicago blues performers John Primer and Bob Corritore. Segment 3: The Wyld Olde Souls get a long-waited debut here. I’m in love with David Rogue’s sound, not to mention his vocal strength. That’s the kind of voice I want to have when I grow up. Aqua Cherry with a new EP, the title track far and away the best of the bunch. Boy + Kite from TX also return with a new EP, a nod to classic indie label stuff from the 80’s-90s (think My Bloody Valentine, Boo Radleys, 4AD label, etc.). Segment 4: Marci Geller, Lara Herscovitch are part of the Herland Music Festival on Sunday 6/2, Stafford Springs, CT. Marci, along with Steve Chizmadia are among those performing at the NERFA Capital Region 1-Day Mini-Conference. This takes place on 6/9 in Rockville MD. Buskin & Batteau, along with Noel Paul Stookey and other great songwriters will gather on Saturday June 1, for a benefit concert in College Park, MD. The concert benefits the World Folk Music Association. Final segment: Heather Maloney was debuted 2 weeks prior on RCB Novus Ordo, and we hear more magic from her s/t album kicking this segment off. A slight theme about the elements at play here. Heather, plus Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem are part of the Asparagus Festival, Sunday 6/2 in Hadley, MA. Raina Rose is about to unveil a new album. Yours truly had the opportunity to air a track before the official release date. She and Rebecca Loebe are part of the CD release event on 6/13 at Austin’s Cactus Cafe.


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Radio Crystal Blue 5/26/13 audio and links

Radio Crystal Blue: Novus Ordo spotlights CDs that are debuting on my
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Jan Seides “Rachel’s Sister” – Siren Song CD www.janseides.com
Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys “Darkside Of Lonesome” – Reasons That I Run CD www.jimgaudet.com
Racing Rain “You’re Falling” – Untitled EP www.racingrain.com
Amy Lynn & The Gunshow “Clearly It’s Me” – Clearly EP www.amylynnandthegunshow.com
Grown Up Avenger Stuff “The Man” – Sparkleton CD www.grownupavengerstuff.com
Rachel Schain “Notting Hill” – LilacFace CD www.rachelschain.com
Beth Lee & The Breakups “13 Roses” – One More Time Again CD www.bethlee.net
Dar Williams “I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything” – In The Time Of Gods CD www.darwilliams.com
Clarence Bucaro “Don’t Know Much About Love” – Dreaming From The Heart Of New York CD
Hannah Christianson “Ocean Song” – The Part That Knows CD www.musicofhannah.com
Running time: 76 minutos
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Radio Crystal Blue is my long-running standard freeform radio program. The
show exists as a weekly podcast.
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This show was distributed on 5/29/13

“Was early June the Chattanooga sky was red the sun was falling down…”
Shonen Knife “Ramones Forever” – Fun!Fun!Fun! CD
Ramones “California Sun” – Leave Home CD
Ramones “Surfin’ Bird” – Rocket To Russia CD
Rugburns “Dick’s Automotive” – Mommy I’m Sorry EP
These artists are performing during the Kerrville Folk Festival, www.kerrville-music.com :
Antje Duvekot “Four Stitches” – New Siberia CD www.antjeduvekot.com
Brother Sun “True” – Some Part Of The Truth CD www.brothersunmusic.com
Claude “Butch” Morgan “Look What You Done” – Talk About CD www.butchmorgan.com
RJ Cowdery “For The Long Ride” – In This Light CD www.rjcowdery.com
Annie Wenz “Hallelujah Rose” – Ride The Sky CD www.anniewenz.com
Jaime Michaels “Five Pennies” – Fool CD www.jaimemichaels.com
Buddy Mondlock “The Disappearing Girl” – The Memory Walk CD www.buddymondlock.com
Jessie Kilguss & Radio Gold “Take Me To The Ocean” – The Sky Road CD www.jessiekilguss.com
Steven Graves “When Things Were Simple” – Let It Ride EP www.stevengravesmusic.com
Chuck Schaeffer “Fish On The Line” – Along These Lines CD www.chuckschaeffer.com
Bryan Dunn “6 Black Horses” – Sweetheart Of The Music Hall CD www.bryandunnmusic.net
Wes Tucker & The Skillets “Right Here Right Now” – Afterlens CD www.westucker.com
Tony Mecca “I Always Want It To Rain” – Hello, Goodbye & Everything In Between CD www.tonymeccamusic.com
John Primer & Bob Corritore “When I Get Lonely” – Knockin’ Around These Blues CD www.bobcorritore.com www.johnprimerblues.com www.deltagroovemusic.com
The Wyld Olde Souls “Anything” – Ensoulment CD www.thewyldoldesouls.com
Jamie McLean Band “Summertime On Main Street” – Live At Gibson CD www.jamiemcleanband.com
David Rogue “Why Must You Laugh About”- Victim Of My Circumstance CD www.davidrogue.com
Blue Sour “Beach Rockin’ ” – S.U.A.D. CD www.bluesour.com
Aqua Cherry “Auto Kiss Proof” – Auto Kiss Proof EP www.reverbnation.com/aquacherry
Boy + Kite “Fall” – We Can Go Anywhere We Want EP www.boypluskite.com
The Pinz “Truth” – Anti-Complacency League CD www.thepinz.com
Patty Carpenter & The Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band “Summer Love” – Come Over CD www.dfjbmusic.com
*Marci Geller “Awakened Mind” – Open Book CD www.marcigeller.com
*Lara Herscovitch “But For The Grace” – Four Wise Monkeys CD www.laraherscovitch.com
*Steve Chizmadia “I’m Still Me, Are You Still You?” – Jack Of All Trades C CD www.stevechizmadia.com
**Buskin & Batteau “Single Wing” – Love Remembered/Love Forgot CD www.buskinandbatteau.com
**Noel Paul Stookey “Capricious Bird” – One & Many CD www.noelpaulstookey.com
*Heather Maloney “Dirt And Stardust” – s/t CD www.heathermaloney.com
*Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem “Fire in the Sky” – Some Bright Morning CD www.raniarbo.com
**Raina Rose “Badlands” – Caldera CD www.rainarose.com
**Rebecca Loebe “Swallowed By The Sea” – Circus Heart CD www.rebeccaloebe.com
Jean Mann “Sleeveless Season” – Dream Of Goats CD www.jeanmann.net
Marc Black “Praises To The Sea” – Sometime A Spark CD www.marcblack.com
Aztec Two-Step “Living In America” – Cause & Effect CD www.aztectwostep.com


Closing music: Juaneco y su combo “Linda Nena” – Masters Of Chicha Volume 1 CD www.barbesrecords.com
Running time: 4 hours 17 minutes.

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non-derivative. For more info: www.creativecommons.orgNext show will be recorded and distributed in the week of 6/2/13

Please consider contributing to this unique freeform radio program. RCB cannot exist without the support of listeners and fans of indie/underground/DIY/up-coming/touring talent that I freely share each and every week. There is a PayPal button active at the Home tab and the main post page at http://www.radiocrystalblue.net

@ 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.
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.
@ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: