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Radio Crystal Blue 4/8/12 news

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No new media for you this week. I’m planning to attend these shows here in Philly:
A Little Affair play at JR’s Bar here in South Philly on 4/13. I’ve heard a few interesting things about this dive. There’s barely a website presence; there is a macabre collection of decor strewn about; stage-diving is known to happen frequently. Am I scaring you yet? Good. www.alittleaffairmusic.com
Sylvia Platypus performs on a bill with Study Electrictiy at The Grape Room on 4/19. I’ve seen the latter band just once; great example of modern Philly rock. Sylvia Platypus I’ve not yet seen. They are billed as “psycho-Celtic’ rock. I met their lead singer Janet Bressler once at a Song Dogs & The Nightjar show; we already were connected on that Facebook thing. www.sylviaplatypus.com
Local Americana/country-rockers band Gavilan share members of the band Richie Allen & The Midvale 9, and are releasing a new CD at The Grape Room on 4/21. I have their CD in advance, and will certainly spin this for you when it’s time for me to debut itt. http://www.reverbnation.com/headlesscowboymusic
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On RCB Novus Ordo: 2 bands local to Philly, Johnny Action Figure, and The Tressels, debut on this edition. Red Abbey, formerly of Hoboken NJ, now in Las Vegas, have recently released their first full album. full of the same fire and brimstone they produce on stage.

RCB proper: Segment 1 was anchored by Shane Cooley. He is touring with Adam Web across the MidAtlantic states .Shane and others in the segment are performing at this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival (Wes Tucker, Flo Anito, Jamie Alimorad). Segment 2 started with pairs of duos (Sirsy, Schwervon!, The StereoFidelics; note the string quartet added to Sirsy’s Sorry Me”). Segment 3 featured tales of death, despair and hopefulness. Marybeth D’Amico’s tune “Beneath The Rubble” seems to anchor all these songs. Segment 4 includes new music from Daniel Levi Goans, a recently released song by Kate Klim, and both a Mark Erelli cover and original. Also completed the first full airing of the unearthed music from 1997-2002 by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer.

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@ North Star Bar 1/17/12

First things first: I overdressed for the occasion. Didn’t need to have the scarf, beret and the 3/4 coat for the 55 degree temperature this evening. I was eyeing the overnight weather reports that threatened high winds.      Nevertheless I did it there and back with very little wear and tear.
North Star Bar sits alone, almost lonely in the Fairmount section of Philly, with a modest crowded bar space, leading to a separate area with tables and chairs plus the requisite HD TV…and then the main room with lots of room to dance around in. Great visibility tho it’s best to be about 12 feet or closer to the stage for optimal viewing.   There’s also the upstairs balcony where you’re about 15 feet up and you need to be at the banister to really see everything. It’s as if you’re looking down at a recording studio in full dress rehearsal.

First up was Milhouse, a  Delaware County 3-piece rock band The band’s  songs rock hard, with some socio-political commentary inside the lyrics.   They jammed a bit during some of the songs, and the chemistry seemed just fine considering it was their first time at a venue of The North Star’s caliber.   The bassist/lead singer busted 2 strings during the 40-minute set.     
Richie Allen & The Midvale 9 are a new band in Philly, making the rounds at open-mics and presented a full showcase set for just the 2nd time in their history.  They bring elements of 60’s. folk-rock and country into their songwriting.  One highlight was a Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover “Cortez The Killer”.   I recognized members of Song Dogs & The Nightjar in the audience, a band with a similar sound and approach to music. Richie is recording a solo album with the help of the band, and meanwhile has gigs with the band on 2/4 at The Grape Room, and an appearance at a songwriter festival in Cape May NJ at the end of March.


The Timid Roosevelts are  Jamie Parker (drums) , Bobbie Parker (lead vox, bass) and Ricky Lorenzo (guitar). They are a Bordentown NJ  band who suggested influences of The Pixies and Rilo Kiley in their music. They inserted a Pixies cover “Where Is My Mind” into one of their songs.  At times, Ricky would play with his console and produce some bleeps, blips and other electronic squelches.  In fact, he seems most animated of the three on stage.  Bobbie had a feminine doll cardboard prop in front of her, suggesting a contrast to her sharp vocal hooks and laced boots.   The band is almost set to release a new album. They provided free 3-song demos during the event.



Nova Scotia’s The Trews, with an impressive  list of indie music awards (not to mention multiple Juno nominations) and memorable tours (sharing bills with the Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, et al.), played Philadelphia for the first time.  They are in the midst of a Northeast US tour, and will head back across their border for more shows close to home before heading to UK in February.    This band, 10 years in, continues to develop a strong buzz over their music, and especially so with “Hope & Ruin”.  Like other Canadian bands I’ve seen, they keep their eg0  on the stage and remove much of that when off it and out in the public.   In fact, the last band I saw that rocked this well, this authentic in the area of roots-rock might have been Matt Mays & El Torpedo.  They churned through 3 songs, before playing a few of their newer songs, along with my favorite “Love Is The Real Thing”.   One song, “Highway Of Heroes ” they dedicated to  Nichola Goddard, a schoolmate of John-Angus and Colin MacDonald. Nichola was  the first female combat soldier to die in the line of duty during the Afghanistan war.   The song is rather moving and yet rocks out at the same time.  I understand that the recorded single, which was a big seller soon after “Hope & Ruin* also includes, properly, a pipe band.   No pipe band in Philly, tho; this was just the 4 guys tearing it up and having a great time  doing so.  VIDEO of the third song in the set here. Anyone know the title?

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