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Radio Crystal Blue week of 3/23/14 news


Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Cyber PR: http://www.cyberpr.com
Miles High Productions http://www.mileshighproductions.com
Wampus Multimedia http://www.wampus.com
Radio Crystal Blue is free to share and listen, in accordance with Creative
Commons License 4.0, full attribution, non-derivative, non-commercial.
http://www.creativecommons.org
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HOW TO LISTEN:
Each show is usually published by Wednesday or Thursday weekly. There are
now two main hubs where to hear Radio Crystal Blue
(1) via Big Contact, my podcast provider: There is a Feed Player at
http://www.radiocrystalblue.net Just click the link to open it, and select from the
tabs to download and stream the audio from the particular show. You can also
embed the player on your site or blog.
The FeedPlayer is generated with Flash. If you don’t have Flash, you can get
this at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
These players are also available at http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu which
renders the player as a Web page.
Shows on the FeedPlayers are kept for a year.

(2) via Internet Archive: Each podcast includes a dedicated podcast page on
http://www.archive.org with similar download, stream and embed links. Just look for
Radio Crystal Blue and the date of the week I published the show (I use the
Sunday date) The shows kept here will remain in perpetuity.

RADIO CRYSTAL BLUE ARCHIVE PROJECT also on http://www.archive.org Use the search
term Radio Crystal Blue to find older shows from 2004 and 2006, shows that
don’t quite sound like the ones I presently do!
CONTACT:
EMAIL: cblue456@comcast.net
personal FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/radiocblue
RCB FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20805478312
LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/danherman0
VIDEO content: http://www.youtube.com/user/cblue456
TWITTER @radiocblue
STAT BLOG http://www.idealisticstats.wordpress.com
STAT TWITTER: @idealisticstats
DONATIONS to Radio Crystal Blue can be made via the Paypal button at the
homepage.
THE VISION:
https://radiocrystalblue.net/2013/07/28/my-personal-and-radio-vision/
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PROGRAMMING:
NEXT SHOW will be published on or about March 27 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 6-8 songs, one each from a brand
new
recording. I spin the music and give you the backstory of each artist.

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The busiest matter with me these days have not been radio but work, and, especially in the last week, seeking work. The contract job ended rather prematurely and without warning. So I’m back to devoting my energy into that area of my life, and still figuring out how I can manage a living with the savings I do have. I actually have about a month’s savings thanks to that job.

The library is growing a bit again, but submissions remain low, so here are the rules again:

SUBMISSION GUIDLINES
Keep physical packages of reasonable size and weight, as this is a
residence. Please indicate release date. No material released before June
2013
accepted. Material released before then will be added to RCB’s loose
rotation instead.
Compilations or great concept albums, ones I can feature track-for-track,
are highly encouraged.
Digital albums are acceptable if media is not available in other formats.
Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general email
list.

EPK (those are what we call electronic press kits) submissions can be sent
via one of these companies.
SONICBIDS: http://www.sonicbids.com/radiocrystalblue
MusicSUBMIT: http://www.musicsubmit.com
MusicClout http://www.musicclout.com
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there. You may have
better luck with MusicSubmit as I’m not currently listed with the other two
organizations.
If I like the EPK, I will then ask for a CD

CDs that fit in the above rules may be sent to
Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
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I likely won’t be reviewing any shows as I did in the last 2 weeks. The financial decisions that must be made don’t involve music, and they won’t until I start earning again. Of course, I control these podcasts, and I can still pay for my own Web access, so I will certainly continue the shows.
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INTERVIEW: Yes, I actually conduct interviews once in a while. Maybe if I had a real studio, I’d do this more often. Late in April I plan to interview a songwriter who has written an album and a companion book related to eating disorders. More details will be provided when finalized.

Are there artists you’ve heard on RCB you’d like me to interview? If said artist is not in or passing through Philly, I usually set up a Skype interview. Let me know.

RCB REWIND:
RCB Novus Ordo: Back to the 1-artist, 1-song format for 6 artists this week. Veteran songwriter Moot Davis returns to my radar here. Professor Louie & The Crowmatix release some older material, focusing on the effect of Tom “Bones” Malone, who arranges the horns when called upon. Roxanna is a highly-touted Iranian-American songwriter based in Cali. Eileen Carey has a long history performing, in film, theater and music. Her sound is rooted in both pop and country. IMDB says she was in Basic Instinct and Hoffa, and even was an “Uh-Huh” girl for Ray Charles and Diet Pepsi. Hm. I haven’t found her yet in the old commercials.

RCB proper: “Let’s Do It”….From one of the CD magazine subcriptions I was part of in the 90s came this gem of a single from the “Tank Girl” soundtrack, a Cole Porter cover like you’ve never heard, sung by Joan Jett and Paul Westerberg. The music service itself was around just a few years. The soundtrack is quintessential indie rock (Bjork, Sky Cries Mry, Iggy, Belly, Hole, L7, etc.). The Sprinkle Genies have been around for about 20 years, still keeping it real, keeping it antifolk. I attempt to explain ‘antifolk’ on this show but its best experienced in person. “Springtime” has occasionally aired when the equinox occurs. Segment 1 of 4 short segment this past week included 2 songs with the same title but potentially different meaning (Carla Bian co, Fred Gillen Jr.). Segment 2 contains my favorite from Lukas Nelson (son of Willie) and Promise Of The Real, with a strong Neil Young type of vibe. Segment 3 reintroduces Lindsay May, plus perhaps the angriest song by Carolann Solebello you will hear. Segment 4 gives us another airing of The Chapin Sisters, along with the title track of Linq’s latest album.
FOOD: I suppose I am actually a foodie, enjoying foods that are hearty and flavorful, and also being open to many other cuisines. There’s an Indonesian bake shop just down the block from me, for one. Here are some companies that are generally health-minded and whose products I strongly endorse on Radio Crystal Blue and to you:
Teeccino: http://www.teeccino.com (their coffee alternative is keeping me alive)
Renfro Foods: http://www.renfrofoods.com (The folks behind Mrs. Renfro’s brand of salsa sent me a customized gift pack of 5 jars last year. My favorite by far is their mango habanero, ‘medium-hot’. )
Big Train http://www.bigtrain.com (I drink their Fit Frappe line of protein drinks)
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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
http://www.radiocrystalblue.net
http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
cblue456@comcast.net
twitter: @radiocblue
215 995 2234

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Radio Crystal Blue 10/6/13 news


Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Cyber PR: www.cyberpr.com
Miles High Productions www.mileshighproductions.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.

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HOW TO LISTEN: FEEDPLAYER
Look for a popup link on the home and archive pages at
http://www.radiocrystalblue.net When you click, it will open within the same
window. The player allows you to stream all recent shows, as well as
download and share them. Click the tabs within the player for more.
If you cannot access the Feed Player or do not have Shockwave/Flash in your
browser, try a different browser or go to http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
This page contains a bona fide workable version of the Feed Player.
RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rss
FEEDPLAYER LINK:
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
LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/danherman0
VIDEO content: http://www.youtube.com/user/cblue456
TWITTER @radiocblue
EMPIRE AVENUE www.empireavenue.com/radiocblue
STAT BLOG www.idealisticstats.wordpress.com
DONATIONS to Radio Crystal Blue can be made via the Paypal button at the homepage.
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PROGRAMMING:
NEXT SHOW will be published on or about October 9 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 8 songs, one each from a brand new recording. I spin the music and give you the backstory of each artist.

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It’s nice to build up the life again, preparing a social calendar where I’m attending 1 show a week, providing a review where possible afterward, and also getting into a new work and play schedule alongsides. It’s been too long since.

Breaking programming news: I will be featuring a concept album for much of October and November. It’s not in my hands yet but I expect it to be here next week. Watch this very space, and on Facebook, for the announcement.

Congrats go to Tom Principato for achieving a #1 ranking in my quarterly airplay chart! www.tomprincipato.com
The full chart, along with prior quarterly charts, the annual top 100, and all-time list are at www.radiocrystalblue.net/chart-page

You’ll notice that 10 artists are mathematically eligible for the title of Artist of the Year. Vance Gilbert could make it a 3rd year in a row. Everyone else, besides Hungrytown would have their first such title. All the shows I do from the weeks of October 6 to December 15, 11 in all, will have the biggest impact.
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So here are the shows I’m currently planning to attend this month:
10/8 @ The Fire, Philly
10/17 @ The New Deck Tavern, Philly
10/23 @Fergie’s Pub, Philly
And I’m seriously thinking of going to a show or two in Baltimore, 11/2 and or 11/3. Any Baltimore peeps know what’s going down?
 
With each event I plan to do a review after the fact on my website, complete with photos and video. My camera has seen better days; it’s time I got a new one! I make that purchase this weekend.

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This is the start of my 14th year doing this labor of love. I still remain as excited with each new show as with doing and promoting the first years. I remain grateful to be airing music created by renowned artists, all the way to the underground artists in local areas. I’m also grateful for you listeners, especially those that have donated to the program and to me for keeping this show alive and for me to stay afloat.

This week I received a nice sampler of material from the folks at Renfro Foods. This was just about the nicest gesture, all from my promoting them via Twitter. their mango habanero salsa is off the chain, as the kids say. @renfrofoods www.renfrofoods.com
Also I must mention coffee alternative Teeccino, which is also a staple at RCB HQ. The folks at Teeccino remind you to go #nocaf www.teeccino.com

Here’s some more RCB LOVE to share: These artists helped promote the show during September:

http://debracowan.com/2013/09/debra-on-radio-crystal-blue-podcast-925/

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Earlier in the week, the Philly band The Way Home announced an amicable breakup. I had positively loved them and enjoyed spinning their music over the last year and change. Between all the songs there is intimacy, there is youthfulness, fun and showmanship. Most of all, not much in the way of ego; they were a band by pure definition.
My one video of The Way Home comes from a CD release event at Sine Studios early in 2012.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab-MAclVeDc
These 3 photos from my collection are my favorites depicting TWH:
 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152167952730725&l=5bb2516ef7
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The annotated notes of this week’s shows:
RCB Novus Ordo: The purveyor of ‘tiger pop’, NYC songwriter John Brodeur begins this edition. De Stijl is a French electronic band project. They collaborate with Joy Division/New Order bassist/vocalist Peter Hook on a single from an upcoming album. A welcome back to the RCB airwaves for Joe Nacco, borrowing heavy from 70’s-80’s classic rock.
 
RCB proper: Per RCB tradition, I spin ‘Song X’, as heard on Neil Young & Pearl Jam’s stellar “Mirror Ball” album. You should know that this song was the very first song I spun in the history of this program. The Bowie song I heard in a supermarket this past week. In between was this latter-day Cowboy Junkies tune that is part of their five-CD Nomad Project. Segment 1: Rising songwriter Stefani Rose with another song from her debut CD. Brand new music here from Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank, who are now married and also the voices of Lowland Hum. Also brand new is the new-found old-style sound of Spuyten Duyvil. Segment 2: Why not some blues for starters ?Professor Louie, Tommy Z, and more new music from Herbie D & The Dangermen give it to you. Sirsy & Revel 9 are performing in the CNY (central NY, kids) Gaming & Entertainment Expo later in October, Frankfort NY. Segment 3: Introducing Bev Grant and Ina May Wool. They are Wool and Grant. We hear Bev’s lead vox on a song involving man and mountain vs corporate interest. Carolann Solebello perform October 11 in a show that Bev and Carolann host 2nd Fridays at Two Moon, Brooklyn NY. The aforementioned Tom Principato kicks off a run of instrumentals in the final segment. Molasses Creek opened for Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers on October 1 in Washington NC.
 
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HOW TO SEND MUSIC:
Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Keep physical packages of reasonable size and weight, as this is a residence.
Please indicate release date. No material from before 2013 accepted. Material released before then will be added to RCB’s loose rotation instead.
Digital is acceptable if media is not available in other formats.
Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general email list.
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: http://www.musicsubmit.com
MusicClout http://www.musicclout.com
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there.
I continue to seek outstanding concept/compilation albums for future shows, ones I can feature track-for-track. Do you know of one? Send it along!
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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
http://www.radiocrystalblue.net
http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
cblue456@comcast.net
twitter: @radiocblue
215 995 2234