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Radio Crystal Blue 5/26/13 news


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PROGRAMMING:
NEXT SHOW will be published on or about May 29 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.

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PHOTOS from a CD release event at Milkboy Philly, 5/25, performers included The Miners, Morning River, and John Train
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152828174280725.1073741830.684570724&type=3


VIDEO of The Miners:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueeGYkDE9tY

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THE ALTERNATE ROOT:
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
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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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AIRPLAY SUBMISSION:

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. Eligible CDs must have been released no earlier than September 2012. If material that reaches was released before the date, it 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’m also seeking music for Idealistic Sport. For this show, the music should be upbeat and appropo toward sports programming.

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.
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Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
http://www.radiocrystalblue.net
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cblue456@comcast.net
twitter: @radiocblue
215 995 2234 

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Radio Crystal Blue 5/27/12 news


Radio Crystal Blue is sponsored in part by:
Ariel Publicity: www.arielpublicity.com
Miles High Productions www.mileshighproductions.com
Serge Entertainment Public Relations www.sergepr.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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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about May 30 and will be available for the
rest of the year.
Owing to schedule demands, I usually aim for noon 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 will also air separately. On this show I spin one song from
as many as 8 songs in one sitting and give you background info of each
artist.
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This week’s show was recorded on Wednesday and released yesterday. In the last week my health took a bit of a setback, as I monitored some vague pain in my chest. It’s not in my heart, nor my stomach, but it’s enough to give me some concern. It almost feels like it gets any worse when I think of it. Maybe it’s pure anxiety. Maybe it’s something else. Honestly my mind is pretty sharp but the bod is not quite corresponding at this moment. I’m taking life very slowly right now but I do expect to put out a show next week as scheduled. I might attend a showcase on Monday if my health and the weather cooperate. Outside of that, I plan to stay close to home this long weekend.

As hinted here previously, I’m planning a career in film, primarily behind the camera. I won’t mind taking a turn in front of the camera as well. There’s an orientation to aspects of film production and editing next month, along with workshops, at the city’s new public-access cable network.
Radio Crystal Blue is also a reporting station to The Alternate Root’s Roots 66 (Roots/Americana) chart. Of course, I spin much more than Americana, but any songs that fit this genre and the chart’s guidelines get reported to the chart and website. 4 artists from the chart have received recent airplay here. http://www.thealternateroot.com/chart
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW: These are the last 5 folks that I’m following who
follow back: @brooklynyarn @beggarsride @Jessiekilguss @thepizzarunner @Rightoffmain
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COVERAGE:
I do audio interviews, photos, video, and audio of live events. You can see
and hear evidence across my Facebook and YouTube channels, plus the field
recording FeedPlayer.Time, location and expense will be taken into account
before taking on a job.

I have not scheduled a show to attend but am planning to go to at least one
in the metro area before the month is out.
I can advise artists about where to perform in Philly. Contact me for more
info.

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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of the shows.
RCB Novus Ordo: Changing Modes are back with their 6th album of idiosyncratic pop-rock. Doug Folkins also returns with country-infused Celtic music. Another favorite here is songwriter-thespian Dan McCormick’s take on NYC in song. Beggar’s Ride (songwriters Claudia SanSoucie & Kate Maguire, plus David Goodrich) introduce a heartfelt song; I love the twang in their voices.

RCB proper: This time last year I began formulating the programming in such a way that you’d hear more artists appearing in festivals or sharing an event with from the CDs I have here, alongside those I’d plan to give airplay to. This tactic has opened up airplay a lot more and greatly for the better. It all started with how I approached the Kerrville Music Festival’s New Folk competition. Every year there would be 4-6 finalists that I would give extra airplay to, because I had their music and because Kerrville is one of the big festivals of its kind in the country. The YaYas, who are consecutive year finalists, share billing with Brother Sun on June 2 in Brooklyn. I had spun Brother Sun’s song “Shine”, a Joe Jencks composition. Contemporary pair of songs followed by Jann Klose (opening act for Vonda Shepherd in NYC), and Meghan Cary (just back from Ireland). Segment 2 started more along the lines of Americana..or is that Canadiana? Blue Rodeo are now Canadian Hall of Famers. South of their border, I spun another from Yarn’s fine urban-country album. Vintage Blue checks in again from Chicago. The Happy Problem also here with a song that reminds me a bit of Nirvana’s “Breed”, tho that could be just my loose interpretation. The Roots On The River Festival is in early June. I spun music of some artists who are part of the festival, including The Steel Wheels. They, and fellow Americana ensemble Molasses Creek headline the Ocrafolk Festival on Ocracoke Island, NC next weekend. Barnstar!, also part of Roots On The River got spun here, with a new version of Mark Erelli’s “Troubadour Blues”. Red Molly in this mix too, with a Dolly Parton cover. Segment 4
was more songwriter-oriented, with another airing of Daniel Levi Goans’ tune “Silver Tongue” as a highlight.
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AIRPLAY SUBMISSION:
Send CDs to
Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
1701 Snyder Avenue, #4
Philadelphia, PA 19145
CDs MUST have a 2012 release date or have been released no earlier than
October
2011. No exceptions.
Artists are also advised to add my email address to their general (not
local/regional) 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: www.musicsubmit.com.
Search for the words Radio Crystal Blue to find my pages there.

Any compelling compilation/concept CDs can also be sent here directly. I’m
seeking material that can be featured, song-for-song, in my CD FOCUS
segments.
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namaste

Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
www.radiocrystalblue.net
http://www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
cblue456@comcast.net
@radiocblue on twitter
215 995 2234