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Dan herman on music genres


Earlier in 2012 in several of my weekly missives steering my audience to news of the show, I openly mused on several genres of music.  I sought to clarify my own definitions of music after musing on this long enough.  So I took fingers to keyboard and added some that came to mind right away.  I’ve added a few since then.  I hadn’t dwelt on these commentaries since.
Fast forward to September, and I had heard from Beth DeSombre on Facebook, who cited that she was not to appear in a local (Massachusetts) folk blog, because she was ‘not folk enough’.  I gave my sympathy and also provided my homespun definition, which she later declared “What a fantastic definition, of folk, Dan! It’s perfect!’

Beth furthered spelled out her own definition of folk here.

I, in turn now share my definition of folk with you, followed by my further thoughts on other genres and expressions:

FOLK is old-style journalism and editorializing. Folk tells stories of what
goes on down-home, across the hall or across picket fences to the neighbors.
Folk comments on politics. Sometimes it even politicks. Folks presents a sense
of community, at once urban, rural, and metaphorical. We can relate to the
music. We can relate to the songwriter. It is our kin, our kinfolk, as it were.
Relatedness. Get it? Listen to storytellers in song like Danny Schmidt as a good
example.

ROOTS music is about our yearning and search for one’s security, one’s roots,
one’s place in one’s heart, one’s earth, one’s universe, as well as one’s
community as with folk. Roots takes us back in time; it doesn’t preach
necessarily. There is a time warp, a reminder of days gone by, as you might have possibly remembered it, or even imagined it. The first roots albums were in a comparative way, roots rock, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s take on rockabilly. or Dylan’s ‘Blonde On Blonde’. For an indie comparison, how about Kathleen Edwards, or Mark McKay? And how do we explain Spuyten Duyvil, with those old-time instruments and a youthful spirit making songs fit for the urban landscape? Or The Defibulators, who go steps further and brand something totally their own?

AMERICANA appears to be something that’s not necessarily in the pop category.
Akin to folk, it’s about realism, and not always positive realism. The songs
contain innate meanings of what today’s America is like. Would the songs suggest meanings relevant to the days of yesteryear, they would be called ‘roots’.
Americana differs from roots for its modernism. Remember, there is still the
Great American Songbook, all those jazz standards and easy listening songs out there. That’s not Americana, just a different interpretation. Americana
resembles roots and country and pretty much anything that are not on the major (Billboard, etc.) radio/sales charts. Suggested artists: Mark McKay, Larry McMurtryAndrew McKnightMark Erelli

INDIE…as in ‘independent’. Indie is anything that has the backing of an
indie label, or otherwise is more of a DIY approach. Indie types might have
their own vanity label and studio.  Schwervon! comes to mind as a great success story.

ALTERNATIVE: Alternative to what? Alternative to the majors, Billboard, and
the like. That’s about it, really. There’s no ‘alt’ sound, just the level
of exposure that’s given. An artist can be both indie and alternative but
once one flirts with a major or is on the charts, there goes the alternative
cred.
UNDERGROUND firmly suggests what you think it is..bands and songwriters who are generally unsigned, performing in venues that don’t advertise very much and generally doesn’t have the name recognition as their alternative peers, much less your true household-name types.

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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo week of 7/22/12


Radio Crystal Blue: Novus Ordo spotlights CDs that are debuting on my
standard freeform radio program, Radio Crystal Blue. The show exists as a
weekly podcast.
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(4) RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rssThis show was distributed on 7/25/12

Vajra “Intuition” – Pleroma CD www.thevajratemple.com
Big Bus Dream “Here I Am” – Big Dream Baby CD www.bigbusdream.com www.wampus.com
Tweed Funk “Smooth Taste” – Love Is CD www.tweedfunk.com
Dovetail “Hemfärden från timmerskogen – Kaffelåten” Old Doors, New Worlds CD – www.freydashands.org
Eliane Amherd “as if” – Now And From Now On CD www.elianeperforms.com
Planetary Nights “Rollin’ On Again” – Today Ain’t Too Late CD www.planetarynights.com
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Running time: 46 minutos
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This show was distributed on 7/22/12
Artists with shared gigs in the near future are noted with * & **
Opening music: The Orb with Lee “Scratch” Perry “Hold Me Upsetter” www.theorb.com
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Danielle Asman “Given The Orders” – s/t CD www.danielleasman.com
*Rachael Sage “Abby Would You Wait” – Haunted By You CD www.rachaelsage.com
*Jessie Kilguss & Radio Gold” – The Sky Road CD www.jessiekilguss.com
*Jennings “Figure Me Out” – Take It Or Leave CD www.jennings-music.com
**Gina Holsopple “Thank You” – from the earth CD www.ginaholsopple.com
**von Grey “With You I Can” – Make Some Noise EP www.vongreymusic.com
**D.B. Rielly “Save All Your Kisses” – Love Potions & Snake Oil CD www.dbrielly.com
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The Kurt Henry Band “On A Summer Tide” – From Our Religions We’ll Be Free! CD www.kurthenry.com
Blue Rodeo “Never Look Back” – The Things We Left Behind CD set www.bluerodeo.com
Makar “America Where Are You” – Funeral Genius CD www.makarmusic.com
Schwervon! “American Idle” – www.schwervon.com
Kosmic Daydream “Odyssey” – psychosomatic playground CD www.kosmicdaydream.com
Val Emmich & The Veeries “When Does The Pain Stop?” – Aide-Memoire CD www.valemmich.com
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The Defibulators “Thin Air” – Corn Money CD www.thedefibulators.com
*The Steel Wheels “Breaking Like The Sun” – Lay Down Lay Low CD www.thesteelwheels.com
*Sons Of The Never Wrong “In The Shadow Of The Mountain” – Church Of The Never Wrong CD www.sons.com
Justin James “Help You Stand” – a beautiful life CD www.justinjamesmusic.com
Roger Silverberg “Just In Time For Summer” – Major Seventh Heaven CD www.rogersilverberg.com
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Red Molly “It’s Too Late To Call It A Night” – Light in the Sky CD www.redmolly.com
Hungrytown “Just Like A Song” – Any Forgotten Thing CD www.hungrytown.net
Rebecca Loebe “Land & Sea” – Mystery Prize CD www.rebeccaloebe.com
Vance Gilbert “Dragonfly Wings” – old white men CD www.vancegilbert.com
Devon Sproule “Good To Get Out” – Don’t Hurry For Heaven! CD www.devonsproule.com
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Closing music: Geoffrey Armes “Friedrichstrasse” – Hemisphere CD www.geoffreyarmes.com
Running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes. Yeah, that’s pretty short.

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Radio Crystal Blue/RCB Novus Ordo week of 6/24/12


Radio Crystal Blue: Novus Ordo spotlights CDs that are debuting on my

standard freeform radio program, Radio Crystal Blue. The show exists as a

weekly podcast.

 

 

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This show was distributed on 6/27

Matt Andersen “Heartbreaker” – Coal Mining Blues CD http://www.stubbyfingers.ca

The Doctors Fox “Diva” – handful of laughs CD http://www.thedoctorsfox.com

The Harmonius Five “Greasy Chicken” (Andre Williams cover) – Wanna Hear You Say Yeah! CD http://www.harmoniusfive.com

Alisa Boniello “That Kind Of Girl” – Lovestruck EP http://www.alisaboniello.com

Joy Mills “Trick Of The Eye” – Trick Of The Eye CD http://www.joymills.com

Tall Tall Trees “Alaska” – Moment CD http://www.talltalltrees.com

 Annie Gallup “Poets” – Little Five Points CD http://www.anniegallup.com

 

Running time: 55 minutos

 

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Here’s RCB proper:

 

 

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This show was distributed on 6/27/12


 

Artists with shared gigs in the near future are noted with * & **


Opening music: Nigel Hayes “Something For The Weekend” – Tales From The Shed Part 3 EP http://www.intelligentaudio.net

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The Kurt Henry Band “On A Summer Tide” – From Our Religions We’ll Be Free! CD http://www.kurthenry.com

Jessie Kilguss & Radio Gold “Take Me to the Ocean” – The Sky Road CD http://www.jessiekilguss.com

Mark Radcliffe “Santa Monica daze” – the sea before us CD http://www.markradcliffe.net

Justin Levinson & The Valcours “Water Wears The Rock” – This Side Of Me, This Side Of You CD http://www.justinlevinson.com

Remember September “Better This Way” – The Roads We Travel CD http://www.rememberseptemberband.com

Danielle Miraglia “Choir” – Box Of Troubles CD http://www.daniellem.com

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These artists are performing at The Greater New Bedford Summerfest in MA, 7/7-8 http://www.newbedfordsummerfest.com :

The Boxcar Lilies “Travelin’ On” – heartwood CD http://www.boxcarlilies.com

The Kennedys “Better Dreams” – Better Dreams CD http://www.kennedysmusic.com

Catie Curtis “After Hours” – Stretch Limousine On Fire CD http://www.catiecurtis.com

Peter Mulvey “Old Fashioned Morphine” (Jodie Holland cover) – The Good Stuff CD http://www.petermulvey.com

Andrew Calhoun “The Little Beggarman” (traditional) – grapevine CD http://www.andrewcalhoun.com

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These artists are appearing in festivals in Canada in early July:

Kelly Richey “I Want You” – Carry The Light CD http://www.kellyrichey.com

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real “If I was the ocean” – Wasted CD http://www.promiseofthereal.com

Blue Rodeo “Wasted” – The Things We Left Behind CD http://www.bluerodeo.com

The Trews “I’ll Find Someone Who Will” – Hope & Ruin CD http://www.thetrewsmusic.com

 

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These artists are appearing at the Caramoor American Roots Festival, Katonah NY, 6/30 http://www.caramoor.org :

Spuyten Duyvil “I Hear You Calling” – New Amsterdam CD http://www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com

Roosevelt Dime “Wishing Well” – Steamboat Soul CD http://www.rooseveltdimemusic.com

Eilen Jewell “I Remember You” – Queen Of The Minor Key CD http://www.eilenjewell.com

Red Molly “Ghost” (Mark Erelli cover) – Light In The Sky CD http://www.redmolly.com

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The Defibulators “Thin Air” – corn money CD http://www.thedefibulators.com

The Trapps “Never Quit” – Cheap Seats CD http://www.thetrapps.net

Churchill “I Am Yours” – The Change EP http://www.churchilltheband.com

*My Pet Dragon “Siren” – Mountains and Cities CD http://www.mypetdragon.com

*Vintage Blue “Just Breathe” – Strike the mics CD http://www.vintagebluemusic.com

*Avi Wisnia “Something New” – Something New CD http://www.aviwisnia.com

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Steven Graves “Putting Up Resistance” – Matter of Time CD http://www.stevengravesmusic.com

Roger Silverberg “No Trespassing” – Major Seventh Heaven CD http://www.rogersilverberg.com

*Cary Cooper “toes in the water” – Pink Umbrella CD http://www.carycooper.com

*Tom Prasada Rao “Smoke & Mirrors” – Goodnight Regret CD http://www.tomprasadarao.com

Patricia Silverberg “Always There” – Don’t Look Back EP http://www.patriciasilverberg.com

Mark Erelli “Coming Home” – little vigils CD http://www.markerelli.com

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Dan May “Lucy” – Dying Breed CD http://www.danmaycd.com

Vance Gilbert “Dragonfly Wings” – old white men CD http://www.vancegilbert.com

Craig Sonnenfeld “She’s MyLucky Day” – Angels, Lovers And Fools CD http://www.craigsonnenfeld.com

Helen Austin “Happy” – Song of the week CD http://www.helenaustin.com

Athena Reich “Little Girl Dreams” – Little Girl Dreams CD http://www.athenareich.com

Meredith Blis “Meremaid Girl” – A Purple Kind Of Blue CD http://www.meredithblis.com

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Running time: 3 hours, 58 minutes

All content of Radio Crystal Blue’s programming is free to listen and share

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Next show will be recorded and distributed in the week of 7/1/12

 

 

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Radio Crystal Blue 3/11/12 news


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NEXT SHOW will be published on or about March 14 and will be available for
about 4 months beyond. 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.
CD FOCUS:Little Blue Egg by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. This is a disc
with 11 long-lost recordings found by Tracy 2 years ago,
I will spin 2 tracks from this compilation. www.redhouserecords.com
www.tracygrammer.com
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Sorry for the lateness in sending this one out. Sporadic Web access today.

I want Radio Crystal Blue to be your go-to radio source for
indie/underground/DIY talent, as I give you not just music but news and info
about each artist; where the ey play next, what they’re planning to record,
projects, and much more. Why follow the 3- and 4-letter radio stations
with their limited selection of artists and more limited song choices?
With Radio Crystal Blue you’ll get the artistic value that many fail to pick
up on in radio.

I never like to give you info about just what you’ll hear on the next show
but I’ll tease this much: Considering that SXSW is next week, you’re likely
to hear music from artists who are performing on official (and non-official)
SX events.
Also, as it’s the middle of March, there’s a certain theme that I begin my
show with. Longtime listeners will know just what this is. For those who
don’t, keep tuned in!

Solar flare (and lunar activity) have me physically edgy, tho I’m now
recovering. Computer, not so much. I’m geared more to getting holistic
health and related practices done for myself as well as for others.
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I promised I’d deliver on some further thoughts on genres and slots of
artists that are often taken quite generally. Here are 3 that seem to be
intertwined at times. So let’s start the untwining with…
INDIE…as in ‘independent’. Indie is anything that has the backing of an
indie label, or otherwise is more of a DIY approach. Indie types might have
their own vanity label and studio.
ALTERNATIVE: Alternative to what? Alternative to the majors, Billboard, and
the like. That’s about it, really. There’s no ‘alt’ sound, just the level
of exposure that’s given. An artist can be both indie and alternative but
once one flirts with a major or is on the charts, there goes the alternative
cred.
UNDERGROUND firmly suggests what you think it is..bands and songwriters who
are generally unsigned, performing in venues that don’t advertise very much
and generally doesn’t have the name recognition as their alternative peers,
much less your true household-name types.
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TWITTER FIVE TO FOLLOW will return with 10 next week. Persistent Web issues
are preventing my computer to access Twitter. It’s been out all of Friday.
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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.
Next show I’m attending is on 3/10 at The El Bar in the Fishtown section of
Philly. I don’t know any of the bands except that it’s mainly a rock/punk
kind of night. Plus they have a neat take on happy hour. And it’s really off
the grid. Just my style. Sometimes, you have to get off the grid.
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RCB REVIEW: The annotated version of my shows.
On RCB Novus Ordo: Enjoyed the ‘campire-folkpunk’ of The Heart Pills.
Octopus Jones is a NC band that played a local open mic (after having a
venue cancel on them that very evening). They absolutely bring the rock n’
roll. Food Will Win The War I’ve been a fan of for years, with a great
sensibility to their sound. I had seen them last summer at a First Friday
event.

RCB proper: Segment started with songs referencing some sort of anger; the
second half of the segment were more reactive. Opening songs from Fortch and
Deni Bonet are rather similar in its pop-rock approach. As we get closer to
SXSW, I spun music of artists who are performing events there. One
unofficial event is Brooklyn Country Cookout, helmed by mombers of The
Defibulators. The Sweetback Sisters tune I spun is a throwback Western swing
tune. Alana Amram & The Rough Gems make theri RC debut here from their 2010
album Painted Lady. “Cream Sherry” is an absolute delight of a song.
Segueing from Andy Friedman’s tune about church, I spun one from Brother
Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra. Then a brand new one
from the mighty Demetra, plus similar rock sounds from Niki Barr and
Wormburner. Segment 3 was more folk oriented. Notice the ‘tree’ references
in lyrics (Mark Erelli, Gina Holsopple, Screen Door Porch, and a brand new
tune from the medieval folk of Sarah McQuaid). Segment 4 starts with the
delightful “Veselka” by Greta Gertler & The Extroverts. She shared a gig
with Noam Weinstein here in Philly on 3/7. Anders Holst and Eleanor Fye with
grown-up love songs. Then a Michael G. Rondstadt composition by Lisa Biales
off 2010’s “Closet Hippie” album.

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namaste

Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue
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