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Radio Crystal Blue 5/26/13 news

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PHOTOS from a CD release event at Milkboy Philly, 5/25, performers included The Miners, Morning River, and John Train

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I’m proud to announce here that I’m joining the folks at The Alternate Root. I am assisting with advertising sales for the top music magazine devoted to American Roots, both worldwide and in the Internet world. At the heart of my own choices of genre (and I like just about all of them), some of my favorites do comes from Americana, roots, alternative-country, and close-knit sound-alikes to these. Sounds that should, and do, feel familiar, fresh, broken-in like your favorite pair of jeans or boots.
The Alternate Root operates a weekly magazine in print and online, along with a weekly airplay chart, a TV program that reaches millions nationwide along with its presence on the website, and of course, the latest in newly released material. In fact, this week the website lists their top 35 artists based in East Nashville.
As a reporting station to their Roots 66 Airplay Chart, I’m well-versed in knowing who are new and breaking to their radar, and some of that info translates to Radio Crystal Blue. Building upon this knowledge and with my years of experience doing radio and connecting with industry people over time, this alignment is a new and important step in my professional growth. There are a number of areas The Alternate Root provide for advertising and I’m happy to shed more light on this if you are willing to inquire. http://www.thealternateroot.com
RCB Novus Ordo: There’s a good buzz here in Philly about indie-pop rockers Looseleaf Trio, whom debut here. Fallen Riviera also debuts; they were first heard about a year ago on this program. Scranton, PA’s Silhouette Lies have a post-hardcore rock thing going on which I’ve seen in person and I’m now a convert. I was thoroughly impressed by the musicianship and production from Steph Barrak. Her music is easily the best I’ve spun from this program.

RCB proper: It was several years ago that my usage of music from the Grassy Hill New Folk Competition, part of the long-running Kerrville Folk Festival, served as the prototype for airplay features. I would spin the music of whichever finalists I had music of (or permission at least to spin of at least). From here I expanded to doing likewise with full showcase events and similar festivals. The idea was simply to be more inclusive of those who were not in direct focus for my airplay but who happened to share billing for an event or a festival or similar circumstances. This year, 7 finalists at Kerrville were aired on this week’s podcast. Also here I aired Pat Wictor’s ode to the campfire experience at Kerrville. In the opening segment, I included 2 short pieces with the now late keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and iconic Beat poet Michael McClure. From here, naturally, a Doors song came to mind..and then a gently intro to summer, saluting graduates and the sun alike (a well-produced piece by Baz Luhrmann, and NYC underground rockers Heth & Jed). Segment 3: Spuyten Duyvil & Bobtown share billing at Urban H2O in Yonkers NY on June 8. James Hearne, who fronts Philly’s own The Way Home takes a solo turn with an absolutely new song. Segment 4: Jo Wymer & Danielle Miraglia bring the blues in this one. Both songwriters are at the FMCU Coffee Beanery on June 8 in Media, PA. You also get to hear more new music from Polarcode, making bigger splashes in the Midwest. Segment 5: More featured performers at Kerrville in focus here, including brand new music from the almighty Amy Speace. Her songs on the album “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat” are prefaced in the liner notes with Shakespearean references (“Hesitate” which I spun, aligns with the end of “Romeo & Juliet”. Listen and figure why) plus a fun tune from The Sweetback Sisters, and a rather engaging song from Nels Andrews (who really should be aired more often). Segment 6: Mary Gauthier. What more to say? This: Debut of a new album, her first live album at that, and twinned here with The Steel Wheels, who have a new album and a good late spring song. Both perform at Roots On The River, Bellows Falls, VT on 6/9. Final segment presents a new version of the matthew show’s “Bring Me Safely Down”, along with brand new music by Craig Sonnenfeld. The songs in this segment hope more than anything else. Closed out with Heather Pierson’s piano composition, as she reflects on the Midwest weather.

IDEALISTIC SPORT aired music from these artists this past week: Annie Wenz, Theopolis James, Song Dogs and Fellaheen. I’m continuing to seek music that would befit a sports theme or otherwise be something upbeat to fill in the time, so as not to make the show a sermonette.

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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo week of 5/19/13 show

Radio Crystal Blue: Novus Ordo spotlights CDs that are debuting on my
standard freeform radio program, Radio Crystal Blue. The show exists as a
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Adia & The 7 Eyes “Demons” – Live From The Alley CD www.adiasound.com
Looseleaf Trio “Fire In The Sky” – Word On The Street CD www.looseleaftrio.com
Fallen Riviera “Thomse Times Are Gone’ – Another World CD www.fallenriviera.com
The Plastic Pals “Caramel, she said” – Turn The Tide CD www.theplasticpals.se
Silhouette Lies “The War Within” – s/t EP www.silhouette.lies.com
Ronnie Fauss “Answers You Already Know” – I Am The Man You Know I’m Not CD www.ronniefauss.com
Steph Barrak “Connecticut” – Words To Break Your Heart CD www.stephbarrak.com
Holly Gentry “So Much You” – So Much More CD www.hollygentry.com
Meredith O’Connor “The Game” – s/t EP www.meredithoconnorhome.com
Jodie Levinson “Strong Enough” – Strong Enough EP www.jodielevinson.com
Running time: 73 minutos
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Here’s RCB proper:

Radio Crystal Blue is my long-running standard freeform radio program. The
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This show was distributed on 5/22/13
Opening music:
Ray Manzarek & Michael McClure “A Breath” & “Rose Rain” – Love Lion
The Doors “Waiting For The Sun”- Morrison Hotel
Baz Luhrmann “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”
Heth & Jed “Between The In & The Out” – Between The In & The Out CD www.hethandjed.com
Opening: Pat Wictor “Kerrville Campfire Song” – Living Ever-Lovin’ Live CD www.patwictor.com
(RCB tradition) This segment focuses on several of the 32 finalists in the Grassy Hill New Folk competition, during the Kerrville Folk Festival, 5/25-26) :
Arlon Bennett “A Friend In You” – World Of Possibility CD www.arlonbennett.com
Davey O. “I Sleep Well When It Rains” (bonus track) – Testing For Rust CD www.daveyo.com
Ellis “I Belong Here Next To You” – Wherever You Are CD www.ellis-music.com
Honor Finnegan “Waiting” – The Tiny Life CD www.honorfinnegan.com
Paul Sachs “Poor Man’s Out” – Oil Town CD www.paulsachs.com
Steve Chizmadia “Rebuild This City” – Jack Of All Trades CD www.stevechizmadia.com
The Twangtown Paramours “Widow Of The Mountain” – The Promise Of Friday Night CD www.twangtownparamours.com
*Spuyten Duyvil “No More” – New Amsterdam CD www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com
*Bobtown “Trouble I Wrought” – Trouble I Wrought CD www.bobtownmusic.com
Roosevelt Dime “Whatta Shame” – Steamboat Soul CD www.rooseveltdimemusic.com
Kevin McWha Steele “Virginia Reel” – s/t CD www.kevinmcwhasteele.com
The Kennedys “Cradle To A Boat” – Closer Than You Know CD www.kennedysmusic.com
Jeff Campbell “Do I Get A Moment” – Stop And Go CD www.jeffcampbellmusic.com
James Hearne “Think It Was” – www.schwaejames.com
*Jo Wymer “Come On Baby” – Living With Scars CD www.jowymer.com
*Danielle Miraglia “Stagger Lee” – Box Of Troubles CD www.daniellem.com
Rod Piazza & The All Mighty Flyers “That’s It” (Little Walter cover) – Almighty Dollar CD www.themightyflyers.com
Schwervon! “Big Pink Eraser” – Courage CD www.schwervon.com
Polarcode “Singularity” – s/t CD www.polarcodemusic.com
Love X Stereo “Storm” – Off The Grid EP www.lovexstereo.com
CD FOCUS: Ravi Shankar: The Living Room Sessions, Part 2 www.eastmeetswestmusic.com
Three sessions from the legendary Eastern musician were recorded October 2011 at his home in Encinitas CA, likely the last recordings ever made of his music. Part 1 won a Grammy for Best World Music Album.
This week I spun Session 7 “Raga Bhairavi”
These artists have featured performances at the Kerrville Folk Festival this week www.kerrville-music.com
The Sweetback Sisters “Rattled” – Looking For A Fight CD www.thesweetbacksisters.com
Jimmy LaFave “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” – Depending On The Distance CD www.jimmylafave.com
Amy Speace “Hesitate” – How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat CD www.amyspeace.com
Nels Andrews “Barroom Bards” – Scrimshaw CD www.nelsandrews.com
Joy Kills Sorrow “New Man” – This Unknown Science CD www.joykillssorrow.com
*Mary Gauthier “Your Sister Cried” – Live at Blue Rock CD www.marygauthier.com
*The Steel Wheels “Until The Summer Comes” – No More Rain CD www.thesteelwheels.com
Screen Door Porch “Mountains Are Heroes” – The Fate and the Fruit CD www.screendoorporch.com
Jeneen Terrana “My simple plea” – See The Light CD www.jeneenterrana.com
Suzie Brown “Peace Of Mind” – Heartstrings CD www.suziebrownsongs.com
Ellysa Rose “Unbreakable” – No Waiting EP www.ellysarose.com
The Matthew Show “Bring Me Safely Down” – Memphis CD www.thematthewshow.com
Brother Sun “Willow” – Some Part Of The Truth CD www.brothersunmusic.com
Craig Sonnenfeld “Still Gonna Shine” – Redemption CD www.craigsonnenfeld.com
John Roy Zat “Little Rabbit” – solo CD www.royzat.com
Heather Pierson “The Storm’s Promise” – The Open Road CD www.heatherpierson.com

Closing music: Juaneco y su combo “Ya Se Ha Muerto Mi Abuelo” – Masters Of Chicha Volume 1 CD www.barbesrecords.com
Running time: 4 hours 49 minutes.

All content of Radio Crystal Blue’s programming is free to listen and share
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non-derivative. For more info: www.creativecommons.orgNext show will be recorded and distributed in the week of 5/26/13
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

@ JR’s Bar 3/2/13

It one was of those times you had to go somewhere you hadn’t been to in a
while, a place that wouldn’t rank very high on my list of music venues. The
feng shui is weird, there is smoke. Classic Philly dive. And it’s on my
radar because a certain band, already on my radar, was playing there. That
band is Dizzy Bats.The venue: JR’s Bar.

Connor from Dizzy Bats put together the showcase, a good sounding
lineup with bands stretching between pop, punk, rock, metal and even
post-punk at times.
First up were Strange Chameleons, a local guitar-drum duo. The
vocalist/guitarist was pretty solid, sporting a rather imposing oversize
guitar with an orange tiger print. The songs are essential pop-punk,
relying on high vocals and tight harmonies. “Top Sirloin” in particular was
my favorite. sounding like honest homage to Green Day.


Next the scene turned to metal and the Scranton, PA quintet Silhouette Lies. One
of their 2 lead guitarists produced a distinct ringing or chiming sound,
balanced neatly by the loud bass up in front. Clad in red shirt and long red
handkerchief tucked in dark jeans, lead singer Nick Van Wagenen showed off
much the way a main vocalist should, constantly moving, egging on each of
the members. Bassist Nick Savinelli, with about as much long hair as Nick,
was just as proficient in the chemistry. Their next show is at The V-Spot in their home base.


Checking in from the New York metro area, Dizzy Bats are strongly methodical
in their approach to power-pop. No real flash in their style, sticking to
good pop and rock hooks through their set. Connor’s vocals are Several
times he exhorted the small audience to stand closer. They have a ton of more shows ahead as
they continue to introduce their sound to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.

VIDEO of Dizzy Bats

I was most impressed by the West Chester, PA band New Shields, who have
sensational guitar hooks. Notable tunes include “Proximity” and the song
that followed in the set. Keinan Fry is the mastermind on both rhythm guitar
and Korg, with something of a post-punk chiming guitar sound. Overall the
sound is head-bobbing, danceable and just good fun music. They included a
cover by The Killers and I think one other tune besides. Their main
guitarist seemed to have an issue with his cable, and had to borrow the
decorative orange-tiger striped guitar from Strange Chameleons.